JimDM

New York City | 35-49 | Male

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Reviews (266)
63
During previews
Disappointing, Well-intentioned, Sweet, Sentimental, Banal
January 26th, 2023

See it if You want to catch a tender show about aging and family and memory with a trio of great actors.

Don't see it if Starts strong but doesn’t really have anywhere to go. It made me want to read the book it’s based on, but it’s all kind of…meh.

90
Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing
January 22nd, 2023

See it if It’s a rock solid production of one of the best American plays.

Don't see it if I personally preferred the Signature’s staging a few years back, but this is a textbook production, beautifully performed.

95
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing
December 28th, 2022

See it if This is a deeply great play in a near perfect production. Corey Hawkins is staggeringly great.

Don't see it if I don’t really see a reason not to catch this. It’s not especially upbeat, but it’s also not without humor. Just go.

50
Cliched, Banal, Mediocre, Disappointing
December 27th, 2022

See it if The actors acquit themselves well, but this is the theatrical equivalent of a Wikipedia entry.

Don't see it if Unless you’re desperate to see these actors as these characters, this is completely skippable.

87
Resonant, Edgy, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing
December 16th, 2022

See it if If you like black comedy or Black Comedy, it’s a ribald show with a lot to say.

Don't see it if It’s not for folks looking for traditional narrative or tidy lessons. Its ambitions sometimes outpace its structure, but it’s got LIFE.

50
A Man of No Importance
East Village
Under-powered, Under-directed, Underwhelming
December 9th, 2022

See it if It’s intimate, sure. And sweet, perhaps, in it’s treatment of a closeted gay man in old Dublin.

Don't see it if You want to hear lovely orchestrations or if you’re sick of John Doyle’s miserable, stripped down productions.

Also Admittedly, I saw three understudies, including the lead performer. Th... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Thought-provoking, Must see, Masterful, Great acting, Great singing
December 4th, 2022

See it if An outstanding cast delivering a truly great score in a crisp, clear production.

Don't see it if Somehow, the emotions don’t always land, and I felt a touch of distance I did t expect from the piece. Still-am excellent production.

92
During previews
Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
November 28th, 2022

See it if An intricately-written, mostly-solo show brilliantly performed with tightly-coiled, cool, burning fury. Rewards attention.

Don't see it if Don’t go looking for action. 90% of the show is monologue and as intense as the subject matter is, it’s revelations may feel slow to surface

Also I loved these piece and can’t think of a better actor to tackle it tha... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever
November 27th, 2022

See it if A gutsy comedy that aims high and tackles some big themes through a religious lens with a dynamite cast and the odd musical number.

Don't see it if If you’re uncomfortable with religion being discussed provocatively, stay away. & if you need the takeaway super clear, it might disappoint.

Also I love the playwright’s novel, Vladimir, and I was interested to see h... Read more Read less

80
Intense, Great writing, Epic, Great acting, Ambitious
November 20th, 2022

See it if A brilliantly acted production of a great play that slightly fumbles near the end with a pair of big directorial swings.

Don't see it if If they stuck w/ the naturalism of the first hours it could have been incredible. Effort to highlight its relevance at end wasn’t needed.

Also The dialogue around the show, and Pinkins lengthy response to the NYT ... Read more Read less

60
During previews
KPOP (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great staging, Disappointing, Entertaining, Cliched, Banal
November 19th, 2022

See it if There are some very fun numbers late in the second act, and when it gives itself over to big group songs, it can be a joy.

Don't see it if The book is barely there; the first act is super dull; and one can’t help but feel there’s a better possible version of this material.

84
During previews
Becky Nurse of Salem
Upper W Side
Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing
November 10th, 2022

See it if Deirdre O’Connell is a dynamo, and there’s a lot of interesting writing happening around witchcraft, womanhood, addiction, family, etc.

Don't see it if I can’t say I completely understood the takeaway, and some might be frustrated, but it’s a thoughtful, far-reaching, enjoyable play.

