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Reviews (34)
The Terrifying
Lower E Side
Riveting, Quirky, Intense, Dizzying, Delightful

See it if You're interested in baroque language and fear. You can take pleasure in unusual, off-beat acting styles. You love amazing sound design.

Don't see it if You need naturalism in your theatre. You can't look past some bad acting and poor lighting design. You dislike jumpscares and/or malaprops.

Entertaining, Indulgent, Quirky, Slow, Confusing

See it if You're in the mood for some mostly fun, occasionally immersive theatre with charming energetic actors and lively music.

Don't see it if You like your performances heartfelt and truthfilled. You will be put to sleep by whiskey in a warm dark room. You need shows to make sense.

During previews
Anna Christie
East Village
Tender, Melodramatic, Uneven, Intelligent, Enchanting

See it if You want to see some tender heartfelt performances by the older actors in the cast. You love O'Neill and the magic of the sea.

Don't see it if You are turned off by overly pronounced diction. You expect a convincing love story. You have an Irish dialect or are familiar with one.

During previews
The Encounter
Midtown W
Ambitious, Masterful, Must see, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You're interested in a masterclass in storytelling married to a radical experiment in aural theatre. You want to live the best podcast ever.

Don't see it if You are put off by being asked to be involved in the show. You fear the experimental. You need big casts or a set that looks like real life.

Tumacho (2016)
East Village
Quirky, Funny, Indulgent, Original, Refreshing

See it if You don't mind theatre that takes big silly, weird swings. You like country music, and think swollen tongues are hysterical.

Don't see it if You can't handle the fact that 40% of the play is a hot mess and the plot isn't much, even though the rest is great fun.

The Woodsman
Midtown W
Romantic, Enchanting, Naive, Saccharine, Simple

See it if You're game for enthusiastic young actors playing naively and jubilantly with some very old theatrical traditions, puppetry and dumbshow.

Don't see it if You're looking for depth and complexity of character, or metaphors that come to mean more as the story progresses. The sweetness can cloy.

Shear Madness
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if You are drunk and you find people not behaving like humans funny. You like to shout at the stage. You think topical humor is a jets jersey.

Don't see it if You want a real mystery- whoever you think did it, did it. You want characters. You want a plot. You want intelligence or humor or tact.

Entertaining, Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Resonant

See it if You want a fun, feel-good musical and don't care too much about plot or character development.

Don't see it if You care a bunch about the fact that the lead doesn't really have a dramatic journey.

The Honeycomb Trilogy
West Village
Refreshing, Intense, Indulgent, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see epic sci-fi onstage, and don't mind a little melodrama.

Don't see it if You can't sit through one horribly acted play to get to a better one.

Sleep No More
Enchanting, Confusing, Exquisite, Indulgent, Original

See it if You like experiential abstract dance-art, you are interested in exploring the minutiae of design, you like dark mysterious sexy things.

Don't see it if You don't like climbing stairs. You need a plot. You are easily angered by people pushing and crowding. You fear strobe-lit baby orgies.

Raunchy, Relevant, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like a good belly laugh, stupid sweet characters, fellatio gags, songs about tossing salads and sex with God, hot women in masks, & poo.

Don't see it if You plan on voting for Donald Trump. You dislike vulgarity.

Cliched, Entertaining, Absorbing, Intense, Romantic

See it if You want to see one of the great actors take on one of the great roles for his type. Danny Burstein is phenomenal. He makes the part his.

Don't see it if You cannot handle a more traditional musical. You are particularly sensitive to gender politics.

Dizzying, Indulgent, Original, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if You already deeply understand Midsummer and want to see a somewhat deconstructed take with some very big choices.

Don't see it if You are unfamiliar with this play or you hate Marlon Brando impressions. Or if you really expect all the choices to, yknow, make sense.

Henry V
Banal, Epic, Quirky, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like the notion of a rag-tag, slightly uneven group of amateurs as "flat unraised spirits" in this mostly well-directed play.

Don't see it if You need your Shakespeare well-spoken... at least in English; the French scene is great! You want to laugh in Eastcheap, or to root for Hal.

Marjorie Prime
Midtown W
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in some great acting and are interested in a theatre of ideas. You have experienced familial loss.

Don't see it if Even soft sci-fi turns you off. You abhor the color sea-foam.

Hand to God
Midtown W
Great acting, Masterful, Cliched, Funny, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a virtuosic performance by an incredible actor and his sock puppet, and you appreciate vulgarity.

Don't see it if you're looking for a play that actually says anything about the world or you're easily offended.

