ARDEN D

New York City | Female
About:  Have loved theater since I was a child. As a teenager I took the train to SF to buy the cheapest seat available, often the last row of the balcony. When I moved to NYC I frequented the half price ticket line. A ham myself I was in plays & musicals in high school and college. Professionally i hav... Read more Read less
Reviews (306)
72
Confusing, Quirky, Great acting, Great singing
July 31st, 2022

See it if your hearing is superb so that you can understand the lyrics & if you enjoy an original musical with a theme of gay identity

Don't see it if you prefer a more traditional musical

69
During previews
The Butcher Boy
Chelsea
Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing
July 30th, 2022

See it if you are interested in a musical about a mentally disturbed teenager from a dysfunctional family.

Don't see it if you prefer happy or inspiring musicals

74
Indulgent, Quirky, Entertaining
July 24th, 2022

See it if you love Billy Crystal & don't mind that he is portrayed as a self-centered jerk. Happily they let him be funny some of the time.

Don't see it if you don't want to see Crystal portrayed as a self-centered jerk.

82
Chains
Midtown W
Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing
July 23rd, 2022

See it if You admire Mint Theater productions. They always do a great job. Although the play was written ages ago, it felt relevant.

Don't see it if you do not like period plays

89
Fat Ham
East Village
Must see, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny
July 21st, 2022

See it if if you enjoy laughing & engaging in a really original, fun show

Don't see it if You only like to frown.

83
Quirky, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing
July 20th, 2022

See it if You love Sondheim & enjoy a morality tale framed by fairy tales. The actors & orchestra are at the top of their game.

Don't see it if you prefer not to sit in a theater where people scream throughout the show. 'Do they think they are at an outdoor rock concert?

90
Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining
July 19th, 2022

See it if if you like Jackman & Foster & enjoy having fun and smiling a lot, this show is for YOU

Don't see it if you do not like revivals

88
During previews
Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting
July 17th, 2022

See it if You are interested in the wrenching history of Afghanistan from the 70's forward woven into a powerful story

Don't see it if you prefer happy go lucky fantasies

71
Epiphany
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting
July 12th, 2022

See it if you enjoy an essemble of good actors in an often funny show with a message of sorts underneath -confusing. Marylouise Burke is outstanding

Don't see it if you prefer linear plots with clear story lines.

90
Funny, Edgy, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting
July 10th, 2022

See it if you enjoy great acting in a fine play where you find plenty to laugh about!

Don't see it if you may have missed it. too bad!

79
Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
July 9th, 2022

See it if You appreciate a one woman show. Aedin is a superb actress. Her moves, her gestures, her voice - all amazing!

Don't see it if you don't like James Joyce or one person shows

93
Entertaining, Ambitious, Riveting, Great acting
July 8th, 2022

See it if you like Shakespeare & appreciate brilliant acting. Danai Gurira is marvellous as Richard. Always a treat to see performance in the Park.

Don't see it if You don't like the Park and don't appreciate Shakespeare.

70
During previews
Between The Lines
Midtown W
Slow, Dated, Overrated
July 3rd, 2022

See it if You want yet another coming of age musical that is repetitive and too long. Good acting and singing however.

Don't see it if You were hoping for a show that made its point and moved on

82
Quirky, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
July 3rd, 2022

See it if you want to enjoy laughter & fun entertainment. The kids & all performers do a great job.

Don't see it if you are offended by any vulgarity

94
Macbeth (Broadway)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Masterful
June 20th, 2022

See it if you enjoy great acting, original staging & are a fan of Shakespearean tragedy. Although I have seen it many times, I will remember this one

Don't see it if you like musicals and don't dig Shakespeare.

69
Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Confusing, Edgy, Disappointing
June 12th, 2022

See it if you don't care that there is no coherent plot or that you don't like any character or if you are expecting to be entertained.

Don't see it if you would like to like at least one character & would like to understand what the meaning of a play is

79
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking
June 12th, 2022

See it if you like a drama that addresses issues important to us all. End of life is one of the issues treated with dignity & humor.

