Theater Lover

New York City | 65+ | Male
About:  Started going to Broadway shows when I was 15. Haven't stopped yet.
Reviews (43)
65
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Entertaining, Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Clever

See it if You like contemporary Bway music and are OK with light-hearted entertainment.

Don't see it if You are looking for melodic songs and an emotionally-connected experience.

Also An interesting idea - parallelling MacBeth with a contemporary story l... Read more Read less

78
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like a good story and good performances and don't care about the music.

Don't see it if Music matters to you.

Also Good writing, performances and humor, well-paced plus a few well-writt... Read more Read less

60
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated

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

70
During previews
Days of Rage
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Cliched, Disappointing, Intelligent

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

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

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

88
Hey, Look Me Over!
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Musical, Great acting

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

29
Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched, Fluffy

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

88
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

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

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

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

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

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

70
During previews
Marry Harry
Midtown E
Great acting, Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Ambitious

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

75
During previews
Cliched, Dated, Entertaining, Intelligent, Disappointing

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

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

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

99
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Profound, Riveting

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

88
Man From Nebraska
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Great staging

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

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

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

85
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Resonant, Great writing

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

80
Sweet Charity
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Disappointing, Great acting, Overrated

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

75
Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing, Great acting, Great singing

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

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Refreshing

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.

25
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

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

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

See it if you like great entertainment

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

85
The Four Seasons
Midtown W
Funny, Refreshing, Masterful, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You appreciate dance across a wider spectrum than just a single style, and enjoy some humor as well.

Don't see it if Dance doesn't interest you.

Also A refreshing combination of traditional modern dance and more theatric... Read more Read less

75
Disappointing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Misconceived, Problematic

See it if you are a devotee of "Merrily" and have seen a few productions, and are willing to appreciate what resonates and tolerate what doesn't work.

Don't see it if you have never seen a production of "Merrily."

Also It's too stripped down - I can handle the reduced orchestration, but t... Read more Read less

65
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Intelligent

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

91
Travesties
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful, Intelligent

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

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

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

79
During previews
Fire and Air
East Village
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky, Cliched

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

85
Junk
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting

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

85
During previews
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Entertaining, Refreshing, Great singing, Lacks structure

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

79
Sweat
Midtown W
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Cliched, Ambitious

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

90
If I Forget
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Riveting

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

87
During previews
Pacific Overtures
East Village
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious

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

80
For a previous production
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Cliched, Relevant

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

80
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy, Slow

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

77
During previews
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent, Disappointing

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

75
During previews
War Paint
Midtown W
Entertaining, Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Slow

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

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

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

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

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

85
Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Clever, Great staging

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

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

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

85
Falsettos
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Profound

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

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

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