NoCouches

New York City | 25-34 | Male
About:  "Stop it, Russ. Stop, stop, stop it!" ~Clybourne Park
Reviews (164)
68
Disappointing
July 8th, 2022

See it if you're easily impressed by attempts at spectacle

Don't see it if you actually expect an opulent and overwhelming experience

Also Alex Timbers fails to capture the dizzying spectacle of the source mat... Read more Read less

30
Confused, Uninspired, Banal, Insipid, Slow
July 6th, 2022

See it if you want to feel better about your own artistic practice

Don't see it if you want to witness a competent production of Richard III

Also This production features a clearly capable cast held back by bad/no di... Read more Read less

69
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Aggressively straight, Disappointing, Dated
April 3rd, 2022

See it if You want an evening of (mostly) stellar performances and a few moments of clever stagecraft

Don't see it if You expect a cohesive and well thought out revival

Also This show is aggressively straight. Company is already haunted by the ... Read more Read less

50
Help
Chelsea
Great staging, Cliched, Slow
March 17th, 2022

See it if you're craving some good direction.

Don't see it if you expect engaging or thought provoking material.

Also Help is a beautiful show to look at, but it's politically anemic. Rank... Read more Read less

85
The Life
Midtown W
Hilarious, Intelligent, Funky, Ambitious, Indulgent
March 17th, 2022

See it if you're craving a healthy dose of melodrama and camp via 70s blaxploitation flicks.

Don't see it if you're the kind of person who demands fidelity to text.

Also The Life was never a good musical. Billy Porter's take on the piece as... Read more Read less

100
Intelligent, Delightful, Absorbing, Ambitious
February 14th, 2022

See it if you've never seen Brecht done well.

Don't see it if you dislike highly performative styles, atonal music, and theatre-as-conversation-piece.

Also The Wooster's best work since Dr Faustus Lights the Lights and the Bre... Read more Read less

75
During previews
On Sugarland
East Village
Slow, Indulgent, Ambitious
February 14th, 2022

See it if you're interested in Aleshea's work and development

Don't see it if you expect to see a well-calibrated machine

Also On Sugarland is either entirely an hour too long or two hours too shor... Read more Read less

65
Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious
December 6th, 2021

See it if there is no reason not to see it.

Don't see it if you're easily distressed, or are unable to handle topics such as rape. Or, if you've read the script.

Also Slave Play is an excellent script and an excellent physical production... Read more Read less

84
Fine, Intelligent, Relevant
December 6th, 2021

See it if you want to finally witness a reasonably enjoyable production of Sondheim's best work.

Don't see it if you want a big splashy production.

Also The staging ranges from beautiful to uninspired, and the show is occas... Read more Read less

86
Entertaining, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting
December 6th, 2021

See it if you're interested in a look at the racism ever present in the creative process.

Don't see it if you want more teeth in your social commentary. This is very impressive and aggressive work for 1955, but not so much the present.

Also An important historical piece that still holds up to modern scrutiny. ... Read more Read less

89
Messy, Ambitious
December 6th, 2021

See it if you want to turn off your brain and witness some beautiful imagery, wire work, and stage trickery

Don't see it if you expect something substantial from a script.

Also It's popcorn fodder and it knows it. Exactly what you'd expect it to b... Read more Read less

100
Masterful, Resonant, Riveting, Absorbing
November 11th, 2021

See it if You enjoy big arresting musicals that demand your undivided attention, or solely to see Amber Gray.

Don't see it if there is no reason not to see it. None.

