Richard B 6097

Palm Springs | 50-64 | Male
About:  Crazy theatre bug. Travel the country to see new productions. Love local theatre as well as The New York scene.
Reviews (73)
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Overrated, Indulgent, Great acting, Confusing

See it if Ok. Projections. Some are fantastic and enhance the show. Most distract from what’s going on live.

Don't see it if There is no balcony. No fire escape. Oh and Emojiland uses projections to better effect.

Amazing choreography, Great staging, Entertaining, Intense

See it if You like a spectacle with a minor plot.

Don't see it if You want something deeper than a Petrie dish.

Profound, Intelligent, Confusing

See it if It’s certainly a show you’ll think about in the week after seeing it.

Don't see it if There is sufficient sex and nudity to go round here.

Bizarre, Great acting, Edgy, Confusing, Farcical

See it if Wow, just wow. Good and bad - just wow.

Don't see it if Um. It’s closed, so don’t worry.

Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Great music, Fast-paced, Great staging, Refreshing, Clever

See it if Retreads of old movies can go either way - this one hits it out of the park. It’s been updated perfectly and moves at a great pace. Santino

Don't see it if This is not a deep show. It’s trite at times and overwrought at others. But a better evening’s entertainment cant be had right now.

Classic, Great dancing, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Old school broadway faithfully represented by masters in their craft. The dancing will knock you out and Corbin Bleu shines.

Don't see it if Cole Porter’s racy references turn you off.

Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Clever, Romantic, Dizzying, Funny

See it if This show is a classic and you’ll be surprised how entertained you are. Who can’t resist a flying carpet.

Don't see it if This is kid- friendly, so you’ll see lots of kids there. Luckily you already know the plot,

Great sets, Great writing, Hilarious, Funny, Clever

See it if This funny stage redux is helmed well by Alex Brightman. When he’s on stage the show shines.

Don't see it if There is significant f-bombing here. And trigger alert. This is a show about death.

Excruciating, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Cliched

See it if If you love being beaten over the head with a concept until you pass out, you’ll love this mess of an ego-piece.

Don't see it if Ok so life in pre-state Oklahoma was rough. But there was no contrast in this production to bring it out.

Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent

See it if Entire cast is first rate and story is engrossing, if a bit indulgent. Channing is a tour-de-force.

Don't see it if This is a heavy roller coaster. Stay away if you want light fare.

Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Great writing, Hilarious, Great acting, Intense, Resonant

See it if Urie is amazing and Ruehl is a powerhouse. As a contemporary piece, TST was impactful and radical. As a period piece, it’s a reminder.

Don't see it if Sometimes you don’t want to be reminded of the bad old days. If you’re in that kind of mood, avoid this show.

During previews
Clever, Great acting, Innovative, Sloppy, Expensive

See it if It’s only the second treatment of this American classic EVER. Well conceived and sloppily stagecrafted.

Don't see it if The script is - by design - preachy. And having a 40-year-old woman play a 12-year-old girl - not a great choice.

The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Edgy, Quirky, Raunchy, Funny, Intelligent

See it if It challenging to understand at time. Both the plot and the dialect. But ultimately rewarding.

Don't see it if If you don’t want a challenge stay away.

Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Great singing, Great staging, Great costumes, Romantic, Enchanting

See it if Much better than I expected. Story and music are great.

Don't see it if This is a musicals musical. Touches all the button. Will live in the pantheon right or wrong.

Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Delightful, Romantic

See it if A modern classic staged beautifully.

Don't see it if There’s no reason not to see this. It’s approachable lovely and uplifting.

Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking, Must see, Intelligent

See it if This balances thought with fun in a unique way. Radcliffe is amazing.

Don't see it if If your looking for light hearted fare or a musical chose this another night. But choose it.

Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if Janet McTeer is engaging and a pleasure to watch.

Don't see it if This can be a bit hard to follow.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Great staging, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You love period pieces. The riches to rags story in 2 acts shows what happens to a shallow family of means when crisis visits

Don't see it if you want a upbeat story. This aint it.

Sleep No More
Absorbing, Ambitious, Masterful, Riveting, Intense

See it if You want a new and different theatre experience

Don't see it if you have mobility limitations - the best experience is through following cast members up and down stairs.

The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Absorbing, Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy edge-of-your-seat personal drama.

Don't see it if You want to avoid anything to do with modern American politics

Pacific Overtures
East Village
Slow, Excruciating, Great acting

See it if You like watching paint dry.

Don't see it if You're not an academic

Riveting, Profound, Masterful

See it if Nostalgic real life stories. Expertly directed.

Don't see it if You want toe tapping music. This ain't that.

For a previous production
Hilarious, Great set., Refreshing

See it if You want to laugh nonstop for two hours.

Don't see it if You want something serious. This ain't.

Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You like complicated relationships. August Wilsons play set in the 70s brings to life the stories of men driving jitney cabs in Pittsburgh

Don't see it if You want light fare. The characters and stories are complex and unexpected.

Ride the Cyclone
West Village
Delightful, Funny, Intelligent, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You liked Spelling Bee. It's what would happen if those kids died in an amusement park accident. Great staging and innovative concepts.

Don't see it if You need something with a thick story line. This is a story for the instagram generation. Lots of twist, turns and shiny objects. Fun!

