XS2211

Astoria | 25-34 | Male
About:  Actor, World explorer. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (199)
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

88
“shylock” is a true star, Refreshing, Masterful, Great staging, Absorbing
February 27th, 2022

See it if Original text, but new interpretation; heavy hearted with no resolution. Actor playing “Shylock”dim others, and has all my empathy/sympathy

Don't see it if 3hrs with one 10min break. Comedic supporting characters are strong. Antonio/Bassanio’s secret gay romance is annoying, partly cuz …

Also .. it’s staged/directed rather than heartfelt. It’s a production clear... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Delightful
February 22nd, 2022

See it if 1st preview. 6 actors, 3 elder ones have great comedic timing. 90min tight dialogue. Most characters lack a history, and got mean abruptly

Don't see it if Confusing writing, trying to cover all trendy topics, from political to religious, but failed to deliver a strong msg.

Also .. unless it’s just “white savior syndrome”? Then it’s predictable & d... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Tambo & Bones
Midtown W
Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious
February 5th, 2022

See it if Black ppl’s “experience” in 3 layers in 3 acts - a staged “minstrel” show; a rap concert; a seminar in the “future” after white-genocide..

Don't see it if Both actors are top-notch, with superb acting & singing skills; 2 “white” actors portray “robot” brilliantly; 4th wall breaking a lot..

Also Intentionally provocative; Might be left confused, cause the playwrigh... Read more Read less

81
Cheesy plot, Jukebox musical, Superb ensemble, Superb choreography, Extravagant
January 19th, 2022

See it if Into billboard top30 pop jukebox; Aaron Tveit is the star, tho lacks chemistry in duets. Burlesque vibe. 2hr45min of entertainment.

Don't see it if Family with kids. Plot barely exits. Supporting actors nail the emotional numbers, that do not fit this type of show. Just make it a concert

69
Fluffy, Easy solution, Talented kid actors, Forgettable songs, Great staging
December 7th, 2021

See it if Teenage gay-identity crisis; 2hr 1intermission; comical fantasy world; DearEvanHansen vibe; “glasses girl” has great comical timing..

Don't see it if “Trevor” is supposed to be the best singer/dancer in cast, but sadly not, which makes some plot (eg. dance teaching) confusing.

Also Loud repetitive tunes could bleed the ear.... Read more Read less

70
Disappointing, Alexander brown is a star, Weak ensemble, Well directed, A revue
December 4th, 2021

See it if Revue of Thomas Waller’s 1920-40s works, set in a jazz bar. Quick paced with live band. 1hr 40min with 1 intermission. 5 actors, 1 is great.

Don't see it if Brown is a true triple threat, with strong vocal, tap dance skill and some stunt moves, AMDA trained him well. Actresses need more training

66
Selling Kabul
Midtown W
Biased pov, Uneven acting, Illogical story, Disappointing, Cliched
December 3rd, 2021

See it if You buy “American Savior” discourse easily on Afghanistan issue; 100 min no intermission. More detail in “tell us more.”

Don't see it if Wasn’t believable. 1 actor wasn’t in character at all; feels she rehearsed & memorized the script in this high volume, fast paced way.

Also With Taliban regained control so fast, one would hope the playwright o... Read more Read less

78
Atticus ware is a prodigy, Starry cast, Great scenic design, Great dancing, Underrated
November 28th, 2021

See it if Atticus Ware(13yo) and Tony Yazbeck’s tap dance duel worths the ticket already. 2hr40min with 15min intermission. Up&downs of 1950s LSD trip

Don't see it if No coherence storyline, more like a self-reflection of 3 public figures & their deepest fear; No memorable songs; Stage feels empty a lot..

Also The whole ensemble is super talented, more ensemble dance numbers migh... Read more Read less

64
The Visitor
East Village
Great female leads, Potential wasted, Offensive message, Brilliant drummer, Great ensemble
November 27th, 2021

See it if .. could have worked if they swapped the protagonist from “professor” to any of the “illegal immigrants”. 90min for what?! self-indulgent.

Don't see it if Two male leads are lukewarm, 1 can act but sing lazily, 1 cannot act sincerely; They are dimmed by female leads. Talented ensemble wasted!!

Also That number about the old white man’s “awakening,” at the show’s clima... Read more Read less

82
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Delightful, Ambitious, Relevant, Great staging
November 25th, 2021

See it if Super strong supporting actors (those 3 kitchen staffs), quick witty verbal swords fight; Big monologues of incarceration stories ..

Don't see it if ..some didn’t land. The breaking 4th wall ending is confusing. Too many real knives on stage. Impressive “restaurant owner’s” costume change

86
Michael urie, Clever, Refreshing, Funny, Great writing
November 25th, 2021

See it if Weak start (2 least exciting characters) but gradually more engaging; Majority of the company’s Broadway debut; Urie was a show-stopper..

Don't see it if .. also the youngest girl, so mischievous; 2 hrs no intermission, didn’t feel long; Physical comedy lands well, not all dramatic tension tho

Also Transferred to Broadway from Queens Theatre. About the “surprises” on ... Read more Read less

82
The Alchemist
Midtown W
Heavy accents, Medieval material, Great acting, Great staging, Delightful
November 22nd, 2021

See it if Farce; 2 hrs with 10kin intermission; actor are all strong, I could somewhat get the jokes from their physical acting.

