Walter W

Brooklyn

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Reviews (40)
79
During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Cliched, Lightweight, Original

See it if You'd like a pleasant, unsophisticated original musical with a few big laughs, a few strong songs, and a generally talented, likable cast.

Don't see it if You're looking for depth or subtlety. Also, the story is one cliche after another. Still, it was fun, and at least not a revival or jukebox.

81
Great acting, Intense, Overlong

See it if you want excellent performances. The two leads are especially convincing in their portrayal of a long-term relationship going very wrong.

Don't see it if you have a low tolerance for repeated arguments about the same issues. It takes a bit too long to get to the incredible last few scenes.

92
Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if you like acoustic Bruce -- it's like his 2005 or 1996 shows with a bit more talking and a bit less singing. Especially liked Thunder Road.

Don't see it if you don't like Bruce. I doubt that this will change many people's minds. And it's probably not worth the high price if you're on the fence.

79
Clever, Great acting, Slow, Quirky, Overlong

See it if you like McDonagh's other work or dark humor more generally.

Don't see it if you're expecting brilliance. This might be my least favorite of his -- a bit slow, somewhat bloated, but still solid.

72
Ambitious, Slow, Quirky, Uneven

See it if You like Brian Friel or any of the actors.

Don't see it if You are easily disappointed. I was looking forward to this based on author, actors and subject, but it never quite came together, in my view

79
During previews
Refreshing, Intelligent, Low-key, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You like restrained, realistic dramas with a fair amount of comedy mixed in.

Don't see it if You want something edgy and different. This is a just a solid revival of a good play.

78
During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Great writing, Clever, Cliched

See it if You don't mind a first hour that's much better than the second. The conflict with the Trump-inspired Caesar is funny, dramatic and intense.

Don't see it if You'll mind an uneven, often weak second hour. There are good scenes, inventive moments but attempts at modern relevance get rather silly.

77
Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy, Romantic, Dated

See it if you love Laura Benanti or the excellent Byron Jennings, or pleasant light musicals in general.

Don't see it if I can't imagine anyone not thinking that it's at least OK, unless they hate romantic comedies for some reason.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Epic, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like O'Neill or you want to see some great acting.

Don't see it if you are put off by slow-moving, angsty straight plays.

82
Ambitious, Great singing, Indulgent, Intense, Romantic

See it if you love Audra, Norm, or Gershwin!

Don't see it if you want a show that sticks closely to the original opera. When I saw it, at an early preview, they'd rewritten the ending (for the worse).

97
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if you like a great story, incredibly well acted by, among others, a young Mark Ruffalo. Maybe the best straight play I ever saw on Broadway.

Don't see it if you don't like family dramas.

85
Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if you think you like the cast. They are all solid.

Don't see it if you don't like somewhat wordy comedies.

80
During previews
Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you like Chekhov and/or the two leads.

Don't see it if you dislike long, talky plays with a lot of characters.

79
During previews
Cliched, Romantic, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like lightweight musicals with engaging casts.

Don't see it if You are expecting a strong book.

70
Fluffy, Unambitious, Banal, Cliched, Watchable

See it if you like Bruce Willis, Laurie Metcalf, Stephen King, and/or lightweight, occasionally suspensful drama with a few laughs.

Don't see it if you are expecting anything remotely memorable.

70
Ambitious, Confusing, Great staging, Quirky, Slow

See it if you like Bowie or visually inventive theater, and if you don't mind a story that is slow, silly, and often amateurishly written and acted.

Don't see it if you want a coherent, well-written, well-acted show. This is overwhelmingly about impressive music and images, not well-presented narrative.

79
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you like straight historical drama with a couple of pretentious touches.

Don't see it if you are expecting anything too out of the ordinary. It's solid but unexceptional drama.

85
Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like Arthur Miller and can appreciate a stripped down approach. And if you can get one of the excellent onstage seats.

Don't see it if You are expecting it to be revalatory. It's very good but the raves seemed a bit much, in my view.

75
Funny, Overrated, Disappointing, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a good but not great musical that's sometimes funny but sometimes predictable.

