Ray of Light

Pasadena | 35-49 | Male
About:  Theater is a great lifelong indulgence: I proudly support this kind of live performance storytelling. I'm a native New Yorker and still enjoy packing my return visits to the Big Apple with a full show schedule!
Reviews (59)
25
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great staging, Excruciating, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if You want to be dazzled by special effects (the giant puppet and lighting/projections) and don't need much else to have a good time.

Don't see it if You actually want a musical: some of the numbers are nothing more than instrumental scores for action on stage. It's all about that puppet!

90
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You want to see a truly original Broadway musical: original book, music, and lyrics, with fun lampoons about theater in a current context.

Don't see it if You want erudite plots: this story is simple enough, which makes the musical universally accessible, but not necessarily earth-shaking.

95
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Epic, Masterful, Thrilling, Intense

See it if You want to feel a slow burn of emotional intensity and dramatic thrills that culminates in a truly spectacular climactic finish.

Don't see it if If you are impatient: the show's three acts run well over 3 hours long, with one intermission between Acts 1 & 2, and a brief pause later.

85
Entertaining, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Special effects

See it if You are a kid (at heart) or want some family-friendly Broadway fun with the kind of special effects that Disney can bankroll!

Don't see it if "Let It Go" makes you cringe - there will absolutely be belting (and lighter fun and earnest emotions) in this show.

80
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Great lighting, Great costumes

See it if you want to be entertained by a really talented cast tells the life story of the one and only Cher, with her catalog of hits.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Cher and have no interest in learning about her true life story.

Also A really powerful cast that knows how to entertain, although the book ... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to be a part of cultural history: a all-star and all-gay cast telling a story about love and acceptance that is still relevant.

Don't see it if you presume that a period drama (with bursts of comedy) can have no bearing in the modern world.

60
Clever, Disappointing, Funny, Quirky, Modern

See it if You are an genuine über-fan of the movie this is based on, and enjoy a modern pop-rock musical score

Don't see it if You want memorable songs that you can hum or sing along to later.

Also I can understand why a featured actor and the book were nominated for ... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Fun, Great dancing

See it if You want to see a jukebox musical that captures all the joy of pop music, but performed by a cast that belts out like Broadway divas.

Don't see it if You are expecting an award-winning book of a musical: yes, the story is thin, but the show still works!

95
Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You want to see performances that dominate the stage with all of life;'s complexities, chaos, mystery, humor, and wisdom.

Don't see it if You want a simple plot that follows familiar timelines: the humor and intelligence in Albee's writing requires full attention.

85
Afterglow
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Edgy, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you want to see theater-in-the-round in an intimate space, with a sexy cast, a smart not-always-neat script, and a thought-provoking story.

Don't see it if you are offended by (full male) nudity. (There are, after all, at least two on-stage "shower scenes" - need I say more?)

95
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if you are a fan of "Harry Potter" and want to see a clever take on all 7 books/movies told in a tightly choreographed single act.

Don't see it if you are not familiar with the "Harry Potter" lexicon/mythology.

75
Enchanting, Entertaining, Indulgent, Quirky, Clever

See it if you are already an super-fan of "Wicked" and you want to learn more about the show's production with a fun behind-the-scenes walking tour.

Don't see it if you don't want any spoilers for your first time seeing "Wicked."

80
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Fluffy, Refreshing

See it if you want to see how a children's cartoon can make you laugh and cheer when you add songs by current music hitmakers of today - charming fun!

Don't see it if you are easily overwhelmed by bright colors and neon lights and young ones (or young-at-heart ones) howling with delight.

80
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Romantic, Entertaining, Ambitious, Enchanting

See it if you want to get lost in the impressive visuals (staging, costumes, visual projections unlike anything else) and hear familiar songs updated.

Don't see it if you expect a direct film-to-stage transfer of the animated movie: this show has reworked the entire book into a much more interesting one.

95
For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if you want to laugh and smile for 2+ hours (including seating and intermission) and see physical comedy, sly writing, and clever staging.

