The Passionate Pilgrim

Brooklyn | 25-34
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Reviews (51)
72
Cute, Lots of screaming, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if You want to watch a play, set in 2008, that depicts a group of teenagers, their shifting loyalties, and their esoteric culture.

Don't see it if You don't like strobe lights or herbal cigarette smoke in small spaces.

Also The acting had some good moments but there was a lot of screaming (whi... Read more Read less

79
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Very strange, Quirky, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You want to go on a wild musical trip of gay, black, Christian, insert intersectional identities, self loathing for 1:45.

Don't see it if You don’t need to see or hear about anal sex constantly. A few times, ok, I get it. After the 119th time, ok...we are not your shrink.

60
Melodramatic, Lovely scenic design, Museum piece, Dated

See it if You want to learn some history about the Irish revolution from the perspective of the common Irish of the time

Don't see it if You are looking to be emotionally rocked or if you are looking for comedy.

Also It’s a talented team of actors and the design is beautiful (though the... Read more Read less

75
Family-friendly, Indulgent, Funny, Clever

See it if You want to laugh at endless gags and slapstick humor from beginning to end.

Don't see it if You want a compelling, emotional, or intellectual experience at the theatre.

49
Campy, Toilet humor, One tone, Disappointing

See it if You long to witness the once-in-a-lifetime chance of seeing a large pile of dead male bodies on a Broadway stage.

Don't see it if You want a show that surprises you or makes you lean into the material in unexpected ways.

Also I really wanted this play to be good because I think Taylor Mac is a g... Read more Read less

79
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Relevant, Intense, Slow

See it if You like Bryan Cranston, Network the original film, and Brecht-style theatre.

Don't see it if You don't like experimental theatre or non-normative theatre.

60
Eddie and Dave
Chelsea
Fluffy, Silly, Good lighting design and projection

See it if You are a fan of Van Halen or you want to watch three women campily play male roles.

Don't see it if You are looking for something thought-provoking or something very funny.

Also I'm surprised Atlantic Theatre produced this. It's a very silly, fluff... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Relevant, Must see

See it if You want to see a deconstructed, stripped down version of Oklahoma that speaks to today's USA and stays true to the message of the original.

Don't see it if You are a Rogers & Hammerstein purist who believes no liberties should be taken with their work. Stay away and let the rest of us have fun.

Also This is the best Oklahoma I've seen. The characters are intense and th... Read more Read less

85
During previews
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Romantic, Great acting

See it if You love the typical Irish family drama where they fight, drink, dance, and uncover demons of the past.

Don't see it if You can't sit through a show for over 3 hours.

80
Alexandria
West Village
Absorbing, Refreshing, Intense

See it if You like to watch shows where opposing perspectives are shown with empathy and multiple levels of gradation.

Don't see it if You dislike plays that portray a homophobic Christian as a multidimensional person (actually maybe you should see it if that's the case).

Also A surprisingly good show! It's rare today to go to the theatre and not... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky, Intelligent, Dark humor

See it if You like well-written Irish plays about lost men who use alcohol to escape the sins of their past.

Don't see it if You are turned off by excessive drinking onstage.

Also The acting was really good but Matthew Broderick was the weak link. I ... Read more Read less

40
Fluffy, Disappointing, Banal, One-note

See it if you have been waiting all your life for a fluffy feel-good musical about the Sep 11 tragedy.

Don't see it if you want to see a show with surprises, new insights, or risk.

Also Nearly everything about the show misses the mark. From the unnecessary... Read more Read less

70
Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy, Over the top

See it if you've never seen a Fiasco show and you want to get a sense of what they do. It's also a good show to bring young people to.

Don't see it if You want to see a different 12th Night. This is a pretty straightforward approach to the play.

Also Fiasco does their Fiasco thing and, while it's fun, they avoid deeper ... Read more Read less

70
That True Phoenix
Soho/Tribeca
Clever, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You want to support a small theatre company with a lot of talent and potential.

Don't see it if You don't like extremely fast-paced storytelling.

75
Pippin
Midtown W
Entertaining, Dated, Fluffy, Cute

See it if You live the music of Pippin, the circus, or old musicals that don't exactly work anymore.

Don't see it if You want to see something profound and new.

92
Indecent
Midtown W
Great staging, Theatrical, Absorbing, Important

See it if you want to see a beautifully-executed script that highlights the resilience of the human spirit during times of crisis.

Don't see it if You have issues watching intimacy between 2 women. Actually, strike that. You SHOULD see it if you have weird issues like that. Get over it.

