JDM68

Brooklyn | 35-49 | Male

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Reviews (35)
79
Entertaining

See it if You like a good "fractured fairy tale," reimagined with a modern day sensibility normalizing diverse gender identity and sexual orientation

Don't see it if You expect high polish. While most of the principles were very good (notably Winnifred and the Queen), the direction was uneven.

90
Delightful, Great acting, Great dancing

See it if This show is one of the all-time greats, and this production does not disappoint. Wonderful to see it in an intimate theatre.

Don't see it if Just see it!

Also Steven Rada delivers the best "Paul" monologue I have ever seen in any... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

See it if you are a fan of thought provocative, timely, emotional theater that forces the audience to think. Great staging and set.

Don't see it if you expect simplistic writing that spoon-feeds meaning to the audience.

Also I wasn't familiar with this company. I look forward to seeing more of ... Read more Read less

65
The Two-Character Play
East Village
Great writing, Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of Tennessee Williams-- this was one of his personal favorites, although it is little known. Great insight into the man.

Don't see it if you expect great, polished theatre. Many problems with this, mostly due to directorial choices and apparent lack of chemistry w/ cast.

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Dizzying

See it if you like modern musicals dealing with contemporary social issues such as human connection and suicide. Excellent light/set design.

Don't see it if you prefer old fashioned "song and dance" musicals, or if you don't like dark subject matter. Brilliant performance by Ben Platt!!!!!

85
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Great staging, Intelligent, Clever, Relevant

See it if you like creatively staged plays in a unique venue. Are a fan of O'Neill's dark themes and writing.

Don't see it if you you don't like dramatic, stylized staging and sets.

85
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like Scottish folk music, pub-style performances, and clever storytelling.

Don't see it if you are looking for ACTUAL immersive theatre. It's not. It's a fabulous site-specific pub show, but not immersive.

85
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You like to see complete reimagining of Shakespeare set in modern times. Interesting use of military barracks as setting.

Don't see it if you are a purist.

75
During previews
Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like small, intimate staging, small casts (2 people), and thought provoking commentary on the human experience.

Don't see it if if you can't sit on hard benches for 90 minutes (very uncomfortable), you need "action" in your theatre, or don't want to be provoked.

Also I wanted to love this play. It is a timely telling of Nat Turner's las... Read more Read less

85
Bright Star
Midtown W
Delightful, Great acting, Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you like a traditional book musical with a delightful score. Unfortunately it closes soon, which is a damn shame!

Don't see it if you expect or prefer the "musical extravaganza." A few sections of clunky and contrived dialogue weighed down an otherwise wonderful show.

85
The Judas Kiss
Brooklyn
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Slow

See it if you like still-relevant period pieces, great performances, and intelligent dialogue. (Extra points for the eye candy.)

Don't see it if you are hard of hearing... I sat in the gallery and had trouble hearing the actors, which made it a little slow since the dialogue is key.

95
Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting

See it if you are interested in a tour de force performance by Gillian Anderson. Completely absorbing and intense. Like nothing I've seen from her!

Don't see it if trigger warning for domestic violence and sexual assault. Very long play, and very dark, but brilliantly staged.

70
Indulgent, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if the music is your only criteria for a great show. This was and will always be some of the most beautiful music written for the theatre.

Don't see it if You can't let go of the brilliant staging and sets of the original production. Some of the performances-Fantine-were laughably melodramatic

90
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Riveting, Profound

See it if you appreciate creative staging and use of lighting design. Brilliant adaptation that allows you to get inside the mind of an autistic boy.

Don't see it if ...you like your narrative to be traditional. This is definitely not a beginning, middle, and end kind of storyline.

90
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You like a traditional show directed with a new perspective.

Don't see it if You don't like the classics. This is a true gem from the old school of musical theatre.

80
During previews
I And You
Midtown E
Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like a show where CONVERSATION drives the action, not action. This one is a slow burn. Enjoyed it, but the male lead was miscast.

Don't see it if You need a lot of plot movement. There were things that bothered me about the script that clarified after the 11th hour "twist."

95
Then She Fell
Brooklyn
Delightful, Enchanting, Original, Great staging, Immersive

See it if you like unique, non-traditional performance approach. Dreamlike in it's delivery. Excellent example of truly immersive theatre.

Don't see it if you can't stay on your feet for long periods of time. You will be moving around through most of the show.

