"'A New Brain,' for all of its many strengths, is a flabby sort of musical..Most of the songs are pretty wonderful. However, the overall musical is less so. The main problem, for me, is the lack of real stakes--there is never any doubt that Gordon is going to live and prosper...Luckily, the Gallery Players can overcome one tone deaf apple, and, as with all of their musicals, this one is solid and smoothly directed." Full Review
"Laugh-out-loud funny but refreshingly light during dramatic moments...Manocherian as Schwinn is the clear standout of the show...But other members of the ensemble fail to distinguish their characters, and director and choreographer Barrie Gelles sometimes seems to be at a loss for what to do with his actors in the space...A heartfelt and sentimental comedy tackling heavy themes in innovative ways...but the production doesn’t always have what it takes to realize the show’s fullest potential." Full Review
“‘A New Brain’ is a musical written by William Finn shortly after his having successfully undergone surgery to repair an arteriovenous malformation. It contains too many songs (32 numbers), too many scenes, and a particularly unlikeable, neurotic, main character. The cast is extremely talented. At only $25.00 a ticket, seeing this show is worth your effort and time. You will receive good value in exchange for your hard-earned money.” Full Review
See it if You enjoy seeing rarely revived and cutting edge musicals in an intimate theater performed by a great cast of young talent.
Don't see it if No reason not to see A New Brain
See it if Lovely tale about a gay songwriter's brain operation. Enthusiastic performance by a large cast having a great time. Wonderful music.
Don't see it if You demand Broadway-quality performers/production. You don't want to travel to Brooklyn. I thought this was so charming & well worth it.
See it if you like Bill Finn's idiosyncratic through-sung yet talky style, are pro-gay, or liked Falsettos.
Don't see it if you are too squeamish about brain surgery, don't like depictions of romance between men, or didn't like Falsettos.
See it if you want to see a talented cast sing and dance in a well constructed, well choreographed show. Impressive for a small neighborhood theater!
Don't see it if you believe that only Broadway can present a quality musical.
See it if you're a William Finn fan, as I am. Ambitious -- cast of 15, only 10 in original Lincoln Center 1998 production.
Don't see it if you dislike sung-through musicals and are uncomfortable with same sex relationships depicted on stage.
See it if you enjoy a well thought out show that is nicely executed with some fine performances. If you are already a fan, this is worth a look.
Don't see it if you are not a fan of William Finn or don't appreciate very good community theater.
See it if you can handle vibrantly intelligent lyrics with engaging melodies that are staged with style and enacted by a first-rate cast. Enthralling.
Don't see it if Fast & Furious is your favorite film or if you want to miss the award-worthy performance of Jesse Manocherian as a persnickety songwriter.
See it if Nonstop singing from start to end from a talented cast that often break into a full choreography involving everyone. Such a delight
Don't see it if There’s a very annoying rattling fan from the ceiling that slightly ruins important moments. Nearly all lines are sung
See it if you enjoy song thru shows. lead male Jesse M. is back at Gallery & is great Barrie Gelles. gives her best directing and choreography
Don't see it if too late.. we caught the final performance. Gallery is so good. Rating is partner's 90% & my 80%
See it if Wow! I definitely misjudged Gallery Players. The lead is sensational. Go for William Finn, stay for the cast. And the kick-ass band.
Don't see it if You don't want to haul ass all the way to Brooklyn. Also, the Roger and Mimi were pitchy at times.
Also Can't wait for Chess!
See it if you like lots of singing, almost every line was sung ; musicians did an excellent job, as well as the actors
Don't see it if you have trouble sitting through 1 hour and 40 minutes without a break. An intermission would have been good...
See it if you enjoy good community theater, mostly well acted, sung and danced but not always audible or perfect.
Don't see it if you are disturbed by an ensemble that sometimes has breakout members looking to "star." Good, four-piece band overpowers singing at times.
See it if Good singing by lead and relaxed choreography with a slightly quirky story intrigues you. Worth a trip to Brooklyn.
Don't see it if You only want high value Broadway quality.
See it if you enjoy William Finn's shows, want to see something that is both serious and funny, want to be entertained by a rarely-performed musical
Don't see it if you're looking for a big production with elaborate sets, you don't like sung-through (or mostly sung) musicals
See it if Youve never seen this show before (rarely done) & are interested in works of Bill Finn. Director & lead actor were great! Loved the company.
Don't see it if You would be bothered by not hearing everything, it’s a small theater. This is the original production staged, without the cuts from 2015.
See it if You'd enjoy a large cast & a sung-thru musical about a guy who needs a serious brain operation. Kudos to the lead guy & the Mom!
Don't see it if Could use a 5 or 10 minute trim, as it runs 1 hour 50 minutes no intermission.
See it if you love gems of local theater, have a good sense of humor, and are open to unusual plots that wildly vary from downer to campy in seconds.
Don't see it if you hate when endings go on too long. You can't deal with weird. You are looking for an over-the-top set or fantastical experience.
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