Mitch

Manhattan | 65+ | Male
About:  A wide variety of entertainment work, but never a performer. Worked with amazing people like Joe Papp, Hal Prince, Denzel Washington, Donna McKechnie, Gary Sinese, Stephen Sondheim, Randy Skinner, James Lapine, Village People & more through my company MW Entertainment Group. www.MWEntGroup.com
Reviews (95)
65
Awkwardly done, Mediocre in almost every way, Theme park kiddie show, Disappointing, Soul-less

See it if you like paying a lot of money for a mediocre theme-park story with one famous song (good voices).

Don't see it if well...just don't.

83
During previews
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Tom kail, travis wahl, alex lacamoire, joshua henry- wow!, Simplistic uninspired plot, Strong leading voices, Not an ounce of humor, Disappointing

See it if good inventive pop music with a simplistic plot is enuf: Black man framed by white husband of girl he screws is convicted & dies. That's it.

Don't see it if you care about clearly hearing more than 30% of the lyrics and if you want to care about the characters.

78
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
A mix of scifi and fancy, Some humor, some darkness, Likeable, Simplistic musical related to macbeth, Cute

See it if if you liked Starmites, Be More Chill and other not-so-deep musicals. Based on Macbeth and the creation of McDonald's it should be more fun.

Don't see it if if you want more than just a few good hearty laughs. Not fanciful enough and not insightful enough.

83
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Not quite successful, Edgy, Funny, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like "angst" musicals, this one about a "fat black gay" man who is writing a show about writing a musical. Funny & powerful sometimes.

Don't see it if strong language, gay sexual themes, & the effects of his family's Christian anti-gay doctrine.

94
Delightful, Uplifting, Great writing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if a 115-minute musical comedy about a small town of warm, kind Canadians showed travelers how we ought to respond to the Sept 11 attacks.

Don't see it if you are too jaded to appreciate good kind-hearted people singing and dancing with kindness in their hearts.

86
During previews
Seinfeld-esque (plenty about nothing), Study of a relationship, Intelligent, Great direction, Great acting

See it if you love to watch two absolutely amazing actors perform a gentle story of injured people learning to share their pain and calling it love.

Don't see it if you expect a play of consequence. This is at most a 'character study' starring 2 great actors (Audra,Shannon) making each moment believable.

82
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Male half of lead role is not likeable, Generally good but not great, Enjoyable, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want a pleasant musical with some extremely funny lines and enjoyable musical numbers based on a movie plot.

Don't see it if you want something totally original and full of surprises with spectacle and originality.

80
Glory!
Lower E Side
Unimportant, Fun, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like a clever fun story about older sisters with two wonderful actresses (and a surprisingly good male actor too).

Don't see it if you need purpose or relevance beyond a good surprise and well-thought-out characters.

91
During previews
Enjoyable, Good book, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you have a sense of humor about death, and like refreshing musical comedy numbers with a touch of heart -some fun magic too.

Don't see it if you didn't like the film although it's just different enough from the film to feel "new".

90
During previews
Great soundtrack, Nostalgic fun, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like Motown era songs, and quality jukebox shows "Jersey Boys" and "Beautiful". Too much narration & not enough dramatic action.

Don't see it if you don't know and like the Motown music (shame on you) or you don't care about pop/R&B music history.

80
Interesting, Thought-provoking, Well-directed, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you value long-lost female-written plays from an earlier time but with relevant themes comparing religious fads vs deep conviction. 90 min.

Don't see it if you have no interest in a one-room old-fashioned family drama with only one major concern: dancing as a tool of the devil.

84
Entertaining, Emotional at times, An effort at times, Well-acted, Really good production

See it if you like solid musicals and you don't mind "reading a musical" (in super-titles). It's in Yiddish. Part gimmic, part authenticity.

Don't see it if you've seen Fiddler too many times, you have trouble reading a script while watching a show, you don't care.

86
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, A quick 3 hours, Not quite as good as the original

See it if your taste likes a combo of humor and provocation in extraordinary writing. Good cast but the extra-powerful need for love is missing.

Don't see it if you can't sit thru 3 hours of gay-themed family issues, even with lots of laughs. It's a good revival of an extraordinary play.

90
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Moving

See it if you like well-written characters, emotional situations told thru a new lens, and a playwright who actually cares about everyone in his play.

Don't see it if you can't handle gay themes even when told with heart and intelligence.

83
Enjoyable, Mostly funny, Silly & sometimes profound, Gay themed, Good cast

See it if you are open to a weird combination of fun, often very funny and silly, with serious themes of gay acceptance, musical with dancing kids.

Don't see it if you bring hate and homophobia with you and don't like traditional musicals.

