TRC

Brooklyn | 50-64 | Male
About:  Somewhat avid theater-goer. A bit jaded and can be a little too critical. Apologies in advance. I get annoyed when a production really should've just been, say a TED talk or, worse, a brochure. Give me some truth and a reason for us (the performer(s) and the audience) to be live together. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (140)
73
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Fun, Entertaining

See it if you like new musicals perhaps still trying to find themselves. Don't know the movie. But I'll be watching composer/lyricist Adam Gwon.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or dark comedies.

84
Mysterious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like great acting & intriguing writing. It was delicious while watching, but 1 of those that kept getting better after it was over. Hmmm

Don't see it if you're looking for razzle-dazzle. This quiet 2-hander is for the avid playgoer.

87
During previews
Monsoon Season
West Village
Must see, Funny, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like dark, neurotic, everyday characters really well written and powerfully portrayed by two impressive actors. Delightful 2-hander!

Don't see it if you like mainstream straight drama without any quirks. This somewhat off-beat couple may not be for you.

Also This soon-to-be-ex couple are really well-written and really well-acte... Read more Read less

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

See it if you liked the Harper Lee story. Well done. And the moral shades of gray are still pertinent.

Don't see it if you're not looking for a serious evening of drama.

62
Sunday
Chelsea
Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you already have tickets.

Don't see it if you want a piece that's fully cooked. It feels like the playwright stopped working it before it was completed.

92
Quirky, Edgy, Must see, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in cutting-edge theater that pushes the envelope on a provocative topic. Radical

Don't see it if you're not willing to be confronted with uncomfortable (simulated) sexual acts and subject matter.

Also I saw it off-Broadway and, with minor adjustments to the bigger stage/... Read more Read less

87
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if you want a clever small play about a really interesting Black woman in baseball. Charmingly portrayed by April Matthis.

Don't see it if you're... no, can't think of a reason not to see it.

72
Educational, Relevant, Overrated

See it if you want to know more about the Constitution (of the U.S.A.) or just google it.

Don't see it if you're looking for real theater.

Also Basically a one-person "play" which is more like someone (Schreck) tel... Read more Read less

79
Disappointing, Cliched, Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you know and love the songs.

Don't see it if you don't have a particular connection to this piece. It wasn't necessary to revive (or revise) this show.

51
Imminently Yours
East Village
Didactic, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you want to know more about 40 acres and a mule, eminent domain and some black history.

Don't see it if you expect a worthwhile theater experience.

Also Two actors were fully on book, I assume due to their age so forgivable... Read more Read less

91
Thought-provoking, Must see, Great singing, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you can! Stunningly fresh production of this classic you _thought_ you knew. And O M G, that IS the original book! Who knew?!

Don't see it if you think of this musical lovingly as something just as sweet as could be. T'ain't.

70
Nomad Motel
Chelsea
Resonant, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if you're interested in new(ish) theater. The lead has chops.

Don't see it if you don't want to forgive attempts at new topics and approaches. It doesn't succeed too well, but still worthwhile.

78
Delightful, Funny, Refreshing, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if ur young or open to feeling really old if ur not. So great 2 see such a young audience really enjoying musical theater. There's hope!

Don't see it if you're above like 30 and uptight at all. Or go and have some fun!

72
Dying City
Midtown W
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you like well-acted small cast dramas. Two actors playing three characters.

Don't see it if you need an elaborate plot with lots of action.

Also Solidly written and acted but not sure why it needed to be written (or... Read more Read less

67
During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
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
Girl of Glass
Midtown W
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
India Pale Ale
Midtown W
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.

89
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Exquisite

See it if you know the piece or like edgy downtownish (still a bit) avant-guard-ish theater. Heartbreaking and -changing.

Don't see it if you want a mainstream piece of "entertainment". Some group singing & dancing was added (IMO unnecessarily) to give it broader appeal I guess

81
Ambitious, Great singing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you've seen a lot of bway (or you'll miss the references). Mr Alessandrini's clever takes on so much of bway (& beyond) is always a delight!

Don't see it if you've hardly seen anything...the references are the current & recent seasons often done via way way past seasons' songs.

Also SPOILER ALERT! I can't believe it's been 5 years since the last one. W... Read more Read less

73
Slow, Great staging, Cliched, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you want a musical spectacular with great production values & don't mind mindless fluff.

Don't see it if you're looking for a musical that has meat & a worthwhile story. Virtually all veneer.

94
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you're interested in new, mature theater that's provocative. I'm a Tracy Letts fan, but this is perhaps his best!

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

Also Addendum: A theater buddy wanted to see it and I wanted to see it agai... Read more Read less

75
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Indulgent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you're a TW fan. Not his greatest work. Marisa Tomei is delicious

Don't see it if you're looking for a tighter more entertaining piece of theater

60
Ambitious, Disappointing, Funny, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you can't repress your curiosity of what a white boy from England rapping is like. I recommend deploying your curiosity elsewhere.

Don't see it if you don't like rap (this won't help) or do like rap (you won't be happy).

Also I give Mr. Turner props for risking going there--a difficult undertaki... Read more Read less

85
Fairview
Brooklyn
Indulgent, Edgy, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if U R interested in new, edgy (if a bit too conceptual) theater about race in the US of A. The choreography & movement by Kelly is masterful.

Don't see it if you don't want to be challenged (emotionally, intellectually, even physically) by provocative theater. Not an evening of "entertainment".

Also I thought much of it was really well crafted and executed, even brilli... Read more Read less

90
Envelope-pushing, Great singing, Great staging, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a new and exciting approach to Broadway musicals. Thoroughly engaging.

Don't see it if you need your musicals to be more traditional.... Like, "And now, here's a musical number."

82
Long Lost
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intense, Cliched, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want a well-written and -acted ensemble piece about a broken family, perhaps more broken than they knew.

Don't see it if you want something light, breezy and "entertaining".

84
Ink
Midtown W
Informative, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you want a well-done drama based on real life (Murdoch). Who knew this was his beginning? Interesting.

Don't see it if you're looking for like entertainment. Not that this challenges the audience, but it's not just to entertain.

81
Resonant, Dated, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want some good music in an innovative adaptation. Saw it early in previews.. hopefully tightened up.

Don't see it if you want a polished razzle-dazzle musical. This ain't that.

83
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Romantic, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a well-written 2-hander performed by pros. Didn't know the work before but it worked for me.

Don't see it if you're looking for flying sets, large casts and lots of action. This is small and intimate and intense. Mmmmm

90
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Relevant, Great writing, Quirky, Edgy, Clever

See it if you like edgy, fresh musical theater from a young, exciting, black, queer and, yes, fat writer. He goes there without apology. Courageous!

Don't see it if you're looking for tame and entertaining. Entertaining, yes, but not tame.

Also Exciting work from an exciting young talent. Real potential to grow an... Read more Read less

83
Octet
Midtown W
Masterful, Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you like unusual, innovative theater. Frightfully relevant and well done. Gotta love a musical with a bibliography!

Don't see it if you need a very linear piece.. or a "book". Or if you don't like a cappella music. (Your loss.)

91
During previews
All My Sons
Midtown W
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
The Ride
Midtown W
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
The Mother
Chelsea
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
Rap Guide to Evolution
Soho/Tribeca
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
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
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
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
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
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
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
Days of Rage
Midtown W
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