MattP

Brooklyn | 35-49 | Male
About:  Theater fan since 2001-ish, when I studied abroad in London & began catching lots of shows there thanks to their great student rush policies. I moved to NYC in 2002 & have been seeing shows regularly ever since. I tend to know more about the new shows rather than the old classics but I've gotten a g... Read more Read less
Reviews (187)
91
Challenging, Powerful, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Great acting
December 17th, 2022

See it if you like thought-provoking, challenging, provocative plays from renowned playwrights. This is a tough but ultimately enriching show.

Don't see it if you have a history of childhood sexual abuse b/c this show might be a bit much to take.

Also Bruce Norris delivers another knock-out play. Downstate is tough to wa... Read more Read less

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Titanique
Gramercy
Had potential, Lazy, Disappointing
November 23rd, 2022

See it if you're looking for evening entertainment for a bachelorette party, I guess. It probably helps to be very drunk at this show.

Don't see it if you're expecting a show that's remotely witty. I know this is supposed to be dumb, but they relied too much on lewd jokes, which is LAZY.

Also I will admit that the premise is very funny, but the execution was not... Read more Read less

97
During previews
Moving, Hilarious, Masterful, Great music, Thoughtful
November 22nd, 2022

See it if you're longing for a big, splashy, new musical that actually DELIVERS on all fronts! It aims high & succeeds! I had such a great time.

Don't see it if you're an absolute purist of the original film, I suppose. There are some big changes to the story but it's all done very thoughtfully.

Also I haven't been this satisfied with a Broadway musical in a really long... Read more Read less

76
Memorable, Slow, Great singing, Must see
September 8th, 2022

See it if I saw the show with Lea Michele so I would say see it if you've been waiting for a lead with more capable singing skills! Lea & Tovah work!

Don't see it if you're simply not a Funny Girl fan b/c the book still DRAGS. The show itself is not great. The appeal has always been the role of Fanny.

Also Can't say I'm a particularly big fan of Lea Michele but she admittedly... Read more Read less

81
Entertaining, Feel-good, Classic
July 26th, 2022

See it if you're into classic Gold Age musicals & want something faithful, tried & true. This is a great show for family, out-of-town guests, etc.

Don't see it if you already know The Music Man is not for you. Despite an energy injection from the starry leads, I wouldn't say this is a must-see.

87
Great cast, Entertaining, Raunchy, Funny, Quirky
June 1st, 2022

See it if you're a fan of edgy, non-traditional off-Broadway fare. There were a lot of raunchy jokes & swear words & I loved it! Great songs too!

Don't see it if the above doesn't appeal to you. If you're a bit prudish you may be put off by the material here.

Also I admittedly went in with low expectations but I was thoroughly entert... Read more Read less

73
Uneven, Absorbing, Entertaining, Loud, Dazzling
April 28th, 2022

See it if you want an aesthetically-pleasing show with loads of eye candy. The scenic design & ambiance are stunning. This is a big, splashy musical.

Don't see it if if you prefer the more "New Yorker shows" over tourist fare. (Also, if you can't stand rude audience behavior steer clear of this show!!)

Also The Good: The show is visually stunning. You will be in awe from the m... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Accurate, Funny, Thought-provoking, Resonant
April 20th, 2022

See it if you work in the theater, or you're a fan of theater. Particularly in NYC. And under 40. This show will really speak to you. Funny & resonant

Don't see it if you're just not invested in the world of theater. The only issue is that this show's audience is very targeted.

Also I don't work in theater but I see theater a lot & have lots of friends... Read more Read less

71
During previews
To My Girls
Midtown W
At times cringey, Uneven, Relevant, Provocative, Thought-provoking
April 9th, 2022

See it if you're a fan of LGBT plays (well... plays about cis gay men). This almost feels like The Boys In The Band's contemporary, for better/worse.

Don't see it if you won't be able to identify with gay men in their late 20s/30s. This show seems like it was written for a specific young gay audience.

Also I went in with really low expectations after reading some of the revie... Read more Read less

70
Eye-opening, Entertaining, Dated, Uneven
April 6th, 2022

See it if ...you know. If you're at all curious about you-know-what let's just say you probably won't be disappointed.

