JamesGevlin

New York City | 65+ | Male

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Reviews (54)
83
Grounding, Honest, Timely for some, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You need a little nudge to think about late-life issues, especially your own or family members you care for and/or about.

Don't see it if You are a twenty-something with young and healthy parents and you just want distraction.

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Comfortable, Familiar, Solid

See it if You are especially fond of the novel or movie, or if you are among the few who never read nor saw it.

Don't see it if You seek something very original or you feel you know this too well already.

79
The Tricky Part
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you might like a one-man show that weaves a well-told autobiography that comes to terms with Catholicism, being gay, and molestation.

Don't see it if you are put-off by confessional shows. This compares with the over-used "I survived this bad event" that is in "The Moth" often, but better

81
Downstairs
West Village
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing, Family effort

See it if you think it might be fun to see Tyne and Tim Daly perform together - it is, and they are great individually and great paired. Solid drama,

Don't see it if You only like edgy or entirely novel shows - this fits somewhere in the mainstream.

94
Perfect, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You know Chekhov or you still need to learn him. Fabulous writing teamed with perfect delivery - what a treat!

Don't see it if you are to sick - physically or spiritually - to get there.

95
Brilliant, Sorry-i-missed-first-time, Must see, Acting-at-its-best, Iconic

See it if you haven't seen it yet - it's messy and brilliant and an over-the-top production with a cast that carries effortlessly.

Don't see it if you don't like long, or you have seen it ten times already and you are theater budget constrained.

74
Great singing, Dated, Great performances, Piecewise great, Doesn't hang together

See it if You are hankering for an old R&H musical night - this is okay.

Don't see it if You want more edge, or cannot forgive the dated themes of Carousel.

90
For a previous production
Black Light
West Village
Warm, Great musicians, Topical, Entertaining, Alive!

See it if Contemporary-themed North of cabaret/ South of "A Play in Three Acts" sounds like fun - this was fun for me. Daniel Ar Jones is great.

Don't see it if You think things are just fine and have little time for a show that says not so.

85
Hangmen
Chelsea
Entertaining, Good pacing, Great ensemble, Funny, Great time

See it if You like lively theater - smart, but not edgy. Great cast and performances.

Don't see it if You absolutely need reflections on modern issues to make the night.

79
Intelligent, Cliched, Entertaining, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if You suspect Thomas Wolfe was right - but need confirmation, or if you might like old themes rewarmed in an interesting way.

Don't see it if You are impatient with themes that have already been explored and just want to move on.

78
Ambitious, Intense, Dense, Epic, Intelligent

See it if You are a history buff, like involved stories, have enjoyed Rajiv Joseph, enjoy puzzles.

Don't see it if You don't like lengthy plays or cannot bear uncertainty.

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Classic, Bette!, Warm

See it if Certainly if you like Bette Midler. Also if you like top-notch shows from a couple of generations ago, done well today.

Don't see it if you are trying to keep the joy out of your life; do not know this or Bette Midler already; need more than Bdwy can give.

70
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Needs editing, Honest

See it if You like family dramas, no matter what!

Don't see it if You grow impatient when there are no new ideas, and overdrawn portrayals of generation after generation romance leave you cold.

78
During previews
My Eyes Went Dark
Midtown E
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Spare

See it if you might enjoy an original drama about crime vs. accident; revenge vs. forgiveness. Intelligent script and good acting.

Don't see it if You are looking for a bigger splash - this one slips into the pool.

79
The Whirligig
Midtown W
Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Okay, Near miss

See it if You might enjoy great acting by all with good parts that show off their ability. Or if you are currently interested in addiction issues.

Don't see it if You need to get to B if you are starting at A. This play stays at A.

83
During previews
Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, A classic

See it if Great acting by Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon might make a good night for you - this will.

Don't see it if You want something totally new - this is not.

45
Disappointing, Indulgent, Excruciating, Lost, But great cast

See it if You are a diehard Wallace Shawn fan; this will not dissappoint: it dies easy. Shows some promise early on, but then wanders.

