Robert 7049

New York City

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Reviews (176)
70
Confusing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Quirky
October 29th, 2022

See it if You like recreations of 'classic' novels and are prepared to accept a lot of 'improvisations' and interpretations

Don't see it if If you like your stories straight and easily followed

Also This is a bold production with a very good cast handling some wild int... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Great staging
October 29th, 2022

See it if You like great acting and staging of an old play which is still relevant today

Don't see it if You like lighthearted or musical theater

Also Terrific acting by the whole cast and the play's point is as relevant ... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Resonant, Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
October 21st, 2022

See it if This is tour de force acting of the highest caliber by all the cast but especially Fiennes who really captures Robert Moses. See it.

Don't see it if You do not like historical drama and the portrayal of an individual in a stark and uncompromising way.

90
During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing
July 13th, 2022

See it if You like real stories told in a clear and understandable way which reflect the experiences of foreign nationals

Don't see it if You do not like straight drama and prefer light-hearted fare

Also This is a riveting production which tracks a young Afghan from his you... Read more Read less

95
Refreshing, Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining
July 11th, 2022

See it if This show is just knockout brilliant. A really great and thoughtful reinterpretation of Shakespeare with superb staging, acting & production

Don't see it if You just don't like really creative theater by great local cast.

Also CTH always puts on great shows but ... Read more Read less

70
Dated, Indulgent, Slow, Cliched
May 25th, 2022

See it if You really like Billy Crystal and some schtick type humor with a few schmaltzy songs

Don't see it if You like a more formal musical with an understandable story line

Also This was a bit of a mish mash of songs, some dance, some more intense,... Read more Read less

95
Refreshing, Delightful, Great singing, Funny
May 25th, 2022

See it if Really good musical comedy with the accent on the comedy. Great writing, great acting from a very talented cast. Go see it.

Don't see it if You like serious Broadway musicals with a celebrity cast. You will miss a gem.

Also What a great little show!! Super cast, great singing and writing, some... Read more Read less

90
Resonant, Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing
May 22nd, 2022

See it if You like strong musicals with a really meaningful story which may be uncomfortable in places. Superb production and singing

Don't see it if You like 'Disney-type' musicals with 'happy-happy' themes and juke box songs.

Also This is a really excellent example of a relevant and meaningful show w... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Enchanting, Refreshing, Great singing, Absorbing
April 20th, 2022

See it if If you like whimsical folk stories performed by talented actors/singers who are the whole show.

Don't see it if You like straightforward plots and do not like dialogue in accents or mystical themes.

Also A couple of very talented actors who sing and control their electronic... Read more Read less

65
During previews
POTUS
Midtown W
Cliched, Raunchy, Fluffy, Dizzying
April 20th, 2022

See it if You like crazy, frantic, farce-like antics from an all-female cast with a rotating set and a bewildering array of characters.

Don't see it if You do not like knockabout, raunchy, over-the-top humor

Also This seems like a bit of a waste of some good comedic acting talent. T... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Macbeth (Broadway)
Midtown W
Confusing, Ambitious, Quirky, Edgy
April 1st, 2022

See it if You really like Shakespeare and want to see a couple of excellent actors perform a much staged classic with lots of special effects.

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare straight and unvarnished without too many embellishments or script changes.

Also As many people have seen other productions of Macbeth it is always dif... Read more Read less

90
Coal Country
West Village
Must see, Resonant, Profound, Great acting, Great singing
March 20th, 2022

See it if You want a verbatim account of a coal mining tragedy articulated by an excellent cast in a moving performance.

Don't see it if You like light and amusing theater and are reluctant to hear inconvenient stories.

Also This is a superbly put together show with Steve Earle singing and play... Read more Read less

75
English
Chelsea
Ambitious, Confusing, Slow, Relevant
March 5th, 2022

See it if You like wordy plays about tricky subjects such as ethnicity and the learning of a foreign language.

Don't see it if You like plays which are very straightforward and simple to interpret.

95
Profound, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing
February 26th, 2022

See it if You like to se Shakespeare well spoken and excellently acted with a stella and diverse cast. This is a Merchant for the ages.

Don't see it if You do not like Shakespeare and have an aversion to a play which depicts some of the worst aspects of humanity.

Also Joh Douglas Thompson is exceptional as Shylock. I saw Al Pacino at Cen... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Riveting, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging
January 9th, 2022

See it if Even if you are not a huge fan of MJ's music this is a great story with wonderful singing and dancing by a terrific cast.

Don't see it if You hate MJ's music and want to miss a brilliantly performed show by a great mostly black cast of perfromers.

Also performers a treat this show is!! Superb performances by all the cast,... Read more Read less

89
Selling Kabul
Midtown W
Intense, Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing
December 24th, 2021

See it if You like to see shows which are very topical and relevant to what is going on in the world and the issues for which the US is responsible.

