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Reviews (243)
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing
June 8th, 2017

See it if Altomare shines as our heroine, Peil provides (only) gravitas, Bolton and O'Connor never fail to delight, Act 2 mini-Swan Lake is masterful

Don't see it if Can be fairly pinned as a teenage girl chick-musical; light and breezy dilutes the drama of Karmloo's alleged danger

Absorbing, Ambitious, Funny, Great singing, Profound
June 8th, 2017

See it if Grabs audience from start to finish; all parts wonderfully cast and flower before your eyes as show progresses; Platt award worthy

Don't see it if Can be argued that the lie was justified which may require dialogue of teen family members in school and younger

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Hilarious, Refreshing
June 8th, 2017

See it if Midler, Pierce and superb cast deliver in every way you would desire; Carlyle staging and choreography is inventive and expert

Don't see it if Midler's Dolly will deftly mug for the audience because she can; some sets are splendid some drops look so cheap you wonder where the $ went

During previews
Ambitious, Entertaining, Indulgent, Relevant, Thought-provoking
June 8th, 2017

See it if US politics influence will engage audiences to pay attention; Elizabeth Marvel as Antony is an inspired choice, 2 hours/1 act was correct

Don't see it if Trump inspiration only goes so far to engage audience as source materials shortcoming in second half can only be minimized, not eliminated

Midtown W
Ambitious, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Heavy, Entertaining
June 4th, 2017

See it if Osnes is sparkling, Leavel & Ellis provide necessary comic relief; love the live music being performed on stage, Cott shows off multi-talent

Don't see it if Tragic start and early plot heaviness make for a dour first act; good finish makes me wish it was told from the perspective of Julia not Tom

Ambitious, Dated, Great singing, Great staging, Intense
June 2nd, 2017

See it if Briones terrier-like portrayal is fun but Noblezada is the star as she equals the purity of voice and portrayal seen with original Salonga

Don't see it if As big a Brit-invasion musical as it ever was as the original production; Ellen's Act 2 solo is still problematic with 3rd version

Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Profound, Resonant
May 27th, 2017

See it if nary a peep or cough in a full house for the duration is a credit to the playwright, ensemble cast and creatives; Mays and Ehle are great

Don't see it if don't see if if you don't care for foreign policy or historical drama

During previews
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing, Hilarious
May 24th, 2017

See it if McGrath, Testa, Hammer nail their multifaceted performances; amazing set; great staging; potential to be scored an 88 [seen in Previews]

Don't see it if Farce is hard; the cast easily has the potential but not quite there and still trying things at my performance

Entertaining, Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Chintzy
May 22nd, 2017

See it if Exceptional cast led by Borle; Oompa Lumpas and Veruca Salt dance scene are masterful; has great heart and fun for 9-13 year olds

Don't see it if production values seem more for the road than a first-class Broadway production; maze scene looks like a high school summer stock scene

Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging
May 18th, 2017

See it if stylized revival with a talented cast anchored by Allison Janney commenary on race, fame, social mobility, wealth etc still relevant today

Don't see it if intentional over the top direction may not be a favorite for Cromer naturalism; no intermission so plan bathroom breaks accordingly

War Paint
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating, Great singing, Overrated
May 18th, 2017

See it if Ebersole and LuPone elevate every song and scene from awful and decent to good and great; final scene with both stars is best scene so stay

Don't see it if heavy handed with forgettable music; plot cattiness is often humorous (thank god) may not meet cast quality expectations

Ambitious, Banal, Hilarious, Quirky, Masterful
May 16th, 2017

See it if spare staging requires the spicy performance from a pitch-perfect cast; multiple instances of laugh-out loud humor is unexpected

Don't see it if Can often feel like a gathering of ADH characters on Dr. Phil/Maury/Oprah rather than the assumed intention of the future lives of ADH

Absorbing, Hilarious, Masterful, Resonant, Entertaining
May 2nd, 2017

See it if Best ensemble on Bway evokes laughs and tears in this moving and foot-stomping musical with an overabundance of empathetic heart

Don't see it if highly functional songs are not particularly memorable save for the Jenn Colella showstopper

Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant
May 1st, 2017

See it if Paula Vogel shows off her amazing ability to evoke empathy for multiple characters and push story along with a high number of scenes

Don't see it if Unclear whether audiences will be moved to hear a historical play about a play/playwright who is not a household name

Present Laughter
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Refreshing
May 1st, 2017

See it if Kevin Kline and a perfect cast knock all of Noel Cowards single and double entendres as if they were set on a golf tee

Don't see it if Enjoyable romp is like eating a four course dessert which may not be weighty enough for those looking for dramatic heft

Enchanting, Clever, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Raunchy
May 1st, 2017

See it if Marisa Tomei leads a first rate cast; Sarah Ruhl continues to explore the sexual awakening of her characters

Don't see it if The fantastical often occurs in the play

Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Hilarious, Clever
April 26th, 2017

