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 (154)
70
During previews
The Penitent
Chelsea
Great writing, Slow

See it if you're a Mametophile or like legalistic, religious-philosophical and somewhat didactic plays with sly-plotting.

Don't see it if you're looking for light entertainment or really don't like Mamet (understandable).

73
During previews
Everybody
Midtown W
Disappointing, Cliched, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound

See it if you're interested in a modern spin on a didactic 500+ year old morality play. Content: good. Execution: trying on my nerves.

Don't see it if you're looking for sheer entertainment (not very) or if you don't like to engage your mind much while watching a play.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Edgy, Riveting

See it if you appreciate exquisitely-written dialogue and exceptional acting. I was rapt. Virtually all these characters were so well written & acted

Don't see it if cursing, Spanish language, real people or lack of an arc bother you.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you like great theater written by a master and performed by an expert ensemble

Don't see it if you don't like serious straight plays that require your heart and mind to be involved.

63
The Front Page
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow

See it if uv already purchased tickets. Tho u may need 2 change ur dinner reservations if you decide 2 walk out during the 1st or 2nd intermission

Don't see it if haven't already bought unrefundable tickets. 2 & 3/4 hours will leave you asking why you feel the time investment wasn't worth it.

91
For a previous production
Clever, Enchanting, Great staging, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if (off bway) A surprising, innovative, heartwarming & charming jewel of a production. (bway) transferred well. Still a jewel with a big heart!

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or you need your musicals to be all razzle-dazzle.

90
Love, Love, Love
Midtown W
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great writing, Funny

See it if you like amazing acting (yes they play age 19 through like 60 convincingly!) and you live through the 60s/70s (or your parents did).

Don't see it if you're looking for fluff entertainment or a musical (though the soundtrack is great!)

29
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you like wasting money on a mediocre evening of "magic". To be fair, act 2 may have been extraordinary... I wasn't there.

Don't see it if you value your entertainment dollars. Really?...card "tricks"?...on a Broadway stage?

Also Plus they should be sued for false advertising about going back to a g... Read more Read less

94
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Masterful, Relevant

See it if you're interested in great acting and riveting theater about relevant race issues

Don't see it if you're just looking to be entertained and don't want to feel or think about your theater experience

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound

See it if you're a fan of Chekov (I'm not particularly but this is a great work of his) and want to see masterful performances.

Don't see it if you listen to professional critics (I almost didn't go because of the NYX' scathing pan). Either the director retooled or the critic on LSD.

24
Drunk Shakespeare
Midtown W
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if you want to waste an evening of your time. Maybe my age (61) made me miss too many of the pop culture references, but it was excruciating.

Don't see it if you value your time.

78
Matilda
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Disappointing, Funny, Great staging

See it if you like theatrical musicals, well-executed but a little difficult to understand through the sometimes mixed British accents & weak voices.

Don't see it if you have really high standards for theatrical musicals....could've/should've been more theatrical for me.

75
During previews
The Encounter
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Slow, Disappointing, Original

See it if you're spiritual, love podcasts (this would work as one) & want one on aural steroids with some visuals added.

Don't see it if you have high expectations for "Broadway", want sheer entertainment & don't want to pay close attention for 2 hours without an intermission.

72
Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great singing

See it if you've never seen Fiddler before...a classic! I had but was a bit disappointed that it wasn't MORE reimagined.

Don't see it if you don't like great musicals

69
Tuck Everlasting
Midtown W
Cliched, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if they've made major improvements since the preview I saw. The Times sorta loved it so go figure.

Don't see it if you want lyrics more clever than Pippin's (a low goal) or direction that's cohesive.

81
During previews
Daphne's Dive
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

See it if you like great ensemble theater and great writing. Very moving

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

71
Cagney
Midtown W
Entertaining, Disappointing, Original, Quirky

See it if you just loved James Cagney. The lead is remarkably similar.

Don't see it if you want your musical theater to be a bit more well-shaped. A shame that the talented tappers weren't used more as a theatrical device.

88
Absorbing, Original, Profound, Relevant, Masterful

See it if you want to think not just be entertained. Baba is, dare I say, a genius. Clever, intelligent rap that actually changes lives.

Don't see it if you want mindless entertainment. Minds required here.

85
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Original

See it if you have an interest in Gorey, or biographic theater, or just a well-directed and written piece.

Don't see it if if you really really wanted to see Gorey's weird and off-center drawings (they hardly make an appearance).

77
Sleep No More
Chelsea
Clever, Confusing, Original, Slow, Overrated

See it if you need to follow the trends. I went because of the high user ratings. Umm.. well at least it's theater attracting a younger audience

Don't see it if you want a more linear vs. amorphous (they call it immersive) theater experience.

79
Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing, Cliched, Original

See it if you're not hard on shows about queer and transgender issues (like I am..I figure, if you're pushing the envelope, then really push it!)

Don't see it if you want your musical dance numbers to be more than a two-step (ouch!). I know, it won all sorts of awards including best musical & ography

85
Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Must see

See it if you like great musical theater. Why this was snubbed by the Tonys is beyond me.

Don't see it if you... I can't think of a reason NOT to see it.

80
For a previous production
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want light, entertaining musical fare...I recommend it to out-of-towners who don't see many. Enjoyable.

Don't see it if don't like musicals

90
Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Original

See it if you enjoy great and clever musical theater and especially if you know your Shakespeare and your musical theater history.

