lieberkid

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Reviews (44)
87
Indulgent, Enchanting, Quirky, Great singing, Intimate

See it if you liked Ghost Quartet, Futurity, Hadestown etc; impressive singing; incredible lighting courtesy of brilliant Andrew Schneider

Don't see it if if you need a plot; are annoyed by spirituality and southern gothic whimsy; don't want to sit in the pitch black for a good while

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55
Slow, Indulgent, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if It's a singing, dancing Wikipedia article. Any sparks generated by the a-list cast are quickly smothered by the leaden and didactic book.

Don't see it if After Midnight was so much better.

63
Icky, Too long, Intense, Disappointing

See it if An exhausting two-hander about sexual abuse and trauma. Energetic but strangely mannered performances. Super gross feel-bad ending.

Don't see it if The play seems to be insisting that we are in some grey area here, but totally fails to complicate or illuminate the victim/abuser paradigm

83
Unfairly maligned, Great staging, Refreshing, Ambitious, Uneven

See it if a compelling turn from Walker anchors a smart, stylized satire. Innovative staging, movement & design. A bleak vision of our country's soul

Don't see it if much of the score is merely serviceable, & the show looses steam a bit in the second act. It probably would've gotten more love off-Broadway

91
Resonant, Absorbing

See it if Fiddler stripped of it's kitsch is a punch in the kishkes. Smaller, sadder and more immediate than its original staging.

Don't see it if Some might find it too low-key, but to me this production is a powerful and persuasive argument for the vitality and relevance of this piece

86
Delightful, Fluffy, Funny, Great acting, Romantic

See it if you are looking for a buoyant and lovely old-fashioned romantic comedy. There is not a single weak link in the cast & Benanti is perfection.

Don't see it if you have no taste for vanilla confections. High calorie, little nutritional value. Head waiter character is a nasty dated homophobic cliche.

92
Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying, Confusing, Must see

See it if you want a cutting edge theatrical experience and you can leave your attachment to the linear time at the door.

Don't see it if you're not up for a one-hour TARDIS trip

55
Meh, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see amazing scenic design, complex and vivid performances by an outstanding cast.

Don't see it if ambitious but ultimately unsuccessful. Half American family drama half a riff on the book of Job. It doesn't come to a meaningful conclusion

73
Funny, Ambitious, Great staging, Cool set, A play for the age of the trump candidacy

See it if Hnath explores our cultural values around success & winning. Rapidfire dialogue capped with a thrilling & eloquent wordless final scene

Don't see it if it's clever and admirable, but not quite great or totally satisfying. There's a reason everyone reserves their highest praise for the set.

69
During previews
Confusing, Indulgent, Raunchy, Dizzying, Edgy

See it if grimy, immersive production; energetic cast of scantily clad youngsters; choose-your-own-adventure ending, Miley Cyrus lip syncing; donuts

Don't see it if you can't tolerate pretentious, sub-Shepard, Hills Have Eyes gobbledygook. That being said, I kinda dug it -- violence, nudity, song & dance

64
Slow, Dated, Intense, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You want to see some excellent actors struggle to bring sense, cohesion and emotional truth to a difficult American classic

Don't see it if You aren't into Sam Shepard, or if you are really into Sam Shepard and have seen a better production of this play.

78
Slow, Indulgent, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if If you go into the woods, the backcountry, someplace past all human habitation, it is a good thing to wear orange and carry a gun

Don't see it if Older people are exiting this life as if it were a movie… "I didn’t get it," they are saying. He says, "It didn’t seem to have any plot."

73
During previews
Great acting, Funny, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if dig the romantic foibles of witty young cuties. A trio of lovely performances in an ernest, competent but ultimately mediocre piece

Don't see it if charming performances and a polished production won't be enough to compensate for a somewhat pallid script.

78
Classic, Resonant, Beautiful score, Dated, Romantic

See it if you want to see a classic american musical tastefully done

Don't see it if you'd prefer something a little edgier and more vital

74
Hir
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Intense

See it if you like passionate, though provoking, theater, This plays like a queer, political mid-period Sam Shepard play

Don't see it if an ugly and uncompromising dysfunctional family drama is not your idea of a fun night out.

74
Entertaining, Cliched, Fluffy, Funny, Great acting

See it if you're a theater person who likes shows about theater people

Don't see it if you are looking for a profound, life-changing theatrical experience

75
Clever, Dated, Cliched, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if Jo Lampert (and her voice and her haircut and her outfits and her earrings) is astonishingly charismatic and talented. A real find.

Don't see it if I think Bedlam is one of the most brilliant theater companies in NYC but this is a rare misfire from them. Less then the sum of its parts

71
Great staging, Epic, Fluffy

See it if you're a tourist and your English isn't great, or you are looking for a good show for kids, or are looking to be wowed by design/production

Don't see it if you are looking for a thoughtful, sophisticated, grown-up theater experience

81
Clever, Absorbing, Intelligent, Funny, Delightful

See it if you are a shakespeare nerd

Don't see it if you want to see something flash and fast paced

97
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Hilarious, Profound

See it if you are a human with love in your heart

Don't see it if you are not going to be open to a play that rewards your patience and compassion.

42
Banal, Cliched, Fluffy, Insipid, Excruciating

See it if if you love parody and always thought that Forbidden Broadway should be twice as long and have a plot.

Don't see it if you want to be challenged, moved or amused

80
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if you like emotionally raw and adventurous musical theater.

Don't see it if you're a homophobe.