The Inheritance
Midtown W
Riveting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if This was everything to me that Angels in America wasn’t. It took in the whole experience of the 1980s to current day. Superb writing.

Don't see it if It’s absorbing but you have to ready to hear the story. If you accept that every multigenerational group has the same message.

Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if Emojiland is a funny show that parodies the current politics and what can happen if we lock out the rest of the world.

Don't see it if If you’re not a fan of parodies or think we should build a wall around our country, you probably won’t enjoy it.

Dizzying, Edgy, Funny

See it if I certainly liked the spontaneous nature of the show.

Don't see it if This is not a scripted show nor a musical. It’s improv.

Slow, Excruciating, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if A two-hander handled perfectly. The acting and lighting are blended so well here. A beautiful piece of drama.

Don't see it if This is a slow-moving and watching a pot reach boiling point can be excruciating. You have to be in the right mood.

Great singing, Overdone, Overrated, Great music, Cliched

See it if This telling of the history of the Temptations set to their songs is formulaic. It was done much better by The Cher Show and Beautiful

Don't see it if You want something original and creative. Yes its fun to listen to the old songs performed well. But the plot - meh.

Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Romantic, Relevant

See it if This is what a classic musical should be. Fun, larger than life characters, great choreography and plot twists. Very fun.

Don't see it if Real events in a surreal world. There’s nothing not to like.

Clever, Intense, Masterful

See it if High drama at its best. Almost a bluesy opera. A dream-like wall through hell.

Don't see it if This is not a toe-tapping froth piece. Beautifully staged, written and performed.

Great staging, Great acting, Masterful, Intense, Absorbing

See it if This is advanced theatre-going. If you’re a Shakespeare fan this is the one for you. Great sets and acting.

Don't see it if This requires you know what you’re getting into and helps if you already know the story. That said, it’s theater at its best.

During previews
Ambitious, Exquisite, Must see

See it if This is an ambitious undertaking and if you love Sondheim, and want to see a show with a beautiful score, run to see this

Don't see it if The history of this show’s past productions is the stuff books are written about. Literally. It’s a thinking piece - not frilly.

King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Insipid, Slow, Ambitious, Cliched, Great dancing

See it if Everyone talks about how well the ape puppet was done. You won’t hear anything different here because there’s nothing else to say. Yuk!

Don't see it if If you’re looking for good theatre, keep looking. This is a puppet spectacle - and a spectacle it is.

During previews
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Indulgent, Great singing

See it if Stephanie J Block is a wonder. She becomes Cher. Other Chers carried their weight.

Don't see it if Story has not a lot of nuance. You’re here for the songs and performances. And Greg Allman was not as well put together as he’s portrayed.

During previews
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Innovative, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if The show uses the political commentary of post-Nixon 1975 to remind us how America could be manipulated

Don't see it if It’s intense and makes you think. Don’t want to do that? Don’t go.

Banal, Dated, Fluffy, Overrated, Raunchy

See it if Use of projections is good

Don't see it if Once again Kerry Butler is wasted in a role. This is teen formula these says and doesn’t deserve the hype.

Cliched, Great acting, Great staging, Disappointing, Great writing

See it if I waffles back and forth in my opinion of Ambrose as Eliza. Her performance was tortured and gave My Fair Lady a dark tone. Butz is amazing.

Don't see it if If the classics aren’t your thing you can skip this one.

Dizzying, Entertaining, Enchanting, Masterful, Great staging

See it if This is a great continuation of the stories and throughly entertaining even if you don’t know them.

Don't see it if It’s not for very young kids as it’s 6+hours over the two parts and the plot is complex.

Entertaining, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Relevant

See it if Themes of inclusion and bullying permeate the stage these days. This is one.

Don't see it if If you don’t want to see Dear Evan Mean Girls, don’t go.

West Village
Edgy, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You want a new frontiers story. I saw this as a "doomed to failure" story with a well-meaning heroine.

Don't see it if you're looking for great writing. This ain't it.

Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if You like tense family drama

Don't see it if You are wanting something light and fluffy. This ain't it

During previews
Fire and Air
East Village
Disjointed, Uneven, Confusing, Shows potential, Intense

See it if You already know the story of the Ballet-Rus. This may help fill in some blanks in a topic you're already interested in.

Don't see it if you want to see a well-honed drama for the masses. Seeing this in previews leaves room for this work to be tightened up prior to opening.

Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You are new to theatre and will be surprised by cliche.

Don't see it if You want to see something unexpected.

Clever, Dizzying, Edgy

See it if You love seeing new twists on classics. This is a corker.

Don't see it if You like upbeat musicals.

Clever, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if Captivating stage craft and superb leading man in Andy Karl

Don't see it if Just see it.

Entertaining, Dizzying, Great singing

See it if Bette of course. But sets and costumes are stunning.

Don't see it if You want an edgy story.

Midtown W
Entertaining, Ambitious, Fantastic choreography and dancing.

See it if You love tap. This show is a nice retrospective on Cagney's life. It's well told and the Great tap number had the crowd cheering.

Don't see it if You're looking for a huge cast. At 6 performers the cast is meager but they put their heart into everything they do.

For a previous production
Enjoyable, Confusing, Original

See it if You enjoy Tony Yazbek's music, because you'll recognize the same combination of songs as in his other three shows. Not bad, just not new.

Don't see it if You're looking for something fast paced. This show moves at the pace of a small Israeli town.