Vagabond

Manhattan | 50-64 | Male
About:  I know what I like and sometimes even like what I know.
Reviews (70)
90
Trick or Treat
Midtown E
Treat

See it if you appreciate one of those 'Where is this one going?' narratives.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with the possible consequences of dementia.

Also Jack Neary has written a spooky story. It has demons and victims and s... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Blue Ridge
Chelsea
Great acting, Confusing, Oddly-conceived set

See it if you're up for a 2-hour character study, with some characters being better fleshed out than others.

Don't see it if you have high expectations in the plot department. The most interesting bits are in the backstories of these characters.

Also Abby Rosebrock's play certainly has good intentions. Putting a handful... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Derivative

See it if you're willing to settle for amusement over amazement.

Don't see it if you're looking ground-breaking wizardry.

Also Having seen a previous version of this show, I was curious to check ou... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Great singing, Nostalgic

See it if you'd like to take a sentimental journey.

Don't see it if you require your holiday entertainment to be on a Radio City Music Hall scale.

Also Charlotte Moore's adaptation of the Dylan Thomas story is becoming a t... Read more Read less

85
The Hello Girls
Midtown E
Great singing, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you want to see a fine group of triple-threats (actor/singer/musicians) in a smart, original musical.

Don't see it if you require your musicals to be big-budget affairs. This one is not, but it certainly could be.

Also The Prospect Theater Company has got a wonderful show on the boards. T... Read more Read less

65
Gloria: A Life
Gramercy
Disappointing, Banal

See it if you've never heard of Gloria Steinem and would like to get the bullet points.

Don't see it if you're willing to wait for the film or miniseries. Either of these would be much more befitting to the GS story.

Also The Daryl Roth Theatre is currently decked out with colorful pillows o... Read more Read less

95
Great writing, Hilarious, Great acting, Refreshing, Tryptophan-free

See it if you'd like a little bit of levity to ease you into the holidays.

Don't see it if you don't have an appreciation for ironic humor.

Also The great American tradition that is the fourth Thursday in November h... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Great writing, Great set, Evocative

See it if you don't want to miss a fantastic production of a rarely-performed play.

Don't see it if you can't appreciate 1970s theater, culture, kitsch.

Also Entering the venue, there is the sensation of immersive theater as you... Read more Read less

70
Great acting, Great writing, Undercooked

See it if you're curious about Ezra Pound. I knew nothing about him, and was quite intrigued.

Don't see it if you are expecting a 'finished' piece. Unfortunately, this appears to be a work in progress.

Also It's frustrating to sit through a production that is well-written & we... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Ordinary Days
Midtown W
Great singing, Sweet

See it if you're a fan of musicals. There's some good material here and it's presented with heart.

Don't see it if you're hoping to have a fervent emotional experience. This is entertaining but not electrifying.

Also Ordinary Days is an unusual little show. While it does have elements t... Read more Read less

65
During previews
The Winning Side
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you're willing to sit through a missed opportunity. The play starts off with such promise and loses engine thrust.

Don't see it if you're not willing to accept drawbacks, i.e., casting choices, nonlinear storytelling, etc.

Also Lots of preparatory research went into this play. However, some other ... Read more Read less

75
Wild Abandon
Chelsea
Great singing, Great musicianship

See it if you want to see a hard-working and highly-disciplined performer at her zenith.

Don't see it if you're expecting perfection. The book could use some polishing.

Also Leenya Rideout is a beautiful and super-talented actress-singer-musici... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Entertaining, Intelligent, Anticlimactic

See it if you're a fan of Rebeck's plays and don't mind that this is not her best work.

Don't see it if if you're expecting much more than a protracted (2.5 hour) character study. What it lacks in plot is supplanted by McTeer's performance.

Also Theresa Rebeck is certainly a seasoned, imaginative & intelligent play... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Antiquated

See it if you want to see an excellent performance by Kristine Nielsen.

Don't see it if you're attending just because it's by Tennessee Williams. You're better off reading his short stories.

Also This play is probably best described as a character study, but it come... Read more Read less

100
Masterful

See it if you want to be rigorously entertained while learning about a show-biz icon.

Don't see it if you have no appreciation for a class act.

Also Hershey Felder is the epitome of a one-man show. As producer, playwrig... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Intelligent, Entertaining, Poetic

See it if you'd like to see an engaging ensemble perform a winning interpretation of a Chekhov classic in an intimate venue.

Don't see it if you plan to rummage through a paper bag throughout the entire performance. (The woman behind me did just that!)

Also The multiple scene locations have been consolidated into the kitchen o... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Insipid, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if if you're up for an evening of lesbian sketch comedy that loosely achieves play status.

