Mark 628161

New York City

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Reviews (53)
The Whirligig
Midtown W
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You hate Norbert Leo Butz and you want his career to die.

Don't see it if You only want to see THE GIRLS' co-star and actress who had a leg-up in show biz because her Dad wrote a couple of decent plays 20 yrs ago!

During previews
Midtown E
Dated, Disappointing

See it if You don't care about a play being a weak comedy in Act !, then a mediocre, cliched, predictable sob story in Act 2.

Don't see it if You are smart. This ain't no Ackborn.

Absorbing, Clever, Edgy

See it if You have a sense of humor-you are outraged by Trump, but you see the comedy in his stupidity and the danger in his "I am the best/perfect .

Don't see it if You think Julius Caesar should not be screwed with....not edited, not any parallels to our world.

Don't forget about it!

See it if You like broad comedy with heart and some fine erformances.

Don't see it if You are wary of somewhat stereotyped Italians

Gently Down the Stream
East Village
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you love anything Harvey is in.....this one is a school lesson about the history of "gay."

Don't see it if You want original, and if you like a leading man who doesn't croak like a frog, making hearing his lines tough!

War Paint
Midtown W
Weak script, 2 super-divas worth seeing

See it if You enjoy great singers/personalities , even in a a mediocre, repetitive show.

Don't see it if You insist on Fiddler or Chorus Line great music.....this one will be forgotten.

During previews
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You love Kevin Kline...unfortunately he is a shadow of the guy who was dashing and dryly funny 40 years ago...he has NO ENERGY. Show STINKS

Don't see it if You want to remember KK's dashing humor and high energy of old....this show is a BIG DISAPPOINTMENT

Absorbing, Resonant

See it if You hardly ever think about 9/11 and what it did to so many people & families. BONUS-The music is catchy and there is some humor as well...

Don't see it if You are not in touch with your are a cold statue who only cares for himself.

During previews
The Outer Space
East Village
Excruciating, Overrated

See it if You have mercy on a talented guy who thinks he is a genius....over-rated!

Don't see it if You remember Lipton's previous superior show.

During previews
The Light Years
Midtown W
Slow, Disappointing

See it if You don't require much conflict or plot

Don't see it if You wanted a play about the Chicago expositions that was fully-realized

The Penitent
Mamet must stop!

See it if You loved Mamet's last few duds. This is basically more of the same w/a surprise-ending. Disappointing.

Don't see it if You remember when Mamet was the great new guy-them days are gone!

For a previous production
A bit tired, but decent

See it if You adored Leguizamo in shows like MOTIR MOUTH.

Don't see it if You want to watch a formerly madcap debunker of stereotypes who is milder, older, less entertaining these days

Midtown W
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if janie Dees in top form with one of the best performances of the season.

Don't see it if You want happy, mindless plays; this is a serious cautionary tale about sexism.

Man From Nebraska
Midtown W
Slow, but worthwhile

See it if You are interested in seeing a man search for a different way to live and feel more alive.

Don't see it if You are imatient...the pace is slow, but worth it.

Cliched, Disappointing

See it if If you like a play that is out of cotrol.... too long, too dated.

Don't see it if you want soething new.....this is sooooo 2005

3 plays, one excellent, 3 plays/only one excellent

See it if You are a Neil LaButte fan-he without mercy, explores the clash between men and women. His one-actor, which ends the night is terrific

Don't see it if Apalled by domestic strugge? This play examines a bad relationship that a daughter tries to salvage, and a resistant domineering father.

Midtown W
Viet-sitcom that wers thin

See it if Youlike sitcms with laughtracks (there is none here but there should be)....the raps are great, decent acting/weak script.

Don't see it if If yu want edgy but excellent like "BK of Mormon)....this is obvious after a while, and vapid in the end.

For a previous production
Touching, original, meloncholy, Touching new musical

See it if You value a different kind of ensemble musical w/ great music, a touching plot, and a mature view of life's simple pleasures & difficulties.

