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Reviews (105)
69
Messy, Charming, Intimate

See it if If you have seen McDonald's stand-up/solo performance style, and enjoy it. If you are die-hard fan of Kids in the Hall.

Don't see it if You like finely crafted shows. If you want to see a comedian in their hay-day.

Also I went to this because I like McDonald from Kids in the Hall, and I ha... Read more Read less

77
During previews
In the Penal Colony
East Village
Great physical work, Confusing, Insightful, Ambitious

See it if You like to see old stories re-imagined and re-purposed to shed light on contemporary Black experiences.

Don't see it if You like theatre that's very straightforward. If you don't like things that are pretty movement-driven.

Also I would recommend reading the Wikipedia synopsis of the original Kafka... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Square Go
Midtown E
Smart, Amateurish, Deceptively simple, Interactive, Charming

See it if You like shows that are fun and lighthearted on the surface, but have some societal insight underneath. If you like Pod from Game of Thrones

Don't see it if You hate audience interaction and participation. If you only like big, high-budget theatre. If you hate seeing adults play adolescents.

69
During previews
Little Women
West Village
Heavy-handed, Witty, Clever

See it if You like to see classic texts adapted to highlight hot-button contemporary issues.

Don't see it if You want a faithful adaptation of the source material. If you like subtlety in your modern parallels. You plan to stay for both acts.

Also I enjoyed Act 1 quite a lot. I found it pretty witty and charming, and... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Amateurish, Enjoyable, Clever, Charming

See it if You want a play that uses quirky comedy and meta-theatrical devices to examine the dissatisfaction with life that we all face.

Don't see it if You hate Chekhov. It's an adaptation, but it still basically has the feel and structure of a Chekhov play -but with more 4th-wall breaking

49
Amateurish, Bad acting, Bad direction, Well-designed, Shoddy

See it if You like the play in any form, no matter who does it. If you only care about fun costume design.

Don't see it if You want something up to professional standards. This truly felt like a middle-school production in the way it was acted and directed.

Also The director made strong choices, but they felt like an overlay to the... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Slave Play
East Village
Ambitious, Absorbing, Entertaining, Bizarre, Wild

See it if You like challenging, bold explorations of Black identity. If you like theatre that makes you feel uncomfortable In a good way.

Don't see it if You want simple, straightforward theatre that you don’t have to unpack afterward. If you are offended by aggressive sexuality onstage.

Also This show feels in line with some other experimental Black playwrights... Read more Read less

79
Ordinary Days
Midtown W
Cute, Charming, Touching, Tender, Simple

See it if You want a sweet story with humor, and surprising emotional depth. If you like simple human stories.

Don't see it if You want something edgy, or epic. If you don’t like quirky humor, or stories about relationships and friendships.

88
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Messy

See it if You like quirky, smart humor; female-centric stories; stories about Lesbian relationships

Don't see it if If you're squeamish about discussions around the female anatomy

79
During previews
Delightful, Great singing, Spirited, Resonant, Low budget

See it if You love Fiddler and want to see it done with an even deeper connection to the roots of its people. It's a treat to see it done in Yiddish!

Don't see it if You've never seen the show before. If you want a large-scale, big-budget production.

Also Though the more intimate setting worked, I would have liked to see a p... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Enchanting, Great staging, Tender, Resonant, Masterful

See it if You love Susan Stroman, John Kander or any of the amazing performers. If you like dance, or are curious to see a show that uses it well.

Don't see it if You absolutely HATE dance. If you don't like love stories that aren't necessarily the most happy

Also Be aware that there is no singing in this show! John Kander is only re... Read more Read less

61
During previews
An Ordinary Muslim
East Village
Ambitious, Relevant, Cliched, Slow, Predictable

See it if You want to show support for Southeast Asian artists. If you like dramas that mix family and political themes.

Don't see it if You want an easily-digestible, tightly-written play that knows what it wants to be.

Also I wanted to like it because Muslim voices are so underrepresented in N... Read more Read less

25
During previews
Fire and Air
East Village
Excruciating, Lifeless, Great cast, Slow, Forgettable

See it if You're desperate to see any of the individual actors; if you're a Terrence McNally completist.

Don't see it if You are on the fence about McNally's work or John Doyle's work. If you like ambitious and exciting work.

77
During previews
Hundred Days
East Village
Great singing, Beautiful music, Great lighting, Indulgent, Pretentious

See it if You want to see a concert of indie-folk songs, interspersed with a narrative account of the Abigail and Shaun Bengson's relationship.

Don't see it if You want to see a "musical" by the usual sense of the word. If you don't like stories told mostly through narration (as opposed to dialogue)

Also I don't have a problem with this loose style of theatre. I'm all for e... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Mary Jane
East Village
Disappointing, Slow, Honest, Fine, Unremarkable

See it if You like straightforward, ordinary plays with emotional subject matter.

Don't see it if You want something innovative, exciting, or compellingly written. If you have a child with severe health problems you may find it triggering

85
During previews
Her Portmanteau
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Emotionally complex

See it if You've seen Sojourners, and want to see the story come full circle. If you like family mother/daughter family drama.

