XS2211

Astoria | 25-34 | Male
About:  Actor, World explorer. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (231)
89
Fantastic cast, Physical comedy to the extreme, The timing! gosh!, Hilarious, Great acting
January 8th, 2023

See it if I actually watched this show years ago on West End and fell asleep halfway. It’s extremely hard to land each joke and find new ones..

Don't see it if The ensemble was so strong tonight, and well deserved the standing ovation. The directing is super clear; choreography complex & surprising!

82
Be My Guest
Soho/Tribeca
Fringe, Solo, Interactive, Clever, Great acting
January 7th, 2023

See it if 1.5hr solo with 6 characters; mostly very funny; Italian monologues are where characters in full power; explore problem of art & artist.

Don't see it if Strong Italian accent; lots of interaction with & among audience; shabby basement bar with weird toilet setup; chairs with no back; no plot

93
Entertaining, Jukebox that make sense, Boy band’s back!!, Queer empowering, Simple staging
January 6th, 2023

See it if 90s 00s top hits woven into smart plot; Juliet/Romeo parallels with Anne/Shakespeare; pun & jokes; exciting new voices! Great comedy actors!

Don't see it if Ensemble don’t have standout moment, both vocal & choreography are basic; “May” the queer character is vocally weaker and overly-backphrases

Also I screamed my lungs out when “boy band’s back”.. Alright!! Oh what a F... Read more Read less

73
Confusing ending, Most “duets” fun to watch, Overrated, Washington’s acting on stage.., Expensive set
December 28th, 2022

See it if August Wilson’s work about black experience in 1930s. All musical moments are surprising and great. 2-ppl scenes are moving. Screen stars ..

Don't see it if On Broadway stage, and you can tell who has solid training. Mr Washington’s character work stopped as “character” only and isn’t organic..

Also .. too fast & too loud most of time, I missed lots of meaning. Others ... Read more Read less

78
The Far Country
Chelsea
1 actor can sink the boat, Intelligent, Uneven writing, Exquisite staging, Often overlooked history of america
December 23rd, 2022

See it if Early 20c Chinese immigrant story; Shannon Tyo is so watchable! Her chemistry with “Moon” makes it my fav scene. Toi-san dialect moment is..

Don't see it if Quite moving. 1 actor’s portray of early Asian immigrant borders caricature, and drags the last scene too. The “peasant girl” is written

Also .. way too knowledgeable and loses some credibility. 2hr with 1 interm... Read more Read less

85
Intense, Strong ensemble, Important topic tricky to deal with, Challenge your moral compass, A hard watch
December 22nd, 2022

See it if Audience are put into “judge” seat, but later doubt “who are we to judge?” .. Stand ovation with lots of questions lingering.

Don't see it if Triggers: Pedophile; sex abuse; physical & verbal violence .. no answer provided, so many more provoked.

74
Off Peak
Midtown E
Great staging, Lack actions, Short but slow, Both seasoned actors, Problematic writing
December 20th, 2022

See it if 2 middle aged ex-bf/gf’s train “encounter”; playwright comments on patriarchy through an unlikable male character.. the problem is:

Don't see it if Why should we care about him? The female character is more interesting, also the actress who plays it. Witty dialogue may work for 1st 20min

Also .. but feels too long for a 75min show. Also, when story is moved forw... Read more Read less

86
During previews
A very nyc story, Great revolving stage, Full of street humor, Signature writing, Phenomenal acting from lead
December 18th, 2022

See it if Henderson’s “Pops” is phenomenal, his sex scene with “church lady” is like an enchanting voodoo ritual; full of plot twists; wild language!!

Don't see it if Not your typical Broadway entertainment. Some offended and walked out. Strange final scene, in content and in directorial style. Secret msg?

83
Needs cut, Bad sound system, Needs a better book, A musical revue, Super talented cast
December 17th, 2022

See it if Jazz tune from 1st half of 20c. Nostalgic. So many real triple threats in a modest church venue, with its entrance barely noticeable..

Don't see it if Loose storyline & bare prop (chairs & tables). The actors will shine with a more interesting book. Almost 2 hr no intermission?! Either cut

Also .. some repetitive numbers, or give us a pee break!!

77
During previews
Slow, Intelligent, Unfocused writing, Disappointing, Great acting
December 17th, 2022

See it if A thesis about art/commodity & art/artist supposedly from Warhol & Basquiat’s view. Jeremy Pope is fun to watch, with vigor and wide rage..

