Todd Davies

San Francisco | 50-64 | Male
About:  I go to about a play a week (or a musical), usually in the SF Bay Area, but sometimes in NYC or elsewhere. I spend about 6 weeks a year in New York, and use this site to help me choose what plays and musicals to see. there. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (20)
The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Overlong, Confusing, Soporific, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you can't get enough of Arthur Miller or *The Crucible*, are a real fan of Bedlam, or have a pertinent professional or personal interest.

Don't see it if none of the above apply, or you'd rather skip a historically inaccurate 3+ hours depiction of deluded people arguing over complete nonsense.

Also In the USA of 1953-'54, when the first productions of *The Crucible* w... Read more Read less

Atmospheric, Bounded, Nuanced, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you have read the book/seen the movie, & are open to a contemporary rethinking of its presentation, or you enjoy a nuanced, provocative play

Don't see it if you think *To Kill a Mockingbird* belongs to the past, or to your past, and/or you are not open to a modified retelling for the 21st Century

Also When I first read about this play, I decided not to see it. Like many,... Read more Read less

Problematic, Entertaining, Annoying, Funny, Cliched

See it if you are interested in learning about people's experiences with online dating sites AND you want an entertaining few hours.

Don't see it if other options for a night at the theater look better to you based on their blurbs, or you find flippant social manipulation annoying.

Also The concept is interesting, and I did laugh a lot. If you have not tho... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Dated, Transporting, Confusing, Great writing

See it if you are interested in Eduardo de Filippo or italian drama, you understand spanish, or you enjoy supertitled theater performed in spanish.

Don't see it if you don't understand spanish well and are not willing to work at understanding the supertitles, or you don't enjoy time-bound material.

Also English supertitles are available only in the back of the theater. The... Read more Read less

During previews
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You love Shakespeare, have not seen Coriolanus, or want to experience Free Shakespeare in the Park.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare or you don't like non-traditional staging.

Also More political than Shakespeare's other plays, with food for thought a... Read more Read less

Great staging, Poignant, Enchanting, Overamplified, Great dancing

See it if you like or are curious about afro-caribbean culture, you enjoy innovatively staged musicals, or are looking for something a bit different.

Don't see it if you only want to attend theater that is unmiked.

For a previous production
The Jungle
Absorbing, Immersive, Thought-provoking, Intense, Transporting

See it if you want a sense of what life is like in a refugee camp -- I have visited a few and can attest that the atmosphere felt authentic to me.

Don't see it if you can't handle loudness and commotion, or have hard-line views about who can legitimately author a piece about refugee experiences.

During previews
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Funny, Relevant, Nuanced

See it if you like coming-of-age stories, are interested in african american or gay culture, like gospel music, or are homophobic and working on it.

Don't see it if you are looking for a "Broadway-style" musical (the singing is a cappella), or a story that involves women.

Great singing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Resonant, Soulful

See it if you love Motown, you want to know more about black culture and the importance of music in people's lives, or you want to hear great singing

Don't see it if you are expecting a big production, or you have an aversion to jukebox musicals.

Dated, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Surprising

See it if you love Renée Fleming and classic musicals, are open to non-traditional casting, and can deal with dated portayals of domestic violence.

Don't see it if you are looking for something enlightening given today's sensibilities.

The Inheritance
Midtown W
Flawed, Fun, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you like to binge watch good series, are in the lgbtq+ or any other marginalized community, or want to learn about A-list gay male culture.

Don't see it if you don't want to devote a day of your life to a story mostly about white, well-educated, stereotypical, monogamo-normative gay men in nyc.

Also For many considering seeing this play, a key question will be, Is it w... Read more Read less

Provocative, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever, Moving

See it if you're open to learning about Jewish culture/early 20th Century shtetls of the Russian Empire, or deepening your perspective on this musical

Don't see it if you have already seen this production too many times before, however you define that. :)

Also I am not Jewish, but spent my early years in a jewish neighborhood, am... Read more Read less

Humanity's Child
Greenwich V
Uninteresting, Indulgent, Relevant, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if you want to see anything dealing with contemporary youth, and you don't expect much; or you are a friend or relative of someone in the show.

Don't see it if none of the above applies to you.

Also I am sorry to write this review, because I think this show has good in... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Hilarious, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a play that is both very funny and very challenging intellectually; or you are interested in race and ethnicity as issues.

Don't see it if you are closed-minded about race and would not get anything out of a work that deals with it in an innovative way.

Also I had read reviews of this play which acted as spoilers. For maximal e... Read more Read less

Overrated, Unimpactful, Great staging, Great singing, Epic

See it if you love greek mythology, you liked the Mary Zimmerman play *Metamorphoses*, or you really want to see the latest, hottest show on Broadway.

Don't see it if you are not easily moved, it doesn't sound like something you would see if it weren't so popular, or you can wait for the first revival.

Also I have a history of being underwhelmed by shows that get a lot of rave... Read more Read less

Slave Play
East Village
Intense, Hilarious, Great writing, Daring, Edgy

See it if you like Robert O'Hara, who directed this production and whose influence on the writing is very apparent, or you like "on the edge" writing.

Don't see it if you are completely opposed to depictions of "slave play" or to a work that toys with the idea that this form of "kink" could be therapeutic.

The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great writing, Political, Transporting, Powerful

See it if you respect powerful playwriting and intense acting, you want lots of food for thought, and you can handle implicit and explicit violence.

Don't see it if you would avoid a play about Ireland by an Englishman that is (while critical of British rule in Northern Ireland) quite critical of the IRA

Great singing, Great staging, Banal, Transporting, Memorable

See it if you love great music, are interested in the middle east, and you love being transported to a different place as you watch theater.

Don't see it if you are cynical about sympathetic portrayals of Israeli attitudes towards Arabs.

Confusing, Entertaining, Insipid, Dazzling, Disappointing

See it if you are a kid, or a kid at heart, you loved "Frozen" on film, and you enjoy special effects and puppetry on stage.

Don't see it if you have not seen and would not want to see "Frozen" on film, or you are looking for a substantial message.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great singing, Profound

See it if you love Dylan's music, you can handle a show that is dark and moody, and you like innovative uses of music in a play.

Don't see it if you are expecting a show that is about Bob Dylan, or a traditional musical in which songs carry (rather than being accessories to) the story