AliceG

Brooklyn | 50-64 | Female
About:  I can never get enough theater! I get to see about 60 productions a year, from off-off-Broadway on up. My favorites are the Bushwick Starr, Ars Nova, NY Theater Workshop Next Door, Saint Ann's Warehouse, Playwrights Horizons, The Public, BAM, and anything by The TEAM, The Pipeline, or Donmar Wareho... Read more Read less
Reviews (190)
92
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Beautiful, Stunning

See it if powerfully portrayed true story of an act of violence between gay men; gorgeous staging; astonishing acting; beautifully realized

Don't see it if you're triggered by rape, although very well foreshadowed; can't do cigarette smoke or flashing lights (not strobe); hate subtitles (German)

Also The first ten minutes or so are tough after a long day looking at the ... Read more Read less

78
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Ultimately disappointing, Entertaining, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if you love great singing and dancing; serious talent on stage, want to laugh at a great bad guy and have your jaw drop when the leads belt out

Don't see it if you want a compelling story arc and appropriate tension or meaning. The end quickly becomes obvious and then depressing/pointless

Also Too much of the show is sung rather than acted, esp early on, so the a... Read more Read less

84
All My Fathers
East Village
Emotional, Funny, Intelligent, Riveting, Great acting

See it if Absolutely explosive mother-son dialog, heartfelt exploration of family dynamics, outstanding acting on all 4 counts

Don't see it if You don’t want to watch a very real family drama, with all its concomitant pain and sorrow

Also Let’s hope this play has another life after La MaMa

70
Bad Penny
Soho/Tribeca
Quirky, Dizzying, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You’d like to sit outside and watch young actors throw themselves into the messy wackiness of a Wellman play about a road to hell thru NYC

Don't see it if You want clarity or a traditional play. It’s not Hadestown (although there is some singing!)

60
During previews
Excruciating, Indulgent, Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if the previews are over; on the 6th night of previews, play clearly unfinished, discordant, confusing. Fingers crossed for the next 2 weeks.

Don't see it if Play attempts to create a window into conservative Catholic thinking; characters believable; acting stellar; overall effect numbing/annoying

64
Lightweight, Fun, Silly plot, Poor staging, Great singing

See it if You’re obsessed with Meatloaf’s music and just want to hear some great voices belting it out. The cast is so talented, kind of wasted here

Don't see it if You want a plot, great staging, anything serious, or good choreography. We did have fun though! Get cheap tickets & go for the music

74
During previews
Midsummer: A Banquet
Greenwich V
Disappointing, Refreshing, Funny, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if the "cafe", created for the show, is lovely; the food is plentiful (picnic style); the actors lively and hardworking; we laughed a lot

Don't see it if the show itself offers nothing new to Midsummer fans despite talented 3rd Rail crew; no deeply immersive twists/turns like Then She Fell

Also Still in previews and staff taking notes, so there's still hope that 3... Read more Read less

75
Fairview
Brooklyn
Overwrought, Didactic, Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if There is one crazy amazing idea at the heart of this show, and it works. It shocks, it surprises, and it teaches an important lesson

Don't see it if Unfortunately, the show goes too far, giving in to angry yelling and later, lecturing, where subtlety would have had more impact

80
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Edgy, Boundary breaking, Great acting, Great singing, Exciting

See it if Full-on Bway-style musical about a queer black character who's writing a musical while full of self-loathing, demeaned by religious parents

Don't see it if Show is raw, out there, sometimes so personal it's hard to watch; not for young kids. But powerful, groundbreaking stuff and the lead is A++

87
During previews
Beautiful, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great singing

See it if you'd enjoy seeing this classic work set to music by an outstanding team and sung by some serious vocal talent; this show is full of heart.

