Opal

New York City
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Reviews (62)
97
Great writing, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You MUST see if you loved the books

Don't see it if Can't imagine who'd dislike this save for those anti-magic

94
Riveting, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You loved the books. You can't miss it if that's so

Don't see it if Can't imagine who'd dislike except those anti-magic

87
Relevant, Riveting, Intelligent, Touching

See it if You're a fan of any of the talent; all are in top form

Don't see it if Issues of dementia are a trigger

78
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if You like a fringe production that makes up in clever what it lacks in budget. You're up for an adventurous dinner theater experience

Don't see it if You require fancy; you're a Shakespeare purist.

89
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like these towering talents: Metcalf, Jackson and Albee

Don't see it if you don't like long, single-character passages.

88
Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You remember the story fondly and want to see a reimagined, updated version

Don't see it if Having to do a lot of reading during the show will be a burden

85
Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You're an O'Neill fan and want to experience a strong, but under-staged production. This cast brings it to brilliant life

Don't see it if You're not into quality drama and want easy-lifting

65
Quirky, Slow, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You're a fan of Amber Tamblin, she and the rest of the cast are standouts

Don't see it if You don't mind a play that takes a while to unfold and ends on a bit of an anticlimatic note.

65
Confusing, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you want to experience a legend and a newcomer each making history

Don't see it if you will find a weird age difference in casting awkward or you need expansive sets.

79
During previews
Riveting, Great staging, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like a less edgy David Blaine-type experience

Don't see it if You just want to sit and watch; the show is very interactive

85
Absorbing, Dizzying, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you like your Shakespeare shaken up a bit; Phyllida Lloyd's direction is nothing short of iconoclastic, again

Don't see it if you like your Shakespeare traditional

85
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Epic

See it if you like big scores, andrew lloyd webber and Ms. Glenn Close; it's a bonanza of all three

Don't see it if you're not into Broadway on steroids. Everything about this show is BIG.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

See it if you want a play that's classic and timely, at once. If you love August Wilson, you'll love this.

Don't see it if you don't like ideas, history or issues focused on black people.

75
During previews
Confusing, Funny, Great acting, Slow

See it if you can get great seats; this play does not reach past the actors' sightlines. Great performances, but the material is lacking.

Don't see it if you can't afford great seats. Even loving Cate and Roxburgh can't save this overly long, confusing play. Seeing the actors' eyes helps.

75
Clever, Dizzying, Quirky, Great singing

See it if you like your cultural history sung in verse.

Don't see it if you're not expecting EVERY WORD to be sung.

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you are a fan of August Wilson, as this is, arguably, the best of the 9-play cycle.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of American theater. This is as pure and good as it gets.

95
Entertaining, Dizzying, Great singing, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if YOU'RE UP For AN Edgy Night Of Music And Dance.

Don't see it if You Can't Handle Homo-sexual or Trans Storylines

70
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Slow

See it if You like the leads

Don't see it if You don't know the play well; this production isn't a great introduction

85
Absorbing, Delightful, Great singing, Resonant

See it if You like a clever, engaging book along with catchy score

Don't see it if you're too conservative

80
Great staging, Ambitious, Clever, Funny

See it if you don't mind British accents, enjoy cute kids, like cartoonish villians

Don't see it if you don't have an ear for British accents; you have no patience for patrons under 10.

79
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you're a sound of music fan

Don't see it if you need big budget entertainment

70
Great acting, Slow, Overrated, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you're a fan of Hugh Jackman or Cush Jumbo

Don't see it if you want a bit more story and a bit less gimmick in your stageplay.

81
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Romantic, Thought-provoking

See it if You like unconventional romance and unconventional characters

Don't see it if you like perfect characters

75
Romantic, Resonant, Edgy, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you like visionary depictions of the Bard

Don't see it if you're a Bard traditionalist

69
Great acting, Brief, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You're an O'Neill and Whittaker fan

Don't see it if You'll be upset paying full price for 60 mins of show

91
Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You want to see this true life story depicted anew

Don't see it if You're bored with fantastical stories

88
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You love poetry and humanity in song and story

Don't see it if N/A

70
Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You like intimate staging and simple yet impactful storytelling

Don't see it if You're not a fan of precocious children

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you want to see Carey Mulligan flex some acting muscles.

Don't see it if you want a stageplay equal to the performance depicting it.

83
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in dramatizations of US history

Don't see it if you can't handle creative flourishes or spiritual themes

88
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy verbal tennis and personal dramas about nothing.

Don't see it if You need a driving engine of issue or conflict or arc

77
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You're a fan of Lupone and/or Ebersole; their performances and chemistry are the show's greatest strengths

Don't see it if You're expecting a knock out score; while the book is strong, the music, especially in this season, isn't the best you'll hear

85
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if You want a fun presentation of comedic and clever

Don't see it if Slapstick humor isn't your taste

85
Clever, Delightful, Relevant, Resonant, Must see

See it if You saw the film and want to experience the original with stellar talent.

Don't see it if you are afraid of male full frontal. Whoa!

80
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested to see atypical stories and characters explored with expertise

Don't see it if You like run-of-the-mill storytelling

95
Enchanting, Delightful, Great singing, Masterful

See it if you love Sara Barielles OR musical theater; this is as close to perfect as the modern musical comes.

Don't see it if you don't like romance or sweet storylines.

90
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Must see

See it if you like to see all the "Do Not Miss's" cause this is one NOT to miss; also if you're a Laurie Metcalf fan; she shines

Don't see it if you need big staging or lots of action, this is small in activity, but big in story and laughs.

69
Enchanting, Great singing, Dated, Repetitive

See it if you're a massive Sondheim and Gyllenhaal fan.

Don't see it if you prefer music with better composition.

90
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Must see

See it if you don't need massive sets or spectacle and can get carried away by masterful material performed by talent artists

Don't see it if you're expecting fancy production values to accompany the high-wattage star talent.

80
Clever, Fluffy, Funny

See it if you enjoy witty, clever, self-referential stories..and Matthew Broderick.

Don't see it if you're expecting more than fluff.

88
Red
Absorbing, Exquisite, Edgy, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you enjoy master/apprentice tales and dramatized nonfiction.

Don't see it if you like a big production; this is a two-hander.

92
Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing, Dizzying, Masterful

See it if You love the magic that a gifted actor can spin on stage. You can follow a spun story line and don't need a traditional narrative.

Don't see it if You like traditional, 3-act shows. You don't like a one-man band.

90
Intelligent, Profound, Riveting, Great acting

See it if you are a van Hove and/or Miller fan

Don't see it if you like your shows traditional

60
During previews
Ambitious, Dizzying, Intense, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like some activism in your entertainment and you're a civil rights junkie

Don't see it if you're scared by staged gunshots; you have negative views about the Panther Party; you don't want to be in a 3hr show

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85
Clever, Great staging, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You like big things in small packages.

Don't see it if you need flash and high budget.

Also Very impressed with every aspect of this tiny production.

95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Edgy, Great singing, Must see

See it if you want to see cutting-edge Broadway and American musical

Don't see it if you don't like state-of-the-art art

85
Delightful, Great singing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if you enjoy soul music and history

Don't see it if you don't like your stageplay interrupted by musical performances

90
Clever, Dizzying, Entertaining, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if you're a theater buff and like mile-a-minute reference drops

Don't see it if you don't like quick reparte or wit

100
Exquisite, Great singing, Great writing, Romantic, Masterful

See it if you like your art to coincide with your history in an inspiring way

Don't see it if You have antiquated values

80
Clever, Entertaining, Dizzying, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You want to have fun and drink while doing so

Don't see it if You're a tradition-keeper