Astorian-of-the-heart

New York City | 25-34 | Female
About:  Actor, foodie, & theatergoer on a budget.
Reviews (83)
92
Intense, Haunting, Refreshing, Edgy, Clever

See it if you want a true reimagined show. This turns the original on its head. Lovely lighting, amazing acting, beautiful singing & arrangements.

Don't see it if you can't be open to seeing the dirty underbelly of a classic show, or want a big flashy production. This is done community-theatre style.

Also The entire cast was incredible, but Damon Duanno, Mary Testa, and Ali ... Read more Read less

90
Spectacular set & costumes, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if you want to turn your brain off & simply be entertained. Alex Brightman is DELIGHTFUL. Songs are catchy, script is funny, set is SPECTACULAR

Don't see it if you're going to be hung up on an imperfect score or you're married to the movie. NOT a children's show, and there are lots of strobes.

Also This was just a fun show. Are the songs great? Not really. Did I care?... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Slow, Overrated, Hilarious, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you want a good laugh. The script is really hilarious, very strong writing. Santino is great, and the supporting cast is solid.

Don't see it if you're looking for decent music or a complete story. The songs are sub-par and the music is dreadful. The ending was rushed and unrealistic.

Also I really expected more from David Yazbek. This music was terrible. Poo... Read more Read less

82
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Slow, Great staging, Disappointing, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you enjoyed the movie or you like heavy stories. Cranston is the star here. Camera work was really innovative.

Don't see it if you're expecting the entire cast to shine. This is Cranston's show. Everything else is "fine". Camera work can get annoying in parts.

Also The number one thing you hear going into this play is that Bryan Crans... Read more Read less

83
During previews
The Cake
Midtown W
Great writing, Quirky, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you're interested in LGBTQ+ stories and stories that play devil's advocate, or show both sides to a hot-button topic. Debra Jo was amazing.

Don't see it if LGBTQ+ stories bother you or you have an absolute opinion on the subject. Religion is not the bad guy here and points are made on both sides

Also Definitely wait until it opens to see it. There was a bit of a rhythm ... Read more Read less

72
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Great costumes, Delightful

See it if you are interested in Russian history, including communism and the royals. The songs you know are beautiful, and most of the cast is great.

Don't see it if you're expecting the movie. There's no Rasputin in this, no magic. This is a "real" version of Anastasia. The new songs are forgettable.

Also I knew going in that this wasn't going to be the movie, but apparently... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Superhero
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Beautiful design, Script needs work, Resonant

See it if you like modern shows like Dear Evan Hansen or Next to Normal. Cast is AMAZING, the bones of the story are good. It's a refreshing story.

Don't see it if you're expecting it to be big and flashy or ready for Bway. This is an intimate show that needs a lot of work. Story is a bit predictable.

Also See this for the cast. Bryce Pinkham and Kate Baldwin are LEGENDS in t... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you love the original but you still love to see different interpretations of the characters. Great script by Sorkin. Jeff Daniels, wow.

Don't see it if you cannot see this as a new take on a classic. The kids are played by adults. The script is wordy but riveting.

Also This will not be everyone’s cup of tea. If you can’t divorce yourself ... Read more Read less

69
During previews
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Intense, Great creature work

See it if you want to see a breathtaking Kong. The hype is real. Set is fantastic. These two things saved it. ONLY reasons why you should see it.

Don't see it if you’re expecting the score to at least be passable—it’s not. Performances were weak. Choreo was messy. Very graphic at the end. Not for kids

Also This was spectacularly bad. The creature is truly fantastic. I’m not k... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Resonant, Hilarious, Great writing

See it if you enjoy fun, fluffy stories with surprising heart, or love theatre with a modern message. Think Hairspray or Legally Blonde. Amazing.

Don't see it if you’re overly critical of music; the songs won’t wow you but the story makes up for it. If you need a Les Mis 11th hour ballad this isn’t it

Also I really don’t get all the half hearted reviews I’ve read on other sit... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Ordinary Days
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Hilarious, Absorbing

See it if you like shows with surprise connections, or songs about finding yourself. Wonderful singing and beautiful story.

Don't see it if you don't like sung-through shows, dislike productions with minimal set, or need a huge cast to like a musical.

91
Profound, Refreshing, Riveting, Heartfelt, Enchanting

See it if you like shows with music tangentially related to the story, or you want to hear Dylan's songs EXQUISITELY performed by jaw-dropping talent.

