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 (130)
69
During previews
Plenty
East Village
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
Cats
Midtown W
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!!

88
During previews
Motown returns to broadway now!!, Re-opened july 14, 2016, Entertaining, Nostalgic, Great singing

See it if It's very hard to believe this Highly talented cast was assembled for touring & not directly for Bdwy. Only the ragged sets indicate that.

Don't see it if If U r a racist, U should stay away from shows like this. If U think Berry Gordy is an ego-driven monster U may be right but the music is'nt

94
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Must-see show of the 2015-16 season is closing july 24th, get off your computer and get tix now!!, Resonant, Audra mcdonald, brian stokes mitchell, adrienne williams, billy porter, etc, no-brainer alert #2 -- get tix now!, Riveting, Must see

See it if There were TWO great History lesson this season on Broadway, HAMILTON got the acclaim & the Awards, but this show is a true THEATER story!!

Don't see it if Don't see if U are so "White" that having the "racist history" of the American Theater thrown back in your face would be offensive. SEE IT!!

80
The Comedy of Errors
East Village
2013 delacorte theater (central park), Shakespeare in the park, Jesse tyler ferguson as both 'dromio's, Hamish linklater as both antipholus roles, Entertaining

See it if Shakespeare's most famous and most physical comedy gets a workout with 90+ degree summer temps. ANY production of this farce is worth a look

Don't see it if Skip if U find "physical comedy" boring. Convoluted story-line may be hard to follow for 1st-timers so if U aren't into reading it then skip

80
Full disclosure: i went to college (smsu) with deidre goodwin (sheila) & i have a mad crush on jessica lee goldyn (val), so i may be biased, Viewed show june 20, 1977 (standing room, back of orch), Entertaining, Dated, Great acting, singing, dancing

See it if 1st time look @ ACL on Bdwy tho I had seen prod's in college & locally. Only on Bdwy did I notice that the dancers were 2 good 4 the choreo.

Don't see it if See this show wherever U can unless U dislike "backstage" musicals. Also see the docu EVERY LITTLE STEP to see how the Revival was cast.

75
Gypsy
Staten Island
Broadway's 2003 revival @ the shubert theater, Dir. by sam mendes w/ choreography by jerry mitchell, Bernadette peters as 'rose', Entertaining

See it if It was Opening night on Broadway and I actually ran into composer Stephen Sondheim (& got him to sign my Playbill). Everyone was smiling!!

Don't see it if If U don't like backstage Showbiz stories about bossy Stage moms and kids that grow up to be strippers (Gypsy Rose Lee), then you're CRAZY!!

75
City Stories
Midtown E
Charming singer-pianist bookended each pas de deux, 4 romantic playlets w/ casts of 2-3 actors, Playlets dominated by monologue-storytelling, Part of the annual brits-off-broadway play festival

See it if If U like shows in a place so intimate U may need a shoehorn 2 wedge yourself into your seat, w/ actors so close they make deep eye-contact.

Don't see it if If U dislike monologue-storytelling dominating dialogue, British accents, romance without physical intimacy, & a singer that steals the show

75
Delightful, Entertaining, Overrated

See it if A great score holds this together as well as a game cast (2 many to name over the years). A decade at the Lunt is nothing to sneeze at??

Don't see it if If U saw the animated movie (as I did) then your expectations may be too high for the sometimes clunky way the non-human characters are done

66
Shear Madness
Midtown W
2-shows-in-one: bad one-act followed by good audience interaction, Funny, Overrated

See it if My Mom saw this show in DC over 20 yrs. ago so I thought I should check it out since it's moved to Off-Bdwy. Final hour made up for the 1st

Don't see it if Skip if U don't appreciate "malapropisms" galore & lots of pop-culture references. "1" actor kept "cracking" the cast up to keep it fresh?

89
Entertaining, Great acting, Romantic, Great staging, Must see

See it if I 1st saw this show TV-star Wayne as the feisty cross-dressing "Lola." but recently saw the return of Billy Porter in his Tony-winning role!

Don't see it if Prudes may not like their men in women's clothes, but the amazing costumes in this show could change your mind. Pity for the colorblind-WOW!

Also Yes, as entertaining a performer as "Let's Make A Deal" emcee Wayne Br... Read more Read less

79
Allegiance
Midtown W
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if If U want to see George Takei's Bdwy DEBUT then this is your last week to catch his scene-stealing perf. Underused Lea Salonga sings best.

