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Reviews (184)
81
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Relevant, Funny, Well acted, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you'd enjoy a comedy relevant to families with aging parents, and who doesn't fit that category (or have a friend there)?

Don't see it if you go to theatre only once a year. The staging is quite memorable. While the play is not deep or great, this is worth seeing.

80
During previews
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Ambitious, Well staged, acted, and sung, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you'd enjoy a musical that leaves you thinking. You decide if this is about love or history.

Don't see it if you expect brassiness in a musical, or show-stopping dance numbers. This is much quieter and serious, with one change-of-pace number.

85
Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Romantic, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like old style musicals, with a plot and hummable tunes. Very well presented. Bouyant at first. Wonderful memorial to Jerry Herman.

Don't see it if you have no interest in musicals.

76
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Relevant, Well acted, Intelligent, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you liked WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME or THE EXONERATED. It is based on a transcript of an interrogation. Somewhat Kafkaesque.

Don't see it if you don't believe the elections [2016 and 2010] were or can be rigged. Or if you seek something light/comical.

80
During previews
The Thin Place
Midtown W
Other worldly, Very well cast, Absorbing, Entertaining, Riveting

See it if you might enjoy a somewhat suspenseful play about a dimension of mind, such as ESP. Well acted and quite interesting.

Don't see it if you want light fare or music. Or if you don't want to in almost total darkness for a portion of the play.

85
Quirky, Intense, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you would like to hear political conversations that address some of today's issues (albeit not the impeachment).

Don't see it if you have absolutely no interest in politics (or if you want a musical).

84
Relevant, Seriocomical, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want drama that relates to urban life. This solo performance is extraordinary.

Don't see it if want something light or musical, or if you really cannot tolerate solo performances (even when they are wonderful).

82
Great writing, Classic, Swift, Great staging

See it if you want to see Shakespeare. This classic is performed in under 2 hours. Moves quickly.

Don't see it if you want musical comedy or something light. Some actors handle more than one role.

78
Pumpgirl
Chelsea
Confusing, Intense, Great lighting, Well staged, Great acting

See it if you want a very serious play about twenty-somethings negotiating their difficult lives. Wonderful acting.

Don't see it if (a) Irish accents are hard to follow; (b) you don't want to hear a lot of cursing; (c) somewhat confusing to follow.

82
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.

81
Little Gem
Chelsea
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.

74
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.

76
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.

89
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.

88
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].

78
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.

72
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.

76
Fireflies
Chelsea
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.

79
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.

77
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.

75
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?

83
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.

75
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.

80
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.

72
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.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Well acted, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you can get past the loud musical numbers from the band (mostly at the start) and allow the play to develop. Quite worthwhile!

Don't see it if you prefer light, escapist humor, or if you are an ostrich, choosing to avoid the realities of the world 45 years ago and still around today

79
Well staged, Well acted, Funny, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in knowing what was considered ground-breaking 50 years ago. An entertaining evening.

Don't see it if you expect a musical to have numerous dance numbers or if you expect greatness. Those in the front row may be asked to participate.

79
Disappointing, Fluffy, Well acted, Great staging, Great set and costumes

See it if you enjoy light comedy, presented in a wonderful production.

Don't see it if you want something deep and relevant. Notwithstanding great direction, here the underlying play disappointed.

80
Seared
Midtown W
Serious, Funny, Relevant, Very well staged and acted, Entertaining

See it if you might enjoy a play about cooking, restaurants, and expanding a business. Well staged and performed.

Don't see it if you always expect greatness at the theatre. This is not great, but should appeal to most people, with a serious element infused with humor.

90
The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy well crafted drama, excellently staged, and marvelously acted. Lengthy, but abundantly worthwhile.

Don't see it if you want a light comedy or musical.

77
During previews
One in Two
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Great set, Well staged, Ambitious

See it if you want something provocative and thought-provoking, about men of color and AIDS.

Don't see it if you want light comedy or a musical. The subject matter [AIDS] is serious. There is a small amount of nudity, if you find that offensive.

78
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing, Well staged

See it if you enjoy Horton Foote and/or creditable acting.

Don't see it if you are expecting something on the level of TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL or Foote's other great works.

83
Seriocomical, A classic, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the musical or want to see this classic for the first time. Quite entertaining.

Don't see it if you have had enough of this classic. I did not find the Yiddish version to eclipse prior productions, but it evokes a lot on a smaller scale

84
Entertaining, Some mystery, Well staged, Profound, Absorbing

See it if you seek a serious (not funny) musical, which is not to say there is no humor. Relevant to all, especially teenagers.

Don't see it if you want a musical with big dance numbers.

73
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.

80
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.

70
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 .

76
Noura
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.

76
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.

80
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.

77
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.

81
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.

84
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.

79
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.

73
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.

72
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.

80
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.

87
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.

79
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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72
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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