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Preview screenhunter 2587 jan. 09 20.02
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During previews
Relevant, Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if Jacobs-Jenkins' 21st century adaptation of 15th century morality play. Devastating, provocative & profoundly humane High octane direction

Don't see it if Neugebauer's dizzying pace & immersive staging take time to settle into but it's a must take ride Impeccible ensemble cast prove able guides

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Clever, Good singing, Refreshing, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if Gender fluid staging of Sondheim divertimento Saw male/male evening w Rifat/Williams. Good vocals from both with Rifat better in acting dept

Don't see it if Lack of plot causes evening to grow static; as well as similarity of songs. Highlight - songs cut from Follies & A Little Night Music

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78
During previews
Disappointing, Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if Dynamic ensemble & stellar performances by Birney & O' Toole elevate early, somewhat cliched Letts drama Cromer's probing direction A+

Don't see it if An underwritten & hestitant quality pervades; white male Christian entitlement tough to emphasize with but themes of faith handled deftly

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Good writing, Intense, Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Molloy's engrossing pitch-black dramedy of family history at its most perverse Language can border on poetic Actors all fine esp Costigan

Don't see it if Irish accents can detract as well as dark subject Simring's breakneck pacing often disorients Reminiscent of early McDonagh or Philip Ridley

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Relevant, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Despite an overall muddled feel, Brunstetter's then/now feminism often succeeds Acting is good esp E L Perkins but conceptualization stalls

Don't see it if Contemporary scenes never felt as potent as 1850s ones & lacked a needed punch Difficult to empathize with Vaynberg's malaise (acting?)

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Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Confusing, Clever

See it if Another dazzling, verbal confection by Ives this time from Corneille's farce of mismatched lovers. Kahn's turbo-charged staging can confuse

Don't see it if Rhymed couplets not for everyone but Ives' verbal dexterity can at times match L-M Miranda's Inspired ensemble (Tony Roach A+) often dazzles

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Slow, Quirky, Entertaining, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Energetic cast of actors/musicians nearly keep this rock opera adaptation of Ibsen's epic mythic poem afloat. Stronger editing would help

Don't see it if Songs often loud & confusing leaving us adrift.Barall needs stronger book scene connection Matt Park as Peer needs to charm us more

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Intense, Masterful, Slow, Great staging, Great acting

See it if 20th anniversary of McDonagh's pitch black dramedy is as riveting as ever The ensemble is as perfect as Hynes' Tony winning direction.

Don't see it if Irish/Gaelic accents often a little thick but seldom a problem Mullen's mother could be a bit more malevolent but a minor objection

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During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Wilson's first full length play gets 4 star treatment with Santiago-Hudson's solid direction & great ensemble work led by Thompson & Potts

Don't see it if Wilson still finding his voice & technique; a little talky & diffuse with rather awkward ending but staging & cast create theatrical magic

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During previews
Good acting, Dated, Relevant, Slow, Intelligent

See it if Classic Mint production - well staged & acted. Dated & despite entitled, upper class characters, somehow still relevant to today's mores.

Don't see it if Rather long & too talky (again classic Mint) but sustains interest and has nice suprise ending

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Great dancing, Relevant, Entertaining, Dated, Ambitious

See it if Can-do musical sketches for WWII G.I.'s prove both entertaining & suprisingly patriotic. Ridgely's direction snappy & Connor's choreo shines

Don't see it if A little too long; sketches tend to blur & period humor flat but Osnes & Swenson bring star quality & Mattfeld steals the show as Sad Sack

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Great singing, Entertaining, Great acting, Dated

See it if A Charity Hope Valentine for the Trump era Foster delights in Silverman's seriously downscaled version of the Fosse/Verdon classic vehicle

Don't see it if Bergasse's cheorography more Robbins than Fosse Coleman/Fields score still charms Simon's book hoary Sutton shines as her own 'brass band'

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Well acted, Slow, Raunchy, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Quirky well acted Irish drama but unable to sustain consistant tone Odd love story tries to emerge with clear McDonagh influence helping

Don't see it if Tends to veer wildly between the supernatural & overwraught Often feels overwritten Impressive work from leads but to no avail

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Cliched, Great acting, Hilarious, Resonant, Edgy

See it if A gay extravaganza about whether equal rights are all they're cracked up to be and then some! Droege throws shade like nobody's business!

