Michael12

Brooklyn | 25-34 | Male
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Reviews (43)
55
Absorbing, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Intelligent

See it if You're a big fan of David Greenspan or you like the more experimental pieces the Starr usually programs.

Don't see it if You live far from Bushwick. Show length isn't everything, but this is only 45 minutes long and nothing happens. Subway ride there was longer

Also Classic David Greenspan. If you like him you'll like it, if you don't ... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Must see, Resonant

See it if You like big dramas full of big ideas. You're LGBT. You worry about the future of America.

Don't see it if You can't give yourself fully to a nearly 8-hour play that demands all of your emotional and physical energy.

Also How much and how little has changed in 25 years. This production arriv... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Dance Nation
Midtown W
Ambitious, Edgy, Funny, Great acting, Must see

See it if You want to see the breakthrough production of one of our finest new playwrights. I am still bowled over.

Don't see it if You need naturalism or a linear storyline. You're a prude.

Also No question the best thing I have seen so far in 2018. This is how I f... Read more Read less

66
Cliched, Dated, Great acting, Intense, Slow

See it if You like Joshua Jackson or you've never seen the original.

Don't see it if You're impatient. The play is VERY slow and the staging certainly doesn't help.

Also I don't know. There's just something about it that didn't take off for... Read more Read less

19
During previews
Travesties
Midtown W
Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Quirky, Smug

See it if You're a diehard Tom Stoppard fan.

Don't see it if You're anyone else.

Also A friend told me to read everything I could about the play and the his... Read more Read less

55
Locked Up Bitches
Soho/Tribeca
Entertaining, Dated, Funny, Indulgent, Excruciating

See it if You're an Orange is the New Black fan or you appreciate a crude comedy.

Don't see it if You're easily offended, have difficulty understanding fast hip hop lyrics, or have trouble with loud noises in small spaces.

Also The heyday of Orange is the New Black was 3-4 years ago, which is when... Read more Read less

86
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Masterful

See it if You like camp, drag, or just a gay old time.

Don't see it if You're a stodgy stick in the mud.

Also Most fun I've had in ages. I think this is the most successful of Busc... Read more Read less

71
Halcyon Days
Midtown W
Dated, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You like political intrigue dramas.

Don't see it if You're looking for new commentary on the Grenada invasion or our current political climate.

Also I marked this as relevant and dated, which I realize is a contradictio... Read more Read less

79
Delightful, Confusing, Quirky, Refreshing, Great music

See it if You like experimental theatre or brass bands.

Don't see it if You need a play where everything is explained to you or you don't do well with noise. Loud instruments in small space.

Also I'd be lying if I said I understood even half of what was happening, b... Read more Read less

70
Delightful, Cliched, Disappointing, Great staging, Great puppets

See it if You like puppets. The puppets are truly incredible, as are the rest of the design elements.

Don't see it if You're expecting a polished professional production. The acting ability of the cast is...varied.

Also Some of the greatest puppets I've ever seen on a stage. Incredible wor... Read more Read less

61
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Entertaining, Disappointing, Intelligent, Relevant, Clunky

See it if You're a fan of Uma Thurman or you can get a free/cheap ticket.

Don't see it if You like political intrigue dramas. House of Cards or Farragut North this is not. Very light, obvious stuff.

Also I know this play has been around for years before Trump. It's almost l... Read more Read less

70
Cute Activist
Brooklyn
Funny, Great writing, Indulgent, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You don't mind wading through twee theatrics for a smart play about social media activism.

Don't see it if You're unfamiliar with or uninterested in millennial culture. This struck me as very niche theatre for people 20-40.

Also There's a great play in here, but it takes 30 minutes to get going and... Read more Read less

55
Entertaining, Disappointing, Great singing, Overrated, Formless

See it if You're a big enough fan of Mark Rylance that you can forgive a play with zero second act.

Don't see it if You're expecting a great play. This is by far the weakest of the Rylance transfers to hit NYC.

Also I was shocked at how bad the play itself was. It turned a man with a v... Read more Read less

60
Cliched, Banal, Dated, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You enjoy old-fashioned, Borscht Belt style humor.

