Alison 7003

Merrick | Female
About:  English teacher, mom, writer, appreciator of talent in all forms
Reviews (80)
80
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

76
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

81
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

85
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

78
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

84
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

85
During previews
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

82
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

86
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

94
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

94
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

83
Great acting, Topical, Ambiguous ending

See it if You can get tickets before it closes January 13th, want to see some strong ensemble performances by Jones, Radcliffe and Cannavale

Don't see it if You cannot sit through a 3 person 85 minute performance (intermissionless) and need definitive closure by the play’s end

87
During previews
Ambitious, Great staging, Relevant

See it if You’re a Bryan Cranston fan - he is riveting. Use of cameras really adds to the staging - as does lighting and reflective stage floor

Don't see it if Watching on stage audience eating what seems to be a six course meal distracts you (occasional scraping of forks on plates!)

Also Think audience on stage was useful to actors and theme, but don’t thin... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Clever, Absorbing, Funny

See it if You are married, have kids, want to laugh about those experiences - I laughed aloud through the entire 75 minutes

Don't see it if You dislike one man shows, don’t appreciate male perspective on being a husband & father

84
During previews
Stong ensemble, incredible set, earnest

See it if You long for your youthful zeal for protest, strong acting by entire cast, comic moments amidst earnestness, great soundtrack/amazing sets

Don't see it if You want fluff, there are funny moments between all the earnestness but it’s not light hearted.

88
During previews
Great acting, Funny, Heart breaking

See it if You want to see some fine ensemble acting, realistic storyline about aging and family dynamics

Don't see it if You are looking for campy, flashy humor or a 2+ hour character driven play

93
Irreverent, Fall out of your seat funny, Clever

See it if you are down with laughing at inappropriate, blasphemous humor. Not quite as inappropriate, gross as South Park - surprisingly educational

Don't see it if you are easily offended, do not appreciate jokes about religion

80
During previews
Entertaining, Post-feminist, Breezy 90 minutes

See it if You appreciate a variety of women including lost & angry. Strong performances by all-Verson’s a standout but all are funny & believable

Don't see it if Seeing and hearing the word “pussy” 100x or more offends you - which sounds vulgar but isn’t in reality (which is probably the point)

90
Great singing, Great band, Sweet and salty

See it if You enjoy female centric shows, great score, underlying themes about what it means to be a mother

Don't see it if You don’t like salt with your sugar, surprisingly captures essence of film - lots of young in audience despite overt sexual references

Also Sweet to see Katie Lowes and her real life spouse act together. Plus t... Read more Read less

85
Great singing, Inventive, creative staging

See it if You love myths and storytelling - want to see some joyful performances - Alex Newell of Glee brought literally stopped show

Don't see it if The storytelling genre of why and how things are created doesn’t appeal to you

Also Choreography is beautiful, particularly speeding car, the use of candl... Read more Read less

75
Relevant, Great set, Timely, Strong performances

See it if interested in sometimes awkward conversations that occur with today’s very open sharing of personal, sexual feelings among friends

Don't see it if Gay, trans life situations & issues don’t interest you, or you dislike dramedies & sexual scenarios presented on stage

Also Jesse Tyler Ferguson is clearly the star, & fun as Ezra. Cindy Cheung ... Read more Read less

90
Friendly, anecdote-filled, theater history

See it if Stories about theater people & history interest you - tour is led by dapper, amiable 4th generation Sardi who welcomes any question

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in theater and NY history, or a close up look of those famed caricatures

80
Royal blue for the queen of disco, Great singing

See it if You’re a Donna or LaChanze fan. All the hits in a speed biopic.

Don't see it if You find actors in multiple roles confusing- 3 generations of Summer recognizable by royal blue.

