XS2211

Astoria | 25-34 | Male
About:  Actor, World explorer. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (119)
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

85
During previews
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Young actors with great potential, Social awareness, Clear strong message

See it if How drug addict destroy self & ppl around; actors turn out to be brilliant after a gradual warmup; feel heavy-hearted exiting theatre

Don't see it if Intimate space with 3-sided audience, 3 rows each side; simple set; 90 min no intermission; not entertaining, but with comical moments;

82
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
3 standbys, Delightful, Cliched, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Lead was played by standby; Funny numbers worked, touching numbers didn’t; Sarah Stiles is brilliant! The other female lead saved energy;

Don't see it if Marquis Theatre’s recent productions are underwhelming, this one is beyond expectation; The gender-swap plot is outdated; Ending is flat;

73
Funny, Overrated, Raunchy, Ambitious

See it if 1-woman standup show about blowjob with occasional witty or poetic language; half time enjoyable, half time insipid;

Don't see it if The comedian keeps pacing towards SL & SR with no purpose, which drives me CRAZY & DIZZY! The content is at the edge of being tasteless

89
Boogieban
West Village
Closing soon, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Hit me like a flowing stream

See it if PTSD of veteran; dialogues with a military psychiatrist; didn’t expect such acting from such tiny old theatre; free drinks from bar;

Don't see it if 2 flashback war scenes with loud sound effect; expose problems of war & US military system; 100 min no intermission; 50+ seat with 7audience

Also It’s a simple narrative with few flashbacks & twists, yet so very movi... Read more Read less

78
Unfitting venue, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You’re a fan of either duo;2 monologue 50 min each; about death&new birth; actor being true self; better to stage in black box theatre;

Don't see it if Bare set, isn’t worth the broadway-price; no interaction between the duo, it’s 2 short monologue-plays; lack action due to writing; freezing

78
Funny, Raunchy, Quirky, Entertaining, Clever

See it if A female playwright created 38 fake profiles on dating app, collected data, to create this show; witty improv with selected audience;

Don't see it if However, the main plot and msg are cliched, jokes bit forced; the interactive app experience is fun, but also distractive in a dark theatre

61
The White Dress
Soho/Tribeca
Indulgent, Confusing, Slow, Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if A queer boy’s self-identity exploring journey; great concept falls flat; occasional sparks between the young lovers; they fixed the AC..

Don't see it if Still warm tho. Amateur theatre: weak writing & directing; confusing movement as scene change; 2 actors hardly audible in small studio..

Also They say it’s 100min. We were trapped 8-10pm, which caused me missing ... Read more Read less

82
The Comedian's Tragedy
Soho/Tribeca
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You’re into ancient Greek story; kudos to the leading actor; low cost but efficient production

Don't see it if 2.5 hrs in a warm theatre; script needs trim;

85
Aunt Jack
East Village
Entertaining, Refreshing, Quirky, Edgy, Funny

See it if Gay themes, drag, gay parenting, quirky and fun,

Don't see it if Many twists, small set, open relationships, poor child and parent relationships

82
Working: A Musical
Midtown W
No well rehearsed, Relevant, Masterful, Great singing, Great acting

See it if Songs based on ordinary working ppl’s oral history; broadway veterans in cast; numbers close to finalé are deeply moving; efficient staging

Don't see it if In talkback, it’s revealed that the show is a result of 2-week rehearsal, a usual case for Encore!, which leads to lyrics-holding onstage

Also It’s more like a well-staged cold reading, than a full fledged product... Read more Read less

96
During previews
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Must see, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if high energy, real chemistry ensemble; great directing from Saheem Ali; based on a gay-activist murder 2010 Uganda; standing ovation by all

Don't see it if You’re not into LGBTQ stories or things happening in a foreign country;

Also This is my second time watching a play directed by Saheem Ali (last ti... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Didactic, Disappointing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You’re interested in first black female baseball player’s biographic story; impressive set and lighting; great cast; somewhat humorous

Don't see it if problematic writing: didactic, lack of conflict to drive the story forward; baseball terms; Neither feminism nor racism fully discussed

72
During previews
Square Go
Midtown E
Disappointing, Loud, Dizzying

See it if You want to see “Podrick” in GOT up close; devoted (lots of sweat) acting; about toxic masculinity;

Don't see it if You are not used to Scottish (or is it Irish) accent; round theatre; seats are too close to actors, audience are forced to engage; very loud

96
Epic, Masterful, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Miranda’s moving autobiographical score/lyrics are brought fully alive by the ensemble — and I’m living every moment with them!What a bless!

