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 (146)
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
Goodbye
Soho/Tribeca
Profound, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Interesting and thought-provoking play regarding six individuals experiencing hardships and seeking a favorable solution

Don't see it if You do not enjoy thought-provoking theater. well done in all regards in addition to keeping an eye out for a wonderful young playwright.

Also This is the third production I've seen from The Fringe Encore series. ... Read more Read less

88
Metamorphosis
Soho/Tribeca
Intelligent, Ambitious, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if A female's take on Franz kafka's metamorphosis. The one woman solo performance was riveting and outstanding. Show was 1 hour.

Don't see it if You prefer a lighter subject matter. This was one of the better solo performances I've seen in theater in quite a while. Highly recommended.

75
Quirky, Slow, Fluffy

See it if Family oriented Christmas presentation of the classic Little Women including some audience interaction as well. A bit slow at times.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of independent Productions. Enthusiastic actors however I felt it could have been cut about 15 minutes or so.

70
Confusing, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if Disappointing One Man Show trying to cover too many topics. With a little polish and cohesion this would be a much better production.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of solo monologues. Run time was an hour and 40 minutes without an intermission

90
Must see, Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Wonderful performance by Gary Edward Jones honoring Paul Simon with storytelling and playing many of his hit songs throughout the years

Don't see it if Can't really think of a reason not to see this production unless you really dislike Paul Simon

Also I've seen Paul Simon countless times throughout the years and it was a... Read more Read less

75
Confusing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if interesting play involving multiple actors portraying one character. Good acting although can get confusing at times.

Don't see it if You prefer a more traditional type play. The play was 80 minutes without an intermission.

75
During previews
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if Off beat interpretation of the Jimmy Carter years concentrating on his malaise speech. If you are a history buff as I am I think you will

Don't see it if Enjoy this play despite its flaws. I had some trouble believing the actors who portrayed the president and his staff members

Also Once again despite the plays flaws I'm glad I attended the performance... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Intelligent, Slow, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if Wonderful acting by both Kate Mulgrew and Francesa Faridany. The play lagged a bit at times but made for an informative and enjoyable time.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy two actor plays. I attended the first preview and the runtime is 85 minutes without an intermission.

68
An Enchanted April
Midtown W
Slow, Fluffy, Disappointing, Dated

See it if I found this rather slow-moving, simple set , long, and without many memorable songs or moments

Don't see it if You prefer a full stage Musical, Orchestra and interesting storyline.

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
The Minutes
Midtown W
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

85
Refreshing, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if A one-woman solo performance depicting the lives of Judy Garland and Deanna Durbin. Wonderful acting and singing make for a pleasant

Don't see it if Experience. You don't enjoy stories of the old Hollywood. Another terrific production at the Soho Playhouse

77
Quirky, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if Average comedy like a sitcom regarding a son's visit to his aging father. A few laughs on occasion in addition to some decent acting

Don't see it if If you don't like either of the actors or a family member dealing with old age

90
Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Ambitious, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if This is theater on a big scale in all regards. Acting, set design, space and storyline as well. Just made for a riveting theater experience

Don't see it if In all regards. Don't see it if you prefer a lighter subject matter. Very thought-provoking play. Must see not to be missed.

85
Delightful, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Interesting musical presentation based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Another wonderful production by the gallery players

Don't see it if Can't really think of any reason not to see this. Good acting and singing as well. Show runs about two and a half hours

78
During previews
Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Interesting contemporary play involving 5 twenty-somethings all residing in the same residence

Don't see it if The play ran 2 and 1/2 hours which included the intermission. I did feel the play could have been cut about 10 minutes or so.

Also Although I felt it was a big long it made for an enjoyable evening out... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Ambitious, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Wonderful production of Horton Foote play about the loss of a family member's son. The play kept me engaged throughout the 130 minutes.

Don't see it if You prefer lighter subject matter or musicals

Also I thought the acting was terrific. Especially Aidan Quinn who portraye... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You're a fan of Alanis Morissette. Decent singing although at times the lyrics were kind of drowned out by the band

Don't see it if You're not a fan of jukebox musicals and numerous storylines

Also I must admit I know just a few songs by Alanis Morissette and really n... Read more Read less

75
Imagining Madoff
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow, Great acting

See it if fictional account of Bernie Madoff meeting Elie Wiesel with a discussion well into the evening hours.

Don't see it if I thought the acting was good however I really didn't learn anything new regarding Bernie Madoff. Show runs 90 minutes.

70
During previews
Confusing, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy talented musicians and good singing. Two soloists with separate monologues. However, I found the musical confusing, very slow

Don't see it if And very drawn-out. Especially the First Act which I felt needed some serious editing