ALLYN H

New York City | 35-49 | Female
About:  Life long theater geek. Unapologetic fan of musicals-even the hokey ones. Part time rock goddess. Lover of parades, pugs and Peter Luger. Have lots of opinions about lots of things, most of the time. Go ahead and ask.
Reviews (51)
84
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you love Terrence McNally, edgy drama, want to be fully absorbed, like stories about true humanity, love Audra and Michael Shannon.

Don't see it if You dislike dramatic plays, are disturbed by aggressive/erratic behavior, are upset by the idea of a less than storybook love story.

88
During previews
Charming, Refreshing, Funny, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You want to see a completely charming and fun show with a great original score and tons of laughs, singing and a amazing cast!

Don't see it if You dislike musical theater or the movie "Tootsie". Or you hate fun!

89
Great dancing, Charming, Great singing, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You love musical comedies, want to be transported to a worry-less place for a few hours, love Cole Porter, want to be thoroughly charmed!

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, comedies, dancing, fun and a more traditional show.

86
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Resonant, Relevant

See it if If you are disturbed by the state of our country, our values as a society and the way news is conveyed as well as some incredible acting.

Don't see it if You don't care for non-musicals, politics or disliked the film.

82
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if A great message about practicing tolerance, understanding and kindness instead of prejudice and fear in a great funny and poignant package!

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with the subject matter of the right to live whatever your truth is or you dislike musicals.

75
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if If you are interested in the behind the scenes of acting, actors and drama. Like historically based plays. If you love Janet McTeer-amazing!

Don't see it if You don't enjoy historical plays, or Shakespeare. You don't care for non musical theater or less traditional theater.

78
During previews
Charming, Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic, Sweet

See it if You love the movie, this is perfect for you! See it if you you like light musical theater, great singing, Bryan Adams and you want to smile!

Don't see it if If you dislike the movie, light musicals.

83
For a previous production
Hilarious, Refreshing, Clever, Entertaining, Must see

See it if You love comic plays, slapstick, silliness and just want to relax, see some great acting and have a good time!

Don't see it if You only like musicals, dramas and you hate to laugh and enjoy yourself!

73
Entertaining, Absorbing, Delightful, Funny, Great acting

See it if You love John Lithgow! He is wonderful here and through personal stories and two family favorite stories, you feel like you know his family!

Don't see it if You don't like John Lithgow. You don't like one man shows.

92
Absorbing, Delightful, Must see, Resonant, Exquisite

See it if You want to see a truly transportive show that is poignant, funny and romantic all at once. A play with music that is about being openminded

Don't see it if Perfect. I cannot see one reason not to go. A musical for people who prefer plays.

72
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in the topic of gender/gender fluidity. You love Clive Owen-he's brilliant in this! You like stories based on real events

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with gender fluidity. You are not able to suspend belief. You don't care for serious plays.

97
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Must see, Epic

See it if Bette. Bette. Bette. Music. Happiness. Talent. Joy. Pure fun. David Hyde Pierce. Laughter. Dancing. Singing. Elation. Old is new again.

Don't see it if You are miserable and hate life.

72
Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Great costumes, Interesting subject

See it if You love Patti Lupone and/or Christine Ebersole, they really rise to the occasion. Great supporting cast, wonderful period costumes.

Don't see it if Unfortunately with such a great cast, great subject and great sets and costumes-the score is very dull. What happened? Not for kids!

66
Quirky, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if You have younger kids who are new to theater will enjoy. Very colorful and fast moving. Great commentary about not being too "plugged in".

Don't see it if You loved the original movie and are expecting something at that level, you will be disappointed. Not as thought provoking and magical.

72
Intense, Quirky, Great acting

See it if You love Glenn Close! She is brilliant and makes the entire show. You are a hardcore Andrew Lloyd Webber fan.

Don't see it if You are not an Andrew Lloyd Webber and/or a Glenn Close fan. You hate musicals or stories about old Hollywood. You dislike OTT dramatics.