Don't see it if you're expecting nuanced writing with multifaceted characters.

Also This show is definitely for an acquired taste. While the five actresse... Read more Read less

70
A mixed bag

See it if you don't mind sitting through a weak aperitif and a bland appetizer to get to your main course.

Don't see it if you'd rather invest your time in a cohesive theatrical outing.

Also The annual Summer Shorts at 59E59 is always an interesting way to samp... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if you've earned a good time for yourself. I haven't grinned this much in one sitting since 'Honeymoon in Vegas' a few seasons back.

Don't see it if you can't appreciate a new, old-fashioned musical.

Also In this era of juke-box banality, how refreshing to have an original c... Read more Read less

80
Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you are open to an interesting concept. It's described as a 'theatrical collage' and that is exactly what you get.

Don't see it if you're put off by collages. They can be a bit abstract and ambiguous but usually contain some wonderful elements.

Also A great Brecht sampler. Most theatergoers will be familiar with his wo... Read more Read less

75
Trainspotting Live
Midtown W
Scatological,, Raunchy, Great acting

See it if you have some idea of what you're walking into. The 'fourth wall' is not broken, it's simply not there.

Don't see it if you're a conservative type who might be squeamish. The inmates are running the asylum here.

Also Once in a while, I find myself venturing into New York's theatrical un... Read more Read less

60
Disappointing, Flat

See it if you're patient and forgiving. The material is there, but it seems as though the production team didn't realize it.

Don't see it if you're expecting anything more than mediocrity.

Also The tone of this play is rather erratic. It has farcical bits and poig... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Great singing, Great choreography, Great arrangements, Great writing, Great set & lighting

See it if you want to unwind and revisit or perhaps stumble upon some oldies but goodies passionately performed by fabulous entertainers. See it!

Don't see it if you have no appreciation for classic pop songs. Even that's a stretch because 'don't see it' really doesn't apply here! Seriously, see it!

Also Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote many hits that ushered in the baby... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Fire in Dreamland
East Village
Confusing

See it if you are a fan of Rebecca Naomi Jones.

Don't see it if you're expecting any kind of coherent, engrossing storytelling.

Also I realize that this play is in previews and that there is still the op... Read more Read less

60
Banal, Fluffy

See it if you're staying at the Marriott Marquis Hotel and don't want to venture out in the heatwave this weekend to catch a better show.

Don't see it if you can see better theater, which you can.

Also As much as find the 'jukebox musical' concept a bit abhorrent, I once ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Sparse, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you're a fan of the writer.

Don't see it if you don't like having your buttons pushed.

Also Neil LaBute never fails to entertain. Not in an escapist way, but quit... Read more Read less

65
Christmas in Hell
Midtown E
Underwhelming

See it if all of the other holiday-themed shows are sold out through the end of 2018.

Don't see it if you're expecting this one to align with the York Theatre's typically high caliber of stage offerings.

Also I'm a big fan of the dark side of holiday entertainment. American movi... Read more Read less

65
Noura
Midtown W
Confusing, Cold

See it if you like disposable drama.

Don't see it if you're expecting parallels with Ibsen's "A Doll's House" as intimated.

Also When I looked at the remarkable set before the show began, I was struc... Read more Read less

80
The Hard Problem
Upper W Side
Stoppardian

See it if you've had a double espresso.

Don't see it if you're not prepared to have your neurons doing gymnastics.

Also Sitting through a Stoppard play is like riding a bicycle through an ar... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Entertaining

See it if you'd like to observe the banter & behavior of a cadre of codependent, competitive boarding school adolescents.

Don't see it if you don't like acerbic humor.

Also Jocelyn Bioh's delightful play gives us an off-beat location (Ghana) a... Read more Read less

100
Epic, Great singing, Great staging, Great vocal arrangements, Hypnotic

See it if you want to be transported by a moving (true) story and exceptional singing.

Don't see it if you'd rather miss out on a limited engagement of a powerful, heartwarming theater piece.

Also It takes a congregation of century-old ghosts of Christmas past materi... Read more Read less

75
Popcorn Falls
Midtown W
Great acting, Silly (in a good way)

See it if you want to see a pair of hard-working actors run a comedic marathon.

Don't see it if you're expecting profundity. This is like watching a cartoon come to life.

Also During the opening scene, I felt slightly uneasy about the prospect of... Read more Read less

70
Fireflies
Chelsea
Great acting, Inconsistent

See it if you want to see a well-handled two-hander.

Don't see it if you like a good thru-line either emotionally or stylistically.

Also While both actors certainly invest themselves, the play at large is a ... Read more Read less

100
Outstanding!

See it if you want to feel what it's really like to 'eat, drink and be merry' all in one sitting!

