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 (99)
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

95
Must see, Great singing, Great staging, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if I was absolutely Blown Away by this show. The choreography, dancing, staging, the 11 talented musicians, and of course David Byrne himself

Don't see it if Even if you know nothing of the Talking Heads or David Byrne I still think you will love this show. Just sensational. Must see.

Also I've seen David Byrne countless times over the years including an inti... Read more Read less

72
During previews
FEAR
West Village
Confusing, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if Average play with numerous flaws didn't really do much for me. Despite the play's premise it made for a rather long 70 minutes

Don't see it if You prefer to see a more developed and less confusing play.

55
During previews
Mayakovsky and Stalin
West Village
Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if Very disappointing play. I found it long, tedious and boring agreeing with most of the reviewers so far. The acting however was okay.

Don't see it if You're looking for a somewhat fast paced, cohesive, and understandable play.

78
The White Chip
Midtown E
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever

See it if Interesting play about a man's addiction to alcohol. Very fast paced with two other actors playing multiple roles.

Don't see it if You prefer a lighter subject matter. Another enjoyable experience at 59 e 59

80
Fern Hill
Midtown E
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if I enjoyed this what I will call a poor man's version of The Big Chill. I had a few laughs and had some serious moments as well

Don't see it if Many established actors did a good job with this play. Made for an amusing and fun night out at the theater.

85
Stupid F**king Bird
West Village
Refreshing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Aaron Posners take on chekhov's the seagull. Very entertaining, good laughs and some sad moments. If you liked the recent production of

Don't see it if Life sucks. This is similar in nature with some audience participation and filled with zaniness.

Also Good acting and made for an entertaining evening. I attended the openi... Read more Read less

55
During previews
(A)loft Modulation
Midtown W
Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Very disappointing and confusing play about jazz. Way too long, limited character development and way too many plot lines.

Don't see it if You're looking for a cohesive understandable play. Jazz musicians weren't bad though.

88
Boogieban
West Village
Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Intense two man play of an army doctor and his PTSD patient. Very moving, and absorbing play about this difficult subject matter.

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

Also This closes on September 29th and I would highly recommend seeing it. ... Read more Read less

78
Rap Guide to Culture
Soho/Tribeca
Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Though not really a fan of hip-hop I found this performance very entertaining and educational. Baba Brinkman was quite the performer.

Don't see it if Not interested in trying something new and you dislike Hip Hop

Also I had the pleasure of meeting Patrick from show score. Someone who's r... Read more Read less

80
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Relevant, Clever

See it if Interesting play involving actors portraying themselves as young children from memory. The actors were all very physical.

Don't see it if Portraying their youth both the good and the bad times. Difficult subject matter might upset some theatregoers.

75
Betrayal
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great acting, Overrated, Slow

See it if Although the three main actors were quite good I was a bit disappointed in the play. Very slow moving and no high points for me

Don't see it if You would enjoy a more lively and faster paced production. I kept waiting for that big moment to happen. But was disappointed in the end.

Also I went in with very high expectations. Wasn't bad by any means but I w... Read more Read less

80
During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You enjoy history or politics during lbj's final years in office. You enjoy a play with many actors playing multiple roles

Don't see it if You have a short attention span and difficulty spending almost 3 hours on a political story from 50 years ago.

Also I think they have made some improvements reading from prior reviews. I... Read more Read less

90
Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if On the recommendation of a dear friend of mine I finally saw this wonderful comedy. Great slapstick comedy, great timing and a wonderful set

Don't see it if You don't like slapstick comedy and just to laugh out loud for a good two hours.

80
Contact High
Midtown W
Confusing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if I enjoyed this rock Musical especially the second act. Although the storyline got a bit confusing at times.

Don't see it if A number of young talented actors. However I think this is geared for more of a younger crowd. Loud music some violence might upset some.

Also If the storyline was tweaked a bit this would be even better. I really... Read more Read less

70
The Exes
Midtown W
Slow, Insipid, Fluffy, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if Slow-moving light average comedy with a few Chuckles here and there but not enough to sustain it for a 2 hour duration. .

