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... Read more Read less
Reviews (139)
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85
Great costumes, Cheesy, Absorbing, Great music, Fun!

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. They try to do something different but it's still kind of hokey.

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

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80
Immersive, Vital, Resonant, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you're ready for a powerful, immersive show about the plight of political refugees. It's eye-opening & vital. More like docu-theater.

Don't see it if you're going to have a hard time sitting comfortably on benches (or the floor!) for nearly 3 hours. I'll never complain about seating again.

Also On paper this wouldn't seem like a very compelling show (I can't imagi... Read more Read less

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55
Sophomoric, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great sets & costumes, Confusing

See it if you’re not too familiar with the movie & you enjoy dark, irreverent, juvenile humor. (The sets & costumes look great. I’ll give them that.)

Don't see it if you cherish the movie b/c not much works here! They try to make the show their own but the plot is confusing. And the music is forgettable.

Also I REALLY wanted to like this show but I could not get into it. They to... Read more Read less

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72
Artistic, Refreshing, Slow, Great music, Intelligent

See it if you're ready for the rare jukebox musical that's sophisticated & smart. This is a heartfelt & artistic show. And the Dylan songs sound great

Don't see it if you're looking for an exciting show b/c I have to say, I found the plot kind of dull. My mind wandered during a lot of the book scenes.

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Unnecessary, Unfortunate, Hollow, Great music, Cheap

See it if you don't care about thought or craft or storyline & just want to bop in your seat & sing along to Donna Summer songs (which are great).

Don't see it if you're tired of biographical jukebox musicals b/c this is one of the worst ones-- it's cheap, hollow & corny. Strictly for the Vegas crowd.

Also This was just bad. The show was sloppy. The structure was a mess. They... Read more Read less

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66
Commendable, Slow, Great staging, Melodramatic

See it if you're looking for a new play that tackles modern gay relationship issues. It's a commendable effort but the writing/dialogue is not strong.

Don't see it if you're bothered by frank depictions of nudity, or if you're expecting a happy ending. I was kind of depressed by the end of the show.

Also Also, at 90 minutes & no intermission, this show felt long. They defin... Read more Read less

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72
Filthy, Fun, Great acting, Short, Absorbing

See it if you've got a working knowledge of the original film/novel, like it, & want to see a creative, immersive, albeit very abbreviated adaptation.

Don't see it if you're at all prudish or squeamish. There's a lot of nudity, foul language & bodily fluids coming at you. Literally.

Also I enjoyed this show-- the cast was excellent & the immersive experienc... Read more Read less

Preview rhc1
84
Ponderous, Poignant, Great acting, Great dancing, Dated

See it if you want a beautiful staging of a classic R&H musical. The music is timeless. The choreography is exquisite. This is a lovely production.

Don't see it if you're looking for contemporary themes, b/c the book is problematic. They cut a few questionable lines but it ended up muddying the climax.

Also As much as I enjoyed this show I found it odd that they brought it to ... Read more Read less

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45
Overrated, Disappointing, Insipid, Juvenile, Confusing

See it if your weed dealer hooked you up with particularly strong stuff recently b/c you'll probably need to be high to enjoy this show.

Don't see it if you're sober and/or don't have young children in tow. I found this to be silly, somewhat grating & highly overrated.

Also I had no idea what was happening on stage. Granted, I never saw an epi... Read more Read less

Preview myfairlady
89
Must see, Masterful, Impressive, Lavish, Enchanting

See it if you're yearning for a big, lavish spectacle of a musical, hearkening back to the golden age. This is a beautiful production. (That set!!)

Don't see it if you're not into the classics (although if that's the case this production could sway you!), or if you can't sit still for 3 hours.

Also I loved this production. Lauren Ambrose & Harry Hadden-Paton really im... Read more Read less

Preview asis1
62
Inconsistent, Noteworthy, Interesting, Dated

See it if you're curious about seeing one of the first plays to depict the AIDS pandemic. It's oft-forgotten & not performed very often.

Don't see it if you're looking for a profound take on the subject. It's dated & pales in comparison to The Normal Heart (which came out a few months later).

Also I had only ever read this play (& didn't even know it existed until a ... Read more Read less

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96
Resonant, Absorbing, Masterful, Poetic, Riveting

See it if you're a devout Bruce fan & you can afford (or at least justify) the cost. It's a riveting & intimate autobiographical show. Deeply poetic.

Don't see it if you're expecting a 3.5 hour stadium show with the E Street Band. This is a stripped performance with as much monologue as there is music.

Also Don't expect a greatest hits rundown. This is a show about a life's jo... Read more Read less

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83
During previews
Great acting, Refreshing, Funny, Poignant, Great staging

See it if you're interested in seeing a landmark LGBT-themed play in a stellar production. The staging was exquisite. The themes still relevant.

