Michael-LB

Long Beach | 65+ | Male

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Reviews (20)
92
Riveting, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you'd like some insight into the Crown Heights riots of 1991. Bravura one -man performance though disturbing at times.

Don't see it if you like your theater candy coated.

86
Good music, Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Energetic

See it if If you grew up with Temps music, you'll love the music and the back story.

Don't see it if You have little or no familiarity with their music. The story is OK but not a stand-alone hit.

95
During previews
Delightful, Great staging, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if you long for the golden days of spectacular musical comedy theater. Kelli, Will, Corbin, John Pankow, Cole Porter, WOW! And the dancing? 👍

Don't see it if enjoying yourself is not something you'd enjoy. Really, there's no downside to spending a few hours with this cast romping through the Bard.

89
Gloria: A Life
Gramercy
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Profound

See it if ... you want the backstory of today's feminism. Gloria was an unstoppable force of nature who responded to the indignities of her time.

Don't see it if ... you think the historical treatment of women is just fine and you don't want your world view challenged.

60
Meh!

See it if mildly entertaining staging and dancing are enough for you.

Don't see it if if you require engagement with the characters and their story. The NICK show is clever and multilayered. This iteration lacks adult appeal.

81
Entertaining, Great writing, Refreshing, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you're familiar with & love Shakespeare. A recent visit to the Globe in London enhanced my appreciation for this production.

Don't see it if you need Broadway glitz. This is a bare- bones effort, no sets, minimal props, performance driven, some of which rapid & hard to understand

91
Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a poignant slice of life with great music.

Don't see it if you're expecting a typical, big, Broadway musical.

92
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Profound

See it if you want a very surprising, multi-level performance. Thought provoking with great acting. Another big plus was the intimacy of the theater.

Don't see it if you require glitz. This is a thoughtfully conceived piece that compels your involvement.

72
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining

See it if You like good music and a thought provoking concept

Don't see it if If you think it's the wizard of oz

49
During previews
Slow, Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Great staging

See it if you're a superfan of Rylance. Got me in the door. Or if you just can't get enough of the 17th cent. aria canon, sung castrato.

Don't see it if you're expecting Rylance to once again transport you. I know it's just me (see other reviews) but I never cared about the king's plight.

90
Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if First, it's David Byrne, one of the most groundbreaking, innovative composers of our time on stage with musicians and dancers. Delightful!

Don't see it if full blown Broadway theater productions replete with costumes and a linear storyline are your jam.

90
Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if you love Nathan Lane unchained and always wondered what hilarity Titus Andronicus might engender.

Don't see it if you're too sensitive and can't get beyond piles of corpses on stage or are easily offended by over-the-top fart and penis jokes.

90
Nassim
Midtown W
Absorbing, Enchanting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if A play that is nearly impossible to describe in a linear fashion but nevertheless satisfying to experience. A boldly innovative concept.

Don't see it if ...you want glitz, a huge cast, dancing girls, or Broadway razzmatazz. Hate thinking at the theater? Stay away.

96
During previews
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Must see, Relevant

See it if Bryan Cranston is not to be missed in this contemporary update of the Paddy Chayefsky screen blockbuster. Shockingly relevant to today.

Don't see it if Want singing, dancing, and mindless Broadway fluff? Stay far away. This production is power packed and moving.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you're prepared to be awed by transcendent performances and absolutely stunning staging. The story is starkly human but relatable.

Don't see it if the blunt realities of human life are not your thing. Like lying to yourself? Stay away.

90
Great singing, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if Loved the choreography, seen best from the mezz. Some show-stopping voices. Magical elements, beautifully staged.

Don't see it if you're racially intolerant or don't like dancing, no matter how great it is. (BTW ... it is!)

96
Delightful, Refreshing, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if you'd like an intimate, first-person portrait of an American musical icon. I grew up in Freehold, NJ so much of Bruce's talk was familiar.

Don't see it if you'll only be satisfied with a full-blown concert. Bruce tells his life story punctuated with music. Even Patti shows up for a bit.

95
Delightful

See it if Marin's theater tour of the Metropolitan Museum was superb. She knows her way around both the art and theater worlds.

Don't see it if you're content with your present knowledge.

90
Enchanting, Great acting

See it if You love Lithgow. A real tour de force.

Don't see it if If you don't like complex, personal stories.

99
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great singing, Great writing, Must see

See it if you like superior writing and actors that can really deliver the goods. Shockingly good.

Don't see it if if you like falling asleep in ginormous theaters where seeing the actor's faces are a distraction.