Milton

New York City | 65+ | Male
About:  I'm an avid theater-goer. I've been a producer in both film and theater, a director and a teacher. I've been going to New York theater since the summer of 1964 and have easily seen over a thousand New York productions.
Reviews (85)
93
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing
June 6th, 2022

See it if you like a play that spends time watching a character go through a extraordinarily personal struggle.e

Don't see it if you like an easy ride in the theater.

98
Riveting, Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Great singing
May 1st, 2022

See it if You want a total theater experience. Completely unexpected. Brilliant theater!

Don't see it if Your idea of theater is glorified television.

92
Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Dark, Masterful, Refreshing, Great acting, Great writing
April 29th, 2022

See it if you like dark, off-beat comedies. A comedy about a hangman. Not run of the mill subject matter. Brilliant ensemble of actors. such a joy.

Don't see it if you have difficulty with extremely thick accents. It takes a while for the American ear to adjust.

29
During previews
Insipid, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing
April 22nd, 2022

See it if you want to see what could be called an unconventional approach to a play.

Don't see it if You like clear productions that have something to say.

94
Bach & Sons
London Bridge
Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing
March 30th, 2022

See it if you applaud inventive directing and brilliant acting. Fascinating play that explores the complex Johann Sebastian Bach and his relationships

Don't see it if you're not very cultured and have no affection for the complex mind of a genius.

80
Leopoldstadt
West End
Profound, Great writing, Disappointing, Confusing, Absorbing
March 30th, 2022

See it if you can swim through the muddled direction to get to the brilliance of the play. Truly profound, even though the production isn't clear.

Don't see it if you expect the genius of Tom Stoppard to easily shine through. It's definitely hard going.

94
Surprise treat, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful
March 30th, 2022

See it if you want to be delighted by an inventive reading of Cinderella story. It's great fun and terrific music. Wasn't expecting much, but loved it

Don't see it if if hot shirtless men offend you - or if you're not willing to let go a little.

Also I wasn't expecting much, since I'm not a great Andrew fan ... but this... Read more Read less

92
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting
March 23rd, 2022

See it if you like comedy that has something going on underneath. If you saw the original this version has much more depth.

Don't see it if you're bothered by full male nudity.

95
Kimberly Akimbo
Chelsea
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever
January 4th, 2022

See it if you love a really nice story, with some wonderful performers and great music.

Don't see it if you expect Act II to be as good as Act 1, but with it for Act 1.

86
Relevant, Refreshing, Profound, Intelligent, Great writing
November 11th, 2021

See it if you enjoy brilliant writing and thinking and can swim through some mediocre acting to get to it. Karen Ziemba as Mrs. Warren is genius.

Don't see it if you're not in the mood to think.

88
Gnit
Brooklyn
Inventive, Quirky, Great writing, Great acting, Clever
November 11th, 2021

See it if you are intrigued with Will Eno as a writer and love his warped sensibility. He keeps you attentive to his view of the world.

Don't see it if you want theater that is dead on and clear and you don't have to think so much. This is deftly a play that require audience attention.

90
Inventive, Strong acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing
October 24th, 2021

See it if you are intrigued with the FBI beyond television shows. It's scary how much they know about you. And how quickly they piece together info.

Don't see it if you just want to be entertained. You'll be both intrigued and angry.

76
Sanctuary City
West Village
Gimmicky, Good acting, Unfocused, Disappointing
September 27th, 2021

See it if you don't mind having the plot manipulate you down a misleading road to an important subject.

Don't see it if you're expecting to see what the NY Times saw. The play is all over the place. I think the director thought it was about the plot, not theme

72
Bad acting, Great singing, Great dancing, Ambitious, Disappointing
March 7th, 2020

See it if you like special effects and the music well performed, but don't care about whether or not the story comes through.

Don't see it if you expect to get a story ... or expect to believe anything on stage. You leave aware of the special effects, but not the musical.

65
Overrated, Disappointing
December 27th, 2019

See it if you don't mind seeing a fairly decent play, performed without focus as to what the play is about.

Don't see it if you expect a revelation of some sort.

80
Great writing, Great acting, Clever
December 27th, 2019

See it if you enjoy a well-paced, solidly acted Alan Ayckbourn play. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Don't see it if you need big sets. This is a very condensed production

51
Great acting, Overrated, Disappointing
December 19th, 2019

See it if you don't mind having an important subject trivialized or if you don't mind swimming through a ridiculous premise to get to some good acting

Don't see it if are hopeful that there will be a revelation of some kind.

