RedOnTheHed

Manhattan | 50-64 | Male
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Reviews (53)
90
Absorbing, Riveting, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like historical dramas with large ensemble casts. You like plays with music. You can follow a semi-non-linear storyline.

Don't see it if Historical conspiracies don’t interest you. You want something fluffy. Non-linear storylines confuse you. 2 hour play w/o intermission

Also I was caught by surprise by this show. Everything about it was incredi... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Great singing, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You like historical fiction. A play in music (not a musical). Good Experimental Classic theatre even if somewhat dated.

Don't see it if You want a more traditional musical outing. You want a light fluffy evening at the theatre.

Also At CSC, you download the program from their code to your phone . They ... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Funny, Masterful physical comedy & storytelling, Relevant

See it if You enjoy physical comedy (clowning) ala Bill Irwin. You can follow situations and story without spoken words.

Don't see it if Mime and broad physical comedy don’t interest you. You are wanting a musical or drama.

Also If you enjoy this type of performance style - think Bill Irwin - by al... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You’re a rap fan but want higher caliber subject matter. If the concept of Rap music on Mindful Consciousness intrigues you at all - GO!

Don't see it if You are looking for a non-cerebral theatre experience. You just can’t relate to rap music even if it’s about science vs. what makes us human

Also The show was very entertaining as well as educational, thought-provoki... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Disappointing, Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if Issues surrounding the deaf are of importance or interest. Never seen it or a fan of the show to see Lauren Ridloff's performance

Don't see it if You don't like slow moving stories. You need a 'happily ever after' resolution.

Also I had not seen the film or stage version of this before and was somewh... Read more Read less

80
For a previous production
Great acting, Hilarious, Intelligent, Relevant, Edgy

See it if You like quirky, edgy, well done plays. Are a Vonnegut fan. Can laugh at the darker side of things.

Don't see it if Domestic conflict bothers you. You don’t care for dark comedy.

Also I want to apologize to the actors and director because I lost my progr... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Dated, Thought-provoking

See it if You like dramas with humor to ease the intensity. You weren’t here at the start of the AIDS crisis. Landmark plays are of interest.

Don't see it if Intense drama involving AIDS, or gay related subject matter disturbs you. You are bothered by explicit sexual content (no nudity).

Also This was a well-done, bare bones production. The acting was a bit unev... Read more Read less

48
Excruciating, Indulgent, Intense, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if The hyper-driven, frenetic, and non-linear ranting of a person losing capacity for reality is of interest.

Don't see it if You dont like non-linear stories or frenetic, One person shows. You want something upbeat.

Also I was craving an intermission so I could unobtrusively leave. But to n... Read more Read less

89
Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if Relationship stories are in your target zone. You like romantic comedies with a very dramatic edge.

Don't see it if You want a big splashy show, this is more homespun. Disfunctional relationship/spousal abuse is upsetting.

Also This show took me by surprise. A seemingly typical abusive marriage/ma... Read more Read less

78
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Fluffy, Goofy

See it if Are a Fringe Festival fan. Like off-the-wall, silly space spoofs (ala Spaceballs on an extreme budget).

Don't see it if Goofy, Saturday Night Live type skits are not your thing.

Also It was very enjoyable. An odd-balls-in-space, hour long, musical sketc... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Darkly sexual

See it if You like intense, well-written contemporary plays with psycho-sexual Themes and unrequited love. You don’t require a happy ending .

Don't see it if Nudity and sexual situations bother you. You’re wanting a lite afternoon/eve in the theatre.

Also This is a difficult piece. It’s about 3 people who have lost their way... Read more Read less

68
Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Fluffy, Uneven

See it if if you can appreciate a 1/2 pro & 1/2 amateur cast. pretty good job of holding it all together and keep things moving.

Don't see it if You are looking for a polished production

95
Absorbing, Intelligent, Quirky, Great writing, Funny

See it if You like small fringe shows that feature intelligent writing and acting. You are an Edgar Allan Poe.

Don't see it if You want a big show. You want a splashy musical. You don't like Poe.

Also The show was terrific. Only about an hour long. Very clever, intellige... Read more Read less

24
Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if You love awful scripts, & pointless, repetitive songs

Don't see it if Don't see it

Also Actress tried her darndest to make the script have meaning and depth w... Read more Read less

69
Confusing, Edgy, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You're a fan of new plays, exploration of drug abuse and sex in family dynamic, multimedia

Don't see it if Drug abuse and adoption themes are upsetting or uninteresting. Incongruent and unexplained plot points are a bother.

Also Kudos to Gore & Alexandra (also playwright) portraying twins who both ... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy

See it if You like a well-written Southern gothic style mystery. Not a "Who done it?" More a "Who's doing it?". Characters have secrets.

Don't see it if Gay Sexual themes (not explicit) bother or offend you. You don't like completely unresolved plot lines.

