Willie11

Manhattan | 35-49 | Male
About:  I try to see at least 3 shows a week. I definitely lean towards plays over musicals, however I do think there's nothing more powerful than a great musical.
Reviews (79)
95
Must see, Masterful, Absorbing
November 17th, 2022

See it if Absolutely fascinating study of the relationship between abusers and victims and law enforcement. Deeply human

Don't see it if Some very triggering moments between abuser and victim. Most deservedly cringeworthy moments I’ve ever seen on stage.

57
During previews
The Rat Trap
Midtown W
Couldn’t understand accents, Ambitious, Banal, Dated
November 4th, 2022

See it if You’d like to see an unknown Noel coward play

Don't see it if A bit stiff for me. I wasn’t sure if laughing was okay as an audience member. I know others at my show felt that way too.

Also The set design was super unnecessary with rug business and that awful ... Read more Read less

49
Bad dramatic storytelling, Relevant, Best of intentions, Insipid, Irritating
March 1st, 2020

See it if You know nothing about healthcare. And I mean literally nothing.

Don't see it if You would like to see a fresh no preachy perspective on things you already know lots about (maybe even more than the playwright)

Also Best of intentions no doubt. But it just pissed me off a tad to spend ... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Great writing, An exciting new american voice, Great characterizations, A bit too long
December 8th, 2019

See it if You want to sit back and allow a wonderfully written play wash over you like a soothing breeze.

Don't see it if You crave a more plot heavy story. This isn't about plot but more about texture.

90
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Great writing, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing
October 18th, 2019

See it if You love great writing an complex imperfect characters.

Don't see it if Nudity and profanity offends you.

80
During previews
FEAR
West Village
Great acting, Dated, Clever, Absorbing
October 16th, 2019

See it if You like tightly written shows that dole out clues in a suspenseful manner.

Don't see it if You’d like to see a show that doesn’t feel quite so familiar. Seems like the plot to Prisoners a bit.

71
The Treatment
East Village
Trying to be too profound, Story elements that just go away, Nice writing
October 14th, 2019

See it if You want to support ambitious off off shows

Don't see it if You’d like something that doesn’t feel so art house. But there were many elements of the show I appreciated.

83
During previews
TERRA FIRMA
Gramercy
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining
September 28th, 2019

See it if You want a topical intelligently written show with great acting.

Don't see it if You're into musicals.

59
During previews
Slow, Overrated, Excruciating, Great acting, Ambitious
September 22nd, 2019

See it if You want an overload of talkie characters.

Don't see it if You would like a story and plot. This was a dramatization of a debate.

67
During previews
Way too fuckin long, Excruciating, Great staging, Great acting
September 15th, 2019

See it if You are up for some nice moments of scathing tense dialogue and knee slapping hilarity mixed with good ole racism.

Don't see it if You don’t want to sit through two hours of intermission less trigger baiting.

Also Lots of things to think about in this play but I don’t know, I don’t l... Read more Read less

60
Little Women
West Village
Great acting, Slow, Banal
June 5th, 2019

See it if You want two very different acts.

Don't see it if You want a show that grabs your attention. It was work sitting to the end.

6
I left after 25 min
May 22nd, 2019

See it if Dude this was not professional.

Don't see it if No disrespect but audiences deserve more. See this show if you’re expecting very little.

95
During previews
Original Sound
West Village
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Funny, Absorbing
April 30th, 2019

See it if You want an immersive experience that’s a blend of music and theatre.

Don't see it if there is no reason not to.

Also Amazing set. Amazing actors. Really tight script that moves and rings ... Read more Read less

60
Plano
East Village
Ambitious, Banal, Confusing, Clever
April 26th, 2019

See it if You like will eno

Don't see it if You don’t like plays structured on expository prose. I feel like this was cut from the same cloth of the Lehman trilogy except not as good

85
During previews
Dizzying, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing
April 19th, 2019

See it if You want to be challenged and dazzled by a insightful yet complex script.

Don't see it if You enjoy straightforward plots. I did find myself getting a little puzzled in moments but the production is amazing.

Also Really exciting writer. Want to see her produced more

71
During previews
I Carry Your Heart
Midtown E
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Intelligent
March 31st, 2019

See it if You are interested in learning more about the emotional impacts of organ donation.

Don't see it if Stretching the realm of reality throws you off. Didn’t mind the dead character but it was distracting.

77
Spaceman
East Village
Intense, Slow, Clever, Absorbing
March 7th, 2019

See it if You want to see the gold standard for designing a set with a limited budget. It’s reminiscent of Chicago strorefront in a great way.

