michael 7025

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Reviews (255)
Fat Ham
East Village
Great writing, Funny, Ambitious
June 21st, 2022

See it if #Me too Hamlet. A funny introspective take on a classic play as written by a gay black man seeking his place in the world.

Don't see it if Gayness, blackness, family disfunction and a ghost. Everything old is new again.

Also Very clever mash-up of Tyler Perry barbecue and William Shakespeare tr... Read more Read less

Kinda charming, Kinda edgy, Funny
June 21st, 2022

See it if Sensitive musical about 10 year old's trauma with a dysfunctional family but no real villains. Delightful, if you get past the dirty jokes.

Don't see it if You don't like potty mouth humor, jokes in dubious taste coming from the mouths of children and adults.

Also I was ready to dismiss this as a off-color vanity project of Sarah Sil... Read more Read less

Belfast Girls
Resonant, Intelligent
June 9th, 2022

See it if Intersting drama of Irish famine refugees emigrating to Australia.Good history, passionate performances by female passengers.

Don't see it if It's history but not didactic. It's often intense with five women living together in a 3 month passage.

Also I enoyed this play. Welll written and well acted. Started to slide int... Read more Read less

Still powerful and resonant, Great writing, Edgy, Ambitious
May 29th, 2022

See it if Terrific writing and wonderful performances in the revival of this 25 year old classic.

Don't see it if The subject matter of pedophilia no matter how delicately handled is a turn off for many people .

Also I think this play is a masterpiece in the nuanced way it deals with th... Read more Read less

East Village
Great music, Ambitious
May 29th, 2022

See it if Great songs in the story of the struggle for women's right to vote. Excellent singing and fascinating characters.

Don't see it if The plot is preachy and gets repetitive. The songs while wonderful also start to sound similar.

Also Starts off with a bang but there is a sameness that keeps the show fro... Read more Read less

Snow in Midsummer
East Village
Over plotted, Cliched, Ambitious
May 29th, 2022

See it if It's a murder mystery. It's a ghost story with a ghost. There are more plot twists than a corkscrew. It's Chinese. .

Don't see it if If you don't like spirits from the dead haunting the stage and overacting you might want to stay home.

Also This might work as a Netflix movie, but I'm not accustomed to this muc... Read more Read less

During previews
Dreaming Zenzile
East Village
Good music, Confusing, Ambitious
May 29th, 2022

See it if You are interested in Miriam Makeba and the civil rights movement in South Africa and the USA. Lots of music.

Don't see it if The whole show is staged as a concert interrupted by flashbacks. Can be confusing .

Also I must say i was disappointed in this production. The writing was flat... Read more Read less

Great! great! great!, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing
May 7th, 2022

See it if You love the show or have never seen the show. It's a fairy tale, a meditation on life, fate and desire with terrific music and a great cast

Don't see it if Can't imagine why someone wouldn't want to give this a shot. No scenery? Tickets to a Mets game? If you care at all about musicals -go!

Also One of the great musicals with a dream cast, not a weak link in the bu... Read more Read less

Macbeth (Broadway)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Hit and miss performances, Ambitious staging
April 28th, 2022

See it if Stars do Shakespeare just like back in the days of the Globe Theater we are told. New take on 400 year old play.

Don't see it if Non-conventional (no scenery) staging. Cross-gender casting with actors confusingly playing multiple roles in street clothes.

Also Mixed feelings. Daniel Craig was quite good as MacBeth and Ruth Negga ... Read more Read less

Wow!, Memorable performance, Great writing
April 22nd, 2022

See it if Brilliant reimagining of Rostand in English. McAvoy gives the performance of a lifetime. Everything old seems new again.

Don't see it if No prosthetic noses. No balcony scenes. No real swords .A Roxanne with brains & beauty. Not the Cyrano ala Jose Ferrer.

Also I was overwhelmed by this production. Caveat: I was sitting in the fro... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Great writing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Ambitious
April 17th, 2022

See it if Thoughtful and challenging, the constantly changing point of view makes for scintillating theater.

Don't see it if There's Feminism, Black studies, Slavery, Political incorrectness and no songs other than "Shortnin' Bread" Oh and a brief bared breast.

Also This play was captivating and full of surprises. The arguments were we... Read more Read less

During previews
Nice tap dancing, Disappointing, Entertaining
April 17th, 2022

See it if Big Broadway show, fresh new talent in role made famous by entertaiment icon, great tap dancing, memorable songs.

Don't see it if No romantic chemistry between leads,, Feldstein doesn't have the range as an actor for the part, Jane Lynch is fun but miscast, plot creaks.

Also I was rooting for this one to be a hit as I am a Beanie Feldstein fan,... Read more Read less

During previews
Clichéd but effective, Good acting, Sentimental
March 30th, 2022

See it if You like family drama, Debra Messing , an emotional journey spanning a woman's lifetime. A comfortable evening in the theater.

