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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 (395)
65
During previews
Becky Nurse of Salem
Upper W Side
A stretch, Disappointed in play and production, Needs a trim -- should be 90 min, Deirdre o is the reason to this, Doesn't really hang together
November 23rd, 2022

See it if Want to see Deirdre O in a lead role. Have interest in Salem, The Crucible, etc.

Don't see it if Expect a fully cogent play and effective production.

69
During previews
Audra assumes role with impact, Important story about racism, To much telling & not enough showing, Confusing narrative timeline, Great production elements (set, lighting)
November 23rd, 2022

See it if Like serious dramas with important social commentary. Are an Audra or Adrienne Kennedy fan.

Don't see it if Not patient and willing a to be a careful listener with a slow 75 minute show. Are wanting suspense.

Also Not sure this one act play is a Broadway show.

83
Would be better at 100 minutes no intermission, For gabriel byrne fans, 2+ hour monologue, Mellow and low-key, Interesting stories from his life
November 20th, 2022

See it if Are a fan of Gabriel Byrne. Like one-man autobiographical shows. Are patient and as mellow and relaxed as Byrne is.

Don't see it if Want an energetic night at the theatre. Dislike monologues/one-man shows.

Also Would benefit greatly from a trim. Is 2 hours 15 minutes with an inter... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Based on the famous gloria tapes, Uneven at moments, Thought provoking, Feminist critique of psychiatry & the tapes, Mix of music, dialogue & monologue
November 19th, 2022

See it if Know the Gloria Tapes and/or are interested in therapy and its history & troubles. Like unique approaches to combining music with theatre.

Don't see it if Are offended by sexual discussion and imagery. Need traditional, linear storytelling.

90
Each actor plays parent & child, Mental health issues are a focus, Family dramedy, Talented and hard-working cast, Very ambitious script and production
November 19th, 2022

See it if Like plays that make you think and pay close attention. Have interest in family dynamics and in issues of mental health.

Don't see it if Want easy laughs and simplicity.

Also Some may find this show very hard to "follow" as each of the three act... Read more Read less

67
During previews
The Rat Trap
Midtown W
Meh, Not the strongest mint production, Hard working actors, Very early (and clunky) coward, Slow and dated (duh)
November 17th, 2022

See it if Feel the need to see ALL possible Coward plays. Have patience.

Don't see it if Want the experience that more polished Coward plays offer. Are fidgety and impatient.

85
Jack Was Kind
Chelsea
A slow and interesting reveal, Slow yet very engaging, Thoughtful writing and empathetic performance, Brett kavanaugh-like storyline, 80 minute intimate monologue
November 17th, 2022

See it if Like monologues and are willing to listen closely and carefully. Appreciate feminist issues and well-crafted storytelling.

Don't see it if Need flash or action. Are impatient or not interested in a slow, yet excellent, yarn being spun.

89
During previews
Steppenwolf influences abound, Another excellent playwrights production, Surprising second act, Relevant and changing script, Strong cast & performances
November 13th, 2022

See it if Are a fan of Norris and his realistic, challenging storytelling. Appreciate fine acting and ensemble work.

Don't see it if Are bothered by difficult topics like sexual assault, sexuality, self harm, suicide, violence.

95
Run, don't walk!, Time flies as this delightful show entertains, Quirky, funny, touching & a hoot, Terrific casting & performances, Endearingly subversive
November 13th, 2022

See it if Like fun and quirky stories and music. Want to watch a talented cast having fun. Need an entertaining uplift!

Don't see it if Struggle with suspending disbelief. Resist lighthearted fun.

Also Saw this great new show multiple times at The Atlantic and the Broadwa... Read more Read less

90
Good for the soul, Great acting, music and ensemble work, 3+ hours of daily plays written 2020-2021, Parks shows her multi-talents, Cathartic and entertaining
November 9th, 2022

See it if Want to reflect on lock-down during COVID. Are a fan of Suzan-Lori Parks. Want to settle-in for an evening of feeling, reliving, & relating.

Don't see it if Don't like eclectic shows that mix music, storytelling, feelings, and politics.

88
Chester Bailey
Chelsea
Well written 90 minute two-hander, Another irish rep success, Great production values, Tale well told, Reed birney is perfectly cast & is stellar
November 9th, 2022

See it if Like two-handers that tell a good and interesting story. Are a fan of Reed Birney -- he excels! Have interest in WWII and/or psychology.

Don't see it if Need action other than dialogue driven.

80
During previews
90 minutes of good holiday entertainment, Avoid seats on the sides for sightlines, Would be better in a smaller venue, Holiday classic, Terrific solo performance
November 8th, 2022

See it if You are a fan of J Mays and/or solo shows. Love Dickens or Christmas Carol.

