J-Rock

Seattle | 25-34 | Male
About:  Theater Geek since the age of 12 and still going strong!!!
Reviews (54)
53
Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Epic, Overrated

See it if you like community theater level professional theater

Don't see it if you want to see something that makes an older musical relevant or interesting for today's audiences

Also Bart Sher has made name for himself reviving musicals and supposedly m... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Cliched, Funny, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if you liked the movie and are looking for no further develoment

Don't see it if you expect to see an expansion on some great characters from the movie

Also The movie was a breath of fresh air in regards to characterization, pr... Read more Read less

29
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Gratuitous, Slow

See it if you enjoy shows that have more shock value than artistic value

Don't see it if you don't enjoy raunch under the guise of telling a story about grief.

Also This show went too far. If the script didn't overtly depend on shock v... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you love CLASSIC musical comedy. They stage work is excellent even if the story is a bit dated.

Don't see it if you don't like musical theater or you don't like people clapping when characters just walk on the stage...it happens a lot.

Also What is brilliant about this show is that it is a total throwback to t... Read more Read less

75
Detained
WaHi/Inwood
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a well structured and smartly engaging piece of theater.

Don't see it if You struggle with perceived stereotypes and/or you are looking for fluff.

Also This piece was wildly thought provoking for me. I think that the idea ... Read more Read less

69
Afterglow
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a predictable, formulaic story that is stimulating but does not feel fresh at all.

Don't see it if you don't like gay people.

95
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if you want a FUN musical that does not take itself too seriously. This show is a great adaption with fun characters and top notch performers.

Don't see it if you don't like the Wild West.

Also This show, that takes many notes from Shakespeare's Measure for Measur... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Disappointing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you like Michael Moore and his standard delivery against the establishment.

Don't see it if you like Trumpy Boy

80
Wink
East Village
Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you are fan of Hollywood fiction and enjoy watching shows about human connection

Don't see it if you are overtly critical of new work or uncomfortable with transgender issues.

Also The acting was great, smart staging. My only complaint was at a pivota... Read more Read less

70
War Paint
Midtown W
Absorbing, Dated, Great singing

See it if you want to see two FLAWLESS actresses doing what they do best, commanding the stage and bringing the house down with each number

Don't see it if you don't like star vehicles or you want something fresh and engaging

Also Lupone and Ebersol are amazing. We knew that. This show doesn't prove ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Baghdaddy
Midtown W
Clever, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you like theater that makes you think

Don't see it if you are looking for something light and fluffy

Also The show is well staged, beautifully performed and well executed by a ... Read more Read less

90
For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if you are looking for an entertaining and hilarious show!

Don't see it if you don't like pratfalls and well thought out, brilliantly executed comedy.

Also The cast is truly top notch in this well executed, refreshingly funny ... Read more Read less

75
Yen
West Village
Profound, Resonant, Cliched, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a thought provoking, whirlwind, but slightly cliched show.

Don't see it if you don't like heavy drama.

Also This show was well done. I don't appreciate how it was so extreme. The... Read more Read less

85
Big River
Midtown W
Delightful, Resonant, Great singing, Entertaining, Fun

See it if You want to see a great show that is not often produced.

Don't see it if slavery or the deep south make you uncomfortable.

Also I have always loved the music and story of Big River. This production ... Read more Read less

54
During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Quirky, Dizzying

See it if you really, really, really have an urge to see these actors onstage

Don't see it if you have another option

Also The show was well staged and designed and performed. Though, Matthew B... Read more Read less

75
In Transit
Midtown W
Entertaining, Cliched, Great singing

See it if you are a singer or appreciate well sung music. The performers truly are top notch. What they achieve is beautiful to listen to.

Don't see it if you're tired of stereotypical characters and the same stories as other "NYC"-centric musicals. This is not a new story, but sung beautifully

Also This show is wonderfully performed. The talented cast brings a great s... Read more Read less

93
For a previous production
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Enchanting, Refreshing

See it if You want to see beautiful staging complementing a talented and refreshing cast.