Also Masterful. Brilliant casting. Incredible staging. It's a shame about R... Read more Read less

93
Exquisite, Indulgent, Dizzying, Ambitious, Absorbing
November 11th, 2021

See it if you want to be drawn into the majestic, fully absorbed

Don't see it if you're unable to score reasonable seats with a direct view of the stage

Also This is a nearly perfect show. Ingenious staging and design. Still hol... Read more Read less

90
Intelligent, Quirky, Ambitious, Delightful, Absorbing
August 12th, 2019

See it if you want to see a classic text treated like a new work with technical brilliance and verve

Don't see it if you're precious about the way people handle "the cannon"

86
Great staging, Edgy, Ambitious, Aggressive
June 12th, 2019

See it if you want to be repeatedly punched in the face by a singularly aggressive piece of theatre

Don't see it if you dislike nudity/sexual situations, or if racially based sexual power struggles make you uncomfortable

96
Octet
Midtown W
Refreshing, Funny, Warm, Ambitious, Absorbing
May 31st, 2019

See it if you're looking for a fresh experience or a remarkable new score.

Don't see it if You're an old fogey devoid of a sense of wonder.

Also Octet is like being wrapped in a warm embrace with Dave Malloy for 90 ... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Feral
Midtown E
Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing
May 20th, 2019

See it if you enjoy technically inventive theatre with a heavy focus on visual narrative constructs.

Don't see it if you dislike purely visual storytelling, or alternative means of performance.

Also This piece is absolutely delightful from start to finish. The sound de... Read more Read less

49
Miscast, Poorly directed, Slow, Banal
May 20th, 2019

See it if you absolutely must see every production of Assassins regardless of location or physical production quality

Don't see it if you expect a well-staged, designed, or acted production

Also The Secret Theatre is not a difficult space to work in. It's a standar... Read more Read less

80
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Must see, Awful, Hilarious, Insipid, Ambitious
May 15th, 2019

See it if you want to sit back and enjoy an evening of spectacularly dreadful but incredibly fun theatre. It's basically a Disneyland attraction

Don't see it if you have absurd expectations for a property like King Kong.

Also Kong himself is truly spellbinding, as is a good portion of the show's... Read more Read less

92
For a previous production
Mac Beth
Upper E Side
Must see, Kooky, Indulgent, Hilarious, Dizzying
May 13th, 2019

See it if you're tired of the usual ho-hum tragedy and want to see something....different. It has some truly fascinating performances.

Don't see it if you're set on seeing MACBETH. This is decidedly its own entirely new piece.

Also Is this camp? Is this a misguided drama that just fell off the rails i... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Great acting, Banal
April 14th, 2019

See it if you enjoy generic fare in which small groups of people sit around a domestic space and engage in interpersonal squabbles with lots of leg

Don't see it if you want a show with something to chew on, and does more than examine the minute details of interpersonal relationships

Also The premise is interesting, as is Metcalf's existential opener about t... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Entertaining, Delightful, Intelligent, Quirky, Clever
April 14th, 2019

See it if you enjoy the grotesque, Python-esque vaudeville, and enjoy absurdity with a little bit of bite.

Don't see it if you dislike absurdism, bodily fluids, and can't laugh in the face of abject horror.

94
Intelligent, Refreshing, Riveting, Absorbing
April 3rd, 2019

See it if you like your Shakespeare full of blood and energy and physical dynamism.

Don't see it if you have a narrow idea of what Shakespeare "should" be, you dislike textual liberties, and shows that physically relay information

Also It has you from the start. It's visually stunning. It's physically agg... Read more Read less

56
Bland, Flacid, Disappointing, Slow, Frustrating
April 3rd, 2019

See it if you want to see an entirely new version of Sondheim's second most troubled work, you want to study the way an institution destroys art.

Don't see it if you expect it to be a vibrant bold production full of wit and vigor in the vein of their prior Into the Woods

Also Merrily We Roll Along has a terrific score, it has an engaging plot, t... Read more Read less

48
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Disappointing, Sleep-inducing, Slow, Banal
April 3rd, 2019

See it if You absolutely must see everything John Doyle churns out, you want to see an under-performed Brechtian operetta, or you enjoy $30 naps.

Don't see it if you want theatre full of vigor and blood that will jump off the stage and assault you

Also The ensemble is great, the physical staging is simplistic and fun, but... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Resonant, Riveting, Must see, Intense, Absorbing
March 6th, 2019

See it if you want to see a genuinely riveting production of King Lear that is both beautiful to look at and to hear.

