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 (124)
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
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
Standby nicole van giesen was in as 'heidi' & nailed it!!, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Social media gets its own musical!!

See it if A year-&-a-half on the Bway, but still as fresh & relevant as a TEXT ALERT. Altho several 'Evans' have come & gone it's the tunes that SOAR!

Don't see it if Show will mean less to U if you've never been the outsider, "Waving Through a Window" at the 'real' world. Also, songs R more pop than Bway?

Also Other standout songs include: "Requiem," "You Will Be Found" and "So B... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Genius idea? put classic rock ballads side-by-side with operatic aria's??, Cliched, It's hard to believe artists who have toured the world have so little contact with the audience?, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if ROCKTOPIA vainly tries to unite fans of classical music w/ rock ballads (no backstory as to Y). No songlist in the program so study opera??

Don't see it if Skip if U don't like LIVE concert performers that cannot riff with the audience, basically Sing & walk-off style. Be a fan of slow music too

75
During previews
Ambitious, Funny, This show is available as "andy & the orphans" when male understudy goes on, Disappointing, House is too big to hear all dialogue, be sure to get a hearing device!!

See it if Small cast dealing w/ the huge topic of mental disability in a small dysfunctional family. Lead actor actually HAS Downs Syndrome. Poignant?

Don't see it if EVERYONE is playing an obnoxious character in play, so "Amy" is the only one to root for. Her perf can't fill this House-get hearing device?

88
Must see, Unfettered access to hundreds of portraits/charicatures -photo-op heaven!!, Thought-provoking, Great untold stories of early broadway & where today's stars began!

See it if IF you are a fan of the many stars that Broadway has created, then be sure your cam/phone batteries are fully charged so you can take pics!!

Don't see it if Skip if you mainly interested in newer stars of which there were only a few portraits from stars of recent hits in Shubert theaters only??

72
Ambitious, Play re-imagining the fukijima disaster for the uk should have stayed in the uk!!, Great acting, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if The events following a regional disaster take a backseat to chit-chat, tea, & adultery. Not G.B. Shaw, but Brit-philes may like its 3 stars

Don't see it if If U don't pay close attention U may miss the backstory that lends gravity to this seemingly trivial coded "chat" between 3 retired folks.

Also I think they did the audience a disservice by not having an intermissi... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Must see, Great acting

See it if Count Orsino opens the show w/ 1 of Shakespeare's most famous monologues, "If Music be the Food of Love ... Play on" -and so they do -"PLAY"

Don't see it if If you like the Bard totally traditional then U might not like the additional songs that bring the show to nearly 3 hrs (w/ intermission)

Also Fiasco folks are in fine form with their regular players nailing the l... Read more Read less

49
Disappointing, The real title of the show should be ego, because somebody has lot of balls to put together such a slipshod bdwy show, Indulgent, Only a few xmas carol classics are in the show, the uncredited songlist features "new" tunes for the holidays that have no hooks, no memorable choruses., Slow

See it if HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS-$48-49K (last wk gross)--37% attendance--Avg. ticket price: $13.51. Now that's a lot of comps & No-shows! Word-Is-Out.

Don't see it if Numbers r bad, reviews r bad, & anyone who's seen ANY other Xmas show is shakin their heads. 3 newbie singers cannot carry bad songs/intro's

Also If inexperience is a cardinal sin, it shows on the faces of all the pe... Read more Read less

49
Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Fluffy, Raunchy

See it if Shows about stand-up comics are un-funny as a rule. This 1 takes on the rom-com genre & proves that the same goes for romance. Needs depth??

Don't see it if Skip if U like comedies to actually be funny. Don't go unless U R already a fan of stars Max Crumm, Paul Molnar & Lucy DeVito (tru-troupers)

Also Lastly, you just paid for a long one-act, but not long enuf at 55 min ... Read more Read less

69
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if Sept. 14, 2008 -The day this Jukebox musical opened & it's still running 9 yrs. later to full houses of grinning lil old ladies. Don't scoff

Don't see it if If you don't like pop songs from the 50's & 60's (see list below) or all-female casts (4 cuties). If U don't like audience interaction also

Also FACT: when this show opened future Tony winner (for "Come From Away") ... Read more Read less

73
Ambitious, Over "30" numbers, 12 included michael xavier, sadly he was out?, Entertaining, More 10 o'clock numbers that you can shake a stick at (2 much of a good thing?), Great singing

See it if Well, Harold Prince's PRINCE OF BROADWAY closed today but I got to see the show a coupla weeks ago. Solid cast of Bdwys best plus great nos.

