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The Outer Space
East Village
Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you go expecting a very sweet, small scale, one-performer cabaret show. If you're a public member and can get cheaper tickets

Don't see it if You've paid the full $53 expecting a full scale "musical" (as this show has kind of been advertised!).

Also As long as you go with the right expectations, this show makes for a w... Read more Read less

During previews
Sundown, Yellow Moon
Upper W Side
Great production with a disappointing plot

See it if You're a performer, as the actors in this are wonderful. Production design is great also, as is Rachel's naturalistic dialogue.

Don't see it if very slow shows with low stake plots aren't for you. They're not for me. Characters are selfish and talk a lot about a little.

Also Someone recently told me that there is a trend in NY writing to write ... Read more Read less

Lucky Penny
Delightful, Funny

See it if You enjoy one man shows, particularly very personal ones about people with extraordinary lives.

Don't see it if You usually find one man shows hard, I don't think this one will be your exception. Better than most, but still struggles to stay engaging.

Significant Other
Midtown W
Cliched, Repetitive, Overrated, Chick flick

See it if If you're a group of under 18 year old females, or if not, you've had a lot of pre-show drinks.

Don't see it if You're not the above, if you want something unique, deep or thought provoking, or with real stakes, or with 3-dimensional characters.

Also The only unique thing about this show is that the main character is ga... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great acting, Great design, Confusing

See it if you have appreciation for design and performance. The spectacle moments (which often had the cast of 40 all on stage at once) were fabulous.

Don't see it if 2.5 hours of disjointed story and confusion is more than you can bare. I have no idea how the three acts linked up at all.

Also Definitely not worth a full priced ticket, though spectacle moments an... Read more Read less

Escaped Alone
Absorbing, Profound, Masterful

See it if You are a Caryl fan, like me. A 50min full experience that stays with you well after the end of the show. So much heart in this show.

Don't see it if you have a mindset of having to understand everything. I had to really let this play just wash over me, even when I didn't understand it all

Also This play is about 4 retired women who sit in their backyard for 50 mi... Read more Read less

During previews
The Light Years
Midtown W
Boring, Confused, Great acting, Great design

See it if you want to see a unique, interesting design and some good performances.

Don't see it if you want any sort of engaging story. The script is clunky and slow with no impact. It is also 2 hours (feels like 4) with no intermission.

Also The script felt undeveloped and the crux of the story felt weak. To be... Read more Read less

The Penitent
Good script, Bad production

See it if You're a Mamet fan. This was one of the better scripts of his I've seen. Interesting themes with an end twist (though you do see it coming).

Don't see it if you value any of the other production elements. Really appalling performances (other than the 2 lawyers), design and above all, direction.

Also This is a Mamet premier by the artistic director of The Atlantic - we'... Read more Read less

Life According to Saki
East Village
Delightful, Great staging, Slow

See it if You like like imaginative storytelling which cleverly utilises puppetry, imagery and ensemble based performance.

Don't see it if You are disengaged by stories that break the conventional play construction methods (beginning middle end)

Also My biggest fault in the play was the script. I enjoyed the idea - a wr... Read more Read less

If I Forget
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see, Outstanding design

See it if You enjoyed shows like "Disgraced". Slow building but engaging all the way through. Engages your heart and mind. Outstanding design.

Don't see it if Slow paced political naturalism isn't your thing.

Also The best thing I've seen in New York. Don't miss this. Engaging argume... Read more Read less

Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You think the idea of raunchy, politically incorrect puppets is hilarious. This show is unique, smart and a makes for a great night out.

Don't see it if If you can see it elsewhere - the performances were great but a bit tired. Don't be tricked into thinking this show is for kids.

Slow, Undeveloped script, Great acting

See it if You're a performer out to be inspired. This cast is chock-a-block with impressive stars. If you want to support diverse stories.

Don't see it if you're going for an engaging, interesting or well written story. The script still needs a lot of work.

Also My faults in the script lie in the fact that it is trying to tell eigh... Read more Read less

West Village
Great acting, Entertaining, Slow

See it if You want to see a diverse story about two Latinos living in the US. The final image of this play is epic -great design and direction.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through 75% of the play before something goes wrong and things get interesting.

Also The climax of this play would have been an interesting place to start ... Read more Read less

The Liar
East Village
Dated, Fluffy

See it if You're a fan of Shakespeare's comedies and want to see a contemporary writer take on that style. You want a fun night out and little more.

Don't see it if you're a feminist, or if you want something remotely deep in terms of storyline. This is just a farce.

Also The ending struck me as terribly misogynistic. All the female characte... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You're an August Wilson fan, and enjoy naturalism at it's best from both a writer and performers. Very moving piece.

Don't see it if Do see it, but be warned if you're foreign to New York, the accents combined with fast or mumbled dialogue meant I sometimes missed things.

Great performances, Feel good, Entertaining

See it if You want a fun night out with great musical numbers. Design and performances were top notch.

Don't see it if You want something deep or profound. This show (the book) feels like it was made in Hollywood with lots of money and not much substance.

The Encounter
Midtown W
Intense, Intelligent, Unique

See it if You want a theatrical experience unlike any you've had before. Use of storytelling and technology is exquisite.

Don't see it if You don't love one-man shows. With a run time of 2 hours, I had to fight a bit to stay engaged after my excitement for the form wore off.

The Humans
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Profound

See it if You enjoy naturalism at it's best, and anyone who has an appreciation for design. Wonderful performances.

Don't see it if If you prefer adventurous, non-naturalistic theatre.

