Michael Evans

New York City | 35-49 | Male
About:  Theater writer, theater lover.
Reviews (42)
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.

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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.

75
Clever, Cliched, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of the movie or enjoy the music of ALW.

Don't see it if You prefer original musicals not based on films.

90
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if You want to be taken away by a beautiful story and wonderful songs. One of the best revivals Broadway has seen in years.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of Ahrens and Flaherty.

65
Cliched, Dated, Fluffy, Indulgent, Romantic

See it if You like cliched stories that have been told before.

Don't see it if You are unable to have an open mind about sexuality.

51
Slow, Overrated, Excruciating, Funny

See it if You get the tickets for free.

Don't see it if You care about theater, art or Donna Summer.

80
Clever, Funny, Slow, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy thought provoking drama.

Don't see it if You don't like plays with little action.

75
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You love all things Springsteen.

Don't see it if You love all things Springsteen and expect it to be like his live concerts.

95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Must see, Masterful, Profound

See it if You want to see one of the best musicials of the 21st century.

Don't see it if Stories about 9/11 upset you, even if they are positive.

50
Banal, Cliched, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if You want to have a light hearted, care free time at the theater.

Don't see it if You are easily insulted by less than traditional themes

75
Relevant

See it if The heart of the show is in the right place. The problem becomes the execution. It starts to drag early and never recovers.

Don't see it if Don’t like one man shows with few characters and minimal set pieces

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.

85
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You are a fan of the show, a fan of LCT, the work of Barlett Sher or simply a fan of theater. The production is beautiful.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of the show many consider the most beloved musical of all time.

95
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to see the most influential piece of theater this century.

Don't see it if There's no reason to miss this.

50
For a previous production
Dated, Disappointing, Cliched, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if You love British slapstick, no matter how poorly its performed.

Don't see it if You can get tickets for any other show besides Summer.

70
Entertaining, Fluffy, Indulgent, Overrated, Romantic

See it if You are a fan of the movie. The musical is pretty much a carbon copy. The leads however are both excellent.

Don't see it if You want to see something original or hear a score that you'll walk out singing.

90
Absorbing, Intense, Great acting, Masterful, Profound

See it if You would like to see a master class in acting taught by Elaine May.

Don't see it if The subject matter is too sensitive

65
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Cliched, Edgy, Excruciating, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You like the music of Sara Bareilles.

Don't see it if You are passionate about traditional family values

95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if You enjoy musicals that are unique, enchanting and subtle.

Don't see it if You prefer more of the flashy, bigger budgeted shows

80
During previews
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Dated

See it if If you like fine acting, Cranston is superb. Fans of Ivo van Hoe will also be pleased.

Don't see it if If you like a more straight forward play presentation.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Profound

See it if To Kill a Mockingbird reminds us why we fell in love with theater. Bridges deserves a Tony for his work.

Don't see it if Two and a half hour plays are not your scene.