TRC

Brooklyn | 65+ | 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 (160)
79
Sanctuary City
West Village
Ambitious, Relevant, Great staging, Absorbing
October 11th, 2021

See it if you want some decent 'downtown' theater... almost 2 pieces of theater. And can relax into the very different second (piece of theater) half.

Don't see it if you really need a perfect piece. But go support theater anyway... I don't think any other industry suffered as much during covid.

Also Teardrops*: 2... Read more Read less

82
Entertaining, Cliched, Quirky, Great singing, Delightful
October 11th, 2021

See it if you want a delightful dose of musical theater. Though flawed, the 11 o'clock number is worth the price of admission. Glad it came back.

Don't see it if you need real depth in your musicals. The story arc is more of a hump and some of the caricatures are somewhat unsettling.

Also Teardrops*: 3... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Letters Of Suresh
Midtown W
Transformative, Great acting, Inspiring, Must see, Great writing
October 3rd, 2021

See it if you want to have a transformational theater experience. Isn't that what theater's for? Poignant and uplifting.

Don't see it if you want a big production and razzle-dazzle. A small touching play with wonderful writing by a playwright I will be on the lookout for.

Also Teardrops*: 5... Read more Read less

87
Painterly, Profound, Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing
October 3rd, 2021

See it if you already did (it's closed). It was a provocative and painterly invitation into a theater experience that one's linear mind won't get.

Don't see it if you need to "understand" every single theater experience. This is art. Experience it.

Also Teardrops*: 2... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Relevant, Masterful, Resonant, Great acting
October 3rd, 2021

See it if you want to see a master performer telling a heartfelt story about a heartful woman embodying her & a whole bunch of other people seamlessly

Don't see it if you need "big" entertainment or can't flow with the go... Mr. Santiago-Hudson was switching characters sometimes with only one word spoken.

Also Teardrops*: 4... Read more Read less

90
The Hot Wing King
Midtown W
Relevant, Refreshing, Great acting, Funny
September 9th, 2021

See it if ...well, it's closed so you can't. So refreshing to see a play with gay Black characters that isn't ABOUT that. Human and heartwarming.

Don't see it if you don't want to experience some Pulitzer Prize writing and great acting.

Also Saw this the night before the shutdown of NYC theaters in 2020. I'm re... Read more Read less

76
Quirky, Edgy, Clever, Entertaining
March 8th, 2020

See it if you want an odd juxtaposition of Cambodian surfer music (who knew?!) & heart-breaking historical drama. Well-done and quirky.

Don't see it if you're looking for a straight play or a musical... this is neither and sort of both.

79
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious, Clever
March 8th, 2020

See it if you're open to a whole new take (and staging) of this classic. Inventive and provocative. The final tableau... heart-breaking.

Don't see it if you're attached to the musical as you've known it...especially the superb Jerome Robbins's choreography. But DO see it if you can.

79
During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Quirky, Ambitious, Edgy
March 8th, 2020

See it if u like Letts (I'm a big fan) & are prepared 2 be surprised by where he takes you. Wasn't expecting it to do what it did. More resonant after

Don't see it if you're not willing to go with the flow when theater makes a sharp turn into the unexpected. (Trying not to spoil.)

Also I have seen most of Tracy Letts's plays and always look forward to one... Read more Read less

84
Complicated, Great writing, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing
March 8th, 2020

See it if you like interestingly-crafted, well-acted, challenging theater. 3 lives & 3 time periods happening in parallel, at times together on stage!

Don't see it if you don't like being challenged emotionally or intellectually. Your brain (and heart) will need to work hard to keep up with this play.

88
Moving, Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Delightful
March 8th, 2020

See it if you like funny, touching, heart-felt & everyday family drama. Well-written & well-acted. You become part of the family! Enjoy!

Don't see it if you're looking for razzle-dazzle or deep existential exploration. This is just a delightful and moving family drama.

Also The Queens Theater is out there! But a nice venue and an interesting 2... Read more Read less

87
Clever, Edgy, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful
February 15th, 2020

See it if you like a good, theatrical musical well-staged and performed. I'd never seen a live production, just the movie. It's quite different +++

Don't see it if you don't want.... Wait, I can't think of a reason NOT to see it! Have fun!

Also The performances are great! Gideon Glick brings a lot of heart, Christ... Read more Read less

69
Disappointing, Funny, Slow
February 7th, 2020

See it if you have a generous spirit & bear up through almost monotone acting for the ultimate redemption.

Don't see it if you're judgmental of people doing the best they can (in this case "acting") while baring their soul to the world.

