Joe Cab

Union City | 50-64 | Male
About:  Longtime Broadway fan in need of a lottery win so I actually AFFORD to go to see a show. It's amazing just a few decades ago U could see a "talkie" in the movie theater for a buck and U could get a SRO seat on Bdwy for 99 cents. Anyway, I appreciate this site for all the reviews from REAL people as ... Read more Read less
Reviews (187)
69
Clever, Overrated, Disappointing, Great use of "ringers" to make those ten minute off-the-cuff raps seem oh so "naturally selected"

See it if IT was great to C Let's Make a Deal TV host doing Xtra long raps cause he's an Xtra guy. The human Beat box & solo fem-singer added to show.

Don't see it if Don't see if U don't like being "tricked" into believing these are actual TEN MINUTE LONG raps that haven't been rehearsed a million times??

100
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if JUST GO!! One note: I noticed that SOLD SEATS (prolly to scalpers went unfilled, so at the 1st intermission moved from my CHEAP SEAT!!

Don't see it if GO if U like seeing the Laurence Oliviers of our generation Sir Simon Russell Beale. Other 2 ACTORS Top notch. If U miss this U will regret!

85
Anaïs mitchell is everything to this show, so if u already luv her then ... go!!!, Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if ALL I CAN SAY IS THIS: Buy a frickin ticket in the Mezzanine or else U won't see any1 go down down down under the stage to Hadestown. Got it

Don't see it if Don't see if myths-made-real R confusin 2U. Also, there's a lot of singing, & lots of reprising of songs, so many that the Program gives UP?

69
Drunk Shakespeare
Midtown W
Overrated, Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Not an improv show, but one that has been done so long w/ the same people that it gives the appearance of being made up on the spot. Cheers!

Don't see it if Don't C if U don't like the F-word or being forced to shout it yerself. Not for Shakespeare purists either, the bard's words R-just-a-guide.

69
During previews
Overrated, Indulgent, Edgy, Great acting, Funny

See it if In the 1st 2-1/2 min of play, the N-word is spoken '15' times & the F-word about '5'. More profanity than every other play on Bway combined?

Don't see it if Don't see if U don't know what U R about to see. Research it, watch the Steppenwolf prod on PRIME (no charge-4-members). LIVE is 10x in10se!

69
The final robe costume worth the price of admission, too bad there was no story to go with it?, Indulgent, Slow, A one hour audition for the met?, Great singing

See it if "A Charmed Life" should add (Mostly) to the title because the Diva's story did include a dear friend lost to AIDS. Somehow, no #BLM moments?

Don't see it if Not an Opera fan? And if so, U better like CARMEN cause a good chunk of the show is dedicated to it. Casting peeps for The Met call 4 comps?

84
In & Of Itself
Gramercy
Must see, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you like close-up magic w/ a bunch of philosophical observations thrown this may be your guy. If he asks 4 volunteers for ANYTHING say NO

Don't see it if Don't see if U're expecting David Copperfield or if you prefer more magic than talking. Also, audience participation starts from the get-go?

85
Resonant, Edgy, Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if I did not see Nick Blaemire play 'Jon'. I saw the City Center Encores -Off Center! version w/ Lin Manuel Miranda as 'Jon' -June 2014 BOOM!!

Don't see it if If U don't like seeing Leslie Odom, Jr as 'Michael' or Karen Olivo as 'Susan' then U R crazy [Showscore needs to add these Off Center shows]

69
Indian Summer
Midtown W
Overrated, Fluffy, Great staging, Great acting, Cliched

See it if If you never get a chance to go to the Beach, much less a Rhode Island beach like in the story, at least U can feast your eyes on white sand

Don't see it if If U don't like veteran actors like Jonathan Hadary stuck in minor roles on raked stages doing monologues about ... what? Jesus? WW2? Death?

82
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if Two Tony-award winners Nathan Lane & Brit-actor Andrew Garfield carry the show, but in totally different ways. NL gets the laffs & AG tears

Don't see it if Don't see if U are homophobic or would be uncomfortable seeing a man running naked around the stage with his manhood flopping up & down.

88
Life has imitated art as the 3-tony nominees have left the group like their real-life counterparts (but a lil quicker?), Expect some pre-temptations songs at the open, & some supremes hits later on, not just t-music!, Over 30 great singers have been in (& out) of the 5-man singing group since 1964!, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if I saw this 3/4/20 after 2 main cast members departed in Feb (should have done my research?). Show is still intact w/ great voices aplenty!!

