John Ned

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Reviews (81)
During previews
Slow, Lifeless

See it if you are a Second Stage subscription ticket holder...otherwise you are not missing much by skipping this production.

Don't see it if you want to see a play that can hold your interest for 90 min.

Also Disjointed...This play was very slow and felt like a puzzle that was a... Read more Read less

Amazing dancing, Great singing

See it if you enjoy old fashioned musicals with great dancing. Classic Cole Porter songs sung beautifully by Kelli O’Hara and the cast.

Don't see it if you have seen Kiss Me Kate before. While a very fine production, I felt nothing new was brought to it.

Also The dancing was the highlight... Corbin Bleu fantastic

During previews
Riveting, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a very good production of a classic American play. You will feel drained at the end by it’s powerful story.

Don't see it if you want some light entertainment. This play pulls you into serious topics making you think and feel.

Also At this early preview, I felt not all the acting choices matched with ... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Clever

See it if you want to be absorbed into a clever, fulfilling play...Wonderful performances... interesting story mixed with some humor

Don't see it if you just can’t stomach the idea of anything that might remind you of today’s politics.

Also A quick moving play ... 90 minutes fly by

Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a fun, entertaining play that is also relevant and thought provoking. All sides of the argument are presented intelligently

Don't see it if your views are so strong that any point of view that differs upsets you...but if that is the case, this is a play that you really should see

Fresh, Refreshing

See it if You want to see a show with a unique, quiet, soothing vibe. A simple story of people connecting and coming together. Beautiful in many ways

Don't see it if you get frustrated trying to catch all the words spoken with a accent. The show is also quiet and I feel I missed some dialogue.

Entertaining, Funny, Big heart, Uplifting

See it if You enjoy big hearted musical comedies ... filled with very funny performances. The show has a uplifting, feel good ending

Don't see it if shows that are silly at times make you roll your eyes.

Also I only started to connect with this show when the character of Emma wa... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Touching

See it if you want to see a new original musical with a talented cast, fun special effects, some very touching songs, and good story.

Don't see it if you are looking for the next Dear Evan Hansen... there are some very good moments in this musical but overall some mixed results.

True to life, Great acting, Must see

See it if you want a window into dementia and aging. This true to life play gives insight and helps to understand this illness. Wonderful performance.

Don't see it if you do not want a mirror of a hard fact of life that many live with. While there is plenty of funny moments, this is a sad play

Also I’m living through helping my father who has dementia now. I saw so ma... Read more Read less

Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you want to be pulled into the story thanks to Janet McTeer’s riveting performance. She was superb.

Don't see it if if you want a story that grabs you right from the beginning. A very slow first act. It took me some time before I became interested.

During previews
Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a play with a strong cast. A story that keeps your interest for the whole 90 min.... some, fun, interesting twists

Don't see it if You expect the play to totally explore the politics of the time. It doesn’t expose anything new.

Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you are looking for a quick moving show filled with songs most people know and love. The production is very entertaining and well done

Don't see it if you want to get deep into the story of the life of Carole King. Beautiful focuses on showcasing all the wonderful hits the were written.

Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in a play that explores different stages of the life of it’s main character. Written intelligently and easy to follow.

Don't see it if You want a play that features your favorite cast member on stage for a long time. A large cast, but each actor has relatively small scenes

During previews
Refreshing, Cool, Fun

See it if you want to see a show with a outstanding opening number that continues to entertain with a surprising story mixed with fun, rocking songs.

Don't see it if you expect and want the story to tell the history of the band The Go-Go’s. While the show uses the band’s hits, this a unique experience

Also I’m a huge fan of The Go-Go’s. I’m sure this added to my enjoyment of ... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you are looking for a play that challenges you. The play will have you examining your views on education and social issues.

Don't see it if you just want to be entertained

Delightful, Exquisite, Masterful

See it if you want to see a first rate, classic musical. Lincoln Center always seems to put on memorable, wonderful productions...this is one of them

Don't see it if you are looking for something completely new ... most likely you will know all the songs and the story of this much loved show.

Also Lauren Ambrose was out of today’s matinee. Her understudy did a fantas... Read more Read less

Slow, Intelligent

See it if you are looking for a historical, period piece. Cast did a good job. My expectations were very low... enjoyed it more than anticipated

Don't see it if you get bored from wordy plays... slow scenes sometimes felt like they would not end.