80
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Resonant, Good stand-up, Thought-provoking

See it if you like stand-up about cynical (and funny) family issues

Don't see it if if you want more than a good Netflix comedy special

72
Days to Come
Midtown W
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Dated, Uneven

See it if you're interested in the works of Lillian Hellman. Though this is very uneven and soap-opera-like, it will keep you involved.

Don't see it if you want more than a 1930s story of a small-town strike w/ cliched goons vs union organizers, rich vs poor, & deep personal secrets for all.

76
Enjoyable, Disappointing, Good singing, Uneven sound, Bad sightlines upstairs

See it if you love Donna Summer songs and don't mind a lot of exposition and very little emotional content about an interesting woman.

Don't see it if you want more than superficial mention of abuse, suicide and her famous anti-gay remarks. Warning:Blocked view of downstage from upstairs!

79
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Unimportant, Enjoyable

See it if you loved Mamma Mia! and like Go-Go's pop music. Fun choreography, some laughs, and a strong LGBT message.

Don't see it if you want substance, great theater songs, and a meaningful plot. This is just fluff with a twist.

65
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Fluffy, Uninspired, Mostly good acting, Some nice melodies, Sophomoric

See it if you like Shakespearean spoofs that don't quite make you laugh and music that doesn't quite make you feel with mostly good singer/actors.

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical with more than 2-dimensional characters that you might care about.

76
During previews
The Gentleman Caller
West Village
Thought-provoking, Informative, Entertaining, Good acting, Not sure what it wanted to say

See it if you are interested in Tennessee Williams, William Inge, their lives and how they influenced each other. Also if you like gay-oriented shows.

Don't see it if you don't like gay-themed shows about real people.

69
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you like the music of Marisa Michelson and like "experimental" musical theater.

Don't see it if you want a cohesive plot and script and want to care about the characters. It won't happen.

90
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Funny, Unique

See it if you like extreme satire of both Springer's America and opera itself. A great ensemble, interesting music, and a weird plot.

Don't see it if you don't like being hit over the head with political and social satire set to music.

88
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Lots of fun, Sometimes silly, Sometimes slick

See it if you can suspend your city cynicism for silly fun, good character performances, tons of props and surprising stagecraft and OK music.

Don't see it if you expect "theater" with a capital T. This is more clever than Aladdin but nowhere near Tennesse Williams.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Riveting, Relevant

See it if you like a well-directed, well-acted, well-written play. I can't think of a better cast for this solid drama.

Don't see it if tough language and ideas bother you.

90
During previews
Great direction, Challenging, Disturbing but entertaining, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you enjoy plays that make your mind work hard while keeping you engrossed throughout. Good laughs & many disturbing ideas worth exploring.

Don't see it if you can't sit for 2 hrs 10 min without an intermission and are afraid to confront racial and sexual issues in our society.

89
Judy garland's early life, Gorgeous musical arrangements, Great lead & ensemble, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like movie star biopics with clever re-purposing of Judy Garland's many hit songs. For those who remember her and the studio system.

Don't see it if you have no idea who she is, the people in her career and what she is famous for.

85
Classic, Good all-around, Enjoyable, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you've never read the book or seen the movie. It's important. Otherwise, it's a well-told but not-necessary expensive ticket.

Don't see it if you are well-versed in the original film/novel and want to be moved beyond what you already know and appreciate.

83
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Nothing new here, Lgbt vs church theme, Well written, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you're interested in the family story of a gay Ugandan who's reality is threatened by his nation's laws & his brother's Christian dogma.

Don't see it if you're tired of listening to the insulting arguments by The Church about homosexuality resulting in violence and prison...as in Uganda.

68
85 minutes long, Good acting, Unnecessary, Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if you like seeing good actors make something out of nothing and if you like political back-stories. Professionally done & at times interesting

Don't see it if you prefer absorbing theatre with a purpose and great insight.

90
Important, Relevant, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like your shows to mix joy with ideas, stories with poignancy, stand-up with relevance - a thought-provoking educational romp.

Don't see it if you can't stand solo shows (with 2 more people!), are closed-minded Trump-ites, and don't respect or like women.

70
During previews
Without humor, Of a different era, Dated, Slow, Good acting

See it if you appreciate Shepard dramas of despair with self-indulgent long-ass monologues and a hard-working cast without a pay-off.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate Shepard plays and his take on life as an existence of despair.

88
Musical fable tragedy, Ambitious, Romantic, Resonant, Great staging

See it if you like serious musical fables with little humor but romantic themes told through jazz/folk musical numbers. Good cast commands the stage.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional musical comedy or don't like re-telling of love-themed classical fables.

89
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Not quite as good as the film, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you like masterful surrealism told with massive doses of social commentary plus lots of technology and of course the great Bryan Cranston.

Don't see it if you're looking for romanticism, upbeat fun. This is a tale of woe with so much irony, it can burn you.

