MaxD

New York City | 35-49 | Male
About:  I am a teacher who enjoys theater, art, music, and literature.
Reviews (191)
65
During previews
Entertaining, Fluffy, Slow, Dated, Funny

See it if you want to see a reasonably well-acted 19th-Century comedy with some fairly funny parts, especially in act 2.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through an overlong act 1 and/or if you don't want to see a play with 19th-Century language.

78
Well-acted, Resonant, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a well-acted and well-written tale of four struggling people that deftly balances comedy and pathos.

Don't see it if you want an elaborate production and/or a show that is strictly a drama or solely a comedy.

65
During previews
The Thin Place
Midtown W
Slow, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Edgy

See it if you want to experience a powerful 30 minutes that's eerie and profound, anchored by a strong performance from the lead actress.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through 60 minutes of a meandering story that isn't particularly engaging in order to get to that powerful 30 minutes.

72
During previews
Intelligent, Well-acted, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you're a fan of Harry Hamlin and/or Stefanie Powers and want to see them in three related tales involving siblings and a plane crash.

Don't see it if you want a more elaborate production with character arcs. This is 80 minutes, four scenes, one set, and two actors playing multiple parts.

50
During previews
Slow, Relevant, Disappointing, Cliched, Funny

See it if you want to see a well-acted, relatable story about a middle aged man dealing with his aging father.

Don't see it if you want a play that explores new ground. This is a pretty by-the-books story that isn't particularly engaging or memorable.

72
Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a well-staged and well-sung production of a classic musical with a great score.

Don't see it if you want a full-blown musical. Given its limited run, this isn't quite fully formed, but it is entertaining and worth seeing.

0
Great dancing, Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal, Cliched

See it if you want to see the Rockettes. They are talented.

Don't see it if you enjoy live events. This is a mess - plotless and cheesy with an audience full of people snacking, talking, taking photos and videos.

78
Fluffy, Campy, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want a well-acted, fun, silly musical about a man-eating plant.

Don't see it if you want either a more serious musical or one with elaborate production numbers. This is a fairly simply staged show that's silly and fun.

73
During previews
Relevant, Thoughtful, Slow, Moving, Well-acted

See it if you want to see a moving production about a couple dealing with tragedy & change featuring stellar performances by Ms. Nielsen & Mr. Quinn.

Don't see it if you want an action-packed production. This is a deliberate, thoughtful piece that is occasionally a bit slow but definitely worth seeing.

79
During previews
Great singing, Profound, Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy Alanis Morrissette music and topical stories that touch on relevant issues including sexual assault and drug addiction.

Don't see it if you want a musical in which the score and book are seamlessly integrated. Some Alanis songs connect to the story very well; others don't.

70
An Enchanted April
Midtown W
Sweet, Delightful, Slow, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you want to see a modest musical with good performances and a feel-good story.

Don't see it if you want an unpredictable, action-packed, or elaborate musical. This is a simple production and story, albeit one that is well-told & sung.

94
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Must see, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to experience a brilliant play with several incredibly powerful moments and wonderful acting.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through a six-hour play that, while exceptional, is long.

83
FEAR
West Village
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intense, Great acting

See it if you want to see a taut, well-acted thriller that fully engages... a rare play that actually seems too short.

Don't see it if you want a lighthearted experience. This is an intense show with a disturbing ending.

68
During previews
Molly Sweeney
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Overlong, Slow, Profound, Resonant

See it if you want to see a well-acted and occasionally powerful - but somewhat overlong - series of interwoven monolgues.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through an overlong first act and/or if you want a play in which characters interact with each other.

59
During previews
Intelligent, Uneven, Slow, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a series of well-performed monologues/poems, some of which are riveting, some of which are a bit dull.

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional play with a beginning, middle, and end and characters who evolve over the course of the show.

75
During previews
Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking, Enigmatic, Clever

See it if you want to see a well-acted play that blurs the line between what is real and what is not and leaves you wondering about what you just saw.

Don't see it if you want a more straightforward play that is easy to understand and/or if you want a more elaborate production. This is a two-hander.

56
During previews
Violent, Barebones, Tragic, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a well-acted, barebones adaptation of "The Scottish Play" that features some strong acting and clocks in at about 105 mins.

