PacificOverturesKicksAss

New York City | 25-34 | Male
About:  I'm a writer. I like joy. I hold few mild opinions.
Reviews (58)
90
The White Dress
Soho/Tribeca
Edgy, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you're excited to explore honest stories of queer identity and aren't afraid to get a little downtown.

Don't see it if you need high-cost production values or you aren't open to lives and experiences that don't mirror your own.

100
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Hilarious, Refreshing, Riveting, Singular, Defiant

See it if you are tired of the same old thing, and want to see a fearless, shocking, thrilling new musical with a razor-sharp point of view.

Don't see it if you're not ready to get real.

Also This show will make you uncomfortable in the way only truly great thea... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Great writing, Inconsistent, Great concept, Moments of bafflement

See it if you can suffer through some pretentious and truly inexplicable sequences for a sparse, revealing production of an oft-sanitized classic.

Don't see it if you're a descendant of Agnes de Mille.

Also When this was simply a stripped-down, raw, town-hall version of an inh... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Great staging, Imaginative, Great design, Exquisite

See it if you can look past the understandable rust of a 20-year-old production for an iconic and visually thrilling piece of boldly made theater.

Don't see it if you only appreciate the most cutting-edge, New York underground shows.

Also I had never seen this household name musical, and while some of the pe... Read more Read less

100
Refreshing, Delightful, Riveting, Wacky, Must see

See it if you wish all musicals could be this joyful and specific, this cleverly plotted and weirdly funny, this bursting with fresh talent.

Don't see it if you don't like loud noises and find it difficult to relate to young people or distasteful to consider whether their opinions matter.

Also I saw this twice way back when at Two River Theater in NJ, and loved i... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Great acting, Iconic, Intense, Great writing, Darkly funny

See it if you want to see a skilled actor master an iconic role (Corey Stoll as Iago), or just plain enjoy Shakespeare in the Park.

Don't see it if you need this to be the most flawless Othello you've ever seen, or you dislike the Park experience.

Also This Othello is worth it for Stoll's performance alone, a deft, witty,... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Masterful, Riveting, Relevant, Worthy of the canon!, ...and yes, of course... magical

See it if you love great stories and great storytelling. (I recommend reading the books first, not because it's necessary but because they're good!)

Don't see it if you haven't read the books (read them first, then see it!) or you're a superfan who wants the story left alone (but you may be surprised!).

Also I've religiously avoided all post-Hallows HP content (including some o... Read more Read less

85
During previews
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Darkly comic, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Heartbreaking, Resonant

See it if you're starved for a reflection on how our national tragedies play into the quiet tragedies enacted upon the lowly people of this country.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy juvenile actors (even if they're great), find "too soon" humor unpalatable, or want your theater far from the headlines.

80
Sweet, Resonant, Thoughtful, Strong story, A bit pat

See it if you dig the intersection of Jewish and LGBT history & can enjoy a solid, uplifting story told with occasionally facile musical conventions.

Don't see it if you need a little more grit and edge in your musicals — or prefer total fluff.

Also I felt this show started slow but it really picked up as it went along... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Ambitious, Hilarious, Raunchy, Epic, Great singing

See it if you're up for something utterly bizarre, have some sense of what the Jerry Springer Show was, and are steeled for button-pushing material.

Don't see it if you'd like a little taste and class in your opera, want a quiet and contemplative night, or can't enjoy something at least a little tacky.

Also The production and performances are top-notch all around; they are cle... Read more Read less

80
Meteor Shower
Midtown W
Hilarious, Wacky, Oddly sweet, Energetic, Raunchy

See it if you like these actors (they're great together!) and can put logic on pause for stretches to go along on a comic wild ride.

Don't see it if you want a more traditionally structured play, a more grounded comedy, or something else altogether.

100
Exquisite, Delightful, Great staging, Riveting, Lush

See it if you love theater magic, vivid storytelling, bold choices, and a real earworm of a score.

Don't see it if you don't like things staged in the round? I'm being honest when I say it's hard to think of a reason anyone would object to this.

85
Fuck Marry Kill
West Village
Intense, Epic, Raunchy, Riveting, Dark

See it if you hated high school and appreciate a wild, well-staged, "everybody dies" style dark comedy.