Don't see it if Gay slang & sexual innuendo not to all taste. The 90's pop references come fast & furious with difficulty keeping up. But poignant underside

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Intense, Confusing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if A hot mess of a playwriting debut Not necessarily a bad thing but mucho patience required. Fragmented story lines don't really come together

Don't see it if Jagged plotting & abrasive characters both interesting & off putting. Moreno as literal/symbolic alligator a highlight but underused

Preview thebandsvisit
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Great acting, Refreshing, Profound, Romantic, Great staging

See it if Most poignant, melancholy chamber musical since Once. In a word - magnificent. Excellent music/lyrics by Yazbek. Superb staging by Cromer

Don't see it if Moses' book can creep at times & more of Yazbek's incidental music could aid flow but just quibbles. Leads Shalhoub & Lenk are heartbreaking

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Clever, Ambitious, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if Earnest, rough-edged revival of Lawson's pre-Rent showcase. Able acting & singing fail to ignite lackluster book. But songs are heartfelt

Don't see it if Male leads lack charisma but Lilli Cooper shines. Lawson's raw talent on unmistakable display making untimely death even more heartbreaking

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Funny, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Sensational, humanistic, funny handling of taboo topic of personal depression. Gethard's sly, engaging persona eases discomfort level

Don't see it if If mental illness/addiction issues strikes to close to home. Still, serious yet empathic & at times hilarious tone yield upbeat results

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Good acting & singing, Cliched, Dated, Entertaining

See it if Pedestrian staging & choreography fail to dim 4 zesty leading ladies and their quest for fufilling destinies in turbulent 1950's - 60's

Don't see it if Nothing new in material but done with panache & verve by entertaining B'way musical vets Usually capable choreographer Latarro missteps here

Preview the milkman s sister
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Intense, Good acting, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if Historically compelling melodrama; mash-up of Chayefskian kitchen sink realism & Strangelovian nuclear paranoia. Powerful acting by leads.

Don't see it if Extremely slow & verbose first act nearly implodes piece; jump starts with arrival of abusive husband/vet Burt (explosive Dan Yaiullo)

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Great writing, Resonant, Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if Caustic, pitch-black comedy about boomers & their children over three generations. Excellent acting (Amy Ryan!!) with sure-footed direction

Don't see it if Corrosive irony can get to be much by the third act but overall a sharp, insightful satire on the gradual warping of a value system

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Intelligent, Resonant, Intense, Great staging

See it if Ferocious, steamrolling, streamlined adaptation of Shakespearean power play. Acute direction and hypnotic lead performance engrossing

Don't see it if A little battle fatigue as well as overwrought Trumpian metaphors can slow proceedings

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Absorbing, Resonant, Masterful, Intense, Great acting

See it if Bravura performance by Deaver Smith highlights the devastating chain from subpar education to crime to jail met by men & women of color

Don't see it if Very downbeat despite respites of humor & optimism; a dulling sameness settles in notwithstanding Deaver Smith's brillance

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Great staging, Ambitious, Relevant, Slow, Great acting

See it if Hunter's humanistic writing still excites; exceptional characterizations of Idaho youth searching for identity through misssionary work

Don't see it if Numerous plot lines hamper sympathetic feel for faith based youth; excellent acting & top-notch direction save Hunter's schematic plotting

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During previews
Slow, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if John Doyle's masterful staging & good ensemble acting keeps us engaged even when "seize the day" theme looses steam

Don't see it if Memories of movie & Robin William's performance get in the way; Jason Sudeikis is often quite winning