Don't see it if comments on race issue in the US, and artist’s fear of aging & being irrelevant. Hard to find a main point. A documentary might be more ..

Also .. Interesting? Some “gay moments” are choreographed for laughter, but... Read more Read less

92
Dazzling broadway stars, Gods’ footwork, Queer empowering, Classic tune with new book, Musical comedy at its best
December 15th, 2022

See it if Moments in act1, I thought this was a typical entertaining tap-dance show. Glad I was wrong. Matthew Lopez’s book blew me away ..characters

Don't see it if .. he created are so original, esp. Jerry/Daphne, played by J.Harrison Ghee, who won a stand ovation with their transformative number ..

Also Even Christian Boyle was dimmed by Ghee’s light in their character, ca... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Ye Bear & Ye Cubb
Midtown E
Thought-provoking, Audience interaction, Entertaining, Revealing act2, Strangely moving
December 11th, 2022

See it if Relationship of critic and artist; who gotta tell the story? A company’s reimagining of America’s 1st play. actors good with classic text..

Don't see it if 1 actor is master of character work, and has a few Broadway credits. Act1 was bit confusing, and some left at Intermission. Pays off if stay

79
Sandra
Gramercy
Low budget, Solo show, Suspenseful, Well acted, Absorbing
December 3rd, 2022

See it if A woman’s self re-discovery story; with some thrills & FBI action. strong actor, with various voices & accents. Original music is beautiful

Don't see it if Thriller is not the point here, but a bonus. Single chair is the whole set. 80 min no break.

87
Amazing ensemble, Relevant, Profound, Great acting, Enchanting
November 27th, 2022

See it if Feel like experiencing live Jewish history, the joyful wedding the painful eviction, yet relatable for a non-Jewish. Superb ensemble numbers

Don't see it if Lines/lyrics are fast, reading subtitles will miss some stage actions. Set is bare, just chairs mainly. All great actors, some sing better.

Also “Mother” of the house feels lack of life experience compared to “fathe... Read more Read less

89
Refreshing, Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting
November 27th, 2022

See it if Into new story & music; so many young rising stars, esp. “Seth”!! Superb use of supporting actors (choir in character); love the ending.

Don't see it if Leading lady’s school girl physicality is quite believable. Only flaw is her singing style, trying hard to turn from legit to pop and that..

Also Pulled me out of story a bit. Otherwise it’s a 90+ show with great wri... Read more Read less

77
The Gett
West Village
Refreshing, Slow at time, Clever, Intelligent writing, Economical staging
November 25th, 2022

See it if Jewish female writer rewriting male-dominant discourse; lots of religious & cultural reference; strong ensemble, “mom” is hilarious!

Don't see it if brainy and confusing in some scenes; downtown theatre space with stairs to climb; the set almost shabby; last row affected by side light

86
During previews
Relevant, Great writing, Ambitious, Epic actors, Shocking
November 25th, 2022

See it if You care about racism problem; theatrical devices at its best; tight directing; some audience interaction; 1hr40min full of surprises

Don't see it if You are easily offended; lots of curse words & sassiness & mocking this country’s reality; yelling & fighting & abortion & extreme emotions.

72
Too dark.. literally, Unfitting platform, Disappointing, Great acting, Ambitious
November 24th, 2022

See it if Mays is indeed versatile in this solo piece; More suitable for a more intimate immersive venue.. or an audiobook? 100 min no break.

Don't see it if Dark twists & loud sound effects; Dark dark lighting that induce a good sleep. Not the typical family-friendly moral story.

70
Nostalgic, Indulgent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
November 11th, 2022

See it if Adapted from the actor’s memoir, acted out by himself; poetic language; more suitable for an audiobook than a Broadway stage; with suprises.

Don't see it if Strong Irish accent; sometimes barely audible, might be intentional for pulling audience in? Occasionally laughs but heavy in general..

Also The key to a successful solo show, is how relatable the story is. I fi... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Masterful, Great directing, Great writing, Great acting, Enchanting
November 6th, 2022

See it if Standup comedy 90ish min; unique “mumbling” style; the end is a superb directorial moment; master of timing; some audience interaction.