Don't see it if you dislike classical texts, sitting for long durations, or have pretentious "ideas" about what Shakespeare "should" be.

Also The first act is indeed 2 hours long, but it hurtles by like a fiery t... Read more Read less

24
God Shows Up
Midtown W
Entertaining, Dated, Great acting
February 19th, 2019

See it if you want to turn off your brain and enjoy watching a charming cast try to salvage a trite script

Don't see it if you can't forgive lame text and tired old jokes.

Also The cast is truly delightful. The script, although packed full of chuc... Read more Read less

82
Spaceman
East Village
Ambitious, Absorbing, Slow, Intense, Uneven
February 19th, 2019

See it if You enjoy clever scenic design, unusual premises, and surprise puppets.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to intense light and sound

Also The scenic, lighting, and sound design are truly remarkable. The play ... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Hurricane Diane
East Village
A lost opportunity, Disappointing, Slow
February 19th, 2019

See it if you enjoy standard regional theatre fare, middle-aged people who sit around expositing, or you REALLY want to hear a new Bengsons song.

Don't see it if you expect something grand or revelatory from the premise and you want something larger from promise of non-binary representation onstage.

Also The climax of Hurricane Diane, is remarkable. It is full of pulsing bl... Read more Read less

91
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Riveting, Resonant, Intense, Intelligent
December 10th, 2018

See it if You enjoy having your senses assaulted and utterly overwhelmed and desire a show with something worth chewing on

Don't see it if You dislike audience interaction, overtly aggressive staging, or bad Kate Hepburn impressions

Also Network is a masterclass in design and composition. Everything works i... Read more Read less

82
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Relevant, Dated, Entertaining
November 26th, 2018

See it if you haven't experience one of the seminal works the late 20th century, or want top-notch performances.

Don't see it if you dislike traditional theatrical structure (which abounds in plenty in the second act) or you want to see the entire unedited piece.

67
Cliched, Slow, Insipid, Overrated
November 26th, 2018

See it if you REALLY like The Go-Gos, want to turn off your brain, have generally low expectations, want topical content for its own sake

Don't see it if you require something beyond the bare minimum from a show's book, concept, and scenic design. You aren't too hot on The Go-Gos.

Also I kept watching it because it kept happening. That's the best that can... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Must see, Profound, Intense, Thought-provoking
November 19th, 2018

See it if you are genuinely interested in engaging with ritual, confronting the nature of oppression, and making yourself small when necessary

Don't see it if you enjoy escapist entertainment

Also Aleshea Harris has created a sacred space. Although I felt that I was ... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Slow, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Disappointing
November 5th, 2018

See it if you love Brecht, John Doyle's signature style, relevant political work, or Raul Esparza.

Don't see it if you have difficulty with Brechtian theatre, you want escapist entertainment, or Doyle drags you down.

Also I want to love this play, as well as Brecht in general, more than I ac... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Entertaining, Dizzying, Indulgent, Quirky
November 5th, 2018

See it if you want to have an exceptionally weird time.

Don't see it if you dislike experimental scores, non-narrative pieces, or babies trapped in crystal balls.

84
Entertaining, Clever, Quirky
November 2nd, 2018

See it if you enjoy meta-theatrical storytelling, poor theatre-esque design, and non conventional staging/seating arrangements

Don't see it if you dislike non-proscenium spaces, meta-theatrical conventions, or sound demons

38
Banal, Excruciating, Indulgent, Irritating
October 27th, 2018

See it if you enjoy anything that feels "lofty"

Don't see it if you want a piece with something to engage with.

Also White people really just be doing anything and calling it "art."

87
During previews
Poignant, Funny, Word-drunk, Intelligent
October 27th, 2018

See it if you enjoy subtle performances and skillfully crafted monologues full of truthful nihilism, self-deprecation, and malaise

Don't see it if you dislike solo performances or require a strong narrative/visual element in a show

86
Entertaining, Relevant, Quirky, Hilarious
October 26th, 2018

See it if You're willing to examine the inherent problems within "woke" theatre/artist culture and enjoy biting provocative satire

Don't see it if you dislike engaging in discourse about cultural/political issues of race, history, and art

Also While not particularly earth-shattering, this show should cause quite ... Read more Read less

98
Rapturous
October 20th, 2018

See it if you enjoy being enveloped by a truly "complete" show, enjoy intimate connection, and rapturous screams, shouts, and forlorn toots.

