Phil 9070

Brooklyn | 50-64 | Male
About:  I was hooked after seeing my first Broadway show starring Ethel Merman in Annie Get Your Gun in 1966.
Reviews (164)
75
And Away We Go
Brooklyn
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if I try not to miss any production by the gallery players in Brooklyn. They usually put on an outstanding production in all forms.

Don't see it if Although I enjoyed and away we go for the most part I felt this was one of their weaker Productions. Not bad by any means just slow moving

Also And a little too long clocking in at about 2 hours. The acting, costum... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Morning Sun
Midtown W
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Terrific story about mothers and daughters from birth till death portrayed by three wonderful actors especially Edie Falco and Marin Ireland

Don't see it if You are not looking for a serious thought inducing play. This really kept my interest throughout with the wonderful writing and terrific

Also Performances.

75
Six (Broadway)
Midtown W
Overrated, Fluffy, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Like seeing an all girl pop band, entertaining great harmonies and strong vocals. Not really my cup of tea but it kept my interest.

Don't see it if Your looking for a more traditional broadway musical.

83
Ambitious, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if If you're looking for an entertaining and fun night out this is the feel-good musical for you. Wonderful dancing, singing, set design and

Don't see it if Costumes . You prefer a more developed plot and story and don't enjoy loud popular music.

83
During previews
Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Interesting play depicting the lives of 7 black men in Brooklyn. Wonderful ensemble and different vignettes kept my attention throughout.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy hearing about racial issues and problems.

85
During previews
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if If you're up for 2 hours of laughs and zaniness of a family attending the funeral of a loved one this is your thing. Wonderful acting and

Don't see it if Lots of fun. The cast was terrific, especially Michael Urie Cleo King and the crazy daughters. Made for a fun afternoon at the theater.

80
Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Another wonderful and rarely seen play redone by mint Productions available to stream during the pandemic shut down. The acting and

Don't see it if Storyline kept my interest. Thank you again mint Productions for helping us get through the pandemic shutdown.

95
Enchanting, Ambitious, Great singing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if After waiting years to see this show I finally s a w what all the commotion was about. Just wonderful in all regards. The acting, dancing,

Don't see it if Choreography, book and storyline. I can't say enough about this production except make sure you go and see it as soon as you can.

75
Great acting, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if I was hesitant about seeing this play, after watching Spike Lee's production. I ended up winning the lottery and I was glad to have

Don't see it if Attended despite its flaws. It was for the most part entertaining, kept my interest, wonderful acting, a bit hard to follow at times.

Also Overall though made for an interesting night out at the theater.

93
During previews
Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Wonderful production of Edward Albee's American classic. The acting was just superb especially Laurie Metcalf and Rupert Everett.

Don't see it if I think every theater goer should experience at least one production of this American classic although disturbing at times

Also I saw Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin years ago in this play and it bro... Read more Read less

68
Banal, Slow, Disappointing

See it if As a big fan of Mint Productions I was disappointed with this one. Not up to their usual high standards including the set design and acting

Don't see it if You prefer a faster paced play and expect the usual standard of Excellence usually provided by a mint production.

Also I was looking forward to seeing Alexander Sokovikov from the TV shows ... Read more Read less

80
About Love
East Village
Clever, Ambitious, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if Interesting play about about a young man's first love with multiple characters portraying the young man as well. The play includes some song

Don't see it if And dance with four musicians. Don't see it if you prefer a full Broadway production. The play is based on Ivan Turgenev's First Love.

83
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Zany and off the wall story based on a Chekhov play set in modern times. Very funny and entertaining as well. The actors were all very good

Don't see it if You prefer a more serious subject matter. If you enjoyed life sucks, and stupid f'ing bird this is just for you

Also The play ran approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes. I did feel it could... Read more Read less

86
Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Entertaining, interesting and educational play of the life of Lady G which includes two short plays. Wonderful acting as well

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy irish-based plays. Another winner for the Irish Repertory Theater highly recommended.

83
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if An entertaining and educational evening all about Stephen Sondheim's Musical hits and misses and his personal life shown through video and

Don't see it if Live performances by 8 singers and a piano player. Don't see it if you prefer a full Broadway musical and have no interest in Sondheim.

Also The play runs about two and a half hours with an intermission and made... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Rules of Desire
Midtown W
Raunchy, Edgy, Disappointing, Banal

See it if This was kind of a strange play in the age of the me-too movement. It started off okay and then became a bit off the rails

Don't see it if Very strong language and sexual content. Certainly not for everybody's taste. And not recommended for bringing a date

88
During previews
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Wonderful reproduction with an amazing performance by Beth Malone. She's worth the price of admission alone. Good dancing, singing and

Don't see it if Catchy Tunes. You prefer more modern musicals. It is a bit dated But I thoroughly enjoyed this production And is one of the better

Also Off Broadway shows I've seen in awhile. Highly recommended and made fo... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Interesting play set in 1930 of the Harlem Renaissance by Pearl Cleage. This premiered in Atlanta 25 years ago. Another fine production by

Don't see it if The Keen company. Deals with difficult subject matter at times. Good acting and costumes as well. Play ran about 2 and 1/2 hours.

