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Reviews (121)
82
Quirky, Masterful, Enchanting, Clever, Ambitious
January 22nd, 2023

See it if you want to experience a unique, visually stunning performance with impressive puppetry and effective design elements at the forefront

Don't see it if you prefer plays that prioritize more complex/fully fleshed out plots; you dislike shows that break the fourth wall or lean into the absurd

Also a sci-fi puppet show will likely not be for everyone, but if you're on... Read more Read less

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Modern Swimwear
Midtown W
Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal
January 22nd, 2023

See it if you want the chance to see some up-and-coming artists in an intimate setting

Don't see it if you're bored by flat writing, dialogue that quickly grows repetitive/tiresome, and resulting performances that come across as one-note

Also though based on real people, the characters here feel like caricatures... Read more Read less

87
Ambitious, Must see, Intelligent, Great singing, Great acting
January 22nd, 2023

See it if you want to see a talented, top-tier cast take on this challenging, messy, moving cult classic in an intimate setting

Don't see it if you want a show with a traditional chronological plot; you want something light or optimistic; you dislike Sondheim scores

75
Great acting, Heavy, Intense, Absorbing
January 22nd, 2023

See it if you want to see a deeply affecting performance from Audra McDonald

Don't see it if you want something light or fluffy; you don't like plays that are told almost entirely through narration with minimal dialogue

88
Kate
East Village
Must see, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever
December 31st, 2022

See it if you want to laugh; you like theatre that doesn't take itself too seriously; you can get a ticket to the show's return engagement

Don't see it if you strongly dislike self-referential, absurdist comedy; you want a more traditional show and not a solo show

74
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Uneven, Absorbing
December 31st, 2022

See it if you like stories that are small in scale but illuminate larger themes; you want to see a compelling leading performance from Henderson

Don't see it if you're bothered by uneven dialogue/characterization/performances—some very convincing, others less so; you like neat, unambiguous resolution

Also the set has a lot of details which can be appreciated when sitting nea... Read more Read less

77
Resonant, Unconventional, Dark, Meta, Absorbing
December 31st, 2022

See it if you want a show that uses an offbeat approach to take a unflinchingly sobering look at the state of live theatre and society more broadly

Don't see it if you want something light and/or more traditional; you dislike one-person shows or breaking the fourth wall; you're expecting flashy sets

Also Crouch alternates between describing an imagined production of King Le... Read more Read less

89
Intense, Masterful, Disturbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting
December 31st, 2022

See it if you want a show that is at once deeply uncomfortable, disturbing, & predictable, but also complex & surprising with top-notch writing/acting

Don't see it if you don't want a show that makes your skin crawl; you want lighter subject matter

Also recommend reviewing the content warning on the Playwrights Horizons we... Read more Read less

76
Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever
December 31st, 2022

See it if you want to see a small ensemble of talented, committed performers in a show that resonates regardless of your religious background

Don't see it if you're tired of seeing twenty-somethings play teenagers; you don't want a show that interrogates and satirizes religious teachings/practices

Also the show felt like it fell apart a bit toward the end and could benefi... Read more Read less

44
Aloha Boricua
Midtown W
Entertaining, Energetic, Uneven, Ambitious
December 31st, 2022

See it if you enjoy song cycles; you appreciate shows that illuminate lesser-known histories; you want a high-energy show in an intimate setting

Don't see it if you're bothered by lyrics that are hard to hear/understand at times due to the volume of the music; you want a more substantial, linear plot

Also note that the projected supertitles alternate between English (when th... Read more Read less

52
Des Moines
Brooklyn
Dizzying, Quirky, Slow, Dated, Disappointing
December 18th, 2022

See it if you enjoy absurdist theatre; you like shows that leave you with many questions to ponder; you want to see a talented, committed ensemble

Don't see it if you dislike shows that are open to interpretation; you want something more coherent; you're bothered by casual racism and anti-LGBTQ+ bias

81
The Far Country
Chelsea
Intense, Ambitious, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing
December 18th, 2022

See it if you want an intimate story that illuminates a larger history and themes that continue to resonate; you appreciate evocative design elements

Don't see it if you want something lighter/less emotionally intense; you're bothered by some scenes/writing that at times feel disjointed or tonally uneven

78
During previews
Entertaining, Slow, Absorbing, Great acting
December 17th, 2022

See it if you want to see explosive, moving performances that elevate the material; you're interested in a theatrical portrayal of these two artists

Don't see it if you're expecting to gain new insights into the artists' lives/work or to see a "bigger" story that shows them beyond their apartment/studio