Don't see it if you want an even, fast-paced show, or if you're going to be triggered by implications of homophobia or racism (although that's life!)

Also I hate to sound so uncouth but the shower scenes were the best part of... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Starry, Anemic, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful
March 29th, 2022

See it if you're curious about seeing movie stars recreate their roles onstage 30 years later in a musical adaptation of said film. Very interesting.

Don't see it if you're looking for a new musical with a strong score, powerhouse vocals, splashy sets & rousing ensemble numbers. This has none of that.

Also I have to say, it was delightful seeing Billy Crystal & David Paymer r... Read more Read less

61
The Life
Midtown W
Relevant, Great singing, Preachy, Bloated
March 18th, 2022

See it if you have a morbid curiosity about this oft-forgotten musical & if you're okay with heavy revisions to the book to make it ultra-topical.

Don't see it if you're a purist of The Life (or object to revising old musicals in general) b/c all the revisions here will probably make you SQUIRM.

Also A few more quick thoughts: ... Read more Read less

88
Refreshing, Must see, Great score, Original, Absorbing
February 6th, 2022

See it if you appreciate strong original Broadway musicals as opposed to jukebox shows & movie adaptations. This is creative, unique & satisfying.

Don't see it if you prefer shows with comedic elements, I suppose? There’s really none here. (Although I prefer comedies & still really enjoyed Hadestown!)

85
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Must see, Great score, Great staging
February 4th, 2022

See it if you're a Sondheim aficionado & want to see a fresh take on a classic show. I thought the staging was pretty stunning. Great directing.

Don't see it if you're going to be bothered by a weak Bobby (or Bobbie), as Katrina Lenk is probably the weakest link in the cast. (Not b/c of gender tho!)

Also I love the score to Company-- it's one of my faves-- but I always foun... Read more Read less

62
SIX (Broadway)
Midtown W
Underwhelming, One-note, Energetic, Cute
January 22nd, 2022

See it if you're a giant fan of Hamilton & can't get enough of these anachronistic history lessons set to pop scores. (This feels bite-sized though.)

Don't see it if you're looking for a fleshed-out show, or if you're easily annoyed by brash, contemporary pop scores. This is basically a themed concert.

Also My friend hit the nail on the head as we were leaving the theater: Thi... Read more Read less

74
Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Interesting
January 20th, 2022

See it if you never saw Assassins before. Despite some flaws (staging; some performances) this is a worthy production of a remarkable Sondheim show.

Don't see it if you're going to be bothered by unorthodox staging & the cast-doubling-as-musicians thing that John Doyle loves so much. Not super effective.

Also All in all this wasn't a bad production, but the staging (in the round... Read more Read less

45
Disappointing, Cringey, Unfunny, Pointless
January 9th, 2022

See it if you're a fan of dumb, by-the-numbers movie adaptations. I say that as someone who usually likes them. (I just didn't care for this one.)

Don't see it if well, if you're really averse to these kinds of shows b/c this one will not win you over. It's beyond pointless. Just watch the movie.

Also I wanted to like this show but it was just so hard to sit through. I u... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Kimberly Akimbo
Chelsea
Unexpected, Entertaining, Heartwarming, Great score, Funny
November 28th, 2021

See it if you enjoy smart Off-Bway musicals that take risks. The subject matter is not your typical Bway tourist fare but that's a good thing.

Don't see it if you can't handle a show with flawed characters. They're not all perfect here (but hey, that didn't stop Dear Evan Hansen from being a hit!)

Also I had a wonderful time at Kimberly Akimbo. I was expecting more of a m... Read more Read less

86
Joyous, Great staging, Great musicians, Entertaining, Charming
November 4th, 2021

See it if you'd enjoy watching an uplifting concert & a testament to live music. You don't even have to be a David Byrne/Talking Heads fan, really.

Don't see it if you'd prefer a night on Broadway seeing a show with a narrative, I guess. But if you're on the fence at all, please go. It's very enjoyable.

89
Relevant, Great staging, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Resonant
November 4th, 2021

See it if you want a resonant, thought-provoking & artful musical, dealing with some serious themes. A satisfying tonic to a lot of the fluff on Bway.

Don't see it if you want something light & mindless, or if you're averse to shows tackling race. (This is very well-done though & not sententious at all.)