Also I did feel however the First Act was a bit long and can use some serio... Read more Read less

73
Maz and Bricks
Midtown E
Slow, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if Irish-themed 2 character play of how opposites attract. The play alternated between interaction and monologues by the two actors

Don't see it if You prefer a more Broadway based play. Simple set, and just two actors. I didn't have a problem following the Irish accents

93
During previews
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Must see, Profound, Riveting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Contemporary production of the classic Medea written and directed by Simon Stone. Kept me sitting at the end of my seat.

Don't see it if You prefer a lighter subject matter and more uplifting type of show. Outstanding acting by Rose Byrne.

Also Production included video screen background to provide close-ups of th... Read more Read less

85
Refreshing, Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Entertaining solo show by Rick Miller giving a history lesson of the baby boomers from 1945 through 1969. Rick performed numerous

Don't see it if Impersonations of many political and musical figures from that period of time. Kept me engaged throughout and certainly

Also One of the better solo performances I've seen. Looking forward to seei... Read more Read less

85
During previews
17 Minutes
Midtown W
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Interesting play about a school shooting and the after effects of an officer's activity during the tragedy. Good storyline kept me engaged

Don't see it if You prefer a lighter subject matter. Play ran about 75 minutes. Good acting, lighting, and simple set design made for an interesting evening

78
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if A play about what it means to be a Samoan woman written by one of New Zealand's leaving poets. This is one of 3 US premiers

Don't see it if From New Zealand appearing the Soho Playhouse. Interesting play although I found it a bit confusing at times but very enjoyable.

Also Good singing , acting and dancing as well

90
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Outstanding acting and story about a small towns demise and a mother dealing with her disturbed son. One of the better plays I've seen in a

Don't see it if Long time. Play was just under 3 hours with 2 intermissions but just flew by. All the acting was excellent especially Judith Ivey and

Also Edmund Donovan. Must see.

78
MsTRIAL
Midtown W
Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Interesting play regarding a legal team member accused of rape. Can get a bit raunchy at times but kept my interest for the most part

Don't see it if You prefer a lighter subject matter or musical.

85
Dana H. (Broadway)
Midtown W
Profound, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A really intense play about a woman held hostage for five months. Deidre O'Connell was terrific portraying this tragic story.

Don't see it if Subject matter might upset you or looking for something more uplifting. Overall a really gripping 75 minutes at the theater.

Also I never saw anything quite like this and leaves an impression on you a... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Interesting play regarding the after-effects of the tragic Rodney King verdict portrayed by a very capable ensemble depicting many

Don't see it if Individuals. The play ran over two and a half hours with an intermission. I did feel that the play could have been shortened by about 10

Also Or 15 minutes. But overall a very thought inducing production.

60
Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Very difficult to follow this one woman solo performance of 90 minutes or so. In addition to the subject matter, Lili Taylor was difficult

Don't see it if To hear throughout the performance especially the last five or 10 minutes. You prefer something more upbeat and comprehensible.

88
Ambitious, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Interesting story about passengers hosted during the 9/11 tragedy. Very well done, great acting and staging as well. Highly recommended.

Don't see it if Brings back memories of the tragic 9/11 event.

65
Persuasion
East Village
Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Confusing

See it if I found this production to be very slow and confusing at times. Although the acting wasn't bad it didn't make up for the slow and confusing

Don't see it if Story . Your looking for a more fast-paced production.

90
Conflict
Midtown W
Great staging, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if I actually saw this play in person years ago and it was a pleasure to stream during the shutdown. One of the better mint Productions and was

Don't see it if Great to revisit once again.

90
Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

See it if Mint Productions has always been one of my favorite Off Broadway plays to attend. This is one of the better Productions by far.

Don't see it if Good acting interesting storylines and costumes. This was wonderful to stream during the pandemic. I was living vicariously in the theater.

