Matthew P.

New York City | 25-34 | Male
About:  Probably seeing a show.
Reviews (108)
70
Dated, Disappointing, Clever

See it if you love Noël Coward and/or Kristine Nielsen.

Don't see it if you will be annoyed by a production that feels a little bit flat/dated/irrelevant; or annoyed that Kristine Nielsen is not onstage more.

75
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Dated

See it if you love the show, or you love Allison Janney.

Don't see it if you will be annoyed that it feels dated.

Also Not sure whether it was just this production, or whether the show itse... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Intense, Masterful

See it if you love psychological illusion and close-up magic. The memory feats are truly astounding.

Don't see it if you don't like feeling uncomfortable with anticipation, you don't like even the most sophisticated magic show.

80
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you love Shaw, you want to see some fine actors take on one of his best shows.

Don't see it if you don't like super-talky, super-thinky classics.

60
For a previous production
Zany, Slapstick, Farce, Great stagecraft

See it if you liked Noises Off so much, you will tolerate a knock-off version of it; you love farce (don't you love farce?)

Don't see it if you're looking for something with some heft or personality.

Also Cool stagecraft -- the destruction is pretty awesome, from a technical... Read more Read less

65
Great singing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you want to see a slower, more thoughtful musical, or you want to see Katrina Lenk's exquisite performance.

Don't see it if you will be checking your watch when nothing much happens for hours.

Also willing to admit I may be wrong about this one, because everyone I kno... Read more Read less

90
Enchanting, Charming, Profound, Life-affirming

See it if you love a great ensemble musical, you want something affirmative about the power of caring for strangers and building community.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that don't hide their intention to tug on your heart strings or manipulate the feels.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Masterful

See it if you love expansive, empathetic portrayals of complicated topics, as seen through the eyes of one of the true genius artists of our time.

Don't see it if you should see this show. She's a transcendently great performer, and this show could not be more timely and urgent.

80
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Profound

See it if you like adventurous new works. The gimmick here transcends it's gimmick-y-ness to create something both entertaining and profound.

Don't see it if you're not into innovative non-proscenium stagings of quirky new plays, maybe? But this show is so charming, it's hard not to recommend.

70
Absorbing, Delightful, Dizzying, Original, Inventive

See it if If you love spectacle, this production is one of the best-realized versions of that I've seen; you feel like you're in a vivid dream.

Don't see it if the set is basically the worst possible version of a New York nightclub for tourists; way too loud and kind of yucky.

Also Wish they had framed the show differently; the club was not a very cla... Read more Read less

90
Enchanting, Great staging, Charming, Too white, Great singing

See it if you like old-fashioned musicals done expertly, you want to be charmed and entertained.

Don't see it if it is really extraordinary and indefensible in 2016 to have a cast of this size that is pointlessly all white. For shame.

5
Contemptible, Harrowing, Waste of talent, Icky, Unnecessary

See it if you don't mind a drama that involves unhappy, unlikable people with poor boundaries discuss (ad nauseam)--then re-make--terrible decisions.

Don't see it if you're already on the fence about Michelle Williams' abilities, or if you want to have a nice evening, or even just an illuminating evening.

95
For a previous production
Ambitious, Entertaining, Dizzying, Masterful, Beautiful

See it if you want to see pure theatrical magic around challenging themes. There's a lot to unpack, but the stage is filled with grace and lyricism.

Don't see it if you're not in the mood for a morally complex story, or heavy themes (although the show has a light touch with the heaviest of subjects...)

85
Entertaining, Delightful, Relevant, Profound, Great dancing

See it if you want to see a well-staged, exquisitely-danced production of a true classic that still feels fresh. Bartlett Sher works his usual magic.

Don't see it if you find Jessica Hecht's work a little grating, or if you don't want to sit through the third hour, when the songs are less memorable.

60
Fluffy, Confusing, Entertaining, Great scenic design, Missable

See it if you see everything, or have a particular fondness for the story.

Don't see it if you'll be annoyed by mediocrity. It's not Nicolaw's best work, the story doesn't make a lot of sense, and performances are uneven, at best.

65
Dated, Intense, Great acting, Campy, Missable

See it if you're a fan of van Hove, even though this isn't his best work. You want to see Ben Wishaw, or Sophie Okonedo's powerhouse performance.

