Neil 8095

New York City | 65+ | Male

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Reviews (31)
Great staging, Great writing, Absorbing, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if The structure of play--a painful story of genocide seen through a lens of great Cambodian rock music--is brilliant.

Don't see it if Not a show for those who don't like young playwrights honing their craft.

Also Apart from a great script, the fierce energy of the actors--especially... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A brilliant performance by Laura Linney and a powerful portrait of one woman's struggle to grow out of a painful childhood into her identity

Don't see it if This is a play for the self-aware who are not afraid of seeing beneath the surface of others' lives--and their own.

Also Laura Linney is a great actress, onstage the whole time, rising to the... Read more Read less

Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant, Profound, Must see

See it if More powerful in Yiddish. Utterly moving and permanently relevant. Great acting and singing.

Don't see it if are a white nationalist. On the other hand, white nationalists should especially see it, but won't.

Slow, Dated, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if Horton Foote plays are always worth seeing. The husband/wife dynamic resonates.

Don't see it if The play touches on multiple issues without choosing where to focus.

Insipid, Entertaining, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if Bubbly take on Mormonism

Don't see it if Much too much hype for a superficial musical and superficial look at the Mormons and the Book of Mormon.

During previews
Intense, Intelligent, Great staging, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if Creative presentation of what it meant/means to be a black woman. Actresses are terrific individually and together. Mesmerizing, intense.

Don't see it if If you want plot and traditional theater, Colored Girls is not for you.

Resonant, Entertaining, Refreshing, Relevant, Great singing

See it if It's the Temptations!! Great music and stories worth knowing about.

Don't see it if The story and character development are a bit thin. Play basically rides on the music.

Midtown E
Ambitious, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if Apart from being very good theater, you learn a lot about the Thatcher years--and insights into why the Brits become engulfed in Brexit

Don't see it if If you don't care about British politics, this may not be a play for you.

Masterful, Great writing, Riveting, Profound, Must see

See it if A powerful performance that conveys--in all its complexity- the impact of discovering your spouse is addicted to child pornography.

Don't see it if It's a very emotional show on a very tough subject.

Midtown W
Quirky, Funny, Overrated, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if Does provide insight into Rupert Murdoch and what he has wrought.

Don't see it if You have trouble with fast-speaking British accents.

Entertaining, Slow, Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if A great American novel turned into a play.

Don't see it if The novel was enough for you.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging

See it if A profound (!) musing on being gay on America, on being "the other" in America, and on AIDS.

Don't see it if You like light enrtertainment.

Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Ambitious, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if Stoppard loves language and imaginative recreation from obscure historical trivia. Travesties demonstrates his mastery of both.

Don't see it if Stoppard plays with the mind, more than the heart. Travesties is full of historical puns and quickly shifting views, moods, etc.

Mlima's Tale
East Village
Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if A profound, creative effort from one of the best playwrights producing drama today.

Don't see it if You're looking for more traditional theater

Refreshing, Must see, Intelligent, Great staging, Delightful

See it if A wonderful message of grace, gratitude and instant community at a time when the USA is suffering from a dearth of all three.

Don't see it if At least a third of the audience was Canadian, and they got the jokes better than we did.

Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great singing, Refreshing, Must see

See it if Good multigenerational story with some surprising twists and beautiful, throwback songs. Wonderful, wonderful cast.

Don't see it if Goldstein either connects to you emotionally, or it doesn't. The majority of the opening night audience left with tears in their eyes.

The Hot Wing King
Midtown W
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Writing and acting are great. The play delicately balances hysterical black gay patter and serious racial, gender and parental issues.

Don't see it if AfroAmerican dialogue moves fast and sometimes hard to keep up with--but doesn't interfere with enjoying the play.

Also My first experience of a Katori Hall play. I plan to see anything she ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Slow, Funny, Dated, Quirky

See it if A very early version of an Ayckbourn treatment. Worth seeing for that reason. Slapstick ending is pretty funny.

Don't see it if Feels a bit strained, stilted and dated. Ayckbourn got much better.

Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Brilliant mirrored juxtaposition of the fear, pain, anger and (self) righteousness arising from a clash between minorities over two deaths.

Don't see it if This one-man show is very heavy, but the one-man presentation is flawless.

During previews
Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing, Exquisite, Wow!! a 21st century broadway themed show better than dear evan hansen, fun home and (barely) next to normal. just a complete, completely satisfying theater experience!

See it if You want a jukebox musical superior to Mamma Mia re a perfect family that is barely holding together.

Don't see it if If you can't walk and chew gum together, you may have trouble with the multiple heavy themes running through the show.

The Michaels
East Village
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever

See it if serious play all set around a kitchen, a meal, and a stubborn, dying ex-wife who's the center of attention.

Don't see it if you like traditional melodramatic theater.

Also "You never told me that" is a great device throughout the play emphasi... Read more Read less

Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing, Overrated, Confusing

See it if The score and Ali Stroker are worth the show, Staging is interesting.

Don't see it if Ending is confusing and doesn't really work.

Exquisite, Great staging, Intelligent, Must see, Riveting

See it if Terrific cast in an absorbing show from start to finish. Incredibly creative script, staging and production. "The Wall" is hysterical.

Don't see it if I can't get imagine anyone who wouldn't enjoy the show, although the two women next to us left before what was essentially the encore.

Intense, Edgy, Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent

See it if If you are a fan of James Joyce, you'll enjoy Molly Bloom coming to life. Aidan Maloney is wonderful!

Don't see it if This is not a play for those who like light entertainment or a plot.

Riveting, Intelligent, Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if I loved this show. The book and the music were mesmerizing. 'You Outta Know" in the middle the show got an extended standing ovation.

Don't see it if You're tired of plays about 'perfect' families who are quite dysfunctional.

Clever, Hilarious, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Great ensemble with many getting solos--not just the stars. And Kelli O'Hara is worth seeing in anything.

Don't see it if It's a Broadway take on Shakeapeare. Nothing unexpected.

Caroline's Kitchen
Midtown E
Intelligent, Quirky, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious

See it if You like British humor and a bit of slapstick.

Don't see it if You want serious drama or broadway productions

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Riveting

See it if Intelligent treatment of high school suicide in the era of social media with a great mostly young cast.

Don't see it if Second act id good enough but doesn't live up to the promise of the first.

Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You like out of the box entrtainment. Ackroyd is one of a kind.

Don't see it if You have to have a broad sense of humor and enjoy quirkyness to enjoy Ackroyd--but he's a wonderfully acquired taste.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if The trio of great actresses is alone worth seeing the show--especially a command performance by Glenda Jackson. Albee's dialogue: masterful

Don't see it if If you don't like semi-serious drama, sray away.

Overrated, Disappointing, Romantic, Banal

See it if Who wouldn't want a play where Israelis and Arabs discover neither are so bad?

Don't see it if The play is a bunch of undeveloped, disconnected vignettes. Music and acting are ok but the parts don't create a whole.