AmyAmyAmy63

Manhattan | 50-64 | Female
About:  Theater major with an MFA in arts management, which has been my career for 25 years. Addicted to attending the theater, almost always on a budget, from Broadway to hole in the wall experimental and all in between.
Reviews (290)
48
Amateurish, pointless

See it if you're compelled by a former opera star who doesn't sing except a gratingly loud version of God Bless America at the end.

Don't see it if you need polished performances or a plot that has a point. The three young actors work hard to salvage nonsensical material.

Also The lead actor rushes and flubs his lines, the tech crew is set up at ... Read more Read less

63
Confusing, Disjointed

See it if you have patience to figure out what's going on. Lots of symbolism and portentous speeches that went over my head.

Don't see it if you need a clear narrative.

80
During previews
Intelligent, Moving, Funny

See it if you like musical plays about privileged boys of color coming of age.

Don't see it if you object to homosexual themes.

87
Refreshing, Incredibly talented cast, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a musical that's tight and memorable. This one's going places.

Don't see it if you dislike historical themes and you don't like actors who also play instruments - they're amazing.

91
Great staging, Stunning, Edgy, Epic

See it if you enjoy multimedia elements in an epic surreal story with an incredible cast. Not to be missed.

Don't see it if you dislike video screens at live theater and dystopian themes, or depictions of sex live onstage.

88
Great staging, Epic, Profound, Relevant

See it if you're interested in an immersive depiction of a true story of refugees coming together under challenging conditions.

Don't see it if you'll be depressed by the fact that all their efforts were ultimately for naught.

77
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you're interested in a different perspective on a well known story.

Don't see it if you object to anachronistic accents and attitudes.

95
Epic, Great dancing, Must see

See it if you don't want to miss this rare opportunity to see a groundbreaking musical about show business.

Don't see it if you can't get a ticket - otherwise absolutely no reason to miss this one.

87
Hilarious, Delightful, Refreshing

See it if you like original musicals with funny catchy songs and a hilarious relevant story.

Don't see it if you're homophobic and you need only serious themes in your musicals.

80
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Gloria Steinem's extraordinary life interests and inspires you.

Don't see it if you'll be bothered by the fact that most of the material is lifted from the fine documentary of the same name.

72
Funny, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you like one man shows with lots of characters depicted in a heartwarming slice of Indian-American life.

Don't see it if you don't like one actor playing lots of parts.

95
Edgy, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you like stripped down versions of classics, and will enjoy a dark take on what is already a pretty dark story.

Don't see it if you're a R&H purist, you take issue with non-traditional casting and you want big production values.

80
Imaginative, Quirky, Great music

See it if you enjoy quirky surprising new works with music and a very talented cast.

Don't see it if you need a clear story - this doesn't have it - but it takes you on a lovely journey if you're able to surrender yourself.

70
Banal, Dumb, Slapstick

See it if you like over the top silliness and physical humor and an involved implausible plot.

Don't see it if you're annoyed by broad humor that often misses the mark, and low production values.

85
Quirky, Refreshing, Clever

See it if you must see what all the kids are talking about, and you enjoy coming of age stories with a quirky bent.

Don't see it if you don't like sci-fi, rock music, or excited teens in the audience.

75
Great acting, Sadly already a cliche, Relevant

See it if you enjoy of-the-moment dramas with a strong cast.

Don't see it if you are easily triggered, and you can't bear a story that is all too heart-breakingly familiar.

83
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if you'll enjoy a dynamite ensemble in a timely story that addresses "alternate facts" and "fake news."

Don't see it if you have no interest in exploring the tension between writing for resonance and emotional impact vs reporting facts.

80
Entertaining, Fun, Impressive results

See it if This was so fun! Ours was a Mamma Mia theme and I was really impressed with my painting!

Don't see it if If you don't like assisted painting with wine. I've done several and this was one of the best because of the instructor.

77
Great singing, Jukebox fun, Strong diverse cast

See it if you enjoy classic rock and roll performed with joy and spirit.

Don't see it if you're looking for a plot or themes that hold the music together. This is basically a very well done cabaret show.

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Disjointed, Moving

See it if you want to see a semi-factual take on the back stories of these children who were thrust into history and did the best they could.

Don't see it if you're expecting high production values - the sets and costumes were amateurish and the script doesn't flow very well.

82
Heartbreaking, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you want to experience an iconic theater piece that changed the conversation about homosexuality, not always for the good.

Don't see it if you're averse to depicitions of homosexuality, many of which are not completely positive.

Also I'm so glad I didn't miss this revival with a truly extraordinary cast... Read more Read less

75
Cliched, Funny, Romantic

See it if you loved the movie; this is pretty much a redux, albeit a fun, pretty to look at one, but the performances are strong and compelling.

Don't see it if you're looking for anything particularly original. The book and the costumes are directly lifted & the songs don't stick in one's memory.

78
During previews
Sweet, Dated, Great singing

See it if you enjoy old fashioned fluffy musicals with seasoned leads and an ensemble with lovely voices.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to slightly sexist themes and low-ish production values, and occasionally cringe-worthy group choreography.

77
Entertaining, Sweet, Clever staging, Raunchy

See it if you loved the film and appreciate a clever updating of it. Wry tone, great projections, lovely message about inclusion and tolerance.

Don't see it if you are easily annoyed by a very young and exuberant audience or have no interest in teen angst. A little long and some unmemorable songs.