Don't see it if Some joke goes too long; cultural reference hard for foreigners; poking around life/death of family; bladder cannot hold 90+ min :p

99
Parade
Midtown W
Fantastic cast!!!, Jrb!!!, Best of the best, Profound, Resonant
November 5th, 2022

See it if Musical with great depth & timely; conducted by the composer himself; all-star ensemble; SMART directing; another Encore for Broadway!!

Don't see it if Ticket could be pricey; I grabbed an affordable top floor last row; better bring binoculars; anti-Semitic warning.

70
Shared Sentences
East Village
Great lighting, Overrated, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched
November 5th, 2022

See it if Low budget production with efficient scene change and smart lighting; 90 min feels long due to mediocre writing; important topic;

Don't see it if Uneven acting: 2 over-act, others are great; confusing directing; mis-usage of set breaks the illusion; few scenes feel forced.

70
During previews
KPOP (Broadway)
Midtown W
Superb choreography, Cliched, Cringy book, Fantastic staging, Great singing
November 3rd, 2022

See it if fan of Kpop & dance; entertaining 2+hrs with 1 break; reality show setup; 2 parallel storylines: a Korean girl + a Korean-American boy..

Don't see it if Touch upon toxic Kpop industry & self-doubting Asian American identity, but quite superficially. Lines like “I threw away mom’s kalbi soup..

Also wishing for a p&j sandwich” is too unconvincing; story too expected, m... Read more Read less

72
Fluffy, Nostalgic vibe, High energy, Great staging, Confusing
November 1st, 2022

See it if You love the tv series; 80s decor & cultural reference; we watched 11pm-1am show on Halloween, kudos to actor for 2 night shows;

Don't see it if High energy all time tiring for both actors and audience; I don’t remember much from the tv show, so missed lots of humor; 2hrs, 15min break

Also Honestly, this is not my type of show. No depth. But my friend and mos... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Confusing directing, Problematic material, Unfitting venue, Slow, Great singing
October 30th, 2022

See it if Immigrant Haitian dad & gay son; 2-ppl band in middle of stage; great folk songs; like Moth story sharing event; two timelines interwoven

Don't see it if Stroy with music, not a musical; bare stage, more fitting for an intimate venue than a 200-ppl theatre; song and storytelling are not ..

Also ..organically combined, but feel forced; when band musicians break int... Read more Read less

93
During previews
Good Enemy
West Village
Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious
October 27th, 2022

See it if Bold yet authentic material about China in 1980s and the US now; Yew directs it smartly with overlapping timelines; Strong ensemble.

Don't see it if 1hr40min NO intermission. Heavy topic about secret betrayal and dark past. Some dialogues sound preaching.

Also As an Asian immigrant, this show hit me HARD & DEEP. I think a lot abo... Read more Read less

85
During previews
European troupe, Fringe type, Fascinating form, Refreshing, Clever
October 19th, 2022

See it if Irish company brings us words written by Chekov when he was 19. Lots of later characters can be seen in it. Layers of structure. Earphones

Don't see it if are recommended by “director,” which gives commentary on “his work.” Keeps me intrigued, but can at times be confusing. Reminds me of ..

Also the fun I had at Edinburg Fringe. Won’t see this kind of show in Broad... Read more Read less

89
Resonant, Must see, Great acting, Enchanting, Clever
October 14th, 2022

See it if it’s all about imagination, and how actors can cast theirs to the audience.. this barely staged production affirmed it. “Milky White” ..

Don't see it if .. puppeteer was such a delight!! Gavin Creel is so charming not only as a prince!! Baker & Wife duo constantly move me to tears.

Also Such a classic revived by such smart direction & brilliant cast. Go wa... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Confusing, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining
October 14th, 2022

See it if 2.5 hrs brothers’ drama 1 intermission. 2 superb actors, living the street survivor life on stage. Full of laughters and surprises.

Don't see it if Abandoned kids theme. Gun on stage. Shocking ending bewilders. You respect Lincoln too highly and can’t accept joking with his name.

Also Scenic design covers all details, even includes the hearing pipe in th... Read more Read less

90
Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever
October 10th, 2022

See it if 90 min intimate magic show only with cards & our names. Brilliant story-telling & connection-building with audience. Heart manipulator!!

Don't see it if 5 rows arena, uncomfortable tight seats. Mostly interact with VIP guests on the card table. But still using plain card magic to blow away..

Also Picky NYC audience, that requires some extra talent.

