Rich D

New York City | Male
About:  I love the theatre and I suffer no fools. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (115)
During previews
Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing, Relevant
November 7th, 2022

See it if Performances by the two actors are very good. The ease with which they dupe themselves into being taken in by fascist ideology is chilling

Don't see it if The problem with the piece is that it tells but doesn't show how they get taken in, or how one character begins to question that choice.

During previews
Slow, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing
March 3rd, 2020

See it if Dylan’s music gets new life in otherwise torturously long & plotless Thornton Wilderesque depression era melodrama. Perfs/singing very good.

Don't see it if 20-25% too long. WAY too many “F*ck”s in McPherson’s script go for cheap laughs but undermine emotional resonance and sense of time & place.

During previews
Midtown W
Ambitious, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining
May 11th, 2019

See it if Cleverly structured Hollywood satire uses on-location desert-as-arctic shoot of film about climate change to highlight absurdity of system.

Don't see it if Would-be profundity about life’s ephemerality is somewhat undermined by lack of chemistry between main characters and tacked-on backstory.

Also Plausibility dilemma: would a screenwriter necessarily be in such comm... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
May 3rd, 2019

See it if Take two parts Cole Porter, one part Kelli O’Hara, mix with a book that’s tweaked just enough to keep the metoo police away, and voilà!

Don't see it if So what if there’s no heat between the leads. So what if it’s a bit dated and defanged. So what if it feels revue-ish. Run, don’t walk.

Also There hasn’t been such great dancing at Studio 54 since Warhol and Fra... Read more Read less

Burn This
Midtown W
Makes you long for pre-douche, bohemian manhattan, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining
April 26th, 2019

See it if Driver sucks all the air out of the room, but deservedly. It's the part. Other perfs are very good, even if they pale (sorry) in comparison.

Don't see it if Play itself is good but far from perfect. Anna's backstory is undeveloped, and why she abandons Burton isn't entirely clear. Still resonant.

Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining, Clever
April 23rd, 2019

See it if Good acting and mercifully short, yet too clever by half and feather light. Hnath can, um, hrite but he says nothing new here.

Don't see it if Sparse/messy set and hideous wardrobe choices are annoyingly self-conscious eyesores. Obama character is too old yet sufficiently arrogant.

During previews
Midtown W
Relevant, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever
April 14th, 2019

See it if Ace in the Hole meets Babes in Arms (LPOAS!*)Too clever (and too long) by half, and stakes aren’t quite high enough to sustain full-on drama

Don't see it if Subtext about degradation of societal values and current political climate is poignant, but idea that Rupert just wants to sell papers? I’m

Also Shocked, SHOCKED!... Read more Read less

During previews
All My Sons
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
April 11th, 2019

See it if Bening outstanding. Letts very good. Others a mixed bag. Traditional staging a relief amidst prevailing Van Hovean theatrical hellscape

Don't see it if Color-blind casting problematic—very distracting and particularly absurd for 1947. Letts’s Joe is a bit too polished at times for an...

Also ...admittedly un/undereducated businessman who frequently utters words... Read more Read less

Intense, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing
April 8th, 2019

See it if Corman’s tight 90 minute delivery is consistently intense and spans a wide emotional range. A life twice shattered still holds together.

Don't see it if You leave with many unanswered questions but her bravura performance sufficiently distracts. Background projections atypically not annoying.

The Mother
Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing
March 20th, 2019

See it if Huppert’s performance is good enough to hide the flaws in the script, yet the deliberately disorienting scene structure doesn’t quite work.

Don't see it if Even at 85 minutes the piece feels too long. The Father this is not, alas. Noth and other players are fine.

Edgy, Resonant, Great acting, Funny, Clever
March 15th, 2019

See it if The tightest 65 minute piece you will see this season (or not—run is sro—sorry!). PW-B brilliantly straddles the comic/tragic razor’s edge.

Don't see it if This is R to X-rated material so it’s not for prudes, but she doesn’t use it gratuitously. Perfect companion piece to the Bezos Prime show.

During previews
Ambitious, Slow, Great acting
March 5th, 2019

See it if Glenda Jackson is very good, as is Ruth Wilson, yet others are quite a mixed bag, race and disability-blind casting notwithstanding...

Don't see it if Way too long and dialogue often unintelligible. Modern(ish) wardrobe and scant set fail to make the play more accessible to non bard-experts

For a previous production
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Enchanting
February 28th, 2019

See it if You're a schmuck if you miss this authentic, resonant, non-schmaltzy and non-schticky version of FIDDLER. Simply staged yet very compelling.

