Theater Reviews

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Reviews (393)
78
Quirky, Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if you like quirky shows that draw satire from real people and events. It's entertaining and fun for the most part.

Don't see it if you're looking for more character development. There is only so much a few flashbacks can provide in short play. The serious scenes falter.

77
Indulgent, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like to hear personal stories. Compelling, dramatic, great acting. As a theatrical piece it's fantastic despite being concerning.

Don't see it if you're not interested in a one-woman show or you find it too difficult to put aside your judgment of Corman's choice to stay with husband.

82
Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you like adaptations that remain faithful but contextualization and line delivery is modern. Wonderful performance from Danielle Brooks.

Don't see it if you don't like any Shakespeare, you do not like political context, do not want to sit outside. Around 3 hours including intermission.

68
Dying City
Midtown W
Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you like plays that jump back and forth between time, interesting concept of woman confronting her grief with dead husband's twin.

Don't see it if you don't want to leave the theater scratching your head over how this was nominated for a Pulitzer, want to feel invested in the characters

75
Handbagged
Midtown E
Slow, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you're interested in British history/politics with a lot of creative license for entertainment's sake, funny portrayal of rivalry.

Don't see it if you're expecting it to be very similar to The Audience (it has a lighter tone and isn't as good), you don't like breaking fourth wall

78
Proof of Love
West Village
Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if Partly about woman dealing with tragedy and infidelity in her marriage and partly commentary on intersection of race and class.

Don't see it if you don't like one-woman shows, you're looking for more action or visual storytelling, you're not interested in African American experience

75
Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you want to see the performances by Glenda Jackson and rest of the talented cast, you are well-caffeinated and ready for a 3.5 hour show.

Don't see it if Sounds much better on paper with this amazing cast/creative. Disappointing effort by Sam Gold after such other great Shakespeare productions

85
During previews
Resonant, Ambitious, Relevant, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy beautiful singing, Civil Rights era story still relevant today, and powerful performances. Saycon Sengbloh standout as Rosaleen.

Don't see it if you're not interested in themes of racism, faith, coming of age, and loss/grief.

75
Banal, Quirky, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if you're a fan of anyone in the talented cast, you enjoy farce and calamity, or are looking for a 90-minute comedy.

Don't see it if you can't stand some low-brow humor including a lot of fart and penis jokes.

81
Burn This
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see Adam Driver's hilarious and captivating performance. Keri Russell is also good, but not the standout.

Don't see it if you don't like character-driven plays or want to see something that feels fresh and less dated in 2019.

80
Passage
Soho/Tribeca
Great acting, Relevant, Clever, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in topics of racism, prejudice, and immigration. Some scenes more effective than others, but terrific acting from all.

Don't see it if you prefer a play that isn't purposefully ambiguous. Nothing is given a proper name so audience brings own interpretation.

Also You will be required to remove your shoes when entering the theater.

78
Socrates
East Village
Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you're looking for an intelligent play that requires a lot of close attention and thinking. Fantastic performances, relevant themes.

Don't see it if you prefer something more action-packed or have a short attention span. If you find long, wordy and slow plays excruciating.

78
BLKS
Midtown W
Relevant, Raunchy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like story about wild/crazy night in the city, millennial characters, and overall want to be entertained. Also relevant social themes.

Don't see it if you are offended by vulgar language and sexual content. If you're looking for a clean, family friendly show this is not it.

82
Original Sound
West Village
Refreshing, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like small, but impactful shows. Talented cast portray characters great (especially the two leads) and audience invested in their fate.

Don't see it if you don't like intimate theater spaces or are looking for more of a celebration of music instead of harsh reality of business.

79
Mac Beth
West Village
Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see Shakespeare delivered by a talented young female cast. Adaptation attempts to blurs the lines between fiction and reality.

Don't see it if Framing device is somewhat gimmicky. It works in this production, but might not be for everyone. Program notes make twists predictable.

75
Caroline's Kitchen
Midtown E
Absorbing, Great acting, Funny

See it if you enjoy dark humor and farce. There is a lot going on, and it's intentionally messy in every way. Great performances by the actors.

Don't see it if you don't like British humor or prefer shows that don't take an over-the-top approach.

65
Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you're a fan of Renee Fleming or Ben Whishaw. The soundscape is interesting and the set is beautiful.

Don't see it if you want a play that will hold your attention. It is a poetic play and experimental, but that should not mean boring and indulgent.

72
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Slow, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if you appreciate a talented cast even when they are not used to their full potential. The themes of corruption are still relevant now.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a great cast's talents wasted on songs nobody wants to hear. It's a short production, but moves slowly.

82
Great acting, Intelligent, Funny, Clever

See it if you like clever shows with a lot of wit and humor. Great acting and interesting topic of television focus group.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show with much action or a suspenseful storyline.

78
Relevant, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy creative staging and an energetic performance. Makes you think about many social and cultural issues.

Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows, using your imagination, or thinking about relevant, politically-charged topics.

