Stephen 18

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Reviews (322)
79
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

82
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

79
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.

89
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

79
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.

70
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

82
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.

50
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.

71
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.

79
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

89
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.

89
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.

79
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.

79
Orpheus & Eurydice
Soho/Tribeca
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.

79
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

86
During previews
Great singing, Old fashioned, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a cabaret style musical revue of the very well crafted songs of the underrated Maury Yeston performed by a talented cast...

Don't see it if hearing songs taken from shows out of context may lessen your appreciation of how good they are. The lyrics are clever & the cast nails it.

84
Monsoon Season
West Village
Entertaining, Troublesome, Funny, Great staging, Great acting

See it if very dark, very funny play about the dissolution of a marriage & it's aftermath, performed as short monologues by 2 terrific actors.

Don't see it if recent acrimonious divorce might trigger unwanted memories; don't like 2 handers though very little interaction except in last few minutes

Also Clever, effective staging, great lighting, & acting, makes what could ... Read more Read less

83
The Four Seasons
Midtown W
Energetic, Enjoyable, Clever, Relevant

See it if contemporary dance set to Vivaldi's 4 seasons with a humorous narrative about climate change between sections sounds appealing. Not kidding!

Don't see it if you prefer dance with no gimmicks.

Also The description does not do the piece any justice. The dancing is very... Read more Read less

79
Some questionable choices, Great dancing, Disappointing, Some excellent singing, Mixed bag

See it if you've never seen Evita before. Has much to recommend. Pfeiffer sings beautifully & has presence as Evita. Great orchestra. Fine dancing.

Don't see it if having 2 actors play young & adult Evita does not work..young Evita hard to understand & strident. Uninteresting Peron.

Also Jason Gotay is vocally great as Che, but lacks gravitas. Could underst... Read more Read less

70
FEAR
West Village
Disappointing, Good acting, Good set, Contrived, Unrealized potential

See it if a promising set up & good acting create what could be a provocative piece about how contrasting class & socio-economic ideologies play out..

Don't see it if in the case of a missing young girl. Too many inconsistencies​, unlikely scenarios, & red herrings to make it thoroughly believable.

84
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Funny/sad, Imperfect

See it if downward spiral of a damaged, self-destructive, middle-aged misanthrope told with incisive humor performed to perfection by a terrific cast

Don't see it if full frontal nudity, simulated sex scenes, toxic masculinity, & a few scenes that don't quite ring true would be deal-breakers.

Also Everyone in the cast had moments to shine, but it was Ian Barford, who... Read more Read less

84
All My Fathers
East Village
Great acting, Ambitious, Meta, Poignant, Unconventional

See it if interested in an offbeat, beautifully acted, funny/sad play that encompasses dementia, paternity issues​, deception, dead characters & more.

Don't see it if you prefer a traditional approach without characters breaking the 4th wall & a teasing epilogue that goes on a little too long.

Also All 4 performers are spot on & Deborah Hedwall is extraordinary.The st... Read more Read less

89
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Epic, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if a reworking of Forster's Howard's End to 21st century NYC in the gay community & how the history of the aids crisis informed their lives.

Don't see it if each part 3 1/2 hrs long and some scenes in part 1that slow things down & can be somewhat preachy. Part 2 better pacing & more involving.

Also Inventive staging.Wonderful acting by all, especially Hilton & Soler i... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Compelling, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Literate

See it if you care to experience the power of carefully chosen words delivered by 2 stellar performers in a no frills production.

Don't see it if you don't care for shows that deal with the prospect of dying; minimal production values; breaking the 4th wall; 2 handers.

80
During previews
Uneven, Energetic, Creative, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like improv, hip-hop, beat boxing & seeing a quick witted cast react to audience suggestions with enthusiasm & great style.

Don't see it if you expect everything to work consistently. This is improv & a lot depends on the audience members chosen which can slow things down.

Also Special guest was Lin Manuel himself, which was a bonus. Admittedly, I... Read more Read less

79
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

82
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.