Don't see it if Nothing too deep, nothing too novel. A feel good drama .

Also There's much to identify with in watching a 17 year-old Debra Messing ... Read more Read less

The Life
Midtown W
Poorly revised, Disappointing, Great singing
March 19th, 2022

See it if You want to see every musical ever written by Cy Coleman . You are curious about reimagined musicals, even when they go off the rails

Don't see it if Good songs buried under dubious orchestrations, gender lectures abounding, uneccessary narration, a hot mess.

Also I saw the original version of The Life and it wasn't perfect and it wa... Read more Read less

Good theatere, Good performances, Thought-provoking
March 12th, 2022

See it if You like engaging plays that entertain and also make you think about language, culture and identity.

Don't see it if Revolving stages make you dizzy, the shift between English and Farsi which is subtle might confuse you.

Also I really enjoyed this play, it had humor and thoughtfulness and was al... Read more Read less

The Same
Midtown W
Confusing, Immersive, Ambitious
March 6th, 2022

See it if It's an intense, immersive, strongly acted two-character short play about the confrontation of two women who may be the same person.

Don't see it if No plot, staged intimately in your face, with conversatonal fragments rather than dialogue.

Also I like seeing Enda Walsh plays because they challenge me, but sometime... Read more Read less

Intimate Apparel
Upper W Side
Wonderful ensemble performance, Great libretto, Absorbing, Ambitious
February 25th, 2022

See it if You're interested in new American operas. You like a great story well told and well sung.

Don't see it if It's sung through, the music is not like a Broadway musical, no catchy tunes.

Also In what is basically a back-handed compliment, the music didn't get in... Read more Read less

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious
February 19th, 2022

See it if You are interested how a schizophrenic classic can be interpreted for our times. See a great actor turn Shylock the Jew into Everyman.

Don't see it if Color-blind casting, modern dress, cell phones, a comedy with a less-than happy ending. Not your grandmother's Shakespeare.

Also In this production the population of Venice is a pretty nasty bunch. B... Read more Read less

Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great acting, Clever
February 6th, 2022

See it if You like your humor with an edge, and a side of fries.The drama of a tyrant in a short order kitchen who may be the devil.

Don't see it if It's a comedy about prison, homelessness and poverty. Also dreaming and aspiring.

Also Very entertaining, I saw this one on Zoom. It was a live stream of a l... Read more Read less

The Tap Dance Kid
Midtown W
Entertaining, Slow drama, Glorious dancing
February 6th, 2022

See it if If you love tap, you'll really love The Tap Dance KId. Great Joshua Henry, singing.

Don't see it if There's a lot of talk in between taps.

Also While not exactly the Jazz Singer goes to Harlem the basic story of a ... Read more Read less

Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Good night's work, Great ensemble, Great score
February 6th, 2022

See it if You want to see a new twist on a classic Sondheim show. Really well presented and interestingly conceived. Loved the staging.

Don't see it if Not much of a plot, no dancing. If you hate New York and introspection stay home, the lyrics may hurt your head.

Also This show is a favorite of mine and Katrina Lenk is a favorite of mine... Read more Read less

During previews
Really really entertaining, Really entertaining, Entertaining
February 2nd, 2022

See it if You like great songs, terrific dancing, star performances, nostalgia for the Golden Age of Musicals and stories of reformed scoundrels.

Don't see it if You hold to the idea all theater must deal with the issues and social politics of our times, no exceptions for tuneful escapism.

Also I had a ball. Hugh Jackman is not Robert Preston, his voice lacks the ... Read more Read less

Kimberly Akimbo
Moving, Delightful, Entertaining
December 19th, 2021

See it if Wonderful acting and singing, zany and amusing subplot, flawed but identifiable characters propelled by music and the lust for living.

Don't see it if You get no pleasure from the disfunction of families no matter how entertaining.You don't like tragedy with your comedy.

Also 62 year old Victoria Clark shines as 16-year old Kimberly. Bonnie Mill... Read more Read less

Interesting idea for a play, Innovative choreography, Ambitious
December 7th, 2021

See it if You like something: Fanciful (quirky premise) Innovative(rhythmic ensemble staging) James Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George)

Don't see it if You like big brassy musicals, with big production numbers or romantic plots. This is small and kind of quiet.

Also This is a pocket musical very low-key, basically 4 studies of 4 people... Read more Read less

Sondheim, Unnervingly relevant, Excellent cast, Intelligent
December 7th, 2021

See it if Fascinating but dark theater whose time has definitely come. Wonderful book and cast and music.

Don't see it if If the subject of the musical turns you off I suggest you get over it and get over to CSC before the runs ends. Unsettling but riveting.

