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Reviews (236)
Medea (BAM)
Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

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

Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

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

Refreshing, Masterful, Great singing, Funny, Delightful

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

Dark, Intense, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

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

Plodding, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

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

Masterful, Great staging, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

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

Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Unmagical, Clever, Great writing, Entertaining, Ambitious

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

Masterful, Dizzying, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

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

Disappointing, Entertaining, Cliched, Banal, Ambitious

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

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

Confusing, Great acting, Dizzying, Ambitious, Absorbing

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

Masterful, Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

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

Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Resonant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

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

During previews
Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Ambitious

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

Thought-provoking, Excruciating, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

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

Refreshing, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

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)

The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Indulgent, Raunchy, Dizzying, Enchanting, Ambitious

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

The Great Society
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

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

Thought-provoking, Masterful, Resonant, Profound, Ambitious

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

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