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Reviews (50)
89
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing
February 6th, 2023

See it if you'd enjoy an intense but beautifully performed Spanish play about love, loss, mourning, & acceptance.

Don't see it if discussion/descriptions of the violent terrorist attack at the Orlando Pulse nightclub is triggering.

Also Spanish speaker, so I didn't use the caption device. Can't comment on ... Read more Read less

92
Masterful, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing
February 2nd, 2023

See it if This? This changed my mind about Sondheim. I digged this.

Don't see it if No reason. I tried entering the lottery many times after striking it lucky once. Go if and when it moves to broadway.

85
Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing
February 2nd, 2023

See it if for funny, tender, funny again story telling.

Don't see it if hoping for a more traditional stand-up routine.

79
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky
February 2nd, 2023

See it if you'd enjoy a post apocalyptic puppet play with a love story and broody The Dark Crystal-esque vibes.

Don't see it if It's not alway coherent, and I didn't walk thinking it had a compelling raison d'être, but it was still neat & entertaining.

85
Dizzying, Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting
February 2nd, 2023

See it if you'd like great acting & bewildering characters in an overall great comedy-drama.

Don't see it if looking for light-hearted laughs. While this play has them, it comes with large doses of serious content.

75
During previews
The Wanderers
Midtown W
Overwrought, Predictable, Entertaining, Solid acting
February 2nd, 2023

See it if you want an entertaining-enough, well acted 1h40 play exploring relationship grass-is-always-greener...

Don't see it if you want something light-hearted

Also Mostly disappointed by the use of an entirely predictable and unnecess... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Ye Bear & Ye Cubb
Midtown E
Intelligent, Refreshing, Funny, Chaotic, Charming
December 9th, 2022

See it if you'd enjoy a refreshing play that's both self aware yet not 'full of it.' Chaotic, mayhem-even, but ultimately you leave v. impressed.

Don't see it if small cast, intimate, & interactive theater is not your jam; or if you need your consumption of art/acting to be imbued with seriousness.

Also It's good in how it challenges you to be present & thinking; to enjoy ... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Old-timey razzle dazzle, Great singing, Entertaining, Great acting
December 9th, 2022

See it if you want to see a musical that has that old-timey broadway razzle-dazzle. 2nd half was more interesting than 1st.

Don't see it if you want edgy/innovation. Still a 30's vibe & humor at heart, even with welcomed (tho mostly unexplored) changes to Daphne & cast.

79
Off Peak
Midtown E
Indulgent, Entertaining, Quirky, Great acting, Funny
December 2nd, 2022

See it if you'd like a quick, two person play dissecting a failed relationship and decades delayed post-mortem of it.

Don't see it if you need a big production. This is intimate theater. Some dialogue felt forced/unnatural (but, it turns out, was intentional), FYI.

Also This was cute, funny, & entertaining, but not groundbreaking; a slice ... Read more Read less

94
During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Must see
December 1st, 2022

See it if you'd enjoy something so funny, it figuratively hurts. Gut punches and side-splitting laughs in a well-done subversive play/comedy.

Don't see it if you need a linear play/plot; this one delivers its critique via unrelated (but related) vignettes or if you can't handle critique of USA.

Also So nice, I saw it twice; within the same week. Deceptively challenging... Read more Read less

88
Nutcracker Rouge
Brooklyn
An experience!, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever
November 22nd, 2022

See it if you'd enjoy a sophisticated-feeling burlesque show, loosely adapted from The Nutcracker. Opulent. Fun.

Don't see it if you're a ballet purist or are prudish. The ballet elements were great, but the aerialist elements were the highlight.

Also 2022. As Company XIV productions go, I liked Seven Sins a littler bett... Read more Read less

81
Fun, Entertaining, Clever
November 22nd, 2022

See it if you'd like a fun, light-hearted jukebox musical.

Don't see it if you're unfamiliar/not a fan of the mostly early aughties and tens pop songs. Half the fun is enjoying how a particular pop song is used.

Also It's a jukebox musical, y'all. One that sticks to the original lyrics,... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Relevant, Methodically-slow, Great acting
November 21st, 2022

See it if interested in a short, well-acted monologue/play on the destructive nature of racism.

Don't see it if expecting a surprise-of-a-who dunnit; a large production; or elaborate set.

Also As a bang-for-your-buck proposition, it was hard not to walk away a li... Read more Read less

79
My Broken Language
Midtown W
Monolog-quy vignettes, Poignant, Quirky, Great acting, Ambitious
November 21st, 2022

See it if a W.Philly Puertoriqueña’s journey finding the words that match her world piques your interest w/ lyrical/poetic narration, music, movement.

