Theater Third Eye

Baltimore | 50-64 | Male
About:  Theater struck at an early age, prefer plays over musicals and rarely passes up a papered offering.
Reviews (112)
75
The Liar
East Village
Ambitious, Clever, Indulgent, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if The Liar in verse 'n deed will amuse you 'n mislead. Once a classic play now modern in many ways. See it for the fool, whose clowning rules.

Don't see it if Sing-song verse you find perverse and actors who shout a curse. Though lively in action it's all of a fashion and wears out its attraction.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Romantic, Fluffy

See it if Tolstoy tale of Natasha saved from Anatole by melancholy Pierre is novel idea for a musical. More Night at the Opera than War and Peace.

Don't see it if Boisterous singing, rushing hordes on Russian steps and character overload will have your head spinning, literally. A lot of fun to take in.

70
The Present
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Disappointing

See it if Chekhov filtered through an Australian sensibility will keep you amused during long meandering play. Cate & Richard excel in endless play.

Don't see it if Chekhov is only a Star Trek character and long philosophical speeches will send you into the Final Frontier (the space between your ears).

80
Entertaining, Fluffy, Cliched, Clever

See it if Wee will rock you. And they do. The hard rocking kids are crowd-pleasers in this genial but conventional musical comedy.

Don't see it if You expect a laugh-riot. It's broadly comic and obvious with a tuneful pounding score (screamed by all who dare to rock...large and small).

30
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if Chekhov's seriocomic tale of Russian landowners staged on a giant cherry tree stump will have you wondering if G. Washington got there first

Don't see it if You feel abstract Chekhov productions are a punishable crime. Watching actors struggle against a wrong-headed concept is the greatest loss.

70
During previews
Falsettos
Midtown W
Clever, Dated, Indulgent, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if A hyper paced musical full of neurotic, "truth" spewing/upbraiding characters won't depress you. S. Block goes nutty and stops the show.

Don't see it if The over-gesticulated staging and dated AIDS Camille story will sabotage your emotional response to the fine performances and inventive sets

30
Paramour
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Insipid, Slow, Banal

See it if You want your cirque delayed by a sub-par musical concerning a romantic film trio. Paramour is not The Hollywood Red Shoes, just a bore.

Don't see it if You want a full evening of jumping and grabbing, flying or flipping performers. First-rate attractions take a backseat to trite 20s musical.

40
During previews
Heisenberg
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Insipid, Romantic

See it if By chance you get papered to this very slight two-hander, which once observed evaporates from memory. I was not uncertain whether I liked it

Don't see it if You expect a play about Werner Heisenberg or one that will affect your behavior. It runs about as long as a good nap, so the choice is yours

80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Epic, Ambitious

See it if Shakespeare's Trojan horse of a play stuffed with nearly everyone from The Iliad & Odyssey will surprise you with its clarity. Strong cast.

Don't see it if Overt homoerotic relationships and the Trojan War fought with machine guns are too anachronistic for you in a swords and sandals tragedy.

75
For a previous production
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Watching Norwegian diplomats arrange Oslo Peace Accord is for you being in the room where it happened. Mays/Ehle captivate in engaging play.

Don't see it if A diplomatic couple's efforts to bring Rabin and Arafat to the White House are your idea of narrative tedium. Play feels long at 3 hours.

60
Ambitious, Funny, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if Bianca in a beauty pageant hosted by Trump is an enhancement to Shrew. Female cast have fun making social points but don't serve the play.

Don't see it if A short version of Shrew with many rewrites shortchanges all that Shakespeare intended. It's so truncated nothing emotional develops in Kate

80
Peer Gynt
East Village
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Epic

See it if Ibsen's bildungsroman of every man Peer and his desire for greatness will show you the folly of expectations. G. Ebert fills the empty space

Don't see it if Radio play theater lacks the pageantry you desire from a show. The first rate cast is too often sitting on the side watching Peer narrate.