Don't see it if you dislike plays about race or can't bear for anyone to touch the classic story, although this is truly a loving adaptation

Also Saw this is previews with a talk back from the outstanding creative te... Read more Read less

82
Burn This
Midtown W
Dizzying, Funny, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to be mesmerized by Adam Driver's performance. I didn't think I liked him especially; now a huge fan. Great writing, great cast

Don't see it if It's hard for the other actors to compete with Driver's outsize role; the play can feel unbalanced as a result (dull when he's not there)

82
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Witty, Funny

See it if you'd like a one-man comedy show with great props; if you travel a lot

Don't see it if You only like fully sketched out plays with complete story arch and a full cast. This is a very funny one-man show

79
Ultimately pointless, Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to witness several truly great performances of well-written/believable dialogue; three leads all outstanding

Don't see it if you want life-changing; this is a moment in time, just before Obama's election. No lessons, moral or story arch; a bit pointless

70
During previews
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny

See it if You’d like a very realistic slice of life with characters you’ll recognize. Many laugh-out-loud moments. Great dialogue.But no real ending.

Don't see it if The play steadily establishes its characters, building tension like Wolves & Miles for Mary, then fizzles out. Truly a lost opportunity

Also The characters are reversed from what they would have been in the ‘70s... Read more Read less

69
Daddy
Midtown W
Ultimately disappointing, Overlong, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if There are some beautiful moments here, some great dialog, and the cast is really outstanding, plus Cumming sings; if that's enough, go.

Don't see it if First two acts, lots of laughs and outrageousness, moves nicely, but third scene tries too late to turn the ship, crashes badly

Also While sparks of genius fly throughout, the play badly needs a strong e... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Great choreography, Great music and lyrics, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you enjoy beautiful singing and dance; this is a joyful, enchanting show, with great talent onstage & magical stagecraft

Don't see it if You don't like music-and-dance-focused pieces, prefer dramas/serious thought pieces, although there is a lot to think about here

87
Great writing, Funny, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You’d like to be carried away to London, Scotland, and over the ocean to Appalachia. This tiny show feels as big as the world

Don't see it if You need linear shows, don’t want to hear diverse opinions, or can’t handle a full range of powerful emotions onstage

Also The three actors take on their roles so fully it’s as if they’ve stepp... Read more Read less

70
Eddie and Dave
Chelsea
Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny, Linear bioplay

See it if You’ve followed Van Halen over the years and would enjoy talented actresses acting out the highlights, with some recorded music & no singing

Don't see it if You haven’t followed the band’s antics. I would have preferred a mash-up of acting, videos, lip synching, to break up the story

86
On Blueberry Hill
Midtown E
Great acting, Minimalist staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you love the theater, the pure joy of seeing 2 great actors burning their way through a thoughtful and relevant script; you want 2b moved

Don't see it if your theater has to hit you in the face with lights, song, dance; this one is pure poetry

74
Great singing, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if You’re happy to hear some good songs in lovely voices and strong acting; not really a musical, unfortunately

Don't see it if You’re hoping for a powerful musical with show-stopping or original numbers; very much like a black Glee episode with a gay rights theme

Also Hate to be down on this. Some lovely moments, beautiful voices, but se... Read more Read less

40
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Disappointing, Pointless

See it if you're obsessed with the story of Reality Winner and need to see her arrest acted out minute by minute

Don't see it if you're hoping for any insights at all. The (excellent) actors literally just walk through the arrest transcript, censorship included.

Also So much could be done with the story of Reality Winner, from the reaso... Read more Read less

79
The Hello Girls
Midtown E
Great singing, Great staging, Uneven, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if It seems the Times and I saw very different plays. I found the first part a bit silly, while the rest pulled me in completely

Don't see it if you need perfection; the tone in the first act needs work, as we take the women seriously one minute and not the next. Still, enchanting.

68
Disappointing, Slow, Great singing

See it if You’re willing to enjoy good singing and acting almost randomly put together; you love Dylan’s music in any context

Don't see it if You know Dylan’s repertoire and expect his music to be presented in some semblance of its original context. Want a great/uplifting storyline

Also Story felt a bit cobbled together around the music. Or was the music p... Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Depressing

See it if you'd like to see a fine actor completely immersed in the difficult life of Lenny Bruce

Don't see it if you're hoping to see Bruce's energy and comedy recreated, an ambitious undertaking that isn't quite achieved; if you want upbeat/uplifiting.