Don't see it if Hate Motown? Skip it. Hate shows that let Berry Gordy off the hook? Skip it. Hate jukebox musicals (a la "Beautiful") w/ some backstory ??

Also 1st-HIT: The Way You Do the Things You Do 2:39... Read more Read less

69
Rules of Desire
Midtown W
The 'felicia' character shows how to stand your ground, tho she does strip to bra&panties. but no sex, cpo harvey weinstein!, Indulgent, Great acting, Christopher sutton plays the porn-programmed cpo & has 90% of the lines in the show. "waiting for godot"s lucky should be next for him?, There's no real or faux sex, just a lot of intimidation.

See it if I heard a lot of conflicting reviews about this show, but you'll only be offended if you're not a 'guy'. Porn talk is pretty normal for us.

Don't see it if Don't go if U R expecting a "sex show" or nudity. Most of it is talk-talk-talk, but it could offend people that are inexperienced sexually.

Also The PLAYROOM theater must have been an old strip joint before Actors-E... Read more Read less

66
Edgy, Great acting, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if 3 doors in the rear of the stage are your 1st clue that there are 3 stories going on AT THE SAME TIME. This is Mamet cubed, if U can keep up

Don't see it if Don't watch from the front row if U go, & be prepared to wait out awkward silences 2 allow others 2 speak since scenes occur simultaneously.

Also First time seeing actor Carla Gugino on stage (her character is import... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Fantastic cast, but beth malone steals the show!!, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Know this, Molly Brown's episodes w/ the Titanic briefly make up the start & finish of the show. The main story is about Molly & her hubby!!

Don't see it if Skip if U don't like old-fashioned musical revivals. Also the stage seems a bit small for an orchestra pit & U may worry 4 the safety of all

Also 9-piece orchestra sounds glorious in such a small Off-Bdwy theater way... Read more Read less

69
Look Back In Anger
East Village
Looking forward, this revival needs a bit more anger after tea time!, Edgy, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Game cast needs stage combat training after delivering the most silent slap in stage history. Otherwise, a commendable job in a lil space.

Don't see it if Don't see if you're a feminist & despise women living with a anti-equality guy. Also if the title leads U to imagining violence onstage, not

69
Tape
West Village
Indulgent, Somewhat claustrophobic, could've been moreso, Edgy, Game cast of '3' makes u quickly forget film cast of starry uma thurman & ethan hawke, Great acting

See it if I never saw the film (or don't remember it) but StephenBelber's script seems more suited to the Stage than the Big Screen so fans might like

Don't see it if If U prefer large cast shows (only 3 here) or grow weary of watchin a director trying to maneuver actors in a tiny space strewn w/ beer cans

Also Know your Playwright Stephen Belber: "Don't Go Gentle" (Lucille Lortel... Read more Read less

69
This is the group that willem dafoe is from, but he was not in this production., Thought-provoking, Slow, Quirky

See it if Got a good seat for the Wooster Group's new "experimental" theater piece. Checking that off the "Bucket List."

Don't see it if A play that defies what a play is, actors have pre-recorded their lines that they lip-sync on stage. Video is shown many times throughout.

79
During previews
Actor blair underwood makes a strong comeback to the bway stage!, Great writing, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Fine cast puts across the points of the Pulitzer Prize winning play, tho it could've been updated to the next war (or even now). Racism4ever

Don't see it if Whose idea was it 2 do this play in an intimate house WITH MIKES! Especially in a military-oriented show where EVERYONE yells at one another

Also If you are offended by the N-word they only use once or twice even tho... Read more Read less

77
Raunchy, Samoan culture eye-opener features 5 women + 1 trans-person to full effect, Must see, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Do you know your Samoan slang? Study the glossary in the program or just sit back absorb the tribal women's stories. Not for all tastes. Go!

Don't see it if If U can't tolerate shows with undecipherable moments, or group chanting w/ minimal percussion back-up. Cast telling stories direct address.

Also Go to this website vup.victoria.ac.nz/wild-dogs-under-my-skirt for scr... Read more Read less

80
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Romantic, Quirky, Intense, Edgy, Great acting

See it if Edmund Donovan as the mentally disabled son to Judith Ivey (veteran Tony-winning actress) nearly steals the show, but Ivey is in top form!!