Don't see it if you're not up for incest, murder, self-harm, slur-slinging, and all manner of bad teenage behavior.

75
During previews
The Mad Ones
Midtown E
Great singing, Sweet, Bildungsroman, Non-linear, Personal

See it if you like belting! And you like female-focused coming-of-age stories, modern musical theater, and refreshingly not TOO much Kerouac.

Don't see it if the part of Company where they say "Add 'em up, Bobby!" makes you groan, because this is a whole musical of that. Not for traditionalists.

75
Ambitious, Funny, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're open to frank discussions of racial trauma and you like new work that plays with classical tropes.

Don't see it if you aren't willing to add up the pieces in a fragmented myth adaptation. Also if you're racist, this won't be for you.

95
Great acting, Great bookwriting, Gutwrenching, Darkly funny, Great direction

See it if you would like to see a superbly structured modern musical delivered with uncommonly excellent performances.

Don't see it if you're not up for dark themes, even or especially if handled with a healthy dose of grim humor.

Also I tried to avoid as much knowledge about this show as possible, not wa... Read more Read less

80
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Refreshing, Funny, Resonant, Quirky, Great score

See it if you're a fan of the movie with an open mind to the challenge of adaptation, or enjoy any worthy story well told (especially one under-told).

Don't see it if you can't look past a little bit of "Brooooadwayyy!" to appreciate a nuanced piece of theater packaged more commercially than best suits it.

75
Jessica
West Village
Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Modern

See it if you're into the idea of artificial intelligence as a window to our own mind, dig new work, or enjoy talky plays of emotional unpacking.

Don't see it if you need a big-budget, polished production, or are more interested in dramatic action than discussing ideas or examining emotions.

100
During previews
Riveting, Masterful, Jampacked with joy, Refreshing, Imaginative

See it if you are sick of the American musical theater churning out the same ten songs, and you are desperate for distinctive, vibrant perspectives.

Don't see it if you're not open to a story centered on black women... which... maybe do some soul-searching on that, eh?

Also I admit I went in with high expectations, having some familiarity with... Read more Read less

85
For a previous production
Hilarious, Dizzying, Wacky, Great physical comedy, Great design

See it if you love slapstick, surprise, and clever stagecraft, and you're open to a show that's less plot-based and more an extended comic sequence.

Don't see it if you want a traditional narrative or wouldn't enjoy what is essentially a one-joke sketch (even if the joke keeps topping itself).

90
Smart, Upbeat, Fun as hades, Rocking, Refreshing

See it if you can dig "(adults will like it too!)" material and are ready to embark on a wacky, well-crafted quest with some insanely game performers.

Don't see it if YA fantasy isn't your bag.

Also I've never read the Percy Jackson series, but as a longtime fan of the... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Baghdaddy
Midtown W
Hilarious, Intelligent, Edgy, Great choreography, Must see

See it if you're up for a high-energy, fascinating, and surprisingly moving musical about the behind-the-scenes screwups that led to the war in Iraq.

Don't see it if you won't enjoy an irreverent treatment of a difficult historical moment, no matter how thoughtfully executed.

100
During previews
Pacific Overtures
East Village
Ambitious, Intellectually and emotionally thrilling, Challenging, Singular, Outstanding performances

See it if you are willing to actively engage with a complex work, or at least want to see a masterful performance of a daring and unique musical.

Don't see it if you'd rather the show come to you than meet it halfway (a valid opinion), or you want to see a conventional musical (also valid).

Also My original review was an all-caps expression of unbridled joy, which ... Read more Read less

100
Picnic
West Village
Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Intense, Sexy

See it if you love expert modern performances of mid-century American classics, or if you don't but want to be proven wrong in exhilarating fashion.

Don't see it if an outstanding ensemble of actors sinking their teeth into a perfectly crafted drama isn't enough spectacle for you. (It should be.)

90
During previews
Diva: Live from Hell
East Village
Hilarious, Intense, Great writing, Dark, Entertaining

See it if you have a grim sense of humor (in which case, you'll really love it), you dig cabaret-style performance, you are or know a "theater kid."

