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New York City | 35-49 | Female
About:  Lifelong lover of musical theatre, Hollywood golden age, monster movies & scifi. Balletomane & pop culture enthusiast. Likely to root for the dark hero (#Eyrehead) or underdog. Bonus points for anything angsty. The only one of my friends who will go see Chekhov.
Reviews (87)
49
The Karamazovs
West Village
Confusing, Disappointing, Mash-up

See it if you can endure 1hr 40min No Intermission post-modern mess of quirky costumes, interpretive dance, yelling & screaming & uninspired acting

Don't see it if you want to understand the classic 19th c Russian lit plot. It’s nowhere to be found. Suggested title: “Very loosely based on Karamazovs.”

49
Incantata
Chelsea
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you like clowns. I hate clowns. You like abstract art & theater of the absurd. This is not what I was expecting for this show.

Don't see it if You have No Exit nightmares...stuck in a room with grief, incomprehensible poetry, a video camera, and too many potatoes.

100
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you like LOL Gen X family dramedy, Micharl Urie’s comic genius, incredible ensemble, great writing, relevant topic of “adulting”

Don't see it if you dont like constant laughter from audience? Poignant moments from veteran actors nearing 80? You can’t face growing up? Go see it!

Also Just give Bess Wohl a Pulitzer right now! So tightly written & acted, ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Ambitious, Edgy, Must see, Relevant

See it if you've seen WSS a dozen times & want a fresh, relevant 2020 tattooed avant-garde take. Or you have never seen it--GO!

Don't see it if you thought this was a Jerome Robbins revival or the movie? Get over it! These kids are a bloody mob of street punks who will melt you

Also This is about my 5th Ivo van Hove show--deconstructed, imaginative & m... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Great characters, Compelling, Historical fiction

See it if you like Cabaret, the 1930s, Harlem during Prohibition/Depression, gay, feminist, funny & tragic characters and & great ensemble cast

Don't see it if you don’t like a Tennessee Williams-style soap opera with a lot of humor, fashion, & likable hedonist/transgressive characters

Also my 1stX seeing a play by Pearl Cleage & WOW! Now must see/read MORE! K... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you are curious to see a 2-person cast mashup of the musical "Once", Mummenshanz, & abridged Shelley with no discernible direction.

Don't see it if you expect innovation & social relevance from casting a black actress as Frankenstein/Creature. This show feels unfinished

Also Opening sequence of creature being "born" goes on waaaaay toooo long. ... Read more Read less

50
Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated

See it if you are fan of Laura Linney & will see her in anything. This "poor me" story was a whiny, dull, disappointing, & uninspired therapy session

Don't see it if you are looking for any kind of insight, redemption, or transformation. Painful, narcissistic, selfish characters. Yuck.

Also 90min, no intermission. If there were, 1/2 the audience would surely l... Read more Read less

100
Where Are We Now
East Village
Emotional, Romantic, Resonant, Must see

See it if you feel the world went to hell when David Bowie died & you want to have a profoundly emotional reunion w The Starman thru v gifted Sven

Don't see it if you expect a Bowie bio or big staging. This is pure piano, Dutch/German cabaret w David Lynch-ian storytelling & out of this world vocals

Also My 4thX (?) seeing Sven & I’ll never miss one of his shows if I can he... Read more Read less

100
During previews
The Gospel of John
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you are an artist, actor, seeker or explorer who enjoys a masterful inspirational monologue of spiritual significance. Very moving.

