marvin 8327

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Reviews (41)
68
During previews
The Minutes
Midtown W
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy shows about secrets in small towns. you appreciate Armie Hammer, Tracy LettsJessie Mueller, Austin Pendleton and other fine actors

Don't see it if you dislike underdeveloped story lines or obvious dialogue

84
During previews
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Resonant, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy memory plays with a secret you appreciate subtlety in romance you think Estelle Persons is an inspiration

Don't see it if you want a perfectly wrapped up story you get impatient with detours you require big grand noisy musicals

74
During previews
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Slow, Great acting

See it if you find stories of dying small towns compelling. you are moved by stories of parents with mentally ill progeny.

Don't see it if you want crisp, concise plotlines. you want an upbeat show---this is incredibly sad!

85
The Michaels
East Village
Refreshing, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy contemporary family drama with naturalistic acting and staging. you care about Nelson's take on living in this period

Don't see it if you want big dramatic ephiphanies or explosions.

79
Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you like strong acting and staging, with a wonderful ensemble you want to hear the voices of Black women's experience

Don't see it if you want optimistic views of the world

75
Soft Power
East Village
Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy a fresh take on King and I you enjoy seeing new talent on stage you're intrigued by concept of China taking on world dominance

Don't see it if you want to hear beautiful songs you want a tightly scripted book you get impatient with many concepts thrown together

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Even if you think you might not like it--it lives up to the hype! You enjoy innovative staging and writing and catchy music

Don't see it if You are a grumpster about rap.

79
During previews
Betrayal
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate masterful acting, and staging. You love clever use of language, and are an Anglophile.

Don't see it if You dislike reverse chronology, and sometimes confusing plot twists. You have trouble understanding British accents. You want stage action

80
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy innovative, edgy stagings of classic musicals. you appreciate nontraditional casting you like being fed on stage at intermission

Don't see it if you object to revised endings and dark interpretations involving sexuality and bias. you dislike unorthodox interpretation of dream sequenc

76
Ambitious, Overrated, Clever

See it if you enjoy inventive plays with (limited) audience participation. you admire energetic work by a new voice.

Don't see it if you dislike unclear endings (or who cares really?) you like well developed characters or storylines.

79
Octet
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great singing

See it if you enjoy contemporary themes and great singing.

Don't see it if you get impatient when a show circles around its point(s).

76
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Dated

See it if you enjoy improbable comedies with (mostly) likeable characters by accomplished performers esp Fontina;; you like light social commentary.

Don't see it if you get impatient with long first acts; you find this story line pretty dated; you want to spend your money elsewhere.

68
Quirky, Entertaining, Overrated

See it if You enjoy compelling storytelling about family and personal trauma. You want theatre that addresses today's political issues.

Don't see it if You want to see a play with a clear beginning, middle and end. You enjoy conventional character and plot development.

Also Although the latter part of the play is presented as a debate, the und... Read more Read less

66
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Slow, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You appreciate agitprop or political theatre, especially when older texts resonate today. You like sincere, committed staging and performers

Don't see it if You want deep character development or melodic songs.

93
During previews
Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy virtuoso acting and storytelling, through a broad sweep of history. You appreciate imaginative staging, visually exciting.

Don't see it if You dislike long plays (3:30). You find it hard to empathize with capitalists.

75
During previews
White Noise
East Village
Disappointing, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You want to be challenged by unconventional premise about race. You think Daveed Diggs is the greatest!

Don't see it if You don't like overly long plays (over 3 hours). You find exposition by monologue tiresome. You are uncomfortable with slavery depiction.

91
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You love wonderful music, a still relevant story, and stupendous staging and design. The leads excel, and Rosemary Harris is a marvel.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals.

Also Laura Benanti is at least as good as Lauren Ambrose and the show is li... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Compelling drama highly relevant

See it if Absorbing story, strong performances. Kerry Washington was superb, understudy Brian Avers convincing. Multiple perspectives on police/race

Don't see it if You find the topic matter upsetting. You cannot sit through 90 minutes.

70
Overrated, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You want to see great actors, particularly Jones and Cannavale. You enjoy debates about the nature of truth.

Don't see it if You want the play to reach a conclusion. You get tired of circular debates.

76
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Disappointing, Great acting

See it if Glenn Close gives a mesmerizing performance. There were several children in the audience, think this would be a good choice (with guidance)

Don't see it if You demand strong writing.

96
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Resonant, Riveting

See it if You care about real people and tough dilemmas.

Don't see it if You want happy endings.

93
During previews
Coal Country
East Village
Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you care about US labor history and the treatment of coal miners. you like a skillful interweaving of edited interviews and music

Don't see it if you want a happy ending. you want "two sides" of the story.