Don't see it if you're a Torch Song Trilogy purist as this production seems to abbreviate & combine the first two parts.

Also The first act (i.e. the first two parts of the trilogy) was a little s... Read more Read less

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99
Unforgettable, Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if she ever brings it back b/c this was one of the most satisfying nights of theater in all my years of seeing shows. A MUST for Patti fans!

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Patti LuPone. I mean, that seems obvious. But if you're a fan there's no reason not to see this show.

Also This was an unforgettable night of stories & songs from Patti's illust... Read more Read less

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84
Entertaining, Dark humor, Great cast, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you want to see a worthy staging of this under-produced Sondheim gem. (Though it's too late now. It already closed!) The cast is/was great

Don't see it if you thought the Public's production of Julius Caesar encouraged violence against the president. B/c you sure ain't gonna like Assassins!

Also There were some questionable directing choices but all in all it was a... Read more Read less

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83
Eye-opening, Great acting, Absorbing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you're looking for a topical, contemporary play about the plight of working middle class Americans. It's super relevant & feels authentic.

Don't see it if you're tired of plays on this subject (it's been done a lot) & want an escape from reality-- Sweat feels very real. Almost like a docu-play.

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71
Lackluster, Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you're able to get a discounted ticket. It's a thrill seeing Patti & Christine on stage together. Unfortunately the material is lackluster.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of the leading ladies (it's the only reason to see War Paint), or if you're looking for something fast-paced & exciting.

Also All the ingredients are here for a hit show: phenomenal leading ladies... Read more Read less

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During previews
Funny, Enchanting, Classic, Must see, Delightful

See it if you're able to get a ticket, or if you call yourself a musical theater fan. Seriously. This is a stellar production; not just a star vehicle

Don't see it if you have absolutely no interest in classic musicals & prefer edgy, contemporary shows.

Also I'm a huge Bette Midler fan & it was magical seeing her up on stage in... Read more Read less

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57
Ambitious, Trite, Slow, Resonant, Cliched

See it if you're like me & you enjoy exploring new Off-Broadway musicals, since that's where a lot of risks are taken. This show had a nice message.

Don't see it if you're going to be disappointed by two-dimensional characters, trite thematics & eye-rolling dialogue. This risk doesn't pay off.

Also I enjoyed the staging & the immersive experience. The cast is spirited... Read more Read less

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77
Absorbing, Confusing, Impressive, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if period shows with contemporary stylings appeal to you. The staging is very impressive. It held my interest even when the plot did not.

Don't see it if you're looking for a feel-good show with a happy ending, or if you prefer your Tolstoy straightforward & without musical accompaniment.

Also The plot admittedly didn't do much for me but I was still captivated w... Read more Read less

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83
Great music, Slow, Dated, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you missed it the first time around. Glenn Close seems to have aged into the role nicely. And the 40-piece orchestra sounds amazing.

Don't see it if you're looking for a complete production-- there are no set pieces here so the stage can get a bit boring to look at after a while.

Also The show moves slowly when Glenn Close isn't on stage. But when she is... Read more Read less

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66
Disappointing, Convoluted, Long, Funny, Slow

See it if you're a Chekhov fan. I'm admittedly not too familiar. I probably would have had a deeper appreciation. But it had some nice madcap moments.

Don't see it if you want something light & easy to follow. There are a lot of characters/relationships to keep tabs on. And the first hour or so moves slow.

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85
Intense, Original, Absorbing, Great staging, Haunting

See it if you're a horror fan. This was a rather faithful adaptation of the film with some clever theatrical thrills. Scary & totally engaging.

Don't see it if you can't handle a little gore, or if you really dislike horror movies/stories. Don't see this if you want something light & funny!

Also I saw this in London & really enjoyed it. It's rare to not only see ho... Read more Read less

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84
Great acting, Minimalist, Classic, Entertaining, Engaging

See it if you want to catch some major A-list Bway talent on a small Off-Bway stage. Sutton Foster & Shuler Hensley are perfection as Charity & Oscar.

Don't see it if you prefer your musicals big & splashy. This is very stripped. There aren't even sets. Also, the new choreography makes you miss Fosse.

Also This was a fun production-- I absolutely loved Sutton Foster's Charity... Read more Read less

Preview ttb
71
Absorbing, Entertaining, Dated, Great music

See it if you're a Jonathan Larson/Rent fan & aren't familiar with this show. The score is fantastic. The music is absolutely the star of the show.

Don't see it if you have fond memories of another TTB production. This one has its flaws. Most egregious, the stage is too big for such an intimate show.

