R Schuyler

50-64
About:  Theater is my big escape. Any thing, any time, any where.
Reviews (36)
59
During previews
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Farcical but not very funny, Self indulgent, Great sets, Great acting

See it if John Larroquette, Will Swenson, Doug Sills, Adam Chanler-Barat. All doing good work.

Don't see it if Show is unconnected, oversimplified, non-linear, broad, and funny in parts, but the payoff isn't there. What's the point?

Also A friend's first remark as the lights came up: "Guare just masturb8ed ... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Epic, Ambitious, A tour de force

See it if You are a fan of O'Neill, Greenspan, or the Transport Group. It's epic. The time went quickly. This is an "I was there" opportunity.

Don't see it if You like short, concise, easy theater. You cannot sit in a narrow seat for long stretches. You dislike melodrama.

Also Greenspan learned 5+ hours of dialogue and yet was able to not only di... Read more Read less

91
Picnic
West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Intimate, Intense, Lean and mean

See it if you want to cut the fat and see, up-close, a powerful portrayal of human longing and desire. Admire the classics.

Don't see it if You don't like minimal settings, gravitate towards modern gritty human travails, like Sweat. Those here, while eternal may feel dated/naive

Also With only 78 seats, this production is about as up close and personal ... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Masterful, Epic, Not for everyone, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you haven't. Avid theater-goers should welcome the oppty to see a seldom-produced play in a strong production showing both genius and flaws.

Don't see it if like simple, "relax and enjoy" theater. There's a lot of quirks in this show.

Also After reading it in college, am so glad to finally see a production. A... Read more Read less

72
During previews
The Object Lesson
East Village
"best thing ever" for some, "total crap" for others, Engaging, but too long, Clever, Doesn't connect to make a point

See it if you like free-form performance art, creative use of space, and audience involvement. Fun, curious oppty to suss out space before the show.

Don't see it if you like a linear narrative, or need more than a small stool to sit on for the 100 minutes.

Also Charming moments had me totally engaged for the first hour, but the la... Read more Read less

82
Dizzying, Intelligent, Shocking, Funny, Devastating

See it if You love theatre and actors and stories about the greats but be prepared for a sordid underbelly that will unsettle you. Great, sad, night.

Don't see it if Need your theatrical favorites to be heroes or need a Rose-colored-glasses kind of ending. Oh, the leg room is dreadful.

Also George Rose was a favorite of mine. Got to see him as Doolittle, the M... Read more Read less

69
During previews
If I Forget
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Soap-opera-esque., Talented cast, Wanting more, (and less), Slow

See it if you like family drama/are interested in the Israel/Palestine conversation...(or go see Oslo.) Or if you love soap operas, where all goes bad

Don't see it if you prefer musical entertainment or plays with where there is resolution to the issues raised.

85
During previews
The Liar
East Village
Clever, Great acting, Smart, but not hoity-toity, Ambitious

See it if A rhyming re-write of a 1643 play sounds interesting...then settle in and let the rollicking language and VERY capable cast carry you along.

Don't see it if you're closed-mindedly turned off by any of the following: period pieces, rhyming text, ridiculous situations, talented non-celebrities.

Also A fun night...enhanced by a beer before to loosen the mind after a lon... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Bard at his best, Intense

See it if I tried to go again, because I don't expect another Othello of this caliber. Creative and devastating...all bard-lovers should not miss.

Don't see it if You can't sit on a cushioned bench for a long time, or if you're not into Shkspre, who is truly not for all...but this is as good as it gets

92
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if for a near-perfect production of a groundbreaking play, directed by the playwright, perfectly performed by all three actors. Heartbreaking.

Don't see it if You need lots of action.

80
Funny, Broad slapstick, Topical, Great acting, Boisterous

See it if you like broad in-your-face humor a la Marx Bros. A good escape into classic theatrical territory. Nothing subtle here. Have a drink first!!

Don't see it if the Stooges aren't your thing. Sophisticated humor this isn't, and doesn't try to be. The improv aspect is evident, some worked, others not.

