Paul 25

Boston | 50-64 | Male
About:  A theater-loving Bostonian who gets to New York as often as he can and who feels most alive when the lights are coming down and the curtain is coming up.
Reviews (60)
55
Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you want to sit among screaming sycophants who can't sit still, if you want to have pop song after pop song hurled at you loudly

Don't see it if you're looking for an intelligent, coherent, entertaining night at the theatre, where the artists pull you into the story and make you feel

Also The book is muddled. We're given a big opening number before we meet t... Read more Read less

85
Exquisite, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an exquisite set and costumes. Also go to see some fine performances and get a glimpse into rare piece of history.

Don't see it if you want to see something very current. Don't go looking for Woody Allen or David Mamet here. Don't go if you don't like things British.

95
Enchanting, Great staging, Must see

See it if you want to see Yazbeck dance Stroman's dances. Go to see movement and design merged so smoothly, elegantly, & effortlessly. A visual treat!

Don't see it if you want something big, loud, brassy, riotous, upbeat, and in your face. You have to pay attention here if you want to be drawn in.

85
Funny, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a well-crafted production of a funny & searing play with a strong cast. Here, the laughs are played up and the drama down,

Don't see it if if you remember how intense the film of this piece is. This production goes for jokes and fails to scratch the depths of self-loathing.

85
Fluffy, Overrated, Funny

See it if It's a fast-paced evening of classic show tunes belted out in top fashion by a talented cast. A true musical comedy!

Don't see it if you want to bwhat you see or how it's presented to challenge you. Fairly clunky, it strains credulity at nearly every turn. It's no "GYPSY."

85
For a previous production
Entertaining, Hilarious, Masterful, Fluffy, Clever

See it if you need a good laugh, and even more so if you need a laugh and know anything about putting a show on the stage. Silly laughs throughout!

Don't see it if you're seeking high-brow entertainment, riveting social commentary, or any other type of serious drama. They'll have none of that here!

80
Gently Down the Stream
East Village
Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you want to see Harvey Fierstein on stage. Also, see it as a case study about how, sadly, someone else must show us the worth of our life.

Don't see it if you're looking for "The Bird Cage" or "The Normal Heart."

85
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great singing, Romantic, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to see a star before she's a star. The lead's performance is da' bomb. She was robbed of a Tony nomination. The score is stunning.

Don't see it if you want 100% accurate Russian history and no romance. This cast and show transport us, but not to the gritty Bolsheviks.

80
Banal, Disappointing, Static, Unoriginal, Entertaining

See it if you really love the 60's, the movie "A Bronx Tale," or coming of age stories.

Don't see it if you're expecting something to make you see this story in a new way, hear music that you'll never forget, or see revolutionary staging.

83
Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if you want to hear great voices belt out everything from Billie to Beyonce. And you'll learn a little history along the way.

Don't see it if A searing examination of black women in professional music during the 20th century. It's a romp through the past of hits and their stories.

85
Red Speedo
East Village
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you want to see a set of solid performances across the board. And if you want to see a pool on stage. ;-)

Don't see it if you want a comedy or don't want to explore the darker side of human nature.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you want to see Chekhov tossed on its ear, but in a good way.

Don't see it if you want a quiet, calm, non-thought provoking evening.

80
The Encounter
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Confusing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to get on a roller coaster while still sitting in the theatre, or if you want to have your perceptions challenged.

Don't see it if you want a simple night/afternoon out. This piece is anything but simple.

Also This show will get to you . . . both its story and storytelling.

84
Cagney
Midtown W
Entertaining, Delightful, Great dancing, Feel good and fun, Charming

See it if you want see some amazing tap dancing and spend a few hours in the golden age of Hollywood. Cagney's story is pretty amazing.

Don't see it if you want a heart-wrenching drama or a huge blockbuster. Instead, you get a piece with charm, a talented cast, and affection for its subject.

65
The Front Page
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow, Dated, Overrated, Excruciating

See it if you want to see stars light up stage and hear entrance applause all night. The set is nice, too, as are the costumes.

Don't see it if you don't think a bunch of white men sitting around screaming at each other is funny. Much ado about nothing.

Also I so wanted to like this, but it just never popped. It seemed like an ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Entertaining, Fluffy, Romantic, Funny, Cliched

See it if you want to have a fun time remembering why Irving Berlin was a master and see some really fresh moves.

