Paul Joseph

Brooklyn | 65+ | Male
About:  I am retired from a long career in corporate management/consulting followed by a 5-year stint in social services to give back to society. Throughout my corporate career, I did extensive volunteer work and traveled to over 45 countries. After a near-death experience in my early 20s, I became very inv... Read more Read less
Reviews (102)
73
Shallow, Opulent, Talented cast, Sensual, Great staging

See it if you want to see a dazzling extravaganza with excellent singing and dancing. The staging is awesome in this mesmerizing den of iniquity.

Don't see it if you're expecting any depth in the story line or chemistry between the two lead characters as they sing AT each other as if they were objects

Also There is no question that this is a spectacular sensual musical with a... Read more Read less

86
Informative, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you want to hear thought-provoking, intelligent, funny insights into climate change in a one-person show utilizing rap and videos.

Don't see it if you don't like rap, one-person shows, or are just not interested in exploring all issues related to climate change.

Also This is the third Baba Brinkman "Rap" show that I have attended and, l... Read more Read less

78
Uneven pace, Thought-provoking, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you would enjoy an entertaining, personable performer with impressive skills as a mentalist with psychological insights into people.

Don't see it if you're expecting a dazzling magic show as this is more about "mind reading" and interactions with the audience.

Also Derren Brown is an extremely entertaining, personable performer who bo... Read more Read less

55
During previews
Unfocused, Realistic, Too long, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you want an in-depth understanding of fundamentalist Catholicism with a focus on political and social issues related to that belief system.

Don't see it if you're expecting a meaningful plot or if you don't enjoy endless long-winded debates between conservatives on social/political issues.

Also This is a very difficult play to review as there are extreme variances... Read more Read less

66
Wives
Midtown W
Disappointing, Too long, Uneven, Creative staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy creative, well-acted, nicely-staged, funny shows that provide a clever look at women in history and raise good feminist issues.

Don't see it if you can't deal with a play that starts off well but goes somewhat downhill as the show progresses and culminates with a disjointed final act

Also This is a play that starts on a really upbeat note with the "Wives" of... Read more Read less

79
LOVER
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Funny, Authentic, Engaging, Great acting

See it if you want to see a very well-acted, engaging, funny, REAL one-woman semi-autobiographical show about sexual development leading to maturity.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one-person shows or aren't interesting in female perspectives or are prudish regarding descriptions of sexual encounters.

Also This is a very well-acted, one-woman show and Lori Robbins is authenti... Read more Read less

85
Great writing, Intense, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you want to be absorbed into a well-acted, thought-provoking, one-person show about a young white fellow surviving at Riker's Island.

Don't see it if you're looking for light entertainment or don't want to hear about the horrors and injustices endemic to the penal system on Riker's Island.

Also Connor Chase Stewart is absolutely absorbing as a young white fellow s... Read more Read less

78
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Slow start, Relevant, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see an intense, thought-provoking drama about the plight of gays in many African nations due to Christian fundamentalism.

Don't see it if you don't want to see gay-themed dramas in which Christian fundamentalism is portrayed in a troubling manner or you prefer a faster pace.

Also This is most assuredly a well-acted, intense, thought-provoking play a... Read more Read less

72
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Moving, Dramatic, Entertaining, A spectacle, Great staging

See it if you want to see a fantastic SPECTACLE as the staging of this familiar story is truly incredible with the unforgettable King Kong puppetry.

Don't see it if you want to see great acting, memorable music, interesting choreography, or an absorbing plot. Volume and strobe lights are annoying.

Also I had company visiting me from Austria and, since I've already seen mu... Read more Read less

86
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want to see a hilarious updated version of the movie with a Tony-award-winning performance by Santino Fontano as Tootsie. Really great!

Don't see it if you didn't like the movie, prefer drama, or simply aren't interested in shows with the leading character being a man passing off as a woman.

Also First of all, Santino Fantano is absolutely awesome in his performance... Read more Read less

87
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Soho/Tribeca
Masterful, Appropriately humorous, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see a fast-moving, thought-provoking rendition of this classic work with an excellent two-character cast and creative staging.

Don't see it if you prefer a large cast and Broadway-style staging or you are uncomfortable with violence and thought-provoking ventures into the evil side.

Also This is an absolutely awesome, fast-moving, thought-provoking producti... Read more Read less

69
Weird, Confusing, Raunchy, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if you want to see excellent acting by the awesome cast of Nathan Lane, Kristine Nielsen, and Julie White. Their expressions are unforgettable.

Don't see it if you're expecting a coherent plot or are turned off by fart and penis jokes on a gruesome set filled with corpses whose body parts come off.

