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Reviews (271)
During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Intelligent, Too long, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if Interested in the last years of LBJ presidency. Well staged with great projections.

Don't see it if 2nd act bogs down after excellent 1st act. At times feels like a history lesson, hitting most of the issues, but not offering new insights.

Also Saw an early preview. Needs tightening.

Repetitive, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Insightful

See it if interested in theater;the role race plays in casting Othello; hearing different perspectives. Keith Hamilton Cobb is mesmerizing.

Don't see it if Have little interest in Shakespeare; don't care for what is essentially a one person show. Can get repetitive, but still holds your interest

Ramshackle, Crowd pleasing, Fitfully amusing, Disappointing, Dated

See it if a fan of The Kids in the Hall ( I am); like self-deprecating humor; nostalgia.

Don't see it if not familiar with TKITH; are under 35 years old; want sharp humor; expect a polished production.

Also The audience seemed to enjoy it much more than I did. I did not find i... Read more Read less

The Exes
Midtown W
Nice set, Lacks style, Banal, Cartoonish, Insipid

See it if a nice set is all you need to make it a worthwhile experience.

Don't see it if you expect a well directed, well acted drawing room comedy.

The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Relevant, Slow, Intense, Great acting, Harrowing

See it if Interested in a religious Ugandan family torn apart by their beliefs & dealing with the outing of a gay brother. Excellent acting!

Don't see it if religious hypocrisy, deceit, gay issues, slow start, somewhat abrupt ending, occasionally facile dialogue.

Also Still, a powerful, disturbing, & provocative story, beautifully acted,... Read more Read less

Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if interested in one young man's true story that shows how a flawed criminal justice system & white privilege played out in his case.

Don't see it if you don't care for what is essentially a one person show. The playwright bookends the show which is about his experience as a young man.

Also The young actor, Conner Chase Stewart in a very difficult role, is ver... Read more Read less

Road Show
Midtown W
Hoped for better, Great singing, Well performed, Flawed

See it if you're​ curious as to why Sondheim keeps trying to figure out how to make it work. Only partially successful. As usual, wonderful lyrics..

Don't see it if .. but lesser Sondheim melodies. Not bad, but not up to his best work.

During previews
Broadway Bounty Hunter
West Village
Forgettable, Well sung, Well cast, Pleasant, Energetic

See it if a fan of Joe Iconis, Annie Golden, campy spoofs of theater & 1970's spy flicks. Clever projections; good band; has it's moments...

Don't see it if but not consistently​ clever enough.

Uplifting, Well staged, Great acting, Great singing, Delightful

See it if a Carol King fan; interested in gaining some insight into creative process in the music business; like 1960's music.

Don't see it if not a fan of jukebox musicals, tho this one's much better written & wittier than most with a protagonist you really care about.

Also Fine cast. Vanessa Carlton as Carole, very good; understudy Stephanie ... Read more Read less

Teen appeal, Great singing, Quirky, Energetic

See it if a show geared to teens & sci-fi fans; High energy cast (including 4 understudies who were excellent); positive message; crowd pleaser

Don't see it if looking for more adult entertainment; somewhat repetitive score; positive but simplistic message; I realize I'm not the target demographic.

Also There was a tech glitch where a prop (a bed) was supposed to be onstag... Read more Read less

Uneven, Fun, Entertaining, Quick-witted

See it if you like improv,both comic & musical; cast has to create a song & scenario from audience suggestions, on the spot.

Don't see it if 2nd act where they create a 1 act play of the most popular scene from act 1, wears a little thin. Still, some very funny moments.

Also The emcee ( Greg Triggs, at the performance I saw) is hilarious when h... Read more Read less

Dying City
Midtown W
Confusing, Well acted, Thought-provoking, Slow, Uneven

See it if Interested in toxic cultural climate, therapy, twins upbringing, masculinity, war, PTSD, secrets, reveals, political divisiveness.

Don't see it if don't like shifting timelines, 1 actor playing 2 parts ( though very well), not being sure of what the playwright is trying to get across.

Also Some thought provoking points are raised, but never satisfactorily ans... Read more Read less

During previews
Emotional, Relevant, Absorbing, Great singing, Great music

See it if you want to see a beautifully realized show with strong female characters, a great cast, great music & makes you really care.

