Melvin

New York City

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Reviews (71)
73
Loud, Clever, Fun-ish

See it if you love Broadway and still enjoy seeing its excesses.

Don't see it if you expect spot-on satire non-stop.

Also This was far from my favorite version of FB. Too few bits hit the mark... Read more Read less

55
An Enchanted April
Midtown W
Formulaic, Over-long, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a wonderful performance by Alma Cuervo. Marvelous voice, honest acting and funny.

Don't see it if you expect to be moved.

Also The author attempts to tell too many stories. The exposition(s) needed... Read more Read less

91
Monsoon Season
West Village
Not-so-much on the book, Excellent staging, Brilliant acting

See it if you want to see two actors take every risk and embrace very difficult roles - believably.

Don't see it if the exploration of dysfunctional relationships is not your cup of tea.

Also IF ("If wishes were horses, beggars would ride") only the writing had ... Read more Read less

72
During previews
FEAR
West Village
Has possibilities, Muddled, Relevant, Flawed, Ambitious

See it if you want to see the intense moral conflicts our society faces theatricalized.

Don't see it if you expect to understand the motivation(s) of any of the three performers.

Also There is an interesting premise here. Three very different people are ... Read more Read less

50
Earnest, Charmless, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a classic American musical performed in a foreign language - Hebrew.

Don't see it if you hope to see sparkling performances, rousing choruses and lush orchestrations.

Also I had hoped to be thrilled once more by this magnificent musical. The ... Read more Read less

90
Must be seen, Didturbing, Powerful

See it if you want to viscerally experience the myriad of tragedies associated with opioid addiction.

Don't see it if you think you understand, intellectually, the problem and its solution.

Also This is a simple, honest piece of theater which forces one to look har... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Profound, Great acting, Brilliant

See it if you want to be made proud of a political figure about whom you know only a little - Bella Abzug. And revel in the creator Harvey Fierstein

Don't see it if you don't want to be touched by the story of a political life lived to serve all.

Also This is the best play I have seen in a very long time. Touching, hilar... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Great acting, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you want to see two legendary actors "strut their stuff".

Don't see it if you want to be moved.

Also The ingredients were all there for a truly memorable night at the thea... Read more Read less

62
During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Dense, academic, un-dramatic, dull, busy

See it if you need to be reminded about the last several years of the Johnson Administration.

Don't see it if you wanted to see the political characters as flesh and blood and gain new insights into the period.

Also This reminded me of "Meeting of the Minds" that aired on PBS (from 197... Read more Read less

75
And then there was act ii, Moving, Honest

See it if you yearn to see an actor - TOM STURRIDGE - put an audience in the palm of his hand, effortlessly.

Don't see it if you hope to see JAKE GYLLENHAAL in a role that he understands.

Also Act I was so understated, yet powerful, that I would have rated the pr... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Ultimately disappointing, Gripping, Clever staging, Powerful acting

See it if you want the pleasure of a well-designed, brilliantly acted piece of theater.

Don't see it if you hope to see any light at the end of the tunnel regarding America's fatal flaw - discrimination.

Also Discrimination has always been an unbearable burden to place upon any ... Read more Read less

54
Disappointing, Ambitious, Earnest

See it if you want to see a show set in the 1950s.

Don't see it if you expect a well-developed show.

Also I hate to criticize such obvious hard work but it was a very slight af... Read more Read less

62
Ink
Midtown W
Loud, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in the British journalism career of Rupert Murdoch.

Don't see it if unbridled rapaciousness makes your skill crawl.

Also The over-the-top acting and staging turned this show into The Demon Pu... Read more Read less

94
Last Man Club
West Village
Depressing, Riveting, Brilliant

See it if you want to experience what Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans photographed for the WPA.

Don't see it if you cannot deal with profoundly depressing circumstances that are all too real.

Also This is a very powerful piece of theater. The acting, the staging, the... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Octet
Midtown W
Toss-up, Horrible, Wonderful

See it if you want hear glorious voices singing solo and in harmony.

Don't see it if you don't want to see 8 people suffering in 8 different ways who are only connected by their despair.

Also I am amazed by the virtuosity of the lyricist. Never-the-less, the aud... Read more Read less

97
During previews
Moving, Honest,, Must see

See it if you want to be profoundly moved but not preached to.

Don't see it if the issues of forced deportation and family separation are too unpleasant to face.

