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Reviews (42)
During previews
Lovesong (Imperfect)
East Village
Needs a half-hour cut, Virtuosic female lead, Lots of intriguing ideas, Sharp political barbs, Lovely sound with live violin
February 9th, 2020

See it if you feel $35 is a small price to pay to see what's on the mind of a respected and loved prize-winning playwright.

Don't see it if you don't think some good writing, some entertaining and thought-provoking ideas, and some laughs are enough to make up for a slack story.

During previews
Affecting, Excellent staging, Generational conflict, A story that doesn't depend on race, Impeccably acted
January 8th, 2020

See it if you like serious drama with an exceptional cast, and are intrigued when you're resigned to stereotypes and miraculously they don't happen.

Don't see it if you're looking for something light-hearted that doesn't deal with the problems of our world.

Also The paucity of roles for African-American actors has yielded this boun... Read more Read less

Much ado about money, An overall feeling of sadness, Great acting, Grief mixed with ego blows, A play with loose ends
November 25th, 2019

See it if you enjoy seeing two great actors, Kristine Nielsen and Aidan Quinn, play characters struggling to keep alive their reasons for living.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable not knowing exactly what's happening, who's lying and who's telling the truth, what's self-deception and what's hope.

Also The concerns of losing one's job and of confronting a child's possible... Read more Read less

Molly Sweeney
Midtown W
Laughter and heartbreak, Great writing, A memory play, Three characters speak but do not interact, A gem of its particular kind
October 27th, 2019

See it if you can be quiet and listen to strikingly distinctive actors embody hope and joy, prideful ambition and submissive desires to please.

Don't see it if you need action and changes of scene to pay attention, rather than voices full of melody and Irish lilt telling you a darkening story.

Also The variety of language and drama moves from airy to dense in the two ... Read more Read less

During previews
Midtown W
Rebeck's fast-moving repartee, Great staging, Knives, pans, and egos fly, Characters you care about, Fun to watch, hear, and smell
October 20th, 2019

See it if you want to laugh (a lot) while being engaged with the questions of how we make a living, loyalty, pride in one's craft vs celebrity status.

Don't see it if food and conversation about food leaves you cold, even when it's funny and what's really going on is more like "Other People's Money."

Also Raul Esparza is worth watching every second, and keep an eye on W. Tre... Read more Read less

The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Plot that makes you tear your hair, Terrific dancers, Too much lamenting, Broadway performers, Delightful live music
October 15th, 2019

See it if the pleasure provided by instrumentalists, singers, and dancers makes up for the book's still needing a LOT of work.

Don't see it if the tone of woe-is-me gets you down.

Maddeningly obtuse at times, Very affecting at times, Wonderful to watch and to hear
October 15th, 2019

See it if you want to watch two fine actors show you what it's like to lose a lifetime partner, what it's like when you can no longer keep promises.

Don't see it if you're aggravated when one character asks another "What are you talking about?" and not even the character can get a straight answer.

During previews
Great sound effects, Stylish, Reeks of innocence, Wry, fun to watch, Goes for the head, not the heart
September 19th, 2019

See it if you can forget the real-life Caesar and Cleopatra, and instead enjoy watching an avuncular Caesar mentor the young queen in statecraft.

Don't see it if the love of language is not your thing, and you need to cry or cringe to be entertained.

During previews
Wide-ranging themes, Emotional dynamics zero to 60, Disarming delivery, Insight into shakespeare, One man plus an offstage voice
August 31st, 2019

See it if you can relate to any artist's endeavor to bring his best to a role while working under a director who's clueless, demanding and vain.

Don't see it if you don't like 90-minute no intermission shows and you prefer points made very clearly and with no repetition.

Great staging, Great acting, Innovative casting, The essence of chekhov, Incredible fun
July 18th, 2019

See it if you enjoy paying attention and being glad that you did, because there's something worth watching going on every one of the 90 minutes.

Don't see it if your pleasure in a Chekhov play comes from hearing the familiar lines, watching the familiar characters, and seeing the plot as you know it.

Also This show is fast-paced and physical without feeling frantic in the wa... Read more Read less

Dying City
Midtown W
Unfocussed, Audience learns too little too late, Some excellent acting, Strong second half, Slow beginning
June 30th, 2019

See it if you like seeing good actors perform, dealing with issues of loyalty, caring for others, self-deception, and concern for how others see one.

Don't see it if you need action instead of talk, you don't like having to keep track of what an actor's wearing in order to know what year it is in the play

Also Early on I said to myself "Who's Adam?" did I miss something? I wouldn... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Mac Beth
Upper E Side
The bard's own words, Fine sound, Full-stage rain storm, Fast-paced, Energetic
May 19th, 2019

See it if you agree that a good performance of Macbeth is always worth seeing, and can credit this thoughtfully-cut 100 minute dash for its pluses.

Don't see it if the psychology of the play in itself isn't enough to invest you in Macbeth's story, without the power and resonance of deep male voices.

