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Adirondack Estates | Male

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Reviews (288)
82
Intelligent, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Long (3 hrs)
November 12th, 2021

See it if Creative musical re: 1950s exploration with (then legal) LSD - imagining 3 celebs jointly tripping. Quirky, thoughtful; can't sustain 3 hrs.

Don't see it if you want strong story. LSD trips show (repetitive) individual experiences, but not strong interactional narrative. Good singing & dancing.

Also IMPRESSIVE scenic and lighting design.

63
During previews
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Slow, Cliched, Banal, Confused (comedy? drama? metaphor?), Sitcom-like
November 6th, 2021

See it if you want 100-minute sitcom-like dramedy re: ex-cons working in roadside sandwich shop. They wax philosophical re: art of sandwich-making.

Don't see it if you want compelling story. Each ex-con tells their tale, ex-con who runs shop is verbally abusive, and they're passionate about sandwiches.

88
Familiarly comfortable, Great performances, Funny, Fluffy, Delightful
November 6th, 2021

See it if you want funny & familiar (from movie) tale, expertly staged with strong performances (esp. McClure!), good music, and heart-warming theme.

Don't see it if you want something innovative or edgy. This is musical comfort food -- pleasingly palatable and thoroughly enjoyable. All-around fun.

74
Great book - but weak score, Great costume design, Disappointing, Great writing, Entertaining
November 4th, 2021

See it if Compelling, well-constructed story. GREAT BOOK OF A MUSICAL. The score, though, is lousy: pulsing rock when additional styles much needed.

Don't see it if you want a real musical. In better hands, could have been an EVITA. Instead, great story dragged down by repetitive Bon Jovi-wannabe tunes.

Also Great use of fashion to tell story and illuminate character.

78
Overly long, Music & story don't connect, Relevant, Disappointing, Great acting
November 3rd, 2021

See it if Bleak story of suburban family dysfunction (makes Peyton Place look like Mayberry), punctuated/interrupted by sometimes relevant songs.

Don't see it if you want something calm. Loud. Chorus singing muddies almost all lyrics. Great acting, good story; so why does it need to be a musical?

88
Slightly cliched, Sweet, Ebullient, Relevant, Delightful
October 30th, 2021

See it if Sweet musical of budding artistic (gay) youth struggling with (un)popularity, suicidal thoughts - supported only by Diana Ross obsession.

Don't see it if you want something edgy. This is sweet/simple, with enjoyable music - performed by STELLAR ENSEMBLE of talented teens. Great set design!

68
During previews
Disappointing, Relevant, Shrill, Weak writing, Great acting
October 30th, 2021

See it if Great acting unfortunately can't save weak play. Important (& sadly still timely) themes of racism/power backstage. Shrill and wooden tempo.

Don't see it if you want powerful exploration of crucial topic. Despite great acting, the story is weak and unfocused.

82
Relevant, Indulgent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
October 25th, 2021

See it if you want powerful, one-woman performance of Ibsen's depiction/indictment of whistleblowers and corruption.

Don't see it if you're not prepared to think (and vote -- since audience gets to vote at key points) about personal and collective responsibility and greed.

78
During previews
Entertaining, Intelligent, Slow, Dated
October 25th, 2021

See it if you want to see Karen Ziemba's GREAT acting in a Shaw play about women's rights, marriage, power, and independence. Still relevant today.

Don't see it if you want speed or force. This is slow at times, and drags when Ziemba's not on stage. Still, worth experiencing for Shaw's ideas alone.

84
During previews
Morning's at Seven
Midtown W
Charming, Entertaining, Great acting, Dated, Delightful
October 25th, 2021

See it if you want great acting in a sweet, charming, dated 1920's play. Four adult sisters, their families, and hopes/dreams in small town America.

Don't see it if you want spectacle or flash. This is a sort of OUR TOWN wannabe: sweet, funny, a tad cliched, but solidly entertaining.

