Jesse 6127

Brooklyn

If you like this person's taste, follow him or her!

Reviews (65)
85
Thought-provoking, Clever, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want a direct, thoughtful, funny look at real life and the the common voices in our heads.

Don't see it if strong language offends you, you don't want to look in the mirror or be reminded that while life isn't really that bad, it sometimes sucks.

65
Quirky, Uneven acting, Slow

See it if Interested in class critique and how fantasy and reality can merge with bad results. And you like tiny theaters

Don't see it if One miscast actor and slow exposition. It wasn't engaging; a number of audience members were nodding off.

Also The actor playing Salange, who is also is the play's director, was not... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Confusing, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you're OK with being shocked to show how PTSD affects soldiers & those they touch. Lots of Qs, but no answers. Think Apocalypse Now.

Don't see it if stark depictions of madness are more than you can handle. Not as loud or nude as others have suggested, but some of both. Confusing ending.

82
Great acting, Great staging, Dizzying, Intense, Romantic but not in the usual way

See it if you like twisted, hi octane stories of the good, bad and very ugly of love. Great performances; compares well to Bway version 2 yrs ago.

Don't see it if you like your love stories to be uplifting and more conventional; the threat of violence makes you squeamish

25
Excruciating

See it if I hate to scorch a show, but I can't think of a reason to see this. However, some people were laughing, so I guess some people liked it.

Don't see it if Again, I feel bad, but unless you like poorly written, poorly sung camp with performances uneven at best, don't see this show.

81
During previews
Great singing, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like musical monologues that aren't fluffy. Good blend of comedy, loneliness and angst.

Don't see it if u don't have the patience to sit thru 1.5 hours of musical monologues. 2nd one drags a bit & lacks musical variety, but patience is rewarded

78
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Entertaining, Some solid acting, Engaging

See it if you're interested in Asperger's and its ilk, you can handle raw and brutal dialogue, you are OK seeing some of the worst in people.

Don't see it if see above. The early lines are cruel, but that's how some men talk to men about women, and IMHO only a little worse than how most men do.

79
During previews
2 out of 3, Entertaining, Good acting, Funny, Clever

See it if OK with 1 good, 1 meh, 1 great; can enjoy the ride even when you know destination; interested in interplay of proscribed roles vs desires.

Don't see it if having one weak play would ruin things for you

85
During previews
Great acting, Intense, Engaging, High energy

See it if You want to see an excellent, very physical performance, and haven't been reminded lately that war is hell. Always has been; always will be.

Don't see it if You're looking for new reasons that war is hell. You don't like one person shows (though this doesn't feel like one).

83
For a previous production
Great acting, Still relevant, Great writing, Dangerously hilarious, Bizarre aka vonnegut

See it if You like offbeat humor, unsubtle progressive politics in the face of Trump-like instigation, and an old, old story that is still relevant

Don't see it if Politics aren't progressive & U can't put them aside to enjoy a show, or politics R progressive & U can't stomach awfulness to make a point

85
Clever, Entertaining, Good acting, Well written

See it if you enjoy musical farces performed by community theater cast with a few performers who really stand out; some memorable lyrics and lines

Don't see it if you can't accept that in community theater there will be a couple of people who are over matched, usually in song; this is no exception

80
Great acting, Intense

See it if Great solo performer who commands your attention

Don't see it if Less a descent into madness than the exposition of a mad mind, but it's not as if the setting or ending was ever in doubt anyway.

49
During previews
Excruciating, Raunchy, Not funny

See it if you read better than I & want stand up and loose sketches on ADD. Either not my style or just not funny.

Don't see it if want more than raunchy food & weight humor; your interest in subject transcends weak "script." Great job by Blonsky u/s Lauren Ann Brickman.

10
During previews
Dreadful

See it if I've never flamed a play before, but just don't see it. Bad writing, acting, score. I'm pretty sure it's the worst play I've ever seen.

Don't see it if If, like me, you respect (even awful) craft enough to not walk out until intermission. There's no intermission.

85
During previews
Great acting, Intense, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you're OK having some preconceived notions both affirmed and challenged; have some faith in redemption; enjoy high energy acting

Don't see it if you don't like one-handers (though there's so much energy here it felt like more); have trouble with accents and *very* raw language

69
During previews
Long, Edgy, Good acting

See it if you know the story of Judas and are interested in an irreverent take; you're OK with the devil getting some of the best lines

Don't see it if You don't know the story; are offended by irreverent treatment of Christianity; can't sit for three hours on a folding chair

Also I don't know Judas' story well, and so while I recognized that there w... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Good acting

See it if Attempting to unravel mysterious relationships, motivations and conditions appeals to you.

