MaxD

Cuyahoga Falls | 35-49 | Male
About:  I am a teacher who enjoys theater, art, music, and literature.
Reviews (254)
64
Perfect Crime
Midtown W
Interesting, Slow, Confusing, Entertaining, Clever
November 19th, 2022

See it if you want to see a murder mystery that's been playing in New York for a very long time. The show's confusing, but it holds your interest.

Don't see it if you want a coherent production. The show has its moments, but it's hard to follow, and the plot doesn't quite make sense.

71
BLINDNESS
Gramercy
Clever, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Relevant
November 19th, 2022

See it if you want a unique experience that somewhat immerses you in the world of the narrator through strong sound design and powerful narration.

Don't see it if you want to see an actual play. This is a recording you listen to in the dark. It's riveting, but it's not really a production.

69
Disappointing, Resonant, Great acting, Slow, Intelligent
November 19th, 2022

See it if you want to see a stellar company perform a classic text. The acting in this show is strong across the board.

Don't see it if you want a play with more of a plot. This play consists of a lot of talking where characters tell you about what happened in the past.

70
1776 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Relevant, Entertaining, Great casting, Great staging
November 19th, 2022

See it if you want traditional musical with non-traditional casting. It was interesting to see the show with an all female or non-binary cast.

Don't see it if you want a more radical interpretation of a classic musical. Casting aside, this is a pretty by-the-books revival of the show.

70
Enjoyable, Cliched, Entertaining, Great songs, Great dancing
November 19th, 2022

See it if you enjoy Michael Jackson's music and want to experience a well-acted bio-musical about his life.

Don't see it if you want a deeper dive into Michael Jackson's life. This show just skims the surface and shies away from controversial elements of his life.

70
Pleasant, Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining
November 19th, 2022

See it if you want a fun, traditional, big musical with a large ensemble and big dance numbers.

Don't see it if you want a more innovative show. This is a pretty traditional revival that isn't particularly different from other productions of this show.

70
Romantic, Slow, Fun, Good acting, Entertaining
November 19th, 2022

See it if you enjoyed the film "Almost Famous" and/or if you want to see an entertaining coming-of-age musical.

Don't see it if you want originality. The musical is very similar but not as good as the film. The story and songs, while fine, don't reinvent the wheel.

70
Powerful, Intelligent, Great acting, Resonant, Relevant
November 19th, 2022

See it if you want to see a powerful interpretation of a classic play anchored by stellar performances by Wendell Pierce and Sharon D. Clarke.

Don't see it if you want a shorter and/or lighter play. This is a long, heavy, and tragic play with a lot of yelling.

70
Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Powerful, Intelligent
November 19th, 2022

See it if to experience a star-making performance by Jaquel Spivey and a musical unlike any other on Broadway right now.

Don't see it if you are more of a traditionalist. As noted above, this is not a traditional musical. It features a small ensemble and a unique story.

72
Fun, Resonant, Great score, Entertaining, Clever
November 19th, 2022

See it if you want to see a somewhat bare bones yet enjoyable revival of a classic musical with a strong cast.

Don't see it if you want a more ambitious production. The show is well-done, but it's not the lavish production that some musicals are.

72
During previews
Thought-provoking, Tragic, Powerful, Resonant, Great acting
November 19th, 2022

See it if you want to experience the incredible talent that is Audra McDonald. She is the entire show, and she delivers a very strong performance.

Don't see it if you aren't an Audra McDonald fan and/or if you want a longer play. At only about 75 minutes, this is shorter than a typical Broadway play.

72
During previews
Great songs, Great dancing, Fun, Great singing, Entertaining
November 19th, 2022

See it if you enjoy Neil Diamond's songs and want to see a jukebox musical about his life.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy Neil Diamond's songs and/or you want a more innovative approach to the jukebox bio-musical genre.

72
Profound, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent
November 19th, 2022

See it if you want to experience a powerful, tragic, and well-acted play about a Jewish family devastated by the Holocaust.

Don't see it if you aren't able to pay really close attention for over two hours. This is a long one act play with a lot of characters to keep track of.

73
Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting
November 19th, 2022

See it if you want to experience two stellar performances and a well-written play. The last 15 minutes or so are especially powerful.

Don't see it if you want a more action-driven play over one that's more wordy. While the last scene is quite impactful, some earlier scenes drag a bit.

76
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing
November 19th, 2022

See it if you want to see a powerful interpretation of a classic play featuring strong acting and a powerful ending.

Don't see it if you are a traditionalist who doesn't want to see a version of a classic that takes a few directorial liberties with the text.

77
SIX (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great music, Enjoyable, Great singing, Funny, Clever
November 19th, 2022

See it if you want to experience a fun concert-like show featuring six strong performers singing one of the best Broadway scores in recent years.

Don't see it if you want something more than an 80-minute concert. This is a short show and is in some ways more like a concert than a traditional musical.

78
During previews
Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
November 19th, 2022

See it if you want to experience a fun night out and enjoy a show with a clever book, great dancing, and strong performances.

Don't see it if you didn't like "Some Like It Hot" (the film) and/or if you want a more dramatic production.

