See it if A narrative play that starts real slowly but gets better.
Don't see it if Could have been better directed.
See it if you like pondering what if? Weaving historical figures in a touching tale of two men whose initial relationship take finds new values.
Don't see it if if you want a happy, go lucky story or a set that shows you Amsterdam, though the staging, projections and lighting are first rate.
See it if you like gay romances, stories based on chance encounters, have a fondness for Amsterdam, want to see 2 young actors in strong performances
Don't see it if don't like gay stories, immigration issues, a Greek chorus playing multiple roles, frustrating potentially tragic tales,
See it if you like a very well acted and written drama centering on 2 men who casually meet but have a powerful affect on each other long after.
Don't see it if you like a happy show or don't like talk of immigration problems. Read more
See it if You want a though provoking show about immigrant life today.
Don't see it if You don’t want to think too much about world issues.
See it if A moving love story of passing strangers in Amsterdam. Love is definitely love.
Don't see it if If you prefer a musical then skip this one.
See it if You want to see a creative and interesting way to tell a story about something that happened between two people on one particular day
Don't see it if You don’t like plays that are narrative. The good news is it’s not one person narrating the play Read more
See it if you want to see a poorly written play with poor direction and amateurish acting. This production is a total disaster.
Don't see it if you have other options. The 100 minutes running time felt like an eternity.
"The playwright, has also overwhelmed the show, with a surfeit of ideas jostling for limited oxygen. This is a quasi-romance and coming-of-age story set inside a refugee crisis in a world awash in bigotry."
"There’s no escaping the clunky dialogue, but it’s relieved by a chorus of three actors, who voice the thoughts of Kevin—who’s struggling to turn his recollections into a book—and variously incarnate Rembrandt, van Gogh, Anne Frank, and ludicrous tourists."
"The tension between Kevin and Sammy is in their overarching worldview: Kevin, a child of a Filipino immigrant, is convinced in that oh-so-American way that an experience is only worth something if it can be turned into art for public consumption ... Sammy, meanwhile, lives life day by day out of necessity, and rejects this compulsion to leave behind relics of his existence for strangers to enjoy."
Time is the antagonist in Clarence Coo's play…Coo, a new face to New York theatregoers -- a 2019 production of this play was postponed by Primary Stages -- has a novelist's sensibility combined with a taste for theatrical flourishes. The situation in On That Day in Amsterdam, at first glance a natural for the page, is massaged by the playwright and his director, Zi Alikhan, into a touching and entirely stage-worthy meditation on the strange ways our lives are shaped by the facts of history, the distortions of memory, and the consolations of art.
"In a world where the line between content and art gets hazier every day, it's a thought-provoking debate to peer in on. "
"For all of the play’s sometimes self-conscious social and historical nuances, in fact, it’s the common humanity evinced in these performances—and in other aspects of Coo’s lyrical, compassionate writing—that make 'Amsterdam' most compelling."
" 'On That Day in Amsterdam' is a fantasia of poetry, poignancy and compassion, the work of a writer who is able to create overlapping worlds with remarkable skill. His is a voice that’s a pleasure to discover."