Don't see it if If U r a Repub then the nearly all-Asian cast singing bout the USA's disservice to the 1st generation of Japanese immigrants won't convince

90
During previews
Old Hats
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if Two masters of their craft at the height of their powers. Bill Irwin & David Shiner ALONE are worth the price of entry, but U get a band too

Don't see it if If U don't like perfs interacting directly with the audience (def don't get a front row seat if U fear such interaction). Mime-phobics too!

75
Entertaining, Dated, Funny

See it if Hines & Hines may mean lil to many, but since the death of his brother a dozen yrs ago singer-tapper Maurice Hines has kept the dance alive

Don't see it if If names like Sinatra, Garland, Tallulah! mean lil to U then U may b 2 young to enjoy this trip down memory lane. Segregated Vegas stories?

85
Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Romantic, Riveting

See it if First time for me (sorry Lea Michele), & U can add me to the bandwagon crying for MORE DEAF WEST. Absolutely fell in luv-luv-luv with Act I.

Don't see it if If U find double-casting 2 much, or ASL+speech redundant, then skip it. There's a lil boob (literally) & male butts to scare prudish types.

77
Sylvia
Midtown W
Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if I can't imagine seeing this w/o Annaleigh Ashford in the title role, she certainly takes this pet-lovers show to "Tony" heights! See it NOW!

Don't see it if If U hate dogs, pseudo-love triangles, marital squabbles, etc. then this may not be for you. Try to see it this wknd (closes Jan. 3rd 2016)!

77
Blue Man Group
East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Original

See it if I think this was one of the first Off-Broadway shows I saw when I first came to NYC over 10+ years ago & it's still running! Amusing group!

Don't see it if Don't see if U don't like the color blue or people w/ faces painted blue. Don't go if U expect a story/dialogue. Only for seekers of Unique!

69
Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Saw this during previews at the Abrams Arts Center. Very tame take on the Porn industry tho insiders could appreciate some of the research.

Don't see it if If U r expecting a lot of nudity, U came to the wrong porn show. If U like a bawdy song or two then U might get your money's worth.

75
Delightful, Kelsey grammar was awol, Entertaining, Romantic

See it if If possible, check to see who's IN or OUT for your perf, lots of understudies from night to night (though they are very good). See twice too

Don't see it if If you don't like kids onstage, there's four brothers in this one. Also if U don't like Peter Pan or backstage looks at "old school" theater

100
1999 broadway prod: "4" tony awards, Brian dennehy ('willie') & elizabeth franz ('linda'), Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful

See it if The first show I saw upon arriving in NYC was DOAS, & I've yet to see a better show since in the 15 yrs. I've lived here. MUST-SEE!!

Don't see it if If U don't like emotional family stories or crying real tears then steer clear of this show. Don't go if the cast seems too inexperienced.

79
The History Boys
Midtown W
(2006) broadway: west end transfer from london, Entertaining, Richard griffiths as 'hector' (the history inst.), Show won "6" tony awards, James corden was 1 of the boys (pre-late nite-tv)

See it if I saw this a few times which I think is helpful when watching British shows, mainly cause they speak slang that's hard to pick up. Good job!

Don't see it if Don't see if U don't like watching a group of boys debating their history teacher on various subjects. Make sure it's a good cast or skip it

48
Airline Highway
Midtown W
Broadway transfer from steppenwolf (chicago), Disappointing, Edgy, Quirky, Overrated

See it if I heard that Tony-winner Julie White was "starring" in AIRLINE HIGHWAY but her character was just a part of this oddball ensemble play. MEH

Don't see it if Skip this one if U don't care for shows about White trash and transvestite prostitutes that use a rundown hotel as a giant whorehouse. TRASH

95
Into The Woods
Midtown W
Shakespeare in the park: delacorte theater, Donna murphy as the witch, 2012 outdoor revival, Denis o’hare (the baker) & amy adams (baker's wife), Entertaining

See it if Stephen Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS is a perfect fit for Outdoor performing so if it pops up near U go SEE IT! I need to c it Indoors someday?

Don't see it if The rules of FREE Outdoor theater have to do w/ long lines to get the tickets & changeable weather. If U'd rather not be bothered SKIP IT!!

