Michael Elsasser

New York City | 65+ | Male
About:  My husband and I enjoy theater in NYC and in recent years have taken to the off Broadway shows. They can be quite special and a gem in the theater life of the city.
Reviews (182)
85
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Intelligent
December 19th, 2022

See it if If you want a break from it all and want to laugh with two bright women shining brightly on this comedy stage. Go see it before it ends

Don't see it if If you are looking for a complex well polished work, and don’t feel like enjoying some silly humor with a message.

80
One sided, Indulgent, Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing
December 19th, 2022

See it if The history around Robert Moses and his public works is of interest to you. Ralph Fiennes is wonderful to watch. Danny Webb is spectacular

Don't see it if The history of New York architecture, housing, urban development, systemic racism and a bully of a boss is not of interest to you.

85
During previews
Believable, Disappointing, Slow, Absorbing, Great acting
December 11th, 2022

See it if You can sit through the first act that sets up a great act two. They are two fascinating men extremely difficult to portray on stage.

Don't see it if You are not interested in Andy Warhol or Jean Michel Basquiat. Jeremy Pope is electric on stage. Paul Bettany, IS Andy, attracts lightning.

84
During previews
Ye Bear & Ye Cubb
Midtown E
Delightful, Entertaining, Resonant, Fun, Clever
December 9th, 2022

See it if You are interested in history, enjoy silly humor, are up for a surprising connection to a play from long ago. Everyone has a great time.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big polished show where you can disappear in the audience, because you are part of it all in a delightful way.

80
KPOP
Midtown W
Riveting, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, High energy
December 6th, 2022

See it if You enjoy an energetic, big, exciting musical in a KPOP genre. The choreography is razor sharp and riveting. The lighting is amazing.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy Kpop music; young people giving their all to the music and dance, and staging that is over the top. very energetic.

92
During previews
La Race
Upper W Side
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining, Absorbing
November 27th, 2022

See it if There is some great acting in this show and the story is strong and clear. Adult relationships conflicts and achievements.

Don't see it if The story line is a bit predictable but they pull it off well. Some characters are a little too one dimensional, but not all for sure.

80
Titanique
Gramercy
Quirky, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing
November 27th, 2022

See it if You enjoy a laugh and great singing with plenty of silly jokes. It’s light hearted entertainment that easy to enjoy.

Don't see it if You enjoy a more serious work or polished dancing and staging. There is silly humor as the basic mode of story telling.

87
Sandra
Gramercy
Sad, Intense, Great writing, Riveting, Absorbing
November 27th, 2022

See it if You love to listen to a good story told well. Sandra is brave, lonely and desperate. The things we do for love. Incredible

Don't see it if If you don’t like a one person show. There are many words with little action. The audience must use their imagination and fill in.

87
Riveting, Intense, Intelligent, Great staging, Absorbing
November 25th, 2022

See it if You enjoy looking at life abstractly. There is so much to absorb and wonder where is the playwright leading us. We explore our fragility.

Don't see it if You want to simply be entertained and feel happy. This isn’t a happy tune. We confront insecurities, isolation, fears without a way out.

89
During previews
The Far Country
Chelsea
Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking
November 22nd, 2022

See it if Our history both negative and loving and how we survive or don’t as individuals is of interest to you. incredible sacrifices lovingly made

Don't see it if Generations of life journeys and the sacrifices people endured not wrapped up in a pretty happy package may not be entertaining for some.

96
During previews
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Resonant, Hilarious, Masterful
November 22nd, 2022

See it if You want to laugh and be opened up to question and to be moved. We are all together as an audience and share in our welcomed responses.

Don't see it if Race relations in the USA is a topic you’d prefer to avoid. Well written, funny, ultimately confronts tough and emotionally charged topics

79
The Rat Trap
Midtown W
Entertaining, Dated, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing
November 22nd, 2022

See it if You enjoy Noel Coward plays. It is a well told story of days gone by and this is a great reason to see it b

Don't see it if You want light shed on today’s political topics of abortion, women’s rights and equality in general. It doesn’t give the answer.

