TheaterGuy

Manhattan | 35-49 | Male
About:  Avid theater goer.
Reviews (163)
95
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious

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

85
Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining

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

60
Miscast, Dated, Slow, Great acting

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

65
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Too long, Disappointing, Funny

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

20
Excruciating, Raunchy, Insipid, Disappointing, Banal

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

95
Relevant, Must see, Masterful, Great acting

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

45
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing, Dated

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

90
Great set, Great acting, Ambitious, Entertaining

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

50
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Clever staging, Great costumes, Great set

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

75
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Sad, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

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

65
During previews
So-so book, Great choreography, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious

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

70
Timely, Relevant, Intense

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

80
Nassim
Midtown W
Funny, Touching, Clever, Timely

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

20
Banal, Disappointing, Horrible lyrics, Excruciating

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

60
Apologia
Midtown W
Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Predictable

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

95
Lewiston/Clarkston
West Village
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant

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

70
Trainspotting Live
Midtown W
Dizzying, Interactive, Raunchy, Funny, Entertaining

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

75
Gloria: A Life
Gramercy
Interesting, Historical, Relevant

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

90
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Relevant, Great acting, Heartbreaking

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.

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

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

80
Fireflies
Chelsea
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

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

65
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Touching

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

50
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Banal, Disappointing, Slow

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

55
Slow, Funny, Disappointing, Ambitious

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

95
Ambitious, Beautifully staged, Intense, Intelligent

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

50
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Slow, Overwritten, Too long

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

40
Burn This
Midtown W
Slow, Disappointing, Dated

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

85
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

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

80
Ain't No Mo'
East Village
Profound, Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

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.

50
The Mother
Chelsea
Boring, Slow, Disappointing, Banal

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

80
During previews
Unique, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Ambitious

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

70
Superhero
Midtown W
Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining

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

70
God Said This
West Village
Sad yet hopeful, Average, Entertaining

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

80
Hurricane Diane
East Village
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

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
The Light
Midtown W
Preachy, Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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

20
Daddy
Midtown W
Insipid, Boring, Slow, Banal, Disappointing

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

78
Noura
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent

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

75
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

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

60
Slave Play
East Village
Thought-provoking, Intense, Indulgent, Unfocused

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

90
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

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

60
Downstairs
West Village
Great acting, Intense, Entertaining, Great staging

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

20
Overrated, Boring, Disappointing, Slow

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

70
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Some great acting, Slow, Disappointing

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

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

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

40
Days of Rage
Midtown W
Boring, Unbelievable plot, Disappointing

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

40
During previews
Overrated, Slow, Somewhat funny

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

85
Funny, Timely, Great ensemble, Resonant

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

50
Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated, Simple

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

75
During previews
India Pale Ale
Midtown W
Relevant, Funny, Emotional, Refreshing

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

95
Absorbing, Smart, Funny, Honest

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.