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Reviews (24)
Behind the Sheet
Midtown W
Great acting, Resonant

See it if this play tells an important story, the actors are excellent, the production is solid.

Don't see it if I wasn't engaged by the storytelling itself, but I'm glad the story is being told.

During previews
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Profound, Relevant

See it if This play has only deepened and become more relevant in the past ten years. The performances are top notch. Jessica Frances Duke is a star!

Don't see it if The play can be a bit unwieldy, and the direction can be a bit flat footed and obvious. More thoughtful than emotional.

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The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great staging, Indulgent

See it if You want to see an overstuffed melodrama with a huge cast that is built on the DNA of O'Neill, Steinbeck, and McDonagh.

Don't see it if The play takes a long time to actually get to a theatrical story, as opposed to characters telling stories, and the finale is improbable.

Absorbing, Delightful, Hilarious, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if A beautiful, funny, insightful evening of theater about becoming a parent.

Don't see it if It's a one person show that's part storytelling and part standup. If that's not your thing...

During previews
Slave Play
East Village
Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Not as provocative as promised, Vanilla

See it if The play offers a kinky, deliciously funny, and at times profound examination of race, identity, and white supremacy in America.

Don't see it if But many of the characters are intellectual ideas more than full human beings, so the ending, while a striking image, isn't that effective.

During previews
Hype Man
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You love a funny, deeply moving story about Hip Hop and friendship that sends the audience out singing and energized to take a stand.

Don't see it if Everyone should see this play - I love it so much! It's entertaining, wonderfully performed, AND it has a necessary message about justice.

The Emperor
Banal, Cliched, Borderline blackface, Colonialist whitewashing

See it if you want to see a European woman portray 10 Ethiopian characters in a story that credits white people for toppling a corrupt African regime.

Don't see it if Questions of whether this is appropriate aside, it's also a dreadful piece of writing, poorly staged, with a performance that is dull.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if This show is a joyous, charming, exuberant evening full of queer characters and people of color living and loving to pop perfection.

Don't see it if You can't just have a good time at a fun show.

Girls & Boys
West Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You love a brilliant story well told by a consummate actress.

Don't see it if Everyone should see this play.

During previews
Dan Cody's Yacht
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Great acting

See it if you thinks jokes about buying toilet paper at Whole Foods are daring.

Don't see it if you're looking for a play that is plausible and explores questions of class and success in America in a meaningful or intelligent way.

The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Fluffy, Romantic, Funny

See it if You like delicious rhymes and a well-performed comedy.

Don't see it if You have a low tolerance for whimsy

Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Great singing, Cliched

See it if You like arias, candle light, and Mark Rylance pulling deep from his bag of tricks with little to show for it.

Don't see it if You want a story, original jokes, or competent writing. Truly, it's baffling that this is on Broadway.

During previews
Good Friday
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a ferocious, insightful, and brilliantly told story that drops you in the middle of the #MeToo crisis and shakes you to your core.

Don't see it if you don't like a story with delicious twists and turns that makes you think and feel. This play is a thrill ride revelation.

During previews
God Said This
West Village
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow

See it if Nice performances in a so-so play that has occasional moments of honesty.

Don't see it if There isn't much in the way of story or drama, and as a full play, the evening feels aimless and flat.

Midtown W
Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if There are some strong performances and lovely moments in this muddled, unfocused, poorly written, even more poorly staged play.

Don't see it if Ultimately, the play is an aimless 75 minutes that inexplicably and clumsily explodes into a fraught crisis drama for the final 15 minutes.

Great acting, Relevant

See it if A strong central performance and a compelling ensemble telling a relevant story make this worthwhile.

Don't see it if But a muddled, somewhat underwhelming production makes the story hard to follow when it isn't bluntly signposted. Still, I was glad I went.

Delightful, Funny, Romantic, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You want a thoroughly entertaining and heartwarming musical that mixes old school razzmatazz with progressive politics.

Don't see it if You think the Bible is literal truth (though maybe you should go anyway).

During previews
Usual Girls
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if This is a staggeringly complex and profound journey through a young woman's life as she confronts the joy and pain of being female.

Don't see it if You're not on board to see women's bodies, lives, and struggles exposed... and I mean exposed.

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you want deeply absorbing stories of black lives encountering joy and inheriting trauma, told with the full expression of the theater.

Don't see it if You're not open to facing the truths of black and brown people in America.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Masterful

See it if you love a brilliant musical ravishingly sung and smartly interpreted for a modern audience.

Don't see it if you want your old fashioned with their old fashioned values intact.

Dance Nation
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you love a hysterical, off-kilter, endlessly inventive, and painfully true story of being an adolescent young woman navigating maturity.

Don't see it if you want your theater well-behaved and unoriginal.

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you want a Zen poem with very little action or poetry

Don't see it if you want a strong story or engaging performances

Disappointing, Great acting, Banal, Cliched, Slow

See it if you like Middle Eastern music and strong portrayals of small people.

Don't see it if you want a strong story built around meaningful and compelling relationships.

Syncing Ink
Absorbing, Must see, Enchanting, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You love a good coming of age story told in a one-of-a-kind way that mixes hip-hop, dance, and the hero's journey to create total theater.

Don't see it if You don't like having a good time.