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New York City | 65+ | Male

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Reviews (200)
82
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you're looking for a fresh perspective on today's politics with well drawn complex characters and great performances.

Don't see it if you dislike plays about ideas with lengthy speeches featuring conservative opinions and positions.

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare and would like to see an intelligent production of a difficult rarely performed play.

Don't see it if you prefer to see plays (by Shakepeare or anyone) which appeal more to the emotion than the intellect.

79
Socrates
East Village
Overextended, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in philosophy and history or if you want to see a magnificent performance from Michael Stuhlbarg.

Don't see it if you have little patience for very long discussions about big ideas.

71
During previews
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intelligent, Uninspired staging

See it if you like older plays which focus on ideas and avoid tidy resolutions. The play is more interesting than the production.

Don't see it if you are primarily interested in contemporary characters and problems and/or want only the highest level of performance and direction.

75
During previews
Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow, Uneven casting

See it if you want to check out a rare revival of a classic play, even in an uneven production.

Don't see it if you have little interest in classic Irish theater or have trouble with accents.

79
During previews
Days of Rage
Midtown W
Intelligent, Ambitious, Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you are interested in a young contemporary writer looking at the radical youth politics of the late 60s.

Don't see it if you have no interest in political plays or don't want to revisit the turmoil of the 60s.

75
During previews
Black Light
West Village
Great singing, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy cabaret entertainment with a mild social and political bent.

Don't see it if you are looking for a full-scale theatrical experience or really biting social commentary.

79
During previews
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Surprising

See it if you like British comedy with a quirky set of characters and would like to become acquainted with the peculiar culture of snooker.

Don't see it if you have little patience with English eccentricity or you prefer more serious or thought-provoking fare.

79
Ambitious, Great staging, Epic, Intelligent, Uneven

See it if you are a fan of NAATCO and would like to see a satisfying if variable performance of a rarely staged Shakespeare work.

Don't see it if you are not willing to spend 6 hours to see one of Shakespeare's lesser works.

72
During previews
Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
Indulgent, Great acting, Intelligent, Slight

See it if you're interested in seeing a very large cast present a very small story, albeit a well crafted one.

Don't see it if if you have trouble with non-chronological plays or if you are expecting to see more than a few minutes of performance from any cast member.

75
During previews
Great singing, Great staging, Indulgent, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you love the Go-Go's music and want to see a talented cast perform the songs in a wacky reinvention of a renaissance romance.

Don't see it if if you dislike the music or have no patience for Fringe-style zaniness.

79
Hilarious, Indulgent, Quirky, Inventive, Zany

See it if you enjoy Fringe style shows with an extraordinarily talented trio of actors creating an over the top spoof of spaces movies.

Don't see it if you are averse to silliness and are not satisfied with a show clocking in at less than an hour.

50
During previews
Indulgent, Quirky, Tiresome, Glib

See it if you feel obligated to see every production from the Elevator Repair Service

Don't see it if you're looking for an insightful, witty or astute engagement with the Albee play.

57
Great acting, Ambitious, Indulgent, Intelligent, Excruciating

See it if you are really curious about the early works of Churchill and have patience for a rambling piece that becomes ever more inert.

Don't see it if you're looking for something dynamic or dramatic.

69
Great writing, Great dancing, Disappointing, Misfire, Disjointed

See it if you can forgive awkward casting and direction in order to enjoy the well-sung score and great dancing.

Don't see it if you want your Rodgers and Hammerstein shows to be grounded in convincing human interaction.

88
During previews
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Delightful, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent, Fluffy

See it if you have enjoyed Ives' earlier French adaptations and delight in endlessly inventive rhymes.

Don't see it if rhyming couplets drive you crazy or if you are looking for a serious dramatic narrative.

65
Good for Otto
Midtown W
Great acting, Ambitious, Indulgent, Slow, Wearying

See it if you are willing to put up with a meandering, repetitive piece in order to see some really fine acting.

