John M 612466

Lyndhurst | 35-49 | Male
About:  Playwright, business guy. I like musicals but love plays. I like to be entertained as an audience member but I prefer to actually do some of the work, which is why I, generally, find plays more engaging.
Reviews (65)
69
During previews
Directionless, Dated, Repetitive, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You must see Audra in everything; you get cheap tix; you want to see the play performed no matter what; you like cute plays that say little

Don't see it if You want to see actors with chemistry; a well-directed show; an overlong repetitive play; you dislike cute, pointless, sad plays

Also This would be a cute off-Bway exercise, but nobody was screaming for a... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great singing, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to be challenged; you want to be forced to think; you like something different; just see it, it's great

Don't see it if You want Rodgers & Hammerstein; you dislike "different" musicals; you dislike a challenge; you don't want to "work" as an audience

Also This is a challenging, current, totally relevant musical. I haven't se... Read more Read less

65
Miscast, Slow, Overrated, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if You must see Kelli in everything she does; you want to see Corbin Bleu steal a show as he did Holiday Inn; you want to hear good singing

Don't see it if You don't want a dull, lifeless production so poorly directed that it's sometimes confusing, even when you know the story; you have to pay

Also Disappointing in almost every way. Entertaining, to a point and not so... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Bland, Slow, Relevant, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You must see Annette Bening on stage; you can wait a few weeks to see if it gets better; you have never seen it; you like nice sets/lighting

Don't see it if You want a well-directed production; you want great acting all-around; you know how Jack O'Brien ruins most every show he touches

Also This is a fine production, but nothing more that "fine." That's too ba... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Dizzying

See it if You like non-linear plays; you like Isabelle Huppert; you like to "work" as an audience member; you like a challenge

Don't see it if You are a literalist; you require a linear plot; you hate absurdist theater; you dislike intense plays; you dislike "downer" plays

Also This is a fascinating exploration of a mentally ill woman, for whom, t... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Resonant

See it if You like plays that are not expository; you like great acting, depth of story & characters; you like great acting

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to see it. Maybe not the youngsters (brief nudity and some language), but just go.

25
During previews
Pointless, Inert, Great acting, Disappointing, Amateurish

See it if You want to see The Dalys and John Proccacino give performances that would be exceptional in a good play; you're finished Holiday shopping

Don't see it if You like good writing; you like a play with a point; you dislike major plot holes; you haven't finished Holiday shopping

Also More Theresa Rebeck garbage. How she gets produced at all, let alone w... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to see a story acted out, rather than told to you; you want great acting; you want a universal story you can relate to

Don't see it if You don't want to sit still for 3 hours; you don't like to laugh; you dislike stories about gay people; you want a flashy play; just see it

Also This is such a great play that anyone can relate to. You don't need to... Read more Read less

55
During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Schizophrenic

See it if You want to say you saw it; if you prefer exposition to seeing a story acted out for you; you think kids swearing & drinking whiskey is edgy

Don't see it if You want a coherent play that is not exposition; you want a play that knows what it wants to be; you dislike long, single-set talky plays

Also Another Jez Butterworth conundrum. Some mildly amusing dialogue does n... Read more Read less

1
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Insipid, Dumb

See it if U want 2C renovated Lyric (thats 1 point); U enjoy being bored; U like bad writing; U like no set & actors screaming lines they memorized

Don't see it if U want a set, actual acting, a coherent plot, hate interpretive dance; hate 90 minutes of story told in 5 1/2 hours; U hate exposition

Also This is easily the worst written play on Broadway. All of Part One and... Read more Read less

40
During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Lazy

See it if You want to see a good idea (ASL) misused. You want to take part in Craig Lucas' therapy session. There is no reason to see this

Don't see it if You want a substantive story. You want more than an idea for a therapy session. You demand solid storytelling. You dislike exposition

70
During previews
Funny, Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy, Low-brow

See it if You grew up in NJ; you like low-brow humor; you want to laugh; you don't mind a stupid show that makes you laugh; you don't want to think

Don't see it if You're a snob; you want substance; you wince at vulgar, silly humor; you have to pay full price; you want thought-provoking, deep theater

65
Disappointing, Great writing, Slow, Overrated

See it if You just have to see production; you like Norbert; you want to see a beautiful, if cumbersome set & mostly for the incredible orchestra

Don't see it if You don't want to see a slow, labored version of a classic with some questionable performances and choices.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Profound, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You like multiple non-linear story lines that weave together with ease; you like challenging, thought-provoking plays

Don't see it if You dislike plays that make you think, make you work, challenge you to answer questions posed without telling you what the "right" answer is

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Dizzying, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if If you can get a ticket; if you like intense, thought-provoking plays that work on many levels & leave u thinking, long after it's over

Don't see it if You hate layered plays u have to work at; you dislike disturbing, intense plays..oh, just go see it if you're lucky enough to find a ticket

40
Banal, Cliched, Overrated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You want to see 2 women give excellent lead actress performances. You like dull new songs.