79
Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
November 19th, 2022

See it if to experience a powerful story with stellar performances and singing by Victoria Clark, Justin Cooley, and Bonnie Milligan.

Don't see it if you like musicals with large ensembles and big dance numbers. This is a small-scale musical with a big heart.

83
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing
November 19th, 2022

See it if you want to experience an entertaining, thought-provoking, and well-acted drama featuring several powerful moments.

Don't see it if you don't want to watch a show that contains nudity and tackles homophobia.

84
Resonant, Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting
November 19th, 2022

See it if you want to experience a powerful and well-acted drama full of poignancy that will stay with you for a long time.

Don't see it if you want a light-hearted, fun night of theater. This is a serious drama with some occasional funny moments, but it certainly isn't light.

85
Joyous, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever
November 19th, 2022

See it if you want to experience a fun musical with a clever book that wears its heart on its sleeve and features well-known pop hits.

Don't see it if you want a more serious or realistic show. This is a fun night out that requires a suspension of disbelief.

81
During previews
Resonant, Intense, Great acting, Long, Brutal
March 11th, 2020

See it if you want to see a powerfully acted revival of a classic play about a disintegrating marriage.

Don't see it if you want a feel-good evening. This is a brutal show, and it will not leave you uplifted. It's absolutely worth seeing, but it's grueling.

74
During previews
Informative, Well-staged, Long, Intelligent, Well-acted
March 10th, 2020

See it if you want to see an innovatively staged production in which you learn about the Lehman brothers and their descendants over 150+ years.

Don't see it if you want a concise, entertaining play. This show has a lot of narration and sometimes feels like a well-produced history lesson.

66
The Hot Wing King
Midtown W
Relevant, Poignant, Inconsistent, Too long, Funny
March 6th, 2020

See it if you're a fan of Katori Hall's work and/or you want to see a story that has some genuinely funny moments and some truly touching ones, too.

Don't see it if you want a consistent show. This is a mix of comedy and drama that are only somewhat compelling, and the tonal shifts don't quite work.

74
During previews
Sanctuary City
West Village
Relevant, Confusing, Inconsistent, Well-acted, Thoughtful
March 5th, 2020

See it if you want to experience a powerful, well-acted story of an undocumented young man and his friend since childhood who gets citizenship status.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through a disjointed first part with repeated dialogue and non-linear storytelling. The second half is much better.

74
During previews
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Well-acted, Relevant, Slow, Funny
March 3rd, 2020

See it if you want to see an imaginative revival of a classic musical focusing on a 35-year-old woman navigating being single.

Don't see it if you want a taut script and a fast-paced show. While entertaining, this is a slow and somewhat repetitive storyline.

68
During previews
Drift
Midtown W
Well-acted, Tragic, Loud, Resonant, Slow
March 2nd, 2020

See it if you want to see a tragic tale about three brothers whose parents died, one of whom may have been murdered - serious fare that's well-acted.

Don't see it if you don't want a lot of yelling. The characters are understandably angry. The play has some powerful moments, but the yelling is too much.

83
For a previous production
Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Intelligent, Riveting, Funny, Absorbing
March 1st, 2020

See it if you want to see a well-written black comedy with some intense moments and some strong performances. Fans of Martin McDonagh will enjoy this.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a show with dark humor, violence, and/or British accents. This isn't a feel-good show, but it is an entertaining one.

90
For a previous production
Coal Country
West Village
Well-written, Well-acted, Resonant, Relevant, Profound
February 28th, 2020

See it if you want to see a beautifully told true story with powerful acting about a mine explosion and the impact on those left behind.

Don't see it if you want a lighthearted show and/or one where characters interact. This is a tragedy told by characters telling their story to the audience.

74
During previews
Relevant, Funny, Intense, Clever, Well-acted
February 27th, 2020

See it if you want to see a story of a small-town city council that's an interesting mix of comedy, mystery/thriller, and social commentary.

Don't see it if you want a play with a consistent tone. The shift from comedy to drama is abrupt and doesn't quite work.

80
Edgy, Entertaining, Ambitious, Innovative, Riveting
February 26th, 2020

See it if you want to see a powerful modern retelling of a classic musical with strong performances and choreography.

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional version of WSS. This is a radical interpretation that likely would not appeal to purists.

73
Tumacho (2020)
East Village
Quirky, Silly, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny
February 25th, 2020

See it if you want a fun 90 minutes. This is a silly show with several laughs and a company of actors who appear to be having a great time.

Don't see it if you want something serious and/or a show with a meaningful plot. This is simply a fun show where the plot doesn't really matter.

79
During previews
The Perplexed
Midtown W
Delightful, Engaging, Well-acted, Funny, Entertaining
February 23rd, 2020

See it if you want to see an enjoyable comedy about two families at a wedding with some clever writing and a top-notch cast.

Don't see it if you want serious drama or a play that addresses into a particular issue. This is simply a fun night at the theater.

40
The Commons
Midtown E
Slow, Disappointing, Funny, Banal, Cliched
February 23rd, 2020

See it if you want to see a story about four young adults living together and the conflicts that naturally come from being roommates.

Don't see it if you want three-dimensional, engaging characters and a story with a plot. This story is mainly about characters whining about minor problems.

