Joe Cab

Union City | 35-49
About:  Longtime Broadway fan who took his Stimulus money & bought '15' show tix. It's amazing just a few decades ago U could a SRO seat on Bdwy for 99 cents. ACTORS could go C Marlon Brando 10-15-20 times. Where R those prices NOW Producers?? Anyway, I appreciate this site for all the reviews from REAL peo... Read more Read less
Reviews (230)
99
During previews
Verrrrrrrrrrrrrrry sarcastic approach to politcally incorrect situations, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, This is a hard watch & u better be prepared to learn something about yourself
March 7th, 2022

See it if I'm a cinephile so I'm used 2what this play's doing. In France, this is a "button-pusher, & the Audience is a TARGET not a friend. Ouchie!!!

Don't see it if Skip if U want to be politely entertained. Each scene is like a punch in the face, & if U can't take a punch then don't go. NOT 4the timid!!

88
The Dance of Death
East Village
Great writing, The actor playing the capt/lt was born 2play those roles (moreso than ian mckellen on the bway), Great acting, Funny, Absorbing
March 5th, 2022

See it if Something about the turn-of-the-century writers of Old makes their work so Special, so important, no matter how low the budget. Words-work!!

Don't see it if Don't see if U have a happy marriage, cause the two main characters of this play LOATHE each other to the point of hilarity. Sarcasm 101!!!

49
During previews
Great acting, Cliched, Glad i picked up tix early (or tried to) literally had to go get a booster to get in?, I wish i'd known the front door person was so strict on vaxx booster shots!, Ambitious
March 4th, 2022

See it if Front door person nearly ended my chance to see the show due to VERY strict Covid guideline -infection rate is nearly under 1% but NOT HERE?

Don't see it if Don't go if U don't have BOOSTER proof, I literally had to run to a walk-in clinic & get boosted to get IN? WTF? Fans of Irish rep ONLY!

69
Thought-provoking, This is the backstory that could be turned into a banjo-musical (but not an opera), Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious
February 25th, 2022

See it if I was watchin this man talk about closets & I immediately thought of Marie Kondo. This show could be a musical WITH ACTORS (not him or her)

Don't see it if Bad acting by a millionaire who can play SOME songs but mostly likes to talk about his odd but somewhat interesting life as accountant-CEO??

69
Get there early so u can learn a whole new language? irish, Great singing, Disappointing, Theater nerds or pure irish need only buy tix 4 this torture session, Dated
February 22nd, 2022

See it if Any1 remember those Irish kitchen-sink melodramas that were popular in the 2000s. Well this 1 is a throwback. So get out yer Irish 101 notes

Don't see it if Don't go to see this show if U R sensitive to the COLD, cause there was NO HEAT the night I went. Brutally cold even with a jacket on. WTF??

86
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great singing, Still waiting for my 3 wishes, genie? ;p, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining
February 21st, 2022

See it if If U like sitting in a theater full of mostly unvaxxed kids then anything from Disney will please. All the elements of the movie but LIVE!!!

Don't see it if If U R still Covid paranoid then maybe stick to the adult shows for awhile. Kids are scary, masks fall down and parents don't seem to care?

69
Completely "tone-deaf" production that whoopi goldberg would luv?, Great acting, Funny, Cliched, Ambitious
February 16th, 2022

See it if I think this casting indicates what is a major problem w/ this show & Y they cast black for Jewish. Cause like Whoopi Goldberg, they're dumb

Don't see it if Don't see if you are Jewish unless you want to be infuriated.

69
For a previous production
Great singing, Dated, Cliched, Ambitious, Kid stuff that only parents should be made to sit thru
February 14th, 2022

See it if I had to leave early because the children in the audience kept pulling down their masks or taking them off.

Don't see it if Don't see if U fear Covid. Superspreader? Not sure. But not safe enough for me to stay thru to end.

69
Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious, But i had to tune out the limited story which i knew from tabloid reading over the years. keep the music. cancel the bio, Loved hearing the songs, watching fun peeps dancing in their seats while granniys grimaced
February 9th, 2022

See it if See if I sum this up using MJ song titles: "Wanna Be Startin Somethin" "Workin' Day and Night" "BAD" "U Can't Win" "Tabloid Junkie" "2 Bad."