Also The focus on Bruce's issues rather than his comedy, on his drug and fa... Read more Read less

91
Great acting, Great staging, Sexy, Must see, Delightful

See it if you can get a ticket (seriously: some stand-by tickets available, get to the theater early on the night). A really lovely production

Don't see it if you don't like Oklahoma, don't like musicals (although this one is quite thought-provoking). There are gunshots and brief darkness.

86
Lyrical, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if The most natural dialog since Delillo’s White Noise; gorgeous piece of writing and acting exploring repressed ‘80s lesbianism seeking escape

Don't see it if You need high action and can’t sit back and steep in the play’s gorgeous writing and acting as two women try to understand their feelings

Also It’s good to know going in what the play is about. The elephant in the... Read more Read less

45
Fur
East Village
Pointless, Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you enjoy dark, joyless, apocalyptic settings and experiences. Tried hard to find meaning at any level and failed

Don't see it if you don't want to have to see a really good actor stuck in a cage in a distracting fur suit

Also Honestly I love this theater and there must be some reason they put on... Read more Read less

70
Evocative, Slow, Ambitious, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You want to learn some NY history, lost someone to AIDS, can be a patient listener, want a moving stroll to the AIDS memorial at the end

Don't see it if You want a traditional storyline. Play is overlong here and there. They count out 9 novenas one by one; by 4, we were checking our watches

74
Wives
Midtown W
Relevant, Indulgent, Ambitious, Funny, Clever

See it if You’re interested in a work that explores women’s roles & portrayals in history (great Hemingway wives sketch) in funny unusual ways

Don't see it if Not really a play. Three sketches, the third of which was more a pep talk for women. Never comes full circle (though tries to)

Also I love anything that highlights women in history and anything that enc... Read more Read less

86
Make Believe
Midtown W
Moving, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to be truly touched by a story of children abandoned by their mother and caring for each other for a few hours, days? rings true

Don't see it if Some r saying don't see it if triggered by abandonment; but I disagree. I was on aisle & ready in case but its cathartic, beautiful, moving

81
Dust
East Village
Intense, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if You want to experience a young woman’s study of suicide and its aftermath, profoundly well-acted and beautifully thought through

Don't see it if You have lost someone to suicide, this will be too painful; have epilepsy (flashing lights). There are trigger warnings for good reasons

84
Delightful, Great acting, Beautiful, personal story

See it if You’re interested in well-told memoirs, storytelling, thoughtful musical excursions into the past. A really beautiful, honest show

Don't see it if You dislike one-man shows, need a full cast and big Broadway show

70
Cabin
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Promising, Thoughtful, Great staging

See it if You like to see works in progress, thoughtful narratives. Much good here, talented actors/dancers

Don't see it if The play is based on a true story and the playwright has put his heart into it, but I needed to know exactly what happened & what came after

Also Several really lovely morsels here: a fabulous dance, a heartwarming h... Read more Read less

84
Octet
Midtown W
Great singing, Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if As usual, Dave Malloy is exploring new territory in subject and in song. A funny, sad, thought-provoking musical about Internet obsessions

Don't see it if you're really triggered by addiction stories, I suppose. Malloy really makes you think about the amount of time we spend online these days

87
Profound, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if you'll be blown right out of the audience by Murphy's performance, the lighting, the sound, the grief.. then reeled back in

Don't see it if you are triggered by death, lost someone recently (unless you want to sob uncontrollably); can't bear loud, repeated noises

70
Playing Hot
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Fun, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you love jazz, love New Orleans, want to learn more about the history of both

Don't see it if you want a fully developed musical; play is many small pieces stitched together

86
Continuity
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Great acting, Great directing, Great writing

See it if you love what small theater can do; powerful message and powerful humor combined; several great plot twists

Don't see it if you are already complete stressed out about climate change, I guess; there's a serious message here, despite the laughter

Also A really well done and surprising play. Had no idea what to expect and... Read more Read less

84
White Noise
East Village
Powerful, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intense

See it if You’re ready to explore race, slavery, white privilege, & stereotypes; to be uncomfortable, to be angry; to be confused; to think.

