StinkyLulu

Vineland | 35-49 | Male
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Reviews (118)
72
Hey, Look Me Over!
Midtown W
Great singing, Slow, Interesting

See it if you're a serious geek for musical theatre obscurities

Don't see it if you're not a serious geek for musical theatre obscurities

80
For a previous production
Black Light
West Village
Exquisite, Profound, Thought-provoking, Dazzling

See it if you're ready to go deep as the imcomparable Jomama Jones takes you to church

Don't see it if you are already confused or are still asking "I don't know...what's it about?"

79
The Low Road
East Village
Clever, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you're game for a rousing romp with some serious cynical satire

Don't see it if you need redemptive or emotionally-compelling character arcs

69
Quirky, Intense, Confounding, Dark, Disappointing

See it if you want to see an ambitious, idiosyncratic & distinctive take on this classic; if you want to see things get brutal inside factory in Act2

Don't see it if you are looking for something light, fun &/or child-friendly; this sour, cynical & dark riff on material is best when at its DARKEST in Act2

90
Clever, Enchanting, Great singing, Relevant, Lovely

See it if you want to see lovingly reimagined version of this beloved musical; to see brilliant Alex Newell, Merle Dandrige & Quentin Earl Darrington

Don't see it if you can't with immersive/intimate staging

84
Brigadoon
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great singing, Gorgeous dancing, Thoughtful, Lovely

See it if you want to encounter a gorgeously cast/sung/danced staging of this chestnut of a musical; Aasif Mandiv is brilliant

Don't see it if you can't with old-school musicals

75
The Treasurer
Midtown W
Fascinating, Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you want to see expert performances & smart direction animate a pensive, adventurous reflection on the cruel uncertainties of aging

Don't see it if you need a clear narrative, emotional resolution & likable characters

87
Mud
East Village
Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Resonant, Intense

See it if you want to experience a powerful staging of a complex masterwork

Don't see it if you need your plays to be plot-driven; if you're not up for a bleak story told with mordant comic flair

80
Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you're up for an expertly performed & stylistically adventurous take on contemporary politics; you want to see a wowza ending

Don't see it if you don't do well with high-concept scenarios; if you need your plays to be emotion-driven

79
Distant Star
Lower E Side
Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant, Ambitious, Profound

See it if you're game for ruminative ambitious, multimedia exploration of mind-bending work of RBolaño; for fresh/fraught take on political in/actiom

Don't see it if you can't with experimental theater; if you need narrative clarity & character-driven drama; if you need every mystery to be solved

85
During previews
Profound, Poignant, Peculiar, Resonant, Slow

See it if you're game for thoughtfully-experimental, theatrically-adventurous & expertly-acted rumination on aging & mortality; Chalfant rocks

Don't see it if you need your plays to have clearly plotted dramatic trajectories; if you don't want to see another bickering family play

90
Ambitious, Exquisite, Relevant, Absorbing, Extraordinary

See it if you want to see something boldly ambitious, fiercely humane & aesthetically adventurous

Don't see it if the mashup of greek tragedy and drag ball culture just ain't your bag; if you need every edge polished

78
Bandstand
Midtown W
Ambitious, Relevant, Moving, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if you're up for a thoughtfully original, emphatically theatrical approach to the post-war experiences of combat veterans & their families

Don't see it if you expect a greatest-generation nostalgia romp; if innovative, visual and dance-driven storytelling just isn't your thing

80
Kim's Convenience
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Moving, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if you want to encounter a fresh & refreshing voice; if you're interested in Canadian drama/culture

Don't see it if you need your plays to be aesthetically adventurous; if you don't like socially conscious dramedy ala ALL IN THE FAMILY

81
Weird, Wild, Often wondrous, Ambitious, Great cast

See it if you want to dive into a wild weird wondrous world conjured by a major rising talent; for great perfs by Brandon Gill & Ashley D. Kelley

Don't see it if you're not ready to just take the ride offered this genre-busting mythopoetic tall-tale epic

89
Of Government
East Village
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Resonant

See it if you're game for a giddy constellation of elliptical, hilarious, ruminative riffs on why governance is both necessary & a problem

Don't see it if you need to immediately understand how all the pieces fit together; if you don't want to see an extraordinary ensemble of actors at work

75
Sincere, Ambitious, Great staging, Great cast, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see an excellent, charismatic, fully-committed cast at work; if you're intrigued by premise (& prospect of making it a musical)

Don't see it if premise squicks you out; if you can't w/ utterly conventional approaches to tricky material (Newsies x MissSaigon, but not as accomplished)

