Jo 8302

New York City

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Reviews (21)
81
Hey, what do you have to lose in 5 minutes?!

See it if sitting in a chair opposite a performer directly addressing you won't make you uncomfortable; you're open to new theatrical experiences.

Don't see it if sitting opposite a performer directly addressing you might make you uncomfortable; show's concept strikes you as indulgent or pretentious.

Also Was that 10 minutes, as advertised? It seemed closer to 5 minutes to m... Read more Read less

68
During previews
(A)loft Modulation
Midtown W
There's some artistry here but it's too long!

See it if You're a big jazz fan. You have a lot of patience. You're curious about a "demimonde" & willing to put up with a dearth of dramatic momentum

Don't see it if You bore easily. You need to be wowed (or just engaged) by a show right from the outset. You're not into jazz or tales of lost men.

Also This play needs a new first 10 minutes -- they are deadly. Two men on ... Read more Read less

82
Rent Party
Midtown W
Slow, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you'd like a slice of African-Americana; you appreciate the artistry & creativity involved in puppetry and animation.

Don't see it if you only want to see a "real" play rather than a puppet show, though it's not the traditional type of puppet show.

Also "Slow" may be too harsh for this show that runs under an hour, but the... Read more Read less

58
Original Sound
West Village
Disappointing, Dated, Banal

See it if you're a sucker for striving artists' stories, even if they're very poorly dramatized.

Don't see it if you like your plays to be well-written and well-directed.

Also This is the 2nd play in a row at Cherry Lane (after "Actually We're F*... Read more Read less

83
A personal story (about a public "scandal") that you might find moving or self-indulgent

See it if you've ever had to get over a huge betrayal or rebuild your life in some way, or are open-minded/sympathetic to stories about those who have

Don't see it if you're highly sensitive to issues of privilege; you're not a fan of autobiographical solo shows.

Also As stated in the header, you could end up with one of two divergent re... Read more Read less

78
Slow, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy interpretive dance, or you have a loved one with memory loss/dementia and would appreciate art sympathetic to the situation.

Don't see it if you are looking for a cohesive, profound depiction of dementia. It's too diffuse & choppy and didn't make me feel like I was in his mind.

Also Well-meaning but ultimately not that moving and doesn't create enough ... Read more Read less

40
Actually, We're F**ked
West Village
Insipid, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you're willing to give four promising, appealing actors a chance even though their material is terrible.

Don't see it if you desire a plot that makes sense, character development that's consistent and plausible, a comedy that's genuinely funny.

Also This poorly written play is not as advertised. "Millennials" is a key ... Read more Read less

86
During previews
The Dance of Death
East Village
Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a solid production of a classic (by classic, I mean work by a classic canonical dramatist).

Don't see it if You do not like brutal depictions of marriage.

80
Carmelina
Midtown E
Not great but not bad so probably not likely to change minds about this show

See it if You're a musical theater completist -- i.e., you want to see flop or forgotten shows by greats like Alan Jay Lerner.

Don't see it if You have no tolerance for shows that are not thoroughly well-structured and well-acted. This one has flaws!

Also A great performance by Anne Nathan (as the maid). Some genuinely funny... Read more Read less

62
During previews
Confusing, Intense, Resonant

See it if you're into plays about "hot-button" issues (race, sexuality, e.g.), even if the treatment of them isn't particularly insightful or engaging

Don't see it if you're looking for a truly thought-provoking and interesting play touching on "hot-button" issues (race, sexuality, e.g.).

Also There's a lot of yelling in this play, especially at the beginning...j... Read more Read less

39
My Parsifal Conductor
Upper W Side
Beautifully designed but tedious & kind of pretentious

See it if You're willing to tolerate a tedious history lesson because of excellent design and production values.

Don't see it if You're not. Uberfans of Wagner and/or German history might be interested, but it's really not an engaging story as presented.

Also The costumes and scenic, lighting & sound design are all impressive. E... Read more Read less

80
The scenic design steals the show!

See it if You're into immersive, site-specific theater. You're into NYC history and theater that illuminates under-covered aspects of it.

Don't see it if You like to sit still to watch a play. You only enjoy linear narratives.

Also Absolutely terrific design: the props, set decor, how it's all laid ou... Read more Read less

88
Queen of Hearts
Brooklyn
Entertaining, Epic, Ambitious

See it if you are up for a wild time!

Don't see it if you don't like bare butts or (except for pasties) breasts and the things they do--shimmying, twerking, etc.--or are otherwise prudish.

Also This is like an R-rated cirus retelling of "Alice in Wonderland." Fabu... Read more Read less

80
For a previous production
Heartfelt & well-done but goes on for too long

See it if you're curious about the journey of understanding that a person might have to make if a loved one comes out as nonbinary or trans.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one-person plays.

Also A fine performance. A well-intentioned attempt to tell the story from ... Read more Read less

88
Resonant, Great acting

See it if you are open to depictions of contemporary relationships, for good or bad. You've ever been hung up on somebody you know isn't good for you.

Don't see it if you only like love stories that are sentimental and very romantic; you can't enjoy a play if you disagree with characters' actions.

Also Excellent performances by Feiffer and Linklater. A great first scene -... Read more Read less

92
Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You'd like to see expert ensemble work. You enjoy unconventional storytelling. You're not yet familiar with the Mad Ones & what they do.

Don't see it if You're a strict traditionalist in terms of plot structure for plays.

Also Amazing performances: These actors REALLY become their characters (inc... Read more Read less

76
Skinnamarink
East Village
Different! definitely not for all tastes!

See it if you enjoy experimental theater; you have terrible memories of school; you're open-minded about entertainment.

Don't see it if you like traditional, linear storytelling; you prefer plays that emphasize plot & character over style & presentation.

Also Well-constructed, designed, performed but not for everyone -- see dist... Read more Read less

82
Bonnie's Last Flight
East Village
Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy interactive theater or surreal/absurdist comedy, or are looking for lighthearted fare.

Don't see it if You're a stickler for solidly written, thoroughly plausible drama (it's neither)...or you dislike interacting with performers.

Also I had fun at the show and came out feeling "definite thumbs-up!" Think... Read more Read less

72
Red State Blue State
West Village
Funny, Disappointing

See it if You like stand-up comedy or Colin Quinn.

Don't see it if You give much thought to the ideas expressed in jokes...some in this show are dubious.

Also Yes, I laughed - although not as much as my fellow audience members. W... Read more Read less

87
Entertaining, Great staging, Resonant

See it if you want an ORIGINAL adaptation of this familiar tale. Uses the basic concept & characters but changes enough so it's not the same old story

Don't see it if you're not sympathetic to issues related to social & economic justice, gentrification, community building, etc.

Also This is a completely up-to-date version, with Scrooge a greedy landlor... Read more Read less

55
Emma & Max
Soho/Tribeca
Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You're curious about the filmmaker's theater debut (or a big fan of his), or you can't get enough of satires of overentitled affluent whites

Don't see it if You don't like plays that consist more of monologues than dialogue. You've had enough of satires of overentitled affluent whites.

Also I wish the story were told with more "back & forth" (dialogue, interac... Read more Read less