90
Mamma Mia!
Midtown W
Broadway - ny original cast, Delightful, Entertaining, Louise pitre was "donna sheridan", Winter garden theater (2001-2013)

See it if If U have a Mom, then U have to take her to MAMMA MIA provided she can go w/ the idea of a wild wknd w/ 3 guys & the search for the right 1!

Don't see it if If U don't like the Music of ABBA this could be a tough nite, skip it, or if the history of the Donna character seems too morally "loose."

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
A Day by the Sea
Midtown W
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?

94
Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You have until July 10th to see the Revival that pushes the Romantic Comedy genre to its Charming BEST!! Perfect cast from Top to Bottom!!

Don't see it if If U find Charm off-putting and the talents of Benanti-Krakowski-Levi-Creel to be overblown then U really don't deserve Musical Theater??

90
Delightful, Clever, Cush jumbo (as kate) & janet mcteer (as petruchio) are the comic coupling of the decade!!, Great acting, Great staging

See it if I waited for FREE tickets 3 times due the hilarity of the show & this Summer's mild weather. Loved CUSH!! Best Shrew I've ever seen!!

Don't see it if Purists will find the addition of modern elements off putting, includint a Beauty & Talent Pageant, a comic monogue from Judy Gold, & an RV!

88
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Jessie mueller has the voice of an angel!, Must see, Christopher fitzgerald wins the lol award!, Entertaining, Adult-oriented story with simulated sex!

See it if This show is playing at the Brooks & I've seen it from both sides of the theater. It seems to me the acoustics are better House Left -MUST C

Don't see it if You know, on paper a husband-hating, pie-making, diatribe on the benefits of Adultery seems awfully off-putting. BUT, to their credit, GO!!

80
(2004 revival) shakespeare in central park, Tv actors jimmy smits (benedick), kristen johnson (beatrice), & sam waterston (leonato), Also of note: off-bdwy fave brian murray as dogberry, Delightful

See it if Shakespeare in the Park always makes for a perfect fit for the Bard, especially his comedies and this production was no exception. GO !!

Don't see it if If you don't like sitting outside, have a fear of bugs, or don't like watching actors fending off raccoons, etc. Find free tickets offensive

78
Julius Caesar
Midtown W
Shakespeare's famous 'roman play' is way too long, 2000-outdoor prod/shakespeare in the park, Starry cast: jeffrey wright (marc antony) & david mccallum (title role), Weather (t-storm/downpour) preceded perf, Overrated

See it if What I recall most about the show was the Set which used a black rubberized flooring which proved especially dangerous after the RAIN.

Don't see it if If U don't like watching actors fight to keep their footing on a slick stage, even Marc Antony made a pirouette at one point to stay upright

90
Tuck Everlasting
Midtown W
Veteran cast: park, carmello, applegate, goldyn, & more, Enchanting, Funny, Profound

See it if I read some mixed reviews but took the $19.75 ticket offer & got much more than my money's worth. Knew about the dancing going in & LOVED IT

Don't see it if If U like your musicals edgy, f-word laden, urban, then U won't find this squeaky clean fable up to your speed. Don't drink the water??

75
Husband & wife team triumph, Entertaining, Great acting, Latin pop numbers a la mamma mia

See it if If U know Gloria Estefan's music & her story then U MUST-SEE it on stage. 2nd act is stronger dramatically than the 1st, gr8 BIG prod. nos.

Don't see it if Cuban-American history and crossover latin-pop music isn't of at least minor interest. Won't win over new fans as much as rekindle old ones!

84
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Edgy, Great writing

See it if Well, I HAD to see this before they tore down the theater so I kind of tricked dear old Mom into taking me. I loved it, but she didn't. Oops

Don't see it if U should probably skip this if U find jokes about urinating, urinals, etc. to be unpleasant or gross. Also if U are very literal-minded.

100
Great writing, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if If this isn't Edward Albee's Best Play ever, it's certainly the most accessible. It also tends to bring the BEST out of the actors. GO-C-IT

Don't see it if If U don't like inter-generational plays where the older couple preys on the younger (both psychologically & literally). HI-drama fans ONLY!

77
Entertaining, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if Next month BOM will hit it's 5th anniv. but it's not in bad shape, mainly thanks to Nikki Renée Daniels (Nabulungi) leading a game chorus.

Don't see it if Skip it if U r a Mormon or devout Christian. Bad language abounds, even tho much is based on actual practices in the Darkest parts of Africa

75
Stomp
East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Original

See it if Percussion!! Percussion!! Percussion!!

