Stage Left Is Right

Manhattan | 50-64 | Male
About:  I've lived and worked in Manhattan for the last 14 years. Attending theatre is definitely a passion. Musicals rock my world. Sondheim is a genius. Long live Lin-Manuel Miranda! ... Read more Read less
Reviews (38)
84
During previews
Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You would appreciate a heartfelt revival of moving play elegantly depicting emotions layer bare amidst the late 20 century AIDS crisis.

Don't see it if You are not interested in remembering the devastation of the early AIDS crisis, gay themes, gay archetypes or introspective writing.

Also Despite the serious nature of the play, the whip-smart writing evokes ... Read more Read less

50
I Lost You There
West Village
Disappointing, Slow, Sincere

See it if You are open to seeing a work in progress that would benefit from the ideas of a collaborative team.

Don't see it if You expect a new version of stage personalities started by Lilly Tomlin, Whoopi, John Leguizamo, and recently Sarah Jones.

68
During previews
Breeders
Soho/Tribeca
Ambitious, Quirky, Funny

See it if You want to explore emotional touchpoints of impending parenthood from the viewpoint of a gay couple and a mismatched pair of hamsters.

Don't see it if You object to gay parenthood or satirical jabs at the folly of human love and procreation.

65
During previews
Ambitious, Strong lead

See it if You want to remember the movie/book with a softer interpretation of the violence.

Don't see it if You hope to experience the visceral upheavals evoked in the movie/book. This stage version does not deliver the original emotional payoff.

Also To be effective, Mr. Burgess' story requires the audience to feel revu... Read more Read less

74
Ambitious, Funny, Thought-provoking, Meandering, Preachy

See it if You like Ms. Ruhl’s quirky, thought-provoking, often wandering dialogue or to hear Ms Hall steal the show when she comes round the mountain!

Don't see it if You object to explorations of free love and group sex or discussions of Pythagorean's theorem.

92
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if Masterful and absorbing behind the scene story of a true world event. Humans CAN overcome massive obstacles to peace even if fleetingly.

Don't see it if You don't like rapid fire, intellectual discussions of political and religious nature.

72
During previews
Baghdaddy
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Relevant, Energetic

See it if You enjoy satirical peeks underneath past news headlines and not-so-well-kept military secrets about the Iraq war.

Don't see it if You expect big budget production values. These actors deliver delicious performances. The score needs a bit of work. Work in progress!

75
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Great staging, Ambitious, Dated, Clever

See it if You enjoy edgy stage design and smart use of symbolism. The unique manipulation of space was thrilling to watch.

Don't see it if You expect new, or subtle, insights into classism. This play smacks you in the head with a message which was probably more shocking in 1922.

75
During previews
Amelie
Midtown W
It's phillipa soo. who doesn't love her elizabeth character in hamilton?

See it if You enjoy charming performances, amazing sets and a sweet story. Honestly, David Zinn performed magic with the sets and costumes.

Don't see it if You seek groundbreaking music, lyrics or vocal heights. It is a very pleasant evening. But not award winning.

75
During previews
War Paint
Midtown W
Two super stars out perform the material

See it if Ms. Ebersole and Ms. Lapone are in top form. The book, music and lyrics did not step up to the level of the performers.

Don't see it if You aren't in love with these two artists. It is terrific to see these legends on stage together!

68
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Overrated

See it if You enjoy watching the talented Ms. Light perform her craft on a stage and you happen to be a fan of Mr. LaBute's plays.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy Mr. LaBute's overrated writing or if you expect to care about the sole character in this one act underwhelming story.

89
In the Room
Chelsea
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy thoughtful writing, unexpected twists, good acting and an engaging story entertains from start to finish.

Don't see it if You don't like small ensemble pieces that rely on well crafted & delivered dialogue to hold your interest. This has potential to be great.

60
During previews
Really? singing, dancing gangsters? guys and dolls checked that box for us...

See it if You grew up in the Bronx and you think you might recognize something in the sets, which were well executed.

Don't see it if You expect great songs when attending a musical. The score is tepid and the story is predictable and unremarkable.

68
During previews
In Transit
Midtown W
The mta has been hijacked and falsely billed as a leading character in this meager tale of struggling new yorkers.

See it if You absolutely must see every a cappella performance group that takes a stage. Despite some good singers, this show needs development.

Don't see it if You expect a broadway show to elevate a script, a score and some talent into a synergistic whole greater than its parts.

80
Sell/Buy/Date
Midtown W
Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You enjoy an inspired actor bring multiple and dissimilar personalities to life a 'la Woopie G. in a serious vein.

Don't see it if You mind humble, minimal sets and a script that hovers close to a lecture albeit an entertaining one.

25
Trip of Love
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Hackneyed

See it if you enjoy reviewing 60's and 70's music via unimaginative, overproduced sets with stale costumes and a lame story line.

Don't see it if you expect to see a fresh or edgy or even clever interpretation of the music you once enjoyed in the 60's/70's.

82
Straight
Midtown W
Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to watch talented actors work through a situation that probably happens in life more times than we imagine. Well written. Engaging.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with the idea of Kinsey's sliding scale of sexual orientation.

50
Fully Committed
Midtown W
Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you HAVE to see everything JTF is in. He does an admirable job given a script that does not hold up very well 16 years after its opening.

