Abycats

Manhattan | 65+ | Female
About:  Likes almost all theatre other than absurdist.
Reviews (104)
86
Great singing, Great staging, Masterful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if If you like the Temptations’ music, this includes all the hits and just enough history. Lots of great dance moves. Top jukebox show.

Don't see it if If you don’t like Motown music and seeing multiple songs with smooth dance moves. There isn’t any real growth - just 1 thing that works.

90
Great staging, Intense, Riveting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Of courage Dinklage is amazing but so is the choreography. The acting is super from top to bottom. I cried thru most of the final section.

Don't see it if You don’t like stylized sets or gorgeous language. Also don’t go in you expect a jazzy ending.

89
Riveting, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if Well condensed and clever rewrite of the much-loved book. Creative staging. Plot very clear. Mostly well miked.

Don't see it if Several changes from book disconcerting for those who know the novel well. Sound for male lead sometimes muddy while rest was clear.

78
Confusing, Great singing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Relevant

See it if You enjoy a capella singing and insights into the life of a gay teenager in an all-male boarding school

Don't see it if You dislike caricatures rather than characters or if you mind not knowing whether an introduced character will matter or not.

85
Slow, Romantic, Refreshing, Exquisite, Delightful

See it if This is a small scale production exquisitely presented on Broadway. It's a musical play with small moments where little changes & that's ok.

Don't see it if This is as slight a musical play as exists. Very little happens and that's not what some people expect. I honestly thought it would flop.

92
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Masterful, Great acting

See it if If you like Bartlett Sher productions of the finest of musicals from their peak period on Broadway. Lovingly presented by top performers.

Don't see it if If you're so familiar with classic era Broadway productions that you no longer find them entertaining, stay away.

91
The Sardi's Tour
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Dizzying, Quirky, Overrated

See it if Go if you've ever wanted a guided tour to where the best caricatures are at a time when you can get close enough to see them.

Don't see it if If the caricatures are of no interest, don't go.

79
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Masterful

See it if Cranston gives his all in the lead role. Astonishing how a script from the 70s still so relevant. Fine staging. 2 supporting excellent.

Don't see it if Don't go if you dislike loud productions or if you can't manage 2 hours straight thru. Also know that this has not been updated but for tech

87
Absorbing, Ambitious, Epic, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if The two parts do a beautiful job of living in the Harry Potter universe while expanding the story to another generation. Father-child x 3.

Don't see it if You think a play lasting almost six hours is absurd.

46
During previews
Great staging, Anti-semitic, Propaganda, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if The set and the staging is superb and acting excellent. Equates Holocaust deaths with civilian war deaths. Anti-Semitic and untruthful.

Don't see it if If you don’t like a heroine whose entire purpose is to take advantage of another and to publish items not belonging to her.

79
Ambitious, Great writing, Confusing, Indulgent, Intelligent

See it if Very witty vignettes about attendees at a nun’s funeral means lots of characters, but relationships are clear. Definitely moves along

Don't see it if You like staging not to be awkward and you prefer any type of resolution to the questions being presented. Very frustrating.

75
Clever, Great staging, Slow, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Superbly adapted from GB Shaw to focus on the raw bones of the story of Joan of Arc. Condola Rashad is a power and is well supported

Don't see it if Joan was a fanatic who believed everything she thought was ordered by God. She can be wearing. No surprises or big changes from Shaw plot.

93
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great writing, Must see

See it if Three women at the top of their form working with the words of Edward Albee and fine staging. This is a “do not miss.”

Don't see it if You don’t like anything that doesn’t have music or dislike writing and performances that require your full attention.

79
The Wolves
Upper W Side
Clever, Edgy, Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You enjoy watching a well-written play about competitive high school athletes over a season of success and striving.

Don't see it if You don't like concentrating to understand people talking over each other. You look for surprise or insight. This is pure reporting.

68
Cardinal
Midtown W
Great acting, Intense, Confusing, Clever, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy superb acting performing a play that requires them to shift wildly from one behavior to another. Lots of ideas here, but fragments

Don't see it if You like a play where the motivations behind actions are clear and where the characters act consistently. I kept pushing this to be better.

