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 (96)
78
Blue Man Group
East Village
Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you're in the mood for some mindless fun that's highly visual.

Don't see it if you expect a traditional play or musical with characters and a plot. This is more like a long immersive funny and visual skit.

76
Clever, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you're in the mood for some good old-fashioned holiday fun.

Don't see it if you're not in the mood for campy silliness and a low-budget production

Also The cast of 3 are terrific and work their butts off playing dozens of ... Read more Read less

71
Altered Minds
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you have a short attention span. This is a collection of short 1-act plays centered around a similar theme and very well written and acted.

Don't see it if you prefer a single story told over 1-2 hours or if you prefer Broadway caliber production values. This is a small production well acted.

85
Romantic, Great staging, Great singing, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if you appreciate beautiful lavish Broadway-caliber musicals expertly performed by a super-talented professional cast.

Don't see it if you prefer shows with a more modern and edgy style.

Also There are so many reasons to see this Cinderella, which is based on th... Read more Read less

70
An Enchanted April
Midtown W
Romantic, Slow, Dated, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you're a fan of old-timey musicals chock full of bland but pretty songs.

Don't see it if you prefer a more modern style of musicals with sharp witty writing and edgy songs that tell the story.

73
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like plays featuring jazz, brotherhood, and the experience of Muslims in the criminal justice system.

Don't see it if you're expecting a full-on musical or even just a play with music. The jazz scenes are sumptuous, but not enough if that's all you want.

Also It's an unusual combination of topics, but indeed this play is based o... Read more Read less

68
When It Happens to You
East Village
Slow, Disappointing, Resonant, Relevant, Profound

See it if you'd like to gain awareness about how a family copes in the aftermath of a young woman's rape.

Don't see it if you expect a well polished entertaining play. It's an important story to hear, but not so exciting or even entertaining to watch.

Also I had high expectations for this play because it is so important for t... Read more Read less

79
Rap Guide to Religion
Soho/Tribeca
Entertaining, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Clever

See it if you're open to a rap-infused frank discussion about many different religions, including atheism.

Don't see it if you're easily offended by the thought of any other religion (besides your own) being legitimate, including atheism.

Also I'm not a rap or hip-hop fan at all, but I enjoyed this a lot because ... Read more Read less

92
Entertaining, Delightful, Great writing, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you like Carole King's music specifically, or if you're interested in the long slow hard uphill climb to become a musical star.

Don't see it if you're not into music or if you only want to see Carole King's big hits.

Also This is the back story of how Carole King started out as a songwriter,... Read more Read less

70
Intense, Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Great acting

See it if you're sensitive to or curious about racial stereotyping in theatrical casting... or if you love Othello or Shakespeare in general.

Don't see it if you're not prepared to be yelled at for a good portion of the play. He's angry for good reason, but yeah, it's intense.

Also Up until the middle of this play I was following along and riveted. I ... Read more Read less

42
Great acting, Quirky, Dated, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you love Tennessee Williams, the history of American theater, or you really like the challenge of making sense of a very confusing script.

Don't see it if you're not prepared to work really hard to understand this play, and even then, you won't understand most of it.

Also The play-with-a-play concept is usually fun. But Williams intentionall... Read more Read less

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

79
Resonant, Funny, Relevant, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you like well-written very intimate family dramas that have a lot of humor written into the dialog and situations.

Don't see it if you expect something totally profound and innovative. I liked this quite a lot, but it's not ground-breaking.

Also You should absolutely go see this if you're a fan of either of the sta... Read more Read less

82
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you're looking for high quality family entertainment, are a Disney fan, or love classic musicals.

Don't see it if you want a show that's squeaky clean (there are some scary parts for little kids) or short (it runs over 2.5 hrs).

Also The production company here, Centenary Stage, is a terrific profession... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like talky cerebral plays, especially ones with science and historical figures.

Don't see it if you prefer to see action, or if you're not in the mood for a bit of science thrown into what is basically a relationship drama.

Also It's worth the price of a ticket just to see two wonderful performance... Read more Read less

78
Quirky, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy edgy new musicals with a pop young vibe.

Don't see it if you prefer peppy old-style musicals with simple and safe stories.

Also While I loved the characters and story, and enjoyed all of the songs q... Read more Read less

69
FEAR
West Village
Uneven, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy angry psychological thrillers with a lot of Mamety talking.

Don't see it if you prefer shows with likeable characters and tidy endings.

Also This psychodrama has a trio of terrific actors who play wonderfully on... Read more Read less

74
Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if clever songs and beautiful voices are more important to you than flashy costumes and a gorgeous set.

Don't see it if you prefer a traditional theater setup with rows of seats facing a stage. This show is performed in an operating pub.

Also This scrappy little production packs a good punch. The cast is uniform... Read more Read less

77
During previews
The White Chip
Midtown E
Intense, Epic, Entertaining, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you're up for experiencing one man's epic journey with addiction, told both humorously yet seriously.

Don't see it if you need a break from serious plays. This topic is rough, but the journey is both interesting and entertaining.

Also if you've ever been frustrated with someone's addiction and wondered "... Read more Read less

74
Rap Guide to Culture
Soho/Tribeca
Dizzying, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you think you'd like an edgy Ted Talk with spoken lecturing and sung rapping, including some improv.

Don't see it if you dislike non-traditional theater. I'm not a rap or hip-hop fan, but I enjoyed it a lot. But avoid it if that style of music repulses you.

Also Culture is a tough topic because it is so far reaching, so expect the ... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Masterful, Riveting, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you're open to something very different: interactive immersive theater in a historic house with a complex but riveting intimate story.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional stage theater where you sit in a seat and watch the show passively.

Also The performance space, an historic house on Governors Island's colonel... Read more Read less

70
During previews
LOVER
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Dizzying, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you would enjoy a one-woman show that humorously tells her epic life story.

Don't see it if you prefer bigger shows with interacting characters. This is solo story-telling.

Also There is a lot to like here, including the engaging delivery by the ve... Read more Read less

66
The Exes
Midtown W
Uneven, Quirky, Ambitious, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you like complicated relationship dramas whose intricacies slowly unfold throughout the show. Also if you like semi-comedy and semi-camp.

Don't see it if you expect a full-on comedy or drama or campy farce. It has bits of each but not enough of any, which left me wondering what it was.

Also It's hard to take this play seriously when a few of the characters are... 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
Oo-Bla-Dee
Red Bank
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