MinorTricksterDeity

New York City | 18-24 | Male
About:  Did we really need this?
Reviews (23)
74
Odd direction, Great writing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You want to see a horrifying, bloody take on girlhood.

Don't see it if You have issues with nudity, teenagers, goddess-summoning, or Sonic.

Also This really intriguing concept and fascinating staging and text would ... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Eh, Tiring, Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to hear some unusual orchestration/fascinating use of loop in musical theater scoring.

Don't see it if You want theater that has well-developed dramatic structure

Also I'm genuinely surprised at how disappointed I was. It felt like there ... Read more Read less

90
Relevant, Intelligent, Hilarious, Epic, Raw

See it if You like confrontational, funny, uncompromising theater.

Don't see it if You have issues with (very minor) audience participation, nudity, or blunt language about race and sex.

Also I'm firmly in the "if theater makes you uncomfortable, it's doing some... Read more Read less

85
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Hilarious, Delightful, Clever

See it if You like office comedies but with an intelligent, surreal twistiness.

Don't see it if You don't like office comedies with intelligence and surreal twistiness.

Also A great one-hour, hilariously constructed, bit-of-a-wallop of a play. ... Read more Read less

86
Slow, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Epic, Dated

See it if You want to see a fresh take on an American classic novel.

Don't see it if You want your Broadway fare to be more socially relevant and palpable.

Also Look, Aaron Sorkin's script is masterfully crafted and Bartlett Sher's... Read more Read less

90
Intelligent, Hilarious, Masterful, Great writing, Funny

See it if You want a good take on and interpretation of Chekhov.

Don't see it if You have no funny bone.

Also As a Russian-speaking person, I often find American & British interpre... Read more Read less

93
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You actually want to see a great musical that takes full advantage of what it can be.

Don't see it if You don't like sung-through shows or have no heart.

Also Hadestown has been a long time coming but it was worth the wait. It's ... Read more Read less

97
Great writing, Edgy, Dizzying, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want to see a genuinely interesting take on grief and mourning.

Don't see it if You don't like being aggravated emotionally in a theater.

Also I love Max Porter's book and Enda Walsh's direction and adaptation is ... Read more Read less

89
Epic, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to see relentless comedic tour-de-force acting and writing making you endlessly tickled yet scared.

Don't see it if You don't like gore. Or sex.

49
Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if You want to be bored even with stellar actors.

Don't see it if You like Anne Carson - the production does not do justice to her text at all.

75
During previews
Enchanting, Slow, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a very good example of how to adapt a rich source material into a faithful adaptation.

Don't see it if The musical kept feeling like it was holding it's breath but never letting go - the moments that should have taken us away didn't happen.

Also I think my main issue with this adaptation was that the enchanting but... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Great staging, Great singing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy great writing, deeply experimental yet accessible theater, and incredible staging.

Don't see it if You don't like a capella musicals, need a lot of plot to sustain your interest, prefer period over contemporary pieces.

92
Dizzying, Unforgiving, Truthful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Just go fucking see it.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with sex, queerness, race, or want conventional subject matter.

Also I'm really happy this show exists. It breaks all the taboos of subject... Read more Read less

87
Unusual, Slow, Relevant, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You want something to chew on.

Don't see it if You need theater that explains itself immediately to you.

Also I have to say this and this is the best way I can articulate this, as ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Silly, Romantic, Weird staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like to see Shakespeare done-up in the best way Shakespeare can with some amazing performances.

Don't see it if You aren't willing to stick out a 2.5 hour Shakespearean comedy.

Also First things first, for whatever the reason I have never been the bigg... Read more Read less

87
Riveting, Raunchy, Intense, Absorbing, Bracing

See it if You want to see newer, brighter takes on Shakespeare. Also Glenda Jackson.

Don't see it if You don't like more imagistic, less naturalistic takes on Shakespeare. And if you can't handle 3.5 hours of straight material.

Also King Lear is considered a mountaintop for actors and Glenda Jackson is... Read more Read less

87
Great staging, Dated, Exquisite, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You want lushly realized, very well-staged musical classics.

Don't see it if You want the sexual and gender politics to be up to date, because albeit one coup d'theatre, it may go over older people's heads.

Also Let me be honest and say that I have a really genuine fondness for 'My... Read more Read less

82
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Epic, Absorbing, Enchanting

See it if You want intelligent, thoughtful meditations on deep sociocultural traumas embedded in us all.

Don't see it if You need very linear, very clear theater and have no patience for philosophical discourse or metatheatrics

Also First things first, Christopher Chen is an amazing playwright, but thi... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Funny, Slow, Great staging, Quirky, Clever

See it if You like shows that are funny until they're not.

Don't see it if You like your comedy to be of the quick, harmless variety.

Also If you blindfolded me and told me to guess who wrote this play, Bess W... Read more Read less

88
Relevant, Great staging, Intelligent, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You want to see some prime avant-garde staging from a brilliant, deeply thoughtful director.

Don't see it if You have some bizarre vendetta against camera work.

Also Prime adaptable material gets a prime adaptation from Lee Hall & Ivo v... Read more Read less

83
Refreshing, Masterful, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You like deeply strange, unusual takes on social power structures.

Don't see it if You get frightened or have no patience for absurdist, Pirandello-ish imagery

85
Raunchy, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy socially relevant, irreverent, no-punches-pulled theater with a zany, diverse score.

Don't see it if You like your theater more entertaining than socially conscious or have little patience for fringey, experimental work.

68
Ambitious, Great staging, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy genre theater, want to see a play written by a fresh, deeply original voice.

Don't see it if The play kinda suffers from a lot of ambition and ideas but too little dramaturgical space, albeit great performances and direction.