MCohen6277

New York City | 25-34 | Male
About:  "Stop it, Russ. Stop, stop, stop it!" ~Clybourne Park
Reviews (138)
Preview gsu1
50
Great acting, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you want to turn off your brain and enjoy watching a charming cast try to salvage a trite script

Don't see it if you can't forgive lame text and tired old jokes.

Also The cast is truly delightful. The script, although packed full of chuc... Read more Read less

Preview hd2
60
During previews
A lost opporunity, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy standard regional theatre fare, middle-aged people who sit around expositing, or you REALLY want to hear a new Bengsons song.

Don't see it if you expect something grand or revelatory from the premise and you want something larger from promise of non-binary representation onstage.

Also The climax of Hurricane Diane, is remarkable. It is full of pulsing bl... Read more Read less

Preview ts9
82
Entertaining, Dated, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you haven't experience one of the seminal works the late 20th century, or want top-notch performances.

Don't see it if you dislike traditional theatrical structure (which abounds in plenty in the second act) or you want to see the entire unedited piece.

Preview whattosendup
100
Thought-provoking, Intense, Profound, Must see, Absorbing

See it if you are genuinely interested in engaging with ritual, confronting the nature of oppression, and making yourself small when necessary

Don't see it if you enjoy escapist entertainment

Also Aleshea Harris has created a sacred space. Although I felt that I was ... Read more Read less

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Quirky, Indulgent, Dizzying, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want to have an exceptionally weird time.

Don't see it if you dislike experimental scores, non-narrative pieces, or babies trapped in crystal balls.

Preview tttwt1
38
Irritating, Indulgent, Excruciating, Banal

See it if you enjoy anything that feels "lofty"

Don't see it if you want a piece with something to engage with.

Also White people really just be doing anything and calling it "art."

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86
Hilarious, Quirky, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You're willing to examine the inherent problems within "woke" theatre/artist culture and enjoy biting provocative satire

Don't see it if you dislike engaging in discourse about cultural/political issues of race, history, and art

Also While not particularly earth-shattering, this show should cause quite ... Read more Read less

Preview r10
25
Bad, Incoherent, Lazy

See it if you're okay watching something that is defiantly unfinished, or you love raking.

Don't see it if you expect an artist to hold themselves to some kind of intellectual standard, or you hate raking.

Also After the messy, but ultimately promising, ICE Factory production of M... Read more Read less

Preview therevolvingcycles web
70
Brechtian, Uneven, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you want a Brechtian take on racism in its various political and economic forms in modern (and past and future) America.

Don't see it if you dislike theatre that FORCES you to fully engage with the performance.

Also I still can't decide whether this is a subjectively good play, or a su... Read more Read less

Preview s14
78
Ambitious, Great staging, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you enjoy experimental pieces that fully take advantage of their deployed technology

Don't see it if you dislike multi-media heavy pieces or require an over-arching "message" to latch on to.

Also Soundstage is a fascinating examination of inner turmoil, depression, ... Read more Read less

Preview urvj1
68
Rudely stamped, Not shaped for sportive tricks, Scarce half made up, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you want to engage with an interesting dramaturgical experiment by a remarkable company

Don't see it if you expect the vigor and verve of a Bedlam show or you dislike Chekhov, anachronism, or disco balls.

Also This piece is a remarkably interesting experiment in slamming together... Read more Read less

Preview r7
100
Riveting, Playful, Must see, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy non-linear work that makes you sit up and engage with it. you enjoy non-traditional seating/performance styles

Don't see it if you require a firm narrative thread, you dislike ambiguity in experience and theme, you don't enjoy experimental work.

Also Brilliantly integrated. A holistic experience. Mitu's new space is mag... Read more Read less

Preview bandsvisit
95
Slow, Profound, Refreshing, Enchanting

See it if you want to sit and allow a very understated piece of theatre slowly wash over you.

Don't see it if you require a lot of flash, or a lot of narrative content.

Also This show is beautiful in many ways. But it is definitely slow. One mu... Read more Read less

Preview p6
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During previews
Dated, Slow, Banal

See it if you have an intense interest in Russian history and/or literary figures, you don't require high stakes to remain engaged in a story

Don't see it if you expect a script to be rigorously thought-out, you dislike overtly "talky" plays, you want high drama with major stakes.

Also Pushkin is dull. Exorbitantly so. It is long winded. It has an act bre... Read more Read less

Preview show page 1
96
Slow, Must see, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you can get a ticket.

Don't see it if you want to have an objectively "enjoyable" time.

Also The mere fact that this play was written so to be so effectual on one ... Read more Read less

Preview fa2
65
Disappointing, Slow, Cliched, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you have an interest in Turkish politics, traditional theatrical structures, or want to get a taste of a promising young playwright.

Don't see it if you expect visual or intellectual cohesion in a play, you dislike the traditional "family drama" structure, you want to see something sharp.