50
During previews
Incognito
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Intelligent

See it if Three unrelated stories told in an empty space by 4 excellent actors will reveal to you how the mind works. A brain teaser without a payoff.

Don't see it if 85 minutes of disjointed scenes without visual clues to string them together will leave you perplexed. I left confused and confounded.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Exquisite, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if A music box musical about two corresponding lonely hearts will prove love is always around the corner. Engaging cast soars on lovely score.

Don't see it if Classic musicals with beautiful melodies are too vanilla for you. Show compels you to simply listen without resorting to stage distractions.

75
Buried Child
Midtown W
Original, Quirky, Relevant, Slow, Disappointing

See it if Watching a rural family in demise hunt for liquor and gather corn will remind you our collective linage is something we have to face.

Don't see it if You know Sheppard's mysterious plays aren't well served with flat realism. The cast is accomplished but Sam's wild sensibility is missing.

95
During previews
The Crucible
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Epic

See it if You want to watch a children's school transform into a killing field. It's a great modern staging with superior acting. Whishaw devastates.

Don't see it if Three hours of intense drama unleashed by a stellar ensemble will completely enervate you. It's so riveting it doesn't need an intermission.

70
Snow White
West Village
Entertaining, Cliched, Clever, Raunchy, Refreshing

See it if Snow White in Pasties was the children's story you always wanted to hear read by Lili Saint Cyr. Stylish circus acts and burlesque fun.

Don't see it if Atmospheric smoke and one too many interpretive dance pieces have you feeling like you're trapped at the Met in Tannhauser's Venusberg.

80
During previews
Eclipsed
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if A powerful drama of 5 Liberian women surviving the horrors of war will illustrate how limited choices needn't cost you your true identity.

Don't see it if Didactic plays oversimplifying the negative dynamics of society will have you dismissing their better insights and well-earned observations

90
During previews
Funny, Raunchy, Dizzying, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if A darkly charming, silly tall-tale will have you lusting for a robber who steals with style. Its music is as beautiful as the Natchez Trace.

Don't see it if You don't like Hee-Haw humor where characters die horribly or your sense of fun is no bigger than a scuppernong seed.

75
Fluffy, Romantic, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if Cover Band renditions of 60s pop will put a smile on your face. A Tapestry of Grammy winning "Girl's Songs" get the toes tapping.

Don't see it if Jukebox Musicals need to be more than a whitewash of pop industry history. As depicted, Carole King's backstory is a one note Trope-stry.

30
During previews
Slow, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if Linda Lavin delivering verbose dialogue is better than her reading the phone book. Despite a fine performance it's a dull, mama's boy memoir

Don't see it if A play about "the most unforgettable character I've ever met" will be forgotten because it lacks substance and isn't brief enough.

65
Steve
Midtown W
Clever, Cliched, Insipid, Fluffy, Funny

See it if Three little maids from old school gay theater named Stephen constantly referencing their God, Stephen, are acerbic good Company.

Don't see it if You'll be left out of half of the humor because you didn't memorize every musical comedy lyric since Adam and Steve saw "The Apple Tree."

70
Ugly Lies The Bone
Midtown W
Ambitious, Banal, Great acting, Disappointing, Edgy

See it if An unsentimental exploration of a soldier's chronic pain therapy will keep you enthralled through all the banal situations. Gummer delivers.

Don't see it if If an 80 minute play skimming a vast and complicated subject will leave you thinking less isn't more. Play needs to be properly visualized.

60
During previews
Dada Woof Papa Hot
Upper W Side
Banal, Intelligent, Indulgent, Fluffy

See it if Genial banter on gay parenting and infidelity is exciting enough for a Boys Night Out. Sliding puzzle set suggests complexity. If only.

Don't see it if Frank sexual talk, white gay boy's neurotic problems and heavy petting have you longing for the cattiness and uberdrama of Boys in the Band.

70
During previews
King Charles III
Midtown W
Clever, Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking, Original

See it if Snarky fantasy succession musings, in blank verse, get your royalty porn motor humming. Pigott-Smith humanizes long history play.