78
During previews
Great singing, Entertaining, Clever
November 8th, 2022

See it if There’s a lot of talent involved, and this is an efficient old-school musical with some genuinely enjoyable high points.

Don't see it if It works so hard to fix the source material that one wonders why they didn’t just write something new.

Also Everyone in the cast is talented, and it’s got lots of energy and slic... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Wise, Witty, Warm
November 6th, 2022

See it if A wonderful stand-up show about aging and health that covers serious topics without ever losing the humor.

Don't see it if If you hate stand-up, this isn’t going to change that, probably, even though the writing is really tight.

89
During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense, Great acting, Challenging
November 6th, 2022

See it if This isn’t an easy show, but it’s a fascinating one. Hell of a cast tackling deeply challenging subject matter.

Don't see it if If you find discussions of sexual abuse triggering, I would stay far away. Survivors, be wary.

Also I was riveted through the whole play and found it profoundly uncomfort... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Hilarious, Great singing, Clever, Entertaining, Delightful
November 3rd, 2022

See it if Catch a jukebox musical that has no reason to be as genuinely delightful and hysterical as it is. And the cast is dynamite.

Don't see it if Listen, I’m a jukebox skeptic, but this one won me over entirely. Go. Have fun. Be silly. Choose joy.

90
Parade
Midtown W
Resonant, Epic, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious
November 1st, 2022

See it if It’s a brilliantly sung production of an incredibly difficult, thoughtful musical about politics, lies, and anti-Semitism.

Don't see it if It’s an awkward fit in City Center. The sound design muffled some lyrics. And the crowd was…awkwardly festive given the challenging material

Also Truly, the audience response was a challenge. I would also love to see... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Intelligent, Disappointing, Entertaining, Banal, Absorbing
October 20th, 2022

See it if You’re fascinated by city planning in general or Robert Moses in specific and want to see a piece about the beginning and end of his career

Don't see it if It’s solid work if a bit stodgy. I enjoyed myself, but I wish it felt a bit more inspired.

Also Fascinating to see a British cast playing New Yorkers in New York. The... Read more Read less

94
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing
October 18th, 2022

See it if You want to see a truly beautiful, moving work of exquisite writing about disability that is tender and moving but not maudlin.

Don't see it if This is a small show of intimate scope, so don’t go if you’re looking for flashy or “big.”

95
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Enchanting, Delightful
October 13th, 2022

See it if You want to see a delightfully weird, incredibly funny, utterly charming joy of a show with a perfect cast.

Don't see it if If you hate things that feel quirky, this might not be for you.

Also The cast of nine is without a weak link. Bonnie Milligan has the flash... Read more Read less

62
During previews
Slow, Great writing, Epic, Disappointing, Banal
October 5th, 2022

See it if Great actors in a great play, but the staging and direction are muddled, and it just becomes a tough, slow sit.

Don't see it if I was very excited to see how casting a Black Loman family would affect the play, but any interest waned pretty quickly.

91
Intense, Great writing, Dizzying, Absorbing, Ambitious
October 2nd, 2022

See it if A fast two hours, though not an easy sit by any stretch, it demands careful attention and rewards it with powerful emotion and thought.

Don't see it if If you hated Prayer for the French Republic or are looking for a light entertainment, this isn’t for you.

91
During previews
I’m Revolting
Chelsea
Resonant, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting
September 25th, 2022

See it if A wonderful ensemble piece with beautiful moments of truth and delightful moments of comedy. Lovely, moving, thoughtful.

Don't see it if Don’t go looking for something plot-heavy. It’s more situational and ambles along pleasantly.

40
During previews
Boring, Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Well-intentioned
August 25th, 2022

See it if The charm of having community members and non-professional actors on stage thrills you.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a strong night of theater. Even at 1:45, this is a tough slog—repetitive, dull, and disappointing.

80
During previews
The Butcher Boy
Chelsea
Dizzying, Ambitious
July 23rd, 2022

See it if Really unusual, distinctive, ambitious, dark, and challenging work looking at mental illness and trauma in an unusual way

Don't see it if Skip if you don’t want to go dark or aren’t open to surrealism. And the score is effective but unexceptional.

