thepoetess

New York City | 25-34 | Male
About:  I'm just happy to be back giving my opinion again.
Reviews (38)
100
Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing
October 23rd, 2021

See it if You want to see an astoundingly brilliant lead actor supported by an amazing cast. Compelling sound and lighting design.

Don't see it if N/A

90
Refreshing, Intense, Great singing, Absorbing
October 20th, 2021

See it if You want to see great staging and an amazing score...oh, and Andre!!!

Don't see it if Just do it. It's the show.

96
During previews
Morning Sun
Midtown W
Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Exquisite, Absorbing
October 19th, 2021

See it if You want to have moving, intelligent experience that touches across a broad thematic spectrum.

Don't see it if You don't want to lose sleep thinking about this incredible play.

73
During previews
Dizzying, Funny, Cliched, Entertaining, Delightful
September 25th, 2021

See it if You want to see a solid play with interesting characters, good acting, humorous dialogue, and Norm Lewis

Don't see it if You want to see Michael Urie play a caricature, listen to a barrage of cliche tropes, or see a play that just isn't very groundbreaking.

92
Must see, Great staging, Funny, Enchanting, Absorbing
September 21st, 2021

See it if The show closed so it doesn't really matter.

Don't see it if .

51
During previews
Letters Of Suresh
Midtown W
Slow, Great staging, Banal, Disappointing
September 18th, 2021

See it if You like competent actors performing monologues and beautiful sets/lighting.

Don't see it if You are looking for anything more interesting than that. Couldn't keep my attention.

81
Sanctuary City
West Village
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Dated
September 14th, 2021

See it if You want to see good theater by a capable playwright, solid direction, and decent acting. The story lost my interest in spots.

Don't see it if I mean, you really should. It didn't blow me away but it was a powerful night back in the velvet seats.

35
Dizzying, Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated, Raunchy
September 11th, 2021

See it if You want to see a bunch of (very) nude men explore the sex in their sexuality, disguised as an examination of the modern gay experience.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to nudity in any way or have no patience for shows that really don't have anything intelligent to say.

69
Ni Mi Madre
West Village
Cliched, Dizzying, Indulgent, Funny, Entertaining
September 11th, 2021

See it if You want to see a one-man (or woman) show about the complexities of motherhood.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through a vanity project that relies on cliche and sometimes tired jokes in an attempt at profundity.

10
The Watering Hole
Midtown W
Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Confusing
September 10th, 2021

See it if Honestly, don't. It's a hodgepodge of high school quality art projects. Signature's money grab.

Don't see it if You don't want to waste your time. Lynn Nottage should be weary about attaching her name to this.

95
During previews
Dana H.
Gramercy
Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing
February 22nd, 2020

See it if You want a unique, masterfully acted theatrical experience. Thought it was going to be more of a dramatic podcast but I was surprised.

Don't see it if You like non-traditional plays or sensitive subject matter.

50
During previews
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Confusing
February 17th, 2020

See it if This is not a play. I don't know what this is. It is one person telling a series of life stories and punctuating them with songs.

Don't see it if If you were expecting, well anything other than what this was. A recital? Stand up poetry night?

Also This really can't be scored because it doesn't belong in a theater lik... Read more Read less

75
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Riveting, Dizzying, Funny, Dated, Entertaining
February 16th, 2020

See it if You want to see a straightforward play about aging, love, commitment, parenting, and other themes easy to overdo. Good leading actors.

Don't see it if See it or don't. You won't regret seeing it, but if you can't, you haven't missed anything. Michael Urie is hard to watch, over him.

77
Delightful, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever
January 24th, 2020

See it if You want to see a witty, clever, observant, honest exploration and analysis of the mouth-to-phallice exchange. Delightful comic

Don't see it if 90 minutes became long for me and material repeated itself once or twice. Audience laughed less as it went on. Should have wrapped up sooner

68
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great staging, Disappointing, Absorbing
January 24th, 2020

See it if A play about the soul-sucking nature of working any low-level retail industry position and its unrelenting demand for sacrifice.

Don't see it if You wanted to see a show about how race or blackness plays a role in this plot. I dont think it does. I think it's everyone's play.

Also Writing is good. Leading actress is good but the deer-in-the-headlight... Read more Read less

90
Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Masterful, Intelligent, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing
January 7th, 2020

See it if You want to see another brilliant play made greater by the magnificence that is the Armory. Thoughtful writing and capable acting.

Don't see it if I don't know why you wouldn't see it. Is it perfect theater? No. Why? I don't really know. Nothing is perfect, but this was a great night.

72
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Overrated, Intelligent, Disappointing, Dated
December 22nd, 2019

See it if You want to see a long play about how people navigate life in the small-town West. What was it really about? Who knows. Who cares?

Don't see it if You want to sit through 3 hours that could've been half that. STOP WRITING ALREADY. Most performances, except 2 were bordering on awful.

66
Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining, Dated
December 11th, 2019

See it if This one's tough. It was so terribly average, without any real glaring strengths or weaknesses. Good acting in a feminist historical play.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through 75 minutes of a weak drama only to be told the meat of the story by monologue in the last 10 minute infodump.

71
Seared
Midtown W
Misses the mark, Intense, Dizzying, Entertaining, Absorbing
December 4th, 2019

See it if You like decently-entertaining shows with a unique premise and solid writing. The set design was most impressive.

Don't see it if You want to be yelled at for 2 hours by characters who seem to have no substantial inner lives. Weak direction and uninspired performances.

Also Never once did the infamous scallops manifest rightly as a psychologic... Read more Read less

21
Banal, Slow, Fluffy, Excruciating, Disappointing
December 1st, 2019

See it if Only see it if you like shows about nothing, cringe-worthy sentimentality, and mostly superficial performances.

