Aderyn

Washington, D.C. | 18-24 | Female
About:  I seek Theater as my refuge from real life, and as such I try and go as often as I can. I travel up to NYC for shows on weekends or special occasions.
Reviews (28)
87
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Clever, Refreshing, Intelligent, Great writing, Delightful

See it if -You’re tired of the same Dracula story being done to death -You’re a fan of Kate Hamill’s witty feminist writing -You can appreciate camp

Don't see it if - You need your comedies to be high level - The fall of the patriarchy offends you - You can’t handle any level of Camp or cheese

Also This production of Dracula was everything I wanted it to be. It’s witt... Read more Read less

92
The Thin Place
Midtown W
Funny, Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy a slightly more immersive experience; you are okay not knowing where the show is going; you enjoy ghost stories; excellent cast.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with darkness; you need to fully understand all elements of a show; you’re looking for a flashy theatrical experience.

Also I went into this show completely blind, I hadn’t even heard of it befo... Read more Read less

64
During previews
Missed opportunity, Trippy, Disappointing, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You don’t need to have every show you see be the next “big thing” and just want some entertainment. Possibility for audience participation.

Don't see it if You can’t handle sexual situations; you have issues with herbal cigarettes; you are expecting a true musical. You are expecting to see a hit

Also I’ve been thinking about this show all day and here’s what I’ve conclu... Read more Read less

79
Frustrating, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want to see some incredible acting. You like shows that force you to think. You don’t need spectacle to enjoy a show.

Don't see it if You need a fully linear storyline; you have trouble seeing dimly lit stages; you don’t like the fourth wall broken; you want a flashy show.

Also I very well may return and change my rating later, as I am still proce... Read more Read less

78
Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky, Clever, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a masterful performance by Oscar Isaac as Hamlet. You want to see a unique staging - want to see a funny - yes funny - take

Don't see it if You want to see spectacular staging and directing You require a fully fleshed out, fully realized production.

87
Bandstand
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great singing, Relevant, Resonant, Honest

See it if -You want to see honest, raw, amazingly performed numbers by a stellar cast. - you enjoy swing music - you are interested in WWII

Don't see it if -You have trouble with sudden loud sounds - You want a show for young children - You don't like swing music - you hate history

Also This is the first time I feel like saying a show was "robbed" of Tony ... Read more Read less

93
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Must see, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a show that is incredibly important, brings joy, and hits all the right notes (literally and figuratively.) Just see it.

Don't see it if You have trouble dealing with revisiting topics related to 9/11. You have significant trouble following actors in multiple roles.

Also Come From Away is an incredibly important pice of theater that truly d... Read more Read less

87
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy seeing one of the Greats performing. You enjoy Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals. You want to see a classic production performed.

Don't see it if You dont like ALW, you aren't a fan of slightly melodramatic pieces of theater, or you are uncomforable with sudden loud noises/gun shots.

Also Glenn Close's performance is truly one for the ages. Not only do you g... Read more Read less

82
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a truly delightful little show with a first rate lead performer, are looking for a family show, enjoy fun.

Don't see it if You don't like fun, do not enjoy seeing shows that are still works in progress, hate the books (maybe)

93
During previews
Her Opponent
Midtown W
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see

See it if You have an interest in politics, gender, psychology, perceived bias, and experimental (and participatory) theater.

Don't see it if You don't want to confront personal biases, don't want to remember the 2016 election ever happened.

Also This is an incredibly unique theater experience that I think everybody... Read more Read less

71
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Cliched

See it if You like light shows, a comedic twist on an era, or strong dance ensembles. If you liked the movie.

Don't see it if You're looking for something with a little more depth, or more awe inspiring in general. You've seen the movie and can see something else.

87
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to see a spectacle of a show, with great special effects and a fun plot.

Don't see it if You don't like Wizard of Oz, Flying, or Dancing Through Life.

92
Ambitious, Romantic, Profound, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a Helicopter land on stage, an amazing ensemble, and a great restaging of a classic. The Engineer is sublime.

Don't see it if You want to see a light show. You don't like war/history based shows. You don't like loud sudden sounds.

96
Enchanting, Great singing, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to witness a life changing work of Art. The performances given by the actors in Dear Evan Hansen are absolutely mind blowing.

