Luv Theater

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Reviews (84)
87
Victor
West Village
Poetic, Resonant, Heartfelt, Riveting
October 20th, 2019

See it if you enjoy intensely personal storytelling from an incomparable performer. His open-hearted, honest portrayals of life must be experienced.

Don't see it if you dislike minimalist theater, one-person shows, minor references to homosexuality or if you want only light and fluffy entertainment.

Also Edgar Oliver is a NYC treasure. His shows are a mesmerizing amalgam of... Read more Read less

88
Intelligent, Clever, Entertaining
October 10th, 2019

See it if you can throw yourself into the experience of mind games — some of which are exceptional — peppered with a few illusions, in a spartan set.

Don't see it if you like flamboyant staging and a lot of physical effects, are highly skeptical, don't have a playful spirit, or want a show with a story.

Also Some reviews have complained this is the same-old same-old, but I disa... Read more Read less

65
During previews
TERRA FIRMA
Gramercy
Fine staging, Overacted, Disjointed, Historically interesting
October 9th, 2019

See it if you like plays that are based on true events, especially a bit of obscure history that you'd be unlikely to know but which has relevance.

Don't see it if you want a well-crafted psychological drama about national identity and social responsibility. The message is lost in mediocre metaphor.

50
Boring, Amateurish, Disorganized, Slow
September 12th, 2019

See it if have high tolerance for a decent kernel of an idea that falls short in its execution.

Don't see it if you want a professionally-done production with well-defined characters and a clear plot line.

Also Many one-actor shows conjure up multiple characters that feel fleshed-... Read more Read less

93
Lockdown
West Village
Great acting, Unsettling, Authentic, Touching
May 22nd, 2019

See it if want to see problems with our penal system brought to humorous and painful reality. All actors are excellent and Clue is astonishing.

Don't see it if you want to stay in the clouds about what happens behind the triple-thick, razor-wired walls of a prison. This cracks open the bars a bit.

95
Feral
Midtown E
Poignant, Inventive, Charming
May 22nd, 2019

See it if you like unconventional storytelling, lighthearted staging, morality plays. This sweet little piece smartly packages a universal truth.

Don't see it if you only like glossy, splashy, big shows or dislike puppetry.

Also The minimalist, black-and-white aesthetic is a brilliant choice to con... Read more Read less

73
Eerie, Tense, Ambitious
May 13th, 2019

See it if you'd be interested in a show that has elements of crossed cultures and family drama, with some paranormal creepiness tossed in.

Don't see it if you want a well-honed production. What you come to understand about the characters is meaningful, but it's a bit of a slog to get there.

Also The character of the mother played by Emily Kuroda supplies a charming... Read more Read less

79
Project X
Queens
Spare, Informative, Interesting
May 8th, 2019

See it if you are drawn to stories of history, science, war, secret missions and family drama. Some things you'll hear may surprise you.

Don't see it if you don't like small-scale productions with simple sets.

86
Vilna
Midtown W
Resonant, Profound, Important, Absorbing
May 8th, 2019

See it if you appreciate shows that not only entertain you but also inform you. So much is written about the Holocaust but there is so much to learn.

Don't see it if prefer to attend bubblegum shows that avoid serious issues past and present.

77
The Bigot
Midtown W
Relevant, Amusing, Quirky, Entertaining
May 8th, 2019

See it if you like to see closed minds get pried open. The writing isn't Norman Lear, but it's generally good and works in service to the story.

Don't see it if you won't savor an Archie Bunker redux or are annoyed with a somewhat predictable plot trajectory, though neither should keep you away.

78
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Creative, Clever
May 8th, 2019

See it if you are up for a new twist on that old story, performed with feverish energy in a spare but practical staging.

Don't see it if you don't care for another iteration of the Dr. J & Mr. H tale, though it's not the story but rather the dizzying switches that make it fun.

85
The Poor of New York
East Village
Great cast, A little slow, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing
May 8th, 2019

See it if you like well-produced morality tales, with a boisterous talented cast in an intimate setting. The play is old but the themes are eternal.

Don't see it if you don't like shows from another era, close contact with actors or stories about hardship, greed and malevolence.

Also Most of the cast is exceptionally strong with shoutouts to Mr. and Mrs... Read more Read less

84
Sweet, Touching, Entertaining, Absorbing
May 8th, 2019

See it if you are interested in the ways disabilities impact those who are closest — though this story is really about coping.