Also Nicholas Barasch is wonderful in a demanding role. I felt a bit like t... Read more Read less

95
Entertaining, Exquisite, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing
July 22nd, 2022

See it if This brilliant cast makes a feast of one of the best musicals of all time. Deeply thrilling both at its funniest and its most serious.

Don't see it if The physical production is a bit lame. The scenery and costumes are let-downs. But this cast and material make it a must-see.

96
During previews
Oresteia
Upper E Side
Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Ambitious, Absorbing
July 15th, 2022

See it if This is exquisite. Not generally a fan of the Greeks, these tragedies are made visceral, urgent, and current.

Don't see it if Listen, it's four hours long. It's not a light evening out. But it's breathtaking, sensational stuff.

72
Intelligent, Overrated, Confusing, Entertaining, Absorbing
July 15th, 2022

See it if Kara Young and Christina Sajous are fantastic, and the production leans into joy and fun.

Don't see it if It's suuuuper pared back, and even having read and seen the play several times, I found it tough to follow.

Also There are some goofy design choices, and it leans into phallic humor a... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Corsicana
Midtown W
Subtle, Intricate, Intimate, Great writing, Great acting
June 18th, 2022

See it if Surprising and lovely, this play unfolds at a conversational pace that belies how well-constructed it is. Moving, funny, fresh.

Don't see it if If you’re looking for a flashy plot or big action, look elsewhere. I loved this but recognize that some may feel impatient with it.

Also Truly, an incredible ensemble of four actors, each refreshing, distinc... Read more Read less

91
Intense, Ambitious, Epic, Great staging, Absorbing
June 17th, 2022

See it if A clear eyed, stark, majestic production. Straightforward but clever, and acted and directed with utter clarity and precision.

Don't see it if The enormous Armory space sometimes seems to want to swallow the stage whole, and it’s a long sit before that first interval, but worth it!

68
Great dancing, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Great singing
June 6th, 2022

See it if There are some truly great numbers and really great performers.

Don't see it if But it doesn’t really work as a serious biography OR just a fun romp through the hits. It tries a little of everything & doesn’t quite land.

90
Fat Ham
East Village
Funny, Enchanting, Delightful, Loving, Joyful
May 30th, 2022

See it if This recycles some Hamlet plot elements but completely flipped and in a self-referential way. But most important? It’s a JOY to watch.

Don't see it if If you hate classics being revised or if you think you would hate a show that feels like A Strange Loop meets Hamlet.

84
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Confusing, Epic
May 28th, 2022

See it if You probably won’t have many chances to see this big, genre-busting piece in as elaborate and beautiful a production as this.

Don't see it if It’s confusing, challenging material, but there are rewards to be found. Beans and Ruff are truly terrific.

88
POTUS
Midtown W
Clever, Hilarious, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting
May 24th, 2022

See it if An impeccable ensemble in a wildly delightful, fast-paced farce. Pure pleasure if a touch light.

Don't see it if You don’t like bawdy (or bodily) comedy. Or if you’re looking for something particularly deep. This is pure pop entertainment.

79
Disappointing, Charming, Banal, Funny, Entertaining
May 19th, 2022

See it if Billy Crystal is a treasure. He charms here, even in rather slight material.

Don't see it if This production just feels very slight. Not many actors or musicians. Not much scenery. Not even much music. Enjoyable but…at these prices?

100
Singular, Great singing, Great acting, Great writing, Exquisite
May 17th, 2022

See it if Jackson is a singular writer who has crafted a sensational, hilarious, gutsy, beautiful show. It’s unforgettable.

Don't see it if This isn’t standard Broadway fare. So brace yourself for some intellectually challenging material and just…enjoy it. It’s wonderful.

50
Dated, Overrated, Great singing, Disappointing
May 17th, 2022

See it if To see Joaquina Kalukango tear the roof off the joint with “Let It Burn.”

Don't see it if You don’t want to sit through 2.5 hour if mediocrity before something great sparks.

