Joshua O

South Bend | 35-49 | Male
About:  in NY for a few months for work, catching as many shows as I can while I'm here.
Reviews (25)
82
Fluffy, Great acting, Great singing, Funny, Popcorn

See it if You want a fun evening and don’t expect a life-changing experience. It’s worth going just to see Eric Anderson. He’s the real star.

Don't see it if You prefer something with depth and passion. This is the broadway version of a popcorn movie.

Also Go to see Eric Anderson. He plays about 1/3 of the characters in the s... Read more Read less

80
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Funny, Romantic, Raunchy, Slow, Overrated

See it if You want a fun, upbeat, loud musical with a little bit of adult humor

Don't see it if You hate shows where you can't make out half of the lyrics to the songs because the band is louder than the singers, or you're a prude.

Also I think I'd have enjoyed Waitress more if I'd already known the songs.... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Yerma
Upper E Side
Exquisite, Masterful, Intense, Riveting, Powerful

See it if You want to see the performance of a lifetime. It is that good. Intense, gripping, exhausting. It’s not at all happy, but it’s incredible.

Don't see it if Gripping portrayal of infertility would break you. Also, there are strobes and very loud discordant noises at times, and bodily fluids.

Also This was by far the most incredible piece of theater I’ve experienced.... Read more Read less

94
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Intense, Fascinating, Thought-provoking

See it if You love complex glimpses into human nature

Don't see it if You’re looking for cheery. It’s funny but it’s definiteky not a play you’re going to walk out of whistling a happy song.

Also This is a great play and the performers were just excellent. It was ha... Read more Read less

95
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You want to see a funny, classic musical with some outstanding performers

Don't see it if You want something edgy or many lengthy stops for applause will disturb you

Also Had front row seats for this. It was a wonderful show! Really enjoyed ... Read more Read less

94
During previews
Surprising, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if If you can get tickets. *even* if you didn’t like some bits of the movie like the trolls and Olaf — they’re much better here. See it!

Don't see it if You deeply hated the movie, and not just because of constant overexposure. The show is not the same as the movie, but the core pieces match.

Also I was quite pleasantly surprised. I expected entertaining, but not ama... Read more Read less

85
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Overrated, Cheesy, Initially disappointing, Gets better later on

See it if You can tolerate 30+ minutes of boredom before the genie appears and the show gets to be fun - it’s incredible when he’s doing his thing.

Don't see it if You think a bunch of cheesy NYC in jokes & boring bits with extra characters (al’s friends) that weren’t in the movie will ruin it for you.

Also Attaboy, Attaway! I’m sure he’s *never* heard that before, but it’s tr... Read more Read less

72
Peter Pan
Midtown W
Confusing, Dizzying, Acid. lots and lots of acid., What the...?, Great acting

See it if You want a bizarre and interesting experience, or need a bit of an aperitif before personally indulging in psychedelics.

Don't see it if You prefer shows that make sense and aren’t best described as “it was an experience” It is not something the average person will enjoy.

Also The acting was excellent and I hope to see them all in another show so... Read more Read less

80
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Loved the movie, hated the lousy villain&bat? See it. No magic -- just soviets. Or if you loved S. Pimpernel: the dynamic is similar.

Don't see it if You really want to see Bartok the bat on stage, romances bore you, or you want something stunning and original.

Also Reminded me a lot of the pimpernel. Our hero loves the girl, but so do... Read more Read less

87
For a previous production
Delightful, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You're a parrot head, a lover of romance comedy, want a solid, enjoyable musical that isn't edgy, dirty, dark, experimental, or puppet laden

Don't see it if You hate Buffett' music, and want your Shows to push boundaries or be gritty and depressing or intellectual, or if you're a prude

Also (This review is from the preview run in Chicago.)... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Exquisite, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Beautiful, Smile-inducing

See it if You need a reason to smile and enjoy something different and beautiful. I left this show happy.

Don't see it if You are unable to suspend disbelief. 4 gods play a huge role in the show and without them, it's a delusional tragedy.

Also This show was... all the good words. The incredible sand and real wate... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Intelligent, Friendly and unthreatening

See it if You have ever not been a world saving hero or his trusty sidekicks, curly mop and red mop.

