JLiu

Manhattan | 25-34 | Male
About:  Passionate about theater and Broadway.
Reviews (58)
85
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Epic, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you want to see a brilliant performance by an outstanding cast, story keeps you on edge without being dragged out. Loved the dramatic ending

Don't see it if you cannot sit through a three hour play or have a hard time understanding Irish accents.

87
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Great singing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you want to see a heartwarming musical with catchy pop songs and touching moments. Saw with Nicolette and enjoyed the casts' performance.

Don't see it if themes of adultery do not appeal to you or if you dislike movie adaptations.

82
That Physics Show
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if you are looking for some fun beyond traditional theater, lots of kids in the audience and everyone loved the demonstrations. Was never bored

Don't see it if you hated science in school and prefer musicals/plays.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you love magic shows and want to see an original take with illusions combined with art. Audience participation was entertaining and fun.

Don't see it if you prefer grand staging or elaborate magic tricks requiring lots of props.

79
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Great singing

See it if you are a fan of classic revivals and want to see some stunning choreography. Loved the comedic moments with Lindsay Mendez.

Don't see it if you prefer modern musicals with interesting stories. Found the book outdated and themes that aren't as relevant today.

100
During previews
Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Riveting

See it if you grew up with the Harry Potter series, want to see a flawless production with stunning illusions and magic. Truly spectacular performance

Don't see it if you don't know who Harry Potter is.

95
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if you want to see a flawless production with an outstanding cast. Great performances all round, Garfield stands out.

Don't see it if you can't sit through long plays (4 hours for each part), or don't take to issues revolving AIDS and homosexuality.

84
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

See it if you want to see a family drama interspersed with humor and discussion of serious issues. Solid casting choice and enjoyable story line.

Don't see it if you prefer light-hearted plays that don't leave much after thought when the show ends.

88
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Profound, Slow

See it if you want to enjoy a slow yet riveting musical with a beautiful score and memorable characters, each with a different story.

Don't see it if you prefer big, splashy and fast paced musicals. Pace starts off slow but the ending was worth it.

80
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you are a big fan of Spongebob and want to see all your favorite characters from the show. Story brings lots of fun and laughter.

Don't see it if you dislike musicals with a predictable and simple plot with cheesy songs that are catered more to kids.

80
During previews
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Clever, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy political theater or are a fan of Uma Thurman. Several twists in the play kept the story fresh and interesting.

Don't see it if you do not want to see jabs at the current administration or prefer to steer away from political issues.

78
During previews
Junk
Upper W Side
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you are interested in finance want to see a well-rounded cast put on a riveting performance. Similar themes to "The Big Short".

Don't see it if you are not familiar with financial terms and don't want a peak at what's still happening on Wall Street today.

Also Second act was a little less developed than the first, and felt disjoi... Read more Read less

79
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a family friendly show and have a good time with the kids. Score was catchy and Christian Borle was amazing as Willy Wonka.

Don't see it if you prefer grand staging or elaborate props. Many scenes, especially the second act, relied on narration and acting with no visuals on stage

72
During previews
Banal, Insipid, Slow, Profound

See it if you enjoy British plays that revolve around family drama with the occasional chuckle, or want to see Elizabeth McGovern in the lead role.

Don't see it if you prefer fast moving plays or engaging dialogue. Barely any scene changes, acting was uneven and overall pace needs to be tightened.

90
In & Of Itself
Gramercy
Absorbing, Clever, Masterful, Profound, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy intimate story-telling mixed with magic. The tricks are revealed slowly and closely tied to the stories Derek narrates.

Don't see it if you prefer large stage magic, easily bored by stories or would like to see a succession of tricks performed one after another.

79
During previews
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Confusing

See it if you've read the book and want to see a modern adaptation that covers the most important themes. Intense performance in the last 30 minutes.

Don't see it if you can't stand graphical portrayals of violence and torture, or plays with very serious content. Not for the light-hearted.

80
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Funny

See it if you want to see a brilliant and hilarious take on an old classic, Michael Urie and the supporting cast were great!

Don't see it if you are not into political satires and would prefer a traditional play.

98
Great singing, Great acting, Intense, Must see, Riveting

See it if you want to see a touching musical that details the struggle teenagers face, along with beautiful songs. Ben Platt is simply amazing!

Don't see it if you prefer lighthearted musicals or can't sit through an intense and riveting performance.

80
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Great singing, Masterful, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of Glenn Close, she simply shines in her role as Norma Desmond. The on-stage 40 person orchestra is not to be missed.

Don't see it if you are not into Andrew Lloyd Webber's music, it tends to get repetitive after a while.

90
Clever, Relevant, Delightful

See it if you want to know the history behind Broadway and all the details that go into producing a successful musical/play.

Don't see it if you are not interested in theater history.

Also Be sure to visit the photo booth and have your pictures taken.

84
During previews
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound

See it if you want to see a masterful play that documents the events leading up to the Oslo Accords.

Don't see it if you can't sit through a 3-hour play or are not interested in historical events.

80
Cats
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you're a fan of ALW's works and are looking for a fun night out. The songs are catchy and entertaining.

Don't see it if you enjoy plays more than musicals.

84
Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy rock music and would love to see a bunch of talented kids playing in an awesome band.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Webber's musicals or dislike being in a theater with loud music.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you are looking for an uplifting musical that reminds you of the goodness in people and how strangers come together in the darkest times.

