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 (154)
90
Boy
Midtown W
Exquisite, Great staging, Intelligent, Original, Resonant

See it if you want to see a masterful performance by Bobby Steggert of a troubled young man negotiating his gender and sexuality.

Don't see it if you require close to perfection in your dramas. This may not be the perfect play and it can be confusing: is he the boy or girl now? No prob

90
During previews
Eclipsed
Midtown W
Great staging, Profound, Riveting, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if Five superlative actresses playing five distinct and recognizable characters in this riveting play by Danai Gurira a highly talented author.

Don't see it if Liberia's second civil war may not be your favorite subject, but this play makes a good case for why you want to be interested. Loud effects

90
Nice Fish
Brooklyn
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Original, Profound

See it if Mark Rylance fan? See it. Brilliant set and theater environment. Thoughtful, absorbing play. I recommend it highly.

Don't see it if Why not go? Brooklyn / Dumbo too far? GMAB.

79
Buried Child
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intense

See it if Sam Shepard at his best. A damn good play being given a strong production.

Don't see it if Can't think of a reason a theater lover would not want to see this production.

90
During previews
Prodigal Son
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant, Poignant

See it if u want to see a brilliant coming of age story -- actually the author's -- w/ an evocative prep school setting. The cast is tops, but watch

Don't see it if for Timothée Chalamet who plays the author as a teenager. Some say it's a familiar plot, but really it's a very personal & well told story.

93
During previews
Old Hats
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Hilarious, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if u enjoy a belly laugh or forty. Nicely paced w/ musical relief by Shaina Taub (great voice) and her band. Audience participation is super.

Don't see it if u don't like clowns, slapstick, female impersonation or loads of fun and laughter.

82
Absorbing, Intelligent, Riveting, Intense, Romantic

See it if u'er a Linda Lavin & Richard Greenberg fan -- 2 masters of theater. Production values tops, play more narrated than dramatized, v/ skillful.

Don't see it if u don't enjoy cerebral, perhaps overly talky plays w/ a main character who may be lying to her children and us. Has she convinced herself?

92
For a previous production
Skeleton Crew
Chelsea
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Riveting

See it if u appreciate brilliant staging, a smart play w/ four vivid and sympathetic characters. It's staged by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. 'Nuf said?

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to see it. Perhaps if you don't like to see the stories of the little guys and gals in industrial Detroit?

100
For a previous production
The Golden Bride
Financial
Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Funny, Entertaining

See it if u love early 20th century musicals. This one's being given a masterful production by first rate talents at a gem of a theater in Battery Pk.

Don't see it if See it: Visit nytf.org. It's coming back mid-2016. I am not connected to the org. I'm a musical fan and I absolutely loved this show.

91
Henry IV
Brooklyn
Masterful, Must see, Riveting, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if u love Shakespeare & super acting. Harriet Walter starts things off brilliantly w/ her speech as King Henry IV's. 2 1/4 hours later you're

Don't see it if well into the chronicles portrayed here in the "Greater Tetralogy." Can't help a Readers' Digest-y feeling from time to time. It's aces!

94
During previews
Exquisite, Funny, Great staging, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if u feel as I FIDDLER is a fine musical, Bart Sher has given us a magnificent production which fits beautifully into the Broadway Theatre. Ya

Don't see it if Forget "Don't see it if..." See it: you'll be moved by the story, amazed how original and enjoyable the dancing is, and delighted by Danny B

92
For a previous production
The Humans
Midtown W
Excellent, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if u want to see the best American play on B'way since AUGUST, OSAGE COUNTY. 1st rate: the cast, the production, the play. Thanx Roundabout...

Don't see it if u don't like heartwarmingly human characters & situations in mod-day USA. It's brutal out there, boys/girls, and this play captures it all.

78
Ripcord
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if u want to be pleasantly surprised after ?? reviews. I was w/ this one, big time. I loved it. And the cast is "spot-on." MaryLouise Burke!

Don't see it if I'm struggling here. What...you want DEATH OF A SALESMAN every time out? This is delightful. LiKe theater? See it. Title means? Find out.

79
Hir
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Raunchy, Great acting

See it if u want original personas and inspired family disfunction. Beyond dysfunction -- what's the phrase? I had a high-bouncing ball of a time.

Don't see it if Kristine Nielsen is beyond your appreciation. Hey, who are you? She's hilarious, toughing, truly fantastic. Great cast and prod all-round.

79
King Charles III
Midtown W
Riveting, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if u are a "royals" lover or just like a well-made play, a riff on what it would be like when Prince Charles becomes the next ruler of the UK.

Don't see it if u are a "royals" lover who would not like to see fanciful (outrageous?) imaginings for the future of the royal family. MACBETH like, a bit.

88
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Original, Riveting

See it if u want to see the essence of the play w/ heightened reality. Mark Strong is superb all are fine. It's sexy, painful, primal, tragic...

Don't see it if u don't want to see a realistic play given almost cosmic interpretation. BTW there were English lang coaches on the boat for Marco/Rodolpho?

