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Reviews (166)
Intelligent, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in individual rights and how they are being forfeited today. Well written. I enjoyed it more the second time.

Don't see it if you are not interested in the Constitution.

Little Gem
Sometimes confusing, Serio-comical, Quirky, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you would like to see wonderful performances, especially by Marsha Mason

Don't see it if you would not like a monologue play. There is virtually no interaction between the performers. Each delivers a number of monologues.

Slave Play
East Village
Great staging, Edgy, Raunchy, Funny, Seemed very long

See it if you want a play within a play, seemingly exploring sexuality between races on a plantation. Well acted.

Don't see it if nudity and/or interracial relationships upset you. Also, it dragged when characters started to expound at great length.

Entertaining, Fluffy, Well staged, Full of energy

See it if you loved the movie. Incorporates virtually intact all the humor of the film plus dance numbers / song. Teens, especially girls, love it.

Don't see it if you did not care for the movie. This does not break new ground.

Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Still timely, Hilarious

See it if a modern day classic drama and comedy, magnificently performed. Immensely entertaining and relevant.

Don't see it if you have no empathy for dramatic characters or dislike the sight of bare chested men.

The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great writing, Great staging, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you can enjoy great writing and staging, with many characters individually contributing with both drama and humor to this tale of N. Ireland

Don't see it if you don't like plays about Ireland or can't deal with the brogue [not that it interferes with following the plot].

India Pale Ale
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Well staged and acted, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if you want something that is ultimately uplifting, albeit sometimes confusing. Relevant to the news [Oct.-Nov 2018]. Plus a dance number.

Don't see it if you feel that second and third generation offspring of immigrants are still foreigners.

Natural Shocks
Upper W Side
Solo performance, Edgy, Well acted, Unrealistic

See it if you care more about the acting than the content.

Don't see it if you do not like plays with only one performer. The dark central topic should have been tackled directly, not obtusely.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you seek a linear story very well acted.

Don't see it if you have no interest in American history, and especially the civil rights movement.

Final Follies
West Village
3 one act plays, Entertaining, Uneven, Funny, Quirky

See it if you want well acted Gurney plays. I liked the first and third, not the middle play as much.

Don't see it if you don't like Gurney, who pokes fun at WASP culture.

Clever, Challenging, Well staged, Disappointing, Long

See it if you know and appreciate Vanya and R&J; can be confusing otherwise. It has some high moments and others where it drags. Could be shorter.

Don't see it if you don't know the underlying works. This production juxtaposes scenes from each. Often chaotic.

Intelligent, Wonderful acting, Great staging, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you'd like to be present for a production that is well acted and staged. Interesting concept. Fine sets and costumes. McTeer shines.

Don't see it if you'll be bothered by meandering plot: will she or won't she play HAMLET, and if so, as written or as re-created to be a decisive character?

Quite clever, Very well acted, Great staging, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you want to laugh. Dialogue and action are often outrageous but clever.

Don't see it if unless you are prepared to hear 'locker room talk' throughout the play.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to hear a [woman's] perspective on human rights in the USA; mostly a monologue but some dramatic conflict late in the piece.

Don't see it if you blindly supported Justice Scalia or others who think corporations are people but constitutions are not living documents.

During previews
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Somewhat romantic, Surprises in store

See it if you enjoy comedy. Plot oddballs coexist & play off each other. Well staged with several alternating sets and screen to view action.

Don't see it if you want depth to your drama. This is frothy.

Absorbing, Funny, Well staged, Indulgent, Solo performance

See it if you enjoy stand-up comedy. Birbiglia manages to tweak humor out of both mundane and unusual circumstances and also through exaggeration.

Don't see it if you don't like a solo show. I did not LMAO, but others did and I was certainly entertained.

Entertaining, Great set, Well staged, Romantic, Unusual

See it if you enjoy all old musicals. This one has several wonderful numbers. The performances are fine.

Don't see it if you're seeking a true classic of the 'golden era.' The subject matter [ESP] is somewhat off-putting.

