Member 72164311 Tom M

New York City | 50-64 | Male
About:  Love the theater
Reviews (86)
78
The Four Seasons
Midtown W
Unique, Ambitious, Confusing, Good dancing, Clever

See it if You like dance theater, enjoy classical music and up for a piece that is ambitious but a bit confusing and not totally successful overall.

Don't see it if You prefer more traditional linear story. The climate change theme is interesting- but not clear/confusing especially as related to costumes

Also I was hoping this would be more enjoyable -I see lots of dance and up ... Read more Read less

78
Hannah Senesh
Financial
Problematic structure, Inspiring story, Good acting, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in small one woman shows , inspiring stories about historical female hero’s from the Holocaust.

Don't see it if You won’t relate to the subject matter, want a more traditional play vs a small one person show, don’t want to see a sad story from that era

Also Overall it was a nice small production and the lead did a fine job - m... Read more Read less

67
Dying City
Midtown W
Confusing, Decent acting, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a short play about the impact of trauma on dysfunctional people

Don't see it if You prefer plays with actual drama - don’t like time shifting and want to be engaged with characters and have a resolution to the story.

Also Disappointing show - especially knowing it was a Pulitzer finalist. I ... Read more Read less

91
Queen of Hearts
Brooklyn
Sexy, Edgy, Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy an adult take on entertainment with a talent cast of sexy singers, dancers, aerialists and entertainers. modern take on burlesque

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy edgy entertainment that is a bit risqué and features partial nudity or just enjoy standard style shows.

Also Always a treat to see one of their shows. It is a fun atmosphere and t... Read more Read less

80
During previews
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You want a chance to see a play in music - mostly sung through that isn’t done frequently. Play from 1930s is given John Doyle treatment.

Don't see it if You don’t like minimally staged musicals ; want to see a splashy traditional production or not interested in the themes including pro-labor.

Also Talented cast (especially Tony Yazbeck) but it took awhile to get goin... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Smart Blonde
Midtown E
Intelligent, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a talented cast (some playing multiple roles) the story of Star Judy Holiday’s career in a play with some singing.

Don't see it if You want to see a musical or an in-depth exploration of Holiday. The play covers lots of ground in 90 mins but we don’t go too deep.

Also Perhaps a longer 2-act play would allow for more time to highlight why... Read more Read less

90
During previews
After
Midtown E
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a serious play about the current hot topic of bullying in high school as the impact on families as well as the students.

Don't see it if Want to see a comedy or something light or don’t want to explore a serious topic impacting students, schools and families across the nation.

Also Very good acting, tight writing and paced well for the 90 minutes. It ... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Interesting staging, Riveting

See it if You are a fan of the movie or have never seen. It is a period piece but so relevant now. Great acting and riveting production of this satire

Don't see it if You want to see something lighter/ a comedy or might not appreciate the unique dynamic staging with videos/life action cameras/projections

88
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Fun, Feel good

See it if You want to be highly entertained by a terrific cast; are a Cher fan, want to have a fun time enjoying glitzy costumes, hit songs/numbers.

Don't see it if You are not a Cher fan, don’t like jukebox type musicals, want something deeper/darker with a more structured book. If you don’t like fun

Also I had a ball at this show! A long time Cher fan I was not disappointed... Read more Read less

85
Lured
East Village
Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Violent, Raw

See it if You want to see an edgy, intense story about vigilante attacks on gay men in Russia. Violence and full nudities but serves story. Well acted

Don't see it if You would be disturbed by full male nudity, violent intense scenes, raw language or gay issues. Or want a more conventional play over 70 min

Also Intense and raw production packs a punch about a tough subject. Very w... Read more Read less

79
During previews
The Book of Merman
Midtown W
Clever, Great singing, Fluffy, Funny, Delightful

See it if You enjoy a small , funny musical comedy that includes parodies of Merman and references to Book of Mormon. The 3 performers are terrific.

Don't see it if Don’t like smaller, lower budget off Bway shows . If you prefer more serious fare- this is light,fluffy, silly and a little campy but fun!

Also The performers are what makes this worth your evening. The trio have g... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Heartbreaking, Funny

See it if You want to see a stellar cast at the top of their form in a well written play about the impact of Alzheimer’s on a family member and famil.

Don't see it if You would be uncomfortable seeing a character suffering from Alzheimer’s and her decline. Although the story is told with humor and heart .

Also Early in previews- but the cast is terrific and all work together well... Read more Read less

85
Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You want to see a terrific cast in a play that explores various moments across a woman’s life- not told in chronological order. Riveting.

