MaxD

New York City | 35-49 | Male
About:  I am a teacher who enjoys theater, art, music, and literature.
Reviews (233)
81
During previews
Resonant, Intense, Great acting, Long, Brutal

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.

66
The Hot Wing King
Midtown W
Relevant, Poignant, Inconsistent, Too long, Funny

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
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Well-acted, Relevant, Slow, Funny

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.

83
During previews
Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Intelligent, Riveting, Funny, Absorbing

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.

74
During previews
The Minutes
Midtown W
Relevant, Funny, Intense, Clever, Well-acted

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.

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

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.

40
The Commons
Midtown E
Slow, Disappointing, Funny, Banal, Cliched

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.

78
During previews
Well-acted, Entertaining, Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting

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.

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

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
During previews
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Clever, Engaging, Overacted, Eerie, Campy

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.

70
Powerful, Slow, Intelligent, Well-acted, Tragic

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.

58
Tape
West Village
Inconsistent, Relevant, Intriguing, Confusing, Disappointing

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.

65
During previews
Too long, Thought-provoking, Well-acted, Relevant, Slow

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.

52
During previews
Thought-provoking, Heartbreaking, Well-acted, Disappointing, Confusing

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.

70
The Shadow Box
East Village
Resonant, Well-acted, Sad, Slow, Thought-provoking

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.

68
Inconsistent, Well-sung, Cliched, Clever, Funny

See it if you are a musical theater fan who enjoy parodies, and you are familiar with recent Broadway musicals.

Don't see it if you don't like parodies and/or you aren't familiar with musicals that were recently on Broadway.

78
During previews
Darling Grenadine
Midtown W
Charming, Absorbing, Romantic, Well-acted, Entertaining

See it if to see a well-acted small-scale musical with lovely songs and performances that is a nice mix of romance and more serious drama.

Don't see it if you want a full-scale musical with big production numbers and/or if you don't want to a show in which the protagonist battles alcoholism.

86
During previews
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Great acting, Edgy, Tragic, Intense, Riveting

See it if you want to watch a powerful modern interpretation of a classic Greek tragedy featuring a stellar performance by Rose Byrne.

Don't see it if you want a lighthearted or uplifting tale. This is not a fell-good piece of theater.

83
During previews
17 Minutes
Midtown W
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Well-acted, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a powerful play about guilt and accountability that takes place after a school shooting.

Don't see it if you want a lighthearted or elaborate production. This is a heavy drama that consists of a series of two-person scenes and a bare-bones set.

71
During previews
Powerful, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow, Well-acted

See it if you want to see a well-acted whodunnit that thoughtfully explores issues of race.

Don't see it if you want deep characterizations. At under two hours, you don't really get to know the characters, lessening the overall impact of the play.

68
Slow, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you want to see a strong performance in this one-man show consisting of a series of monologues, many of which are quite powerful.

Don't see it if you want to watch a narrative play with a traditional plot and multiple characters. Parts are impactful, but some parts drag a bit.

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.

74
During previews
Informative, Well-staged, Long, Intelligent, Well-acted

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.

74
During previews
Sanctuary City
West Village
Relevant, Confusing, Inconsistent, Well-acted, Thoughtful

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.

68
During previews
Drift
Midtown W
Well-acted, Tragic, Loud, Resonant, Slow

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.

90
During previews
Coal Country
East Village
Well-written, Well-acted, Resonant, Relevant, Profound

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.

80
West Side Story
Midtown W
Edgy, Entertaining, Ambitious, Innovative, Riveting

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.

79
During previews
The Perplexed
Midtown W
Delightful, Engaging, Well-acted, Funny, Entertaining

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.

66
Inconsistent, Poignant, Great acting, Disappointing, Slow

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.

84
During previews
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Absorbing, Touching, Well-sung, Well-acted, Beautiful

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.

50
Look Back In Anger
East Village
Overrated, Well-acted, Relevant, Talky, Slow

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.

83
During previews
Dana H.
Gramercy
Riveting, Intense, Harrowing, Great acting, Intelligent

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.

64
During previews
Poignant, Sad, Well-sung, Slow, Disappointing

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.

83
During previews
Well-acted, Intelligent, Resonant, Intense, Powerful

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.

84
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Beautifully written, Well-acted, Resonant

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.

50
During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Edgy, Powerful, Different, Slow, Disappointing

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.

78
Immersive, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Powerful

See it if you want to experience a powerful immersive production that details the horrors Nellie Bly uncovered while investigating an asylum.

Don't see it if you don't want to be part of an immersive theater experience that gives you a sense of what it was like in the Blackwell Island Asylum.

70
Maz and Bricks
Midtown E
Absorbing, Slow, Relevant, Moving, Well-acted

See it if you want to see a well-acted two hander with some powerful moments, especially in the second half.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through a somewhat slow first half and/or if you don't like monologues, as these make up a good portion of the play.

50
During previews
Mediocre, Funny, Quirky, Slow, Dated

See it if you are a fan of any of the performers and/or if you're willing to sit through 100 fairly dull minutes for a decent final 20 minutes.

Don't see it if you're looking for a good musical. The amount of singing is minimal for a musical, and the book is an uninspired retread of the film.

68
Entertaining, Melodramatic, Cliched, Campy, Funny

See it if you enjoy parodies and campy melodramas and, ideally, have familiarity with the melodramas of 1930s cinema.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy parodies or melodramas and are looking for something more substantive and/or serious.

50
During previews
Indulgent, Odd, Fluffy, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you want a silly show with occasional good moments, especially those scenes featuring Lesli Margherita.

Don't see it if you want a quality show with well-developed characters and a strong plot. This show is full of silly songs and two-dimensional characters.

75
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Cliched, Entertaining, Relevant, Well-acted, Funny

See it if you want a dramedy about divorce with some strong acting by talented actors and some funny moments that make the show go by fairly quickly.

Don't see it if you want a show that reinvents the proverbial wheel. There's not a lot of depth or originality per se, but it's still an entertaining show.

82
Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Thought-provoking, Well-acted, Powerful, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you want to experience a powerful production about guilt and responsibility with strong performances and impressive staging.

Don't see it if you want a lighthearted experience. This has complex themes and tells a tragic tale.

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.