StinkyLulu

Vineland | 35-49 | Male
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Reviews (118)
72
Hey, Look Me Over!
Midtown W
Great singing, Slow, Interesting
March 17th, 2018

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

87
Absorbing, Clever, Fascinating, Masterful, Thought-provoking
March 17th, 2018

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

80
For a previous production
Black Light
West Village
Exquisite, Profound, Thought-provoking, Dazzling
March 17th, 2018

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?"

81
Is God Is
Soho/Tribeca
Intense, Ambitious, Great acting, Riveting
March 17th, 2018

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

79
The Low Road
East Village
Clever, Great acting, Relevant
March 17th, 2018

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

92
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Brilliant design/staging
December 30th, 2017

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

69
Quirky, Intense, Confounding, Dark, Disappointing
December 30th, 2017

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

86
Great cast, Romantic, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Thoughtful
December 30th, 2017

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
Clever, Enchanting, Great singing, Relevant, Lovely
December 30th, 2017

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

90
Oedipus El Rey
East Village
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Resonant, Relevant, Great cast
December 30th, 2017

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

84
Brigadoon
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great singing, Gorgeous dancing, Thoughtful, Lovely
December 30th, 2017

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

80
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking
October 30th, 2017

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

75
The Treasurer
Midtown W
Fascinating, Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant, Great acting
October 30th, 2017

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
Delightful, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Thrilling, Inspiring
October 28th, 2017

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

87
Mud
East Village
Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Resonant, Intense
October 14th, 2017

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
Entertaining, Fun, Sweet
October 2nd, 2017

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

80
Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Relevant
October 2nd, 2017

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

78
Charm
West Village
Ambitious, Relevant, Compelling, Timely, Thought-provoking
October 2nd, 2017

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

79
Distant Star
Lower E Side
Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant, Ambitious, Profound
September 24th, 2017

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

80
KPOP
Midtown W
Clever, Inventive, Ambitious, Great performances, Dazzling
September 24th, 2017

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

85
During previews
Profound, Poignant, Peculiar, Resonant, Slow
August 27th, 2017

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

81
Great dancing, Fun, Entertaining, Great cast
August 17th, 2017

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

90
Ambitious, Exquisite, Relevant, Absorbing, Extraordinary
August 6th, 2017

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

79
Pipeline
Upper W Side
Resonant, Relevant, Great staging, Ambitious
July 26th, 2017

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

78
Bandstand
Midtown W
Ambitious, Relevant, Moving, Original, Thought-provoking
July 22nd, 2017

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

82
Cost of Living
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Moving, Absorbing, Smart, Great cast
July 18th, 2017

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"

80
Kim's Convenience
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Moving, Great acting, Refreshing
July 18th, 2017

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

85
For a previous production
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking
July 3rd, 2017

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

81
Weird, Wild, Often wondrous, Ambitious, Great cast
June 27th, 2017

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

79
Fulfillment Center
Midtown W
Relevant, Riveting, Intelligent, Great acting, Intense
June 27th, 2017

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

89
Of Government
East Village
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Resonant
June 9th, 2017

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

70
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Great acting, Accomplished, Relevant, Slow, Ambitious
June 9th, 2017

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

75
Sincere, Ambitious, Great staging, Great cast, Thought-provoking
June 2nd, 2017

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)

77
Ambitious, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Clever
May 29th, 2017

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

90
The Antipodes
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound, Absorbing
May 29th, 2017

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

80
T.B. Sheets
Midtown W
Ambitious, Experimental, Great cast, Great staging, Thought-provoking
May 29th, 2017

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

75
Great staging, Engaging, Great cast
May 25th, 2017

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

82
Seven Spots on the Sun
West Village
Intense, Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing
May 22nd, 2017

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
Pacific Overtures
East Village
Great cast, Great staging, Clever, Thought-provoking, Occasionally dull
May 7th, 2017

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

80
War Paint
Midtown W
Great starring performances, Gorgeous to look at, Great singing, Enchanting, Thought-provoking
April 27th, 2017

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

79
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining
April 23rd, 2017

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

83
Clever, Funny, Riveting, Quirky, Dizzying
April 18th, 2017

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

80
The Profane
Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny, Relevant, Charismatic cast, Ambitious
April 17th, 2017

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

75
During previews
Clever, Ambitious, Sweet, Quirky, Unique
April 17th, 2017

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

74
In Transit
Midtown W
Cute, Ambitious, Great singing, Cliched, Sweet
April 15th, 2017

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

49
Confusing, Quirky, Cliched, Just not great
April 11th, 2017

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

82
Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Fascinating
April 11th, 2017

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;

78
For a previous production
Clever, Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Leguizamo-esque
March 27th, 2017

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

75
The Light Years
Midtown W
Ambitious, Confusing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Slow
March 27th, 2017

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

70
When It's You
Midtown W
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Slow, Sincere
March 23rd, 2017

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)