Walter W

Brooklyn

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Reviews (49)
91
During previews
Refreshing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great singing, Resonant

See it if if you want to see and hear Dylan's songs wonderfully and movingly performed in a context that illuminates them in new, unexpected ways.

Don't see it if you dislike somewhat dark shows (although with bright moments), or shows with many characters, whose stories are not always closely related.

Also I saw this show at the Public and again tonight. As a whole, I thought... Read more Read less

74
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Below-average for van hove, Good dancing, Great music, Disappointing, Slow

See it if the great music, well-performed, plus some solid dancing will be enough for you.

Don't see it if you expect an inventive restaging. Van Hove's supposed update is itself surprisingly dated. It's just a different, more drab set of cliches.

81
During previews
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You'd like a restrained but moving and very well-acted story about the friendship between an English professor and a student, both writers.

Don't see it if You will be bothered by the fact that you can never quite know how much of it really is happening and how much is in the writer's mind.

76
During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You would like an intentionally confusing play that presents the mix of memory, dreams, and misperceptions in a person with Alzheimer's.

Don't see it if I appreciated this serious, well-mounted play but was surprised by how emotionally distant I remained despite having faced similar issues.

79
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Insipid, Excellent singers, Good songs

See it if You like the first Bat Out of Hell album - it's really well performed, as are some of the best known songs from the follow-ups.

Don't see it if You have a low tolerance for really cliched "drama" that stops the non musical parts of the show dead and drags it out to 2:40.

Also I think the show would be far better if they very briefly introduced t... Read more Read less

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
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
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
The Crucible
Midtown W
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
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
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
The History Boys
Midtown W
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
Mamma Mia!
Midtown W
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
Hughie
Midtown W
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
God of Carnage
Midtown W
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
Sylvia
Midtown W
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
Something Rotten!
Midtown W
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
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
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
Noises Off
Midtown W
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.

82
Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Great songs, Great staging, Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic

See it if you want the brief chance to see a fine cast perform wonderful songs. Plus, there's some really effective staging -- an excellent Encores!

Don't see it if -- I can't think of any "don't see it" reasons. A lot of people have criticized the book, but I think it's effectively bittersweet.

77
During previews
The Perplexed
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Overlong, Complex, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you'd like a complex comedy-drama with multiple, related stories that are sometimes funny, moving and well-acted (especially by Frank Wood).

Don't see it if you'd dislike an overlong, extremely uneven mix of witty and insipid dialogue, compelling and idiotic story-lines. Ambitious but messy.

85
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Well-paced, Thought-provoking, Funny, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You'd like an intelligent, well-paced comedy-drama about the fears and desires of middle age, with a complex, sometimes unpleasant lead.

Don't see it if You don't want to spend an evening with someone who is, in many respects, a needlessly self-defeating failure (and knows it).

77
During previews
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Funny, Cliched, Excruciating, Romantic, Extremely uneven

See it if you'd like Marisa Tomei in a big role where she emphasizes and excels at the comedy; you don't mind a goat played by a boy with fake horns.

Don't see it if very bad directorial and design choices (goat-boy, dozens of pink flamingos, singing dancing Sicilian-mom chorus) will ruin your enjoyment.

Also For most of Act I, I was thinking of leaving at intermission, which I'... Read more Read less

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
Yerma
Upper E Side
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
Hangmen
Chelsea
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
The Home Place
Chelsea
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
Marvin's Room
Midtown W
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
The Front Page
Midtown W
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
The Present
Midtown W
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
Misery
Midtown W
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
Lazarus
East Village
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
King Charles III
Midtown W
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 revelatory. 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
China Doll
Midtown W
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.