Annie 8108

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Reviews (34)
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you're interested in explorations of the opioid crisis in rural America, you want to see some great performances in an intimate space

Don't see it if drug overdose stories are triggering, you're not ready for it to feel a little like an "issue play"

During previews
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You love the concept album, you love Thomas Kail's work, you love Joshua Henry and Ryan Vasquez - and gorgeous choreography!

Don't see it if You want an intricate plot - it's all about the music!

Intelligent, Resonant, Profound, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want a completely unique theatrical experience that delves into essential and too often uninvestigated issues in the US

Don't see it if you don't like audience participation, you need a break from the trauma of the US

Relevant, Profound, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you're interested in masterful acting, great design, and/or seeing white people (or being a white person who) confront(s) their whiteness

Don't see it if you need a break of explorations of blackness and/or whiteness by mostly centering whiteness/the white gaze

Also I LOVE this playwright, I think some of her other plays are far superi... Read more Read less

The Climb
West Village
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if into the convo about objectification in art and in love (particularly thru race/age lens), you like a slow burn of 2 people growing closer

Don't see it if relationships with large age gaps or btw professor/student are triggering

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You're interested in seeing a Nottage comedy, a creative exploration of Black female film representation, or clever poking fun at academia

Don't see it if You're "over" second acts that bring you completely out of the world of the first act

Also It's really cool to see that Nottage was doing the kinds of things btw... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Indulgent, Slow, Intelligent

See it if You love Johanna Day, you're interested in the human condition/what women wrestle with throughout life, u love a deep dive into 1 character

Don't see it if you have a low tolerance for poetry and (sometimes self-indulgent) searches for meaning

Also The cast is fantastic, the simplicity of the set and staging is refres... Read more Read less

During previews
The Convent
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Ambitious, Refreshing

See it if You're sick of "you, me, our apartment, and our problems" plays, you love strong female performances and dynamic staging

Don't see it if You LOVE "you, me, our apartment, and our problems plays," because this is NOT that

Also Almost all the performances are on point, the directing is marvelous, ... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Great acting, Intelligent, Dialogue-heavy, Slow, Has its moments

See it if You're interested in supporting Middle Eastern/West Asian representation onstage, you're interested in character driven work vs. plot driven

Don't see it if You need to see more doing and less talking, ou're not interested in family dramas or PTSD/assimilation stories

Also I love Anne Bogart's diagnosis of the problem with so much theater bei... Read more Read less

During previews
Blue Ridge
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You're fans of Marin Ireland (lead) or Taibi Magar (director), youre interested in a nuanced exploration of trauma, addiction, & redemption

Don't see it if If sexual trauma or addiction are triggering for you

Also Brilliantly directed by Magar with really strong performances. I am st... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You loved the movie, you love Taylor Louderman, you're ok with a musical where the book is stronger than the score

Don't see it if Tina Fey humor isn't your style, your expectations for a hum-worthy score are very high.

Disappointing, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Quick

See it if You love a laugh at the expense of self-indulgent/proclaimed white allies in an echo chamber. You like clever staging and fun lazzi.

Don't see it if You have high expectations for satirical writing.

Also There's a really important idea/message in here but it's buried (and n... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Profound, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a black woman powerfuly claim her space, you're interested in complex explorations of love, blackness, greatness, and family

Don't see it if You are not in a place to dig into what's above. It's been a tough week and there are triggering things (bomb sounds, some violence)

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Funny, Riveting

See it if You appreciate nuance in representation, poetry weaved gorgeously into narrative, incredible seasoned actors reading each other, and more!

Don't see it if You're not interested in heightened language or staging, you're not interested in historical pieces.

Log Cabin
Midtown W
Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Funny, Quirky

See it if You're interested in a conversation about the way privilege can shift over time, intersectionality, and you like fun/snappy dialogue

Don't see it if You have no patience for plays that are a little undercooked, you are sensitive to plays that come off as a bit didactic

During previews
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Funny, Excellent ensemble

See it if You're interested to see Guirgis' earlier work, you like strong scenes and intertwining stories

Don't see it if If you're all about plot-driven and not character-driven work

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if You love musicals, you are a teenager/young adult (or want to bring one), your interested in mental health

Don't see it if You're not interested in remembering being a teenager

During previews
Midtown W
Refreshing, Intelligent, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You love Raul Esparza (how could you not??) and Moritz von Stuelpnagel's work! You want to see actual cooking onstage (it smelled so good!)