Don't see it if The over-the-top lines in The Exorcist make you giggle (people were laughing out loud!). You love gimmicky effects.

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you like theater to take you new places, and make you think/laugh along the way. You like well-constructed plays. You're in awe of Gurira.

Don't see it if you can't abide a living-room-play family comedy no matter how well-made it is.

60
For a previous production
Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Too long

See it if you really love Jane Austen, you like zany stagings, you love to sit in uncomfortable chairs for almost THREE HOURS craning your neck to see

Don't see it if you will be annoyed by the pointlessly all-white cast, you're not interested in three hours of 19th century romance, you value your comfort.

75
Funny, Stand-up, Fluffy

See it if you like stand-up comedy, you like Mike Birbiglia, you want something light and fun that goes down easy.

Don't see it if you want a tightly-crafted show, you expect more of a performance monologue with a narrative arc or thesis statement.

78
Absorbing, Great staging, Talky, Relevant

See it if you really love early Mamet and desperate characters. You like topical, twisty plays.

Don't see it if you don't have time for well-made but ultimately not very memorable shows.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you love well-constructed, well-staged, well-acted topical new plays.

Don't see it if you should probably see it, if you like great theater.

85
During previews
Southern gothic, Inventive, Joyous, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you love the direction of Alex Timbers, or if a southern gothic fairy tale hootenanny that does not take itself too seriously sounds fun.

Don't see it if you're looking for something weighty, or if you hated Peter and the Starcatcher.

35
During previews
Disappointing, Razzy pizzaz-y, Boring, Hackneyed, Lazy

See it if you don't hate mimes, but you'd like to.

Don't see it if an evening of mediocre physical comedy with cold-war-era punchlines + even more out-of-step, unfunny social stereotypes sounds excruciating.

77
Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you love Gloria Estefan and jukebox musicals. This one is very well-done and extremely entertaining.

Don't see it if you're in the mood for something deeper or more resonant. You're concerned that the rhythm is gonna get you.

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great staging, Intense

See it if you love minimalist stagings of the classics, or "director's theater."

Don't see it if an emotionally intense evening of Arthur Miller, in a very spare staging, does not sound like a fun night at the theater.

85
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you are interested in history, politics, little-known stories about people making a difference against the odds, plays about ideas.

Don't see it if you aren't in the mood for a long, talky play that requires a lot of focus.

75
Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if you like Michael Moore's movies, you are interested in learning more about his life, you take comfort in talk about politics.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of Moore's polemics, you don't like his politics, you aren't in the mood for politics.

Also The best parts of this show were when Moore told his life stories, whi... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Ambitious, Dizzying

See it if you want to see one of the true theatrical masterpieces of our time come to life in a first-rate production.

Don't see it if you can't sit through nearly eight hours of theater.

65
Fluffy, Insipid, For kids

See it if you are a child, or you are nostalgic about SpongeBob.

Don't see it if you have not seen Spongebob (like me), and are not either an actual child or are unaccompanied by an actual child.

Also For being hailed by reviewers as being progressive / focused on commun... Read more Read less

50
Banal, Disappointing, Fluffy, Insipid

See it if you love the movie, you will see anything Tina Fey does (a totally defensible position.)

Don't see it if you want it to be great, or even anything other than forgettable.

Also The projections are such lazy stagecraft. If I wanted to see a movie, ... Read more Read less

80
Delightful, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you love Carole King and don't mind a jukebox musical.

Don't see it if you will be annoyed that the cast is not as good as listening to a Carole King record; you are expecting a big dramatic story.

Also I think this musical would have had more heft if it had paid more atte... Read more Read less

80
Great singing, Buzzy, Tough ticket

See it if you are a Bruce fan and you can get tickets.

Don't see it if you are not a pretty big Springsteen fan already.

Also I don't know how I've missed out on Springsteen all these years; I won... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if you love immersive theater, you have a particular fondness for the analog and 70's kitsch, you love Third Rail Projects.

Don't see it if you're timid about interacting with actors; you're uncomfortable with seeing a lot of sensuality, you don't love long dance sequences.

Also I loved this piece, maybe even more than Then She Fell. They did a rea... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Clever, Masterful, Emotional, Great acting

See it if you love captivating new plays that show different parts of the American experience than the usual white middle class living room play.

