Matty James

Orlando | 35-49 | Male
About:  Theatre Professional and Lover
Reviews (55)
100
Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to be completely intoxicated by astoundingly beautiful performances and even better staging.

Don't see it if You don’t love “concepts;” you don’t like Greek mythology.

Also Rachel Chavkin is an extraordinary visionary, which she displays in a ... Read more Read less

88
Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a lovely production of a beautiful Lanford Wilson script with an A-game cast, including a riveting Adam Driver.

Don't see it if You can’t handle monologue-heavy plays and intense character studies

75
Great singing, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if You love the movie or simply can’t miss the latest Disney spectacle on Broadway

Don't see it if You’re expecting more depth than was already there on screen.

Also The snow that falls during the finale will stay with you for days. Lit... Read more Read less

60
Ambitious, Great writing, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You have a need to once again see Glenda Jackson provide a tour de force performance, this time alongside Ruth Wilson (who is equally great)

Don't see it if You need a clear theme to understand or appreciate Shakespeare or if you’re expecting everyone to be at Glenda’s level.

Also Jackson and Wilson impress in an otherwise lackluster Lear.

95
Refreshing, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You have an appreciation for new interpretations of old warhorses and if you love great voices doing great things.

Don't see it if You can’t tolerate the classics being produced in any way different than how they’re always produced.

Also I loved this production. Magnetic and charismatic performers doing fre... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see three terrific actors turning in outstanding performances. Jones. Radcliffe, and Cannavale are great together!

Don't see it if You think everything is “fake news.”

90
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You want to see the impeccable Elaine May break hearts in her return to Broadway among a uniformly excellent cast.

Don't see it if You can’t handle seeing a difficult subject matter like dementia coming to life onstage.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if You want to see Glenn Close at the top of her game!

Don't see it if You aren’t into historical theatre!

Also Between this performance and her work in THE WIFE, 2018 is quite a yea... Read more Read less

41
Great acting, Excruciating, Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You want to see Idina Menzel in action without singing

Don't see it if You want a script with enough context to justify why these people treat each other the way they do. Unlikable. The lot of them.

Also Acting is great, but the script leaves them no favors.

98
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You want to see nine actors on their A-game; you appreciate resonant historical plays; another masterful Joe Mantello production.

Don't see it if You’re a homophobe; you’re expecting to laugh the entire time.

Also Parsons, Quinto, Bomer, and de Jesus ESPECIALLY deliver in this diffic... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You loved the movie and want to see how it translates to the stage.

Don't see it if You don’t like teenage reactions at the theatre (screaming and the like); you need the script and score to be equal (the script is better).

Also Performances are excellent and Fey’s book surprisingly terrific, but t... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You love to see the past recreated in the style of the Old Globe or if you appreciate the genius of Mark Rylance in his natural habitat.

Don't see it if You need a neatly wrapped up conclusion.

80
During previews
Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Romantic, Great writing

See it if You love this particular Rodgers and Hammerstein piece or any of the very gifted star performers.

Don't see it if You’re expecting to be blown away in the same way the Lincoln Center revival did

60
Ambitious, Great staging, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You want to marvel at theatrical design wizardry or if you’re a fan of the SpongeBob cartoon

Don't see it if You are expecting a life-altering theatrical experience. The design is amazing; the show itself is not.

75
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Slow, Resonant

See it if You like beautifully acted ensemble pieces in intimate venues

Don't see it if You are expecting light and frothy. This is a dark, dark play.

100
Profound, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if You want to see Michael Urie and Mercedes Reuhl lock heads in the most compelling scene of the season in one of the finest revivals in NYC.

Don't see it if You don’t care for gay stories

90
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You can appreciate a musical minus splash and bigger is better mentality and the desire to see human beings connect in an honest way onstage

Don't see it if You need production numbers and big, brassy musical theatre

90
Enchanting, Great singing, Resonant

See it if You have an appreciation for the history of Broadway, celebratory retrospectives, and incredibly gifted performers.

Don't see it if You need the plot of some famous hits spelled out for you.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky, Resonant, Profound

See it if You appreciate well-acted family dramas with terrific and keen acting.

Don't see it if You are adverse to discussion of death and/or dying.

Also Janeane Garofalo and Lili Taylor are outstanding.

60
Absorbing, Slow, Intense, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if You are a fan of Orwellian dystopias, ambitious technical theatre

Don't see it if You don't like a lot of exposition or are easily squeamish

90
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Epic, Great staging

See it if You appreciate strong political drama, engaging performances, deep ideas laced with humor, and a beautiful physical production.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy history, can't handle a long evening at the theatre

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You like thoughtful, provocative, incredibly directed/acted/written theatre.

Don't see it if You are homophobic, don't appreciate Paula Vogel

100
Absorbing, Relevant, Refreshing, Profound, Must see

See it if You want to be taken in by real situations played beautifully by an outstanding cast. Platt, Bay Jones, Faist, and Thompson are standouts.

Don't see it if You have something against a hipster feel.

100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Profound, Relevant, Must see

See it if You have a love for outstanding ensembles. Deeply moving and satisfying new musical that's very much at home on Broadway.

Don't see it if You don't like emotional reminders of 9/11.

80
Great acting, Epic, Must see

See it if You want to see Norma in a more sympathetic iteration. Close's performance has deepened considerably in the twenty years since the original

Don't see it if You are tired of concert-style staging.

Also Michael Xavier is outstanding!

