Jeff S

New York City | 25-34 | Male
About:  New England native, NYC resident for a decade and a half. When I'm not in a theater I'm probably eating or traveling.
Reviews (244)
92
You Will Get Sick
Midtown W
Quirky, Hilarious, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious
November 16th, 2022

See it if you appreciate wildly innovative plays from a distinctive voice that are pushing the boundaries of what theater can do

Don't see it if you need a traditional plot or naturalism to be engaged

71
Entertaining, Great singing, Great writing
September 20th, 2022

See it if you want to see an all-star cast performing this score

Don't see it if you want a production with a point of view or anything to look at, really

88
During previews
Refreshing, Great acting, Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Clever
April 20th, 2022

See it if you're a fan of shows like The Other Two and want the same rapid-fire jokes but for musical theater nerds

Don't see it if you're the kind of person who hates on Millennial Content just because, or your patience for messy, open-ended plays is low

84
Confederates
Midtown W
Intelligent, Resonant, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing
April 11th, 2022

See it if you like confident, original plays full of ideas

Don't see it if you want traditional plots with storylines tied up with a bow

67
Dated, Cliched
April 4th, 2022

See it if you're interested in sports, recent(ish) major plays, or want to see what all the nudity fuss is about

Don't see it if you prefer plays that feel fresh and have something to say about the current era

72
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious
February 14th, 2022

See it if you like to see an expert team take a big swing at putting a classic in a new perspective

Don't see it if you don't want great works in the American canon to be played with

79
During previews
Black No More
Midtown W
Dizzying, Clever, Refreshing, Ambitious, Absorbing
January 27th, 2022

See it if you want to catch one of the more original musicals to come along in a while

Don't see it if you're not up for a show that's still got some work to be done

57
Confusing, Slow, Disappointing, Great staging, Ambitious
January 12th, 2022

See it if you like this cast and want to see a gorgeously-staged, ambitious swing of a new musical

Don't see it if you don't like musicals that are someone experimental and not plot-driven

91
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Resonant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever
January 3rd, 2022

See it if you want to see a bold attempt at updating a work that is very much of its era

Don't see it if you don't like neon

91
Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking
December 15th, 2021

See it if You want to see this complicated, difficult show in a first-class staging with an all-star cast

Don't see it if You’re not a fan of stripped-down Doyle stagings, you can stand criticism of the American way

63
Slow, Fluffy, Cliched, Dated
December 6th, 2021

See it if You want to see a musical that's little-done (professionally, at least) for anthropological purposes

Don't see it if you want something that's in any way original or innovative, despite a new book. Though maybe it helps to have/want children.

68
During previews
Kimberly Akimbo
Chelsea
Cliched, Slow
November 22nd, 2021

See it if you like new musicals or are a fan of the people involved

Don't see it if you're going to be disappointed by a rather banal show and an anemic production considering all the talent involved

91
Dana H. (Broadway)
Midtown W
Riveting, Intense, Great acting, Dizzying, Absorbing
November 3rd, 2021

See it if you want to see a really big theatrical swing connect with absolute precision

Don't see it if you have very strict ideas about what constitutes "theater"

77
SIX (Broadway)
Midtown W
Quirky, Intelligent, Fluffy, Cliched, Clever
November 1st, 2021

See it if you want to see what all the hype is about, or enjoy these historical re-framings

Don't see it if You're expecting something deeper than what's on the album

86
During previews
Great writing, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful
November 1st, 2021

See it if you want a fun rom-com with great actors that moves at a good clip

Don't see it if you're looking for something deeper

70
Great singing, Disappointing, Dated
November 1st, 2021

See it if you want an exploration of black working class people through the lense of a white Jewish family

Don't see it if you want characters who are written three-dimensionally and don't rely on great acting to add depth

76
Relevant, Resonant, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing
November 1st, 2021

See it if you want to understand more about this event and how it resonated then and now

Don't see it if you're not interested in documentary theater

78
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Dizzying, Ambitious
September 9th, 2021

See it if you enjoy formally inventive shows that explore trenchant themes in an unconventional structure

