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Reviews (218)
86
Slow, Painful, Intense, Great acting, Unsettling

See it if interested in learning of little known episode in 1840's of forced experimental surgical procedures on female slaves with postpartum pain.

Don't see it if you can't handle scenes of physical & emotional suffering.

Also Story is well told & beautifully acted. At times touching, at times ho... Read more Read less

90
Intimate, Touching, Resonant, Great cast, Great staging

See it if you want to see a minimalist production of Fiddler in Yiddish (with surtitles) that is inventively staged & brilliantly performed by all.

Don't see it if you think that reading surtitles would compromise your enjoyment. It didn't bother me. I can think of no other reason not to see this.

Also Joel Grey's direction & Stas Kmiec's staging were spot on. Steven Skyb... Read more Read less

79
Lame humor., Fine orchestrations, Entertaining, Great singing, Dated

See it if a fan of old fashioned musical comedies. Cusack tho no Merman (few are)gives a thoroughly professional, well sung performance. Gotay super.

Don't see it if you expect all the comedic bits to land. Some do, many don't.

Also Overall, an enjoyable evening if you don't expect too much.

86
Informative, Mostly good acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if interested​ in 19th century positions about abortion & one woman's crusade to help those in need. Based on Ann Lohman's life. New to me.

Don't see it if you don't like gender bending actors playing multiple roles. Some better than others.

Also Lead actress, Jessica O'Hara-Baker, was terrific.

84
During previews
Well written, Well acted, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if interested in 9 vignettes touching on many contemporary hot button issues. High percentage of hits, no outright misses. Some great acting.

Don't see it if you prefer one through story line; don't want to tackle serious issues; want definitive resolutions.

Also I really liked this show & appreciate that there aren't always easy an... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Interesting concept, faulty execution, Slow, Lovely music, Disappointing

See it if you like chamber music; are interested in the rise of fascism in Italy in the 1930's & Toscanini's response to it. Excellent musicians.

Don't see it if not a fan of classical music; not interested in WW2 history; have hearing problems. At times,found it difficult to hear/understand Noble.

93
Ambitious, Confusing, Great writing, Great acting, Engrossing

See it if Interested in Irish history; family dramas; convoluted plots; great acting by everyone in a large cast; many surprises.

Don't see it if you have a problem with heavy accents; don't like scenes of violence; want easy to follow plot; 3:15 running time.

Also Never a dull moment in this long show, thanks to great writing, superb... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Thought-provoking, At times cliched, Great staging, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if you like a capella singing; plays about not fitting in; ideas about manhood; making difficult decisions; great dance movement & staging.

Don't see it if not interested in plays involving LGBTQ characters; occasionally stilted & cliched dialogue; discussions about race, sexuality & religion.

Also This is a play with music, not a musical. Very well performed by all. ... Read more Read less

50
Muddled, Fine dancing, Repetitive, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you like interesting dance sequences; supernatural elements; some good voices. Always a pleasure seeing Irina D. She elevates the material.

Don't see it if you want a show with a consistent flow that's easy to follow & characters that you care about.

85
Entertaining, Raunchy, Funny, Irreverent, Original

See it if you're a fan of South Park; irreverent humor; over the top performances & just want a fun time.

Don't see it if you are a Mormon without a sense of humor; you are easily offended; you don't care for sometimes sophomoric humor.

82
During previews
Great costumes, Cliched, Great dancing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you are a Cher fan. Stephanie J.Block perfectly captures both Cher's singing & speaking style. Bob Mackie's costumes are mind-blowing.

Don't see it if you don't care about Cher. Even if you are a fan, the show doesn't reveal anything that wasn't already public knowledge & is often cliched

Also Excellent supporting cast especially Jarrod Spector as Sonny & Emily S... Read more Read less

79
We'll acted, Energetic, Absorbing, Edgy, Intense

See it if you're a fan of Sam Shepard, like dysfunctional family plays, unconventional love stories, very good performances (especially Andrew Dits)

Don't see it if scenes of violence, gunfire, loud arguments & cursing would be disturbing.

