Susan 43

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Reviews (15)
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in thinking about what is a “fact” that must be accurate and what is just color in a story. Also if you love Cannavale.

Don't see it if you want to watch three great actors do their best work. The parts weren’t deep enough to get the best from these fabulous actors.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Cliched

See it if You are interested in an intelligent, engaging political/social tutorial on the current state of race relations and police prejudice in U.S.

Don't see it if you will be bothered by having four points of view about police prejudice in this country represented by four characters without more depth.

The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You want a 3-hour drama that feels like 40 minutes.

Don't see it if You just don’t like classic drama. Actually, you should see it even then, because it will change your mind.

During previews
Great acting, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You love great acting, beautiful singing, and are interested in thinking about a life of power and success versus one of simple beauty

Don't see it if You hate classical singing or don’t like to spend time thinking about what matters in life and how we should live.

Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Refreshing, Great music

See it if You want to be swept away by a cleverly done, well-executed romance

Don't see it if You want a show that requires deep thinking, or if you become annoyed by sitting around waiting for something to happen instead of acting.

Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if You like this play and want to see a fabulous production, or if you think about the challenges of having both meaningful work and intimacy

Don't see it if You don't like Stephen Sondheim or musicals generally, or if you don't like Jake Gyllenhal (who is definitely at his best in this show.)

Midtown W
Clever, Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You like musicals, originality, hip hop OR history. I guarantee that by the end you will like all four

Don't see it if You have blocked senses and flat brain waves.

Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if You like music by the pound and preposterous lyrics

Don't see it if You care about intelligent, witty or realistic dialogue, or if you think the music should contribute to the meaning of the show.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Cliched

See it if you love Dylan and want to see great performances of his songs set in a fairly predictable story that showcases the music.

Don't see it if you object to a fairly predictable story with standard characters, or if you don’t like Dylan.

Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want great acting, witty dialogue and the chance to experience Torch Song Trilogy condensed. A very very charismatic main character.

Don't see it if You mind a few key events happening off-stage to shorten the story.

During previews
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Confusing, Disappointing, Bad script

See it if You are looking for a star sighting of Brian Cranston, whose acting is also absolutely excellent.

Don't see it if You want a coherent play instead of just a star sighting. Incoherent script, bad acting by all but Cranston (who is absolutely excellent.)

Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You are interested in understanding your own reaction to a charismatic character and the slow revelation of that character during the play

Don't see it if You dislike dark themes and psychological complexity.

Absorbing, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Edgy

See it if You are interested in an original, thought-provoking, very absorbing play, even if the ending isn't necessarily emotionally satisfying

Don't see it if You are upset by the subject of teen suicide or by a fascinating premise/absorbing play that has a falsely optimistic ending.

The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting

See it if You like original staging and choreography that really give meaning and momentum to the play, and if you like great acting.

Don't see it if You don't feel comfortable with experimental staging or thinking about class conflict. I say this, but honestly I think you should still go

Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if You enjoy original productions of witty, much-loved classics, and if you enjoy fine acting.

Don't see it if You want to avoid an experimental production of a play you love in its classic form.