Amanda_with_an_a

New York City | 35-49 | Female
About:  Eating, drinking, theater.
Reviews (138)
65
During previews
Forgettable music, Awkward, Slow

See it if You want to see any of the cast live, regardless of material, if you like the band The National

Don't see it if You want poetry, or cohesion, or a leading man who can sing

Also Clearly a ton of money has been spent securing a top notch creative te... Read more Read less

80
During previews
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Cliched, Great choreography, Great singing

See it if You liked Hadestown or Hamilton, I have a feeling it's going to be big.

Don't see it if You don't like pop-style musicals, or musicals with no spoken dialogue (everything is sung or rapped)

75
Great acting, Slow, Clever

See it if you are into one-man shows, you want to explore the meaning of family and death

Don't see it if You want something flashy

75
During previews
Hard to connect, Cliched, Great acting

See it if you are interested in character driven shows

Don't see it if you want a lot of production, or a large cast

75
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Unique historical story, A little long, Great acting, Interesting, Clever

See it if You are interested in baseball, history, women's rights, or civil rights

Don't see it if You don't like when the 4th wall is broken

92
During previews
Must see, Masterful, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like stories about love, and human relationships (but very little plot)

Don't see it if You want special effects, you're offended by nudity or profanity

Also Honestly, by the end, it felt like magic. The two of them are spectacu... Read more Read less

80
Great dancing, Silly, Fluffy, Funny, Delightful

See it if You want a fun, light, heartwarming night of theater

Don't see it if You're a party pooper!

70
During previews
Nerdy, Uneven, Fun, Silly

See it if You can answer trivia about the Star Wars Christmas Special

Don't see it if You want big budget, or you don't like Star Wars, or know it well enough to get jokes about the fandom

49
During previews
Awkward, Incoherent, Not for children

See it if You want to sit quietly in the dark for 2 hours and listen to Benjamin Britten tunes inexplicably juxtaposed over snippets of HCA stories.

Don't see it if You're looking for something to take the kids to, or you're into the art of puppetry

95
Romantic, Intelligent, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You like the idea of Greek myths told with modern bluegrass-y music

Don't see it if You don't like musicals

75
Odd set and costumes, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You like stories about strong women

Don't see it if You're upset about historical inaccuracies

80
Riveting, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You love a true spectacle

Don't see it if You don't want to be surrounded by millions of children

75
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Ambitious, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You like seeing actors create a world out of nothing

Don't see it if You're hoping for a full-blown staging

65
Overrated, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if You love Stephanie Block and/or Bob Mackie

Don't see it if You're looking for anything more than a greatest hits mega-mix

80
Great tapping, Great singing, Dated, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You like Cole Porter at his best

Don't see it if You dislike traditional musicals

80
Call Me Madam
Midtown W
Entertaining, Dated, Silly, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You love old-fashioned Broadway shows with long dance breaks, great singing, and improbable plot resolutions

Don't see it if You want anything edgy or modern, this is pure schmaltz.

75
During previews
Great set, lighting and costumes, strong acting, weak voices

See it if If you've never seen a production of Merrily, this one gets the job done. The 1:45 running time is a blessed relief and the cuts make sense

Don't see it if You're looking for big voices, or you want a fully realized big musical. This feels like a black box production with a crazy set budget

85
For a previous production
The Jungle
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are excited by the idea of immersing yourself in this refugee camp experience

Don't see it if You don't like interactive theatre, you like a linear plot.

Also Go early to experience the environment. Also, there is music after the... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Funny, Great singing, Silly, Fluffy

See it if You like barbershop harmony, and cheesy humor

Don't see it if You're expecting huge production

Also My friend and I found this production to be a sheer joy. Silly, but we... Read more Read less

80
Usual Girls
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Resonant

See it if You're interested in finding out how girls grow into their sexuality, and how society treats them.

Don't see it if You're offended by frank sexual talk

75
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You like fast repartee and thinking about the nature of truth

Don't see it if You're looking to connect emotionally with the characters, you're looking for an ethnically diverse show.

80
Clever, Raunchy, Fluffy, Entertaining, Great set and lights

See it if You like silly, raunchy, pop musicals

Don't see it if You're looking for something with a lot of depth

90
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You want a funny, poignant, heart-wrenching night at the theater

Don't see it if You don't support LGBTQ+ rights

75
During previews
Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You're interested in understanding how bad people rise to power. You're ready to cringe and laugh in equal measure.

Don't see it if You don't like minimalist productions.

85
During previews
Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You love the theater and appreciate stories about the process

Don't see it if You don't like "play within a play" shows or aren't interested in Sarah Bernhardt

Also This show is very well done and has nice pacing and interest. I would ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
More fun than the title would indicate, Riveting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You love spoken word poetry woven with choreography and music. You like shows comprised of monologues and short scenes

Don't see it if You don't like all female, all POC casts nor are you interested in hearing their stories. You want a linear plot.