Also The title "The Rare Biosphere" is very poorly chosen. What is on offer... Read more Read less

48
Smart Blonde
Midtown E
Interesting story, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you want to know about the behind-the-scenes life of Judy Holliday

Don't see it if you want to care about the character portrayed as Judy Holliday

Also Can you imagine 90 minutes with Judy Holliday, Comden & Green, Leonard... Read more Read less

53
During previews
Banal, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you appreciate wonderful costumes, set design and props.

Don't see it if you want a believable story with characters to whom you can relate.

Also This potentially profound conflict was never adequately explored. One ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
The Hello Girls
Midtown E
Superb musicianship and stagecraft

See it if you want to see multi-talented actors and clever staging/directing.

Don't see it if you want to see characters that are more than two-dimensional.

63
Disappointing

See it if you would like to see an iconic piece of theater.

Don't see it if you want to see "something between the eyes"

Also There is farce and then there is scenery chewing. There was too much o... Read more Read less

39
During previews
My Parsifal Conductor
Upper W Side
Offensive, Cartoonish, Unique

See it if There is a fair amount of historical information regarding Wagner and the social mores present during the time he rose to fame

Don't see it if Although Wagner and Cosima were cartoon anti-Semites, they were NOT funny. Maestro Levi was also cartoonish in his shrugging acceptance.

80
During previews
Neurosis
Gramercy
Smart, Fast-paced, Well-staged

See it if you want to see very talented a winning actors gently send up relationship angst.

Don't see it if you want something weighty and moving.

60
During previews
Disappointing, Well-staged, Insufficiently entertaining

See it if you like pretty decent covers of iconic Leiber & Stoller classics

Don't see it if you expect to be propelled out of your seat

Also "Jukebox" musicals work for me when the music and the vocals mirror th... Read more Read less

61
Boring, Talky, Un-involving

See it if you want to learn about a well-respected TV personality

Don't see it if you expect to be moved in any way

Also Wasted dramatic ingredients. A Jew in Britain of Polish/German extract... Read more Read less

94
During previews
Log Cabin
Midtown W
Intelligent, Hilarious, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate an in-depth approach to the difficulties of establishing and maintaining relationships

Don't see it if explicit and implicit references to same-sex relationships make you uncomfortable

Also The LGBTQ symbol is replete with primary colors. This production explo... Read more Read less

72
Messy, Energetic,, Unique,

See it if you want to see a merry band of actors embrace a show, a director's vision and the work itself.

Don't see it if you expect to understand a whole lot of what's going on.

Also Diction was a very real problem for me - even sitting in the first row... Read more Read less

33
Imagining Madoff
Midtown W
Boring, Not dramatic, Disappointing

See it if you want a tutorial on Old Testament philosophy.

Don't see it if you expect to gain any insights into the person who harmed more Jews than anyone since Adolph Hitler.

50
During previews
Annoying, Puzzling, Muddled

See it if you believe theater should be rudderless and repetitive.

Don't see it if you believe that 90 minutes of hard concentrating deserves a pay-off.

Also At every mini-scene - there were several - I kept asking, "Why?". Why ... Read more Read less

72
Games
Soho/Tribeca
Worth seeing, Talky, Interesting

See it if you'd like a glimpse of a fascinating, yet under-explored portion of German pre-war history.

Don't see it if you want to be emotionally involved in the characters being portrayed.

Also This might have been a very powerful play but it never quite got to me... Read more Read less

55
During previews
Power Strip
Upper W Side
Worthy subject, Missed opportunity, Disappointing

See it if you want to get a glimpse of the Syrian refuge experience.

Don't see it if you expect to FEEL for the refugees.

Also The play delineates the horror, degradation, and pain that these refug... Read more Read less

51
During previews
TERRA FIRMA
Gramercy
Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you want to see an allegory about the disintegration of society.

Don't see it if you prefer a linear presentation.

Also The allegory was too heavy-handed. The set design was excellent.... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to feel how two "outsiders" almost come together to save one another.

Don't see it if a verbal show with many literary references is not your cup of tea.

Also The coming together of two unliked, but likeable individuals was well ... Read more Read less

0
During previews
Talky, Poorly-conceived, Painfull

See it if you want to take a deep dive into the twisted thought processes of the Religious Right.

Don't see it if it pains you to see mindless religious zealotry given a voice.

Also This reminds me of an article about the Bayou communities in Louisiana... Read more Read less

81
Felix Starro
Midtown W
Heart-felt, Absorbing, Revealing

See it if you want to try to understand what motivates troubled people to seek alternative solutions to intractable problems.

Don't see it if you cannot believe that people would be desperate enough to seek relief from a faith-healer.

