Michael E 6126

Danbury | 50-64 | Male
About:  Screenwriter. Movie, theater and sports lover. Borderline fanatic on some. Father of 3. Two of them aspiring thespians. See 90-100 movies a year (in a theater) and 30-40 shows a year. Musicals and plays. On and off Broadway. In my spare time - I cat nap.
Reviews (71)
92
For a previous production
Great staging, Wonderful company of actors, Clever, Hilarious, Non-stop hysteria

See it if You agree that laughter's good for the soul + want to stockpile a years worth in about 2 hours. Absolutely nothing "Wrong" about this at all

Don't see it if U have no sense of humor, Think you've seen it all (you haven't). Not a fan of knock down, slip on a banana peel type go for broke laughs.

Also My kids saw this and they see a LOT of Broadway and it came highly rec... Read more Read less

89
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You want to see one of Lillian Hellman's more important works brought to shining life by a superb cast of actors.

Don't see it if Intense family drama is not your thing.

62
During previews
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great staging, Overwrought, Strange

See it if You're a fan of the book. I'm not. You're curious how it translates to the stage. Kinda doesn't. Clever mix of staged and "live" on screen.

Don't see it if You feel as if it's already 33 years past its expiration date. I jumped the gun to see it in previews. Should've waited, saved my money.

Also I should probably add that if you're disturbed by loud, harsh sound ef... Read more Read less

80
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Romantic

See it if UR a fan of either the Bergman film or the animated version + like a great is-she-or-isn't-she mystery set to sumptuous music and costumes.

Don't see it if You think you know the story and don't need to see it again. Or don't like the idea of the Romanovs set to music.

92
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You have a taste for a behind the scenes telling of one of the more important political dramas of our time w/ a superb ensemble cast.

Don't see it if A 3 hour run time scares you. It shouldn't. It flies by. Fastest 3 hours I've ever watched. Enthralling.

65
Amelie
Midtown W
Disappointing, Quirky, Less than enchanting, So so, Ambitious

See it if You LOVED the enchantment and magic and whimsy of the film and don't mind that the musical pretty much misses the mark on all fronts.

Don't see it if You LOVED the enchantment and magic and whimsy and heartfelt joy of the movie w/ all it's cinematic tricks and don't want to be let down.

Also I was enchanted by the film AMELIE. It made an instantaneous and lasti... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You've only seen the movie. It works so much better as live theater. Funny and thought-provoking in equal measures.

Don't see it if You loved the movie and don't think you need to. You think you know the story already (you might). You think it's dated (it's not).

Also There is some edgy material here - and if the sight of an angry naked ... Read more Read less

99
Great staging, Great writing, Must see, Clever, Andy karl

See it if You want to be one of the 1st kids on your block to be able to see you saw the next great smash it musical on Broadway. And Andy Karl!!

Don't see it if You have no sense of humor, no ear for clever lyrics, didn't like the movie, don't think anyone can top Bill Murray, don't like to laugh.

Also Went in w/ a "prove it" attitude. The movie Groundhog Day with Bill Mu... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Great writing, Delightful, Entertaining, Fizzy, Terrific cast

See it if You're a Noel Coward fan. Old-fashioned but it still plays. The cast seems to be having a ball and you will too. Nothing deep, just fun.

Don't see it if You're tired of the randy "star" bit in a game of musical mistresses + the wronged wife + friends in + out of silk pajamas + different rooms

Also You can't go wrong with Coward, but this is set in 1939 - and even tho... Read more Read less

67
Significant Other
Midtown W
Cliched, Indulgent, Disappointing, Quirky, Overbaked

See it if U don't mind knowing where the plot/characters are going to end up by the end of the 1st scene + it takes it's repetitive time to get there.

Don't see it if None of the above scares you off and you don't mind a been there/seen that feel to it all that goes all weepy without earning it.

Also Add to my remark in "Don't see it if..." that my daughter told me she ... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Quirky, Spare, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Out of the box

See it if You don't mind bare bones. You're a Sally Field fan. Two hours five minues (and feels like it) w/ no intermission doesn't intimidate you.

