Jim 8

New York City | 65+ | Male
About:  Attend theater quite a bit, both Broadway and Off-Broadway. Enjoy new musicals, and restaged revivals. Good plays interest me as well. Always look for an entertaining evening.
Reviews (183)
90
Romantic, Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you liked the movie, like Aaron Tveit, enjoy large musicals with lots of sets and dancinng

Don't see it if you don't like big productions, aren't a fan of the movie, or dislike tragic love stories

Also Saw the Boston premiere in 2018 and the Broadway production is just fa... Read more Read less

87
Resonant, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like revivals, you want to see Sharon Clarke, you enjoy inspiring musicals

Don't see it if you don't care for recreations of musicals

Also Sharon Clarke is revelatory as Caroline and her performance is a major... Read more Read less

95
Kimberly Akimbo
Chelsea
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy new musicals, you want to see new actors, you enjoy new stories

Don't see it if you are looking for standard musical fare

Also Kimberly Akimbo is a wonderful new musical from composer Jeanine Tesor... Read more Read less

88
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like Sondheim, you want to see Patti LuPone, you like Company, you enjoy re-envisioned classic musicals

Don't see it if you are aa purist, you don't care for musicals, you don't like like new looks at favorite musicals

Also This revival of Company has many positive points. The gender transitio... Read more Read less

90
Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you liked the book or film, you want to see a reinterpretation of the story, you enjoy good drama

Don't see it if you don't care for drama

80
Great acting, Disappointing, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you like Tony Yazbeck, Carmen Cusack, Harry Haddon-Paton; you want some awesome visuals, you like unconventional musicals

Don't see it if you are looking for a through storyline, you are looking for hummable tunes

Also This show is a love it or leave it. The score I found enthralling, tho... Read more Read less

82
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you liked the movie, you like Rob McClure

Don't see it if you are looking for some new take on the film

Also Why make Mrs. Doubtfire into a musical? Though written by the same tea... Read more Read less

90
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like unknown historic plays, you like plays that make you think, you like LaChanze

Don't see it if you are looking for a contemporary play

Also It took over 60 years to come to Broadway. Though written in the 50s, ... Read more Read less

86
Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like Little Shop, like musicals with offbeat themes, like Jeremy Jordan

Don't see it if you want BIG production numbers (this is a small show)

Also Second time seeing this, but mostly for Jeremy Jordan. Jeremy plays th... Read more Read less

85
Great choreography, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like jukebox musicals, if you like Motown music, if you like music bios

Don't see it if you don't care for Motown and don't like bio musicals

Also Was a pleasant evening at the theater with music that is known. The st... Read more Read less

85
Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy Black ensemble acting, you are searching for a relevant play on current topics, want to learn more of the Black experience

Don't see it if you want a fun-go-happy play, you want big production values

Also This play has a great ensemble of Black actors speaking on what life i... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you like Lynn Nottage plays, you enjoy small ensemble acting, you like stories about relevant topics

Don't see it if you are looking for big production values, you want a feel-good play

Also Lynn Nottage has written a drama with comic effect that gets across it... Read more Read less

85
Refreshing, Great staging, Relevant, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like LGBT stories, who enjoy young actors on stage, you like new musicals

Don't see it if you don't care for LGBT stories, you don't like young actors as principals

Also Trevor is a musical of a young boy coming to terms with his sexual ide... Read more Read less

95
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want an exquisite evening in the theater, you like new plays, you want to see masterful acting

Don't see it if you don't like long plays, you aren't interested in historical biographic plays, you want a happy story

Also The Lehman Trilogy is a masterful play. Three actors, one set, three a... Read more Read less

85
Fairycakes
West Village
Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you want to see a stellar cast of some of the theaters great comic actors, you want a nice fun night out

Don't see it if you are looking for an in-depth storyline, you don't care for tongue-in-cheek humor

Also Douglas Carter Beane tries to tell his version of fairy tales - sort o... Read more Read less

