WH

Garden City | 50-64 | Male
About:  Serious about theatre and get to shows as often as possible. Cheapest therapy ever.
Reviews (282)
83
Coal Country
East Village
Profound, personal, disturbing, Labor movement issues, Great musicianship and singing, Documentary theatre, Steve earle concert

See it if Your are a Steve Earle or great music fan. Like documentary-style theatre - overlapping monologues based on actual interviews.

Don't see it if You need a dramatic, fictional storyline. You are sensitive to issues of grief, loss, and descriptions of death and dead bodies.

69
Old fashioned with some nods to contemporary politics, Cliched, Great singing, Disappointing, Upbeat-- but one note!!

See it if Like Beth Malone. Like old fashioned musicals.

Don't see it if Want Something fresh.

91
During previews
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Sharp, creative and effective directing, Touching, clever & smart, Terrific set, lighting, costumes, and band, Excellent cast -- acting and singing, Compact musical family mystery

See it if You like musicals that deliver a smart story and full, fascinating characters. Want to see Estelle Parsons! Looking for a lovely evening.

Don't see it if You dislike musicals. Don't enjoy stories of family, mystery and love.

83
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Family dramedy with sexual themes, Alexander, cromwell & urie are terrific., More of "a hoot" than anticipated, Some odd pacing and direction, Talented and entertaining cast

See it if Are looking for family-based levity. Want to see fine aggravating great time with some fun material.

Don't see it if Offended by frank talk of sex. Want action rather than dialogue.

78
During previews
Ambitious, Intricate & thought-provoking, Needs a trim of 10-15 minutes, Good acting & lighting/sound design, Meta & existential

See it if You appreciate the use of language, literature, science and references to time. You like one-actor shows. Have patience for a new script.

Don't see it if Don't like thinking about time, space, meaning, and life's existential questions. Need a linear, straightforward storyline.

Also Munoz works very hard and is successful with creating a complex charac... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Troubling and difficult, Strong ensemble acting, Three concurrent stories told simultaneously, Multi-generational mental illness, Cacaphonous & confusing

See it if Family dramas and stories of mental illness are intriguing. You don't struggle with having to have multiple, concurrent points of focus.

Don't see it if Troubled by mental illness, family discord, or suicide. Have any difficulty following multiple stories told simultaneously.

48
Like a college or summer theater sketch show, Lacked comedic timing, Not particularly clever, Sophomoric parody, Disappointing

See it if You need a place to get out of the rain. Appreciate ANYTHING that is about The Office.

Don't see it if You a want a high-quality parody or witty writing.

83
Liked it so much more than i expected, Very contemporary yet a classic love story, Some terrific singing and comedic timing, Great costumes, props, lighting, Creative, fresh, fun & funny

See it if Want a light, fun, digitally-based Musical comedy. Get a kick out of sight gags/wordplay. A classic romcom updated and set in a smart phone!

Don't see it if Need seriousness or are easily offended by sophomoric humor.

80
During previews
Grier & underwood steal the scenes ther are in, Of a time and yet stil relevant, Creative directing & design, Solid ensemble acting, Finally a broadway production of this important play

See it if Want to see an important. Pulitzer winning play that is Finally on Broadway. Are interested in history, the military, race is America, WWII.

Don't see it if You are not dream to drama. Are easily offended by language or violence (physical, gun).

70
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Bizarre, misguided final scene/character, Several fascinating characters, Too long, slow, and clunky, Judith ivey shines, Needs a trim of extraneous dialogue

See it if Are patient with a play that unfolds too slowly and quite unevenly. Are a Judith Ivey fan. Like American tales of small town life and woes.

Don't see it if You need the storytelling to clip along and for all the acting to be top notch.

81
Existentially thought-provoking, Fine ensemble, multi-generational acting, 80 minutes of life's moments, Clever, linear, but not conventional, Quirky and eno-like

See it if Like Will Who and his quirky, thought-provoking, delivery of some of Life's Big Questions. Appreciate creative staging and storytelling.

Don't see it if Need crystalline clarity and a straightforward plot. Need "action" beyond the observation of lifes's commonalities.

92
The Inheritance
Midtown W
So worth the investment of time & ticket(s), Important gay, political, historical themes, Two-parter & 6+ hours, Poignant, funny, gripping, & touching, Terrific writing, directing & acting

See it if Appreciate lively, evocative writing and fine directing and acting. Are interested in Gay history and themes.

Don't see it if Intolerant of open discussion of Gay themes and sexuality. Are impatient with exposition or story telling through monologue and dialogue.

88
Pumpgirl
Chelsea
Well designed in a very intimate space, Tangled and unfulfilled relationships, Dark and intense, Tragicomedy, Terrific writing and three strong performances

See it if You like fine acting — and can appreciate a tri-monologue format. Enjoy intimate theatre.