Don't see it if You don't like harrowing drama depicting people in impossible circumstances

Also This is such a relevant play which shows just what problems are left b... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Overrated, Dated, Clever, Profound, Great acting
December 24th, 2021

See it if You like existential, stream of consciousness monologues. A good performance by the actor but the material is a bit dated.

Don't see it if If you don't like one-person shows and find 1980's material a bit dated and not quite resonating with today.

84
For a previous production
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining
December 24th, 2021

See it if You REALLY love Pooh!!

Don't see it if You don't like children's' shows

90
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Riveting
November 3rd, 2021

See it if This a heavy duty show of verbatim interviews surrounding the Rodney King case in LA. Very thought provoking and superbly done.

Don't see it if If you do not like serious 'documentary-type' shows which deal with tough content.

Also Some of the real-life video recordings are not easy to watch and the s... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing
November 3rd, 2021

See it if You like rather silly musicals performed by talented and energetic small casts who put lots into the show even if the material is a bit weak

Don't see it if You don't like frivolous musicals.

79
Quirky, Indulgent, Cliched, Great staging
October 23rd, 2021

See it if You are a Talking Heads fan and you know the words to the songs and if you like an ageing singer offering platitudes about America.

Don't see it if You are NOT a Talking Heads fan and you find their music very 'samey' with a very repetitive beat.

Also Got to give credit to David Byrne whose stamina to do such a show is a... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
October 6th, 2021

See it if You like a great story well told by excellent actors playing multiple parts with innovative staging.

Don't see it if You want a light hearted musical comedy. But you would be missing great drama.

Also This is an excellent show with a great 3 person cast which tells the r... Read more Read less

60
The Perplexed
Midtown W
Overrated, Cliched, Slow, Confusing
March 12th, 2020

See it if You like seeing dysfunctional families at war with long and rambling philosophical dialogue in an unrealistic setting.

Don't see it if If wordy, overwritten plays are not your thing.

78
During previews
Relevant, Confusing, Great acting, Funny
March 7th, 2020

See it if You like to see the meeting from hell enacted on stage with a rather surprising ending.

Don't see it if If you don't like straight plays which are a mix of comedy and drama.

Also This play is amusing and entertaining but it does get slightly confusi... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Sanctuary City
West Village
Great staging, Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing
March 6th, 2020

See it if you like stories with complex social situations in which plots are not always simple to follow.

Don't see it if small casts dealing with complex issues with dialogue which is not always straightforward.

Also This is a powerful play which is very relevant today and does try to d... Read more Read less

65
Dated, Relevant, Indulgent, Cliched
February 7th, 2020

See it if You like family two-handers about generational differences and issues. Topical but treated rather lightly

Don't see it if You are unsympathetic to father-son banter plays

75
Border People
Midtown W
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant
February 3rd, 2020

See it if You like to hear the stories of those on the margin in every sense portrayed in a one man show

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows or are uninterested in hearing about people at cultural and physical borders

Also You could find these tales re-told by a white man to be unconvincing b... Read more Read less

65
Raunchy, Quirky, Dizzying, Confusing
January 30th, 2020

See it if You are familiar with the story, this is like a 'Little Shop of Horrors' experience where you know the words and the plot

Don't see it if You have no idea what it is all about.

90
Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining
January 30th, 2020

See it if you are of a 'certain age' and this music was as 'mother's milk' to you. These guys will restore your youth!! Not only great singing/dancing

Don't see it if You don't like 'juke box' musicals, like dramas or are a classical music buff.

Also This is a great show with a super crowd of actors who perform the song... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Darling Grenadine
Midtown W
Romantic, Indulgent, Great singing, Cliched
January 27th, 2020

See it if You like formulaic boy-meets-girl, etc. musicals with average songs but a good cast who do their best. The in-the-round format is good.

Don't see it if You like cheerful upbeat musicals on a big stage

Also This is a fairly generic musical with a plot which has been re-hashed ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Raunchy, Resonant, Great acting, Funny
January 18th, 2020

See it if You like good dialogue delivered with good timing and to see a family drama played out amusingly. Some great lines.

Don't see it if You don't like family dramas and are squeamish about touchy subjects such as sex and old age. But you would miss some good acting

Also This was an amusing play well staged and the actors were excellent. It... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Dizzying, Confusing
January 8th, 2020

See it if If you want to see a version of a standard musical cut between live action and back projection. Singing is good and dancing excellent.

Don't see it if You like a more regular version of a much-loved show

Also Using back projection instead of a set caused much distraction from th... Read more Read less

95
Sing Street
East Village
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful
January 5th, 2020

See it if You like a really good cast singing excellent songs and performing to a very high standard. This is worthy of the highest praise

Don't see it if You don't like 'rock' musicals' or seeing young people act energetically on stage.

Also I believe there was a movie of the same name. I did not see it. This s... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Great acting
January 5th, 2020

See it if You like long one person shows which do not have a specific point or conclusion but are just loosely related stories

Don't see it if You do not like monologues which ramble and lead to an inconclusive ending.