Also The topical references are very broad, and were sometimes on point, an... Read more Read less

66
Mixed-bag, Some great acting, Puzzling, Scenically challenged, Sadly not sexy

See it if You love Janet McTeer, as I do. To see Brigitte Soronsen on stage...she's great! To see the usually very sexy Liev act unsexy, brilliantly.

Don't see it if you have clear expectations of Valmont and the Marquise having chemistry. You want to wonder why the French aristocracy lives in squalor.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Engaging, Creative

See it if you want to be absorbed into the piece. It's evocative and fast-paced and engulfs you with the pace and frenzy. Lighting is sensational.

Don't see it if you can only get a rear orchestra seat. I fear the material isn't strong enough to watch from afar...you need to be in the middle of it.

Also I am a theater cheapskate, but splurged on a stage seat for this. Glad... Read more Read less

79
Love, Love, Love
Midtown W
Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Great sets, Indicting

See it if you enjoy family dynamics develop. Tremendous character clarity, not charitable to any. With fun intermission music!

Don't see it if you like fluff and happy endings. You don't like seeing what's really out there, it's not a very flattering look at what society is becoming

89
Absorbing, Great singing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Poignant

See it if You're a music buff, especially oldies. You like to watch characters develop. You're rigid about historical interpretation.

Don't see it if your idea of music is Maroon 5, or Green Day, (although Billie Joe Armstrong himself would probably love this.) You need action.

72
The Encounter
Midtown W
Ambitious, Creative, Ultimately long, Technical, Quirky

See it if You're a completist who wants to know what the fuss is about, or a tech geek who's still pissed that they took away the Sound Desigh Tony

Don't see it if want a cohesive story or bore easily. It's about an Amazonian trip, but if you' going for nature, go to Museum of Natural History instead.

83
In-the-know, Great staging, Fun, Clever

See it if you were in your high school musical. You love shows that pay homage to other shows. A cocktail will add to the fun! New cast is great!

Don't see it if You don't like parody or over-the-top silliness. You don't have a good overview of theater/musicals.

87
Clever, Entertaining, Resonant, Poignant, Great singing

See it if You like Rent and want to see its roots. Lived in NY in the 90s, know theater-people, or ever went through a mid-life creative crisis.

Don't see it if you can't understand creative people and want to watch football.

89
During previews
Great singing, Great writing, Clever, Dated...and updated, but carefully.

See it if A classic score, beautifully sung, energetically danced, and well staged. For anyone who is a fan of brilliant lyrics, and tuneful melodies.

Don't see it if Classics aren't your thing. You only like 90 minute/one act contemporary shows.

Also Early preview, but already a delight. Cole Porter being sung by this c... Read more Read less

66
During previews
Funny, Disappointing, Plodding, Went nowhere

See it if you don't have anything else to do or know someone in the cast. Like interesting design...

Don't see it if there's anything else you want to see.

Also I see I am in the minority here, but I didn't get drawn in...the initi... Read more Read less

64
During previews
Great singing, Ambitious, Interesting to look at, for a while, Not memorable, Bloated

See it if you love rock musicals about unlikely subjects, are obsessed with Byrne & Timbers, want to see a powerhouse of a leading lady rule the stage

Don't see it if you want a compelling evening with a cohesive score, or a plot that is more than a list of events.

Also I enjoyed the first fifteen minutes, and then the music started to bec... Read more Read less

85
Dear World
Midtown E
Delightful, Relevant, Delicious confection, Great opportunity, Unappreciated score

See it if you like tuneful songs, strong cast, musicals that aren't revived often, (usually with good reason), supporting small theater efforts.

Don't see it if you want glitzy production values or hate "not fully produced" performances. Actors are on book, and there are only two musicians.

Also My 85 here is in perspective for the staging and venue...not in contra... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Emotionally provocative, Pertinent, Must see

See it if you can allow yourself to feel what it was like to be in High School. You want to see where theater design is going, projections are amazing

Don't see it if you never felt like an outsider.

Also I am very stingy with the "MUST SEE" button. I think this one really m... Read more Read less

83
Milk and Honey
Midtown E
Entertaining, Refreshing, Archival, A missing piece in my theater-going.

See it if for an opty to see this rarely done show. You like Herman's talent and want to see his roots. To support the York...a lovely gem for NYers.