Also Warning to parents of young children - there are a few pretty raunchy ... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Depressing, Dated, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you love O'Neill and Denzel and a powerful ensemble cast, with a great set.

Don't see it if you want female characters who aren't prostitutes or mindless saints, you have a problem with 3.5 hours, and you don't like being depressed.

Also Denzel's star power was wasted on me in this bleak slice of life, and ... Read more Read less

74
Fun, Derivative, Fluffy

See it if you love the film and 90's music. Light silly energetic fun.

Don't see it if you're looking for anything original, including music. The "score" is re-purposed pop songs with updated lyrics - a bit awkward and cheesy.

83
Mindblowing, Epic

See it if you like close up magic and mind reading tricks. This is really well done.

Don't see it if you don't like magic and you don't want to get made fun of if you're pulled up on stage.

76
Confusing, Just too pat, Slick, Cerebral

See it if you like Stoppard and all that entails. Lovely performances and cool staging in an ultimately implausible story.

Don't see it if you don't like obtuse talky stories that wrap up like an unbelievable bow.

80
Disturbing, Hilarious, Relevant

See it if you want a deep dive into how girls grow up and learn to deal with pervasive misogyny and racism.

Don't see it if you're looking for something light.

75
Charming, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you like immersive theater and the Peter Pan backstory.

Don't see it if you can't move around and crouch on the floor and you'll be bothered by some pretty thin plot elements.

74
Fun, Empowering, Silly, Great costumes

See it if if you love Cher and her rise to fame story and all that old music, and BOB MACKIE!!

Don't see it if you dislike juke-box musicals that are a little goofy and disjointed.

80
Dated, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you'll enjoy terrific performances in this ground breaking work.

Don't see it if you object to LGBTQ themes.

82
Hilarious, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you like Birbiglia's understated thoughtful style in a one man show.

Don't see it if you don't want to listen to one guy talk about kids and marriage for 80 minutes.

80
Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like small character driven musicals with appealing characters and a few catchy tunes.

Don't see it if you need big production values and epic themes.

85
Heartbreaking, Great acting, Profound

See it if you'll enjoy an extraordinary cast in an unflinching look at aging.

Don't see it if you only like happy endings.

75
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you love Edie and you're prepared to face how little things have actually changed.

Don't see it if you dislike character driven political dramas

85
Entertaining, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if you love Bill Irwin - who doesn't? - and you want a master class in Beckett.

Don't see it if you'll be bored by a scholarly study with some very funny and very moving parts.

74
Confusing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy new works by artists of color about this country's shameful history of racism.

Don't see it if you're looking for a tight, taut production. This is lyrical with lovely acting but it meanders a bit.

80
Confusing, Edgy, Funny

See it if you like new works with an edgy feel that leave you guessing.

Don't see it if you need a clear moral message.

75
Funny, Great acting, Anachronistic, Overstuffed

See it if you're intrigued by a before her time feminist who marched to her own beat.

Don't see it if you're looking for historical accuracy or you're easily bored. It's long and doesn't always keep one's attention.

59
Disappointing, Bad score, Innovative

See it if you don't mind trading spectacle for everything else, and you like cool special effects.

Don't see it if you mind that not only are all the songs just bad, the lyrics, book and choreography are pretty bad too.

78
During previews
Great singing, Great storytelling

See it if you enjoy bluesy jazzy music in a cabaret environment with personal, moving stories and an inspirational message.

Don't see it if you object to drag or prefer a more traditional musical with a story line.

77
Confusing, Great staging, Epic

See it if you are a van Hove fan; this is big, bold and evocative with incredible, disturbing visuals and weighty themes.

Don't see it if The show is performed entirely in French with fast moving subtitles, a cast of 3 dozen and incest, molestation, buckets of blood, coffins..

86
Intense, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see Mulligan in a stunning tour de force that grips you from minute one and leaves you uneasy.

Don't see it if you are triggered by violence against children or dislike one woman shows.

78
Clever, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if you'd like a rootin' tootin' depiction of Shakespeare with very strong comic performances.

Don't see it if you only like your Shakespeare straight, and you can't handle silliness. This is a lot of fun.

70
Silly, Cliched, Earnest but forced

See it if you get a discount and enjoy derivative silliness. There's very little original here, despite the self serving pre-show speech.

Don't see it if you need edge or emotion in your musicals or a memorable score. This has all been done before, better.

87
Charming, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy musical adaptions of Shakespeare with a jazzy, diverse and gender bending bent. This was fun, catchy and lively, even in the rain.

Don't see it if you don't care to have your Shakespeare tampered with and you don't enjoy musicals.

83
Fascinating, Unusual, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you'd enjoy the world's only white Canadian who raps about science. Brinkman is one of a kind, and it's a lot to take in, but very cool!

Don't see it if you don't like rap or science, although this is relatively musical for rap, and what other theater piece teaches you about Bayesian logic??

82
Touching, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to see a positive portrayal of an autistic girl and family and friends who love and shelter her, with live onstage music.

Don't see it if you don't like experimental minimalist character-driven drama.

75
Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if you want to see Matthew Broderick play the devil with not much menace, and would enjoy a rather depressing slice of life with a twist.

Don't see it if you struggle to understand heavy Irish accents, and lots and lots (and lots) of drinking is a trigger for you.

Also The balcony is partial view and should be sold as such.