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Slow, Good acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Funny

See it if Elder vs contemporary gay men w/ accompanying viewpoints Well written & acted touching many bases but ultimately about strength of family

Don't see it if Can fall into bitchy zinger syndrome & anti-Trump ranting sucks energy Staccato scenes/blackouts distract Interpersonal scenes work best

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Indulgent, Slow, Great acting, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if Unwieldly adaptation of unpublished drama by Chekhov. At 3 hr length seems fit for Chekhov geeks only with its hints of later masterpieces

Don't see it if STC keeps us attentive for the 1st act but pretty dismal after that Blanchett solid but evening rightly belongs to Roxburgh He's magnificent

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Disappointing, Good singing, Resonant, Slow, Great acting

See it if Lackluster presentation of Miller's Tony winner. Nick Barasch & Kyle Scatliffe shine as Huck & Jim & duets are high point esp Worlds Apart

Don't see it if DeBessonet's vision rather dark yet pointed taking some of the sugar off Miller's songs; music doesn't really gel with story. 2nd act drifts

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During previews
Thought-provoking, Good acting, Resonant, Slow, Absorbing

See it if Trenchant play about one's personal identity as artistic fodder Saracho uses theme to explore class divisions as well Great use of Spanish

Don't see it if Writing not as sharp as situation needs & scenes tend to repeat. Lucia is a bit one-dimensional Both actors good but Martinez wins us over

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Honest, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Ed Dixon's masterful look into his long, complex relationship with campy, talented Tony award winning friend George Rose. Funny yet dark

Don't see it if A bit "insider-y " with many show biz antedotes & personalities Lags in mid-section but Dixon wisely goes dark into rigorous honesty.

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During previews
Yen
Indulgent, Disappointing, Relevant, Intense, Edgy

See it if Committed acting by principals cannot overcome manipulative writing about economically lost British lower class Hedges & LaVie Owen standout

Don't see it if Jordan's dark script is often contrived & bleak humor fails to leaven but worth a look Cullman's punk operatic staging is a (rare) misstep

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Edgy, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Ambitious

See it if 8th annual FTTF continues to be provocative platform for emerging African-American playwrights. Very potent material packed into time frame

Don't see it if Overall staging a little clunky, musical soundscape between the six plays obtrusive; set changes could be quicker but work is of the moment

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Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if Usual professional production standards by EST's Youngblood Co elevate Hardy's muddled drama. Good performances help esp Eric Miller as lead

Don't see it if Two story lines don't gel & our sympathies are at frustrated cross purposes Trevor's one dimension annoys & ending blatantly gratuitous

Preview the fever
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Riveting, Absorbing, Relevant, Profound, Ambitious

See it if The company asks/risks the audience to BE the show. Suprisingly moving & at times profound as we realize how interdependent we truly are

Don't see it if Audience participation IS the show & while you can get away with not doing so, you become weirdly compelled to do so. Trust factor high

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During previews
Well written & acted, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Jason O'Connell's autobiographical, insightful ode to his lifelong obsession with the Caped Crusader is very funny & at times rather moving

Don't see it if Knowledge of the Batman movie franchise helpful but not totally necessary. O'Connell is spot-on with impersonations of Keaton & Nicholson

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Indulgent, Hilarious, Quirky, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Oh joy! Oh rapture! Oh tuna! Comedy Central cult comedians Kroll & Mulaney in a sensational B'way debut Bad puns & malapropisms galore !!!

