Martin

Brooklyn | 65+ | Male
About:  I love theater and great acting and have been following theater for many years, here in NYC and wherever I travel.
Reviews (139)
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During previews
Relevant, Funny, Great writing, Profound, Intelligent

See it if This, O'Casey's 1st successful play (1923), is getting a showing from Irish Rep in a season w/ 2 of his other great plays. Cast is super.

Don't see it if Don't like Irish plays on the "troubles"? Well, begone with ya. Small venue, small stage; alert: cold air draft house right, wear a hat.

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Riveting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing, Must see

See it if CARMEN JONES hasn't been done in NY in years; the Bizet music, thrilling; Hammerstein's lyrics, terrific (the dat's, etc. are now that's).

Don't see it if CSC space has been changed to in-the-square seating which makes for some sight line problems. Not all the voices are tops.

Also This production will be remembered for making Anika Noni Rose a star. ... Read more Read less

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69
During previews
Some fun & genuine poignancy, Indulgent, Disappointing, Dated, Excruciating

See it if Four interlocked plays (set every 20 years 1925 to 1985), excellent production, terrific actors . One character, Spates, ages from 17 to 77.

Don't see it if BUT 1st half (the setup) was SO tedious, I thought I was in Ayckbourn HELL. Feels long at over 2 1/2 hrs, yet caring sets-in & admiration.

Preview rhc1
79
Disappointing, Confusing, Quirky, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if It should have been a much better production, better casting, better direction, less cutting corners ($$$$)... Joshua Henry is vivid.

Don't see it if and heartbreaking, but not so Jesse Mueller. So well done is the dancing, it threatens to overwhelm the evening. I'll remember the score++

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Romantic, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Refreshing, Profound

See it if Mid-, late-life love & romance brilliantly observed by this wise playwright. Ultimately, very moving when faced with missed chances & loss.

Don't see it if You don't have patience for a wise play, full of life lessons, running under 90 minutes. Excellently cast and Keen Co. production. Bravo!

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85
During previews
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Profound

See it if Compassionate family drama, v/ well acted by a superb company of players headed by Blair Brown, Peter Maloney, Mary McCann and C. J. Wilson.

Don't see it if It's early in the run and the production may be still finding its way technically, but it's Atlantic and Neil Pepe is at the helm.

Preview ttl1
79
Profound, Must see, Funny, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you love good theater. This is a charming and touching play by the masterful playwright, Horton Foote. Jean Lichty is the lovely lead.

Don't see it if If you know and love Foote's work, you will have a memorable experience. Don't like Foote's work? Well, look elsewhere for theater magic.

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90
Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Funny, Absorbing

See it if u want to see a riveting play + four sensational performances. Laurie Metcalf deserves the Tony. You believe all that has happened to Nora

Don't see it if after she left 15 years before. You'll be thrilled for her new freedom & feel for what she still wants/needs. The issues are relevant now.

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80
Resonant, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Profound, Intelligent

See it if I found this play fascinating and was totally absorbed by it. It worked on many levels : I especially loved the sinister doings just below

Don't see it if the surface interactions. The New Group gave it a fine production w/ Matthew Broderick plowing charmingly through gobs of text. 8 actors A++

Preview groundhog day1
57
Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if Andy Karl and the physical production are terrific. Otherwise, I'm going right to the "Don't see it if..." box.

Don't see it if I have little good to say about this musical. I found it trite and obvious and none of the songs caught my attention. No better on CD.

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54
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Great staging

See it if u care more for production values than a dramatically satisfying & cogent play. Playwrights Horizons production values are great as usual.

Don't see it if Sadly this is not a well written play. The ideas (conflicting family views on Islam) potentially fascinating, the execution is feeble.

