jo299

New York City | 35-49 | Male
About:  Theater goer when not busy theater making. Love all types of theater/performance from big Broadway shows to foreign works at BAM and La Mama, everything from new experimental plays to classic works reimagined.
Reviews (63)
90
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like comedies, enjoy new plays which have something to say about society, are a fan of Lynn Nottage’s work.

Don't see it if you only like musicals, are not a fan of contemporary American plays, are not interested in plays about formerly incarcerated individuals.

80
Indulgent, Quirky, Beautiful design, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You love entirely original musicals not based on films or novels, are interested in sophisticated musicals of James Lapine, Michael Korie.

Don't see it if you hate musicals, need strong actioned filled plot, only like pop-rock scores, are not interested in shows set in the 50s dealing with LSD

Also Great tap dancing inflected choreography with one show stopping tap nu... Read more Read less

80
Confusing, Cliched, Great music, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love Bob Dylan's music, enjoy unconventional musicals (a la ONCE), Eugene O'Neill-esque stories, stories set in the great depression.

Don't see it if you hate musicals, hate Bob Dylan's songs, only like light fluffy conventional musicals, don't like dark themed works of Conor McPherson.

Also Love the choreography and dancing in the show. Saw Mare Winningham' an... Read more Read less

90
Fun, Entertaining, Hilarious, Funny, Delightful

See it if you love improv, comedy, musical theater, and audience participation.

Don't see it if you need a strong plot and story (or any plot or story), you hate improv comedy or singing, you dislike audience participation.

Also The show the night I saw it contained a lot of strong language (f-bomb... Read more Read less

89
Cullud Wattah
East Village
Great staging, Intense, Relevant, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you love hugely theatrical plays that both speak to a contemporary issue (in the case the Flint water crisis), are mythic w/GREAT acting.

Don't see it if you only like musicals (though the cast sings at points), you don't like political plays, you don't like Afro-surrealism.

Also Was blown away by the acting. The scenic design is phenomenal - the fi... Read more Read less

79
Gnit
Brooklyn
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Hilarious, Funny

See it if you love: Will Eno and/or Henrik Ibsen's plays, dry comedy and actors who can pull of such material. Enjoy contemporary reworking of classic

Don't see it if you don't like dry comedy, or line delivery by actors that is intentionally flat. If you only like musicals, need your Ibsen very faithful

Also Loved the first half. Felt the play faltered in the second part (thoug... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you love: straight plays, wonderful acting, historic plays w/ a timely message, feminist plays, seeing great musical-theater actors in plays

Don't see it if you only like musicals not plays (though there are a few moments of singing), dislike plays from the 1950s revivals, or talky plays

Also LaChanze and Chuck Cooper are amazing. Felt that Michael Zegen in the ... Read more Read less

95
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you love documentary theater, if you are a fan of verbatim theater, great lead performance and a though provoking story.

Don't see it if you only like musicals, you don't like experimental work, you aren't a fan of short plays.

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Masterful, Great acting

See it if you love brilliant virtuosic ac ting, multi-character solo-performance, and a good story well told.

Don't see it if you don't like solo-shows or you only like musicals.

85
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing

See it if you love intelligent musicals which are timely and resonant with our political moment, and include some memorable lead performance.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, only enjoy fluffy escapist entertainment, are not a fan of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's work.

Also Chanukah plays an important role in the plot of the musical and the sh... Read more Read less

100
Dana H. (Broadway)
Midtown W
Edgy, Must see, Great acting

See it if You love: virtuosic performances, experiment theater, documentary/verbatim theater, short plays, challenging subject matter.

Don't see it if you only like musicals, you are looking for something funny and light, don’t enjoy documentary/verbatim theater, are triggered by violence

Also The play was deeply unsettling and profoundly moving.

100
Hilarious, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny

See it if you enjoy madcap comedy, Shakespeare comedies and adaptations of his plays. If you plays centering on the African diaspora in Harlem.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy Shakespeare or only enjoy Shakespeare productions which are faithful to the original play. This is very much an adaption.

Also It was magnificent to be back in person outdoors in Central Park at th... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Delightful, Great acting, Quirky, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you love the Wooster Group or have never had an opportunity to see this legendary company before. If you love Brecht or experimental theater

Don't see it if you hate experimental theater and non-naturalistic acting. If you don't like plays with music and singing.

