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 (104)
93
Two Can Play
Midtown W
Loving, Refreshing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You like to laugh and delve into a marital relationship that needs a little work. A Caribbean story we all can relate to

Don't see it if If you are not interested in a story from years past. It’s an island “Jacky Gleason show” even with a “you're the greatest Alice”.

85
Incredible imagery, Experiential, Intelligent, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if Portugués is so neurotic hear and it conveys so much in its sound which added flavor to the subtitles. The actors are beautifully expressive

Don't see it if If you have a difficult time Reading and watching action on stage you may not feel comfortable. Food and drink is shared

Also For a company from Brazil to come... Read more Read less

70
Quirky, Dragged on, Slow, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a group of good actors attempt to translate and interpret a complex piece to make it More relevant. It is great at times.

Don't see it if If you don’t want to sit the ough a long show. It is choppy and doesn’t work well all if the time. It takes some effort but some is great!

86
One Green Bottle
East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Riveting, Funny

See it if You want to see a special tragedy/comedy that leaves you wondering why did I laugh my way through this family situation. Great acting

Don't see it if If you don’t want to laugh at some crazy out there situations or if you want something traditionally American. This is a unique comedy

97
Great writing, Relevant, Must see, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You want to experience what “the wall” has done to the world. From start to finish you experience this prediction of present day horror.

Don't see it if You have difficulty with subtitles. I found it easy to read and experience the play. The actors are SO GOOD.

Also Magdalena Morales is powerful, moving the audience with her heartfelt ... Read more Read less

98
Entertaining, Sentimental, Masterful, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You love great songs with lyrics “to die for”. I was and am still so touched and moved by his stories which we all can relate too. Special.

Don't see it if You don’t like music, if you don’t like life stories with a personal and sentimental touch that go straight to your heart.

96
Border People
Midtown W
Motivating, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You enjoy relevant material with a personal and intimate point of view. We learn about our neighbors and ourselves and open up to others

Don't see it if You see other people as enemies this puts a human face and story to the challenges of escaping persecution and danger to care for family

80
Soul Survivor
Greenwich V
Quirky, Edgy, Great writing, Riveting, Funny

See it if You are full of questions about contracts with our souls before and after death And might be looking for a loophole. It’s fun and good!

Don't see it if You are Not comfortable with questioning the punishment and reward system relating to heaven and hell And in between and finding humor in it

87
Maz and Bricks
Midtown E
Resonant, Touching, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You can get involved in the lives of two involved people. The writing is special as it moves from dialogue to almost poetry. Its artful.

Don't see it if You want a big production or if you don’t want to see two people touch each others pain and each find some healing. it may be too real

92
Enchanting, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, I’m moon struck

See it if You want to have a wonderful time, lift your heart, laugh at our stereotypes of Brooklyn Italians, hear lovely voices, and be in love

Don't see it if If you can’t get tickets because it’s sold out! Don’t see it if you don’t want a break from the world, if you don’t want your heart to smile

78
Indulgent, Clever, Funny, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You enjoy a big production with bells and whistles, funny costumes and silly humor, all kinds of B’way musical numbers and lights

Don't see it if If you’d like something more serious and important. The music is okay but all big and loud and that’s too much for me.

85
Anna Karenina: a riff
Soho/Tribeca
Entertaining, Masterful, Great writing, Funny, Clever

See it if You would like to follow, understand and ENJOY a Russian story! It’s fun and the music is Inter and acting is really entertaining.

Don't see it if You want a serious heavy work to weigh you down.

9
Larry
Soho/Tribeca
Quirky, Confusing, Slow, Stupid, Excruciating

See it if You want to support someone who made a mistake bringing this show to NYC.

Don't see it if If it bothers you when someone does not respect you or the time you have given them. It is embarrassingly poor

95
Delightful, Nostalgic, Entertaining, Great singing, Masterful

See it if You enjoy good singing and excellent acoustic guitar playing and Paul Simon music. Gary Edward Jones has a better voice than Simon. Enjoy!

Don't see it if You are looking for great acting Or staging. This is simple and Beautiful and he is Very talented.

96
One in Two
Midtown W
Great writing, Hilarious, Great acting, Challenging, Relevant

See it if You want to be moved and challenged, frightened and receive a gift of creativity. Donja R Love will touch your heart and soul

Don't see it if You don’t care about gay people, especially black ones finding their way through a sometimes difficult life.

96
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Heartwarming, Touching

See it if You look at your aging parents or life partners or at your adult children and wonder where the time has gone and how can we get closer.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy sentiment or humor or family members working to get closer together to enjoy life.

84
Entertaining, Captivating, Absorbing, Intense, Great writing

See it if You enjoy an ensemble piece that is well written and acted. Intense and interesting mix of slightly “off” people create an interesting story

Don't see it if If you want to see a musical. Hardly enough food was delivered for 5 people. That bothered me.