Also I noticed the older people in the audience looked bored. Considering t... Read more Read less

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70
Overrated, Great music, Dull, Nuanced

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

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72
Cute, Whimsical, Heartfelt, Clunky, Admirable

See it if you're looking for a queer-friendly show for all ages. The show's message is warm & heartfelt, if a little obvious. And the music is fun.

Don't see it if you're looking for a flawless show with powerhouse performances. The show is silly & a little clunky but it still works (barely).

Also I loved the queer storylines & the message of self-love & acceptance. ... Read more Read less

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75
Unique, Laudable, Edgy, Problematic, Absorbing

See it if you know the source material well & are open to creative interpretations. Some things worked & some didn't but I'm really glad I saw this.

Don't see it if you're an Oklahoma! purist & can't take radical takes on the original. The staging has a lot of blocking issues. And the ending was tough.

Also I enjoyed myself & thought this was a fun, unique production, but the ... Read more Read less

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41
During previews
Great puppetry, Pointless, Ambitious, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you're looking for a spectacle b/c the Kong puppet is spectacular. This show is a real technical achievement. (The rest? Not so much.)

Don't see it if you're expecting the rest of the show to be as strong. The music is terrible. The characters are two-dimensional. The dialogue is laughable.

Also This was a real wasted opportunity. The puppetry, staging & even proje... Read more Read less

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81
Problematic, Great acting, Funny, Dated

See it if you have a vested interest in LGBT-themed shows b/c this one is noteworthy & landmark, if (extremely) dated & at times tough to watch.

Don't see it if you're only there to see Matt Bomer or the Big Bang Theory guy b/c you're going to spend a lot of money to watch a show about shitty people.

Also I'd only ever seen the movie prior to this but I've always admired it ... Read more Read less

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79
Expensive, Hilarious, Conscientious, Crowd-pleasing, Entertaining

See it if you're a big fan of the movie & would like to see it performed live with a handful of updated jokes. Tina Fey made it very 2018.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show that reinvents the wheel. Mean Girls is definitely a crowd-pleaser but it's not a particularly innovative show.

Also I saw this in DC then again on Broadway. I have to admit, maybe it was... Read more Read less

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46
During previews
Disappointing, Clichéd, Ambitious, Unfocused, Great cast

See it if you have a morbid curiosity about the world of Studio 54 & want to see an ambitious, albeit clichéd & unfocused show set in that era.

Don't see it if you're expecting a tight show with a fresh take on the Studio 54 era. We've seen a lot of this before. The rest is dull. All in all, a mess.

Also It's a shame this didn't work. The cast & creative team are all very t... Read more Read less

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68
Uninspired, Cute, Banal, Crowd-pleasing, Inconsistent

See it if you are either a giant fan of the movie or you have kiddies in tow & money is no object. This is essentially a glorified theme park show.

Don't see it if you can't stand talkative children in the theater, or if you have an aversion to digital projections. The show relies on them a bit too much

Also The whole thing felt like a total cash-grab. It's a by-the-numbers ada... Read more Read less

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87
Resonant, Intelligent, Slow, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you're an Edward Albee fan or if you want to see a master class in acting. (Glenda Jackson is revelatory.) This is a deeply profound show.

Don't see it if you have trouble with the subject of aging & death. There are humorous moments but the show gets a little bleak. Not exactly light fare.

Also This show is slow but ultimately rewarding. This is a theater fan's sh... Read more Read less

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52
Disappointing, Slow, Good cast, Dull

See it if you're a huge fan of Kenneth Lonergan. Or Chris Evans. According to most of the people sitting by me they were there to see Captain America.

Don't see it if you're looking for something really resonant or meaningful. I have to say, I found this show to be dull & totally forgettable.

Also I don't know if this is my fault or the show's but I had trouble stayi... Read more Read less

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81
Immersive, Great cast, Heartbreaking, Romantic, Great staging

See it if you've only seen community or regional theater productions b/c this is the real deal. The staging was phenomenal. And the cast is excellent.

Don't see it if if you're a Trumpster & would prefer musicals about people in Norway. (Although if that's you maybe you SHOULD see Once On This Island.)

Preview mean girls
85
Hilarious, Entertaining, Crowd-pleasing, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a decent example of a movie adaptation: the familiar material is all here but Tina Fey added new jokes to update the show.

Don't see it if you're not interested in a show about teenagers, or you didn’t care for the film—it’s still Mean Girls, after all.

Also Fans of Mean Girls should eat this up. Casual fans will probably enjoy... Read more Read less

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90
For a previous production
Essential, Absorbing, Resonant, Profound, Great writing

See it if you've only ever read the play or seen the movie. It's lovely seeing it on stage, as intended. The stagecraft is magnificent. First rate.