Also This was a very difficult show to rate. On the one hand, the acting is... Read more Read less

78
Ambitious, Good acting, Entertaining, Great choreography, Great singing

See it if you're a Motown lover who enjoys a jukebox musical featuring great singing and choreography with the songs of the Temptations.

Don't see it if you're either not a fan of jukebox musicals or Motown and the Temptations. Also, with five main characters, it's difficult to provide depth.

Also Despite the obvious problems in creating depth with five main characte... Read more Read less

71
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Predictable, Fluffy

See it if you really like Andy Karl, as I do, and/or you really loved the movie. The acting and singing is very good.

Don't see it if you're looking for more than a faithful reproduction of the movie without the character development that would make the plot more believable

Also Once again, I had great orchestra seats after winning the Broadway tic... Read more Read less

72
Great dancing, Entertaining, Good singing, Funny, Overrated

See it if you want to see a very talented, energetic cast of pretty girls and boys singing and dancing their hearts out. Constant activity.

Don't see it if you want even a slightly thought-provoking plot and don't mind hyperactive high school kids screaming out their songs throughout the show.

Also While the cast is extremely talented and the dancing is awesome, there... Read more Read less

72
Great singing, Great staging, Minimalist plot, Great dancing, Entertaining

See it if you have kids and want to see a very talented cast perform with great singing, great dancing, and great special effects.

Don't see it if you're expecting more than a superficial plot geared to an audience of kids.

Also My friend and I won orchestra lottery tickets to this show or I probab... Read more Read less

57
Ambitious, Disappointing, Good singing, Uneven pacing, Energetic cast

See it if you're drawn to an interesting take on the chess game of life with a talented cast highlighting pressures during the cold war period.

Don't see it if you don't like overly long performances with forgettable songs and background music that drowns out the vocalists. Romantic attempts fail.

Also I have gone to Gallery Player productions for many years and this was ... Read more Read less

84
Illuminating, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Interesting, Informative

See it if you want an intelligent, engaging tour of the Met by a guide with a fascinating knowledge of both the theater and art.

Don't see it if you're not interested in theater insights as reflected in art works ranging from ancient Greece through modern/contemporary art.

Also Marin is a very intelligent, engaging actress with a phenomenal knowle... Read more Read less

62
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing, Talented cast, Unfocused

See it if you enjoy watching a talented cast singing and dancing its way through the Scheherezade story with modern day parallels (9/11, Palestine).

Don't see it if you can't deal with a confusing, scattered "plot" with a weak dialogue, unusual staging, curious choreography, and an unclear purpose.

Also First of all, the cast is very talented with excellent singing voices ... Read more Read less

78
Awesome jimmy buffett surprise appearance, Simplistic plot, High energy talented cast, Outright hedonistic debauchery, Corny in an indescribable way

See it if you're open to a relaxing, decadent, mindless, silly musical based on Jimmy Buffett's songs around which a so-called plot evolves. Lively !

Don't see it if you can't put your mind on hold and enjoy a low-brow, hokey, simplistic decadence that's really a jukebox musical of Jimmy Buffet songs.

Also I can't believe that I'm rating this show as high as I am especially s... Read more Read less

94
During previews
Goldstein
Midtown W
Great writing, Authentic, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see an emotionally moving play about the inter-generational relationships of a Jewish immigrant family relevant to any family.

Don't see it if you're into Broadway-like productions with fancy sets and an orchestra OR you're uncomfortable with family issues that might disturb you.

Also I absolutely loved this musical about families and would definitely go... Read more Read less

78
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Uneven pace, Thought-provoking

See it if you like the ever-remarkable Sir Mark Rylance performing with a talented cast in a well-staged production with beautiful castrati singing.

Don't see it if you are looking for substantive, tension-filled dramatic conflicts or insights into the impact of music in healing the troubled mind.

Also Although I found myself getting restless during the slow-developing fi... Read more Read less

67
Ambitious, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Uneven pacing, Bare bones staging

See it if you are drawn to a talented cast singing Sondheim in a bare-bones musical production about assassinations of American Presidents.

Don't see it if you either don't like Sondheim's music OR the subject matter of assassinating United States Presidents is particularly disturbing to you.

Also I am a history buff so the subject matter of assassinations of United ... Read more Read less

84
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Informative, Insightful, Well-paced

See it if you want to participate in an informative forum with a knowledgeable theater critic on virtually every aspect of the Hamilton phenomenon.

Don't see it if you're not interested in what goes into developing a show like Hamilton or you're simply not interested in the history of the period.

Also Even though I am in the minority of theater-goers who were not enamore... Read more Read less

87
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Informative

See it if you would like a talented cast to take you through Dominican Republic history through the eyes of Salome Urena,an activist feminist poetess.

