BarbaraG Star

New York City | 65+ | Female
About:  Passionate theater goer who once studied to be a actor/director ... Read more Read less
Reviews (133)
59
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal
February 5th, 2020

See it if To see Jane Alexander act after such a llong hiatus .

Don't see it if if you want good sit com well acted and with a real and well written approach to a problem

48
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Disappointing, Indulgent, Confusing, Cliched, Banal
February 5th, 2020

See it if Can't think of a reason why one would like such a confused. badly written. and except for Ms .ivey poorly acted.

Don't see it if See above

100
Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful
February 5th, 2020

See it if one likes to laugh at an amusingly done production with lots of charm,imagination., a mirror on human ity, totally delicious. \

Don't see it if If one is not interested in wonderful bears and their message.

72
Timon of Athens
Brooklyn
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Disappointing, Ambitious
February 5th, 2020

See it if To see Kathryn Hunter , an outstanding actress although miscast and a fine production well directed. Doesn't succeed for me genderwise.

Don't see it if If one wants traditional Shakespeare.

97
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
February 5th, 2020

See it if It is a witty and well written piece and beautifully acted and directed. A welcome respite for the bad news around us.

Don't see it if If one is not interested in the classic approach and an amusing piece about the timelessness of human nature,avoid it;.

79
Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
December 9th, 2019

See it if Horton Foote understands and portrays people so well and brings us into complicated and fraught relationships so skillfully and with warmth

Don't see it if If one does not want to explore the problems in relationships with a Southern flavor.

89
Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
December 9th, 2019

See it if Anyone who wants to see an interestingly,well written piece exquisitely acted with a heart-warming and revealing plot.

Don't see it if If one does not like one person shows or Emily Dickinson doesn't interest.

51
Indulgent, Disappointing, Great acting, Cliched, Banal
December 9th, 2019

See it if If they simply want to see excellent acting.

Don't see it if If one wants to see an intelligent script with fleshed out characters and something interesting to say.

74
The Michaels
East Village
Intelligent, Slow, Resonant, Relevant
December 9th, 2019

See it if It reflects the end of a career in dance and how the loved ones react to it in a loving way.

Don't see it if If you are bored with the sameness of Nelson's productions and themes.

66
Slow, Overrated, Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing
December 9th, 2019

See it if If one is dedicated to women's rights and standing .

Don't see it if If you were expecting the touted mind- changing and revolutionary play you might be really disappointed.

78
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
December 9th, 2019

See it if It is beautifully directed, well acted, and about an important part of our history.Extremely relevant.

Don't see it if If you do not like LBJ and don't want to learn about his legacy.

87
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
August 17th, 2019

See it if It is so relevant and skillfully shows the problem with fine acting ,well directed and it really engages the audience.

Don't see it if you are not interested in timely and difficult themes.

65
Resonant, Relevant, Great acting
August 17th, 2019

See it if Fine acting and excellent direction but the adaptation of the novel was not good. Bigger's motivation not clear so didn't flow well.

Don't see it if If strong and murderous plots are not your thing.

79
Little Gem
Chelsea
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting
August 17th, 2019

See it if It you like an absorbing play with an interesting theme well acted and directed.Marsha Mason particularly excellent.

Don't see it if You are not interested in family relatiionships and their complications.

81
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Delightful
June 27th, 2019

See it if You enjoy the old-fashioned Broadway musicals that entertain with fine acting,good music, and an amusing plot.

Don't see it if If one does not prefer the traditional Broadway musical of the past.

90
Intelligent, Great staging, Great writing, Great singing, Clever
June 26th, 2019

See it if It was creative, w ell directed , fine choreography, great idea, excellent acting, thoroughly enjoyable, and a great additiion to Broadway.

Don't see it if If mythology and its relevance today doesn't interest you.

91
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting
June 17th, 2019

See it if Amusing plot, wonderful score, excellent choreography, fine acting----a real joy!

Don't see it if If one does not like musicals, Shakespeare,etc. they might not want to see this delightful production/

73
Octet
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great staging, Great singing
June 15th, 2019

See it if Lovely score and voices. Serious plot. Excellent performers

Don't see it if You are not comfortable when a writer tries to cover all contemporary problems in one script.