76
During previews
Great staging, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You want to see a classic made new again. Something completely engaging that will keep you fully rapt to the last minute.

Don't see it if Family drama is not interesting to you. You don't like Arthur Miller.

86
Delightful, Clever, Great singing, Enchanting, Refreshing

See it if You want to see something completely original, creative and relate-able that is loads of fun with fantastic singing and catchy songs.

Don't see it if You only like traditional musicals, dislike acapella music and you hate fun!

79
Delightful, Enchanting, Charming, Great dancing, Refreshing

See it if You love great dancing and singing and want to see an old fashioned show that feels completely fresh and new. Great for mom and a date!

Don't see it if You dislike musical theater or only like contemporary theater or you are a grinch!

79
Clever, Funny, Original, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a funny, modern interpretation of religion as it stands today. If you like Sean Hayes.

Don't see it if You are easily offended about religious topics.

81
Charming, Naughty, Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing

See it if You want to see a really fun, adorable and charming show-light but lovely. You want to be absorbed and feel almost like you are part it.

Don't see it if You hate fun!

48
Overrated, Insipid, Excruciating, Cliched, Banal

See it if You like very obvious, dated, dull musicals. I really dislike everything about this show-except the set.

Don't see it if You like the qualities I just stated. I seriously do not understand how it has lasted so long.

84
Amazing, Absorbing, Exquisite, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to experience a truly moving, beautiful show-acted and sung flawlessly by an ensemble of incredibly talented actors.

Don't see it if You want to see a lighter show with a less intense subject matter. Not for kids under 12.

83
Edgy, Intelligent, Great dancing, Naughty

See it if Despite 20 years on Broadway, you want to see one of the greatest shows ever written! Funny, dark and very sexy.

Don't see it if You want to see something brand new and groundbreaking, OR if you are with kids under 12.

85
Charming, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Romantic

See it if You want to see one of the most lovely musicals ever. You love great dancing, singing and want to be entranced for 2 1/2 hours non stop.

Don't see it if You don't care for musical theater or more traditional musical theater.

76
Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Epic

See it if You love Eugene O'Neill,want an opportunity to see amazing assemblage of incredibly talented actors wrestle with a dysfunctional family tale

Don't see it if You don't care for very serious theater or intense subject matter. You find that a four hour show is too much for you to sit through.

75
Refreshing, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy light musical comedy and want to just have fun for a few hours. If you loved the movie and like non-traditional musicals!

Don't see it if You dislike silliness, non-traditional musicals, disliked the movie, scare very, very easily!

78
During previews
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Saw this in the late 80's and got much more depth from it this time. If you enjoy more edgy, emotion driven dramatic plays, this is for you.

Don't see it if You dislike contemporary drama, bad language, portrayals of erratic behavior and dysfunctional individuals or require a clear cut narrative.

80
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You love Sam Shepard plays, fine acting, a bit of comedy with your drama, tension filled stories, familial dramas.

Don't see it if Off color language, fighting, family drama make you uncomfortable.

89
Must see, Hilarious, Refreshing, Clever, Relevant

See it if A Birbiglia fan must see! My fave of all of them so far. See it if you want an honest, open and hysterical recount of first time parenthood.

Don't see it if You dislike comedy or one man shows-no other reason not to see!

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if If you are interested in topics of race, racism, interracial relationships. If you want to see excellent acting, especially Kerry Washington

Don't see it if You don't care for contemporary drama or the topics of race and racism make you uncomfortable. You only like light theater.

91
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Must see, Great staging

See it if LOVED this production! If you love classic musicals/a great score/wonderful singing and want to be transported and delightfully entertained.

Don't see it if You dislike classic/traditional musicals. There is no other reason not to see this show!

74
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like non traditional plays with contemporary themes. The concepts of privilege, race and family relationships are interesting to you

Don't see it if You do not enjoy a play that is thought provoking, and the topic of depression makes you uncomfortable.

79
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if This is a very good show about morality and questioning your ethics and comfort with truth, no matter what the consequences.

