Jeff 20

New York City

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Reviews (39)
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Just does not work, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if Bernstein's music played live is always wonderful

Don't see it if The director is more interested in adding his concept than making a cohesive whole.

Also The giant screens reduce the actors to ants. The new choreography, wha... Read more Read less

During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W

See it if Two excellent performances by Ryan McCartan and Taylor Iman Jones and an intermittently funny version of Spicoli by Jay Armstrong Johnson.

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare aficionado. The poor guy is spinning.

Also The whole enterprise seems forced. Lonny Price's direction focuses mai... Read more Read less

Best fiddler i have seen, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You like brilliant staging, wonderful acting and want to be moved. You can deal with a Yiddish FIDDLER with supertitles.

Don't see it if If you are Antisemitic. Otherwise GO!

Also I have seen FIDDLERS from opening week of Zero's through to Berstein's... Read more Read less

Glenda the great, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You love and/or are open to Shakespeare. You want to see two great performances: Glenda Jackson and Jane Houdyshell.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare. Can't sit still for three and a half hours

Also Would have given it 100% but found the staging in the first act a bit ... Read more Read less

Wonderful!, Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Hilarious

See it if A complete joy from start to finish. Acting, dancing, singing, direction...everything was wonderful. I'm going to see it again. And I did.

Don't see it if Do not see it if you agree with Mike Pence and are homophobic. Otherwise...GO!

Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, A mixed bag

See it if I thought the acting was uniformly excellent with Urie's reading sounding too much like a Fierstein impersonator.

Don't see it if I did not like the way Act One was staged, but loved the naturalistic staging of Act 2. Don't see it if you are a homophobe,

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You like good-natured, high energy wonderfully performed musicals with a subtle message of love who you want.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you are an old stick in the mud, ultra-Conservative, anti-LGBTQ and can't enjoy a show that audiences love.

Disappointing, Much ado

See it if You'll like the how if you want to be schooled in hospice care. Also if you love bickering leading to nothing.

Don't see it if You don't want to see an ugly family screeching around a dying matriarch.

Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Though this production is old, it is not creaky. After seeing it for the fourth time, I still love it. Still has the old razzle dazzle.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you don't like great dancing and singing.

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Magnificent

See it if You love acting of the highest quality. Jackson, Metcalf, and Pill are marvelous. The direction and stagecraft are breathtakingly beautiful.

Don't see it if If you are afraid to think. If you need light entertainment. If you are a child.

Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if If you want an opulent old fashioned musical with amazing dancing and singing.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you like Bernadette Peters. I have seen Dollys from Channing to Bailey to Martha Raye and they all exuded warmth.

Also To me, Ms. Peters didn't. In Act One she was phoning it in. In Act Two... Read more Read less

Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Tsardines

See it if You like p[eriod pieces with gorgeous costumes, wonderful sets and a good second act.

Don't see it if In act one everything seemed forced, as if the lyricist couldn't find a good rhyme so he settle on a cliched lyric.

Also When I was a young man I saw a production of ANYA with Constance Tower... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Overpowering

See it if Williams, Inge and Foote country. Drew me in completely. Wonderful, intense acting. Will see it again and take friends.

Don't see it if If you are a homophobe, religious fanatic or don't wish to be involved with a moving, heartbreaking story.

Also At one point I became so involved that when a pompous, hateful ministe... Read more Read less

The Whirligig
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Dizzying, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if Well constructed, but the entire production, including the acting, left me cold. One of the female leads could not be heard in the balcony.

Don't see it if You don't want to be depressed. A big let down.

For a previous production
Monty python lite

See it if You like cute, slapstick and/or believe what Ben Brantley says.

Don't see it if A little slapstick goes a long way. Don't like plays that know they are terribly funny and pour it on.

Also In fairness, the company was excellent, especially the fellow who play... Read more Read less

Kid Victory
Absorbing, Great acting, Great music:loved all of it

See it if You like wonderful acting and singing in a thought provoking production. See it if you want to be moved by a great script. Hell, just SEE IT

Don't see it if All you like is pizzazz. This is a small production about how we are trapped both intentionally and unintentionally. Not for prudes.

Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like off color puppets/

Don't see it if If you don't like cute shows.

During previews
Sweet Charity
Midtown W

See it if You will see Sutton Foster in anything.

Don't see it if You remember the original. Foster is good but FAR too young to play Charity.

A Delicate Balance
Midtown W
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if You like wonderful, moving theater with GREAT acting. See it if you want to laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. A celebration of life


Also Cynthia Erivo leads a magnificent cast. Not one weak link. Wonderful, ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great staging, Ambitious, Enchanting

See it if Brilliant adaptation of the excellent book.

