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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)
70
During previews
Cliched, Musical, Sentimental

See it if like me, you are an American Idol fangirl & have Clay/Ruben cds. You'll suffer the bad skits & flat jokes & delight to hear them sing

Don't see it if you are not in the Christmas spirit. Bad jokes, tinsel, "ugly sweaters" silly stage business abound. Ya gotta love these 2 to enjoy it

Also I saw 1st night of previews, and this little holiday show is a good id... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent, Pointless

See it if you want to see a Seinfeld episode (nothing happens) starring a 9yr old. Child actress carries the weight of 75min no intermission dramedy.

Don't see it if you are looking fwd to Richard Masur doing more than sit in a chair & drink. He doesn't get a monologue until Act 3.

Also This play has an adorable premise--9yr old & the old curmudgeon. But i... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Quirky

See it if you enjoy Michael C Hall's weird career choices (Dexter, Lazarus)--he's perfectly articulate, funny, & scary good in this

Don't see it if you want a set & costumes, light entertainment. This is surreal & existential about life, love, death. You have to work at it to get it.

95
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great singing, Fluffy, Satisfying

See it if very cute comedic cast, fantastic voices, silly version of Measure by Measure set to music. It's adorable, sharp, witty, & satisfying

Don't see it if musical theatre archetypes (virgin, whore, hero, villain, fool) light silly fun with an All is Well ending. Not for the serious or stuffy

Also Hero Peter Saide gives me Hugh Jackman vibes! I have a little crush no... Read more Read less

100
High Noon
West Village
Great acting, Great direction, Ambitious, Masterful

See it if you thrill to see great ensemble, great direction, excellent costume & sound design, minimalist set, smart adaptation of classic Western

Don't see it if repetition, surrealism, need for plot or deeper meaning drive your theatre choices. This is art for art lovers & doesn't always make sense

Also An empty all-white stage, 10 fantastic actors, ambitious direction, dr... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if you are obsessed with everything Tennessee Wms & absolutely must punch your dance card & see this lovely production.

Don't see it if Off-Bway theatre is not accessible. 1hr 45min NO intermission. Dated women's stereotypes from the 1930s painfully still true today.

Also This show has been on my list for some time, very happy to finally see... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Unraveled
Midtown W
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Educational

See it if you like cathartic parent/child stories about illness, aging, & death. Similar to "Marvin's Room." Many tears & sniffles in audience.

Don't see it if you dislike "Hallmark Movie of The Week"/"Lifetime for Women" type stories. Great script, important topic (Mom dying), acting was just ok.

Also Thanks & gratitude to this playwright & development team for a bringin... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Dancy

See it if you liked Something Rotten, you enjoy clever iambic pentameter, a Shakespearean plot, GREAT dancing chorus, & the GoGos are your jam

Don't see it if light comedy, gender-bending, strange symbiosis between Elizabethan plot & 80s pop music befuddles you

Also I am all about cross-dressing mistaken identity plots--still, it took ... Read more Read less

35
During previews
First Love
West Village
Excruciating, Quirky, Surrealist, Awkward

See it if you like clowning & theatre of the ridiculous. I do not. I thought I was going to see a romance, not a surrealist pastiche a la Magritte.

Don't see it if cut & paste of surreal images, insufferable dialogue, & awkward performances makes you squirm w regret & embarrassment. No Intermission.

90
Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant, Divalicious

See it if you ❤️ feel-good Disco era, 70s/80s radio, Diva-worship, woman-centric stories. Great performances by LaChanze, Ariana Debose, Storm Lever

Don't see it if you are looking for a movie-of-the-week "bio pic". This skirts through her childhood abuse & relationships, focuses on survival & the songs

65
Lucky Chick
East Village
Fringe, Solo, Memoir, True story

See it if you like real-life solo storytelling, you grew up in the 80s, you want to reminisce about teen drug use & rock 'n roll living

Don't see it if you don't like small fringe theatre, no set, disappointing video/visual effects. Overall lacks emotional depth, played for shock value

Also Dynamo actress has great energy, and using only jackets & a hairband t... Read more Read less

49
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Relevant, Disappointing, Dull, Excruciating

See it if you want to explore the after-math of school shooting & it's affect on a whiny, self-absorbed, sheltered teenager.

