Aliceg59

Brooklyn | Female
About:  I can never get enough theater! I get to see about 26 productions a year, from off-off-Broadway on up. My favorites are the Bushwick Starr, Ars Nova, NY Theater Workshop Next Door, Playwrights Horizons, The Public, Saint Ann's Warehouse, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Cell, and anything by The ... Read more Read less
Reviews (159)
83
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
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
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
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
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
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

80
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you'd like a thoughtful exploration of what it means to be human: are we progressing as a race, or ? Good messages, absorbing acting

Don't see it if you want a perfect ending; the show seems to have several endings in a row, as if they couldn't decide

89
During previews
Great writing, Funny, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Masterful dialog

See it if you'd like a fresh, raw, realistic, bitingly funny, sharply written, insightful and sometimes gasp-inducing show about LGBTQ issues

Don't see it if you don't like very frank discussions or are extremely sensitive about transgender issues, although the one T character holds his own!

Also My friend was exhausted and afraid she'd fall asleep. No chance! This ... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Clever, Funny

See it if you like Shakespeare; I'm not always a fan of Twelfth Night, but this production is excellent, the tone is just right, great direction

Don't see it if you dislike Shakespeare (of course), or Twelfth Night

Also Probably the best Viola and Sir Toby I've seen, not to mention Maria a... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Disjointed, Powerful themes

See it if you want to support any attempt to speak out about girls growing up in our society; great dialogue and acting; many themes touched briefly

Don't see it if you want a clear, focused message. There are many powerful vignettes, but no follow-up, no coherent theme, this is def not The Wolves

Also As we came out, my husband said to a friend, "I'm going to ask my wife... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Great acting, Dizzying, Funny, Must see

See it if you'd enjoy a one-man blizzard of totally believable characters, accents, and interchanges, a truly versatile performance

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with outrageous humor and references to, well, everything, then "Harry" may make you writhe :)

81
During previews
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Relevant, Timely

See it if you want to see the open, honest response of a 13-year-old to a shooting at her school. The message is subtle but hits home by the end

Don't see it if you experienced a school shooting or lost a child; don't like dramas that explore the human condition

82
Absorbing, Great singing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you'd like a true story of South African students who want to eliminate racism and bias at their university; how far are they willing to go?

Don't see it if you're not interested in issues of race, gender, patriarchy, bias; play sometimes becomes a little preachy, but heartfelt

77
During previews
Delightful, Great staging, Great singing, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if you'd like a scrappy young cast throwing themselves wholeheartedly into the telling of three American stories; great music, moving

Don't see it if you're not willing to be patient; story begins as group sorts through flea market for choice finds, discovers whole histories in objects

Also The A.R.T. theater is put to good use here, a broad stage surrounded b... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Inventive, Funny

See it if You want a night of music, dancing, and humor with a “Brobot” from the future. He will win you over to his cause - saving both our worlds

Don't see it if You want deep meaning and a strong plot. There is a let’s-all-get-along subtext, but this is mostly fun. Warning: flashing lights, dancing

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

92
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you want to have your mind blown, laugh loudly/often, see super-talented differently abled actors steal the show; & if you like Richard III

Don't see it if you want a perfect package; the ending, in a bow to Richard III, goes further than believable (hold onto your seats)

Also Read the plot summary of Richard III before coming; while this is by n... Read more Read less

78
Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you want an "Othello" stripped of any pretense that Iago hates Othello for anything but his skin color or that Othello is just an angry dude

Don't see it if you want a post-racial version of Shakespeare. Othello is a nice/loving/successful black man who doesn't have a chance in this world

Also The stated intention (in the program) was to make a love-story-gone-wr... Read more Read less

98
Great acting, Great writing, Dizzying, Intelligent, Edgy

See it if You want to be completely absorbed into a tragic family drama by a set of truly outstanding actors. Breathtaking

Don't see it if You saw some legendary production of LDJiN that can never be replicated. Or you can’t physically sit 3.5 hours. Although BAM seats are comfy

Also The first act is (deliberately) emotionally painful. We got drinks at ... Read more Read less

60
Great acting, Great staging, Great directing, Great casting, Thought-provoking

See it if You know and love this play; if you’re out there, go see this. Absolutely top cast, staging, lighting, & direction

Don't see it if Or rather, unless, they cut out 15 min from the first half debates and an hour from the second act, mostly from the last scene

Also As much as I loved some parts of this production, which is so beautifu... Read more Read less

92
Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if you like Lear, BAM, great Shakespeare, spot-on acting across the board, a perfect balance of good and evil (rare achievements in Lear!)

Don't see it if In an otherwise perfect production, Sher pontificated to the audience too much; and the thunderstorm scene was very odd - way up on a box

Also But those are really quibbles. Fans of Lear will appreciate the amazin... Read more Read less

73
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Linear, Pedantic

See it if you enjoy a truly versatile acting experience, edifying dialogue, a nicely scored production; this is an unusual play but very well done

Don't see it if you want an interesting story arch, character development (each appears only briefly), or surprises; halfway through, you know what's coming

80
During previews
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Depressing, So white

See it if you'd like a well-acted and -written rich-white-woman's view of life and the inevitability of death. Some very funny moments. Clever staging

Don't see it if you want of-the-moment, progressive, inspiring, inclusive, or upbeat. Some racist slurs, def not for kids, cynical life views.

Also Audience seemed to love every moment, they were laughing before anythi... Read more Read less

81
For a previous production
Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you'd enjoy a sparkling cabaret with a strong element of witty storytelling; Jomama draws you into her character with grace & charm

Don't see it if you expect powerful B'way singing or dance; don't enjoy drag (although Jomama felt very real/feminine to me); the stories are the heart here

69
Ambitious, Indulgent, Absorbing, Great sound, Unique

See it if you’d like a masterclass in sound and light. Some really beautiful moments; not really a play, everything emphasizes the tech

Don't see it if you don’t know Stein and Toklas, don’t want to wear headphones, want a plot. Story is confusing and disjointed. Audience was theater people

Also This is a tough one. Disappointing, since it’s not a play with dialog ... Read more Read less

76
Intense, Profound, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You'd like a thought-provoking show about the space program, isolation, love, honesty, and how far we can push ourselves without cracking

Don't see it if you react to strobes, loud noises; don't want to think about life, death, and what it means to be human

Also POSTSCRIPT - on her way off the stage last night, the actress tripped ... Read more Read less