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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 (245)
72
During previews
Soft Power
East Village
Musical within a play about a chinese america perspective, Entertaining and thought provoking at moments, Stilted, awkward, disappointing, Politically relevant and satirical, Ambitious

See it if Are politically aware and enjoy fictional riffs and satire. Appreciate ambitious and risk-taking theatre. Like Hwang or Tesori.

Don't see it if Need lucidity and linearity. Are impatient with new musical works that are still getting form and clarity.

78
During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Nearly 3 hours, Heavy lifting by cox, A mid-60s us political history lesson, A bit slow at moments, Fine and persuasive acting

See it if You are a political junkie. Like Brian Cox, Richard Thomas, Bryce Pinkerton, Mark Kudisch. Liked ALL THE WAY.

Don't see it if You are impatient or easily bored by tales of political history.

84
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Very cool set design, Relationships & sex, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are a a Letts fan. Like a dramedy about messy relationships and bad life choices.

Don't see it if You are offended by coarse language,x nudity, or sexuality.

Also Amazing performance by the lead who never leaves the stage.

79
During previews
Dramatic and dense, Generational & cyclical themes, Intense & taxing performances, A wild verbal & political ride, Needs a trim and focus

See it if You are politically aware and interested in the conservative/liberal dilemma. Appreciate bold playwriting and courageous acting.

Don't see it if You are disturbed by loud noises or 120 minutes without intermish. You are looking for an entertaining, light, escape.

68
During previews
Wives
Midtown W
Interesting character work, Time hopper, Confusing, Full of questions, Quirky

See it if You like non-linear, impressionistic, gender-challenging theatre.

Don't see it if You need cogency or clarity.

84
Ambitious, Good dancing, Novelty production

See it if You love Fiddler and want to see this very novel production in Yiddish.

Don't see it if You are annoyed by reading captions.

75
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Good acting, Ambitious, Identity vs faith

See it if You like stories about: family, faith, and identity; Africa; LGBT rights.

Don't see it if You are homophobic. You avoid dramas that are about conflict and identity.

69
During previews
Make Believe
Midtown W
Several very effective moments, Needs more script development, Child actors, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy family stories and drama. You want to see child actors trying very hard. You appreciate new scripts that need more work.

Don't see it if You have little patience for child actors. You are bothered by family trauma and drama based on dysfunction.

77
"it's not good, but it's kind of great", Costumes!!, Great singing, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if Need an upbeat songfest! Block is amazing as are the costumes!

Don't see it if You need serious stuff.

73
Broadway Bounty Hunter
West Village
Doesn't quite work, Fun, broad performances, Ambitious, Disappointing, Clever

See it if You like seeing new musicals. Are looking for lightweight entertainment. You like Annie Golden. You like acting and theatre jokes.

Don't see it if You need a fully baked product. You need it all to make logical sense.

68
Ponderous, Overrated, Great staging, At points unintelligible, Slow

See it if If you want to see what the buzz is about.

Don't see it if You seek excellent writing, acting or directing.

Also Perhaps the hype had me over-expecting -- but I found this production ... Read more Read less

83
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging, Interesting & important american history, Terrific ensemble acting

See it if You are a fan of baseball, American history, the African American experience, great ensemble acting, or creative casting and staging.

Don't see it if No reason not see see this worthy play and these fine performances.

83
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Larry owens tour de force, Great acting, Complex and layered, Brave & honest, Absorbing

See it if You thrive on creative, bold, energetic, textured, theatre. Want to see a set of great performances -- especially by Owens, who plays Usher.

Don't see it if Are offended my strong language, sexuality,criticism of Christianity.

82
Open
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like solo shows. You are interested in pieces about relationships, family, LGBTQ life, personal growth.

Don't see it if You demand high-end production values -- though the lighting and sound design, while simple, are quite effective.

Also Megan Hill is a talented performer!

92
Great writing, Profound, Great acting, 3rd (and best!) of the dublin trilogy, Must see

See it if You want to see a terrific production of O'Casey's best play. You appreciate great acting -- Plunkett & O'Reilly were born for these roles!

Don't see it if You prefer pablum or vacuous theatre.

Also An absolutely amazing production of this important, historical, well-c... Read more Read less

78
Part 1 of dublin trilogy, Absorbing, Historical, Great acting, Intense

See it if You are a fan of O'Casey, Irish history, and/or fine ensemble acting. A terrific beginning to the Dublin Trilogy.

