Jonathan 6315

Croton-on-Hudson | 35-49 | Male
About:  I am an academic with an undergraduate degree in theatre arts with fairly broad tastes for plays, musicals, and things in between. Love new works by emerging artists, not such a fan of star-driven productions and juke box musicals.
Reviews (25)
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Entertaining, Disappointing, Funny, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if you like musical adaptations of Shakespeare, like pieces set in the '70s, and enjoy Adam Gwon's music.

Don't see it if you are looking for something dramatically tight. It's unclear if the piece is a farce, a satire, or a real attempt to modernize the bard.

Edgy, Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like dramas about poverty and Ireland and the hard choices people have to make when they came to the big city.

Don't see it if You have trouble following Irish accents or don’t like stories that revolve around prostitution.

Clever, Delightful, Romantic, Great singing, Funny

See it if you like feel-good musicals about rebuilding after a negative experience with a strong cast of actor-instrumentalists in a rock style.

Don't see it if you like musicals with high production values or special effects, this is a modest production with a fairly bare set.

Dated, Slow, Intelligent, Funny, Intense

See it if you like a small ensemble with strong performances across the board and thoughtful choices in staging.

Don't see it if issues pertaining to dementia are not something you want to see explored in excruciating detail on stage, or if you're into fast-paced fare.

Absorbing, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You have curious children who enjoy learning about the world around them and how inventors have wok to improve the lot of humanity.

Don't see it if You are looking for a sit-back and relax and be entertained kind of experience. It's an interactive show.

Midtown W
Cliched, Slow, Fluffy

See it if You like rock and really, really canned classical music. One of the singers wasn't bad but it was rinse and repeat from one no. to the next.

Don't see it if You are looking for narrative, inventive staging or something thought-provoking.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Dated, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like intense one on one acting, in particular Paul Sparks who is outstanding, and if you like plays that explore the quirks of language.

Don't see it if you mind plays with a slightly dated view, both in terms of how LGBTQ people are described and what NYC around the park is like.

Significant Other
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Slow, Thought-provoking, Excruciating

See it if you enjoy plays about people being not OK. The protagonist is a hot mess and spends the play trying to figure himself out compellingly.

Don't see it if You want something that has a neat, happy ending with a bow on it. This is very much a play that explores the land of neurosis/depression.

A Delicate Balance
Midtown W
Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Great writing

See it if you enjoy good actors doing their thing.

Don't see it if you're looking for a laugh-out-loud escape. This is very much a play about upper-middle class people with upper-middle class problems.

Absorbing, Slow, Refreshing, Great acting, Funny

See it if you like stately productions which create a mood and use it as the driving force for dramatic action.

Don't see it if you like a traditional musical. This is much more of a play with music than what you would think of as the norm for Broadway.

Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Intense

See it if You enjoy great acting, superb lighting and live Klezmer music on-stage. Also if you want to learn the history of censorship and intolerance

Don't see it if You have trouble watching intense depictions of Holocaust-era Poland.

If I Forget
Midtown W
Ambitious, Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You like plays about contemporary Ameican Jewish identity.

Don't see it if You are not interested in questions about Jewish life in America.

Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like innovation, great music, clever lyrics and American history.

Don't see it if You can't stand hip hop.

During previews
Intense, Slow, Great acting, Profound, Relevant

See it if you like testing Shakespeare’s timeless ideas against our own society’s social-media inspired judgment fest.

Don't see it if Roman history is not your bag, Shakespearean meditations on nobility, valor and politics don’t interest you, or you want something short!

During previews
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Intelligent, Romantic

See it if you like Sater and Sheik's music, which is the highlight of the show, and a strong ensemble of compellingly portrayed characters.

Don't see it if you don't know Alice in Wonderland really well. Despite explanatory handout, it was hard to follow how the WWII plot was connected to AIW.

During previews
Absorbing, Slow, Romantic, Exquisite, Resonant

See it if you like seeing a good, small ensemble of chamber musicians, are interested in the history of classical music, and enjoy one-person shows.

Don't see it if you don't like 80s-style, screensaver-like accompaniments to live music or have seen one too many denouncements of the rise of fascism.

Clever, Delightful, Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you like character studies involving a small cast and a story with people going through problems at all phases of life.

Don't see it if you're looking for something with special effects, singing or dancing.

Good for Otto
Midtown W
Absorbing, Profound, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Quirky

See it if you like taut scenes with very skilled actors portraying people with various mental illnesses.

Don't see it if you are looking for something fast-paced and lighthearted, or if you're looking for high-quality singing in periodic song interludes.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant

See it if You like family dramas & the effects of the choices parents make for their children. Also great to see an off Bway actor with Down Syndrome.

Don't see it if You like something fast-paced and fluffy.

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in seeing how Shakespeare's plays have a direct relevance to the contemporary moment.

Don't see it if you're a big Trump not much given to seeing your man sent up on stage.

Great acting, Slow, Dated, Clever, Intelligent

See it if you like an older show with an interesting perspective on age-old questions of how our decisions affect us as we age.

Don't see it if you want something fast-paced, it is a slow ride back and forth from the 1910s to the 1930s.

Hansel & Gretel
Ambitious, Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if you like opera, enjoy a whimsical set and a cast full of energy that can connect with children in the audience.

Don't see it if you want something very traditionally staged - there are modern touches all over the place.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if you like great ensemble pieces which speak about both history and the present moment with a deft sensitivity to both comedy and pathos.

Don't see it if You are looking for something airy, light-hearted and disconnected from what's going on today.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Dizzying, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if You like musicals on the more experimental side.

Don't see it if Strobes and other jarring lighting effects are not your thing, and if you are looking for a show with well-defined, complex characters.

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Profound

See it if You like musicals with great original music and an original story.

Don't see it if You are into jukebox musicals.