Don't see it if You’re not ready to do the above. You want to just relax at the theater. Diggs suppresses his joyful musicality here, going to a dark place

88
Ain't No Mo'
East Village
Masterful, Thought-provoking, Moving, Funny, Bold

See it if you're willing to laugh/cry at yourself and others while wanting to scream/cry about the world we live in; this is true theater, a must see

Don't see it if you need linear, simple, uncontroversial theater; if you'd rather see Carol King, The Musical; you don't want to face today's race realities

Also Imagine if God (or a racist president) told Noah (or the fabulous Peac... Read more Read less

72
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Great singing, Disappointing, Clever

See it if Three talented men sing the words to an old album of black men singing on chain gangs in the south; a brief narrative, lovely music, moving

Don't see it if you want a play or any expansion on the story behind the album or what it means today. They just sing the album. Could've been much more.

Also Show-score should not be mixing the reviews from the earlier, intimate... Read more Read less

83
Suicide Forest
Brooklyn
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You love theater that challenges you. Show explores Japanese culture from a Japanese-American POV, hitting all the cultural highlights

Don't see it if You’re triggered by the title. No one commits suicide in the show. but suicide is referenced. Also if you only like trad stories/ messages.

Also Impossible to explain this show, and yet it sits in my brain like a be... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Fun, Great choreography, Unfocused, Repetitive, Could have been good

See it if You have a cheap ticket: there are elements of a good play here - dance, folklore, a moral - but it’s like someone took scissors to it

Don't see it if You want coherence, a sensible plot line or ending; you don’t want to be hit over the head repeatedly with the play’s purported moral

Also The play teases with possibilities. The program asks for audience part... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Great singing, Great dancing, Highly entertaining, ***kelli o'hara***, But dated

See it if you love B'way, tap dancing, great singing. Worth going just for O'Hara's "I Hate Men" & her fights with Chase's character, priceless

Don't see it if Look, this show is really cheesy, it's dated, it's thematically challenged, and you won't learn much, that's just "Kiss Me, Kate"

Also Some bits were overlong and the show has not been successfully updated... Read more Read less

79
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Bryan cranston, Intense, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you don't want to miss a stellar performance by Cranston, despite a loud, TV-screen-filled production with odd swings in tone

Don't see it if you don't want to watch a lot of TV; there are many screens and much of the time the actors play to the cameras, not the audience

Also The show is fun and loud, and Cranston gives it his all. But there are... Read more Read less

94
For a previous production
The Jungle
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Dizzying, Profound

See it if You want history laid out before you as if you’d stepped back to Calais and seen this human tragedy with your own eyes. Powerful, must see.

Don't see it if You have a bad back and can’t get a good seat. Some people sit on floor. Also if loud sudden noises trigger you.

Also This is theater for today—meaningful, diverse, eye-opening, profound. ... Read more Read less

77
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you have any interest in women's rights, our government, the constitution. But this is not a play, more a presentation of events and ideas

Don't see it if you want a light, upbeat show; you don't want to learn; you hate women (I guess) :)

Also Lots of triggers here around sexual assault. If that's you, come anywa... Read more Read less

82
Downstairs
West Village
Really superb acting, Great staging, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you'd enjoy three fine actors engaged in a taught family drama; this kind of a "Get Out" for women in a bad marriage

Don't see it if you're triggered by domestic abuse, or you want a political message for our times. It's a good, tight play and the acting is lovely

89
During previews
Slave Play
East Village
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if interested in open, difficult, perhaps transformative discussions on race and sex; are willing to listen hard. Play has many layers to peel

Don't see it if you are traumatized by dominant-submissive sex: there is no sex onstage, but close to it. Also if you don't want to be forced to think

Also Super-smart, mind-blowing, multi-layered writing rarely seen in the th... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you'd like to hear both sides of the Black Lives Matter debate. Play tries hard to be balanced. Lots of great dialogue, great acting

Don't see it if you don't want to hear the police point of view in these difficult times, or have the concerns of people of color ultimately diminished

Also I'll try to explain. The play has a lot of wonderful dialogue re black... Read more Read less

81
Clever, Entertaining, Futuristic

See it if you'd like a bright show set in a dark future. Cleverly staged in the tiny temporary Ars Nova space, great singing, just a really fun night

Don't see it if you only love the big, fully realized shows; this is a fun night of futuristic musical adventure, & I'm going again