Michael Evans

New York City | 35-49 | Male
About:  Theater writer, theater lover.
Reviews (68)
84
Intense, Slow, Indulgent, Ambitious, Enchanting

See it if you like seeing shows that are darker. There are moments when the show really works. When it does, it's brilliant.

Don't see it if you like slow pieces. The running time is a problem and the book has little to no connection to the songs.

98
During previews
The Minutes
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see what amazing, original and thought provoking theater looks like. Simply put, this play is art.

Don't see it if don't want to have to think about what you are watching

Also There's no real point in getting into specifics here. The play should ... Read more Read less

90
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Indulgent, Intelligent, Epic, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see this generations Angels in America. Well acted and poignant, Daldry's direction is masterful.

Don't see it if you don't like long talking plays. While engaging, the show is a very slow burn.

92
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a refreshing take on R&H's first masterwork. Everything comes together brilliantly, showing us a true reimaging of the work.

Don't see it if you do not like to see classic musical theater presented in a new light.

75
Thought-provoking, Slow, Intense, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy mentalists, appreciate the art of the unknown and want to see a performer who has captivated the world, at the top of his craft.

Don't see it if you want to see something more along the lines of traditional magic. Also, the show is show, painfully at times. There is too much talking

78
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Slow, Indulgent, Great acting, Dated, Clever

See it if you would like to see a fine turn by Santino Fontana.

Don't see it if you expect to see a show that has memorable songs or making a great statement about gender equality.

Also The biggest issue I could not get past was unliking the lead character... Read more Read less

90
For the Girls
Midtown W
Refreshing, Intelligent, Great singing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You love Chenoweth, love great singing, popular standards and spending an evening with a talented performer who fills the room with love.

Don't see it if you don't concert type shows on Broadway. That said, it really is a wonderful time.

85
Relevant, Quirky, Great singing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to be entertained. I went into the show completely blind with no background knowledge of Mr. Byrne and loved everything about it.

Don't see it if you're looking for a more traditional musical. One could describe it as concert meets performance art.

75
During previews
Slow, Relevant, Intense, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you love Tina Turner, want to see someone triumph over all sorts of adversity and want to see a Tony worthy performance from Ms. Warren.

Don't see it if you already know the story, as the majority has been told before. While a good jukebox show, there's not much very new here.

75
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Great writing, Edgy, Romantic, Slow, Great acting

See it if you love the work of Tracy Letts or want to see a fine ensemble of actors.

Don't see it if you do not like talking plays, especially those that are slow moving. Also, if you are not a fan of nudity. The show is a noble misfire.

95
During previews
Riveting, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an amazing piece of theater. Rapp's voice is unique and powerful and the performances are beautiful. Such chemistry on stage

Don't see it if you don't like two handed plays that are dialogue driven. Also avoid if you like knowing what is going to come next or heavy subject matter.

92
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to see two amazing stage actors give riveting performances. The play and the acting is haunting, heartbreaking and beautiful.

Don't see it if you did not care for The Father, do not like plays that use a more unique narrative or prefer seeing shows that are more light and fluffy.

84
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy monologues, the stage work of Gyllenhall and Sturridge and subject matter that is very tragic and heavy.

Don't see it if you are looking for a more traditional show with sets and costumes or have recently lost someone. The material may hit too close to home.

84
Burn This
Midtown W
Quirky, Slow, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy straight plays, fine acting and the work of Lanford Wilson. Adam Driver gives a performance that is memorable.

Don't see it if you don't like talking plays that are slow. The play is long but only starts to slightly drag towards the end of the second act.

80
Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever

See it if you would like to see a clever take on the constitution, what it means and the role it has played in terms of female rights.

Don't see it if you are expecting a traditional play.

85
Delightful, Funny, Quirky, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you simply feel like having fun at the theater. While the second act is a mess, the staging, costumes and performances are excellent.

Don't see it if you don't like tongue and cheek, commercial entertainment. The show is far from perfect but the good heavily outweighs the bad.

75
Great singing, Romantic, Fluffy, Funny, Dated

See it if you were a fan of the recent Roundabout production of She Loves Me. While the source material here isn't as strong, the two are similar.

