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Reviews (88)
72
A Peregrine Falls
East Village
Slow, Great acting, Great staging

See it if If you'd like to see a very well acted play that isn't all there plot and pacing wise, but still brings forth some interesting ideas

Don't see it if You're looking for a play that is tight and tense start to finish, as this one takes awhile to get off the ground.

60
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Funny, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You looking for an unchallenging play filled with contemporary character cliches with a few mildly funny moments thrown in for good measure.

Don't see it if You're looking for something more challenging than the average network sitcom.

85
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You like multimedia work & shows that contain a resonant message about the African American experience in the US.

Don't see it if The African American experience in the US doesn't interest you, you don't like multimedia shows.

70
Cartography
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Cliched, Slow, Relevant, Great singing

See it if You're looking for an easily accessible look at refugees and their plight across the globe.

Don't see it if You want a deeper dive into the world refuge crisis seen from its many angles and perspectives.

70
Not quite satisfying, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Slow, Funny

See it if You simply love Will Eno & plays that contemplate who we are and why we're here without providing a genuine narrative or dramatic construct.

Don't see it if You need a play that goes beyond wit and musings, and provides a gripping story line that ultimately reveals the play's themes itself.

90
A Life In The Rye
East Village
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a tight, well acted, well directed play about one of the 20th Century's greatest American writers.

Don't see it if You don't like JD Salinger or have no interest in leaning about the man behind the works of A Catcher In The Rye or Franny & Zooey.

95
During previews
Fur
East Village
Resonant, Edgy, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You want to see a piece different than standard fare, filled with interesting visceral components, off beat humor and heartfelt romanticism.

Don't see it if You can't sit for 100 intermissionless minutes without going to the bathroom.

Also Do not be fooled by all of the low ratings for this gem of a piece. I'... Read more Read less

82
All the Rage
Midtown W
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You like intelligently written shows that explore deeply personal circumstances without flinching away from deep wounds.

Don't see it if You don't like honest explorations of difficult subject matter.

78
The Mortality Machine
Lower E Side
Clever, Thought-provoking, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You like immersive work where you become part of the show.

Don't see it if You want a short night of theater, as this drags a bit. Also, if you don't want to be part of the show.

77
During previews
Mies Julie
East Village
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Slow

See it if You're looking for a new take on Strindberg's classic that reinvents the original's purpose with noble characters based on racial dynamics.

Don't see it if You're not looking for a new take on Strindberg's classic or want a faster paced show, as this one drags & repeats in places.

80
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if If you love Tennessee Williams, and are interested in one of his later, rarely down pieces that explores so many of his richest themes.

Don't see it if You're looking for a modern take on a classic ala Sam Gold that messes up a classic that doesn't need messing with.

65
During previews
Final Follies
West Village
Confusing, Great acting, Funny, Fluffy, Dated

See it if You are grounded in 80's Wasp culture and sensibilities

Don't see it if You looking for something reflecting today's world and diverse attitudes.

80
Surfacing
Lower E Side
Great acting, Slow, Relevant

See it if You enjoy contemporary work focused on the existential struggles of urban life, especially in regards to finding meaningful relationships.

Don't see it if You don't like contemporary work.

80
Divine Horsemen
Soho/Tribeca
Great acting, Edgy, Resonant, Absorbing, Good writing,

See it if You like tense, American Buffalo like dramas with clever wit and authentic everyday characters struggling to achieve the American Dream.

Don't see it if You don't like gritty, true to life plays, or are way too politically correct and easily offended by characters who speak the way they feel.

82
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Resonant

See it if You like tense dramas with interesting, lengthy wordplay and risk taking acting.

Don't see it if You like lighter fare, or if you don't like language driven plays as this one is definitely a mouthful.

70
Confusing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if If you're looking for more a performance piece than a play, and like risk taking and nonlinear structure.

Don't see it if You only like traditional theater with straight forwards plot lines.

