JJJJ

New York City | 50-64 | Male
About:  Actor-writer who goes a lot to the Off (and Off Off) Broadway...
Reviews (37)
49
During previews
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You absolutely are a huge fan of Mr. Kushner's work...

Don't see it if You want to be reminded yet again of horrible Nazism was and how the present day is heading that direction - not that we don't already know

Also I find Tony Kushner's work difficult to handle and intellectually - oc... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Resonant, Entertaining, Absorbing, Intense, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of spoken word and movement and are interested in a seminal piece of black theater history!

Don't see it if the thought of 7 women in colorful outfits carrying on about life would bore you.

Also This production swept me away on its exuberance and passion. The seven... Read more Read less

100
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate GREAT writing, acting, staging - and "Howard's End"!

Don't see it if There is NO reason not to see this masterpiece.

Also Revising my review as I've now seen bot Parts One and Two: here is the... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you want to see the play that put Mr. Harris on the map - and are open to new fresh thinking on a potentially difficult subject.

Don't see it if Nudity, extreme sexual situations and raw language offend you - or if you can't hold your attention for an intermissionless 2 hours or so.

Also There is so much to unpack in this absorbing, surprisingly funny and p... Read more Read less

85
Enchanting, Romantic, Profound, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy watching two actors at the top of their game in a classic play by a fabulous writer!

Don't see it if Nudity and frank sexual situations bother you - but honestly...

Also This is a stellar revival of Terrence McNally's classic two-hander, lo... Read more Read less

75
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a very well-acted drama about a gay young man in Uganda.

Don't see it if You are close-minded, bigoted or afraid to deal with the issue.

Also This is a very moving and simply staged story of Uganda in 2010, when ... Read more Read less

48
Happy Talk
Midtown W
Excruciating, Cliched, Slow, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you are dying to see Susan Sarandon on stage.

Don't see it if you like a well-told story, decent and interesting characters, or love "South Pacific".

Also Having been a fan of Jesse Eisenberg's previous New Group play ("The S... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Edgy

See it if You're a dyed-in-the-wool (get it?) Shepard fan!

Don't see it if Family dramas, screaming and a wisp of a plot scare you away.

Also I run hot and cold on Sam Shepard plays and this unfortunately is not ... Read more Read less

69
Relevant, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy modern musicals and are supportive of LGBT people and causes.

Don't see it if Musicals make you cringe (and don't like overmiked shows).

Also I was slightly dissappointed with this fairly fun show - mostly becaus... Read more Read less

45
Ain't No Mo'
East Village
Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Excruciating

See it if the idea of an urban church funeral going off the rails appeals to you

Don't see it if you like your satire done well.

55
During previews
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if You're a fan of wacky plays about writers.

Don't see it if You like a farce that spins round and round but never comes to a satisfying end.

Also So disappointed in this John Guare play which seems disjointed, fragme... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Daddy
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of edgy, take-no-prisoners theater.

Don't see it if Male nudity, explicit sexual content or strong gay content offends you (but you should see it).

Also This is a nuclear bomb of a play, a crazy ride that ends inconclusivel... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You love Ms. Nottage's work and are interested in seeing this revival of her 2011 play.

Don't see it if You are offended by a play that tries to examine racism in Hollywood.

Also Terribly disappointed in this production and am not sure if the play o... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you're a fan of the film, of '90s music, or of Dove Cameron (the Disney star).

Don't see it if you feel 2-1/2 hours is a long time for a musical based on a 97 minute film

Also I'm a huge fan of CLUELESS the movie, loved it - so I had high hopes f... Read more Read less

100
Riveting, Must see, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a perfect recreation of the greatest musical ever!

Don't see it if I have no reason for you not to see it!

Also ACL is my all-time favorite musical and it holds a very special place ... Read more Read less

100
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant

See it if You appreciate a well-written, terrifically-acted play that is funny and moving.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you are not willing to take the journey the play asks you to ...

Also Thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful show which begins lightly as a drawi... Read more Read less

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Profound

See it if You have any interest in this classic musical, and are interested in hearing it in Yiddish.

Don't see it if You don't care for 3 hour musicals and have a cold heart!

Also I'm a huge fan of the film and had never seen this classic musical on ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You're a fan of Michael C. Hall and are open to a unique interpretation of a one hour and change monologue.

Don't see it if The idea of sitting thru one man talking for an hour and change about nothing (and everything).

Also Will Eno has written a unique monologue that actor Michael C. Hall rel... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

See it if You're a fan of snappy, clever dialogue and memorable characters.

Don't see it if You've an issue with gay theater or coming out stories.