Don't see it if Don't bother trying to follow the supertitles. If you know the show at all, just let the Yiddish wash over you and you'll be amply rewarded.

Also The Off-Broadway budget doesn't detract from the down-at-heel shtetl v... Read more Read less

About Alice
Funny, Resonant, Enchanting, Refreshing
January 21st, 2019

See it if A delightful warm bath of a literary love story when The Village was The Village and when writers could afford to live and work in New York

Don't see it if Only Trillin could really play Trillin, the driest of martinis personified, yet Jeffrey Bean still captures his essence well enough.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Slow
January 13th, 2019

See it if Well-executed coming of age gay/black/prep school story with excellent a capella music, Jeremy Pope is very good, capturing his character’s

Don't see it if confident/tortured combo perfectly. The play itself, however, lacks dramatic tension and doesn’t really say anything new.

Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Ambitious, Intense, Indulgent, Overrated
January 10th, 2019

See it if Cranston is great as always but the Van Hoveian gimmickry is too much here, only drawing attention to the weaknesses of the other players.

Don't see it if Seeing audience members on stage or on one of the myriad screens may be intended as commentary, but it backfires & takes you out of the show

Also Cranston is given Holden’s best line from the movie, reminding us that... Read more Read less

Usual Girls
Midtown W
Resonant, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking
December 19th, 2018

See it if Visceral, tight, and bluntly graphic, U.G. nails the fluidity and evolution of female friendship through a prism of metooish misogyny.

Don't see it if Some of the writing (especially the last line) is too on the nose, though overall it effectively shows vs tells. Listen up, Brett Kavanaugh.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant
December 14th, 2018

See it if A great Tony-worthy show slightly diminished by overly high expectations after two years. Story is predictable but still poignant.

Don't see it if Understudy Michael Lee Brown as E.H. is serviceable but less than compelling. Other performances are a mixed bag, actingwise and singingwise

Gloria: A Life
Relevant, Disappointing
December 13th, 2018

See it if Steinem’s had an interesting life, and Lahti plays her effectively, but the piece lacks tension and is devoid of a dramatic arc.

Don't see it if Video screens upstaged acting. Talkback was painful and unnecessary. *Beware of audience participation if you’re male and sitting in front.

The Tricky Part
Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny, Resonant, Thought-provoking
December 7th, 2018

See it if Simply staged, well-structured, and compelling, a personal story delivered with a sympathetic warmth that belies the tragic horror beneath.

Don't see it if Just like life, the piece isn’t neatly tied up or cathartic, and you don’t have to be gay, Catholic, or an abuse victim to appreciate it.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny
November 17th, 2018

See it if You can’t not like Mike B. He’s more mainstream everyman than edgy originalist, but his schlubby shtick works with fatherhood material .

Don't see it if Though he comes close to the line of dated tropes, he (mercifully and skillfully) doesn’t cross it. Piece builds nicely on his past shows

Also Where other comedians have had less success, he’s able to deliver a po... Read more Read less

Operation Crucible
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant
November 14th, 2018

See it if Taut, compelling, and intense. Performances top notch. Choreography of steel processing work and claustrophobic set enhance overall effect.

Don't see it if Tiny theatre and minimal set really put you in there with the characters. Direction, sound, and lighting work together perfectly.

Also Sparse audience (including one irksome phone-checking woman) wasn’t wo... Read more Read less

Hitler's Tasters
West Village
Clever, Resonant, Absorbing
November 4th, 2018

See it if Thought-provoking, disturbing, and eerily prescient. Vapid Mean Girls play Russian roulette to uphold their blind faith in the fuhrer.

Don't see it if Interesting premise and solid acting, but sketch-like structure precludes a satisfying ending. Title should be less on the nose.

Also Anachronistic props and references, on balance, make the piece that mu... Read more Read less

Black Light
West Village
Entertaining, Ambitious, Resonant
October 26th, 2018

See it if The combo of singing, sometimes moving storytelling, and musical performance works well together despite Jomama’s less than resonant voice

Don't see it if Glory of ninety minutes, no intermission is mitigated by terrifying threat of audience participation. Dont sit too close to center stage.

During previews
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant
October 21st, 2018

See it if 3 reasons: Michael Urie, Michael Urie, & Michael Urie. He flawlessly navigates funny/tragic continuum. Others a mixed bag.

