Opa Dale

Miami | 35-49 | Male

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Reviews (47)
90
Dana H.
Gramercy
Resonant, Great writing, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like crime podcasts. This isn't a diss. It's just a new type of audio theatre that draws you in w/ horrific details.

Don't see it if hate one-person shows.

91
The Headlands
Upper W Side
Intense, Great writing, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want a twist on film noir genre and to dive into what feels like a visual staging of a personal crime podcast.

Don't see it if you want something traditional. Also don't see this if you hate monologue-based plays b/c the lead character is narrating the entire time.

84
During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if for the history, the music, the second act flashback to the past (which is the best part of the play), and the rock concert.

Don't see it if you want coherent drama. All over the place in tone and scope, as well as way too many coincidences. B+ for historical impact and songs.

90
During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want something quirky, different, and that hits you off-center with word play, puns, and existential angst.

Don't see it if you want a plot-driven narrative. This is more about the casual and absurd elements of life...in other words, a classic Will Eno work.

90
During previews
Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if You are willing to sit with a slow-burn play about ideas. This is theatre of debate, filled with strong philosophical and political views.

Don't see it if Want a traditional drama. This is not a play for polite ppl and I disagreed with 90% of the ideas tossed around.

86
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if want a riff on Chekhov that manages to be light, witty, but rooted in some deep existential questions.

Don't see it if don't like Chekhov or that sort of moody acting where people complain about how miserable they are but, in fact, they are very privileged.

90
Funny, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if like expansive funny/tragic stories told in theatrical ways. The play is about land repossession in China, but it's a transformative journey

Don't see it if want a classical narrative or traditional storytelling.

80
During previews
Proof of Love
West Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Confusing, Funny

See it if you want a play with a twist at the end. It takes a while to get there but it's an interesting development.

Don't see it if want a play that shoots out of the gates with fury and passion. A lot of exposition.

94
During previews
Lockdown
West Village
Thought-provoking, Intense, Exquisite, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if you want a compelling drama about our broken criminal justice system

Don't see it if you want something light or funny.

95
June is the First Fall
West Village
Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if like layered, emotional family dramas or memory plays well staged, acted, and designed. Many of the scenes have a beautiful sadness to them.

Don't see it if you don't like LGBT themes.

95
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful, Profound

See it if you want a piercing satire. Even though it's written during a different time, the humor and insanity feel as relevant as ever.

Don't see it if Want something lighter or less acidic. This is a dark dark work

Also How do you make "I'm as mad as hell' seem fresh and new? Hand it over ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Good Friday
Soho/Tribeca
Ambitious, Edgy, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a play that provokes a discussion and has some very controversial opinions about...well, I don't want to spoil it.

Don't see it if you are scared by violence, strong language.

80
Whirlwind
East Village
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if you want a cute, small, quirk of a play. This doesn't amaze as much as amuse. And it's only 70 minutes.

Don't see it if expect a serious examination of environmental issues or depth. This is a sketch of a play...and it works like that.

90
During previews
God Said This
West Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if want a passionate family story told with emotion and humor.

Don't see it if that isn't perfect. There is still some fat that could be trimmed. But still very moving.

85
Noura
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Profound, Resonant

See it if you want a profound story on the intersections of life for immigrants fleeing from trauma who arrive in America carrying ghosts.

Don't see it if A clean drama. There is stuff in here that doesn't logically make sense. The play wins on passion and performance.

88
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if you love great singing, acting, stepping (dance), and an impassioned group of young characters.

Don't see it if you're looking for a smooth flowing story where everything adds up.

Also I really enjoyed this play and yet I was aware of several plot holes a... Read more Read less

40
During previews
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want a karaoke-nostalgia mash-up.

Don't see it if you want a good story, a coherent arrangement, or hope for humanity.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Profound, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if like absorbing, contemporary stories about what it means to tell the truth in lit journalism, and in the age of Twitter.

Don't see it if hate wordy plays about intellectual topics. This ain't Mamma Mia.

90
During previews
The Niceties
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you liked "What the Constitution Means to Me" and want to see more theatre of debate that's filled with provocative ideas.

Don't see it if you want a traditional play with love interests and b-plots. This is all about the debate (and that might be a good thing to some)

Also This is a play designed to frustrate, aggravate, make ppl uncomfortabl... Read more Read less

83
Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if want something challenging and imperfect. The play has a lot of flat points, but it also tries some new things and succeeds dramaturgically.

Don't see it if you want a well-made play.

91
During previews
Resonant, Absorbing, Slow, Intelligent

See it if you like slow burners and family dramas about mortality.

Don't see it if drawn out scenes about Alzheimer's or old age bug you. Or if you think Michael Cera plays a fundamental part in this play.

Also A slow beautiful ache of a play. The words and acting won me over in t... Read more Read less

99
Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if like new forms of theatre that address our current plight in context of feminism, the Constitution, and history.

Don't see it if dislike new forms or want a naturalistic play.

Also Hooray for theatre of debate. It's been dead in America for decades, b... Read more Read less

94
Entertaining, Great singing, Funny

See it if like great singing and dancing with classic rock songs remixed

Don't see it if dislike covers

Also What an incredible cast. Such phenomenal singing and dancing. I would ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Delightful, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You love contemporary American history mixed with intersectional race, politics, multireligious blend of New York.