See it if finds its own unique footing halfway through first act and takes off; great chemistry between Karl and Doss; inventively staged

Don't see it if Tracks with the movie so the only surprises are ballads for Nancy and Ned to serve as relief and plot devices

Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Masterful, Profound
April 23rd, 2017

See it if Pitch perfect revival with powerhouse leads in Ashford and Gyllenhaal imaginatively directed by Sarna Lapine

Don't see it if Sadly has ended its limited run - wish it had a slightly larger orchestra

The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Epic, Resonant
April 23rd, 2017

See it if Staged and portrayed with specific stylization to suit the scope of the staging within the space; superb cast and directorial conception

Don't see it if Can imagine that O'Neill's crucial dialogue can get lost in space depending upon one's seat

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Resonant
April 23rd, 2017

See it if "Blue" cast was exquisite in a definitive production that shows the timelessness of the story despite being set in period

Don't see it if You will be tempted to see both blue and green casts which might be too much heartbreak for one Tony Award season

Midtown W
Ambitious, Enchanting, Great staging, Quirky, Romantic
April 23rd, 2017

See it if Wonderfully quirky streamlined plot version of the movie with a winning Philippa Soo and talented supporting cast; "chick-flicky" & romantic

Don't see it if Similarly makes as little sense as its movie namesake; while songs serve the musical functionally I couldn't remember one song afterwards

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Profound, Thought-provoking
April 15th, 2017

See it if Casting choices by director Gold may seem jarring at first but it gives previously unexplored motivations for all characters; superb cast

Don't see it if No intermission means rest room strategy is necessary; subtle acting may not reach to rear of theatre

Bull in a China Shop
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Profound
April 15th, 2017

See it if Endi Graham matches the charisma one would expect from Woolsey; humor sprinkled through play is a relief

Don't see it if play does not hold up to the minimalist staging; one memory scene is not obvious at first and pushed the play off the rails for a moment

If I Forget
Midtown W
Great acting, Intense, Profound, Ambitious
April 2nd, 2017

See it if The universality of siblings dealing with taking care of parents and children as well as their own lives is universal; top cast & direction

Don't see it if Fantastical plot twists can be much; subject matter will affect audience differently depending upon own empathy for subject

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging
April 1st, 2017

See it if Proximity to wonderful cast allows for a nuance not typical from the majority of SWEENEY productions; pre-show pie is a fun audience hit

Don't see it if The majority of seats will require twisting/turning/shifting for those who want to see all actions; perhaps not the ideal first-ever ST

Midtown W
Ambitious, Confusing, Edgy, Great staging, Great acting
March 29th, 2017

See it if Confrontational dialogue and stark reality of the dissolution of middle America reflected by a talented cast sounds like an evening out

Don't see it if Cold stark reality does not provide escapism typically branded on Broadway; blame seems to be on Wall Street whether you agree or not

Ambitious, Cliched, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking
March 29th, 2017

See it if star casting delivers drama, comedy and catharsis in all the right places

Don't see it if Much bluster over dramatic reveals that do not seem to warrant such bluster

Significant Other
Midtown W
Banal, Entertaining, Disappointing, Great acting, Excruciating
March 4th, 2017

See it if Superb cast; Barbara Barrie needs to be everyone's grandma; artful construction and character arcs of main and lead supporting characters

Don't see it if Appreciated play more after seeing at earlier Pels run but still represents the shrill and bitchy kind of show that turns me off

Big River
Midtown W
Delightful, Ambitious, Hilarious, Resonant, Great staging
February 12th, 2017

See it if Bravo Encores & director De Bessonet with another fully realized ready-to-transfer production; multiple touching moments from a talentedcast

Don't see it if book is faithful to the Twain text which has multiple cringeworthy moments being faithful to the America of that moment

Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging
February 11th, 2017

See it if Close unleashes with gusto; newby Brit supporting leads are universally superb and worthy of Tony nominations; actual orchestra is nice

Don't see it if "Sunset Blvd if Encores had 5x the budget" may feel chintzy if you saw the original; music in between blockbuster songs remains forgetable

During previews
Ambitious, Dizzying, Intelligent, Confusing, Potentially-cinematic
February 9th, 2017

See it if Dystopian Orwellian settings interest you; incisive dialogue delivered by a talented cast; could be basis of a compelling cinematic film

Don't see it if Part stark thriller, part George Segal 1970s comedy, it is obscure on purpose where everyone is gray and you are sure what/who to root for

Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Profound
February 9th, 2017

See it if expert cast and direction; dialogue like a mature jazzy wine; each character has a full story to share

Don't see it if epilogue drags on longer than it should

During previews
The Liar
East Village
Enchanting, Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Refreshing
January 22nd, 2017

See it if breezy farce in verse with a winning cast who expertly navigate the comedic and touching romantic story

Don't see it if iambic pentameter makes you break out in hives; much like eating a giant ice cream sundae, the sweetness level can be relentless

The Babylon Line
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging
January 20th, 2017

