Alison 7003

Merrick | Female
About:  English teacher, mom, writer, appreciator of talent in all forms
Reviews (108)
During previews
The Minutes
Midtown W
Ending takes a turn, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You are a fan of Letts’ precise, funny dialogue and strong performances by the writer, Hammer, Brown and ensemble

Don't see it if You were looking for Letts’ subtlety- don’t appreciate a heavy handed gesture, shock ending-woman walking out said that was shaken/upset

Happy Birthday Doug
50 minutes, One actor -party full of characters, Funny

See it if You want to eavesdrop on 41 year old gay writer’s birthday party-audience non-stop laughing. Actor/writer switches flawlessly between roles

Don't see it if You expect depth -there are laughs and witty moments but not a big emotional payoff

Opera-ish, Classic, Great singing

See it if You want classic show running since ‘88, w/pyrotechnics & crashing chandelier. Melodramatic for sure -Masquerade number in Act 2 phenomenal

Don't see it if You dislike melodrama and operatic scores

Mothers and daughters, One woman show, Great acting

See it if You love Laura Linney, and her performance is Impressive. Plus the lighting is creative and evocative of the setting(s)

Don't see it if 90 minutes of 1 woman talking about a hospital stay & sharing painful childhood memories, mother daughter conversations disinterest you

Also Despite Linney’s ability, the show didn’t connect emotionally - it fel... Read more Read less

During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Great cast/ensemble, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to think about love & marriage over time; how views on both are shaped by parents. So well acted

Don't see it if You are disinterested in stories of everyday life & love-but Cromwell, Alexander, Park are really wonderful and Urie’s reactions are perfect

Also Only real complaint was scene changes - some felt unnecessary

During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Modernized, Stripped of joy, Video footage was distracting

See it if You would enjoy a modern version of WSS, prefer to see video footage of actors who are hidden in rooms that most of audience can’t see

Don't see it if You would miss classics like “I Feel Pretty” -took my kids and was sorry-production was almost joyless. Video footage distracted live actors

During previews
Quietly funny and sad, Absorbing, Subtle

See it if You enjoy tales of family, how everyday life Is impacted by loss, strong performances, great theatre space

Don't see it if You are bored by stories of everyday life and problems or southern 1950s setting with limitations for gays, women, & people of color

Great for kids, mythological figures

See it if You have kids 8- 14 who enjoyed books - pleasant but not memorable score - a more innocent Be More Chill but with children of gods on quest

Don't see it if Theatre aimed at young is difficult for you to sit through - Still it’s a pleasant show - Jorrel Javier as Grover was the standout performer

During previews
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy improv, beat boxing and audience participation. You saw it downtown and want to see how FLS translates to a larger space.

Don't see it if You expect great art - production is fun night’s entertainment &just 80 minutes. Tonight’s guest was James M. Inglehart & he is always a joy

Intelligent, Entertaining, Fun

See it if You enjoy the science of mind reading/telepathy mixed with magic. You like interactive, participatory shows - very positive tone

Don't see it if You don’t like interactive theatre - if you don’t buy in/engage it might not be fun - tonight’s audience was all in and loved show

Also Show has a sweetness to it - appropriate for young teens but younger k... Read more Read less

Great acting, Emotional, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate one character monologues, men talking about being fathers & sons, and love & loss with some moments of humor - very relatable

Don't see it if You don't appreciate character driven plays, need lots of plot twists or action. These are quiet, emotional one acts that require attention

Also Had heard that cell phones ringing impacted some crucial moments and i... Read more Read less

Rock of Ages
Midtown W
Sweet, silly, camp, Funny

See it if You like 1980s top 40 music, boy meets girl/stardom dreams musicals

Don't see it if Nipple jokes offend you or you’re looking for a serious, deeply felt musical. This is just fun. Not appropriate for young children.

Hit-filled, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You love Temptations/Motown hits - top notch singing, dancing, lighting and choreography. Fast moving show. Audience loved it.

