Kafka

New York City
About:  I see theatre. I direct, design and write.
Reviews (33)
43
During previews
Fur
East Village
Slow, indulgent, inert, expressionistic, wordy

See it if A dark fairy tale about hunger, desire and the danger of indulging one’s lust is your craving.

Don't see it if You’d have a hard time sitting through inert, non-sequitar monologues, non-events and indulgent, ungrounded performances.

72
Collective Noun
East Village
Slow, Bold, Intriguing, Imperfect, Ambitious

See it if you like a play with lots of ideas by a playwright with tons (too much?) to say.

Don't see it if you value a clear narrative over diatribe.

Also I often found myself leaning into moments of this play, moved by the i... Read more Read less

93
Open
Midtown W
Poetic, personal, moving, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if You are OPEN to a testament to the power of love as told by a magician of words and ideas and images.

Don't see it if You’re not interested in seeing how Crystal Skillman elevates the one person show format to create a profoundly moving event.

79
During previews
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Quirky, self-conscious, hipster humor.

See it if You feel like you never really “get” the original Vanya. This version brings the ideas into focus without losing the play’s essence.

Don't see it if You’re not a fan of The Office-type humor.

Also A clever lighting design often punctuated the humor beautifully. That ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Boesman and Lena
Midtown W
Fugard's power not fully evident in this production... yet.

See it if only to prove how universal and timeless Fugard's observations are about race and power and the human desire for freedom and self-worth!

Don't see it if you want a quick fix of "entertainment." The pay-off comes late in the evening.

Also Saw this in previews. Zainab Jah carries the majority of the text, and... Read more Read less

76
Zombie Asian Moms
East Village
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Quirky

See it if you enjoy supporting an artist's process as she hones her work reflecting the relationship of asian-american women and their mothers.

Don't see it if you want a polished and thoroughly resolved evening's entertainment.

Also Kate and Lyris are terrific at what they do. This show is most endeari... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Ambitious, Intense, Relevant, Great acting

See it if The #1 reason to see this show is Raul Esparza as Ui. He handles the text as if it were a razor-blade/butterfly. Thrilling!

Don't see it if A slightly heavy handed (Trump inflected), bare-bones rendition of Brecht's satire on Hitler sounds like hard work. But see it for Esparza!

73
Fireflies
Chelsea
Plot-heavy, sentimental, improbable, earnest

See it if An earnest effort to explore the human condition and racial history through a queer lense that’s bogged down by excessive plot and sentiment

Don't see it if you preference is for theatre that digs a little deeper than cliche.

60
A fascinating script is given a mediocre production

See it if you've never seen this play. It's a fascinating study of two wounded individuals fighting for connection as they grapple with their ghosts.

Don't see it if The play is dialogue dense; so if that's not your thing ...

Also It's fascinating to me how this show has been so favorably reviewed by... Read more Read less

24
During previews
Brechtian exploration dulled by amateurish production.

See it if You support new work that illuminates systematic racial inequality in a place called The Oblong.

Don't see it if You have no patience for a poorly directed/designed production that fails to illuminate the strengths of what might be an intriguing play.

70
During previews
Ambitious, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow, Dated

See it if you value historic investigation over dramatic authenticity.

Don't see it if if you want to see Lorca's brilliant play bogged down by an overwritten text and poor scenic and directorial choices.

72
Fairview
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Indulgent, Great staging, Slow, Confusing

See it if you love heavy handed experimental-political theatre.

Don't see it if you despise audience participation.

80
Wilder Gone
East Village
Quirky

See it if you like zany, quirky tales that zip along with slightly over-the-top characters sprouting dialogue in jazzy, poetic riffs.

Don't see it if you don't take sugar in your coffee

58
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Why?

See it if you are a Caryl Churchill fan and need to see this play to say you've seen her entire cannon.

Don't see it if you like yo understand what you're watching.

100
Symphonie Fantastique
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Riveting, Magical

See it if You love to go to art museums and are transfixed by abstraction, color and movement. This event is like seeing a painting come to life.

Don't see it if You need a narrative.