Don't see it if whiny teens grate on your last nerve. Young lead actress has potential but her voice & mannerisms are excruciating. 1.5hrs no intermission

80
For a previous production
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Camp

See it if you adore drag legend Charles Busch, Downtown Theatre, the Golden Era of Hollywood--it's the usual cast of zanies mugging in high style

Don't see it if you want a posh night out or a revelation. This is parody, E. Village fringe theatre, in an old sketchy venue with low budget sets

79
The Signature Project
East Village
Clever, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you need multi-media inspiration from a kind hearted visual artist & musician... a reminder of the connection btwn all things great & small.

Don't see it if you are impatient that it seems geared to school children--simple & absorbing. It's lecture style, with interspersed music & slides.

Also This little touring show gives me hope. The creator has taken this sho... Read more Read less

90
For a previous production
Clever, Indulgent, Quirky, Zeitgeist

See it if you follow @TommyLenk on Insta, love his quirky pop culture & fashionista humor, you are a fan of Charles Busch, camp, divas & drag cabaret

Don't see it if limited run, blink & you will miss it! Cabaret style seating & food/bev minimum. Helps to adore Tilda to catch the references

75
During previews
An Ordinary Muslim
East Village
Absorbing, Relevant, Challenging

See it if you enjoy family drama, insight into the immigrant experience, Muslim culture, examination of fear, prejudice, and stereotypes

Don't see it if you are bored by family drama issues (elders, abuse, adultery, secrets, etc), are looking for a big conclusion or "reveal"

Also Long play! 2hrs 40min. Kind of a British/Muslim "Death of a Salesman" ... Read more Read less

100
Ballyturk
Brooklyn
Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Riveting

See it if you like Enda Walsh, delicious spoken word, masterful acting & movement, dynamic duos, existential mystery

Don't see it if you are confused by abstraction, don't want to read between the lines, need an intermission

Also I rushed to see Ballyturk at St Ann's after seeing Disco Pigs at Irish... Read more Read less

49
Party Face
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if I adore Hayley Mills--who doesn't? But it's so excruciating to see good people in a bad play. I left at intermission.

Don't see it if you are bored by cliches & realism-without-revelation. Characters standing around talking, saying nothing.

Also Wanted so much to enjoy it, went with an open mind. 1/2 the characters... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if you like upbeat fun, colorful pop art, innocent humor, & the "journey of the hero"

Don't see it if you don't like an enthusiastic audience! All around me fans were laughing & clapping through the show. It was inspiring & cute.

75
Downstairs
West Village
Great acting, Relevant, Intense

See it if seeing Tyne & Tim Daly onstage together is rare. They masterfully pluck at the heart strings. The play? Eh. But worth it for them.

Don't see it if dysfunctional family drama with characters trapped in dilapidated basement with a No Exit feeling overwhelms you.

Also Writing this weeks after seeing it, feeling now that I enjoyed it more... Read more Read less

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Dizzying

See it if you want to be sure it lives up to the hype. It DOES. Very satisfying writing, music, & performances. Lin Manuel Miranda instant legend.

Don't see it if Rapid-fire dialogue & music make you dizzy. Very simple set & basic costumes only--the real feature here is the writing & ideas put forth.

Also Tip: No matter your age, rent the Assisted Listening Device (for the h... Read more Read less

70
Final Follies
West Village
Dated, Banal, Cliched, Indulgent

See it if you care about old, white, WASPy dinosaur playwrights. You love Cherry Lane, light sit-com/rom-com, & want to go to Chumleys after

Don't see it if you crave new, relevant, modern, progressive dialogue in theatre. You are easily offended by gender norm stereotypes & rape ref

Also Act 1: Final Follies was unproduced before ARG's death, with good reas... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Renascence
Lower E Side
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great singing, Quirky, Polished

See it if you love poetry, Bohemia, women writers, chamber musicals, Downtown theatre, exceptionally talented cast with soaring voices, & surprises.

Don't see it if no set, no costume changes, way Downtown LES theatre is not for you. This bio piece centers on her most famous work--not her whole life

Also This charming piece was utterly beguiling. The Finale was breathtaking... Read more Read less

65
Cliched, Dated, Indulgent, Mime

See it if you want to bring a child to a show with clowning, mime, shrill voices-- that devolves as most of these types of shows do...into fart jokes.

Don't see it if you expect Mummenshantz or Cirque du Soleil, or hate performers breaking the 4th wall & shining a light in your face.

Also This is definitely a fringe-type show. It plays like an extended impro... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if you agree Janet McTeer is the British Meryl Streep. Flawless. Terrific Theresa Rebeck look inside the backstage life of the Divine Sarah.

