Phil

New Brunswick | 65+ | Male

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Reviews (46)
71
During previews
Deafening, Disappointing, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy Christian Borle, excellent singing, a clever well staged story presented by a strong ensemble.

Don't see it if you are put off by very loud distorted music which drowns out the lyrics on up tempo songs and sends you home with ringing ears.

85
Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you enjoy fantasy musicals with beautiful music, clever songs and a cast/singers who make it work; just to hear Melissa Errico

Don't see it if you do not like small stage musical productions, fairy tale stories and revivals

60
Skintight
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow, Pointless, Insipid, Sporadically funny

See it if You enjoy an interesting set, gay characters, family conflicts and Idina

Don't see it if the tale of an upset women who lost her husband to another woman and goes "home" seeking comfort only to be surrounded by a gay father, his

Also young gay lover and a gay son. The characters are insipid and the stor... Read more Read less

85
Travesties
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you enjoy deep thoughts, humor, tomfoolery, dancing, music hall skits - i.e. Stoppard; strong lead performances, an outstanding ensemble.

Don't see it if you want consistently light entertainment and a trustworthy narrator who leads you thru the story to a joyous ending.

79
Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing, Funny, Great writing

See it if You like Shaw's humorous, satiric handling of serious subjects; strong performances throughout the cast. Clever staging.

Don't see it if You want a short fast moving show, light entertainment. Have no interest in the politics and religion surrounding Joan.

69
Disappointing, Insipid, Slow, Unmagical

See it if you support TFANA, see all Shakespeare and don't expect to be riveted and moved by the production.

Don't see it if expect to see a strong cast create the experience of beauty and magic overcoming the tragic elements. Want to be moved by the statue scene's

Also staging and poetry.

49
Yerma
Upper E Side
Excruciating, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy histrionic acting, the F word and too many black out scene breaks with deafening sound levels of "music" and "vocals"

Don't see it if want to avoid being trapped for nearly two hours in the Armory bleachers with no easy escape.

90
During previews
Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a well written, nicely staged play with superior acting dealing with serious subjects: human mortality, the fragility of memory

Don't see it if you cannot handle the subject matter, don't like Albee and cannot go nearly two hours (which fly by) without a break

73
Junk
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want the details of the Junk Bond Era; how cheats cheat and the power and delusions of greed; a hint about the 2008 crash and the

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment with clever dialogue and a happily ever after ending.

Also inability of our version of capitalism to control the greedy.

89
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Must see

See it if you enjoy a strong finish with intense dialogue, superb acting and great timing. Ms. Ruehl rules and Mr. Uhrie stays with her.

Don't see it if are offended by gay themes and want a happy ending.

83
Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Funny

See it if your interested in what happened to Nora after the door slammed; you enjoy clever writing, good direction, strong cast, humor and ideas.

Don't see it if you require an Ibsen experience with deeply serious characters struggling with the world

Also This is a review of the original cast. If you are familiar with Julie ... Read more Read less

78
Pacific Overtures
East Village
Entertaining, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if like excellent ensemble work and fine individual and choral singing. Early Sondheim with hints of what is to come. Fine acting by all.

Don't see it if you want a full blown production with fancy costumes and sets.

71
War Paint
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great singing, Banal

See it if You enjoy fine voices even when singing poor material; to see the period costumes

Don't see it if Want an enchanting story which gets you to care about the characters and is emotionally involving.

20
Excruciating, Amateurish, Indulgent, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if you like the rock concert format no matter what the content; and do not want to learn anything meaningful about Joan of Arc

Don't see it if You want to avoid lackluster effects, poor choreography, banal music and an overall horrible experience

74
Dead Poets Society
East Village
Entertaining, Good ensemble, Minimalist staging, Banal

See it if you like coming of age stories, CSC productions; enjoy actors making the story work

Don't see it if you cannot forget the movie; want more than cardboard "villains"

78
A Taste of Honey
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You enjoy well acted family drama with interesting characters. The ensemble is terrific with surprisingly good work by the younger actors.

Don't see it if you only like Downton Abbey type English stories; this is about the poorer people

67
Dated, Disappointing, Insipid, Cringe worthy theme

See it if You like the lead actors and for occasional clever moments.

Don't see it if you don't find cruel seduction entertaining; production underplays the decadence.

70
During previews
Disappointing, Overrated, Some good singers, Repetitious music

See it if Want to see novel staging, an interesting set, lyrics not drowned out by the orchestra and hear some good vocalists; excellent choral work

Don't see it if you want to see an exciting and thoroughly entertaining show.

40
During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Disjointed, Poorly adapted

See it if you must see every Chekhov performance

Don't see it if you believe Chekhov creates vehicles for great individual and ensemble acting; only a few of the bit players do well here. Other solid

Also performers are defeated by this mishmash.

85
Clever, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if Miami Sound Machine music appeals; want to learn about their story; enjoy well sung interesting ballads; enjoy good choreography

Don't see it if their music is not your style

85
Entertaining, Great staging, Must see, Romantic

See it if you like R&H's musicals and because Kelli O'Hara is in it. you always wanted to see a live production of it

Don't see it if you don't like classic musicals

40
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you value the critics and other reviewers' opinions; like frenetic staging and moving lights.

Don't see it if you want an interesting, well-told story

85
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Original, Dancing, Funny, Must see

See it if Fosse dances, Fosse dances

Don't see it if don't like musicals

62
Gloria: A Life
Gramercy
Great acting, Pity party, Indulgent, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if you like to see talented people performing well; are interested in learning something about Gloria's life.

