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Reviews (42)
90
Quirky, Ambitious, Intelligent
July 13th, 2022

See it if you are a fan of ERS, of Chekhov or of experimental work!

Don't see it if you prefer your Chekhov straight-up.

Also We've seen a lot of Seagulls, and this is the best final-act Nina perf... Read more Read less

97
California
East Village
Delightful, Great staging, Must see, Ambitious, Quirky
May 28th, 2022

See it if you like a trippy, funny downtown experience.

Don't see it if you like more traditional plays.

Also Expert cast in great hands with director Davis and a great design team... Read more Read less

96
Clever, Intelligent, Profound, Ambitious, Masterful
November 30th, 2019

See it if if you like clever plays.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Will Eno.

Also a perfect companion piece to Eno's earlier MIDDLETOWN.

82
Didactic, Ambitious, Intense
November 24th, 2019

See it if you don't mind a long, intellectual with a few great performances.

Don't see it if you are looking for something light.

Also Mr. Kushner's rewrites are not much of an improvement, but the essence... Read more Read less

85
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Epic, Uneven, Thought-provoking, Ambitious
October 6th, 2019

See it if you have an interest in epic gay theater.

Don't see it if if you don't like talky plays.

95
During previews
Must see, Great staging, Ambitious
October 5th, 2019

See it if you are a fan of David Byrne/Talking Heads with delightful staging/choreography!

Don't see it if you want a traditional Broadway musical, this is a concert.

97
Must see, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Clever, Funny
June 15th, 2019

See it if you like a thought-provoking, conversation-starting play with great performances!

Don't see it if you need "spectacle"

90
During previews
All My Sons
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing
April 5th, 2019

See it if you want to see an excellent production of this modern classic.

Don't see it if you don't like drama or a lot of diaologu

Also Annette Bening and Tracy Letts are fantastic. Second preview and it's ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Hurricane Diane
East Village
Hilarious, Intelligent, Great acting
February 13th, 2019

See it if you need a smart, good laugh.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional drama.

80
Catch As Catch Can
West Village
Clever, Great acting, Absorbing
November 14th, 2018

See it if you like an off-beat take on family drama.

Don't see it if doubling actors confuses you.

Also Amazing cast of 3 playing 6 characters!

90
Riveting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy
November 14th, 2018

See it if you like an off-beat comedy that is surprisingly relevant!

Don't see it if you are not a Kurt Konnegut fan or don't like to be made uncomfortable.

42
During previews
Thunderbodies
Soho/Tribeca
Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Ambitious
October 22nd, 2018

See it if you'd like to see what a contemporaty version of Jarry or Ionesco may look like, if done terribly.

Don't see it if you are looking for anything subtle, well written or well directed.

Also Thunderbodies starts at an eleven and has nowhere to go but over the t... Read more Read less

52
During previews
Ambitious, Cliched, Thought-provoking
September 3rd, 2018

See it if you want to see sign language incorporated into a new play or if you are a die-hard Craig Lucas fan.

Don't see it if you expect more than a glorified soap opera with some high-minded biblical references.

52
During previews
Fire in Dreamland
East Village
Slow, Uninteresting
July 9th, 2018

See it if it's a hot day and you need the air conditioning.

Don't see it if you are looking to learn about the early 20th-century fire at Coney Island or what (if anything) it has to do with Sandy.

Also Unfortunately, this play by Rinne Groff never gets to the point. The c... Read more Read less

97
During previews
Fairview
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Edgy, Must see, Inventive, Important
June 9th, 2018

See it if you like edgy, important and challenging new work!

Don't see it if you don't want to think or possibly be made uncomfortable.

65
During previews
Quirky, Indulgent, Ambitious, Disappointing
June 9th, 2018

See it if you are a die-hard ERS fan.

Don't see it if you do not know the source material!

95
During previews
Hilarious, Great acting, Refreshing
May 6th, 2018

See it if you want to see an excellent ensemble tackling this contemporary classic.

Don't see it if you don't like slice-of-life plays with tough language.

75
During previews
Disappointing, Slow
April 26th, 2018

See it if you want to see this not-often-staged work by Williams.

Don't see it if if you are looking for something edgy or want something fast-paced.

Also I've liked Transport Group's stripped-down versions of 20th Century pl... Read more Read less

96
For a previous production
Hilarious, Must see, Quirky, Delightful, Entertaining
April 24th, 2018

See it if if you like to laugh!

Don't see it if if you don't like campy humor or drag.

82
The Children
Midtown W
Absorbing, Slow, Resonant, Disappointing
January 6th, 2018

See it if you are OK with excellent performances in a bleak play.

Don't see it if you are in the mood for some light entertainment

82
Intelligent, Quirky, Resonant, Slow, Indulgent
December 9th, 2017

See it if you are interested in a deconstruction of Tennessee Williams' TWO-CHARACTER PLAY, GLASS MENAGERIE and a few others.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span or require a more traditional "play".