Don't see it if You require a happily ever after story, only like fantasies that are tied into neat bows by the final curtin.

For a previous production
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great acting, Seems to me i sung this song before

See it if you want to see 5 adults who have no idea which decisions in their life will affect them adversely for the rest of their lives....

Don't see it if You have seen other shows about businesses closing and that ruining many people's life....duh!

Also SWEAT is well-acted by the 5 main characters whose lives will go down ... Read more Read less

Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Over-rated.....soggy & sentimental, Great for turists from oshkosh

See it if you like overwrought acting, all songs at the exact same tempo (except for POPULAR).......lots of inventive stage-business that does not mak

Don't see it if You are bored with fancy footwork by directors who thing that more is always best.

From Silence
East Village
Cliched, Banal, Disappointing, Feh!!!! poorly written, so-so-acting......excruciatingly "long" even though it was less than 90 minutes!, Never dull this play was!

See it if you have no experience with drama about the Holocaust......have a relative acting in it!

Don't see it if you like a n original view on the Holocaust...this show is cliched and poorly written.

Midtown W
Dated, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if This show was more relevant 20 yes ago. The kid-actor 's voice was flat too often, but there a few show-stopping numbers that save the day.

Don't see it if You saw it more than once before.

For a previous production
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Too long, had promise, but dragged, A good idea cragged over 3 hours

See it if You love a drama about negotiations between 2 nations who want to talk quietly without damaging publicity.

Don't see it if You admire editing and the expression "Sometimes LESS IS MORE!

Juke box musical almost as strong as jersey boys

See it if You can stand a cliched bumpy rise to stardom story with terrific rock standards and a top notch lead performance.

Don't see it if Story is all to you.......because this is a corny success story

Dull, static, repetitious, esoteric, empty, Not turner in boredom

See it if The only thing that matters to you is seeing shows about Afro-American protagonists who may be heroic even though they slaughtered innocent

Don't see it if You value staging, script & a story that is not full of hero-worship.

During previews
My Eyes Went Dark
Midtown E
Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You can make out a heavy Irish accent, and are ready to be depressed by a plot that is really just an outline.

Don't see it if You have any taste!

Beloved midler triumphs, Beloved bette triumphs

See it if You love Bette- she is the best female comedian of her time...and oh so respected. David Hyde Pierce super too.

Don't see it if You only want a straight interpretation. Bette is no Channing or will see her at her BETTE-iest.


See it if You are from Paduka and are impressed with a show full of sthtick, but full of crap! Dullsville/weak songs.& story

Don't see it if You want some meat on yout bone! Lots of useless action all over that amounts to very little plot

If I Forget
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You like family dramas- what to do with Dad and his store now that he belongs in a facility.

Don't see it if You cannot see siblings, each thinking of him/herself and what is best for them

Clever, Ambitious, Inventive stage business & entertaining, Entertaining/not great but damned good

See it if You like inventive stage business, and a show that moves along nicely.

Don't see it if You only like top tier music/lyrics...this show is well-done, but not a classic

The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging

See it if You want o see an imaginative, striking production with an Obie-worthy performance by Carnavale

Don't see it if if you can't relate to a time almost 100 yrs. ago when unions were on the rise, folks alienated by the splt betw. the rich & the common man.

Crackskull Row
Irish accents and slang too heavy to understan!

See it if You love everything Irish....including incest and violence of the desperate

Don't see it if you like GREAT Irish theater,,,this is a poor one!

Bull in a China Shop
Upper W Side
Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You are a women's lib firebrand with no discriminating taste in drama.

Don't see it if You know what plot and realistic conflict are all about!

All The Fine Boys
Midtown W
Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You like a playthat should have been an after-school special for youths

Don't see it if You fondly remember Abigail Breslin as cutey with talent!