Don't see it if You are looking for a show to bring small children to, and/or are easily triggered by themes of suicide and depression.

Also The lyrics and message of Dear Evan Hansen will save lives, and I don'... Read more Read less

87
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Modern, Intriguing staging, Refreshing, Riveting, Great acting

See it if You appreciate fresh, modern, relevant takes on centuries old stories; You can appreciate minimalist staging; you want to see an A+ lead.

Don't see it if You expect to see a traditional version of Medea; You don’t enjoy mixed media shows; You need an elaborate set; you are triggered by blood.

Also I thought this was a very smart take/revision. Was it a purists Medea?... Read more Read less

82
Updated, Relevant, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a fresh updated version of a classic; you want to see a darker, sexier take on the material; you’re okay having questions.

Don't see it if You prefer classics to remain as they are; you are uncomfortable with more sexualized content: you can’t handle darkness, smoke, or gunshots

96
Resonant, Refreshing, Must see, Exquisite, Ambitious

See it if You have any connection to the language, religion, or culture. Honestly, everyone, see it if you can.

Don't see it if You have trouble reading sub/supertitles; you have no interest in Jewish history; you don’t like foreign language productions.

Also This was honestly one of those shows that hit me in ways I didn’t expe... Read more Read less

92
Refreshing, Exquisite, Absorbing, Ambitious, Must see

See it if You enjoy original musicals with a unique sound; excellent performances from all members of the cast; spectacular lighting and set design.

Don't see it if You prefer jukebox musicals; you only enjoy happy endings; you want a more traditional broadway sound; you hate Greek mythology.

91
Ambitious, Dizzying, Great staging, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if Want to see a unique piece of theater, and be awed by an astonishing set design, or are intrigued by interactive theater.

Don't see it if You have trouble following complicated plots, or care about understanding the plot without effort. You only like traditional staging

81
A Parallelogram
Midtown W
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if You like - Intelligently written, unique modern works - Are interested in modern, clever takes on serious issues, - well rounded casts

Don't see it if - Have trouble following non linear storylines - want a show to bring young children to - want a purely lighthearted show

Also See this show before it closes. Seriously. This is an incredibly intel... Read more Read less

94
During previews
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see an incredibly visceral piece of theater; You enjoy theater that makes you feel; you are interested in political theater.

Don't see it if You have negative reactions to sudden loud noises, or bright lights. You cannot handle the sight of blood, or anything torture related.

Also This is an absolutely incredible piece of Theater, but note that it is... Read more Read less

80
Significant Other
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Relevant, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if Enjoy well written, thoughtful plays that have excellent performances all around. Strong cast, strong writing, delightful show.

Don't see it if You don't like straight plays, or you can't get to New York before it closes

92
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if You want to see a great new production that reminds you of the magic of theater, great singing, clever staging, and a witty script

Don't see it if You are looking for a show to bring smaller children to, you hated the movie, or you don't like unique shows. You have a hatred of marmots.

Also Update After Opening: the show is just as good as I remembered. Follow... Read more Read less

89
If I Forget
Midtown W
Riveting, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You want to see great acting and intense performances, mixed with a storyline set in the past but laced with relevant, modern echoes.

Don't see it if You are dislike varied political view points, if debates on Israel offend you, if you want to see an emotionally light show.

80
Great staging, Epic, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a classic Broadway show that combines drama, musicality, a gorgeous set, and hundreds of pounds of dry ice.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber, You only want to see new shows.

77
During previews
Amelie
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Indulgent, Hilarious, Clever

See it if You want a fun, light, enjoyable show to see. You want to see a show with an amazing set. You love Phillipa Soo - she is spectacular.

Don't see it if Want a heavier or more put together show. Want an intermission.

Also I saw Amelié during previews and it is possible that it has tightened ... Read more Read less

87
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a genuinely enjoyable show with amazing, engaging music and a wonderful cast. I have laughed less as pure comedy shows.

Don't see it if You are looking for a show to bring small children to, and/or are easily triggered by themes of domestic (emotional) abuse.

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Intelligent, Masterful, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if You want to be part of History on Broadway, both plot wise and Theatre history wise. The lyrics are brilliant, the lighting effects superb.

Don't see it if Have a moral objection to non traditional Musical Theatre.