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Reviews (57)
45
During previews
Rules of Desire
Midtown W
Uncomfortable tedious disappointing

See it if You don’t mind plays that begin with sexual assault, intimidation and anticipated rape. Although the play makes a plot turn, not for all.

Don't see it if Really inappropriate, especially during the Weinstein trial and #me too movement.

85
During previews
Slow build pays off

See it if A slow-building play addressing several 1930's Harlem concerns that seem more relevant now than ever. Top notch acting and script!

Don't see it if With some directing cuts/refinements this play could go places!

77
Ambitious, educational, talented one-man-show

See it if you might enjoy short snippets of news/songs/photos through the lens of baby boomers beginning with WWII. Rick Miller's talent is impressive

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one-man shows or want something with more depth.

Also We found the infusion of his family members a bit tiresome. Perhaps it... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Compelling, relevant, intense

See it if you enjoy slow-developing yet gripping dramas. Well-acted, superbly directed, with marvelous set, sound, lighting.

Don't see it if a 1930's German drama about judgment and "othering" doesn't appeal to you.

Also https://theaterwithatwist.com/2019/12/08/🍸-judgment-day-dec-5-jan-10/

80
Soft Power
East Village
Lavish, quirky, satirical

See it if an Asian kaleidoscope of the 2016 election, US egocentrism, The King and I, real-world events, kitschy/classic musical numbers that works!

Don't see it if you are not open to fresh new talent opening your eyes and mind.

85
The Michaels
East Village
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy realistic family drama. You will feel like you were part of the family rather than an audience member. Bravo!

Don't see it if family drama with little 'drama' is not your thing.

80
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Great staging, Relevant, Great singing

See it if you are a fan of Thomas Kail (Hamilton) and/or Joshua Henry (Carousel). With a little honing/sharpening it should transfer well to Broadway.

Don't see it if your inner cynic has had it with 'wrong man framed' stories.

70
During previews
Slow, Dated, Great acting

See it if you appreciate a well-acted, dated yet relevant play with more 'negative space' (not see nor spoken).

Don't see it if you are impatient with a slow-moving first act, building plot & character. I found actors moving on & off stage too much to be distracting

81
Seared
Midtown W
Clever, fast-paced, enjoyable

See it if ...you are hungry for a light, fast-paced well-performed new play sprinkled with clever dialogue with a side of humor. Well done!

Don't see it if ...your taste is for more serious, multi-layered productions that give your mind more to chew on. ;)

70
During previews
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Slow, good acting, dated, Slow

See it if ...you are a huge Marisa Tomei fan and/or enjoy old, romantic, black and white movies from the 50's.

Don't see it if ...you can't afford to sit close.

70
Slow, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if A relevant story highlighting entrenched racial disparities and injustices past and present. Great acting carries the experience.

Don't see it if Felt a bit unpolished and 'draggy' at times, but with a little work could really go places.

95
A spectacular feast for the senses!

See it if High sexual energy. Costumes, set, vocals, and choreography combine to capture you in a seductive fever dream. For all musical lovers.

Don't see it if hedonistic performances offend you

75
During previews
Little Women
West Village
Refreshing, Enchanting

See it if you are a fan of Kate Hamill and/or Little Women. Tone and story aligned with the original novel. Talented acting, clever staging.

Don't see it if you want the energy, pace, and comedy of Kate's "Sense & Sensibility."

86
White Noise
East Village
Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy contemporary plays addressing racial issues, or are a Daveed Diggs fan.

Don't see it if thought-provoking plays addressing contemporary themes are not your thing.

88
Ink
Midtown W
Must see, Relevant, Great acting

See it if ... think you'll enjoy a masterful production about Murdoch's early success taking over The Sun and learning about the newspaper business

Don't see it if have no interest in this topic or don't appreciate great acting.

85
Relevant, Funny, Great singing

See it if See it if you want a memorable and enjoyable musical experience. For all ages (gay/lesbian themes). Loved the "inside theater" jokes.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you don't like musicals. Otherwise it's great!

85
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if See it if you enjoy productions about historical/current events presented in a refreshingly, entertaining format.

Don't see it if Don't see it if non-fiction bores you.

95
During previews
Refreshing, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if you enjoy creative, unique musical theater. Well-balanced and absorbing. Rachel Chavkin and Anais Mitchell create a memorable experience.

Don't see it if you only enjoy traditional musical theater

78
During previews
Confusing, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if you might enjoy a show with choir-like . singing with fresh, new talent.

Don't see it if uneven scripts with holes and irrelevant plot lines distract you from enjoying the show.

95
For a previous production
The Jungle
Brooklyn
Great acting, Riveting, Must see

See it if you enjoy contemporary, thought-provoking, intense, life-changing theatre.

Don't see it if you dislike theater with a political theme.

75
Downstairs
West Village
Great acting

See it if You’re a fan of Tim and Tyne Daly

Don't see it if a play about mental illness, depressing characters will bother you.

65
Days of Rage
Midtown W
Relevant, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you know and enjoy these actors/writers and are looking for discounted mid-week 1960's political entertainment.

Don't see it if you are expected a well-rounded play with a strong message and purpose

94
During previews
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Exquisite, Must see

See it if Michael Urie is fabulous.

Don't see it if Can’t imagine why anyone shouldn’t see this

89
Gloria: A Life
Gramercy
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if Great job portraying Gloria Steinem’s impact on culture/history and vice versa.

