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Manhattan | 35-49 | Male
About:  Bonafide theater geek. Sees almost everything and dabbles in performing on occassion.
Reviews (187)
80
Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if Karen Ziemba, a woman with nothing who rose up to be the richest executive in England running brothels is the reason to see this show.

Don't see it if classics bore you.

75
Edgy, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if real life political theater based on a transcript of an FBI interrogation of Reality Winner who was convicted of disclosing classified info

Don't see it if political drama is not for you

97
Masterful, Relevant, Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if The genius of Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner. Sharon D. Clarke is a revelation. A must see revival. Caissie Levy shines as well. Go!

Don't see it if Sung through musicals and surrealism is not for you.

100
Must see, Ambitious, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if Richard Nelson's epic Rhinebeck play cycle is a must see. A master class in being by Maryann Plunkett. I will miss this series. Go see it.

Don't see it if you want to miss out on a masterpiece or plays about a slice of life in America as a family prepares for dinner bores you. It's amazing! Go!

73
During previews
Masterful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Good to see Ruben Santiago Hudson perform multiple characters retelling his life growing up in Lackawanna NY

Don't see it if Solo shows are not your thing.

80
Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if It's a fun filled family show with synchronized dancing by the fabulous Rockettes and it's about Christmas! What's not to like?

Don't see it if you don't wanna have fun at Radio City.

79
Quirky, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if you like the being at the park and seeing Shakespeare

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare deconstructed

100
During previews
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Masterful, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if Stephen Sondheim is a must see. This version by Marianne Elliot works! Katrina Lenk and Patti lupone are superb. It's the best revival.

Don't see it if You wanna miss out!

70
During previews
The Perplexed
Midtown W
Quirky, Confusing, Clever

See it if The cast was wonderful and so is the language and vocabulary by Richard Greenberg. The set is beautiful

Don't see it if Long and perplexing

70
Ambitious, Great singing

See it if A revisal of an old piece by Meredith Wilson with a refreshing Beth Malone as Molly. Titanic related stories may be of interest to some.

Don't see it if Social and political themes crammed in your throat

85
Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Adrienne Warren and her star turn is the reason to see this electrifying show.

Don't see it if Juke box musicals are not your thing.

85
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Confusing, Great acting

See it if Alich Birch forces you to choose where to focus in this devastating play about generational suicide. Carla Gugino is amazing.

Don't see it if Sad and confusing and plays that require you to think, feel and work hard are not for you.

76
Quirky, Great acting, Funny

See it if Len Cariou and Craig Bierko are both excellent as dad and son in this drama about life and change and aging.

Don't see it if family dramas are not your thing.

85
Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if This cast in a small space was so much fun. Loved Jon Groff, Christian Borle and Tammy Blanchard. Don't feed the plants

Don't see it if you don't like revivals or good looking cast members. Some people complain about everything.

60
During previews
Slow, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Bob Dylan's music and a cast that works hard to tell a sad story albeit in a very slow manner.

Don't see it if Depressing shows are not your thing and juke box musicals

65
Overrated, Edgy, Great singing

See it if you like songs by Alanis Morrissette set to a story. Great singing by an able cast. Just wish the story is not crammed with socio-politics.

Don't see it if Juke box musicals are not your thing and if you don't like musicals that preach to you.

10
During previews
Confusing, Slow, Ambitious

See it if Fell asleep for 90% of the show. Love Tony Kushner but the new device of time interruption from the future didn't work for me.

Don't see it if Long talky play about politics not your thing

85
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if Wonderful to see Marisa Tomei shine on stage under Trip Cullman's direction of this Tennessee William's play. It was a great night.

Don't see it if Reimagined classics are not your thing.

75
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great staging, Epic

See it if King Kong puppetry and scenic design are a must see. It was magical to see Kong come alive.

Don't see it if movies that become unsuccessful musicals are not your thing.

90
Hilarious, Great singing, Funny, Enchanting, Clever

See it if Fun fun show that has a rock concert vibe. Alex Brightman delivers a solid Beetlejuice

Don't see it if you don't wanna have fun.

100
Great staging, Must see, Refreshing, Romantic, Ambitious

See it if Alex Timbers delivers a spectacular extravaganza with delicious music and a scenic delight. Aaron Tveit, Karen Olivo and the cast rock.

Don't see it if You have to see it!

100
Must see, Great singing, Exquisite, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if fresh new work invigorates you

Don't see it if you want to miss out on a great thing

85
During previews
Edgy, Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if The body count is high but Nathan Lane, Kristine Nielsen & Julie White are here to do the clean up in a clever, and grotesque manner.

Don't see it if Blood, guts, nudity, Shakespearean verse and lough out loud funny are not your thing.

70
Socrates
East Village
Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Michael Stuhlbarg is a very good actor. Socrates is highly political and intense.

Don't see it if Long plays with lots rhetoric and politics turn you off.

70
Indulgent, Fluffy, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Cher's life told in song by 3 wonderful actresses. Stephanie J. Block is fantastic. The costumes are beautiful.

