Artsfan

Manhattan | 50-64 | Female
About:  Therapist and theater lover, Love those moments when people are honest, vulnerable, and connected.
Reviews (135)
90
During previews
Touching, Generous, Absorbing
October 22nd, 2022

See it if You like Gabriel Byrne & are interested in hearing about the authentic struggles and victories of a man who grew up working-class in Ireland

Don't see it if You don’t like one-man shows.

Also This is a heartfelt, very human show with no gimmicks. Glad I saw it a... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Great singing, Absorbing, Delightful, Clever, Enchanting
July 3rd, 2022

See it if You love great singing, acting, performers, and Sondheim. What a cast! Big names and do they ever deliver…

Don't see it if You prefer not to see an incredible production of Sondheim.

34
Slow, Excruciating, Cliched
November 7th, 2021

See it if You like cringeworthy humor and you frequent dinner theaters or watch a lot of tv sitcoms. You see everything Norm Lewis is in.

Don't see it if Your humor tends toward witty or you are looking for anything surprising in terms of plot or character.

75
Disappointing, Intelligent, Great acting
October 10th, 2021

See it if You’ve seen the other Michaels and Gabriels plays and enjoy naturalistic theater. You are knowledgeable about the contemporary dance scene.

Don't see it if You expecting the lively political dialogue in the prev plays.You don’t want to watch nearly 2 hours of people grieving.

80
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny
January 18th, 2020

See it if You enjoy plays that deal with relationships or long-term marriage, you want some good laughs, you want to see this stellar cast

Don't see it if You are offended by explicit sex talk or prefer not to think about the challenges of long-term marriage

50
Disappointing, Boring
January 12th, 2020

See it if You want to see Charles Busch in everything he does. Drag alone is enough to amuse you.

Don't see it if You expect truly stylish farce. Really wanted to leave but couldn’t for social reasons.

68
During previews
Human, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing
January 11th, 2020

See it if You love Laura Linney or Elizabeth Strout’s novel.

Don't see it if You dislike solo shows or seek intimacy in the portrayal of a character. Linney is more like a narrator here. Play needs a smaller house.

Also This show is like an audiobook, nothing visual or theatrical going on,... Read more Read less

68
Sing Street
East Village
Predictable, Pleasant, Disappointing, Cliched
January 5th, 2020

See it if You like all things Irish and enjoy a pop musicalWith ice songs

Don't see it if You are expecting depth or real emotional resonance

96
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Banal, Absorbing
January 4th, 2020

See it if You are interested in the true story of a whistleblower, like a no-frills straight play with excellent acting

Don't see it if You don’t like political topics or are looking for props and scenery or a love story

97
The Enigmatist
Chelsea
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing
December 30th, 2019

See it if You enjoy using your brain, you like magic shows

Don't see it if You hate puzzles

Also Lots of fun audience participation

96
Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful
December 30th, 2019

See it if You enjoy clever use of language, fun, excellent cast, charming show

Don't see it if You are expecting an Ivo van Hove production. You really hate farce (I usually do but loved this show).You have trouble with British accents

Also Avoid the balcony unless you get the first row.

77
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing
November 16th, 2019

See it if You want to hear more from conservative Catholic Trump voters in their world.

Don't see it if You are allergic to herbal cigarettes, can’t sit for 2 hours in a hard seat, are looking for light entertainment.

74
Intense, Meh, Great staging
November 10th, 2019

See it if You like a production where the audience is in the middle of the action, want to enjoy the poetry of this play

Don't see it if You are looking to be moved emotionally. Lots of emoting but I couldn’t really connect.

76
Seared
Midtown W
Entertaining, Refreshing, Funny, Absorbing
November 3rd, 2019

See it if You enjoy a light touch on the subject of art vs commerce, are a foodie, or are looking for a fun send-up of the NYC restaurant scene.

Don't see it if You can’t deal with a lot of yelling onstage

79
Absorbing, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining
October 5th, 2019

See it if You want to see the excellent Cuccioli and Lim. You appreciate a play where language matters more than over-the-top production.

