Ross B

Edmonton | 65+ | Male
About:  A theatre fanatic from the best regional theatre city in Canada. I do a couple of annual trips to New York to catch as many of the hot new shows and revivals as possible. My taste is eclectic but I like to see work that pushes the boundaries as well as the full on traditional Broadway production.
Reviews (98)
59
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if you are a 12 year old or think like one or are accompanying one or are a big fan to the movie.

Don't see it if you actually like musical theatre and are expecting a professional production with an original script and memorable soundtrack.

Also Dear lord please save me from these annual teeny bopper cartoon musica... Read more Read less

70
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you are intrigued by the concept of a musical reinterpretation of Macbeth set in small town Pennsylvania.

Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare purest and are looking for a full scale Broadway production.

Also This is more your community theatre production of Macbeth rather than ... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Overly energetic, Extremely loud

See it if you are a devoted Alanis Morrissette fan and like your music at Rock Concert volume.

Don't see it if you are hoping to actually hear the words to the songs and want a story that isn't a string of PC slogans.

Also As a proud Canadian I should be enthusiastic about an artist from my h... Read more Read less

91
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Relevant, Intelligent, Epic, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy engaging storytelling that addresses 50 years of gay history as seen through the eyes of generations of New Yorkers. Bring Kleenex

Don't see it if you are offended by graphic displays of gay sex and are uninterested in the story of the men who fought the battle against AIDS.

Also A group of young gay men are encouraged to tell their story by a older... Read more Read less

92
Betrayal
Midtown W
Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see three beautiful performances conveying Pinter at his most articulate, stripped of any extraneous distraction.

Don't see it if you like your stories told in chronological order on a fully decorated stage complete with costumed characters and changing scenery.

Also 2 chairs on 2 circular, subtly revolving sections of the stage and a b... Read more Read less

79
Ambitious, Disjointed, Great dancing, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if You are a big fan of Motown and the Temptations and enjoy great dancing by talented, energetic performers.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of 70s black pop music or are not interested in the back stage antics of temperamental artists.

Also Iwas promised another Jersey Boys but this is not it. The story seems ... Read more Read less

55
Quirky, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You aren't looking for a plot that makes much sense or characters that might do what you expect them to do.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by boorish male chauvinistic behavior that seems to be accepted by the women in his life.

Also We have 2 characters, who would seem to be strong successful modern wo... Read more Read less

89
Funny, Great dancing, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You enjoy classic broadway musicals done beautifully. Cleaver Cole Porter music sung by top broadway talent.

Don't see it if You are looking for cutting edge experimental theatre that is dealing with contemporary issues.

Also Kelli O'Hara and company do this golden age Cole Porter classic proud.... Read more Read less

49
Sincerely, Oscar
Midtown W
Indulgent, Fluffy, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You are a devoted Oscar fan and don't mind having the songs taken out of context and rearranged as elevator music.

Don't see it if You are a real Oscar fan and will be offended by the songs being treated so poorly

Also I realize that this is basically a showcase for the author of the show... Read more Read less

96
Ink
Midtown W
Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like great story telling, using creative stage craft to animate a true life tale of success at any cost.

Don't see it if You are looking for straight forward traditional drama and are offended but blunt and often rough street language.

Also Two stunning performances by the leads, with strong support from a lar... Read more Read less

70
Disappointing, Raunchy, Indulgent, Funny, Clever

See it if You are a big Nathan Lane fan and like your comedy broad and slapstick.

Don't see it if You are offended by lots, and I do mean lots of fake penises flying about or are expecting something Shakespearian.

Also There is little plot and the story depends on the skill of the three t... Read more Read less

62
Burn This
Midtown W
Indulgent, Bombastic, Nice set, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You are a very big fan of Adam Driver, and don't mind seeing him as a very loud obnoxious drunken bully.

Don't see it if You are looking for a logical plot and are offended by crude language

Also From the moment Driver's character comes on stage the audience is bomb... Read more Read less

89
Delightful, Classic, Great singing, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if You are looking for classic Broadway on a grand scale as only Lincoln Center can provide.

Don't see it if You are looking for cutting edge experimental theatre with contention subject matter.

Also What an interesting way to end the classic piece. It addresses both th... Read more Read less

81
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Epic, Slow, Confusing

See it if You enjoy modern historic drama told from a very personal perspective and you have the patience to sift through the extrenia.

Don't see it if You expect to have the story told in a direct manner, uncluttered with the complications of everyday family life.

Also Like any family, especially an extended family with multiple generatio... Read more Read less

93
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a beautifully crafted interpretation of a classic tale. The writing is crisp and the cast captures the feel of the time .

Don't see it if You aren't interested in dealing with issues of class and ethnicity that are as relevant today as they were when Harper Lee wrote the novel.

Also To tackle a beloved classic tale is fraught with danger. When dealing ... Read more Read less

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

See it if You enjoy actors, at the top of their game, working with a clever script; asking difficult but pertinent questions about truth and fiction.

Don't see it if You are expecting to see Harry Potter or looking to have all the questions answered. This requires you tackling today's issues.

