Tom 6119

Long Island City
About:  I am a published playwright, actor, singer, voice teacher, acting teacher at the college level and I direct shows.
Reviews (67)
92
Ambitious, Intelligent, Must see

See it if have never seen a production of the show before. It is worth the trip to Queens. I was very moved. The cast is terrific.

Don't see it if are looking for light entertainment. Don't want to be challenged to think. It's Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori so it's not for dummies.

Also APAC always does a great job but this production is special. There is ... Read more Read less

79
Intelligent, Great writing, Disappointing

See it if You have never seen a production of All My Sons. You love Annette Benning or Tracy Letts.

Don't see it if You are expecting a "must see" production of a classic play.

Also This production did not live up to it's potential. The acting is uneve... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Masterful, Delightful, Great staging

See it if you have never seen this play. It's a wonderful play. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Don't see it if Just see it. Anyone who has a serious interest, or high intellectual expectations for the theatre they choose to see will enjoy it.

Also I had never seen this play but I have always wanted to. I was quite su... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Great singing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see some really amazing young performers in a wonderful new play. It's not a perfect piece, but it is well worth your time.

Don't see it if Don't want to see a play that deals with gay young men. There is no reason not to see this if you like good theatre.

Also It isn't a perfect piece of theatre, but it's a wonderful evening in t... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you like interesting, intelligent theatre

Don't see it if are expecting a light evening

Also When I watch theatre I am usually "in the moment". I don't think ahead... Read more Read less

74
Confusing, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if Like French Restoration Comedy and David Ives being "clever"

Don't see it if want to sit through a nonsensical plot, with some great acting. It was fun, but not a great piece of theatre

Also I've seen so many plays where the superb acting, directing, and produc... Read more Read less

78
Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if enjoy new plays, period pieces, history

Don't see it if are not interested in a bit of history in your evening of theatre

Also I thought this was a very respectable piece of theatre with many wonde... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Confusing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you aren't afraid of being utterly confused from the beginning to the end.

Don't see it if you are a casual theatre goer. It's not for you.

Also This is a really difficult one to score. There is so much good going o... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Like nothing else

See it if You want to see Allison Frasier deliver an actual tour de force.

Don't see it if are disturbed by the deeply disturbed. There are some seriously messed up things going on here. Don't bring a child. Or a teen.

Also This is not a typical "horror" story. It is a deeply disturbing, very ... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Great acting

See it if want to see Peter Friedman and Deanna Dunagan in a wonderful play in a SMALL theatre

Don't see it if you don't have patience for a sweet play to unfold

Also So much to like about this show. The writing is really lovely and flui... Read more Read less

91
Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if want to hear four insanely talented people sing and play multiple instruments.

Don't see it if Don't like American Folk Music or want to see a "play"

Also This is thoroughly enjoyable. Each of the four performers play multipl... Read more Read less

69
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Odd

See it if you want to see a really odd musical mixing things that shouldn't really be mixed

Don't see it if have another option of something else to see. If it's between this show and another show, pick the other show.

Also This was a very odd musical. I sat there and couldn't get into the pre... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Ambitious, Heartbreaking, Great acting

See it if want to see a theatre piece that is quite unique and ultimately quite heartbreaking and human

Don't see it if don't want to see a simulated naked woman (for a fair amount of time). Some people left at intermission

Also I have never seen a play by Ms. Parks. I wasn't sure I was going to li... Read more Read less

70
Disjointed, Not true to source material, Confusing

See it if love Spoon River. The adaptation which played live outdoors at Green-Wood Cemetery was much better. Probably the best I have seen.

Don't see it if are a real Spoon River Fan. The adapter rewrites poems, changes relationships,adds characters. Literary liberty is fine, but this too much!

Also I know Spoon River Anthology pretty well. This was not so much an adap... Read more Read less

1
During previews
Blah, blah. blah signifying nothing, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if Don't see it

Don't see it if don't want to waste two intermission-less hours of your life

Also In 2 hrs we don't know-Where are these people? Who are these people? W... Read more Read less

84
Ambitious, Edgy, Quirky

See it if you want something different.