Don't see it if Would have given them 100 if the sound system weren’t that shitty.. it hurt the artists’ vocal chords! Duets’ harmony is sometimes off-pitch

Also However, I’m fully absorbed by their truthful & visceral acting/living... Read more Read less

77
Confusing, Raunchy, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You want to watch archetype-acting (fool/maid/midwife) reaching its peak, all 3 actors are brilliant; you are familiar with Shakespear’s tex

Don't see it if Overly-ambitious writing; trying to make it both farcical and sophisticated; too many cultural and political references that can be confusin

60
Disappointing, Confusing, Excruciating, Overrated, Raunchy

See it if You’re into Chekov produced as farce; Nina is top-less in her 1st scene; Dorn ripps off his lover’s panty & puts on head;

Don't see it if beauty of Chekov’s subtext is ruined by expressed aloud; you can see all the “works” done by the actors rather than being in Chekov’s world

Also In the first 10 min, the forced giggle of “Marsha” made me wanna escap... Read more Read less

60
Disappointing, Great staging, Excruciating, Overrated, Cliched

See it if You admire any one of the star-cast (the “father” got applause before he spoke); you like self-indulgent white-male savior story for racism

Don't see it if script too dated; the Alabama Accent somewhat hard to grasp; after being “spoiled” by off-broadway & downtown theatre, this work seems banal

Also Rear mezz seating is partial-viewed!! The toilet line was the most cha... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Nomad Motel
Chelsea
Refreshing, Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if 3 teenagers’ survival under flawed parenting; chemistry between 2 leads is deeply moving; smart lighting & scene change; laughter with tears

Don't see it if The sword-fight scene between father & son is too far-fetched, doesn’t fit the realism tone of the play;

91
Original Sound
West Village
Entertaining, Resonant, Great live music, Great acting, Underrated

See it if It’s DOPE, man! Reveals the dark side of music industry, provokes thoughts about “originality” of an artist; Great casting of 3 leads

Don't see it if If hip-hop or EDM is unbearable to your ears; you mind sitting too close to actors (it’s an intimate setup, 2 rows of chairs on 3 sides)

Also Sebastian (the male lead) is multi-talented. The collaborative “improv... Read more Read less

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

88
During previews
Moving in a weirdly unexpected way, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Loved Parker’s work in HBO’s ANGELS IN AMERICA,moved again by her “duet” with the young talented Hochman; multi-layered storytelling..

Don't see it if 90 min no intermission; little action; leaves me bewildered walking out of theatre and desperately trying to buy the script and dive back

Also Adam Rapp is a playwright I’ll pay more attention to in the future - h... Read more Read less

99
During previews
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
See you on broadway!, No weak link, Invasive atmosphere from 1st beat, Seamless transition from number to number, 1step from perfection

See it if Catchy R&B/Pop tunes sung by powerful vocalists; dancers shine as bright as singers; timely & relevant story; Joshua Henry nailed every song

Don't see it if 2 male leads swap character from show to show, I watched Joshua playing the “wrong man”. No late seating; Ending number could be stronger.

96
During previews
Refreshing, Must see, Entertaining, Thrilling, Lin in the house!

See it if You like Hamilton and want to see its creator’s latest work; talented free-stylists improv on words/stories from audience; Lin’s entrance..

Don't see it if blew the roof away!! .. Don’t see if you’re expecting traditional show; content could be PG or offensive to some religion; phone locked up..

60
Fluffy, Overrated, Underrehearsed, Disappointing, Amateur

See it if You don’t mind actors who cannot project voice properly, miss their cue a lot, yell without intention; Is this a new cast? Doesn’t match 86

Don't see it if The theatre is dreadful - hot without ac, noise from the street, projector turned on by accident breaking the make-believe..

Also I watched a deeply moving “In the Heights” here, and had high expectat... Read more Read less

69
Lulu XX
East Village
Dizzying, Confusing, Quirky, Raunchy, Great staging

See it if Experimental & surreal; strong female soloist; artsy devices; spacious seating area

Don't see it if Know little about “Lulu”; expect a STORY; loud gunshot & strong flashlight; more like a installation at MoMA

96
Then She Fell
Brooklyn
Intimate, Surreal, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if enjoy genuine intimacy with actors - 15ppl/show, at most 5ppl in same room, lots of 1v1 interaction; superb sets&props; a magical atmosphere

Don't see it if created and sustained by the cast; 4-5 alcoholic drinks offered within plot, 1 tea at end; plz do homework to better understand; 2hr no pee.