Don't see it if you're in search of intense, complex, emotional entanglements, plot twists, or suspense.

Also This show is cute. The choreography gives it a jolt, and the songs are... Read more Read less

100
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Clever, Ambitious, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging

See it if if you want the best time you'll ever have in a theatre. This troupe is genius, and they bring Austen's delicious story to glorious life!

Don't see it if you are in search of a big, splashy spectacle. This is a clever, nuanced, sharp rendition of an intelligent, frothy comedy of manners.

90
The Effect
West Village
Absorbing, Clever, Original, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like thought-provoking plays with humor, especially those that explore modern social/cultural trends.

Don't see it if you're looking for a fluffy entertainment or a crowd-pleaser for out-of-towners.

95
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You want to laugh, be moved, and think. See it if you want to see when intelligence and simplicity become great theatre. Go!

Don't see it if You want big spectacle or searing drama. This show is just fun, real, touching, and thought-provoking. Emphasis on fun!

75
Tuck Everlasting
Midtown W
Enchanting, Romantic, Entertaining, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if you want something you can take your family to, and if you love a good story that moves along nicely with a cute store.

Don't see it if you want an epic with complicated plots and characters. It's a love story with a genuinely moving ending.

95
Absorbing, Dizzying, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you want to see a superlative performance by Frank Langella. The play takes you on a wild ride! You never know what's coming next!

Don't see it if you want a light, frothy evening that doesn't challenge you and make you pay attention.

85
Ambitious, Epic, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if you want to see a magnificent play performed by a spot-on cast. It moves you & makes you think as they play a tug-of-war of destruction.

Don't see it if you're expecting non-stop laughs or want to be home in bed by 10.

85
The Humans
Midtown W
Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you want to see amazingly natural and moving acting. You'll spend 90 minutes seeing nothing happen and everything happen at the same time.

Don't see it if you want big, loud, or over-the-top. This simple, natural, and real at their best.

70
Disappointing, Overrated, Ambitious, Romantic, Excruciating

See it if you really wanted to go to an amusement park, but not to go on the rides...just to sit on the benches and watch everyone else having the fun

Don't see it if bombast and repetition aren't your thing, or if you prefer substance over style. It's so big it can't draw you in.

90
Eclipsed
Midtown W
Absorbing, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want to see a shattering subject covered with horror, humanity, and humor. The cast is top-notch, and you can't take your eyes off them.

Don't see it if you want a farce or a situation comedy. This play is the REAL deal.

85
Party Face
Midtown W
Funny, Clever, Quirky

See it if you want laughs, you want something that requires your attention, but never gets too intense, and you want to see Hayley Mills. It's fun!

Don't see it if you're seeking Ibsen, Shaw, Pinter, or Williams. It's a classic "let's have a party and see what happens" play, but it has some good twists.

78
Admissions
Upper W Side
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you want to see a strong cast and play that gets to the point. A little preachy, it raises really interesting questions about race an class.

Don't see it if you want the issues that this play presents resolved by the time the curtain comes down. Don't go if you want laughs or to chill out.

80
Slow, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see an American classic staged beautifully and performed by a strong ensemble.

Don't see it if you want to see comedy, a show that lets out early, or a show that necessarily leaves you feeling more optimistic about the human condition.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a smart play that makes you think and watch it performed by three woman who are on stage because they belong there.

Don't see it if You're looking for something relaxing, easy, and chock full of laughs. Certainly no farce, it's a great character study. Challenging.

98
Absorbing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if If you appreciate exceptional playwriting, you MUST see this. Kushner's depiction of mid-80's New York is still frighteningly accurate. GO!

Don't see it if If you seek glitz, glamour, and frivolity. The writing is brilliant. The performances are spot-on. It's SO not a Jerry Herman musical.

90
Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you want to see exceptional writing, composing, and stagecraft create a very funny and entertaining evening at the the theatre.

Don't see it if you want a thought-provoking, existential examination of what it might be to relive the same day several times over.

85
Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you want to see all that a musical can be. I went in very skeptical and came out saying, "Wow!" A a great modern fairy tale that grabs you.

Don't see it if you want to see a Rodgers & Hammerstein two-hander. It's anything but that.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you want to see an intriguing story in a spare production, but still beautifully acted. The performances are why you should see this show.

Don't see it if you want an errily period-accurate production of what happens to Nora and Torvald with the same tone as the play's predecessor.