Don't see it if you want to shield yourself from subject matter that can be uncomfortable for those who are not in that world.

Also Jessica Cavanagh makes her complex and emotionally draining story acce... Read more Read less

90
Spotty, Charming, Unconventional, Creative
May 8th, 2019

See it if you might like a whimsical glimpse rather than a comprehensive chronicle about the emotional formation of a literary icon.

Don't see it if you are unhappy with incompleteness, non-linear and non-narrative storytelling, or oddball puppetry.

Also If you don't come looking for the ultimate origin story of HCA and if ... Read more Read less

98
Queen of Hearts
Brooklyn
Bizarre, Exquisite, Sexy, Thrilling, Audacious
May 8th, 2019

See it if you love bold, outrageous entertainment executed with creativity, heart and soul. Cast: spectacular, singing: outstanding, costumes: genius.

Don't see it if you are put off by slutty (in a good way) situations, near-nudity, bacchanalia and other assorted socially edgy entertainment.

Also Theatre XIV does it again, brilliantly. There is no way to adequately ... Read more Read less

40
God Shows Up
Midtown W
Mediocre, Cliched
May 8th, 2019

See it if you like the idea of taking on phony evangelists and have tolerance for an endless stream of groaner jokes.

Don't see it if you hold satire to a high standard. It won't be met by this show, which takes a reasonably good idea and fails to fulfill it.

Also The actors who play God and Consuela feel miscast and uncomfortable in... Read more Read less

92
Charlie's Waiting
Midtown W
Delightful, Unexpected, Smart
April 6th, 2019

See it if a tantalizing little story — with some topsy-fury aspects that unfold slowly but cleverly — is appealing to you.

Don't see it if you are put off by same-sex relationships, or want a big, splashy production.

Also This is exactly the kind of show that demonstrates why off-off-Broadwa... Read more Read less

90
Still at Risk
East Village
Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing
March 31st, 2019

See it if a well-acted, well-written, smart, pithy show is your thing; this one delivers it all.

Don't see it if you have negative feelings for gay culture or the aftermath of the AIDS tragedy.

Also The actors harmonize in perfect ensemble to rouse the sadness, loss, h... Read more Read less

90
After
Midtown E
Surprising, Affecting, Great acting, Topical
March 31st, 2019

See it if you want a show that portrays important topics from an interesting perspective.

Don't see it if you don't want to be confronted with challenging socially relevant situations.

Also "After" takes two subjects that are tragically common in our time — gu... Read more Read less

72
A Jewish Joke
Midtown W
Overly earnest, Intelligent, Meaningful
March 15th, 2019

See it if you want to see censorship in action as it was practiced during the McCarthy era, competently told through the perspective of one writer.

Don't see it if you are turned off to one-man shows, schmaltzy Jewish humor, or the ramifications of political interference on creativity.

63
Banal, Sweet, Ambitious
March 15th, 2019

See it if you enjoy accompanying someone on a little journey with twists and turns, quirky characters, some humor, some music and high energy.

Don't see it if you want fancy staging, well-developed score and lyrics, or a deep storyline. This show is cute, fluffy, sincere, but not too memorable.

65
The Day I Became Black
Soho/Tribeca
Overrated, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant
March 15th, 2019

See it if you appreciate a passionate and important point of view that comes from a person's actual experience, told with love and humor.

Don't see it if you like high production values and a clear, straightforward trajectory. Posley is warm and enthusiastic, but the show feels amateurish.

65
Slow, Dated, Intelligent
March 15th, 2019

See it if you love The Mint (as I do) and appreciate the usually excellent job they do of bringing contemporary relevance to historical plays.

Don't see it if you have high expectations from previous Mint productions. Everything feels a little off and the messaging doesn't quite transcend its era.

50
Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid
March 15th, 2019

See it if you have endless patience for generic musicals that are attractively staged but deliver little substance.

Don't see it if you have genuine affection for the sweet-sad-uplifting sensation you get from the best chick flicks; you won't find it here.

Also There are some impressive voices that are wasted on a show that ticks ... Read more Read less

65
Whirlwind
East Village
Timely, Disappointing
February 6th, 2019

See it if a contemporary theme — the social and ethical clash between business and environment — intrigues you. Simply yet effectively staged.

Don't see it if you are critical of plots and relationships that are not really credible.

Also Annapurna Sriram has great stage charisma but her male counterparts' p... Read more Read less

75
Nassim
Midtown W
Heartfelt, Refreshing, Quirky
December 31st, 2018

See it if you might like an intimate personal history of an earnest writer from Iran told as a mashup of a Berlitz language course and an improv show.

