Uncle Jed Ryan

New York City | 35-49 | Male
About:  Jed Ryan has been a New York City-based freelance writer and photographer with a focus on LGBTQ issues since 1994. He won The Stonewall Society Pride in the Arts Awards "Reviewer of the Year" Award in 2005 and The Pride In the Arts "MOJO" Award in 2010. Through the years his writings and photographs... Read more Read less
Reviews (11)
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Nibbler
West Village
Thought-provoking, Bold, Funny, Provocative, Magnetic

See it if you want to see a realistic comedy/drama about coming of age in the '90's which features a supernatural twist.

Don't see it if The sexually explicit scenes may be a bit too disconcerting for more sensitive audience members.

Also A coming-of-age mix of comedy and drama (with more than a touch of fan... Read more Read less

85
Orange Julius
West Village
Great acting, Provocative, Intense, Earnest, Personal

See it if you want to see a drama that explores the effect of the Vietnam war on the soldiers and their families, or enjoy coming-of-age stories

Don't see it if Despite the title, "Orange Julius" is a drama with some heavy and challenging themes. It has some humor, but it's not a sugary, frothy play.

Also The main character of the play is Nut, a young transman growing up in ... Read more Read less

90
Holden
West Village
Clever, Intense, Bold, Renegade, Absorbing

See it if Both devotees of "The Catcher in the Rye" as well as those who are fascinated by the Salinger mystique, will appreciate "Holden" the play.

Don't see it if Audience members unfamiliar with "The Catcher in the Rye" or its historical and cultural impact on America will probably be challenged.

Also "Holden" explores that post-"The Catcher In the Rye" era of JD Salinge... Read more Read less

85
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Poison
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if The central story and its themes (loss, anger, grief, frustration, and ultimately, healing) can be appreciated by a universal audience.

Don't see it if The play deals with the loss of a child and grief; one character recalls her last minutes with her dying son. It's almost painful to watch.

Also The central story-- about a separated couple confronting their past-- ... Read more Read less

90
Anais Nin Goes to Hell
East Village
Funny, Clever, Inspiring, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if you like your comedy over-the-top and outrageous, and mixed with messages about female empowerment and relationships between women.

Don't see it if you don't have a sense of humor

Also No matter what term you use for "Hell", chances are that you'll never ... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Funny, Provocative, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if Make no mistake: Despite its comedic and occasionally campy touches, the play is actually smart, searing drama based on real history.

Don't see it if Would audiences who never saw The Sound of Music would appreciate this play in its own right?

Also The play is a “backstory”/re-imagination of what was going on when Jul... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Entertaining, Intelligent, Timely, Creative

See it if you like creative, fresh new interpretations of classic works of literature.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of William Shakespeare.

Also Much Ado About Nothing has been one of Shakespeare’s most enduring wor... Read more Read less

95
MOPE
Midtown W
Raunchy, Provocative, Intense, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want to see a play about porn that's not watered down,not moralistic in tone,and often hilariously funny with a focus on the MALE actors

Don't see it if you can't wait almost half an hour for the promised male nudity, or if you can't handle seeing a play about the adult film industry

Also Yes, ladies and gentlemen: This is a play about the porn biz (or, "adu... Read more Read less

95
Street Children
West Village
Provocative, Edgy, Absorbing, Great acting, Important

See it if you want a provocative look into the lives of a family of LGBTQ youth who congregated at NYC's Christopher Street Piers in the late 1980's

Don't see it if you have a difficult time watching depictions of prostitution, gay-bashing, and other hardships experienced by marginalized LGBTQ youth.

Also From the scenic and sound design, to the extraordinarily detailed cost... Read more Read less

90
One Flea Spare
East Village
Bold, Challenging, Provocative, Historical, Intelligent

See it if If one of the missions of theater is to provoke, the play goes above and beyond. The themes are still relevant over three centuries later.

Don't see it if It's a challenging play for the audience. You may have guessed by the setting that there's little chance for a happy ending.

Also Survival, class, wealth, and fear are among the themes explored in thi... Read more Read less

90
The Rape of Lucrece
East Village
Bold, Provocative, Relevant, Timeless, Creative

See it if Both the comedy in the first half and the tragedy in the second half are both performed with equal energy and talent by the youthful cast.

Don't see it if The main character's sexual violation and subsequent feelings--guilt, shame, helplessness, anger, and desperation-- are difficult to watch.

Also The Rape of Lucrece, the poem, is about the sexual assault of its titl... Read more Read less