Don't see it if You don't like historically-based theatre or are bothered by voracious arguing and threats of violence.

73
Quirky, Race & sexuality, Intense, Thought-provoking, Provocative

See it if You like avant garde productions. Want to tangle with issues of race, gender, and sexuality.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by harsh and intense language and/or explicit sexuality,

92
Octet
Midtown W
Malloy is brilliant, Must see, Refreshing, Relevant, Great singing

See it if You love great singing and musicianship. Are interested is addiction, technology, counseling. Like Malloy's immersive approach to theatre.

Don't see it if Don't enjoy wonderful vocal performance and witty writing.

Also Loved, loved, loved it!

71
During previews
Dying City
Midtown W
Some good acting, Ambitious, Slow, Traumatic-twins-time-toggle, Contrived

See it if You like two-handers or shows about layered relationships or two young actors working hard with a problematic, somewhat contrived script.

Don't see it if You struggle with a time-toggling premise. You are impatient with a less-than-perfect, over-stuffed script.

76
For a previous production
Relevant, Story of transformation, Queer affirming, Great acting, Alice ripley!

See it if You appreciate stories of parenthood, transformation, and diversity. You like Alice Ripley (very intimate theatre). Like 1-person shows.

Don't see it if You are intolerant to Queer issues. Need high production values.

Also Ripley is convincing and effective. Texas accent needs work -- it's mo... Read more Read less

49
During previews
Proof of Love
West Village
Slow, Disappointing, Not believable, Recitation not acting, Cliched

See it if You must see every one actor show produced

Don't see it if You want to see acting and not reciting. It's monotonous and without variation of emotion or intensity. Badly written, directed, and acted.

Also Skip this one. Never once did I feel as if the character portrayed was... Read more Read less

66
Muddy performance, Relevant, Disappointing, Great use of lighting, Inventive concept

See it if You are a fan of one-person shows, political themes, or inventive staging (mainly use of lighting).

Don't see it if You are easily bored my repetitive vignettes that are not all that dissimilar.

Also The performer seemed "off" at our show -- stumbling on words and at ti... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Socrates
East Village
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
All My Sons
Midtown W
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.

82
Absorbing, Who's alive? dead? suffering from demetia?, Mysterious and confusing, Impressive set and lighting design, Terrific acting

See it if Are a fan of Pryce or Atkins -- they are terrific. Liked previous plays The Father and The Mother. Are willing to be a bit confused.

Don't see it if Need a clear, linear storyline. Don't like family dramas.

68
Sunday
Chelsea
Boring & slow, Difficult to like these characters, Intermittent dance & movement, Very few sparkling moments, Angsty & ponderous

See it if Want a wordy character study of millenials. Have patience -- the first half is tough to get through. A later 2-character scene delivers.

Don't see it if You need a cogent, full-baked play. Are offended by raunchy language or frank talk of sex.

86
During previews
Dublin Carol
Chelsea
Nmni, Quirky characters, Absorbing, Plot & characters revealed slowly, Terrific writing and acting

See it if You like a well-told, character driven story. Appreciate a contemplative night at the theatre. Want to see fine acting.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to language, family issues, alcoholism. Need an upbeat or fast-paced story.

Also Another fine production by Irish Rep -- high production values and ste... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Immersive & participatory, Relevant, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You need an excuse to visit the awesome Governor's Island! Like immersive theatre. Appreciate good acting and creative design.

Don't see it if You are averse to immersive, interactive, mobile theatre. You have difficulty standing or climbing stairs.

Also A great storytelling blend of family drama and environmental issues.

65
Not kid friendly, Story is a mess, Forgettable music, Great lighting, Cool set

See it if You are in the mood for a design spectacle. Set and lights are the only redeeming features of this mess of a musical.

Don't see it if You want a cogent and well written musical. You are looking for a family friendly outing. This is raunchy.

88
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Generous ensemble acting, Resonant, Evocative, Relatable & comforting, Austin pendleton rocks!

See it if You want to hear your inner monologue acted out. Are a fan of Austin P! You need some introspection and time with yourself and your thoughts

Don't see it if You don't want to struggle with life's reality. You are uncomfortable with audience participation.

Also It's not a revelation, it's not something you've never heard before, o... Read more Read less

90
Great writing, Amped chekov, Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like Halley Pfeiffer and her uber witty writing. Are in the mood for an amped stand-up of Chekov. See good actors having a great time.

