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 (159)
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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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

90
Intense, Great staging, Great singing, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you like reimagined versions of classic musicals, you enjoy Rodgers & Hammerstein, you enjoy open-staged shows

Don't see it if you are a R&H purist, you don't like changes to classic musicals, you prefer proscenium staged shows

Also Really enjoyed this production of Oklahoma! The new take on the music ... Read more Read less

91
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you like Sondheim, you like reimagined versions of musicals, you like Merrily We Roll Along

Don't see it if you aren't a Sondheim fame, don't like musicals, you like big splashy musicals

Also This reimagined version of the classic Merrily We Roll Along was so we... Read more Read less

69
I Married an Angel
Midtown W
Great choreography, Great singing, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you enjoy Encores shows for the music, you want to see a Rodgers and Hart show

Don't see it if you are looking for a good book and songs that are memorable

Also This Encores performance at City Center was disappointing. The show is... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Masterful, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see an acting master class (from Elaine May), you are interested in the effects of aging on family relations.

Don't see it if you don't care for dramas about family

Also Having seen this play off-Broadway many years ago, it was great to rev... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Great acting, Great singing, Relevant, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you like plays with ensemble casts, you want to see a different take on all-boy schools, you are interested in LGBT issues

Don't see it if you don't like plays about LGBT issues, you are looking for a full musical (this is a play with music), you want a light-hearted play

Also Choir Boy is an intense play about a black all-boys school with an exc... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you have never seen a stage version of the musical, you like Lerner and Lowe, you want a feel-good musical evening.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, you don't like revivals of classics

Also This revival of the classic musical is another great staging from Linc... Read more Read less

100
Great singing, Masterful, Must see, Riveting, Epic

See it if you missed the original or revival on Broadway, you want to see a classic musical done with perfection

Don't see it if you don't care about musicals

Also Having seen the original production 10 times and the revival twice, I ... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you like Mike Birbiglia, you like one-man comedy shows, you enjoy stories about becoming a father

Don't see it if you are looking for a Broadway show - this has minimal set and cast of one, you don't like stand-up, one-man comedy shows

Also This one-man show is basically an 80 minute comedy routine with the th... Read more Read less

80
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if you want a fun laugh, you enjoy dark comedies, you like British humor

Don't see it if you have a hard time with British accents, you don't like British humor/plays, you are looking for something with substance

Also This dark comedy centers around a snooker tournament and involves a my... Read more Read less

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

See it if you liked the movie, you like Aaron Tveit, you enjoy large production values, you like tragic love stories.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of pop music, you prefer small intimate musicals, you didn't like the move.

Also Once you enter the theater you are transported to the Parisian club Mo... Read more Read less

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

See it if you enjoy Jason Robert Brown music, you like to see rare revivals

Don't see it if you don't like modern musicals

Also Songs for a New World is a collection of songs that each deal with a C... Read more Read less

100
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you want to see the great Glenda Jackson in a stellar role, you enjoy modern plays, you want to see a great revival of an award-winning play

Don't see it if you don't like plays, you want big production values

Also This revival is stupendous. The set is a knock-out in the second half.... 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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

93
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
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

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

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

80
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like Cher, if you enjoy "jukebox" musicals, you like flashy productions

Don't see it if you don't like Cher, you enjoy shows with a strong storyline

Also The Cher Show was very entertaining. The songs of Cher are interwoven ... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you liked the movie, you enjoy David Yazbek music, you want to be entertained by a show with a great book and score

Don't see it if you don't care for musicals, you prefer small musicals.

Also Tootsie was a pleasant surprise. With some slight changes from the mov... Read more Read less

90
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Resonant, Ambitious, Great acting, Profound, Intense

See it if you like deep family sagas, you enjoy intricate plots and characters, you like good drama

Don't see it if you don't like long plays, you don't like accents (this play has strong Irish accents), you want something lighter

Also This transplant from London is ambitious in scope and depth. With a la... Read more Read less

77
Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if you want a play about race relations, you want to see some great actors

Don't see it if you are expecting a well rounded development of story and character

Also Was disappointed with this play. While the topic of race relations, es... Read more Read less

85
The Tricky Part
Midtown W
Great writing, Intense, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like solo shows; you are interested in shows about child abuse; you like well written monologue shows.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about LGBT issues or shows about religion; you don't like solo shows; you want a light play

Also This revival of his solo show gives Martin Moran another chance to tel... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you liked the movie, you like Andy Karl, if you just want a fun night at the theater

Don't see it if you want a well rounded musical that adds to the movie, you want a musical that moves you

Also This musical is a nice creation of the movie. However, there is nothin... Read more Read less

88
Lured
East Village
Intense, Edgy, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you like plays that give you insights to situations, you like intense theater, you are interested in LGBT topics

Don't see it if you don't like intense situations, graphic portrayals, nudity, or desire a larger production value

Also Lured is based on real events and shows what happens in Russia when a ... Read more Read less

93
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like reimagined works of classics, you enjoy Rodgers & Hammerstein shows, you enjoy classics performed in the round/immersive

Don't see it if you are expecting large cast and sets, don't like new visions of classics

Also This re-imagined take on the classic musical, breaks with traditional ... Read more Read less

67
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you like plays about the gay experience, you are interested in British gay theater

Don't see it if you expect a clear storyline

Also This play from the fringe festival in UK still needs to be worked on. ... Read more Read less

80
Gone Missing
Midtown W
Quirky, Funny, Delightful, Refreshing

See it if you like new musicals, you want to see more of Michael Friedman's work, you enjoy quirky looks at situations

Don't see it if you don't like modern musicals, you want a more structured book musical

Also Composer Michael Friedman's Gone Missing takes a look at how we deal w... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Romantic, Great dancing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy new works, you want to hear new John Kander music, you like plays with music and dance

Don't see it if want big production values, you don't like dancing shows

Also Tony Yazbeck is the reason to see this show. His dance is the focus of... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Funny, Relevant, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a classic play, you want to see a stellar cast perform, you enjoy plays with gay themes

Don't see it if you don't like gay plays, you don't like classic plays

Also This limited run gay play has one of the most stellar casts of any pro... Read more Read less