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 (62)
76
The public theatre teaches disney the definition of "free for all."

See it if you're a big fan of the 90's Disney movie and want to see an epic fantasy produced in small scale style with a large scale cast.

Don't see it if you're looking for a polished, complete show that ends up amounting to above average children's theatre.

Also Even if it's "lesser Disney," I've always enjoyed the original HERCULE... Read more Read less

83
A tight, focused stand up comedy show that's insightful & hilarious

See it if you want to see a rising star of comedy discuss typically taboo subjects in a sharply written treatise.

Don't see it if you were thinking of taking a parent to see it, or anyone else you might be uncomfortable to sit near throughout this spicy subject matter.

Also It's a bit strange to "review" stand up comedy. The format is by defin... Read more Read less

71
During previews
Mojada
East Village
A surprisingly successful merging of classic greek drama and modern american tragedy

See it if you're compelled by current immigration politics as well as classical Greek tragedies.

Don't see it if you don't like the classics messed with, or if you are unfamiliar with Medea. A few too many people in the audience surprised by the ending.

Also I had really enjoyed Luis Alfaro's OEDIPUS EL RAY a few years back, bu... Read more Read less

80
A silly, surreal, and absorbing allegory for modern politics through a puritan lens

See it if you enjoy satire that doesn't exhaust itself after a few minutes with a one joke premise.

Don't see it if you don't want to work a little for the meaning within the play's madness.

Also This play has a lot going on in it. It starts off with some big laughs... Read more Read less

91
A delightful, hilarious, & original musical that doesn't sacrifice humor while delivering an inspiring message

See it if you want to see an original musical that will make you laugh, cry, & even hum a tune on your way home brought on by an outstanding ensemble.

Don't see it if your first question you have when attending a Broadway musical is "What movie is it based on?"

Also I don't know why it took me so long to see this. I thought this sounde... Read more Read less

57
A well intentioned but emotionally misguided musical with a decent but repetitive score.

See it if you're a teenage, YA fan or if you think Pasek & Paul are the greatest composers that Broadway has ever seen.

Don't see it if Aw... don't listen to me. I guess you should see it. I recognize I'm squarely in the minority on this one.

Also I'll preface this by admitting that I am clearly not the target audien... Read more Read less

70
An intense first person account of a family crisis that's exhausting for the performer & audience, though nonetheless compelling

See it if you enjoy first person accounts of difficult times, that also touches upon true crime & stories of support in a horrifying situation.

Don't see it if the subject matter or actress don't appeal to you. There's not much there beyond that.

Also I've been a fan of Maddie Corman's work as an actress for many years, ... Read more Read less

66
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Ivo van hove directs a production of a classic film that is revolutionary, not always for the right reasons.

See it if you want to see a truly impressive & energetic production with inventive use of live video.

Don't see it if you want to see theatre, because this too often feels like you're watching a live taping of television.

Also I am truly awed and impressed by Ivo Van Hove's direction of NETWORK, ... Read more Read less

55
High Button Shoes
Midtown W
Encores dusts off a forgotten show that perhaps should have stayed on the shelf, despite an enthusiastic cast

See it if you enjoy seeing relics from the past that would otherwise never see the light of day again. Being a Urie fan will work in your favor.

Don't see it if you're expecting this classic to hold up or even hope Encores will deliver their usual loving qualities to weaker material.

Also I absolutely love seeing any Encores show, if for nothing else than th... Read more Read less

89
Another gloriously awkward, uncomfortable, & hilarious comedy from the mad ones

See it if you like to see a loose story told through character interactions, crafted by a stellar cast.

Don't see it if you can't stand awkwardly squirming in your seat while waiting for a story arc that will never come.

Also I saw The Mad Ones' MILES FOR MARY last year and it was one of the mos... Read more Read less

54
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
A classical relic removed of its power, context, and passion.

See it if you want to see a genuine piece of theatrical history and hear Marc Blitzstein's masterful score sung by some talented performers.

Don't see it if you want to feel an ounce of what this piece would have meant to the masses who heard it in the time of its creation.

Also I was very curious to see this production, having had familiarity with... Read more Read less

79
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Profound, Funny, Clever

See it if you are a particular fan of Chekhov, specifically Uncle Vanya, and are up for seeing it played with a bit.

Don't see it if you don't like people getting precious with the classics.

Also I was excited to see Aaron Posner's STUPID FUCKING BIRD a few years ba... Read more Read less

81
Burn This
Midtown W
One sensational performance in a satisfactory production of a wonderful play

See it if you want to see a classic play by Lanford Wilson headlined by an unforgettable performance by Adam Driver.

Don't see it if you want this to be a flawless production of said play. But see it anyways. The play and Driver are too good to pass up.

Also BURN THIS has always been one of my favorite plays so I was eager to s... Read more Read less

71
During previews
Socrates
East Village
Absorbing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great performance, Great writing

See it if you're fascinated by ancient philosophy and enjoy masterful performances.

Don't see it if you think you're seeing Public's modern take on Socrates through the guise of a hip new musical, as the couple behind me expected to see.

Also A lot is being made about how topical the Socrates story is in light o... Read more Read less

97
During previews
Riveting, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you're a fan of Lucas Hnath, Laurie Metcalf, John Lithgow, political dramas, or all of the above.

Don't see it if you want a bit more literal take on the 2008 Hillary Clinton or are looking for some comedic sketch featuring wigs & broad impressions.