Don't see it if the struggle with translation from film to stage is difficult for you.

Also This was one of my favorite out of town try outs I have ever seen. The... Read more Read less

60
Clever, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you love the show and are interested in seeing a good cast.

Don't see it if you enjoy more mainstream or you have seen a more than a few shows off-broadway.

80
Delightful, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you live in NY or have any family who are immigrants

Don't see it if you are clueless

85
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Charming, Great acting

See it if You want something fresh and fun. Edward Gorey is a great subject for a show of this scale. This was beautifully written, directed and acted

Don't see it if You are a curmudgeon. Or if off-Broadway scares you (which it shouldn't of course).

100
The Woodsman
Midtown W
Clever, Enchanting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if You like the Wizard of Oz or you like puppets or you like theater at all! It is so well done, you will regret missing it.

Don't see it if honestly can not think of a reason you shouldn't see this show. It's short, smart, well done, interesting, entertaining, it's just that good

80
Great staging, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if you (like me) don't care for Fiddler because it is often kitschy and over the top portrayal of what could be a decent story.

Don't see it if you are a die-hard fan. This one takes the show and makes it real and gives it heart.

90
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if you have seen any other major musical. Anyone who has studied Shakespeare will have some level of interest. Musical theater comedy gold

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor, you have never seen anything else.

67
Cliched, Disappointing, Great staging, Slow

See it if there are no other options or you are a designer not looking for an engaging experience. Beautiful staging, weak everything else.

Don't see it if your tolerance for slow moving and fractured is low.

100
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Must see, Riveting

See it if you love Carole's music or you want to see an EXCELLENT show. The inspired staging is fun and the cast hits every single mark. Engaging!

Don't see it if you have seen it already. Try something new!

65
Clever, Ambitious, Fluffy

See it if you LOVE the characters and their many quips

Don't see it if you want something a little more exciting

Also The design is great, the actors are fabulous, but in the end this is n... Read more Read less

80
The Chechens
Gramercy
Absorbing, Profound, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like different venues, well developed characters, great acting, intriguing theater

Don't see it if you can't handle being in a hot room where it is difficult to see the action.

69
Entertaining, Dated, Enchanting, Disappointing, Romantic

See it if you are a dancer, like Rogers & Hammerstein or want to see a classic show that is not often produced.

Don't see it if older musicals are not your thing. Remember, this musical is from a time when the art form was growing and still heavily influenced by opera

Also The show is beautiful to watch, the lighting, costumes, sets and gener... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Clever, Exquisite, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you want to see something truly magical. This show defies the norms of Broadway performance.

Don't see it if ...I really can't think of a reason not to see this show. Even if you are not a Harry Potter fan, you will be entranced by the production.

Also This show truly raises the bar for fantasy on Broadway. The cast is ta... Read more Read less

50
One Drop
East Village
Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Clunky, Inconsistent

See it if you are looking for a great story and can disregard writing, composition and inconsistencies in the presentation.

Don't see it if you don't have patience to follow a poorly constructed piece.

Also The cast was great, that staging was well thought out, the music was a... Read more Read less

88
For a previous production
Pop Punk High
Greenwich V
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if you were alive in the late 90's early turn of the century and you know bands like Blink-182, Green Day, Boxcar Racer & others

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable being up close and personal with a talented cast

Also Pop Punk High is an inventive, well written, well performed loved lett... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Ace
Upper W Side
Clever, Repetative, Quirky, Funny, Disappointing

See it if you are a diehard Letterman fan who will find the tidbits entertaining

Don't see it if seeing old men reliving the glory days or typica privileged white male fodder is boring to you.

Also Mr. Greenberg's story is entertaining and great fodder for a comedy sh... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Profound

See it if you want to see 4 excellent actors dig into a great piece!

Don't see it if you don't like theater.