Also I really enjoyed this play. Well-respected neuro-surgeon has a stroke.... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if You like edgy, social commmentary humor. Like an R-rated Sesame Street.

Don't see it if Puppets (or people) using raw language put you off.

Also After 14 years or so you'd think this show would be tired or underplay... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if You are an Ella fan. Enjoy workshop productions in development.

Don't see it if You want a fully-realized musical. You don't like one-person shows.

Also The music was absolutely wonderful. The script is the culprit here. Wr... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if If these interest you Troubled Urban youth. Broken homes. Single Moms. Family conflict. Intense drama.

Don't see it if You want a comedy or something light and fluffy.

Also I really liked this play. It was relevant for contemporary families an... Read more Read less

78
Great staging, Ambitious, Indulgent, Intelligent, Confusing

See it if You appreciate non-linear storylines, clever language, darker themes, small cast shows

Don't see it if The subject of autism or losing a child is hard for you to watch. You want something light with straightforward plot. Wordplay confounds you

Also I am very conflicted about this play. Loved the inventive staging. Thr... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Edgy, Romantic, Resonant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in romantic relationships between men. Youre open minded about Polyamorous subject matter.

Don't see it if Gay relationships or full frontal male nudity and sexual situations offend or upset you.

Also I enjoyed this play a lot. I’ve seen it twice and it has made some imp... Read more Read less

100
Great acting, Great singing, Relevant, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you have a feeling, empathetic bone in your body.

Don't see it if You are looking for light and fluffy - this surely isn't Hello Dolly!

Also This was a masterful show on all fronts. The writing, acting, singing,... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Absorbing, Great writing, Relevant, Intense, Resonant

See it if You're a fan of the novel, you are interested in dystopian subject matter, you want a well-written/acted, intense piece of assault theatre.

Don't see it if you want a light hearted show. Scenes of torture including some blood will be upsetting. You hate Sudden loud sound/ lighting effects

Also Loved the play! If you know the novel - very creative interpretation. ... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are familiar with A Doll's House By Henrik Ibsen. (An advantage but not a pre-requisite). You like Laurie Metcalf.

Don't see it if You want to see a period piece. You are offended by harsh language. You want something fluffy with an intermission.

Also I really enjoyed this play. It turned out to be something I was not ex... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Funny, Edgy, Intelligent, Vulgar

See it if You are open-minded about religious humor and vulgarity. I guffawed. Humor is crude at times but there's an underlying intelligence to it.

Don't see it if You are not open to religion as a humorous subject. You're opposed to vulgar language - f-bombs fly!

Also I love the writers of this show. They are so intelligent in their seem... Read more Read less

100
Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You like Greek mythology tales made presently relevant.

Don't see it if Political themes are not your thing. You are looking for fluff or mindless entertainment.

Also HADESTOWN was one of the best shows I’ve seen in recent history. It wa... Read more Read less

76
Entertaining, Disappointing, Edgy, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if Amnesia driven Who-done-it’s are your thing.

Don't see it if Stage Violence, and some blood and crude language are troubling

Also Not a great play but entertaining for its efforts. With different dire... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Funny, Raunchy, Insipid, Quirky

See it if Loud rock musicals about the millennium generation would interest you. A club-like atmosphere would be fun for you.

Don't see it if Loud rock music with always irreverent and sometimes raunchy lyrics and subject matter would offend. Millenials are a turnoff.

Also I enjoyed the show. It was silly pointless fun. The music was very lou... Read more Read less

100
Funny, Great staging, Intelligent, Epic, Dazzling

See it if Def. if you’re an HP fan. If not there is still so much to enjoy if you like the genre. The writing is solid. Both funny and emotional.

Don't see it if You don’t like HP. That’s the only reason I can think of not to see it.

Also If you’re not familiar with the HP series it is still enjoyable. Could... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if You like dark comedy sketches, adult-oriented puppetry, Australian accents and sense of humor

Don't see it if You don’t like puppets, the “F” bomb offends you, dark existential humor is not your thing.

Also Very funny show. Less of a play and more of a comedy sketch format. Th... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Raunchy

See it if You like comedic, expertly performed and clever drag shows. You want to laugh a lot!

Don't see it if Drag isn’t your thing. A bit of fun, raunchy humor is distasteful. You want a large cast with a story.

Also This show was a hoot! Very funny. They’ve been running 6 years and the... Read more Read less

77
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Slow, Intense

See it if You like psychological dramas with humor and stories that twist in different diections.

Don't see it if Are not a fan of mystery stories or one person shows.

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Hilarious, Relevant, Quirky

See it if You enjoy storylines about Gay relationships both romantic and social. Well-written and acted one-person shows.

Don't see it if Frank sexual and emotional gay themes are not your thing. You are wanting a musical. You don’t like one-person shows

Also This show was terrific! Very well-written and directed. A tour de forc... Read more Read less

65
Fluffy, Indulgent, Edgy, Raunchy, Disappointing

See it if You’re a fan of satirical holiday and political sketches, a capella groups, raunchy drag shows

Don't see it if Vulgarity and explicit sexual language bothers you, not appreciative or understanding of Jewish humor, comic drag isn’t your thing.

