Nathaniel R

New York City | 35-49 | Male
About:  Writer. Film/Theater Lover. Cat Person.
Reviews (46)
62
Banal, Edgy, Funny, Indulgent
November 28th, 2018

See it if you have a high tolerance for absurdism and one man shows (Michael C Hall does fine work with purposefully offputting material)

Don't see it if you need transcendent theater. The subtitle tells it.

76
Great singing, Great staging, Slow, Repetitive but impactful
November 18th, 2018

See it if You love choral music, male voices harmonizing and inspiring stories. Great execution of simple concept.

Don't see it if You get easily restless. Though very well staged it's a little long given the limited concept.

69
Popcorn Falls
Midtown W
Clever, Quick, Madcap but not all that
October 8th, 2018

See it if you like comedies with actors doing multiple zany characters ... and this one even has a clever reason for being a two person show

Don't see it if you need great theater. It's never quite as funny as it needs to be, getting distracted from madcap comedy by trying to be "moving" too

80
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Edgy, Raunchy, Thought-provoking
September 3rd, 2018

See it if you like queer theater, and shows about fierce women. This is a swift sit with with clever staging and the actresses are clearly enjoying it

Don't see it if you dont like train-of-thought provocative theater (the show goes all over the place... but always with an end game)

67
During previews
Entertaining, Dizzying, Indulgent, Overrated, Messy
July 30th, 2018

See it if you like community theater and party-like atmospheres for your shows. Nikki James is excellent and it's a bright colorful production...

Don't see it if it's also a mess. It was so busy and inconsistent that I often didn't know where to look and the acting ranged from great to amateurish

87
Delightful, Absorbing, Epic, Great acting, Must see
July 30th, 2018

See it if you value women's stories and smart riffs on literary classics. Really funny and moving story of free women of color during US slavery

Don't see it if you need short plays or musicals or dont like thinking about America's troubled racial and gender-discriminating history.

70
Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking, Modest
July 21st, 2018

See it if you're interested in how society has shifted around LGBT visibility and homophobia. Lawrence Merritt was terrific as the 90something man

Don't see it if you need a perfect play. It's well meaning and interesting but a little inside its own head. Too much exposition in first half

79
Teenage Dick
East Village
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Uneven
July 16th, 2018

See it if you like contemporary funny riffs on classics. Authentically cast: Disabled actors (both are great) play the disabled characters

Don't see it if you're exhausted by Shakespeare (so many productions (constant Shakespeare on stages!) Uneven cast doesn't quite stick the landing.

90
For a previous production
Absorbing, Great staging, Relevant, Fresh interpretation
July 16th, 2018

See it if the idea of Fiddler in the language of Anatevke intrigues you. It really adds to the soul and authenticity of this classic

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to. Even if you've seen Fiddler a lot of times, this is a fresh take from the use of Yiddish and Russian.

Also It's very easy to follow even if you choose not to read the supertitle... Read more Read less

89
For a previous production
Clever, Erotic, Great costumes, Entertaining, Amazing dancing
July 8th, 2018

See it if Expensively-produced burlesque show -inventive fun with the classic tale of Ferdinand. Pure delight if you like sexy men / visual spectacle

Don't see it if This is an elaborate dance piece - so if you need a full narrative skip. Avoid if you can't lighten up about campy fun with gender / sex

Also I'd never been to Theater XIV before and it's a terrifically designed ... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great writing, Queer
June 29th, 2018

See it if you like inventive totally contemporary musical comedy and the retro pleasures of the hit songs of the Go-Gos. So Delightful. Super cast.

Don't see it if you need short shows or are offended by progressive ideals -- and, if so, why are you into theater ;)

78
Funny, Fluffy, Dated, Great singing, Uneven
June 28th, 2018

See it if if you're curious about this weirdly enduring oddity. It's maybe too cute / too simple (?) but solid small production. Great voices

Don't see it if you dont like the title song (they reprise it constantly! You've been warned). This is a good staging but the musical itself has issues

90
During previews
Carmen Jones
East Village
Absorbing, Great singing, Intelligent
June 17th, 2018

See it if you love opera or musical theater that leans into operatic styles. Anika Noni Rose is amazing and in great voice.

Don't see it if you don't like in-the-round staging or need an intermission. It moves fast.

93
Enchanting, Fluffy, Great staging, Hilarious, Must see
June 11th, 2018

See it if you're a fan of star vehicles in their purest 'buckets of charisma' form. I saw Bernadette ❤️. Great colorful production of a classic.

Don't see it if you don't like silly musicals or shticky comedy. But if you do you will loooove it.

61
Fluffy, Overrated, Funny, Standard, Garish projections
June 11th, 2018

See it if you really like to see your fav movies on stage. Or are a fan of scene-stealing actors (Ashley Park, Grey Henson, Kerry Butler!)