Don't see it if You wouldn't appreciate a speed bio play of lives/deaths/tragedies/addictions of talented group members. Entertaining but not in depth look

Also Seats near the mezzanine walls are partial view.

Dying City
Midtown W
2 actors in 3 roles over 80 minutes, Great acting, Heavy

See it if You like intimate, conversational play-action conveyed through spoken/read dialogue in present & flashback-suicide, war, sexuality discussed

Don't see it if You like explicit, visually enacted conflict and big casts. Actors work hard but material is heavy & emotionally unsatisfying - no catharsis

Great acting, Clever, Funny, performances elevate material,

See it if an imagined glimpse into the complexities/compromises involved in a marriage between 2 political people - see for Metcalf & Lithgow

Don't see it if You are over the Clintons, disinterested in the idea of private lives of public people

Great singing, Funny, Has its charms, Incongruous

See it if You love bluegrass, charismatic leads in Jones & Daunno - Stroker & Davis provided comic relief. Strong singing and charming performances

Don't see it if Strange lighting choices; at times in complete brightness/darkness - dancer was beautiful but costume/choreography incongruous with show

Also Strange choice to have boots dropping from the sky in dance sequence. ... Read more Read less

Uneven tone, Modern, Powerhouse acting by female leads

See it if You love Shakespeare & for Jackson’s ferocity & energy -she fully embodies role - you don’t think about gender/age & forWilson & Houdyshell

Don't see it if You can’t sit for 2 hour first act; 3.5 hours total - directing uneven, modernity in Edmund love triangle felt gratuitous, not sexy/funny

During previews
Laugh out loud, power house acting

See it if You are a fan of always impressive Audra McDonald and intense Michael Shannon, over the top romantic, hyperbolic sometimes salty dialogue

Don't see it if male nudity/sex talk make you uncomfortable - uninterested in 2 act negotiation of relationship between middle-aged restaurant workers

Also I saw a production of this in the late 1980s with Carol Kane and was s... Read more Read less

Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Sitcom-ish, Fluffy

See it if very curious about how film could be turned into musical about female empowerment, enjoy Broadway allusions. Best songs by character actors

Don't see it if You are expecting memorable songs, choreography, or sets, you expect to see Michael’s physical transformation into Dorothy

Also Actors worked hard, and were likable enough, but I missed soap opera s... Read more Read less

White Noise
East Village
Relevant, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You don’t mind leaving with uncomfortable/confused feelings (and not just about racism) There is humor amidst tension & strong performances

Don't see it if You cannot sit through 3.15 hour performance & do not want to see racism, self hatred treated in a satirically realistic format

Also Davide Diggs is a pleasure to watch - can’t imagine another actor as L... Read more Read less

During previews
Burn This
Midtown W
One liners for days, Funny, Great acting

See it if You like sharply written dialogue, and for Adam Driver’s ferocity/intensity/individuality -for Brandon Uranowitz's funny turn as Larry

Don't see it if Keri Russell is good, funny & strong, but script doesn’t give her as much to work with - the men have much meatier dialogue & characters

Also I saw this play twice with John Malkovich as Pale and would still rate... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Fluffy, Moments of greatness

See it if You want a window into this generation’s psyches - filled with self doubt &loathing, but also longing to connect & belong

Don't see it if You don’t want to watch a story about adolescent angst, but Salazar and Hsu are a joy

Also Seating is tight in mezzanine; anyone taller than five seven will find... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Sweet

See it if You think language =identity; you’d enjoy 70 minutes of a sweet love letter from son to mom - Michael Urie was perfect

Don't see it if You do not like earnest, interactive theatre that involves slight audience participation or learning words in a new language

The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see large cast command stage, sharply written dialogue, incredible intergenerational actors - especially Considine/Donnelly/kids

Don't see it if You can’t sit for 3+ hours, but it is fast paced, with music, poetry, animals, like eavesdropping on a family gathering

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if You are a fan of the book, but open to Sorkin’s smart, funny timely adaption. Set design is incredible and writing is sharp

Don't see it if You need a word for word novel to stage translation - there are omissions of character/scenes and adults playing roles of the children.

