Kurtal

Hell's Kitchen | 35-49 | Male
About:  Theatre junkie who works in higher education.
Reviews (285)
74
During previews
Morning Sun
Midtown W
Ambitious, Confusing, Slow

See it if you want to see three actors at the top of their game; you don't mind a complex story told non-traditionally

Don't see it if you want traditional plot structure; you have trouble with actors playing multiple roles; you're not willing to sit through a confusing text

Also Admittedly, I was at the first preview, and there were quite a few tec... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Uneven, Ambitious, Cliched

See it if you want to support up and coming black talent; you're looking for a male version of for colored girls...(but not as good)

Don't see it if you want a traditional structure; you want a well-developed script; you are looking for a new and fresh take on the Black experience

Also I very much appreciate what this show was trying to do, but it felt ve... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Dana H. (Broadway)
Midtown W
Devastating, Boundary pushing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intense

See it if you want to see a play that challenges the conventions of storytelling and what playwriting is; you can handle deeply haunting material

Don't see it if you aren’t ready to walk out of the theatre uneasy and profoundly moved; you are looking for lighthearted entertainment

Also As I was walking home from the theatre I literally had to stop and cat... Read more Read less

93
Slow, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a tour de force performance by three brilliant actors spanning 150 years of history; you love digging into a dense text

Don't see it if following actors playing multiple characters confuses you; you want traditionally structured and written shows; you can't sit through 3.5 hr

Also This show is so brilliantly written, and the performances are amazing.... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Charming, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you're looking for a light-hearted musical with some excellent performances and some very funny bits; you want to see a show with potential

Don't see it if you're looking for serious content; you want a book that is as strong as its songs or performances

Also This was a really delightful experience, and Alex Wyse and Ben Fankhau... Read more Read less

84
Sanctuary City
West Village
Relevant, Profound, Intense, Great acting

See it if you want to see a challenging play about the way that citizenship status can affect a life in expected and unexpected ways

Don't see it if you're not ready for two drastically stylistically different halves of a play; you dislike non-linear storytelling

Also While fantastic overall, there were some parts that dragged, and I fel... Read more Read less

81
Meta, Quirky, Relevant, Delightful, Funny

See it if you want a surprisingly timely examination of the creative process and the future of theatre packaged into a quirky little show

Don't see it if you aren't a relatively astute theatre aficionado. A lot of the structure and content of the show requires a deep knowledge of theatre

75
Fun, Great staging, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy modern updates of Shakespeare; you're looking for a fun but not fully faithful adaptation

Don't see it if you are expecting the full play -- they cut it down quite a bit to get it to 1h50 run time...and that came at the expense of some plot

93
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a 50-year old show that still rings totally relevant to today; you want to see Sondheim at his very best

Don't see it if you're against gender-swapping roles; you find Sondheim lyrics hard to follow

64
Rock of Ages
Midtown W
Indulgent, Fluffy, Cliched, Dated

See it if you're a fan of jukebox musicals or '80s rock

Don't see it if you want any real originality

91
During previews
The Hot Wing King
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if I LOVED THIS SHOW SO MUCH! The acting was uniformly spectacular. The writing was occasionally uneven, and the pacing felt off here and...

Don't see it if there, but this story moved me immensely. It is so incredibly rare to see a diverse range of fully-formed black queer characters living...

Also their everyday lives, navigating love, loss, complexity, and daily str... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you want a glimpse into life in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge; you appreciate Asian American representation; you like rock music

Don't see it if you don't like stories about the ravages of war; you need all musical moments to move the plot; you're expecting a revolutionary plot

Also While I saw pretty much every plot point coming a mile away, I was sti... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Slow, Long, Great acting

See it if you want to see Ruth Negga give a brilliant performance as Hamlet; you're a Shakespeare aficionado

Don't see it if you get easily frustrated with uneven pacing; you hate a droning underscore; you get particularly antsy after 3.5 hours

Also This is 100% worth seeing for Ruth Negga's performance alone. But oh m... Read more Read less

72
Slow, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see Laura Linney give a phenomenal performance with some subpar material

Don't see it if you aren't convinced that this novel should be a one-woman show; it felt uncomfortably between an audiobook and a play

73
Ambitious, Great acting, Dated

See it if you want to see a fairly interesting take on the complexities of black racial identity with some phenomenal performances

Don't see it if you want a murder mystery with a satisfying payoff; you are a white person unwilling to accept that this play wasn't written for you

Also In some ways, I recognize that I should not be judging this show, whic... Read more Read less

45
During previews
Unnecessary, Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're a fan of any of the performers. They all show up and give solid performances with incredible subpar material.

Don't see it if you want to see a show that knows what it is and what it has to say. I can certainly imagine a show that engages with ideas of fidelity...

Also ...monogamy, and polyamory in a modern and relevant way, but this is n... Read more Read less

82
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Contemporary, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you are interested in the interrogation and capture of a central figure in the Russian interference investigation; you want to have your...

