MaxD

New York City | 35-49 | Male
About:  I am a teacher who enjoys theater, art, music, and literature.
Reviews (126)
50
Profane, Insipid, Edgy, Dated, Confusing

See it if you are a Chekhov fan and want to see a parody.

Don't see it if you want to see a coherent story with relatable characters. This is a bit of a mess.

47
Quirky, Indulgent, Fluffy, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if you want to see impressive crafts - costumes, set, hair/makeup, and lighting are all top-notch.

Don't see it if you want to see a good show. This is over-the-top and loud with characters you feel no connection to and a story that goes on too long.

80
Rinse, Repeat
Midtown W
Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a powerful story about a young woman with an eating disorder.

Don't see it if you want a light-hearted and/or large-scale production. This play is on a simple set and tackles a serious issue.

84
Douglas
Gramercy
Relevant, Hilarious, Intelligent, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want to see a brilliant stand-up comedian deliver a funny and provocative set.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a thought-provoking stand-up act.

80
During previews
Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you want to see two very talented actors deliver two very well-written and thought-provoking monologues.

Don't see it if you want to see a play in which you see the action. This play consists of two monologues where you are told what happened

84
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if a unique and incredibly thought-provoking piece of theater that both educates and entertains. Heidi Schreck is brilliant.

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional play with a plot and well-developed characters.

60
Rock of Ages
Midtown W
Fluffy, Funny, Cliched, Banal, Delightful

See it if you want a cheesy show with 80s rock music and over-the-top acting.

Don't see it if you want a more serious show with three-dimensional characters and a more substantive plot.

73
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a well-acted story about a key yet not well-known figure in baseball history.

Don't see it if you want something more traditionally entertaining. The show has its moments but is a bit slow in spots.

88
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a strong interpretation of a myth with strong staging, singing, and acting.

Don't see it if you prefer shows that aren't sung through and/or are more contemporary.

64
Fairview
Brooklyn
Intelligent, Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you want to see a thought-provoking exploration of race that will certainly get you thinking.

Don't see it if you want a linear story with traditional character arcs. This production isn't what you expect after the first 20 minutes or so.

79
Ink
Midtown W
Intelligent, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Clever

See it if you want to see a well-acted and well-staged story that takes place in the past but still resonates with current times.

Don't see it if you don't want to watch a story about the underbelly of print journalism. This isn't a feel-good story.

79
Romantic, Profound, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if a very well-acted two hander performed by two great stage actors.

Don't see it if you want a more exciting or action-driven show. This is a dialogue-driven show with two characters and one setting.

60
During previews
The Mother
Chelsea
Clever, Banal, Confusing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see Isabelle Huppert perform a complex role with great skill.

Don't see it if you want a coherent, entertaining story.

65
During previews
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Funny, Confusing, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you are a fan of John Guare plays and/or John Larroquette.

Don't see it if you want a coherent, realistic story. This is a bit of an unusual tale, entertaining but a bit confusing in parts.

63
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy, Banal, Ambitious

See it if you want to see the technical marvel that is the King Kong puppet. It is truly impressive.

Don't see it if you want a musical with an exciting book and/or a memorable score. This musical isn't that. It's all about the puppet.

68
Clever, Enchanting, Great staging, Fluffy, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of the movie "Frozen" and want to see a technically impressive live version of the film.

Don't see it if you don't want to watch a live action version of a Disney movie.

73
Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if you are a Cher fan and want to see a well-acted and well-sung story of her life.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy biographical musicals and/or Cher's music.

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a thought-provoking story with a strong lead performance by Jeremy Pope.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in a story that takes place in a high school and/or if you want a more light-hearted production.

80
Clever, Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if a fairly brief, well-acted, and well-written play that poses interesting questions about facts vs. truth.

Don't see it if you want more depth. This is a brisk play with a lot of back and forth, but the ending is ambiguous, and the issues raised aren't resolved.

87
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Riveting

See it if you want to experience a powerfully written and performed play with a wallop of an ending.

Don't see it if you want a fast-moving show. While the pace picks up at the end, this is a 3-hour plus play, and act one is pretty much all exposition.

88
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Riveting, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you want to experience a taut 90-minute production that doesn't waste a minute and tackles powerful issues with intelligence and grace.

Don't see it if you want a lighthearted or fluffy show. This is an intense play that will stay with you after you leave the theater.

79
During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Great acting

See it if you enjoyed the film "Tootsie" and/or if you are looking for a fun, entertaining musical.

Don't see it if you don't live in or are visiting Chicago. This is a good show, but it's still being developed. I'd recommend waiting until it comes to NYC.

75
Clever, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want to see a thought-provoking experience about white male privilege and what truly constitutes success.

Don't see it if you want a play with more well-defined characters that are more than just archetypes.

80
Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you want to see a very well-acted production that takes place in the late 60s but still has relevance today.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with a show about gay men and issues facing them 50 years ago and today.