Don't see it if you don't speak Spanish and have trouble following a story by reading the English captions while trying to watch the show.

Also I am currently learning Spanish and wanted to have the experience of g... Read more Read less

77
Irreverent, Great dancing, Silly, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy silly, farcical shows with a very talented cast singing and dancing their way through a fun musical. Staging is excellent.

Don't see it if you're looking for something serious or thought-provoking as this is just silly, farcical, playful theater with some crude language.

Also One of my friends saw this show during the summer and thought it was o... Read more Read less

90
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a relevant show about relationships and mid-life crisis which is alternately funny and yet very serious.

Don't see it if you are not comfortable with nudity, raunchiness, foul language, or some predictability in the plot.

Also I didn't go to this show with high expectations, but was very pleasant... Read more Read less

65
During previews
When It Happens to You
East Village
Ambitious, Relevant, Good acting, Intense, Uneven

See it if you'd like a good cast delivering a narrative about rape and the impact of rape not only on the person raped but on everyone in the family.

Don't see it if you're expecting a real "show don't tell" play instead of a narrative by a storyteller who is admittedly a writer and not an actress.

Also I went to the show primarily because I wanted to get first-hand inform... Read more Read less

84
Rap Guide to Religion
Soho/Tribeca
Original, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you want to hear absorbing, thought-provoking, intelligent, funny insights about religions in a one-person show utilizing rap and videos.

Don't see it if you don't like rap, one-person shows analyses of profiles of religious people, or scientific ideas challenging the dogmas of religions.

Also Baba Brinkman's one-man show, "A Rap Guide to Religion", is absolutely... Read more Read less

66
Loud music, Excellent creature performance, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Uneven

See it if you want to see an excellent, emotionally moving performance by Marc Christopher as the lonely creature who has no one in his life.

Don't see it if you're expecting any real chemistry in the romantic scenes or consistently good singing or any kind of connection between the performers.

Also Marc Christopher was excellent as the Creature, and his performance wa... Read more Read less

78
Talented cast, Uneven, Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want to watch a funny, talented, improvisational cast sing and dance their way through an online dating app as an experimenting catfish.

Don't see it if you're turned off by vulgar language, catfishing (some may think that it's cruel to post fictitious profiles), or improv with the audience.

Also I went to this show with a young fellow in his 20s whose girlfriend ju... Read more Read less

80
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant, Well acted, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy well-acted plays that provide in-depth character studies in situations that are relevant in any time period - relationships, etc.

Don't see it if you prefer upbeat, happy plays because every character in this play is discontented with life for one reason or another.Hence, "Life Sucks".

Also This show is understandably a New York Times Critics' Pick with a very... Read more Read less

86
Great dancing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to see an energetic, talented cast sing and dance their way through thought-provoking gay/lesbian issues with a satirical touch.

Don't see it if you're expecting depth or are not comfortable with same-sex relationships. This is a simplistic, somewhat predictable show with stereotypes.

Also Both my friend and I really loved this show. It's fun. It's entertaini... Read more Read less

74
God Shows Up
Midtown W
Irreverent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny

See it if you want to see a biting satire on televangelists that questions the authorship of Biblical passages while poking fun at selected "dogmas".

Don't see it if you believe that the Bible is the "Word of God", as this play will most likely offend you, OR you do not find humor in jokes about religion.

Also This play is very funny and entertaining though, as mentioned above, p... Read more Read less

85
Relativity
Brooklyn
Profound, Mind-boggling, Very good acting, Intense, Clever

See it if you enjoy cleverly written, thought-provoking plays that make one reflect deeply on the nature of time, reality, and one's mortality.

Don't see it if you can't deal with a non-linear plot, lots of strobe lights, and non-causality perspectives that make one think outside of the box.

Also This play is definitely not for everyone. Theatergoers are either goin... Read more Read less

73
Talented cast, Absorbing choreography, Great acting, Great singing, Creative costumes

See it if you want to see a very talented cast presenting verbatim the Book of Revelation with creativity, great music, and absorbing choreography.

Don't see it if you're not into the Book of Revelation, a cryptic text that has a wide range of interpretations. Lyrics are hard to understand at times.

Also I must preface my review by saying that the Book of Revelation is NOT ... Read more Read less

88
Thought-provoking, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a fast moving play with great acting that absorbs your attention with its clever, often surprising plot twists.

Don't see it if if the subject of death and ghosts combined with scary sound effects and visuals is disturbing to you.