82
During previews
Peerless
Midtown E
Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Entertaining, Clever
October 9th, 2022

See it if Smart adaptation of Macbeth, with twin sisters high schooler M & L; minority identity in the US; fast-paced dialogue; efficient scene change

Don't see it if 1hr 20min no intermission; highly stylized, need some time to get used to “their world”; very little connection with Shakespeare’s text.

78
During previews
Dated, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intense, Great acting
October 8th, 2022

See it if 1st time seeing the show, flip side of the American Dream. Solid ensemble. Moving father-son relationship, makes me reflect on my own.

Don't see it if Color-conscious casting? If it was a black family in Brooklyn in 1940s, could the father drive around states selling things? If color-blind

Also .. casting, why non-black actors playing smaller roles? Why not mix it... Read more Read less

77
Well-cast “hamlet”, Weird directing choices, Slow, Great staging, Ambitious
June 25th, 2022

See it if Modern royal family life with original text. Like a reality tv show, with brilliant scenic design. Charismatic Hamlet, sometimes drag tho.

Don't see it if Miked actors with screen acting style losing theatricality, especially the “uncle.” Almost 4hrs, act1 alone 1hr40min, too long. Only comes..

Also .. Alive during hamlet’s confrontation with Queen (too late). Humor mo... Read more Read less

79
Slow at times, Intellectual, Smart writing, Bare stage, Brilliant actors
June 23rd, 2022

See it if 1hr45min no intermission; brainy content about PhD research, publication, moral dilemma; humor lands; strong ensemble of 4.

Don't see it if Predictable plot; scene change could be tighter; long monologues drag the show. Don’t watch it if you’re inside the academia already :)

50
The Orchard
Midtown W
Insipid, Dizzying, Excruciating, Ambitious, Confusing
June 9th, 2022

See it if you need a good sleep. 2 hrs no intermission to trap audience. Pointless adaptation, futuristic set with robot, but dialogue mostly the same

Don't see it if ..only more banal. Chekov is about nuanced human relationship, the suffering AND the humor, all missing. The direction/rewrite is OFF.

Also Was there to watch those stage veterans. So disappointed by the dizzyi... Read more Read less

86
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging
June 8th, 2022

See it if Watched the West End cast in 2018, prefer this Broadway version due to the humor delivered by supporting actors. Smart clowning. Matt Doyle

Don't see it if .. is a show stopper. LuPone doesn’t disappoint. Lenk is great in serious acting, mediocre in comedic moments or powerful ballads.

Also Sondheim’s masterpiece. Too many epic numbers. Sadly Lenk sounds like ... Read more Read less

76
Dragging directing, Strong actors, Slow, Disappointing, Dated
June 8th, 2022

See it if Fans of the star-actors; interested in seeing same leads of a revival; 1960s southern state pedophilia theme; long monologues.

Don't see it if Serious topic treated lightly with humor; 100+ min, slow sometimes. Barely staged. Unfitting for big Broadway theatre;

82
During previews
Unique angle, Charismatic actors, Depressing theme, Great staging, Entertaining
May 29th, 2022

See it if 3 generations of black gay men is a premises hard to sell. Once sold, the ending is quite moving. Witty dialogue with humor. Believable..

Don't see it if ..family relationship. Suicide trigger. Slow in times. The death wish monologue is quite long, and might not work with the acting choice now

66
Cliched, No likable character, Abrupt ending, Great staging, Problematic writing
May 28th, 2022

See it if Family drama in extreme scenario - kidney donation; 90min no intermission. “Bomb” dropped too easy, forgiveness comes too easy.. Audience..

Don't see it if we’re laughing at it, but I don’t think it’s supposed to be a comedy. 2 out of 6 actors need more training or rehearsal time - the timing is

Also .. quite off, no “real” reaction or interaction.

88
Absorbing, Masterful, Hilarious, Great singing, Great acting
May 24th, 2022

See it if Into original film or have kids, good for family. Great value delivered. Could easily be phony or corny but wasn’t, due to immense talent!!

Don't see it if You’re not into family drama, broad sketch, physical comedy; 2.5 hrs, some ballad in act 2 drops the energy. Choreography is amazing!!

Also Way exceeding my expectations!! Closing in 1 week. Go watch it!!

83
About Love
East Village
Lackluster, Romantic, Great singing, Great acting, A novel narrated
May 22nd, 2022

See it if Into Russian literature; adapted from short novel and lacks action; 6 ppl ensemble with 2 very strong young leads; sing beautifully with ..

