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Borough of Queens | 25-34 | Other

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Reviews (73)
92
Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Ambitious
November 8th, 2022

See it if A modern retelling of an ancient myth for our current climate crisis. Catchy songs and thought-provoking themes. Definitely a must see!

Don't see it if You don't like plays with songs, are uncomfortable having your beliefs or comfort challenged.

85
During previews
Good Enemy
West Village
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent
October 30th, 2022

See it if Memory plays and long prose are your jam. Heart touching story of a father trying to connect with his daughter by confronting his past.

Don't see it if U don't like criticism of the CCP or American culture.

78
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Overrated, Resonant, Raunchy, Great acting, Ambitious
February 20th, 2020

See it if u like literary theater w/ lots of telling vs showing. Powerful and emotional, but blunted by uneven writing and melodrama. Worth the 6.5 hr

Don't see it if uncomfortable with explicit descriptions of gay sex or are a prude. There is nudity and CW for sexual abuse, drug use, and suicide.

65
During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Clever, Great staging, Minimalist, Slow, Confusing
February 4th, 2020

See it if you already are familiar with the work. Some directing choices make is hard to follow, but the use of live music as sound design was great.

Don't see it if You expect a traditional adaptation of a classic text. This production is paired down and almost expressionist in its execution.

86
During previews
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
November 13th, 2019

See it if Kate Mulgrew is a national treasure. She commands the text with such deftness. An empowering story of female friendship. Brava!

Don't see it if You need a man in a play to enjoy it. Historical dramas are not your thing.

90
Soft Power
East Village
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Refreshing, Ambitious
October 24th, 2019

See it if supporting AAPI voices in theater. ur a musical theatre nerd, SO many callbacks for u. Nuanced subtext on the mixed bag of mixed identity.

Don't see it if uncomfortable with the satirical focus being turned on USA, and unwilling to wrestle with the messy and imperfect pillars of our society.

75
Delightful, Great singing, Refreshing, Fluffy, Dated
September 6th, 2019

See it if u love the 90s Disney film. Menken's score holds up surprisingly well. The Muses need their own spin-off. Such Joy

Don't see it if You're looking for a hot-take or edgy interpretation. The acting is uneven, but you expect that from a Public Works production. Saccharine.

69
During previews
Midsummer: A Banquet
Greenwich V
Indulgent, Great staging, Disappointing, Ambitious, Funny
July 17th, 2019

See it if You like dinner theater, Shakespeare, and immersive sets. Great site specific design and concept. Fluffy but fun.

Don't see it if U were expecting something transformational like other third rail shows. Much more traditional approach.

Also Third Rail is known for their inventive and boundary pushing adaptatio... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Disappointing, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Confusing
June 13th, 2019

See it if Interested in exploring the diversity within China, ie Uighers vs Han. U like complex meta-textual stories

Don't see it if You're looking for a straightforward story. It's a movie within a film production within a play. Lots to keep track of

Also The play has a lot of interesting things to say about China, it's plac... Read more Read less

96
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great singing, Funny, Ambitious
June 3rd, 2019

See it if u are curious about black queer fat life. Highly meta-theatrical, intensely personal, deeply relatable.

Don't see it if uncomfortable with bodies, descriptions of sex, or self-harm TW: homophobia, family trauma, drug use, sexual exploitation

Also No piece of theatre has made me feel more seen in the most uncomfortab... Read more Read less

81
Passage
Soho/Tribeca
Riveting, Relevant, Clever, Great staging, Thought-provoking
May 30th, 2019

See it if theatrical allegory for xenophobia/colonialism/racism appeals to you.

Don't see it if Have back problems (seating favors limber bodies), prefer literal stories.

Also I thought the intentional allegorical nature of the setting (Country X... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Resonant, Confusing, Scattered
February 18th, 2019

See it if u like feminist, African diaspora, neo-folk tales. Eclectic collage of ideas. Fun dance and music. Beautiful costumes.

Don't see it if looking for cohesive story, or if you have hard time understanding accented speech.

Also The play starts out as a contemporary folk tale of Akim, an avatar of ... Read more Read less

88
The American Tradition
West Village
Great writing, Edgy, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking
January 31st, 2019

See it if You are ready to take a critical look at American history, like sharp political critique and fast paced storytelling

Don't see it if You wear a MAGA hat, are uncomfortable hearing the "N-word", dislike seeing guns/blanks being shot.

