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Reviews (89)
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Best play on broadway, Best play tony winner - hands down, Thought-provoking, Unbelievable, Absorbing

See it if you need to believe in the power of theater again.

Don't see it if NONE.

Older cast plays teens, Underdeveloped, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy coming of age stories

Don't see it if you want a finished show. Fun enough production - undeveloped play.

Talent is Sexy
Midtown W
Refreshing, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy blackbox theater - and a simple but enjoyable play.

Don't see it if you want a huge sets and a lot of actors.

The Other Mozart
Greenwich V
Poor direction, Disappointing, Questionable acting, Nice costumes

See it if you enjoy a lovely costume

Don't see it if directing and acting are important. interesting idea - stagnant in execution.

Also pass

During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Overhyped music and play, Nice ideas but comes off unfocused rant, Amateur lead, Overrated, Audience responds to political rant alignment and sassy negatives . storytelling/writing lacks

See it if you want to see the "Inside Out" film idea on an overweight black LGBT musical theater writer. Interesting topic but doesn't work here.

Don't see it if you need smart/precise stories and production. Flat and runs out of steam - even in cultural rants. Stronger writing and direction needed.

Also Pixar idea (inner white girl) that falls apart with muddy writing and ... Read more Read less

Queen of Hearts
Refreshing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if you love great performances and a fun night out.

Don't see it if The L train isn't running.

During previews
Midtown W
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a really funny 'slice of life' play with a strong company - led by three funny, smart and dedicated actresses.

Don't see it if explicit words and graphic sexual content are bothersome. You need perfect writing - several subjects are touched without follow through.

Also This was a fun night out!... Read more Read less

During previews
Midtown W
15 minutes of transitions with same music., Writer/director needs director, Traci lee stand out, Uneven acting/actors, Bdsm after-school dramedy sitcom

See it if you are interested in BDSM brought you by an after-school special sitcom dramedy. Good off-Broadway production value.

Don't see it if long transitions kill momentum (so many long transitions). You need a strongly directed play with a fully capable cast.

East Village
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like theater that plays outside of traditional form.

Don't see it if you like slugs

Women Behind Bars
West Village
Dated, Fun, Campy, Silly

See it if you like camp.

Don't see it if you want a kitchen sink drama.

During previews
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Doyle'd minimalist (budget) staging, Piano played by 4 in cast, Another trump parallel show, Great singing, Dated

See it if you want to see this rarely performed play with music - sung well. 4 in cast are pianists - and accompany.

Don't see it if not interested in a pro-union / leftist Trump paralleled show - in vignettes. You don't like full cast unison dialogue. felt long at end

Also Another CSC Trump paralleled show- this time with gesture/phrasing by ... Read more Read less

Cast deserves better, Poorly timed direction, Great set and lighting, Poor writing

See it if you need a SUPER simple ladies night out. Also it's closing.

Don't see it if you need substance or good writing. Very capable cast. Bad show.

During previews
Heartwarming, Good for christian audiences and beyond, Muddled, Slow feeling from short scenes

See it if you want a heartwarming story with nice writing.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in the topic etc.

Entertaining, Dated, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you enjoy Casey.

Don't see it if if you want a musical or something fast paced.

During previews
Uneven, Disappointing, Tepid, Funny, Long

See it if fan of Nottage. Never seen the play before. You want Jay-Z's "Hard Knock Life" at intermission .... ....

Don't see it if You want fully focused direction and writing. You desire strong sound design/mix.

Also Generally enjoy Nottage . Great subject matter - but both production a... Read more Read less

Sentimentally forced, Nice idea, Disappointing, Cute

See it if you enjoy a small cast, sweet (if forced) play and cast.

Don't see it if you want a large scale play. This is small and sweet.

The Tricky Part
Midtown W
Absorbing, Good storyteller, Kind and honest, Heartbreaking, Intense

See it if you enjoy a one man show about his struggle with sexual abuse in Catholic school at the age of 12. Strong storytelling.

Don't see it if the subject matter is too intense or a personal trigger. The ending messaging is positive / hopeful for recovery.

Also The story is the actors first hand account - of his sexual abuse..... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Quirky, Uneven

See it if you enjoy a quick and absorbing LGBT story

Don't see it if you need production values, big sets etc - or a fully realized production.

Ambitious, Stronger choreography than direction, Talented cast, Weak music, Long

See it if you enjoy seeing gorgeous dancers - and a cast trying to make a new show work.

Don't see it if you need a fully cooked show. You need strong music, inventive choreography or seamless musical execution. still unsure of itself and slow.

Also First act ran almost 1 1/2 hours - prior to the 15 min intermission. ... Read more Read less

Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you enjoy LGBT material - and a good cast.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy LGBT stories.

During previews
The Hello Girls
Midtown E
Great singing, Nice musical arrangement, Historically incorrect, Long act i / tiring

See it if you enjoy a hard working / great vocal and musical ensemble. You like longer historical based musicals- if lacking historical accuracy.

