Johnny Pomatto

New York City | 35-49 | Male
About:  I'm a writer and critic who has been going to theater ever since moving to Manhattan 20 years ago. I have eclectic tastes across multiple genres.
Reviews (32)
79
During previews
Great writing, Guilt-inducing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting

See it if you're up for a challenging play with difficult subject matter featuring some top notch acting.

Don't see it if three hours sounds like a long time to just feel bad about yourself and the state of the world by the end of the night.

Also During the early scenes of this I thought, "Wow. This is a surprisingl... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Profound, Unique, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you like non traditional approaches to theatre with changing variables that make things fresh.

Don't see it if you want a more traditional experience without gimmicks and with more plot.

Also I held off on seeing this for quite some time. The rotating nightly gu... Read more Read less

85
Enchanting, Ambitious, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you would like to see a unique musical experience, different from the usual fare typically offered on Broadway.

Don't see it if you prefer more traditional show tunes found in classical book musicals.

Also I waited quite a while to see this. I saw the film when it was release... Read more Read less

82
Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if you're a fan of Sam Shepherd, this play, and Ethan Hawke.

Don't see it if you tend to run a little hot and cold on Paul Dano.

Also I've always been a fan of this play. I didn't know if a production cou... Read more Read less

89
Enchanting, Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Great set

See it if you want to see a refreshing take on a new classic.

Don't see it if you prefer your Little Mermaid musicals to feature cumbersome costumes and wheels in the heels of the actors' sneakers.

Also I remember seeing the original production of OOTI as a kid and being e... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Riveting, Resonant, Profound, Edgy

See it if you like very new spins on old classics.

Don't see it if you fear change.

Also OKLAHOMA is not my favorite R&H musical so I questioned if even a trul... Read more Read less

41
Banal, Cliched, Slow, Predictable, Aptly titled

See it if you're obsessed with snooker and puns.

Don't see it if you like plays with endings.

Also A few friends recommended this to me as enjoyable fluff. I only wish t... Read more Read less

62
During previews
Great acting, Ambitious, Emotional, Cliched, Missed opportunity

See it if you're a devoted Glenn Close fan and want to see her give it her all in an intimate venue.

Don't see it if you're a little tired of New York theatre companies going to the Joan of Arc well a bit too often.

Also Jane Anderson's ambitious new play starts with an interesting idea. It... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Resonant

See it if you're a fan of Lonergan or any of the excellent cast. Lovers of New York based family drama should be especially swayed.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that ask you to meet them halfway and do a little work to get to the meat of it. The play requires some patience.

Also I'm such a devoted Elaine May fan so this was a highly anticipated pro... Read more Read less

66
Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you love the music so much that you'll see absolutely any production of it. Being a Joshua Henry fan will make this essential viewing.

Don't see it if you want to see a production with a stronger point of view and more consistent direction.

Also Carousel has my favorite R&H score, yet i had never seen it live in pe... Read more Read less

83
Funny, Resonant, Great acting, Emotional, Great writing

See it if you enjoy social satire and modern family drama with an air of comedic realism.

Don't see it if If you're expecting a laugh riot or a play without its share of imperfections.

Also I first saw SWM at The Public a few years back and absolutely loved it... Read more Read less

77
Quirky, Dizzying, Enchanting, Refreshing, Disappointing

See it if you love visual spectacle, creative staging, and inventive design.

Don't see it if you want to see a cohesive musical geared towards adults.

Also I'm not generally a fan of the sorts of theatrical productions Disney ... Read more Read less

72
Great singing, Resonant, Overrated, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if You are a die hard Jason Robert Brown fan, and love classic song cycles.

Don't see it if you require your musicals to have a plot or if you don't want to see a show drowned out by an over-enthusiastic audience.

Also I was only familiar with a few songs from this show, which I've heard ... Read more Read less

74
Funny, Great writing, Resonant, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if You're a fan of Stephen Adly Guirgis' exquisite writing.

Don't see it if If you're such a fan of his that the sight of an imperfect production might disappoint you.

Also The original LAByrinth production of OUR LADY, directed by Phillip Sey... Read more Read less

77
Delightful, Dated, Funny, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if -You're a fan of vintage musicals with a reverent modern spin. -You love Christian Borle. -You're nostalgic for the 80's revival.

Don't see it if -You require a musical to be very polished and well rehearsed. -You can't forgive some dated sensibilities and primitively classical music.

Also The very first Broadway musical I ever saw was the 80's revival of ME ... Read more Read less

92
Great writing, Hilarious, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you are a fan of Charles Busch and old Hollywood melodramas.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy an afternoon watching old movies on TCM.

