Stephen 18

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Reviews (391)
During previews
Slow (1st act), Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Disturbing
October 1st, 2022

See it if Complicated relationship between 2 brothers who have to deal with what life has unfairly thrown at them. Great acting.

Don't see it if Looking for something light; can't handle rough language; have no compassion.

Also The 2 actors play off each other perfectly. Ideally cast & performed.

Midtown E
Has potential, Slow, Serious, Well acted
October 1st, 2022

See it if Family trying to make sense of the death of a loved one under murky circumstances. Questions, recriminations, guilt, acceptance. Interesting

Don't see it if Very slow start but gets better as it goes along. Some scenes go on far too long. Would benefit from some cuts.

Also This was 1st preview. Tightening would unlock the potential that is th... Read more Read less

During previews
Upper W Side
Unique, Entertaining, Clever, Great band, Great singing
September 23rd, 2022

See it if Interested in a rock concert/show based on a Greek myth done with clever staging, great lighting, spectacular vocals & a kick ass band.

Don't see it if don't like loud rock music, minimal set (tho used cleverly), descriptions of violent, cruel acts.

Also To fully appreciate what's happening, it might be a good idea to famil... Read more Read less

During previews
Confusing, Powerful, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent
September 18th, 2022

See it if a Stoppard fan. It's epic in scope, heartfelt, beautifully mounted & performed. 56 years in the lives of an extended Jewish family in Vienna

Don't see it if not interested in the subject matter. With so many characters it's sometimes difficult to follow the lineage of each of them..

Also but well worth the effort. The last 2 scenes were particularly touchin... Read more Read less

During previews
This Beautiful Future
West Village
Unconvincing, Indulgent, Confusing
September 17th, 2022

See it if The 2 young actors did what they could given the material. Decent set. Very good chick (wish it had a juicer part).

Don't see it if Couldn't figure out what the playwright was going for. It's fine to try something new, but should have some semblance of cohesiveness.

During previews
Resonant, Thought provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing
September 16th, 2022

See it if Clever play that effectively deals with the complex relationships between disabled people & their caregivers, compassionately told.

Don't see it if you're looking for something light. 2 hours, no intermission..just right.

Also Gregg Mozgala who has cerebral palsy & Katy Sullivan who is a double a... Read more Read less

During previews
Well staged, Well acted, Disappointing, Farcical, Uneven
September 14th, 2022

See it if interested a political farce involving the CIA's role in Chile during the uprising against Allende. Some funny moments.

Don't see it if Inconsistent tone, slow moments, some parts work much better than others (Nixon & Kissinger scenes repetitive & overplayed).

Also Saw the 1st preview. There's potential for improvement.

Between The Lines
Midtown W
Needs trimming, Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining
September 7th, 2022

See it if an inventive new musical that skillfully blends reality & fantasy & tells a meaningful story. Great cast & staging.

Don't see it if Could benefit from some judicious editing.

Slow, Interesting, Creative staging, Overstuffed, Ambitious
September 4th, 2022

See it if interested in gay romance, art, plight of refugees, terrific set design, projections & lighting, good acting.

Don't see it if bothered by too much narrative, too many side issues, one protagonist not entirely likeable.

Los Otros
Midtown W
Slow, Heartfelt, Great acting, Great singing, Intimate
September 3rd, 2022

See it if mostly sung thru remembrances of 2 seemingly disparate characters whose lives eventually intertwine told simply & touchingly. Lovely

Don't see it if don't like leisurely pacing; episodic storyline; minimal scenery; 2 characters who don't interact until the final scene.

Ambitious, Great acting, Refreshing, Clever, Entertaining
August 31st, 2022

See it if fairy tale told by a wonderful storyteller who expertly plays multiple parts with no confusion as to which character is speaking. Great fun

Don't see it if Don't care for 1 person shows with no scenery, costumes or props. None are needed.

During previews
Fun, Confusing, Pleasant, Disappointing
August 18th, 2022

See it if a fan of talented Shana Taub & the admirable Public Works & want to see a fun mixture of professional & amateur performers give their all.