Don't see it if Don't C if U don't like 3-act plays that run for hours covering multiple storylines. Don't see if U don't like tragic endings.

Also Odd set involves a separate room being lowered by crane/hoist from abo... Read more Read less

77
Aidan quinn goes from tv's elementary to the signature stage in a play that's ... well ... elementary?, Slow, Great acting, Dated, Banal

See it if Playwright Horton Foote loves his characters, so much so that he carries them from play to play. Longtime fans may get it, newbies good luck

Don't see it if Skip if U don't like tragi-comedies where the hero blinded by complacency finds out (2 late) that he's in deeper than he ever could imagine?

Also Broadway theater-goers may want to see this not only for ex-movie star... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Will eno's 6th off-bdwy play ... 7th time is the charm??, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if Slice-of-life look at how a person (Chris, etc.) comes into their identity, tho each key moment is shown thru different actors over time.

Don't see it if Don't like multiple actors of different gender, race, cultural bgd playing same character. Dislike having to "find" who is Chris (SAY name)!

Also So I tried a little harder on the lottery game & scored an "Off-Broadw... Read more Read less

69
Great cast fills solo roles & group moments w/ joy!, Hilarious, Epic, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if If U find the writings of Gabriel Garcia Marquez a bit daunting then this lively production of ...MACONDO may spur U to try again. Funny too

Don't see it if Skip if characters with impossibly long names bother you, or actors playing multiple characters & switching between solo & group performance

Also If you like lovely ladies, much moreso than usual at the Russian Arts ... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Fur
East Village
Patricia bosworth's book on the love of freaks might help?, Quirky, Indulgent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Oddest of oddball love triangles featuring an animal collector & his prize possession: A Woman covered head to toe with Hair. Not for all??

Don't see it if Adventurous auds only, especially Beatles fans with ideas about copyright infringement. Bald people may feel jealous of the constructed 1zee

Also There are several scenes inolving the eating of raw animals (stuffed o... Read more Read less

84
Power Strip
Upper W Side
Relevant, Intense, Great writing, Edgy, Great acting

See it if I've been making the Off-Off Bdwy rounds (mainly female playwrights) & POWER STRIP is the best of the bunch. Linear story w/ flashbacks. GO!

Don't see it if Don't see if you don't like seeing stories about refugees, paranoia, and romances torpedoed by religious laws & horrifying circumstances.

95
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Sorkin's adaptation really tries-2 close the gap btwn racism then & now. AND, pretty much nails it on the head. Jeff Daniels was born-4-this

Don't see it if I think 1scene could hav pumped up the action a lil more but evrythin is so good I can't complain. Bways Best USA play. Bad news-NO beer??

13
I walked out after 20 min. it was so overacted, like the actors thought it was the 40's, Want to see real acting, go to the lehman bros trilogy on the bway, Ready to get temp checked & answer a literal barrage of questions b4 the show??, The sign in to even get a ticket was interminable, worst covid rules in nyc, If these r equity actors they should shut down equity

See it if OMG, what a nightmare, 1 guy was nice, check'd my vaccine card, THEN took my temp. THEN a granny submitted me to a quiz that is for UNvaxxed

Don't see it if Lastly, the 3rd lady had a thick KGB accent & I finally got my program & was told2 stand in A LINE OUTSIDE -Show starts 20min late -DONTGO

70
During previews
Auds more familiar w/ black culture will glean more from the cultural tales!, Indulgent, Great acting, Funny, Not a totally 1-man show, music is great (but show is mostly talking)!!

See it if Main character in the show is the Narrator who intro's many others, w/ some getting more stage time than others. Harmonica & guitar enhance!

Don't see it if Not for those unfamiliar w/ the gossipy the cultural of small-town life. Drink some coffee b4 the show, the vocal tone may put U2 sleep ...

69
Intense, Edgy, Funny, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if In the 1st 2-1/2 min of play, the N-word is spoken '15' times & the F-word about '5'. More profanity than every other play on Bway combined?

Don't see it if It was filmed 4 Amazon PRIME during a sold-out run @ the Steppenwold theater, which specializes in edgy fare. Find a pal who's seen it 1st

95
U will believe peter mac is judy (about a 1/2 hr in for me), Must see, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if The majority of these reviews were made Pre-Covid. I saw it last nite (7/31) & it's been updated & politicized & IT'S FANTASTIC!! Go NOW!!