Don't see it if You want a quality production that pays attention to details. You want good new music. You can eatch the film again, instead.

100
During previews
Exquisite, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You like thoughtful, non-traditional musicals that make you think long after it's over. You like quiet, non-flashy slow-burn shows

Don't see it if You want flash, glitz, heavy plot, traditional musical numbers, fluff, you don't want to think about what you've seen

75
Entertaining, Cliched, Overrated, Great acting, Superficial

See it if You want a feel-good show that is entertaining but not deep; you're in the mood to leave the theater unchallenged but in a good mood

Don't see it if You want depth of character, plot or ideas; you dislike Irish-tinged foot-stomping music that all sounds the same; superficial writing

Also If you were here in NYC on 9/11, this seems trite and rather glib, but... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like a staged metaphor that resonates as subtext in today's political social climate; you like 'talky' plays with a lot of exposition

Don't see it if You dislike exposition; dislike subtext; dislike having to figure out how the play relates to today; dislike snarky sarcasm

79
Absorbing, Epic, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You enjoy long (4hr) epic theater; O'Neill's style; engaging acting; thought-provoking theater; downer, but profound storyline

Don't see it if You can't sit for 4 hours; repetitive, sometimes intense, sad, heartbreaking story; you need fireworks that aren't verbal; you dislike talky

51
During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Presumptuous

See it if You know the play well; enjoy avant garde staging with no concern for time, place, space, costumes, props, sets or audience comprehension

Don't see it if You want a linear story; dislike abrupt time, place & reality shifts; don't know the play very well; can't sit for 2 hours w/o intermission

20
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if You love Carolee Carmello and don't care if she's given bad material to work with

Don't see it if You want to avoid the worst new show of the season that is cringe-inducing, slow, pointless, "conflict-less" and worst of all boring.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy thought-provoking, intense theater that grabs you by the throat and for 85 minutes, does not let go

Don't see it if You dislike intense theater that leaves you shaken and thinking for days afterward

90
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a classic musical that was way ahead of it's time in the 1970s with a classic Kander & Ebb score and outstanding dancing

Don't see it if You dislike darkly comic material that is cynical and snarky

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Intense, Refreshing

See it if You want to see the best kids I have ever seen on a stage; you like energetic, loud performances and a good tuneful score that's just fun

Don't see it if You dislike loud musicals; you dislike seeing kids on stage; you don't want to just have fun

35
Poorlyacted, Banal, Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You must see Adam Driver in person; you want to see an otherwise good play, ruined; you like actors with no chemistry

Don't see it if You saw the original 30 years ago; you have to pay for your ticket

Also What a sad excuse for a revival I was really looking forward to.... Read more Read less

1
Garbage, Poorly acted, Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You're a masochist; you like cool projections that are better than anything in the show; you like bad musicd Just don't

Don't see it if You value your time and money; you want a good show; you want good singing and good acting. Just don't

Also This show has nothing to offer.... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Padded, Cute, Fluffy, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You can get a cheap/free ticket you want to laugh; you like fluff; you don't want to think too hard;

Don't see it if You want great music/lyrics; you hope it's better than the movie; you have to pay full price; you can't handle HUGE plot holes

Also This is a cute show. Nothing more and nothing less. It's enjoyable for... Read more Read less

50
Great acting, Pointless, Superficial, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You want to hear actors tell you what you could find out from the Lehman Brothers Wikipedia page; you like being TOLD rather than SHOWN

Don't see it if You don't like long, superficial plays that seem more important than they are; you want character development, dramatic action or a play

Also This is not a play.... Read more Read less

50
Absorbing, Cliched, Disappointing, Entertaining, Overrated

See it if You're not a Harper Lee purist; you want to see Aaron Sorkin's Mockingbird; you enjoy long plays that are entirely predictable & narrated

Don't see it if You're a Harper Lee purist; you want to be surprised; you expect Harper Lee's version of TKAM; you hate narration

Also Sadly, Harper Lee's TKAM is not playing in NY, but Aaron Sorkin's is. ... Read more Read less

5
For a previous production
Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Idiotic, Stupid

See it if You like to watch people act like they're on The Gong Show, at Broadway prices.

Don't see it if Just don't see it. Go watch something more intelligent like a test pattern.

45
Funny, Disappointing, Overrated, Indulgent, Pointless

See it if You want to see a frustrating and ultimately pointless version of Godot; you like actors with no chemistry & a director who doesn't get it

Don't see it if You want a great production of Godot; you hate slapstick; you want actors with chemistry; you have to pay for a ticket

Also The positives for every show on this site have made me start to questi... Read more Read less

49
Excruciating, Intense, Juvenile, Boring, Tedious

See it if You enjoy being bored; you think pseudo-malapropisms are the funniest thing you've ever heard; just don't bother

Don't see it if You value your time; you value your money; you want actual humor; you want to see a play that's actually intelligent and clever

Also Why would anyone care about this? It's insipid and dull. People walked... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Must see, Relevant

See it if Just go. Elaine May is giving a performance unlike any you will likely see. She's not acting.