89
For a previous production
Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy, Great singing, Riveting
January 25th, 2019

See it if you want to rave with 19th century English history. Dystopian pop fantasia. Great costumes/choreo/music! Lots of fun, but bring ur ear plugs

Don't see it if You have sensitive ears. The music is LOUD. if you have mobility issues. Standing all night and the audience has to move around a lot.

Also If Angels in America was on LSD and Prep.

27
Disappointing, Excruciating, Raunchy, Amateurish
January 24th, 2019

See it if You know someone in the show.

Don't see it if you were expecting something more than a high school theater class project. Worst thing i've seen in a long time.

86
Noura
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Confusing
January 9th, 2019

See it if u like complex narratives that explore the inner life of women. Themes of immigration, assimilation, family, and trauma explored.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in complex arab american stories.

82
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Earnestly subversive
December 11th, 2018

See it if u like close harmonies, gender bending, & loosely accurate American history. Charming score, great cast. Kid friendly but fun for adults too

Don't see it if don't like sitting next to a twelve year old. Can't lean into the cheesiness

92
The Tricky Part
Midtown W
Funny, Resonant, Relevant, Riveting, Thought-provoking
December 4th, 2018

See it if interested in a nuanced, honest, and unflinching look at child sexual trauma. Moran finds the humanity in the most inhumane moments.

Don't see it if TW: child sexual trauma. Don't like criticism of the Catholic Church.

Also Disarmingly personable and intimately familiar. The playwright/perform... Read more Read less

65
Quicksand
West Village
Ambitious, Slow, Relevant, Intelligent, Disappointing
December 3rd, 2018

See it if interested in nuances of multi-racial experiences, historical dramas, and true-to-text adaptations of classic works.

Don't see it if looking for a short, concise evening, or dislike "indicated" set pieces. Expect full orchestra with music.

Also Saw a performance early in the run. Great ensemble work (though needed... Read more Read less

65
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Indulgent, Entertaining
November 28th, 2018

See it if u r a Michael C Hall fan (he's wonderful), and enjoy surrealist (or at least non sequitor) theater. Breaks lots of theatrical conventions.

Don't see it if you need a linear plot. Heck. Any kind of plot. That's not what this play is for. It's an impressionistic flourish of meandering thought.

Also An marvelous hour of nonsense. Everything is fine. Michael C. Hall is ... Read more Read less

72
Ambitious, Confusing, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Circuitous
November 25th, 2018

See it if interested in queer and literary history, Britain, or memory plays. sweet love story wedged in between the shelves of memories.

Don't see it if The play has a tendency to show its cards too early and circle on itself with repeating themes. Also, queers be here. Homophobes beware

Also The play is told through the perspective of two of the eponymous book ... Read more Read less

86
The Chinese Lady
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking
November 14th, 2018

See it if meta-theatrical historical plays are you jam. Be ready for an uncompromising look at the history of anti-immigrant discrimination in America

Don't see it if You need naturalism in your plays. Uncomfortable facing America's racist past.

Also I jokingly described it to a friend as "the most depressing TED talk I... Read more Read less

81
Fireflies
Chelsea
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Riveting, Thought-provoking
November 1st, 2018

See it if powerful examinations of the indirect impacts of racism on the psyche. Tightly written two hander and marvelous leading pair of actors.

Don't see it if nuance isn't in your wheelhouse. These characters are saintly sinners, and i imagine some may take offense at their indiscretions.

67
Dated, Great acting, Slow, Overrated, Entertaining
October 21st, 2018

See it if ur a Williams die-hard. This deep B-side is a greatest hits of Tennessee's hysterical women. Annette O'Toole and Kristine Nielsen are gems.

Don't see it if tired of Williams's penchant for regressive gender politics. Directing is questionable and pacing is an issue.

49
Fate Still Rests
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Self-important, Banal
October 21st, 2018

See it if Never seen original Phantom silent film and like storytelling via genre-conflicting music and dance. more experiential than expositional.

