RONALD J

Toms River | 65+ | Male
About:  Retired elementary school principal. Love NYC and the theater.
Reviews (101)
76
During previews
72 Miles to Go...
Midtown W
Resonant, Relevant, Slow, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you care about the plight of immigrants and DACA people. Play was meaningfulwith a slow moving storyline. Good staging and acting.

Don't see it if you don't care for plays that send a social message or if you are looking for light entertainment.

Also I felt the writer of this play had excellent intentions and definitely... Read more Read less

93
West Side Story
Midtown W
Ambitious, Riveting, Relevant, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want an updated, tough gritty version of this American classic musical. Great staging, performances and cheorography.

Don't see it if you cant handle this new edgy and shortened version of this show.

Also Having seen the origional Broadway productiom and the Palace Theater r... Read more Read less

91
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to experience a brilliant performance given by Laura Linney in a well staged and beautifully directed one person show.

Don't see it if if you do not like one person shows or have difficulty coping with or have had an uncomfortable mother/daughter relationship in your life.

89
Resonant, Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the Motown sound and like fast paced, extremely well staged and well performed musicals with a talented cast.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of jukebox musicals or the Motown Sound.

Also This was a well paced, slick production bio musical of the legendary M... Read more Read less

85
‘Tis The Season
Beach Haven
Romantic, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you enjoy an old fashioned, traditional holiday musical . This delightful production at The Surflight Theater in NJ thorough entertains .

Don't see it if you are not into local theater productions or do not like holiday shows.

Also The Surflight Theater has been in existance since 1950 and has come a ... Read more Read less

77
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Romantic, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to experience a non-traditional staging of a T. Williams play with a great performance by Marisa T.

Don't see it if if you are not a fan of T.Williams' plays and find overuse of Italian accents making the dialog difficult to understand.

Also I have always enjoyed this particular play. The staging of this play d... Read more Read less

87
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if you want to see brilliant performances by Atkins & Pryce in a play that keeps the audience thinking from start to finish.

Don't see it if if you do not enjoy non linear story lines and a play that directly deals with aging and death.

Also If you enjoyed Zellers previous plays, then I believe you will find th... Read more Read less

77
Great staging, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if Subject matter meant for teens, but the show was was very entertaining and well put together. I did enjoy this production.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a serious, thought provoking show.

Also I did have reservations about seeing this show, but I was mildly surpr... Read more Read less

90
Masterful, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in a very different and original" redo of an American classic. This is definitely not the Oklahoma we all grew up with.

Don't see it if if you find it difficult to see an American musical classic totally reimagined with a touch of violence, politics and sex.

Also I had very mixed feelings when I purchased a ticket for this revival. ... Read more Read less

87
Great acting, Hilarious, Raunchy, Delightful, Clever

See it if you like unique, in your face humor presented by a treasure, N. Lane along with the comedic Nielsen and White. Thought provoking at times.

Don't see it if you are ultra conservative, are offended by penis and fart jokes and lots of body parts accompanied by crude humor.

Also This play is a perfect vehicle for a theatrical treasure, Nathan Lane.... Read more Read less

95
Ink
Midtown W
Riveting, Resonant, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if up want a play that is energetic, has substance, brilliant cast and acting, imaginative set and a good look at tabloid journalism.

Don't see it if you are want a light play or musical and are not interested in the rise of R. Murdoch and his effect of how some perceive news today.

Also This play will join several great dramas this theatrical season. There... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Romantic, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want an older play that has not lost its meaning. Exceptional performances by McDonald and Shannon.

Don't see it if you can't handle profanity, sexual scenes and nudity. Otherwise, there is no reason not to see this excellent play.

Also Even though this is not a new play, Terrence McNally's beautiful love ... Read more Read less

100
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want a perfect updated revival of a classic Cole Porter musical with truly memorable tunes. K. O'Hara heads an very talented cast.

Don't see it if I cannot think of any reason for anyone not to see this show.

Also Unlike most modern or current musicals, Kiss Me, Kate has songs that a... Read more Read less

89
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see exceptional performances by Metcalf and Lithgow bring to life the very complex relationship of the Clintons

Don't see it if you are not into looking into the personal lives of two charismatic political figures and if you want a large scale Broadway production.

Also This was a relatively short play but packed a strong punch. The two le... Read more Read less

97
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Relevant, Masterful, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if want to see Cranston's performance of a lifetime in a masterfully staged play with a wonderful cast. The use of multi media was amazing.

Don't see it if There is absolutely no reason not to see this play.

Also This play is even more relevant today than when it was originally writ... Read more Read less

90
Riveting, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see two brilliant actors and are a Sam Shepard fan.

Don't see it if you do not like family conflict, dark story lines , violence and open-ended conclusions. This definitely not a light afternoon of theater.

