Tsar

New York City | 35-49 | Male

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Reviews (73)
89
Clever, Great staging

See it if creative and inventive staging.

Don't see it if you prefer preachy and melodramatic shows.

Also This is a great example of the importance of lighting design in a show... Read more Read less

68
Arlington
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Great writing, Confusing

See it if The writing is complex, beautiful and thought provoking.

Don't see it if it has several staging ideas that seemed pretentious and really threw me off.

78
Rooms
Midtown W
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if You are in the mood to listen. You like Enda Walsh' non-commercial work.

Don't see it if you are claustrophobic or do not like darkness. You do not want to hear dark or depressing texts.

70
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if an important play with an interesting subject matter. Makes you want to research more about the Oslo Accords.

Don't see it if too much yelling and at times the tone felt like a somewhat superficial history class; still, it is an important work.

77
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Ambitious, Great acting, Dated, Edgy, Great staging

See it if you want to see an Eugene O'Neill play taken to a new dimension. Visually impressive.

Don't see it if if you want intimacy with the actors

Also I wish I could have seen this in a smaller venue (as this staging was ... Read more Read less

92
During previews
The Antipodes
Midtown W
Ambitious, Confusing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if ok.. took me a second viewing to understand the complexity and brilliance of this piece. Astounding!

Don't see it if If you like plays with a plot or expect some coherent narrative.

92
Masterful, Intelligent, Intense, Great staging, Great acting

See it if if you liked Tiffany's "pretty to look"-yet more superficial-version of the show. This show finally approaches the text as a memory play.

Don't see it if If you want to see big set, a realistic production and a feel good. This is not it.

Also I have heard comments that Gold took away the poetry of the piece away... Read more Read less

74
Entertaining, Funny, "cute"

See it if you want to see a "feel good" show, with good, fun, musical numbers.

Don't see it if You are looking for character development or deeper source material

Also It is fun and entertaining, however, just when it starts to get into s... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Entertaining, Enchanting, Great staging

See it if you have never seen Kneehigh's work. If you need some uplifting and hope during these times...

Don't see it if not my favorite Kneehigh production.

82
Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if a fine, yet conventional production of Sweeney Todd. It really shines when it uses the whole space, which happens very rarely.

Don't see it if Not the most comfortable seating. Try to be closer to the service counter.

88
For a previous production
Delightful, Funny

See it if you want to have a good time; if you like slapstick; if you want something light and you eed to smile in these complicated times..

Don't see it if you want to a plot; if you are extremely bitter...

88
Escaped Alone
Brooklyn
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Profound

See it if you are willing to listen attentively to a beautiful, strange and complex text. You enjoy dark humor and non traditional plays.

Don't see it if you need to make sense of everything in a show; you expect a story-line.

88
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if Glenn Close does not disappoint. Opposite to comments below, she might not have the greatest voice but that does not shadow her performance.

Don't see it if you get annoyed with audience cheering every famous line and entrance . You cannot stand A.L.W score.

72
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if you'd like to see a relevant and different approach to Shakespeare.

Don't see it if you prefer a traditional staging of the show.

Also This is an important work and worth checking out. The idea and concept... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you like storytelling; very refreshing and entertaining evening in a relaxed and fun setting.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional plays. You do not like to interact with the show. Most of the show is in verse with a lot of pop culture references.

77
Falsettos
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you like William Finn's music. Andrew Rannells and Stephanie J Block are very good in their roles.

Don't see it if somewhat cartoonish (probably on purpose). I tend to like James Lapine's work but this one felt uneven.

69
Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy Carole King's music. Entertaining but don't expect more insight into her musical career - just her big hits.

Don't see it if you expect good writing; this show had much more potential into her life and music.

68
Ride the Cyclone
West Village
Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if if you want to spend an entertaining evening without having to engage with the plot or characters; beautiful production values.

Don't see it if cartoonish characters - not much depth or development -. Uneven music.

84
The Encounter
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if you want to be challenged by your idea of what "theater" can be. Storytelling taken to a new level.

Don't see it if You don't like experimental theater; (15 min too long), you prefer traditional plays.

87
For a previous production
The Wolves
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if S. Delappe has created a play with a very unique voice: engaging and original.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional texts. Seating is tight and uncomfortable.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Masterful

See it if you have not seen (or if you have) seen Daniel Kitson before. Master storyteller...

Don't see it if do not like monologues; if you can't stay 15 min without looking at your mobile, this is not for you.

88
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great staging

See it if Creative, immersive staging. A fun evening at the theater.

Don't see it if Characters could be more developed but still, worth checking out.

83
Caught
East Village
Ambitious, Clever, Confusing, Edgy

See it if A challenging and engaging work.

Don't see it if (the last section did not work for me but that might be a personal thing.. still worth checking out)

87
Golem
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Edgy, Entertaining, Absorbing, Original

See it if Great integration of animation and performance; beautifully designed.

Don't see it if Prefer traditional plays, lineal narrative.

70
During previews
Privacy
East Village
Entertaining, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Cliched

See it if You want to spend an entertaining evening at the theater. Interactive and fun.

Don't see it if There is not much of a "play" in here; do not expect character or plot development (not enough material for a 3 hr show; needs editing)

54
Venus
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Great writing

See it if if you like Suzan-Lori Parks' poetic narrative style.

Don't see it if this did not work for me, despite all of the staging resources.