84
Entertaining

See it if You’re a Carole King Tapestry fan, looking for a multi-generational show. Loved that an adult son brought mom & they were holding hands

Don't see it if You don’t like a biopic, greatest hits crowd pleaser look at a career

84
Fluffy, Family friendly,, Puppet olaf

See it if You would enjoy charming performances by Anna & Kristoff, some true Disney magic & will not be bothered by addition of new songs

Don't see it if Are troubled by changes like tails on Kristoff’s family & odd choice of Olaf puppet who actors interact with while visible puppeteer talks

80
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

75
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

83
During previews
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

84
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

90
During previews
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

85
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

82
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

90
During previews
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

90
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

80
During previews
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

87
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.

70
Fluffy, Good clean fun, Title says it all

See it if You are nostalgic for American Idol and the early 2000s. The cast is likable and both men can really sing.

Don't see it if You dislike Christmas music and are expecting high art. This is self-styled as a cheesy variety show and it definitely achieves that goal

83
Entertaining, Funny, Great set/lighting

See it if You would enjoy a Go-gos fueled update of a play from the 1500s with LGBQT themes and lots of camp fun

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy sparkle and glitter in your musicals, or Shakespearean style dialogue

Also The plays on language are fun and the cast is charming and hardworking... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Funny, Snooker!

See it if You enjoy farce; snooker game commentary was Best in Show funny

Don't see it if You’re looking for high art; this is good fun

88
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You’d be entertained by game cast/clever look at today’s social media obsessed teen bullies

Don't see it if Pop culture and one liners are not arty enough for you - also pretty true to film so skip if you were not a fan of film

96
Magical, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate great staging, conversations about parenting & friendship. Choreography of students capes/wands is beautiful,

Don't see it if You cannot sit through both parts; have no interest in the Harry Potterverse

Also Doesn’t feel overlong and is so funny. Scorpius Malfoy (Anthony Boyle)... Read more Read less

75
Great singing, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if You want some light, forgettable entertainment - Andy Karl and Orfeh, Matthew Stickman and Tommy Bracco were singing and comedic standouts

Don't see it if You are expecting great music; the score is inoffensive but bland - definitely reminiscent of Bryan Adams minus emotion of his best songs

80
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You want a glimpse into bro-culture, and this captures the specificity of family behavior -acting is strong

Don't see it if disinterested in expectations of straight white men. I wasn’t a fan of the narrative device of “person in charge” framing play

Also I think the playwright should have audience figure out irony of title ... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Like an extended snl skit, energetic, fun

See it if You enjoy broad comedy - like songs about sex with your friend’s mom or New Jersey. This is a hard working cast & moments are laugh out loud

Don't see it if you enjoy only serious art, or a battle of the bands involving 40 year old men seems like it couldn’t be funny

Also Act 2 is a real joy - the Hava Nagila, Bart’s Confession, and Finale a... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Funny, Quirky, Slow

See it if You remember & love Mummenschanz from the 70s and enjoy a good physical pun

Don't see it if You need a soundtrack - there is no music or speech -you prefer a kid free performance, or don’t like physical humor

80
Coming of age gangster musical

See it if You are a Chazz Palminteri fan, enjoy a narrative musical in the Jersey Boys realm. Set is incredible

Don't see it if You expect Palminteri to really sing - he has a lot of personality and presence but not a Broadway voice. Songs aren’t memorable

90
Great singing, Great staging, Tony-winning choreography

See it if You want to see star Joshua Henry, strong female performances, some masculine ballet, operatic singing, and beautiful sets

Don't see it if You don’t appreciate classic musicals, old school Rodgers & Hammerstein score

85
Quiet, entertaining, meditative, poignant

See it if You appreciate a show that is not afraid of silence. Supporting male leads bring humor & humanity to performances. Answer Me is so lovely

Don't see it if You require show stoppers in your musicals - show is set largely at night and stage is often dark.

95
Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to think and laugh. Feels surprisingly current, and metaphorical. Stellar performances by Nathan Lane and the rest of cast

Don't see it if You cannot sit through the 2 performances which total over 7 hours

83
Fluffy, Infectious, fun

See it if You enjoy a ready to please, likable cast, country beach music, dancing clouds and sequin clad tap dancers

Don't see it if The Parrothead audience will annoy you - but it’s likable fun even if you don’t love Jimmy Buffet