Kenn Went to the Theater Again

Port Chester | 50-64 | Male
About:  I love going to the theater ... I am a clinical psychologist and I live in Westchester but I spend a lot of time upstate. I am married and "father" to two sibling poodles. My partner likes to go to the theater from time to time - a reasonable amount - so I often go on my own after work once a week... Read more Read less
Reviews (65)
95
During previews
Octet
Midtown W
Creative, Relevant, Original

See it if you would enjoy a highly original, creative approach to a relevant topic

Don't see it if you prefer traditional musicals

Also For me, Octet was thrilling from the beginning. Walking into the theat... Read more Read less

85
Abstract, Disturbing, Highly creative

See it if you respond well to theater that utilizes symbolism and focuses on existential themes in a non-traditional way

Don't see it if you want a linear narrative, you are easily spooked or you are emotionally raw from mourning or grief in your own life

Also This is a unique theatrical experience that will only be embraced by s... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Demanding, Epic, Creative approach

See it if Shakespeare is your friend; you want to see a creative approach to the work and you are not a purist; Glenda Jackson!

Don't see it if If you have seen enough of King Lear and it does not matter who is playing him and how the production is presented

Also I myself thought for sure I would not spend time with Lear again. Enou... Read more Read less

85
The Light
Midtown W
Intense, Intimate, Compelling

See it if You would enjoy an intense, important meaningful powerful play that unfolds in real time and focuses important issues for our time

Don't see it if The subject matter is not meaningful for you politically or two people working out intense issues in their relationship is not of interest

Also At only 70 or so minutes, this play packs a powerful punch. It is a we... Read more Read less

84
Blue Ridge
Chelsea
Well observed, Humorous, Intriguing

See it if You like dramedy and the challenge of troubled individuals working to be less troubled

Don't see it if Intimate dramas of human struggle, both intrapersonal and interpersonal, does not appeal to you

Also It does feel like I liked this work more than a lot of people. I think... Read more Read less

83
The Hard Problem
Upper W Side
Cerebral, Intriguing, Creatively staged

See it if A play full of ideas and talk about the psychology of consciousness and the differences between the brain and the mind are of interest

Don't see it if You find Stoppard too talky and the focus of the play on a content level does not interest you because you will hear a lot about it

Also There are some Tom Stoppard plays I really like and some that I do not... Read more Read less

90
For a previous production
The Jungle
Brooklyn
Tragic, Immersive, Compelling

See it if you are absolutely open to political documentary theater that is immersive

Don't see it if political themes do not appeal to you; if you will have a depressive collapse from the hopelessness and futility of what is presented

Also St Anns Warehouse has been totally transformed to recreate the tent ci... Read more Read less

80
Eve's Song
East Village
Thought provoking, Creatively staged, Relevant

See it if A contemporary perspective on the African American experience is a good match for you

Don't see it if You seek something less polemic and more traditionally structured and presented

Also Eve's Song does suffer somewhat from an identity crisis - satire?, tra... Read more Read less

85
Appropriately disturbing, Unfortunately timely, Well written and staged

See it if You enjoy disturbing contemporary dramas that accurately reflect a crisis of our time

Don't see it if You do not want to be upset in general or you will be more dismayed if no resolution or remedy emerges from the narrative

Also I found this work appropriately disturbing and thought provoking. It a... Read more Read less

85
Timely, Thought provoking, Entertaining

See it if If you would like a play that has some weight and meaning to it but is not at all too heavy or overbearing

Don't see it if Three people talking about a single point of conflict is not enough dramatic tension for you

Also For me this was an entertaining yet thought provoking work that was ne... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Good Grief
Gramercy
Unique, Interesting, Heartfelt

See it if You would enjoy a chamber piece that allows a unique voice and perspective to emerge

Don't see it if You want an big production and focus

Also I went to Good Grief because I had seen Ngozi Anyanwu's The Homecoming... Read more Read less

80
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Well played

See it if You enjoy a farce that is well crafted and paced

Don't see it if You would consider this material too trivial

Also I usually don't like these British farcical plays but I loved One Man,... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Creative, Engaging, Unique

See it if you are interested in one's personal relationship to the law or politics

Don't see it if you want a traditional, structured examination of the topic

Also Heidi Schreck, who wears many hats in the theater world, takes us on a... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Well staged, Good cast, Thin premise

See it if You are a Janet McTeer fan (who isn't?) or you would be interested and intrigued by a backstage story of Sarah Bernhardt and Edmond Rostand

Don't see it if the 3 names above have no meaning for you

Also The towering Janet McTeer (she is 6 feet, 1 inch) takes center stage h... Read more Read less

90
Wild ride, Unusual, Historically fascinating

See it if you seek out serious, well crafted plays that explore unusual and significant subject matter

Don't see it if the time and place do not appeal to you

Also I was up early for a full day of work and I got to the theater that ev... Read more Read less

79
Creative, Stirring, Intriguing

See it if This is what it is so you know before: cabaret style presentation of Bertolt Brecht's work - interested? Go