Also There are some strong performances nestled in the midst of a very anno... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Wonderful music, Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining
December 1st, 2019

See it if you like a review without a plot and great songs well performed. Beautifully acted songs with singers who know what the songs are about.

Don't see it if you demand extremely produced musicals. Sound is okay, but not great.

100
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing
November 8th, 2019

See it if you want a complete theater experience. It's the sort of piece that comes along almost never. Overwhelming.

Don't see it if if you like mindless theater.

60
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing
October 26th, 2019

See it if you are interested in what Tracy Letts has done next and enjoy sitcom performances of real issues.

Don't see it if you like anything profound with your comedy. Or if the audience screaming laughter at obvious jokes makes you crazy.

91
Dublin Carol
Chelsea
Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing
October 6th, 2019

See it if You like quality writing and like watching actors bite their teeth into good material.

Don't see it if you like happy endings.

89
Why?
Brooklyn
Quirky, Riveting, Intelligent, Absorbing
September 28th, 2019

See it if you're interested in what a genius writer/director is experimenting with at the moment. It's fascinating to see him at this time of life.

Don't see it if you like a linear, traditional piece of theatre. This is definitely not that.

92
During previews
Solid production, Intelligent, Great acting
September 19th, 2019

See it if you like solid, confident acting from two old pros who love being on stage together. Makes you happy to go to the theatre.

Don't see it if you are expecting a revelatory play. It's not that. It shares the same world as "The Other Place" and "Woman in Mind," but it's not either.

89
Refreshing music, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever
July 1st, 2019

See it if you enjoy getting in on the ground floor of new, talented song writers. Much of it is extremely inventive.

Don't see it if you can't take on board some rough patches that come from the work of new writers.

75
Working: A Musical
Midtown W
Orchestration issues, Sound issues, Disappointing
June 30th, 2019

See it if you're happy to revisit a meaningful show, but only want to hear the songs.

Don't see it if you expect fantastic voice and a revelation about the piece. Orchestrations are not great and the sound balance is off.

60
Dying City
Midtown W
Misguided production, Mediocre acting, Disappointing, Great writing
June 29th, 2019

See it if you are able to see through mediocre acting and find a strong play.

Don't see it if you expect for actors to come up to the quality of the writing or you expect New York actors to be solid performers.

68
Long Lost
Midtown W
Disappointing, Bad directing, Bad acting, Great writing
June 16th, 2019

See it if you have the ability to look beyond a production and see the play. I think it's a good play, but the actors have basically earned nothing.

Don't see it if you want to see a good and satisfying evening of theater. This was really frustrating. It's probably a good play, but the actors don't help.

94
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Great theater, Great writing, Great acting, Refreshing, Intelligent
June 8th, 2019

See it if you like extremely inventive, creative reimagining of Chekhov. Very alive and engaging. Great evening in the theater.

Don't see it if you want something traditional

90
During previews
Imagining Madoff
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
March 5th, 2019

See it if you're fascinated with the mental state of someone who is charming and dangerous. Because it's imagined, it has genuine bite. Not a bio-play

Don't see it if you like theater that doesn't force you to be mentally engaged – or makes you think.

88
Clever, Ambitious, Refreshing, Quirky
November 19th, 2018

See it if you enjoy really brave, fun theatre that pushes the edge of the envelope. Extremely inventive with some wonderful performances.

Don't see it if If you're looking for something extremely traditional. This is slightly off-the-wall, as one would expect from the genius of Kurt Vonnegut.

91
During previews
The Hard Problem
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting
November 18th, 2018

See it if you like theatre that is stimulating and forces you to pay attention. Beautifully realized production.

Don't see it if you go to the theatre to escape. This one keeps you thinking.

60
Disappointing, Overrated, Indulgent
November 9th, 2018

See it if You like hearing the words repeated with intelligence. Like visiting an old friend.

Don't see it if you're expected some kind of revelation. There's no relationship between the characters. Form without content. "Clever" line readings only.

52
Disappointing, Excruciating, Great acting
June 8th, 2018

See it if you'll see anything from Russia.

Don't see it if you have memories of the Maly Theatre Company's Brothers and Sisters. I have no idea why they did this. Wonderful actors with no play.

