Paul R 6164

New York City | 50-64 | Male

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Reviews (13)
80
Towering performance dominates decent play

See it if You want to see a (typically) flawless turn by Janet McTeer, a portrayal of Bernhardt as a brilliant, swaggering, insecure actress.

Don't see it if You get impatient with star vehicles that, despite a fine supporting cast, lose wattage when said star isn't onstage.

36
Banal, Cliched, Excruciating

See it if You enjoy the tired UK sitcoms they show on PBS, updated with curse words.

Don't see it if You prefer good writing and accurate English accents.

Also More mystery than comedy...as in why on earth did Daniel Sullivan agre... Read more Read less

78
Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a beautifully presented, involving play that isn't afraid to take its time to develop character and lay groundwork.

Don't see it if You get impatient. You have particular trouble with Irish brogues.

Also The accents here are very well-done; I believe much or all of the cast... Read more Read less

71
Absorbing, Resonant

See it if You enjoy a fine ensemble tackling an unflinching play.

Don't see it if You have an especially low tolerance for shaky English accents. They're mostly decent, but a few players..playing lesser parts..falter.

81
During previews
Clever, Funny, Edgy

See it if You enjoy torn-from-the-headlines relevance that doesn't swamp the show, and that injects humor but falls short of cartoonishness.

Don't see it if You're a committed Trump supporter, or you dislike modern-dress Shakespeare that occasionally departs from the Bard's words.

Also The cross-casting of Elizabeth Marvel (as in Homeland's U.S. president... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Moving

See it if You want to see an intimate, deeply felt family drama about bereavement, fidelity (and infidelity), and aging.

Don't see it if You've recently lost a loved one--or ever lost a child. It will cut too close to the bone.

77
Quirky, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You appreciate quirky and black UK comedy. And tour-de-force acting turns.

Don't see it if You find over-the-top comic premises tiresome.

93
During previews
Exquisite, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You 'd enjoy an engrossing play rooted in family and recent Irish history.

Don't see it if You have particular trouble with thick Irish brogues. You squirm at intense, and occasionally disturbing, theatre.

Also This was the very first preview, so it was a little stiff at the start... Read more Read less

78
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You'd enjoy a potted history of a American songwriting giant, with accomplished and lovely renditions of his best songs.

Don't see it if You dislike occasional.singalongs, which Felder uses to mix things up.

Also This hardly delves deep, but it does cover the major accomplishments a... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Great acting, Resonant, Epic

See it if You've never experienced this landmark of American theater, and want to see fine performances, especially from Nathan Lane.

Don't see it if You want brevity. The preview last night ran 20 minutes over even its scheduled 3.5 hr timing. Part 2 is 4 hrs.

Also The stage of the Simon is huge, but the interior sets are annoyingly d... Read more Read less

64
During previews
Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You're curious to see Elizabeth McGovern, and in a period piece set in the same era and milieu as Downton Abbey.

Don't see it if You want to see a production that does full justice to the class and expressive nuances of this very English play.

Also Taichman and cast play the piece mostly as a family drama, and downpla... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Confusing, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if You'd like to see a legendary 50s hipster time-travel to 2016, and weigh in on Trump and more.

Don't see it if You're not already intrigued, if not fascinated, by the original pre-Billyburg hipster era.

Also Alas, the hip story-telling of Lord Buckley hasn't aged well. In this ... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see one of the definitive works about apartheid, directed to perfection by its author.

Don't see it if You're seeking breezy escapism, although the show is leavened with plenty of humor.