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Garden City | 50-64 | Male
About:  Serious about theatre and get to shows as often as possible. Cheapest therapy ever.
Reviews (202)
90
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Subtle, Layered, Great acting

See it if You like inventive theatre with witty writing and terrific acting. Very subtle and yet dense and layered. Very unique and surprising.

Don't see it if You need a linear plot line and are impatient for "action."

Also Terrific, fresh, hyper-realistic performances by the entire talented c... Read more Read less

76
Rapid fire, Wild ride, Entertaining, Confusing, Great acting

See it if Are a Guare fan like I am. Enjoy rapid fire dialogue and a wild, memory-filled ride of a play. Like interesting and fun characters.

Don't see it if You need linearity and clarity. Are offended by references to sexuality and child pornography.

47
Needs a john waters touch, Uneven performances, Poorly paced, Slow, Not campy enough

See it if Your ticket is free and you pre-function.

Don't see it if You have particularly high standards for acting, direction, or design.

79
During previews
Tragic, Uneven, Gender-bending, Innovative, Glenda jackson

See it if You want to witness Glenda Jackson -- she's a force. Appreciate gender-bending casting/performances. Long for Lear.

Don't see it if You can't sit for a 2+ hour first act. Desire traditional production elements for Shakespeare.

Also Particularly impressed with Kent, Cordelia/Fool, and Edgar.

77
During previews
Intelligent, Spartan & stripped-down, Frighteningly current, Symbolic, Resonant

See it if You appreciate political allegory and/or Doyle's stripped-down aesthetic. You are into U.S. history, particularly the labor movement.

Don't see it if You are seeking a traditional musical theatre experience. Need elaborate staging, costumes, etc.

Also Scary how this early 20th Century story is so relevant to the current ... Read more Read less

83
Thought-provoking, Profoundly simple, An auditory immersion, Resonant, Great singing

See it if You appreciate vocal, a Capella music. Like American history told evocatively. Want to learn about the Black prisoner experience in Texas..

Don't see it if Need linearity in story-telling. Want a full blown, highly stylized production.

79
During previews
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting, Modern telling of african fable, Needs a trim

See it if You want to see several FINE young actors. Have patience with a somewhat unwieldy, but entertaining piece (that needs a 20 minute haircut).

Don't see it if You need linearity and traditional staging.

79
During previews
Ambitious, Alan cumming, Provacative, Stunning set, Identity battle

See it if You are a Cumming fan. You are drawn stories that question identity and relationships. You want to see an amazing set.

Don't see it if You are bothered by nudity, sex, gay relationships, or son-parent issues.

49
During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Messy, Slow, Murky writing & directing

See it if You are interested in this fascinating historical figure from Jamaica.

Don't see it if You don't have patience for a time-travel and -warp script that is mis-directed here.

78
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Two 45 minute monologues

See it if You are looking for an introspective and evocative evening in the theatre. You like one-actor shows. You are a Jake G fan.

Don't see it if You need action or dialogue -- this is just 2 45 minute monologues separated by an intermish.

Also Any parent or adult child can relate and empathize. Well done.

92
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love Oklahoma and the wonderful music of this show. You appreciate a new, stripped down yet wonderful interpretation of this classic.

Don't see it if No reason not to!

Also Loved it's original production at Bard, too!

78
During previews
Great acting, Funny, Intense, Marital brutality and manipulation

See it if You appreciate fine acting up close. You like relationship-based tragicomedy.

Don't see it if You need action beyond intense conversation and relationship manipulation.

Also A 1900 Scandinavian version of Who's Afriad of Virginia Woolf!

71
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You are a Nottage fan. You want to see a fine production of a play that doesn't quite match up to the quality of Nottage's other works.

Don't see it if You don't like family dramedy or are easily offended suburban stereotypes.

55
Disappointing, Confusing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Just doesn't work

See it if You are drawn to family dramas and/or plays that address social justice issues.

Don't see it if You want a fully baked production. You are resistant to race and sexual orientation as themes.

Also While I fully appreciate the attempt at addressing the important issue... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Stream of consciousness monologue, Great writing

See it if You are a fan if either Eno or Hall. The work of both shine in this production. You appreciate pondering existential questions and memory.

Don't see it if You need linearity, conventionality, or plot.

Also I've see other productions of this daring script -- this production is... Read more Read less

49
During previews
Cliched, Didn't believe a word, Disappointing, A very long nmni, Slow

See it if You want to see Tavi G. in a quirky role.

