JasonBKLYN

Brooklyn | 35-49 | Male
About:  A former actor I spend most of my time being a great patron of stages across NYC. I love the getting dressed up, being handed a Playbill & settling into the seat I’ve had picked out for months. The magic of spending an evening at the theater will never fade for me. The joy that live performances bri... Read more Read less
Reviews (184)
75
The Damned
Upper E Side
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intense, Epic, Great acting

See it if You want to see something incredible performed in the amazing space of the Armory! This play is a knockout! Superb acting & direction!

Don't see it if You aren’t up for a challenge. This play is performed on a grand scale. W/subtitles, cameras live screening & massive staging it is a lot!

50
During previews
Trainspotting Live
Midtown W
Ambitious, Intense, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a fan of book or film. I gave it 50 because half will love it & half will not. It is intense. If you want to be part of it sit mid.

Don't see it if You do not want to feel unsafe, uncomfortable or uneasy at any point during the 75 mins. The list of pre show warnings is a lot. Shocking.

Also I thoroughly enjoyed the performance. I was captivated by the actors. ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Ambitious, Entertaining, Relevant, Refreshing, Fluffy

See it if You want a very unexpected story performed by a fantastic cast! The 1st preview was full of so much wonderful energy! The book is hilarious!

Don't see it if You don’t want to be entertained by a story filled to the brim with trans awareness, same sex relationships & family loyalty / acceptance.

50
Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated, Banal

See it if You have an interest in hospice or end of life care. This play is a view into the family drama of an ailing mother’s last days.

Don't see it if You are expecting something brilliant. I was suckered in by reviews & was let down. Lois Smith is a gem but the cast seemed to phone it in.

90
During previews
Great singing, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if You want to enjoy Donna Summer’s hits & some fabulous costumes! Ariana DeBose was the standout star! LaChanze was stunning as Donna! So gay!

Don't see it if You aren’t up for some disco beat, some sparkle, lots of women playing men and a very quick span of Donna Summer’s life story.

80
Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You want to hear an absolutely fabulous Broadway score. I’ll bet money this Encores production is better than the original! Glorious tango!

Don't see it if You don’t want to hear incredible music, see beautiful costumes & stunning choreography and hear top notch actors sing to the last row! :)

75
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Slow

See it if You want to see Glenda Jackson command an audience with her powerful performance! At 81 years old she proves why she is queen of her craft!

Don't see it if You want an easy outing to the theater. This play is quick witted & emotionally intense. A slow beginning quickly adds up to a stunning end.

Also The set & staging is absolutely gorgeous!

100
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see this absolutely exquisite production! Tony Kushner’s play is just as alive today. Every cast member deserves a Tony!

Don't see it if You are not up for an 8 hour marathon of politics, sexuality, mental struggle & love in many forms. This play is intense in length & ideas.

95
During previews
Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a cast of amazingly talented performers! This cast is impressive! The show is quite unique! You’ll be crying with laughter!

Don't see it if You aren’t a fan of foul language & adult content! Subject matter of some of the guests can be a bit risqué. Large cast in a small space.

100
Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Must see, Great staging

See it if You want to see a musical full of everything you love about musicals!!! This show is absolutely fantastic!!! I smiled from beginning to end!

Don't see it if If don’t want to enjoy every moment of awesomeness that happens onstage at The Palace! So much talent, so much color & joy! High praise!

45
During previews
Disco Pigs
Chelsea
Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Dizzying

See it if You’d like to enjoy Colin Campbell’s incredible performance. He is such a talented actor. He had me in the palm of his hand as Pig.

Don't see it if You value 75 mins of your time. At the beginning I couldn’t wait for it to end. So hard to understand which made it even harder to engage.

Also There were a few calm moments where the beauty of the play did shine t... Read more Read less

50
Enchanting, Great singing, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You want to see the jewel of the musical Hailey Kilgore! She was a standout in a dull staging of this show. Her performance was exquisite!

Don't see it if You want to be moved in anyway what so ever. This staging is so boring & lifeless. The in the round staging could have soared but lacked!

55
Entertaining, Quirky, Overrated, Fluffy, Relevant

See it if You want to see some very fantastic performances created anew vs their movie counterparts. Ashley Park is phenomenal! Louderman is George!

Don't see it if You want to be blown away by the music. The music/lyrics are so dull. Every time they’d start singing/dancing in my head I would say “STOP!”

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You want to see an actress completely give every bit of herself onstage. Denise Gough is indescribable! She was a force! Raw, true emotion!

Don't see it if You are not a fan of loud music, strobe lights, intense storyline of drug use. This play is a gut punch with intensity on so many levels.

90
During previews
Downtown Race Riot
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to experience an intense, 2 hr ride worth every heart pounding moment! This firecracker cast led by Chloë Sevigny is a must see!

Don't see it if You do not have a seat in the center section of seats. Although you can still see on sides the set is expansive and sight lines are rough.

85
During previews
Romantic, Enchanting, Great staging, Must see, Refreshing

See it if You understand the power & beauty of music. Story was incredible! Every aspect of this musical transports & inspires. Ms. Lenk is superb!