Don't see it if you don't like very vanilla, dressed up old fashioned Broadway revivals.

92
During previews
Ink
Midtown W
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to see one of the best new plays of the season. The acting and staging are truly special.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy straight plays that run two hours and forty five minutes.

80
During previews
Relevant, Indulgent, Great writing, Great acting, Dated

See it if you want to see two master actors at the top of their game.

Don't see it if you have no interest in politics or expect to learn something new about the 2008 primary.

Also I enjoyed the show but left the theater wondering if this play is real... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Ambitious, Epic, Great acting, Slow, Great writing

See it if you would like to see a masterful performance by the brilliant Glenda Jackson in a fresh staging of one of Shakespeare's master works.

Don't see it if you do not like long plays. The first act runs two hours and the entire play takes about 3:45. It’s a very slow burn.

75
Entertaining, Cliched, Great acting, Indulgent, Intense

See it if you love the work of Hawke, Dano or Sheppard.

Don't see it if you are looking for something that doesn't feel like an acting exercise in scene study class.

90
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you love good acting, great storytelling and appreciate fine writing. Fierstein's script is heartfelt and as powerful as ever.

Don't see it if you don't like plays or stories about love and relationships.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if you like Cher, or simply want to leave the theater smiling.

Don't see it if you dislike jukebox musicals or simply prefer things with a more serious side.

100
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great writing, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want to see the best play of the new century. The play is epic. It should not be missed. This play will be remembered for a lifetime.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy longer works like O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh.

80
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great writing, Quirky

See it if you haven't yet. Chicago has become a rite of passage when it comes to Broadway.

Don't see it if you prefer more of a classical musical like My Fair Lady or Hello, Dolly or do not particularly care for the music of Kander and Ebb.

80
Indulgent, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious, Cliched

See it if you are a fan of the album, want to see a more original take on the traditional juke box musical

Don't see it if you want that traditional juke box musical. JLP gets points for attempting something different but at times it feels inconsistent.

60
Six
Midtown W
Ambitious, Overrated, Indulgent, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if you want to see what will prove to be one of the biggest hits of the season and a show that is attempting to do something outside the box.

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional musical or prefer a plot, which is non existent here. The same jokes get beaten over and over again.

Also Many in the crowd seemed to love the show and some were signing along.... Read more Read less

65
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Great acting, Slow, Indulgent, Cliched, Banal

See it if you enjoy family dramas with a well rounded cast. The best acting and writing of the play comes towards the end with Alexander and Cromwell.

Don't see it if you don't like cliches abound and the piece feels underdeveloped and too long. The top of act two feels like an episode of the Golden girls.

92
During previews
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you would like to see Laura Linney conduct an acting master class. Eyre's beautiful direction only enhances everything that is taking place.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of one person shows or shows that move slowly. It's a slow build but one that is certainly worth it.

65
During previews
Thought-provoking, Slow, Intense, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you are a fan of murder mystery type plays or those that deal with race.

Don't see it if you are expecting to see a new take on an established idea. Time has not served the play well as much of it feels dated. DAG feels miscast.

75
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Indulgent, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy American history, the writing of Robert Schenkkan or loved All The Way and would like to see the sequel.

Don't see it if you prefer plays with simply plots and minimal characters. This work is overstuffed, which at times works against the play. Cox is very good

80
Funny, Quirky, Refreshing, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy freestyle, like improv and simply want to see something that is usually not seen on a Broadway stage.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of less traditional theater or you are expecting to see something life changing. The run time also starts to drag.

72
Quirky, Indulgent, Fluffy, Great acting, Funny

See it if you are a fan of the books, going with a pre-teen/teen or like light and fluffy shows. Kudos to the cast, who really work their tails off.

Don't see it if you expect to see a highly stylized production. The show screams off-Broadway/touring company. It has heart but very weak production values

50
Thought-provoking, Slow, Overrated, Quirky, Cliched

See it if you want to see a show that will make you have a reaction, whether it be love or hate. Also, if you like less traditional forms of theater.