Also I've been seeing Charles Busch's plays for as long as I've lived in NY... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Disappointing, Raunchy, Dizzying, Refreshing, Funny

See it if you want to see something different than the usual Broadway fare and want to see a heady riff on obscure Shakespeare.

Don't see it if you have a low tolerance for shtick, bawdy humor, or have little or no interest in the play it is lampooning.

Also I very much appreciate what Taylor Mac is trying to do here, but it co... Read more Read less

88
Entertaining, Great writing, Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you enjoy Colin Quinn.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy Colin Quinn.

Also Colin Quinn has always been a reliable mainstay in the New York alt co... Read more Read less

71
Delightful, Dated, Great singing, Slow

See it if you enjoy seeing classic musicals of yesteryear.

Don't see it if you want those musicals to perfectly match your memories or ideals.

Also I love seeing shows at Encores. The more obscure & older the show the ... Read more Read less

71
During previews
Ambitious, Creative, Dated, Not quite there yet., Disappointing

See it if you are already a fan of this show to some degree and want to see a unique take on it.

Don't see it if this is your first exposure to the play, because let's face it, it was never very good to begin with.

Also Every time I see MERRILY I hope that it will be better than I remember... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Entertaining, Hilarious, Great writing, Profound, Delightful

See it if you like Mike Birbiglia.

Don't see it if you don't like Mike Birbiglia.

Also I never miss a new Mike Birbiglia show. More of a storyteller than a s... Read more Read less

87
Great acting, Riveting, Dizzying, Ambitious, Intense

See it if you're a fan of theater of the surreal, the works of Kurt Vonnegut, and some really stellar acting.

Don't see it if you like things to be a bit easier to digest.

Also I was not familiar with the fledgling theatre company Wheelhouse, but ... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you're a Harvey Fierstein fan and his particular brand of poignant comedy, as well as these fantastic performers.

Don't see it if you want a less personal and more broad portrait of the gay experience, though why would that matter to you?

Also I've always wanted to see this play. I'm a fan of the film, which Harv... Read more Read less

97
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Intense, Epic

See it if you're a fan of large scale ensemble dramas that take you on a journey.

Don't see it if spending 3 hours plus with Irish dialects sounds like a bit much.

Also I saw THE FERRYMAN almost a year ago to the day in London & I've been ... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious, Indulgent, Underwritten

See it if you like Irish plays about Americana featuring gorgeous arrangements of familiar songs, sung by a fresh faced cast.

Don't see it if you prefer your jukebox musicals to be biographies featuring safe soundalike reproductions of classic songs w/ meaningless filler in between

Also I'm a big fan of Conor McPherson & a casual Bob Dylan fan. Was cautiou... Read more Read less

74
Great staging, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if you appreciate historical dramas presented in a unique way.

Don't see it if you like your history lessons to be a bit subtler.

Also There will always be studies of segregation because it never doesn't s... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Enchanting, Epic, Great staging, Slow

See it if you are a die hard Harry Potter fan and want to see the spectacle of the magical production.

Don't see it if If you don't care about Harry Potter and if you like your money right where it is in your bank account.

Also Let me preface this by saying that I am not the target audience. I rea... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

See it if you love limited, inventive storytelling brought to you by a talented ensemble.

Don't see it if you prefer a more linear narrative.

Also Tracy Letts' new play is a beautiful telling of the life of one woman ... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Great singing, Dizzying, Refreshing

See it if You like stripped down and streamlined musicals, and new interpretations of old classics.

Don't see it if you like a little more flash or aren't fond of operatic musicals.

Also One of my biggest complaints about seeing things at Classic Stage Comp... Read more Read less

96
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if you're a fan of Albee's mind benders and of outstanding acting from three top actresses.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of indulgent, introspective memory plays, or don't have the patience Albee in general.

Also If I could have only seen one play this entire season, this would be i... Read more Read less

86
Clever, Great acting, Dizzying, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you like heady historical dramas with a playful sense of humor.

Don't see it if you prefer a tightly plotted story or a playwright that holds your hand while you take your journey.

Also I'm a big Tom Stoppard fan. I read TRAVESTIES in school many years ago... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if If you're a Conor McPherson fan, this is one of his most entertaining yarns. The ensemble is quite strong and it's a fine production overall

Don't see it if If you saw the original Broadway production, this won't eclipse it. I enjoyed it being so fond of the play, but I missed the original cast.

Also Irish Rep does typically fine work with limited resources. Their (rela... Read more Read less