Don't see it if desiring a ‘traditional’ play. It’s heavy on monologue. At-times over the top w/ literary references.

Also How to distill a whole autobiography to 90 minutes? I have no insights... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Music better than show, Vacuous, Vapid, Disappointing
November 10th, 2022

See it if you want to pre-game & ride a buzz (like a sizeable # had this night) to take in some good-enough renditions of ND songs.

Don't see it if expecting a moving story to draw you in & create feels(good bad otherwise). Felt like rubbernecking a spectacle. No connection. Songs OK.

Also Young Diamond, when not singing, sounded like Bob from Bob's Burger to... Read more Read less

92
Great music, Poignant, Resonant, Must see, Great acting
November 10th, 2022

See it if you'd enjoy a delightfully substantial, honest, yet simple (in execution) father-son story, w/ immigrant/first gen & acceptance themes.

Don't see it if don't like plays that take a a minimalist approach to staging/production. My 2c, it put the focus squarely where it needed to be!

Also I'm glad I saw this; I was initially dissuaded by the initial "it's tw... Read more Read less

83
Shared Sentences
East Village
Well staged, Resonant, Honest, Relevant
November 3rd, 2022

See it if interested in an exploration of the heart-break, struggle, and pangs of guilt of having an incarcerated loved one. Well acted. Honest.

Don't see it if you're all too familiar with the matter. For the unfamiliar, it's a good window into complex feelings and struggles of those on the outside.

92
Delightful, Ambitious, Funny, Quirky, Refreshing
November 2nd, 2022

See it if you'd like a wonderfully funny yet moving story of vulnerability and self-discovery through queer protagonists.

Don't see it if you need a big production: this is intimate theater at its finest. Or if you feel on the outs with Spanglish, mostly (not always) translated

Also This was wonderful! More of this, please. Some of the acting was a lit... Read more Read less

79
#Crazyland
Queens
Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking
October 22nd, 2022

See it if you'd enjoy a thoughtful play on toxic partisanship and its impact on the evolution (demise?) of the art of reporting.

Don't see it if you need a big production; it's intimate. (FYI: near Queens/Queensboro Plaza NOT near Kaufman Studios, a common misdirect by GoogleCal &iOS)

Also Show did a good job at showcasing the tension media/news currently fac... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Hound Dog
West Village
Hallucinatory, Frenetic, Quirky, Frantic
October 20th, 2022

See it if you'd enjoy a surreal, mostly hallacinatory play/musical exploring grief and familial & cultural duty/burdens/reconciliation

Don't see it if 80 of 90 min. of frantic, bordering on the petulant, dream/psychedelic trip-as-mean-of processing family resentments/duties is too chaotic.

Also Felt like whiplash; in need of paring down and slowing down. Even the ... Read more Read less

77
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intelligent, Refreshing
October 19th, 2022

See it if interested in a well-acted play/series of vignettes on the mental/physical negotiations between care-givers and care-receivers.

Don't see it if you want something light & breezy; cast tackles weighty subjects on living with disabilities, isolation and, literally, the cost of living

Also Delightfully slow and intentional; personally, I could have done witho... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Quirky, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining, Cute
October 19th, 2022

See it if you'd like a quirky YOLO dark comedy-musical brought to you by way of Kimberly's exceedingly rare genetic condition + her toxic family

Don't see it if you don't like dark comedies--the adult figures it satirizes are indeed over the top and (mostly) unbelievable.

Also Saw it in Previews. It's fun and I see why so many people love it; it'... Read more Read less

84
During previews
You Will Get Sick
Midtown W
Ambitious, Funny, Quirky, Refreshing, Cerebral
October 17th, 2022

See it if you'd enjoy a play about human frailty, presented in an untraditional yet intriguing style with fantastical elements.

Don't see it if you need your theatre 'traditional' or mostly digested for you or dislike being made to work or suspend disbelief to get at its message.

Also Saw this in its first preview. I really enjoyed it--though I didn't kn... Read more Read less

70
During previews
KPOP (Broadway)
Midtown W
Fun, Needs focus, Refreshing, Entertaining, Quirky
October 14th, 2022

See it if you're a fan of, or curious about, K-Pop; the show captures the aesthetic well. As with pop generically, it's saccharine and mostly fun.

Don't see it if you're looking to be moved by a strong plot or connection via strong character development.

Also 1st preview, so there's likely many tweaks to come. Sound-mixing & vol... Read more Read less

88
Titanique
Gramercy
Campy, Delightful
October 13th, 2022

See it if you like campy musicals. I was splendidly surprised.

Don't see it if if you don't like camp; or a little raunchy humor.