Don't see it if You have trouble hearing. The band was mixed WAY too high and the younger male leads all had problems with diction, pitch, and volume.

Also I've seen some world class productions at Gallery Players over the yea... Read more Read less

55
Hot Mess
Midtown W
Cliched, Fluffy, Quirky, Slight, Short

See it if You get a free ticket and you're a fan of any of the actors or if "pleasant enough" is good enough for you.

Don't see it if You're expecting a funny, full-formed play. There were a couple of genuine laughs but mostly a bunch of very forced mild chuckles.

Also This is the second show I've seen in the past week that was charging $... Read more Read less

75
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Smart, Slight

See it if You're gay, your appreciate top notch comedic timing, or you have any interest in solo performance.

Don't see it if You don't follow pop culture. An enormous number of the jokes are about very specific pop culture people/movies/etc. both past and present.

Also This isn't the show's fault, but the SoHo Playhouse is the absolute wo... Read more Read less

50
Dated, Disappointing, Raunchy, Clever, Indulgent

See it if You're a queer theatre completist or you like very alternative takes on classic plays.

Don't see it if You're expecting concise wit. This is a 75-minute show that runs for 100 minutes.

Also I just didn't think it was very funny. At all. What's more I was often... Read more Read less

25
The Last Match
Midtown W
Boring, Predictable, Formless, Pretentious, Disappointing

See it if You really like tennis and/or you're very forgiving.

Don't see it if You like a play that's about something, anything. I couldn't believe this was the 2nd production. It was so aimless.

Also I am shocked that a female playwright would give her two female charac... Read more Read less

90
For a previous production
Must see, Profound, Refreshing, Absorbing, Great singing

See it if You want to see a new American musical with an incredible score and fantastic performances.

Don't see it if You expect your musicals to be super happy all of the time.

70
Delightful, Dated, Romantic, Fluffy, Great dancing

See it if You want to experience the best dancing on Broadway. It's impossible not to swoon.

Don't see it if You need an original, interesting story to go along with the dancing. The show itself is super generic.

50
Trip of Love
Midtown W
Fluffy, Great staging, Entertaining, Confusing, Banal

See it if You want to see songs from the 60s that have nothing to do with each other performed with super high production value.

Don't see it if You want any sort of coherent plot, character development, or acting style. It's essentially a cruise ship revue.

89
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Delightful, Great singing

See it if You like good, old-fashioned gay high camp done right.

Don't see it if You're a grump who wants everything to be serious all of the time.

33
Stars in the Night
Midtown W
Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You're a fan of unique theatrical experiences and you can get a very cheap ticket.

Don't see it if You're expecting an immersive show similar to Punchdrunk or Third Rail's stuff. Or if the weather's bad that night.

Also This is billed as intimate and immersive. I'll give it the former. Our... Read more Read less

60
Resonant, Overrated, Disappointing, Refreshing, Indulgent

See it if You're tired of gay plays automatically being about white people with the same 2-3 problems.

Don't see it if You're expecting something truly new. Or you get frustrated when a historical play uses modern languages/attitudes.

Also The more I think about this one, the more I didn't like it. What a gia... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Dated, Great staging, Slow, Lush

See it if You love a big, classic, expensive looking musical.

Don't see it if You're expecting a production on the same level as past Sher triumphs like The King and I and South Pacific.

Also This was actually my first time ever seeing My Fair Lady and while thi... Read more Read less

90
Mlima's Tale
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if You like great acting, great writing, great everything.

Don't see it if For some reason you'd be put off by a show where a human being plays an elephant.

Also I thought this was just spectacular. It did a great job of making corr... Read more Read less

70
We Are A Masterpiece
East Village
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Slow, Resonant

See it if You're interested in a play that examines the early days of the AIDS crisis from a number of different angles.

Don't see it if You dislike depressing shows. There's some wonderful, unexpected humor, but it's still a 3-hour play about a very serious topic.

Also I thought this was a great play with great acting but terrible directi... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Cliched, Great singing, Delightful

See it if You grew up with the music and/or have even a passing interest in Carole King.

Don't see it if You're expecting a nuanced look at King's life. I thought the story overall was very generic.