Don't see it if you're squeamish about blood, gay men talking about love, or didactic conversations about politics.

95
Mirrors
East Village
Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a queer love story about fighting for your truth in a society set against you. This is a classic me vs. world story with new twists

Don't see it if you want the usual song and dance. This is a different kind of story, a bit rough around the production edges, but refreshing.

90
During previews
Bundle of Sticks
Midtown W
Funny, Raunchy, Enchanting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you want queer experimental theatre with gender switches, aboriginal mythology, colonialism, and sex talk.

Don't see it if if you want naturalism.

92
During previews
One in Two
Midtown W
Profound, Intelligent, Edgy, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you want an intense, personal, raw account of black gay life and what it's like living with HIV.

Don't see it if want a conventional play.

90
Funny, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if yo like illusionism mixed with pragmatic approaches to studying people's behavior and nonverbal tells. Derren breaks it down.

Don't see it if if you expect a traditional magic show or women being sawed in half. This is both a lot lighter and creepier.

63
During previews
Betrayal
Midtown W
Overrated, Self-important, pretentious, overly conceptual mush

See it if want to see glimpses of great acting trapped behind an unbearably pretentious design and concept.

Don't see it if you don't like a design team shouting the theme of the play at every single moment and depriving the audience of the journey.

Also It was so ridiculous when the lines are talking about the beauty of th... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if want to pour over the character traits of two of the most fascinating public officials in the last 50 yrs in a funny dramedy.

Don't see it if don't care about politics or don't remember the specifics of the 2008 Dem primary.

95
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Funny, Edgy, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if want to see something that both challenges musical conventions and transforms them into something utterly new and epic.

Don't see it if you want a traditional musical or narrative. This is meta-fiction/memoir on steroids.

85
Ragged, Enchanting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want a suspenseful drama about ghosts, family, and exorcises the past.

Don't see it if you want to be shocked. It's not really scary and some of the design elements undercut the play.

91
Delightful, Exquisite, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if Loved the nostalgic memories, moves, and music. Unbelievably electric performers.

Don't see it if you're looking for a revolutionary musical. It is a bit by the book in places and slows in the second act. But overall it's still fantastic.

90
During previews
Ain't No Mo'
East Village
Epic, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if like "The Colored Museum" and other episodically structured plays with epic rants and tirades. It's a nice change of pace.

Don't see it if want a drama or a linear play with character arcs that follow through the entire play. This is more a play of eruption and delirium,

Also This scribe could write the phone book and it would be entertaining, w... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Daddy
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want new theatre, new themes, and a new voice that's breaking boundaries. This was like a cross btw GET OUT and MULHOLLAND DRIVE.

Don't see it if you want something traditional or easy to understand

Also DADDY was like blk gay mixture of David Lynch and TONGUES UNTIED. The ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Marys Seacole
Upper W Side
Clever, Ambitious, Dizzying, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you want to get lost in an experimental play that stretches across time and space and race. A fresh, dynamic, and dizzying work.

Don't see it if you expect an accurate kitchen-sink historical drama. Not. This. Play.

90
During previews
The Light
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if you want deceptively deep story over 70 minutes, from an afterschool special at the beginning and into a moving piece of theatre by the end.

Don't see it if don't like issue-based drama.

80
Bleach
Brooklyn
Clever, Raunchy, Entertaining, Flirty, Conceptual

See it if you want something intimate, experimental, and like a slice-of-life character study.

Don't see it if you want a lot of nudity or sexual heat. The show is a bit of tease with all of its salacious promises.

95
Nassim
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if you want something different. The play kind of floats on along on these cutesy jokes that build toward endearing and provocative moments

Don't see it if you want a traditional play or one that starts right away. This is a slow burn.

97
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you want complex and layered story about blackness and 'strivers.' And you want it set in contemporary times.

Don't see it if want the typical black play that's just tragedy porn or a civil rights story or slavery.

Also I honestly laughed and cried at this show. It is so truly funny and re... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Slave Play
East Village
Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you want good acting in an imperfect play that takes a contrarian view on race and sexuality.

Don't see it if you want complexity that follows through. We lose 2/3rds of the story at the end and focus on one couple. Why? Didn't make sense.

Also an obviously talented and smart playwright made a laudable effort, but... Read more Read less

90
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a gay drama that builds and grows in moral weight.

Don't see it if you want something light and fluffy.

50
During previews
Banal, Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing

See it if love "In Treatment" or want to watch couples therapy on stage between two well-meaning people.

Don't see it if want drama, stakes, obstacles, or all the usual components of theatre.

Also The play was only 60 minutes long and we started at 7pm, so I was very... Read more Read less

65
During previews
India Pale Ale
Midtown W
Ambitious, Quirky, Relevant

See it if want to experience Punjabi culture and learn about their history.

Don't see it if If you want a well-structured play that satisfies in the end.

85
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want a stupid comedy with tons of entendres and puns.

Don't see it if hate British comedies.

94
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound

See it if like new forms and black theatre that breaks boundaries.

Don't see it if you want to see black narratives done with a kitchen-sink realism motif.

85
Beep Boop
East Village
Clever, Delightful, Exquisite

See it if like shows that take clowning in a new direction and incorporate technology

Don't see it if dont like clowning

Also It started slow, but ended strong. Love the quirks and reversals in th... Read more Read less