PeterFaso

Brooklyn

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Reviews (37)
70
During previews
Drift
Midtown W
Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The ghost of Arthur Miller pervades this "old school" play. Kept me interested with seriously flawed characters bordering on "types".

Don't see it if What I mean by the characters being "types" is they embody characters we've seen before in O' Neill plays and other mid century playwrights

64
During previews
TERRA FIRMA
Gramercy
Great staging, Dated, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if Great set design and ensemble acting

Don't see it if I get the metaphor of a crew on a raft formulating societal mores and laws but I just could not engage with the characters.

72
During previews
(A)loft Modulation
Midtown W
Riveting, Intense, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in the golden age of Jazz and its exponents

Don't see it if You are not interested in Jazz whatsoever

71
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny, Delightful

See it if you like ensemble acting with an historical bent about segregation of the Baseball leagues in the early 20th century.

Don't see it if you are uninterested in how racism marginalized black sports figures but they stood proud and persevered.

Also I do not like spectator sports of any kind including Baseball. However... Read more Read less

80
Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you love improvised, masterfully done cabaret. With a world class pianist accompanying the zany troupe of gifted entertainers.

Don't see it if if are do not enjoy Broadway show tunes infused with infectious ad lib lines. Truly a good time for all.

69
Dying City
Midtown W
Great staging, Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want an unfolding drama about 2 people dealing with the loss of a brother and husband and it's serious consequences.

Don't see it if you cannot suspend your disbelief of a single actor portraying 2 different people.

78
Fairview
Brooklyn
Quirky, Intense, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you want your presumptions to shatter like glass in the 2nd act when the play goes off the rails in a good way.

Don't see it if you want linear narrative that has beginning middle and end. You have never been challenged by a play like this.

80
During previews
Romantic, Raunchy, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you want dazzling chemistry between 2 actors at the top of their game. Profane and romantic are not 2 elements that merge easily, This does.

Don't see it if you are squeamish about unbridled anger, sexual provocation of a couple polarized yet attracted to each other in a most peculiar pathology.

69
Made in America
East Village
Quirky, Edgy, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you want to be in a classic nightclub setting where an unconventional gaggle of actors embed themselves in the audience to create mayhem

Don't see it if This show could only work in Joe's Pub which is why I went. Some dialogue was inaudible due to improper placement of mikes.

54
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Great singing, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to do an excavation of America's unionizing past. The story behind this play is more riveting than the play

Don't see it if you don't like musicals. Not much dialogue. A bit outdated as an historical piece.

82
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Great acting, Edgy, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to be challenged and surprised how this play irreverently riffs on Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. This shakes off the cobwebs of Vanya.

Don't see it if IF you have provincial tastes in theater and live a complacent life in the suburbs.

76
During previews
Vilna
Midtown W
Relevant, Excruciating, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see the history of white supremacy and how it is very much relevant today

Don't see it if you are squeamish about the ugly realities of the past and how mankind has not really changed all that much.

81
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Delightful

See it if You want classic Broadway glitz combined with commentary on racial issues

Don't see it if You do not like your comedy mixed with topics on racial inequality. This is a show of substance.

77
Trick or Treat
Midtown E
Absorbing, Clever, Riveting, Intense

See it if you want to have the rug pulled out from under you as far as being taken for an emotional roller coaster ride

Don't see it if See it since it has all the elements of what defines theater. The big three of Drama- Suspense, poignancy and pathos.

71
Blue Ridge
Chelsea
Absorbing, Great acting, Confusing, Edgy

See it if You could leave the theater feeling these actors gave it their all with finely nuanced performances.

Don't see it if But when you reflect back at the unfolding conflict that erupts in the play, you say to yourself, "was much to do about nothing".

70
Notes to Wherever
West Village
Slow, Romantic, Entertaining, Fluffy, Delightful

See it if you like sentimental material concerning a death of a loved one. In a world of strife and intolerance, this is a refuge from that world.

Don't see it if you are looking for exceptional acting since this entire play is about a widow reading letters from a deceased husband.

73
Apologia
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if A tense dinner drama where family members lacerate each other over past grievances. If you like Edward Albee dialogue & Stockard Channing,

Don't see it if You are squeamish about mean spirited dialogue among family members.

79
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if A compelling story of an unmarried gay couple devoted to one another yet are at odds about legally sanctifying their union in marriage

Don't see it if There is no reason not to like the show due to the arc of the characters thrown into tragic circumstances. A tearjerker for the ages.

90
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great writing, Resonant

See it if A many layered show with an exceptional ensemble cast of Irish actors. Has the scope of O'Neill's best writing.