Don't see it if Trigger warning - magnificently politically incorrect otherwise go & trip out.- unless you have an aversion to tuna fish .... or Steely Dan

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Great staging, Profound, Relevant, Masterful, Great acting

See it if The most intelligent, humane & heartwrenching play on Broadway at this moment. Flawless staging with impeccible acting make a modern classic

Don't see it if Nothing really goes wrong despite an occassional veering into Irish sentimentality. Ambiguous , rather radical ending may put off some

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Cliched, Confusing, Resonant, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if A deconstructed version of Ibsen's A Doll's House via a frustrated 1950's housewife Gender roles & identity thrown into pop karaoke blender

Don't see it if A little confusing if not familiar with source material Kev Berry is Nora in drag (crinoline prom dress & heels) & sings his/her heart out

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Good acting & staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if Aaron Sorkin's gripping courtroom drama still holds up proving authoritarianism never goes out of style. Energetic acting and staging

Don't see it if Some of the plot gets lost at times due to rushed dialogue but leading men are dynamic & suprising use of Gallery playing space compensate

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Intelligent, Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Impressive, immersive staging by Chavkin combined with the unconventional, unique music/lyrics of Malloy make for an exhilarating evening

Don't see it if Malloy's lyrics sometimes get lost & perhaps one number too many but considering the source material (War & Peace) it's impossible to resist

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Confusing, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if Parks' jazz/hip-hop tone poem about the death of an average black man who symbolically morphs into the entire black race. Brilliant staging

Don't see it if Vibrant cast keeps us energized despite chaotic, non-linear structure. Has more of a poetry slam quality rather than narrative. Tough going

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Good acting & staging, Cliched, Intense, Disappointing

See it if Minor league Silver; has unpolished feel to it, Good acting by ensemble & Brokaw (Silver's go-to) directs with brittle gusto - nothing works

Don't see it if Silver fans (me!) will be very disappointed. Also the "monster mother" theme has grown a bit tiresome

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Good acting & singing, Quirky, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if Talented, energetic cast keep this vehicle on track when music/lyrics flag mid-stream. Sensational production design holds interest as well

Don't see it if Quirky adolescent appeal wins out despite loss of momentum. Has a "Fringe-like" earnestness that might turn-off. Schmaltzy ending is deadly

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During previews
Well staged, Good acting, Slow, Quirky, Confusing

See it if Absurdist hyper-realism sets the tone for LeFranc's existential morality tale among well off So-Cal denizens; expert staging by Aukin

Don't see it if Despite a top notch ensemble (Julia Duffy!), at 3+ hrs & with leading couple rather unsympathetic too long and diffuse to sustain interest

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Dated, Romantic, Fluffy, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Wonderful score by Burton/Harburg & both leads in excellent voice keeps this hokum afloat. Moore's streamlined script helps a bit

Don't see it if Even at a crisp 2 hrs. show still feels draggy ; clunky adaptation can hinder enjoyment but the music is incandescent

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For a previous production
Profound, Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Empassioned writing, decisive plotting, acute direction & a terrrific ensemble combine to create the best new American play this season

Don't see it if Can get a little 'preachy' and is a tad overwritten but no overall harm is done; very pointed political message may irritate

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During previews
Entertaining, Clever, Quirky

See it if Did I say Quirky?? How about "must be seen to be believed" Off-beat troubadour/busker's quasi-existential life story on a surround-sound set

Don't see it if Either a love it or hate it experience. Could easily be cut a good 15 minutes but I'm on the loved it side; caught myself smiling alot

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Intense, Slow, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if Absorbing, heartfelt work about psychic healing thru therapy in the wild. Intense acting & multi-media presentation help cover bumpy script

Don't see it if Entertainment value is questionable, an evening of mental illness is difficult; has a bit of public service/presentational quality about it

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Intelligent, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if Harrower's blistering adaptation of Ibsen's play on small town corruption leaves subtlety at the door but still effective; very well staged

Don't see it if Tired of histrionic politics (real & dramatic); acting is a tad stilted esp Dr.Stockmann who becomes a belligerent mouthpiece for the author

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Intelligent, Quirky, Romantic, Great acting, Clever

See it if Masterful performances by Parker (at her quirky best) & Arndt (heartbreaking) elevate clever but predictable May-December romantic tale

Don't see it if Off-beat, eccentric love stories leave you cold; author Stephens tries for profundity but rarely succeeds