BaStagecrusader7

Mahwah | 50-64 | Female
About:  Before moving the to the Tristate area in the 1980's , I always tried to see a show when visiting NYC and had seen a few touring ones back home. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (73)
84
Great acting, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You want to have fun! You hear Cher’s music and it bring memories or makes you move. You just love , fantastic costumes , dance & laughter.

Don't see it if Cher is not your thing. Or the music doesn’t do it for you ... you don’t have a pulse.

83
During previews
Refreshing, Profound, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you’d enjoy the remastering of a classic. See it breath new light , with different perspectives on the same lyrics and book. Shocking? Yes!

Don't see it if You think no update needed, a purist and cant see R&H’s works changed. The artistic liberties taken with the ending would give an aneurism!

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Profound

See it if You Enjoy smart , intriguing and thought provoking drama with great acting. A playthat shows the simplicity and complexity of life.

Don't see it if Family life and it’s portrayal during the 1970’s in Northern Ireland is of no interest.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if touching family issues interest you and don’t disturb . To see a superb cast take you through the joy and sorrow with pathos and truth.

Don't see it if alzheimers has been in your life and you don’t want to relive the pain. Though, Personally...worth the lesson of true love.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy political themes. Garcia marqués’ writing. The symbolism of his work and great acting . you know Spanish or don’t mind subtitles.

Don't see it if The policial thematic doesn’t interest you. Garcia Marques is Too complicated Can’t understand Spanish or hates sub titles.

74
Clever, Slow, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You enjoy multimedia productions. Clever use of it & introspective storyline . ...And if you love Rebecca Hall! Was mesmerized by her.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy slow and Depressive storylines. Drug addiction, decaying starlight, etc...

80
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Relevant

See it if interested in female storytelling with themes of sexuality, explored with humor and relatable characters , performed by an A+ cast.

Don't see it if The word pussy offends you . If lesbians and gender bending themes are not for you. Even if the humor and story is in good taste.

86
Funny, Great singing, Delightful, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You liked the movie.. You enjoy a quirky underdog story, with a touch of humor. To see Katherine McPhee and the Entertaining ensamble cast

Don't see it if If you’re looking for a show with spectacular song and dance numbers. Dance numbers were mood pieces, nothing elaborate.

Also Had a friend visiting and chose to take her to a show I hadn’t seen bu... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if Enjoy philosophical text , family issues as the subject matter with an engaging cast. If you’re a fan of Nilo Cruz.

Don't see it if If heavy text with deeper meaning is not interesting to you . Don’t enjoy plays in Spanish.

75
Slow, Engaging, Disappointing, Creatively staged

See it if Familial themes and conflicts are interesting to you. If you enjoy seeing works in progress and to support small theater groups.

Don't see it if Your expecting something very deep. If you like conflict dealt head on and not white washing resolutions.

Also When the play began I thought ... This is going to be great. There was... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Great writing

See it if you know Spanish, love witty comedy, fast talking dialog, hilarious plot twist, a good , simple, yet engaging play.

Don't see it if you do not know Spanish. Although this theater has translators on every seat, don't think it will work well on this comedy.

Also I love theater and I am fluent in Spanish ... how have I not been to T... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Romantic, Refreshing

See it if You r a Rogers & Hammerstein fan, enjoy seeing the shows revived and refreshed, to see JHenry ( a must!) and to enjoy this fantastic score.

Don't see it if you feel R & H are dated, the story line of domestic violence turns you off. Long shows, with lots of ballet , bore you.

Also This show is worth seeing,although not a "Knock it out of the park" 10... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if Guest, Laura Fredrick's was fantastic! Not only telling you how to" ASK" in show business, but can be applied to everyday life. 60 min flew!

Don't see it if you Don't have a pulse. It was entertaining, applicable to all and made you feel ... you're in "the room where it happens".

Also Truly an experience! Go, participate, you will not be disappointed.

72
Clever, Disappointing, Engaging storytelling, Non satisfying musically, Overrated

See it if You live for the Golden Era of Hollywood. You support Fringe type , low budget "one person shows" for its creativity and ingenuity .

Don't see it if musically you expect to be wowed and storytelling is not enough to satisfy you. If you do not enjoy golden era tales.

Also I felt it could have been better . For the admission price, it's worth... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Must see, Profound

See it if you like/love, the Boss, a soulful & intimate evening, want a once in a lifetime experience, ok w/a somewhat scripted evening w/a heart.

Don't see it if The Boss never did it for u, entertainers baring their souls gives you indigestion and the price tag "not worth it". You Hate Cabaret style.

85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You are a "musical theater" aficionado, especially Hamilton fan. Like parody , that's fun in a clever way , see a talented cast.

Don't see it if You don't... like a parody, know anything about musical theater genre or who is Lin Manuel & think "Hamilton" is just a historic figure.

80
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if You can enjoy a little show about a middle Aged woman , that also entertains, can be edgy w/o vulgarity , be clever and up to date .

Don't see it if You expect a Broadway spectacular and can't identify with middle age Woman's issues . Can't enjoy campy even if it's well done .

