Alana 6293

Union City | 25-34 | Female

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Reviews (93)
72
Entertaining, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if you have young kids; they seemed very entertained. You don't care whether there is chemistry between actors or dramatic tension.

Don't see it if you saw Around the World in 80 days in under 60 minutes (MN Fringe) or Irish Rep's 2008 production. This pales in comparison.

76
Ambitious, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You've never seen the crucible or haven't seen it in a while. It's a solid production

Don't see it if You don't want some uneven performances and pacing issues, especially in the first act. Want better staging; space didn't work well

70
Unrealistic/underdeveloped, Great acting, Disappointing, Absorbing

See it if you are in the area and want to see an engaging performance

Don't see it if you are looking for something that really has a message; you want to understand and sympathize with character choices

Also Would have been better if relationship between the two women had been ... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Great staging

See it if you enjoy dark, fluffy shows with great singing and strong acting

Don't see it if you can't handle character decisions or plot elements that aren't entirely believable; you want something very unique

65
Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Fluffy

See it if you haven't seen any other muftis at the York so aren't expecting something up to their usual caliber

Don't see it if you were expecting a more polished mufti experienced, better singing from the male lead, better score/script, etc.

Also I am perfectly okay seeing old-fashioned, dated musicals with problema... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you want to see some very strong vignettes. Even though these centered on societal themes, they were still very character-driven.

Don't see it if you don't like vignettes.

83
For a previous production
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want a hilarious ensemble-theater take on the story performed by two very talented cast members. Great use of music.

Don't see it if you don't like intimate productions

70
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intense, Disappointing

See it if you like revenge stories without fully realized characters. you like plays that keep you on your feet, confused about who to "root" for.

Don't see it if violence and brutality will ruin your evening; you want a play that really says something and digs deep.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you value great story-telling and great acting and want a play that makes you think.

Don't see it if confusion about playwright's actual stance and motivations will bother you too much. still worth seeing though

Also surprised by all the low ratings. this play drew me in right away and ... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Strange

See it if you like absurdity. you are okay not truly understanding the point/direction or are a Vonnegut whisperer. Great acting and hilarious moments

Don't see it if incredible displays of caricatured male brutishness will disturb you rather than amuse. you don't like dark humor

70
During previews
Great singing, Slow, Funny

See it if you haven't seen Closer Than Ever. This is a similar concept but not nearly as resonant

Don't see it if you don't like musicals with no dialogue, you expect chemistry between the couple, you don't want to be bored in the middle of the show

79
During previews
Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you like one-act plays, you appreciate great performances (plays 2 and 3), you enjoy realism with a hefty dose of the quirky and absurd

Don't see it if you want to be able to instantly understand the purpose behind each play; you don't like one-acts.

Also I'm seeing a lot of reviews that mention the 2nd play was the weakest.... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if you want an engaging and unique performance exploring scientific theories about consciousness

Don't see it if you are bothered when you don't have time to reflect and absorb before the next set of scientifically-dense lyrics hit you full speed

68
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Great premise

See it if you want to see a show with a lot of potential & an interesting premise, beautiful theater, beautiful stage & music

Don't see it if melodramatic and silly acting from some of the leads and dialogue/character decisions that are not always believable will ruin it for you.

Also The premise was interesting but the play didn't quite come together. I... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing, Relevant, Terrible ending

See it if an interesting conversation that raises questions about guilt, purpose, and the criminal justice system appeals. This has potential.

Don't see it if weird staging choices, lack of chemistry between the two leads, stiff acting from the male, and a seemingly disconnected ending will ruin it

Also The female lead was very talented and the writing was pretty good over... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Funny, Unique

See it if you like well-acted shows with captivating, fresh writing - deliciously funny and dark at the same time

Don't see it if references to addiction/trauma are triggering for you

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Masterful

See it if a wonderfully-acted story told in a unique and beautiful way appeals.

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding British accents or when there is overlapping speech/sounds. I missed some parts but very glad i went.

48
Disappointing, Ambitious, Horrible musical direction, Poor sound quality, Pacing issues

See it if you can't find the broadway album anywhere.