82
During previews
Reborning
Soho/Tribeca
Intense, Quirky, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You’re into doll-related horror films; this is not horror, but close - disturbing, bit horrifying, kept me alert for 1.5 hr; strong acting

Don't see it if You don’t want to deal with infant death, child abandonment.. dark issues; uncomfortable seating & strong AC & long queue for toilet;

72
Ink
Midtown W
Indulgent, Disappointing, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if The rise of a British newspaper by selling topless girl on “page 3”; straight play with musical elements; High energy cast & lavish set.

Don't see it if Characters don’t feel real due to writing; story not relatable; good acting alone cannot keep one interested for 2hr45min; AC very strong

76
Disappointing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Kudos to cast for covering all acting/singing/dancing without swing, esp. the lead Will Roland for his extreme vulnerability and high energy

Don't see it if Strong 1st act but banal 2nd act; plot not unexpected, songs unmemorable; may re-traumatize ppl who felt hard to fit in; music quite loud..

Also The story reminds me of Little Shop of Horror.. a LOT!! Troublesome to... Read more Read less

78
Repetitive music, Funny, Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Shabby space saved by 4 talented young actors (mostly nyc debut) ; great casting; covers lots of elements: love, competition, family..

Don't see it if One bulb burnt and created smoke but unplugged on time; no chemistry between the two “falling in love”; many stairs to basement toilet..

Also Provides some insights of the bottom of Hollywood food chain, but noth... Read more Read less

80
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
A bit too long, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You know Chekov’s Uncle Vanya well - this is a witty adaptation, with side roles/plots added to make it more relatable; Pendleton is magical

Don't see it if There’s one weak link in today’s ensemble; 2hr20min may be too long for some; Chekov purists may hate this interpretation; tempo a bit slow

61
Irrelevant, Raunchy, Insipid, Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if Classic literature acted out by an experienced actress; 70 min monologue of female sexual experience; contains nudity and strong language

Don't see it if stream of consciousness; no plot/conflict; audience dozing but dare not fall asleep cuz too close to stage; uncomfortable seatin in basement

89
During previews
In the Green
Upper W Side
Refreshing, Great singing, Great staging, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if Vocal sounds programmed by the great “witch/healer” (played by McLean) into multi-track music as accompaniment while talented women singing

Don't see it if If you hate feminism; dislike any digitalized sound in musical piece; or are not interested in all female cast; The ending is bit abrupt.

Also Poignant msg - “We should take control of our body” - expressed in ref... Read more Read less

80
In the Closet
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if Care about gay life’s different stages; smart plot and affective storytelling; with twist in 2nd act;

Don't see it if Ending is a bit weird; set is bare; ppl in front row can block the lower half of actors’ body;

80
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Refreshing, Great acting, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You ever doubted your identity, esp. gay or black man; it’s an autobiographic musical, with writer/composer as lead.. salute to his talent

Don't see it if Lyrics are written to confront/provoke.. “AIDS is punishment” for eg.; entertaining start, then turns more self-loathing till end;

Also It’s like seeing the artist peeling off his clothes, skin, flesh in fr... Read more Read less

77
Intense, Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting, Dated

See it if like war themes, comedy, cheeky and playful characters, revolutionary themes, history, nice sets, great acting

Don't see it if slow second act, loud noises, darkness

77
Disappointing, Dated, Intense, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Life of the poor in Dublin, 1920s, during the Irish civil war; impressive acting from “Juno” & “Mrs Tancred”; singing is in full character

Don't see it if You’re not Irish, the story may feel irrelevant and the accent too strong to comprehend; the ending is not strong enough; the acting uneven

Also Got a $55 ticket through Show-Score, seating is good (2nd from left, 3... Read more Read less

90
Great writing, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if A smart deconstruction work of Shakespeare’s words; great chemistry between the duo; affective minimal staging; sincere/insightful talkback

Don't see it if Shakespeare’s words are too foreign; you mind all-around studio space with 1 row of chairs each side (super intimate with the actors);

86
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Smart, political puppet musical; 2 leads each play 2 roles (very different! how talented!); the content/lyrics are thought-provoking

Don't see it if 2hr15min is too long for you; you get offended easily by political/religious jokes (the old lady next to me “escaped” during intermission)

Also Glad I found this gem through Show-Score before it closes on 5/25. It ... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Feral
Midtown E
Slow, Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if Live shooting of 3 actors setting up cardboards with sketches on; would have recommended to kids if it wasn’t trying to sell political msgs

Don't see it if Bad storytelling is bad storytelling, no matter what form it uses; “actors” so busy with moving props that the plot is never fully developed

Also The theatre company is based in Edinburgh. If this is a Fringe show, I... Read more Read less