James342

Manhattan | 35-49 | Male
About:  Lapsed actor turned corporate sellout that enjoys a wide range of theatre. I enjoy store-front theatre as much as a big budget spectacle. Generally want to feel gutted after experiencing a show.
Reviews (19)
90
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if It's Bryan Cranstons performance that makes this, go to see him. The set is overly ambitious and not all the actors were in the same show

Don't see it if You want something true to the time period, you find people eating on stage for no reason distracting

87
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You like obscure Sondheim reworked and told in a non-traditional way.

Don't see it if You need a linear plot, if you don’t like reflect on life not turning out the way you thought it would

45
Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You like people working really hard at being clever, you like post-modern bordering on absurdism but not quite.

Don't see it if You need/want entertainment. The actors are doing their best, but the material is pretty weak. The R&J piece feels pretty forced in.

47
Agnus
Midtown W
Cliched, Excruciating, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You like futuristic dystopian subjects, not sure a different story is told here that sets it apart, but the premise is there

Don't see it if You want to be entertained, the pacing is tough, the actors struggled to move around an awkward set, it wasn’t ready for this stage yet

Also Just a side note that content aside, there are some VERY good performa... Read more Read less

65
Great writing, Cliched, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if You enjoy the book, it’s an interesting story. You like bare bones theatre. There were some very good performances from some of the talent

Don't see it if You require that everyone had the same director, there was a lot of inconsistency in the individual performances.

84
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Intense

See it if You enjoy that British Invasion era spectacle, you like power ballads, you enjoy the score

Don't see it if You want a carbon copy of the original, you don’t enjoy the storyline

83
Spamilton
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy parody, I’ve been enjoying Forbidden Broadway for years, I think they’re still hilarious

Don't see it if You don’t get the joke, don’t enjoy parody, want to actually see Hamilton instead.

65
War Paint
Midtown W
Cliched, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You like Patti and Christine, enjoy big sets

Don't see it if You’re expecting something more ambitious than a 60’s sounding pleasant score that could have been written for Merman and Martin

95
Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You love Bette (or Donna) you long for the days of big sets and big ensembles

Don't see it if You’re a purist, they take some liberties with choreography and costuming That veer from the original.

92
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy theatre a little on the avant-garde side, the score is like Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown, and Intrabartolo (BARE) had a baby.

Don't see it if You enjoy traditional staging and traditional musical theatre

75
Awake
Midtown W
Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if The performances are good, the acting solid, if you want to see a good cross-section of current social issues performed on stage

Don't see it if The ideas are solid and relevant, but there's no new point of view presented that we haven't been presented with before in other forms

90
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You want to see some great scenework with interesting choices that spark a lot of conversation after

Don't see it if It’s barebones and the subject matter of neither isn’t pretty. Night Mother isn’t A Dear Evan Hansen take on suicide

Also Brandon Walker in Number worked his butt off upping the stakes while n... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Jericho
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if You want to see some great performances and a good story well executed

Don't see it if You need glitz, you don’t like the story of Carousel

91
For a previous production
Hilarious, Fluffy, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You enjoy farces, you don’t need a ton of substance, you enjoy slapstick comedy, you can let go for one night and just enjoy absurdity

Don't see it if You require Chekhov style drama to be entertained.

75
Diary of a Madman
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy one man shows, nontraditional theatre, solid acting, paying attention

Don't see it if You don’t like to be close to the action, you require a linear plot to understand what’s happening, you don’t like paying attention

85
Relevant, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy an original pop score, you like nontraditional subject material. You like big sets and a good story

Don't see it if You don’t like high heels, you don’t like being entertained, the show is fluffy at times but it’s a crowd pleaser

53
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Overrated, Slow, Insipid, Cliched

See it if You enjoy Chicago...still... The score is comforting to you for some reason

Don't see it if You want to be entertained with something fresh and thought provoking

85
Entertaining, Raunchy, Hilarious, Great singing, Insipid

See it if You like South Park humor, this is similar. It contains the same raunch along with a parody of big musical theatre and power ballads

Don't see it if You’re easily offended, particularly religious, can’t take a joke

90
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Resonant, Hilarious, Funny, Delightful

See it if You’re nostalgic for your college days. You want to laugh, be touched, run through a gamut of emotions.

Don't see it if You’re scared of puppets.