85
During previews
Golden Shield
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious
May 13th, 2022

See it if A big, messy play that’s part legal thriller, part family drama, with a dash of cross-cultural intrigue. A lot to say and far-reaching.

Don't see it if Not every thread is so interwoven as to appear seamless, and there’s a lot to follow, but it’s a thoughtful, intellectual big swing.

84
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
May 13th, 2022

See it if A sterling ensemble tackles an incredibly intriguing take on a classic musical that really soars at several moments.

Don't see it if I'm not 100% sure the writing supports the gender change at the production's core, but I wonder if a different lead would have convinced me.

70
Suffs
East Village
Overrated, Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious
May 13th, 2022

See it if There's good stuff here, but it feels endless and lacks a strong central focus. The music is enjoyable but perhaps not rousing.

Don't see it if Nothing about this show is bad, per se, but the second act in particular felt interminable. Very well-intentioned, but...meh.

89
During previews
Refreshing, Resonant, Absorbing, Great acting
May 12th, 2022

See it if A beautiful play about family, illness, and expectation with three generations of gay Black men led by the brilliant Keith Randolph Smith

Don't see it if Wonderfully funny at first, it does go to some tough places around aging and terminal illness, so be prepared if that’s triggering.

79
During previews
Enjoyable, Funny, Charming, Sweet
May 11th, 2022

See it if A solid B-. This has the makings of a really winning show, but I don’t think it’s as tight as it needs to be. This needs work but entertains

Don't see it if You don’t like a child lead or expect an especially noteworthy score. It’s so well-intentioned. It just has room to improve.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Resonant, Thought-provoking
May 5th, 2022

See it if Hilarious, surprising, and ultimately really cutting and deeply thoughtful. And a brilliant ensemble cast.

Don't see it if You need to brace yourself for some twists that go in dark, challenging directions that ultimately have a lot to say about whiteness.

90
Refreshing, Masterful, Great acting, Great singing
May 4th, 2022

See it if A rock solid production of a nearly perfect musical. Headley, NPH, and the Little Red are truly wonderful.

Don't see it if This isn’t a definitive production. It’s doesn’t take big swings. But sometimes you just need an efficient production of a fabulous show.

84
Romantic, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining
May 2nd, 2022

See it if I caught the understudies for Fanny and Nick, and both were terrific. The production is lovely. Act 1 is stronger, but Act 2 still works.

Don't see it if It feels overlong, especially in the back half, but…those songs! A great score, if not a great book.

80
Great writing, Great acting, Dated, Ambitious, Absorbing
April 29th, 2022

See it if It's a great play about a serious, challenging subject. Manages to find humor throughout, even with the painful topic at hand.

Don't see it if Enormous trigger warnings for sexual abuse and molestation. There was audible sobbing in the theater during the show.

Also This is a classic play for a reason, and I thought that seeing the ori... Read more Read less

94
Intimate, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Masterful
April 27th, 2022

See it if An incredibly spare, intimate production with two masterful actors in complete command over a vibrant, thoughtful play. I was very moved.

Don't see it if This is small, quiet theater making. It asks for patience and attention, and it’s decidedly not flashy. But keep an open mind. So lovely.

90
During previews
Riveting, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious
April 13th, 2022

See it if McAvoy gives an incredible performance in a wonderfully contemporary production whose visual minimalism highlights its dynamic wordplay.

Don't see it if If spoken word poetry makes you want to run for the hills, this may not be for you. But McAvoy might still convince you.

82
Confederates
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing
April 6th, 2022

See it if Strong stuff. A potent play about the ways America has held Black women down, told in an interesting diptych across time periods.

Don't see it if It felt like the playwright had so much more to say. This 90-minute play really seemed to call out to be longer and go even deeper.

76
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent
April 6th, 2022

See it if There's powerful material here, and it's well-told. A thoughtful consideration of exoticization that feels sadly relevant still.

Don't see it if The show is a bit slight. It's spare in construction, working almost more like a solo show despite the second actor. I just wanted MORE.