Unique, Funny, Touching

See it if You enjoy a play with good story involving a topic that is not often seen. The play is funny and has a lot of heart.

Don't see it if you want a perfect theater experience. While ultimately enjoyable, the play feels uneven. Some scenes work better than others.

Absorbing, Moving, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy one person shows (I do not usually like one person shows)... the story and performance take you on a memorable, moving journey.

Don't see it if The performance I attended had technical difficulties toward the end of the play. I think this made for a anticlimatic ending. .. oh well

During previews
Confusing, Good cast, Overloaded ideas

See it if you like a fast paced play. I enjoyed the entertaining performances by the cast ... standout performances by Alex Hurt and Anna Chlumsky

Don't see it if you do not want to be confused at the end of the play. So many ideas and topics are thrown together into such a short play with no closure.

Great acting, Dark, Disappointing

See it if You never saw the original production. The acting is very good but the end result left me feeling a bit cold ... too dark and edgy.

Don't see it if You enjoy being absorbed into a story so much that you feel you are part of it. This play is set up so you feel strictly like a observer.

Great staging, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you enjoy plays that make you think. It’s slow to get started but the end results are satisfying.

Don't see it if you only go to one or two Broadway shows a year. This is a play that does not have much of a wow factor.

Also I enjoyed the play more than I thought I was going to... maybe my expe... Read more Read less

Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a tennis fan or enjoy stories with characters giving their all for their dreams.

Don't see it if you don’t like talky plays. The story moves along quickly but you may find you are ready for it to end.

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Perfect casting

See it if you are looking for a evening of pure entertainment. A light, fast paced, funny play that is perfectly cast

Don't see it if if you are looking for a play that is thought provoking. This is just for fun.

Also Sherie Rene Scott and Mary Testa are both hilarious highlights of the ... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you want relatable characters and a story of true to life explores how we care for and support loved ones during illness

Don't see it if You don't like dark comedies. You are not open to thinking about some important life questions and mortality.

During previews
Wonderful chemistry and acting, Masterful

See it if you want to see two great actors who are perfectly matched give memorable performances. Play is full of true emotion, humor, and romance.

Don't see it if you do not wish to experience the intimate details of the beginning of a relationship ... including brief nudity and language

During previews
Gripping, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if you want a powerful story. I thought I would be bored by subject, instead I found it interesting and fascinating . Wonderful set and staging

Don't see it if You don’t like long plays...although for the most part the pace moves along nicely. I felt it could be trimmed a bit.

Also Surprisingly fun segments make the play a little more entertaining... ... Read more Read less

During previews
Great staging, Ambitious, Campy, Commercial

See it if you want to see a visually fantastic show that dazzles with cool special effects. The set and lighting are terrific. Filled with fun moments

Don't see it if you want a sophisticated evening of classical theatre. This is a show that tries hard to be a crowd pleaser.

Also I feel this show succeeds in giving your money’s worth in terms of wow... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Relevant, Hilarious

See it if you want to watch a fun musical with a lot of laughs... a very good book... great performances by the whole cast.

Don't see it if you don’t want to just sit back with a smile on your face and be entertained. First preview felt like it could be trimmed about 15 minutes

Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want absorbing, strong performances by the cast. I could not take my eyes off of Ethan Hawke ... fast paced interesting play

Don't see it if You are bothered by violence and disturbing subject matter

Absorbing, Great writing, Must see

See it if You want to see a play full of different elements that draw you into the story ... suspenseful, funny, intelligent, intense

Don't see it if if you do not enjoy or find it different to understand characters that speak in Irish accents. Maybe skip if you can’t sit for long periods

Also Great large ensemble cast... not a weak link to be found. Great set an... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You are a Sondheim fan. I enjoyed the intimate staging ... good cast ... many parts of the show were very entertaining and fun

Don't see it if You get restless sitting through a show with no intermission...the show had a couple slow spots where my interest would drift a bit

Great singing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if For wonderful, entertaining singing by the cast mixed into a good story... at times funny, tender, heartbreaking and real

Don't see it if you are expecting to learn everything about the lives of the characters. It is not a long play but at the end I liked and cared about them.

Relevant, Very uneven

See it if you want to see a play with a heartfelt important message and shared food at the end.

