AllisonB

New York City | 35-49 | Female
About:  Defender of public, doer of puzzles, reader of books, traveler of world
Reviews (64)
81
During previews
Great set, Funny, Absorbing
December 3rd, 2022

See it if Some amazing (if inconsistent) acting. Very funny. Remarkable set that really is Riverside.

Don't see it if It's no Last Days of Judas Escariot, which I think is a masterpiece. I'm not sure what it's trying to say. And the tropes are.. plentiful.

Also I saw the second preview, so read this with a grain of salt. I'm sure ... Read more Read less

98
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Riveting, Resonant
November 21st, 2022

See it if Steven Skybell is not doing Zero Mostel or Theodore Bikel, but he is no less affecting. If anything, he's as funny and more grounded.

Don't see it if You're in the first two rows and have a bad neck. (Otherwise, there's no bad seat in the house.)

96
Parade
Midtown W
Riveting, Resonant, Intelligent, Great singing, Great staging
November 6th, 2022

See it if As haunting as the original. Amazing, creative staging. The Lucille, Hugh Dorsey, Frankie Epps, and Britt Craig were unbelievable

Don't see it if You're going to walk out of the show complaining about how dark it was.

Also I may be the only person who feels this way, but Ben Platt had dead ey... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Refreshing, Quirky, Great writing, Entertaining, Great acting
October 30th, 2022

See it if Victoria Clark is unbelievable, the whole cast is great. Some of the plot goes off the rails, but you'll be entertained the whole time.

Don't see it if You want to hum the songs after you leave. The songs are great and further the story, but not earworms. You don't like creative swear words.

95
During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Great writing
October 30th, 2022

See it if You like being challenged. I woke up the next day still thinking about it, which is a great sign. The writing (and research) are incredible.

Don't see it if This show may be very upsetting for victims of sexual abuse, particularly those who have tried to find justice in the criminal system.

80
During previews
Intense, Slow, Great acting
October 14th, 2022

See it if You want to see fantastic acting. You like Suzan-Lori Parks.

Don't see it if I would've been happier listening to Corey Hawkins sing to his guitar for 2 hrs.

89
Riveting, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing
September 29th, 2022

See it if You like magic in an intimate setting! Asi is charming. Even when you've spotted something, the tricks go in directions you won't expect

Don't see it if You expect magic with more of a narrative, like what David Kwong or Derren Brown manage to pull together.

Also If you have the money, the table seats seem like a real treat.

78
During previews
Disappointing, Great acting
September 29th, 2022

See it if You want to be engaged and feel something. You thought Kara Young was brilliant in Clyde's and want to see her again. (She's great!)

Don't see it if You want a grounded play. The production did not feel fully formed. I walked away with unanswered questions.

78
Intense, Absorbing
September 8th, 2022

See it if You like long plays. Acting is good, far better than I expected based on the reviews. I thought the set was interesting.

Don't see it if You expect the play to leave as big a punch as the book. Play felt a bit disjointed and, yes, over-long.

88
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing
August 25th, 2022

See it if You like Sondheim. The princes (Gavin Creel and Joshua Henry) and the witch (Patina Miller) are very special.

Don't see it if You're covid-cautious or child-phobic. Yes, people pay big bucks to bring their 4-year-olds to this.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking
May 22nd, 2022

See it if You like the small, thoughtful, surprising plays of Samuel D. Hunter.

Don't see it if You want a big set and big cast and big costumes

88
Suffs
East Village
Ambitious, Long, Great music, Relevant, Great singing
April 16th, 2022

See it if It's very entertaining and the performances are A+. I didn't get to see Shaina Taub, but her standby was great.

Don't see it if You're just going to compare it to Hamilton. If you can't wait 105 minutes just to get to intermission (!).

Also Don't sweat if you can't make it to The Public. This will transfer to ... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Great acting, Quirky, Funny
April 16th, 2022

See it if You were a musical theater kid in the 90s. This is for you.

Don't see it if You will not appreciate most of the jokes if you don't have a passing knowledge of musicals/revivals/stars

84
During previews
Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Funny, Great writing, Great acting
April 16th, 2022

See it if You like McDonagh. I found it very funny, although my fellow audience members were more subdued.

Don't see it if You can't understand British accents. Also, I'm sad this wasn't in a smaller theater.

Also I don't know why people on here are saying you need a strong stomach o... Read more Read less

95
Ambitious, Absorbing, Special, Great singing, Riveting
April 16th, 2022

See it if It's very special. I have described it to friends as Myths & Hymns meets Handel's Messiah. It felt like a massage for my ears.

Don't see it if See it, but the production is not perfect. There were mic issues, chairs were v uncomfortable, and one actor was hammy/upstaged others.

72
During previews
Anachronistic, Great dancing, Bloated
March 24th, 2022

See it if You like different kinds of dancing, you have a lot of time on your hands. You want a new, non-jukebox-y musical.

Don't see it if People playing with or re-writing history bothers you. The errors stayed in my head more than the music.

Also This could be a better show if a number of characters were cut.