Also Daniels is outstanding, as are Bolger, Pullen and Glick. Loved the mus... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Clever, Festive, Concert-like

See it if You like concert-style, standup comedy theatre; quippy, festive look @history; tween leaving said nothing scary or sad; party-ready audience

Don't see it if Her-story, all queens have crowns, party vibe is not your thing- great singing and fun

During previews
Too long, Well acted, Earnest

See it if You enjoy literary allusions and a look into how individuals cope with grief. Javier Munoz is so earnest & likable & he even sings briefly

Don't see it if You can’t stand 90 minute monologue - hard to feel grief when audience never meets lost character; Munoz works hard but let down by material

During previews
Joyful dylan, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love Dylan-for beautiful singing by Bayardelle, Winningham, Sprawl, Ryan & Scott- group numbers/cast interaction lovely

Don't see it if Story is everything-this is about feeling of the songs, & pre-FDR era & large cast of characters- intricacies of story not entirely clear

Alannis, Chock full of today’s issues, Great singing

See it if You love Morrisette’s music; You Oughta Know is perfect-inspired use of songs within dialogue. Cody’s book is quip filled/action packed

Don't see it if interracial adoption, sexual identity, prescription addiction, acquaintance rape, marital problems in wealthy Connecticut suburb seems a lot

Great singing, Fun, Theatrical spectacle

See it if You love a fun mashup and for the incredible talent of Aaron Tveit - strong understudy in for Karen Olivo - who was out with hurt shoulder

Don't see it if You want original songs-but it’s a fun show that gets emotional -audience members were crying - lottery seats were 2nd row mezz partial view

Segments more than a play, Family friendly, Entertaining

See it if You love magic, segments with many performers, some of whom are familiar from tv, very child friendly

Don't see it if You are looking for a transformative musical or play - this is similar to the Secret (with more performers and less depth)

Midtown W
Spare, reverse chronology, pinter

See it if You like relationship dramas, briskly told in 90 minutes...lots of pauses and stillness. True to Pinter’s writing. Acting is subtle.

Don't see it if You need a lot of action, can sit with no intermission and lot of pregnant pauses (coughing is very audible).

During previews
Smart, Great lighting, Great staging

See it if You are a Talking Heads fan; Byrne is so smart, talented - percussionists are incredible; true musicianship

Don't see it if No reason not to see this; I want to go again. Great show.

During previews
Great singing, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You love a classic musical - saw this as a kid and it didn’t disappoint- JGroff, Borle, Blanchard & Urchins are delightful - score holds up

Don't see it if You don’t like campy, quirky fun but it’s in an intimate space and really great entertainment - just pure joy - actors & audience having fun

Also Front row seats are amazing but props were flying everywhere. Thanks t... Read more Read less

During previews
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Choreography by travis wall, Great singing, Great staging

See it if A Josh Henry fan; he is earnest, ridiculously talented-beautiful expressive choreo by Wall to emotional score - strong dancing/singing

Don't see it if idea of musical about justice system/death penalty doesn’t appeal; Henry is earnest, while man in black is cartoonishly evil - uneven tone

Nonsensical blend of meatloaf, lost boys, and rocky horror

See it if you like Meatloaf's classics, long song titles, camp performances and strong singing, cast works hard

Don't see it if You expect it to make sense - punk, Rocky Horror, Peter Pan references but the book is nonsensical and tone inconsistent

Also Was shocked that people in the audience were vaping, holding cell phon... Read more Read less

Great singing, Wowed me, Such a talented ensemble

See it if You love myths, bluesy soundtrack, outstanding musicians - deserved Tony win - for heart, emotion, directing & outstanding performances

Don't see it if No reason not to see this - so few original musicals, the audience loved Hadestown, and it had humor, intelligence and style - loved it!