70
Arlington
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Confusing, Dizzying

See it if you are in the mood for a night of abstract dystopian theatre with splashes of poetry. Also if you like modern dance and movement.

Don't see it if you want a linear story that is easy to follow.

Also The design is exquisite.

70
ChipandGus (FringeNYC)
Soho/Tribeca
Fast-paced, Great table tennis!, Fun, Cliched

See it if if you like the idea of watching two good actors play amazing table tennis while acting.

Don't see it if You are a complete lover of all things boring and lame. It's a cool show, and it's short. Go check it out!

82
Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great sound design

See it if You want to watch great acting and a fantastic ensemble.

Don't see it if You like need lots of dialogue in the plays you see!

68
Clever, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You get excited by female empowerment and women playing male roles.

Don't see it if You can't stand directors with overt political messages or if you want a complex, layered version of Shrew with tension between characters.

85
Absorbing, Dizzying, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a new, slightly deconstructed version of Streetcar with a great actor playing Stanley.

Don't see it if You aren't in the mood for a heavy-handed director and often too over-the-top Blanche.

70
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Dated, Great staging, Great dancing

See it if You want to see a classic Broadway dance show or if you are a choreographer or dancer.

Don't see it if You want to see something new and exciting. The show feels a little bit like it was dug up from a time capsule and put on stage.

65
Washer/Dryer
Midtown W
Funny, Banal, Cute

See it if You like TV sitcom style stories

Don't see it if You are in the mood for something a little deeper and original.

80
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great staging

See it if You are in the mood for something silly, with lots of laughs, and catchy songs.

Don't see it if You are in the mood for something deeper and more complex.

50
Disappointing, Spectacle, Not-theater

See it if All you care about is spectacle.

Don't see it if You want to go to the theatre and get captivated by a good story and good acting.

40
Manipulative, Disappointing, Indulgent, Liberal woke fest

See it if You want to be trapped in a room with a one-sided point of view where a talented actor preaches to a congregation of woke liberals

Don't see it if You want to challenge yourself with new ideas and hear different points of view about the current state of our country.

Also Major disappointment. The amount of misinformation and “statistics” th... Read more Read less

85
Octet
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Profound, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You want to watch a critique of our obsession with the internet (the monster) told through a cappella arrangements.

Don't see it if You want a snazzy jazz hands song and dance musical

Also It was a beautiful show. Malloy does it again. Ghost Quartet is still ... Read more Read less

85
Passage
Soho/Tribeca
Beautiful design, Thoughtful, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You want to watch an immersive play about oppression & otherness without the material being too heavy-handed. Reminded me of Caryl Churchill

Don't see it if You are tired of watching plays about oppression and otherness. It's getting old, but this play isn't loud and overt like most plays today.

79
During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to watch two very talented actors play misfits desperate to not be alone. They are very quiet, nuanced performances.

Don't see it if You want to see a dazzling, fast-paced spectacle.

Also Superb performances by Michael Shannon and the great Audra McDonald. H... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Occasional good moments, Confusing, Long, Indulgent

See it if You want to watch a remarkable feat by Glenda Jackson.

Don't see it if You can't sit through a show that's over 3 1/2 hours long or you aren't at all familiar with the story before the show starts.

Also It was an early preview so it may get better. If you don't know the st... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Mies Julie
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if You want to see a version of Miss Julie exploring the current land controversy in South Africa and the violent consequences of apartheid.

Don't see it if You can't handle graphic sex on stage or sexual violence.

50
During previews
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Terrible music, Lame script, Amazing special effects

See it if You want to see the most impressive puppet in the history of the Broadway stage. Seriously, the King Kong puppet is insane!

Don't see it if You want quality musical theatre with an unexpected story. Let's be honest, without the ape, this show would be a dud.

Also I find it so annoying that the creators felt like they had to add line... Read more Read less

70
Clever, Great acting, Under developed

See it if you want to see the great Cherry Jones onstage with 2 solid actors; if you want to consider what truth in a story means to different people.

Don't see it if You are looking for a real argument onstage that leads you to unexpected places through twists and turns.

Also The weakest part of the play is probably the script itself. The direct... Read more Read less

25
During previews
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Milking the cow for all it's worth, Terrible setups to dumb jokes

See it if You need justification for why Ben Brantley should be fired from the NYT for lack of taste and absence of critical thought.

Don't see it if You are expecting One Man, Two Guvnors. That show was funny and entertaining. This one is not.

