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Reviews (112)
Good set, lights & projection design, Refreshing, Ambitious
August 13th, 2022

See it if for some great design and mostly nice performances. Not much story. A romantic Amsterdam fever dream with historical characters woven in.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy narration acting or use of own imagination to fill in the visual blanks.

During previews
The Butcher Boy
Needs more work, Mostly strong cast (barasch, marconi, ragusa), Ambitious
July 31st, 2022

See it if you can see past a new show that needs more work. Some of the cast is strong - a few support.cast had pitch issues-couldn't hear themselves?

Don't see it if strong structure, book & songs that are all necessary.potential here in future-staging doesn't always work-but clever.Props to IR 4 producin

During previews
The Panic of '29
Midtown E
Entertaining, Awkward staging and direction, Disappointing, Confusing
July 30th, 2022

See it if you like some of the actors in the show.

Don't see it if you need a strong story, point or cohesive tone. This was a bit all over the place - and left us confused.

Fat Ham
East Village
Ending not earned - silly, Cheap ending, Original film version better than the public, Overhyped
July 28th, 2022

See it if you see everything at The Public.

Don't see it if you enjoyed the Pulitzer Prize winning video production -

Upper E Side
Thought-provoking, Must see, Masterful, Ambitious, Absorbing
July 28th, 2022

See it if you want your greek tragedy in a modern, stylish well written adaptation with great direction and production.

Don't see it if you like your Oresteia traditional.

Skip, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched
July 28th, 2022

See it if you enjoy a good performance or two in a cast with a mix of talent levels.

Don't see it if you want a strong story with fleshed out writing and direction - unfinished. Although off-off it feels a little amateur

During previews
Quirky, Overrated, Vocals were strong or flat, Mix of professional and amateur talent
May 13th, 2022

See it if you like a collegiate feel to your broad musical comedy. Cast is committed but vary in acting, comedy & vocal talents -from pro to community

Don't see it if you expect strong vocals across the board, strong comedic direction/staging (not much here) or a show that feels fully professional.

Similar songs and direction needs focus, Ambitious, Better singers than actors, Confusing, Simple black box show in the round
May 8th, 2022

See it if you like low budget collegiate-styled two person workshop shows - with similar music but potential to grow.

Don't see it if you want strong staging and multi-character performances. Both ladies were lovely MT singers. The staging and characters sometimes confusing

Great acting, Resonant, Refreshing, Great staging, Absorbing
May 1st, 2022

See it if you saw this originally at The Public or West End. It's improved with time and changes.

Don't see it if you want a typical upbeat book musical . The songs here provide atmosphere - the characters grow on you through song, in a unique way.

Must see / best time out, Best choreography, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing
April 28th, 2022

See it if you want a musical that is the most fun / best production of the season

Don't see it if you are wanting the politically/socially important musical of the season.

Slow, Disappointing, Uneven and bland direction, Good choreography, Dated
April 28th, 2022

See it if you like FOR COLORED GIRLS ... heavy on the dance and less on direction or even acting.

Don't see it if You enjoyed the acting at The Public. This version puts dance first - direction, acting and music are second etc -with director/choreographe

Resonant, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
April 28th, 2022

See it if You want to the the Best Revival of a Play this season. A great production of a wonderful play with excellent acting/casting & direction.

Don't see it if you want a musical - or a dance play.

Also This is the Best Play Revival of the year - ... Read more Read less

During previews
Coal Country
West Village
Tired, Sleepy, Not as exciting moisés kaufman-esc bio theater, Cliched, Disappointing
March 7th, 2022

See it if you like Moisés Kaufman-esc stories performed in a vague space - but not as well done.

Don't see it if you want to stay awake.

Cliched, Overhyped, Disappointing, Ambitious
January 20th, 2022

See it if you wanted to see the most Tony nominated play - and missed it the first time.

Don't see it if you expect writing, directing and performances to match the nominations & exposure. Overhyped. Tony winners correct.

During previews
Slow, Relevant, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched
January 15th, 2022

See it if you want a play on the same topic - but not as good as SWEAT.

Don't see it if expect better pacing. Half of the cast is serviceable to two stronger players. Sound design not ready.

Also Over-cliched. undercooked. awkward bulky direction.

Moody, Good pre-show music, Quick, Great acting, Unique
October 24th, 2021

See it if you want to see a strong performance in a unique, short 1 act play/FBI transcript re-enactment.

Don't see it if you need traditional theater - or don't enjoy re-enactment / podcast theater. Don't see if unused line of chairs on stage bothers you.

Also Should be a double bill with "DANA H" in same sitting. Broadway prices... Read more Read less

During previews
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful
February 16th, 2020

See it if you enjoy a nice production of a re-worked classic musical with some strong vocals and enjoyable staging.

Don't see it if you want old school Molly Brown.

Also Beth Malone & Whitney Bashor stand-outs.

