SortaTired

New York City | 50-64 | Male
About:  Retired Casting Director too poor to see much theatre these days, so I have to be extra careful which shows I pick. Show-Score is a great help! ... Read more Read less
Reviews (32)
92
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Quirky, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy quirky comedies and non-sequiters. Some good actors bring lots of laughs to this play (very loosely) based on Uncle Vanya.

Don't see it if You don't like characters breaking the fourth wall or modern reinterpretations of classics.

65
Indulgent, Fluffy, Disappointing, Benign, Sweaty

See it if You have kids who like going to the theatre. The humor is benign and sometimes corny, and the 12 year old in front of me was having a ball.

Don't see it if ...you don't like one-man shows or stand-up comedy. You prefer your comedy dark and edgy. You don't mind watching a man sweat profusely.

78
Quirky, Fluffy, Ambitious, Clever, Novel approach

See it if You like Shakespeare's comedies presented in unusual ways and are not overly hungry.

Don't see it if You hate Shakespeare or don't like people watching you eat.

Also Was disappointed that more wasn't made of the restaurant setting. Ther... Read more Read less

92
The Gentleman Caller
West Village
Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if ...you are a fan of Tennessee Williams, William Inge, speculative history, a peek behind the scenes, and and a raucously good time.

Don't see it if ...you need your history plays to be 100% historically accurate. You hate gay-themed plays and raunchy humor. You're only into musicals.

Also Gorgeous production, gorgeous dialogue, gorgeous actors, all in a very... Read more Read less

74
Entertaining, Raunchy, Fluffy, Ridiculous, Mindless fun

See it if You like raunchy humor, cute guys in their underpants, and a few belly laughs.

Don't see it if You can't handle dick jokes, audience participation, or are afraid of being called onstage.

Also Total nonsense. It starts a little awkwardly but once it finally get g... Read more Read less

20
Moolah
Midtown W
Dated, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if You have time to waste on a cliched play with two actors chewing the scenery and shouting at each other for 90 minutes.

Don't see it if You value your free time.

Also Probably the most obnoxious gay character ever written and performed. ... Read more Read less

58
During previews
The Stone Witch
Midtown W
Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Banal

See it if You like Dan Lauria and want to see him do his thing, only older. You like Law & Order's Carolyn McCormick, who is radiant here.

Don't see it if You want a coherent plot.

Also This play was a collection of cliches: irascible old coot is losing it... Read more Read less

88
Koalas are Dicks
East Village
Hilarious, Quirky, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy farce done in a small theater. The idea of an actor pretending to be a koala sounds funny to you. Raunchy humor is your thing.

Don't see it if You hate the idea of a man pretending to be a koala, and you don't enjoy jokes about sex, drugs, and Hollywood.

Also While not a perfect production–the set isn't great and sometimes the p... Read more Read less

90
Hey, Look Me Over!
Midtown W
Delightful, Great singing, Uneven, A star is born!

See it if You can't. It's over. But if they make a CD, buy it! Enchanting performances and a glorious, star-making turn by Clifton Duncan.

Don't see it if You hate musicals and have no fondness for revues or historical theatrical experiences.

Also Despite some missteps in the selected book scenes, overall this was a ... Read more Read less

75
Hallelujah, Baby!
Midtown E
Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Slow, Bare bones

See it if You love the original cast album and would love hearing the songs done by some powerhouse belters.

Don't see it if You don't like small staged readings of big musicals. The actors hold their scripts and there is no orchestra, just a piano and bass.

Also It's a little tough to get into at first, but if you can let go of the... Read more Read less

92
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Jeff hiller!

See it if You like Jeff Hiller, Paul Lynde, Charles Nelson Reilly...on the move, and drunk. If you love to laugh at outrageous characters.

Don't see it if You don't like campy characters or one-man shows where the actor talks to "invisible" other characters onstage.

Also Jeff Hiller is a fantastic replacement for author Drew Droege, warmer ... Read more Read less

70
Indulgent, Resonant, Fluffy, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you are a gay man "of a certain age" who survived the AIDS crisis and need to be reminded to remember. You like drag acts.

Don't see it if You don't like drag humor, have sensitive ears (it's way overmiked) and don't like being lectured at or reminded of the AIDS crisis.

Also Inconsistent show felt like some of the material was 20-25 years old. ... Read more Read less

75
Lonely Planet
East Village
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Somewhat forgettable

See it if You like plays featuring gay characters and storylines with wonderful performances in a small-scale production.

Don't see it if You think all gay plays should be a laugh riot or want thought-provoking plays to stick with you forever. The show is enjoyable but slight.

65
Hot Mess
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if ...you love Max Crumm. He is as charming as ever.

Don't see it if ...you don't have time to waste on so-so theatre. Sitcom-y at best, and the characters are borderline annoying. The "secret" is revealed...

Also ...to the audience way too early and kills any surprise laughs the sho... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you love seriously old-fashioned shows that are lovingly recreated. The entire cast is first rate & the male ensemble is especially superb.

Don't see it if ...you don't like Donna Murphy. She's not an intrinsically funny actress and she's inappropriately repeating a lot of her Wonderful Town...