Don't see it if Just don't. It was like watching little scenes in a drama class.

72
Riveting, Overrated, Indulgent, Great staging, Edgy
December 1st, 2019

See it if You want to see a multimedia exploration of how we navigate our sexualities, race, class, and families. Ambitious and psychologically heavy.

Don't see it if You were expecting more. It was more than a little self-indulgent and indicative of privilege despite it desperately not wanting to be.

89
During previews
The Thin Place
Midtown W
Dizzying, Enchanting, Delightful, Ambitious, Absorbing
November 30th, 2019

See it if You want a true black-box experience with wonderful acting and a literary, sensory theatrical experience. A Lucas Hnath favorite of mine.

Don't see it if You want a straightforward play with little innovation or if you are scared of the dark or the occult or the demons inside yourself, mostly.

Also Also, to fellow reviewers, if you honestly thought this play was liter... Read more Read less

63
The Michaels
East Village
Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Dated, Banal
November 27th, 2019

See it if You like slice-of-life plays with great naturalistic acting and some dance numbers.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through 2 hours in a theater round where it's a lot easier to get caught falling asleep.

98
Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing
November 9th, 2019

See it if You want to see how Shakespeare should be done.It's exquisitely executed from beginning to end with no short feat by its outstanding Richard

Don't see it if 3 hours of Shakespeare by actors with Irish accents would be difficult for you. Even so, it's entertaining and adventurously staged.

Also Aaron Monaghan stunned me in Waiting for Godot at White Light last yea... Read more Read less

60
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Raunchy, Entertaining
November 7th, 2019

See it if You want to see a play with a very traditional structure with a lack of urgency that makes the play little more than humorously entertaining

Don't see it if You want an insightful, poignant look into the true, ugly face of toxic masculinity . Nothing elevated this play into anything meaningful.

56
Betrayal
Midtown W
Overrated, Slow, Dated, Disappointing, Banal
November 6th, 2019

See it if This show will appeal to some, as it did to those who recommended it to me. It just felt dated and didnt get me to care about their marriage

Don't see it if You like to see rich white people talk seductively in a grumble to each other about the surface layer of a series of multi-year affairs.

80
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Must see
October 19th, 2019

See it if You want to see a talented, versatile actor perform the work of a master writer while supporting a threatened New York historical building.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit in tight, uncomfortable chairs while listening to a dramatic recitation of Poe.

85
During previews
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Resonant, Great writing, Dizzying, Entertaining, Absorbing
October 19th, 2019

See it if You want to see the theater icon performing a funny, well-written, relevant historical narrative that rarely drags.

Don't see it if You don't like 90 minute monologues about politically dense material. Fierstein stands there and talks. Could've been heard on a podcast.

65
During previews
Slow, Indulgent, Fluffy, Great acting
October 7th, 2019

See it if Its evocative, poignant, less than 90 minutes. A decently engaging afternoon. Very talented cast, the highlight, especially the mother.

Don't see it if Nothing original here. It was slow in parts and dragged on. The shift at the end where they speak to each other was weak and boring.

79
Clever, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Dizzying, Ambitious
October 2nd, 2019

See it if You want to see two thespian giants act to perfection in an otherwise average, somewhat pretentious, albeit engaging production.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in paying razor sharp attention to every detail for 90 minutes, lest you lose any idea of what the play is about.

49
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Overrated, Intense, Indulgent, Cliched, Absorbing
October 2nd, 2019

See it if I wrote here that this would be the show of the season and it had a rising playwright and capable cast, but I'm retracting.

Don't see it if You dont want to sit through 6+ hours of a slightly overindulgent play that relies heavily on tropes and cliches to achieve emotional impact

Also UPDATE FROM PART 2: Thank you Lois Smith for the redemption at the end... Read more Read less

58
Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Banal
September 15th, 2019

See it if You enjoy a solid, only slightly rocky Broadway play.

Don't see it if You're just going for Gyllenhaal. He isn't quite enough to make the show worth seeing.

Also This just wasn't my cup of tea. I had no real connection to the subjec... Read more Read less

94
Make Believe
Midtown W
Great writing, Great staging, Exquisite, Enchanting, Absorbing
September 15th, 2019

See it if To be emotionally moved, visually stunned, and thoroughly inspired by refreshingly talented child actors and a very capable adult ensemble

Don't see it if You're just too busy for a 80 minutes of great theater (or if you're sensitive to somewhat difficult traumatic material)

23
During previews
Bad acting, Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal
July 24th, 2019

See it if You like Shakespeare and you like the institution of Free Shakespeare in the Park.

Don't see it if You have no tolerance for actors who sound like they're reading words off a page as they navigate sloppy direction and staging.

91
Mojada
East Village
Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite, Enchanting, Absorbing
July 20th, 2019

See it if You want your eyes glued for one of the most compelling stories to hit New York theaters in some time, acted by masters.

Don't see it if You're too busy to learn empathy.

90
Riveting, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
July 20th, 2019

See it if You want to see the height of great theater.

Don't see it if You aren't prepared to sit and think in uncomfortable chairs.

59
Relevant, Intense, Disappointing, Great writing, Banal
July 20th, 2019

See it if You enjoy supporting local theater and young actors, or just might love Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through 3+ hours of an amateur production that radiates vision but lacks successful execution.

68
the way she spoke
West Village
Intense, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever
July 20th, 2019

See it if You enjoy one-person shows that tests the strengths of an actor dealing with rich, compelling text.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy a somewhat verbose narrative style that makes you feel like you'll never get to leave.