trkochles

New York City | 25-34 | Male
About:  Going to the movies is too expensive so I see shows instead
Reviews (52)
90
Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Great writing

See it if you enjoy witty humor in a whirlwind fable-esque farce; this show is incredibly enjoyable from start to finish, and the actors are fantastic

Don't see it if you don't like barbershop, or actors playing multiple characters bothers you.

Also I didn't really know what to expect from this show, other than it uses... Read more Read less

86
Fun, Funny, Great singing, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoyed the movie - it's definitely its own show, but keeps the same vibe & energy. And the energy of the cast is really great!

Don't see it if you can't handle kid performers, ALW musicals really grate you (there is a moderately annoying overuse of Der Hölle Rache), but it is fun.

Also I liked it much more than I thought I would - the cast really knows ho... Read more Read less

80
Paris!
Brooklyn
Entertaining, Edgy, Raunchy, Sexy, Fun

See it if you like cabaret/burlesque and are interested in seeing a show that combines this tradition with a bit of linear storytelling.

Don't see it if nudity/coarse language offend you; this show is unabashedly forward & in-your-face; it's fun, but if it's not for you this won't change that

Also Paris! is a fairly unique show; stylistically it's a bit out there; a ... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Fun, Entertaining

See it if you're a Harry Potter fan, especially if you identify with the Hufflepuffs (we're all a little bit Hufflepuff, aren't we?)

Don't see it if you're not a Harry Potter fan or you haven't read the books//seen the movie. It's very reference-heavy and you won't get it.

Also Puffs toes the line extremely well between being overly campy and refe... Read more Read less

75
During previews
The Encounter
Midtown W
Ambitious, Original, Long, Interesting, Thought-provoking

See it if you're open to less traditional theatregoing experiences; this is almost a mix of performance art and radio drama being performed live.

Don't see it if you don't like the idea of wearing headphones & watching someone create (physically, auditorily) an experience. It's impressive, but long.

Also I feel like the show could cut about 30 minutes and it would really he... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Original, Intense, Funny

See it if you're interested in Shakespeare that isn't easily defined; there's humor, romance, tragedy & war. Well acted & the 2nd act not to be missed

Don't see it if you don't like live gunfire/intense battle scenes; the second act modernizes the war incredibly effectively and it is riveting, but intense

80
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Great singing

See it if you like the actors or Vonnegut's stories or Ashman/Menken music; the actors did a great job bringing the story to life #cheesenips

Don't see it if quirky shows aren't your thing; it's definitely a little "out there" in terms of plot, but I found it highly enjoyable and a lot of fun

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great dancing

See it if you like a well-rounded show that elegantly celebrates family life & strife in a show that makes you think about the way we treat each other

Don't see it if you need to have a happy ending where everything is resolved & tied up neatly; you sit in the back of the rear mezz, it's very far away

82
American Psycho
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Hilarious, Indulgent

See it if you bask in the 80s satire; this show is unabashedly over-the-top (sex, drugs, blood, few clothes, disillusionment) & it's great

Don't see it if you don't like the 80s camp tone - you'll either love it for what it is or probably hate it; actors wearing few clothes/blood offends you

80
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Great staging, Great tap, Slow, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if you want to see some of the best and innovative tap dancing that has been on Broadway recently, or great performances by all the leads

Don't see it if you're expecting something revelatory; it's very well done and the tap and performances are worth seeing, but something's missing

60
During previews
Paramour
Midtown W
Cliched, Ambitious, Good acrobatics, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You really like Cirque de Soleil; the acrobatics are great & don't disappoint, but unfortunately they are sandwiched between song & dance #s

Don't see it if beyond-clichéd storytelling really irks you - the "story" they've added to the show is completely inane and at times almost too stupid

60
The Last Ship
Midtown W
Cliched, Disappointing, Great staging, Overrated, Slow

See it if you like Sting and watching him avoid everyone in the cast during the dance sequences, shipyards and plot points from a mile away thrill you

Don't see it if you like shows that are memorable; the music was decent but nothing really stood out. And another show with a 100-1 man-woman ratio.

65
The River
Midtown W
Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you like Hugh Jackman, you're not particularly concerned with a show that has a meandering plot and a bizarre ending.

Don't see it if you like plays that want to leave you with a message/deeper meaning to actually have a message/deeper meaning

86
Clever, Hilarious, Great writing, Original, Great staging

See it if you like South Park or you're curious. The show is very fun and entertaining, and you will laugh a lot throughout.

Don't see it if you are easily offended; this show insults everything it can and is pretty crude, but it's genuine at its core.

85
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Indulgent, Great staging, Resonant, Epic

See it if You've always wanted to or haven't in a while. It's got great spectacle and singing, and hearing the main songs live is always a treat.

Don't see it if You don't like huge houses; the Gershwin is a massive theatre. I'd recommend sitting in the orchestra, the Mezz starts above Row N

93
Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if You want to see one of the most original and important shows to come to the Broadway stage. This show is so well-crafted and personal.

