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Reviews (204)
89
For a previous production
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you're interested in recent history and admire ambitious writing and excellent performances.

Don't see it if you have little interest in the drama of diplomacy.

89
During previews
Privacy
East Village
Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant, Ambitious, Funny

See it if like documentary, interactive theatre that's also very funny and very scary.

Don't see it if you are not interested in the issues of personal privacy and technology.

79
The Paper Hat Game
Financial
Exquisite, Great staging, Quirky, Masterful, Original

See it if you like experimental theatre presentation and design, especially puppetry and animation

Don't see it if you want your puppet shows to have plot and dramatic complexity.

80
Indian Summer
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if you like intelligent romantic stories and nicely drawn characters

Don't see it if you are unhappy with stories that lack resolution.

75
During previews
The Healing
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Slow, Uneven

See it if you have responded to previous work by the playwright and/or the theatre company.

Don't see it if you prefer strongly plotted works with strong dramatic momentum.

81
Great staging, Ambitious, Entertaining, Quirky, Great singing

See it if enjoy inventive, immersive musical stagings and excellent performances.

Don't see it if you prefer musicals that have a strong story and well-defined characters.

75
Daphne's Dive
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great staging, Absorbing, Quirky, Uneven

See it if you respond to character-driven plays and enjoy stories than span more than a decade.

Don't see it if want plot more than atmosphere.

89
For a previous production
Great writing, Original, Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like original musicals with a strong book and excellent performances.

Don't see it if you are tired of shows about dysfunctional families and socially awkward teenagers.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Slow, Resonant

See it if you want to see a powerfully acted presentation of one of the greatest American plays.

Don't see it if you are not willing to commit to the nearly four hour length.

66
Idiot
Soho/Tribeca
Great staging, Indulgent, Quirky, Repetitive, Original

See it if like a close view of experimental theatre, especially if you have some familiarity with the characters and themes of the novel.

Don't see it if you prefer a clear, linear narrative or are uncomfortable with being extremely close to the actors.

75
Exit Strategy
West Village
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you like sharply written scenes and characters, very well performed.

Don't see it if you have had enough of schoolhouse or workplace drama.

79
Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Epic

See it if you'd like to see an extraordinary new staging of a classic play.

Don't see it if you are turned off by unconvincing and overplayed southern accents.

75
During previews
Fully Committed
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Indulgent, Entertaining, Small scaled

See it if you are a fan of the star and can get an inexpensive ticket.

Don't see it if you expect a Broadway play to be more than an extended comedy sketch.

79
Great acting, Great staging, Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you are a Langella fan or interested in experimental theatrical forms.

Don't see it if you prefer a strong linear story or if you have a serious aversion to flashing lights.

56
During previews
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Mediocre, Competent

See it if you are a huge fan of the movie and will accept a competent but unnecessary musical adaptation.

Don't see it if believe art, craft and challenge should be part of an entertaining musical.

70
Bright Star
Midtown W
Cliched, Great music, Great acting, Refreshing, Sweet

See it if you enjoy bluegrass music and excellent performances in that style.

Don't see it if you are looking for a strong original story and dramatic complexity.

78
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Great music, Uneven

See it if you like lively, country-flavored musical theatre.

Don't see it if you were traumatized by "Hee-Haw"

68
During previews
The Effect
West Village
Quirky, Great staging, Ambitious, Confusing, Original

See it if an excellent first half outweighs a muddled and wayward second half.

Don't see it if you want a satisfying conclusion.

51
Hughie
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow, Great writing, Poorly paced, Great set

See it if you are obsessed with O'Neill or Forest Whitaker

Don't see it if you will feel short-changed by a hour-long show that's only partially effective.

78
During previews
Entertaining, Great writing, Romantic, Refreshing

See it if If you are a fan of the show, the score, classic musicals or Zachary Levi

Don't see it if You know the original cast recording by heart and will accept no substitutes.

29
During previews
China Doll
Midtown W
Disappointing, Indulgent, Lazy, Boring, Repetitive

See it if you are obsessed with Al Pacino

Don't see it if expect coherence or thoughtfulness in theatrical writing.

60
Ripcord
Midtown W
Disappointing, Fluffy, Funny, Cliched

See it if you are a fan of the leading actresses

Don't see it if you have little patience with sitcoms that get weighed down with cliched sentiment and misguided efforts at pathos.

74
During previews
Sylvia
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like dogs, Annaleigh Ashford, Julie White and/or A.R. Gurney

Don't see it if you can't take another monotonously twee performance from Matthew Broderick.

80
The Christians
Midtown W
Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if you like plays that deal with big ideas.

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

55
Hamlet in Bed
West Village
Ambitious, Great acting, Indulgent, Quirky, Overlong

See it if you are a fan of either actor.

Don't see it if you easily tire of monologues.

41
During previews
Simon Says
East Village
Boring, Muddled, Insipid, Banal, Flat

See it if you are so invested in the idea of the paranormal that you can do without credible dialogue and consistent characters.

Don't see it if you are looking for something to engage your mind.

85
During previews
Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Great acting, Funny, Clever, Original, Awkward sightlines

See it if you respond to subtle physical comedy and enjoy discovering characters through action rather than dialogue.

