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Reviews (29)
During previews
The Minutes
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy Tracy Letts’ great writing and like to be entertained — laughing at times —but welcome something heavy to ponder on your way home.

Don't see it if You’d be frustrated with a play that eventually gets to its final message, but gets there at a relatively slow pace.

Also All of the actors do a very good job — including Armie Hammer, who thi... Read more Read less

During previews
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you love Ms. Morrisette's music and you can put up with trite discussions of well-worn family difficulties.

Don't see it if you want a musical that deals with up-to-date issues.

Also I admit -- I left at intermission. I thought long and hard whether the... Read more Read less

During previews
Midtown W
Slow, Disappointing

See it if Your relative is in it.For example, Adina Verson is hilarious as a Julia Child-esque medieval cook at the open & good w/weak material later.

Don't see it if You are hoping to laugh throughout what aims to be a farcical play.

Also First preview, so some potential to improve. But other than the first ... Read more Read less

During previews
Something Clean
Midtown W
Relevant, Profound, Great acting

See it if You would find interest in seeing a rare exploration of the effects of sexual abuse upon the family of the convicted abuser. Fine acting!

Don't see it if A sequence of many short episodes illustrating relevant story points would leave your head spinning.

Also Here’s one more takeaway: Kathryn Erbe did a great job as the shaken m... Read more Read less

During previews
The Mother
Confusing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You love Isabelle Huppert’s acting and appreciate seeing everything she does.

Don't see it if You want a coherent linear plot that works towards a satisfying conclusion.

Also To me, worth it to see Madame Huppert.

Midtown E
Clever, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you loved The Talented Mr. Ripley and would enjoy verbal repartee between its author and her publisher representative.

Don't see it if you would find a 90 minute conversation with a couple of surprises thrown in to be boring - or if you have no familiarity with "Mr. Ripley."

Also I recalled I enjoyed The Talented Mr. Ripley quite a bit, but I benefi... Read more Read less

During previews
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Quirky, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if You love John Larroquette and would like to see him do some very good acting for almost every minute of a two-hour intelligent farce.

Don't see it if Farce turns you off, even one where cultural references tied into the overall plot make it farcical, rather than dumb jokes and pratfalls.

Also To tell you the truth, based on the comments and score here I almost d... Read more Read less

Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to experience what it was like for gay men within and outside their families under conditions that existed years ago.

Don't see it if an observation of gay life from years ago is not of interest to you.

Also I was concerned about the age of the play and also with the very hands... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want to see great theater, and it wouldn’t bother you that Aaron Sorkin expanded upon the original story in imaginative ways.

Don't see it if You are too tied to the original book and how it plays out.

Also The acting was outstanding — Jeff Daniels and the adults who played re... Read more Read less

Epic, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if I saw the original via standing room. It was enchanting. It started a lifelong love of theatre. Today I reconnected with an old dear friend!

Don't see it if If you don’t focus on the dancers in Bway musicals and don’t really care about the ups and downs in their lives and careers, skip this show.

During previews
Slow, Fluffy, Funny

See it if You really want to see the three big stars in a very large theater.

Don't see it if You want to see a play with either a stronger message, or more laughs.

Also This is a small play with big stars that I think would have been bette... Read more Read less

That Physics Show
Midtown W
Entertaining, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You weren’t a whiz in Physics (e.g., I took Physics for Poets in college), but are willing to learn a bit more. Well done lecture and demos.

Don't see it if You know science already — or you wouldn’t enjoy a show surrounded by kids.

Also I saw this and the Chemistry one, checking them out for when grandkids... Read more Read less

Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You want to share in a good dose of joy related to 9/11 — a city responding in an incredible way to thousands of unexpected visitors.

Don't see it if If memories of September 11 are too hard to remember and rejoice about.

Also My 9/11 experiences were on the opposite end of the spectrum, as I was... Read more Read less

During previews
Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Relevant

See it if You can handle a play that is spot on about Alzheimer’s and all the sadness that accompanies it.

Don't see it if If personal experience with a parent or friend with Alzheimer’s is too difficult to remember.

Also Elaine May at 86 was, in a word, incredible. Funny, edgy, heart-breaki... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Ambitious, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a show that is of this moment, and deals with difficult racial issues where right & wrong is hard to clearly delineate.

