SwamiJonny

Stamford | 35-49 | Male
About:  I'm never wrong about the merits of a show or a performance.
Reviews (35)
65
During previews
Unnecessary, Boring, Cute, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if You are a fan of forgettable cookie cutter musicals based on movies

Don't see it if You expect a musical to have a reason to exist and memorable songs

Also Seriously, who thought it was a good idea to pump out crappy musicals ... Read more Read less

70
One note, Has potential, Unfinished, Uneven, Relevant

See it if You are interested in playwrights taking on heavy themes even if they haven't totally realized those themes

Don't see it if Wordy and preachy issue plays aren't your thing.

Also I rated this play on the low end of good. I'm not angry that I saw it,... Read more Read less

97
During previews
Brilliant, Riveting, Near perfect, Exciting, Must see

See it if You know good theater when you see it and crave true actors at the top of their game

Don't see it if You don’t have the attention span to immerse yourself in language and situation

Also This is a great production and is so surprising in the power of its su... Read more Read less

95
Enticing, Laugh out loud, Clever, Surprising, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a really good musical that you didn't think you wanted to see. You don't mind being in a theater full of kids.

Don't see it if You hate being in a theater full of kids. You're so jaded that you won't let yourself enjoy a truly wonderful musical based on a cartoon.

Also I avoided this musical for months and months and I shouldn't have. It'... Read more Read less

60
Childish, Dead, Unnecessary, Out of place, Insipid

See it if I guess if you set the bar very low for plays you might enjoy it

Don't see it if you expect broadway shows to include good actors and great writing

Also So all the hype is about this being the first play by an asian woman o... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Uneven, Badly directed, Some good performances, Preachy, Unbelievable

See it if you like to be beaten over the head with "lessons" and can't tell good direction from bad and don't mind screechy child actors

Don't see it if you like nuance and subtlety and don't like to sit through questionably written moral lesson plays that offer no solutions to any problems.

70
During previews
Disappointing, Uneven,, Slow, Clunky, Unformed

See it if You don't expect great acting and writing but are happy with a few decent performances and one great monologue.

Don't see it if You want to be blow away by the magic of theatre. You aren't able to suspend your disbelief to the point of accepting this thin plot line.

78
Ambitious, Needs more work, Up and down, Worth seeing, Short

See it if You like to see works in progress

Don't see it if You can't focus your attention on a single actor.

Also This show has good moments and some funny writing and I think it will ... Read more Read less

80
Great writing, Relevant, Retro, Uneven, Resonant

See it if You like overwrought dramas You like period pieces

Don't see it if You like immediacy on stage You aren't a fan of law and order

Also I don't know why this play won the Pulitzer and I don't know why the c... Read more Read less

48
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent, Loud

See it if I don't think I could recommend this play to anyone in its current state.

Don't see it if The experience is like watching an acting class at the early stages of working on a play. Work that would be thrown out for better choices.

Also I guess I'd give the actors an A for effort because they don't phone i... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You like to see new ways of staging a play You have the attention span to listen to a long absorbing story

Don't see it if You expect a lot of actors on stage You can't enjoy innovative theater

60
Cliched, Banal, Disappointing, Great singing, Quirky

See it if You like a nice boring evening of theater You liked Sunset Boulevard

Don't see it if You like a musical with a plot and some drama. You aren't interested in what ingredients went into makeup in the 1940's

Also These guys also did Grey Gardens which was is not a great musical, but... Read more Read less

64
Banal, Overrated, Slow, Excruciating, Cliched

See it if You can't tell a good musical from a bad one You have ear plugs and a blindfold

Don't see it if You like good songs in musicals You have an IQ over 100

Also This show is running forever for one reason. Because it's for kids and... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Funny, Great staging, Great singing, Must see

See it if You're in the mood for a sexy talented cast writhing around the stage for you You like a musical with a good book and great choreography

Don't see it if You're one a them mormons, ya know. You have a problem with a talented sexy cast writhing around the stage for you You want big set change

Also This show is timeless. I saw the original with Rivera and Verdon and l... Read more Read less

89
For a previous production
Delightful, Funny, Quirky, Refreshing, Cliched

See it if You want to forget about the disaster that is a Republican held Washington for a few hours. You just want to have a few laughs

Don't see it if You don't like slapstick humor You didn't like Noises Off or Monty Python

Also This show is fun and family friendly. Something that usually leads to ... Read more Read less

87
Delightful, Cliched, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You like to have fun You like a fluffy musical with a heart

Don't see it if You like Andrew Lloyd Weber's crap You want more meat than potatoes in a play

Also This show is much better than you think it's going to be and well wort... Read more Read less

100
Yen
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You like to see real theater for intelligent people You liked Bug or Red Light Winter

Don't see it if Are afraid of humanity Have something against the best show to play off broadway in years.