Don't see it if You're troubled by some mysteries remaining unknown, and others not quite ringing true. Needs editing and more info.

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy well acted, well written dramas. Best thing I've ever seen at the Gallery Players. And nicely staged with a modest set.

Don't see it if you're afraid that having seen the movie will spoil it (it won't).

Also Speaking of the movie, it was interesting to see two of the leads chan... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Enjoyable

See it if you enjoy quirky musicals and reliving teen angst. Good ensemble and performances and a few standouts, though I didn't walk out humming.

Don't see it if you can't chuckle about, you know, six kids dying in a horrible accident (but there's no gore). A dry sense of humor helps...

88
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you appreciate: complex relationships, how people can be their own worst enemies, that control is an illusion, and great f**king acting.

Don't see it if the foulest language you've ever heard on stage will offend you; you want clear good/bad guys and a tidy message.

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you like witty performances, observing someone else's dysfunctional family, seeing characters age with minimal props.

Don't see it if need likeable protagonists; the level of self-involvement and lack of empathy is powerful.

Also This show illustrates an idiosyncrasy of the SS scoring system. On a 1... Read more Read less

79
Well acted, Relevant, Intelligent, Not subtle

See it if you're interested in the (very real) challenges faced by women in the workplace

Don't see it if U can't take serious cursing, don't believe that women face discrimination, can't forgive a couple of lines that blow the ending and message

Also To the playwright: I won't spoil the ending for readers, but I really ... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a fan of Orwell. You are interested in challenging your perceptions of socio-economic systems.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that make you think.

50
Disappointing, Not quite as advertised, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see how little has changed in political campaign; are curious about Tammany Hall; don't mind works in progress.

Don't see it if You expect: that a musical will focus on the music; a coherent concept; polished performances.

Also A big part of the message is that Tammany, which history associates wi... Read more Read less

77
Fun, Nostalgic, Nothing more, nothing less

See it if You want to tap your feet to 50 girl group music; nicely sung and with a touch of teen angst and comedy.

Don't see it if You're expecting anything else. There's no real story, just a framework for singing.

60
Didn't care about characters, Over the top, Good acting, Disappointing

See it if You like British borderline farce with absurd situations and characters who chew scenery whether warranted or not.

Don't see it if You value a shred of belief that things you see are plausible. There wasn't a single credible relationship to anchor the play.

52
Dated, Slow, Not a comedy, Has little to say

See it if you see all things O'Neil. Be warned that this only a "comedy" because it isn't like the rest of the O'N cannon, not because it's funny.

Don't see it if Slow, uneven acting more at the low end, nothing much to say other than perhaps hearkening to simpler times, skip it.

73
Entertaining, Great acting, Intense, Funny

See it if you enjoy well acted dark comedies. Great set.

Don't see it if you need a play's reveals to hang together and the implications to match the rest of the play. Repeated devices.

84
During previews
Relevant, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Well acted

See it if you are interested in Bobby Kennedy, intelligent political campaigning, and/or how so little has changed in terms of issues.

Don't see it if you're not interested in Kennedy or politics, don't like one-person shows, or don't like primarily non-fictional works.

89
During previews
Hilarious, Great writing, Clever, Entertaining, Original

See it if you enjoy clever comedy. I often find comedies rather silly, but this one is great.

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional musical or are offended by (hilarious) representations of Jewish stereotypes.

78
Clever, Great singing, Amusing

See it if you enjoy cabaret, clever lyrics and gay themes

Don't see it if need plot coherence. The link to gay history seems forced, and disbelief must be suspended. But enjoyable overall.

85
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intense

See it if you're ready for non-stop, exhausting acting; appreciate that life isn't always pretty; like character studies.

Don't see it if you need a strong plot; were looking forward to a quiet, relaxing 70 minutes. Need to suspend disbelief re progression of male character.

79
During previews
Absorbing, Some great acting, Well staged

See it if you like focused drama with limited action. Some great acting; some flat affect but I'm told this is Chekhov, not this production.

Don't see it if Lack of chemistry between characters is not always credible, making some of the best acting seem out of context.

79
Great acting, Inventive, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy clever writing with more than a bit of camp; familiarity with Williams and Inge helps but not necessary

Don't see it if vulgarity offends you; you don't like camp or the breaking of the fourth wall, or are uncomfortable with gay sexuality

Also Nimble toes are amazing things...

