Jan 7315

Brooklyn

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Reviews (122)
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

87
Resonant, Great dancing, Entertaining, Great singing, Must see

See it if You love the Motown sound and would like to learn about the Temptations’ Rise to fame. Also, you will live the choreography.

Don't see it if You don’t care for the Temptations music or wish to hear their history.

56
During previews
Sincerely, Oscar
Midtown W
Relevant, Indulgent, Entertaining, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You like Rogers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Show music and would like to hear how Hammerstein came up with ideas for his lyrics.

Don't see it if You don’t care for the R and H brand of music or prefer the songs be sung in the original way rather than updated into jazz/swing mode.

Also I saw an early preview and think some kinks in the staging have to be ... Read more Read less

29
During previews
Insipid, Great acting, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You like absurdist comedies that are outside of the norm.

Don't see it if You prefer comedies that are funny without being outside of the realm of reality.

Also It’s too bad that such an energetic and professional group of actors w... Read more Read less

53
Daddy
Midtown W
Overlong, Disappointing, Raunchy, Funny, Great acting

See it if you really like Alan Cumming and don't mind explicit homosexual sex scenes and raunchy dialogue.

Don't see it if you don't care for gay-themed plays that run two hours forty-five minutes, are repetitious, and star a swimming pool as the main attraction.

Also I was disappointed because I expected more from this play. We have see... Read more Read less

73
During previews
The Mother
Chelsea
Confusing, Intelligent, Edgy, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You like psychological drama with terrific acting by a consummate actress, Isabel Huppert.

Don't see it if If you don’t like a convoluted plot with minor confusing elements.

Also This play is worth seeing for Huppert’s mesmerizing performance.

75
Switzerland
Midtown E
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You like psychological two-handlers that keeps you guessing to the end.

Don't see it if You don’t care for psychological thrillers that are talky and convoluted.

Also I liked the idea of fiction based on an actual famous mystery writer. ... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Slow, Relevant, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if You like classical music and are interested in the life of Arturo Toscanini.

Don't see it if You don’t care for classical music or biographical/historical shows.

Also I enjoyed this show because it was as if I were at a classical concert... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Trick or Treat
Midtown E
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You like dark comedies with good writing and acting and you which are relevant to our society.

Don't see it if You prefer lighter fare or musicals.

Also This play keeps you guessing and ties up everything with a surprise in... Read more Read less

77
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Funny, Resonant

See it if You like plays that use language cleverly and are about the ethics of telling the truth in journalistic work.

Don't see it if You prefer a play with a more linear plot line and has more action with less talk.

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

80
During previews
Great singing, Great acting, Delightful, Must see, Epic

See it if You love Rogers and Hammerstein, and you would like to see an updated different staging of a classic:

Don't see it if You like pop musicals or more modern shows.

Also Before I saw this restaging of Oklahoma, I thought I would not enjoy h... Read more Read less

72
Resonant, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if See it if you like pop rock/folky operatic productions with wonderful staging and singing.

Don't see it if You don’t care for modern musicals based on Greek myths.

Also The show was better in the second half. It seemed to settle into its t... Read more Read less

76
I Married an Angel
Midtown W
Funny, Dated, Fluffy, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like fluff musicals and don’t mind seeing something that’s dated. You will appreciate the exquisite dancing.

Don't see it if You expect an more edgy, modern musical with a meaningful story.

Also Although this 1938 musical will feel stodgy and dated to many an audie... Read more Read less

91
During previews
After
Midtown E
Resonant, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like plays that tackle an important issue like bullying with excellent acting and writing.

Don't see it if You like lighter fare and don’t appreciate plays with themes taken from current events.

Also When I saw the play you could hear a pin drop in the theater. The audi... Read more Read less

72
Entertaining, Great singing, Indulgent, Funny, Cliched

See it if You like Cher’s hit songs, her costumes, and juke box musicals.

Don't see it if You don’t like musical bios that or the music of Cher.

Also I saw the show for the TDF price, and it was definitely worth that. Th... Read more Read less

73
During previews
The Cake
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if You like a well written and performed comedy with serious overtones and one that tackles homophobia with lightness and poignancy.

Don't see it if You don’t care for gay-themed plays or discussions of religion.

Also This was a wonderful surprise in that the subject matter could be seri... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Funny, Quirky, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if You like dark humor and absurdist comedy. The two male leads might make it worthwhile.

Don't see it if You like uplifting plays or light comedy.

73
During previews
Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Intense

See it if You enjoy hearing beautiful voices singing both gospel and secular songs with a heartfelt coming out story.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy gay-themed plays and gospel music.

Also The talented male actors perform so beautifully that the time goes by ... Read more Read less

54
Banal, Disappointing, Funny, Slow, Insipid

See it if Some of it is charming, and the acting by the older actor was natural and engaging.

Don't see it if You like a play with more to say and don't care for feel-good plays that star children. Some of the young girl's words were unintelligible.