John the Original

New York City | 25-34 | Male
About:  Actor in film and theatre, performer, play reader, hopeless romantic with a flair for the confusing. Which leads to my endless passion to seeing as many shows and movies as my short time here on earth will allow.
Reviews (63)
65
During previews
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Fantastic acting
February 5th, 2019

See it if you enjoy watching actors stripped of everything just acting, truthfully and wholeheartedly.

Don't see it if You need a spectacle, of any kind, don't like sparse staging, set design (read:no) or one man plays.

Also Though both actors were great, the pieces left much to be desired whol... Read more Read less

73
Delightful, Great acting, Grounded
February 5th, 2019

See it if You enjoy a straight play about family issues or if you like Paul Dano or Ethan Hawke

Don't see it if You don't like straight plays. You're not a fan of brotherly dramas or pieces that ask you to think more than be wowed.

80
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing
November 16th, 2018

See it if You enjoy an honest, funny play that makes you forget all about what time it is and what you're doing after the show.

Don't see it if Long plays aren't your thing or family dramas.

Also A fantastic cast and great acting as chemistry lead to an unforgettabl... Read more Read less

75
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant, Clever
March 10th, 2018

See it if You like political dramas with not too much politics in it.

Don't see it if You don't like the political scene.

65
Mankind
Midtown W
Banal, Slow, Disappointing
January 23rd, 2018

See it if You enjoy a good laugh

Don't see it if You want to laugh more than every 30 mins.

30
Agnus
Midtown W
Disappointing, Unfortunate, Confusing
January 23rd, 2018

See it if You enjoy theatre that doesn't make sense on purpose.

Don't see it if You enjoy good theatre.

70
During previews
Fire and Air
East Village
Great acting, Cliched, Absorbing
January 23rd, 2018

See it if Non-articulated (not voice) plays interests you. The play almost dances around itself but in a bit of a dizzy.

Don't see it if You need more of a structured plot with convincing character arcs.

Also Although I walked out of the theatre feeling a bit more down about mys... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Raunchy, Edgy, Ambitious
September 17th, 2017

See it if You enjoyed the movie.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy watching half naked men and a few raunchy moments that inevitably raise a few eyebrows.

Also I would have enjoyed it more if they decided to put their own spin on ... Read more Read less

88
For a previous production
Delightful, Clever, Funny, Quirky, Must see
June 19th, 2017

See it if you enjoy slapstick comedy that leaves you feeling very satisfied.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy slapstick over the top comedy. No reason to other than that.

Also I have to admit I saw the London cast, but knowing this is the exact s... Read more Read less

77
Baghdaddy
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great singing
June 19th, 2017

See it if you enjoy contemporary musicals that touch on a contemporary topic.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy contemp musicals. Somewhat kitschy in style.

49
Disappointing, Slow
May 17th, 2017

See it if You want to support small theatre

Don't see it if Enjoy watching actors who dont seem like they're just doing second rate community theatre.

80
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great singing, Refreshing
March 16th, 2017

See it if You enjoy a strong ensemble who connects with the piece wholefully and lets you in on their journey.

Don't see it if Sunday is a specific type of music, might not be for all. Also if you don't like brooding characters at the center of the story.

86
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking
January 26th, 2017

See it if you enjoy theatre outside the box. Very tongue in cheek but in a sincere way.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy theatre that will make you think. But if that's the case then stop going to theatre.

75
The Present
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Overrated
January 23rd, 2017

See it if you enjoy watching great actors do their thing.

Don't see it if the script is of huge importance. It leaves you wanting.. some parts drag.

Also Overall a good performance. But wasn't life changing or very memorable... Read more Read less

70
Enchanting, Slow, Intense
January 10th, 2017

See it if you enjoy ghost stories told in a podcast esque format.

Don't see it if You need your theatre to be mostly visual instead of auditory.

63
Long, Relevant, Confusing
November 10th, 2016

See it if You enjoy longer thought pieces and a reflective material.

Don't see it if It's long and at times hard to get through. But there are a few moments when it breaks through and gives you something to reflect on

85
During previews
TOUCH
Midtown E
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant
August 23rd, 2016

See it if A fantastic piece performed effortlessly and memorably is your cup of tea.

