Featured Member Reviews: Top Shows Closing Soon

Show-Score | By Ryan McCarthy | Jul 1, 2016

Every Tuesday and Friday we're turning the spotlight on some of our favorite member reviews. Here are our picks for the week for some of the top shows that won't be with us much longer, shows like "Hello Dillie," "I'll Say She Is!," and "Incognito!" Catch them while you can!

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They say all good things must come to an end, and that is certainly true for these top rated shows, all of which are closing this week or the next. So if you're planning on catching one, or if one of these member reviews makes you want to catch one, now's the time, because there's not much time left! And remember, if you like a member review, make sure to follow the member so you can get more of their insight on shows you might enjoy!

Mary GB gave His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley a 90

90
Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant, Brilliant, Good fun
December 19th, 2016

See it if you enjoy a cozy night club setting, want to listen to a master story teller & his hip news man, accompanied by fantastic musicians.

Don't see it if don't have the energy to pay attention as the stories are intertwined with history and politics; or prefer a regular audience setting.


NoCouches gave Something Rotten! a 74

74
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great singing, Great staging
December 14th, 2016

See it if you want to shut off your brain and enjoy two hours of Shakespeare and Broadway jokes with delightful tunes and great production values.

Don't see it if you want something to chew on or don't care for the razzle dazzle of the "traditional" Broadway musical.


Megan M. gave Matilda a 79

79
Magical, Great staging, Entertaining, Family friendly, Extravagant
December 15th, 2016

See it if you love Dahl's book, talented children actors, entertaining antagonists, darkly funny songs, big numbers, and a story with a lot of heart.

Don't see it if you dislike the book, children performers, large casts, and chaotic scenes. You don't understand Britishisms or take things too literally.


peanutgallery gave The Wolves a 92

92
Delightful, Great staging, Resonant, Funny, Smart
December 19th, 2016

See it if you want to explore life/the world through the eyes of a group of bright, likeable teenage girls. An ode to women, friendship & soccer.

Don't see it if overlapping voices and teenage chatter annoy you. However, the way individual personalities are revealed amid all the noise is a true feat!


AliceG gave Ride the Cyclone a 87

87
Clever, Great singing, Uplifting, Thought-provoking, Great staging
December 14th, 2016

See it if you can imagine Rocky Horror meets A Chorus Line in the afterlife. Six teens die on a roller coaster, sing and dance about life and love

Don't see it if you don't want to be uplifted, laugh, and be amazed by crazy talented kids, or don't like off-Bway, small theater, dark humor


VS 13 gave All the Ways to Say I Love You a 68

68
Great acting, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Ambitious
October 14th, 2016

See it if you want to see Judith Light give a riveting performance; you are an extreme fan of solo shows

Don't see it if you need a story that goes somewhere or a character that is not written as a bit of a stereotype


Jacqueline Parker gave Inner Voices 2016 a 86

86
Absorbing, Edgy, Great singing, Masterful, Riveting
October 11th, 2016

See it if The idea of mini-operas is appealing, a complete story told in 45 minutes in intriguing, if you want to see compelling talent at its best.

Don't see it if you think worthwhile theatre cannot be found west of Eighth Avenue and south of 42nd Street, or if you are not willing to concentrate on it.


AmyAmyAmy63 gave May Violets Spring a 74

74
Original, Quirky, A little long, Topical
October 17th, 2016

See it if you're open to adapatations of Shakespeare that have very little to do with the original play, and you like female-centric shows.

Don't see it if if you're impatient with lots of liberties being taken with the story, uneven acting and a very spare production.


Mary M 2 gave The Dudleys! a 85

85
Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Intelligent, Absorbing
October 13th, 2016

See it if You want a unique take on the classic family drama. You want an emotional experience. You like technology used for storytelling.

Don't see it if You want a compact, spare story: the show could've been edited better. You don't like technology mixed w/storytelling.


Jodi 13 gave Yokes Night a 70

70
Dizzying, Edgy, Quirky, Dark, Great acting
October 16th, 2016

See it if You want to see a bare staged frenetically paced two-person drama. Themes of drug use, seduction and violence. Narrative story telling.

Don't see it if You want a more fully developed plot and story narrative. You don't like bare bones staging. You don't like themes of drugs and violence.


VSG gave Orwell In America a 88

88
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Confusing
October 11th, 2016

See it if You are interested in an exploration of human complexity - ideals vs. character, like plays dealing with political ideologies still relevant

Don't see it if You can't appreciate excellent acting by Jamie Horton in a flawed play that deals in part with America's phobia about "The Red Menace".


