TheaterGuy

Manhattan | 35-49 | Male
About:  Avid theater goer.
Reviews (187)
25
1776 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Ill-conceived, Bad direction, Banal
December 4th, 2022

See it if you want to see some really talented performers doing the best they can with a terribly directed/conceived show.

Don't see it if you are a fan of 1776 and know how good the show COULD (and SHOULD) be.

Also I'd heard the rumors that this production wasn't very good, but think ... Read more Read less

50
Confetti!, Glitter!, Entertaining, Banal, Cliched
December 4th, 2022

See it if you're more a fan of fluffy 90s music (and glitter and confetti) than compelling theater.

Don't see it if you're looking for Pulitzer-prize material

Also This show is entertaining, but not good. As with most juke box musical... Read more Read less

70
During previews
More!, Loud!, Big, Entertaining
November 15th, 2022

See it if you want to be entertained with big, splashy, loud, long, production numbers with a silly plot...and to see J. Harrison Ghee!!!

Don't see it if you're looking for Sondheim. This is all about entertaining.

Also While I was (mostly) entertained by this show, it starts big and loud.... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever
November 15th, 2022

See it if you want an entertaining, heart-warming show

Don't see it if you're not willing to allow for some "creative imagination" in the second act

Also This is a fun show that's a crowd-pleaser. Victoria Clark will be a co... Read more Read less

65
Overrated, Clever, Entertaining
November 15th, 2022

See it if you're a huge Anais Mitchell fan

Don't see it if one bad performer can really spoil an otherwise okay show

Also I liked the show, but didn't love it. While most of the leads were exc... Read more Read less

80
Topical, Delightful, Entertaining
November 15th, 2022

See it if you want to see a show that's 20 years old, but still as relevant as ever, sadly

Don't see it if you're offended seeing naked men

90
Smart, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing
November 15th, 2022

See it if you like challenging, well-acted plays that will keep you on your toes!!

Don't see it if you're not up for a challenging, interesting, absorbing play...but you have to think.

Also A lot of people aren't going to get this show. They'll be confused wit... Read more Read less

80
A Man of No Importance
East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Delightful
November 15th, 2022

See it if you're a big Jim Parsons or Ahrens and Flaherty fan. It's a charming show that is rarely produced.

Don't see it if you're as tired as me of people playing instruments on stage in Doyle's productions. It almost never adds to the show and is gimmicky.

Also I have long enjoyed the music to this show but have never seen a produ... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
November 15th, 2022

See it if you want to see the best production of Into The Woods you're likely ever to see.

Don't see it if there's no reason not to see this show!

Also I've always liked Into The Woods, but have never LOVED Into The Woods,... Read more Read less

100
Well-acted, Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent
November 15th, 2022

See it if you want to see the finest acting taking place on a New York stage in a show that will definitely make you think.

Don't see it if you're not comfortable hearing a story that includes characters who abused children.

Also Once again, Bruce Norris delivers a play that will make you think abou... Read more Read less

70
SIX (Broadway)
Midtown W
Fluffy, Entertaining, Clever
April 25th, 2022

See it if you want a fun (short) night at the theater performed by a great ensemble cast. In and out in 80 mins.

Don't see it if you're looking for deep thoughts. This is pure Spice Girls meets Broadway.

70
During previews
POTUS
Midtown W
Refreshing, Great acting, Funny
April 25th, 2022

See it if you want a fun, light evening at the theater with a spectacular ensemble cast.

Don't see it if you're looking for super smart comedy. This is "pull my finger" humor and gets repetitious after a while.

30
Poorly directed, Miscast, Slow, Disappointing
April 25th, 2022

See it if you're a die-hard fan of Beanie and don't care about strong vocals.

Don't see it if you were hoping for a Streisand-like star-turn from Beanie. She's woefully miscast and the direction is often bafflingly bad.

Also I wanted so much to love this production. I was super excited about Be... Read more Read less

80
Indulgent, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining
April 25th, 2022

See it if you want an entertaining evening at the theater with the charm of Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster.