Also Play is far from perfect but holds your interest with some surprises a... Read more Read less

94
During previews
Minimal yet great staging, Masterful, Absorbing, Moving, Great singing

See it if you like acapella singing performed by a sensational cast: the narrative is based on a true incident in WW1 that is profound & touching.

Don't see it if you have a distaste for war stories. There is no bloodshed or graphic scenes of violence that might be disturbing.

86
Intelligent, Entertaining, Great direction, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if Interested in a different take on racism, colorism & classism, this time in an all girls school in Ghana circa 1986. Beautifully performed.

Don't see it if you are not interested in another play about mean girls. This one, though similar in subject matter, is more thoughtful & more resonant.

79
Unfocused, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Well acted

See it if interested in the counterculture's reaction to the Viet Nam war. Potential not completely realized, but holds interest, nonetheless.

Don't see it if it bothers you that you're not always convinced by the stated motivations of all the characters & what the playwright is trying to say.

79
Positive message, Great staging, Energetic, Uneven, Pleasant

See it if you're a fan of the film, you're a young adult & enjoy energetic inventive staging, loud music, occasionally clever dialogue, talented cast.

Don't see it if you want a score that is not repetitive, don't like very loud music, somewhat predictable plot.

Also The primarily young & mostly female audience seemed to love the show, ... Read more Read less

80
Crisp dialogue, Thought-provoking, Flawed, Slow, Great acting

See it if If you like dysfunctional family dramas performed by a fine cast with a standout Stockard Channing. Provocative situations, no easy answers

Don't see it if sometimes meandering, not always plausible but very watchable.

Also The second act worked much better than the first as some of the second... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Original, Surprisingly thought provoking, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if interested in seeing an original musical with Great American Songbook style score set in 1960's NYC. with a gay storyline & a good live band

Don't see it if not interested in subject matter or want something more contemporary;

Also It took me awhile to realize there is more going on than was originall... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Sad/funny, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Poignant

See it if interested in seeing how a family tries to cope with the ravages of dementia on it's matriarch. Welcome back Elaine May:superb performance.

Don't see it if the subject matter hits too close to home. Though very sad, there are moments of levity that work quite well because they don't condescend.

Also The Michael Cera character, as written, comes across as much too naive... Read more Read less

79
Thought-provoking, At times repetitive, Often inspired, Quirky, Clever

See it if you want to see a superbly skilled non-verbal clown dealing with obsessive attachment to social media & technology & the ensuing loneliness

Don't see it if feel that sitting through 1 hour of clowning without dialogue would be tiresome or repetitive.

79
During previews
Mixed results, Great acting, Clever, Funny

See it if you are a Gurney fan & want to see 3 different examples oh his work. One of his 1st short plays, 1 from the mid 1970's & his last one.

Don't see it if you don't care for 1 act plays.

Also The 1st & 3rd plays are really funny and often very clever. The 2nd on... Read more Read less

69
Not always plausible, Well acted, Disappointing, Quirky, Slow

See it if you like dialogue heavy shows about millennials performed by good young actors.

Don't see it if you have little patience for so much talk & some unlikely plot developments.

79
During previews
Sometimes implausible, Great staging, Raunchy, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you like edgy, physical, involving melodrama. Nothing subtle here. Wonderful acting by all. Well staged.

Don't see it if you prefer not to see violence, simulated sex, partial nudity, drug use & rough language: If you have a problem with thick southern accents.

Also The acting elevates this beyond what you might expect, given the subje... Read more Read less

60
Fluffy, Occasionally funny, Hackneyed, Formulaic

See it if you want to see an energetic cast with some talent give their all with material that is occasionally funny.

Don't see it if you expect something that is original or clever. The cast deserved better!

Also This would be better suited to an Off-Broadway house.

95
Must see, Great singing, Great writing, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if you love musical theater. This is a great revival of a great show. The music is lovely & the lyrics perfectly capture Shaw's writing.