90
Good Enemy
West Village
Riveting, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing
November 21st, 2022

See it if You want to view a father daughter relationship that opens up and discovers love. It is an amazing and touching story.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the human struggles of a young couple fleeing China only to face more hurtles in the USA

66
Jack Was Kind
Chelsea
Indulgent, Confusing, Slow, Relevant, Absorbing
November 21st, 2022

See it if You can listen intently to a quiet hurt woman open up about her painful past and present. It is shocking and makes a bold statement.

Don't see it if You need some movement on stage. It is very quiet and confined and made me question why. I’m not sure that the piece works well. Not for me

91
Chester Bailey
Chelsea
Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
November 7th, 2022

See it if You enjoy a well written play that explores the psychological make up of doctor and patient and their relationship. A mystery unfolds.

Don't see it if The story is dated and so it’s not modern healthcare. Maybe back in the day the doctor’s choices may have been radical; today not impressive

97
During previews
Must see, Riveting, Masterful, Great acting, Moving
November 3rd, 2022

See it if You can treasure being deeply moved by an uncomfortable topic sensitively and powerfully performed. touches our anger, love and compassion,

Don't see it if The topic of sexual offenders and their lives holds no interest for you. There are some damaged people as well as loving. It’s very moving.

85
Shared Sentences
East Village
Relevant, Entertaining, Great writing, Absorbing, Great acting
November 3rd, 2022

See it if You enjoy interesting multifaceted characters that you care about. It has a point to drive home and everyone is driving. Enjoy your life.

Don't see it if You don’t care for works being developed. It isn’t perfect but it’s on its way. It leaves you wanting a little more.

Also I felt that it needed a point of catharsis almost met with the leader ... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Indulgent, Entertaining, Intelligent, Overrated, Ambitious
October 26th, 2022

See it if You like a familiar accent and phrases that make you nostalgic. There are some stories shared well and that mean a great deal to Gabriel B

Don't see it if This is not ready for a Broadway stage. He unfortunately had to read the script which took so much away. It lacked emotional punch

94
Fun, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Masterful
October 24th, 2022

See it if You want to feel amazed, to laugh, and be entertained. The audience participation is fun too and adds to the magical show. I left smiling.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy card tricks. He involves the audience too and it is in an intimate setting. You can’t hide in the dark.

89
The How and the Why
East Village
Intense, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting
October 24th, 2022

See it if You like a close look into the lives of women. These are biologically related. It is intense and raises as many questions as it answers.

Don't see it if You want a happy ending where everything gets neatly put in its place. It is a focused point of view and doesn’t pretend to be more.

96
During previews
Uplifting, Touching, Funny, Refreshing, Delightful
October 21st, 2022

See it if You want to feel good. The music and singing are great, and when everything is going against you, this story finds the happiest high road.

Don't see it if You don’t like young people. This finds some joy in disfunction and seems to ride that narrow line start to glorious finish.

78
Powerhouse
Midtown W
Relevant, Contemporary, Great staging, Entertaining, Intelligent
October 19th, 2022

See it if You enjoy a made for television script. This is good and the acting is great and it is an entertaining experience.

Don't see it if You want something special that live theater can only share. This is good work but not that great. It’s made for TV.

75
I’m Revolting
Chelsea
Enlightening, Disappointing, Resonant, Frightening, Absorbing
October 19th, 2022

See it if You are interested in how strangers relate under a stressful and threatening situation. An interesting yet shallow look at patients and MDs

Don't see it if You are looking for a drama delving deep into or lives. This show leaves too much out and misses an opportunity to touch deeply.

89
Touching, Thoughtful, Entertaining, Funny, Masterful
October 19th, 2022

See it if You get captured by masterful story telling. It is truthful, direct, engaging, relatable and uplifting. It’s a memorable experience

Don't see it if If you want a big production. This is simple and direct yet complete and meaningful. It’s not over the top or unbelievable.