Don't see it if you'll be bothered by the subject matter, which is about death and specifically losing parents. It's really masterfully written, though.

Also Playwrights Horizons is KILLING IT lately producing shows that represe... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Way too long, Pretentious, Ambitious, Technologically impressive, Indulgent

See it if you love the affectations of Radiolab, and only wish it was twice as long. You love a well-executed tech gimmick and are extremely patient.

Don't see it if a smug, gimmicky show without the narrative chops to sustain a TWO HOUR runtime, with no intermission, does not sound like a fun night.

90
Absorbing, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Intense

See it if you're in awe of Gurira, you love theater that takes you to unfamiliar places & introduces you to people whose experience is very different.

Don't see it if you don't expect to be able to be respectful. I suspect some of the audience were actual monsters, based on inappropriate reactions. Yikes.

60
Dated, Great acting, Slow, Intense, Classic

See it if you want to see Jessica Lange tear it up. She's brilliant, but this production feels at least as long as it actually is.

Don't see it if you're on the fence about it-- it's pretty missable-- or if you fear you won't be able to relate to the show. Four hours is a long time.

95
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Charming

See it if you're a fan of Gorey, or of short, imaginative shows. You want to see a novel and extremely well-executed take on a bio-play.

Don't see it if this is worth seeing regardless, but you may like it more if you have a little familiarity with Gorey going in.

90
For a previous production
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant

See it if you want to see Ben Platt's performance live up to its hype, you want to see a great new musical before it becomes the next big thing.

Don't see it if the topic of suicide bothers you, or if you'll be annoyed by some far-fetched narrative leaps.

80
Entertaining, Great singing, Absorbing, Delightful, Refreshing

See it if you want to see the three stars knock it out of the park, you want to see Cynthia Erivo in a starmaking role, you love John Doyle.

Don't see it if you like a show with memorable music, you want theater to be a little unconventional.

100
Ambitious, Entertaining, Dizzying, Epic, Masterful

See it if you want to have your mind completely blown, you like being challenged and provoked in the best way possible in the theater.

Don't see it if if you don't love this play, it's safe to assume I don't understand your taste at all.

85
During previews
Chaotic, Interesting, Great staging, Challenging, Uneven

See it if you like experimental work that tackles subversive topics; you don't mind leaving the theater not knowing quite how you feel about a show.

Don't see it if you're allergic to cliches of the avant garde, you prefer shows that are easy to decipher and more linear.

60
During previews
Topical, Great set design, Uneven

See it if you like supporting new work and emerging playwrights tackling social justice issues, even when they're not entirely successful.

Don't see it if you want a play to make a lot of sense, you will be annoyed with actors PLAYING THE EMOTIONS, you like scenes with well-drawn conflict.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you like a funny, tight, engaging and well-constructed play, you are lucky enough to get tickets to the sold-out run.

Don't see it if you love to beat up Bernie bros.

80
Ambitious, Poetic, Lyrical, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a show that reaches pretty ambitiously and manages to almost never fail, and esp. if you like Sarah Ruhl's more poetic work

Don't see it if you want something linear, or literal.

70
Great staging, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for a brain vacation, you're a tourist, or if you will be delighted by young, extremely talented kids playing instruments.

Don't see it if you're in the mood for something with any kind of heft, or if you will be annoyed with the total commodification & depoliticization of rock.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Refreshing, Classic

See it if you want to see an accomplished production of one of the greatest modern comedies, and/or you want to laugh a lot.

Don't see it if a goofy British meta-theatrical sex-farce doesn't sound like a fun evening.

40
Disappointing, Campy, Underwhelming

See it if you love Misery so much that you don't care whether it's done well or not.

Don't see it if you will be disappointed that the tension isn't here, the pacing is all wrong, and the show is played ineffectually for campy laughs.

35
Cliched, Slow, Contrived, Farfetched, Funny

See it if a few epigrams well-delivered by Linda Lavin are enough to get you through an otherwise tedious two hours full of unlikable characters.

Don't see it if you don't like writing that's extremely pleased with itself, in a plot that's at once far-fetched and who-cares.

75
Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Confusing, Great staging

See it if you want to see a joyful, colorful show with a lot of chaos, you love physical theater.

Don't see it if you really want to see a straight-ahead play about Thomas Merton; you have an aversion to the cliches of avant garde theater.