Ken 6250

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Reviews (13)
Happy Birthday Doug
Meh, Stereotypes, Cliched

See it if you'd like to sit through an endless stream of gay gags, mostly drink and drug related.

Don't see it if you think it might be time to move beyond the same old tired stereotypes, though vividly portrayed.

Insipid, "old folks" jokes, Cliched

See it if you wish to see another take on the age-old father/son situation.

Don't see it if you don't wish to hear a string of old-man-in-decline set-ups.

During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Great staging, Great cast

See it if you like adult/family themed shows with lots of genuine laughs, or shows with great ensemble casts, with a chance for everyone to shine.

Don't see it if you are easily offended by sexual activities and/or discussions.

Also The whole cast is wonderful.... Read more Read less

Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Fluffy, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you wish to come out of the theater smiling, having been entertained and amused.

Don't see it if you are looking for a show that makes a profound impact rather than a comedic one.

Also I was expecting to find a derivative, hackneyed plot with a few lame s... Read more Read less

Creative staging, Great acting, Some great singing,, Badly scored, A mixed bag

See it if you must see Dinklage's powerful performance, or if you must hear anything by the National, whether it helps the show or not (It does not!)

Don't see it if you mind that the score is banal and repetitive and diminishes the play, or if you care that the setting is at times modern, but mostly not.

Burn This
Midtown W
Well-written, Inconsistent, Intelligent, Off-kilter

See it if you just must be able to tell your friends that you saw Mr. Driver give a quirky performance in a powerfully quirky role.

Don't see it if it's a matinee, and most of the audience thinks that they are there to provide a cackling laugh track to an oddly serious sitcom.

During previews
Disappointing, The opposite of epic, Confusing, A bit of a muddle, Quirky

See it if , and only if, you are familiar with other great productions of this play and might mildly enjoy a quirky take on this certified masterpiece

Don't see it if you haven't taken the time to familiarize yourself beforehand with the basic plot and who all of the many characters are.

Sleep enducing, Didactic, Static

See it if you feel you must see every single piece of theater based on the work of these Russian masters.

Don't see it if you want to feel good after sitting through a pair of sub-par pieces.

Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Overlong, Troublesome staging, Great acting, Overly ambitious script

See it if You want to see some great actors (Ivey, Donovan) trying to spin gold from a problematic script.

Don't see it if you think that investing close to 3 hrs in a production should at least be rewarded by a satisfying conclusion. Sorry, nothing to see here

Also The script tries unsuccessfully to weave too many weighty topics into ... Read more Read less

The Inheritance
Midtown W
Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you'd appreciate a reworking of a literary classic, overlaying its plot elements with a gay sensibility, yet laying bare its universal theme

Don't see it if you have no desire to peer into a decade or so of the American "gay experience," here masterfully filtered through Forster's "Howard's End."

Also True, the script could use a bit of editing, and might be faulted for ... Read more Read less

Annoying, Stale, For star-gazing only, Ludicrous, Facile

See it if You wish to see a couple of television celebrities trying valiently to make something sensical out of this bad, bad script.

Don't see it if you expect to see a well-crafted dramedy, with dialogue that isn't too often cringe-worthy.

The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Sleep inducing

See it if you are curious about this historical work, and can appreciate the fine cast even if they are on a fool's mission to try to resuscitate it

Don't see it if you are already familiar with this vintage theater piece, and don't need to sit through it yet again.

Also While the acting and singing by the entire cast is excellent, the sour... Read more Read less

Great singing, Great staging, Classic, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you love classic musical theater, in a grand, lively production. The lyrics still elicit utter delight.

Don't see it if the principal (replacement) cast members are not all present. It was a bit of a downer to find stand-by's in multiple roles.