Don't see it if Want a fully fleshed production -- it's a solo show. Don't sit in any section but the center -- tho the set rotates, the sightlines are bad.

68
Hound Dog
West Village
A disappointment, Title & premise are misleading, Very uneven performances, Doesn't hold together, Music better than show
November 5th, 2022

See it if You want to support Arsb Nova.

Don't see it if Want a polished and consistent musical. This isn't it.

65
Montag
Soho/Tribeca
What the heck is this??, 75 minutes of "huh?", Female friendship in a bunker, Good acting of confusing dialogue, Bizarre
November 5th, 2022

See it if You like experimental, bizarre, confusing two-handers (until the end when the grim reaper and a babysitter appear).

Don't see it if Need logic, clarity, or lighthearted entertainment. None of these are present.

65
During previews
Where We Belong
East Village
Thought provoking, Very weak performance, Good & interesting premise & writing, 80 minute monologue (that seems much longer), Important indigenous story
November 2nd, 2022

See it if You like monologues & learning about an insightful indigenous perspective. Appreciate history, Shakespeare, storytelling.

Don't see it if Are impatient with a performance that doesn't match the quality of the piece.

Also This is an example of the writer/creator of the piece not being the mo... Read more Read less

80
My Broken Language
Midtown W
Powerful women's voices & bodies, Impressive and indulgent, Combines monologues with music and movement, Ensemble playing pr family, Autobiographical
November 2nd, 2022

See it if Like ensemble pieces that incorporate words, music and dance. Like autobiographical pieces. Appreciate stories of family -- especially PR.

Don't see it if Bothered by references to sex, bodily functions, etc. Need a literal, traditional piece.

66
Yelling right past each other diminishes dialogue, Creative license with aspects of original, Great set, Overly & distractingly broad performances, Great american play
October 30th, 2022

See it if Want to see Pinkins in this classic role (she is the best in the cast).

Don't see it if Expect performances that are realistic & believable. These are simply over the top caricatures and it's grating.

Also I was really excited about this production and was GREATLY disappointe... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Effective set, lighting, sound, Fine young actors, Ambitious and still in flux (previews), Two-hander in 90 minutes, Nazi summer camp teen romance
October 30th, 2022

See it if Like shows about teen relationships. Are fascinated by Nazis in the US. Are patient with a new script still being shaped.

Don't see it if Looking for action or something more that 90 minutes of intimate dialogue.

Also Fun to see Wohl & Cromer work together to shape and bring to life this... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Peerless
Midtown E
Gets muddy and less clear as it proceeds, A fun take on macbeth in a hs, First half is amazing & second half wobbles, Really fine acting, Clever & fast-paced
October 5th, 2022

See it if You like Shakespeare riffs. Want to see several excellent actors chew the scenery. Looking for an entertaining 80 minutes.

Don't see it if Need a straightforward, clear, happy storyline.

92
During previews
Run, don't walk, Gripping, funny, honest-- spot-on!, As relevant now as ever, Terrific casting, direction & performances., Just as parks would hope!
October 5th, 2022

See it if You are a Parks fan &/or appreciate this masterpiece. Want to witness two stunning, believable, heartbreaking performances. Superb!

Don't see it if Need a feel-good 2-1/2 hours. Are offended by harsh language, sexual content, gambling or violence.

Also I have seen several good productions of this great play and it's very ... Read more Read less

84
I’m Revolting
Chelsea
Entertaining & unsettling, Focus on our concerns & relationships, 90 minutes no intermission, Scary dermatology, Great ensemble acting
October 2nd, 2022

See it if Like 90 minute pieces that examine human concerns, health, and relationships. Appreciate fine ensemble acting.

Don't see it if Disturbed by concerning medical issues. Are wanting action -- this is all dialogue, albeit well-written & -acted.

84
During previews
Classic with reimagined & ethereal vibe, Clarke & de shields shine, Impactful use of music, Fascinating set and lighting
September 28th, 2022

See it if Like Miller, Pierce, Clarke, De Shields. Want to see a fresh and reimagined proud of this classic -- Black culture, music, evocative design

Don't see it if Dislike this wordy Miller classic. Are not open to an impressionistic and psychological interpretation.

Also Fine acting, except for Biff, who seems to be out of his league on sta... Read more Read less

91
Great sound design, 90 minute one-actor show, Educational and prescient, Outstanding acting by strathairn, Important history lesson
September 24th, 2022

See it if You like one-actor shows, appreciate history, are interested in WWII and the Holocaust. Are a fan of Strathairn-- he's masterful.

Don't see it if Disturbed by descriptions of violence, suicide, the Holocaust.

Also This should be as widely seen as possible . It's both historical and s... Read more Read less

45
Slow and not very funny, No chemistry between principals, Understudy's first performance and it showed, Awkward and not believable, Shaky at best
September 22nd, 2022

See it if Have the spare time for an interactive experience that tries unsuccessfully to meld hypnosis & improv.