89
During previews
The Visitor
East Village
Compelling, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing
October 22nd, 2021

See it if you want emotionally compelling musical that touches on immigration, power, finding a purpose. Impressive set design adds to story-telling.

Don't see it if You want spectacle. Some songs beautiful; others indifferent. Questions linger: Is this story re: immigrants - or re: white man's discovery?

91
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Compelling, Relevant, Great acting
October 21st, 2021

See it if you want POWERFUL performances (esp. Sharon D. Clarke) of timely story re: race, gender, power, & privilege. Set in 1963; still relevant.

Don't see it if you want something light or upbeat. This is serious drama in sung-through musical. A few parts drag, some songs stall ... but worth seeing.

79
Letters Of Suresh
Midtown W
Intelligent, Slow, Great acting, Poetic
October 17th, 2021

See it if you want epistolary-style play recreating letters among 4 disparate people seeking human connection and understanding. Poetically written.

Don't see it if you want action or linear story. This unfolds slowly, revealing layers of the 4 characters through sequence of letters over many years.

52
During previews
Fluffy, Insipid, Funny, Disappointing, Cliched
September 26th, 2021

See it if Humor re: stereotypes of race, gender, and sexuality. Funny bits, but amidst mostly cliches. MICHAEL URIE, though, is a NATIONAL TREASURE!

Don't see it if You want great comedy or storytelling. Banal staging, which good acting can't rescue. "Steel Magnolias" meets "Madea" movies - but weaker.

Also More like a mediocre comedy movie than anything worthy of a Broadway s... Read more Read less

92
Intelligent, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
September 20th, 2021

See it if you want theater that feels real, timely, and powerful. Like sitting in a room with people talking about things that matter to you.

Don't see it if you want spectacle or flash. This is warm, human, & naturalistic. Like previous MICHAELS, this show incorporates modern dance pieces.

89
The Line
Virtual
Evocative, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing
May 15th, 2021

See it if you want compelling theater about diverse front-line healthcare workers in the early months of COVID-19 pandemic in NYC. Powerful stories.

Don't see it if You want a strong plot or story line. This is instead several actors representing healthcare workers telling their experiences and pain.

93
During previews
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful
February 16th, 2020

See it if you want lovely small-scale musical w/ compelling book; evokes NEXT TO NORMAL in many ways. Beautiful score, great performances all around.

Don't see it if you want big, flashy musical. Here, music & acting tell absorbing tale of amnesiac WWI soldier & solving a mystery across generations.

78
During previews
The Perplexed
Midtown W
Ambitiously inchoate, Funny, Mostly entertaining, Disjointed, Great acting
February 15th, 2020

See it if you want wry, funny look at intense & cut-throat family dynamics (a la AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY or THE LYONS). Strong performances all around.

Don't see it if you want clear, sharp comedy. Play unfortunately also tries to be intellectual, but sadly misses the mark. Academic ramblings undermine.

Also Could be a pointed, funny comedy - by removing 45 minutes of pseudo-in... Read more Read less

62
During previews
Where We Stand
Upper W Side
Intellectual, Slow, Great acting, Boring, Ambitious
February 9th, 2020

See it if u want 1 LONG poem (evokes FOR COLORED GIRLS) re: a town's revival & then responsibility for selling its soul. Boring. Intriguing end, tho.

Don't see it if you want clear narrative thread, or don't appreciate poetry. One actor does multiple roles in epic-like (& somewhat rambling) storytelling.

88
During previews
Somewhat predictable tale, Great staging, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing
February 9th, 2020

See it if you like naturalistic plays like SWEAT about lives of urban working poor facing mounting challenges. Compellingly written, great acting.

Don't see it if you want big or flashy. While tale can be somewhat predictable, its 16yo protagonist and family draw audience in to their lives & struggles.

48
During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious, Boring, Slow
February 3rd, 2020

See it if you're passionate about the tale - & can tolerate an ambitious attempt to pare it down to a 2-actor piece. Creative uses of music & staging.

