Steven 6302

Washington, D.C. | 50-64 | Male

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Reviews (32)
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow, Thin, Overrated

See it if You find stage effects and incredible puppetry by a 10 person team enough of an excuse to see a show.

Don't see it if You want a more complicated story with deeper emotions and more than a 4 person + ensemble + Kong cast. Really thin for a musical.

Banal, Cliched, Funny, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if You can enjoy a 3rd rate "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" that makes "Escape to Margaritaville" seem profound by comparison

Don't see it if You already own a greatest hits of the Go-go's CD -- this story (extended skit?) adds little to the fun of the music

Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You'd enjoy a tongue-in-cheek, comedic Western version of Shakespeare (in iambic pentameter!).

Don't see it if Droll humor and Western clichés don't appeal to you.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Romantic, Satisfying

See it if If you have any affection for the film. Story's light charms work even better as a musical. Same humor, romance, and feel-good moments.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy light entertainment, you expect every theatrical experience to be deeply emotional, or you didn't like the film.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Profound

See it if You want to see great actress in Glenda Jackson giving a powerful, vivid portrait of Albee's musings on reflection and regret

Don't see it if You have had your fill of dysfunctional family drama on stage or in your own life

During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing, Masterful

See it if You have affection for Carousel and want to see a top-notch staging with beautiful singing, choreography, and costumes

Don't see it if You are looking for anything new or different in this staging of Carousel

Funny, Clever, Quirky, Slow, Cliched

See it if You have empathy for a show with it's heart in the right place and a couple of strong supporting performances

Don't see it if You tire quickly of family bickering and don't want a heavy-handed message

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Lively

See it if You would enjoy a light-hearted and fast-moving island fable

Don't see it if You want more depth in a musical story and characters

Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Quirky, Familiar

See it if If you like the movie, you'll enjoy this fast-paced and well-choreographed piece of fluffy fun

Don't see it if You need your musical theatre to be deep, artistic, and meaningful

Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Overrated, Intelligent, Implausible

See it if You are intrigued by a quirky May-December romance between a British senior male and a middle-aged American woman.

Don't see it if You think the script's high I.Q. won't override the high Irritation Quotient of female character in an implausible relationship.

Cliched, Entertaining, Great staging, Indulgent, High energy

See it if If you are a fan of Gloria Estefan's life and music, or all of those "rags to riches" style stories, no matter how clichéd and predictable.

Don't see it if You need your musicals to go beyond familiar music and energetic dancing to include an intelligent book that keeps you engaged.

Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if You enjoy irreverent, funny shows (think "Spamalot") and knowing theatre satire (think "Title of Show").

Don't see it if You like your musicals grand, serious, and stuffy.

For a previous production
Clever, Funny, Relevant, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You identify with the loner and you'd like to see a musical that uses new media in an organic (not gimmicky) way.

Don't see it if The initial family tragedy might bum you out or Evan's attachment to surrogate family might seem creepy to you.

Great staging, Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You want to see outstounding staging of a classic musical.

Don't see it if Second act family separation pulls too hard on your heartstrings.

Love, Love, Love
Midtown W
Clever, Hilarious, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You enjoy clever writing with a funny, satirical edge.

Don't see it if It's important for you to cate about the lead characters in a comedy.

Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful

See it if You enjoy old-time musical theatre spectacle and want a show great for the whole family.

Don't see it if You did not enjoy the film and you seek edgy entertainment.

Funny, Great staging, Fluffy, Entertaining, Overrated

See it if Expensive production values and over-the-top staging appeal to you or you have kids under 14 who have already seen (superior) Aladdin

Don't see it if You didn't love the movie, you expect memorable new songs, or effects and an appealing raindeer doesn't make up for dumbed down kiddie story

Cliched, Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Innovative

See it if You are intrigued by a high school story with a sci-fi twist to the horrors of adolescent coming of age.

Don't see it if You have a low tolerance for cheesy humor or high school stories.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Resonant, Touching

See it if You are touched by simple, human drama.

Don't see it if You expect lavish spectacle with your musicals.

Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You aren't familiar with the Joan of Arc story and want to see some excellent supporting character performances

Don't see it if You want your Joan to have a spiritual charisma that could explain why men followed her in battle instead of being merely obnoxious

Dress of Fire
West Village
Ambitious, Great acting, Indulgent, Resonant, Slow

See it if You enjoy classical drama mixed with modern political message featuring some powerful soliloquys.

Don't see it if You want a more coherent political allegory that doesn't take liberties with Trojan War story.

Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Riveting, Involving

See it if You like an intimate staging of a great musical in a perfect setting

Don't see it if You don't like communal seating and want a more distant audience experience

For a previous production
Clever, Funny, Hilarious, Entertaining, Silly

See it if You are in the mood for a laugh and enjoy farce with inspired silliness (Noises Off, Lend Me a Tenor, Monty Python, etc.)

Don't see it if You want something more than laughs from stereotypical characters

Ambitious, Delightful, Great staging, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You enjoy traditional music theatre with lavish staging, beautiful costumes, and performances

Don't see it if You have never considered Hello, Dolly a first-rate musical and don't care to see a faithful albeit excellent production

Upper E Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Relevant, Powerful

See it if You enjoy powerful drama that gives a contemporary spin to a classic play about a woman's desire to conceive with a great lead performance

Don't see it if You don't like leaving a play feeling drained and without a happy ending

Dead Poets Society
East Village
Clever, Disappointing, Funny, Indulgent, Familiar

See it if You are a big fan of the movie and want to experience a familiar reprise that adds nothing new (except maybe good use of music).

Don't see it if You appreciate the depth and sensitivity that the late Robin Williams brought to the lead role versus the bland geniality of Jason Sudeikis.

For a previous production
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great singing, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if You have ever enjoyed Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, "Behind the Music" style storytelling of a band, or just a very well-written musical

Don't see it if You are tired of New Jersey style nostalgia stories like "A Bronx Tale" or "The Sopranos" despite great music and book.

Insipid, Overrated, On-the-nose

See it if If you like Chekhov and have never seen this play on stage before.

Don't see it if You like Chekhov and seek meaningful nuance. A few good performances, but new script and staging add no new understanding.

For a previous production
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Heart-warming, Clever

See it if You like a heart-warming show that celebrates community and people at their cooperative best.

Don't see it if Your idea of Broadway requires big spectacle.

Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Edgy

See it if You enjoy adult stories with inelligent music and strong performances.

Don't see it if You don't have empathy for flawed characters in mature relationships.

Touching, Nostalgic, Romantic, Great singing, Clever

See it if You played Carole King's "Tapestry" repeatedly and you enjoy adult romance.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy musical nostalgia and you will be bothered by family-approved air-brushing.

Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You love history and want to see the future of musical theatre.

Don't see it if You are a stick in the mud who is bored by political squabbles and is stuck in the golden age of Rodgers & Hammerstein.