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Reviews (45)
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if Though there are larger issues transparently at play, this is an effective (and affecting) family drama that's also funny and entertaining.

Don't see it if This doesn't wrap anything up neatly in a bow - nor is it a hit job on straight white men.

Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Riveting

See it if You're a fan of Serial/investigative docu-dramas. There's no crime here, but has the same pleasures, and packs a surprising emotional punch.

Don't see it if I want to say avoid if you're looking for a traditional play/musical, but take a chance on this. It's a really fun, interesting, and unique.

During previews
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Banal

See it if If you can't watch House of Cards anymore over Kevin Spacey guilt, this will give you the sense of if an episode stretched over 90 minutes.

Don't see it if If you're a fan of Thurman, because she isn't good here - like, at all. The plot is dull and starts moving only very late in the game.

Also Thurman can't really act on stage, apparently - she delivers each line... Read more Read less

During previews
The Treasurer
Midtown W
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if This is the more successful version of the Sarah Ruhl play going on downstairs. Peter Friedman is great as always - nice to see him leading.

Don't see it if You're sensitive to topics of death, aging, or dementia, or are looking for something with a very clear forward-moving plot.

A Parallelogram
Midtown W
Slow, Thought-provoking, Banal

See it if It plays with a lot of interesting ideas about predeterminism, etc., and there's some great set design.

Don't see it if It's not "sci-fi on stage" as the marketing suggests, and the play feels like it just goes in circles. Most characters feel one-note.

Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You want something light and entertaining but experimental, or if you have a particular affinity for immersive theater or dance.

Don't see it if This falls short of the heights raised by Then She Fell (though better than Grand Paradise). Isn't much more than the sum of its vignettes.

Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Entertaining, Overrated

See it if You'd like a perfectly enjoyable story about 1990s geopolitics, where you can probably learn a lot about history in the process.

Don't see it if It's not exactly challenging fare and seems to take a pretty rose-colored view of the whole thing. Good for Broadway audiences, at least.

Entertaining, Great acting, Riveting, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if Saw with Linney as Regina and Nixon as Birdie. It's a great acting showcase for the whole cast and the play holds up.

Don't see it if This looks and sounds like an old-fashioned play, if that puts you off. But it moves fast and has surprising bite for a play written in '39.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Great staging, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You want to see a canonical staged with inventiveness and daring creativity. This play stuck with me for weeks afterwards.

Don't see it if You're a purist.

Great acting, Funny, Dark, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you're a fan of dark comedy or Irish plays, this is a rare treat to see a McDonagh classic by the original company and director.

Don't see it if It's played a bit broad due to the size of the theater but us in the nosebleeds appreciate. It's dark, don't be fooled by the rural setting.

Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent

See it if You're willing to be patient and trust the monologist to take you through a story with a lot of apparent digressions. It's rather funny.

Don't see it if You're looking for something linear and propulsive, because you'll get bored easily. Think of it as storytime.

Drunk Shakespeare
Midtown W
Entertaining, Dated, Disappointing, Funny, Banal

See it if You'll like it if you like parodies and Shakespeare, are an out-of-towner looking for something less serious and more bawdry than Broadway.

Don't see it if You don't find (sometimes dated) reference humor inherently funny. The drinking game is framing, it's essentially just a Shakepeare parody.

Also There are genuinely funny moments, with some off-the-cuff moments that... Read more Read less

For a previous production
The Wolves
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Profound

See it if Fantastic production of an excellent play from a fresh new voice. Small in scope, it's as gripping as any epic tale.

Don't see it if It touches on some delicate issues for girls in high school, if that's sensitive for you.

Delightful, Great singing, Cliched, Dated, Playful

See it if If you're a big fan of Rent, this is a good insight into what came before. The music itself is good listening.

Don't see it if Story is dated and cliched, as are the lyrics (part of this is because of Rent's influence, ironically). Actor chemistry isn't great either.

