Sam E 6142

New York City | 25-34 | Male
About:  An actor in the city. I see most of what's on Broadway and do my best to see as much Off and Off-Off Broadway as money will allow.
Reviews (39)
83
Bandstand
Midtown W
Great singing, Profound, Resonant, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if you want an entertaining song and dance show that will also give you an emotional gut punch.

Don't see it if you cant stand cliched jokes or plot devices. The book could use some work, but the rest of the show is superb

75
Funny, Great staging, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy Guare's style of fast paced plot and dialogue, and enjoy tight stories. Hawkins is a standout and design elements are gorgeous.

Don't see it if you're looking for something profound. The piece feels less revelatory now than it did in its original production.

100
Indecent
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you want to be surprised and moved by a little known piece of theater history, w/ a chameleon like ensemble cast. incredible script

Don't see it if you want a straightforward play. The concept is slightly avant-garde, but do yourself a favor and give it a chance.

79
Great singing, Epic, Indulgent, Great staging, Intense

See it if you like grand, sweeping epics. similar to Les Mis. And want to appreciate powerhouse vocals

Don't see it if you are looking for something nuanced or intimate. The show is BIG throughout.

80
During previews
Clever, Funny, Great staging, Hilarious, Romantic

See it if you're looking for a funny, adult musical. Movie makes for a fun adaptation and the staging makes brilliant use of multiple turn tables

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of crude humor (not for little kids). Needs a good 20 min cut from run time, but its ultimately charming

69
For a previous production
Cliched, Funny, Quirky

See it if you want expert physical comedy, and if you can score a cheap ticket

Don't see it if you're expecting something as finely tuned as Noises Off. Act 2 is hilarious, though most of the jokes in act 1 arent memorable.

80
During previews
War Paint
Midtown W
Great singing, Cliched, Hilarious, Beautifully designed, Thought-provoking

See it if you are in the mood for straight up diva worship. Its all about the two leading ladies singing to the heavens. And gorgeous costume design.

Don't see it if you want intimate or non-traditional. The show is rather traditionally structured and feels "old school" as opposed to newer offering

79
Cliched, Dated, Entertaining, Great dancing, Fluffy

See it if you love classic musicals (complete with groaner one-liners), gorgeous costumes, and big show stopping dance numbers.

Don't see it if you want character depth or are looking for something more than a predictable romance. Charming and well performed fluff, but nothing new

89
Entertaining, Dizzying, Epic, Clever

See it if you enjoy immensely talented acrobats and circus performers in a fairly intimate setting. Lots of high flying edge of your seat acts

Don't see it if you're expecting grand types of scenic elements in sit down Cirque shows like "O" or "Love". Its a tent show, w/ more focus on performers

75
Falsettos
Midtown W
Confusing, Great singing, Romantic, Relevant

See it if You want to see some of Broadways best performers at peak voice. This is a difficult score and they nail it. Block & Uranowitz steal show

Don't see it if You want flashy/opulent design. The directorial concept involves horrendous ugly looking blocks. It doesn't work and is cumbersome.

85
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Epic, Great singing, Entertaining, Fluffy, Romantic

See it if you want big spectacle, amazing stagecraft, pyrotechnic vocals, are bringing family etc (good for all ages)

Don't see it if You want more complex characters. Its mostly here to entertain, though it has a great message.

90
For a previous production
Significant Other
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Relevant, Romantic, Intelligent

See it if you like snappy modern dialogue that actually feels realistic, a modern love story, a gay lead that isnt cliched.

Don't see it if This is a story about 20-somethings and is pretty accurate in its depiction. I can see older audience members not having much interest in it

90
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great singing, Great writing, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if you like Sara Bareilles music, looking for incredible acting/singing, a mix of humor and heart. A show with a great message.

Don't see it if you want a more "standard" of "fluffy" musical. This is decidedly modern

89
Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you love comedies, are a musical theatre fan (lots of references), want something big and broad but satisfying. definite crowd pleaser

Don't see it if you are looking for something serious or high art. its broad humor done very effectively and expertly staged.

70
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Fluffy, Cliched, Entertaining, Pretty, Romantic

See it if you're a disney fan, want a big spectacle, a crowd pleaser

Don't see it if you hate broad musical theatre acting (other than the genie, it gets old fast). Its sort of a theme park show.

85
Entertaining, Fluffy, Clever, Delightful

See it if you have kids or friends visiting from out of town. Doesnt reinvent the wheel, but is a surprising amount of fun. catchy music, good for all

Don't see it if you don't like fluffy musical theatre. It has no ambition to be anything else.

72
Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny

See it if you like mindless fun, catchy music, and are in the mood for something high energy.

Don't see it if you dislike fluff. It has a great message, but ultimately is nothing more than some frivolous fun, nothing profound.

100
Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want to see one of the best musicals of this generation. Enjoy incredible scores with recognizable characters.

Don't see it if you want a song and dance show.

