JHR

Silver Spring | 65+ | Male
About:  Theatre lover. Eclectic taste.
Reviews (65)
90
During previews
Intense, Epic, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy great actors, especially Glenda Jackson, Ruth Wilson, and Jayne Houdyshell, tackling iconic roles in a terrific production.

Don't see it if You are not challenged and entertained by plays that confront the issues of life and death in a serious and epic way.

80
Delightful, Romantic, Great jerome robbins choreography, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy seeing a classic musical beautifully recreated and you are looking for a unique and beautiful experience.

Don't see it if You have difficulty with supertitles and shows not presented in English (although Yiddish is part of the charm of this show).

90
During previews
Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you wonder why an experienced, talented, and hard-working woman lost two very important elections, and you can accept answers as comedy.

Don't see it if you dislike Hillary or the Clintons.

Also Laurie Metcalf continues her streak of brilliance on stage. Supporting... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Great comedians, Resonant, Quirky, Intelligent, Edgy

See it if you appreciate great comic timing and are intrigued by Taylor Mac who can be both outrageous and endearing. Nathan Lane and company-perfect!

Don't see it if you are squeamish about simulated stage versions of the following: blood, gore, body fluids, dead people and full frontal male nudity.

92
Great dancing, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful

See it if You enjoy seeing classic musicals beautifully re-created with stunning vocals by Kelli O’Hara and incredible dance numbers - Too Darn Hot!

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy great musicals perfectly executed.

70
During previews
Clever, Intelligent, Ambitious, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if You enjoy watching fresh attempts to craft a great show from tricky material from Sondheim. (This is a tough show to get right.)

Don't see it if You would prefer to see a great musical perfectly realized. This is not that, but it’s OK.

89
Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy great ensemble acting and poignant stories of valiant human beings.

Don't see it if You do not wish to confront the challenges of aging and dying.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy rapid-fire, smart dialogue and terrific performances from a near-perfect cast.

Don't see it if You know well and do not like the work of Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones, or Bobby Cannavale.

88
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You enjoy the rollercoaster ride of a Josh Harmon dramedy.

Don't see it if You’re not interested in the evolution of a multi-generational, queer Jewish family.

85
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You liked the movie or haven’t seen the movie but like the Cinderella story.

Don't see it if You do not like the Cinderella story or generally dislike stage productions of iconic movies.

100
During previews
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you want to see a classic musical recreated brilliantly with a few small tweaks that work beautifully.

Don't see it if See it!

79
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Romantic

See it if You liked the movie or very good Disney or are wondering how they’ll accomplish the special effects.

Don't see it if You’re not a Disney fan.

Also It would be impossible to capture the animated film effects on stage, ... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Romantic

See it if You enjoy Flaherty/Ahrens songs, lavish sets and costumes with delightful use of projections, and beautiful singing.

Don't see it if You are looking for something surprising.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you would enjoy a provocative emotional rollercoaster ride through a love triangle.

Don't see it if you are not open to full frontal male nudity and strong sexual themes.

Also This is an excellent play that might appeal to a wider audience withou... Read more Read less

79
For a previous production
Funny, Great staging, Delightful, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if you like wacky comedies with lots of physical comedy and inventive stagecraft.

Don't see it if you're expecting to see a play that's as funny as you expect from the hype or you don't enjoy broad comedy.

Also It is difficult not to compare this show with the (far more hilarious)... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy moody, atmospheric Broadway musicals or Andrew Lloyd Webber shows.

Don't see it if you dislike musicals or ALW or love stories.

80
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy wordless and unique theatrical experiences as well as "clowns"

Don't see it if you prefer a good story

97
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging

See it if you want a truly heart-warming experience that makes you glad to be alive.

Don't see it if you don't want to be moved and inspired - it is totally built on the essence of what it means to be human in the 21st century.

Also I LOVED this show, as (it seemed) did the entire auduence. The on stag... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Masterful, Enchanting

See it if you enjoy musicals expertly crafted and delivered, or you would enjoy a collage of greatest musical theatre moments of the past 40 years.

Don't see it if you won't enjoy celebrating musical theatre or you know that tempting bites of great shows will only leave you frustrated for the full meal!

Also The more I think about the structure of this show, the more I apprecia... Read more Read less

95
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Must see, Masterful

See it if you liked the movie (it's the same story and music delivered in an entirely different way - both familiar and fresh) or you enjoy Kander/Ebb

Don't see it if you're looking for traditional musical and staging or you prefer not to look at the wild dark side.

90
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you are interested in an adult version of Sesame Street with a take on musical theatre that continues to be fresh and funny.

Don't see it if you think it's a kid's version of Sesame Street.

91
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love Bette Midler, David Hyde Pierce; you enjoy classic musicals beautifully presented in a style very close to the original production.

Don't see it if you prefer more contemporary and avant-garde material or you dislike any elements listed above.

95
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if you enjoy the movie, Andy Karl, thought-provoking comedy, clever stagecraft, witty lyrics, and good tunes.

Don't see it if musical comedy, beautifully executed, is not your jam.

90
Great acting, Clever, Entertaining, Talented cast, Terrific orchestra

See it if you like Glenn Close's acting, Andrew Lloyd Webber's melodies, the Sunset Boulevard movie, and/or inventive staging.

Don't see it if you don't like ALW, sung-through musicals with occasional "filler" music, or orchestra-centered staging.