Don't see it if family themes and other nefarious acts aren't something you find entertaining.

85
Strange Country
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Must see
August 11th, 2016

See it if A fantastic performance all around! I've never seen such real people on stage before. Fantastic casting.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy family drama or are not a fan of a 4 flight walk up. But seriously, a fantastic piece of theatre. You need to see it.

50
Rhinoceros
East Village
Disappointing, Quirky, Funny, Confusing
August 4th, 2016

See it if you enjoy a light hearted production of a heavy topic play. Brandon Walker was much better as an actor than a director.

Don't see it if you need your Ionesco to be actually interesting.

65
Getting Out
East Village
Long, Interesting staging, Great use of the space, Slow
July 21st, 2016

See it if you enjoy watching the development of a woman from childhood to adulthood.

Don't see it if you find artistically done flashbacks and melding of then and now.

83
During previews
Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Thought-provoking
July 12th, 2016

See it if A great piece of theatre that changes your mind about what "good" theatre is.

Don't see it if You're not interested in not "normal" theatre.

65
Delightful, Great lighting, Quirky, Entertaining
July 4th, 2016

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare done differently.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Shakespeare performed non-traditionally.

81
During previews
The Healing
Midtown W
Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow
June 21st, 2016

See it if You enjoy seeing actors of all types and abilities. A fantastic cast that puts on a show with substance and thought provoking material.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy shows about faith, depression (suicide), disabilities, long held grudges or disappointment in your friends.

62
Sylvia
Midtown W
Enchanting, Funny, Slow, Ambitious
June 19th, 2016

See it if you enjoy light comedies with moments of sincerity.

Don't see it if those moments of sincerity need to be more often than not. A nice attempt at the story but lacking in acting depth.

30
I'll Say She Is
East Village
Funny, Disappointing, Insipid
June 19th, 2016

See it if you enjoy cabaret style productions with nice music. I appreciate the attempt at recreating the past.

Don't see it if you enjoy theatre above a high school level. Slow, awkward and lacking in true dedication from the cast. Don't walk in expecting much!

63
Entertaining, Quirky, Delightful, Empty
June 19th, 2016

See it if A fine production for understanding specific parts of Midsummer but not a fully fleshed out version of the whole.

Don't see it if You need your Shakespeare to be solidly acted and bravely told. This seemed like a very high school-esque production.

59
During previews
Stet
Midtown W
Slow, Relevant, Disappointing, Ambitious
June 16th, 2016

See it if you enjoy a play that has a strong message, no matter if there's a plot with substantial stakes or not.

Don't see it if I can't believe nobody has mentioned how sloooow this show is. It seems a bit choppy and repetitive.

77
Enchanting, Delightful, Hilarious, Great writing, Refreshing
June 15th, 2016

See it if you enjoy Mr. Hayes or just a good time laughing about the ridiculous nature of the world around us.

Don't see it if you've seen Book of Mormon and saw red.

75
The Crucible
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Slow, Intense
June 14th, 2016

See it if An interesting take on the original, it has depth to it and keeps you interested in what's to happen next.

Don't see it if Quite slow indeed. Some moments lost their gravitas due to choices that downsized intentions. If you need feel good theatre, this is not it.

90
Absorbing, Exquisite, Refreshing, Resonant, Great singing
June 13th, 2016

See it if An amazing production that is nothing but enhanced by using ASL. An exquisite production overall.

Don't see it if You'd find using sign language distracting or don't enjoys the plight of the teenager coming to terms with themselves.

86
Great acting, Great staging, Epic, Intelligent, Masterful
June 13th, 2016

See it if A very well done staging of a classic play is your style. Great staging and design overall. The quality to shoot for.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of simple (yet effective) staging and don't enjoy familial issues based on a class system.

68
Confusing, Insipid, Thought-provoking
June 13th, 2016

See it if You enjoy a play about the importance of the actions we take and the career paths that lead us those actions.

Don't see it if You don't like unconventionally produced theatre with a a sense of detachment of the characters one another and the material almost.

60
Bayside! The Musical!
East Village
Insipid, Funny, Clever
June 13th, 2016

See it if You enjoy a fun night out in conjunction with some nostalgia, if you've seen Saved by the Bell that is.

