Kurtal

Hell's Kitchen | 35-49 | Male
About:  Theatre junkie who works in higher education.
Reviews (167)
76
Non-linear, Interesting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you're interested in ambitious, non-linear plots that engage in issues related to millennials who are finding their place in the world.

Don't see it if you're looking for straightforward storytelling or simple answers; you're triggered by issues of self-harm or death.

Also Twentysomethings dealing with life, death, and everything in between. ... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Night club, Loud, Delightful, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if Imagine Here Lies Love meets Hedwig meets a warehouse rave. It's loud and brash (and has some sound issues) but this was an exciting,

Don't see it if innovative night of theatre. I'd recommend going with friends unless you're comfortable being that solo guy hanging out at the club alone.

81
Relevant, Edgy, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if It was so great to see queer women of color front and center in a show that celebrated joy and quirkiness and sex and immaturity and the

Don't see it if ludicrousness of being young and free in a big city. It framed the main trio's shenanigans firmly in the time, acknowledging the specific

Also and nefarious challenges faced by women and women of color in particul... Read more Read less

74
Ink
Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Bertie Carvel is fantastic as Rupert Murdoch, and the staging in this production is super interesting. But I was a little disappointed in

Don't see it if the overall takeaway of the show. I wanted it to hit a little harder. It seemed to take a devil-may-care cavalier look at the early stages

Also of a career move that is having devastating effects on communication a... Read more Read less

55
Exhausting, Ambitious, Slow

See it if There is an interesting and important premise in this show...the stories of soldiers of color have been underrepresented in American history

Don't see it if but this show wasn't the venue for it. While I appreciate the effort, this show wasn't well written or acted. But support artists of color!

84
Intelligent, Resonant, Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if This production of Assassins is bare bones but also goes to prove just how strong this show is. Sondheim's masterpiece is always worthwhile,

Don't see it if and the cast is full of standout performances (Booth, Guiteau, Fromme, Moore, Zangara...all great!). It's definitely worth the trek to LIC

Also to catch this fantastic show. And it will prime you for the John Doyle... Read more Read less

93
Thought-provoking, Profound, Hilarious, Great acting, Funny

See it if Part stand up comedy, part sociology, all authentic. Bill Posley takes us on an incredibly personal and yet entirely universal journey. Do

Don't see it if yourself a favor and catch this show before it gets big. You'll be able to say you saw it when.

79
Not sexy, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Coming from the makers of Afterglow, I expected this to be a sexier show than it was. And I'm pleasantly surprised that it wasn't. This was

Don't see it if a thoughtful examination of power and relationships framed through BDSM. And Maybe Burke gives a standout performance. They are a star.

74
Important, Slow, Dated

See it if This show is so incredibly important in the history of American theatre. But that, unfortunately, doesn't make it fun or easy to watch. The

Don't see it if Cast does an admirable job with an incredibly inaccessible piece of work. But I won't begrudge you if you give this a pass.

76
Uncomfortable, Dated, Great acting

See it if Adam Driver and Brandon Uranowitz give fantastic performances. But man, does this show ever let toxic masculinity get away with some bullshi

Don't see it if t. The script feels incredibly dated, and I left feeling completely unsure about what journey I was supposed to have gone on. It's worth a

Also cheap ticket to see the performances, but don't go in expecting any re... Read more Read less

50
Indulgent, Excruciating, Dated

See it if There is no reason for this show to exist in 2019. The plot is sexist and trite. The songs are boring. The hooker with a heart of gold trope

Don't see it if is tired. The staging is uninspired. The cast does its best with woefully uninteresting material. But it's time to let shows like this die.

86
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Heidi Schreck's piece is relevant and accessible. It's thought-provoking without being pedantic. It felt like a master class in civics while

Don't see it if both venerating and casting a critical eye on our country and our democracy. Go for an evening of engaging thoughtful contemplation.

76
During previews
Edgy, Dizzying, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Cillian Murphy acts the shit out of this, but the show is frustrating at first. It's cacophonous and exhausting and dense -- just like the

Don't see it if early stages of grief. As I waited it out, the show became more accessible and easier to digest and more of a slow burn -- again, like grief

Also settling in and becoming part of everyday life. The show is a bumpy ri... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Dated, Fluffy, Funny, Great acting

See it if Tootsie has great performances and a great book, but the music is fairly mediocre. But I enjoyed it far more than I expected, and Santino

Don't see it if Fontana is a huge favorite for the Tony. But I laughed and enjoyed the ride. The show acknowledges that its time is maybe past, and the

Also Attempts to bring the story into the 21st century were uneven. But the... Read more Read less

55
Indulgent, Excruciating, Dizzying, Great acting, Confusing

See it if What the ever loving fuck was that? Ben Whishaw and Renée Fleming were fully committed, so that's something.

Don't see it if This is not theatre. It is something approximating performance art. I guess.

