Artsfan

Manhattan | 50-64 | Female
About:  Therapist and theater lover, Love those moments when people are honest, vulnerable, and connected. #Resist.
Reviews (116)
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

96
During previews
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You enjoy an old-fashioned, classic play -- a political romp with funny dialogue and great costumes

Don't see it if You will be triggered by a play about dishonest politicians

Also Terrific lead and all actors were excellent. Reassuring to see that wa... Read more Read less

67
During previews
Disappointing, Dull, Lacking in drama

See it if You are a political drama junkie and won't mind a lack of dramatic buildup or character development. It's no "All the Way."

Don't see it if You want a compelling story, want to care about the characters, seek intensity

61
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Relevant, Obvious, Too much tv sitcom material

See it if You want to see what Bway is doing re race and class, don't mind women who overact, want to see the excellent Khris Davis

Don't see it if You expect to learn more about Trump voters or race, expect "Death of a Salesman" or any intimate connection with the characters

Also Was so looking forward to this play but it felt like a paint-by-number... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Refreshing, Quirky, Slow, Thought-provoking, Zen

See it if You are interested in being in the moment, want to be immersed in John Cage's thought (not his music), like quirky stuff, do yoga

Don't see it if You are an impatient philistine and proud of it

Also A memorable play to share with an attentive audience.... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Relevant, Resonant, Great singing

See it if You like sung thru musicals, you are interested in a story about power vs ordinary people, you miss Les Miz

Don't see it if You have a seizure disorder (many strobes), you are too depressed by current politics to want to see another example of bad guys winning.

Also Why the negative reviews here? Dreaded going because of them but we an... Read more Read less

98
Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Must see, Intelligent

See it if You love great songs, singers and dancers; you need to feel positive about this country right now in a non-sappy way

Don't see it if You are not prepared to pay close attention to the lyrics

95
Delightful, Great singing, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

See it if You love great songs by uniformly wonderful singers, fun dancing and a surprisingly relevant theme

Don't see it if You are expecting a leprechaun play without irony. You are anti-immigrant or racist; on second thought please go see it.

Also This production should move to Broadway and the time is now. Fabulous ... Read more Read less

70
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Slow, Educational, Historically accurate

See it if You want to learn about Einstein and his scientific struggles and relationships

Don't see it if You expect Freud's Last Session; you will have trouble with an actor who looks like Tom Selleck

Also A learning opportunity

55
Slow, Overacted, Doctrine-heavy rather than dramatic, Good presentation of luther's thought, Didactic

See it if You want to learn about Luther including some very negative aspects & impacts of his ideas.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a (basically evangelical) Christian show or expect to connect with grounded emotions onstage. It's not Les Miz.

Also The actors work hard to bring a didactic play to life but as a result ... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Apocalyptic

See it if You like realistic drama, are into depressing world events and their domestic fallout, like good acting, enjoyed the movie "Marty"

Don't see it if You only like costume dramas, are already too depressed by the last election to think further about the threat of nuclear war or misogyny

Also Interesting play highlighting an emotionally abusive relationship betw... Read more Read less

93
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Joyful

See it if You loved Wicked, enjoy a mostly one-woman show, do not insist on irony, have a heart, like Broadway songs, enjoy a singer w/ a lovely voice

Don't see it if You are bigoted against Christians even the progressive kind, you hate Bway, you are too cool for school

85
For a previous production
Entertaining, Nostalgic, Energetic, Fun, Great songs

See it if You grew up hearing the Four Seasons, love their music, and want to hear their sad story

Don't see it if You are totally unfamiliar with these songs or are insulted by New Jersey jokes

63
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Historical relevance, Occasionally funny, Depressing

See it if You must see everything Horton Foote ever wrote and are interested in small-town Southern life

Don't see it if You wI'll not be drawn to three very short plays; you will be disappointed that the last one is the weakest

74
Relevant, Talented performers, Entertaining, Funny, Uneven

See it if You really need a few laughs this election season other than those provided by the Republican candidate, you enjoy political comedy

Don't see it if You are apolitical or expect a fully developed book as opposed to fun sketches and some excellent performances

