RC 6267

Manhattan | 50-64 | Male
About:  Playwright, lyricist and theater fan. See 70+ shows a year from Broadway to Fringe and regional theater.
Reviews (45)
Clever, Enchanting, Cliched, Hilarious

See it if you love funny in-theater jokes. Terrific performances. Actors are having a great time.

Don't see it if you expect much of a story. It panders, without meaning to, to the central lesbian character. She's a prop, not a person.

During previews
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you want Shakespeare AND an amazing dinner. It's the best deal in town. Darren Ritchie is charming.

Don't see it if you want dry, "tasteless" Shakespeare.

Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you like musical theater romps and like politically correct platitudes served up in easy to digest bites. Solid singing.

Don't see it if you expect a more challenging plot and at least 2-D character development

During previews
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you are devoted snooker fan. There's no other reason.

Don't see it if you are expecting an hilarious show like "One Man, Two Guvnors". Very, very disappointing with lots of stilted jokes and poor word play.

Banal, Entertaining, Funny

See it if like one-man shows especially from a clever actor/comedian.

Don't see it if if you really want a history lesson. The subject matter varies widely from informative to superficial.

Clever, Funny, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you're a fan of Sponge Bob or just want a goofy, fun-filled night at the theater.

Don't see it if you have new clue who Sponge Bob is, but you'll find you're scratching your head a lot to understand the relationships between characters.

During previews
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Dated

See it if You like a solid drama about current events.

Don't see it if You want an easy night at the theater.

During previews
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Banal, Disappointing

See it if Just arrived in NYC and never seen any shows on Broadway

Don't see it if You are like Harold Prince and don't really enjoy revivals (or snippets of revivals)

Also Don't see it without Tony Yazbeck unless you want to see grey haired g... Read more Read less

During previews
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Enchanting, Delightful, Dated, Fluffy, Refreshing

See it if Noel Coward at his best with a solid cast. Kevin Kline is back on Broadway as if he never left.

Don't see it if Want piercing dramas

During previews
The Present
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Indulgent, Slow

See it if Enjoy Chekov and want to see Kate Blanchett in a rare stage appearance.

Don't see it if you're have any qualms about Chekov. There is good reason for Chekov having shelved this play. Long, exhausting, infuriating characters.

Delightful, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if Well staged version of the movie. Safe to recommend to your cousins from Arkansas. Strong cast delivers.

Don't see it if Want relevant Broadway rock.

During previews
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Quirky, Great staging

See it if like inventive set, stage, sound design and if you want to see the most-talked about show of the season.

Don't see it if expect beautiful romantic ballads by Josh Groban (who is good but not given much material. You'll forget the songs and story.

During previews
Midtown W
Dated, Funny, Intelligent, Quirky, Great singing

See it if You enjoy quirky song-through musicals with bouncy scores. Especially interesting for William Finn fans who didn't see original NY shows.

Don't see it if you want a contemporary musical experience. Dated. Lackluster direction. Actors still searching for emotional intensity. Truly awful set

Also I'm biased from having seen "March of Falsettos" off-Broadway, "Falset... Read more Read less

During previews
Love, Love, Love
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny

See it if You enjoy funny, relevant theater about families. Painfully contemporary by the playwright of KING CHARLES III and COCK

Don't see it if Are worried about your privledged kids or indulgent parents

Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Epic, Masterful, Must see

See it if Saw Public Theatre production in its first week. Assume Broadway production is equally dynamic. "Rent" for the 21st century.

Don't see it if you can't get over multiracial casting and don't want to tune your ears to the rap/hip hop/r&b lyrics. Drink first? Then go to "Kinky Boots

Perfect Crime
Midtown W
Cliched, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Dated

See it if just can't leave NYC without seeing a murder mystery.

Don't see it if you despise wooden acting, a ridiculous plot and a dark, dank theater.

Cliched, Enchanting, Clever, Funny, Quirky

See it if like a good rock musical, that despite, its rather banal plot, delivers a punch whenever the kids are on stage rocking it out.

Don't see it if think all kid musicals should be like ANNIE.

Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Follows the JERSEY BOYS playboy almost verbatim -- crafting well-honed musical numbers against the autobiography of Carol King. T

Don't see it if You want a challenging musical. What? You're expect hip-hop, r&b?

The Humans
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Relevant

See it if You want to see excellent drama

Don't see it if If you want a happy ever after comedy

Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Dated

See it if Believe that Cirque du Soleil can do no wrong

Don't see it if You are expecting either a dazzling Cirque production or a classic Broadway music with song, dance and comedy

During previews
The Front Page
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Dated

See it if Want to see a star-studded cast trying their best. And if you love Nathan Lane

Don't see it if You want a laugh a minute. The first two acts are long and tedious.

Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great staging

See it if Enjoy quirky off-Broadway and the unexpected

Don't see it if Too literal and expect word play. It's challenging

During previews
The Encounter
Midtown W
Banal, Overrated, Quirky, Original, Slow

See it if Enjoy sitting in a cramped theater with minimal staging while listening to a podcast

Don't see it if Have concerns about the cost-benefit value of your ticket. Wait to download the audio which is 95% of the show.

Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if You love Dylan's music re-interpreted. Can't wait for the cast album. Excellent singing

Don't see it if you want even the tiniest bit of hope about life. Couldn't be more depressing. Desperate in freezing cold Minn. -- lot sof them dying.

During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if Enjoy seeing a comedy legend, Elaine May, at work, along with a stellar cast. Honest portrayal of old age and challenges across family line

Don't see it if you want a searing drama.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you enjoy shows about self-absorbed actors romping around the stage with a script of Hamlet in hand. McTeer is ideally suited for the role.

Don't see it if you expect a serious examination of Hamlet or don't know the play.

During previews
Banal, Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy, Slow

See it if You are a parrot head or love to go to the theater liquors-up. And what about those beach balls!!

Don't see it if You are leaving looking for a fun, funny evening

Also Slow, slow predictable Act 1 followed by nutty Act 2. Seems desperate ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever, Confusing, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if want to marvel at one of the stage's great actors Marky Rylance and appreciate an interesting theatrical experience.

Don't see it if you really want to learn anything about the history of Phillippe V, Farinelli or the period. Surprising lacking in drama.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Relevant, Must see

See it if Love musicals with wonderful melodies, clever story-telling and a warm heart.

Don't see it if want to spend the evening with Scrooge.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Resonant

See it if Like an emotional and ultimately uplifting musical experience

Don't see it if You have an aversion to 9/11 stories.

War Paint
Midtown W
Banal, Overrated, Slow, Great singing

See it if LuPone and Ebersole and costumes are the reasons to see the show.

Don't see it if Story is intermittently interesting. You can leave at intermission

Absorbing, Enchanting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense

See it if Enjoy Sondheim at his best. Is there a better first act in theater? Jake can sing! Annabelle is delightful. Different take than original

Don't see it if Like Jerry Herman musicals

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if Like tough, in your face adaptation of Shakespeare in an intimate space. Muscular setting of Army barracks focuses on folly of the men.

Don't see it if Like dainty precious Shakespeare

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Slow

See it if you enjoy subtle stage writing and period drama. It's a solid show. Good but not great revival.

Don't see it if you want electric performances. Not much chemistry between the lead characters.

During previews
East Village
Absorbing, Clever, Revival of well-regarded play that isn't quite working

See it if You want demanding theater from one of the greatest living playwrights and absorbing look at a woman's struggle to reconnect after WWII.

Don't see it if Are expecting a breathless revival of a well-regarded late 20th century play.

Also Having seen the original production on Broadway, I'm surprised that my... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if Are looking for an entertaining 90 min. Had low expectations but was pleasantly surprised. More than a lose collection of sketches.

Don't see it if Want big laughs or expect a well-honed comic play

Midtown W
Cliched, Disappointing, Entertaining, Slow

See it if You like old fashioned and want can figure out how to use Wikipedia

Don't see it if You're looking for an absorbing bio of Cagney. Watch one of his old movies instead

Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Enchanting

See it if you love Broadway musicals plus have a passing interest in Shakespeare. See it here with great cast before it heads out on tour

Don't see it if feel like all the musical and Shakespeare references will be flying over your head. Probably not the best "first Broadway show"

For a previous production
Significant Other
Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent, Romantic, Refreshing

See it if you like the classic romantic comedy with a bittersweet twist. Hopefully, the same cast makes it to Broadway.

Don't see it if like big, broad silly comedies with a happy ending or if you are homophobic (aka Trump supporter)

Cliched, Banal, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if You want don't want to have to worry about the plot and just love musicals numbers delivered on a silver platter --those cute drag queens?

Don't see it if want theater that has even one surprise in the plot. Yes, it won the Tony Award for Best Musical, but don't expect to be wowed.

Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Intense, Riveting

See it if You love the American musical. Masterful interpretation of the bloated version that previously ran on Broadway.

Don't see it if Like to sleep through banal musicals

Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Cliched, Romantic, Overrated, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if Like the familiar and a pleasant musical evening at the theater

Don't see it if Are expecting a clever musical

Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful

See it if Like Jane Austen and love innovative theater.

Don't see it if Are expecting a long boring production

During previews
Contemporary twist to classic

See it if Updated Chekov with a deliberate 21st century twist.

Don't see it if Straightforward Chekov

During previews
Midtown W
Romantic, Entertaining

See it if Like quirky Mary Louise Parker and enjoy implausible Harold and Maude love story

Don't see it if If you are concerned about bang for your buck. No set. Absurd story