Don't see it if You don’t want to give yourself over to the enchantment of the score & the intimacy of the story. This musical is a gem in the new season!

40
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You were a fan of the book or the Kubrick film. Knowing the story will help with the language of the play. A very handsome cast.

Don't see it if You want something exciting & creative. The bar was set high and was let down in a big way. I wanted more but cast did not deliver.

90
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Intense

See it if You want to experience a play that is thrilling, relevant & intense. Tom Sturridge is fearless. Olivia Wilde is captivating. Cast is superb.

Don't see it if You're not up to graphic violence, loud sounds & intense light visuals. This story is physically upsetting. This play eerily reflects today.

65
During previews
Marvin's Room
Midtown W
Great acting, Relevant, Quirky, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want to see this very genuine cast in a unique play about family & illness. The set was quite lovely (except for the stagehands!).

Don't see it if You aren't up for soft spoken dialogue. Actors are barely audible beyond first few rows at times. Act 2 was a let down after a fine Act 1.

15
The Whirligig
Midtown W
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if You want to be bored out of your mind! The 1st act was a complete snooze fest. I left at intermission. I had such high hopes for this play.

Don't see it if You value how you spend your money & your time at the theater. If turn table stages or people stuck on fake tree limbs = Stay away! Fail.

65
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Romantic

See it if You are a fan of Flaherty/Ahrens. Caroline O'Connor & Mary Beth Peil make it worth it. The costumes are quite gorgeous!

Don't see it if You are expecting to be transported. The lead performances are lacking. Ms. Altomare was very stale. Wanted a richer set.

45
Sweat
Midtown W
Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if You are a fan of the playwright. There are strong actors on stage (but just a lot of yelling, complaining & pessimism). Pulitzer Prize = ?

Don't see it if You aren't willing to put yourself in the character's shoes. For many in the audience this was a "This is how the other half lives!" play.

70
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Dated

See it if You want to see Corey Hawkins in a captivating role. He was terrific! Allison Janney is good also. Intense & funny, this play is smart.

Don't see it if You aren't up for an evening of deception & and a play about race and class. The script is masterful but seems a bit dated.

15
During previews
Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Painful

See it if You bought a ticket already & don't have a choice. What a huge disappointment! About the only thing I liked was the costumes & Minnie Fay.

Don't see it if You were expecting something brilliant! I have seen high school productions better than this! Dolly lacked any luster. Horace was miscast.

Also I left at intermission out of sadness at how terrible it was! Bette Mi... Read more Read less

87
Gently Down the Stream
East Village
Absorbing, Intelligent, Must see, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Harvey Fierstein is a wonder! You will be captivated by his role as Beau. Gabriel Ebert is also fantastic. A history lesson wrapped in love.

Don't see it if You are not willing to hear very intimate monologues & scenes of love found & lost. This play has lots of gay history & emotional moments.

65
The Blue Room
West Village
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a great play performed in an intimate space. Christina Toth is fantastic. Her performance is one not to be missed!

Don't see it if You are easily distracted. Performed so close in relation to the audience the pair definitely lost energy & chemistry as the play went on.

50
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You’d like to see another beautiful set design at LCT. The Higgins home is quite stunning. The costumes as well are lavish & appealing.

Don't see it if You want to be blown away by yet another MFL. There is nothing about this revival that is riveting in performance. The energy is dull.

100
For a previous production
Ambitious, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great staging, Must see

See it if You want to see the story of Ferdinand performed through exquisite choreography, lavish costumes & beautiful men! Company XIV is stunning!

Don't see it if You don’t want to see almost naked men in sparkly g-strings! This show has lots of skin, lots of sexy, agressive dancing & plenty of heat!

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Intense, Great staging

See it if You want to see this incredible play performed by a top notch, absolutely stellar cast! The set is gorgeous! Parsons & Quinto are perfect!

Don't see it if You aren’t up for a ringside seat to a gay birthday party that quickly escalates into lots of emotion. This play is raw, witty & intense.

90
Yerma
Upper E Side
Riveting, Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to see a raw, brutal, intense play that takes hold of you from start to finish. The performance by Billie Piper is one of a kind.

Don't see it if You may be triggered by experiences with abortion, infertility, mental health or suicide. This play is unflinchingly honest.

100
During previews
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great staging, Masterful, Quirky

See it if You want to see the sexiest Cinderella you have ever seen!!! This production was stunning!!! This is a show not to missed!!! Superb!!!!

Don't see it if You expect the usual XIV company. The mainstays are gone but new company members are outstanding! See this show! See this show! See it!

80
During previews
Absorbing, Great singing, Entrancing, Glorious, Rich

See it if You want to open a beautiful music box into an era of Broadway long forgotten. The voices of the cast are incredible! The dancing is strong!

Don't see it if You prefer your Broadway contemporary. This is old school and has a formula that audiences of today may not embrace. If 3/4 time bugs you!

75
Afterglow
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Intense, Great staging

See it if You want to be a voyeur into the physical & emotional dynamics of a gay married couple’s relationship with a 3rd partner.

Don't see it if You may have had an previous experience in a threesome or open relationship. May be a trigger.

