Richard 606223

Brooklyn | 65+ | Male
About:  As the parent of a playwright I get to participate vicariously in the theater world and have become a more sophisticated consumer as a result!
Reviews (62)
50
Indulgent, Overrated, Slow, I left at intermission, Pointless

See it if there's a potentially interesting concept, concerning an Indian immigrant family's story in the midwest, and the actors seem energized by it

Don't see it if The writing is uninspired, pedestrian fare, and, at least by intermission, the characters weren't interesting and weren't heading anywhere

69
Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious, Confusing, Slow

See it if The two leads are great and the critics may be right that there's an interesting commentary on some burning issue to be divined from it

Don't see it if Lots of very fast talking, particularly by McTeer; very difficult for 60-somethings to capture; it ended up as much ado about nothing

69
Ambitious, Relevant, Refreshing, Great acting, Cliched

See it if The actor's portrayal of Scalia is terrific; the two foils are fine but stereotypical. The personal story is an effective tear-jerker.

Don't see it if The treatment of serious constitutional issues (guns, gay rights) is superficial and relies on histrionics not analysis; and it's slow-going

70
Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Lovely score, Charming

See it if You enjoy lovely Alan Jay Lerner melodies sung beautifully by Melissa Errico and Stephen Bogardus, supported by a cutely exuberant ensemble

Don't see it if You require a book and lyrics that are better than amateurish or sophomoric, or inventive direction or staging

74
Intelligent, Ambitious, Great staging, Intense, Slow

See it if you're interested in an exploration of issues of church and state and the ability of a single determined leader to affect events

Don't see it if you prefer a script with poetic beauty, strong character development or emotional impact

86
Clever, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Slow, Ambitious

See it if the second half is a really wonderful, creative exegesis of what it means to grow up and old -- enhanced by three terrific performances

Don't see it if the first half merely sets the stage for the excellent second half and despite the great acting is quite dull and way overlong

77
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if like a remarkable performance by an actor with Down syndrome, combined with a lot of funny, trenchant observations on common life experience

Don't see it if don't like a play with a single, sad, serious theme sugar-coated by plenty of comedy that limits both probing analysis and emotional punch

81
During previews
Clever, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if a well-acted and well-written think-piece, artfully and bravely conveying both sides of the debate on affirmative action policies

Don't see it if It’s a bit cerebral at the expense of emotion, though a key monologue-diatribe brings down the house!

70
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Cliched, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if This is a wonderfully acted and directed comedy, marked by exuberance, that showcases the impressive talent of its young cast.

Don't see it if The dialogue is fun and it has its emotional moments but the plot is uninventive and the play is a small one.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Charming

See it if This is a compelling character study and love story, told with humor, that also addresses serious questions. Daniel Gerroll is superb.

Don't see it if You're looking for something light, fluffy or not at all serious.

69
Great staging, Disappointing, Slow

See it if This is a very skillfully written and performed history of the Michael Milken junk bond era, with very slick staging.

Don't see it if It's entirely superficial -- there's no attempt to understand the decisions made by the key players, so it's fine exposition but no analysis

98
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy a masterful theater experience -- this play presents a wonderfully-written combination of poignancy and humor, superbly acted

Don't see it if you do not enjoy a fast-talking script that you'll want to hear again, or you'd like to avoid a brave treatment of timely social topics

74
Great acting, Intelligent, Skilfully written and executed pathos

See it if you like uniformly excellent acting in a well-written, well-directed heart-string-pulling melodrama punctuated with insight and some laughs

Don't see it if you'll be disappointed by a modest character study that lacks character development and has only a handful of memorable or lovely lines

90
Brilliant, creative, elegant direction make this melodrama first-rate

See it if the level of creativity in the direction of this compelling drama is consistently enthralling and the actors are wonderful

Don't see it if the Somerset Maugham story can be depressing and frustrating and a trifle slow at times, though be sure to stay for the second act!

79
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Overrated

See it if you enjoy mostly veteran actors performing really well, in an interesting disquisition on marriage that is clever and often light-hearted

Don't see it if you expect something with gravitas -- this play is more like a parody than a serious work of drama, so its best play Tony nom. is excessive

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, In short, exuberant fun!

