shakes2000

New York City | 25-34 | Male
About:  Actor/Director/Producer ... Read more Read less
Reviews (138)
59
Great singing

See it if you enjoyed the Disney movie so much you need to see a live version of it.

Don't see it if you enjoyed the Disney so much you do not want to see a bizarre stage version that somehow misses the mark several times.

79
During previews
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy the work of Strindberg and McPherson.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy work with a certain degree of cynicism or do not enjoy the work of Strindberg.

95
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if you are in the mood for a quirky, but relevant play that is both hilarious and poignant.

Don't see it if you are easily offended but some explicit language or you are not in the mood for boundary pushing theatre.

82
Refreshing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare in the Park, and want to see a completely inclusive new musical telling of Twelfth Night.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy your Shakespeare sung, or if the idea of the power of community telling a story is completely lost on you.

79
Quirky, Intense, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you loved the movie and/or novel, and want to see a bold and admirable attempt to adapt it for the stage.

Don't see it if you did not enjoy the novel and/or movie, do not like immersive theatre, or are uncomfortable with heavy drug use, sex, and nudity.

80
During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy new work penned by some very talented playwrights (including Obie Award winner O'Hara), that is overall well acted and directed.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy a more experimental feel to your plays. While not the best writing, it makes for a thoughtful evening at the theatre.

78
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy the work of Tracy Letts, and would like to see a female ensemble driven play.

Don't see it if you would like to see the many stars in this play truly shine. The play also presents as a writing exercise than a fully realized idea.

78
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy the music of Carole King and want to see a sensitive look at her music and life.

Don't see it if you are sick of "juke-box" musicals.

78
Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny

See it if you enjoy & need a show built for absurdity and laughs.

Don't see it if you are looking for a show with depth or production value.

75
Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy World War II dramas.

Don't see it if you need a more nuanced and less predictable script...the writing is pretty strong despite being several steps ahead of it.

60
Fluffy

See it if you enjoy the work of David Ives, Michael Kahn, and/or enjoy comedies of manners.

Don't see it if you want a comedy that will give you genuine laughs like it seems the production/writing/acting/direction is intended to do.

79
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love disco and the music of Donna Summer sung incredibly by three powerhouse performers.

Don't see it if you need a more in depth and nuanced look at the life of Donna Summer.

96
Masterful, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy this Albee classic, and want to see a beautifully handled revival of this Pulitzer winner. Expertly directed and acted.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy Albee or do not care to see a dialogue and character driven play.

69
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Refreshing, Riveting, Quirky

See it if you are in need of a theatrical experience that tests form and content.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy absurdism, experimental theatre, and/or need a traditional linear narrative.

62
During previews
Quirky, Great staging

See it if you enjoyed the original text and/or movie enough to see an attempt at a stage version of the piece.

Don't see it if you are in search of a stage version of the piece that lives up to the original text and the film version. The piece often loses focus.

61
Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you enjoy bold new work from a promising emerging playwright.

Don't see it if you need a dramaturgically sound play...as bold as the concept of the play is, the structure and writing sometimes fails the production.

98
Clever, Enchanting, Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you want a sensitive, as well as inventive, revival of an earnest musical.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy musicals in the round, or opt for simple staging choices.

86
Fluffy, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you are a fan of the movie and/or you a fan of the music of Sara Bareilles.

Don't see it if you need more musical variety in your musicals, or more weight.

84
Fluffy, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of Spongebob, and/or enjoy turning your brain off for a solid two hours of silly.

Don't see it if you are looking for heft in your musical, both in the book or in the music.

62
During previews
Great singing

See it if you enjoy the work of Kerrigan and Lowedermilk.

Don't see it if you need more musical variety, a sound book, and/or a concept that can actually hold the duration of the show.

67
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want a greater understanding of the nuances and scope of the autism spectrum.

Don't see it if you need a tighter script for this important topic. At times the script falls short of the well-acted performances & of the subject at hand.

95
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you need a theatrical release from the current socio-political climate. This is important work that is direct and sincere.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with coming face to face with hard hitting & often times very intimate issues.

57
Relevant

See it if you would like to learn about the Jewish people and their history in America through song and dance.

Don't see it if what often times feels like history class may bore you.

98
Intelligent, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you enjoy socially relevant plays that speak directly to the current educational system and marginalized young minds.

Don't see it if you are in search of light fare.

89
During previews
Profound, Relevant, Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy the book, and want to see what ends up being a very clever and disturbing staging of the novel.

Don't see it if the topics discussed in the novel disturb you past enjoyment, or if you do not have the patience to sit through a rather dull first half.

95
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy the always adventurous work of van Hove, led by the solid work of Cranston in an inventive staging of this classic film.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy the work of van Hove, or need a more traditional style of theatre.