Don't see it if you need score consistency. Big staging - "finished" show. Show good - still needs work. Another attempt to create parallels to Trump worl

Also Check out Elizabeth Cobbs book -for story with more accuracy.... Read more Read less

Delightful, Ambitious, Different, Unique, Visual fun

See it if you have kids (the kids went crazy for it). It's centered towards children but adults will have a nice hour too.

Don't see it if you (or your children) can't hang for blackout transitions. You don't like "filler" between segments.

Also The host is very talented, calm, striking and good with children. Not ... Read more Read less

During previews
A fun time, Neil diamond fans, Talented ensemble who sing, act and play instruments, A sitcom musical fantasy

See it if you are looking for something different - and a light, but entertaining, night out. You're a Neil Diamond fan. Ny Jewish humor.

Don't see it if you don't like sitcom musical fantasy humor. You need a perfect sounding show. ...

Also Great small space lighting. Kate Weatherhead performs multiple charact... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you enjoy work by the author

Don't see it if need a play that's very realistic.

During previews
Lower E Side
Ambitious, Great singing, Staging and book awkward together, Overrated

See it if you enjoy solid orchestral arrangement and strong singing.

Don't see it if you desire strong staging, book or don't like sung poetry.

Also The music is lovely - and a few enjoyable melodies in each act with a ... Read more Read less

During previews
Soft Power
East Village
Many left at intermission, Hillary clinton sketch comedy, Original but disappointing, 20 piece orchestra for lovely orchestration, Important topic - needs book overhaul

See it if you want to see a mash up of musical vignettes inside a 'hate crime' narrative that slides in and out. you enjoy creators or creative team.

Don't see it if want an even evening. The main character is consistently 'acting' and you can see it-makes show topic feel needy and creates lack of empathy

During previews
Midtown W
Hiddleston & cox stronger than zawe, Clever, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you have never seen this Pinter play - or know and like these "stars"

Don't see it if you need a quick fast play. Don't enjoy the Pinter pause.

Messy, Intense, Disappointing, Slow, Boring

See it if you want a slow night of theater

Don't see it if you want better acting and staging

Good improv, "bar show" feeling, Fun, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you want to see musical improvers create songs in Act I - vote for your favorite and then see the winner materialize in Act II

Don't see it if you want a traditional musical.

Also Performers depend on the night - we saw 4 of 8 listed. Silly fun -

Mac Beth
West Village
Confusing, Fun ideas doesn't add up, Slow, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you want a new twist on this Shakespeare tale.

Don't see it if you want a coherent and complete adaptations.

Swimming pool attached to the lobby of venue, Thought-provoking, Great show. average production., Mostly capable cast, Great writing

See it if you love Caroline, Or Change, Kushner, Tesori. You want to hear the score sung.. you haven't seen it or your bum loves metal folding chairs.

Don't see it if you expect to hear every word, expect Broadway quality or creative staging.

Also Mostly strong cast. Standouts - Noah, Dotty Caroline (80%), Mr. Stopni... Read more Read less

During previews
Wes (giles geary) standout, Slow in spots, Edgy, Ella miscast, Great set & lights

See it if you enjoy Sam Shepard, wild characters and nice sets/lights.

Don't see it if Nudity, stage pee, yelling and some miscasting don't bother you.

Also Role of Ella miscast - giving show a limp. Wesley and Malcolm (mostly ... Read more Read less

Slow, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy Justin Long or want a night of a different type of humor.

Don't see it if you want a straight forward comedy or show not 'trying too hard' to have a message that doesn't fuse.

During previews
Benny & Joon
Doesn't hold / slow, Groundhog day 'birds eye view' / train rip off, Uneven and basic direction, Bland score, Pinkham good

See it if you enjoy Pinkham. you are okay with a tepid adaptation of a film.

Don't see it if you want the movie or an elevated version of the story. The music is bland as is the basic and uneven direction.

Also Nothing new here - small and simple for regionals (Paper Mill feels to... Read more Read less

Still at Risk
East Village
Uneven, Well meaning, Slow, Many slow transitions, Good idea but fuzzy

See it if important / meaningful topic

Don't see it if You've seen these themes in a far superior play that transfers to NYC soon.

Also Play is Equity showcase and in development. Structural/tension issues ... Read more Read less

Midtown E
'god of carnage' knock-off, Resonant, Score from 'daniel's husband'?, Mostly strong acting, Great set

See it if you enjoyed God of Carnage. It's a knock-off. You enjoy a nice set and a 90 min play about bullying and 5 impacted lives.

