shakes2000

Silver Spring | 25-34 | Male
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Reviews (219)
91
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Clever, Great writing
January 15th, 2023

See it if you enjoy Mike Birbiglia and/or a kind of elevated stand-up...it's less of a routine and more of a beautifully crafted story.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one-man shows or anything resembling stand-up.

76
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing
January 8th, 2023

See it if you enjoy this American classic & want to see a particularly inspired Willy and Linda Loman (Pierce and Clarke).

Don't see it if you do not enjoy this Miller piece, or want to see the piece with a firmer directorial grasp.

70
Cost of Living
Midtown W
Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing, Thought-provoking
November 7th, 2022

See it if you are interested in bold new work.

Don't see it if you are not interested in new work, or need a quick-paced piece...Majok's play is lyrical & poetic.

92
Parade
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Relevant, Resonant
November 2nd, 2022

See it if you enjoy artists such as Jason Robert Brown & Michael Arden (director) at their best in an (unfortunately) very timely musical.

Don't see it if you do not want to be triggered by historical events of anti-semitism & racism that unfortunately ring incredibly close to home.

50
Thought-provoking
October 30th, 2022

See it if you are a fan of Gabriel Byrne.

Don't see it if you simply need a stronger play. While the stories are intriguing, nothing about the play is dramatic. I'm interested in the book, however.

80
During previews
KPOP (Broadway)
Midtown W
Fluffy, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant
October 27th, 2022

See it if you enjoy K-pop, new work, and want to watch theatre history unfold (first Broadway show that celebrates Korean culture).

Don't see it if you expect the innovative staging of the off-broadway production (unfortunately much of that is lost in in this transfer).

82
During previews
Thought-provoking, Epic, Great acting, Ambitious
October 23rd, 2022

See it if you enjoy the work of Hare & Hynter, or Fiennes. Or are interested in the history behind New York City and Robert Moses.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy historical dramas.

34
During previews
Dated
October 23rd, 2022

See it if you enjoy the work of Shaw.

Don't see it if you need a revival that speaks to the current moment. Shaw certainly has value but this production does nothing to make it relevant.

84
During previews
Quirky, Resonant, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking
October 21st, 2022

See it if you enjoy new work written by powerhouses Tesori & Lindsay-Abaire, and executed by a stunning cast.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy new work, or you don't like the quirky dark comedy that Lindsay-Abaire is known for.

69
Weightless
Upper W Side
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Ambitious
October 19th, 2022

See it if you enjoy Greek Myths reimagined.

Don't see it if you are triggered by stories of abuse. Or if you need more story to help support the music - or staging to support the concert concept.

70
Jasper
Midtown W
Thought-provoking
October 10th, 2022

See it if you want to see a new work with a very interesting premise with mostly solid acting.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy new work, or need a tighter script...while the premise is interesting, the piece tends to meander, as does the direction.

83
During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
October 2nd, 2022

See it if you want to see an extremely well acted revival of a modern classic that still resonates today.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy Topdog/Underdog, or you need the revival to have a stronger directorial point of view.

84
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious
September 3rd, 2022

See it if you enjoy new work that pushes the boundaries of form and content, especially on the Broadway stage.

Don't see it if you do not want to be challenged or want to hear and see hard truths.

80
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Quirky, Great acting, Ambitious
September 3rd, 2022

See it if you enjoy new work that illuminates history in an inventive way. The piece unpacks a lot about the Korean experience in a beautiful way.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy new work, or do not enjoy watching hard truths.

60
Los Otros
Midtown W
Great acting, Great singing, Ambitious
August 28th, 2022

See it if you enjoy the music of Michael John LaChiusa.

Don't see it if you want to see a book that matches the gorgeous music of Lachiusa. Unfortunately, Fitzhugh's lyrcs and book don't quite match his score.

48
During previews
The Butcher Boy
Chelsea
Great singing
July 31st, 2022

See it if you enjoy the source material, want to support new work, or enjoy dark /macabre musicals.

Don't see it if you need a strong book, clear direction, or a dramaturgically sound piece...despite some solid performances the actors can't save the show.