80
Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like Norm Lewis and Michael Urie, you want an insight into Black family dynamics, you want a fun night at the theater

Don't see it if you are looking for an in-depth tale, you want production values

Also Circle in the Square was a good space for this play in the round. Ever... Read more Read less

84
Morning's at Seven
Midtown W
Disappointing, Dated, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like classic plays, you want to see some great actors at work

Don't see it if you are looking for an insightful play, you are looking for contemporary issues

Also I saw the Broadway version in 1980. While this was nice to revisit the... Read more Read less

85
The Visitor
East Village
Relevant, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like Kitt/Yorkey musicals; you are looking for a look into the immigrant story; you enjoy new musicals

Don't see it if you want a standard production, you want a happy story, you don't care for immigrant stories

91
Letters Of Suresh
Midtown W
Resonant, Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy new plays with diverse casting, you like plays that make you think, you enjoy good theater

Don't see it if you don't care for monologue style plays, you need sets and definitive time acknowledgement

Also 2nd Stage presents a wonderful new play that revolves mostly around va... Read more Read less

85
Sanctuary City
West Village
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a thought provoking evening of theater, enjoy small cast plays, like contemporary topics in theater

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of minimalist staged productions, you don't care for innovative staging

Also Sanctuary City is a compelling 100 minutes of theater. The story cente... Read more Read less

90
Great solo show, Resonant, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like solo shows where actor portrays multiple characters, you enjoy biographical stories, you want to see a master storyteller

Don't see it if don't care for solo shows, you are looking for dialogue with multiple actors on various sets

Also Ruben Santiago-Hudson brings us a biographical look into his upbringin... Read more Read less

90
Six (Broadway)
Midtown W
Refreshing, Must see, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy concert-style shows, you enjoy strong female singers and tight harmonies

Don't see it if you are expecting a story thread or lots of sets. you don't care for contemporary energetic music

85
Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in new Black writers and stories.

Don't see it if you don't want a thoughtful, evocative play that makes you think.

95
Must see, Absorbing, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you like John Cullum; you enjoy one-person retrospectives

Don't see it if you want big production numbers

Also Legend John Cullum, alone on stage, takes us through the high points o... Read more Read less

88
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like new plays, you want to see great actors like Jane Alexander and James Cromwell, you are interested in the plight of older couples

Don't see it if you don't like plays with a message, you don't like contemporary plays

Also Bess Wohl's play about an older couple getting a divorce and the impac... Read more Read less

94
Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great choreography, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you like Jerry Herman musicals, you love the Mack and Mabel score, you are a fan of Encores series at City Center

Don't see it if you don't like classic musicals, you don't want to hear one of the great musical scores live

Also What a joy to finally SEE Mack & Mabel after over 40 years. The score ... Read more Read less

83
Great costumes and wigs, Quirky, Great singing, Funny, Clever

See it if you like off-beat musicals, you are into technology, you are looking for something totally escapist

Don't see it if you want a standard musical, you want a solid book musical

Also This show was just fun. The idea was clever - about the emoji's in you... Read more Read less

90
One in Two
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like plays about the black experience, you like unique concepts of playwrighting

Don't see it if you are looking for the standard play format, don't like plays about AIDS or the black experience

Also This was one of the most profound plays I have seen in awhile. It has ... Read more Read less

86
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like Mary-Louise Parker, you want to see a play that is something different

Don't see it if you are looking for a light entertainment

96
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want an experience that will move and touch you

Don't see it if you don't like thought provoking plays and are looking for something light and fluffy

Also This two-part play is exceptional in its story-telling. Giving a new g... Read more Read less

81
Quirky, Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you want something different, you like German theater

Don't see it if you don't like to be challenged at the theater, you don't go to the theater to read subtitles (it's in German)

Also A unique play in German that touches on how we view violence.