Don't see it if You dislike Shaw or expect the set of Moulin Rouge. You don’t like Pygmalion-type stories.

Also Would love to see the script — many lines on leadership relevant to to... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Dublin Carol
Chelsea
Intense, Good acting, Cliched
September 28th, 2019

See it if You like Irish plays, you like Conor McPherson, you’re interested in the struggles of men who can’t connect but do talk a lot.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a play about an alcoholic, you like the action to happen onstage.

Also Not a Christmas play despite the name.

99
During previews
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Resonant, Must see, Relevant, Great choreography and dancers, Great singing
September 22nd, 2019

See it if You love Joshua Henry, who is as amazing as ever. Also the dancers are excellent. Wonderful sung-through musical with memorable songs. Go!

Don't see it if You prefer to pay a lot more for it when it goes to Broadway, which it inevitably will. You live for plot.

Also What a joy in the midst of so many overpriced, overproduced Bway reviv... Read more Read less

51
Fun dancing, Empty, Loud, All hat no cowboy
September 4th, 2019

See it if You watch a lot of music videos, you like melodrama, an over-the-top production is enough for you

Don't see it if You seek heart in a musical, you don’t like loudness for its own sake.

Also One in our party loved the movie but hated this musical, saying all fe... Read more Read less

95
Little Gem
Chelsea
More real than “three tall women”, Moving, Great acting, Funny
August 17th, 2019

See it if You are interested in women’s experience, you like monologues, you get that Irish sexual mores have had a different trajectory than American

Don't see it if You have trouble with foreign accents, you think sex toys are cliche, you don’t like plays about generations of women,

75
Disappointing, Intelligent, Slow, Relevant
June 5th, 2019

See it if You are a student or anyone needing a more realistic understanding of the Constitution’s limitations and don’t need emotional depth.

Don't see it if You want a one-person show to touch you emotionally because of the acting, not only because of the facts you are learning.

69
Feels like a tv show, not surprisingly, Relevant, Disappointing
June 4th, 2019

See it if You want to see Scout portrayed by an excellent adult actor. You don’t want to miss any Mockingbird onstage.

Don't see it if You dislike cheap laugh lines and want more than a serviceable Atticus.

Also Nothing challenging or thought-provoking here. The audience can enjoy ... Read more Read less

52
During previews
Little Women
West Village
Not the spirit of the book, Boring, Slow, Disappointing
June 2nd, 2019

See it if You want to see every production of Little Women on the planet,or everything Kate Hamill does.

Don't see it if You are seeking a play that is entertaining or that captures the spirit of the original.

Also The book does a much more nuanced job of treating gender role issues. ... Read more Read less

68
British humor, Fluffy, Good actors, Slow, Disappointing
May 13th, 2019

See it if You enjoy vintage humor and costumes from WW II. You enjoy British humor. Play would seem funnier to people on the other side of the pond.

Don't see it if You don’t want to try Morris dancing. You like incisive humor.

Also Performances very good overall and people super nice but script needs ... Read more Read less

5
Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal
May 11th, 2019

See it if You want to see every production of Oklahoma on the planet, and don’t care if this is arbitrarily updated to no purpose.

Don't see it if You expect actors to connect, dislike screeching through songs, want to see dance by dancers, want to enjoy yourself.

Also Actors enter in first act dressed like they are in Brooklyn not Oklaho... Read more Read less

91
All My Sons
Midtown W
Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing
May 2nd, 2019

See it if You enjoy a narrative play, a family story related to social issues that remain timely. And you are a fan of Annette Bening.

Don't see it if You want to see a musical comedy. Or only like cynicism.

Also This is the kind of play where you might go for Annette Bening and sta... Read more Read less

47
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing
April 14th, 2019

See it if You want a play that is entirely a narrative,with characters speaking in the 3rd person re themselves. You like an opera without singing.

Don't see it if You expect to learn as you do from a Michael Lewis movie. You want emotion onstage.