89
Refreshing, Hilarious, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting
July 22nd, 2022

See it if you want to see a "Twelfth Night" that feels refreshing and new, with some brilliant performances among the cast.

Don't see it if you want to see "Twelfth Night" in its entirety (this one is cut quite a bit but nothing is lost), or need a stronger directorial concept.

90
Intelligent, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Great acting
July 18th, 2022

See it if you are a fan of "Into the Woods" and want to see a solid & refreshing revival of the piece.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy "Into the Woods".

81
Resonant, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting
July 8th, 2022

See it if you want to see a strong new work but an emerging playwright coupled with strong and heartfelt performances.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy new work...there are some uneven moments in the piece, but in the end the heart of the work really shines.

78
Fluffy, Quirky, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging
July 5th, 2022

See it if you enjoy the work of Alex Timbers and want to see what he accomplished with the source material.

Don't see it if you would rather not see a musical version of the beloved movie, especially since this version attempts to force an 'emotional centerpiece'.

98
Fat Ham
East Village
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting
June 8th, 2022

See it if you want to see a very well deserved Pulitzer winning piece that centers on Black Queer joy and uses Hamlet as a jumping off point.

Don't see it if you are expecting to see "Hamlet".

80
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious
June 8th, 2022

See it if you enjoy the work of Thorton Wilder and want to see this rarely produced Pulitzer winning piece of his.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy long plays, or if you expect to see "Our Town"...this piece is much more ambitious in scope but often wanders.

84
Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing
May 19th, 2022

See it if you enjoy "How I Learned to Drive" and want to see Parker and Morse revisit the roles they created.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy "How I Learned to Drive", or want to see it revived with a bit more care (the direction falters).

91
Thought-provoking, Epic, Must see, Great writing, Great singing
May 19th, 2022

See it if you want to see a near perfect concert version of "Into the Woods".

Don't see it if you do not enjoy "Into the Woods".

79
During previews
Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting
April 17th, 2022

See it if you want to see a revival of Ntozake Shange's powerful piece with powerful performances by every member of this ensemble.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy poetic language and/or an abstraction of very real ideas and experiences.

35
During previews
Wish You Were Here
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Ambitious
April 16th, 2022

See it if you want to see a new piece by the playwright of "English".

Don't see it if you want to see a piece that is fully developed. It is a brave and bold piece that currently only exists in theory but not in excecution.

45
Ambitious
April 12th, 2022

See it if you want to see new work and/or Debra Messing.

Don't see it if you want to see Debra Messing in a play that fails to show off her talents. The piece falters far too often.

90
At The Wedding
Upper W Side
Entertaining, Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting
March 31st, 2022

See it if you want to see a new comedy that also has emotional heft, and is expertly directed and acted.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy multilayered comedies.

59
Little Girl Blue
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing
March 25th, 2022

See it if you are a fan of Nina Simone.

Don't see it if you want more substance out of the piece or want to see a portrayal of Nina that, while excellently sung, sometimes leans to impression.

51
The Life
Midtown W
Great singing
March 17th, 2022

See it if You are a fan of “The Life” or any of the many talented performers on stage.

Don't see it if You want to see a poor revival of a musical. The book has always been problematic but the rewrites (while well intentioned) do not help.

90
For a previous production
Wolf Play
Midtown W
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting
March 12th, 2022

See it if you want to see a bold new work from playwright Hansol Jung imaginatively directed and with strong performances.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy shows that encourage you to use your imagination and immerse you in the world.

86
Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing
March 12th, 2022

See it if you enjoy the work of Richard Greenberg, and want to see a very well acted revival of his Tony Award winning play.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play that admittedly sometimes feels dated (although much of it is still relevant) and are uncomfortable w/ nudity.

80
On Sugarland
East Village
Relevant, Ambitious, Epic, Great acting, Great staging
March 6th, 2022

See it if you enjoy the poetic work of Aleshea Harris, & theatre that is epic in its scope.

Don't see it if you may get frustrated with a sometimes confusing and/or overwritten script. Despite this, the piece remains a powerful one.

