XS2211

Astoria | 25-34 | Male
About:  Actor, World explorer. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (158)
59
Rock of Ages
Midtown W
Excruciating, Cliched, Little artistic value, Plain material, Hardworking actors

See it if Into 80s hard rock hits; raunchy humor; My companion enjoyed it .. he said it was nostalgic..

Don't see it if Super loud, almost unbearable; outdated storyline; the product of white patriarchy.. some jokes are offensive; 2+ hrs ..

75
Too long, Entertaining, Confusing, Great band, Overrated

See it if Gender bending lead; low budget production at a studio space; talented young actors know bard’s words well; musicians light up gloomy space

Don't see it if Odor (due to no budget for costume laundry & small space I guess); 4 floor stairs to climb; bare set and tiring seats; long queue for WC

96
Border People
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Soloist portraying marginalized ppl in US - illegal immigrant, war refugee.. based on his interview, with quick&strong physical adjustments

Don't see it if 70min; this is the answer to color-blind theatre.. anyone should play anyone, your polished craft is your respect to the character you play;

Also I wholeheartedly support the bravery of this solo artist, as a “white ... Read more Read less

78
Bent
Brooklyn
Some plot hole, Low budget production, Slow, Intense, Great acting

See it if How gay men struggle to survive in Nazi Germany; Refined acting from “Max” & his closeted uncle; Intimacy successfully created;

Don't see it if Cheap props & set helped little with the make-believe; Loud gunshot; Nudity (super hot tho); Pace can pick up a little;

Also One wonders why “Max” lives through the play, when everyone else has b... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Disappointing, Masterful musician, Slow, Insipid, Unconventional miscasting

See it if 2 actors, gender bend; minimal set; male playing all supporting roles including the bride, female playing the monster & the doctor without..

Don't see it if ..contrasting physical/vocal/emotional shift; partly in Shakespearean English ; 3-sided theatre, can see ppl dozing on opposite side;

Also The male actor is a master of instruments and acoustic effects!

96
Entertaining, Masterful, Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Solo show; World history of Baby Boomer 1945-1969; skillful use of multimedia; super quick change among tons of characters; voice magician

Don't see it if You’re not into fun history lesson; 2 hrs with 15min intermission; no obvious plot, but with smart twist & surprise; personal & intimate

86
Interesting casting, Cheesy, Hilarious, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if 3hr of laughter; all actresses are great belters!Kate Rockwell’s clowning is perfect!Kudos to triple threat Grey Henson!High Energy!

Don't see it if Bit noisy at times; The ending number “I see stars” is too cheesy & unmemorable; stereotypical portrayal of Kenya&Africa (typical in MT);

Also Whenever Cameron Dallas sings (mostly pitchy) and dance, audience whis... Read more Read less

82
Old hollywood show-tune, Solo show, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if 60min storytelling & singing from Deanna Durbin’s perspective, with reference to Judy Garland; Actor covers her cold quite well;

Don't see it if Nostalgic, nothing too Surprising; The cold does make her lower register bit coarse; Tunes feel repetitive after 30min;

Also All other characters are in soundtrack. Kudos to the actor to get the ... Read more Read less

88
Hidden gem, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Delightful, Clever

See it if A great production at a shabby off-broadway venue; African American women’s history smartly woven into a jukebox; lots of joy with bit tears

Don't see it if Some tech problems with the projector & mic; Hard movable chairs; The production encourages Sing Along, so let’s hope ppl sitting next to..

Also 5 brilliant actresses, including 4 African American & 1 Caucasian; all... Read more Read less

50
Is This A Room
Gramercy
No drama, Disappointing, Zero scenic design, Under-rehearsed, Excruciating

See it if 70min transcription of FBI interrogation; staged like a cold reading; casually acted; 1 row of audience are put upstaged..

Don't see it if and we can see their reaction the whole time (one lady fell asleep very soon), why? What’s the intention for staging the whole thing?

Also Vineyard Theatre hasn’t had any exciting production for a while..

