Jonathan 8127

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Reviews (34)
95
During previews
Square Go
Midtown E
Funny, Refreshing, Great writing, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You're into physical theater; light but emotionally vulnerable comedy; young, male characters presented with depth.

Don't see it if You HATE cheering and applauding. This show needs an invested audience.

Also This enthusiastic one-act from the Edinburgh Fringe has a strong scrip... Read more Read less

99
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Intense, Thought-provoking, Epic, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You love a slow burn; enjoy epic ensemble dramas; have any connection to Ireland or its people.

Don't see it if You like your plays to-the-point. This plot takes it time, lavishing attention on each character as it creeps towards its climax.

Also What doesn't this play have?! It's got politics! History! Spectacle! A... Read more Read less

85
Great singing, Cliched, Sincere

See it if You love Sara Bareilles; you’re a Broadway musical devotee.

Don't see it if You’re looking for deep drama.

Also So - I’m not into big, fluffy Broadway musicals, and this checks all t... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Must see, Confusing

See it if You love plays - like, LOVE plays, and want to see one that will challenge you; you appreciate sincerely ambitious revivals of the classics

Don't see it if You don't like dry, talky drama, or have trouble following their plots (my companion for the night, not a theater person, was a little lost)

Also Don't be put off by the very slow start - a fault perhaps more attribu... Read more Read less

97
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Great singing, Riveting

See it if You're into smoky cabaret acts; you've loved and lost; you're tryna step out of time into something beautiful; you looove a good torch song

Don't see it if You're looking for a fluffy night out. This show aims for something emotionally devastating and yeesh does it get there

Also Sam Bolen gives a gorgeous performance as the cabaret singer Trevor Co... Read more Read less

85
During previews
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Delightful, Great acting, Cliched, Funny, Fluffy

See it if You're a sucker for a solid farce, British humor, or off-beat sports. (At first, I thought - "snooker?!" But they make it interesting!)

Don't see it if Fluffy sitcom-for-the-stage plays bore you.

Also A great cast with especially fantastic performances by Alexandra Billi... Read more Read less

95
Cyprus Avenue
East Village
Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Brutal, Funny

See it if You like pitch-black, funny, and politically resonant satires, or you have any interest in modern Irish identity.

Don't see it if You're looking for light fare or have a weak appetite for violence, verbal and physical.

Also You see words like "unflinching" thrown at all kinds of political dram... Read more Read less

85
Marvin's Room
Midtown W
Dated, Great acting, Funny, Slow

See it if You're curious about this play as a window into the culture of Chicago 1990 - what their attitudes and concerns were during the AIDS crisis.

Don't see it if You're not in the mood for another cancer dramedy.

Also All four leads were excellent. Lili Taylor created a character I respe... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Avant-garde, Great writing

See it if You'd like an eclectic and experimental take on Wagner's "Ring Cycle" accompanied by a small live orchestra

Don't see it if True-crime, episodic theater doesn't appeal to you. This play followed more an extended meditation on emotion than a linear plot

92
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Edgy, Great staging

See it if You want something new, electric, and performed with the kind of boundless enthusiasm that makes you smile for days afterwards

Don't see it if An avant-garde opera (not a whole lot of recognizable theme or melody going on) with a large casts of stock characters doesn't appeal to you

99
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great singing, Slow

See it if You're looking for a masterful if spare, almost concert-like revival of a magical classic

Don't see it if You don't have patience for art that's about art

93
Baghdaddy
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a musical that presents a personal and emotional theory of how our country’s post-9/11 conflict in Iraq began

Don't see it if You’re looking for a big, joyful musical with a live orchestra, or it’s too soon for you to see a comedy of errors about 9/11

Also One of my new favorite musicals. Funny and insightful in an absolutely... Read more Read less

96
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Great staging, Must see

See it if You want to see Disney Broadway at its most spectacular

Don't see it if You’re looking for an original story — this is a musical adaptation of a film adaptation of an Elizabethan drama adaptation of a Danish myth

80
Mankind
Midtown W
Cliched, Disappointing, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You’re looking for a screwball dystopian satire that takes aim at one issue after another

Don't see it if You’re looking for a play that interrogates one issue thoroughly, or if audience participation mortifies you

97
Miles for Mary
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Intense

See it if A live-action, impeccably period-specific “The Office” with a LOT more existential dread is the kind of catharsis you need

Don't see it if You’re looking for a streamlined or action-heavy plot

95
The Children
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Terrifying

See it if You’re looking for a truly, existentially chilling thriller from the UK

Don't see it if Single-set, three-character dramas don’t appeal to you

90
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You’re at a moment in your life where puppets singing about post-college growing pains is exactly what you need

Don't see it if You’ve got a touch of the puritanical in you

Also It’s wonderful that this show’s still running. Very funny script. From... Read more Read less

95
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You love to watch characters who seem to live full lives off-stage or non-traditional dramatic presentations

Don't see it if The lack of action will leave you cold

Also I'm a recent "Miles for Mary" fan (something I shared, probably, with ... Read more Read less

83
Long, Indulgent, Great staging, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You're a devoted traveler, recent history buff, or lighting designer. The staging in this production is fantastic!

