Michael 9f1d5ddf

New York City | 50-64 | Male
About:  Have been working as a professional actor/singer for over 40 years.
Reviews (74)
96
Masterful, Profound, Great staging, Exquisite, Ambitious

See it if You: love new & creative approaches to classic themes; appreciate originality in all aspects of a production; love great ensemble work.

Don't see it if You: prefer traditional musicals staged in a similar way; prefer musical comedies rather than serious ones; dislike non-linear scores.

72
All My Sons
Midtown W
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You: love Arthur Miller & great acting; like dramas which reflect real life and still resonate today; can overlook several casting flaws.

Don't see it if You: are looking for light, fluffy fare; dislike meaningful social themes on stage; prefer classic plays be given an in-your-face treatment.

90
Profound, Romantic, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You: like great acting & writing; are a McNally fan; love emotionally absorbing theatre & riveting characters who exist in real time onstage

Don't see it if You: dislike romances; prefer plot driven shows, light comedies or musicals; are not a fan of these two actors; dislike two handers.

93
Profound, Edgy, Masterful, Riveting, Great acting

See it if You want to see Glenda Jackson give one of the greatest performances of her career, you want a very human and moving "Lear", <3 Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You dislike non-traditional stagings of the Bard, dislike cross-gender casting, prefer 90 min shows, think Shakespeare can't be relevant.

85
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Riveting, Resonant

See it if You want to see Bryan Cranston in an emotionally charged performance, like intelligent writing (the best is ALL Chayefsky) and relevancy.

Don't see it if You prefer comedy or light fare, are looking for a reproduction of the film, are not a fan of Bryan Cranston, expect avant garde van Hove.

86
During previews
Great acting, Absorbing, Riveting, Great writing, Profound

See it if You want to see a talented ensemble of actors performing one of Chekhov's masterpieces in a beautiful new translation in an intimate setting

Don't see it if You are not a Chekhov fan; looking for light fare; dislike intimate in-your-face stagings; prefer plot-driven plays to character-driven ones

89
My Life on a Diet
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you: love to laugh; enjoy biographical memoirs; are a fan of Renee Taylor; enjoy great writing; like informative personal stories.

Don't see it if you: are not a fan of Renee Taylor; dislike personal memoirs or biographic storylines; are looking for a docudrama on healthy eating.

85
During previews
Days to Come
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a fan of Lillian Hellman; enjoy 1930's labor-themed plays; want to hear wonderful writing voiced by great actors; like family dramas

Don't see it if You are looking for fast-paced, plot-driven theatre; prefer light comedic fare & happy endings; dislike social-issues portrayed on stage.

66
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Banal, Ambitious

See it if You are a fan of very early (pre-Tapestry) Carole King; liked Jersey Boys & Grease ( not nearly as good as the former); like bio- musicals.

Don't see it if You expect an evening filled with King hits post-Tapestry; you are easily bored by mediocre writing; you want an edgy, contemporary show.

92
Clever, Great writing, Edgy, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You are a fan of Tina Fey; looking for a fun-filled show with a message; enjoy clever staging; want to see some wonderful performances.

Don't see it if You are not a Tina Fey fan; looking for serious musical fare; prefer classics over contemporary stories; the last musical you saw was TSOM.

76
Disappointing, Epic, Great writing, Great singing, Indulgent

See it if You enjoy inventive choreography; you want to see some great performances; you like hearing a classic score played by a large orchestra.

Don't see it if You want to see a definitive & complete performance of this classic; you expect to see romantic passion between the leads; you are a purest.

85
During previews
Great acting, Ambitious, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You are a fan of Lorca or Williams; like discovering new American voices; great acting; are intrigued by new works adapted from classics.

Don't see it if You dislike The House of B. Alba or the southern Gothicness of Williams; prefer light-weight fare or classics by established playwrights.

95
Delightful, Enchanting, Clever, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You love the creative elements of musicals and want to be swept away to another reality via the score, designs, direction and performances.

Don't see it if You are want traditional & grounded creative elements in a show, lack imagination and humor or don't want to revisit the wonder of childhood

95
Great singing, Great staging, Enchanting, Delightful, Great writing

See it if You like an immersive, in-your-face style of staging, want to be enchanted and carried away in a rapturous, emotionally fulfilling story.

Don't see it if You dislike reimagined stagings of revivals, are not a fan of story-theatre, dislike Caribbean-style music or have a heart of stone.

85
Cyprus Avenue
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You want to see a masterful performance by a great actor (Stephen Rea), like a play which challenges and provokes much thought afterwards.

Don't see it if You have a weak stomach, dislike any kind of violence, have trouble with understanding dialects, prefer not to be challenged by the theatre.