Also Great collective singing! As one can expect, lots of pop culture refer... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking
October 12th, 2022

See it if you'd enjoy a large ensemble, cross-gen play about a Jewish family in Austria during the slow, steady march to facism and its atrocities.

Don't see it if seeing Nazi and anti-semitic imagery is too painful; if keeping track of a large ever-aging ensemble is hard.

Also Excellently acted; the ensemble is very large and it was a little dizz... Read more Read less

80
Short, Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever
October 9th, 2022

See it if you like close-up magic in an intimate setting, with a few mind-reading tricks to boot.

Don't see it if you're looking for something ground breaking. It's a solid show and Asi is a masterful, but it didn't feel like a new perspective/take.

70
During previews
Slow, Edgy, Predictable, Dated, Great acting
October 9th, 2022

See it if you'd enjoy two strong actors performing in a play commenting on race, sibling rivalry, and social class.

Don't see it if you're impatient--the drive is slow and ultimately predictable--and the drama comes to a head only in the last 10 minutes.

Also Objectively good acting; staging was good. Can definitely see siblings... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Peerless
Midtown E
Great acting, Dark, Relevant, Dizzying, Ambitious
October 9th, 2022

See it if you're game for a dark comedy with a very loose nod to Macbeth, touching upon fraught issues of race in college admissions, among others.

Don't see it if you don't like dark humor, farcical teenage characters, or zero sum treatment of marginalization-as-competition

Also Acting was solid; I just didn't buy the characters, even in their exag... Read more Read less

91
Ink'dWell
Midtown E
Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing, Thought-provoking
October 3rd, 2022

See it if you'd enjoy a wonderfully acted play of a family in distress, coping and coming to terms with the suicide of a loved one.

Don't see it if the subject matter is too heavy or its intensity felt too great/too close in this really small theater.

Also Saw it in previews 10/1, with the actors having just received 5 new pa... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Resonant, Heart-wrenching, Absorbing, Riveting
September 29th, 2022

See it if you'd enjoy a solid reinterpretation of a classic.

Don't see it if you prefer your Willy Loman's delusional rather than living w/signs of dementia. With all we know now, it's hard not to see this possibility

Also Admittedly, it's been several minutes (Jr. High?) since I read the sou... Read more Read less

79
Reenactment, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant
September 26th, 2022

See it if want to see a live reenactment of an important 1965 debate, demonstrating that the more things change the more they stay the same.

Don't see it if a word-for-word reenactment of this historical event (save for the last ~5 minutes) wouldn't give you bang for your buck.

Also Supporting The Public Theater and this production, specifically, is re... Read more Read less

87
Delightful, Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining
September 23rd, 2022

See it if in the mood for a fun, splashy musical with a great heart and even greater dancing in kinky boots.

Don't see it if a good heart & spirit of a show is minimized when, again, it falls on the historically marginalized to 'teach'/'accomodate' the hegemon

83
During previews
1776 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Relevant
September 19th, 2022

See it if you'd enjoy a clever retelling of our country's founding moments, poignantly and diversely recast.

Don't see it if any depiction of our country's founders as anything less than demi-gods upsets your sensibilities or if 2h45min is too long.

Also I went in blind to this show, not knowing it's been around since 1969.... Read more Read less

93
american (tele)visions
East Village
Unparalleled, Thought-provoking, Dizzying, Eccentric, Delightful
September 15th, 2022

See it if you like leaving theater delightfully taken-aback; asking what did I just experience; concluding it was good, but not fully appreciating why

Don't see it if a non-linear, oft-campy/fantastical, "EverythingEverywhereAllAtOnce"-eque immigrant story, touching on gender & sexuality & more is not 4 U.

Also This is one of those shows where so much is going on, there's just no ... Read more Read less

81
During previews
I’m Revolting
Chelsea
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Riveting
September 13th, 2022

See it if you want an interestingly premised character exploration on how we emotionally deal (or not deal) with sickness; here, skin cancers.

Don't see it if you want lots of action--the play unfolds in a waiting room, while most of the cast is seated--or if the subject matter is triggering.

Also This was a peek into the messiness of humanity when faced with our own... Read more Read less

75
During previews
This Beautiful Future
West Village
Trippy, aimless, poignant
September 12th, 2022

See it if you want to see a story of (very naive) young love, during a very dark period in history.

Don't see it if naïveté annoys you or if you can't make believe the actors are 16, which makes the naïveté unbearable.It's fine; good even; but felt aimless

Also The actors were great; the occasional off-key note or mumble from the ... Read more Read less

82
Burbank
East Village
Absorbing, great staging, lean, relevant, rushed
September 7th, 2022

See it if you're curious about the 1941 Disney animator's strike, capably showcased in this 3 person play on the inequities at the House of Mouse.