Don't see it if Don't like tongue in cheek comedy or cheesiness.

79
Lone Star Spirits
East Village
Delightful, Refreshing
June 13th, 2016

See it if You would enjoy a simple show with light themes and a good laugh. Solid acting, great casting. Standard reconciliation themes, lighthearted.

Don't see it if You need deeply complex characters with long arcing development. Tad indulgent, but rightly so.

71
Ambitious, Slow, Reflective
June 12th, 2016

See it if A great sophomoric-esque take on friendship and it's lasting effects on our lives. Good writing and a solid beginning for good actors.

Don't see it if It's a bit too slow and lengthy. Could be more effective if it was more precise. Not for somebody who wants a feel good time.

80
The Judas Kiss
Brooklyn
Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Absorbing
June 11th, 2016

See it if You enjoy first class acting and a show that makes you rethink your definition of unconditional love.

Don't see it if You're not interested in a story about questionable actions and gay centric themes.

35
Trip of Love
Midtown W
Banal, Excruciating, Ridiculous
June 11th, 2016

See it if You have a few drinks in you and like 60's music.

Don't see it if You want substance of any kind.

69
Enchanting, Slow, Quirky
June 10th, 2016

See it if yo enjoy pieces about reminiscing and family matters.

Don't see it if flashbacks are something you don't like interwoven in present day scenes.

61
Wide Awake Hearts
Midtown E
Good acting, Quick, Good staging
June 10th, 2016

See it if you enjoy pieces about friend groups and want to think about the implications of your actions.

Don't see it if you don't like it when a group of characters aren't the most likable.

74
Dada Woof Papa Hot
Upper W Side
Entertaining, Intelligent, Refreshing
June 10th, 2016

See it if you enjoy modern theatre and NYC topic based art.

Don't see it if you don't like to hear about the problems of the well off or nudity.

72
The New Morality
Midtown W
Delightful, Great acting, Refreshing, Not too heavy
June 10th, 2016

See it if A beautiful piece that was thoroughly enjoyable.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy matters of social status.

46
Confusing, Self-absorbent, Banal
June 10th, 2016

See it if you could enjoy a piece of absurd (artistically used here, with much leeway) theatre.

Don't see it if you don't like seeing theatre that just "is".

55
The Vast Machine
West Village
Meh, Leaves you wanting, Not memorable
June 10th, 2016

See it if you wouldn't mind watching a show with a cast that tries hard but doesn't make it.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy watching all types of theatre.

49
Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Not interesting
June 10th, 2016

See it if you enjoy shows that kind of leave you confused

Don't see it if you don't enjoy shows that attempt to have a message and then fall flat.

62
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Banal
June 10th, 2016

See it if You can enjoy the occasional odd piece of theatre.

Don't see it if It seemed forever long and a bit unorganized, even though that was the point, it wasn't done terribly well.

71
Delightful, Quirky, Funny, Great singing
June 9th, 2016

See it if You enjoy a great night out with some great music and a decent story.

Don't see it if You're offended by fierce men dancing in heels or feel good musicals always leave you wanting.

84
Blackbird
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Resonant, Riveting
June 2nd, 2016

See it if You enjoy fantastic acting with strong choices and great actors.

Don't see it if You're squeamish about sex with minors or don't enjoy a simple show with strong acting.

73
Peer Gynt
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking
May 31st, 2016

See it if You enjoy classic theatre. Done very well, without too much compensating. Great actors being very truthful.

Don't see it if A bit slow at times, however it's beneficial to the piece, gives you time to think... Might though want to let them do that after the show.

61
Paramour
Midtown W
Enchanting, Disappointing, Quirky, Romantic, Slow
May 31st, 2016

See it if You enjoy watching spectacle and don't need a solid sorry line. It's there just lofty and more of an outline.

Don't see it if You need a solid sorry that can hold up by itself sans the crazy amazing acrobatic work.

74
Cal in Camo
West Village
Great acting, Absorbing, Resonant, Intense
May 26th, 2016

See it if You enjoy watching a piece where people act like people. Great acting, the actors almost seemed to want to bust out of the theatre.

Don't see it if You need a fluff piece or you're not interested in human connection and disconnect.