mockruin

Brooklyn

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Reviews (40)
83
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You're into American history, the 60's, the Kennedys, presidential campaign politics, Boston accents, or want a jolt of political idealism.

Don't see it if You're not.

86
The Winning Side
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You're interested in a telling chapter in American history, von Braun, and/or dives into ethical and moral gray areas.

Don't see it if You're not into history, ethics/morals, or if seeing a swastika is triggering.

Also A deftly written and performed play. I first became aware of von Braun... Read more Read less

76
Ambitious, Earnest, Passionate, Inventive staging, Uneven

See it if See an earnest and committed young Asian-American ensemble, you like musicals, the history interests you.

Don't see it if Scenes of gun violence, depictions of systemic rape and other violence against women.

83
Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing, Resonant, Dated

See it if Star power, great ensemble performances, clever staging, a brave and powerful play in its time given lovely homage here.

Don't see it if You're a homophobe, obvs.

95
Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if you want the complete package: wonderful writing, great acting (Glenda!), perfect direction, and brilliant staging.

Don't see it if The thoughts and feelings of women bore you.

Also I sat in the very last row of the mezzanine and still felt deeply imme... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Absorbing, Undercut by beautiful staging

See it if You want to see two great actors working wonderful material, you want to see firsthand why this play is considered a masterpiece.

Don't see it if Issues of addiction bother you, you don't like longer plays, you need a happy resolution.

Also Lesley Manville is excellent, and Jeremy Irons is great in a role that... Read more Read less

89
King Lear (BAM)
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Masterful

See it if Great acting, diverse talented cast, a few modernist winks, fine stagecraft, and Shakespeare -- all in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if A wordy 3.5 hour production is too much for you.

Also Very engaging and entertaining. More humor than I'd expect in a Lear, ... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Epic, Great staging, Intense, Masterful, Relevant

See it if You want to see one of the best plays of recent decades, you want to see Nathan Lane let loose in dramatic fashion.

Don't see it if you aren't up to the 7.5 hours, you're expecting uplifting comedy, you find magical realism confusing.

Also Excellent staging. Nathan Lane is a force as Roy Cohn. I'm less sold o... Read more Read less

39
Red Roses, Green Gold
West Village
Disappointing, Cliched, Corny, Dumbed-down dead, Way too eager to please

See it if You buy everything Dead-related, including Jerry Garcia neckties and wine.

Don't see it if The subtlety and emotional nuance of GD songs is precious to you or if you're hoping for Dead-level musicianship.

Also First, I have to admit I left at the intermission. I just couldn't tak... Read more Read less

79
Passionate, Melancholic, A labor of love, Intelligent

See it if You're a fan of punk, proto-punk, rock criticism in general, or Lester Bangs in particular.

Don't see it if You're not, of if depictions of bipolar behavior disturb you. Or if you love the band Styx.

Also An affectionate but unflinching take on on the life of a die-hard love... Read more Read less

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Must see, Great writing

See it if You want to see a powerful new playwright, you're interested in the Civil Rights movement and issues of race and class privilege.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in the issues and lives of black Americans, you don't like plays with almost no action, or history bores you.

Also Must-see. One of the best plays I've seen in a long time. Beautifully ... Read more Read less

93
A Piece of My Heart
East Village
Riveting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Must see

See it if you want to see a great ensemble of women actors deliver strong immersive performances about women's experiences during and after serving.

Don't see it if You're not interested in Vietnam, women-centered dramas, if frank discussion of severe war injuries and deaths is too much for you.

Also Very powerful work and production; raw, honest, passionate, harrowing,... Read more Read less

83
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You're despairing over the current state of affairs and feeling powerless.

Don't see it if You're still supporting/rationalizing Trump.

Also Not a satire at all. It's a cross between a Mike Daisey monologue, a d... Read more Read less

89
Kim's Convenience
Midtown W
Resonant, Clever, Funny, Predictable

See it if You want to see non-stereotypical Asian immigrant characters and inter-generational trans-cultural stories.

Don't see it if You're offended by frank discussion of race including racist stereotypes.

Also A play with a lot of heart, much of it on its sleeve. Generally well w... Read more Read less

68
Daughters of the Mock
East Village
Intense, Slow, Edgy, Uneven acting

See it if You really like generational dramas, seeing an all-female cast, dark feminist themes, and/or voodoo/curses.

Don't see it if You're looking for something lighthearted and uplifting.

Also The acting was uneven. The actress playing the older daughter is excel... Read more Read less

69
Arlington
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Opaque, Abstract

See it if You like abstract work that takes chances in form. Or you like anything dystopian.

Don't see it if You're not turned on by near endless opacity or you prefer a strong payoff at the end. Warning: there are strobe lights.

75
Building the Wall
Midtown W
Ambitious, Relevant, Riveting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like powerful drama flowing from the major political and societal issues of our time.

Don't see it if politics bore you, you're white fragile, or you need a happy ending.

69
Gently Down the Stream
East Village
Indulgent, Disappointing, Tender-hearted, Affecting, Underdeveloped

See it if You want to see Harvey Fierstein. Even in service to this lukewarm play he's very good, and when things take a serious turn he's outstanding

Don't see it if You're looking for depth or a deeper view into why a gay man of a certain age might have strong feelings about commitment.

Also I don't want to spoil the play, so I'll just say that I find it incred... Read more Read less

50
Photo & Supply
Midtown W
Confusing, Slow, Opaque, Lacking, Sincere

See it if You like shadow puppetry. Unfortunately it was only a brief part of this work.

