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Reviews (10)
95
Raft of the Medusa
Lower E Side
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Intense

See it if you want to see an incredible play about deeply raw human experiences, with an incredible ensemble.

Don't see it if you don't like being wet... you'll sweat from the hot theatre and cry from the hot acting

70
During previews
Napoli, Brooklyn
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Dated, Great acting

See it if you want to see a strong female ensemble in a well constructed, kitchen-sink, 60s period drama.

Don't see it if you crave revolutionary theatre. Seems a commission made for a dying audience. Well constructed, beautifully acted, but overall irrelevant.

59
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Great staging, Overrated

See it if you're obsessed with Bobby Cannavale and will do anything to catch a glimpse of him... or you want to see this rarely done play performed.

Don't see it if you're looking for a revolutionary performance. Mr. Cannavale's vocal and emotional stasis hinder the play's climax and confound the ending.

60
During previews
Ambitious, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Funny

See it if You love Dianne Wiest and/or Beckett and/or have never SEEN this play. It's a challenging piece that offers a lot to ponder and discuss.

Don't see it if You've seen this show before and/or want to seen it executed superbly. It seems as though Wiest is still getting settled in with the role.

85
Beardo
Brooklyn
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Edgy, Funny

See it if You appreciate unconventional narratives, Russian literature, and compelling songs.

Don't see it if You're looking for the next Great Comet. This is an atypical musical filled with whimsy, humor, and existential musings.

90
Divine Horsemen
Soho/Tribeca
Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy, Dated

See it if You like great acting! David Zayas is a tour de force, forreal. It's incredible to see him up close. The ensemble rounds it out nicely.

Don't see it if You're gentle. There's a lot of hyper-masculinity in this play, and not a lot of redeeming characters. Women are poorly represented.

55
During previews
Building the Wall
Midtown W
Ambitious, Cliched, Confusing, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if you're interested in what a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright can drum up in a couple of months regarding Trump's election.

Don't see it if you think, like me, that utilizing hyper-realism to project negative visions of humanity is counter productive to progress.

100
Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want to see and hear Shakespeare, done clearly, specifically, and effectively. Why, NYT, dost thou rail against such clear storytelling?

Don't see it if you long for sky high production value or want to throw your money at some wasteful conceptual production.

100
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You want a fun, adventurous retelling of the Harry Potter Saga from the point of view of the underdogged house of the Puffs.

Don't see it if You don't like Harry Potter.. I mean, I never finished the book series or saw all the films and I still loved this show. Hilarity with heart

95
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Unique, Thoughtfully directed

See it if you life Sam Gold's work and want a workshop in being fully present and completely truthful from Laurie Metcalf.

Don't see it if you're looking for a play that intrinsically builds off of Ibsen's. Explicit references to the original play feel contrived.