Also There were so many hit songs of the day crammed into the second half o... Read more Read less

59
Dido of Idaho
Midtown W
Quirky, Intense, Refreshing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You wish there were more plays with complex, funny female characters.

Don't see it if You can't handle wild shifts in tone. This felt like the first draft of what will eventually be a great play.

Also The show started 15 minutes late and intermission was almost 30 minute... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like a good family dramedy.

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason.

Also This was really terrific. A lot of the humor is broad as scripted, but... Read more Read less

74
The Cult Play
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Slow

See it if You're interested in cults. I thought it did a really good job of exploring how seemingly rational people could join one.

Don't see it if You dislike intense subject matter, which is amplified by the small space.

Also This is a terrific 3-hour play that would've been absolutely riveting ... Read more Read less

44
Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Quirky, Great music

See it if You like podcasts. This felt like a live recording of a podcast. There was zero narrative action at all.

Don't see it if You hate experimental theatre or you need to understand everything that happens in a show.

Also I thought the 2nd half was infinitely better than the 1st half. The fe... Read more Read less

70
Sheila
Midtown W
Confusing, Great acting, Intense, Slow, Absorbing

See it if You like plays where something terrible is lurking just underneath the surface and you can tell something bad's going to happen.

Don't see it if You need a play where everything is spelled out for you. This is very opaque.

Also It's only 70 minutes and it takes 35 minutes of that to get going, but... Read more Read less

22
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Resonant

See it if You want a theatrical endurance test. Literally everyone around me fell asleep. Everyone. And it was not a matinee.

Don't see it if You value your time. I'm sorry, but there's just no positive way I can spin this.

Also I enjoy solo shows. I absolutely LOVE John Lithgow. This was a colossa... Read more Read less

70
Meteor Shower
Midtown W
Entertaining, Hilarious, Indulgent, Clever, Flimsy

See it if You like Amy Schumer, Keegan-Michael Key, or absurdist comedy in general.

Don't see it if You're hoping for a comic masterpiece. There are plenty of jokes here, but the play holding them together isn't great.

Also I thought all four performers were acting in different plays with diff... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Must see, Refreshing, Resonant, Delightful

See it if You enjoy unique theatrical experiences. It's unlike anything else: Part play, part art installation, and part living history.

Don't see it if You don't like interactive shows. You don't have to participate in any way, but the setting is very intimate and demands full engagement.

Also DON'T READ ANY OF THE FEATURES ON IT. Going in fully blind is the best... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Who's Holiday!
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy, Raunchy, Charming

See it if You're looking for a Christmas show with a little bite and a little backbone.

Don't see it if You dislike raunchy humor or you're expecting a major production.

Also I had a great time at this show, but it's 50 minutes long (not 75) and... Read more Read less

10
Confusing, Excruciating, Slow, Overlong, Indulgent

See it if You enjoy sloppily executed puppetry.

Don't see it if You value your time.

Also I think this might be the worst show I've seen this year. You could se... Read more Read less

79
Alaxsxa | Alaska
East Village
Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You have even a casual interest in Alaska or US history in general.

Don't see it if You're expecting a play. It's more of an episodic multimedia lecture.

Also The only reason I didn't rate it higher is that some of the vignettes ... Read more Read less

91
On the Verge
Soho/Tribeca
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You want a unique, unpredictable story with three strong female lead characters and a big streak of silliness.

Don't see it if You need everything in a show to make complete perfect sense. You find it difficult to get into Victorian language.

55
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Banal, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if You have kids that really want to go.

Don't see it if You're an adult with fond memories of the movie. There's nothing new to see here, and the parts they added aren't great.

60
Entertaining, Disappointing, Great dancing, Cliched, Dated

See it if You can't wait until Christmas to see the Rockettes do their thing.

Don't see it if You aren't ready for a very new Rockettes. It's weird seeing them outside the holidays. There was voguing. And giant rapping puppets.

79
The Crucible
Midtown W
Absorbing, Epic, Great staging, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You love watching terrific actors dig into one of the greatest American plays.

Don't see it if You dislike a bunch of extra stage tricks that aren't in the original script.