Don't see it if you need adaptations sufficiently rethought for the stage or prefer sets to projections. This doesn't hold a candle to the awesome movie.

86
Great singing, Profound, Resonant, Slow, Enchanting
May 18th, 2018

See it if you value original musicals (the score is sensational) and want to be swept away. Gorgeous singing / musicianship. Katrina Lenk & the band ♥

Don't see it if you need fast paced. It simmers rather than boils but the cumulative result is delicious

82
The Gentleman Caller
West Village
Absorbing, Funny, Indulgent, Intense
May 18th, 2018

See it if you are interested in Tennessee Williams career, persona, and art... or gay history. Totally interesting with a fun central performance

Don't see it if you need perfect plays. Act 2 is a bit indulgent and rough but I'm really glad I saw it.

40
Too much effort for too little magic
May 9th, 2018

See it if you really need to see all the big Disney musicals. Or have kids. The kids in the audience were intermittently delighted

Don't see it if you need big stage magic or grand performances. A few effects are good but this feels both strenuously overworked and creatively undercooked

Also "Let it Go" is the obvious highlight but there's so much padding to pl... Read more Read less

84
Great singing, Great acting, Intense, Beautiful score, But that book!
May 6th, 2018

See it if you want to bone up on the classics. This score is incredible and across the board the singing was divine. Joshua Henry = Tony-worthy

Don't see it if you need a modern take on the show. It's a prestige revival of an influential musical. But that second act is still hugely problematic.

88
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Moving
May 6th, 2018

See it if you want to support ambitious work off broadway. Amazed at how rich and funny even a lower budget production is of this masterpiece.

Don't see it if you need big spectacle or across-the-board Tony calibre acting (one of the four leads was a bit weak).

Also VERY impressed at how ambitious this was. Fun costumes, beautiful set,... Read more Read less

70
Cliched, Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent
April 23rd, 2018

See it if you enjoy heartfelt small musicals that are clearly labors of love. Solid but lacking that special elevating moment / song.

Don't see it if you need your LGBT stories to be more LGBT focused (this was more about Jewish identity with a straight man as the central figure)

Also I was slightly offended at the notion that a genius gay man like Harve... Read more Read less

78
Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Unexpected
April 23rd, 2018

See it if Not at all what I was expecting. An unusually thoughtful existential comedy that felt like great improv but was clearly ( well) written.

Don't see it if you need visual stimulation -a little limited in that way. If you need a quiet crowd that can be a problem (heckling was even encouraged!)

82
For a previous production
Clever, Funny, Entertaining
April 20th, 2018

See it if you love stylized humor -- Charles Busch is a master at Old Hollywood style and sly subversions. Funny show with terrific supporting cast

Don't see it if you dont like melodrama, Old Hollywood ACTING, and silly riffs on grand dame behavior.

90
Yerma
Upper E Side
Riveting, Intense, Great acting, Daring, Confrontational
April 16th, 2018

See it if you love bravely contemporary reworkings of classics. Billie Piper is phenomenal as an increasingly unhinged woman.

Don't see it if you are sensitive to adult themes (it's very frisky) or need light entertainment (it's wrenching drama though funny at times)

Also The staging is so fascinating both voyeuristic and distancing *and* to... Read more Read less

95
The Lucky Ones
East Village
Absorbing, Epic, Riveting, Must see
April 6th, 2018

See it if you love original takes on the musical form. I was absolutely mesmerized. Amazing songs. Heartwrenching performances

Don't see it if You need light song & dance spectacles. This is heavy but so so worth it. Wow.

77
During previews
Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Uneven
March 30th, 2018

See it if you like a good tough play that doesn't spoonfeed or lecture despite ample opportunities to do that

Don't see it if you need it to be great. Falls short of that though it is moving.

70
Afterglow
Midtown W
Cliched, Edgy, Indulgent, Raunchy, Relevant
March 21st, 2018

See it if you like contemporary dramas about relationships. Uneven acting but relevant subject matter to LGBT romances.

Don't see it if you are sensitive about nudity on stage or if you need your dramas to have a lot of depth. This one is hit and miss tho' well staged.

77
For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Funny
March 19th, 2018

See it if you love jokes about "ACTING!" and other riffs on identity and narcissism

Don't see it if you don't know anything about Tilda Swinton or current cinema. Lots of cultural jokes.

87
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking
March 17th, 2018

See it if you ♥︎ costume dramas w/ big ideas. Mark Rylance is transcendent in this surprisingly hilarious play

Don't see it if you need fluffy theater. While the show is quite funny it's patient, thoughtful and sad, too. Ambitious heady stuff.

89
Absorbing, Edgy, Must see, Thought-provoking
March 16th, 2018

See it if you wanna know what all the kids are in into these days in musical theater. It's very youthful & tear-jerking -- the musical acting is great

Don't see it if you don't like tonally risky shows. There's humor about suicide that doesn't always strike a tasteful note.

