TristanRobin

New Haven | 50-64 | Male
About:  Retired director and-sometime-actor, now dabbling in the visual arts. Still very active theatre audience member, but rarely get involved in a production unless it's something I feel is definitely going to enrich my life and broaden my mind and hone my skills.
Reviews (19)
99
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Great acting, Stunning

See it if you like classic B'way musical revivals, exceptional acting combined with glorious music, stunning scenery and costuming, clever staging

Don't see it if you require dark, edgy, quirky, contemporary tales, insist on operatic quality voices in B'way musicals, you are looking to complian

Also I like this show - it's not my FAVORITE or anything - and I've seen it... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great singing, Brilliant choreography, Delightful

See it if you love great singing, brave direction, fine acting, stunning choreography and dancing, beautiful sets and costumes, revivals of classics

Don't see it if you require a quirky, edgy, cutting edge modern take on a classic - you don't like musicals - you don't care for dancing spectacles

Also I wasn't prepared for this old war horse of a chestnut musical to beco... Read more Read less

95
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great singing, Romantic, Must see

See it if you love Broadway musicals. Period. This musical transcends favorite genres and styles. Its incandescent music, visuals, performances...

Don't see it if you are too jaded or snide or cynical to enjoy rapturous voices singing lovely melodies in clever and gorgeous costumes & beautiful staging.

Also This is just about as close to perfect as a musical can get. I can't s... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky, Nostalgic

See it if you're intelligent enough to enjoy lowbrow hijinks. you love filmnoir, parody, puppets, want to relive heyday of OffBroadway's guts 'n glam

Don't see it if you're too smart to enjoy silly - don't enjoy filmnoir or silly parodies - don't enjoy fabulous cutrate special effects - you need edgy mode

Also Saw this play's original production with the director, Everett Quinton... Read more Read less

95
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intense, Riveting, Must see, Masterful

See it if you want to see a power-house performance that will go 'go down in the books' as one of the greats. You love lush FULL orchestrations.

Don't see it if You appreciate style over substance. You need tons of scenery. You're looking for pratfalls and gags.

Also Rarely have I given a show such a complete rave report. I was overwhel... Read more Read less

89
Clever, Great singing, Hilarious, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you like parodies, old movies, terrific singing, intimate musicals

Don't see it if you need big, expensive, splashy, lavish productions with lots of sets and huge choruses

85
Entertaining, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Great singing

See it if you love epic length shows, terrific singers, grand production values, don't mind slow sections to get to a good section, can set aside hype

Don't see it if you will be disappointed that it's not the greatest show ever written. it's good - but there are better shows out there. Hype here overrated

95
Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Funny, Great staging

See it if Love great standards, intricate music with virtuoso voices, stupendous dancing, gorgeous sets and costumes, period pieces, romantic stories

Don't see it if you need dark, edgy, obscure, 'artsy,' cutting edge work. You don't like musicals - there is a lot of music in this one!

90
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if like quirky musicals, Wizard of Oz, powerhouse singing, different points of view, fabulous art direction (sets, costumes, lighting), staging

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, Wizard of Oz, lavish spectacles, old fashion straight forward story telling, frothy light tales

85
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if Anybody interested in biographies, fairy tales, love stories, precocious children, clever and original choreography

Don't see it if You need edgy, dark, abstract, modern, obscure and obtuse material

90
Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Intense, Dated

See it if Definitely a high-wattage "star" production. Each actor a "name" - and deservedly so. There's more than just talent to be seen-star power!

Don't see it if Dated shows bother you - the age on this one shows. The actors are stellar and put their all into it-and it works!-but the script is tired.

Also This political play had a lot to say when it was written. It was a ple... Read more Read less

95
Enchanting, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing

See it if Revival of 'golden age' musicals with star-studded casts excite you. If lavish costuming and stunning dancing entrance you & old fashions ok

Don't see it if you need hip, edgy, moody, dark, quirky, abstract or pessimism to feel you've gotten your money's worth. It's the absolute total antithesis.

Also Bernadette Peters at around 70 has more spunk, energy, charm and chari... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if interested in contemporary issues that have a negative impact on American society or the African American experience in prison system.

Don't see it if You don't like non-linear plays - you don't like one actor plays - not interested in African American experience in U.S. - vulgarity offends

Also One can't see this and then not mention the mesmerizing performance by... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Pacific Overtures
East Village
Confusing, Disappointing, Great singing, Slow, Indulgent

See it if Paying B'way prices for staged readings doesn't bother you. Abbreviated book and cut songs are okay with you. You MUST see a Sondheim or die

Don't see it if You love Pacific Overtures. Exquisite voices are all it takes to make you content. Your ticket paid for all the sets and costumes alone.

Also First, credit where it's due: the voices and performances in this prod... Read more Read less

79
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great staging, Great singing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you like terrific singing, great choreography and staging, beautiful and interesting costuming, don't mind a mediocre score and LOUD amps

Don't see it if you are looking for glorious music and gorgeous orchestrations - OR if you think this is a hip hop show (it's not)

60
Banal, Slow

See it if You are enthralled with children performers, no matter what they're doing.

Don't see it if You've seen a professional production with young adults-no comparison and this one pales. Underdeveloped voices playing "Broadway" annoy you

97
American Psycho
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Dizzying, Edgy, Quirky

See it if you like dark humor, retro style, terrific production values and great performances - both acting and singing, amazing choreography and dire

Don't see it if you hate the sight of blood, sex is a taboo subject for you, you like quaint musicals from 'the Golden Age of Broadway'

67
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Great staging, Indulgent

See it if love Andrew Lloyd Webber, lavish over-the-top spectacle, powerhouse singing, know the story before attending performance

Don't see it if don't want to hear 5 songs reprised over and over; you don't know the story-it's not very good story telling; you don't like opera (thrusung

95
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great staging

See it if you love Gershwin, gorgeous singing and dancing, inventive staging, terrific art direction (sets, costumes, lighting), excellent choreograph

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, you need edgy, modern work, straight forward story telling doesn't interest you, no interest in vintage material