96
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.

69
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​!

84
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

85
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

81
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

89
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

84
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

87
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.

84
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

79
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

84
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

84
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

69
Cheesy staging, Positive message, Too long, Quirky

See it if if you're​ in the YA demographic or accompany someone who is. Occasionally amusing. Tries hard to please with limited success, if an adult.

Don't see it if expecting a lavish, creative production.

Also I brought my 15 year old nephew, who had read the books & had seen the... Read more Read less

82
Mostly very good acting, Slow, Resonant, Intelligent, Dated

See it if a Horton Foote fan & appreciate a leisurely paced period piece with a mid-20th century sensibility. Attractive set; Quinn & Bowie excellent

Don't see it if want something more modern & faster paced; expecting more from a Pulitzer Prize winning play.

Also Was disappointed in Kristine Nielsen, who I usually like a lot. Either... Read more Read less

72
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Uneven, Challenging

See it if life to death of Chris & his/her many incarnations of age, gender, race & how ordinary random occurrences shape his/her life progression.

Don't see it if non-linear, sometimes confusing, many brief scenes, occasionally tedious

Also Having so many different performers play the character can have a dist... Read more Read less

70
Uneven, Tedious, Some good singing, Lacks panache

See it if you're​ a Dinklage fan & want to see him in a musical role. His acting is fine, singing less so, though serviceable. Others very good.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a truncated version of Cyrano with little panache & much of Rostand's poetic language missing. Music hit & miss.

Also There are a few good scenes; the.battle scene, which had the best musi... Read more Read less

76
Entertaining, Disappointing, Sometimes clever, Hit & miss

See it if you are a frequent theater-goer & like parodies; hard working cast; some clever bits.

Don't see it if expecting the same incisive material that previous incarnations have shown.

Also The addition of a teenage boy to the cast was less funny than having a... Read more Read less

92
Creative, Inventive choreography, Great band, Great staging, Joyous

See it if looking for a unique theater experience that is less than a play but much more than a concert, brilliantly performed with heart & humanity.

Don't see it if looking for traditional b'way fare; want more than a monochromatic set (tho there are layers of color in what is said & sung).

Also Byrne is a master showman with an ingratiating manner, questioning min... Read more Read less

69
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Hyperkinetic, Good lead performances, Unwieldy set, Disappointing, Dated

See it if a Williams fan & interested in seeing a production that emphasizes the comedic aspects..

Don't see it if ..at the expense of the poignant ones in a clumsily staged (but with good projections & lighting) production with far too much going on

Also Both Tomei & Elliot are fine & have great chemistry. The quieter scene... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Highlight reel, Very good harvey, Entertaining, Funny

See it if interested in seeing Harvey as Bella. Touches on all the major points leading up to the eve of 1976 Democratic NY Senatorial primary.

Don't see it if expecting to see Harvey in drag. He's not. Though not particularly looking or sounding like Bella,he humorusly captures her feisty qualities

69
During previews
TERRA FIRMA
Gramercy
Absurdist, Well acted, Repetitive, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if want to support a new theater company with a game cast of actors in an ambitious show. Very good set. Well intentioned.

Don't see it if Promise is unfulfilled. Story based on a real incident, is muddled & repetitive.

87
During previews
Thoughtful, Relevant, Intense, Great acting

See it if interested in a family drama involving opioid addiction & it's devastating effects on family & loved ones. Well written & well cast.

Don't see it if subject matter & a sex scene would be disturbing. There is some much needed humor that doesn't detract from the main thrust of the story.

Also First scene made me feel that I was not going to care for these charac... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Great acting, Quirky, Disturbing, Challenging, Audacious

See it if Up for a show that provocatively deals with race,sex, relationships​,slavery, group therapy, which at times is uncomfortably funny.

Don't see it if you don't want to be challenged; simulated sex & nudity offends you; a bit too long; disturbing & somewhat confusing conclusion.

Also Pleased to see a show that can provoke discussion & isn't afraid to of... Read more Read less