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Worthwhile subject matter, Ultimately disappointing

See it if you want a fairly straightforward drama, slightly confusing when there is a time shift.

Don't see it if you want realistic situation. Siblings were much older than Amy/Andy. Well meaning, but were they really able to assume major responsibility

Great staging, Great writing, Riveting, Dark and very funny, Wonderful ensemble acting

See it if you enjoy dark humor. This is very dark and quite funny. Plus a fabulous set.

Don't see it if a hanging before your eyes will upset you.

Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Fabulous costumes, Quite theatrical

See it if you want to see phenomenal acting, especially if you enjoy historical, costume drama.

Don't see it if you'd rather be at a modern day musical or sit-com.

Tender moments, Ambitious, Well acted and staged, Slow, Somewhat confusing

See it if you think you'd like a slowly-building drama about a woman returning from the U.S. after many years to see her father in Africa.

Don't see it if or rather unless you want something sentimental.

Entertaining, Ambitious, Indulgent, Very well dramatized, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy dramatic readings (Lithgow recites two stories [almost] entirely from memory). He is quite animated and entertaining.

Don't see it if you want to learn about Lithgow, like why he followed his father into theatre or why his siblings did not do so.

Midtown W
Ambitious, Edgy, Funny, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you'd like something that perceives itself as on the cutting edge. It has moments of humor, but ...

Don't see it if obscenities bother you.

Twelfth Night
Classic, Shakespeare, Funny, Staged in the round, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy Shakespearean comedies,

Don't see it if you expect Fiasco can always deliver at the level of its CYMBELINE and INTO THE WOODS. Worth seeing, but not up to those.

During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Balletic, Indulgent

See it if you'd like to see Robert Fairchild dance or hear German lieder.

Don't see it if or rather unless you'd like to be depressed. Who was more depressed, Mary Shelly or Frankenstein's monster?

Toni Stone
Midtown W
Disappointing, Intelligent, Ambitious, Well performed

See it if you want to learn about a Black woman who played professional baseball.

Don't see it if you want a well-crafted play. The performers were at times hard to understand.

Rinse, Repeat
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Good set, Well acted, Natural dialogue, Relevant

See it if you would enjoy a play relevant to a problem facing many people today: eating disorders

Don't see it if you are not drawn to serious plays that attempt to present a topic for further discussion.

Christmas in Hell
Midtown E
Ambitious, Entertaining, Well performed, Well staged, Indulgent

See it if you want something different for the holidays. Offbeat with some good performances. Fine set.

Don't see it if you'd like something traditional. Besides, this can use more work. Still, it's entertainingly silly .

Midtown W
Well acted, Relevant, Confusing, Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if you recognize A DOLL'S HOUSE as a classic and might enjoy a riff. Lead actress (the playwright) is wonderful, as is the simple set, but

Don't see it if it took a while -- and much exposition -- before the point of the play became apparent. Too confusing until that point is reached.

Well acted, Well staged and lit, Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing

See it if you would like to follow Lynn Nottage's work. Very well acted and presented.

Don't see it if you expect it to be up to the standard of RUINED or INTIMATE APPAREL, but it has many worthwhile moments.

Absorbing, Very well staged and performed, Riveting, Quite entertaining

See it if you want to see quality theatre without going to Manhattan. Wonderful set and costumes, very well acted, good Agatha Christie mystery!

Don't see it if you require massive sets or dance numbers when you go to the theatre.

Ordinary Days
Midtown W
Entertaining, Well sung, Ambitious, Romantic, Wonderful lyrics

See it if light entertainment. Would-be COMPANY [even the set is reminiscent]; can't meet that goal but is still fun. See it before he's famous!

Don't see it if you expect greatness or show-stopping dance numbers.

The Niceties
Midtown W
Well written dialogue, Well acted, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you like debate: evaluating different sides of a question and issues that arise in academia.

Don't see it if you are not willing to consider alternative ways of presenting U.S. history.