89
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you love Sondheim and want to see a clever redo of an old problematic musical. This time, the show works. Nicely performed by a great cast

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Sondheim's music and are looking for a big flashy musical with a linear plot.

Also Over the years, this musical has had its ups and downs, mostly downs. ... Read more Read less

100
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you want the best play this season! Brilliant writing, acting and staging. Irish storytelling at its best.

Don't see it if You can't sit still for three hours plus. The time actually goes by in a flash. I could have sat through a few hours more.

Also As I said before, Irish story telling at its best. The play combines I... Read more Read less

89
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you like Cher & her music. Costumes, lighting and clever staging are creative . The entire cast, especially the 3 who play Cher talented.

Don't see it if you do not like Cher and are not a fan of juke box musicals.

Also This was a thoroughly entertaining musical. The only problem I found w... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Hilarious

See it if you want to see the feel good musical of this season. Very relevant topic.

Don't see it if you are a right winger, Evangelical, or homophobic and can't take political, social or religious comedy.

Also This was a thoroughly delightful, yet relevant, musical that was spot ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you enjoy great acting in a timely drama discussing the difficulties of being Black in America today. Well done production.

Don't see it if you can't handle intense drama discussing racial problems in America.

Also This was a well written play that honestly discussed racial as well as... Read more Read less

89
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you enjoy great British humor, an excellent ensemble cast , and a totally entertaining play with a great twist.

Don't see it if you are looking for a deep, moving theatrical drama or if you are not into British farce.

Also This was a thoroughly entertaining comedy that was well written, kept ... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Apologia
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you want an intelligent, very well written play about family dynamics. Stockard Channing is brilliant with a great supporting cast.

Don't see it if you do not like dramas about a dysfunctional family or serious plays.

Also This well written drama is worth seeing. Not often do we hear intellig... Read more Read less

89
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if If you want an entertaining evening of musical theater. This is not a profound show but it is totally enjoyable and an energetic production.

Don't see it if you are looking for a thought provoking serious evening of theater and if you did not like the original film.

Also The music fit the story like very well. The lead actors were very tale... Read more Read less

98
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if you want to see an old play that is still relevant, performed by an amazing cast of actors in a brilliantly directed production.

Don't see it if you are homophobic and uncomfortable watching an honest, gay drama.

Also This still relevant play covers every human emotion with great sensiti... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Refreshing, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you are a Sondheim fan and want a great updated version that works beautifully. Tomy noms are coming for Lenk and Lupone!

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Sondheim and do not like revivals. Otherwise, see this show . You are in for a treat.

Also This updated revival is intelligent and a delightful reinvention of a ... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you want to experience a well staged, well directed play with some strong performances in a murder mystery involving racism in the military

Don't see it if if you are looking for light entertainment and cannot handle the discussion or racism in the USA

90
Entertaining, Refreshing, Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy edgy musicals that deal with many current social issues and want to see an extremely talented cast performing Morissette's music.

Don't see it if you are looking for fluffy Broadway fare or if you are very conservative person who has trouble dealing with some very personal issues .

Also I was not very familiar with the music of Ms. Morisette when I purchas... Read more Read less

95
Lavish, Must see, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy large, old fashioned Broadway musicals and lavish productions. A must see this season

Don't see it if you are not in to musical theater. Other than that, there is no reason not to see this great production.

Also This was a totally entertaining, brilliantly staged production with ex... Read more Read less

95
Must see, Ambitious, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy high energy shows that are well staged, great performances, Ms. Warren nails it as Tina Turner. Totally entertaining musical.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy jukebox musicals, the music of Ms. Turner. or have a difficult time watching domestic abuse and scenes of racism.

Also Tina is one of the better jukebox musicals of recent years. Ms. Warren... Read more Read less

76
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Dsrk, Quirky, Great singing, Funny, Clever

See it if you want a fun evening, like satire and a clever retell of a work of Shakespeare with a talented and energetic cast.

Don't see it if you don't like dark plays and are looking for a traditional Broadway musical.

85
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Fluffy, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy big Broadway musicals on the lighter side with a talented cast, great staging, and lots of humor.

Don't see it if you are hoping for a memorable musical score and are looking for a thought provoking show.

Also Tootsie was an evening of theatrical fun. This production is very ente... Read more Read less

50
Burn This
Midtown W
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you like to see "stars" in overrated plays

Don't see it if unless you enjoy overrated plays with no chemistry between the two leads.