Don't see it if ...preconceived notions of Reality Winner blown up. The show is simple and straightforward, being a transcript of the first FBI interview

Also with the person who leaked documents confirming Russian interference i... Read more Read less

72
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you're ready for a one-man show that engages with transphobia, racism, capitalism, and consumer culture in the South

Don't see it if you don't think that a White man should be telling the stories of people of color. Darkly has some really strong ideas, but I couldn't shake

Also the feeling that it wasn't his story to tell.

92
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Intense, Edgy

See it if you want a reinvention of WSS that brings the show firmly into the 21st century; you aren't afraid of risk taking, reinventive theatre

Don't see it if you don't like large scale use of projections; you are a traditionalist; you think that WSS *isn't* about gun violence and police brutality

Also First preview, so some technical things to work out. This show is, lik... Read more Read less

79
Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you're a devotee of Christmas shows; you're looking for a solid take on a classic; your Grinchy heart needs to grow a few sizes

Don't see it if you are looking for a massive reinvention of the tale; you actively dislike gratuitous audience interaction

91
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to see a stellar cast taking on a classic piece; you want a Broadway quality production in a beautifully intimate space.

Don't see it if you will be distracted by flying spittle; you're not a fan of the show or the movie

66
Banal, Uninteresting, Quirky

See it if you're interested in what would happen if Hadestown and Be More Chill had a baby.

Don't see it if you aren't a huge fan of the books.

79
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Funny, Confusing, Delightful

See it if you're interested in a dramedy-style take on a Tennessee Williams classic; you want to see Marisa Tomei in a scenery chewing role

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with thick accents and broad comedy; you expect tonal consistency; you want age appropriate casting

Also This is a weird little show that floated between telenovela, high dram... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Relevant, Slow, Great singing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to support new and ambitious work. This show is a two hander that examines two important eras in race relations in the US. Act One

Don't see it if is tough to get through. The structure and content are confusing and require you to really focus. But Act Two is transcendent. Danyel

Also Fulton gives a star making performance. I really really hope that they... Read more Read less

33
During previews
Fur
East Village
Slow, Excruciating, Confusing

See it if you're a Migdalia Cruz devotee; you are okay with a complicated plot that never completely gels

Don't see it if you want performances or direction that can help you navigate this unnecessarily complex plot. The world isn't sufficiently built, and the

Also relationships don't feel earned.

87
Resonant, Great singing, Absorbing, Profound, Great acting

See it if you want to see Sharon D Clarke in a breathtaking performance in this underappreciated classic; you're ready for a challenging piece

Don't see it if you want a show that will leave you humming the tunes…this is more operetta than **musical theatre**; you like a super traditional structure

Also This is such a bizarre piece that, on paper, really should not work. A... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Letters Of Suresh
Midtown W
Beautiful, Intelligent, Slow, Absorbing

See it if you’re open to a beautiful contemplation on life, love, and existence told in a somewhat unconventional form

Don't see it if you aren’t open to what is essentially a series of monologues; you want a conventionally structured piece

Also This show was a cross between Love Letters and a true crime podcast wi... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Charming, Uneven, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a comedy that's full of heart with some excellent performances; you want to support upcoming Black theatre talent

Don't see it if you are looking for a consistently excellent show that doesn't have pacing issues; you're expecting anything groundbreaking

Also There's a really really great show in here, and there were plenty of r... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Compelling, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you’re open to an unconventional structure based on a transcript of a real event; you want great acting and don’t mind sparse staging

Don't see it if you are looking for flashy production value or tradition plot structure; you need a conventional beginning, middle, and end

Also I saw this show first preview, so I imagine it will grow into the spac... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Lovely, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you’re looking for a an intimate one man show that is a love letter to unconventional families.

Don't see it if you have trouble following one actor playing multiple characters; are looking for a conventional plot rather than a series of vignettes

73
During previews
Great acting, Timely, Confusing, Slow

See it if you want to support Black artists; you're okay with ambiguity; you want to see some excellent acting (particularly from Watts)

Don't see it if you want a more traditional play; you need to understand everything by the end; you don't like monologues (it's essentially two of them)

Also OK, hot take. This show is about the relationship between artists and ... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Relevant, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you're interested in a small, thoughtful show about race relations and police brutality that is significantly funnier than you might expect

Don't see it if you're looking for a vastly new take on race relations...elements of it felt a bit on the nose, but it's definitely worth a watch anyway!