88
Great writing, Inconsistent,, Great acting, Not great acting, Great staging
May 21st, 2018

See it if you can handle both a brilliant performance and a couple of indulgent performances. The play shines through, even with spotty acting.

Don't see it if you demand a flawless production. I'm not sure it's possible to do this play. I saw Olivier and he missed it. But damn what a play!

94
Great writing, Great staging, Extraordinary re-imagining, Solid acting, Must see
May 6th, 2018

See it if you want to see a riveting 7-1/2 hours of theater. Andrew gets performanc-y in Part 2, but what a play! Once in a lifetime opportunity.

Don't see it if you ... actually there's no reason not to see it. We don't really do epic theater that often, especially theater with this kind of content.

95
During previews
Travesties
Midtown W
Masterful, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent
April 1st, 2018

See it if you love brilliant theatre, genius writing and a stunning production. A rare treat.

Don't see it if you like to think. This play is not fluff entertainment.

69
Yerma
Upper E Side
Overrated, Disappointing
March 29th, 2018

See it if you like British accents and enjoy form over content.

Don't see it if you are expecting an in-depth exploration of the Lorca source material. It's fairly predictable. The acting is earnest British histrionic.

94
Harry Clarke
West Village
Great acting, Clever, Absorbing, Riveting, Masterful
March 23rd, 2018

See it if like watching a great actor pull out all the stops.

Don't see it if you like a lot of production or don't like a one-man show.

96
During previews
queens
Upper W Side
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
March 4th, 2018

See it if you like theatre with something to say and a beautifully structured play.

Don't see it if you just like to be entertained.

60
During previews
Great writing, Disappointing, Indulgent
February 11th, 2018

See it if you can sense great writing, even though the acting and directing don't service the play.

Don't see it if you want to see a definitive production of these two great plays.

95
Great acting, Great singing, Clever, Refreshing
February 11th, 2018

See it if You love to see a great actor flexing his chops. Mark Rylance is a treasure and shouldn't be missed.

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to see it.

79
Intelligent, Absorbing, Great writing, Relevant
November 2nd, 2017

See it if you're okay with mixed quality of acting for a really strong script. Overall a very respectable rendering of the play.

Don't see it if you saw the play when it first opened and you are expecting a similar experience.

92
During previews
Arcadia (PTP)
Chelsea
Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great theater, Thought-provoking
July 17th, 2017

See it if like theater that's stimulating and requires an audience to think. Also, if you love Stoppard's brilliant use of language.

Don't see it if you don't like to think when you go to a play or if you just go to the theater to be entertained. Very entertaining, but you must think.

56
During previews
Afterglow
Midtown W
Disappointing, Raunchy, Ambitious
June 15th, 2017

See it if you like male nudity. Solid acting for fairly uninspired writing.

Don't see it if you are looking for an unexpected revelation about a 3-way relationship. There is nothing you don't know or haven't guessed.

96
Indecent
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing
May 25th, 2017

See it if you love a total theater experience. One of the most inventive plays I've seen in the past ten years. Stunning theater.

Don't see it if you are anti-semitic or homophobic.

88
During previews
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Resonant
May 25th, 2017

See it if you are interested in strong, gifted directorial statements. Excellent adaptation of the novel.

Don't see it if you like linear, easy to follow plays.

75
Gently Down the Stream
East Village
Clever, Strong writing, Entertaining, Shaky acting
April 30th, 2017

See it if you can see smart writing behind performances that don't service the play. It's a better play than is on the stage.

Don't see it if you go nuts when actors play the comedy and entertain the audience, rather than get the pain behind the funny lines.

Also It's a really strong play. I just found Harvey Fierstein's unrelenting... Read more Read less

88
Great writing, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting
April 30th, 2017

See it if You want to see an actress soar with a part. Well paced and the play comes through. Really smart play.

Don't see it if You're unforgiving about directors who like you to notice their directorial hand. The younger actors miss the pain behind the lines.

90
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Clever, Funny, Surprising
April 22nd, 2017

See it if love great writing and extremely smart acting. Never thought this idea would work and I was thrilled with the evening.

Don't see it if can't think of a reason not to see it. Laurie Metcalf is a treasure and Jayne Houdyshell should be in a play as often as possible.

95
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Riveting, Resonant, Intense, Great staging, Great acting
April 16th, 2017

See it if you're thrilled with the idea of epic theater. Genuinely inventive directorial contribution to a great play.

Don't see it if you like more conventional theater.