JScott M

New York City | 50-64 | Male
About:  Originally from LA, I've lived in New York for 10 years now. I love the theater and the energy of the city. Hate the weather.
Reviews (43)
69
During previews
Dated, Slow, Predictable

See it if you like period pieces from the Mint. Acting / staging up to their excellent standards

Don't see it if you are looking for tension or surprise it a show.

50
During previews
Ambitious, Cliched, Excruciating, Great acting, Depressing

See it if you want to understand the 80's financial markets. Or if you like business driven shows.

Don't see it if want to feel better about your life. America of the 80s, as presented, is moral scum, admirable only by comparison to today. Yackity yack.

80
Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Fluffy, Clever

See it if you love farce. Or if you have fond memories of the Ridiculous Theatre company. If is goofy and fun - a modern day Carol Burnett sketch.

Don't see it if you hate farce. Or if you want a serious night out.

60
Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Meandering, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy Annie Baker's unique dialog and interactions. It doesn't really go anywhere, but it lovely in its meanderings.

Don't see it if want a structured story. Or if you don't like torturing analogies to find meaning. It might be deep, but if so, too deep for me.

40
Ambitious, Dizzying, Excruciating, Quirky, Excellent movement

See it if you love experimental theater. It is a wild and wacky ride, telling its story in movement, emotion and distorted text.

Don't see it if you want a traditional theater experience. You quite often don't understand what is going on and may not care.

80
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if you like a quick story that grows - and you find dry British Humor funny. and there is weird music, which I loved.

Don't see it if you're looking for a normal play. This is a quick and odd 65 minute, almost experimental piece.

91
During previews
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy

See it if you like funny and witty stories. This is a musical about the intelligence at the start of the Iraq War - it is odd and wonderful!

Don't see it if you want a traditional "Big Broadway" musical. Don't expect anything too political - it is about personal foibles not an indictment of W.

95
During previews
Clever, Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant, Masterful

See it if you enjoy being surprised. It was an unexpected joy that only slowly revealed itself. It is relate-able across cultures.

Don't see it if you want something action packed or fast paced. It is a slower paced showed with music.

70
During previews
Great singing, Disappointing, Entertaining, Fluffy, Not up to expectations

See it if you love great singing. Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersol are amazing.

Don't see it if you need an engaging story. It is told in parallel and follows to the truth too slavishly.

95
During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see

See it if you enjoy expressionist or experimental or political theater. The Park Ave. Armory show is immersive and thought provoking.

Don't see it if you need a linear story or if you don't like allegories.

61
During previews
Great staging, Dizzying, Ambitious, Bi-polar (exciting & slow)

See it if want to explore a new take on - a musical - Joan of Arc OR if you love Jo Lambert OR if you love great male ensembles

Don't see it if you cant' enjoy a wild change in tone between halfs and even between songs, OR if you expect David Byrne to deliver a great score.

99
During previews
Great acting, Great singing, Must see, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you enjoy musicals at all. Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford are tremendous. The show shines (even the cromoloom).

Don't see it if hate Sondheim or Musicals.

90
Yen
Absorbing, Great acting, Slow, Intelligent, Edgy

See it if you love contemporary lower class family dramas. The acting is fantastic.

Don't see it if British accents or references annoy you. Don't see it if you are look for a big "action" play, it is thoughtfully slow.

40
Disappointing, Black comedy, Quirky, Unabsorbing

See it if you can't miss a Neil Labute piece - his is by far the best.

Don't see it if you want your one acts to make sense. I feel bad saying this, but the other plays needed much more work.

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if like your musicals fresh and engaging.

Don't see it if your musicals light hearted. It is not a "breezy" show.

73
Clever, Funny, Quirky

See it if you like exploring characters that might inhabit the real world. It's funny and diverting.

Don't see it if you are looking for major character growth, or if predictability bothers you.

52
During previews
Great acting, Cliched, Entertaining, Long

See it if you want to see some great performances in a very dated comedy.

Don't see it if you are offended easily or in a hurry (it meanders over almost 3 hours and two intermissions).

83
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Quirky, Edgy

See it if you are willing to go in with few expectations and find your mind reset often during the show. The show forces you the think.

Don't see it if discussions of race or sex make you uncomfortable; the show plays at the edge of taste with both.

73
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Sweet

See it if like intergenerational discussions and sharing of emotional experiences.

Don't see it if you are looking for a complex story or deep insights into racial issues.

85
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you enjoy Sam Shepard-esque family dramas.

Don't see it if you are looking for a comedy or a large-scale Broadway production.

79
Clever, Refreshing, Good not great

See it if like stories about potential love and younger actors.

Don't see it if you are cynical.

81
During previews
Edgy, Great acting, Black comedy

See it if you like black comedy or the 80's or Benjamin Walker. And it's not too gory.