Don't see it if you want to see a play that knows what it wants to be. ... some scene were good but others felt cartoonish. The vibe was strange and uneven

Quirky, Disappointing, Ok .. but nothing special

See it if you want a sitcom like show ... it is not hard to understand or follow ... the second act is entertaining but the ending is very abrupt.

Don't see it if you want a memorable play ... while not terrible, I would not recommend at Broadway prices

During previews
Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you are looking for a interesting play about about choices and circumstances and the results they can bring in life.

Don't see it if you are not interested in dysfunctional family dramas

Also I was glued to Stockard Channing’s performance ... her character is no... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Riveting, Great staging, Must see

See it if you want to totally escape into a show. The staging is wonderful...Little touches and effects make for a memorable, magical experience.

Don't see it if you feel you can’t let yourself be swept away by storytelling .. but you should still give it a try.

Also My favorite show of the year! I enjoyed every aspect of the show.

During previews
Disjointed, Cliched

See it if for the star power and chemistry of Armie Hammer and Josh Charles. Their performances kept my interest and were enjoyable.

Don't see it if you are looking for a play that simply connects and takes the audience down a successful path. This was very disjointed.

Also I would not recommend this play to people that are not fans of the cas... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you enjoyed Joshua Harmon’s previous plays. I find his plays to be funny, contemporary and entertaining with a thought provoking message.

Don't see it if if you expect the play to be centered around star Idina Menzel. While her performance is very good, she is really part of an ensemble.

Also Not all the characters are likable... for me the characters of Elliot ... Read more Read less

Powerful performances, Wonderful choreography

See it if you enjoy classic musicals filled with terrific dancing and powerful, show stopping performances

Don't see it if you want a musical with a good, gripping storyline that pulls you in and makes you really feel for the characters. The story doesn’t hold up

Great acting, Quirky, Wonderful production and set

See it if you do some research about the play. Without some knowledge it could be very overwhelming. You will find great acting and a great set.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span. The play really is not for everyone tastes, With putting in work and thought it can be rewarding.

Also Roundabout hosted a talk before the show which was a very big help to ... Read more Read less

Funny, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you are looking for a funny but relevant play. Story unfortunately remains timely. A great role for Michael Cera, who is very entertaining

Don't see it if you are looking for a big production. The staging is not flashy but nice.

During previews
No spark, Slow, Ambitious

See it if if you are a fan of the actors who do a fine job. The play may appeal to those interested in hand language or hearing impaired stories.

Don't see it if If you don’t like slow moving plays. Joshua Jackson’s character does so much interpreting that is all starts to feel like one voice.

Great acting, Boring show

See it if you are a big fan of wonderful actor John Lithgow, who I always enjoy seeing on the stage. A show that comes from the heart, but slow moving

Don't see it if if you are looking for more than two short stories acted out by a single actor. The stories were not able to keep my attention.

Edgy, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy plays that are thought provoking. You will leave the theater thinking about the themes explored.

Don't see it if you are not open to a slow to grab you story. While I eventually got absorbed into the play, the overall result was not totally satisfying

During previews
Quirky, Creative, Fun, Colorful

See it if A creative show with a charismatic cast that you can’t keep your eyes off of. Funny physical performances that bring the cartoon to life

Don't see it if If you do not want to escape into a world under the sea filled with quirky, funny characters. You need to not take it seriously.

Also I didn’t have a interest in seeing this show before reading some of th... Read more Read less

Touching, Nostalgic, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a play that mixes comedy and drama, always intelligently capturing the feeling of truth and real life.

Don't see it if you know you will not be able to connect in any way to the story ... although the wonderful cast and writing may very well prove you wrong

Feel good, Colorful, Legendary

See it if you want a bright, colorful, iconic show that will make all your worries disappear for 2 hours, 40 min. Legendary performance by Bette Midle

Don't see it if you think you are too cool to enjoy a big, old fashion musical.... otherwise go!!

Also This show lived up to the hype...I loved the dancing, singing, sets, c... Read more Read less

Uninspired, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy a show full of Broadway’s greatest hits...that’s all you get here

Don't see it if you expect more from a Broadway show than the type of show you can find on a cruise ship

During previews
Ambitious, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy dramas that use true events in their story. A story about a Italian family going through situations that are pulling them apart.

Don't see it if you are easily frightened by events happening on stage. Be prepared for something that may startle you.

Also I liked the play but it didn't hit all the marks for me. ... very slow... Read more Read less