2 Great One Act Shows!!!!!
I have just returned from the Irish Arts Center and the double bill Swing & Beowulf. What a great evening in the theatre. Swing is a very very very funny two person play about a guy and a gal who meet in dance class. The 2 actors play people who are trying hard to bring a little sparkle into their lives. They are a very talented duo and a complete joy to watch. One is constantly funnier than the other, wait a minute, no its the other one who's more funny.... The story is well written, brilliantly performed, and just a joy to watch. Beowulf is also quite funny at times but also serious and very touching too! This is a one man show, beautifully written and performed, about a father & son, working through difficult times. I always admire one person shows. It takes a lot of talent to hold the audience and command a stage all alone for any length of time, and this show and actor definitely do.... The Irish being master storytellers, it comes as no surprise that these shows are good. What is a surprise is that we get to experience these gems from Dublin, right outside the theatre district in NYC and at an affordable price. You should go see this double bill! You will be happy that you did!!!!!
Swing & Beowulf on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
I saw a performance this past Sunday evening. I expected it to be good, since I like Harvey's writing, and I was pleasantly surprised to like it more than expected. Its a very interesting story, well written, beautifully staged. The company of actors, all top talents, act with respect and gusto, walking that fine acting line, not underplaying or overplaying anything allowing their characters to be fully developed and sympathetic, not pathetic. Every character fully comes to life before your eyes until it seems that you know them. Its because they are expressing feelings in situations we've all found ourselves in before. They just do it in dresses and wigs. I laughed a lot, and even got teary eyed a couple times. The ending surprised me a bit because it didn't turn out as I expected, but it was brutally honest and showed the reality of the life and times of the people we just shared two and half hours with. This show is worth seeing, and I would actually like to see it again. I think most theatre goers will enjoy this play and production!
Casa Valentina on Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014
Ugh. I dont know who thought this was worthy of a Broadway run and worth the cost of a Broadway show, but idiot comes to mind. This is nothing more than a bad, barely any laughs, long poorly thought out SNL skit. Meaningless. Pointless. No story. The author has nothing to say. What's the point? In 90 minutes I laughed slightly for a few seconds twice. Its not funny. Its not memorable and its not worth the time or the money. Especially when you can spend it on real play the likes of "Cripple of Innishmann" or "Casa Valentina" or "Mother's and Sons" or "Velocity of Autumn". If you want to see a Broadway Play, go to one of those. If you're high on acid or marijuana, you may find this silly drivel funny.
The Realistic Joneses on Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014
I love Billie Holiday. Dee Dee Bridgewaters recent show at the Little Shubert Theatre was great. I felt like I was at a Billy Holiday Show! Well, here we go again. I've seen Audra in a few shows and am a big fan. She's an amazing singer. I wasnt sure if she'd be a great Billie, but yes indeed, I once again felt like I was at a Billie Holiday performance. I very much enjoyed hearing all of Ms Holiday's hits, and the banter and stories inbetween songs was very funny, well, most of the time, a few times its just tragic, but that's the story isn't it. If I were you, I'd go see this show. I see they've just extended it thru August to get the summer tourist crowds. That must mean tickets have been selling like hotcakes. Excellent show Audra!!!! You are doing a fierce job girl!
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill on Sunday, Apr 20th, 2014
Love this show.
I love this show. I've seen it with Fantasia, with KD Lang, and with Toni Braxton and Babyface. Each time I went to see this show, I thought I may like it less, laugh a little less, or have a bit less enthusiasm for what I was watching and hearing. Well, that didnt happen, and I'm thinking I'd like to see it again. I love the Jazz club in Harlem show, the music selections are great, the singers are great, the dancers are amazing. I was uplifted each time I saw this show. This is a happy joy filled troupe of actors and dancers pouring their hearts and souls into a show that's meant to make you happy!!!!
After Midnight on Saturday, Apr 19th, 2014
I just saw this show this week in previews. I enjoyed the show, and the performances for the most part, although some of the acting was really "ACTING". Just be theatrical if you must but dont SHOW us you're being theatrical. The set was cool, and very functional. The play itself is a little boring. I'm a theater person, I love the theater more than most people. But the story just was not that interesting. Alot of the "jokes" were hokey, predictible as was some of the "schtick". The characters were interesting to a point. The acting was good for the most part. I'm sure the Tony committee will consider this the play to beat for the award since its about a Theater Person.... I just dont think it is an extraordinary work. Many aspects of this show are good, but overall, it falls a little short of being a great night out in the theatre. I probably wont go see Act Two if they're working on that.