73
Predictable, Experienced acting, Plain writing, Great staging, Cliched

See it if You admire Len Cariou; important msg of how we should take care of aging parent; realistic scenic design; intimate black box space;

Don't see it if 2hr with 15min break; No nuance in writing, feels slow & daily; no father-son chemistry between 2 actors; “son’s” laughter feels rehearsed

Also Not sure whether it’s the father character or the actor who’s falling ... Read more Read less

68
Pockets
Soho/Tribeca
Disappointing, Protagonist cannot sing, Uneven acting, Cheesy climax, Fluffy

See it if Community-theatre-level production, with 2 great supporting actors; most solo numbers fall flat, mainly due to weak voice projection;

Don't see it if If you wanna support downtown theatre fringe show despite the quality; if you know any actor in person;

Also The program doesn’t even list actors’ previous credits. I do wanna kno... Read more Read less

76
50 shades of racism, Confusing, Intellectual, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Provocative content of interracial relationship; 2hr15min without intermission!! Funny at times, dark & heavy in general; layers of parody;

Don't see it if Nudity; lots of SEX & violence; scenic design using huge mirrors that reflect actors & audience; intentionally challenging..

Also “Yale mafia” taking majority of the cast; lots of Yale reference;

93
Immersive, Global artistic collaboration, A language shared by all cultures, A spiritual shock, Actor as shaman

See it if Drama as a venue to discuss social problems; Pure, raw emotions delivered by chanting, shouting, singing; Audience is part of the show;

Don't see it if 30min standing and moving; 60min left seated; gibberish shared by all (yet super clear in meaning); nudity of women; violence & rape;

Also Strong archetypes portrayal: mother, whore, virgin, martyr... Greek tr... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Weak ending, Flawed characters, Great acting

See it if Alex Riad is good at depicting young ppl in Bay Area, loved his previous work - Floor Is Lava @ La Mama; has some moving moments;

Don't see it if hard to empathize with a bunch of “young junkies” whining for 2.5 hrs; truthful acting alone isn’t worth that much time of a viewer

81
Slow, Unresolved, Great acting, Great staging, Dated

See it if Fan of Horton Foote’s writing; the gender norm of 1950s; unspeakable gayness hanging in air; luxurious set; “mom” is the main clown, funny..

Don't see it if .. but fails the dramatic part; 2hrs with 10 min intermission; twists about “who’s telling the truth”, not thrilling enough; southern accent

Also Signature Theatre is a great place to hang out

70
Weak writing, Family-related melodrama, Bare set, 1/4 of the cast acts over-the-top, Great chemistry between “mom” & “son”

See it if 2 of 4 actors are brilliant & deliver touching moments; that alone doesn’t save the aimless writing; weak unreasonable happy ending

Don't see it if Feels dragging for almost 100 min without intermission; intimate black box theatre space, very close to actions; balloon explosion startles

69
Cheapest broadway production ever seen, Hardworking cast, Forgettable music, Piercing sound, Predictable plot

See it if The most impressive visual effect is the flying toilet paper (as ocean water); Kid-fan of Percy book series may enjoy, but do bring earplug

Don't see it if Ensemble of 6, most actors are playing so many roles which look ridiculous (Percy’s mom=a classmate=the underworld elevator girl);

Also It’s WICKED without impressive music numbers or scenic design; Shares ... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if Monologues based on interviews played by 1 actor - a shapeshifter for 20+ characters; structural racism exposed by a tragedy in 1991;

Don't see it if Racism or anti Semitic language triggers you; 110 min no intermission; very heavy content, thank god the actor finds humor within;

Also The 3rd play that I watched directed by Saheem Ali, previous 2 bring F... Read more Read less

66
During previews
The Giant Hoax
Midtown W
Forceful moral msg, Actors’ talent underachieved, Plain orchestration, Repetitive tunes, Outdated book

See it if Stripped down Wizard of Oz; “tell the truth, kid”..”go home to your mom who’s worried”; kindergarten kids may enjoy? Puppet controlled by 3

Don't see it if No band, loud recorded soundtracks, actors un-Miced (bold move), some are not audible; 90min no intermission; audience are dozing

60
Virgo Star
East Village
Experimental, Multi-media, Gallery-like installations, Lgbtq+ narrative, Loosely structured

See it if Themes include cowboy macho culture, closeted man seduction.. Ambiguous; Multi-media installation; way too experimental

Don't see it if flashy & loud at times; weak ensemble; words make little sense

88
Monsoon Season
West Village
Refreshing, Intense, Essentially 2 solo acts, Side a+side b, Dark comedy

See it if same divorcing story, told by husband (Act1) then wife (Act2); riveting acting & accurate directing .. LOVE the ✂️ Flamingo! Surprising end.