66
Precious Little Talent
Upper W Side
Dated, Slow

See it if You love Greg Mullavey and have never seen him on stage before as he's the evenings one bright spot.

Don't see it if You're looking for an interesting piece of theater.

65
During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious, Intense

See it if You like plays that explore the hypocrisy of religious zealots, and their effects on family,

Don't see it if You're looking for a fresh approach to the above themes, as I found this play to be very predictable. The direction was also poorly paced.

78
During previews
Invincible
Midtown E
Great acting, Funny, Resonant

See it if You like contemporary British comedies that find clever and humorous ways to explore the existing class structure in present day England

Don't see it if You're looking for a deep and profound theater experience, as this piece, though entertaining, falls short on that account.

85
During previews
Great acting, Edgy, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a dynamic one person piece that comments on current social strata from a seldom heard point of view.

Don't see it if You don't like one person pieces, and/or you don't like having your consciousness put to the test.

85
Great acting, Ambitious, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like Ibsen, especially when executed by a company of artists who really know what they're doing.

Don't see it if You're looking for a simple piece done by simple people simply to do something for the heck of it.

67
During previews
When It's You
Midtown W
Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You've patience for a story woven into a lot of exposition and excess detail. Also, if you like Ana Reeder, who does a fine job despite it.

Don't see it if You're looking for a finely tuned story that keeps you interested throughout. This has some good moments, but much is lost in the writing.

76
During previews
Fade
West Village
Great acting, Great staging, Funny, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You want to see two talented young actors in an entertaining two hander.

Don't see it if You're looking for a play that takes on contemporary Latino themes from new angles.

88
During previews
The Liar
East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Funny

See it if You wish to have a lot of fun at the theater, yet take in a piece that also has some meat on it's bones at the same time.

Don't see it if You don't like to laugh and only like slow moving, stoic plays

86
During previews
Funny, Intelligent, Resonant, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You want to be taken in by a wonderful, open storyteller who is also very funny & appealing.

Don't see it if You don't like one person shows or material that deals with depression.

72
During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Great staging, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a fresh, minimalistic take on the classic story that doesn't quite work, but is interesting nonetheless.

Don't see it if You are very attached to the traditional adaptations of this piece.

60
Dated, Disappointing, Funny, Great acting, Cliched

See it if You absolutely have to see Len Cariou on stage (who does deliver) or are into really light Neal Simonesque plays.

Don't see it if You're looking for something interesting & unique beyond just a nice performance by a theater legend.

90
Quirky, Funny, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You're a fan of Charles Busch & highbrow, downtown camp. This is a smart, warm, fun show that is daringly silly in ways seldom seen anymore

Don't see it if You want a straight laced, serious night at the theater, or are too uptight to laugh at & appreciate the truly outrageous.

81
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Great staging, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like well acted, tense dramas that comment on, and are relevant to, the hyper security state environment of the Obama/Trump Era.

Don't see it if You only like lighter fair and escapism, as this piece is very much rooted in the reality of the here and now.

78
Thought-provoking, Dated, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You want to see some terrific acting, especially Kristine Neilson. Also you can't miss anything Horton Foote writes.

Don't see it if You don't like actor focused plays, or if you don't really like Horton Foote.

76
Monsoon Season
West Village
Quirky, Funny, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like modern day anti-romances performed as two separate solo pieces, even if one piece is much stronger than the other.

Don't see it if You don't like solo pieces and want an even production throughout, as the 2nd piece & performer were much stronger than the first.

80
(A)loft Modulation
Midtown W
Great staging, Slow, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if If you want to be challenged by a jazz & photography inspired piece that makes us examine the institutionalized we live in.

Don't see it if You don't like Jazz and need a tidy, tight narrative as this piece rambles a bit and is somewhat long.

55
Still at Risk
East Village
Thought-provoking, Slow, Funny, Great acting, Dated

See it if You're looking to see some excellent actors in an otherwise dated/mediocre play.

Don't see it if Excellent acting isn't enough to hold your attention for over two hours as this is on the long/seen it before/slow side.

