Steve 6053

New York City | 50-64 | Male
About:  Musician. Theatre professional. Sometimes I think I'm a professional viewer... I tend to see a lot! I usually talk about the things I like in a show rather than the things I don't. Live theatre isn't perfect - it's an ever evolving, living, breathing animal.
Reviews (186)
56
Fairycakes
West Village
Slow, Excruciating, Banal
December 23rd, 2021

See it if didn't love this - some funny moments - the cast is great

Don't see it if you don't like plays in verse

91
Intelligent, Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing, Clever
December 23rd, 2021

See it if you like musicals and theatre and experiments. I'm SO glad I saw this. The cast is brilliant. There is a Sunday in the Park feel to it too

Don't see it if you aren't willing to take ea flight of fancy and if you're expecting perfection - it has its flaws but I'd see it again

93
Selling Kabul
Midtown W
Masterful, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious
December 23rd, 2021

See it if you like plays that make you think. or plays that make you sit on the edge of your seat the entire time --so sadly relevant and heartbreakin

Don't see it if DO SEE IT!

77
Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing
December 23rd, 2021

See it if you like LaChanze - and if you're interested in theatre history. This should have been the first Bway play by a Black woman playwright but..

Don't see it if it's a huge piece of history - go see it

77
Resonant, Profound, Indulgent, Great acting, Ambitious
December 23rd, 2021

See it if see it and decide for yourself. I saw it off bway and on.

Don't see it if I think everyone should see this play

97
Masterful, Intelligent, Great singing, Exquisite, Ambitious
December 23rd, 2021

See it if if you love Jeanine Tesori's work. .... if you love great singing and performances... it's masterful

Don't see it if can't think of a reason - it's brilliant - I saw it three times

84
Chicago (Broadway)
Midtown W
Raunchy, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining
December 23rd, 2021

See it if you want to be entertained. One of the hardest working ensembles ever and they're all brilliant.

Don't see it if you're sensitive about guns and murder. I'll admit, if you think about the reality of it, it's a lot to take in. Not a big gun fan.

78
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing
December 23rd, 2021

See it if you think you might be interested. It's an ambitious imperfect show. I'm so glad I saw it.

Don't see it if DO see it. I wish everyone would see this show.

89
Must see, Epic, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever
December 23rd, 2021

See it if you want to be entertained and go see a "Broadway Musical" This is it. A real crowd pleaser.

Don't see it if you're looking for a book that will make you think. This is pure entertainment top to bottom, left to right

100
Riveting, Intelligent, Masterful, Great singing, Entertaining
December 23rd, 2021

See it if you don't think you want to. It is MASTERFUL. And always different. There's some brilliance happening up there on that stage

Don't see it if can't think of a reason not to - expand your world - try it!

97
SIX (Broadway)
Midtown W
Resonant, Intelligent, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever
December 23rd, 2021

See it if if you want to be entertained. I LOVED IT! I've seen it in three different cities.

Don't see it if you're sensitive about beheadings???

78
Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting
December 23rd, 2021

See it if you want to see a powerhouse performance at the center of it all. Both Tias I saw were brilliant!

Don't see it if you don't like a jukebox musical. That's essentially what this is. Sorry. The book works in fits and starts.

100
Kimberly Akimbo
Chelsea
Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing
December 23rd, 2021

See it if just see it. It is masterful. The score is incredible. Vicki Clark is perfection.

Don't see it if DO see it! It's one of the best shows this year

96
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Clever
December 23rd, 2021

See it if you love Sondheim

Don't see it if you don't want your Company messed with. But remember even the great one himself said theatre needs to evolve. Go see it!

97
Intelligent, Masterful, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing
December 23rd, 2021

See it if you think you don't want to. I was completely absorbed. Twice

Don't see it if you don't like talky plays. Though I hate when people say that. Its a play, there are words. Go See it!

90
Great singing, Great staging, Funny, Enchanting, Delightful
December 23rd, 2021

See it if you like Little Shop and great singing.

Don't see it if you're sensitive about the subject matter. I have to admit it's a little hard to watch now with the dentist beating up Audrey.

78
During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing
February 13th, 2020

See it if you like great acting, it's phenomenal cast. Kara Young has given 3 incredible theater performances in the last year.

