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New York City | 65+ | Male

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Reviews (204)
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.

39
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Indulgent, Great songs, Disappointing, Insipid, Unfocused

See it if you've always wondered how a community theater's "Best of Broadway" revue would play if it had a giant budget.

Don't see it if you've seen the original productions or good revivals of any of the shows featured in this random compilation.

65
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Indulgent, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if you are a fan of the playwright and want to see a first class production of one of her lesser works.

Don't see it if if you have little patience for Brechtian affectations.

72
During previews
Entertaining, Intelligent, Slow, Refreshing, Uneven

See it if you enjoy short plays and subtle character studies in a good but unevenly performed production.

Don't see it if if you want a substantial full-length play acted with nuance and sharply directed.

79
Of Human Bondage
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great staging, Intelligent, Absorbing, Refreshing

See it if you like well-performed stage adaptations of literary works.

Don't see it if lose patience easily with characters who make the same mistakes over and over.

69
Kim's Convenience
Midtown W
Cliched, Indulgent, Superficial, Funny, Appealing cast

See it if you are willing to put up with a lot of tiresome sitcom material to enjoy several scenes of real feeling.

Don't see it if if you hate situation comedy.

85
Great singing, Entertaining, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if you;d like to hear very talented performers in a concert of Canadian music in a variety of styles.

Don't see it if you are looking for a play or musical rather than a concert.

39
Great writing, Indulgent, Disappointing, Dated, Muddle-headed

See it if you already know the play and are willing to put up with a badly cast and directed production to see a strongly performed Isabella.

Don't see it if you have a chance or a hope to see a well-conceived and adequately cast production of a fascinating play.

Also Many of the actors and most of the directorial conceits would not pass... Read more Read less

62
During previews
Great writing, Disappointing, Unidiomatic, Quirky

See it if you are interested in Ludlam's work but have never seen this play and are willing to put up with performances that don't match the material.

Don't see it if you want to experience Ludlam's play in a first-rate production that gets the tone and style just right.

70
Dizzying, Indulgent, Entertaining, Funny, All over the place

See it if you like plays that never settle down or if you are a big fan of Darren Pettie.

Don't see it if are looking for credible, coherent drama and characters.

70
Sojourners
East Village
Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Overrated

See it if you are strongly interested in immigration stories and have a lot of patience.

Don't see it if you tire quickly with extended exposition and are looking for a fully resolved drama.

74
Great writing, Intelligent, Quirky, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you like to compare versions of a classic texts or if you are a big fan of Diane Wiest

Don't see it if if you find Wiest's vocal mannerisms wearying or if you cannot abide Beckett.

89
The Antipodes
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Funny, Resonant

See it if you love Annie Baker's work and want to follow her on an exploration of the narrative impulse (and enjoy some great characters and dialogue)

Don't see it if if you want action and a linear plot.

70
During previews
Pacific Overtures
East Village
Great writing, Disappointing, Aimless, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if you are enough of a Sondheim fan to want to see this great show in an abridged and under-realized production.

Don't see it if you are willing to wait for a more accomplished staging of the full show.

89
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a fan of the playwright or the performance and you enjoy unusual dramatic situations with rich thematic resonance.

Don't see it if you don't like serious comedies or if you are convinced that no one can measure up to Stockard Channing in the lead role.

82
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Funny, Quirky

See it if you are a fan of the cast and/or the playwright or if you are interested in a contemporary re-examination of the Ibsen play.

Don't see it if you've never seen or read "A Doll's House".

90
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Epic, Must see

See it if you are interested in a rare O'Neill play given a magnificent expressionist staging in a unique setting.

Don't see it if you have little interest in O'Neill and don't care for large-scale stagings.

61
Amelie
Midtown W
Quirky, Romantic, Indulgent, Disappointing, Misguided

See it if you never saw the movie and are a huge fan of Soo and other members of the cast, even when stuck in a piece of whimsy that fails to charm.

Don't see it if you loved the movie and don't want your memories tarnished by such an unsatisfying adaptation.

79
Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky, Clever, Indulgent

See it if you liked "Warhorse" and/or previous Kneehigh productions or if you are a fan of the book.

Don't see it if you are looking for a bit more narrative and character complexity than one usually finds in a children's book.

Also The staging is brilliantly inventive, the narrative itself is much les... Read more Read less

75
During previews
War Paint
Midtown W
Great acting, Great singing, Indulgent, Entertaining, Superficial

See it if you want to see Ebersole and LuPone give powerhouse performances.

Don't see it if you expect more from a musical than just a diva showcase.

80
Cry Havoc!
West Village
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in the effects of war, as represented in Shakespeare and as experienced by combat veterans.

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows and have little interest in veterans' issues.

Also The second part of the show is an extended group discussion between th... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Intelligent, Miscast

See it if you'd like to see a less familiar Arthur Miller play even in a miscast and misdirected production

Don't see it if you've seen another production of the play or have no interest in which family member rehash conflicts from the past.

Also Danny DeVito is wonderful in a supporting role. Unfortunately, all thr... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Entertaining, Ambitious, Indulgent, Generic

See it if you can respond to the power of the story and situation even though the writing and staging are often generic and superficial.

Don't see it if you are looking for depth of character or cutting edge writing and staging.