Also My friend and I saw this play last night and were completely absorbed ... Read more Read less

77
Great dancing, Good story, Exquisite costumes, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like Cher (first and foremost), great dancing, great singing, and exquisite costumes with multiple sets. Cast is excellent. Good story.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Cher or you don't like Las Vegas style extravaganzas.

Also This is a very spectacular show with a very talented cast singing and ... Read more Read less

91
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Must see, Great acting

See it if you want to hear an awesome musical score, a great story (based on Shaw's Pygmalion) and excellent singing, dancing, and acting.

Don't see it if you're not into revivals and want to see something original or you don't like musicals or Professor Higgins' attitude towards women.

Also This is one of my favorite musicals and I was so glad to see the reviv... Read more Read less

67
Entertaining, Ambitious, Campy, Funny, Zany

See it if you want to see an enthusiastic, energized cast giving it their all in a zany rendition of "history" with obvious liberties taken.

Don't see it if you're expecting something profound and well-staged as opposed to this campy, sometimes clever, sometimes flat low-budget production.

Also I had a mixed reaction to this production as it was fun at times while... Read more Read less

89
Great singing, Great dancing, Great music, Entertaining, Talented cast

See it if you like Caribbean calypso-style singing and dancing intertwined with a fantasy folk story.The cast is very talented, energetic, and upbeat.

Don't see it if you don't like sad endings, fantasy stories, or scenes emphasizing class distinctions.

Also My friend from Vienna and I passed by the theater just as the in-perso... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Great singing, Great dancing, Entertaining, Jukebox musical, Minimalist story

See it if you enjoy jukebox musicals with Donna Summer hit songs. The cast is very talented and the audience was really rockin' and rollin'.

Don't see it if you're expecting an insightful biographical story about the life of Donna Summer OR you don't like the disco music of Donna Summer.

Also This was a show that I had not intended to see since I was fully aware... Read more Read less

77
Intelligent, Informative, Thought-provoking, Too-short, Ambitious

See it if you want a broad overview about how Broadway shows are produced by listening to experienced producers who answer all questions. that arise.

Don't see it if you're expecting a structured session with really detailed information on exactly what steps must be taken to produce a Broadway show.

Also Jessica Genick is obviously very knowledgeable on the subject of produ... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Dated, Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if you want insights into the lives of the hearing-impaired with very good acting and good staging.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a dated production that is not as relevant as the original OR you don't want to do a lot of reading of surtitles.

Also I was somewhat disappointed in this show especially since I had seen t... Read more Read less

57
During previews
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Unfocused, Unengaging, Unconvincing, Relevant, Slow

See it if you're interested in exploring the impact of school shootings on survivors in addition to a number of other related and unrelated issues.

Don't see it if you can't deal with a slow-moving, unconvincing, unfocused play with nonessential tangential detours that do nothing but distract.

Also Although the impact of school shootings on survivors is a very relevan... Read more Read less

86
The Signature Project
East Village
Absorbing, Creative, Great story telling, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you want to experience a multi-sensory happening that includes art, Irish music, and dance woven together with delightful story-telling.

Don't see it if you prefer more traditional theater and are not receptive to an exceptionally creative, unique, once-in-a-lifetime, absorbing happening.

Also Patrick Dunning is not only an imaginative, creative artist but he is ... Read more Read less

84
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Upbeat, Delightful

See it if you like family shows designed for young kids with great songs, creative costumes and sets, awesome dancing, and wonderful singing.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a very silly, goofy show based on a cartoon with a simplistic plot that virtually any kid would understand easily.

Also I won lottery tickets to a Sunday matinee performance about a week ago... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Delightfully dated, Refreshing, Entertaining, Awesome dancing, Great singing/acting

See it if you enjoy watching a very energetic, talented cast sing and dance their way through some dazzling, show-stopper Cole Porter numbers.

Don't see it if you're not into silly , feel-good shows with minimalist staging (albeit with great costumes) or prefer original theater to revivals.

Also This was one of the most enjoyable performances I have seen in a while... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Clever, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Unevenly paced, Great acting

See it if you like well-acted, informative dramas tinged with humor about family relationships and dealing with disability issues like Downs Syndrome.

Don't see it if you don't like slow dramatic unfolding albeit to a powerful climax or you're particularly sensitive to Downs Syndrome or disability issues.

Also "Amy And The Orphans" is a cleverly written play that is very slow mov... Read more Read less

77
For a previous production
Hilarious, Slapstick, Clever, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you enjoy continuous slapstick comedy with anything-that-can-happen theatrical disasters all happening in the same show. Talented cast.

Don't see it if you're not into silly, absurdist slapstick comedy from start to finish or you're expecting more than goofy, fun humor in a whodunit "plot".

Also Although I am not generally a fan of slapstick humor, this show is abs... Read more Read less