84
Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if This show is going to be divisive, and I understand why. But I loved it. It's raw and bleak and dark and uncomfortable and funny and weird,

Don't see it if but if you go in with an open mind, willing to reimagine a classic, you'll be rewarded. It's the most experimental musical I've seen on...

Also ...Broadway in a long time. And while not every choice lands perfectly... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Resonant, Slow, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if I saw Hadestown at NYTW and wasn't sold on it. But Hadestown is bigger and better. The plot is more fleshed out, and the staging is grand...

Don't see it if ...Reeve Carney is weak, and the show drags a bit in the middle. But it all comes together in a really beautiful way by the end.

79
Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if All of the elements of this show were excellent. But I can't get past the veneration of the savior white man that lies at the heart of this

Don't see it if story. Presenting racists as slack-jawed yokels that are caricatures of real people makes it incredibly easy to ignore the insidious and

Also ubiquitous reach that it has in all elements of American society. So t... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Refreshing, Understated, Lovely

See it if This is a fairly standard LGBT+ coming of age story with a prodigal son returning to his childhood home to reckon with his past, but it's...

Don't see it if ...lovingly told, and the setting in Hawai'i with a Chinese American family at the center of the narrative lends refreshing breath to it.

Also It's definitely worth the trip to see this lovely, understated product... Read more Read less

90
Excruciating, Thought-provoking, Profound, Masterful, Dizzying

See it if This show made me physically uncomfortable throughout. Like I wanted to throw up. And that meant it was doing its job. Faced with the ever..

Don't see it if ..present underlying structures of racism that are laid bare, I wanted to get out of the theatre. And I am imminently grateful that I didn't

76
Quirky, Great singing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you're into the work of Tom Kitt, or you like Kate Baldwin or Bryce Pinkham. This show could be really good if it shifted its focus on the

Don't see it if mom and the superhero and away from the shitty teenage boy. I hope they keep workshopping it and find the gem that's waiting inside.

79
Intelligent, Dated, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you want to see one of Sondheim's unsung and underrepresented works.

Don't see it if you need linear plots or aren't a fan of Sondheim's lyrical and musical style. This is Sondheim at his Sondheimiest.

80
Frenetic, Ambitious, Entertaining, Quirky, Dizzying

See it if you want a glimpse of where musical theatre is heading. The show is loud and frenetic, blending sci-fi, teen angst, and pop-rock.

Don't see it if you want fully-developed female characters, need traditional musical theatre structure or storytelling, or are allergic to neon.

85
Quirky, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if THIS SHOW SHOULD NOT WORK. The book is a mess. But Preston Max Allen knows how to write a song. And the cast sings the hell out of the show

Don't see it if It's super entertaining...but it's weird and the story doesn't really gel. As long as you're cool with that, you should enjoy it.

49
Hilarious, Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if no.

Don't see it if no. Just no.

55
Banal, Amateur, Indulgent

See it if you're looking for one person's insight into their own journey.

Don't see it if you're looking for a professional, polished production.

Also I really appreciate the effort, and it is important to think about inc... Read more Read less

85
Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Must see, Absorbing

See it if This is a quiet little show that packs a punch. A thoughtful two-hander that deals with immigration, love, and coming of age in a touching

Don't see it if and relevant manner. Both leads give excellent performances, with Sophie's determination and Stephen's youthful naïveté in perfect contrast.

Also This was my first Sea Dog production, and I'm very excited to see what... Read more Read less

84
Sexy, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE DOING SEXY THINGS IN SKIMPY COSTUMES.

Don't see it if That is all.

76
Funny, Ambitious, Confusing, Quirky, Great writing

See it if Playwright Eddie Vernovsky definitely has a way with words. The dialogue in this piece is rapid fire and engaging, and most of the actors

Don't see it if give it good life. Vernovsky still needs some help with the bigger structural elements of the show. The pacing felt off, and each scene was

Also kind of disconnected from the rest of the show. Vernovsky was also the... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Uneven, Quirky, Slow, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if A woman attempts to save a baby bison, disrupting the cycle of nature. The mother bison confronts the interloper, and an examination of

Don't see it if the relationship between humanity and the natural world ensues. There are some excellent moments (and an adorable baby bison), but the

Also forays into media skewering felt forced and unnecessary. Overall, this... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Monologue, Introspective, Quiet, Slow

See it if A woman contends with the aftermath of an accident that leaves her husband comatose. While piecing together the circumstances that led to

Don't see it if his accident, she examines their relationship, their pasts, and how it led to their present. It's long and slow at times but had some real

Also tender, touching, and tragic moments. If you're in for a quiet night o... Read more Read less

91
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Profound, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if This show reached inside of me and grabbed ahold of my soul. Through her expert guidance, Kobayashi shows us that there is art, beauty, and

Don't see it if profundity to be found in everyday life. I found myself reflecting on my own life, seeing echoes of myself as a child, a young adult, and a

Also man. This piece is quiet in its beauty, allowing the audience to draw ... Read more Read less

87
Confusing, Slow, Profound, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if This is such a strange little show. It's part Brecht, part The Help, part proto-Fun Home. But it all adds up to something great. The talent

Don't see it if in this production is stunning. It's definitely worth the trip out to Queens to catch this rarely performed gem of a show.