82
Junk
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant, Intense

See it if You’d like a detailed primer on how the junk bond craze flourished and then failed. This passion for making money is always fascinating.

Don't see it if You find the financial world confusing or dislike a talky show. Also don’t go if you have bad memories of such times

72
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Slow, Indulgent, Great acting, Banal, Disappointing

See it if Story no longer carries any weight. Well acted but the story is not worth showing on stage. Glacially slow if well acted.

Don't see it if You prefer something that moves at a pace faster than a snail. Want more Jan one good role player.

76
Funny, Entertaining, Indulgent, Relevant, Clever

See it if You’d like to see how the gay world was approached decades ago by a cast that’s sterling. Only wish Urie had played it as a fresh role.

Don't see it if You get offended by anything gay.

78
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Ambitious, Confusing, Great singing, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if You’re familiar with Prince’s work and can enjoy songs without context or introduction. Dead for 1st 1/2 of 2nd act.

Don't see it if This is not much in the way of a biography if that’s what you want. It’s just one tune we’ll-prepared after another.

92
Clever, Must see, Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You saw the movie -- or if you don't. Follows movie closely but adds the emotion of singing and staging. Very well done. Insist on Andy Karl

Don't see it if You're going to get exasperated by how long it takes the main character to change and be positive.

86
Bandstand
Midtown W
Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Lots of wonderful choreography, singing, music. Entertaining and relevant with servicemen still returning from wars.

Don't see it if You don't like swing music and you like your musicals to be totally unrelated to the real world.

81
Assassins
Midtown W
Delightful, Masterful, Entertaining, Ambitious, Riveting

See it if Schuler, Pasquale, and Clarke are Broadway favorites and are terrific. Sondheim meant to provoke conversation which makes it fun.

Don't see it if If you want excellence from entire cast. A few of their voices are a bit weak. How I missed Mark Kushner. Coleman fine to replace Harris.

81
Funny, Delightful, Hilarious, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You'd like to see an old play updated to now or you enjoy seeing universal themes.

Don't see it if You want to see a drama or don't enjoy ensemble pieces.

79
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You love Noel Coward even when he's not in prime form or if you enjoy a fine troupe of veteran actors giving their all to an uneven script

Don't see it if You want only wittiest of Noel Coward. There are two rather irritating characters to ignore. You shouldn't expect a plot that makes sense.

79
During previews
Her Portmanteau
East Village
Absorbing, Confusing, Great writing, Slow, Resonant

See it if You enjoy plays based on the immigrant experience and the contrasts between those who came awhile back and those who've just arrived.

Don't see it if It will bother that part of it's not in English and those parts aren't translated. Also much not resolved as one of nine parts.

93
Refreshing, Relevant, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if Even if you’re totally u familiar with Alanis Morissette’s album, this show touches on so many relevant current issues with great music.

Don't see it if It for someone who dislikes loud music or edgy issues. Similar to Wicked in terms of constant activity. Must be open-minded.

86
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Funny, Great staging, Intelligent, Great writing, Clever

See it if Very witty and well-written with super staging. Adult examination of how hard it is to form relationships and not hurt others.

Don't see it if Has full frontal nudity for both sexes. Main character is sometimes insufferable in his lack of self awareness. Follows life so plotless.

79
Clever, Slow, Funny, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if You want to see Elaine May and enjoybkightweight dare.

Don't see it if You’d like to see this excellent cast be asked to be something other than repetitious. Every joke worked to its end and beyond.

84
For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Hilarious, Masterful

See it if You like multi-door farces where timing is everything. This is an absolute classic of its kind where you start laughing early & don't stop.

Don't see it if If you dislike farce and progress that's measured by one disaster after another.

76
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Dated, Funny, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if Go if you love Michael Urie. Altho I think he's miscast, he has a wonderful supporting case for a play about a different time.

Don't see it if Don't go if Michael Urie's sometimes over-the-top performances bother you or if you were hoping this would be updated before Broadway.

68
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Excruciating, Overrated, Quirky, Raunchy, Disappointing

See it if If you're familiar with Sesame Street and find using puppets as a form of stand-up comedy, you'll love this. I was bored much of the time.

