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 (106)
89
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

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
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

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
Disappointing, Great acting

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
Super choreo, Entertaining, High energy

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
Thoroughly wonderful, Great acting, Must see, Masterful, Great writing

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
Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful

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
Wordy, Intense, Great acting

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
Energetic, Edgy

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
Fabulous choreo, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

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
Tedious, Strange

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
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

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.

49
During previews
Confused and tiresome

See it if You know someone in the cast. Everyone worked hard on the show, but they couldn't rescue the story.

Don't see it if You need a coherent story. This one is a jumble of different ideas about story-telling.

Also The set consisted of curtains on rings that could be moved around to c... Read more Read less

70
Disappointing

See it if You love authentic renditions of the old classics. The singing and dancing was pretty true to the original.

Don't see it if jukebox musicals leave you cold. The book was disappointingly thin.

75
During previews
Disappointing, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You absolutely loved the movie. The show has the same plot and basic message as the movie plus a lot of razzle dazzle.

Don't see it if Too many production numbers make you dizzy. The first act is packed with song and dance numbers that serve no dramatic purpose, just glitz.

Also I saw this show in previews, so the unruly first act might get trimmed... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Intelligent, Romantic, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you like an engaging story, sympathetic characters, a tuneful score, and a talented cast.. A few dark moments that could go, but still a win

Don't see it if You are bothered by yiddishisms.

72
Disappointing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You grew up with the cartoon, loved it, and don't mind a vacuous plot. The staging is amazing, the choreography great, but the story? Zero.

Don't see it if You are more than 8 years old.

Also There is a lot to cheer here. The production is spectacular and the ac... Read more Read less

98
During previews
Profound, Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you like well crafted drama, great acting, flawless directing. One of the best plays I have seen in 50+ years of theater-going.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it. It is close to perfect.

90
Refreshing, Exquisite, Delightful

See it if You appreciate shows that are simply sweet. Katrina Lenk's performance will melt your heart.

Don't see it if You didn't like the movie. The show sticks close to the movie, although there is some filling in of some of the story.

Also This show is an enigma; although it's mood is tranquil, calm, slow-pac... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious

See it if you like a one-woman show with heart. The actress puts 110% effort into her performance.

Don't see it if You need a flashy show with no rough edges. This show is the kind of out-of-the-way offering for which New York is known.

95
Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Delightful, Clever

See it if You appreciate parodies/adaptations. See it if you love Kate Hamill or if you don't yet know her. Wee it if you love fabulous acting. See it

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this play.

Also Kate Hamill is an amazing writer and actor. She consistently delivers ... Read more Read less

61
Disappointing

See it if You love Ethan Lipton. He is brilliant, no doubt, and his musicians are first-rate, but this one was a disappointment.

Don't see it if You love Ethan Lipton. You will be disappointed.

53
Disappointing

See it if You like tap dancing and lots of costume changes.

Don't see it if You want an entertaining story line. This one put me to sleep.

30
Boring, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if Don't see it under any circumstances. If you get free tickets, throw them away. The two lead characters are entirely unlikable.

Don't see it if If you enjoy the theater.

50
During previews
Insipid, Disappointing

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
Dizzying, Great staging, Great acting

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
Competently staged, Mediocre writing, Mostly good acting

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
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
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

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
Campy, Lackluster, Disappointing

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
In your face, Great writing, Edgy

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
Juvenile, Disappointing

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
Fun!, Entertaining

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
Refreshing, Masterful, Great acting, Enchanting

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
Disappointing, Great acting

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
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

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
Disappointing, Great singing

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

80
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you like intelligent one-woman shows. The acting is terrific, though I wished for a more developed story. Not much dramatic thrust here.

Don't see it if you don't like autobiography or one-person shows. If you don't like hearing unconnected episodes in a life, this show won't convert you.

92
Entertaining, Hilarious, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you like a show that leaves you smiling and clapping your hands. What a wonderful surprise we found here.

Don't see it if You want a typical flashy Bway show. This one is sheer fun.

Also Not sure what the naysayers didn't like here. These actors are among t... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Banal, Disappointing

See it if you are desperate to see a PC hommage to undocumented immigrants or if continuous unresolved teen angst fulfills you.

Don't see it if You like your musicals to have a good story and score.

Also The plot centers on a mother-daughter conflict due to the immigrant mo... Read more Read less

79
Intense, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if Like seeing difficult subjects handled head-on. The intense discussion of sensitive political issues is generally under good control.

Don't see it if Almost unrelenting stridency gives you a headache. Although the acting is good, the same notes gets sounded repeatedly.

40
Tedious

See it if you are so fascinated with the modern history of Palestine that you don't need much of a story. Acting was excellent but did not save it.

Don't see it if You require a basic plot and not just arm-waving about principles.

70
Tedious, Slow, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if You love baroque-era countertenor arias. The acting, staging, sets are top-notch but the story is thin and wears thinner over the 2 hours.

Don't see it if You are easily bored. The king acts crazy if he can't hear Farinelli sing. There, I just told you the whole story and saved you 2 hours.

88
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy well crafted new plays bu emerging talent. I thoroughly enjoyed this show, which was carefully constructed and skillfully mounted.

Don't see it if You dislike political dramas, strong language, and dystopian themes. I see this play as a work in development, but aren't they all.

Also This ambitious 2-hour drama was remarkably well written. It suffered f... Read more Read less

65
Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you are okay with banal nothing stories and can be sustained by interesting staging. Some singing is top notch but mostly is just loud.

Don't see it if You need a story in your musicals that is more than a Disney-esque fairy tale.

Also Sorry to say, I did not share the joy and enthusiasm of the other revi... Read more Read less

91
Great writing, Great staging, Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like Chekhov and want to see how his weak first play was rescued. The writing, acting, and directing were brilliant.

Don't see it if You are put off by Chekhov. This version is superb, but you still need to appreciated the intellectual drama of the playwright.

32
Slow

See it if Mercifully, the show closed, so you can't see it. Rent the movie instead.

Don't see it if It is not rewritten. There might be something here, but the Broadway production failed quickly.

58
Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you love Harvey Feinstein. Although, he is hard to understand and his acting is one-dimensional.

Don't see it if You don't like plays about gay men or if you want to be entertained. This one missed the mark.

70
Profound, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You like intense theater and powerful acting. The audience was lukewarm because the drama might be too intense, but it was engaging theater.

Don't see it if You need lighter stuff. This play is a serious look at the famous heroine, without the romanticized trappings of the story.