A Life
Midtown W
Absorbing, Resonant, Profound, Unusual, Daring

See it if You're interested in plays that defy form, that take risks, and if you're willing to go in blind (don't google it)! David Hyde Pierce is A+.

Don't see it if You prefer a "well-made" play with a firm plot motor and central character.

During previews
Great acting, Epic, Great staging, Engaging, Intense

See it if You like Shakespeare or the Trojan War (I didn't know this play, but reading Iliad was background enough). Corey Stoll does great work.

Don't see it if If three hours of Shakespeare is intimidating -- though some lively action sequences would appease even an ardent anti-intellectual.

East Village
Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Funny

See it if You're into docudrama (even if this is more "docu" than "drama"). If you're interested in surveillance/NSA/Edward Snowden-related topics.

Don't see it if You're expecting a play -- it's not really a play so much as a (albeit entertaining) educational sketch show with a dramatic arc.

The Woodsman
Midtown W
Clever, Enchanting, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You're okay with things that are built for audiences younger and older, you like The Wizard of Oz, and are open to original puppet work.

Don't see it if It's a little dark for young kids and a little simplistic for older audiences, but I suspect most will be won over by the end.

Ambitious, Epic, Edgy, Hilarious, Experimental

See it if You're okay with unconventional structure, dialogue, stuff that borders on performance art. Really funny and thought-provoking.

Don't see it if The word "experimental" makes you flinch.

Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if If you're curious about the state of immersive theatre in America.

Don't see it if You're expecting Then She Fell. It's slow, meandering, and doesn't add up to anything in the end. Wish it weren't so.

Great acting, Bad acting, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Absorbing

See it if Frank Langella gives a great central performance. The play is moving and intelligently written.

Don't see it if There is a really bad supporting actress who derails the production. In its staging, the production is a little too neat-and-tidy.

During previews
Great staging, Epic, Must see, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if If you're a fan of the album, the show is a faithful adaptation. The music is amazing, the show is both entertaining and profound.

Don't see it if Your idea of a musical involves jazz hands. This is a folk-based evening.

Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You can handle dark, morally challenging material that will have you thinking on the way out of the theater.

Don't see it if If you're just in New York for the musicals.

Fire and Air
East Village
Slow, Disappointing, Great design

See it if This will probably be interesting if you're already familiar with the history behind this, because it treats the audience like they should.

Don't see it if If you don't, this will be confusing, especially in Act I. It's fairly slow, and the main characters are unlikeable - and uninteresting.

Also This is staged with thrust seating - the audience on three sides - yet... Read more Read less

During previews
Hundred Days
East Village
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if More of a concert with narrative than a play/musical. Must love folk-rock. Will melt your face and your heart.

Don't see it if You're looking to see a regular staged show. Narrative gets a little slow at a couple midpoints, but the evening's so charming nonetheless.

Mary Jane
East Village
Exquisite, Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Funny

See it if You're looking for a mature, funny, absorbing drama about a somewhat dark subject. Reminds me of Rabbit Hole in a great way.

Don't see it if Though the humor and writing skill cuts through the bleakness, people seeking to avoid the subject of sick kids, etc. should steer clear.

Clever, Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow

See it if Ruhl is a genius and there are always small delights in her work - but this is a rare misfire.

Don't see it if You're looking for something with momentum. Acting is shaky - don't know why actors deliver Ruhl's crystalline observations like punchlines.

1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Dizzying, Great staging

See it if You like theater that takes risks (not all of them work all the time but the ones that do, DO). You're already familiar with 1984.

Don't see it if You've never read the book (this is made for those who have), you're squeamish about torture or loud noises, or nonlinear plots.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You're looking for a fun time at the theater -- an old story told through new music.

Don't see it if You're looking for something grounded (there's some silliness and fourth wall breaking) or you don't want to deal with a fast, complex plot.

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if If you're a really big Rebecca Hall fan.

Don't see it if It's a slow trod through cliched therapist scenes and purple prose that doesn't make up for the lack of originality or momentum.

