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Reviews (343)
During previews
Relevant, Some powerful scenes, Some good performances, Slow, Hit & miss

See it if interested in the plight of factory workers in a plant that may be shutting down in Detroit circa 2008. Well intentioned.

Don't see it if slow moving. Sometimes difficult to hear everything. Not sure if it's the sound system or a few of the actors diction or me.

Also Still, it's worth seeing for some well crafted scenes.

Impressive, Great acting, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Into fantasy & wizardry & want to experience a truly wonderous production.The staging was mind blowing, acting excellent, story ingenious.

Don't see it if unwilling to try something you don't think you might enjoy. I hadn't read any of the books or seen the movies, but the reviews & word of...

Also mouth & my 17 year old nephew, (who acccompanied me)convinced me to go... Read more Read less

Too long, Great cast, Creative, Great staging, Uneven

See it if Magnificent staging; great singing & dancing; clever lyrics; interesting premise; touching moments.

Don't see it if in serious need of trimming; some slow & repetitive segments especially in act 2.

Also Can't say enough about the staging. The lighting, projections, sets we... Read more Read less

A Sherlock Carol
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Too long, Clever, Quirky

See it if Clever, well staged mash-up of 2 classics; actors in multiple roles give their all; Christmas theme appropriate for this time of year.

Don't see it if not familiar with the characters in each story; have trouble with British accents; a little slow.

Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Funny, Great acting, Unconventional

See it if Great cast in serio-comic Nottage play about plight of ex-cons cruelly taken advantage of by ex-con boss. Aduba's costumes are eye-popping.

Don't see it if Somewhat slow start, but really kicks in as you get to know the back stories of each of the workers. Ending open for interpretation.

Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great singing, Great orchestrations, Great score, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if a Sondheim fan; interested in how the gender changes work; terrific performances especially by Lupone, Doyle & Elder.

Don't see it if prefer strong story line (this is episodic); don't like tampering with original material; Lenk is okay, but overshadowed by supporting cast.

Also Reimagining the gender roles worked well enough in most instances. App... Read more Read less

Morning's at Seven
Midtown W
Endearing, Well staged, Period piece, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if a chance to see wonderful veteran actors deliver in a play about family, trust, values & marriage in small American town in the 1920's.

Don't see it if don't like leisurely paced, simply plotted production with few surprises. That said, it was enjoyable in great part due to the fine cast.

Also The 2 younger members of the cast were equally fine & fit in seamlessl... Read more Read less

The Alchemist
Midtown W
Entertaining, Raunchy, Zany, Great staging, Frenetic

See it if interested in a wonderfully staged & costumed updated version of Ben Jonson's farce performed by a cast of exemplary character actors.

Don't see it if prudish, or expecting subtlety.

During previews
Slow, Relevant, Ahead of it's time, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if interested in 65+year old show about racism & backstage power struggles in 1950's theater. Excellent performances by LaChanze, Cooper et al.

Don't see it if impatient. Takes a while to warm up, but 2nd act fireworks are impressive.

During previews
Kimberly Akimbo
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Heartfelt, Quirky

See it if you want to see a show where you deeply care for lead character (V Clark-terrific) told with great skill, compassion,humor,& sharp dialogue.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a serio-comic take on what could be a delicate subject...

Also ..which could be problematic if not handled as well as it is here. Wel... Read more Read less

Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you appreciate Brecht & want to see excerpts from his stories, poems, plays & songs(with Kurt Weill) performed by a fine, dedicated cast.

Don't see it if not a fan of Brecht; prefer high production values; don't like theater that makes you think; descriptions of brutality & inhumanity.

Also Brecht's work is as relevant today as ever.

Fun, Needs work, Great lead performance, Dizzying, Energetic

See it if interested in seeing how the film translates into a stage musical. Multitalented, inexhaustible Rob McClure is terrific in title role.

Don't see it if Not everything works- Stereotypical portrayal of gays, serviceable but unmemorable score, main character is an irresponsible man/child.

Also There are some good laughs. I saw an early preview, so hopefully thing... Read more Read less

Disturbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant

See it if interested in seeing a dramatization of the actual transcription of the FBI interrogation of Reality Winner (well played by Emily Davis).

