MIGUEL 6089

New York City | 50-64 | Male
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Reviews (243)
94
Dana H. (Broadway)
Midtown W
Riveting, Profound, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
December 12th, 2021

See it if Another slow unfold where the matter-of-factness in the personal horror makes the play even more intense

Don't see it if single-person dramas or stories of intense violation are troubling trigger points

88
Intense, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing
December 12th, 2021

See it if Slowly engrossing with facts doled out like little nuggets along the way until you are in for the sadly unsurprising ride

Don't see it if Will seem totally inconsequential at first

79
Entertaining, Ambitious, Witty, Great staging, Flawed
December 12th, 2021

See it if If reality shows are your thing, the bitchy intrigue of the storyline will suit you; leads and ensemble are all capable and shine

Don't see it if Flaw was conceptually to try and cover so much ground and lack of drama as each point in history is landmarked

91
Great singing, Resonant, Profound, Entertaining, Absorbing
December 12th, 2021

See it if spirited revival with casting quality equal to original; relevant themes of class and race; strong dramatic arc

Don't see it if will not leave humming any musical motifs

89
Profound, Hilarious, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
December 12th, 2021

See it if Character names are represenational of the parts in more dimensionality to show diversity and conflict in and out of AA community

Don't see it if no negatives - everyone should see this play despite lack of above the title names

86
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great staging, Humorous, Predictable, Great acting, Clever
December 12th, 2021

See it if Well constructed dramedy with usual Nottage blue-collar perspective with surprising stage magic touches and a capable cast

Don't see it if plot outcome will be unsurprising

93
Great acting, Resonant, Masterful, Ambitious, Absorbing
December 12th, 2021

See it if you want to see three master actors span generations, multiple characters to spin the humble beginnings of a grain company into a powerhouse

Don't see it if three hours and 30 minutes is a difficult ask even for a masterpiece in one of the least comfortable theatres on Broadway

89
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing
March 11th, 2020

See it if Contemporary take pulls no punches as characters go for the jugular verbally and physically

Don't see it if Stone mimicks van Hove projection shtick which adds and subtracts to immediacy of the actions

83
Confusing, Great acting, Dizzying, Ambitious, Absorbing
March 11th, 2020

See it if Compelling journey of three generations grappling with debilitating depression and suicidal thoughts; searing leads and supporting actors

Don't see it if simultaneous scenes and overlapping dialogue often leads to loss of narrative for one of the three storylines

90
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever
February 18th, 2020

See it if Expert cast mines nuances and complexity beyond the written word; unexpected; surprising; true to life

Don't see it if Family drama and selfishness/seeming selflessness may be irritating to some

87
Masterful, Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing
February 7th, 2020

See it if Profound journey starting from a single event and flowering open to see a portrait of an individual and her immediate family

Don't see it if Difficult to get a ticket at this point; unclear if a solo monologue in the theatre is everyone's cup of tea

95
Refreshing, Masterful, Great singing, Funny, Delightful
January 7th, 2020

See it if Dream cast of Groff Borle & Blanchard makes for an unforgettable experience

Don't see it if Blanchard seems to be channeling Zellweiger doing Garland but in the end it works as a character arc

92
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Resonant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
December 31st, 2019

See it if Judith Ivey & Edmund Donovan highlight a touching play about regret, second chances and stark reality; Amazing set and writing by Hunter

Don't see it if Disappearing small towns in remote areas my not be appealing; hard luck reality is unrelenting despite plot surprises

93
Dark, Intense, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing
December 16th, 2019

See it if fans of Alanis and/or Jagged will not be disappointed; deft integration of lyrics to storyline; fierce cast matches music & direction

Don't see it if plot can feel relentlessly dark so non-Alanis/Jagged fans or those looking for throwback happy musicals should consider carefully

93
During previews
Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Ambitious
December 11th, 2019

See it if Multimedia, pseudo-variety show structured homage to (mostly) Cole Porter through the jazz lens of the multi-tooled HCJ

Don't see it if A little bit of everything entertainment against the wall may not stick for HCJ musical purists

74
Plodding, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious
December 6th, 2019

See it if Some great moments of writing and strong ensemble cast

Don't see it if Feels like an incomplete chapter of a larger work with pieces missing/out of context

71
Thought-provoking, Excruciating, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious
December 6th, 2019

See it if strongest ensemble cast in NYC with Estelle Parsons at 92 (mic drop) imaginative set and direction

