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Reviews (44)
60
During previews
Broadway Bounty Hunter
West Village
Just not funny enough, Would be better with scrappier production, Maybe there's a 70 minute show in there, Annie golden sounds phenomenal, Some theater "in jokes" land

See it if really love Annie Golden or Joe Iconis. If not, there's really not much there except underwhelming silliness. I laughed just twice in Act 1.

Don't see it if you think SNL sketches go on too long. Plot takes forever to get going, the recruiting/training of Annie as a bounty hunter is dull filler

61
Free toy solidier with ticket!, Uneven, Shocking but too draw out, Great true-life premise, Committed performers

See it if you slavishly follow critics picks. Seems over hyped. Starts strong w/ teachers instructing classroom but goes off the rails and loses focus

Don't see it if have trouble pretending the Emperor has clothes (pun intended). Beyond the shock-value, there are just too many topics and themes.

52
Dying City
Midtown W
Lincoln center did it better, S-l-o-w, Pov on war is interesting, but not pursued, Identical twins feels gimmicky, Pulitzer prize finalist, really?!?!?!?!

See it if you're a C. Shinn completist and missed the far superior '08 LCT Theater production with Pablo Schrieber. That felt vital, this feels inert.

Don't see it if the play no longer works in the MeToo# era. The initial Pulitzer talk must have been for the topicality of 9/11 and the Iraq War back in '06

79
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Butt-ugly set, Very funny jokes throughout, Ballads are mediocre to bad, Funny songs are very funny, Succeeds despite weak score & weak 2nd act

See it if want to laugh, because the show is very funny. There are great jokes, great comic actors (J. Halson & J. Belhman), and clever novelty songs

Don't see it if need a solid 2nd Act. The air goes out of the balloon once Dorothy admits her deception. The last 30 minutes are a pretty big letdown.

60
During previews
Long Lost
Midtown W
Strong performanace by a. parisse, Unbelievable, White people problems, 100% predictable, Feels like either an old or rushed script

See it if want to see a predictable, mediocre family drama. It hits the expected notes of black sheep, drug-addict sibling stories on a snazzy set.

Don't see it if expect the past brilliance of this author. Some interesting themes are raised, but dropped in favor of banal family intrigue. It's skippable

77
Ink
Midtown W
Faust with lessons in printing techniques, Over produced, Little insight offered, Little nuance, In-your-face

See it if want a loud, yet curiously uninsightful recap of Rupert Murdoch's creation of populist news in UK. Two unsympathetic leads is one too many.

Don't see it if are expecting insight about why Murdoch has been successful. Is it as simple as people loving sex, money and racism? Play doesn't explore.

67
The Appointment
East Village
Overlong snl skit, Fun audience interaction, Nyt scored on a curve for topicality, Uneven, Sophmoric

See it if for audacious subject matter, which for about 1/3 of the show is handled humorously and/or impactfully. The other 2/3 is confusing filler.

Don't see it if can't sit through a pointless and interminable Thanksgiving scene. Doctor office scenes are the most powerful and arresting part of the show

67
During previews
Dearth of plot, Leslie kirtzer!, Leslie kritzer!, In-your-face, Exhausting

See it if curious about film to musical transfers. This isn't the worst one, but there's just not enough plot or emotion to sustain 2 1/2 hours.

Don't see it if loud, overwrought and relentless production numbers get on your nerves. HOWEVER, Leslie Kritzer steals the show. She slays in both acts.

90
During previews
All My Sons
Midtown W
Riveting, Intense, Talented ensemble, Powerfully builds, Lets play speak for itself

See it if want a strong production that lets A MIller's words speak for themselves. Except for some color-blind casting, it doesn't impose on the text

Don't see it if You should see it. Tracy Letts brilliantly captures Joe's capitalistic pragmatism. He's equally matched by an empathetic Benjamin Walker.

93
The Lehman Trilogy
Upper E Side
Fascinating, Great acting, Informative, Engaging, Epic

See it if want to learn about the history of America through the lens of 3 Jewish immigrants. Brilliant staging - simple, but on an epic scale.

