Natan Z

New York City | 18-24 | Male
About:  I am a theater blogger in New York.
Reviews (32)
90
Clever, Charming, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like a well-constructed farce with consistently-themed satire of social conventions, a brilliant cast, and gorgeous sets.

Don't see it if You prefer more dramatic fare, or don't want to suspend disbelief too far.

90
During previews
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy New York history, fun anecdotes, and Jewish humor.

Don't see it if If you're not a fan of one-man shows, I'd still give this a try. But if you're not interested in the things listed above, pass.

Also This was essentially an evening of listening to an interesting person ... Read more Read less

80
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if This is musical comfort food. It's not a standout, but it's pleasant and fun. If you just want an easy, enjoyable show, this is for you.

Don't see it if If you're looking for something more substantive than musical comfort food.

Also Waitress went through two bookwriters in its development, and it shows... Read more Read less

85
Great singing, Pleasant

See it if This is a pleasant evening of Christmas songs, well sung, with a bit of connective tissue. Good voices, and entertaining sections.

Don't see it if The connective tissue was rather weak, and the evening had no momentum. Better probably to approach this as a concert rather than theater.

95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Masterful, Must see, Great acting

See it if It's closed now, but this was an amazing production of a classic show. Danny Burstein was phenomenal.

Don't see it if Well, it's closed now.

Also I wasn't on ShowScore when I saw this, but it's one of my all-time fav... Read more Read less

85
Great singing, Slow, Great acting

See it if You know and love the songs -- they are very well performed.

Don't see it if The pacing is wonky, and some of the actors dropped a lot of lines. There's one performance remaining, so this review won't matter anyway.

85
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if You want to hear a charming classical score. The music is lovely, and wonderfully sung, especially by Melissa Errico and John Cudia.

Don't see it if You hold plot to be paramount. The book has always been rather clunky, and I think the revisions made in this production weaken it.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You're in for a hilarious tragedy with phenomenal singing, and some rather meta moments in Act II.

Don't see it if If, as Don Sebastian says in Act II, "you come for a story!" The story takes a backseat here to the character and the observations.

85
Funny, Cliched

See it if You want a lighthearted traditional musical comedy with some good dancing, a few pleasant tunes, and a lot of laughs.

Don't see it if You're looking for well-developed characters or an interesting story.

Also I found this show to be extremely predictable. Every single character ... Read more Read less

80
Really Rosie
Midtown W
Funny, Confusing, Fun, Refreshing

See it if You want a pleasant fun children's show.

Don't see it if You don't like children's shows or kids on stage.

95
Assassins
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You like Sondheim or American history

Don't see it if You don't like dark comedy, or darkness in general

Also There were some sound balance issues, but overall this was a wonderful... Read more Read less

90
Great writing, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent, Enchanting

See it if You like big stories, period pieces, and interesting music.

Don't see it if You're looking for pleasant tunes or a lighthearted evening.

95
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if It basically lived up to the hype, so if you've given into the hype... Do I really need to be writing this review?

Don't see it if If you didn't like the cast album which I'm sure you've heard because it's everywhere.

95
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if Chicago is, I think, the best of the long-running warhorses. It is witty, well-written, and still holds up after all these years.

Don't see it if If you don't like dark humor, this may not be for you.

85
Entertaining, Pleasant

See it if You enjoy Andrew Lloyd Webber ballads.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy Andrew Lloyd Webber ballads.

90
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Absorbing, Great writing, Colorful

See it if This is a fun show with a predictable plot but not a bad one. It has many great songs, and while not revolutionary, is worth seeing.

Don't see it if Don't see this if you don't think you'll like it. This show is pretty much what you expect, so your first impression is probably right.

70
During previews
Uneven, Banal, Entertaining

See it if This is an entertaining enough children's show with good production values and pleasant enough music.

Don't see it if This show fails to commit to a tone, and fails to build tension. If you want plot-based drama or compelling characters, this is not for you.

Also This show was a dramaturgical nightmare. So many blatant inconsistenci... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Resonant, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if This show runs the full gamut of emotions, and ends on an uplifting note. It's tearjerking and heartwarming in all the best ways.

Don't see it if You want a more conventional story-driven show, or something more unambiguously light.

Also Come From Away absolutely lives up to the stellar reviews. When I firs... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Delightful, Absorbing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You want a competent production of a beloved classic.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of periodic lengthy tap sequences.

Also Kiss Me Kate comes with a lot of baggage, and I think this production ... Read more Read less

95
Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if You want broad, almost cartoon-esque comedy back to front, great tunes, and amazing design elements.

Don't see it if You're interested in a more developed plot, or something serious, or even a light comedy. This is a broad farce through and through.

Also Hello Dolly doesn't have the best-constructed plot of any musical come... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You love Fiddler, and want to see it in Yiddish. This is the show you know and love, so you probably know if you loveit.

Don't see it if Pass this over if surtitles are a problem for you, or you're not fond of Fiddler to begin with.

Also This production was fantastic from almost every angle. The performance... Read more Read less

95
Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if You likr My Fair Lady or other classic shows. This is a stunning and brilliant interpretation of one of the most iconic musicals ever.

Don't see it if It's dialogue heavy, with long conversations about English class structure and social politics. That could bog it for some. I loved it.

95
Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic

See it if You're into Klezmer music -- the band is the single biggest reason to see this.

Don't see it if You want a plot-driven piece.

85
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Great singing, Entertaining, Great dancing

See it if You know and like the musicals being represented.

Don't see it if You don't know or like the musicals being represented.

95
Bandstand
Midtown W
Absorbing, Profound, Resonant, Riveting, Masterful

See it if You want to see a heart-wrenching and heart-warming story about the experience of veterans coming back home, and with a great swing score.

Don't see it if You don't like big band swing music or stories that alternate too much between upbeat and downbeat.

Also Bandstand is both a highly entertaining show about a band coming toget... Read more Read less

90
Cats
Midtown W
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Refreshing, Great dancing

See it if You're into song-and-dance revues, and general lighthearted sillyness.

Don't see it if You've decided it's popular to hate Cats.

80
During previews
Entertaining, Confusing, Great singing, Funny

See it if You enjoy Jewish music and theater. It's basically a revue.

Don't see it if You have trouble with supertitles.

Also The rapid pace and montage-like nature of it made it confusing to foll... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if You like great technical stage effects and lots of verbal humor and some slapstick.

Don't see it if You're looking for good individual songs or are not into lighthearted comedy.

Also This show is basically carried by the staging. The cast album is not r... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Bastard Jones
Chelsea
Funny, Cliched, Quippy, Clever

See it if You enjoy one-liners and running gags.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of raunchy comedies.

90
Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy an lighthearted pleasant show that's pretty much what you expect.

Don't see it if You don't like rock music, or kids on stage irritate you.

50
Banal, Cliched, Edgy, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if You like Ben Platt and pop songs.

Don't see it if You're interested in a good, coherent story, and an interesting score.

90
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Riveting, Great acting, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if See this show if you like great orchestral music, and a thrilling film noir-esque atmosphere. It is grim, but quite humorous and clever.

Don't see it if If you're not a fan of big ballads, you might not like this show. It is also pretty heavy, so if you like lighthearted shows, skip this one/