Don't see it if If U like MJ's MUSiC go, get drunk, dance in your seat, annoy every1 around U that did not drink b4 entering the theater. Ignore them & plot

Also Other songs (LOTS):... Read more Read less

76
Fugitive Colors
Brooklyn
Slow, Fluffy, Great acting, Funny, Dated
February 2nd, 2022

See it if Gallery Players presents the world premiere of FUGITIVE COLORS, a new play by Barbara Vanosky Anderson IN PARK SLOPE, BK. Not based on book?

Don't see it if Don't go if U R not of age unless U R interested in Senior Citizen issues. Like similar fare, the comedy veers from hilarious to bittersweet

69
Not the lesbian-nun fest i was expecting, but still funny!, Quirky, Edgy, Funny, If u've seen the new film benedetta this is the sequel u need to chill your nun fears!
January 30th, 2022

See it if OMG, the Catholic Church is takin a hit this year. From the Roxy's "Nun-sploitation" movie fest 2 the BENEDETTA lesbian-plague & NOW THIS!!!

Don't see it if Don't go if U R Catholic, or at least a lapsed 1. Leave yer Priest at home. Cast of 4 does an amazing job but this ain't NUNSENSE. 2-long-2!

90
Through the Fire
Midtown E
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, A new star is in town and he's from the dr, but it won't be long till he moves to the bway!!
January 30th, 2022

See it if GO NOW!! Or regret not going later!! Believe me, this guy is John Leguizamo-going on-Denzel Washington level talent. Whoever found him, GBU

Don't see it if If U don't like continually intense storytelling with NO BREAKS! 90 min, no intermission, but halfway thru U find yourself catching breaths!

Also Transitions pleez! Intermission PLEEZ! I needed to catch my breath. I ... Read more Read less

79
Old-time melodrama w/ a sneering villain & many asides to aud -great fun!, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful
January 27th, 2022

See it if The so-called STAR (from WICKED) was OUT for the matinee, but her understudy was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good I soon 4got whatshername was not IN.

Don't see it if Don't C if U don't understand turn-of-the-century melodrama rules. Audience participation (like hissing the villain) makes it FUN if U do IT

88
During previews
I'm not jewish but i feel i understand judaism lots more now!, Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining
January 24th, 2022

See it if How is THIS not on Bway. Seriously, w/ shows closing right-&-left & these brave souls OPEN NOW? 1st-rate cast & direction script-cuts NEXT??

Don't see it if If U like yer plays w/ no intermission & under 90 min then U came to the wrong show. Lehman Trilogy covered 150 yrs but this show's overlong

88
During previews
I landed in ms. rashad's eyeline & immediately burst into tears, u never get that emotion from virtual theater., Relevant, Must see, Edgy, Great acting
January 21st, 2022

See it if FOUR actors. ALL very very good. I wasn't sure about the script at first but it had me gripped by the end of the show. Ms. Rashad is a gem!!

Don't see it if Don't go if U R a white supremacist, Y would year care about Detroit factory workers in the 1st place. Don't go if U like large casts, only4

83
Rock of Ages
Midtown W
Full disclosure: i saw the movie in a theater, not the show. tom cruise version!, Great singing, Funny, Disappointing, Entertaining
January 12th, 2022

See it if If U grew up in the 80's practically everything comin out of the radio back then gets a spotlight here. Plot is negligible, but show ROCKS!!

Don't see it if If U didn't like RENT this will be too loud for U. Also, the audience tends 2be mostly drunk millennials so if U don't drink, Y come 2this??

88
Great staging, Entertaining, Confusing, Best restoration of all the theaters on the bway -plush!!!, Ambitious
January 12th, 2022

See it if WIth dozens of actors, FIRE onstage, etc. the former home of the infamous "Spider-Man" musical is once again biting off 2much 4 a "play"??

Don't see it if Don't C if you've NEVER seen an HP movie or read a book by the author. If U do go, get a mezz, loge, seat NOT orchestra. There's turntables!