Don't see it if you don't have a lot of patience for a lot of patients.

49
Terminus
East Village
Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Great acting, Tedious

See it if you are willing to endure a tiresome and derivative show to see one great performance.

Don't see it if you've had enough Southern gothic to last a lifetime.

70
During previews
Kings
East Village
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Unsurprising, Disappointing

See it if you like well-acted political plays with good dialogue even when they cover overly-familiar territory.

Don't see it if you want sharp insight and a fresh perspective.

70
Hey, Look Me Over!
Midtown W
Great singing, Entertaining, Confusing, Disappointing, Disjointed

See it if you love Broadway rarities and can accept a clumsy, piecemeal approach.

Don't see it if you are looking for a Broadway revue with well-chosen material and a coherent approach.

69
Cliched, Overrated, Slow, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you'd like to see a conventional plot in an unconventional setting with some very good acting.

Don't see it if you are looking for something really fresh, insightful and challenging.

82
Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious, Uneven

See it if you are a fan of Mark Rylance and/or baroque opera and are willing to accept an interesting but flawed play to enjoy great performances.

Don't see it if you don't like historical plays and don't respond to baroque music.

49
Peter Pan
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if you're game to see some talented performers utterly flummoxed when confronting a classic text.

Don't see it if you are more interested in the play than the performers.

69
During previews
Office Hour
East Village
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Ambitious, Muddled

See it if you find plays about teachers and troubled students are particularly interesting.

Don't see it if you are tired about works dealing with troubled teens and/or if you hate loud gunshot effects in the theater.

90
Ghost Quartet
East Village
Great singing, Great staging, Quirky, Great music, Intimate

See it if you've liked Dave Malloy's other shows or enjoy eclectic music styles and intimate but eccentric theatre performances.

Don't see it if you prefer a structured story with characters and plot or if you don't respond to Malloy's music.

58
Wives
Midtown W
Disappointing, Muddled, Indulgent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if If you really want to support a play that has some interesting ideas but doesn't succeed in realizing them.

Don't see it if you prefer work that is more disciplined, insightful and clear-headed.

25
Puny, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Excruciating

See it if you get a really cheap ticket and have an overwhelming desire to check out the new performing arts space.

Don't see it if you are looking for a show with style, grace, spectacle, dramatic coherence, memorable music, grandeur or imagination.

70
During previews
The White Devil
West Village
Muddled, Ambitious, Intelligent, Quirky, Great writing

See it if you'd like to see a production of a Jacobean classic and can put up with uneven casting and problems with tone and pace.

Don't see it if you have little interest in Jacobean drama or have little tolerance for less than ideal casting and direction.

51
During previews
Superhero
Midtown W
Indulgent, Derivative, Tiresome, Muddled, Cliched

See it if you are a fierce fan of Baldwin or Pinkham and can enjoy their performances even in mediocre material.

Don't see it if are looking for fresh sounds and thoughtful writing.

71
Great singing, Refreshing, Resonant, Over-amplified

See it if you like male a capella singing and historical Christmas stories and can put up with unfortunately over blown amplification..

Don't see it if you think the Christmas truce has been overplayed or you prefer to hear a capella singing in an intimate space without amplification.

70
Funny, Intelligent, Indulgent, Under-realized, Cliched

See it if you want to check out the work of a talented Native American Playwright even in a work that should be a lot sharper and funnier.

Don't see it if you expect satire to be a lot more pointed and insightful

70
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Repetitive, Short

See it if you are fans of the actors who here deliver excellent performances in a piece that's more a debate than a play.

Don't see it if you are looking for character complexity and a dramatic plot or if you feel that 85 minutes of journalistic debate does not make a show.

79
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious, Rambling

See it if you like theater that combines the personal and the political and enjoy pieces that are more monologues than plays.

Don't see it if you are looking for plot and drama.

