Stan Garelik

The Bronx

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Reviews (36)
80
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you want to see a master class of acting from Eileen Atkins and Jonathan Pryce.

Don't see it if The subject of a parent’s death can be heart wrenching and, possibly, difficult for some.

Also This really could have been one of a two-short play evening. ... Read more Read less

85
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Great writing, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You’re a fan of Tennessee Williams and are interested in one of his lesser revived plays. And you’re a fan of the Roundabout performances

Don't see it if You’re not a fan of drama revivals, or T. Williams

Also Two words: Marisa Tomei is terrific as Serafina.

50
The Exes
Midtown W
Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You have low expectations in comedy. Or if you’re into second rate Neil Simon

Don't see it if Your expecting laughs in a supposed comedy.

Also Sorry, I just didn’t find the play believable or humorous. The cast tr... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Broadway Bounty Hunter
West Village
Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if OMG! You want to be thoroughly entertained, you want to laugh, versatile performances...and Annie Golden is gold!

Don't see it if I honestly can’t think of a single reason not to see this.

Also I’ve never given a top score...but this show surprised the heck out of... Read more Read less

95
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Must see, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever

See it if If you like the movie, you’ll love this adaptation. Performances are particularly outstanding

Don't see it if You’re not into adaptations of beloved movies (although this would be a mistake)

94
Great staging, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if If you’re open to a variation on a classic. Energetic performances, fulfilling evening of theayre

Don't see it if You’re uncomfortable with Yiddish performances and are a “purist”

Also This was my second time! Liked it even better at this venue!

76
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if You want to see a fun variation of Uncle Vanya. And to see Austin Pendleton

Don't see it if You revere the classics. Or have no patience. Act 1 a bit trying but act II makes up for it.

90
During previews
Great writing, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You’d like to see excellent acting in a well written play. Two stars shine!

Don't see it if You’re only into light comedy or musicals. This IS theatre.

90
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like fun musicals...Carl Reiner...New York nostalgia...support revivals of little known Broadway shows...energetic performers, good time

Don't see it if Expect all musicals to be big splashy overproduced behemoths.

Also Enter Laughing is one of my favorite movies so I was really excited to... Read more Read less

90
High Button Shoes
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like to revisit fun “old fashioned” musicals, this is the one to see. Fun from top to bottom!

Don't see it if If you’re a theatre “snob” stay away. I’m not, and I loved it!

Also ENCORES was having an off year, until High Button Shoes. A complete de... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You just want to have a fun time in the theatre. 1:45 of pure joy.

Don't see it if If you can’t let loose and just enjoy yourself

Also I’m just sorry I waited so long to see it. ... Read more Read less

35
Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like fun puppetry

Don't see it if You’re expecting something revolutionary.

Also While the cast was very enthusiastic, there are many problems. First a... Read more Read less

80
A Jewish Joke
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The subject of Hollywood blacklisting interests you. Absorbing subject. You appreciate a one-man tour-de-force.

Don't see it if You do not like one man shows with simple setting. Might be confusing if you know nothing about the blacklist and “Red Channels”

97
During previews
Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, A classic

See it if Wildly entertaining revival of the Cole Porter classic. Kelly O’Hara! Just go!

Don't see it if I can honestly say that there should be no reservations about seeing this show

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Exquisite, A classic revisited

See it if Even if you know the story, this is an excellent, surprisingly engrossing production. Excellent performances all around. Stands on its own

Don't see it if Do not compare it to the movie! Racially intense. Rape subject. You know the book...you know what you’re in for.

100
For a previous production
Hilarious, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious

See it if If you like to laugh...a lot, then run to see this! One of the funniest plays I’ve ever attended. Nothing deep or meaningful...GOOD! Fun****

Don't see it if If you’re a sourpuss, or too “above” this kind of stuff...stay away and let everyone else have a good time!

Also I’ve seen it twice. ... Read more Read less

20
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Ridiculous, Annoying

See it if If you like spectacle over content, this is for you. If you love the original Kong...stay away!

Don't see it if So many reasons not to see this. Music is dreadful...Book is dreadful. Acting is laughable.

Also Worse of all, they made the story so polically correct that any tensio... Read more Read less

91
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Surprising!

See it if If you love good old fashioned musical comedy...this is the one for you! Doesn’t rely on special effects or old songs. Fresh and original.

Don't see it if If you’re someone who only goes to broadway for overblown spectacles...or Disney...or juke-box musicals, forget it.

