Oakville | 25-34 | Male
About:  My name is Tyler Collins. Theatre journalist, practitioner and consultant in the Greater Toronto Area of Southern Ontario, Canada. Don't let my location fool you - I see a lot of remarkable theatre. Also theatre and film critic for Oakville News. Twitter: @MrTyCollins
Reviews (43)
Short, Romantic, Epic, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you're a Disney fan or have young kids. The clean, funny story is easy for kids and actually nice for adults. Great sets and lights!

Don't see it if you've seen the movie and even moderately disliked it. It's also grossly overpriced. The specialty cocktail menu, however, is terrific.

All My Sons
Midtown W
Intelligent, Clever, Entertaining, Dated, Intense

See it if you haven't seen the play before. The script is so good and the it's a by-the-book production that lets the script shine.

Don't see it if you have seen the play before. While the four lead actors are great, there's nothing really new being presented or offered.

Quirky, Confusing, Great writing, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy Monty Python humour. The set is also one of the funniest and smartest ever made for a Broadway play.

Don't see it if you need a sincere, unpredictable plot. Some jokes are repetitive and the action doesn't get really zany until act two.

Delightful, Romantic, Relevant, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if you're looking for a grand, old school musical comedy. The PG13 jokes are modern, some are teen oriented, but the show has a classic style.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of contemporary musicals or high school stories. If you don't like 1970s brass comedy, you won't find it funny.

Romantic, Fluffy, Entertaining, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you love Carole King's music and have otherwise low standards for music theatre. Most of the show focuses on a short period of her life.

Don't see it if you aren't a diehard fan of the titular star. It's a good concert inside an extremely boring biography play.

Ambitious, Epic, Dizzying, Relevant, Long

See it if you want to see creative artists and phenomenal actors with more heart than I've ever seen. The best production of this play to date.

Don't see it if you aren't willing to see the full 8-hour experience. It only works as a whole, and it is a VERY long production.

Ambitious, Enchanting, Must see, Absorbing, Spellbinding

See it if you want the most technically intricate show ever produced in (really) the history of theatre. It's cathartic and so emotionally strong.

Don't see it if you aren't willing to pay the monster prices for both parts. It's only truly enjoyed if you see both part 1 and 2.

Unique, Refreshing, Profound, Great writing, Enchanting

See it if you're looking for a relaxing, intelligent night of a new type of musical. It's a mix of Once and Come From Away. An important new voice.

Don't see it if if you like large, splashy, energetic musicals. Or are a crippling, bludgeoning racist at heart.

Entertaining, Ambitious, Quirky, Intense, Fun

See it if you just want to have fun. If you have zero expectations and more money than brains, it's fun and cute.

Don't see it if you're expecting anything resembling a quality musical. Timely jokes, annoying lines, lazy set design and horrible direction ruin the show.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you want to see exceptional acting with an exquisite, charming, intimate setting.

Don't see it if you need dramatic set changes or large casts. Also not for anyone who doesn't like American sitting room plays.

Great singing, Absorbing, Epic, Great staging, Raunchy

See it if you like amazing singers, or star-making turns in musicals. 90s fans will be in heaven. Amazing sets and lights.

Don't see it if you don't like sung through musicals or war stories. It's also much raunchier and intense than previous productions.

During previews
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see, Refreshing

See it if you have a soul. This show is an emotional and intelligent story that reminds us why inclusiveness of all cultures makes us stronger.

Don't see it if you don't like shorter musicals, or can't stand gaelic and Canadian music. If you've never heard it, the world/folk/rock score is powerful.

Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Romantic, Quirky

See it if you love classic musicals with panache, flair, and class. Or great singers with clear performance and character.

Don't see it if you get bored with romance, or need edge. Or you don't like golden age musicals.

The Front Page
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Long, Cozy

See it if you like celebrity casts (THIS ONE DELIVERS) and some classic comedy theatre. It's 100% dessert only.

Don't see it if You like shorter plays, have a thin patience, or like blockbuster musicals.

Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting

See it if you're looking for something tasty and clean. The show is a lot of fun, and great for die-hard theatre fans.

Don't see it if If you aren't interested in either normal theatre, especially Shakespeare. Also not so good for really little kids.

Ambitious, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great staging

See it if - You're looking for a brilliant perspective on the methods of storytelling - You look for seeing new talent work in often unshared ways

Don't see it if - You prefer religious staging of theatre - You're uninterested in rock music

Absorbing, Epic, Exquisite, Intense, Resonant

See it if You Like: - Classic Musical Theatre - Baroque European Art - Lavish, Masterful Music

Don't see it if You Don't Like: - Sweeping Opera - Long Shows

Enchanting, Edgy, Epic, Intense, Romantic

See it if You Like: - Classic Musical Theatre - Lavish, Sweeping Sets and Costumes - Opera

Don't see it if You Don't Like: - Intense Opera - Classical European Culture - Slow Paced Shows

Absorbing, Entertaining, Romantic, Profound, Warm

See it if You Like: - Cyndi Lauper's Killer Songs - Great Costumes - Three Showstopping Leads

Don't see it if You Don't Like: - Risqué Humor - A Mixed Bag of Music Styles - Diverse Casts

Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Quirky

See it if You like: - Classic Musical Theatre - A Defining Performance from Jefferson Mays playing Nine Different Characters

Don't see it if You Don't Like: - Absurdist Humor - Quirky Shows - Well Plotted Stories

Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Ambitious, Indulgent, Overrated, Raunchy

See it if You Like: - Kander & Ebb Music - Political Humor - Clever Revivals

Don't see it if You Don't Like: - Limited Stage Space - Loud Orchestra - Minimalist Musicals

Entertaining, Edgy, Funny, Quirky, Resonant

See it if You Like: - Edgy, Contemporary Musicals - Adult Theatre - Stories with a Modern Perspective on Religion and it's Purpose Today

Don't see it if You Don't Like: - Profanity - Rock Musicals - Contemporary or Atheist Perspectives on Modern Faith

The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Intense, Edgy, Epic, Absorbing

See it if you want to see bold, dynamic, sweeping plays. Straight original stories like this don't get produced to this scale often anymore.

