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Reviews (33)
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a rewritten version of the original show, which is different from the movie. Beth Malone does a nice job as Molly b

Don't see it if You want in-depth studies of the characters or want to see the movie “brought to life”.

Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Turgid

See it if You’ve never seen a production of any play that deals with entitled people who think they know how to speak for people with challenges

Don't see it if 1. You’ve ever seen this play before, 2. Don’t like reading supertitles 3. Want to see a play that is well-directed.

Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see a legend (Jackson) on stage, doing fabulous work. The staging is also great.

Don't see it if If you despise this piece of Albee. Otherwise, the acting alone is worth the price of admission.

Harry Clarke
West Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if You love great acting in a tour-de-force performance.

Don't see it if You hate one-person shows.

A Parallelogram
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Quirky

See it if you like "puzzle plays" that make you think, ask questions, and discuss with others after the fact. And it IS funny.

Don't see it if you only like "straight-line" plays that take you from point A to point B.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intense, Aggravating, Ambitious

See it if you want to see Laura Linney (as Regina) take over the stage and act her heart out. Cynthia Nixon as Birdie was heartbreaking.

Don't see it if period dramas with predictable plot twists are not to your liking.

Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Great staging, Disappointing, Cliched, Mediocre singing

See it if you're a huge fan of Glenn Close or of the Lloyd Webber music. The staging is very good and the orchestra is impressive.

Don't see it if you expect great vocal performances from any of the cast. Also, don't sit in the rear mezz, because you'll miss many of the major entrances

Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Masterful, Relevant

See it if You love Fugard plays, theater about topics so relevant in America today (unfortunately), & good acting.

Don't see it if You don't want to admit there are still racial and economic disparities between people of different races, or if you don't like to think.

The Encounter
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Because wed mats don't star mcburney, Relevant, Clever

See it if You like new technology (headphones required) and one-man shows with interesting content and audio.

Don't see it if (on a Wed mat) if you want to see McBurney who wrote & created the role worldwide. Also, don't see it if you don't want to wear headphones.

The Golden Bride
Entertaining, Delightful, Historically important, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if you're interested in a historically important period in NY theatre: the Yiddish theater. Great operetta soprano voices, too!

Don't see it if you don't speak Yiddish & aren't willing to read titles. Also, be prepared to be surrounded by Russian grandmas @matinees -they hum & chat.

Midtown W
Gymnastic, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you don't mind poor writing but enjoy a modest amount great gymnastics and Cirque de Soleil acts.

Don't see it if you want a good story line or deep thought.

Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Original, Refreshing

See it if you know a lot about Broadway (for the inside jokes) or have a soft spot for musicals. It's a hoot.

Don't see it if slapstick and inside theater humor are not your "thing".

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to see a GREAT performance by Cynthia Erivo, & want to see a much better production than the original Bway version.

Don't see it if you don't like lots of gospel or belting numbers.

Fully Committed
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Dizzying

See it if you like Jesse Tyler Ferguson and/or eating at high end restaurants.

Don't see it if you have fond memories of the original off-Broadway production, which was (to me) funnier - maybe because I didn't know what to expect.

Bright Star
Midtown W
Cliched, Disappointing, Banal, Insipid, Slow

See it if you like decent bluegrass music and/or are a fan of Steve Martin's music. Carmen Cusack is acceptable as the lead.

Don't see it if you want an edgy story or a great book, or if you dislike banal lyrics,

Ambitious, Great staging, Clever, Delightful, Romantic

See it if love great choreography, great dancing, and romance. And see it soon, while Robert Fairchild is still in it!

Don't see it if you don't like a show that is dance-driven.

Midtown W
Informative, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if - you know little about the internment of ethnic Japanese US residents during WW2 - you like Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, and/or George Takei

Don't see it if you're not open to learning about the darker belly of US ethnophobia

Relevant, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if you want a fairly predictable story of an aging father & a son’s response, dotted with jokes.

Don't see it if you want an in-depth drama with “meaningful” dialogue.

During previews
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Dizzying, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if Enjoy rhymed couplets, ridiculous plot twists, and over-the-top shenanigans.

Don't see it if You don’t like farce, poetry, or multiple overlapping plots.

Entertaining, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if Have seen this production with Midler, Murphy, & Peters (who was the most human). So see it now if you want to see Dolly as a real person.

Don't see it if Hate the musical or really despise the shtick that Midler put into the courtroom scene - which remains even after her departure.

Confusing, Excruciating, Offensive, Painful, Embarrassing

See it if you like a man praising rape, pedophilia, incest, &anti-semitism. Rest of the show is not any better. Best thing was the breeze on my neck.

Don't see it if you DON'T like incest, rape, offensive language, etc.

During previews
Midtown E
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Clever

See it if you want to learn more about trans people & issues, and their impact on those around them. The empathy among the actors is palpable.

Don't see it if your mind is closed to issues relating to "others". Also, the theater is small, so actors may be performing within a few feet of your face.

Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Must see, Relevant

See it if you are open to seeing 9/11 from a different and relevant perspective, .

Don't see it if you can't be in a theatre filled with folks who stand up and cheer at the end of the show in a heartfelt need to express their emotions.

During previews
Kid Victory
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you can deal with uncomfortable topics (child abduction, pedophilia) handled well. Note the different use of music for the boy & all others.

Don't see it if you're unwilling to deal with the topics, or are expecting a traditional musical with a standard "happy ending".

Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Relevant, Stronger act 2

See it if you want to see 2 short plays (80s & 90s) re: LGBT families, made into a single show. Strong performances almost make up for weak act 1.

Don't see it if are unwilling to see plays with LGBT themes, don't like to empathize with characters, and/or are unwilling to be emotionally moved.

During previews
Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if You appreciate great acting in an intimate space.

Don't see it if You don't like monologues and /or want plays that spell out all aspects of the relationships they are about.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Interesting, Over-long, Great singing

See it if you like New Orleans-style Jazz, the Orpheus & Eurydice story, and a good design (with a GREAT tree).

Don't see it if you don't like jazz, or don't care for actors moving throughout the audience space.

Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Cliched, Entertaining, Celebrating adultery, Quirky, Great singing

See it if you like Jessie Mueller, Sara Bareilles, or Christopher Fitzgerald, or enjoy the smell of fresh-baked pies (made before each show).

Don't see it if you dislike musicals that celebrate adultery, wife abuse, or professional misconduct.

Funny, Delightful, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love an old fashioned musical, or anything Laura Benanti does - she's magnificent. Jane Krakowski & Zachary Levi are also loads of fun

Don't see it if you are turned off by old-fashioned musicals with a slightly cliched storyline.

Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Great writing

See it if you like rap/hip-hop, history, great writing, exuberant acting, a fresh take on the traditional musical, and/or a great audience mix.

Don't see it if you are not able to understand very fast talking and have not listened to the album, or are not open to new musical formats.

Cliched, Fluffy, Quirky, Dated, Funny

See it if You want to see the great Estelle Parsons and Judith Ivey having a wonderful time playing off each other.

Don't see it if You get offended by seeing 4 actresses of various ages obsess about a man who was their lover at different times & took advantage of them.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you'd love to see the world through the eyes of a brilliant but autistic teenager. Great staging and design.

Don't see it if 1) you can't deal with strobe lighting. 2) you don't like to think.

Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing, Romantic, Energetic

See it if you like energetic jukebox-like shows that actually have a story line. And Ana Villafane as Gloria Estefan is FABULOUS.

Don't see it if you don't want to hear any Gloria Estefan or Miami Sound Machine music.