Don't see it if Needs tightening, even after Trilogy cutting. Actor playing son looks too old for part. Ruehl thankfully not cliched Jewish mother. However,

Also she’s a bit too restrained.

During previews
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking
October 4th, 2018

See it if Compelling, broad canvas domestic/political portrait, suffused with dark humor and Greek tragedy, of a “Troubles” era Northern Irish family.

Don't see it if They had me at Aeneid, book VI, but at-times unintelligible accents undermine audience surrender and dramatic tension. Needs cutting.

Also Get the audio headset and/or sit close enough to see the actors’ mouth... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing
September 26th, 2018

See it if Poignant exam of conundrum of how to manage progression of parental senility. Excellent perfs, especially May's, hide structural flaws.

Don't see it if Act 1 solid and tight, but Act 2 flattens, and concluding observation is trite. Cheap laughter at May's character's expense grows tiresome

Also First preview. Well worth seeing and bound to improve, albeit up to a ... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Funny, Ambitious, Banal
September 19th, 2018

See it if The nadir of tourist-bait Broadway filler. Unsophisticated slapdash slapstick works for about ten minutes then repeats and gets old quickly.

Don't see it if Clearly there’s an audience for this kind of silly schlock, but you don’t want to be a part if it. Trust me.

During previews
Final Follies
West Village
Fluffy, Slow, Quirky
September 18th, 2018

See it if 3 short Gurneys are less than satisfying. 1st is well-structured yet slight, 2nd is dark and tedious, 3rd is clever yet sketch-like.

Don't see it if Performances all good despite mediocre material (though older audience seemed amused) Go read The Cocktail Hour or Love Letters instead.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging
September 14th, 2018

See it if Just when you begin to lose faith in Broadway, a classic revival restores it. Hadden-Paten’s understated Higgins makes the show.

Don't see it if Ambrose is talented and compelling, but her plainness and lack of heat with HH-P undermines the plausibility of their connection somewhat.

During previews
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy
September 6th, 2018

See it if Funny and engaging. A variety of quirky characters, from a vegetarian snooker champ to a transsexual Mrs. Malaprop, make for silly fun.

Don't see it if Conceit doesn't hold water. Too many plot holes. Tonally all over the place. Inconsistent accents. Needs cutting, See it anyway!

Also Staging of the televised snooker tournament is particularly clever, gi... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Funny
August 7th, 2018

See it if Hilarious yet poignant, SWM perfectly straddles sibling connection/rivalry paradigm, especially through physical comedy set pieces.

Don't see it if Too heavy-handed by half, privilegewise. Framing devices and trans narrators/chorus distract and detract. It’s all in the text. Dayenu!

Also A few things stay with you: what’s a successful life? Who are the real... Read more Read less

Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Great directing
August 4th, 2018

See it if Poignant yet subtle, MPM’s non-chronological format and not on-the-nose scenes make you, refreshingly, do some of the work. Powerful stuff.

Don't see it if You may leave with a lot of questions unanswered, but that’s real life, which is the point.

Also Top-notch Letts, if you’re a fan. His usual dyspeptic tone (as writer ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Thought-provoking
June 23rd, 2018

See it if Every one of the 75 intermissionless minutes is taught and compelling. Great performances. Boundary pushing writing delivers.

Don't see it if Raw and disturbing, with enough n-word usage to render it meaningless (which is, of course, the idea). Not for the faint of heart

Midtown W
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking
June 21st, 2018

See it if Another well-acted/mounted Mint classic. 1925 issues even more relevant today. Anglophiles and lefties will be well served. Run, don’t walk!

Don't see it if Set is sumptuous enough but low budget wardrobe isn’t quite up to snuff. Not a deal-breaker but sad that good off-bwy prods have to skimp

Police Cops
Midtown E
Clever, Fluffy, Silly
June 19th, 2018

See it if Talented performers are funny and work hard, yet the conceit wears thin quickly. Too clever by half yet mercifully short at only 50 minutes.

Don't see it if Works, up to a point, as a sendup of buddy cop movie cliches, but lacks a through line, and the amateurish improv/raunchy elements detract.

Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent
June 17th, 2018

See it if Fork over the coin & get thee to the Golden asap. Act II time conceit rivals poignancy of Stoppard’s Invention of Love. Brilliant. Powerful.

Don't see it if Metcalf’s very good but Jackson’s outstanding. Set design ala Time and the Conways is put to even better use here. Do not miss this one.

