Tony 7347

New York City | 65+ | Male
About:  I've been going to the theater since the 1960s and writing for the theater almost as long. I am a sucker for musicals, although I enjoy a well crafted play.
Reviews (130)
50
During previews
runboyrun & IN OLD AGE
East Village
Slow

See it if You follow this playwright and want to see the whole cycle. The pace is painfully slow, so you must be patient. Seen in previews.

Don't see it if You have trouble (as I do) with Nigerian accents.It took me too long to figure out what was going on. Once I did, I didn't care.

Also In fairness, this set was in previews, so it is possible the pace will... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Wives
Midtown W
80 minutes bu still over-long, Lost focus, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you value great acting and can tolerate the loss of focus in the final scenes. The first 2 scenes were on target, well written & executed.

Don't see it if The play loses focus in the penultimate scene and simply goes nutty in the final scene. What a shame. It was so strong up to that point.

56
During previews
Weak plot, Confusing, Great singing

See it if you know and love the music. There are stunning vocal performances, but no coherent plot. The empty seats after intermission told the story.

Don't see it if plot, staging, and acting are important to you. This show is a rock concert, not more. The dancing is athletic but adds little to the tale..

Also The many Meat Loaf fans in the audience had a great time, and this sho... Read more Read less

69
Rock of Ages
Midtown W
Hokey, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you love 80s rock and like to sing along. The story is too hokey for words, the jokes are dumb, but the rock is good. And loud.

Don't see it if You don't like loud rock music or dialog/plot meant only to hold the songs together. Lots of old fans in the audience; I was not one of them

93
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if This show has it all: fabulous writing, really funny gags, superb performances from all, even a short overture and entr'acte. Amazing.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals. This is a musical comedy the way musical comedies used to be written and staged. Everything comes together. Magic.

Also It is so satisfying to see a show that puts it all together so well. T... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Disappointing

See it if You love this play,. Not Shakespeare's best work. Talented company of actors and dancers does not neutralize the misogyny.

Don't see it if The Elizabethan attitudes about women offend you. The seats in the Delacorte are too hard for a play of this length.Modern setting--meh.

65
Burn This
Midtown W
Incoherent, Weakly written, Disappointing

See it if you need to see Adam Driver and Keri Russell live onstage. It is an old trick putting movie actors in a weak play to sell tickets.

Don't see it if You want to understand what is being said. Driver's drunken rages plus the writer's lack of focus made much of the play incoherent.

69
During previews
Little Women
West Village
Tedious, Slow, Disappointing

See it if Kate Hamill is brilliant but she missed the mark with this one.

Don't see it if Ponderous and draggy, this play lacked Ms Hamill's customary spark and wit.

65
Disappointing

See it if you understand Yiddish or love Fiddler so much you can excuse weak singing.The acting and staging are good, and Tevye is well played.

Don't see it if You are a purist and don't want liberties taken with the dialog and lyrics of a classic show like this one. Some of the principals were weak

80
During previews
Masterful, Great writing, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in cutting edge theater, if you like grappling with interesting problems, if you enjoy figuring out intricate plots.

Don't see it if you need story lines to be totally clear and coherent. You will need to put some work into this one.

Also The seeming drab, low-rent set virtually explodes as new entrances and... Read more Read less

90
Well-staged retelling of a classic story

See it if You would like to see something fresh and new on the Broadway stage. Innovative writing and staging, a solid evening of theater.

Don't see it if You want dancing girls and high-kick numbers.

25
During previews
Tedious, Juvenile, Low-brow, Disappointing

See it if you think 95 minutes of poop and penis gags is great comedic theater, or you're so in love with Lane that you will pay to watch him fart.

Don't see it if You are offended by inelegantly written comedy that shamelessly exploits old worn-out gags. Corpses noisily expelling gas, really?

89
God Said This
West Village
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You appreciate skillful writing about sensitive subjects-family dynamics, illness, death, love. Wonderfully directed and acted, a winner.

Don't see it if You have no patience for a sensitive story without dancing girls.

85
During previews
The Light
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you are not afraid of a powerful and disturbing look at race, sex, and the desperation of powerlessness. The writing is strong.

Don't see it if thinking about what you are seeing in the theater makes you uncomfortable, or if discomfort will ruin your evening. This is strong stuff.

70
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You love Harvey Fierstein's kind of gag writing The exploration of romantic love in the gay community is interesting but lacks skill.

Don't see it if You cannot sit through almost 3 hours of exploration of the same issues of romance and identity among gay men. The play can become tiresome.

80
During previews
High energy, Entertaining, Super choreo

See it if You want a high-octane, fast-paced romp and love watching talented young people singing and dancing their hearts out.