66
Banal, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing
December 17th, 2022

See it if you want to see talented actors take on the story of Robert Moses; you have some familiarity with/interest in New York history

Don't see it if you want an edgy, unexpected, or illuminating look at Moses; you're bothered by stilted dialogue, overlong scenes, or direct address

Also overall, this play did not live of to the hype of its star-studded cas... Read more Read less

82
La Race
Upper W Side
Resonant, Long, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing
December 17th, 2022

See it if you want to see committed, convincing performances in a play that's funny and emotional/intense; you appreciate clever use of a small space

Don't see it if you don't want a play that could benefit from trimming/tightening; you're bothered by characters or dialogue that at times lack depth/nuance

84
A Man of No Importance
East Village
Quirky, Enchanting, Great music, Great singing
December 17th, 2022

See it if you want a small, sweet musical featuring strong performances in an intimate setting

Don't see it if you want big, flashy production values; you don't like Doyle's tendency to have actors double as on-stage musicians

77
Slow, Resonant, Funny, Great acting, Clever
December 17th, 2022

See it if you want a bold, uncompromising look at the experience of being Black in America; you find sketch comedy entertaining

Don't see it if you prefer comedy that is pure fluff; you're disturbed by the use of racist language/imagery or the portrayal of racial violence on stage

85
Touching, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful
December 17th, 2022

See it if you enjoy one-person stand-up shows; you're a fan of Birbiglia or like long-form comedic storytelling

Don't see it if you prefer comedy that is pure fluff—this show confronts topics of illness, mortality, etc.; you want a traditional play

74
Sandra
Gramercy
Slight, Riveting, Entertaining, Cliched, Absorbing
November 27th, 2022

See it if you enjoy psychological thrillers/murder mysteries; you like one-person shows; you're willing to suspend disbelief re: some plot elements

Don't see it if you like plays with more showing than telling—this often feels like an engaging fictional crime podcast with heavy narration/limited staging

Also this play takes some time to settle in, but once it does it's an enter... Read more Read less

86
The Rat Trap
Midtown W
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting
November 21st, 2022

See it if you want an intimate drama that explores fairly predictable yet still relevant challenges of navigating marriage & professional ambitions

Don't see it if you're bothered by predictable endings; you dislike staging in which actors sometimes face away from you or portions of the set are blocked

67
Dizzying, Tedious, Slow, Dark
November 21st, 2022

See it if you're a fan of Mays; you enjoy unique takes on classic shows; you're intrigued by stagecraft, the use of music, & breaking the fourth wall

Don't see it if you're expecting a traditional and/or family-friendly take on A Christmas Carol; you dislike one-person shows with lots of narration

Also avoid sitting on the far sides or rear as you will likely miss certain... Read more Read less

79
Meandering, Disjointed, Moving, Slow, Absorbing
November 21st, 2022

See it if you enjoy autobiographical shows that feature mostly well-crafted storytelling and unadorned but effective use of sets/lighting/sound design

Don't see it if you're sensitive to someone relating personal, at times harrowing experiences with such topics as sexual abuse, mental illness, & alcoholism

Also the individual scenes were quite moving and Byrne is a gifted storytel... Read more Read less

47
Two Jews Talking
Midtown W
Cliched, Mildly funny, Dated, Banal
November 21st, 2022

See it if you're a fan of the performers and want to take advantage of the opportunity to see them in an intimate setting; you enjoy two-handers

Don't see it if you want incisive comedy rather than mostly tired cliches; you don't enjoy "talky" shows that lack any significant action/sets/staging

55
During previews
KPOP (Broadway)
Midtown W
Cringey book, Great singing, Fluffy, Uneven, Energetic
November 21st, 2022

See it if you want a fun evening of entertaining music/dancing; you don't mind rowdy audiences, a slight plot, or a loud, concert-like atmosphere

Don't see it if you want a sophisticated, compelling book; you're bothered by trite dialogue that stops the show cold between energetic musical numbers

96
During previews
Ambitious, Intense, Profound, Must see, Masterful
November 17th, 2022

See it if you want a deeply moving, uniquely authentic production of a classic show; you're a fan of Fiddler

Don't see it if you want something light/fluffy without any heavy/emotional elements; you don't want a show that uses supertitles; you want extravagant sets

Also if you're on the fence about attending due to the use of supertitles, ... Read more Read less

66
During previews
Jack Was Kind
Chelsea
Intense, Great acting, Minimal staging, Meandering, Absorbing
November 15th, 2022