Don't see it if you don't care for gimmick plays. While the premise has merit, the execution fails. The play is long and continues to hit the same point.

Also There's a reason there is no intermission, that being a fair amount of... Read more Read less

65
During previews
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Quirky, Great writing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if you love Williams and want to see one of his lesser known and appreciated works.

Don't see it if you go in expecting Streetcar. The staging, while original is not effective. The accents didn't help and the production is a misfire.

82
Dizzying, Refreshing, Fluffy, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you want to spend a light hearted night out at the theater hearing some familiar songs and seeing some talented performances.

Don't see it if you care about plot. It's paper thin here. Also avoid if you want to see something outside the box. This is about as safe as you could play.

90
Betrayal
Midtown W
Profound, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if you want to see one of Pinter's masterworks brought to life with the focus being on the script. It's beautiful in its minimalism.

Don't see it if you don't like straight plays or don't enjoy plays that use time in a non lineal way.

86
Manilow Broadway
Midtown W
Romantic, Cliched, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you love Barry Manilow! The show includes the big hits and Barry dips into his catalog, playing older gems. It's a fun night out.

Don't see it if you've previously seen a Manilow show and disliked it.

82
During previews
Refreshing, Edgy, Indulgent, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if you want to be dazzled by amazing choreography, complete spectacle and fine performances. Danny Burstein should finally receive his Tony.

Don't see it if you prefer more subtle theater, dislike the film or don't enjoy hearing over 80 songs mashed together. It's not for minimalists.

80
Romantic, Intense, Great acting, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you would like the chance to see two great actors give powerful performances in one of McNally's signature plays.

Don't see it if you don't like talking plays or shows that are more dialogue heavy.

88
During previews
All My Sons
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Profound, Epic, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see masterful performances, especially from Tracy Letts. His performance is stunning and Tony award worthy.

Don't see it if you don't care for Arthur Miller. That said, the acting is so stellar that seeing this would be worth the exception.

65
During previews
Great acting, Slow, Quirky, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you want to see Nathan Lane, Kristine Nielsen and Julie White turn in fine performances and if you enjoy avant grade type of productions

Don't see it if you don't enjoy lowbrow humor and highbrow talking points. While the play is noble in its attempt, it's still a noble misfire.

100
During previews
Masterful, Profound, Great singing, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you want to see the best new musical since Hamilton.

Don't see it if you dislike artistic musicals and prefer more lavish productions. Even so, this show should not be missed.

60
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Slow, Fluffy, Great staging, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy stagecraft and want to see the amazing work that takes place bring Kong to life.

Don't see it if you don't like cliched writing and songs. Besides the puppet and a few performances, there is not much else to see.

70
During previews
Ambitious, Indulgent, Quirky, Dizzying, Slow

See it if you are the target demographic, enjoy original musicals or want to be surrounded by a group of the shows' "stans."

Don't see it if you like musicals that operate on a brisk pace or have trouble suspending your disbelieve.

60
Cliched, Indulgent, Slow, Resonant, Intense

See it if you want to see a play that believes it's making a grand statement when in fact, it's mostly on the nose dialogue.

Don't see it if you want to see a fresh or new take on the subject matter.

75
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Cliched, Entertaining, Indulgent, Romantic, Enchanting

See it if you are a fan of the movie or enjoy the work of Ahrens and Flaherty.

Don't see it if you don't partially care for animated films being adapted for the Broadway stage.

60
During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Great singing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you like great singing and slow moving plays that do not feature a likable lead character.

Don't see it if you enjoy original pieces of work. The play is one cliche after another. It's attempting to be edgy when it plays like one big stereotype.

60
During previews
Banal, Indulgent, Fluffy, Quirky, Slow

See it if you are a big Clay or Ruben fan, simple love kitsch or enjoy a cheesy holiday show.

Don't see it if you have high or legitimate expectations about the show being good. It has moments but it also has too many misses. 2nd act gets heavy.

60
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Great singing, Overrated

See it if your child is Frozen obsessed.

Don't see it if you can see something else. The staging is weak and the film is better in every possible way.