Also Barra's heartbreaking story is worth the telling and I give her credit... Read more Read less

80
Great singing, Disappointing, Entertaining
January 1st, 2020

See it if you love Miss Tina. Ms. Warren lets you love her as her. Though somewhat lacking, ONE single number was worth the $. & there were many more.

Don't see it if you're looking for high art.

80
One in Two
Midtown W
Edgy, Profound, Thought-provoking, Relevant
January 1st, 2020

See it if you care about the state of HIV/AIDS in this country, especially among black gay men (see title). Worthwhile, if not the greatest of theater

Don't see it if you're looking for just being entertained. This ain't that.

95
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing
January 1st, 2020

See it if you did (it closed). Awesome. Virtuoso acting by Mr. Washington. Somehow maybe even better than the original, which I saw, with Ms. Smith.

Don't see it if you didn't. It's closed. What a tour de force you missed!

86
During previews
Intense, Edgy, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
December 7th, 2019

See it if you like great ensemble acting in an exquisitely-written play. Playwright, Mr. Guirgis, has sure got some chops!

Don't see it if you don't like real 'street' flawed characters on challenging journeys.

Also Guirgis really has a way with dialogue and character development. Also... Read more Read less

81
Black Exhibition
Brooklyn
Relevant, Ambitious, Funny, Thought-provoking, Edgy
December 7th, 2019

See it if you're interested in cutting-edge & edgy theater. Mr. Harris is really pushing the envelope. Actually more like ripping it open!

Don't see it if you're homophobic or not looking for a show that challenges.

78
Rap Guide to Culture
Soho/Tribeca
Masterful, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Clever
December 7th, 2019

See it if you like Baba's work. Or would like to find out if you do. He's definitely a unique talent, crazy smart & courageous.

Don't see it if you hate rap or want a story arc. This is more education entertainment. But worthwhile

Also I've now seen 4 or 5 of Mr. Brinkman's one man shows. They're hard to ... Read more Read less

72
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Disappointing, Ambitious, Overrated, Thought-provoking, Relevant
November 18th, 2019

See it if you want to know what all the buzz is about & have a # of hours (almost 7!) to invest. Don't want to throw the baby out with the bathwater..

Don't see it if you have high standards for compelling dramatic theater... this is lighter than its length may imply.

Also Comparisons to Angels in America? Only in its subject matter (gay men,... Read more Read less

73
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Fun, Entertaining
November 10th, 2019

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.

89
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Exquisite
November 2nd, 2019

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

84
Mysterious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting
November 2nd, 2019

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.

81
Ambitious, Great singing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever
November 2nd, 2019

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

87
During previews
Monsoon Season
West Village
Must see, Funny, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing
October 25th, 2019

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

73
Slow, Great staging, Cliched, Disappointing, Entertaining
October 23rd, 2019

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.

90
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing
October 19th, 2019

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.

94
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Clever
October 19th, 2019

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

62
Sunday
Chelsea
Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing
October 19th, 2019

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.

75
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Indulgent, Great acting, Entertaining
October 19th, 2019

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

92
Quirky, Edgy, Must see, Relevant, Thought-provoking
October 19th, 2019

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

60
Ambitious, Disappointing, Funny, Indulgent, Quirky
August 30th, 2019

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

87
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great writing
July 20th, 2019

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.

85
Fairview
Brooklyn
Indulgent, Edgy, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking
July 20th, 2019

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

72
Educational, Relevant, Overrated
June 30th, 2019

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

90
Envelope-pushing, Great singing, Great staging, Edgy, Entertaining
June 30th, 2019

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."

79
Disappointing, Cliched, Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining
June 30th, 2019

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.

82
Long Lost
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intense, Cliched, Great writing, Great acting
June 30th, 2019

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".

51
Imminently Yours
East Village
Didactic, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched
June 30th, 2019

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

84
Ink
Midtown W
Informative, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting
June 19th, 2019

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.

91
Thought-provoking, Must see, Great singing, Edgy, Absorbing
June 19th, 2019

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.

81
Resonant, Dated, Great singing, Entertaining
June 19th, 2019

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.

70
Nomad Motel
Chelsea
Resonant, Disappointing, Quirky
June 19th, 2019

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.

83
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Romantic, Great acting, Absorbing
June 19th, 2019

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

78
Delightful, Funny, Refreshing, Quirky, Entertaining
June 19th, 2019

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!

90
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Relevant, Great writing, Quirky, Edgy, Clever
June 17th, 2019

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

72
Dying City
Midtown W
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting
June 17th, 2019

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

83
Octet
Midtown W
Masterful, Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
June 17th, 2019

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.)

67
During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Fluffy, Indulgent, Insipid
April 17th, 2019

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

91
During previews
All My Sons
Midtown W
Edgy, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Absorbing
April 14th, 2019

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!)