84
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You enjoy a clever & entertaining show with a heart . Timetable and acceptance are in your vocabulary but you enjoy a great song & dance .

Don't see it if Your narrow minded and man in drag is offensive . Shows with depth and heart are not your cup of tea .

89
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if You're open to and can enjoy a modern approach to Hamlet. Want to be immersed , taken in, mermerized by Oscar Isaac's Hamlet. Worth the $$.

Don't see it if You can't sit for 4 hours. Can't get passed the modern clothes , and minimal staging. Need the classics undisturbed. No care 4 Shakespeare.

Also After Glass Menagerie , Sam Gold, fell off my list of preferred direct... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if If you love getting more than expected, if you enjoy a good story,talented performers & musicians. If You like to root for the underdog.

Don't see it if Musicals give you hives . . PTSD is a theme you avoid. The Big band sound hurts your sensitivity . Not into the post war themes .

Also This show has been terribly underrated and doesn't deserve to close do... Read more Read less

75
Delightful, Great singing, Romantic, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy romantic stories , endearing characters , hopeful message , with lovely voices nice staging .

Don't see it if You yawn at romantic stories , you need fast paced energetic musicals .

60
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You know some Spanish or are ok with reading subtitles . You enjoy quirky shows with a simple message.

Don't see it if Messages against gentrification doesn't interest you , bilingual shows confuse you . Quirky animal comparison are too much to bear.

Also I like the intent , the story line of the bear and penguins , brought ... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Great staging, Resonant, Must see, Mezmerizing

See it if you want to be pulled into a nearly century old play in a new and magnificent way. Cannavale at his best in a hue of yellow. Armory a plus.

Don't see it if you will just take up space, cause, O'Neill's plays bring you down, non traditional setting puts you off, loud and haunting not appreciated.

Also Must see if you love theater! Short engagement , go now! The whole exp... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Great costumes, Disappointing

See it if you'd love to see these amazing stage Divas(in a good way) , be two powerful business tycoons. Like to see incredible COSTUMES and staging.

Don't see it if you want to be moved, looking for a show with pathos or show stopping ensembles ( there is one). If you're ok with seeing good , not great.

Also I saw it in previews ... hoping it gets a little tweak that makes it g... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Clever, Must see, Profound, Relevant

See it if U want 2 be... moved to tears, yet leave positive, see a relevant musical & the best this season or "Have you ever felt u could disappear?"

Don't see it if its classic Broadway or bust, emotional doesn't move you, new scores don't thrill you ...You don't understand kids these days.

79
During previews
Fluffy, Entertaining, Disappointing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you enjoy humorous lines along with great singers & fantastic ensemble. An actor's homage, for sure & great at that. Just go for the fun .

Don't see it if you're looking for more that song (though not memorable) and dance. Wanting more from it's characters & songs then skip it.

Also Sorry to say, a little disappointed. I expected more. There were, good... Read more Read less

79
Delightful, Entertaining, Romantic, Cliched, Clever

See it if You enjoy a telenovela angle sweet story, songs w/Hip Hop &Latin Rhythms that make you smile. If Puerto Rican, you'll get a few extra laughs

Don't see it if If looking for a deeper meaning, current thematic and above average singing talent . Yet the joyful songs will make you overlook the flaws.

92
Delightful, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Riveting

See it if You believe in magic, masterful sets , a-trick of the eye with a good story. Potter fans will delight in the immersion of 2 shows same day

Don't see it if You know nothing of Harry Potter. Can’t sit for 2 1/2 hours per show x 2. Not interested In a big Broadway production.

79
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Marvelous monkey, Creative sets

See it if You want to be enchanted by Kong, fantastic sets and scenery, entertaining choreography. Care 4 spectacles more than character development.

Don't see it if If substance matters more than a big spectacle. If seeing the big monkey has no interest to you, even though it’s a quite the site!

Also This has so much going for it that it should be worked on. I saw King ... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Raunchy

See it if You’re a SITC fan and will enjoy reminiscing on highlights of the show. Get female humor . Can appreciate talent of wits and not props.

Don't see it if you’ve never seen the show ....as you may be lost. You need Rapid fire comedy. Not into Female raunchy humor. Don’t have fun GF to go with.

Also It was fun, nothing showy , no props just one talented performer. Done... Read more Read less

74
Entertaining, Fluffy, Slow, Dated, Great acting

See it if You wish to take a young musical lover to see a show that is fluffy, entertaining but not deep. The child actor is phenomenal & Ms Carmello.

Don't see it if If looking for great musical . Music and story are dated, could use a production streamline with more depth. Fantastic Cast though !

81
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if you have children older that 10. You love the music , girl empowerment, impressive staging and Disney's fantastical stories.

Don't see it if The Disney musical is not your thing. You want depth in the story, Staging and special effects don't impress you.

Also I went with great skepticism but had to two young ladies that were dyi... Read more Read less

84
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy a musical classic, love a great score , beautiful costumes and all together a good production as Lincoln Center usually provides.