94
For the Girls
Midtown W
Must see, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like Kristin Chenoweth, you are interested in music by women, you want a night of great singing

Don't see it if you are looking for a developed storyline or your typical musical - this is a concert

Also Kristin Chenoweth sings songs by and about women. She has some special... Read more Read less

68
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Entertaining, Clever, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you like off-beat musicals, you like reimagined Shakespeare

Don't see it if you are looking for music that has good lyrics and tunes

Also I was disappointed with this show. Jay Armstrong Johnson gives a great... Read more Read less

80
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like Tina Turner, you like bio/juke box musicals

Don't see it if you are looking for developed characters and storyline, you don't like juke box musicals.

85
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Edgy, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you like David Byrne's music, you want an evening that is more concert based than typical musical

Don't see it if you are looking for a standard musical

90
Must see, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you like contemporary musicals stages in unique ways; you are a fan of Anais Mitchell

Don't see it if you want big dance numbers and a happy ending

Also Hadestown delivers on all counts. The staging with three turntables is... Read more Read less

78
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like history plays; you like LBJ and presidential politics; you saw ALL THE WAY and want to see the sequel

Don't see it if you aren't familiar with the time period; don't like short scenes and little character development

Also The Great Society is the sequel to the LBJ play All the Way. While the... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Soft Power
East Village
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you like Asian plays/musicals; you are interested in different takes on politics; you like David Henry Hwang

Don't see it if new ideas are not your thing; you don't care for Asian musicals; you are not open to different takes on politics

Also This musical takes a look at China and American relations and how the ... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if like solo shows; you are interested in political figures; you are interested in plays about women; you like Harvey Fierstein

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows; you don't like political shows

Also Harvey Fierstein has created a solo show about political activist Bell... Read more Read less

88
Riveting, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you like new thoughtful plays; you are interested in plays around racial dynamics

Don't see it if you don't want to discuss racial relations; you are uncomfortable with sexual situations

Also Slave Play is an outstanding addition to the season. The play deals wi... Read more Read less

85
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Great choreography, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like new music; you like stories told through music; you enjoy shorter shows

Don't see it if you want production numbers with sets and sparkle

Also This musical about an innocent man accused of murder is based on a con... Read more Read less

80
Make Believe
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like new takes on presenting plays; you enjoy creative writing; you are intrigued by family drama

Don't see it if you want a full play with the same characters; you don't like children actors

Also This play used an interesting device of having child actors portray th... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like monologues; you enjoy one-person performances; you want an absorbing drama

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows; you want a full play instead of two one-acts; you want more than one character

Also This evening was superb. With two outstanding performances from Tom St... Read more Read less

93
For a previous production
Great choreography, Great effects, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like Harry Potter; you want to see a very absorbing tale that is intriguing and entertaining

Don't see it if you don't like Harry Potter or fantasy

Also This two part play has lots going. The actors and ensemble are all exc... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you are looking for something relevant and new in musicals; you like stories that have an LGBT theme

Don't see it if you don't like LGBT shows; you don't want to have a good time

Also This musical has it all. The great Broadway actors mixing with a new g... Read more Read less

90
Road Show
Midtown W
Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you like Sondheim; you want to see a rare musical

Don't see it if you don't like Sondheim; you are not interested in family drama

Also This newer Sondheim musical never saw Broadway so was great to be able... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like classic musicals, you like Cole Porter, you like Kelli O'Hara

Don't see it if you are looking for a new take on a classic

Also This revival of the classic Cole Porter musical has it all. Kelli O'Ha... Read more Read less

75
Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if you are interested in behind the scenes plays about performing

Don't see it if you want a through storyline

75
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Edgy, Great singing

See it if you like Marc Blitzstein music, you like classic musicals, you want something different

Don't see it if you want a light musical, you want big production numbers

86
Ink
Midtown W
Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you are interested in back stories of corporations; you like great drama; you have an interest in publishing

Don't see it if you want a light, fluffy play