Don't see it if The adaptation made the material easier to approach, but the language is still archaic. The plot is too classic, and predictable.

77
During previews
A Sherlock Carol
Midtown W
Too long, Cliched, Great acting, Funny, Clever
November 19th, 2021

See it if Brilliant Broadway actors, each supporting member plays so many roles, the “housekeeper” is hilarious; 2.5 hrs with 1 intermission. Festive.

Don't see it if Too predictable & too long. This is a family show for some chuckle but nothing more. Actors talent a bit wasted. Plain set efficiently used.

92
Dana H. (Broadway)
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Profound, Must see, Great acting, Enchanting
November 16th, 2021

See it if 90min no intermission. Lips-syncing for majority of time. Actor trying to reconstruct an interviewee’s human actions. Deeply human. Surreal.

Don't see it if Violence & rape content warning. “Women victims are always blamed.” .. “I can never go back to my previous world.” ..profound loneliness..

Also One of the best performances & theatre works I’ve seen this season

73
During previews
Cullud Wattah
East Village
Disappointing, Timely, Slow, Great singing, Great staging
November 9th, 2021

See it if Current social event; strong ensemble of 5 women; hard, long quarrel scenes well acted; strong beginning & end; 2.5 hrs with 1 intermission

Don't see it if The writing needs cut; Content too heavy and lack humor to connect audience; Characters evenly written; Act 1 feels way too long.

80
Relevant, Great set, Fluffy, Funny, Ambitious
November 3rd, 2021

See it if 90min solo show about Asian American women led mask sewing group; American history during pandemic; uneven writing, somehow works due to ..

Don't see it if Chay Yew’s smart directing. “BLM” chapter feels forced. Reference to Asian American history and identity is heartfelt.

Also An important work, maybe not artistically, but for sure historically.

92
During previews
Great set, Great directing, Refreshing, Great acting, Funny
October 30th, 2021

See it if Saheem Ali’s directing work amazed me again. Quick tempo. Witty devices (“live TV airing” + mock Nigerian film). 90min of laughing tears out

Don't see it if Actors speak with heavy “Nigerian” accent. Ending was abrupt (but impactful). Go see it!!

72
Slow, Dated, Overrated, Great singing
October 14th, 2021

See it if Gospel singing; Talented John Cariani (Somthing Rotten; Bands Visit) plays clarinet so we’ll; Flying moon goddess & rotating stage;

Don't see it if More suitable to be called “A Jewish Boy’s memory of his nanny.” White male savior narrative, though in a boy’s voice. No memorable songs.

Also Kushner’s book is dated. Caroline is lack of her own agency, and most ... Read more Read less

85
Great writing, Timely, Relevant, Beautiful dancing, Great acting
October 9th, 2021

See it if Hyper-realistic acting, like watching a reality show; Requires patience to enjoy the dialogue driven acts; Dances are organically woven;

Don't see it if 4 sides audience seat; 2hrs no intermission; Real kitchen set, real cutting and cooking, real food.. better come with stomach filled;

Also Reminds me of the Tony winning “The Humans”.... Read more Read less

70
Overrated, Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting
October 8th, 2021

See it if Activism “theatre” ritual; participatory; made it clear it’s by and for Black People; 2hrs. Strong ensemble.

Don't see it if Intentionally didactic and confrontational; Audience, under peer pressure, will have to stand in circle and “express” opinions to BLM;

Also As a non-black audience, I felt “granted” a chance to witness their ri... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Letters Of Suresh
Midtown W
Zen, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great staging
October 2nd, 2021

See it if Monologues woven by 4 strong actors; 90 min no intermission; THOM SESMA was a show stopper and gave it a powerful ending; Japanese/atom bomb

Don't see it if Challenging for actors & audience - long monologues one after another in form of letters; scenic design beautiful but bit too indicative;

96
Masterful, Great acting, Great staging, Epic, Intense
September 30th, 2021

See it if An American story. An immigrants’ story. A New York Story. The summit of acting and directing!! All 3 actors pull out characters at ease.

Don't see it if No reason not to see. “The middle brother” stuttered 3 times during the 200 min show, and made me a bit worry of his continuity.

81
Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining
September 30th, 2021

See it if All 3 actors are Broadway veterans, esp. “Regina,” a powerhouse with perfect comedic moments. Small black box theatre & stage with smart set

Don't see it if Was a fun night of laughter, but wouldn’t provoke thoughts; Several impressive numbers, then got repetitive; Abrupt transitions; 80 min.

59
Rock of Ages
Midtown W
Excruciating, Cliched, Little artistic value, Plain material, Hardworking actors
March 9th, 2020

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 ..

82
Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting
March 6th, 2020

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

75
Too long, Entertaining, Confusing, Great band, Overrated
February 23rd, 2020

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

89
During previews
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Resonant, Refreshing, Clever, Strangely relieving, Weirdly directed
February 21st, 2020

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”;

96
Border People
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Great acting, Ambitious
February 21st, 2020

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

89
Beyond Babel
West Village
Great acting, Entertaining, Refreshing, Masterful, Top-notch dance show
February 16th, 2020

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

78
Bent
Brooklyn
Some plot hole, Low budget production, Slow, Intense, Great acting
February 14th, 2020

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

96
During previews
Clever, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great staging, Ambitious
February 12th, 2020

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

72
During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Disappointing, Masterful musician, Slow, Insipid, Unconventional miscasting
January 30th, 2020

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!