K.E.N.

Manhattan | 65+ | Male
About:  Pictured are my 2 furry children, brothers : Harry & Potter.
Reviews (66)
58
During previews
The Minutes
Midtown W
Effective ensemble, Puzzling, Bewildering, Forbidding, Disconcerting

See it if you are a Tracy Letts fan or if you have some expectations of his style of writing

Don't see it if you are not prepared for a surprise ending or one that will make you reflect

Also An unsatisfying evening in the theater awaits audiences who attend thi... Read more Read less

72
Languid, Glum, Erratic, Unforced, Demonstrative

See it if you remember the first Jewish Miss America & NYC icon & are curious to learn more about her.

Don't see it if you do not like solo, intermissionless plays.

Also Told from Grant's perspective, one cannot but wonder how much is exace... Read more Read less

74
Parodic, Eccentric, Effective ensemble, Somewhat benign, Kitsch

See it if if you are a fan of Charles Busch.

Don't see it if you can't let go & just enjoy the escape for what it is.

Also Charles Busch is an NYC theatre icon. I have enjoyed many of his past ... Read more Read less

88
Affecting, Ingenious, Enchanting, Keen, Beautifully staged

See it if you want a magical night in the theatre that will restore brightness to you through the experience.

Don't see it if you are a scrooge or you are not open to a new exposure to a timeless classic.

Also memorable performances by Scott, Martin & LaChanze. Tiny Tim portrayed... Read more Read less

49
Broken Story
East Village
Flat, Confusing, Dissatisfying

See it if you 'see everything' & want to support artistic effort in general.

Don't see it if your expectations are to be enthralled by a good mystery.

Also This story is indeed "broken," however I feel guilty in that I have no... Read more Read less

68
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Committed cast, Mechanical dialogue, Aimless, Feigned

See it if you are open to a rising playwright or are a fan of E.M. Forster & Howards End.

Don't see it if you're expecting to see the next "must-see" hot property. If so, then you've set yourself up to be disappointed.

Also A capable cast makes an honest attempt to deliver this story --- but t... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Clever, Memorable performance, Heartfelt, Engaging

See it if you are a fan of Harvey Fierstein & want to celebrate this glimpse of a woman who was a leading feminist.

Don't see it if you do not like shows that are dialogue-driven by a singular character.

Also Fierstein's take on this woman is mesmerizing (and he's not even in dr... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Bravura performances, stirring, formidable, cerebral, jarring

See it if for nothing else Mary Louise Parker's performance. It alone is Tony-nominee worthy.

Don't see it if you don't want to be challenged in your thinking about a literary work that is both portent and foreboding as it unfolds.

Also If you think you are familiar with the style of Adam Rapp, the message... Read more Read less

90
Poignant, Eloquent, Great acting, Unique, Inspiring

See it if you are seeking a joyous evening of theatre! If you love this classic & want to see the story & music you know in a moving work: Go!

Don't see it if you do not like minimalism and are not prepared to read supertitles

Also Joel Grey's direction is brilliant! Steven Skybell is a memorable Tevy... Read more Read less

88
Ink
Midtown W
Seductive, Dialogue-rich, Betwitching, Bracing

See it if you are attracted to great storytelling.

Don't see it if you are resistant to a work that requires close attention and concentration on your part.

Also Jonny Lee Miller was terrific! Kudos, too for the projection design fr... Read more Read less

97
Vital, Darker, Dynamic, Atypical, Ingenious

See it if you want to discover an atypical breakthrough in musical theatre.

Don't see it if you expect a traditional 1943 R & H revival. Nor, if you aren't open to receiving a somber side of a wonderful show in simple staging,

Also Daniel Fish has given us an imaginative, rejuvenation of a classic in ... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Quips/one liners, Vibrant, Honest characterizations, Witty, Great acting

See it if you are a Metcalf fan. She is phenomenal!

Don't see it if you are looking for splashy costumes or elaborate sets. This production's focus is on words & being thought-provoking.

Also This comedy will be polarizing to its audiences...they will hate it or... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Burn This
Midtown W
Gripping, great acting, thought-provoking, touching, adventurous

See it if you are attracted to experiencing a memorable performance by Driver. And a Wilson classic piece.

Don't see it if the language might offend you or you cannot appreciate the humor in its delivery

Also This revival of a Landford Wilson work is a 'must-see' for the playwri... Read more Read less

77
The Cake
Midtown W
Reasonable, Current, Rational, Diverting, Discerning

See it if you are a fan of Debra Jo Rupp. She is terrific! You want a thought-provoking experience, that also provides some humor.

Don't see it if you do not want to have seen a play that will leave you with some unanswered questions.

Also It is intelligent, current, well-performed. I found the bridal couple ... Read more Read less

84
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Clever, Hopeful, Educational

See it if you want to see an original, unique, smart producton.

Don't see it if you expect a normal, "run-of-the-mill" drama or comedy.

Also Heidi Schrek is terrific! It is moving to the Helen Hayes for a limite... Read more Read less

86
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Poignant, Great singing, Refreshing, Great music, Funny

See it if you are ready to have a pull of your heartstrings. Seek a romantic storyline while having some fun.