Don't see it if expecting the sparkle & fizz of previous Taub/Public Works productions. Still, much to enjoy.

Also My review was based on an early preview. Will probably be in better sh... Read more Read less

Uneven, Spirited, Pleasant, Disappointing, Fluffy
August 7th, 2022

See it if you want to see an new musical performed by a mostly young, enthusiastic cast that tries very hard to please. Occasionally funny.

Don't see it if you want originality & polished performances. Uneven cast; Some voices are drowned out by the music, others good.

Quirky, Well staged, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever
July 31st, 2022

See it if Interested in a greatly abridged version (55min) of Macbeth performed by a hard working, skilled 2 person cast told thru movement & speech.

Don't see it if you're not familiar with the play, it would be hard to follow the plot. Minimal scenery, small stage used effectively.

Involving, Great acting, Well staged, Ambitious
July 20th, 2022

See it if interested in seeing a cleverly abridged version of Richard 111. Great acting by the cast of 2.Very well staged In a very small space.

Don't see it if you want pomp & pageantry & the complete text.

Also I found this much more satisfying than the misguided effort in Central... Read more Read less

During previews
Well acted, Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intense
July 16th, 2022

See it if interested in family relationships, choices, cultural differences, politics, betrayal, redemption.

Don't see it if don't like shows that are heavy on narration, many monologues, slow at times. Scenes of war, violence, rape may be triggering.

During previews
Ambitious, Uneven, Some good acting, Confusing, Quirky
June 25th, 2022

See it if Interested in a very politically correct production that is well staged & has some good acting.

Don't see it if may find it hard to follow if you don't have previous knowledge of the plot. Use of sign language, while admirable in intent, is distracting

Also Feel like a curmudgeon picking apart the choices of inclusivity, but i... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Slow, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting
June 22nd, 2022

See it if Ordinary working class Brits in 1909 yearning for something more, having to make difficult choices. Fantastic set, staging, costumes,acting.

Don't see it if don't like period pieces; looking for something more modern, faster paced.

Also Many of the problems, still relevant today. Set changes done cleverly ... Read more Read less

Mr. Parker
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Well written, Great acting, Touching
June 19th, 2022

See it if interested in a play about love, loss, moving on & it's possibilities & consequences. The writing & all 3 performances make you care.

Don't see it if Homophobic, brief nudity, occasionally melodramatic.

Indulgent, Good staging, Fluffy, Cliched, Banal
June 17th, 2022

See it if you don't want to think for 80 minutes. A few amusing moments (too few). Good use of small stage.

Don't see it if you want believable characters & situations that aren't predictable.

Also Audience seemed to enjoy it more than I did.

Moving, Edgy, Heartfelt, Great cast, Original
June 9th, 2022

See it if interested in a meta show about an overweight,queer,black musical theater writer. Funny, smart, unsettling, heartbreaking, joyous, raunchy.

Don't see it if homophobic, closed minded, looking for more traditional subject matter, fan of Tyler Perry. Some problems with sound design.

Also Terrific cast. Saw understudy Kyle Ramar Freeman in lead role of Usher... Read more Read less

During previews
Dreaming Zenzile
East Village
Confusing, Unfocused, Great band, Great singing, Passionate
May 29th, 2022

See it if interested in life of S. African singer, activist Miriam Makeba performed by a great cast & band. Playwright & star Somi Kakoma- sensational

Don't see it if Have trouble with accents; don't like non-linear plays; slow, hard to follow narrative.

Intense, Needs work, Interesting, Well acted, Great staging
May 21st, 2022

See it if you like heavy family drama involving deception, morality, choices. Excellent rotating set, good cast (though 2 understudies tonight).

Don't see it if eventually lapses into melodrama with unsatisfying ending. Still in previews..fixable.

During previews
(mostly) well sung, Entertaining, Fluffy
May 14th, 2022

See it if enjoyable, sometimes clever, good costumes, tuneful, some very good voices, forgettable.

Don't see it if you're looking for substance; object to stereotypes (Italian, gay,); want an original score.