Don't see it if you prefer dialogue driven comedy.

75
War
Upper W Side
Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky, Ambitious, Muddled

See it if you are interested in Jacob-Jenkins work and want to see him explore fresh themes.

Don't see it if you like clearly focused, realistic work.

67
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Indulgent, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if you are a fan of McTeer or Jumbo and are eager to reconsider the meanings and implications of the play.

Don't see it if you think "Taming of the Shrew" should be funny.

79
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Moving

See it if you are a fan of Adam Rapp's work and enjoy intense, character-driven plays.

Don't see it if you prefer plot-driven plays or are uncomfortable with damaged characters in extreme emotional states.

70
A Doll's House
Brooklyn
Great writing, Slow, Intelligent, Uninspired, Competent

See it if you've seen "The Father" and want to make the comparison.

Don't see it if you've already seen a strong production of this classic.

70
During previews
Peer Gynt
East Village
Great acting, Quirky, Ambitious, Tedious, Thought-provoking

See it if you are keen to see a fantastic performance from Gabriel Ebert or if you have a strong interest in and familiarity with the play.

Don't see it if you know nothing of the play or if you want a conventional narrative.

79
The Judas Kiss
Brooklyn
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Inert, Repetitive

See it if you are interested in Wilde and you believe a magnificent performance makes up for a less than fully satisfying play.

Don't see it if you have no interest in Oscar Wilde or are uncomfortable with onstage nudity.

80
During previews
Incognito
Midtown W
Great acting, Intelligent, Original, Resonant, Dizzying

See it if you like theatre to be intelligent and enjoy juggling multiple characters and ideas.

Don't see it if you have little patience for multiple plot lines.

60
During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Simplistic

See it if you are a fan of the actors, all very good, or if you are a collector of dystopian visions.

Don't see it if you're tired of indictments of the patriarchy that don't bring anything new to the table.

85
For a previous production
Indecent
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in the history of theatre, in particular Yiddish theatre and gay theatre.

Don't see it if you prefer a traditionally plotted narrative.

82
Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Original

See it if you are familiar with Chekhov's play and are interested in provocative approaches to classic works.

Don't see it if you've never encountered "The Seagull".

72
During previews
American Psycho
Midtown W
Great staging, Dated, Edgy, Ambitious, Strong score

See it if you are a fan of the composer or the original novel or if you are fascinated by the Reagan era.

Don't see it if you want strongly developed characters or if you don't want to relive the venality of the late eighties.

79
Antlia Pneumatica
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Slow

See it if you like ambitious, intelligent theatre even when it's not fully successful.

Don't see it if you have little tolerance for ambiguity and experiments with form.

95
Richard II (BAM)
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Great acting, Epic, Masterful, Great staging

See it if you want to see an extraordinary performance of the title role.

Don't see it if you are not fond of Shakespeare's history plays.

90
During previews
The Crucible
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you're open minded to a fresh take on a classic play, performed by a large, extraordinary cast.

Don't see it if you believe the staging must visually depict 17th century Massachusetts.

80
Familiar
Midtown W
Great acting, Clever, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy well-crafted, challenging and highly intelligent comedy.

Don't see it if your ears cannot quickly attune to differently accented speech.

50
During previews
Southern Comfort
East Village
Disappointing, Insipid, One-note, Great acting, Earnest

See it if good intentions are enough for you and/or you are a fan of Annette O'Toole.

Don't see it if you know how good and complex the original documentary is.

80
During previews
The Royale
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You enjoy masterful staging and an intelligent examination of a historical and cultural event.

Don't see it if you expect a strong personal story with naturalistic depiction of character and situation.

62
New York Animals
West Village
Great acting, Great staging, Cliched, Indulgent, Uncomfortable

See it if you can forgive a uninteresting script to enjoy strong performances, clever staging and good music.

Don't see it if you have had enough of self-absorbed and annoying characters in your daily life or if you've sworn never to sit in cabaret chairs again.

92
King Charles III
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great writing, Great acting, Original, Intelligent

See it if you like history, politics and great language and especially if you know Shakespeare's history plays.

Don't see it if have no interest in or knowledge of the English political system or the royal family.

80
Cloud Nine
Chelsea
Ambitious, Intelligent, Original, Great writing

See it if you enjoy Churchill's other work, want to revisit and re-evaluate the themes of gender identity and patriarchy, and are a fan of the actors.

Don't see it if are unprepared to endure extremely uncomfortable seating for 160 minutes.

70
During previews
Ambitious, Intelligent, Romantic, Overrated, One-note

See it if you loved the original production and can't wait to re-experience the show, even in a somewhat less strongly cast and directed production.

Don't see it if you were not a fan of the show the first time around.

79
Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Indulgent, Clever

See it if you like great musical theatre actors and laugh anytime anyone mentions "Cats".

Don't see it if you don't know the plot of "Hamlet"

78
Isolde
Brooklyn
Thought-provoking, Original, Ambiguous, Stylized, Quirky

See it if you appreciate moments of insight and originality within a somewhat inconclusive whole.

Don't see it if you prefer a clear narrative arc.