98
Must see, Resonant, Great acting, Profound, Masterful
October 12th, 2022

See it if You go to the theater to be moved, inspired, reflective, gifted, empathetic, sorrowful, awestruck. This is the play for you.

Don't see it if If you are looking for lighthearted entertainment. Willy Lowman is any of us in a very difficult situation.

93
During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing
October 9th, 2022

See it if You enjoy an older work done to perfection. Well acted and fun and contemporary with the power of the woman at heart. Bravo.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy plays that are slightly less than present day. It is humorous in its seriousness and that works!

80
During previews
Sad, Great acting, Riveting, Great writing, Absorbing
October 8th, 2022

See it if You enjoy some fine acting work and staging. This story is heavy as we witness fragile lives lives fall apart and wonder why.

Don't see it if You are Hoping to see a perfected performance. I would wish for better direction to help audience members connect to the tragic pain.

100
During previews
Exciting, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Must see
October 8th, 2022

See it if You want to see a well written and acted play. Every character on the stage is magical. John David Washington a ball of energy and longing

Don't see it if You would rather see a musical. There is no reason to miss this. The spirit of August Wilson is honored by this production.

89
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant
October 6th, 2022

See it if See this to be reminded of what was lost; what happens to a family under such a horrific situation, and to understand how many took part.

Don't see it if You don’t want to feel too deeply or to hurt because of how horrible we can be to each other. We are all on that stage somewhere. Hits home.

86
Relevant, Absorbing, Resonant, Intelligent, Clever
October 2nd, 2022

See it if You are interested in a personal reflection on a young man of color’s life in NYC. A nice balance of his life’s joys and challenges

Don't see it if If you are looking for a big production. There is plenty shared from the heart. The audience is asked to participate.

95
During previews
Great acting, Moving, Absorbing, Great writing, Masterful
October 2nd, 2022

See it if The wide spectrum and complexity of love and how it guides us through life is at the heart of this story. It’s very sensitive and lovely.

Don't see it if There’s no reason not to see it unless you only see musicals. This is a theater gem.

85
Ink'dWell
Midtown E
Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant
October 2nd, 2022

See it if An intensely emotional dive into a family wrestling with mental illness, creatively told with sensitivity and love. Well acted.

Don't see it if This is focused on the emotional aspects of mental illness and is not light entertainment. Only a few moments of fun and laughter

87
Strings Attached
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Smart, Delightful, Riveting, Great writing
September 29th, 2022

See it if you enjoy the mix of relationships and physics and ID say philosophy. It helps to have a little knowledge of science to catch it all.

Don't see it if You have NO interest in science, or if 3 people stuck in their heads rather than driven by their bodies isn’t hitting the mark.

72
During previews
Weightless
Upper W Side
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great singing, Promising
September 25th, 2022

See it if You like mythological stories set to music. The band is great and some of the members are captivating as they move on stage. A story of love

Don't see it if If the abstraction of a mythological story holds no interest for you. Not all of the relationships come across truthfully.

90
american (tele)visions
East Village
Intelligent, Quirky, Resonant, Clever, Relevant
September 25th, 2022

See it if You enjoy a fresh perspective on life. A unique way of sharing the complexities of family life while setting up life in a new country.

Don't see it if Detailed experiences of family life and more abstract connections to life in general is not of interest.

78
Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing, Quirky, Entertaining
September 21st, 2022

See it if You support working actors and encourage them to work at their craft. This interesting story spotlighted some great talent and generous work

Don't see it if A polished work is what you expect. This production asks us to look beyond perfection to the truths expressed on this stage.

86
Jasper
Midtown W
Challenging, Moving, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing
September 21st, 2022

See it if You are open to life and all It brings. Truthful, direct and complex; we are invited to experience what is easier to avoid. Well acted.