Also The play deals with serious questions of journalistic integrity in an ... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Ambitious, Too long

See it if You want to see a masterful cast performing a modern masterpiece beautifully staged.

Don't see it if You have problems with gay themes and aren't prepared to commit to nearly 7 hours of heavy subject matter.

Also I have always questioned the need for part 2 of this piece. The first ... Read more Read less

76
The Gentleman Caller
West Village
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if You are intrigued by the relationship between the 2 writers Tennessee Williams and William Inge in their formative years

Don't see it if You are not comfortable with graphically explored gay themes.

Also This is a an interesting dramatic exploration of the relationship of 2... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Exquisite, Intelligent, Riveting, Phenomenal dancing, Enchanting

See it if You love classic dance as an integral part of the telling of an interesting dramatic tale.

Don't see it if You want your drama told in a straightforward way without the lead characters breaking into modern dance.

Also If you have followed my reviews in the past you will know I am a sucke... Read more Read less

80
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Absorbing, Edgy, Relevant, Resonant, Intense

See it if You enjoy intimate dramatic story telling dealing with everyday people grappling with difficult universal problems.

Don't see it if You are looking for a pleasant afternoon or evening at the theatre for which you won't have to think.

Also A well acted 4 hander that raises issues of honesty versus family loya... Read more Read less

55
Disappointing

See it if You are a big fan of the movie. You may also need to be a young princess or at least of that mindset.

Don't see it if You are a old codger and aren't into "chick flicks" or sister/buddy film.

Also Maybe I'm too old or not the right gender but I was greatly dissapoint... Read more Read less

72
Entertaining, Funny, Romantic, Fluffy

See it if you are a fan of Jimmy Buffet and like a laid back musical romp built around his music. The margaritas are good too.

Don't see it if you are looking for something with a lot of substance, on a well crafted set.

Also There is a lot of good dancing and singing, as long as you enjoy a com... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You are looking for a charming evening with an interesting energetic band of characters singing a catchy score, with a little voodoo added.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big broadway musical with chorus lines and fancy sets and a happy ending for young love.

Also With all the recent hurricanes distroying the carribean islands it is ... Read more Read less

91
Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are looking for a beautifully written piece exploring the challenges of family relationships when the choices conflict with beliefs

Don't see it if You have difficulty dealing with gay subject matter told in a straight forward uncompromising manner. No nudity but lots of simulated sex.

Also Bring your kleenex, this one could touch you deeply. The wonderful per... Read more Read less

85
During previews
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy an interesting take on current affairs, especially if you are not overly supported of the current American administration.

Don't see it if You are a strong supporter of the Make American Great Again team and aren't open to any suggestion that things could be better.

Also The story is one of marital and extramarital relationships in a very a... Read more Read less

79
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Slow, Great acting, Dated, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if you want to see a different side of Tennessee Williams and a tour de force performance by Marisa Tomei

Don't see it if you are looking for classic Williams and aren't patient enough to wait for the action to get started.

Also This is not your usual southern bell's story you might expect from Wil... Read more Read less

89
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever

See it if you are interested in relationships and the exploration of the human dynamics and how they play out in romantic relationships.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with graphic portrayal of hetero and homosexual activities , especially one with fetish overtones.

Also First you need to know, despite the title and the initial 3 scenes, th... Read more Read less

48
Silly, Insipid, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you are a fanatic fan of both Hip Hop/Rap music and improvisational theatre.

Don't see it if you, like me, dislike with a passion Hip Hop music and improvisational theatre

Also What was I thinking? 2 of my strongest pet peeves on one bill and I st... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Indulgent, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to consider current history in America to then battle between Fascisms and Communism in Berlin in the 1930s.

Don't see it if you are disturbed by comparison of current day politics to the rise of the Third Reich.

Also It starts as a history of Berlin in the early 1930s through the eyes o... Read more Read less

79
Ambitious, Quirky, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you are into quirky stories with bizarre characters singing about death. If you are expecting a recreation of the movie you may not get it.

Don't see it if If you are looking for an intelligent discussion on the paranormal or a philosophical musing on death and the afterlife.

Also I don't remember much of the movie so didn't have a lot to compare it ... Read more Read less

82
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Quirky, Clever, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy clever text and lyrics presented by a talented cast. You enjoyed the original movie and want to see how it translates to Broadway

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with crossdressing even if it has nothing to do with sexuallaity. You are expecting a copy of the original movie.

Also In today's political climate, the subject is a bit risky. How can a ma... Read more Read less

56
High Button Shoes
Midtown W
Overrated, Fluffy, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if You are interested in historic broadway and want to experience it in person

Don't see it if You are looking for a full scale musical production that is even vaguely relevant today.

Also This is more of a staged reading than a full production with a large o... Read more Read less

85
Quirky, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy the classic story and are open to a contemporary country and western interpretation. The chilli and cornbread is a bonus

Don't see it if You are a stickler for tradition and want the original interpretation restored.