Don't see it if you're preference is something less troubling, with more than an empty stage. This probably worked better off B'way in a smaller theater.

Slow, Great staging, Great singing, Resonant, Atmospheric

See it if a Dylan fan; appreciate a show that captures a sense of time & place; glorious voices; many moving moments

Don't see it if not a fan of Dylan; looking for a fast paced production; want to hear some of the more famous Dylan songs.

Dana H. (Broadway)
Midtown W
Intense, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Disturbing, Unconventional

See it if you're open to an inventive concept in staging a show, which is brilliantly performed by Deirdre O'Connell.

Don't see it if you might be triggered by descriptions of physical & emotional torture; don't like one person shows; want something light.

Also O'Connell's performance was truly amazing, not only in the perfect lip... Read more Read less

Slow in spots, Nostalgic, Heartfelt, Great acting

See it if Loving tribute by R S-H to amazing woman who raised him & shaped not only his life, but the lives of others. Fine blues background music.

Don't see it if put off by 1 person playing 20+ roles (very well). More a series of vignettes than a plot driven play. Occasionally feels repetitive.

Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if Astonishing lead performance by Sharon D Clarke in an innovatively staged musical with a powerful story & great cast.

Don't see it if expecting fluff. Starts slowly, but gains momentum as it progresses to a strong climax. Sometimes difficult to make out all the lyrics.

Also Interesting choices of various musical forms..some Gospel, some blues,... Read more Read less

During previews
Letters Of Suresh
Midtown W
Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Well written

See it if Interested in an intimate show that touches on faith, love & loss, told mostly in monlogues by an excellent cast.

Don't see it if you don't like monologue heavy, non-linear plays. Only 1 scene where 2 characters exchange dialogue & it's very welcome.

Long (but never boring), Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Engrossing

See it if Interested in Lehman family saga from the time of their arrival in USA; brilliantly acted, staged & directed.

Don't see it if 3 hrs 20 minutes long; don't care for actors playing multiple roles, albeit expertly.

Also One of the best shows I've seen in many years.

Six (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great singing, Spirited, Original, Clever, Entertaining

See it if into seeing an energetic, talented cast portraying the wives of Henry V111 with a feminist twist & a pop influenced score. Great fun!

Don't see it if you prefer a show with an actual plot rather than what's more like a concert version of history (tho it's a really good concert).

During previews
Welcome back, Fun costumes, Fluffy, Entertaining, Rollicking

See it if you enjoy modern takes on Shakespeare. Updated Merry Wives set in Harlem that explores social issues as well as following the basic plot.

Don't see it if You're a Shakespeare purist; don't like outdoor theater.

Also It felt wonderful seeing live theater again, even on a rainy night wit... Read more Read less

During previews
Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Confusing, Dark, Slow, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if if a fan of McDonagh & his brand of "gallows humor". Very well acted (especially Dan Stevens & Mark Addy).

Don't see it if you have trouble with heavy Brit accents which can make the plot difficult to follow at times. 1st act too long & could use trimming.

Also This is not up there with McDonagh's best, but worth seeing. Still in ... Read more Read less

West Side Story
Midtown W
Uneven production of a great show

See it if Interested in seeing a gritty, ambitious, modern take of a classic B'way musical that takes huge risks.

Don't see it if you don't want to be overwhelmed by projections that at times dwarf the performers so that your focus is redirected...

Also ..sometimes this works beautifully, more often is problematic. The new... Read more Read less

Rock of Ages
Midtown W
Good band, Good singing, Loud, Mindless, Fun

See it if a fan of 1980's hair bands: you don't expect depth or character development; you appreciate hard working talented cast; in the mood for fun

Don't see it if don't like very loud music or use of strobe lights; have limited expectations; want clever dialogue.

Also The show does not take itself seriously & delivers on what it sets out... Read more Read less

About Love
East Village
Well sung, Well staged, Romantic, Slow, Charming

See it if interested in adaptation of Turgenev's First Love with jazzy musical score; has charm, plot twists,manipulative female leading on young man.

Don't see it if impatient. Takes a while to get in gear. Gets more interesting as it progresses.