Don't see it if You hated the entire concept of the Harry Potter books or fantasy in general, or loved them and have no sense of humor for gentle ribbing.

95
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You enjoy musical theater and humor.

Don't see it if You're an absolute Shakespeare purist and get your panties in a bunch if someone swipes the bare bones of a plot to make a whole new show.

97
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Epic, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Riveting

See it if You can afford to. Just do it. Even if you don’t like hip hop or history. Go.

Don't see it if You can’t afford it or can’t handle any show that wasn’t made by Rodgers & Hammerstein.

Also It really lives up to the hype! Incredible show.

90
Delightful, Refreshing, Romantic, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You enjoy layered, complex slices of life, glimpses into the experiences of others, never fully explained or realized.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a shiny flashy broadway show or a predictable Hollywood style plot

Also I really enjoyed this show. I was expecting it to be kind of boring, b... Read more Read less

78
Interesting, Educational, Fun

See it if You’re interested in learning more about the design decisions behind wicked and how shows are made in general, with bits of actors’ lives.

Don't see it if You’re expecting to actually go behind the emerald curtain - not happening.

Also You go to the lobby to examine costumes and some props and photos, a c... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Refreshing, Delightful, Great acting

See it if You want to watch a little girl in pigtails shred a bass like a master, and lots of other great stuff too

Don't see it if You don’t like rock music or children

Also Really pleasantly surprised. Only vaguely knew what it was about, ente... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Unbalanced

See it if You really want to see Cap playing a slimeball and Cera doing what he does best, or just like the show description, check it out!

Don't see it if Hearing people laugh like a sitcom laugh track at even the not terribly funny lines because a celeb said them annoys you.

Also I really enjoyed the play. ... Read more Read less

72
Overrated, Slow, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You’ve never seen Phantom - everyone should see it once

Don't see it if Slow shows with lots of overlapped lyrics aren’t your thing. Phantom is one of those shows that would work better with opera style captions.

Also I saw phantom for the first time in Chicago in the ‘90s. I was a teena... Read more Read less

98
Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy an immersive theater experience, with excellent performers singing occasionally at arms length. It’s worth paying for good seats!

Don't see it if You dislike dark comedy and implied violence (if you prefer some distance, you can skip the immersive nature by getting upstairs seats)

Also Skip the pie. It was small and bland. The idea is cool, but it’s not w... Read more Read less

82
During previews
The Children
Midtown W
Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You have the patience for a somewhat rambling 1:45 long conversation between 3 excellent actors

Don't see it if You find British humor irritating, or were looking for something fast paced, or really need a neatly wrapped ending.

Also Enjoyed the show. It was a bit slow a few times, but mostly it felt li... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Surprising, Delightful, Funny, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if You want to hear beautiful countertenor arias and experience a surprisingly funny yet sad and thought-provoking performance

Don't see it if You hate opera, are uncomfortable seeing insanity portrayed, can't handle a little profanity, or want a nice, traditional play or opera

Also I went in expecting a dry but interesting drama, an ultimately sad sto... Read more Read less

80
Shadowlands
Midtown W
Slow, Great acting, Depressing, Mismatched, Entertaining

See it if You're interested in CS Lewis' personal life, or generally enjoy gentle intelligent conversation that ends in tragedy

Don't see it if You're unfamiliar with the story and expect to leave in a cheerful mood, or if a mismatch in relative talent levels. Or hate stodgy brits.

Also The actress playing Joy isn't bad, but the cast surrounding her was fl... Read more Read less

65
Cats
Midtown W
Confusing, Overrated, Slow, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You already know what it's about and are familiar with the music, or just want to see some great dancing and a neat set design

Don't see it if A show that's mostly dancing bores you or you expect to hear the singers over the excessively loud orchestra.

Also The best part of the show was before the lights came up. Having the st... Read more Read less

72
Clever, Dizzying, Insipid, Creepy, Great acting

See it if You're a fan of the book or movie, or have kids, and won't mind a somewhat awkward "updating" of Mike tv and violet beauregard.

Don't see it if You or your kids are nightmare prone. (human squirrels with glowing eyes that turn red just before ripping veruca to pieces on stage??)