Thom 6233

Brooklyn | 65+ | Male
About:  Sometimes a director, sometimes a playwright, sometimes an actor always a theatergoer.
Reviews (47)
89
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if you are willing to see what a singular black gay chunky and tremendously intelligent and clever talented man might be feeling and thinking

Don't see it if you cannot wade through moments of introspection that might imply self homophobia though it ends up on a more hopeful note.

69
Misfire, Great writing, Disappointing

See it if You don't mind a sub par revival of classic Sam Shepard play. The writing & themes still have value even in this somewhat anemic revival.

Don't see it if This is your first introduction to Sam Shepard.

80
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You are even a little bit of a Cher fan or if you want Vegas style entertainment with a little bit extra.

Don't see it if You are looking for great depth or surprising revelations or for an advancement of the musical form.

80
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy quirky sometimes dark humor in well plotted play reminiscent of Martin McDonagh.

Don't see it if You have difficulty understanding broad British accents.

86
During previews
Log Cabin
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Funny, Great acting

See it if you have an interest in LGBTQ life in today's fast changing world.

Don't see it if you believe there is still too much discussion of gay life, gender roles and fluid sexuality today.

85
During previews
Scissoring
Midtown W
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you are looking for a Lesbian love story with some serious overtones about the effect of organized religion on romantic freedom

Don't see it if you have a closed mind on same sex relationships or personal faith.

98
Great staging, Absorbing, Masterful

See it if You are a Potter head or if you just like spectacular theater with a strong fanciful story

Don't see it if You never liked the Harry Potter stories or you resist fantasy in general.

66
Party Face
Midtown W
Disappointing, Funny, Slow

See it if You never got over your schoolboy crush on Hayley Mills. She has real stage presence in an otherwise lackluster production.

Don't see it if You have no patience with female oriented comedy. (neither feminist nor man bashing though)

86
Hangmen
Chelsea
Clever, Dizzying, Great writing

See it if you enjoyed previous McDonough plays. This ranks up there with them. Some accents can be difficult to understand.

Don't see it if you don't like quirky witty thrillers with heavy sexual overtones!

83
Clever, Funny, Great staging

See it if You enjoy a well staged bit of amusing fluff with a talented lovable cast.

Don't see it if You are looking for high artistic merit over just plain entertainment.

78
Indians
East Village
Ambitious, Epic, Quirky

See it if You wish to see a show sensitive to the fate of the indigenous people of North America.

Don't see it if you have little patience for talky polemics of the theater of the sixties.

92
Great acting, Hilarious, Touching

See it if You want to see one of the historical LGBT plays brought vividly to exciting life! Michael Urie leads a phenomenal cast

Don't see it if There is no reason to not see this play. If you are homophobic, you need to see it all the more (but probably won't)

88
Street Theater
Chelsea
Funny, Clever, Relevant

See it if You have an interest in LGBT history cleverly written by one who lived it and entertainingly presented by a talented cast and crew.

Don't see it if you cannot understand why the beginnings of the gay rights movement are still relevant today.

60
During previews
Disappointing, Banal, Slow

See it if You wish to see a neo-Brechtian movement piece of theater more self absorbed than absorbing. The acting is credible.

Don't see it if you believe that sometimes less is more or if you are looking for any illumination or interesting new takes on Burgess' story.

89
Sweat
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You are interested in theater that reflects current life in Mid America today with an unflinching view. A deserved Pulitzer Prize winner.

Don't see it if you are looking for pure escapism.

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Clever

See it if you enjoy intelligent, thought provoking, witty drama presented by superb actors in an absorbing production.

Don't see it if you are looking for escapist entertainment. You will enjoy thinking at this play.

89
Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You appreciate American classic theater well acted in a top class production.

Don't see it if You don't like the occasionally overwrought writing of early twentieth century writing.

Also What a wonderful cast (I saw Linney as Regina and Nixon as Birdie) and... Read more Read less

99
Hilarious, Must see, Delightful

See it if You wish to see Bette Midler masterfully lead a talented cast in an exhuberating performance of an American iconic musical!

Don't see it if You are as curmudgeonly as Horace Vandergelder and don't like silly (though hilariously funny) musical comedies.

66
The Front Page
Midtown W
Dated, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You wish to see a fairly good ensemble show what this historic show was like.

Don't see it if You are not willing to put up with copious amounts of exposition and anger easily at misogynistic writing.

86
Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you want to see the first post-Trump play or if you like apocalyptic scifi with a bit of LGBTQ philosophy mixed in.

Don't see it if you wish everything cut and dried or crystal clear.

89
Absorbing, Funny, Intense

See it if You enjoy seeing a well directed well cast production of a provocative adult drama

Don't see it if you are easily offended by raw language

88
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You want to see fairly interesting take on gay pride history thru the eyes of 5 individuals who inhabited the same bar at different periods.