Don't see it if Brecht is not your thing or you are not seeking an introduction to his work

Also I am a Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) devotee - it started when I went to ... Read more Read less

70
Fairview
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Provocative, Limited

See it if you are open and interested in exploring issues of race in a non-traditional theatrical forum

Don't see it if you like the fourth wall to remain where it is or you have a problem looking at yourself in relation to the issues explored on stage

Also For me, Jackie Sibbie Drury's Fairview is a conceptual play. It is abo... Read more Read less

90
The Damned
Upper E Side
Unconventional, Intense

See it if you are interested in innovative approaches to storytelling in the theater

Don't see it if you avoid intense, horrifying imagery and themes in your theater diet

Also The real star here is the brilliant theater director - Ivo Van Hove. S... Read more Read less

74
Skintight
Midtown W
Uneven, Meaningful themes

See it if you are following the work of Joshua Harmon - a kind of gay "thinking man's" Neil Simon

Don't see it if The themes of beauty, society, aging and physical attraction are not of high interest to you

Also Joshua Harmon's plays are so different from each other - my personal p... Read more Read less

90
Teenage Dick
East Village
Creative, Genuinely funny, Witty

See it if you would like a satire with a modern setting that uses Shakespeare as its template

Don't see it if an out of the box satire is not your thing

Also It has been a long time since I saw as a fine a satire as this - I thi... Read more Read less

69
Commendable, Unrealistic

See it if you would respond to an intimate piece exploring a topic that is rarely explored or thought about in any medium

Don't see it if you want your historical fiction to be an effective mirror of the time period it is rooted in

Also Sugar in Our Wounds has its heart in the right place but if only it ha... Read more Read less

85
Historic, Epic, Moving

See it if You have not see it ... It was great to see young people in the audience who were not born when the play takes place

Don't see it if Gay characters and how politics impacts them is not of interest to you

Also It was interesting to see this production because I had not seen the p... Read more Read less

84
During previews
The Great Leap
Chelsea
Creative, Engaging, Thought provoking

See it if cross cultural psychological explorations appeal to you

Don't see it if you will not embrace basketball as being the vehicle through which the characters evolve

Also I found this a totally entertaining believable unbelievable story that... Read more Read less

90
Mlima's Tale
East Village
Creative, Important, Absorbing

See it if you like dramatic stories in a sociopolitical context

Don't see it if the topic is going to be too upsetting for you or you do not have an interest in it to begin with

Also Lynn Nottage, playwright, is a major player on the New York theater sc... Read more Read less

82
Admissions
Upper W Side
Provocative, Absorbing, Intriguing

See it if the subject is of interest to you because that is really where the focus is / you enjoy dramatization of family dynamics

Don't see it if you are not intrigued by the subject

Also Admissions is a very interesting and absorbing play and I do find the ... Read more Read less

85
All My Sons
Midtown W
Fully absorbing, Tragic

See it if you are up for another staging of the play or certainly if you have never seen it and you like serious drama

Don't see it if Tense, protracted family dramas are not of interest to you; you will be turned off by the period setting

Also Because of time constraints I tend to not see things I have seen befor... Read more Read less

85
Creatively staged, Unique, Engrossing

See it if The geopolitical landscape is of special interest to you; you are well traveled; you seek out alternative, creative theatrical work

Don't see it if You want a linear narrative that conveys a story; one man shows, regardless of how creative and evocative, are not a good match for you

Also Thaddeus (don't you love that first name?) Phillips' take on 17 border... Read more Read less

75
During previews
The Mother
Chelsea
Strange, Unconventional, Huppert!

See it if You want an opportunity to see Ms. Huppert in an intimate setting; you seek out unconventional plays with a Freudian twist

Don't see it if You seek traditional, linear, literal narratives with typical character development

Also Without Ms. Huppert, this would not have been a positive experience fo... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Marys Seacole
Upper W Side
Not cohesive, Creative idea, Not engaging

See it if The conceptualization of the work is enough to carry through its uneven execution

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional, linear work where there is a story that will pull you in

Also I was very ambivalent about Jackie Sibblies Drury's play Fairview and ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Entertaining, Nostalgic, Witty

See it if If you have never (like myself) seen a professional production of this work; you are a Sondheim fan

Don't see it if You be annoyed by the time frame moving backward; you might find this too sentimental and dated

Also Although I have listened to several recordings of this work, I had onl... Read more Read less

85
Wickedly funny, Insightful, Outrageous

See it if You like witty, biting satire

Don't see it if You want a reverential and traditional play

Also I missed this work when it first premiered so I welcomed the opportuni... Read more Read less

90
Noura
Midtown W
Absorbing, Complex, Moving

See it if You are interesting in the psychological impact of being an immigrant

Don't see it if Political themes do not appeal to you or you are not interested in the political and psychological plight of the outsider

Also It looks like I valued this theatrical work more than my cohorts. I th... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great script/dialogue, Creative, unique direction and staging

See it if You are interested in an intelligent social commentary that is ambitiously staged