Don't see it if You're looking for more than a few laughs on occasion

88
Rinse, Repeat
Midtown W
Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if This is what going to the theatre is about. Seeing a gripping story with good dialogue and wonderful acting.

Don't see it if This doesn't happen often so by means see this play before it closes.

72
Basic Glitch
Midtown W
Edgy, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Futuristic Tale of a woman trying to correct her reproductive organs. A little off the wall not for everyone's taste.

Don't see it if Kept my interest for the most part. Once again this is not for everybody.

80
During previews
Clever, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if Two monologues first by Tom Sturridge and then Jake Gyllenhaal. Both actors were good Very thought-provoking and difficult subject matter

Don't see it if You wouldn't enjoy seeing two wonderful actors in a monologue style play.

50
Collective Noun
East Village
Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched

See it if As much as I wanted to enjoy this corkscrew theater Festival production with its young actors and playwrights unfortunately I did not.

Don't see it if Although the actors weren't bad this play was tedious boring and was way too long I noticed a few people leaving for the exits early..

Also I felt the play could have been cut by at least a half an hour and the... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Little Gem
Chelsea
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if This was basically alternating monologues by the three actors who happened to be family members. Average play didn't do much for me.

Don't see it if You prefer more lively dialogue and interaction between actors. I attended the first preview

80
During previews
I Spy a Spy
Midtown W
Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Enjoyable Musical with many catchy Tunes. Fun story as well.

Don't see it if You prefer a full Broadway musical.

75
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great staging, Cliched

See it if You really enjoy baseball or sports history. I found it quite repetitive at times and was hoping for a home run but only got a double.

Don't see it if Your not into baseball or sports in general.

80
Ambitious, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Entertaining Musical featuring four talented young actors. Good singing and acting and show tunes were quite catchy.

Don't see it if You prefer a full Broadway musical.

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.

92
Ambitious, Great writing, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Wonderful production of the Tennessee Williams classic. The close to 3 hour production with two intermissions just flew by.

Don't see it if You have trouble sitting almost 3 hours for a play. But honestly I can't think of any reason not to see this

Also I was very impressed with the gallery players production. I will certa... Read more Read less

75
The Hope Hypothesis
East Village
Relevant, Banal, Quirky

See it if Average play about a woman held up by immigration authorities thinking she's a terrorist. Short play only about an hour running time.

Don't see it if The play wasn't bad by any means but it wasn't great either. Some lame jokes and writing as well. The acting was good though.

83
During previews
Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if Interesting and thought-provoking play about two brothers one who is incarcerated and are brought together by their love of music.

Don't see it if Excellent acting by the two brothers and the play went by very quickly. Don't see it if you're not into serious dramas.

75
When It Happens to You
East Village
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if A true story of a young girls rape and how it affects her and her family members for years to come. The playwright also portrayed the mother

Don't see it if You prefer a lighter or more uplifting subject matter. The play was 90 minutes without an intermission.

90
During previews
Games
Soho/Tribeca
Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Excellent depiction of 2 Jewish female athletes competing in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Everything about this play was outstanding.

Don't see it if The two female actors, the storyline, the direction are just excellent. Without question one of the better off Broadway shows I've seen

82
During previews
Molly Sweeney
Midtown W
Slow, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if Interesting play involving three actors giving alternating monologues. All three actors were on the money and the play was well produced

Don't see it if You prefer a more uplifting subject matter and faster pace. Overall the play was quite good although slow moving First Act.

88
During previews
Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Intense story of a family's struggles dealing with addiction. Good acting and storyline as well which made for an interesting experience.

Don't see it if Strong language and difficult subject matter upset you.

Also I really enjoyed the performance of Peter Mark Kendall once again. Fro... Read more Read less

96
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if I went into this play with high expectations and I was not disappointed. The acting, the writing, the storyline were just great

Don't see it if If you are offended by brief nudity and gay themes

Also This is what theater is all about. I attended the first preview. The p... Read more Read less

78
During previews
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Cliched, Great acting, Disappointing, Dated

See it if I enjoyed this play despite its numerous flaws. Marisa Tomei was excellent however other actors had strong accents and difficult to

Don't see it if Comprehend. This is one of Tennessee Williams lesser-known plays and with good reason.