Also The music is adapted from Italian melodies (classical, pop, folk) with... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Great staging, Great acting, Raucous, Dizzying, Hilarious
May 11th, 2022

See it if in the mood for a political farce that takes no prisoners. Expert cast of 7 women, each of whom get a chance to shine. Great set.

Don't see it if you're looking for subtlety; don't like gross out humor.

Also White, Dratch & Hough have the showiest roles & play them to perfectio... Read more Read less

Clever, Great cast, Entertaining
May 8th, 2022

See it if a Sondheim fan; expert cast who all are at the top of their game; best Encores show this season ( tho the bar was not set very high).

Don't see it if 2nd act somewhat slow in spots, still, very entertaining; actors sometimes still on book.

Also Always great to see Heather Headley, who is terrific as the witch.

Great singing, Confusing, Atmospheric, Enchanting, Unique
May 8th, 2022

See it if you like mystical folk tales with interesting sound design. Beautiful singing & acting by the 2 extremely talented performers.

Don't see it if you have trouble with heavy Scottish accents & don't like performers playing multiple roles.

Also My score would have been even higher had I been able to completely und... Read more Read less

Repetitive, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Quirky
May 7th, 2022

See it if interested in a dark comedy about complacency, tyranny, compliance in Hitler's time with parallels to our current situation. Very well acted

Don't see it if you don't care for anachronisms. It starts to feel repetitive as it progresses, but overall, worked well.

During previews
Golden Shield
Midtown W
Well acted, Intelligent, Ambitious, Relevant, Great staging
May 5th, 2022

See it if you like legal drama that encompasses technology,politics,corporate greed,family issues, cultural differences, language & translation.

Don't see it if you don't like non-linear plays; ethically compromised characters; multiple subplots.

Also Interestingly, it shows how imprecise translation, whether intended or... Read more Read less

The Lucky Star
Midtown E
Uneven, Well acted, Ambitious
April 30th, 2022

See it if Interested in one family's history discovered thru letters written during the Holocaust. Very interesting first act.

Don't see it if Less successful second act which takes place many years later and doesn't maintain the same interest level.

Passionate, Slow, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious
April 24th, 2022

See it if interested in a non-traditional show that expresses itself often through poetry & dance. At times joyous, at times devastating. Great cast.

Don't see it if you want a linear plot & a through storyline. At times a little slow.

Also The staging, lighting & projections added greatly to the overall power... Read more Read less

Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great acting
April 20th, 2022

See it if satire on small town politics; cover-ups that reveal hidden truths; great cast (excellent Noah Reid in his B'way debut, Pendleton,hilarious)

Don't see it if First 80 minutes were clever, often very funny, then extreme change in tone in last 10 minutes throws everything out of whack.

Also Still, worth seeing for the first 80 minutes.

Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Disturbing
April 17th, 2022

See it if looking for serious theater, beautifully performed by Parker & Morse reprising their original roles. Story holds up well.

Don't see it if subject of grooming & pedophilia within a family is triggering; don't like non-linear time lines; occasionally a little slow.

Midtown W
Well acted, Well written, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious
April 17th, 2022

See it if interested in a play that cleverly deals with racism, sexism & class issues both during the Civil War & in contemporary academia.

Don't see it if you don't want to face up to issues that may be uncomfortable.

During previews
Too long, Schmaltzy, Funny, Disappointing, Indulgent
April 13th, 2022

See it if a fan of Crystal & Borscht Belt humor; Chance to see some very good character actors; some very funny moments mainly due to Crystal.

Don't see it if under 60 yrs old & unfamiliar with mid-20th century primarily Jewish humor; forgettable score! S. Bean & C. Harmon only 2 outstanding voices

Also The fine supporting cast was underused. Always a pleasure seeing David... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing
April 9th, 2022

See it if Interested in the consequences of a star biracial baseball player's coming out & how it affects the team & individual relationships.

Don't see it if Full frontal male nudity; strong often offensive language (though appropriate to the situation); not interested in gay or racial issues.

Also Maybe not quite as incisive as the original production, but still pack... Read more Read less

During previews
Midtown W
Too long, Well intentioned, Good score, Disappointing, Cliched
April 5th, 2022

See it if interested in plight of "dreamers"; importance of family & friends; talented, energetic mostly young cast.