Don't see it if you think all comedy needs to be cerebral.

100
Great singing, Edgy, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a smartly written and creatively staged musical about human connections in our modern age, powerfully acted by sharp cast.

Don't see it if you have no idea how social media works

75
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Quirky

See it if you want to move beyond the title of the show and be entertained by some smart and witty lyrics, very capably performed by a handsome cast.

Don't see it if you are offended by...well: naked boys singing.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great staging

See it if you want to experience a fun show with clever music, endlessly creative staging, and inventive wit.

Don't see it if you are unwilling to suspend disbelief for any storytelling.

85
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Epic

See it if you want to witness Glenn Close give a master class in acting: she embodies this role and the company is staged wonderfully around her!

Don't see it if you do not enjoy Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical melodies.

90
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great staging, Great dancing

See it if you enjoy some good old fashioned song and dance musical numbers, staged with wit and sex appeal.

Don't see it if you are not willing to watch edgy sexy choreography.

100
Epic, Intelligent, Resonant, Must see

See it if you want to experience a heartbreaking and a heart-healing show with relevant themes about humanity coming together!

Don't see it if your heart is smaller than a grinch's!

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great writing, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you want to assess the hype yourself, and you will believe: impressive writing (musical wordplay), evocative choreography and smart staging!

Don't see it if you refuse to go along with the masses!

70
The Fantasticks
Midtown W
Delightful, Dated

See it if You enjoy the intimacy of a small theater and the sentimentality of come classic songs.

Don't see it if You expect massive production values - this is an Off-Broadway experience, that is worth seeing at least once.

70
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Dated, Great staging

See it if You want family-friendly, kid-friendly, fun entertainment that does not require a lot of thought.

Don't see it if You have high expectations for high-brow theater.

65
Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You need a live performance spectacle to entertain younger audience members and show them the magic of theater.

Don't see it if You can't suspend your adult disbelief for a while and be a kid at heart in the audience.

80
Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Great staging, Cliched

See it if You want to see gorgeous costumes and hear terrific vocals performing Cher's songbook. All glitz and glam and righteous sass!

Don't see it if You expect a Pulitzer Prize-winning book: the story is basic biography, and the gimmick of three women as Cher seems familiar now, but fun.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see truly original clever, socially relevant writing that is delivered expertly by a dream team on stage!

Don't see it if You want long, drawn-out mysteries: this one follows a brisk pace in one act with no intermission and a lot of smarts.

65
Banal, Dated, Funny, Overrated, Romantic

See it if You want to see how a popular movie can be musicalized, especially with scene-stealing supporting players and a great-looking cast.

Don't see it if You expect memorable songs: the score here only serves to move the story along, but it's mostly forgettable.

75
Entertaining, Cliched, Fluffy, Great staging

See it if You want to see young performers dominate every scene they are in: with music, singing, and comedy chops to spare!

Don't see it if You want an original story (the adult who grows up while helping kids do the same is kind of a tired storyline at this point).

88
During previews
Entertaining, Intelligent, Funny, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if you respect intelligent musical adaptations of dramatic source material, told by a fun and diverse cast and set to a fun 80s/90s score!

Don't see it if you have no idea who The Go-Gos are, or are homophobic or transphobic and unwilling to suspend disbelief or accept diversity in all forms.

100
Enchanting, Great staging, Epic, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a sweet story told through amazing stagecraft that truly is magical beyond all wonder!

Don't see it if you have absolutely no interest or knowledge of the Harry Potter books/movies

Also Believe all the hype and trust all the awards - this show was spectacu... Read more Read less

75
Delightful, Great staging, Refreshing, Beautiful design

See it if You want to see a classic musical staged in beautiful style (costumes, set, lighting), with a decidedly modern spin on the story's tone.

Don't see it if You expect familiar content to never be revised or looked at anew.

Also Who knew Lauren Ambrose had such a voice (range and control and power)... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want a fun escape into a life story punctuated with disco diva performances that just make you want to sing and dance all day long!