Don't see it if Don't see if you're a Trumper or if U don't like drag impersonation. Sure, Peter Mac is a baritone, but the costumes & inside stories KILL!!

93
Great singing, Funny, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting

See it if F-words & N-words galore but this urban "Waiting for Godot" has a fantastic '3' actor cast that makes it palatable. 4get the PRIME version!!

Don't see it if If u're not hip to urban lingo dont go, but this VERSION 2.0 is more Bway friendly w/ acapella songs from OK, Wizard of Oz & more. No breaks

69
Slow, Great acting, Edgy, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if Four femme actors onstage who seem to work in a clothing store, but most of the "work" is done off-stage. A ritual is implied, but not sure?

Don't see it if If you don't like ambiguous small-cast shows and don't want to support new theater companies trying to find a foothold in unusual spaces.

83
Great writing, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if I saw tPoP in 2005 at the City Center in Manhattan by the Gilbert&Sullivan Players. BUT this is a funny show no matter who does it. GO C IT!

Don't see it if If U don't like singing pirates, keystone kops, orphans, a diva named Mabel, & the very Model of a Modern Major General? Hal Linden or no-GO

69
Slow, Overrated, Edgy, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if I came to see Epatha Merkerson (from TV's Law & Order), but this was totally outside even my minimum expectations. Couldn't hear, bad seat

Don't see it if Think notable actors like Merkerson, Daphne Ruben-Vega, Bobby Cannavale, Mos Def, & Peter Gerety can't be undone by a messy script? WITNESS!

65
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Disappointing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Understudy lili thomas was a very good singer but lacking charisma as a storyteller., Went to a 1-person show & one went missing??

See it if If U go to a 1-person show & the soloist is OUT, run to the boxoffice & re-book or suffer nagging doubts about what you missed. Average show

Don't see it if Skip if U don't like alt-pop music that rarely connects w/ the stories told between songs. If U heard about Young Jun Lee's perfs -long gone

Also BIG SPOILER: Playwright-performer YJL does show LIVE here: https://you... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Profound, Must see, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Action shifts back & forth in Time, but justifies the backstory. 30-time Broadway veteran Estelle Parsons has a small but key role. See it!

Don't see it if Skip if U like songs to have choruses instead of listening to run-on dramatic monologues. Also if U R looking for more comedy than drama.

Also Great cast, musical writing style is bit repetitive if you like a good... Read more Read less

77
Dizzying, Great acting, Quirky, If charles busch in drag isn't on your bucket list, then add it!, Slow

See it if Not for all tastes, but if a Man-in-Drag is what you're looking for then you'll find none better than Charles Busch. Need I say more??

Don't see it if Don't see if you haven't filled up on caffeinated drinks just prior to viewing. Skip if slow but melodramatic pacing makes U sleepy ...

69
The #metoo movement practically kills adulterous 60's comedy, Funny, Pop artist suzanne vega nearly steals the show perched on a bar stool, Great acting, Game cast keeps the sex under-the-covers??

See it if Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) was a movie that travelled beyond the bedroom. Musical-remake suffers from limited staging & lack of nudity

Don't see it if Don't see if U thought the 60's was wilder than a modest pair of tighty-whities (Y R they hugging the bedsheet to their chests in an "orgy"?

Also The movie was Rated R, I give this marital comedy on stage a PG-13 at ... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Dana H.
Gramercy
Kudos to actor deidre o'connell for a perfect lip-sync perf!!, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if NOT FOR ALL TASTES!! It's only Feb. & I've already seen TWO shows where the actors lip-synced the lines that they or someone else recorded.

Don't see it if Do not go if U are resistant to this new lip-sync trend. Also, some of the content is very graphic with description of violence & torture.

Also SPOILERS: The original show featured the real DANA H. lip-synching her... Read more Read less

88
Newcomer aline mayagoitia is giving star-is-born perfs - don't miss this!!, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if It's back and it'll be gone by Feb. 16th??? Catch it this weekend if you can, funnier than all the shows on the Bway COMBINED!! Amazing cast

Don't see it if Skip if U don't like to laugh, or laughing AT shows U think are perfect only to have to watch them so juicily skewered. Fans of THE FERRYMAN

Also Hadestown, Moulin Rouge, Dear Evan Hansen, Ain't Too Proud, Everything... Read more Read less

83
A two-hander still finding its chemistry, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Great acting, Funny

See it if This show's bonus, if U R a fan of TV's "Blue Bloods," is actor Len Cariou starring in both, so co-stars are apt to show up in the audience.