See it if you enjoy one-person shows presented from a single character's perspective; you want an engaging, raw performance in an intimate space

Don't see it if you're expecting a play that explicitly references current American political figures, not fictional characters; you want a big/splashy show

59
During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Strange, Dark
November 15th, 2022

See it if you enjoy plays that are open to interpretation or leave you ruminating on what you watched; you appreciate risks even if not all successful

Don't see it if you prefer realism; you're sensitive to blunt discussions of dark topics; you want a family-friendly show—i.e. don't want lots of profanity

71
Where We Belong
East Village
Thought-provoking, Engaging, Slow, Meandering, Resonant
November 15th, 2022

See it if you enjoy one-person shows; you appreciate when personal stories illuminate larger themes; you want challenging/thought-provoking material

Don't see it if you want something light/fluffy; you only enjoy one-person shows if there are lots of distinct characters and more dialogue/less monologue

60
Resonant, Intense, Poignant, Uneven, Long
November 15th, 2022

See it if you want to revisit the first 13 months of COVID via short scenes & songs in a cabaret setting; you want to watch Parks perform her own work

Don't see it if you're bothered by some flat acting or dialogue/lyrics that feel too on the nose; you want engaging, nuanced storytelling for all 3 hours

Also this play could benefit from some trimming/focusing—it is true that a ... Read more Read less

67
During previews
Good Enemy
West Village
Slow, Melodramatic writing & acting, Interesting story, Uneven, Cliched
November 4th, 2022

See it if you want a new play that shows potential but doesn't quite hit the mark; you don't mind reminders of the pandemic and anti-Asian violence

Don't see it if you dislike characterizations that lack depth/subtlety or writing/acting that verges on cartoonish and distracts from the compelling story

91
Parade
Midtown W
Relevant, Resonant, Must see, Great singing, Absorbing
November 3rd, 2022

See it if you want to see this thrilling, moving score performed live, conducted by its composer; you don't mind muddled lyrics in ensemble numbers

Don't see it if you want something light—if you're sensitive to antisemitism, racism, or violence, may want to read the history first before deciding to go

Also in terms of seating, keep in mind that no matter where you sit there w... Read more Read less

81
Cliched, Entertaining, Masterful, Refreshing, Delightful
November 3rd, 2022

See it if you want to see a classic musical with a talented cast; you don't mind minimal/concert-style staging since it allows the score to shine

Don't see it if you thought the Encores version was perfection—this production has lost a bit of the magic of its previous run in the move to Broadway

Also if you're especially sensitive to audience distractions, be mindful th... Read more Read less

84
Clever, Resonant, Cliched, Entertaining, Enchanting
November 3rd, 2022

See it if you want to hear familiar songs skillfully played by a full orchestra; you want to see an all-star cast in a limited-run concert staging

Don't see it if you prefer intricate sets/staging; you prefer Sondheim's more intellectual shows; you dislike when serious themes are mixed with campy humor

43
The Tap Dance Kid
Midtown W
Uneven, Slow, Dated
November 3rd, 2022

See it if you want to see a rarely performed musical; you're a fan of the individual performers; you enjoy tap dancing

Don't see it if you're bothered by thin books, unconvincing acting, limited sets, or strange dramaturgical choices; you're expecting a top-tier Encores show

46
Fluffy, Insipid, Dizzying, Cliched, Banal
November 3rd, 2022

See it if you enjoy broad, slapstick humor and physical comedy, including rehearsed mishaps, sets/props "breaking," actors hamming it up, etc.

Don't see it if you prefer comedies with witty humor; you're bothered by rowdy audiences; committed actors and clever sets aren't enough to satisfy you

42
During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Banal, Flat, Predictable
October 30th, 2022

See it if you want a two-hander that shows the ups and downs of a teenage summer fling; you don't mind a superficial look at serious topics

Don't see it if you're expecting profundity or a more weighty, resonant, compelling engagement with and exploration of the setting/context/subject matter

Also this is the second Nazi/Nazi-adjacent teenage love story playing on NY... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Intense, Long, Relevant, Absorbing
October 30th, 2022

See it if you enjoy family dramas; you appreciate writing that features well-drawn characters, even if the actors feel like they're in different shows

Don't see it if you're looking for something in the 90 min/no intermission range—pacing was good, but it is long; you don't like being close to the action

78
During previews
Cliched, Moving, Great acting, Enchanting, Heartfelt
October 29th, 2022

See it if you want a show that uses a "small" story of a father/son to illuminate universal, emotionally-resonant themes; you like plays with music