96
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you want to experience a magnificent, yet subtle tale of astonishing history and humanity. It stunned, warmed, and terrified me throughout!

Don't see it if you want fluff, you don't want a challenge, you never believe that less is more.

95
Sweat
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Relevant

See it if you want an eye-opening view into what's happening in factory towns all over the U.S. Thrilling performances, stellar writing, great set.

Don't see it if If you were in the mood for "The Play That Goes Wrong," but couldn't get tickets. ;-)

70
Straight
Midtown W
Disappointing, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if you want to see a piece about young people trying to figure out the world and their place in it.

Don't see it if you don't like to see characters do unbelievable things or experience an outcome that the plot does not support.

75
During previews
Quirky, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to hear a great score and some inventive staging, all with a good sense of humor. Just don't expect to understand all the lyrics.

Don't see it if you like your theatre to pull you in and not be hurled at you. Or if you expect the ending to make more sense.

87
Heisenberg
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you want to see two actors at the top of their game telling an intriguing tale. Parker is a perpetual motion machine on stage. Wow!

Don't see it if You want sets, costumes, or a "typical" comedy or drama. This pieces is alive!

90
Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to remember why movies and television can't compete with theatre, and if you want to see great actors strut their stuff.

Don't see it if you want to be spoon-fed your comedy or have everything spelled out for you. Or if you're expecting spectacle and stars.

Also A really magic evening in the theatre. I'm not from NYC, but I can't w... Read more Read less

60
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent, Misguided

See it if you must see Diane Lane on a stage. Or Joel Grey. Or John Glover. You won't remember what you saw, but you at least will know you saw them.

Don't see it if you love Chekhov or "The Cherry Orchard." The adaptation is poor, the direction is all over the place, and the design scheme a bit too much.

Also This is one of my favorite plays, and I've often found it quite moving... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to see Judith Light deliver another masterful, memorable performance of an interesting tale.

Don't see it if you want a light, breezy comedy or are expecting Labute's depictions of the darkest side of human nature.

80
Overrated, Great singing, Great acting, Bombastic, Mediocre material

See it if you want to see a few great performances, though it can get LOUD.

Don't see it if you want to see three-dimensional male characters and hear a compelling score.

Also Despite top-notch performances of the leading ladies, this show just i... Read more Read less

95
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Edgy, Funny, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if You want to see top-notch material presented by masters of their art at the top of the game. Everything about this show works!

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor, hate great show music, think hot choreography is full, and that lighting is just lighting.

90
Daddy Long Legs
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you want to see a simple, romantic story with great costumes and amazing voices. Very charming and engaging. A lovely, intimate piece.

Don't see it if if you wan a big blockbuster that blasts you out of your seat.

85
Bright Star
Midtown W
Romantic, Original, Refreshing, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you want to see why Carmen Cusack got such raves! The score is terrific & fresh, too. It's nice to see an "original" show on Broadway. Fun!

Don't see it if you can't let yourself go. Don't see it if you want big, splashy, and fluffy. And don't see if you like strong singers.

70
Blue Man Group
East Village
Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying, Edgy, Quirky

See it if you want an evening of color, movement, and clever spectacle. While not always riveting, these guys put on an intriguing, engaging show.

Don't see it if you want to see a play or musical with words and a story. To some, it might get dull fast, though they're pretty inventive.

24
Banal, Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you want to waste your time and money. The score is generic in the worst possible sense. The book is just bad. And the effects are dopey.

Don't see it if you want to hear a great score that goes with the show, see a coherent plot unfold, or be genuinely moved.

80
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Quirky, Romantic, Original, Delightful

See it if you want to hear a refreshing score and meet a bunch of unforgettable characters. The story is endearing, and the pie element is a hoot.

Don't see it if you're expecting a "Phantom of the Opera" set in a smalltown diner.

90
Matilda
Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you want to see kids and adults bring a great kids' book to life and steal you away into its world. The cast and stagecraft are top-notch!

Don't see it if you can't appreciate the magic of what can happens when all the elements of the theatre come together in a sublime fashion.

55
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Indulgent, Great writing

See it if you want to see a treasure robbed of all its joy. Sher's take on this show is all suffering. It crushes the characters' indomitable spirits.

Don't see it if you really want to see, feel, and experience what "Fiddler on the Roof" is all about. Don't believe the reviews!!! Trust me.