MikeRothstein

New York City

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Reviews (18)
80
During previews
Square Go
Midtown E
Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like very intimate theater with a small cast (2 actors), about adolescent boys. Funny at times, poignant at times.

Don't see it if You want big production values (no set at all). You have trouble with Scottish accents (I definitely missed bits of dialogue).

85
Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if You enjoy improvisational comedy and singing. You like silliness and are ok with the performers occasionally "breaking". You want to laugh

Don't see it if You don't like improv or musical theater numbers. You want a structured show.

78
Clever, Great acting, Funny

See it if Creative, well acted, not a comedy, but funny at times, not really scary, but scary/creepy at times. And a bit emotional at times.

Don't see it if You don't like stories about the supernatural, brief scary moments turn you off.

80
Stomp
East Village
Creative, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You enjoy rhythm, percussion and movement. You like hearing noise turned into music. You're ok with no plot, real music or dialogue.

Don't see it if You want a more standard show with acting and plot. You want instrumental music. You're sensitive to volume (at times it's pretty loud).

75
Clever, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy comedy about actors and the theater. You've done school or community theater, and can laugh at stereotypes of actors.

Don't see it if You're more interested in drama, you don't like broad stereotypes (stressed mom using theater as a release, amateur acting like a diva, etc)

78
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like direct and raw drama, and difficult and uncomfortable situations. You appreciate small productions (1 or 2 characters, no set)

Don't see it if You don't like confrontation and uncomfortable / awkward situations. You need to find all characters likable to enjoy a performance.

92
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Cliched, Great singing

See it if Very, very funny. The show is clever and funny, and while it makes fun of Mormonism, I though it had a touch of sweetness in doing so.

Don't see it if It's the South Park guys, so some of the humor is very raunchy. And it's portrayal of Africa was heavy on negative stereotypes.

85
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You enjoy musicals and lighthearted comedy.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, or you need big choruses to enjoy dance numbers. You're looking for a thought provoking show.

74
The Encounter
Midtown W
Ambitious, Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Technical marvel

See it if You like cool audio effects, you're interest in tribal culture and exploration.

Don't see it if You want straight narrative and lots of action.

75
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Intelligent, Intense, Great acting

See it if You enjoy a show about unrequited longing, you like great acting, you enjoyed Uncle Vanya.

Don't see it if You don't care for Chekov, or don't want to see an updated version of his work. You don't enjoy characters discussing their emotions.

75
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Soho/Tribeca
Fun, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy an interesting take on an old story. You like shows with minimal set design, which really rely on the actors to carry the show

Don't see it if You prefer big productions. You don't like seeing a single actor play multiple roles.

72
During previews
The White Devil
West Village
Entertaining, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You like 17th century theater done in modern garb, you don't need detailed set design, you enjoy Shakespearean dialogue.

Don't see it if You have trouble following that kind of language, you want traditional staging and set design.

81
Rap Guide to Evolution
Soho/Tribeca
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if You're interested in evolution and philosophy, enjoy serious information presented in song, and like parallels drawn between society and rap

Don't see it if You're don't like a serious subject like evolution presented in a humorous format, you don't want to hear a performer sing mostly though rap

75
God Shows Up
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Controversial

See it if You enjoy poking fun at religion, and particularly the hypocrisy of tv evangelists.

Don't see it if You believe in orthodox religion, and take religious scriptures literally. The portrayal of God in a comedic manner is unappealing to you.

78
Funny, Edgy, Raunchy

See it if If you liked Sex and the City, or even if you were passingly familiar with it. The parody of the characters is amusing.

Don't see it if If you really disliked the characters in the show, or if you don't know the show at all.

79
Operation Crucible
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like serious stories with strong acting, and accept minimal (really minimal) set design.

Don't see it if You need big production values, prefer comedies, have an aversion to dimly lit stages (portions of the show are in near darkness).

68
For a previous production
Clever, Dizzying, Funny, Repetitive

See it if You enjoy slapstick and farcical comedy, and silly humor. You like turning your brain off and enjoying some laughs.

Don't see it if You prefer drama, or more developed, non-physical comedy. You find repeated sight gags to grow tedious.

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You like well acted dramas and ambitious stage design.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with portrayals of people with emotional challenges / personality disorders.