JohnDL

Hoboken | 35-49 | Male
About:  Dived into watching shows at the beginning of 2017. Have currently watched every show on Broadway except for 4. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (42)
77
Great acting, Intense, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like Shakespearean dialogue, with modern staging. An intense show, glimmering with undertones of patriarchy, betrayal & abuses of power

Don't see it if If you don't like Shakespearean dialogue, or want something "light and fun" as this show is intense, dealing with murder and betrayal

81
During previews
Intense, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You want an interesting take on a classic. Circle in the Square is an entertaining venue, with great performances and intense moments

Don't see it if You want a replay of a classic that you grew up loving or don't want to see it re-imagined.

71
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Indulgent, Intense

See it if You want a breakdown of theater and the juxtaposition of what black theater should be to, and for, the black community.

Don't see it if This play is more about ideas than deep character development. If you're looking for something light and uplifting worth lots of characters

86
Absorbing, Relevant, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if A thought-provoking play that allows you to explore your own feelings on a thorny issue, porn and the women in it, and biases come up.

Don't see it if Are offended by brief nudity, sexual representative acts, are close-minded, or don't like actors playing multiple characters.

Also If you know anything about what this story is based off of, this play ... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a story about life, death, change, slight redemption, and never fully understanding why bad things happen to good people

Don't see it if You don't want to see a show about cancer, or want a highly comedic play without serious undertones, or want a musical

Also It was hard for me to score this play. Of course, the cancer was the m... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Great dancing, Funny

See it if You like musicals and want a light-ish show, despite having a powerful message, with great performances and an overall feel-good time.

Don't see it if You want to see a super serious show and don't like musicals, "adult" language, or have issues with LGBQT issues.

Also I thought the show was really smart, despite having an aura of lightne... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Engaging

See it if You want to see a show that is both comedic, yet powerful, and balances the two in a play about discrimination within one's own culture.

Don't see it if You want a light-hearted comedy or musical. If you have issues with an all female cast

Also I thought this show was super engaging and entertaining, simultaneousl... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You want to see a play that discusses both angles of the BLM without ever saying the words. Great acting and writing keeps you engaged

Don't see it if If you want something light or fluffy. You come in not wanting to hear two sides of a story. If you want a musical or comedy

84
During previews
Absorbing, Great singing, Dated, Enchanting

See it if You like revivals, can get past dated concepts, like men hitting women and it's 'alright' and want to see a great cast and good choreography

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, don't like revivals or can't get past some dated material/concepts.

Also I liked this show more than I thought I would, but I can get lost in t... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy neuroscience, rap & a different type of show that blends the two. Will enthrall you if you like to ponder psychological questions.

Don't see it if You don't like rap, want a mindless show (this definitely is not it) and want something larger than a one-man show.

94
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want an amazingly written drama, that's as relevant, if not more today, than it's setting in the mid-80's. Great acting, staging & story

Don't see it if You want something light, a musical or like short plays - this is an 8 hour behemoth (but totally worth it)

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Good use of space, Good writing

See it if You're interested in seeing a play about the inevitable ups and downs, and the solutions people go to, to try and make relationships work.

Don't see it if You're looking for a show that discusses polyamorous relationships or threesomes. The show is much more about relationships in general

88
During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You like the interplay of love, suffering and a higher being's role in both. Overall, great love story that is absorbing

Don't see it if You like something fast-paced or a musical. If the talk about god, good, bad or indifferent bothers you.

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Fluffy, Intelligent

See it if You want to see period-piece with portrayals of caricatures of poor decision-making play out over 20 yrs time with good acting and directing

Don't see it if You want a fast paced play that conveys the story without any subtlety or needing to think on your part. You crave diversity in the cast

62
Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if The one redeeming quality of the play was the acting. You can take a lot of bad scenes for one or two scenes that get you hooked.

Don't see it if You want to see a semi-normal Shakespeare production that is coherent with pacing and direction that you can follow and understand

82
For a previous production
Clever, Funny, Great singing, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You like a fun, light-hearted show with good singing and great performances.

Don't see it if You're looking for a serious show and don't like musicals. If you're prude when it comes to sex

97
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want a show that's engaging, with amazing singing/acting, with a diversified (f/m, age, race) cast about the good on a sensitive topic

Don't see it if You don't want to be entertained and inspired while talking about 9/11.

84
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a well-done play/story about the nature of relationships and why different people may want to be, or not be, in one.

Don't see it if You think marriage is the end-all, be-all to life.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a great play based on the 93 Peace between PLO and Israel. It's a long show about a serious topic, done excruciatingly well.

Don't see it if You're looking for something light and fun. The way they do it makes it entertaining and engaging, but it's nearly 3 hours of non-fiction

72
During previews
Dizzying, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to see a classic played out in a way that feels chillingly relevant in today's political culture.

Don't see it if You don't know what 1984 is about. If you don't like gore, or if loud sounds really bother and/or bright, strobe-like lights bother you.

87
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Clever

See it if The show deals with an abusive relationship and a woman's struggle to break out of it. Overall, it's got a great message and fun songs.