Don't see it if You don't have interest in a"tortured genius artist" narrative

Also Seriously though, the cooking onstage is so cool.

During previews
Make Believe
Midtown W
Disappointing, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great acting

See it if you want to see some top-notch young actors really hold their own onstage, you like Susannah Flood (always great), also a great set!

Don't see it if you expect a satisfying payoff (plot-wise) after watching the young people do their thing for the majority of the play

Also I'm not sure what the play is or knows what it wants to be- is it the ... Read more Read less

During previews
Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You're not precious about your Chekhov, you want to see a stellar cast having tons of fun with some great bits. Really cool/intimate set!

Don't see it if you long to make a deeper meaning of what's given to you. It's fun - it's very well acted - it ain't that deep.

During previews
Midtown W
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want a NEW and very funny take on the story of twenty-somethings making choices and living their lives in NYC.

Don't see it if You don't like character driven, slice-of-life plays.

Also As a white woman, I take for granted how much I'm represented onstage.... Read more Read less

During previews
Upper W Side
Fine, Great set, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if You want to support West Asian representation

Don't see it if You don't want to watch people hatef*ck

Also I'd like to see the play again once it's more lived in - I saw in prev... Read more Read less

During previews
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Incredible choreography, Confusing

See it if You're a Spring Awakening and/or innovative choreography fan, u can lean in/enjoy the ride and not spend too much time making sense of plot

Don't see it if You need a linear/logical plot, you don't have any investment in the story of Alice and Wonderland, you don't love "re-imaginings"

During previews
The Light
Midtown W
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Black love, Intense

See it if you want a look into a deeply intimate conversation between two people in love and facing a reckoning moment in their relationship

Don't see it if You have very specific triggers (I don't want to spoil but call the theater if you want more information)

During previews
God Said This
West Village
Funny, Resonant, Slow, Had its moments, Great acting

See it if You want to support new work and better representation of Asian Americans onstage and behind the scenes, you appreciate family drama

Don't see it if Hospice hits close to home, you have high expectations for dynamic staging

Slave Play
East Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Intense

See it if You're interested in engaging the conversation about how everyone needs to confront and recover from post traumatic slave disorder

Don't see it if sexual assault or making hyperbolic light of slavery is triggering to you

Also I am really torn about this play - I believe it achieves what I imagin... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Profound

See it if You appreciate ritual, holding space for the black community, you are comfortbale with an interactive experience

Don't see it if You are only interested in narrative, fourth-wall drama

King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Great singing, Riveting, Spectacular, Amazing puppetry, Not a great score

See it if You want a spectacle-filled Broadway experience - the Kong puppet is incredible.

Don't see it if You've got high expectations for a strong book/score - I didn't leave humming any tunes, but the puppet was worth it!

Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you love great acting, comedy, and some serious issues tackled with love, grace, humor, and care.

Don't see it if you're after a tragedy

During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You're invested in a broader representation of gender and sexuality, you get excited by innovative set design, you love Adina Verson!

Don't see it if You have delicate sensibilities when it comes to talking about female body parts

Trainspotting Live
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Raunchy, Immersive

See it if You're into immersive theater, you're young (or young at heart) and into seeing something wild and in-your-face, you like the movie/book.

Don't see it if You need elbow room when you sit, you're not into bathroom humor, you're not into immersive work

Paradise Blue
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if Your interested in nuanced black characters and an exploration of some big issues including mental illness, erasure, and gender roles.

Don't see it if You have a short attention span (two and a half hours), you're not interested in stylized character work

Dance Nation
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if You're interested in a nuanced glimpse into the life of a teenage girl (which often carries out into adulthood)

Don't see it if You're not OK with the word p***y

During previews
West Village
Relevant, Must see, Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if You want to be entertained but also keep thinking about it, if you care about New York City young people and education!

Don't see it if You only like musicals