81
Great acting, Suspenseful, Absorbing, Sharp dialog

See it if Like snappy dialog and great acting; reminiscent of Stephen Adly Guirgis

Don't see it if Sometimes gratuitously un-PC, plot forced.

80
Delightful, Funny (not hilarious), Intelligent

See it if Enjoy seeing (Act 1) and learning about (Act 2) clowning/physical humor.

Don't see it if You're expecting hilarity -- it's funny but not more. Both acts, esp 2nd, could use some editing.

79
Funny, Intelligent, Clever, Well written, Strong ensemble

See it if interested in politics and real life (I've been there); OK with breach of 4th wall. Good rendering of the underside of political culture.

Don't see it if If politics doesn't interest you, then even the solid ensemble and writing probably won't hold you.

74
During previews
Good acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Weak staging, Dated but still relevant

See it if You are interested in what makes friendship tick, & are OK filling in gaps along the way. You appreciate the power & frustration of ritual.

Don't see it if You are impatient, need a strong plot, don't enjoy slow pacing.

84
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like well written, well acted British comedy that has some pathos as well. Good use of foreshadowing and partial reveals.

Don't see it if you don't care for over the top humor and some unfamiliar references. Otherwise, while not perfect, I can't think of a reason not to see it.

75
Quirky, Well-acted, Clever

See it if you enjoy somewhat absurd humor that switches to pathos rather unexpectedly. I thought I was at a comedy, and then Act 3 started...

Don't see it if the switch noted above isn't your thing. And if you're a school administrator, only go if you have a good sense of humor!

79
Slow but steady, Engaging, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You're in what you think is a stable LTR, aren't afraid to explore the complexity of change, are OK with a slow pace.

Don't see it if You need a fast pace, clear cause and effect, and definitive answers.

Also Reed Birney is wonderful. The pace is slow, but appropriately so. And ... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Entertaining, Relevant, It's shakespeare!, Accessible

See it if A story about a crazy, paranoid, aggressive, self-absorbed, vengeful ruler who believes in fantasy feels relevant today (OMG!).

Don't see it if You can't handle fighting and some gore (but it is Macbeth!); Shakespearean actors with strong French and Brooklyn accents give you pause.

Also Seemed true to the words of the bard. Good use of modest set. Well pac... Read more Read less

83
For a previous production
Good acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Realistic

See it if you want to know what goes through the mind of your HS daughter - spot on portrayal! Nice ensemble work

Don't see it if Reliving (or imagining) being a teenage girl would drive you nuts; you need a strong story arc (but HS Jrs don't have those!)

84
Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant, Great acting

See it if at the risk of stereotyping, you R a typical white theatergoer who isn't exposed to/hasn't thought much about these interconnected issues.

Don't see it if a 1-woman, nonfiction show isn't what you had in mind. This is information/advocacy 1st & entertainment 2nd, great acting notwithstanding.

Also You need to be open to hearing about (or already have some understandi... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Well acted

See it if you like modern Shakespeare, are interested in seeing how political maneuvering hasn't changed much, enjoy solid acting, can handle gore

Don't see it if you need to understand every word, need completely sensible transitions

95
During previews
Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting

See it if you have even the slightest interest in examining power, relationships and race. Brilliant material brilliantly performed. A must see.

Don't see it if you can't handle those issues

Also All performances are wonderful; Leon Addison Brown is extraordinary.

88
Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if you want to blown away by Sarah Jones' ability to simply become her characters -- their voices, mannerisms and thoughts -- and want to laugh

Don't see it if you're expecting incisive commentary about the sex trade. Parallel "personal" story isn't as powerful as seemingly intended.

Also Takes itself a bit too seriously as commentary on the industry. The qu... Read more Read less

92
Great acting, Intelligent, Original, Funny, Great writing

See it if You like snappy, intelligent dialogue and humor and characters who, while perhaps not like you, are very relatable.

Don't see it if You don't like ping pong, two-handers, or plays that emphasize characters over plot.

80
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing and self-absorbed

See it if Wonderful, intense acting.

Don't see it if Revolves around a predictable predicament of character's own making. Enjoyable, but I didn't care too much about her travails.

65
During previews
Quirky, Silly, Over-rated, Bizarre

See it if You can appreciate the bizarre workings of a creative mind. You're into puppets with very present puppeteers. You like dry humor.

Don't see it if You're looking for coherence. It's a long 75 minutes, and while it has some laugh out loud lines, it's not as funny as it thinks it is.