See it if The suburban middle class gathering setup belies the rich character studies created by Greenberg and imaginative staging by Kinney

Don't see it if <spoiler> there is a line that suggests a link to another Greenberg play - the thought of a trilogy took me out for 1 minute

Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Throwback
January 18th, 2017

See it if Nick Cordero, wonderful book, wonderful staging, superb direction (nuance everywhere), great principal debut by Richard H. Blake

Don't see it if Like an engine that misfires every 15 minutes it never really stays on track; Sporadic brillance all night

Ambitious, Entertaining, Quirky, Fluffy, Great dancing
January 12th, 2017

See it if Bryce Pinkham, Megan Sikora, dance numbers (jump rope!), Anna Louizos sets - most of all the Irving Berlin music

Don't see it if Book/story keeps falling into waist-high potholes which left me daydreaming/nappinng/etc (still worth watching via BroadwayInHD broadcast)

Midtown W
Absorbing, Dated, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging
December 25th, 2016

See it if David Rockwell's set qualifies as part of the fantastic cast which maximizes all of the positives in this wonderful piece; 2nd Act moving

Don't see it if Specter of HIV/AIDS does not have the terror today as during the original Broadway production and somewhat blunts Act 2 power

Great acting, Intense, Slow, Must see, Thought-provoking
December 21st, 2016

See it if McTeer & Schreiber and supporting cast are wonderful in a "text-heavy, scenery-light" production the ultimately delivers in Act II

Don't see it if Surprisingly tepid to at the start - audience must trust that the arc of the production will ultimately hit its mark (it does)

Enchanting, Entertaining, Confusing, Masterful, Riveting
December 15th, 2016

See it if Imaginative transfer from tent-version that is often joyous and masterful; Groban and Benton shine; Chavkin's direction is masterful

Don't see it if Lyrics can often be banal explanations of plot; at best, only two songs of note

Sweet Charity
Midtown W
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Masterful, Resonant
December 11th, 2016

See it if Sut Foster is superb navigating the funny, touching, sad and triumphant journey of CHARITY; talented support doubling/tripling roles

Don't see it if No negatives other than the limited run and possibility it may not transfer or see another life

Midtown W
Clever, Masterful, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting
November 26th, 2016

See it if Sarah Jones is masterful in her portrayal of her grab bag of characters. Funny, touching and thought-provoking

Don't see it if "Plot" is a thin framework to allow for the delivery of all the characters seen in the evening

During previews
In Transit
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great staging
November 25th, 2016

See it if Multitalented five-tool cast deftly acts and sings in a New York City-centric a-cappella musical showing NYCers trying to make it in NYC

Don't see it if multiple story lines resolve to varying degrees; a-cappella all the time may be a turn-off; very NYC-centric jokes may be missed by suburbia

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Remarkable
November 23rd, 2016

See it if multitalented Brown entertains as well as informs in a live version of his TV programs; ability to react to audience members is key

Don't see it if Audience participants were great/good for my performance; a bad choice might end up as a bad segment

Resonant, Masterful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Enchanting
November 20th, 2016

See it if Touchingly presented, fresh and familiar - runs the gamut of emotions from start to finish - all the leads are exquisite

Don't see it if You are not a fan of the show or H. Schecter's choreography in general

The Encounter
Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying, Indulgent, Masterful
November 14th, 2016

See it if Performance piece meets "book on tape" meets video game; solo (with sound assist) tour de force

Don't see it if MacIntyre story weaves between real and imagined and perhaps ultimately irrelevant which is a disappointment

The Front Page
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great acting, Refreshing
November 10th, 2016

See it if All-star cast, wonderful direction, great set

Don't see it if The inevitable plot wrapup is lacking in suspense, Slattery's MAD MEN role provides an out of context laugh for those in the know

During previews
This Day Forward
Disappointing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Maddening, Falls short
November 5th, 2016

See it if Holley Fain and Joe Tippett shine; Beautiful sets; Nicky Silver dialogue as playfully funny and biting as ever; 10 points more with time

Don't see it if PREVIEW! was rooting for NONE of the characters; curtain came down to silence as so much was left unresolved; high expectations not met

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Masterful
November 3rd, 2016

See it if Jewel of Company XIV repertory with Charlotte Bydwell lending her many talents to support and enhance the story as MC; beautiful choreograph

Don't see it if Irondale Center seating can be tight and uncomfortable in chairs; follows a standard Company XIV format so no surprises for veterans

East Village
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Resonant, Profound
November 3rd, 2016

See it if Rachel Weisz inhabits Susan with intensity and pathos; wonderful supporting cast

Don't see it if Scenes can be so abstract that the timeline jumps are more confusing than the script allows

That Physics Show
Midtown W
Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Scientific, Engaging
October 29th, 2016

See it if elementary through junior high science minded kids will love the nonstop demonstrations; David Maiullo smartly motors through the demos

Don't see it if science is not an interest; Elektra Theatre's terrible sightlines are an injustice to some of the demonstrations