Don't see it if You saw the Cherry Jones/Zach Quinto version. If so - not much to see here.

Also Sam Gold has chosen to stage it in a very spare setting. That in + of ... Read more Read less

84
For a previous production
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Glenn close, Billy wilder

See it if You love the original Billy Wilder Film. You love Glenn Close. You want to see the staging of an iconic movie.

Don't see it if You don't like any of the above. You're not interested in seeing the dark underbelly of Tinseltown depicted in song.

Also I'm basing my review on having seen the show years ago in Los Angeles ... Read more Read less

89
The Front Page
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if You want to see one of the biggest and best casts on Broadway starring in a Pulitzer Prize winner. The kind they don't make any more.

Don't see it if 3 hrs/2 intermissions isn't your cup of tea, even though it goes by like a freight train + plays faster than some 90 minute shows I've seen.

Also For a show written in 1928 - it doesn't seem dated at all. As soon as ... Read more Read less

80
Falsettos
Midtown W
Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You don't mind a story that opens very funny, gets a wee bit repetitive and shifts gears big time to a very downbeat ending.

Don't see it if The story of a man who leaves his wife + child for another man depicted completely in song (no dialogue) isn't your cup of tea.

Also The actors - ALL very talented - with special kudos to Stefanie J. Blo... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Powerful, Terrific staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You liked Palmintieri's one man show and the DeNiro movie version and want to complete the trifecta.

Don't see it if You don't believe that someone can get murdered in the first 5 minutes and then go from there into musical numbers. But it works. Big time.

Also I saw Chazz play every character as a one man show in A BRONX TALE in ... Read more Read less

89
Hilarious, Entertaining, Crazy (good), Outrageous, Must see

See it if You want crazed "characters" in the best sense of the word for 90 minutes making you laugh so hard you'll have to go home and ice your face.

Don't see it if You're a strictly by-the-book theatergoer. You have no sense of humor. You'd rather stay home + watch EMPIRE do the same tired stuff again.

72
Cagney
Midtown W
Entertaining, Old-fashioned, Cliched, Fluffy, Dated

See it if You're a huge Cagney fan who doesn't mind an old-fashioned throwback bio w/ not so humable tunes, a few good tap #s + a very game cast of 6.

Don't see it if You're a huge Cagney fan who knows most of his story, don't mind some questionable history + can just stay home + watch the real deal on TCM

70
Shear Madness
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Fast-moving, Audience partcipatory, Clever

See it if You want to be part of the action in a hybrid of Clue + Edwin Drood (sans music and not nearly as good) where you get to vote on whodunnit.

Don't see it if U want the actors to take care of business and leave you out of it. You dislike arch and overly topical laughs shoehorned in to fluid script

79
The Effect
West Village
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense

See it if You want a terrifically acted, blistering play about medicine, control & attraction which might or might not all turn out to be a placebo.

Don't see it if You can't handle some severe tonal shifts and an ending that some might see as confusing.

89
During previews
The Layover
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to be taken on a twisty ride with 2 very intelligent characters who do some not so smart things after a chance encounter.

Don't see it if You don't want to pay close attention to some offbeat staging and clever characters who start as strangers in the night and stay that way.

94
Privacy
East Village
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You own a cellphone or tablet, live on the Internet and have no idea who's sharing your space in the cyberworld + you love Daniel Radcliffe.

Don't see it if The rest of the run is sold out and it closes on Sunday - unless you have a lot of time to sit in a rush line. If so - GO!!!

88
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Original

See it if You want thought-provoking and riotously funny in equal measure. Terrific acting and writing. It stays with you. as long as you can remember

Don't see it if The idea of a "comedy" set in an oncological unit of a hospital seems either off-putting or not possible to pull off (it's not and it does).

77
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if You want to see a mesmerizing performance by Frank Langella, who quite frankly, is far better than the material itself.

Don't see it if The translation from French by a Brit playwright for an American audience leaves you a bit bewildered and bothered, but not bewitched.

94
Original, Raunchy, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if You don't want to be the only kid on your block who hasn't. And you want to laugh your ass off while thinking "Did they just say/sing that?"

