Theater Lover

New York City | 65+ | Male
About:  Started going to Broadway shows when I was 15. Haven't stopped yet.
Reviews (39)
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60
Overrated, Fluffy, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You're ok with contrived humor and base-level entertainment that takes a potentially engrossing topic and imbues it with clichés.

Don't see it if You expect craftmanship and songs that are not weighted down by their totally derivative nature.

Also An interesting idea for a story that is just dragged down with a ridic... Read more Read less

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70
During previews
Intelligent, Disappointing, Cliched, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if ...you like political drama from the 60s.

Don't see it if ...you're tired of rehashes of political drama from the 60's and you want to see something inspiring.

Also Well-acted and set but ultimately fails because it is a fairly weak re... Read more Read less

Preview myfairlady
83
During previews
Entertaining, Disappointing, Intelligent, Great writing, Great singing

See it if You love the score and story and traditional musicals.

Don't see it if You are bored with classic, old-style book musicals.

Also Improved since the first week of previews (saw it again just after it ... Read more Read less

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88
Great acting, Musical, Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You love classic musicals from the sixties.

Don't see it if You're not fascinated by the style and structure of musicals from that era,

Also An ambitious albeit risky undertaking by Encores!. The selection of sh... Read more Read less

Preview aee1
29
Fluffy, Cliched, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You're a friend or family member of one of the performers and don't have to pay for a ticket.

Don't see it if You can't tolerate great classic theatre songs being downgraded to superficial cabaret-type singing with awful arrangements.

Also At least the brief videos about the major Hammerstein shows were fairl... Read more Read less

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88
During previews
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You like good, intimate drama, well-acted and socially relevant despite its setting 40 years ago.

Don't see it if You are tired of 70's-genre gay-themed plays.

Also Having seen the original was helpful in appreciating this production. ... Read more Read less

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90
Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like witty and well-paced theatre that balances drama and humor.

Don't see it if If you prefer sit-com type plays.

Also A breezy, well-written 90 minutes that is clever and develops the plot... Read more Read less

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95
Profound, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You like Arthur Miller and terrific theater.

Don't see it if You don't like classic contemporary drama.

Also A magnificent production of one of Arthur Miller's masterpieces. Terri... Read more Read less

Preview marry harry
70
During previews
Ambitious, Fluffy, Disappointing, Cliched, Great acting

See it if You're OK with an extraordinarily cliché-ridden book with sitcom-type situations but good acting.

Don't see it if You want to be moved or absorbed.

Also The book is a mess with cliché following cliché.. This story has been ... Read more Read less

Preview six degrees
75
During previews
Disappointing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Dated, Cliched

See it if You like a sit-com-like evening.

Don't see it if You're looking for something riveting.

Also I don't know if it's the direction or writing, but this play is hopele... Read more Read less

Preview art7
85
For a previous production
Delightful, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like physical farce and can give yourself over to a slapstick play that's just plain fun.

Don't see it if You don't like slapstick humor and are looking for something with a meaningful story line.

Also Sit back and enjoy the fun. The staging is brilliant - both scenery/pr... Read more Read less

Preview sunday in the park white
99
Riveting, Profound, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You like Sondheim (or intelligent shows) and want to be transfixed and moved.

Don't see it if You like traditional song-and-dance or don't generally like Sondheim.

Also This is ideally a "Sunday in the Park..." for those who know and like ... Read more Read less

Preview manfromnebraska
88
Great staging, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like simple, compelling theater that turns on straightforward, unencumbered writing and solid acting.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in a rather boring relationship where one partner goes on a small journey of self-discovery with no great revelations.

Also A simply staged play about a mature couple where the husband has a sup... Read more Read less

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85
During previews
Refreshing, Must see, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You love Bernadette Peters and this classic musical (or just love classic 60's musicals).

Don't see it if If you're not a fan of old musicals or Bernadette Peters.

Also The audience reacted to Ms. Peters as if she were on stage with Barbra... Read more Read less

Preview com from away
85
During previews
Great writing, Resonant, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate intelligent writing and can revisit 9/11 from a less intense perspective that is reassuring in its humanity.

Don't see it if You're expecting groundbreaking music or don't want to be reminded at all of what transpired on 9/11.

Also While the music is somewhat derivative (what new score isn't these day... Read more Read less

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80
Overrated, Great acting, Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You're a Sutton Foster fan and if you appreciate a great score performed well despite the all-too-typical severe orchestral reduction.

Don't see it if You expect a major staging with outstanding production numbers (as they were in the original) and you want to be transfixed by the lead.

Also I give the production credit for sticking to the book and score with m... Read more Read less

Preview great comet1
75
Great singing, Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You are impressed with over-production and are OK with entertainment that purports to tell a serious story but does so with inconsistency.

Don't see it if You are not impressed with fake breaking of the fourth wall and overproduction that substitutes for drama.

Also There's a great deal of inconsistency in this production. Everyone tal... Read more Read less

Preview finian s rainbow white
80
Refreshing, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you appreciate a wonderful score performed with sensitivity, enthusiasm and skill

Don't see it if a small-scale production of a dated yet politically relevant musical will bore you

Also Mark Evans is a find. Melissa Errico is wonderful.