79
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, The bar is not open for an lsd show (get loaded b4 the show), Entertaining
December 30th, 2021

See it if No open bars, pity. Get your high b4 reaching the theater since they have left the aud unhigh & dry. Otherwise the funniest work of Art EVER

Don't see it if Don't see if U hate BEAUTIFUL scenery, gorgeous costumes, tapdancing, actors named Yazbeck or CARMEN CUSACK!! Yes, if Art & Acid appals dont

90
Fences (Broadway)
Midtown W
Profound, Romantic, Great acting, Great writing, Full disclosure: i saw the 2016 movie starring denzel & viola davis&
December 24th, 2021

See it if On stage a play's dominated by the metaphor that is the set, but in films the actors take precedence & this is a duo 4the ages: Denzel/Viola

Don't see it if I guess if U R a racist U should stay away from all-black-cast plays. Y watch a show that will make U uncomfortable? No lynchin's here massa

90
Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining, Pre-hamilton fun with a guy named usnavi??, Full disclosure: i saw the 2021 movie version
December 24th, 2021

See it if The show that put Puerto Rican culture back on the map, especially non-gang life (re: West Side Story). Lots of great music for BOTH genders

Don't see it if Don't see if U R a Lin Manuel hater (& U know who U R). If you don't like songs featuring women doing beauty salon-ing or non-white peeps??

90
Must see, Funny, Great singing, Entertaining, Once in a lifetime experience (& she ain't gettin any younger!)
December 24th, 2021

See it if Perfect pairing of the Ultimate theater geek (at the piano) with the ultimate DIVA (in fine form). Y R READING this?? GET OUR TIX NOW!!!!!!!

Don't see it if Well if U don't like Patti, her politics, or her singing style then Y R checking it out? And if U don't like Sondheim then click NEXT!!

89
Finally a 1-lady show where the writing is par excellence!!, Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Delightful
December 21st, 2021

See it if Is there sex during a Pandemic? Prolly not much, but this show is a great placebo for sex-starved folks. Look at Candace Bushnell's legs too

Don't see it if Don't go if U hate FUN. Especially don't go if U R expecting man-hater insults & sarcasm cause this Lady is a true lady & treats lovers well

69
The Humans
Midtown W
Full disclosure: watched on showtime, Great writing, Disappointing, Great acting, Funny
December 17th, 2021

See it if So here's what happens a show becomes a HIT in a small theater & the run sells out. U end up streaming it. Which isn't all bad, but the NRG?

Don't see it if Don't watch if U hate family-oriented comedy. I prefer wife-vs-hubby banter like MRS DOUBTFIRE, so the fam thing eludes me. NYC apt gags too

69
Hear/Now: LIVE!
Midtown W
And now 4 sumthin completely different!, Funny, Disappointing, Entertaining, Ambitious
December 10th, 2021

See it if 1st off, IF U R a billionaire interested in supporting the Arts, ADD the Keen co. 2your LIST. THEY R thinking outside of the BOX post-Pandem

Don't see it if Don't go if U can't stand the idea of a watching a show WITH YOUR EARS. Yes, U have 2put on your listening ears & USE your imagination. Ouch

95
Preparedness
Soho/Tribeca
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Clever
December 9th, 2021

See it if THIS ENDS DEC. 11th, GO NOW!!! PACK THE PLACE cause this show needs 2b EXTENDED STAT!! Grab your nearest teacher friend & take them 2 it 2!!

Don't see it if Don't C if U find dealing w/ "active shooters" on school campuses too disturbing. Def don't GO if U don't like having your MIND BLOWN!!!!!

79
The Alchemist
Midtown W
Disappointing, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious
December 1st, 2021

See it if Ever heard the phrase, there R 2 sides 2 every story: This was my 2nd time visiting the show, but I was denied entrance because I complained

Don't see it if B4 the show I told the bldg mge it was my 4th time at the venue & I had bad knees & called her on the lack of working escalators (Where ...

Also ... did the Save-Our-Stages thousands of grant money dollars go?? Into... Read more Read less

68
Approval Junkie
West Village
No names or real person photos in a show with a screen for animation that's 2d just like her, Banal, Like the lady speaking, this show is shallow, Disappointing, Mistitled 1 woman show should be called ego junkie
November 22nd, 2021

See it if R U a producer of Art? Then U know how hard it is 2get a stage in the Village & even Playbills 4yer show. But 4 the idle rich it's a snap!

Don't see it if If U want 2c an actor-writer-radio personality speak w/o a mike & w/o a trained voice then this is your show. All others stay far far away.