Also The most satisfying musical moment for me was the band's brief jam ses... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Ambitious, Dated, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you're interested in re-examining a classic of the Fifties, well-performed in a mostly traditional but slightly off-kilter staging

Don't see it if you have little patience for traditional domestic drama or have no interest in the society and culture of the Fifties.

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.

40
Indulgent, Disappointing, Quirky, Slow, Pointless

See it if only if you are intent on seeing every work written by Sarah Ruhl.

Don't see it if you expect interesting characters, dialogue and situations or if you want a play that really has something to say about Peter Pan.

90
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Must see, Absorbing

See it if you'd like a fresh, intense and intimate staging of one of the greatest English plays.

Don't see it if you think the Fortinbras scenes are the key to the play.

81
Great writing, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you are up for a very funny evening of Shakespeare in the Park. This production is short on poetry but long on laughs.

Don't see it if you require subtlety, melancholy and rapture in your "Dream".

69
During previews
Pipeline
Upper W Side
Relevant, Disappointing, Intelligent, Ambitious, Cliched

See it if interested in exploring issues of race and the educational system and can forgive an overly earnest tone and cliched situations & characters

Don't see it if you had enough of overwrought parent-child relationship plays that offer little in the way of freshness or insight.

77
Ambitious, Indulgent, Great staging, Resonant, Uneven

See it if you like immersive experiences and are interested in both the romance and the mechanics of the theater.

Don't see it if you want a narrative or if you'd have trouble standing and walking for two hours.

57
During previews
The Enchantment
Soho/Tribeca
Disappointing, Mediocre, Ambitious, Underrealized

See it if you're curious enough about the play to experience it in a poorly directed and acted production.

Don't see it if you're looking for a well cast and dramatically pointed production.

80
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare in contemporary settings with topical and political references.

Don't see it if you are expecting togas.

61
During previews
Cost of Living
Midtown W
Great acting, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Misfire

See it if you are so interested to see physically challenged actors and characters that you will put up with a muddled and misguided play.

Don't see it if you won't settle for plays that mean well but accomplish little.

68
Her Portmanteau
East Village
Great acting, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow, Inert

See it if you really enjoyed Sojourners and want to know what happened next.

Don't see it if you hate plays that start strong then have nowhere to go.

78
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Indulgent, Uneven

See it if you like the idea of a Russian satire staged in the manner of a Marx Brothers farce.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy broad, antic comedy.

Also As of the first week of previews, the performance still has rough edge... Read more Read less

45
Disappointing, Insipid, Indulgent, Unimaginative, Shoddy

See it if only if you have a child who is obsessed with the book and insists on seeing it.

Don't see it if you expect better work from such a previously distinguished creative team.

70
During previews
Fossils
Midtown E
Quirky, Clever, Indulgent, Entertaining, Small-scaled

See it if you enjoy intimate Fringe type shows in which small methods are employed to big effect.

Don't see it if you are looking for something large scaled in its staging and substantial in terms of plot and character.

65
During previews
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Romantic, Cliched, Insipid, Disappointing, Talented cast

See it if you are looking for a competent, well-produced traditional musical that might be suitable for older children.

Don't see it if you are looking for something fresh or challenging or if you have an aversion to power ballads.

91
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Delightful, Must see, Classic

See it if you want to see a great cast in an entertaining and faithful revival of a Broadway classic.

Don't see it if you dislike traditional Broadway musical comedy.

52
During previews
Baghdaddy
Midtown W
Quirky, Indulgent, Dated, Ambitious, Talented cast

See it if you have friends in the cast or if you're interested in topical musical satire, even when it has ceased to be topical.

Don't see it if you are looking for something fresh and relevant.

Also This would have been much more interesting and surprising about 8 or 1... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy funny, intelligent, surprising and moving musicals, especially if you are a fan of Tim Minchin and/or Andy Karl.

Don't see it if you want to see the movie slavishly transferred to the stage.

80
Vanity Fair
Midtown W
Great staging, Entertaining, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if like contemporary adaptations of classic literature with versatile actors playing multiple roles.

Don't see it if you are not fond of Victorian plots or like more traditional adaptations.

90
For a previous production
Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious, Must see, Clever

See it if you like brilliantly executed physical comedy.

Don't see it if you don't respond to British humor.

70
During previews
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Great writing, Disappointing, Uneven, Funny

See it if you are a big fan of Kevin Kline or if you've never had a chance to see the play before.

Don't see it if you've been happy with other productions and don't need to see excellent actors struggling with inconsistent direction in too large a venue.

80
The Light Years
Midtown W
Ambitious, Intelligent, Quirky, Resonant, Indulgent

See it if you are ready to accept ambiguity and elusiveness in order to find moments of extraordinary beauty and resonance.

Don't see it if prefer plays with a clear narrative, theme and structure.

72
The Penitent
Chelsea
Indulgent, Intelligent, Great acting, Mannered, Edgy

See it if you like Mamet and enjoy actors who specialize in his style.

Don't see it if you dislike Mamet or have never seen his work (there are much better places to start.)

72
During previews
Great acting, Entertaining, Indulgent, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if you are fond of the work of the playwright or members of the cast and respond to philosophical comedy.

Don't see it if you dislike plays that lose their way in the second act.

70
Nibbler
West Village
Quirky, Funny, Indulgent, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you like the work of the Amoralists and enjoy a goofy approach to nostalgia.

Don't see it if you're tired of plays about groups of friends about to go their separate ways.