Ballerina

New York City | 25-34 | Female
About:  Native New Yorker who loves the art of making art.
Reviews (43)
78
Slow, Romantic, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you want to see what the critical hype is about. Get a discounted ticket, the show is short and understated--not worth Broadway pricing.

Don't see it if you want to see a big splashy, entertaining musical with memorable songs. You want there to be real stakes and drama in a story.

Also I wanted to love this so much. I missed it at the Atlantic and was so ... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you want to see fantastic work by talented women. Not often to see a production with an all female cast, writer and director.

Don't see it if A story about a mother dealing with her sick child is too personal or upsetting.

Also I loved the performances. They are the reason to see this play. I foun... Read more Read less

67
Ambitious, Dated, Indulgent, Slow, Confusing

See it if You want to see the actors. You want to see an early work by the playwright.

Don't see it if You want to see a fast paced production with a clear story and thematic trajectory.

Also The play is set in England and the whole cast is American. The accents... Read more Read less

45
Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Dated

See it if you've always wanted the plot of a Shakespeare play explained to you in voiceover throughout the show so you can better understand it.

Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare purist.

45
During previews
Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating

See it if you have a strong interest in seeing any of the three leads. That said, none of them are doing their best work.

Don't see it if you want to see something engaging and cohesive. You don't have an interest in the leads.

Also Not much to recommend here. Hard to see what was great about the play ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want to see a near-perfect revival of an amazing classic play.

Don't see it if you want to see something experimental. You can't sit for three hours.

Also One of the best of the year, in my opinion. I saw Linney as Regina and... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Indulgent, Overrated, Cliched, Edgy, Disappointing

See it if you want to see Shakespeare with a gimmick. You will be sad to skip enjoying the Delacorte for a summer.

Don't see it if you love Julius Caesar. The Trump reference doesn't serve the text at all. Richard III would have been a more accurate parallel.

Also An incredible cast, but they all seem confused by the concept.

60
Resonant, Relevant, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You want to see a few talented actors in an important story. You are moved by the story no matter how flawed the adaptation.

Don't see it if You want to see the play done in its original period/style. You need a lot of production value.

Also Short of a few talented young actresses, this production and adaptatio... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Indulgent, Dizzying

See it if you're a fan of Derren Brown or psychological manipulation/hypnotism. I felt like the only person in the audience who hadn't heard of him.

Don't see it if you are not interested in the above, hate audience participation, or are looking for narrative or truth.

Also This is not usually the type of thing that I seek out, but I was offer... Read more Read less

50
Dated, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you love serious, political dramas and have a specific interest in the 1990s Middle Eastern politics.

Don't see it if You don't have a deep interest in the subject matter. You prefer to see shows about characters, not about an event.

Also Dull and disappointing. Talented cast and performed in the beautiful B... Read more Read less

72
Entertaining, Ambitious, Indulgent, Confusing, Cliched

See it if you love autobiographical shows about controversial subject matter or when Shakespeare text is used in a contemporary play for emphasis.

Don't see it if if everything above doesn't appeal to you. You want to feel well taken care of at the theater.

Also Stephan is a compelling performer and his story is very interesting. U... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Masterful, Resonant, Profound

See it if you want to see a relevant, well-staged, moving play. It strikes the perfect balance between nostalgia and contemporary.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that explore controversial themes.

Also I will be thinking about this production for a long time. An important... Read more Read less

67
During previews
Funny, Dated, Indulgent, Slow, Great writing

See it if You want to see a rarely produced Miller play. You want to see Danny DeVito steal the show.

Don't see it if A strong, unified ensemble is important to you. You want to see something with a lot of action/plot.

Also Danny DeVito is the best thing about this production. He is perfectly ... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you love decadent period costumes and a lot of production value. You love Patti. That's about all this show has going for it.

Don't see it if You want to see something well-written and substanative.

Also These thoughts are based on last night's invited dress of the Broadway... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Intelligent, Masterful, Profound, Resonant

See it if You love political theater. You love Anna Deavere Smith.

Don't see it if You want to have an enjoyable night at the theater. Very heavy subject matter.

Also This show is so important and Anna Deavere Smith is a genius, but I wo... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You want to laugh all night long. Hilarious.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by off-color humor.

90
Great singing, Great staging, Epic, Great writing, Must see

See it if Want to have a fantastic night at the theater. Amazing music and the cast was phenomenal.

Don't see it if You don't like hip hop music. Will be insulted by actors of color playing the founding fathers.

Also Saw the original cast. Can't speak for the current cast.

87
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if you love ensemble based, minimalist theater. Great performances, uplifting story, beautiful music.

Don't see it if You need a lot of production value. Are easily confused when a small set of actors are playing lots of characters.

70
Absorbing, Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you love Reed Birney.

Don't see it if you want to be blown away by a great Tracy Letts play. Not as compelling as some of his later plays.

65
Disappointing, Funny, Great singing, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if You love light, frothy, girl power stories and Sara Barellis music.

Don't see it if You want something thought provoking or as refreshing as the film this show is based on.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you love plays about family, realism, plays that make you think.

Don't see it if You want to see something avant-garde.