Don't see it if you need a clear connection between songs and storyline. It's more "Once" than "Fiddler". It's a parable of a family during the depression.

Also This is an exquisite production. Beautifully cast, and the songs are p... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Slow, Great singing, Great fun

See it if you love the songwriters, and you want a fun night out with amazing talent. Brilliant set, fantastic choreography.

Don't see it if you're looking for an over-arching story or plot to tie all the songs together. This is just 90 minutes of songs sung back-to-back.

Also It was entertaining, but really has no substance, so just be aware tha... Read more Read less

80
Great singing, Quirky, Entertaining, Banal

See it if you liked the movie. Tina Fey's script is funny, but see this for Taylor Louderman. Great choreo, solid performances & innovative set.

Don't see it if you didn't like the movie, or you're expecting revolutionary work. Songs are uninspiring and most sound the same. Couldn't hum you one song.

87
The Great Leap
Chelsea
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Slow

See it if you love twists on historical events. All four actors were incredible, and the directing was really top-tier.

Don't see it if you're not highly interested in human stories revolving around historical events. This was incredible, but don't come looking for a comedy.

78
Delightful, Cliched, Great singing, Refreshing, Great choreography

See it if you just want a fun, turn-your-brain-off musical, or you're a Buffet fan. It's a fluffy musical you can take your parents & kids to.

Don't see it if you hate jukebox musicals, or want something profound and mind-blowing. If suspension of disbelief isn't your thing, neither is this.

Also I truly had no desire to see this, but I was delightfully surprised by... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great singing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want an unconventional musical with strange and beautiful songs and a heartwarming story. This is a simple story about what divides us.

Don't see it if you're expecting a 2.5 hr, extravagant production. Everything is beautifully simple, but might seem plain. This musical is quiet & strange.

Also The ENSEMBLE is just incredible. Everyone shines so brightly that it's... Read more Read less

66
During previews
Rocktopia
Midtown W
Slow, Entertaining at times, Great singing, Fantastic musicians, Banal

See it if you can get a free ticket and you love classical music arranged with classic rock songs. Or you love Pat Monahan from Train.

Don't see it if you have to pay money, or you're expecting a huge production with dancers or even just a rock concert. This is not that.

Also Some of the arrangements were a beautiful mix of classical pieces and ... Read more Read less

88
Enchanting, Great singing, Great choreography, Dated

See it if you want to see something different and FUN. This has African jazz, gorgeous sets, incredible costumes, and a jaw-dropping ensemble.

Don't see it if you don't like a sad ending, or you want a traditional musical. This is a legend meant to teach us about the dangers of love.

Also It's really a beautiful musical, and so refreshing in the current pop-... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Ambitious, Delightful, Great staging, Refreshing, Heart-warming

See it if you need a family show, or if you love the movie. It's a BEAUTIFUL production with great singing, dancing, and costumes. New songs are good.

Don't see it if you're looking for something that's going to change your life. This is a sweet, fluffy show designed to make you feel good, so let it!

Also This is a delightful show for anyone who loved the movie. They have so... Read more Read less

93
For a previous production
Delightful, Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if you want a fun, light-hearted night at the theatre. Great for families! Set is fantastic, and the writing is SO clever. A hilarious romp!

Don't see it if you don't like the play-within-a-play trope, or think "bad" acting (on purpose) isn't funny. It also might be too cheesy for some.

Also If you're in the business, you NEED to see this show. The writing is a... Read more Read less

81
Ambitious, Exquisite, Enchanting, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a true romp and some fantastic performances. Ensemble is great fun, Denee is exquisite and Lucas Steele is mind blowing.

Don't see it if You can't get good seats. You really need to be dead center for this unfortunately. The story is very dated and the music doesn't quite gel.

Also This was very hard for me to score. On one hand, the performances were... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You love emotional, thought provoking stories. Ben Platt and Rachel Bay Jones are exquisite; prepare for a tear jerker. Very standard bway.

Don't see it if You don't like heavy subject matter, or are uncomfortable with family in-fighting, or children in uncomfortable situations. Very predictable

97
Absorbing, Entertaining, Profound, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You're a fan of ensemble musicals and minimalist productions. Beautiful music, lovely story told so well. Fast pace keeps your interest.

Don't see it if You're against minimalist shows, or you're looking for a traditional musical. This is fresh, modern, and interesting. This is NOT Les Miz.