Don't see it if you don't want to be reminded of 9/11.

85
Great singing, Great staging, Intense, Masterful

See it if You like musicals with really great singing and theatrics.

Don't see it if You absolutely need to see happy musicals.

85
Entertaining, Great singing, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you want to see a sci-fi themed musical with catchy songs and great all round cast. Excited for its Broadway transfer!

Don't see it if you prefer quieter musicals or traditional story lines.

70
Entertaining, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you are curious to see a walk through of how several everyday objects worked, tracing back to their origins and historical context.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional plays/musicals. Show feels more suited for a museum talk, at 45 minutes it felt a little short.

90
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you want to have a fun night watching an entertaining cast sing about issues any New Yorker may have faced, still very relevant today.

Don't see it if you are easily offended or dislike puppets.

89
Delightful, Funny, Great writing, Hilarious, Masterful

See it if you want to see an outstanding revival with a stellar cast. 2 hours flew by with outstanding performances by Jim Parsons and Zachary Quinto.

Don't see it if you are not interested in plays with gay themes or prefer musicals.

90
During previews
Delightful, Exquisite, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want to see an excellent revival of a classic, Ambrose and Hadden-Patton are stand outs. Set is beautifully designed, loved the staging!

Don't see it if you are only into modern musicals.

75
Cliched, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you want to see a good off-broadway musical with a touching ending and great singing. Set was simple but effective.

Don't see it if you expect a lavish production or only used to traditional broadway musicals.

79
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoyed chemistry in school, kid-friendly show with some audience participation. Non-stop demonstrations one after another.

Don't see it if you prefer plays and musicals.

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Epic, Great staging, Must see, Profound

See it if you want to see a show that has all the elements of a great musical: brilliant score, wonderful choreography and unforgettable story.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate sung-through musicals or rap music. Hamilton is not to be missed!

85
Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you like an intimate play with a gorgeous candlelit set, are a fan of Mark Rylance and enjoy opera music (there was some singing).

Don't see it if you enjoy fast-paced drama and are not into historical plays.

Also had a seat on stage in the upper level, would not recommend as you'd b... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Refreshing, Must see

See it if you want to see a creatively staged, high energy production with lots of great dancing, singing and plot. Cast was perfect all round.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional musicals or grand staging. The current theater is small enough that every seat feels intimate to the musical.

95
Great singing, Epic, Masterful, Hilarious, Riveting

See it if you want to a see classic revival performed to perfection with a solid cast and of course Bette did not disappoint. Hilarious and must see!

Don't see it if you only watch modern musicals, otherwise no reason to miss this production.

88
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great writing

See it if you want to see a clever take on Shakespeare with catchy tunes, hilarious plot and well rounded cast.

Don't see it if you are not interested in Shakespeare's plays or prefer classical interpretations of literary work.

Also No prior knowledge of the original play required, was able to understa... Read more Read less

70
Funny, Exquisite, Quirky, Slow

See it if you are interested in Chinese culture and want to see a small stage production of a classic. Plot was easy to follow and some strong singing

Don't see it if you only enjoy traditional musicals, acting/singing was uneven and did not feel polished for some parts.

90
Great acting, Great singing, Masterful, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if you enjoy immersive theater and want to see a classic Sondheim musical produced in an intimate setting. Lots of action around the pie shop.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy dark humor or themes of murder and revenge.

Also The performers came out during intermission and you could chat/take pi... Read more Read less

88
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy jukebox musicals and want to see a show that highlights the very best songs by carole king. also loved the set on stage.

Don't see it if you like fast paced musicals or are not a fan of the 60s and 70s songs.

85
For a previous production
Funny, Hilarious, Delightful, Great staging

See it if you enjoy comedies and want to watch a hilarious play. Also loved the staging and how everything fell apart at the end.

Don't see it if you only like serious plays and are not into cheap humor.

75
During previews
Building the Wall
Midtown W
Profound, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a play portrays a terrifying potential reality and involves a discussion of ideological differences.

Don't see it if you can't sit through a play no scene changes or plays that revolve around political issues.

88
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Masterful

See it if you like an immersive experience, innovative staging and opportunity to participate in the musical. Josh Groban was simply amazing as Pierre

Don't see it if you can't seat through a sung-through musical or are not interested in complicated Russian novels.

82
Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to have a fun night watching a magic show in a small setting.

Don't see it if you are only interested in grand staging or elaborate magic.

90
During previews
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Romantic

See it if you love great staging, elaborate sets and a romantic story. The cast was perfect and so were the songs.

Don't see it if you are not into family-friendly musicals, or didn't like the original movie.

88
During previews
Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Hilarious, Clever

See it if you've watched the original movie, or if you haven't seen it, want to watch a hilarious musical with an entertaining plot.

Don't see it if you are looking for memorable or catchy songs.

65
Paramour
Midtown W
Cliched, Banal, Dizzying

See it if you must watch every Cirque show out there, the acrobatics are amazing.

Don't see it if you are used to traditional Broadway shows, Cirque did not have a strong plot.

88
Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to watch a well-performed, thought-provoking play with an amazing ensemble cast.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of August Wilson's plays.

85
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You are in New York for Christmas and want to see a great production that is both relevant and entertaining.

Don't see it if You hate Christmas.

92
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of Disney movies, want to see the magic carpet and looking to be enchanted.

Don't see it if you dislike family friendly musicals.