Tim Leininger

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Reviews (23)
Journal Inquirer

“Dark and innovative...Brilliant, pared down theatrical experience...A deceptively complex show with characters that have simple lives, but deeply woven emotional struggles...The tragedy of Jud...What could have been a major folly was a naturalistic capturing of the characters and music. The one change that feels most unnatural is Laurey’s dream ballet...This interpretive dance number is a bit too modern for the text and music.” Full Review

Journal Inquirer

"Block is far and away the most impressive Cher of the three...What’s nice about Elice’s book is that the narrative mostly stays in chronological order, and when the story jumps from one Cher to another, it doesn’t rid itself of the other two phases. Instead, they are nearby, becoming her conscience...A much better than anticipated show and though it isn’t groundbreaking or, at least for me, life-changing, it is an entertaining production and a must-see for Cher fans." Full Review

Journal Inquirer

“A well-intentioned new musical that is poorly executed...This show has good moments, a very empathetic and likable heroine, and a fun and entertaining score. But...the supporting cast is poorly written and the story is so problematic at times that...the show is being as self-righteous as the characters it is trying to admonish...Sklar and Beguelin have written some great songs...In the midst of clunky pandering to social statements, there is a beautiful love story. I wish we got more of it." Full Review

Journal Inquirer

“There are no adequate accolades to describe May’s performance...Under the fantastic direction of Neugebauer, May plays Green, an elderly woman who...is suffering from dementia...May’s performance is so convincing...The supporting cast gives a great performance as well. Allen, in particular...’The Waverly Gallery’ is a fantastic, but sometimes tough to get through, piece of theater, especially for audience members who have experienced the tragedy that is dementia.” Full Review

The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Journal Inquirer

“Pleasantly funny new play...’The Nap’ has some genuinely funny moments, the commentary over the snooker matches is hysterical and the supporting characters are outlandish and brilliantly performed...The problems within 'The Nap' are in the plot. The first 20 minutes or so drag before the play finds its legs...The other major problem...is its ending, which is mostly formulaic and lacks any real honesty in its climax.” Full Review

Journal Inquirer

"Possibly the worst musical of the year...There is an interesting creative concept that works for the show that I did like, and that is the use of three different actresses to represent three different parts of Summer’s life...The problem with 'Summer' is the story. Told as a series of flashbacks by Diva Donna, the show plays as more of menagerie or montage of Summer’s life without a compelling thorough narrative that offers any serious lasting drama." Full Review

Journal Inquirer

"Surprisingly funny and witty...Those who are fans of the film should find many of the familiar beats from the movie on stage...The real thrill of the show though is its supporting cast. Henson and Weed are dynamic together; tripping off Fey’s biting wit with tactical precision, while Park and Rockwell are both hysterical...But while laughing at the stereotypes depicted within, it is not a bad thing to reflect afterward why we laugh at the expense of people different from ourselves." Full Review

Rocktopia
Midtown W
Journal Inquirer

"It’s not a bad concept. Many music theorists agree that there is a kinship between classical music and popular music...Moderately entertaining, but an overall disappointing attempt to meld the two musical genres...There are one or two other numbers that work as well, but overall the numbers play out as classic rock songs with classical music introductions, and even then some of the introductions don’t give the songs their just due." Full Review

Feeding the Dragon
West Village
Journal Inquirer

for a previous production "There isn’t anything wrong with the story concept. The problem is that her parents appear to have done a good job insulating her from the more dramatic elements of their conflicts and social issues of the ’60s, weakening the narrative of the show...If Washington and I were sitting down to a bottle of pinot noir, I would love to be able to pick her brain about her childhood growing up in a library, but this story does not quite merit any necessity for a stage performance." Full Review

Journal Inquirer

"The play becomes more of an advertisement for music therapy, which is all fair and good, but doesn’t do much for drama. To be fair, 'Farinelli and the King' is more comedy than drama and Rylance shines with his comedic timing...Aside from Rylance, Crane, and Davies, though, the rest of the cast is unfortunately detached in their performances and appears disinterested...'Farinelli and the King' has some shining moments, particularly in Rylance and Crane’s performance." Full Review

Journal Inquirer

"It was surprisingly entertaining and exceptionally put together...It is a miracle of miracles that Kitt and the show’s book writer, Jarrow, were able to make all these songs work cohesively...The show is by no definition perfect...'SpongeBob SquarePants' requires a certain amount of tolerance to the sometimes obnoxious simplistic characters, but the fantastic score and earnest production is an overall surprisingly enjoyable show, entertaining and exquisitely lush." Full Review

