Southern Biscuit

New York City | 35-49 | Male
About:  Produced and published playwright. Theater is my passion, so I see a lot of shows.
Reviews (35)
85
During previews
Make Believe
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to keep up with one of the most exciting new dramatists around. Bess Wohl is a clever, theatrical playwright.

Don't see it if You don't like seeing children on stage.

Also From the writer of "Small Mouth Sounds," a glorious piece of theater.

60
During previews
Overlong, Quirky, Indulgent, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You like satires of Chekhov, and know your Chekhov well enough to enjoy the satire.

Don't see it if You want that satire to actually mean something, or get at a bigger point. This show does neither.

Also Comedy is very hard to do well, and satire possibly even harder, and t... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to meet, in greatly entertaining fashion, an important historical figure who, until now, has been largely forgotten.

Don't see it if You require classical theater structure.

Also Don't like baseball, but I loved this play. Superb performances by the... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Ambitious, Needs more work, Great cast, Enchanting, Not quite ready

See it if You want to see major artists doing their work in an intimate setting. I'm sure there are hopes and dreams that this will make it to B'way.

Don't see it if Your idea of a musical entails lots of sequins and jazz-hand dancing.

Also Many of the reviews on Show-Score are already very, very high for this... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Happy Talk
Midtown W
Indulgent, Entertaining, Funny, Slow, Great acting

See it if You want to see two actresses at the top of their games in an intimate setting. Susan Sarandon and Marin Ireland are ALL THAT.

Don't see it if You don't like major tonal shifts between drama and comedy and outright tragedy.

Also This play would never be produced on an Off-Broadway stage as it is un... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Relevant, Absorbing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Intense

See it if You want to see how Sam Shepard influenced so many playwrights, including (and especially) Martin McDonagh.

Don't see it if You want and expect realism at all turns.

Also Big mistake to not have an intermission between the first and second a... Read more Read less

48
God Shows Up
Midtown W
Ambitious, Banal, Quirky, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You love seeing organized religion take its (deserved) knocks, especially those megachurches.

Don't see it if The show is overlong at 75 minutes. What's going to happen is obvious very, very quickly. Really, this is an expanded skit.

Also There are some real ideas here, but this is not the right vessel for t... Read more Read less

70
Quirky, Great writing, Absorbing, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if You'd like to see an earnest, moving play in which organized religion is actually taken seriously, and not mocked for effect.

Don't see it if You dislike short scenes.

Also Kindness is in short supply on stages and in real life, so to see it d... Read more Read less

56
Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You've never seen the play before, and want to know what all the fuss is about, or why it's required reading for so many college students.

Don't see it if You go to the theater more for plot, grand theatrics and/or fun than for profundity.

Also Along with about three dozen people, I fled at intermission. I am seei... Read more Read less

84
Alien Nation
East Village
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want to see the next generation of great talent start to blossom in this city. Impressive acting, direction and writing all around.

Don't see it if You don't like to stand and move around when you see a show.

95
During previews
Ambitious, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want to see what jukebox musicals are capable of and can dare to be. Great ones, like this show, can make you re-think well-known songs.

Don't see it if Your definition of a musical includes chorus kick lines, hilarious hijinks and lots of playing out front. This show is subtle and spare.

Also I'm not a Dylan fan. Not a hater either, but I'm a bit too young to ha... Read more Read less

77
The Wrong Box
East Village
Ambitious, Funny, Clever, Entertaining, In need of an editor

See it if You liked "Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder" and enjoy period, old-style musicals with quirky sensibilities.

Don't see it if You only like modern work that's been heavily polished. This is a festival show.

78
So-so writing, Great acting, Somewhat indulgent, Trendy, Often funny

See it if You're interested in seeing a theatrical exploration of women's rage. That's what this is. And it's fun, and funny, and occasionally moving.

Don't see it if You'll be bothered by the ridiculous play-within-a-play that has no connection to reality whatsoever and undermines the depicted, real rage.

Also The staging is terrific, and I loved the set design and four of the fi... Read more Read less

45
During previews
Fire in Dreamland
East Village
Disappointing, Indulgent, Questionable, Unnecessary, Great acting

See it if You want to be perplexed as to why Oskar Eustis chose to have this play done at The Public.

Don't see it if Money and time have value to you. (That's too harsh, actually. But this show irritated me, despite its very fine actors.)

Also The two leads are splendid. Wish they were working with better materia... Read more Read less

92
Wilder Gone
East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if Great work interests you.

Don't see it if You don't know how to get to the Lower East Side.

Also Marvelous, hilarious new play with a pitch-perfect cast, and brilliant... Read more Read less

26
Stage Life
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You think you're about to have an aneurysm.

Don't see it if Vanity projects make you sad.

Also Half the cast is actually very good, and all are game, but this show i... Read more Read less

97
Epic, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to see one of the greatest plays written in the modern era.

Don't see it if You've got a short attention span. Or just see the first part.

37
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Great special effects

See it if Spectacle and special effects suffice for a day's entertainment.