Don't see it if you prefer entertainment that does not make you think

78
The Lucky Star
Midtown E
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting
June 5th, 2022

See it if you want a well-told story of terrible time in history even as racial injustice & immigration restriction continue to plague us

Don't see it if You don't acknowledge the lessons history can teach us if we pay attention

90
Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Great acting
June 3rd, 2022

See it if You enjoy fine acting and a story line that is sometimes very funny, but ultimately thought-provoking

Don't see it if You only like musicals.

64
Slow, Overrated, Great staging
June 3rd, 2022

See it if You are only interested in set design. The show is pointless, long and boring.

Don't see it if Just don't see it

89
Belfast Girls
Chelsea
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking
June 3rd, 2022

See it if You enjoy some history with your entertainment. Based on true stories it is very interesting and well-acted

Don't see it if You prefer fantasy

84
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing
June 3rd, 2022

See it if You enjoy good theater that not only entertains, but makes you think. Words indeed can be hurtful.

Don't see it if You prefer no frontal nudity

78
Entertaining, Disappointing, Great dancing
May 13th, 2022

See it if If you LOVE Michael Jackson, you will be happy. Christian Wilson, as young Michael is excellent as are the dancers.

Don't see it if You are unlucky enough to see an understudy for Michael and 3 others

Also Compared to Tina, The Temptations, and other pop musicals, this is the... Read more Read less

83
Two by Synge
Chelsea
Intense, Edgy, Great acting
May 9th, 2022

See it if You love Irish plays. Thought I would find more humor, but enjoyed the actors, sets and intimate theater

Don't see it if You are not a fan of Irish drama and prefer something more light-hearted

79
Delightful, Great acting, Funny
May 9th, 2022

See it if You want to see great comedic timing & acting. Laugh out loud during Acts 2 & 3

Don't see it if You judge by the 1st act. The rest is worth waiting for

79
Entertaining, Clever, Great staging
November 15th, 2021

See it if you like the idea of characters who represent famous people going on a fantasy trip. Singing, dancing, costumes, set design are excellent.

Don't see it if You prefer plays or musicals that do not imagine real people behaving in ways they might not have.

77
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great singing
November 11th, 2021

See it if you like a musical with a plot & have compassion for those who who are stuck in jobs they hate and don't pay well

Don't see it if You are looking for a cheerful musical.

80
During previews
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting
November 4th, 2021

See it if you are a fan of Lynn Nottage, like great acting & hope that redemption is possible. You will be kept guessing until the end.

Don't see it if you prefer musicals.

91
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting
October 30th, 2021

See it if You love great acting. The 5 do a spectacular job and the story is compelling - and true!

Don't see it if You prefer fiction to fact.

92
Masterful, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting
October 22nd, 2021

See it if especially if you can see it with Adrienne Warner, a master showperson. She had the audience in the palm of her hand.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals.

Also It is a big Broadway musical in the best sense of the words. You will ... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Morning Sun
Midtown W
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great acting
October 20th, 2021

See it if you like great acting & are interested in mother-daughter relationships -good & not so good

Don't see it if great acting isn't enough to prompt you to see a mother-daughter drama that leads to no conclusion

80
Sanctuary City
West Village
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Absorbing
October 10th, 2021

See it if you want an intelligent play about the plight of dreamers and the lengths people will go to with acts of kindness

Don't see it if you prefer musicals or comedies

58
Autumn Royal
Chelsea
Depressing, Disappointing, Indulgent
October 9th, 2021

See it if you want a play where there is no redemption, only lasting depression. I love Irish Rep, but what an awful play to open with!

Don't see it if You want to save yourself from seeing a very depressing show.

100
Brilliant, Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful
October 8th, 2021

See it if you want to see theater at its best. The performances are stellar. You will never be looking at your watch. You will be mesmerized!

Don't see it if You don't like theater.