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78
Funny, Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if u like a good old fashioned Arthur Miller melodrama. I do and I had an absorbing evening at the theater. The cast is solid with Mark Ruffalo

Don't see it if and Tony Shalhoub superb as the brothers at odds over the old furniture and their past lives and behavior. Danny DeVito is the appraiser +++

Preview the new yorkers
82
Entertaining, Dated, Funny, Great singing, Great staging

See it if It's gone now, but, cross fingers, there will be a recording. Two number were outstanding w/ sublime orchestrations: "Love for Sale" and

Don't see it if "Let's Fly Away." Cyrille Aimée scored a major success as "A Lady of the Evening" and Scarlett Strallen stood out as a "strong" ingenue.+++

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Thought-provoking, Edgy, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if Sarah Ruhl is an original and wildly imaginative. The play gets at some brave aspects about couples in love: how much is enough & how many?

Don't see it if The play presents characters and situations, but doesn't fully argue its point of view, which I think is valid and even desirable. Actors+

Preview war paint1
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Two wonderful star perfs.!, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if u love the stars -- and who doesn't? -- and the production is 1st class...but the material isn't as good as it should be or needs to be.

Don't see it if u don't want to pay top dollar for a mediocre show. It's one of those vehicles which has to be seen for the stars and the camp potential.C-

Preview candide white
79
Good, if somewhat underpowered musically

See it if Ends Today. I'm so glad I got to see this CANDIDE, one of the great B'way musical scores. Linda Lavin is fantastic as the Old Lady. Really..

Don't see it if everybody is working so hard running around, up & down stairs. Gregg Edelman and all the cast are +++. City Opera should be happy & proud.

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53
Overrated, Indulgent, Funny, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if There's a terrific 15 minute scene toward the end of the first part: Blanchett is hilarious firing a powerful rifle...can she play angry!

Don't see it if Three hours of messed up Australians moaning, groaning, sitting around, old, lustful, bored &/or isolated. Do they really need the 6 mics?

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92
During previews
Thought-provoking, Profound, Intelligent, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if u enjoy '30s era, British plays w/ a hint of profundity and emotion. Mint's found another gem and is giving us a super show. Max von Essen &

Don't see it if Elisabeth Gray lead the cast of this handsome production of Miles Malleson's "open-marriage," never produced, 1933 play. Oldiefash perhaps.

Preview rancho viejo white
79
Slow, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if u like serious theater, a superb production, plus a critical view of suburban America in recent times. I found it's 3 hour length absorbing.

Don't see it if Well, OK, it is long, but there are two intermissions. I found the characters & their complexities challenging and entirely satisfying.

Preview serv showscore
52
Dizzying, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if u like to see frenetic, throw-everything- see-what-sticks theater w/ many groaner jokes, puns & topical name droppings. Cast works v/ hard.

Don't see it if I left at the intermission (rare for me), I just couldn't take 45 more minutes of this busy, bright, empty thing. Loved ONE MAN,TWO GUVNORS.

Preview rsz plenty
49
Disappointing, Dated, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if Well...it's David Hare and the Public Theater; the production is slick; there's a starry lead; it's sold out; Corey Stoll and Emily Bergl...

Don't see it if are excellent. But the play and the lead performance are shallow, trifling, empty. How did I not see this before? Is being younger a reason?

Preview frontpage
66
Overrated, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Dated

See it if u must see theater w/ "buzz" & lots of hoopla. The setting, lighting, etc. are B'way worthy and the audience was primed for a good time, but

Don't see it if while the pace is intense, the tone is wrong. Slattery and Lane (who arrives mid-Act 2) are performing like a vaudeville act from the 1920s.

Preview life white
78
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if u want to see David Hyde Pierce in a terrific role and a profound and moving play. Where this play goes is astounding. What a brave author!

Don't see it if u prefer a less ambitious or more straightforward or conventional play or if you are shocked by one of life's inevitabilities dramatized.

Preview falsettos1
69
Excruciating, Clever, Disappointing, Overrated, Dated

See it if you love the material which has been done regularly for 30 years. Cast works hard, Rannells is aces, set is clever, ending is very moving.

Don't see it if sung through musicals are not your thing and this one lasts almost three excruciating hours. I found it all so old hat. Why this revival?

