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Reviews (74)
Creative, Thoughtful, Too long, Well acted

See it if like thoughtful explorations of fate and existence, well-acted solo shows

Don't see it if don't want to dwell on death, loss, self-analysis, do-overs and philosophical examinations. Breaks 4th wall.

Creative staging, Some solid acting, A bit confusing, Experimental

See it if Interested in how depression works inside families, and how the best of intentions can help just so much

Don't see it if you can't multi-task. Three separate but related stories are happening together, and it takes effort to learn how to focus

During previews
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Standout leads and strong ensemble for an honest and revealing look at people's lives and dreams. Brutal in ways, but couldn't look away.

Don't see it if You're troubled by discussions of homosexuality, choices that may seem hard to understand, and looking out for #1.

Also Alfie Fuller is great (as she was in BLKS). Incredible charisma that i... Read more Read less

During previews
Well acted, Touching, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if touching remembrance of the Freedom Riders and the work still to be done. Well sung, though not really a musical.

Don't see it if you need instant gratification. Act 1 is well sung & acted, but the story is a bit slow & disjointed. Act 2 is more focused & emotional.

During previews
Great choreography, Too blunt, Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting

See it if Want/need to be reminded that actions have consequences. Well performed; good use of integrated mini-flashbacks.

Don't see it if Book explores the subtleties of how racism and expectations can beget evil; play was not subtle and almost apologized for evil.

Also Seats have been added stage right and left. The stage right seats (hou... Read more Read less

Caroline's Kitchen
Midtown E
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.

Ah, Wilderness!
East Village
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.

Trick or Treat
Midtown E
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Gentleman Caller
West Village
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...

Divine Horsemen
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.

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.

Mesquite, NV
Midtown W
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.

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.

During previews
Midtown E
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.

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!

Man From Nebraska
Midtown W
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

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

For a previous production
The Wolves
Upper W Side
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!)

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

West Village
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

Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy smart comedy, Chekhov, laughing at life, and/or strong performances. Strong, entertaining play, well acted (and I saw it on Bway).

Don't see it if the only reason not to see it is if this type of comedy isn't your speed. Otherwise take advantage of the opportunity!

During previews
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Clever, Somewhat overdone, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if fresh take on a classic, hard look at toxic masculinity and the subjugation of women, creative staging

Don't see it if powerful feminist message repeatedly shown and stated; could have been stated less with no loss of impact and useful trimming of script

Also Some very strong performances, notably Amendt, Dukes and Hamill

The Shadow Box
East Village
Thoughtful, Resonant, Creative staging, Solid acting

See it if Thoughtful look at how we assess our own lives and those of our loved ones. Solid emotional acting.

Don't see it if Troubled by discussions of death and what comes with it. Needs some editing

Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy Cabaret or strong community theater. Excellent rendition with a standout Emcee, strong-singing Sally and a talented ensemble.

Don't see it if you don't like the troubling content of the story. A few of the secondary roles weren't strong singers, but all were good actors. See it.

Life Sucks.
Midtown W
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.

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

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.

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


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.

During previews
Inner Voices 2018
Midtown W
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

Arbuckle Syndrome
Midtown W
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.

During previews
Final Follies
West Village
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

During previews
Private Peaceful
Midtown W
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).

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

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

Diary of a Madman
Midtown W
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.

During previews
Midtown W
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.

During previews

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.

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

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

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.

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

During previews
Ride the Cyclone
West Village
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...

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.

Love, Love, Love
Midtown W
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