60
Paradise Blue
Midtown W
Slow, Overrated, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You love to be immersed in theatre that feels nostalgic and jazz-infused.

Don't see it if If you care about a well made script. Lots of set-up and little pay-off. Felt like an early draft of an August Wilson play.

75
Tin Cat Shoes
East Village
Clever, Confusing, Great staging, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if ... You prefer poetry over reason, character over plot, whimsy over solid ground. ... Good direction and design are important to you.

Don't see it if If you hate theatre. This might make you hate it more.

65
During previews
Gentle, impenetrable, unsatisfying, unaffecting

See it if The setting on a roof positions the play to exists beyond the everyday cares of the characters; the stories they tell promise revelations

Don't see it if but nothing seems to go anywhere. Stories of power dwindle into a description of marbles. No stakes makes it hard to care.

70
Dying City
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Bland, Slow, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you're curious to discover why this play was a Pulitzer contender, and if you enjoy pondering why a set is the way it is.

Don't see it if you're looking for a play where you are engaged by and rooting for the characters.

69
During previews
Slow, muddy, miscast, disappointing.

See it if You want to hear a script that captures the essence of America with the power of Greek tragedy.

Don't see it if This is your first and only exposure to Shepard.

62
During previews
Disappointing, Banal

See it if You want to see a great performance by a 19 year old actor.

Don't see it if You prefer a well-made play. It’s a play of many ideas, but the storytelling fails to engage.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you're not familiar with Eno's work, and if you are, go to remind yourself what a unique storyteller he is. An exquisitely understated show.

Don't see it if you need spectacle and a linear plot.

100
During previews
Slave Play
East Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if it’s been a while since, seated in the theatre, you've needed or wanted desperately to take in every word or idea. A daring thrill!

Don't see it if You aren’t willing to engage in an urgent conversation about race and power and sexuality.

50
Emma & Max
Soho/Tribeca
Slow, Cliched, Ill-conceived

See it if you're a fan of this filmmaker and you absolutely need to know if he can make theatre. (i'll save you the time, see below)

Don't see it if you're up for a painful & long-winded monologue-heavy rehashing of racial stereotypes that fails to shed light on any of the real issues.

95
Clever, Entertaining, Enchanting, Fluffy, Raunchy

See it if You’re up for a dazzling, beautifully executed evening of gender-fluid dance and pizzaz.

Don't see it if The sight of sexy man-ass covered in sequins and glitter could upset your pacemaker.

84
During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if You the idea of seeing a worthy theatrical endeavor somewhat succeed.

Don't see it if Come on, it’s Craig Lucas. You should see it, because he’s one of our best.

88
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Resonant, Great staging, Funny

See it if You're interested in the work of the new wave of female playwrights.

Don't see it if you'll be offended by the central conceit that exploring one's pussy in a mirror will revolutionize your life.

85
Plano
East Village
Intriguing, curious, haunting, muddled, disappointing

See it if you support new work by young US playwrights. or if you enjoy a top-notch ensemble cast working with great confidence in a slick production

Don't see it if you need a clear, linear plot that makes narrative sense. (it will get under your skin though!--there's something worthwhile here!)

65
Exquisita Agonia
Gramercy
Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if you are a die-hard fan of Nilo Cruz' work.

Don't see it if you have a low threshold for melodramatic, over-wrought, indulgent performances. There was a play there, but nothing about the staging helps

98
During previews
Log Cabin
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Quirky

See it if you want a little educatin' with your entertainment

Don't see it if you break out in hives when you hear the words trans, cis or mojito

80
During previews
Clear, well-told, strong, not-visionary.

See it if Not knowing the play beforehand is not a set-back in this production because the story is very clear in this staging of the play.

Don't see it if You expect something innovative. The set design is one step above that of a high school production. It's basic and bland.

86
Mlima's Tale
East Village
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You are excited about the different ways a story can be told in the theatre, & especially if you love to see actors doing the impossible!

Don't see it if You like plays that take place in someone's living-room.

91
Ambitious, Great acting, Epic, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You like a story is compelling, political, funny, and at it's heart, very, very human; beautifully told.

Don't see it if You want something easy.