Nycben

New York City | 35-49 | Male
About:  Been in NYC for 25 years and still love (almost) everything about it. Love theater and the arts.
Reviews (70)
56
Great acting, Disappointing, Boring, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if You're a Tony Kushner fanatic. You can sit through a self-indulgent 3-hour confusing play.

Don't see it if You have a short attention span. We get the similarity between history and today. Why the need to hit us over the head with explanations?

80
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Fluffy, Great singing, Great staging, Clever

See it if A very safe story line. Genie is amazing. Fun costumes and dancing. I was hesitant to see a Disney show and was surprisingly entertained.

Don't see it if You're looking for a deep drama or toe-tapping numbers. No in-depth discussions after but definitely a smile on your face.

77
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Slow, Relevant, Disappointing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy LQBTQ theater, seeing underrepresented voices onstage. Definitely a connection to western mentality toward gays today. Good acting

Don't see it if Some of the monologues seem over simplified & the ending is really abrupt and disappointing. Just needs some tightening to make it profound.

40
During previews
Wasted talent, Messy, Indulgent, Disappointing, Raunchy

See it if If you like bathroom humor or you have to see everything Nathan Lane or Taylor Mac does. You don't care about a plot.

Don't see it if Farts and penises can be funny. But a plot is needed. The three leads are so talented and their talent was utterly wasted.

Also Taylor Mac was maybe trying to make a point about the underdog and inv... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Must see, Riveting, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if The story of Lehman Bros through the immigrant experience. Three actors masterfully play dozens of characters. An American history lesson.

Don't see it if You can't sit through a long show, even though you'll be mesmerized the entire time. I could have watched for another 3 hours.

Also The three actors transform into so many characters without changing co... Read more Read less

81
Superhero
Midtown W
Touching, Bleak, Absorbing, Great singing

See it if You like new musicals, don't mind sad topics. Beautiful voices. You liked Evan Hansen and Next to Normal. You are ok with crying.

Don't see it if You've had enough of tragic boy high school stories. You can't handle tough story lines. You want a big splashy song and dance musical.

75
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Great acting, Resonant, Melodramatic, Relevant

See it if A well-acted, timely play dealing w/gay marriage and family relationships (actual and chosen families). You don't mind tearing up.

Don't see it if You're looking for a light, fun night at the theater. A little manipulative and Lifetime story. You have problems with same-sex love stories

71
Entertaining, Slow, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if If you like a jukebox musical and want to hear lots of Cher songs sung by talented singers. You don't mind flimsy plot and corny jokes.

Don't see it if If you want something more substantial than a bunch of Cher songs strung together. No depth to the story. No need for three Chers either.

94
Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Great dancing, Delightful

See it if You want to see a perfect Broadway song & dance sensation with touching, real stories. It’s a bit dated but no matter. It’s still relevant.

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals or dance. You can’t deal with lyrics about real life sexual situations.

83
The True
Midtown W
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if Edie Falco and the rest of the cast are sublime. Fascinating to learn about this strong woman, especially in the current political climate.

Don't see it if You get confused with political shows. A slight knowledge of the political process in the past may be a little helpful.

81
The Damned
Upper E Side
Confusing, Edgy, Intense, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You are a van of van Hove, open to unconventional storytelling, you can handle really intense scenes. You want a new theatrical experience.

Don't see it if If nudity and sex scares you. You're not open to new ways of telling stories. You can't handle loud music or reading supertitles.

95
Magical, Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious, Innovative

See it if You are a HP fan. You want an exciting theatrical experience. You love innovative, smart storytelling. You want to be awed.

Don't see it if You don't know anything about Harry Potter. You can't sit through 5 hours of theater.

Also Even if you aren't a big Harry Potter fan, if you know the main charac... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Great acting, Hilarious, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if A smart show with a masterful ensemble cast dealing with the universal issues of race and mean girls in a Ghanaian high school.

Don't see it if It's not subtle or quiet. A bit over the top but extremely well-acted.

82
During previews
Great staging, Great singing, Silly, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if You want mindless, silly entertainment full of talent, great staging, and awesome voices. A big splashy fun show. Very loyal to the cartoon.

Don't see it if Too long. Lots of kids in the audience. You don't mind something that won't make you think too hard after.

95
Great writing, Great acting, Riveting, Relevant, Must see

See it if Stellar cast reviving modern themes of relationships, parents and children. Urie and Ruehl are amazing. I was transfixed the entire show.

Don't see it if You can't deal with gay themes, simulated sex or drag queens.

90
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Riveting, Enchanting

See it if Tymisha Harris's smile lights up the stage and she is supremely talented singing and dancing her way through Baker's rich life. Wonderful.

Don't see it if Nudity makes you uncomfortable. You're looking for in-depth details on her life. This is a nonstop 75-min. show breezing through her life.