Entertaining, Heavy handed, Funny

See it if You love a great set, and some visual humor. Loved performances of Ann Harada and David Wohl - some very funny situations/dialogue

Don't see it if you don't appreciate a joke spinning into morality tale on truth/ how we glorify people & companies who engage in harmful/immoral acts

Working: A Musical
Midtown W
So many incredibly talented hamilton/in the heights actors, Great singing, Earnest, heartfelt

See it if You want to learn about how people feel/think about their jobs, & for great singing - Jackson, Thoms, Munoz, & Burns, dancers & band shine

Don't see it if You dislike a sincere tone - there's no snark here, more a bittersweet quality to piece overall - but it's an enjoyable night

Also Had no idea that Helen Hunt could sing. The show made me think about t... Read more Read less

Quirky, Ambitious, Clever, Powerhouse performances

See it if awed by Lane, a perfect clown/wannabe fool, and wowed by Nielson; both show tremendous stamina/energy & for stellar comedy of White

Don't see it if you are offended by the human body in its naked form - the incredible Loquasto set is a mass of corpses - much talk of gas & penises

Also Bill Irwin is credited for movement! Danny Elfman composed the origina... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Awkward staging, Good for tweens, Fun

See it if you already love show; real emotion from actors Usnavi, Graffiti Pete, Vanessa & Nina. My family's favorite musical & cheap tickets

Don't see it if can't tolerate uneven singing, acting in community theater. Space is warm/lots of outside noise. Staging is awkward - on stairs/balconies

For a previous production
Mac Beth
Upper E Side
Relevant, Creative staging, Ambitious

See it if You want to see young women master Shakespearean dialogue - cast is energetic and all in - there’s grass, rain and lots of blood

Don't see it if You are a purist - the play is adapted and framed by the idea of violence perpetuated by young women under spell of group think.

Also More could have been done with framing device of girls getting carried... Read more Read less

Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Original, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Funny dialogue, perfectly cast John Larroquette . Refreshing to see original play that wasn’t based on a film

Don't see it if Last performance. Themes about creativity and Disneyification of entertainment disinterest you

Also Mitzi Newhouse is a great space to see theatre

During previews
All My Sons
Midtown W
Relevant, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to see powerhouse acting by Letts, Bening & Walker.. did not feel dated; emotionally makes you want to do/be better

Don't see it if You are disinterested In a conversation about war profiteering, underlying themes of achieving American dream at expense of humanity.

Also Didn’t remember but happily surprised by moments of levity/laughter. S... Read more Read less

Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Cast is committed/charismatic, Great singing, Clever

See it if You love an earnest punk rock Alice vibe - cast has real chemistry. Choreography and singing are lovely. Great original score

Don't see it if It bothers you to look up For 90 minutes - seating is well below stage height. I was left 2nd row with partial view

Also Not knowing plot of Alice in Wonderland could lead to some confusion/a... Read more Read less

Entertaining, 683 costumes, 400 quick changes!

See it if You love a spectacle & Cher, similar speed biopic to Summer, incredible Mackie costumes

Don't see it if You don’t like Cher/her music, dance party or biopic book format. Story is her life in quip format

During previews
Freestyle Love Supreme
West Village
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Creative

See it if You want to laugh,marvel at wordplay and creative on the spot storytelling mined from audience suggestions

Don't see it if Go if you can get tickets- it’s just so fun, you don’t have to like hip-hop. People of all ages were laugh crying

Also Lucky to have James Monroe Iglehart (who sang a funny/sad bit about dy... Read more Read less

Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You love a mostly classic take, breathtaking sets and costumes, charismatic actors and strong singers

Don't see it if You require a clear, old fashioned resolution, can’t sit for 3 hours, are looking for a modern score/story

During previews
Red State Blue State
West Village
Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if You are tired of the division in our country - Quinn is critical of the right & left. Founding fathers and sex portion of show is hilarious

Don't see it if You dislike one man shows; this is an 80 minute argument with few props, but it is a smart night of entertainment

During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Masculine

See it if You love Sam Shepard; this is a faithful, funny production - Dano and Hawke are all in and having fun

Don't see it if you are disinterested in masculinity, a long conversation about siblings, identity and art.