Also A very witty absorbing play about a mensch-y guy who has to come out t... Read more Read less

50
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you'll see Harvey do anything ...

Don't see it if you want to learn more about Bella Abzug than you can read in Wikipedia.

Also This was such a dissappointment - watching / listening to Harvey rattl... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Soft Power
East Village
Overrated, Indulgent, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You're a fan of David Henry Hwang's work and unusual musicals...

Don't see it if A fever dream musical that jumps all over the creation isn't appealing to you.

Also This is an elegantly produced, beautiful sung and staged musical about... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent, Pretentious

See it if you'd see anything Mary-Louise Parker does on stage...

Don't see it if the thought of sitting thru 90 minutes of two characters talking like writers instead of flesh and blood characters...

Also This is not a play - it's an exercise in writing. And not good writing... Read more Read less

70
During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Great staging, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a continuation of the LBJ story, initially began in ALL THE WAY...

Don't see it if You're bored with 3 hour (plus) plays.

Also After having only recently seen the HBO film version of the play ALL T... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Mojada
East Village
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a timely take on MEDEA set in Queens today and with the immigrant experience as its backdrop.

Don't see it if You are a bigoted fool!

Also I wasn't prepared for the visceral power of this incredible re-telling... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Delightful, Enchanting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You're a fan of a well-told tale, based on true life, that shocks and moves.

Don't see it if You are at any way bored by one person telling a story that includes original songs.

Also David Cale is a likeable slightly schlubby guy who has a horrifying tr... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Octet
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy acapella singing and appreciate a quirky character study-type musical

Don't see it if your internet addictions cause you trauma - and if a show about a support group bothers you.

Also This is a puzzling show - on the one hand, it's environment (amazing s... Read more Read less

80
Socrates
East Village
Thought-provoking, Profound, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You're fascinated by a lot of philosophical debate and appreciate intelligence and great acting.

Don't see it if the thought of seeing a play about an ancient Greek philosopher bores you

Also Although a bit draggy in the 1st Act, the 2nd Act alone makes this a m... Read more Read less

75
White Noise
East Village
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a different take on racism in America - it's surprising, somewhat shocking yet engaging.

Don't see it if you're averse to 3 hour, very talky works of theater.

Also Suzan-Lori Parks is one of my favorite writers, author of some of the ... Read more Read less

75
Still at Risk
East Village
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if If you want a unique take on gay life and activism in the early 2000s, right around when the AIDS epidemic was more manageable.

Don't see it if You need a play with lots of action - it's talky but engrossing.

Also This is a terrific play about one man trying to give his late ex-lover... Read more Read less

85
Boesman and Lena
Midtown W
Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You appreciate great acting in a msterful play and aren't bothered by a non-linear storyline.

Don't see it if You're not into a Brechtian-styled piece with only a few actors and a dark premise.

Also Fugard's play is a solid representation of fear and of dread, as the t... Read more Read less

85
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate solid acting and aren't bothered by minimal setting and monologues.

Don't see it if You have an aversion to emotional pieces.

Also Two fantastic actors (Tom Sturridge and Jake Gylenhaal) in two separat... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You're up for a unique take on being black in America.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate satire and truth mixed together.

Also This is a fabulous production of an interesting play, well-directed an... Read more Read less

70
During previews
The Hard Problem
Upper W Side
Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if talky shows don't bother you.

Don't see it if you need a strong plot.

Also This is a very wordy play about ideas that is difficult to describe. T... Read more Read less

80
Eve's Song
East Village
Ambitious, Great writing, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if a show about black lives mattering in such an interesting and unusual way would interest you.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for an intermission-less exploration of race in America today.

Also I was incredibly moved and surprised at how this story was told - an i... Read more Read less

100
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intense

See it if You appreciate an excellent cast delivering on a phenomenal play!

Don't see it if You are afraid of a 3 hour and 15 minute sit with one intermission.

Also This is an absorbing play, very ambitious in its scope and depth. Bril... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if You love gay theater - this is a seminal work in the LGBT canon.

Don't see it if You are offended by backroom sex scenes (pantomimed of course) or frank discsussions of sexualtiy.

Also Fierstein has taken his operatic 3 act masterpiece, trimmed it a bit t... Read more Read less

45
During previews
Wild Goose Dreams
East Village
Disappointing, Excruciating, Banal

See it if If you can get to the main story, about a North Korean woman falling for a married South Korean man - and for the amazing set design!

Don't see it if You care about coherent plots or have an aversion to a chorus continually spouting internet words as if they're "emojis" - doesn't work!

Also The set is GORGEOUS and a real stunner - that and a brilliant performa... Read more Read less