40
Blackbird
Midtown W
Disappointing, Excruciating, Intense, Indulgent, Depressing

See it if you enjoy depressing and disturbing subject matter.

Don't see it if you are upset by the topic of sexual assault and rape.

79
Bright Star
Midtown W
Delightful, Cliched, Great acting, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if You want an enchanting evening with one of the best performances of the season (Carmen Cusack).

Don't see it if you do not like folk/bluegrass music

90
Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Riveting, Intense

See it if you want a master class in acting from a talented cast, with gorgeous design work

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of period pieces or classically styled plays.

70
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Long

See it if you enjoy history and intl politics. Its a fascinating story that still resonants

Don't see it if you cant sit still for 3 hours. Act 1 is tedious w/ lots of history and players to introduce, Act 2 is a near masterpiece though.

95
Enchanting, Exquisite, Funny, Great singing, Romantic

See it if you love big old fashioned song and dance musicals, with lush scenery and costumes.

Don't see it if you arent a fan of Midlers (her personality is half the fun!) or if you are looking for depth. Its all about fun, laughs, and happy endings

92
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you want a script that will make you laugh, but also manages to be poignant. And if you want great acting: the cast is sublime

Don't see it if You are looking for it to mirror the original Ibsen play. Dont need any knowledge of that play to enjoy this, but the tone is a total 180

90
Sweat
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're looking for something powerful and relevant. Will make you think. Has a strong ensemble cast.

Don't see it if you are looking for spectacle or if you just want to sit and not think. The play examines contemporary issues very thoroughly

55
The Front Page
Midtown W
Cliched, Indulgent, Great acting, Dated, Slow

See it if you like Nathan Lane. He is almost enough to save the play, but doesnt appear til act 2 (of 3). I didnt laugh once during all of act 1 (1hr)

Don't see it if you dislike old fashioned, overlong, dated, misogynistic, plays with clunky staging. Kept wishing the actors were in something else.

90
During previews
Great singing, Profound, Resonant, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you enjoy true ensemble work and theatrical storytelling. Uplifting and inspiring story, one our world needs told now

Don't see it if you are looking for a big flashy spectacle. The show is all about the human element. No big stage effects

85
Paris!
Brooklyn
Great singing, Raunchy, Ambitious, Sexy, Enchanting

See it if you like laid back "cabaret" atmosphere, sexy dancers, and epic singers; if you want to experience something truly unique

Don't see it if You want to bring the kids to something or are offended by lots of skin and sexual themes. The story also becomes a bit secondary.

98
The Encounter
Midtown W
Absorbing, Masterful, Transporting, Riveting, Great acting

See it if you'll try something a little different, enjoy tour de force performances, want full immersion in a story. I was truly transported.

Don't see it if you dont want to wear headphones or you are looking for a standard play. but you'll be missing one of the most unique shows ever ;)

80
Coriolanus
West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Mixed bag

See it if You enjoy quality Shakespearean actors take on a tough play. Lisa Howard gives one of the top performances in New York this season.

Don't see it if you're looking for a new interpretation/concept. The "modern election" theme is tired & how every production of this play is done

64
Clever, Thought-provoking, Slow, Confusing

See it if you like the unexpected, a favorite star is in it, you enjoy improv and some mild audience interaction, you get discounted tickets.

Don't see it if you like straightforward stories (very symbolic, and the script cant decide if its an outrageous comedy or profound thought piece).

70
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Dated, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if you're already a fan, someone talented is in it, you have friends from out of town, you like the minimalist approach they use.

Don't see it if you dont care for the star. This show's quality varies greatly depending on whoever the new headliner is.

96
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Hilarious, Funny, Edgy, Intelligent, Raunchy

See it if you love outrageous comedies and something more adult. One of the funniest shows I've ever seen. Very clever score.

Don't see it if you dislike raunchy or non-pc humor. This is not for children.

60
Epic, Fluffy, Tired, Cliched

See it if you love the music, want to see the incredible costume work and puppets

Don't see it if you hate tourists. The entire audience will be on their phones and ushers dont do a thing about it. Actors seem bored after Circle of Life.

60
Matilda
Midtown W
Disappointing, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you have kids, appreciate great scenic design

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding accents or are hard of hearing. lyrics dont scan w/ music and it can be impossible to make out words

89
Ambitious, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you enjoy classic musicals, thrilling dance sequences (the male ensemble is incredible), and career defining performance from Danny Bustein

Don't see it if you want something more "current". The design elements also lie somewhere between minimal and grandiose and end up dissapointing

98
Great singing, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if You enjoy exquisite singing. Best vocals I've ever heard on Broadway.

Don't see it if you want spectacle. Very minimalist production values, the performances are the spectacle.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you want good ol fashioned musical comedy. A cast of very capable singers with great comedic timing.

Don't see it if You are looking for a ton of substance. The musical is just here to entertain you and make you laugh.

98
The Humans
Midtown W
Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy stellar actors who never use the "scene chewing" tactic.

Don't see it if you dont like good things. Seriously, this play is incredible.