Vagabond Anarchist

New York City | 35-49 | Male

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Reviews (151)
76
Lengthy, Relentless, Great acting, Ambitious, Dizzying

See it if you love Cranston and want to see a master at work.

Don't see it if you cringe at the thought for sitting for 2+ hours with no intermission.

69
During previews
Bookish, Intelligent, Bold, Slow, Great acting

See it if you want to see some stunning performances. You don’t have an allegiance to the book and thus don’t mind what all they’ve changed.

Don't see it if you hold the text as sacred and expect to see the story you know and love. This takes a lot of dramatic license and doesn’t tell it all.

80
Great singing, Well-intentioned, Dated, Funny, Sweet

See it if you want to see a show with a sweet message, some catchy tunes, and some powerhouse performances from Broadway vets.

Don't see it if you're averse to true musical comedy. This is, for the most part, old fashioned fun with some pathos mixed in.

100
Profound, Great singing, Masterful, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you want renditions of classic songs you’ll be dying to hear over and over, and a production that’s a fascinating examination of the text.

Don't see it if you’re expecting what you know.

70
Enchanting, Inventive, Literary, Whimsical, Ambitious

See it if you love Alice tales in general. You want to experience inventive costumes, sets, and staging.

Don't see it if you don’t like youthful angst a la Spring Awakening. You get a lot of it here.

93
During previews
Sultry, Intense, Riveting, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you want to seen incredible performances (both lead AND featured) and experience an important work of the time.

Don't see it if you want more action that discussion.

75
During previews
Dated, Great singing, Fluffy, Romantic, Old-fashioned

See it if you like the cast and want to see them chew scenery.

Don't see it if you can’t look past material that doesn’t hold up well to modern moral standards.

60
Cliched, Dated, Great singing, Fluffy, Old-fashioned

See it if you’re a historian who wants to see a relic live onstage.

Don't see it if you’re expecting something that feels fresh or relevant.

97
Ambitious, Riveting, Epic, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if you want to revel in the beauty of Fitzgerald’s text like never before.

Don't see it if you aren’t in it for the long haul. It’s 8 hours.

55
Cliched, Cheesy, Sexist, Predictable, Fluffy

See it if you’re ok with a totally cheesy night out, surrounding by tipsy and rowdy fellow audience members.

Don't see it if you want your musical theater to have some weight or import to it.

95
Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking, Heartfelt, Quirky

See it if you’re a fan of Birbiglia’s comedy, you’re a parent, or you’re convinced you never want to be a parent.

Don't see it if you generally dislike solo shows.

97
Festive, Family-friendly, Great staging, Fluffy, Heart-warming

See it if you need a good dose of holiday cheer, want to be part of a grand tradition, or you like camels.

Don't see it if you're a cotton-headed ninny muggins.

95
Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you're interested in Irish history, want to see masterful performances by a large, uniformly excellent cast (plus a goose).

Don't see it if you want your plays to be more of the sunshine and rainbows variety.

65
Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny, Cliched

See it if you're open to a mixed bag in order to see some compelling performances, and get a few laughs.

Don't see it if you're expecting a profound commentary on this time period, it's more an interesting slice of life.

90
During previews
Great singing, Fluffy, Romantic, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if you want a poignant and resonant evening with a lot of heart, and a true love letter to NYC.

Don't see it if you only like your musicals big and splashy.

95
Funny, Resonant, Refreshing, Must see, Intelligent

See it if you're a fan of Birbiglia or you just want to see a really poignant and funny narrative about the transition into fatherhood.

Don't see it if you're not into one-man shows or you're thin-skinned (a la the NY Times critic) - his view of fatherhood isn't all rainbows and sunshine.

Also But it sure is honest.

10
During previews
Cheesy, Vegas-esque, Miscast, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you want to feel like in Vegas and you aren't looking to actually see anything that resembles the movie.

Don't see it if you care at all about the movie, or an appealing score, or well-cast roles.

85
Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Reactionary, Lush

See it if you know and love Bart Sher's style of revivals. You want something lush and old fashioned.

Don't see it if you have qualms with tinkering with a classic.

77
Entertaining, Disappointing, Fluffy, Great singing, Youthful

See it if you want to see your fave songs from the movie performed onstage by a stellar cast (new songs a bit meh) + one killer reindeer puppet.

Don't see it if you don't want to be surrounded by an unruly audience of crying kids and sleeping tourists.

95
Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you want bubbly, catchy tunes and some Tina Fey wit

Don't see it if you don’t like tales of adolescence, no matter how relevant

81
Fluffy, Refreshing, Escapist, Good-natured, Boozy

See it if you want to kick back with a drink and escape the cold, mean streets of NY for a couple hours.

Don't see it if you are allergic to cheese, you don't have at least a passing interest in Buffett's music.

100
During previews
Enchanting, Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Epic

See it if you want to have more successive "how'd they do that??" moments onstage than you've ever seen in a single play.

Don't see it if there's really no excuse. This one can even cater to non-Potter diehards.

60
Slow, Overrated, Quirky, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you just *have* to see what all the fuss is about. But be prepared to leave scratching your head.

Don't see it if you get antsy with pieces of the slow and ponderous variety, without much narrative arc.

76
Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you're excited to see Uma Thurman in the flesh or just need your "House of Cards"-esque fix.

Don't see it if you get antsy with lots of heady talking.

67
Edgy, Fluffy, Quirky, Relevant, Funny

See it if you like the lead performers and want to see them live, you're ok with a little tonal whiplash, themes of gentrification interest you.

Don't see it if you're expecting a rom-com, there's definitely more darkness here than expected.

