Uptown Scribe

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Reviews (57)
76
During previews
Throwback, Misfire, Entertaining, Cliched, Banal

See it if You need a night out and that means a Broadway show with performers and dancers singing & dancing AT YOU

Don't see it if You know the Diana story, even peripherally, and will be looking for key plot points, many that are overlooked & confused in timeline

Also Stay for Act 2 - James Hewitt bit & the song “The Dress.” Give them th... Read more Read less

95
Beautiful modernization, Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to experience “Hamlet” presented with every word in tact - 3 1/2 hours of yummy Shakespeare.

Don't see it if Elizabethan English is difficult for you to understand. It was hard for my companions to get. It’s my education so I luxuriated in it.

Also The entire cast from Dublin is fantastic. Ruth Negga is masterful. Dur... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Maxi-minimalist, Misfire, Slow, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if You have dreamed of an adaptation of “Frankenstein” with a zither-playing Wms’burg hipster in all roles except the Creature.

Don't see it if You expect an adaptation of ... “Frankenstein.” At least more than snatches of paragraphs from Cliff’s Notes.

Also I looked down the row at audience members sleeping, then looked at the... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Minimalist, Contemporary, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you've seen or read "Medea." This modernization is a take on the story that seems "ripped from the tabloid headlines."

Don't see it if You expect to see the classic play. This isn't it.

Also You'll be rewarded if your primary reason to see this production is to... Read more Read less

88
Shape-shifting, Sneaky, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like your drama in miniature because this is a two-person performance with a minimalist set.

Don't see it if you don't like egghead-y plays. The literary references aren't bon bons; knowing them adds to the satisfaction

Also I exited the theater thinking, huh, that was ... interesting. I was on... Read more Read less

79
Quirky, Indulgent, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy experimental theater craft, one-person performances, stand-up comedy.

Don't see it if you're uninterested in testing your patience to see where an experimental work is headed. He gets there. It's clever.

79
Avant garde, Intelligent, Edgy, Confusing, Clever

See it if You wish to see an important play by a woman playwright that hasn’t been revived since 1978. Studied in grad schools but unseen.

Don't see it if You don’t like immersive theater.

100
Riveting, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see Shakespeare presented by a masterful theatre company (Druid) which is faithful to the original text.

Don't see it if you don’t like Shakespeare or the history plays.

Also This is a definitive interpretation. The set, staging, casting, direct... Read more Read less

75
Bare bones, Rushed, Abbreviated, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if Attending performances of Shakespeare’s plays is fulfilling for you. It’s interesting to see different interpretations and performances.

Don't see it if You wish to see a faithful interpretation of “Macbeth,” because this isn’t that. It clocks in at 1:45 p.m. I wanted all 5 acts.

80
During previews
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Rallying, Inspiring, Sincere, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You know who U.S. Rep. Bella Abzug was. She was remarkable yet of her times in the ù70s. Watch videos of her first & see her brought to life

Don't see it if You’re not interested in NYC, NYS or feminist politics in 1976. This is a specific play. Fierstein wrote and plays her with love.

Also I don’t like one-person performances, let me say that from the start. ... Read more Read less

78
Fun, Great singing, Cliched, Funny, Delightful

See it if You like Cher and singers who belt.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something as edgy as Cher is. This is formulaic and pandering. Cher’s so much more interesting & biting than this.

84
Fairview
Brooklyn
Great staging, Edgy, Dizzying, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you're into experimental theatre.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable being made to feel uncomfortable as the aim of the play.

Also So this is what 1960s experimental theater was like? Except this is pr... Read more Read less

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
All My Sons
Midtown W
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
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
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
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
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
For a previous production
The Jungle
Brooklyn
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
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
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
Apologia
Midtown W
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

94
The Hot Wing King
Midtown W
Heartbreaking, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if this is a family portrait unlike any other I've seen. I was completely drawn in. The writing & desires of each character were perfect

Don't see it if a portrait of a regional culture isn't something that's your cup of tea - or flavor of hot wings.

79
During previews
Repetitive, Ambitious, Expository, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you're curious to see Lauren Yee's breakout theatre production from the 2000s. If you're nostalgic for Rock music & its peak era.

Don't see it if you don't like expository storytelling, you're sensitive to violent prison scenes, or you're uninterested in the genocide in Cambodia

Also I couldn't tell if it was due to the direction or the writing that the... Read more Read less

49
During previews
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Indulgent, Comedy? gothic?, Uneven tone, Confused, Disappointing

See it if You’re ironic and you like ironic theater because by ironic you think that means smarter than everyone else.

Don't see it if You expect the intelligence of Stoker’s thrilling novel to be preserved in this adaptation to the stage.

79
Sing Street
East Village
Formulaic, Romantic, Great singing, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You’ve seen the 2016 film on which this is based and are a big fan; if you’re a ‘tween or a parent of a ‘tween.

Don't see it if You’re expecting the heart or originality of “Once.”

Also The performers sing and dance their hearts out. They’re working so har... Read more Read less

92
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Riveting, Edgy, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you know author Tara Westover's memoir "Educated." Similar scenario but, in theater, there's no escape. Heartbreaking & opening

Don't see it if you're not accustomed to the rigor demanded of an audience for a straight play. This requires stillness & focus.

Also This new play by Samuel D. Hunter at Lincoln Center presents theater c... Read more Read less

84
Canon, Southern gothic, Masterful, Dated, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate plays that dramatize intimate, domestic moments in ways that make them miniature Greek tragedies. Secrets & pain are gutting

Don't see it if You have ADD. Truthfully - phones off, no candies to be nibbled or wrappers to be rustled. If you don’t focus entirely you’ll miss it.

Also This is Kristine Nielsen’s play. For years I’ve delighted in her kooky... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Sad, Intense, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like musicals like “American Idiot,” “Spring Awakening,” or “The Prom.” It’s about teens, as Morissette was when she created “Jagged”

Don't see it if You’re expecting a girl-power musical. This is about a family falling apart & mental illness & sexual coming of age & assault & ....

Also I saw this as a World Premiere at ART (Harvard) in the Summer of 2018.... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Disturbing, Masterful, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you want to experience theatre craft as a high concept. If you're a fan of the 2016 French novel upon which this play is based.

Don't see it if The raw topic & presentation deter you. Nudity serves the story so it's not gratuitous. The rape is dramatized with violence. Be forewarned

Also I should have done homework before seeing this play, so let me share w... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate verbatim/documentary theatre; you're interested in dramatized struggles with race, identity, justice and inequality

Don't see it if you're not interested in history, NYC history especially, one-person performances, tense and heart-breaking scenarios

Also I'm going to be one of those people: "I was in New York then..." It en... Read more Read less

75
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Earnest, Disappointing, Nostalgic, Ambitious, Shallow

See it if You’re a Baby Boomer who continues to need to be told the story of the American 1960s to understand better what you didn’t in your youth.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a deep analysis of a pivotal moment in either Johnson’s presidency or his administration. This is a survey of 4 years.

Also An ambitious play with very interesting subject material, my expectati... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Baffling, Dark, Great writing, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a Shakespeare drama, especially one of the four Roman plays.

Don't see it if you're looking for entertainment.

Also WallE meets the Delacorte Theatre. Very dark set, with trash & detritu... Read more Read less

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
Octet
Midtown W
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
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
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
Marys Seacole
Upper W Side
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
Superhero
Midtown W
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
About Alice
Brooklyn
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
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
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
The Hard Problem
Upper W Side
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
Little Rock
East Village
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