Don't see it if you are anti-feminism. Or maybe you should!

90
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate a long-running, award-winning Broadway classic. Has everything a great musical needs. Characters, plot, vocals are exquisite

Don't see it if no reason not to.

85
Six
Midtown W
Power to the queens!

See it if Recommend overwhelmingly! The energy and unabashed joy of these Queens is infectious. And the all too infrequent pleasure of see.

Don't see it if Great show for the young at heart, esp. young women. Not for those who prefer traditional musicals.

Also www.theaterwithatwist.com

95
During previews
Headed for broadway!

See it if Top-notch production with a STELLAR cast, strong vocals, great direction. A true but corny story that’s exactly what we need right now.

Don't see it if a traditional musical is not for you.

75
Colorful, strong, soulful female cast

See it if you might enjoy this 'choreopoem' brought to life through seven strong, yet touchingly vulnerable women.

Don't see it if the idea of seven separate but connected monologues makes you squirm.

75
Broken Story
East Village
Interesting off broadway production

See it if ...A well-written murder mystery this reviewer found well-directed and well-acted enough to hold her interest & care about the characters.

Don't see it if ...low budget off-broadway productions are not your cup of tea.

80
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you appreciate the historical relevance of 1930's Germany to current events.

Don't see it if Our only criticism is it that the first act was a bit too long - trimming it by 10 or so minutes could be done without affecting the story.

85
Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of Mary Louise Parker and want to spend a few hours spellbound.

Don't see it if serious drama is not your thing.

78
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Entertaining, Relevant, Enchanting

See it if you are a fan of Harvey Fierstein and/or Bella Abzug and/or NY politics. We were impressed by this love letter to Bella.

Don't see it if you want to see Harvey Fierstein 'acting' as this is a monologue.

68
Monsoon Season
West Village
Funny yet depressing

See it if watching two losers cope with self-inflicted calamities are entertaining.

Don't see it if you desire more depth. Maybe it was me -- there were many laughs from several audience members -- but not from this reviewer.

90
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy intelligent straight plays performed by two master actors.

Don't see it if the topic of death/aging/dementia are difficult for you.

71
Dust
East Village
Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you like one-woman performances that are unique, dark, thoughtful.

Don't see it if you find slow-moving plays difficult to sit through, or find the topic of suicide hard for you.

85
During previews
Betrayal
Midtown W
Great writing, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of Pinter's exquisite use of dialogue or enjoy slow, character-building stories. Minimalist set showcases the script.

Don't see it if slow, pure plays bore you.

65
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Important story, dry execution

See it if you enjoy important historical stories even if the production lacks polish.

Don't see it if you only enjoy fast paced, well-honed, lively productions.

90
During previews
Refreshing, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy well-written, well-paced works by young, talented playwrights as entertaining & absorbing as veterans. A well-spent 90 min!

Don't see it if topics dealing with violent crimes are too upsetting. Otherwise it's quite good!

89
Delightful, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you are a Fiddler fan. You don't need to know Yiddish - English translation clearly displayed on each side of stage. Loved it!

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Fiddler (but who isn't?).

80
Intelligent, Great acting, Clever

See it if ... you're interested in the political and personal lives of the Clintons. Talented actors almost make you think you're watching Bill &Hill

Don't see it if political or non-conventional plays are not your thing.

83
All My Sons
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if See it if you are a fan of Arthur Miller, classic plays, and top-notch acting.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you are more a fan of light, comedic, contemporary plays or musicals.

65
During previews
Disappointing

See it if are an unwavering fan of Glenda Jackson, Shakespeare, and don't mind long, unbalanced productions.

Don't see it if think a diminutive, weak King Lear will disappoint you. GJ was much better in Three Tall Women.

Also We left at intermission!

65
Interesting, historical, amateurish

See it if your interest in the Civil War outweighs your need for polished theater.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy theater that's a bit rough around the edges.

Also It was an interesting concept and as a supporter of new talent I reall... Read more Read less

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Worth every penny and more

See it if Saw it when it first opened on Bway and then again a year later with a new cast and still cried. A Bway experience that will change you!

Don't see it if The only person I met who didn't like it was a British Tory who had an issue with what he considered "historical inaccuracies." Jerk.

90
During previews
Slave Play
East Village
Sexually and racially provocative

See it if you enjoy unforgettable theater that makes you explore difficult and uncomfortable social issues.

Don't see it if non-traditional theater is not your thing.

90
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if You appreciate well-acted, directed, and written plays that will stay with you for hours. All in 90 minutes!

Don't see it if Gay relationships make you uncomfortable (really???).

74
During previews
The Hard Problem
Upper W Side
Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a Stoppard fan and/or enjoy deep topics such as the meaning of consciousness or the existence of God.

Don't see it if plays debating intellectual topics bore you

84
Blue Man Group
East Village
Delightful

See it if Great musical entertainment for the whole family. Sit in the raincoat section for added fun!

Don't see it if Fun, musical shows aren’t your thing.

84
Interesting relevant different

See it if You are interested in politics, history, and open to a one-woman show (just about).

Don't see it if You only like traditional theater.

94
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Wonderful vocals

See it if you like well a well-rounded musical for the whole family. Important themes, memorable characters. Bring tissues.

Don't see it if Can't think of a reason not to.