During previews
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Clever, Very well acted and staged

See it if you want theatre that is relevant to maintaining a democracy. Writing includes many references to classic works.

Don't see it if you prefer light-fare or the Rockettes.

Funny, Clever, Well staged, Satirical, Entertaining

See it if you want to laugh (and laugh you will) at the oftentimes absurdness of being too politically correct.

Don't see it if you believe the Pilgrims and Native Americans feasted on the 4th Thursday in November.

Entertaining, Great staging, Well acted, Well sung, Quirky

See it if you'd like a musical concerning a gay relationship between a singer and songwriter. Stick with it to the end. Some songs quite entertaining.

Don't see it if gay stories turn you off.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Overrated, Teen oriented

See it if you seek a work that attempts to teach about dedication of and to friends and family. Teen coming of age lesson.

Don't see it if you've been led to believe this is the greatest since sliced bread. Entertaining, but great it isn't.

Clever, Great writing, Pulitzer winner, Well staged, acted, and sung, Entertaining

See it if you want a refresher on this Pulitzer worthy musical. Several wonderful performances, especially Paul and Morales. [You'll feel something.]

Don't see it if musicals, or plays about life in the theatre are not your interest.

During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Well written, staged, and performed

See it if you'd like drama that takes on contemporary topics, including disability, depression, relationships (gay or otherwise). Also for Lois Smith.

Don't see it if even very brief nudity offends, or if you seek farce or musicals.

Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Raunchy, Loud

See it if you'd reconnect with the disco era and the debauchery of Studio 54. There are tender moments within the raunchiness, and wonderful singing.

Don't see it if you don't like loud or scantily dressed performers [but no nudity].

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Ambitious, Funny, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you would like a play about the relationships of men, especially brothers, within a family. There is humor here, masking serious issues

Don't see it if you seek a play that presents a drama / conflict, and then tries to strip away layers of the onion, analyzing the problem.

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Party Face
Midtown W
Funny, Well staged, Seriocomic, Disappointing

See it if you are in the mood for something like a tv sitcom. Disfunctional family / friends with some oddness.

Don't see it if you want something deeper than superficial laughs.

Bar Mitzvah Boy
Midtown E
Entertaining, Funny, Well acted, Sweet and somewhat indulgent

See it if you can appreciate the pressures on a family in preparing for a catered event with more than 100 guests.

Don't see it if fail to see the universality of the situation, which in this case pertains to a Jewish family.

Hey, Look Me Over!
Midtown W
Excellent performances, Entertaining, Romantic, Inadequate composite of 7 old musicals

See it if you enjoy old Broadway musicals, especially those not worthy of a full scale production.

Don't see it if you don't have time this weekend.

During previews
Ambitious, Cliched, Great staging, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if you'd like an over-the-top satire of outrageous tv shows. Entertaining but runs out of steam, attempts to be serious and peters out.

Don't see it if you'd rather be at a traditional Bway musical, a serious play, or Neil Simon or Noel Coward comedy.

During previews
Miles for Mary
Midtown W
Ambitious, Quirky, Superb ensemble cast, Funny, Clever

See it if you like sardonic humor, satirizing the world of committee meetings

Don't see it if you want a musical or a more traditional play with character studies of heroes (or villains).

The Children
Midtown W
Absorbing, Wonderful ensemble acting, Relevant, Humorous while deadly serious, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy worthwhile drama that can be quite serious and relevant to our times. Unfolds at its own pace.

Don't see it if you'd prefer straightforward comedy or musical.

20th Century Blues
Midtown W
Indulgent, Well acted, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you'd like a drama, easy to follow, and not too deep.

Don't see it if you'd like to leave the theatre having learned something.

Hundred Days
East Village
Ambitious, Disappointing, Entertaining, Romantic, Loud

See it if you like loud rock musicals

Don't see it if seek theatre with a linear plot.

Upper W Side
Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Must see, Great staging

See it if you like good drama. Rarely can two and a half hours pass so quickly. Better than his Pulitzer Prize winner.

Don't see it if you'd rather not be entertained.