80
Venus
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like oddball, non-linear, well done theater

Don't see it if you can't follow a jump around plot, you are uncomfortable with freakshow performers

75
Significant Other
Midtown W
Cliched, Great acting, Great staging, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if you love the stereotypical stories of a marriage obsessed culture with little to no new perspective

Don't see it if you are sick of marriage, don't like romantic comedies, like stories that have character development in addition to great performances

Also Josh Harmon is a wordsmith but his scripts lack the maturity of a full... Read more Read less

75
Sweat
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a show that tells the story of the struggles of working class Americans that is universal for the suburbs.

Don't see it if you are sick of authors who are unable to step down from their soap box.

Also The show is good. The writing gets preachy at times and by the time we... Read more Read less

97
During previews
Absorbing, Masterful, Profound, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you are looking for something to see. There is no reason not to see this show.

Don't see it if you don't have a pulse.

Also I have not seen a show this good in a LONG time. It is all around fant... Read more Read less

93
Delightful, Clever, Funny, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you want a fun, clever, entertaining night! You don't really need to know the Harry Potter stories well to appreciate this show.

Don't see it if you are looking for something more serious.

Also What a fun show! I am an HUGE HP fan so I was looking with a more crit... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Life According to Saki
East Village
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy lighthearted comedies, quirky stories, British humor, or just want to see a well performed, well written, well executed play.

Don't see it if ...I can't think of any reason I would tell people not to see this show.

Also What a refreshing and fun play! The stories are delightfully portrayed... Read more Read less

90
The Dork Knight
West Village
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Funny, Profound

See it if you want a well written, well performed and FUN, EXCITING narrative.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows

Also This show was beautifully written and performed. Mr. O'Connell's story... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you won't mind the boring staging, un-inspired music and less than stellar direction

Don't see it if you have another option

Also Every now and then a musical comes along that just makes you say...why... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you want to see an amazingly talented cast sing their faces off.

Don't see it if you struggle with minimalistic and un-inspired staging/choreography.

Also The cast is top notch. The staging is minimalistic and dull. This vers... Read more Read less

75
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you want something refreshing and different, you like hip-hop, you want to see work from one of the best contemporary Broadway writers.

Don't see it if you don't like things that are poorly staged, you prefer traditional musical theater (be open!).

Also This is a stunning piece of work. Great performances, great writing, g... Read more Read less

56
Tuck Everlasting
Midtown W
Confusing, Fluffy, Quirky, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you want to sit and watch great set design with a muddy and poorly structured story. Some minor tweaking could greatly help this show!!

Don't see it if you want something with music that doesn't all sound the same. The book, music and structure are disappointing.

25
For a previous production
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Fluffy, Slow

See it if you want to be disappointed. They hype surrounding this show is not earned at all. Yes the music is great (but this team didn't write it)!!

Don't see it if .....just don't see it. The cast is great. The show is bad.

69
Straight
Midtown W
Cliched, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if are against the "gay movement" and you "just can't understand" why gay people exist or you are looking for something well acted & staged.

Don't see it if you are sick of cliche and stereotypical characters that don't contribute anything new or insightful to the dialogue.

65
Delightful, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if You are looking for a light, mindless afternoon/evening. It has the opportunity to do so much and comes off cliche and overtly emotional.

Don't see it if You have something else to see, an aversion to glitter, or you want something to make you think and feel.

70
Prodigal Son
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a fantastic cast.

Don't see it if you are looking for something that is not tired and overdone. The last 10 minutes ruined it. Too cliche.

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if there is a need to rock in your life! Talented kids (cast), great staging and something new and GOOD from Mr. Lloyd Weber. A fun show!

Don't see it if you've seen it before or you are looking for a typical stuffy and boring Lloyd Weber show.

90
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Fluffy, Refreshing, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if you haven't seen it/it's been a while. Unlike most long running shows (read: PHANTOM) Wicked has stayed fresh and engaging with a great cast

Don't see it if You have seen it recently or you've got other options (you know you do)!