Don't see it if you want something highly engaging. This is slow & often quite boring. A fairly long 80-minute slog with moments of interest and clarity.

85
During previews
Serious, Quirky, Thoughtful, Great writing, Charming
January 31st, 2020

See it if you want intelligent theater exploring serious themes (responsibility of artists, priorities for being human). Beautifully written/staged.

Don't see it if you want something flashy. Thoughtful & nicely presenting Chekhov & Tolstoy using short stories (now plays) to grapple w/important issues.

Also Lovely 90 minutes of theater.

49
During previews
Not really a musical, Confused, Slow, Disappointing, Dated
January 17th, 2020

See it if you are fan of cast who act well in VERY WEAK show - or want to see Suzanne Vega in unique role. Slow/boring intermission-less 2 hours.

Don't see it if you want memorable music - or score that adds to story. Songs could disappear without any loss. Play tries homage to 1960s film, but fails.

Also THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER, particularly given composer (Sheik), Lyr... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Sitcom-like, Entertaining, Great acting, Cliched, Funny
December 24th, 2019

See it if you want wry, VERY FUNNY play like well-written episode of TV's "Everybody Loves Raymond." Aging parents divorce; adult kids overwrought.

Don't see it if you want deep or profound. This is great acting with excellent comic timing (esp. Michael Urie) - in a fairly predictable sitcom-like plot.

Also Act II is overly long (by about 20-25 minutes).

80
Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Great staging, Serious/grim, Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing
December 14th, 2019

See it if you want *brilliantly-staged* play evocative of Ibsen's ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE. Serious, heavy-handed look at truth/responsibility in society.

Don't see it if you want something light; this is grim (but gripping) tale of taking responsibility for mistakes which lead to tragedy. Masterful staging.

70
During previews
Expectedly superb score & book, Distracting video projections, Confusingly staged, Disappointing, Ambitious
December 14th, 2019

See it if you love WSS & want to see it in any form. Strong performances by Powell & Pimentel as Tony & Maria. Deservedly classic score & book.

Don't see it if you want strong production of WSS: this is oddly & confusingly staged. Continuous video projections distracting - leaving stage often empty.

Also Sadly disappointing production. Problem is not reinvention, but simply... Read more Read less

92
Delightful, Great music, Great singing, Enchanting, A musical banquet!
December 7th, 2019

See it if you're a fan of Yeston's music, or even if you don't know his work. A fun, classy revue - elegantly staged w/great voices doing great songs.

Don't see it if you want a story told or plot-driven piece. MUSICAL BANQUET, allowing you to sample clever, warm, funny, terrific songs - classily sung.

91
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful
November 18th, 2019

See it if you want GREAT STORYTELLING via sweeping music & compelling staging. Excellent performances (esp. Pfeiffer & Gotay).

Don't see it if you don't want to see a now-classic musical wonderfully staged in streamlined style. Sung-through & powerfully presented.

49
During previews
Disappointing, Long, Indulgent, Rambling, Ambitious
November 18th, 2019

See it if Sadly, an inchoate mess: Imagine Stoppard intellectual history text infused w/ Michael Moore views then put thru a blender --> dialogue mush

Don't see it if Muddled & rambling. Some good performances (esp. Urie) can't save this long, meandering, political piece. Too long for far too little.

59
During previews
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Columns block views from many seats, Long, Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched
November 17th, 2019

See it if you want very good acting (esp. Judith Ivey & Edmund Donovan) - and want a VERY BLEAK and LONG soap opera-like tale in small Idaho towns.

Don't see it if you want to smile. This is a dreary/bleak story & sudsy storytelling. Mundanely-staged; columns block many views. Good acting can't rescue.

Also Audience members departed at both intermissions - voting with their fe... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Slow, Plodding, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious
November 16th, 2019

See it if you want quite interesting premise (looking back on intersections of policy, power, & gender) in prepping Pres. Carter's "malaise" speech.