Don't see it if You need a strong and imaginative story line. There is not much in the way of character development and the ending is predictable.

Also There is plenty here for critics to pick apart. The story is simple an... Read more Read less

97
During previews
Great writing, Masterful, Must see, Great acting, Thoroughly wonderful

See it if you love excellent craftsmanship in the theatre. Acting, directing, writing all of the highest quality.

Don't see it if No reason not to see, unless you don't like theatre.

90
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you want a very cute show that is clever and well performed. The cast is multi-talented and a total delight. A smile on your face is certain

Don't see it if You want a block buster musical with big production numbers. This show is OffBway at its best, performed in an intimate space without frills

70
During previews
Great acting, Intense, Wordy

See it if you like very wordy discussions about artistic angst. The acting, sets, and directing are stunning.

Don't see it if you are easily tired by overlong discourses on stage. This show needs editing, so if superb stagecraft is not enough for you, go elsewhere.

74
Edgy, Energetic

See it if You are young and value high energy over tight structure. This show will probably get tighter for the transfer to Bway.

Don't see it if You are tired of shows about teenage angst regardless how clever the gimmicks. Some of the shtick is overdone and tiresome. Be patient.

85
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Fabulous choreo

See it if you want a high-energy show and can appreciate an enormously talented cast. The dancing & singing were over the top wonderful.

Don't see it if you are put off by too much silliness and some over-acting. The faux 16th century versifying is cute at first but wears thin.

95
Magical!

See it if What a wonderful adaptation of the classic.. Most of the words are Shakespeare's with lively added music. The large cast is energetic.

Don't see it if You require Elizabethan costumes and total fidelity to the printed page.

50
First Love
West Village
Strange, Tedious

See it if You like surrealistic theatre that doesn't make a lot of sense.

Don't see it if You require plays to have some movement and a coherent dramatic line.

49
Scammy ticketing, over-hyped

See it if If you are a Potter groupie, you will probably feel compelled to see this overlong episode, but it is not very good theater.

Don't see it if You have to enter your credit card before you find out which bad seats you are buying. It is quite a scam. I recommend you skip it.

Also There are definitely some entertaining moments, but on the whole , the... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Transfers
West Village
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you go for wonderful writing and acting. The last scene was gratuitous, like the playwright couldn't figure out how to end the piece oh well

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable watching a frank exploration of disadvantage in the US.

69
During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Powerful, though strident

See it if you like to be berated about white privilege and black stereotyping. The acting is intense, and the message is worth hearing. At least once.

Don't see it if The message is pounded in over and over. After the first 15 minutes, nothing new is said. Must actors of any color tell directors of (cont'd

Also any color how to interpret a play? Does a black actor know more about ... Read more Read less

90
Great staging, Well written, Entertaining

See it if you like tightly written plays with well developed characters. The acting is quite good, and the production comes off with precision.

Don't see it if You object to cursing and some sex talk. Nothing too offensive here, but it's the way some of these people talk.

90
During previews
Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like Chekhov and modern reinterpretations of Chekhov. Feiffer is as good as Posner, and this play is even better than AP's No Sisters.

Don't see it if Profanity is a problem for you or if you are a Chekhov purist.

Also The plays of Chekhov are masterworks that some modern playwrights have... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Overdone, Tedious, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you loved the movie. The show reproduces the glamour and noise of the movie and contains many of the same recycled top 40 songs.

Don't see it if Although everyone on stage worked hard, it was not enough to make up for a tired story and lack of an original score.

Also The audience loved it and you might also, but I found it annoying. All... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Disappointing

See it if You like Duncan Sheik's music (Spring Awakening, Alice by Heart). The vocal performances and acting are wonderful.

Don't see it if You want tunes you can hum and songs that serve the story. The book was wonderful but the music fell flat for me.

Also The gospel rock songs were crowd pleasers, largely due to the power of... Read more Read less

75
Disappointing

See it if Perhaps there was too much build-up for this one. Female leads very well acted. The story is mildly interesting.

Don't see it if Male leads written and perhaps played too strongly, no nuance. The ne'er-do-well Jack is a total bum with no redeeming features.

92
Must see, Great singing, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if A revival, yes, but one of the funniest shows I have ever seen. The hilarity is almost nonstop. The acting and singing are not to be missed.

Don't see it if you hate to laugh. There is no other reason to miss this production.

79
BLKS
Midtown W
Loud, Inventive set, Irreverent

See it if you like raunchy, over-the-top humor. It may be hard to understand the urban black idioms and speech, but the surtitles help. Amazing set.

