Asya G

New York City
About:  I am a New York based photographer specializing in cultural events as well as film and theater production stills. I am also a passionate theatergoer and write about shows I see in my blog, NewShowNewYork.blogspot.com
Reviews (76)
67
Ambitious, Experimental, Thought-provoking

See it if you like exploring unconventional theatrical formats and audience participation.

Don't see it if you expect the science component to be in coherence with art. The brain activity visualization is cool but mostly serves as a backdrop.

86
For a previous production
Entertaining, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if You crave Marcy Richardson singing opera while doing tricks on a hoop up in the air at least once a year.

Don't see it if You don't like sexy cabaret. You expect a fully developed dramatic story.

Also Unlike the previous productions of XIV, this one is dance-heavy and wi... Read more Read less

67
American Weather
Soho/Tribeca
Slow, Poetic

See it if You like meditative abstract pieces that leave a lot of room for interpretation.

Don't see it if You expect a coherent story where each gesture is like a nail holding the structure together.

Also Intimate, dimly lit theater, soft music, melancholic projection imager... Read more Read less

86
Maple and Vine
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if You would like to see ASL and spoken English used together creatively and not just as a mere translation.

Don't see it if You can’t commit to the slow tempo of a nearly 3-hour play.

77
Beloved/Departed
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Romantic, Melancholic

See it if You enjoy fully immersive shows and would like to see one that combines dance, song, live music, spoken word and audience participation.

Don't see it if You don’t feel comfortable navigating dark staircases of a rundown church.

70
Ambitious, Great music, Disappointing

See it if You would like to see a classic story in an immersive environment. Only three musicians make the score sound mad and haunting.

Don't see it if You don’t like uncomfortable seats and partial view.

80
Ms. Estrada
Soho/Tribeca
Fast-paced, Snappy, Hilarious

See it if A dynamic hip-hop musical with energetic young ensemble talks about feminism and protest.

Don't see it if You hate movies about college meant for teenagers.

Also The entire show rhymes and is practically sang-through. You have to be... Read more Read less

65
Slow, Thought-provoking, "decaffeinated"

See it if You want to enjoy a slow-paced, dialogue-driven story of Joan of Arc. You like to pick behind the curtain of the political debate.

Don't see it if You expect something dynamic and bold.

Also Shaw’s play sounds very modern and daring so the decision to dress it ... Read more Read less

65
Written in 1979, this play didn’t age gracefully.

See it if A play about deaf community intersecting with hearing world. The lead role of Sarah is almost too small for the incredible Lauren Ridloff.

Don't see it if You want to see an empowering play with complex characters and dynamic conflicts. This play seems outdated and stale.

Also Not a very good play, nor is it a memorable production. But it is cert... Read more Read less

93
For a previous production
A funny, scary, and occasionally surreal satire on machismo and tyranny.

See it if A mast-see for Vonnegut’s fans! Great actors, impeccable visual and audio design!

Don't see it if You like realism in the theater.

78
An immersive interactive experience based on a real case.

See it if You are curious about interactive theater or are an NYC history enthusiast. Great cast, drinks, laughs and pressing social matters.

Don't see it if You don’t like to interact with actors and other audience members.

51
During previews
The Stone Witch
Midtown W
The play carefully avoids sharp corners and would be impossibly boring but three actors try real hard.

See it if You like stories about ghostwriters, enjoy detailed realistic sets with beautiful projections.

Don't see it if You expect a play to challenge, change or move you.

52
The Signature Project
East Village
A theatricalized presentation of an ongoing art project by patrick dunning. just not my cup of tea.

See it if An artist talking about his work, with songs, Irish dancing, a live long-distance phone call, slide shows, and many more elements.

Don't see it if You expect a well-rounded story.

91
During previews
Breitwisch Farm
Soho/Tribeca
A timely political play, exceptionally well-written and with a beautifully fitted cast.

See it if you like complex plays where personal meets political. Among other topics looks into rural communities, agriculture, racism, immigration.

Don't see it if you get annoyed by obscured view and occasionally loud yelling. It's a small venue with actors nearly brushing against you.

76
Absorbing, Resonant, Painful

See it if you need to shake up from your comfortable life, or you are looking for inspiring survivors if things are tough. It's a shock therapy show.