Don't see it if Intimacy, tough themes (LGBT, suicide, guilt) aren't really your thing. This show can release a lot of withheld emotions.

95
Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Masterful

See it if Cannot say enough good things about this show; the simple staging focuses attention on the characters and the music & the cast is incredible

Don't see it if You don't like being moved? Cynthia Erivo herself is reason enough to see it, but the cast supports and adds greatly to the experience.

79
Epic, Resonant, I mean, that music, Ambitious, Indulgent

See it if You really like this epic story or want a meaty piece of theatre. The score is the real star of Les Mis and it's worth hearing live.

Don't see it if You have fond memories of a particular cast; not that it's not good, but likely won't hold up to expectations. Still packs a powerful punch.

87
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Original, Raunchy

See it if You like everything in Don't See, you want to be entertained by filthy puppets with a message (think Adult Sesame Street). It's hilarious.

Don't see it if You don't like puppets, foul language, depictions of sex on stage, crude themes, or to be reminded how long ago you went to college.

93
Sleep No More
Chelsea
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Original, Riveting

See it if You like immersive theatre; there's nothing like it. Macbeth + Rebecca over several floors set in the 20s/30s. Earliest start time is best.

Don't see it if You have issues with stairs, (sometimes) running, moving through crowds, nudity, being separated from your group, one-on-ones with actors

85
Matilda
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Original, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You want a highly original production that treats kids as competent castmembers, with a little bit of fairytale thrown in. Music is great.

Don't see it if Children on Broadway are a dealbreaker. If you're annoyed by magical realism or aren't familiar with the book, it might be tough to get into

70
Cliched, Ambitious, Insipid, Great staging, Indulgent

See it if You saw and liked the movie, the show seems tailored to this audience, and doesn't offer much besides a nostalgia trip and solid dancing.

Don't see it if You're interested in another show; personally I found it a bit cliched and boring. It doesn't really offer anything new.

80
Blue Man Group
East Village
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You like entertaining uses of everyday objects as percussive instruments, sketch comedy w/no talking. It's hard to see this and not like it.

Don't see it if Percussion and audience participation aren't your thing, you need a story/narrative structure to enjoy a performance.

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Original, Fun

See it if You like a dance party! It's consistently entertaining, and great spectacle as dancers move in/around/above you. By the end you'll join in!

Don't see it if You want to sit & don't like participation; you won't get a chance & you're surrounded by other people as you move around a large room

80
The Crucible
Midtown W
Intelligent, Intense, Interesting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You've wanted to see a staged performance of this play, you like shows that are non-traditional, you like to think on a show after seeing it

Don't see it if You're expecting a traditional production; the staging and set are a little "out there" but it serves to highlight the text and characters

90
Clever, Hilarious, Quirky, Refreshing, Surprisingly referential

See it if you want to laugh a lot & be thoroughly entertained. The humor is raunchy, but improv helps make it an oddly fun love letter to Broadway.

Don't see it if South Park/Rick & Morty/Adult Swim humor isn't your thing - it's definitely more of a younger generation's style of humor.

Also I had little idea of what to expect going in, and was completely swept... Read more Read less

78
Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Fluffy, Great dancing

See it if you like the movie or want a show that you know is going to have a good ending; it's fun and more entertaining than I thought it would be.

Don't see it if you're expecting a riveting drama or something life-changing; this is light entertainment, but it works well and has many great moments.

85
Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like RENT and/or are interested in delving into the mind of its creator and seeing a deeply personal side of him.

Don't see it if RENT drives you crazy and you don't like rock musicals; you probably won't like 90 minutes of similar material.

Also Tick, Tick...BOOM is a really interesting look at the psyche of Jonath... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Heisenberg
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy character-study plays; there's definitely a plot, but the show is more about the two characters' interactions & revelations.

Don't see it if you need a defined plot to enjoy a play; while there is one, the show is more about the interactions & walls between the two characters.

Also The onstage seating is great, but I definitely recommend sitting close... Read more Read less

75
Cats
Midtown W
Oddly entertaining, Bizarre, Ambitious, Confusing, Solid dancing

See it if you saw & loved the original; a lot of the people in the audience seemed to be familiar with it. Parts are great, a lot is weird. It's CATS.

Don't see it if you saw it & disliked it before; this won't change your mind. But honestly it's pretty entertaining, esp. if you have a few drinks before.

78
Intelligent, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You liked Curious Incident & would be interested in similar settings in a musical. That being said, it's much more adult-themed. Solid perfs

Don't see it if you need a distinct timeline to enjoy a show; it can be a little confusing at first until you get into Evan's character & understand his POV

90
Privacy
East Village
Ambitious, Intelligent, Funny, Original, Relevant

See it if you want to explore & think hard about how we share information today; it's an open-ended participatory work that challenges perceptions.

Don't see it if you don't want to use your smartphone (or don't have one) in the performance; this show works best if you participate. Come w/an open mind.