Don't see it if can't adapt to something different.

Also I enjoyed this more than most people here. I thought it was very inter... Read more Read less

93
Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Like the Humans. It's similar, but better

Don't see it if It's very easy to watch. If you enjoy good theatre at all you will enjoy this play.

Also What a wonderful play and production! Everything about this seems effo... Read more Read less

68
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you are very patient. It's slow. Nothing really makes sense.

Don't see it if Want to see a show that is well written. It's not. It's slow and never makes any cohesive statement.

Also When a play starts off with a twenty minute monologue, you are often i... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Edgy, Refreshing

See it if missed it on Broadway and want to see an excellent production of a really wonderful play

Don't see it if dislike bad language, adult themes,

Also I have seen other productions at T. Shreiber studios and they always d... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Disappointing, Banal, Wrong venue

See it if Like MaryLouise Parker.

Don't see it if want to pay $150 for a show that has no right to be on Broadway.

Also The writing is elegant, but still indulgent and pointless. This show d... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if Want to see a very good production of a play not produced very often. Rebekah Brockman is perfectly cast in a breakout role.

Don't see it if Want to see a modern, edgy play. It's a period piece.It didn't seem dated to me. About 20 mins too long. The 2nd act is as long as first.

Also I enjoyed this production very much. Mr. Pendleton, the director, has ... Read more Read less

77
Great acting, Original, Ambitious

See it if You want to see four amazing actors. Like short shows. Like thought provoking theatre without all the answers. Fan of Albert Einstein.

Don't see it if Want a tidy plot. At first I Thought there was something "more" I was missing. I came to the conclusion, there isn't. It is what it you see.

83
Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting

See it if you want to see Frank Langella's wonderful performance.

Don't see it if the rest of the cast was oddly not so good. I found my mind wandering. It's not as well written or layered as The Other Place.

50
Disappointing, Banal, Slow

See it if like theatre that bores you into sleep. you like to hear really poorly done accents that were distracting. Like dull scripts.

Don't see it if are looking for T Shreiber's productions with his usual standards. Hot l Baltimore was great. This was a big disappointment.

69
For kids, Fluffy

See it if have some kids you need to entertain. Love Bubbles... and who doesn't?

Don't see it if Want to see a show with a plot. It got a little boring after a while, but it was entertaining.

90
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if want to see a production of a historic theatrical event

Don't see it if aren't able to absorb a theatre piece from 1937. Or you don't like plays that are mostly sung.

Also I have never seen a production of TCWR. I found it fascinating. The ac... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if Want to see a wonderful performance by Mary Jo Rupp

Don't see it if Are cranky

Also There is a lot of good things going on the stage at The Cake. I gave i... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if have never seen a production of True West

Don't see it if you know the play and want to see a great production of it. You will be disappointed.

Also This play was probably shocking when it was new. It doesn't have the s... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Fantastic cast!, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a very cleverly staged new musical with an incredible cast of young performers.

Don't see it if want something light and fluffy or Jukebox musicals.

Also This cast is amazing. So talented in so many ways. Fantastic singers. ... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Great acting, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if are a fan of Michael C Hall

Don't see it if Don't like one men/person shows. Don't want to be dragged on stage.

Also When a play is a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize I hold it to a higher s... Read more Read less

48
Banal, Loud, Pointless

See it if are bringing a 15 year old girl to the theatre. You are a fan of the movie, which I am not.

Don't see it if don't want to be help captive in a theatre listening to what sounds like the same song played over and over

Also I will admit, I shouldn't be reviewing this. I didn't like Wicked, or ... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Great writing

See it if You love Follies. This is a perfectly respectful production. It has a Community Theatre feel to it,but a lot of heart -sincere performances

Don't see it if Don't understand the history behind what the Follies were. You don't want to maneuver the trains and have a long, long walk to the theatre

Also After reading comments here, It's alarming the new generation seems to... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if want to see two great actresses in a magnificent play

Don't see it if looking for a musical or don't like thoughtful theatre

Also Sublime. This is one of the most exquisite evenings in the theatre I h... Read more Read less

67
During previews
Boring, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You like tennis... I guess.

Don't see it if want a great script.