Also I was disappointed in this show. I had heard so much about The Kinsey ... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Dated, Intelligent

See it if You have an interest in "period" pieces. You enjoy plays with LGBT issues. A well-crafted, well-acted dramedy.

Don't see it if LGBT and AIDS issues are of no interest to you. You are wanting a lighter or bigger show, more than 2 characters.

Also This piece surprised me. I knew it was an AIDS crisis play and althoug... Read more Read less

72
Clever, Confusing, Edgy, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if Experimental versions of classic plays are of interest. You've a penchant for darker themes.

Don't see it if You prefer your classics, classic and not modernized. You want a light evening at the theatre.

Also I enjoyed many of the aspects of this piece and being a fan of Hedda G... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Funny, Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent

See it if You're interested in the characters portrayed in the show. Starts out quirky and interesting but ultimately goes nowhere.

Don't see it if You don't want to see three historical figures from the past argue the Gospels for 90 min.

Also For 90'mins each one tries to convince the other two that their own ed... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Entertaining, Edgy, Darkly funny, Intense

See it if Dark yet Funny is your taste. 3 one-acts that are interconnected.

Don't see it if You're upset by gun violence, stage blood, Sexual situations, and some off color language.

Also A very dark but quirky and so funny in an "Oh no, they didn't" kinda w... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Clever, Dark, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Small cast, existential plays appeal. Great cast, acting A+, writing A+

Don't see it if Geriatric corpse meteors are upsetting. You're looking for something light - the play is very funny but hardly light fare.

Also This is a great production. The play is very well written, acted, dire... Read more Read less

96
Funny, Great writing, Intelligent, Quirky, Clever

See it if You're a fan of quirky, fringe-like, original shows. You appreciate intelligent writing and acting.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of one-person shows. You have an aversion to cows.

Also This was an udderly delightful production (sorry, I just couldn't help... Read more Read less

68
Funny, Relevant, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You like romantic comedy with past relationship conflicts.

Don't see it if You don't like participating, in the show. When the lights go out, each seat has a flashlight that you can utilize or not.

Also The show had a cute flashlight gimmick that was fun. I don't know that... Read more Read less

78
Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Relevant, Delightful

See it if You like the 40's era music (this is all original but in the 40's style). You like rooting for the underdog. Great dancing.

Don't see it if You want a "catchy" score. you aren't a fan of the 40's era.

Also Bandstand was a, thankfully, original musical. The acting, singing and... Read more Read less

47
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Sweaty

See it if I can't think of any reason TO see it. Except 3 bad actors planted on set as immersive audience - funny, yet sad overthetop reactions aboun

Don't see it if You like good Tennessee Williams plays that are produced and acted well. If You don't like bad actors being planted on the set as audience.

Also The evening began with a woman (I guess the producer) telling the us t... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Masterful, Profound, Must see

See it if You are human.

Don't see it if You are dead.

Also I can't say enough about this show! It is extraordinary. It is a celeb... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Quirky, Clever

See it if You enjoy kitschy, campy humor. Funny , Indie theatre on a shoestring budget.

Don't see it if You don't find men (and women) in Meryl Streep drag funny. It's not - It's Hysterical! You don't like reality tv shows or Meryl Streep.

Also What a fun night!! The show was very entertaining. I saw Episodes 3 & ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like classics reworked. Inventive minimal set and staging. Good, solid acting.

Don't see it if You are a purist with pieces like this. You want a non-thinking evening in the theatre. You don't like political plays.

Also this was a wonderful adaptation. Kudos to the Jeff Wise for his minima... Read more Read less

69
Entertaining, Ambitious, Dated, Fluffy, Slow

See it if You like classic Russian plays. You want a no-brainer eve at the theatre. You don't mind being in a basement with a very low ceiling .

Don't see it if You are not very tall (sightlines are abysmal). Are in the mood for a fast-paced comedy/drama. Are not a fan of classic Russian lit/plays

Also The production was very uneven in the talent dept. Several actors were... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if You like broad, "ridiculous", over the top comedy,

Don't see it if You prefer more realism in your comedy. This is outlandishly crazy.

Also I had fun. The following comments were made after seeing the first pre... Read more Read less

95
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You enjoy one-person, multi-character, sketch type shows.

Don't see it if You want a storyline throughout or don't enjoy one- person sketch comedy

Also This show was very engaging. The very talented performer also wrote it... Read more Read less

78
Epic, Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if You like big splashy musicals. Story is clever and gives a 180 spin on who and what is Wicked in Oz.

Don't see it if You want something relevant with meaning, to discuss afterwards. This ain't rocket science.l

Also I thought the show was very engaging. I love all the twists the show t... Read more Read less