Don't see it if you are looking for clever, creative insight into contemporary dining habits of the .1%

50
American Psycho
Midtown W
Cliched, Indulgent, Disappointing, Dated, Ambitious

See it if you don't know the story and you want to relive the self-absorbed 80's. The direction is stale and predictable. The choreography is tired.

Don't see it if you expect this musical to enhance the original book or movie. Mr. Sheik's score and lyrics are not well crafted and unmemorable.

69
Up the Rabbit Hole
East Village
Ambitious, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You are interested in how self esteem controls life choices or if You need to be reminded of the destructive effects of drug addiction.

Don't see it if You are looking for originality. This is a story that we have seen many times. It would benefit by developing the storyline of the mothers.

65
During previews
No Wake
Midtown E
Disappointing, Slow, Over-written, Tedious

See it if You enjoy plays that confront loss, indecision and relationships without challenging the viewer with new ideas.

Don't see it if You seek well-written dialogue or hope to gain a fresh perspective on how grief and loss can affect families.

70
KPOP
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Taxing, Loud, Clever

See it if You enjoy K-pop music and you want an internal view of the cultural machine that churns it out.

Don't see it if You mind standing for most of 3 hours or mind constantly being herded to different sets/rooms.

Also KPOP relies heavily on staging gimmicks from Here Lies Love and Sleep ... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Well-acted, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You would enjoy a theatrically enhanced TED talk pitting American optimistic commercialism against rabid adherence to principles of high art

Don't see it if You have no interest in how 2 early 20th century artists from different genres might have viewed each other's work and ideas.

85
Achieves what most off-broadway productions can only dream about.

See it if To experience the magic of smart direction and transformative stage design. 3 talented musicians and 8 standout actors bake a tasty show.

Don't see it if You don't like seriously dark musicals or you don't like communal, uncomfortable seating.

79
During previews
Entertaining, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Engaging

See it if You enjoy revivals that hold up and speak to issues still relevant today. Perhaps more so in 2017. Who did we just welcome into our lives?

Don't see it if Light entertainment and splashy effects are your thing. The writing demands personal introspection to explore questions affecting each of us

79
During previews
Bandstand
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Energetic, Artful

See it if You enjoy high energy productions with moments of insightful choreography and a consistently upbeat score. A very likable and talented cast.

Don't see it if You don't like big, splashy Broadway musicals or if you seek an original story line or fresh insight to the 1940's swing era.

Also The entire cast delivers heartfelt performances, but the orchestra ove... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Never saw the movie, totally appreciated the musical.

See it if You want to see Andy Karl slay another role in a show with a top notch book, music and lyrics. Sets, illusions and directing deserved the SO

Don't see it if I can't imagine why you would not want to see this...

69
Why all the hype?

See it if You enjoy a good story. Why have we not heard this news before? It is a totally engaging story, that moved to Broadway before its time.

Don't see it if Seek innovative music or lyrics. This is an engaging story that fails to translate into an original or even imaginative musical.

50
During previews
Man From Nebraska
Midtown W
Nascent, Disappointing, Wan

See it if if you want to see the draft of a play that asks an intriguing question and provides some bits of humor along the way.

Don't see it if you expect a finished play that deeply explores some of man's eternal questions with new insights or ideas.

Also This play has the potential to be absorbing. Some of the writing is go... Read more Read less

75
It's kristin. of course the singing is good. but some of those song choices...

See it if You adore Kristin and love every note that comes out of her exquisite vocal chords. She is poofy and pink and belts out her tunes.

Don't see it if U expect a night of show tunes (she should stick to her strength here) or any sort of a story line (there is none.) She's better in a role.

70
Great acting, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy watching good actors convincingly deliver dialogue that is natural and well suited to the story.

Don't see it if You expect enthralling storytelling or exciting staging. This family drama needs some shaking up to keep the audience engaged - or awake.

70
Party People
East Village
Ambitious, Disappointing, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy an experimental piece that has potential to develop into a strong and relevant show about struggles for equality then and now.

Don't see it if You expect to see a fully fleshed out show that is ready for a move to broadway. There are lots of holes, but much opportunity for greatness

67
Dated, Slow

See it if You want to see Molly Ringwald looking great as a mature woman and trying her best to wrest this play from rigor mortis.

Don't see it if You liked the movie and expect anything close to the sparks delivered by Ms. MacLaine and Mr. Nicholson.

89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Original, Great acting

See it if you wonder what encroaching dementia might feel like for yourself and for your loved ones. Mr. Langella's performance is typically excellent

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with vague situations and information that needs to be digested/interpreted. This play is about distorted reality.

100
Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you want to see one of the best adaptations of a novel on Broadway. So true to the book and creative/engaging in delivery. Engaging story.

Don't see it if you don't like frank discussion about human behavior that does not conform to societal norms.

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Sumptuous

See it if you want to see Ms. Benanti & Mr. Levi deliver enthusiastic, inspired performances on the most beautiful set on Broadway this year.

Don't see it if you don't like musical revivals at all. This is old school Broadway wrapped up in shiny new packaging and delivered with gusto!

70
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny

See it if you want to see a singing nun steal a show! Silly material with enough clever gimmicks and disco tunes to keep you smiling & singing along.

Don't see it if you expect anything serious or thought provoking. It's just silly fun.

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Relevant, Masterful

See it if you would like to see an evolution in musical theatre. This show dares to expand the stylistic range of the American musical.

Don't see it if you are not open to musical genres that are not usually associated with American musical theatre.