The Object Lesson
East Village
Clever, Refreshing

See it if You can get past a First 1/2 hr that meanders aimlessly...weak, then brilliant and original.

Don't see it if You want plot...this is performance art

During previews
Repetitious les miz clone, Wave flag les miz plot

See it if You loved Les Miz. Flag waving and doomed protagonist-decent quality show

Don't see it if You want a visually attractive protagonist-although this one is indeed talented

Midtown W
Gimmicky, overlong unique

See it if You get a kick out of inventive stage business that is somewhat repetitious by a wunderkind playwright

Don't see it if You want something that is NOT platitudes wrapped up in silly stage business

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You want an immersive, shocking, original,fabulous version of a revenge-prompted masterpiece with great Sondheim music and lyrics.

Don't see it if You only like the "june/moon" cornball musical comedy loved by rubes with no intellect or taste!

West Village
Justice smith is great

See it if You have patience to sit thru a strange initial 20 minutes when you think you wanna leave........but then there is the rewarding REST.

Don't see it if you are impatient or hate to hear men/boys talking about women like they are just objects to satisfy men. Justice Smith is wonderful in it

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you love well-drawn charactwrs interpreted by actors who bring all alive.

Don't see it if You cannot stand to see the struggle for love and making a living.

Ride the Cyclone
West Village
Clever, Great perfrmances, quirky sense of humor

See it if If you like great singing, if you like fantasies of what it will be ike in the afterlife, To see special effects far beyond most off-Bdwy

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor, no stitch of sentimentality, and don't appreciate a novel musical.

Confusing, Disappointing, Incomprehensible......deady boring

See it if You are still punishing/blaming yourself for slavery, This might sound like a good idea but is trture to sit thru.

Don't see it if You want a show that does not keep making the same point: Blacks are stereotyped by whitey...and have been denegrated since the 1300's!

Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Funny

See it if You appreciate a solo performance by a writer/activist/performer...the characters are touching, clever and amazingly varied.

Don't see it if you do not want to think.....the sex worker industry is at once exciting, complicated & controversial. Jones' is a master impressionist.

Clever, Funny, Dizzying, Surprisingly clever twosome storms bdwy

See it if You enjoy 2 talented comedians who are quirky and original.

Don't see it if You just wanna see "Friends" again...with a disgusting laugh track

Midtown W
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, And touching too.....

See it if If you remember the Parker of "DRIVING" & the initial seasons of WEEDS when she was wonderful!

Don't see it if you require more than a great script and 2 perfect performances

Also Mary Louise Parker has a rep. for being DIFFICULT......and demanding..... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Dated, Banal, A poor summary of what was a well written movie. a bunch of short scenes, lots of costume changes, but it is empty!!!! to quote pricilla lopez- i felt nothing!, I felt nothing!

See it if you have nostalgic feelings/memories about the film, even though this is not even a shadow of that fine film!

Don't see it if You want to see a well-written lay- THIS IS AMATUERISH.

The Humans
Midtown W
Over-rated! weak ending, but excellent ensemble cast

See it if You do not mind a loaded deck- this story includes a family that has one of every type, from the cheating husband to the unhappy homosexual

Don't see it if You are looking for an original drama about real people

Danny brustein is no zero mostel

See it if You love the show's songs and strong script, but can ignore a hohum lead performnce.

Don't see it if You remember performance of Tevye as played by Mostel or Bernardi or Topol or even Harvey Firestein. Burstein is strictly a 2nd banana,

Also The production looks cheap......and uninventive. Why is the theater's ... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like a sentimental story about someone who makes a mistake that only leads to unhappiness instead of the intended good intentions......w

Don't see it if you hate musicals that are a bit cheesy

For a previous production
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Dramedy about thie 4 seasons 60's singing group, Big boys do cry

See it if You love 60's music and great group singing........a script that melds conflicts, tragedy and euphoria together with great songs.

Don't see it if You are only into classical music. This is a pop score that ROCKS!