Also Also I felt the play could have been cut about 10 to 15 minutes. Despi... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Entertaining play by Tracy Letts about a 50 year old divorced male restarting his life over again and not in the best way.

Don't see it if Brief nudity offends you. Funny, entertaining, good acting especially Ian Barford who's terrific as the divorced male.

Also I attended the first preview. The play runs about 2 hours and 40 minut... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Edgy, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Well acted and written play about two Lonely People that find each other. Mary-Louise Parker and her co-star were excellent

Don't see it if Difficult subject matters upset you. The play is quite intense and not meant for everyone's taste

90
During previews
Resonant, Riveting, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Two brilliant performances both by Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins in this heartbreaking story of old age.

Don't see it if You prefer a lighter subject matter and definitive answers to a number of questions. Must see theater experience

78
During previews
Cliched, Slow, Great acting, Clever

See it if Primarily a one-man show starring Keith Hamilton Cobb who is very impressive. Auditioning for the part of Othello.

Don't see it if You're not into solo performances. I enjoyed this play for the most part however I felt it was in need of editing.

Also It was kind of listening to somebody complain about his boss or Superi... Read more Read less

65
During previews
LOVER
Midtown W
Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if A one-woman play primarily discussing her exes. I found myself getting bored and distracted about halfway through this

Don't see it if Although the actress and playwright Lois Robbins wasn't bad by any means. I just was not moved at all by this play

77
Quirky, Cliched, Great acting

See it if Interesting depiction of the Tennessee Williams play by two wonderful actors. A little over-the-top at times

Don't see it if I did find myself losing interest the last 15 minutes or so. However made for a decent night out at the theater.

85
Talent is Sexy
Midtown W
Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if I enjoyed this light comedy and subject matter. The young actors are all very good and convincing and this fast-moving play kept me engaged.

Don't see it if If you're looking for a more serious subject matter. Although the play was predictable it made for an enjoyable evening at the theate

70
Out of Water
Chelsea
Cliched, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Very simple story of a young man looking to put his fish in the ocean. The 3 talented young actors did an impressive job thou.

Don't see it if Your looking for a more thought provoking story or full broadway type musical.

75
Ambitious, Relevant, Great acting

See it if Interesting story about a white man's experience in Rikers Island depicted by one actor primarily. The young actor was quite good

Don't see it if You prefer a lighter subject matter. As the play went on I did find myself gradually losing interest.

Also The play was approximately an hour and 45 minutes. I felt if they trim... Read more Read less

85
Two's a Crowd
Midtown E
Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if What a lot of fun this musical is. Rita Rudner was a hoot and Robert Yacko was wonderful as well. Just made for an enjoyable evening

Don't see it if You wouldn't enjoy a simple storyline and Musical

75
During previews
Disappointing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if I really enjoyed the first half of the play. Kept my interest very riveting theater however the second half tended to fade off a bit

Don't see it if Enjoy a lighter subject matter or a musical. I caught the first preview of the play. Enjoyable but a little over the top especially the end.

80
During previews
the way she spoke
West Village
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if I enjoyed this serious solo performance by Kate del Castillo regarding the killing of women from Juarez. Very intense and emotional.

Don't see it if You prefer lighter subject matters and dont enjoy solo performances.

75
During previews
No One is Forgotten
West Village
Slow, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if Very good performances by the two actresses Renata Friedman and Sarah Nina Hayon. However no mention of why these two were imprisoned.

Don't see it if You prefer more uplifting subject matter.

Also I would have found this play more intriguing if I would have at least ... Read more Read less

75
Cliched, Fluffy, Funny

See it if An average play with a few laughs thrown in based on the actual experience of the playwright.

Don't see it if If you prefer more Broadway like production of a play. Wasn't bad by any means but not something that go out of my way to see.

75
Dying City
Midtown W
Slow, Confusing, Great acting

See it if Enjoyable play however slow-moving and confusing at times. Both actors Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Colin Woodell were very good.

Don't see it if You prefer a faster-paced dialogue and more lighter subject matter.