JWilliams

Manhattan | 25-34 | Male
About:  Theatre-lover. Actor. New Yorker as of June 2016. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (84)
100
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Must see, Intense, Great acting, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see truly masterful storytelling. This show runs the theatrical gamut: thrilling and hilarious, intimate yet epic. GO SEE IT

Don't see it if you hate the Irish or great productions. The accents are thick, but most people should be able to understand. This show is worth the effort!

Also I saw the show with the original cast. I can't wait to go back and see... Read more Read less

85
Intense, Profound, Resonant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see Elaine May's triumphant return to the stage: hysterical and heartbreaking. Joan Allen watching her decline is devastating.

Don't see it if the subject of Alzheimer's is difficult for you. This play is hard to watch. It gives an honest look from each character's perspective.

90
Absorbing, Exquisite, Refreshing, Romantic, Great writing

See it if you want to see a transporting new musical with wonderful new music in the style of the Great American Songbook. Sam Bolen is magnificent!

Don't see it if you dislike cabaret-style shows with gay themes. The story is fresh and well-told with delightfully unexpected highs and lows. A real treat!

90
Exquisite, Refreshing, Masterful, Delightful, Great staging

See it if you want to see another gorgeous LCT production. This is how you revive a problematic show for 2018! Benanti, Hadden-Paton, and Butz soar.

Don't see it if you have some kind of vendetta against classic musicals. This is the kind of redefining production that makes you never need to see another.

Also Benanti is a STAR, there is no denying that. She breathes incomparable... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Raunchy, Great dancing, Edgy, Exquisite

See it if you want to see a fabulous ensemble of male dancer/acrobats. Company XIV always put on a deliciously campy show, and this is no exception!

Don't see it if you have a problem with seeing A LOT of the male body. This show has a thinner plot than past shows, but is still an absolute delight!

Also Special shoutout to the INCREDIBLE Bumblebee dancer's solo. It was abs... Read more Read less

45
Indulgent, Ambitious, Banal, Insipid, Excruciating

See it if you want to see a fun concept be executed poorly. They directed themselves. They would've benefitted from having some outside perspective.

Don't see it if a few laughs aren't enough to justify your seeing a bad sketch show. Their reactions when something went wrong were funnier than the script.

Also I'm sure she meant well... The mother of one of the performers approac... Read more Read less

80
Hilarious, Great acting, Clever, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you want to have a gay ol' time! I was thrilled to see Jeff Hiller center stage; really get to show his full range. He's a wonderful actor

Don't see it if you hate the gays and our culture. This is such a well-crafted show, but needs a star to make it really sing. Hiller was utterly captivating

100
Absorbing, Riveting, Ambitious, Great singing, Must see

See it if you can get a ticket! This incredible, intimate production is imaginative, and terrifying. Carloee Carmello is the best Mrs. Lovett EVER

Don't see it if you can't get a ticket! Or, I suppose, if you dislike an intimate theatrical experience. Front table seating is very close to the action!

70
Meteor Shower
Midtown W
Funny, Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you wanna see great comedic actors in a bad show. Benanti shines. Schumer holds her own. Key is over-the-top. Shamos is the unsung hero.

Don't see it if you can't afford the ticket, or can wait to see these performers in better shows. The material was just a disappointment.

90
Who's Holiday!
Midtown W
Delightful, Clever, Raunchy, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if you want to see Lesli Margherita give a deliciously naughty performance! She's larger than life, but brings genuine heart to this fun play.

Don't see it if you are offended by vulgar language or adult themes. This is NOT a holiday show for the kids, but should delight adults on the naughty list!

75
Hundred Days
East Village
Absorbing, Quirky, Edgy, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want a truly unique theatrical concert experience. The Bengsons are singular talents, and Anne Kauffman's direction is exceptional

Don't see it if you need elaborate scenery/costumes, or a traditional plot to enjoy a show. This is a concert elevated to its highest, most theatrical level

85
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you want to see a (loose) Shakespeare adaptation with fantastic music and performances. This show finds a perfect balance of fun and heart!

Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare purist. This show takes liberties, but manages to make the old west pastiche really work. Fantastic ensemble cast!!

100
Squeamish
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intense, Riveting, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to be enraptured by this woman's dark, terrifying descent into madness. Fraser is a masterful storyteller. Absolutely spellbinding!

Don't see it if the graphic description of blood makes you... squeamish. None of the gore is shown on stage. Great writing. Fraser is chill-inducing.

60
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if you want to see an irreverent, if not entirely satisfying show. Incredibly talented cast, but the material never lives up to their potential

Don't see it if you need to truly care about the lead character. The show just didn't work. The best song in the show is sung by the supporting female.

100
Indecent
Midtown W
Absorbing, Exquisite, Masterful, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see an unforgettable theatrical experience. Brilliant performances, writing, and staging. Incredible story from theatre history.

Don't see it if you hate history, theatre, or the Jewish people. This is a perfectly conceived and executed show without a single false moment.

75
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Riveting, Intense, Insipid, Epic, Absorbing

See it if *Glenn was Very sick (voice gone)* That being said, the production was polished, and very grand. Her acting was very good, but too much camp

Don't see it if you don't like "concert" stagings. Or you don't like ALW. The score is sweeping, but also has some stinkers (like most of his work).

100
For a previous production
Hilarious, Masterful, Delightful, Dizzying, Must see

See it if you love Farce! Incredibly funny cast and script in a high-energy show that will keep you laughing from start to finish. And that SET!

Don't see it if you don't like farce, comedic stage violence, or British accents. It's wonderful, and priced so that you can go again (I've been twice!).

Also The Off-Bway production at New World Stages has really held up in the ... Read more Read less

70
The Golden Apple
Midtown W
Clever, Dated, Ambitious, Quirky, Great singing

See it if you want to see Lindsay Mendez light up the stage! "Lazy Afternoon" alone was worth the ticket. The trio of women were fabulous as well!

Don't see it if you have no interest in seeing a little-known piece of musical theatre history. The show can be slow, dated, and not always tuneful.

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Slow, Great writing, Minimalist

See it if you want to see the great Sally Field. She is able to get laughs without ever sacrificing the truth of the story. Great acting all around.

Don't see it if you don't like deconstructed classics. The choices work for this production, but it is not my favorite concept, by far. Long transitions.

95
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you want to see the indomitable Laurie Metcalf deliver Lucas Hnaths' spirited script. The play is a vehicle for them to debate his ideas.

Don't see it if you don't like plays mixing classic and contemporary styles. The minimalist approach makes the audience focus on Hnath's words.

Also Saw the new cast starring Julie White, and was blown away by how diffe... Read more Read less

25
Your Name On My Lips
East Village
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if you are drunk, and are prepared to see something awful. It's amateurish at best, and naively self-important. Unintentionally funny at times.

Don't see it if you can't handle seeing a bad show. I cringed throughout Act 1. This is the only time I have left a show at intermission.

30
Excruciating, Insipid, Disappointing, Indulgent, Banal

See it if you want to see an example of awful theatre. It's not scary, funny, witty, or charming. The marionettes aren't used well or often enough.

Don't see it if you have anything better to do with your time. Don't sit in the front, or you'll be covered in glitter.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you want to see a singular theatrical experience with an eclectic, incredible score. An unforgettable experience. Ashford and Grey SHINE!

Don't see it if you don't like actors in the audience, or non-traditional theatre. Sit in the mezzanine to see everything. This production is spectacular!

Also I got to see Dave Malloy as Pierre twice, and he was absolutely incred... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Ambitious, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy dystopian shows with power-struggles and unresolved endings. They don't give you all the information, but you don't need it.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy apocalyptic stories, stilted dialogue, or the Twilight Zone. The actors do their best with the script. Should be a one-act.

75
During previews
Fade
West Village
Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy contemporary work. I enjoyed the fluidity of languages, tv background, and cultural issues raised. I just wish it dug deeper.