52
Disappointing, Farce about enslaved people?, Wordy opening, Interesting historical event, Predictable dialogue

See it if You are ok with seeing actors who are better than the play they're in, don't mind dialogue that sounds like it's lifted from a sitcom

Don't see it if You can't deal with a farcical treatment of slavery (I couldn't), you have a hard time with a play made up of mansplaining

72
Great acting, Relevant, Intense, Great writing, Depressing

See it if You are interested in "the Troubles" or in ethnic/tribal strife anywhere (not to mention Trumpism); you want good acting and no fluff

Don't see it if You are looking for a light-hearted day out; can't focus on Belfast accents; or are fed up with Irish plays set in bars

70
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great acting, Pretentious, Cerebral

See it if You enjoy virtuoso acting performances, like nonlinear plots, and can tolerate some gratuitous avant-gardeness

Don't see it if You need a linear plot, are looking for depth about Einstein or the brain, expect it to be as good as "The Effect" because that had feeling

70
During previews
Loud, Original, Relevant, Overly ambitious, Great singing

See it if You like gospel; are interested in racial issues; want to see excellent performers.

Don't see it if You were offended by Larry Wilmore's speech at the White House correspondents' dinner; or don't like loud music.

92
Charming, Polished, Gorgeous sets, Witty, Unusually talented performers even for bway

See it if You are looking for an adorable romantic comedy, clever songs, wonderful performers, great timing, perfection. Bought tix again next day!

Don't see it if You are frustrated by excellent (loud) orchestra in the boxes (hard to make out lyrics from the mezz); if u want a show that's dark or deep

69
Quirky, Original, Poetic, Poor physicality, Philosophical

See it if You appreciate Dostoevsky's existential ruminations and are open to creative staging

Don't see it if You are expecting "42nd Street," only like plays that work completely, or are driven nuts by awkwardly moving actors

100
Slow, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Original, Intelligent

See it if You can tolerate a script that moves at the speed of life; maybe you meditate? And you are interested in real people with current problems

Don't see it if you can't physically sustain a very long play (try the matinee)

70
Cliched, Disappointing, Raunchy

See it if If you like a show that is well done and "naughty," with a feel-good message obvious to anyone who does not plan to vote for Ted Cruz

Don't see it if you already know everyone needs to be themselves

100
Original, Profound, Quirky, Romantic, Absorbing

See it if You want to be challenged to think about the nature of the self and emotions, are interested in mental health, and enjoy a love story

Don't see it if You only like simple stories

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.

99
For a previous production
Funny, Hilarious, Intelligent, Cathartic, Entertaining

See it if You need some uplift as you live through the current government and enjoy clever political musical theater. You enjoy clever lyrics.

Don't see it if You need a fancy or large theater or will be upset by the 2-drink minimum.

Also Even in early previews the show is very clever and funny. The performe... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy vintage wit along the lines of Cole Porter (this is Noel Coward), clever fluff, nothing too deep

Don't see it if You dislike dialogue-heavy comedy

56
During previews
Disappointing, Boring, A star turn

See it if You don't care about score or book, do like stylized musicals with nothing else happening

Don't see it if You want characters you can care about, expect to have an emotional response when you go to the theater, want memorable songs

85
Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a provocative play about race that avoids easy answers

Don't see it if You are very attached to political correctness or are looking for a light comedy

68
During previews
Disappointing, Relevant, Warm-hearted, Sincere, Out of place in nyc

See it if You would like to be inspired by human kindness and can tolerate a 9/11 show about inconvenienced travelers, don't mind poor sound quality

Don't see it if You are triggered by 9/11 stories, or will have trouble with a storyline trivial in light of the day's events and yet not intimate either

Also I wanted to love this show. The audience did, although it seemed some ... Read more Read less

80
Enchanting, Ambitious, Great staging, Delightful, Edgy

See it if You're interested in a pop opera of War & Peace, you're open to unusual staging.

Don't see it if You have a seizure disorder because there is strobe lighting; you like a straightforward, traditional book; you hate anything like opera.

68
During previews
Depressing, Disappointing, Quirky, Great acting, Intense

See it if You are young enough that you don't yet realize you're going to die; you want to see this playwright's oeuvre

Don't see it if You have PTSD or a seizure disorder. You insist on a fourth wall.