78
Skintight
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to see an entertaining play about beauty and relationships featuring a strong performance from Idina Menzel.

Don't see it if you want a show that explores more complicated themes and has more well-developed characters.

60
During previews
Betrayal
Midtown W
Clever, Slow, Overrated, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if you want to see three talented actors. The lead performances are fairly strong.

Don't see it if you want to be entertained. This play is mostly characters sitting and talking to each other. Not much action and not particularly engaging.

66
During previews
Make Believe
Midtown W
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a strong second half with strong performances, especially by Samantha Mathis and Susannah Flood.

Don't see it if you want to avoid a hard to follow first half of child actors trying their best in a story that just doesn't work.

81
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Hilarious, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want to see an enjoyable musical comedy with an impressive lead turn from Santino Fontana.

Don't see it if you want a more dramatic night at the theater and/or if you are uncomfortable watching a man impersonating a woman.

80
Intelligent, Relevant, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a well-mounted revival of a classic musical.

Don't see it if you don't want to read subtitles while watching the performance.

65
Broadway Bounty Hunter
West Village
Quirky, Fluffy, Cliched, Funny, Enchanting

See it if you want a fun show (just don't overthink the plot holes) with good acting and some laugh-out-loud moments.

Don't see it if you want a more cohesive production with three-dimensional characters and a strong, logical plot.

76
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting

See it if you want to see a well-executed production about the Temptations with strong acting and singing and stellar choreography.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of the Temptations music and/or do not like jukebox musicals in general.

73
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Overrated, Refreshing, Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if a well-mounted jukebox musical charting the rise of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Don't see it if you want an original musical and/or are not a fan of the Four Seasons' music.

52
I Spy a Spy
Midtown W
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you want a silly yet fairly entertaining farce.

Don't see it if you want a more serious or elaborately staged production.

72
Relevant, Romantic, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a uniquely well-staged production of a classic with some strong acting and some interesting directorial choices.

Don't see it if you want a more traditional version of a classic musical. Some parts of this production work really well; others, though. fall flat.

82
Relevant, Intelligent, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a well-acted interpretation of a highly regarded piece of literature.

Don't see it if you want a more action-driven or elaborately staged musical. This is a fairly simply - yet beautifully - staged production.

79
Burn This
Midtown W
Relevant, Romantic, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you want to see a well-acted, character-driven story anchored by strong lead performances by Adam Driver and Keri Russell.

Don't see it if you want a more contemporary, action-driven show than a production that takes place in the 1980s with a single set.

87
All My Sons
Midtown W
Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you want to experience a very well-acted production of an Arthur Miller classic that will stay with you long after you leave the theater.

Don't see it if you prefer more contemporary and/or comedic shows.

60
During previews
Daddy
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Slow, Quirky, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an interesting story anchored by strong performances.

Don't see it if you want a more conventional story that is easy to follow and has a clear resolution.

63
During previews
Banal, Cliched, Funny, Fluffy, Relevant

See it if you want to see a somewhat entertaining high school-set musical with decent acting and some good songs.

Don't see it if you are not interested in seeing a story about high school kids.

73
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you want to watch two great actors give stellar performances in a thought-provoking play.

Don't see it if you want a more comedic or visually spectacular theatrical experience.

73
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Romantic

See it if you want to see a well-mounted revival of a classic show.

Don't see it if you want an edgier and/or unpredictable story.

82
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy, Romantic

See it if you want a funny, over-the-top musical with a decent score.

Don't see it if you want a more dramatic and/or subtle theater experience.

78
During previews
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a thought-provoking play with a stellar lead performance and innovative staging.

Don't see it if you want to see a more traditional production. The combination of live and recorded can be a bit much at times.

81
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a well-acted production of a classic novel whose themes remain relevant today.

Don't see it if you're a "To Kill a Mockingbird" purist. Some changes made for the stage (like having the children played by adults) may disappoint.

79
During previews
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to see a funny yet powerful story featuring strong performances from Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl.

Don't see it if you want a tighter production. Act 1 drags a bit, and the play is a bit long. Act 2, though, is especially strong.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Resonant

See it if you want to see a moving story of a woman succumbing to depression with a masterful performance by Elaine May.

Don't see it if you want a more lighthearted or unpredictable story. As a memory play, you know from the beginning how this story ends.

80
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if you enjoyed the film "Pretty Woman" and/or if you want an entertaining romantic musical that's well-acted and well-sung.

Don't see it if you want something that's edgier and less predictable.

69
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Cliched, Fluffy, Romantic

See it if you want an entertaining night of theater - a show that's predictable but features some laughs and will keep you engaged.

Don't see it if you want a more thought-provoking and unpredictable theater experience.

80
Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a well-acted non-linear story about a woman's life that features a compelling story line.

Don't see it if you want a linear and more traditional play.

79
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Enchanting

See it if you want to see a fun, frothy show that's funny and features good music.

Don't see it if you want a more serious and/or plot driven experience.