Kafka

New York City
About:  I see theatre. I direct, design and write.
Reviews (25)
75
During previews
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
Quirky, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

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
Great acting, Relevant, Intense, Ambitious

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
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
Dated, Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Ambitious

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
Confusing, Slow, Great staging, Indulgent, Ambitious

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

Don't see it if you despise audience participation.

80
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
Why?, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

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
Magical, Riveting, Exquisite, Enchanting, Absorbing

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
Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched, Overrated, Slow

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
Entertaining, Quirky, Great staging, Confusing, Clever

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.

90
Masterful, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

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
Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

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
Ill-conceived, Cliched, Slow

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
Raunchy, Fluffy, Enchanting, Entertaining, Clever

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
Thought-provoking, Ambitious

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
Funny, Great staging, Resonant, Entertaining, Clever

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
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
Intelligent, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

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
Quirky, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

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
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

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
Resonant, Great staging, Epic, Great acting, Ambitious

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.