Also I saw the original production on Broadway in 2003 & remember being a b... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Fun!, Messy, Must see, Great wigs, Campy
March 10th, 2020

See it if you enjoy CAMP. This show may think it's powerful & profound but it's written by the Toxic Avenger guys! (There are dancing paparazzi!)

Don't see it if you're expecting a bio musical as accomplished as Evita (which the creators seem influenced by), or as elegant as its subject matter.

Also Look, it's not an objectively great show but I had FUN! It was exactly... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Biting, Gonzo, Relevant, Great writing, Clever
March 7th, 2020

See it if you want something smart & witty with scathing commentary on government affairs & small town politics... & don’t mind a bit of a wild ride!

Don't see it if you prefer shows that are more straightforward & less metaphorical; don’t have the patience for a slow build; uncomfortable with hot topics.

Also Not what I was expecting but I enjoyed it! I needed some time for it t... Read more Read less

71
During previews
Great dancing, Uneven, Slow, Great singing, Charming
February 21st, 2020

See it if you'd enjoy an intimate production of a golden age musical that's not often revived. Beth Malone is great & it's nice seeing her up close.

Don't see it if you're a Molly Brown purist b/c they revised some of the material. It didn't always work. The 1st act was enjoyable but the 2nd act dragged.

Also As nice as it was to see a golden age Broadway show staged in a small ... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Cinematic, Contemporary, Powerful, Resonant, Great dancing
February 11th, 2020

See it if you want a modern, relevant, unconventional staging of a classic musical. This is not your grandfather's WSS but that's a good thing!

Don't see it if you're going to be bothered by the projections/camerawork. I think Ivo van Hove finally got the video thing right but it's not for everyone.

Also I went in with really low expectations & I ended up loving it. Really ... Read more Read less

70
Obnoxious, Relevant, Flawed, Great music, Woke
January 19th, 2020

See it if you're a super woke member of society & also love the Jagged Little Pill album. This is a flawed show but it's still relevant & interesting.

Don't see it if you're looking for escapism at the theater b/c this show is full of very real, weighty issues. It's not a fun show & the narrative is weak.

Also Despite being full of weighty issues (which I think is a good thing-- ... Read more Read less

75
Engaging, Uneven, Star-making lead, Great music, Entertaining
December 31st, 2019

See it if you are a fan of jukebox musicals & want to see a powerhouse, star-making turn from its lead, Adrienne Warren. She's dynamite.

Don't see it if you're expecting a show whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The first act is terrific but the second act is really DUMB.

Also The first act was essentially a truncated What's Love Got To Do With I... Read more Read less

78
Where Are We Now
East Village
Warm, Quirky, Great singing, Absorbing
December 17th, 2019

See it if you're a big Bowie fan & you're open to interpretations of his songs. Sven is great when it comes to Bowie covers. Great song choices too.

Don't see it if you prefer cabaret shows with a big band & lots of musicians b/c this is intimate with just a piano accompaniment (though he's excellent!)

Also I saw the show on Sunday 12/15 & it was very WARM in the theater. I wa... Read more Read less

72
Uneven, Romantic, Heartbreaking, Great staging, Great acting
December 4th, 2019

See it if you’re a fan of Peter Dinklage and/or The National.

Don't see it if you’re a Cyrano purist. Despite being a period show there were some modern mannerisms & colloquialisms. I liked it but it’s not for everyone

Also I'm kind of a Cyrano novice (I only have a basic familiarity with the ... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Sing Street
East Village
Underwhelming, Cute, Too long, Inspiring, Great music
November 27th, 2019

See it if you're an admirer of the film/soundtrack & want to see these wonderful songs live on stage. There are a couple of new additions too.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of shows about teens, or if you want something that's tight/lean. There are pacing issues. It needs a lot of trimming.

Also The is a very good show with lots of potential, but it's a bit long in... Read more Read less

80
For the Girls
Midtown W
Satisfying, Silly, Fun, Great singing
November 17th, 2019

See it if you've never seen Kristin on Broadway. She's always dazzling & this concert will scratch a lot of itches. It's sillier than her last show.

