Lenny G

Philadelphia | 50-64 | Male
About:  I am a lifelong theater attendee. (As well as a participant). Theater is a window into the conundrums of the human experience with all its ugliness and beauty, its darkness and light and everything in-between. That's why I love it! In my spare time I am an active triathlete and runner. I love to rea... Read more Read less
Reviews (67)
79
Resonant, Romantic, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You love Mary-Louise Parker. She gives an excellent performance. You like intimate, un-splashy shows that are thought-provoking.

Don't see it if You love big sets, set pieces, lights and lots of intense scenes. This is not "flashy" in that sense, but more effective because of its tone

66
During previews
Disappointing, Dated

See it if You like "monologue" shows that recreate a history piece about women and race.

Don't see it if You get a seat on the stage. I was in the back and it was staged poorly. I'm not into "monologue" shows.

67
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you don't mind that you can't understand half of what is said and like a meandering story line with a lot of people.

Don't see it if You like narrative drive in a piece. The worst part of this is that you can't understand half of what is said because of the accents.

87
Riveting, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a visceral staging of a play by one of America's quintessential playwrights. The actors go all in! Direction is great.

Don't see it if You don't like intense dramas and people eating food sloppily on stage. ;-)

70
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Dated, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You're in the mood to just sit back and have a good time. It's funny and entertaining.

Don't see it if You're looking for a #metoo moment. Although the show has been updated with much success, it's still about a guy disguised as a woman.

90
Resonant, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You understand the fluidity of art and that the "updates" to this story may make it different from the book, but that's a GOOD thing.

Don't see it if You're looking for a museum piece. This is vibrant and alive.

84
Romantic, Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if No, it's not a deep exploration of this particular LGBTQ situation but it is a hell of a lot of FUN! Great performances.

Don't see it if If you're looking for something more serious considering the subject matter.

88
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if Don't miss the great Elaine May. Yes, the rest of the cast is terrific but she is just amazing. Great writing, too.

Don't see it if You can't handle watching someone sink into the depths of Alzheimer's. It can be a bit tough to watch, but there's lots of humor, too.

84
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Funny

See it if You want to see two great actors give excellent performances in a classic American play by the great Sam Shepard.

Don't see it if You need a story that ties up neatly in the end.

87
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Riveting

See it if You like plays with a religious theme that explore the spiritual realm from a more human, grounded approach. Ms. Close, Ms. Van Patten. WOW!

Don't see it if You only like plays that take place in modern times or you're overly religious and think you're going to get an historical presentation.

85
Great acting, Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You love music, beautifully performed by a terrific ensemble in an absorbing story.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of plays with music. I wouldn't call this a musical, per se.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Profound

See it if Unfortunately, it's closed now so if you haven't seen it, you missed it. Incredible acting. Great writing.

Don't see it if You can't pay a high price for a ticket. Again, it's closed at this point anyway.

Also I knew nothing about the "plot" of this play, which is a great way to ... Read more Read less

70
Enchanting, Romantic

See it if You are a fan of Katrina Lenk. She is absolutely mesmerizing. I liked the story but found Shaloub's character too stiff.

Don't see it if You're looking for a big, splashy musical. This

82
During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You like challenging, relevant theater. I loved how the back wall of the set was used as a source of joy and then a trap.

Don't see it if You only like fluffy plays.

79
Great acting

See it if You enjoy classic plays. This was good with some excellent acting. Set design was beautiful as were the costumes.

Don't see it if You need a lot of action.

87
Great staging, Intense, Great singing, Riveting

See it if You're a fan of Sweeney Todd and love the idea of being part of an immersive show. My vegetarian pie was good, too!

Don't see it if You like big sets and costumes. This production is a bit stripped down, but daring fun.

80
Sweat
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Funny, Intense

See it if You like plays that combine serious social, political, racial topics and inject humor to keep it from getting too maudlin. Great acting!

Don't see it if You don't care about the working class and poor in our country. On the other hand, maybe you're exactly the person who should see this.

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if . . . it is produced somewhere. Unfortunately, this production has closed. GREAT acting. Graham does not shy away from prickly situations.

Don't see it if You're offended by issues of race, class and socioeconomic status.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant

See it if You like plays that are powerful and show how characters struggling, barely making it in this world hold on. Great ending.

Don't see it if You like cheerful musicals and don't really care for intense drama

80
Clever, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like theater that is thought provoking and avant-garde in its presentation.

Don't see it if You need to have a linear narrative and don't like theater that is more experimental in nature.

83
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a story that's even more relevant today.

Don't see it if You don't have the patience for a slow boil to a devastating ending.

95
Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if You love classic musicals done to perfection. Mr. Burstein was a fantastic Tevye. Dancing, ensemble members = phenomenal!! Music is classic.

Don't see it if You have no pulse.

80
Eclipsed
Midtown W
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intense, Relevant

See it if Amazing acting, scene/lighting design. Not much of a narrative "story," but so riveting, and intense it will grab you. Hail to the women!

Don't see it if Accents can make it difficult to understand. What's important? Authenticity or allowing your audience to absorb every word? Does it matter?

88
Orpheus Descending
Greenwich V
Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a fan of Tennessee Williams. This is rarely produced and the acting and direction are great.

Don't see it if You need a strong plot. This is more about human bondage in its many forms. Emotional, mental, and physical.

93
Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see one of the best American plays of all time, with great actors at the top of their form, and an exquisite set/lighting design

Don't see it if You complain, "It's too loooong." Put down your stupid phone, get off twitter and Instagram, because attention must be paid.

91
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Intense, Great writing, Edgy, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like edgy material that is a real as it gets. Great performances by the whole cast. Tracy Letts lets it loose with this tale of whoa!