Don't see it if you seek big, elaborate production numbers. or are a prude who is easily offended by sexual situations or don't have a sweet tooth for pie

Also Saw Joey McIntyre in his debut performance & he did just fine. Stephan... Read more Read less

76
Spotty, Strained, Great singing

See it if only if you understand it is a play with music --- NOT a musical. The acapella harmony is often beautiful.

Don't see it if you aren't up for a thought-provoking performance, despite its shortcomings.

Also Performances are sincere, and the music/movement is nice. Somewhat has... Read more Read less

83
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky, Clever

See it if you want to see great choreography & escape in a fun evening. Clever and the performance are sincere in their commitments.

Don't see it if if you are a prude...or not a good sport.

Also Angie Schworer was delightful! And kudos, too for Beth Leavel and Broo... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Quirky, Slow

See it if you are a Sam Shepard fan. After all, it was a Pulitzer Prize finalist: see why.

Don't see it if Initially slow, so don't see it if you are not patient. But eventually it will pull you in.

Also Universal in its sibling rivalry message. I had not seen the previous ... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if if you loved the movie. if you want to see a historic production. if you appreciate great writing & an outstanding ensemble.

Don't see it if if you support fake news. if you aren't willing to learn from what is presented.

Also Bryan Cranston simply EMBODIES Howard Beale.... Read more Read less

99
During previews
Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Over-the-top, Must see

See it if u want razzle-dazzle & a clap-your-hands along performance. U won't b able 2 sit still while u experience joy (& learn about Cher's life)

Don't see it if you are a cynic. you don't want to have a good time. you were never a fan of Cher (or Sonny, either)

Also Yes, this show is so OTT, but in a good way.... Read more Read less

80
Small Craft Warnings
West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a fan of Mr. Williams. Like ensemble work. Have interest in each characters "story" & how each contributes to the plot.

Don't see it if If dominant character-narrator moving storyline forward can overpower ur enjoyment of it. You don't know what to "expect" in Williams' work

80
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if u r interested in learning about Native Americans & desire 2 be educated while entertained & LOL

Don't see it if u need intermission; not open-minded; r can't accept thought provoking work

78
Apologia
Midtown W
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of Channing. you are attracted 2 stories about family-relationships or character who is an author. you want to be challenged

Don't see it if you see cliche's in every line. you don't want to pay attention. you are cynical about what unfolds in a fictional work.

91
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Funny, Delightful

See it if you want 2 c 3 great performances. A story that will keep u enthralled by ur attempt 2 figure out "what's true?" (as opposed to 'Fake News.'

Don't see it if u want music. u can't separate the real "celebrity' from the role. u don't like being challenged by the story line as it unfolds.

83
Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Engaging, Captivating, Joyous score, Beguiling, Notable

See it if you are a Jerry Herman fan & want to experience an energizing presentation.

Don't see it if you are unable to meet the window of limited performances.

Also Mack & Mable is an appropriate choice to join the ENCORES! repertoire.... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Well-rounded ensemble, Alluring, Robust, Refreshing, Vibrant

See it if you want to experience an energetic evening of a rarely-revived musical that is a well-honed production.

Don't see it if you are expecting to see a staged version of the Debbie Reynolds movie.

Also Beth Malone is bright, winsome & captivating as she leads an ensemble ... Read more Read less

63
Brash, Great costumes, Hammy, Garish, Piercing

See it if you like a spectacle & don't mind that it's a tourist-trap that will draw em in spending big bucks 'cause they heard it is 'the one' to see.

Don't see it if you are a fan of the movie. 'Tis ain't it.

Also This is a loud, vulgar version of a film many loved. A homage to it? N... Read more Read less

58
Great singing, Diverting, Dissatisfying, Pedestrian

See it if you are a Tina Turner fan.

Don't see it if you are expecting musical theatre.

Also SPOILER ALERT: Adrienne Warren was out at the performance I saw. That ... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Astute, Wistful, Earnest, Compelling, Honest characterizations

See it if because it is Horton Foote. And that in itself is enough! And also because this is a Pulitzer Prize-winning work.

Don't see it if you are not patient enough to allow a heart rendering story to unfold.

Also Performances by Aidan Quinn as Will & Kristine Nielsen as Lily Dale ar... Read more Read less

77
Wacky, Fun, Clever lyrics, Amusing, Creative

See it if you're a big Bway fan & want a fun evening of escape with chuckles galore.

Don't see it if you are too critical & judgmental --- it's light, innovative in the "Forbidden" tradition not to be taken too seriously.

Also Joshua Turchin is woefully miscast in my opinion. His take on Santino ... Read more Read less

15
Singin' in the ER
East Village
Amateur, Wretched, Not funny, Miserable

See it if if you know someone in the cast & as a friend, you have to go to support them

Don't see it if just don't bother

Also cheap & tacky set (what there was of it), really awful script, bad per... Read more Read less

22
The Exes
Midtown W
Awkward, Unfunny, Clumsy, Uneven, Baffling

See it if you have a comp ticket. That's the only way you'll get your moneys worth.

