Audrey 8056

New York City
About:  I didn't move to NYC for the theatre, but I might stay here because of it.
Reviews (62)
57
Long, Overstuffed, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if Questions about the value of storytelling and how stories can be used to challenge, give hope, indoctrinate, or rebel

Don't see it if the play tries to do a lot (3 different story lines/time periods) and thus comes across as muddy; stilted dialogue can feel like a lecture

69
Nomad Motel
Chelsea
Sweet, Shallow, Cliched

See it if a story about teens learning to create their own sense of home after being left by their parents

Don't see it if you want a tightly written plot (Nomad tries to do too much and ends up not reaching enough depth); the acting is sweet but a little clumsy

79
During previews
Melancholy, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if A gentle story of two people figuring out how to love another, and whether it's even worth it. The two actors are as wonderful as you expect

Don't see it if You want something fast-paced or something that feels particularly fresh.

78
During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Shallow, Fun, Hilarious

See it if Lighthearted musical with some great jokes, well-performed character songs

Don't see it if Looking for something deep and/or emotional, want a great score. Some half-baked attempts at a message of female empowerment

78
Great dancing, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Dated

See it if Kelli O'Hara sounding sublime, phenomenal choreography, fun and funny for 75% of the show

Don't see it if You can't look past very problematic, dated gender dynamics - the show softens them, but does not overcome them

Also I felt very torn leaving the show - the production is extremely well d... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great writing, Great singing, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if Incredible music (jazz and folk-infused) and powerful staging. Every element comes together beautifully to tell an old story in a new way.

Don't see it if You want to see something "classic," don't like shows that are sung through, want something light and fluffy.

72
During previews
Fluffy, Funny, Quirky, Odd pacing

See it if You want to see a classic Sam Shepard play, are fans of Paul Dano or Ethan Hawke, want a comedy that at times borders ridiculous

Don't see it if You're not interested in seeing masculinity made absurd and humorous, want to see something emotionally moving

Also I found the pacing very fitful, though I couldn't tell if it was a sty... Read more Read less

79
A masterful, heartbreaking elaine may, Slow, Resonant

See it if Elaine May in one of the best performances on Broadway.

Don't see it if Alzheimer's hits too close too home; you want something fast or exciting.

79
Fireflies
Chelsea
Great acting, Poignant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see beautifully portrayed characters grapple with difficult decisions, both on a personal and societal level.

Don't see it if You don't want to see something emotionally heavy, exploring the grey areas in an issue makes you uncomfortable

Also An unblinking look at two characters carrying the weight of the Civil ... Read more Read less

90
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Heartwarming, Delightful, Funny, Touching, Great staging

See it if you like female-driven stories focused on relationships (of all sorts - friendships, romance, parenthood, etc.); great Sara Bareilles music

Don't see it if you want shows with external conflicts, you dislike pop music

Also Waitress has a ton of heart (much more so than the movie) and that hea... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Funny, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy humorous, thoughtful, and empathetic works. The cast is wonderful!

Don't see it if You dislike shows about teenagers (and all the emotions and pettiness that exists at that age).

78
Funny, Delightful, Great cast, Faithful adaptation

See it if You love the movie; enjoy stories about teenagers (and all the silliness and melodrama that accompany teenage life)

Don't see it if You want something deep and meaningful

70
During previews
Slow, Unfocused, Great acting, Clever

See it if You're interested in the acting process

Don't see it if You dislike shows that meander; want an in-depth, thoughtful examination of Shakespeare

Also Bernhardt/Hamlet is most interesting when you see Bernhardt (passionat... Read more Read less

72
Fluffy, Thoughtful, Funny, Meandering

See it if you're fans of any of the actors; want to see a kind-hearted, humorous show

Don't see it if you're looking for satire or biting humor; you don't want a show that, outside of a few small framing devices, is traditional in format

80
Ambitious, Absorbing, Enchanting, Delightful, Compassionate

See it if You want to experience an incredibly well thought-out, empathetic, clever exploration of an ordinary family

Don't see it if You're looking for a traditional theatre show - I'd describe this more as an immersive, interactive documentary/investigative piece.

65
Killjoy
Gramercy
Confusing, Great acting, Aimless

See it if You want to see some great young actors, enjoy seeing new work in intimate performance spaces, like plot twists

Don't see it if A jumbled plot - many of the scenes are quite funny and stand well on their own, but it's hard to keep track of the main conflict

58
Confusing, Cliched, Poor direction, Disappointing, Earnest

See it if You want to support new musicals; you're interested in learning about a chapter in history that should be more known

Don't see it if You're bothered by plots holes; are averse to stories revolving around (particularly sexual) violence; want something fresh

Also Comfort Women tells a very important story but is undercut by a lack o... Read more Read less

72
Skintight
Midtown W
Funny, Unresolved, Relevant

See it if you're looking for something funny and somewhat light; you're interested in how love and beauty might relate

Don't see it if you want something thoughtful or incisive; are bored with white, wealthy family dramas

Also Skintight is respectably written, respectably produced, and tackles su... Read more Read less

70
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You loved the cartoon (or if you didn't, you enjoy whimsical things); The show is immensely silly but pulls it off with great creativity

Don't see it if You're looking for a great score or a compelling plot.