Don't see it if need fully staged musicals, full orchestras, or spectacle.

Also The Musicals in Mufti are a great way to see shows that are either dat... Read more Read less

68
Slight, Well acted, Clearly talented, but novice author, Cultural and economic relevance, A little long.

See it if you want to be in on the ground floor of an interesting voice. A Latin stage experience, with realistic, unresolved resolutions.

Don't see it if you want more than vignettes, or a slice of life experience. You need a neat packaged ending.

Also It's a little underwritten, somewhat predictable and way-overproduced.... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Yours Unfaithfully
Midtown W
Ahead of it's time., Intelligent, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like theater that makes you think. Max VE shows himself as more than a singer, perfect in this role. Fascinating new "classic" work.

Don't see it if you don't like talky shows with long monologues and aren't progressive with your beliefs. You'd prefer imperfect accents over no accents.

Also Runs 2:15, with two intermissions. First act is short, but make your b... Read more Read less

80
For a previous production
Calm, Thoughtful, Not what you expect from musical, Great acting, Yazbek!

See it if a study of quiet normal people is interesting. Little moments can make a difference, and lives are lived one day at a time.

Don't see it if you want big splashy music and dance. Character growth must be drastic and life-altering. you need a diva with an 11 o'clock number.

69
Ride the Cyclone
West Village
Quirky, Great singing, Looooong, Cocktail-requiring, Creative

See it if for a scattershot show of styles and genres, well performed. It does skew young, and I think it would help to have a drink first.

Don't see it if you need stylistic cohesion, or object to the generic tropes of a High School presentation: gay kid, brooding thug, ambitious academic, etc.

82
During previews
Dead Poets Society
East Village
Absorbing, Moving, Bare bones, Well acted, New, simpler spin

See it if you like Sudeikis who really surprised me. You're open to simplified, back-to-basics interpretation, and a Keating who isn't Robin Williams

Don't see it if you adore the movie. There's little new here, and minimal sets: Doyle's specialty, effective but disappointing if you want bells & whistles

81
The Roads To Home
West Village
Great acting, Poignant, Deliberately paced, Classic horton foote

See it if you want to curl up with favorite characters/tropes, whose lives may be somewhat like yours, (or not.) Wonderful nuanced performances

Don't see it if You need a fight scene or tap number to be entertained. You've never seen a Horton Foote play...this isn't the one to start with.

22
Banal, Disappointing, Non-cohesive, Confusing, Directed by many?

See it if have a Roundabout subscription and you don't have anyone you hate enough to give the tickets to. You want to see great actors working hard.

Don't see it if enjoy Chekhov, or sensible drama. You like all your characters to be in the same play. You want to feel something after seeing a classic.

80
Provocative, Thought-provoking, Funny, Dark, Intense

See it if you appreciate avant-garde performances. Dark, racially charged, and smart. And definitely for mature audiences.

Don't see it if you like pretty theater or can relate to and admire the characters on the TV show Southern Charm. My mom, at 92, would have been shocked!

76
Slow, Historical, Intelligent, Odd directorial choices

See it if You LOVE history. A fascinating character intrigues you, even if the director has made choices you don't understand.

Don't see it if You want "easy" theater, or lots of action. This is slow, with a protagonist who's done some really bad stuff.....

90
During previews
A Life
Midtown W
Simple, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Quirky, Profound

See it if you see a lot of theater, and don't mind a twist. Have dealt the the loss of a loved one. Go with someone to discuss it after.

Don't see it if you need a beginning, a middle, and an end. You want a big show...plot or production-wise.

83
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Creative, Funny, Romantic, Engaging, Clever

See it if you need an Austen fix that is clever, fast-paced, and well-crafted.

Don't see it if you like your adaptations very authentic and sterile. you're not into period pieces. your go-to reading escape is non-fiction.

92
During previews
Coriolanus
West Village
Absorbing, Dizzying, Riveting, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You like classic theater, want to check this seldom-produced Shakespeare off your list-last in NY in 1988, and like blood, sweat & tears.

Don't see it if You like everything in neat packages, you're not a Bard-buff, or require a big tap number in the second act.