Also Kate Valk is one of the great American stage actresses and this produc... Read more Read less

80
Educational, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you love science, want to engage a child in science in a fun and entertaining manner, love science presentations and science experiments.

Don't see it if you require plot, characters and acting. If you hate science or dislike scientific presentations.

80
The Ride
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy unique experiences, are looking for a fun way to experience NYC. Love bus rides and sightseeing tours.

Don't see it if you need a strong plot and characters. Get car sick on buses. Hate sightseeing bus tours.

69
Pip's Island
Midtown W
Cool design, Child-friendly, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You have an extroverted child you are seeking to entertain for an hour. Enjoy immersive shows for kids. Like cool design.

Don't see it if You have an introverted child or a child with sensory integration issues. You expect children's theater to be entertaining to adults as well

75
Overrated, Disappointing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of Aaron Sorkin's writing (the expected verbal fireworks were few), enjoy very memorable incidental music, love the book.

Don't see it if You expect a slavishly faithful adaptation of the novel/film, don't enjoy shows were African Americans are the subject but not the center.

69
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Good choreography, Good music, Overrated, Cliched

See it if you like new dance musicals with several memorable songs and strong ensemble work.

Don't see it if you have don't enjoy shows with major plot holes and mediocre lyrics

Also I saw it with Joshua Henry's understudy. He is not African American an... Read more Read less

100
Enchanting, Entertaining, Refreshing, Delightful, Kid-friendly

See it if You love musicals, enjoy Shakespearean plots, enjoy shows that mix professional actors w/ amateur (but talented) actors, love outdoor shows.

Don't see it if You hate musicals, hate being outdoors, loathe Shakespeare (though the language here is largely adapted.)

Also Really wonderful show to take kids to. Arrive to theater early, as the... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Kid-friendly, Great singing

See it if you are looking for a show to take a child to see, you enjoyed the movie, you enjoy a show with lots of spectacle.

Don't see it if you hate musicals or hated the movie.

Also Took a 7 year old to their first Broadway show and the LOVED it ("bett... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Moving, Romantic, Resonant, Funny

See it if you love wonderful middle eastern inflected music, deeply moving performances, and character driven musicals.

Don't see it if you hate musicals, only enjoy "big" song and dance musicals, need a lot of action...this a Chekhovian musical.

Also As a Hebrew speaker, there were definitely several moments where it wa... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Overrated, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy seeing wonderful (and famous) actors in plays, love Ibsen's original play, enjoy comedies with ideas in their heads.

Don't see it if you hate straight plays, are not a fan of Ibsen (or are unfamiliar the original A Doll's House), are offended by strong language (F.. etc.)

Also Very funny play. That said, though I intellectually understood the hig... Read more Read less

90
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Great staging, Epic, Ambitious, Must see, Masterful

See it if you love phenomenal design, operatic staging of a straight play, are a fan of Eugene O'Neill's plays, and strong acting.

Don't see it if you hate the color yellow.

Also In my limited experience of O'Neill (primarily seeing The Iceman Comet... Read more Read less

80
That Physics Show
Midtown W
Entertaining, Quirky, Kid-friendly, Dizzying, Clever

See it if you have kids who enjoy cool science experiments, enjoy shows with no plot to follow & audience participation, love science.

Don't see it if you expect to go to a show that has a story or plot to follow, you hate cool science experiments, you don't have kids to take along with you

Also Took a 6 year old, and she LOVED it and would give the show a 100 rati... Read more Read less

100
Chess Match No. 5
Midtown W
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Must see, Great acting, Experimental

See it if you are a fan of experimental theater, a fan of John Cage or of Anne Bogart/SITI Company. Enjoy spectacular sound design and unique lighting

Don't see it if you only like musicals, narrative plays, hate experimental theater or require plot and characters to enjoy a performance; You hate John Cage

Also Find Anne Bogarts essays and lectures on theater deeply inspiring, but... Read more Read less

80
The Light Years
Midtown W
Great staging, Ambitious, Enchanting, Resonant

See it if you enjoy visually stunning productions, enjoy plays about the creative process resonate with you and wonderful acting.