Don't see it if If you don't like revues, even with very familiar material, U might be overwhelmed. Too many complex characters for too small a cast. 2much!

Also One thing I will say that would've helped this show greatly would have... Read more Read less

66
During previews
Funny, Lisa lampanelli has created a 1/2-stand-up 1/2-ensemble vehicle that still needs some re-structuring, Great acting, The cast of 4 (incl. ll) is a game bunch & the subject of food is near & dear to their hearts (& stomachs), Resonant

See it if If anything, STUFFED! is the most accurately titled show on Off-Bdwy, & easier to put on a marquee than Everything U wanted 2 know bout food

Don't see it if If U don't like hearing women rant about what they can & can't eat. Skip if 4-women trapped on a micro-stage is scary 4 u. Vagina-monos-NOT?

89
For a previous production
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Altho lauren molina was "type-cast" she's still 10 times funnier here than all her skivvies exprerience combined!!, Funny

See it if Hard to believe it's taking only "6" superb actors & "4" musicians 2 turn the Bard's "Measure4Measure" into this funny-tongue-in-cheek romp!

Don't see it if I imagine die-hard Shakespeare-philes could find fault with the re-writing of the Bard's text, but it still rhymes, even when it's not sung?

79
Ashley d, kelley is a force to be reckoned with #starisborn, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Fantastic ensemble cast, run-don't-walk to catch this unique western!

See it if First act was stronger than the 2nd, mainly because the 1st focused more on 'Bella' which showcased Ms. Kelly's considerable skills. See it!

Don't see it if Don't go if U R a racist or cannot accept a 90% black Western. Also, if U cannot suspend your disbelief in regard to fantasy elements.

69
Funny, Great acting, Fluffy, Profound, Raunchy

See it if Haven't seen this much Full Frontal Male Nudity since TAKE ME OUT. Seemed a bit gratuitous as did most of the direction. Great cast tho.

Don't see it if Closes Sun. so unless U're willing to see this year's John Guare revival NOW U can always wait for next year's pick? Mostly for Art-lovers.

88
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Hilarious

See it if Kevin Kline has been on Bdwy 19 times w/ a paltry 5 Tony noms. Time for WIN #3 because this hammy, comic role is the culmination of his past

Don't see it if Don't see it if you hate or don't "get" plays about a life in the theater. And plays that feature intentionally hammy acting to get laughs!

88
Hairy ape has the most incredible "turntable set" u r likely to c in your lifetime (4get les miz)!, Great staging, Bobby cannavale leads a great ensemble cast!!, Great acting, Some male nudity (shower scene)

See it if When U walk thru the doors U no this ain't goin 2b the same-o same-0. Then the lites go out, Expressionistic theater takes over, what a ride

Don't see it if Not for all tastes, stylized dialogue & settings, plus a 1922-style bashing of the upper classes by the below deck workers. Brief nudity too

83
During previews
Ambitious, Rush tix buyers beware: house left seats (8, 10, etc) are severely obstructed by a large tree onstage against proscenium, Entertaining, Must see

See it if Ther' r 7,000 stories in the Naked City but when 9/11 happened those stories were diverted to an airfield in Canada. Amazing ensemble helps!

Don't see it if Don't see if U want stars and solo's, most of the songs are broken down between dozens of characters. If U hate Canadians and related jokes.

