Alana 6293

Union City | 25-34 | Female

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Reviews (108)
82
Feel-good, Surface, Quirky, Funny, Poignant

See it if you like slice of life/identity plays about the interconnectedness of humanity and the (beautiful?) absurdity of existence

Don't see it if you want something that goes much deeper or says something truly unique/profound

Also I liked the premise and thought the show was very well done. Really en... Read more Read less

81
1st act confusing, Resonant, Slow, Great singing

See it if See it for the singing and the end of the second act.

Don't see it if you want a perfect book and don't like weird staging decisions, like actors moving to different parts of the stage seemingly randomly.

Also After the first act, I would have given it a 70 or 71. The singer was ... Read more Read less

77
Duck
West Village
Great writing, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You want an exploration of compartmentalizing / the "banality of evil" and its ramifications.

Don't see it if You want a fully polished production with a satisfying ending.

77
Disappointing, Slow, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see a fabulous production of a lackluster script that could use some cutting/shaping

Don't see it if you get bored easily or fed up with watching so many scenes of young boys swinging.

Also The play's description gave away the climax and I was hoping for more ... Read more Read less

87
Personal, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy introspective monologues and amazing acting

Don't see it if you want a lot of action

Also The writing in Sea Wall was engrossing and engaging but it seemed the ... Read more Read less

64
During previews
I Spy a Spy
Midtown W
Some funny moments, some good songs, Great singing

See it if you are hard of hearing and want to see something that could be good with a lot of workshopping + a dose of chemistry between the actors.

Don't see it if weird and thin plot doesn't appeal and you don't have ear plugs. Singers were great + songs good but overmiking ruined the aesthetic appeal

80
Long Lost
Midtown W
Intense, Disappointing, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like character-driven plays about relationships and alienation.

Don't see it if Margulies set a high bar with his other plays so this was a tad disappointing but still worth seeing.

88
Ink
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a fantastic production that raises questions about populism, elitism, capitalism...very entertaining while also making you think!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy nuance and complexity in big production value performances

84
BLKS
Midtown W
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
Benny & Joon
Millburn
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
The Light
Midtown W
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
God Said This
West Village
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
Juliet + Romeo
Soho/Tribeca
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
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
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
Plan G
Soho/Tribeca
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
Black Light
West Village
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
Arbuckle Syndrome
Midtown W
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
Alexandria
West Village
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
Operation Crucible
Midtown W
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
Transfers
West Village
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
Unexpected Joy
Midtown E
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
The Solve It Squad
Midtown W
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

80
Silly, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you know the movie very well and want to see a very talented ensemble cast poke fun at it.

Don't see it if you don't know the movie or you LOVE the movie so much you can't handle a parody.

Also The impressions of the actors Kiera Knightley, Hugh Grant, and Laura L... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you want to see some great actors deftly handle a relationship-centric play that revolves around the theme of women in science

Don't see it if you want something very dramatic, action-packed, or revolutionary. This is more historically informative than drama/relationship driven.

52
An Enchanted April
Midtown W
Needs mics, Needs orchestra, Lacks depth, Disappointing, Banal

See it if a three hour lackluster show that lacks depth, substance, and finesse inside a moldy theater with one or two good songs sounds good to you

Don't see it if you are used to better off-broadway production values and productions. Go see a musical at The York.

Also The music for this show really needs a full orchestra and not a dinky ... Read more Read less

81
During previews
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Romantic, Quirky, Enchanting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you would enjoy an aesthetically pleasing production that is dreamlike and well-acted, if somewhat bizarre.

Don't see it if you expect a very traditional take on this play.

85
Entertaining, Epic, Fluffy, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if you want to hear Meatloaf songs performed by exceptional singers with tons of energy and verve and expect a hammed up, ridiculous story

Don't see it if you expect to take the show seriously. I loved laughing at the ridiculous plot/dialogue and felt the show intended us to do so.

Also The melodrama of the acting/dialogue worked perfectly, given that the ... Read more Read less

81
Dying City
Midtown W
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like strongly-acted, character-driven plays that touch on a variety of personal and political issues

Don't see it if you expect huge twists, reveals, or a ton of action.

Also Surprised by all the negative reviews! I thought this was worth seeing... Read more Read less

83
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Quirky, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great writing, Funny

See it if you like dark humor with well-drawn characters and sharp dialogue.

Don't see it if you can't tolerate any breaking of the 4th wall. Even if you normally can't, you might still like this.(Usually not my cuppa but it worked.)

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
Charlie's Waiting
Midtown W
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
We Are The Tigers
East Village
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
Carmelina
Midtown E
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
Awake
Midtown W
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
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Soho/Tribeca
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
Lured
East Village
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
Days of Rage
Midtown W
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
Ordinary Days
Midtown W
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
Final Follies
West Village
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
Exquisita Agonia
Gramercy
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
Tremor
Midtown E
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
We Live by the Sea
Midtown E
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