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Reviews (25)
Preview waverly
48
One long depressing downward slide, Occasional humor, Touching if you've never thought about dementia before, Feels derivative, Great acting

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.

Preview raison
85
Great costuming, Strong drama, Well-acted, Two-thirds profound, One-third comic

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.

Preview als1
79
During previews
You'd think it was an early play, Heart on its sleeve, Humane, Great staging, Great acting

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

Preview 1535390157 king john tickets 1
90
Royals at war, Thrilling second act, Expository first act, Beautiful verse, Energetic actors

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.

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60
During previews
Lackluster, Very little humor, Zero drama, Great staging, Great acting

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.

Preview sardis showposter
100
Glamorous, Informative, Entertaining, Relaxed, Friendly

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.

Preview afterdinner
79
During previews
Exuberant, Great acting, Top-notch production, Tedious first half, Brilliant second half

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

Preview lsb1
70
During previews
Easy listening, Slow, Great acting, Likeable

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.

Preview tmt2
60
Interesting, Uneven, Well-acted, Frustrating, Ambitious

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

Preview the met logo j
79
Limited in scope, Educational, Great venue, Enjoyable, Insightful

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.

Preview 18coalg 0123 showscore  1
85
Humane, Thought-provoking, Great acting

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

Preview zoo800x1200showscore
90
Thought-provoking, Word-oriented, Unsettling, Intense, Great acting

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.

Preview 1808013 dm showscore bl
96
For a previous production
Romantic, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Funny

See it if you want to relax and enjoy yourself.

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

Preview nf1
95
Funny and moving, Witty, Fast-paced, Great acting, Terrific singers

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

Preview twf1
69
Some beautiful language, Physically deft, Short segments of humor, Appealing actresses, Over my head

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

Preview ffss
90
During previews
Riotous, Quirky, Reversals of fortune, Fun and games, Fabulous acting

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

Preview clientfile 324699
79
During previews
Considers how to live our lives, Beautifully staged, Director-driven, Weak female characters, Strong male characters

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

Preview p6
79
Narrative-driven, Good ensemble staging, Wide-ranging, Psychologically astute, Well-acted

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.

Preview brechtonbrecht
75
During previews
Energetic, Haphazard, Ambitious, Entertaining, Fine ensemble singing

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.

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90
Dancing waiters, Foot-tapping live music, Innocuous, Warm-hearted, Fun with bernadette

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

Preview carmenjones
100
During previews
Exciting, Fun, Great dancing, Great singing, Great live music

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.

Preview salon poster actors temple j
80
Thought-provoking, Heart-warming, Nyc history, Sedentary, Nostalgic

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.

Preview tm3
100
Opulent costumes, Humane, Witty, Delightful, Fast-paced

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.

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100
Tech-savvy, Nostalgic, Eye-opening, Enlightening, Informative

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.

Preview farinelli
100
Sublime, Riveting, Fast-paced, Enthralling, Down-to-earth

See it if you want to see characters you care about

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