Don't see it if Show is intense but too long. There’s some super emotional parts that just last a bit too long.

84
Imagining Madoff
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Absorbing
March 7th, 2019

See it if You want a sharp piece of theater covering a horrible moment of greed that nearly completely collapsed our economy.

Don't see it if The subject matter is too painful or if you. Lot of lives were ruined by Bernie.

81
Behind the Sheet
Midtown W
Absorbing, Dizzying, Resonant, Relevant
March 4th, 2019

See it if You want to get yet another disturbing history lesson about how we made medical breakthroughs.

Don't see it if You can’t stomach your white guilt.

85
Rap Guide to Evolution
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Intelligent
March 4th, 2019

See it if You want to get some knowledge dropped on your dome.

Don't see it if You’re not a fan of hip hop or rap or material that will challenge you or force you to pay attention.

83
During previews
Actually, We're F**ked
West Village
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Indulgent
February 27th, 2019

See it if You want an up beat play with snappy dialogue about issues facing us in the very near future.

Don't see it if If the youth complaining about existential quandaries irritates you. Play walks a fine line between sitcom and seriocomic.

75
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing, Dated
February 10th, 2019

See it if You love Ethan Hawke and Sam Shepard. Great revival.

Don't see it if You want something relatable. It’s a good play but at this point it’s more of a snapshot of the American psyche in the 70s and eighties.

60
Great singing, Great staging, Fluffy, Indulgent, Insipid
January 21st, 2019

See it if You want to see some high octane stomp routines and gorgeous harmonizing.

Don't see it if Story drags on and on ending up in the shower scene which we all knew was coming.

Also This felt like a play trying to be set in today that was actually set ... Read more Read less

50
During previews
God Said This
West Village
Ambitious, Disappointing, Thought-provoking
January 20th, 2019

See it if You want to see the 2018 Yale drama series winning play.

Don't see it if You’d like to see a play with a tight plot and multi dimensional characters.

Also Everyone is certainly entitled to an opinion, but there’s nothing grea... Read more Read less

75
Verano, Verano
East Village
Enchanting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Slow
November 4th, 2018

See it if You’d like to see a lyrical play in a small setting produced by a Latin x theatre.

Don't see it if You’d like something commercial and more mainstream. At IATI producing plays with the intention of commerciality is not a consideration.

90
American Tranquility
East Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking
November 4th, 2018

See it if You like well performed one actor shows that display a fantastic blend of political and identity satire.

Don't see it if You have thin skin. Some moments in the show might land a little too close to home.

Also Damiano is a true talent. Love the passion he brings to his writing an... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Relevant, Must see, Masterful, Intelligent
October 28th, 2018

See it if You want to see a timely show that makes you think.

Don't see it if You’re not into women’s rights.

Also I loved the writing and the acting. Really a treat to see. Stuck with ... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Funny, Entertaining
October 27th, 2018

See it if You enjoy a talented ensemble tell a engaging story.

Don't see it if You’d like something that delves beyond the plot into character. It’s kinda one dimensional. But fun one dimensional.

91
Williston
East Village
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great writing
October 27th, 2018

See it if It’s refreshing seeing a new American play packed with emotion not about lgbt rights or gun violence that captures a timely topic.

Don't see it if You don’t like small theatres in east village.

Also There were a few glitches but it was first preview. But despite all th... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Funny, Cliched, Great acting, Indulgent
September 28th, 2018

See it if The show is snappy and moves along quickly enough. Lots of laughter.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see yet another show about the oppression of the gay community via ignorant family. We’ve seen this show many times before

Also I hate to harp on the premise but I’m finding myself thinking I’m more... Read more Read less

76
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy
June 14th, 2018

See it if If you're a fan of S.A.G it's a must see. In some ways I put his earlier works on the same plain as kushner and miller. Groundbreaking dude

Don't see it if Not the greatest production. Weird transitions. If you're not into plays about disenfranchised characters you won't be into it.

42
Dan Cody's Yacht
Midtown W
Disappointing
June 11th, 2018

See it if Good dialogue. Hated the subject matter.

Don't see it if I think there are better ways to spend time at the theater.

54
Absorbing, Excruciating, Slow, Intense
June 11th, 2018

See it if Loved the first act. Really engrossing.

Don't see it if Second act had good moments but holy shit it just went on and on. I mean I get it, it was an intimate portrayal, but dude....

