Stephen 18

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Reviews (303)
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

85
Betrayal
Midtown W
Minimalist, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you are a Pinter fan;willing to pay close attention; terrific acting by all 3 performers; clever dialogue; great lighting.

Don't see it if you don't like a leisurely paced, thoughtful examination of multiple betrayals; non linear plot; minimal staging.

Also Each character is guilty of betrayals, be it withholding information o... Read more Read less

79
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

79
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

86
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.

90
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

72
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

84
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.

70
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.

70
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

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
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Entertaining, Quirky, Serviceable score, Well staged, Well sung

See it if a rock version of Macbeth updated to 1975 Pennsylvania is of interest. Talented, hard working cast; some clever touches...

Don't see it if some predictable choices. Starts slowly but picks up in act 2. Score is not bad, but not memorable, but very well performed.

Also Jay Armstrong Johnson is very good & very funny as Banko. Taylor Iman ... Read more Read less

79
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.

84
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

69
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

50
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.

84
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

84
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

76
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.

79
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.

89
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