aKa Ms. Smarty Pants

New York City | 50-64 | Female
About:  Why live in Manhattan if you're just going to stay home and watch TV?
Reviews (133)
Insightful, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever
February 24th, 2020

See it if If you remember Bess Meyerson, want to learn about an important Jewish woman (more than a pop culture reference or tabloid headline)!

Don't see it if If you don’t like watching mother/daughter relationships play out, one woman shows, or aren’t interested in Bess Meyerson.

Also We’ve all seen and read enough stories of high powered famous women an... Read more Read less

During previews
Lonesome Blues
Midtown E
Great singing, Intelligent, Masterful
June 16th, 2018

See it if You get the blues, love the blues, feel the blues. Babatundé sings the story in familiar and obscure songs ‘til you feel it in your bones.

Don't see it if You need a linear storyline. This is told as memories, almost pure song, and the truth is elusive.

Also This has nothing to do with the play, but with the theater itself. The... Read more Read less

The Diana Tapes
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow
June 7th, 2018

See it if You need to see All Things Diana.

Don't see it if You know what a riveting story this was in real life; holding great possibilities for dramatization. This was flat, lacking momentum.

Me and My Girl
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Masterful
May 18th, 2018

See it if You’d like a perfect rom-com to brighten up these dark days. A sheer delight with a catchy score, top notch cast, and toe tapping dancing!

Don't see it if You don’t like word play, slapstick, moons in June, happy endings, elitist dowagers; cocky Cockneys, or you’re a big old grouch.

Unexpected Joy
Midtown E
Ambitious, Great singing
May 10th, 2018

See it if You’d enjoy 3 generations of white women reflecting on how the 60s free love/folk rock phase impacted their lives. (As you’d expect.)

Don't see it if You’ve seen anything like this before. The performers are good singers, but there’s not much new here, and you can see what’s coming. Yawn.

Dance Nation
Midtown W
Hilarious, Intelligent, Clever, Quirky
May 8th, 2018

See it if You’d enjoy an insightful satire of Dance Moms exploring girls finding themselves & their power through dance.

Don't see it if Nudity, rough language, natural body functions, etc. bother you. Also girls played by women of all ages, except teen. Dance Moms on steroids

Dated, Great staging, Absorbing
May 6th, 2018

See it if You are interested in good actors in a period piece about a disability.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in how the deaf learn to make their way in a hearing world.

Also When this was written it presented some shocking issues; now some of t... Read more Read less

Quirky, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Resonant
April 29th, 2018

See it if Milk’s life/death & inspiration to young LBTQs has a connection to why most Holocaust survivors hide their history from their grandkids.

Don't see it if You are bothered by ‘playful’ lyrics, Jewish stereotypes, Nazis, gay themes, guns, etc. It’s quirky, but moving, but...quirky.

Also I struggled with this review; quirky is usually my forte but to sum th... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Hilarious, Clever, Masterful, Great staging
April 23rd, 2018

See it if You want to see Charles Busch doing what he does best, surrounded by great actors pulling out all the stops. Oh yes, Lily does indeed dare!

Don't see it if Old movie takeoffs, drag, or satire are not your thing. If you don’t find humor in an older man playing a young convent girl best stay home

Delightful, Entertaining, Even better on the big screen
April 20th, 2018

See it if You’ve never seen it on the big screen or (can it be possible?) never have seen it at all. It’s more beautiful than you remember!

Don't see it if I don’t know! Go for the art nouveau decor! Go for the closeups of the costumes! Go for the twinkle in Rex’s eyes! You should go!

Also I’ve watched this countless times on (increasingly larger) TV screens.... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Great dancing
April 18th, 2018

See it if You want to see Carousel with top singers, choreography, etc. It won’t be on B’way again for a long time.

Don't see it if If you focus only on one aspect - the domestic violence - you miss the rest of the show. Why buy a ticket?

Also First to get out of the way: There is a huge emphasis currently on the... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Riveting
April 11th, 2018

See it if You want to know - and touch - theater history. This was an unmatchable opportunity not to be missed.