Don't see it if 90min no intermission, solo work, no set, you are triggered by Christian dogma/mythology told with great passion

Also I was completely emotionally absorbed by the masterful storytelling & ... Read more Read less

77
Nutcracker Rouge
Brooklyn
Clever, Cliched, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you like burlesque, ballet, men in corsets & high heels, side-show entertainers, Cirque shows, off-the-path venues (Bushwick on the L train)

Don't see it if you don't like nudity, glitter, feathers, the can-can, light raunchiness, or Tchaikovsky/Nutcracker music

Also Very cool grungy little theatre in Bushwick dripping in beads & twinkl... Read more Read less

50
During previews
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Dated, Disappointing, Confusing, Indulgent

See it if you need to tick this box on your TW scorecard. Otherwise skip it. Awful set, terrible accents, becomes an embarrassing ILoveLucy sketch

Don't see it if you find it painful to see smart Marisa Tomei play a dumb, dated character in a 3hr “mad scene.” No TW witticisms or truths here. Owch.

Also I was so looking forward to this—my 1st Rose Tattoo—a real let down. S... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Resonant

See it if you like exciting emerging playwrights, incredible acting, attention grabbing staging, of-the-moment cultural dialogues on race & sex

Don't see it if 2hrs/no intermission, graphic sex onstage, sensitive psychological issues, deliberate stereotypes trigger you. Stay tuned--it's "a process"

90
During previews
Great acting

See it if you enjoy classics--word master George Bernard Shaw's Egyptian version of Pygmalion + gender/race issues of 100+yrs ago & the ancient world

Don't see it if you are triggered by tough & tender dominant white male (Caesar) training Cleopatra to "be a lady", abusing her maid, etc. Old play!

Also Gingold Theatrical Group are MASTERS at SHAW. Excellent actors & stagi... Read more Read less

70
Quirky, Great writing

See it if Tennessee Williams was really proud of this play—that makes it worth a closer look. Only my 2ndX seeing it—glad I did.

Don't see it if This is a strange trip—a play within a play. Madness & distress, I’m sure you have to love 10 Wms to enjoy it.

99
Octet
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great singing, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to wake up (!) from your life in the virtual matrix of internet addiction with insightful contemporary self-help a capella ensemble

Don't see it if no intermission, 12-step style group may trigger selfie guilt, thirst for social validation, & addiction to checking your phone!

Also Wow. Wow. Wow. More relevant contemporary musicals, please! Gorgeous v... Read more Read less

90
Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if you want intense, essential Sam Shepherd middle-America family drama (1977) that is disturbingly relevant, with surreal moments of shock

Don't see it if dark & disturbing, relentless, long, threat-of-violence play that has aged into a parable, "the more things change..." brings you down

Also The set alone is worth the price of admission! Great ensemble cast tha... Read more Read less

88
Delightful, Funny, Charming, Great dancing

See it if you've never seen Kiss Me Kate--this is a lovely revival with GREAT dancing & the expected 21st c. updates to Shakespeare & 1950s sexism

Don't see it if classic, silly, light-hearted musical theatre is not enthralling or challenging to you. This is pure "light-entertainment" rom-com

Also A friend asked, "So Kelli O'Hara...as Kate?" I said well--she's a "Sof... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Socrates
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if clear parallels between the ancient & modern world, persecution of Greek philosophers, origin of democracy, drama interest you.

Don't see it if formal, presentational, men-in-togas bores you. Only (1) woman in cast. 2.45hrs w 15min intermission drives you away

Also I love Hellenism. I saw 1st preview. The set is great--let your eyes w... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Intense, Relevant

See it if you want Neil LaBute from female p.o.v. Women vs. cavemen co-wkrs. Articulate cast, fast paced laughs, dark turn. Frustrating & fun

Don't see it if "seen it/lived it" #MeToo era topic made ridiculous by absurdist delivery, one set, rapid fire delivery, 90min no intermission not for you.

Also Really entertaining thanks to excellent cast. Unsatisfying aftershocks... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Refreshing, Nerdy

See it if you like "Little Shop" "Bat Boy" "Heathers" & dark nerdy musicals about teen angst. Dynamic cast & cool digital projections. Loud & fun.