Don't see it if Juke box musicals drive you crazy.

70
During previews
The Visitor
East Village
Relevant, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if Ahmad Maksoud was a wonderful Tarek. DHP was also touching as Walter. Immigration is so polarizing as a subject. Music is good.

Don't see it if Political matters like immigration turn you off.

81
Dana H. (Broadway)
Midtown W
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Clever, Ambitious

See it if documentary theater with Deidre O’Connell expertly lip syncing and acting to actual tapes. Real life drama unfolds.

Don't see it if documentary style experimental theater is not your thing.

90
Refreshing, Masterful, Hilarious, Delightful, Clever

See it if something new, fresh and different. spoken word with lots of audience participation and some special guest.

Don't see it if hip hop, improv and comedy are not for you

80
During previews
Relevant, Fluffy, Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining

See it if It's refreshing to see a full blown situation comedy on Broadway about a black family at a funeral, skeletons come out. Norm Lewis stars.

Don't see it if You don't want to laugh.

80
Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Loved seeing Melissa Errico. Also it was a good way to stage a virtual show during the pandemic.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy virtual stagings.

70
During previews
Profound, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like Waiting for Godot and how it is adapted into Black Lives.

Don't see it if Waiting for Godot bores and all the existential angst bores you

75
Weird, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if Tracy Letts writes good plays, this was a short bizarre play about small town politics.

Don't see it if Blood scares you

80
During previews
Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you Like Martin McDonagh and his dark materials. Dan Stevens is charming as Mooney. It's a gripping play in rural Ireland.

Don't see it if the accents are hard to understand at times

77
During previews
72 Miles to Go...
Midtown W
Great acting, Entertaining, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if the plight of illegal immigrants in America and their struggles may be moving. Wonderful cast.

Don't see it if It's also very one sided. It depicts illegal immigrants as victims and the law as evil.

100
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if History lessons about Cambodia, a stellar cast and the wonderful writing by Lauren Yee tells. The devices are clever. It's a good play!

Don't see it if Asian experience is not your thing.

70
Raunchy, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if Duncan Sheik's music and a cast led by Jen Damiano and Joel Perez bring you to that decadent '60s era. It was entertaining.

Don't see it if Smoking, sex and the 60s are not your thing.

90
Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Emojis come to life! it's so silly that it's great. Fun show with a cast that's excellent. Go see it.

Don't see it if Silly comedy turns you off.

75
Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if A vocally excellent cast in a fresh installment of Gerald Alessandrini's spoof of Broadway now. It's just fun for theater geeks.

Don't see it if You don't like parody and you don't know the current crop of Broadway shows.

75
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Great staging, Ambitious

See it if Ivo Van Hove's style and direction is the reason to see this piece. Bare stage, big projections, and scenes happening offstage. Gritty, raw

Don't see it if WSS purists should stay home. Cut songs, new choreography, color blind casting may put you off.

85
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if Neil Simonesque, Bess Wohl delivers a fresh brand new family dramedy that is very absorbing, funny, poignant and surprising.

Don't see it if You don't like the old fashioned drawing room family drama comedy.

90
The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Riveting, Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Clever

See it if The Crucible as seen in the me too era lens with a creative staging where the stage becomes the audience and the house the stage. Intense!

Don't see it if Long and depressing.

70
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Quirky, Fluffy, Funny, Clever

See it if Retelling of Macbeth in Scotland, PA. Clever in parts, songs are catchy, and kudos to Ryan Mc Cartan, Alysha Umphress and Jay Johnson.

Don't see it if campy comedy irritates you

90
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Relevant, Must see, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if A wonderfully crafted story for a new generation with superb acting from an ensemble of actors. It is melodrama that pulls you in.

Don't see it if 7 hours long in 2 parts.

80
Entertaining, Quirky, Intense, Indulgent

See it if Enjoyed it because of Joe Iconis' music and the performances by George Salazar and all the Asians in the cast. Funny and entertaining.

Don't see it if Loud music throughout

70
Raunchy, Overrated, Indulgent, Clever

See it if edgy and creative interpretations of classic works excite you

Don't see it if Long, and painfully slow make it hard to stay awake.

80
Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Temptations jukebox musical is very entertaining and lots of nostalgia factor esp. for those from the era.

Don't see it if Another jukebox musical turns you off

80
Must see, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Glenda Jackson is the reason to see this Shakespeare tragedy. Sam Gold's minimalist staging works

Don't see it if Long tragic plays with everyone dying is not your thing.

70
Romantic, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if Bryan Adams now writes for musicals. I wish he was in this. Samantha Barks does what she can with what she's given. Andy Karl & Orfeh rocks

Don't see it if another great movie that misses the mark of a musicalization

85
Ambitious, Funny, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if Elsa and Anna against the world. Kudos to Caissie Levy and Patti Murin for a great interpretation. The design is very inventive

Don't see it if Beware singing girls dressed as Elsa.

90
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if Bryan Cranston gives a star turn in this epic mixed media adaptation by Ivo Van Hove. It's great

Don't see it if sensory overload may be a problem to some.