Don't see it if If unfamiliar with Sesame St, much of the show will mean little to nothing. If puppets doing sex acts aren't funny, even if not offensive -

88
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Relevant, Masterful

See it if If you're interested in the history of theatre, this is an absolute must. See some of the original documents and staging. Learn.

Don't see it if You need video.

95
Entertaining, Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Must see

See it if This is Bruce at his very best in a relatively small venue telling stories and playing songs, some of which you'll know, some not. A showman

Don't see it if If you hate his music

83
Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Riveting, Great staging

See it if A fun show with a reputation for edginess that isn't quite deserved. Lots of singing, dancing, wit with nothing to offend much of anyone.

Don't see it if If you find double entendres or efforts at humor based on topical subjects, stay away but basically it's a good evening out.

82
Ambitious, Great staging, Riveting, Profound, Romantic

See it if If you enjoy a romantic but poignant portrait that includes quite a bit of dancing.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something rough or unpredictable.

72
During previews
Absorbing, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if If you've been present during someone's final days or expect to be soon, this play contains virtually every wrenching moment you'll have.

Don't see it if You don't want to live thru the experience of a family's pain and conflict during the mother's final days. It's a tough one.

94
During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if This stands up really well despite its age. Helps that the cast is absolutely superb. Would have liked to be closer to the stage. Must see.

Don't see it if If you dislike seeing men kiss each other (really? Still?)

77
Miles for Mary
Midtown W
Excruciating, Quirky, Slow, Entertaining, Banal

See it if You easily find humor in daily existence.

Don't see it if Normal life drives you crazy

84
Absorbing, Great staging, Slow, Clever, Great singing

See it if You like new plays based on history. Mark Rylance is, as always, superb, and the arias are lovely. Intimate staging features candles.

Don't see it if You like a play where a lot happens. The setup is quick and the next 2-1/2 hours flow smoothly, with few surprises, but much pleasure.

87
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if Anyone who has seen previous works by Bedlam will know what a treasure awaits them. More fun if you know the book but not required. Funny.

Don't see it if You don’t like fancy word play or multiple parts played by the same person.

77
The Last Match
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like an intelligent script that’s well performed. Highlights emotional and physical price for athletic achievement.

Don't see it if You like complex staging or plotting.

79
During previews
Office Hour
East Village
Intense, Ambitious, Edgy, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if If you enjoy plays with a tight focus that are highly charged emotionally. It’s also very loud and startling but thought provoking

Don't see it if You don’t like intensity, loud noises, and depictions of violence.

77
The Treasurer
Midtown W
Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow

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Don't see it if You find it hard to see your future so we’ll described

87
Thought-provoking, Profound, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Anyone who appreciates the constant tension between entertainment and art or high concept. Beautifully written and clearly expressed.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals, comedies (altho this does have some laughs), romances, or larger casts than two. But this is so clever!

94
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Resonant

See it if Anyone would like this show, but particularly those who were affected in any way by 9/11. This shows a positive feature of the event.

Don't see it if You prefer shows that feature one main character.

79
Indecent
Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant

See it if If you have a fondness for Yiddish traditions or theatre and would enjoy seeing his circumstances affect the ability to present issues.

Don't see it if You like the occasional ray of sunshine in a production.

87
Delightful, Must see, Great staging, Funny, Resonant

See it if Bette Midler. Bette Midler. Also beautifully costumed with a cast that's having a great time.

Don't see it if It's going to bother you that the plot creaks and has gaping holes. This is a showcase, pure and simple.

78
During previews
The Lucky One
Midtown W
Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Dated, Resonant

See it if If you don't mind a play firmly set 100 years ago. If you think sibling relationships always interesting. If you like good acting.

Don't see it if You mind that these situations have been explored more theatrically in other plays. If great acting isn't enough without freshness of plot.

77
During previews
Sojourners
East Village
Great writing, Great acting, Confusing, Slow, Absorbing

See it if You've already seen "Her Portmanteau" & would like 2 understand how characters arrived there. You. It's also be tolerant of a confused start

Don't see it if You like your plays to resolve the characters' problems. This made sense only because I'd already seen "Her Portmanteau."

83
Vanity Fair
Midtown W
Clever, Quirky, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like seeing classics made fresh and more accessible by superb actors with fresh staging.

Don't see it if You like your classics traditional and straightforward.