Don't see it if you don't like plays that are focused more on themes and ideas than plot and heavily rely on metaphor and atmosphere

87
Resonant, Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious
March 9th, 2020

See it if you enjoy ambitious swings that become more than the sum of their parts

Don't see it if you can't deal with ambiguous tonal shifts and metatheatrical flourishes

69
During previews
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Cliched
March 5th, 2020

See it if you like to see musicals that explore themes and terrain not usually covered in the medium

Don't see it if you want something that feels fully formed and directed with a firm hand

47
Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Banal
March 2nd, 2020

See it if you like Laura Linney and would watch her read what might as well be the literal phone book

Don't see it if you're looking for something with plot, narrative drive, anything to hold your interest.

72
During previews
The Hot Wing King
Midtown W
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Cliched, Great writing
February 27th, 2020

See it if you like naturalistic plays about relevant themes that are unimpeachable in their acting, writing and staging

Don't see it if you're looking for something beyond a standard family drama with a twist on time-tested themes

78
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Dated
February 5th, 2020

See it if you like intelligent, well-acted plays that explore trenchant issues in an intelligent and complex way

Don't see it if you want something that has real dramatic drive and is going to go to unexpected places

93
During previews
Refreshing, Intense, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious
January 31st, 2020

See it if You want to see a production that uses a classic musical to interrogate the failed promises of America. You like hot male dancers.

Don't see it if You’re a boomer who doesn’t like mid-century musicals futzed with and prefer them to be banal, cliched entertainments.

68
Sing Street
East Village
Dated, Great singing, Fluffy, Slow, Cliched
January 15th, 2020

See it if you like new wave music and want to hear some good songs (if not a full-fledged musical) in VERY well-trod narrative territory.

Don't see it if You're looking for originality, new ideas, or a book that makes any sense and feels at all realistic (if you haven't see the movie I guess)

58
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Quirky, Dated, Cliched, Banal
January 8th, 2020

See it if you want to see this set of actors doing the kinds of characters you'd expect

Don't see it if you're used to Bess Wohl's more ambitious works

74
Great singing, Entertaining, Dated
November 21st, 2019

See it if you want to see a solid production of Evita

Don't see it if you're not a Lloyd Webber fan or don't like stripped-down City Center stagings or the lack of intimacy in the house

78
During previews
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious
November 18th, 2019

See it if you're a Samuel D Hunter fan. It's still great writing, if not his best work. Much more predictable, schematic and melodramatic than normal.

Don't see it if you don't want to see great writing overpowered by indulgent and too-clever staging that doesn't work for the space or the piece.

47
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Slow, Disappointing, Cliched
November 13th, 2019

See it if you like slick, underbaked pop musicals in the Be More Chill vein

Don't see it if you want something with a consistent tone that feels in any way fresh or original

79
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious
November 4th, 2019

See it if you want to see an intriguing, original piece with a terrific central performance

Don't see it if you're not interested in the idea of documentary theater and need something more crafted

91
Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
October 23rd, 2019

See it if you want to see an elliptical, mysterious, recursive play that will leave you thinking

Don't see it if you want straightforward plot and themes, along with a tidy ending

79
Entertaining
October 21st, 2019

See it if you want to see a well-done if not creative or innovative production of a great show

Don't see it if you don't want to pay Broadway premium prices for off-Broadway

72
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Cliched
October 16th, 2019

See it if you want to see what the success of Hamilton is likely to bring us for the next decade. You like style over substance.

Don't see it if you prefer shows that feel like a cohesive piece with strong characterizations vs. a concept album stuffed with archetypes

56
During previews
Soft Power
East Village
Thought-provoking, Clever, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious
October 14th, 2019

See it if you appreciate ambition and seeing something that's taking a big swing

Don't see it if you don't want a show with too many ideas that it doesn't know how to synthesize into a satisfying whole

53
Indulgent, Slow, Banal, Cliched, Dated
September 6th, 2019

See it if you're a Pinter completist or you're a heterosexual who still thinks an affair is shocking or salacious in 2019.

Don't see it if you want to see something with original or relevant themes and you don't care about whoever this British guy is.