Also I found this play quite slow moving and very overrated. Adam Driver ma... Read more Read less

90
All My Sons
Midtown W
Intelligent, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want an old beautifully written Miller play that stands up to time and is still relevant with an outstanding cast

Don't see it if you are not into serious drama and are looking for something light and do not have the patience for a three act play.

Also This revival of Arthur Millers play is a beautifully staged production... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a well acted and directed play about a little known African American woman who played baseball.

Don't see it if if you can't handle or do not understand acts of racism and female discrimination in sports.

Also This was an exceptional, thought provoking play and it dealt quite dir... Read more Read less

69
Disappointing, Great staging, Slow

See it if you like the work of playwright David Hare and want to see an excellent performance by Greg Wood.

Don't see it if unless you enjoy slow moving plots and a boring story line.

Also I know Ms. Mann likes this particular playwright and that was obvious ... Read more Read less

100
Intelligent, Riveting, Must see, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if you want a brilliantly written, performed, staged and orchestrated musical with the best ensemble cast I have seen in years.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional Broadway musical, otherwise, get your ticket as fast as you can!

Also This production is probably the finest most original show staged this ... Read more Read less

89
Quirky, Hilarious, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see the funniest musical since The Book of Mormon , have a great sense of humor and like large musical productions.

Don't see it if you want a traditional Broadway family musical and are offended by raucous humor, some profanity, and off beat story lines.

Also This was a thoroughly entertaining show. The staging was cleverly done... Read more Read less

100
Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if whether you like Potter or not! Talented cast, great story line, magical production with great sets ,costumes & special. effects.

Don't see it if If you cannot sit through almost six hours of theater. Otherwise, no reason not to see it.

Also This production was top notch from start to finish. It carries the sto... Read more Read less

89
Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you enjoy great comedy with perfect timing by the actors. Cleverly written and very well staged and performed by a talented cast.

Don't see it if if you are looking for a serious drama and do not like comedy that almost verges on slapstick.

Also This was a thoroughly entertaining play and was well written by Ken Lu... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are ready for a sensitive, emotional and well written moving story that deals with serious LGBTQ issues. Talented cast of actors.

Don't see it if are homophobic, uncomfortable with gay issues and do not like drama with music as part of the story line.

Also The idea of a dramatic play that uses music to put forth the story lin... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound

See it if you want a first rate play, perfectly updated by A Sorkin, with an amazing cast led by Jeff Daniels. This is the spoken work at its best.

Don't see it if you are a racist , can't sit for three hours, and are not interested in serious American drama.

Also This play was absolutely wonderful. A. Sorkin's update totally added t... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like a intelligently written, witty, thoughtful and absorbing play with a trio of brilliant actors. A must see this season.

Don't see it if there is no reason not to see this play.

Also The three actors in this thought provoking play had a chemistry on sta... Read more Read less

89
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you enjoy the Go Go's music done with a twist and gender bending Elizabethan comedy. This show was very original.

Don't see it if you find it difficult to listen Elizabethan English and have a hard time with a spoof on the comedy of this era.

Also This musical was a delightful romp , spoofing the comedy of Shakespear... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to see a brilliant performance by Elaine May accompanied by a talented cast in a beautifully written play about a family in crisis

Don't see it if you do not like serious drama or if you cannot handle a family dealing with an aging family member with the onset of dementia.

Also Elaine May's performance is brilliant. The entire cast of this play wa... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a brilliant performance by J. McTeer along with an equally talented supporting cast. Masterful production in every sense.

Don't see it if you are not interested in Shakespeare, Bernhardt as a theatrical force and if you are looking for light theater.

90
During previews
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you want an evening of pure entertainment. Amazing staging, lighting, sound, and puppetry. It is high tech theater at its best.

Don't see it if you are not interested in the old chestnut King Kong and are looking for a deep intellectual theatrical experience.

Also King Kong can work as a musical. The songs are not memorable, but do k... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Funny

See it if If you want a family friendly, delightful story with lots of inside Broadway jokes and if you enjoy Broadway musicals.

Don't see it if you don't like Broadway musicals and are looking for a profound, serious drama.

Also Cy Coleman's music was great and along with the lyrics, both added to ... Read more Read less

95
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if you want to be unexpectedly surprised to find a show that is an evening of total fun! I was completely entertained by this original musical

Don't see it if you want a serious play and don't want to see a show based on a cartoon character.

Also I was hesitant about seeing this show, but once the curtain went up, I... Read more Read less

100
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if you want a brilliant revival of the perfect musical. L. Ambrose and H.Paton are excellent as Doolittle and Higgins.

Don't see it if There is no reason on this planet not to see this beautifully presented musical. The almost three hour length passes in a flash.

Also Having seen the original sixty or so years ago, I was delighted to hea... Read more Read less