synecdoche

New York City | 18-24 | Male
About:  Why do I keep going to musicals?
Reviews (85)
95
During previews
In the Green
Upper W Side
Must see, Masterful, Great singing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You like innovative musicals and seeing how the form is pushed further into the 21st century.

Don't see it if You're a traditionalist when it comes to musical theatre. You want something neat and tidy.

72
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if You enjoy experimental theatre and aren't precious about your musicals

Don't see it if You want to see something that truly illuminated and invigorates a classic work instead of just approaches it with new eyes.

Also Whatever it was, it was what it was.

89
Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy goofy comedy and lampooning white people.

Don't see it if You can’t handle a broader style of comedy and acting

65
During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Cliched, Slow, Dated

See it if You love Tennessee Williams and are interested in seeing a lesser-known but very good play.

Don't see it if You are picky about your Williams productions and can't watch a slow and somewhat clunky staging of the play.

95
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Resonant, Profound

See it if You love the theatre.

Don't see it if You hate reading supertitles (unless you speak Yiddish)

Also I'd bet a lot of money that I won't see a better Fiddler in my lifetim... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Exquisite, Hilarious, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if You like shows that give as much as you put into them.

Don't see it if You only like narrative theatre

Also Miraculous.

96
During previews
Dance Nation
Midtown W
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You enjoy atypical and absurdist theatre with a strong emotional and political undercurrent

Don't see it if You only like plays that adhere to naturalism

Also Clare Barron, Annie Baker, and Gracie Gardner are going to change the ... Read more Read less

36
During previews
Cliched, Confusing, Excruciating, Slow, Relevant

See it if You love political theatre but have super lukewarm politics

Don't see it if You want something more out of theatre than a stuffy neo-liberal political text

Also Opposing authoritarian capitalism with democratic capitalism is maybe ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Great acting, Resonant, Refreshing, Dry, Great writing

See it if You love this very underrated Tennessee Williams play and want to see it live in a decent production

Don't see it if You need an absolutely perfect production of the show to make it worth your while

Also I didn't mind the staging elements, but I thought the whole thing was ... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Mlima's Tale
East Village
Ambitious, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You appreciate artful and serious theatre

Don't see it if You want something lighter or less artsy. Also, at 75 minutes, it's quite short.

86
Athena
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Entertaining, Intense, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if You like to see modern drama subtly pushed into new territory

Don't see it if You need a 100% professional looking production

Also This play will eventually be produced in a larger budget production an... Read more Read less

57
During previews
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Great singing, Romantic

See it if You love classic musicals and are willing to sit through a less-than-ideal production

Don't see it if You want something on the level of The King and I or On the Town in reviving classic musicals.

94
During previews
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Complicated, Epic, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You have a really strong attention span and like Annie Baker-style comedies about sad people

Don't see it if You need flash and sparkle in your theatre.

60
Hey, Look Me Over!
Midtown W
Great singing, Fluffy, Entertaining, Banal

See it if You are fan of the lesser-known broadway shows of yesteryear

Don't see it if You are expecting a dramatically complete piece of theatre

90
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound

See it if You love theatre that messes with your head and will challenge you.

Don't see it if You want to sit back and relax at the theatre.

Also I was really enjoying this play(s) all the way through until the curta... Read more Read less

93
Miles for Mary
Midtown W
Great acting, Dizzying, Refreshing, Hilarious, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate the theatre of power structures and are in the mood for a seriously intense comedy

Don't see it if You like comedy that doesn't force you to use your attention span and intellect

Also Lila Neugebauer is a god

0
Abysmal

See it if Don’t

Don't see it if You have self respect

67
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You have kids or the child about you

Don't see it if You like to focus on the script when you go to the theatre

Also Surely I can’t be the first person to notice that this show is vaguely... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Fluffy, Riveting, Funny, Cliched

See it if You love classic Broadway and are ever the optimist

Don't see it if You demand emotional or intellectual engagement from your theatre

34
Really Really
East Village
Cliched, Dated, Relevant, Unnecessary

See it if You are really interested in plays about sexual assault

Don't see it if You demand more from your theatre than “acceptability”

50
Follies in Titus
East Village
Ambitious, Absorbing, Slow

See it if You are a fan of Titus Andronicus or avant-garde theatre.

Don't see it if You're looking for a company to make a convincing argument for Titus Andronicus

80
Peter Pan
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Hilarious, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You are familiar with Barrie's Peter Pan and enjoy postmodern avant-garde revisionism

Don't see it if You don't know Peter Pan or are expecting a classic staging of the play

Also Imagine, if you will, the Wooster Group teamed up with Kate Hamill to ... Read more Read less

52
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Quirky, Cliched, Pleasant, Great singing

See it if You're in the mood for something simple and sweet and sad—though not too exhausting

Don't see it if You want a feel-good show or something to really sink your teeth into

Also It's a not-too-shabby musical of the modern form, which is to say that... Read more Read less

44
Ambitious, Cliched, Overrated, Great acting

See it if You mostly like musicals and are looking for something different but not TOO different

Don't see it if You've seen any British theatre of the past five years

Also This is the same play that the National has been producing on repeat f... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Enchanting, Great acting, Intense, Must see

See it if You are willing to actively engage with performance

Don't see it if Avant-garde theatre doesn't agree with you

Also What a goddamn finale

100
During previews
Riveting, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You like dialogue theatre and enjoy feeling like a fly on the wall

Don't see it if You prefer visual/spectacle theatre

Also If you liked Miles for Mary you’ll like this. It’s simply fantastic.