66
Inconsistent, Poignant, Great acting, Disappointing, Slow
February 22nd, 2020

See it if you want to see Laura Linney live. She gives a strong performance in a play that has some good moments.

Don't see it if you want to be entertained for the duration of the play. While some parts are touching, other portions just drag.

78
During previews
Well-acted, Entertaining, Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting
February 17th, 2020

See it if you want to see a new throughly enjoyable version of a classic musical, anchored by a charming performance by Beth Malone.

Don't see it if you don't like traditional musicals and/or if you prefer your musicals to be edgy.

84
During previews
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Absorbing, Touching, Well-sung, Well-acted, Beautiful
February 17th, 2020

See it if you want to see a beautifully written story about lost love featuring strong acting and a lovely and emotional score.

Don't see it if you want a large-scale music with big production numbers, elaborate sets, and dancing. This is an intimate, character-driven show.

76
During previews
72 Miles to Go...
Midtown W
Well-acted, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant
February 15th, 2020

See it if you want to see a well-acted, well-written, and thoughtful story of a family coping with the matriarch's deportation.

Don't see it if you want a fast-paced show. This is deliberately paced but is consistently engaging.

50
Look Back In Anger
East Village
Overrated, Well-acted, Relevant, Talky, Slow
February 15th, 2020

See it if you want to see a bleak show about an angry and cruel man and those who tolerate, care about, argue with, and/or complain about him.

Don't see it if you want a light-hearted show and/or one driven by action. This show has some powerful moments, but it also drags in parts.

50
During previews
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Clever, Engaging, Overacted, Eerie, Campy
February 14th, 2020

See it if you want to see an interesting interpretation of the Dracula tale with some campy moments and over-the-top performances.

Don't see it if you want a more traditional version of Dracula and/or if you want a story that sticks to one genre. This varies between horror and camp.

83
During previews
Dana H.
Gramercy
Riveting, Intense, Harrowing, Great acting, Intelligent
February 13th, 2020

See it if you want to see a powerful production about a woman's terrifying ordeal featuring a stellar performance from Deirdre O'Connell.

Don't see it if you want lighthearted fare and/or a more traditional type of play. This is a one-woman show in which the lead character tells us her story.

70
Powerful, Slow, Intelligent, Well-acted, Tragic
February 13th, 2020

See it if you want to see a well-acted version of the classic Shakespearean tragedy, anchored by a strong lead performance by Ruth Negga.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through three and a half hours of Shakespeare. The show has some strong moments, but it does drag in places.

64
During previews
Poignant, Sad, Well-sung, Slow, Disappointing
February 12th, 2020

See it if you want to see a deliberately paced play with some powerful moments that features several well-sung Bob Dylan songs.

Don't see it if you want to see a Broadway-caliber musical. This is a inconsistent play in which characters periodically sing Bob Dylan songs.

58
Tape
West Village
Inconsistent, Relevant, Intriguing, Confusing, Disappointing
February 8th, 2020

See it if you want to see a short play with an intriguing theme and some good moments.

Don't see it if you want a high-quality production. Character development is minimal; some character decisions have no rationale; acting is inconsistent.

83
During previews
Well-acted, Intelligent, Resonant, Intense, Powerful
February 8th, 2020

See it if you want to see a powerful play with music about the Khmer Rouge that features strong acting and singing.

Don't see it if you prefer lighthearted fare and/or you want a play that grips you from the get go. This is a bit of a slow start, but Act 2 is stellar.

65
During previews
Too long, Thought-provoking, Well-acted, Relevant, Slow
February 6th, 2020

See it if you want to see a well-acted tale of a 16 y.o. in poverty struggling with an alcoholic mom but possessing a resilient spirit.

Don't see it if you don't want to see what could be a strong one act play stretched into two acts by adding fantasy sequences that weaken the plot.

84
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Beautifully written, Well-acted, Resonant
February 5th, 2020

See it if you want to experience a show with well-developed characters that is quite moving. The show features strong acting and writing.

Don't see it if you want a lighthearted comedy or a musical. While there are some funny moments here and there, this is heartfelt drama with a sad climax.

52
During previews
Thought-provoking, Heartbreaking, Well-acted, Disappointing, Confusing
February 4th, 2020

See it if you want to see a powerful play about mental health and suicide anchored by the three talented actresses who play the protagonists.

Don't see it if you want to be able to watch every scene & hear every line of dialogue. The concurrent scenes & overlapping dialogue make this impossible.

50
During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Edgy, Powerful, Different, Slow, Disappointing
February 2nd, 2020

See it if you want to see a unique interpretation of a classic tale with only two actors assuming all the roles and more monologues than interactions.

Don't see it if you want to see a play in which actors play specific roles an interact with each other in the traditional style of a play.

70
The Shadow Box
East Village
Resonant, Well-acted, Sad, Slow, Thought-provoking
January 31st, 2020

See it if you want to see a well-acted story of three terminal patients and their loved ones. It's a sad story but a powerful one.

Don't see it if you want consistent, lighthearted entertainment. This is a serious, somber show that is a bit slow in places but overall is well-done.