Milton

Van Nuys | 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 (57)
90
During previews
Absorbing, Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

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.

91
During previews
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting

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.

52
Disappointing, Excruciating, Great acting

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.

94
Great writing, Great staging, Extraordinary re-imagining, Solid acting, Must see

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.

69
Overrated, Disappointing

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.

96
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

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.

95
Great acting, Great singing, Clever, Refreshing

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.

92
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great theater, Thought-provoking

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.

96
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing

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.

75
Clever, Strong writing, Entertaining, Shaky acting

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

90
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Clever, Funny, Surprising

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.

70
Wonderful music, Noble effort, Solid

See it if you see everything Sondheim and are happy to hear it live.

Don't see it if you saw the original and are expecting a revelation. Jake is a generous actor, but twitchy and no Mandy. She's fine, but no Bernadette.

75
Disappointing, Great singing, Just okay, Nothing special

See it if you've never seen a production or if you can forgive bad production concepts. Miss Foster, however, is wonderful as is the rest of the cast.

Don't see it if you're expecting to see an inventive reimagined concept. It's really pretty tacky - and replacing the Fosse choreography was a huge mistake.

60
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Banal

See it if you see everything and don't make demands that a play is extraordinary. Very mediocre. Director and actors didn't understand it.

Don't see it if you expect the actors and director to bring more to a play than intelligent line readings. Not a great play, but not helped by director.

99
During previews
Masterful, Original, Must see, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if beautifully paced theater with depth and great acting. I took 6 college students, their first Bway play. They, too, were thrilled.

Don't see it if you would rather not have to think when you go to the theater. Although the play is quite funny, it's not a play for sitting back uninvolved

98
For a previous production
Absorbing, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if Thrilling theater. In a world drowning in war and misunderstanding, Oslo offers no solution, but throws in our faces exactly the problem.

Don't see it if you like to sit back in the theater and not think, just be entertained. Not for you.

60
Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if interesting directorial concepts are your thing. If you know the original and are curious how to make it work with seven actors and no set.

Don't see it if you're expecting a revelation of this overwhelming Ibsen work. The production mostly just reminds you what the plot is.

88
Resonant, Great acting, Riveting, Intense

See it if you're open to a play slowly taking hold of you. First act is slightly disjoined, probably because of film, but second act takes off.

Don't see it if you want to see a remake of the film.

88
Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing, Smart

See it if beautifully paced Restoration Comedy. Extremely clever dialogue from a period where there was snappy dialogue. Wonderful ensemble of actors.

Don't see it if you like to just sit back and be entertained. This kind of comedy takes concentration to keep up with the subtleties.

100
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Great writing, Must see

See it if you're thrilled by the idea of a brave adaptation that gives great insights to a classic. Stunning production and concept. I saw it twice.

Don't see it if you want your Chekhov served up in a traditional fashion.

95
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Original

See it if Mark Rylance is masterful in this beautifully paced piece of theater. As is the rest of the cast. Simple reflections on life.

Don't see it if you're expecting Jerusalem or Richard III. Totally different set of actor muscles from Mr. Rylance.

89
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you are thrilled by extremely nuanced acting and are hungry for Eugene O'Neill's writing. Beautifully surprising character choice.

Don't see it if you go to the theater to be simply entertained. This is a play that requires the audience to be completely involved with the characters.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you are open to a fresh insight into this classic Chekhov. Acting is superb and the director's concept opens the play to new revelations.

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional reading of this play. This is not a museum piece.

75
During previews
Great writing, Disappointing

See it if you want to see Ed Harris show you what acting looks like. Ms. Madigan is refreshing in the part of the wife.

Don't see it if you expect clarity in this play. There is no real sense of what the play is about. Also couple of huge missteps with casting.

69
Entertaining, Funny, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy an evening where often obscure musical [mostly Sondheim] references amuse you. Very sit-com performances. Enjoyable, but thats it

Don't see it if you're looking for an evening of sophisticated gay wit or insights into gay culture.