79
During previews
Lost Girls
West Village
Great acting, Hilarious, Riveting, Raunchy, Intense

See it if you want to have an enjoyable time in the theater. Author of SMALL ENGINE REPAIR. This as good or better. Family troubles, but feels new.

Don't see it if ...forget that. I can't imagine why anyone who loves theater wouldn't want to see this terrific new play. Superb cast and production. 5of5.

64
Desire
Midtown E
Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if u are a Tennessee Williams completist (like me) & want to see contemporary writers adapt or riff on TW stories. Yaegel T. Welch is masseur!!

Don't see it if you expect effective drama from six short plays. Production is good, but I ask "Why do it in the first place?" Unnecessary theater.

84
During previews
Fool For Love
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting

See it if u want to see a superior production of a terrific Sam Shepard play acted to the hilt.

Don't see it if u don't enjoy Sam Shepard plays and - what? - *don't* appreciate riveting performances.

50
Love and Money
Midtown W
Disappointing

See it if u enjoy A.R. Gurney's plays, respect Signature Theatre and appreciate quality production values. +Cole Porter songs -- but they're filler.

Don't see it if This play seems to have been rushed into production. It starts off delightfully, but resolves too quickly and not at all effectively.

52
Isolde
Brooklyn
Indulgent, Slow, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if Riff on T & I legend which is engrossing to a point. With scene/costume change to Wagner-land it fell apart for me. Actors tops, though.

Don't see it if Experimental theater is a stretch for me & this is no exception. Many empty seats, one more week. TFANA what did ya do to me?

69
Clever, Funny, Insipid, Disappointing, Dated

See it if Like coy, Gilbert & Sullivan ripoff musicals? This one's for you.

Don't see it if The NYTimes said it was "operetta" so I grabbed a TDFer. Well, it's not. Irritating show, but I did laugh when Mays fell off the mtn.

90
Matilda
Midtown W
Great staging, Intelligent, Masterful, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want a terrific score, a strong, well-told story & a mighty character in Miss Trunchbull -- a real meanie headmistress. Wonderful!

Don't see it if you don't like kids-oriented musicals w/ a terrific story and score. Why not?

88
Funny, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you like terrific acting, an absorbing tale of a gay 14-yr-old boy & the townsfolk who appreciate him plus the sad fact of hate and fear.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate brilliant acting and writing, in this case by James Lecesne creating multiple characters.

90
The Flick
West Village
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like truly absorbing theater, engrossing performances and subtle playwriting.

Don't see it if you don't like long plays w/ little plot.

79
Dot
Gramercy
Great staging, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant, Funny

See it if you want to see a heartfelt and very well directed comedy drama of family life. It's really a joy to experience the honesty and truth here.

Don't see it if Well..some might say it's a mess, but, so is life and facing hard truths of an aging parent. Too much love and truth? Come on people...

90
Familiar
Midtown W
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if So well done, this play is engrossing and enjoyable. Certainly one of the best plays of the season. A strong ensemble and stand-out perfs.

Don't see it if No reason not to see this play if you love theater and great acting. This show has it all. "Don't see it"? *Do see it!*

49
A Room of My Own
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if I did laugh: Mario Cantone has a good part and is hilarious. The rest is take it or leave it.

Don't see it if It's just not good enough to go that far west on 36th Street.

49
Straight
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if You've never heard all the arguments pro/con gay/straight relations.

Don't see it if You will *not* believe the ending of this play. Baffling.

95
Noises Off
Midtown W
Funny, Great staging, Hilarious, Masterful, Dizzying

See it if u want a rich, hilarious and rewarding evening in the theater. This third B'way production of the brilliant farce is in prime condition.

Don't see it if Why would you not want to see it? Because you don't go the the theater for laughs or to have a good time. You don't like comedy? Says you.

24
Indulgent, Excruciating, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if u like-what 17?-beefy men, some older, mostly younger, full of cliches of masculine behavior & self-indulgent crap-ola. Thomas Merton? B.S.

Don't see it if if u're embarrassed by theatrical talent indulging itself to a fair-thee-well plus gratuitous exploitation of holy guru, T Merton. S.T.F.A.

69
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Intense, Indulgent

See it if u love Brecht (like I) & want to take in a rare (decent) production of a great play. You'll get a mere glimpse of what it could be here.

Don't see it if Well...I'd take the opportunity to see a Brecht masterpiece even tho it should have been better. The music for the songs -- bad, not tough.

91
Plaid Tidings
Midtown E
Delightful, Funny, Refreshing, Entertaining, Risqué

See it if u love the holiday season and the songs appropriate to Christmas, Hanukkah, and a few show tunes. The songs & the singers are delightful. Go

Don't see it if You don't like plaid? You're immune to fun, melody and laughter? Your mother died on Friday? You can't stand looking back w/ love. U dead?

90
Night is a Room
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Original, Profound, Riveting

See it if u crave powerful writing and acting. Your head will spin(as mine did) at the events of this play, a strong melodrama in the Lillian Hellman

Don't see it if vein of complex characters in melodramatic situations. The cast is tops w/ the women's rolls being the most rewarding. I was bowled over!!

