TheaterJunkie

New York City | 65+ | Male
About:  The first Broadway shows I saw were "Once Upon a Mattress" with Carol Burnett, "A Man For All Seasons" with Emlyn Williams, and "Oliver" with Clive Revill. I've been a Broadway Baby for a while.
Reviews (38)
93
Great acting, Great dancing, Great songs, Relevant, Hilarious

See it if you love musical comedies like Hairspray. Please see it if you are homophobic but open to learn. This show might teach you something.

Don't see it if you are as deaf to change as VP Pence. Don't see it if you hate to laugh, to hear terrific new songs, to watch wonderful actors and dancers.

92
Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in a production that uncovers and exploits the id of the original book and music. This territory of Oklahoma is not ok.

Don't see it if you want to hear the R&H songs as seen in the 40s and in the film. They, like the book and characters, are completely reinterpreted.

95
All My Sons
Midtown W
Not dated at all, Rightly a classic, Powerful, Riveting, Great acting

See it if you want to prove that the NYT review was hopelessly pedantic and soulless in contrast to this utterly affecting production.

Don't see it if you give up after expositions and are unwilling to wait for the final 2 1/2 acts you may never forget.

79
Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant

See it if you want to see Condola Rashad re-invent Shaw’s Maid of Orleans with a remarkable performance.

Don't see it if you are bored by plays, funny as the might be in parts, in which characters discuss philosophical concepts.

Also I love this play, but, oddly, I might love reading it more than sittin... Read more Read less

95
Harry Clarke
West Village
Great acting, Quirky, Unique, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if you want to see a master actor at the top of his game playing multiple roles in an utterly original play about losing/finding ones' identity

Don't see it if you are homphobic.

89
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Still relevant

See it if You are homophobic but willing to change ... or if you are LGBTQ or allied and want to see on stage much of the pain and pleasures of life.

Don't see it if won the Republican primary in Alabama.

Also I saw the original Torch Song Trilogy with Harvey Fierstein and Estell... Read more Read less

80
For a previous production
Hilarious, Dizzying, Clever

See it if you love farce, slapstick and like to laugh out loud.

Don't see it if you like your theatre intellectual.

94
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you always wondered what happened to Nora . . . like a show that makes you think and laugh simultaneously.

Don't see it if you abhor great acting.

Also Although it is fun to know the original Ibsen play, it is NOT necessar... Read more Read less

92
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Inventive, Immersive

See it if you love . . . when the audience becomes part of the show . . . staging as inventive as Hamilton's . . . all-singing dialogue . . . Tolstoy

Don't see it if you only want to see Josh Groban. I saw it without him and loved it.

90
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Inventive, Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you will enjoy the blending of a classical narrative with inventive and witty staging.

Don't see it if you abhor Jane Austen and/or British accents.

75
During previews
The Front Page
Midtown W
The male characters are misogynists; is the play?, First act creaks., Second & third acts win with big laughs from mays, morse, taylor, and nathan lane.

See it if you are willing to snooze for an hour till the comedy starts rolling.

Don't see it if you do not appreciate theatre (and journalistic) history.

80
Entertaining, Great dancing, Magnificent gershwin music

See it if you enjoy a musical in the old style, Gershwin music, superb choreography.

Don't see it if the great american songbook is not your thing.

80
The Humans
Midtown W
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ultimately optimistic

See it if you enjoy watching a family seem to splinter . . . but then not . . . maybe like your Thanksgiving dinners.

Don't see it if You can't sit for an intermissionless 1:45. If you leave your seat during the performance, you cannot return to it.

90
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great puppets, Wonderfully rude

See it if you like your Sesame Street with raunch.

Don't see it if your favorite four-letter word is "nice".

98
Buried Child
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Edgy, Demanding

See it if you want to see some of the best acting imaginable on a stage.

Don't see it if you want escapist entertainment.

90
Classic, Deserving of its long, long run., An amazing score., Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you love great musical theatre.

Don't see it if you have already seen it a dozen times.

90
Ambitious, Delightful, Edgy, Endearing, Great songs.

See it if you know you'll love anything touched by Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein.

Don't see it if you do not want to risk having an open mind.

79
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Fluffy, A few great showstoppers., Not as universal a show as, say, the lion king.

See it if you enjoy the continuing myth of The Wizard of Oz.

Don't see it if you are jaded.

98
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Epic, Original, Everything they say . . . and even better than that!

