Stephen 9076

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Reviews (31)
95
During previews
Great writing, Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see one of the finest performances ever in an intricate and emotional production, beautifully directed. A brilliant night.

Don't see it if you are not interested in fate or not wanting an intellectual as well as emotional experience.

65
Plasticity the Play
West Village
Uninvolving, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you love video projection though it is sometimes indulgent. If you are interested in medicine you might especially like it.

Don't see it if you want emotional connection. You don't like one man shows when they play characters extraneous to the story or not always delineated.

69
Okay, Great acting, Funny

See it if you love the movie and want to see how they translate it to the stage. Want to watch some excellent comic performances.

Don't see it if you are looking for content of any kind beyond some spectacle. Or if you want a score that is more than energetically banal.

75
During previews
Victor
West Village
Disjointed, Inventive, Great acting

See it if you like inventive storytelling theater and autobiographical work performed by one person.

Don't see it if you want well-integrated theater and not allow a show to flow where it will. Don't want a story about a homeless man or same sex sex.

75
jazz singer
Lower E Side
Confusing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You are interested in film history and issues concerning race. You don't mind a bit of a mishmash as long as it's interesting.

Don't see it if you want a rigorously worked show that integrates its perspectives into something meaningful. you are seeking a deeply emotional experinece

70
Pleasant, Overrated, Great writing

See it if Fiddler is just a great great script and score, and there is much of Robbin's choreography here -- all of which never disappoint.

Don't see it if If you want the English translation to match the original script because it frequently does not - and the differences are not an improvement

Also Despite the advertising that you don't need to know Yiddish to enjoy t... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Flat, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You were curious, like me, to see a rarely performed GBS play. Ostensibly it is relevant to today. The sound design is excellent.

Don't see it if You are expecting compelling comedy or drama. According to the program notes, GBS really expected this play to be read not performed and

Also judging from this production, he was right. In fact, I will go ahead a... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you like great theater with more than a touch of the Irish. If you have ever wanted to see this play but haven't had the opportunity.

Don't see it if If you tend to think things with emotion are too sentimental or you don't like the Irish!

95
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Profound, Masterful

See it if This show has scored low but wow, I thought it was fantastic. GREAT use of comedy to address perennial world problems. 3 fab performances.

Don't see it if you don't like seeing fake bodily fluids comically spurting out. This is minor in the play though. or, if you don't like poetry/wordplay.

Also It is ribald and silly but all in the service of beautiful, poignant o... Read more Read less

79
Fun, undemanding, Entertaining

See it if You love non-Motown pop songs of the 60's-70's; want a good time; enjoy nostalgia, love Carol King songs.

Don't see it if you expect anything more than good crafted jukebox show with a reasonable story line. you want more than a superficial look at her rise.

88
Unfolding
Midtown W
Lovely, artistic, touching

See it if you have patience can relax and go with the flow. The last 10 minutes bring it all together in an incredibly moving way.

Don't see it if you think it's going to be Warhorse. It's nothing like it andthat description is very misleading. Or if you have a short attention span.

89
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you like wonderful acting, good writing and thoughtfulness. Good characters, good story. Emotionally engaging.

Don't see it if gay marriage is a topic of no interest. It's a little "movie of the week" so if you want Albee or Miller, you'll be disappointed.

53
Apologia
Midtown W
Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you like Stockard Channing - and I sure do.

Don't see it if you want pithy, insightful, relevatory dialogue or a genuine point of view about the sacrifices a woman makes to pursue her career. Whining.

91
Great writing, Relevant, Delightful

See it if Grand production of a grand musical in traditional fashion. Laura Benanti and the cast are very good. The real stars are Lerner & Loewe.

Don't see it if Can't see why unless you don't like musicals but then you wouldn't be near this anyway.

90
Refreshing, Resonant, Enchanting

See it if A story beautifully told, full of integrity and humanity - never tries to be "commercial" undercutting itself. Moving, just... LOVELY.

Don't see it if you want a fast-paced, bells and whistles show. Or if you don't like the wonderful authenticity of traditional Egyptian music.

95
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Brian Cranston is astonishing - surely a King Lear one day. Fascinatingly staged - mezz/balcony get full effect of shiny copper floor.