Don't see it if You have no sense of humor, don't like Matt & Trey, are easily offended. Are a Broadway traditionalist. Cuz this ain't your Dad's musical.

75
Eclipsed
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Original

See it if You can do it by tomorrow.

Don't see it if You have trouble with accents. I think I missed a good portion of the dialogue.

91
Great staging, Great acting, Powerful, Brilliant production design, Slam bang

See it if You want to be part of an exquisitely produced revival of a past Tony winner. Knockout performances by Eva Noblezada + Jon Jon Briones.

Don't see it if Mostly sung musicals w/ a great book, but little of it actual dialogue, are not your cup of tea or you have no desire to revisit Viet Nam.

Also I had never seen this show before but my timing seems to have been on ... Read more Read less

93
During previews
Intense, Timely/topical, Hard hitting, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want a gut punch of a play with a point of view (more than one) that slow burns to a roiling boil. 8 terrific actors tearing it up.

Don't see it if As Nicholson said in "A Few Good Men" - you can't handle the truth. Or hard-hitting of the moment drama that has something important to say.

Also This play puts the "diss" in dysfunctional. Three generations of one f... Read more Read less

72
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great staging, Great singing, Overrated

See it if You feel the need to see an iconic show that's been running forever.

Don't see it if You are so in love with the MGM movie that nothing will live up to it - buy the CD instead (some great music) and just sing along.

77
Funny, Great acting, Clever, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if If you want to see a quartet of fine actors, if not at the top of their games, close - in a bit of an offbeat extension on Ibsen.

Don't see it if You want your Ibsen more profound and deep and dramatic and not with a light touch and laughs.

93
Indecent
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to be transported to another time and place to watch the unfolding of a beautiful and important story told brilliantly.

Don't see it if No reason not to. It's excellent.

77
During previews
Bandstand
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great dancing, Cliched, Coulda been a contender

See it if You're a WWII aficionado, like jazz, terrific choreography + don't mind cliches + a story/characters which go pretty much where you expect.

Don't see it if You think it has ANYTHING to do w/ American Bandstand and don't care for plots which you can pretty much figure out 10 minutes in.

Also the cast is very good - very talented - they announce pre-curtain that... Read more Read less

96
Sweat
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You love theater, GREAT writing, acting by a superb ensemble. Want it's dramatic hooks sunk into you in the opening minutes and never let go

Don't see it if You have no soul, compassion for others. No opinion about what goes on in todays world. Live in a cocoon + tell yourself: Won't happen to me

Also This is the best play I've seen since Disgraced. It is powerful and me... Read more Read less

90
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You want to see the words of Eugene O'Neill brought to scintillating life w/ clever staging in a venue like you've never seen before.

Don't see it if You can't get your hands on a ticket in the next 3 days. otherwise - go,

Also It is worth going if nothing more than to see a show in the Park Avenu... Read more Read less

58
Disappointing, Confusing, Great staging, Overrated, Slow

See it if You buy into the hype. Want 2 see the Imperial configured like no other theater set-up ever. Want a free pirogi. Love Josh Groban.

Don't see it if You know up front that you need to read the Playbill GUIDE or the "family tree" to have any idea of what the hell is going on or who's who.

Also I never read War & Peace. Audience is asked by show of hands before th... Read more Read less

99
During previews
Extraordinary, Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Relevant

See it if You want to see a wonderfully real musical telling of real events. Funny and touching and heartfelt, with an "ordinary" EXTRAordinary cast.

Don't see it if No reason not to. Go. ASAP. Once it officially opens, you won't get a ticket.

Also I knew nothing about this show. Strange title. Read a short blurb that... Read more Read less

77
The Present
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Blanchett

See it if U want to B able 2 say you saw Blanchett live delivering the kind of blistering performance you've seen her give on film her whole career.

Don't see it if Chekhov modernized for 3 hours in a bit of a meandering/repetitive strange mix of comedy and violent drama is not your glass of vodka.

Also Looking @ the reviews here, the gulf between the critics (other than t... Read more Read less

90
The Liar
East Village
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if UR up for a delightfully witty script w/ more verbal dexterity + wit than the last 5 shows you've seen combined delivered by a terrific cast

Don't see it if You have no sense of humor and don't want to be highly entertained for 2 hours - or don't like iambic pentameter + non-stop rhyming verse.

