Philip 6247

New York City

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Reviews (128)
There may be play somewhere in here
November 13th, 2022

See it if The actors were game and not bad for what they were asked to do, although the "mothers" (played by men) came off often as silly stereotypes.

Don't see it if you're tired of the current trend toward gimmicks and other overly clever add-ons to plays that would probably be better told straight.

Also Despite the playwright’s explanation in the program for why she had he... Read more Read less

During previews
Intense, Intelligent, Great acting
November 8th, 2022

See it if you're up for seeing a timely albeit uncomfortable and mostly ignored subject (i.e., the fate of child abusers in a halfway house).

Don't see it if child abuse, with a somewhat sympathetic look at the perpetrators, would be unacceptable to you or put you off.

Also At the start the adult who was abused as a child seems to be the centr... Read more Read less

East Village
Slow, Resonant
September 13th, 2022

See it if you're interested in Walt Disney a short while after he started and long before the company became the behemoth it is today.

Don't see it if if you find labor and management conflicts too predictable and your sympathies are immutably on one side or the other.

Also It's interesting to see the early version of the Disney Corporation in... Read more Read less

Sometimes confusing, certainly ambitious
September 6th, 2022

See it if you have an interest in Korean history mainly of the 20th Century. (It doesn't pretend to be a historical play.)

Don't see it if you prefer a play with clearly identified characters whose conflict(s) build to a climax and dramatic payoff.

Also This play comprises several chronological set pieces of Korean and lat... Read more Read less

Funny, Delightful, Clever
June 12th, 2022

See it if you'd enjoy a clever take on "Romeo and Juliet 2: The Sequel."

Don't see it if you think you'll never be able to enjoy the real Romeo and Juliet again.

Also There are some hilarious moments. The songs, based on Italian songs (m... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Absorbing
May 19th, 2022

See it if You want to see how a 25-year-old play handles an issue that occupies an even greater part of our social consciousness today.

Don't see it if The abundance of news & TV shows about sexual abuse deter you from seeing a memory (or from today's POV recovered-memory) play about it.

Also A woman who as a girl was the victim of sexual abuse by her uncle reca... Read more Read less

Relevant, Overrated, Great acting
October 28th, 2021

See it if you want a glimpse into what it's like to have the FBI show up at your door esp. if you're guilty of what they've come after you for.

Don't see it if you want a play rather than a clever realization of a real FBI transcript. Not that there's no drama, but it's not the same as a play.

Also By my watch this theater piece lasted 60 minutes, not the 75-80 minute... Read more Read less

Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing
February 9th, 2020

See it if you want to take advantage of seeing small theaters and unknown actors doing a creditable job of putting on a timely play by Shakespeare.

Don't see it if you're disinclined to see unknown actors performing in small venues.

Also Imaginative staging with limited resources. Two quibbles: (1) the cost... Read more Read less

During previews
Paradise Lost
Midtown W
Ambitious, sometimes clever, sometimes tedious
January 21st, 2020

See it if you have an interest in Milton or stage adaptations of epics.

Don't see it if a re-telling of a re-telling of a biblical story doesn't interest you.

Also The sets and the staging are perhaps the most noteworthy element of th... Read more Read less

The Inheritance
Midtown W
Dramatic, melodramatic, sentimental, manipulative, energetic, minimally but effectively staged
January 16th, 2020

See it if a play that wants to be the avatar of the anti-retroviral era as Angels was of the AIDS-Reagan era & BITB of the closeted era interests you.

Don't see it if A 2-ticket, 7+ hour play that covers a lot, perhaps too much, territory is not how you want to spend your time.

Also In a writing class Adam invokes EM Forster to help him start writing, ... Read more Read less

A serious work with satiric & parodic elements
January 6th, 2020

See it if you want to see a clever, often funny, more often raunchy presentation of bi-racial couples where the black partner is sexually frustrated.

Don't see it if you know over-hype when you read or hear it. The play’s worthwhile but not nearly as provocative as the hype would have you believe.

Also The play wants to be both a satire on role-play therapy (& maybe actin... Read more Read less

Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Torpid, overlong, ambitious, intense
December 20th, 2019

See it if you want to see a slice of life of a part of America you won't often see.

Don't see it if almost three hours of a dour play which should be more dramatic would put you off.

