Jan 7315

New York City

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Reviews (140)
38
The Headlands
Upper W Side
Insipid, Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You like mediocre and cliched whodunnits and don’t mind something that is obvious from the start:

Don't see it if You are an aficionado of crime thrillers and expect an interesting, well written play.

Also The whole plot is pedestrian and the acting is amateurish. You can see... Read more Read less

71
During previews
The Minutes
Midtown W
Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You like dark comedy with great acting and very good writing. It’s satirical and clever.

Don't see it if You don’t care for political, small town satire.

Also I liked Letts’ play Linda Vista better, but this one was brisk and fun... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Intelligent, Resonant, Funny, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You like chamber musicals with a poignant story and a lovely score.

Don't see it if You prefer splashy musicals with elaborate sets and costumes.

Also This beautiful opera-like chamber musical tells a heartwarming story o... Read more Read less

53
During previews
Banal, Slow, Insipid, Funny, Dated

See it if You liked the film and wish to reminisce about the Esalen Institute and people’s self-absorption in the late 1960’s.

Don't see it if You want to see a more inspiring musical. The music is mostly one-note and sleepy. The cast does its best to bring this fluff to life.

83
Hilarious, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like vintage movie parodies with great acting and lots of belly laughs.

Don't see it if You prefer serious drama.

Also Charles Busch is at his best in this hilarious, satirical play that ke... Read more Read less

34
Excruciating, Insipid, Great acting, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You don’t mind seeing a non-funny comedy. Have to say the actors do their best and are quite good.

Don't see it if You expect to see a brilliant Ayckbourn comedy. This one is not up to his talent.

Also To say that I was disappointed is an understatement.

41
During previews
Funny, Banal, Slow, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if You are nostalgic to see two stars from the past, Harry Hamlin and Stephanie Powers, and don’t expect to see a profound and exciting play.

Don't see it if You expect a work of intelligence with good writing and acting. This is not that play. The plot is silly and uninteresting.

Also I can’t say I was disappointed because i hadn’t expected much. I thoug... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You appreciate the plays of Horton Foote and would like to see one that earned the Pulitzer Prize.

Don't see it if You prefer more contemporary plays .

Also The entire cast was excellent, and this is a story that still resonate... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Einstein's Dreams
Midtown E
Romantic, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You like musicals based on historical figures in an intimate setting. It’s more of a chamber opera.

Don't see it if You like the bigger, splashier musicals.

Also I thought the music was lovely and the cast was perfect. I enjoyed thi... Read more Read less

98
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Must see, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy great ensemble acting that delves into the lives of a group of gay men coping with the Aids epidemic while trying to find love.

Don't see it if You don’t like gay-themed plays and are offended by explicit sexual language.

Also Have seen part one and immediately purchased a ticket for part two. Th... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You like Harvey Fierstein (and who doesn’t?) and want 90 glorious minutes spent in the company of Bella Abzug, a true inspiration for women.

Don't see it if You don’t like solo plays that are historical or political.

Also Harvey Fierstein is astounding in this portrayal of the dynamic Bella ... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Must see, Funny, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy great acting, intelligent writing, and characters more than one-dimensional stereotypes. This is a play not to be missed.

Don't see it if You are offended by raw language and two explicit sexual encounter scenes, or if you are not interested in relationship dramas.

Also This is one of the best plays I have seen in the past year. I was engr... Read more Read less

54
During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Edgy, Funny

See it if You like plays about interracial couples dealing with related issues and don't mind raunchy scenes and dialogue.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in the subject matter or are offended by racial slurs and in-your-face satirical commentary about interracial couples.

Also This is an outrageous, blunt, and contemporary commentary on how we vi... Read more Read less

71
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You wish to see two consummate actors in a contemporary and relevant drama that is thought provoking and poignant.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays with themes of aging and death. There is some humor in the play but overall it’s a heavy topic.

Also Florian Zeller’s plays are like puzzles, and I enjoy trying to fit the... Read more Read less

40
Slow, Indulgent, Cliched, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if Your attention span is limited and you like short plays with serious themes.

Don't see it if You dislike plays that are depressing and deal with death, illness, and depression involving self-indulgent characters.

Also I have been attending the short plays at 59 E. 59 for many seasons, an... Read more Read less

55
During previews
Make Believe
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow

See it if You are interested in a story of a dysfunctional family and its effect on the children’s development into adults.

Don't see it if You like more uplifting plays and don’t care to see something depressing.

Also I thought the first half depicting the family as children was overly l... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Enchanting, Quirky, Slow, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You like autobiographical solo shows that contain both humor and pathos with some original songs along the way.