Don't see it if Want to see a play or musical. Are impatient and/or have high theatrical expectations.

Also Colin M did not perform and the understudy was admittedly performing f... Read more Read less

29
The very few potentially funny moments are lost, Really feel sorry for all involved, Avoid, Community theatre fodder at best, 95 boring and painful minutes
September 18th, 2022

See it if Don't. Just don't. Unless you need a nap.

Don't see it if You have even the most moderate of standards.

Also Really not good. Sorry.

85
Entertaining, Good set and audrey ii, The matinee i saw seemed tired, Fun production, Rob mcclure is great
September 17th, 2022

See it if Want to see this classic and Rob McClure.

Don't see it if Need a fresh approach to this show.

79
During previews
This Beautiful Future
West Village
Wwii teen love story with musical interludes, Unique and confusing, Austin pendleton, Excellent acting, Quirky and non-linear
September 17th, 2022

See it if Are open to a quirky and creative approach to this teen love story. Like Austin Pendleton. Are interested in WWII.

Don't see it if Want a straightforward production. Are offended by use of the F-word, the presence of a gun, or strobes.

75
During previews
Poignant emphasis on the value of relationships, Nudity, Features disability, Slow and awkward at times, Good casting and performances
September 17th, 2022

See it if You like dialogue based dramedies. Are interested in issues of disability, relationships, human differences.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with nudity. Need "action" -- this is all dialogue. Are impatient-- it's slow and 2 hours with no intermish.

25
Royal Oak
Soho/Tribeca
Hard to sit through, Quite disappointing, Cheap sets, Uneven and weak acting, Badly written
September 10th, 2022

See it if You are related to a cast member (maybe).

Don't see it if Have even the lowest expectations.

Also This production is just BAD. Avoid.

92
Macbitches
Midtown W
This script has a future, A delightful surprise, Perfect depiction of the college theater world, Creative and clever, Great young acting ensemble!
September 10th, 2022

See it if Like shows about college and the vibe of being a drama student. Appreciate dark comedy and watching FINE young actors.

Don't see it if Dislike stories that include interpersonal conflict and/or alcohol abuse.

Also Love this show and its talented young cast!

90
Pure sondheim, Excellent cast without exception, Clever and entertaining puppetry, Emphasis on the music: orchestra & voices, Concert-style production
September 8th, 2022

See it if Are a Sondheim fan and want a music-focused production. Appreciate clever and creative puppetry. Want to be swept away for a few hours.

Don't see it if You require a FULL production -- this is concert-style (but still fully embraces and delivers the musical).

Also I was blown away. Really fun and absorbing.

69
Worth seeing if you didn't see it on broadway, Great costumes, Story now seems dated and a bit tired, Feels like a touring company production, Fun, smaller scale production
September 4th, 2022

See it if You are crazy about this show and/or drag. Want to see Collum Francis (who is a talent, for sure).

Don't see it if Expect the same production values as were on Broadway. This is a smaller show in a much smaller house (where there are nobad seats, however)

77
Terrific use of tech with projections and cameras, Solid acting ensemble, Non-linear and compelling, Ambitious and somewhat effective storytelling, Very creative production design
September 4th, 2022

See it if You like romantic stories and lots of internal dialogue. Have interest in Dutch art and history as well as refugee issues.

Don't see it if Are bored my slow-ish storytelling about one day spent together. Are frustrated by non-linear storylines.

70
Screaming does not equal emotion, Pacing is very slow too often, Needs a 20-30 minute trim, Exceedingly uneven -- writing, acting & production, Captivating story
August 31st, 2022

See it if You like the book/story. Like plays that are told by a main character/narrator. Are patient with slow stories -- both writing & pace.

Don't see it if Don't like stories of family conflict, violence, sadness. Are not willing to sit through sections that over-written & under-directed.

77
Very palatable production, Fun costumes and sets, Benko is great, Entertaining, Great music and dancing
August 27th, 2022

See it if You like classic musicals. Need an evening of old fashioned Broadway entertainment. Julie Benko does a great job -- beautiful voice.

Don't see it if Want to see a unique interpretation of a classic -- this is pretty straightforward.

75
That Physics Show
Midtown W
90 minutes no intermission, Not a "play" or "show" per se, Great for kids, Educational, A science demonstration
August 27th, 2022

See it if You are curious about science. Have kids you need to entertain.

Don't see it if Want a play or show. This is simply an educational demonstration -- that is fairly entertaining.

61
Patience (2st)
Upper W Side
Interesting set design, Script needs work, One needs patience to stay, A few very good actors, Slow & doesn't consistently engage
August 24th, 2022

See it if Like ensemble pieces. Want to see good young, Black actors -- but who deserve a better vehicle.

