JEFF B 6132

Hamilton | 50-64 | Male
About:  I'm a frequent visitor to NY. When I'm in town I usually pack in as many shows as I can. I love to meet other theatre goers and share stories.
Reviews (48)
84
During previews
Resonant, Timely, Uneven, Thought-provoking, Important

See it if To view history and it's relevance to today through stories and characters in a way that makes you think and want to learn more.

Don't see it if You seek entertainment or a work that apeals to a broad audience. This is special, but some may feel it requires too much work to appreciate

Also Clever in the way the auther was present in narrative. The dialogue ou... Read more Read less

90
Surprising, Great writing, Clever, Insightful, Bold

See it if You appreciate fresh original story telling. Thought proking, funny, serious, shocking, crude. Just see it.

Don't see it if You're in the mood for traditional theatre (I'm not sure what that means anymore) or are not comfortable with sexual role play and nudity.

Also Best not to know too much about the plot before seeing this play excep... Read more Read less

90
Masterful, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like a though provoking, well written, topical performance. Different, but well worth seeing.

Don't see it if You seek pure entertainment. This had lighter, funny elements and is throughly engaging, but its relavance should disturb you.

Also I saw the final performance, so the energy and emotion among the perfo... Read more Read less

78
Uneven, Absorbing, Simple, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if For the acting and the second half (A Life). Both actors were outstanding. Both shows were not.

Don't see it if You expect an absorbing emotional connection to both shows. Sea Wall seemed flat.

Also I was a bit disappointed overall, though Jake's performance is worth g... Read more Read less

87
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Edgy, Absorbing, Great singing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy top musical talent that's not overproduced and are looking for content that might challenge your perspective.

Don't see it if Candid stories about self loathing, gay sex, being overweight and racial descrimination are too off putting or may be tough for you to watch

Also This play kept surprising me in ways that I appreciated - the talent, ... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Breathtaking, Great dancing, Must see, Masterful, Great singing

See it if You want to see one of those rare Broadway shows that you will always compare others to. This is astonishingly good at all levels.

Don't see it if You don't really like theatre and need something pop culture familiar to entertain you.

Also One of my all time favorite Theatre experiences. This production combi... Read more Read less

85
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Intelligent, Clever

See it if you appreciate imagination. Clever use of Alice in Wonderland characters. Makes you think.

Don't see it if You need a clear literal story line. This was sometimes hard to follow.

Also This started out a bit slow, trying to be edgy, but not in a convincin... Read more Read less

45
During previews
Soulless, Uneven, Disappointing

See it if Only if you really, really like the Temptations and don't mind a flawed rendition. You might forgive this mess of a show.

Don't see it if You think that this might rise above jukebox musical fare. It actually brings this genre down.

Also This has the potential to be so much more than it is. It felt like a c... Read more Read less

75
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Clever

See it if For Bryan Cranston's performance and for its disturbing relevance to today's politics.

Don't see it if You are expecting the hype to translate to an outstanding broadway experience. This is different, just not that great.

Also Side views really are obstructed. Better off in standing room. It was ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Overamplified, energetic, creative

See it if You are looking for something different, modern and energetic. This had a few great musical performances and was visually intense.

Don't see it if You are expecting something great based on prior success of the show and music. There was potential in this.

Also I hope there is better balance on the sound before this opens. I was s... Read more Read less

87
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You are looking for a complex layered play that is well written and well performed.

Don't see it if You have are not in the mood for a longish play that demands attention and is sometimes hard to follow.

Also I'm not sure if this lived up to my expectations. I appreciated the co... Read more Read less

90
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Brings a fresh poignant perspective to same sex relationships. Well written and well acted. This will move you.

Don't see it if You seek pure entertainment. This is absorbing and tells a good story.

Also I think this is the best play I've seen in a long time and I've seen m... Read more Read less

92
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You want to witness a combination of great acting, writing and staging that almost never happens all at once.

Don't see it if You only want to be entertained and can't sit for an hour and 45 min .

Also This still has me thinking. I was tired when I saw this show and didn'... Read more Read less

96
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You want to experience a rare theatrical event. This is not to be missed. Astonishing!

Don't see it if You have a short attention span.