Don't see it if you either prefer your Shakespeare with elaborate period costumes and sets or if you don't like Shakespeare at all.

71
During previews
Seared
Midtown W
Delightful, Loud, Relevant, Intelligent, Funny

See it if you want to see a reasonably entertaining play about the restaurant business anchored by strong acting.

Don't see it if you want a quieter play. A large portion of the show involves characters yelling at each other. At times, it's just too much.

35
During previews
Soft Power
East Village
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Boring, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an ambitious mess - a show with very good intentions that is poorly executed.

Don't see it if you want a coherent story. This is a surreal and bizarre experience.

20
During previews
Banal, Slow, Fluffy, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you are a big fan of the "Percy Jackson" novels.

Don't see it if you want to see a Broadway-caliber show. This is above-average community theater and not anywhere close to Broadway standards.

72
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Resonant, Great acting, Cliched, Clever, Funny

See it if you want to see a well-acted story of a middle-aged man and his various relationships.

Don't see it if you want a more succinct play (this one clocks in a little under three hours) and/or a likable protagonist.

30
During previews
Dublin Carol
Chelsea
Boring, Thought-provoking, Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want to hear Irish accents for 80 minutes.

Don't see it if you want a coherent plot. This is an alcoholic talking about his demons with very little action or forward momentum.

64
Fern Hill
Midtown E
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Disappointing, Funny

See it if you want to see six veteran actors on stage. It is a treat to see them perform.

Don't see it if you want a play that will engage you. Not much happens until the last part of act two, then the play abruptly ends without resolution.

63
During previews
Intense, Disturbing, Dark, Quirky, Edgy

See it if you want to see an intense show about teenage girls dealing with various traumas.

Don't see it if you want a lighthearted experience. The final 20 minutes or so of this show is violent and disturbing.

5
Blue Man Group
East Village
Fluffy, Dizzying, Pointless, Painful, Loud

See it if you like loud, flashy shows with no dialogue and no plot.

Don't see it if you want a coherent narrative and/or a show that is entertaining rather than just loud noises and flashing lights.

60
Intelligent, Informative, Well-acted, Relevant, Slow

See it if you want to see a well-acted play about the friendship of two intelligent scientists that provides insights into their personalities.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy talky, historical plays about notable scientists that is a bit repetitive.

64
Entertaining, Great staging, Slow, Dated, Opulent

See it if a well-mounted and visually stunning production with a strong central performance by Kelli O'Hara.

Don't see it if you want a more contemporary musical. This is a classic musical that has some strong moments but also drags in other parts.

74
During previews
MsTRIAL
Midtown W
Well-acted, Resonant, Relevant, Cliched, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a drama about sexual assault that contains strong acting and has a particularly strong second act.

Don't see it if you want something original. While engrossing, this is similar to the type of story you would see on a show like "Law & Order: SVU."

68
During previews
Sing Street
East Village
Disappointing, Relevant, Slow, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a fairly well-acted teen drama with music that has the potential to evolve into a much stronger production.

Don't see it if you want a fully formed musical. Act 1 has very few songs, and the show as a whole still has a ways to go before it becomes a cohesive show.

77
During previews
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Relevant, Resonant, Intelligent, Tragic, Absorbing

See it if you want to experience a powerful, tragic, well-acted production that tackles serious issues fairly well.

Don't see it if you want a comedy and/or if you poor sight lines bother you. Poles limit the view, making it harder to appreciate the show.

72
For the Girls
Midtown W
Enchanting, Fun, Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of Kristin Chenoweth. She does a great job and makes the evening enjoyable.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Ms. Chenoweth. While the show is good, I don't think it would convert a non-fan.

68
Entertaining, Absorbing, Relevant, Slow, Great acting

See it if to see a great performance by Kathleen Chalfant and learn about the life of Mabel Loomis Todd.

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional play. This is a solo show in which a speech is delivered, so it's more of a well-delivered speech than a play.

75
During previews
Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to experience a thought-provoking play about moments that make up a life.

Don't see it if you want an easy-to-follow play. With actors playing difficult roles and various actors playing one character, the play can be confusing.