75
Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You (like me) can’t miss Laurie Metcalf; you appreciate Lucas Hnath

Don't see it if You need a clear definition as to why the play is being produced NOW or expecting a clear resolution to the ideas expressed.

Also Stellar acting. Not a great play.

95
Profound, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate Arthur Miller’s work, you love astounding acting

Don't see it if You can’t handle deep conversation about depressing subject matter

Also Letts, Bening, and Walker are all magnificent in a compelling staging ... Read more Read less

80
Ink
Intelligent, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if You love Bertie Carvel and/or Jonny Lee Miller, interesting plays about real-life figures

Don't see it if You need everything tied up neatly

Also Carvel and Miller are superb, as is the surrounding ensemble, but mome... Read more Read less

95
Profound, Epic, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You love Nathan Lane, Kristine Nielsen, and Julie White doing what they do best.

Don't see it if You’re not a fan of crude humor, including dick jokes

Also Hilariously funny and unexpectedly touching.

75
During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You love the novel, love earnest and charming acting, or appreciate the work of Mr. Sher

Don't see it if You REALLY love the novel and don’t want to see anything other than the film.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want to see an impeccable ensemble perform an absorbing, richly developed clan of Irish folk and outstanding, fluid staging from Mendes.

Don't see it if You like your theatre light, frothy, short, and sweet. This piece can be menacing.

Also Easily the best play I’ve ever seen.... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want to see Stockard Channing give an absorbing performance and Hugh Dancy match her

Don't see it if You are expecting the material to match the performances.

85
During previews
Entertaining, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see some excellent acting by some straight white men.

Don't see it if You are expecting a resolution to the conflict.

Also Armie Hammer makes an assured Broadway debut. Josh Charles is also fan... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You love the Lincoln Center classic revivals they do so beautifully featuring a dynamite cast and beautiful staging/design.

Don't see it if You need it short and sweet, or if you don’t like British comedy.

Also Ambrose is a stunning Eliza for 2018!

95
Ambitious, Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You love the Harry Potter series or if you simply want to revel in the genius of John Tiffany’s direction.

Don't see it if You can’t handle the epic nature of Potter’s adventures.

Also Wonderful acting in a seamlessly staged production. It’s dazzling.

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Epic, Intense

See it if You have an appreciation for Shakespeare, theatre in nature, and great acting.

Don't see it if You don’t like Shakespeare or get nervous by the elements of nature getting in the way of the performance.

Also All four principal performances were mesmerizing, with Corey Stoll’s I... Read more Read less

98
During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Profound

See it if You want to see one of the finest ensemble in a towering acting achievement.

Don't see it if You are homophobic or can’t handle a long narrative that calls on the fantastical to tell its story..

Also The entire cast is magnificent.

100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want to be moved by the sensational theatricality of Michael Arden’s gorgeous production with a great, great reading of the material.

Don't see it if You want to miss one of the great revivals of the season

70
Cliched, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if You are curious about seeing Uma Thurman perform in the flesh in a slight political drama

Don't see it if You’re expecting the cat and mouse intrigue of HOUSE OF CARDS

Also Uma is better than critics gave her credit for in a play that seems to... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Absorbing, Exquisite, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You are a fan of beautifully written and painfully truthful pieces of theatre

Don't see it if You don’t like Albee or similar styled plays

Also Glenda Jackson, Laurie Metcalf, and Alison Pill turn in tour de force ... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Riveting, Dizzying

See it if You appreciate experimental theatre and the fascinating approaches of the Elevator Repair Service

Don't see it if You can’t sit for 2 hours and 15 minutes with no intermission, you need the delivery straightforward, or if you’re a purist.

95
During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You are impressed by extraordinary acting backed by ambitious tech, deeply connected acting, and gut wrenching final moments.

Don't see it if You have no taste.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if You can appreciate thought-provoking, reexaminations of classic theatre. Impeccably acted by Metcalf, Houdyshell, and Rashad.

Don't see it if You can't handle your classics reassessed.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if You appreciate strong female characters created by a strong female writer played by strong female actors.

Don't see it if You can't look past some contrivances or some weak stage combat.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Must see, Riveting

See it if You want to see dynamic performances in an intimate setting

Don't see it if You need your Sweeney big and brash

Also Easily the best Sweeney Todd I've ever seen. An incredible production.... Read more Read less

79
Dated, Great acting, Great singing, Epic, Romantic

See it if You are a fan of strong leading ladies, power ballads, the British mega musical

Don't see it if You hate any of the things listed above!

Also Eva Noblezeda is astounding in a role once owned by Lea Salonga. Lea w... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Riveting

See it if You want to see two able actresses make playing two difficult roles effortlessly among an ensemble of solid supporting players.

Don't see it if You need fast-moving theatre. While this is the fastest FOXES I've seen, it simmers slowly but steadily.

20
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if You have an attachment to the cartoon or to Flaherty and Ahrens' occasionally lovely score.

Don't see it if You know anything about history or expect theatricality from a Broadway production.

95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see a focused and transcendent Jake Gyllenhaal in an artistic performance that will long be remembered.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of Sondheim's Pulitzer work.

79
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Profound

See it if You want to see an incredible actress strip away the fluff and allow herself to be seen naked (while clothed) in an ambitious interpretation

Don't see it if You need a set, costumes, and excessive production value, or if you thought the 2013 revival was the only way to do MENAGERIE.