Don't see it if the use of Spanish throws you. The script was unsurprising, and could use some cuts. The direction was not as nuanced as the topics demand.

90
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Entertaining, Hilarious, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you want to see a fresh production of Fierstein's masterwork. Urie's bathroom scene is unforgettable. Ruehl is a conflicted force of nature!

Don't see it if you don't like plays with gay themes. Urie is a great actor, but it's impossible to forget Fierstein's indelible impression on the piece.

90
Delightful, Hilarious, Clever, Entertaining, Great dancing

See it if you want to see a joyous, unabashedly queer romp! It's FUN with a ROCKing band. The entire cast shines, but Milligan is a scene-stealer!

Don't see it if you hate the gays, Go-Go's, or fierce choreography. This loving, high-energy show is proudly inclusive, and Broadway is better for having it

80
Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intense

See it if you want to see a revolutionary production. The stark staging emphasizes the text's dark undertones. Blackout scenes were downright chilling

Don't see it if you don't like experimental takes on classics. The dream ballet was weird not because it was modern, but because it didn't further the story

85
Inner Voices 2018
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Great singing, Resonant

See it if you enjoy exciting new musicals and enthralling solo performances. All 3 pieces/performances were strong. Luker and Alvin were spectacular!

Don't see it if you don't like new works/solo shows. This year's selections were impressive. I can't wait to see what's next for these shows/this series.

80
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious, Profound

See it if you want a unique theatrical experience you won't find on Broadway. The Yiddish brings authenticity, and proves the shows universal appeal.

Don't see it if subtitles and foreign languages are hard for you to handle. The simplicity of the sets, etc. keeps the focus on this transcendent piece.

85
Raunchy, Hilarious, Great singing, Delightful, Edgy

See it if you want to see gorgeous singing mixed with depraved lyrics/subject matter. This is such a FUN show! Interesting look into JS's legacy

Don't see it if you are offended by vulgarity. There's a lot of it here. A LOT. And that's ok. This show embraces the ugliness of JS, but makes it beautiful

90
Refreshing, Enchanting, Resonant, Romantic, Masterful

See it if you want to see an expertly crafted and performed show. Tony Shalub's characterization is masterful. Kartina Lenk is absolutely mesmerizing!

Don't see it if you need a musical to have lots of glitz and glam. This is a delicate piece without much flash, but overflowing with heart and pure humanity

80
Hey, Look Me Over!
Midtown W
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great singing, Dated, Delightful

See it if you want to see a review showcasing some great songs. Kuhn is luminous. Carmello's rousing. Williams is delicious. Duncan stops the show.

Don't see it if you don't like Encores! type shows. This review is a fun change of pace for Encores! Great concept, and a very fun night at the theater.

95
Exquisite, Romantic, Great acting, Masterful, Great staging

See it if you want to see the most Gorgeously conceived production of Follies imaginable; lush, dark, and beautiful. What a gift that it's preserved!

Don't see it if you hate Follies, or Sondheim. But this production is definitely worth giving a chance. You certainly won't find another of this caliber!

65
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if you like dark stories, the source material, and actors with fit bodies. This production captures the visceral spirit of the source material.

Don't see it if the extreme violence and depravity depicted will offend you. This source material is well known, and the play does it justice. Be forewarned

75
Uncommon Sense
East Village
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Resonant

See it if you want to see an honest portrayal of people on the autism spectrum, and how it affects them and their loved ones.

Don't see it if seeing people with autism (and their loved ones) depicted onstage would upset you. It was heart-breaking, yet extremely touching.

100
Delightful, Clever, Hilarious, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you want to see a Dynamite young cast lovingly spoof the world of HP. This ensemble cast of rock stars make every moment an utter delight!

Don't see it if you've never seen/read HP (altho a vast knowledge is not required). It was the most FUN I've had in the theatre. GO SEE THIS SHOW!!!

