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New Haven | 65+ | Male
About:  I love great acting and clever staging; love too the classics (My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, etc) but live in the present and was wowed by Hamilton and Curious Incident, among others. I usually hate buffoonery -- though Something Rotten was a great exception. The two most recent shows th... Read more Read less
Reviews (62)
75
Funny, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want a lighter take on a pressing social issue, specifically supporting the rights of LGBTQ kids to safely be themselves

Don't see it if you're homophobic or resistant to change or don't like fun-filled, often silly musicals

Also I tend to avoid what I expect will be silly or slight musicals, but Je... Read more Read less

83
Nassim
Midtown W
Clever, Enchanting, Masterful, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you're open to an entirely different take on theatre or if the actor scheduled for that night particularly interests you.

Don't see it if you're looking for a book show with a traditional trajectory.

Also I went to this show because Michael Urie was performing. I've been a f... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great writing, Funny

See it if you like Gilbert & Sullivan and wish there were more companies performing them. Two hours of clever silliness is much appreciated these days

Don't see it if you're not a fan of brilliant silliness and contrived plots or if under-powered singing will ruin it for you.

Also Oh joy, oh rapture, I've long loved the New York Gilbert and Sullivan ... Read more Read less

92
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Riveting, Intense

See it if you loved the book and want to revisit these characters or if you don't know the book but always wanted to. See it to confront racism.

Don't see it if the use of the n word (in this context) offends you. Otherwise, everyone should see this.

79
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if a serious drama about gay men and gay marriage matters to you.

Don't see it if you're expecting nudity or erotica or if gay marriage isn't a subject you want to engage.

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

See it if You love classic musicals and believe they can be retooled and reinvigorated; this is a stripped down yet FANTASTIC production.

Don't see it if You hate theatre. Honestly, I can’t imagine anyone not loving this show.

Also I never thought I would give a show a perfect score but this Oklahoma!... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Disappointing

See it if you want to experience closeted gay life decades ago in Britain while appreciating the depth of seemingly simple folk

Don't see it if you demand excellent acting from all involved or want top-notch stage directing

50
Bad music, Bad sound, Bad acting

See it if you have absolutely nothing better to do on a Monday night or are related to someone in the cast.

Don't see it if you value good acting and music that excites and sounds good

95
Carmen Jones
East Village
Great singing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Riveting, Confusing

See it if you like the music from Carmen and you want to see a cast of 10 excellent singers give life to a theatrical oddity

Don't see it if understanding every single word is essential or if you don't like the sound of Bizet's opera Carmen

Also I've known of this work for 40 years maybe; what a thrill to see it in... Read more Read less

80
Intense, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Resonant

See it if you long for the beauty of lovely words and gorgeous music and you wonder whether If I Loved You might just be the best theatre song ever

Don't see it if you need artificial diversions to make you a happy theatre-goer or if you're bored by theatre dancing (some of the best ever!)

Also The orchestrations, the songs . . . this show just exudes the golden a... Read more Read less

72
For a previous production
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Raunchy

See it if you want to watch a bunch of near-naked, hot-bodied men dance the night away and one female singing-trapeze-artist strut her stuff

Don't see it if you’re not willing to truck to Brooklyn for a sexy, edgy, fun fantasy

92
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you want a funny, inconsequential two hours in the theatre where you'll be charmed by an incredibly talented bunch of actors.

Don't see it if you think musicals need to be BIG and full of spectacle.

Also I was a tad leery at first but was very quickly seduced by this hyster... Read more Read less

95
Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing, Must see, Delightful

See it if You want to understand why this show has been considered a classic for over 50 years and you want to catch Lauren Ambrose's WONDERFUL perf!

Don't see it if you hate musicals or need to judge yesterday by today's standards.

Also I can't remember a time in my life when I wasn't aware of My Fair Lady... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you're interested in great gay theatre that touches all people, regardless of their sexuality

Don't see it if you're squeamish about drag queens or men loving men

90
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Confusing, Riveting

See it if you loved Glenda Jackson in the 70s and loved Laurie Metcalf every time she's acted

Don't see it if you expect Glenda Jackson to sound like she did in the 70s -- ooh, that voice! -- or if you need a play to be immediately crystal clear

85
As Is
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant, Intense

See it if You never saw this classics 80’s AIDS drama and you want to better understand the pain of the time.