During previews
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Spooned femism, Disappointing
February 15th, 2020

See it if you love every version of Dracula. You like women crawling around on the ground.

Don't see it if you want a professional feeling production or solid script. You are hoping for a great/inventive new take on the classic.

Sing Street
East Village
Incomplete and unbalanced with a first workshop feel, Nice songs, Uneven talents on stage, Not broadway ready, Needs work & better direction
December 31st, 2019

See it if you want to see an early workshop production with unbalanced direction, design and acting.

Don't see it if you want something Broadway ready.

Hokey, Strong singers, Good songs, Small regional theater feel
December 6th, 2019

See it if you enjoy a musical review one will see in community theater black boxes.

Don't see it if you are looking for a focused musical review or musical.

Great acting, Slow, Refreshing, Absorbing
December 3rd, 2019

See it if you want to see some good acting or girl power.

Don't see it if you need a perfect play.

Apple juice this water ., Misguided and unfinished feeling, Stiff uneven cast, Poor direction
November 25th, 2019

See it if you like a poorly directed and an unfinished- feeling play. (the actors know it's not good)

Don't see it if you respect your time.

Also just don't unless it's free. Even then...

During previews
Too socially/politically on the nose, Needs trimming - 3 hours, Great staging if not overstaged, Great lighting, Great singing
November 20th, 2019

See it if you want to know what happens when Dear Evan Hansen meets Next To Normal with Alanis' songbook.

Don't see it if social/political/topical situations feel overdone and on the nose. Checked all the "social issue" boxes too hard.

Also Act I "reversal" number well done. Act II - "You Ought to Know" has a ... Read more Read less

During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Best play on broadway, Best play tony winner - hands down, Thought-provoking, Unbelievable, Absorbing
September 28th, 2019

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

Don't see it if You prefer the much acting of the much stronger UK supporting cast.

Also Ensemble cast on Bway not as strong as UK counterparts. Leads were mos... 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
September 27th, 2019

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

Older cast plays teens, Underdeveloped, Quirky, Absorbing
September 20th, 2019

See it if you enjoy coming of age stories

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

During previews
Hiddleston & cox stronger than zawe, Clever, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing
August 25th, 2019

See it if you have never seen this Pinter play - or know and like these "stars" Interesting Jamie Lloyd direction.

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

Talent is Sexy
Midtown W
Refreshing, Fluffy, Entertaining
August 22nd, 2019

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.

Messy, Intense, Disappointing, Slow, Boring
July 20th, 2019

See it if you want a slow night of theater

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

The Other Mozart
Greenwich V
Disappointing, Questionable acting, Nice costumes
July 20th, 2019

See it if you enjoy a lovely costume

Don't see it if . one note. interesting idea - stagnant in execution.

Also pass

Good improv, "bar show" feeling, Fun, Quirky, Entertaining
June 28th, 2019

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 -

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
June 3rd, 2019

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

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

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

For a previous production
Mac Beth
Upper E Side
Confusing, Fun ideas doesn't add up, Slow, Quirky, Entertaining
May 20th, 2019

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

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

Queen of Hearts
Refreshing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Entertaining
May 18th, 2019

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

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

Swimming pool attached to the lobby of venue, Thought-provoking, Great show. average production., Mostly capable cast, Great writing
May 5th, 2019

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
Midtown W
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing
May 5th, 2019

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
Wes (giles geary) standout, Slow in spots, Edgy, Ella miscast, Great set & lights
April 29th, 2019

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

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
April 21st, 2019

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.

Slow, Quirky, Ambitious
April 19th, 2019

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.

East Village
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing
April 15th, 2019

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

Don't see it if you like slugs

During previews
Benny & Joon
Doesn't hold / slow, Groundhog day 'birds eye view' / train rip off, Uneven and basic direction, Bland score, Pinkham good
April 12th, 2019

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

Women Behind Bars
West Village
Dated, Fun, Campy, Silly
April 6th, 2019

See it if you like camp.

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

Still at Risk
East Village
Uneven, Well meaning, Slow, Many slow transitions, Good idea but fuzzy
March 25th, 2019

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

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
March 22nd, 2019

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

Midtown E
'god of carnage' knock-off, Resonant, Score from 'daniel's husband'?, Mostly strong acting, Great set
March 18th, 2019

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

Cast deserves better, Poorly timed direction, Great set and lighting, Poor writing
March 15th, 2019

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
Needed further development before broadway, Expensive unfinished regional pre-broadway quality, Another muddy political parallel in writing, Disappointing, Ambitious
March 15th, 2019

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

During previews
Heartwarming, Good for christian audiences and beyond, Muddled, Slow feeling from short scenes
March 1st, 2019

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

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

Silly fun, Acting/directing uneven, Repetitive jokes for characters, Great idea. potential to be better with more work
February 28th, 2019

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

Entertaining, Dated, Great acting, Relevant
February 15th, 2019

See it if you enjoy Casey.

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