Barbara 8162

Braintree | 65+ | Female

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Reviews (17)
90
Shaw piece, uniquely presented, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if you enjoy off-the-beaten path theater featuring the work of a well-known playwright

Don't see it if you require flashy production values

90
Only Yesterday
Midtown E
Appropriate amount of music/singing, Well-cast, Entertaining, Clever mix of fact and fiction

See it if you find it at regional theaters. Now closed in NYC

Don't see it if you expect a Beatles tribute band concert

85
During previews
Continuity
Midtown W
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you appreciate topical plays that entertain as well as evoke critical thinking.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable being able to view / and be seen by the rest of the audience during the entire performance

90
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Substantive, somewhat familiar, vibrant, great cast

See it if You like historical fiction/ family saga.

Don't see it if Occasional unintelligible dialogue (very heavily accented) is a deal-breaker.

85
During previews
Cute, Funny, Warm, Very talented cast

See it if You like original musical comedy entertainment.

Don't see it if Rom-com isn't your thing.

90
Clever, Insightful, Hilarious, Must see

See it if you appreciate smart satire. And original pieces.

Don't see it if you like predictable storytelling.

Also I hope this play is picked up by regional theaters. It deserves a wide... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Clever, Great staging, Delightful, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You appreciate a well-cast, witty, fun musical.

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare-purist.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Profound, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if Edgy, original theater is your thing

Don't see it if A linear through-story is important to you.

100
Great writing, Exquisite, Great singing, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if You like gentle, yet thought-provoking theater with music.

Don't see it if Razzle-dazzle, or traditional musicals are important to you.

90
During previews
Soft Power
East Village
Wonderful cast, Vibrant musical numbers, Original, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you appreciate satire; and provocative theater presented in musical theater form

Don't see it if you expect a traditional storyline with plot/ resolution

75
Inventive choreography, Wonderful cast, Overstuffed and somewhat cliched, Relevant, Musically engaging

See it if you are a fan of Alanis Morissette and/or Diablo Cody.

Don't see it if rock concert ambience and overamplified sound are problematic for you.

95
Original Sound
West Village
Believable characters, talented cast, absorbing, balanced in tone, Intelligent

See it if You like intimate settings in which to appreciate good storytelling, and if you like "discovering" new or new-ish theater talent.

Don't see it if You prefer well-known titles.

50
Good Grief
Gramercy
Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if new plays by new playwrights appeal

Don't see it if you expect the tone of a play to reflect its theme.

Also This production is primarily energetic, snappy.... Read more Read less

94
Outstanding ensemble, Gorgeous musical arrangements, Intelligent, Has staying power, Beautifully directed and staged

See it if you are curious how a canon of work can be presented as a song cycle/ thematic story of a community during a specific era of history.

Don't see it if Standard musical theater (i.e. songs advance the plot) is your preference. This is more of a mood piece in its totality.

90
Operation Crucible
Midtown W
Riveting, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Original

See it if Simple staging, terrific acting, and heartfelt writing are a draw.

Don't see it if Flashy production values are important to you.

69
Cyprus Avenue
East Village
Overrated, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Intense

See it if Hot shows from Britain make it a must-see.

Don't see it if (Attempts at) humor surrounding mental illness and tragedy disturb you.

79
Dan Cody's Yacht
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Slow

See it if World Premieres are your thing.

Don't see it if Stories of classism seem too obvious.

Also This story strikes me as layered beyond the evident plot.... Read more Read less