Don't see it if you want elaborate staging; can't handle scenes of brutality; not interested 1964 civil rights struggles.

Also Though the staging is minimal, it's creative & effective. Every cast m... Read more Read less

Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Quirky, Great acting, Touching, Funny, Clever

See it if clever update of Vanya to the present that does justice to it's themes of love, longing & the human condition with great humor & compassion.

Don't see it if breaking the 4th wall would be a deal-breaker. Here it's done frequently & often hilariously​ & encourages audience responses. It works well

Great acting, Complex, Literate

See it if interested in theater, acting, student/teacher ever changing dynamics, clever dialogue & have some knowledge of Shakespeare's​ characters.

Don't see it if do not like black box theater in the round. Sometimes a strain to understand dialogue due to poor acoustics in theater( not fault of actors)

During previews
Fun, Great singing & dancing, Clearly spoken, Great staging, Rollicking

See it if Interested in cleverly updated(to 2020 in southern USA) Much Ado. Interesting, varied musical choices ( original, gospel, R&B). Great voices

Don't see it if you don't like your Shakespeare tampered with. Some of the scenes are a bit too long. Some of the humor a bit too broad.

Also I saw the 3rd preview, so these minor flaws will hopefully be dealt wi... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Amateurish, Indulgent, Slow, Cliched

See it if interested in another dysfunctional family drama. One good performance (Alan Cordoba-Diaz).

Don't see it if you want a well written, well directed play where you care about any of the characters.

Midtown W
Somewhat static, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant

See it if Interested in the aftermath of a mass shooting & how it affects the mother of a young victim & the brother of the shooter who also died.

Don't see it if It's basically a series of monologues with no direct confrontation between the 2 characters which can give the piece a static quality.

Also The 2 actors are terrific. The story is timely & very painful. Powerfu... Read more Read less

During previews
Midtown W
Talky, Edgy, Great staging

See it if curious about BDSM culture; secrets, guilt feelings, consequences, balance of power.

Don't see it if at all squeamish about depictions of whippings, humiliation.

Dated, Great score, Entertaining, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if into classic B'way musicals; clever Cole Porter lyrics; stylish sets & costumes; Kelli O'Hara, Will Chase & fine cast.

Don't see it if you want something cutting edge that espouses current "woke" attitudes toward women. Here you have to consider the source material.

Also Sensational "Too Darn Hot" performed by Corbin Bleu & especially James... Read more Read less

During previews
All My Sons
Midtown W
Good set, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Uneven acting

See it if an Arthur Miller fan; like shows about families with hidden secrets; deception, guilt, resolution.

Don't see it if you want a cohesively acted play. Not everyone seems on the same page. Some lapses in believability mar the 2nd act.

Also Still, the play held my interest. I saw an early preview​. Actors stil... Read more Read less

During previews
Great chemistry between leads, Some questionable directorial choices, Great score & band, Great singing, Mixed bag

See it if you want to see an innovative reworking of a classic. What works, works beautifully ( on stage band, non traditional casting,set design).

Don't see it if what doesn't work detracts from the flow of the piece (blackout scenes, dance sequence at start of act 2, though well performed).

Also Still, the wonderful score, great band, terrific performances, hot lea... Read more Read less

The Day I Became Black
Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if Interested in the difficulties of a young man coming to terms with his biracial identity. Told with humor, sensitivity & charm by Posley.

Don't see it if uncomfortable with racial issues; some scenes of police brutality near the end might be jarring.

Also Excellent use of video footage.... Read more Read less

During previews
The White Devil
West Village
Some good acting, Edgy, Ambitious, Confusing, Lusty

See it if in the mood for a Jacobean revenge tragedy (& why wouldn't you be) in modern (1970's?) dress & setting.

Don't see it if you don't like it when actors play multiple roles; complicated relationships & plot lines.

Also Sorry I didn't read the synopsis before seeing the show. Did so afterw... Read more Read less

During previews
Relevant, Intelligent, Clever, Great writing, Great acting

See it if interested in politics, the Clinton's marriage, public perceptions, private scheming & what MAY have occurred during the 2008 Dem NH primary

Don't see it if you don't want to be disillusioned by our political system.