Also Melis Aker is a talented writer, and there's definitely a future for t... Read more Read less

Preview unm1
93
During previews
Must see, Absorbing, Refreshing, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you want to spend an enchanting evening exploring the utmost extremes of what is possible in the theatre

Don't see it if you require a plot, you dislike silence, or you are allergic to magical fun.

Preview iteotn1
59
Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy Becket-esque landscapes and situations; "experimental" work in the downtown style.

Don't see it if You want something to chew on beyond an intriguing concept. This show ultimately leaves you with a mouthful of nothing

Also The disappearing character trope is interesting, as is the literaly di... Read more Read less

Preview ds3
96
Absorbing, Refreshing, Riveting, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you want to see something vibrant and intelligent. It has something to say and it knows how to say it.

Don't see it if you dislike non-linear narrative structures or require a play to hold your hand and concisely explain itself to you

Also Violent. Disparate. Exhilarating. ... Read more Read less

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Pretty, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're obsessed with mid 20th century American playwrights

Don't see it if you expect an overarching meaning, desire fully-fleshed performances

Also This play is beautiful to look at, but sadly not much else can be said... Read more Read less

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88
Clever, Quirky, Indulgent, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if You want to have a great laugh with a delightful satire of the modern American theatre.

Don't see it if You're unable to laugh at the absurdity of the American theatre, and its straight/white/male/educated/pretentious-ass problems

Also SOHO REP

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80
Entertaining, Fluffy, Fun

See it if you want to turn off your brain and enjoy a fun rock musical with a delightful cast

Don't see it if you want something to chew on

Preview me1
13
Self-serving, Indulgent, Insipid, Excruciating

See it if you enjoy cookie-cutter college comedies with easily digestible social commentary that manages to both say a lot and nothing at all.

Don't see it if you like hiphop, or dislike male artists masquerading as feminists in an attempt to make themselves and their work #relevant.

Also As always, The Bats themselves are phenomenal and Ms. Estrada contains... Read more Read less

Preview aloha
89
Quirky, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to experience a quirky examination of appropriation, personal pitfalls, and the experience of being a young angry artist

Don't see it if you dislike solo performance pieces, require visual spectacle, or want to turn off your brain and relax.

Also Eliza's voice is profoundly unique. She is open, candid, hilarious, an... Read more Read less

Preview angels
96
Profound, Resonant, Intense, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you want to re-discover one of the greatest works of American drama in a taught and inventive new production.

Don't see it if you go to the theatre for escapist entertainment, or can't sit still for long periods of time.

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82
Uneven, Intense, Slow, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy clever scenic design, unusual premises, and surprise puppets.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to intense light and sound

Also The scenic, lighting, and sound design are truly remarkable. The play ... Read more Read less

Preview poster
91
Intelligent, Intense, Resonant, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy having your senses assaulted and utterly overwhelmed and desire a show with something worth chewing on

Don't see it if You dislike audience interaction, overtly aggressive staging, or bad Kate Hepburn impressions

Also Network is a masterclass in design and composition. Everything works i... Read more Read less

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67
Overrated, Insipid, Slow, Cliched

See it if you REALLY like The Go-Gos, want to turn off your brain, have generally low expectations, want topical content for its own sake

Don't see it if you require something beyond the bare minimum from a show's book, concept, and scenic design. You aren't too hot on The Go-Gos.

Also I kept watching it because it kept happening. That's the best that can... Read more Read less

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During previews
Disappointing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Slow

See it if you love Brecht, John Doyle's signature style, relevant political work, or Raul Esparza.

Don't see it if you have difficulty with Brechtian theatre, you want escapist entertainment, or Doyle drags you down.

Also I want to love this play, as well as Brecht in general, more than I ac... Read more Read less

Preview girl
84
Quirky, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy meta-theatrical storytelling, poor theatre-esque design, and non conventional staging/seating arrangements

Don't see it if you dislike non-proscenium spaces, meta-theatrical conventions, or sound demons

Preview pain
87
During previews
Intelligent, Word-drunk, Funny, Poignant

See it if you enjoy subtle performances and skillfully crafted monologues full of truthful nihilism, self-deprecation, and malaise

Don't see it if you dislike solo performances or require a strong narrative/visual element in a show

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98
Rapturous

See it if you enjoy being enveloped by a truly "complete" show, enjoy intimate connection, and rapturous screams, shouts, and forlorn toots.

Don't see it if you dislike immersive environments and non-traditional scores

Also A tight, remarkable new piece with a kickass cast. The connection that... Read more Read less

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Toothless, Romantic, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you enjoy the sound of jazz standards and well-crafted lyrics

Don't see it if you want your experience to amount to something more than its individual parts

Also The score is marvelous, the performances are great, and it's got the b... Read more Read less

Preview nytwconstitution
90
During previews
Engaging, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy intellectually and physically engaging with theatre that asks you to make distinct choices.

Don't see it if You dislike overly political shows, or material that forces you to physically engage with it.