Also What was once perceived as grotesque and in dubious taste is now chill... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Relevant, Intelligent
November 27th, 2021

See it if A wonderful inventively told, actually sung-through, story of loss and change. 1963 Louisiana. There is a singing dishwasher radio and dryer

Don't see it if Really a pocket opera, no happy ending just life, some pain and aspiration. Oh and a big double entendre on "Change".

Also I almost didn't review this because I had so much trouble understandin... Read more Read less

Compassionate, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Dizzying, Ambitious
November 26th, 2021

See it if It's a drama about how we treat people, and though it has a loose structure, it is also full of mystery and confusion. But very moving.

Don't see it if If you like clear plots and story lines with recognizable characters engaged in rational actions don't go.

Also In the past I have been so mystified by Enda Walsh (Arlington,Ballytur... Read more Read less

Outstanding venue, Fresh, Funny, Delightful
September 18th, 2021

See it if You like your Shakespeare short, sweet and contemporary. Uptown African slant on The Bard's famous farce. Broad and full of fun.

Don't see it if You don't like slap-stick, Shakespeare out of period, or you're still worried about Covid.

Also It was so great to see a play again, the Delacorte is a grand venue, p... Read more Read less

Disturbing on many levels, Emotionally distant, Outstanding acting, Ambitious
March 12th, 2020

See it if It's edgy. Well-performed drama. 3 generations of women with depression, manic and otherwise, performed simultaneously.

Don't see it if No exit, no cure, just suicide.If you can't take the message don't see the play.

Also A lot to think about in this one. Was the idea to present three storie... Read more Read less

Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Fine singing, Ambitious, Absorbing
March 9th, 2020

See it if A new musical with an intricate plot and nuanced emotions. Multi-Generational search for fulfillment and closure.

Don't see it if Unconventional musical. Or perhaps this is the new convention for musicals. Smaller, more personal, more recitative.

Also Very enjoyable journey. The music though reminiscent of Sondheim, and ... Read more Read less

Tumacho (2020)
East Village
A hoot!, Wacky, Delightful
March 7th, 2020

See it if You need a break from reality. An evening of campy ridiculousness loviingly performed. With music.

Don't see it if You probably won't be at a the Connelly unless you know what you're in for. So you either think it's funny and charming or you don't.

Also It's good to laugh and I'm grateful to Clubbed Thumb for the revival o... Read more Read less

During previews
The Perplexed
Midtown W
A whole lot of plot, Upper easts side jewish milieu, Journeyman effort
March 1st, 2020

See it if You like Richard Greenberg and his tales of affluent Upper East Siders.

Don't see it if You don't really care about the characters in this play. The most fun is watching the playwright getting on his hobbyhorse to vent.

Also This is an old-fashioned play. Sort of a drawing-room comedy/drama: tw... Read more Read less

Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Genre twisting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever
March 1st, 2020

See it if You're a Kate Hamill fan. You like bold new takes on familiar vampire stories. You like to be served a dash of #metoo whimsy with your stake

Don't see it if You abhor feminist re-writes. You don't like playwrights medding with your favorite horror novel. Bare bones theater in the round.

Also Go Kate Hamill! Drive that stake through the heart of Victorian and fo... Read more Read less

Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Slow start, Disappointing, Ambitious
February 23rd, 2020

See it if You like the tale of Frankenstein and experimental approaches to familiar stories. Gender free casting. Intimate theater in the round.

Don't see it if You like your theater straight-up and easy to follow. You don't want to sit in a theater and watch a monster learn to walk.

Also She's black, she's bad, she's Frankenstein's monster and fortunately f... Read more Read less

Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Toe-tapping music, Terrific alexandra socha, Great production of problematic show
February 23rd, 2020

See it if You've always wondered about Jerry Herman's non-hit and why it just missed being a success like Dolly or Mame.

Don't see it if You don't care for classic musicals, lush orchestrations, lots of choreography, meandering plots and historical accuracy.

Also This was a perfect vehicle for Encores!... Read more Read less

During previews
72 Miles to Go...
Midtown W
Relevant, Emotionally engaging, Moving drama
February 21st, 2020

See it if An accessible and sympathetic portrayal of the hardships over 10 years of a family separated by immigration laws.

Don't see it if You are too overwhelmed by the reality of immigrants and their issues to want to see them portrayed in a drama.

Also I found this melodrama very moving and judging by the eye wiping in th... Read more Read less

Mesmerizing performance
February 20th, 2020

See it if Very accessible take on Hamlet emphasizing loss and grief. Ruth Negga is a revelation.

Don't see it if It's an Irish-Ethiopian woman portraying Hamlet and the staging is all doors and plastic sheeting. But it works.

Also I'm usually sensitive to things like gender swapping roles but from th... Read more Read less

SIX (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great fun, Clever music, Great singing, Cliffnotes meets the voice and goes voguing
February 20th, 2020

See it if Divas.Divas.Divas. If you like rocking' concert-like shows with flashy costumes and flashing lights this is for you.