Also It has a community theatre type vibe and charm that just leaves you sm... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense

See it if You love Public Theater productions or want a modern and farcical take on the play. NOT bothered by riot gear & guns shooting into audience

Don't see it if Police beating down rioters or gunfire upsets you. Great show but the blatant Trump parody ran out of steam and became confusing.

Also Amazing acting, beautiful set, but the cutting was not good. Completel... Read more Read less

73
Public Servant
Midtown W
Tries to do too much, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Great writing

See it if you like very inclusive shows about relevant subjects or you like shows about hard-hitting topics. Great set design.

Don't see it if you're expecting a Bway-ready show, or a tight production. The script was very hit or miss, the directing needed to be tighter. Very slow.

83
Burn This
Midtown W
Entertaining, Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Great acting

See it if you like shows with deep character study. Adam Driver and Brandon Uranowitz are exquisite. It's more slice of life than spectacle.

Don't see it if you want a plot with a big driving force. This is just 4 characters living their lives with grief and romance. There's no mystery here.

Also Keri Russell was the weak point here for me. Anna is a very nuanced ch... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Ink
Midtown W
Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Dizzying, Absorbing

See it if you love to chew on difficult text, or you enjoy corporate thrillers. Brilliant performances by Carvel and Miller. Set is fantastic.

Don't see it if you're not in the mood for an intricate story. It's difficult text and has a lot of nuggets, so it's not a casual night at the theatre.

Also I loved this play. The script is fantastically detailed, and both Mill... Read more Read less

97
During previews
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if you liked Great Comet/Bands Visit, you like folksy musicals that focus on lyrics & music instead of show-stopping numbers. GREAT performers!

Don't see it if you like more Wicked and DEH. This is a really niche musical that not everyone will like. It's very quiet and focuses on lyrics & character.

Also First and foremost, not everyone will like this. If Wicked, Dear Evan ... Read more Read less

66
The Convent
Midtown W
Confusing, Great acting, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you love feminist work and historical feminist exploration. The actors are incredible, especially Brittany Liu. Script is funny at times.

Don't see it if you don't like half-baked scripts. I felt the directing was weak, based on how hard I saw the cast working. There were moments of beauty.

Also It was just an okay show. The script didn't quite accomplish what I th... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like the feel of choir music, or are interested in black LGBTQ stories. See this for the cast. Every single person is amazing in this.

Don't see it if you think everything is hunky dory in the world and don't want an honest look into the black teen experience. Difficult to watch in parts.

Also The entire ensemble is beautiful to watch. Great music and spectacular... Read more Read less

86
Clever, Delightful, Great experience, Quirky

See it if you’re looking for an interactive show with food, wine, and small bites woven into the story. Decent acting, very clever modernization.

Don't see it if you’re expecting a full meal or a full classical Shakespeare performance. This is just pure fun with very clever tongue and cheek scenes

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Timely

See it if you enjoy one man shows, as this one is excellently written. Also, if you love relevant stories with historical figures, you’ll love this.

Don't see it if you’re not a fan of one man shows; there is some interaction with the audience, but this is a wordy play that requires your attention.

Also I’m usually not a fan of one man shows, but this is just so exquisitel... Read more Read less

75
Slow, Great acting, Great set, Absorbing

See it if you like heavy-hitting dramas with diverse characters, or dramas that mirror literature and use it to tell the story. The acting is great.

Don't see it if you don't like drama, or need a really tight script. The directing is pretty loose in this, so it feels slow at times.

95
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you like sprawling epics with slice-of-life stories; think Williams or Kushner. Directing and acting are impeccable. Set is beautiful.

Don't see it if you're not a play person, or only seeing it for the hype. This is 3+ hours long marathon. Beautiful, but the text is dense with info.

Also Sam Mendes really outdid himself with directing this behemoth. The sto... Read more Read less

74
Sometimes funny, Been there done that, Disappointing, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you followed their viral campaign; you love teen musicals about the outcast/geek that becomes a hero. Also, GEORGE SALAZAR (aka Michael).

Don't see it if you're over the straight white boy outcast redemption arc. This is for teens who feel unheard. Anyone not in that demographic won't get it.

Also I ushered for the show, and I have to say that it was wonderful seeing... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Great writing, Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want a thought-provoking experience that hits very close to home. Amazing performances all around. Not too long, either!

Don't see it if you're not in the mood for a show with heavy discussion on bending the truth. It's also a lot of information in a very short performance.