Don't see it if If U r looking for Stars or a Story or if U get headaches easily. Mainly for younger folk, but some of us geezers like it.

69
During previews
I And You
Midtown E
Romantic, Slow, Fluffy

See it if It's a 2-hander, meaning 2 actors share the stage for 90 min (no intermission). Good news is that the last 1/2 hr. makes up 4 the dry 1st hr

Don't see it if U don't like young "ordinary" actors (not a star-is-born cast)? Skip it.Same if U don't like teen & H.S. issues. Surprise ending, stay 2 end

69
During previews
Disappointing, Funny, Slow

See it if Unless U r a fan of the playwright or Linda Lavin, this play on adultery is stiff (in all the wrong ways). 1st act is static, 2nd act works

Don't see it if If U don't like unmiked plays that are staged statically in a presentational style. Not much to recommend except a few laffs in the 2nd act.

90
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if Full disclosure: I went to see this play to see the stand-by perf that I went to college with. I had a standing room ticket, never noticed!

Don't see it if If U r seriously homophobic then some scenes in this play may not work for you. Overall, it's a great play about a family living real LIFE!!

77
Enchanting, Great acting, Romantic

See it if I really enjoyed the 1st act, Kelli O'hara ALONE is worth the price of a seat. Her voice & look are both perfect for the role. 2nd act weak?

Don't see it if The show is very chauvinistic (of course) with a dictatorial King in charge of his country & household (a small army). A bit old-fashioned.

77
Daddy Long Legs
Midtown W
Live stream - watched on laptop, Delightful, Clever, Funny, Romantic

See it if I would be interested in seeing this again if it transfers to Bdwy with STARS. 2-person cast is very good but this show cries out for STARS!

Don't see it if If U like your musicals with lots of scenery & costume changes. If U don't like schoolgirl romances with lots of letter-reading.

90
Clever, Great acting, 1993 stratford (on) shakespeare fest, Colm feore as 'oberon', Directed by joe dowling

See it if Altho I had seen/been in AMND before, this trip to Canada proved most worthwhile when I beheld the tech wizardry & rock music -just MAGIC!!

Don't see it if Skip if U don't like traipsing off to Canada or paying for a bed&breakfast (actually quite reasonable). Shakespeare a given, rock music??

100
The Normal Heart
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Msu college production: coger theater, Dir. by dr. mike mcelhaney

See it if NOT the Broadway version, but a powerful play even in the hands of students. I knew the whole cast & spent most of it crying my eyes out.

Don't see it if Well if U are homophobic then a show about gay men fighting the govt. over HIV meds could be uncomfortable. Live with the discomfort, SEE IT

77
2015 broadway revival, Entertaining, Turn-of-the-century france (19th-20th), Disappointing, Vanessa hudgens ('gigi') & victoria clark ('mamita')

See it if The producers expected a BIG turnout from Vanessa Hudgens fans & removed the amoral parts of the story. What they needed was a smaller venue

Don't see it if If U wanted to see a nasty little tale about older men chasing much younger women then U've come to the wrong show. Here she's 18 (not 16)??

80
Memphis
Midtown W
Broadway: won 5 tony awards, Montego glover ('felicia') & chad kimball ('huey'), Entertaining, Relevant, Underground clubs of the segregated 1950s

See it if I am so happy I saw this with the Orig. cast (2009) even though the show ran w/ replacements till 2012. Some casts have a magic & this DID!!

Don't see it if If U want your historical musical to contain "actual" songs from the era then U may have 2 skip it (go c MOTOWN), or racism is an issue 4u??

77
Clever, Broadway: shubert theater (2005-09), My king arthur was simon russell beale, Entertaining, Funny

See it if If U like Monty Python this is certainly a MUST-SEE and the goings on are so zany (as expected) that I don't think the casting matters? ?

Don't see it if On the contrary, if U hate the humor of Monty Python or send-ups of other musicals & the theater itself, then U should skip it.

85
The Fantasticks
Midtown W
Community theater (savannah,ga), Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if I have not seen the New York productions which have run for decades (which should be proof enuf to go). I did c an intimate version & LOL'd!

Don't see it if It's a very small cast, so if U like BIG musicals w/ BIG orchestras then this may not b your cupOtea. Not a parent, U may not get some jokes