82
Deep Blue Sea
Upper E Side
Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking
October 7th, 2021

See it if You are interested a Black Lives Matter dance performance accompanied by lovely music and thought-provoking narrative.

Don't see it if you are seeking a joyful dance performance or don't like modern dance

81
Lackawanna Blues
Red Bank
Resonant, Great acting, Great writing
September 24th, 2021

See it if You admire Ruben. His acting is superb in this one man show that he wrote based on memories of life with his beloved Nannie

Don't see it if You prefer a flowing coherent story rather than vignettes & do not prefer a one man show

82
During previews
Persuasion
East Village
Refreshing, Entertaining, Clever
September 19th, 2021

See it if you are an off-Broadway fan and are up for a fun evening of taking liberties with a classic. The acting was excellent.

Don't see it if if you don't like classic in modern form and don't find humor in Jane Austen

84
Great acting, Quirky, Clever
September 19th, 2021

See it if You love theater in the Park & enjoy modern interpretations of classics. The cast had as much fun performing as we did watching.

Don't see it if You prefer the classic as written and have difficulty with creole accents

92
Intense, Absorbing, Great acting
September 19th, 2021

See it if It was brilliantly staged given that we were socially distanced and wore masks, With ear phones every word came through clearly.

Don't see it if you are not fond of one person plays or wearing ear phones

84
Edgy, Intense, Riveting, Great acting
February 16th, 2020

See it if you are up for a scary performance brilliantly acted by 2 actors and.... Happy they brought it to NYC

Don't see it if you prefer comedy to drama or have your own idea of what is scary or not.

86
During previews
Inspiring, Heart breaking, Great writing, Great acting
February 16th, 2020

See it if you like a play that touches you in many ways performed by terrific actors. A memorable experience.

Don't see it if you only like musical comedies.

84
During previews
Look Back In Anger
East Village
Intense, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing
February 14th, 2020

See it if The revival of the intense play that made Osborne famous is very well done in a tiny theater off Broadway.

Don't see it if You prefer to admire the hero. The character Jimmy is not easy to watch.

74
Darling Grenadine
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Good acting, Good singing, Quirky, Slow start
February 10th, 2020

See it if you are willing to stay for the 2nd act, when the show picks up & becomes interesting.

Don't see it if you tend to leave after a so-so first act.

85
17 Minutes
Midtown W
Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing
February 6th, 2020

See it if you care about school shootings & the unexpected as well as anticipated consequences. Very well written & Larry Mitchell was excellent.

Don't see it if you prefer happy musicals.

81
During previews
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting
February 1st, 2020

See it if You admire Kate Hamil & her takes on classics wherein women prevail & men get the picture. Fun stuff!

Don't see it if You don’t like the classics to be updated

75
Plasticity the Play
West Village
Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting
January 31st, 2020

See it if you are interested in the brain & if it heals itself after trauma. Decisions about end of life are faced with the inherent stress entailed

Don't see it if you are not fascinated with neuroscience or one man shows

78
Sing Street
East Village
Entertaining, Great acting, Great band, Energetic
January 25th, 2020

See it if You like a love story encased in very enjoyable pop music. The band is excellent & the singing very good.

Don't see it if You are expecting another Once. Not sure about its future on Broadway

80
Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging
January 17th, 2020

See it if even if you are not a fan of musicals, this is very well done. Kudos especially to Patti Murin! Great sets and custom changes.

Don't see it if you really, really don't like musicals

77
MsTRIAL
Midtown W
Relevant, Fine acting, Thought-provoking, Confrontational
January 13th, 2020

See it if the consequences on the lives of 3 attorneys after too much celebrating after winning a big case intrigues you.

Don't see it if you've had enough Me,too drama

84
Pumpgirl
Chelsea
Edgy, Intense, Riveting, Great acting
January 11th, 2020

See it if You admire great acting - monologues are challenging, but all 3 handle them deftly. Tough story well done!!

Don't see it if Sad Irish stories are not your thing.