Don't see it if You saw the film and did not respond positively to it or you want something that is more emotional and less cerebral

Also Network is one of my favorite films and I think the best movie satire ... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Wild Goose Dreams
East Village
Lovely, Seriocomic, Surprising

See it if you enjoy small plays on big themes with wildly imaginative staging

Don't see it if creative, unusual staging would not intrigue you

Also A play written by a young South Korean playwright is certainly a rarit... Read more Read less

95
During previews
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Epic, Tragic

See it if You would be able to lose yourself in a long, complicated piece with a dozen main characters

Don't see it if You want a work that is of average length or less and you want to be entertained without any effort on your part

Also What a wonderful piece of serious theater - and it was so gratifying h... Read more Read less

85
At times: beautifully performed, Creative, Absorbing

See it if Bob Dylan's song catalog is important to you and you want to see a creative work using those songs as it focus

Don't see it if You are sensitive to what can become somewhat melodramatic or you do not appreciate Dylan's music

Also For me, overall, this was a beautiful work with some recoverable misse... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Necessary?, Well staged

See it if You must consider the Joan of Arc story from every angle or you would enjoy an excellent Glenn Close performance

Don't see it if unless either of the two considerations above apply to you

Also I do think the idea of taking a story, even one that we are all famili... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Intense, Thought-provoking, Well crafted

See it if you like heavy drama that hits on a myriad of themes or the idea of the simultaneous ASL translation appeals to you

Don't see it if you are going to be too unsettled by the graphic portrayal of addiction

Also I have not seen every play in the Craig Lucas oeuvre but this might be... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Funny, Cliched

See it if gender politics is a theme that you respond to in the theater and a playful poke at it all is tolerable

Don't see it if you want a believable, serious examination of gender politics

Also I am not sure that I have ever heard or read the word "pussy" so many ... Read more Read less

90
Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
Ambitious, Intriguing, Profound

See it if A serious play with a nonlinear narrative appeals to you and you are comfortable with the patience and attention required

Don't see it if You would be bothered by the lack of temporal sequence and the fact that the main character is played by six different actresses

Also For me, I have never responded well to Tracy Letts as an actor - I alw... Read more Read less

75
Fun, Light, Engagingly sung throughout

See it if You are interested in this specific musical or you are a musical theater fan - especially when performed in an intimate setting

Don't see it if you are not interested in simply staged, intimate musical theater presentation

Also I had never seen On A Clear Day on stage and that is what influenced m... Read more Read less

69
Cyprus Avenue
East Village
Misguided, Unbelievable, Irresponsible

See it if If a clinical presentation of extreme psychopathology as a case study would be of some interest

Don't see it if The above does not speak to you - I am not sure there is any reason to see it

Also Cyprus Avenue is such an extreme disappointment because what it begins... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Fire in Dreamland
East Village
Unique, Creative, Intriguing

See it if offbeat, nonlinear narratives about unusual subjects are of interest to you

Don't see it if you want something more traditional both in subject and presentation

Also It looks like I enjoyed this work more than most of my Showscore peers... Read more Read less

79
Log Cabin
Midtown W
Funny, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if explorations of gender politics and its application to the LBGTQ are of interest to you

Don't see it if this topic is not of interest to you or you do not enjoy a nonconventional presentation

Also For me, this was a funny, interesting and edgy exploration of gender p... Read more Read less

88
Provocative, Well played and directed

See it if LBGT themes are of interest in general or you want to experience the zeitgeist of 1968 for gay men in the city

Don't see it if You will be too offended by a perspective from another time or these themes in general are of no interest to you

Also Almost 50 years to the date that it first premiered, The Boys in the B... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Carmen Jones
East Village
Intimate and powerful, Beautifully sung

See it if musical theater is your thing

Don't see it if Small scale productions, regardless of quality, do not appeal to you

Also The 75th anniversary of the creation of Carmen Jones brings the first ... Read more Read less

85
Paradise Blue
Midtown W
Evocative, Dramatic, Intense

See it if You are following the prolific and talented Dominique Morisseau's work

Don't see it if Stylized, dramatic slow burns are not your thing

Also Although not my favorite Dominique Morisseau play - note the phenomena... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Disappointing, Redundant

See it if you must see everything Ms. Lois Smith does (and who would question you on that?) or end of life family dramas are your genre

Don't see it if you do not fall into either of the two categories above

Also I am a geriatric psychologist and I love messy family dramas so I thou... Read more Read less

80
Miss You Like Hell
East Village
Important and topical, Absorbing, Unique

See it if you like intimate musicals on serious topics

Don't see it if big musical productions define what you want from a musical or if you believe serious topics don't fit into a musical context

Also I fell deep in like with Miss You Like Hell. Sometimes it feels a bit ... Read more Read less

87
Yerma
Upper E Side
Intense, Dramatic

See it if you respond to intense, dramatic staging of serious work

Don't see it if individual suffering and psychological turmoil are too upsetting to you

Also I came late to the game with Yerma - deciding to see it when it extend... Read more Read less