Also I always found the television show grating and a little mean, but the ... Read more Read less

79
Girls & Boys
West Village
Great acting, Great staging, Great design, Slow, Incomplete

See it if You want to see Carey Mulligan own a stage

Don't see it if You're impatient with shows that take a while to get going, dislike one-person shows, have trouble understanding accents

Also Girls and Boys has a muddled script, but it's acted and brought to lif... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Unfocused

See it if you enjoy dark humor, philosophical musings wrapped up in the banal, are a fan of any of the actors or Guirgis's writing

Don't see it if you want plot/direction - the play is more about a situation than a story; you're bothered by a lot of (beautifully written) profanity

80
Mlima's Tale
East Village
Absorbing, Tightly-scripted, Thought-provoking, Unconventional storytelling, Beautifully designed

See it if You’re interested in seeing a different form of theatre storytelling, passionate about wildlife conservation, or a beautifully designed show

Don't see it if A cast of three play more than 20 parts, which at times can be distracting. Don’t see if you insist on realism (an actor plays the elephant)

85
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Fluffy

See it if A delightful light comedy, in which Ives goes to town with the challenge of writing an entire play in rhymes (and very successfully so)!

Don't see it if You have no patience with fluffy period comedies or rhyming couplets.

Also I was a little wary of sitting through almost two hours of rhyme, but ... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Tonally confused, Strong acting, Emotionally distant

See it if Strong acting from Rashad and Page, with some great monologues/confrontations

Don't see it if You want a more personal exploration of Joan's story; you want to see action

Also Saint Joan doesn't tell you much more about Joan than the basic facts ... Read more Read less

79
During previews
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, A poignant portrait of tragedy through the eyes of a middle-schooler

See it if This Flat Earth depicts an event that could not be more timely, but movingly (and refreshingly) through the eyes of its young protagonist

Don't see it if You want theatre as an escape from the world: the play is unsurprisingly emotionally heavy, though Ferrentino finds plenty of humor as well.

83
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Funny, Quirky, Surprising, Great acting, Delightful

See it if a charming, strongly-acted piece about why life can seem so discouraging, disappointing, and awful (it's not always someone else's fault)

Don't see it if want something plot-driven, don't like being around people who complain a lot

Also I haven't loved the limited Checkhov I've seen and read - the characte... Read more Read less

69
Burn This
Midtown W
Strong performances by driver and uranowitz, Uncomfortable, Dated, Unconvincing

See it if you want to see great performances by Driver and Uranowitz, want to explore how people (poorly) deal with grief

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play that rewards an over-the-top, boorish guy who successfully pushes his way into a woman's life

Also As I was exiting the theater, a guy next to me said, "I think that's e... Read more Read less

78
Quirky, Confusing, Hilarious, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if A bonkers comedy that is packed with both existential musings and penis jokes. Julie White is fantastic.

Don't see it if You want to see a polished, cohesive story; are squeamish about copious amounts of (fake) blood and body parts.

Also The show is very funny, particularly in the hands of Lane and White (N... Read more Read less

78
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if A well-staged production that's audaciously big: a huge cast, real animals, run time. Typical family drama, just bigger and Irish.

Don't see it if Looking for something edgy/experimental, don't like extended dialogue (not much action for much of the play)

Also I saw the show with the replacement cast (led by Brian D'Arcy James) o... Read more Read less

80
Marys Seacole
Upper W Side
Challenging, Relevant, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You want to see plays that push theatrical forms; thoughtful, deeply felt work; tired of conventional American dysfunctional family stories

Don't see it if you want something happy, comforting, and safe; have trouble with accents; uncomfortable with not knowing exactly what's going on

70
During previews
The Dance of Death
East Village
Thought-provoking, Mild, Black humor

See it if You like black humor and/or want to see an early toxic relationships play

Don't see it if Don't want to watch people being endlessly cruel to each other; want a nuanced approach to the topic

Also There are layers under the characters in Dance of Death, but they're d... Read more Read less

79
During previews
God Said This
West Village
Great acting, Funny, Resonant

See it if A funny, touching family story. The actors are wonderful, particularly Patterson.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a family drama, want something exciting or daring.

Also God Said This is a familiar story told through a slightly different le... Read more Read less

65
A solid second half but painful first half

See it if You want to explore questions of what makes us each a person, and how responsible we are for the lives of those around us

Don't see it if You can't sit through one bad hour to watch one good hour.

Also These are two completely different plays, with vastly different outcom... Read more Read less

78
Goodbody
Midtown E
Funny, Entertaining, Violent, Intense

See it if you enjoy the horror/thriller genre and dark humor, in an intimate space. Well-acted and directed, even in the small space.

