MarkyB

New York City
About:  I am a longtime theater lover and collaborator, with 6 years stage and production management, as well as acting and directing.
Reviews (39)
86
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Raunchy, Fun

See it if You like interactive pieces, especially if you like to DANCE! The actors perform the hell out of the piece and Nya, the lead is dope!

Don't see it if You like to only see theater from a seat, or you can't take people moving all around you and maybe touching you. The lyrics are not the best

79
Bamboo in Bushwick
Staten Island
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if you are sick of ignoring the problem of gentrification and want to see a human side of the story. The video design elements are noteworthy

Don't see it if You can't see a show with subtitles, as about 1/3 of the play is in Spanish.

94
Beardo
Brooklyn
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if One of the best shows I have seen in NYC. Amazing talent from the creative to cast to technical elements. If this comes back, don't miss it!

Don't see it if You are a pointless human being.

25
The Portal
West Village
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if Avoid. This show was so boring, slow and insipid. So many missed opportunities.

Don't see it if You have something else to do.

85
During previews
Baghdaddy
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you want to see a very interesting true story presented in hilarious song and dance.

Don't see it if You can't stand traditional musical styling. I saw a preview so there were rough edges but it was only better for it.

100
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Must see, Masterful

See it if This is the best show on stage in NY right now & the best play I've seen since Curious Incident. Every beat is perfectly staged & performed

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this. You will regret missing it!

83
Dead Shot Mary
Midtown W
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent

See it if Rachel McPhee completely owns the small Shetler Bridge theater, bringing the story of Mary Shanley to life with humor and grace

Don't see it if You can't stand solo performances or if you hate women

81
Safe
East Village
Entertaining, Great staging, Raunchy, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You love bold work and simple yet powerful staging. The small cast moved the plot forward with deft direction

Don't see it if student or child abuse is a trigger

97
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You are tired of run-of-the-mill musicals. This is the best one since Book of Mormon. Some of the most talented artists currently onstage

Don't see it if you can't get a ticket. There is literally no reason 2 miss this show. Every actor also plays muliple instruments beautifully. See this show

93
Creditors
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Resonant

See it if You want to see the best of Off-Off theater. Keep an eye out for Phoenix, one of the strongest companies creating art in New York.

Don't see it if You suck. This show already closed so you'll have to catch the next one.

86
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you are ready to be transfixed by a masterful performance and design. Chris Roe absolutely kills it with seven distinct and specific voices.

Don't see it if You have no patience for a solo performance, even if it is elevated. The story was not pitch-perfect, but it was always propelled with force

71
Great staging, Disappointing, Slow, Romantic, Overrated

See it if You need to see the whole canon, or of you win tix on the lottery. Not worth waiting in line, but who can turn down free theater?

Don't see it if you are expecting world-class entertainment. Some performances drag (especially Cresseda) & the interesting staging cannot lift the play up

79
Absorbing, Entertaining, Must see, Indulgent, Funny

See it if The festival serves all types and really has something for everyone. Go see a show before you miss out!

Don't see it if No matter what you like, there is a show for you. Comedy, intense drama, dance, and solo - there is such talent in this festival!

70
The Crucible
Midtown W
Absorbing, Disappointing, Slow, Great writing, Banal

See it if you need to see an Arthur Miller/Ivo van Hove play. There are strong moments, especially Sophie Okonedo and select supporting cast members.

Don't see it if you are expecting a masterful experience. The acting and direction lack intensity and levels, and the production design is underwhelming,

80
Rizing
Soho/Tribeca
Ambitious, Original, Thought-provoking, Slow, Great staging

See it if You like cutting-edge theater topics and like your theater a little bloody and dirty

Don't see it if You need every scene to make sense or need your set and effects to be very literal.

80
Murrow
East Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You can watch an actor fully immerse into a role. Joe Menino is a powerhouse in this piece which explore issues of privacy and consumption.

Don't see it if You hate one-man shows.

75
Entertaining, Disappointing, Overrated, Original, Clever

See it if you love hip hop and rhythm. The flow of the singers and dancing talent are strong.

Don't see it if you want to see something unique. While the music and rhythm will get you interested, the piece doesn't end up going anywhere.

90
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Raunchy, Original

See it if you love puppet, off-color humor, or just a fun theater experience.

Don't see it if you hate musicals or puppets, or get offended easily.

50
The Fantasticks
Midtown W
Confusing, Dated, Slow, Romantic, Fluffy

See it if you love love stories, no matter how old-school

Don't see it if there's anything else you want to see.