Don't see it if You prefer splashier shows with more than one actor and don’t care for family dramas.

Also I think the play could have been a bit shorter although it only ran 85... Read more Read less

92
Resonant, Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You don’t mind reading subtitles, are fluent in Yiddish, or don’t need to read the titles because you know the musical so well (that’s me!)

Don't see it if You don’t like seeing a non-English musical or do not want to see this particular musical again.

Also I thoroughly enjoyed this production. Even though I had seen Fiddler s... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Long Lost
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You like family dramas where past relationships come to the forefront and secrets long buried are revealed.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in psychological drama or prefer lighter fare.

Also I was engrossed all the way through the 90-minute drama. The staging, ... Read more Read less

85
Must see, Romantic, Funny, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You love classic musicals with great dancing and singing. It’s worth the price to see Kelli O’Hara.

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals from a bygone era or prefer drama.

Also The choreography was outstanding and executed brilliantly. The star, K... Read more Read less

40
During previews
Dying City
Midtown W
Disappointing, Relevant, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if You like two-character dramas that deal with loss and don’t mind slow pacing.

Don't see it if You like comedies or plays that involve action and not just dialogue. This play is very slow moving.

Also I know Christopher Shinn is a playwright the critics live, but I just ... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Something Clean
Midtown W
Funny, Great writing, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in a ripped-from-the-headlines kind of story with great acting and good writing on a current subject.

Don't see it if You like lighter fare that doesn’t touch on sexual abuse, racism, and what is appropriate punishment for the guilty.

Also This play held my attention all the way through. A very worthwhile 90 ... Read more Read less

86
White Noise
East Village
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a well written, timely play with great acting that will provide much food for thought.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy serious playa dealing with race relations and some personal stories told in monologues.

Also Don’t know if my review will help because today is the last day of the... Read more Read less

76
Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great acting, Clever

See it if You are interested seeing two terrific actors portray one of the most famous political couples of our time.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in the Clintons or don’t care for political plays.

76
During previews
Ink
Midtown W
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in learning about how Rupert Murdoch got started in publishing.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in how a newspaper runs or learning about Murdoch.

Also At first I wasn’t enamored of the subject of newspaper publishing, but... Read more Read less

70
The Hot Wing King
Midtown W
Great staging, Fluffy, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like comedies about food competitions and don’t mind some raw language and a bit of overacting.

Don't see it if You like more serious plays and don’t want to struggle understanding some of the dialogue.

Also I was somewhat bored for the first half hour. I became engrossed when ... Read more Read less

54
Darling Grenadine
Midtown W
Funny, Indulgent, Romantic, Insipid, Great singing

See it if You like a conventional love story with some nice songs and good singers.

Don't see it if You want something with some bite and less corn.

Also I was hoping for a more challenging work. This one is pleasant but not... Read more Read less

86
During previews
The Sabbath Girl
Midtown E
Resonant, Romantic, Delightful, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like romantic comedies with a message and you are open to the idea that you love who you love regardless of your differences.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy plays that explore religious differences.

Also This play was a breath of fresh air. It was relevant to today in that ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Resonant, Refreshing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You are a baby boomer and would like to travel down memory lane from 1945-1969 with a talented performer.

Don't see it if You plays with plots and don’t care for the history or music of that period.

Also I found myself thoroughly entertained and nostalgic as the boomer year... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Intense, Great writing, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a Pulitzer Prize winning play with excellent acting that offers a historical perspective on racism in the military in 1945.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in learning about segregated military units during W.W. II.

Also My prediction is a Tony Award for David Alan Grier and nominations for... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Relevant, Refreshing, Great acting, Great writing, Funny

See it if You would like to see a funny and touching family play with excellent acting by the playwright, Bess Wohl, who never disappoints.

Don't see it if You don’t care for plays about family with aging parents or prefer musicals.

Also It was wonderful to see Jane Alexander back on the stage and in such g... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in mining history and slice of life stories of small towns.

Don't see it if You don’t like heavy drama that describes a town that is in financial ruin and the lives of its citizens facing despair and hopelessness.

Also This is an exquisitely written play that has excellent acting, creativ... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Thought-provoking, Cliched, Great writing, Resonant, Funny

See it if You like father-son comedy/drama and don’t mind some cliches or plays about the pitfalls of aging.

Don't see it if You find plays about old age depressing or don’t care for family dramas.

Also I saw an early preview, and there was a person in the audience cueing ... Read more Read less

53
Dublin Carol
Chelsea
Indulgent, Insipid, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy Irish plays that indulge plots about alcoholics and dysfunctional families.