Don't see it if you don't like a little nudity.

98
During previews
Hilarious, Quirky, Must see, Clever, Delightful

See it if you love humor and laughing. It isn't a deep show, but it is the funniest I've seen in a long long time.

Don't see it if you want deep thought or a play that says something. It is more a triffle of hilarity than anything that stays with you.

96
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you want a fun night off Broadway with some great singing and lots of energy. It was a clever musical adaptation of Tom Jones.

Don't see it if a polished show in a normal venue. It's also long, not as long as the book or film, but 2 1/2 hours - even tho it went quickly for me.

93
Clever, Delightful, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like the occasional "odd" show that is fast paced, funny, sad and draws lessons from real life. It is NOT a traditional linear play

Don't see it if you don't enjoy oddball shows that don't follow a linear structure. This is a documentary type show that says a lot about life.

75
Disappointing, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy the Mint and period dramedy. It is a 1920's British drawing room play with lots to say about sibling rivalry.

Don't see it if you are looking for action or a intense play. It is a slow and pleasant ride, if that sounds awful, miss it.

79
Ambitious, Edgy, Entertaining, Intelligent, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy intelligent farce and adult situations. It isn't thrillingly paced, but it is a lot of fun.

Don't see it if want a ton of action or are easily offended by sexual situations.

80
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if you want to see a great drama on stage. Particularly if you like seeing strong (albeit, morally ambiguous) women.

Don't see it if you need a lot of action - there is a lot of talk. And, if you saw the movie, Bette Davis' rendition of Regina will haunt you.

79
Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Epic, Dated

See it if you want to see a "big Broadway show", with amazing singing and the helicopter. Chris sings wonderfully, but the Engineer steals the show.

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical that speaks to today. And it is "European" in the way that the sins of the parents are taken out on the child.

95
During previews
Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Old fashioned

See it if you want a traditional musical with big costumes, great singing and a lot of fun. And Bette!

Don't see it if you don't like old school musicals. It revels in it's old style.

75
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Dated, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you like English Drawing Room Comedies. It is well done, and has some great acting by Kline and Kate Burton.

Don't see it if you need action. It is a talky piece.

92
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy talk-y dramas. This one examines race is a unique and unexpected way.

Don't see it if You are afraid to have an open mind. It's a pretty direct look at all our expectations - good and bad.

41
Disappointing, Slow, Overrated, Excruciating

See it if you love really slow paced mid-life crisis shows.

Don't see it if you expect a funny, fast paced or a normal Tracy Letts show. Even Reed Birney struggled to make this enjoyable. Pauses do not equal insight.

80
During previews
Disconcerting, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Edgy

See it if you like your musicals on the challenging side. It is a little uncomfortable, but the lead is fantastic. Kind of Next to Normal-y.

Don't see it if want a happy uplifting musical, if poking the bear of religion makes you uncomfortable. Or if being uncomfortable makes you uncomfortable.

56
During previews
Great acting, Quirky, Typical la stereotyping and bashing, Predictable

See it if you enjoy a witty two person show. Particularly - see it if the easy LA stereotypes make you laugh uproariously.

Don't see it if you want something surprising or if you want some real discussion about stereotypes (in this case Hispanics) in the US.

88
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Fluffy, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy drawing room comedy, only this is a little deeper, but funny. The wordplay is wonderful. And Max Von Essen is ... well amazing.

Don't see it if are looking for a relevant play or if you are morally puritanical.

90
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Bit long, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in great acting and a updated Chekhov tale.

Don't see it if Slightly self-indulgent characters bug you.

95
During previews
Ambitious, Dizzying, Great singing, Confusing

See it if you love great singing and an "EVENT" flavor. It happens all across the stage and the stage seats are a lot of fun.

Don't see it if you want a simple linear plot. It is a jaunty Russian tragedy, so the pacing is a little bi-polar.

90
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if enjoy political discussions that are intelligent and unusual. Along with some nice chemistry in the leads.

Don't see it if you are looking for a deep drama.

80
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you love Horton Foote (Trip to Bountiful) or period pieces about family life that are very "comedic dramas".

Don't see it if you are looking for fast paced action or don't like "family" stories.

77
Dizzying, Interactive

See it if you have wondered about "escape rooms". This is more puzzle centric and great with small groups. Multiple rooms and a story to go through

Don't see it if you are looking for a "theater" experience.

75
Entertaining, Cliched, Great singing

See it if You greatly enjoying musicals with wonderful singing. Or if you enjoy musical biographies, it is one of the best.

Don't see it if Irish accents get on your nerves or you are looking for something remarkably unexpected.

90
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you like great acting! The script is nothing amazing, but the acting is wonderful and makes it fresh. You believe they are falling in love

Don't see it if you want a challenging night of theater