Also I LOVED this show. It is clever and funny and sublimely plotted and wi... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Masterful

See it if You want to be mesmerized by a cast of both vets + newcomers having a field day with the exquisite language of Christopher Hampton.

Don't see it if You're too busy over the next 2 weeks because it's closing. Although IMO you won't have better things to do than see this exquisite play.

Also I saw this play in 1988 with Alan Rickman, and in truth, I remember th... Read more Read less

88
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Fun

See it if You want an unexpectedly upbeat and terrific couple of hours at the theater in the company of a very talented quartet of women.

Don't see it if Can't think of any reason not to. It was a delight.

Also Two acts - one set in 1957 with a quartet of best friends who meet eve... Read more Read less

60
Unnecessary, Pale by comparison, Game cast, Tough sell, Static

See it if You grew up on Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club + Sixteen Candles + want to see Molly Ringwald play a grandmother in an iconic film role.

Don't see it if You're a fan of the movie with it's Oscar winning roles and would rather not be thoroughly underwhelmed by this unnecessary stage treatment.

Also A static set does nothing to enhance this on-the-cheap production. Add... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Heisenberg
Midtown W
Great acting, Clever, Funny, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy bare bones production values w/ 2 terrific actors essaying an off-beat May/December romance that is more than meets the eye.

Don't see it if You're averse to all talk, minimal action and a "set" (cleverly used) consisting of 2 tables, 2 chairs, a pillow and a couple of jackets.

Also If you like up close and personal in what is essentially a very up clo... Read more Read less

60
During previews
The Encounter
Midtown W
Ambitious, Quirky, Indulgent, Talky, Ultimately ehh

See it if You want to see what all the buzz is about and don't mind it being a bit over-hyped. Don't mind that best part comes early w/ tech wizardry.

Don't see it if You'd rather not wear a headset throughout for what could have worked just as well as a visualized audio book. As 1 man shows go, not a fave

24
Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Excruciating, Pretentious, Dull, Indulgent, Overwrought

See it if You like being w/ dysfunctional strangers with whom you wouldn't share a subway car. Ones who DIDN'T fly over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Don't see it if You value your time and sanity. Have anything better to do. Like staring at your watch to see when it will mercifully end.

91
Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Edgy

See it if You want a thoroughly entertaining 90 minutes of theater which will make your face hurt from smiling and because Sean Hayes is a pip as God.

Don't see it if You have no sense of humor about religion and your medical insurance isn't paid up in case you hurt yourself laughing.

81
Entertaining, Fun, Energetic, Amazing young performers, Surprising

See it if You loved the movie version + want to see some unbelievable kids sing, dance and ROCK live on stage in a fluff piece of staged fun.

Don't see it if You can't believe that Andrew Lloyd Webber and Julian Fellowes (Downton Frigging Abbey!) were actually involved in putting ROCK on Broadway

94
Great acting, Must see, Ovation-worthy, Superb, Great singing

See it if You want to see a magnificent story and some of the most soaring vocals ever on a Broadway stage.

Don't see it if You have no soul.

89
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Great singing

See it if You're a Bob Fosse fan. You love clever lyrics and terrific dancing and staging.

Don't see it if You've seen the movie and don't think the musical can top it. Otherwise - live is usually better - and in this case - it's wild.

80
Matilda
Midtown W
Great staging, Clever, Entertaining, Original, Funny

See it if You want to indulge your inner child and love the Roald Dahl book. And want to see some wonderful acting on a gee whiz set.

Don't see it if You don't have kids of your own so you can enjoy on various levels and vicariously through their wide eyes.

65
Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Cliched

See it if You've read the book and/or trust the critics and the Tony voters.

Don't see it if the high point is the set and after a great start, it becomes a confusing and repetitive cliche about one boy trapped within his own head.

78
The Crucible
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You're a fan of Arthur Miller and want to see some intense acting.

Don't see it if You've seen the show before and object to the modernization of the staging and sets.