Don't see it if you have expectations for a good experience at the theatre. Or if you are expecting good acting.

Also Well, the set was nice (however cramped.)... Read more Read less

64
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Let down, Flat, Cliche'

See it if you want to see the performance that probably will win the Best Actor in a musical Tony

Don't see it if you are such a fan of the movie that you'll resent the story changes

Also Santino Fontana works hard --- most likely has given a Tony-Winning pe... Read more Read less

80
Ain't No Mo'
East Village
Arousing, Divisive, Imaginative, Funny, Revealing

See it if you are open to a thought-provoking and groundbreaking piece. It is shocking satire.

Don't see it if you are easily offended by language

Also Uneven at times, however still an opportunity to see some great acting... Read more Read less

68
Heavy, Bewildering, Consuming, Sluggish, Lengthy

See it if you are a Shakespeare fan & are interested in seeing a production of a classic that has been given a contemporary, modernized flavor.

Don't see it if you are not willing to invest almost 3 hours in its audience.

Also Innovative and updated but will require an investment from you of endu... Read more Read less

59
During previews
Lacking, Mediocre, Offbeat, Erratic

See it if you are a BEETLEJUICE fan.

Don't see it if you have expectations of a good score, and a story that will make you care.

Also I did not see the movie, however, I understand some of the darkness wa... Read more Read less

21
During previews
Lacking, Pedestrian, Dreary, Drab, Unbearably painful

See it if you are a fan of Nathan Lane. Or of Titus Andronieus.

Don't see it if u have anything better to do with 1 hour 35 minutes. R if u do not mind being ripped off at the box office (or whatever you spend on a tkt)

Also In seeing shows on Bway for over 40 years --- I have NEVER walked out ... Read more Read less

37
During previews
Monotonous, Dreary, Tacky

See it if you have nothing else better to do with your time

Don't see it if you want an absorbing show that will hold your interest. This one will not.

Also cast is enthusiastic, but mostly scream lyrics that are not easy-on-th... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Great music, Cleverly staged, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if if you love Sondheim & want to see a troupe that has great chemistry.

Don't see it if you are looking for a big, brassy stereotype musical & are not willing to grasp subtleness

Also Had never seen a production of this show, (although had read it) & rem... Read more Read less

63
Ah, Wilderness!
East Village
Slow, Lacked laughs, Dated, Sincere performances

See it if you are curious about the only "comedy" that Eugene ONeill wrote.

Don't see it if you are not patient. Keep in mind it is dated.

Also The actors who portrayed Nat & Essie Miller seemed more like Richard M... Read more Read less

91
Resonant, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if relevant to today's political climate. Thoughtful & profound.

Don't see it if you aren't 'open' to subtle changes that give certain characters more of a 'voice,' than the novel.

Also Racial injustice is alive & well in this country today. This productio... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Riveting

See it if you want to see the winning Tony Actress. Elaine May's performance as her illness progresses is incredible! What timing! A masterpiece!

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason why you should not see this.

Also The ensemble is perfect together. Joan Allen and Luas Hudges also give... Read more Read less

86
Clever, Delightful, Charming, Funny, Great singing

See it if You want 2 experience a production both original & absorbing. Showcases a talented ensemble that exhibits acting, as well as musical chops!

Don't see it if There is an ounce of cynicism in you.

81
Popcorn Falls
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Clever, Delightful, Great staging

See it if you love to laugh; you appreciate character actors you are aware it is a 2-person show who play all the roles

Don't see it if you can't keep up with a fast moving plot

Also Very clever & entertaining. Laughed a lot. Both actors are incredibly ... Read more Read less

91
Gloria: A Life
Gramercy
Great acting, Absorbing, Masterful, Must see, Relevant

See it if If you're a feminist. If you're moved by history & struggle 2 get where we are today & if you believe we still have more work 2 do.

Don't see it if you r a cynic. you r a misogynist you r a racist if any of these save your $$$.

Also C this play and you will leave being a "hope-a-holic."... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if u want 2 c powerful performances. if u can stand being on the edge of ur seat.

Don't see it if u r looking 4 a laugh...only tiny chuckles here

Also Exhausted when it ended. Powerful in a good way. Some cliche' lines, s... Read more Read less

68
Cliched, Great staging, Ambitious, Fluffy, Resonant

See it if ur curious & b aware it's a limited run; if u want 2 be part of a unique space. if u like 2 see costumes that both current & vintage.

Don't see it if cliche' lyrics r not ur thing; r if sometimes they get to "cutsy"

Also the company gave it their all & each actor was sincere & genuine in hi... Read more Read less

41
During previews
Confusing, Excruciating, Intense, Quirky, Slow

See it if you are attracted to bizarre. you are a fan of Vonnegut. & if your interest is piqued by an adaption of his work. He wasn't a playwrite.

Don't see it if you are smart...if you are smart...stay away. you can't stomach an endurance test.

Also Actors did work hard, however & that is to be applauded.

79
Sakina’s Restaurant
West Village
Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Funny

See it if Surprised it was written 20 yrs. ago & is so timely today! 90 minutes flew by. Enjoyed much.

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows, with 1 actor playing all roles. No intermission productions.