Don't see it if You only want boundary-pushing theatre with exciting staging and highly stylized writing. This is more simple and straightforward.

Also You don't absolutely have to have seen Sojourners before seeing this, ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Thrilling, Genius, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see the best production of Troilus and Cressida you'll ever see. If you want to see Shakespeare modernization at its best.

Don't see it if You hate Shakespeare? If the guns and violence will be triggering for you.

95
Runaways
Midtown W
Ambitious, Resonant, Thrilling, Masterful, Great ensemble cast

See it if you want to see a unique piece of theatre that perfectly captures the pain of these young runaways. Extremely powerful and emotional.

Don't see it if You don't like experimental musical theatre. If you need a clear plot-line. If you're triggered by graphic descriptions of abuse.

81
Absorbing, Enchanting, Resonant, Could have been longer

See it if You love immersive theatre, & you've already done Sleep No More. It's a really interesting and different experience, w/ some really beauty.

Don't see it if You hate immersive theatre. Also, at 2h and $110/ticket, GP isn't as much "bang for your buck" as Sleep No More. But it's still cool!

81
Incognito
Midtown W
Fascinating, Heartbreaking, Great acting, Intelligent, Requires focus

See it if you like theatre that's intellectual yet also very emotional. If you like Payne's work. The more focus you put in, the more you'll enjoy it.

Don't see it if you don't want a show that requires you to work to stay with it. If you want something simple & easy to understand.

73
Paramour
Midtown W
Entertaining, Fluffy, Spectacle, Great acrobatics, Stupid story

See it if You enjoy acrobatics and spectacle, and just want an entertaining evening. Don't judge it by the standards of an actual musical

Don't see it if You are put off by the banal story-line and dialogue. If you don't like acrobatics.

70
Indian Summer
Midtown W
Charming, Interesting characters, So-so writing, Deep or pretentious?, Entertaining

See it if You want a charming coming of age love story with entertaining characters and a hint of serious issues

Don't see it if You value strongly written dialogue, if you don't like exaggerated character archetypes, if you want something groundbreaking and ambitious

79
The Judas Kiss
Brooklyn
Engaging, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, 2nd act drags

See it if You are interested in Oscar Wilde and his story, if you are curious about this new incarnation of the play, if you like Rupert Everett

Don't see it if If you don't like plays that are wordy. If you're put off by nudity. The second act is also significantly slower than the first.

84
Daphne's Dive
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Resonant

See it if You want a beautiful, emotional drama about life, pain & finding comfort in others. Samira Wiley is excellent.

Don't see it if If you prefer shows that are more plot-heavy. This play is more driven by character and relationships than events.

70
Signature Plays
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Bizarre

See it if you enjoy experimental theatre by well-known playwrights. If you are familiar with the plays and curious to see them done live.

Don't see it if You aren't into weird, surreal stuff. If you want easy-to-understand stories and characters.

90
During previews
Midsummer: A Banquet
Greenwich V
Entertaining, Good food, Great acting, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if You like Shakespeare, and you like immersive experiences, if you don't mind eating during the show. Worth seeing even if tired of the play!

Don't see it if You like productions that are more proscenium-based. If you hate Shakespeare.

Also I had 3 main worries going in, and luckily, none of them ended up comi... Read more Read less

75
Open
Midtown W
Great acting, Emotional, Clever

See it if You enjoy one-person shows that explore loss and Queer issues.

Don't see it if You don't like a lot of narration, if you want something lighthearted, or large-scale

Also The reason my score isn't higher is mainly because I don't like shows ... Read more Read less

85
Mac Beth
West Village
Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like to see Shakespeare's plays re-contextualized, not just by changing the setting, but by adding an cool and unexpected framing device

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare very traditional.

83
During previews
Messy, Poignant, Stylized, Hilarious, then dark, Bizarre

See it if You want topical issues explored in a non-naturalistic style. If you like surrealist exaggerations used to illustrate real-world points.

Don't see it if You're tired of plays about sexism in the workplace. If you like plays to be written in a straightforward, naturalistic style.

68
During previews
The White Devil
West Village
Smart, Ambitious

See it if You've been looking for more Jacobean Revenge Tragedy in your life, and if you want it to be played fairly straight with some fun bits.

Don't see it if You want a production that commits to its tone. Does it want to be serious or funny?

Also I've actually seen this play onstage before, and I've read it. IMO it ... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Mies Julie
East Village
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like re-imaginings of classic plays that really take liberties to explore new territory. If you prefer short shows.

Don't see it if If you want to see Miss Julie, the Strindberg play. This is Mies Julie, a Yael Farber play based on a Strindberg play.

65
During previews
Funny, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Heavy-handed

See it if You are a big Raúl Esparza fan; if you love Brecht no matter what; if you like allegories

Don't see it if If you like allegories w/ subtlety; if you hate John Doyle's work; if you don't want to see Nazi symbols & gestures performed repeatedly

90
Intelligent, Profound, Messy, Moving

See it if You love to see Chekhov challenged and deepened by Shakespeare. If you love Bedlam’s work.

