RandyK

Upper West Side | 50-64 | Male

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Reviews (284)
45
During previews
Some talented cast members, Excruciating, Disappointing, An unfunny comedy, Shallow
May 1st, 2022

See it if You would see anything done by Sarah Silverman regardless of quality.

Don't see it if Although I saw this in previews and changes will undoubtedly be made, this show is at its core unfixable in my view.

56
Slow, Weak book, A couple of good songs, Ugly sets, Dated
May 1st, 2022

See it if Sorry but this revival does not make a good case for why this weak show needed to be revived. I found it a long sit.

Don't see it if The only reason to see this show is to hear a few classic songs in the score sung, and that assumes they are well sung.

Also I was fortunate (given what I hear about Ms. Feldstein) to see standby... Read more Read less

81
Uninspired staging, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Great acting
April 30th, 2022

See it if The fine performances of Parker and Morse, combined with Vogel's incisive writing make this worth seeing.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with portrayals of sexual abuse on stage, even if done in a somewhat restrained way.

93
Great lead performance, Great writing, Unapologetic, Smart, Bold
April 30th, 2022

See it if You want to see a smart, well written musical that unapologetically addresses real life issues in bold, tuneful and thoughtful ways.

Don't see it if You are offended by frank handling of serious sexual and racial issues.

Also I saw and loved this show off-Broadway several years ago. But it has g... Read more Read less

92
Sincerely empathetic, Profound, Compelling, Expertly acted, Beautifully written
April 29th, 2022

See it if If you like intelligently written and finely staged explorations of finely etched and deeply empathetic characters, see this wonderful play.

Don't see it if This is not a show for someone who goes to theater solely to be entertained and not reminded of serious societal concerns.

Also Samuel D. Hunter is a master at writing plays that explore deep and ur... Read more Read less

91
Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great acting, Very funny, Intelligent, Expert direction, Great writing
April 28th, 2022

See it if You want to see a smartly written, expertly acted and directed play by a playwright who is a master writer of dark humor.

Don't see it if If dark, cutting humor is not your thing this may not be the right play for you.

Also I think this play works as well on Broadway as it did at the Atlantic ... Read more Read less

68
Some good acting, Funny at times, Somewhat shallow, Predictable, Too obvious
April 27th, 2022

See it if You are a Tracy Letts completist, recognizing this play is lesser Letts. Midly amusing in its first hour.

Don't see it if You prefer plays that are complex, subtle and layered (like many other plays by Letts)

74
Thought-provoking, Messy direction at times, Great writing, Inconsistent acting quality, Stunning stage design
April 27th, 2022

See it if This play is rarely staged today and is difficult to pull off, and the results are mixed here but still a show worth seeing.

Don't see it if You have a short attention span or dislike absurdity and fourth wall breaking.

93
Intelligent, Intelligent adaptation, Great staging, Riveting, Masterful lead performance
April 27th, 2022

See it if James McAvoy complex and layered performance is one I will never forget and makes this excellent adaptation a compelling must see show.

Don't see it if Unless sold out or you cannot afford a ticket, get yourself to BAM to see this exciting production.

95
Suffs
East Village
Relevant, Intelligent, Makes history entertaining, Great singing, Great score
March 28th, 2022

See it if This is the first completely new post-Covid great musical. Everything about this inventive and engaging show is top-notch.

Don't see it if If you are offended by depictions of progressive movements let your seat be taken by someone who will enjoy this excellent musical.

Also The Public Theater is to be commended for nurturing and staging this o... Read more Read less

56
During previews
Retro, Middling acting, Disappointing, Banal, Cliched
March 27th, 2022

See it if Hard to recommend this one, as it feels dated and remains surface deep throughout. Not much to see here.

Don't see it if Save yourself from 90 minutes of a slow moving dirge of a play that seems to exist only to manipulate tears (which did not work on me).

