Uptown Scribe

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Reviews (34)
79
Scatological, Intense, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you want to see the work that launched playwright Sam Shepard into the stratosphere in 1976. It contains the DNA of all his work.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to scatological staging. This is raw. It's dark, very Shepardian, offering no redemption. It delivers an American theme.

96
During previews
Contemporary irl, Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want the thrill of experiencing a new musical, if it’s crossed your mind that all this digital stuff is bad for us, you love polyphony.

Don't see it if You want to see what you already know, hear what’s familiar,or don’t know or understand social media - only because you won’t get it.

Also I subscribe to Signature Theater and lucky that I do because I would h... Read more Read less

78
Worthwhile, Canonical, Austere, Confusing, Relevant

See it if You want to see a work that’s important in American theater history and in the canon of agitprop. This is the touchstone.

Don't see it if you don’t know why you should see it. It’s an intellectual exercise rather than an entertainment.

83
Wonderful instrumentation, Intimate, Charming, Humanist, Delightful

See it if you enjoy snuggling into a small & tight narrative, and are into gorgeous Middle East-heritage music compositions.

Don't see it if You're looking for high drama or a kick line of dancers. This is an aria, not an opera.

85
Masterful, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in the subject of “hidden figures.” Mary Seacole was lost to history but through this play & a UK movement is no longer

Don't see it if You desire linear storytelling because this is a hallucinatory time-traveling reverie.

Also This is a creative exhibition of stagecraft. It’s one of those where I... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Absorbing, Beautiful harmonic singing, Touching, Overwritten, Delightful

See it if you liked "Fun Home" or any other teen dramatic musical. Mother-son story is touching. Super hero theme is endearing w/a twist.

Don't see it if You don't like sung-through musicals. There's a book but songs kept coming sometimes with no dialogue breaks. If you don't buy the premise

Also At times my heart swelled beyond the limits of this <> box. I leaned i... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to learn, or be reminded of, activities of the anti war peace activists in the Vietnam era. This dramatization is compelling

Don't see it if You want and expect a literal translation of the Catonsville trial. This deploys theatrical license liberally to good effect.

Also This play might be categorized as agitprop, and that’s okay. Jesuit pr... Read more Read less

78
Under dramatized, Charming, So close, Romantic, Slow

See it if you're a fan of Calvin Trillin's short book upon which this is based. You're looking for a melancholy experience. You're a romantic.

Don't see it if you don't know the Alice-Calvin love story because you need that background to appreciate this subtle Valentine.

Also In this adaptation from the book, I was looking for a dramatization of... Read more Read less

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

See it if the humor of Harvey Fierstein tickles your funny bone and you care to know - or to revisit - this era in NY's gay heritage.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy a play full of dark humor. Go for the poignancy and fine joke set-ups, because both are in this play.

94
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you’re eager to be challenged by Tom Stoppard’s intelligence. He’s hard to follow. He’s a puzzle. With O”Brien’s direction, the heart swells

Don't see it if You’re looking to be entertained. You won’t be. However, you’ll think deeply and squint to figure out where Stoppard’s going. Smart stuff.

Also Stoppard isn’t easy to comprehend. In the accompanying magazine even t... Read more Read less

69
Dated, Overrated, Quirky, Slow, Earnest

See it if , like me, you felt you SHOULD see this play because you missed it the first time around. Also, because Will Eno is an acclaimed playwright.

Don't see it if you're fidgety and your mind wanders. Has the wiring of my brain changed so much since this debuted in 2005? Perhaps. It's about "PAIN."

86
Ambitious, Edgy, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You are open to experiencing a raw reinterpretation of a 75-year old musical in the American canon.

Don't see it if You want, and expect, to experience the music with the abundant and lush orchestra performances we love about R & H.

Also The director’s vision dominates the script and score. This isn’t neces... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Great writing

See it if like, the great age of 1970s independent cinema, you treasure the original, native voices of fine playwrights that emerged in the 1980s.

Don't see it if you have ADD and need to be stimulated by action. This is a thoughtful and atmospheric play about characters rarely explored on stage.

Also The acting by Hannah Beck (Roberta) and Jonathan Crimeni (Danny) is au... Read more Read less

78
Ambitious, Entertaining, Fine performances, Didactic, Thought-provoking

See it if you don't know the story of the forced de-segregation of Central High in Little Rock. See for superior singing voices and performances.

Don't see it if you're not interested in the subjects of civil rights, youth movements, America in the 1950s or are looking for a serious history play.

Also I liked this play a lot and with the inclusion of gospel and pop music... Read more Read less

77
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you've never seen a production or you have and are curious to see how it holds up 20 years on. It's important in the canon, though uneven.

Don't see it if you need linear storytelling to be entertained. The subtitle of the play includes the word "Fantasia" and fantasy it is.

Also I attended "Millennium Approaches" aka Part I & watched it as we did i... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great writing, Fluffy

See it if you're a fan of David Ives' writing. His reliable facility with verse and adaptation is on full display. Cast is excellent.

Don't see it if you're a fan of David Ives' work and are looking for something like "Venus in Fur," which this is not. More like "The Liar" (Classic Stage)

76
During previews
Disappointing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Funny

See it if you love a perfect musical score in the Post WWII Euro tradition of melody, sophisticated harmonies, and structure.