52
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating
September 2nd, 2017

See it if you are a die hard Kathleen Chalfant fan or have a Peter Pan fetish.

Don't see it if you are looking for a fully developed play because this feels like a bunch of actors saying lines that could have been improvised.

Also This felt like an Annie Baker-wanna-be play, without the wit, intellig... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Marvin's Room
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great writing, Slow
June 10th, 2017

See it if you like plays that mix humor with tough topics.

Don't see it if the idea of laughing about the humanity of illness isn't to your liking.

Also Roundabout is notorious for short rehearsal periods. Sometimes the pro... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Great writing, Entertaining
May 31st, 2017

See it if you like film noir parody and are looking for a good time and some laughs.

Don't see it if you are looking for something serious.

85
Clever, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
May 14th, 2017

See it if you are looking to discover something smart and funny downtown.

Don't see it if you know nothing about Gertrude Stein or other 20th century modernists.

92
During previews
Absorbing, Profound, Intelligent, Great acting
April 29th, 2017

See it if you are a Beckett fan, a Diane Wiest fan or enjoy well-done production of a 20th century classic.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span or are not in the mood for a introspective evening.

90
During previews
Ambitious, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting
April 21st, 2017

See it if you ever wondered what happened to Nora after the door slammed in A Doll's House.

Don't see it if you don't know A Doll's House or prefer your classics straight up.

Also What may seem like an academic gimmick, is really a profound play abou... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking
April 17th, 2017

See it if you've never seen this play done live or if you are a fan of Alison Janney.

Don't see it if if you saw the masterful original production, this one will leave you wistful for Stockard Channing.

Also Trip Cullman just doesn't have a grasp on this play and can't pull off... Read more Read less

25
During previews
Samara
Midtown W
Tedious, Pretentious, Quirky, Disappointing
April 11th, 2017

See it if you are a total devotee of Richard Maxwell or you need an 80-minute cat nap.

Don't see it if you require good acting, writing or just general sense of theatricality.

Also The New York Times will love this so remember the emperor has no cloth... Read more Read less

97
During previews
The Antipodes
Midtown W
Riveting, Ambitious, Great acting, Must see, Resonant
April 9th, 2017

See it if you like challenging, intelligent theater with great ensemble work.

Don't see it if if you are not a fan of Annie Baker's plays and don't like sitting forward and listening for two-hours.

75
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Overrated, Ambitious, Great staging
April 9th, 2017

See it if you are interested in a grand staging of a not-too-often produced O'Neill play with a great lead performance.

Don't see it if you value sound design and any depth of emotion.

Also Bobby Cannavale is giving a operatic lead performance, in a terrific l... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing
February 26th, 2017

See it if if you are looking for a challenging evening of smart, intense theater.

Don't see it if you are looking for a light evening of entertainment.

72
The Town Hall Affair
Soho/Tribeca
Intelligent, Overrated, Thought-provoking, Frustrating
February 22nd, 2017

See it if you are a fan of The Wooster Group.

Don't see it if you are looking for something beyond mimesis.

96
During previews
Everybody
Midtown W
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Must see
February 12th, 2017

See it if you like smart, thought-provoking theater about big ideas.

Don't see it if a contemporary update of Everyman isn't your thing.

89
During previews
Wakey, Wakey
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Absorbing, Slow, Profound
February 12th, 2017

See it if you don't mind a philosophical mind-game of a show that tackles life's big issues.

Don't see it if you are looking for a plot-driven, kitchen sink drama or not a Will Eno fan.

96
Rancho Viejo
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Sublime, Great acting, Refreshing
December 19th, 2016

See it if you enjoy an unusual, strange, slow-burn of a show

Don't see it if you are looking for a quick, kitchen-sink naturalistic show

Also The audience absolutely hated the show the night I was there, but I fo... Read more Read less

55
During previews
Duat
East Village
Disappointing, Ambitious, Indulgent
October 24th, 2016

See it if you like experimental, autobiographical semi-musicals.

Don't see it if a navel-gazing, incoherent over-long show isn't your "thing"

90
During previews
The Harvest
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Great writing
October 23rd, 2016

See it if you like a smart play with a great ensemble.

Don't see it if you are easily offended about organized religion.

88
During previews
Ambitious, Original, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant
September 23rd, 2016

See it if if you are open to a modern interpretation of Chekhov.

Don't see it if if you like your Chekhov straight-up and traditional.

82
During previews
The Crucible
Midtown W
Disappointing, Ambitious, Indulgent, Confusing
March 27th, 2016

See it if you want to see an out-of-the-box version of Miller's play and you like Philip Glass music.

Don't see it if you are expecting another View From The Bridge-type successful production.

65
The Way West
West Village
Disappointing, Slow
March 27th, 2016

See it if you like Deirdre O'Connell.

Don't see it if you want something original.

94
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Original
March 27th, 2016

See it if you like challenging performance.

Don't see it if you like your Chekhov straight-up.