Also Between the 2 performances I've seen I got to see the entire cast as w... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Stuffed
Midtown W
Funny, Fluffy, Banal, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a relatable show that deals with the food issues we all face (particularly women) with humor and surprising heart.

Don't see it if you don't like LL's brash style, or need a plot. This show is like standup and spoken word had a baby. It's an enjoyable, heartfelt romp.

Also I saw Blonsky's understudy, Lauren Ann Brickman. She was terrific! App... Read more Read less

65
Entertaining, Confusing, Hilarious, Banal, Delightful

See it if you want to see Ashford and Burstein give incredible performances; Fresh, wacky, and full of heart. The music was a wonderful addition.

Don't see it if you want to understand the concept, or the meaning of the language. Not enough attention was paid to conveying the message to the audience.

100
Enchanting, Delightful, Hilarious, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if you want to have your spirit lifted by a magnificent cast performing this classic crowd-pleaser. Bette brings her STAR power every moment.

Don't see it if you don't like to laugh. This production is pure joy! The show may be old-fashioned, but completely fresh, alive, and hysterical!

Also I also saw Donna Murphy... WOW!... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you want to see a brilliant and faithful production of this classic play. Linney (Regina) and Nixon (Birdie) are absolutely astonishing!

Don't see it if classic/southern plays don't appeal to you. This is a straightforward period piece that never feels dusty, or irrelevant.

80
Great acting, Intelligent, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you want to see Janney, Hawkins, and cast deliver expert performances. The production is wonderful, but something didn't quite work for me.

Don't see it if you're not in the mood to take a look into the lives of privileged, rich white people. The current climate made the play seem ill-timed.

75
War Paint
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see Patti and Christine shine! They are the reason to see this show. These are two theatre LEGENDS giving wonderful performances

Don't see it if you hate women, makeup, or the color pink. The martial isn't great, but they make the show worth seeing.

90
Cry Havoc!
West Village
Absorbing, Masterful, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see Wolfert's bravura performance. His mastery of Shakespeare, raw intensity, and captivating storytelling are not to be missed!

Don't see it if you hate Shakespeare, one man shows, or emotionally challenging works. But even then, I recommend taking a chance on this show!

90
For a previous production
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Resonant, Relevant, Refreshing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy gay-themed plays with rich characters that deal with emotional topics. The performances are wonderful, particularly Montelongo!

Don't see it if you hate gay people. It tells a seldom-explored story, and does a great job of honoring the community without reducing them to stereotypes.

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Slow

See it if you enjoy wonderfully-acted and staged plays. The cast is stellar, the staging is clever, and the writing avoids falling into cliché.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy slow-paced shows about "the poor, working man." The script doesn't surpass previous ones in the genre, but holds its own.

100
During previews
Significant Other
Midtown W
Hilarious, Great acting, Profound, Great writing, Must see

See it if you have ever had a friend, or searched for love. Harmon's great script elevated by fantastic performances. Glick and Mendez are Incredible!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy seeing anxiety, dementia, hilarity, or heartbreak onstage. A cathartic experience from beginning to end. See this show!

85
During previews
Life According to Saki
East Village
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Quirky, Delightful

See it if you enjoy charming, intimate productions that require you to use your imagination. The versatile cast is what brings this story to life!

Don't see it if you need a play with lots of bells and whistles, or if you have a fear/hatred of puppetry. This is a shining example of fringe at it's best.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Masterful, Riveting, Exquisite, Profound

See it if you want to see absolutely masterful storytelling about a complicated Broadway icon. Dixon gives an absolutely spellbinding performance!

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of one-man shows. The show goes into dark territory, so don't bring the kids. But see it anyway! Dixon is transfixing!!

80
Candide
Upper W Side
Delightful, Great singing, Clever, Funny, Masterful

See it if you want to see Bernstein's glorious music performed exceptionally. Armstrong's an endearing Candide. Picerno's Cunegonde is a revelation!

Don't see it if you can't follow a complicated (albeit hilarious) story. Otherwise, this is a magnificent production of this Bernstein favorite.