Don't see it if Interested in a play that is uplifting and provides a clear wrap up ending. Hoped for a tighter connection/ending as to what it all means.

Also Wonderful acting from all - especially the various women who play her ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Ambitious, Funny, Thought-provoking, Good acting, Disappointing

See it if You are a fan of Josh Charles / Armie Hammer - both do a nice job. Want to see a play about social issues and how SWM embrace privilege.

Don't see it if You want to see a strong story with a clear focus and a clear resolution of the conflict in the end. It is a quirky, challenging show.

Also Although I enjoyed the acting (thought the actor playing the father st... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Carmen Jones
East Village
Great acting, Great singing, Must see, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a terrific cast in a winning production in a intimate setting of this revival of a show rarely produced . All black cast a +

Don't see it if You don’t like theater, musicals or quality productions or shows with a more operatic score.

Also A wonderful production - CSC intimate setting makes this even more enj... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Funny, Great writing, Great acting, Must see

See it if You want to see brilliant acting including by Glenda Jackson ( a rare chance) and a terrific production of Albee’s wonderful play. Must see

Don't see it if You don’t like theater(can’t imagine why someone would not want to see).

Also Just brilliant. I was dying to see and could only afford a ticket high... Read more Read less

78
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Feel-good

See it if You are a SB fan/or not, want to enjoy a fun , clever, spectacle of a show with a feel good happy vibe, a terrific Slater,something for kids

Don't see it if You prefer more serious such with a stronger plot and substance and won’t enjoy a variety of song styles and an explosion of color, lights

Also A fun enjoyable experience. Not a classic show or one that years from ... Read more Read less

78
The Gentleman Caller
West Village
Ambitious, Great acting, Humorous, Great set, Entertaining

See it if Want to see an ambitious, entertaining play about the relationship between writers Tennessee Williams (a riveting Villa) and William Inge

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy the subject matter, intimate talky play. Script could be tighter and more balance between characters. Inge role is miscast

Also I enjoyed more than the critics and found the story interesting and en... Read more Read less

90
Me and My Girl
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want a good old fashion fun musical that leaves you entertained and feeling good. Terrific talented cast that is having a ball too!

Don't see it if You prefer more serious musicals with a stronger book ; prefer full productions.

Also Another Encores! triumph this season. Fun show perfectly cast with too... Read more Read less

78
Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining, Great dancing, Miscast leads

See it if You want to see one of the classic musicals with a gorgeous score and wonderful dancing and singing. you can get a discounted ticket to see.

Don't see it if Don’t like old fashion musicals with a weak book and a production that lacks magic, disappointing staging,direction and lack of chemistry.

Also Worth seeing if just for the glorious score and some very good dancing... Read more Read less

67
Disappointing, Slow, Interesting story, Uneven performances

See it if You want to see a play about an interesting story about resistance fighters in Amsterdam who help Jews in WWII. Inspired by a true story

Don't see it if Want a polished, highly professional level production. performances range from decent to overacting to amateurish. Directing isn’t strong.

Also An interesting and important story - and the reason I stayed until the... Read more Read less

91
For a previous production
Entertaining, Hilarious, Great acting, Delightful, Classic busch

See it if You are a Charles Busch fan - this is Classic Busch. As good as his early funny shows. If you want to see a very funny show and a great cast

Don't see it if You don’t do downtown shows, want a serious play or don’t want to have a good time.

Also Hilarious! And lots of fun. Reminded me of all the early shows he did ... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Goldstein
Midtown W
Dated, Ambitious, Good singing, Heart warming, Cliched

See it if You want to see a show about family and the Jewish American immigrant journey; want a heartwarming show that is pleasant but not amazing

Don't see it if Want to see a large scale production; don’t want to see a musical about the subject matter or want something fresh and new in its themes.

Also The cast was generally good and featured some nice talent and singing.... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Good acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if Enjoy dialogue & character driven 2 person play with good chemistry and performances by the two actors who play the diplomats negotiating.

Don't see it if Want something more fast paced, with a larger cast and a lighter theme. It can drag a little bit so if easily bored might be challenging

Also Quiet show that is interesting in how it portrays the negotiations and... Read more Read less

82
Clever, Funny, Great singing, Raunchy, Edgy

See it if You are a fan of the talk show or enjoy a funny satire on the reality show culture with great singing/cast with clever/crude/vulgar lyrics.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy an edgy loud new musical that features trashy characters and dirty lyrics or might feel Jerry Springer theme is a bit dated.