Also Even with the pedigree of the cast & creative team, I was reticent to ... Read more Read less

79
During previews
White Noise
East Village
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
Nassim
Midtown W
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

83
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

83
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

38
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
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
Mother of the Maid
East Village
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

58
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

39
A jukebox celebration of meat loaf that is getting around to finishing the book any day now

See it if your love of Meat Loaf outweighs coherent storytelling and narrative sense.

Don't see it if you want to walk out of this show understanding what happened and why.

Also Admittedly, I am not a big fan of jukebox musicals, but I had hopes fo... Read more Read less

64
Road Show
Midtown W
A new staging of sondheim's newest, often troubled play that doesn't manage to fix most of the problems it was initially saddled with

See it if you are a Sondheim completist and didn't see the initial and superior Public Theatre production.

Don't see it if you're expecting something on the level of any of Sondheim's other plays.

Also Let's face it. This show has never really felt complete. Through all i... Read more Read less

79
Working: A Musical
Midtown W
A dusting off of a well liked flop, given a fresh new spin with mostly positive results

See it if you enjoy seeing Encores revisit shows from yesteryear that may never see the light of day again in a Broadway adjacent theater.

Don't see it if you prefer Encores to preserve a classic show as it was presented in the day, without trying to reinvent it.

Also I was reticent about seeing this show. I love attending Encores, mostl... Read more Read less

72
During previews
A deeply personal and traumatic memoir set to beautiful music

See it if you want to hear a rather incredibly coming of age story, beautifully scored.

Don't see it if you're looking for a more traditional musical. This is not that.

Also For the first 10 minutes or so of this solo show, I thought it was rat... Read more Read less

58
This shepherd play hasn't aged great on its own, and this uneven production doesn't help it along too much

See it if you are a Sam Shepherd completist.

Don't see it if you want to see an ideal presentation of his play brought to you by a cast who fully has a hold on it.

Also I had only ever read this play and seen the film adaptation, so I was ... Read more Read less

93
Octet
Midtown W
Wholly original in subject & style, dave malloy amazes with another hauntingly unique work.

See it if you like to see unique musicals that challenge you and give you a lot to think about.

Don't see it if you don't care for a cappella singing or musicals that go to some strange places.

Also Dave Malloy continues to deliver on his promise of perhaps the most un... Read more Read less

42
Glenda jackson gives an outstanding performance but the play feels like mismatched leftover remnants from 10 other productions.

See it if you didn't get the chance to see Glenda Jackson last year in "Three Tall Women." Or if you simply must see her again.

Don't see it if you want to see a competent production of Lear. Her performance is just about the only thing working in this show's favor.

Also KING LEAR is arguably Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, but it works bes... Read more Read less

81
During previews
A modern classic that would show its age a lot more were it not for two unique performances headlining it

See it if you've never seen the play. It's a good one to see once. Also if you're a fan of either of these two sensational actors.

Don't see it if you've seen the last few Broadway productions and felt like you got your fill, in spite of fresh new takes on the roles.

Also This is a very good play, but I didn't know if it was one that absolut... Read more Read less

51
Halley feiffer comes up with 2 great characters & a terrific set up before running out of steam & ideas within a brief 80 minutes

See it if you want to see a strikingly feminist take on dealing with male toxicity for about 40 minutes.

Don't see it if you want the remaining 40 minutes to follow through on its initial promise and stick the landing.

Also I've been a big fan of Halley Feiffer as an actress, and her first two... Read more Read less

87
Plano
East Village
The very best kind of head scratcher that will leave you laughing and haunted

See it if you want to see a delightfully strange play that will challenge you and leave you with plenty to think about & theorize for days.

Don't see it if you want to leave a play definitely knowing exactly what it was about and what everything means.

Also PLANO packs a lot in its brisk 75 minute running time. What begins as ... Read more Read less

98
A captivating civics lesson about our past, present, & future delivered by an extraordinary teacher

See it if you are at all interested in politics & history with a human face applied to it.

Don't see it if you prefer to keep politics out of your theatre.

Also I turned down a few opportunities to see this. I just thought it didn’... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Ink
Midtown W
A wild ride through journalistic history that's often funny & always flashy, for better or worse.

See it if you like your history & politics to go down smooth with the aide of music, colored lights, and a pair of excellent performances.

Don't see it if no amount of spectacle can make you care about this subject, or if you are one to easily lose patience for broad theatrics in your dramas.

Also When I heard there was a new play about the rise of Rupert Murdoch's m... Read more Read less

39
During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
A show that tries to both reinvent & pay tribute to the classic comedy, and fails in both regards.

See it if you want to see a musical with a plot that's just vaguely familiar enough to never once surprise you.

Don't see it if you're not interested in seeing talented stars phone it in with a weak script & score.

Also Admittedly I often don't like musical adaptations of movies because to... Read more Read less

83
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Great staging, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if you are thrilled and moved by spectacular physicality and complex, intense music.

Don't see it if you are prone to sensory overload. Despite the New Victory setting, it's not for real little kids.

Also I was brought to this by someone who saw it at the Edinburgh Fringe an... Read more Read less

78
I Married an Angel
Midtown W
Great dancing, Silly, Refreshing, Romantic, Delightful

See it if you enjoy the time machine aspect of Encores that allows you to see a show from another era that would otherwise never get another revival.

Don't see it if the idea of seeing an incredibly dated and sometimes clunky musical doesn't sound like a fun time.

Also It's hard to believe that only a few years ago an Encores show was sti... Read more Read less

74
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

85
Red State Blue State
West Village
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
Call Me Madam
Midtown W
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
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
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
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
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
Separate and Equal
Midtown E
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