75
During previews
Games
Soho/Tribeca
Profound, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You have an interest in WWII history, the German Olympics and what Jewish athletes had to endure just to compete for their country.

Don't see it if The above subject matter doesn’t interest you or if a 2 person show (mostly alternating monologues) isn’t your cup of tea.

Also Very interesting play..but would have resonated more with some backgro... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Raunchy, Funny, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You’re a fan of Tracy Letts’ writing and you’re into serious drama about relationships. There are many laughs but this is dead serious

Don't see it if Not into relationship drama. Also, there is heavy nudity which some people when I went found disturbing.

83
Great staging, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy new plays by new ambitious writers (at least new to me).

Don't see it if The subjects of death, wakes, fracking, cancer, hurricanes, Disney, Monopoly, frogs, etc. Then again...that’s life!

Also Very nice venue (thank goodness for free parking) Did not expect to se... Read more Read less

85
During previews
I Spy a Spy
Midtown W
Ok, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see ambitious on a small scale. Original music and fun dizzying plots.

Don't see it if If you expect musicals to be big overblown spectacles. Disney...this is not!

90
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in lesser known aspects of baseball and seeing a qualified woman break into the all boys club...and it’s a true story

Don't see it if If you have zero interest in baseball although the story supersedes the baseball theme and brings up other aspects of Tony’s story

100
All My Sons
Midtown W
Great writing, Intelligent, Must see, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if You like classic absorbing drama with great performances by Benning, Letz, er al. A must see! A true American classic

Don't see it if I can’t honestly think of any reason why anyone with an appreciable if great theatre should not see this

80
Refreshing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like “vaudeville” like entertainment A little bit of this...a little bit of that. Good, clean fun.

Don't see it if You’re expecting a circus extravaganza. No animals. Not overly ambitious but simple fun

63
Ambitious, Confusing

See it if You’re open to experimental theatre.

Don't see it if You’re into straight linear storytelling

30
The Buffalo Play
Midtown W
Weird, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You like experimental theatre. (Not really my cup of tea...sorry)

Don't see it if You want to be entertained.

60
Edgy, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You love Shakespeare and Glenda Jackson

Don't see it if You’re looking to be “entertained”. 3 1/2 hrs. Very difficult sit. If you don’t know “Lear” you will be totally lost.

10
During previews
Awful, Confusing, Disappointing, Banal

See it if I’m sorry. I can’t think of anything in this dreck to recommend. See it if you want to see talented performers wasted!

Don't see it if If you like the movie ....don’t see it!!!

Also Too vulgar for kids, too childish for adults. Beetlejuice is one of my... Read more Read less

55
I Married an Angel
Midtown W
Entertaining, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You want the opportunity to see a musical that never gets a revival and for some dazzling dancing.

Don't see it if You expect “prime” Rogers & Hart. Or even a cohesive book. Neither is here. A very rare disappointment from ENCORES.

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want something “different” in a Broadway musical

Don't see it if You expect chandeliers, dancing animals, winking at the audience, sing-a-longs.

80
Call Me Madam
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if You like to see “rarely” produced classic musicals. Encores always pleases.

Don't see it if You’re expecting the “magic” of a musical designed specifically for the bombastic Ethel Merman.

Also While Ms. Cusak is a terrific singer and performer, she just wasn’t th... Read more Read less

50
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Ambitious, Overproduced

See it if If you’re a girl between 10-20 and like over-produced spectacles then this is for you. But you’d better know the songs prior to going in.

Don't see it if Way over-produced to the point that the story actually gets in the way of the spectacle. Looks good...that’s about it for me!

Also I went because my 20 year old niece wanted to see it. OMG! There’s an ... Read more Read less

81
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Exquisite, Different

See it if This was a wonderful surprise to me! It’s about “ snooker”. Really! Very funny with fun twists!

Don't see it if The title throws people. Doesn’t give any indication what it’s about (I do NOW). Not many negatives I can say about this.

90
Absorbing, Delightful, Clever, Great acting, Elaine may!

See it if Anyone who appreciates great acting and great writing will enjoy this. The cast is teriffic...and Elaine May is a treasure!

Don't see it if If you’re uncomfortable with the subject matter (old age, Alzheimer’s) you may want to skip it...but you’d be missing out on a great evening

50
Funny, Clever, Disappointing, Circus atmosphere, Expected more

See it if Obviously, if you like magic you’ll have a great time! And bring the kids.

Don't see it if I was disappointed. While all the acts were good, they just didn’t seem to gel into a coherent whole