Rick 9

Baldwin | 65+ | Male
About:  Love the theatre but also love traveling so when in NY see as much as possible but the different entertainment available in foreign lands while traveling also brings great pleasure while I am missing NY
Reviews (146)
92
Must see, Raunchy, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious
September 19th, 2022

See it if Saw the original, this is just as good & actually feels more energetic. If you want 2 1/2 hour escape from reality filled with laughter, go

Don't see it if Raunchy shows & songs aren't your thing. If you prefer more serious drama in your shows skip it.

85
Belfast Girls
Chelsea
Intense, Great staging, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious
June 2nd, 2022

See it if the hopes & struggles of 5 women to stand on their own against a system designed to keep against their world interests you

Don't see it if language and at times heavy accents give your ears problems. You prefer musicals and light hearted stories.

91
Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing
May 27th, 2022

See it if A heart rending drama about an issue that continues to plague society that is handled intelligently intrigues you

Don't see it if dark subject matter is not your cup of tea or you prefer Musicals & Comedies to drama.

89
During previews
Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Absorbing
April 27th, 2022

See it if Intense family drama's & interactions spark you. The acting is excellent and the story absorbing.

Don't see it if Obviously if you want a musical see another show. If you don't like your emotions played upon, find another show.

91
Must see, Intense, Epic, Edgy, Absorbing
April 17th, 2022

See it if You want to feel, you want to be touched and to walk out feeling lifted. I don't have the words to fully describe this experience.

Don't see it if If you don't like to see shows that require the viewer to experience emotions or have their spirits touched.

40
During previews
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing
April 16th, 2022

See it if The cast themselves & their portrayals were interesting and the show was thankfully only 80 minutes

Don't see it if A mish mash of historical confusion interlaced with present day politics. All in all a farce, if I wasn't in the middle I would have left.

77
Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Ambitious
April 6th, 2022

See it if Historical musical drama that will give one insight into an important but little covered part of our past. Songs are wishful/relevant

Don't see it if Overly long and drags at times. Also can be somewhat preachy at some points but overall worth sitting through.

85
Air Play
Midtown W
Funny, Cute, Enchanting, Clever
February 12th, 2022

See it if Not advertised strictly as a kids show but it is and that score is for children who should be enchanted by balloons & clowns & wind.

Don't see it if Not really for adults, while it was quite short I had been entertained for about 15 minutes as it is geared for kids and works for the

79
Relevant, Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious
January 22nd, 2022

See it if You're ready to be be touched & moved by a relevant story with beautiful music covering an important & sad issue.

Don't see it if If you dislike social issues in a show bother you or if you experienced issues as a teen, bullying, angst etc that you don't wish to revisit

73
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Edgy, Ambitious
January 22nd, 2022

See it if Updated vision of the classic tale of the destruction of a dysfunctional family. Uneven at times but still worth enjoying.

Don't see it if If your shows need likeable characters, enjoyable dialogue & happy endings you probably should avoid this production

70
During previews
Slow, Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing
January 14th, 2022

See it if Brandon J. Dirden is the reason for getting to 70. His conflict was intense & passionate & delivered with a feel the rest of the cast lacks

Don't see it if If you prefer more action, this show was slow moving and the characters for the most part didn't spark interest or any feelings actually

92
Great writing, Hilarious, Must see, Raunchy, Entertaining
January 6th, 2022

See it if Combine South Park & Monty Python and make it wonderfully obscene. If that suits your taste's go before COVID closes it down.

Don't see it if Obscenities bother you, stay home.Want a touching storyline musical? Again, stay home.

68
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Edgy, Disappointing, Ambitious
December 27th, 2021

See it if you like drama's that take hot topics & issues head on and have a message to share.

Don't see it if If you like your message to be on point without satirical detours which detract from the main message

63
Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious
December 16th, 2021

See it if If all you want is his music, it is there and if that's enough then absolutely see it.

Don't see it if Overly scripted, poor staging and unlike other shows based around popular artists this story lacked cohesiveness. A concert would be better

95
Great acting, Must see, Delightful, Absorbing, Ambitious
December 1st, 2021

See it if 1 Man tour de force of a story we all know and yet he was riveting. You actually see & feel each character, a don't miss performance

Don't see it if Not for musical fans and a drama but not really if that is what you prefer. Also if you want big productions & casts, this isn't for you

50
Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal, Ambitious
November 27th, 2021

See it if If you are interested in the dialogue of a police/FBI investigation this could perk your interests

Don't see it if Seemed amateurish, dialogue uninteresting & performance slow & disjointed. If you have a legal background like myself it's probably a no go

85
For a previous production
A Sherlock Carol
Midtown W
Comfortable, Cute, Kitchky, Funny, Delightful
November 18th, 2021

See it if Delightful combining of Dickens & Doyle in a familiar and recognizable way that is very entertaining. Not a must see but a definite fun see

Don't see it if Like real drama's, mysteries, musicals or comedies? This isn't any of those so you might skip it but like them combined? Then take a shot.