Great orchestra, Entertaining, Formulaic book, Great choreo & dancing, Great singing

See it if you're a fan of Motown music. When the excellent cast is singing & dancing, the show soars..

Don't see it if when the music stops so does the momentum. The show is based on the remembrances of Otis Williams.

Resonant, Intelligent, Engrossing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if A wonderful cast led by Ed Harris; incisive script by Aaron Sorkin; well staged by Bartlett Sher; Never a dull moment​. Touching!

Don't see it if Only interested in new material; don't want anything serious...You'll be missing out on something special.

During previews
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Romantic, Lovely score, Intelligent, Great staging, Great singing

See it if interested in seeing a musical that crosses generations in order to solve a mystery about parentage that succeeds in every aspect. Loved it!

Don't see it if you don't care for shifting timelines; want large production numbers.

Also Such a pity we won't get to see more from composer Michael Friedman wh... Read more Read less

During previews
Well acted, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious, Mixed bag

See it if Munoz creates immediate interest with an ingratiating performance with both literary & scientific references that make you want to know more

Don't see it if As the play progresses, it becomes muddled with extraneous threads that confuse rather than clarify what went before. Missed opportunity​!

Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Problematic book, Disappointing, Great choreo, Terrific score

See it if a fan of Jerry Herman. The music & choreo are top notch & great orchestra.. Interested in the making of silent films.. Keystone Kops etc.

Don't see it if can't overlook book problems in this serio-comic story of the ill-fated romance between Sennett & Normand. 2nd act better than 1st.

Border People
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant, Compassionate

See it if Well performed one person show based on actual conversations with asylum seekers, immigrants & people whose voices are rarely heard.

Don't see it if don't care for one person show; minimal staging; have reservations about white male playing characters of various races & ethnicities.

Also Dan Hoyle is an excellent actor & he is able to make you feel for each... Read more Read less

During previews
Rules of Desire
Midtown W
One excellent performance, Intense, Unbelievable, Raunchy

See it if Interesting scenario that mostly holds your interest. Takes some unusual twists & turns & takes you into very dark places.

Don't see it if turned off by sexual material, foul language, unlikely situations.

Also One if the three performers ( the most twisted character) was chilling... Read more Read less

During previews
Revamped, Energetic, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Terrific performance by Beth Malone & fine supporting cast with great voices elevate this rethought revival. Simple but effective staging.

Don't see it if Show slows down towards middle of act 2 but recovers with a hokey yet rousing finale that touches on contemporary immigration issues.

Also The book & some of the lyrics have been altered to embrace social refo... Read more Read less

Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Quirky, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if a sometimes very funny serio-comic look at a very confused family with excellent acting ( esp Alexander & Cromwell) & some poignant moments.

Don't see it if some overly broad comic bits & not very incisive, but for the most part, very enjoyable.

During previews
Somewhat repetitive, Resonant, Inspiring, Great music, Heartfelt

See it if Based on touching real life stories of the hopes, dreams, difficulties & realities of immigrants to the U.S. from Latin America. Great cast!

Don't see it if The similarities of some of the stories can feel repetitive, but still touching. This was an early preview so this can be addressed.

Also Definitely worth seeing. It helps if you know Spanish because the acou... Read more Read less

Soul Survivor
Greenwich V
Undeveloped, Immature, Disappointing, Quirky, Absurdist

See it if interested in a young playwrights attempt at a farcical approach to religion, selling of souls, heaven & hell. A few amusing moments.

Don't see it if easily offended by satirizing religion, gore, male nudity, substance abuse. I was not offended by the above, but was by the lack of craft.

Also The description of the show sounded promising...Unfulfilled.

Formulaic, Great staging, Great band, Great singing, Electric

See it if an unforgettable, visceral, electric performance by Adrienne Warren elevates this somewhat formulaic jukebox musical to the heights.

Don't see it if not a Tina Turner fan, tho Warren may change that. She's that good.

Also The last 10 or so minutes where the Warren & the cast just sing & danc... Read more Read less

Colorful, Energetic, Quirky, Cliched, Great singing

See it if Talented cast with great voices in a sometimes entertaining, well staged, colorfully costumed production that targets a youthful demographic

Don't see it if Humor is generally broad & occasionally cringeworthy(Ann Harada's number). Music sometimes makes lyrics hard to understand. Too long.