Don't see it if the old musicals don't thrill you. Even if changes have ensued, costumes are lovely or those well known tunes will not attract you at all

Also Disclaimer: I love to see, new, daring and exciting musical production... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if You think Music, creative staging , uplifting story, small cast, contagious energy, will Transport & allow you to see hope in the darkness.

Don't see it if The events of 9-11 are still unbearable. You think no “feel good” story could help....Though I think it may ❤️

Also Never thought I’d feel the way I did after the show. Gabe you somethin... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Profound, Resonant

See it if You wish to see something EPIC, see actors at their best, to be stirred, pulled in to the point that a 3+hr play flies by x2 & to laugh too.

Don't see it if If your heart is not beating. If you think the Gay thing is not for you (your wrong). If you don’t mind missing the play of the season.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy Carol King’s music and a show that is not a jukebox musical , but a well thought out show. Waited to see this ,yet shouldn’t have.

Don't see it if If music or musicals are not your thing though. Not knowing Carol King shouldn’t keep you away. It’s really good, don’t stay away as I did.

86
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You’re into McDonagh’s delightfully weird tale telling , fast talking, dramedy and uncomfortable subjects that make you think.

Don't see it if You want an happily ever after , bland characters and no uncomfortable subjects. Can’t understand fast talking Brits.

87
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Outstanding ensemble, Must see

See it if You want to brag. You like light hearted musical . You wish to see a superb cast and ensemble . You enjoy schitk. You have $$$ to spend.

Don't see it if Ms Midler is not so important to you . You enjoy musicals with depth. You wish to hear Ms M sing.

Also Love seeing this ensemble . Fluffy show , always has been, but fun and... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy something different and refreshing, with folksy music, engaging lyrics and storytelling. If you enjoyed Once this is for you.

Don't see it if seeing a band play and tell the story though song seems intolerable. If you need deep passionate or edgy stories. If you hated Once.

Also I thought this was engaging and entertaining. Went into it not knowing... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You like energetic nonstop dancing , strong ensemble numbers , with great vocals and foot taping music. Island folklore, rhythms & story.

Don't see it if If you need a deep story, going to see Lea Salonga (unfortunately, not much of her) . Constant Caribbean rhythms would give u a headache .

Also Note: 1st night of previous. Staging was clever most of the time . Tho... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy quirky, in a good way, folky music with humor ,simple yet touching, refreshing , stories that give hope are uplifting and unite.

Don't see it if If shows that have other languages or accents put you off, your not open to new encounters or you need a grand spectacle to entertain you.

86
Absorbing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You appreciate a classic tale with beautiful music and can give the grandad of musicals the respect it deserves . 4 a musical lover a must

Don't see it if You Hate musical . The music of the night doesn't move you . You like edgier , the Classics bore you.

86
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love anything Sondheim, intimate spaces, creative staging , talented actors , Carolee Carmelo specifically & Jake Boyd a nice surprise.

Don't see it if The Theme turns your stomach , you don't get Sondheim, no meat pies for you ,actors in your face frighten you , no theatrical ingenuity 4 U.

88
Delightful, Entertaining , fun insights , 4 theater lovers, wonderful host & classic nyc

See it if You are a super Broadway Fan of yesteryear and today. Ivan was a wonderful host giving us a look inside Sardi's history and famous patrons.

Don't see it if You think seeing these iconic images and hearing the stories are overrated or no interest .

Also We had a delicious lunch, which very complimented our visit . Loved be... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You enjoy straight classic plays, Perfectly acted , old, yet timeless

Don't see it if Old plays don't interest you . A slow moving , three act play of too long for you, .

75
Delightful, Slow, Great singing, Romantic, Sweet

See it if You enjoy a romantic story , good singing , hopeful message and Endearing characters that bring you in . Clever and pretty staging

Don't see it if a sweet story makes you yawn or You want a moving or energetic experience . (show moves a bit slow).

78
For a previous production
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Relevant, Quirky

See it if You enjoy witty and smart with a bit of vulgarity . If you love Leguizamos humor with a dose of reality . Must see if you're a latino.

Don't see it if You are offended by vulgarity, if you don't think there is racism in this country . If u don't enjoy comedy with a liberal political bent.

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you want to hear Arthur Miller's words, performed by a remarkable cast. You Want to see D. DeVito shine in his B'way debut.

Don't see it if Family feuds are still raw or if they don't interest you. Miller, not your thing. If you prefer to hear it sung, instead of acted.

Also I have seen more intense Miller plays, but this one gets under your sk... Read more Read less

83
Delightful, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Clever

See it if you're open to some enjoyable pool side vignettes, buoyantly thought provoking , while splashing your feet, forgetting the chill outside..

Don't see it if can't stand water or the sight of a pool, not entertained with short scenes that make you think. Want only a play with a full story.

70
Ambitious, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if You'd like to see Ms. Field. To see Finn Wittrock play the gentleman caller, which he steals the show, if you like a stage devoid of a set.

Don't see it if you want to see the play being true to Tennessee Williams. If you enjoy rich sets and deep characters , If you want to be moved or amazed .