Also This show was amazing from soup to nuts. Truly felt lucky to have seen... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Resonant

See it if You are from, or married into, a Jewish family. Like brilliant writing.

Don't see it if You don't like to think about issues. You don't like shows with real drama

92
During previews
Uneven, Good writing, Relevant, Theatrical, Benning!

See it if you like classic stage dramas with some stellar performances

Don't see it if you only like musicals and can't sit through an engrossing 2.5 hours of storytelling

Also Annette Benning makes a masterful return to Broadway in this uneven te... Read more Read less

95
Magical, Surprising, Innovative, Sleek, Satisfying

See it if You appreciate a well directed and acted show with surprising and engaging elements

Don't see it if You aren't interested in the fantastical world of wizardry created by Rowling or if you can't sit for long stretches of time.

Also This show truly deserved the Tony for best play. I've never seen anyth... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Durang-like, Relevant, Hilarious, Innovative, Intriguing

See it if You like funny new ground-breaking plays well acted with a heart.

Don't see it if You don't like to hear women say the word pussy or if you have a problem with girl on girl plots and sub plots.

Also What a great evening this play is. Dana Delaney is great which is almo... Read more Read less

78
Enjoyable, Surprising, Corny, Entertaining, Fun

See it if you want to have a few laughs and see a fun show

Don't see it if You want every musical to be thought provoking and drab

Also This is one of the few musical I've seen where the second act is bette... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Sophomoric, Repetitious, Long, Stupid, Embarrassing

See it if Someone might like this show if they have no discrimination between a crappy show and a good one or if they literally like everything they c

Don't see it if You want to be entertained and like good musicals. A few songs stand out but most blend into one long interminable tune that's annoying

Also This feels like a high school production written by high school studen... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Badly written, preachy, unbelievable, boring

See it if you want to waste $$ on a show that was only chosen by MTW because of it's subject matter, not because of it being a good play well acted

Don't see it if you're smart.

99
Quirky, Masterful, Engrossing, Rockypoppybluesy, Worth it

See it if This show feels like a heightened night of cabaret and it's a totally engrossing and worthwhile evening. The performances are great!

Don't see it if If you don't like good music or just want to see trash like Miss Saigon you won't like it. No costumes and no dancing to speak of.

95
Tour de force, Great actress, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You like quality work in an intimate space.

Don't see it if You have trouble understanding and getting used to a strong dialect. In this case Welsh.

Also What a gem this show is. Sophie Melville is delivering the best work o... Read more Read less

98
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to see this classic musical staged as well as humanly possible

Don't see it if You don't like classic musicals

Also Jerry Zaks must be commended for breathing fresh life into this chestn... Read more Read less

100
Exquisite, Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You like a well done family drama with incredible performances by all involved You like perfection on stage

Don't see it if You don't like to pay attention to words spoken on stage You need songs to keep you interested in a play.

95
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You like a musical with fun choreography and great songs. You want to be entertained for two hours

Don't see it if You want a lot of pretty costumes and fluffy plot lines You are the type of person who can't let themselves have a little fun

Also This musical is more for adults than for kids. It's amazing that Fun H... Read more Read less

95
Ambitious, Great staging, Must see, Riveting, Visually stunning

See it if You want to see an early O'Neill play done right. You like to be surprised at the theatre. You want to be mesmerized by an amazing piece

Don't see it if You think this might be a disney musical about a well meaning monkey. You don't like to pay attention. You have trouble with dialects.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if You like good innovative theatre You want an evening of pure magical fantasy and enjoyment

Don't see it if The only musicals you like were written before 1980. You don't like to be surrounded by children

59
Banal, Dated, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if You have no idea what makes a musical good. You want to waste a lot of money on a boring evening of repetitious songs

Don't see it if You require more from a musical than operatic drivel You can get tickets to literally almost any other musical on Broadway

Also This musical keeps telling you it's dramatic but it's never dramatic. ... Read more Read less

40
Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if You don't know good plays from bad plays You like EVERYTHING

Don't see it if You like quality work You know what's good for you

Also And you thought the movie was bad...simply, this is a badly written sh... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Epic, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You like Chekov done right You want to see actors at the top of their game chewing up well written dialogue

Don't see it if You only like musicals You can't concentrate or focus your attention for a length of time

Also I think Ben Brantley must be losing his mind. This show was fantastic ... Read more Read less

85
Cliched, Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You like Wasserstein plays You want to enjoy an evening of theatre

Don't see it if You're a homobigot You can't keep up with witty banter