TallErnie

Sunnyside | 35-49 | Male
About:  Former Midwesterner who moved to NYC to experience as much culture as I could. Dating an actress didn't kill my love for the theater, so I'm sure nothing else will either. I see a few plays a week and also enjoy the odd movie, museum, or storytelling event.
Reviews (78)
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75
During previews
Relevant, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see a moral dilemma on stage. You like classic English plays (it's from 1913).

Don't see it if The situation is likely going to seem silly to modern eyes, though to the actors' credit, it's never played for laughs.

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74
Intelligent, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You like Orson Welles or theater about theater. It's an entertaining portrait of a fascinating man in winter trying to return to his spring.

Don't see it if Their Orson was impressive, but the other characters were a little flat.

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78
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Relevant

See it if It's an intense dialog on race by talented actors with some impressive faux rain.

Don't see it if There are plays I describe as "more important than good. This isn't one, but you can see it from here. It's good but slightly unrealistic.

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60
Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if A Number: 50 'NM: 70 2 one acts, one very well written, one that needed a lot of work.

Don't see it if You need both plays in a double bill to be equally well-written. I also wasn't crazy about the acting.

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80
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Clever

See it if You like well-written funny theater that's well acted and raises interesting ideas about the nature of truth.

Don't see it if You need those ideas resolved for you. Or you're looking for a musical. Or you don't want to hear "that nice Harry Potter boy" curse.

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67
Relevant, Overrated, Great staging, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You love the movie and want to see an at times too slavish adaptation. The set is spectacular and incorporates multimedia seamlessly.

Don't see it if It's longer than it needs to be. There are entire subplots that add nothing but seem to be there exclusively because they were in the movie.

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81
Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like fairy tales. Or the game Papers Please. Or Cold War intrigue. Or just well-written and acted multi-layer plays. It all works.

Don't see it if Most of the characters are at least somewhat unlikable and there are depictions of antisemitism, but they're in service to the play.

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90
Masterful, Intelligent, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You like Marlene Dietrich, cabaret music, sparkly dresses, expressionistic makeup, WWII history, or classic Hollywood.

Don't see it if You hate drag performers? Honestly, this thing is a delight start to finish, so I'm having a tough time finding a reason to not see it.

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60
Confusing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if You REALLY love Julius Cæsar (the play, not the Roman dictator (spoiler alert:he dies)). You like well acted shows that aren't well written.

Don't see it if You need a coherent plot (there are ghosts and a framing device in this that are largely unneeded) or great writing. Neither are found here.

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70
Disappointing, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if You love Stockard Channing; she was rather grand in Act 1 (less so in Act 2, but EVERYTHING sort of fell apart in Act 2).

Don't see it if One of the actors is distractingly bad. Horrid is not an inaccurate description of her prowess. Act 2 is a mess in the writing and acting.

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82
Relevant, Great staging, Clever

See it if You like character-driven plays that show the hollowness of even some of the deepest held convictions. You like to laugh at serious things.

Don't see it if You're really opposed to male nudity or radicalism being mocked. It's honestly pretty fantastic.

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78
Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You like Broadway musicals, great staging/projection, or puppetry. The singing/dancing are typically Broadway great. The puppet is amazing.

Don't see it if Story's a little thin and there's an emotional beat right before the denouement that's unearned. But seriously, the puppet's the thing here.

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73
Funny, Clever

See it if It's funny and absurd but grounded. I laughed a lot. There's a lovely bit in there about the Godfather Vs Goodfellas.

Don't see it if The ending doesn't support the weight of what came before and some of the Jersey accents are hit or miss.

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72
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You want to learn more about the Constitution in a show that's part play, part debate, part memoir. Heidi is an entertaining speaker.

Don't see it if There are times it felt a little teachy - it's amusing and fun, but it's not light turn off your brain entertainment.

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82
Slow, Great singing

See it if I loved this, though I can't say why. My friend hated it& also can't say why. It's slow & not much happens & I didn't like any of the charac

Don't see it if ters, but the singing is great and I enjoyed the story, or what there was of it. Not for everyone, but the music is great.

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40
Excruciating, Disappointing, Dated

See it if The marionettes are lovely. If that's enough, it's worth seeing. If you need literally anything else, it isn't.