Don't see it if are troubled by a slight loss of focus. First 2 acts are masterful, third slightly muddles more current part of story, but still brilliant!

50
During previews
Not-ready-for-primetime, Confusing, Repetitive, Overlong, Undercooked

See it if you want to indulge Tim Sanford in his quest to produce socially-relevant if unpolished and unprofessional work. Time to cancel subscription

Don't see it if can't stomach Once On This Island told without the engaging music, charm, or clear protagonist. Plus, the last of the 5 endings is dreadful

85
Powerful, Unfortunately-still-relevant-as-ever, Provides-missing-pov-from-black-characters

See it if .. you love C. Keenan Bolger. She strikes a beautiful balance of childlike curiousity & adult soulfulness. Oddly, the music doesn't add much

Don't see it if are expecting a remake of the film. The "how did he fall on his knife" framing device is flimsy, but does provide a fresh window on the tale

60
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Dull, Why-do-it-live?, Lacking-structure, Big-thrills-never-arrive

See it if love, love, love Bryan Cranston. However, except for a few scenes, expect to see him on a big TV screen rather than live on stage.

Don't see it if are expecting the power and revelation of past Van Hove productions. It's not there. The subplots are irrelevant and poorly acted.

70
Disappointing, Fluffy, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if love D Summer's big hits. Although you only hear snippets of some. Having 3 Actresses playing Donna is confusing and saps any emotion.

Don't see it if the book & narration are cheesy as hell. And the set and costumes also look like they are done on the cheap, perhaps with an eye to touring?

75
During previews
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Masterful puppetry, Riveting puppetry, Exquisite puppetry, Emotional puppetry

See it if appreciate how talented puppeteers can bring real emotion to inanimate objects. My entire score is for the Kong creature, which is touching.

Don't see it if ...care about plot, good songs, lyrics, or acting. The best moments are when there is no dialogue, just underscoring and the silent ape.

65
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Overrated, Disappointing, Tedious, Predictable, Uninsightful

See it if you're a big Glenn Close fan. She's on stage for nearly the entire show. However, don't expect any grand insights into being J of Arc's Mom.

Don't see it if you're bothered by multiple accents in one family. I heard Brooklyn, Scottish and Irish, but no French. Nothing of interest happens in Act 1

Also Since absolutely zero tension had been built by intermission, and I ha... Read more Read less

65
Repetitive, Funny, Disappointing, Over-long

See it if you want to see very broad & easy targets hit repeatedly with occasionally funny humor. The recreation of T-Day skits are the best element.

Don't see it if .. are expecting believable characters, a plot, a dramatic arc. It plays like an overly long Saturday Night Live skit. 90 minutes go by slow

77
Great singing, Funny, Resonant, Contrived, Great acting

See it if are fans of Pasek and Paul. Their songs are very catchy, but they can be pretty repetitive. Evan's mom's 11 oclock number is worth admission

Don't see it if are bothered by contrived books. Upon second viewing, the plot really doesn't hold up at all. In fact, it seems rather silly & unbelievable.

95
Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Riveting

See it if want to see the definitive production of a musical that I was lukewarm about in other mountings. The environmental staging is amazing.

Don't see it if aren't a fan of intimate musicals, or a cynic who can't let yourself be transported & moved by spirited performances and inventive staging.

70
Funny, Great acting, Disappointing, So-topical-it-hurts

See it if want to enjoy three great actors. The material is beneath them, but they almost make you forget that. D. Radcliffe is a particular delight

Don't see it if you're bothered by artificially imposed timeframes to gin up dramatic quotient. The truth vs. fiction argument gets stale after the 8th time

45
Confusing, Unintelligible, Pretentious, Interminable, Indulgent

See it if are a fan of Ivo Van Hove's stripping down of classic works of theater. Although here done without the same craft or insight.

Don't see it if aren't a fan of mumbled dialogue and glacial pacing. The laughably bad ballet is shifted to of Act II, to prevent walkouts at intermission.