Don't see it if you can't get past a weak performance of Eliza to experience all that's perfect and beautiful about Lerner & Loewe's creation & Shaw's story

78
Spectacle, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if The backstory of how a show made it to Broadway is as rewarding to you as the show itself. Has a nice origin myth, so to speak.

Don't see it if You’re looking for kick-lines and humor.

Also Hadestown is a melange of influences. At some points I thought it was ... Read more Read less

79
Melodramatic, Disappointing, Absorbing, Dated, Gorgeous set

See it if you want to see this play from the 20th Century American Theater canon performed, and if you're curious to see Bening's return to the stage

Don't see it if you're looking for dramatic fireworks matching our kinetic-brained era. The play's 70 years old. Its pace and moral quandaries reflect it

Also I really wanted to like this production of "All My Sons." I'd anticipa... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Nightly MSNBC broadcasts are like mother's milk to you.

Don't see it if political games turn you off. Yes, it's about Hillary & Bill & Barack in 2008 but it's more about the U.S. ever electing a woman president.

Also Playwright Lucas Hnath wrote this play about the Primary race soon aft... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Dated, Thin, Absurd, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You want to see all of John Guare’s oeuvre and Jerry Zak’s directing work.

Don't see it if You get agitated if a play falls a bit short of the mark. It’s a new play, it’s Lincoln Center Theater, it’s Guare & Zaks. Take a chance

Also Even when I’m being twisted around by a confusing plot I can catch up ... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if You go to theater to experience staged drama in person and live in front of you. This is a classic theatre focused on a reckoning.

Don't see it if Your knee jerk answer when someone asks you “how’d you like the show?” Is: “it was long.” That’s the measure of a hot dog, not a play.

Also “The Ferryman” is exquisite dramatic theater. In New York, I’ve seen B... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you’re want to experience a dominant contemporary playwright’s work; you’re interested in a story that foregrounds “hidden figures”

Don't see it if you lack patience or tolerance for social satire. This isn’t a work of history. It’s satirizing stereotypes in all ways.

Also Act One has a lighthearted tone that’s very enjoyable to experience. Y... Read more Read less

89
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Romantic

See it if You prefer classic musical theater structure - song, dialogue, dance, song.... If you like young adult subject matter. You like silly jokes.

Don't see it if You want to experience a new form of musical theater. This is classic form. If you don’t have a sense of humor about political jibes.

Also This is a musical from the creators of “The Drowsy Chaperone” so expec... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Intense, Relevant

See it if You are an empathetic person who goes to the theater to see dramatizations of stories we are living in real time with real consequences.

Don't see it if You shrink from intense experiences in the theater, you’re indifferent to humanitarian conflicts, if you like stories tied in a ribbon

Also I have long paid attention to the unjust treatment of refugees from th... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Disappointing, Dizzying, Clever

See it if your personal sun rises and sets on Planet Bryan Cranston, you like reality TV, you like bombastic theater.

Don't see it if you don't like reality TV, you want to feel something as you witness a dramatic story unfolding, or if you haven't seen the movie "Network"

Also There's something off. My guess is that it's an adaptation of a melodr... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You like having this story told to you in all forms - the novel, the film and now this Sorkin adaptation. Solid straight play w/some humor

Don't see it if How you judge a night at the theater includes “how long is it?” Or, how’re the seats? This is dramatic theater on an important theme.

90
Absorbing, Profound, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you miss straight plays on Broadway, you want to experience what true superior stagecraft offers - writing, directing, acting. It's all here

Don't see it if you are now going through the intensity of losing an elderly loved one to dementia. It's intense. The direction spotlights loss & losing.

Also Elaine May is heralded rightfully in the part of Gladys. I've seen her... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Absorbing, Slow, Kitchen sink drama, Heavy handed, Intelligent

See it if You want to see an Off Broadway straight play. Two acts with intermission - classic form. Watching Stockard Channing on stage A+++

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy straight plays, or Western European themes, symbolism or heavy use of metaphors. You simply won’t have the patience for it.

Also I was surprised that this is a transfer from the West End because, see... Read more Read less

72
Dated, Great staging, Overrated, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of Ahrens/Flaherty musicals, you're familiar with Haitian folklore, you can appreciate the crafts of staging & choreography

Don't see it if you're expecting an entirely joyous musical and story, because it's not. It's not a Cinderella story but one about a life that's sacrificed

Also I should have read the script before attending. I didn't know that the... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Probing, Curious

See it if You like a play such as "Copenhagen," which interprets a series of decisions made in the past, or the era of the film "Imitation Game."

Don't see it if you're neither grounded, nor interested, in the period of history when the atom bomb was developed. The riddles unspool around that.

96
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you like British humor - both farce & wit. You'll appreciate this more if you do. Ayckbourn's writing is dependably excellent. Cast is great

Don't see it if you're looking for linear & obvious. The nuances collect, adding up to a touching ending. Could be story of character Mosely post-Downton

Also The theater craft is excellent. The cast, direction and sound design e... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you want to learn about the arc of money market dynamics (new wealth 'collectors') that drive the slaughter of elephants - bribes & trade.

Don't see it if you don't like anthropomorphic direction (like Julie Taymor's work). This is exquisite art and Sahr Ngaujah as the elephant is spellbinding

Also If you are informed about the corrupt and criminal ivory trade chain t... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Predictable

See it if you're experienced with school administration so you can appreciate the absurdities played out on this stage. You like idea plays.

Don't see it if you want to watch a fast-moving play full of plot twists that results in catharsis, or if you're contented in a state of idealism.