72
Quirky, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you love Tracy Letts's work or are a fan of any of the cast members. It's a well-acted piece, but I didn't really understand the point, even

Don't see it if after the surprise climax. Mind you, I saw this in previews back before the pandemic, so things may have changed by the time it reopens

76
BLINDNESS
Gramercy
Absorbing, Profound, Intense

See it if you've been jonesing for theatre and are open to something theatre-adjacent. The sound design is awesome, and the ultimate message is good

Don't see it if ...but the journey to get there is pretty brutal. It was super emotionally intense, and I wasn't quite ready for the psychological venture

77
Six (Broadway)
Midtown W
Fluffy, Fun, Great singing

See it if several great pop numbers in a concert-style musical reimagining the fates of the wives of Henry VIII. although for a show purporting to

Don't see it if rewrite history, it fell short...it wasn't nearly as smart or as subversive as it claims (and clearly desperately wants) to be...that said,

Also it was a lot of fun, and I've been humming a few of the songs since I ... Read more Read less

84
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Intense, Great staging, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you want a modern updating of the Greek tragedy; you want to be surprised by Rose Byrne's chops; you like minimalist staging

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with ambiguous motivation or violence; you don't like the use of projection/video

Also This was everything Betrayal tried to be but so much better! I was cap... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Too many damn plotlines, Overly complicated, Slow, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you want to see Dylan's music beautifully adapted and sung; you want to see some excellent performances from a great cast

Don't see it if you want a tight, well-written book; you have trouble following multiple story lines

Also This show could completely change the dynamic by reframing the narrato... Read more Read less

84
During previews
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Profound, Enchanting, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a brief and poignant reflection on life and the inevitability of death; you don't need conventionality in your theatre

Don't see it if you want a fully developed plot; this is more of a performance art/concert/storytelling session. But my gosh it works...I wanted more!

83
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Resonant, Refreshing, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an off-beat tale of the last gasps of a 50-year marriage; you are comfortable with ambiguous endings

Don't see it if you are uninterested in the lives of people older than 50; you will mind occasional melodrama and overacting

Also I went into this show with absolutely no expectations and was very ple... Read more Read less

73
But still not great, Better than expected, Great singing, Funny, Surprising

See it if you can overlook a silly premise and find a show that actually has a lot of heart and some decent songs behind it

Don't see it if you want your emojis to stay in your phone.

Also I'll be interested to see what this songwriting team can do when they'... Read more Read less

70
Sing Street
East Village
Lots of potential, Uneven, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you're a fan of the movie...you want to see a charming cast in a show that is still finding its feet...

Don't see it if you want a fully developed piece...you want your secondary characters to be fleshed out at all

86
Much better act two, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great singing

See it if you like your musicals to have a clear and modern point of view; you're a fan of Alanis; you like musicals about familial disintegration

Don't see it if you're fundamentally opposed to new shows built on existing music; you don't want to see sexual violence on stage; you don't like Alanis

Also I went in to this show with really high expectations. I'm exactly thei... Read more Read less

81
Amateur, Barebones, Relevant

See it if you're looking for a very solid community theatre production. I was most impressed by the dramaturgical choice to center the idea that

Don't see it if Pippin is about suicide and mental illness. It actually made me reconsider the entire meaning of the show - a show I know very well. The ...

Also production is a bit uneven overall, with wildly varying levels of tale... Read more Read less

82
Quirky, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if you want a super intimate updated take on a problematic musical from the early 80s; you want Alice Ripley to belt three feet from your face

Don't see it if you want a fully developed, interestingly staged site-specific piece. Don't get me wrong, this piece (both the show itself and this ...

Also production) is kind of a mess. But it's such a unique opportunity to b... Read more Read less

70
During previews
The Thin Place
Midtown W
Paranormal, Speculative fiction, Slow, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you're looking for a very talky four-hander that explores life, death, and the spaces where they meet; you don't mind some trickery

Don't see it if you want your plays to show you things rather than tell you; you mind sudden darkness; you want a clear definitive answer

81
Dated, Dizzying, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you want to witness a star making performance by Adrienne Warren; you love Tina's music; you want to see a better than avg jukebox musical

Don't see it if frequent and casual violence against women and children bothers you; you're fundamentally opposed to jukebox musicals

77
During previews
Unsubtle, Uneven, Great acting

See it if you want to see two excellent actors overcome a fairly banal script. Francesca Faridany is good and Kate Mulgrew is transcendent in this.

Don't see it if you want anything more than a straightforward unsurprising biographical glimpse into two female scientists. The issues and ideas are wholly

Also expected and presented in standard ways. And the prologue and epilogue... Read more Read less

73
On brand for the playwright, Slow, Great acting

See it if you want to see a master class in acting from two of the finest of our generation ... Or if you liked The Father

Don't see it if you didn't like The Father. Or if you want any sense of closure or pathos from a script.

76
Not great direction, Uneven, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you want to see a solid but uneven production of this brilliant classic work. The cast is fantastic, and the text really holds up.

Don't see it if you want directorial choices that best highlight the text itself. I found a number of the staging and structural choices confusing and

Also distracting from the text itself.

77
During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Great acting, Dense

See it if you want to see a fantastic cast working with some complex and challenging material; you're willing to be patient with an ambitious and

Don't see it if uneven piece...it's overwrought and exhausting in places. But there's something brilliant in the unconventional structure and writing