shakes2000

Brisbane | 25-34 | Male
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Reviews (159)
99
Must see, Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you want to see a refreshing and surprisingly relevant take on the myth of 'Orpheus and Eurydice'.

Don't see it if you like your musicals light and airy.

68
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy this lesser known play of Shakespeare's canon.

Don't see it if you don't want to see an uneven production of an uneven play. Some great moments, and many moments that just miss the mark.

90
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you enjoy the music of The Temptations - here brilliantly acted and sung by a talented ensemble of actors.

Don't see it if you do not want to see another juke box musical or craving content that is as adventurous and profound as these performers.

67
Quirky, Fluffy, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love new musicals (this one penned by Joe Iconis) with a youthful energy, with several strong performances.

Don't see it if you need a show with more substance. Much of the show feels sketched in and not fully fleshed out.

89
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see a smart adaptation of the novel, directed and acted by artists at the top of their form.

Don't see it if you do not feel the need to see an adaptation of the novel that sometimes is on the nose thematically.

95
During previews
Must see, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a revival of Much Ado that is relevant and is so well spoken that the text feels casual and immediate at the same time.

Don't see it if you do not like seeing theatre outside.

86
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining, Hilarious, Funny

See it if you want to see a theatrical adaptation of the much beloved movie that is - while nothing terribly new - is still well executed.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy musical theatre comedy that is, again while brilliantly executed, is nothing new or particularly innovative.

57
Benny & Joon
Millburn
Quirky

See it if you would like to see this film turned into a musical, or you would like to see a star turn from Bryce Pinkham.

Don't see it if you need a stronger book, score and direction from this show that can't help wandering off. The show's strongest moments involved Pinkham.

76
During previews
Ink
Midtown W
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to know more about Rupert Murdoch with a script and production that makes solid attempts to entertain as well as educate.

Don't see it if an uneven script bothers you, as well as an uneven production...at times the play seems over produced and the story goes out of focus.

70
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you want to see this important piece of American theatre history that is rarely produced.

Don't see it if you need an emotionally gripping piece of theatre or need a revival that answers the question "why now" with more immediacy.

73
The Cake
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you want to see a socially relevant play with a strong nuanced female character at the center.

Don't see it if you do not like new work, or socially relevant plays.

95
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Thought-provoking

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

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
Symphonie Fantastique
Soho/Tribeca
Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Enchanting

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
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Hilarious, Relevant

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
Gone Missing
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Refreshing, Profound, Great acting

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

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
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Funny, Delightful

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
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound

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
Dutch Masters
East Village
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Refreshing

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
Mlima's Tale
East Village
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Relevant, Clever

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
The Stone Witch
Midtown W
Quirky, Confusing

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.

99
Must see, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you want to see the most radical piece of theatre the Broadway stage has seen in some time. It is timely & incredibly immediate.

Don't see it if you do not want to think or be moved at the theatre.

77
Fluffy, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you love the music of Cher, & are interested in seeing her life portrayed on stage by three solid leading ladies.

Don't see it if you need much more depth and nuance regarding the telling of Cher's life, and perhaps a more mature telling of that story.

85
All My Sons
Midtown W
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy this classic play by Arthur Miller, in a straight forward revival with some breath taking performances.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy straight forward revivals, or enjoy the work of Miller.

72
During previews
Public Servant
Midtown W
Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoyed "The Cake", and want to a play that is thematically in the same world. Also if you are from or have a soft spot for N. Carolina.

Don't see it if you need a script that is more consistent. While the script hits many high marks towards the end, the beginning feels unsure of itself.

70
Romantic

See it if you are interested in a very simple telling of a love story told primarily through the reading of letters.

Don't see it if you are looking to have a similar experience to Gurney's masterful "Love Letters",or are not looking for what is basically a staged reading.

79
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to see two powerhouse actors (McDonald & Shannon) give a strong performance in this oddly timed revival.

Don't see it if you are not interested in seeing this modern classic revived given some problematic undertones in this current socio-political landscape.

84
Queen of Hearts
Brooklyn
Clever, Quirky, Masterful, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy burlesque and out of the box ways of telling a well known story in an immersive, decadent, & irreverent atmosphere.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy burlesque, or are put off by anything that pushes sexual boundaries.

56
During previews
Killing Time
Midtown E
Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in new work that attempts to deal with some of the nuances in dealing with death.

Don't see it if you need a solid script, solid acting (although the older actress was quite good), and a solid sense of direction. The piece wanders.

97
During previews
Thought-provoking, Funny, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy the absurdity of the worlds Taylor Mac creates. This one is expertly (hilariously and poignantly) acted, directed, and designed.

Don't see it if you do not revel in the absurd (both in theatre and in life).

50
The White Devil
West Village
Quirky, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy Webster's work, and Jacobean drama.

Don't see it if you want to see a truly great revival of an outrageous play...the production tries, but does not quite succeed at measuring up to the text.

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
The Dance of Death
East Village
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Quirky

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

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
Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Refreshing

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
Trainspotting Live
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Intense, Quirky

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
Thought-provoking, Relevant

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
Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

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
Funny, Fluffy, Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky

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
Operation Crucible
Midtown W
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
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
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
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

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

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
Quirky, Riveting, Refreshing, Edgy, Thought-provoking

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
Babette’s Feast
Midtown W
Great staging, Quirky

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.