Don't see it if You wish to see a rosy world; who doesn’t. We are almost through the pandemic and we are challenged to open up some hurts we’ve hidden away

72
Not for stage, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Absorbing
September 4th, 2022

See it if You enjoy spoken word that gets your imagination working and makes you question. It’s a beautiful story about lives crossing.

Don't see it if You want to see a work created for the stage. it should be read or listened to. I found little purpose or value in bringing it to the stage

94
Riveting, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Absorbing
September 1st, 2022

See it if You want to laugh and be amazed and be taken away from the mess of the world. It’s a win win formula and is different every performance.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big production, or if you are not up to taking a chance. It’s different every time..

80
Delightful, Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining
September 1st, 2022

See it if You enjoy uplifting music; dance; great costumes and a fun cast. It is a light hearted show stripped of the original’s emotional depth.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy a fabulous musical or if you are looking for the show to be exactly like the original.

88
Intelligent, Relevant, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing
August 31st, 2022

See it if You are up for a good laugh and to see the intersection of lives at this amusement park. Life stories carry some serious moments well.

Don't see it if If you want a dramatically serious work. This show makes use of what is common to us all and shares a heartfelt story.

92
Los Otros
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great writing, Loving, Great singing, Absorbing
August 31st, 2022

See it if You love people and their life stories. When we live our lives and share our stories, they can seem quite special. This celebrates love

Don't see it if If you don’t like musical stories. It’s a simple yet powerful production. The set is a few chairs.

90
Incredible, Great writing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing
August 28th, 2022

See it if You enjoy great stories and amazing story telling. Images appear in your mind from a cast of memorable characters. Good family entertainment

Don't see it if You want to see a developed stage set and flashing lights and an orchestra. This all gets imagined by audience members.

80
Focused, Dark, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Edgy
August 20th, 2022

See it if You like abstract concepts visually expressed on stage with a script to match. Dark side of Jewish guilt both relevant and challenging

Don't see it if You find abstract, sometimes “weird” scenes confusing and challenging for an audience member. The acting is great but I wondered what for.

71
Confusing, Ambitious, Intense, Entertaining, Absorbing
August 11th, 2022

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare and want to see how his work can affect and influence body movement It’s a very interesting perspective

Don't see it if If you are not familiar with Shakespeare’s amazing work and if you are more used to seeing a traditional representation of his worl

72
An Unbalanced Mind
Midtown W
Funny, Light weight, Dated, Entertaining, Refreshing
August 11th, 2022

See it if You would like a night “off” from the world. The voices are great, the choreography like musical numbers in a variety show. Easy going.

Don't see it if You want to be moved by thought provoking work that has been honed to perfection. It is a feel good musical review not taxing to the mind.

88
During previews
Patience (2st)
Upper W Side
Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking
August 4th, 2022

See it if You are Interested in human relationships and the complexity of a new one. Life challenges are faced with intelligence and love.

Don't see it if You want to see a light hearted fun story. This has twists and turns and asks the audience to listen closely and watch intently

Also This is a perfect example how a show can develop into a gem as it work... Read more Read less

94
During previews
The Butcher Boy
Chelsea
Clever, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing
July 31st, 2022

See it if you enjoy musicals; this one has a Sweeney Todd twist. Imaginative staging in a small theater. Tough subject to sing about but I say A+

Don't see it if a difficult and complex childhood leading to violence isn’t something you want to hear people sing about, no matter how good the music is.

91
Absorbing, Intense, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting
July 30th, 2022

See it if You want to remember the start of the AIDS epidemic and to see it through some new eyes and to make connections to Covid. It is excellent

Don't see it if If you want a light hearted fun evening, this won’t do. There are intimate scenes and it touches some painful experiences.

95
Oresteia
Upper E Side
Great staging, Absorbing, Relevant, Intense, Great acting
July 30th, 2022

See it if Enjoy an intense struggle in a challenged family who represents all of us in our troubled world. The writing is amazing and staging too.

Don't see it if It is long 3 and a half hours although it keeps you engaged from start to finish. Tragic stories might be too much for some.