Louis B.

Princeton North | 18-24

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Reviews (29)
95
Octet
Midtown W
Quirky, Masterful, Exquisite, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a beautiful and highly untraditional musical.

Don't see it if you don't like creative musicals that ask serious questions.

80
Ain't No Mo'
East Village
Crazy, Quirky, Funny, Absorbing, Dizzying

See it if you want something very, very different. A crazy, dizzying, loud, unsparing look at race in America today.

Don't see it if you want a coherent narrative, or want a traditional theater experience that keeps the mirror on the stage rather than the audience.

95
Exquisite, Masterful, Great staging, Dizzying, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a complex, experimental staging that delves deeply into the knottiness of this story with creativity and flair.

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional musical staging. This is not the staging for you.

70
Relevant, Intense, Ambitious, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you are invested or interested in women's issues and/or the history and legacy of the Constitution.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional theatre-going experience with a coherent plot: Schreck's monologue is insightful but not always riveting.

90
Resonant, Absorbing, Authentic, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if you enjoy "Fiddler" or other classic musicals with a message.

Don't see it if you do not want to watch a musical that has been translated out of English (although there is helpfully projected English translations).

70
Light, Fluffy, Clever, Absorbing, Hilarious

See it if you like light, fast-moving Broadway comedies.

Don't see it if you want highly original themes or specifically memorable music.

90
Blue Ridge
Chelsea
Enchanting, Great acting, Hilarious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy theater that explores deeply fraught themes with humor and empathy, and an incredible performance by Marin Ireland.

Don't see it if you have no interest in themes of mental illness.

90
Slave Play
East Village
Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Exquisite

See it if you want to be challenged, moved, and provoked by a great, young writer who wants to ask the biggest questions about race and sex in the US.

Don't see it if you are a theatrical traditionalist. You are uncomfortable with dissecting the intersection of race and sexuality in a risky, edgy way.

85
For a previous production
The Jungle
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you want to be immersed in chaotic, beautiful theater.

Don't see it if you prefer your theater traditional.

80
During previews
Enchanting, Intense, Great singing, Absorbing, Riveting

See it if you are interested in non-conventional stories centering on black, gay identity with beautiful gospel arrangements mixed in.

Don't see it if you are not interested in the complexities of identity and want a more straightforward dramatic experience.

80
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Intense

See it if you want to see two ideally matched performers take each other down in Sam Shepard's masterful script on the modern "west."

Don't see it if you are not intrigued by the intensity of masculine violence or ideals of success in 70s-80s America.

90
Masterful, Must see, Riveting, Ambitious, Refreshing

See it if you can spare the money.

Don't see it if 2/3 of the following doesn't interest you: rap/hip-hop, musicals, American history. Or just wait until seats cost less.

75
Inventive, Great singing, Great staging, Enchanting, Refreshing

See it if you go to musicals for beautiful singing, an inventive experience, and a heart-warming time.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy musicals that are gushing over with passion and enthusiasm without deep substance.

65
Fast-moving, Entertaining, Fun, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you enjoy fast-paced and clever entertainment, or comedies that have a bit of substance to them.

Don't see it if you are looking for something that will make you laugh out loud, or looking for a deeply believable debate on the nature of truth and facts.

100
Great singing, Riveting, Resonant, Masterful, Must see

See it if you are a human. A deeply resonant, magical piece of theater, with gorgeous music intertwined with a fast-paced, heart-rending book.

Don't see it if you find musicals boring. Well, even if you do, you should. Everyone else should as well.

85
White Noise
East Village
Uncomfortable, Ambitious, Intense, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you want a challenging, deeply uncomfortable look at race today that forces you to think, without providing all the answers.

Don't see it if you want to feel safe and cozy at the theater. This is a bumpy, difficult, and ultimately rewarding night.

80
Intelligent, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Dizzying

See it if you want to watch three actors take on a dizzying amount of characters and explore the history of Lehman Bros extensively and intelligently.

Don't see it if you are looking for a more traditional and less flashy theatrical experience, or are not interested in the history of Lehman Bros.

70
Socrates
East Village
Slow, Insipid, Resonant, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in the way Socrates changed thinking, or want to be captivated by a brilliant performance by Michael Stuhlbarg.

Don't see it if you can't enjoy slow shows with many one-dimensional characters, even if many of the moments are passionate and intelligent.

85
Quirky, Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in an abstracted look at two of the biggest figures in our society, with plenty of themes but no clear-cut answers.

Don't see it if you want a hyperrealist play or do not enjoy minimalistic stagings.

80
Riveting, Indulgent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a well-acted, riveting take on Lee's "Mockingbird," if lacking on subtleties.

Don't see it if you want characters with ambiguous motives or an especially complex narrative on racial relations.

85
During previews
Daddy
Midtown W
Edgy, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want to pushed and provoked in a deeply creative, sexual, and disturbing play by an uncompromising, new voice in theater.

Don't see it if you have adverse reactions to explicit sexuality and themes of racial inequality portrayed through surrealism and absurdism.

75
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Innovative, Dizzying, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if you want to see Bryan Cranston as mad (and absolutely fantastic) as hell and Ivo Van Hove's wondrous, dizzying staging.

Don't see it if you like traditional stagings of plays or don't want to work for your enjoyment.

75
Intelligent, Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy intense, naturalistic theater focusing on race relations and parenting that unfolds over 80 minutes.

Don't see it if you want light, fast-paced storytelling more than an disturbing, thought-provoking experience.

95
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Exquisite, Must see, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you want to be provoked, moved, surprised, shocked, enchanted by theater.

Don't see it if you want to see a musical or other light fare.

80
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Clever

See it if you want to be enchanted under the spell of Michael Urie for almost 3 hours.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy melodrama, fast-paced humor, or gay stories set in the 70s.

80
Usual Girls
Midtown W
Raw, Riveting, Intense, Disturbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in themes of female sexuality and the roots of rape culture.

Don't see it if you are offended by honest, intense depictions of sexuality or children exploring their sexuality.

85
Great music, Funny, Enchanting, Exquisite, Intoxicating

See it if you are interested in the quiet, deeply personal and intimate moments in musicals, and want to be swept away in music and story.

Don't see it if you prefer large-scale musicals that put song and dance over plot and acting.

75
Funny, Sad, Great acting, Clever, Disturbing

See it if you enjoy a mixture of humor and heartbreak and are looking for strong, nuanced performances (especially May's and Hedges').

Don't see it if you do not enjoy deeply sad themes and some hard-to-watch scenes that swing between tones.

95
Lewiston/Clarkston
West Village
Thought-provoking, Intense, Enchanting, Great writing, Truthful

See it if you enjoy watching real people deal with the difficult challenges of everyday life without having all the answers.

Don't see it if you want action or explosions to drive the plot forward, or are not interested in the issues facing small-town America.