See it if you are anywhere near Broadway.

Don't see it if you are dead.

90
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Great singing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Hilarious

See it if you want to laugh out loud for more than two wonderful hours.

Don't see it if you hated the original film although this show is updated smartly for 2019.

85
Very clever adaptation, Brilliant lyrics, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you love the score and story of this classic adaptation of Shaw's Pygmalion. It does not disappoint with this wonderful cast and staging.

Don't see it if you've seen & heard enough My Fair Lady in your life, if you are uncomfortable with color-blind staging, if you think Higgins deserves Eliza

88
During previews
Quirky, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you admire the tragicomedy of the f**ked families usually encountered in the plays of the late great Sam Shepard and great acting.

Don't see it if you go to the theatre to see ordinary people. These characters are weird and wild, but their conflicts are universal and timely.

85
Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Entertaining, Starturned

See it if you love classic musicals, adore Bernadette Peters, and really want to see an iconic show-stopping number.

Don't see it if you avoid formulaic musicals.

89
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
A dazzling array of musical performances, Show-stopper after show-stopper, Great singing

See it if Love musical theatre and want to see some classic songs (and some forgotten songs) revived by an exquisite group of talented pros.

Don't see it if You want a story rather than a collection of highlights or, of course, if you disdain musical theatre.

Also The Times dissed this show. Not me. It is true that it reminds one of ... Read more Read less

89
Hilarious, Great musical performances by some astonishing kids.

See it if you were surprised by how much you liked the movie on which it was based because you will be surprised anew with this terrific show.

Don't see it if you think all of Andrew Lloyd Webber's music should sound like Phantom's.

79
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Farcical

See it if you want to see Kevin Kline use every gesture, every move to make you laugh.

Don't see it if older, so-called, well-made plays are not your thing. Act 1 drags as is the wont of antique plays, but it sets up a very funny Act 2.

79
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Great singing, Must see, Showstoppers, glenn close

See it if you want to witness a great stage diva own the stage with two literally show-stopping numbers.

Don't see it if you are expecting a show and score as good as its star's turn.

Also It's not for nothing that the show was NOT nominated for a best reviva... Read more Read less

70
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Intelligent, Profound, Slow

See it if you are interested in the Palestinian question, the possibilities of peace negotiations, good ensemble acting.

Don't see it if you are sleepy.

Also It is difficult to discern all the dialogue from even these superb act... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Great songs

See it if you want to experience one of the great texts of the American Musical Theatre in a brilliant revival.

Don't see it if there's no Tevye but Zero for you.

90
During previews
Falsettos
Midtown W
Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Romantic, Intense

See it if you like all-singing musicals like Hamilton or Sweeney Todd.

Don't see it if you don't want to smile, laugh, and be moved to tears.

70
The Encounter
Midtown W
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Clever

See it if you like high-tech experimental drama that investigates philosophical and existential problems . . . as well as more worldly questions.

Don't see it if you like your theatre light . . . and well-lit.

77
Cats
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great choreography, Show-stopping memory

See it if you have never seen it before, or if you need to see a classic musical.

Don't see it if you have fond memories of the original production, or if you like musicals that provoke thought as well as entertain.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Despite the awards and reviews, i liked this show far more than i expected to., Moving

See it if you like your musicals thoughtful as well as melodic.

Don't see it if you are happy with a closed mind.

79
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
There's something about a kander & ebb show that modulates my reactions., Absorbing, By now, a classic., Edgy, Its take on the media is ever more relevant.

See it if you hate missing a classic.

Don't see it if you like your musicals fluffy.

26
Matilda
Midtown W
Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Too light for adults; too dark for children., Only glad i had deeply discounted tickets.

See it if someone gives you tickets. Maybe.

Don't see it if you believe me.

59
For a previous production
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Its long run surprises me., Some drama, but mostly a juke box show., Entertaining, Cliched, Great music.

See it if you are obsessed with The Four Seasons.

Don't see it if you already hated the Clint Eastwood film.

98
Among my top theatre experiences of all time., I have seen it three times . . . and i don't even have children., Enchanting, The beauty of its staging will bring tears to your eyes., Exquisite

See it if love theatre.

Don't see it if you are jaded.

65
Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow, Loved the book; bored by the show., The first act drew me in; the second act had me checking my watch.

See it if you like style over substance.

Don't see it if you, like me, love the novel.