Don't see it if you have a reluctance towards exceptional theater and delicious gourmet treats.

Also From the pickled carrots to the vanilla custard, from great physical c... Read more Read less

80
Travisville
Midtown W
Great acting

See it if you'd like to see a lustrous ensemble. Each actor is strong and compelling.

Don't see it if you're not up for a civil rights story circa 1960.

Also For a first-time effort by William Jackson Harper, this is a terrific ... Read more Read less

65
During previews
My Parsifal Conductor
Upper W Side
Fine cast, Overbearing concept

See it if you are going for the performances. The script is a bit of an endurance test.

Don't see it if you're expecting a comedy. Even though it is billed as such, there aren't many laughs in store.

Also Unfortunately, the premise of this play is not worthy of an evening of... Read more Read less

80
Hurricane Party
West Village
Great acting, Smart writing, Clever/economical set

See it if you want to see an excellent ensemble do justice to a simple yet well-crafted premise.

Don't see it if you're not accustomed to 'downtown' theater. This reminded me of Adam Rapp's work.

Also Hurricane Party is a dark little romp that combines sex, drugs, infide... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Final Follies
West Village
Quirky, Great acting, Odd mix

See it if you'd like to get a sampling of A.R. Gurney. He will certainly entertain you.

Don't see it if you like equilibrium in your comedy. His is a hybrid of sit-com, absurdist, high-brow and low-brow.

Also I was only familiar with Mr. Gurney via the wonderful Broadway revival... Read more Read less

85
During previews
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Refreshing, Funny, Unique

See it if you're up for something fresh. At each performance, the end of this play is determined partially by chance in spite of meticulous plotting.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of comedy with a sprinkling of thrills & a couple of twists.

Also I was hooked by this play when I had previously read that the title re... Read more Read less

70
Unraveled
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Full of potential

See it if you'd like to experience what feels like a very good work in progress.

Don't see it if you want to have an emotional epiphany.

Also Dementia is certainly a prevalent and mysterious illness. Chemotherapy... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Messy

See it if you are bound by a Playwrights Horizons subscription.

Don't see it if you are free to choose much better theater for the same price.

Also The author's rambling program notes should have been the tip off. I do... Read more Read less

75
Better than series a

See it if you can't decide whether to see Series A or Series B.

Don't see it if you're not up for a 'pot luck' type of entertainment.

Also As with Series A, my overall score is an average of the three individu... Read more Read less

80
Great singing, Quirky, Romantic, Lovely score

See it if you'd like to leave the theater humming tunes from the show. (How often does that happen these days?!?)

Don't see it if you've lost your taste for old-school musical theater. This is definitely a throwback, but in a most endearing way.

Also The Irish Rep is one of those stalwart companies that knows how to cha... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Neurosis
Gramercy
Cute

See it if you're up for something light. This is definitely a low-calorie snack.

Don't see it if you need substance in your musical theater diet. You'll need to satisfy your cravings elsewhere.

Also While the talented cast gives it their utmost (especially an earnest K... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Great lighting, Great singing, Great staging, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an epic-style musical on a budget.

Don't see it if you're expectations are high. I think the potential for this show is quite good, but it's not yet fully-realized here.

Also This is an exceedingly young cast, which gives the show a kind of 'col... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you are a cerebral sort who can let your hair down.

Don't see it if you are adverse to leaving the theater feeling a bit more intelligent than when you came in.

Also I believe that this is the third 'Rap Guide to . . . ' show written an... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Great arrangements, Great harmonies, Great lighting

See it if you'd like to see/hear a talented ensemble. The actors are fine singers and musicians as well.

Don't see it if bluegrass music is not for you. It's not the kind of music you hear in a theater very often.

Also This is a rather off-beat piece. I attended the first preview and thou... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Masterful, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you have appreciation for a well-crafted, innovative spin on a classic. This one TRULY has soul.

Don't see it if you prefer a jukebox musical. (Btw, the supertitles are projected, not backlit, so they are quite easy on the eyes.)

Also When I walked into the auditorium, I was slightly disappointed to see ... Read more Read less

80
Symphonie Fantastique
Soho/Tribeca
Ambitious, Unique

See it if you've ever enjoyed watching a lava lamp while listening to music.

Don't see it if you have no tolerance for the avant-garde. Note: While they are referred to as 'puppets', they really are 'forms' in essence.

Also There's certainly more than meets the eye with this one, and happily y... Read more Read less

90
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing

See it if you're up for a musical theater gem.

Don't see it if you scoff at good times.

Also I saw this show when it was first presented by the York Theatre Compan... Read more Read less