77
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Must see

See it if Amazing how a play from the 1920's can resonate when confronting themes like capital punishment, yellow journalism & govt corruption? MUST-C

Don't see it if Don't see if U hate star-studded casts. If U don't like Nathan Lane just go to a matinee, he doesn't (Mike McGrath is brilliant replacement)

69
During previews
Ambitious, Singer josh groban makes bdwy debut in a show that's not about him?, Great staging, Denee benton's bdwy debut has an off-bdwy feel, Overrated

See it if Immersive theater is makin a comebac on Bdwy, 1st THE ENCOUNTER & now "COMET." U could b ON the stage too, tho "last row" mezz has best view

Don't see it if Die-hard Groban-ites may want 2 catch this tho he does lil in the 1st Act. Onstage seating for dozens of immersion fans. SEE IT NOW or DON'T

69
During previews
Confusing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Rachel weisz back on a nyc stage, is there anything else u need??

See it if IF you are familiar with playwright David Hare then U know U've got your work cut out as audience member. See the movie or READ the play 1st

Don't see it if This is a weirdly adult play with one sex scene, a naked girl painted as a 'tree' & a naked male to start the show. Not for the prudish.

75
Fluffy, Must see, Epic, If u like triple threats, cats has the most on bdwy, Great staging

See it if Just went back to see it w/ 75% of the orig. revival cast REPLACED! Good news, they R a spot-on energetic group that NAILS the choreography!

Don't see it if U really need to bring your imagination to this one. U have to believe they are CATS (in wigs, in spandex, dancing & singing). Bucket List??

Also All U want to do is get to that "Heavyside Layer" if U're a "Jellicle ... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Great acting, Closes sunday aug. 14th - catch it while u can!!

See it if How many times have U had an opportunity to see ANY production of TROILUS & CRESSIDA, nevermind a 1st rate showing of a 2nd-rate Shakespeare

Don't see it if MUST-SEE for Bard-o-philes and those willing to sit thru a young romance in order to witness one of the most violent battles ever staged!!

77
During previews
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

69
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy, In ensemble roles, hill harper & dierdre friel steal the show!

See it if Very much an Off-Broadway show with expected elements of how whacked-out life can become, even in the waiting room of a funeral parlor. Okay

Don't see it if Do not see if you believe in the sanctity of the funeral ritual, especially with regard to the offstage aftermath of "The Lady" of the title

Also Basic low-brow humor that would play well in a dinner theater, only th... Read more Read less

73
Ok bard-ophiles, u know the drill: it's faeries vs. lovers vs. mechanicals, Funny, Mix of veteran actors & newbies keep shakespeare alive!

See it if Die-hard Bard fans are in for some chuckles, especially from the experienced band of "Mechanicals" that steal the show w/ Pyramus & Thisbe!!

Don't see it if IF you are a stickler for appropriate vocal volume, 1 of the veterans thought he was performing in Central Park. A bit prudish costuming 2??

85
Thought-provoking, Must see, Absorbing, The bway is a business first, tho making money isn't the endgame?, Probably your one & only chance to get the hard facts from the horse's mouth, do this one 1st!

See it if In gambling there's a statistical chance that you "might" win your money back, but with Bdwy it's 100% risk. Get with Jessica, she knows all

Don't see it if If you prefer to blithely think that musicals "magically" appear on Broadway, the numbers will erase the innocence of putting on a show.

69
Ambitious, Latin history 101 should be mandatory!, Thought-provoking, You'll get more laffs if u understand latin slang, Almost enuf dancing to be qualified as a musical?

See it if Not a history lesson for morons as much as a "book list" for those who don't want to be morons on Latino history. More edifying than funny.

Don't see it if Skip if you don't like being lectured on the slow extermination of the Aztecs, Incas, & Latino's as a whole. Skip if U don't speak Spanish.

Also If you're not up on Spanish slang, then skip the show and head to the ... Read more Read less

68
Disappointing, Raunchy, Actually raunchy is a bit harsh, but there is nudity and a dry-hump on a couch. shock value only, Slow, Golden globe winning actress chloe sevigny is good but much of the play she is left in a side bedroom watching tv -wtf??