Don't see it if The plot was confusing, the sound was bad, the script was muddled. It was a comedy but unfunny. Everyone was doing their best but it's bad.

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73
Funny, Slow

See it if Good dialog. It's quite funny in parts. It touches on mourning and obsession and feminist STEM issues but isn't really ABOUT any of them.

Don't see it if You need everyone to act at the same level. You need equally good 1st and 2nd acts (Act 1 is slooooooow).

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56
Indulgent, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You want to see a depressing 19th century Scandinavian play as a 1-act 1-woman show with an oven mitt hand puppet & Casio keyboard beats.

Don't see it if It's indulgent and mildly confusing, but the actress seems to be having fun. There's nothing horrid about this, nor much to recommend.

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63
Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You like historical dress and learning about important and overlooked historical figures via an only so-so script.

Don't see it if You need likable characters; no one in here is pleasant. The script's ambitions exceed its grasp. It's slow - 90 minutes that felt like 180.

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79
For a previous production
Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like slapstick or farce. It's a very funny play within a play and they take full advantage of the conceit.

Don't see it if You want a musical. Or something serious. Or you hate farce.

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85
During previews
Intense, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if 1 man show - he plays 24 characters, telling a story of WW1. It's a truly impressive bit of work.

Don't see it if You have PTSD; there's a lot of gunfire and bomb sounds. You need impressive staging; this is pretty minimal.

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88
Exquisite, Absorbing, Enchanting

See it if You like classical music, ballet, puppetry, or seeing how the sausage is made(the backstage tour after is almost as great as the show).

Don't see it if You want a story or human performers (other than the pianist). You hate classical music.

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83
During previews
Funny, Clever

See it if You like watching a diverse cast explore issues of love, lust, and friendship. You like grounded plays that are very very silly.

Don't see it if Excessive discussion of female anatomy in somewhat crude terms offends you.

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79
Funny, Clever

See it if You like Midsummer - this is a fun production of it. You like food fights. You enjoy live music being incorporated in plays.

Don't see it if You're worried about getting hit with flying food (assuming their ponchos ever show up). You don't like Shakespeare's comedies.

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74
Intense, Cliched

See it if You like the Get Shorty TV show or mobsters with a heart of gold straight out of Central Casting. You don't mind an entirely male play.

Don't see it if Violence (mostly offstage) and racial epithets bother you. You need likeable characters. You don't like plays drenched in testosterone.

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74
Intense, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You're interested in a nuanced portrayal of pornography and sex work that's perhaps slightly moralistic.

Don't see it if There's a pretty disturbing scene depicting consensual but degrading sex - it's handled well, but it was still tough to watch.

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77
Funny, Clever

See it if You like this play specifically or Shakespeare's comedies generally - this is a decent production; mostly well-acted and staged.

Don't see it if You don't like framing devices - here it sort of trashed the ending; it's supposed to be upbeat and fun and here it ... just wasn't.

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91
During previews
Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to see 6 distinct and well-acted characters in a compelling story. Everything about this one works.

Don't see it if There's some violence in it, though nothing nothing gratuitous. And there's some strobe effects that could be a bit much for some.

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75
Ambitious, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if A clever guide to what's going on with climate change delivered via (reasonably) dope rhymes.

Don't see it if He provides a lot of information but few solutions. Obviously, there are no pat answers, but it can be demoralizing to hear.

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86
Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like rock musicals, funny shows, or a combination thereof. Small cast who're clearly having a blast & making catchy songs. Also? Keytar.

Don't see it if Some of the humor is a little Jewish, so don't see it if you're an anti-Semite, I guess? You could also try NOT being awful.

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65
Slow, Great staging

See it if You're ok with a spectacular set and a mediocre story. You like ambitious plays that are maybe not quite ready for prime time.

Don't see it if This feels like a synopsis of a play more than a play itself. There are depictions of abuse and most of the characters seem to lack purpose.

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78
Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if If you like the story. Or minimally staged plays with small casts (there are only 2 of them, but they're both top-notch).

Don't see it if You want a longer play, a more elaborately staged one, or one with a larger cast.

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78
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You care about the ways in which even well-meaning people are corrupted by power and how idealism can fail by degrees.

Don't see it if It's long, it's depressing, it has an onstage narrator, and it has some pretty tough to watch depictions of violence. Caveat emptor.