72
During previews
Coal Country
West Village
Great singing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking
March 5th, 2022

See it if you enjoy documentary theatre featuring music by Steve Earle.

Don't see it if you need a tighter script. Much of the piece works, but at times it gets lots in itself and fails to keep active.

73
Out of Time
East Village
Refreshing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking
March 4th, 2022

See it if you want to be introduced (or rather re-introduced) to icons of the Asian American diaspora performing in new work where they are the stars.

Don't see it if an uneven collection of monologues may deter you. Some of the new pieces work far better than the others.

86
The Same
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking
February 27th, 2022

See it if you enjoy the work of Edna Walsh & want to see a production that excels in direction, design and acting.

Don't see it if you don't want to be frustrated by Walsh's purposefully confusing (yet still wholly engaging) piece.

59
Great acting
February 20th, 2022

See it if you enjoy the work of DH Lawrence and/or period pieces.

Don't see it if you need a relevant connection to today's world to enjoy the piece, and (despite some fine acting) direction that brings a show to life.

59
Great writing, Fluffy
February 19th, 2022

See it if You enjoy the musical “A Chorus Line” and would like to learn more about Kleban and his life and work.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy overtly precious productions that make everything saccharine. The material was there but the direction and concept were off.

79
BAROCOCO (2022)
Midtown E
Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Quirky, Funny
February 12th, 2022

See it if you enjoy some pretty good clown work with a dose of social commentary.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy clowning.

89
Tambo & Bones
Midtown W
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting
February 8th, 2022

See it if you want to be challenged and actively engaged in the theatre, particularly around themes of race and capitalism.

Don't see it if you do not want to be challenged or are not ready to face valid (while intense) questions & views of the current state of this country.

84
The Tap Dance Kid
Midtown W
Entertaining, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant
February 3rd, 2022

See it if you want to see a surprisingly relevant show of yesteryear brought back with love & enthusiasm. And if you want to see amazing tap dancing.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy tap dance, or if you don't enjoy musicals that follow a certain (sometimes predictable) form.

79
During previews
Ambitious, Epic, Entertaining, Great singing
January 29th, 2022

See it if you are a fan of Michael Jackson, & want to see three extremely talented actors tackle the role with jaw dropping results.

Don't see it if you want more depth from the piece. The piece follows a lot of the tropes of the bio-musical that make the show predictable.

58
During previews
Shhhhh
Chelsea
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Great acting
January 28th, 2022

See it if you enjoy the work of Clare Barron ("Dance Nation") & want to hear some excellently written dialogue.

Don't see it if you need a strong story to pull you through. While individual scenes are well written, the piece as a whole lacks coherence of any kind.

84
During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing
January 17th, 2022

See it if you want to see a Morisseau classic beautifully staged and acted.

Don't see it if you want a play that clips along...much of the gorgeous storytelling here happens in moments of silence, intimacy, or slow burns.

84
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing
January 17th, 2022

See it if you enjoy & know the show and want to see a revival that does a pretty good job at reimagining the show for today.

Don't see it if you are a purist.

70
Epic, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious
January 12th, 2022

See it if you want to see a new musical boldly staged with an interesting concept.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy slow burns in your musicals, or a musical that feels more like a play with music.

91
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Refreshing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting
January 12th, 2022

See it if you want to see a masterful playwright, acting company, and director come together in a delicious mix of commentary and comedy.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy bold acting choices and theatricality.

50
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious
January 12th, 2022

See it if you want to see a bold approach to race and sexuality by a playwright making his Broadway debut.

Don't see it if you want to see trauma porn. The play is deeply problematic in its approach, and misses the mark.

80
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great singing, Epic, Ambitious
January 12th, 2022

See it if you want to see a revival of one of the best scores written in the musical theatre canon.

Don't see it if you want an epic staging of the piece. The revival is intimate, which sometimes works, and sometimes does not.

90
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Masterful, Great staging
November 19th, 2021

See it if you want to experience a perspective on 9/11 that is nuanced, hopeful, and ultimately life affirming.

Don't see it if you do not want to possibly be triggered by the events of 9/11.