Don't see it if jokes about death, dying, and murder make you squirm, or you don't like one-person shows.

95
Earnest, High-energy, Buoyant, Smart, Great writing

See it if you think you'll love "lunchroom politics" meets sci-fi set to a fun, inventive score that Alan Parson might have engineered.

Don't see it if you hate the idea that young people might enjoy theater, or if you might find the cartooniness too grating.

100
Hilarious, Relevant, Insightful, Bold, Mischievous

See it if you'll enjoy laughing at mockery of systems of oppression, performative wokeness, and theater people.

Don't see it if you aren't able to laugh at yourself or find grim humor in difficult truths, or if you're a MAGA turd (though maybe you *should* see it).

80
Ordinary Days
Midtown W
Delightful, Sincere, Sweet, Heartfelt, Funny

See it if you'll enjoy a song-heavy four-hander about the connections between us. If you're a BFA musical theater student, you'll eat this up!!!

Don't see it if you want a little more traditional dialogue-based scene work to tell the story.

70
Entertaining, Formulaic, Sweet, Great cast, Unnecessary adaptation

See it if you love the movie and want to see a faithful, straightforward stage recreation.

Don't see it if you'd find yourself thinking "I wish there were a version of this story without all the excess padding that I could watch on TV at home."

Also Though the "Let It Go" costume change is mindblowing stage magic and "... Read more Read less

95
Delightful, Refreshing, Overflowing with joy, Goofy, Riveting

See it if you wanna be surprised by the power and careful craft of a musical based on a cartoon. See it if you're open to something earnest & bizarre.

Don't see it if you only enjoy highbrow or edgy material.

Also I never watched the cartoon regularly, and was certainly skeptical of ... Read more Read less

90
Stellar performances, Ambitious, Resonant, Reinvigorated, Blessedly unromantic

See it if you thought this was a dated rom com that celebrates its heroine's misogynistic tormentor, but are eager to discover it's something else.

Don't see it if you have learned nothing about the world since 1956.

Also MFL was my favorite as a kid, but recently revisited the score and was... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Edgy, Enchanting, Thoughtful, Exquisite score, Ambitious

See it if you dig multilayered storytelling that reckons with contemporary issues (US-Israeli-Palestinian relations) to an inventive and fresh score.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that mix modern stories with traditional narratives, or the issues dealt with are too heated for your tastes.

80
Energetic, Earnest, Great production numbers, Fun, Uplifting

See it if you love a mainstream contemporary Broadway musical (as did much of the crowd in attendance, clearly) with a fun concept and poppy score.

Don't see it if you're looking for a deep treatise on gender issues or you balk at the broader, more archetypal end of the musical theater spectrum.

Also Overall, the show is a delight that wants to send you home with a posi... Read more Read less

45
Education
Midtown E
Disappointing, Rambling, Cliched, Poorly plotted, First draft material

See it if you like getting into Facebook arguments but don't care if they lead anywhere.

Don't see it if you prefer most of a piece's drama to be onstage, during scenes, between fully-defined characters.

Also I hate giving a bad review, but 'Education' did not merit better, desp... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Balls
Midtown E
Ambitious, Relevant, Unusual, Thought-provoking, Imperfect but bold

See it if you're open to semilinear, multi-modal storytelling and willing to overlook some weaker sections if the stronger passages really soar.

Don't see it if you're looking for a more conventional play, or unwilling to take a flyer on a piece of theater that's trying something a little offbeat.

75
During previews
Mankind
Midtown W
Clever, Irreverent, Edgy, Political, Unusual

See it if you're up for something very specifically structured, button-pushy, and perhaps a bit overambitious.

Don't see it if you're in the mood for simpler or lighter fare, or if you're averse to controversy.

85
During previews
Hilarious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Wacky

See it if you dig stand-up style shows, socially relevant issues, and... dad humor. A few jokes run a little less "woke" than the overall subject.

Don't see it if you're not up for a one-man show or stand-up comedy schtick. Or if you're racist... though maybe then you REALLY should see it.

85
Kid Frankenstein
Upper W Side
For kids, Clever, Surprisingly serious, Quirky, Delightful

See it if you have children (skews slightly older for kids' theater) who can appreciate sober themes in a goofy, creative adaptation with peppy songs.