Don't see it if you don't like emotional, personal solo-shows. You fell uncomfortable listening about cancer or sexual abuse.

73
Koalas are Dicks
East Village
Funny, Raunchy, Dynamic

See it if you despise entertainment industry and think Hollywood is a zoo. Raunchy adult humor. Dynamic directing and tight cast.

Don't see it if you are not into sitcoms with the dash of absurd.

53
Cardinal
Midtown W
Mudded, Confused, Relevant

See it if you care about revitalizing small cities and urban development. There are good actors in the cast and some interesting characters.

Don't see it if you expect a coherent story where everything ties together and reaches for a meaningful resolution.

40
Agnus
Midtown W
Disappointing, Confusing, Underdeveloped

See it if you like futuristic dystopias. Quirky main character portrayed full-heartedly by the co-author of the play, Ise Lyfe.

Don't see it if you like solid stories and fully developed characters.

70
The Children
Midtown W
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you enjoy good acting and plays about baby boomers. A story about responsibility, professional calling, ecological disaster and aging.

Don't see it if you are bored with love triangles, eco-horrors and people in their 60s. This slow, intimate play would be much better in a smaller theater.

75
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if ..you are into"political conspiracy" plots with a dash of magical realism. Powerful play raising uneasy questions, great performances.

Don't see it if ..you love Vladimir Putin.

77
Illyria
East Village
Subtle, Great acting, Slow

See it if ..you enjoy Public's Shakespeare in the Park. Close to real life writing and directing approach.

Don't see it if ..you get irritated when you can't see and hear the actors well. Quiet dialogues, slow conflict development.

80
Absorbing, Edgy, Colorful

See it if Spectacular costumes, makeup and lighting design are valuable for you. Unconventional story, beautiful singing voices, Chloe Fox is a star!

Don't see it if You don't like sung-through musicals and intimate theater venues. A fairy tale about whimsically dressed alcoholics is not your cup of tea.

90
Resonant, Ambitious, Intense

See it if ..You like classics in avant guard rendition. Puppetry, Japanese Bunraku theatre, one woman band, haunting visuals, heartfelt story.

Don't see it if ..You don't like things odd and prefer realism in the theatre.

69
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Romantic, Delightful

See it if ..you saw the Disney film and are in love with the story of a lost Russian princess

Don't see it if ..you expect deep historical drama. The revolutionary Russia is merely a backdrop to a "Disney princess" narrative.

71
Touching, Funny, Surreal

See it if ..you enjoy domestic drama with surreal elements. Four members of the cast play both humans and chicken, transitioning seamlessly

Don't see it if ..you are in the mood for epic story and sets

66
Overrated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you like musicals with a lot of ballet. Exquisite scenic design.

Don't see it if you expect a profound and tragic story. The main characters are poorly defined hence there is no catharsis.

70
Carmen Jones
East Village
Great singing, Romantic

See it if You like the music from Bizet’s Carmen and great singing voices. An unusual chance to enjoy an opera in intimate theater.

Don't see it if You expect a high production value. The scenic design is minimal.

73
Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if A reflection on racial injustice and police brutality in America, this play will haunt you for days. Waiting for Godot in the ghetto.

Don't see it if You feel uncomfortable hearing the n-word for fifty times. You expect a realistic play.

87
Profound, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You want to see a solid production of this classical play with excellent actors, dynamic staging and strange scenic design.

Don't see it if You are not ready to listen to four members of Tyrone family torturing each other morally for more than 3 hours.

87
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Fast-paced

See it if You like comedies of mistaken identities, clever 100% rhyming dialogue and wonderful cast. A very successful adaptation of 18th century play

Don't see it if You have trouble following many plot twists (the language itself is very accessible).

79
Admissions
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Timely, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in the topic of white guilt or want to work on your own issues regarding it.

Don't see it if You don't want to hear about race from white people. You are a conservative republican.

Also It is a play about white middle-class liberal family and their attempt... Read more Read less

75
Replay
Midtown E
Touching, Absorbing, Minimalistic

See it if You like solo shows about a compelling character coming in terms with her past. Neatly written and well performed.

Don't see it if You don’t like solo shows on bare stage.

78
We Live by the Sea
Midtown E
Intense, Kind, Great acting

See it if You like to see the world from a prospective of an autistic girl.

Don't see it if You have difficulty with loud and fast-paced speech.