70
During previews
Delightful, Festive, Entertaining, Sentimental, Slow

See it if you want to see a well-acted version of this classic tale, with a little bit of singing thrown in for good measure.

Don't see it if you've seen the story before and don't feel the need to see it again. This is a competent production, but it isn't revelatory.

15
During previews
Einstein's Dreams
Midtown E
Slow, Boring, Disappointing, Banal, Confusing

See it if you are interested in Albert Einstein, the theory of relativity, period pieces, mediocre music, and romance.

Don't see it if you want a coherent show. This is a confusing production with a poorly written book, forgettable songs, and mediocre performances.

50
During previews
Long, Slow, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want a thought-provoking piece of theater with some strong moments of acting from a talented ensemble.

Don't see it if you want a focused, coherent play. At three hours, this play drags in parts and, while ambitious, doesn't quite come together.

71
During previews
Cliched, Entertaining, Relevant, Slow, Great singing

See it if you want to see well-sung versions of Tina Turner hits and/or witness a tour-de-force performance by Adrienne Warren.

Don't see it if you want a coherent book and an in-depth look at Tina Turner's life. The show covers so much time that there isn't much depth.

25
During previews
The Michaels
East Village
Plotless, Relevant, Slow, Boring, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a slice-of-life dialogue in which characters converse over a single evening.

Don't see it if you want to see a play in which things actually happen and there are character arcs. Dialogue is realistic but not entertaining or engaging.

64
During previews
Sad, Slow, Resonant, Romantic, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a well-acted musical adaptation of the classic story of Cyrano de Bergerac.

Don't see it if you want a traditional musical with big production numbers and a leading actor who is a great singer.

52
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Banal, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow

See it if you want to see an FBI transcript acted out with a strong lead performance by Emily Davis.

Don't see it if you want to see an actual play. This is an actual FBI interview acted out. There's no formal plot; it's just an interview.

78
During previews
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an entertaining and thoughtful one-man show with a strong performance from Harvey Fierstein and an interesting protagonist.

Don't see it if you prefer more elaborate shows (this is one character in a single setting) and/or if you do not want a political show.

68
During previews
Power Strip
Upper W Side
Sad, Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want see a tragic story with a powerful central peformance.

Don't see it if you want a lighthearted tale or more action. This is a series of scenes between two characters with more talk than action.

82
All My Fathers
East Village
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to see a powerful and well-acted story about identity and paternity, one of the best off-Broadway shows currently playing.

Don't see it if you want an elaborate show with big production numbers. This is a show with a simple set and four actors.

67
During previews
The White Chip
Midtown E
Funny, Relevant, Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a well-acted story about one man's alcohol addiction.

Don't see it if you want more depth and action. This is a man describing decades of his life where you're told what happened rather than seeing it acted out

67
During previews
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Resonant, Relevant, Great singing, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you want to hear Joshua Henry sing beautifully and deliver a strong central performance.

Don't see it if you want a coherent plot. With everything either told in song or displayed via dance, it's sometimes hard to follow, and the plot has holes.

68
During previews
Hit-or-miss, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy improvisational comedy. This is one of the better improv shows you'll see.

Don't see it if you want a show with a plot and/or a consistent show. As with most improv, sketches are hit or miss. Some of funny; others miss the mark.

55
During previews
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Slow, Melodramatic, Indulgent, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you like melodrama, Tennessee Williams, and Marisa Tomei.

Don't see it if you don't like melodrama Tennessee Williams or Marisa Tomei. This is melodrama with a capital "M" that I found to be over-the-top.

61
During previews
Resonant, Slow, Disappointing, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you want to see two stellar thespians perform. Jonathan Pryce in particular is stellar.

Don't see it if you want a story that makes sense. This is a confusing plot that doesn't really come together.

50
During previews
Boring, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a show centered around conservatives of various ages discussing contemporary issues.

Don't see it if you want a show with character development and a plot that moves forward. This show is characters talking at each other with no real plot.

82
Boogieban
West Village
Powerful, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you want to see a powerful exploration of PTSD suffered by combat soldiers in a well-acted and well-written play.

Don't see it if you want an elaborate and/or lighthearted show. This is an intense, dramatic production on a simple set.