88
Ambitious, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if I've been waiting with anticipation to see this play. Unfortunately I missed it at the armory and I had tickets to see it a few days after

Don't see it if Broadway shut down. I am happy to say the wait was worth it. I caught the first preview for 2021. The director Sam Mendes gave a short

Also Speech thanking everyone. Wonderful acting, storyline, telling the sto... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Quirky, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if Let me first say it's great to be back at the theater for my first performance since March 2020. Thankfully the rain held off for last night

Don't see it if Performance of a modern-day adoption Shakespeare's merry wives set in Harlem. Interesting costumes and set design although some of the

Also Accents by the actors were difficult to decipher. Overall made for a f... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Gnit
Brooklyn
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Funny, entertaining and off the wall Comedy at the theater for new audience in Brooklyn. If you're just looking to laugh for 2 + hours

Don't see it if You don't enjoy comedies on the level of Monty Python. My first visit to the polonsky Shakespeare theater and was very impressive

Also Looking forward to seeing more events at this theater in the near futu... Read more Read less

60
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Excruciating, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if I really had a hard time watching this play. Very long almost two and a half hours. Very confusing as well.

Don't see it if I found myself constantly checking my watch. The actors weren't bad though just the script was really out of left field at least for me

83
During previews
Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great staging, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Interesting British black comedy by Martin McDonagh. Exceptional acting especially by Mark Addy and Dan Stevens. Great set design as well.

Don't see it if You don't like dark British comedy and have trouble deciphering strong accents

Also The drawback for me were the strong Northern England accents. I did mi... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Interesting play about a town council meeting gone awry. Starts a bit slow and then builds to a shocking climax.

Don't see it if Excellent performances by Austin Pendleton, Armie Hammer, Blair Brown and the entire cast as well. 90 minutes running time

70
Edgy, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Three simultaneous stories of women contemplating suicide. I found it interesting at first then became a bit of a chore and difficult to

Don't see it if Follow jumping back and forth from one character to another. You prefer a lighter subject matter. Some decent acting though

70
Happy Birthday Doug
Soho/Tribeca
Indulgent, Fluffy, Disappointing, Banal

See it if Average one man solo act of a gay man depicting his gay friends at a birthday party.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy gay themed plays. Acting wasn't bad storylines could be improved a bit.

80
During previews
Look Back In Anger
East Village
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if A Revival of John Osborne's rarely seen classic involving a young malcontent and the breakdown of his marriage. Very intense play

Don't see it if Strong subject matter not for everyone's taste.

Also One drawback however I had difficulty deciphering some of the strong a... Read more Read less

80
Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if One man solo Jewish Orthodox comedian on customs and traditions of orthodox life. Very funny and entertaining evening.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy edgy comedy at times. I'm looking forward to future shows by Ashley Blaker. Another winner at the Soho Playhouse.

55
During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Two decent actors however I found the play very slow moving, confusing, and long even thou it was only 80 minutes in duration.

Don't see it if You prefer a more cogent and fast moving play.

80
The Shadow Box
East Village
Relevant, Clever, Edgy

See it if Interesting remake of the 1977 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama. The play involves the personal impact of terminal illness facing three

Don't see it if Families. This play is not for everybody dealing with difficult subject matters. Good acting, with all three troubled families alternating

Also Their stories. The play ran about 2 hours and 20 minutes with one inte... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Slow, Quirky, Ambitious, Clever

See it if A futuristic story of what happens when climate change becomes personal. I found myself engaged at first and as the play went on started

Don't see it if Losing interest. The three actors were good but the storyline became a little too over-the-top for me. This is certainly not for everyone

85
Hilarious, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if 2 hours of complete zaniness, a theatrical parody by Charles Busch. Very entertaining, great acting, costumes made for a fun evening

Don't see it if You prefer a more serious subject matter. I really enjoyed Jennifer Van Dyke portrayal of Aunt Rosalie which was a riot as well as the other

Also Cast members performances

65
The Contours of Heaven
Soho/Tribeca
Confusing, Quirky, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if Disappointing one woman solo performance depicting 6 young people coming of age in New Zealand. Heavy accent made it confusing at times.

Don't see it if Although the performer gave it her best and it had a few moments it was one of the few Fringe Productions I was disappointed with

90
During previews
Relevant, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Absorbing reprisal of the Pulitzer prize-winning play from 1981. Involves the mysterious death of a black officer in the segregated South

Don't see it if Towards the end of World War II. Everything about this revival was sensational the acting, staging, and of course the intense storyline

Also David Alan Grier and Blair Underwood lead this amazing cast putting on... Read more Read less

75
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing

See it if This is a word for word transcript of the FBI's visit to Reality Winner's house in 2017 for leaking a document that show proof of Russian

Don't see it if Interference in the 2016 presidential election. Don't see it if you prefer lighter subject matters

Also I felt the play was a bit slow moving only an hour in running time but... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Great acting, Fluffy, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if Despite wonderful acting by all the principals the poor and rather predictable script made this into an average play for me. Wasn't bad by

Don't see it if Any means with a few laughs here and there just average and predictable. Play ran 2 hours 20 minutes and could have used a bit of editing

Also Just a heads up I sat in the mezzanine row C seat 4. I am 6-2 and my l... Read more Read less