Don't see it if you have seen 'God of Carnage'

Also The production and play are strong. Enjoyable - but felt as I had seen... Read more Read less

During previews
Needed further development before broadway, Expensive unfinished regional pre-broadway quality, Another muddy political parallel in writing, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you love unfinished absurdist politically aligned writing as a shakespeare tag-a-long . You like Nathan Lane. Julie White is the stand out

Don't see it if you aren't into uneven tone, and writing that isn't up to par - even if typical for author or smart political parallels that fully work.

Also Follows trend of bemoaning the current government - while petting the ... Read more Read less

Silly fun, Acting/directing uneven, Repetitive jokes for characters, Great idea. potential to be better with more work

See it if you want light, fun and silly theater jokes. You enjoy a (mostly) all female cast - if uneven. You can see the potential..

Don't see it if You can't see the potential. This has potential but acting/writing/directing feels amateur and underrehearsed. Cast slipping on lines.

Also A small budget show about a small budget community theater. Amateur fe... Read more Read less

During previews
We Are The Tigers
East Village
Feels long, Uneven writing/direction/performance, Derivative, Confusing and uneven tone, Cliched teen angst meets unbalanced musical comedy horror camp

See it if you want to hear some nice voices. best voice - dies quick. You can see the potential in the idea - if askew

Don't see it if cliched teen angst awkwardly mixed with camp comedy-horror isn't you. You are expecting a show like Little Shop, Bat Boy, The Toxic Agenge

During previews
Red State Blue State
West Village
For blue state audience, Reductive, Dated style and approach, Occasionally funny, Fully prepared?

See it if you enjoy Colin Quinn or overly familiar blue state political humor - with an exception or two. For a blue state audience.

Don't see it if you don't want politics, a strong delivery and approach or something new or unheard. You need fresh jokes not used by other comedians.

During previews
Christmas in Hell
Midtown E
Funny, Darker christmas story, Something different, Needs work first production

See it if you enjoy a darker Christmas tale - some funny humor - if not complete.

Don't see it if you need a solid show. This has potential but needs more productions to get the kinks out . Early for off-broadway run.

Clever, 10 man choral concert with light plot, Book is quotes from soliders that tell story, Great singing, Simple staging

See it if you enjoy WWI stories, very well sung a cappella by 10 men or need a little Christmas spirit through history.Strong vocal arrangement

Don't see it if you need a complex story or traditional book musical. ... you don't like a cappella music well sung/arranged.

Also Excellent vocal ensemble. Accents are pretty strong - only a few regio... Read more Read less

Different, Meta stand-up, Funny, Quirky

See it if you are a fan of Michael C. Hall. He's up close and personal. You enjoy a meta monologue / stand-up character with ego (and not).

Don't see it if you need a straight forward story. This is a semi-structured ramble bouncing to a simple story from which emotional thought springs forth.

Unique, Dedicated cast, Quirky

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare in any form. you enjoy food - or both. Fun cast making awkward transitions work.

Don't see it if you need big production. You need Shakespeare the focus. Cast is dedicated dealing with some slow movement choreography / staging.

Also Production occasionally still seems to be in search of itself. Would l... Read more Read less

Better vocals than acting, Sound hit or miss, Unsure of what it should be, Good music, Better direction needed

See it if you enjoy a handful of catchy pop songs/EDM in a fun (and younger) atmosphere - sung with an excellent an vocal from MYA.

Don't see it if you need a show with strong direction. focus needed.

Also Lead actress can sing. Okay actress.... Read more Read less

Funny, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you enjoy a touching show that's funny. The lead actress was enjoyable - and worked the material well.

Don't see it if the topic of Alzheimer's is upsetting to you.

During previews
Nutcracker Rouge
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Great choreography, Sexy night

See it if you enjoy a top notch burlesque company of men and women - with some excellent singers and performers. Great choreography and execution.

Don't see it if you are offended by men in g-strings and heels. Both straight and gay sexuality presented on stage

Also A sexy night out - well done. Go.

During previews
Uneven, Long, Another trump parallel story, Raul esparza strong, Rough transitions

See it if you enjoy Raul Esparza. He is in your face and creating a strong perfomance

Don't see it if you need a faster story - transitions. Don't want to sit through yet another politically mined show.

Also Great to hear Brecht. Acting is a mixed bag with Esparza doing a nice ... Read more Read less

Adam Minus Josh
Midtown W
Long first 30 minutes, Slow transitions, Lgbt sex humor, Funny jokes but similar

See it if you want a funny enjoyable night out (the first 30 minutes may worry). Small budget show with a cast trying to make set work in awkward room

Don't see it if you like stronger direction or don't like snappy sitcom jokes and non-jokes. You like LGBT shows that expands beyond the funny basics.

Also Enjoyed more than expected to. First 30 min needs cuts. Staging someti... Read more Read less

During previews
The Book of Merman
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you enjoy parody, The Book of Mormon or Merman

Don't see it if you want a fully realized show. This is a very light 3 person musical parody. you haven't seen The Book Of Mormon.