95
Clever, Great staging, Quirky, Romantic, Intelligent

See it if you would enjoy a new kind of Broadway experience or you are a Josh Groban fan or you like a beautiful, talented leading lady

Don't see it if you are bound to the traditional in musical theatre or you don't like to see actors breaking the fourth wall ... there is no fourth wall.

75
Edgy, Dizzying, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like quirky rock musicals about adolescent angst with strong performances by all involved and an eye-catching design.

Don't see it if You don’t like loud rock scores or focusing on teenager problems.

69
Romantic, Relevant, Great singing, Funny

See it if you generally enjoy musicals that are fun and share a positive message.

Don't see it if you have highbrow standards for theatrical productions.

79
During previews
Strong cast, Relevant, Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like musical comedy and/or you liked the movie and/or you’re looking for a fun evening of laughs.

Don't see it if You don’t like musical comedy or movies turned into Broadway musicals. You crave a great score.

Also There were a few great musical moments, but it begged the question: di... Read more Read less

100
Masterful, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Just see it! This play grabs you by the throat and won’t let go for over 3 hours when it slams you against a wall. This play is epic.

Don't see it if You dislike beautiful but intense plays.

90
Ambitious, Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You are mesmerized by Ivo von Hove and Jan Versweyveld’s riveting productions and entranced by Bryan Cranston’s acting.

Don't see it if You are not ready for an assault of sound, light, visuals, non-stop action, in-your-face acting, and disturbing, provocative ideas.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You are a fan of the book and film, and you are open to a few updates of the material. You want to be reminded of white privilege in the USA

Don't see it if You do not wish to be reminded of pernicious racism in America, or you long for a re-imagining of this story from Calpurnia’s perspective.

95
During previews
Riveting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You relish a well-constructed, beautifully acted, devastating, and topical play. You want to see a potential Pulitzer Prize winner.

Don't see it if You don’t like challenging, devastating plays.

79
During previews
Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing, Epic, Great staging

See it if You enjoy puppetry on a grand scale (The Lion King on steroids) and wonder how one might create a Broadway show based on technical wizardry.

Don't see it if You’re looking for subtlety, or you are not up for suspending disbelief to go on a wild ride, or guilty pleasures are lost on you.

Also The first act blends the elements well. Movement, dance, and music wor... Read more Read less

86
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy gorgeous music well sung and powerfully delivered and inventive staging.

Don't see it if You dislike quirky fairy tales, in-the-round staging, and bittersweet endings.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like shows that feel truthful, funny, poignant, and sad.

Don't see it if You do not have a sense of humor about life and human foibles.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Funny

See it if You enjoy masterful performances and “less is more” design with superb lighting.

Don't see it if You dislike one-man shows (although this one could change your mind) or are offended by sexual references.

50
Disappointing, Great acting, Overrated

See it if You enjoy period pieces with lots of anachronisms or you enjoy Mark Rylance.

Don't see it if You have other options or you don’t find mental illness funny.

Also I expected to love this play, and I was seriously disappointed. Maybe ... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy complex plots and terrific performances and a play that makes you think and question.

Don't see it if you’re looking for stage magic from Julie Taymor - it didn’t happen here.

Also This seemed like an entirely different play from the original.

89
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like an old comedy retooled for a contemporary audience or you enjoy great comic timing especially from the talented Michael Urie.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy old comedies with lots of silliness.

Also This comedy was very well-crafted and lots of fun. Michael Urie is hil... Read more Read less

85
Quirky, Great singing, Refreshing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like warm, homey musicals with an agreeable score, fun, and interesting little story.

Don't see it if you dislike musicals or warm, downhome stories.

68
Funny, Great singing, Edgy, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if you enjoy watching naked boys and indulging gay humor.

Don't see it if you are squeamish or easily offended.

85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if you like Disney shows, well-executed.

Don't see it if you don't like Disney shows or Broadway glitz.

69
Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you appreciate Michael Moore's activism and progressivism.

Don't see it if you're expecting a great, focused, polished one-man show. It's not!

Also I really wanted to like and enjoy this show, but ultimately I did not.... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want an engaging modern story told through heart-felt performances and terrific songs.

Don't see it if you dislike watching musicals or reflecting on teenage angst.

85
Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant, Delightful, Terrific songs

See it if you like Carole King or you enjoy juke box musicals with an interesting story.

Don't see it if you dislike Carole King or juke box musicals.

89
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy Forbidden Broadway spoofs, you admire amazingly clever parody, you know HAMILTON well, you want to see great talent on display.

Don't see it if you don't have a sense of humor or much familiarity with HAMILTON or a distaste for very small venues.

Also This is my favorite FORBIDDEN BROADWAY show ever.

98
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy Jake Gyllenhaal or Annaleigh Ashford or Sondheim musicals beautifully performed or Seurat paintings or a near-perfect first act.

Don't see it if you are impatient with abstraction and metaphor or you dislike any two of the elements listed above.

90
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you enjoy Patti Lupone, Christene Ebersohl, terrific stories about strong female characters, or beautifully structured and executed musicals

Don't see it if you dislike more than one of the previous items or you require happy endings.

97
During previews
Romantic, Masterful, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you'd enjoy flawless revival of poignant story with gorgeous score and a seamless spectacular effect (aka the helicopter).

Don't see it if you want to miss out on an amazing classic musical revival.

79
Entertaining, Loud, Warm hearted

See it if You want to see an adolescent Andrew Lloyd Webber with talented kids and a terrific star.

Don't see it if You don't like LOUD rock music.