90
During previews
First Love
West Village
Ambitious, Funny, Great acting
June 11th, 2018

See it if You like existential non traditional theatre

Don't see it if If you'd like something with a bit more weight to it

80
After the Blast
Upper W Side
Clever, Great acting, Ambitious
October 27th, 2017

See it if If you want to see a show that's a bit long and could probably get tightened a little but manages to put humanity in a bleak future.

Don't see it if You're not into seeing new work that's trying to paint a new world and sometimes gets a little bogged down with it's own jargon.

Also There were slow moments and the nature of the piece is one of claustro... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Junk
Upper W Side
Insipid, Slow, Relevant
October 21st, 2017

See it if You would like to see a well written drama about recent American history.

Don't see it if Nothing new here. To be honest if you're interested in stories about financial corruption, see the movies The Big Short or Wall Street

50
The Treasurer
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Slow
October 21st, 2017

See it if Really well written but it really meanders. If you're into that sort of thing, then this is for you.

Don't see it if You'd like plays where you know what it's driving towards. I liked the end but it really came out of left field for me.

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting
October 21st, 2017

See it if You can sit through an okay first act to get to an amazing second.

Don't see it if The set up nearly lost me. But when I locked into the characters I didn't want the play to end.

76
During previews
Knives in Hens
Midtown E
Absorbing, Exquisite, Slow
October 21st, 2017

See it if You want to see tremendous acting in a cozy setting.

Don't see it if A bit slow of a show. I personally didn't care for the movement. Also the double ending threw me.

Also Even though there were things I didn't care for, I so appreciated the ... Read more Read less

70
Fulfillment Center
Midtown W
Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant, Slow
June 24th, 2017

See it if You like plays that are all about the words and have a very minimal staging.

Don't see it if You want to see a show that has more of a focus aside from people stuck in tricky situations due to their own actions.

Also Really like Abe Koogler. Was disappointed by the false ending followed... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting
June 24th, 2017

See it if You want to see a smartly crafted engaging play acted wonderfully by great American actors.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of minimalist text heavy plays that lack action but are dripping with universal themes.

Also Just an awesome night of theater. Almost worth the 130 bucks it cost t... Read more Read less

55
The Whirligig
Midtown W
Banal, Disappointing, Great acting, Intelligent
June 9th, 2017

See it if Man! So I love Norbert Leo Butts and he was really good but I still left at intermission because to be painfully honest- there's no story!

Don't see it if See it if you'd like to watch some great acting. But sadly you'll be seeing acting for it's own sake. What a shame.

30
The End of Longing
West Village
Cliched, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating
June 6th, 2017

See it if I hate to be mean, but this is a stillborn star vehicle.

Don't see it if Nothing to say here other than don't see it. Sorry Mr. perry.

Also Holy cow just not up to par with anything else I've seen at mcc. This ... Read more Read less

55
During previews
Building the Wall
Midtown W
Great acting, Disappointing, Excruciating
May 14th, 2017

See it if If you hate Donald Trump and consider yourself morally superior to conservatives.

Don't see it if You'd like something that doesn't pander to the anger of people who hate Donald Trump

Also Here's the thing- most of us get it. The divisive language this admini... Read more Read less

49
During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Disappointing, Dizzying
May 12th, 2017

See it if You'd like to see a story about a female historical figure not many people know about.

Don't see it if You'd like to see a well written show that's active. And has less glitches in the performance. But a tolerable night of theater.

Also It was the first preview so show will get tighter.

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting
May 12th, 2017

See it if You want to see Laura Linney do a scene that will be seared into your mind and leave you feeling like you've witnessed one of the greatest.

Don't see it if If you're not into watching a despicable family scheme on ways to become more despicable.

Also This play really hit me in act two and three. Act one left me scratchi... Read more Read less

95
For a previous production
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intense
April 29th, 2017

See it if Such a wonderfully loaded scenario. We know what's going to happen but we're so absorbed by the drama we can't stop watching. A HIT!!!

Don't see it if It's a play that deserves to go on broadway. I hope it does and I consider myself lucky for having seen this wonderful production.

22
Disappointing, Banal, Excruciating, Insipid, Indulgent
April 14th, 2017

See it if You want to go to the public theatre and see the worst show they've ever put up. Because this thing is a real piece of shit.

Don't see it if Dude I love the talking heads but David Byrne needs to go out to pasture. Trial and error is healthy but this was a real bomb. Jaw dropping

58
Great staging, Indulgent, Overrated, Relevant
April 8th, 2017

See it if A show for any Ruhl enthusiast. It's a night of theater that doesn't offend per say and some of the dialogue is pleasing to listen to.

Don't see it if Really nothing new explored here and I found the issues a bit uninteresting. I felt like the play could have pushed further but held back.