Don't see it if a parental death (offstage, before the action) seems too intense a subject for your kids, or if you're an adult with no sense of whimsy

100
Exquisite, Understated, Sexy, Great performances, Great music

See it if you delight in the electricity of pauses and small moments, and want to hear the most achingly beautiful score of the decade.

Don't see it if you're expecting a big, bombastic, flashy musical with fast-paced, snappy dialogue; this one requires patience and investment.

95
Great writing, Classic, Inventive, Great musical direction, Absorbing

See it if you, like me, would never pass up an opportunity to see the greatest musical of all time done live.

Don't see it if you don't like offbeat or immersive staging.

Also UPDATE: I've revised my review after seeing the more recent cast, with... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Refreshing, Intense, Resonant, Classic

See it if you enjoy being reminded why we keep doing Shakespeare, and you want to see a group of distinctive actors freed to make exciting choices.

Don't see it if you have very specific ideas about how Shakespeare should be done, or you think anything weird or outside-the-box is a "gimmick."

90
Addy & Uno
Midtown W
Delightful, Quirky, Sweet, Engaging, Wholesome

See it if you have or are a child, and want to share in a nice message told in a bright, smart style that won't talk down to kids or bore parents.

Don't see it if you're not looking for family theater, or would be bothered by an audience of sometimes-outbursty small children.

95
The Antipodes
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Challenging, Masterful, Resonant, Bizarre

See it if you are a hard-working audience member and find reward in a play that you may not fully understand until mulling it over for a while.

Don't see it if odd transitions, digressions, shaggy dog stories, and coy exposition will confuse and annoy rather than intrigue and excite you.

Also I suspect this one will be divisive, and what I found mesmerizing and ... Read more Read less

85
Raisin
Queens
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Relevant, Rare gem

See it if you'd like to see a considered, thoughtful revival of this rarely performed, historically significant musical based on a masterpiece play.

Don't see it if you're not willing to "do the homework" as an audience member. Or if you're racist, I guess (unless it would knock some sense into you).

95
Delightful, Hilarious, Refreshing, Inventive, Madcap

See it if you love great Shakespeare, or want to find out why people do. Modern and vibrant, with tour de force performances and great added music.

Don't see it if you prefer "traditional" Shakespeare, or you look at the poster for this show and don't think "aw hell yeah, I wanna see THAT 12th Night."

Also Best interpretation of Olivia I've ever seen (and I've seen a lot of p... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Fossils
Midtown E
Absorbing, Singular, Inventive, Wacky, Deeply affecting

See it if you're up for something weird and wonderful, and understand that theater magic doesn't require big fancy effects (that's why it's magic).

Don't see it if you tend to prefer more conventional shows to troupe-devised pieces with multimodal storytelling and performers wearing many, many hats.

90
The Outer Space
East Village
Delightful, Funny, Quirky, Thoughtful, Pleasantly weird

See it if you love a good storyteller, music in the vein of They Might Be Giants, or sci-fi as a way of attacking profound contemporary themes.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows or aren't up for something a little out there.

90
Great writing, Profound, Masterful, Timeless, Resonant

See it if you would like to see a solid and distinctive production of one of the greatest works of art in human history.

Don't see it if you do not want to think or feel deeply at a musical, or you only want to see Mandy and Bernie.

Also If you have not seen Sunday, this is a must-see. If you saw the 2009 r... Read more Read less

75
Rare Birds
East Village
Funny, Sweet, Relevant, Charming, Genuine

See it if you like when teens behave like real (awkward, complicated) teens, and you can accept a little unevenness in a play for a worthwhile payoff.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with heavy themes (including bullying and suicide), or if you focus on a show's weaknesses rather than strengths.

Also This play uses certain tropes and cliches to toy with expectations, a ... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Great staging, Masterful, Filled with wonderment, Refreshing, Funny

See it if you like the movie, or you like stories of hope and personal growth, or you just like the magic of music and theater.

Don't see it if you have no soul, or you have a soul but a low threshold for raunchiness (slightly more cursing and sexual dialogue than the film).