Angela Mansberry

New York City | 25-34 | Male
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Reviews (78)
98
Imaginative, Immersive, Refreshing, Great staging, Must see

See it if you want to be transportanted to a land that feels new but familiar, complete with brilliant staging, remarkable performances and creativity

Don't see it if you have no heart and can’t be swept away by a great story. Any unfounded, preconceived notions of this show can be left at the door.

86
During previews
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Confusing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Must see, Jarring

See it if you like dark theater that challenges your thinking. In the age of "fake news," this is the most culturally significant play on Broadway.

Don't see it if you don't like terrifying theater. This show is meant to make you uncomfortable so be prepared for loud noises and jarring spectacle.

90
Gently Down the Stream
East Village
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you're a member of the LGBTQ community and want to understand more about your generation and the generation that came before.

Don't see it if you don't care about LGBTQ history or if you can't stand plays with lots of exposition. Allow yourself to be open to another perspective.

92
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Masterful, Intelligent, Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you want to see a true modern masterpiece on stage. The writing is ambitious but accessible and the staging is simplistic but masterful.

Don't see it if you can't wrap your head around the play's dense subject matter (Israeli–Palestinian conflict). This play is no joke, despite its many jokes

45
During previews
Disappointing, Minimal, Disturbing, Fluffy

See it if you have nothing else better to do? Keep your expectations very low and you may find it tolerable.

Don't see it if you love Dahl's novel or either of the Willy Wonka films. Nostalgia seekers are sure to be disappointed.

94
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you're a fan of Allison Janney or if you enjoy seeing expertly-written, culturally relevant plays presented by a top-tier cast.

Don't see it if you don't like deep plays that contemplate our relation to one another. Or if you don't like male nudity. Two things we always need more of!

60
Amelie
Midtown W
Fluffy, Indulgent, Romantic, Quirky

See it if you can't get tickets to anything else?

Don't see it if you love the movie and want to see if the musical will live up to the whimsical magic of the film. Spoiler: it doesn't.

94
For a previous production
Hilarious, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy, Delightful

See it if you want to see a show that doesn't make you think or cry, it's just makes you laugh. Very hard. Drink up beforehand. You'll thank me later!

Don't see it if you can't just sit back & laugh at the schadenfreude of life or if you don't like British humour (see what I did there?).

98
During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Must see, Exquisite, Ambitious

See it if you're a Sondheim fan or this is your first Sondheim show. This production is so fresh, it's like seeing it for the first time.

Don't see it if you don't like immersive theater or if you need to be comfortable. Aside from the comfort food, this show enjoys making you squirm.

Also I'm not sure I will ever see a more superb production of Sweeney Todd ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Exquisite, Masterful

See it if you want to experience Williams' classic in an entirely new way. This production and these characters feel more real than ever.

Don't see it if you've seen this play too many times or if you can't enjoy subtle, stripped down directorial choices.

Also Before seeing this production, I always wondered why this play was suc... Read more Read less

88
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if you love Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals and you want to experience the brilliance that is Glenn Close's Norma Desmond.

Don't see it if you can't enjoy a paired down musical production that prioritized music and story over spectacle.

94
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you want to see a creative production of Shakespeare's classic, featuring a revelatory performance by Dame Harriet Walker.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare. If so, it's your loss.

72
During previews
In Transit
Midtown W
Clever, Great singing, Fluffy, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if you've ever ridden the subway & wondered about the lives of the people around you - lots of inside jokes for NYers! Also if u <3 a cappella.

Don't see it if you need more than "cute" to be happy or if you can't stand a cappella. If so, this show may be more intolerable than a smelly subway car.

96
For a previous production
Sweat
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Relevant, Exquisite

See it if you want to see a brilliantly written play that shines a light on the fractures in American society.

Don't see it if you don't like realistically dark plays. There's violence and bad language, but it's time to put on your big girl panties and see this show.

86
Absorbing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Overrated

See it if you're looking for a fun night out filled with stunningly talented performances and cirque style. Particularly if you like stream punk.

Don't see it if you have high expectations. It's a solid piece but not cirque's best, so the tricks get a bit old after a while. Libations are encouraged.

84
During previews
The Encounter
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Original, Dizzying, Absorbing

See it if you're seeking a unique experience at a Broadway show and you appreciate good writing over spectacle.

Don't see it if you need a visual spectacle to be entertained. This is a transporting show but it's all about the storytelling. Sit back and listen.

92
During previews
Delightful, Fluffy, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious

See it if If you love good old fashioned musical theater. It's a perfect musical comedy filled with powerhouse performances and a beautiful score.