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88
Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if u enjoy intensely engrossing plays and superior ensemble acting. I was riveted from the first moment to the last sigh. The production is A+.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy the above. Really, it's a superb example of modern American theater at its best. Political, but, mostly, personal impact.

Preview hard problem
92
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see, Riveting

See it if What a refreshing and moving experience I had at this play today. Loved Stoppard's brilliant dialogue, Jack O'Brien & his four-star cast.

Don't see it if You don't like Stoppard? Give this one a try. It's one of the smartest and most satisfying plays in town. Will read the script (&I have it).

Preview sugarinourwounds
68
Cliched, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if Production, set and actors are very good. Credit Sheldon Best & Chinza Uche as the young men for bringing credibility to the story.

Don't see it if The story of gay love in the Civil War south has potential, but the author should use fewer cliches, less narration & more dramatization.

Preview ts7
67
Overrated, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Dated

See it if Mercedes Ruehl was sensational, but Michael Urie's performance was one-note and the play just seemed to go on and on.

Don't see it if And that's with deep cuts. It's still too long. Guess we've come a long way since 1981. (Back then it was all so "new").

Preview harryclarke
86
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Riveting, Masterful

See it if Brilliant, entertaining performance by Crudup of fascinating, sometimes confusing play. Ultimately a rich and memorable theater experience.

Don't see it if Some theatergoers may not agree and, therefore, may have a difficult time with the play.

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96
During previews
Exquisite, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if You know it's a great musical...well, this is a great production. Performances, production, orchestra are all a joy. Musical comedy heaven!

Don't see it if The Henry Higgins is superb, the Eliza Doolittle, delightful. Three hours of B'way theater highest quality. Another Bartlett Sher triumph.

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78
Overrated, Disappointing, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if It's gone now, I only just made it to Sat.'s matinee. Respected the play; admired the the production and acting. Play itself could use

Don't see it if more work. The scene between the boy and his father is truly gripping. Too bad Tasha Lawrence takes over the play, and not in a good way.

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67
Slow, Indulgent, Dated, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You can't resist "Olde-Fash" British plays, even a rare, early one written by a fine playwright--J.B.Priestly, author of WHEN WE ARE MARRIED

Don't see it if & AN INSPECTOR CALLS, etc. This was tedious & confusing beyond measure & not very well played by an English theater company. Get me out!

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Romantic, Delightful, Great staging, Must see, Hilarious

See it if U love the show, Bette & a terrific B'way musical. The production is brilliant and it fits snugly into the Shubert, like a gem in a perfect

Don't see it if setting. Pierce gets a restored song at the top of Act II, "Penny in My Pocket." Nice! The big numbers are thrilling. There's so much joy!

Also Saw it again, this time w/ the adorable, precious and oh-so-funny Bern... Read more Read less

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86
Profound, Great acting, Great staging, Funny, Delightful

See it if After the "absurdist" non-connected dialogue starting off, I found the play very rewarding, if dark, perhaps even bleak. 4 superb perfs.

Don't see it if The joyful surprise was seeing Linda Bassett (Nurse Crane on CALL THE MIDWIFE) in person. I must get the script to read & recall.

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63
Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Sorry to pile on in the negative, but this show is only worth seeing for the terrific actors and the top quality production values.

Don't see it if Otherwise, it's all very familiar territory done just short of cliche. The playwright's work will be produced again and I'll support him.

Preview sunday in the park white
95
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if u love Sondheim (& who doesn't?) and are excited by the two stars, Jake Gyllenhaal & Annaleigh Ashford, and the excellent supporting cast.

Don't see it if Sondheim is must-see and there's the renovated Hudson Theatre to experience. The Chromolume #7 in Act II is all color and light. Terrific.

Preview wakey wakey white again
78
Resonant, Profound, Intelligent, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if It may be gone, but Will Eno's play was deeply felt and very moving. Beautifully played by Michael Emerson and the oh-so-comforting

Don't see it if January LaVoy (memorable also in TWO TRAINS RUNNING at Signature Theatre as well). Emerson...superb and tragic. A most effecting play!