95
Raw, Profound, Absorbing, Resonant, Masterful

See it if This work took me On a personal journey of rage shame control and despair. Music art and revelation transform. It is holy.

Don't see it if See it! If you are very young it isn’t for you.

95
During previews
Moving, Great writing, Relevant, Great singing, Masterful

See it if Justin Cunningham and Daniel Fulton have the most beautiful voices and are masterful at telling their stories. It is touching and important.

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you want a splashy loud broadway show with all the bells and whistles. This is personal intimate masterful and timeless.

Also The orchestra is wonderful and the music is the perfect backdrop for B... Read more Read less

93
During previews
Reparations
Brooklyn
Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if The play and stage set are special. 5 lives intertwined in this dramatic story trace the path of sexual abuse denial and a path to healing

Don't see it if If dealing with painful life experiences and how they play themselves out in life is not interesting, don’t see it. It’s well done.

88
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing

See it if A wonderful exploration of feelings fears family and profound interactions expressed in word and music. We take this journey together

Don't see it if This is excellent intelligent theater which invites the audience to think and question Maybe you’d prefer something lighter and fun?

77
Stupid F**king Bird
West Village
Brave, Ambitious, Entertaining, Intense, Absorbing

See it if It is somewhat experimental but an interesting dive into love and life and the good and the bad. Creative and pain filled but special

Don't see it if Don’t see It if you want candy coated happy go lucky. It’s a trip.

80
Rap Guide to Religion
Soho/Tribeca
Helpful, Funny, Entertaining, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if See it to get a clear overview of religion and it’s adaptations through the centuries in a fun and entertaining show.

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you can’t sit in a dusty theater. CLEAN IT please! It is a lesson more than a theater piece.

93
During previews
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Relevant, Amazing music, Great staging, Great singing, Great choreography

See it if The music and choreography is special and carry the show. The singing is beautiful and a must hear. A creative moving story sadly true

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you don’t like beautiful voices dance music and clean powerful staging.

92
Boogieban
West Village
Intelligent, Sensitive, Moving, Great acting, Great writing

See it if The price a soldier pays through his life with PTSD is intimately explored and masterfully expressed in this two person play. Truth told.

Don't see it if you dont want to be reminded of the sacrifices members of the military continue to make throughout their lives. It is emotionally powerful

90
Faculty Portrait
West Village
Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You are interested in a personal and focused point of view relating to a school shooting. It’s an easy dose of an overwhelming experience

Don't see it if You want an all encompassing retelling of a horrible school shooting. It is emotionally on the light side and is well written but light

80
During previews
72 Miles to Go...
Midtown W
Very moving, Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in the complexity of family relationships when the mother has been deported and husband children and grandkids remain

Don't see it if You are looking for a fun and light story. It is heavy and dwells on how damaging living in fear and isolation can be to a loving family.

Also I believe the reality of this family’s story is much more difficult an... Read more Read less

60
Intelligent, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant

See it if You want to see a work in progress. The stories are interesting and relevant. It is a reminder of how we can’t afford healthcare ml

Don't see it if Superfluous Movement and actions bother you. Didactic long with good intent but poor realization. I’m not sure of the goal of this play.

89
Bundle of Sticks
Midtown W
Intelligent writing, Great direction, Absorbing, Relevant, Edgy

See it if You enjoy exploration and you are open to sexual content. This is a well Written, directed and acted play. Hats off to the women playing men

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with sexual content, with women playing men, or if you are looking for light entertainment.

Also At first it feels strange but after a short while i was aware of how c... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Depressing, Indulgent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You want to see what happens to the life of an abused child who doesn’t really get over her childhood. A neat package of a play.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a woman in her 70s dragging the memory of her mother through the mud. She may deserve it but it’s a Sad life journey

75
During previews
Rules of Desire
Midtown W
Ambitious, Intelligent, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like an intense, sexually divergent drama that grabs your imagination and compassion for 90 min. Funny and frightening times at sea

Don't see it if If unusual lives don’t interest you. This isn’t Gilligans Island and is more of a. I that two of the three characters need more development

94
During previews
Relevant, Deeply moving, Funny, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You love being caught up in the lives of people we can relate to. The story staging and actors grab our hearts and dreams and keep it real

Don't see it if You don’t want to laugh and cry and care. It requires the audience to be open. It’s a feel everything type of play.

79
The Shadow Box
East Village
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in life death issues in 8 people’s lives. A fascinating concept to share stories with a voice questioning. Editing needed

Don't see it if You don’t want to think about end of life issues or people sharing personal feelings and stories. It covers a lot of ground.