Don't see it if you have overly fond memories of her previous shows, or if you didn't care for her latest album. (I liked her last show a lot better,)

Also Had a great time at For The Girls even though I think her last Broadwa... Read more Read less

65
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Melodramatic, Indulgent, Disappointing, Bloated, Ambitious
November 6th, 2019

See it if you're going to be seduced by the rave reviews it received it London. I suppose there will be no stopping you then. (I found it overrated.)

Don't see it if you want something as profound, easily digestible & brilliant as Angels in America or Normal Heart. This felt like an indulgent soap opera.

Also I really, really, really wanted to love this. There's a decent show in... Read more Read less

66
Thought-provoking, Pretentious, Overrated, Tedious, Bold
October 23rd, 2019

See it if you want to be challenged & perhaps made to feel uncomfortable during a provocative show about race relations. It's certainly bold.

Don't see it if you're looking for something buoyant or straightforward. I found most of this play a chore to sit through. Not fun. It also needs trimming.

Also For the record, I LIKE provocative shows & I was looking forward to st... Read more Read less

73
All Hallows Eve
East Village
Uneven, Creepy, Puppets, Ambitious, Imaginative
October 19th, 2019

See it if you're a big fan of Halloween, puppets and/or immersive shows. Some of the puppetry is quite impressive. It's a fun seasonal show.

Don't see it if you're not able to stand for 90 minutes. There are no seats. You're on your feet the whole time so plan accordingly.

Also This show was a little uneven. Some parts dragged and the music was de... Read more Read less

85
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Blunt, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Thought-provoking
October 10th, 2019

See it if you're okay with a blunt, biting look at mid-life crisis. It's often tough to swallow but the writing & acting are first-rate. Steppenwolf!

Don't see it if you want an easily digestible show full of likable characters. Or if you have a problem with full-frontal nudity & explicit sex scenes.

Also I have to say, I really enjoyed this show, even though I couldn't real... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Magical, Hilarious, Great music, Must see, Masterful
October 7th, 2019

See it if you want to see the ultimate production of Little Shop. Everything was PERFECTION: from the puppetry to the cast to the theater itself. A+

Don't see it if you have very, very fond memories of the original production & don't want to cloud your memories? I dunno. Otherwise RUN to this production.

Also I don't often give perfect scores but this one deserved it.... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Bland, Tame, Educational, Entertaining
October 4th, 2019

See it if you're an admirer of Harvey Fierstein (or Bella Abzug). I love Harvey & he's always captivating on stage. I learned a lot about Bella too.

Don't see it if you're looking for a fast-paced, elaborate show. It being a one-person show, there's not a lot happening on stage so the pacing lags a bit.

Also I didn't know anything about Bella Abzug going into this show so it wa... Read more Read less

89
Ambitious, Delightful, Great music, Fun, Endearing
September 8th, 2019

See it if you can get a ticket! This was worth the efforts. It's a big, fun, heartwarming spectacle. Perfect marriage between Disney + The Public.

Don't see it if you're expecting a fully-realized, polished Disney production. This is still a Public Works show. (But that's not a bad thing at all.)

Also I really hope this has a future life on Broadway. But I've gotta say, ... Read more Read less

68
Messy, Grandiose, Fun, Great music, Cheesy
August 8th, 2019

See it if you're a big fan of Jim Steinman songs-- like myself! His music has always been bombastic & theatrical so it's fun to see them come to life.

Don't see it if you want a coherent storyline with fleshed out characters. The book, not surprisingly, is a mess. It's a DUMB show, but I still had fun!

Also It's all about the music! Jim Steinman is the true star of this show. ... Read more Read less

71
Road Show
Midtown W
Slow, Dull, Great music
July 28th, 2019

See it if you're a Sondheim purist & want to see an improved production of his lattermost show. The score works well. (The book not so much.)

Don't see it if you're expecting a show as strong as one of his earlier masterworks. This still seems like a work in progress.

Also Sondheim is 100% the only reason to see this show. I can't imagine any... Read more Read less

94
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Smooth, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious
June 6th, 2019

See it if you're looking for a well-crafted musical from top to bottom. This is one of the best movie-to-stage adaptations. Everything works well.

Don't see it if having a hard time thinking about reasons not to see this. Maybe if you hated the movie? Or are having a hard time with the subject matter?