88
Clever, Ambitious, Refreshing, Quirky

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.

60
Disappointing, Overrated, Indulgent

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.

88
Great writing, Inconsistent,, Great acting, Not great acting, Great staging

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!

95
During previews
Masterful, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

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.

94
Great acting, Clever, Absorbing, Riveting, Masterful

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.

60
During previews
Great writing, Disappointing, Indulgent

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.

79
Intelligent, Absorbing, Great writing, Relevant

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.

56
During previews
Disappointing, Raunchy, Ambitious

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.

88
During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Resonant

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.

88
Great writing, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

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.

95
Riveting, Resonant, Intense, Great staging, Great acting

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.

96
During previews
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if you are looking for a great, inventive version of this brilliant piece of theater. A true revelation and a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Don't see it if it makes you nervous having actors near the audience.

25
Disappointing, Excruciating, Banal

See it if you get joy out of watching wonderful shows destroyed.

Don't see it if you have wonderful memories of your past when life was slow and oh so mellow. Left at intermission, trying to hold onto a sliver of old joy.

97
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you want an evening of extraordinary theater. Powerful play, beautifully acted.

Don't see it if you're looking for mindless entertainment.

95
Resonant, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Original

See it if the play is disturbing. So often plays have a happy family and shows the lies beneath the appearance. Nothing is going well from the outset.

Don't see it if you go to the theater to be merely entertained. This one shocks you because it's beautifully written comedy and then hopelessness sets in.

88
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you want to see an important play in theater history done with great clarity. And still it manages to be a wonderful evening in the theater.

Don't see it if being intellectually stimulated bothers you.

75
Great acting

See it if Rupert Everett gives a masterful performance. A couple of the other actors are quite strong as well. Interesting idea to explore, but ...

Don't see it if you're expecting an in depth exploration of Oscar Wilde and his obsession with his lover. Impossible task to approximate dialogue of Wilde.

20
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated, Terrible acting

See it if you don't mind indulgent acting, minimizing the brilliance of this play or direction that clearly has no concept in mind at all. Infuriating

Don't see it if you want insight into a great play. You will want to yell at an audience taken in by mediocrity. Scary to think this is on Broadway. Awful

65
Disappointing, Indulgent, Uneven acting

See it if it doesn't bother you to have a great, brilliant opening scene and then have a really good idea dwindle away. Four strong performances.

Don't see it if inconsistent acting bothers you. A couple of the actors are completely unbelievable, doing bad musical performances. A couple are brilliant.

65
Disappointing, Overrated, Great writing, Mediocre

See it if you like seeing any Shanley play and can see there is probably a play behind the superficial production.

Don't see it if you're expecting to believe the hype. I found the performances very disappointing. Really didn't believe any of them were in this play.

80
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Sterile, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in events that show a very dark side of humanity. Very few people know about these experiments and they're terrifying.

Don't see it if you are looking for subtle, nuanced writing. The play covers the material in a very "then this happened" manner. I missed the horror of it.

88
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy very accessible, normal people in problem areas of sexual preference. Great looking production that is flawlessly paced.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with sexual situations.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Original, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy smart writing with well developed characters and a fascinating theme, very freshly done. Such a talented writer.

Don't see it if you go to the theater to simply be entertained and don't like having your mind challenged.

75
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Brits doing shakespeare, Overrated

See it if you want to hear clear diction and sometimes clarity of the Shakespeare text. Also if you enjoy watching experimental concepts, not working.

Don't see it if you're expecting a revelation. Presumably women prisoners doing Shakespeare, but the prison is never believable - and Shakespeare only okay

82
During previews
Entertaining

See it if you like borderline camp. Tone is just right for the piece. Not too serious, but enough to keep you interested. Totally surprised.

Don't see it if you are expecting a re-do of the movie. This is its own entity.