Preview cherry orchard
25
Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if you think you've already seen the most misguided attempt at staging Chekov

Don't see it if your tastes cannot abide directorial arrogance that removes the proper setting of a classic play and makes it difficult to follow

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90
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you like great entertainment

Don't see it if you're expecting an engrossing book

Preview s3
65
Intelligent, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You like creative ways to tell a story and the integration of good ballet sequences.

Don't see it if You are tired of typical story lines and second-rate songs.

Also What tries to be an inventive telling of a rather tiresome story of an... Read more Read less

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91
Intelligent, Masterful, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You appreciate intelligent, literary and clever theatre.

Don't see it if You can't deal with stylistic freedom that deviates from a traditional script and story line.

Also An enthralling experience - just let yourself be absorbed in the fun a... Read more Read less

Preview angels
89
During previews
Intelligent, Ambitious, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate serious contemporary theatre and aren't put off by two long evenings.

Don't see it if Your idea of a great evening at the theatre is that ubiquitous play called "90 Minutes No Intermission."

Also Holds up remarkably well considering it was written over 25 years ago ... Read more Read less

Preview faa1
79
During previews
Cliched, Quirky, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You appreciate the history of how Diaghilev played a pivotal role in the transformation of classic Russian ballet in the early 20th century.

Don't see it if You're looking for a more traditional plot-driven story.

Also A fairly successful attempt to provide some insight into how Diaghilev... Read more Read less

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85
Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if If you like intelligent theatre that deals with contemporary issues of ethics, morality and politics.

Don't see it if You prefer "sit back and enjoy" entertainment.

Also In telling the story of Michael Milken, the play is fast-paced and dea... Read more Read less

Preview pob
85
During previews
Lacks structure, Great singing, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You want to experience great songs from great shows performed by a terrific ensemble.

Don't see it if You're tired of "revues" and want something with a good story arc.

Also Themed musical theatre revues are difficult to pull off, and this is n... Read more Read less

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79
Ambitious, Cliched, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You like contemporary working class parables with sitcom-like staging.

Don't see it if You want something gripping and thought-provoking.

Also This is an intense and well-acted drama made more relevant by today's ... Read more Read less

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90
Riveting, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like absorbing contemporary drama.

Don't see it if You're only looking for light, entertaining fare.

Also An extremely well-written treatise on family relationships and how the... Read more Read less

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87
During previews
Ambitious, Great staging, Great singing, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You love Sondheim and appreciate creative, intelligent and intimate theatre.

Don't see it if You only like traditional musicals with big productions and typically romantic stories.

Also This has always been a difficult piece to pull off. John Doyle has tru... Read more Read less

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80
For a previous production
Relevant, Cliched, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to see a wonderfully-acted piece about contemporary issues surrounding same-sex marriage

Don't see it if You can't take a really depressing turn in a story, or are looking for a more tension-filled resolution.

Also A beautifully-acted and staged story about a contemporary gay couple w... Read more Read less

Preview groundhog day1
80
During previews
Slow, Fluffy, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to be entertained and relive the movie.

Don't see it if You're looking for great music and lyrics.

Also They've done a good job translating the movie to the stage, and much o... Read more Read less

Preview present laughter1
77
During previews
Disappointing, Intelligent, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like traditional drawing room comedy and enjoy a low-key evening (or afternoon) at the theatre.

Don't see it if You're looking for a riveting performance or don't like dated comedies.

Also A traditional staging of this Noel Coward classic. Good to excellent s... Read more Read less

Preview war paint1
75
During previews
Slow, Fluffy, Disappointing, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You love Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole and you can put up with an otherwise mediocre but moderately entertaining show.

Don't see it if You cringe at Patti Lupone's characterizations and you want some engaging drama and memorable tunes.

Also Well, it's definitely the Patti and Christine show. They do what they ... Read more Read less

Preview sweeney
95
Riveting, Profound, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate "Sweeney Todd" for its brilliance and want to be blown away by an incredible theatrical experience.

Don't see it if You don't love "Sweeney Todd."

Also The staging is brilliant - the single best reconceptualization of a mu... Read more Read less

Preview ringtwice
35
During previews
Unfocused, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you want to understand how a flawed play is written

Don't see it if you expect key characters to be multi-dimensional and you are tired of clichés and overused symbolic devices

Also A fairly amateurish effort at making some sort of dramatic statement. ... Read more Read less

Preview dear evan hansen1
85
Great staging, Clever, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a tremendous performance by the lead as well as a clever staging of an engrossing story.

Don't see it if You're expecting a creative score that keeps pace with the intensity of the story and prefer operatic endings to sit-com nice-wrap-ups.

Also The first act takes you to a dramatic cliff and you really wonder how ... Read more Read less

Preview fiddlerlogo
85
Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you can appreciate a masterful piece of musical theatre done in a slightly contemporized yet dramatically effective production

Don't see it if you're looking for a modern-day story done with contemporary music

Preview falsettos1
85
Profound, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate great theater: writing, acting, staging, direction

Don't see it if You don't want to revisit the AIDS epidemic

Also The abstract nature of the production avoids grounding the play in the... Read more Read less

Preview bandsvisit
55
For a previous production
Book is flat, Music is derivative, Banal, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you are OK with a flat book, flat characters and 90 minutes with very little excitement

Don't see it if you expect the premise of the story to provide a plot with some degree of conflict that results in a meaningful resolution