Act One on Saturday, Apr 19th, 2014
Moving drama with humor
I saw Mothers & Sons last week. I really enjoyed it. All the actors in this show shine. Tyne is always amazing. Frederick also gives a great performance, and Bobby and Grayson do too. I think the play is also a really good work. I will say that I laughed often and got weepy eyed a few times too. Being an older gent, I lived through the Aids crisis, and this show brought me back to those first years when everyone was dying, and it seemed like nothing was being done, and everyone was scared, and angry and depressed. That was emotionally hard. But the theater is intimate, and the show is engaging, and the actors are pulling you in, and you really want them to work it out. So you laugh, you cry and you go with it..... what else can you do? Except go get a ticket and see it.
Mothers and Sons on Saturday, Apr 19th, 2014
Very Entertaining 90 minutes...
I saw this show last night. The play is good, interesting, relevant, and often times very moving. Two top notch performances by two top notch pros! Estelle and Stephen are both great in this show. Its pretty funny for the most part but also a bit sad and touching throughout. I really enjoyed this play and these performances. They really bring this story to life I highly recommend you see it if you can, its worth it.
The Velocity of Autumn on Saturday, Apr 19th, 2014
This play should get the Tony. I dont think it will because the Playwright is nominated every time he has a show on Broadway and is always beat by a lesser work. Cripple is the best play I've seen in years. McDonagh is a superior writer and storyteller. The show is tragic, funny, insightful, charming, silly, crazy, moving, and very entertaining. You should make every effort to see this play while its on! Danial Radcliffe is amazing. The entire cast is amazing. Every single actor in this show gives a professional and memorable performance. They bring to life a bunch of lively colorful characters and interact with such wit and perfect comic timing that you love them all, and that includes the ones you dont actual love. The set & staging is also great. 3 different sets on the spinning circle, each perfect for the story, and perfect for keeping the play moving. I'm giving the show 5 stars. I see most of the shows on Broadway, on discount tickets, and alot of the time, I'm glad I didnt pay full price. Few shows are worth the expensive ticket prices. This show is worth it. I've already bought another ticket to see it again. :)
The Cripple of Inishmaan on Saturday, Apr 19th, 2014
Very Good Show.
I didnt think I was going to like this play because I thought Clyborne Park was overrated, and not all the good. I was very pleasantly surprized. This is good show, the play is very well written, well directed, well acted, and staged perfectly. If there's any tickets left, you should go see it!
Domesticated on Tuesday, Dec 24th, 2013
Who Cast this Show?
Macbeth could've been great if there was a great Actor playing Macbeth. I'm not sorry I went because I loved the staging, costumes, and the direction. I just can't for the life of me figure out how Ethan got that part! If anyone knows please post the reason so the storm inside my brain can subside. John Glover, always great is superb in this show.
Macbeth on Tuesday, Dec 24th, 2013
Pass on this one.
I'm sorry but this is nothing but an aggressive staged reading. Poorly directed and poorly executed. Taking glasses on and off to indicate you're switching characters is laughable. I went to this show because I read some glowing reviews. They must've been written by company members or people very high on drugs.
Bedlam's Hamlet by William Shakespeare on Tuesday, Dec 24th, 2013
Excellent! Brilliant! Amazing!
I have been looking forward to seeing this musical for quite awhile. I loved loved loved the movie, and couldn't imagine how they might stage this story for Broadway. I was full of expectation and was I not only surprised how good this show is, I was blown away. I'm not going into a lot of detail here, because you have to see it for yourself. I will say that this show has all the magic that makes theatre goer's love the theatre. You can see why Susan keeps winning Tony's, and I'll bet you she just won another one. Norbert may have another too and Kate may be joining them at the podium next year. The writing, staging, direction, dancing, singing, acting, are all superior and I complain about the price of Broadway tickets, and most of the time, shows aren't worth the price, but Big Fish definately is. It's this season's Kinky Boots. Wonderful theatre. You will Oooo and Ahhhh, you'll gasp! Laugh a lot, and if you're a human being, you'll shed some tears too! Congratutions you guys and gals, you got a big hit!!!!!! I've already got tickets to see it again!
