TR

Brooklyn | 50-64 | Male
About:  Somewhat avid theater-goer. A bit jaded. Sometimes shows I think are meh, get rave reviews from the critics or win Tonys. So what do I know?
Reviews (112)
67
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Fluffy, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if you already bought tickets but keep low expectations. Maybe there's a chance you won't be disappointed. I had no expectations and still was.

Don't see it if you haven't already bought tickets. And you won't be disappointed that you didn't buy them.

Also Despite some heroic efforts by the performers and other professionals,... Read more Read less

83
Thought-provoking, Slow, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like fresh, new & interesting writing & skilled acting in a very intimate (small/up-close) setting. Provocative ideas.

Don't see it if you need big production values & distance from the performers. Really small house (34 seats) split stage left & right.

Also provocative premise with perhaps some connection to TGM but tangential... Read more Read less

66
Ambitious, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you love "Merrily..." A challenging show for any to stage, but this pared down, overwrought production requires a love for Sondheim ++

Don't see it if you're looking for strong performances. This is NYC. So much talent here that wasn't on stage.

83
Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Relevant, Quirky, Edgy

See it if you like avant-garde theater that's well produced and acted. Quirky and provocative.

Don't see it if you're not willing to suspend disbelief and just go with a bit of the absurd.

83
Entertaining, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Enchanting

See it if you've never seen Fiddler or love it. The Yiddish added a layer that made this schmaltzy musical feel deeper.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or would be frustrated by super-titles (in English and Russian).

82
During previews
Relevant, Quirky, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you follow politics and like straight theater--well-written and well-acted.

Don't see it if you're looking for light entertainment.

Also This got better for me _after_ seeing it than _while_ seeing it. Thoug... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense

See it if you want a well-acted small-cast drama that's tight, timely and tense. Thought-provoking. A packed 90-minutes with punches.

Don't see it if you want to be "entertained" or don't want to have your assumptions challenged.

80
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like Will Eno's work or thought-provoking existential... I dunno ... confusion.

Don't see it if you want light and breezy

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you like a tour de force performance and an intriguing angle on Bernhardt & Rostand's relationship.

Don't see it if you're looking for light entertainment.

79
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if you love the actors (I do, all 3!) but the play (writing) itself is somewhat insubstantial--did it need to be staged? Could've been an essay

Don't see it if you're expecting greatness on all cylinders.

53
Excruciating, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Didactic

See it if you're obliged to for some reason. This was a missed opportunity to turn some decent material into a worthwhile play. Instead it preached.

Don't see it if you can.

91
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if you like serious acting chops and consequential drama. These two tear it up and the playwright's pen had to have caught fire!

Don't see it if you're looking to be 'entertained'.

75
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Banal, Funny

See it if you like Idina Menzel. I don't but liked her acting in this. Sort of an empty play but that may be the point. Provocative-ish.

Don't see it if you don't like profanity or are homophobic.

91
Absorbing, Exquisite, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Must see

See it if you care about rich theater. Exceptional

Don't see it if you're looking to be 'entertained'. This will require you to feel deeply.

90
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if you want to see a 39 white rapper from western Canada rapping intelligently & scientifically about consciousness. I kid you not!

Don't see it if you feel only black people should wrap or want a razzle-dazzle theater experience.

Also I've seen 4 or 5 of Baba Brinkman's works. Clearly, I like them. A ver... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want an evening of thought-provoking existentialist theater. I don't usually go for it, but this was very intriguing.

Don't see it if you're looking to be entertained. Hearts and minds required.

55
Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you already have tickets... or maybe don't see it even if you already have tickets.

Don't see it if you want good theater. It's a play trying too hard to find itself or maybe it found itself too soon and didn't develop further.

83
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like good dramatic intimate acting and good writing. Well done.

Don't see it if you're looking for razzle-dazzle entertainment

81
During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if if you like one-man shows by a very talented actor who seamlessly acts out 5 or 6 characters often in rapid succession. Moving.

Don't see it if you're looking for neat and entertaining; this is a raw and thought-provoking work by a talented writer/actor (directed by a talented actor)

78
During previews
Slow, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like wordy, heady, thought-provoking plays. The play's bleak outlook sneakily made me feel optimistic afterwards. Reverse psychology?

Don't see it if you're looking for sheer entertainment.

87
Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Great staging, Must see

See it if you loved the movie (don't worry, the show adds!) or don't know the movie. Clever theatrics. Lots of new tender moments. Go see it.

Don't see it if you didn't like the movie or don't like musicals.

78
Absorbing, Edgy, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a curious theatergoer (I am) or a fan of Parks' work (recently, I've become one) though you still may leave shaken but mystified.

Don't see it if you're looking for light entertainment.

72
During previews
Clever, Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you want to be entertained by magical mind-reading tricks. Well done for what it is but a little disappointing from the Atlantic "Theater"

Don't see it if you're looking for "theater". This is light entertainment.

87
Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Dated

See it if you want a well-crafted piece of theater that's provocative & surprisingly still relevant despite it being 'dated' in an oddly good way.

Don't see it if you're looking for light entertainment.

52
During previews
Disappointing, Fluffy, Ambitious

See it if you're, I guess, a 20-something woman who fell in love with the '97 animated movie (I didn't see it). Or want a fam-friendly into to b.way?