Don't see it if Live jazz band; 90 min no intermission; feels slow at times, but engaging in general; bare set and no prop (all mimed). Story about 1st love

56
Easy to forget songs, Hard to relate material, Great dancing, Great singing, Great acting
May 21st, 2022

See it if Great ensemble! Struggle of black & Irish community in NYC 1860s. Powerful ballads (too many)!! Great choreography, bit repetitive.

Don't see it if 2.5hrs 1 intermission. No character buildup except 2 new arrival boys, so most stories feel hard to relate even as an immigrant myself.

Also Audience leaking during intermission. Too heavily done for such histor... Read more Read less

84
Golden Shield
Midtown W
Great directing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Ambitious
May 21st, 2022

See it if Intellectual content (Mandarin-English language; law; internet jargon) with heavy dialogue, tightly directed;2.5hrs 1 intermission; the Set!

Don't see it if Uneven writing, act1 more engaging than act2; trying to cover too much, and the core message undermined.

Also Fang Du did a wonderful job playing the “narrator/translator”, super c... Read more Read less

85
Romeo is the best!, Romantic, Delightful, Great singing, Funny
May 19th, 2022

See it if Romeo time traveled from Verona to 1960 Brooklyn. Smart plot with likable characters. Strong ensemble with Great physical comedy moments.

Don't see it if 2 hrs with 1 intermission. Bare set. Romeo’s mic kept falling off from sweat, but he managed to pull off big numbers with various styles.

Also It’s a musical rom com. Don’t expect anything too deep.

84
Circle seating, Masterful singing, Bare staging, Great acting, Ambitious
May 15th, 2022

See it if 90 min well worths the time. 2 superb actors, 1 of which the understudy whom you cannot tell. Most sound effects are live. Intimate space..

Don't see it if About an imagined island that divided into 2 halves, smartly covering timely topics. With this budgeted staging, an audiobook might be..

Also .. more suitable. It’s magical to see how actors created those sounds ... Read more Read less

83
¡Americano!
Midtown W
Problematic content & plot twists, Great singing & dancing, Superb ensemble, Entertaining, Ambitious
May 6th, 2022

See it if Mexican illegal immigrant story. Patriotic theme and marine dream. Fast paced & tight Choreography. All ensemble numbers are powerful.

Don't see it if Most solo ballads are weak. Is “joining” marine the only & best way to “serve” am country? The expected sudden death of.. makes it cheesy.

Also Material is not exactly believable. Still, worth watching just for the... Read more Read less

88
Refreshing, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Clever
April 26th, 2022

See it if Off-Broadway theatre at its best! Christian Boyle is a theatre GOD, pulling off all kinds of characters!! Conrad Ricamora’s Seymour’s so ..

Don't see it if Nerdy and endearing!! His singing & acting masterful!! Also, an Asian lead!! The “Audrey” is great in acting, but mediocre in singing, sadly

Also Ensemble girls * 3 are hilarious and each had their moment!! They migh... Read more Read less

80
Slow, Raunchy, Confusing, Ambitious, Great staging
April 3rd, 2022

See it if Queerness in baseball clubhouse. Ferguson & Williams have great chemistry. Cihi has great stage presence. Ultra-realistic shower scene..

Don't see it if .. which distracts audience with nudity that doesn’t serve the plot much. Anti-climatic turning point, since the tragedy doesn’t happen to a

Also .. well developed character. Oberholtzer is a great actor, sadly his c... Read more Read less

44
During previews
Great set, Cringy, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched
March 26th, 2022

See it if Beautiful cosmic scenic design .. Wasted on banal material. Cliched family drama, no depth like The Humans had. 90min was too long for it.

Don't see it if Cheap theatrical device surprisingly worked on some. The theme of aging & death moved some too. The dialogue doesn’t sound truthful.

96
For a previous production
Wolf Play
Midtown W
Intense, Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting
March 5th, 2022

See it if Directing so TIGHT!! 1hr45min whooshed by. Economical set + efficient use of space. Strong ensemble. “Ash” perfectly cast, and my favorite!!

Don't see it if Lesbian couple parenting; kid adopting from foreign country; conflicting sibling relationships. Could trigger childhood trauma.

Also The “wolf” is so endearing, with pure childish essence. Salute to Hans... Read more Read less