Don't see it if Are bothered by language or issues of sexual assault or suicide.

89
Challenging & dogmatic, Historical lesson & fiction updated by kushner, Complex, historical, meandering, unconventional;, Terrific acting & design, Powerful & prescient

See it if You appreciate historical and political theatre. Like Kushner and watching a fine ensemble of actors.

Don't see it if You want to be unchallenged and comfortable. You need patience and close listening to appreciate this!

79
Ho hum, Terrific musicians, Great singing, A concert of well-known tunes, Large scale cabaret show

See it if Love Kristin, her voice, her quips, her stylings.

Don't see it if You want more than a concert with little more than nicely delivered tunes.

80
During previews
Inconsistent casting, Struggling with grief & homophobia, Snapshot of an american time & place, In previews & needs to cure, Kristine nielsen is perfect

See it if You are a fan of Horton Foote or Kristine Nielsen (Quinn struggles to establish character). Interest in American south, 1950s.

Don't see it if You are an impatient listener. Need action rather than dialogue.

Also Similar themes to Death of a Salesman.

80
Betrayal
Midtown W
Relationship complications, Pacing a bit too slow, Intense and creative design, Great casting and fine acting, Pregnant pinter pauses

See it if You like shows that highlight fine ensemble acting. Are a fan of Pinter. Have patience and a sensitive ear.

Don't see it if You are wanting splashy staging, set, and costumes. Dialogue driven dramas bore you. Struggle with shows that bounce around in time order.

93
Combines old and new material successfully, Choreographed, thematic concert, Must see, Terrific singing, instrumentals, and choreography, Byrne @ his best!

See it if You are a Byrne or Talking Heads fan. Need an uplifting night. Enjoy a creative feast of music, movement , and design. ❤ concerts & theatre.

Don't see it if Are looking for a traditional play or linear storyline. Don't like Byrne or music of the Talking Heads.

Also A terrific, inspiring, positive experience!

90
Must see, A refreshing stripped-down take on a classic, Terrific music -- band and singing, Ambitious, bold, and wild, Not your momma's oklahoma

See it if You appreciate fresh and bold approaches to classic musicals. You love the music of OK--you will hear them anew.

Don't see it if Want to relive the movie or traditional productions. Are a strict traditionalist.

Also Saw its first production at Bard several years ago and it's just as fr... Read more Read less

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

77
During previews
Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Slow at moments but worth the patience, Realistic and impressive set, Funny take on gruesome topic of hanging, Fun and effective ensemble acting, British black comedy

See it if You are a McDonagh fan. Like gallows British humor. Appreciate fine ensemble acting.

Don't see it if Are uneasy with jokes about alcoholism, death, capital punishment.

92
Incantata
Chelsea
Mourning the loss of a love, Terrific use of camera and projected images, Haunting -- images, words, memories, What an amazing voice (the actor and the poet), Acting tour de force!

See it if Love poety, art or amazing solo acting. Appreciate investigations of and ruminations on love and loss.

Don't see it if Need a linear story line. Dislike one person shows. Reject contemplation of mourning and loss.

90
Negga is magnetic and riveting, Imaginative and effective use of space, Fresh and interesting take on this classic, Evocative set, lighting, design, Terrific acting & direction

See it if Are a fan of Ruth Negga. Appreciate fresh interpretations of Shakespeare.

Don't see it if Dislike the Bard.

79
During previews
Could use a trim of 15 minutes or so, Talented cast -- better musicians than actors in most cases, Captivating family drama, Very cool music, Cambodian history lesson

See it if You like historically based stories. Like plays with music (not really a musical). Want to learn about a time period not addressed on stage.

Don't see it if Don't like loud rock music or stories that discuss and demonstrate violence.

85
During previews
Lady gregory's storytelling and writings, Entertaining and educational, Delicious end to act 1, Terrific ensemble acting, Modern irish theatre history lesson

See it if Are interested in Ireland, its history, folklore, literature, and theatre. Appreciate fine ensemble acting and clever writing/storytelling.

Don't see it if Aren't a fan of words, stories, or takes off Ireland.

Also A lovely piece -- well-written and such fine acting and design.

80
Drunk Shakespeare
Midtown W
Lots of drinking, cursing, sexual jokes, and guffaws, Not for the shakespeare purist, Good late-night night romp, A very raunchy and fun evening of bard-inspired humor, Bawdy & clever

See it if You're looking for a comedy/improv show wrapped in Shakespeare. Up for silliness and a raunchy night of laughs.

Don't see it if You take Shakespeare so seriously that you can't take this lampoon. Are offended by coarse language, brazen alcohol over-consumption, & sex.