Also Excellent acting. Metcalf is, as always, remarkable.

Slow, Energetic, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Memory play about 9 year old boys in rural Scotland in 1983 and the incident that changed their lives forever. Well acted, lit & staged.

Don't see it if Heavy Scottish accents & poor acoustics sometimes make dialogue hard to understand. Horrific incident (not shown) involving child abuse.

Also Admirable effort; plot builds slowly toward climax; actors very athlet... Read more Read less

Flawed, Interesting, Some good acting, Edgy

See it if Interested in a play about damaged (both emotionally & physically) characters who through circumstances become roommates.

Don't see it if Scenes of B&D, sexual acting out, & violence are triggers​. Some of the situations are highly unlikely, though not without interest.

Also 2 of the 3 main actors are quite good, the other just adequate. With s... Read more Read less

Make Believe
Midtown W
Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Engrossing, Offbeat

See it if the everlasting effects of childhood neglect & how much children may absorb without completely understanding what they're experiencing.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy child performers, though these are terrific; somewhat slow start, picks up after 1st 20 minutes.

Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Moving

See it if 2 separate monologues connected by themes of life, death, love & loss told with compassion, depth & sometimes humor, beautifully acted.

Don't see it if you're not partial to monologues or minimal (though effective staging) & if the subject matter strikes too close to home.

Also At the talk-back after the performance, both Sturridge & Gyllenhaal & ... Read more Read less

Hot mess, Fitfully amusing, Great singing, High energy (& decibels), Chaotic

See it if a fan of Jim Steinman's music &/or Meat Loaf, performed by a cast of terrific singers. Some funny moments.

Don't see it if you want a story that makes sense; music that is not deafening; subtlety; better staging & choreography.

Also In spite of the negatives, I was entertained. I particularly enjoyed B... Read more Read less

Rinse, Repeat
Midtown W
Relevant, Disturbing, Great staging, Great acting, Intense

See it if interested in a rarely dramatized topic (eating disorders), it's causes & effects on an already dysfunctional family.

Don't see it if slow start that builds to a turbulent final 30 minutes.

Two's a Crowd
Midtown E
Sitcom like, Cliched, Funny, Fluffy, Dated

See it if a Rita Rudner fan; some very funny moments, especially in 1st act.

Don't see it if you want something fresh. Would work better as a one act play,without the music.

During previews
I Spy a Spy
Midtown W
Too long, Cliched, Well intentioned, Well sung, Uneven

See it if you want to see a loopy original musical about cultural diversity, difficulties in assimilating, spies, Homeland security & various subplots

Don't see it if you're impatient. First act way too long & scattered & not particularly funny. Second act better.

Also Potential is there for improvement. Needs trimming & sharpening. Cast ... Read more Read less

The Comedian's Tragedy
Serio-comic, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if interested in Greek history, mythology,theater, language driven plays. Amdent, who is also the playwright & Menzel are exceptional.

Don't see it if you don't want to spend 2 1/2 hrs in an uncomfortably warm theater. However, if you stick it out, you will be amply rewarded.

Working: A Musical
Midtown W
Worthwhile, Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Heartfelt

See it if interested in show about everyday workers told in vignettes & songs. Updated revival with added new material. Often touching, Well performed

Don't see it if you want a show with a follow-thru story line. Some scenes work better than others.

During previews
East Village
Violent, Not always clearly spoken, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if Interested in politically relevant subject matter; prison brutality; corruption; ethics; modern version of biblical story.

Don't see it if averse to graphic scenes of violence, though very well choreographed. Male actors sometimes difficult to understand.

Also Not sure whether it was the acoustics in the theater or the fault of t... Read more Read less

Square Go
Midtown E
Heavy accents, Physical, Well performed, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if interested in show about schoolyard bullying; learned toxic masculine behavior; not fitting in; performances requiring great skill & stamina

Don't see it if have difficulty with heavy Scottish accents; don't like audience interaction; adults playing teenagers.

Also My rating would probably have been higher had I been able to understan... Read more Read less

Great staging, Colorful, Entertaining

See it if some amazing performers, beautiful visuals, colorful costumes, Mexican theme & music.

Don't see it if humorous interludes wear thin after a while.