90
During previews
Edgy, Refreshing, Great singing, Absorbing, Funny
February 19th, 2018

See it if you enjoy subversive theater and clever use of musical forms. The arias are ♥️. The supporting cast in particular is superb.

Don't see it if you prefer old fashioned escapism and don't like vulgarity or purposefully uncomfortable humor - the musical often goes there.

58
As Is
Midtown W
Dated, Resonant, Disappointing, Uneven
February 5th, 2018

See it if you'd like to complete your knowledge of the most famous early AIDS plays.

Don't see it if you need a polished production. The cast was quite uneven with some overacting (given the tiny space)

82
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Riveting, Thought-provoking
February 5th, 2018

See it if you love Albee or any of the featured actors who are all three delicious / funny / committed to the material

Don't see it if you need spectacle. This is very much an actor's showcase. Two (related) one acts with a beautifully minimalist set.

Also the 1st act (apparently written later?) is stronger. 2nd has compellin... Read more Read less

74
Clever, Absorbing, Indulgent, Confusing
February 2nd, 2018

See it if You like the score. This is an always interesting if extremely niche musical (and difficult to pull off). Uplifting despite dark material.

Don't see it if you need impeccable casting. A lack of chemistry between the male leads was a problem. Admirable and energetic production otherwise.

92
Absorbing, Dizzying, Great acting, Intense, Resonant
February 1st, 2018

See it if you believe in the catharsis of live theater. This show is so moving. Memories flood back from that sad time but the show uplifts!

Don't see it if you need a lot of spectacle. (I loved the simple staging - just actors moving chairs about and changing jackets for new characters and such.

79
During previews
Balls
Midtown E
Clever, Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious, Uneven
January 22nd, 2018

See it if you're interested in ambitious staging / choreography. Truly impressed at how many ways they found to interpret tennis on stage!

Don't see it if you need a perfect script. This show is all over the place. Lots of delightful ideas though.

57
The Baby Dance
Greenwich V
Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Indulgent
January 17th, 2018

See it if you like intimate dramas and are interested in class divides. The female leads are both touching.

Don't see it if you need energy in your theater. The staging was awkward with lots of distracting leaden "business" for the actors to do

60
Confusing, Dizzying, Indulgent, Clever
December 4th, 2017

See it if you're a diehard fan of the show or need a lot of spectacle in your theater

Don't see it if you haven't seen the show. I went in cold and it was like watching a total abstraction... albeit an epically colorful one

75
Clever, Dizzying, Funny, Great staging
November 22nd, 2017

See it if you ♥︎ anachronistic riffs on classics that don't lose the heart of the source. The ensemble cast (in multiple roles) is especially funny

Don't see it if you dislike long shows (it's kind of indulgent with itself) or shows which are irreverent with the classics.

90
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Fluffy
November 2nd, 2017

See it if you love a good silly time and don't feel too precious about your Shakespeare plays. Do not miss if inspired hammy acting delights you

Don't see it if self-consciously "jokey" shows aren't your thing.

75
For a previous production
Clever, Funny, Fluffy, Effortful, Entertaining
October 9th, 2017

See it if you love slapstick comedy, plays about theater, or take particularly sadistic joy in schadenfreude.

Don't see it if you need it to be as good as "Noises Off", the unassailable masterpiece of comic theater-about-theater. This one's a bit strained at times

86
For a previous production
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Hilarious, Refreshing
October 5th, 2017

See it if you love inventive one-person shows or smart gay theater. The brilliant Drew Droege satirizes self-absorption in the space between his lines

Don't see it if you find one person shows difficult. It's all Drew, all the time (though the way it incorporates characters you can't see is totally clever)

99
Ambitious, Riveting, Great staging, Epic, Long
October 4th, 2017

See it if you love ambitious musicals, anachronistically exciting historical drama, and shows that challenge the form while entertaining you

Don't see it if you're impatient -- It's very long (but riveting throughout)

63
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Excruciating, Intense, Thought-provoking, Confrontational
October 4th, 2017

See it if you love thought-provoking experimental often aggressive theater. Or if you're a fan of the book

Don't see it if you're looking for straight "entertainment value" or have difficulty with jarring light and music cues. It's purposefully confrontational

84
Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Delightful, Fluffy
October 4th, 2017

See it if you enjoy Cyndi Lauper (great score!), like stories about sassy drag queens, and comedies with sneaky dramatic heft

Don't see it if you are easily offended (though I went with a friend's family and even the kids loved it)

64
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Refreshing, Great singing, Funny, Disappointing, Banal
October 4th, 2017

See it if You love listening to Greatest Hits Albums (A lot of classic songs are cycled through). Fans of Tony Yazbeck will be in heaven

Don't see it if You value consistency. It's super uneven and the framing mechanism, quotes from Harold Prince, feels quite random.