Don't see it if you can't tolerate very loud noises (there are electrical shock booms throughout), only like kitchen sink realism, hate devised theater.

Also I took a 6 year old who is recently interested in inventions to see it... Read more Read less

100
Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Epic, Must see

See it if you love unique music-filled productions compellingly dealing with American history. Enjoy shows that involve the audience.

Don't see it if you hate shows requiring audience involvement, are averse to drag performance & a bit of nudity, You need traditional plot driven narrative.

Also Only caught two 3 hour sections of the show. They were two of the most... Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Great staging, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you're interested in Ibsen, drag, and solo performance. If you want to experience early work of ambitious new drag/solo performer Kev Berry.

Don't see it if you hate experimental theater, drag or solo performance. If you hate Ibsen or expect a strong emotionally resonant narrative arc.

Also Felt like a mansplaining of Nora, A Doll House, and feminism in genera... Read more Read less

80
During previews
The Penitent
Chelsea
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Confusing, Intelligent, Stilted

See it if you love David Mamet's style of writing and acting, enjoy plays that stimulates the mind if not the emotions, enjoy Jewish themed works.

Don't see it if you don't like straight plays, hate David Mamet's work, require deeply emotionally engaging acting, are averse to non-method acting,

Also Have read about David Mamet's approach to acting "where the actor's jo... Read more Read less

80
On The Town
Midtown W
Great staging, Delightful, Slow, Romantic, Fluffy

See it if you love musicals in general, & old classic dance musicals in particular. You love beautiful dancing, silly plot, & triple threat actors.

Don't see it if you hate musicals, hate or bored easily by long balletic dream sequences, need more than a thin stretched out plot and a great score.

Also Incredible to hear the amazing Leonard Bernstein score played by a ful... Read more Read less

100
Great staging, Great singing, Great writing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you love musicals, especially dance musicals, You enjoy musicals with a strong social message or spectacular dancing.

Don't see it if you hate musicals or dance musicals. If you hated the film, probably best to skip it. If you really loved Margaret Thatcher.

Also Saw the London production.

90
Ghosts
Brooklyn
Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you love classic plays in general and Ibsen plays in particular. If you enjoy powerful performances & traditional stagings of classic plays.

Don't see it if You only like musicals, hate classic plays or Ibsen, or if you only enjoy more innovative or edgy stagings in revivals of classic plays.

Also Wonderful performances, but thought there was more to mine in the rela... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if you love incredibly dramatic and laugh out loud funny family plays with spectacular acting and great writing.

Don't see it if you don't like straight plays, are averse to strong language and adult themes.

Also Original cast was amazing. Great to see it later in the run with Phyli... Read more Read less

95
The Normal Heart
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Intense, Profound

See it if you love non-musical plays, plays dealing with AIDS in America in the 1980s, great acting, and a script the burns with fiery passion.

Don't see it if you only like musicals, dislike polemic works, aren't interested in work dealing with AIDS, are averse to shows dealing w/the gay experience

Also Very powerful to meet Larry Kramer after the production as he personal... Read more Read less

85
Hair
Midtown W
Great singing, Great staging, Raunchy, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if you love musicals, especially rock musicals, beautifully staged with some audience interaction.

Don't see it if you hate musicals or rock musicals, are averse to raunchy subject matter, nudity, or some audience interaction.

Also Saw the show first at the Delacorte theater in Central Park and later ... Read more Read less

96
Old Hats
Midtown W
Hilarious, Masterful, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love clowning and great music, and want to see two master clowns at work up close.

Don't see it if Hate clowning, need a strong narrative plot, hate music and lack a funny bone.

Also Took a 5 year old to see it and they had a blast at the show, especial... Read more Read less

100
Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Must see

See it if you Stephen Sondheim musicals, if you enjoy radically rethought and revelatory productions of classics, if you love epic performances.

Don't see it if you hate musicals or Sondheim musicals, you are easily confused by non-literal staging or hate John Doyle's approach of actors playing music

Also A breathtaking production on all levels.

80
Blackbird
Midtown W
Intense, Great acting, Edgy, Slow, Raunchy

See it if you love dark straight talky dramas with intense acting and great plot twists.