Also This show gives you a chance to imagine what it means to be different ... Read more Read less

80
King Lear (BAM)
Brooklyn
A grandiose production but not particularly moving.

See it if You like seeing the grand minimalistic design and on-point acting. You want to be able to hear the Shakespearian text very clearly.

Don't see it if You expect cascading emotions and want your soul to be turned inside out.

98
This monumental play that takes you back in time is not to be missed!

See it if You are interested in LGBT history and AIDS crisis. You want to live a one of a kind, epic theatrical experience.

Don't see it if You are not ready to spend nearly 8 hours in the theater.

75
Gabriel: A Polemic
Upper W Side
A gripping and occasionally funny theological debate on women’s reproductive rights.

See it if You are interested in the discussion about the basis of Christianity regarding women’s free will. All four actresses own their characters.

Don't see it if You don’t like tight intimate spaces. The play might benefit from being shorter.

75
A family-friendly show about drag queens.

See it if You’re up for a genuine and entertaining, night out.

Don't see it if You look for in-depth, dramatic exploration of gender-bending folks. The show is rather old-fashioned in this regard.

84
High Noon
West Village
Great acting, Inventive staging, Awesome sound design

See it if you enjoy seeing a great ensemble at work. Minimalistic slick design. Nothing happens and everything happens at once. Superior sound design

Don't see it if you prefer realism in theater. You have trouble following rapid switching between the scenes.

49
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
An amusing soap-opera about the d.c. “swamp”, failed to be a penetrating political commentary.

See it if you like Uma Thurman.

Don't see it if you are tired of worn out jokes about Trump, and living room dramas.

79
During previews
Pete Rex
Midtown E
Absorbing, Edgy, Refreshing

See it if you are a dinosaur enthusiast! This Jurassic-Park-themed rollercoaster leaves you guessing at every new genre turn.

Don't see it if you don't like elements of absurd, video games and Millennias.

80
Disco Pigs
Chelsea
Absorbing, Poetic, Vibrant

See it if you like minimalistic theater where everything is about the text and the actor - both are excellent! Beautifully styled show.

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding Irish accent (they also use some made up words). There are no sets and just two actors.

76
Absorbing, Emotional, Relevant

See it if you like historically accurate dramas in an interesting form (court hearing/spiritual séance). Great performances, minimalistic design.

Don't see it if you are in the mood for something light and entertaining.

59
Cruel Intentions
Greenwich V
Entertaining, Nostalgic

See it if you want an easy and entertaining night out over the drinks. If you like 90s pop music and young adult drama.

Don't see it if you didn't like the original movie. A sexy soap opera about rich spoiled kids is not your cup of tea.

72
Counting Sheep
Financial
Magnificent music, Colorful, Ambitious

See it if ..you like Gogol Bordello, you will enjoy Lemon Bucket Orkestra and breathtaking choral arrangements in Ukrainian.

Don't see it if ..you don't feel comfortable in a foreign language environment. If you don't like moving around, you can observe from the risers.

49
Diaspora
West Village
Disappointing, Boring, Pretentious

See it if ..you like plays where teenagers constantly talk about sex. Interesting lighting and video design.

Don't see it if ..you are allergic to flat characters and over-the-top performances.

70
Ambitious, Clever, Funny

See it if ..you are curios about experiments with Shakespeare and timing in theatre. Re-read the summary prior to the show.

Don't see it if ..can't seat trough 2 h with no intermission, there is no re-entry. You expect something conventional.

90
J&K: 1965
Lower E Side
Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if ..You are curios about immersive and interactive theater with a social agenda, great acting and clever use of location.

Don't see it if ..You don't like walking and occasionally even running.

85
In a Word
West Village
Clever, Poetic, Edgy

See it if ..you enjoy the combination of heartfelt drama and surreal wordplay

Don't see it if ..you think that there is no place for humor in the story about a missing child.

80
Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if ..you like historical plays written in modern language. Short show, no intermission. Acting is superior.

Don't see it if ..you are indifferent to women's struggle.

75
Marvin's Room
Midtown W
Great acting, Emotionally charged, Funny

See it if ... you have taste for subtle domestic drama with a healthy comedic element. You like stories about everyday people.

Don't see it if ...you are in the mood for something explosive and core shaking. Much of the characters' struggle happens beneath the surface.