81
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if I have mixed feelings about Sam Shepard's work, but this production showed me why I should care. Come see a star-making performance by

Don't see it if Gilles Geary, who plays the brooding Wesley. From the second the set takes its place, you know you're in for something that will challenge

Also you and make you uncomfortable. Maggie Siff is perhaps the weakest lin... Read more Read less

78
Ambitious, Great acting, Dizzying, Absorbing

See it if Bryan Cranston and the innovative stagecraft are the stars of this show. But they aren't quite enough to overcome the middling script and

Don't see it if frenetic production value. Don't get me wrong, Cranston is breathtaking. But by the end of the show I had gone from exhilarated to exhausted

80
Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if The show is the movie but turned up to 11. Not every element of the production works (some of the songs are a bit clunky, and the jokes are

Don't see it if uneven), but if you're a fan of the movie, you should enjoy this production. And the supporting characters - Damien in particular - shine.

84
During previews
Intense, Riveting, Great acting

See it if Fantastically put together revival of Arthur Miller's classic. Annette Bening and Tracy Letts are stellar. Benjamin Walker is great. This

Don't see it if show did not feel seventy years old in the slightest. Absolutely worth the prices of admission.

76
Indulgent, Ambitious, Interesting

See it if Thaddeus Phillips does a good job with the text, and I enjoyed the narrative overall, but I wasn't entirely sure how to feel about it at the

Don't see it if end...the individual vignettes were mostly good, but the central thesis could have been stronger. Worth a cheap ticket, tho.

82
Charming, Quirky, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if Ok, I was prepare to be disappointed. But this show won me over completely. The music and lyrics are uneven and mostly forgettable. But this

Don't see it if cast was spectacular. Bryce Pinkham and Hannah Elless both shine. Bryce in particular gives one of my favorite performances in a while.

Also It's definitely worth the trip.

49
Spectacle, Loud, Great staging

See it if Nearly every element of this show is pretty terrible. But the ape and the lighting design are worth the price of admission alone.

Don't see it if I definitely will not judge you if you skip it.

77
Uneven, Resonant, Quirky, Funny, Absorbing

See it if This show is fascinating, if terribly uneven. Think sketch comedy meets social commentary meets black church meets a stark examination of

Don't see it if race relations. While some of the vignettes are stronger than others, it comes together with an incredibly poignant and compelling ending.

75
Modern, Interesting, Slow

See it if This show had a very Sam Shepard vibe, but through a lesbian British lens. The plot had some very interesting ideas, but the writing and

Don't see it if directing didn't quite come together. But perfectly worthwhile if you're interested in supporting work by female creative teams.

65
During previews
Overwrought, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Look...Glenda Jackson is a legend, and it is worth attending this pretty mediocre production for her performance alone. Ruth Wilson is also

Don't see it if pretty great...but the show is exhausting and long, and the acting is very uneven, and the directing choices were odd. But see it anyway.

95
Epic, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if THIS. SHOW. WAS. BREATHTAKINGLY. GOOD. Do whatever you can to get tickets to this production. I did rush tickets on Saturday, and there was

Don't see it if no real line until around 8am. Poetic, epic, and sprawling, the entire action takes place in a glass box by three actors. It's amazing.

84
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see how Lucas Hnath is becoming a master of alternate realities. Laurie Metcalf is a national treasure.

Don't see it if you want escapist theatre. This all hits very close to home, particularly for anyone still mourning Hillary's '08 or '16 loss.

77
Great singing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you're a fan of Sheik/Sater's work...or if you're really familiar with Lewis Carroll's work. There's some great components to this, but it..

Don't see it if ..just doesn't come together as a cohesive show. Really cool choreography, excellent performances, interesting concept...but needs more work

87
Relevant, Resonant, Profound, Absorbing

See it if you love Fiddler and are interested in a new take on the show that still very much honors its original heart and soul.

Don't see it if you're looking for new and flashy staging or presentation. Or if you can't handle subtitles.

76
Relevant, Ambitious, Interesting

See it if you're looking for a show that engages with contemporary issues, particularly those surrounding Muslim Americans. The sum is definitely...

Don't see it if ...greater than the whole of its parts. The writing is uneven. The acting is occasionally overwrought. But the overall story is important.

77
Quirky, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano both give excellent, if mismatched performances.

Don't see it if you are uninterested in an allegory about the evolution of the American West.

76
Indulgent, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if obviously if you're a Cher fan. Otherwise, it's not entirely necessary. The jukebox musical tropes are all here, but it's somewhat better

Don't see it if than average for the genre. And Stephanie J. Block is wonderful.