Featured Member Reviews: Just Opened

Show-Score | By Ryan McCarthy | Dec 13, 2016

Every Tuesday we're turning the spotlight on some of our favorite member reviews of the week. Here are our favorite reviews of shows that just opened, including "Othello," "Anna Christie," and "The Band's Visit!"

Snow is falling. The holidays are upon us. The year is swiftly coming to a close. The major outlets are putting together their best theater of the year lists. Show-Score is saying farewell to 2016 as well, with our annual "Year in Theater" game (where you can win $365 towards next year's shows!) But it's not over yet! Today we're looking at some of 2016's final offerings on the New York stage. All shows that Just Opened!

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Suzanne Zee gave Wild Women of Planet Wongo a 90

90
Hilarious, Edgy, Refreshing, Clever, Ambitious
October 7th, 2016

See it if you enjoy an evening of total silliness! Plot is ridiculous, costumes absurd and choreographer did a marvelous job in an awkward space. FUN!

Don't see it if you cannot stand for 10 minutes or longer. There is some seating but the performers will tell you to move for some of the scenes.


Samantha 54 gave May Violets Spring a 75

75
Clever, Intelligent, Refreshing, Riveting, Thought-provoking
October 7th, 2016

See it if you enjoy the exploration of "what if?" when it comes to adaptations of Shakespeare, and if you like to see a female-centric story.

Don't see it if it would bother you too much for famous lines from Hamlet to be spoken by other characters in different scenes than the original.


June Rachelson- Ospa gave Stuffed a 85

85
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Nothing stuffy about stuffed
October 9th, 2016

See it if You like shows that can take a serious subject and take an audience on a journey that is funny, meaningful, enlightening and heart warming

Don't see it if If you don't like plays that looks at a heavy topic from all sides.


BwayBaby gave Public Enemy a 77

77
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Engaging
October 9th, 2016

See it if You enjoy shows that make you think and wonder "What would I do?" Sparked some great after theater conversation w/ friend

Don't see it if You want to see something light or mindless that doesn't make you think.


ManInChaise gave Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical a 85

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great dancing, Enchanting
October 4th, 2016

See it if you want a thoroughly enjoyable, old-school song and dance musical. The script pays homage to the classic style but remains funny and fresh.

Don't see it if you need a show to be serious, dark, or do not like the classic musical-comedy style. This is pure good-hearted, joyous fun!


John Francis gave Oh, Hello on Broadway a 90

90
Hilarious, Great writing, Raunchy
October 7th, 2016

See it if you're already a fan of John Mullaney and Nick Kroll, but more importantly see it if you don't know them. Oh, Hello is absolutely hilarious!

Don't see it if if you're looking for a traditional play. This is a loosely plotted vehicle for two very funny comedians and their incredibly raunchy humor.


Erica Klein gave Othello (New York Theatre Workshop) a 95

95
Intelligent, Entertaining, Ambitious, Star casting
December 10th, 2016

See it if You're interested in a fascinating, raw, inventively reimagined version of Othello where Iago (Daniel Craig) is clearly the lead character.

Don't see it if If you're put off by modern Shakespeare stagings. Or if you can't handle ultra-hard bench seats. No kidding: bring your own 2 pillows.


Suzanne Zee gave Anna Christie a 85

85
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Intense
December 7th, 2016

See it if well done, well made plays appeal to you. The theme revolves around dramatic points that should be dated but disturbingly remain relevant.

Don't see it if your taste favors experimental, interactive or environmental theater. This show is a very traditional drama. Also theater is far from subway


Jenna the Musical gave The Band's Visit (Broadway) a 82

82
Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant, Great staging, Heartwarming
December 8th, 2016

See it if you want a show with heart that explores a little known event. This show covers many important themes/issues in today's political climate.

Don't see it if you're looking for a light night at the theatre. This show makes you think and definitely isn't a big flashy musical.


Marisa L gave In Transit a 80

80
Clever, Delightful, Fluffy, Great singing
December 10th, 2016

See it if You want to hear excellent musicians singing fun and clever music that expertly shows off their talent and tastefully pokes fun at the MTA.

Don't see it if You don't like acapella music or cannot sit through 100 minutes without an intermission.


divaraven gave The Elements of Oz a 80

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Confusing
December 8th, 2016

See it if you're a Wizard of Oz fan. This high-tech experience is both a tribute to and deconstruction of its mythos and the magic of making movies.

Don't see it if you don't know the Wizard of Oz very well. You need a tablet or smartphone to enjoy the augmented reality app otherwise you miss too much.


Jordan46 gave Tiny Beautiful Things a 80

80
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Resonant, Ambitious, Great acting
December 10th, 2016

See it if You like a heartfelt and emotional play about life, grief, and forgiveness. Most people will find something relatable to their own lives.

Don't see it if You want more action. The plot is revealed slowly and beautifully in a series of questions and answers.