Don't see it if you are looking for a revival that is a new take on this old chestnut or don't like fluffy musicals

100
During previews
Thought-provoking, Must see, Profound, Great acting
April 25th, 2022

See it if you want to see one of the most honest, profound musicals in recent memory.

Don't see it if you are easily offended by frank language or sexual situations

75
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Long, Intelligent
January 5th, 2020

See it if You are up for an epic six hours of twists and turns in the lives of several men.

Don't see it if You're not up for some unnecessary story lines along the way or if you're offended by gay themes and drug use.

Also This show was so hyped up perhaps I was expecting more - or better. Do... Read more Read less

25
Insipid, Overrated, Overblown, Disappointing, Banal
January 4th, 2020

See it if You LOVED the movie and don't mind that snippets of songs are forced to fit into the "plot". Also if you like your musicals big and insipid.

Don't see it if You want a plot that you care about and songs that add to the story/characters.

Also Where to begin...this show is just a mess. I would blame it on the dir... Read more Read less

75
Fun, Great singing, Entertaining
January 4th, 2020

See it if You enjoy the music of Cole Porter and Harry Connick Jr.

Don't see it if You want a plot - this is just a concert of different songs.

Also This was entertaining, but it would have been nice to have more insigh... Read more Read less

90
The Thin Place
Midtown W
Spooky, Slow, Intense, Funny
January 4th, 2020

See it if You're a fan of Lucas Hnath's work and appreciate the slow-roll of his plays.

Don't see it if You want a deep, involved plot, big flashy sets, or fancy costumes. This is all about the story.

Also Sit back and listen to the story. It's funny, spooky, and engaging. Th... Read more Read less

50
Sing Street
East Village
Boring, Disappointing, Fluffy, Slow
January 4th, 2020

See it if You LOVE the movie or want to see a couple of good performances in an "under-baked" show that needs a better book.

Don't see it if You want a story that creates characters that you even remotely care about. The best thing about the show was the music at intermission.

Also What a disappointment. This is a perfect example of how hard it is to ... Read more Read less

60
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Boring, Disappointing, Slow, Banal
January 4th, 2020

See it if You have nothing better to do with your time and don't mind sitting through a show with very little plot.

Don't see it if You want a show with an interesting plot.

Also I REALLY wanted to like this show. Tomei was great in the lead role, b... Read more Read less

75
One in Two
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Funny, Great acting
January 4th, 2020

See it if You are interested in a clever production that provides a new take on the HIV crisis via a gimmicky selection of the casting.

Don't see it if You're not interested in plays that deal with HIV/gay issues.

Also While I enjoyed the show, it is ground that has been well-covered with... Read more Read less

85
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Slow, Real, Great acting, Funny
January 4th, 2020

See it if You want to see one of the performances of the season (Edmund Donovan as Joe) and a show that has real characters in real situations.

Don't see it if You need plays that move along quickly or if you don't care about understanding characters fully.

Also This show isn't for everyone, but for those who appreciate realism and... Read more Read less

85
Cliched, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining
January 4th, 2020

See it if You want an entertaining evening with characters who are realistic and well-acted by a wonderful ensemble cast.

Don't see it if You're offended by language, simulated drug use or if you are looking for a super complex plot line.

95
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious
June 25th, 2019

See it if you want to see a ground-breaking musical with AMAZING performances by the entire ensemble.

Don't see it if you're not able to put yourself in the shoes of a struggling, gay, overweight, black artist or if you're offended by simulated graphic sex.

Also So, this show is amazing, but it's not for everyone. (Unfortunately th... Read more Read less

50
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Slow, Overwritten, Too long
June 3rd, 2019

See it if You're really interested in plays that have everything and the kitchen sink, and a goose, and a baby, and a fire...

Don't see it if You like nice, tidy shows that wrap things up quickly and neatly. This one goes on forever - needlessly

Also No doubt about it, it's a beautiful production, but it's FAR too long.... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining
May 31st, 2019

See it if You're a fan of old-fashioned musicals - produced like old-fashioned musicals.

