Tony 7347

Washington, D.C. | 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 (145)
60
Tedious

See it if You are given free tickets. It's not really worth paying. The incessant arguing onstage loses the audience quickly.

Don't see it if You don't mind ad nauseum existential arguments. Yawn.

80
Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You like well crafted drama. The pace is not fast, and it takes a while to learn who every is, but it all comes together in the end.

Don't see it if You are impatient about learning who everyone is early in the show. Some of the important stuff is only revealed later.

39
Disappointing, Overrated, Boring

See it if I can't think of a reason to see this clunker. Rent the movie instead, it's much better.

Don't see it if You are given free tickets. Just give them or throw them away. This show is boring, without memorable songs, and with a detestable hero.

50
Overrated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You love Sondheim. I don't understand it. This show has been called his masterpiece. As far as I can see, the emperor has no clothes,

Don't see it if You don't consider serial homicides entertaining.

90
The Fantasticks
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Romantic

See it if You like a romantic and well crafted musical comedy. In its Sullivan Street version, this show was revolutionary and game-changing.

Don't see it if You loved the original small-space version and are reluctant to see the transition to a larger space. The smaller version was much better.

100
Absorbing, Romantic, Must see, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if You love musicals. This show is one of the best. Don't worry about the hype--it's all worth it. Saw it three times, would see it again.

Don't see it if You don't like strong emotions and tearing up. The movie was nowhere near as good as the show., This one is the best.

96
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Masterful, Hilarious, Great writing

See it if You want a very funny, very creative take-off on the Sesame Street idea. The songs are terrific, the puppets are terrific, it's all terrific

Don't see it if You are offended by some on-stage naughtiness. But see it anyway, it's a riot. I have seen it at least a half-dozen times and recommend it.

79
Falsettos
Midtown W
Dated, Quirky

See it if You want to see a standard from early in the AIDS era. In its time, this show was groundbreaking. The revivals are museum pieces.

Don't see it if You don't need to see another show about gay men and AIDS. The value of this show is largely historical.

81
South Pacific
Upper W Side
Dated, Intelligent

See it if You like the classics, but be careful; the production will depend on how it has been "modernized." Lincoln Center version missed the mark.

Don't see it if You are not impressed by the classics.

54
Banal, Cliched, Slow, Overrated

See it if You like Disney and need something to do with the kids. Frankly, my kids were bored to tears.

Don't see it if You don't care for Disney or if your children have more sophisticated tastes. Disney likes to scare little kids, then rescue them in the end

80
Mamma Mia!
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You love ABBA's music and want a simple fun show. In spite of the superficial gloss, there is actually an interesting story here.

Don't see it if You don't like pop music.

Also This show hung in there for years and will be back, I have no doubt. I... Read more Read less

94
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Edgy, Great staging

See it if You enjoy being moved by wonderful musical theater writing. The trans idea is over done these days, but this show pulls it off brilliantly,

Don't see it if You are offended by gay and trans people playing heroic roles. Or see it anyway--you might learn something.

Also This show is funny funny funny, but also deeply moving. There are wond... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You appreciate tight, well crafted drama. August Wilson is at the top of the writing game.

Don't see it if I can;t think of a reason not to see it.

95
Church & State
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You appreciate excellent writing, a thoroughly worked out story, and highly competent acting and directing. One of the best plays I have see

Don't see it if You object to being moved. Seriously, everyone must see this play.

Also What a fabulous play. It did not last long enough in NY, but with luck... Read more Read less

85
Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy, Intense

See it if You have never seen it before. This show is big and in your face, and will blow you away the first time you see it. The score is amazing.

Don't see it if You want a good story that works itself out creatively as you watch. This story is thin and becomes uninteresting after a while.

Also Phantom is a classic, no question. I have seen it 5 or 6 times for var... Read more Read less

62
Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated

See it if You want to see what the buzz is about. We saw it in Washington before NY and can't understand why it is doing well. Did it get rewritten?

Don't see it if You're not into teenage angst and you have no sympathy for the hero getting into trouble through his own stupidity.

85
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if You're up for a fun show. Nothing too weighty here, but a clever Shakespeare parody, very competently mounted and acted.

Don't see it if You don't like or don't understand parodies.

90
During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You are in the mood for intelligent treatment of culture clashes. This is a fab play about wished-for upward mobility of African women.

Don't see it if You are impatient with played focused on culture and mores.

52
The Mad Ones
Midtown E
Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you are a teenager and like seeing the same old themes replayed. Yuck.

Don't see it if You are an adult and want to be entertained.

96
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Intense, Must see

See it if You are sympathetic to the mistreatment of people of color throughout history. Brings home the inaccuracy of history we learned in school.

Don't see it if Your are a member of the oppressor race and sex and don't like to be reminded of it.

75
Hundred Days
East Village
Great singing, Quirky, Romantic

See it if You like the Bengsons and especially if you like Jo Lampert, who is amazing on backup (as she is on everything she does).

Don't see it if You don't care for a scripted meltdown and a bit of screaming onstage.

97
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You are a sucker for a great story and a wonderful adaptation of the movie. The songs are wonderful. I saw it twice and would see it again.

Don't see it if You didn't like the movie. But who didn't like the movie?

100
In Transit
Midtown W
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Saw it twice, loved it, the critics blew it.

See it if You love terrific acting and terrific music.

Don't see it if You are over-impressed with ho-hum theater critics.

