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 (257)
82
Funny, Refreshing, Entertaining
August 13th, 2022

See it if This was a fun feel-good musical featuring many young talented actors. Many memorable songs that made for a fun theater experience.

Don't see it if You are looking for a more serious subject matter.

65
During previews
The Panic of '29
Midtown E
Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal
July 29th, 2022

See it if Well this started off okay and then deteriorated t o silly jokes and gags. With really no Direction. Was really looking forward to this on

Don't see it if Paper looked like it could be interesting but just turned out to be a very disappointing and long show. In need of some serious trimming.

65
During previews
The Butcher Boy
Chelsea
Overrated, Confusing, Disappointing
July 28th, 2022

See it if Disappointing dark Musical at the Irish rep. Although the actors gave it their all the singing was below par and the storyline over the top

Don't see it if For my taste. Others might like this more than myself.

85
Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing
July 25th, 2022

See it if A classic musical not to be missed. Many people have seen this multiple times

Don't see it if . Can't think of a reason not to see this.

90
During previews
Oresteia
Upper E Side
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
July 21st, 2022

See it if Excellent rendition of this Greek tragedy at the famous Armory. Outstanding acting, play runs about 3 hours and 35 minutes.

Don't see it if You are looking for a more uplifting subject matter.

90
Refreshing, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting
July 13th, 2022

See it if Outstanding Stephen Sondheim fairy tale production with an outstanding cast. This was just perfection on all levels. Must see. Get a ticket

Don't see it if If you can. Can't think of a reason not to see this marvelous Musical.

75
POTUS
Midtown W
Raunchy, Fluffy, Great acting, Funny
June 29th, 2022

See it if You're looking to enjoy an offbeat zany comedy. The acting was quite good, however for my taste a little over the top at times and the

Don't see it if Slapstick comedy routines were a bit silly. But overall I enjoyed the production as did most in the audience.

84
During previews
Between The Lines
Midtown W
Fluffy, Refreshing, Delightful, Exquisite
June 25th, 2022

See it if I attended the third preview of this entertaining Musical. Three understudies filled in including the main actress and I wouldn't have even

Don't see it if Known they were very good. Can be a little silly and Fluffy at times geared more for a younger audience but I found it quite enjoyable.

78
Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing
June 19th, 2022

See it if Tense interaction between parent and teacher to determine the cause of a child's death. Good acting held in the small theater at theater row

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

83
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
June 18th, 2022

See it if Contemporary and original take of this classic by Robert Icke held at the prestigious Armory. Includes video screens and Bob Dylan

Don't see it if Background music. The First Act is close to 2 hours and I had difficulty hearing the dialogue clearly. After intermission I obtained

Also A listening device which made a big difference. The play is 3 hours an... Read more Read less

75
During previews
53% OF
Upper W Side
Cliched, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
June 16th, 2022

See it if You would enjoy a play about current issues. This was 3 acts performed in 90 minutes. Still could use a bit of editing or rewrite especially

Don't see it if The final Act. Still seemed like a work in progress but kept my interest.

80
The Rake's Progress
Upper W Side
Entertaining, Clever, Slow, Great singing
June 13th, 2022

See it if You would like to experience a performance at the prestigious Metropolitan Opera. Wonderful staging and singing. Although in English I

Don't see it if Still needed to follow the subtitles. Can be slow at times. But overall an enjoyable experience. I caught the last performance for the

Also Season.

80
Chains
Midtown W
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever
June 11th, 2022

See it if You have enjoyed previous mint Theater Company Productions which include wonderful costumes, set and acting. This time the mint takes on

Don't see it if Another play by Elizabeth Baker. Previously they performed the price of Thomas Scott in 2019. Don't see it if you are looking for lighter

Also Subject matter or a musical or comedy. Glad the mint is back at theate... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Corsicana
Midtown W
Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Great acting
June 5th, 2022

See it if This play was a tale of two Acts for me. I really enjoyed the First Act thought it was thought-provoking and wonderful acting. And then the

Don't see it if Second Act became a Meandering mess with each of the four characters basically doing long confusing monologues. Way too long over two and a

Also Half hours and an intermission. I felt the majority of Act 2 could be ... Read more Read less

83
Mr. Parker
Midtown W
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting
June 2nd, 2022

See it if Very well written play by the playwright of Daniels husband depicting a gay man dealing with loss. Acting was also very good. Brief nudity

Don't see it if And phone's needed to be placed in a yonder pouch. You do not like plays dealing with gay men. Play was a swift 90 minutes with no

Also Intermission.

93
For a previous production
Rigoletto
Upper W Side
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing
June 1st, 2022

See it if Outstanding in all regards, staging, beautiful voices, costumes, acting and orchestra. Not to be missed. Riveting production in all regards.

Don't see it if Can't think of a reason not to see this wonderful production.

88
Chicago (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing
May 29th, 2022

See it if You want to see one of the classic American musicals. Great choreography, singing, dancing and book as well.

Don't see it if I can't think of any reason not to see this classic.