Don't see it if You are looking for some big deep meaning in a show. This one is what you see - but it's nicely done!

Also While I think everyone expects Kelli O'Hara to deliver, seeing this sh... Read more Read less

40
Burn This
Midtown W
Slow, Disappointing, Dated
May 31st, 2019

See it if You want to see a really great performance by Adam Driver. And a nice set.

Don't see it if You have anything else to do. Or if you have to pay for tickets. I'm not usually this flip about shows, but this one is missable.

Also File this one under "shows that didn't need to be revived". It might h... Read more Read less

60
Miscast, Dated, Slow, Great acting
May 30th, 2019

See it if You love the play and absolutely need to see Audra and Michael on stage in everything.

Don't see it if You are looking for a play with a real plot or one with a lot of action.

Also Despite great acting from the two stars, I just didn't enjoy this show... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining
April 25th, 2019

See it if You like The Mad Ones or watching "life as art" - or is it "art as life". It's interesting to pick out the drama in real life.

Don't see it if You need a very clearly articulated plot with messages that are beaten over your head.

Also As with most Mad One shows, they have taken what would seem to be the ... Read more Read less

65
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Too long, Disappointing, Funny
April 25th, 2019

See it if You want to see a familiar property told in a new way in a new age - and have a few laughs.

Don't see it if You're looking for the next Book of Mormon or if you will be offended with a new take on the story in the movie.

Also Honestly, I'm a little baffled at the rave reviews. It's not a BAD sho... Read more Read less

80
Ain't No Mo'
East Village
Profound, Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever
April 25th, 2019

See it if You want a show that's entertaining and thought provoking - with the hardest working and most talented cast off-Broadway!

Don't see it if You don't like plays that challenge your thoughts on a variety of subjects.

20
Excruciating, Raunchy, Insipid, Disappointing, Banal
April 25th, 2019

See it if You want to see how much really good actors can elevate really bad material and really bad direction - making it ALMOST tolerable.

Don't see it if You are looking for good theater - or if you have fond memories of the movie.

Also Wow, what a mess! Alex Timbers once again proves that too much isn't e... Read more Read less

50
The Mother
Chelsea
Boring, Slow, Disappointing, Banal
April 4th, 2019

See it if You want to see the magnetic Isabelle Huppert in a really, really bad play.

Don't see it if You have to be selective about what you see - there are so many good things to see, not a lot of reason to pick this.

Also Well, this one was a stinker. As wonderful as Huppert is, the play jus... Read more Read less

95
Relevant, Must see, Masterful, Great acting
April 4th, 2019

See it if You want to see storytelling at its best and a wonderful ensemble cast.

Don't see it if You don't like stories about race.

Also I loved this show. The script is fantastic - it moves along, but you n... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Unique, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Ambitious
April 4th, 2019

See it if You want to experience Oklahoma! like you've never seen it before - and if you want chili and corn bread at intermission!

Don't see it if You are expecting a traditional musical with full staging, lots of props and a huge orchestra.

Also When this show first started I wasn't sure I was going to like it - an... Read more Read less

45
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing, Dated
March 11th, 2019

See it if You love Bryan Cranston. That's really the only reason to go.

Don't see it if You want a faithful representation of the movie or a good Broadway play.

Also I'm mad as hell for paying full price for this ticket and seeing such ... Read more Read less

70
Superhero
Midtown W
Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining
March 11th, 2019

See it if You're young (high school) or enjoy fantasy and let yourself believe in the supernatural. Bryce Pinkham is also amazing as an odd loner.

Don't see it if You want a story that's rooted in reality or a heavy, thought-provoking show.

Also While entertaining and by no means bad, Superhero doesn't quite save t... Read more Read less

90
Great set, Great acting, Ambitious, Entertaining
March 11th, 2019

See it if You want to see a great production of one of Nottage's earlier works - with great acting and a great set.

