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
Fantastic acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

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

80
Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

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

65
Disappointing, Slow, Banal

See it if You enjoy a good laugh

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

70
During previews
Absorbing, Cliched, Great acting

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

88
For a previous production
Must see, Quirky, Funny, Clever, Delightful

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

49
Slow, Disappointing

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.

86
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

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.

70
Intense, Slow, Enchanting

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.

85
During previews
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

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.

50
Confusing, Funny, Quirky, Disappointing

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.

83
During previews
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

81
During previews
Slow, Intelligent, Great acting, Delightful

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.

30
Insipid, Disappointing, Funny

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!

59
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Relevant, Slow

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.

75
Intense, Slow, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

86
Masterful, Intelligent, Epic, Great staging, Great acting

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.

60
Clever, Funny, Insipid

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.

71
Reflective, Slow, Ambitious

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.

35
Ridiculous, Excruciating, Banal

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.

61
Good staging, Quick, Good acting

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.

72
Not too heavy, Refreshing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if A beautiful piece that was thoroughly enjoyable.

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

55
Not memorable, Leaves you wanting, Meh

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.

62
Banal, Quirky, Thought-provoking

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.

84
Riveting, Resonant, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

61
Slow, Romantic, Quirky, Disappointing, Enchanting

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.

73
Grounded, Great acting, Delightful

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.

75
Clever, Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing

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.

30
Confusing, Unfortunate, Disappointing

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

Don't see it if You enjoy good theatre.

68
During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Raunchy

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

77
Great singing, Funny, Clever

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.

80
Refreshing, Great singing, Enchanting, Absorbing

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.

75
Overrated, Great acting, Entertaining

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

63
Confusing, Relevant, Long

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
Must see, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

65
Slow, Great use of the space, Interesting staging, Long

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.

65
Entertaining, Quirky, Great lighting, Delightful

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare done differently.

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

62
Ambitious, Slow, Funny, Enchanting

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.

63
Empty, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining

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.

77
Refreshing, Great writing, Hilarious, Delightful, Enchanting

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.

90
Great singing, Resonant, Refreshing, Exquisite, Absorbing

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.

68
Thought-provoking, Insipid, Confusing

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.

79
Refreshing, Delightful

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.

80
Absorbing, Riveting, Masterful, Great acting

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.

69
Quirky, Slow, Enchanting

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.

74
Refreshing, Intelligent, Entertaining

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.

46
Banal, Self-absorbent, Confusing

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".

49
Not interesting, Confusing, Slow, Disappointing

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.

71
Great singing, Funny, Quirky, Delightful

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.

73
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

74
Intense, Resonant, Absorbing, Great acting

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.