James 7331

Syracuse | 65+ | Male
About:  I still work for Syracuse University doing workshops for teachers in Harlem so I am in NYC only a few days a month but always go to plays the nights I am here, and would like to hear from other theater lovers, any age, either gender.
Reviews (25)
90
During previews
The Winning Side
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious
October 4th, 2018

See it if you enjoy historical plays that include a romantic plat as well, great acting, excellent use of one actor portraying numerous roles, innovat

Don't see it if you do not enjoy historical dramas, shows with numerous flashbacks

61
During previews
Intrusion
Midtown W
Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Fluffy
September 1st, 2018

See it if You like one-person shows that begin with a good potential plot and then never return to that plot; too many tangents

Don't see it if For all of the above reasons

78
Arizona Justice
East Village
Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Arizona political corruption of 60s & 70s exposed
September 1st, 2018

See it if you enjoy one-person expose of little known political corruption in Arizona written and acted by the researcher/activist

Don't see it if You do not like one-person presentations and in-depth historical shows.

82
During previews
Private Peaceful
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking
August 29th, 2018

See it if You enjoy a one-man show with great acting that presents the evils of war through a case study of one WWI soldier who has to defy an order.

Don't see it if You do not like one-man shows, minimal set, tragic ending

79
Sixteen
East Village
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense
August 28th, 2018

See it if You enjoy examining how we should deal with 16-year olds who commit nonviolent crimes. Should gov't spend money to rescue them?

Don't see it if You prefer lighter plots or comedies or musicals.

77
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent
May 22nd, 2018

See it if You enjoy puppets mixed with your musical entertainment and good songs on racism and purpose of life, etc.

Don't see it if you are looking for a more traditional musical without puppets

90
Great singing, Must see, Entertaining, Great writing
April 24th, 2018

See it if You are a Donna Summer fan and loved her songs. Three very talented singers portray her and all are great singers.

Don't see it if You do not care for shows like "Beautiful" or Motown"--musicals about the lives of singers or if you not a Donna Summer fan

65
Broad Comedy
Soho/Tribeca
Disappointing, Funny, Cliched, Raunchy, Slow
March 20th, 2018

See it if you enjoy a group of five women performing somewhat dated comic songs, some very clever but overall slow moving;

Don't see it if you expect political satire material like the Capital Steps (although most people laughed a lot; if 100s of F-bombs are not funny to you

Also talented but material needs updating

81
Shooter
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Riveting
March 19th, 2018

See it if if you enjoy a suspenseful, complex story dealing with today's mass shootings at schools that leaves the audience with many unanswered quest

Don't see it if you prefer lighter entertainment that is easy to follow.

80
The Melting Pot
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking
March 19th, 2018

See it if You enjoy a historical drama of two early 20th Century Russian immigrants--Christian & Jewish; creative, good singing

Don't see it if you are unable to walk up 4 flights of stairs to a theater ironically called Access or if you dislike historical drama

96
Enchanting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great singing, Riveting
March 19th, 2018

See it if You have been a solid Bruce fan since the 70s and love his music and want to learn the story of its origins

Don't see it if If you have been to his concerts and expect just another concert, for this is more story telling and low key versions of his songe

89
Is God Is
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Intense, Riveting
March 12th, 2018

See it if When I went to see this, i had no idea what to expect, but I greatly enjoyed the surrealistic version of God in this all African-American sh

Don't see it if You are offended by unorthodox religious themes with excessive violence or prefer light entertainment although there is plenty of wit here

90
Having Our Say
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Epic, Delightful
February 28th, 2018

See it if You enjoy a well acted two-character drama based on two real life sisters who reflect on their hundred years of life as African-Americans

Don't see it if You only like fast-paced, action shows and have little patience for pure dialog about the struggles of the main characters

91
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Raunchy, Must see
February 6th, 2018

See it if you enjoy clever, raunchy humor, great singing, and great comedy

Don't see it if you cannot stand Jerry Spring type, offensive skits and humor

78
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Great acting, Entertaining
January 15th, 2018

See it if You are an avid Lithgow fan who does not need a plot driven show and if you love story telling

Don't see it if you have high expectations to learn loads of insights into Lithgow's life or if you do not tolerate slow moving theater

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Dated, Thought-provoking, Intense
January 10th, 2018

See it if you enjoy a case study of a civil rights issue that confronted our country a few decades ago (and perhaps still does), with great acting

Don't see it if you prefer light, humorous theater

88
Clever, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Must see
January 5th, 2018

See it if you enjoy Sondheim musicals with a complex plot that contains both humor and tragedy, and great acting; a real "must see."

Don't see it if you dislike musicals, content from 19th century, implausible plots

90
Wicked (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting
December 14th, 2017

See it if You would like to see a very clever adaption of Wizard of Oz that is well acted

Don't see it if You do not want to see a twist on the original motives and personalities of the witches in Oz

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing
December 1st, 2017

See it if you saw the original, as I did, back in the sixties and loved it, for this is even better!

Don't see it if you do not enjoy musicals although this may convert you

78
Chicago (Broadway)
Midtown W
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing
November 27th, 2017

See it if you enjoy a great musical, great acting, sets, and choreography. It takes you back to a romanticize view of Chicago's gangster era.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy musicals that are a bit thin on realism and plot

94
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing
November 27th, 2017

See it if you enjoy a satirical musical with great. clever songs that enhance the plot, good acting, and two memorable main characters.

Don't see it if you are a fundamentalist Christian with no sense of humor

81
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging
November 27th, 2017

See it if you enjoy a show with great music, dancing and a real plot that holds your interest.

Don't see it if you are homophobic and are not interested in shows with happy endings

94
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Must see
November 27th, 2017

See it if you enjoyed the movie for this is far better. I did not think the Broadway musical could top Jack Black's film but it does.

Don't see it if you only enjoy realistic, slow-paced musicals rather than this high energy, pulsating musical filled with talented performers

93
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing
November 27th, 2017

See it if You are a Carole King fan and interested in how she got into songwriting and her unsuccessful marriage to Jerry Garfin.

Don't see it if you do not care for Carole King songs although this show may convert anyone into becoming a Carole King fan

71
Entertaining, Funny, Banal, Great singing, Delightful
November 27th, 2017

See it if Perhaps this show appeals mainly to those over age 60 who can recall the music of the fifties which the four women perform very well.

Don't see it if you do not love the music and songs of the fifties, for otherwise the plot is very thin