Don't see it if You don’t want to listen to internal family debates about race and which parent is right and which is wrong within a bi-racial marriage.

Also Often in theater, the name stars are fine, and then a lesser known act... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Dated

See it if you want to see everything Horton Foote has written.

Don't see it if you have seen Mr. Foote's other plays and are hoping this one will stand up to them in quality.

Also Nice set, good to adequate acting, but a story that slowly Read more Read less

Refreshing, Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a somewhat quirky concert with very good music, interesting dancing, and thoughtful commentary.

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional musical -- it bears no relation to such theater.

Also My knowledge of David Byrne was limited going in -- just loving his mu... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Great singing, Slow

See it if You welcome a tale of wrongs aimed at Blacks and White domestic abuse in the Southern Civil Rights Act era, with a bunch of well-sung songs.

Don't see it if You don’t want a relatively slow-moving story with some of the songs seeming to come out of nowhere and not really moving the story along.

Also Very hard to get a ticket. Not sure if it’s because of the quality of ... Read more Read less

During previews
Happy Talk
Midtown W
Great acting, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You want to see Susan Sarandon or Marin Ireland on stage.

Don't see it if You want an engrossing plot that builds through the evening.

Also This one is on author (not actor) Jesse Eisenberg. You could pull out ... Read more Read less

During previews
Fiercely Independent
Indulgent, Slow

See it if Seeing a passive aggressive relatively silent husband and an outgoing witty suffering wife would be interesting to you.

Don't see it if You would want to see troubled spouses actually trying to work through their problems.

Also I’ve heard more interesting verbal battles between spouses in NYC rest... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Relevant, Slow

See it if you are interested in the Irish independence effort and the related fight that carried on for so many years and claimed so many victims.

Don't see it if if understanding pretty heavy accents would cause a problem for you, or if you want a play with a lot of action throughout.

Also I find that plays at the Irish Rep often involve significant issues ex... Read more Read less

During previews
Actually, We're F**ked
West Village
Entertaining, Quirky, Funny

See it if You can find humor in millenial angst done in a non-annoying way — some serious topics discussed with some laughs along the way.

Don't see it if you believe millennials are overly sensitive and consider issues solely on how those issues affect themselves — and thus you would be bored.

Also Actually not f**ked. I had concerns about the first preview of a new p... Read more Read less

Blue Ridge
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You are such a Marin Ireland fan that you must see and will enjoy everything she is in (as I thought I was — I was wrong).

Don't see it if Halfway through the first act, the story, the staging, the acting led me to conclude that I wouldn’t make it past the intermission.

Also Sorry but I left at intermission — if it got better during the second ... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great writing

See it if You want to be part of a deeply researched slice of NYC life in the 1950’s. Brings back many memories of my growing up in Brooklyn.

Don't see it if A somewhat talky show that goes on for awhile discussing an expanded family’s existence in NYC would not interest you.

Also An extremely interesting endeavor — if wide-ranging types of experimen... Read more Read less

During previews
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Delightful, Great staging, Must see, Masterful

See it if You want to be totally enthralled by this tale of family, politics, and murder.

Don't see it if You can’t sit for 3 hours and 15 minutes, though the time passed by relatively quickly. Or if Irish accents are difficult to understand.

Also The family nature of the story masks deep undercurrents of extremely d... Read more Read less

Confusing, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if You really want to learn a little bit about chemistry — the teaching is not too deep. Or if you have kids and need to find an activity.

Don't see it if If pretty basic info about chemistry is not something you would find interesting. Or if being around a bunch of kids is not your cup of tea.

Also To plan for grandkid visits, I saw the physics show one day (really go... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You love a show that makes you think — and leads you to reminisce about your own life and the paths you chose, right or wrong.

Don't see it if A period piece that requires a good deal of thought is not something you want to do.

Also I rarely see a show twice, but I did with Conways. It helped the secon... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You find extremely broad farce to be funny — I do not, but I took a chance, but did not enjoy the show.

Don't see it if If, like me, farce rarely hits your funny bone.

Final Follies
West Village
Slow, Funny, Dated

See it if You want to commemorate all that A.R. Gurney brought to the stage over his long career.

Don't see it if You want to remember Mr. Gurney’s great work rather than 2 tepid one act plays and one interesting one.