Don't see it if You are sure theater is not for you.

Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You'd like a liife affirming play about the kindeness and generosity of others after 9/11.

Don't see it if You need lavish scenery and a linear plotline. You don't like a loud frenetic musical.

Hasn't aged well, Disappointing, Dated

See it if If gross-out, in your face "humor" is your thing.

Don't see it if You have seen it and remember it fondly as I did. Loved it when I saw it just after it opened. Not now.

Also Maybe I've changed or else the once edgy humor hasn't aged well but se... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Great cast. Great mood set. You like new and daring shows. You want to see a new and more human take on Jud Fry, by wonderful Patrick Vaill

Don't see it if You loved Hugh Jackman's or Gordon MacRae's version. You don't like revisionist staging and very little dancing.

Also I was immediately thrown into what seemed to be Oklahoma back in the d... Read more Read less

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Well meaning mess

See it if You like ersatz Beckett or Ionesco. You are anxious to see a well-intentioned mess. Iamb not impressed.

Don't see it if You've seen Nathan Lane do the same shtick for the last thirty years and are tired of it. You are turned off by a stage of dead bodies.

Also I really wanted to like this show and couldn't. People were howling wi... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Intimate and beautiful. Touching, funny and heartbreaking. Wonderful cast and band.

Don't see it if If you like a 50 piece orchestra and a huge enswemble, this is not for you. A chamber piece, not a symphony.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Wonderful

See it if I am not a Kenneth Lonergan fan, but THE WAVERLY GALLERY, his memory play, is magnificent.

Don't see it if It is terribly sad. If you know or have known, someone with dementia it is going to be rough going for you as it was for me. Bring tissues.

Also The acting of the ensemble cast is superb, but Elaine May and Lucas He... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Funny, These boys are terrific

See it if Groundbreaking, hilarious, heartbreaking with wonderful acting and direction are your thing. Not dated at all.

Don't see it if Kind of hard to hear words that are now politically correct and hurtful to minorities used. You won't give a new cast a chance.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Deserves a standng o

See it if If you like magnificent theater in all ways, this is for you. Not a crier, but this magnificent production had me going.

Don't see it if If you only like "new" musicals with no melody and banal lyrics.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, A wonderful revival

See it if The brilliance of Tennessee Williams' writing brought to life through the acting of an excellent cast led by the magnificent Marin Ireland.

Don't see it if If you can't deal with no scenery and have no imagination

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if You enjoy thought provoking theater with wonderful acting by all involved. The direction was flawless, the almost bare set evocative.

Don't see it if You want to be made to think and examine your own lives. This ain't a musical!!!!

The Children
Midtown W
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You like talky plays that take forever to get to the point they are tying to make. Good acting. Make sure you have had enough sleep.

Don't see it if If you don't like soporific tales that are told with agonizing slowness.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Better than the film

See it if You like powerful plays that make you think while you are being pulled into a dystopian world of violence. Jonno Davies is a breakout star.

Don't see it if Don't see it if brute power is not your cup of tea or if your sensibilities are easily offended.

Midtown W
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Repetitious

See it if You like intense, beautifully staged, daring, heartbreaking plays.

Don't see it if You don't like repetitive, historical plays. Mainly, don't see it if you are anti Semetic and/or homophobic.

Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You like Lloyd Weber's beautiful songs. Great orchestrations, and mainly the incredible Glenn Close. Saw it first 20 years ago. Better now.

Don't see it if If you don't like bravura performances that will long stay with you.

During previews
West Village
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You like wonderful acting staged by a master director. I have seen umpteen productions of PICNIC and this is by far the best.

Don't see it if You have no imagination and need full scenery to enjoy a play. You don't like bare bones productions in a barn like space.

Also Glorious production of sometimes forgotten masterpiece. William Inge n... Read more Read less

Life According to Saki
East Village
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You like something new and fresh.

Don't see it if You only like big, Broadway shows.

The Encounter
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if You love great acting. A one man show like no other.Sound effects through provided earphones puts you in the story. A great experience.

Don't see it if You can't suspend disbelief or if you cannot deal with a new experience.

Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful

See it if You like satire and are a fan of musical shows, both old and new.

Don't see it if If outrageous comedy is not your thing.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging

See it if I never liked this play. This staging has made what I consider a bit of a bore, a blazing never to be forgotten experience.

Don't see it if you are not open to new things.