MinorTricksterDeity

New York City | 18-24 | Male
About:  Did we really need this?
Reviews (46)
63
During previews
Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Insipid, Great staging, Bad translation, Banal, Epic

See it if You want to see the work of Richard Jones, whose epic stagings are masterful.

Don't see it if You want, y'know, something that felt emotionally viable.

Also Jones' staging is exquisite - no one had any doubts about that. Shinn'... Read more Read less

90
Slava's Snowshow
Midtown W
Great staging, Dizzying, Enchanting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want some genuinely fun, absolutely intelligent yet playful theater. It's truly great.

Don't see it if You have no soul. You want "adult" fare. Bah, adult fare!

Also Slava Polunin's lovely quilt of the sad clowns that populate SLAVA'S S... Read more Read less

91
Epic, Great writing, Great staging, Brilliant, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a masterwork by a forgotten master. Like theater that features a diverse, all-female cast.

Don't see it if You're some kinda misogynist, don't like walking around the theater, need something straightforward.

Also Someone once described FEFU AND HER FRIENDS as a "metaphysical murder ... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Ambitious, Epic, Overlong, Sounds great, Absorbing

See it if You like Alanis Morissette. You enjoy jukeboxes. You like your musical theater fare to be contemporary and with music that sounds modern.

Don't see it if You don't want to deal with modern problems, have no patience for (mostly) white families being self-destructive, don't like jukeboxes.

Also JAGGED LITTLE PILL has a lot going for it. Tom Kitt's orchestrations a... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Great writing, Funny, Epic, Loving, Brutal

See it if You want a wide-in-scope, empathetic view on difficult lives in difficult places.

Don't see it if You need short, brief explanations. You need pure catharsis at the end.

Also HALFWAY BITCHES... is as Guirgis as it gets - a lot of fantastic insul... Read more Read less

83
Pumpgirl
Chelsea
Intense, Great writing, Edgy, Funny, Delightful

See it if You like Irish humour, want a dark story told in interesting ways, and some complicated characters.

Don't see it if You don't like gallows humor, unusual storytelling styles, or furniture on stage.

Also PUMPGIRL is a heck of a script, and the story - told through three, no... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Ambitious, Original, Resonant, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want a non-traditional, lushly scored chamber musical with deep emotional waves.

Don't see it if You need something more traditional. You don't like chamber shows. You need more than 2 people in the cast.

Also This was a genuinely interesting musical theater experiment. I don't g... Read more Read less

64
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Raunchy, Overrated, Great acting, Faux-woke, Dated

See it if You're really into Steppenwolf's acting style. You like Tracy Letts. You're older.

Don't see it if You're sick and tired of old, white man theater.

Also Did we really need a white liberal middle-aged dude centered in a play... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Insightful, Shavian, Creepy, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want a really smart, actually dexterous debate play.

Don't see it if You need your empathy sated.

Also Will Arbery's HEROES is, at its core, a deeply sympathetic and smart p... Read more Read less

76
Why?
Brooklyn
Fable-like, Unusual, Quirky, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You want to see the continuing work of Peter Brook and three great actors play on stage.

Don't see it if You need a set. Or something more lush in its design/dramaturgy.

Also It's an interesting experience - a mix of fable, ode to the theater, u... Read more Read less

76
Mojada
East Village
Classical, Great writing, Relevant, Epic, Slow

See it if You want an interesting update on Medea and an unflinching take on America's immigration stories.

Don't see it if You don't have a drop of empathy in your bones.

Also MOJADA is, firstly, a more subdued adaptation of Medea in terms of its... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Indulgent, American, Great staging, Disappointing, Overwrought

See it if You like contemporary restaging of classic work.

Don't see it if You want more from your Chekhov remixes and aren't a fan of well-produced mediocre scripts.

Also This could have been a great play, but it felt like it was piggybackin... Read more Read less

92
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
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
Fairview
Brooklyn
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
Passage
Soho/Tribeca
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
Continuity
Midtown W
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
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
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
Plano
East Village
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
The Appointment
East Village
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.

77
Devilish, Time-spanning, Epic, Meta, Audacious

See it if You want to see the rare revival of Tony Kushner's brilliant first play.

Don't see it if You want something short and sweet. It's a very cerebral, long work.

Also I have such mixed feelings about A BRIGHT ROOM... mostly because I can... Read more Read less

85
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great staging, Epic, Ambitious

See it if You want an epic masterstroke from a writer of uncompromising ambition, from a director with a truly, deeply loving staging.

Don't see it if You need something short. You have issues with gay stories (it's 2019, you should fucking not). You have no patience.

Also Okay, first and foremost - as much as I enjoyed THE INHERITANCE, I cou... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Lovely, Great singing, Old-fashioned, Adorable, Enchanting

See it if You want to see a treasure of Yiddish theater restored.

Don't see it if You need English. Or something more mature - it's essentially Jewish Cinderella.

74
During previews
The Thin Place
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Fluffy, Great staging, Spooky, Absorbing

See it if You like Lucas Hnath. You're very patient and are willing to wait for a payoff.

Don't see it if You dislike extra characters and overwriting. You can't handle being messed with by a play.

Also The work plays a lot like a Gothic thriller. The structure is very sim... Read more Read less

72
Quiet, Great writing, Bad staging, Meta, Clever

See it if You enjoy post-dramatic, quirky, heartwearming theater.

Don't see it if You need something....normal. You need a better take on this script than the current director's.

Also Will Eno's script is a charmer, and one of his most straightforward in... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Slow, Great staging, Wild, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see great adaptations of great novels. Like Thomas Ostermeier. Want a smart take on trauma.

Don't see it if You need English (it's supertitled).

Also I left History of Violence considering the ways this work chose to tel... Read more Read less

81
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Thrilling, Quick, Clever, Weird, Absorbing

See it if You want really interesting, no-frills theater.

Don't see it if You need an explained, long, purely visible arc.

Also IS THIS A ROOM benefits from the fact it doesn't try to pretend to be ... Read more Read less

69
During previews
TERRA FIRMA
Gramercy
Misfire, Thought-provoking, Interesting, Dense, Disappointing

See it if You want a fascinating situation staged clearly.

Don't see it if You want something less philosophy and more action.

Also TERRA FIRMA is a big play with big ideas but it suffers from the weigh... Read more Read less

85
Weepy, Consummate, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You like Great Actors Acting Well, love great writing and smart direction.

Don't see it if You don't like one-man shows. You have little heart. Need a bigger scope in terms of cast and set and storytelling.

Also Two really well-paired monologues by Simon Stephens and Nick Payne, ac... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Bad Penny
Soho/Tribeca
Fun, Unusual, Unexpected, Chaotic, Quirky

See it if You want really different, really fascinating theater.

Don't see it if You need something purely linear or straightforward. This is Mac Wellman, y'all, prepare for some joyous weird.

Also BAD PENNY is a fun one. The decision to take the show outside was a gr... Read more Read less

48
During previews
I Spy a Spy
Midtown W
Slow, Excruciating, Fluffy, Banal, Cliched

See it if You want a really okay, really hokey musical.

Don't see it if Just don't. It's overwritten, under-conceived, casually racist, and not worth it.

Also This is what happens when you want to tell an important, original stor... Read more Read less

74
Pathetic
Lower E Side
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
In the Green
Upper W Side
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
Lunch Bunch
East Village
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
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
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
Octet
Midtown W
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.