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Reviews (218)
Thought-provoking, Slow, Profound, Banal, Ambitious

See it if Well constructed play as ably performed by Parker and directed by Cromer as the Rapp play allows

Don't see it if Rapp is a champion of the mildly interesting play of mildly interesting characters you mildly root for

During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Well-intentioned but flawed characters fill a dramady of midlife crisis and unmet expectations; solid acting, direction and playwriting

Don't see it if Main character is a flawed hero/antihero where empathy may not be easy and mar enjoyment of a somewhat predictable plot

Felix Starro
Midtown W
Atypical heritage, Great music/composition, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if rich and varied composition spanning all major past and present composers; bona-fide showstopper number, very good unknown cast

Don't see it if storyline stakes seem moderate at best; production values often get in the way of presentation, Tagalog-ism humor may ring hollow

Rinse, Repeat
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Strong acting across the cast; topic of diagnosed versus apparent illness is thought-provoking; tight 90 minutes

Don't see it if Perhaps too ambitious to pack everything in 90 minutes; subject matter may not be of interest with high closing melodrama

In the Green
Upper W Side
Great singing, Great staging, Confusing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Performance driven excellence almost overcomes obtuse dramatic structure

Don't see it if Often head scratchingly weird and unclear one will need to enjoy the musicianship to get through the piece

Thought-provoking, Overrated, Great acting, Dated, Ambitious

See it if Wonderful first class production with strong casting on paper who mine the pathos and humor with great skill

Don't see it if Sense that a longer run would make for a richer experience; another disappointing commercial run for a McNally classic

Long Lost
Midtown W
Predictable, Slow, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if Donald Margulies knows how to craft a drama and Daniel Sullivan ably directs a very good cast

Don't see it if The first 90% of the play is predictable and you may stop caring rooting for the cast when the play's point of difference shows up

Burn This
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Talented cast gets past characters who could easily fall into boring stereotypes; root for each of the characters despite their obvious flaw

Don't see it if Dialogue reflecting the prejudices of the 1980s can be jarring; Never really gets past the point of predictability

During previews
Great singing, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if The beauty of Shakespeare can inhabit what would be considered a n African-American flavor and be enhanced by its own inherent humor

Don't see it if Casting beyond the leads is hit or miss; obvious slapstick is often a missed opportunity rather than a hit

Profound, Great staging, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Advanced Placement musical theatre +10 points = 98 points for veteran theatregoers; crackerjack and versatile cast

Don't see it if Occasionally an acid trip and real rather than romantic - 10 = 78 points for novice theatregoers who should never choose this as 1st musical

All My Sons
Midtown W
Resonant, Intense, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Strong three leads and supporting cast; great set; intelligent direction

Don't see it if Does not quite solve the pinball nature of George in Act II

Intense, Great staging, Great singing, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if Epic story told with great love and care; superb casting top to bottom; multiple instances of tears of joy and sorrow for audience

Don't see it if Basis of story is a self-spoiler - singer-songwriter style may not be to everyone's liking

Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Funny, Great acting, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Guare's humor and expertise in fashioning complicated threads is unmatched; precision casting for comedy is accomplished

Don't see it if The white upper class experience of this memory play could have limited resonance and limit empathy for characters

Masterful, Great singing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Kelli O'Hara is a national treasure and can own a piece that may be incorrectly assumed is not in her wheelhouse. Amazing dancing & cast

Don't see it if does not measure up as a whole to the prior Mazzie/Mitchell production

The Cake
Midtown W
Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Smartly written and very funny; joyously getting to a more or less expected end; superb ensemble cast with wonderful chemistry

Don't see it if Largely predictable; while measured and equal in theory, playwright has an obvious viewpoint

Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Masterful, Resonant

See it if Good production for Sondheim/Prince completists as the crackerjack Fiasco does a Doyle-ization of MERRILLY which is more hits than misses

Don't see it if More a commentary on what can be done with six multitool actors than what should be done for a definitive MERRILLY production

King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great staging, Dizzying, Indulgent, Astounding

See it if Christiani Pitts and King Kong are amazing and rise above the material; engaging for younger audiences; more similar to Cirque shows

Don't see it if Music serves purpose as belting vehicle for Pitts but otherwise forgettable and varying styles are jarring; amusement park musical on sroids

Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Epic

See it if Original 3 Chers are epic and well cast; Cher fans will be brought back to all her eras; smartly conceived in 3-5 minute scenes

Don't see it if Broadway orchestrated Gregg Allman started Act 2 problems in book and concept that served Act 1 so well

During previews
Mies Julie
East Village
Ambitious, Great staging, Intense, Relevant, Riveting

See it if PREVIEW-Volatile and explosive cast up to the task of the physicality of the MISS JULIE play

Don't see it if PREVIEW-pacing for the first 1/3rd is uneven and South African accent often makes the dialogue difficult to understand

Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Excruciating, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if The true nature of the guest actor is revealed and hopefully it is positive; the underlying premise and story is very heartfelt

Don't see it if Moments of audience participation can run long and are often excruciating and frustrating; not choosing guest actor will be a mistake

Ambitious, Disappointing, Great staging, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if Dove Cameron SHINES in her NYC stage debut as Cher; casting, cast chemistry, singing and dancing chops uplift with a handful of scenes

Don't see it if ROCK OF AGES creatives have a more difficult time managing tone and humor; many awkward scene endings; more song misses due to new lyrics

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Profound

See it if So good that it respectfully makes you less interested in the controversy with Lee's estate; strong supporting cast powers with Daniels

Don't see it if Other than the structure there are no surprises for devotees; Greek chorus structure may seem a curious choice to some

The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great writing

See it if Superb ensemble cast; rich multidimensional characters; closing MacGuffin will not be guessed

Don't see it if You have a small bladder as there is one intermission and one pause in 3 hours and 15 minutes; interest in 1970s Ireland is helpful

Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Indulgent, Must see

See it if Titanic McTeer perfectly embodies Berhardt with lush physicality and spans the spectrum of emotions; strong supporting cast and lush set

Don't see it if Historical drama unfolds as one would expect with minimal surprises; characters need for adjusted Hamlet seems silly with current reality

Absorbing, Ambitious, Dated, Great singing, Resonant

See it if Remarkable casting; rich storytelling; smart use and styling of the Dylan song material

Don't see it if Most popular Dylan songs inspired audience members around me to sing along which is an obvious distraction; heavy story not for everyone

Thought-provoking, Profound, Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if Thoughtful direction and award-worthy portrayal makes for heartbreaking realism for plot situation

Don't see it if Intention of blurring what is real vs imagined is so effective it muddies the coherence of the one-act play

Riveting, Raunchy, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Stong lead cast serves Kander & Ebb score and lyrics with pizzaz

Don't see it if Disappointingly derivative of the recent Roundabout revival and does not have the budget or production values to measure up

Epic, Quirky, Great singing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Fans of the peerless lead cast and Jim Steinman will not be disappointed with the belted classic songs; many moments of tenderness as well

Don't see it if Will need to abandon any hope of a coherent plot and countless WTF moments from start to finish

The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Resonant, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Story and actor driven and well done on both accounts

Don't see it if minimal sets sets story forward which may not be one's idea of theatre; international setting assumes universality of story

Toni Stone
Midtown W
Refreshing, Masterful, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Most interesting when baseball is merely the framework of telling the individual story of Toni Stone - very good cast across the board

Don't see it if Enough baseball that if you are totally ignorant then there may be stretches that you might not care

During previews
Slow, Great staging, Great acting, Banal, Ambitious

See it if As good a production of CORIOLANOUS as one might see; Cake and Burton mine their characters to their best advantage

Don't see it if Definitive nature of Sullivan directed production shows the mediocrity of the play as teaching moments reflecting political divide are few

Excruciating, Funny, Delightful, Clever, Ambitious

See it if Superb cast gamely navigates the broad humor with verve and aplomb

Don't see it if Vaudvillian broad comedy is not your cup of tea

Indulgent, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Ms. Jackson and an MVP supporting cast deliver the goods; imaginatively conceived while keeping Ms. J safe amidst the chaos

Don't see it if Philip Glass music is evocative but overused and often too loud; minimalist sets seem economical with Broadway prices

Quirky, Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Lane, Nielsen and White expertly navigate the caustic, slapstick and touching script and staging

Don't see it if Titus Andronicus knowledge not necessary but helpful; strange ending may signal unclear idea on how to end play