Don't see it if you like the musical Chess, have any musical background at all, or just have ears. I don't blame the cast, but the musical director.

Also The background music was really unpleasant and badly played. The singi... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Interesting

See it if you like new/experimental theater that tries to do a lot and is thought-provoking. The word I was left with afterwards was "Interesting"

Don't see it if you want a masterpiece. This is ambitious and there's a LOT there, but the execution isn't quite up to the concept.

80
During previews
Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if you want a brilliantly crafted play that is both cynical and uplifting at the same time, wonderful character development, relevant issues

Don't see it if you hate dialogue-centric plays and need something action packed

Also left me wondering what would happen if leaders with real decision maki... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want a character-driven play with a hefty dose of both humor and emotion. explores an important theme without hitting you over the head

Don't see it if you don't like dialogue-heavy shows.

58
During previews
Disappointing, Fluffy, Slow, Overrated, Banal

See it if good acting and a couple jokes are enough to carry a whole show for you.

Don't see it if you wanted a script that had a point to it. This either had to be a LOT funnier, have better reveals, or both. nothing really happened.

58
Slow, Relevant, Disappointing, Ambitious, Has potential

See it if you're okay with a long, slow, repetitive play that touches on the same conflict over and over and doesn't get very far with it.

Don't see it if A great lead actress with communitytheateresque acting from the rest of the cast isn't your jam. you expected something masterfully written

75
Entertaining, Clever, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you like storytelling and standup, you are okay with a short show (ours was only 50 minutes)

Don't see it if you don't like stories. I wish he told more stories and spent less time talking to the audience about other stuff! Altogether, enjoyable.

48
Insipid, Slow, Disappointing, Banal, Indulgent

See it if you don't mind watching a substanceless, repetitive play that tries (and fails) to be entertaining and resolves without any character growth

Don't see it if lack of substance, lack of chemistry, and lack of purpose bother you. You'd rather not waste an hour and a half.

Also I was hoping this would be fluffy and entertaining; instead, it was re... Read more Read less

84
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a very talented cast put on a great (+ hilarious) show that touches on a lot without hitting you over the head with anything

Don't see it if you don't relate to people in their 20s/30s

69
Good staging, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you've never seen the movie so don't know what the production is missing; willing to sit through many phoned-in songs for a few good ones

Don't see it if you love the movie, expect great music throughout, want a nuanced Sam. Pinkham's choice of deadpan except for impressions didn't work for me

Also We were sitting in the mezzanine and the emotions/music didn't carry t... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a play with an interesting premise that has potential but is not fully developed.

Don't see it if unrealistic/poorly supported character choices, repetitive settings (bar-jail-bar-jail etc.), and lack of depth/complexity will bother you.

Also The author's note set up an interesting premise but the play didn't re... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want an engaging and entertaining play with incredible actors that also addresses very relevant issues in society today.

Don't see it if you only like musicals

Also masterful mix of light and serious

82
During previews
Resonant, Absorbing, Intense, Great writing

See it if the denial and realities of death and dying, as looked at through the lens of a sweet and powerful character, appeals. Ako made the show.

Don't see it if you can't handle death and dying. You'll get annoyed at the hammed up acting from the two daughters. Good writing, poor direction?

79
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if an accessible, energetic production of romeo and juliet with solid acting performed up close and personal sounds like fun

Don't see it if you expect more than a retelling of the story, like some backstory on the teenage girl or better commentary in some parts.

70
Dizzying, Disappointing, Ambitious, Enchanting

See it if you love special effects and are a visual person. you have a high tolerance for incessant roaring.

Don't see it if you like shows with music that stays with you; you hoped for a fresh take on the story; you want a heroine that isn't a shitty person.

80
Entertaining, Delightful, Fluffy, Funny, Quirky

See it if larry phillips and randomly specific theater company always deliver. An entertaining - if a bit hammed up - play.

Don't see it if you want something very deep.

Also Ever since The Weekend Will End, I've wanted to see all Larry Phillips... Read more Read less

76
Ambitious, Enchanting, Great singing, Slow, Great costumes

See it if you are interested in a unique musical and storytelling journey with a high priestess come to warn us about the current state of the world

Don't see it if you get bored easily. The relevance of some of the stories aren't immediately apparent and it takes a while for the themes to come together.