60
Banal, Quirky, Disappointing
May 29th, 2022

See it if I went to see the Midsummer's Night Dream ballet production yesterday and it reminded me I never reviewed this show I went to quite a while

Don't see it if Ago. You don't enjoy a over the top and off-beat production up Shakespeare. Not for everyone. However if you do get a chance the ballet

Also Production currently at Lincoln Center is certainly worthwhile to see.

70
During previews
Epiphany
Upper W Side
Slow, Disappointing, Confusing
May 27th, 2022

See it if I was looking forward to seeing this play which looked interesting. A group of friends getting together a mysterious guest fails to show.

Don't see it if Unfortunately this became a 2-hour without an intermission play that just went nowhere. I kept thinking a big moment is about to happen but

Also Just became a long evening of Meandering stories that really didn't ma... Read more Read less

55
Dated, Slow, Disappointing
May 26th, 2022

See it if Disappointing adoption of Chekhov's Three Sisters. It felt like an amateur production and the acting for the most part was below par.

Don't see it if You have seen previous versions of this classic play. It was hard to believe many of the actors fit the roles they were portraying.

88
For a previous production
La Boheme
Upper W Side
Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing
May 25th, 2022

See it if Beautiful singing and staging of this world famous opera it is quite the experience and not to be missed.

Don't see it if This is the perfect Opera to see for the first time experiencing a spectacle of this magnitude. Just wonderful in all regards.

78
The Lucky Star
Midtown E
Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing
May 19th, 2022

See it if Intense First Act depicting a Jewish family's struggle to leave Poland during the Holocaust. Unfortunately the second act was disappointing.

Don't see it if This could have been a one-act play and disregarding the interactions between the current father and son. Overall intelligent and moving.

85
Wedding Band
Brooklyn
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
May 18th, 2022

See it if A very intense play by Alice Childress that is being revived after 50 years. I found the first Act rather slow which led to a riveting

Don't see it if Finale I did have trouble comprehending all the dialogue especially when the actors were on the other side of the stage from where I was

Also Sitting in addition to a rapid paced dialogue. I did enjoy this better... Read more Read less

83
Anything Goes
Midtown W
Fluffy, Great singing, Entertaining
May 16th, 2022

See it if Entertaining production of Cole Porter's Anything Goes recently on great performances. Good choreography and singing voices.

Don't see it if This can be a little corny at times but made for light entertainment and wonderful performance by Sutton Foster and Robert Lindsay.

85
During previews
Belfast Girls
Chelsea
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
May 13th, 2022

See it if Wonderful reenactment of Irish women leaving Belfast to Australia in 1850 due to the famine. One of the Irish reps better Productions.

Don't see it if You prefer a lighter subject matter. Although the play was 2 hours and 15 minutes the time just flew by. Outstanding acting by all.

Also Highly recommended.

85
During previews
Delightful, Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining
May 11th, 2022

See it if If you're looking for a fun night out at the theater this is for you. A Romeo and Juliet parody where Romeo meets the mob in Brooklyn.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional Shakespearean plays. This was a lot of fun in all regards.

75
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining
May 6th, 2022

See it if Interesting play regarding motherhood of a lesbian performed in an intimate setting with good actors and a small set.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with the subject matter.

65
Macbeth (Broadway)
Midtown W
Slow, Confusing, Disappointing
May 1st, 2022

See it if You want to see two terrific actors Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga on stage. Very disappointing and confusing production by Sam Gold.

Don't see it if Actors in many scenes were wearing contemporary clothing, as well as opening up a beer can and using an electronic device to prepare

Also Dinner. The set was non-existent. In addition many actors playing mult... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Golden Shield
Midtown W
Slow, Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing
April 28th, 2022

See it if This play had the makings of being really something special. Although the acting was good and the Main storyline as well.

Don't see it if Too many unnecessary subplots didn't add anything to the play and it's two and a half hours. A number of cuts would really make this play

Also Special.

78
Intelligent, Great acting, Clever
April 27th, 2022

See it if Entertaining play depicting a woman's birthday party held annually till her death at 101 years of age. Debra Messing was wonderful in her

Don't see it if Portrayal. Can't really really think of a reason not to see this play. 90 minutes no intermission.

80
During previews
Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
April 26th, 2022

See it if Interesting family drama of a family members urgent need for a kidney transplant with many twists and turns to the story.

Don't see it if You prefer a more uplifting story. Very compelling play around 90 minutes and no intermission.

80
During previews
Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious
April 24th, 2022

See it if I was very apprehensive about seeing this due to this subject matter but glad I did. A story about complacency and compliance then and now.

Don't see it if This is not for everyone. Subject matter is a difficult one.

80
Songs About Trains
West Village
Ambitious, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever
April 22nd, 2022

See it if Interesting story involving eight talented musicians combining folk music and stories of building the u.s. rail system.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy folk music or require elaborate sets. Very entertaining 100 minutes.

85
During previews
The Vagrant Trilogy
East Village
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
April 21st, 2022

See it if Absorbing play portraying a Palestinian family struggles for Homeland and survival. Very well-written and acted as well.

Don't see it if You have difficulty sitting through a three and a half hour production with two intermissions and not interested in the subject matter.

