What was special about this show?
The actor was generally good. Glenn Close seemed to have misfired her lines which seemed to confuse her costars. When she screwed up a line to Bob Ballaban which threw him off I thought, "Have these people rehearsed together?" Since the show has been running for 3 months they should have worked out the kinks. She didn't seem at home on a stage. She seemed to be playing a character rather than inhabiting one. The opposite was true of Lithgow. I don't know if it was the writing or direction but the play seemed to have been stretched from beginning to end. The universally slow pace robbed the show of effect. Cutting some repeated pauses in a few places would have made the show seem a lot shorter. Dramatic pauses between every line lose their effect. I still don't know what happened in the story. Virginia Wolf was easier to understand.
A Delicate Balance on Thursday, Feb 5th, 2015
I had relatives in from out of town and they were desperate to see this show. I was not. I knew the flimsy story from the movie and the music and had hoped that the Broadway geniuses would have transformed it into something worthwhile but I was wrong. It's a greatest hits album that gets shoe-horned into a sitcom. Songs that as a whole have nothing to do with the story are used because their opening lines fit. So why not just say the opening line and then move on. Instead we have to listen to the whole song which detracts from the story. Most telling for me was that the Russian tourists behind me carried on conversations during the dialogue and only stopped talking during the songs. It's like they were a someone's house listening to an old record. They weren't interested in the story.
Mamma Mia! on Sunday, Oct 26th, 2014
Great shows at Gallery Players
This is another solid show performed at Gallery Players in their underground theater. The casting was good (and believeable). It's a non-musical so there are not a lot of bells and whistles but the pacing is good so there are no unnecessary dramatic pauses. It was worth my 1 hour trip to Brooklyn.
Proof on Sunday, Oct 26th, 2014
Realize that you're watching a work in progress: a musical version of Edward the second so the original script is made part of a larger work. The lines will not match exactly. The singing was excellently done. Casting: don't cast two lead females who appear to be identical when they are not meant to be related. If in that situation, have one put her hair up so establishing characters in a 16 person play doesn't become difficult at the play's beginning. The romance between Gaveston and his new wife seemed absurd but the current playwright adapting this show wanted to make a statement about women. Actually Gaveston didn't have a lot of chemistry with Edward either. He was a good singer though. Kissing: I understand that all the roles would have been played by men in Elizabethan England so there probably would not have been kissing. In this updated version there is logically kissing but only heterosexual kissing. The lovestory at the center of this play is between Edward and Gaveston but they don't kiss. I think the closest they got was to have hands on cheeks or to hug even when they were alone. I enjoyed that there were no gaps between the songs so inter-song clapping was circumvented maintaining the pace. The child who played Edward III was brilliant and carried himself like an adult actor. The three witches/women were a nice although non-historical addition. It was nice to get a chance to see Edward II performed and I applaud the attempt to turn it into a musical. I'll be interested to see this again as the process evolves.
Edward The Second on Sunday, Oct 26th, 2014
I've wanted to see this show for a long time because I love the concept. I'm interested in seeing all the actors involved so I'll probably see it again. The show resembles a staged reading more than a finished show. Some of my problems are due to what I assume are directoral choices. The two characters occupy a very large stage yet share one relatively small table. I would think two desks would have been better. Two differently-styled desks that reflected the characters would have been nice. The two actors read typed-pages out of matching standard, black, plastic-covered binders. Actors should memorize their lines. When I saw Farrow and Denehy they were obvioulsly reading their scripts from the binders so there was no interaction between the actors and audience. This is supposed to be live theater and not TV. Rather than typed pages in a binder, I would have preferred they go through a box of, get this, old letters. Although I think Farrow and Denehy are very good actors I found them to appear bored as if they were reading scripts on a first read-through.
Love Letters on Sunday, Oct 26th, 2014
Stick Fly would have been a pleasing amateur production and I could have overlooked its shortcomings. If I was told that this was not a professional production I would have believed it. From my viewing of the show, the acting was at best uneven. There were two actors with the stage presence to play their roles who didn't seem like they were merely reading their lines. They would be Rosie Benton as Kimby and Santiago-Hudson as Joe the father. Mekhi Phifer had the charisma to play the role of Flip because itâ
Stick Fly on Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2012
A beautiful and powerful show. Im going to see it again before it leaves. It was an amazing night with incredible dancing.
Noctu on Monday, Sep 19th, 2011
RE:a solid and entertaining primer
This was an enjoyable show and the artist, Baba, deserves praise for being able to deliver his machine-gun lyrical lines filled with biological terms. In a show critical of Intelligent Design he presented an overly-long introduction to the theory of evolution, seemingly, without realizing that those who attended were probably already in accord with it. During a Q&A session at the end, he skipped over an inconvenient question about how current evolution jibes with the fact that the very intelligent are having fewer children and the less intelligent are having more.
The Rap Guide to Evolution on Thursday, Jul 7th, 2011
His anger gets in the way of the laughter
This one-man show was more of a drama than a stand-up routine. When he came to the stage John said that this was going to his therapy session. That was the first warning that the two hour show, padded with segments of unstage-worthy dancing and short Spanish-language triplets, was going to be a gripe-fest. John used his "get out of jail free" card to allow his anti-Hispanic jokes and N-word-use. John has many chips on his shoulders. He complains: that as an unknown, unbankable actor he didnt get more attention for his minor roles thats why theyre called MINOR roles!; that hes berated for ad-libbing on set but complains when others do the same; that Al Pacino played a Puerto-rican but its okay for John to play an Italian in Summer of Sam; and, that hes never offerred big, artistic movie roles for which he has never shown any aptitude. John, thats the same complaint that every actor in history has had but according to you its because youre Hispanic. You ignore the fact that every sizeable role youve gotten you got BECAUSE youre Hispanic. John, youre a big enough celebrity that you COULD take a low-paying, small-scale, ARTISTICALLY-satisfying role in theater or film that you claim to want. However youd have to check your ego at the door, learn how to work with other people, and not show up for filming while intoxicated.