49
During previews
Cliched, Indulgent, Quirky, Banal, Pandering

See it if you can get a (very) cheap ticket and are looking for a "What were they thinking?" evening.

Don't see it if if you think an "original" musical should actually have some fresh ideas and some good music, direction and choreography.

90
Carmen Jones
East Village
Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Entertaining, Riveting

See it if if you respond to great music and great musical performances, especially if you are a fan of both opera and Broadway musicals.

Don't see it if you have no interest in musical theater.

85
Conflict
Midtown W
Absorbing, Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the work of the Mint and the revival of excellent, forgotten plays from the early half of the 20th Century

Don't see it if you have no interest in political plays from an earlier time.

92
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you like great actors in a traditional but gripping and vibrant performance of one of the world's great plays.

Don't see it if you're sure you don't like Shakespeare and don't want to try again even with a very clear and persuasive production.

49
Great acting, Excruciating, Slow, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you are such a fan of Lois Smith and the other actors (who are excellent) that you can endure an overlong, irritating and aimless play.

Don't see it if you like family drama to feature deft drama and an interesting family.

64
During previews
Dance Nation
Midtown W
Ambitious, Quirky, Indulgent, Erratic, Disappointing

See it if you can appreciate moments of insight in a work that is often dramatically inert and makes little use of its eccentric casting.

Don't see it if you're looking for a strong narrative or a thoughtful and pointed exploration of adolescent competitiveness.

92
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Enchanting

See it if you want to see a beautiful, intelligent, vital and confident revival of one of Broadway's greatest musicals.

Don't see it if you have no patience for long shows or little interest in classic musicals.

90
During previews
Great staging, Entertaining, Epic, Must see, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of the books or movies and you enjoy magical stagecraft.

Don't see it if you no prior familiarity with Harry Potter and/or prefer intimate character-driven plays.

68
During previews
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Great writing, Funny, Quirky, Disappointing, Uneven

See it if you're interested in three very good performances in a good play, marred by a lazy, mannered star turn in the leading role.

Don't see it if you have a low tolerance for Michael Cera's mannerisms.

74
During previews
The Amateurs
Gramercy
Ambitious, Great acting, Indulgent, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you are interested in the history and meaning of theater or are a fan of any members of the fine cast.

Don't see it if you are impatient with a show that still feels like a work in progress.

62
Fire and Air
East Village
Ambitious, Intelligent, Slow, Disappointing, Inert

See it if you are really, really interested in the Ballets Russes and its creators and don't mind lots of exposition and very little drama.

Don't see it if you want to see a genuinely dramatic story with strong dialogue and fully realized characters.

89
Miles for Mary
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious, Must see, Quirky

See it if you like character driven plays and have ever experienced the horrors of endless staff meetings.

Don't see it if you want a strong plot or if you have a committed belief in the value of staff meetings.

55
Mankind
Midtown W
Disappointing, Ambitious, Indulgent, Quirky, Unfocused

See it if you are a devoted fan of O'Hara's work.

Don't see it if you are looking for sharp satire, surprising insights or outrageous humor.

60
The Home Place
Chelsea
Great writing, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Uneven, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in Friel's work and are willing to put up with unconvincing acting and inconsistent direction.

Don't see it if you have a chance to see a better acted and directed production.

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84
Illyria
East Village
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Intimate

See it if you are interested in the history of the Public Theater and if you've enjoyed Nelson's conversational plays.

Don't see it if you have little interest in theater history or if you're looking for highly dramatic scenes and conflicts.

69
During previews
The Portuguese Kid
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Funny, Entertaining, Aggressive

See it if you are a fan of the performers and you like stage comedy antic and played at maximum volume.

Don't see it if you value subtlety in writing and performance.

71
Mary Jane
East Village
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you relate to plays about the struggles of young mothers dealing with exceptionally adverse conditions.

Don't see it if you've already seen more than enough plays about young mothers coping with adversity.