66
During previews
Too many anthems, Too long, Terrible book, Some good songs, Great dancing
March 27th, 2022

See it if A very good lead performance and excellent dancing are the main reasons to see this over-long and at times nonsensical show.

Don't see it if If you value a decent book to a musical, this is not a show to see.

Also There is one really great number (“Let It Burn”) but it comes at the e... Read more Read less

77
At The Wedding
Upper W Side
A bit slight, Engaging, Fast paced, Great lead performance, Very funny
March 26th, 2022

See it if This makes for a very funny and entertaining 70 minutes especially given the excellent lead performance by Mary Wiseman.

Don't see it if This play is a bit slight and one wishes playwright Bryna Turner had gone a bit deeper.

85
Intelligent, Timely, Great staging, Great acting, Engaging
March 26th, 2022

See it if This is an expertly acted, smartly humorous, beautifully staged & engaging two hander with an important and timely theme.

Don't see it if The last 15 minutes are overly didactic somewhat diminishing the impact the play had built up until that point.

92
During previews
Confederates
Midtown W
Relevant, Intricately structured, Thought-provoking, Impeccably performed, Beautifully written
March 25th, 2022

See it if A brilliant, layered and impeccably staged take on the vestiges of racism that makes for engaging and thought provoking 90 minutes.

Don't see it if You want your theater spoon fed to you. This fine play fully engages its viewers while provoking thoughtful analysis afterwards.

79
During previews
Well directed, Dated, Well paced, Great dialogue, Great acting
March 24th, 2022

See it if Well worth seeing for the outstanding performances of Fishburne and Rockwell, but the play itself feels dated and predictable.

Don't see it if One could question whether this Mamet play needs another revival- probably not other than to showcase the fine actors.

51
During previews
Black No More
Midtown W
Misdirected focus, Poor staging, Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing
January 30th, 2022

See it if The main reason to see this is the enormous talent of many of the lead characters, but the cast is uneven overall.

Don't see it if You want to avoid a hot mess show that spends way too much time on white racists.

94
During previews
Must see, Perfect cast, Outstanding dancing, Great staging, Hugely entertaining
January 30th, 2022

See it if You want to see a classic musical expertly cast from top to bottom and staged in a hugely entertaining way.

Don't see it if The only reasons to miss this fine revival are due to ticket issues- lack of availability and/or high prices.

92
During previews
Expertly directed, Emotionally engaging, Timely, Beautiful writing, Great acting
January 30th, 2022

See it if You want to see an insightful and beautifully detailed look at French Jewish families in two different eras.

Don't see it if Don't miss this flawless cast and expert direction.

62
During previews
Pedestrian book, Talented cast, Disturbing in its portrayal of mj, Great staging, Great singing
January 30th, 2022

See it if Fine staging of Michael Jackson musical numbers are enough to overlook a poor book that ignores MJ's child predation issues.

Don't see it if A near angelic portray of MJ leaves you with discomfort.

60
Intimate Apparel
Upper W Side
Uneven score, Talented singers, Not suited to operatic treatment, Disappointing, Slow
January 30th, 2022

See it if The intriguing story is enough to overcome an uneven operatic score.

Don't see it if The play from which this is adapted worked best in its quiet spaces and is not conducive to operatic treatment.

86
During previews
Tambo & Bones
Midtown W
Great acting, Inventively staged, Smart, Original, Audacious
January 28th, 2022

See it if You want to see a fresh and original play that tackles pressing social issues in an urgent, yet entertaining way.

Don't see it if You do not want to see works that provocatively address social and racial issues.

76
Engaging, Absorbing, Relevant, Miscast lead actor, Great writing
January 26th, 2022

See it if You can overlook a terribly miscast and hard to hear Phylicia Rashad in the lead role. The play is great as is the rest of the cast.

Don't see it if You loved the much better production of this play at the Atlantic Theater.

97
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Superb direction, Perfectly cast, Brilliantly conceived, Must see, Great staging
January 26th, 2022

See it if You think you may not need to see another production of "Company," because you will find out that you did need to see this dynamic revival.