51
Banal, Insipid, Dated, Overrated, Slow

See it if You want to see genuine Broadway talent performing material that is beneath them.

Don't see it if Annoyed by musicals without even a minimal dramatic through line.

50
Fairview
Brooklyn
Pulitizer prize winning gimmick in last 5 minutes, Wild tonal swings

See it if are curious what's considered important theater in '19, or if you want to actively feel ashamed of your privilege and wallow in guilt

Don't see it if are expecting the playwright to present a persuasive case for why you should feel ashamed and guilty. It is knee jerk theater meant to shock

Also Spoiler Alert: Quite frankly, the "I'm so woke" smugness of the first ... Read more Read less

49
Program notes are the only exposition provided, Unengaging score, Unclear of heroine's want, Thin characters, Confusing

See it if don't mind jazz-inflected musical snippets rather than real book musical songs. Left at intermission as nothing had happened in all of Act 1

Don't see it if are annoyed by overly poetic dialogue and stock characters. A fabulous subject (all-female, all-black jazz group in 1940s) is squandered

69
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Repetitive, Nice moments towards the end, "title of show" did this better, "meta" parts don't work, Unnecessarily vulgar

See it if want to see a powerful song where a mother's comforting love curdles into a diatribe against homosexuality. The show hits its stride here.

Don't see it if Meta "how to write a show about me" conceit is tiresome. PH should've helped shape this promising piece and put it in their smaller theater

95
During previews
Octet
Midtown W
Scarily relevant to life today, Starts light & silly but gets very dark & profound, A wild, yet very relevant ride, More of a song cycle than a musical, 100% original

See it if Premise sounds dreadful (12 Step meeting for tech addicts), but the ride is exhilarating, smartly dissecting societal impact of technology.

Don't see it if insist on plot driven musical. Really more of a song cycle, but the issues raised are so wide-ranging, it inspires awe, like Hamilton did.

65
During previews
Diminishing returns, Could be trimmed by 1 hour, Repetitive & overwrought surrealism, Uneven cast, Set overpowers the play

See it if a powerful performance by G. Geary as the son. His transformation from Act 1 to 2 is very powerful and affecting. He's the best thing in it.

Don't see it if don't have patience for same metaphors being slammed into your face for a drawn out 2 1/2 hours. M. Siff & A. Rothenburg seem like amateurs.

45
Laughs die out after 10 minutes, Pointless, Carol burnett show cast, Boring, Pretentious

See it if want to watch J White make N Lane break. It is like a Carol Burnett show outtake. Why we're watching it at Broadway prices is anyone's guess

Don't see it if think you "should" see it because Taylor Mac is an "important" voice. Judy is not. I can't decide which I hated more this or HIR.

87
Ultimately very moving, Exquisite tevye, Jackie hoffman phones it in, Average production values, Yiddish largely a gimmick

See it if for the most poignant rendition of "Do You Love Me" I have ever witnessed. Steven Skybell's performance reaches it emotional peak in Act II.

Don't see it if ...are expecting anything more than a solid production with a few standout performances. For me, being performed in Yiddish didn't add much.

67
During previews
Slow, Toxic masculinity laid on with a trowel, Over-the-top characters, Repetitive, Tiresome 1st scene

See it if want to see a playwright get heavy relationship baggage off her chest. The hyper and heightened emotions are tempered by the last 15 minutes

Don't see it if if you need a protagonist with a clear want. The first date scene is excruciatingly long. The toxic masculinity joke wears thin really fast.

60
During previews
Odd musical choices, Missed opportunity, Great subject matter, Haphazard puppetry, Great program notes

See it if want to read absorbing program notes about HC Andersen's life. You'll need to, because what's onstage is disjointed and very hard to follow.

Don't see it if are expecting the music to enrich the proceedings. It mainly gets in the way, and curiously isn't even from the era in which Andersen lived

48
During previews
Huge disappointment, Mediocre direction, Mediocre set, Mediocre choreography, Mediocre cast

See it if you'd watch Kelli O'Hara read the phone book. That would be funnier than her miscast performance here. Makes you yearn for Marin Mazzie.

