JamesGevlin

New York City | 65+ | Male

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Reviews (59)
65
SIX (Broadway)
Midtown W
Excruciating, Great singing, Fluffy, Dizzying, Vegas on broadway
February 23rd, 2020

See it if You miss high school pep rallies or have never been to one - this is something like a second chance.

Don't see it if You are averse to noise and not much else. There is serious talent on stage, but it doesn't add to anything.

80
Overall worthwhile, Sometimes tedious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious
January 8th, 2020

See it if You like original plays that make you think; if you have the necessary patience; if you like strange territory.

Don't see it if You are offended by simulated sex acts - but if so, please work at getting over it.

87
Great performers, Well staged, Confusing, Clever, Absorbing
October 25th, 2019

See it if You like musicals = this is pretty good. Great voices, and it moves along.

Don't see it if You expect substance behind the music: this is soulless, and mostly song and spectacle.

82
Period, Good backfill, Great energy, Good review, Entertaining
October 25th, 2019

See it if You like musical reviews and the Temps in particular. Fun, but that's it.

Don't see it if You fear annoyance from that lady who moans the lyrics along with the production - sure, she lacks musicality: but life is a box of chocs?

85
During previews
Seared
Midtown W
Difficult people, Food, Fun, High energy, Entertaining
October 18th, 2019

See it if You might like a live debate about chefs as artists, with artist meaning that special temperament that makes normal life nearly impossible.

Don't see it if You are famous for lacking a sense of humor, or if you are suffering from post traumatic restaurant failure...b/c this might be too soon,

83
Grounding, Honest, Timely for some, Thought-provoking, Relevant
October 4th, 2019

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.

87
During previews
Astonishing performance, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious, Great acting
March 21st, 2019

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.

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Comfortable, Familiar, Solid
February 4th, 2019

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.

60
God Said This
West Village
Banal, Cliched, Great acting, Disappointing, Tepid
February 4th, 2019

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,

79
The Tricky Part
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Funny
December 12th, 2018

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

85
Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant, Great acting, Clever
December 12th, 2018

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

81
Downstairs
West Village
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing, Family effort
December 12th, 2018

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.

85
During previews
Apologia
Midtown W
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Funny
October 11th, 2018

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.

94
Perfect, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful
October 11th, 2018

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.

75
During previews
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Fun, Light
September 5th, 2018

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.

95
Brilliant, Sorry-i-missed-first-time, Must see, Acting-at-its-best, Iconic
June 21st, 2018

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.

86
Transfers
West Village
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Thoughtful, But a wierd bronx accent
May 9th, 2018

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.

74
Great singing, Dated, Great performances, Piecewise great, Doesn't hang together
April 16th, 2018

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.

69
Feeding the Dragon
West Village
Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Banal, Pointlessly personal
April 4th, 2018

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.

90
For a previous production
Black Light
West Village
Warm, Great musicians, Topical, Entertaining, Alive!
March 7th, 2018

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.

60
Relevance
West Village
Confusing, Disappointing, Ideas w/o destiny, Indulgent, Lost
February 27th, 2018

See it if Enjoy the effort without a payoff.

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

85
Hangmen
Chelsea
Entertaining, Good pacing, Great ensemble, Funny, Great time
February 27th, 2018

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.

83
Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Masterful
February 5th, 2018

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.

79
Intelligent, Cliched, Entertaining, Great acting, Indulgent
February 5th, 2018

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
During previews
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Overrated, Fun but then what?
December 5th, 2017

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.

78
Ambitious, Intense, Dense, Epic, Intelligent
December 5th, 2017

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.

92
Hilarious, Clever, Great writing, Masterful, Refreshing
November 28th, 2017

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.

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Classic, Bette!, Warm
October 20th, 2017

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.

68
Ambitious, Funny, Disappointing, Slow, Fatiguing
October 19th, 2017

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.

70
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Needs editing, Honest
October 6th, 2017

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.

79
Charm
West Village
Funny, Quirky, Delightful, Timely, Warm
October 6th, 2017

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.

78
During previews
My Eyes Went Dark
Midtown E
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Spare
June 7th, 2017

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.

69
During previews
Animal
Chelsea
Indulgent, Disappointing, Informative, Narrow, Ambitious
May 31st, 2017

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.

79
The Whirligig
Midtown W
Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Okay, Near miss
May 24th, 2017

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.

70
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Banal, Dated, Overrated
May 3rd, 2017

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.

83
During previews
Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, A classic
April 17th, 2017

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.

88
An Iliad
East Village
Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant
March 18th, 2017

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.

45
Disappointing, Indulgent, Excruciating, Lost, But great cast
March 10th, 2017

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.

65
Overrated, Disappointing, Dated, Great singing, Indulgent
March 5th, 2017

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.

76
Yen
West Village
Great acting, Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking
February 3rd, 2017

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.

86
Ride the Cyclone
West Village
Great singing, Entertaining, Masterful, Quirky, Refreshing
December 16th, 2016

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.

78
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious, Overbroadwayed?, Disappointing
November 27th, 2016

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

80
For a previous production
Entertaining, Intelligent, Clever, Warm, Genuine
November 21st, 2016

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.

75
Sweet Charity
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Cliched, Dated, Delightful
November 21st, 2016

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

55
Disappointing, Confused, Excruciating, Overreaching, Irrelevant
October 19th, 2016

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.

78
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Masterful
October 5th, 2016

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

85
Great singing, Delightful, Relevant, Funny, Instructive
October 5th, 2016

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.

84
Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Resonant, Original
June 3rd, 2016

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.

79
Clever, Intelligent, Masterful, Dated, Great writing
June 3rd, 2016

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.

65
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Dated, Disappointing, Fluffy, Insipid, Great singing
May 28th, 2016

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.