Don't see it if you want a polished narrative with a clear trajectory. The construct of this show intentionally results in awkward and tentative moments.

Also I was not as enchanted as other reviewers by the contrived devices tha... Read more Read less

55
Hitler's Tasters
West Village
Disappointing, Amateurish, Insipid
October 17th, 2018

See it if you are interested in historical topics as rendered through a more personal perspective.

Don't see it if you expect a thoughtful, nuanced point of view on Hitler's regime and it's effects on regular people, or if are very literal-minded.

Also Some see this show as addressing global themes like the devaluation of... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Refreshing, Clever
October 8th, 2018

See it if you'd enjoy a quick-witted, fast-paced, antic sprint through all seasons of the iconic tv series that came to represent city life and love.

Don't see it if you have zero interest in brunch, sex and shoes or the women who were defined by them.

Also Kerry Ipema is simply adorable. Even if you (like me) have never seen ... Read more Read less

30
For a previous production
Cliched, Banal, Overrated, Insipid, Low-brow
October 5th, 2018

See it if you have unlimited tolerance for buffoonery and are quick to laugh at obvious, contrived situations.

Don't see it if you actually enjoy a good farce with wit, savvy and sass, because this is not that. There is little or nothing to laugh at here.

83
During previews
The Winning Side
Midtown W
Creative, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting
October 5th, 2018

See it if you appreciate history and politics told through an unconventional prism, with simple staging; the actors are very talented and engaging

Don't see it if you are a little bored with history, or want a straightforward timeline or a big glitzy production.

60
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing
October 5th, 2018

See it if you love storytelling and particularly Irish storytelling, with its special brand of charming, idiosyncratic characters told with warmth.

Don't see it if you want more than cartoonish, caricatured persons in heavy-handed portrayals, especially the females with Dame-Edna-worthy falsettos.

70
Thought-provoking, Slow
July 26th, 2018

See it if you like shows that consist of dialog, or those that address homosexuality and social mores of earlier times.

Don't see it if you expect a show to deliver a full or profound experience with well-crafted dialog, elaborate sets and scene changes.

Also There is a kernel of genuinely interesting material here, but it feels... Read more Read less

82
Exhuberant, Fun, Lightweight
July 26th, 2018

See it if you love jazz-blues-rock-soul music spiced up with dance moves from an energetic, multi-talented group of artists performed in a nice venue.

Don't see it if you expect a plot, for this is not a story so much as an impression of a time told with loosely stitched together song and dance.

Also A crowd-pleaser. Audience members of all ages were woo-hooing every nu... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining
July 17th, 2018

See it if you want to become enlightened about the deeply unfair, dehumanizing, damaging treatment of individuals who are trapped in our penal system.

Don't see it if are in denial about social injustice, or don't want to be part of a dialog — because to its credit NBT encourages audience discourse.

Also Liza Jessie Peterson's smart, funny, pointed and poetic dialog is the ... Read more Read less

55
First Love
West Village
Slow, Disappointing, Awkward
July 3rd, 2018

See it if you are fans of the two leads or of the usually impressive Cherry Lane repertoire, or are open to stories of mature love.

Don't see it if you are disinterested in romance and soul-baring, prefer toe-tapping musicals with no emotional content, are put off by mild partial nudity.

Also It's not as if the situations presented are implausible — they're with... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Surprising
July 3rd, 2018

See it if you enjoy illusionists or are just looking for a fun, light and eye-popping evening. Vitaly amazes with trickery of a whole different ilk.

Don't see it if you are cynical about magic, shy away from audience participation or want only super-high production values. This feels a little unpolished.

Also Having seen many breeds of genuinely impressive prestidigitation, Vita... Read more Read less

87
Little Rock
East Village
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Important
June 28th, 2018

See it if want to have your vision enlarged by accessibly told narratives on difficult events in our national history. This story needs to be known.

Don't see it if you do not like serious shows that examine less-than-honorable behavior, preferring to restrict your theater diet to fluffy entertainment.

Also Excellent show. It gives insight into a shameful era into our country'... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Log Cabin
Midtown W
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Topical, Slow
June 13th, 2018

See it if you feel a deep connection to matters of sexual identity or enjoy theater that looks social issues in the face.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with the topic of sexuality or are easily bored by a show with a decent idea that crawls to its conclusion.