Don't see it if Downtown theatre small production;2 gender neutral toilets, long queue may delay the show; 80min no intermission; for fun, not for sense :p

83
During previews
FEAR
West Village
Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing, Resonant, A star is rising

See it if Good? Evil? Truth? Lie?Info revealed bit by bit, keeps me at edge of chair; 3 strong actors, esp. the young boy..so talented! Set & sound 👍

Don't see it if 70min no intermission; long climb to over-crowded restroom; some “clues” are thrown but never realized; the twist could be more surprising

Also Alexander Garfin, who portrays Jamie (the young boy), is only a studen... Read more Read less

85
All My Fathers
East Village
Challenging for audience (i mean me), 1 scene too intellectual, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Mind-blowing portrayal of a bipolar mother

See it if Playwright’s autobiographical work; gay son vs. dying parents & uncertain dad; breaking 4th wall a lot in last scenes; the “mother” actress

Don't see it if .. keeps my jaw dropping in awe; intimate theatre space @ LaMama basement (elevator available); dramaturgic scene is a bit self-indulgent

74
During previews
Power Strip
Upper W Side
Women empowering, Confusing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if Current events & flashbacks of a Muslim woman in a Greek refugee camp; All 4 actors are great, tho the female lead has a weaker projection;

Don't see it if Encounter with 3 males, 2 of it is realistic, while the last is a bit farfetched; Too much suspense, some feel unnecessary; 90min no intermi

Also What bothers me the most is the heroine’s ever changing “value” system... Read more Read less

82
Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if Khmer folk song in rock&roll style; Khmer Rouge’s story told in a fantasized & romanticized way; perfect casting, brilliant actor-musicians

Don't see it if History purist; loud music; Khmer lyrics with no subtitles, missed a great chance to introduce/educate, should have slipped sheet in program

Also Act 1 is a bit nonsensical, especially the clownish style of “dad” in ... Read more Read less

89
During previews
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Resonant, Refreshing, Clever, Strangely relieving, Weirdly directed

See it if standup solo talkshow backed up by 5 brilliant musician/actor;Rock&Roll concert with original numbers discussing pain & death; Superb set!!

Don't see it if Cancer/loss of love/death triggers you; loud music; breaking 4th wall & sing along; chaotic last scene; 65min of teasing the “death”;

89
Beyond Babel
West Village
Great acting, Entertaining, Refreshing, Masterful, Top-notch dance show

See it if Street dance (mainly urban) masters, strong ensemble with sparkling solos; choreography seamlessly matching the music & lyrics; high energy!

Don't see it if Similar dance style, could feel repetitive after 2hrs; Floor movements & footwork blocked by front row audience; budgeted set; vague story

96
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Clever, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You’re ready for a new version; hormone-infused choreography; smart use of live-footage & LED and backstage; Understudy Tony’s acting!!

Don't see it if 1hr45min nonstop; “I feel Pretty” deleted, song sequence&intention changed, “Officer Krupke” not funny anymore; young actors’ debut!!

Also Ensemble use their physical language to create an immersive atmosphere... Read more Read less

98
Profound, Great live music, Great acting, Powerful physical theatre, Spiritual

See it if Mexican indigenous folklores performed by 3 indigenous actors & 1 musician; visceral; created an ethereal atmosphere; Smart minimal props

Don't see it if You don’t want subtitles - spoken in Spanish, Mayan, etc; 1 actor is gender non-binary and tells the story of childhood trauma;85min nonstop

Also Involves minimal audience interaction; the 1st two audience may be tea... Read more Read less

84
During previews
17 Minutes
Midtown W
Slow at times, Super realistic, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Confusing staging

See it if Aftermath of a school gunshot; perspectives of various agents; all actors are great; playwright aims to provoke but not to resolve