Also Fun, clever show with a very talented, diverse cast with great singing... Read more Read less

66
Slow, Uneven acting, Ambitious, Interesting subject matter

See it if You don’t mind low budget off off off Bway plays with an interesting subject matter of Hollywood Star Hedy Lamar and her life /inventions.

Don't see it if You want a gripping piece of theater, want a stellar cast, have seen the doc Bombshell or recent books about her fascinating inventor status

Also Although billed as telling the little know story of her role in the in... Read more Read less

82
Little Gem
Chelsea
Slow, Entertaining, Interesting structure, Well written, Good acting

See it if The play is 3 separate monologues that are connected (women are 3 generations of a family) but are separate /rarely interact with each other

Don't see it if You are more interested in a play with lots of action and a more dramatic story or don’t enjoy monologues.

Also The structure is interesting as you see the everyday life and events o... Read more Read less

58
Caroline's Kitchen
Midtown E
Good cast, Not funny, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You like British humor and farce - although I was expecting it to be funny and I didn’t find it to be funny. Not much laughter from audience

Don't see it if You like a comedy or don’t appreciate British humor. It is an odd show that I expected to be funny but laughed about 3 times - minor laughs.

Also A strange play - although a likable cast especially the female lead. I... Read more Read less

81
All Our Children
East Village
Historical, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You have an interest in a little-known chapter in the Nazi history and/or interest in human drama that feels relevant in today’s world.

Don't see it if You are looking for a light comedy or a large production. This is an intimate production well done with strong performances by talented cast

Also A well done and well acted (especially by John Glover) drama about the... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Good acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if You like solo shows and would benefit from hearing this woman’s true story on the impact of husbands arrest on child porn on her/family

Don't see it if You want a big production or would be upset/triggered by the topic of husband’s arrest on having child porn (no graphic details provided )

Also A well done , raw, honest sharing of her story and her decisions and t... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Vilna
Midtown W
Relevant, Good acting/cast, Resonant, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to learn about an interesting chapter in Holocaust that isn’t as we’ll know as others. An inspiring heart felt story worth seeing.

Don't see it if You want something light and breezy, don’t like the intense subject matter or historic dramas.

Also Overall a well done play with an earnest ,hard working and dedicated c... Read more Read less

86
Downstairs
West Village
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Surprising

See it if You want to see an original off Bway play that provides twists and drama backed by strong performances from Daly siblings playing siblings

Don't see it if You want to see something light or a comedy. This play can be intense and heavy at times - you will be on a ride with this one.

Also I went in expecting a family domestic drama and didn’t read much upfro... Read more Read less

88
Nutcracker Rouge
Brooklyn
Sexy, Great singing, Edgy, Great dancing, Uniquely creative

See it if You want to see a very fun, creative , artistic, quirky sexy show with singing, dancing, acrobatics and very creative costumes for adults.

Don't see it if You don’t like edgy entertainment or have an issue with burlesque type numbers and lots of flesh. Or you prefer standard entertainment.

Also Always a fun night - an entertaining highly creative show, cocktails, ... Read more Read less

93
Operation Crucible
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Riveting

See it if You want to see a well written and extremely well acted small play featuring 4 talented actors. Beautifully done and inspiring true story

Don't see it if Prefer large splashy productions or don’t like small cast intimate dramas. Or only want to see Plays on Broadway.

Also This was a terrific play - almost poetic in the writing. The men are u... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Inner Voices 2018
Midtown W
Great singing, Absorbing, Nice mix, Entertaining, Emotional

See it if You like sung through solo musicals; 3 separate shows - nice variety. One funny, one bittersweet and one heartbreaking. Luker is stellar.

Don't see it if You like more traditional full musicals with larger casts. Or don’t want to see 3 distinct small musicals that are unrelated.

Also An interesting mix of mini shows - with the last one with Rebecca Luke... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Wonderful songs, Refreshing

See it if You want to see an original show with wonderful standard-style songs and a twist on a love story with a gay couple in 1960 NYC

Don't see it if You only like big shows or would not be interested in a gay love story with a historical view from 1960s

Also So enjoyed this show - an original musical/play with wonderful songs t... Read more Read less

89
Entertaining, Edgy, Sexy, Great dancing, Uniquely creative

See it if You are adventurous and want to see something edgy/different. Enjoy seeing “downtown “type shows with highly creative concepts & performers.

Don't see it if Prefer more standard type shows and don’t like edgy sexy shows that feature partial nudity (mostly male) and erotic tones.