Also I found the last moments of this play more confusing than profound, wh... Read more Read less

Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Everything you dreamed it would be

See it if You're a die hard fan and are organised enough to book far in advance so that you can get affordable tickets!

Don't see it if You're not a fan of musical theatre, or contemplating spending $500+ on a ticket. No show is good enough for $500+!

Delightful, Fun, Great design

See it if You want a big, fun show. This has BROADWAY written all over it. Tackles large themes while still remaining light and entertaining.

Don't see it if Usually musicals aren't your thing, this one won't be the exception to your rule. If you want something more weight bearing.

During previews
Midtown W
Relevant, Slow, Powerful, Hard-hitting

See it if You liked Jitney, If I Forget... Slow play but worth the wait. If you're an American - relevant relevant relevant

Don't see it if You're tried, want light hearted... this play does take a long time to get going so a tough watch if you're not in the mood.

Also A clever play which carefully balances the right and left side of poli... Read more Read less

Wakey, Wakey
Midtown W
Great potential but didn't reach it

See it if You can get a seat in the front 4 rows! This section of the audience were still laughing when the rest of us had given up.

Don't see it if a one-man, one-paced, slow show sounds tough to you. And if you're sitting at the back.

Also To explain above comments: I saw it and thoroughly enjoyed the first 1... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Delightful

See it if You're a Danny DeVito fan. He makes the whole show worth seeing. It's a wonderful debut (particularly if your under 30 and can get $25 tix!)

Don't see it if you're just going as a fan of one of the other cast members. They're good but not great.

Also It's wonderful to see a work of Miller's that's rarely produced - thou... Read more Read less

A good start but needs more work

See it if If you want to support a diverse story by an emerging writer. Some very real dialogue, good performances, direction and design

Don't see it if you're going for a developed, polished play. There is lots of shouting, false ending and massive themes dropped in but then not dealt with.

Also This play starts off so well. The first 15 min are beautiful. The writ... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Insightful, Cliched

See it if you like Penelope Skinner. She's wonderful in this, as is the writing of her character.

Don't see it if You are under 30, a man, or English (because some of the accents aren't great). These representation were all cliches or stereotypes.

Also From watching it I got the feeling that the writer was a 55 year old w... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Surface level, Overrated

See it if You're a big Evan Hansen fan and know all the lyrics off by heart before you seen the show.

Don't see it if If you're not the above person, or if you've ever suffered from depression or anxiety.

Also The hype of the show killed it for me. I was very excited to see it (a... Read more Read less

On the Exhale
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You've never liked a one-performer show. This will be the one that wins you over - it did for me. If you're pro-guns - you'll be challenged.

Don't see it if You are going to the theatre for a fun, light hearted night out. This show has heavy content.

Also I recommend the front row. You are inches away from this incredible ac... Read more Read less

Kid Victory
Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a musical tackle challenging subject matter.

Don't see it if You want to see it challenge it well. Book still needs a lot of work. The songs in particular are just dialogue with a melody stuck to it.

Also I also found the performance uninspiring, despite some great performs ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You want to see an engaging production that will continually surprise you. Performances were great across the board. A really great show.

Don't see it if you can see it in a more intimate venue. I was in the balcony and I was so far away I felt disconnected from the emotional impact of it.

Beautiful, Interestingly interpreted, Confusing

See it if You love bold interpretations of Shakespeare. Some wonderful performances.

Don't see it if You need those interpretations to be justified. Some beautiful but unsupported images. Some obvious and average performance choices.

Also I was a bit confused by what the last moments of the play meant, which... Read more Read less

1599 Project
Ambitious, Great acting, Overrated

See it if You're an avid Shakespeare fan. Some wonderful, inspiring performances. A beautiful space that is utilised well.

Don't see it if you can't do 5 hours of Shakespeare. If you don't know all 4 plays, or if you do know them and therefore don't want to see them again.

Also The 4 plays are very cut up to be just over an hour each. This means t... Read more Read less

West Village
Great acting, Relevant, Must see

See it if You want to see some incredible young performers take on an engaging, dramatic story. This piece engages both the heart and mind - a rarity.

Don't see it if You prefer avant-garde forms of theatre to naturalism. You prefer subtle to dramatic stories. Very heavy subject matter.

Also My favourite kind of theatre is when no one is a hero and no one is a ... Read more Read less

Orange Julius
West Village
Confusing, Boring

See it if You want to support emerging writers, a few good actors and a great venue/program (page73 is great)

Don't see it if You want to be entertained or inspired. The time shifts(?) and transgender themes were not cleverly or clearly presented.

Also The storytelling method of having the protagonist narrate everything t... Read more Read less

Emotional, Must see, Poor design

See it if If you want to ball your eyes out for half the show. Cynthia Erivo makes this show worth every cent and more.

Don't see it if You're interested in design, which was disappointing considering the scale and price of the show. Some performances also questionable.

Also As someone who went not knowing the music previously, I sometimes had ... Read more Read less

In Transit
Midtown W
Fun, Silly, Average

See it if You just want a fun night out and little more. This show is, at its bottom line, entertaining.

Don't see it if You want something deep, resonating or profound. Performances, book and design are all mediocre at best.

Also Performances ranged from very good to very bad. Some odd casting choic... Read more Read less

Rancho Viejo
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Slow

See it if You like naturalism with a twist and some great performances. This play has witty dialogue and heartwarming moments.

Don't see it if 3 hours is too long for you. For me, this play was excellent until after interval where is suddenly began to feel long and slow.