35
During previews
Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if You want to see a well written memory play. Between 2 actors you witness a relationship shared through stories of their lives by monologues.

Don't see it if You are expecting something more than two actors on stage in a 45 minute play. This ends and it leaves you craving for more of their story.

75
During previews
Fire and Air
East Village
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Resonant, Epic

See it if You want to see Douglas Hodge fill the stage with brilliance! He had such command of the space. It was thrilling to watch him perform.

Don't see it if You want to take a tremendous journey with the story but never leave the same setting. It felt like the same scene was played over & over.

65
Meteor Shower
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if You’d like to see Amy Schumer light up the stage! I thought she was brilliant. Very charismatic & charming. She was so fun to watch!

Don't see it if You aren’t up for a little absurdity. Steve Martin’s over the top characters & odd storyline keep you wondering what’s exactly happening.

5
During previews
So Long Boulder City
Greenwich V
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if You want to be horribly disappointed by a play you thought might be funny. I only gave it a 5 for the $5.00 I payed to see it.

Don't see it if You have any respect for La La Land, Emma Stone, 1 person shows, theater in general or your time. I cannot say AVOID this play loud enough!

80
Funny, Great writing, Must see, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to see a fabulous storyteller (& one helluva gay inspiration) make you laugh alot & tug at your heartstrings at this touching play!

Don't see it if You are a gay lovin’, straight housewife who takes your uninterested hubby who sleeps & snores during the entire play! (Yes this did happen)

85
Brigadoon
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Romantic, Masterful

See it if You wanted to be transported back to the romantic, glory days of musical theater! You cannot miss Robert Fairchild dancing The Sword Dance!

Don't see it if You aren’t up for gooey storytelling. The music is glorious but can be a bit syrupy. Not a O’Hara fan but as Fiona she is winning me over.

75
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Slow, Masterful

See it if You want to be entranced by Jin Ha’s beautiful performance! Julie Taymor’s direction is superb. The set design & costumes are inventive.

Don't see it if You aren’t willing to go on this intense journey of culture, love & betrayal. The 1st act I found very slow. Clive Owens was a bit one note.

5
Overrated, Indulgent, Fluffy, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy Party City Halloween costumes, D-list talent & desperate music/lyrics. A few actors are ok but the show is just sooooo bad.

Don't see it if You set the bar high when seeing musical theatre. Even this I gave a low chance at being good but I couldn’t wait for intermission to leave.

65
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Slow, Overrated, Intense, Indulgent, Excruciating

See it if You want musical theater belted at you for 2 1/2 hours! Emily Skinner's Ladies Who Lunch is the only reason to go. Bring back Spider Woman!

Don't see it if You want to feel like you're at a casting call for every Hal Prince show ever. Full throttle number after number gets a bit boring.

75
Enchanting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Epic

See it if You are a lover of theater! Every possible space was used in this immersive production! To experience the story of the ghost light - See it!

Don't see it if Not willing to give yourself to the imagination & creativity of this play. You will be walking up stairs, be in the dark & will take part.

50
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if Want to see Dianne Wiest perform a major role in the history of roles written for women in theater. Beckett's play is her moment to shine!

Don't see it if Aren't up for 2 1/2 hrs of a monologue of a woman buried in the sand. Although superbly acted you have to be ready for a lot of listening.

80
Amelie
Midtown W
Enchanting, Delightful, Great staging, Romantic, Quirky

See it if You want to be transported by a lovely story. I may be in the minority but I loved the score! Such wonderful characters. Set is gorgeous!

Don't see it if You were a fan of the film and want more from that what this musical lacks. Phillipa Soo is ok. The ensemble is definitely the highlight.

45
Pacific Overtures
East Village
Great acting, Great singing, Masterful, Overrated, Relevant

See it if You want to see a rarely produced gem by Sondheim. This cast is fantastic. Though there are cuts it is a great storytelling of history.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of John Doyle and his unique approach to directing musicals. There really is no color or life in this staging.

65
For a previous production
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Indulgent

See it if You want a glimpse into a realistic life experience & the emotions that involves. This play takes on a subject and explores the intricacies.

Don't see it if You aren't up for your emotions to be manipulated. Though the subject matter is real & intense it, at times, gets a little sugary & preachy.

10
During previews
Disappointing, Dizzying, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if You want to see Christian Borle & Jackie Hoffman. Other than that only if you are under the age of 10 would this show give you any joy.

Don't see it if You were a fan of the film & the songs. This production lacks spectacle! Sets & costumes have been scaled down since London run. Skip it!

90
Exquisite, Great staging, Masterful, Impeccable, Great acting

See it if You want to see this play done in a stunning staging. You will enjoy each word of this play in this sparse setting. Cast, director = A+!

Don't see it if You are expecting a set. You are given a bare stage with very few props. You may get the spooks being in the Belasco with only candlelight!

80
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Impressive, Ambitious, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a play done on a grand, masculine, massive scale. Filling the entire space of the Armory this play impresses! Cast is great!

Don't see it if You aren't up for a play about social classes, industrialization, greed & cultural apprehension. The seating may prove to be a challenge.