Also I sense the author aspires to emulate Chekhov & Miller in illuminating... Read more Read less

Entertaining, funny, sophomoric, obscene
December 16th, 2019

See it if you want to laugh, perhaps in spite of your best intentions.

Don't see it if you are a Mormon or are offended by sacrilegious humor, verbal or physical.

Also The show was funny but somehow not as funny as I expected based on all... Read more Read less

Portentous, factitious, decent acting
December 13th, 2019

See it if you aren’t put off by relentlessly dark themes.

Don't see it if an acted-out audio-book presentation (lots of addressing the audience) is not your taste.

Also Talented but depressed, socially-isolated, socially-inappropriate, fri... Read more Read less

During previews
Sentimental, bland, flabby, pretentious, occasionally amusing
November 13th, 2019

See it if you enjoy what might be called "observational" theater pieces that gussy up the mundane to pass if off as profundity.

Don't see it if you're ready to throw your hands up at yet another play filled with labored quirkiness.

Also Here's what this piece means, as far as I can tell: When the curtain f... Read more Read less

To Life
East Village
Slow, Resonant, Intense
October 1st, 2019

See it if you want to see a (mostly) naturalistic play about family dysfunction.

Don't see it if you'd find a play that has cancer, child abuse, sexism, and misogyny overwhelming or overwrought.

Also The family's problems are exposed early on, so this isn't a play that ... Read more Read less

During previews
Midtown W
Interesting but overlong and tedious
September 20th, 2019

See it if you want to see a play that at least superficially involves parenting.

Don't see it if you have a low tolerance for disjointed narrative.

Also There's a good satire to be made from the competition among mothers ov... Read more Read less

Make Believe
Midtown W
An interesting approach to presenting the familiar topic of family dysfunction
September 11th, 2019

See it if you'd like an ensemble (as opposed to character-driven) play that presents its subject from an off-the-beaten-path angle.

Don't see it if you might be frustrated watching kids (whose speeches aren't always easy to hear) or are tired of plays about dysfunctional families.

Also Like so many ensemble plays this one has little in the way of plot & l... Read more Read less

Delivers what you'd expect
August 20th, 2019

See it if you enjoy the Temptations' (and other Motown singers') songs and somewhat hyped-up versions of their dance routines.

Don't see it if you need more than the predictable dramatic developments that musical "biographies" offer.

Also Talented young man adrift finds his calling in music, forms group, gro... Read more Read less

Variable in quality and impact but worth seeing
July 24th, 2019

See it if a worthwhile opportunity to see 3 short but related plays written in a repressive regime.

Don't see it if you don't like or have had enough of political plays, or would find a mix of absurdity and realism incompatible.

Also The Pinter sets the tone; the Beckett seems anti-climatic, although ap... Read more Read less

Funny, Entertaining, Clever
July 22nd, 2019

See it if you enjoy plays about language used for subverting political repression.

Don't see it if the combo of absurdity (DH) & mostly realistic action (CM) might seem labored & tenuous (I believe an argument can be made.)

Also The connection between the two plays, other than Shakespeare (and Beck... Read more Read less

For a previous production
An absorbing incarnation of a difficult chapter of a difficult novel
June 17th, 2019

See it if you want to see an enactment of Molly's monologue from Ulysses; you are interested in or curious about Ulysses; you like excellent acting

Don't see it if Ulysses or a one-person show or an adaptation from the chapter of a novel doesn't interest you

Also My interest in this show was more for its literary connection than its... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
June 7th, 2019

See it if you'll enjoy a satire that indirectly explains how & why the music & lyrics of modern musicals sound alike & banal.

Don't see it if you find improv tiresome.

Also Every performance is different because the songs are improvised on the... Read more Read less

During previews
Long Lost
Midtown W
Tepid, tired, perilously close to a daytime soap
May 30th, 2019

See it if you, like me, are an admirer of Donald Margulies’s work.

Don't see it if you want a play with a compelling drama and surprises.

Also This play seems cobbled together from clichéd situations. Margulies al... Read more Read less

Excellently acted, imaginatively staged and directed
April 28th, 2019

See it if a play popular from several years ago, overpraised and overrated but amusing, witty, occasionally touching, and never boring nonetheless.

Don't see it if you want to support a new (three-years-old or so) worthy theater company and pass two hours pleasantly ..