Also Company XIV is a gem of NY theater - edgy, sexy and unlike anything el... Read more Read less

79
Skintight
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Good acting, Good cast chemistry

See it if You want to enjoy a play that explores the topic of age and beauty within a story about family dynamics. Enjoyed more than I expected.

Don't see it if You prefer a structured play with a strong plot. this show doesn’t have much of a plot - more like moments. But contemporary and funny.

Also I saw Idina’s understudy- who was terrific (reminded me of Kathleen Ha... Read more Read less

72
Great singing, Terrific leads, Loud, Disappointing, More like a concert show

See it if You love Donna Summer, have fond memories of disco, want to see terrific leads by dynamic women

Don't see it if Prefer musicals that have a strong book, more elaborate sets and better production values. This looks a bit cheap. They skimp on small roles

Also You go for the music and the ladys who play the adult Donna. The book ... Read more Read less

81
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Glossy fun!

See it if You are a fan of the movie (faithful version) or enjoy light, fun musical comedy with a message. Similar in appeal to Legally Blonde musical

Don't see it if You only like serious musicals or have no interest in the high-school theme of the show (although message is relevant for all audiences now)

Also Fun, well done cotton candy of a musical. escapist fun. Faithful to th... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You want to see a terrific all star cast in a play about gay life and acceptance in late 60s that still feels relevant today. Well produced.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the gay subject matter or are not interested in a period piece about late 1960s. Funny but parts are intense.

Also Terrific production featuring openly gay actors playing gay men in a p... Read more Read less

94
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if You want to see one of the great all time musicals in a lavish first class, wonderful production. Top notch acting, singing and staging.

Don't see it if Don’t care for big, classic musicals.

Also Throughly enjoyed. Thrilled to have been able to see my first producti... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Must see, Great writing

See it if You want to see this Lesser know Tennessee Williams play with Amazing lead performances. A terrific cast and very talented cast all around.

Don't see it if You only want a fully staged (props, sets) play (this has minimal staging but full costumes) or don’t like Williams.

Also Wonderful chemistry between the leads. Ireland is giving a career best... Read more Read less

69
Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating, Bland acting

See it if You never saw the play and can get a very cheap ticket. Are interested in seeing an interesting new talent in Lauren Ridloff who is deaf

Don't see it if You want to see an exciting play with strong performances and writing. Highly recommend skipping. The acting is surprisingly bland and stiff

Also So surprised at how this play feels dated and does not hold up. I expe... Read more Read less

73
Entertaining, Slow, Good singing, Disappointing

See it if Like me you have never seen Chess and are curious. If you like to support local theater and want to see an OK production of a flawed show.

Don't see it if You expect high quality/production values, don’t want to travel to Bklyn for a 3 Hour Show of cult musical favored for the music (weak book)

Also Chess is a flawed show at its core and for any production - interestin... Read more Read less

90
During previews
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Delightful, Fun

See it if You want to enjoy a clever, funny production that is a fast paced comedy with wonderful language and smart performances by a terrific cast.

Don't see it if You want like farce, want something more serious or substantive or may be confused by the tricky storyline and fast pace.

Also Delightful - terrific writing and wonderful chemistry and performances... Read more Read less

86
During previews
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Fine acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a play about the impact of a school shooting on families(the event is not shown or mentioned in much detail). Well done play

Don't see it if You want lighter fare; might be upset by subject matter.

Also Overall a good play with fine acting ( especially from the tween femal... Read more Read less

75
My Brilliant Divorce
West Village
Disappointing, Relevant, Good acting, Seen it before, Uneven

See it if You are interested in the journey of a woman faced with a divorce and all that follows. To see Melissa Gilbert- good but miscast in the role

Don't see it if You want something fresh - this has been done before and better in other shows. Or don’t care for solo shows- especially with a lack of sets

Also Although charming and a good performance, Gilbert is miscast. The mate... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful, Great staging

See it if Want to see yet another masterful production by Encores! They are at their best with this show - gets close to a full production -no scripts

Don't see it if You want a light show - this show has a dark theme (although light moments). Or if you don’t enjoy Encore! style productions.

Also Terrific production all around . And the glorious Encores! Orchestra i... Read more Read less

78
Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Cliched, Quirky

See it if You enjoy pleasant, small musicals that are a bit quirky - combo of Jewish & gay themes. Leads are charming - See for Julie Knitel - terrifc

Don't see it if You like big splashy musicals or are not interested in the unusual link of Jewish and Gay themes. Show is a bit cliche re: Jewish characters

Also Enjoyed the show - mostly due to the warm performances by the cast. Es... Read more Read less