John 86

New York City | 50-64 | Male
About:  Stage director, playwright, and teacher. Avid theatre-goer
Reviews (78)
88
Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you're interested in Carole King's story and 50s/60s pop songs

Don't see it if you like a strong script or if you're opposed to jukebox musicals and feel that pop songs don't constitute a true Broadway score

80
Clever, Original, Romantic, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if like interesting modern dress productions of Shakespeare

Don't see it if you dislike Shakespeare done with only 6 actors and where some of the directorial ideas are odd

98
Delightful, Great staging, Romantic, Entertaining, Must see

See it if you like musicals with classic songs, stunning sets/projections, and the best choreography you'll see in a Broadway show

Don't see it if you find dance-heavy musicals uninteresting

88
Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Romantic, Great singing

See it if you like shows about real-life literary figures and unconventional love stories

Don't see it if you are put off by small-scale musicals (only 5 actors, small orchestra)

90
Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if you want an entertaining show that also has a message

Don't see it if you like a traditional Broadway- type score or are put off by men in drag

75
Cliched, Disappointing, Great staging, Overrated, Great singing

See it if Enjoy great dancing & choreography & a brilliant star turn by the female lead

Don't see it if You are bothered by a story that is filled with cliches

86
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Original, Ambitious

See it if you like plays with a non-traditional structure and that include music, projections and if you are interested in the life of famous authors

Don't see it if you need a linear plot

55
During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Banal

See it if you like virtually plotless ensemble character studies

Don't see it if you like a strong plot or if you are put off by trying to decipher thick British accents

98
Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if you like a classic musical with a beautiful score, superb acting/singing, wonderful direction

Don't see it if you don't like musicals

50
Disappointing, Banal, Slow, Cliched, Confusing

See it if there's nothing else to see

Don't see it if you like mysteries

95
Enchanting, Great acting, Clever, Delightful, Great writing

See it if like romance and clever staging

Don't see it if you don't like two character musicals

90
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if Like musicals, especially funny ones

Don't see it if you don't like a bit of raunchiness in musicals or if you don't like shows with puppets

80
Great staging, Overrated, Funny, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You like excellent staging and a great set

Don't see it if You're expecting a great family musical like ANNIE

30
Disappointing, Banal, Insipid, Overrated, Cliched

See it if You are a tourist and have never seen a good Broadway show. Or if you somehow like Andrew Lloyd Weber's derivative scores.

Don't see it if You like good Broadway musicals.

85
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you like serious, realistic plays that also contain symbolism

Don't see it if you're looking for a light entertainment or if you dislike plays with overlapping dialogue

87
During previews
Great staging, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you like innovative plays with interesting writing and staging and plays that contain a message

Don't see it if you like plays with a strong plot or if you dislike plays with little dialogue

78
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing, Slow

See it if you like serious plays about topical issues

Don't see it if you're put off by shows that seem more like documentaries or TV news programs than actual plays

35
Banal, Confusing, Insipid, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if you're in Greenwich Village and there's absolutely nothing else to see

Don't see it if you're looking for a play with an interesting story or are put off by amateurish elements including the staging and some of the performances

78
Disappointing, Great staging, Edgy, Quirky

See it if You like off-beat musicals, interesting staging and great design elements

Don't see it if You are put-off by vulgar language and adult content in a musical

75
For a previous production
Disappointing, Banal, Overrated, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you like Fankie Valli & the 4 seasons or similar 60s groups

Don't see it if you are interested in a strong book or if you dislike cliches

95
Great acting, Great staging, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like musicals with a heart-warming story and superior performances

Don't see it if you don't like music with a Country/Western flavor

65
Fluffy, Disappointing, Cliched, Funny, Quirky

See it if you like silly plays with little substance

Don't see it if you are looking for a drama or a comedy that has something meaningful to say

95
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy a well-written, interesting play about contemporary relationships and if you appreciate excellent acting

Don't see it if plays with gay themes/situations make you uncomfortable

75
Entertaining, Dizzying, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if like the music of the Sixties

Don't see it if you want a plot in a musical or if you don't like a "trippy" vibe

90
Delightful, Romantic, Clever, Entertaining, Original

See it if enjoy good songs and simple, imaginative staging

Don't see it if you don't like romantic musicals

80
Disappointing, Overrated, Great staging, Clever, Slow

See it if You like great staging, sets, and costumes

Don't see it if You liked the film and expect the show to be as entertaining

90
Clever, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Original

See it if You like ny of Kander & Ebb's musicals and/or if you like interesting staging.

Don't see it if You don't like edgy musicals.

79
Entertaining, Great acting, Slow, Funny, Absorbing

See it if Stephen King fans. Laurie Metcalf fans. People who know the book or movie.

Don't see it if You find Bruce Willis annoying. If you're expecting many thrills.