Also The play left me wondering if the point of all its busy-ness is that e... Read more Read less

Thorny, edgy, thought-provoking
April 5th, 2019

See it if you want a chance to see a famous play in the early style of French theater of the absurd.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for a sometimes slow play that veers between absurdity and melodrama.

Also The actress playing Madame is young--perhaps too young. Madame hardly ... Read more Read less

Old-fashioned entertainment, presented with great energy
March 29th, 2019

See it if you want to experience a great score from the golden age of musical comedy.

Don't see it if you won't abide even the somewhat updated-for-the-pc-era book about "taming" a woman who doesn't really need begin with.

Also A few points off for pc revisions to the book. O'Hara terrific singer ... Read more Read less

The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent
February 28th, 2019

See it if you'd appreciate a modern version of an old-fashioned type of play w/a large cast (no doubling of parts), a lot of text, & 3-hr running time

Don't see it if another play about "The Troubles," the IRA, and the attendant violence doesn't appeal to you.

Also It's impressive to see a play with so many characters distinctly indiv... Read more Read less

Boesman and Lena
Midtown W
Great acting, nicely stages, absorbing
February 28th, 2019

See it if you would be moved by a story of racial injustice in South Africa that has metamorphosed over 50 years into one of existential survival.

Don't see it if you demand action and have no patience for untranslated lines spoken in Afrikaans as well as sometimes hard-to-understand English accents.

Also The acting is intense and a lie revealed late puts paid to any real re... Read more Read less

During previews
Marys Seacole
Upper W Side
Imaginative, sometimes amusing, well-acted, very busy, some clever staging
February 19th, 2019

See it if you want to see a play, more symbolic than dramatic, about empowering women, especially women of color.

Don't see it if you prefer a more traditionally designed drama rather than a more metaphorical one.

Also The intent is implicit in the title-Marys (plural) Seacole-explicit in... Read more Read less

The Convent
Midtown W
Nicely staged, earnest, feminist, shrill, cigarette-smoking on stage (ugh)
February 2nd, 2019

See it if you’d root for (mostly) sympathetic women to achieve fulfillment at a convent, an ironic setting for this spiritual/quasi-religious retreat.

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you’re skeptical of EST and all the other spiritual/quasi-religious retreats that people pay a lot of money to go to.

Also The play’s thesis is presented, apparently without irony, as an axiom:... Read more Read less

During previews
God Said This
West Village
Overrated, Relevant, Cliched
January 22nd, 2019

See it if See it for the moving depiction of a woman in treatment (hopelessly) for cancer.

Don't see it if you’re averse to seeing (yet another) play that brings together quirky family members to air out their mutual complaints and resentments.

Also I found the scenes about the effects of cancer, treatment, & hospital ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Intense
January 17th, 2019

See it if you don't want to miss the chance to see two intriguing plays.

Don't see it if Churchill's sometime-mannered writing or Norman's cool and almost clinical writing about so stark a subject will turn you off.

Also A Number may be more admired than enjoyed (by me), but in fairness to ... Read more Read less

During previews
Behind the Sheet
Midtown W
Intelligent, Slow, Resonant
January 13th, 2019

See it if you would enjoy a play where the history of medicine and the history of slavery intersect in America c. 1850.

Don't see it if you object to history plays that take significant liberties with the history they’re presenting.

Also The play has some fine acting, characterizations, and ensemble writing... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Absorbing, Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Intelligent
December 14th, 2018

See it if you want to see great musical theater performed at a level commensurate with its music, lyrics, and book.

Don't see it if you (mistakenly) think this warhorse has is outdated and has nothing to say to contemporary audiences.

Also I've seen this before, and I've heard the music on recordings many tim... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Intense
November 14th, 2018

See it if you want to see relatively brisk production of a Chekhov play.

Don't see it if you are not enamored of the type of play (Chekhovian) that unfolds like a slow-burn of several interior dramas.

Also This production is based on a new translation. I don't know whether or... Read more Read less

Timely, relevant, well-staged, well-acted
November 12th, 2018

See it if you'd appreciate an approach to dementia that has humor.

Don't see it if you've overdosed on plays, movies, & TV shows about dementia.