Don't see it if You have high expectations for writing or directing -- a surprise since these folks have done great work elsewhere.

Also The only empathetic character or semi-believable performance is J Alph... Read more Read less

95
Great singing, Great staging, Depression-era pastiche, Evocative, Must see

See it if You love Dylan. You appreciate bold and creative attempts at melding drama and music. You want to be swept away by music and story...

Don't see it if You want a conventional musical.

Also Mare Winningham and Kimber Sprawl are stunning. Run, don't walk.

98
Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Absorbing, Jay o. sanders!!

See it if You love Chekov. You love naturalistic acting of the first order. You love theatre.

Don't see it if You can't sit still, listen, and be taken to another world.

Also As fine a show as I have seen in years. Run, don't walk! Jay O, Sander... Read more Read less

89
During previews
A hoot, Trans-malapropism, Clever, Funny, Silly

See it if Are looking for a good laugh, wrapped in a who-dunnit, love story, grifter mystery, sports tale.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by language or sexual references.

Also Great to see yet another trans character and actor on Broadway.

85
Terrific production values, Mediocre score, Delightful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a delightful and terrific production of a rather mediocre musical. Can't imagine a better production of this piece.

Don't see it if You seek amazingly written music. The songs are pleasant and catchy, but forgettable.

Also Terrific set, costumes, lighting and choreography.

79
Great singing, Slow, Cliched, My esp fair lady, Beautiful music

See it if You want to hear the beautiful music in this show. The singing is terrific and the small orchestra quite talented

Don't see it if You need a strong and coherent story line with a basis in reality. This is goofy My Fair Lady with ESP and hypnosis.

79
Relevant, Quirky, Loud, Exuberant, Teen-tuned

See it if You like stories about high school and teenage life. Want to see some fine young performers having a great time.

Don't see it if Struggle with loud music and teen-oriented content.

61
During previews
Confusing, Great acting, Slow, Incomplete, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a fine actress work very hard (with questionable material). You see everything at the Public.

Don't see it if You are impatient with an incomplete script and concept.

69
During previews
Relevant, Absorbing, Intimate, Solo show, Uneven

See it if You like solo pieces and are i interested in the inner lives of teens.

Don't see it if Are offended by language or sexual references.

Also Imagine the unevenness will smooth out with more performances and bett... Read more Read less

69
Simple & forgettable, Romantic, Fluffy, Dated, Cliched

See it if You seek a mindless musical with simple storytelling and forgettable music.

Don't see it if You are hoping for a revelation.

69
During previews
Democracy discussions, Socratic logic on repeat, Verbose, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You desire an evening of verbose, Socratic dialogue about the man himself, Athens, and democracy. Like logic, philosophy, and politics.

Don't see it if Need action beyond that which is rhetorical.

83
During previews
Benning & letts!, Classic, Impressive lighting & set, Great writing, Melodramatic tragedy

See it if You want to see a fine production of Miller's classic, melodramatic tragedy. Solid acting and directing -- Letts and Benning shine.

Don't see it if You want an uplifting, light evening in the theatre. This is heavy family stuff.

Also The Ibsen inspiration in Miller's script is palpable.

80
During previews
Intense, Mind games, Toxic masculinity, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want a relationship-based 80 minute entertaining show. You appreciate lively writing and authentic acting.

Don't see it if Yders offended by language, nudity, or simulated sex.

Also Very cool set.

58
During previews
Not bdwy ready, Penis and cadaver puppetry, Slow, Confusing, Absurd

See it if You must see everything written many Mac or starring Lane. You like fart jokes and absurdist slapstick.

Don't see it if You are hoping for a tight, cogent, consistent piece.

Also Not Mac's not Lane's best work -- far from it. A very tedious 95 minut... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Racial issues, Satire, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You seek provacative and biting satire -- based on the Black American experience.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by language or seek a linear, realistic storyline.

Also Some terrific performances of disparate characters by several of the a... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You are a Parks fan -- or Diggs -- or both (as I am). Sprawling, deep, current, provacative, enthralling.

Don't see it if You are disturbed by sexuality. You are unwilling to engage with race, gender, and class issues.

Also Loved it. Classic S-L Parks.

80
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Resonant, Intense

See it if You are a Fugard fan. Appreciate an intense production of this "everyman" tale.

Don't see it if You can't abide dialogue laden dramas between two characters.

93
Lovely, Gentle, Great singing, Terrific musicianship, Must see

See it if You want a lovely evening of beautiful music, textured relationships, and a singing/acting talent.

Don't see it if No reason to avoid this show. Run, don't walk.