Don't see it if It's over 3 hours long. Not for the faint hearted or restless, impatient theater goer. You need to invest in these characters

71
Mayakovsky and Stalin
West Village
Intense, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you are a history buff and fascinated with the personal intrigues of historical figures.

Don't see it if If you are suffering from attention deficit issues, this play is wordy and erudite. You will lose the thread of the plot

49
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you want to see an FBI interrogation with lackluster dialogue that is pointless.

Don't see it if Whether this is based on true events or not, it went nowhere in plot or character development.

Also I would have fled the theater rather than endure this play but I was s... Read more Read less

80
Rinse, Repeat
Midtown W
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you want unerring honesty about eating disorders but most important, actors inhabiting these roles to perfection. flawless production.

Don't see it if If you long for CATS to come back to Broadway.

50
Burn This
Midtown W
Slow, Dated, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if you are "those types" of star-gazers wanting to see Driver and Russell walking the boards and waiting backstage for an autograph.

Don't see it if you do not buy into why these people could possibly fall in love, condoning the male lead's boorish behavior.

Also Having seen "Burn this" and "Frankie and Johnny" back to back, I find ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Handbagged
Midtown E
Resonant, Intelligent, Funny, Delightful

See it if you want to see the relevancy of today's politics thru the prism of Margaret Thatcher's England back when.

Don't see it if You're myopic in your world view and have no interest in why we as a nation today are fragmented due to autocratic leaders.

71
Public Servant
Midtown W
Relevant, Intelligent, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you want to see topical issues dealing with government's role in our lives as it impacts a father & daughter.

Don't see it if you are adamant in your beliefs about women's reproductive rights and a Trump Republican.

49
Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if you can stomach rural, ignorant folks spouting cliches and spleen venting. God, I wanted to bolt from the theater. Outdated and trite

Don't see it if I reiterate what a previous reviewer said Don't see it if this is your first introduction to Sam Shepard. Words never more resoundingly true

Also I never expound in a showscore review but I am going to make an except... Read more Read less

50
Numbness: Chapter 2
West Village
Banal, Edgy, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if If you want to see actors chopping jello with a knife and dispersing water & baby powder while careening about the theater.

Don't see it if Whenever you see terms like "experimental or anarchic" theater, run for the hills. This would be one of them.

70
Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Clever

See it if No matter if this is a bare bones production or an elaborate Broadway production. It's SONDHEIM for God's sake and it's done well.

Don't see it if if you prefer a more elaborate production. This is a bare bones stage set with small milk crates.

Also There a very austere set design which has not context of place. For in... Read more Read less

86
All Our Children
East Village
Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The level of the acting, writing and historical depiction is transcendent in its subject matter. Truly devastating in scope.

Don't see it if you are living in moral twilight and unconcerned what is going on in the world today.

50
During previews
The White Devil
West Village
Intelligent, Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you want to see old world intrigue and historical references.

Don't see it if If you have difficulty understanding jacobean era language. I had no idea what was going on. Play spoken in Old modern English verse

Also I just get numb listening to Shakespeare and this play spoken in verse... Read more Read less

70
During previews
A Jewish Joke
Midtown W
Quirky, Great writing, Funny, Clever

See it if want to learn about the anguish and stories about lives ruined by the McCarthy era blacklist, this show examines the consequences.

Don't see it if The device used to forward the narrative is incessant phone call conversations with the principle actor. It gets contrived & confusing,

77
During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Great staging, Relevant, Riveting

See it if ..you want to witness overlooked historical drama about the turbulent 1960's on stage with the actors.

Don't see it if ..you don't want to see shameful overlooked events in American history.

80
During previews
Awake
Midtown W
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to know why our culture is in discord and why race relations are at a new low with current governmental policies.

Don't see it if you are intransigent about your preconceived views on social and cultural views. And if you belong to the Republican party.

80
Absorbing, Edgy, Funny, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You're interested in first amendment rights and satire.

Don't see it if You're prudish and close minded about our hypocritical & pious culture

74
Absorbing, Excruciating, Intense, Great acting, Funny

See it if A hard look at dementia in an elderly woman played by legendary comedian, Elaine May. Funny as well as heartbreaking.

Don't see it if Dementia is no laughing matter. IF you have painful memories of a loved one who has experienced this affliction, stay away.

80
During previews
Noura
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if experience a first hand account of a displaced immigrant family as told and performed by a talented playwright and actor.

Don't see it if Someone with no world view or interest in the massive refugee plight that's happening today.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if Of course fans of Michael C. Hall (Dexter) will flock to this show, but there is more to the play than his stature as a Cable TV star.

Don't see it if If you don't like one man shows with quirky monologues and non-linear storytelling.