Don't see it if loud, fast-moving, Bway production "upgrade" of small show is too cute & clever for you. Teen fans stan BMC & woo hoo for every #

Also Utterly charming performance by lead & company in multiple fun roles. ... Read more Read less

89
During previews
City of No Illusions
East Village
Clever, Edgy, Great staging, Quirky, Relevant

See it if cute & quirky E Village ensemble of diverse actors & musicians use comedy to tell immigration tale set in a funeral home in Buffalo = Yes!

Don't see it if historic LaMama not fancy--in fact, no heat in the hallways last night (left my hat & coat on) No famous movie star actors--no intermission.

Also "Theatre of the Ridiculous" with a dash of magical realism, performed ... Read more Read less

90
Gatz
Greenwich V
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Intense

See it if reverence for language, the great work of Fitzgerald word-for-word & "how will they pull it off?" makes you swoon with anticipation.

Don't see it if every word of the novel--8hrs (w intermissions & dinner break) makes you want to run! If you can't sit still, not for you.

Also So happy I saw this on one of the deep freeze winter days in NYC. GATZ... Read more Read less

65
During previews
The Dance of Death
East Village
Dated, Educational, Quirky

See it if you want to understand the roots of modern theatre from one of the old masters. You like Who's Afraid of Virginia & romcom dramedy

Don't see it if age & gender caricatures, marriage plays, awkward translation, lack of mystery or compelling plot fail to draw you in.

Also 2hrs NO intermission. Capable comical actors ham it up to give some le... Read more Read less

35
Wendell & Pan
Midtown W
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you support workshop-style productions & encourage emerging artists. I'm neither friend or family & was disappointed by this

Don't see it if black-box theatre, work-in-progress plays waste your time. Super slow, no clear point or plot. Not ready for an audience!

Also Pros: some talented young actresses. Good sound design. ... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if 8 uber-talented actors playing multiple roles in 21st c. class, race, fame & uphill downhill descent at dizzying speed makes you go YEAH!

Don't see it if you don't want some woke w your escapism. Black cultural stereotypes from 'hood to boardroom humorously take on economic & social issues

Also Fast-paced fall of the hero (-ine). Not a word is wasted, written like... Read more Read less

49
Dated, Slow, Banal

See it if you want to read the interesting program notes about Tolstoy/Chekhov friendship...better than the actual show which is slow, dated, boring.

Don't see it if Eww lonely 40yr old kisses naieve 16yr old. Yeah, thats the way it was but ickkk. Sloooooow direction. Uneven cast. Why was this show done?

Also I love Chekhov with a capital L! But I would’ve been happier just read... Read more Read less

85
About Love
East Village
Enchanting, Romantic, Readers theatre

See it if you like 19th c romance & Russian literature set to music, chamber pcs like Daddy Longlegs, great ensembles, adaptations/ Readers Theatre

Don't see it if you expect a musical. It’s short story told rhythmically at rapid fire pace set to music. Monotonous at times. Ensemble plays multiple roles

Also Thumbs up to ingénue role leads Silvia Bond & Jeffrey Kringer. She has... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Creative, Educational, Emotional

See it if you like 70s rock, SE Asia history, edgy musicals, JoJo Rabbit, stories of surviving crisis, young contemporary playwrights (Lauren Yee)

Don't see it if you are sensitive to LOUD shows (earplugs!), Asian stereotypes, horrors of genocide--this show is both educational & entertaining.

Also 1st thought: So grateful I saw this. As with many shows @Signature, I ... Read more Read less

100
Happy Birthday Doug
Soho/Tribeca
Clever, Dizzying, Hilarious, Tour de force

See it if you like "Buyer & Cellar," hilarious non-stop monologues, one-man shows, multiple characters, pop culture, contemporary gay humor

Don't see it if you don't like fast & furious one-liners & party people stereotypes, you prefer plot to crazy characters drinking & rambling

Also I missed Drew Droege in Bright Colors, Bold Patterns & now sorry! This... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Funny, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you've seen every Bway show & want to feel clever. It's a cute, loving, fast paced musical jab at new & old shows for those "in the know"

Don't see it if Off-Off location, basement theatre, 90min no intermission, mostly talented /somewhat uneven cast & in-jokes are not your bag.