Don't see it if if you had straight plays or are averse to shows dealing with pedophilia, sexual abuse and violence towards women.

Also Two daring edgy performances by Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams.

89
The Royale
Upper W Side
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you love straight plays dealing with sports or with race relations in America, love compelling staging and wonderful magnetic performances.

Don't see it if you hate straight plays, have an aversion to plays dealing with Boxing or race relations, or to plays where men a shirtless at points.

Also Compelling drama beautifully staged. Though set in the past, had much ... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Raunchy

See it if you love rock musicals, enjoy shows dealing w/teen issues, love a great score and fresh innovative staging performed by talented cast.

Don't see it if you hate musicals, hate rock musicals, dislike shows where songs don't move plot forward, are averse to sex and cursing on stage.

Also Saw original production at Atlantic Theater Company.

90
Entertaining, Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if you love hilarious British comedies performed by a talented cast.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy straight plays, don't like comedies, or don't like British comedy.

89
Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you love Shakespeare plays, enjoy reconceived classics w/all female casts, love outdoor theater on a beautiful summer night in Central Park.

Don't see it if you hate Shakespeare plays or plays with heightened classical language, if you don't enjoy plays where women play all the roles.

Also Took a 5 year old to see it and they were entranced from start to fini... Read more Read less

90
Runaways
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Confusing, Thought-provoking

See it if you love musicals, particularly ones with a strong socially conscious message, if you love the works of Liz Swados or enjoy shows with kids.

Don't see it if you hate musicals, hate shows with kids in them, are confused by unsupertitled Spanish at moments, or only like fluffy escapist musicals.

Also A beautiful rocking tribute to the late great Liz Swados!

75
The Golden Bride
Financial
Great singing, Dated, Fluffy, Romantic, Overrated

See it if you love Yiddish theater, enjoy operettas and musicals, don't mind reading supertitles, enjoy a lush score played by a full band.

Don't see it if you don't like operettas, don't like reading supertitles, don't like shows in foreign languages, like modern or edgy staging of old works.

Also Enjoyed the score and most of the performances and felt lucky to see a... Read more Read less

79
Public Enemy
Midtown W
Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you love straight plays, enjoy relatively traditional updates of classic plays, love Ibsen, enjoy thought provoking plays.

Don't see it if you hate straight plays, classic plays, or Ibsen. Don't like modern dress productions of classics or color/gender blind casting.

Also Nilaja Sun's interpretation of Mrs. Stockman was one of the best I've ... Read more Read less

100
The Christians
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing

See it if you love straight plays grapple in a deep way with religious faith and doubt, enjoy strong performances, and strong writing.

Don't see it if you hate straight plays, are not interested in plays dealing with religion and with Christianity in particular, do not enjoy talky plays.

Also Definitely a play to find the script and read if you can't make it to ... Read more Read less

100
YOUARENOWHERE
Financial
Ambitious, Great staging, Must see, Profound, Masterful

See it if you love experimental theater, want to experience staging that will genuinely shock and delight you, enjoy plays that deal with our humanity

Don't see it if you hate experimental theater, don't enjoy plays that weave in scientific theories, are averse to plays were actor is shirtless throughout

Also Brilliant brilliant production. One of the best things I'd ever seen.

85
Clever, Great singing, Hilarious, Fluffy, Great staging

See it if you love musicals, enjoy a bluegrass score, hilarious staging, and wonderfully sung comedic performances by a well integrated ensemble.

Don't see it if you hate musicals, if you don't like musicals which veer from a classic Broadway sound, or if you are in the mood for something sincere.

69
A Life
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Profound, Slow, Excruciating, Banal

See it if you like straight plays feauturing both masterful acting and excruciatingly slow sequences focusing simultaneously on the banal and profound

Don't see it if you don't like straight plays, if you don't have patience for looong painfully slow sequences where both nothing and everything happens.

Also I wasn't sure if I was watching the worst piece of theater or somethin... Read more Read less

80
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if you're a fan of straight plays, love great acting, enjoy politically resonant work, & want to see a modern classic staged by its playwright.

Don't see it if you don't like straight plays, plays dealing with Apartheid era South Africa, don't have patience for beautifully written but talky plays.