Also So timely and thought provoking. The best thing I've seen in a long ti... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like new versions of Shakespeare, great live music, excellent acting. You will walk out smiling.

Don't see it if You like only like traditional versions of classical plays.

55
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you like cliched sports stories. You want to see a cool set design.

Don't see it if you want to see something well-written and unique.

Also There were so many problems with this show. The best performance was b... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you want an enjoyable, moving night at the theater. Great play, with incredible performances. You'll laugh and cry. It's great.

Don't see it if LGBT themes don't interest you or you can't imagine anyone other than Harvey in the leading role.

Also Don't be put off by the three hour run time. It flies by! And the seco... Read more Read less

50
Banal, Cliched, Insipid, Indulgent, Dated

See it if you love old-fashioned, dated theater. Want to see something with a box set at a community theater level.

Don't see it if you want to see something interesting, daring or thought provoking.

Also I was so hopeful that I would love this. From all the marketing materi... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a very moving story with two excellent, unique performances. You love a dark comedy about real life.

Don't see it if you want to see something happy and upbeat. While I laughed several times, the subject matter is pretty heavy and makes you THINK.

Also This play follows two storylines that eventually intersect in the fina... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing, Heartfelt, Surprising

See it if you love a good family drama. You want to see a promising new play with heartfelt, moving performances.

Don't see it if you want a big flashy musical or don't want to see something dealing with heavy subject matter.

Also Another win at the Laura Pels this season! Not as polished a script as... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a very timely play with a few strong performances.

Don't see it if you want to escape the current realities of our world. You don't want to sit for over two and a half hours.

Also Very important subject matter, happy to see it win the Pulitzer. Howev... Read more Read less

67
During previews
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Slow, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to support a new work by an up and coming playwright with a diverse cast.

Don't see it if you want to see a fully polished product. Some great ideas and moments of good writing but it is still a work in progress.

65
Ambitious, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you love quirky adaptations of classic plays. You love the source material and want to see a new take.

Don't see it if you're a traditionalist. Loved Hamill's Sense and Sensibility and are expecting the same level of quality this time around.

Also Not sure that this story needed to be told. I've never loved the sourc... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You've never seen the play before or want to see a solid revival that delivers fantastic performances by a strong ensemble lead by pros.

Don't see it if You didn't like it the first time or loved the original so much you can't see others in the leads. I have to say, I loved Janney and Hickey.

Also This production is carried by he brilliance of the writing and the act... Read more Read less

75
For a previous production
Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if you want to see an escapist romp of a musical. A breezy 90 minutes!

Don't see it if You are looking for something substantive and serious.

86
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a clever, well-acted, 90 minute piece of theater! The time flew by!

Don't see it if you want to see a show with a lot of production value. You don't know the source material at all.

Also All four actor give stellar and hilarious performances and are the rea... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You want to see a refreshing take of a classic play at the perfect moment for a revival. Beautiful acted, directed and designed.

Don't see it if you want to see a piece of escapist theater. While entertaining, it really makes you think about the current state of affairs.

Also While everything on stage was impeccably designed, the three quarter s... Read more Read less

76
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if you want to see a Broadway theater fully transformed. Spending two and a half hours in a Baz Luhrmann movie is your idea of a good time.

Don't see it if you need a well-written storyline and strong character development to feel engaged.

Also The transformation of the Imperial Theater into an immersive theater s... Read more Read less

85
Enchanting, Masterful, Profound, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You love minimalist productions and Sondheim's work. Want to experience a beautiful show in a brand new theater.

Don't see it if You can't let go of the original production. You want high production value. You don't care for Sondheim musicals.

Also This production was about as good as it gets for Sunday revivals. I am... Read more Read less

65
Dated, Cliched, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if You like shows that are eye candy. You don't want to think at the theater.

Don't see it if You want to see something new and fresh.

Also This show has been running forever and looks tired.

37
Indulgent, Overrated, Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you want to run around all night trying to chase a mediocre show. You want to pay a lot of money to have FOMO.

Don't see it if You can't handle stairs. You don't like performance art.

Also So disappointing. The hype around this show is ridiculous.

85
Intelligent, Indulgent, Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like a beautiful contemporary musical theater score. You are a teenager or want to bask in teenage nostalgia.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional musicals.

Also Ben Platt's performance is worth the price of admission.

50
Intense, Overrated, Slow, Confusing, Edgy

See it if You like Mamet plays. You like a slow burn or a pretentious play.

Don't see it if You are tired. I nodded off a few times. I found it to be painfully slow.

Also The play was well written but the director seemed to tell the actors t... Read more Read less

74
Great singing, Epic, Dated, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if You missed Glenn Close in this role the first time and want to experience her incredible star power. You want to hear a great live music.

Don't see it if You don't have a nostalgic connection to the material or Glenn Close.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You love amazing acting on a beautiful set.

Don't see it if August Wilson isn't your thing.

Also So great to see a tight knit acting ensemble doing great work.

60
Yen
Banal, Disappointing, Edgy, Slow, Intense

See it if You like Plays about British people suffering. Edgy, dark plays.

Don't see it if You want to walk out feeling impowered or uplifted.