87
Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like puppets.

Don't see it if you don't like puppets.

100
Whales
Gramercy
Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy drinking! Ok, alcohol aside, this fast-paced, high-energy theater piece is a real exquisite example of blending high and low brow

Don't see it if You hate beer. No, truly, if you don't like to drink, don't go. Landlubbers need not apply. Otherwise, get your swarmy ass to the PIT now!

80
Vanity Fair
Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if You loved Sense and Sensibility. Tucker and Hamill bring the same kinetic energy to old-school stories. The cast is absolutely phenominal

Don't see it if You don't like 4th-wall breaking (quite a bit this time around) or double-casting (more like quadruple). The show is lean but is a bit long.

75
Clever, Funny, Indulgent, Romantic, Disappointing

See it if You love gender-bending staging, feminist retellings, and charming acting.

Don't see it if You are expecting monumental theater. This show is fun and light, but holds some punches and doesn't quite live up to its potential.

95
The Ephemera Trilogy
East Village
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You have doubts about solo shows. The engrossing staging and storytelling will pull you in.

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason. It was great.

82
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful, Motherfucking

See it if You want to see inventive staging and solid performances in an intimate setting. Robby Ramos and Jill Bianchini kill it!

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with foul language or sexual content

32
The Encounter
Midtown W
Overrated, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You already have tickets and can't get a refund. This was billed as "immersive" but I found it lackluster and not at all groundbreaking

Don't see it if We did see the understudy, so perhaps the lead is stronger, but the pacing is so tedious and the novelty wears off instantaniously

75
For a previous production
Crackskull Row
Chelsea
Absorbing, Entertaining, Raunchy, Intense, Resonant

See it if You love Irish theater and dark family drama with hidden secrets and bloody pasts

Don't see it if You have trouble understanding accents or if incest is a trigger.

94
Bachelorette
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Great writing, Funny, Raunchy, Intense

See it if You are obsessed with millennial culture and narcissism. Or of you want to feel a little disturbed by the end of the show.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of profanity or simulated drug or sex use. Or if you missed it.

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if You want to see powerful performance and superb direction at an accessible price. I had no knowledge of Spinoza going in and I left inspired

Don't see it if You hate philosophy or plays about questions bigger than the characters. Honestly, nothing should keep you from this show.

89
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you want see master directing by Phoebe Padget. The cast perform this tight script with clarity. The jokes land and the drama sweats.

Don't see it if You are expecting a full-length bang for your buck. This puppy runs a cool hour.

77
Clever, Entertaining, Overrated, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You love intricate puppet design or comic book properties. The sound & video design were top-notch. Alica Goranson & John Carhart stood out.

Don't see it if You hate puppets or anything nerdy. The acting drags at times & some actors had diction issues. The play was about 30 min too long - edit!

90
The Maids
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you cherish strong bold performances in intimate spaces. The acting, led by James Nelson is some of best in indie theater

Don't see it if you need the A/C blasting. Theater was pretty hot and handheld fans are the only damage control. Also if you hate gender-bending casting

96
Absorbing, Delightful, Clever, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if You love engaging, innovative theater. I may be biased, but the team is an absolute wonder. See New York in a whole new light.

Don't see it if You don't like walking theater. Like all of PopUp's work, this is not typical fair. For me, this is only a good thing.

72
Absorbing, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if You see every big musical, especially "rock" musicals. The music is beautiful and the acting/singing is superb. The lyrics are awful.

Don't see it if You need depth in your shows. The story is compelling enough, but the twists ultimately fall flat.

100
Absorbing, Great staging, Masterful, Riveting, Innovative

See it if You appreciate brilliant design, powerful direction and fluffy animals. This is one of the best plays I have ever seen.

Don't see it if You have no soul or are epileptic. Not suitable for small children.

76
Absorbing, Edgy, Raunchy, Great staging, Indulgent

See it if You love interesting staging and use of space, as well as provocative commentary on modern culture .

Don't see it if nudity on stage makes you uncomfortable.

95
Blue Man Group
East Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Dizzying, Great staging, Original

See it if you want to see the original immersive theater experience. Not sure how the show has aged, but it can achieve amazing moments of engagement.

Don't see it if you need your theater to be plot-driven or literal. More of an art piece than standard theater.

100
Absorbing, Hilarious, Intelligent, Must see, Entertaining

See it if you haven't seen it yet.

Don't see it if you have no soul.

75
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Dated, Indulgent, Clever

See it if You love new spins on old stories.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals and belting solos.