90
Pacific Overtures
East Village
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if you want to see a deeper interpretation of Pacific Overtures. Beautifully staged.

Don't see it if you are a Sondheim "purist". A shame "Chrysanthemum Tea" was cut.

69
Amelie
Midtown W
Disappointing, Romantic, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a cute story with some decent performances and a few nice staging moments.

Don't see it if The Parisian charm of the film (which is a very important character) is no where to be found (music, book or direction).

92
Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Must see

See it if you want to see a masterclass in acting, directing, writing and design. All elements are spot on.

Don't see it if you prefer to see plays where you do not have to think or engage much.

66
During previews
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Cliched, Great singing

See it if If you like the music of the original film; some nice production values (but not very creative). Teens/young adults seemed to love it.

Don't see it if It takes a long time to get going. Some of the characters (includ. Anastasia) lacked depth and were more cartoonish than in the film version

Also Maybe it is just me but is there something really wrong about making a... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Indecent
Midtown W
Uneven, Slow, Indulgent, Relevant

See it if this one was not for me; I had trouble understanding some the reasons behind the characters and felt manipulating in a way.

Don't see it if most audiences seemed to love it so it might be just personal taste. I love Paula Vogel's work but this one did not connect with me.

Also some of the staging was beautiful and breath-taking while other moment... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Delightful, Exquisite, Profound, Must see

See it if you want to see a beautiful and moving production of "Sunday..." (the design of the chromolume is actually beautiful!)

Don't see it if you don't like Sondheim.

97
887
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see the work of a genius. Lepage is a master of stage-craft and story telling. Very moving and beautiful.

Don't see it if If you prefer traditional plays with a linear plot you might hate this. If you are not patient.

60
During previews
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Insipid, Fluffy

See it if if you want to see Kevin Kline. The cast is fine, but Kristine Nielsen, as usual, is a standout.

Don't see it if Saw this in previews so hopefully they will improve the peace and tone of the piece, as it is very slow and needs more "punch".

Also Sound was terrible, but hopefully this will improve once previews are ... Read more Read less

92
Villa
East Village
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound, Complex

See it if You are willing to listen. You like to be challenged.

Don't see it if This is a complex show that will test your endurance to listen and to think.

Also Calderon's work is not for everyone; the ideas of the show are not eas... Read more Read less

80
Everybody
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see something different; some heavy themes but done in a playful way.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional plays; you don't like to go to the theater to be reminded of death.

Also while it is not totally successful, I always appreciate new and fresh ... Read more Read less

70
Made in China
Midtown E
Cliched, Great staging

See it if You want to see masterful puppetry and have a few laughs.

Don't see it if For a show trying to push the boundaries and wanting to make audiences reflect, this felt a little conventional.

79
During previews
Wakey, Wakey
Midtown W
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you are in the mood to listen a reflection on death, with the usual humor that characterizes Will Eno.

Don't see it if you want to see a light play with a plot.

90
Absorbing, Masterful, Intense, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you are up for an intense play that will take you for a ride of the worst of the human being condition... appropriate for these times!

Don't see it if you are looking for a light show during these dark times... not a feel good play. It will haunt you for some time.

50
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy the work of Nick Kroll and John Mulaney.

Don't see it if you don't like predictable, conventional jokes; if you haven't had at least 4 drinks (audience laughs even if they don't understand it)

79
Sweet Charity
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting

See it if Agree with comments below. Sutton Foster is great in the role.

Don't see it if if you are familiar with Fosse's original choreography you might be disappointed. Some directing/design issues.... (and THAT wig!)

86
For a previous production
Enchanting, Resonant

See it if beautiful score by Yazbek. Charming story with characters that feel real.

Don't see it if if you want to see an uplifting show or the usual musical with over the top dramatic situations, plot twists, etc.

94
Absorbing, Clever, Must see, Masterful, Intense

See it if you can get a ticket... brilliant on so many levels.

Don't see it if you prefer a traditional Shakespeare staging.

60
Dead Poets Society
East Village
Disappointing

See it if you have not seen the movie... while not terrible, the movie is much better. Some nice directorial touches by Doyle.

Don't see it if you expect to get a different take from the movie. This is pretty much a carbon copy of the screenplay into the stage (which does not work)

Also This show should be a lesson for future playwrights. It had so much po... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a well acted play that deals with current social issues...

Don't see it if Direction goes a little into a melodramatic approach in the last few minutes (understandable), but still, an important work.

72
Love, Love, Love
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting

See it if some interesting ideas... cartoonish caracthers

Don't see it if n/a

89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if Cirque back to its roots! Best show Cirque has done in a LONG time

Don't see it if You want a plot; you don't like circus/acrobats.

79
Paramour
Midtown W
Entertaining, Cliched

See it if Correct: it is far from perfect but it achieves what it is looking for: to entertain. (very impressed with the Front of House/Usher team!)

Don't see it if If you want to see a book that actually makes sense. If you are one of those "I am a theater expert- I hate Cats" type of theatergoer

89
During previews
Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Original, Riveting

See it if you want to see a funny, well-crafted and thought-provoking play.

Don't see it if you do not like to be confronted with the inner experience of being human / only like "traditional" plays.

64
Epic, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if so-so production of an important play. Strong performances but uninspired direction

Don't see it if uninspired directing/scenic/blocking /lighting/sound choices...