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Reviews (53)
60
Slow, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You are a fan of Sam Shepard's writing and are unfamiliar with this rarely produced play.

Don't see it if you prefer naturalism to absurdism.

Also Shepard once seemed the quintessential theatrical voice of the counter... Read more Read less

75
Moving, Flat, Lethargic, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you're a fan of Adam Driver.

Don't see it if you are not an ardent fan of Lanford Wilson's plays.

Also "Burn This" was never one of Lanford Wilson's best plays though it has... Read more Read less

79
Great dancing, Tepid, Enjoyable, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy classic Broadway musicals and appreciate Cole Porter's clever lyrics.

Don't see it if you have fond memories of the Marin Mazzie/Brian Stokes Mitchell production.

Also Tamed down for the "me-too" age, the production is enjoyable but never... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Misguided, Uneven, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you relish the opportunity to see this rarely staged Jacobean tragedy.

Don't see it if you do not like modern updates of classic works.

Also John Webster's dark and violent revenge tragedy comes off in this tone... Read more Read less

70
Dated, Obvious, Tedious, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you are an ardent fan of Ethan Hawke, Paul Dano or Sam Shepherd.

Don't see it if you have fond memories of previous productions.

Also The first posthumously produced revival of a Shepherd play is a vehicl... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Slight, Enjoyable, Provocative, Elegant, Well designed

See it if you like Edwardian drawing room comedy.

Don't see it if you don't like Shaw or Galsworthy.

Also The Mint Theatre's most ambitious project since its resurrection of th... Read more Read less

100
Exquisite, Great writing, Great acting, Must see, Masterful

See it if you like Irish drama.

Don't see it if you find Irish accents hard to understand.

Also One of the greatest plays I've seen in the last decade. They don't wri... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Disappointing, Contrived, Ambitious, Unconvincing, Flat

See it if you want to see a play exploring the lives of characters rarely seen on the NY Stage.

Don't see it if you think drama should reveal characters and their dilemmas rather than having them tell about their dilemmas.

Also Using "A Doll's House" as a sort of template, the play explores the li... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Riveting, Vital

See it if you want to see a contemporary play that addresses issues of race, gender and class in bold and honest ways.

Don't see it if you want theatre that allows you to escape from the world rather than plays that hold up a mirror to the world.

Also Only 90 minutes long, but the play packs a shattering wallop. This is ... Read more Read less

50
Disappointing, Glib, Slick, Superficial, Facile

See it if you enjoy plays exploring theatre history or, more generally, with theatrical settings.

Don't see it if you like plays that are complex and thoughtful.

Also It would be more rewarding to see Janet McTeer actually playing Hamlet... Read more Read less

60
Disappointing, Great acting, Gimmicky, Tedious, Overwritten

See it if you are intrigued by two actors (one speaking English, the other ASL) perform the same roles simultaneously.

Don't see it if you want to see a play with well rounded characters and where the theme is dramatized rather than simply discussed.

Also Craig Lucas tackles the Book of Job which in retrospect seems to be co... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Obvious, Tedious, Dated, Well acted

See it if you want the opportunity to see an obscure play by Tennessee Williams.

Don't see it if you are not interested in minor plays by major writers.

Also Towards the end of his career, Tennessee Williams returned to Depressi... Read more Read less

49
During previews
Disappointing, Tedious, Insipid, Fluffy, Banal

See it if you are an A.R. Gurney completest.

Don't see it if you think theatre should offer something richer than TV.

Also Sub-par Gurney.

85
Great singing, Relevant, Witty, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if you want to see an example of a classic 20th Century American musical ever so slightly tweaked to make it suitable for the 21st Century.

Don't see it if you like musicals with a lot of razzle-dazzle rather than musicals that are character driven.

Also My Fair Lady is indeed one of the great American musicals mostly becau... Read more Read less

85
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you like the plays of G.B. Shaw

Don't see it if you do not like polemical romantic comedies.

Also An obscure play well worth reviving. The Mint Theatre continues to ast... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Flat, Lackluster, Unimaginative, Uneven, Disappointing

See it if you have not seen a production of "Othello" in awhile.

Don't see it if you think tragedy should be compelling and cathartic.

