John 68

New York City | 50-64 | Other
About:  I have loved theater all of my life. I try to see most any show that makes it to Broadway but am open to most theater, and enjoy small productions very much. Lucky to live in Manhattan so I can see things at the last minute.
Reviews (92)
Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Great songs, orchestra is the star, bad book,, mediocre acting

See it if Rare chance to see a great collection of songs, although you may wish you'd kept that memory in your head. Exposition makes no sense.

Don't see it if You're a fan of the original score's recording, and imagine it will be better seeing it staged.

During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Ambitious, Dated, Ambitious, but poor staging, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if A cheap multimedia way to fill one of Broadway's largest bare spaces. The music doesn't sound new or fresh. Adequate performances.

Don't see it if You want a retelling of the story. Only the races have been updated. The show is really a movie, with much action taking place out of sight.

Gripping, Innovative, Great actors, Well staged, Great reinterpretation

See it if Outstanding reinterpretation of an old war horse of a show. Finds sexuality and violence that lies below surface. Outstanding.

Don't see it if I liked the ending, but it happened to quickly and suddenly for my liking - otherwise great show. No bad seats. Only purists will hate it.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Must see

See it if Perfect cast in a perfect play. I can not fault anything about this show. I went in knowing nothing; I'm angry I'd never seen this before.

Don't see it if No reason to not see it.

Bad sets, Bad book, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if I thought this show was so poorly put together. The story line is rushed and vague, and I'd much prefer to watch Tina Turner videos

Don't see it if You aren't taken in by recreation of Tina's great songs vaguely tried to be matched to life circumstances. You don't want to see Vegas show.

Also I'd wanted to see this for about a year, having read about its success... Read more Read less

During previews
Soft Power
East Village
Relevant, Unique, Quirky, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if Overly ambitious musical takes on too much. Interesting ideas but too many. Less you know beforehand the better.

Don't see it if I wouldn't say don't see it. It is relevant to our times but ... not quite sure of its point.

Masterful, Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Non-stop high energy entertainment. Cast is great and staging too. Kept good parts of movie and updated the score. 100 if it were original.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy pop music culture, you need very high intelligence fare.

During previews
Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You want a short play exploring the (possible) psyche of Hillary Clinton. You want to see Laurie Metcalf in anything.

Don't see it if You want a great play, this isn't.

Slow, Good choreography, Great acting

See it if Fairly good story with good scenes. Too many monologues, and story not really consistent. All the actor were good. Nice staging.

Don't see it if You expect greatness. Not as good as I'd hoped from writer of Moonlight. Some diction is hard to understand. The religion bugged me too.

Good singing, Ok choreography, Preachy, Well intentioned

See it if An OK show missing something. Old ideas explored at length. You want to see a tale of inclusiveness in a conservative town.

Don't see it if You want clever lyrics or plot. You want to learn anything. You want to see something you already know.

Also *Spoiler" The show, about 4 NYC Coastal Elites going to an Indiana tow... Read more Read less

Must see, Great singing, Great choreography, Exquisite, Masterful

See it if Perfect recreation of the musical. Songs sound as if you are hearing them for the first time. Everyone is outstanding.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it.

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Overrated

See it if It's a long monologue. Funny parts, well performed, but borderline boring topic. Not sure why this is on Broadway.

Don't see it if It's full price. You aren't that interested in parents and babies.

Overrated, Bad book, Poor staging, Loud

See it if You like teenage musicals with little plot, Only one or two memorable songs. I guess if you're a teenager or fan of the book. Male leads +

Don't see it if You're expecting a Great Show. You enjoy set design that isn't just projections.

Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a look at an untold gay story from 1953. You can understand Yorkshire accents. Want to understand bravery and sadness of those days

Don't see it if Can't understand Yorkshire accents. Don't have patience to follow a pretty slow story.

Also This show was slow and I went with someone who understood almost none ... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Lots of fun

See it if you want something light but entertaining, great singing and dancing, clever use of GoGo's music. good pansexual show

Don't see it if you don't like the go-go's music. you aren't in the mood for just a fun show. lots compare it to Something Rotten which I didn't like

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if A fantastic cast, very well staged, perfectly directed. Still rings true to me. Engaging and the sadness and comedy blend so well.

Don't see it if You have no interest in seeing it. Otherwise, it is great.

Also I wasn't sure I needed to see it. I know the show and script so well. ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great singing, Terrible book, More a lounge act

See it if If you lived through or liked the disco era, this is really fun. The singing is excellent and audience bops. Terrible writing of book.

Don't see it if You pay full price. Are content to listen to the songs at home. You hate the music, that is all there is.