Don't see it if If you can't just sit back and allow yourself to be swept away to a simpler time. Nothing deep here, just great humor and sweeping romance.

92
Cats
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Fluffy, Masterful, Dizzying

See it if you've never seen it on stage before and you love seeing inventive choreography and brilliant stagecraft.

Don't see it if you have seen it before and you know you don't like it. Not sure if it's for you? Try it and see! Chances are, you'll love it.

92
Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking, Slow, Epic

See it if you want to understand why this play is such a classic. This production also features some of the most impressive performances on Broadway.

Don't see it if you don't have patience. This play is a LONG journey (almost 4 hrs). Thank God for Jessica Lange otherwise I'm not sure I'd get thru it.

75
The Total Bent
East Village
Original, Resonant, Great staging, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love gospel music and enjoy concerts over book musicals. The score is fantastic and the performers give it their all.

Don't see it if you prefer musicals with a plot or if you are averse to songs about Jesus.

96
Eclipsed
Midtown W
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if You want to see the most culturally significant show on Broadway. See this play and understand what theater is meant to do.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in people with REAL problems. Think your life is hard? It's not always about you. Sit back and learn something.

94
Absorbing, Resonant, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if you love brilliant staging, compelling, heart-breaking performances and dry, British humour (see what I did there?).

Don't see it if you don't like being over-stimulated. Also if you're a dog lover, the first 10 minutes may be rough.

85
Bright Star
Midtown W
Dated, Great staging, Refreshing, Romantic, Great acting

See it if you're looking for a perfectly pleasant evening with great performances and a sweeping, energetic score.

Don't see it if you're looking for something edgy or modern. This doesn't pretend to be blockbuster, but it's beautiful in it's simplicity.

96
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You want to see a classic play in an entirely new way. This production also features some of the best performances you will ever see.

Don't see it if You don't like Tennessee Williams or if you don't like loud noises. This show doesn't hold back, so just enjoy the ride.

96
For a previous production
Relevant, Resonant, Original, Must see

See it if you want to see a musical with a great score, wonderful performances and a moving message about life in the technological age.

Don't see it if you can't relate to teenagers or if you're not in the mood to feel something. This show draws emotions out of you that you don't expect.

82
Indecent
Midtown W
Profound, Great writing, Great staging, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy Jewish history or have an interest in kiddish theater. This play is also important for anyone who dedicates their life to theater.

Don't see it if you don't have an interest in Jewish theater history or if you prefer fluffy comedies.

92
Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Masterful, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a modern continuation of A Doll's House featuring impeccable writing and performances. Ibsen is more relevant than ever.

Don't see it if you're not interested in feminist issues or if you don't enjoy mentally stimulating, discussion-based plays.

83
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Romantic, Fluffy, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a beautiful spectacle with a pleasant score. Or if you're a daughter, mother, wife or grandmother and need something to see.

Don't see it if you can't just sit back and enjoy a fluffy, girly musical. This musical isn't life changing, but it's a crowd-pleasing good time.

88
Arlington
Brooklyn
Edgy, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy dystopian, thought-provoking theater that isn't afraid to confuse you a bit. The music and choreography is particarly fantastic.

Don't see it if you don't like theater that isn't sunshine and rainbows. This play takes a good hard look at society and depression, so take it in and think

88
Clever, Resonant, Great staging, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy Tim Minchin's witty writing combined with stellar stagecraft performed by a great cast. Or if you just think Andy Karl is hot.

Don't see it if you can't enjoy dark humor (i.e. suicide, depression and misogyny) mixed with campy musical theater (again and again and again).

92
Absorbing, Great staging, Funny, Enchanting, Masterful

See it if you're a fan of Kneehigh's work or if you enjoy a riveting true story told through the lens of brilliantly creative stage craft.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy puppetry, historical plays or heightened theatricality. If so, we can't be friends.

87
Absorbing, Epic, Romantic, Riveting, Lavish

See it if you've never seen Miss Saigon on stage before. It is a true spectacle for the eyes and ears that must be experienced at least once in life.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy purely romantic, over the top musicals. Miss Saigon is basically the love child of Les Miz and Phantom, so be prepared.

92
During previews
Significant Other
Midtown W
Hilarious, Relevant, Refreshing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you're a 20 something single gay man living in NYC (too specific?) and enjoy hearing young voices on Broadway.

Don't see it if you don't like bad language, dark humor or minimal plays. This play speaks to the young & young at heart, so loosen up & get ready to laugh.

94
During previews
Absorbing, Masterful, Must see, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you're a Sondheim fan & you want to see a stellar cast perform his masterpiece in a semi-concert format without the usual Bway distractions.

Don't see it if you need spectacle to be satisfied. This production prioritizes the art form over pleasing crowds, so focus on opening your ears and mind.

