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Reviews (276)
Purposefully cliched, Charming, Bizzare, Clever
February 3rd, 2023

See it if PUPPETS!!! A 25th Century Sci-Fi puppet show. Star Wars, Time Machine, Romeo & Julliet- they are all here. And a narrator dressed as a fox.

Don't see it if PUPPETS!! Dystopian puppet-end-of-the-world drama with puppet sex (french kissing) Puppet violence (lasers) And a narrator dressed as a fox.

Also Not for everyone. But it had its moments and did not take itself too s... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever
February 3rd, 2023

See it if A great mix of humor and drama with a cast of flawed characters. The playwright (Giurgis) has an original theatrical voice.

Don't see it if If you don't like nuance in your characters or forgiveness for their sins.

Also I saw this in 2014 off-Broadway and was blown away by the originality ... Read more Read less

Great ensemble, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing
February 3rd, 2023

See it if Wonderful acting, wonderful language,important subject told with humor and drama. And a ghost!

Don't see it if Monologues and plot points tend to repeat. There may be a ghost.

Also I really like this production. Every character was true and fully real... Read more Read less

Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious
January 15th, 2023

See it if Sibling rivalry, social discourse, three card monte, aspirations, disappointments and Abe Lincoln in whiteface.There’s a lot to ponder.

Don't see it if Only two characters, trash talk, scams and schemes and race.

Also When a play has only two characters named Lincoln and Booth and there ... Read more Read less

Crowd pleasing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
December 25th, 2022

See it if You like clever plots, pop songs hot dancing and fun.

Don't see it if It's a juke box musical. What, you've never heard of Max Martin? Touted as the Shakespeare of pop music.

Also I loved the conceit of the plot : Julliet and Ann Hathaway cut loose a... Read more Read less

Fun, Entertaining, Delightful
December 19th, 2022

See it if You want a big musical with lots of dancing great performances and just the wisp of a message.

Don't see it if If you're old school and don't like "classics" tampered with to adapt to present day values.

Also Very enjoyable adaptaion of the movie. Clever and smart. Good songs gr... Read more Read less

Good acting, Entertaining, Absorbing
December 9th, 2022

See it if Interesting monologue, far-fetched but intriguing. A woman searches for a missing friend and finds much more than she bargined for.

Don't see it if It's one actor telling you a story. If you need bells and whistles best go uptown.

Also The play starts off as a missing person story related by a Brooklyn pa... Read more Read less

During previews
Heartbreaking, Intense, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious
December 3rd, 2022

See it if You love Audra MacDonald, you like plays dealing with racism overt and covert.

Don't see it if The unrelenting sadness and simmering rage and frustration of the central character is exhausting. And babies die.

Also Sorry, this was such a downer. The story was told in flashbacks but th... Read more Read less

During previews
Great cast, Great score, Entertaining
December 3rd, 2022

See it if The most successful production of the problematic but tuneful musical I have seen. Brilliant music and lyrics. Excellent cast.

Don't see it if You probably can't get a ticket anyway. But if it goes to Broadway you should see it. If you really like dancing, theer's no dancing.

Also I was so happy to be in the audience in the intimate NYTW theater and ... Read more Read less

Outstanding performance, Entertaining
November 12th, 2022

See it if You are a fan of BIG performances and biographical plays. You always wondered why there is no Cross-Manhatttan Expressway.

Don't see it if The subject matter is the building of parks and roads. Not many fully fleshed out characters or motivations among the supporting roles.

Also Ralph Fiennes as Robert Moses is worth the price of admission and cudo... Read more Read less

Hamlet (BAM)
Unratable, Unique, Irreverant, Ambitious, Outrageous
November 7th, 2022

See it if A completely gonzo take on Hamlet. Funny, Incisive and completely over the top. If you like wild rides buckle up!

Don't see it if If you like your Bard straight up no chaser stay home. Face plants, rages, cross-dressing, actors in multiple roles, in German.