Don't see it if This production works on so many levels, that I cannot think of a single reason not to see this wonderful show.

58
During previews
The Visitor
East Village
A few nice songs, Disappointing, Dull central protagonist, Cliched, Banal
October 24th, 2021

See it if You are dying to see a mediocre musical adaptation of a mediocre and rather dated film.

Don't see it if Despite having one or two nice songs, the problem here is that the central protagonist is the least interesting character on stage

54
During previews
Morning Sun
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow, Great acting, Cliched, Banal
October 24th, 2021

See it if You want to see three excellent actors performing in a rather soporific play.

Don't see it if This play has little new or interesting to impart on its viewers. The fine acting is the only good reason to see this show.

88
Engrossing, Relevant, Great direction, Great acting, Intelligent
October 23rd, 2021

See it if This is a thoughtful & timely show exploring black male characters that is wise, moving & timely.

Don't see it if The non-linear narrative may not appeal to everyone but the themes and genuine emotions worked for me.

84
Riveting, Resonant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing
October 22nd, 2021

See it if You want to see a transcript of an FBI search warrant execution grippingly performed, with an astounding central performance by Emily Davis.

Don't see it if You want to see a traditional drama.

82
Beautiful orchestrations, Complex score, Outstanding lead performance, Great singing, Great acting
October 21st, 2021

See it if Sharon D. Clarke as Caroline is outstanding and her mesmerizing performance adds considerable depth to the themes of the show.

Don't see it if The personal family drama depicted is not as interesting or compelling as the 60s era civil rights aspects of the show.

63
Sit-com like, Way too long, Fluffy, Mixed acting expertise, Funny
October 20th, 2021

See it if You enjoy sit-com level humor that makes you laugh a few times.

Don't see it if You are expecting a play with any degree of depth beyond a typical sit-com.

73
During previews
Lacking in emotion, Somewhat dated, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing
October 20th, 2021

See it if You want to revisit the 1992 LA riots from an intellectual point of view that allows for more emotional distance than should be the case.

Don't see it if You are expecting the humor and emotion that Anna Deavere Smith was able to infuse in the this play's 1993 premiere production.

70
A bit repetitive, A bit indulgent, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting
September 29th, 2021

See it if You want to see the Richard Nelson Rhinebeck cycle come to a largely satisfying conclusion.

Don't see it if You do not like talky plays.

90
Riveting, Relevant, Great staging, Outstanding acting, Absorbing
September 29th, 2021

See it if You want to see three actors giving master class level acting and movement performances.

Don't see it if You feel a somewhat muddled ending is not forgiveable.

77
During previews
Letters Of Suresh
Midtown W
Nice staging, Good acting, Low on character interactions, Thought-provoking, Great writing
September 29th, 2021

See it if You are a fan of Rajiv Joseph's lyrical writing style which is on display here.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that consist largely of characters reading letters, who say more than they show.

94
Sanctuary City
West Village
Perfectly directed, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing
September 29th, 2021

See it if You want to see a well written and uniquely structured play perfectly executed with expert direction and outstanding acting.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that call for close attention to fully engage with the work.

80
Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Uneven tones, Great score, Nice staging, Great singing, Entertaining
February 23rd, 2020

See it if You want to see a fine and energetic staging of a show with a great score but uneven book. Alex and Lilli are also fantastic.

Don't see it if Doug Sills is not up to the task in terms of acting or singing for the male lead role.

73
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Very dark themes, Intense, Disappointing, Great staging, Well staged
February 23rd, 2020

See it if Worth seeing more for the fine staging than the writing. Some beautiful stage imagery in this show.

Don't see it if You dont like very dark themes or you cannot forgive rather one note characters.

95
Riveting, Must see, Masterful, Perfect staging, Astounding lead performance
February 23rd, 2020

See it if Perhaps the best production of "Hamlet" I have seen, it is gripping from start to finish. Ruth Negga is outstanding.

