TheaterGuy

Manhattan | 35-49 | Male
About:  Avid theater goer.
Reviews (141)
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70
Intense, Relevant, Timely

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

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80
Timely, Clever, Touching, Funny

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

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20
Excruciating, Horrible lyrics, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you (or your tween) are huge Dove Cameron fans and have a pressing need to see her live.

Don't see it if you are expecting ANY new/original music or a show that effectively navigates the line between good "cheeze" and stinky "cheeze".

Also Sadly, this is perhaps one of the worst things I've seen in a long tim... Read more Read less

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60
Predictable, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're a huge Stockard Channing or Hugh Dancy fan and just really feel the need to see them.

Don't see it if you're looking for an interesting, challenging, thought-provoking play.

Also This was such a disappointment. I'm a little surprised that Ms. Channi... Read more Read less

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95
Relevant, Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you appreciate beautiful stories told very simply, and acted with perfect ensembles.

Don't see it if you need big, flashy productions. These shows are small and intimate with minimal sets.

Also Sam Hunter hits another one out of the park. These two shows are near-... Read more Read less

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70
Entertaining, Funny, Raunchy, Interactive, Dizzying

See it if you like shows where the audience is engaged in the action on the stage and you're good with adult themes, humor, and nudity.

Don't see it if you have a weak stomach or if you're bothered by loud music and flashing/strobe lights - or if you're easily grossed out.

Also I knew of the movie, but never saw it - but I was aware that it was pr... Read more Read less

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75
Relevant, Historical, Interesting

See it if you are either a fan or interested in learning more about Gloria Steinem and you're okay with more information vs. a book play per se.

Don't see it if you need a theatrical experience with a plot. This is more of a history lesson, so if that doesn't do it for you, take a pass.

Also While I enjoyed this show, to me it's more of a performance retrospect... Read more Read less

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90
Heartbreaking, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you want to see a very tight 90 minute show with some exceptional acting and asking interesting, relevant questions.

Don't see it if you're not comfortable with gay themes or tragic illnesses.

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45
During previews
Great costumes, Disappointing, Great acting, Boring

See it if you are an over-the-top Cher fan and care more about the songs than the story.

Don't see it if you want an engaging story with any drama.

Also Despite some AMAZING performances by Stephane J. Block, Jarrod Spector... Read more Read less

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80
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you want to see a new work from a very promising young playwright and you appreciate good acting.

Don't see it if you're not comfortable with "adult themes" like abortion, violence, and LGBTQ issues.

Also I had no idea what this show was about but knew within the first few m... Read more Read less

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65
Touching, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you don't need a lot of plot and like shows that go for the cheap emotional shots.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show that's going to make you think or challenge your perceptions. Or if you need a complex, interesting plot.

Also While Elaine May's performance is heart-breaking, there's just not eno... Read more Read less

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50
Slow, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you like bad jokes and enjoy watching snooker.

Don't see it if you're looking for anything even remotely as clever and funny as One Man, Two Guvnors.

Also I was SO disappointed by this production. I was a huge fan of OMTG and... Read more Read less

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55
Ambitious, Disappointing, Funny, Slow

See it if you're a McTeer fan (she's wonderful - as always) as are several other members of the ensemble.

Don't see it if you want a show that really lands. While enjoyed the performances, I felt the story was cluttered and couldn't get out of its own way.

Also I really wanted to like this show. I'm a huge Rebeck fan and also have... Read more Read less

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95
Intelligent, Intense, Beautifully staged, Ambitious

See it if you want an epic story with many twists and turns, based on the story of Job. The shadow cast who act the show in ASL is amazing.

Don't see it if you want a light, fluffy night of theater. Also, if you're not comfortable with themes like same sex relationships and drug use, stay away

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90
Resonant, Enchanting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy stories told through song and appreciate some beautifully written music and striking lyrics

Don't see it if you're looking for a big production musical with huge sets, scene changes, and props - or a spoken book.

Also This show as a very pleasant surprise! I wasn't sure what to expect an... Read more Read less

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75
Entertaining, Relevant, Funny

See it if you want a fun and light night at the theatre.

Don't see it if you are looking for Chekov or Sondheim. This is a all tongue in cheek fun

Also I went in with very low expectations for this show and ended up having... Read more Read less

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100
Relevant, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging, Exquisite

See it if you want a great story with great direction and great acting. This is a beautiful, perfect show.

