Artsfan

Manhattan | 50-64 | Female
About:  Therapist and theater lover, Love those moments when people are honest, vulnerable, and connected. #Resist.
Reviews (113)
68
British humor, Fluffy, Good actors, Slow, Disappointing

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

91
Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

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

76
Relevant, Great staging, Dizzying, Ambitious

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

52
During previews
Disappointing, Pointless, Slow

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.

77
During previews
Entertaining, Dated, Funny, Relevant

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

55
Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Poetic at times, Relevant

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

96
Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant, Profound

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

75
Relevant, Funny, Absorbing, Dated

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

95
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Ambitious, Complex

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.

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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.

61
Disappointing, Violent, Cliched, Delightful, Banal

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.

49
During previews
Dated, Disappointing, These performers deserve a better show

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

30
Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Overrated

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.

90
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Profound

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.

60
Slow, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in a show where the chorus is more consistently appealing than most of the leads.

Don't see it if You have recently seen Carousel or Hello Dolly. You are looking for memorable songs or likeable leads.

Also I often don't agree with The NY Times but their review nails it. This ... Read more Read less

99
During previews
Enchanting, Great singing, Great dancing and choreography, Must see

See it if You enjoy beautiful songs and dancing and a gorgeous production.

Don't see it if You somehow think showing domestic violence is the same as condoning it. You aren't open to a magical revival.

Also I went to see Jessie Mueller and Rene Fleming. Really enjoyed them but... Read more Read less

86
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You enjoy an old-fashioned family drama, you’re interested in a feminist drama from the time of the suffragists

Don't see it if You are not into old and forgotten plays that are definitely worth seeing and enjoyable if not perfect, you dislike traditional narrative

79
Slow, Thought-provoking, Profound, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You want a play that deals with ultimate existential themes; enjoy mostly excellent acting; are an adult.

Don't see it if You want a light-hearted comedy; can't deal with death-related themes; need a change of scenery or glitz.

Also Very interesting play that isn't afraid of ambiguity. For all of us ne... Read more Read less

49
Confusing, Indulgent, Slow, Sometimes funny

See it if You don't mind a half-baked play with famous actors who try to make it work. You enjoy humor about marriage.

Don't see it if You expect cohesive characters or depth.

Also I saw it when Amy Schumer was sick. I gather she was the play's saving... Read more Read less

83
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You're into the subject matter (finance and ethics) and don't think the Michael Lewis movies said it all.

Don't see it if You are expecting a traditional set or startlingly new ground. It's entertaining and the dialogue is sharp.

55
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Insipid, All action offstage, Overrated

See it if Katrina Lenk's stage presence will be enough for you, you see everything David Cromer directs, you are fine with vignettes rather than drama

Don't see it if You can't deal with a show that drags, with obviously fake accents, or with actors telling not showing, you want something substantive.

Also Puzzling how there have been so many great reviews. Maybe something am... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Ace
Funny, Intelligent, Quirky, Resonant, Indulgent

See it if You're interested in 80s money people and the human toll; you like a one-man show; you can imagine an older actor as his younger self.

Don't see it if You have no imagination; you have a chip on your shoulder b/c you didn't go to Harvard which causes you to miss the whole theme of the show

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Funny

See it if You like one-man shows, you want a reminder of what matters in life.

Don't see it if You expect a big show, you can't tolerate a mad scene.

87
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Clever

See it if You have seen Hamilton and would enjoy an affectionate send-up with very talented performers.

Don't see it if You have never seen a Broadway show or have no sense of humor.

48
Disappointing, Slow

See it if You are a high school student wanting to learn about the publishing and preservation of Shakespeare's plays

Don't see it if You need an absorbing plot or characters.

5
Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal

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

47
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing

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

99
Exquisite, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great singing

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.

60
Disappointing, Quirky, Relevant, Slow, Thin

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.

71
Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

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

82
During previews
Funny, Hilarious, Relevant, Edgy, Entertaining

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

77
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

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

65
Disappointing, Ambitious, Overrated, Dated

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.

69
Disappointing, Great acting, Overrated

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

24
Confusing, Dated, Indulgent, Overrated, Boring

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

98
During previews
Delightful, Great singing, Refreshing

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.

75
During previews
Intense, Relevant, Slow

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

70
Disappointing, Excruciating, Intense, Gimmicky, Slow

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

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

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

76
During previews
Intelligent, Slow, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a political drama and are interested in global issues; you want to see a human drama re 2 men

Don't see it if You want something fast-paced, do not appreciate an intimate production.

72
During previews
Funny, Ambitious, Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want to see an important play that explores gay themes as well as leftist politics. You enjoy episodically memorable writing.

Don't see it if You have trouble with surrealism or long-windedness. You can't deal with Nathan Lane's hamminess.

91
Delightful, Funny, Fluffy, Great dancing

See it if You love Bernadette Peters and a cream puff of a show with gorgeous dancing.

Don't see it if You are expecting a broad, comedic Dolly; Bernadette brings emotional range and intimacy to the role and her adorable self to the songs.

6
During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Embarrassing, Missed opportunity

See it if You will see anything critical of the current President (I certainly thought I would but this was actually too painful.)

Don't see it if You need a well-edited, clever script or good songs.

Also Most of the actors are either good or have potential but the pedestria... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Original

See it if You care about deported children, you're open to a Spanish/English production that works well, you like a format like The Laramie Project.

Don't see it if You expect elaborate costumes or production numbers.

Also Even if you're on overload with all the awfulness going on right now, ... Read more Read less

79
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You're interested in the history of Ireland, colonialism or race. The Irish are a racial underclass in their own country. Sound familiar?

Don't see it if You don't want to be challenged, you won't listen carefully to different accents, you expect something light-hearted.

70
During previews
Banal, Different, Straightforward narrative, Strangely devoid of feeling mostly

See it if You're looking for a tennis play and not a passionate drama or fresh insights. You'd like a look (maybe) inside the mind of a champion

Don't see it if You want depth or originality. You don't care about sports competition or not as theater. You are past middle age and know death exists.

90
Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You need some inspiration to power you through the current administration, you enjoy a (mostly) one-man show, you are open to Michael Moore

Don't see it if You are easily depressed by the news, you refuse to learn, you voted for Trump and have no interest in truth or justice

Also I don't understand reviewers who said the show was rambling. Maybe he'... Read more Read less

60
Disappointing, Slow, Quirky, Different

See it if You like one-woman shows, are interested in the theme of woman as sexual subject rather than object, love everything Irish

Don't see it if You are looking for a big show

Also I wanted to love this and wonder if the performer had been more "on" o... Read more Read less

85
For a previous production
Funny, Disappointing, Ambitious, Quirky, Dizzying

See it if You are open to a humorous, manic version of the novel.

Don't see it if You expect the play to reflect the spirit of Austen's work, or want something like the BBC production.

Also Loved Kate Hamill's "Sense and Sensibility" and also enjoyed her "Vani... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Relevant, Intelligent, Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Touching

See it if You are interested in plays about class differences and social/economic issues, like to grapple with issues

Don't see it if You dislike British theater, have no sense of humor, or want escapism

Also Terrific performances by the whole cast. Not a farce but a play that r... Read more Read less