Theater Reviews

New York City
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80
Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy high-energy musicals that deal with high school/teen issues. Appreciated for entertainment value, but probably a polarizing show.

Don't see it if you don't like the ridiculous storyline & are looking for something more intelligent, have no patience for loud screaming teens in audience

80
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in an experimental, non-traditional play about language and family. If you are a fan of a particular guest actor.

Don't see it if you don't like shows with audience participation (it's voluntary so don't worry if that scares you). It's more of an experience than a play.

81
Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in a play that focuses on school gun violence and bullying but from perspective of parents before, during, and after.

Don't see it if you don't want to see another play about school shootings/gun violence even though this has a different perspective.

80
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you would like to see a great cultural representation of Muslim-Americans that diverts from the usual cliches. Great acting.

Don't see it if you don't like issue plays or two hander plays. You are looking for something family friendly.

79
Great staging, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if The production and staging are really top-notch and some great singing. The caterpillar and queen's songs are standouts.

Don't see it if you can't stand terrible English accents. It's very off-putting at first. A lot of the songs are bland & forgettable, but some good moments

82
Absorbing, Riveting, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see Ethan Hawke in a standout performance. Paul Dano also delivers. Fast-paced and entertaining throughout.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a family drama.

85
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a fantastic improv ensemble who are quick on their feet, funny, and talented. Audience participation based on volunteers.

Don't see it if you don't like a show that is largely influenced by audience input and different every night, or you want to see a narrative play/musical

79
During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in a portrayal of values being challenged. Heavy topic told in comedic way. Debra Jo Rupp gives an excellent performance.

Don't see it if you want a comedy without any politics

78
Great acting, Dizzying, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy shows that explore loneliness, grief & how a person can unravel under extreme conditions. Erin Treadway gives a great performance.

Don't see it if you can't handle scenes with intense strobe lights and loud noise, you don't like solo shows, or hate the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

83
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you appreciate great acting, innovative staging, and relevant themes involving the power of the media. Cranston does not disappoint.

Don't see it if you prefer more simple staging that doesn't require watching projection/monitor at times

78
During previews
Absorbing, Great singing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like entertaining, camp musicals. Better than expected. Talented young cast. Some catchy songs. Ambitious production for small musical.

Don't see it if you're expecting something more thrilling. It was entertaining but hardly suspenseful. Tackles serious issues for teens, but without depth.

75
Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like situational comedies with some serious thinking points thrown in. A lot of calamity and farce, but also deals with Alzheimer's.

Don't see it if you're hoping for something consistently funny or insightful. Cliche and disappointing at times. Acting mostly good, sometimes over-the-top.

85
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like to see powerful acting performances and relevant themes. It's a captivating piece of theater in the context of current events.

Don't see it if you're looking for something less serious. Or you don't want to see a play that alludes to such current events like Kavanaugh or R Kelly.

75
Absorbing, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if you like plays with realism and seemingly genuine characters, are interested in play about family coping with a dying family member.

Don't see it if you don't want to be confronted with story about a dying relative. Audience members were crying, most likely because the play is relatable.

82
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you're interested in plays exploring racism towards young black men in America, you want to see a powerful performance by Kerry Washington

Don't see it if you're looking for something light and fluffy and don't want to be confronted by serious topics.

78
Absorbing, Nostalgic, Funny, Quirky

See it if you're nostalgic for 1980s MTV culture, were a Van Halen or David Lee Roth fan, or enjoy weird quirky shows.

Don't see it if you don't like quirky plays which switch the gender roles of characters, have no interest in pop culture of 1980s, or want a serious play

84
Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Sad, Absorbing

See it if you like family dramas/dramedies and appreciate great acting. The cast is terrific. The humor works and it was entertaining throughout.

Don't see it if the subject is too emotional and close to home for you (the decline of an aging relative with dementia)

70
Great singing, Entertaining, Cheesy, Family-friendly

See it if you want to get in the Christmas spirit and don't mind some cheesy holiday fun. Singing was great, some funny parts, other elements lacking

Don't see it if you're expecting a grand spectacle. It does come across cheap for a Broadway production, and the mad libs portion was a bit of a disaster.

75
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to see characters you don't typically see on stage/screen: Iraqi-American Christians. Great acting and play tackles relevant topics

Don't see it if you're looking for more in terms of compelling drama. It's more of a character portrait than an edge-of-your seat drama.

80
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you want to see Glenn Close deliver an impressive and captivating performance or want to see Joan of Arc told from a different perspective.

Don't see it if you've already seen countless Joan of Arc adaptions and are bored of it. Although this one shifts the perspective to her mother.

88
Entertaining, Delightful, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you want to be surprised by a thoroughly entertaining and relevant play. Well-written, terrific actresses. The play flew by.

Don't see it if you don't want to be entertained or do not care about how race and socio-economic issues affect young girls.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in plays that address social issues and political correctness in a humorous way.

Don't see it if you want a fluffy comedy, not a smart comedy that deals with sensitive topics.

86
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you like a risk-taking and inventive production of a classic musical. Cast is terrific with acting/singing. Entertaining, surprising, fun.

Don't see it if you want a classic staging of Oklahoma. This production has a darker tone and is somewhat experimental so it won't be everyone's taste.

76
During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Slow, Clever

See it if you enjoy older plays that assume new meaning in context of today's political climate. Great performances especially Raul Esparza.

Don't see it if you don't like minimalist staging. Started slow with humor not really landing, but the cast won the audience over as the show progressed.

79
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Great story and acting. DeWanda Wise gives such an emotive performance—amount of tears she produced in a single performance is astounding

Don't see it if you prefer to see plays with typical characters you've come to expect. The characters here are more complex and largely omitted from history

86
Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like plays about the human experience that make you think and consider life. Great acting and writing.