Don't see it if you have *really* fond memories of the original Broadway or London shows. This was a great production but I didn't love every performance.

Also UPDATE: I saw Part One (Millennium Approaches) in London during the su... Read more Read less

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76
Entertaining, Romantic, Epic, Great acting, Melodramatic

See it if you've never seen a production before. This is a big show full of spectacle. Definitely honors its status as one of Broadway's mega-hits.

Don't see it if you're looking for something upbeat & fun. The show is very melodramatic. And the ending was a huge downer-- I was not prepared for it!

Also I actually never saw Miss Saigon before & wasn't familiar with the plo... Read more Read less

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90
For a previous production
Farcical, Lowbrow, Entertaining, Over the top, Hilarious

See it if you want to turn your brain off after a long day at work & laugh your ass off. This is the mother of all farces. My face hurt from laughing.

Don't see it if you prefer highbrow plays that make profound statements, or if you loathe farces....b/c this one will drive you crazy.

Also I love a farce & this is one hell of a farce. It's madcap & crazy funn... Read more Read less

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50
Disappointing, Dull, Dated

See it if you missed the original production, or if you enjoy plays with stylized dialogue & plenty of asides to the audience.

Don't see it if you're bothered by the unnatural approach to dialogue mentioned above. It seemed very dated, pretentious & hokey to me.

Also I found the story to be quite dull. I know it's based on an actual exp... Read more Read less

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Polemical, Ambitious, Funny, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you want a thought-provoking acerbic take on the institution of marriage (led by a stellar cast). It's an ambitious experiment but succeeds.

Don't see it if you're an Ibsen purist & not open to a new chapter of a landmark play. (Though you should be. It's an interesting gamble that pays off.)

Also People seem to be going back & forth on this but A Doll's House Part 2... Read more Read less

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96
During previews
Charming, Impressive, Resonant, Funny, Clever

See it if you like a well-crafted musical, from top to bottom. You don't even have to love the (timeless) film b/c they really make this their own.

Don't see it if ..I'm having a hard time thinking of someone who wouldn't like this show. Maybe if you absolutely hated the movie? If so what's wrong w/you!

Also I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would. This really works well... Read more Read less

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67
During previews
Resonant, Muddled, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you have an uncompromised passion for LGBT love stories, or if you're a big Harvey Fierstein fan-- it's always a treat seeing him on stage.

Don't see it if you're looking for something really moving & impactful. There were some nice monologues but the show never really came together for me.

Also I wanted to love this but I found it very slow & un-engaging. There's ... Read more Read less

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86
During previews
Resonant, Funny, Great directing, Touching, Rousing

See it if you want to be won over by a smart new musical. It's a story about 9/11 but you probably haven't heard it before. It's rousing & uplifting.

Don't see it if you're looking for a big splashy spectacle with elaborate sets & singing witches or lions. This is a small production (but very effective).

Also Despite the 9/11 subject matter this is a story about human kindness o... Read more Read less

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Intense, Must see, Great staging, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you're an admirer of Sweeney Todd b/c this staging is unlike any you've seen before. It's clever, fun, intimate & intense. Unforgettable.

Don't see it if you're a purist, or if you don't like immersive theater. And the seating isn't the most comfortable, if you're the fidgety type.

Also The cast is uniformly excellent but it's anchored by incredible lead p... Read more Read less

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Riveting, Classic, Intense, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you're a Shakespeare buff. This is a interesting production with unique staging & masterful acting. David Oyelowo is magnificent as Othello.

Don't see it if you're not into Shakespeare. Seems obvious, but despite the contemporary setting they keep the Shakespearian dialogue. So you need to focus.

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Long, Slow, Dated, Great staging

See it if you're a fan of Fiddler & want to see a beautiful, world-class staging. I don't love the show but the production design & directing was aces

Don't see it if you're looking for something fun & contemporary. This was my first time seeing Fiddler. I was ready to love it but found it extremely dull.

Also I'm a little torn here--I thought this production was gorgeous but I f... Read more Read less

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70
Silly, Puppets, Fun, Amusing, Slow

See it if you're a massive Golden Girls fan. (And this is the only reason to see it.) It's really fun to see the puppet mannerisms. The cast is great.

Don't see it if you're looking for something really clever or witty. This ain't Avenue Q. There are fun GG references but the dull story line really drags.

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86
Entertaining, Dazzling, Funny, Great singing

See it if This is easy. See it if you're a Kristin Chenoweth fan. Period. It's a concert. And you wouldn't go to a concert of an artist you don't like

Don't see it if This is easy too. Don't see if if you don't love Kristin Chenoweth. Or if you're looking for lavish sets or a big band (it's a 6-piece band)

Also Kristin was charming, very talkative & quite funny. I found her to be ... Read more Read less