88
Fire in Dreamland
East Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of Rinne Groff or Rebecca Naomi Jones, like challenging new works, enjoy theatre as a visceral and emotional experience.

Don't see it if You want a linear plot line with traditional values, looking for a light-hearted entertainment, prefer not to be challenged.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You are interested in gay themes, curious about a flashback to pre-Stonewall times, like a great play with superb direction and acting.

Don't see it if You are turned off by gay characters, looking for an evening of fun and fluff, dislike period revivals.

95
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You like great ensemble acting, stunning direction, discovering a neglected treasure of a play, plays which resonate strongly today.

Don't see it if You want a light and breezy entertainment, don't want to be challenged by relevant subject matter, looking for a "Star" vehicle.

83
For a previous production
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if You are a fan of John Leguizamo, enjoy a solo show, like to follow one man's thought processes on a given topic.

Don't see it if You are not a Leguizamo fan, dislike solo shows, are bored by comic takes on real life matters.

85
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You want a play which is touching on many levels and deals with real issues with both humor and pathos, enjoy a wonderful acting ensemble.

Don't see it if You need a traditionally linear play, don't like flights of fancy mixed with serious drama, have little imagination, are immune to delight.

95
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You enjoy a clever and well staged musical which is beautifully written and performed by a top notch cast, enjoy adaptations of Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You are looking for serious drama, don't like a fun and free-wheeling musical, are a Shakespeare purist, don't want to feel joy and elation.

90
The Traveling Lady
West Village
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You love intelligent play writing, wonderful ensemble acting, warm and emotional stories on stage portrayed by a Master storyteller,

Don't see it if You dislike 'slow moving, slice off life' stories on stage, are looking for a comedy/farce, want to be entertained rather than think

92
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You like a fresh take on a classic comedy, you are in need of an evening of sheer joy and fun, you want a light-hearted entertainment

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare purist, you don't like creative casting, you want a thought provoking serious evening of theatre

90
Clever, Hilarious, Great staging, Quirky, Great singing

See it if You love new, edgy musicals; satirical contemporary plotlines; enjoy discovering new talent; like a fun score & book which is well staged

Don't see it if You have no idea who Matthew McConaughey is; are offended by mild expletives; looking for a serious drama and/or subject matter

75
Disappointing, Entertaining, Overrated, Quirky, Funny

See it if You want to see a star turn in the leading role, you were a fan of Matilda's score, you like busy staging, you like a romantic love story

Don't see it if You want something edgy and contemporary, like perfect rhymes in songs, dislike busy staging and bloated production values, dislike farce

89
Ink
Midtown W
Riveting, Intelligent, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You: like intelligent, plot-driven dramas with great acting; enjoy listening to the music of words; appreciate wonderful designs & staging.

Don't see it if You: dislike verbally dense writing; have a hard time listening to the same; like colorful, happy & light productions; prefer musicals.

96
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Refreshing, Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You: want to be entertained and enjoy non-stop laughter; love traditional style musical comedies; appreciate intelligent writing; like fun.

Don't see it if You: prefer heavy drama or avant-garde/experimental stagings; dislike musical comedy; are a "serious" theatregoer; dislike waves of laughs.

92
Masterful, Must see, Exquisite, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You : want to experience this classic in a whole new way; like riveting and emotional theatre; are a fan of Yiddish theatre; have a heart.

Don't see it if You: don't like subtitles or musicals; are looking for a big budget show with special effects & lots of scenery; prefer contemporary themes.

87
Profound, Ambitious, Relevant, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if You believe in the power of theatre to heal, like ensemble shows with actors playing multiple roles, like plays based on actual events.

Don't see it if Like a traditional plot and character driven play, get confused when an actor plays multiple roles, you lack imagination, are Canada- phobic

95
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if This is a great play in a wonderful production which is beautifully acted and directed. It's a totally absorbing and human drama for today

Don't see it if You don't like political themes or British plays, you have a short attention span, you want a light and/or carefree evening in the theatre.

95
During previews
Private Peaceful
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Masterful

See it if you: love great writing, acting & directing which result in storytelling of the highest caliber; like theatre which resonates strongly today

Don't see it if you: are looking for a light & fluffy entertainment; dislike solo shows where an actor portrays multiple characters; lack imagination.

87
Funny, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing

See it if you want to see: a totally original musical which is fun and entertaining; a multi-talented ensemble of actor/singer/musicians.

Don't see it if you dislike pop-rock scores; are looking for a serious dramatic storyline; disliked "The Full Monty".

88
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like to be transported by the magic of theatre; enjoy discovering new voices who are writing musicals; enjoy colorful & clever staging!