During previews
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Quirky, Too long, Funny, Clever, Ambitious

See it if interesting take on the Dracula legend with a terrific Matthew Armendt in the title role. Minimalist yet effective staging. Often funny.

Don't see it if too long; not every conceit works; needs some work, but still in early previews.

Also By changing the sex of the characters of Renfield & Dr.Van Hellsing to... Read more Read less

Superficial, Engaging, Fast-paced, Overly ambitious

See it if interested in film clips, projections,music & playwright's personal back story of his family's experiences in the years 1945-1969.

Don't see it if you want more than a superficial overview of the baby boom generation. That said, Miller is a very likable, talented performer.

Also I just wish he didn't try to cover so much material & dug a little dee... Read more Read less

During previews
17 Minutes
Midtown W
Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if Character study about aftermath of school shooting dealing with guilt, responsibility, judgement. Great acting, simple, effective staging.

Don't see it if Can't handle difficult subject matter. A few scenes in the middle section could be tightened a bit.

Funny, Great audry 11, Mostly great singing, Quirky, Delightful

See it if you want to have a fun evening in the theater. Groff could not be better & Borle is very funny in multiple parts. Fine production!

Don't see it if Groff, Borle & the Urchins had terrific voices. Blanchard less so.Sometimes had difficulty hearing all her lyrics, tho still sympathetic.

Well staged, Great costumes, Great cast, Very funny, Campy

See it if a fan of 1940's melodramas with larger than life leading ladies & like Busch's style of parody. Some laugh out loud moments.

Don't see it if not into cross dressing, camp humor, some dry patches (very few) & want something serious.

Also The entire cast was terrific with special shout out to Busch & Jennife... Read more Read less

During previews
Intelligent, Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Dated

See it if 1944 Louisiana,black army unit, murder, black officer brought in to investigate the case, flashbacks, racism, black self hatred. Interesting

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play that shows it's age tho it's done expertly, simply but effectively staged & very well acted by entire cast.

During previews
Entertaining, Funny/sad, Mommie dearest

See it if interested in the family dynamic between former Miss America Bess Myerson & her daughter. At times very funny with an underlying sadness.

Don't see it if want a fuller picture of Bess Myerson. Her accomplishments are mentioned but her intelligence & abilities not fully presented.

Also That said, Ms Grant has reason to feel the way she does, given the lac... Read more Read less

Outrageous, Repetitive, Clever, Raunchy, Funny

See it if Often extremely funny, very clever, raunchy, but not offensive and a subject matter not often encountered on stage in such depth.

Don't see it if After a while starts to feel repetitive & loses steam. Would work better if trimmed by about 15 minutes.

Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Long, Resonant, Engrossing, Devastating, Great acting

See it if A dying Idaho mining town & it's greatly troubled inhabitants are the focus of this well written, superbly acted 3 act play.

Don't see it if you want to walk out of the theater on a high note. This is not that play. It is, however, very moving & Ivey & Donovan are riveting.

Also The configuration of the theater is such that many seats will have par... Read more Read less

Orpheus & Eurydice
Too long, Intimate, Confusing, Engaging, Creative

See it if interested in an updated musical version of the O &E legend with an enthusiastic, ingratiating cast performed in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if you have trouble with heavy Brit accents & a story line that can be a bit confusing at first. First act could use some judicious trimming.

Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if interested in a 1937 morality tale by a young German playwright in an epically staged production. Deals with guilt, blame, mob mentality.

Don't see it if looking for something light. Serious subject matter with resonance to current political climate.

Also The fascinating set, lighting, & sound are on a grand scale which make... Read more Read less

Quirky, Relevant, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if interested in an all WOC cast in one of Shakespeare's "problem plays" emphasizing the bawdy, fun aspects on Fat Tuesday in 1979 New Orleans

Don't see it if you don't like your Shakespeare tampered with. Pre-show intro while often fun went on too long.

Also Extremely multitalented cast. Great music & dance. Fun doesn't undermi... Read more Read less