Preview glassmenagerie
67
Banal, Disappointing, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if u love the play and wish to see a v/ modern take on this exquisite memory play. Sally Field is fine as Amanda, Finn Wittrock is a poignant

Don't see it if Gentleman Caller. Joe Mantello is too knowing & slick as Tom. Laura, in a wheelchair, has physical handicaps, but is unsympathetic & cold.

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63
Needs more work, tuneful, well played and performed, Disappointing

See it if I think it might be gone now. This ambitious, not altogether successful musical, was worth seeing for an intriguing score and Karen Ziemba!

Don't see it if Hopefully the creators will put in more work on this serious show with great potential. I hope there will be a recording. The score was ++++

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84
During previews
Yen
Brutal, assaultive, brilliant,, Must see, Great acting

See it if u want to experience the believable, but sordid & oh-so-ugly side of British under-class life. Congrats to MCC Theater, Anna Jordan, author;

Don't see it if Trip Cullman, director and the superb cast: Lucas Hedges, Justice Smith, Ari Graynor & Stefania LaVie Owen. Prepare yourself for +++ theater

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76
Disappointing, Funny, Clever

See it if A pretty good play from Richard Greenberg being given a good production by LCT & Terry Kinney, but we've been here many times before.

Don't see it if Many of the actors come out of character to play in short scenes as other characters which plays with your idea of their main roles.

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86
During previews
Entertaining, Great staging, Absorbing, Relevant, Must see

See it if u like/love the author's work, want to be absorbed into his world again, appreciate a top notch Broadway production & see a thrilling show.

Don't see it if Can't imagine not seeing it if you're interested in theater and have the opportunity and the $$$. Check for discounts.

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63
Cliched, Dated, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if June Gable and Joe Tippett are terrific actors. They bring something special to this mediocre exercise. Holley Fain was fine as 1958 wife.

Don't see it if Sadly the play is obvious, tedious and predictable. I had such high hopes for Nicky Silver's latest, but all were dashed. Next time, Nicky!

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79
Romantic, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Six or seven strong production numbers, heartwarming love story of Charity and Oscar played superbly by Sutton Foster & Shuler Hensley.

Don't see it if u don't love musicals. It's emblematic of run-of-the-mill sixties shows w/ a great lead part for a star performer and a likable male lead.

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63
Blah, Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if u want a review of the state of relationships and family life in Great Britain over the years since the 1960s. Well done, but so familiar.

Don't see it if Rotten kids spoiled by rotten parents. God this was tedious to sit through. Sorta enjoyed the set-up first act, but the rest: no-no-no.

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78
Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound, Intelligent

See it if What a brilliant play, revealing the irrational and hateful nature of prejudice and how it is passed along in families and society.

Don't see it if This is a very good production of a timely play. I just wish I could have understood more of the thickly accented speech and dialogue.

Preview rsz harvest
76
Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever

See it if u appreciate a well written play, an excellent production in a gem of a small theater. Samuel D. Hunter is the admirable author. It's just

Don't see it if I didn't care for the brainwashed, holy-roller (evangelical) characters or the somewhat predictable situation. (Does he stay or does he go?)

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88
Exquisite, Great staging, Funny, Masterful, Great writing

See it if you love the plays of Horton Foote and wish to see three exquisite, related, often hilarious (& sometimes heartbreaking) short plays.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy the minutia of small town gossip, family squabbles of fragile and over sensitive Southern personalities.

Also But I say this is the essence and joy of this master's playwriting and... Read more Read less

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49
During previews
Ugly sets, Dreadful, Disappointing

See it if To Chekhov top marks, but no to the production. From Joel Grey's pathetic Firs to Diane Lane's oh-so-modern Mme. R., it's a sad mess.

Don't see it if you love Chekhov and have memories of other so much better productions. Instead watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeFMWSbincc

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During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if Deeply thoughtful play on death and the transience of life. Often moving, with fine acting and superb production values typical of PH.

Don't see it if I admired the play, but I'm aware of the mechanics of the plotting and characters. Takes forever to wind to a close, too many finales.