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79
Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like SF stories that start as non-SF stories. You like time loops. You like funny plays. You enjoy slow reveals.

Don't see it if You hate Canadian accents. You don't like one acts without resolution.

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66
Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like disco and plays with time jumps but no clear answers that are maybe about the end of the world but maybe not.

Don't see it if You need clear answers (there are none here), a linear storyline, or hate disco.

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89
During previews
Intense, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if Great singing, great dialog that's all from letters of the time, great history lesson that doesn't feel like one.

Don't see it if It's not a traditional play - there's no character development and almost no non-sung interaction between the actors. But it's lovely.

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90
During previews
Masterful, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if The set is incredible, the writing and acting are uniformly excellent, and there's enough organic humor in it to undercut the awful subject.

Don't see it if It's a bit annoying how of the moment it is. And there's a patented Sorkin speech near the end that I loved, but Sorkin haters won't.

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80
Slow, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if It's a clever character study of 8 people fighting their own demons. It has smart writing, confessional moments, and a good set.

Don't see it if It's very of its times; the attitudes about LGBT people haven't aged well and those about women only slightly better. Uneven acting, as well

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66
Indulgent, Clever

See it if You love The Tempest and would like to see a retelling/sequel to it. You like plays with strong feminist themes You're into cardboard beards

Don't see it if You need subtlety - the themes in it were very in your face. It's not a completely finished work; I'm glad I saw it, but it's not polished.

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80
During previews
Funny, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a well-written, well-staged, very funny play that seems to comment more on current times than the 70s.

Don't see it if There's cursing and some racial and sexual epithets and some gunshots, but these aren't distracting.

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75
Slow, Dizzying, Absorbing

See it if You like Dracula feminism, or the center of the Venn diagram of them. Minor 1st act issues, but it's well worth your time.

Don't see it if The only real negative here is screaming. There's a LOT of it. There are also sexual assault parallels, so consider this a trigger warning.

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83
During previews
Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Decent singing and dancing, but there's a storytelling bit in the middle that is touching and relevant and sweet workouts being treacly.

Don't see it if You're looking to hear songs you know or want a traditional play.

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60
Disappointing

See it if The noir bit was reasonably well done; lots of smoking and a mildly feminist tone. Not amazing, but a couple decent scenes.

Don't see it if The nun part was dull and pointless. It's only ~30 min, so there's a bang for your buck issue that wouldn't bother me if it was better.

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83
Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like fun musicals in the vein of Gentleman's Guide. This was easily the best off off Broadway musical I've ever seen.

Don't see it if Only minor quibbles: I noticed 2 Americanisms, there's a song I'd cut, & the actors should be miked (a few times I couldn't hear the lyrics)

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79
Funny, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You have an interest in Rasputin, anarchy, or clever musicals. The woman playing Rasputin is fantastic.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals that are more talking than singing. You need all the bells, whistles, and impressive choreography of Broadway.

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64
Fluffy, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if It's relatively harmless. And a mouse ran across the stage when I saw it, which I added 3 points for. It has an ok script and moves quickly.

Don't see it if The acting varies from horrid to adequate. The story doesn't make a ton of sense. Also, I can't promise a mouse at any other shows.

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72
During previews
Intense, Ambitious

See it if You like very very naked theater, theater about women's agency back before they had much, or reasonably good works that are rarely performed

Don't see it if Nudity offends you or you need polished performances all around (only 1 actor was genuinely great, though most were good).

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79
Great staging, Funny, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You like the show. Or you like fun musicals. The 1st act has a few minor issues, but the 2nd is a delight pretty much start to finish.

Don't see it if You hate cartoons, shows based on them, musicals, or Jonathan Coulton's music.

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40
During previews
Insipid, Disappointing

See it if It had some ok staging, I guess. And a mildly amusing powerpoint presentation. Most of the singing was decent.

Don't see it if The songs frequently didn't rhyme, there was fat shaming, the songs were not good, and the jokes weren't funny. Avoid.

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85
Romantic, Delightful

See it if You like coming of age stories, especially non-traditional ones (non-traditional in this case means lesbians, ghosts, and lesbian ghosts).

Don't see it if You don't care for the Sapphic set, the supernatural, or a genuinely lovely little high school romance that's impeccably acted and written.