Joe

Summit | 50-64 | Male

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Reviews (33)
10
Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid, Raunchy, Slow

See it if you like any garbage that's crass, relentless, and oh so "edgy" (or so it purports to be).

Don't see it if you enjoy music because what this show calls a score is painful to the ears.

100
Absorbing, Intelligent, Must see, Riveting, Intense

See it if you are an Albee fan because it's a great production of one of his best plays and if a terrific trio of actors thrills you.

Don't see it if you are a fan of musicals or easy-going theater because these will not be your idea of a fun night out

90
Hangmen
Chelsea
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Riveting, Must see

See it if you're a fan of McDonough because he is back on track after A Behanding... and if you appreciate great ensemble acting.

Don't see it if you find foul language, violence and black humor offensive.

92
During previews
Great writing, Delightful, Entertaining, Must see, Masterful

See it if you enjoy the Golden Age musicals because this is the perfect example one- a loving homage to the original production's staging and design.

Don't see it if if you need musicals that are heavily Sondheim influenced or if melody gives you the hives because this score has it in abundance.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if you enjoy stirring drama with an emotional punch and sprinkled with humor. It's written by a master and performed beautifully.

Don't see it if you have a difficult time listening to two hours of steady dialogue because a Miller play can be boring if it is not "heard" by its audience

88
Candide
Upper W Side
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy terrific staging and great music, the kind no one writes for the theater anymore, and you appreciate a mix of satire and silliness

Don't see it if operettas are not to your liking.

73
Dead Poets Society
East Village
Entertaining, Cliched, Fluffy, Dated, Clever

See it if you enjoy stories with which you are familiar and comfortable and if you enjoy seeing how a movie can be cleverly squeezed onto a stage.

Don't see it if you expect great things from the production because, while entertaining, nothing is new or terribly exciting on stage.

88
Quietly
Chelsea
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

See it if you enjoy solid acting and a story that resonates today.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy typical Irish theater, which is more telling than showing. There is a great deal of storytelling in the show.

90
Delightful, Funny, Refreshing, Quirky, Great acting

See it if you enjoy musical comedy in the classic tradition with terrific performances, a tuneful score and top notch lyrics. A delight.

Don't see it if you expect to see a perfect musical because after a terrific first act, the second act loses some steam.

89
Bright Star
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you cherish original musicals with melodic scores beautifully sung by an excellent cast - and if you're a sucker for tearful, happy endings.

Don't see it if sentiment and blue grass music give you hives.

78
Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if you enjoy the off-beat musical with non-melodic, edgy music.

Don't see it if you prefer musicals with melody and if kids' singing are like nails on a chalkboard to you.

69
The Royale
Upper W Side
Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy plays told a theatrical way and with a solid cast

Don't see it if you have seen this kind of story before because it brings nothing new to the table.

85
Ironbound
West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Quirky, Intense

See it if you are interested in seeing a masterful performance by Marin Ireland and likable, albeit flawed, characters

Don't see it if you prefer plays with ambiguous endings that can lead to discussion and debate after the show.

83
Delightful, Funny, Fluffy, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy a show with a quirky bent, outrageous performances, a silly folk-tale story, and innovative, theatrical direction.

Don't see it if bluegrass music is not your thing and over the top performances are nails on a chalkboard to you

85
Blackbird
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a theater fan who does not mind feeling uncomfortable and disturbed after seeing a show with incredibly real performances.

Don't see it if you are enthusiastic about, and generally more entertained by, frothy musicals and comedies.

85
Entertaining, Dizzying, Great writing, Romantic

See it if you can get past a small, lovely musical directed at a frenetic, breakneck pace for the ADD crowd.

Don't see it if you cannot get past a small, lovely musical directed at a frenetic, breakneck pace for the ADD crowd.

84
Dada Woof Papa Hot
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You enjoy good acting and can ignore an overly sentimental ending.

Don't see it if You have a bug up your ass about white upper middle class gay characters

32
Disappointing, Overrated, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if your idea of a good time is watching people having fun while you know that 3000 people were being murdered in America.

Don't see it if you find watching people having fun while you know that 3000 people were being murdered in America offensive.

85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting, Riveting, Great staging

See it if you appreciate star turns because Rylance delivers and if you are patient because it wake a bit to start moving.

Don't see it if you are more inclined to quickly paced light entertainment because it is a little heartbreaking and slow moving times.

85
Edgy, Great staging, Riveting, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy musicals that are out of the norm, tell their stories theatrically, and are visually and musically exciting.

Don't see it if you are easily swayed by critics and find it difficult to block out their harsh criticisms, which enable you to form an opinion of your own

78
Man From Nebraska
Midtown W
Great acting, Intense, Quirky, Slow

See it if you appreciate good solid acting, and you can get beyond the very slow moving first third and some implausibilities in the script.

Don't see it if you enjoy the typical Letts' play because this is a slow burn and heartfelt, unlike his others, which is not a bad thing at all..

95
Great singing, Great writing, Intelligent, Exquisite, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy musicals that are innovative, stirring, beautifully designed and superbly performed.

Don't see it if you enjoy fluffy musicals with scores or stories with which you are already familiar and,as a result, make you feel warm and fuzzy.

55
During previews
The Present
Midtown W
Excruciating, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you like Chekov and can tolerate a modern twist on one of his lesser plays and don't mind looking at the ugliest set Broadway has ever seen.

Don't see it if you are bored by talk, talk, talk and little else until act two, which is better, but it does not redeem itself, especially at 3 hours.

50
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Dizzying, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you are amused with pyrotechnics in the theater and enjoy the leads shouting power ballads ala American Idol

Don't see it if you are interested in story because anything worth telling is smothered in a big, bloated, noisy, ugly production. Mantello's nadir.

89
For a previous production
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you enjoy a political story that is ultimately, and surprisingly, quite moving, especially when performed by an outstanding cast.

Don't see it if you have a problem listening carefully because keeping track of all the characters (on and off stage) can become a bit confusing.

80
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Ambitious, Refreshing, Confusing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you enjoy great choreography and want to see a dazzling cast tapping their hearts out

Don't see it if expect a great script because, while somewhat informative, it's confusing and convoluted, losing its chance to tell a compelling story

70
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Cliched, Disappointing, Romantic, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if you enjoy low key musicals written in the traditional sense but with a feminist slant

Don't see it if you expect something new and prefer a score that is exciting and varied.

88
American Psycho
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Original, Riveting

See it if you look for musicals that are surprising daring, and refreshing with innovative sets, direction, choreography and a great lead performance

Don't see it if you are into traditional musicals with AABA scores, boy meets girl plots and finales tied up in tidy little bows,

92
The Crucible
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you enjoy classic drama that has been given a 21st century facelift.

Don't see it if you would prefer the play in period costumes and are a stickler for classics done traditionally,

98
The Humans
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you are a fan of plays that invite debate and discussion after the show

Don't see it if you find find symbolism pretentious; however, and more importantly, if you have a family member suffering from dementia, it could be tough.

65
Insipid, Overrated, Fluffy, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if you are highly amused by "in" references that make you feel as smart as the people on stage and smarter than half the crowd around you.

Don't see it if you think stuffed cod pieces and winks at the audience are tired cliches and scenes with dancing omlets are sophomoric.

90
Prodigal Son
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you are looking for an absorbing drama to pull you into its story and for an outstanding performance by its young leading man.

Don't see it if you are not a Shanley fan because there is some familiar territory here.

92
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you appreciate terrific acting. The cast down the line is superb.

Don't see it if have no tolerance for shows longer than 90 minutes. It runs 2:45 and I would cut -maybe - five minutes.