Also Don’t be put off by the length. There are many breaks and you feel abs... Read more Read less

89
Enchanting, Great singing, Delightful, Transporting

See it if You enjoy supurb singing and dancing and long for a glimpse of past theatre glory.

Don't see it if You prefer modern edgy material and don’t appreciate classic theatre

Also This was a rare opportunity to feel transported into theatre of yester... Read more Read less

45
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Overrated, Shrill

See it if You don't mind over amplified flat performances

Don't see it if You want something that feels less like a tourist trap. All of the heart was sucked out of this by bad sound and mechanical acting.

Also One of the all time worst broadway shows I've ever seen - and I've see... Read more Read less

65
During previews
The Children
Midtown W
Great acting, Intelligent, Slow

See it if You have a keen ability to stay focused for two hours to get some satisfaction from strong acting and a nuanced story. I drifted a bit.

Don't see it if You haven't seen a lot of off broadway shows. There are lots of good alternatives.

Also I was disappointed with this show. My attention wondered as I tried to... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Intelligent, Great singing, Enchanting, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You like subtle humour and gentle story telling.

Don't see it if You want a traditional showy musical and might not appreciate a show that is more delicate.

Also The show surprised me. I was drawn in to the sublime singing and story... Read more Read less

85
Resonant, Great acting, Funny, Relevant

See it if You like a smart play that reflects life and remains relevant.

Don't see it if You seek light entertainment and don't want to learn more about the struggles of being gay.

Also Parts of this play seemed cliched, but that ultimately drew me in more... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a memorable theater experience. Entertaining and thought provoking.

Don't see it if You can't open your mind that a musical based on a movie could be excellent.

Also This was such a pleasant surprise! I almost didn't see this production... Read more Read less

77
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You appreciate good acting and want to gain insight about a historical peace negotiation.

Don't see it if You have a short attention span or feel the need to be entertained.

Also I had high expectations and this play fell a little short for me. I fo... Read more Read less

95
Delightful, Entertaining, Must see

See it if You enjoy big Broadway shows and classic music. It doesn't get better than this!

Don't see it if If you don't like great Broadway musicals.

Also I was overwhelmed! What an amazing show.

90
Gently Down the Stream
East Village
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy good story telling.

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason

Also I feel lucky to have experienced this performance. This will stay with... Read more Read less

95
Must see, Masterful, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to be moved by masterful singing and subtle thought provoking story telling.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals with a big physical stage presence and traditional story telling.

Also This is a rare gem! I've seen more shows than I can count and this is ... Read more Read less

95
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Profound, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if A work of this breadth is rarely accessable in theatre. Find the time. It's worth the experience. Just wow!

Don't see it if You don't have the patience for layered stories that take a long time to tell.

Also I feel lucky that a work that's challenging for audiences to see due t... Read more Read less

67
During previews
Familiar, Repetitive, Great singing, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if There are a few great singing moments strung together by a cliched book. Go If you just want to hear the music with excellent performances

Don't see it if You expects something new in a bio musical. This was a cliched mash up of material presented so much more originally in other productions.

Also Maybe I had high expectations through the buzz from Boston. The only t... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Betrayal
Midtown W
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if For the clever script and though provoking material about relationships, including best friends. Still thinking about this days later.

Don't see it if You are going for the star actors. They were good, but you have to really appreciate the material.

Also For the first 20 minutes I was thinking this was not going to be good ... Read more Read less

92
Thought-provoking, Original, Absorbing, Clever, Masterful

See it if This is refreshingly original and engrosing. Magical performances that build and resonate.

Don't see it if You are in the mood for something more traditional and simple.

Also I wasn't sure I was going to like this at first. The songs seemed repe... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Energetic, Great staging, Indulgent, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy a spectical and can tolorate a pitchy lead singer. Sets are wonderful. The opening second act Lady Gaga number is a show stopper.

Don't see it if You expect all leads in a big show like this to be great. They should, but the role of Satine is miscast. Or if you expect fair pricing.

Also I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. The pitchy belting of the... Read more Read less

75
Fluffy, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if You liked the movie and want to see the same thing done reasonably well as a musical.

Don't see it if If you don't like teenage stories that focus on trying to be popular. There's not much else.

Also I appreciated a few of the stand out performances like the gay friend.... Read more Read less

90
Must see, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to experience brilliant acting and see a play that stays with you. You shouldn't miss this.