40
Fireflies
Chelsea
Cliched, Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You like plays about civil rights struggles and like when authors agree with their characters

Don't see it if Machismo swagger bores you

83
Slow, Resonant, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy being depressed

Don't see it if You prefer your Chekhov a laugh riot.

66
Banal, Clever, Delightful, Fluffy, Insipid

See it if You enjoy a nice bit of queer-positive fluff.

Don't see it if If you want to think at the theatre.

70
Banal, Enchanting, Great singing, Rickety, Quirky

See it if You like golden age musicals and are charmed by a home-grown aesthetic.

Don't see it if You demand intellectualism and polish in your musical theatre.

90
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Dizzying, Fluffy, Hilarious, Delightful, Clever

See it if You are in the mood for a thinking man’s light comedy — all champagne and caviar

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy verse plays and need to be able to follow a plot to enjoy a play.

Also Divine comedy. Exactly the tonic needed to clear away the blues.

86
During previews
Great acting, Exquisite, Masterful, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate a Classic well-made play

Don't see it if You want something modern or edgy or can’t sit still for 3 hours.

72
Pygmalion
East Village
Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if You like Bedlam-style antics or haven’t seen Pygmalion yet

Don't see it if You’re familiar with Pygmalion and want a fresh take on it

Also Unlike Bedlam’s usual fair, this is nothing more than an uncommonly go... Read more Read less

69
The Amateurs
Gramercy
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Great staging, Confusing

See it if You love theatre of ideas and don't mind a non-perfect structure

Don't see it if You need theatre that delivers on all it promises.

25
Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Boring, Slow

See it if You don't enjoy Shakespeare performed traditionally

Don't see it if You want to see a traditional interpretation of Much Ado About Nothing (one of the greatest plays of all time)

Also This production apologizes for a play that needs no apologies.

80
Is God Is
Soho/Tribeca
Ambitious, Epic, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like theatre that subtly pushes the boundaries and can take genre theatre seriously

Don't see it if You only like plays that involve people having conversations about conversations

Also I can't wait for all of the regional productions of this play that sui... Read more Read less

70
During previews
The Low Road
East Village
Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Cliched, Confusing

See it if You enjoy political theatre even when the politics are wishy washy liberalism

Don't see it if You demand rigor and discipline and originality in perspective as well as plot.

Also I swear this is the exact same play as Kings

84
Hangmen
Chelsea
Ambitious, Dark, Hilarious, Great writing, Intense

See it if You appreciate seriously entertaining political theatre with a nasty sense of humor.

Don't see it if You don't like dark comedy or being made uncomfortable

37
Balls
Midtown E
Great staging, Cliched, Dated, Slow, Fluffy

See it if You’re a hardcore tennis or movement theatre fan

Don't see it if You like plays that actually *do* something.

Also A staging badly in need of a play.

45
Cliched, Great singing, Great acting, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You love Mark Rylance or haven't gotten the chance to see him on stage yet.

Don't see it if You like plays that feel like they took more than 12 hours to write.

Also Not Rylance's best work (he really isn't given much here) but he prove... Read more Read less

67
During previews
Kings
East Village
Absorbing, Indulgent, Entertaining, Cliched, Intelligent

See it if You love political theatre or Aaron Sorkin

Don't see it if You understand that the flaw in capitalism is in the fundamentals of capitalism

69
Quirky

See it if ur quirkly ;)

Don't see it if ur not quirky ;{

Also follow me for more query opinions!

56
The Children
Midtown W
Cliched, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You love living room plays and apocalyptic fiction

Don't see it if You've ever been to Playwrights Horizons—it's the same play they've been producing on repeat for 10 years

85
Ambitious, Dizzying, Masterful, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You view theatre as aesthetic experience rather than dramatic experience.

Don't see it if You don't like the avant garde.

55
De Novo
East Village
Intelligent, Cliched, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You feel strongly about the political isssues regarding undocumented immigrants.

Don't see it if You expect theatre to be more than just “morally good”

43
During previews
Disappointing, Entertaining, Quirky, Slow

See it if You’ve never seen Twelfth Night or actively dislike Shakespeare because you think he’s “boring”

Don't see it if You’re looking for an exciting new take on the greatest of all comedies or even an exceedingly intelligent classic staging

Also It’s fine. It’s your basic high-level community theatre staging of the... Read more Read less

70
Junk
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Cliched

See it if You want a smart, sophisticated, fast-paced surface-level drama

Don't see it if You want emotionally sophisticated drama

Also Very entertaining, but rather slick. Helps to have some basic knowledg... Read more Read less

34
Entertaining, Fluffy, Glib, Slick

See it if Your mother is in town and want to make sure she likes something

Don't see it if Your mom's out of town and want to make sure *you* like something

Also A well oiled machine of absolutely nothing. A deeper analysis could re... Read more Read less

67
Ambitious, Relevant, Intense

See it if You want an intelligent and morally good evening of theatre with heavy subject matter

Don't see it if You are interested in seeing something (at all) light.

Also A talented and ambitious but overly-emphatic drama given an effective ... Read more Read less

45
Clever, Cliched, Dated, Funny

See it if You are interested in an important part of gay history and want to see a great performance from Mercedes Ruehl

Don't see it if You expect depth, subtlety, and sophistication in your theatre.

Also Michael Urie, talented though he is, is all wrong for the role of Alfr... Read more Read less