Also A rotating cast would be fun in this production, with a chance to see ... Read more Read less

Riveting, Humane, Surprising, Sexy, Funny
May 8th, 2019

See it if you like to pay attention because you don't want to miss a thing in this 80 minute show and the reversals are coming fast and furious.

Don't see it if you can't put up with silliness in the first act, and angst in the second act, to set you up for the deft, hilarious and eye-opening third.

Also Notice the taxidermy deer's head on the wall as you listen to the inse... Read more Read less

Not a false step, Excellent sound design, New ways to depict violence, Dynamic, Outstanding lead actors
March 31st, 2019

See it if you're ready to see the classic struggle once again, with stylized violence to add interest to the static quality of the second act.

Don't see it if you don't share Shakespeare's concerns about how free people can govern themselves.

Also There are some traditional depictions of violence, such as Mark Antony... Read more Read less

During previews
The White Devil
West Village
Fun to watch, Incredible double-role players, Full of blood and gore, Fast-paced, Great staging
March 28th, 2019

See it if you like an excellent, fast-paced, production of a play that's all surface and no depth, very little humor, and few sympathetic roles.

Don't see it if your cup runneth over with Jacobean revenge dramas.

During previews
Go for jackson, stay for houdyshell & thompson
March 28th, 2019

See it if Shakespeare's words, loud and clear, are enough to make you happy, in spite of time wasted on showy sex, thunder, lightning, explosions.

Don't see it if length is a problem (3 1/2 hours). If Jackson's affecting acting isn't reward enough for her lack of vocal strength in this iconic role.

During previews
Random Acts
Midtown W
Intensely personal, Lively, Emotionally stirring, Humane, One performer, many characters
February 17th, 2019

See it if you like to hear stories unique to an author's history, bringing the perspective of her youth and idealism to race relations in the sixties.

Don't see it if you don't care about knowing the varied experiences of people dealing with racial strife in the midst of clashes of opinion and faith.

Great acting, Feels derivative, Touching if you've never thought about dementia before, Occasional humor, One long depressing downward slide
January 9th, 2019

See it if you have never seen "Marvin's Room" or "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" and you want to feel what it's like to watch a loved one suffer.

Don't see it if you think highly of "The Glass Menagerie" and find it suspicious when a young narrator fills you in on the story.

Nuclear Follies
Greenwich V
Terrific singers, Great acting, Fast-paced, Witty, Funny and moving
November 3rd, 2018

See it if you like political satire (eased by being Reagan-era, not Trump-era) smoothly delivered by five top actors in musical revue-skit format.

Don't see it if you don't like watching people sing, dance (a little), and impersonate recognizable (as types) political and media personalities.

Also The five Equity actors are almost always all on stage together, and do... Read more Read less

One-third comic, Two-thirds profound, Well-acted, Strong drama, Great costuming
September 23rd, 2018

See it if you love the way Pirandello makes you think about things you never thought about before: what literature, acting and life mean.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy dialogue-centered drama, or aren't willing to sit through the rather overplayed comic segment.

Over my head, Appealing actresses, Short segments of humor, Physically deft, Some beautiful language
September 23rd, 2018

See it if you're willing to enjoy stage business, marvelous physicality and a little lovely singing without your comprehending half the meaning.

Don't see it if you want to understand everything you see.

Also I had the feeling that many of the skits and references (luckily I kne... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Humane, Heart on its sleeve, You'd think it was an early play
September 22nd, 2018

See it if Kristine Nielsen's brilliant acting and the myriad modulations of her voice are reward enough for a problematic script, as they were for me.

Don't see it if you don't like to see the obvious pushed too hard and too long.

Also When I saw this, I guessed it to be an early play of Tennessee William... Read more Read less

During previews
Final Follies
West Village
Fabulous acting, Fun and games, Reversals of fortune, Quirky, Riotous
September 14th, 2018

See it if you want to leave the theater physically happy from having laughed so much.

Don't see it if you don't take pleasure in the nuances of language.

Also You begin with Gurney's last short play, fun but mild, then wake up to... Read more Read less

Energetic actors, Beautiful verse, Expository first act, Thrilling second act, Royals at war
September 10th, 2018

See it if you want to see England, France, and the Papacy duke it out , to feel grief, betrayal, and nobility of spirit through Shakespeare's verse.

Don't see it if three hours of uncut Shakespeare is too much for you and stage combat doesn't make up for it.

During previews
Strong male characters, Weak female characters, Director-driven, Beautifully staged, Considers how to live our lives
September 10th, 2018

See it if you want to see people looking at their lives, trying to see why they're unhappy, and grieving to see others falling into the same traps.

Don't see it if a display of out-of-balance human relationships, and talk about human relationships, doesn't appeal to you.

Also A powerhouse Uncle Vanya is trembling and distraught from the beginnin... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Zero drama, Very little humor, Lackluster
September 2nd, 2018

See it if you find Sarah Bernhardt's life intriguing enough to enjoy a slice-of-life view of her anxieties about taking on the role of Hamlet.