Also It is refreshing to hear the voices of working class Americans (partic... Read more Read less

69
Disappointing, Slow, Great acting

See it if you are a big Laura Linney fan, she is stupendous. you like "family secrets" dramas with not all revealed

Don't see it if you want action or a clear narrative. you find it hard to sit through a 90 minute monologue

79
During previews
Sing Street
East Village
Enchanting, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you enjoy energetic young cast and appealing characters; you appreciate a story of the young trying to escape the fate of their parents.

Don't see it if you want a polished story line and tidy ending. you dislike new wave music.

89
During previews
Relevant, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you like a contemporary story wrapped around Alanis Morrisette songs, and very effectively done. you enjoy energetic heartfelt performances

Don't see it if you dislike loud music or sexuality themes you are uncomfortable with sexual assault/rape as topic

66
Indulgent, Slow

See it if you like plays drawing historic parallels to today you enjoy fine acting including the amazing Estelle Parsons

Don't see it if you are impatient with self-referential efforts to frame the message you dislike slow-moving plays

77
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Great staging, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you are fascinated by this period in American history (60s). you enjoy seeing historical figures treated as (mostly) multidimensional.

Don't see it if you find vignettes of different moments confusing or frustrating. you want perfect accents.

84
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you love the Delacorte and enjoy the community aspect of Public Works you enjoy joyous singing and dancing and some catchy numbers.

Don't see it if you want something serious or groundbreaking. you want to be grumpy.

84
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Intense, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate contemporary themes like anti-gay prejudice given a dramatic focus in Uganda; you like strong ensemble acting .

Don't see it if you dislike the topic of anti-gay prejudice and the church, or you want endings wrapped in a bow.

68
Quirky, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy seeing young performers and (mostly) young audience members grocking with the show; you like the message of acceptance and love

Don't see it if you want strong music or plot; you want character development; you mind loud music

82
Burn This
Midtown W
Resonant, Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you like absorbing revivals-this is more compelling than the original Broadway version. you like great acting/staging/production.

Don't see it if You are offended by foul language and sexual situations and mentions of drug and alcohol useage.

90
All My Sons
Midtown W
Intense, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like a well-made play with great acting and staging. you enjoy social criticism with plays and think they can illuminate/entertain

Don't see it if you don't like serious plays and want only happy endings. you find it difficult to sit through long dialogue.

67
Socrates
East Village
Slow, Disappointing, Relevant

See it if You are fascinated by Greek philosophy /history, and enjoy interrogations about the meaning of life. You find historic parallels intriguing.

Don't see it if You are impatient with slow first acts with unclear direction. You dislike sexual innuendo. YOu want a happy ending!

70
During previews
Ink
Midtown W
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You have great interest in the topic of Rupert Murdoch and the rise of the Sun. You appreciate strong acting by two leads.

Don't see it if You want deep character development or insights into the British populace. You find long plays difficult to sit through.

79
During previews
Slow, Great singing, Great staging, Clever

See it if You like wonderful performers, (many) memorable songs, atmospheric sets, energetic choreography. You applaud innovative use of classics.

Don't see it if You get impatient with drawn out stories and/or want sophisticated plots.

79
During previews
Confusing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate the great Glenda Jackson (in a stunning performance) You like Shakespeare with a more modern, inclusive touch...

Don't see it if You don't love confusing, ambiguous directing... You really want to hear every word clearly articulated. You don't like violence on stage.

79
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy inventive staging of musical with great score and poignant moments. you enjoy seeing talented younger actors.

Don't see it if you want a perfectly wrapped up show. you don't enjoy shows about the fading of youthful dreams.

Also no intermission for two hour show.... Read more Read less

78
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like provocation/social criticism. Cranston gives a strong performance. Staging clever, especially use of television cameras/screens.

Don't see it if You value subtlety. Latter part of second half loses focus, too much talking by Cranston character. Romantic subplot underdeveloped.

60
Nassim
Midtown W
Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if Quirky look at experience of foreigner. Some clever touches. Audience participation

Don't see it if You get impatient with cutesy gimmicks. You find gratuitous curse words juvenile. You want theatre to challenge you.

76
Indulgent, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want to feel good about power to change minds. You appreciate a teen same sex romance.

Don't see it if You want a deep exploration of values conflicts. You want realistic characters.

91
During previews
Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Jeff Daniels superb, story still relevant, liked the ambiguity of Atticus as hero.

Don't see it if Avoid stage right seats--the blocking will put you behind Atticus and Robinson for much of the first act. Or if you don't like the story-