Don't see it if You're bothered by a first act that's entirely expository.

30
Epic, Quirky, Disappointing, Banal, Cliched

See it if You want to see The Shed, as it's a major new space in Manhattan.

Don't see it if You will be angered by the resources devoted to this travesty.

Also This show's an insult to all the theater makers in this city who spend... Read more Read less

40
During previews
In the Green
Upper W Side
Slow, Great singing, Amazing score, Pretentious, Indulgent

See it if You are blind and can enjoy the music without having to witness the indulgent, pretentious banality on stage.

Don't see it if You get irritated by indulgent, pretentious banality. The first hour of this show is excruciating.

Also Wow. What a shit show. And it's not just boring or banal, it's awful b... Read more Read less

53
Nomad Motel
Chelsea
Ambitious, Occasionally theatrical, Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You'd like to see an intimate show with some glimpses of fine acting and worthwhile storytelling.

Don't see it if You want well-written dialogue. It's not here.

Also Atlantic Theatre Company has had a rough season. This play is better t... Read more Read less

93
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Great singing, Clever, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want to see the big public birth of a major new talent.

Don't see it if Queer themes bother you.

75
White Noise
East Village
Overrated, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You want to see what the great Suzan-Lori Parks is up to. Also a +: a stunningly good cast, led by the criminally charismatic Daveed Diggs.

Don't see it if Realism is crucial to your enjoyment of theatrical experiences.

Also My eyes are still rolling at the very idea that an unknown, heretofore... Read more Read less

69
The Mother
Chelsea
Confusing, Great acting, Quirky, Intense, Indulgent

See it if You want to see Isabelle Huppert, one of the world's finest actresses, strut her stuff. She is fearless, unrelenting and truthful.

Don't see it if Coherence matters to you. Or reasonable storytelling.

Also Want to see what happens when a great actress is stranded in a mediocr... Read more Read less

70
The Lehman Trilogy
Upper E Side
Intelligent, Overrated, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want to see superb acting in an ambitious work.

Don't see it if You want consistency over the course of the evening. The second and third acts are not nearly as strong as the first.

69
During previews
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Quirky, Great staging, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You love John Guare and are hungry for an absurdist farce.

Don't see it if Coherence is absolutely important to your notion of a successful evening of theater.

53
During previews
Great acting, Funny, Slow, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You want to see what most shows at the Edinburgh Fringe are like. Or are interested in gender dynamics in action.

Don't see it if Real plot and real stakes matter to you. Or if you're 30 or older.

Also I actually loved the first half of this play. The brief monologues the... Read more Read less

48
During previews
India Pale Ale
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow, Banal, Multicultural, Inept

See it if You want to support new work and a new voice. The ideas of this show are worthwhile, as is this author's voice.

Don't see it if You don't want to be disappointed. This play won the 2018 Horton Foote Prize for Most Promising New Play, but it's not ready for prime time.

Also Such a major disappointment I left at intermission. Much of the acting... Read more Read less

91
During previews
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Clever, Very, very british

See it if You need a laugh, cause the colorful characters, especially darling Waxy Bush, will give you plenty in this beautifully constructed play.

Don't see it if British comedy is not your thing, or if you're not into laughing, or if you don't like theatre whatsoever.

Also Saw this in previews, and that opening scene is... OOF... dire. Glacia... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You don't want to miss another legendary performance by Janet McTeer. Her work here rivals what she did in "A Doll's House". Yes, that good.

Don't see it if You have no interest in theatrical history, Shakespeare, gender dynamics, beautiful sets or a powerful new play.

Also What a major surprise this play turned out to be. I've typically enjoy... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Funny, Hilarious, Fluffy, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to see a show that knows what it is, doesn't take itself too seriously, and knows how to land joke after joke.

Don't see it if Underwritten female roles bother you. (Cause these are massively underwhelming.)

Also The best singer in the cast, Manu Narayan, is the only one in the band... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Carmen Jones
East Village
Exquisite, Great singing, Must see, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if You've always wondered what this Hammerstein-Bizet mash-up would look, sound and feel like.

Don't see it if You hate wonderful singing. Or hate shows that last less than five hours.

Also I hate opera. HATE IT. But this show, which was a Broadway musical in ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Log Cabin
Midtown W
Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if Yes yes yes yes yes! Or should I say, YAS, QUEEN! This play tackles the issues and debates that homos are having privately and publicly.

Don't see it if You think that baker in Colorado was in the right when he refused to decorate that cake.

Also As I was saying... These debates, these questions, these issues: they'... Read more Read less

90
Admissions
Upper W Side
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You're ready for a thought-provoking ride and great performances.

Don't see it if You don't want to be challenged.

Also Some of the lighting and scene transitions were incredibly awkward, es... Read more Read less

93
Absorbing, Clever, Exquisite, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to see a legend giving a legendary performance. Yes, Glenda Jackson is THAT good.

Don't see it if You're only into linear narrative plots.