Don't see it if You're super religious. I am not and loved the show, but there are a few things people could find "offensive."

87
Great acting, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Raunchy

See it if You want an absurdist take on "male privilege" and can see past that absurdity (which is entertaining) and uncover the heart of the play

Don't see it if You don't like absurd comedy or will only focus on that, while missing what the show is trying to say. You will leave disappointed

Also I thought this was one of the smartest plays I've seen in a while, wit... Read more Read less

80
Interesting, Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if A play about gender norms in Muslim culture, through an interesting example of faking gender identity to "protect" their family

Don't see it if You want a musical, or an ending that feels predictable and sappy (it's a nice ending though).

79
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy learning the research behind the way humans make subconscious decisions in an interesting and engaging play

Don't see it if You find research about how the brain works or what spurs us to lean towards certain choices uninteresting as a story.

83
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if You want to see a powerful story about one of the most famous women to perform abortions in the 19th century and the problems she faced

Don't see it if You're anti-abortion or don't like stories based on true stories.

Also I thoroughly enjoyed the show, as I thought the story was absolutely f... Read more Read less

87
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing, Intense

See it if You want a somewhat intense show that makes you think about current political and social issues from a number of perspectives.

Don't see it if You want a musical, something light & fluffy, something to escape the current political & social issues, or want a straight play.

Also I enjoyed this show, but it's not a straight play, but a series of vig... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Entertaining, High energy, Disjointed, Great performances

See it if You want a different and interactive show experience, based on black pride with great storytelling.

Don't see it if You want a traditional show with a cast of characters. This is basically a one-woman show with a band and back-up singers.

Also The storytelling was great. It was powerful, gripping, and intense. Th... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if You want to see a powerful show about trying to be accepted and loved, with great acting and writing. Michael Urie was amazing.

Don't see it if You want an upbeat show or musical. You're ignorant and have issues with seeing drag or LGBTQ romance

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if A play set in the 60's with themes that are just as relevant today as they were 55 years ago. Powerful performances by both actors.

Don't see it if If you want something light, fluffy, or a musical. If you want a play with lots of characters or moving parts.

83
During previews
Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Fluffy, Popcorn musical

See it if The performances & staging I thought were great. I'd never seen the movie & expected it to be for younger audiences. It met that expectation

Don't see it if You want a serious show, don't like musicals, or want a "regular" Broadway show. It felt more like being in the the movies than Broadway.

Also It's meant for younger audiences, yet there were definitely some times... Read more Read less

87
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You like musicals, with great singing, and an overall entertaining show. Great cast and use of space

Don't see it if You want a traditional musical or stage.

84
Enchanting, Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You want a cute story, with great acting and good performances and enjoy music integrated on stage by the performers

Don't see it if You're looking for a discussion of how two cultures came together or you're looking for a happily ever after from the two main leads

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intense, Great writing

See it if Like to have your heart strings plucked at, know about psychological terms. Play takes you through stories submitted to an advice column.

Don't see it if You want a traditional play with direct dialogue vs monologues. If you hate psychological talk or think self-help is stupid or useless

Also After reading through some of the other reviews, I thought I should ad... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a diverse cast, an interesting perspective on gender identity, and relationships from an Eastern/Western perspective and overall.

Don't see it if You don't like nudity, sets that are manually manipulated throughout the show and a breaking of the 4th wall

68
Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious, Masterful, Slow

See it if You want a mostly female cast led by two amazing voices in Lupone and Ebersole. You are a fan of great set design

Don't see it if You want a deeply engaging story with memorable songs. It contains neither.

68
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Weird

See it if You like niche shows and can make the jump between what's presented on stage and politics, deriding extremes on both the left & right

Don't see it if You're not into weird. You want something that is more than a simple provoking of thought or want to see a normal relationship on the stage

82
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if This is a fun comedy with great acting from Kevin Kline down.

Don't see it if You're looking for a serious play. This is light-hearted and never touches upon anything serious.

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want an intense play about working for one company and feeling entitled to a job because of your history, and how race comes into play

Don't see it if You're looking for something light-hearted and fun. This is not the show for you. It's intense and can be a little slow at times

88
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like the original movie, but with a more light-hearted twist. Great acting, staging and songs make it super entertaining.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, the original movie, and you want a super serious show. Not for super young kids with the sexual nature of the show

88
Great singing, Fun, Entertaining, Appeal to a wide audience, Great acting

See it if You like the "oldies" in a fun story about one of the most prolific female lyricists. Great music that has appeal to a wide audience

Don't see it if You're looking for something super thought-provoking or "intense." This show is made to entertain first and foremost

89
Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like a good story with great performances and choreography. The story is simple enough, but the way it's done is super entertaining.

Don't see it if You're looking for something earth-shatteringly new. It's a good old-fashioned story about the ravages of war and how music can help heal.

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You like good acting. All the acting was great, top to bottom. The story was interesting: a combo of capitalism and messy relationships.

Don't see it if You want to comedy or something "light" because there is nothing light about it. The plot is dark and will keep you thinking afterwards.