Don't see it if Are looking to go deeper into Phantom mythos. an overly ambitious performance studies thesis project. a group of repetitive, unrelated songs

93
Ambitious, Enchanting, Great singing, Resonant, Clever
October 20th, 2018

See it if ur a fan of blending genres. A sci-fi folk concert evokes Whedon's Firefly vibes. Surprisingly poignant and political. Great world-building

Don't see it if you want story to be plainly presented. You're looking for a traditional musical

92
Almelem
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking
October 19th, 2018

See it if u like thoughtful interrogative theater on possibly the most impactful story in the Western world. A secular but not faithless view of Jesus

Don't see it if You regularly use the word "heterodoxy", "apostate", or "heresy" in your day-to-day conversation. Have an open mind and live a little.

Also Williams (the playwright) does a marvelous job at inspecting the STORY... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Epic, Refreshing
August 15th, 2018

See it if U like bold interpretations of Shakespeare. Fantastic ensemble with wicked fast pace and energetic physicality. H/t to costumes and staging

Don't see it if U are a Shakespeare traditionalist, don't like cross-casting

60
Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant
August 6th, 2018

See it if u are interested in exploring racism in a frank and nuanced way from multiple perspectives. Doesn't shy away, but also can be clumsy.

Don't see it if u r hard of hearing. The space is acoustically challenging and it can be hard to hear the actors. or if u r uncomfortable with race issues.

92
Ambitious, Funny, Great singing, Refreshing, Delightful
August 3rd, 2018

See it if u like imaginative new interpretations of Shakespeare. Great, catchy music that makes the text much more accessible. Great ensemble!

Don't see it if you want a traditional approach to Shakespeare. Don't like music. Expect something serious.

60
Confusing, Great acting, Relevant, Disappointing
July 29th, 2018

See it if U like to see complicated (if emotionally abusive) relationships fully realized on stage. Gr8 staging and wonderful actors.

Don't see it if You need straight forward storytelling or don't like stories about mental health.

Also The actors were really superb. Brought an effortless authenticity to e... Read more Read less

81
Red Hills
Financial
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Slow, Ambitious
June 30th, 2018

See it if immersive and interactive theatre is a plus. great use of space, scenic design, and music/foley.

Don't see it if u don't like participation or want to be seated for the whole time. Don't like well-meaning whiteness being challenged.

50
God Save Queen Pam
Greenwich V
Earnest, Disappointing, Fluffy
June 29th, 2018

See it if you know someone in the show and want to support new musicals. Some nice tunes, but flawed premise. Needed more rehearsal and minimalist set

Don't see it if Expecting a polished production. Lots of raw edges to be worked out. Maybe should've been billed as a workshop production?

Also Imho, The show chooses the wrong protagonist. There isn't much endeari... Read more Read less

60
Ambitious, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Absorbing
June 23rd, 2018

See it if u like impressionistic music and dance drama. Not much is spelled out, so you have to dig for meaning. But that can be fun for some.

Don't see it if You're looking for a straight-forward drama. Even as far as dance/opera/song cycles go, this piece really makes you work for understanding.

78
Funny, Dizzying, Hilarious, Refreshing, Raunchy
June 18th, 2018

See it if rip-roaring sci-fi shenanigans and physical/raunchy humor are your cup of tea. Like a really enjoyable episode of Family Guy, on stage.

Don't see it if u don't like comedic plays relying on middle-school level humor. Juvenile, but likeable.

Also Had a lot of fun and there was some pretty amazing ensemble work. The ... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Dated, Great acting, Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking
June 4th, 2018

See it if u like traditional stagings of Shakespeare. Classic take on a classic play. Great ensemble. Beautiful costumes!

Don't see it if you've seen Othello to death (irony unintended). Very predictable approach to the text. Good work, if a bit safe.

Also One wonders if the blowback from the Trumpian Caesar last season has c... Read more Read less

82
Bump
Midtown W
Delightful, Great writing, Refreshing, Resonant, Hilarious
May 27th, 2018

See it if women-centered storytelling is a plus. Funny, observational writing with a great, large ensemble for such a production. A joy.

Don't see it if are squeemish about reproductive talk, potential triggers for pple who have had miscarriages.

83
During previews
Operation Crucible
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Resonant, Confusing, Intense
May 14th, 2018

See it if british WWII stories interest you. Great ensemble work & physical theatre. Tight story with interwoven character studies.

