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Reviews (81)
During previews
Slow, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever

See it if A (sometimes illuminating sometimes confusing) update of Peer Gynt, Will Eno's style. Good versatile acting from a compact crew

Don't see it if Hope for a play at the level of Thom Pain - this is a rung below

Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Slow, Entertaining

See it if An amusing attempt to give the story an independent theatrical life with feminist overtones. Doesn't take itself too seriously.

Don't see it if Does not quite work as a strong piece of theater

Masterful, Great acting, Exquisite, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Layered, complex, poetic and altogether wonderful

Don't see it if Don’t like non-linear monologue performances

Informative, Great acting

See it if Sonewhat pedestrian as a play but very well acted, with versatile support cast and fascinating details

Don't see it if don't like bioplays

During previews
Entertaining, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Passionate and well acted. Solid and energetic writing

Don't see it if perhaps a tad too long

Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if a true to spirit and well-made chamber evocation of Brecht's one act; followed by 2 clever modern "spiritual variations"; well acted too

Don't see it if don't like plays with political overtones

Timon of Athens
Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if an ambitious attempt to resuscitate a difficult and messy rare play (so a boon for Shakespeare completists); great Hunter; beautiful design

Don't see it if want more Shakespeare than Middleton

During previews
Medea (BAM)
Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if want to see a star-driven contemporary play "inspired" by Medea; expertly manufactured and competently acted

Don't see it if authors replaced the poetry and the tragedy with pedestrian hysterics; and turned old stage inventions of Van Hove into irritating gimmicks

The Contours of Heaven
Cliched, Confusing

See it if Game acting and personal stories do not add up to a real play.

Don't see it if Don’t like ponderous monologues

Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Ambitious, Intense

See it if like impressive staging and interesting period play

Don't see it if don't like the play getting largely lost among the staging

Clever, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if luckily, the show is closed; some good acting and interesting as theater history

Don't see it if politically strident mess of a play

Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if An amusing riff on the Christmas Carol, performed with exquisite Czech marionettes and accompanied by sweet singing

Don't see it if Don’t like puppets

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if motor-mouth word magic

Don't see it if don't like monologues or can't handle one that is intense and rather long

During previews
Entertaining, Clever, Indulgent, Funny

See it if want to see an early Ayckbourn "classic" very decently revived; will, one hopes, get tighter and a bit more focused as previews progress

Don't see it if a play a bit slow and hasn't aged greatly

Overrated, Indulgent, Cliched, Banal

See it if Enthusiastically acted but not much of a play, more of a feel good exercise

Don't see it if Too long for it has to offer

Intelligent, Clever, Ambitious

See it if An interesting, if not whole successful, attempt to “bring to life” some of the most memorable pages of Talmud

Don't see it if Errs in the side of illustrative story telling

Indulgent, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if a "socially conscious" cabaret act; songs not bad but not particularly great either

Don't see it if a little scatter shot and juvenile social satire

Old-fashioned, Emotional, Intelligent

See it if Like to see a well made Horton Foote play at his NY “home”; solid acting a brave performance from Nielsen who is somewhat miscast

Don't see it if Don’t have enough patience for this kind of “slow-burn” play

Great singing, Funny, Clever

See it if Love light pointed humor.

Don't see it if If you hate the film, musicals, and silly impersonations.

The Dork Knight
West Village
Great acting, Funny

See it if Inventive self-discovery monologue from a great "chameleon" actor

Don't see it if don't like monologues; unfamiliar with the Batman universe

During previews
Insipid, Intelligent, Clever, Disappointing

See it if A fairly interesting new play from a very talented playwright; well directed and acted

Don't see it if Don’t want to see a fairly disappointing effort from Will Eno - this is more facile and less creative than his previous plays

The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Masterful, Profound, Must see, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if An incredible show to rival Bedlam “classics”. Fantastic staging, laser sharp interpretation of the play and terrific ensemble performance

Don't see it if You are afraid of “difficult” or simply long plays

The Enigmatist
Quirky, Ambitious, Clever

See it if clever show with interesting puzzles

Don't see it if not as exciting as could be - room was stifling unfortunately

Funny, Delightful

See it if Pleasant old-fashioned Jewish cabaret act with a good dose of schmaltz. Some lyrics are not only amusing but inventive.

