RGM Manhattan

Manhattan | 35-49 | Male
About:  Lover of theatre, concerts, and highbrow humor.
Reviews (32)
89
Dated, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
April 26th, 2022

See it if You appreciate David Mamet’s sharply unique language and plot style. Impeccable acting from Fishburne and Rockwell.

Don't see it if Grifters, profanity, or somewhat dated slurs offend you. This is a Mamet piece and intended to be gritty.

75
Confusing, Indulgent, Quirky, Great singing, Absorbing
April 25th, 2022

See it if You enjoy offbeat, unpredictable and immersive music performances with great singers and a tight band.

Don't see it if You desire specific plot or flow. This is quite free form and the song progression / lyrics were hard to follow.

93
Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing, Delightful
January 6th, 2022

See it if Wonderful acting, singing, a brilliant ensemble, and a cozy theatre are appealing. David Hess & Amanda Jane Cooper were electrifying.

Don't see it if Musicals aren’t your thing (although this one has a great story and catchy tunes).

85
Kimberly Akimbo
Chelsea
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging
December 23rd, 2021

See it if You want to be surprised by a quirky story, outstanding cast (and supporting actors), inventive stage and wonderful theatre. Catchy tunes.

Don't see it if You struggle with musicals or heavy quirkiness.

90
Great staging, Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing
October 4th, 2021

See it if You’re a fan of David Byrne and the Talking Heads’ immense stage show and unique tunes. A true piece of uplifting art.

Don't see it if You’re not a concert goer or into interpretive dance

92
Great writing, Great staging, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing
September 27th, 2021

See it if Magnificent performance by the cast in a resonant history of Lehman — its ending given meaning by its founding.

Don't see it if Historic dramas aren’t your thing.

95
Resonant, Intense, Raunchy, Intelligent, Absorbing
September 19th, 2021

See it if You want a cerebral, no holds barred set of observational and deeply personal comedy. Neal is an original genius; this work reinforces that.

Don't see it if You’re squeamish, woke, or a rube.

90
Intense, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing
July 17th, 2021

See it if Jackie Hoffman is mesmerizing for 90 minutes of brilliant, resonant dialogue. The perfect end to covid and beginning of normal life.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy sharp two person dialogue or intensity.

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97
During previews
Edgy, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
March 11th, 2020

See it if you want to see a perfectly harmonized Laurie Metcalf & Rupert Everett as Martha & George. Russell Tovey’s sly sex appeal was also euphoric.

Don't see it if cunning, guile, and razor-sharp dialogue isn’t your thing.

91
During previews
Great staging, Great writing, Resonant, Great acting, Thought-provoking
March 11th, 2020

See it if you’re a fan of Tracy Letts’ unique brand of savage splendor — brilliant writing, masterful acting, and an excellent ensemble.

Don't see it if you prefer fluffy storylines.

93
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Riveting, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
February 9th, 2020

See it if You want to see masterful performances by all cast members, with brilliant multimedia integration, staging, and intense storyline.

Don't see it if You’re a philistine.

90
Fluffy, Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Delightful
February 7th, 2020

See it if You want have a lot of fun along with the talented cast. Seymour/Gideon has an angelic voice and captivates.

Don't see it if No reasons come to mind - I dislike musicals and this was actually a treat.

75
Resonant, Great staging, Great singing
December 20th, 2019

See it if you enjoy classic, heartwarming holiday plays. Campbell Scott was a unique Scrooge. Excellent musicians and vocals.

Don't see it if You expect an exact telling of Dickens’ tale. They whitewashed the more severe parts of the play; no Ignorance and Want, Disney-like ghosts.

90
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Indulgent, Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting
October 20th, 2019

See it if you enjoy gay social-class storylines with total knockout performances by Paul Hilton, Andrew Burnap, and an exceptional supporting cast.

Don't see it if A 2pt 7hr play isn’t for you. They could’ve trimmed 2-hrs of character development/removed some characters altogether. Too campy at times.

80
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Indulgent, Quirky, Great acting, Great writing
October 13th, 2019

See it if You appreciate great acting from all cast, and Tracy Letts’ unique, punchy and acerbic dialogue. Letts is a master. Good comic relief too.

Don't see it if You’d find a self-destructive, aging hipster storyline disappointing.

100
During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Masterful, Absorbing
September 28th, 2019

See it if See the performance of the Year by actor Brian Cox as LBJ. Robust, magnificent performance and nonstop power from supporting cast.

Don't see it if Everyone should see this play for its impeccable execution and relevant historical significance.