Don't see it if You only believe critics - this is an all-out fun show with amazing vocals and cool dancing (and an almost all-female cast and orchestra)!

100
Great staging, Masterful, Resonant

See it if You want to see a brilliantly staged and commandingly acted performance of a true masterwork of dramatic writing.

Don't see it if You are impatient - the marathon viewing of both parts in one day is worth your 8 hours of attention!

60
Perfect Crime
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Quirky, Slow, Fluffy

See it if you want to support a small Off-Broadway production that has been running fr 30+ years and are willing to use your brain to make sense of it

Don't see it if you expect the mystery of the plot to unfold neatly - an answer key is available in the lobby as you exit.

75
Sleep No More
Chelsea
Confusing, Disappointing, Edgy, Great staging, Overrated

See it if you want to experience a walk-through immersive series of choreographed scenes that reference "Hamlet" mostly in eerie silence and lush sets

Don't see it if if you get claustrophobic or annoyed with other crowds rudely pushing past you for a better view and not respecting your space

85
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to see Mark Rylance deliver another master class, this time in a beautifully staged smart play that often breaks the fourth wall.

Don't see it if you think all historically based period plays must be dramas; this play references some modern anachronisms to make its humor relevant.

85
Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy, Funny, Relevant

See it if you appreciate edgy political humor, told by a master chameleonic stage presence, who pushes the boundaries from a loving place in his heart

Don't see it if you are easily offended by adult humor

98
Absorbing, Enchanting, Edgy, Great acting, Profound

See it if you want to see a grown-up musical for adults where songs and score tell a story about nothing much, which means everything happens.

Don't see it if you think musicals must have big splashy song and dance numbers: this show is more like a slow simple beautiful burn into your heart.

98
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you believe in the magical power of storytelling, want to experience a nearly immersively staged musical fable, with an impressive cast!

Don't see it if you enjoy only realist theater.

65
Delightful, Great staging, Fluffy, Colorful, Disappointing

See it if you want a family-friendly, kid-entertaining, sometimes darkly clever show with sharp moments of wit that is overall great to look at.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of the source material (Roald Dahl's original book and the movie with Gene Wilder).

70
War Paint
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great singing, Great acting, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want to see an original show based on true untold history and two truly masterful stars of the stage.

Don't see it if you expect a memorable song to stick with you long after the show.

65
Bandstand
Midtown W
Intelligent, Disappointing, Relevant, Emotional, Sentimental

See it if you want to support an original musical that is ambitious enough to tackle real issues like the experience of veterans with a strong cast.

Don't see it if you want to leave the theater with a memorable score or lyric to hum along to.

85
Stomp
East Village
Delightful, Entertaining, Great dancing

See it if you want to see truly impressive modern dancing.

Don't see it if you require songs in your theater shows.

95
Spamilton
Midtown W
Clever, Great singing, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you are a fan of musical theater (not just "Hamilton," but especially if you are) and enjoy smart funny satire wonderfully performed.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy small Off-Broadway spaces.

95
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if you want to see a good old fashioned Broadway spectacle: great score and lyrics, wonderful dancing, gorgeous costumes and sets! And Bette!

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Broadway classics or brilliant revivals.

60
During previews
Amelie
Midtown W
Great staging, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if For those who loved the quirky fantasy tale of the movie "Amelie" and want to see its wildly fanciful visual design come to life on stage!

Don't see it if Songs were much more narrative than melodic, so you won't leave humming any earworm, but you might leave smiling for the spectacle you saw.

65
Dated, Great staging, Epic, Overrated, Romantic

See it if You want to witness what all the long-running fuss is all about: grand spectacle and heavy-handed dramatic operatic fantasy.

Don't see it if You already know all the songs or have seen this too many times before!

89
Matilda
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You enjoy clever songwriting, talented production design, and sweetly sentimental heroism.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of sly, wry, British humor.

90
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Relevant

See it if You want to see a truly original irreverent and genuinely heartfelt musical that is as funny as it is sentimental (and it still holds up)!

Don't see it if You think you are above puppets!