Member 7326264

Brooklyn
About:  Long-time theater-goer/lover ... 20-to-1 ratio with musicals in the minority - mad as hell that most "sure fire" theater has gotten SO over-priced, ... but we're lucky to live in a city where "taking a chance" produces more pleasant surprises than anything else. FWIW, I've gotten TONS of "value" out... Read more Read less
Reviews (19)
82
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Clever

See it if If you're familiar with ALICE, you'll love this... and if you only know "I'm late, I'm late" (per white rabbit), you'll do just fine! MUSIC!

Don't see it if All the naysayers here DO have a point... if one is stuck in R&H musicals (or Lerner & Lowe.) BUT HIGH AIMS are challenging; pays off here!!

90
During previews
About Alice
Brooklyn
Enchanting, Delightful, Must see

See it if You've ever experienced joy in a marriage or other relationship. This is unconditional love ... but with enough of an arc to be gripping!

Don't see it if You're a big fan of the Die Hard series of movies.

Also I won't be the first to say that in any city other than NY, the physic... Read more Read less

90
During previews
The Jungle
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if This is so different from what 90% of the people attending 90% of what's reviewed on S-S SEE - in entirely good ways - that it is MUST SEE!

Don't see it if You deplore being dubiously manipulated, however good the cause. (more on that in overflow) I'd also criticize St.A for anti-audience things

Also I *get* - but not 100% - the quasi-museum ("immersive" is not quite th... Read more Read less

90
Cyprus Avenue
East Village
Absorbing, Riveting, Must see

See it if Compelling story, well staged, acted, etc.

Don't see it if You hear "pulp fiction" and want to run (fast) in the opposite direction. ... But please see my "more to say."

Also Usually, I *get* the viewpoint of those who love something I hate or v... Read more Read less

70
The Diana Tapes
Soho/Tribeca
Entertaining

See it if (what I thought was an) interesting idea, reasonably well executed.

Don't see it if Your standards are higher than that ... or you just know that anything about anybody "royal" will bore or annoy you.

Also This is clearly not "off broadway" "in the same league" as the major n... Read more Read less

75
During previews
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great staging, Relevant

See it if You like "ripped from the headlines" pieces ... and ones with some non-TV plusses.

Don't see it if You like a plot that isn't riddled with implausibilities - really, worse - things that are bizarre ... esp. for the characters here!

70
Overrated, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if are open to what might have been a total bummer actually having lots of humor.

Don't see it if you hate theater that might have been (appropriately) aired on "Lifetime." The writing & plotting are sub-par for Roundabout/big league.

Also I wanted to like this play, and it certainly had many fine moments. Bu... Read more Read less

80
Miles for Mary
Midtown W
Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if want to see humor mined from some unlikely places. Fine acting, terrific set. I think this was improv2script - very impressive!

Don't see it if you're in a hurry. As others have noted, while the careful detailing has charm and value, how much is too much?

75
Delightful, Great singing

See it if You enjoy one-person shows ... and/or a bit of history, well-told & portrayed

Don't see it if You're a little prudish or aren't used to an audience more likely than most to "act out."

Also I'm inclined to think that the avg. score around here reflects both gr... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Mankind
Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if You go to the theater to see things almost TOTALLY undoable on TV or even in the movies.

Don't see it if [the standard show-score line] You don't go to the theater to be challenged in any way.

Also While the primary focus is on gender relations, this is a playwright w... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Marys Seacole
Upper W Side
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if are wild about shows that take chances - almost regardless as to how "successful" that proves to be.

Don't see it if You're unlikely to enjoy a show that feels like 2 plays, neither of them very compelling, were "smooshed together," just for Blk Hist Month.

Also I really wanted to like this play and the 6 women cast work their asse... Read more Read less

52
During previews
Disappointing, Banal, Insipid

See it if You think even the worst possible work by a capable playwright can teach you something.

Don't see it if You're looking for good theatre - this is what happens now that Sig. is wedded to a tired formula. Only 1 worthy one? What else do you have?

60
During previews
Days of Rage
Midtown W
Cliched, Disappointing, Ambitious, E for effort, d for execution

See it if I'm sure there's lots on TV that's more or less comparable. Folks who watch 3-5 series and 20+ hours a week will probably like this show.

Don't see it if You have higher standards for "live theater" - ESPECIALLY if you expect that the non-profits "vet" the scripts and pass on inchoate ones.

Also Not for the first time, Show-Score's borrowing (seemingly with more pr... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Log Cabin
Midtown W
Disappointing

See it if You trust Playwrights H. to spot talent and put on good shows.

Don't see it if It improves a ton from the 2nd preview, where I saw it. I'm with the crowd here - non-gay or lesbian audience members are fish-out-of-water!

90
Miss You Like Hell
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You love musicals - esp. ones with something new to say & sing. Also, see it if musicals are not your "go to," BUT you've enjoyed some prevl

Don't see it if You are particularly prickly - seems like that's a NY epidemic, judging from other comments - about being "manipulated."

Also What's the usual trope from "comics" - TOUGH AUDIENCE.... (here)... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you like well-constructed plays that make you think.

Don't see it if N/A.... Well, if you have or almost have PTSD from something ghastly in your past (war being the most likely & sensitive), miss this. BUT...

Also DO NOT be put off by any 10-20 word summary that makes you think you'l... Read more Read less

86
Hindle Wakes
Midtown W
Delightful, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if either like - because of the charm - or aren't put off by "black and white" as in VERY "old school" material... when it's well done as here!

Don't see it if "Cats" is your idea of good theater.

Also Every once in a while something a full 100+ years old sounds like it w... Read more Read less

85
Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to see an Encores-like musical in a "workshop-plus" set.

Don't see it if need full production values to make you think you belong.

Also Can't help but use the word "workshop," but need to explain what it me... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Must see

See it if If you read others' reviews, you see that some simply grade TOO TOUGH and others "couldn't handle" these truths. (That's my take.)

Don't see it if You're a thinking person who can't brace yourself well for some of the toughest theater (its CONTENT) that you'll ever see. But otherwise GO