Don't see it if you want strong execution of fascinating history moment. Awkwardly directed/staged, with hit-or-miss performances. Makes for slow 1hr,50min.

90
The Michaels
East Village
A little slow, Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Indulgent
November 10th, 2019

See it if you liked THE GABRIELS. Similarly set in a Rhinebeck kitchen, now with extended family of dancers gently confronting matriarch's mortality.

Don't see it if you want spectacle. This is a NATURALISTIC, quiet drama - beautifully realized without fireworks. Family dynamics, transitions, food.

Also Don't need to know or love dance, but for those who aren't dance fans,... Read more Read less

69
For a previous production
Weak storytelling, Enjoyable spectacle, Great special effects, Indulgent, Cliched
November 7th, 2019

See it if you want theme-park-style spectacle - like KING KONG only better (and lots longer). This is triumph of special effects over story-telling.

Don't see it if you want compelling theater. Great technical stagecraft impresses, but story is chaotic, convoluted, and careens among episodic adventures.

Also While not necessary to know "Harry Potter" books/films, audience membe... Read more Read less

72
Indulgent, Performance art/poetry reading, Slow, Great acting, Dated
November 4th, 2019

See it if you want thoughtfully staged & evocative poetry about lives/loves of African-American women. Covers familiar ground since 1970s premiere.

Don't see it if you want a narrative or linear story. Perhaps 20% is compelling tales; the rest is more inchoate performance art. Strong acting & singing.

82
An Enchanted April
Midtown W
Sweet, So-so singing, Good acting, Great writing, Delightful
November 3rd, 2019

See it if you want charming musical of 1920s UK women finding meaning of life/love via holiday in Italy. Score beautifully serves story & characters.

Don't see it if you want modern tale or style. This is old-fashioned & sweet: a small show w/ big heart. Acting is quite good; singing could be better.

Also Note: Longer than its posted 2-hrs; runs 2 hours, 40 minutes.

87
During previews
Spare, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting
November 2nd, 2019

See it if you want heartfelt, 2-person, sung-thru chamber musical. Resonant, emotional tale of 2 gens of African-Americans in south in 60s and today.

Don't see it if you want spectacle. This is bare-bones set; story told by two GREAT performers and 7-piece orchestra. Low-key musical tells powerful tale.

99
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Resonant, Must see, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting
October 13th, 2019

See it if you want GREAT writing/acting/staging in powerful, emotional, & sweeping play re: gay men's lives. Sumptuous theatrical banquet. GO SEE IT!

Don't see it if you can't do a 2-part, 7-hour MASTERPIECE. Investment of time (& money) - but absolutely worth it! By far, GREATEST PLAY OF LAST DECADE.

Also Not hyperbole to say that ANY THEATER LOVER *MUST SEE* THIS PLAY. Expe... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Soft Power
East Village
Muddled at times, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious
October 7th, 2019

See it if you want theater that reaches for big/complex issues - even if it doesn't quite reach them all. Fascinating & provocative. Worth seeing.

Don't see it if you want the easily palatable. Comedically/musically/smartly wrestles w/race, identity, patriotism, democracy, power - sometimes awkwardly.

Also AMBITIOUS WRITING & IDEAS SHOULD BE SEEN/EXPERIENCED ... even if they ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting
October 6th, 2019

See it if you want thoughtful, serious, literary-style, 2-person play about life, loneliness, & literature. GREAT acting, powerful script & staging.

Don't see it if you want spectacle or big events. This is a quietly absorbing tale of a lonely professor of creative writing and her quirky student.

91
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Great concept!, Relevant, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing
October 5th, 2019

See it if you want to see BRILLIANT & POWERFUL USE OF THEATER to illuminate issues of power, conscience, & law. Fascinating concept; great acting.

Don't see it if you're not interested in politics, policy, whistleblower issues. Taut and gripping 75 minutes with 4 impressive actors on a bare-bones set.

84
Great writing, Relevant, Clever, Witty, Absorbing
September 27th, 2019

See it if you want intelligent, witty play re: themes of power, responsibility, mentorship, & legacy - thru story of Caesar meets Cleopatra. Timely.