See it if There's RIOT going on in midtown at the Signature, but it's long slog down the sidewalk to 10th av, then a long slog till the aforesaid riot

Don't see it if If you aren't a BIG fan of Chloe Sevigny or bare-chested boys, then skip it. Seems like a Sam Shepherd wannabe wrote it, no cigar. Great set

Also One thing I would like to add it that THE SET by Derek McClane is an a... Read more Read less

85
For a previous production
Great acting, These actors are fearless as they continue to doggedly complete a murder mystery with the whole world falling apart around them -literally!!, Great staging, Hilarious, Must see

See it if If U have been in or seen a show where something unexpected goes wrong onstage but the actors ignore it & keep going -this is THAT show x100

Don't see it if Don't see if you can't tell the difference btwn what should be happening onstage & what should NEVER happen! Otherwise U'll miss the jokes!!

Also IF this is how funny the show is after the British cast left town, I c... Read more Read less

88
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Edgy, Must see

See it if This is 1 of those shows where either U get it or U don't. Luckily, I got it! This isn't your daddy's PETER PAN, this is an insane revision!

Don't see it if If U don't have an open mind & imagination much of this will fall flat. Flying w/o Foys & Frenchmusic interludes notwithstanding, NOT4kids

Also "Remember not to bite your nails" may seem like a forgettable line, bu... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Great writing, Overrated

See it if In 2013, actor Michael Urie won the Drama Desk for solo perf, now he's ready to compete in the Lead Actor category. See it now or pay Bdwy $

Don't see it if This is 3 hrs (w/ 1 break) of one-liners & family melodrama, so if U're a 90 min play type this 1 may be 2 much. Diction-nazis stay away too

Also 1982 was a special year for Harvey Fierstein (the playwright) AND the ... Read more Read less

79
Ambitious, A helicopter landing & a full-sized statue of liberty set = big broadway, Great acting, Katie rose clarke was the 1st (of 2) perfs to get me misty-eyed, Great singing

See it if 99% perfect big-budget musical until that 2-bitter bittersweet ending. Really? Is that the only way to end a Love Triangle? Otherwise GREAT!

Don't see it if Lotsa duets in this show, maybe more than Phantom, so if U hated PotO then U might skip this. Shows a dark side of Viet Nam so there's that!

Also Is it just me or was Eva Noblezada (as 'Kim') singing a whole level hi... Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Edgy, Great writing, Raunchy, Ever wonder if the bard was a feminist, or maybe female? here's a good sampling

See it if A "Peep Show" gets a strange, but somewhat effective, re-vamping as "8" dancer-actors speak a sonnet then Dance in their skivvies. Shocking?

Don't see it if Using exploitation (lingerie-clad hotties) to protest the same is a slippery slope. Some will be offended, pervs will be aroused. No cigar?

69
During previews
Absorbing, 2-hander w/ veteran actors arnie burton & matt mcgrath worth seeing!, Funny, Both funny & sad as the symbolism of "the chairs" deepens the story, Thought-provoking

See it if Saw their 3rd perf. & there were a couple line goofs plus open/closed sign has not been mastered by the cast. That aside, Dietz' play WORKS!

Don't see it if U prefer larger cast shows? This 2-hander may not meet your needs. Solid acting from both, tho theme of AIDS crisis may be uncomfortable 2 u

85
Funny, Andy karl's perf as phil proves there should be a separate tony award for best comedy actor!, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if TWO shows for the price of ONE as Act 1 starts us with snarky Weatherman "Phil Connors" only to b followed in Act 2 by his earned redemption

Don't see it if Don't see if the occasional F-bomb is offensive. I saw the movie so if U haven't then U might want to read some reviews below for others POV

79
I would have given this a higher score but my view was obstructed many many times (don't buy tix house left/odd numbers), Great singing, Great acting, Dead body hangs in from of curtain for most of show & no one thought to cover it up?, Glenn close is 70 yrs old, may be last chance to see her on a bdwy stage?

See it if This is a BIG show & it more than fills up the Palace stage. Glenn Close was in perfect form last night going into the final wknd. C IT NOW

Don't see it if Skip if U don't like old-fashioned musicals w/ a car onstage. Seen the movie? U haven't seen anything, but if U hated the movie U mite pass?