79
During previews
Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Ambitious
October 21st, 2021

See it if A dated show that isn't really dated, takes on woman's issues that still plague us in a Shaw(ian) manner.

Don't see it if If you want something light or a musical this isn't your show. If you enjoy a thoughtful intelligent look at societal issues enjoy this one

75
Drunk Shakespeare
Midtown W
Hilarious, Quirky, Raunchy, Ambitious, Clever
October 14th, 2021

See it if A 1 night escape from reality with a young enthusiastic cast who keep you involved in the fun right till the end

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy audience participation, raunchy language or male nudity you should probably do your viewing & drinking elsewhere.

95
Must see, Great acting, Edgy, Entertaining, Absorbing
October 14th, 2021

See it if If you're a literature and/or history buff this is not to be missed. Staging and acting were great and you could tell the cast was enthused

Don't see it if Hmmm, not a fan or the book or the era or prefer musicals? A story about prejudice bother you? Don't go. Otherwise do not miss it!!!

69
Fluffy, Slow, Clever, Ambitious
December 23rd, 2019

See it if If you like 1 man mentalist or magic shows and can sit thru 2 hours with sporadic action you would enjoy this show.

Don't see it if Too slow and in a way dated even with an unusual twist or two. If you like Plays, i.e. Drama's or Musicals or Comedy then skip this one.

69
The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Ambitious
November 22nd, 2019

See it if Certainly the story is absorbing and the performance well staged with an engaging cast.

Don't see it if Obviously not a musical. Seemed drawn out & overly long at 3 hours. Dialogue was hard to hear at time, no battery packs or mics in use.

94
Nutcracker Rouge
Brooklyn
Justplainfun, Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious
November 18th, 2019

See it if Raunchy/enjoyable, loosely based on the classic, original dancing, great singing and acrobatics in a club setting. Ignore inhibitions, go

Don't see it if If pasties, g strings and lots of exposed flesh bother you, don't see it. If you don't enjoy shows in a foggy club setting also stay home.

91
Queen of Hearts
Brooklyn
Raunchy, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious
October 19th, 2019

See it if You like over the top, innovative, raunchy entertainment and can leave your imagination free rein.

Don't see it if It's raunchy so if you have an issue don't go. Sadly they also have a political song. Certainly annoying but not enough to ruin it.

70
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Dated, Entertaining, Overrated, Cartoonish
January 28th, 2019

See it if Disney fan, see it. Kids, see it. Follows the Animated version as much as a stage production can.

Don't see it if Sugary, cartoonish stories are not for you. Present male lead is nasal also. Seems to just plod along, uncomfortable seating doesn't help

83
Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Edgy
January 18th, 2019

See it if You like up to the present societal questions addressed. Found A Number addressing an issue we will have to face very soon, likely in court

Don't see it if Both shows can be depressing so if you don't like that in a show stay home. Felt A Number was the better/more realistic of the two.

89
Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Entertaining, Exquisite
July 4th, 2018

See it if If you like old time Broadway big show singing & dancing with wonderful music don't miss this show

Don't see it if Not a fan of revivals? Prefer fresher shows? Then this one might be one to skip

88
During previews
Delightful, Funny, Hilarious, Great staging, Raunchy
June 29th, 2018

See it if If you want to escape reality for a few hours to music your familiar with this will fit your bill perfectly

Don't see it if If you prefer an original score, it you hated Mamma Mia, if you don't like shows created around someone's oldie music

84
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant
June 25th, 2018

See it if If a touching look at a May-December relationship developing, not romance against a background of prejudice & a haunting wife intrigues you

Don't see it if If you expect a story more about the title character instead of revolving around him but not about him per se

65
The Pet Play
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow
June 25th, 2018

See it if If you enjoy a farcical look at pet owners and marriage this can make you smile

Don't see it if If you find the old plot device of portraying the husband as a buffoon to be insulting you probably should find something else to see.

49
Confusing, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating
June 20th, 2018

See it if As I said about the first production, it does have a laugh in it on occasion and is definitely fast paced

Don't see it if The production felt as if I could have seen it performed in a High School and the same could be said for the writing & premise.

49
Police Cops
Midtown E
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating
June 20th, 2018

See it if The best I can say about it is that it was fast paced with continuous ongoing action with occasional moments of comedy.

Don't see it if The production felt as if I could have seen it performed in a High School and the same could be said for the writing & premise.

95
During previews
Absorbing, Dizzying, Intense, Masterful, Must see
March 30th, 2018

See it if You know the story and want to see portrayals that will touch your soul, you enjoy drama's that draw you into the story and the character's.

Don't see it if If you don't like to cry at the theatre, if you prefer musicals then you should pass this show by.

Also See this if you want to be mesmerized by the range of emotions that ca... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Goldstein
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Profound
March 30th, 2018

See it if Grow up in NYC 50-70's w/immigrant grandparents or friends that did, this is sooo on point, the songs so well written & poignant

Don't see it if You want a big, staged musical fantasy with a full orchestra and all the bells & whistles but if you want to be touched see this instead.