100
Clever, Funny, Great staging, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if irreverent humor is your thing.

Don't see it if you are easily offended.

75
shadowplay
Soho/Tribeca
Entertaining, Great acting, Amateur

See it if you enjoy immersive storytelling that examines the external/personal influences behind an author's literary creation.

Don't see it if you expect high production values. While this is a noble effort, it is nowhere near the professionalism of Punchdrunk or Third Rail

69
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you are interested in an honest look at the conflict within the deaf community surrounding the pressure to assimilate into the hearing world

Don't see it if you prefer fast paced, lively productions. It was challenging to listen to Jackson's uninspired line delivery for 2.5 hours.

90
For a previous production
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if like laugh out loud funny. Lots of breaking of the 4th wall and audience engagement! LOVED! Reminded me of Noises Off!

Don't see it if you prefer high-brow entertainment. This is silly, goofball, physical comedy.

85
During previews
Afterglow
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like intimate, honest examination of modern gay relationships.

Don't see it if onstage nudity (lots of it) makes you uncomfortable. Show was a bit long, but it is early in previews and will likely tighten up.

79
Great writing, Great acting, Intense, Slow

See it if enjoy minimalist set design or are a fan of Sally Field or Joe Mantello. Both give riveting performances.

Don't see it if you loved the Cherry Jones production. This was not even close in design, ensemble, or tone, although some interesting directorial choices

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Intimate, Great writing

See it if You are Gorey fan. Wonderful look at the man behind the stories at different stages of his life. Clever staging, and great performances.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it. Delightful show.

65
Disappointing, Clever, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if you like burlesque, cabaret, immersive theatre. Definitely takes its ideas from the Sleep No More playbook-- though with limited success.

Don't see it if you expect a polished, well executed immersive experience. Ideas were all there, but not executed well. Needed a more cohesive narrative.

80
The Encounter
Midtown W
Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you like unique theatrical performances that utilize exquisite and clever sound and lighting design. Great performance by this cast of one!

Don't see it if you like traditional, linear narrative and straight forward storytelling. This production plays with perceptions of reality.

68
During previews
Bears in Space
Midtown E
Slow, Fluffy, Funny

See it if You like mindless, silly fun. Some great moments.

Don't see it if you expect substance or thought provoking theatre.

95
The Woodsman
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Original, Masterful

See it if you appreciate creative storytelling, reimagined classics, intimate theatre, clever staging. One of the most astounding shows I've ever seen

Don't see it if you have no heart (see what I did there?) Truly, go. There is no reason not to go.

69
Evening - 1910
West Village
Confusing, Pleasant music

See it if you enjoy small, black-box theatre. Very intimate space, provides for up close and personal viewing. Pleasant music, great harmonies.

Don't see it if Awkward lighting design left actors faces masked by shadows. Direction was clunky and heavy handed. Talented cast in an uneven book.

90
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Profound

See it if you like intimate staging, nuanced performances, and progressive story telling about the gay experience. So many wonderful moments!

Don't see it if if you have unresolved "daddy issues." It's an incredibly personal and conflicted story. This isn't really a reason not to see it. Just Go!

70
Ambitious, Enchanting, Great staging, Masterful, Original

See it if Disney is your thing-- this is Disney through and through. Costumes and set/lighting design are the best part of the production.

Don't see it if you find the Disney formula to be too cliche. I loved the movie, and was disappointed in the additional music written for the stage.

85
Insignificance
Midtown E
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you like site-specific, intimate house, dialogue driven theatre. Exceptional performances by all four in the cast.

Don't see it if you are expecting "immersive" theatre. this is absolutely NOT immersive on any level, although I have heard it called that.

95
Clever, Enchanting, Immersive, Original, Delightful

See it if you like TRUE immersive theatre, not what everyone is CALLING immersive theatre these days.

Don't see it if You can't stand or move around for 2 hours.

98
Sleep No More
Chelsea
Edgy, Epic, Great staging, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of immersive theatre-- the performance happens all around you, as if you are a ghost in the scene, watching from within.

Don't see it if You can't handle a lot of walking around and stairs. The narrative may not make sense, but let that go and enjoy the artistry.

95
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Thought-provoking, Original, Must see, Relevant

See it if you like refreshing approaches to telling a story. The diversity and juxtaposition of costume design and music with period story is A+.

Don't see it if your mind wanders. You will want to pay close attention to the lyrics!