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
Nassim
Midtown W
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
After
Midtown E
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
Hatef**k
Upper W Side
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
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
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

80
Working: A Musical
Midtown W
Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a fantastic cast perform an updated and relevant revival. Interesting how they weaved in City Center employee stories.

Don't see it if you want to see a musical with a clear narrative arc and story. This is basically a collection of vignettes.

79
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Clever

See it if you're a fan of great acting, interested in politics, or marital drama. Only 90 minutes with lot of sharp dialogue.

Don't see it if you don't like talky plays or alternative fiction. It's based on real people and events, but still fiction. Hnath has written better plays.

80
Nomad Motel
Chelsea
Absorbing, Relevant, Refreshing, Great acting, Underrated

See it if you like plays with a lot of character development, exploration of loneliness, teens with negligent parents, citizenship, racism.

Don't see it if you're expecting a fast-paced show or don't like character-driven-plays. Some may find it boring, but it's much better than reviews suggest.

76
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Confusing, Clever

See it if you're interested in ambitious and creative storytelling, theme of truth, exploration of Chinese politics, some parts metatheatrical.

Don't see it if you're looking for a straightforward play or material that is lighter/less dense. Confusing at times, especially in the beginning,

80
Happy Talk
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of Sarandon or Ireland—the acting is great, you like funny and entertaining shows with some depth. Charming, underrated.

Don't see it if you're expecting a Pulitzer-worthy play—it's not that, but it is a good night at the theater, you don't like endings that feel abrupt

79
During previews
Square Go
Midtown E
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Intense

See it if you're interested in an energetic performance that is overtly funny and entertaining but also sad social commentary on toxic masculinity.

Don't see it if you don't like shows with some audience interaction, adult actors playing young teens, small intimate minimalist theater.

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70
The Bigot
Midtown W
Funny, Disappointing, Relevant, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if you like sitcoms. Despite the heavy themes it's actually light viewing. Lowest common denominator humor, but most audience seemed to enjoy.

Don't see it if you're not looking for cliched writing, unbelievable storytelling; everything wrapped up too neatly to take seriously.

75
Long Lost
Midtown W
Cliched, Great staging

See it if you like family drama plays, beautiful set, recognizable cast who give solid performances.

Don't see it if you're looking for something original. The black sheep brother arrives and causes much chaos and unraveling; predictable.

80
Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to be entertained and like a big spectacle production. Alex Brightman is hilarious and the show is energetic and visually dazzling.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show with more sophistication and artistic merit, or would be upset that some things are changed from the movie.

80
Something Clean
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you're interested in a play about a woman trying to reconcile the guilt she feels about a crime her son committed. Great and nuanced acting.

Don't see it if you're not interested in serious subject matters or prefer a large production.

76
Continuity
Midtown W
Relevant, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you're interested in a farce about filmmaking or issues of climate change. Comedy works much better than serious elements.

Don't see it if you're looking for a play communicating fresh new ideas, or are expecting more than entertainment value.

80
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like plays about American anxieties, told in bizarre and entertaining ways. Great acting and staging.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Shepard's overly dramatic style, or don't like funny plays with serious undertones.

80
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see musical telling story personal & close to home for the playwright without being indulgent. Entertaining & funny, also sad.

Don't see it if you can’t handle offensive and politically incorrect language. Delivered in humorous way, but awkward at times—unsure to laugh or not.

85
Octet
Midtown W
Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious, Quirky, Great singing

See it if you're interested in an acapella musical about internet/technology addiction. Beautiful arrangements/singing, fun but also thought-provoking

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional musical, or something family friendly. Lots of crude language and adult references.

78
Feral
Midtown E
Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like animation and puppetry. It starts very cute but then gets more sinister. Stay after to get a closer look at the set.

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional play and are not interested in animation and experimental works.

78
During previews
Little Women
West Village
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a new adaptation of the classic or seeing this story for the first time. It's very accessible either way. Great performances

Don't see it if you're expecting a more zany treatment like some of Kate Hamill's other work. This seemed more faithful to the source material and its tone.

80
Great staging, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a tour de force performance by Cillian Murphy. It's intense and captivating. Great staging, interesting portrayal of grief.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that are strange and experimental. It's more or less a one-man show with small parts by two child actors.

75
Playing Hot
Midtown W
Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like jazz music, enjoy to be on your feet and dancing, or immersed in the action.

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional play. This was a mix of music, dancing, and acting vignettes.

73
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Disappointing, Quirky, Funny

See it if you like a quirky show with a talented cast. Occasionally funny. The acting and production were good; script is weakest part.

Don't see it if you're hoping to feel invested in the characters or concerned about what happens. It's not terrible, but kind of pointless.

85
White Noise
East Village
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you're interested in plays that deal with relevant social topics like racism, appreciate great acting, or like intelligently-written plays.

Don't see it if you don't like to feel uncomfortable. Some scenes are very disturbing to watch. It's a long play, but pacing moves quickly.

86
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
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
Actually, We're F**ked
West Village
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
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
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
Superhero
Midtown W
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.