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Slow, Masterful, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you want two see two masterful performers at the top of their game, performing a classic work.

Don't see it if you prefer bigger shows with huge casts and a lot of splashy bells and whistles.

90
During previews
Intense, Intelligent, Masterful, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to witness a tour-de-force performance featuring true drama and humor all rolled into an intense but fast-paced 70 minutes.

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows.

95
Quirky, Refreshing, Great singing, Great staging, Edgy

See it if you love an original score and concept performed by a stunning cast.

Don't see it if you're not at least somewhat a fan of mythology.

86
During previews
Great staging, Intimate, Refreshing, Romantic, Quirky

See it if you like to see a small show with a lot of heart counteract all the bigger, splashier adaptations du Jour.

Don't see it if you’re expecting a huge cast and big ensemble numbers.

79
Entertaining, Youthful, Quirky, Funny, Fluffy

See it if you want to champion original work on Broadway and see a crazy talented cast in action. Plus, laughs.

Don't see it if you’re averse to quirk or to high school tales with the resultant high school humor.

85
During previews
Romantic, Refreshing, Earnest, Sweet, Quirky

See it if you admire gutsy original musicals with no underlying source material.

Don't see it if you don’t like superhero lore - there’s a lot of it packed in here.

91
Great singing, Great staging, Relevant, Refreshing, Masterful

See it if you want to see a host of masterful performances and a riveting story.

Don't see it if you’re thinking it’s a musical. It’s not. It is firmly in the “play with music” category.

95
Spontaneous, Edgy, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if you want to see improv masters at work, with an element of surprise thrown in.

Don't see it if you’re expecting Lin-Manuel. He’s not there every night.

78
During previews
Dated, Great singing, Familiar, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you’ve never seen the show and want to see a very quality and faithful staging.

Don't see it if you’re familiar with Fiasco’s work and are expecting something unexpected. This is very by the book, especially for them.

66
Cliched, Intense, Thought-provoking, Heavy-handed, Slow

See it if you’re a Shondaland diehard who just has to say you saw Washington live onstage.

Don't see it if you get antsy easily. This is a 90 min play that feels like 3 hours.

89
Funny, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like journalistic drama like “Spotlight” or you wanna see the Boy Wizard do a great American accent

Don't see it if you want something big and splashy with a lot of set pieces.

59
Cliched, Dated, Great singing, Fluffy, Disco

See it if you love Donna Summer and want to come drink and dance in the aisles with your pals.

Don't see it if you want a cohesive plot or emotional resonance along with your jukebox action.

100
Riveting, Must see, Great staging, Edgy, Great singing

See it if you love it when new life and new ideas are breathed into a classic, you love a stripped down, folksy score, you like chili.

Don't see it if you get upset when any liberties at all, no matter how justified, are taken with a classic.

98
During previews
Ambitious, Delicious, Great staging, Festive, Must see

See it if you love Irish things or unique immersive theater, want to glimpse inside a gorgeous historic building and/or just have an amazing meal.

Don't see it if you don't want to be on your feet for a couple hours.

80
Great singing, Great acting, Quirky, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you want to see killer performances - esp. by Roland and Salazar, and want to be in on the "next big thing" everyone's buzzing about.

Don't see it if you don't like shows with young protagonists and even younger audiences.

80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Starry, Over-long

See it if you’re a fan of any one of the copious stars, or you want to witness a theatrical landmark.

Don't see it if you get antsy after 90 min w/ no intermission, you expect to see these actors be similar to their film / TV roles

95
Masterful, Profound, Must see, Epic, Great acting

See it if you wanted to be witness to a momentous part of theater history and some incredible performances.

Don't see it if you don't sit still well. Both parts are in the range of 4 hours.

70
Dated, Problematic, Great dancing, Lush, Great singing

See it if You’re ok with a super dated narrative being performed by some admittedly very talented folks

Don't see it if You’re averse to a lot of ballet - or to the romaticization of domestic abuse

67
Confusing, Great singing, Quirky, Loud, Underwhelming

See it if you don't mind a loud, confusing cacophony.

Don't see it if you expect the much-lauded goat to actually be part of the plot.

95
Exquisite, Great acting, Edgy, Dizzying, Must see

See it if you want to see a riveting 100 minutes of theater with deceptively simple "how'd they do that" staging. (and in a gorgeous venue!)

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with heavy subject matter. Pregnancy plot lines are triggering for you.

80
Great singing, Great dancing, Fluffy, Funny, Dated

See it if you want to see some incredible tango dancing and some knock-it-out-of-the-park vocal performances.

Don't see it if you expect to see something in line with today's values.

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Surprising

See it if you're ready of a night of wit and whimsy that will delight you even if you've never seen a Spongebob episode

Don't see it if you're off-put by rowdy audiences - this one seems to attract them

96
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Resonant

See it if you want to experience an eerily relevant revival, with an electric cast, in a stunning new Broadway venue. (Shouldn't that be everyone?)

Don't see it if you're expecting to see a carbon copy of your favorite Marvel hero onstage. This is deeper, darker, and far more interesting.

83
Ambitious, Detached, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Masterful

See it if you're ok with theater taking all forms, and not necessarily being a live, or even communal, experience.

Don't see it if you don't like small, dark, tight spaces - you don't want to be on your own for the hour of "seeing" the show.

59
Sparse, Twisted, Disappointing, Fluffy, Non-magical

See it if you just need to see everything Christian Borle does

Don't see it if you expect the story to be matched with lavish sets and onstage whimsy and magic. It ain't!