87
Thelonious!
East Village
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if They want to see original, thought provoking work that pushes the envelope, especially in regards to what is real & important about life .

Don't see it if They want to see dated, cliche ridden work that is all too familiar.

75
Till We Meet Again
East Village
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Slow

See it if You like family dramas that probe the darker side of human nature & post war America.

Don't see it if You're looking for modern, groundbreaking work.

70
During previews
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like topical plays about gender and identity politics that rely on an abundance of audience interaction.

Don't see it if You don't like topical plays about gender and identity politics that rely on an abundance of audience interaction.

75
During previews
The Naturalists
Soho/Tribeca
Great acting, Slow, Resonant

See it if If you like contemporary Irish plays performed by talented Irish actors, especially John Keating.

Don't see it if You like fast paced plays with lots of plot, as this has little of either. Still draws you in however.

83
For a previous production
Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You're interested in theater about women in today's world.

Don't see it if You're not into women's issues.

78
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You like smart, political drama/meditations on what is real & not. You like well executed productions, even if the written piece needs work.

Don't see it if You don't like long plays- this is 3 hours- or intense, politically charged work. Also, if you're looking for a play that is 100% realized.

65
During previews
Hundred Days
East Village
Indulgent, Slow, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You want to see/hear some really good drumming and accordion playing, because these background musicians are the best thing about the sho

Don't see it if You're looking for a resonant story, and songs with memorable melodies and pulse.

72
History of Toys
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Confusing, Absorbing, Intense, Great acting

See it if You looking for more of a performance piece that is nonlinear, yet very interestig

Don't see it if You only like traditional work with a clear cut story line.

72
Confusing, Great writing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if If you love Tennessee Williams, especially his later, existential work.

Don't see it if If you're looking for a fine tuned production of this very challenging work.

65
During previews
In a Word
West Village
Slow, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if You like slow moving, stylized writing for slow moving stylized writing sake. To see interesting staging, which was the production highlight

Don't see it if You're looking for a mature playwriting voice who's moved beyond the novice conceit that altering convention is the path to originality.

Also There were some interesting ideas in this play, and all the performers... Read more Read less

85
Daughters of the Mock
East Village
Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You're looking for a challenging play that has the guts to explore complex themes revealing unsettling aspects of human nature.

Don't see it if You're looking for a simple play that shies away from the darker sides of the human experience.

65
Wink
East Village
Relevant, Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking, Uneven,

See it if You are really into LGBTQ themed theater, and don't mind seeing a play that needs more development and focus

Don't see it if Your looking for a fully developed play that consists of five well rounded characters, as this piece only has two.

60
During previews
Chess Match No. 5
Midtown W
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You don't mind being spoon fed an intellectual premise as opposed to discovering it woven inside an interesting narrative interestingly told

Don't see it if You're looking for a well put together performance piece that's filled with fully flushed out ideas.

80
Appendage
East Village
Great acting, Slow, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You like two character plays that are loaded with intensity and sexual/psychological intrigue.

Don't see it if You like easily accessible plays, or quickly paced plays as this one can be a bit slow and overwritten at times.

71
During previews
Slow, Intelligent, Relevant, Cliched

See it if You want to see new works that still developing but not quite there yet. Also, to see a terrific Richard Kind!

Don't see it if You're looking for something fresh and tightly paced.

80
A Taste of Honey
Midtown W
Great staging, Great acting, Resonant, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if You like well executed revivals of British dramas set in the mid 20th century. Also, to see a breakout by a wonderful young actress.

Don't see it if You don't like working class British drama. You don't like 2.5 hour plays that should be 20 or 30 minutes shorter.

70
The Encounter
Midtown W
Ambitious, Confusing, Great staging, Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if You don't mind seeing an intelligent, ambitious piece that falls short of its mark, but still has some very interesting elements.

Don't see it if You want something that wholly resonates within your heart and mind, because this piece only briefly reaches those places from time to time.