Also There's something wrong when a racoon running cross the stage is more ... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Disappointing, Tedious, Excruciating, Melodramatic, Static

See it if you want to become better acquainted with the writing of Marina Carr.

Don't see it if you do not like obvious and heavy-handed drama.

Also It evokes memories of both "Three Tall Women" and Sebastian Barry's "O... Read more Read less

89
Moving, Powerful, Humane, Intimate, Intense

See it if you want to have your faith in humanity restored.

Don't see it if you like musicals that are lavish.

Also I read that the Tony Awards are considering the possibility of a new c... Read more Read less

95
Great singing, Intense, Riveting, Great choreography, Must see

See it if you like classic American musicals.

Don't see it if you think musicals should be warm, cuddly and frivolous.

Also Justin Peck's choreography alone would be worth the price of a ticket,... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Disappointing, Ponderous, Uneven, Lackluster, Cartoonish

See it if you are a fan of GB Shaw.

Don't see it if do not like historical drama.

Also The production fails to make the case that this is a play worth revivi... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Epic, Must see, Chilling, Powerful

See it if you have never seen a production of "King Lear" .... or even if you have seen a dozen productions.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare ....

Also I've seen many a production of Lear and while some have been more movi... Read more Read less

69
Disappointing, Overrated, Quirky, Lackluster, Inert

See it if you like shows that try to do something different, even if they don't succeed.

Don't see it if your taste in musicals includes fully fleshed out characters and complex plots.

Also This show had great promise but its possibilities were mostly squander... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Worthwhile

See it if you like plays by Shaw and Galsworthy.

Don't see it if you like shows that dazzle and hit you over the head.

Also The Mint Theatre's mission is to resurrect forgotten plays. While I've... Read more Read less

85
Confusing, Edgy, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You like topical theatre with a political edge.

Don't see it if You're idea of a great night at the theatre is something that makes you forget the woes of the world.

Also I find the world of high finance confusing and admit to being confused... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Uneven, Resonant

See it if You are an Anglophile who likes intelligent old plays.

Don't see it if You didn't like "An Inspector Calls" (Priestley's more famous play) of several years ago.

Also The production is uneven. The cast initially struggles somewhat with t... Read more Read less

95
Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if You like book driven musicals, the kind that us hardly written if late.

Don't see it if You only like dark musicals.

Also The best book of a musical in years. The comic timing of the cast is s... Read more Read less

40
Witless, Pretentious, Unbearable, Overrated, Excruciating

See it if you like over the top comedy.

Don't see it if you like your comedy with some sophistication.

Also Taylor Mac tries to do for "Titus Andronicus" what Tom Stoppard did fo... Read more Read less

95
Bold, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like theatre that is audacious, provocative and original.

Don't see it if you like plays with tiny ideas and tidy emotions.

Also Arguably this is Suzi Lori Parks' best play to date. The quartet of ac... Read more Read less

75
Obvious, Entertaining, Great acting, Disappointing, Funny

See it if you admire the plays of Lynn Nottage even though this is not among her greater plays.

Don't see it if you have no interest in satires on Hollywood and the way that African American women have been stereotyped.

Also One associates Lynn Nottage more with moral earnestness than social sa... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Great singing, Sensitive, Humane, Moving

See it if you like plays in school settings such as "The History Boys" or "Tea and Sympathy."

Don't see it if the idea of dramatic scenes punctuated with choral musical interludes seems unappealing (even though it works superbly here).

Also The cast is superb, especially Jeremy Pope. A star is born!

69
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Repetitive, Flat, Obvious

See it if you are a Fugard fan and have not yet seen a production of this play.

Don't see it if you like dramatic plays that are riveting rather than repetitive.

Also Tedious, repetitive, and obvious; the production cuts out the intermis... Read more Read less

79
Humane, Sensitive, Moving, Heartfelt, Well acted

See it if you want to be reminded of what being human means.

Don't see it if you like theatre that is larger than life rather than theatre that holds a mirror up to life.

Also More of a character sketch than a play. Lucas Hedges' final monologue ... Read more Read less

79
Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Slick, Tedious

See it if Neil Simon type gag lines are your idea of great dialogue.