Don't see it if you dislike immersive environments and non-traditional scores

Also A tight, remarkable new piece with a kickass cast. The connection that... Read more Read less

25
Lazy, Incoherent, Bad
October 15th, 2018

See it if you're okay watching something that is defiantly unfinished, or you love raking.

Don't see it if you expect an artist to hold themselves to some kind of intellectual standard, or you hate raking.

Also After the messy, but ultimately promising, ICE Factory production of M... Read more Read less

80
Enchanting, Entertaining, Romantic, Toothless
October 15th, 2018

See it if you enjoy the sound of jazz standards and well-crafted lyrics

Don't see it if you want your experience to amount to something more than its individual parts

Also The score is marvelous, the performances are great, and it's got the b... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Quirky, Uneven, Brechtian
September 27th, 2018

See it if you want a Brechtian take on racism in its various political and economic forms in modern (and past and future) America.

Don't see it if you dislike theatre that FORCES you to fully engage with the performance.

Also I still can't decide whether this is a subjectively good play, or a su... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Engaging
September 27th, 2018

See it if you enjoy intellectually and physically engaging with theatre that asks you to make distinct choices.

Don't see it if You dislike overly political shows, or material that forces you to physically engage with it.

Also I thoroughly expected to hate this show. It didn't sound appealing. It... Read more Read less

78
Soundstage
Soho/Tribeca
Slow, Intelligent, Great staging, Ambitious
September 27th, 2018

See it if you enjoy experimental pieces that fully take advantage of their deployed technology

Don't see it if you dislike multi-media heavy pieces or require an over-arching "message" to latch on to.

Also Soundstage is a fascinating examination of inner turmoil, depression, ... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Black Light
West Village
Muddled, Tight script, Phenomenal acting, Forgettable music
September 27th, 2018

See it if you enjoy hybrid concert/musical pieces like Hedwig and Hundred Days, you want to support art made by PoC (HINT: YOU SHOULD)

Don't see it if you have a narrow view of what musical theatre/theatre is/could be.

Also The text is dramaturgically tight, profoundly captivating, and perform... Read more Read less

68
Disappointing, Slow, Scarce half made up, Not shaped for sportive tricks, Rudely stamped
September 26th, 2018

See it if you want to engage with an interesting dramaturgical experiment by a remarkable company

Don't see it if you expect the vigor and verve of a Bedlam show or you dislike Chekhov, anachronism, or disco balls.

Also This piece is a remarkably interesting experiment in slamming together... Read more Read less

50
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Frustrating, Lazy, Disappointing, Cliched, Stagnant
September 17th, 2018

See it if you're easily entertained and will gobble up any old Disney-style princess yarn with a nice score.

Don't see it if you expect some modicum of polish on the book, some effort in the scenic/projection design, and actually want something nice to look at.

Also The score, as expected, is beautiful (with a handful of newer numbers ... Read more Read less

100
Remnant
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Ambitious, Must see, Playful, Riveting
September 5th, 2018

See it if you enjoy non-linear work that makes you sit up and engage with it. you enjoy non-traditional seating/performance styles

Don't see it if you require a firm narrative thread, you dislike ambiguity in experience and theme, you don't enjoy experimental work.

Also Brilliantly integrated. A holistic experience. Mitu's new space is mag... Read more Read less

31
Worse Than Tigers
West Village
Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Generic, Great acting
August 31st, 2018

See it if you enjoy standard table-drama fare with an absurdist "twist" and are easily taken in by "shocking" revelations.

Don't see it if you hate table-dramas, you require something to chew on, or you're cognitive enough to understand the way a show's text functions.

Also This play is bad. It relies almost exclusively on the "no, what?" styl... Read more Read less