Don't see it if No plot to speak of basically a concert framed around a history lesson.

Also Although it times out at 80 minutes this is a full evenings worth of e... Read more Read less

Great singing, Entertaining, Always clever
February 6th, 2020

See it if Broadway buffs love Forbidden Broadway. Even when they don''t love it they're glad that it's around.

Don't see it if Small cast in a small theater singing sketches with often hard to understand lyrics about shows you might not have seen.

Also This iteration of Forbidden Broadway is hit and miss. Weak opening but... Read more Read less

During previews
Great tony and maria, Visuals overwhelm theatrics, Misguided, Ambitious
February 6th, 2020

See it if You are interested in video-infused theater. You'll see any production of West Side Story. "How bad can it be?"

Don't see it if You are a fan of classic Broadway theater. You don't want to see today's "cutting edge" fashion undercut your favorite musical.

Also The good the bad and the ugly. The good is the love story of Tony and ... Read more Read less

Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Very disappointing, Characters did not ring true, Occasionally funny
January 29th, 2020

See it if You might go to see a wonderful cast or muse on love and marriage and how they produce a dysfunctional family.

Don't see it if You want characters with dimension and realism in how people react in stressful situations.

Also Bummer. I'm a fan of playwright Bess Wohl butt in this hit-and-miss pl... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Delightful
January 27th, 2020

See it if You want to laugh at a classic farce that though written in 1841 is still hilarious in this well-directed production.

Don't see it if You don't like farce or comedy of manners.

Also "Dying is easy, comedy is hard". Good comedy is so hard to come by in ... Read more Read less

During previews
Medea (BAM)
Rose byrne is remarkable., Powerful. powerful. powerful.
January 24th, 2020

See it if You want to see a great performance by Rose Byrne as a woman scorned.

Don't see it if Bright white backdrop, some video projection. Stark set, a woman unhinged, it will end badly. Not Euripides' Medea, but Simon Stone's.

Also This could just as well be called A Woman... Read more Read less

Cliched by-the-numbers pc script, Strong performances, Powerful songs
January 24th, 2020

See it if Alanis Morissette's music is the reason for the show's existence and Elizabeth Stanley and Lauren Patten do it justice.

Don't see it if The rawness and authenticity of the music is at odds with the banality of the over-stuffed and unnuanced libretto.

Also In the second act Lauren Patten literally stopped the show singing "Yo... Read more Read less

Rambling, Disappointing, Too long, Wonderful laura linney
January 17th, 2020

See it if Laura Linney. A painful recollection of a daughter trying to come to terms with a difficult mother who she loves.

Don't see it if I really think this show would resonate more with women who could identify with Lucy Barton in terms of difficult mothers and childhoods.

Also Surprised I didn't like this one more than I did. I couldn't sense the... Read more Read less

Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Wonderful performance by edmond donovon, Long, sad story of the human condition seen through the half empty glass of samuel hunter
January 17th, 2020

See it if You like plays with a lot of plot and backstories dealing with historical, social and personal tragedies.

Don't see it if Its long and the focus shifts a lot: Interment camps, gentrification, schizophrenia,twarted high school romance, mine disasters, etc

Also I liked The Whale a lot and had great expectations for this play. Afte... Read more Read less

Sad, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Funny, Great acting
January 10th, 2020

See it if Mary-Louise Parker, Will Hochman, worth the price of admission.

Don't see it if Just two actors, a lot of literary allusions and a bit of a shaggy dog plot.

Also I liked this play, it was well-written but often too clever by half. S... Read more Read less

Sing Street
East Village
Refreshing take on teen rebellion, Winning performances, Good music, Delightful
January 10th, 2020

See it if You are hungry for an unglitzy,charming musical love story about wanna-be rockers in 1980's Dublin.

Don't see it if You don't like coming of age stories, 80's rock, or bare-bones producutions.

Also Didn't see the movie, but was won over by this adaptation. Good book. ... Read more Read less

The Thin Place
Midtown W
Clever writing, Wonderful acting, Haunting, Sly, Compelling
January 6th, 2020

See it if You want a theatrical ghost story that subverts its premise and still gives you chills.

Don't see it if You want closure in your plays. You are more interested in answers than in questions.

Also Lucas Hnath is a playwright who challenges his audience but entertains... Read more Read less

Conscious expanding, Engaging, Funny, Explodes with energy
December 5th, 2019

See it if Wonderful collage of striving humanity dealing with life told thru conversations in six barbershops in Africa and London.

Don't see it if Sometimes the accents may be hard to understand (but it shouldn't deter you). All- male, constantly changing scenes, vignettes.

Also Loved this show. Wonderfully staged and enthusiastically acted it is l... Read more Read less