Don't see it if You can't handle nudity and simulated sex on stage. You know, the kind of thing you do in real life.

90
Slave Play
East Village
Intense, Edgy, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see something you've never seen before on Broadway. DON'T let anyone tell you about it beforehand.

Don't see it if You can't handle sex and nudity on stage.

85
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You like a story that recognizes the importance of historical roots, is relevant, and well-directed. This is a play that means somehthing!

Don't see it if You don't like relevant dramas and prefer puffy musicals.

90
All My Sons
Midtown W
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to experience one of Arthur Miller's great plays with outstanding performances by the 3 leads (and the rest of the cast).

Don't see it if You don't like heavy drama. This is Miller at his moral best. Also, if you can't get past colorblind casting this is not for you.

88
White Noise
East Village
Riveting, Edgy, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see an original, thought-provoking piece on race with great acting and directing. The whole cast is superb. Great direction!

Don't see it if You can't handle the truth!

70
Great acting, Slow

See it if There are some great performances here, especially Ruth Wilson playing both Cordelia and The Fool.

Don't see it if It's long, and as always with Shakespeare I sometimes get lost because of the language . . . and I get bored.

90
Gatz
Greenwich V
Ambitious, Epic, Intelligent, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if You want to see something totally different, absorbing and don't mind the length. It's terrific.

Don't see it if You have a hard time sitting through an 8 hour play (it's actually 6 1/2 hours. You get two 15 minute intermissions and a dinner break)

82
Gloria: A Life
Gramercy
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if . . . you want to see the great Christine Lahti and an excellent ensemble guide you through some history that will make your mouth drop.

Don't see it if You are looking for a story. This is more of a consciousness raising history lesson.

78
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You love Mr. Cranston. He is great. The staging is terrific, too.

Don't see it if You can't get the movie out of your head.

69
During previews
Clever, Disappointing, Funny, Quirky

See it if You LOVE Michael C. Hall and would love to see him do a 70 minute monologue.

Don't see it if You like a story, plot development, and character interaction. This was okay at best. Will Eno's "Wakey Wakey" was much better.

88
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if . . . you love a comtemporary musical that is brilliantly staged with great singing and acting.

Don't see it if You only like old-fashioned musicals.

Also This is a true ensemble piece. Every person in the cast was terrific (... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Great staging

See it if You want to see a really well-directed revival of a classic Albee play. The actors were riveting.

Don't see it if You enjoy big casts or epic shows. This is intimate and beautifully done.

Also I say the show isn't epic in the usual manner, but it is epic in the d... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Edgy, Intelligent, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if You want to experience an edgy play with music that also, amazingly enough, has laughs. The cast was excellent, so talented.

Don't see it if You can't handle violent images on stage and you don't care for stories of the powerful having their way with the weak.

85
Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if . . . you love Danny Burstein. He's great as Bottom. The design of everything is astonishing. Beautifully directed by Lear deBessonet.

Don't see it if Not sure why you wouldn't see this.

89
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You love an original idea tied to a classic work of the stage. Laurie Metcalf is terrific . . . as are the rest of the cast.

Don't see it if You like big, splashy productions. This is very funny and thought-provoking. The best thing is each character is "right."

92
Indecent
Midtown W
Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You wish to see a beautifully staged, thoroughly engaging work. Amazing imagery, great performances, seamless direction.

Don't see it if I don't know why one wouldn't want to see this show.

90
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Riveting, Great direction

See it if You love historical plays with whip smart dialogue, great acting and terrific staging.

Don't see it if You have no interest in politically relevant shows.

67
Man From Nebraska
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great acting, Great staging, Slow

See it if You have a serious connection to your faith and are intrigued by someone who loses their faith. For Reed Birney and the cast.

Don't see it if I just didn't really care about an older white guy who loses his faith. As an atheist, I just didn't care for this show.

88
Wakey, Wakey
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a magnetic performer, Michael Emerson. He is fantastic. You like to contemplate the big questions in life.

Don't see it if You love neatly plotted theatrical experiences that are all tied up in a bow at the end. This is "experimental" theater at it's best.

79
Great acting, Great singing, Relevant, Choppy

See it if You want to see some of the best voices on Broadway and strong female leads. Erivo is a dynamo, and the rest of the cast is terrific.

Don't see it if I'm agnostic. I didn't connect with the theme of "God works in mysterious ways." Transitions were choppy so time passed wasn't really felt.

Also The performers are so incredible and I loved seeing a show with three ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Heisenberg
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You love Mary-Louise Parker. Her performance makes this piece. Denis Arndt is a perfect foil for her. See it if you enjoy simply staged work

Don't see it if It was entertaining, but I didn't find it particularly philosophical or thought-provoking. Paying $100 for a two-person play, I need more.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Original, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a totally different take on this classic Shakespeare play. All woman, diverse cast is a great way to see this. Love the park

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare pure and straightforward. You like indoor theaters. This is the wonderful outdoor Delecorte in the great NYC!

89
Great staging, Original, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great acting

See it if You enjoy a different take on a classic in which the innovative design and direction turn your attention where it should be - on Blanche.

Don't see it if You'll be bothered by the rotating stage. I thought it was great - like peeking in through somebody's window to see the awful doings inside.

89
Blackbird
Midtown W
Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Original, Profound

See it if You like very edgy subject matter and you can appreciate great acting. I can't shake it. Came back and changed my score from 78 to 89.

Don't see it if You think things are always black and white. Yes, it's "creepy," because of its theme of child abuse, but it's thought-provoking as well.

75
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Original, Resonant

See it if You love this show and enjoy the music, but want to see a different and original take on a classic.

Don't see it if I saw the original production with Angela Lansbury. This stripped down show was quite good, but I missed the operatic thrust of the story.