13
Fairview
Brooklyn
Disappointing, Overrated, Indulgent
June 14th, 2019

See it if If they are interested in a banal , boring, self indulgent view of racism even in a poor play.

Don't see it if This is not a good or even interesting example of the subject of racism which should be written with skill and real emotion.

100
Refreshing, Intelligent, Funny, Delightful
May 27th, 2019

See it if Beautifully done with excellent and lovely acting and a look back at an important time in WW2. Touching, moving, and with such insights.

Don't see it if If WW2 does not interest you or the feelings and emotions of those caught up in it .

100
During previews
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
May 27th, 2019

See it if EXcellent writing. acting. and direction for a very relevant and important topic. Important to see!

Don't see it if timely topics do not interest you

82
Relevant, Must see, Intelligent, Absorbing, Clever
May 27th, 2019

See it if you have concerns about what is happening to our precious constitution'Great seeing a young audience. Young girl great!

Don't see it if If you are not interested in the absorbing topic of our constituion and the threat to it

83
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Delightful
May 27th, 2019

See it if It is a classic and very human with a pertinent look at the Ireland of those days and its problems. Fine characterizations and direction

Don't see it if If Ireland of that era does not interest you or if you are not a Sean O'Casey fan.

80
All My Sons
Midtown W
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing
May 27th, 2019

See it if A profound and relevant topic with Tracy Letts and Chris Walker giving outstanding performances. Important to see!

Don't see it if Maybe they don't want to see a play about man's frailties and a topic whidh so resonates for 2019.

55
During previews
The Mother
Chelsea
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting
February 27th, 2019

See it if If just to see a fine actress doing an excellent job. Otherwise, forget it!

Don't see it if It is such a cliche and a bore despite her acting.

71
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing
February 27th, 2019

See it if Nicely mounted, well directed, attractive and excellent actors. The script remains a problem but lovely score.

Don't see it if The treatment of the script is too confusing or if Sondheim is not your favorite.

60
Miss Julie
Midtown W
Intense, Raunchy, Great acting, Disappointing, Overrated
January 22nd, 2019

See it if The acting is excellent and it is well directed but so stupidly changed in venue completely destroying Strindberg's play.

Don't see it if If one likes graphic sexual scenes and a complete change from Strindberg's original script.

80
During previews
About Alice
Brooklyn
Funny, Great staging, Clever, Delightful
January 19th, 2019

See it if It is touching, funny, charming, and well done. It reflects warmth and humor about a special woman and special marriage.

Don't see it if If one is not interested in the delineation of warmth and emotion in human relationships in a play

90
For a previous production
The Jungle
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Intelligent
January 17th, 2019

See it if Anyone who cares about a masterful deliniation of a horrendous world problem and how courageous people are living with it should see this!

Don't see it if If one is turned off by current world problems and wants to be entertained in a more pleasant way they should not see it.

50
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Thought-provoking
December 29th, 2018

See it if It is important to face racism and abuse which are all around us still but not in such a pretentious, indulgent. and over produced play

Don't see it if unless to see Jeff Daniel's excellent performance as well as the roles of housekeeper and judge. Otherwise a real disappointment .

55
During previews
Slave Play
East Village
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Indulgent
November 27th, 2018

See it if If one i s not familiar with the terrain of racial sexuality and its examples in the 'past and present it could be interesting.

Don't see it if The author explored too many aspects of the sexual problems through history. The therapy scene is long and boring. The acting was uneven

58
Overrated, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing
November 18th, 2018

See it if If one is captivated by the Bob Dylan music and doesn't mind that the book is not very good and slow.

Don't see it if One doesn't mind a confused and slow plot which is not particularly well directed or acted.

77
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant
November 18th, 2018

See it if It is so relevant and intelligently done! Fine acting without the necessity for expensive sets. Excellent direction.

Don't see it if If one does not want to see a play with a serious theme which deals with the world today.