82
Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy intense family dramas and the work of Jez Butterworth.

Don't see it if you don't have the patience to sit through three hours of play, or need a solid center to a sprawling family drama.

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy Young Jean Lee's work, and/or work that questions the status quo.

Don't see it if you either expect the more adventurous work of Lee, or are put off by (while still mild for her) "downtown" sensibilities.

72
Enchanting, Great staging, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy the puppetry stylings of the renowned Basil Twist, and want to see the scope of what puppetry can visually do.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy the abstract. This is probably best described as an evocative movement piece.

75
During previews
Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy new work, penned here by Labute, Berliner, and Rees.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy new work, and perhaps work that does not best represent the talent of these playwrights.

79
During previews
Relevant, Hilarious, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the songs of the Go Go's set to a book that is cleverly and hilariously relevant to the current socio-political climate.

Don't see it if you need book and song to blend together seamlessly, need more heft to your musical theatre, or need a dramaturgically sound piece.

90
Great acting, Profound, Refreshing, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a fitting tribute to the late Michael Friedman, sung & acted by some amazing talent (including Taylor Mac).

Don't see it if you do not enjoy the work of the Civilians, Michael Friedman, or need traditional plot/dialogue/song.

98
Great staging, Must see, Great acting, Epic, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of the Harry Potter franchise or want to be enchanted by the magic of this show.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Harry Potter, or need more depth in the writing.

69
During previews
Great writing

See it if you would like to see a pretty straight forward production of "Othello".

Don't see it if you need your Shakespeare productions to somehow connect to the world today and not read as a museum piece.

89
Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a pretty solid revival of a beloved musical.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy classical musical theatre comedy.

72
Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you enjoy this script, and want to see a refreshing authenticity in the casting and the acting of it.

Don't see it if you need direction and design that lives up to this still solid script, and supports the actors.

99
During previews
Refreshing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you enjoy new work that is socially relevant, absolutely riveting, & highly entertaining.

Don't see it if are you in need of escapist theatre or light hearted fare.

74
During previews
Clever, Relevant, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you are a Lynn Nottage fan. Seen in previews, there is something beautiful here that needs some refining to truly bloom.

Don't see it if you need spectacle or do not enjoy poetry in language and in body.

42
During previews
Confusing, Quirky

See it if you are a huge fan of Dan Lauria.

Don't see it if you need a play that is coherent, characters that are fully developed, or a sense of direction.

98
During previews
Relevant, Profound, Must see, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of this contemporary classic by the masterful Tony Kushner, and/or want to hear some of the most beautiful language.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of epic theatre that demands more than just your attention as an audience member.

86
During previews
Resonant, Refreshing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy new work that attempts to capture the very complex new territory of progressive ideas and technology.

Don't see it if you do not feel like wrestling with the nuances this play reveals, or do not have patience for a playwright boldly attempting to do so.

Also seen in previews and it is clear that JC Lee is on to something. It is... Read more Read less

98
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to engage with the socio-political world around you through the masterful storytelling of Orlandersmith.

Don't see it if you are in search of escapism theatre, or are not in the mind frame to deal with heavy hitting issues in a frank and honest manner.

71
During previews
Refreshing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of dystopian satire and/or the writing of Robert O'Hara.

Don't see it if you need a more dramaturgically sound play, or need a play that is more focused on the theme it attempts to explore.

89
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an expert and refreshing adaptation of the Greek classic, set in a socially relevant context.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy the Greeks or adaptations of them.

84
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great staging

See it if you are interested in expert story telling of a popular subject matter to dramatize: The Vietnam War.

Don't see it if you do not want to see a sometimes predictable & sometimes cliche plot line, despite expert story telling and some memorable performances.

48
Ambitious

See it if you are interested in a modern take on "Beauty and the Beast".

Don't see it if you need a clean dramaturgically sound plot, and a consistent update of the classic fairy tale, with a sense of direction.

54
During previews
Thought-provoking

See it if you are a fan of the work of Tina Howe & the often strong work of Theatre 167.

Don't see it if you need a more coherent and dramaturgically sound piece, or a stronger sense of style out of this often times visually flat piece.

98
Ambitious, Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you enjoy the 'Sam Gold' treatment to classic revivals, especially this adventurous take on Shakespeare's most famous work led by Issac.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy Sam Gold's work, or need more grandeur in your epic classics.

89
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Delightful

See it if you enjoy this theatrical NYC staple of one of Shakespeare's most beloved plays, with stellar performances by Rashad and Ashford.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy Shakespeare, or this NYC summer tradition.

88
Great acting, Quirky, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you love the work of Chuck Mee, and are interested in seeing a show that makes profound use of differently abled performers.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy the work of Chuck Mee and the absurdity his work often entails.