Don't see it if Clever, well-acted, but at times, sleep-inducing plays of ideas make you nod-off as many around me did. For Anglophiles only.

60
Ambitious, Romantic, Banal, Dated

See it if The Mob Boss's Apprentice is a tale told by an Italian full of Doo-Wop and family signifying nada (you need to see tomorrow). A dusty death.

Don't see it if Sanitation is what Made Men claim to be in but sanitized violence shouldn't sing and dance. It's all Park 'n Bark ballads and jazzy dances.

90
The Front Page
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Classic comedy of corrupt 20s press room antics will butter your brains with laughter. Lane and Slattery kern their lines to perfection.

Don't see it if Three acts of fun is a lead you can't follow. Yes, it's old school but a masterclass in rapid-fire mania. Lane cranks up the last two acts.

80
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if Wanting to belong, to only connect, is worth a network of lies to achieve the family denied you. Earnest bombast finely detailed by Platt.

Don't see it if The next "Next to Normal" won't move you to tears despite the blubbering emotional performances. Hard lessons learned are easily digested.

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95
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if Love is the greatest pleasure second only to cruelty. J. Dench may be a national treasure but Janet McTeer is the crown jewels. Magnificent.

Don't see it if You want to miss the best revival since the original. Beautifully acted and painfully sensuous as falling candle wax. Schreiber smolders.

65
Plenty
East Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if In a world of Plenty without purpose losing control is either a nostalgic salvo or a decent into madness. Fine play is impaired by direction

Don't see it if A nondescript set will confuse you during the fluid time/scene changes between WWII & 70s. Weisz achieves her moments despite the production

80
Entertaining, Cliched, Funny, Fluffy

See it if A rhythm machine musical about Emilio and Gloria Estefan will make you shake your body baby. Let it loose and Conga up the aisle.

Don't see it if An overly familiar story of rising fame at the the expense of family will keep you from enjoying the dancing hit parade. Infectious cast.

70
During previews
A Life
Midtown W
Ambitious, Cliched, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if A life lived alone seeking truth in love and intimacy will help you put a more basic truth in perspective. Play is poignant but too pat.

Don't see it if You dislike drastic unexpected events that spin a story into a sobering context. Hyde Pierce succeeds in humanizing a tired Gay stereotype.

60
Clever, Banal, Fluffy, Insipid

See it if Tapping Tudors, Prancing Pilgrims and Battling Bards get you laughing like an Elizabethan Fool. It's not rotten; more stale than stinking.

Don't see it if Crude innuendos and tired musical references will force you to "get thee hence with rapidity and dispatch." Comic ideas are beaten to death.

70
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Clever, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if Demented clown treatment of Austin classic will divert you sufficiently. Deftly rolls along but comic portraits are usurped by caricature.

Don't see it if You love Austin's social satires for their ingenious plotting and skillful emotional payoffs. All is lost to in your face mugging & schtick.

75
Great acting, Funny, Indulgent, Slow, Resonant

See it if This Miracle of Musicals about a milkman with 5 unwed daughters hasn't become shtetl kitsch to you. Burstein's Tevye was Tony robbed, again.

Don't see it if 3 hours of musical matchmaking plus a pogrom is a punishment fit only for the Tsar. Once the longest-running musical, now only feels like it

75
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Ambitious, Cliched, Entertaining, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to watch historic black musicians/dancers tap their troubles away. Great choreography propels the all-star, all tapping ensemble.

Don't see it if Backstage backbiting and hard won showbiz success are a story you've been told once too often. Act II is one long disheartening denouement.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Riveting

See it if The habitual behavior of a theatrical family will have you admiring our greatest American play. Lang, Byrne & Shannon are the Tony Trifecta.

Don't see it if 4 hours of heightened naturalism is too much character information for you or 4 characters berating each other is too much of a downer.

40
American Psycho
Midtown W
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if You're willing to bleed out over a tighty-whitey wearing materialist on a killing spree. Costs more than a penny but is still dreadful.