Dance Nation
Midtown W
Ambitious, Overrated, Slow
June 13th, 2018

See it if Solid performances and gimmicky adults-as-tweens casting do not a good play make. Hard to sit through, especially in flimsy P.H. seats.

Don't see it if Needs cutting. Pussy-power theme too on-the-nose and unearned. At least they avoided veering into me-too territory with the dance teacher.

During previews
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy
June 9th, 2018

See it if Forget your troubles, come on get silly. A hilarious, clever romp that miraculously straddles a Venn diagram nexus of Nietzsche and cowpoke.

Don't see it if A tad long and an inch deep, but inventive rhyming in iambic pentameter delivered by talented actors/singers makes for a very fun evening.

During previews
The Fourth Wall
Midtown W
Ambitious, Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Ugh
June 1st, 2018

See it if Gurney’s folly. Tries to comment on the state of theatre today(ish) but it’s too meta by half and the acting is a (very) mixed bag. Next.

Don't see it if I forgot I was in New York during this, but not in a good way. Felt like dinner theatre in Peoria with the requisite talent, such as it was.

Also Had only there been an intermission at which to leave. Cole Porter son... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Excruciating, Torturous, Indulgent
May 31st, 2018

See it if Do you like pain but lack dental insurance? This makes root canal look fun, yet will set you back far less coin. Consider yourself warned.

Don't see it if Experimental, avant-garde, absurd, or frame-breaking theatre can work, but this doesn’t. What was Brantley thinking?

Also Disproves my theory that any play that’s 90 (and only 70 here) minutes... Read more Read less

Me and My Girl
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing
May 9th, 2018

See it if Do the Lambeth walk directly to City Center and take in this Encores gem. Kind Hearts and Coronets meets Pygmalion, all wrappped in G & S!

Don't see it if Light as a feather and shamelessly predictable, yet that doesn’t undermine its inventiveness and old-school musical theatre wit and charm.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking
May 1st, 2018

See it if Denzel very good yet the ensemble makes this production work, esp. Morse and Meaney. D.W.’s seated, 4th wall Act 4 soliloquy very effective

Don't see it if Heavy and slow going, & color-blind casting, even with a megastar like Denzel, is confusing, as other black character is mistreated.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant
April 21st, 2018

See it if Three reasons: Marin Ireland, Marin Ireland, and Marin Ireland. Her outstanding Alma breathes new life into this lesser Williams classic.

Don't see it if Staging is minimal and props are non-existent, yet neither is a deal-breaker. Nathan Darrow is very good. Other performances serviceable.

During previews
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining
April 19th, 2018

See it if Fluffy yet brilliant. Approaches, yet stops just shy of, the too clever by half mark. MM is a welcome oasis on tourist-ridden hell of 42 St

Don't see it if Pop an Adderall and pay close attention. Role-switching farce and relentless wordplay will confuse you if you start thinking about dinner.

Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Indulgent
April 5th, 2018

See it if This era-defining, broad-canvas '80s piece benefits from a mercifully non-hammy Lane and a versatile Garfield in a stunning production.

Don't see it if WAY too long with several non-essential or meandering scenes. Fantasy set pieces are well-executed but they detract from the emotional core.

Also Try to see both parts on the same day. It's grueling but more rewardin... Read more Read less

During previews
Midtown W
Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking
April 4th, 2018

See it if Too clever by half perhaps, but Stoppard brilliantly melds door-slamming farce with intellectual musings on the meaning of art.

Don't see it if If you do your homework (or at least read the crib sheet in the Playbill), sit close up, and pay attention, you’ll be amply rewarded.

Also Tom Hollander is outstanding, and Tom Stoppard stopped by tonight. N.B... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Slow
March 30th, 2018

See it if Compelling and occasionally moving, yet too long and a tad too preachy. Jackson and Ridloff are excellent. Others are serviceable.

Don't see it if Staging is very minimal. This may have played better in a smaller house.

Also Studio 54 has a coldness to it that undermines some productions there.... Read more Read less

Midtown E
Banal, Disappointing
March 15th, 2018

See it if Left at intermission. If that doesn’t entitle me to write a review, so be it, but consider yourself warned. It’s a mess.

Don't see it if Don’t. Just don’t.

Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Great acting, Riveting
March 10th, 2018

See it if McDonagh is as sly, clever, dark, and funny as ever. Taut and precise, with subtle, ratcheting tension. Perfectly executed, if you will...

Don't see it if The Atlantic's intimate setting makes it that much more intense, so a Broadway transfer may or may not work. Didn't look at my watch once.