Don't see it if You prefer a light story and pure entertainment. This is not that, though the conflict between these two brothers does darkly entertain.

Also This was a rare treat. I almost missed this, as it's near the end of i... Read more Read less

83
Entertaining, Enchanting, Mechanical, Uneven

See it if You enjoy a classic musical. There are a few great moments - street where you live - Overall enjoyable

Don't see it if You expect this to be great. It seemed to small in this theatre and the performances seemed a bit robotic.

Also When I saw this in London about 17 years ago this seemed like a grand ... Read more Read less

83
Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate good singing. I wish there was more.

Don't see it if You're expecting a broadway scale show. This seemed small, which is okay for the way the story is told.

Also A few great performances. Overall, well done. I wanted to like it a bi... Read more Read less

83
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want to be entertained and like to laugh. The singing was well done. Fun show!

Don't see it if It's a little light, so if you want a more sophisticated show, this may not appeal to you or If you're offended by poking fun at prejudices.

75
Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if For good acting and a story that makes you reflect on life and life's tragedies.

Don't see it if You want something uplifting.

Also While I appreciated the acting and thought provoking narrative, this f... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Entertaining, Disappointing, Inconsistent

See it if You lived through the early years of Cher's career you'll enjoy taking a look back. Performances were good. Show needs fixing.

Don't see it if You are interested in more than a nostalgic review of Cher's career.

Also I saw the first preview. There is a lot of fixing and editing ahead. N... Read more Read less

95
Then She Fell
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Magical

See it if You have a sense of adventure and curiosity. This is a rare opportunity and so well done.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable interacting with characters or being alone at times.

Also Become familiar with the life (not necessarily his work) of Lewis Carr... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy relevant theatre that really pulls you in and doesn’t leave you when it’s over.

Don't see it if If you don’t appreciate gay themed stories.

Also There is not a bad seat in this theatre. Sat in rear Mezz and felt clo... Read more Read less

85
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Classic, Energetic

See it if You appreciate live on stage orchestra, classic lead performances and pure song and dance numbers.

Don't see it if You you need a full set. This is straight up song and dance with minimal set cues.

Also I really appreciated the talent of most of the leads in this show. The... Read more Read less

93
Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if You want to really feel a show. Singing is all around superb and sublime. The staging is very original and intimate.

Don't see it if There is no reason to not see this. It will warm your heart.

Also There are few occasions I recall where the singing talent was so broad... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You appreciate camp humor and talented acting.

Don't see it if Gay themed humor has no appeal to you.

Also This was a nice surprise! Funny,very well acted, I had a smile on my f... Read more Read less

91
Must see, Great staging, Clever

See it if You've seen any other Sweeney Todd. Experiencing this production is a rare treat.

Don't see it if You are not curious about experiencing intiment, clever theatre.

Also I loved this production! I can't remember the last time I heard a musi... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Funny, Great writing

See it if You appreciate clever writing and a fast paced show.

Don't see it if You need elaborate sets and a more complex story to feel satisfied.

90
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You want to see Glen Close. Her performance was a must see!

Don't see it if You dislike Andrew Loyd Weber and can't appreciate Glen's performance. The show was otherwise entertaining, but seemed a bit mechanical.

Also If you're on the fence about this, Go! Glen's performance was one of t... Read more Read less

87
Great acting, Great staging, Resonant, Masterful

See it if You appreciate great acting and wonderful set design. This is a not to be missed production.

Don't see it if Period dramas don't appeal to you or if you have a hard time understanding southern accents.

Also I saw this with Cynthia Nixon as Regina. I was hoping to see Laura Lin... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if If you want to experience great acting and a powerful original show.

Don't see it if You want uplifting Light entertainment. This is an emotionally heavy show.

Also Amazing cast!

30
Bandstand
Midtown W
Cliched, Banal, Boring

See it if I can't think of a reason to recommend this show.

Don't see it if Want an engaging story.

Also This was so disappointing. I was drawn to the possibility that a big b... Read more Read less

95
Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if If you want to be immersed in a theatrical experience. This show was so good!

Don't see it if If you don't have a sense of adventure.

Also I still have a smile on my face. This was one of the best theatre expe... Read more Read less