Artsfan

Manhattan | 50-64 | Female
About:  Therapist and theater lover, Love those moments when people are honest, vulnerable, and connected. #Resist.
Reviews (131)
68
Icon (NYMF)
Midtown W
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
Himself and Nora
West Village
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
Evening - 1910
West Village
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
Tuck Everlasting
Midtown W
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
Love and Money
Midtown W
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
Disgraced
Midtown W
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
Shear Madness
Midtown W
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

70
Disappointing, Fluffy, Updated

See it if You love Christopher Wheeldon's choreography and won't sit there pining for Jerome Robbins as I did

Don't see it if You are in love with the Gene Kelly version and not open to a drastic update

100
Enchanting, Great staging, Great writing, Epic, Must see

See it if You trust me (I have seen it six times) and want to see a deeply inspiring show with an historic theme. Go!

Don't see it if You are a cynic and have no interest in getting more optimistic.

100
Great staging, Intelligent, Original, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if You are interested in entering the world of a person with Asperger's and like original staging

Don't see it if You want a costume drama

85
The Humans
Midtown W
Absorbing, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining, Human

See it if You are interested in a contemporary story of a family that includes urban hipsters and struggling working-class people.

Don't see it if You dislike naturalism.

85
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Human

See it if A play that sticks to your ribs. A "Big Chill" for our time. Like getting together with smart relatives who have been around the block.

Don't see it if You dislike naturalism.

94
For a previous production
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Entertaining, Clever, Great staging, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if You enjoy Jane Austen or romance and like to be up close to the performers in a creatively staged production

Don't see it if You want s stodgy costume drama

100
Familiar
Midtown W
Great acting, Funny, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if You have a family

Don't see it if You can't appreciate wonderful writing or terrific acting

51
Dated, Disappointing

See it if you like Kelli OHara and don't mind if the rest of the show lacks energy.

Don't see it if You find it hard to get into a sexist fantasy where one of the major plot lines involves sex trafficking. Hasnt aged well.

70
Incognito
Midtown W
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
The Total Bent
East Village
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
Idiot
Soho/Tribeca
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
The Flick
West Village
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
The Effect
West Village
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

100
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Edgy, Refreshing, Funny

See it if You love Bob Fosse and want to see a wickedly funny musical that is still fresh and super entertaining

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

71
Edgy, Quirky, Original, Indulgent

See it if You are open to an offbeat show that hits some high notes but sometimes misses

Don't see it if You like a straightforward narrative that is on a uniformly sophisticated level

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Nostalgic, Great songs, Resonant

See it if You love Carole King's music and are interested in recent music history

Don't see it if You are too young to know or want to learn about Carole King

100
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great staging, Delightful, Entertaining, Great songs

See it if You can get past the reviews that complain it's over-produced and just be open to enjoying a warm-hearted story

Don't see it if You are a cynic or dislike musicals

80
Thank God For Jokes
East Village
Funny, Intelligent, Adorable

See it if You enjoy intelligent, down-to-earth comedy without gratuitous cursing.

Don't see it if You only like foul language or vicious jokes

61
Thought-provoking, Original, Inspiring

See it if You want to learn about a neglected part of history

Don't see it if You need a fancy theater

97
Eclipsed
Midtown W
Funny, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Original

See it if You want to see a wonderful play written, acted and directed by women, and you are open to one about Liberia

Don't see it if You have PTSD or assume this subject has to be depressing (it's actually powerful)

20
During previews
The Crucible
Midtown W
Disappointing, Indulgent, Pretentious

See it if You want to see Saoirse Ronan for a few minutes in a wooden production.

Don't see it if You are repulsed by innovation for its own sake. Horrible direction, set & costumes convey nothing, bad acoustics, actors don't connect. Sad