Mark 38

New York City | 65+ | Male
About:  I'm a native New Yorker, LGBT activist from the 70's on, and I've been an avid theater goer since I was 16 years old. And that means I saw the original production of Follies (4 times). And then the London production 15 years late. I saw Al Pacino in Tennessee Williams' Camino Real. I've been a membe... Read more Read less
Reviews (29)
95
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Innovative, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy a highly kinetic non-stop show with deliciously smart and witty lyrics and (if you don't know hip-hop) want to learn the new music

Don't see it if non-traditional casting offends you, you don't like hip-hop even if you aren't sure what it is and you're mind is closed.

81
Suspensful, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy ghost stories with a twist, and you like theater that explores the immigrant experience and family dynamics across generations.

Don't see it if you don't like being scared in the theater.

79
Dietrich: Natural Duty
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Enchanting, Moving

See it if You like one person recreations of historical entertainers or you're a fan of Marlene. Well done.

Don't see it if You are offended by drag.

84
The View UpStairs
East Village
Relevant, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if you like a traditional musical with an edgy story; you like LGBTQ history and want a show that really speaks to your experience. I loved it.

Don't see it if LGBTQ subject matter turns you off.

48
Confusing, Cliched, Insipid, Excruciating, Great singing

See it if you're willing to sit through a terrible show to see truly talented actors commit themselves all the way despite bad material.

Don't see it if you really want to see a Southern Gothic Thriller Musical. Cause it wasn't southern, gothic, thrilling in any way and the music, well, ouch.

82
During previews
Friend Art
Upper W Side
Great writing, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if honesty, relationship and creative ambition are important in your life. We talked about it all the way home. Rich, deep female characters +

Don't see it if The choice between creative ambition and middle-class acceptability aren't an issue or are far from you.

69
Tuck Everlasting
Midtown W
Great acting, Cliched, Resonant

See it if you want to see a young star at the start of her B'way career who is going to blow you away. Sarah Charles Lewis is amazing. The show? Meh.

Don't see it if insipid music. Story clichéd, dancers talented but overused. Would have been better off bway, staged intimately rather than w/Bway brass.

65
During previews
Antlia Pneumatica
Midtown W
Confusing, Slow, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you're willing to be challenged by silence, affectless acting and a confusing plot. I saw a preview. Maybe it will be fixed by opening.

Don't see it if you're easily bored. The audience I saw it with was restless & on edge given its slowness. Want to feel invested in a character? Not for you

85
During previews
Familiar
Midtown W
Great acting, Entertaining, Great writing, Funny

See it if you like family drama, immigrant stories and a very different up to the minute POV. Rare occasion to see strong African women on stage

Don't see it if you're still traumatized by your own family's secrets

79
During previews
Red Speedo
East Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if This is a playwright well worth following. This play is Mamet-like in its rapid fire delivery and testosterone; a complex sibling rivalry.

Don't see it if You don't like Mamet. And note if you sit in the first 3 or 4 rows you will get splashed when the actor jumps in the pool.

79
Tonight/Jungle
Soho/Tribeca
Great acting, Intense, Searing

See it if you live for searing drama. You're so close to the actor she looks you right in the eye at her most vulnerable — and most aggressive

Don't see it if you can't deal with the realities of child prostitution, poverty and mental health.

78
During previews
The Changeling
West Village
Entertaining, Fun

See it if you like bloody Jacobean plays done right. Think early John Waters, circa 1610.

Don't see it if Shakespeare is too hard for you and laughing at dismembering strikes you as tasteless.

80
For a previous production
Eclipsed
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if you want a view into a world you'll never get to see otherwise and you aren't experiencing compassion overload. And if you love Lupita!

Don't see it if the problems of women caught up in a civil war isn't your idea of a theatrical experience.

71
During previews
Marjorie Prime
Midtown W
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Clever, Refreshing

See it if you like science fiction that looks at how technology affects human relationships and ethics in the most intimate ways.

Don't see it if you can't imagine a future like this.

90
Entertaining, Masterful, Original, Profound, Great writing

See it if you love graphic novels, you like dark humor and you're not homophobic.

Don't see it if you think complex depictions of family dynamics and sexuality don't belong on stage.

84
Profound, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy being challenged. Because under all the off-color humor is a deep meditation on our experience of powerlessness.

Don't see it if you don't like low humor, faux Shakespearean language and don't want to be forced to think.

83
Slave Play
East Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great writing, Intense

See it if You're ready to be entertainingly challenged by questions about race, sexuality, psychology, academia and how we internalize all the above

Don't see it if on stage simulation of kinky sexual play disturbs you or if you are easily offended by stories that challenge your thinking about race/sex.

79
Gently Down the Stream
East Village
Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Relevant, Moving

See it if This play is about a kind of gay relationship that' s almost never shown on stage, and never positively: intergenerational. Smart & moving.

Don't see it if you're put off by intergenerational relationships, open relationships or frank discussions of how gay men manage intimacy.

78
For a previous production
Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if like John Leguizamo or are interested in neglected US history, like 1-man shows, parenting, and education.

Don't see it if you don't like John Leguizamo or have no interest in parenting, education or neglected US history.

72
During previews
Simon Says
East Village
Intelligent, Talky, Confusing

See it if reincarnation interests you. The talkback was more compelling than the show: the playwright intro'd the real-life medium whose story it is

Don't see it if reincarnation and spirituality doesn't interest you

79
Delightful, Original, Entertaining

See it if you love the work of Edward Gorey you will love this show. It plumbs the hidden depths of a private man who was private even with himself.

Don't see it if you don't like non-linear work. Or if you're impatient with long one-act plays.

74
Nathan the Wise
East Village
Relevant, Shakespearean

See it if you like Marlowe's Jew of Malta or are interested in the Crusades.

Don't see it if you're Islamophobic.

79
Boy
Midtown W
Absorbing, Original, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you're interested in the dramatic potential of gender identity and biology. This was a deeply human exploration of how we know who we are.

Don't see it if The subject is guaranteed to make some men squirm since it can be threatening. But it's also reaffirming. If you have hard views its not 4 u

85
O, Earth
Soho/Tribeca
Intelligent, Original, Relevant, Challenging

See it if the issues in the LGBT community, from marriage equality to trans rights are important to you. & if you have a deep love of American plays

Don't see it if If the splits in the LGBT community are of no interest to you, and if you never liked Our Town, this would not be your show.

68
During previews
Straight
Midtown W
Cliched, Insipid, Banal

See it if you're closeted/ "straight-acting" and want to see a kind of made-for-tv movies style play. Or if you like cute guys in their undies.

Don't see it if you're looking for an in depth dramatic exploration of closeted "straight" guys living on the down low.

75
Allegiance
Midtown W
Relevant, Important, Moving

See it if you like moving shows that are family friendly.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that are sentimental

69
First Daughter Suite
East Village
Ambitious, Slow, Original, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like musicals by this creative team.

Don't see it if you want to see something traditional.

100
Hir
Midtown W
Absorbing, Edgy, Great writing, Hilarious, Profound

See it if you're a fan of Taylor Mac. Or if you're willing to have your preconceived ideas of family drama punctured in the most amazing way.

Don't see it if you're transphobic, misogynist or in any way looking for a safe experience that doesn't challenge you in any way.

81
Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Intelligent, Original

See it if you love South Park.

Don't see it if you hate South Park and you're easily offended by people making fun of religion.