Featured Member Reviews: Budget Edition

Show-Score | By Ryan McCarthy | Aug 5, 2016

Every Tuesday and Friday, we're turning the spotlight on some of our favorite member reviews. Today we're looking at shows with tickets under $50, such as "Engagements," "Good," and "Quietly!"

Theater may provide nourishment for the soul, but one thing it distinctly does not provide nourishment for is the pocketbook! Today we're looking at member reviews for shows that you can see without breaking the bank.

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Andrew 4 gave Chris Gethard: Career Suicide a 82

Absorbing, Ambitious, Funny, Relevant, Intense
October 25th, 2016

See it if you enjoy stand-up with a plot, have interest in issues of depression, anxiety and suicide presented with self-deprecating humor

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with public discussions of suicide & depression, don't like one person shows or hearing a comedian recount their life

John Francis gave Engagements a 55

Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid
August 5th, 2016

See it if you're interested in watching privileged narcissists sleep around with each other in this less than original, cliched, failed RomCom.

Don't see it if you're interested in serious theatre, uniquely theatrical experiences, or theatre that doesn't pander to the lowest common denominator.

Nic gave Who Mourns for Bob the Goon? a 78

Original, Weird, Relevant, Indulgent, Slow
August 4th, 2016

See it if a strange drama about group therapy in which the participants think they're insignificant comic book characters appeals to your inner nerd.

Don't see it if you wouldn't enjoy something as bizarre at that sounds.

Thank You Five gave Good a 70

Great acting, Relevant, Slow, Sometimes confusing, Engaging
August 4th, 2016

See it if / The play succeeds in putting you in the shoes of someone whose life choices seem unfathomable. It sneaks up on you in a good way.

Don't see it if you want something short and sweet, or escapist. This show purposely keeps you firmly in our current political climate and doesn't let go.

Gracee gave Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind a 95

Entertaining, Dizzying, Epic, Fun, Original
July 30th, 2016

See it if you have no idea what you feel like watching but you want to watch some live theatre, you enjoy surprises

Don't see it if you'd rather sit down and enjoy a show without participating, you want an early night out of the theatre

Elisha gave Summer Shorts 2016: Series A a 70

Quirky, Original, Hit and miss
August 1st, 2016

See it if If you want an evening that crosses genres. You are willing to take a chance on 3 plays when you may only like 1.

Don't see it if You aren't into plays about death. Irreverent religious plays are offensive to you, or you don't like short plays

TheatreRat gave Quietly a 86

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant
July 30th, 2016

See it if great Irish storytelling is what you seek. This is "Brian Friel" for a new generation and it's always worth seeing The Abbey Theatre.

Don't see it if small. intimate, intense story driven plays trying to make sense of the past are not for you.

Eleanore 2 gave Finian's Rainbow a 85

Entertaining, Delightful, Funny
October 31st, 2016

See it if If you like classic musicals that have been lovingly well done as a chamber piece. Fantastic singing with a radiant Melissa Errico.

Don't see it if If you don't like classic musicals and musicals that satirize race relations.

AliceG gave Othello (Match: Lit) a 86

Great acting, Riveting
October 30th, 2016

See it if You like no-frills Shakespeare in a small setting. One row of seats in a square, under netting. Intense, serious production. Great acting.

Don't see it if You dislike Shakespeare, small theater, no set, no frills. Lots of steps to come up, but can call & take elevator. PS death, lies, bodices

Mary M 2 gave Arthur and Esther a 88

Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Exquisite
October 28th, 2016

See it if You want to see a beautifully written, life-affirming, meditation on life & love. You want a concise, perfectly edited play.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with talk about suicide. You don't like monologue format. You want characters to talk to each other.

Bruce HM gave Paris! a 90

Entertaining, Edgy, Raunchy, Quirky
October 27th, 2016

See it if you enjoy elaborately staged raunchy eye candy and performers with unusual multi-faceted musical, dance and ecdysiast talent.

Don't see it if offended by exhibitionist displays of male and female nudity.

PATRICIA 3 gave Kingdom Come a 85

Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Resonant, Good acting
October 29th, 2016

See it if you find online dating humorous and strange; you are interested in how lonely people solve their issues; you enjoy male eye candy.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the trials & tribulations of online dating; you don't enjoy intimate theater spaces & prefer showy big productions.