Also ... shtick here. It worked wonderfully for Ruth Sherwood but it didn't... Read more Read less

62
During previews
Clever, Disappointing, Peculiar, Dizzying

See it if ...you love Andy Karl and/or Tim Minchin. ...you don't mind waiting until the second act for the fun to start.

Don't see it if ...you get bothered by actors moving the sets and a thin guy inexplicably in a poorly made fat suit. downstage center the whole show (!)

Also The opening number (the one that gets repeated over and over again) is... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if you've liked other shows by Larry Phillips, such as last year's Koalas Are Dicks. This show is totally different, and even funnier.

Don't see it if you don't like David Mamet, profanity, or wicked humor. This is like Steel Magnolias in hell and the audience had a blast.

Also Some amateurish staging and acting, and the show seems a little underr... Read more Read less

65
Christmas in Hell
Midtown E
Quirky, Raunchy, Fluffy, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You like South Park, Book of Mormon or The Producers, but trying too hard to be funny and clever and not quite making it.

Don't see it if You didn't like The Carol Burnett Show. It's like a really loooooong musical parody on a comedy show that doesn't know when to stop.

Also Some good laughs and the music and lyrics were fun, but not as clever ... Read more Read less

82
For a previous production
Quirky, Clever, Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if ...you like absurdist plays with an undercurrent of unrest and relevance. Black comedy at its best,

Don't see it if ...you need literal and linear explanations for everything. You dislike cramped, warm off-Broadway theatre spaces.

Also Some fabulous performances here; they must have to rebuild the scenery... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Hilarious, Raunchy

See it if You don't know the show. You know the show and are willing to take a fresh look at it.

Don't see it if You can't handle some beloved TV stars cursing. You want to see Jim Parsons drop the southern-fried accent for once.

Also Very disappointed in Jim Parsons' interpretation of a successful write... Read more Read less

68
The Solve It Squad
Midtown W
Insipid, Indulgent, Fluffy, Childish, Funny

See it if You like improv comedy–it's not, but it feels like it, juvenile humor, previous StarKid productions, an audience of screaming teenage girls.

Don't see it if You don't like SNL, Scooby-Doo, or childish slapstick.

Also Some gifted comedic performers, who were obviously having fun, but the... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like plays with gay themes, plays about recent American history. Lovely score with excellent singing and acting. Julia Knitel is radiant

Don't see it if You're not into small chamber musicals.

Also Well-produced and unusual story of a retired butcher who attends a wri... Read more Read less

55
Imitation angels in america, and suffers in comparison, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy dramas about dysfunctional families or plays with humpy male nurses kissing others boys. Nurse Donny is the best thing in the show

Don't see it if You've seen Angeles in America. This seems like a bargain basement rip-off, including some less-than-effective fanatasy sequences.

Also Somewhat enjoyable evening marred by the incomprehensible casting of a... Read more Read less

50
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You like Chekhov presented with a few new twists.

Don't see it if You are a Chekhov purist or don't like less-than-stellar musical performances.

Also A quirky script puts a new spin on several stories, weaving them toget... Read more Read less

25
The Bench
East Village
Ambitious, Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You like one-man shows of all stripes. This one is less than polished.

Don't see it if You dislike one-man shows where one actor plays all the roles. You like professional performances of fully developed plays.

Also The actor/playwright seemed like he was giving his first performance o... Read more Read less

48
During previews
Fire and Air
East Village
Slow, Disappointing, Wordy, Ill-conceived

See it if You like shows about the arts and obsessions, like Amadeus or Equus. Maybe. ...You love Marsha Mason. She is remarkable in this.

Don't see it if You loved Amadeus or Equus. This will suffer by comparison. Full disclosure: I left at intermission.

Also Don't know what compelled Terrence McNally to write a play about love ... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Relevant, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You like "naturalistic" acting, quiet desperation as a theme, and suspenseful plot twists.

Don't see it if You hate "naturalistic" acting (as in so low-key you can't even hear a couple of the actors when they speak) and Lifetime TV movies.

82
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if It moves to Broadway. You like comedy, especially with gay characters and storylines.

Don't see it if You don't like seeing revivals of plays you already saw. You don't like gay plays.

Also If you like a good cry, you may find one at the end of the play.... Read more Read less

30
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Banal, Excruciating, Insipid, Slow

See it if you love the songs from the film, I guess. The projection design was great.

Don't see it if you want to see a quality musical. The show introduces the characters clumsily and they are annoying and unsympathetic. The book is a mess.

Also Poor Ramin Karimloo had nothing to do but rehash Javert's scenes from ... Read more Read less

75
Afterglow
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Better than expected

See it if ...you enjoy seeing naked men in sexy situations, especially if you like a little something to think about with your nudity.

Don't see it if ...you can't deal with nudity, mature themes, and gay characters. Simple as that.

40
Dizzying, Disappointing, Excruciating, Great staging, Overrated

See it if You don't mind being talked to or climbed upon by actors. You like energetic and out-of-the-ordinary spectacle like Cirque du Soleil.

Don't see it if You are bothered by strobe lights. They are excruciating and last FOREVER. Don't see it if you like Josh Groban. He's gone.

Also I have never been bothered by strobes before, but these just about kil... Read more Read less

70
For a previous production
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Absorbing, Great singing

See it if You enjoyed "Dogfight." The score is spectacular.

Don't see it if You hate angsty teens.