68
In the Green
Upper W Side
Intense, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if you are up for odd and repetitive musical themes

Don't see it if you want a linear and easily digestible show

79
Fun, Fluffy, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you like Disney musicals

Don't see it if you don't like the Hercules film

81
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Silly, Forgettable score, Strong book, full of great jokes, Great singing, Funny

See it if You like musicals set in present-day, you like Santino Fontana

Don't see it if You're expecting something really "woke." The main gag is still a guy in a dress; they don't explore the idea of gender in a meaningful way

85
Queen of Hearts
Brooklyn
3 acts long, Ambitious, Clever, Great dancing, Sexy

See it if You want a fun sexy night full of gorgeous men and women (knowledge of Alice and Wonderland a plus, but not required)

Don't see it if You are offended by nudity, or you're uncomfortable with the exploration of gender, sexuality and beauty.

80
During previews
Fun, Silly, Dated

See it if You want a musical "Noises Off" kind of experience. Dealing in cliches and tropes, but with panache.

Don't see it if You want depth or emotion. This is strictly silliness.

80
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you like musicals that explore darker subjects like loss, poverty and civil rights

Don't see it if you want something light, or you have trouble hearing or aren't able to sit on a folding chair for 2.5 hours.

Also The talent in this show is top-notch, with stand out performances from... Read more Read less

80
Ink
Midtown W
Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You're interested in journalism and Rupert Murdoch's philosophy of news as entertainment

Don't see it if You're offended by profanity, or you have trouble with accents

90
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if You love the musical and don't mind subtitles

Don't see it if You don't like subtitles

70
Clever, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You like engaging one-man shows

Don't see it if you're expecting impactful discussion about what borders mean, or the stories of immigrants.

95
During previews
All My Sons
Midtown W
Riveting, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like seeing actors at the top of their games tell a story that will tear your heart apart.

Don't see it if You want a light or upbeat night at the theater.

80
Superhero
Midtown W
Resonant, Great singing, Delightful, Clever

See it if You love flawed superheroes and interpersonal drama

Don't see it if You're easily triggered by discussions of accidental death

70
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Missing something, Funny, Clever

See it if You like when things go off the rails

Don't see it if You're looking for emotional connection or depth...

75
The Cake
Midtown W
Funny, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if You like Debra Jo Rupp

Don't see it if You're looking for anything "edgy" about what's being said.

70
During previews
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Confusing, Strange, Strong cast, Not sure what it's trying to say...

See it if You like the performers in the cast, and you want to be impressed by their performances

Don't see it if You're looking for a clear narrative, or you want a traditional Alice in Wonderland.

Also From the moment I walked in and saw a set depicting a London tube bomb... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Freestyle Love Supreme
West Village
Clever, Funny, Silly, Easy to embrace

See it if You like improv and want to marvel at performers creating something out of nothing

Don't see it if You don't like audience participation, or you want a long evening of theater

75
Great acting, Slow, Intense, Entertaining, Dated

See it if You want to see strong actors sink into some great roles, and you don't mind a little scenery chewing

Don't see it if You don't care about 2 middle-aged white guys dealing with their issues around perceived success and masculinity

80
Dietrich: Natural Duty
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Entertaining, Riveting, Clever, Great singing

See it if You are familiar with Marlene Dietrich and you enjoy a one person show

Don't see it if You don't like one person shows, you're looking for a linear story, as opposed to a character study

95
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Epic, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate the slow burn of a plot unfolding.

Don't see it if You have a hard time with accents, and keeping track of lots of characters.

Also This is one of the best nights I've spent at the theater. What an incr... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Too long, Fussy set, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in a fallible Atticus Finch You're ready to talk about how respect must be earned You don't mind adults playing children

Don't see it if You don't want to sit for 3 hours You think it's strange to have few actors of color and no people of color on the creative team.

90
Great dancing, Riveting, Entertaining, Dated, Delightful

See it if You love music and dancing and have ever aspired to perform.

Don't see it if You want something edgy or modern.

90
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You're up for a peek into the decline of a force of nature. You appreciate laughter through tears.

Don't see it if You want something light or easy.

60
Confusing, Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You know Oklahoma and are interested in exploring the idea of Judd as protagonist.

Don't see it if You're looking for big musical numbers or an upbeat night at the theater.

70
Apologia
Midtown W
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Cliched

See it if You want to see Stockard Channing be incredible.

Don't see it if You don't like family drama, you don't see well in low light.

73
During previews
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Uneven, Quirky

See it if You like a family comedy and don't mind real-time snooker games

Don't see it if You have trouble with accents, or you're looking for deep reflection. This is silly and fun.