Don't see it if you think theatre should be light and fluffy.

65
Afterglow
Midtown W
Slow, Disappointing, Relevant, Cliched

See it if male nudity trumps a good script and three nude men are enough of a reason to see a show.

Don't see it if male nudity freaks you out or you expect good writing and a serious look into polyamory and the issues around it.

Also I'll admit it, the idea of three naked men in a tiny theatre was a rea... Read more Read less

92
Confusing, Dizzying, Riveting, Must see, Great acting

See it if you want to see a performance (Ben Platt's) you will NEVER forget.

Don't see it if you were Mr or Ms Popular in high school and can't identify with the vast majority of those who weren't; or if you hate loud music.

Also I couldn't imagine that Platt's performance could be better than Andy ... Read more Read less

88
Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a performance -- Andy Karl's -- that you'll never forget. He's spectacular.

Don't see it if you're dead. Seriously, everyone else will at least like this show a lot.

Also I haven't seen Ben Platt yet, who won the Tony for Dear Evan Hansen, b... Read more Read less

49
Ambitious, Dizzying, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you're afraid to go to the original (the opera Madama Butterfly) or you think a fake "helicopter" landing on stage is evidence of talent.

Don't see it if you're tired of being belted by Broadway singers and you like a little nuance in your theatre experience

85
Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent, Fluffy

See it if you love Bette Midler -- who doesn't? -- and if you venerate this classic musical

Don't see it if you're allergic to fluff and broad humor

Also Of course I went: I'm gay, and it's Bette Midler. How could I not go? ... Read more Read less

48
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you love the Oz story so much you don't demand quality

Don't see it if you demand quality, i.e. a chorus whose words can be understood, timing that keeps the show peppy

Also I've avoided Wicked for all these years because hanging out with 1500 ... Read more Read less

90
Indecent
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if You love the ART of theatre or you want to learn about something you likely didn't know or you appreciate excellent and fluid direction.

Don't see it if You're looking for spectacle.

95
Absorbing, Intelligent, Clever, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if you love Sondheim, or the English language or books that make you sit up and pay attention and then think.

Don't see it if you need spectacle -- though there is that in the second act--or cute or precious or are not willing to listen carefully to the words

90
Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you appreciate clever staging, hilarious plotting and brilliant acting. A near-perfect musical!

Don't see it if you're not willing to open your mind to being charmed into silly stupification.

85
During previews
Excruciating, Intense, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you missed the incomparable Glenda Jackson in Three Tall Women or you agree that Jayne Houdyshell is a national treasure

Don't see it if Shakespeare bores you or you can't score an aisle seat (see comments).

Also I thought I had seen enough Lears for one lifetime but when I learned ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if you are a rabid John Noble fan or want to learn more about the great Toscanini or want to hear some beautifully played classical music

Don't see it if you're expecting theatre with clarity and cohesion or don't like string quartet music or you want to remember John Noble in his good roles

Also As a play, HORRIBLE. As a concert, quite enjoyable. The play lacks coh... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you like a novel approach to telling a story and want an uplifting time in the theatre without schmaltz.

Don't see it if loud music bothers you.

Also One of the delights of this show is the number and variety of instrume... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to engage with some of the political thinking of the day.

Don't see it if you need spectacle or dazzle.

89
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Confusing, Epic

See it if you love great acting and storytelling

Don't see it if missing some of the dialogue will overly frustrate you or if occasional vulgarities irritate you.

Also At the top of the show I felt I was missing a lot of the dialogue — th... Read more Read less

89
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if you want a light two plus hours in the theatre with LOTS of laughs, fine acting and great set changes. Knowing/liking snooker not necessary.

Don't see it if you don't like farce

79
Great acting, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if you're fluent in Spanish and are in the mood for a Shakespeare-like, word-filled evening.

Don't see it if it's essential to you to understand every word or if the idea of a play in Spanish scares you

Also Oh how I wish I had kept up my study of Spanish. This was a frustratin... Read more Read less

95
Riveting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you love the theatre and its back-story. There is SO MUCH here to marvel at; I surely will come back to see more.

Don't see it if you don't want to learn anything about theatre and its archives and the future of theatrical collections.