80
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Funny, If u think trump could play caesar, then gregg henry confirms it!

See it if 2 hours + no intermission + a great, game cast + cool, but otherwise perfect weather = FREE Shakespeare in the Park as good as it gets.

Don't see it if Republicans should steer clear of Trump/Caesar & the onstage assassination of said figure. Bloody murder not for kids either, male butt too

69
Ambitious, Ptsd the musical??, Great acting, Intense, Bring granny, it's ww2 all over again!

See it if Easily the darkest musical to come out this season as it follows returning shellshocked vets whose love of music displaces their nightmares

Don't see it if Another Post-WW2 show following WAR PAINT & it's probably geared more to the older crowd. Add Veterans Day parade honorees. All others skip?

77
Two great divas on one stage (why doesn't this happen more often on bdwy?), Dated, Definitely a good play to bring your rich granny to, as for kids? fuhgeddaboudit!!, Great singing, Not so much a play as a biographical work of art (maybe they'll revive it in a museum for millenials of the future??

See it if Patti Lupone doesn't disappoint tho her Polish accent reduces dialogue to key words only. Christine Ebersole matches her note-4-note in Eng.

Don't see it if Don't see if U were born after 1999, even older folks will be googling for references to the $64,000 question, Rubenstein, & Arden lawsuits.

80
Entertaining, A country-fied 10-piece on-stage orchestra,, Gospel-inflected slave-chorus feature fantastic soloists, Mark twain's comedic words still resonate today!, Roger miller's haunting (& also comedic) music gets better w/ every song!

See it if A country-fied orchestra, a Gospel-ly Slave-chorus, Mark Twain's words, Roger Miller's songs, & a game cast make this THE entertainment pick

Don't see it if If U dislike all of the above elements or U don't like being pressured into seeing it by the 12th (Broadway transfer PLEEZ!!). Use of N-word

85
Entertaining, Don't let the southern cutie-patootie act fool u, this gal can sang for days!!, Funny, Great singing, No song list in the program so take notes if u want to recall the show later

See it if If U luv Kristin Chenoweth then U will LUV-LUV-LUV this show. 1 special "surprise" was her rendition of "The Prayer" from Les Miz. LOVE HER!

Don't see it if I have a deeper love for KC so in retrospect I have to question her choices. Namely, guest soloist Andrew Lippa (better writer than singer).

82
During previews
Melissa errico & ken jennings carry this irish charmer, Delightful, Timely look at immigration could wake up trump supporters, Funny, Great singing

See it if Melissa Errico plays 'Sharon', Finian's daughter, and matches her talents to the various styles of music. Ken Jennings handles the comedy!!

Don't see it if Too-dated costuming mutes Errico's physical charms, but it's still in previews so hemlines could loosen. Racist elements may offend racists.

79
If u can believe a "rock band" can rehearse during school hours without being found out then enjoy!, Entertaining, Alex brightman is everything!!

See it if When Dewey says "You're 10 yrs. old and You're Better than me" he sums up the conceit of the show which takes kids to the top of Mount Rock

Don't see it if Well, it isn't called the School of ROCK for nothing, so forget orchestral tunes, cause these kids ROCK HARD! If U don't like kid actors RUN

85
During previews
Great acting, Masterful, Romantic, Austin pendleton perfectly casts an ensemble of adults that i've never seen before!

See it if N.C. Hunter is the closest thing the Brits have to Anton Chekhov & over 60 yrs. later A DAY BY THE SEA still works on that level.

Don't see it if Certainly not 4 all tastes, but older audiences will easily sympathize with the many over 40 characters in the show. Stay away if anti-Brit!

69
Borle & co. (orig. cast) are gone!, Ambitious, But the replacements are up to the task!!, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if IF U're wondrin how the REPLACEMENTS R doin at SOMETHING ROTTEN, well the full houses speak volumes: Chase, McClure, Grisetti, Kritzer ROCK!

Don't see it if If U're picky bout how U like your satire portrayed, then this take of old-school Shakespeare & present-day Bdwy (via Nostrodamus) mite irk?