Also This was one of those plays where I was looking to leave after 15 minu... Read more Read less

64
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Quirky

See it if you want to see a really confusing, mess of a play... well... it's actually a musical, which no one seems to mention.

Don't see it if you have something else to do

Also I read through the other posts after I saw the show. I am sorry to say... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

See it if want to see a lovely, graceful new play that is similar in tone to Brighton Beach Memoirs

Don't see it if Don't like Italian American themed plays, don't like old fashioned themes.

Also I thought this was a really lovely new play. It has some wonderful per... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Great staging, Ambitious, Great production values

See it if want to see a new musical with a great score and an amazingly talented cast.

Don't see it if you like old fashioned musicals.

Also I almost want to stop reading Show Score. All the negative comments fo... Read more Read less

80
Historic, Ambitious, Refreshing

See it if have been waiting to see a production of Raisin like me. if you want to support, or have never seen an APAC Show. They are always of value

Don't see it if There in no reason not to see this unless you don't like Musicals. Especially one that is based on such a perfect play.

Also I've been a fan of Raisin for decades. I never saw a production and wa... Read more Read less

96
Best production of hairy ape you will ever see., Ambitious, Must see, Quirky

See it if Want to see the definitive production of this play. You will never see a better production of it.

Don't see it if Really don't like heights. The audience is at an extreme rake.

Also This is epic theatre. Must see. The Hairy Ape is not my favorite play.... Read more Read less

79
Great singing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great set and lighting

See it if want to have a worthwhile experience in the theatre.

Don't see it if Are expecting a great score, or a perfect book.

Also This show has heart. It's not perfect. The songs, especially in the be... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You want to see a magnificent performance by Michael Emmerson.

Don't see it if You don't like theatre that is different. It's very much a stream of conscience monologue, which I don't usually like. This was mesmerizing

Also Much like A Life from last season, Michael Emmerson gives a powerful p... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Too many plots going on, Great staging

See it if You should see it flaws and all.

Don't see it if Want to see a perfect production of a perfect play. It's not perfect. Far from it.

Also Sometimes I see a play that is so beautifully produced I wonder what i... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Fluffy, Funny, Not nicky's best

See it if like Nicky Silver, want to laugh and reflect.

Don't see it if will miss Linda Lavin, don't like gay characters,

Also This is a tough one. I love Nicky Silver plays, but I love Nicky Silve... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Quirky, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if have never seen Edgar Oliver. Enjoy looking at NYC through his eyes. Like one person shows.

Don't see it if You want to see a play and not a one man show

Also Edgar Oliver is a very unique person, writer, and actor. There is no o... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Disturbing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if want twists, like disturbing theatre, like DHP

Don't see it if are expecting a light comedy,

Also I didn't want to be the first to review this. I can say almost nothing... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Entertaining, These ladies rock,

See it if want to hear some amazing singing. The play around the songs is pretty weak. You wait for the next song, but it's worth the wait.

Don't see it if Are expecting a good play. Would have been a better concert without the play. It would have scored it a 95 if the book had been better.

78
Confusing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if like layered theatre. slightly blurry as if watching a memory. four good performances. sweet at times.

Don't see it if you don't like dense dialogue. slightly surreal. slow at times.

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if like new well written scripts, great acting, interesting plot and characters, great set

Don't see it if don't like dramas with some humor, don't like dramas without music

64
Disappointing, Community theatre, Underwhelming talent

See it if you have never seen "Baby". It has some wonderful music in it, and the book is decent. Some good moments but an amateur production.

Don't see it if want to hear great singing or good actors. Really poor casting choices. NYC has much more talent that this. Dull, uninspired direction.

88
Clever, Hilarious, Must see

See it if Love musicals! The more musicals you know the funnier it is. It's very funny.The song "A Musical" is worth the entire ticket price. Go-laugh

Don't see it if Can't laugh at corny jokes. A big, splashy production. It's very difficult to not enjoy this. It never rises to "A Musical" in Act One again