Robert L NYC

New York City | 50-64 | Male
About:  I love theater. Favorites: "Will Rogers Follies", "Six Degrees of Separation", "Big River", and "Fun Home". BA in English. MA in Educational Communication and Technology. Enjoy singing, swimming, and golf. Emerging theater producer.
Reviews (49)
Exquisite, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want a story that has suspense and depth as you journey through their loss. You like naturalism and realism in a play.

Don't see it if Looking for drama right off-the-bat. This play has a calm exterior but the interior builds up throughout the play.

During previews
Midtown W
Disturbing, Important, Ambitious, Historical, Excellent acting

See it if You want a visceral experience and thought-provoking encounter with the Holocaust. Features story about two brothers who fight to survive.

Don't see it if You’re looking for light entertainment. This is wartime experience which challenges you to watch, listen, and feel horrible events.

East Village
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Exciting, Outer space, Psychological journey

See it if If you enjoy outer space and psychological journeys. This play is about a woman who fights to keep her composure as an astronaut.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of one person plays and prefer a clear story path. Much of the story is about drifting in space and grasping for hope.

The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Rustic

See it if You love language and history. The play takes place during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. It's the impact of politics on a family.

Don't see it if You're not unfamiliar with the history surrounding the play. You're not good at handling Irish accents -- it can be difficult to understand.

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Gangster pentameter, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You love language. Bertolt Brecht sets a play about gangsters in Chicago. Great direction by John Doyle and immersive performances by cast.

Don't see it if You prefer contemporary dialogue. The text is reminiscent of Shakespeare. It requires concentration and an ear for the lyrical and ironic

The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Artful, Poetic, Clever, Comedic, Zany

See it if You love language. This play offers lots of rhymed verse as an effect. It's clever and delightful. Full of comedy, but also romantic.

Don't see it if You want a dramatic play and setting. This is a period piece that features modern acting and language that rhymes more or less.

East Village
History play, Slow, Relevant to theatrical setting, Excellent acting, Enlighting

See it if You know the story of Joseph Papp and the founding of Shakespeare in the Park. Historical and geographic references require this knowledge.

Don't see it if You're not familiar with the story of the founding of the Public. This show can be frustrating because the arc or plot is difficult to see.

Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Great singing, Great acting, Great musical moments, The life of a theater legend, Past musicals come alive

See it if You want to learn about the life of a master theater director and producer, Hal Prince. You love Sondheim, Kanter, Ebb, Kern, etc.

Don't see it if You want a single story. The performances are great -- you won't spend a lot of time building up to one peak only. This is about a career.

Of Human Bondage
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in seeing an adaptation of a classic novel set in a modern and acoustically-aware style . The staging is innovative.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of stories set in the early 1900's that have to do with social constraints on love and marriage, especially upon women.

Funny, Great staging, Relevant, Great acting, Physical comedy

See it if You like dollhouses. Fabulous design! You love physical comedy -- amazing performance by Michael Urie. BTW, the play is set in Russia.

Don't see it if You want a contemporary story. The show is relevant to today, but it seems quaint. It's about a government inspector who comes to visit.

Midtown W
Great dancing, Energetic, Serious themes, Realistic, Not a lot of romance

See it if If you love dance. This show really swings! The choreography is clever and delightful. High energy, style and flair!

Don't see it if If you want a lighthearted musical comedy. The story is about the struggles veterans face coming back from the war. Real life isn't easy.

During previews
Midtown W
Great writing, Great staging, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to connect to the past in a profound way. Show is about the stage manager of a Yiddish theater company who believes in a play.

Don't see it if You want linear structure. It takes effort and concentration to assemble in your mind, but it's full of profound and almost sacred moments.

Absorbing, Intense, Intimate, Gripping, Riveting

See it if You love dark and scary tales. This is a Sondheim masterpiece set in a meat pie shop. The performers interact with the audience: genius!

Don't see it if You like keep your distance and watch further away. You'd rather see joyful song and dance numbers. The actors are literally in your face!

Also The pie and mash option is worth it. It really adds to the atmosphere ... Read more Read less

During previews
War Paint
Midtown W
Great singing, Great staging, Luxurious, Great design, Where is the love?

See it if You want to hear amazing voices. You like luxury items and high class lifestyles. Are a fashion fan. Like jazzy tunes and styles.

Don't see it if You want a love story. (None -- it's a "war" story about two female business tycoons). You want catchy melodies to hum after the show.

During previews
Fun, Entertaining, Warm, Clever, Endearing

See it if You appreciate stagecraft and what people can physically do to make magic. Enjoy finding secret messages and meaning. You love the movie.