90
Resonant, Masterful, Great singing, Great staging
March 17th, 2022

See it if You want to see a show that really can't be done (or done well) at the regional level. The direction is A+. You want your heart tugged

Don't see it if You want a jukebox musical.

Also Don't worry about missing out on the original case - the replacements ... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Little Girl Blue
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing
March 11th, 2022

See it if You want a good concert. The upbeat numbers are each showstoppers- wonderful and engaging.

Don't see it if You don't like Nina Simone. You want a play. You're the type to fall asleep in between songs (like the people sitting next to me who left).

79
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny
December 19th, 2021

See it if You like things with audience participation and improv. It was very fun.

Don't see it if You expect musical theater (or theater)

41
Drunk Shakespeare
Financial
Overrated, Disappointing, Banal
December 19th, 2021

See it if you get a great deal and have low expectations.

Don't see it if I don't recommend it. It's very tired and silly. My audience was filled with tourists hoodwinked in Times Square or off Groupon.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing
December 19th, 2021

See it if you want to peer behind the scenes of 1950s theatre as it was, not just as we imagine it in hindsight

Don't see it if you're just going to sit there and resent that this didn't premiere 66 years ago or that people may behave differently now

86
During previews
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Awesome costumes, Fantastic ensemble, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining
November 15th, 2021

See it if You want to witness acting by the best ensemble I've seen in years. Uzo Aduba & Cephas Jones are top billed, but the other 3 are excellent.

Don't see it if See it.

Also I work with individuals in prison and on parole. I shook my head at co... Read more Read less

81
Great music, Slow, Resonant, Intelligent
November 8th, 2021

See it if You like one-person shows. You miss your mother, or should appreciate her more. You can appreciate the harmonica and blues guitar.

Don't see it if You are hard of hearing. I had a bit of trouble understanding some portions, and I think my ears are to blame.

85
Cruel Intentions
Greenwich V
Great singing, Entertaining
November 1st, 2021

See it if I'm not endorsing marijuana use, but I'm not NOT saying it will make the show so much more entertaining

Don't see it if You don't know pop music from the 90s, early 2000s. Or you know it but don't like it.

26
Long, Slow, Excruciating, Indulgent
October 29th, 2021

See it if You know someone in the cast or creative team

Don't see it if Don’t see it. It is a bizarre vanity project and a waste of talent. I’ve seen much better things written by high school kids.

87
Resonant, Intense, Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious
October 28th, 2021

See it if You have an interest in history (as remembered from different perspectives). It’s very smartly staged and thought-provoking.

Don't see it if You want to see Anna Deveare Smith perform every part. You’re almost 30 years too late for that, sadly.

72
During previews
Dizzying, Great writing, Intelligent, Slow, Great acting
August 16th, 2021

See it if As another reviewer wrote, see if if you like Beckett.

Don't see it if Good acting is not enough to sustain you.

85
Fluffy, Refreshing, Funny, Enchanting, Clever
August 16th, 2021

See it if You want to revel in the fantastic timing of Pascale Armand, Susan Kelechi Watson, and Gbenga Akinnagbe. My goodness, they were SO good.

Don't see it if You want to see the cleverest of Shakespeare's comedies. Or if you're unvaxed.

77
BLINDNESS
Gramercy
Slow, Intense, Edgy, Absorbing, Clever
July 9th, 2021

See it if You want to see a thoughtful, timely and experimental bit of theater

Don't see it if You're wedded to the book. Or if you're very jumpy. It's an intense production that made my friend a little upset.

83
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing, Confusing
March 12th, 2020

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

82
During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Great singing
January 16th, 2020

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

72
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Entertaining, Indulgent, Funny
January 15th, 2020

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.

82
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Slow
December 27th, 2019

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, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing
December 21st, 2019

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.

85
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Edgy, Intense, Great writing
December 20th, 2019

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

54
Cheesy, Disappointing, Dizzying
December 9th, 2019

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.

76
Thought-provoking, Enchanting, Absorbing
November 23rd, 2019

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

70
Disappointing, Intense, Overrated, Dated
November 10th, 2019

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

50
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Great singing, Cliched, Banal
November 10th, 2019

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

95
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great writing, Great staging, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Resonant
November 9th, 2019

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

93
The Enigmatist
Chelsea
Intelligent, Funny, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Clever
November 9th, 2019

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

48
Confusing, Raunchy, Great singing, Excruciating
November 9th, 2019

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.

86
Dizzying, Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant
November 7th, 2019

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

69
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Great staging, Slow
November 2nd, 2019

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
Slow, Great acting
November 2nd, 2019

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.

70
Chicago (Broadway)
Midtown W
Classic
November 2nd, 2019

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.

80
Classic, Enchanting
November 2nd, 2019

See it if you want to see a classic Broadway musical

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

78
Great writing, Great acting, Great staging
November 2nd, 2019

See it if you like the book or movie

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

46
FEAR
West Village
Insipid
October 30th, 2019

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.

80
Lockdown
West Village
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense
October 25th, 2019

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