In Transit
Midtown W
Journal Inquirer

"An a capella musical is unusual and outside the box for a Broadway show, it’s too bad the show gets trapped in formulaic and clichéd storytelling, with easy resolutions and stereotypes throughout. There are no real surprises in the journey of these characters. We’ve seen them all before...It’s the endearment in the performances of the cast, under the direction of Kathleen Marshall, that keeps the show from being a total slog." Full Review

Journal Inquirer

"Solidifies Cullman's reputation as one of the brightest young directors...McCraney brilliantly captures complex characters that are not just archetypes, but delves into the debate between morality and righteousness. If 90 percent of directing is getting the right cast, Cullman nails it with a superb, talented group of actors, mostly young men who have never graced the Broadway stage before...'Choir Boy' is a necessary play considering our growing social and political discord." Full Review

Journal Inquirer

“Birbiglia gives a candid, soul-bearing performance. His comic timing is nearly perfect...It’s sweet, it’s sentimental, but it’s also surprising in its candidness at times...What makes ‘The New One’ such an enjoyable show is not Birbiglia’s sense of humor — which is great; the man is really, really funny — but his ability to make the story genuine and honest. Though he candidly discusses problems in his marriage and with raising a little girl, he does so with love and heart." Full Review

King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
On Stage Blog

“Kennedy: They were successful in making Kong into a real character, a performer in the show...Leininger: You get a rush of adrenaline when you see him move so fluidly...Kennedy: The show was technically masterful...Kennedy: The effects were amazing...Leininger: The music is forgettable." Full Review

Journal Inquirer

"McTeer gives a powerful, electric performance as Bernhardt. It is a rich and colored canvas with depth, conflict, ego, and insecurity...It’s Bernhardt’s inability to work with the character of Hamlet the way he is written that is compelling about 'Bernhardt/Hamlet' and makes me believe that Rebeck’s motives are not nearly as surface-level...She has created an exceptional piece of feminist theater by making a woman not only powerful for her time." Full Review

Journal Inquirer

"Mighty and surefooted cast supporting a solid performance by Condola Rashad...Though a tad overlong — Scene 4 gets terribly tedious before intermission begins — Shaw’s play is still as riveting as I’m sure it was when it first premiered in 1923. He successfully tells a war story without any battles, and he challenges the authority of government and religious establishment through a female protagonist that may or may not be crazy...Rashad is exceptional as Joan." Full Review

Journal Inquirer

"Ridloff is radiant and full of life and energy...Jackson does a great job of juggling the responsibility of portraying James...Requiring him to act in a way that has him reacting to Sarah's dialogue while translating her...Still a profound piece of theater...Leon has created a superb revival that reminds audiences to cast aside their assumptions about people and learn to listen not just with their ears and eyes, but also with their hearts and minds." Full Review

Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Journal Inquirer

"Though there is plenty of marquee value in Cera and Evans’s names, the most enjoyable performance of the night came from Brian Tyree Henry, who was superb...He captures the real world humor that Lonergan excels at writing — feeding sweet comedy to the audience with one hand, while dealing out bitter truth with the other...'Lobby Hero' is overall a delightful play and is mostly well performed...Be ready to be impressed with Henry. He’s the real hero of the show." Full Review

Journal Inquirer

"If you don’t like his music, you will not like this show. But if you do like his music, and you are familiar with his songs, you will very likely love this show...A laughable cheesefest. It’s cute and totally benign, but Garcia and O’Malley’s script, along with Ashley’s direction, makes it work amazingly well. Not since 'Mamma Mia' has there been a jukebox musical that so successfully incorporates the songs into the plot and uses them to progress the narrative." Full Review

Journal Inquirer

"Though these introductions are brief, they create an intimate atmosphere as the presence of Lithgow pulls us into his broad, loving embrace...Lithgow's performance is tender...His enactment of 'Haircut' gets a little dicey at times as the first half of the story tends to ramble a bit, making it about five to 10 minutes too long. His performance of 'Uncle Fred Flits By,' though, is one of the funniest things you’ll see all year." Full Review

Journal Inquirer

“A beautiful and intimate night of theater...Ahrens and Flaherty’s score is lush and vibrant, full of spirit and passion that the cast embrace and invest themselves into fully... Kilgore has a beautiful naïveté about her, capturing the wide-eyed wonder of a girl experiencing the world of the wealthy...The supporting cast is wonderful...A simple story with a deeper message of love and sacrifice. It is tender and it is sometimes sad. But it is also a brilliant celebration of color and life.” Full Review

Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Journal Inquirer

“As spectacular as it is to see all these great performances, ‘Prince of Broadway’ isn’t without its faults…At times, the show begins to feel more like a theater school showcase than a revue. Granted it is a fantastically performed showcase, but it feels too easy at times in its concept and execution. This may be due to interstitial moments of dialogue meant to transition from one number to the next. Its requirement is there, but it doesn’t add much.” Full Review