Also This play is as dry as a Wikipedia entry but takes a high, mythical to... Read more Read less

76
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Relevant, Great staging, Dizzying, Ambitious
March 30th, 2019

See it if You like Ivo’s directing, you want to see an excellent performance by Bryan Cranston, you like media/politics themes

Don't see it if You dislike Ivo’s directing, you don’t like massive video screens onstage.

Also Cast uneven. Cranston makes the show. I am not an Ivo fan but found th... Read more Read less

99
Exquisite, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great singing
March 16th, 2019

See it if You will enjoy a show with memorable, melodic songs; family issues; and theme related to the often-confusing nature of contemporary reality.

Don't see it if SPOILER ALERT. You will be triggered by a suicide-related plot. You don’t like musicals or plays set in high school.

Also Loved this musical. Entertaining and substantive. Genuinely creative.

52
During previews
Fiercely Independent
Soho/Tribeca
Disappointing, Pointless, Slow
March 3rd, 2019

See it if You want to see a marriage willfully destroyed through conflict that goes nowhere.

Don't see it if You seek any growth in insight on the part of the characters. You want development.

Also Actors were okay.

60
Nassim
Midtown W
Disappointing, Quirky, Relevant, Slow, Thin
February 23rd, 2019

See it if You are interested in things Iranian and open to something that is really more like performance art than a narrative play.

Don't see it if You are a cynic or hostile to other cultures.

Also This play promised more than it delivered. Much of it felt repetitive.

77
During previews
Entertaining, Dated, Funny, Relevant
February 17th, 2019

See it if You enjoy the Mint and vintage plays rediscovered, you like a straightforward narrative, you like comic family dramas re religion & money.

Don't see it if You can’t see the relevance of a story re religious rigidity or deal with a time period when women weren’t part of financial decision making

Also Saw this a week after A Man for All Seasons. Similar focus on a man wh... Read more Read less

71
Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking
February 11th, 2019

See it if If you like historical plays and are interested in exploring major ethical questions related to personal integrity vs politics.

Don't see it if You find religious debate tedious or dislike costume drama.

Also Michael Country,an is well worth seeing in the role of Thomas More. Th... Read more Read less

55
On Blueberry Hill
Midtown E
Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Poetic at times, Relevant
January 19th, 2019

See it if You like all things Irish, won’t be upset or bored by characters who don’t connect, and are fine with all “action” described and offstage.

Don't see it if You need contact between characters, action onstage, or credible motivation. This is like 2 one-man shows.

Also I had a hard time staying with this play. There were glimmers of poetr... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Red State Blue State
West Village
Funny, Hilarious, Relevant, Edgy, Entertaining
January 14th, 2019

See it if You like political humor and one-man shows.

Don't see it if Will be offended that CQ goes after the Dems as well as the Republicans, though he’s clearly on the side of the Dems.

Also There’s one bit that is a bit lengthy and doesn’t work. Otherwise I wo... Read more Read less

96
Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant, Profound
December 22nd, 2018

See it if You love a cappella, are interested in the Christmas Truce, want to see a Ken Burns-type show drawn from period music and letters.

Don't see it if You dislike Christmas music.

Also Loved this show! Am not related to anyone involved with the production... Read more Read less

77
Gloria: A Life
Gramercy
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing
December 16th, 2018

See it if You are prepared for a production that is more like a history lecture than a drama.You want to learn about/remember this important period.

Don't see it if You are expecting the stage equivalent of the RBG or “Hidden Figures” films. You want to be drawn into Steinem’s life emotionally.

Also This is a play that needs to be seen by people who hav no knowledge of... Read more Read less

75
Relevant, Funny, Absorbing, Dated
December 1st, 2018

See it if You want to see Daniel Radcliffe in a terrific performance. You’re interested in the New Journalism.

Don't see it if You will find Cherry Jones’s poorly written role distracting. (She just doesn’t have enough of a role.) You don’t like talky plays.

Also The ostensible intellectual debate is really about old toxic, defensiv... Read more Read less

65
Sakina’s Restaurant
West Village
Disappointing, Ambitious, Overrated, Dated
November 11th, 2018

See it if You are prepared for a Mandvi show that’s not very funny. I don’t think he’s going for laughs most of the time.