Don't see it if heavy profanity, explicit material, and violence make you uncomfortable

73
Apologia
Midtown W
Poor direction, Funny, Typical family drama

See it if you like family dysfunction dramas, want to see a wonderful and layered Stockard Channing performance

Don't see it if You despise plays that try to be relevant and profound and don't quite succeed; you want to see fresh, creative material

Also Apologia is completely conventional in structure - a dysfunctional fam... Read more Read less

70
Days to Come
Midtown W
Dated, Ambitious

See it if You want to see an early Hellman play, enjoy historical pieces

Don't see it if You're looking for the acerbic wit and toxic family dynamics that shine in Little Foxes

Also Hellman was clearly trying to write a big story, but the multiple plot... Read more Read less

80
Great singing, Slow, Resonant, Inventive, Unsettling

See it if You're interested in well-done, daringly reimagined takes on old classics

Don't see it if You are devoted to the traditional take on Oklahoma; dislike dark material or more modern theatre

Also St. Ann's production of Oklahoma! is deeply unsettling in its explorat... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Private Peaceful
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Banal, Long

See it if You like well-told, moving, WWI stories

Don't see it if You dislike one-person shows - this is a fairly straightforward (though very well staged and acted) narrative piece.

82
Delightful, Ambitious, Clever, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You want smart, thoughtful, intelligently written theatre; have been following the news at all; interested in theories of political protest

Don't see it if You want straightforward plots or large-scale productions, dislike nontraditional takes on history

72
Thought-provoking, Dated, Long

See it if You're interested in seeing a morality tale from a different culture

Don't see it if You dislike works that feature narration and lean heavily on traditional gender norms; have trouble sitting through 90 minutes with no break

Also Where is My Maple Town is a parable set in an undefined time in ancien... Read more Read less

73
Delightful, Dated, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You love classical musicals; enjoy great singing; looking for a warm-hearted, slightly kooky show

Don't see it if You dislike stereotypical romantic comedies and the attendant gender stereotypes (it's a sillier version of My Fair Lady)

70
Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
Sporadically great, Meandering, Uneven, Slow

See it if You're a fan of any of the actors; are interested in the quiet, unexamined life; enjoy works that play with time

Don't see it if You prefer linear storytelling; are looking incisive, deeply thoughtful depictions; want action or like issues to be resolved at the end

Also The most positive take on Mary Page Marlowe is that it uses a creative... Read more Read less

70
The Damned
Upper E Side
Ambitious, Great staging, Slow, Unrelentingly bleak

See it if You want to see epic, creative staging; enjoy French cinema

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through an intermissionless two hour, 15 minute show or read supertitles; have issues with depictions of sexual abuse

Also The Damned, as the title would suggest, is an unwavering look at the d... Read more Read less

78
Great singing, Great dancing, Poor direction, Gorgeous music

See it if You want to hear the best-sounding cast on Broadway singing a gorgeous, sweeping score.

Don't see it if You want something that feels fresh and/or contemporary, you want something plot-driven, you can't stand depictions of dated gender roles

Also Carousel is a beautiful story of redemption, something that is crystal... Read more Read less

74
A beautiful but mild revival

See it if You want to see a solid, beautifully designed production of My Fair Lady, or Norbert Leo Butz steal the show.

Don't see it if You want to see something that feels fresh or relevant.

Also NOTE: Michael Halling was in for Harry Hadden-Paton in what seemed lik... Read more Read less

90
Epic, Sweeping, Magnificent staging and design, Ambitious

See it if American theatre at its best - epic in breadth, darkly hilarious, tackling almost (but not quite) more than any one show can handle

Don't see it if You're looking for something light and/or short (this is NOT the 90 minute play that seems to populate theatre today)

Also I saw both parts in a day and did not feel the time passing by - it he... Read more Read less

70
Yellowman
Brooklyn
Relevant, Repetitive, Well-acted

See it if You're interested in an intimate, raw story about race and colorism

Don't see it if You dislike extended monologues, two-handers, or spare sets

Also The play drags, particularly in the first act, with Orlandersmith circ... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Travesties
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Beautiful language

See it if You love Stoppard - the dense onslaught of ideas, rich language, and multi-layered plots.

Don't see it if You want to understand everything that's going on, you like straightforward stories

Also A fantastic cast and creative staging. Travesties is operating on mult... Read more Read less

90
Yerma
Upper E Side
Ambitious, Phenomenal cast, Great staging, Intense, Masterful

See it if A magnificent cast and jaw-dropping staging. The play is an epic tragedy, with Piper's character ferociously fighting fate, to no avail.

Don't see it if Not for those who are sensitive to onslaughts of sound and light, nor for those wanting to avoid extreme emotional heaviness.

85
The Low Road
East Village
Clever, Ambitious, Hilarious, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You appreciate great satire, are a little bored with typical American "family plays," are interested in discussing capitalism and economics

Don't see it if You don't like long plays, you want something simple or straightforward, have trouble with fast, dense dialogue