79
Clever, Creative, Entertaining, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy seeing young people create and perform in a show. Puppetry, dance, drums, and singing all in telling us a part of history

Don't see it if You are looking for a big broadway production. It’s young people working well together in the magic of theater. It’s good to support them.

70
Ongoing, Great staging, Quirky, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You like to support a large cast doing their best with an involved script. For a small stage they did a great job and created Atmosphere.

Don't see it if You don’t like experimental work. It is totally full of quirky characters and it may be difficult to identify with.

97
During previews
17 Minutes
Midtown W
Relevant, Deeply moving, Great writing, Great acting, Must see

See it if You care about these horrible mass shootings and those involved. It’s sensitivity and care brought me to tears WELL WORTH SHEDDING. 💕💕💕

Don't see it if If you don’t want to feel sadness or pain or love. Don’t see it if you want a care free evening (that you well deserve Im sure 🙏🏽).

Also Larry Mitchell is masterful and his truth touched me deeply. He was so... Read more Read less

95
Must see, Riveting, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy a well developed play and complicated family dynamics. This is sensitive, intelligent, complex and moving and captured my heart.

Don't see it if You are not into the nitty gritty of family members in a complex and powerfully dynamic moment in their lives it asks us to listen.

96
Must see, Resonant, Great writing, Delightful, Funny

See it if You like to remember, laugh, cry, learn, celebrate, and appreciate. These 3 women give their all and touch your heart and funny bone.

Don't see it if To tell you the truth I don’t want to try and think why you shouldn’t see this. It’s a feel good show. I want to keep that feeling.

60
Quirky, Dated, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if If you like to laugh and to support a great woman comedian. It’s a good show but it felt like an old story / old material.

Don't see it if If you want something ground breaking and extraordinary. I know she can do better.

90
Inspiring, Funny, Absorbing, Resonant, Heartfelt

See it if You want to walk with someone on their life journey who will inspire you and will encourage you to enjoy life and to try something new

Don't see it if You want to see an actor deliver a polished performance. He is real and vulnerable and willing to share his journey. It asks us to be open

20
Poor everything, Confusing, Slow, Banal, Disappointing

See it if There is some talent to see - some - and the musicians did well but I can’t recommend that you give it your time.

Don't see it if Don’t see it. Unless there is someone in the show you should support.

80
Monsoon Season
West Village
Depressing, Sad, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to see two great actors. They are truthful and captivating and powerful. I felt bad for them, their family and how low they were.

Don't see it if If you don’t want to get wrapped up in a low point in a family’s life. It’s sad and truthful.

70
Fur
East Village
Surprising, Absorbing, Edgy, Quirky

See it if I didn’t know what to expect but I was surprised. It’s weird but somehow, because the actors are good, they gave me a way to connect.

Don't see it if It is a strange sexual relationship between three people? And may just be too bizarre

50
God's Necklace
Upper W Side
Poorly written, Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if the actors try hard with this difficult piece. It sets up an interesting situation to learn of an experience living in a foreign country.

Don't see it if Don’t see it if an unpolished work in a less than perfect setting would be too difficult to sit through

90
Imagining Madoff
Midtown W
Revealing, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if I didn’t want to connect with Madoff but I’m glad I did. This play is a life lesson and touches deeply. It’s well worth an evening.

Don't see it if It is a close look at the lives feelings beliefs of three people and makes you question and discover. It’s not fluff.

80
Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Quirky, Clever

See it if Its a work being developed. The bones are good and it will flesh out in time. Right now use your imagination. It’s a good starting experienc

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you want a finished piece; if you don’t want to listen to a reading; if you want a stage set. It’s the start.

70
To Life
East Village
Intense, Disappointing, Indulgent, Great acting, Sad

See it if You are interested in getting an inside view of an extremely dysfunctional and physically ill family as they lose the functional member

Don't see it if If you want to feel happy or hopeful. It focuses on terminal illness and sexual abuse/incest. It is heavy and sad

98
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Healing, Moving, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if This play masterfully holds our hearts and stories as we join a beautifully moving and healing gathering of souls on stage and theater seats

Don't see it if It is 6+ hours in two parts. It touches a painful experience although in a sensitive and healing way . It is powerful and may be too Heavy

Also Everyone who experienced the AIDS epidemic in the 80s-90s I expect wil... Read more Read less

73
Disappointing, Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if I enjoyed the character development in this play and the humor and joy brought to the stage. A story with a happy ending.

Don't see it if This play is disappointed me with how “simply” they resolved the conflicts. It needs to deal with the complexity of life - not simplify it.

90
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Moving, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if A defining moment in the lives of childhood friends reminds us of the gift life is and what we do to live our lives. A special loving play

Don't see it if It is thought provoking and moving and it invites us to look inward and out at life. It is set in Scotland so there are accents.

Also It surprised me at how masterfully the story is told and how the pictu... Read more Read less