Don't see it if you want a big, splashy, Broadway musical.

Also This is the first show I've given a 100. This show is brilliant. The d... Read more Read less

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45
Disappointing, Slow, Boring

See it if you're a MFL fan and really feel like you need to see another production of this show - or if you want to see it with a nice, big orchestra

Don't see it if you want to see a new take on MFL or if you're expecting great singing from Eliza.

Also What a disappointment. I thought this show would never end. Unlike man... Read more Read less

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70
Epic, Great acting, Long, Great staging

See it if you're a true Harry Potter fan and can't get enough of anything Hogwarts related or if you want to see some really magical staging.

Don't see it if you want a show that justifies almost six hours of theater or if you're not up to date on your Potter history.

Also This show is very well acted and the staging is truly magical. There a... Read more Read less

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75
Ambitious, Refreshing, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want a loose twist on a classic performed by an ensemble who delivers - particularly Gregg Mozgala and Shannon DeVido.

Don't see it if you're looking for a literal translation of Richard III. They've taken liberties.

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95
Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you want an experience you will not soon forget. I hesitate to say more for fear of spoiling the experience.

Don't see it if you have a closed mind.

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85
Creative, Funny, Delightful

See it if you're looking for an entertaining, light evening with a fictionalized story of real people. A great performance by Villa.

Don't see it if you don't like gay content or don't know much about Williams or Inge.

Also I truly enjoyed myself at this show. To me the Times review reflected ... Read more Read less

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25
During previews
Slow, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you are a huge Lois Smith fan or if you want to see how good actors can take a bad play and make it almost watchable.

Don't see it if you're expecting a play as good as "Marjorie Prime" or "John"

Also This cast is so amazing I was ready to LOVE this play. Unfortunately n... Read more Read less

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85
Old fashioned (in a good way), Great dancing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a classic "old school" musical. It doesn't rely on fancy props or projections, but a good story with good songs and dancing

Don't see it if you're hoping to see Bette do any acting. She's great, but she's Bette doing Bette. Donna Murphy is glorious so if you want acting see her

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95
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Must see, Masterful, Intense

See it if you want an acting lesson along with some VERY thought-provoking themes that will leave you thinking long after the show is over.

Don't see it if you're not patient and ready for a bit of a slow-burn of a show. It takes a little while to unfold, but it's worth it.

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78
Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking

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

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75
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

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

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60
Unfocused, Indulgent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a mixed bag of messages about sexuality and race.

Don't see it if you're looking for a clear message. There's a lot happening here - much of it really good - but too much to deliver the point.

Also I'm in the minority here among my friends, but I didn't love this play... Read more Read less

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90
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want a fun night at the theater with a nice message delivered with a softer touch than most.

Don't see it if gay themes bother you or if you're uptight and not willing to laugh and have fun.

Also I can't say enough good things about The Prom. What a fun night at the... Read more Read less

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60
Great staging, Entertaining, Intense, Great acting

See it if you're a huge Tyne or Tim fan - neither disappoints, or if you want a psychological thriller that's well directed.

Don't see it if you want a show that ties everything up with a bow. This show leaves a lot of questions for the audience to figure out for themselves.

Also What a treat to get to see Tyne and Tim on stage together! While not a... Read more Read less

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Slow, Disappointing, Boring, Overrated

See it if you want to be bored and depressed at the time, or if you're a huge McPherson or Dylan fan.

Don't see it if you are looking for characters you care about, a believable story, or music that supports the show.

Also I'm not a Dylan fan, so I don't really know his music (and, more impor... Read more Read less

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70
Disappointing, Slow, Some great acting

See it if you've never seen Glenn Close up close and person. It's a tiny theatre and she's amazing and connected every minute.

Don't see it if you're looking for a great play or great acting from the entire ensemble.

Also I've seen Close in a few shows and have always admired her acting (let... Read more Read less

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90
Great dancing, Classic, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you want to see a faithful restaging of the original production.

Don't see it if you're not not a fan of period musicals. This one is still very much a product of the 70s, even though some minor lyrics have been updated

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40
Disappointing, Unbelievable plot, Boring

See it if you want to see solid performances by J. Alphonse Nicholson and Lauren Patton.

Don't see it if where do I start...if you want a plot that is even remotely believable or characters you care about.