Also A touching musical drama that does what they all aspire to do, it make... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Rocktopia
Midtown W
Ambitious, Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing, Fun
March 20th, 2018

See it if First, if you want a SHOW, this isn't it, but it is a fun melange of lights, music, song and visuals that make for an entertaining/fun nite.

Don't see it if You want a real show, this is like a very high quality cruise concert, it should be fun if you like that kind of stuff otherwise stay home

78
Shooter
Midtown W
Absorbing, Edgy, Cliched, Masterful, Intense
March 19th, 2018

See it if You like topical shows dealing with up to date, controversial subjects, you enjoy intense drama's that play on your emotions

Don't see it if You prefer musicals, big productions, light/fluffy subject matter or violence on stage or referred to off stage turns you off

84
Delightful, Intelligent, Great writing, Romantic, Ambitious
March 19th, 2018

See it if Add a few points if your family include emigre's from Eastern Europe, storyline is delightful and the music is fun, the singing so-so

Don't see it if If you don't like Fiddler you prolly won't like this, helps to know about history and pogroms,

73
Harry Clarke
West Village
Clever, Indulgent, Overrated, Refreshing, Cute
March 15th, 2018

See it if If you enjoy somewhat amusing 1 man narrative biographical style stories told in multiple voices

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy bare sets and minimal action or prefer musicals or lavishly done show this is not for you.

92
Funny, Delightful, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining
March 6th, 2018

See it if You would love an show with no semblance of sanity but performed over the top with laughter galore see it before it closes-BTW have dinner 2

Don't see it if Your sense of humor runs to the more sophisticated, if you prefer big staging and lavish sets

87
During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Intelligent, Resonant
March 2nd, 2018

See it if a combination of pathos, humor, sadness, disappointment and hope touches something in you.

Don't see it if you don't care to see a show with strong homosexual characters, you prefer lighter entertainment

73
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Cliched, Great staging, Fluffy, Romantic
March 1st, 2018

See it if You like Disney like stories & music then you will like this fantasy princess story, been to both cities? Scenery will make you feel at home

Don't see it if Fluffy musicals are too sugary for you stay away, predictable and syrupy not your style? Can't ignore reality for fantasy for one night?

73
Clever, Enchanting, Quirky, Fun, Entertaining
February 25th, 2018

See it if Add points if a Chekhov aficionado, you would enjoy a lite evening away from today's conflicts and cares

Don't see it if I found it somewhat choppy so if you prefer a straight lined story or more drama this might not be to your tastes.

76
A Kind Shot
Midtown W
Clever, Relevant, Quirky, Intelligent, Amusing
February 25th, 2018

See it if An entertaining evening with rather a dialog, could be called ad-lib or stream of consciousness by some, relevant to #metoo movement

Don't see it if You prefer a scripted show with a start & end, it resembles stand up somewhat but not riotous but rather tender/touching in spots

95
Great writing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Masterful
February 17th, 2018

See it if A1 writing & performance of a story revolving around a contentious social issue-bias-generation gap-love & support-

Don't see it if strong feelings on present day controversial issues? see what this is about before choosing to see it. Lean towards seeing it-was amazing

90
Harriet's Return
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Must see
February 12th, 2018

See it if If you relish a one woman tour de force chronicling the growth and development of a heroic historical woman

Don't see it if Intense drama's are not your thing or if you prefer elaborate staging and productions

79
Time Stands Still
West Village
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Intelligent, Resonant
February 12th, 2018

See it if You enjoy deeply intense relationships and/or shows touching upon relevant issues

Don't see it if You are not willing to wait for the characters/actors to "hit their stride" after a slow or hesitant first act. You prefer fluff.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Riveting
February 12th, 2018

See it if Like drama based on real experiences, if you enjoy exploring dramatic relationships, add a few points if you love baseball

Don't see it if Josh is the story but baseball is highly involved so if you hate baseball skip it, if you prefer big productions or musicals, also skip it

94
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant
February 9th, 2018

See it if Like great writing, wonderful singing and a heartwarming true story, don't miss this show

Don't see it if Don't like musicals or don't like stories based on real events but rather fantasies then this isn't for you

Also For the editors, hit the wrong button, actually was $95 for the show a... Read more Read less

57
One Drop
East Village
Ambitious, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow
February 5th, 2018

See it if the concept and the attempt to present it for an audience is enough for you or if the story strikes a chord, live band was a great addition

Don't see it if if poor accents and poor sound quality annoy you stay away. If you expect the whole cast rather than only 1 or 2 to perform up to par.

Also While the music was a nice addition the singing actually detracted fro... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking
February 5th, 2018

See it if you are a history buff and enjoy fictional dramatizations of what might have occurred.The haunting melody in the background only enhances it

Don't see it if accents are hard for you to decipher or if you prefer your history not to be fictionalized or if large productions are preferred