Also The characters are well-drawn, & the playwright does a notable job of ... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Ambitious, timely, earnest
September 16th, 2018

See it if you want to take a chance on a small theater & a very interesting early play by Camus, with eerie parallels to today’s political climate.

Don't see it if you insist on seeing only highly polished productions.

Also I admire Medicine Show Theater for several reasons. They have put on a... Read more Read less

During previews
Evokes a backstage atmosphere, entertaining, witty
September 13th, 2018

See it if you enjoy fictional constructions of events that didn’t happen but conceivably could have .

Don't see it if you demand more historical accuracy and a plot with strong internal logic.

Also The dialogue is often bright & witty, though some of it & its delivery... Read more Read less

During previews
Edgy, Excruciating, Relevant, Slow
September 13th, 2018

See it if a timely story about African-Americans-some who are honest & caring, some who are not-trapped in a ghetto-like neighborhood appeals to you.

Don't see it if you blame a play for its lack of coherence & cumulative effect on the playwright rather than on yourself for not getting or buying it.

Also I couldn't help but think of how often the play development process ki... Read more Read less

Ambitious, over-extended, slow
August 30th, 2018

See it if you want to see or support an admirable troupe that often converts prose into plays and/or are interested in Chekhov's sensibility.

Don't see it if seeing a not entirely coherent and well-integrated presentation of several stories will leave you disappointed or frustrated.

Also I like this little company and have seen several of their productions.... Read more Read less

During previews
Interesting themes
July 23rd, 2018

See it if a melodrama concerning shades of blackness, black slave ownership, & voodoo in 1813 New Orleans at time of LA Purchase interests you.

Don't see it if you're not prepared for some lines garbled by accents or unarticulated pronunciations & for loud hip-hop before Act 1 & at intermission.

Also After Act 1 I got earphones to see if they would help me make out the ... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Engaging, witty, contemporary despite its century-old setting
July 5th, 2018

See it if you enjoy traditional and well-made plays or are willing to give them a chance.

Don't see it if you like drawing room comedies or feel you’ve seen one too many.

Also Calling a play “traditional” &“well-made” is damning it with faint pra... Read more Read less

Exquisita Agonia
Entertaining, Intelligent
July 3rd, 2018

See it if you have wondered how a meeting between the family of a heart donor and the recipient might go.

Don't see it if you don't speak Spanish and are not prepared to read the translated lines on the screen on the back of the seat you are facing.

Also It was frustrating at times to follow the dialogue; the translation fr... Read more Read less

During previews
Heartfelt, gritty at times, timely, predictable
June 11th, 2018

See it if you want to see a presentation of the hopeless, trapped, violent, cop-controlled, expendable lives of young African-American men.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a drama (as opposed to a presentation) about those young African-American men.

Also That sensible people agree with a play’s point of view doesn’t make th... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Resonant, Slow, Romantic
June 10th, 2018

See it if you're interested in a piece that is more an evocation of than a drama about grief and the journey past it.

Don't see it if you expect a probing psychological drama.

Also This piece probably comes as close as anything to translating a haiku ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent, Intense
June 7th, 2018

See it if you want to see a great and moving play. I like it more than Long Day's Journey Into Night.

Don't see it if the usual characteristics of O'Neill's play-length (4 hours), repetitiveness, windiness, speeches in dialect-you deem to be insurmountable.

Also I think this play is a remarkable playwriting achievement.... Read more Read less

A little creaky but it holds up
June 1st, 2018

See it if you want to see the first, and still pretty good, play about the gay subculture of pre-Stonewall NY (and urban America).

Don't see it if you find self-hating gays too retro or simply too depressing.

Also Kudos to the author for writing an ensemble piece where several, inste... Read more Read less

Progressive, relentless, funny, serious, moving, messy, angry, part vaudeville, part greek tragedy
May 19th, 2018

See it if you want to see a play epic in its scope and its examination and critique of America and its politics past and present.

Don't see it if you are a Republican or a Morman, and certainly not if you are both.

Also The decibel level was sky high. The music between scenes was rock-conc... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intense, Slow
May 15th, 2018

See it if you want to see one of the cornerstones of red-meat American theater.

Don't see it if O'Neill's flaws as a playwright deter you more than his strengths appeal to you.

Also This is the 1st time I've seen this play, so I have no basis of compar... Read more Read less