61
During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Quirky, Ambitious, Insipid

See it if You are eager to see a new musical or have a thing for comic books.

Don't see it if You can't be patient with a sappy storyline and forgettable music.

75
Great writing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Uneven pacing, Ok production of great play

See it if You are a fan of Shepard, Hawke, or Dano. You appreciate excellent dialogue.

Don't see it if You are bothered by family issues and violence.

Also This is one of my favorite plays-- and I've seen much sharper producti... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You love great acting. May and Allen are particularly good.

Don't see it if You are disturbed by watching the decline of an older woman. You dislike family-based dramedy.

Also The performances of the entire cast are excellent-- and Elaine May is ... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to an epic play very well produced. Outstanding acting l, directing, and deaign. Bravo!!

Don't see it if You are squeamish about violence. You abhor family-based storylines.

Also I haven't had 3+ hours in a theatre go so quickly since August Osage C... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Absorbing, Intense, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You want to see a Strindberg classic retold and reimagined in South Africa. You appreciate good acting in an intimate environment.

Don't see it if You are bothered by violence and sexual content. You struggle with understanding dialects.

83
Glenn close tour de force, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if You want to see a masterful performance by Glenn Close. You are fascinates my the Joan of Arc story -- this is whole new angle.

Don't see it if I can't imagine not wanting to see this!

88
Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Pc-fest

See it if You are in the mood for a contemporary chuckle. Can make light of progressive over-eagerness.

Don't see it if You take life so seriously that you can't laugh at our human foibles.

Also This is a fresh, fun, relevant show! Fine performances by this well-ca... Read more Read less

90
Wild, Queer-affirming, Stunning dance, Riveting, Edgy

See it if You embrace creative, wild, pungent, and envelope-pushing performance art/dance/theate/erotica. An amazing hour of art and freedom!

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with nudity, sexuality, Queer issues, or intimate theatrical experiences.

Also So glad I saw this impressive, challenging and evocative piece!

80
During previews
Great singing, Theatrical concert, Dystopian, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like intimate, creative, off-beat theatrical experiences with music. You enjoy futuristic, dystopian allegories.

Don't see it if You are looking for conventional musical theatre. You don't enjoy semi-immersive experiences with loud music.

Also Be patient with this piece -- it starts very s-l-o-w-l-y (even conside... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You appreciate fine writing, acting direction, and design. Falco, McLean and Scolari are terrific.

Don't see it if No reason not to. This is wonderful.

73
During previews
Chaotic, Innovative, Melodramatic, Intense, Wants to be profound

See it if You're interested in Deaf culture/ASL, if you like daring theatrical concepts

Don't see it if Struggle with drug-related and suicidal content, if you like a linear plotline

Also Acting was stronger than the writing, authentic characters, too much g... Read more Read less

94
Toe-tapping, Great singing, Feel good, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if You love great singing, enthusiastic performers, and catchy music.

Don't see it if You are looking for a storyline. This is just a musical review -- but so well done and entertaining!

Also Great, fun night at the theatre. So glad I didn't miss it. The talent ... Read more Read less

60
Cliched, Slow, Overrated, Not as good as public production, Goofy

See it if You want to see guys being goofy and engaged in unrealistic dialogue.

Don't see it if You saw th productions the Public, which made more sense and was somewhat believable.

Also The intro and hosting by two trans/ non- binary actors tries to make t... Read more Read less

79
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Provocative, Challenging, Quirky

See it if You like being challenged as an audience member. You want to engage with issues of race, class, identity.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by language or provocative topics of identity.

83
During previews
Relevant, Romantic, Funny, Clever, Gender-bending

See it if You want a fun, frothy time in the theatre. Are a fan of the Go Gos. Appreciate gender and sexual diversity.

Don't see it if Are offended by gender and sexual openness and celebration. Wanting a ponderous, heavy show.

Also Some great singing and dancing -- and comedic timing. When scene trans... Read more Read less

75
Quirky, Cool set, Thought-provoking, Daring, Low key

See it if You are in the mood for a thoughtful, low key theatre escape. You like relationship analysis.

Don't see it if Desire dynamic production values -- though the Magritte inspired set is lovely.

Also The two lead performances are quite fine -- though I found it hard to ... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Ambitious, Relevant, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if You like contemporary takes on Shakespeare. You welcome the inclusion of disability and difference in topics and casting -- it's terrific!

Don't see it if Are sensitive to coarse Ianguage or sexual themes.

Also What a bold, fun, entertaining production!