Also The show bites off a bit more than it can chew. There is a once-respec... Read more Read less

55
Da!, Marx brothers?, Nyet!, Chekhov?

See it if watching a troupe of energetic actors "sending up" Chekhov is your glass of tea.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a "send up" become a "mash up".

Also My taste is so not main stream that I am reluctant to review this. I v... Read more Read less

55
During previews
In the Penal Colony
East Village
Annoying, Repetitive, Loud, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy Theater of the Absurd.

Don't see it if you want a playwright's messages presented in a more nuanced manner.

Also Theater of the Absurd has never been my cup of tea so taking a deep di... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Slow, Tame, Cute

See it if want to see a very gentle depiction of how too many of us rationalize not taking a personal or political stand.

Don't see it if you feel passionately about the population's indifference to venality.

Also The issues of greed, indifference and power are dealt with in a very t... Read more Read less

61
During previews
Handbagged
Midtown E
Talky, Un-theatrical, Historical

See it if you want a behind-the-scenes talk about the relationship between Margaret Thatcher and her Queen.

Don't see it if you demand insight into characters on a theatrical stage.

Also I was blessed to see Prunella Scales as Queen Elizabeth in " A Questio... Read more Read less

1
During previews
Public Servant
Midtown W
Excruciating, Cliched, Banal

See it if you feel the overall subject matter might appeal.

Don't see it if you want a well-crafted piece of theater.

Also I was very disappointed. The acting was not strong. The lead did not s... Read more Read less

90
#yourmemorial
Soho/Tribeca
Great acting

See it if you want to understand the real life issues twenty-somethings are confronting

Don't see it if you cannot believe that people decades younger than you can have anything of value to tell you.

Also In the interest of full disclosure, I do not have a twitter account no... Read more Read less

90
All Our Children
East Village
Well acted, Frighteningly timely, Powerful

See it if you want to see a powerful drama that is tightly written and staged.

Don't see it if you prefer to avoid theater portraying man's inhumanity to man - even if the portrayal is done very well.

Also A portrayal of The Holocaust, or any holocaust, reminds us of how frag... Read more Read less

100
Brilliant staging, acting, music and story-telling.

See it if you like challenging theater that is still accessible.

Don't see it if you prefer your theater linear.

Also I cannot think of the last time I was so enthralled by a work of perfo... Read more Read less

85
During previews
God Shows Up
Midtown W
Guffaw, witty, crackling, Well-acted, Well-directed

See it if you can't get enough satire from Stephen Colbert and John Oliver

Don't see it if making fun of televangelists offends you

Also This is precisely what a spoof should be. Good-natured but spot on. AN... Read more Read less

8
Natural Shocks
Upper W Side
Excruciating, Confusing, Slow

See it if you want to observe a Freudian therapy session of a highly delusional woman

Don't see it if you hope to care about and/or believe the only character.

Also I would like to be able to offer a set of "fixes", but this is a profo... Read more Read less

100
Fireflies
Chelsea
Profoundly moving, Honest, Brilliantly acted

See it if you want to be reminded that a moving theatrical experience is still possible. Mix passion, creativity and vision and stir gently.

Don't see it if you can't bear to note how little has changed in 55 years in the relations between men and women and between minorities and majorities.

80
During previews
Less Than 50%
Midtown E
Nearly a grand slam, Fast-paced, Clever

See it if you want to view an evolving relationship between two evolving people

Don't see it if you prefer boy meets girl, boy loses girl, etc.

Also These are two people with whom you I was able to identify. The dialog ... Read more Read less

47
During previews
Disappointing, Well-intentioned, Insipid

See it if you want to see Asian-American actors try to explain the horror that befell a generation of Korean women

Don't see it if you expect have an informative theatrical experience

Also This play begins in 1942 in a “poor but happy” Korean village. The boy... Read more Read less

71
Girls & Boys
West Village
Disappointing, Clever, Confusing

See it if cleverness is your cup of tea

Don't see it if substance rings your bell

Also This is a soap opera about a life and a relationship going down hill. ... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Real, Honest, Gut-wrenching

See it if you want to be touched to the very depths of your being

Don't see it if you find it hard to confront the truths about man's inhumanity to man

Also The audience cannot help but feel what it is to be "one of them". Pain... Read more Read less

94
During previews
Conflict
Midtown W
Honest, Spot on characters, Moving

See it if you like a very timely story combined with very good acting - and drop dead stage design

Don't see it if you think that "old" cannot be made "new"