90
Clever, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You are open to a show where sound takes center stage; you like one-man shows

Don't see it if You will be offended by an encounter between a Westerner and indigenous people; you are not open to a theatrical experience of sound

Also Saw it with Richard Katz and he was amazing

90
Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Great dancing, Delightful

See it if You need escapism from the current political situation; you love dancing; you want to see an old-fashioned musical.

Don't see it if You are a grinch, you're in the mood for Ibsen or Ionesco, you don't love big, gorgeously executed production numbers.

Also Best I've felt since the election. The Roundabout should extend this f... Read more Read less

70
Relevant, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy South African music

Don't see it if You are expecting a highly polished production

Also If she forgets the Mandela song, remind her! Beautiful and moving

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in the way racial issues and injustice play out in personal relationships, you like Fugard, you enjoy excellent acting

Don't see it if You only like fast-paced plays

69
Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Manic, Overrated

See it if You like a show with one emotional note: yelling; you must see everything Nathan Lane is in

Don't see it if You are offended by a play that shows the biases of its day, you like a play that builds emotionally rather than being loud throughout

67
Banal, Funny, Fluffy, Not nearly as witty as it could have been, Why we have a women's movement

See it if You love Fifties music, don't need a book, are fine with extremely basic patter between songs, like fluff

Don't see it if You enjoy intelligent or sophisticated humor Nora Ephron style. This is bubble gum

80
Great singing, Intense, Relevant, Over-mic'd, Resonant

See it if You love powerful singers and won't be heartbroken at how over mic'd they are, you don't sit in front mezz where the speakers blast

Don't see it if You like unplugged shows or avoid substantive themes

65
During previews
Disappointing, Dated, Fluffy, Cliched, Relevant

See it if You enjoy a revival of a show with a retro story that talks about how PR works in an election year haha

Don't see it if You expect depth or know nothing about Laguardia

90
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Great staging, Exquisite

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare performed by the world's best company, love the character of Portia, are open to a play that in part reflects its age

Don't see it if You are determined to see the play as biased rather than exploring stereotypes, or you hate Shakespeare

68
Confusing, Ambitious, Slow, Great sam simahk and i am not a friend or anything, Great singing

See it if You are excited to see Donna McKechnie, liked Evita, like a wonderful ensemble, enjoy seeing a work in progress

Don't see it if You are impatient with an undisciplined book

69
Romantic, For ireland devotees, For joyce fans, Imperfect but worth seeing, Great singing

See it if You want to see Whitney Bashor & Matt Bogart in excellent performances; you enjoy ballads & Joycean language; you don't expect a Dublin set

Don't see it if You expect Bway scenery; you'll be miserable unless the plot builds; you dislike great singers; you expect Finian's Rainbow

79
Ambitious, Enchanting, Confusing, Original, Great singing

See it if You love besutiful music and want to be able to say "I saw it in a tiny theater" before they sort out the book & people love it on Bway

Don't see it if You get so judgy about the book that needs development that you can't appreciate the gorgeous score, memorable songs, excellent performers

79
Pretty, Touching, Ambiguous target audience age, Wholesome, Magical

See it if You enjoy highly accessible ballet and a story about the circle of life but have already seen "The Lion King;" like a couple of nice ballads

Don't see it if You want edge, aren't willing to stay with it after a cluttered opening act, or avoid old-fashioned musicals (tho most tunes not hummable)

30
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing

See it if You want to see all of Gurney's oeuvre regardless of quality

Don't see it if You want to preserve your inner positive sense of Gurney and not see a play he apparently wrote that is derivative of his own best work

100
Absorbing, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You like topical theater that pushes past cliches

Don't see it if you are not interested in religious or cultural issues

85
Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing, Fun, Fluffy

See it if You like performers, lovely production with a magical quality, love story, whimsical not deep

Don't see it if You are expecting Tosca

65
Funny, Cliched, Entertaining, Uneven

See it if You don't mind a show that is somewhat canned and middlebrow but still funny

Don't see it if You only like avant-garde or sophisticated theater