vdelesseps

Durham | 35-49 | Male
About:  A lifelong theater person by trade, hobby, and DNA
Reviews (14)
70
Clever, Family-friendly, Interactive, Original

See it if you want a refreshing style of theatre. This show has been around for ages, but it's still pretty fantastic.

Don't see it if you want a classic piece of theatre. This is more of an inventive comedy show / concert / event.

30
Arrogant, Confusing, Mediocre

See it if you just want to hear the melodies that have become ingrained in our collective unconscious.

Don't see it if you're fond of a cohesive story, or character development, or anything but basic spectacle.

69
Funny

See it if you love Larry David or just comedy as a whole. While the play has its glaring flaws, the laughs flow at a pretty rapid clip.

Don't see it if you're easily distracted by bad structure. The director tries to fix it with voiceovers and projections, but they're awkward patch-jobs.

68
Pedestrian, Underwhelming, Yawner

See it if you want to see the great Mirren do a solid job with a pretty straightforward role. She's fun to watch, but don't expect the Best Role Ever.

Don't see it if you aren't fully caffeinated. It's just a different pairs of people sitting in chairs and talking. Your eyelids may get heavy.

50
Family-friendly, Overrated, Inventive

See it if you've already seen the film and want to be blown away by remarkable mimicry by way of amazing puppetry.

Don't see it if you expect to be entertained as much as the film, which is so vastly superior to the musical it's hard not to feel disappointed.

55
Overrated, Ambitious, Interactive, Pretentious

See it if you like to absorb a lot of disparate imagery and decide for yourself what it all means.

Don't see it if you're looking for the traditional and straightforward. I'm fairly open-minded about unique theater, but to me this was just full of itself.

60
Disappointing, Inconsistent, Overrated, Dated

See it if you already adore the show or the lead performer and just want to get your Hedwig fix or your John Cameron Mitchell fix, etc.

Don't see it if you don't already know the show's history. It was so groundbreaking in its time, but that's since faded. And most lyrics are unintelligible.

70
Lifeless, Potent, Refreshing

See it if you want to take in the first hit of one of the most exciting new American theatrical voices, and if you're looking for just a great time.

Don't see it if you're easily annoyed by a trite story. While the music, lyrics, choreography, etc. are highly refreshing, it's a run-of-the-mill plot.

75
Delightful, Enchanting

See it if you love a good origin story. The overall concept is so fun that it masks the less impressive parts. Overall, great fun.

Don't see it if you're expecting a wall-to-wall toe-tapper. There are exactly two great numbers. The rest you'll likely forget immediately.

65
Mediocre, Inventive, Trivial

See it if you're looking for a trifle. There are some laugh-inducing moments, but it's mostly what you'd expect from a condensed spin on a film.

Don't see it if you haven't yet seen this sort of play. It's a fun take on a classic film, but this sort of fun take has been done many times before.

100
Clever, Great writing, Must see, Raunchy, Original

See it if you want that perfect mix of hilarity, tenderness, and nostalgia. This show pretty much has it all.

Don't see it if you'd be offended by profanity or puppet sexuality. Otherwise, definitely see it.

50
Disappointing, Cliched, Family-friendly, Mediocre

See it if you're a big fan of the musical and are happy to overlook major flaws, the biggest being the miscasting of Ken Watanabe as the King.

Don't see it if you're hoping to match the greatness of the film. You'll likely be disappointed by most of it.

95
For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Great writing, Original

See it if you'd like to see an entirely new kind of musical -- one that makes U.S. history far more energizing than you might normally think

Don't see it if you're tired. The writer crams in a lot of details; as an audience member you can't relax. That's a good thing.

100
Clever, Delightful, Must see, Refreshing, Toe-tapper

See it if you can only see one show in New York. It's hard to find a flaw in this diamond. Beyond hysterical and at times surprisingly moving. See it.

Don't see it if you're easily offended by profanity or the pushing of comedic envelopes. The script heads to some delicate territory and pulls no punches.