60
During previews
Slow, Indulgent, Cliched, Banal, Great acting
July 31st, 2019

See it if You appreciate brilliantly-delivered, albeit rambling monologues that jump from story to story from two very talented actors.

Don't see it if The frenetic, wistful storylines jumping back and forth will bore you. Incredible acting, but ultimately tragic material.

90
Must see, Resonant, Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing
July 6th, 2019

See it if You appreciate the great American songbook of the ‘60s and ‘70s spanning soul, soft rock, and standards.

Don't see it if You don’t appreciate melody or musicals.

70
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Dated, Disappointing, Ambitious
May 18th, 2019

See it if You like Bryan Cranston, who does a magnificent job in a unique take on Howard Beale.

Don't see it if You expect it to live up to the unmatched film. Mediocre supporting cast and modernized tech actually makes this feel more dated than it is.

82
For a previous production
Epic, Dizzying, Ambitious, Delightful, Absorbing
May 5th, 2019

See it if You’re a fan of the series (I’ve never seen one) and enjoy well staged, well lit productions with heavy special effects and a talented cast.

Don't see it if A long play (nearly 5 hours in two separate sittings) isn’t for you. Also, if you don’t have any historical knowledge of the series.

60
Great singing, Dizzying, Cliched
May 5th, 2019

See it if You love current musicals with songs that aren’t especially catchy and focus on millennials and social media.

Don't see it if You prefer melodic, Andrew Lloyd Webber style musicals.

77
Great acting, Cliched, Entertaining
May 4th, 2019

See it if You enjoy the supremely talented Lori Metcalf and John Lithgow.

Don't see it if Political material, especially around the Clintons, bores you.

92
All My Sons
Midtown W
Dated, Exquisite, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
April 28th, 2019

See it if Astounding performances by Tracy Letts and Annette Bennington - powerful acting from both that transcends the somewhat dated material.

Don't see it if You struggle with period pieces, complex storylines, or relating them to current day social mores.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Intense
October 27th, 2018

See it if This one man show is intense, brilliantly acted, and provides an overview of Lenny Bruce’s life in an effective and absorbing manner.

Don't see it if Counterculture, political incorrectness, or profanity upset you.

78
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant
October 27th, 2018

See it if You enjoy an impeccable cast who deliver a masterful performance, especially Elaine May, Joan Allen and Lucas Hedges.

Don't see it if Subject matter concerning Dementia and end of life matters will be grating to you.

92
During previews
Clever, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Intelligent
October 7th, 2018

See it if You appreciate sharp dialogue, masterfully delivered by three wonderful actors - about a the nuance of truth and narrative.

Don't see it if You struggle with fast-paced dialogue, negotiations and the occasional profanity.

95
Absorbing, Epic, Exquisite, Great acting, Indulgent
May 13th, 2018

See it if Remarkable performances by Glenda Jackson and Laurie Metcalf with superb writing by Edward Albee. Immersive, thought-provoking material.

Don't see it if You are turned-off by sharp, gritty reminiscing of one’s life with a particular focus on the blemishes, compromises, and end of life phase.

100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting
May 13th, 2018

See it if You want to be “wowed” by sensational acting, storyline and set. Nathan Lane steals the show, but every cast member did a wonderful job.

Don't see it if Gay period pieces aren’t your thing.

60
Ambitious, Dated, Overrated, Slow, Great acting
May 13th, 2018

See it if You love the cast members, who all act masterfully, or specifically appreciate slow paced “classics”.

Don't see it if You don’t want to spend 4 hours on an irrelevant, shouldn’t-have-been-revived period piece whose star-power can’t overcome its datedness.

90
During previews
Refreshing, Relevant, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing
May 13th, 2018

See it if You enjoy gay period pieces (somewhat modernized) with a very strong ensemble cast, terrific stage and perfect lighting.

Don't see it if The genre is unappealing to you — or biting, antagonistic writing offends your sensibilities.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant
May 13th, 2018

See it if You appreciate exceptional acting from all cast, depth of writing, complex storylines, and historical accuracy. Superb on all fronts.

Don't see it if High-impact historical pieces (using Olde English language) with allusions to modern-day societal problems are not appealing to you.

25
During previews
Excruciating, Disappointing, Slow, Cliched, Insipid
May 13th, 2018

See it if You enjoy spending 3 hours watching an old woman die while her miserable children gain no new insights about their lives or their mother.

Don't see it if You are bored by the pointless, morose and self-absorbed low-class character archetypes portrayed in this end-of-life focused piece.