Also Absolutely gorgeous sequence with falling rain staged so imaginatively... Read more Read less

During previews
Long Lost
Midtown W
Well acted, Unconvincing, Great set, Contrived, Disappointing

See it if Occasionally interesting, well acted dysfunctional family drama.

Don't see it if Contrived situations, often predictable. The audience seemed to like it more than I did.

Harmless, Pleasant, Uneven, Fluffy, Dated

See it if you're in the mood for an old fashioned musical comedy with an energetic, professional cast; some funny bits, some witty lyrics.

Don't see it if you want something with more bite. The 1st act is not very good. Things pick up in the 2nd act which does have some good laughs.

High Button Shoes
Midtown W
Pleasant, Dated humor, One terrific number, Great orchestrations, Fluffy

See it if you are a fan of old musicals & aren't very picky. The Keystone Kops number at the beach is a knockout. Pleasant, unmemorable score.

Don't see it if you want more challenging material; sharper humor. There's nothing terribly wrong, but little that rises to the usual Encores high standards

During previews
Flawed, Intense, Dated, Clever dialogue, Great acting

See it if you want to see compelling performances in a fascinating play about 2 damaged people struggling to make a connection.

Don't see it if brief nudity, rough language, some unlikely behavior are off-putting. "no means no" doesn't stop male protagonist & he gets away with it.

Also 2nd act slower than 1st & somewhat repetitive. Still, the performances... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if interested in the formation & inner workings of tabloid journalism by Murdoch & Lamb in 1969 London & it's consequences,told compellingly.

Don't see it if have difficulty with Brit & Aussie accents; 2:45 running time. 2nd act could be trimmed.

Also The acting by Carvel & Miller is superb. The staging & directing by Go... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Somewhat repetitive, Great lighting

See it if Interested in performer's International travel experiences at various checkpoints ( differences, ease of getting thru etc) engagingly told.

Don't see it if expecting something political or incisive; want more variety; have difficulty with accents.

Also It's not bad, but hoped for better. Very clever use of lighting effect... Read more Read less

During previews
Burn This
Midtown W
Clever dialogue, Unlikely plot, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky

See it if interested in seeing a serio-comic drama that is expertly performed by all but dominated by Driver in a bravura performance in a meaty role.

Don't see it if you can't overlook very unlikely relationships & some far fetched plot developments.

Also Held my interest throughout because of the sharp, clever, laugh out lo... Read more Read less

During previews
Great singing, Intense, Great staging, Ambitious, Innovative

See it if want to see something truly original. A jazzy, bluesy score;great band; fantastic set; some excellent performances; interesting concept.

Don't see it if not completely convinced by the passion between Orpheus & Eurydice. It's there in word & deed, but somewhat muted in performance.

During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Too long, Clever lyrics, Funny, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want some good laughs, a terrific Santino Fontana, excellent supporting cast, good score with witty lyrics & fine staging. A fun time.

Don't see it if cross dressing turns you off, don't like broad humor, 2 1/2 hour running time could use some judicious trimming.

Also I saw an early preview,so hopefully show will be tightened up.

I Married an Angel
Midtown W
Some fine dancing, Fluffy, Middling score, Disappointing, Dated

See it if a Sara Mearns fan. She acquits herself quite well as do P. Attmore & H.Podschun.

Don't see it if Not a vintage Rodgers & Hart score; cringeworthy, dated humor; far below the usual high Encores standards in both material & execution.

During previews
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Ambitious, Slow, Well sung, Has it's moments, Disappointing

See it if you're​ a fan of Doyle's minimalist style; interested in a 1937 mostly sung piece about wealthy industrialists vs. union organizers.

Don't see it if not interested in a show that though very much a product of it's time, has not aged very well, yet still has moments of power.

Also I saw the 1st preview & the timing is not quite where it should be.

Gloria: A Life
Leisurely paced, Still relevant, Well acted, Intelligent

See it if interested in docudrama about Gloria Steinem & the early years of the Women's Movement & it's progression. Hopeful & inspirational.

Don't see it if you expect any great new insights. It's a rallying cry for a receptive audience & valuable to a young audience unfamiliar with this period.

Also There's a 20 minutes talking circle after the first part of the show t... Read more Read less