Don't see it if you've never heard of Shakespeare or haven't seen Fun Home yet.

Also Saw it a 2nd time 11/4/16 (w/out of town family) and it still holds up... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Edgy, Entertaining, Original, Overrated

See it if you want to know what all the hoopla is about and don't mind a mostly one-note (comedy-wise) musical.

Don't see it if you're a prude--it goes "there".

91
Man From Nebraska
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Profound

See it if you are engaged in your life or feel a need to be. Very provocative especially, I imagine, if you're past middle age.

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

90
During previews
If I Forget
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like serious straight-play writing (he also wrote the book for "Dear Evan Hansen"!) performed by expert ensemble actors.

Don't see it if you're looking for light (or quick...it's well over 2 hours but every minute engages) entertainment.

94
Clever, Great singing, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you like innovative theater about modern day themes with great singing and acting. Ben Platt is amazing!

Don't see it if you don't like musicals. Otherwise I can't imagine why you shouldn't see it.

91
Delightful, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like a solid musical that hits all the marks: music, lyrics (yes, there's a song about Machiavelli!), singing, acting, production...

Don't see it if you're looking for something profound...it's on the lighter side of musicals. But surprisingly entertaining!

71
Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want a light night out. Melanie sings well (not sure how Sophie sang so...) but the show could use more book.. or direction.

Don't see it if you want to be blown away. 1 performer, 1 costume, 1 act, 1 position on stage, no set.

95
Sweet Charity
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Delightful, Must see

See it if you can get a ticket. Sutton Foster brings her own quirky love-ability to a great role. Talented cast in an intimate pared-down staging.

Don't see it if your musicals need to have sets and scrims flying in and out.

80
During previews
Anna Christie
East Village
Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like O'Neill, like well-written realistic dramas and aren't thrown by off-off-Broadway scale and aesthetics.

Don't see it if you don't like intimate theater in a small house where you can see the close-up magic of actors tearing it up without major sets & distance.

93
Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Masterful

See it if you are open to a non-linear difficult-to-comprehend immersive experience that is, dare I say, transformative.

Don't see it if you're looking to merely be entertained or want to understand concretely what just happened to you immediately without giving yourself time.

Also It's like a living poem (and I'm not crazy about poetry) but go with n... Read more Read less

87
Falsettos
Midtown W
Edgy, Romantic, Delightful

See it if you like quirky musicals with heart about somewhat neurotic characters.

Don't see it if you're homophobic (the opening word of act 2 is 'homosexuals') or can't see family for the form.

95
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you care about social issues, particularly education, and want to see a tour de force performance by a skilled actor.

Don't see it if you're looking for escape/entertainment. This is for thinking/feeling/caring human beings.

91
Funny, Profound, Delightful

See it if you can! Only 3 more shows. She's a delight.

Don't see it if you don't like real life charming and human stories.

91
Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you like. great ensemble acting and clever innovative theater that's insightfully funny and provocative.

Don't see it if you don't like serious theater & investigating the human condition.

85
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you can...hurry! What a shame it's closing.

Don't see it if you don't like great, entertaining and educating musical theater.

82
Must see, Masterful, Delightful, Great singing

See it if you love GREAT singing and a moving story.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals

81
American Psycho
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Banal, Indulgent

See it if you want light but well-done musical entertainment. Really fun but, what for?

Don't see it if you need a profound night out. Profound not found.

90
Daddy Long Legs
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Original, Romantic, Delightful

See it if you're looking for a delightful evening's entertainment. This 2-person musical (!) caught me by surprise. Excellent.

Don't see it if you hate musicals

86
Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you like great ensemble theater and eye-opening writing and a moving (real) story

Don't see it if you just want to be entertained.

92
Enchanting, Exquisite, Entertaining, Masterful, Delightful

See it if you want a top-notch dance and musical experience. The dancing is sublime...great to see outside of "the ballet". Really well-done1

Don't see it if you don't like old-school style musical theater.

91
For a previous production
Skeleton Crew
Chelsea
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Great writing, Profound

See it if you like great ensemble acting and realistic yet theatrical writing.

Don't see it if You just want to escape and be entertained.

82
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Original, Resonant

See it if you haven't. It's a worthwhile evening. Seen it twice, better the 1st time of course. Wish it pushed the envelope more but it pushes.

Don't see it if you hate Sesame St or puppets. This is an adult sort of Sesame St. Rather adult. No porn, but "The Internet is for..."

88
Eclipsed
Midtown W
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

See it if you have a strong heart for an emotionally wrenching theater experience. Superbly acted.

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

85
Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you lived through the 70s and need some, at times hysterical, relief from the real world . Tons of great talent on stage!

Don't see it if you didn't live through the 70s or have no tolerance for absolutely silly but great fun musical theater.

91
Ambitious, Exquisite, Edgy, Epic, Masterful

See it if you haven't seen it yet or even want to see it again... a modern-day bway classic!

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

88
Delightful, Enchanting, Relevant

See it if you've never seen this R&H classic.

Don't see it if you don't like old-school (in this case, literally) musicals.

90
Entertaining, Romantic, Delightful

See it if you love Carole King's music (who doesn't?) or you just want to see a really well-done bio-musical

Don't see it if you hate Carole King's music or just hate musicals.

Also Update 5/13/17: just saw this again & was surprised and delighted that... Read more Read less