The Antipodes
Midtown W
Absorbing, Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Clever, Delightful

See it if It's transfixing and funny and slow and spooky and great. Annie Baker fans should see. People in general should see.

Don't see it if Like all Annie Baker shows, there's not too much plot to speak of in the traditional sense and it's not fast-moving. But she does it best.

Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Ambitious, Clever

See it if It's a farcical, surface-level sort-of-bio-musical about Rasputin. Come for the laughs and not much else.

Don't see it if The script is way too long. It's just a general overview of Rasputin's life that any layman would know, set to music with some ribald jokes.

During previews
Orange Julius
West Village
Gorgeous, Absorbing, Must see, Masterful, Resonant

See it if A fantastic nonlinear memory play speaks universally through a trans perspective.

Don't see it if The production isn't as good as the play - the design is spectacular, but a couple of the actors don't rise to the level of the script.

Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You're a fan of Chris Gethard or looking for a funny show about a serious topic.

Don't see it if This is more storytelling than stand-up, so while it's often hilarious, I'd go somewhere else for straight comedy.

Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great singing, Great writing, Relevant, Masterful

See it if Is there much else to be said at this point? If you can go, go.

Don't see it if Beware the hype machine. At the end of the day, this is just a great musical -- I don't think anything can live up to this level of hype.

East Village
Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Clever, Confusing

See it if Corey Stoll and Byron Jennings are great but they can't salvage this staging. Something went wrong here. Not recommended.

Don't see it if You're a fan of Rachel Weisz, because this is not one of her great performances. The staging renders the play inert and confusing.

Love, Love, Love
Midtown W
Great acting, Intelligent, Hilarious, Great writing, Clever

See it if Bartlett is amazing when it comes to clever wordplay and conversations you have fun getting lost in. Amy Ryan is a powerhouse comic actress.

Don't see it if It's not quite up to Barlett's King Charles III, but that's a high bar. Doesn't have a strong, uninterrupted plotline, if you need that.

Men on Boats
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Anachronistic

See it if If an all-female performed retelling of an 1869 Colorado expedition sounds funny to you -- it is. It's the best possible version of that.

Don't see it if You prefer naturalistic staging, solid plot arcs (it's more episodic/sketch-like), OR you want overt gender commentary (it's more subtle).

Ambitious, Original, Profound, Bizarre, Hilarious

See it if The actor playing the role is someone you like -- and you're willing to take risks with the performer.

Don't see it if You want to remain a passive observer, see something with a traditional narrative, or are averse to audience participation.

Upper W Side
Ambitious, Clever, Confused, Heavy-handed, Intelligent

See it if You're interested in dialogues about race in America, or enjoy following Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's work.

Don't see it if You prefer naturalism, or blanch at very blunt thematic discussions within plays that aren't much disguised by the plot.

The Humans
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Original

See it if You like American Family Plays but want something newer from them. If you're a fan of solid playwriting and solid acting in general.

Don't see it if You need a strong, clear, forward-moving plot. Not the point of this play.

During previews
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Dizzying

See it if Smart play with great performances (mostly, though it demands a lot from the actors and you see their strengths and weaknesses throughout).

Don't see it if Hard to see someone really hating this. It's entertaining and quick, ill-advised dance/movement bits aside.

The Crucible
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great staging, Resonant, Relevant

See it if Solid revival if you're a fan of the play, Ivo Van Hove, or any of the actors. Everyone does good work.

Don't see it if Don't expect the masterpiece that was A View From the Bridge -- this doesn't hold up.

Ambitious, Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Long

See it if If you're a Eugene O'Neill fan or a fan of any of the actors.

Don't see it if You don't like to sit for almost 4 hours while static characters have the same arguments with each other.

For a previous production
Relevant, Clever, Entertaining, Contrived, Great singing

See it if If you liked Next To Normal, you'll probably like this as well. The clever script helps with plot contrivances. Ben Platt is incredible.

Don't see it if If you have a hard time suspending disbelief.