Don't see it if Someone in your audience won't laugh when late in the play: "Can I tell you a story?" "NO!". Not us, but saved night.

76
Yen
West Village
Great acting, Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You might like a well-written and acted play that explores how bad decisions affect following generations in ability to obtain gd relations.

Don't see it if People in pain and isolation is too much for you.

78
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious, Overbroadwayed?, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy great singing, a contemporary plot, and very good staging.

Don't see it if You are expecting a blockbuster show - I suspect this was a better fit for the more intimate experience and stage on Off-Broadway...overblow

75
Sweet Charity
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Cliched, Dated, Delightful

See it if You like musicals and revivals. Sutton Foster is a pleasure here, and this holds together pretty well.

Don't see it if You might be expecting more from Sweet Charity than it ever delivered originally, or find theater in round staging a problem - staging issue

78
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if you are a fan of Judith Light - this piece was made for her.

Don't see it if you expect a show to last more than an hour (or you feel cheated); are put off by one-actor monologue shows; not curious about weight of lie

84
Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Resonant, Original

See it if You are up for a great Langella performance, and might like to get a sense of Alzheimer's from the victim's perspective. Powerful.

Don't see it if You have a recent family experience with Alzheimer's and you just need some time and peace right now.

65
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Dated, Disappointing, Fluffy, Insipid, Great singing

See it if You are a die hard fan of musicals - this one has good energy, show tune music, and a good cast. Also good for people who like muppets.

Don't see it if You might find a cast wearing hand puppet muppets and singing through them a bit too silly, especially as they work through gay issues.

82
During previews
Funny, Clever, Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you think you might like a play about people who make some progress in their life's struggle to get past old hurts masked in comic defenses.

Don't see it if jokes and drama in a cancer ward setting is too much for you this week.

93
Funny, Masterful, Intelligent, Delightful, Clever

See it if you haven't seen it yet. Fun music, great energy, and a great irreverent send-up of Mormon beliefs.

Don't see it if you avoid anything about any religion, religiously.

87
During previews
Astonishing performance, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You should at least be familiar w/ Lear plot - language can be hard to follow in any event. Glenda Jackson's Lear is superb.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare and/or Lear not your fav. Or if you don't like long - this is 3.5ish, including intermission.

60
God Said This
West Village
Banal, Cliched, Great acting, Disappointing, Tepid

See it if You have never experienced how a death in the family brings out the best, worst, and all in-between. Or just to see Jay Patterson's perform

Don't see it if You have,

85
Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant, Great acting, Clever

See it if you are at all interested in what is a stellar performance by Elaine May. This is a solid Lonergan play performed by an exceptional cast.

Don't see it if You are struggling with a dementia issue in your family and you need to escape that - this is fun to see, but no escape

85
During previews
Apologia
Midtown W
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Funny

See it if you enjoy, or might enjoy, serious dramas investigating primal relationships. Smart script with solid cast and staging.

Don't see it if You like lighter fare or have active mother issues. Everyone's mother issues are different and this might not help - but, then, it might.

75
During previews
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Fun, Light

See it if You might like a quick enough romp through life issues generally and lesbian issues somewhat.

Don't see it if You demand linear expositions OR you never got over the fact that Ian Fleming introduced Pussy Galore in 1959.

86
Transfers
West Village
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Thoughtful, But a wierd bronx accent

See it if Fun script that presents its case well, with convincing cases made for access and denial to privilege - worth seeing if you are still there.

Don't see it if You've seen enough other movies and productions about under-privileged getting a shot. Or if you find weird Bronx accents off-putting.

69
Feeding the Dragon
West Village
Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Banal, Pointlessly personal

See it if You like autobiographical shows, and are more interested in how the story is told than the story itself.

Don't see it if You expect conflict and conflict resolution on the stage - doesn't happen here.

60
Relevance
West Village
Confusing, Disappointing, Ideas w/o destiny, Indulgent, Lost

See it if Enjoy the effort without a payoff.