77
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if Cromer's gifts on full display: vivid, naturalistic performances; genius use of Barrow St. space, brilliant incorporation of sound & video

Don't see it if A dazzling first act but the play loses its way, strains credulity & fizzles after intermission. Cromer & his perfect cast can't save it.

73
During previews
Romantic, Fluffy, Funny, Indulgent, Meh

See it if beautiful physical production, strong performances & some lovely writing, but ultimately ponderous & slight. A minor work from major talents

Don't see it if The lyricism of the writing extinguishes the tension between the characters; they all end up sounding the same. Overlong by 45 minutes.

92
Original, Profound, Intense, Thought-provoking, Provocative

See it if Bring your smartest, woke-est friends to this. You're gonna want to unpack it afterwards. Cool design, committed performances, vital ideas.

Don't see it if Like it or not, the oppression of women is at the core of how we think speak and behave. How do we acknowledge & move beyond this?

93
Dizzying, Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Intense

See it if Immersive theater beautifully executed. Less elaborate but more coherent and just as astonishing as Sleep No More. Mysterious & moving.

Don't see it if a trip through the looking glass will be too far outside of your comfort zone. You must be prepared to give yourself over to the experience

68
Slow, Indulgent, Great writing, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if high concept, low impact directorial choices and shrill, one-note performances can't obscure the unhinged brilliance of this text.

Don't see it if this revival obstructs more than it reveals about the play, & I'm not just talking about blocked sight-lines caused by the revolving set

88
Amazing use of off stage space, Great sound design, Flawless cast, Quirky, Great writing

See it if Anne Washburn continues to playfully stretch & prod theatrical conventions. Here she is aided by amazing production design & an able cast.

Don't see it if looking at an empty stage while listening to an epic dirge for a dead ant will not fill you with equal parts sadness and joy

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Great staging, Indulgent

See it if Van Hove up to his usual tricks & some new ones. Intense, emotionally transparent performances. A provocative, deeply-felt take on a classic

Don't see it if Not a conceptual home run like his View From The Bridge, but thoughtful, inventive. Van Hove (euro)trashes the stage and unleashes the dog.

46
Disappointing, Slow, Funny, Cliched, Excruciating

See it if I love Lonergan (Margaret is my favorite movie) & was excited to see Olyphant but this was only fitfully amusing. Adelaide Clemens is lovely

Don't see it if repetitive, over-long, and shockingly misogynistic. Olyphant disappoints in an unconvincing performance, but really the writing is to blame

96
Delightful, Original, Profound, Intense, Resonant

See it if Experience the aches & joys of love with the vividness & urgency of youth. Hip but sincere. Hilarious, devastating, gorgeous, raw. Unique.

Don't see it if It's unconventional. It's sexually frank/explicit. It might break your heart. But shows like this are why I go to the theater. Don't miss it

83
Funny, Resonant, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if Beautifully mounted production of a solid, well-crafted show. Great ensemble. Fascinating look at Zimbabwean culture. beautiful ending.

Don't see it if you don't like family dramas where love is tested and secrets are revealed. As in Hir and The Humans, family drama cliches get a new twist.

61
Slow, Disappointing

See it if you are a die-hard Bedlamite. There are some strong performances and a few nice staging moments.

Don't see it if you haven't seen Bedlam's Sense and Sensibility yet. This play is an ernest and well-intentioned but obvious and ham-fisted.

87
Great acting, Funny, Intense, Resonant

See it if you want to spend an uncomfortable thanksgiving with someone else's family. top-notch design and ensemble acting. Funny and unsettling.

Don't see it if While the play resonated with me, it is somewhat opaque and maybe a bit smaller & more modest than some people expect for a Broadway show

82
During previews
Great staging, Cool puppets, Enchanting

See it if you like story theater, puppetry or mime. The cast creates vivid worlds with simple means. The acapella sound effects are awesome

Don't see it if you need dialogue and a lot of plot to keep your attention. If you need your Oz colorful and your munchkins short.

79
Delightful, Dizzying, Funny, Quirky, Slow

See it if haters gonna hate, but I laughed my ass off! I was wearing sunglasses a lot at the time because I still do.

Don't see it if you're sober.

86
Absorbing, Refreshing, Resonant, Great staging, Moving

See it if a mediocre show reimagined and elevated by a shatteringly beautiful concept, gorgeous movement, a bold demonstartion of inclusion

Don't see it if a weaker second act, thin characters are deal-breakers

64
Ambitious, Indulgent, Excruciating, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if If you really want to see Michael C Hall slide around on his belly through a puddle of milk while singing "we could be heroes"

Don't see it if Amazing use of video, cool design, great music and fierce, committed performances, all in service of a trite, muddy, boring, sexist text.

83
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Resonant, Slow, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a beautifully performed, funny but ultimately bleak show about aging and grief

Don't see it if the fact that it fizzles a little in the end will ruin what came before

94
Absorbing, Ambitious, Delightful, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You love folk or indie rock or exuberant innovative musical theater; you want to see the John Doyle musician/singer conceit perfected

Don't see it if you need a ton of plot/story to keep you engaged

88
For a previous production
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if you like Austen or enjoy clever but low budget productions

Don't see it if you hate fun

82
Clever, Absorbing, Great staging, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you like elaborate and masterful staging and design work.

Don't see it if you have epilepsy

83
During previews
Riveting, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you can get a seat on the stage or in the front of the house

Don't see it if you have a short attention span or are hard of hearing or have a small bladder

90
Ambitious, Intelligent, Quirky, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you are lucky enough to get a ticket

Don't see it if you're racist