Also It's really nice to see Forbidden Bway back in action! Way back in the... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy CSC shows & a modern take/turning-the-tables on damsel in distress stories i.e. Buffy, Walking Dead, Netflix: Dracula

Don't see it if you don't like 3/4 round simple staging of traditional plot with feminist p.o.v. & PS: Not a lot of Dracula in it!

Also I will see any Dracula out there. This was a low-budget, simply staged... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like minimalist staging from the director of YERMA & great performances of timeless themes of jealousy, madness, & reveng

Don't see it if you are expecting the Greek Medea. This is a modern re-telling of the same plot. And it's wonderful.

0
Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated, Dull, Painful

See it if you are curious about Mike Daisey and have the time for 90min no-intermission dull & painful rambling lies, suffering, & confession

Don't see it if you are looking for insight, humor, great writing, polished storytelling, problem solving. It was labored, dreadful, & sad in every way.

Also "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." I strugg... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you like Women's History. Not deep, imagined conversation about love & career relevant to women's struggles for recognition at work

Don't see it if you want more than 2 actors, suggested set, not-factual (artistic license) conversation. The performances make it worthwhile

Also Better than I thought it would be. Kate Mulgrew is a fiery pistol, I t... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Stunning

See it if you want to see a bio-pic jukebox musical done right with a dizzying star turn by Tina: Adrienne Warren. Compelling, nostalgic, jubilant

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, pop music, women's stories, bright lights & shaking tail feathers

Also After so many Diva/R&B Jukebox Musicals (Donna, Cher, Aint Too Proud, ... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Excellent ensemble

See it if you enjoy quiet, authentic & funny naturalism about lower middle class struggles with family, work, addiction, getting by & getting "out"

Don't see it if you hated Sweat, Breaking Bad, Manchester-by-the Sea (film), or New England accents. 1hr30min, no intermission

Also This is an A+ ensemble, I really enjoyed this play & by all accounts, ... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Cute, Disappointing, Low-budget

See it if fans of the books & this cast will enjoy. Otherwise, more angsty misfit teens & No Budget? No Set! No Lights! Puppets? Disappointing.

Don't see it if you are expecting a Bway SFX extravaganza ala Harry Potter. It belongs Off-Bway, where the 7 actors in multiple roles can shine.

Also "Be More Chill" with Greek Mythology & a dash of SpongeBob (inc squirr... Read more Read less

69
Disappointing, Cliched, Indulgent, Slow

See it if simple modern male monologues about life & death & fatherhood interest you. Not for me. This was "acting for actors", overrated on Bway

Don't see it if you are annoyed by ill-mannered audience of Jake Gyllenhaal fans applauding & laughing throughout his bittersweet monologue about loss

Also These are two not-deep monologues about family & death. The 1st monolo... Read more Read less

100
Exquisite, Enchanting, Resonant, Romantic

See it if you ❤️ dark literary musicals (Jane Eyre, Rent), modern re-telling of myth, romantic archetypes, cool creative staging, stunning ensembles

Don't see it if you don't like modern musicals, steampunk/New Orleans style costuming, trombones, or sad endings. Ha! It's brilliant. You have to see it.

Also It was worth the wait! I've had my eye on this since off-Bway. Such a ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Dizzying, Edgy, Indulgent, Intense

See it if Intense self-loathing gay twenty-something in NYC wrestles with queer identity & black stereotypes in meta musical-within-musical is for you

Don't see it if Act1/Comedy high, Act2/Tragedy hell, self-hatred, angst, race, family, graphic gay sex, HIV/Aids in 1hr 45min no intermission frightens yo

Also SEE THIS SHOW. It's shocking, scary, and enrapturing. I've never seen ... Read more Read less

99
Clever, Masterful, Great acting, Funny, Relevant

See it if you appreciate masterful trio of comedians at their best--bright, clever, insightful writing by Taylor Mac, emotional & relevant allegory

Don't see it if mugging shtick, present politics, poetry & rhyming verse, references to classic plays & plots go over your head. 1.5hrs, no intermission.