79
Bright Star
Midtown W
Entertaining, Cliched, Fun, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if bluegrass music is your thing, you want to see a great leading performance by Carmen Cusack; it's a fun show that's not overly complicated

Don't see it if you dislike shows where you can see the ending coming or music that is same-y; the direction is a bit muddled, but it's a solid production

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you want to see four very great performances; the play does not feel as long as it is, the story draws you in and keeps you enraptured

Don't see it if Jessica Lange's character spends a decent amount of time w/her back to the house right audience w/this staging; make sure to sit house left

87
Blackbird
Midtown W
Intense, Riveting, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you want to see two extraordinary performances of emotionally scarred and broken people as the play intensely tackles a dark subject

Don't see it if you are easily disturbed by dark/sexual subject matter, you don't like intense, nonstop 90 minute plays, you don't like debatable endings

75
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Cliched, Great writing

See it if a great production of a great show; proves that even an old show can be timeless and fresh with the right cast (and this cast is great)

Don't see it if family-friendly camp from years ago is not your style, you have something against James Earl Jones

45
Living on Love
Midtown W
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid, Banal

See it if you like Renee Fleming enough to sit though a thoroughly uninteresting and cliched show where everyone overacts because it's all they can do

Don't see it if you don't want to spend $20 on a double of wine at intermission because it's the best way to get through the second act

83
1776 (Encores!)
Midtown W
Great acting, Funny, Relevant, Absorbing, Refreshing

See it if As someone who had neither seen a production or the film, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the story. It was engrossing & entertaing

Don't see it if It can be hard to sit in the Balcony section of City Center; you high up & back, so it can get tiring looking down constantly.

69
Tuck Everlasting
Midtown W
Cliched, Fluffy, Insipid, Entertaining, Not memorable

See it if you're a huge fan of the book or particularly like the actors. Actors did a fine job with the material, but they weren't given much.

Don't see it if you are between this and another show; there's much better, and while entertaining in parts there's nothing very original/memorable here.

90
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You want to experience a classic musical with the glory of a full orchestra (you can really tell the difference). Staging is excellent.

Don't see it if Romance shows aren't your thing. While there's a few exceptions (the play-within-a-play is fascinating), most of this show is romance.

83
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Original, Cliched

See it if You want to see a big show with a lot of spectacle, like seeing anything Shakespeare and satire of current/recent theatre trends.

Don't see it if You can't handle all the Broadway and musical theatre references (or anyone in your group). It makes up a lot of the comedy.

82
For a previous production
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like new and challenging pieces of musical theatre. It's rare to see an original story, and the excellent cast really brings it.

Don't see it if You need Justice in your stories - this show deals with complicated ideas and actions, and the ending reflects that. Definitely a thinker.

89
Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Refreshing, Great music

See it if You have or haven't seen a production of this before. The cast is stellar, the singing is excellent, and it's all-around a fun show.

Don't see it if You don't like fun? IDK, it's entirely charming and a great time the whole way through. No real message, but it's great, like ice cream.

80
Classic, Entertaining, Dated, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You've always wanted to go, or haven't seen it in a while. It's worth revisiting and re-experiencing why this is still a Broadway show.

Don't see it if You don't want to, it's not going to change your mind. There's a lot on Broadway and definitely better shows, but this is pretty classic.

90
Eclipsed
Midtown W
Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great acting

See it if You want to see amazing acting; the cast does a fantastic job of bringing you into their world and letting you know their hopes/struggles.

Don't see it if You need a show to have a defined Good and Bad; there's a lot of murky lines and blurred boundaries here. It's a lot to think about after.

82
The School for Scandal
West Village
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Refreshing

See it if Older plays interest you; this is a great revival of a play from the late 1700s, and an excellent staging of a complicated comedy.

Don't see it if Modern shows are your thing; the text is unchanged from the 18th century. However, the great actors help bring the story to the forefront.

91
The Humans
Midtown W
Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Intense, Riveting

See it if You like great storytelling; this captivating production is only 90 minutes but the time alternately flies by and stands still.

Don't see it if You don't like dramas about difficult family situations like dementia or plays where things get "real". Things get very real in this play.

79
One Funny Mother
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great writing, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if You're a parent - the humor (and it is funny) is pretty much exclusively about what it's like to be a parent.

Don't see it if Child humor (literally, humor about children and having children) is not your thing. It's still funny, but there are other comedy things.

85
Clever, Funny, Great staging, Original, Quirky

See it if you like being entertained; the show knows what it wants to be and relishes every moment of it; it's offbeat and charming, and really fun!

Don't see it if a more "traditional" story is something you're looking for - the actors are a part of the set/props here, so it feels less "produced"

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Original

See it if You want to see a truly masterful play that is engrossing, captivating, and truly makes you care about the characters portrayed.

Don't see it if You're expecting a light comedy; this gets very serious, but is sincere and funny at times.