Don't see it if You like plays with a plot line and more engrossing stories.

Also This play is overly long and slow with little drama or tension. It is ... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Seared
Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to see a play about the ups and downs of running a restaurant and dealing with an opinionated and pompous chef.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it. Just don’t go hungry because this will certainly whet your appetite.

Also How these consummate actors manage to do a matinee and evening in one ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
The White Chip
Midtown E
Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like a comedy/drama about a person conquering his alcoholic addiction that is written with humor but still treats its subject seriously.

Don't see it if You like lighter fare and don’t wish to see a play about addiction,

Also The play held my interest from beginning to end, first with laughter a... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Must see, Thought-provoking, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like two-character dramas that are beautifully acted and brilliantly written.

Don't see it if You prefer not to see a play about someone stricken with cancer or that involve just two characters and contains some sad material.

Also Mary Louise Parker again shines as she did in Heisenberg, here playing... Read more Read less

82
Only Yesterday
Midtown E
Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You loved The Beatles and would like to see an intimate play with music that is about an incident in the lives of McCartney and Lennon.

Don't see it if You are not interested in learning anything more about these two famous musicians.

Also The two actors are both good singers and musicians, and this intimate ... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Fern Hill
Midtown E
Relevant, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if Enjoy a good domestic comedy with great acting and some serious life lessons.

Don't see it if You like more serious drama and don’t care for older people discussing aging and infidelity.

Also I thought beneath the laughs lay many truisms about life, friendship, ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Betrayal
Midtown W
Relevant, Funny, Slow, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like intense drama that is a little slow and talky but has terrific acting and is emotionally stirring.

Don't see it if You like lighter fare and more fast-paced drama.

79
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Relevant, Intelligent, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see two consummate actors in two brilliantly written plays that will leave you contemplating what you experienced long after you

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy monologues or plays that deal with the tragedies life often brings.

Also This was simply an exhilarating theater experience.

43
During previews
Julie Madly Deeply
Midtown E
Cliched, Indulgent, Banal, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if You litho I you’d like to hear about the career of Julie Andrews but don’t mind amateurish writing and acting.

Don't see it if You expect a good, well written and performed play about a very famous and talented star.

74
Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Dizzying

See it if You like unconventional drama by a master playwright with terrific acting and a plot you won’t soon forget.

Don't see it if You like a more conventional, straightforward type of drama where everything follows a linear pattern.

Also I felt as if I were in the surreal world of Sam Shepard where deep mea... Read more Read less

79
Original Sound
West Village
Entertaining, Relevant, Great singing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like a play with music poses the question how far one can appropriate another’s work without crossing the line into plagiarism.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy plays about the creative process as pertains to music composing.

Also I found the main theme of the play compelling, and the music only adde... Read more Read less

70
The Bigot
Midtown W
Indulgent, Cliched, Resonant, Relevant, Funny

See it if You like dark comedy dealing with racism and father-son relationships.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by bigotry and racial stereotypes. Play also contains homophobic dialogue.

Also I would say it’s entertaining but a bit exaggerated; however, I wasn’t... Read more Read less

61
During previews
Proof of Love
West Village
Intelligent, Quirky, Slow, Cliched, Funny

See it if You enjoy monologues about marriage and infidelity.

Don't see it if You don’t care For dialogue that tends to be slow and about a topic that is cliched.

Also The actress is quite good, but for some reason I couldn’t summon up mu... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Romantic, Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You enjoy romantic comedies that are unusually well written and acted.

Don't see it if You don’t like sexually explicit language and some nudity.

Also While Michael Shannon is very good, Audra Macdonald is the real reason... Read more Read less

57
During previews
Happy Talk
Midtown W
Disappointing, Funny, Insipid, Great acting, Banal

See it if You want to see two terrific actresses, Susan Sarandon and Marin Ireland, in an overly long and silly play with some good laughs.

Don't see it if You like a more intelligent and well written comedy that has something to say.

Also I went for the two lead actresses but was disappointed with the play i... Read more Read less

35
During previews
Caroline's Kitchen
Midtown E
Slow, Banal, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if If you like farcical British comedy you might go for this for a few minor laughs.

Don't see it if You prefer comedy that is witty, original, and more subtle.

Also This overly long and inane comedy lost my attention after 15 minutes. ... Read more Read less

79
Burn This
Midtown W
Edgy, Clever, Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to see a fine piece of acting from Adam Driver who lights up the stage (pun intended).

Don't see it if You don’t like profanity or offbeat romantic comedies.

Also All four actors were excellent, and the writing is clever and biting; ... Read more Read less