Don't see it if you really don't care for musical theater, though this one might just change your mind.

Also It's a dream cast. Lauren Ambrose sings beautifully, acts convincingly... Read more Read less

85
Great staging, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Provocative

See it if interested in portrayal of race, gender & power issues by 2 terrific actors in a show that is multi-layered & very timely. Great set.

Don't see it if occasionally contrived plot developments, but still well worth seeing.

Also MCC's new theater space is a winner!

75
Needs work, Slow, Mostly well acted, Confusing

See it if interested in coming of age story of a confused young man, his family & it's secrets, & time in army during Korean war years.

Don't see it if you don't like non linear story line, many short scenes sometimes confusing in time shifts. Slow moving.

Also Promising premise but needs tightening & editing.

82
Worthwhile, Resonant, Relevant, Inspiring, Heartfelt

See it if stories of GenZ immigrants facing & coping with harsh realities of life in NYC area. Bullying, racism,family pressure, gender issues & more

Don't see it if expect polished production; have no compassion; have difficulty with accents; don't like the idea of performers reading from scripts.

Also The 7 performers told their personal stories which made the production... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Good acting, Repetitive, Quirky

See it if you would like to support an enthusiastic young group of performers attempting to stretch the parameters of mine performance. Admirable!

Don't see it if you don't care for mime; you expect a thoroughly thought out work. This is more like an acting exercise. Sometimes repetitive.

97
Must see, Believe the hype, Ambitious, Epic

See it if Let me count the ways. Nope, too many to fit in here. Just see it!

Don't see it if Doesn't apply!

83
Contrived, Well meaning, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if interested in seeing a show that can encourage meaningful discussions about race, prejudice (both overt & subtle)& police procedures.

Don't see it if you want nuance in both the writing & some of the performances. Kerry W. gives an effective, but somewhat one note performance.

Also Eugene Lee is terrific as the police lieutenant.

87
Too long, Informative, Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Interested in seeing a show based on a little known true WW1 story. Multitalented cast of actors/singers/musicians. Great orchestrations.

Don't see it if not interested in war stories, musicals. 2nd act too long. Might be improved with some trimming.

Also It was a wonderful story about unsung, heroic women in WW1 & how they ... Read more Read less

59
Fluffy, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you're looking for a play that doesn't ask you to think too much. The 2 lead performers were effective.

Don't see it if you want characters, not caricatures. All the supporting players were hamstrung by the material which gave them very little to work with.

Also I was looking forward to seeing this from the early show-score reviews... Read more Read less

84
Problematic story, Rhythmic score, Great singing, Great staging, Atmospheric

See it if you want a unique experience that showcases a different culture with it's beliefs, music, dancing & superstitions, imaginatively staged.

Don't see it if you have problems with stories about social class inequality, racism & subjugation of women.

Also Circle in the square was the perfect venue for this show. The staging ... Read more Read less

75
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Uneven

See it if you are or care about millennials; are interested in the repercussions of a tragedy that somewhat explains the reactions of the characters.

Don't see it if you expect a show that is consistent in tone & believability. The 1st act spends far too much time on a game that is played to be effective.

Also The 2nd act is engrossing as things are explained & clarified. This is... Read more Read less

69
Slow, Good set, Good acting, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if the idea of seeing a show with 3 different versions of the same basic scenario appeals. Subtle changes in each lead to different reactions.

Don't see it if you prefer seeing one play with one conclusive ending.

Also I liked God of Carnage & Art a great deal & was looking forward to thi... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Relevant, Violent

See it if entrapment & torture of gays in present day Russia & the steps taken by the victims in response is of concern. The cast is quite convincing.

Don't see it if you don't want to see graphic scenes involving torture, violence & nudity. Admittedly these are hard to watch but at the same time powerful.

82
Fluffy start turns dramatic, Excellent set, Resonant, Great acting

See it if Gay relationships, family problems, discussions about gay marriage, friendship, legal issues, boundaries are of interest. Very well acted.

