Steve NJ

North Plainfield | 50-64 | Male
About:  Huge theater fan looking for shows with a good story that make me laugh or cry or think or wonder or feel good. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (74)
71
Aunt Jack
East Village
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like family dramas (with comedy) that feature LGBT characters and gender themes, with a terrific exploration of bisexuality.

Don't see it if you expect the very highest production standards in terms of writing and acting. This show is fun and good, but not great.

72
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you like improv comedy or are in the mood for something musical but a little bit different.

Don't see it if you hate improv comedy of any kind.

Also If you're a little bit curious then probably this show is right for yo... Read more Read less

20
God of Marz
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you like supporting amateur theater, you know someone in the cast (and owe them a big favor), AND if you can score a free ticket.

Don't see it if prefer anything about the show you're seeing to make sense. Also don't see this if you think it's going to be a campy comedy. It's neither.

Also Have you ever seen improv comedy where the actors make up a sketch bas... Read more Read less

65
Ambitious, Slow, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you love rambling talky British dramas or are a David Hare superfan.

Don't see it if you like tight concise writing that moves the plot along at a good clip.

Also This play needs a good full hour cut from it. At times it just rambles... Read more Read less

95
Riveting, Relevant, Masterful, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you have ever felt like you did not fit in, which is almost everybody at some time. It's beautifully heartfelt and smartly engaging.

Don't see it if you're in the mood for a happy and splashy old-timey Broadway classic with big sets and glittery costumes. This is not that kind of musical.

Also I knew a little bit about this show before going into it, but was surp... Read more Read less

55
Disappointing, Quirky, Confusing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like being challenged by absurdist characters and very unresolved situations.

Don't see it if you expect a story that easily makes sense.

Also As always, the production values at this Vineyard show are top notch. ... Read more Read less

40
During previews
Vague, Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you're up for the tough challenge of adding clarity to a too-vague script with too many vague characters and no discernible payoff.

Don't see it if you have even the slightest difficulty in following actors playing an unknown number of vague characters who may or may not overlap.

Also It takes a tight script with deft writing for a show with 3 actors pla... Read more Read less

81
Wickedest Woman
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Epic, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like historical dramas or are passionate about women's equality or reproductive rights... or if you're a fan of Jessica O'Hara-Baker.

Don't see it if you prefer upbeat peppy shows or if you're squarely anti-choice.

Also For a small production this show is exquisite, with a nice big set, go... Read more Read less

70
Delightful, Entertaining, Dizzying, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you enjoy good old-fashioned storytelling... or bartenders or Canadians.

Don't see it if you want a clear story with a beginning, a middle and an end. This is somewhat random and pointless, but enjoyable throughout.

65
Life x3
Chelsea
Funny, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you want to laugh as young parents struggle to maintain a social life while debating disciplining or caving into the demands of a toddler.

Don't see it if you expect there to be a point to the device of repeating the 1-act play three times, each with subtle but obvious differences.

Also I'm a fan of Yasmina Reza's earlier success, "Art," so I had high expe... Read more Read less

83
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Romantic, Resonant

See it if you appreciate dramas with well-written characters, smart dialog, a bit of humor and a serious exploration of deep relationship issues.

Don't see it if you can't identify with gay (and straight!) characters dealing with issues and decisions that affect all people.

75
Black Light
West Village
Great singing, Great staging, Exquisite, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy cabaret-style shows and you appreciate a message of acceptance and equality.

Don't see it if you expect a perfectly polished script with a clear plot and message.

Also The production values of this show are superb, from the sumptuous imme... Read more Read less

75
During previews
The Book of Merman
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you are a big Ethel Merman fan or if you enjoy fun light musicals with a little bit of camp and sarcastic humor.

Don't see it if you prefer big-budget polished musicals with big casts and sets. This is an intimate show with a lot of heart.

Also A note about this theater: the stage isn't so big, but the theater has... Read more Read less

85
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Exquisite, Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Masterful

See it if traditional big-stage Broadway musicals are your thing. This show has it all: good songs, exquisite costumes, beautiful set and a great cast

Don't see it if you're looking for a show to take little kids to. It's more suited to teens and older.

Also The marketing makes it look like a fairy princess show, and there are ... Read more Read less

74
During previews
The Naturalists
Soho/Tribeca
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Slow

See it if you enjoy dramas that deal with family relationships, themes of redemption, or Irish culture & history.

Don't see it if you expect a tight script and a fast pace. Also skip it if you have a hard time understanding Irish accents.

Also The cast and set are both terrific. The characters are well written an... Read more Read less

89
Ambitious, Delightful, Exquisite, Epic, Great staging

See it if you enjoy epic musicals with exquisite costumes and special effects.

Don't see it if you have a hard time understanding operatic voices or if you're looking for something upbeat and light.

Also Having seen the original Broadway cast in 1988, I recently took a cous... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Enchanting, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you like character expositions and you're curious about how LGBT relationships worked with respect to society and the closet in the 1960s.