Funny, Hilarious, Great singing, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if Best lead and support cast and all are given numbers which highlight their strengths; often laugh out loud funny

Don't see it if Amount of plot needed to complete story leads to a relentless frenetic energy without an organic path; Arguably assumes you saw movie

Midtown W
Great writing, Great staging, Dated, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if literally unbelievable set piece; strong performances by all; reflective of current tabloid news times

Don't see it if Inside-the-beltway subject matter would make it a waste of an evening to those who hate the subject of the play

Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Hilarious, Indulgent, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Best comedy book of a musical; superb casting up and down; adjustment of plot from movie was a smart choice

Don't see it if lyrics propel story forward but bet you cannot remember a song when you leave the theatre, no suspense due to movie

Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Each cast member is expertly cast and gets a chance to hit their number out of the park

Don't see it if Like eating dessert for 3 courses it can be a bit much madcap and double-entendre; similarCasey's direction of another high school angst sho

Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Masterful turns by Sturridge and Gyllenhaal with the challenging task of recounting troubling life events as a solo piece

Don't see it if Narratives seamlessly bounce back and forth in both pieces which can be confusing if one is not paying attention

Marys Seacole
Upper W Side
Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Current most talented ensemble cast in NYC expertly navigates scenes which range in time period and physical location

Don't see it if Like a series of fever dreams in a blender; requires audience will care enough to reflect upon all the scenes as a whole

Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Great writing, Delightful

See it if Surprisingly breezy and funny production of the Shepherd staple ably acted by Hawke Dano & supporting cast

Don't see it if The bickering between the brothers can be a bit much at multiple points of the script

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if richly written and sharply taut performances by an ensemble cast with believable high school characters coming of age

Don't see it if melodramatic moments are occasionally self-indulgent and it is often hard to hear Mr. Pendelton in the mezzanine

During previews
Ambitious, Etherial, Great acting, Great concept, Rabid-fan-ready

See it if The text of LMM is evocatively conveyed by a superb Ali Ewoldt; each character unique and heartfelt; ready for AofGG complete-ists

Don't see it if the concept of the four "greek chorus" dancers is conceptually interesting but ultimately a distraction in its current incarnation

Ambitious, Timely, Riveting, Edgy, Intense

See it if Cast is uniformly good; set up is designed to provoke discussion and avoid easy rote answers

Don't see it if Set up is purposefully in gray area which made feel more contrived and unsurprising in conclusion

Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Epic, Great acting, Great staging, Profound

See it if Lead and supporting cast excellence; explosive "Act I" is most engaging first hour; relevant to current events

Don't see it if story cannot sustain fiery pace; devotees of director Van Hove will see self-plagarization of staging techniques previously used

Great singing, Epic, Excruciating, Face-palming, Remote-seeking

See it if Ruben, Clay and the talented 5 supporting cast will blow past every musical expectation you may have set upon entering; music score = 100

Don't see it if Variety show fails miserably in Act 1 and has you reaching for the remote to change the channel; mercifully reduced schmaltz in Act 2

Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dated, Funny, Great acting

See it if Scoring for 3 acts is 75, 85, 95 with more weight to superbly nuanced 3rd act which makes this a must see for cast and script

Don't see it if so many over the top jokes in acts 1 and 2 almost make it seem like a different piece than the superb act 3

Ambitious, Banal, Entertaining, Disappointing, Dated

See it if Leads and support (Barks, Karl, Orfeh, Anderson) are individually spectacular; essentially a must-see for zealous fans of the movie

Don't see it if Script with zero surprises; Bryan Adams fans will recognize songwriting hooks which are hit or miss; audience seemed at most amused

During previews
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Hilarious, Must see

See it if Birbiglia is clearly a pro at solo show format; marries both storytelling with callback technique used by comics

Don't see it if Requires audience to have empathy for Birbiglia and his current story (no spoilers) which may not be as universal as producers may hope

My Parsifal Conductor
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Great acting, Historical, Timely, Thought-provoking

See it if Wonderful performances by all actors; best use of a limited set on an assumed limited budget; timely topics of bias; expert play construct

Don't see it if assumes working knowledge of Wagner and his works; barely compelling for those with Wagnerian knowledge