Also Yet another show that was an incredible disappointment. This show miss... Read more Read less

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40
During previews
Somewhat funny, Slow, Overrated

See it if you have kids or are trying to have kids or want a short show that is mildly funny.

Don't see it if you can't relate to the issues of having a kid.

Also While Birbiglia is a good performer and talented story-teller, this on... Read more Read less

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85
Resonant, Great ensemble, Timely, Funny

See it if you need your messages handed to you directly wrapped up in a funny package.

Don't see it if you are sensitive about facing your prejudices or don't like people pointing them out in a blatant way.

Also So the best thing about this show is the exceptional cast. This ensemb... Read more Read less

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50
Simple, Overrated, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if you're a teenager...or if you have teenagers who want to see the show.

Don't see it if you are a fan of sophisticated, intelligent musicals.

Also I was completely blown away by this show - in all the wrong ways. I ge... Read more Read less

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75
During previews
Refreshing, Emotional, Funny, Relevant

See it if you enjoy family dramas with a bit of fantasy and flair. Also, if you're looking for a diverse show that highlights a different culture.

Don't see it if you're not willing to take in a story that is very much rooted in Indian culture - and learn some important parts of the culture.

Also I saw the show during early previews and enjoyed it, but felt that it ... Read more Read less

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95
Honest, Funny, Smart, Absorbing

See it if you want a smart, brave show that will blow your socks off and absolutely make you think. EVERYONE should be required to see this show.

Don't see it if you aren't willing to go in with an open mind and pay attention. There's lots to take in-if you want a light night, see something else.

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70
Funny, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of the movie and want a light night at the theatre.

Don't see it if you want a serious, important musical - or one with songs that are going to stick in your mind.

Also Mean Girls is fun, but not brilliant. The book is stronger than the mu... Read more Read less

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55
Funny, Insipid, Great set, Fluffy

See it if you or your kids are a huge SpongeBob fans.

Don't see it if you want a serious plot, characters that make sense or music that is memorable.

Also I didn't know anything about SpongeBob going into this show and after ... Read more Read less

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85
Thought-provoking, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want to see what is probably the best production of a dated play that you're ever going to see...and to see Matt B in his undies.

Don't see it if you're not a huge fan of the show, one (or more of the stars) or of gay history. It's not a must-see as the play is dated.

Also I liked this production and think it's about as good as it's going to ... Read more Read less

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95
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want a delightful evening at the theatre with a beautiful story told with very clever direction.

Don't see it if you don't like folk tales told through music.

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65
During previews
Predictable, Entertaining, Cliched, Funny

See it if you're looking for a VERY light night at the theatre and you're from Jersey (or the tri-state area and will "get" Jersey jokes).

Don't see it if you want serious theater with an thought-provoking plot, well-developed characters, and interesting music. This show is basic.

Also I was really hoping that this was going to be the sleeper hit of the s... Read more Read less

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90
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want a masterful staging of JRB's first show with a perfect cast.

Don't see it if you need a full narration in a show. This one is a collection of songs that loosely tell a story, but it's not a full through-line.

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85
Thought-provoking, Cliched, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want to see how great acting can elevate an okay show to a pretty good show.

Don't see it if you're looking for new messages around the challenges facing those who come from lower income areas.

Also While I felt the message of the play was relevant and on-point, it was... Read more Read less

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98
Great writing, Entertaining, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you need an example of how with good writing & excellent acting you can be totally absorbed for 2:20 with just two actors and two chairs.

Don't see it if you need a lot of scenery and flash in your productions. But even then, this production may convince you they're not necessary!

Also I can't say enough about this production. It's simply amazing. I wasn'... Read more Read less

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75
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you are politics junkie who is up to date on current debates regarding policy and want a fast-paced political drama.

Don't see it if you're not into politics. It likely won't resonate with you.

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Great writing, Ambitious, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you're a huge Urie fan and think he can do no wrong or if you've never seen a production of Torch Song.

Don't see it if you're looking for perfect casting. Urie has been amazing in other shows and holds his own, but is miscast as are a few others.

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60
Slow, Great staging, Clever

See it if you are fascinated with the collaborative nature of theatre. The interaction between sound, lights, actors, props...it's pretty masterful.

Don't see it if you want a story only focused on the tennis match. They use this as a base for other themes, which are hit and miss.