Don't see it if Want a piece fully delivered. Are Impatient.

69
The Butcher Boy
Chelsea
Dark, Shows youth and inexperience of creator, Ambitious, Some fun performances, Needs a serious trim
August 24th, 2022

See it if You want to see new musical projects. Like to support Irish Rep.

Don't see it if Need a fully baked and easily digestible piece of musical theatre.

80
Fun night at a show!, Glossy & gritty, Talented cast and orchestra/band, Bouncy and fun, Jukebox city
August 24th, 2022

See it if You like Tina, her era of music, and/or Jukebox Musicals. Looking for a toe tapping evening out.

Don't see it if Don't like R&B, loud music, or Jukebox Musicals. Are averse to watching scenes of violence. Want more substance than gloss.

78
Between The Lines
Midtown W
Cute and teen-focused, Amazing projections, A few very talented vocalists/actors, Enjoyable but not stunning or gripping, Cliched
August 24th, 2022

See it if Like Romcom or Teen Romance storylines. Appreciate creative staging, set design, and projections.

Don't see it if Expect to be blown away or think this is THE next big musical. Several cuts are needed!!

52
Broad & melodramatic, Disappointing, Stereotypes, Widely uneven acting, Boring & sitcom-like
July 7th, 2022

See it if Want to see all shows with LGBTQ+ characters or story lines.

Don't see it if You are put-off by stereotypes or sit-com broadness. Are closed-minded about queer characters.

65
Corsicana
Midtown W
Not fully baked, Acting variety, Interesting set & awkward staging, Odd and unusual, Meandering & slow
July 6th, 2022

See it if Like Deirdre O and/or Arbery. Interested in disability issues. Are OK with a low and uneven, not fully baked show.

Don't see it if Are impatient or needing a clear, easily comprehended piece.

79
Epiphany
Upper W Side
Terrific set and lighting, Wide variety of acting performances, Joyce's the dead, Plodding and prescient pondering, Existential comedy
June 30th, 2022

See it if You are a fan of Joyce's THE DEAD. Like conversational plays. Have patience with static direction.

Don't see it if Need action and clarity. Have a hard time listening closely and being quietly tuned-in for 110 straight minutes.

78
Bodies They Ritual
East Village
Entertaining performances, Zozobra at santa fe fiestas, 90 minutes no intermission, Family & friends relationships, New age in new mexico
June 30th, 2022

See it if You like shows about relationships and/or new age experiences. Don't need a show that is fully coherent.

Don't see it if Need clarity and linearity.

45
Snow in Midsummer
East Village
Disappointing, Very difficult to understand and sit through, Very uneven acting, Confusing and multi-layered, So much screaming
June 29th, 2022

See it if Hmmm....trying to think....hmmm...uh...if you have a friend in it? If you are wanting to see anything based on Chinese lit or fable.

Don't see it if You have ears sensitive to loud screaming. You need shows to make sense. Don't have patience with uneven and/or child acting.

Also Not ready for a production at a theater as fine as CSC. Easily the wea... Read more Read less

78
During previews
53% OF
Upper W Side
Clever moments, Solid writing & acting, Social commentary, Political, Ambitious
June 23rd, 2022

See it if Like contemporary social and political commentary. Good performances by an all woman cast.

Don't see it if Tired of Trump and discussion and analysis of him. Don't like sexual banter.

91
In This Moment
Midtown W
Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious
June 13th, 2022

See it if Saw Deja Vu at the Signature lobby and was AGAIN very impressed with Theater for One. Fun experience and personal experience.

Don't see it if Don't like an intimate one-on-one theatrical experience. Are self-conscious.

Also Theatre for One is BRILLIANT!

71
Spindle Shuttle Needle
East Village
Fables and history, 90 minutes no intermish, Drags a bit in the end, Humorous & poignant, Great parts for women
June 8th, 2022

See it if Like to see new works -- especially with strong roles for women. Appreciate fables, history, war allusions.

Don't see it if Need action beyond relationships and dialogue. Are not a fan of talea and storytelling.

79
California
East Village
Lots of death allusions, Time travel and mystical, Several very entertaining performances, Very accurate pnw references, Creative staging of family road trip
June 8th, 2022

See it if Like shows that begin linearly and then ever off. Are entertained by family-related jokes and awkward situations.

Don't see it if Need a crystal clear storyline or message.

89
Fat Ham
East Village
A great night at the public, Has a great future -- see it now!, Humorous and poignant, Clever contemporary shakespeare update
June 8th, 2022

See it if Are a Shakespeare buff. Want to see great performances. Eager to see the latest Pulitzer winner.

Don't see it if Are easily offended or dislike new takes on The Bard.