James Eli

Borough of Queens

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Reviews (64)
85
This Beautiful Future
West Village
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
September 22nd, 2022

See it if You want to see an intimate, poignant and powerfully acted love story set during the final days of WWII.

Don't see it if The Holocaust is a trigger for you or if you want elaborate sets and staging.

80
Los Otros
Midtown W
Absorbing, Resonant, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining
September 22nd, 2022

See it if You’d like a charming and simply told story about individuals who eventually come together under unusual circumstances.

Don't see it if You need a “big” musical with elaborate sets and costumes.

70
Absorbing, Poignant, Romantic, Great acting, Ambitious
September 22nd, 2022

See it if See it if you like a touching, gay love story between two men trying to find themselves and their way.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you want elaborate sets and staging, although the projections are first rate as are the performances.

70
Thought-provoking, Slow, Cliched, Ambitious, Absorbing
September 22nd, 2022

See it if You want to see something that is, at times, moving and sweet yet also violent. Simply staged and, mostly, well acted.

Don't see it if You are unable to suspend belief or are looking for opulent staging.

10
Circle Jerk
East Village
Terrible, Raunchy, Indulgent, Overrated, Excruciating
June 22nd, 2022

See it if You are of an age where memes, gifs, and pop culture references mean something to you.

Don't see it if You don’t like farce or if you want more traditional storytelling.

75
The Orchard
Midtown W
Quirky, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious
June 22nd, 2022

See it if ..you want to see an irreverent, unconventional staging of a classic and if you want to witness the genius of Jessica Hecht.

Don't see it if ..you do not like avant-garde productions of classic works.

79
Fun, Delightful, Fluffy, Entertaining, Clever
May 25th, 2022

See it if You like sweet, silly, small-scale musicals that do not take themselves too seriously. Go and have fun!

Don't see it if You want big productions and elaborate sets. If you can’t suspend belief for two hours this is not the show for you.

70
A bit confusing, Charming, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Ambitious
May 17th, 2022

See it if You want to hear beautifully sung original songs and if you want to support new works.

Don't see it if You don’t like sparse productions. also, the accents and character differentiations are sometimes difficult to understand and follow.

100
Must see, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing
May 5th, 2022

See it if You want to see a work of art masterfully done. Beautiful, moving, affecting and the very best of the year.

Don't see it if You need glitz, glam and splashy sets and costumes. Miss this and you miss a masterpiece.

70
The Lucky Star
Midtown E
Heavy-handed, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Ambitious
May 1st, 2022

See it if You want to see a true Holocaust story with solid acting. The first act is absorbing and very well told.

Don't see it if Stories of the Holocaust trigger you. The second act does not live up to the potential of the first act. Though, this story should be heard.

85
Relevant, Great staging, Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious
April 21st, 2022

See it if You like somewhat experimental storytelling with monologues, poetry, dance and heartfelt powerful stories.

Don't see it if Like traditional linear stories/plots with full sets, costumes, etc.

100
Must see, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing
April 21st, 2022

See it if You want to see engrossing drama expertly acted and written

Don't see it if You do not like non-linear storytelling and if tales of child molestation will upset you

75
During previews
¡Americano!
Midtown W
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Entertaining
April 7th, 2022

See it if You want “In the Heights” with politics & if you like solid singing, musicals with heart and a message.

Don't see it if You need a polished, sleek product. The show is good but it needs work, editing & some changes in staging but that’s what previews are for.

65
Disappointing, Great singing, Ambitious
April 4th, 2022

See it if You like anthems and dance heavy musicals and if you want to see an EXCELLENT performance by Joaquina Kalukango, she’s incredible.

Don't see it if You want historical accuracy or if you do not like NONSTOP dancing. Also, it was hard to distinguish one song from the other.

70
During previews
The Patsy
Lower E Side
Funny, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious
April 4th, 2022

See it if You can appreciate one performer hilariously taking on multiple roles on a small, no-frills set.

Don't see it if You need more distinction between characters. While the actor was very good it was at times difficult to know which character was speaking.

79
During previews
Charming, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Funny, Ambitious
March 25th, 2022

See it if If you like romantic comedies and especially if you are a Debra Messing fan as she is not off the stage once she enters.

Don't see it if You do not like sentimental and somewhat predictable plots.

