Thomas Breitweg

Hoboken | 50-64 | Male
About:  I fell in love with New York theater after a high school trip to see "1776" (in 1972!). In the years since, I've seen, literally, hundreds of shows -- not so much the big musicals, but mostly dramatic, more provocative stuff, both On- and Off-Broadway. My wife and I subscribe to Roundabout and New Y... Read more Read less
Reviews (18)
90
Great acting, Absorbing, Riveting

See it if This is a taut, completely absorbing drama. Is it dated? No, not with things like stop-and-frisk still in the news. Sadly, racism persists.

Don't see it if you're not open to a frank examination of racism in America, then and now. Also, some language might be upsetting.

Also Despite the difficult topic, the very mixed audience -- white and blac... Read more Read less

50
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if Marisa Tomei is riveting in what we both thought was a strangely misdirected show.

Don't see it if Why would a community of Sicilian immigrants speak in HEAVILY accented English to each other when they could more easily speak Italian?

80
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Riveting, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A super-intense real-time recreation of a life-changing FBI interrogation. A deceptively simple concept stunningly performed and staged.

Don't see it if Other than a few awkward chuckles, this is pretty difficult stuff. There's no secret to how this ends, but the getting there is terrifying.

80
Drunk Shakespeare
Midtown W
Totally fun, Hilarious, Raunchy

See it if you feel like laughing your *** off. This is pure fun, with a small hard-working cast that will stop at nothing for a good (or bad) joke.

Don't see it if you're easily offended by foul language and bawdy humor.

Also be prepared: There is no fourth wall and no place to hide in this very... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Proof of Love
West Village
Relevant, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you're open to a smart and beautifully written and performed, one-person drama. I was totally engaged for the entire performance.

Don't see it if you are unwilling to be challenged about racial stereotypes.

100
During previews
Great singing, Great staging, Riveting, Romantic, Intense

See it if you're open to an edgier, newer kind of Broadway musical. This is more "Spring Awakening" than it is "My Fair Lady." Exuberant and new.

Don't see it if you need to skip the 2019 Tony winner for Best Musical. Or don't like amazing trombone and guitar solos.

Also This is a deeply moving love story -- an old story -- told through mag... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want a classic Broadway musical experience. This has it all: star power, great singing, amazing dancing... and Cole Porter songs!

Don't see it if you absolutely need to keep a straight face for two hours. It's impossible. And the Act II opening number ... oh my God! Pure theater joy.

100
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Dramatic

See it if you enjoy things like "August Osage County" or "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" — black comedy, family drama. Amazing performances and staging.

Don't see it if you have trouble with Irish brogue. The two women behind us whispered throughout: "I can't understand them. Do you understand them?"

Also Three hours and fifteen minutes never passed so quickly! We enjoyed ev... Read more Read less

70
Apologia
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Smart

See it if you like wonderfully performed, well-crafted, one-set dramas.

Don't see it if intense (but witty) plays about dysfunctional families are not your thing.

Also We wanted to like this so much (the entire cast is so good), but despi... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Sing Street
East Village
Great acting, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if tuneful, youthful, inventive staging appeals. I brought two granddaughters with me (late teens) and they enjoyed this immensely. I did too.

Don't see it if you need big, broad, stylish musicals. This works its magic in other, more off-beat ways.

Also Kind of a "Spring Awakening" meets "Footloose" thing -- youth vs. misg... Read more Read less

80
Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Mary-Louise Parker. Enough said.

Don't see it if you're looking for light-hearted entertainment. This is very good, intelligent fare, but demands one's attention

Also As much as I enjoyed the show in the moment, I've replayed the story i... Read more Read less

80
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Great staging, Delightful, Hilarious

See it if you don't mind a little tasteful gore mixed in with a strong cast, great singing, quite a few laughs, and a couple of very touching moments.

Don't see it if you can't tolerate an occasional load rock song. Mostly, the tunes are quite melodic and well-performed.

90
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if a stunning lead performance, inventive staging and a provocative story appeal.

Don't see it if you need a traditional plot and staging. This story is not particularly linear, and the supporting cast plays multiple characters.

Also April Matthis ... wow. This is a beautiful show with important, timely... Read more Read less

85
During previews
All My Sons
Midtown W
Riveting, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy classic American drama with strong lead performances.

Don't see it if you're fidgety. This is a one-set, three-act play. There is plenty of drama as the story slowly reveals itself, but this is mostly talk.

Also The story is of its time and shows its age. But that's no criticism; I... Read more Read less

80
Exquisite, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if if you want to enjoy an evening of wonderful Sondheim presented by an utterly charming and inventive cast of six.

Don't see it if you're looking for a big Broadway musical experience. This is much smaller in scale than, say, Kiss Me Kate -- not a criticism, just a fact.

Also I'm a Sondheim fan, but was unfamiliar with this show -- a beautiful, ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Hurricane Diane
East Village
Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if you're into strong performances, some hilarious writing and a crazy-inventive but dead-serious play about climate change vs. consumerism.

Don't see it if you are a socially conservative denier.

70
During previews
Intense, Absorbing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy intense drama. Ethan Hawke is downright frightening.

Don't see it if are looking for a light-hearted Broadway experience. Despite some laughs, these character go to some pretty dark places.

Also We saw this in the second week of previews, so who knows what happens ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Slave Play
East Village
Great acting, Funny, Relevant, Great writing, Profound

See it if you enjoy provocative, risk-taking and resonant theater.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with frank sexual content.

Also Afterwards, my wife and I both commented on the amazing writing and pe... Read more Read less