93
Masterful, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Resonant

See it if u want to see superior stage design, magnificent acting, brilliant story telling and an incomparably moving theatrical experience.

Don't see it if See it: Lisa Kron, Jeanine Tesori, Sam Gold, all the creatives deserve highest praise along with the the superior cast: Michael Cerveris....

92
A Wilder Christmas
Midtown W
Enchanting, Original, Profound, Intelligent, Must see

See it if u want to see an expert prod. of TW's 'mundane to the cosmic' style of playwriting. It's thrilling, extraordinary and suddenly emotional.YES

Don't see it if Wilder looks sentimentality, bathos and the mawkish right in the eye, sand in my shoos cross the line. Makes your blood boil? Skip it.

90
Sylvia
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if u love Annaleigh Ashford (u don't? you will). The other startling perf is Robert Sella's as 3 dif. persons. MB & JW are delightful. I loved!

Don't see it if Forget that: SEE IT. Thanks Show-Score for you know what. Judi & I had a g/ time at Tender Bar chatting w/ DoubleDReviews and his brother.

79
Steve
Midtown W
Must see, Hilarious, Romantic, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if u love laughter & B'way. Hilarious show queens, I mean hilarious, w/ substance & heart. I laughed out loud and was moved, plus show tunes ++

Don't see it if if u don't like life, to laugh & have a great time in the theater. Come on...it's really good, Matt McGrath does it again, cast tops, do!

76
Incident at Vichy
Midtown W
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Dated

See it if u want Miller's take on Nazi's in France 1942. First rate prod, tops acting, nice survey of types, good guys, bas guys. R Thomas is superb.

Don't see it if you don't want to see A. Miller falter. Play is skillful if a bit labored and a bit predictable. The drams happens in fits & starts.

79
Dada Woof Papa Hot
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Disappointing, Funny

See it if u * the topical travails of gay parents, their kids and friends (also parents, but who are splitting). There are rare moments of emotion.

Don't see it if well...no reason not to see it: the company of actors is superb with special praise to John Benjamin Hickey, Patrick Breen and John Pankow.

49
Therese Raquin
Midtown W
Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're into pompous, highbrow shows. This is such a disappointment. The only cast member who creates a "true" character is G. Ebert.

Don't see it if let's say that again: "Don't see it." KK glowers and sulks the whole evening, Judith Light is borderline camp. Production a travesty of Zola

82
Barbecue
East Village
Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Intense, Edgy

See it if u want another absolutely absorbing and wild play by Robert O'Hara. Very well produced and acted. Ending is a bit skit-like and shallow.

Don't see it if I don't see any reason not to see this if you like theater and want to celebrate new playwrights. So enjoyable! Surprises abound!

68
Cloud Nine
Chelsea
Dated, Great acting, Clever, Overrated, Funny

See it if u want to see a terrific cast relishing a play which contrasts mores of Victorian England (Act I) and the "with it" early 1980s (Act II).

Don't see it if u don't want to be tortured in jerry-built, unfinished wooden seating in the round. Too often the actors faces are looking away from you.

70
During previews
Antigone (BAM)
Brooklyn
Profound, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing, Intense

See it if Like highly stylized, dramatic interactions - if fitful & eruptive? The chorus is integrated into the story, playing characters when re-

Don't see it if quired. There's no sing-song Greek chorus here - perhaps, it's missed. This is modern, sleek staging w/ filmed projections and eerie music.

78
The Christians
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if Once it gets going (about 40 minutes in) dramatic tension soars with no let-up. The production, the ideas & the debate are all superb.

Don't see it if you don't want to feel you're in church and don't want to experience terrific acting and effective drama.

48
Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if you like loud B'way rock, obvious, oh-so-low humor -- dancing *rotten* eggs, anyone? Brad Oscar, though, is divinely manic & hilarious.

Don't see it if you can't stand blatant pandering to the B'way audience & screaming B'way yahoos jumping up and down, competing w/ the raucous actors.

79
Clever, Raunchy, Overrated, Really?

See it if you are swept up by the ubiquitous advertising. It has the most campy line of chorus boys e-v-e-r. OK, very well produced and performed.

Don't see it if you are maxed out by THE PRODUCERS, SPAMALOT, KINKY BOOTS or SOMETHING ROTTEN!

82
Delightful, Funny, Hilarious, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy backstage hilarity w/ drag performers, pros & a newbie. The cast & production are terrific. Matt McGrath as Tracy is an original.

Don't see it if if you don't want to have a great time at an old fashioned - hilarious - off-Broadway play.

85
During previews
The New Morality
Midtown W
Delightful, Hilarious, Intelligent, Romantic, Enchanting

See it if you like Mint Theater and the kinds of plays they produce, i.e. old fashioned, literate, well-made plays from the past.

Don't see it if you only want cutting-edge productions and plays.

69
Hand to God
Midtown W
Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Raunchy

See it if you want outrageous, foul-mouthed and scatological writing. Admittedly w/ an astonishing lead performance.

Don't see it if you want to see a play that respects its audience.