Don't see it if Audience seated at both sides of a middle ground/stage, can see others’ faces in scenes; 80 min no intermission; super depressing ending

82
Goodbye
Soho/Tribeca
Resonant, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

See it if Fringe gem; 6 actors all have their moments; Strong lead & brilliant ensemble; Live BGM is so fitting; Smart writing by a young playwright;

Don't see it if Soho Playhouse’s mainstage functions at its best, change of light&sound creates an underwater experience; Death&mourning, heavy topic;

73
Orpheus & Eurydice
Soho/Tribeca
Confusing, Good singing, Audience forms a circle, Friendly cast, 3rd person narrative

See it if Fringe style small production of friendly 4ppl cast; fast spoken words accompanied by live music; 1 singer has great voice; new studio space

Don't see it if Can’t figure out its relation with the Greek classic; Cast encourages audience participation; Casual intro talk; 2hrs with 1 intermission

Also I don’t think anyone cares about the production history before they fa... Read more Read less

72
Wikipedia history as lyrics, Theatre as a bar, New cast needs more time, 3 free cocktails, Entertaining

See it if A cappella of history of cocktails (Irish coffee is tasty); nice bar venue; 4 hardworking actors managed to pull off various accents;

Don't see it if Many small accidents (some are actually funny); material not in actors’ body yet, they don’t feel the joy, thus neither can we;

Also The tenor needs to work on his high notes, tho his acting is adorable;... Read more Read less

88
Anna Karenina: a riff
Soho/Tribeca
Super fun, Semi-immersive, Refreshing, Clever, Delightful

See it if Modern adaptation with Pop/rock elements; musician as narrator (Shakespeare clown); smart use of limited space&props; audience interaction

Don't see it if 2hr with 10min break; 40ish seats; close to the action; requires lots of imagination; act2’s pace slows down, and not as witty as act1

Also Gwen Kingston not only rewrites the book, but also delivers a powerful... Read more Read less

82
Ambitious, Educational, Exhausting at times, Making sharp points, High energy stand-up

See it if 80min of personal burning-man adventure & the problematic history of IQ test; shifting from comedian persona to lecturer persona; forceful..

Don't see it if ..but lack ease at times & may exhaust some audience; Cultural references (names) hard to get for foreigner’s ear; Weak ending in Love&Peace

98
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Profound, So foreign yet so relatable, Great great acting, Great writing, Traumatizing

See it if The falling apart of a small town/family; smart writing makes you empathize with these strangers; 2hr50min passed in a wink;

Don't see it if Horrible scenic design & seating: 2 side areas are behind the stage, 4 pillars are blocking sight. 2 intermission with long toilet queue

Also Edmund Donovan is so powerful and inspiring as an actor (Good job, Yal... Read more Read less

85
Where Are We Now
East Village
Funny, Cabaret without alcohol, David bowie tribute, Generous soloist, Dreamlike

See it if 2 acts, 2hrs, 1 intermission, 1 singer & 1 pianist (both highly talented); The actor has full control of stage, bring us to Berlin, London..

Don't see it if Plain set; Spotlight turns the room hot; Acoustic at La Mama basement is passable - thank god the singer is skillful with the mic!

Also I knew nothing about David Bowie or his music before the show. I will ... Read more Read less

89
Profound, Entertaining, Ex-accountant on the fringe, Generous sharing, Moving as the shenandoah

See it if Solo show, 75min of genuine life story: making peace with dad, battling cancer, fulfilling childhood dream; heartfelt live music; with humor

Don't see it if Little acting craft; no singing skill; tho better than a highly skillful act; intimate basement cabaret venue, 1 toilet room for each gender

Also What makes a great performer/performance? From this show, I realize it... Read more Read less

86
Great singing, Entertaining, Plain set, Broadway-standard cast, World-class composition

See it if Maury Yeston is a genius, so is the cast of 5+1 pianist; A revue with smart choreography and number sequence; 75 min of joy;

Don't see it if You want a plot; Revue is more fitting for cabaret setting, since disconnected songs could be challenging for both actors & audience;

Also Justin Keyes is so funny and charismatic, and Jovan E’Sean, a newly gr... Read more Read less