Also Why do Broadway producers produce stuff like this? It's not good. Ther... Read more Read less

40
During previews
Cliched, Relevant, Quirky, Surprising, Boring

See it if You want to see play about 4 white guys where one's depression is portrayed with detached compassion by the writer. Critics will love it.

Don't see it if You want to see something overtly political or that answers questions. It doesn't. It asks them. This was unexpected.

Also I was right: Critics love it. So predictable.... Read more Read less

69
Entertaining, Problematic, Ambitious, Flawed script, Epic

See it if you want to see an epic, fantastic classic about an extremely difficult and sad time in American history

Don't see it if You are expecting a perfect show. If you saw the original, don't come in expecting that production.

Also I'm shocked that this production is getting accolades. It is a problem... Read more Read less

60
Folk Wandering
Midtown W
Clever, Fluffy

See it if you like musicals with fun songs a committed cast or you are interested in how artifacts and objects emotionally resonate through time.

Don't see it if You are looking for a deep theatre experience that asks important questions or explores the complicated aspects of the human experience.

76
Quiet, Specific, Abstract, Memory

See it if You want to bring the memory of the extinct female Shaker community alive through an exploration of simplicity.

Don't see it if You can't sit through abstract theatre.

91
Absorbing, Riveting, Great acting, Unforgettable

See it if You want to see a new take on a less popular Arthur Miller show with a cast of amazing primarily British actors.

Don't see it if You like your Miller traditional.

51
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Cliched, Indulgent, Intense, Gratuitous, Poor script

See it if you want to see something loud, in-your-face, and heavy handed.

Don't see it if You don't like blood, loud noises, or a plays without much emotional resonance.

Also The play is like a poorly-written Fringe show with a massive budget.

85
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Beautiful design, Effective lighting

See it if You like Tolstoy or if you want to see a Broadway show that is a little different, and the theater completely transformed.

Don't see it if You are looking for a more traditional Broadway musical.

Also The opening number is superb, Act 1 was very well done. Gelsey Bell is... Read more Read less

38
Dated, Slow, Good design, Unamusing

See it if You want to support a theatre company that remounts old plays.

Don't see it if You want a compelling drama with comedy and tension throughout.

90
Clever, Funny, Relevant, Just a tiny bit too long, Shocking

See it if You can appreciate a show about race approached from an intelligent, absurd, and artful direction acted with a talented cast.

Don't see it if You can't appreciate small-budget shows or you are simply little miss grumpy puss.

65
The Crucible
Midtown W
Indulgent, Slow, Directorbating, Great staging

See it if You want to watch a deconstructed Crucible and you are forgiving when a director makes choices that are antithetical to the script itself.

Don't see it if You have little patience when a director muddies the intention of the playwright and, therefore, ruins most of the performances.

91
Intelligent, Emotional, Gripping, Important

See it if You want to see an intelligent & thoughtful family drama about a repressed gay father a blossoming gay daughter & the conflict between them.

Don't see it if You don't want to see something sad or if you are completely close-minded about the realities of gay humans and their families.

95
For a previous production
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Absorbing, Great staging, Must see, Refreshing

See it if You like to watch slick and inventive staging. Or if you like a magical and immersive experience. Jane Austen fan? Go see it.

Don't see it if You are a pessimistic sourpuss. Seriously, I can't think of a good reason to not see this show!

55
Rizing
Soho/Tribeca
Ambitious, Confusing, Slow, Long, Clever

See it if You are looking for a different kind of play with gay themes or if you like zombie stories. Or if you like science fiction stories.

Don't see it if You don't like long and slow plays where the plot meanders for a while. Or if you can't deal with heat (though they gave popsicles, yum!)

62
Blue Man Group
East Village
Dated, Fluffy, Funny, Fun

See it if You have always wanted to see Blue Man Group but haven't. Get it out of your system and move on with your life.

Don't see it if You want theatre. It's not theatre. It's a fun and goofy show where talented drummers wear blue makeup and behave like detached aliens.

79
Sleep No More
Chelsea
Absorbing, Clever, Amazing design, Different, A little overrated

See it if You like site-specific theater and you are looking forward to an immersive experience.

Don't see it if You don't like to walk up stairs or if you don't like crowds. It was extremely crowded the night I went.

60
Dated, Fluffy, Great staging, Overrated, Cute

See it if You like watching Disney cartoons literally replicated on stage and you want a show to bring the kids to.

Don't see it if You want to watch something original and new.