Also Be prepared to laugh out loud, this rendition does not take it self se... Read more Read less

79
Sweet, Romantic, Quirky, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy the coming of age high school musical genre with a decidedly 21 century super microcomputer twist.

Don't see it if You aren't into teenage angst and all the problems that seem so earth shattering when you are trying to survive as the geek in high school.

Also I was pleasantly surprised at how this piece comes together, having he... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Intelligent, Romantic, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You appreciate talented actors working with a well written script, dealing with everyday people trying to find love.

Don't see it if You are looking for lofty ideas discussed by a large cast on an elaborate set. Or if naked bodies upset you.

Also As the song says "two lost souls on the highway of life". A one night ... Read more Read less

75
safeword.
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You are looking for something on the outter edge of contemporary theatre and are not disturbed by explicit sexual activity.

Don't see it if You are looking for a polite discussion of interpersonal relationships and would rather no know about the darker side of the sex world.

Also Sorry folks, but BDSM is about sex! Just because you leave your shorts... Read more Read less

85
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if You are a fan of the movie and want to become a part of the television audience that witnesses the decent into madness of the main character

Don't see it if You don't like movies translated to the stage and the use of technology as a central character of the drama

86
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Great set, Delightful

See it if You enjoy an interesting telling of an historic tale of theatre history beautifully acted on a great set.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in theatre history retold as a period drama.

Also Everything you need to know about Sarah Bernhardt and her romance with... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Disappointing, Overrated, Fluffy, Indulgent, Great costumes

See it if You are an avid Cher and know all the songs and don't mind dealing with silly fans who scream at anything.

Don't see it if You are looking for a serious biopic of the iconic star with more than token information on her actual life and family.

Also Femininism is great but even some avid feminists are sayin enough is e... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Downstairs
West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Great chemistry

See it if You are looking for an evening of transfixing theatre that takes your breath away. The acting keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Don't see it if You want a fun evening of light entertainment. The piece also leaves you with serious questions and no solid answers.

Also It is not often that you walk out of the theatre feeling like your who... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Entertaining, Indulgent, Great dancing, Over acting, Cliched

See it if You enjoy an energetic dance chorus and don't mind actors "over-acting like hell". It does eventually engage you with the story.

Don't see it if If you are homophobic or are offended by gay themes.

Also During the first act I really wanted to dislike this show. The over th... Read more Read less

86
Travesties
Midtown W
Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if You are a Tom Stoppage fan or a lover of complicated non linear stories that pose interesting questions that don't necessarily have answers.

Don't see it if You like your drama straight forward with characters that you can understand and empathize with.

Also Stoppard is definitely not to everyone's taste. I happen to like his a... Read more Read less

66
In & Of Itself
Gramercy
Clever, Indulgent, Quirky, Great staging, Slow

See it if You are fascinated by slight of hand and magic tricks mixed with storytelling

Don't see it if You are looking for interesting theatre

Also I am not in to magic shows as such, so continue to be sceptical of wha... Read more Read less

77
Entertaining, Great choreography, Classic, Indulgent, Great singing

See it if You you want to experience Broadway at the height of it golden age. The music is memorable and the dance sequences are masterful.

Don't see it if You are looking for a contemporary story told in the modern vernacular. There are also themes that are difficult to accept in the present.

Also When mounting a classic that includes family violence in this day and ... Read more Read less

74
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Fluffy

See it if You are ready for a realistic portrait of contemporary youth in all their predatory glory, performed with energy and passion.

Don't see it if You are looking for a warm cozy musical that hearkens back to high school when grandma was a teenager, told with very loud music. .

Also I haven't seen the movie so am coming to this material cold. The use o... Read more Read less

95
Epic, Riveting, Must see, Phenomenal staging, Great acting

See it if You are a Harry Potter fan and even if you aren't this is great theatre. Every element, and there are many, work perfectly.

Don't see it if You hate Harry, but you are missing a wonderful experience.

Also Don't let the 5 hours daunt you, the time flies. From the opening curt... Read more Read less

66
Entertaining, Overrated, Funny, Indulgent

See it if You are a big Harry Potter fan and have read all the books and seen all the movies.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan

Also You really need to know all the stories and characters to follow this ... Read more Read less

79
Ambitious, Dizzying, Confusing, Edgy, Violent

See it if If you are a fan of the original novel and the movie version and are willing to explore the violent world of the Drools in future England .

Don't see it if You don't like a very sparce abstract interpretation of the story, much of which is done through creative movement and graphic violence.

Also Alex and his Droogs have always been a difficult subject, what with th... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Juvenile, Quirky

See it if You are under the age of 13, a devoted Sponge Bob fan, are on some really good drugs or have absolutely nothing better to do.

Don't see it if You are looking for intellegent adult entertainment or if you have a life.

Also CUTE I will grudgingly give it, as well as energetic and enthusiastic ... Read more Read less

91
Afterglow
Midtown W
Erotic, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You are looking for a challenging evening of theatre that explores both the physical as well as the emotional sides of a gay relationship.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with graphic gay male themes and full frontal nudity.

Also The show promotes itself as an erotic work with two of the three cast ... Read more Read less