Don't see it if you don't like "issue" plays... though again, I'd argue you should anyway

77
Refreshing, Great singing, Great acting, Clever
February 7th, 2020

See it if you want to see a creative way to craft a musical...music is used in an innovative way... you stan Joel Perez and Jennifer Damiano

Don't see it if you're expecting a complete home run... I have some minor quibbles, but all in all, I liked it better than the movie (sacrilege, I know)

79
Funny
January 18th, 2020

See it if you like Charles Busch, camp, drag, 40s movies

Don't see it if you don't. This is a delightful little show in the best Charles Busch tradition.

95
Masterful, Dizzying, Great singing, Clever, Absorbing
November 24th, 2019

See it if just see it!! I loved it so much and wasn't expecting to. Go!

Don't see it if you really just don't care for rap and hip hop... though, to be fair, this may change your mind

78
Romantic, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing
November 24th, 2019

See it if you love Erin Markey as I do... brilliant... as is Kristin Sieh

Don't see it if you're expecting to be spoon fed... there's a lot of interior stuff happening... I loved it

88
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Masterful, Great staging, Great singing, Clever, Absorbing
November 24th, 2019

See it if you're a fan of Hamilton... you love pop songs that sound like real pop songs...you love masterful staging and choreography and singing

Don't see it if you don't care for dark stories or things that are highly conceptual

84
Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great singing
November 24th, 2019

See it if you love the musical...you love GREAT singing

Don't see it if you're expecting a huge revelation... but if you want to see a damn gorgeous and well sung production, go

91
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful, Enchanting
October 30th, 2019

See it if you've never seen Rose Tattoo and you're interested...if you're a marisa tome fan.. AND if you want to see an INCREDIBLE cast esp EmunElliot

Don't see it if you think Tennessee Williams ALWAYS has to be dead serious

79
Soft Power
East Village
Confusing, Resonant, Edgy, Intelligent, Ambitious
October 30th, 2019

See it if you're a fan of DHH and/or Jeanine Tesori...you're a political junkie AND a musical theater fan

Don't see it if you expect perfection in a production... this isn't perfect, there are rough edges... but I'd argue that's what makes it so good

90
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious
October 30th, 2019

See it if you're interested in politics at all...if you want to use your brain...if you want to be challenged...if you want to see something brave

Don't see it if you're especially close minded or can't even consider conservative POVs...though I'd argue that's exactly who should be seeing this...

86
During previews
Seared
Midtown W
Riveting, Dizzying, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing
October 24th, 2019

See it if you love Raul Esparza, he give a magnetic performance... you love great acting, the whole cast rocks!

Don't see it if you're expectation "earth shattering" revelations, it's an ultimately quiet piece about human relationships

68
Fern Hill
Midtown E
Overrated, Great acting, Disappointing, Banal
October 24th, 2019

See it if you like traditional plays, I guess

Don't see it if you're only going to check out the cast, I didn't really enjoy the play itself good as the cast is

90
Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing
October 24th, 2019

See it if you like Carole King or stories about songwriting and process

Don't see it if go see the show if you've been avoiding it because you don't like jukebox musicals. It's worth seeing!

87
During previews
The New Englanders
Midtown W
Relevant, Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing
September 28th, 2019

See it if You like great acting...you’re interested in gay stories...

Don't see it if I’d see it.

72
Sunday
Chelsea
Disappointing, Confusing, Intelligent, Great acting
September 28th, 2019

See it if You enjoy seeing new works and good actors

Don't see it if You aren’t patient. It needs editing.

85
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Great singing, Funny, Entertaining
September 28th, 2019

See it if You like Shakespeare adaptations... if you’re a Jay Armstrong Johnson fan, he rocks!!

Don't see it if You’re grumpy or need everything to make literal sense.

87
Octet
Midtown W
Resonant, Masterful, Epic, Great singing, Clever
June 5th, 2019

See it if you like a cappella singing...seeing musical form stretched in new ways...you like great singing and theatrical inventiveness

Don't see it if it did seem like it needed editing... many of the songs - good as they were - felt much too long - that being said it felt FRESH - go see it

70
Continuity
Midtown W
Slow, Great staging, Confusing, Great acting
June 5th, 2019

See it if you like seeing good actors

Don't see it if you're expecting something profound... i felt like it was a jumble of ideas...couldn't quite decide what it was

72
Ink
Midtown W
Overrated
June 5th, 2019

See it if you don't know a lot about Rupert Murdoch...an interesting companion piece to Network... but I felt ahead of it all evening - not engaged