Don't see it if you're homophobic.

Also The characters incessant talking and whining about their lives is a re... Read more Read less

45
Disappointing, Tedious, Cartoonish, Pretentious, Banal

See it if you feel that you need to see yet another retelling of the story of Joan of Arc.

Don't see it if you think historical dramas should have insight and use interesting language.

Also Quite simply, it was hard to understand why this play existed as it of... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Riveting, Resonant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy great acting and a play that beautifully meshes the personal and the political in complex ways.

Don't see it if you like plays with tidy emotions or in which the characters have to be likable.

Also Stockard Channing is giving the performance of her life in an already ... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Illuminating, Insightful, Masterful

See it if you need to be convinced that Beckett is a great writer.

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows.

Also The result is insightful and illuminating, affording greater appreciat... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Clever, Witty

See it if you like clever wordplay.

Don't see it if you don't like British humor.

Also You can count good plays about sports on one hand. The Nap is definite... Read more Read less

75
Great singing, Minimalistic, Dated, Great music, Entertaining

See it if you want the opportunity to see a revival of this rarely produced musical.

Don't see it if you want to see a fuly staged production as this one is just a step up from a concert version.

Also This show is so stripped down and minimalistic, they do not even give ... Read more Read less

70
Hokey, Melodic, Fluffy, Great singing, Banal

See it if you enjoy obscure, rarely staged musicals

Don't see it if you like musicals with a strong book as well as a strong score.

Also There are many musicals with glorious scores attached to silly books, ... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you have never seen Glenda Jackson perform live.

Don't see it if you only like plays that are strictly naturalistic.

Also Glenda Jackson is alone worth the price of admission, but this is one ... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Riveting, Shattering, Masterful

See it if you want to see a very fine production of an O'Neill classic.

Don't see it if you do not like somber and serious drama with little to no comic relief.

Also Though Denzel is the raison d'etre for this production, there's a doze... Read more Read less

69
Disappointing, Lackluster, Sluggish, Melodramatic, Banal

See it if you are in need of a nap.

Don't see it if you like theatre that is cutting edge.

Also Alan Ayckbourne is a grat comic writer but you would never know it fro... Read more Read less

89
Delightful, Clever, Funny, Witty, Enjoyable

See it if you enjoy linguistic pyrotechnics.

Don't see it if you don't like rhyming couplets.

Also David Ives has become the heir apparent to Richard Wilbur in translati... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Disappointing, Great writing, Uneven, Minimalistic, Flat

See it if you relish the opportunity to see a rarely staged play by Tennessee Williams.

Don't see it if you do not like stripped down and minimalistic productions.

Also For a play about the clash between spirituality and sensuality, this p... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Clever, Funny, Ambitious, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of Stoppard and like clever dialogue.

Don't see it if you are not well versed in the writings of James Joyce, Tristan Tzara, Lenin and Oscar Wilde.

Also Some plays are best not revisiting. Travesties is the play that made m... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if you are a Mark Rylance fan

Don't see it if you think a good play should have a good script not just a good set.

Also Even Mark Rylance couldn't save this one. My mind kept wandering throu... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Biting, Entertaining, Edgy, Potent

See it if you like stand-up comedy that is bold and invigoratingly political

Don't see it if you think building a wall with Mexico is a good idea.

Also This show is a prime example of how humor can be used to make bitter t... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Ambitious, Long, Tedious, Unconvincing, Uneven

See it if you like plays about big important issues (war, censorship, totalitarianism) even if the play doesn't say anything much new about them.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about historical figures or plays presented in a non-linear timeframe.

Also Set in Russia and Eastern Europe from 1920 to 2010, and featuring Issa... Read more Read less

80
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Flat

See it if you want to see everything and anything Brian Friel wrote.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Irish theatre with heavy accents and even heavier stereotypes.

Also This is Brian Friel's last play and not one of his best. The productio... Read more Read less

95
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Clever, Magical

See it if You like innovative Shakespeare productions that are fully theatrical.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare, or are a Shakespeare purist who only likes traditional productions.

Also Director John Doyle specializes in stripped down versions of classics ... Read more Read less