Don't see it if You are a Chekov purist. Are an uptight traditionalist.

Also This script and these performances are a hoot!

45
Reborning
Soho/Tribeca
Overacting, Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if Just don't. It's a weak script and the performances are not at all believable. Didn't help that the AC in the theatre was broken!

Don't see it if You seek an enjoyable and interesting night at the theatre.

84
Little Gem
Chelsea
Good casting & chemistry, Marsha mason shines!, Family stories and relationships, Funny, Great acting

See it if You are a Marsha Mason fan -- she's stellar. You appreciate women's stories of family, relationships, loss, love. Want to see 3 fine actors.

Don't see it if You are offended by frank language and talk of sex. Struggle with monologues -- this is 3 actors presenting monologues that intertwine.

79
Road Show
Midtown W
Radio play format, Encore concert production, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You are a fan of Sondheim, Esparza, or Uranowitz. You appreciate a creative concert staging approach by Will Davis.

Don't see it if You are not a musical theatre buff.

Also The performance was quite good -- but the talk back featuring Sondheim... Read more Read less

83
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Absorbing, Musical storytelling feat

See it if You like one person shows; appreciate effective storytelling; like tales of family dynamics and crises.

Don't see it if Are bothered by tales of family strive and violence.

Also Quite a captivating and entertaining 85 minutes. Cale has real talent ... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Mojada
East Village
Medea re-telling in contemporary u.s., Stilted, Great sound and lighting design, Relevant, Slow

See it if You appreciate the re-telling of classic stories in a contemporary setting. Interested in the heartbreaking journey of Mexican immigrants

Don't see it if Need a fully baked, polished script and production. Acting is very uneven -- a couple of strong performances and a couple that are painful.

79
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Fontana and halston are great!, Feel good show, Enjoyable (but forgettable) music, Fun, Very well cast

See it if Need a fun, pleasant escape of a musical. Like the movie.

Don't see it if Need depth and seriousness.

65
Uneven, Energetic performances, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You embrace non-traditional theatre and seeing talented young actors.

Don't see it if You are impatient with a piece that needs polish and focus. The writing slavery uneven and hard work by the cast can't overcome it.

71
Historical, Static, 2nd play in dublin trilogy, Slow

See it if You are a fan of O'Casey, Irish history, and verbiage heavy drama.

Don't see it if You are impatient for action. The first act is very ponderous, but the second act picks up significantly.

92
Entertaining, Inclusion!, Terrfic casting and performances, Fun & funny, Exuberant

See it if You need an uplift! Like musical comedy, great dancing, and joyous performances.

Don't see it if You are incurably intolerant or homophobic.

Also Loved this show more than I ever imagined I would! Terrfic, feel good ... Read more Read less

76
Needs a trim, Quirky, Capitalism & the land, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if You appreciate fresh and interesting story-telling. You are interested in modern Chinese history, politics, and economics.

Don't see it if You require naturalistic and sophisticated settings and production values.

Also Good performances and sound design. Runs 85-90 minutes and could benef... Read more Read less

80
Lunch Bunch
East Village
Relevant, Quirky, Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if Like short ensemble pieces that feature witty writing and sharp, funny acting. Get a kick out of office and food cultures!

Don't see it if Need linearity and a beginning, middle, and end.

74
Plano
East Village
Confusing, Great acting, Family curses, Mindbending, Surreal and wild

See it if You have an adventurous and open mind. Like energetic and mindbending surrealism. Have an interest in plays about family dynamics.

Don't see it if Need linearity and clarity, Are frustrated by surrealism.

Also Fine actors in this how -- especially the sisters and mother.

68
During previews
Happy Talk
Midtown W
Needs editing & rehearsal, Unevenly written, Some fun performances, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You like Sarandon or Ireland.

Don't see it if You have high expectations for a fully baked product. It needs trimming and focus.

Also I love Marin Ireland and her energy is terrific in this role. But, her... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Relationship deep dive, Chemistry

See it if You are a fan of McNally. McDonald, or Shannon. Like fresh and real performances of a well-known script. Want to think about relationships

Don't see it if You are bored with a two-hander with lots of dialogue.

Also For a first preview the production was in great shape. Also, there's r... Read more Read less

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
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
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
Women Behind Bars
West Village
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.