See it if you'll enjoy a wonderfully fast-paced, intricately staged, highly musical and contagiously upbeat portrayal of a very slight story

Don't see it if you require emotional arcs, lyrical writing or deep meaning to keep you energized

77
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Overrated, Frustratingly shallow

See it if you enjoy historical recreations written, staged and acted with panache, but without any insights into what makes the key players tick

Don't see it if you're intolerant of over-long (3 hours!) dramas marked by constant and annoying, repetitive cycles of the players yelling and making nice

92
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if This is an exuberant amalgam of almost all the elements of great theatre: music, staging, direction, sets, and acting combine to perfection

Don't see it if The script is fine but neither particularly lyrical nor powerful -- but it still manages to convey an emotional arc

72
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy a well-acted and energetic play that has a tough time reconciling its pretentious second act with its silly, farcical first act

Don't see it if you won't tolerate a 3-hour production that could be really fun if it dropped much of the oddly serious second act and took only 85 minutes

24
Pointless, incoherent drivel, The excellent acting, set and lighting do not offset the deficiencies of the script, It is wildly overrated and apparently benefits from critics' groupthink!

See it if you think good acting and a slightly novel structure (monologues repeatedly interrupting 4-player dialog) can offset a dull, insipid script

Don't see it if you think a 48-minute play should make at least some sense, have at least some meaning, or be at least slightly thought-provoking

81
For a previous production
Enchanting, Slow, Great acting, Wonderful music

See it if 90 minutes of delicate charm, with superb performances by the two leads (Tony Shaloub and Katrina Lenk) and a star turn by Andy Polk.

Don't see it if It's slow-paced and the series of vignettes for a surprisingly large number of subsidiary characters don't add to the two leads' key story.

89
Completely charming, The wonderful score is enhanced by the intimacy of the setting, Great singing

See it if A superb production, a timeless and beautiful score, and an exuberant group of performers -- each cast member sings wonderfully

Don't see it if A modest book, but the evening is a charming cabaret act of captivating melody, and the four musicians are as terrific as the cast

72
Great acting, Great staging, Fluffy, Clever

See it if It's a light-hearted, well-acted -- Jeanine Serralles stands out in a uniformly excellent cast -- and extremely well-directed piece of fluff

Don't see it if It wants to find deep meaning in a tennis competition but doesn't deliver, leaving it an amusing sitcom

79
A shameless contrivance, but with infectious exuberance

See it if you can appreciate the sheer enjoyment of the cast as they sing and dance; Bryce Pinkham is captivating and Corbin Bleu is charismatic

Don't see it if an unbelievably hackneyed book will stop you from enjoying a truly fun piece of entertainment and the Irving Berlin songs

95
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy well-written observations on life, superbly acted by wonderfully talented actors

Don't see it if you're impatient -- this play's ruminations on mid-life crisis and aging are in no hurry, but the two-intermission pace is part of the charm

85
Breathtakingly brilliant but frustratingly flawed!, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Must see

See it if you will be thrilled by seeing the power of unbridled creativity in staging and direction to transform the familiar into something new

Don't see it if the unrelenting darkness and downright subversive nature of the slow second act will outweigh the enthralling glory of the first.

Also The cynicism and darkness of the contemporary direction, staging and m... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Excellent, genuine drama -- interesting characters grapple with challenges and explore multiple sides of tough issues, with superb acting

Don't see it if Although repeatedly punctuated by emotional power, it's arguable the principal character broods a little too long on his choices

80
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Excellent dialogue, cute plot, and terrific acting make for an entertaining and at least mildly engrossing evening of theatre.

Don't see it if Much of it is fairly sitcom-like; it doesn't grapple with the serious issues it hints at (of love and relationships) until close to the end

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Exquisite

See it if you appreciate a sumptuous, exquisitely staged and beautifully and effectively directed production of the musical with songs to die for

Don't see it if you require even lovelier and more powerful voices than this excellent cast brings to bear -- no one can equal Julie Andrews!

80
Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like a farcical treatment of historic and literary events with terrific wordplay and acting, directed to makes it positively rollicking!

Don't see it if you prefer plays that are coherent, reasonably comprehensible and offer at least some emotional impact

59
Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Great acting, Banal

See it if Stirling performances by the two leads, effective direction and occasionally amusing entre-act projected titles are the highpoints

Don't see it if an over-hyped, over-the-top, dull story that lacks nuance, genuine character development or any real emotion despite the constant screaming

84
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful

See it if This is both a captivatingly charming piece of fluff and a master class in acting; John Lithgow could not be more compelling or likeable

Don't see it if The personal, family stories that Lithgow tells to set the stage for the two stories he reads/enacts are better than either of them

55
Great singing, Great staging, Disappointing, Slow

See it if The music -- countertenor Iesten Davies' performance -- was excellent. The set is lovely. The acting is no better than OK.

Don't see it if The play seems pointless and lacks any character development or emotional impact. It's slow, long and the lighting is poor (can't see faces)

73
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Interesting, Great staging

See it if This is a very well-acted and well-directed, thoughtful-seeming production with top-notch lighting and an excellent set

Don't see it if The characters are uniformly self-indulgent and often dull, and the story is implausible, not meaningful and lacks emotional impact

69
Great staging, Ambitious, Dated, Slow

See it if This is an ambitious production reflected in its large, excellent, hard-working cast and elaborate sets, and it includes a TV-movie star.