Also Every role was meticulously and perfectly cast. That role was practica... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Disappointing, Great singing, Confusing, Poor writing, Slow

See it if you want to see talent on the rise. The two leads are fabulous. Some of the songs were REALLY well written, and the choreography was great.

Don't see it if you're expecting the next big thing from Stephen Trask. The storyline was incoherent, the songs that missed REALLY missed, bad directing.

Also I wanted so badly to love this show. The stories it wants to tell are ... Read more Read less

89
Great staging, Entertaining, Must see, Adorable, Incredible directing

See it if you're looking for a meaningful, heart-warming musical for the whole family. Amazing cast, sound, lights, set, and directing.

Don't see it if you don't like fun. Honestly. Everyone should see this musical. Drink a marg if you have to, you're going to be blown away.

Also I've seen a lot of articles about the commercialization of Broadway, a... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you enjoy classic Shakespeare and love the story of Othello. Every part is excellently cast, especially Chukwudi Iwuji. The women are epic.

Don't see it if you mostly like Shakespeare's comedies. The language in Othello is notoriously difficult to follow. You'll need to pay good attention.

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy thought-provoking theatre presented in a fresh, new way. Also, you like deaf actors telling their own story their own way.

Don't see it if you have rigid views on "problematic" scripts. This script has problems of able-ism and misogyny, but deals with it well. Can be a bit slow.

Also No one disputes that this script has problems. The able-ism makes you ... Read more Read less

70
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Dated, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow

See it if you enjoy slice-of-life plays about very average human beings. Chris Evans is unrecognizable and fantastic. Great ensemble dynamics.

Don't see it if you're expecting an exciting who-dunnit or explosive "aha!" moments. This is a subtle script, and the direction was almost nonexistent.

Also This is not Kenneth Lonergan's best script. It's definitely timely its... Read more Read less

80
Yerma
Upper E Side
Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a master class in acting transformations. The entire cast is incredible, and the new script really makes you think. Superb staging.

Don't see it if you have sensitive ears--seriously. Or if you just want a simple or fluffy play. You'll see the ending coming, but think about WHY that is.

Also Seriously, the sound detracted SO MUCH from the incredible production.... Read more Read less

91
Hangmen
Chelsea
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a fan of quick-witted writing and dry humor. This is Martin McDonagh at his finest, so be prepared to get angry and then laugh.

Don't see it if you want something light and easy to follow. The script moves fast & the actors move faster, so it can be hard to follow. NOT a kid's show!

100
During previews
Epic, Great acting, Riveting, Masterful, Enchanting

See it if you love the script, the story, or you just have two free nights for LGBT theatre. Everyone needs to see this show. It's still so timely.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a sad show over 2 nights. It's also very long; each part is 3.5-4 hours. Also, it's hella gay & sad so be prepared!

Also Denise Gough was the revelation for me. She commands the stage during ... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Clever, Slow, Great writing, Confusing

See it if you like communist historical pieces and non-linear plotlines, or you're a fan of Rajiv Joseph- his writing excels here.

Don't see it if you're bored easily; this is a 3 hr play w 2 intermissions. It moves quickly but you have to really like the material.

91
Marvin's Room
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you're looking for a true slice of life play with incredible acting and striking realism. Beautiful set, and so heart-wrenchingly real.

Don't see it if you're looking to escape, or parent caregiving is a tension point for you. This is a look into a very real situation facing a real family.

Also This is such a wonderful play, beautifully written, beautifully acted,... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You enjoy whimsical, modern Shakespeare, or want to seen a downright incredible cast.

Don't see it if You're not a Midsummer fan, or you have problems with modern takes on shakespeare. This is a flawed show but it does its best to make up.

76
War Paint
Midtown W
Delightful, Indulgent, Great acting, Great singing, Slow

See it if you love Patti and Christine. They ARE the entire show, and they alone are worth it. Their songs are beautifully done and they are amazing.

Don't see it if Patti and Christine alone won't be enough for you. The show is little more than a vehicle for them to take over. Songs are forgetful.

Also Overall it's a decent show, with a beautiful set, great dancing and fa... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Indecent
Midtown W
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if you're a writer and you love Paula Vogel. This is 2 hrs of heart wrenching and beautiful poetry that you will not regret. Beautiful story.

Don't see it if you don't like Jewish stories, or don't enjoy heavy, thought provoking theatre. This is such an important play for our time, but intense.