Don't see it if Need linear plots. Also had loud sound effects and a lot of scenes with low light which might be challenging for some folks.

90
The Sea Concerto
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Indulgent, Slow
May 12th, 2018

See it if poetic memory plays appeal to you. Themes of belonging, lost creativity, and tragic family dysfunction are interesting for you.

Don't see it if Want a concise, 90 minute one-acter. The show runs 2 hours and sometimes drags in the first act.

0
Excruciating, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow
May 9th, 2018

See it if you know someone in the cast. Or you are a Sophocles super-fan. You have a lot of patience for amateurish acting w/ no direction.

Don't see it if you expect a finished product. Actors constantly step on each other's cues. Feels like art therapy, not professional artists.

Also the company's commitment to "The Actor's Organic Process" as described... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Slow, Great acting, Exquisite, Dated, Great staging
May 2nd, 2018

See it if love Tennessee Williams and daring performances of femininity unhinged. Beautiful scenic/lighting design and great lead actress.

Don't see it if Tired of seeing Tennessee's eccentric hysterical femininity. Want to be in and out quickly. Long show. Want traditional staging.

84
Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Earnest, Familiar but subversive
April 18th, 2018

See it if interested in ordinary pple's xp w/ extraordinary pple. Wide ranging exploration of gay and Jewish identity & the pain of the closet

Don't see it if expecting a biopic of Harvey Milk. This is not that. Hate puns, esp Jewish puns. Uncomfortable with gay/jewish/holocaust themes

Also Totally surprised how much I enjoyed this. I was expecting a cheesy, o... Read more Read less

90
During previews
We Live by the Sea
Midtown E
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Resonant, Refreshing
April 15th, 2018

See it if poignant and earnest exploration of the internal life of an autistic teenage girl. Beautiful original music with live music. A+

Don't see it if you are bothered by loud noises or flashing lights. Ironically, could limit accessibility for neuro-atypical folks.

10
Detained
WaHi/Inwood
Disappointing, Excruciating, Awkard, Earnest, Contrived
April 15th, 2018

See it if You think Fox News is "Fair and Balanced". You are interested in broadly painted caricatures as stand-ins for complex, nuanced discourse.

Don't see it if u think it's problematic for the only true villain in a play about the deportation system to be a latino undoc'ed, gangbanger/coyote/rapist

Also I believe the playwright when she says the play expresses her anger ov... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Confusing, Great singing, Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking
April 14th, 2018

See it if post-modern, multi-layered, complex narratives are interesting for you. Wonderfully conceptual and a puzzle-box of a musical.

Don't see it if criticisms of Israeli-Palestinian conflict is uncomfortable. Need straight forward storytelling, or catchy tunes.

Also One Thousand Nights and One Day offers no easy answers, because the qu... Read more Read less

80
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Engaging
April 12th, 2018

See it if u like interactive performances. Powerful piece on the struggle for Black lives/over policing of POC communities/etc. Effective use of form

Don't see it if Would prefer to sit back and watch. Don't want to "get your hands dirty". Don't like facing questions of race and oppression.

Also I loved the incorporation of play and story and how it both engages th... Read more Read less

70
Trifles
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Short, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing
April 12th, 2018

See it if u like under appreciated female voices in American theater history. Mixed bag in terms of acting performance, but female leads were great.

Don't see it if You're expecting a full-length evening of work. It's a one act. Left us wanting more.

95
During previews
Dutch Masters
East Village
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Profound, Thought-provoking
April 5th, 2018

See it if examinations of racial politics through compelling personal drama is a +. Thrilling story that keeps you guessing, powerful moral message.

Don't see it if Don't like discussing racial difference or racial oppression. Don't want to think about your own privilege.

60
During previews
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Clumsy, Rough-edged
April 2nd, 2018

See it if child actors actually playing children are a plus. Emotionally powerful, but also narratively clumsy plot. Great scene design and live music

Don't see it if don't like child actors (they are most of the show). Don't like on-the-nose narrative lecturing from a playwright w/ a political opinion.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Resonant
April 2nd, 2018

See it if want to see deaf actors portraying deaf characters. Interested in challenging your notions of (dis)ability. Great set and lighting

Don't see it if don't like supertitles or hearing translation of signed dialogue.