Don't see it if if you expect to learn what the movement did and is doing to overcome misogyny. This is an overly emotional pity party.

Also It is hard to believe that Gloria participated in its creation.

98
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you love musicals with book, music, orchestra and ensemble in sync. Beautifully staged with outstanding lead performers. A Revival loving

Don't see it if you cannot be entertained by a musical

Also done with a twist to the ending.

84
Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you relish bare bones productions of difficult material by good casts and wonderful lead performers. The play and the players are it here.

Don't see it if if Tenn. Williams characters don't resonate for you and you need elaborate sets and costumes to create the atmosphere.

83
Masterful, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing, Slow

See it if you revel in the silence of a rapt audience and the feel of play and players pulling you deeper and deeper into the story.

Don't see it if If the use of alcohol and drugs upset you, 90 minutes is your time limit and you are looking for a happy ending

81
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy well written, ethically challenging situations cleverly presented by an excellent ensemble with strong lead performances.

Don't see it if you want lighter material and a relaxing day at the theater.

65
King Lear (BAM)
Brooklyn
Disappointing, Overrated, Miscast, Poorly staged

See it if you just have to see all Shakespeare productions and want to see a poor one.

Don't see it if you want to see and hear Shakespeare at his best. Staging is poor, costume of the king is weird and the poetry does not sing.

73
Hangmen
Chelsea
Disappointing, Overrated, Dull

See it if you like McDonagh's macabre sensibility, want to see some of the London cast, and can understand heavy accents

Don't see it if you want a work on the level of "Inishmore", "Pillowman", or "Beauty Queen"; don't like gallows humor or quirky unfunny characters

78
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if can accept complex, disturbing, fully developed criminal characters in a jail house setting. A talkative dreamlike tale of character flaws.

Don't see it if the clichés of corrupt and sadistic cops mistreating prisoners will stop you from listening to the stories of the other characters

78
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy a clever take on Austen, slapstick mixed with rock "oldies", an enjoyable ensemble, many playing multiple roles. Talented fun.

Don't see it if you need "pure" Austen seriously played or you want the period authenticity of Hamel's Sense & Sensibility

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Must see

See it if you enjoy splendid acting, great material, solid directing; seeing "Family Values" at work among siblings where pride, money are involved.

Don't see it if you know the story and don't like it or dislike a lead player; or you are looking for light and frilly entertainment.

Also Ms. Linney and Ms. Nixon give superbly delicious performances and the ... Read more Read less

83
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy verbal and physical comedy by an ensemble with great timing and a joyous attitude. Michael Urie is terrific.

Don't see it if do not like lighthearted material and slap-stick humor; you wan't elaborate staging.

80
Vanity Fair
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you enjoyed Sense & Sensibility; like novels cleverly transferred to the stage; to see Zachary Fine's performances.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy period literary works.

Also This show grows on you during and after the performance; the cumulativ... Read more Read less

53
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if you know the story and want to see it in this format; you go for extravagant dresses on the star

Don't see it if you are not interested in a sing through of a weird story with inserted banal dance numbers and do not want to see Glenn Close in a bomb.

78
Heisenberg
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy actors vehicles with clever, quirky, thoughtful dialogue (truth or lies?) and unusual situations. Ms. Parker is terrific.

Don't see it if you want a beautiful set, a full story rather than one which just ends; cannot accept a "romantic" relationship with a 33 year age gap

78
Falsettos
Midtown W
Well acted, Clever staging, Dated, Quirky, Slow

See it if the theme resonates with you; for the cast, Stephanie Block is outstanding; clever staging; historical relevance.

Don't see it if you like all scenes to relate to the story; don't like sung through shows; like clever lyrics -this ain't Sondheim; want to care about the

Also characters before the last few scenes.

78
Public Enemy
Midtown W
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense

See it if You enjoy good ensemble work and appreciate Ibsen's themes

Don't see it if you find the depiction of single minded dedication and political corruption presented without the hope of compromise as too disturbing

78
The Front Page
Midtown W
Funny, Fluffy, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy silly physical comedy played well and with great timing. Great cast who command the stage no matter how small or large their part.

Don't see it if you want a short show and will be put off by the long exposition of the first act. Bear with it the rest of the show is worth the wait

95
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you enjoy well imagined, magically theatrical moments portrayed with minimal sets by a true ensemble of pros. A joyously inventive romp!!!

Don't see it if you really really can't take cramped seats. During the show you will be so happily engaged you wouldn't notice if you were sitting on cactus

92
For a previous production
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you enjoy serious drama, solid ensemble work, Jefferson Mays; are interested in background to the on going PLO/Israeli situation

Don't see it if you cannot approach the subject matter with an open mind and maintain rapt attention for 3 hours, in 1 hour word packed acts which fly by

48
Sylvia
Midtown W
Disappointing, Raunchy, Insipid, Poorly written

See it if Annaleigh Ashford's strong performance as Sylvia will be enough to satisfy you.

Don't see it if weak stories and the 'shock" of four letter jokes don't move you; uneven phoned in performances upset you

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if you are a NY theater regular, like the cast members and want a silly entertaining time. enjoy gags and name, show tune dropping

Don't see it if goofy musicals don't appeal to you; some beyond risqué aspects in words and costumes.

90
For a previous production
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Original, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if Lived through the era; want to see multiple views of how the same events unfolded, remarkable re-creation of the Four Seasons sound

Don't see it if Four Seasons music doesn't appeal; are not interested in the history of the group

95
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if You like Jefferson Mayes. slap-stick, cleverly funny shows, interesting music and dance

Don't see it if Fun or particular cast members don't appeal to you.