Don't see it if If touching an original typed manuscript of Carousel or costume sketch of Hello, Dolly! means nothing to you, stay home.

Also Our tour guide, Doug Reside, Curator of The Billy Rose Theater Divisio... Read more Read less

Cruel Intentions
Greenwich V
March 15th, 2018

See it if You really loved the movie and need to see it in another form.

Don't see it if You’re depending on previous reviews. There have been substantial cast changes and - let’s just say it makes a difference. A big difference.

Party Face
Midtown W
Entertaining, Clever
March 9th, 2018

See it if First: Haley Mills! As for the rest, it’s like an episode of Real Housewives of Someplace; fun, crazies, wine, fights, hugs, etc. Haley!

Don't see it if You don’t like feather-light comedies. It’s a ladies night with nibbles, wines and whines. And Haley Mills! That’s it! Lighten up!

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful
February 21st, 2018

See it if You want to see the completed Zoo Story performed by top flight actors. If you only know it from college, you’re ready for Albee now.

Don't see it if You need things on the light side. Albee provides black humor, but it’s all too real.

Also I read some Albee in high school, studied this play in college, saw th... Read more Read less

Hey, Look Me Over!
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Masterful
February 12th, 2018

See it if You yearn to see those never revived musicals hidden in your record (!) collection. Great talent brings the best out in these hidden gems.

Don't see it if You don’t like revues. While there are small bits of dialog to give context, this mostly pulls the hits from these B’way misses.

Fire and Air
East Village
February 12th, 2018

See it if You want to see a company of fine actors practicing their craft.

Don't see it if You know or want to know about the Ballet Russes. Historically inaccurate and plodding; not McNally’s or the cast’s best work.

Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Great singing
February 9th, 2018

See it if An opportunity to see one of the world’s finest actors in a jewel of a production. Amusing yet haunting, an unforgettable theater experience

Don't see it if You didn’t like Amadeus, this might not appeal to you. If you don’t like history or period pieces, pick another play.

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging
January 30th, 2018

See it if A brilliant production of a cult opera. Sold out @ Carnegie Hall & Edinburg Festival, this is a spoof of our culture via the Springer lens.

Don't see it if If you don't laugh at Jerry Springer, stay home. Rough language, situations, etc. Purposely offensive to find redemption; truly a cult piece

Greenwich V
Cliched, Disappointing, Ambitious
January 26th, 2018

See it if Some interesting performances, but the script is predictable and tiresome.

Don't see it if don't have patience with plays in their early form. This is, I presume, a work in progress, and it shows.

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking
December 19th, 2017

See it if You can connect the dots from Depression Era problems to today’s current events. Acting so real characters seem to step from home movies.

Don't see it if Supra-titles bother you. There is hope but no promises for the characters; not a happy ending if that’s what you require. Lite sets & props.

Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining, Refreshing
November 22nd, 2017

See it if You enjoy spending time with a witty social outlaw who challenges you to follow him down his rabbit hole.

Don't see it if You can’t laugh at Lifetime Movie references, cocaine ramblings, and have no problem being told beige is the color du jour.

Also I had a tough time scoring this. I can hardly give this the same point... Read more Read less

Banal, Dated, Disappointing
November 17th, 2017

See it if You know someone in the cast. It’s a small theater and they’ll know if you don’t show up. Perhaps it’s a workshop for friends and family?

Don't see it if Just don’t. I’m trying to find something nice here...the music when you enter is great...Dusty, Petula, Aretha...then the show started.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging
November 8th, 2017

See it if Donna Murphy’s performance is perfection; reminding people why they fell in love w/ musical theater. It’s a lovely setting for this jewel.

Don't see it if You want innovative theater. Dolly is back where she belongs, the way she should be seen. This is Broadway at it’s classic, glorious best.

For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent
October 16th, 2017

See it if You want great performances, a great book, a memorable score, clever staging, & a big bang for your theater $$! Many were there a 2nd time!

Don't see it if If you don’t enjoy musical comedy. Hey - I’ll take your seat!