Also I was skeptical when I first heard about Tootsie b/c I find the movie ... Read more Read less

84
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Relevant, Uneven, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
June 1st, 2019

See it if you want to see a powerhouse performance by one of today's greatest living actors. Bryan Cranston is mesmerizing.

Don't see it if you're expecting the rest of the show to come close to Cranston's performance; or if you don't enjoy experimental, unconventional stagings.

Also I had a fun time at Network but it's really the Bryan Cranston show (a... Read more Read less

78
Hollow, Short, Absorbing, Funny, Great acting
May 7th, 2019

See it if you're a fan of contemporary politics. This show gives a very believable & entertaining glimpse into the private lives of the Clintons.

Don't see it if you loathe the Clintons, I guess. While it's not exactly flattering it asks a lot of empathy of the audience.

Also I found the show entertaining but a little hollow. I enjoy politics & ... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Ambitious, Great sets, Irreverent, Busy, Funny
April 23rd, 2019

See it if you're a fan of the movie & don't mind them taking chances w/new storylines. It's a fun show that works half of the time. The set is great!

Don't see it if you're looking for a knock-out new show with a great score. The second act drags & the score is serviceable at best (it's the weakest link).

Also I saw Beetlejuice in DC & I will say it got MUCH better. They did a go... Read more Read less

83
Classic, Entertaining, Inconsistent, Fun, Great dancing
April 18th, 2019

See it if you're looking for another grade-A revival of a musical from yesteryear. It's a fun production with some outstanding choreography.

Don't see it if you're not into fluffy or dated musicals. Or if you can't sit still for over 2.5 hours. The show feels long. First act is nearly 90 minutes.

Also I never saw a production of Kiss Me Kate prior to seeing this. I had a... Read more Read less

84
Funny, Heartwarming, Cute, Fluffy, Feel-good
April 3rd, 2019

See it if you're looking for a fun, contemporary, feel-good musical where you won't have to think hard but won't feel guilty about enjoying it either.

Don't see it if you have an aversion to lighthearted, slightly saccharine musicals, or don't like shows about high school youth.

Also I love a fun show that goes down easy. And The Prom was just that. It ... Read more Read less

24
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Great set, Banal, Annoying, Whimsical, Disjointed
March 22nd, 2019

See it if you absolutely need to see another theatrical adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.

Don't see it if you're expecting a show that comes close to the strengths of the composers' previous works; or if you're put off by whimsical shows.

Also I can't say I was thrilled about seeing another adaptation of Alice in... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Irreverent, Inconsistent, Great cast, Crude, Lowbrow
March 11th, 2019

See it if you want an irreverent, dark comedy that's full of both highbrow & lowbrow humor. The cast is fantastic. There are some hilarious moments.

Don't see it if you're at all squeamish, or can't handle humor about bodily functions b/c the lowbrow bits are quite low! I saw a good number of walkouts.

Also I enjoyed this show but wish it were more consistent. It worked best w... Read more Read less

63
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Inconsistent, Slow, Maudlin, Intimate, Depressing
February 18th, 2019

See it if you're a big fan of monologues & don't mind hearing about death for an hour & a half.

Don't see it if you're on a romantic date, or if you're looking for something casually entertaining b/c you will most likely be disappointed.

Also I was tempted to recommend this to Jake Gyllenhaal fans since he is bo... Read more Read less

90
Fun!, Great music, Absorbing, Cheesy, Great costumes
February 14th, 2019

See it if you’re a big Cher fan! Duh! Fans should eat this up. They give us a little bit of everything. Costumes are AMAZING too. God bless Bob Mackie

Don't see it if you have an aversion to jukebox musicals. This probably won’t win you over. It's unimaginative & admittedly hokey, but I still had fun.

Also This isn’t high art but it’s a lot of fun! I admit that the Show-Score... Read more Read less

70
Nuanced, Dull, Great music, Overrated
February 12th, 2019

See it if you’re looking for a sophisticated & nuanced musical. This is the antithesis of Disneyfied Broadway. It’s a very well-crafted show...

Don't see it if ...but it's also a little dull. I have to admit, I nodded off a couple of times. Sometimes I just want a little more theatrical candy.

Also Didn't help that Katrina Lenk was out of the performance I saw. From w... Read more Read less