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 (168)
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

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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

75
Derren brown is a very charming fellow, but more "illusionist" than mentalist, Thought-provoking, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Derren Brown has a 'Secret' but the only way to 'really' learn it is to attend the show more than once. He has other secrets too ... yours!!

Don't see it if Don't see if you can't keep secrets nor wish to reveal any. Skip if U don't like improv-oriented shows that require audience participation.

69
During previews
Not for all tastes, two scenes in particular -not for pet-lovers or pro-lifers, Riveting, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if 4 women take the stage & then go out of their damn minds to fulfill the rituals of their "Dead Leaders Club." Only for those seeking risks.

Don't see it if Don't see if you are a sensitive person, especially concerning animals or humans. Has some lesbian kissing in too, but the shocks are earned

Also Oh, lastly and somewhat important, there is a long monologue near the ... Read more Read less

88
If u haven't seen this by 10/27/19 (& u r over age 40) your bucket list will be missing a must-see, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if There's no good reason 4 this Show to be closing (R Baby Boomers dying?) cause the music of Carole King is timeless -along w/ a funny script

Don't see it if IF U R 2 young for early pop music & rock'n'roll artists like Neil Sedaka, The Drifters, The Chiffons, etc Adultery & mental illness upset U

79
Tony-winner lena hall joins an already extraordinary cast!, Great acting, Great singing, Funny, Ambitious

See it if Went BACK! Got a better seat & had a much better time! The music was great both times, but stay away from House right: blinding onstage lite

Don't see it if If U aren't familiar w/ Jim Steinman's pop-rock power-ballad style of music then U may not enjoy this as much as those raised on it.

Also Note: I originally saw BOOH from the front row of the Balcony (BAD ide... Read more Read less

69
Dying City
Midtown W
Slow, Great acting, Dated, Mary elizabeth winstead holds the stage well, time to up the degree of difficulty, Absorbing

See it if Fans of streaming TV hits like "Fargo" & "BrainDead" should be satisfied w/ Mary Elizabeth Winstead's NY stage debut. But she can do more ..

Don't see it if Don't see if U don't like 2-handers? (2 of the 3 roles are played by 1 actor). Be sure to get the "hearing devices," may lose words #DICTION

79
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Raunchy, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if In 2001, I saw an outdoor prod. of The Seagull w/. Meryl Streep & Kevin Kline. This indoor version (w/o A/C) is intimate fun, a REAL family!

Don't see it if IF U don't like a lil diversity in casting AND technique (1 guy shouted his lines, another too soft to be heard). If no A/C is an issue.

79
Quirky, Warning: naked young man (front&back) appears (welcome to old off-bdwy), Edgy, Maggie siff will be '45' in june, but looks much younger in play (not miscast, just too gorj), Great acting

See it if 20 yrs after its debut, CotSC is still relevant as the scammers go after the unwary (again). Worth seeing for David Warshofsky's perf as dad

Don't see it if If you don't like Sam Shepard plays but are curious, then U could do much worse. If U abhor stage nudity then skip. Gross ref's to animals 2

69
During previews
Robo-penis finale, stay till the end?, Nathan lane monologue with interruptions from his co-stars, Watchable mess, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You might like this if you have a real good seat and a sense of humor that appreciates rhyming verse channeled through the Three Stooges.

Don't see it if Don't C unless some-1 that knows your sense of humor recommends U see it. Beware of "revenge recommendations" that hope U will hate it too.

Also SPOILERS: Grand finale of the show is a chorus line of FIVE male dance... Read more Read less

69
Sex Object
Chelsea
Disappointing, Funny, Edgy, Finally a creative team that brings narcissism & masturbation to the stage??, Title indicates sexual premise, but goes for humiliation??

See it if Foursome (2 couples) takes the stage (at times) & tries to set off sparks with middling results. "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" - NOT! :(

Don't see it if Don't see it if U R prudish & don't wish to see various "sex toys" exhibited but rarely used to any comic effect (& NO sexual effect AT ALL)

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.