88
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Ira political intrigue, Irish family drama, Intense, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like a mix of family and political drama and can handle heavy Irish accents over a 3 1/4 hour running time. Good acting & direction.

Don't see it if you prefer your drama to be American contemporary themes and you have a short attention span. And if Irish accents drive you crazy.

78
During previews
Some enjoyable songs, Hard working cast, High school script with a bway production, Simplistic theme, Disappointing

See it if you can overlook a simplistic plot/theme a la "Starmites" (Sci-Fi w/no depth). Staging & cast work hard to deliver some humor w/ the angst.

Don't see it if you don't like pop/rock musicals and need multi-levels in character, plot, and theme. This is a one-note pony about teenage angst.

85
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Visually stunning, Half crap, half wow!, Sufficiently entertaining, A stage spectacle

See it if you are willing to forgive the bad and be amazed at the stagecraft. The critics were wrong to slam it but come with low expectations.

Don't see it if the best visuals in history are not enuf to overcome the fact that we all know the story details at every turn.

75
Fluffy, Great blended voices, It's just a xmas family show, Why not?, Meaningless holiday fun

See it if you are willing to simply enjoy a great office party talent show with 2 worthy voices with 2 great duets in Act 2. Unremarkable but fun.

Don't see it if you cannot get over your jaded, cynical, bah-humbug, NYC self. Very cheesy with 5 smiley backup singers. 2 hrs w/intermission is a bit long

77
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Well staged, Gay marriage drama, Dated, Intelligent, Underwhelming

See it if you like good but not great drama with only one relevant message. It gets emotional but it feels like it was written years ago. Good acting.

Don't see it if if you want deep insight into characters and clever perspective on a gay marriage theme without great insights.

92
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to feel the reason we all work in theater. Many performers are stand-outs. The show delivers dancing joy. Badly dated sometimes.

Don't see it if you're dead or hate musicals. There are very old references that Bennett would have updated. (Please let someone update it on his behalf!)

65
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
First 20 minutes suck, Likeable lead actors, Unimportant, Just ok, Sometimes funny

See it if you like heavy British accents and snooker (which is more fun than the script). Much of the cast is good, but acting & direction is uneven.

Don't see it if you want a play that makes a point, any point. It fails to be funny enough to make you forget its flaws.

72
Resonant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Emotional, Vietnam era message

See it if shows like Vietnam War "Sticks and Bones" and "Streamers" with their gay, disabled, family, & race themes (of the 70's era) are for you.

Don't see it if you expect something with brand new perspectives, or don't like to be reminded of Vietnam.

83
Delightful, Entertaining, Good choreography, Strong singing, Old fashioned

See it if you appreciate the classic musicals and want a solid production with talent, beautiful orchestrations, and good dancing.

Don't see it if you want something profound or contemporary from your Bway musical experience.

70
Entertaining, A lot of audience participation, Traditional illusionist act, Not theater in any sense, Some very unique illusions

See it if you like illusions and magic. Vitaly is likeable but not loveable, and he has a few unique "tricks" worth seeing.

Don't see it if you are looking for theater of any sort. This is a mediocre Vegas act without spectacle and or theatrical style. He's pleasant at best.

68
Fruit Trilogy
West Village
Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious, Intense, Scattered

See it if you love Eve Ensler writing and don't mind one-person storytelling shows. Her themes are important as a window to a hidden world of women.

Don't see it if you need interaction, you need action, you need more than ideas, and you want more than one person talking "at you" for far too long.

79
Entertaining, Slow, Disappointing, Epic, 45 minutes of scene transitions

See it if you are a Potter fan, you like a good story, with good actors, but are OK without emotional involvement. A few stage tricks are cool.

Don't see it if you want a brilliant directorial concept with fast-moving Potter-like adventures. The transition music/set move like molasses & stop it all.

88
Yerma
Upper E Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you love intense drama with perfect casting, creative direction, an amazing set, and a very contemporary script based on a classic play.

Don't see it if if drama is not your thing, or you have no interest in a woman's absolute dizzying need to have a child beyond all sanity.

79
Hindle Wakes
Midtown W
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Surprisingly relevant, 2nd act kicks in, Enjoyable

See it if you are interested in theatrical history that touches on many contemporary themes but in a old-world way.

Don't see it if you need fast-paced theatrics.

68
During previews
The Children
Midtown W
Slow, Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like slow-moving Pinter-esque theater & meaningless dialog with heavy British accents. I saw a very early preview.

Don't see it if you hate Pinter-style drama and very slow-arriving surprises.

68
Ferguson
Chelsea
Intelligent, Disappointing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Documentary-like

See it if you want factual details regarding behind the grand jury decision not to indict the police in the Ferguson/Michael Brown tragedy.

Don't see it if want dramatic human interaction to gain insight into why the justice system and people make important decisions. You won't get that here.