74
Afterglow
Midtown W
Raunchy, Entertaining, Cliched, Gay, Great acting

See it if You want to see a three way gay relationship on stage with lots of nudity and hot men. It felt true to life.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with nudity and gay relationships. Some of the characterizations and story felt flat. Not very deep.

68
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Great singing, Disappointing, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if You're really familiar with Hal Prince's shows. You love the music and haven't seen the shows. You want to hear some classic Bway singing.

Don't see it if You're not that familiar with Prince's shows. There's no back story or context for any of the performances so you may feel a bit lost.

Also While some of the songs and performances were great, there was almost ... Read more Read less

70
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Confusing, Relevant, Great acting, Intense

See it if You want to see great acting and how this classic story is more relevant than ever in our current political times.

Don't see it if You can't handle intense violence. You may be confused if you haven't read the book as some of the plot points have been very condensed.

76
Funny, Quirky, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a great production of a Joe Orton play. You like non-traditional stories.

Don't see it if You're easily offended. You need to go into this with an open mind and roll with it otherwise you won't enjoy it.

90
Great staging, Quirky, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if You want to see two amazing leads and supporting cast in a big splashy show that will keep you smiling. Great sets with non-stop action.

Don't see it if You're looking for memorable songs or a deep, serious drama. Just allow yourself to have fun with it.

45
Amelie
Midtown W
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Low-budget

See it if You want to hear the great voices of Phillipa Soo and Adam Chanler-Berat and you're curious how the movie translates to the stage.

Don't see it if This was disappointing on so many levels. Confusing plot (I never saw the film), forgetful songs and cheap sets made it hard to sit through.

Also For a relatively short show, there was a lot to be disappointed about.... Read more Read less

84
During previews
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Great staging, Ambitious, Modern, Great acting

See it if You like a modern take on a classic play with unique staging. You want to see a great interpretation of timeless themes in a new production.

Don't see it if You like your classic plays told in a traditional manner. You have trouble keeping up with complex themes. You're easily intimidated.

Also The Armory is a totally unique space for this brightly-lit show on a r... Read more Read less

87
Clever, Absorbing, Delightful, Quirky

See it if This is unconventional theater with multi-talented actors/musicians; wonderful story-telling methods; and delightful song, dance and puppets

Don't see it if You like traditional theater or if you don't like quirky child protagonists. You want a patriotic war story told in a solemn manner.

88
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Absorbing, Masterful, Glorious

See it if You love Glenn Close and huge, sweeping orchestras in a masterful performance. A stripped-down production focusing squarely on the actors.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of A.L.W.'s often-repetitive melodies. You are yearning for the huge sets of the original production.

84
Great singing, Great staging, Fun, Fluffy, Delightful

See it if You are looking for a fun night at the theater, great singing & performances and a not-scary, dark storyline. A great, safe show.

Don't see it if You want something that will stay with you. It's a simple show on a small stage. I'm glad I saw it but would not be upset if I hadn't.

82
Make Believe
Midtown W
Quirky, Slow, Sad, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a smartly-constructed play with a great cast, half children and half adults. Deals with heartbreaking issues of neglect.

Don't see it if You can't deal with abandonment stories or child actors (who are quite good). It's pretty sad at the end and a little slow.

80
Octet
Midtown W
Refreshing, Confusing, Great singing, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if Smart lyrics, amazing acapella performances, very modern subjects. Very new and exciting. If you liked "Great Comet" you'll appreciate this.

Don't see it if You're looking for something traditional and flashy. This is all about the voices and lyrics. You need to concentrate to catch the nuances.

92
During previews
Intelligent, Must see, Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if A spectacular production, almost completely sung. A modern retelling of a classic tragic love story. The ensemble sings and dances to glory.

Don't see it if You don't like music. It's almost like an opera.

Also The cast is sensational including the the on-stage band which is almos... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Great acting, Slow, Great staging, Confusing

See it if If you're a Shakespeare fan this is a beautiful production with Glenda Jackson in the starring role. Musicians onstage add to the opulence.

Don't see it if If you don't know the story it can get confusing. It's 3 hr. 45 with intermission, requiring concentration and commitment. Not for purists.

70
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Clever

See it if You're looking for an all Bryan Cranston star vehicle for him to shine. You like Ivo van Hove shows with a very modern set.

Don't see it if The other characters seem flat. The TV set is distracting. Many lines by other characters are given to Cranston. The very end is unnecessary

91
Great singing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Profound, Must see

See it if Stunning production with a huge cast with amazing voices. Dylan songs never sounded so poetic. An intimate show that transforms and inspires

Don't see it if You want an action show. This is all about the nuances of a small place and human interaction. You are open to new versions of Dylan songs.

81
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if A touching story in an intimate, beautiful setting on the unique perspective of being the mother of Joan of Arc. Glenn Close is masterful.

Don't see it if You don't like period pieces. You don't like the mash up of an old story told with a twist of modern language.