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare purist; don't like musicals; are averse to free-wheeling joy in the theatre; like quiet and intimate small cast dramas

87
Skintight
Midtown W
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if You like great performances of interesting material which resonates strongly in our culture today; want to see a young actor in his NY debut

Don't see it if You dislike plays with gay themes; prefer fluff/farce; expect Idina Menzel to sing; dislike confrontational family drama; like tidy endings.

78
During previews
Clever, Funny, Great singing, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of the Go-Gos and satiric farce in the vein of "Forum" or "Something Rotten"; looking for light-hearted fun; in need of laughs

Don't see it if You prefer serious musical fare; are in search of the next best original score; hate puns; dislike the Go-Gos catalogue and silliness.

84
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Great singing, Romantic, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if You enjoy sumptuously designed musicals with a wonderful score and plot lines based on historical events in a beautifully staged production.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals; prefer historically-accurate plots; prefer avant-garde theatre; dislike adaptations of animated films;

88
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You like Candide, A Doll's Life or A Doll's House Pt.2.; obscure gems which are relevant today ; wonderful language and great performances.

Don't see it if You don't like satire which sends up morality, egomaniacal megalomaniacs, religion and false puritanism; entering a landscape of the 14th c.

78
Disappointing, Overrated, Great writing, Entertaining, Dizzying

See it if You have never seen MFL, are a fan of any of the performers or Bartlet Sher, want to see a sumptuous physical production of a classic.

Don't see it if You are expecting a transporting reimagined production of a classic musical or are anticipating great chemistry between the leads.

75
Great singing, Disappointing, Dated, Entertaining, Overrated

See it if You have never seen this show, are a fan of Melissa Errico, love the score, are still uncertain if this show is viable or you just have to.

Don't see it if You want a true revival of the original material, are not a fan of '60's musicals, want a polished and well-staged version of a creaky relic

85
Teenage Dick
East Village
Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if You enjoy contemporary riffs on Shakespeare & great acting, think theatre should be relevant to our lives today or like reimagining classics

Don't see it if You don't like Richard III, are a Shakespeare purist, prefer to see classics in their original form.

85
Absorbing, Great staging, Epic, Ambitious, Masterful

See it if You enjoy epic theatre and masterful production values, you want theatrical "magic", are a fan of the novels, or want escapism via the stage

Don't see it if You were not a fan of the books or films, have no knowledge of H.P., looking for serious dramatic writing.

95
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You like to be challenged by new work, like great writing and acting, are interested in theatre which is relevant to now.

Don't see it if You can't handle plots which traverse timelines, are offended by strong language or want to see something light and carefree and fun.

80
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Dated, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy musical revivals, nostalgia, discovering new musical talent, are a fan of any of the cast (2 major stars were out when I saw it).

Don't see it if You are not a fan of Harold Prince, want something edgy and new, can tolerate some mediocre performances of well-known B'way material.

90
Up the Rabbit Hole
East Village
Great acting, Edgy, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You are willing to experience the journey of one man's search for his identity and self confidence, want to see some great performances.

Don't see it if You are offended by gay-themed plays or nudity and drug use on stage, are looking for a light comedy, don't want to see a true life story.

85
The Treasurer
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You enjoy a challenging drama which touches on relevant issues, want to see some wonderful acting in a touching play.

Don't see it if If you want a light comedy, are unwilling to commit to watching issues which may hit painfully close to home, need a traditional linear play

92
Absorbing, Great writing, Profound, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You enjoy wonderful ensemble acting in a beautifully written play, masterful direction, a thought-provoking and emotionally gripping drama.

Don't see it if You are looking for a fluffy entertainment, want insipid characters in a frivolous plot, are not looking for an emotionally gripping drama

88
Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You enjoy clever satire, are fed up with the greedy/ entitled citizens of NYC today, enjoy new voices of Musical theatre exploring our world

Don't see it if You want a heavy, dramatic evening, don't appreciate political satire, want to see STARS, think Trump is the best thing since sliced bread

89
During previews
A Parallelogram
Midtown W
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You like a play which challenges your mind, you like puzzles, you enjoy great writing

Don't see it if You want a light-hearted entertainment, don't like to think too much about what you are seeing, prefer endings which are neatly tied up

98
Clever, Edgy, Hilarious, Raunchy, Great writing

See it if You love musicals which push de button, South Park, satire, inventive & witty writing, clever staging and a cast of talented performers

Don't see it if You are easily offended by religious satire, don't like edgy/rauchy humor, cannot laugh at your own foibles

96
For a previous production
Great writing, Great staging, Exquisite, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like stories about other places & cultures, a masterful score and book, inventive staging, wonderful performances, an engaging musical

Don't see it if You dislike music which has its roots in other cultures, dislike a little romance, you don't like a moving story about the human condition