Don't see it if you want or expect a big production; need a neatly, fully fleshed conclusion to the dramatization of this historical event.

Also The 80 minute play went by quickly--perhaps too quickly; the actors we... Read more Read less

80
Thought-provoking, ambitious, intelligent
September 2nd, 2022

See it if you'd enjoy a story that well captures the emotion, essence and tensions of a budding relationship with elements of immigrant otherness.

Don't see it if you're expecting perfect acting/dialogue--it's a little uneven in this regard--but it was easy to see past that and into the play's heart.

Also As others have pointed out, the dialogue can be a little clunky and un... Read more Read less

75
Humorous, quirky, clever, minimalist
August 31st, 2022

See it if a fluffy, family-friendly heart-tugging story told through a set-less one-man show suits your fancy.

Don't see it if you want a little more production value for the price of admission or if oversentimentality irks you.

Also Overall it was OK for me. Mr. Woods is great at story telling; impress... Read more Read less

80
Los Otros
Midtown W
Impressive voices, intimate, svelte production
August 28th, 2022

See it if you like strong voices, weaving interconnected encounters, in an intimate musical.

Don't see it if you’re expecting a razzle-dazzle musical; or catchy tunes; or big production.

Also As a story of passing connections and how these shape your life, the m... Read more Read less

92
Seven Sins
Brooklyn
Riveting, delightful, enchanting, sensual
August 24th, 2022

See it if you want to see a remarkable burlesque show with amazing aerialists. Cirque du Soleil but scantily clad. I walked away impressed.

Don't see it if scantily clad bodies have you clutching your pearls. It IS tasteful burlesque, after all. There's a theme, if not a traditional 'plot'.

Also I wasn't really sure what to expect. Was worried it *might* be seedy. ... Read more Read less

90
Edgy, thought-provoking, clever, excruciating
August 24th, 2022

See it if a clever musical at the the intersection of race, sexuality, familial drama is something you'd appreciate.

Don't see it if such subjects offend your sensibilities; though all the more reason to see it. Some lyrics were hard to hear, literally & figuratively.

80
Clever, unique, funny, refreshing
August 22nd, 2022

See it if you like improv, Colin Mocherie and his quick wit, in a show that (uniquely, I think) incorporates hypnotized audience members.

Don't see it if you think hypnosis is bogus or are inclined to believe selected audience members are "plants." Don't see if you're expecting a scripted show

Also Improv is not my thing, but the premise for the show was interesting e... Read more Read less

80
Funny, entertaining, absorbing
August 16th, 2022

See it if you're a Billy Crystal fan or fan of well-timed zingers. Can it be crass and out of place? Yes. At some level we can all enjoy potty humor.

Don't see it if you want great music. I really can't remember any of it. At its heart, this is a half comedy show/half sitcom. Billy Crystal hamming it up.

81
Between The Lines
Midtown W
Cute, whimsical, entertaining
August 16th, 2022

See it if you'd enjoy a cute family-friendly, light-hearted musical with broadway-adjacent production value.

Don't see it if you wish to see some poignant perspective on youth angst/drama. It doesn't want to be nor is it trying to be THAT deep. A little escapism.

Also It's entertaining; fun even (for this decidedly NOT young adult), and ... Read more Read less

91
Oresteia
Upper E Side
Ambitious, riveting, intelligent, absorbing
August 16th, 2022

See it if you want to see a reframing/re-envisioning of a greek tragedy but that feels modern nonetheless. Fantastic acting by Hille.

Don't see it if slow, measured pacing isn't your thing. At 3.5 hours, it's long. For sure I thought I'd nod off, but it was surprisingly engrossing.

79
For a previous production
Intelligent, fast-paced if uneven production
August 16th, 2022

See it if you enjoy a drama about untruthfulness, in various iterations in family and personal dynamics.It made me want to read the original play.

Don't see it if your hearing's not so great. Venue's acoustics; pulse of ceiling fans; din of the A/C, translated to missing lots of dialogue.

Also Sat in Row G and it was hard to hear. The folks behind me similarly co... Read more Read less

90
Quirky, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful
August 1st, 2022

See it if you like campy, catchy irreverent musicals.

Don't see it if you're expecting a thought provoking musical. This one is just a fun, silly time with singable songs.

Also There's nothin

78
Overrated, Entertaining, Clever, Indulgent, Disappointing
August 1st, 2022

See it if you like Sondheim and ol'timey musicals, with a clever blending of various fairy tales.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of Sondheim or seemingly anachronistic musicals.

Also Based on audience scores and critical reviews, I'm clearly in the mino... Read more Read less