68
During previews
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Riveting, Epic, Ambitious, Mediocre everything else

See it if The puppet and sets are remarkable. The range of emotions that Kong can show are truly amazing. Definitely worth seeing just for this.

Don't see it if On the other hand, the book and songs are flimsy and forgettable. The voices are good but it's very long and yet the story seems rushed.

88
Carmen Jones
East Village
Great singing, Refreshing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a fresh take on an old show with an amazingly talented cast. Anika Noni Rose is spellbinding.

Don't see it if You want a huge, expensive production, this is pretty stripped down. You don't like musicals, this is almost all sung.

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Riveting, Dated, Intense

See it if A classic gay play with a very impressive cast. You don't mind nasty characters being really bitchy to each with great lines.

Don't see it if You're looking for an reenactment of the original show. This plays for laughs more so than the self-loathing of the original

89
Hilarious, Great writing, Gay, Raunchy, Absorbing

See it if You have a campy gay sensibility and want to laugh uncontrollably for 80 minutes. A silly, light night at the theater with an edge.

Don't see it if You don't like camp, gays, drug use, sexual comments or shallow people.

90
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Clever, Great acting, Great singing

See it if A small, smart play less about plot and more about characters and mood. Delightful cast with smart characters and songs. Definitely see this

Don't see it if You want action and razzmatazz. This is not big and splashy. It's subtle and slow but so rewarding.

75
Junk
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Long, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if A smart show about the 80's financial world. Talented cast but interesting perspective on a complicated topic. Still relevant today.

Don't see it if Speeches were preachy, the language didn't sound like real people. Could have been trimmed by a half hour.

85
During previews
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if A thrilling cast makes this revival seem current. Taymor has great direction/staging . A beautiful production. Highly recommended

Don't see it if You can't deal with nudity and gender-bending themes. Subject matter is heavy.

67
During previews
Confusing, Edgy, Disappointing, Ambitious, Homoerotic

See it if An edgy, all-male interpretation with dance-filled violence, sexy shirtless men and unique staging. You're ok with style over substance.

Don't see it if Accents were almost intelligible. No emotional connection. The violence didn't feed dangerous. Very confusing plot if you're not familiar.

74
During previews
Charm
West Village
Great acting, Edgy, Long, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a well-acted show about trans people, a group rarely portrayed on stage. The show seems timely and real.

Don't see it if The show is long and a bit heavy handed and some of the characters are one-dimensional. You can't handle swearing and hard subject matter.

93
During previews
Hilarious, Great acting, Refreshing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Amazing performances w/perfect comic timing from the entire cast. A refreshing take on a classic.You'll leave with a huge smile on your face

Don't see it if You can't sit through a long show. You have to be comfortable listening to Shakespearean language.

Also Annaleigh Ashford and Shalita Grant fighting with their spurned lovers... Read more Read less

94
Ambitious, Great staging, Great singing, Masterful, Epic

See it if You want to see a massive glorious show in a new way, the cast performs all around the spectators with gorgeous song and dance. A must see.

Don't see it if You may have trouble hearing some lyrics. You need to pay attention to keep track of the characters.

69
Funny, Disappointing, Entertaining, Flat

See it if You want to see Christian Borle in a fun role or you have children to introduce to the theater. You want a new interpretation of Roald Dahl.

Don't see it if No memorable new songs, and the other children (except for Charlie) are turned into bad caricatures. This was meant for children's theater.

Also Parts of the show were fun, especially once they get to the chocolate ... Read more Read less

68
Disappointing, Oversimplified, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You're looking for a rock opera that won't tax your intelligence or a historical show with a strong female lead and a hard working cast.

Don't see it if You want a deep interpretation of Joan's story. Most songs sound similar. This is not "Here Lies Love" part 2.

70
Linda
Midtown W
Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if A modern play with a fantastic lead smartly covering themes of female aging and beauty, internet bullying, motherhood, and fidelity.

Don't see it if The second act is not quite as strong, and I felt like the strong character from act 1 became someone else in act 2.

79
The New Yorkers
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You're looking for a classic show with awesome song & dance numbers and silly lyrics. You don't mind a crazy plot but you want to smile lots

Don't see it if Plots need to make total sense. You're looking for something in-depth and serious. This is all about song/dance/colors/laughs.

86
Spamilton
Midtown W
Hilarious, Clever, Great singing, Funny

See it if You love theater and have seen Hamilton. You love a small low budget but highly clever parody. Fantastic small cast with tremendous voices.

Don't see it if You haven't seen a lot of theater as some of the jokes will get lost. Must have a sense of humor and can laugh at nuances of Broadway shows.

35
Confusing, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You want to take a chance on a new musical with a muddled plot. The three actors are earnest but overact.

Don't see it if You want a cohesive story or you're easily confused. The description of the show doesn't seem to be what I actually saw.