NoCouches

New York City | 25-34 | Male
About:  "Stop it, Russ. Stop, stop, stop it!" ~Clybourne Park
Reviews (151)
90
Intelligent, Quirky, Ambitious, Delightful, Absorbing

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"

96
Octet
Midtown W
Refreshing, Funny, Warm, Ambitious, Absorbing

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

49
Miscast, Poorly directed, Slow, Banal

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

92
During previews
Mac Beth
West Village
Must see, Kooky, Indulgent, Hilarious, Dizzying

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

89
During previews
Entertaining, Delightful, Intelligent, Quirky, Clever

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.

56
Bland, Flacid, Disappointing, Slow, Frustrating

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

96
During previews
Resonant, Riveting, Must see, Intense, Absorbing

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

82
Spaceman
East Village
Ambitious, Absorbing, Slow, Intense, Uneven

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

91
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Riveting, Resonant, Intense, Intelligent

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

67
Cliched, Slow, Insipid, Overrated

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

72
During previews
Slow, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Disappointing

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

84
Entertaining, Clever, Quirky

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

87
During previews
Poignant, Funny, Word-drunk, Intelligent

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

98
Rapturous

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

80
Enchanting, Entertaining, Romantic, Toothless

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

90
During previews
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Engaging

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

82
During previews
Black Light
West Village
Muddled, Tight script, Phenomenal acting, Forgettable music

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

50
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Frustrating, Lazy, Disappointing, Cliched, Stagnant

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

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

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

76
The Beyonce
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Slow

See it if you enjoy the witty, introspective voice of Eliza Bent, like Beyonce covers, or Dave Malloy impressions

Don't see it if you REALLY like Chekhov and don't want to see his work re-interpreted and subverted, or if you have an aversion to seeing furniture onstage.

Also This show had many Beyonce covers. This show had many pieces of furnit... Read more Read less

90
Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful, Reassuring, Many chairs!

See it if you want to feel good about humanity, you want to hear a beautiful new score, or you really really like chairs.

Don't see it if you dislike uplifting messages, non-traditional scores, you hate chairs.

Also This show has lots of chairs.

60
Competent

See it if you enjoy evenings of acceptable, "fine," theatre.

Don't see it if you want a show full of live and drive with a truly dynamic score.

Also This isn't a bad show. But it's not necessarily a good show either. It... Read more Read less

91
Trainspotting Live
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Indulgent, Intense, Entertaining

See it if you want to be fully steeped in a loud, aggressive, shocking, and hilarious exploration of the Scottish underground scene.

Don't see it if strobe lighting has an adverse effect on you, you dislike nudity, overt sexual aggression, violence, drug use, language, and poop.

Also This immersive adaptation of Trainspotting is incredibly effective. It... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious

See it if you enjoy free-form structure and inventive scenic/lighting design

Don't see it if you require a linear narrative or polished technical elements

Also This piece has some really stunning ideas and images inside it, but it... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Delightful, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you enjoy the work of the Wooster Group

Don't see it if you dislike experimental work, non-linear narratives, or lack of mainstream catharsis.

86
Great staging, Edgy, Ambitious, Aggressive

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

88
During previews
Feral
Midtown E
Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

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

80
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Must see, Awful, Hilarious, Insipid, Ambitious

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

50
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Great acting, Banal

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

94
Intelligent, Refreshing, Riveting, Absorbing

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

48
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Disappointing, Sleep-inducing, Slow, Banal

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

50
God Shows Up
Midtown W
Entertaining, Dated, Great acting

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

60
During previews
Hurricane Diane
East Village
A lost opportunity, Disappointing, Slow

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

82
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Relevant, Dated, Entertaining

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.

100
Absorbing, Must see, Profound, Intense, Thought-provoking

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

86
Absorbing, Entertaining, Dizzying, Indulgent, Quirky

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.

38
Banal, Excruciating, Indulgent, Irritating

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."

86
Entertaining, Relevant, Quirky, Hilarious

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

25
Lazy, Incoherent, Bad

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

70
Ambitious, Quirky, Uneven, Brechtian

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

78
Soundstage
Soho/Tribeca
Slow, Intelligent, Great staging, Ambitious

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

68
Disappointing, Slow, Scarce half made up, Not shaped for sportive tricks, Rudely stamped

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

100
Remnant
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Ambitious, Must see, Playful, Riveting

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

95
Enchanting, Refreshing, Profound, Slow

See it if you want to sit and allow a very understated piece of theatre slowly wash over you.

Don't see it if you require a lot of flash, or a lot of narrative content.

Also This show is beautiful in many ways. But it is definitely slow. One mu... Read more Read less

47
During previews
Pushkin
East Village
Banal, Slow, Dated

See it if you have an intense interest in Russian history and/or literary figures, you don't require high stakes to remain engaged in a story

Don't see it if you expect a script to be rigorously thought-out, you dislike overtly "talky" plays, you want high drama with major stakes.

Also Pushkin is dull. Exorbitantly so. It is long winded. It has an act bre... Read more Read less

96
Fairview
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Intelligent, Must see, Slow

See it if you can get a ticket.

Don't see it if you want to have an objectively "enjoyable" time.

Also The mere fact that this play was written so to be so effectual on one ... Read more Read less

65
Field, Awakening
East Village
Ambitious, Intelligent, Cliched, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you have an interest in Turkish politics, traditional theatrical structures, or want to get a taste of a promising young playwright.

Don't see it if you expect visual or intellectual cohesion in a play, you dislike the traditional "family drama" structure, you want to see something sharp.

Also Melis Aker is a talented writer, and there's definitely a future for t... Read more Read less

93
During previews
MUMMENSCHANZ: you & me
Upper W Side
Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Absorbing, Must see

See it if you want to spend an enchanting evening exploring the utmost extremes of what is possible in the theatre

Don't see it if you require a plot, you dislike silence, or you are allergic to magical fun.

59
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You enjoy Becket-esque landscapes and situations; "experimental" work in the downtown style.

Don't see it if You want something to chew on beyond an intriguing concept. This show ultimately leaves you with a mouthful of nothing

Also The disappearing character trope is interesting, as is the literaly di... Read more Read less

96
Danger Signals
West Village
Intelligent, Intense, Riveting, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if you want to see something vibrant and intelligent. It has something to say and it knows how to say it.

Don't see it if you dislike non-linear narrative structures or require a play to hold your hand and concisely explain itself to you

Also Violent. Disparate. Exhilarating. ... Read more Read less