Also I thought it might be all gore & fart jokes, but it's SO MUCH MORE. Po... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Banal, Dated, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if talk talk talk talk talk (no insight, no new ideas, no aha moments) talk talk talk talk by some very respected actors is your idea of fun

Don't see it if you loved A Dolls House 2 which was brilliant, and expect this to be the same degree of cleverness & forward thinking. It's not

Also One of my criteria of a good play is could I imagine other actors in t... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Great dancing, Musical

See it if you like tourist-friendly musical rise-and-fall story of Motown hitmakers from Dir. of Jersey Boys told with truth, honesty & angst

Don't see it if you don't like fast-paced storytelling lacking depth, you are averse to nostalgia, or expect to see a standout star turn

Also Fast-paced emotional roller coaster as Temps battle addiction & demons... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

See it if deconstructed contemporary language Chekov full of poetry, pathos, and funny performances is your 1st or 100th Vanya. Loving & lol :)

Don't see it if LES indie theatre existential classic about love & longing, youth & aging in small house breaking 4th wall is too much work for you.

Also I'm a Chekov groupie, this is my Nth (?) Vanya & I loved every moment ... Read more Read less

85
Hurricane Diane
East Village
Clever, Funny, Must see, Relevant, Feminist

See it if suburbia, HGTV, climate change, feminism, great monologues in Greek inspired gender bending Women's Project @ NYTW = Yes

Don't see it if Greek refs (Diane=Dionysus), over-the-top "Real Housewives" characters, environment & sustainability issues not 4 U

Also I loved everything about this play! Lead trans actor, housewife charac... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great writing, Masterful

See it if magical or Muggle, you love to be absorbed in a 1st class production on every level: great story, sets, & performances with WOW sfx!

Don't see it if teenage heroes overcoming self-doubt to find a way to survive, Anglophilia & Shakespearean accents, magical realism are not your thing

Also I was a lucky "Friday Forty" lottery winner! It really lives up to the... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny

See it if stories about women, feminism, The Golden Age of Hollywood excite you. A closer look at pioneer black actresses, stereotypes & struggles

Don't see it if you are ok w entertaining but not earth shattering, thoughtful but not profound evening. High comedy, some less than crystal clear vocals.

Also My 1stX seeing this--my friend saw original production & said this one... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Red State Blue State
West Village
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if you like one-man shows, Colin Quinn from SNL, smart , relevant comedy about the state of things in the USA. "Fair & balanced" & funny

Don't see it if 80 min no-intermission, long monologue broken into bits, observational political & cultural humor is not for you.

Also I love Colin Quinn...his gravely voice, his Irish Brooklyn roots. I se... Read more Read less

95
Blue Ridge
Chelsea
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Intense

See it if you believe Marin Ireland is walking in the footsteps of Meryl Streep. You like tight ensemble acting & intelligent, emotional scripts.

Don't see it if rapid-fire, overlapping & charged dialogue, 12-step process, single set dramedy at the ever reliable Atlantic is just not enough for you?

Also Soooooo satisfying. Just say "Marin Ireland" & I am there. Her charact... Read more Read less

95
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Delightful, Funny, Masterful

See it if you love great comedy, emotional realism, and tour-de-force Michael Urie bringing the house down in historic & still very relevant 80s play.

Don't see it if LGBTQ life in NYC ....cabaret, nightlife, dating, bed-hopping, parenting is not your cup of tea. And if not--you really *should* see it ;)

Also Never saw this back in the day when I was a young & poor student. This... Read more Read less