69
Great singing, Funny, Full disclosure: i streamed it, Entertaining, Clever
November 20th, 2021

See it if Some peeps R sayin this is SO BAD it's GOOD? I think the early scenes R best w/ a newbie in among the Royals. As time passes tragedy follows

Don't see it if GO SEE the movie SPENCER with Kristin Stewart which says it ALL (w/o singing). THEN stream the musical. And then, if U R still satisfied, GO

69
Morning's at Seven
Midtown W
Great writing, 4 aging sisters that r the correct age (or older?), Great acting, Funny, Entertaining
November 20th, 2021

See it if This could be the very LAST TIME U get 2C these performers on stage. See them now or read their obits later. Give them a reason 2get UP&LIVE

Don't see it if If U don't like family rivalries and betrayals, then steer clear. Prefer old actors in the old actors HOME and not on a stage. Prefer YOUNG?

76
Slow, Overrated, Great singing, Cliched, Dated
November 20th, 2021

See it if For Bob Dylan fans who R tired of goin to BDconcerts where he mumbles the words. Now the lyrics R intelligible though your mileage may vary?

Don't see it if Hate Dylan music, Y even consider it. If U LOVE his songs and hate new arrangements of his music.

88
John glover as leonato & pedro pascal as don john, Lily rabe as beatrice & hamish linklater as benedick, Great writing, Great acting, Funny
November 20th, 2021

See it if The Public always succeeds with Shakespeare's comedies and every1 rises to the occasion. Wonderful perfs.Also features Brian Stokes Mitchell

Don't see it if As good as Outdoor theater gets in NYC. Every summer more theater history is born. Don't like bugs & the theat of RAIN, then stay the F away

69
Great acting, Translation by tony kushner & add. music from jeanine tesori, Entertaining, Dir. by george c. wolfe & starring meryl streep, Ambitious
November 20th, 2021

See it if 08/09/2006. A date written on my heart. My 1st or 2nd time seeing Meryl Streep on stage in an unforgettable role. Brilliant performance.

Don't see it if Outdoor theater means the audience is continually under threat from bugs & possible rain (plus Wind). Say prayers or light candles b4 ticket

Also I could lavish more praise and maybe someday when I actually have the ... Read more Read less

74
Uh ... well ... full disclosure: i never won the lottery so i streamed it :(, Must see, Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining
November 19th, 2021

See it if What can Bsaid about the musical that made DIVERSITY real on the Bway. Black actors playing historical figures instead of the usual whites!

Don't see it if If U R racist or a Trumper stay the away from this one. If U R a member of the Royal Family U should kno that 1 of yer ancestors is villain?

96
During previews
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Uzo aduba is a force of nature -make sure she's there 1st (buy your tix on the day), Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Cliched
November 19th, 2021

See it if Only Uzo's 2nd show on the Bway is further evidence of Bway racism. THIS WOMAN was BORN for the stage. Her cleavage (I sat in the 3rd row)

Don't see it if ... nearly knocked my MASK off!! I could not take my eyes off UZO! Don't C if U don't sandwich-fetishism. Ron Cephas underused.

Also At an UMO-free preview the Standby was at a loss. UZO ADUBA however is... Read more Read less

94
During previews
A Sherlock Carol
Midtown W
Drew mcvety nails sherlock holmes like u have never seen b4, Amazing team from the actors 2 the dressers (quikchangesamaze), Great acting, Funny, Clever
November 12th, 2021

See it if OMG!! What "Chicken&Biscuits" is to Black Comedy "Sherlock Carol" is to British comedy. I'm sure Charles Dickens is rolling in his grave ...

Don't see it if ... from LAUGHTER!!! Go C-this NOW b4 the Big Newspaper reviews send ALL the doubters to the BO 2buy up ALL THE SEATS the #am after it opens

Also My only critique is that the show runs 100 min PLUS an intermission. D... Read more Read less

69
Autumn Royal
Chelsea
Under-directed & weird use of sfx throughout, This script needs stars, tho this pairing works in parts, Disappointing, Maeve higgins is a great find for the irish rep, John keating is irish acting legend with dozens of credits but his take on "the spectrum" falls short
November 10th, 2021

See it if The pairing of Keating & Higgins is inspired, but the director fails to bring the two character actors to the next level. Script needs STARS

Don't see it if Don't go if U hate Irish slang and wish the Rep would've installed a supertitles projector instead of all the other weird SFX visuals 4 show

49
Two legendary stage actors staring out into a c of faces (no masks?), Sadly, diversity casting spoils the "surprise", Great acting, Entertaining, How is actors equity allowing an unmasked staff to run a show??
November 8th, 2021

See it if IF U R A TRUMPER, this theater company is with U. NO MASKS on any1 in the theater unless they choose (on their own) to wear 1. Y's this AEA?