Don't see it if changes in tone would bother you, if you want an upbeat ending, if you don't like melodrama.

Also Because the show is well written, directed & acted the play is touchin... Read more Read less

79
Slow, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Heartfelt

See it if Memory play about love, loss, grief & getting on with your life told in fragmented scenes. Some very good performances (esp. Ian Quinlan).

Don't see it if don't care for non-linear plays. Not always certain if the remembrances are entirely accurate. Mythological elements unnecessary.

69
During previews
Slow, Fluffy, Amiable, Bland

See it if you like light hearted, feel good musicals that try hard to please & sometimes succeed. Supporting cast of actors/musicians are guite good.

Don't see it if you want a show that's more than just likable & has some substance.

84
Fun, Great acting, Great staging, Quirky, Zany

See it if you appreciate British humor, a story about snooker, a little known sport (in the USA), broad performances, clever sets & staging, see it.

Don't see it if you have trouble with British accents & don't like farce or a show of minimal significance other than to entertain.

Also The snooker finals was compelling & brilliantly staged. I had a great ... Read more Read less

75
Well acted, Good set, Violent, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if you're a fan of Tarantino style movies. The violence is both graphic & at times comical.

Don't see it if blood, guts, sex & violence make you uneasy ( there's lots of that).

Also Playwright​ seems to be attempting to try his hand at Tarantino-ish st... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great storytelling, Great singing, Ambitious, Unique

See it if interested in seeing the charismatic Jones in a cabaret setting singing & telling stories,personal, political & metaphysical. Excellent band

Don't see it if you prefer more mainstream fare. Most of the music is unmemorable, tho expertly performed. Even at 90 minutes, could use some trimming.

Also I admired the originality & performance of the piece & Jones is a real... Read more Read less

89
Great fun, Kick-ass band, Great dancing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you enjoy jukebox musicals (no lame story line) performed by a super talented cast & a great band. Joyful entertainment.

Don't see it if you don't care for 50's-60's music; if you prefer a story line.

Also It's so infectious that people in the audience were dancing in the ais... Read more Read less

79
Raunchy, Riveting, Great acting, Intense, Visceral

See it if Interested in a beautifully acted play about a very damaged, guarded man & woman meet, spend a night together & try to make a connection.

Don't see it if rough language, tales of violence from their lurid pasts would be upsetting.

Also Shanley writes vivid, explosive dialogue that the actors do full justi... Read more Read less

86
Touching, Heartfelt, Excellent dancing, Great staging, Delightful

See it if If you have fond memories of the original, this won't disappoint. If you've never seen it, this should make you a fan. Bravo Gallery Players

Don't see it if you don't care for revivals. Give this one a chance.

Also Inspired use of a small playing area with a large cast. Many of the pe... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Accessible, Intelligent, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you admire Nelson's work. Here he delivers a straightforward, conversational approach to Chekhov that's perfect for this intimate setting.

Don't see it if You prefer a more bombastic approach.

70
During previews
Questionable framing device, Thought-provoking, Slow, Ambitious

See it if It's Shaw, so naturally some clever, pointed dialogue. Talented cast

Don't see it if you prefer your Shaw without gimmicks. I saw the 3rd preview so the timing was not where it should be.

Also I'd be interested in seeing it again after the kinks are ironed out.

85
Talky, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if Intelligent show contrasting differences in views on religion, sexuality, morals among people that consider themselves friends, but are they

Don't see it if you don't want to consider any point of view other than your own. There are a few long monologues & at times is overly talky,

Also The playwright attempts to be even handed in giving each side their sa... Read more Read less

75
During previews
We'll acted, Overlong, Confusing, Funny/serious, Meta

See it if Interested in some insightful observations about theater, love, marriage & divorce told with humor & at times seriousness.

Don't see it if you object to sudden changes in tone & a not always plausible dialogue. Can be confusing at times and overlong even at 90 minutes.