Also I thoroughly expected to hate this show. It didn't sound appealing. It... Read more Read less

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During previews
Forgettable music, Phenomenal acting, Tight script, Muddled

See it if you enjoy hybrid concert/musical pieces like Hedwig and Hundred Days, you want to support art made by PoC (HINT: YOU SHOULD)

Don't see it if you have a narrow view of what musical theatre/theatre is/could be.

Also The text is dramaturgically tight, profoundly captivating, and perform... Read more Read less

Preview anastasia1
50
Stagnant, Cliched, Disappointing, Lazy, Frustrating

See it if you're easily entertained and will gobble up any old Disney-style princess yarn with a nice score.

Don't see it if you expect some modicum of polish on the book, some effort in the scenic/projection design, and actually want something nice to look at.

Also The score, as expected, is beautiful (with a handful of newer numbers ... Read more Read less

Preview wtt1
31
Great acting, Generic, Excruciating, Cliched, Banal

See it if you enjoy standard table-drama fare with an absurdist "twist" and are easily taken in by "shocking" revelations.

Don't see it if you hate table-dramas, you require something to chew on, or you're cognitive enough to understand the way a show's text functions.

Also This play is bad. It relies almost exclusively on the "no, what?" styl... Read more Read less

Preview ar beyonce poster
76
Slow, Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the witty, introspective voice of Eliza Bent, like Beyonce covers, or Dave Malloy impressions

Don't see it if you REALLY like Chekhov and don't want to see his work re-interpreted and subverted, or if you have an aversion to seeing furniture onstage.

Also This show had many Beyonce covers. This show had many pieces of furnit... Read more Read less

Preview com from away
90
Many chairs!, Reassuring, Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you want to feel good about humanity, you want to hear a beautiful new score, or you really really like chairs.

Don't see it if you dislike uplifting messages, non-traditional scores, you hate chairs.

Also This show has lots of chairs.

Preview mnnij1
60
Competent

See it if you enjoy evenings of acceptable, "fine," theatre.

Don't see it if you want a show full of live and drive with a truly dynamic score.

Also This isn't a bad show. But it's not necessarily a good show either. It... Read more Read less

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91
Entertaining, Intense, Indulgent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to be fully steeped in a loud, aggressive, shocking, and hilarious exploration of the Scottish underground scene.

Don't see it if strobe lighting has an adverse effect on you, you dislike nudity, overt sexual aggression, violence, drug use, language, and poop.

Also This immersive adaptation of Trainspotting is incredibly effective. It... Read more Read less

Preview stc1
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Ambitious

See it if you enjoy free-form structure and inventive scenic/lighting design

Don't see it if you require a linear narrative or polished technical elements

Also This piece has some really stunning ideas and images inside it, but it... Read more Read less

Preview apc1
92
Riveting, Intelligent, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy the work of the Wooster Group

Don't see it if you dislike experimental work, non-linear narratives, or lack of mainstream catharsis.

Preview ols1
90
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a well-crafted story about loss and connection in an urban landscape.

Don't see it if you dislike realism, are easily offended, or don't like the work of Stephen Adly Guirgis.

Also THANK YOU FOR SAVING US FROM ANNE KAUFFMAN!... Read more Read less

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70
Entertaining

See it if You want to relax and enjoy a handful of enjoyable songs with a capable cast.

Don't see it if you want to have something to chew on beyond "it's okay that we're all different if we tolerate each other"

Also The play's lack of any distinct political or philosophical stance migh... Read more Read less

Preview sleep no more j
100
Dizzying, Riveting, Masterful, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy post-modern reconstructions of western cultural touchstones, immersive theatre, and profoundly effective visual imagery.

Don't see it if you have any mobility issues/don't want to stand or walk for 3 hours during a show.

Also The show itself is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. The desig... Read more Read less

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70
During previews
Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy cerebral discussion of socio-political issues, Brechtian commentary, and stunningly disperate acting styles

Don't see it if you want an easy night at the theatre.

Also While much of the production plods along due to its dry text, Light Sh... Read more Read less

Preview t11
67
During previews
Bland, Self-serving, Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if you want to watch a trio of stunning performances in a show that vaguely addresses racial and economic inequalities in academia.

Don't see it if You expect nuance in thought and approach, or demand a greater overarching message from the text.

Also While Transfers features 3 knock-out performances (2 from its younger ... Read more Read less

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67
During previews
Dated, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see more inclusion on the stage, and engage with thought provoking material about the nature of voice and agency.

Don't see it if you dislike cookie-cutter direction, and writing that refuses to trust the audience

Also This show features a knock-out performance from its leading lady, and ... Read more Read less

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During previews
Refreshing, Dizzying, Riveting, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you want to revel in the brilliant music of The Bengsons, and experience a visually stunning personal tale in a beautifully funky space.

Don't see it if you dislike hybrid performance styles, psuedo-non-proscenium staging, or non-traditional "musical" scores.

Also The music, as usual, is brilliant. The choreography is spellbinding. T... Read more Read less