Also Although Laura Linney is a wonderful actor and gives a stellar perform... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Cliched, Entertaining, Funny
December 1st, 2019

See it if You like rather stereotypical stories of Jewish mothers told with great humor and some pathos.

Don't see it if You don't like this sort of ethnic stand-up comedy

Also Judy Gold is a very funny lady with a very interesting past which she ... Read more Read less

78
For a previous production
Quirky, Resonant, Funny, Entertaining
December 1st, 2019

See it if You like quirky but inspiring stories of the journey of a life which has taken some interesting turns.

Don't see it if You don't like one-,an shows or banjo music

Also Keith is not the best banjo player you have ever heard but when you he... Read more Read less

85
Enchanting, Delightful, Great staging, Entertaining
November 23rd, 2019

See it if you like the tradition which this almost unchanging show brings. OK it is much the same every year, but even the most cynical must smile

Don't see it if You are anti-Christmas or a real Grinch.

70
During previews
MsTRIAL
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Slow, Resonant, Relevant
November 23rd, 2019

See it if You like legal dramas and #me-too subjects as well as office politics and topical issues

Don't see it if You do not like hard-edged drama with people behaving badly with a lot of messy detail and bad language

Also Although the 'principal' male lead is also the author, the play could ... Read more Read less

70
Resonant, Dizzying, Intense, Thought-provoking
November 5th, 2019

See it if You like 2 hours, no intermission shows with long rapid and often confusing speeches on controversial subjects by a strange mix of actors.

Don't see it if You do not like over-long plays and are impatient about giving the right wing a hearing.

Also My view if that this pay is over-written by some way. It has a point t... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Clever
October 21st, 2019

See it if You like to see very talented artists work on the suggestions from the audience and create clever raps.

Don't see it if You don't like rap and you want to see a 'standard' show that is the same every night and you don't like anarchic structure.

Also This show is a delight and whatever your thoughts about rap, this is v... Read more Read less

77
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Edgy, Raunchy, Great acting, Funny
October 19th, 2019

See it if You like edgy and funny plays about dysfunctional characters with whom you may not relate but find fun to observe.

Don't see it if If you don't like raunchy plays with nudity and sex laced with bad language and peopled by odd characters

Also This play has some funny situations and some amusing lines but with gr... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Power Strip
Upper W Side
Relevant, Resonant, Profound, Absorbing
October 14th, 2019

See it if You want to try to understand the agony and personal conflicts of those fleeing war in Syria. The acting is superb.

Don't see it if You do not like harrowing stories played out in desperate circumstances

Also Perhaps this should be required watching for those who despise and rej... Read more Read less

75
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Absorbing, Resonant, Slow, Confusing
October 14th, 2019

See it if You want to see a verbatim interrogation by the FBI of an unfortunate woman who made a terrible mistake.

Don't see it if You do not like slow and confusing plots which meander their way through the show.

Also This is interesting from the point of view of seeing how the FBI deal ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
When It Happens to You
East Village
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Resonant, Profound
October 10th, 2019

See it if ..you want to see a true story of family heartbreak told by the mother herself. This is a very wrenching experience but very worth seeing.

Don't see it if ..you don't like sparsely produced shows about awful human behavior and its aftermath

Also This is a cautionary tale for anyone with an adult daughter and an exa... Read more Read less

75
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intense, Confusing
October 4th, 2019

See it if you like to see consummate acting in a play which requires a lot of thinking about what is actually being portrayed on the stage

Don't see it if you don't like very 'thinking' plays which leave you confused about what happened and when.

Also There is no doubt that the two leads are just superb but the play mean... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting
October 2nd, 2019

See it if You like 'wordy', two-hander plays which do not have a clearly defined plot that requires interpretation. Great acting by Parker.

Don't see it if ...do not like enigmatic plays which do not have a clear meaning and message and which lack action.

80
During previews
Soft Power
East Village
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing
September 30th, 2019

See it if You like edgy shows which require you to think and to draw your own conclusions about the message

Don't see it if don't like complex shows which are entertaining but have a distinct 'message

Also The show was very entertaining if a little tricky to follow or see exa... Read more Read less

75
During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Slow, Resonant, Great acting, Ambitious
September 20th, 2019

See it if you like plays that replay a version of relatively recent history through the actions of a central character.

Don't see it if you don't like long wordy plays with multiple characters interacting in complex ways.

Also This play is very long and probably a bit over-ambitious. Brian Cox ma... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking
September 15th, 2019

See it if You like 'wordy', essentially one-man shows, interspersed with some Shakespearean interpretation examining race.

Don't see it if If you don't like one-man shows with angry outbursts about racial issues as portrayed in a classic play

Also This is a long and very angry show which uses the 'metaphor' of an aud... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Fern Hill
Midtown E
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Funny
September 13th, 2019

See it if Good acting and interaction between the characters. If you are interested in seeing an alternative for aging with others

Don't see it if You don't like wordy plays which deal with problematic relationships