Don't see it if you don't like breaking the fourth wall (there is a lot), prefer to see a traditional Chekhov play, or hated Posner's Stupid F*cking Bird

80
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like dark comedies. Quirky and entertaining. The performances were effective. Surprised by bad reviews since my audience loved it.

Don't see it if you don't have a dry sense of humor, or don't like plays that can get bizarre, surreal and absurd.

75
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like plays that feel very in the now and enjoy some good acting.

Don't see it if Some parts of the play are interesting in commentary about the state of the world, but then play veers into some soap opera drama.

79
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you're a fan of the actors and enjoy solo shows/monologues. The plays deal with loss and are quite thoughtful, albeit slow.

Don't see it if These two short plays are more suited for tiny, intimate black box theaters. It would be a tough sell if not for the A-list actors.

70
Great singing, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you are a fan of someone in the cast or like some cliche social commentary about who the real superheros are.

Don't see it if you're expecting good songs, a fresh story, or any show stopping moments. It's watchable, but a total disappointment.

78
Slow, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you want to see the great performances and an intelligent play.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a sad and painful show dealing with apartheid and the displacement of people. If you're looking for a light show.

76
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever, Cliched, Funny

See it if you like shows with a strange and somewhat disturbing twist on suburban housewives. Deals with climate change/human destruction. Great cast.

Don't see it if The comedy works well, but the more serious moments are less resonant than probably intended. Characters are funny, but at times cliched.

79
Entertaining, Clever, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you're looking for a fast-moving musical about life and how everything changes over time.

Don't see it if you're a purist and want to see an unaltered production of Merrily, you don't like countless time jumps and reverse order of events

82
During previews
Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy classic musicals with big productions and talented cast. The second act opener "Too Darn Hot" is a show stopper and must see.

Don't see it if you're looking for a more unique story and plot. The play within a play makes it more complicated, but it's still fairly thin and simple.

82
Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing, Clever, Refreshing

See it if you're interested in plays about race, sexuality, and privilege. Unexpectedly refreshing. Great acting and singing.

Don't see it if you want to see a full scale musical, rather than a play with some singing.

78
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you're a film buff or fan of Orson Welles. Acting is solid and good production values for small play. Some insights about Welles.

Don't see it if you don't know anything about Orson Welles or his films. Play assumes audience understands context and references.

80
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a play that illuminates the problems with black representation through the years, told in a satirical and entertaining way.

Don't see it if you're not interested in themes of race and representation, don't like satire, or prefer these topics presented in a more serious way.

75
Funny, Entertaining, Camp, Quirky

See it if you're looking for some camp fun. It's what you would expect—ridiculous, over-the-top, but thoroughly entertaining. Great comedic acting.

Don't see it if Songs are mixed. The title song is very catchy (hence why it is reprised twice), but many of the other songs are filler & should be reworked

72
Absorbing, Disappointing, Great musicians, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a good performance, but ineffective play. The ensemble of musicians are wonderful and John Noble plays Toscanini well.

Don't see it if you don't like classical music. There are more music scenes than dialogue. Writing not challenging enough to take advantage of great actor.

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you're looking for a timely play about the refugee crisis told in an absorbing way with great staging and acting. Important and relevant.

Don't see it if you're not interested in refugee stories, don't care about current events and politics, or can't sit for 3 hours on bench-style seats.

75
Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you're interested in plays about people trying to work through recovery, or want to see a great performance by Marin Ireland

Don't see it if you're looking for a play without flawed or troubled characters or prefer to see something more cheery.

79
Entertaining, Clever, Funny

See it if you like stand-up comedy with the main topic being about the road to fatherhood.

Don't see it if you're looking for something more theatrical. It's really just a stand-up show with minimal staging.

85
Absorbing, Edgy, Raunchy, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you're looking for risk-taking theater and like edgy shows about race and sex. Some interesting twists and great acting performances.

Don't see it if you don't want to see sexually explicit material. There is a lot of simulated sex and some nudity. Some will hate it, some will love it.

74
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an immersive-lite show on a budget. It's entertaining and fun despite some flaws and limitations.

Don't see it if you want a traditional sit-down show, or are expecting an immersive show on the scale of Sleep No More or Then She Fell.

75
Ambitious, Great staging, Disappointing, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an artistic and culturally-inspired play about loneliness, separation, and dating in the technological world.

Don't see it if you don't want to see an ambitious, but flawed play. Some of the dialogue could be better written and was not as funny as intended.

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like intelligent plays that are more stream of consciousness and focus on existentialism. Hall gives a great performance.

Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows and long monologues or plays where there is more plot.

77
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in plays about youth getting caught up in messy personal relationships and dangerous politics.

Don't see it if you not interested in plays about ideology, activism, growing up and young people getting in over their heads. Good play, but not great.

85
Absorbing, Great singing, Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to see a refreshing new musical with sci-fi premise. Great songwriting by Andrew Butler, powerhouse performance by Stacey Sargeant

Don't see it if you don't like folk and indie rock styles of music, prefer elaborate productions. Immensely entertaining but story is actually sad & tragic.

75
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting

See it if you like silly comedies, calamity, farce, or light entertainment. It's a small production, but well done.

Don't see it if you don't like two actors playing many characters or are looking for something more serious and relevant.

78
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a virtuosic performance by Christopher Lloyd supported by good cast. This may have suffered in previews, but it's great now

Don't see it if you're not interested in history or heavy subject matter. A lot of the dialogue is unpleasant to hear, but comes across authentic