Don't see it if you're expecting any fresh spark of innovation or originality. Too Darn Hot is very athletic, but it goes on forever without ever building.

65
Been-done-better, Overly-long, Another-jukebox

See it if you loved Legally Blonde, Heathers & Mean Girls & don't mind sitting through a lukewarm, inferior rehash of the three. Lead actress is good

Don't see it if cringe at parody lyrics of popular songs. After recognizing & laughing at use of a 90s hit, it is tough to sit through the unfunny lyrics

93
Born-to-be-onstage, Great acting, Great stagecraft, Rewards-knowledge-of-potterverse

See it if you've read the books or seen the movies RECENTLY! It enriches the experience immensely to know the plot and characters from the books.

Don't see it if are mildly interested in the wondrous world JK Rowling created. It assumes a basic knowledge of the key characters. I didn't want it to end.

66
During previews
Cliched, Sitcom-ish, Unfunny

See it if Appreciate seeing the full scope of a playwright’s work - good and bad. I don’t think Ms Nottage should focus on comedy, it is not her forte

Don't see it if Are expecting the depth & emotional subtly of Intimate Apparel, Ruined or Sweat. This an experiment that unfortunately doesn’t work.

95
Intelligent, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if you're an American. It delves deep into our very flawed, yet very valuable Constitution. The author is a funny writer & performer. Beautiful

Don't see it if ...don't care about where our country is headed. It is a masterful & thought-provoking evening. My only quibble was the lack-luster ending.

50
During previews
Wild Goose Dreams
East Village
Nails-on-a-chalkboard, Slow, Excruciating, Dull, Bad dialogue

See it if you like how the Public Theater lavishes spending on even poorly written work. The North/South Korea theme should have been the entire focus

Don't see it if you are annoyed by flat-footed dialogue and equally flat acting. The chorus gratingly verbalizes all social media emojiis and responses.

90
Great staging, Great singing, Masterful, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if want to see a masterfully staged musical. The show exquisitely creates a mood of the '30s and sustains it throughout the entire show.

Don't see it if ...need a perfect story & songs that support it. Normally this would bug me, but if the lyrics aren't obviously relevant, the melodies are.

72
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Underwhelming

See it if are looking for an entertaining comedy with several solid comedic performances. Game of snooker yields more laughs than you would think.

Don't see it if are expecting the gut-busting laughs of One Man Two Gouvners. This isn't in that league at all. The live snooker playing is cool, but slow.

82
Funny, Hilarious

See it if enjoy musicals with a sassy edge to them. Tina Fey's humor shines through, and her husband's music is more than serviceable. Funny jokes!

Don't see it if can't stomach another musical about high school teens. It is very fun, but ultimately pretty empty calories. The targets are pretty broad.

90
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting

See it if enjoy a top notch ensemble piece. Even at 3 1/2 hours, my interest NEVER flagged. Nearly every character makes an indelible impression.

Don't see it if have no interest in the politics of England and Northern Ireland, or have trouble understanding thick Irish accents.

68
During previews
Days of Rage
Midtown W
Unbelievable, Forced-relevancy, Intermittently-engaging

See it if are intrigued by over-earnest Vietnam War era radicals. The best & most thought-provoking scenes involve the one African-American character.

Don't see it if you are easily frustrated by thinly drawn characters. T. Gevinson's character exists only to broadly and unbelievably incite drama & action.

63
Ambitious, Confusing, Repetitive, Tedious, Disappointing

See it if want to see a talented actress tear into a role with bravery and gutso, even if her performance may be nothing like the real Sarah Bernhardt

Don't see it if you dislike repetitive plays. It seemed the entire show was just variations on whether Sarah would find a "take" on the character of Hamlet.

95
During previews
Popcorn Falls
Midtown W
Funny, Masterful, Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if Appreciate the magic of 2 actors morphing into a range of quirky town folk, and a story about the power of theater to bring people together.

Don't see it if you are only into heavy handed dramas.