Don't see it if you're in the mood for a musical or anything upbeat and energetic.

55
During previews
The Property
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Insipid

See it if you know somebody in the cast or you love unnatural dialogue often delivered as if reading from a script.

Don't see it if you expect natural language and situations, you expect likeable characters, or you expect professional direction, acting and writing.

Also Half-baked and not ready for a professional production. Sure, this scr... Read more Read less

51
For a previous production
The Eleventh Hour
Soho/Tribeca
Ambitious, Great singing, Dizzying, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you love experiencing new musicals in the infancy of their development, and if you can overlook amateurish production values.

Don't see it if you expect to HEAR the lyrics of the songs over the overly loud band. Also skip it if you expect a script rooted in reality.

Also Like me, the lyricist for this show must be pissed off because so many... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Profound

See it if you have even the slightest interest in the lives of the deaf and hard of hearing; or if you enjoy a meaty drama with exceptional acting.

Don't see it if you get distracted by sub- or surtitles, as at the opera, or if you get confused easily, especially by accents or less-than-perfect English.

75
During previews
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if you're curious to witness a highly emotional view of school tragedy from the perspective of the children and the parents of victims.

Don't see it if you can't handle highly emotional scenes, or if you're looking for an upbeat or musical show.

Also I liked this show a lot, but it could use some rewriting. The somewhat... Read more Read less

35
Dinner With Georgette
East Village
Slow, Quirky, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you like sweet gay comedies and are willing to leave after the first 20 minutes before it all changes and gets weird.

Don't see it if you can't follow numerous time and reality jumps with a multitude of characters, only some of whom even remotely make sense.

Also I really wanted to like this confusing mess of a show. I give the cast... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Overrated

See it if you're riveted by US-Russian diplomacy and don't mind predictable cerebral shows with no action.

Don't see it if you expect something to happen.

Also This show starts off with a predictable outcome; two hours later, afte... Read more Read less

76
For a previous production
Pop Punk High
Greenwich V
Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you like super high energy pop musicals about teen angst, loaded with hilarious sarcasm.

Don't see it if you prefer quiet and refined traditional musicals like Oklahoma. Also avoid if you don't get sarcastic humor.

Also This ambitious new musical features a super-talented young cast that c... Read more Read less

90
Who's Holiday!
Midtown W
Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Hilarious, Must see

See it if you want some holiday cheer, you appreciate clever writing, or you love Dr. Seuss's "The Grinch".

Don't see it if you're in the mood for a musical or something dark and edgy.

Also I was blown away by how charming and clever and sweet and funny this s... Read more Read less

79
Quirky, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like high energy contemporary musicals with hummable songs and a good message.

Don't see it if you're looking for something more traditional in terms of staging and story, like Phantom or My Fair Lady.

Also Be More Chill feels like a mashup of pop musicals, with the teen angst... Read more Read less

68
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you're interested in black people's perspective of life in the midwest in the 1940s, or if you enjoy seeing new shows that have potential.

Don't see it if you're expecting a full-blown musical or a script with interesting or captivating characters and natural language.

Also Two River Theater did everything right with the setting, instantly tra... Read more Read less

82
Romantic, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you're a Disney musical fan or you like to be spellbound by sumptuous costumes and sets and fairy-tale stories.

Don't see it if you want an edgy gritty show with realism. Also avoid it if you like a very fast pace and a tight script.

Also Disney added a few too many songs when adapting this classic animated ... Read more Read less

79
Quirky, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you're at all literary, you love poetry or Emily Dickinson specifically, or you appreciate masterful one-woman performances.

Don't see it if you prefer straightforward scripts with obvious arcs and tidy conclusions.

Also Revivals of old-timey cerebral plays are not my thing, yet I thoroughl... Read more Read less

69
Charlie's Waiting
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy contemporary relationship dramas that seem mildly unfinished and somewhat open-ended (in a good way)

Don't see it if you expect a "dark comedy," which this show is not at all. Also skip it if you expect a fully developed script.

Also The premise is intriguing and 2/3 of the characters are well developed... Read more Read less

49
During previews
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Banal, Ambitious

See it if you're a theater nerd who enjoys modern stagings of very old historical pieces that typically are not revived for good reason.

Don't see it if you think it's going to be a musical or if you think this old piece has been reworked to make it good. It hasn't been.

Also There actually is quite a bit of music and singing in this play, but h... Read more Read less

73
The Glen
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Epic, Resonant

See it if you enjoy epic complex dramas with shifting timelines and just enough intrigue.

Don't see it if you prefer big polished productions. This is a little show with a big cast that does a great job with a tough script.

Also If you're interested in this show for its gay theming, be aware that i... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if solo shows with good scripts are enough for you, or if you have any connection to or curiosity about Parkinson's.