Don't see it if You only like musicals, you hate dark comedy/subjects. Morality makes you uncomfortable.

83
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Great singing, Intense

See it if You love immersive theater, this is not traditional, but it is amazing. You will be completely absorbed and shocked at what unfolds.

Don't see it if You don't like non traditional theater, actors getting up in your face, musicals or dark subject matter.

80
Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You like John Leguiziamo! You enjoy one person shows, especially comedy shows and politically irreverent topics.

Don't see it if You only enjoy conservative topics, you don't like John Leguiziamo(boo!).

70
Great direction, Edgy, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in concept driven plays and you appreciate excellent direction. Very different and unexpected story, thought provoking

Don't see it if You don't care for period pieces and for plays that go back and forth in time. You only like super fast moving plays.

78
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if You like family dramas. If you enjoy a little bit of 60's nostalgia. You enjoy plays dealing with sexuality, family conflict and religion.

Don't see it if You dislike family dramas that deal with sexuality, religion, physical abuse.

69
Entertaining, Cliched, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want to see beautiful sets and hear great voices. The story is interesting to think about. Really good for kids, they will be engrossed.

Don't see it if You are looking for a fantastic score or too much depth. Not for theater snobs.

83
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Clever, Funny, Great singing

See it if You want to be enchanted! Amelie is delicious, so much fun and completely delightful. I you liked the movie, you will LOVE the show!

Don't see it if You dislike musicals or lighter theater!

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Must see, Relevant

See it if You want to see something, uplifting, original, and completely charming. You believe in a brighter, more generous future ahead!

Don't see it if You are stingy of kindness, talent and hate happiness, great singing and are a pessimist and have no generosity of spirit.

85
Intelligent, Riveting, Funny, Resonant, Must see

See it if You want to see a truly engaging show with fascinating characters about real families and real issues. If you appreciate great direction.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy shows that address family issues. You don't like dramas.

47
Slow, Excruciating, Confusing, Banal

See it if You want to wonder why such a bizarre version made it to Broadway.

Don't see it if I was so disappointed in this show. I read the play and have seen previous productions. With such an outstanding cast, I expected brilliance

88
Great acting, Delightful, Great dancing, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You want to see a incredible, energetic, yet poignant show full of amazingly talented people singing and dancing their hearts out.

Don't see it if You hate musicals. You hate talented people.

84
Clever, Hilarious, Original, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if You want to see something truly original and laugh uproariously for the whole show. You love puppets and porn!

Don't see it if You hate puppets and porn! You don't like non-traditional theater. You are easily offended. You are with people under 12.

74
Enchanting, Entertaining, Original

See it if Spend a fanciful couple hours in the theater. You enjoy the story of Oz and find it fun to think of it from a totally different perspective

Don't see it if You don't enjoy lighter theater, Oz and a non traditional story.

82
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Original

See it if You loved the book-it is just as wonderful in a different way than reading it. If you want to see a bittersweet story truly come to life.

Don't see it if The subject of autism makes you uncomfortable. Otherwise, everyone should see this show.

82
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Hilarious, Original

See it if You love musical theater and want to see something that salutes it and parodies it all at once. Want to have a great time for 2 1/2 hours!

Don't see it if You hate musical theater OR you hate having fun and laughing!

80
Great acting, Great staging, Resonant, Bittersweet

See it if You want to see a great show with a traditional theme, hear gorgeous voices sing beautiful songs. If you want to be touched and charmed.

Don't see it if You don't like musical theater or traditional musical theater.

79
Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if You want to laugh out loud for 90 minutes, marvel at Jesse Tyler Ferguson's talent, find the NYC restaurant scene absurd and hilarious.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy one-man shows, comedy or have no sense of fun.

72
Clever, Hilarious, Fluffy, Delightful, Quirky

See it if If you can't get enough great 70's tunes, funky costumes, silly predicaments, fantastic voices and dancing .

Don't see it if You don't enjoy 70's music, light musicals, disco dancing.