Don't see it if Much too long; music & story line in act 2 seems repetitive & somewhat preachy.

Also There's a good show in there somewhere, but needs quite a bit of work.... Read more Read less

During previews
Resonant, Overstuffed, Great singing, Great dancing, Ambitious
March 27th, 2022

See it if interested in a slice of NYC history during Civil War that disrupts the harmony between Irish immigrants & Black Community in 5 Pts district

Don't see it if 1st act needs trimming; too many plot lines.

Also Great cast & Joaquina K is extraordinary; Irish Step dancing terrific.

Heartland (59e59)
Midtown E
Ambitious, Political, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting
March 23rd, 2022

See it if interested in story that touches on U.S role in Afghanistan during Russian occupation & it's ramifications. Takes interesting twists & turns

Don't see it if not interested in serious subject matter; politics; family differences; cultural & religious differences; moves back & forth in time.

Also Though serious, moments of humor. All 3 performances are excellent (Ow... Read more Read less

The Life
Midtown W
Loud, Some great singing, Indulgent, Preachy, Disappointing
March 20th, 2022

See it if interested in seeing Billy Porter's revised version of multi Tony award winning musical. Ledisi & Hopper have knockout 2nd act numbers.

Don't see it if you have fond memories of the original. Some of Porter's revisions are ill advised; others cringe worthy. Poorly staged, overly loud.

Also Orchestrations less jazzy, more funky & to my ears less appealing. Inj... Read more Read less

Jane Anger
West Village
Raunchy, Quirky, Uneven, Great acting, Funny
March 5th, 2022

See it if you like farce; at times laugh out loud funny; all 4 cast members terrific (esp. Spahn): feminist message.

Don't see it if not a fan of extreme silliness; some dull spots after first hour.

Great staging, Dizzying, Entertaining, Great dancing & singing, Bold & brassy
March 1st, 2022

See it if a fan of AlexTimbers work; like high energy dance numbers; terrific cast (esp. Tveit); great set & costumes.

Don't see it if a believer in less is more; appreciate restraint, subtlety; want original music instead of song snippets.

During previews
Some good acting, Topical, Needs work, Slow, Scattershot
February 27th, 2022

See it if interested in a show that tackles quite a few hot button issues, is sometimes humorous & has some good acting..

Don't see it if but tries to cover too much with diminishing returns. The show is still in early previews, so hopefully this will be addressed.

Disturbing, Uneven, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Visceral
February 20th, 2022

See it if interested in seeing alternate life styles portrayed that might be discomforting to some; well acted; frank dialogue; different.

Don't see it if prudish; some good individual scenes but not much continuity between them; very uncomfortable theater.

Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Not bad, Overrated, Disappointing
February 18th, 2022

See it if a fan of 1960's music; into nostalgia; don't mind jukebox musicals.

Don't see it if have high expectations; loved Valli's voice.

Also The 1st act too long; second act much better; actor playing Valli at t... Read more Read less

Midtown E
Dark, Tedious (at times), Entertaining (at times), Ambitious, Odd
February 13th, 2022

See it if Interested in seeing something different; comic pantomime; french revolution; baroque music; fine cast; good costumes.

Don't see it if times repetitive & tedious, at times entertaining & clever. Unexpectedly touching last scene.

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Funny, Clever
February 3rd, 2022

See it if you want to hear expert, offbeat storytelling by an ingratiating comedian with something to say. His anecdotes are hilarious yet meaningful.

Don't see it if not interested in primarily Jewish humor, though not necessary to be Jewish to appreciate it.

During previews
Great writing, Relevant, Insightful, Great acting, Absorbing
January 29th, 2022

See it if interested in multigenerational family saga; antisemitism; Jewish diaspora; family safety vs loyalty to one's country; Joshua Harmon fan.

Don't see it if 3hrs 10min. A few scenes could be slightly shortened.

Also Though a serious, thoughtful play, it is leavened with humor. The enti... Read more Read less

During previews
Relevant, Some powerful scenes, Some good performances, Slow, Hit & miss
January 15th, 2022

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
January 15th, 2022

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