86
During previews
Great singing, Great acting, Romantic, Powerful, Great score

See it if you are ready for something to reach through all the day-to-day grime and genuinely make you feel

Don't see it if you lose patience quickly. I was nervous at the start but it turned into a great show (and I'm not a fan of two-character plays or cabaret)

Also The chemistry between the two actors and wonderful score make the show... Read more Read less

70
Absorbing, Great acting, Disappointing, Good dialogue, Cliched

See it if you are looking for a solid, well-written play and don't mind some gender role cliches

Don't see it if cliches about gender roles and dating, unlikeable characters who don't grow (everyone except troy), and unclear purpose won't satisfy

90
Relevant, Resonant, Must see, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like brilliantly acted, character-driven, and masterfully written shows that are extremely relevant and powerful.

Don't see it if you want something fluffy

Also This play is an exceptional exploration of the "we can have differing ... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Quirky

See it if you want to see a very well-done performance of a so-so script. Interesting subject but not captivating enough for a full-length production

Don't see it if you need a lot of action, you want to feel very emotionally connected to characters, you want more than one theme revisited throughout.

75
Great acting, Great staging, Confusing, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if you like ensemble theater, you are okay with non-linear stories that are portraits of times and people rather than an action-packed plot

Don't see it if you can't handle non-linear stories, you prefer stories where characters have clear differences and lots of development

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see an entertaining, brilliantly-acted production that raises questions about assumptions, visibility, and education

Don't see it if you only like musicals.

74
Great singing, Fluffy, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you want an entertaining , predictable musical about mother/daughter relationships. Most characters are tropes. Celeste Rose was great

Don't see it if you are looking for something with great dialogue. this at times felt stilted.

70
Entertaining, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if you'd enjoy an entertaining parody of scooby doo; for the multiple roles played by brian rosenthal

Don't see it if you want something side-splittingly funny

67
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you like mockumentary style dialogue. you don't mind a show that hasn't found a clear lens or focus

Don't see it if you want a story that is masterfully and intelligently told with clear reasons behind writing decisions.

Also For this show to work, the characters need to be captivating and since... Read more Read less

74
Entertaining, Great singing by julia knitel,, Has potential, Enjoyable,, Underdeveloped

See it if you want an enjoyable night of theater but don't expect to necessarily be reached emotionally. book could be better but worth it for knitel

Don't see it if A rushed conflict/resolution that didn't go beyond surface to truly explore character feelings will ruin it for you.

Also I found the portrayal of the jewish wife (very stereotyped) to be kind... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a brilliantly-acted, though-provoking, character-driven piece that explores all sides of a tough situation

Don't see it if you only like musicals

88
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you want to see something that will stay with you and make you think. Character decisions are tough to wrap your head around, in a good way

Don't see it if you don't value good acting & good storytelling. you lack empathy. You need an ending that really nails it.

Also I see a lot of people complaining about hair fussing, which i personal... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Great singing, Great writing, Masterful, Relevant

See it if you want to see ensemble theater at its best. Great music, great story, great singing, humor, poignancy...this has it all.

Don't see it if you hate ensemble theater. A slightly over miked show where you can't always catch every word will ruin your whole experience.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you love brilliantly-acted, brilliantly-written character-driven stories. Some great music, too!

Don't see it if See it!

68
Disappointing, Average, Talented kids, Good singing

See it if you want an average - enjoyable enough - musical with a few great moments that follows the movie very closely but isn't anything special.

Don't see it if you were looking for some innovation. You don't like a very hyper, overly hammed up lead male.

Also Lori Eve Marinacci (who played Rosalie in the production we saw - she ... Read more Read less

72
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing, Terrible ending, Slow

See it if you're very verbal - you like books on tape + podcasts and like listening to poetic, poignant character monologues that slowly tell a story

Don't see it if a bad ending with no foundation for a character choice and some distractingly fake accents will ruin your entire experience

Also I liked the way the story was told, with the interacting monologues. I... Read more Read less