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 (79)
80
Otto Frank
East Village
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Intelligent, Absorbing
January 24th, 2023

See it if you enjoy solo performance, are interested in Anne Frank, are interested in the intersection of Jewish and African American history.

Don't see it if you only love musicals, hate solo performance, need a lot of staging - the actor sits in his chair the entire show.

Also Fascinating to experience how the legendary solo artist Roger Guenveur... Read more Read less

80
Indulgent, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
January 10th, 2023

See it if you enjoy experimental theater and monolgues, spare staginf and if you are a fan of and knowledgable about King Lear.

Don't see it if you are not familiar with the basic plot of King Lear, hate monologues or experimental theater.

Also Tim Crouch is a very watchable performer. I wish this piece was presen... Read more Read less

80
A Little Life
Brooklyn
Excruciating, Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Great acting
January 5th, 2023

See it if you love intense theater, insanely committed performances, violence and blood on stage, and novels adapted for the stage.

Don't see it if you cannot bare intense violence (including sexual violence) and blood onstage, are not willing to read supertitles, hate long plays.

Also International Theater Amersterdam probably has the best ensemble of ac... Read more Read less

90
Hamlet (BAM)
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great staging, Great acting
January 5th, 2023

See it if you love great acting and an astounding performance of the title role, love Shakespeare, are okay with reading supertitles or know German.

Don't see it if you don't like reading supertitles (assuming you don't speak German), don't like radical takes on Shakespeare, you hate Shakespeare.

Also Such a brilliant central performance and a great staging with really s... Read more Read less

95
Great music, Entertaining, Must see, Great staging, Great singing
January 5th, 2023

See it if you love musicals, you're a fan of Greek mythology, you enjoy inovative staging and choreography, you enjoy a moving story beautifully told.

Don't see it if you hate musicals.

Also Took a kid who is into Greek mytholody to see it and the loved the sho... Read more Read less

79
1776 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great singing
January 5th, 2023

See it if you love radical rethinkings of classic musicals, are a fan of the 1776 score, love hearing women/folks traditionally not cast in the roles

Don't see it if if you hate musicals, hate 1776, hate radical revisions and rethinkings of classic musicals, hate American history.

Also I saw an understudy in the role of Rutledge, who sings the song "Molas... Read more Read less

95
Quirky, Great writing, Hilarious, Great singing, Great acting
November 20th, 2022

See it if you love musicals, love a great score you will leave the theater humming, love quirky off-kilter story lines that are laugh out loud funny.

Don't see it if you hate musicals, are turned off by shows about deeply disfunctional families, are offended by A LOT of cursing, hate quirky characters.

Also Kimberly Akimbo was the most fun I've had at a musical in a long time.... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Must see, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing
November 20th, 2022

See it if you love Fiddler on the Roof, want to see an intimate staging of a Broadway classic, love Yiddish/Jewish theater, love musicals

Don't see it if you don't want to read English supertitles, hate musicals, hate Fiddler on the Roof, you need fancy or opulent costumes and scenic design

Also Have loved the Yiddish recording of Fiddler from the 1960s and it was ... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Resonant, Relevant, Must see, Hilarious
July 19th, 2022

See it if you love stand up comedy, enjoy very Jewish comedy with contemporary resonance and want to laugh until you cry.

Don't see it if you hate stand up comedy, don't like solo-shows, are expecting to see a play as opposed to a really smart and funny stand up routine.

Also The show is for everyone, but it is very Jewish and perfect for Jewish... Read more Read less

75
Convoluted, Indulgent, Entertaining, Great dancing, Great singing
June 29th, 2022

See it if you love musicals set in a historic period, love dance-filled musicals, anthemic musical numbers and several very strong performances.

Don't see it if you hate musicals, you don't like overly convoluted plot lines with too many characters in a historic time period.

Also I saw Joaquina Kalukango's standby Aisha Jackson who was good, but can... Read more Read less

90
Great staging, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious, Delightful
June 29th, 2022

See it if you want to see a classic play brilliantly staged, a hilariously great central performance of Sabina the maid. The puppets were a delight.

Don't see it if you don't like 3 hour long straight plays with something to say about the world.

82
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking
June 29th, 2022

See it if you want to see great lead actors in a thought provoking intense play.

Don't see it if you hate straight plays or plays with challenging subject matter - pedophilia - sometimes played for the comedy. You expect strong design.

Also A treat to see the original acclaimed leads revisit this modern classi... Read more Read less

80
Great staging, Quirky, Funny, Delightful, Clever
June 29th, 2022

See it if you love Mo Willems's books, enjoy experimental approaches to staging plays and are a fan of puppetry.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of shows for kids, the use of live video on stage, don't like the Mo Willems source material.

Also Went on Father's Day and was delighted by the innovative staging by Ma... Read more Read less

95
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Funny, Ambitious, Clever
June 29th, 2022

See it if you love Sondheim musicals, witty design and a great ensemble of actors working in sync in a contemporary revision of a classic.

Don't see it if you hate musicals, or are a traditionalist in how Company should be performed. You aren't interested in musicals about contemporary life.

Also Early in this revival's run there were critiques of Katrina Lenk's voc... Read more Read less

80
Refreshing, Long, Clear story telling, Great acting, Great writing
June 29th, 2022

See it if you want to experience a very clear telling of Hamlet, with unfussy performances that allow you to understand the meaning of the words.

Don't see it if you do are not a fan of Shakespeare or of long productions. It is 3hr 45 min long with two intermissions and act 1 is 2 hours long!

Also I've only seen a handful of productions of Hamlet and this one had the... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Good acting, Slow, Disappointing, Great choreography, Great dancing
April 18th, 2022

See it if you enjoy performed poetry, dance, monologues about the experience of women of color, want to see a legendary play (choreo-poem) on stage

Don't see it if you don't like poetry, monologues, dance or are uninterested in the subject matter.

Also Was REALLY looking forward to seeing this classic, which I had never s... Read more Read less

90
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting
January 16th, 2022

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
January 14th, 2022

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
December 16th, 2021

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
December 9th, 2021

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
December 3rd, 2021

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
November 22nd, 2021

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
November 17th, 2021

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
November 10th, 2021

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
November 10th, 2021

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
November 4th, 2021

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
October 21st, 2021

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
October 14th, 2021

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
October 14th, 2021

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
December 3rd, 2019

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
December 3rd, 2019

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
December 3rd, 2019

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
December 3rd, 2019

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
December 3rd, 2019

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
July 31st, 2018

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
July 16th, 2018

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
July 16th, 2018

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
May 10th, 2017

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
April 13th, 2017

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
April 3rd, 2017

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
March 22nd, 2017

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
March 22nd, 2017

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
February 24th, 2017

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
February 24th, 2017

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
February 22nd, 2017

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
February 21st, 2017

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
February 21st, 2017

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
February 21st, 2017

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
February 21st, 2017

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
February 21st, 2017

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