Michael B 7124

Brooklyn | 50-64 | Male

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Reviews (39)
20
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Just plain awful, Proof that a bunch of pop songs do not a musical make, Great singing, Worst book and lyrics i have ever encountered, So bad i was shaking with anger by the end

See it if you have a strong masochistic streak or you have not the slightest clue what a good musical is like.

Don't see it if you desire more from a musical than forgettable pop muzak, silly lyrics with strained rhymes, and a book that is laughably bad.

Also I apologize for the snarkiest review I have ever written, but this rea... Read more Read less

100
Fairview
Brooklyn
Must see, Edgy, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see why it deserved a Pulitzer for directly confronting white privilege in an innovative and intense play unlike anything else.

Don't see it if you are not willing to be confronted about the ways in which racism and white privilege permeate our society

Also I can't overstate how brilliant and moving this play is. It's unlike a... Read more Read less

87
Nicely paced, Empathy-provoking, Insightful, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you enjoy a character study that slowly builds an interesting dynamic between complex characters portrayed by fine actors.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that eschew action and showy staging for a character study focused on two actors sharing an experience in one setting.

94
During previews
Thought-provoking, Brilliant, Politically relevant, Great staging, Edgy

See it if you want to see a brilliant re-interpretation of Oklahoma, which does homage to the music while calling into question the false nostalgia.

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional version of Oklahoma and/or you are a Trump supporter (it's aimed right at the foolishness of MAGA).

Also This musical is the perfect antidote to the thoughtless cruelty of the... Read more Read less

79
Charming, A chance to see a show rarely peformed, Great writing, Disappointing, Clever

See it if you are a big Sondheim fan and want to see one of his shows that is rarely performed and/or you enjoy the innovation of reverse chronology.

Don't see it if you expect the wow-factor associated with Fiasco prodcutions. Actors not from the company were underwhelming and the staging less innovative

88
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Politically relevant

See it if you appreciate the way in which Lynn Nottage beautifully integrates humorous surfaces with political depths. Great tonal shift in Act 2!

Don't see it if you have no interest in thinking about the role of race and racism in American culture, even if it's wrapped in a seemingly comedic package.

93
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Politically complicated, Great staging

See it if you appreciate a politically and emotionally complicated drama that is beautifully written and acted.

Don't see it if you are allergic to long dramas or have trouble understanding Irish accents.

87
Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Unusual, Raunchy

See it if you enjoy a quirky, hilarious, and well-acted exploration of very different women's relationships with each other.

Don't see it if you only like traditional drama; you're homophobic or misogynist; you aren't prepared to laugh when the furniture falls from the ceiling.

95
During previews
Lewiston/Clarkston
West Village
Great acting, Well-written, Great staging, Moving, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a perfect cast perform a moving and beautifully written play in an intimate space that is skillfully employed to its utmost.

Don't see it if you don't want to climb up steep stairs to a small and informal off-off-Broadway theater.

79
I Am My Own Wife
East Village
Ambitious, Clever, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a well-written and thoughtful play about a fascinating character in a creatively staged production

Don't see it if you want Broadway production values or if you are completely uninterested in LGBT history or don't like one-person shows.

78
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Uneven, A bit dated

See it if you are interested in the story of a romance between a deaf woman and a hearing man that foregrounds debates about deaf culture.

Don't see it if you don't like uneven plays. The female lead is amazing; the male lead is not. The first act is a little slow; the second act better.

98
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Must see, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing, Lives up to the hype

See it if you can afford it! It really is as good as everyone says: beautifully written, perfectly paced, energetically performed; just amazing!

Don't see it if you can't understand rap lyrics, even though these are really quite clear and channeled through a Broadway idiom.

Also I was able to get not ridiculously priced tickets by going to the thea... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Beautifully staged, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Insightful, Great writing

See it if you want to see three transcendent performances (including what is sure to be a Tony-winner for Glenda Jackson) in one of Albee's best plays

Don't see it if you don't want to see a serious play about the life and death of a complicated woman.

75
Well-intentioned, Funny, Moving, Flawed, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a Michael Moore fan and would enjoy learning more about him and what he is up to these days; also if you need some Trump-bashing.

Don't see it if you want a carefully crafted play rather than a lecture that could have been better than it is if the production team had made it theatrical

89
Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Somewhat dated, Great ensemble

See it if you want to see two great actresses at the top of their game in a classic three act drama.

Don't see it if great acting isn't enough for you to sit through a three act play that does rely on some old-fashioned devices in the third act.

88
War Paint
Midtown W
Great acting, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Must see

See it if you want to see two incredible Broadway stars (Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole) at their best, and superlative when singing duets.

Don't see it if great performances aren't enough for you to forgive an OK score lacking any standout song.

79
Happy Days
Soho/Tribeca
Great acting, Great staging, Dated, Slow, Resonant

See it if , like me, you would see Dianne Weist in anything.

Don't see it if you don't like Becket (to be honest, most of his plays put me to sleep), though even then it is worth it just to see Dianne Weist.

92
Great staging, Clever, Must see, Vibrant, Great lighting

See it if you enjoy innovative staging and audience interaction

Don't see it if you prefer a quiet evening at the theater, where you sit back and passively observe.

86
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Enchanting, Entertaining, Not as great as the original, Epic, Must see

See it if you love Glenn Close and you didn't get to see the original.