Don't see it if You are put off by a superabundance of the f-, s-, and n-words or with graphic lesbian kissing and more. leave your 5-year-old at home.

95
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Wonderful!, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you have ever seen an Aaron Posner play, you know he is an incredible writer. If you have never seen Aaron Posner, you are in for a treat!

Don't see it if You are offended by adaptations of Chekhov. But seriously, even the master would admire Posner's work. The actors were superb.

Also This play was seriously one of the best I have seen (I see about 60/ye... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Surprisingly good, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like to laugh. We had low expectations, but were pleasantly surprised by how well done this show was. The first act had us in tears.

Don't see it if you can't tolerate the occasional profanity or macabre humor.

75
Noisy, Unfocused

See it if There is something about this play that pleased many people and left others stumped. An attempt to explore cultural attributes of beauty?

Don't see it if I didn't get it. The delivery of most lines at top volume with great urgency did not make it clearer to me what was message was being sent.

Also Reading other reviews did not make it clearer. Perhaps because I am a ... Read more Read less

85
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Powerful, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you enjoy well-crafted, very powerful drama. Yes, the show needs some editing, but most of the speeches are effective rather than plodding.

Don't see it if You cannot sit still for almost 3-1/2 hours. This is very engaging theater, but will be a challenge for some bladders. Restrict fluids!

50
During previews
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Disappointing, Insipid

See it if Beats me. Many young people in the audience seemed to like it, but I didn't get it.

Don't see it if You need coherence. Yes, the play tries to be weird, and, yes, weird can work if it is sufficiently clever. This show was just weird. Sorry.

90
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Dizzying

See it if You appreciate great acting and over-the-top staging. The camera work is dizzying and captures the rapid-fire pace of the show.

Don't see it if You want an easy comedy or dancing girls. This play is real drama--some funny stuff but mostly in-your-face theater.

73
Mostly good acting, Mediocre writing, Competently staged

See it if You live in Brooklyn and enjoy local theater. The actors for the most part were good, although there was some over-acting.

Don't see it if You are intolerant of mediocre writing. There is some repetitiveness to the recounting of back-story that could have been trimmed.

78
Downstairs
West Village
Well-written but slow in spots

See it if you like quirky dramas with interesting story lines. The playwright did a nice job and the acting was very fine.

Don't see it if You are impatient. There are slow spots that could stand some tightening.

64
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You're a Dylan fan and want to see how his songs were incorporated into a drama--except they weren't. The songs brought the action to a stop

Don't see it if You want a coherent story in which the songs amplify the story, not interrupt it. Singing & acting superb, but the project was misconceived.

68
During previews
Disappointing, Lackluster, Campy

See it if You need to see every cookie cutter musical that hits the street. You like seeing well-known actors, rather long in the tooth, one more time

Don't see it if You want something new and creative. Promoting the right to be gay is fine, but haven't we done that already? The Midwest bashing gets old.

90
During previews
Edgy, Great writing, In your face

See it if You like cutting edge new work, skillful writing and directing, and an unabashed approach to lesbianism and queerness.

Don't see it if hearing the word pussy makes you squeamish.

48
Disappointing, Juvenile

See it if you are younger than 12 and are a nut for everything Potter.

Don't see it if You are an adult and get impatient with actors yelling barely intelligible lines at one another.

88
During previews
Entertaining, Fun!

See it if You like basic fun shows with energy and clever dialog. The first act needs tightening but overall it is a wonderful high-energy show.

Don't see it if You are into glitz and special effects. This show is basic theater, competent and clever. It is an original story, so no underlying movie!

95
Enchanting, Great acting, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if What a WONDERFUL revival. Beautifully staged, acted, and sung. Yes, the plot is a little weak in the second act but this production is fab.

Don't see it if You don't like wonderfully done musical revivals.

65
During previews
Get the Boat
Soho/Tribeca
Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a show in development with two strongly acted parts.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a play that seems half-finished. The play lasts just over 30 minutes and needs forward thrust and development.

65
Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You love the songs. Then again, the original arrangements were better, so maybe if you loved the originals, you should stay away.

Don't see it if In spite of some inspired vocalizing, the story line left me flat. It is unfortunate that there was NO disco dancing until the last song.

85
Great singing, Disappointing

See it if you love Jessie Mueller, Joshua Henry, or the show. The singing is wonderful--except for Rene Fleming, who was miscast as Nettie.

Don't see it if you object to changes in an original that really doesn't need tinkering. The balletic dancing is impressive but sometimes too long.

Also It killed me to hear You'll Never Walk Alone stuck in after Billy dies... Read more Read less