Don't see it if UNBELIEVABLE that the strictest union on Covid19 allows this show to exist under today's precautions. Shaw-lovers def DBL-MASK it! Closing??

Also THIS SHOW SHOULD BE CLOSED immediately and the Gingold Theatricals mgm... Read more Read less

62
What's wrong with show? 2 words: garth kravitz (his acting style is decades older than his younger co-stars & he looks way out of place, Funny, Clever, The supporting cast is great!!, Ambitious
November 8th, 2021

See it if Wonderful game supporting cast being undermined by LEAD perf who is no longer stage-ready. His Tony credit is bogus, bit part IN Tony-winner

Don't see it if Don't see if U R a FAN of Andrew Cuomo or illegal imprisonment-COMEDIES. Producers avoid THUG retaliation by keeping it light & funny. WRONG

91
During previews
Lachanze & chuck cooper fans this is the 1 2c!!!, Great singing, Great acting, Clever, Entertaining
November 4th, 2021

See it if Bar is CLOSED at this theater AND it's a comedy, but the audience still LAFFED hysterically. MUST-C for theater lovers who like rehearsals!!

Don't see it if Don't go if U hate backstage stories. Especially avoid if U hate laffing audiences & find constant laughter irritating. PLUS Lachanze SINGS!

69
Gender shift also shifted the overall sound of the show (bass-turned-alto-soprano) why???, Disappointing, Lots of over-acting, actors trying to "break" co-stars 4no reason other than cheap laffs, Entertaining, 2nd case (4me this wknd) of a director interfering w/ the basic intent of a show
October 31st, 2021

See it if Started great until the plant was revealed to be SPOILER ALERT a femme. NOT a good choice by the director. Y not a butch female dentist, eh?

Don't see it if I can't believe the still-living owners of this material allowed it 2b so badly mistreated by gender reorientation. How bout a 3-dude chorus

55
Part of the cast is disabled & they are mostly wonderful (no longer in the shadows), Great singing, Great vid clips & supertitles pull the audience into the era of mccarthyism, Edgy, Epic director-fail, this brecht-oriented show violates the 1st rule of propaganda perf: no acting
October 31st, 2021

See it if Show-Score lists an older prod. of this show but NOT the current 1 at A.R.T. theater on the West Side of Manhattan running thru Nov. 20th

Don't see it if Excellent cast of disabled men & women (mainly gawjus ladies) has been mistakenly directed to "ACT" agit-prop material from Brecht. WTF??

88
Believe or not, at this stage of previews this musical is for adults, not kids, I think robin williams would have stayed alive for the last 7 years if he had known the movie was being made into a bway musical, Hilarious, Great acting, Funny
October 30th, 2021

See it if Robin Williams would be 70 yrs old this Fall, & even tho he would be too old to play the role he would LUV-LUV-LUV seeing Rob McClure's perf

Don't see it if Don't go if U don't laff at physical humor or have no sense of humor whatsoever. Just stay away, this cast feeds on laffs like lions on meat

Also I haven't laffed this hard at a preview since HAIRSPRAY the Musical. I... Read more Read less

69
Overrated, Great staging, Great singing, Disappointing, Entertaining
October 26th, 2021

See it if I originally bought tickets of a $99 seat at the Hudson theater. THEN the producers got greedy & decided to make MORE MONEY in a BARN!!

Don't see it if They transfer'd the show from the Hudson to The St. James BUT had NO IDEA how to transfer the tix. I had paid $99 & they offered $69 xchange

69
Great writing, Great acting, Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious
October 24th, 2021

See it if The writer Wallace Shawn is a genius, but this time he hides his message in a dense script that is less a story than a message 2the POOR.

Don't see it if Don't see if U R wealthy or a billionaire, because this subversive script is encouraging the Poor to rise up & take away your riches forever

69
Clever, Overrated, Disappointing, Great use of "ringers" to make those ten minute off-the-cuff raps seem oh so "naturally selected"
October 18th, 2021

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??

95
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing
October 10th, 2021

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
October 10th, 2021

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

85
Anaïs mitchell is everything to this show, so if u already luv her then ... go!!!, Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining
September 18th, 2021

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?

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)!!
September 16th, 2021

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
Drunk Shakespeare
Midtown W
Overrated, Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining
August 29th, 2021

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.