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 (178)
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 truly 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

85
During previews
Ambitious, 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 have trouble with strobe lights, don't like music-and-dance-focused pieces, prefer dramas/thought pieces

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
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.

94
During previews
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great writing, Great acting, Riveting, Thought-provoking, The reason i go to the theater

See it if you like dramas, like to think, laugh, and be surprised, love a great ending, a great cast, great acting.. this is a magnificent night out

Don't see it if you really struggle with accents; I admit I missed some of the dialog, although none of the import. P.S. lots of cursing, not for kids

Also I see that some people dislike the Irish stereotypes supported by the ... Read more Read less

82
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy great acting close up, theater in the round, new stagings of classic plays. Thoroughly enjoyable, well-paced, powerful.

Don't see it if .. I hesitate to say the usual "if you only love B'way musicals" type thing, so really, just go see this, it's lovely

Also My Google calendar invite sent me to an address on West 4th Street, th... Read more Read less

78
Private Peaceful
Midtown W
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you'd like a high-energy, moving performance by a captivating young actor

Don't see it if you want a well-thought-out story arch or an "ah-ha" moment; the play simply ends, without any attempt to shine a light on the "why"

Also Sadly, something was missing from this play, despite the actor's incre... Read more Read less

78
1969: The Second Man
East Village
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Funny, Not really a play

See it if you want a lively, musical, documentary-style show about Buzz Aldrin and the angst of being the second--and far less famous--man on the moon

Don't see it if you want a story arc or strong theme; this is about what happened. Whether it has real meaning for the rest of us is up for discussion

Also Really great actors and music, a very entertaining night

90
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great singing

See it if you're up for a light-hearted evening, a hugely diverse cast, lovely original music and voices, and a bit of Shakespeare thrown in.

Don't see it if you need your theater serious or educational. You're outside, there's Shaina Taub, frozen sangria, music, and laughter. Go. Enjoy.

92
Borders
East Village
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Must see, Resonant

See it if You want to see the best off-Broadway show of the year; you care about humanity; you love the theater for its own sake (no fancy set)

Don't see it if you don’t want your eyes and heart opened by the best acting and writing you’ll see this year

Also Two actors, alternating in the small space of the NY Theater Workshop ... Read more Read less

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
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

74
During previews
India Pale Ale
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Disappointing, Overly didactic, but important themes

See it if you want to experience insights into an American story that is perhaps unlike your own, with a serious message about acceptance

Don't see it if you want truly professional, well-developed, worth the ticket $. While some moments resonated deeply, much felt unpolished. (1st preview.)

Also From the beginning, the play was clearly about cultural understanding,... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Depressing, Overlong, Disappointing

See it if You love great acting for its own sake, love Elaine May (amazing), aren’t bothered by the terrible descent into Alzheimer’s of a loved one

Don't see it if hoping for a plot twist, moral, surprise, reason for Cera’s character to exist, or reason for this play to exist (beyond Elaine May’s perf)

Also Even the best acting and staging can’t justify a linear, plodding, rep... Read more Read less

91
Magical, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, A must for potter fans

See it if you love HP, love magic. A perfect continuation of the stories, the staging is eye-popping and Scorpius/James incredible, the night flew by

Don't see it if you've never read or seen HP (do that first) or you're cynical about magic and fantasy (at least, don't go see it with me :))

Also I'd read the play and thought "meh, it's okay, but I'm not spending th... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Great staging, Ambitious, Innovative, Thought-provoking

See it if you love small, creative theater pieces that combine history lessons with modern-day messages. Talented cast

Don't see it if you want a Broadway-style, singing, dancing spectacular. This is a drama with a little music.

Also What happens when an overly imaginative teenager goes online to learn ... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you are happy with the first 4/5 of the play (the best, funniest depiction of a sibling relationship you'll see) & can ignore the last 1/5

Don't see it if you want your plays to make sense throughout; the play veers off into a sad, unlikely, and annoying ending.(Why, Young Jean?)

Also I've been debating my review for days, so I guess you could say the pl... Read more Read less

79
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Confusing

See it if you want to experience new, edgy writing on an important topic; the lead actors are beautiful in their roles, with great rapport

Don't see it if you want a consistent tone and clear message; the play is full of metaphor and references to other texts; the white characters 1-dimensional

Also If you're saying, "of course the white characters were 1-dimensional, ... Read more Read less