Big Fish on Sunday, Sep 29th, 2013
I was hoping to see a great production of Romeo and Juliet and I'm sorry to say I was disappointed. The Cast is great. There's some very good performances here, and both Bloom & Rashad are good, with some great moments. The actor playing Mercurcio and the actress playing the nurse do a great job. All the others are quite good too. The problem is the direction and the staging. I'm sorry but its awful. They sort of made it a modern production in some sort of modern time, but they never really fully go for it so its sort of modern and sort of not. That doesnt work. The sets are lame. The have real fire on the stage quite a few times and its interesting for about 30 seconds. If its supposed to be symbolic of the fire in the story or the romance, that doesnt work either. The motorcycle doent make it modern or work either because Romeo just doesnt make it as a biker type. The stage never seems intimate during the intimate scenes, a bummer for R & J, and more often than not the actors a left on a sprawling sparsely decorated stage, looking lost. That leads to a loss of tension and fire dispite the pyrotechnics. The costumes are as lame as the sets. The direction is terrible, and I think, its surprising coming from a 5 time Tony nominated director. I'm not sure what their concept was supposed to but I think the director, the set designer and costumer were all on vacation phoning it all in to an unprofessional production team. I really love productions with minimal sets and good lighting w / decent costumes and staging that allow the actors to shine. I like when Shakes is done modern and done right. This production doesn't do it. Listless comes to mind. Finally, the fight scenes where Mercurcio and Tybolt are killed was really amatuerish. Also the Capulet party was poorly costumed and choreographed. One last thing, who's bright idea was it to have Juliet wear what looked like pajamas to her wedding to Romeo? Do you honestly think Juliet would've worn that? To marry Romeo? I'm so glad I got a cheap ticket. If you want to see this for Bloom and Rashad, you will probably enjoy their performances for the most part, but if you're going to see a good production of Romeo and Juilet, look elsewhere.
Romeo and Juliet on Friday, Sep 6th, 2013
I LOVED Kinky Boots!
Saw a preview performance of Kinky Boots last evening, with 2 friends, and we were all very very very happy we went! The show was great! The music was wonderful, and the book was fabulous! Harvey - We laughed our behinds off!!! I am looking forward to the cast recording which I will definately be purchasing. Congratulations to Cyndi and Harvey on their B'way collaboration!!!! I think this show will win theatre goer's hearts. The story was really great, all the actors were superb, the direction and the sets were great. I will tell you now, Billy Porter is in serious contention for the Tony for best Actor in a Musical and Anne Leigh Ashford also should be nominated for Best supporting actress in a musical. These two give the kind of performances you remember for a long time. Kinky Boots is a fun story with a few good life lessons performed with love, passion and exuberance! What more could you ask for? An amazing finale? A happy ending? Kinky Boots - You got it! I go to the theater regularly and with Broadway being very expensive these days, even on discount, we must be choosy as to what we see, and I have no problem recommending that you choose Kinky Boots!!!! PS - l also loved all the Kinky Boots, they were fierce!!!!
Kinky Boots on Sunday, Mar 10th, 2013
Good Arty Interpretation of MacBeth
Saw this MacBeth @ Lincoln Center Festival last summer. Really good production, clever interpretation, interesting, dramatic, engaging storytelling. I really liked it. I wouldn't pay Broadway prices, but I'd see it on a 50% discount and be happy that I did.
Macbeth on Sunday, Feb 3rd, 2013
Anarchist is GARBAGE
UGH!!!! Garbage. First off, the show is 75 minutes - Not 90 as advertised. I'm personally grateful for that fact although it would've been better and a lot less painful had it been 15 minutes. The worst show I've ever seen (I've seen over 1000 shows too) and not even close to being fit to be called a Broadway show. Do not waste your time or money on this bomb. Mamet's writing is nothing more than big ego pontificating to hear itself blah blah blah. This work should have been an essay, not a play. I felt so sorry for Ms LuPone and Ms Winger, trapped in hell for 75 minutes. The story is boring, very very very very hard not to fall asleep. Boring, nothing happens, uninteresting characters. And on top of it, miscast. Winger should have been the Anarchist and LuPone should have been the lawyer. Would've at least been more believable. I can't say enough negative things about this show. I had a deeply discounted ticket and still want my money back! Gave the show one star because I could not give it what it deserves, which is No Stars. The best thing about this show is the Golden theatre is a nice theatre! Unfortunately that, nor the two wasted remarkable actors in this show cannot save it from what will be a miserable death. It belongs in the garbage.
The Anarchist on Thursday, Nov 22nd, 2012