Also It was memorable, I will never be able to see Hamlet with a straight f... Read more Read less

Clever, Exhilarating, Enchanting, Entertaining
November 3rd, 2022

See it if You like wild and wooly adaptations of novels -with spare production values but great imagination. Stories rife with plot and characters.

Don't see it if Your theater is traditional, you don't want Greek choruses portraying physical landscapes (singing, dancing Yorkshire Moors).

Also If you know Wise Children then you will be happy to hear this is one o... Read more Read less

A Man of No Importance
East Village
Engaging, Entertaining, Delightful
November 3rd, 2022

See it if A modest musical with wonderful performances, memorable songs and a moving plot.

Don't see it if Bare bones set design, actors playing their own instruments and themes of friendship and coming to terms with one's sexual identity.

Also Well done Jim Parsons, Mare Winningham. A.J Shively and the rest of th... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing
October 22nd, 2022

See it if A large family drama over a span of 55 years. It has humor, drama, affairs, intermarriage and abstract mathematics.

Don't see it if Large cast and time changes can cause confusion of who's who. And there are Nazis.

Also Wonderful portrayal of fin de siecle Vienna. It helps if you read some... Read more Read less

Great acting, Engaging, Absorbing
October 22nd, 2022

See it if Touching drama of wounded souls trying to connect. Insights into care taking and caretakers. The crippled in mind and in body.

Don't see it if There is nudity and physcial awkwardness. There is a character without limbs portrayed by an actresss without limbs.

Also A beautiful play which I would recommend to everyone. The nude scene p... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Ambitious
October 13th, 2022

See it if Great: Music, Lyrics, Performances. Everything you wish for in a musical.

Don't see it if You don't like clever. You don't like life lessons. You don't like fairy tales even re-imagined. And there is no dancing, except at the ball

Also This my second time around for this production but with a new cast, mo... Read more Read less

Great acting, Worth-seeing, Ambitious, Absorbing
October 13th, 2022

See it if It is a great play, re-imagined with a wonderful cast. Still rings true in our time. A dream deferred.

Don't see it if You don't like directors "tinkering" with the classics.

Also Wendell Pierce can take his place among the great "Lomans". He brings ... Read more Read less

american (tele)visions
East Village
Overwritten, Broadly acted, Confusing, Ambitious
September 25th, 2022

See it if Tries to address serious issues in a innovative way.

Don't see it if Overwrought, checks all the boxes: immigrants, gayness, consumer society, low wages, tv obsession, Walmart, trucks and Barbies. A litany.

Also A hot mess of good intentions going nowhere. All the characters are mi... Read more Read less

Over the top, Raunchy, Great ensemble acting, Edgy, Creative
August 15th, 2022

See it if Oozes creativity and ambition. Jaquel Spivey rocks as Usher the overweight,,black, gay theater nerd and wanna be playwright.

Don't see it if Not your normal Broadway fare. It's very edgy. Can you sympathize/empathize with someone completely different from yourself.

Also Saw this three years ago in previews at Pllaywrights Horizons. In 2019... Read more Read less

Gripping, Intelligent, Ambitious
August 2nd, 2022

See it if A great modern take on Hamlet as a truly tormented young man, a bit of a hipster, but it engages on an emotional level.

Don't see it if If you like your Shakespeare brief then 3 hours & 40 minutes may not suit you, though I never looked at my watch.

Also There were some truly wonderful aspects of this production. The appear... Read more Read less

During previews
Upper E Side
Great theater, Challenging, Absorbing
July 22nd, 2022

See it if You like challenging theater with big ideas but not at the expense of riveting personal drama . Very engaging and a lot to chew on.

Don't see it if It's Aeschylus, but with modern dialogue and some characters miinimalized and liberties taken from the original Greek drama.

Also A powerful evening at the theater. Love the Armory. Interestingly enou... Read more Read less

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