John 9014

Manhattan

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Reviews (13)
94
During previews
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You like dark themed plays that are relevant due to today's divide between urban and rural parts of the world.

Don't see it if You are not patient with accents as the actors are sometimes hard to understand due both dialect and accent.

80
Overrated, Great singing, Great staging, Dated

See it if You like large scale revivals with a full orchestra and a theater space with decent views from all angles and you enjoy good singing.

Don't see it if You are bored by dated and slow revivals even if this one offers a more feminist take on the material. The 3 hours felt like 8!

69
Overrated, Quirky, Banal

See it if You like random circus acts, some better than others. The music is the best part....excellent and interesting music.

Don't see it if It feels long even though it is not because large portions are just not that interesting...standard jugglers, etc. sort of fare

85
Cliched, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like great acting by a strong ensemble cast.

Don't see it if If you don't want to see another play about success and status anxiety. This theme has been explored better in many past projects.

79
Great acting, Great singing, Slow, Ambitious

See it if Always a good project. Good singing and acting even if low energy during Act 1. Act 2 came to life energy wise.

Don't see it if You don't like small spaces. About 24 seats total...smaller than a cabaret room and ambitious for a musical.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if Absolutely worth it. Stunning performances and beautifully staged with minimal special effects.

Don't see it if See it!

96
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Clever

See it if You are interested in seeing a work about the cynical manipulation of the populace by media conglomerates.

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

79
Great singing, Great acting, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You like relevant topics that explore class tensions and worker/owner relations especially in our era of union busting.

Don't see it if You don't like small scale productions which rely 100% on the actor ability to engage as there is nothing to distract your attention.

79
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if You like themes similar to Waiting for Godot and don't mind being confused at the beginning. Things became clearer as the act went on.

Don't see it if You are not patient and want an obvious story from the start. You don't like dark themes that are once again relevant in our age.

Also Great sound design....evokes that era perfectly.

80
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great singing, Clever

See it if If you like small scale spectacle and circus like performances by scantily clad acrobats and dancers and don't mind a lot of "mugging."

Don't see it if If you want a coherent plot line and and evening that is 100% engaging. I was alternately bored and interested depending upon the segment.

87
Confusing, Overrated, Cliched, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like a well acted show if somewhat cliched, covering familiar themes of "the Irish troubles."

Don't see it if You cannot last though 3 hours and 15 minutes and like clear dialogue since sometimes the accents got in the way of clear understanding.

100
Relevant, Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if I went to see this play last night and it was an unexpected surprise. The cast deliver a professional representation of the material.

Don't see it if This is a small scale play in a small theater. While I prefer smaller since I think it is more immediate it might not be for everyone.

60
Dated, Dull, Low energy, Banal

See it if The show seemed tired the night I saw it.... one of the leads seemed to be marking the dancing.

Don't see it if Don't know about other nights but this night was poor... that is the problem with a long running show.