86
For a previous production
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant
November 18th, 2018

See it if Very professional done, well directed by Joel Grey, excellent cast and very resonant for today! Charming.

Don't see it if If one doesn't want to see a theme that is important and has real meaning for the world today.

18
During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Overrated
November 3rd, 2018

See it if I don't know who would want to sit through this uninteresting, indulgent, pretentious and boring performance and what was Eno saying?

Don't see it if I can't understand why members of the audience were laughing? The actor did a valiant job but to what end????

80
The True
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant
September 20th, 2018

See it if You cherish excellent acting headed by Edie Falco,relevant theme, well directed. entertaining.

Don't see it if you are not interested in politics and its workings

81
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging
September 14th, 2018

See it if McTeer is brilliant butressed by excellent ensemble. Fascinating story. well directed, fine set especially for those interested in theater

Don't see it if Berhardt era and its culture are not of interest and story of Hamlet/Shakespeare leaves you cold.

90
The Originalist
Midtown E
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent
August 3rd, 2018

See it if Excellent writing, beautifully acted, resonating , important theme, well directed and important to see! Excellent portrait of Scalia!.

Don't see it if . you are disinterested in contemporary politics and not open to different points of view

55
Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow
July 25th, 2018

See it if If they are still interested in a woman "finding herself after so many iterations of this them through the years many better done..

Don't see it if A boring and banal play with varying acting skills is not your thing

72
Cyprus Avenue
East Village
Great acting, Intelligent, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking
July 12th, 2018

See it if Outstanding acting and directing but a difficult and troubling theme

Don't see it if you don't like to see a mind unraveling with tragic consequences

95
Carmen Jones
East Village
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Must see
July 12th, 2018

See it if It is excellent in every way--a real treat showing how fine music,voices. terrific acting, fine direction can meld to make a great show!

Don't see it if If one doesn't like operatic music or an old fashioned plot.

78
The Seafarer
West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing
May 21st, 2018

See it if Fine ensemble acting with an interesting story and characters. Well directed as usual at Irish Rep!

Don't see it if If Irish plays and serious characters do not interest you.

78
During previews
Delightful, Great staging, Entertaining, Refreshing
May 21st, 2018

See it if Wonderful choreography and direction, interesting story great dancing, but needs tightening and editing to make it a terrific show!

Don't see it if If outstanding dancing and choreography is not your thing.

44
During previews
Slow, Confusing, Disappointing
May 3rd, 2018

See it if Can't find a reason to see ---poorly acted and directed and a bad play to boot !

Don't see it if In coherent and boringly disappointing play with seemingly no rhyme or reason to perform!

80
Travesties
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging
May 3rd, 2018

See it if An outstanding piece, wonderful ensemble acting, handsome set, excellent direction and a complete joy to see.Tom Hollander particularly

Don't see it if If you do not want to see a cleverly written play with interesting themes and great wit, beautifully performed.

81
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent
April 29th, 2018

See it if A touching view of the human animal with a stellar ensemble cast. Many funny'moments and well directed. Ayckbourne should always be seen!

Don't see it if If you do not want a scrutiny of human nature with a touching , funny twist

78
Admissions
Upper W Side
Intelligent, Relevant
April 29th, 2018

See it if An important theme but needed editing and better direction. Some fine acting by the son , father, assistant and neighbor.

Don't see it if If you are not interested in current problems as a theme of a serious play

87
Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Delightful
April 26th, 2018

See it if Beautiful score, lovely staging, good acting, Norbert Butz a standout. excellent story, charming.

Don't see it if If one does not like musicals, George Bernard Shaw, or a lovely escape in the theater

95
During previews
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful
April 14th, 2018

See it if It is sheer delight, beautiful Ives writing, stylish, handsomely mounted and costumed ---a real gem!!

Don't see it if If you are not interested in clever writing and a witty, stylish performance

81
Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent
April 7th, 2018

See it if Well acted. beautifully directed by Charlotte Moore, fine writing and amusing and intelligent. Amazing use of tiny space!

Don't see it if If Irish classics don't interest you