85
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Great singing
March 25th, 2022

See it if You like charming and ultimately uplifting musicals.

Don't see it if You may be triggered by the events of 9/11.

60
Slow, Disappointing, Cliched
November 4th, 2021

See it if You are not bothered by mediocre singing and storytelling. This is an important matter and story and it is not told well at all.

Don't see it if You are looking for something profound and well executed. Don’t go if you do not like LGBTQ driven stories.

95
Dana H. (Broadway)
Midtown W
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
November 2nd, 2021

See it if You want to see excellent acting and a powerful story. If you like emotionally charged and often terrifying stories this is a must-see.

Don't see it if You don’t like 1 person shows with violent descriptions of her abduction and torture. If you’re looking for light & funny, steer clear.

75
Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing
November 2nd, 2021

See it if You like Lili Taylor. She is compelling even when the script lags. If you like social/political explorations which make you reflect.

Don't see it if You do not want to think or hear about social inequities or woke/white privilege angst. If you don’t like 1-person monologues, stay away.

80
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing
November 2nd, 2021

See it if You like fact-based stories. Extremely well acted. If you like to be on the “edge of your seat” this is for you.

Don't see it if If your looking for something light and easy…if you don’t like politically driven pieces, avoid this.

75
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing
October 7th, 2021

See it if …u like current and somewhat edgy storytelling dealing with race and class issues. If you want to see great acting then GO.

Don't see it if …u do not like frank, intense, and dialogue that can be, at times, uncomfortable to hear. Do not see if you do not like “woke/BLM themes.

80
Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing
October 7th, 2021

See it if …u like solo, autobiographical shows with excellent storytelling and acting.

Don't see it if …u do not like one-person pieces or if you are expecting and like a lot of set and costume changes.

95
Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing
October 7th, 2021

See it if …u like expert showmanship and top of the line EVERYTHING. A fast paced historical and history-making show that lives up to they hype.

Don't see it if …u are not a fan of rap. The music is not all rap but there is a good deal of it.

70
Absorbing, Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great writing
March 9th, 2020

See it if You like simply staged and talky character-driven pieces

Don't see it if You want A LOT of action, big sets and elaborate productions

85
Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
January 23rd, 2020

See it if You are a Charles Busch fan and enjoy campy, over-the-top parodies of film noir.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something serious or deep. This is strictly silly fun.

78
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Sentimental
December 11th, 2019

See it if You want to see a touching father/son story and want to see legend Len Cariou up close and personal.

Don't see it if You don’t like “dramedy” and, at times, overly sentimental family stories.

85
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing
December 4th, 2019

See it if You like old-fashioned (in a good way) family drama and expert acting.

Don't see it if You want light-hearted comedic fare.

80
During previews
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking
October 12th, 2018

See it if You like great acting; the whole company was near perfect & if you like small, intimate settings with the actors sometimes a few feet away.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see another Joan of Arc story and do not like stories led by strong women. The writing could use some work

Also Don’t miss the chance to see Glenn Close up close.

65
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Banal, Well-intentioned
October 12th, 2018

See it if You want a look into pre-Stonewall era NYC gay life and traditional show tunes are your thing.

Don't see it if You are not interested in gay male stories or if you expect your musical theater performances to be top-notch. The lead tries hard...but...

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75
During previews
Ordinary Days
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky
October 12th, 2018

See it if You like small, character-driven musicals. See it if you want intelligent lyrics and charming performers.

Don't see it if You need big splashy sets and costumes or if you don’t like sung-through musicals. Don’t go if you don’t like romantic heartwarming shows.

70
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking
October 6th, 2018

See it if You want to see a lesser-known Tennessee Williams play with great performances (as usual) by Kristine Nielsen and Annette O’Toole.

Don't see it if You don’t like small slow-paced shows which take place on one set. Or if you're uninterested in another deluded, fluttery Williams’ heroine.

80
Days to Come
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking
October 6th, 2018

See it if You’re a fan of Lillian Hellman’s work and you want to see a thoughtful drama on labor vs. union.

Don't see it if You don’t like dramas that make you think about what has gone on and what is going in the the world RIGHT NOW.

75
Party Face
Midtown W
Entertaining, Quirky, Fluffy, Cute, Funny
March 25th, 2018

See it if You’re a Haley Mills fan, she’s a lot of fun to watch or if you like silly, comedies with some offbeat characters.