Don't see it if you want something experimental or edgy. This is classic, literate, relevant theater. Neglected gem. Braxton performance esp. noteworthy.

68
During previews
Thoughtful, Disappointing, Slow, Confusing/fragmented, Great acting
September 22nd, 2019

See it if you want STRONG ACTING in an otherwise WEAK PLAY. Intentionally confusing/disjointed tale (Pinteresque attempt?) not saved by performances.

Don't see it if you want compelling tale. Bleak story of dementia & loss, moves slowly through fragmented memories. Interesting ideas, but long 80 minutes.

79
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Mostly forgettable score, Fluffy, Cute, Cliched, Clever
September 21st, 2019

See it if you want cute musical satire based on MACBETH set in fast-food joint in 1970s small town PA. 1 or 2 very good songs. Good, earnest acting.

Don't see it if you want great score. This is, unfortunately, mostly indifferent/forgettable music (w/1 or 2 exceptions). Cute, but cliched/predictable.

92
During previews
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Evocative music, Powerful, Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing
September 21st, 2019

See it if you want brilliantly-conceived, creatively-staged musical about a man wrongly convicted. SUPERB ensemble singing/performances. GREAT SCORE.

Don't see it if you want lighthearted tale or lush sets. This is serious story, w/bare-but-evocative staging & powerful choreography to indie-pop score.

Also Work needed on sound quality to ensure lyrics clearly heard -- essenti... Read more Read less

49
During previews
Mothers
Midtown W
Good acting, Disturbing, Disjointed, Too long, Disappointing
September 15th, 2019

See it if you want 2 plays in 1: (1) a satire about competitive mothering at toddler day care, and (2) a dystopian apocalypse brutality. Very bizarre.

Don't see it if you want thoughtful theater. Despite very good acting, the writing sinks this painfully pathological tale which morphs into war & chaos.

91
During previews
Relevant, Provocative, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing
September 14th, 2019

See it if you want FUNNY and PROVOCATIVE exploration of race, gender, sexuality, sex, and power in relationships. SUPERB direction & acting by all 8.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable w/intense & sexually explicit - & racial/racist - situations. Lots of laughs, but alongside raunchy yet potent themes.

86
During previews
Funny, Out-of-the-ordinary, Riveting, Clever, Wildly entertaining
September 8th, 2019

See it if you want MESMERIZING entertainment by a superb mentalist/magician. Not a play or musical - and not ordinary B'way fare - but truly engaging.

Don't see it if you want story, music, or dance - or more than an impressive one-man show. A master entertainer, even skeptics will be stunned and amused.

Also Hard to rate this show. It's wonderful and entertaining, but decidedly... Read more Read less

74
During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Educational, Turgid, Dense, Absorbing, Ambitious
September 8th, 2019

See it if you want to learn about LBJ's presidency in 3 hrs. Strong performances (esp. Cox), but densely-packed drama tries to do too much. Too long.

Don't see it if no interest in 1960s US politics/history. Compelling, but undermined by length/scope. Tries for KING LEAR, but is History Channel instead.

47
During previews
Sunday
Chelsea
Disappointing, Slow, Talk-y, Tedious, Indulgent
September 6th, 2019

See it if you're patient with unpleasant characters talking pointlessly (& endlessly) - interspersed w/inexplicable dancing to loud pop. LONG 105 min.

Don't see it if you want thoughtful theater. Tries to be LaBute or Lonergan - but is instead poorly staged, banal conversation among emerging young adults.

68
Cluttered, Some good music, Funny moments, Mediocre, Banal
September 1st, 2019

See it if you loved Disney movie & want to evoke memories. Otherwise, this is mediocre staging with 1-2 strong performances (e.g., Bart, Rodriguez).

Don't see it if you want great musical theater. This is mediocre story-telling, cluttered staging, with a few good songs. Clearly for diehard fans of movie.