Don't see it if You hate both Chekhov and Shakespeare, or if you like them simple and straightforward (and separate). If you want slmething big and splashy

Also In my opinion, it’s not really a “mash up.” It’s a production of Uncle... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Epic, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if You like Shakespeare; you want to support an all-Asian cast; you want to experience this rarely-done trilogy in a comparatively compact way

Don't see it if You hate Shakespeare; if you can't devote 2 evenings or a whole day to it. You're expecting a production with Asian-American themes.

Also I'd encourage people to see this even if (they think) they don't like ... Read more Read less

77
Smart, Nuanced, Amusing, Great acting, Slow

See it if You want to see a very intelligent, detail-oriented direction, with an interesting take on some key scenes, and keen eye for clever comedy.

Don't see it if You want a comedy that's fast-paced and uproariously funny. This is funny in a kind of smart, subtle way.

79
During previews
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Fluffy, Trying really hard

See it if You like old-fashioned mistaken-identity farces, written entirely in rhyming couplets

Don't see it if You don’t like heavy reliance on wordplay & anachronisms. If you prefer something w/ substance. If you don’t want to work to follow the plot

Also I had fun, and I enjoyed it more and more as the show went on. I’d say... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Great acting, Clever, Thought-provoking, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you've never seen Zoo story onstage. It's a classic, & rarely done professionally. If you want a good mix of weird, funny, and experimental

Don't see it if You want something fast-paced, with lots of movement. If you want easy theatre that doesn't require close attention.

Also All three actors do an excellent job, especially with the humor. Neuge... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if You like plays that are complex, but rich and rewarding; plays that span a long period of time but do so in a creative and engaging way.

Don't see it if You want something simple, and fluffy, that doesn't require you to engage and think.

Also I knew very little about the history and politics that the show dealt ... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Resonant, Slow, Intelligent

See it if You want to see this modern classic performed with a great cast.

Don't see it if You're expecting it to match with the original. Urie does a very good job, but he's not Harvey.

77
During previews
Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Fluffy, Great staging

See it if You want to see a top-notch cast with impeccable comic timing in a tight, well-staged farce.

Don't see it if If you don't like farce. If you want a consistency in humor. Some jokes are very clever & intelligent, while others are lazy & lowbrow.

Also At the moment, at least, it seems like they are throwing all the jokes... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Sojourners
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Tender, Simple, Sparse

See it if You want a fairly straightforward play exploring the lives of a Nigerian immigrant family in a very intimate, human way.

Don't see it if You're looking for grandstanding political statements, or high-energy, dynamic staging. If you're not planning to see Her Portmanteau.

77
The Golden Bride
Financial
Entertaining, Funny, Sweet story, Jewish, Great singing

See it if You like Yiddish theatre, want to see an entertaining slice of theatre history, or just want a sweet, funny story. Excellent singers, too!

Don't see it if You don't like Yiddish theatre, or if you don't want to read supertitles.

78
Entertaining, Great acting, Well-written

See it if You want to see 4 perfectly-cast women go head to head in a well-written comedy.

Don't see it if You're looking for anything serious or lasting. Also, avoid sitting in the very back of the theatre. It felt miles away.

73
War
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Messy

See it if You like Jacob-Jenkins' work. If you want ambitious theatre that deals with important issues in creative ways.

Don't see it if You want simple, straightforward theatre. The scenes are good but the monologues take up too much time, and feel tedious.

86
Enchanting, Great staging, Resonant, Great singing

See it if You love the the style of music. If you like creatively staged theatre that gives a new spin on old stories.

Don't see it if you don't like sung-through shows. The plot is pretty simple, but there are moments when it isn't clear what exactly is happening

80
O'Neill (Unexpected)
East Village
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Funny/chilling, A good experience

See it if You like O'Neill and want to see his earlier work (particularly to see his comedic style). If you want an intimate evening of theatre.

Don't see it if You don't care about O'Neill. If you're looking for great performances. The actors aren't bad, but nothing to write home about

85
Ambitious, Fascinating, Philisophical, Powerful, Unique

See it if You like theatre that's experimental in content & form. If you want to see a particular actor.

Don't see it if If you want a plot-based play, rather than a vehicle for philosophical ideas and theatrical experimentation.

75
Clever, Entertaining, Cute, Simple

See it if You're curious to see the show done by professional kids, putting an new spin on a classic.

Don't see it if You're looking for highly polished performances and production values. If you want more ambitious, serious theatre

70
During previews
Entertaining, Banal, Nice message, Unextraordinary

See it if You just want a nice, simple evening in the theatre, with a nice mix of humor and heart. If you like Beth Behrs.

Don't see it if If you'd rather see something more compelling and original. If you want something you'll remember in years to come.

85
During previews
Ambitious, Dated, Great acting, Great direction

See it if You want to see a brilliant female director try (successfully, in my opinion) to subvert the sexism in this classic play.

Don't see it if The misogynistic play itself makes you too uncomfortable. If 2h10m w/ no intermission is too long for you.