Don't see it if you're a frequent theater-goer. I feel bad. It's not like they didn't try...hard. The LED screens impress, but don't feel like theater to me

91
During previews
Edgy, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you like classic old school drama acted & produced by professionals. Benning & Letts tear it up. Slow at 1st but keep your seatbelt fastened

Don't see it if you're not into serious 'straight' family drama. You'll probably want to leave at intermission (but don't!)

75
Quirky, Fluffy, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you're an out-of-towner or with one who's visiting you. It's fun in a Disney tour kinda way.

Don't see it if you're a totally uptight NYer.

87
Profound, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you like provocative theater that makes you question your life. Bizarre perspective of the title character forced on the audience.

Don't see it if you want linear, understandable theater that only entertains.

86
Relevant, Must see, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like intelligent and entertaining theater &, yes, he's actually a white Canadian rapper.

Don't see it if you only like things you consider the norm. This isn't that.

Also His intelligent and funky raps actually have research references and b... Read more Read less

94
Great singing, Refreshing, Masterful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you love the Temptations' music & want to see a top-notch jukebox production. Very well done, hits all the right notes (not just sung ones)!

Don't see it if you only like straight drama. Otherwise, GO!!

75
Quirky, Funny

See it if you like quirky, funny, not-too-deep musical comedy.

Don't see it if you take things too seriously.

80
Absorbing, Confusing, Great acting, Slow, Masterful

See it if you like long (3.25 hrs) big-cast dramas with Irish accents. It was a challenge for me & I wish I knew more about "The Troubles"

Don't see it if you're not seriously into straight drama. This requires commitment.

64
Ambitious, Disappointing, Entertaining, Slow, Great staging

See it if u think this adds up to a night out: Kong 95, sets/projections 85, music 55, lyrics 45, book 35. There's more to rate but it won't be good.

Don't see it if you don't want to suffer some really bad stuff to experience a pretty damn impressive puppet. Wish Kong were avail as an exhibit solo.

46
Disappointing, Banal, Funny, Insipid, Overrated

See it if you're a masochist. Maybe this kind of British comedy just isn't my thing. Left at intermission.

Don't see it if you can manage not to.

82
Great acting, Absorbing, Edgy, Disappointing, Relevant

See it if you know or knew someone with dementia (I did). Pretty accurate and heart-breaking portrayal. Elaine May is great!

Don't see it if you don't have a connection to dementia. This probably didn't really need to be a play. Not too much of a dramatic arc.

79
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you enjoy really good ensemble acting and especially if you lived through the 60s

Don't see it if you're looking for razzle-dazzle entertainment

80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Disappointing, Edgy

See it if you want some serious family drama and thought-provoking messaging.

Don't see it if you're looking for sheer entertainment.

92
During previews
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Profound, Masterful, Great writing

See it if you want to see great writing and acting. 5 incredible actors play Mary at different points in her life. Absorbing and provocative.

Don't see it if you're looking to be 'entertained'. You'll have to work a bit to follow this time-jumping puzzle, masterfully written and performed.

80
Entertaining, Clever, Masterful

See it if you're interested in theatrical 'magic' and 'mind-reading' by a really good storyteller/performer.

Don't see it if you're looking for serious 'theater' a musical or a more sophisticated evening.

93
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you like well-written provocative drama performed by a small cast with major acting chops

Don't see it if you're looking for razzle-dazzle or speed.

69
Ambitious, Indulgent, Funny, Slow

See it if you like good ensemble work. But the plot has holes and it's disappointing.

Don't see it if you have high expectations. They won't be met.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Masterful, Relevant

See it if you want great dramatic writing &acting of an old (1910's) play that's surprisingly relevant today & somehow seems modern despite its age.

Don't see it if you're not into serious drama and are just looking to be "entertained"

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you like a 'straight' play that makes you think.

Don't see it if you're looking for sheer entertainment.

Also I have season tickets to Roundabout and probably wouldn’t have otherwi... Read more Read less

75
Oh i wish i coulda loved it

See it if you love Fosse (I do) and can forgive its age.

Don't see it if you're jaded or sophisticated. It doesn't quite hold up.

Also Brought a friend who had never seen the live show. I (think I) saw the... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Confusing, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you're into the downtown performance arts scene. I'm not and was confused. But it was still engrossing to watch.

Don't see it if you want a clear linear story

86
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Great writing

See it if ulike great straight theater (writing) excellently acted. 90 absorbing minutes that will keep you wanting to know more (&I can't say more ;)

Don't see it if you're looking for light entertainment

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a fan of Annie Baker (I am) & are open to an interesting theater journey that may leave you somewhat unsatisfied by intrigued.

Don't see it if you need a very linear story or arc or want to be 'entertained' in a light way.

85
Clever, Great singing, Masterful, Must see, Great acting

See it if you can for no other reason than this historic pairing of 2 great--& very different--Bway musical stars. Wish it was better overall but hey

Don't see it if you can't forgive an imperfect show to enjoy these incredible women

73
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if maybe if you got enough sleep & haven't just come from brunch. I didn't & could barely stay awake. So this isn't a fair review.

Don't see it if you're looking for light entertainment. This is serious, historic, ambitious stuff.

61
Banal, Disappointing, Slow, Overrated

See it if u r in a better mood than apparently I was. I found it trite, trying too hard, unsophisticated and self-indulgent. Tho loved Realistic Jones

Don't see it if you have anything else to do.