Don't see it if You want music that will grab your heart and will be humming after the show. You are averse to profanity and on-stage medical procedures.

Brilliant, Artistic, Enlightening, Inspiring, Great performances

See it if You want to see a story about an artist and how he interacts with the people he paints. Lush music and amazing voices. It's delightful.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy abstract art and music. This show requires you to focus and concentrate. It's unconventional, but well worth the effort .

The Oregon Trail
Upper W Side
Well-written, Clever, Resonant, Contemporary, 1980's and 90's

See it if You're interested in a teenage girl's struggles with social anxiety and depression. Pairs well in subject matter with DEAR EVAN HANSEN.

Don't see it if You're not interested in plays examining mental health. You have no familiarity with playing THE OREGON TRAIL video game.

Enchanting, Delightful, Puppets

See it if You love animals (people).

Don't see it if You don't like animals or people.

The Dork Knight
West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Honest

See it if You appreciate what it takes to be a stage actor: courage, a willingness to expose oneself emotionally, always finding a way to persevere.

Don't see it if You don't want to hear about a person's real life issues and wouldn't enjoy someone finding meaning in their life through comic book heroes.

Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to witness an amazing performance by a master actor and writer. She plays real-life people and tells stories of currrent events.

Don't see it if You don't want to think deeply about our country's divide by race and social class. Not compelled by issues of civil rights and education.

During previews
Anna Christie
East Village
Absorbing, Relevant, Classic

See it if You enjoy and appreciate classic stage plays. It pairs well with the musical "Sweet Charity" on the contemporary issue of misogyny.

Don't see it if You prefer entertaining and light shows and don't want to see something that challenges moral beliefs while allowing faith to exist.

Entertaining, Quirky, Zany

See it if You want to be up-close and personal with actors who sing and dance. It's a "full-frontal" experience. Lot's of fun when you've had drinks.

Don't see it if Want an intellectual and thought-provoking play. You don't have patience for silliness.

Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining

See it if You love the music of "Hamilton", classic Broadway show tunes, and theater personalities.

Don't see it if You don't see musicals very often and prefer a big Broadway production. This show is parody of "Hamilton" and other Broadway shows.

Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Masterful, Must see

See it if You're interested in immersive theater and enjoy straight plays that are thought-provoking.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals and want something light and entertaining.

Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Great acting, Great staging, Enchanting, Original, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy innovative stagecraft and appreciate the simplicity of Off-Broadway. Want to hang out before the show and sip wine.

Don't see it if You don't like Jane Austen stories and prefer hearing dialogue more than seeing movement.

During previews
The White Devil
West Village
Entertaining, Jacobean revenge play, Difficult to follow, Thrilling, Great acting

See it if If you like stories of intrigue, lust, and revenge between nobles in Renaissance Italy. Enjoy suspense and classical style of acting.

Don't see it if You want a play in a contemporary setting. You prefer hearing modern language over verse. You don't want having to work hard to follow.

The Cake
Midtown W
Sensitive, Touching, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You love cake! You enjoy comedies that tackle serious issues. You can be open-minded to different viewpoints about sexuality and religion.

Don't see it if You're not interested in meeting characters who live in isolated and socially-conservative communities, that are politically different.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You're interested in plays that are reflective and examine a character's life story in depth. This is journey of age and maturity.

Don't see it if You want light entertainment and comedy. This play is less about humor and more about the poetry in the experience of contemporary life.

During previews
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a masterful performance by the lead actor, Bryan Cranston. Stage adaptation of the writing by Paddy Chayevsky is excellent.

Don't see it if You didn't grow up watching TV news and aren't interested in news media. If you are, see this NY Times article

During previews
Popcorn Falls
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Brilliant stagecraft, Masterful writing

See it if You enjoy keeping up with a fast-paced story about saving a small town. The play has a simple setting of two actors who play very big.

Don't see it if You prefer a big-budget spectacle. This one is a charming gem. If you've been in a play and appreciate stagecraft, you'll be delighted.

Fun, Funny, Entertaining, In development for broadway, Almost there

See it if You love the movie. It's a very good adaptation that is being tweaked and refined. Excellent performances by the cast esp.the "mean girls".

Don't see it if You want a romantic or dramatic musical. The show is a fun trip, and may still find its stand-out song or unique voice.

Performers give 100%, Excellent voices, Long show - 1 hr 40 min, Lacks a compelling story, Sung through show, could use more variety in musical style

See it if Want to hear excellent voices (musical theater and opera) and see emerging performing talent is onstage. Semi-immersive staging. Free shots.