Don't see it if you're tired of disease plays, although this one has a good combination of humor and seriousness. It's a small show with a lot of heart.

59
During previews
Delightful, Great singing, Quirky, Entertaining, Slow

See it if you're a superfan of either Clay or Ruben. If not, only see it if you can score seriously cheap seats and you want some holiday cheer.

Don't see it if you expect Broadway quality throughout or if you cannot get past the fact that Ruben cannot act nor enunciate spoken lines.

Also HIGHS:... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

See it if you like serious topics presented with a lot of humor in an unexpected context... or if you're interested in racism, colorism or bullying.

Don't see it if you have a hard time understanding non-American English accents or you're looking for something light or fluffy.

77
Delightful, Entertaining, Ambitious, Quirky, Intense

See it if you enjoy the quirky and comical exploration of tense family relationships, especially when a family member has special needs.

Don't see it if you expect a tight and polished script with multi-dimensional characters. This show is definitely good, but needs more work to be great.

75
Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy, Great staging, Raunchy

See it if enjoy burlesque-style male dance in a cabaret setting. Definitely go if you're looking for something artsy that's a little edgy and unique.

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional scripted show with a plot and dialog. Also avoid if you're offended by partial nudity or smoke machines.

Also If you're even a bit curious about this show, then I would say it's wo... Read more Read less

80
Wild Abandon
Chelsea
Absorbing, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Epic, Enchanting

See it if you enjoy quirky one-woman shows loaded with heart and a multitude of musical instruments.

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional big-set and flashy costumes musical. This is a little show in a little theater with a huge amount of soul.

84
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great writing

See it if you enjoy classic musicals with a cheeky edge to them, sort of like Hairspray mixed with Drowsy Chaperone and Annie.

Don't see it if you prefer serious and dramatic musicals or can't stand children in leading roles.

Also It's rare to find an all-new musical that is engaging and charming and... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Unraveled
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

See it if you like serious emotional dramas with compelling female characters.

Don't see it if you prefer comedies or even dramas with a bit of comedy. Very few laughs in this well-written serious drama.

Also There's a prologue about time travel that could be cut entirely. It on... Read more Read less

72
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Epic, Slow

See it if you like new musicals with a lot of potential.

Don't see it if you expect a super-tight and polished production. This is good, but it's no "Miss Saigon."

Also I give this production a lot of credit. It's ambitious! The story is g... Read more Read less

85
Get the Boat
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in reproductive rights and are open to a balanced portrayal of issues.

Don't see it if you expect a full-length production with a well-defined arc. This production is under 1 hour.

Also I highly recommend attending a performance that is followed by a talk-... Read more Read less

55
Fruit Trilogy
West Village
Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Great acting, Intense

See it if you're really into human rights themes and you're able to get past very VERY confusing and abstract staging.

Don't see it if you expect a traditional play with a clear plot, character development, and scenes based in reality.

Also I really wanted to like this show. The topics are important and intens... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Funny, Delightful, Edgy, Quirky, Slow

See it if you enjoy puppetry or semi-improvisational comedy, and you can tolerate a comedic show with a serious message or two.

Don't see it if you expect a tightly polished script or a big flashy production.

Also Randy is mostly terrific with the unscripted bits, but some did drag t... Read more Read less

55
Delightful, Disappointing, Great staging, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you appreciate quirky and heartfelt musicals with clever lyrics and great singing... AND you can figure out the words that you can't hear.

Don't see it if bad sound gets in the way of your enjoyment of a show. The cast was irregularly miked and the band played over most of the songs.

Also How can a director allow a band to play so loudly as to overpower most... Read more Read less

72
My Brilliant Divorce
West Village
Entertaining, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like the intimacy of solo shows with emotional storytelling, or if you love Melissa Gilbert.

Don't see it if you expect a deep dive into the mechanics of divorce. This show is more about discovering life after divorce, rather than divorce itself.

74
Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Profound

See it if you enjoy quirky new musicals or themes that involve the history of gay rights or the Holocaust.

Don't see it if you expect a traditional musical with flashy costumes and happy-go-lucky songs.

75
Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Relevant, Clever

See it if you enjoy quirky, well-written and interesting musicals with complex characters and meaningful songs. If you're a Sondheim fan, go see it!

Don't see it if you have a hard time following characters that flip between fiction and historical accuracy, and in and out of their historical timelines.

79
Delightful, Funny, Dizzying, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you like fast-paced witty comedies with sarcastic humor and just enough heart. Definitely see it if you enjoy one-man shows and LGBT themes.

Don't see it if you have a hard time imagining characters that you cannot see or hear.

Also Unlike some one-man shows where the actor plays multiple characters, i... Read more Read less

62
During previews
Muswell Hill
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Slow, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you like wild dinner party comedies with fun quirky characters.

Don't see it if you expect to make a deep emotional connection to the drama.

Also This cast is marvelous and the characters are each unique and interest... Read more Read less