90
The Antipodes
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound, Absorbing

See it if you're a fan of Annie Baker; if you want to see an expert ensemble bring a delicate/intricate/unconventional play to memorable life

Don't see it if you need characters to be likable &/or sensible; if you can't with plays that don't have a clear/legible plot

75
Great staging, Engaging, Great cast

See it if you want to see stunning work from Ariana DeBose, Bobby Conte Thornton, Nick Cordero & ESPECIALLY Richard H. Blake

Don't see it if you're not already a fan of the source material; if nostalgic/romantic treatment of fairly brutal violence & criminality isn't your bag

80
Pacific Overtures
East Village
Great cast, Great staging, Clever, Thought-provoking, Occasionally dull

See it if you want to see a thrilling cast perform a thoughtfully distilled take on this weird but wondrous piece of the Sondheim canon

Don't see it if you're not a Sondheim fan/freak/aficionado; if you can't with high-concept musicals; if you need a clear story &/or boy-meets-girl

79
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan/student of the Ibsen original; if you want to be thrilled by Metcalfe & Houdyshell doing what they do so well

Don't see it if you aren't into character/idea driven drama, especially those without much plot; if you don't like plays that have lots and lots of talking

80
The Profane
Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny, Relevant, Charismatic cast, Ambitious

See it if you want to spend time with an exceptional cast; if you like the "when families collide" subgenre of American realism

Don't see it if you crave eruptive family secret drama; if you don't want to encounter the limits of what you think you know about Muslim Americans

74
In Transit
Midtown W
Cute, Ambitious, Great singing, Cliched, Sweet

See it if you like modestly ambitious musicals that explore what musicals can be/do; if you liked FIRST DATE or NOW HERE THIS; if you love a capella

Don't see it if you're frustrated by super simple plotting & simpler characters; if beatbox beatitudes aren't your thing; if you just can't with a capella

82
Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Fascinating

See it if you like (a) realistic (b) stories of contemporary life told in (c) a socially conscious way; you want to be surprised

Don't see it if you can't with socially-conscious realistic plays parsing easy assumptions;

75
The Light Years
Midtown W
Ambitious, Confusing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you want to encounter a captivating & confounding & compassionate rumination on the precarity of artistic aspiration

Don't see it if you need narrative clarity

87
Absorbing, Clever, Fascinating, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you are up for a truly unique theatrical experience

Don't see it if you can't with non-traditional narrative structures; you don't really go in for non-narrative documentaries

81
Is God Is
Soho/Tribeca
Intense, Ambitious, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you want to encounter a major, provocative, adventurous and uncompromising emerging theatrical voice in a seriously strong production

Don't see it if intense, bloody revenge tragedies aren't your thing

92
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Brilliant design/staging

See it if you're up for a surprisingly delightful, heartfelt & optimistic musical; never expected a musical about SPONGEBOB to be a balm for the soul

Don't see it if you just can't get over the idea that it's a musical based on Spongebob; if you don't want to see a brilliant cast or astonishing design

86
Great cast, Romantic, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Thoughtful

See it if you want to see a top-tier production of this classic (especially the underappreciated masterpiece "Fugue in a Nursery")

Don't see it if you can't with "gay plays" (or plays ABOUT experience of being gay) from the 1970s, even when meticulously staged as period pieces

90
Oedipus El Rey
East Village
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Resonant, Relevant, Great cast

See it if you want to see a master playwright's culturally-specific take on Oedipus; if you want to encounter a brilliant all-Latinx cast of actors

Don't see it if you can't with contemporary retellings of classical plays; if extended nudity freaks you out

80
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a brilliantly-staged riff on intense process of recovery from addiction; you liked staging of MATILDA & CURIOUS INCIDENT

Don't see it if you have no patience for addiction narratives; if you need such stories to offer redemption/resolution

87
Delightful, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Thrilling, Inspiring

See it if you're ready to be part of an experience that is as exciting as it is instigating; Diana Oh is a formidable talent on the rise

Don't see it if you just want to see a play; if you would prefer to leave your "theatre helmet" on and not engage the audience around you

80
Entertaining, Fun, Sweet

See it if you want a fun, affirming musical with charismatic performances

Don't see it if you need your musicals to go deep on all the issues raised

78
Charm
West Village
Ambitious, Relevant, Compelling, Timely, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see an extraordinary ensemble (led by the inimitable Sandra Caldwell) in a compelling, smartly directed play

Don't see it if f-bombs & yelling aren't your thing; if you are confused by gender diversity

80
KPOP
Midtown W
Clever, Inventive, Ambitious, Great performances, Dazzling

See it if you're up for an inventive, adventurous & dazzling event featuring a thrilling ensemble; for a stunning performance by Ashley Park

