Melvin

New York City

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Reviews (43)
50
During previews
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
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
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
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
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
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

70
Ernest, Well-intentioned, Disappointing

See it if you appreciated vigorous ensemble acting

Don't see it if you were hoping to care more about each character and achieve a sense of closure

Also While the setting and the characters are certainly unique, I recommend... Read more Read less

55
Static, Wordy, Uninvolving

See it if you want to see damaged people finding solace with one another

Don't see it if you want to see a well-crafted play

64
During previews
Great staging, Great acting

See it if You enjoy verbal banter mixed with delicious physical comedy

Don't see it if You want to care even a jot about the characters on stage

Also In Mr Ives self-penned bio he "bashfully" tells us he was voted one of... Read more Read less

52
Not a musical show - a cabaret

See it if you like very well sung music with fairly ordinary lyrics

Don't see it if you expected to see an actual musical

Also This is a cabaret/concert. Several very accomplished musicians and 4 v... Read more Read less

44
During previews
Exploitative

See it if you like very well-choreographed S&M

Don't see it if you are offended by violence, male rape and other offenses to the senses committed in the name of art

50
During previews
Disappointing

See it if you cannot possibly believe a negative review from someone who left at intermission

Don't see it if you can possibly believe a negative review from someone who left at intermission

Also Mom and Pop were born in Italy (though their accents are ???)... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to be moved and become invested in each of the characters

Don't see it if You prefer something light and frothy

Also What an honor to see such a break-through theatrical event.

62
Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a classic novel theatricalized.

Don't see it if You want to see characters in which you could have any interest

Also It is as if a group of friends have set themselves the task of goofing... Read more Read less

55
Clever, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy witty repartee

Don't see it if You expect character development or nuanced acting

Also If you play a farce to the audience, it becomes a burlesque. If you pl... Read more Read less

61
Clever, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You like cleverness and artistic energy on display

Don't see it if What you need is involvement and substance

Also There is obvious intelligence and skill behind this production. But th... Read more Read less

48
Ambitious, Confusing, Excruciating, Intense

See it if you want to directly experience the frustration and pain of an ex-husband whose ex-wife is inconsolable. Her cup will be forever half-full

Don't see it if you want to see light at the end of the tunnel

90
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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"

54
Cliched, Charicatures, Simplistic

See it if you're adept at picking nuggets of character and meaning from buckets of schmaltz

Don't see it if you want non-stereotyped characters

Also The performers, who in the main are quite talented, are lumbered with ... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Tour-de-force, Not-to-be-missed, Honest

See it if you want to care about a performer from the minute she opens her mouth until the show comes down 60 minutes later

Don't see it if you've voted for Donald Trump

Also Something as moving as this piece renews my faith in the future of liv... Read more Read less

44
During previews
A shagging dog story that could be told in 15 minutes

See it if you enjoy actors "going there". Over-the-top is an understatement when describing the performances.

Don't see it if you would be annoyed by seeing a clever premise wasted by needless repetition and aimless shtick

20
Extraordinarily disappointing

See it if you don't bore easily.

Don't see it if you expect something special from a show so favorably reviewed

Also The best part of the show was the post-finale when the band was allowe... Read more Read less

60
Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You want to see an intelligent Southern soap opera

Don't see it if You value sparkling dialog and balanced ensemble acting

Also The acting covers the range from wooden to engaging. The exposition is... Read more Read less

91
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you'd like superb acting, staging, directing and characters that are fully realized

Don't see it if you wanna giggle

Also There was electricity in the air all night long. Tension, passion, poi... Read more Read less

99
During previews
Must see

See it if You crave theater that moves you and acting that is inspired.

Don't see it if You need to understand every word of dialog - the Cardiff accent is quite thick.

Also A bravura performance that shines the light on a masterful piece of wo... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if You want to be immersed in a world about which we know too little and ought to know more.

Don't see it if You need a belly laugh.

Also The honesty of the acting was captivating. On the barest of stage sets... Read more Read less

90
Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you were worried that great theater was being banished by Trump

Don't see it if all you need for 2 1/2 hours is a giggle

Also You are quickly drawn into this unconventionally conventional "family"... Read more Read less

65
Clever, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in the process of theatrical staging and the subject matter which is merely coincidental to the production values

Don't see it if you want acting, a through-line, and interaction between believable characters