70
During previews
Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow
April 19th, 2022

See it if You would enjoy an experimental type theater. Involves seven different hard-working women telling their stories to poetry and dance.

Don't see it if You're not are not interested in seeing something a little bit different and non-.traditional theater. Not for everyone's taste.

83
Confederates
Midtown W
Great writing, Relevant, Clever, Absorbing
April 18th, 2022

See it if Another well written and thought-provoking play by Dominique. Morisseau. The acting was also superb.

Don't see it if A pamphlet was included that encouraged permission for audience engagement. I found this quite annoying especially the patron sitting next

Also Me who would constantly make comments out loud with almost each passin... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Wish You Were Here
Midtown W
Ambitious, Relevant, Entertaining
April 17th, 2022

See it if Entertaining play by the playwright of english Sanaz Toossi. You would enjoy an interesting adult drama. Play runs about an hour and 40 min.

Don't see it if Some of the language might offend . Overall a enjoyable and entertaining afternoon at the theater and looking forward to her next play.

95
Suffs
East Village
Intelligent, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing
April 15th, 2022

See it if Every so often comes a new and original Musical that is not to be missed. This is one of them. Outstanding in all regards depicting the

Don't see it if Early suffragette movement. The staging, acting, costumes and storyline w e r e all Extraordinary. And to top it off the night I went there

Also W e r e 4 understudies filling in for the actors under covid protocol ... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing
April 14th, 2022

See it if Interesting play involving two principal actors conducting a business transaction which leads to a friendship. Starts off a little slow and

Don't see it if Builds to an interesting climax. 90 minutes no intermission.

75
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing
April 13th, 2022

See it if Interesting play depicting pedophilia between the 2 principle actors Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse who were both quite good

Don't see it if . I really enjoyed the play except it was difficult hearing all the lines from the mezzanine area seating. Constant attention was required

Also At all times. I wish I did acquire an assisted listening device. But I... Read more Read less

85
During previews
¡Americano!
Midtown W
Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing
April 9th, 2022

See it if I really enjoyed this wonderful Musical about the dreamers. Large, talented and hard-working cast with many costume changes made for

Don't see it if Enjoyable evening at the theater. Can't really think of any reason not to see this. Definitely one of the better Off Broadway Productions

Also I've seen this season.

60
During previews
Disappointing, Confusing
April 7th, 2022

See it if This was like a Cirque show with interesting dancing and aerobics. Not really for my taste although others might find it more enjoyable.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy long dance sequences and aerobic Acts.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining
April 6th, 2022

See it if Wonderful acting by this trio of stars. Started a bit slow and then the pace picked up. Story was a bit convoluted but quite enjoyable.

Don't see it if Can't really really think of any reason not to see this play. Held in circle in the Square and basically a good view from wherever you

Also are seated.

92
Little Girl Blue
Midtown W
Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing
April 5th, 2022

See it if Outstanding performance by Laiona Michelle portraying two concerts by Nina Simone as well as a wonderful band to support her.

Don't see it if You do not like Nina Simone. One of the better off Broadway Productions I've seen without question. Highly recommended.

60
During previews
Confusing, Banal, Disappointing
April 3rd, 2022

See it if First off let me just say I've never seen a previous production of the skin of our teeth before but know the basics of the story.

Don't see it if This play is not for everyone including myself. Way too over-the-top for my taste including having a dinosaur running around the house.

Also This featured 28 actors many of them first-time on Broadway and were q... Read more Read less

70
During previews
The Patsy
Lower E Side
Great acting, Entertaining, Clever
April 1st, 2022

See it if Entertaining One Man Show by the very talented Obie winner David Greenspan portraying eight different characters.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy one man portraying multiple characters. David portrays these different characters in a quickfire like succession.

Also Attention would be required at all times. The play was 80 minutes with... Read more Read less

80
Resonant, Relevant, Great writing
March 31st, 2022

See it if Eugene O'Neill's play about a dysfunctional Irish family in Massachusetts. Very well done typical of Irish rep Productions. A Long play

Don't see it if thou stretched over 2 hours and 40 minutes. Could use a little trimming but definitely kept my attention.

83
During previews
Hilarious, Great acting, Funny, Delightful
March 30th, 2022

See it if A fun Billy Crystal musical comedy where he portrays an aging comedian looking to revive his career almost four decades later.

Don't see it if You are not looking for a light musical comedy. Billy Crystal fans especially will love this production. Typical borscht belt Jewish humor.

78
Intense, Relevant, Intelligent
March 27th, 2022

See it if Interesting play written by Dominique Morisseau regarding a family dealing with their sons possible expulsion from school. Started off slow

Don't see it if But gradually picked up the pace. Good acting and an interesting storyline. Another relevant production by the gallery players in Brooklyn.

78
Heartland (59e59)
Midtown E
Relevant, Ambitious, Intelligent
March 24th, 2022

See it if Interesting story depicting a family's struggle with the aftermath of the Afghanistan war. Decent acting and story told on a small stage.

Don't see it if You prefer a lighter subject matter. Another good production at 59 East 59.