77
Road Show
Midtown W
Confusing, Great writing, Quirky, Great singing, Clever
July 29th, 2019

See it if you want your chance to see a little-done Sondheim show that has its charms

Don't see it if you're not a Sondheim completist

80
Enchanting, Cliched, Refreshing, Great singing, Absorbing
July 22nd, 2019

See it if you want to see a well-put-together musical of this scale with a terrific cast and hear the best Duncan Sheik score since Spring Awakening.

Don't see it if you can't tolerate another civil rights narrative centered on the journey of a white protagonist.

62
During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Great staging
July 19th, 2019

See it if you thought the best part of the movie was the interpolated pop songs

Don't see it if you don't want an over-earnest production that misunderstands what made the movie work

76
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious
July 17th, 2019

See it if you want a musical that feels wholly original from a new voice and are willing to forgive some flaws for it

Don't see it if you prefer shows with a traditional book and narrative structure. If you'll laugh inappropriately at things that aren't meant to be funny.

77
Fairview
Brooklyn
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Dizzying, Clever, Ambitious
July 12th, 2019

See it if you appreciate ambitious works that make a big swing at doing something with form and content.

Don't see it if you're going to laugh at things that are explicitly meant to be cringe-inducing and not funny.

84
In the Green
Upper W Side
Quirky, Refreshing, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing
July 11th, 2019

See it if you want to see lots of ideas and innovation onstage in service of a relatively straightforward though conceptual narrative

Don't see it if you prefer straightforward book musicals using traditional scoring and singing techniques

38
Indulgent, Overrated, Slow, Dated, Cliched
June 26th, 2019

See it if you like the actors and don't mind seeing them wasted on horribly dated, misogynistic, creepy material.

Don't see it if you want to see a play that has literally any relevance in 2019. You'll be triggered by a would-be stalker portrayed as a hopeless romantic.

81
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing
June 17th, 2019

See it if you want to see an American classic yanked into the present day in a production that's only strengthened and deepened since Brooklyn

Don't see it if you're a traditionalist who can't stand musty, sentimental pieces being explored beyond the surface

63
All My Sons
Midtown W
Slow, Dated
June 17th, 2019

See it if you want to see this play for educational or anthropological reasons.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a banal production of a dated play

76
Thought-provoking, Dizzying, Ambitious, Great staging, Absorbing
June 12th, 2019

See it if you enjoy ideas-based pieces performed by their creators that are more about asking questions than providing answers

Don't see it if you don't like being forced out of your comfort zone in theater. You want more linear, comprehensible narratives.

38
Ink
Midtown W
Overrated, Slow, Dated, Cliched, Banal
May 30th, 2019

See it if you want a shining example of the over-directed, wannabe-edgy, ultimately empty British plays we've been getting for the past decade.

Don't see it if you don't need to sit for 3 hours being told that maybe Rupert Murdoch isn't all bad.

69
Indulgent, Great singing, Slow, Cliched
May 10th, 2019

See it if you enjoy archetypal stories and are more about staging tricks and emotion that plot or character. Or just for Amber Gray.

Don't see it if your patience is thin for simple stories that are stretched on way too long, or if the singer-songwriter milieu is not your favorite.

97
During previews
Octet
Midtown W
Great singing, Great writing, Refreshing, Relevant, Ambitious
May 8th, 2019

See it if you're enticed by the prospect of the first great musical of the Internet age. Something blazingly original and audacious.

Don't see it if you don't like a capella music in any form. You don't like musicals that lie more in theme than plot.

62
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Overrated, Fluffy, Banal, Confusing, Dated
May 6th, 2019

See it if your thirst for a decent musical comedy is so strong that you'll take something forgettable with plot holes you could drive a truck through

Don't see it if you're looking for musicals with relevance or coherent plots

47
Burn This
Midtown W
Great staging, Slow, Indulgent, Dated, Cliched
May 1st, 2019

See it if you want to see the actors, no matter how miscast, or waste your time to get a glimpse of a gorgeously-rendered 80s Tribeca loft

Don't see it if you don't want a dated play with not much relevance to the present day, where everything relies on the actors' chemistry and they have none