Don't see it if you have trouble with accents or quiet speaking levels. It's a long show and some scenes are difficult to understand.

Resonant, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you want an innovative, creative night of music theatre that's as thought provoking as it is energizing and fun. The band is phenomenal!

Don't see it if you can't stand greek legends. The connection is minimal but definitely there. This is also a sung-through show; stay away if you dislike.

Thought-provoking, Edgy, Profound, Intelligent, Clever

See it if you want to see a fast-paced, slick new play that does a great job balancing both sides of an argument. And it's really funny, too.

Don't see it if you prefer larger casts or longer plays. The show is only 85 minutes, and too intimate for some tastes.

Slow, Dizzying, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to see some really cool magic tricks with minimal cohesion to tie the show together. Great magicians with little theming.

Don't see it if magic doesn't interest you, or you're expecting Vegas level production values. Most sets and props are low scale for a Broadway show.

Profound, Thought-provoking, Sad, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want to see five masterful actors at the height of their talents. Great details and a smooth production.

Don't see it if you need special effects or a large band to keep you engaged. Those upset by 21st century drama will find it slow.

Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Profound, Emotional

See it if you want to see an emotionally stirring and deep piece of work.

Don't see it if you want something cohesive, tight or resounding. The main character is grossly unlikeable, but the actor makes the performance watchable.

Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Slow, Funny, Clever

See it if you're looking for a sharp quartet of actors in a resounding, smooth play. All four of them exude celebrity status. A great mystery story.

Don't see it if you like plays with more than one set or an action-packed plot. This one is mostly talking about anything and everything.

Meteor Shower
Midtown W
Hilarious, Quirky, Edgy, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you enjoy absurdist theatre or want to see master comedians like Steve Martin, Keegan M-Key and Amy Schumer at their best.

Don't see it if if you get easily confused by unique plot structures, or prefer more traditional, easygoing comedy. Also very short (it's only 80mins.)

Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Great singing, Great orchestra, Empty, Epic, Ambitious

See it if you want to see Glenn Close in a genre-defining performance. Also the largest (and best) orchestra of any show in Broadway history.

Don't see it if You want lavish design with the grand scale, or find thin musical books appalling.

Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Great acting, Absorbing, Exquisite, Epic, Smart

See it if you like political stories and plays with grandiose sets. Refreshing for people who roll their eyes at musicals.

Don't see it if you get bored easily or don't like thoughtful, long plays. If you hate history plays (Shakespeare?), stay far away.

Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you like great classic plays, Arthur Miller's work, or want to see some starry actors as great characters.

Don't see it if you need fast-paced stories or big set changes. The stage and four-person​ cast don't move much in the whole show.

Ambitious, Dated, Great singing, Overrated, Refreshing

See it if you're obsessed with Irving Berlin, Universal Pictures, terrible one-liners and near perfect vocal music.

Don't see it if you want anything more than shallow gimmicks. That being said, the show has great passion, love, and sincerity.

For a previous production
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic, Great acting, Cliched

See it if you like the Four Seasons, are looking for great singers, or lived in Jersey. This one is a big budget classic for the locals.

Don't see it if you don't like jukebox musicals, you want good modern theatre, don't like Des MacAnuff.

Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Masterful, Must see, Original, Epic

See it if you have a pulse. The single most creative, exciting, dynamic, important, and fantastic theatre this century, and possibly ever.

Don't see it if You don't like long shows, or have trouble with really fast lyrics. In this case, listen to the album first. Everyone should try this show.

American Psycho
Midtown W
Ambitious, Edgy, Original, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if - you want to see Ben Walker give the role of a lifetime, and love seeing great technical production and 80's techno music.

Don't see it if - intense blood or sexuality make you uncomfortable. If you like traditional musical theatre, stay very far away.

Absorbing, Edgy, Exquisite, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if - If you're looking for masterful performers - A refreshing, new perspective on the structure of musical theatre

Don't see it if - You're uninterested in contemporary musicals - Are off-put by adult or subtle sexual themes

Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Epic, Funny, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if You Like: - Enormous Sets and Costumes - A Smart, Sweet Score - Great, Family Friendly Fare

Don't see it if You Don't Like: - Strong Feminist Stories - Thin, Convoluted Stories - Oddly Empty Scenes

For a previous production
Ambitious, Absorbing, Must see, Intense, Profound

See it if You Like: - Thrilling, Raw Drama - Vulnerable Actors - Daring, Extremist Theatre - A Historic Blend of British and American Theatre

Don't see it if You Don't Like: - Minimalist Productions - Scary Theatre

Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Exquisite, Cliched, Epic, Intense, Romantic

See it if You Like: - Classic Disney Stories - Lavish Sets and Costumes - Great, Iconic Music

Don't see it if You Don't Like: - A Thin, Bloated Story - God AWFUL Dialogue - Inconsistent Leads

Ambitious, Exquisite, Epic, Must see, Original

See it if you are a human being alive on Earth. It's visual artistry, landmark music, and talented cast make it the world's #1 musical for a reason.

Don't see it if you have a tight budget. The show certainly isn't cheap, but worth every cent.

Midtown W
Clever, Enchanting, Ambitious, Epic, Refreshing

See it if You Like: - Mature, Family Friendly Humor - A Complete Visual Treat - Quirky Music

Don't see it if You Don't Like: - British Humor (Think Monty Python) - Lots of Children