Lucinda gave Good a 68

68
Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting
July 27th, 2016

See it if you want a thinking piece about humanity that requires some concentration to see the underlying character development and implications

Don't see it if some confusing elements


Marcy gave The Mushroom Cure a 78

78
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent and interesting, Wry and skillful storytelling, Resonant
July 23rd, 2016

See it if You like solo memoirs, are interested in the psyche, want to go on a journey of the mind. Adam's smart and funny, show is touching and good

Don't see it if Uncomfortable with OCD, want intermission, don't like drug talk, need action or production value. He's a standup comic and that factors in.


Dan Q gave Hadestown (Off-Broadway) a 95

95
Great staging, Romantic, Quirky, Clever, Great singing
July 26th, 2016

See it if you're a sucker for great music and a romantic story told in an unconventional way.

Don't see it if you prefer a more clear-cut narrative or a happy ending.


EdinGhurl gave Motown: The Musical a 79

79
Entertaining, Indulgent, Resonant, Dizzying, Great singing
July 26th, 2016

See it if you love the music of Motown and enjoy high-energy singing. It's a great time if you love the music.

Don't see it if you are not familiar with the music, as otherwise the relatively weak book will be a serious drawback.


AaronTheTheatreGuy gave Fully Committed a 90

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky
July 27th, 2016

See it if you love Jesse Tyler Ferguson or Modern Family. Cute show, great characterizations in a piece that could fall flat in the wrong hands.

Don't see it if off-beat humor or adult themes are not your bag.


BwayBaby gave Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater a 85

85
Entertaining, Great music, Funny, Resonant, Great story
July 27th, 2016

See it if Catchy music, great story and wonderful performances! Funny scenes, heartwarming moments, it has almost everything a great musical needs!

Don't see it if Act 1 has touching moments & is stronger than Act2 which didn't reach the potential I thought it could but it's a great show & worth seeing!


MJK gave Hero's Welcome a 77

77
Absorbing, Slow, Clever, Surprising
June 29th, 2016

See it if you want to see Alan Ayckbourn still proving his talent for clever wordplay, sly plot twists & class system commentary 55yrs into his career

Don't see it if you have no patience for a slow Act 1; you expect a laugh-out-loud Ayckbourn comedy. (This is "comedy" in the Chekhovian or Shavian sense.)


CaseyK gave A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hamlet Isn't Dead) a 88

88
Hilarious, Refreshing, Great acting
June 26th, 2016

See it if you love a good Billy Shakes comedy. If Midsummer wasn't already the funniest WS play, it is now with this rendition & cast. Go! Now!

Don't see it if You don't like your classic English tea infused with bits of modernity. Alert: If you fear audience participation, sit in the 2nd row.


Petewk87 gave Hello Dillie! a 82

82
Funny, Resonant, Relevant
June 26th, 2016

See it if Intimate setting. Funny, witty and life-affirming anecdotes. Unsentimental and warm tone. Refreshingly crude and cynical.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy cabaret shows.


Nancy T gave An Act of God (Sean Hayes) a 89

89
Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful
July 1st, 2016

See it if You enjoy an irreverent show cleverly interspersed with current events, and especially if you enjoy Sean Hayes

Don't see it if You can't laugh at religious subjects


The4thWall gave A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City a 80

80
Funny, Entertaining, Well written, Thought-provoking, Quirky
June 29th, 2016

See it if this is less a dark comedy than snapshots of those moments when we, despite ourselves, laugh nervously in the face of impending tragedy

Don't see it if you don't appreciate lightheartedness around the issue of terminal illness and parent child disfunction.


Ninwall gave I'll Say She Is a 86

86
Delightful, Funny, Zany, Clever, Entertaining
June 26th, 2016

See it if If you ever wished you could have seen the Marx Bros in person, here's your chance. Actors really channel Groucho, Chico, Harpo- a fun time!

Don't see it if You require a polished production; needed more and better sets. But the actors were obviously having a ball & the fun & joy was infectious.


JoeyFranko gave Incognito a 89

89
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking
June 29th, 2016

See it if You're a fan of intense dramas that really make you think. This is some pretty intense down the rabbit hole kind of stuff.

Don't see it if You're looking for light fluffy entertainment that gives you all the answers or ANY of them for that matter. Some of these questions hurt.