Also Fresh, original, a winner. I saw it twice and would gladly see it agai... Read more Read less

71
The Treasurer
Midtown W
Disappointing, Relevant, Banal, Cliched

See it if You want a foretaste of your parents' dementia. Many of us have seen it firsthand, and this pay adds nothing.

Don't see it if You want an interesting story. Although the acting is good, it is not enough to sustain the play.

79
Quirky, Insipid, Edgy

See it if You don't mind unconventional staging and if you like Tolstoy...a lot!

Don't see it if You want a more traditional show. This one gets annoying, and the War and Peace basis does not save it.

60
Disappointing, Overrated, Poorly crafted

See it if You don't mind leaving at intermission. The opening number is the best. It's downhill from there.

Don't see it if You want your theater to deliver a consistent, intelligible story line. 1st act works reasonably well, but it all falls about in the 2nd.

56
Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You love dance.

Don't see it if You want your musicals to be consistently entertaining. The stage version failed to live up to the film.

85
Cabaret (Broadway)
Midtown W
Dated, Edgy, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You love the classics in theater. Although modern productions may miss the punch of the original, the score remains outstanding.

Don't see it if You don't want to see yet another show about Nazi Germany and the cruelty it inspired. In its time, though, this show was ground-breaking.

96
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Great singing, Masterful, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You love the 4 Seasons music. This show was one of the first biography shows and it remains the best. It is a high-energy treat-Saw it twice

Don't see it if You don't like music from the era. The stor yline is good but not enough to sustain interest. It's the music!

78
Rent
Midtown W
Entertaining, Dated, Edgy, Romantic, Thought-provoking

See it if You like driving music and powerful, emotional writing. Although La Boheme is better, this take-off on the opera works well in the 21st cent

Don't see it if You don't like shows about HIV and the gay community, although this show was one of the first and most creative treatments of the subject.

42
War Horse
Upper W Side
Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if You need to see what all the acclamation is about. But leave at intermission--it doesn't get better.

Don't see it if You need a real story in your dramas. This show just gives you the usual boy-loves-horse stuff. The puppetry is a gimmick.

56
Overrated, Great staging, Slow

See it if You like Disney, although the cartoon was better. Julie Taymor's puppets are a hoot, probably the best thing in the show.

Don't see it if You don't like Disney. You're not missing much. Rent the cartoon instead.

91
Masterful, Great writing, Great singing, Funny, Delightful

See it if You like a good, old-fashioned, in-your-face rock musical. Lloyd Webber remains a brilliant writer, and this show is throughly entertaining.

Don't see it if You don't like children or rock and roll. Although many of the characters are juveniles, they make for an engaging and fast-paced story.

Also Yes, this is a show the kids will love for its anti-establishment, ant... Read more Read less

89
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You liked the movie, which I liked better than the show. Chicago has a clever cinema verite approach and is entertaining throughout.

Don't see it if You are offended by amoral lead characters. It's all very 1920s, and a lot of fun all the same.

51
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid, Tedious

See it if You love Sarah Ruhl. While without a doubt one of the best modern dramatists, she misses big time with this one.

Don't see it if You need to be engaged in the theater. This play is admittedly a personal homage to Ruhl's mother, but it does not hang together as drama.

98
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if You are excited about excellent writing in the theater. And I mean excited--this show is so well crafted, it inspires awe.

Don't see it if You don't care for family dramas, however clever. Actually, see it anyway. The play is much better than the movie.

65
Hand to God
Midtown W
Clever, Ambitious, Edgy, Disappointing

See it if You like an interesting idea and don't require the interest to be sustained into the second act.

Don't see it if You require consistenly good writing that lasts the duration of the play.

Also The play is very clever at first, and the first act leaves you breathl... Read more Read less

77
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Confusing, Romantic, Loud, Showy

See it if You like big, showy musicals a la Disney. The idea behind the show is clever, and the execution leaves out no technical glam.

Don't see it if You like a solid story that doesn't fall apart in the second act. This second act loses focus and throws too much at the audience.

92
Delightful, Dizzying, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if You love theater. This show grabs you from the opening and doesn't let go. The cast members play multiple roles nut you never lose the story

Don't see it if You are afraid of shedding a few tears or you don't like seeing the basic kindness and dignity of Canadians contrasted with American ways.

90
Charm
West Village
Ambitious, Edgy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like well constructed dialogue and action. Although the ending could use a rewrite, the show presents a tightly woven and modern story.

Don't see it if You can't tolerate another play about the LGBTQ community.

62
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Dated, Disappointing

See it if You loved the show before. It has not made the transition to the 21st century very successfully.

Don't see it if You want a story that keeps moving forward and keeps you moving with it. If you are prone to napping, stay home.

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You love theater. The hype is all justified; this show is one of the best of all times, and I've been going to the theater since the 1960s.

Don't see it if You're not rich.

90
Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You like Carole King's music and 1950s rock and roll..

Don't see it if You are impatient with bio-musicals, particularly if you don't like Carole King.

88
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Hilarious

See it if You appreciate good fun and funny writing. The dialog and lyrics are very funny, this show is well crafted from beginning to end.

Don't see it if You are easily offended.

21
Peter Pan
Midtown W
Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You don't mind being bored from beginning to end.

Don't see it if You are impatient with experimental theater that goes nowhere.

Also Bedlam is usually a guarantee of an entertaining evening. Not this tim... Read more Read less