AllisonB

New York City | 25-34 | Female
About:  Defender of public, doer of puzzles, reader of books, traveler of world
Reviews (35)
83
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing, Confusing

See it if You like Michael Friedman's work. And excellent singing in small musicals that could have been bigger in the 90s. Extremely memorable

Don't see it if You want perfection or the next big hit

Also I saw it a few weeks ago, while it was in previews, and it has been in... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Entertaining, Indulgent, Funny

See it if You love Michael Urie. He’s a delight and doesn’t disappoint.

Don't see it if You want depth. The weak plot feels like an afterthought, written just to carry the witty jokes.

85
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to see excellent acting. You like ambiguity.

Don't see it if You’re uncomfortable with a theater that isn’t full.

54
Cheesy, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if You have very little kids and money to burn.

Don't see it if You're not accompanied by a child. You don't want your child to be hit in the head with the gender gap in magic.

70
Disappointing, Intense, Overrated, Dated

See it if You really want to see Dano or Hawke (although, frankly, they're both in NY shows often enough that you can wait for a better show)

Don't see it if You're not a man with daddy issues

95
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great writing, Great staging, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You can appreciate a damned good play, with fantastic writing and acting

Don't see it if You can't follow Irish accents or stay seated for three hours

48
Confusing, Raunchy, Great singing, Excruciating

See it if You're obsessed with Meatloaf

Don't see it if I left at intermission because it was not my cup of tea. Insane plot.

69
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Great staging, Slow

See it if The title character/woman is worth learning about. You see everything?

Don't see it if I wouldn't go out of my way to see this.

70
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Classic

See it if you want to see a classic Broadway musical; you like Fosse and great dancing..

Don't see it if It will bother you that the show is a bit... tired.

78
Great writing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like the book or movie

Don't see it if you will be put off by adults playing the children.

80
Lockdown
West Village
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You have an interest in the criminal justice system

Don't see it if You don’t have, or don’t want to have, empathy for people who have committed offenses

53
Dying City
Midtown W
Dated

See it if You saw it when it first opened and want to see how the themes’ resonance have changed over the years

Don't see it if you have a seizure disorder. They really abused strobe lights.

71
Long Lost
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Cliched

See it if You like David Marguiles. The son’s performance was also fantastic and extremely memorable.

Don't see it if You don’t like cliches

68
Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You’re interested in experimental theatre.

Don't see it if You expect the play to be about the Clintons. It’s not.

76
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Campy

See it if You like camp, great singing, and film adaptations

Don't see it if You hate camp or are uncomfortable with drug use

84
Then She Fell
Brooklyn
Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You’re obsessed with Alice in Wonderland.

Don't see it if You need a plot to enjoy something.

70
Great singing, Overrated

See it if You feel like a misunderstood teen.

Don't see it if You hate musicals

100
Clever, Absorbing, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You want something smarter than the Vegas magic shows

Don't see it if You can’t do stairs. No elevator!

82
During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You want to holler at a shirtless Blair Underwood... + really fantastic supporting cast

Don't see it if Seated in the rear mezz. I was too far away to appreciate a lot of it. Also very distracted by latecomers and people using iPhones

Also Don’t know why other reviewers say the play is dated. It was written 4... Read more Read less

82
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if Edmund Donovan was extraordinary. Judith Ivey was replaced by understudy after first act, but seemed A+ as well.

Don't see it if Actors were very good or very bad. The play brought up Important Topics & then dropped them. Awkward staging created obstructed seats

85
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Edgy, Intense, Great writing

See it if You are open to seeing a very clever, very interesting piece of theatre- and be will willing to forgive any unevenness

Don't see it if The title alone makes you uncomfortable.

Also I went in knowing nothing about it so the first few scenes through me ... Read more Read less

76
Thought-provoking, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You like to be exposed to different forms of entertainment. Also, it felt in some ways like a live audiobook, so if you like audiobooks..

Don't see it if You expect to learn the history of the art form or about Japan.

Also Before booking, check the website to see which story (genre) is going ... Read more Read less

50
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Great singing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You want to see great singers perform the Muzak versions of Spring Awakening

Don't see it if You want more than a concert

93
The Enigmatist
Chelsea
Intelligent, Funny, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if You loved Derren Brown's Secret, but wish it had more brain teasers and word puzzles.

Don't see it if You're not into magic shows.

Also Arrive a half hour early to complete puzzles before you enter the room... Read more Read less

86
Dizzying, Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You will appreciate fantastic writing in a fast-paced (and short, at 80 minutes), beautifully acted play about memories and aging

Don't see it if You need to understand what is happening and why at all times

70
Slow, Great acting

See it if You love Michael Shannon and Audra McDonald. They were fantastic.

Don't see it if You're not comfortable with nudity. The play is also slow and feels dated.

80
Classic, Enchanting

See it if you want to see a classic Broadway musical

Don't see it if you want to see big names

46
FEAR
West Village
Insipid

See it if You’re obsessed with Veronica Mars. Also, the set was very cool.

Don't see it if Ugh. The characters behaviors and motivations made no sense. The plot was absurd and contrived. The ending was predictable.

76
All My Sons
Midtown W
Inconsistent acting, Great writing

See it if You've never seen All My Sons before. Also, Benjamin Walker and Tracy Letts were terrific.

Don't see it if You’ll be bothered by grating, melodramatic performances.

88
Riveting, Intense, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You have an interest in the criminal justice system and its collateral consequences

Don't see it if You can’t handle discussions of sexual abuse and pornography

70
Great acting, Funny, Great staging, Clever

See it if You wants appreciate the extraordinary sets.

Don't see it if You have no interest in clowning, Shakespeare, or absurdist humor

100
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Clever

See it if You like thought-provoking, innovative theatre

Don't see it if You want to see people tap dancing to Mamma Mia

78
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like Tracy Letts

Don't see it if You’re uncomfortable with full-frontal nudity

90
Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You like magic and special effects!

Don't see it if You have no background with the books or movies. It’s helpful to know some of the characters.

90
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Great writing, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You can appreciate the most innovative musical in a decade or two.

Don't see it if You don’t know the music, don’t know the history, and can’t follow along with lyrics.