Don't see it if The point is unclear. It's about "time" -- it's in the title, it's how the sets are used, and there's one speech about it. But it's slow.

Also For a play about time the error in the program note is particularly pu... Read more Read less

92
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Music to die for!, Upbeat

See it if The songs are perfect and so is Kelli O'Hara. It's a joy to listen and watch, and the staging is surprisingly good for such a short run.

Don't see it if The choreography is fine but not inspired and goes on longer than need be, and while the male leads sing really well, Kelli outshines them.

96
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you'd like a vibrant, moving, beautifully written and often funny depiction of the perils of ambition and the challenges of relationships

Don't see it if you want it to be about tennis, which is used only as a fun vehicle to explore far more profound issues; or if you don't like rapid dialogue

Also This is an unusual play that defies easy characterization -- the multi... Read more Read less

83
Thought-provoking drama, superbly performed and well-directed

See it if A compelling drama that addresses racial issues without rancor; the well-directed and uniformly gifted cast achieves emotional high notes

Don't see it if Despite the well-crafted dialogue, interesting characters and superb acting, it drags a bit

79
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you like magic/mentalist stuff, very well-executed, in the context of creative story-telling. Derek DelGaudio is very likeable.

Don't see it if you're not intrigued by mentalists' tricks, or you don't like having your magic mixed with an under-cooked message about personal identity.

85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Top-notch dialogue, A little over-the-top, second act inferior to first

See it if you enjoy crisp and realistic dialogue addressing the meaning of family, skillfully portrayed in a political context

Don't see it if every character having a serious problem seems too much, and you'd prefer the Israel-hating character to be even more clearly repudiated

75
Great acting, Disappointing, Overrated, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you'll enjoy a very well-acted drama focused on a serious contemporary issue (loss of US manfctrng jobs, with a dash of racism and nativism)

Don't see it if you expect a prize-winner to display beautiful writing, some humor to leaven the sadness, and to avoid constant, Brownian motion by the cast

55
Overrated, Disappointing, Incredibly frustrating

See it if you're eager to experience a celebrity cast regardless of the ineffectiveness of the production; the Miller script certainly has potential

Don't see it if you like to understand the dialogue -- Mark Ruffalo mumbles almost every line (apparently intentionally), making the play largely incoherent

80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you'll enjoy an exceedingly well acted and directed drama about modern relationships that is amusing and, ultimately, emotionally powerful

Don't see it if you'll let an overlong but comedic first act get in the way of appreciating what is, overall, one of the more compelling recent plays

77
Great singing, High energy, Novel staging, Edgy, But much ado about nothing!

See it if you enjoy a super-high energy and charming performance with the actors/musicians moving throughout the theater, marked by some great moments

Don't see it if you dislike a banal script and pedestrian score, even if superbly executed, and find excessive razz-matazz demeaning for serious theater

84
Great acting, Great staging, Slow to start but ultimately powerful, Fabulous set

See it if uniformly superlative acting in a good old-fashioned drama with riveting moments

Don't see it if much of the first act is extremely slow; also, the playwright indulges in a copout plot device to avoid resolving the key tension he creates

83
For a previous production
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, A little draggy in the middle

See it if A very amusing play that is ably executed by a capable cast with exquisite direction and great banter that captures modern mores skillfully

Don't see it if The contrived pathos towards the end, though very well done, makes the play disjointed and fails in its goal to create depth or real meaning

75
Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Poignant, But...overlong and uneven

See it if This sung-through musical is consistently affecting and the cast is terrific -- Stephanie Block has a tragicomic show-stopper.

Don't see it if The show begins as comic, becomes interesting drama and ends in maudlin excess, with no expl. of the key child-adult relationship behind it.

60
Amy ryan nails it but the show is terrible

See it if your enjoyment of non-stop fabulous acting by star Amy Ryan won't be overcome by a script that is variably pointless, farcical or pompous

Don't see it if you prefer meaning, sustained development and/or strong emotion to accompany tour-de-force acting

68
During previews
Affecting but tries too hard

See it if you like a well-acted character study in an interesting Korean ethnic context with emotional moments and clever riffs about food

Don't see it if you dislike overly ambitious efforts to be thought-provoking about death or disjointed though well written narratives by subsidiary players

70
Great acting, Great staging, Banal, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if Its strengths are superb direction, staging and acting but it's essentially a skillful circus act, not a meaningful drama

Don't see it if Its silly gender role-reversal casting and slapstick-like humor reflect a lack of serious purpose and it's not all that funny!