Don't see it if unless you're just very hungry to see anything involving puppetry.

65
The Present
Midtown W
Edgy, Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Overrated

See it if You'd like to see the amazing Cate Blanchett in action.

Don't see it if Otherwise, it isn't much of a play.

93
Fireflies
Chelsea
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Powerful acting, American history, civil rights movement, being black in America, queerness, love, God and faith, honesty and deceit, hope.

Don't see it if You have no empathy for the lived experiences of black people in America.

Also The actors, particularly DeWanda Wise, are just outstanding. This is t... Read more Read less

80
The Originalist
Midtown E
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if Great acting by Edward Gero, really. If you love all things SCOTUS and constitutional law.

Don't see it if You don't like "wordy" plays, constitutional law/history or politics, or you're expecting either a hagiography or a hatchet job on Scalia.

Also In my opinion it's far too kind to Scalia, but your mileage may vary. ... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You're interested in stories about strong African-American women, US history, powerful ensemble performances beautifully staged.

Don't see it if You can't follow a large number of threads at the same time, black history bores you, you don't like period pieces.

Also Lynda Gravátt and Harriett D. Foy give tremendous performances!

76
Cyprus Avenue
East Village
Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Harrowing

See it if Issues of white male rage, and identity politics in Ireland are in your wheelhouse, or if you want to see Steven Rea at work up close.

Don't see it if Graphic depictions of violence, very strong language.

Also first, an ambitious piece of work, and the cast is all in. Most of the... Read more Read less

59
Bland, Sterile, Stiff, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You get a cheap ticket, you want to see Anthony Edwards (here in a relatively minor role), you want to see the talented Lauren Ridloff.

Don't see it if It's closed now, thankfully.

85
During previews
Tremor
Midtown E
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like intimate performance settings (two rows of seats surrounding the actors) and challenging moral and emotional investigations.

Don't see it if Minimalist staging and non-stop dialog between two characters aren't your thing, or if you need clear tidy right/wrong resolutions.

25
45 Coffee Dates
East Village
Indulgent, Cliched, Dated, Whitebread

See it if Eighties nostalgia and cliche dating horror stories are your comfort food.

Don't see it if You're looking for even an iota of fresh insight into dating and coupling. This is the story of a Princess seeking her Prince. Zzzz.

87
Entertaining, Great staging, Dated, Overrated, Great dancing

See it if You love old-school Broadway entertainment, star power, solid songwriting and choreography, boffo delivery.

Don't see it if Your tastes hew strongly toward the contemporary and/or away from white-folks-in-small-towns good-old-day nostalgia.

Also Bernadette was clearly under the weather the evening we went but she d... Read more Read less

77
Memorare
Greenwich V
Absorbing, Good acting, Relevant, Acoustically challenged

See it if Good ensemble acting by a talented all-female cast, civil rights and racial justice issues, or issues of Catholicism resonate with you.

Don't see it if You're hearing-challenged, issues of racism turn you off, a bare-bones set isn't your thing, you find church pews uncomfortable.

Also Great and sadly timely subject matter but marred a bit by some less-th... Read more Read less

92
Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Intense, Riveting

See it if You want to see powerful acting, inventive staging, and difficult, honest, brave, frank, and direct depiction of drug addiction recovery.

Don't see it if You're triggered by strobe lights, loud industrial noise, themes of drug abuse and addiction.

Also Denise Gough is simply incredible. The play itself is great and to my ... Read more Read less

65
Tiny Beautiful Things
East Village
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Unsuccessful

See it if You're a big fan of Nia, of Cheryl Strayed, or advice columns.

Don't see it if You don't like weepy stuff.

Also The play's text is completely derived from Cheryl Strayed's early Dear... Read more Read less

15
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if You want a long hour of opaque, self-indulgent, wanna-be avant garde dribble.

Don't see it if No if.

69
Marvin's Room
Midtown W
Slow, Warm-hearted, Flat, Bland

See it if Caretaking and end-of-life care issues resonate with you.

Don't see it if You don't care for women-driven plays or you find health and end-of-life matters hard to deal with.

Also I hadn't seen any earlier production of this play, nor have I seen the... Read more Read less

85
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Great writing

See it if You enjoys crackling dialog, great comic performances, tight pacing, seeing a comic master (Kevin Kline) at work

Don't see it if unless you have a time machine, because it ended its run today.

84
Clever, Intelligent, Overrated, Quirky, Great acting

See it if you want to see excellent performances, rapid-fire dialogue, or you really have been wondering what happened to Nora et al.

Don't see it if See below.

Also Four excellent performances in service to a middling concept, a bit to... Read more Read less

63
Sweetee
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Ambitious, Unremarkable, Disappointing

See it if You never met a musical you didn't like. You somehow know nothing about the Jim Crow era, in which case this might be revelatory.

Don't see it if You set the bar a little higher than that. Seriously, the songs all blur into one another and the lyrics are so on the nose it hurts.

90
Angel & Echoes
Midtown E
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You're a fan of strong writing, layered storytelling, and strong female lead characters.

Don't see it if You see the world in black-and-white, you need happy endings, or you're anti-feminist.

90
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Absolutely one of the most beautifully staged productions I've ever seen. Takes fantastic advantage of the Armory space and scale.

Don't see it if Seriously, just go.

89
For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Riveting, Resonant

See it if Strong acting, African-American history, Malcolm X, Nation of Islam

Don't see it if You're racist.

85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Resonant, Great staging

See it if You love August Wilson's writing, you're interested in black history, you love great dialog.

Don't see it if You need action and large dramatic arcs.