Don't see it if Don't want to sit through a long show about a man who defends his position by drinking whiskey, and fights to keep his family together.

Entertaining, Great set design, Energetic, Confusing, Stereotypes

See it if You want a musical that is zany and fun. Gender and ethnic stereotypes aren't an issue for you. You like to see actors do a very good job.

Don't see it if You don't think you would really enjoy an evening of aphorisms from Ben Franklin, accompanied by musical numbers.

Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Delightful, Classic musical theater

See it if You want to experience "the old Broadway". The show is set in 1885, but was first produced in 1964. Time flies when you're having fun!

Don't see it if You don't want to spend a lot of money. SEE DONNA MURPHY: she's wonderful! -- you don't have to spend an arm and a leg for the show.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Mentalist

See it if If you like direct interaction between performer and audience. (Similar to PRIVACY at the Public). You want your mind to be challenged.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy one-person shows. You aren't willing to suspend disbelief (i.e. you don't want to let your mind be tricked).

During previews
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Great choreography, Modern, Zany

See it if You love zany Off-Broadways show that are intelligent and clever. Based on a true story, it's a "Curveball" of a show.

Don't see it if You prefer romantic songs and sweet love stories. Not here. The story is about career ambitions that lead to very serious consequences.

Cry Havoc!
West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You want to see a masterful solo show by an actor sharing his experiences in the military. This show is by BEDLAM. They do innovative work.

Don't see it if You don't want to engage and interact with the performer. You're not interested in an a deep personal story. It's both the art and reality.

The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Massive, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You love great writing. The production is in a huge venue. Great experience to share with friend. Unique encounter with classical work.

Don't see it if You don't like modern staging and design. Lot of visual elements at play. Can lose focus on the characters because of the special effects.

Spectacle, Pop opera, Exotic, Historic, Special effects

See it if You enjoy spectacle and over-the-top musical experiences. Can look deeply into the story of this show and appreciate the history and irony.

Don't see it if Uncomfortable with graphic language. Depicts exploitation of women as sex workers--realistic but difficult to enjoy.

During previews
Chess Match No. 5
Midtown W
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great design

See it if Have an appreciation for the music and life of John Cage. It's important to see this play in its historical context. Great design elements!

Don't see it if You want a traditional narrrative story structure. The play is a thought-provoking dialogue between two actors. It's reflective of the art.

Delightful, Educational, Historical, Thought-provoking, Museum exhibition

See it if Want to see historical artifacts of the West End and Broadway. You want a self-paced museum experience. You're fine being on your feet.

Don't see it if You want to sit down and see a play or musical.

Great writing, Resonant, Modern, Emotionally amplified, Great projection design

See it if You would be interested in the life challenges of a socially-awkward teenager. You love modern musical styles set in the American suburb.

Don't see it if Prefer classic Broadway shows that have larger orchestras, large choruses and are full of spectacle.

Great writing, Masterful, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You appreciate great writing. Authored by August Wilson, an American playwright from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Don't see it if You prefer to be entertained. The dialogue requires effort to follow and the story takes a path that requires patience--but well worth it.

The Encounter
Midtown W
Absorbing, Confusing, Clever

See it if You're open to new storytelling experiences and don't mind wearing headphones and feeling isolated from other people in the audience.

Don't see it if You prefer to hear non-mediated sounds without effects. You want to see human interaction between performers onstage. Want visual stimuli.

Original, Spectacular, Hip

See it if You love seeing new and different forms of music brought to the stage: electronic and accordian

Don't see it if You prefer the classic traditional Broadway musical with stories you know or are easy to follow.

Delightful, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You love to go on a strange journey and enjoy clever writing. You don't mind irreverence and profanity (in a musical). You love to laugh!

Don't see it if You don't like hearing profanity and listening to people talk about having sex with amphibians. You are sensitive about religion and race.

Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Slow

See it if You enjoy and appreciate simplicity in stage design and direction. You can appreciate long and extended moments without dialogue.

Don't see it if You prefer direct interaction through dialogue. You enjoy drama and dramatic tension, and prefer to hear rapid rhythms of speech.

Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Clever, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love musicals! It's delightfully entertaining. Fun for the entire family!

Don't see it if You prefer thought-provoking and serious subject matter, and don't usually enjoy popular musical styles.

Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You love syncopated rhythms, word-play, and modern street-style choreography -aka hip hop ! You want to see a musical theater game-changer.

Don't see it if Loud music will annoy you. You've never enjoyed rap music. Prefer the sound of brass instruments and a full orchestra.