Don't see it if you don't like having to move around a lot & having to stand a good bit; if you really prefer a character-driven story to an idea-driven one

81
Great dancing, Fun, Entertaining, Great cast

See it if you like splashy musicals abt show biz love stories; if you want to see a Broadway stage FILLED w/ exceptionally talented Latinx performers

Don't see it if you need a surprising story; if you know that you don't like Estefan's music or vocal quality; if you are not game for a simple crowdpleaser

79
Pipeline
Upper W Side
Resonant, Relevant, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you're up for an emotionally provocative & visually powerful rumination on contemporary issues (parenting, education, social media)

Don't see it if you need your social issue plays to have emphatic political stances and/or resolute narrative closure

82
Cost of Living
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Moving, Absorbing, Smart, Great cast

See it if you want to encounter rich/vivid performances (from Jolly Abraham, Gregg Mozgala, Katy Sullivan & Victor Williams) unloosed by smart writing

Don't see it if you need tidy endings; if you're looking for "inspiration porn"

85
For a previous production
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're game for an enthralling (and educational) bit of storytelling that is both theatrically adventurous & deeply personal

Don't see it if you expect a play to have a plot; if you don't like genre-defying works of performance theatre

79
Fulfillment Center
Midtown W
Relevant, Riveting, Intelligent, Great acting, Intense

See it if you are game for an elliptical, character-driven tragicomedy; if you want to catch stunning performances by O'Connell & Weller

Don't see it if you can't with a raw portrait of contemporary despair that refuses resolution; if you need realistic sets to match the realistic acting

70
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Great acting, Accomplished, Relevant, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you want to see dudes yelling about peace for three hours; if you're a Jennifer Ehle or Michael Aronov superfan

Don't see it if you'd rather read an excellently written/reported NewYorker piece than see something in that style meticulously staged

77
Ambitious, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you want to hear a bold emerging theatrical voice offer an archly ambitious dystopian riff on income inequality & school-to-prison pipeline

Don't see it if you're not up for a show that chooses to wrestle with a LOT all at once (w/o uniform resolution); if you prefer a clear plot/story structure

80
T.B. Sheets
Midtown W
Ambitious, Experimental, Great cast, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in emphatically experimental explorations; if you enjoy encountering a theatrical world unlike many you've seen before

Don't see it if you really need to understand what's happening the world/story of the play; if you're not into boldly experimental ways of doing theater

82
Seven Spots on the Sun
West Village
Intense, Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an aesthetically adventurous play confronting human capacity to tolerate violence; richly resonant & beautifully performed

Don't see it if you need a clear heroic (or anti-heroic) protagonist &/or emphatic narrative resolution

80
War Paint
Midtown W
Great starring performances, Gorgeous to look at, Great singing, Enchanting, Thought-provoking

See it if you don't want to miss the extraordinary experience of watching Lupone & Ebersole be radiant in glow of each other's extraordinary talent

Don't see it if you don't care about the legendary women of the Broadway stage; if you need your musicals to be plot-driven &/or gratifyingly romantic

83
Clever, Funny, Riveting, Quirky, Dizzying

See it if you want to see a truly clever riff on a beloved movie; if you want to see the funniest drunken car chase in Broadway musical history

Don't see it if you don't like musicals where a whole lot of everything is happening pretty much all the time; if you want to see a Bill Murray impression

75
During previews
Clever, Ambitious, Sweet, Quirky, Unique

See it if you like ambitious musical theatre experiments; you're a fan of electric violin; you want to be introduced to major talent of Wade McCollum

Don't see it if you need your musicals to have a plot &/or dancing; you can't with musicals about writer's block & creative crisis

49
Confusing, Quirky, Cliched, Just not great

See it if you want to see skilled actors doing their darnedest to make it work; if you wonder about Sartre's "lost" sitcom; if nice sets are enough

Don't see it if if the idea of elaborate dystopian fantasy set in mansion/costumes from CLUE does not intrigue you

78
For a previous production
Clever, Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Leguizamo-esque

See it if you want to experience a hilarious & poignant showcase of John Leguizamo demonstrating his mastery of his particular craft.

Don't see it if you're not a Leguizamo fan; if you know lots about &/or have strong feelings about the historiography of Latinx Americas

70
When It's You
Midtown W
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Slow, Sincere

See it if you want to marvel at the charisma, skill and power of Ana Reeder; if you are interested in dramatic potential of the one-person play genre

Don't see it if you need plays (even/esp 1-person plays) to have a some kind of dramatic structure and narrative urgency (beyond empathy & topicality)