Don't see it if You expect hilarity or a contemporary treatment of Muslim immigrant life. This play is set in 1998 and was apparently written a while back.

95
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Ambitious, Complex
November 3rd, 2018

See it if You are interested in a human drama about the troubles in Northern Ireland. Rich relationships, eloquent dialogue, violence not gratituitous

Don't see it if You have a hard time tuning into foreign accents, you can’t tolerate any violence onstage.

Also Rich, multi-layered play. Excellent acting.

69
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Disappointing, Great acting, Overrated
October 20th, 2018

See it if Glenn Close’s deeply grounded performance will make the play for you. You are fascinated by Joan of Arc.

Don't see it if History conveyed through sitcom dialogue through most of the first act will upset you. Or if uneven acting bothers you.

Also This play has an anachronistic quality not because of the cussing but ... Read more Read less

93
The True
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking
October 15th, 2018

See it if You want to see an amazing performance by Edie Falco. You are interested in a fresh perspective on how our political system works.

Don't see it if You don’t like a theater so small you get to be close to the actors.

24
Heartbreak House
Midtown W
Confusing, Dated, Indulgent, Overrated, Boring
September 23rd, 2018

See it if You will like anything Terry Teachout likes. I thought I did.

Don't see it if You hate farce.

Also If you go don’t sit in the back, or wear your vegan fur. They’re keepi... Read more Read less

61
Cyprus Avenue
East Village
Disappointing, Violent, Cliched, Delightful, Banal
July 7th, 2018

See it if You can find societal meaning in the rankings of a psychotic, you will see

Don't see it if Gratuitous violence, you’re always inside the mind of a psychotic person, the humor falls flat.

Also Main character is ultimately too crazy to be interesting or relevant.

98
During previews
Carmen Jones
East Village
Delightful, Great singing, Refreshing
June 24th, 2018

See it if You'd enjoy a Bway-style remake of the opera Carmen with an amazing cast. Loved it! Go!

Don't see it if You can't appreciate a super talented cast in a minimalist theater. This should have been at the Park Ave Armory or in Bway.

49
During previews
Dated, Disappointing, These performers deserve a better show
June 16th, 2018

See it if You have a historical interest in this show, you can enjoy the mostly very good performances in a weak show.

Don't see it if You’d like more than one good song, you want to feel something about what’s going on onstage.

Also As a commentary on psychoanalysis as practiced in the60s, the show has... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Tremor
Midtown E
Intense, Relevant, Slow
May 19th, 2018

See it if You like a bare-bones play that is thankfully not over-acted and don’t mind a lack of emotional depth

Don't see it if You want chemistry between the two leads and a personal, emotional dimension to a relevant story about a tragic accident

Also Worth seeing because of the theme but a missed opportunity. We don’t g... Read more Read less

30
Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Overrated
May 12th, 2018

See it if You will go to anything by Ayckbourn.

Don't see it if You dislike slow plays or dated British farce. You have no patience with hammy acting.

70
Yerma
Upper E Side
Disappointing, Excruciating, Intense, Gimmicky, Slow
April 14th, 2018

See it if You like raw intensity. You want to see an innovative set and production in the very cool Park Avenue Armory.

Don't see it if You are struggling with infertility. You seek to empathize with the characters. You dislike plays with nonstop yelling.

Also An interesting notion is that the patriarchy of the original Yerma by ... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Profound
April 8th, 2018

See it if You like Albee. You like to focus on existential questions.

Don't see it if You are looking for a fun, fluffy comedy. You are terminally ill or have just lost a family member. You want to explore men's issues.

56
During previews
Dated, Slow, Dull, Uneven, Pc silliness doesn’t solve problems the way depth would
March 31st, 2018

See it if You see every musical that comes to NYC

Don't see it if You want a show that coheres and is well-paced.You don’t need a pc ending that feels like a left turn into Arthur Miller.

Also Lauren Ambrose has a pretty soprano voice but no stage presence; leave... Read more Read less