Ghetto Klown on Thursday, Jun 9th, 2011
Better the second time
I saw this again after its official opening and brought some friends. I was even more impressed this time. Massey has several excellent scenes and is easily the best singer/actor here. Merman and Jordan are not great singer/actors but they carry the comedic portion of the show. The Buckaroos act as a Greek chorus and keep popping up when lease expected to move things along.
Lucky Guy on Saturday, May 21st, 2011
RE:I don't say this often: this show was delightful
I was a bit wary about a musical comedy but I took the chance. This was a great show. The singing and the songs were very good. The pacing was so good that I never felt myself drifting back to my "to-do" list. It was fun and funny until the very end. Even the curtain calls were good. Im seeing it again with friends before it ends.
Lucky Guy on Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
this was a very good show with good performances especially Evan Jonigkeit. i am glad i got to see it before the closed. while i loved Turners voice she sometimes slurred her words together making it difficult to understand. I wonder if this show would have been able to run longer if they had selected an off-broadway address.
High on Monday, Apr 25th, 2011
no bad seats
there were two sets of bleachers of varying price. I dont think there were any bad seats as the action ran up and down the long stage area. the actors were miked and always in clear view. it might not be worth the Premium seat charges unless you dont like being on the ends.
Black Watch on Wednesday, Apr 20th, 2011
Ive waited a few years to see this show and I was not disappointed on Saturday night. The show is so riveting that the two hours flew by me and I was surprised it was over "so soon". This show takes risks, combines genres and elements, and makes it all work. Im going to try to scrape some money together to see it again before its over. Im bypassing Broadway this month for a trip to Brooklyn.
Black Watch on Monday, Apr 18th, 2011
This was much better than the reviews would have had me believe. The boxing was brilliant especially how the action would freeze at key moments to allow one fighter to walk away, give a soliloquy, and return to the bout in mid-strike. The story could have been more involved but maybe this show was more about choreography than story.
Beautiful Burnout on Saturday, Mar 26th, 2011
I find it curious that of the twelve reviews that gave the show 5 stars only one besides me has ever reviewed a show previously on this website. Some of the reviewed posted about his show more than once. Perhaps the show inspires people to join this website and write glowingly or perhaps these are planted reviews.
The Accidental Pervert (Player's Theatre) on Friday, Mar 25th, 2011
better than expected
I saw this with the understudy Gordana Roshovich playing Flora and I was impressed by her performance. I did not see Dukakis but I did not relish seeing her in the role.
The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore on Wednesday, Mar 2nd, 2011
Needs a better editor/director
Im glad I saw the show despite its subtle and surprisingly anti-porn moral. Im not a porn freak but I dont see why he couldnt make it a part of marriage? Its certainly less creepy to me than a married couple sharing the marital bed EVERY night with their children. I felt the writing remained superficial throughout the show. On a technical note, there were too many pauses while the writer/actor milked every line and waited for the audience to "get it". If the pacing was better and the 90 minute show was cut to 60 the effect would have been a lot funnier. In the alternative, the writing could have explored the issues more deeply and the show would have been more dramatic.
The Accidental Pervert (Player's Theatre) on Wednesday, Feb 16th, 2011
Never give the audience a chance to look at their watches!
I finally saw A little night music last night. It was okay but not great. The acting and singing were good overall with one exception in Elaine Stritch who could not remember her lines all night. Even worse, she seems to have a hearing problem because someone in the pit who told her the line, "Passion and the Arts", said it so loudly that I could hear it all the way in the last row of the Mezzanine! The show was supposed to end at 10:50. I left at 11 pm while Stritch was trying a second time to remember a stanza and was trying to get the 12 year old actor to help her. It was painful to watch. Besides Stritch, the direction was weak in the pacing department. They could have cut ten minutes of pauses that would have made the 3 hours feel shorter. never give the audience a chance to look at their watches! by the time Bernadette Peters sang the big song, "Send in the clowns", I was looking at my watch for the tenth time. The ideal casting would have been Peters and Landsbury!
A Little Night Music on Thursday, Jan 6th, 2011
Leave the wives at home
Men should go to see this play with their mates and leave their wives at home. I don?t think women can relate as easily. The first half of this one act play is funny while the second is dramatic. The writer is stretching an old-wives-tale pretty far to create a metaphor for men who feel they come up short in some way. If you can?t relate to the stated reason for the men to feel cursed I found it helps to insert a short-coming of one?s own: lack of career status, lack of income, lack of muscles, stature, charm, education. To paraphrase a question asked by one of the men, ?Will any woman love me once she finds out that I don?t measure up?. One annoying part of the show was Dan Butler ranting around the stage about George Bush, Obama, Clinton, and Republicans. I am sick of playwrights inserting their political views in the wrong forums or espousing views just to get a cheap laugh from a liberal, New York audience.
The Irish Curse on Tuesday, Apr 13th, 2010