66
During previews
Kid Victory
Gramercy
Edgy, Indulgent, Intense, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you want to hear more original music by John Kander and you enjoy ambitious theater.

Don't see it if you don't like being uncomfortable in a theater. The show's subject matter is disturbing, especially for any victim of sexual assault.

92
Delightful, Great singing, Great writing, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if you love Carole King, the 1960s or a beautiful story. I was skeptical as a millennial, but it didn't take long for me to be swept away.

Don't see it if you can't just sit back and be thoroughly entertained.

95
Sweet Charity
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing, Must see, Relevant

See it if you want to see a wonderful score performed by a superb cast in a way that makes you feel for this classic musical in an entirely new way.

Don't see it if don't like musicals that have a darker side that makes you feel something or if you don't like choreography-heavy musicals.

98
Falsettos
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you want to see one of the most brilliantly written musicals, filled with humor, hardship and untimately hope. Love has always been love.

Don't see it if you don't like queer-focused storylines or if you need mind-numbing sosctable to Be satisfied.

84
During previews
Absorbing, Dizzying, Ambitious, Edgy, Confusing

See it if you're looking for a truly immersive experience on Broadway. I'm not sure there has ever been or ever will be a Bway show quite like this.

Don't see it if you don't like strobe lights, distracting spectacles or ambiguity. Certain moments dazzle, but many others feel unearned and bewildering.

58
5 Guys Chillin'
Soho/Tribeca
Raunchy, Absorbing, Insipid, Resonant, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy British theater & like watching hot boys lounge around in their undies for an hour. This is a sexy but sobering slice of reality.

Don't see it if you aren't comfortable talking about graphic gay sex or need an arc to be satisfied. These actors are hot but 2/5 will give you blue balls.

87
Caught
East Village
Confusing, Dizzying, Great writing, Quirky, Original

See it if You enjoy being challenged by a piece of theater. This show delights in confusing you, so just go along for the ride.

Don't see it if You don't like confusing or challenging theater. This show sticks with you, but only if you can allow your mind to be expanded.

66
During previews
Banal, Great writing, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

See it if You've never seen a production of this classic play. That's pretty much the only reason to see it.

Don't see it if You want to see something new or original. It's predictable in every way and really seems to die off in Act II, just like the orchard.

91
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Original, Profound

See it if you loved Sean Hayes on Will & Grace and enjoy exploring/mocking Christianity. That's right, this ones for you, Queen.

Don't see it if you can't laugh at religion or if you're a right wing bigot. For the first time in American history, God in a liberal democrat. #blessed

98
A Doll's House
Brooklyn
Great acting, Masterful, Great staging, Resonant, Exquisite

See it if you want to see a wonderfully staged, superbly performed production of one of the Ibsen's best plays. The greatest Nora I've ever seen.

Don't see it if you can't look at a classic play with fresh eyes. This production is pure realism, but it's done exquisitely well.

78
The Judas Kiss
Brooklyn
Slow, Great acting, Intelligent, Indulgent, Profound

See it if you are a gay man & you want see a brilliant actor portray Oscar Wilde. Lots of one-liners, cigarettes & nudity. Fire Island on narcotics.

Don't see it if you want to stay awake. This play drags and is generally uninteresting because Wilde just talks and does basically nothing for 2.5 hours.

82
Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny, Delightful, Overrated

See it if you want a great night out on Broadway with your gfs. This show is perfect for Bachelorette parties, birthdays and excuses for coming out.

Don't see it if you aren't impressed by drag or if you want something more substantial. It's fluff, but that fluff is glittered for the gods, hunty.

87
The Fantasticks
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if you want to understand why it's been running off Broadway for so many years, especially if you've never seen any production of it before.

Don't see it if you've seen it before. It's a fun, simple show and it's a great actor piece, but it's inherently flawed. Even when Aaron Carter is in it.

88
Bianco
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Edgy, Masterful

See it if You want to feel like a kid again. The circus is in town and it doesn't get any cooler and sexier than this!

Don't see it if You don't like standing or if you need your personal space. This is as close as it gets to being in the middle of a three ring circus.

79
Idiot
Soho/Tribeca
Profound, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy thought-provoking explorations on the human condition combined with immersive staging and modern tech elements.

Don't see it if You need a linear storyline to enjoy a show. This show is about the journey, not the destination.

85
During previews
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Epic, Slow

See it if You want to see some of Broadway's finest performers at the top of their game accompanied by great tapping. An important piece hostorically.

Don't see it if You don't like tapping or if your attention wanes easily. This show focuses a lot on exposition, so there is a lot to follow.