Don't see it if if British accents, Diva worship, and the cult of theatre are not your church of worship, this is probably not for you.

Also After seeing some super dumbed down shows last season, THIS was SO ref... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Witty, Historical

See it if you need an antidote to fluffy entertainment &The Dumbing Down of America. Funny, witty, thoughtful, insightful, with masterful acting

Don't see it if The hilarious self-centered saga of a 14thc. female mystic, feminist, & maybe saint has no resonance for you & you'd rather see Sponge Bob

50
Girls & Boys
West Village
Overrated, Profane, Painful

See it if you can justify squandering the gifts of brilliant Carey Mulligan in a plodding exploitive story that drops the F-bomb every other minute

Don't see it if profane script (F-ing this & that EVERY other line), bad parenting, Greek Tragic "event" after excruciating 90min no intermission galls you

Also I adore Carey Mulligan. I love her films. Are there really no better s... Read more Read less

98
The Gentleman Caller
West Village
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you are obsessed with Tennessee Wms...it's FABulous. Funny, reverent, outstanding performance by Juan Francisco Villa as TW.

Don't see it if you don't already love Glass Menagerie, Streetcar, Cat...lots of TW character & play refs & "Easter Eggs" + gay themes & seduction.

Also This play reflects so much care about Tennessee Wms-- the set, the cos... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Epic, Intelligent, Romantic

See it if you enjoy exquisite acting & simple staging. Gorgeous language & emotion with echoes of Orpheus, Streetcar, & short "The Yellow Bird"

Don't see it if you can't sit still & quiet & absorb the language, archetypes, and angst of Williams. It's an emotional workout.

75
Colorful, Romantic, Cliched

See it if Jimmy Buffet Parrot Heads are your people. You enjoy (or miss) vacation tropical island life. Stock characters, classic romantic plot

Don't see it if you want a challenging, thought-provoking musical about climate change. This is as deep as a Hollywood romcom/ buddy flick or Elvis movie

Also PS: Paul Nolan barefoot in blue jeans was enough to sell me! $16 marga... Read more Read less

69
Cliched, Dated, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy blonde hating, bullying, gay-hating, fat-shaming. It was not as funny onstage as seeing the movie 15yrs ago.

Don't see it if your time is precious & you have so many other choices this Spring. You can skip this one & watch the video highlights.

Also Great digital sets--lovely leading lady. Chorus of many shapes & sizes... Read more Read less

100
Yerma
Upper E Side
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if you ❤️ Billie Piper--she tears it up! Brilliant adaptation of Lorca for 21st c. Stunning, impossible set changes. Emotional rollercoaster

Don't see it if You are frightened or upset by non-traditional staging, intimate emotion, loud noises, frank exploration of sex, partnership, & motherhood.

Also Saw the NT Live film broadcast of this last year--stellar. Same cast h... Read more Read less

100
Exquisite, Dizzying, Masterful, Must see, Classic

See it if you grew up on Bway classics and want to see an impressive, stellar, completely off-book, dizzying Encores spectacle recreation!

Don't see it if you just don't "get" audiences obsessed with musicals and wonder "why are they clapping before the # is over?"

90
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy May/December friendship, marriage, well-written, performed, & directed new musicals, Yiddish humor, gay history, memoirs

Don't see it if you forgot to bring tissues. You will cry at this one. This is not a history play. It's inspired by Harvey, not about Him

100
Hangmen
Chelsea
Great acting, Intense, Funny, Dark

See it if you liked Three Billboards film, Martin McDonagh's plays, Brit culture, the 60s, ensemble acting, dark humour

Don't see it if you have difficulty with Northern English accents, menacing characters, capital punishment, gender stereotypes

90
Disco Pigs
Chelsea
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Quirky

See it if you like experimental theatre, Joyceian poetry, new forms, dance/movement, 90s time period, club kids, Irish writers, intense performances

Don't see it if you want linear plot, have difficulty w Irish accents, can't relate to teenage love & anger,

Also Blown away by how intense & amazing this show was--2 actors, no interm... Read more Read less

100
Delightful, Great acting, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you enjoy a masterful One-Man show. Lithgow weaves storytelling, nostalgia, smiles, surprises, imagination & emotion. Truly mesmerizing.

Don't see it if No set or costumes here...just one American theatre, TV, & film treasure taking us on a journey with his voice, characters, & kindness