Also I had no idea there was such an abundance of theatre memorabilia in th... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you want to broaden your knowledge of history, art and the backstory behind some specific paintings having to do with theatre

Don't see it if you're unable/unwilling to walk and stand for 90 minutes or if the fine arts bore you.

Also This was a lovely 90 minute experience. Our guide, Marin, was knowledg... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Hilarious, Profound, Relevant, Dated

See it if you want to see where we've come from over the last 50 years and you want to support this brilliant cast of out and proud gay men

Don't see it if you're a homophobe who believes that all gay men were, and are, just like this. It's a time capsule.

Also When this revival was announced I wondered WHY? Why should we see this... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Confusing, Enchanting

See it if you want to let an excellent company sweep you away with their enthusiasm and talent; you'll miss some things but WILL be rewarded

Don't see it if you need to understand every word and follow every twist or if you're looking for a heavy evening at the theatre.

Also For the first half hour I was pretty much lost, understanding almost n... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you don't know about the relationship btw Tchaikovsky and von Meck and you love classical music

Don't see it if long segments of classical music bore you or if you want real emotional depth

Also I really wanted to love this show and I did in fact love the music: br... Read more Read less

89
Delightful, Enchanting, Intelligent, Funny, Resonant

See it if you're willing to forgo big Broadway effects and just enjoy intelligent writing and great songs well performed.

Don't see it if you need to be blown away and dazzled; it's a small, beautifully staged, lovely show. Haunting in its simplicity and elegance.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you want to experience theatrical greatness in both staging and acting.

Don't see it if you think Cats is a great show or if you're not willing to think about some of life's hard issues

80
For a previous production
Clever, Banal, Cliched, Funny, Great staging

See it if You like stupid comedy, or slapstick or if you watch a lot of TV comedies.

Don't see it if You’re looking for serious theatre or don’t like being hit over the head with repeated routines.

Also I’ve never both loved and hated a show as much as this. I was tempted ... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you want to see perhaps the greatest dramatic actor working today, Mark Rylance.

Don't see it if you need fast-paced action or mechanized theatre machinery to make your day.

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Insipid

See it if you agree that Michael Urie is perhaps the best comic actor working today

Don't see it if your tolerance for stupid humour is low

Also I've liked Michael Urie since his film WTC View -- check it out but be... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Funny, Intense, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you're not scared of an emotional wallop, appreciate infectious music and dance and want to feel good about humanity.

Don't see it if the idea of a musical based on 9/11 seems weird to you. It is a bit weird but IT WORKS!

Also I knew I would like this show; in fact I LOVED it. No idea it would ha... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you enjoy being surprised and you appreciate good -- no, make that excellent -- acting.

Don't see it if you need spectacle or audience participation or falling chandeliers or helicopters.

Also I had somehow never read or seen the Ibsen original, so I did that bef... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Great staging, Romantic, Overrated

See it if you like spectacle, if you grew up thinking Phantom was the be-all and end-all of Broadway or if this is your first Bway musical

Don't see it if you don't like the fact that Sir Lloyd Webber steals music from Puccini or you want some intellectual stimulation with your cotton candy

92
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you love madcap entertainment, brilliant lighting and sound design, and great music sung beautifully by a high energy cast.

Don't see it if you'd rather sleep through a show.

Also I would have upped my score to a 95 or 96 if I had been better able to... Read more Read less

95
Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious, Riveting

See it if you love Sweeney Todd and want to see a bare-bones, incredibly clever, beautifully performed version - and have a meat pie first!

Don't see it if You like bloated productions with lots of stage effects and dazzling lights and sound

Also This was perhaps my 8th Sweeney Todd, including the orig with Angela L... Read more Read less

80
Sweat
Midtown W
Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if Intense drama interests you and you're part of the 99% of us whop feel financially insecure.

Don't see it if Intensity or stage violence scares you

80
War Horse
Upper W Side
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you want to upend your idea of "puppetry." Astounding creations these. I wish the show were as good as the production.

Don't see it if you can't suspend belief while in the theatre. Otherwise you might not think those are real horses.

100
Great writing, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you want to experience perhaps the best musical ever written. Such honesty, passion and devotion are rarely seen on stage, or on the street

Don't see it if you need huge sets and gimmicks. Still, you'll be DAZZLED by the finale.