Don't see it if Dislike the "guess what I'm thing game."

83
Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Masterful

See it if You want to see a great actor in a beautiful house. Or maybe if you like great singing.

Don't see it if You want something involved that uses Mark Rylance's talents more deeply: he's great here, but there is only so much to be done.

78
During previews
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Overrated, Fun but then what?

See it if You want a light comedy piece that is somewhat global.

Don't see it if you are done with the international teen scene, or are looking for something to think about.

92
Hilarious, Clever, Great writing, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if You might like a modern take on this classic. Kate Hamill matches wits with Jane Austen and lands it - a great job.

Don't see it if You haven't read the original or you just had an operation that puts you at great risk if you laugh.

68
Ambitious, Funny, Disappointing, Slow, Fatiguing

See it if You like thought puzzling philosophical dramas involving death and religion.

Don't see it if You have a good book to read.

79
Charm
West Village
Funny, Quirky, Delightful, Timely, Warm

See it if You might like a show that focuses on including people who live on the margins, even today.

Don't see it if You are not interested in social issues, or have no/low tolerance for LGBTQ topic.

69
During previews
Animal
Chelsea
Indulgent, Disappointing, Informative, Narrow, Ambitious

See it if You might enjoy a psychological drama involving family issues (are there other sorts of psychological dramas?).

Don't see it if You are pregnant, especially with a first child.

70
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Banal, Dated, Overrated

See it if might enjoy a show put on by a mentalist/magician.

Don't see it if are not into tricks performed by mentalists.

88
An Iliad
East Village
Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Spare show in Albany - actor David Barlow tells the Iliad tale and relates it to our history of wars to the present. Great energy.

Don't see it if Great cellist accompaniment makes this an unusual treat from something familiar.

65
Overrated, Disappointing, Dated, Great singing, Indulgent

See it if You like all thing Sondheim - this is a credible production of what I now regard as a lesser effort.

Don't see it if You have limited time or resource for theater. This classic feels to me like an experiment that was "Eh" from the start and did not change.

86
Ride the Cyclone
West Village
Great singing, Entertaining, Masterful, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if Just see it. It's a well-crafted piece that moves along at a good clip. Everyone in the cast rises to show off a great voice w/ good music

Don't see it if You are just too busy to have a great time, or you have no tolerance for musicals, period.

80
For a previous production
Entertaining, Intelligent, Clever, Warm, Genuine

See it if you are up for a fresh script that includes music so it's called a musical. This is a heartfelt production that celebrates human frailties.

Don't see it if You are expecting a top-notch musical production.

55
Disappointing, Confused, Excruciating, Overreaching, Irrelevant

See it if You admire the original Cherry Orchard as well as Gone with the Wind, and you are curious about what happens when you "update" the former.

Don't see it if "Gone with the Orchard" or "The Cherry Wind" sound wrong to your finer sensibilities.

85
Great singing, Delightful, Relevant, Funny, Instructive

See it if You enjoy great singing while learning about a bit of modern music history.

Don't see it if You don't like gospel influenced music and are not interested in learning the story or Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

79
Clever, Intelligent, Masterful, Dated, Great writing

See it if You never saw a Strindberg play. Strindberg was a contemporary of Ibsen, and wrote this reacting to "A Doll's House". V. good, Ibsen wins.

Don't see it if No interest in Strindberg/Ibsen, or traveling to Brooklyn.

81
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Romantic, Clever

See it if you like musicals generally and "classic" musicals in particular. This one has great staging, score, and performances.

Don't see it if you prefer something distinctly modern, or you are just feeling too cynical lately (unless you want to try and snap out of that).

82
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if You enjoy classical Broadway musicals - a new perspective on an old tale with good staging and music.

Don't see it if you are looking for something more edgy and modern.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Intelligent, Original

See it if you have read the book - or even if you haven't! Great job of making autism accessible to the rest of us, at least for this moment.

Don't see it if You just wanted to see a classic Broadway musical.