Don't see it if 83-yr old "Harry" is fighting alzheimers & maybe LC (age 81) is a lil too. Lots of yelling & awkwardly recalling his sexual episodes w/ wife

88
If u luv queen lesli then this is all the review u need!! just go!!, Fluffy, Great singing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if If U braved the EMOJI movie w/ your kids, then know that EMOJILAND is NOTHING like that movie & not kiddie-material either. Techno-dialogue.

Don't see it if Skip if U don't like zany, wacky characters & prefer your emoticons more realistically portrayed- Really? Tho some of them do get emotional

Also First act is over an hour (so far, saw this in Previews), so hit the b... Read more Read less

69
Slow, Overrated, Great acting, Ambitious, Took a nap halfway into the show, woke up during the tragic ending ... oops!

See it if 2-handers as a rule benefit from the chemistry between the 2 actors. In this case 1 was a Bdwy debut & the other was a veteran of the B-way!

Don't see it if Well, I must have been too far back or more tired that I thought, cause Mary-Louise Parker's voice hypnotized me & off I went to La-La Land?

Also Maybe drink some coffee or soda w/ caffeine before the show. Also try ... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, singing, & religious music!, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious, Overstuffed gift from the uk features yanks campbell scott, lachanze, & andrea martin!!!

See it if WOW!! Forget those mimes a coupla blocks downtown, this new adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic has all the SNOW U need & dialogue too

Don't see it if If U R a Dickens purist U may have problems w/ some edits&additions. Diversity casting as well as cast interaction w/ audience is a bit much

Also SPOILERS:... Read more Read less

79
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if '9' women take the stage en masse to re-set the play in a Nawlins Mardi Gras, but then fan out into their respective characters. Great sax 2

Don't see it if Don't bother if U R a strict Shakespearean scholar & don't like crossgender casting. Or if U don't like a little actor improv mixed in.

68
Actor eileen atkins 8th (& last?) time on bway, but this ain't the killing of sister george :(, Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if Go see 85 yr old Eileen Atkins for the last time. Or as the play sometimes indicates, perhaps she is Dead already?? Who's dead? All of them?

Don't see it if Don't go if U like to know who is dead & who is alive with certainty. At least they change the make-up in BEETLEJUICE, but here any1 or ALL?

Also Remember the movie the SIXTH SENSE with Bruce Willis (SPOILER ALERT), ... Read more Read less

88
For the Girls
Midtown W
Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if They really should have sold the 8-show run as a "package" for fans due to the number of guests that rotated in-and-out each night. Magic!!

Don't see it if If U don't like KC why bother, unless U like 1 of her many guests: CeCe Winans, Chele Wright, Laura Benanti, etc. Also, if U dislike WICKED

Also Guests for Wknd 2:... Read more Read less

77
An Enchanted April
Midtown W
8 actors + piano-man = musical?, Great acting, Great singing, Slow, Romantic

See it if I saw the non-musical version of this on Broadway in 2003 w/ Molly RIngwald as Rose. A simple but easy-to-like story set in 1922. Homesick??

Don't see it if Although some lines R funny, they come in response to marital duress. Enchantment is in the eye of the beholder & mostly women attended.

Also Although still in previews, I'm not sure the current casting will send... Read more Read less

79
There's magic in the air (& patti murin's voice too!), Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if The clock's tickin folks! At the end of FROZEN's 2nd yr on Bdwy it's '2' biggest stars'll be leaving, so don't delay seeing Patti & Caissie!

Don't see it if .. if U R a man who prefers to be seated among same (theater was packed w/ adult women, some kids). If U dislike seeing Special FX on stage.

Also Caissie Levy's voice alone is worth the price of admission, but the ni... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Harvey fierstein is a living legend, catch him while u can (he ain't gettin any younger)!!, Must see, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Bella Abzug was a major force for Feminism in the 70's, so it's kind of ironic her story is being told by a MAN (in the 1st person no less)!

Don't see it if Skip if U don't want to hear a feminist rant, tho U could replace Nixon w/ Trump and it would still apply to today. If U hate his voice??

Also If U don't know your NYC political history then U might want to google... Read more Read less