96
Comedian solo show, Must see, Touching, Hilarious, Emotion rollercoaster ride

See it if a lesbian Jewish comedian’s autobiographical show - the versatile actor acts out all Jewish mothers, including her own; unique perspective

Don't see it if .. to milestone events in this country’s recent history, including 9/11 & AIDS epidemic; 75min of swift witty lines;

Also I missed some Jewish reference as a non-Jew, but enjoyed the show rega... Read more Read less

82
During previews
One in Two
Midtown W
A play with no end, Provocative, Call for hiv+ awareness, Audience pick no.1, Futuristic scenic design

See it if Black men’s struggle against HIV+; calling for shattering the shame; great performance by trio; raise questions with humor; unique writing

Don't see it if LGBTQ problem is not your problem; sex, nudity, alcoholism, suicide trigger you; 90 min without intermission; minimal audience engagement

Also It’s 1 in 2 for gay black men. It’s too striking a fact to ignore. Yet... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if In preview, cut from 4hr last week to 3hr now; doesn’t feel long due to lively language and intriguing acting; 10+ actors portraying tough,

Don't see it if .. broken, underprivileged women; Some scenes are weaker probably due to recent rewrite (1 actor shouts out “line” at one point);

Also If life is a constant struggle, is it still worth living?

86
Thought provoking, Great acting, Gradually unwoven, A thriller with twists, A surprising treat

See it if So much tension between each pair of characters; sitting at my chair edge expecting for more; 75min well spent

Don't see it if You feel weird when the playwright is playing one character; the buildup takes a bit too long; small space with coded toilet; plain set

Also It’s simply too hard to admit one’s mediocrity, isn’t it?

92
During previews
Important history, Women empowering, Epic duet left me shocked, Flawless writing, Beautiful scenic design

See it if The friendship between & the struggle of 2 female scientists; 90 min of laugh and tears; the acting is so REAL, so moving; echoing ending;

Don't see it if Criticism of patriarchal society may hurt some ego; No intermission; Go & Watch it!!

75
During previews
Confusing gender swap, Overly simplified politics, Engaged theatre, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if Reimagines an African-American woman’s involvement with Carter’s presidency; raises awareness for equal rights & global warming; 1st preview

Don't see it if 100 min no intermission; 2 leading actors shift into opposite gender.. while the drag lady is comical, the🙍🏾‍♀️Carter isn’t convincing;

Also The female lead (President Carter) tripped quite a bit with lines, and... Read more Read less

75
During previews
2 solo show by 2 writer, Feels incoherent woven into one, Powerful acting & singing by both, Super slow act one, Important anti-racism msg

See it if I thought about leaving during intermission. Glad I didn’t. Act 2 is deeply moving. Act 1 covers two unrelated themes thus fulfills neither

Don't see it if Black life in mid 20c USA - freedom rider, school discrimination, etc. Sadly, feels relatable today. Monotonous music makes ppl dozing.

Also Theatre easily accessible near time square station; has elevator; bare... Read more Read less

99
Soft Power
East Village
Queen and i, American patriotism at core, Full house standing ovations, Multi-layered parody, Creators have guts!

See it if You ever concerned about American’s future post-election; High-energy parody drives audience into constant laughter; discuss Sino-American

Don't see it if .. relationship in a witty way; could be offensive to some - Queen (Hilary) & I, Book of ‘Merica; 2 hrs with 1 intermission; Ends 11/10;

79
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Macbeth as r’n’r musical, Little chemistry between leading couple, Banquo keeps stealing the show!, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Smart reimagined version; several brilliant plot twists in ActII; impressive set design, surprising scene change; supporting characters 👍

Don't see it if Little chem Mac & Lady Mac, renders the duet scenes (esp. the death scene) landing flat; LOUD thunder effect; super strong AC; GAY-friendly

Also “why I love football” & “Kick-Ass party” will soon be in lots of “char... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Games
Soho/Tribeca
Narrative style, Fringe production, Great acting, Ambitious, Banal

See it if Nazi sport history told by 2 Jewish athletes; 70 min with smooth scene change; simple effective staging; identity struggle against labeling

Don't see it if documentary style, talky with little action or interaction; literary devices applied with traces; plot too heroic and somehow implausible