Don't see it if You have no idea what dementia/Alzheimer's is like. You won't understand the humor, the anger, the frustration & the subtleties

Also This may be a case of your personal life experience affecting how much... Read more Read less

5
Banal, Disappointing, Great singing, Excruciating, Insulting

See it if You must see the three talented lead women. You yearn for a cruise ship show at Broadway prices.

Don't see it if You love Donna Summer. It's insultingly bad. Just don't see this garbage. LaChanze and the company deserve better and so does Donna Summer.

20
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Pointless

See it if You love Janet McTeer. There is no other reason to waste your time. You like great sets & don't much care what's presented on them

Don't see it if You value your time. You value your money. You want a story with a point. You dislike amateurish writing. You want substance

30
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Overrated, Pointless, Messy

See it if It's free; You have nothing else to do; you want to see Blair Brown on stage for a little while; you've seen everything else

Don't see it if You like linear stories; you like well-directed actors; you like plays to have some, even minor point; you like a concrete resolution

60
Disappointing, Great singing, Dull, Missed opportunity

See it if You want to head a beautifully sung score that will make you wonder why it's not a concert version

Don't see it if You want a coherently directed production; you want consistently good acting & dancing; you have memories of the last revival

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You want to be reminded what real theater is capable of; you want substance , not fluff.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals...oh, just stop what you're doing, and go. There is no reason not to. It's the best thing, currently on Bway.

60
During previews
Disappointing, Quirky, Great writing, Ambitious, Dull

See it if You enjoy Denzel (Colm Meaney is better). You enjoy abridged O'Neill. You like long, talky character studies that are not always cheery.

Don't see it if 4 hour plays are not your thing; you like to see the full text presented, you dislike O'Neill, "un-cheery' plays are not for you

51
Disappointing, Great singing, Cheap, Poorly staged, Pointless

See it if You enjoy very talented actors, singing, well (mostly) some classic & unknown songs since this is more a tribute to songwriter

Don't see it if Youre not familiar with Hal Prince, expect to see why he was such a good director, want a large cast, need a plot, need a coherent narrative

40
During previews
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Superficial

See it if You enjoy Deanna Dunagan. You enjoy seeing 4 good actors with bad material.

Don't see it if You want depth, compelling, well-drawn characters, insight and original ideas

30
During previews
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You like Hallmark-style soap operas that go nowhere with no conflict or long, rambling pieces with talented actors like the great BlairBrown

Don't see it if You like engaging stories with conflict & something at stake; you dislike multi-generational soap-operas with nothing to say

30
During previews
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if You enjoy a group of twenty-somethings complaining about their relationships; you enjoy seeing Barbara Barrie on stage in a tiny part

Don't see it if You enjoy good writing, characters with an arc, a plot; you dislike self-indulgent characters who start & end in the same place

65
Disappointing, Great acting, Overrated

See it if You enjoy seeing great acting & a great play destroyed by a visionless director who missed a great opportunity to make this play relevant

Don't see it if You think Ivo Van Hove is a poor, overrated director; you are totally unfamiliar with the play, because you wont get it from this production

0
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Bad

See it if You're a masochist. You need a nap and your air conditioning went out; you enjoy bad writing & worse acting; I can't think of a reason to go

Don't see it if u know what's good for u; u want to save 2 hours of your life; u enjoy good story/acting..of thousands of shows, this is top 3 most hated

40
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Slow

See it if You enjoy silly farce that is a bit raunchy and peppered with songs in-between the silliness; also if you enjoy Stephen Pasquale

Don't see it if You value 90 minutes of your life that feels more like 3 hours; silly, stupid farce that is littered with poor and unmemorable songs

95
Clever, Intense, Masterful, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You have ever known anybody with any form of dementia and more importantly, if you have never known anyone with it

Don't see it if You can't handle seeing dementia through the eyes of the sufferer and can't handle how excruciating and painful it can be

90
Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great staging, Must see

See it if You enjoy the confluence of Gershwin tunes, ballet, romance and an incredibly talented cast

Don't see it if You don't care for a romantic, beautiful, ballet-heavy story, with much of it told through dance; you dislike a Gershwin tune

79
Absorbing, Entertaining, Refreshing, Feel-good, Romantic

See it if you want to smile and tap your toes for a few hours; you enjoy latin-tinged pop music that is very catchy; you like a sweet love story

Don't see it if you dislike juke-box musicals; you dislike all of Gloria Estefan's music; you dislike fluffy (not terribly dramatic) material