Don't see it if Can't think of a reason unless you're looking for a musical.

70
American Tranquility
East Village
Cliched, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You enjoy watching the craft of a good actor transform.

Don't see it if You’re looking for insight. Once the characters announce themselves, you pretty much know what they are going to say.

78
Orpheus & Eurydice
Soho/Tribeca
Some good writing, engaging, simple

See it if you like basic storytelling theater, modern takes on classic myths, songs by Bruce Springsteen

Don't see it if expect sets (none), lighting (zero), you have hearing difficulties (inferior accoustics), don't like direct address or Springsteen songs.

40
(A)loft Modulation
Midtown W
Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you don't want to understand the actors (audibility,diction,clarity), do want to go on a kind of free-form bebop elegiac unintelligible trip

Don't see it if you want a discernible plot, understandable characters, emotional involvement or meaningful staging.

70
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Indulgent, Slow, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if you like simplistic staging that too often feels more like a rehearsal than a play - or consider that to be innovative. You prefer a cool-

Don't see it if you don't want to see a 3 1/2 play with 2 intermissions and (nearly) no change of setting. If you are uninterested in gay issues. (more)

Also ness to emotional material. You are interested in historical and conte... Read more Read less

65
Lulu XX
East Village
Imaginative,, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if You are interested in shows very loosely centered around a theme/concept but more a collection of images/sequences for you to apply meaning.

Don't see it if You want meaning spelled out, or want recognizable evidence of the Wedekind plays on which it's based; or you want to feel more than watch.

70
During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Nicely directed, Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in the last years of the Johnson presidency. You like documentaries. You like plays that show a sweep of history.

Don't see it if You would expect insight into the character of LBJ - or of his moral dilemmas he faced regarding Viet Nam, the civil rights movement, etc.

Also The director did a good job in holding my interest despite a lack of p... Read more Read less

24
Sunday
Chelsea
Insipid, Excruciating, Banal

See it if If you would like to see another play by the writer of Harry Potter

Don't see it if If you want to connect to characters or want to be presented with an interesting situation.

80
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Long, old-fashioned, very irish, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy the idea of watching a saga. If you like a mix of O'Neill and Miller set in Ireland. Enjoy watching more than feeling.

Don't see it if you expect something theatrical or ventures at all into the abstract. you are bored with the well-made play approach.

44
Tiny Beautiful Things
East Village
Disappointing, Slow, Banal

See it if you happen to like the book and are happy and sit and listen to it read to you by actors. you don't mind a lack of tension or character.

Don't see it if you want more than a sort of "reader's theater" approach on a meticulously detailed suburban living room set.

80
During previews
Facinating, flawed, strange, Clever

See it if you don't mind radical re-stagings of grand old shows; ready for new concepts; can forgive out of place weirdness and making no sense.

Don't see it if You exclusively love the movie/traditional stagings; you want glorious singing; expect choreography (tiny bits and dream ballet - ugh!)

40
During previews
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Misconceived, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you have an interest in Musical Theater history. You don't mind predictability in terms of story and direction. Some good performances.

Don't see it if you expect to be engaged on more than a superficial level. you may have enjoyed director John Doyle's work in the past - this disappoints.

60
Slow, Disappointing

See it if you love Ethan Hawke who is good but not brilliant. If you are a Sam Shepherd die-hard - and nothing wrong with that.

Don't see it if you want a riveting, edge of seat, thrilling production that this play should be. One clip of Malcovich in it on YouTube shows what it is.

89
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if only to see Glenn Close as the mother of Joan of Arc. Astounding commitment and nuance. Well directed. Father also good. Joan, so-so.

Don't see it if you like good drama or wonderful acting. You will be disappointed. It is fantastic.

75
The Hello Girls
Midtown E
Slow, Disappointing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you like a true story singing the unsung roles of women in war. It is reasonably well staged, acted and sung.

Don't see it if you want an emotional experience. The only moving thing was at the end when they project the photographs/names of the real women who served

60
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Slow, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if The warm presence of Jake Gyllenhaal - who is only in part 2 - is pleasant. If you are studying monologue writing, there are + & - lessons.

Don't see it if You expect excellent writing, spellbinding performances, theatricality or deep insights.