Don't see it if You want something with depth.

84
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You like Al Pacino and you don't care that it's largely a one-man show.

Don't see it if You think listening to only one side of multiple phone conversations would be boring.

91
During previews
Great singing, Great writing, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You want classic songs, fine singing, a witty book, and an all around excellent production.

Don't see it if You'd be bothered by a couple of liberties taken - men in drag during a number, and changes (in actions, not dialogue) to last minute or so.

Also I thought the ending was touching, but the drag was kind of a misfire.... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Resonant, Intense

See it if you want a well-paced, well-acted, but not yet electrifying, four hours of O'Neill, or you just want to see Denzel in a challenging role.

Don't see it if you think you'd be bored by four hours of variations on the theme of desperately lying to yourself in order to make it through the day.

81
Ambitious, Dated, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you want to see an excellent performance from Sparks in Zoo Story. Also, I think that Homelife adds a lot, making for a satisfying evening.

Don't see it if you dislike long monologues. The second play/second act is mostly Sparks with relatively few words from Leonard.

82
Absorbing, Intelligent, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You would like a well-paced, intelligent historical drama.

Don't see it if The above sounds boring to you, or if you don't like stories that jump around chronologically.

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You like well acted, well written dramas that raise more questions than they answer.

Don't see it if You think you would dislike a play that largely involves debates about crime, punishment, guilt and redemption.

77
Slow, Quirky, Intense, Ambitious, Uneven

See it if You think you'd like an extended, intense, well-acted torture sequence. That made the show worth seeing, for me at least.

Don't see it if You'd rather not sit through a somewhat plodding, vague, enervating first hour to get to the moving, harrowing last segment.

75
Well-acted, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You are looking for strong acting from an excellent ensemble.

Don't see it if You are looking for a particularly gripping story. This one is pretty standard -- you've probably seen many variations over the years.

81
Ambitious, Entertaining, Intense, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if you like the sorts of liberties van Hove tends to take with classic texts - I thought they mostly worked here.

Don't see it if you're annoyed by the above approach.

65
Cliched, Disappointing, Great staging, Indulgent, Excruciating

See it if you like tap dancing (and lots of it).

Don't see it if you want a compelling story - this was more like an evening of wikipedia entries recited between songs.

70
Great acting, Disappointing, Funny, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if you want to see an incredibly charismatic young cast.

Don't see it if you're annoyed by somewhat predictable and even occasionally preachy writing.

75
Entertaining, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if you like Abba or pleasant but lightweight musicals.

Don't see it if you want any depth - this is extremely slight (but fun).

75
Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you like Daniel Craig, who is particularly good here.

Don't see it if you dislike Shakespeare productions in general. This is a fairly typical example.

82
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if You like O'Neill or Whitaker and you don't mind that it's low-key and far from action-packed.

Don't see it if You would feel short-changed by a 55 minute two character play.

95
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you like wonderfully acted comedy with a sharp edge (the first cast, with Gandolfini, Harden, Daniels, and Davis, was especially strong).

Don't see it if you don't like the above.

80
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you like Brecht or you want to see an excellent lead performance from Kecia Lewis, and a lot of strong singing from multiple cast members.

Don't see it if you don't like Brecht or you will be bothered by an occasionally hard to follow narrative, due mainly to extensive cutting, I think.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Original

See it if you don't mind the fact that an excellent first act is followed by a weaker second act.

Don't see it if you would mind the above problem. This would have been better as a fast 90 minute one-act.

70
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Banal, Dated

See it if you know you like the show to begin with and just want to see yet another version.

Don't see it if You're expecting it to be incredible. It's really cliched and predictable, as are all productions I've seen - the material is what it is.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Funny

See it if you want a really fun musical with no weak numbers and a couple of great showstoppers.

Don't see it if You don't want to.

97
Clever, Refreshing, Must see, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if You want to see the best new musical in years.

Don't see it if you can't afford a ticket. That's really the only reason not to see it.

85
During previews
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if you like farce performed by a terrific cast.

Don't see it if you are expecting something substantial - it's just a funny, physical comedy.