The Sardi's Tour
Midtown W
October 15th, 2017

See it if You love New York theater history. This restaurant is the stuff of legends, right up there with the Algonquin Round Table.

Don't see it if If theater history doesn’t matter to you; you live in the here and now.

Also Our guide was a Sardi’s waiter; a relative newbie who’d ‘only’ worked ... Read more Read less

During previews
Upper W Side
Intelligent, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Thought-provoking
October 9th, 2017

See it if People trying to live up to or avoiding living up to their perceived potential while grappling with parental issues speaks to you.

Don't see it if One man shows seem indulgent, if rich kids having problems annoy you, or if Harvard, Wall Street, Boesky, etc., aren’t your lingo.

Also Ted Greenberg might be best known as the Letterman staff writer who ca... Read more Read less

I Lost You There
West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent, Clever
October 7th, 2017

See it if You enjoy one person becoming many people to explore a human condition, using only laughter and compassion as tools.

Don't see it if You want a flashy production, need absolutes, happy endings, props...anything but a bare stage. This is just talent and a spotlight.

Intelligent, Resonant, Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting
October 4th, 2017

See it if You want to spend some time getting to know legendary performer Josephine Baker, or just want to enjoy a great cabaret act. She sizzles!

Don't see it if semi-nude women, one woman shows; or biographical cabaret acts aren’t your thing.

Also Tymisha Harris captures the charm of Ms. Baker, and relays enough of t... Read more Read less

Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Disappointing, Entertaining
September 20th, 2017

See it if You don't see a lot of musicals; these songs will initiate you or bring back a few memories.

Don't see it if You're a regular theatergoer or cast album lover. Nothing new here; mixed bag of performers and songs you probably know by heart.

Also This is simply a roll-call of songs from shows Hal Prince has produced... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Entertaining
September 19th, 2017

See it if You enjoy bawdy sendups of religion. South Park's creators give Mormons a no holds barred chance to convert Ugandans (and you!).

Don't see it if You don't find blue humor amusing and can't laugh at religious absurdities. The Mormons loved this; you might not.

Jerry's Girls
Midtown E
Ambitious, Wonderful songs, Entertaining
August 6th, 2017

See it if You want to hear Jerry Herman's most famous and lesser known songs in a revue.

Don't see it if You want some sort of perspective about Jerry Herman's life, musical journey, or structure. It's a mishmash of his sheet music.

Also To be fair, I saw this show on the second night, but it seemed some of... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great singing, Jukebox, Irresistible!
August 2nd, 2017

See it if Hey, let's face it - the RHYTHM IS GONNA GET YOU! The music is the thing here. C'mon baby - let's CONGA! (There's a story, but who cares?)

Don't see it if You don't want to GET ON YOUR FEET and TURN THE BEAT AROUND, but you really want That Wall built. Maybe at the end of this you'll shout OYE!

Really Rosie
Midtown W
Great singing, Ambitious, Fun for kids
August 2nd, 2017

See it if You are a child, or have fond memories of this from your childhood.

Don't see it if You aren't already a fan of the show, a child, or a fan of kids' theater. Sendak & King don't stint on cutesy; 70 minutes are plenty.

Also It's hard to believe that Encores! - who in the past has presented Pat... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Exquisite, Funny
July 31st, 2017

See it if You enjoy fast, burlesque, intelligent comedic versions of classic stories told by master performers.

Don't see it if You need your Austen to have Colin Firth, period authenticity, and a demur demeanor. Don't want to have a good time? Don't go!

Also We loved Kate Hamill's VANITY FAIR, so we were more than willing to ta... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Entertaining, Great dancing, Great singing, Universal message
July 28th, 2017

See it if you like swing music, 40s ballads, The Glenn Miller Story, the Lindy Hop, old/new fashioned musicals. All new, but it brings you back!

Don't see it if you want a modern musical, don't like post-WWII music/dance styles, or military/veteran themes. Top talent here - it might change your mind!

Also The title is unfortunate; I put off going for a long time because I th... Read more Read less

During previews
Curvy Widow
Midtown W
Clever, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining
July 27th, 2017

See it if You'd enjoy Sex & the City for the Over 50 set. Honest portrayal of modern dating when starting over. Talented cast!