Don't see it if One actor shows bore you.

98
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you can get and afford tickets to the best show in years. And buy the cast album to fully appreciate the genius of this piece.

Don't see it if you are not willing to give some new music a try.

91
Quirky, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You ever had fantasies about your childhood superheroes.

Don't see it if you have no sense of fantasy.

89
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You love to laugh because despite only mediocre music, expertly comic performances well serve one of the funniest shows on Broadway.

Don't see it if you are only looking for advances in the art of musical theater. This is just old fashioned fun!

86
Bleach
Brooklyn
Great acting, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you would enjoy an immersive show about a rentboy caught up in actions seemingly beyond his control

Don't see it if you are offended about depictions of kinky sex, are squeamish about being touched (you can opt out of that)

Also a tour de force for an actor as he leads the audience on a titillating... Read more Read less

88
Lured
East Village
Intense, Riveting, Great acting

See it if You have forgotten how homophobic persecution exists in Russia and is mirrored in some circles in the U.S. even today.

Don't see it if strong scenes of brutality and forced sexuality are too much for you to handle

98
Intelligent, Intelligent informative entertaining

See it if You wish to know at all the history of theater in New York, the resources available as a theater student (formal or informal) or fan.

Don't see it if you just want to go to a showand let them do the work. Don't bother if you've never gotten into a theater argument er discussion.

82
Great acting, Funny, Dizzying

See it if you like gritty urban humor with intelligence and affection underneath, well directed until the final five minutes

Don't see it if you are easily offended or dislike stories that play with linear progression. Not everything in this story is clear and concise

90
Paradise Blue
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Clever

See it if If you are a fan of film noir (with a twist) and are fascinated by combining it with black slice of historical life drama

Don't see it if you prefer realism to moody poetic dramas with a sense of humor and irony.

68
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Cliched, Confusing, Relevant

See it if you wish to see a complex portrayal of a teenage girl well acted and you do not care about inconsitencies

Don't see it if you get easily frustrated when a talented author gets lazy or sloppy in their work

85
Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You are an Albee fan or a fan of intelligent and literate theater.

Don't see it if You lack patience to listen to language over plot (particularly in 1st play)

75
During previews
Draw the Circle
West Village
Entertaining, Relevant, Clever

See it if you are willing to listen to the position of an Indian Muslim family dealing w/ their transgender child + gain insights into their feelings

Don't see it if you are unwilling to give a one performer a show a chance no matter how well told.

49
The Portuguese Kid
Midtown W
Banal, Confusing

See it if you love ethnic comedy not caring if it makes sense has no more than a few genuinely funny lines.

Don't see it if you have a low tolerance for seeing good actors wasted by sloopy writing and poor direction.

90
Great writing, Great acting, Provocative

See it if You like well written law procedurals charged with thoughts current and provocative.

Don't see it if You are disturbed by profanity in pursuit of the sacred.

80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if you share the more liberal and well known views of Michael Moore views

Don't see it if you still support the policies of the current occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

79
Great acting, Quirky, Great staging

See it if you enjoy variations on familiar tales, well acted and well told using music and dark humor

Don't see it if you are easily offended or overly squeamish

91
Indecent
Midtown W
Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you can be moved by a story of artists creating that which is meaningful to them against opposition both political and moral.

Don't see it if you lack the patience to be challenged by a multilayered story told through many forms of expression.

84
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if You enjoy good clowning with political relevance. Michael Urie leads a highly skilled cast.

Don't see it if You don't like slapstick humor.

85
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging

See it if You wish to see Glenn Close's iconic portrayal of Norma Desmond in an effective stripped down production

Don't see it if You dislike musical melodrama.

88
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You have an interest in world affairs and insightful writing when performed by actors well versed in their craft.

Don't see it if You tend to get lost in wordy writing or find such approaches boring.

69
During previews
Gently Down the Stream
East Village
Intelligent, Relevant, Indulgent

See it if You find Harvey Fierstein irresistible and you are fascinated by LGBT history

Don't see it if you can wait until the fix the problems inherent in the casting, acting and staging.

Also There is a good play here somewhere but it still needs work and focus ... Read more Read less

88
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if Seeing achingly complex gay characters in a witty and raw examination of contemporary gay life

Don't see it if Having to follow a twisting complex plot would bother you.

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You enjoy bravura vocal performances from artists like Cynthia Erivo and Jennifer Holliday and a wonderful cast.

Don't see it if You are bothered by a sometimes clunky book.

90
The Jamb
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see contemporary gay theater with a witty and moving script, well directed and performed by a talented cast.

Don't see it if you get uptight around frank discussions about addiction.

92
Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a quick witted sketch like one act on current gay life.

Don't see it if You expect a literal take on the Cyrano story.

51
Banal, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You have much tolerance and patience for self indulgence.

Don't see it if you don't.