J 8074

Brooklyn

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Reviews (16)
90
During previews
Resonant, Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Intense

See it if A beautifully conceived and performed theater piece, moving, poetic, feels classic yet original. Gorgeous arrangements of Dylan's music

Don't see it if You are put off by plays that are set in 1930s Mid-America, are not strictly realistic drama or musical theater,or that echo Wilder, Saroyan

Also Dylan's words and music are not used to tell the story so much as to e... Read more Read less

72
Fire in Dreamland
East Village
Quirky, Romantic, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you're interested in the work of contemporary writers, appreciate good acting, are drawn to characters searching for meaning in their lives

Don't see it if you are put off by predictability, stereotypical situations and characters

Also The play has some strong moments, good use of humor and an excellent p... Read more Read less

77
Intelligent, Absorbing, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if you are looking for a competent,accessible version of Shaw's drama. Strong cast. Offers a clear rendering of the play's ideas and arguments.

Don't see it if you want to find anything new or unexpected in this work.Its straight-forward,enjoyable at times,but the direction can be static and clunky.

Also Condola Rashad is lovely. She brings charm, passion and intelligence t... Read more Read less

80
Great staging, Intelligent, Intense, Slow, Disappointing

See it if If you love O'Neill, it's a worthy effort;if you've never seen the play take the opportunity.Has weaknesses but Manville &Irons are great

Don't see it if You cant endure a 3 1/2 hr portrayal of a sad,dysfunctional family,their struggles and addictions;long monologues;odd Amer. accents by Brits

Also In spite of the 31/2 hr. running time, the play is often performed at ... Read more Read less

85
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Great writing, Funny, Clever, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if you love language, classic comedy written entirely in verse.Well directed and designed, a talented cast who ensure every joke hits the mark

Don't see it if you do not incline toward a play that's written entirely in rhyme;if farcical style is not to your taste you'll find this show a total waste

80
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy clever topical humor and songs presented by a talented,energetic cast of actor/puppeteers. It's as relevant now as when it began.

Don't see it if you are disturbed by the notion of potty-mouthed puppets, don't enjoy parody or New York- themed shows

95
During previews
Epic, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if you've seen this play before or not, this production is brilliant, timely, heartbreaking, funny, essential. Great cast, Garfield is stunning

Don't see it if You do not want a moving, provocative, challenging theater experience. It's not a perfect work but its a great work.

Also The issue of the play's length has been raised many times as if its a ... Read more Read less

80
Delightful, Intelligent, Great acting, Great staging

See it if For Mark Rylance's performance , for the gorgeous singing of Iestyn Davies, the inventive staging and beautiful production design

Don't see it if you don't like modern interpretations of historic figures and have no interest in classical music or dislike counter-tenor singing

77
During previews
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Overrated, Disappointing, Funny

See it if you want a light British comedy, you enjoy plays set in the world of sports or that have a plot built around a con

Don't see it if you are seeking well-developed characters or original story line. Some clever writing but performances were below par for the most part.

Also The play takes place in Sheffield but the accents were all over the Br... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Carmen Jones
East Village
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Fantastic cast in an exciting, intimate production of a rarely performed Hammerstein gem. Anika Noni Rose is a gorgeous Carmen in every way.

Don't see it if In spite of the beautiful, familiar Bizet music, you don't enjoy opera and don't want to see anything that might change that opinion.

Also The choreography by Bill T. Jones is just right. Some have written tha... Read more Read less

85
Thought-provoking, Profound, Slow, Exquisite, Poetic

See it if It is a beautifully spare production,a subtle yet powerful portrayal of love, and grief in the aftermath of tragedy. Excellent design

Don't see it if you don't have patience for a slow-paced, dream-like play. If you don't enjoy abstract or minimalist theater.

90
Mlima's Tale
East Village
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Nottage's play is engaging, wonderfully theatrical political theater;simply done yet conveys the horror and complexity of its subject

Don't see it if You prefer realistic to minimal, imaginative style, don't care to see small cast playing many roles or a thoughtful play on a serious topic

Also Jo Bonney's direction is brilliant as is the set and lighting design. ... Read more Read less

68
Disappointing, Dated

See it if Ridloff's performance is exceptional; ASL is an exciting theatrical language;presents issues/views of deaf culture that may be new to some

Don't see it if you are frustrated by dated, formulaic drama. Some excellent acting but cast is uneven. The production does not overcome play's weaknesses

78
Yerma
Upper E Side
Great acting, Intense, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if for the great cast, esp. Piper and Cowell, who offer brave powerful performances; if you are excited by bold theatrical concept and design

Don't see it if you prefer naturalism, believable characters; are sensitive to loud noise & overmicd voices; are frustrated by flawed revisions of classics

Also Billie Piper's performance is brave, risky, emotionally exhaustive and... Read more Read less

68
Entertaining, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if you enjoy theater created by a talented ensemble of performers, and you like sentimental, feel-good storytelling

Don't see it if The true story the show is based on is genuinely heartwarming but the play is thin and the music unmemorable

68
Disappointing, Relevant, Ambitious, Cliched

See it if you'd like to see a serious family drama played out as a light weight situation comedy and for the excellent work of Jamie Brewer

Don't see it if you are expecting real insight into the issues the play presents. This is a talented cast but the script fell short.