Don't see it if You're too young to 'get it.' This is computer dating when over 50 and newly widowed. It's niche, but truthful and fun. Is it you? Depends.

Excruciating, Banal
July 25th, 2017

See it if You know the performers or your home isn't air conditioned.

Don't see it if No 'if'- don't see it.

Also The performers are giving it their all, and I hope some agents stop by... Read more Read less

Lucie Pohl: Hi, Hitler
West Village
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking
July 21st, 2017

See it if You enjoy unconventional people sharing unconventional life experiences. One woman morphs into many characters; Hitler is a brief reference.

Don't see it if You prefer Donna Reed storylines, quirky isn't 'your thing,' you don't identify with outsiders, or need a happy/final ending.

Also Lucie Pohl is a cult figure for many computer game fanatics (she is wi... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Great singing, Absorbing, Intelligent
July 15th, 2017

See it if You want to see top-flight performers in one of Sondheim's lesser known/presented productions, and a reverie on a thread of our history.

Don't see it if You don't like Sondheim, or the theme upsets you.

Hilarious, Masterful, Great staging, Great writing
July 10th, 2017

See it if You want intelligent, non-stop comedy performed by masters. The Marx Brothers would be at home here! Timeless laughs.

Don't see it if "We were a cultured family. We had a book, and my father whistled." Didn't laugh? Then don't go.

The Traveling Lady
West Village
Romantic, Entertaining
July 7th, 2017

See it if You enjoy Horton Foote's sleepy approach to unfolding relationships in 50s Texas. Good acting, good directing - time well spent.

Don't see it if You want fast action, a snappy comedy, etc. Foote has a style, and that is very present here; a slow paced, small town, character study.

Clever, Entertaining, Enchanting, Hilarious, Great staging
July 6th, 2017

See it if You loved the movie, or like your comedy on the cynical side. It's not a carbon of the movie, and brings its own charm and punch.

Don't see it if You want a typical rom-com. This is a cynical, dark, off-beat...it's a matter of taste.

Also If at all possible, see Andy Karl in his Olivier-winning, Tony-nominat... Read more Read less

During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant
July 6th, 2017

See it if You want to know what happened to Tevye and his family after they left Anatevka. An accurate portrayal of the Jewish immigrant experience.

Don't see it if You don't like musical reviews, Supra-titles (most of the songs are in Yiddish), or are an isolationist.

During previews
Of Human Bondage
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever
July 2nd, 2017

See it if You enjoy fresh interpretations of classic literature, delivered by impressive new talent. We were mesmerized!

Don't see it if You prefer everything 'by the book.' Two hours requires liberties taken with plot, sets, etc.

Also We were there opening night, and agree with the many people we overhea... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting
June 30th, 2017

See it if you like 'The Robber Bridegroom' and those Tall Tale Disney cartoons; flavored with African- & Asian-American history. A stellar cast!

Don't see it if you don't like Paul Bunyan-esque history, country/southern style music and stories. Harsh stories of the south are woven in with the fantasy

During previews
Midtown E
Ambitious, Romantic, Slow
June 17th, 2017

See it if you enjoy struggling through first/blind dates. The people are real, the situation possible.

Don't see it if you can't stand the thought of going on another first/blind date of your own, and don't want to be trapped in someone else's.

Also As we entered, each audience member was asked if they were single, in ... Read more Read less

Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Must see
June 14th, 2017

See it if You want to see a performance that will go down in history. The entire production is memorable, but Close has the role of a lifetime.

Don't see it if You don't like Andrew Lloyd Weber musicals.

During previews
Clever, Delightful, Ambitious, Entertaining
June 13th, 2017

See it if You like campy musicals like Little Shop..., Bat Boy, Rocky Horror, etc., Great cast, fun staging.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy cult musicals...or cults.

Midtown E
Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Funny
June 13th, 2017

See it if You enjoy shows like "Good Neighbors," plus added drama. Well done,

Don't see it if You don't like war of the classes dramedy.