Don't see it if You're not willing to pay attention! While the first act seems light and fluffy, the dialogue holds some key facts you can't miss!!!

Also This is a wonderful revival of a fun and thought-provoking show. While... Read more Read less

70
God Said This
West Village
Sad yet hopeful, Average, Entertaining
March 11th, 2019

See it if You like family dramas with many of the normal issues.

Don't see it if You're sensitive to stories about people with cancer.

Also While I didn't love this play, I didn't dislike it either. There were ... Read more Read less

50
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Clever staging, Great costumes, Great set
March 11th, 2019

See it if You're a HUGE Alice In Wonderland fan and adore all things related to this story or you want to see a pretty set and clever costumes

Don't see it if You are expecting a true and clear new take on this classic tale.

Also New rule - NO MORE takes on Peter Pan or Alice In Wonderland. They've ... Read more Read less

80
Hurricane Diane
East Village
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever
March 11th, 2019

See it if You enjoy a clever twist on a classic - told in a way only Madeline George could do! Great acting from this perfectly cast ensemble.

Don't see it if You're bothered by gay themes.

Also This show was a hoot and I truly enjoyed every minute of it. The cast ... Read more Read less

75
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Sad, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting
March 11th, 2019

See it if You are open to two monologues that are a little dark and somewhat depressing (although also somewhat hopeful) and/or you like the actors

Don't see it if You're looking for a full-blown play with multiple scene changes and lots of action - of if you don't like one-man shows.

Also Overall this is an enjoyable evening, even if the stories are somewhat... Read more Read less

75
The Light
Midtown W
Preachy, Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking
March 11th, 2019

See it if You enjoy shows that present two sides of a situation - in this case, disparities between the sexes within the African American community

Don't see it if You're expecting something much sharper than a Hallmark movie or if you don't want to feel like you've been "preached to"

Also Overall I did enjoy this play, even if it was a little heavy-handed. I... Read more Read less

65
During previews
So-so book, Great choreography, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious
March 11th, 2019

See it if You're a huge Temptations fan and want to see many of the hardest-working, most talented people on Broadway.

Don't see it if You expect to hear all of every song or if you want a book that really gets into the heart of the challenges experienced by the group.

Also I was so disappointed that this book didn't really dig into the drama ... Read more Read less

20
Daddy
Midtown W
Insipid, Boring, Slow, Banal, Disappointing
March 11th, 2019

See it if You want to see a pretty set with a pool on stage or you're a HUGE fan of Alan C. and like gratuitous male nudity.

Don't see it if You want to see a story that is even remotely believable or with characters you care about.

Also I'm one of the few who thought Slave Play (at NYTW) had some interesti... Read more Read less

70
Timely, Relevant, Intense
January 17th, 2019

See it if you want an interesting dialogue on race - while sometimes a little over the top, it does provide an interesting insight.

Don't see it if you're looking for a subtle lesson on race. This show doesn't really trod any new ground and is a little too much at times.

Also First, shame on the production for not being more public about the fac... Read more Read less

78
Noura
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent
January 7th, 2019

See it if you're looking for a different kind of "Christmas show" that raises a number of really interesting themes.

Don't see it if you're not open to hearing about different cultures and those whose experiences are different than most of us!

Also I enjoyed Noura and it was so refreshing to see different cultures ref... Read more Read less

80
Nassim
Midtown W
Funny, Touching, Clever, Timely
January 7th, 2019

See it if you are up for a night where nobody is quite sure what's going to happen & you enjoy insight into a new culture.

Don't see it if you want a well-rehearsed evening with a big cast.

Also You probably already know this, but this show is performed by a differ... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny
January 7th, 2019

See it if you want to see a good production of an early work by one of our top playwrights and one of the hardest working ensembles on stage!

Don't see it if you're looking for a play that is totally believable in terms of plot (but that's not really the point).

Also It was fun to see this show again almost 15 years after I first saw it... Read more Read less