Don't see it if You have a prejudice against one-person autobiographical shows, or prefer narratives with clear-cut arcs and a stated moral

Also Phillips' performance is personable and funny. His enthusiasm for his ... Read more Read less

86
Nuclear Follies
Greenwich V
Delightful, Dated, Funny, Charming, Great acting

See it if You want a friendly, ultra-sincere revival of a yesteryear satire revue, smartly contrasted with contemporary stand-up

Don't see it if You're looking for a narrative plot, or a polished production (fwiw, I thought the lack of polish made this all the cooler)

Also Five talented and funny actors take on a really silly set of scenes in... Read more Read less

93
During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Clever

See it if You love quirky Shakespeare on a shoestring budget; stellar up-and-coming actors excite you; you need a joyful, feel-good night out.

Don't see it if You already hate Midsummer or Shakespeare. This one’s for the fans.

Also There aren’t many Midsummers nowadays that let the text really shine —... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Great staging, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You're a fan of Kurt Vonnegut or plays that experiment with naturalism in a fun, low-key, and illuminating way

Don't see it if Loud noises, nonlinear narratives, or old plays (well, "old" circa 1970) bother you

Also There were so many scenes in this play that I wanted to bottle up and ... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Edgy, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You’re interested in an impeccably crafted and intensely personal dissection of Amendment 14 of the US Constitution

Don't see it if You’re not into didactic, political theater, or you find autobiographical shows too self-indulgent

80
Pity in History
Chelsea
Dated, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in a script that draws a heavy allegory between two historical times other than our own

Don't see it if You're looking for something light, low-rhetoric, and action-heavy

88
The Last Match
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Refreshing, Intense

See it if You love small casts, poetic dialogue, and/or tennis

Don't see it if You're not a fan of plays where (heavy, frequent) exposition is given via narration

Also I was a sucker for the way this play established its stakes early on a... Read more Read less

85
Beardo
Brooklyn
Entertaining, Edgy, Great staging, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You'd like a sexy historical (maybe-supernatural?) musical staged in a very cool church that's kind of hard to get to

Don't see it if You wouldn't like a sexy musical staged in a church that's kind of hard to get to

Also The second act is nuts and the Tsarista stole the show.

90
Ghost Quartet
East Village
Absorbing, Clever, Dizzying, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You love seeing an intimate, low-budget group create a sweeping story -- with almost no visuals to boot

Don't see it if You're looking for a musical that's not asking you to do a lot of its heavy lifting

Also I was haunted for weeks afterwards not just by the story this show tol... Read more Read less

85
Cliched, Enchanting, Dated, Great acting, Slow

See it if You haven’t yet seen this rarely-produced period piece by one of the UK’s favorite playwrights

Don't see it if You don’t have patience for old drawing room dramas. This is slow, repetitive, talky, and conservative — at points like a parody of a play

Also Every performance in the show was terrific. The actors did everything ... Read more Read less

30
Cliched, Edgy, Excruciating, Slow, Great acting

See it if There’s a bit of morbid curiosity in you for edgy theater

Don't see it if Plays that try to shock by tackling clerical pedophilia, incest, addiction, corrupt accountants and (gasp!) homosexuality don’t interest you

Also I was very sorry I didn’t like this, because the actors and pianist we... Read more Read less

87
Disco Pigs
Chelsea
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Confusing, Dizzying

See it if You’re looking for a high-energy virtuoso performance; you’re a big Harry Potter fan; you’re very Irish

Don't see it if Not understanding >half the individual words used will bother you

80
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Slow, Cliched, Great acting

See it if You like your plays political and of-the-moment

Don't see it if “Issue” plays turn you off — this one leans unabashedly into that label

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Delightful, Funny, Great staging

See it if You’re ready for a memorable night. Familiar characters brought to life WAY more inventively than is usual for a Broadway adaptation

Don't see it if You’re averse to loud spectacle

Also This show filled my family and I with totally sincere joy. Every scene... Read more Read less

93
Ambitious, Dated, Great acting, Epic, Slow

See it if You’d like to see a world-class actress (alongside an entire cast of immense talents) in a rhetoric-heavy history play

Don't see it if You’re not up for three hours of talking, talking, talking. There’s lots of killing going on in this play, but it all happens between scenes

Also I love plays where characters argue passionately and intelligently. Th... Read more Read less

96
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Masterful, Dizzying

See it if You’re looking for something absolutely spellbinding. It’s a night of earnest spectacle.

Don't see it if You want something new, dark, or cerebral.

Also I wasn’t sure I’d love this show, but it won me over instantly. Bernad... Read more Read less