For a previous production
Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if It is a typical Charles Busch show. A bit of melodrama, great show done on a budget, Very entertaining.

Don't see it if You don't like the style -- kind of campy but not your kind of fun.

Also I must admit I was very nostalgic at this show. I first saw Busch in V... Read more Read less

Blue Man Group
East Village
Banal, Excruciating, Family show, Vegas style lounge act

See it if You want to take young children. I can see a family (which made up most of the audience) may like it. I slept 1/3. Maybe that part was great

Don't see it if You aren't entertained by gimmicks and audience interaction. I'd say Really don't see it if you are over, say 15? and expect theater.

During previews
Great singing, Great choreography, As good as possible, Dated

See it if You enjoy this show. It's probably the best the show can be done. Choreography was fantastic. All singers were great, but did not mix well.

Don't see it if You don't care to see an old fashioned musical. Storyline is tired, but picks up a bit in 2nd act. Staging was good.

Also I guess I owned this album as a child because I knew ALL the songs, bu... Read more Read less

Hey, Look Me Over!
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy an original Encores concept, based on The Drowsey Chaperone and its Man in Chair. Some shows are weak, but lots of surprises.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in old musicals - and/or don't like Vanessa Williams, Bebe Neuwirth, Judy Kuhn (and a surprise guest).

Midtown W
Great acting, Relevant

See it if Very good acting. Kept my interest. Unresolved plot issues. Better than printed reviews.

Don't see it if You want clear plot.

Terrible, 3rd grade humor, Behind the curve drag, Good singing, Did i say bad?

See it if If you want to see the worst show you have ever seen, go! I've seen probably 1000 and would say this was the worst. 1 person is put on stage

Don't see it if You have a brain. Are over 8 years old. You find religion jokes stupid. You find sex jokes stupid. Hm, did I say it is Terrible!

West Village
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Original

See it if You like informative, well-performed, show about gender exploration and expression. Moving, funny, touching.

Don't see it if You can't understand that sex is not binary.

Street Theater
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

See it if You never have. A great cast in as intimate a space as you can have. History that has been forgotten well recreated. Christopher Street 1969

Don't see it if You won't care about a big moment in gay history. Are uncomfortable with very in your face performances.

Also I saw the original New York production of this in the Mineshaft Bar ar... Read more Read less

Intimate theater, Straight retellling of story, Clever staging, Great lead singers, Entertaining

See it if Very wll done retelling of the show. Nothing new to see here though folks. The leads are very good and it is totally enjoyable.

Don't see it if You want a fresh approach to the musical. The 3-girl chorus are very good as a group, but have poor diction when they sing alone.

The Inheritance
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if Six hours to interweave 100 years of gay history. Some sex scenes seem silly but afterwards seem relevant. Best gay play maybe ever.

Don't see it if You don't have patience. I saw Part 1 and didn't like it SO much. Happily, I saw Part 1 again, and Part 2 and loved it.

Also Sometimes compared to Angels in America. I actually prefer this. Altho... Read more Read less

Great staging, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if Entertaining. Best telling of this story I've seen. Large cast on small stage impressive. Original costuming. Mostly good singers.

Don't see it if It takes a while to read the words in time and also see the stage. Don't sit too close or you won't be able to read and watch.

Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if Loved this show with very original exploration of who one is and how your life passes is not easily explained.

Don't see it if You don't like slightly abstract theater that is probably like nothing you've seen before.

Also **** MILD MILD SPOILER ***... Read more Read less

During previews
Poor lighting, Good acting, Unfocused, Good ideas, Confusing

See it if Long One Act show with long monologues. Big ideas shoot by. So literally darkly staged it is hard to see. Relevant, shows conservative USA.

Don't see it if You don't like confusing shows.. Have short attention span. Aren't interested in political/religious arguments.

Also Don't avoid because of the conservative content. To my liberal ears I ... Read more Read less

The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Important story of American evangelical's interference in Uganda politics to criminalize and incite violence against gay people.

Don't see it if You aren't interested. It is not great or bad.

During previews
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Confusing, Slow, Interesting character, Great acting

See it if An interesting woman's story that is well acted. Needed editing; could have been one act. Some dialogue and events hard to understand.

Don't see it if You think the story of a woman who plays baseball in the male Negro leagues circa 1950 doesn't interest you.

Also I must say my reaction to this is a bit colored by the fact that the w... Read more Read less

Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Forgettable songs, Decent singing, Banal, Cliched

See it if I would only recommend this to young romantic women, who think a baby will solve their problems. I can't say there is anything really good.

Don't see it if You want an interesting musical. You want to understand the lyrics. You have other choices.

Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Excellent. It seemed more in tune with recent past than 1970s. Stage design and actors great. No 100 if show involves audience participatio

Don't see it if Your incurably optimistic, Don't like to think. Don't buy the expensive seats onstage, bad deal.

During previews
Terrible book, Banal, Insipid

See it if Really bad. Cher's songs are best sung by Cher. One well danced number, but it's an Argentine Tango; you've see better on Dance With Stars

Don't see it if You can see Cher perform. Songs are all forced to fit into an attempt at a rambling story.

Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if The title interests you. It takes that idea and explores real and unexpected meanings of the title.

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason to not see it. Very nice theater and show is very engaging.

Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Very good ensemble acting. Nice set. Story is relevant and interesting.

Don't see it if You don't like short one act dramas on Broadway. You don't like ambiguity.

Entertaining, Good singing, Pleasant diversion

See it if You want a fairly upbeat show about high school. Good performers, No scenery just projected slides, Just want an entertaining show.

Don't see it if You want any dramatic weight to your musicals. Want anything thought provoking.

Before We're Gone
West Village
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Very well acted story of life and death. Nice stage design. Story never drags. Cozy small theater. Realistic.

Don't see it if You don't agree one should have their final wishes carried out, regardless of your mindset. You're not up for a 2 hour drama.

Also Interesting side note about 13th Street Theater. Their concession stan... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Confusing, Interesting

See it if you are interested in the coming together of dysfunctional family facing the death of their mother. very good actors. like naturalism.

Don't see it if You need fast pacing. Are confused by the characters feelings for one another. Dialogue is very realistic, explaining things you know.

Also Very nice small theater. I had nice seat in middle of row an back. At ... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Overrated, Good acting, Good staging

See it if You like intelligent drama, enjoy wordsmith language, for the unsung Allison Pill, want to see an interesting play. Thought provoking.

Don't see it if Your expectations are too high. I'm glad I read synopsis before seeing it.

Also The show is fine. Glenda Jackson will win a Tony I'm sure. I think my ... Read more Read less

Harry Clarke
West Village
Must see, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if Maybe best solo show I've ever seen. Excellent story expertly told by Billy Crudup.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it.

Good singing, Ambitious, Slow, 10 shows in 90 minutes, Thought-provoking

See it if Extremely Jewish humor and language. A man's interesting story, told in an interesting but overly ambitious way. Good singing voices.

Don't see it if Takes on too much for 90 minutes. The "dead wife" is so sterotyped and Ham. A few boring bits, and one awful. Too many musical styles.

Entertaining, Great singing, Great writing, Must see, Relevant

See it if Saw 3/17. New star is excellent. Very contemporary feel. Rang true, and every actor was excellent. Timely.

Don't see it if I have nothing bad tosay about it. First Act is so fast and furious it's hard to see how Second Actcan keepup. Everso slightlyslowAct2 start

For a previous production
Great staging, Well acted, Clever

See it if You like an attempt at screwball theater. Don't mind sight gags trumping logic or understanding of diction.

Don't see it if You think it will be as good as Noises Off. Your tolerance for obvious visual humor is low.

Also I saw this a 2nd time and found it much funnier. If it's still open I ... Read more Read less

Draw the Circle
West Village
Well intentioned, Good acting

See it if You are interested and do not know, but want to know, about the transgenrder experience. Performed ambitiously.

Don't see it if You are very aware of transgender people and their issues. I don't feel I learned anything. This was one persons story.

Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Saw it one of last nights. Was excellent. All of the cast was great. Great staging, intimate setting. A real treat.

Don't see it if Well, it closed. I think most anyone would like it.

War Paint
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow, Badly written

See it if You want to. The songs are not very good and Act I drags. 2nd Act is better. Lupone's accent (which she does not use when singing) is bad.

Don't see it if You expect it to be great. Don't like the stars -- it's their show and they both have been much better. Don't pay full price.

Also This was not the worst thing I've ever seen. It drags to a good closin... Read more Read less

During previews
Dated, Confusing, Great staging, Slow, Downton blabble

See it if You like British period pieces, like Upstairs (With No Downstairs), or Downton Abbey without the servants. You want to see great staging.

Don't see it if Extreme silly women of act 1 can't allow you to move on, you know the idea there is an arch to time, which is the play's theme.

Midtown W
Good acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Sexy

See it if Well performed show exploring male/male relationships. Very intimate theater. Explores separation of intimacy from sex. Cast nude 1/3 ofshow

Don't see it if You don't like naked males. Not interested in relationship stories. This show explores gay marriage and open relationships.