Don't see it if you thought the original was perfect and don't want to see a version with less interesting staging and a less talented supporting cast.

94
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Must see

See it if you love Allison Janney (and who doesn't?) and you suspected that the play would be better than the film (you were right).

Don't see it if you are bothered by sex and nudity.

69
Great singing, Indulgent, Overrated, Shallow, Great staging

See it if you are a HUGE fan of the film. People engrossed by this musical were responding to their memory of the film not this rather shallow show.

Don't see it if you think it takes more than great staging and singing to make a musical. It's like a cruise ship mash-up of songs, not a true musical.

96
Working: A Musical
Midtown W
Resonant, Moving, Politically energizing, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if you want to see Studs Terkel's moving collection of interviews with working people brought to life in a moving and brilliantly staged show.

Don't see it if you only like fully staged musicals (this is a limited run production with occasional moments when performers are on book).

Also RUSH TO SEE THIS--YOU ONLY HAVE A DAY OR TWO!

87
Octet
Midtown W
Unique, Creative, Innovative, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if you welcome startlingly innovative musical theater: an acapella chamber choir musical about internet addiction drawing on many musical genre

Don't see it if you are so far removed from the world of the internet the references won't make sense to you & you want a more conventionally realistic show

Also I was blown away by the innovative writing and arrangement. The a cape... Read more Read less

49
During previews
Dull, Great acting, Puerile, Overrated, Unfunny

See it if you need to see Nathan Lane in everything he is in, and are willing to watch him & talented actors doing their best with lackluster material

Don't see it if you expect more from a farce than an interesting premise with sloppy writing based largely on fart and dick jokes.

Also I should note that the people I went with loved this show. I think the... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Ambitious, Slow, Overrated, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see a creatively staged version of Shakespeare's classic, with some very good acting by the supporting the characters.

Don't see it if you are expecting Glenda Jackson to deliver a transcendent performance (it was a little one note; she's not as good as in Three Tall Women).

Also I promised the older couple sitting behind us I would mention that the... Read more Read less

95
During previews
The Dead, 1904
Upper E Side
Enchanting, Delightful, Great staging, A unique experience, Must see

See it if you enjoy immersive site-specific theater that sweeps you up in the beautifully staged action that is brilliantly adapted from Joyce.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy immersive theater and will be put off by standing for a long time before seats and food are available.

Also It was a magical experience. I do wish that there was more seating ava... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow, Quirky

See it if you are a fan of Raul Esparza (if you're not, you should be) and you enjoy Brechtian non-realist productions.

Don't see it if you have no patience for Brechtian techniques of distancing/estrangement or resent revivals that make connections to contemporary events.

92
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent, Well-written, Great writing

See it if you want to see three perfect performances of a play that doesn't have an ounce of fat as it grapples with complicated and timely ideas.

Don't see it if you don't want to think about the complicated nature of how we perceive reality.

90
Sakina’s Restaurant
West Village
Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Funny, Timely

See it if you like Aasif Mandvi and are prepared to like him even more when you discover that he is not only a funny man but a talented actor-writer.

Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows in which the actor plays multiple characters of different genders

81
Whales
Gramercy
Clever, Educational, Well-performed music, Creative, Funny

See it if you enjoy participatory theater that is both informational and funny, with some lovely shadow puppets. And you learn a lot about whaling.

Don't see it if you only like traditional theater, rather than something more participatory that has a DIY vibe.

96
During previews
Travesties
Midtown W
Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a nearly flawless production of a truly great play--for my money, one of Stoppard's best. Tremendously smart and funny!

Don't see it if you can't handle a little surrealism mixed with your realism.

Also I have never seen a play on here that has just an unjustly low score. ... Read more Read less

81
Must see, Great singing, Delightful, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a Broadway classic with all its original costuming and choreography, enlivened by great performances.

Don't see it if you feel that the revival of a classic musical should offer a new spin or innovative staging. This production transports you back to 1964.

92
Creative, Moving, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if you enjoy musicals about lovable but flawed misfits.

Don't see it if you are too troubled by the topic of teen suicide.

74
Overrated, Great singing, Slow, Somewhat entertaining, Derivative

See it if you are fanatically devoted to the movie and want to see the story again with some great singing.

Don't see it if you are expecting something innovative. It's a very middle-of-the-road musical that seldom challenges generic conventions.

77
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Great singing, Funny, Fluffy, Like comfort food

See it if you like Disney and want to see a great role/performance: The Genie.

Don't see it if you don't like Disney and/or light, fluffy musicals.

97
Indecent
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you are willing to be challenged by a well-acted, beautifully staged, thoughtful show that challenges received wisdom.

Don't see it if you don't want to see any show having to do with The Holocaust.

82
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Great singing, Quirky, Delightful, Great pie, Smells good

See it if you like a fairly traditional musical with modern touchs.

Don't see it if you hate pie.

92
Villa
East Village
Ambitious, Edgy, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see excellent acting and writing (by a playwright who is building an international reputation for innovation and excellence).

Don't see it if you prefer plays that are not political and not surreal.

100
Sweat
Midtown W
Exquisite, Great writing, Profound, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you like a politically relevant show that is beautifully written with great performances.

Don't see it if you don't like to think.