66
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Quirky, Disappointing, Funny, Great ensemble cast sabotaged by weak 1st act, Ambitious

See it if Welcome to 1975 (do Millennials know who Nixon was). In any case, no1 under age 50 will get the 70's jokes or a Keanu Reeves-clone as McBeth

Don't see it if Skip if U R a Shakespeare purist. Or if U have not recently viewed the film "Scotland,PA." If a boring 1st act isn't worth a lively 2nd act.

Also I don't know if was a directorial concept or what but the singing in t... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Indulgent, Live sex on stage (lights on!), Raunchy, Great acting, Funny

See it if If U find negativity funny then this story of a newly divorced misanthrope works ("Guy talk" scenes esp.). Then he turns Casanova ... how??

Don't see it if Don't see if U don't like onstage sex & full-frontal nudity w/ the LIGHTS ON! (This puts Frankie & Johnny to shame). Very anti-Republican 2

69
Perfect Crime
Midtown W
Get a seat in the 1st '5' rows for best results, Funny, Overrated, Biggest problem is the theater: bad acoustics (& only 1/2 the actors projecting), Confusing

See it if It's hard to believe this show opened in 1987 w/ NINE actors. It's since moved around in '7' odd venues & has been whittled down to 5 actors

Don't see it if If U can't get a 'close' seat U may be straining to hear & losing Catherine Russell whenever her character sits down (NOT a raked stage??)

Also Catherine Russell (as Margaret) and Robert Newman (the Detective) have... Read more Read less

69
During previews
LOVER
Midtown W
Resonant, Great acting, Aka "everything u wanted to know about lois but were afraid to ask?", Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if This One-woman show is worth a 2nd look (1st caught a preview). NY auds force actors to commit, even when playing an autobiographical part!

Don't see it if If U find deplore listening to a woman review her life with 20-20 hindsight, or can't relate to the biography of a Jewish American Princess.

Also Lois plays several roles, including her mother (comical), father, past... Read more Read less

85
You'll laff more than at any other comedy this season!, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Audra mcdonald & michael shannon r "over-cast" but still worth seeing

See it if 4get the 2-minute sex scene at the top of the show, this is a funny 2-hander that'll bring back memories of all your previous 1-nite-stands

Don't see it if You are a big prude (15 sec. of Michael's butt and a similar left-boob look at Audra's). Some F-bombs. Don't find low-class romance funny.

Also Playwright Terrence McNally has a real 'ear' for the way regular peopl... Read more Read less

69
God of Marz
Midtown W
'2' game actors visit the red planet ... but one is waiting 4 them., Quirky, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if Athletic young cast set adrift in a spacy play that uses 1 set, some astronaut costumes, video, & music to hold the flimsy script together.

Don't see it if If you've seen the advertising, then know that "sizzling romp" are the last 2 words U would use to describe this play. If U hated 2001, well

90
During previews
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful

See it if Never thought I'd see a MAAN that would top Kenneth Branagh's film version, but this one does it & adds a R&B groove too! LAFF FEST to boot!

Don't see it if If U R a Shakespearean purist U may object 2 song additions/substitutions as well as a few modern day additions to the characters. Go anyway

Also Note: I went to the 1st Preview and the weather was perfect, so try to... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Burn This
Midtown W
Romantic, Great writing, Edgy, Funny, Great acting

See it if Well, the top reason to see this revival is the perfect cast of '4'. In 1987 show John Malkovich won DD & Joan Allen got the Tony. Repeat!!!

Don't see it if Very talky show, monologues become rants quickly. Easy to 'hear' but not always easy to 'understand' due to the rapid-fire speaking.

Also Excellent casting. I first saw this off Broadway with Edward Norton as... Read more Read less

69
Great acting, Funny, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if One-man show that is somewhat immersive with the actor (of TV's Dexter) talking and not talking to the audience. A bit repetitive (shorten?)

Don't see it if If you are uncomfortable with a performer wandering into the audience but does it more than once. If you don't like jokes that are repeated.

69
During previews
A cast of thousands? as per its "community" style, Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Songwriter-singer shaina taub is a rising star, broadway next??

See it if Blending Shakespeare with original music has been a hit/miss endeavour in years past, but this version is more hit than miss. Bway vets help

Don't see it if IF U like your Shakespeare PURE then this may not be 1 for you. But if U are willing to listen to the Bard's words musicalized then play on!

Also Some sample song excerpts:... Read more Read less