Don't see it if The only reason to not see this show is if you don't care for Shakespeare's plays.

77
Slow, Somewhat static, Well directed, Thought-provoking, Great actor
February 23rd, 2020

See it if Worth seeing for Laura Linney's great performance.

Don't see it if This is a one person show that does not transcend the inherent limitations of that form.

65
During previews
Odd hybrid, Too long, Dated, Cliched, Strong lead performance
February 21st, 2020

See it if The main reason to see this is the outstanding lead performance by Beth Malone who is a force of nature here.

Don't see it if The show itself is an odd effort to update a show while retaining its old fashioned style and structure, which makes for a long sit.

86
During previews
The Hot Wing King
Midtown W
Relevant, Funny, Great writing, Great cast chemistry, Entertaining
February 20th, 2020

See it if You want an entertaining evening in the theater with great characters and dialogue that made the time fly by.

Don't see it if You do not like plays that thoughtfully explore gay themes, among others.

64
Overly melodramatic, Well paced, Dated, Inconsistent acting, Cliched
February 19th, 2020

See it if You are okay seeing mildly interesting play, with some good acting, despite the play’s dated nature.

Don't see it if You prefer subtle and layered writing, which you will not find here.

90
During previews
Dana H.
Gramercy
Riveting, Intense, Great acting, Unique, Absorbing
February 19th, 2020

See it if You want to see a great actor inhabit a role (sans voice) to tell a compelling and seemingly true story that is stranger than most fiction.

Don't see it if Recounting episodes of abuse are either triggering or too dark for you.

Also A unique theatrical experience that any committed theatergoer should n... Read more Read less

57
During previews
Sing Street
East Village
Poor book to song transitions, Uneven cast, Horrible book, Cliched, Sophomoric
December 14th, 2019

See it if I cannot find much to recommend this sophomoric production other than a few okay songs.

Don't see it if You want to see a musical with a good book, because this show has no such thing. Huge disappointment.

55
During previews
Disappointing, Left me cold, Poorly cast, Distracting video, Misconceived
December 14th, 2019

See it if You want to see a cold, distancing, poorly cast, distracting take on one of our finest classic musicals.

Don't see it if You you want to feel genuine emotion, which is not that difficult to do with WSS.

Also I love reenviosings of classic musicals (such as with sexy “Oklahoma”)... Read more Read less

92
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
December 13th, 2019

See it if One of the best plays of 2019 this is a moving and beautiful portrayal of characters rarely seen on stage.

Don't see it if You do not like character study focused plays.

Also Judith Ivey and Edmund Donovan give astoundingly great performances, a... Read more Read less

90
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Edgy
December 12th, 2019

See it if A smart, funny, intelligent play that is well written & directed, with an excellent cast of young actors. Feels fresh, relevant and timely.

Don't see it if If your theatrical tastes are drawn to more traditional works.

72
Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Themes are to “on the nose”, Powerful, enormous set, Operatic style staging, Cold, Ambitious
December 11th, 2019

See it if You are interested in seeing a Horvath morality play that is given a massive, albeit cold, staging.

Don't see it if Fails to elicit much genuine emotion or earned empathy.

70
Anticlimactic ending, Bit too glib, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever
December 11th, 2019

See it if Raises and explores interesting aspects of the human condition aided by an ensemble of fine actors.

Don't see it if The suffers from diminishing returns as it progresses and suffers from weak ending.

71
During previews
Crowd pleaser, Decent cast, Cliched (but it is xmas carol after all), Creative staging, Too much narration
November 17th, 2019

See it if You want to see yet another Xmas Carol. Or ifLyou would take any opportunity to see the luminous (but underutilized) La Chanze on stage.

Don't see it if Your are expecting a well written adaptation- this one relies on too much narration to speed things along.

Also There is little new here other than some creative staging and one fine... Read more Read less