JKL

New York City | 50-64 | Male

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Reviews (19)
100
Ambitious, Riveting, Must see, Profound, Masterful

See it if if you want to see theater that will make you rethink – and better yet, take action – about how our choices affect others.

Don't see it if if you don’t want to see one of the singularly most important pieces of theater i’ve seen in 40 years of theater-going in New York.

95
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful, Exceptional, Rewarding

See it if you recognize that David Greenspan is one of the most important theater artists of our age and you are willing to invest in this experiment.

Don't see it if if you're not interested in seeing theater push to it's limits; if you are not astounded by disciplined craft and experimentation.

Also i feel so lucky to have been in the first audience for FIVE hours in a... Read more Read less

79
Promising, Great singing, Moving, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to hear singing and musicianship that will take your breath away in a promising piece (that needs a bit of book tightening).

Don't see it if You are impatient with plot twists that may need some TLC for the piece to reach to the stars that it sings so beautifully of.

Also Produced handsomely, clearly with a lot of affection by all involved, ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great singing

See it if You want to see how musical theater can be enormously entertaining even as it examines important issues and our/my/your ethics.

Don't see it if If you want mindless pablum and shallow sentiment during our time of such political crisis, or you don't believe in responsible citizenship.

Also Sorry to sound like I'm over-pontificating, but I am very surprised by... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Absorbing, Masterful, Great staging, Great writing, Riveting

See it if You like smart, thrilling work, conceived and executed with great care and commitment by a team collaborating at the highest level.

Don't see it if You are not curious about the struggle to achieve.

Also The integration of creative disciplines is like a 'how-to' textbook on... Read more Read less

90
Resonant, Great staging, Absorbing, Masterful, Great singing

See it if you share a Roand Dahl sensibility of the fine line of sinister and redemptive. And that we are wise to learn from kids.

Don't see it if you don't like challenging ideas served with exquisite song and dance. And adults portrayed as grotesque brats.

Also Matilda's parents are (to my thinking) a little toooo cartoonish (I've... Read more Read less

77
Funny, Fluffy, Clever, Unfulfilling, Campy

See it if you can afford the B'way tx to see campy sketches better suited to a small theater. Also, Jennifer Simard's nun is a comic masterpiece.

Don't see it if you have no affection for the goofy retro pop songs that (even with able comic intervention) remind us why crafted theater songs matter.

72
Entertaining, Quirky, Edutaining, Geeky, Amiable

See it if You want a pleasant, goofily interesting time w a teacher who loves being loved & 2 unintendingly funny student helpers looking on warily.

Don't see it if If you aren't a nerdy kid at heart. Or fear for your life when nitrogen-dipped roses shatter, too close for comfort!

100
For a previous production
Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Essential

See it if you want to feast on Bedlam's incredible combination of technique and theatrical innovation.

Don't see it if you don't like extraordinary, moving, hilarious theater.

100
Clever, Great staging, Absorbing, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to be surprised and moved by an incredible collaboration of performance writing and stagecraft

Don't see it if you don't like great theater

90
Entertaining, Smart, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if if you haven’t .

Don't see it if you’re not interested in seeing one of the biggest Broadway juggernauts in history .

95
Relevant, Great singing, Masterful

See it if the idea of 4 performers masterfully playing 18 instruments & singing like hobo angels sounds amazing, you will be moved & transported.

Don't see it if you have no interest in honestly looking at America's past or learning about one of America's great cultural treasures.

Also I put this on a very short list of shows I dearly wish every American ... Read more Read less

80
Epic, Operatic, Highly stylized, Great acting

See it if You enjoy theater classics explored in visual and percussive ways; extremely spectacular productions, and great, stylized ensemble work.

Don't see it if If you want to see the intimacy of ONeill's work, and suspect that flashy stylization is apologizing for a play's datedness or weaknesses.

100
Must see, Exquisite, Profound

See it if You worship Michael Starobin's original genius orchestrations of this masterwork. Got the Sondheim gene? You'll be dizzy from the height...

Don't see it if The finale will make you sob out loud and ruin it for everyone else! ;)

85
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Funny, Masterful

See it if you want to bask in the genius of one of the most important living writers; his works are among the most meaningful theater works I've seen.

Don't see it if you don't feast on a steady diet of life's ironies, hate wordplay, and dread theatrical riddles...

95
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intelligent, Profound

See it if ...you are interested in how creative theater artists can use technological tools to powerful, insightful narrative effect.

Don't see it if ...you want theater to spoon-feed you what you already know...

100
Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you are moved by honest probing work free of cheap, manipulative plots. Journey to the crossroads of performance, heart, and smarts.

Don't see it if you don't want to see the thrilling promise of 21c theater that can soulfully shake, challenge, and move you w/o deceit and fakey sentiment.

79
Inspired direction, Great staging, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of Alex Timber's innovative direction & amused by a 70's country score performed by rollicking cast & cute lumbersexuals band .

Don't see it if you aren't interested in seeing quite an imperfect show given a vigorous revival.

100
Epic, Great writing, Hilarious, Must see, Profound

See it if you want to see a show so funny, moving, unforgettably brilliant, full of imagination, craft, great songs and most importantly real humanity

Don't see it if you don't want anything to challenge your small-minded world view