Don't see it if remove all the production values and you have a yammering play that few will care to see despite the timeliness of the subject matter

94
Masterful, Great staging, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever
November 27th, 2019

See it if A wondefully uplifting XmasCarolBway with liberal doses of music, delight and joy with a surprising cast that works magic

Don't see it if Don't see it if you are in fact a Scrooge and do not want to be uplifted for the 2019 holiday season

91
Refreshing, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful
November 15th, 2019

See it if A cabaret-performance-movement (Annie-B Parsons) concert tour through Talking Heads/David Byrne catalog with great joy and effervescence

Don't see it if One could not be a fan of the music catalog or be annoyed by the person(s) in front of them standing up and dancing (which is encouraged)

81
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Unmagical, Clever, Great writing, Entertaining, Ambitious
November 13th, 2019

See it if The cleverest book and lyrics given the source material; winning and talented cast; all the humor is nailed by cast; great score

Don't see it if Storyline severely diminishes the weight of the Scottish play storyline

81
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Indulgent, Raunchy, Dizzying, Enchanting, Ambitious
November 6th, 2019

See it if Tomei and Elliott have remarkable comedic chemistry in a rollicking second act

Don't see it if Act I is a hearty mess of mediocre Williams that must be survived to get to the richness of Act II

88
Masterful, Dizzying, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing
October 28th, 2019

See it if Brown has a deft showmanship to spotlight has remarkable gifts and I enjoyed the show more than expected

Don't see it if Prospective audience members should read on existing press for show so they are aware of the show the will be attending

79
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious
October 26th, 2019

See it if Expert cast navigates multiple roles for a time of upheaval and less sexy than ALL THE WAY; political resonance mirrors current news

Don't see it if Minimal feel-good moments as the weight of actual events causes a similar drag in the work

68
Disappointing, Entertaining, Cliched, Banal, Ambitious
October 26th, 2019

See it if Expertly constructed, elicts wide range of drama to comedy, wonderfully talented cast

Don't see it if To paraphrase an actual line "This all feels like bullshit" permeated my thoughts for final 2/3rds of the play

87
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Resonant, Profound, Ambitious
October 25th, 2019

See it if Anchored by an amazing Steven Skybell, an earnest andcapable cast navigates the work as a close to first class production

Don't see it if Spareness of the production may disappoint some who would expect more from a New York City based production

77
Thought-provoking, Slow, Profound, Banal, Ambitious
October 17th, 2019

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

86
Thought-provoking, Profound, Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing
October 17th, 2019

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

87
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing
September 29th, 2019

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

77
Riveting, Raunchy, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious
September 14th, 2019

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

78
Felix Starro
Midtown W
Atypical heritage, Great music/composition, Entertaining, Ambitious
September 12th, 2019

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

76
Epic, Quirky, Great singing, Confusing, Ambitious
September 2nd, 2019

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

78
Rinse, Repeat
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious
August 23rd, 2019

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

86
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Resonant, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
August 15th, 2019

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

77
In the Green
Upper W Side
Great singing, Great staging, Confusing, Ambitious, Absorbing
August 15th, 2019

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

83
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Refreshing, Masterful, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
August 15th, 2019

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

81
Thought-provoking, Overrated, Great acting, Dated, Ambitious
July 26th, 2019

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

74
During previews
Slow, Great staging, Great acting, Banal, Ambitious
July 23rd, 2019

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

70
Long Lost
Midtown W
Predictable, Slow, Great acting, Disappointing
June 16th, 2019

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

74
Excruciating, Funny, Delightful, Clever, Ambitious
June 16th, 2019

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

94
Burn This
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing
June 7th, 2019

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

88
Indulgent, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
May 31st, 2019

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

88
During previews
Great singing, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious
May 26th, 2019

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

87
Quirky, Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious
May 26th, 2019

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

88
Profound, Great staging, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing
May 9th, 2019

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

84
Funny, Hilarious, Great singing, Dizzying, Ambitious
May 8th, 2019

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

88
All My Sons
Midtown W
Resonant, Intense, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing
May 8th, 2019

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

83
Ink
Midtown W
Great writing, Great staging, Dated, Ambitious, Absorbing
May 2nd, 2019

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

96
Intense, Great staging, Great singing, Exquisite, Absorbing
May 2nd, 2019

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

88
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Hilarious, Indulgent, Entertaining, Funny
May 2nd, 2019

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

82
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Funny, Great acting, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious
May 2nd, 2019

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