20
Fruit Trilogy
West Village
Excruciating, Indulgent, Disappointing
June 7th, 2018

See it if you are a fan of Eve Ensler and love everything she produces without equivocation.

Don't see it if you are expecting something along the lines of her previous work, with her voice and experiences front and center.

96
Yellowman
Brooklyn
Brilliant, Important, Profound, Loving, Wrenching
May 21st, 2018

See it if you want to be enlightened about issues you may not even know exist, in a beautiful and sensitive production with two phenomenal actors.

Don't see it if you are discomfited by racial subjects, don't like pared-down productions consisting entirely of dialog or want cotton-candy entertainment.

Also It's almost miraculous how two actors with two chairs can evoke such a... Read more Read less

92
Marlowe's Fate
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Refreshing, Intelligent, Humorous
May 21st, 2018

See it if you love The Bard, are curious about the controversy surrounding his existence, or just like creative theater.

Don't see it if you're extremely parochial about your Shakespeare or don't enjoy a little mischief in a show. Not an LOL comedy, but witty and fun.

Also These five actors demonstrate great range as they take on multiple rol... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Operation Crucible
Midtown W
Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Affecting
May 14th, 2018

See it if real events told through the imagined voices of those who experienced them has emotional appeal, or if you admire the great 59E59 offerings.

Don't see it if you find stories of war and loss upsetting, have a hard time understand strong dialect, don't enjoy productions with minimal staging.

75
Whales
Gramercy
Cute, Offbeat
May 11th, 2018

See it if you like audience participation, drinking games, improv, shadow puppets, whales—or if you want some payback for suffering through Moby Dick.

Don't see it if you think you are going to get an education about whales or seamanship, or you're a theater snob.

60
Overrated, Indulgent, Thought-provoking
May 10th, 2018

See it if you've never seen it, admire Rashid, believe in the consciousness-stirring value of works about injustice perpetrated by the self-righteous.

Don't see it if you reject an iconic drama played (not entirely but excessively) for laughs, abetted by an audience that thinks every line is a punchline.

Also When did this play become a comedy? The direction veers often into the... Read more Read less

82
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Indulgent
May 7th, 2018

See it if you want a light, entertaining and very one-sided interpretation of a young woman's childhood-through-high-school grasping for stardom.

Don't see it if you don't like quirky humor, an improv vibe, lots of screaming and hysteria, low production values and sophomoric situation.

Also A day later, I'm still laughing. The show is a little uneven, but bala... Read more Read less

55
Truffles
Midtown W
Insipid, Banal, Amateurish
May 6th, 2018

See it if you are looking for something to do with a group of friends; then lubricate generously with pitchers of booze.

Don't see it if the Three Stooges style of slapstick humor is not your thing, or you expect a "mystery" that demands some intellectual or analytical effort.

Also Though the cast is attractive and exhibits some musical and comic tale... Read more Read less

82
During previews
The Gentleman Caller
West Village
Smart, Witty, Droll, Ludicrous, Overly long
May 6th, 2018

See it if you're interested in the back story of Tennessee Williams, like character-driven theater and crave smart dialog from an urbane individual.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with mild sexual or gay situations, are bored with mostly-talk productions or don't want to delve into relationships.

Also Villa is enchanting as Williams, delivering juicy witticisms with piqu... Read more Read less

69
Edgy, Confusing, Quirky
May 5th, 2018

See it if you're up for a series of hit-or-miss vignettes by eager players on the subject of ... love? chemistry? the chemistry of love? Not sure.

Don't see it if you like well-defined shows with clear messaging. A few segments really hit their mark, some were perplexing, others just felt irrelevant.

Also Call me literal-minded but the pieces that felt most competent were th... Read more Read less

72
Replay
Midtown E
Absorbing, Resonant, Confusing
May 1st, 2018

See it if you like shows that probe the emotional life of a character whose outward appearance belies a complicated and conflicted inner self.

Don't see it if you prefer a plot that is obvious and its message spelled out. The performance wavers between profound and tedious.

65
The Solve It Squad
Midtown W
Silly, Irreverent, Light, Fluffy
May 1st, 2018

See it if you are under 30 or a kid at heart, like very broad humor, silly situations, exaggerated acting, and the thinnest imaginable plot line.

Don't see it if you want humor that rises above preteen, need a manual to interpret youthful cultural references, like a plot that actually makes sense.

Also Joey Richter saves the day as Scrags, the adorably earnest FBI agent. ... Read more Read less