Don't see it if Very song heavy; might be a bit hard to enjoy if “not in theme”

Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if pure Broadway musical parody fun

Don't see it if not familiar with the current crop of Broadway shows

During previews
The Fre
Entertaining, Edgy, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if Want to see experimental and provocative performance, including audience participation, with some clever versification

Don't see it if Find it hard to get into the spirit of this particular entertainment

Slow, Disappointing

See it if Want another "interpretation" of Hamlet which tries hard to be striking, with an interesting choice for a lead

Don't see it if This is not as bad as BAM's Medea but most of cast seem too often to be acting in a different play than their lead who doesn't engage engage

Rules of Desire
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Refreshing, Great writing, Intense

See it if A striking new play, up close and personal with problem topics. Intense but nimble enough with language and performance

Don't see it if Don’t like graphic or shocking discussions of sex

Slow, Funny

See it if a very game effort to deal with a famous and famously difficult to produce play

Don't see it if not everything works

During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Theatrical and evocative of the novel without retelling the well known story. Brilliant use of music and sound effects by the talented cast

Don't see it if Don't like or don't know the novel. Seeking a traditional play

The Inheritance
Midtown W
Intelligent, Slow, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if Expert staging of an interesting play cleverly integrating E.M.Forster and his Howard's End

Don't see it if Overlong, tedious in places (although laughing at itself a bit) and covering some of the same territory as Angels in America

Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Fantastic acting by whole cast in a clever new play masquerading as a Neil Simon- style sitcom Look thru the surface and watch interactions

Don't see it if somewhat slow at times

The Thin Place
Midtown W
Riveting, Intense, Clever, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if A fresh modern ghost story - intricate, scary and dizzying. Terrific acting and clever design

Don't see it if don't like no action plays

Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Poetic (re)creation of an alien world, beautifully acted and cleverly staged. Raw and affecting.

Don't see it if Don’t like non-linear plays

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if a perfect charming revival of a classic concoction

Don't see it if don't like (conventional) period comedy


See it if Plain sweet straightforward staging

Don't see it if Want more of a serious production

Slava's Snowshow
Midtown W
Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if clever but delightful clownade - in which grownups engage as enthusiastically as children

Don't see it if if don't like clowns - even wonderful ones

Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Clever and wrenching new play gorgeously staged by David Cromer and splendidly acted

Don't see it if Don't like hard topics (cancer, suicide)

Clever, Slow, Intense, Disappointing

See it if MD is in fine shape and the subject matter is clearly wrenching, but monologue badly sags in the middle and suffers from one-sided politics

Don't see it if don't know or like Mike Daisey - this is not well edited and hardly a stand-along effort

Intelligent, Great acting, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if Want to see a valuable piece of theater history, well made and even containing bits and pieces of a good play that lurks in there somewhere

Don't see it if Overindulgent exercise

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Great singing, Delightful

See it if A charming period staging of a lovingly restored classic Yiddish operetta.

Don't see it if Don’t like the genre or unknown (to you) language production

Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if A clever hybrid of a stand up comedy act and one-person theater deepened with thoughts on family and history

Don't see it if Don’t like monologues or stand up - theater hybrids

During previews
Great acting, Funny, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if A highly pleasing 2-hander from a pair of fantastic actors No revelations in this father/son play, but well constructed, funny and affecting

Don't see it if If want cutting edge theatrical experimentation or deep drama

Anna Karenina: a riff
Intelligent, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious

See it if This is a workshop - of very good quality. Adaptation is quite straightforward, spiced up with some jokes and songs, both rather good

Don't see it if want "production values" or can't take some mild liberties with a classic

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Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Rock solid Druid production with many inventive flourishes and some spectacular acting, particularly from Aaron Monaghan and the ladies

Don't see it if It’s long and has some intermittent lulls

During previews
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Splendidly put together and acted play. Engaging characters who transcend limitations of biography play. Good balance of emotions and humor

Don't see it if Don’t at all like biographical plays

Hilarious, Entertaining, Funny, Dizzying, Delightful

See it if Crazed but inventive clowning for grown ups (as in serious topics); leave children at home, brush up in your French and Norse and enjoy

Don't see it if if cannot appreciate inventive silliness

Amusing, food!, Cliched

See it if Show itself is predictably silly Musicians are quite good Drinks pleasant Food surprisingly nice

Don't see it if silly entertainment

Mayakovsky and Stalin
West Village
Great acting, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if unusual and smart play, with excellent acting and production values and some good emotional scenes - but cerebral otherwise

Don't see it if conflict in concept: too much exposition (probably necessary but) overwhelming for a novice and primitive for someone who knows the period

An Enchanted April
Midtown W
Slow, Great writing, Romantic, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if Old fashioned romance with well written lyrics, expert traditional staging. Magic is possible.

Don't see it if Turned off by something a bit slow and traditional. Need “cutting edge feminism” or some such