Don't see it if you dislike monologues/direct address to the audience and/or folk music; you don't have the patience to wait for the late emotional payoff

41
MONSTRESS
West Village
Unpolished, Ambitious, Slow, Disjointed, Great singing
October 29th, 2022

See it if you want to see an incredibly talented ensemble of singers/musicians and don't mind if other elements of the show feel fairly amateur

Don't see it if you want a show that feels fully developed/focused; you expect a traditional musical, not a play with music; you want flashy sets/costumes

Also some pleasant music, but can be hard to hear/understand the lyrics; th... Read more Read less

60
The How and the Why
East Village
Unfocused, Relevant, Long, Predictable
October 24th, 2022

See it if you want to see an intimate two-hander that explores interpersonal relationships and scientific topics; you don't mind dense language/jargon

Don't see it if you don't want a story that's meandering and overstuffed; you dislike obvious/predictable plot twists; you want compelling sets/staging

79
Slow, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Resonant, Absorbing
October 24th, 2022

See it if you want to watch an absorbing, intimate drama; you enjoy seeing a small, talented ensemble take on challenging material

Don't see it if you want something light; you're confused by a non-linear plot that includes time jumps and seemingly unrelated characters

90
Thrilling, Must see, Edgy, Clever, Absorbing
October 23rd, 2022

See it if you want a unique theatrical experience that is quite strange yet consistently engaging and often thrilling

Don't see it if you want a linear plot and clear message; you dislike shows that leave you feeling confused or unsettled; you dislike unexpected twists

Also some reviewers mention familiarity with Chekhov's work as a prerequisi... Read more Read less

72
Uneven, Original, Overrated, Quirky, Entertaining
October 23rd, 2022

See it if you want an irreverent, unique take on a classic novel that incorporates puppetry, minimal sets, and music; you enjoy plays with music

Don't see it if you want a more traditional drama or comedy; you're confused by actors playing multiple characters; you want music to drive the plot forward

Also if you struggle with long shows, note that the show moves fairly brisk... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Quirky, Refreshing, Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining
October 23rd, 2022

See it if you want a solid, original musical comedy that takes an unexpected premise and creates a story that is at once funny, touching, and hopeful

Don't see it if you want a serious drama, not characters/plot that require suspension of disbelief; you dislike when heavy topics are treated w/ irreverence

Also some noticeable changes throughout the show compared to the previous o... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Chester Bailey
Chelsea
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Compelling, Riveting
October 18th, 2022

See it if you want an absorbing, unsettling two-hander featuring compelling performances in an unexpected and somewhat meandering but moving story

Don't see it if you want something light—this touches on some dark topics and leaves you wrestling with moral/ethical questions about trauma and treatment

Also in addition to the two strong acting performances, this show features ... Read more Read less

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During previews
You Will Get Sick
Midtown W
Unfocused, Insipid, Long, Bizarre, Disappointing
October 16th, 2022

See it if you enjoy offbeat shows with surreal elements; you want to support new work in development; you're a fan of the artists involved

Don't see it if you like more straightforward, grounded plays; elements of the text & direction prevent seemingly universal/relatable themes from resonating

Also some moments were thought-provoking, but most of the play leaves you s... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Intense, Masterful, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing
October 16th, 2022

See it if you want to see two performers at the top of their game; you want a show that mixes humor with a dark/gripping/tense plot

Don't see it if you dislike "slice of life" plays that occur in one setting/over a short period of time; you want a show with a large cast or flashy sets

Also note that this play includes the discussion and depiction of violence ... Read more Read less

63
american (tele)visions
East Village
Unfocused, Clever, Dizzying, Great acting, Ambitious
October 16th, 2022

See it if you want to see an ambitious work that still feels like it could use some additional development/tightening/trimming

Don't see it if you want a more straightforward/linear plot that features fewer unfocused elements; you dislike shows that feature a lot of technology/video

40
During previews
Dated, Banal, Unfocused, Uneven pacing
October 16th, 2022

See it if you're a fan of Shaw; you enjoy plays that focus on interpersonal relationships and take place in one location/over the course of one day

Don't see it if you're bothered by some miscast/uneven/unconvincing acting & a visually-interesting but cramped set that results in limited/awkward staging

Also recommend sitting at least 5+ rows back to avoid having to strain your... Read more Read less

89
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing
October 15th, 2022

See it if you want to see a classic play presented in a new light; you want to see powerful performances and engaging staging/production design

Don't see it if you don't want heavy themes involving mental illness/suicide; you prefer more fully-realized sets; you dislike the addition of music