68
A few very menacing moments, A long 90 minutes, Small town blue collar depiction, Quirky characters & uneven acting, Monotonous workplace reflected in a monotonous play

See it if You like realistic dramas. Have an interest in small town life.

Don't see it if You need a gripping storyline. Are at all sleepy -- it won't keep you awake.

50
During previews
Should be sexy & provacative by is slow and lacks chemistry, Not really a musical, but a theatrical rendition of the movie with music, Two hours take a long time, The band and vega are underwhelming, Dated and unable to either be a tribute or an uodate

See it if You want to see Suzanne Vega in very different role (but what does she read her lines?!?). You have. Hankering for the 70s.

Don't see it if Are looking for sizzle or electricity or chemistry -- the hard-working cast just don't generate any.

80
The power of neuro-diversity, Fully committed cast of talented performers, Humorous and endearing, Thought-provoking

See it if Have interest in technology, neuro-diversity, disability, democracy, and an Australian acting troupe that also developed the piece.

Don't see it if Have a narrow sense of what performance can be.

82
One in Two
Midtown W
Effective acting trio, Challenging, provacative, & demanding, Living with hiv, Inventive set and evocative lighting, Poignant & powerful

See it if You are drawn to contemporary stories of Black men, the HIV epidemic, Family & Relationships. Open to non-linear/very creative storytelling.

Don't see it if Offended by frank language, sexuality, gay relationships.

83
A great performance of a smith classic, Ambitious, This important time in nyc histiry is too easily forgotten, Fine acting, lighting, and writing, Provacative historical solo performance

See it if Like one actor shows. Are interested in NYC history and/or issues of race, identity, and religion. Appreciate stark production values.

Don't see it if You are Impatient with solo shows or historic reenactments.

48
During previews
A (too) few moments of poignancy & hilarity does not a play make, So very preachy, Needs to lose 3-4 characters, 2-3 storylines, and 75-80 minutes, A slow, meandering parade of eccentric characters and the occasional snappy one-liners, Overlong, overwritten, overwrought

See it if Must see the latest from Guirgis. Have 3:15 to spare and have a lot of patience. Like NYC-based settings and stories.

Don't see it if Want to see a finished product ready for the stage. Are easily offended by language, nudity, sexual situations.

Also I like this playwright and his previous work (Riverside, Hat, etc,), b... Read more Read less

49
Cliched and sleepy, Underwhelming to say the least, Predictable and "meh", Slow, muted, underplayed, Didn't buy the relationship nor performances

See it if Like two-handers with ponderous dialogue that sounds like writing instead of actual conversation.

Don't see it if Need authenticity in writing or acting. Did not find any of this production to be believable.

Also Avoid a matinee where the audience whispers to each other and says "wh... Read more Read less

90
Slava's Snowshow
Midtown W
You can't help but smile as you leave, Whimsical, funny and witty, A treat for all ages (but too many loud kids), A delightful escape, Terrific clowning & movement

See it if You are up for a Cirque-like clowning show with fun physicality and special effects. Need a fun escape for 90 minutes.

Don't see it if Are easily annoyed by lots of kids in the audience. Don't like mine or clowns.

74
During previews
Too many story lines, Forced & formulaic, Some terrific vocal performances, Next to normal update wannabe, It's an angsty-overstuffed-after-school-special set to morisette tunes

See it if You are a Morisette fan. You appreciate young talented singers/dancers & high energy productions. You can tolerate an overstuffed juke boxer

Don't see it if Are intolerant of juke box shows that strain to force songs onto an overstuffed, heavy handed, over-laden dysfunctional family story line.

75
Current and bold, Shocking & challenging, Antebellum sexual performance therapy, Relationships and race, Provacative and thought provoking

See it if Like being challenged in the theatre. Value serious discussions of race, relationships, therapy, privilege, and sex.

Don't see it if Are avoidant of bold theatre that embraces conflict, nudity, racial tension, relationship angst.

82
The Michaels
East Village
Less engaging than apples or gabriels, Sanders & plunkett shine (again), Dance pieces and theme are unique, Classic nelson family meal-making drama, Absorbing

See it if You are wanting more of the Rhinebeck family stories by Nelson. Want to see Sanders & Plunkett shine again. Like dance and stories about it.

Don't see it if Need fast pacing or high drama. This as if you are observing a family and their friends in their kitchen during a difficult life transition.

80
Slow beginning that ultimately delivers, Dated, but an important classic, Compelling acting, singing, and movement, Strong black women’s voices, Choreopoem

See it if You have always wanted to see this classic 70s piece. Appreciate powerful performances that evoke the challenges/power of Black women.

Don't see it if Are not a fan of poetry or dance -- this is an ensemble piece of emotive choreographed poetry.

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.