Robert 9093

New York City

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Reviews (36)
72
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Banal, Overrated, Great acting, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if You like your Greek tragedy reimagined and at full volume -- RB is wonderful and the rest of the cast is fine.

Don't see it if You need more from your reimagined Greek tragedy than a cliched plot at full volume on a "timeless" set. Despite RB's fully committed perf.

75
Cliched, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if your love for song and dance trumps your need for a well-told story; it's very much a juke box musical.

Don't see it if You can't tolerate a cliche-ridden biopic even in service of seriously first-rate song & dance.

78
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You can abide a poetic, delicate play for a beautiful performance by Mary Louise Parker

Don't see it if You're looking for razzle dazzle

80
Betrayal
Midtown W
Riveting, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like Pinter, as I do. Great staging and great acting distinguish this Pinter classic.

Don't see it if you don't like Pinter.

57
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You like dry, instructive, historical drama with little characterization and less heart. Well acted and serviceably staged, but zzzzz.

Don't see it if You prefer plays that have a heartbeat.

69
During previews
Wives
Midtown W
Confusing, Quirky, Funny

See it if a clever, funny, non-narrative piece that gives voice to the wives of men who's previously owned their stories

Don't see it if you prefer clear, narrative storytelling

40
Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You REALLY like autobiographical solo shows with singing.

Don't see it if Banal. Self-indulgent. Bad singing. Bad songwriting. WAY too much spit.

80
Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if You're ready for a fresh staging that respects and yet amplifies the source material, with great performances, great singing... great joy.

Don't see it if You don't like your Shakespeare updated to a modern era (with original language intact) or can't sit for 3 hours.

79
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in a well-written retelling of a classic novel featuring great acting

Don't see it if You prefer shows that are fanciful and theatrical and less naturalistic

45
Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You like everything is Nathan Lane does, or broad, shticky humor.

Don't see it if Your tolerance for fart and penis jokes is limited when the show goes pretty much nowhere.

65
Indulgent, Cliched

See it if Strong performances save an okay script about one woman’s battle with herself in the context of male toxicity. A bit of cliched, indulgent.

Don't see it if You require A-grade writing and/or are not interested in the subject.

14
Perfect Crime
Midtown W
Overrated, Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you want to experience perhaps the worst show in NYC -- terribly staged and performed, impossible to follow

Don't see it if you have the capacity to feel pain because this show will make you SUFFER

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like Sam Shepard, family dramas and poetic realism. Great set, well staged, well acted, much to ponder afterward.

Don't see it if You need humor in your drama – doesnt have much – or don’t care for Sam Shepard.

85
The Mother
Chelsea
Great staging, Confusing, Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you want to see a brilliant, big performance by a stage/screen legend in a surreal, good-confusing and affecting motherhood play

Don't see it if you want a tidy story for which every question has an answer

80
Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you're interested in an entertaining (not hilarious) and timely story about how women's roles have/haven't changed

Don't see it if the story doesn't interest you

95
Relevant, Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you want it all -- epic and intimate, theatrical and grounded, intelligent and emotional, relevant and timeless, and unlike anything else!

Don't see it if your ADD precludes you from sitting still for 7 hours over 2 performances

79
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like smart writing, ideas about gender and politics, and Glenn Close

Don't see it if the middle ages are a turn-off

69
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if If you like strong ensemble work, subtle & sly writing, and a story that "shows" rather than "tells"

Don't see it if You like flash

90
Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you want Broadway quality musical comedy entertainment in an intimate theatre with no bad seats; can't lose.

Don't see it if You don't like this musical, or musicals, or laughter, or fun.

78
The Thin Place
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you like a strange ghost story -- it's a slow burn, nearly inert and then it's not, playing with pace and light and volume

Don't see it if you prefer a show with a clear narrative structure and energetic pacing

70
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Dated, Romantic, Cliched

See it if you like Tennessee Williams, Marisa Tomei, or Trip Cullman

Don't see it if You're not interested in the lesser works of great writers

79
Soft Power
East Village
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Refreshing, Clever

See it if You're up for an unusual musical with interesting tunes & ideas performed by a talented, mostly Asian American cast. V good not great IMHO.

Don't see it if You like your musicals to be straight-up spectacle and amusement.

80
During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if See it for a provocative vision of conservative values featuring "real" people w complex PsOV, smartly designed & staged w great acting.

Don't see it if you're not interested in seeing Christian conservatives w deep & abiding conviction as human -- complex, conflicted, and intelligent

83
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You like a completely original, personal, entertaining and heartfelt musical about living your truth.

Don't see it if You object to explicit and raw language and scenes and/or are homophobic.

75
Burn This
Midtown W
Indulgent, Cliched

See it if You would like to see a very big performance by Adam Driver.

Don't see it if Dated, clichéd, thinly drawn characters, without the heart to back up the fireworks. Good acting though and staging.

68
Resonant, Profound, Disappointing

See it if You love Shakespeare as I do and are content to see a great actress (G Jackson) at the top of her form... in a role written for a man.

Don't see it if You can't abide by a wildly uneven (and long) production -- icky set, beautiful but intrusive music, performances unrelated to one another.

90
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Profound, Masterful, Epic

See it if You value epic storytelling, sharp characterization, great acting/staging, powerful images and ideas, humor and tragedy, and heart.

Don't see it if You prefer pure entertainment.

75
Great staging, Absorbing, Clever

See it if inventively staged & lit, well-performed monologue, not about travel but about crossing borders for fun / necessity.

Don't see it if You don't like one-person shows, flat (but interesting) writing, or lack of dramatic arc and conflict

94
The Woodsman
Midtown W
Delightful, Quirky, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if you like an inspired story based on a classic (Wizard of Oz), performed with great heart and imagination and creativity

Don't see it if Just see it -- one of the more enchanting and theatrical shows I've seen, ever.

85
Intelligent, Must see, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you care about our country, care about equal rights and equal protections, and have an open mind -- Heidi Schreck is delightful BTW.

Don't see it if you only go to shows for entertainment, and/or don't care about the issues above

90
Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you're open to an old chestnut being reimagined, retaining its charm yet sharpening its edges -- beautifully staged and performed.

Don't see it if You want a traditional presentation and interpretation.

92
White Noise
East Village
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you're human. If you care about issues of race and racism and are open to being challenged. Theatrical! Superbly crafted and performed.

Don't see it if you aren't open to thinking about issues of race and racism in a new way.

90
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love great acting and poetic realism that leaves you thinking -- also breathtaking set changes

Don't see it if you don't appreciate Edward Albee -- this isn't likely to change your mind

80
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a tech-heavy show with relevant ideas about the corporate takeover of the news media led by a sensational Bryan Cranston

Don't see it if you prefer shows that are heavy on emotion rather than smart ideas, or more ensemble-driven

69
Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy absurd and sometimes raunchy humor in service of a very smart idea, and are willing to wait for an emotional and theatrical payoff

Don't see it if Clever idea but the play took too long to develop and until then, it was difficult to connec with emotionless characters. Nice final payoff.

79
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate a solo show with excellent writing, staging and acting, and/or if you like to see famous people on stage.

Don't see it if You dislike solo shows or extremely serious subject matter.