Don't see it if you don't want to wish you were watching this cast do Shakespeare instead of Rebeck: she inserts a few excellent "Hamlet" scenes.

East Village
Well-acted, Psychologically astute, Wide-ranging, Good ensemble staging, Narrative-driven
August 8th, 2018

See it if you want to see a bare-bones version of what Pushkin dealt with in his last years, writing amid political repression, racism and slander.

Don't see it if you care more for bright lights and fast pacing than for a sympathetic portrayal of an artist in the midst of troubles.

The Sardi's Tour
Midtown W
Friendly, Relaxed, Entertaining, Informative, Glamorous
July 21st, 2018

See it if you like the world that surrounds theater, the history of places like this fabled restaurant and its portraits, talking to an in-house host.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the lives of theater people past, or of theater people present when they're off the stage.

During previews
Fine ensemble singing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Haphazard, Energetic
July 12th, 2018

See it if you like Brecht songs that tell a story, well done by eight actors and a pianist, plus a pot-pourri from poems, statements and plays.

Don't see it if you want some sense of Brecht's life, politics, or theatrical genius, or a narrative arc to the evening.

During previews
Brilliant second half, Tedious first half, Top-notch production, Great acting, Exuberant
July 11th, 2018

See it if you thrill to Churchill's boisterous and funny satire that belies its 40 years; sit through the tone-deaf Barker shorts, or arrive late.

Don't see it if you don't like to laugh and then realize you've been shown what dire consequences a naive action can have.

Also I'd like to rate the first half 40 and the second half 100, so I've co... Read more Read less

Fun with bernadette, Warm-hearted, Innocuous, Foot-tapping live music, Dancing waiters
July 8th, 2018

See it if you want to step away to a kinder, gentler world and revel in the pleasure of watching Bernadette Peters doling out witty physical comedy.

Don't see it if you don't think it's theater if there's no tension or drama.

Also In this 1938 fairy-tale, a tight-fisted gentile is improbably enlighte... Read more Read less

During previews
Lonesome Blues
Midtown E
Likeable, Great acting, Slow, Easy listening
June 17th, 2018

See it if you enjoy seeing a versatile singer and actor, accompanied by guitar, gradually win you over with tales of his life and of Leadbelly.

Don't see it if you need variety and action.

During previews
Carmen Jones
East Village
Great live music, Great singing, Great dancing, Fun, Exciting
June 17th, 2018

See it if you like a story well told, with believable people who are a joy to watch.

Don't see it if you don't like being emotionally moved at the theater.

The Maid's Tragedy
Ambitious, Frustrating, Well-acted, Uneven, Interesting
June 14th, 2018

See it if you enjoy good actors playing out intense moral and emotional dilemmas; you are interested in what audiences paid to see 400 years ago.

Don't see it if you don't like to work hard to find the good kernel inside the hard nut.

Also I saw June 13, the first preview, so I trust that cuts will be made to... Read more Read less

Nostalgic, Sedentary, Nyc history, Heart-warming, Thought-provoking
June 12th, 2018

See it if you like learning what religion meant in the lives of show-business people in New York City in the 1920's and later, and what's changed.

Don't see it if you need a lot of visual stimulation and moving around, rather than listening to a welcoming rabbi and seeing photos and precious objects.

Insightful, Enjoyable, Great venue, Educational, Limited in scope
June 4th, 2018

See it if you want an engaging guide to walk with you through the Met and make you notice things you'd never noticed before.

Don't see it if you want costumes, stage sets, etc., rather than paintings that let you see how artists addressed theater and acting over the years.

The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Fast-paced, Delightful, Witty, Humane, Opulent costumes
May 16th, 2018

See it if you enjoy paying attention to word-play voiced by articulate virtuosic actors, with impeccably timed physical comedy thrown in.

Don't see it if you want to see people bare their souls and plumb the depths of human emotion. This is French farce, not sturm und drang.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Humane
April 18th, 2018

See it if you want to see an exquisitely expressive actress do it all without speech

Don't see it if you're impatient with a second act that loses its way a bit dealing with big issues

Informative, Enlightening, Eye-opening, Nostalgic, Tech-savvy
April 11th, 2018

See it if you are interested in how to preserve the performing arts for future generations.

Don't see it if you need vivid, hit-me-in-the-face; this is a chance to reflect on the past, and to consider what should be preserved and how.

Great acting, Intense, Unsettling, Word-oriented, Thought-provoking
March 5th, 2018

See it if you enjoy seeing actors take the ball and run with it, you're okay with being tense, you love language.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span, you want to preserve a high opinion of the human race, you don't like talk about sex.

Down-to-earth, Enthralling, Fast-paced, Riveting, Sublime
December 29th, 2017

See it if you want to see characters you care about

Don't see it if you can't tolerate coarse language

For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Funny, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever, Romantic
December 28th, 2017

See it if you want to relax and enjoy yourself.

Don't see it if you're offended by cliches.