Don't see it if A musical with an arsenal of weapons should have at least one song with a killer hook. Images so kinetic you'll be humming from the scenery.

75
During previews
Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You'll find a father's dementia, from his viewpoint, as much an engaging puzzle as it is a sorrow. Langella's star turn is Lear with levity.

Don't see it if Nonlinear story lines are too confusing and you don't have the empathy to watch the downward trajectory of an aging parent.

70
During previews
The Effect
West Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if A romance during a clinical trial has you questioning if happiness can be manufactured or manipulated. More cerebral than it wants to be.

Don't see it if Scientific persiflage and playing "guess who got the placebo" will distract you from the moral questions of living better through chemistry.

65
Red Speedo
East Village
Intelligent, Intense, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if Brothers negotiating during Olympic trials will give you a taste of testosterone fueled betrayal. Stylish set more attractive than situation

Don't see it if Ping-pong arguing, characters lacking moral centers and contrived TV flip-flops make this little more than a stylish flotation device.

50
Her Requiem
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Confusing, Slow, Disappointing

See it if A dirge for the dead, composed by a prodigy, will bring a dysfunctional family back to life and send you deeper into the mystery of creation

Don't see it if A plot-less meditation on family dynamics with near incoherent themes will have you snoring faster than the man sitting next to me.

60
During previews
Bright Star
Midtown W
Romantic, Cliched, Clever, Dated

See it if A plucky blue sky Americana musical floating on bluegrass tunes will uplift you. Earnest cast skillfully serves up the hokum in a handbag.

Don't see it if Schmaltz layered so thick your teeth hurt will only compound the injury its whopper of an ending lays on your inner rube.

80
During previews
Hughie
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Slow, Resonant

See it if A beautiful study of a lost soul restoring his luck has you admiring lines like, "I didn't want to buy her soul. What would I do with it?"

Don't see it if Solidly crafted plays for a slower time and temperament will make 65 minutes feel like an eternity. Whitaker's acting is worth the pain.

85
A Wilder Christmas
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Masterful, Resonant

See it if You'll enjoy Wilder's cosmic/classical narratives where the profound is expressed through the mundane. Brilliant theater earnestly delivered

Don't see it if Grand, sawing the air, performances will keep you from absorbing the early work of one of America's greatest dramatists.

60
Sylvia
Midtown W
Entertaining, Dated, Disappointing, Funny, Cliched

See it if Happiness is a warm puppy or, as Stoppard wrote, all you need from a play is, "Love and a bit with a dog." Ashford is adorably adoptable.

Don't see it if Sketch material protracted to 2 hours has you scratching the door to get out and Broderick's delivery sounds like Shirley Temple in drag.

75
During previews
Marjorie Prime
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if Intriguing ideas, on how we revise our memories to stay engaged in life will fulfill your after-play need to "discuss amongst yourselves."

Don't see it if A mildly stilted evening of Sci-Fi ideas on our false nostalgic need to edit our lives will create the blue screen of death in your mind.

80
For a previous production
The Humans
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Slow, Confusing, Hilarious

See it if Dark Irish humor laced with Chekhovian fatalism, strong dialogue and a first rate ensemble won't give you a case of Klonopin Envy.

Don't see it if Family secrets slowly doled out and a vaguely mystical/religious ending makes you wonder if the play's title should have been Bad Catholics.

70
During previews
Dames at Sea
Midtown W
Entertaining, Dated, Fluffy

See it if You know Busby and Ruby are worthy of a tuneful pastiche and can appreciate that small musicals rely on happy feet, catchy tunes and energy.

Don't see it if Saturday morning cartoon mugging isn't a substitute for building comic characters. Actors need to trust their material in a proven show.

85
During previews
Old Times
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if Pondering Pinter's poetic, non-sequitur exchanges are an enjoyable exercise in exploring the inconsistency of memory. An actor's field day.

Don't see it if Twilight Zone scenery of ripples and revolving grooves keep you from appreciating Pinter's out-sized writing or the trio of great actors.