Don't see it if You don’t like some unnecessary melodrama thrown in with your comedies.

60
The Baby Dance
Greenwich V
Disappointing, Slow
January 21st, 2018

See it if You don’t mind bare-bones productions with some good performances.

Don't see it if You want fast-paced, action-packed plays.

73
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Fast-paced, Good acting
January 2nd, 2018

See it if You like bitchy, gay male, sarcastic comedy.

Don't see it if Do not like one-person shows and/or a 100% gay story line.

55
20th Century Blues
Midtown W
Ambitious, Cliched, Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing
January 2nd, 2018

See it if You are a fan of Polly Draper.

Don't see it if You need fast moving and involving plots.

70
During previews
Mankind
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Quirky
January 2nd, 2018

See it if You’re not offended by satire aimed at religion.

Don't see it if You don’t like gay (male) stories. You don’t like pieces based in reality.

87
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Quirky
July 2nd, 2017

See it if You like whimsical, funny, silly -and at times serious - musicals with excellent singing and acting.

Don't see it if You want your theater based in serious reality or if you are offended by somewhat raunchy themes and lyrics.

10
During previews
Afterglow
Midtown W
Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid
June 20th, 2017

See it if You don't care that the play is poorly written and acted and you are only interested in male nudity.

Don't see it if You want to see a good play that is well acted, intelligently written and expertly directed. STAY AWAY.

70
During previews
Baghdaddy
Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, Relevant
April 17th, 2017

See it if You want to see a smart, funny, & sometimes, tongue-in-cheek musical about what led to the US involvement in the Iraqi war.

Don't see it if You don't want to see war themes treated as (sometimes) musical comedy no matter how smartly it is executed.

80
For a previous production
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Somewhat predictable
April 17th, 2017

See it if You want to see a heartfelt gay love story with great performances by the entire cast.

Don't see it if You are not interested in gay themes or if you don't want to see a play about a debilitating illness.

60
The View UpStairs
East Village
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Relevant, Thought-provoking
March 26th, 2017

See it if You want to know more about a time in gay history that seems just as relevant today.

Don't see it if You don't want to see & hear just about every gay cliche in the book & if you don't mind good music performed by less than good singers.

85
Picnic
West Village
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking
March 26th, 2017

See it if You like straightforward, no-frills theater and if you want to see an excellent production of a classic play.

Don't see it if You want a show with little to NO sets/scenery or if you don't want to see something with themes that may be considered old-fashioned.

65
During previews
The Moors
Midtown W
Ambitious, Confusing, Quirky, Mildly amusing, Indulgent
March 5th, 2017

See it if You like gothic themes with with a silly slant and if you like creepy and over the top performances that are anything but subtle.

Don't see it if You don't like FOG and some violence or if you don't mind that the various stories going on don't seem to be connected.

70
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Dated
March 5th, 2017

See it if You're an Inge fan & want to see mostly good performances in an intimate space; depending on where you sit the actors may be in your face.

Don't see it if You don't like slow-paced drama & are uncomfortable with alcoholism-related stories or if you're not a fan of unconventional staging/seating

65
During previews
When It's You
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Well acted, Slight, Slow
March 5th, 2017

See it if You like small, one-person plays without flashy sets or effects and if you have any interest in gun violence related stories.

Don't see it if You do not like stream of consciousness-like storytelling or want something BIG and exciting with a set that consists of more than a chair.

90
During previews
Significant Other
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Romantic, Great staging, Funny & sad
February 17th, 2017

See it if You want to see TERRIFIC acting, esp. Lindsay Mendez, and you like contemporary love stories without obvious/predictable endings.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of gay storylines and frank talk from gay characters and/or if you don't like VERY serious moments in a comedy.

60
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Talky, Dull
February 10th, 2017

See it if You want to see very good actors up close and personal with only flashes of interesting dialogue.

Don't see it if You do not like plays with a lot of talk & very little action. The actors just sit around talking and the plot changes direction often.

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Must see, Funny
February 10th, 2017

See it if You enjoy show biz tales and solo shows with great stories and impersonations of great actors such as Olivier, Hepburn, & Gielgud.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy solo shows and a show ultimately deals with very dark subject matter...SPOILER AHEAD...murder & child abuse.