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Reviews (70)
90
During previews
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Old-fashioned, Satisfying, Understated, Sensitive, Great acting

See it if if you like old-fashioned American naturalistic drama in the vein of Horton Foote, Lanford Wilson and William Inge.

Don't see it if you want theatrical fireworks.

Also This is a play in which multitudes are revealed through small gestures... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Obvious, Plodding, Contrived, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you are a Horton Foote fan and have never seen this particular play which won him the Pulitzer.

Don't see it if you like plays that are contemporary and cutting edge.

Also Set in the 1950's, the focus is on an aging Republican couple coping w... Read more Read less

70
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Tedious, Contrived, Slick, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want to see good actors rise above pedestrian material.

Don't see it if you don't like gratuitous nudity.

Also The first act is an incisive and funny portrait of a middle-aged man r... Read more Read less

65
Gimmicky, Arch, Tedious, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you want to see two great actors make the most of sub-par material.

Don't see it if you like coherent drama with intellectual and emotional payoffs beyond simply being clever.

Also An odd mixture of Pinter and Robbe-Grillet. You spend most of your tim... Read more Read less

90
Betrayal
Midtown W
Riveting, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you find Pinter incomprehensible as this production will change your mind.

Don't see it if you are expecting to see a star vehicle for Tom Hiddleston as he is simply one third of a perfect ensemble.

Also Betrayal is Pinter's most frequently revived play ; whether it is also... Read more Read less

65
Good acti;ng, Sentimental, Flat, Sensationalistic, Obvious

See it if you want to see two actors do all they can with sub-par material.

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

Also Two unrelated monologues by two different writers featuring two differ... Read more Read less

69
Lively, Uneven, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you've never seen a production of "Much Ado," one of Shakespeare's wittiest comedies.

Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare purist.

Also By updating the play to the present time, some of the issues at hand(s... Read more Read less

90
Ink
Midtown W
Masterful, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Relevant

See it if you like topical plays in big and bold productions.

Don't see it if you like quiet, introspective drama.

Also James Graham's chronicle of the Rupert Murdoch inspired tabloid wars i... Read more Read less

60
Uneven, Miscast, Misdirected, Tedious, Disappointing

See it if you want to see the great Glenda Jackson tackle a titanic Shakespearean role.

Don't see it if you like cohesive and coherent productions of Shakespeare.

Also Not the worst production of "King Lear" that I've ever seen, but close... Read more Read less

95
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
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
White Noise
East Village
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
Boesman and Lena
Midtown W
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
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
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
Mother of the Maid
East Village
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
Apologia
Midtown W
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
On Beckett
Chelsea
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
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
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
Carmen Jones
East Village
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

65
During previews
Uneven, Tedious, Interesting, Overrated, Dated

See it if you want the chance to see a rarely staged play that has achieved cult status from a writer referred to as the mother of the avant-garde.

Don't see it if you do not like theatre of the absurd.

Also One must be grateful for a chance to see this play but one wonders wha... Read more Read less

90
Riveting, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a great Irish theatre company at the height of their craft.

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

Also I've seen many a production of Richard III over the years, including s... Read more Read less

70
Pointless, Contrived, Unconvincing, Slight, Banal

See it if you don't mind plays that are more narrative than dramatic with a minimal of staging.

Don't see it if you like dramatic tension with clearly defined characters and conflicts and meaty themes.

Also Ostensibly a two hander about a creative writing teacher with terminal... Read more Read less

65
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Important, Lackluster, Relevant, Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if you like political drama, even those that are more a pageant of events than real drama.

Don't see it if you are not interested in recent American history.

Also It feels more like a history lesson than a play. Although it covers so... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Orginal, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like to leave the theatre thinking and discussing what you have just seen.

Don't see it if you are squeamish about sex on stage or don't want to think about race and power - both in the past and in the present.

Also This is a provocative play about the endurance that the ante-bellum So... Read more Read less

69
Repetitive, Tedious, Overrated, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you want to see two excellent actors make the most out of a dated play.

Don't see it if you don't like sexually frank dialogue and situations.

Also This is a play that needs to be rethought for the "me-too" age.

90
Thought-provoking, Important, Polemical, Powerful, Relevant

See it if you like one-person autobiographical shows such as John Leguizamo's "Latin History for Morons."

Don't see it if you are a conservative or anti-choice ... or maybe, see it if you are!

Also More a combination of lecture and debate rather than a play but a rous... Read more Read less

75
Relevant, Humane, Enjoyable, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like musicals about theatre folks such as "The Drowsy Chaperone" and "Something Rotten."

Don't see it if you're homophobic.

Also Highschool students might be the ideal audience for this musical which... Read more Read less

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
Burn This
Midtown W
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
The White Devil
West Village
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
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
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
Noura
Midtown W
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
Final Follies
West Village
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
Conflict
Midtown W
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