Don't see it if you're expecting earth shattering revelations - maybe I'm in the minority here - actors are great

83
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny
May 29th, 2019

See it if like Lucas Hnath's writing and/or you're a fan of Metcalf/Lithgow...all great...I found the play relevant and I liked its message

Don't see it if you're expecting "Story" per se... I feel like this piece is more conceptual and its point is super important but very subtle...great work

90
For a previous production
Mac Beth
Upper E Side
Intense, Intelligent, Edgy, Great acting, Clever
May 29th, 2019

See it if you like takes on Shakespeare.. if you like great conceptual theatre...and seeing wonderful young talent... I LOVED this

Don't see it if you insist on every word of Shakespeare being there...if you're particularly squeamish...if you aren't willing to growth a very bold take

89
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing
May 29th, 2019

See it if you love Mockingbird and/or Sorkin...this is a complete rethink.. didn't think I needed to see it, I was wrong - sadly still so relevant

Don't see it if can't think of a reason not to. it's brilliant

90
During previews
Riveting, Masterful, Exquisite, Great acting, Absorbing
May 25th, 2019

See it if you love Audra...or Michael Shannon...or great acting...or you are a romantic...or love New York City...or you want to be transported

Don't see it if you don't like 2 character plays...are feeling grumpy...want something exterior to happen...you're not a romantic

90
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing
May 24th, 2019

See it if you're a fan of the show... you like history... you like stripped down productions

Don't see it if you're not willing to treat it ultimately as a history piece, even though there are profound contemporary revelations.

81
Quirky, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever
May 24th, 2019

See it if you like clever new musicals...you're a fan of the movie... you don't mind a musical pushing a bit too hard... you like laughing

Don't see it if the Disneyfication of Bway bothers you... it's a bit of an assault with the content music and lights at intermission

69
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Funny, Slow, Disappointing, Entertaining
May 24th, 2019

See it if you like Santino Fontana and/or you're curious about movie to musical adaptations...you like to laugh... it is often very funny

Don't see it if you're expecting a great new musical-this is not it IMO... you're sensitive to trans issues... there's an argument to made it's transphobic

74
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious
May 24th, 2019

See it if you're a fan of the show... especially if you've never seen a production of it...you're interested in discovering new NY talent

Don't see it if you're expecting Bway polish... or to be comfortable... the seating is uncomfortable and sightlines nearly impossible if you're not close

85
High Button Shoes
Midtown W
Fluffy, Dated, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful
May 13th, 2019

See it if you're interested in old musicals beautifully done...if you're a Jerome Robbins fan... if you're curious about this score - adorable!

Don't see it if you're expecting it to be an immediate Bway transfer, sometimes, MOST times, they aren't - for me that's not what encores is about

89
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing
May 13th, 2019

See it if you like Happy Pfeiffer's work and if you like plays that make you think and if you like great actors

Don't see it if you want to be spoon fed. This takes a lot of work on the part of the audience. Intelligent and beautiful writing.

69
Great acting, Overrated, Epic, Confusing
April 26th, 2019

See it if you love Glenda Jackson... and Jayne Houdyshell... and some others... GJ seems to be in a different production...but fascinating to watch

Don't see it if want a Lear to make sense... or if you don't like sitting for a long time. Act 1 is over 2 hours long...you expect it to add up

88
Quirky, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful
April 19th, 2019

See it if you like oddball theatre...you like especially creative writers...you're not afraid to explore something new...you want to laugh

Don't see it if you're not willing to be taken on a self reflective journey... you're expecting to know everything... you're unwilling to laugh at yourself

70
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent
April 19th, 2019

See it if you're interested in current affairs and/or if you love theatre monologues

Don't see it if you don't want to think. This isn't entertainment per se.

80
During previews
Quirky, Funny, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing
April 19th, 2019

See it if you are a Taylor Mac fan. It is like a wonderful journey inside judy's mind. Somehow both personal and universal and above all funny.

Don't see it if you aren't a Shakespeare fan or if you're expecting schtick for schtick's sake. This is smart schtick with a reason. I loved it.

97
Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing
April 11th, 2019

See it if you love theatre. Simple as that. I don't have enough positive adjectives for this one. I loved it. Revelatory! Refreshing and unbelievable

Don't see it if you insist on Oklahoma being traditional . Though I'd argue that you should. It's an eye opener. So I guess if you don't want them opened...