For a previous production
Old Hats
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if you like clown and want to laugh with your friends or your whole family.

Don't see it if you need a strong narrative arc or a lot of darkness in your theatre.

The Present
Midtown W
Great acting, Intense, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You want to see Cate Blanchett do great work in a smallish supporting role. You are curious about new translations/cuts of proto-Chekhov.

Don't see it if You fear melodrama. You dislike sudden endings. Gunshots startle you. You feel that Chekhov should be funny, physical, and vital.

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if You are looking for a play both thoroughly entertaining and effortlessly thought-provoking, with great language and a stellar cast.

Don't see it if You don't like stories about people, or you don't like straight plays, or you can't tolerate swearing.

Dizzying, Masterful, Silly, Sloppy, Funny

See it if You like improv and silliness, and want to see some virtuosic comedians at the height of their powers. You appreciate the spirit of "play".

Don't see it if You are easily annoyed by the "cheeky chappy" archetype. You like your theatre slick and smart. You expect fancy production values.

ChipandGus (FringeNYC)
Intelligent, Entertaining, Funny, Cliched, Melodramatic

See it if You're interested in seeing some really clever quick paced vaudeville mixed amongst sporadically dramatic acting in service of an ok story.

Don't see it if You are uninterested in melodramatic plot twists. You are made uncomfortable by mild homophobia and mild objectification of women.

Muddled, Insipid, Quirky, Overpromised, One-note

See it if You'd enjoy an evening in a beautiful cemetery & don't mind a hefty price tag, some excessively eager tour guides, and Christian conversion.

Don't see it if You want actors playing different objectives from one another, dislike religious dogma being snuck into your theatre, and seek coherent art.

The Crucible
Midtown W
Dizzying, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if You want a gripping, well-thought-out revival of a beautiful play, with some daring symbolic touches, but a razor-sharp focus on story.

Don't see it if Some may not love the modern clothes, the slightly-built Proctor, or the hints that the devil could exist, but the show surpasses quibbling.

Ambitious, Epic, Masterful, Intense, Profound

See it if You want a big sweeping musical that tackles big ideas in a sometimes broad, sentimental way, but always treats its characters with respect.

Don't see it if You are a very cynical person or your tastes run more Classical than Romantic.

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a well written play acted well.

Don't see it if You are sick of cynicism or the living-room drama.

War Horse
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Cliched, Excruciating, Insipid, Overrated

See it if You are prepared to be blown away by some of the most beautiful puppetry you've ever seen.

Don't see it if You like non-presentational acting.

Overrated, Intense, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You are really into high concept, director driven theatre, you are already very familiar with the play, you want to see Mark Strong kill it.

Don't see it if You want Rodolfo to be cast appropriately. You are bothered by people standing and sitting at random times and in odd patterns distracting.

Upper W Side
Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated, Quirky, Slow

See it if You didn't get to see Fiasco's production and want a Cliff Notes' version. Or you're related to someone who worked on it.

Don't see it if You value actors who talk to one another rather than merely themselves.

Enchanting, Great acting, Epic, Fluffy, Romantic

See it if Hoon Lee is still in it. Seriously... I've seen it several times and if you see it with him, you will see a smart King that matches Anna.

Don't see it if The movie star is back in the role. Though he has charisma for days, he speaks the part phonetically, and a lot is lost.

For a previous production
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Great staging

See it if You want to be delighted with an anarchically staged but emotionally honest take on a classic. You like leading actors who are alacritous.

Don't see it if You are a fuddy-duddy and expect a period parlor-room. You are hoping to see a soldier-like Colonel Brandon; this is the show's great flaw.

Henry IV
Ambitious, Confusing, Intense, Raunchy, Overrated

See it if You are interested in seeing some masterful women play roles they are not normally afforded. You enjoy meta-theatrical devices.

Don't see it if You expect to fully understand the dynamics of the "play without a play" of the female prisoners themselves.

Cut Throat
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if You've really have never heard about how difficult it is to find a school for your kid in NYC or you're friends of one of the actors.

Don't see it if You want a play that is written well about a subject of interest.

Then She Fell
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if you're game to have a totally curated weird one-of-a-kind experience.

Don't see it if You are afraid of the dark, are overly cynical, or hate walking.

Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Original, Riveting, Edgy, Refreshing

See it if You are interested in contemporary musicals, history, hip-hop, incredibly talented and athletic ensemble members, and something new.

Don't see it if You hate rap or people of color. You think musicals should all sound the same, or are a stickler for period-appropriate productions.