Ben C

New York City | 25-34 | Female
About:  Theatre administrator who sees upwards of 200 shows annually, and has thoughts about all of 'em!
Reviews (34)
88
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Original, Great ensemble

See it if You want to experience a fresh new voice in the theatre. Some really beautiful writing + emphatic characters, makes for a great evening!

Don't see it if You are not into stylized (but not heavy-handed) theatre. It's a couple ticks amped up from naturalism, which *I* personally enjoy.

77
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Dated, Cliched

See it if You want a palatable and traditional musical, with a bluegrass score. Solid performances (Cusak!), and will leave you feeling good.

Don't see it if You're a stickler for plot structure. Super clunky contrived ending, that you can see coming a million miles away. Otherwise, it's very nice

55
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Uneven acting, Challenging

See it if You want to see a a masterful piece of writing, and have an emotional experience at the theatre. This is a shattering and beautiful play.

Don't see it if you're going for the acting. Jeff Daniels is terrific. But Michelle Williams starts the show at Streetcar-Blanche level and only goes up. Oy

85
Great staging, Original, Refreshing, Energizing, Edgy

See it if You're in for a wild, crazy, & thought-provoking night of theatre. Breaking down feminism has never been so exciting, hilarious & scary! <3

Don't see it if you're a pig-headed misogynist? I kid. If you are though - SEE IT. But if you want a linear, plot-driven play, this is not the one for you.

75
Delightful, Great singing, Dated

See it if You want a sweeping score in a small musical. Think - a period version of the Last 5 Years kinda. A very sweet story and wonderfully sung.

Don't see it if You want to be wowed by a flashy show. This is a paired down musical all about the performers and the source material.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You want to see the best actors in NYC voice the words of one of our greatest working playwrights. Haunting, heartbreaking, and humorous.

Don't see it if You want something big and splashy. The greatness of this show is all in the simplicity.

80
Entertaining, Delightful, Uplifting, Toe-tapping, Interesting

See it if You have a thing for Carole King. A solid jukebox musical, that does everything this genre can hope to do.

Don't see it if You don't like jukebox musicals, or bio-musicals about musicians.

87
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You want a feel-good musical, that will make you laugh and bring you to tears, and deliver a STRONG feminist message. + an amazing cast!!!

Don't see it if You don't like pie.

79
Boy
Absorbing, Intelligent, Original, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if A unique story about what it means to assume your "gender role." A fascinating play that will surprise & engage your mind, and move you too.

Don't see it if You are looking for something tame and family friendly. Adult themes.

86
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Epic, Must see

See it if you haven't seen WICKED yet. ...it's WICKED. Who hasn't seen WICKED? If not, join us in 2004 and perfect your own Defying Gravity riff.

Don't see it if You care to miss out on the LES MIS, PHANTOM, MISS SAIGON, etc. for the 2000s.

2
Cliched, Excruciating, Raunchy

See it if You are really really drunk at a lame bachelorette party, and need to learn how to give a mediocre hand-job.

Don't see it if You have anything else you could possibly be doing.

65
Confusing, Entertaining, Edgy, Original, Quirky

See it if You like immersive theatre, really good music, and a modern twist on fairy tales.

Don't see it if You dislike interacting with performers, or don't care for visually and aurally loud shows.

75
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You want to see two master clowns at their very best. This is basically a vaudeville style play with two of the world's best physical actors

Don't see it if You want something plot-driven, dramatic, or thoughtful. This is great if you're in the mood, it's a wonderful piece of fluff.

60
During previews
Entertaining, Dizzying, Funny, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if You like campy, over-the-top, musical spoofs. The cast are all comic geniuses and killer vocalists. It is an entertaining parody.

Don't see it if You're looking for something serious, well-made, or challenging. This is pure diversion.

95
Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Original

See it if You like new musicals and LGBTQ themed stories. It is a beautifully told musical, heart-rending, touching, sad, and invigorating.

Don't see it if You only enjoy big, flashy, musical theatre.

85
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Original, Intelligent

See it if You want to be wowed by a production. I compare this play to WAR HORSE (same director) in that it is a stunning production of a "good" play.

Don't see it if You don't like spectacle.

100
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You like new plays, and if you're open to a dialogue about religion. One of the greatest plays of recent years.

Don't see it if You're close-minded.

87
During previews
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great music, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You want a playful and stylized romp through a riff on the Orpheus/Eurydice story. Also, this score is amazing, and the cast saaangs it.

Don't see it if You're not into folksy blues rock.

70
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Some great performances

See it if You are into a folksy musical fairy tale/fable. Leslie Kritzer and Steven Pasquale are reason enough to see the show.

Don't see it if You want something with a little more substance and bite, but it's totally enjoyable. Stylistically similar to Bloody Bloody AJ, but Timbers

30
Dizzying, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if You're coming with a small child, and have ear plugs, and a sleeping mask. This is such an oppressive show. Overstuffed, and exhausting.

Don't see it if Just don't. Disappointing screen to stage adaptation. Seemed like great source material to musicalize. But it's just been commercialized.

78
Great actor, Ambitious, Intelligent, Profound, Heart-rending

See it if You want to see Frank Langella give an amazing performance. The show credibly puts you in the shoes of someone with Alzheimer's. Tissues.

Don't see it if You want something lighter. This is a heavy and sad show. Also, over-directed (those scene changes) and under-performed by most of the cast.

75
During previews
Clever, Intelligent, Original, Refreshing

See it if You are interested in learning a fascinating history of Mozart's sister. Inventively and theatrically told. Great costume and sound design!

Don't see it if You want something more than a one-person show. Or if you are not interested in music history.

30
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if You care enough about Gloria Estefan to sit through a bland musical about her (apparently) not very interesting life. <3 the shimmying boy.

Don't see it if You don't like being pandered to. Or if you think musicals can be more than regurgitated pop-canons.

58
Banal, Funny, Disappointing

See it if You have a free night & a cheap ticket. Or if you have a particular interest in stories of the educational system and underprivileged youth.

Don't see it if You want to see a play that treads on new ground. It's a perfectly fine play, but a familiar one and not a particularly original premise.

80
For a previous production
Absorbing, Resonant, Intense, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You want to be moved to tears. It's an original topic for a musical, will make you sob, and deliver some Killer singing! A big pay off here.

Don't see it if You don't like sentimentality (it does veer into after-school-special territory). It's a big-hearted show, and it will def have its critics.

86
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You are interested in new plays. This is a "familiar" (har har) story, told under a fresh new lens for American audiences. Just lovely.

Don't see it if family dramedies aren't your thing.

60
Dated, Entertaining, Absorbing, Disappointing, Funny

See it if You like a pact dramedy about sexuality. It is engaging and will hold your attention and deliver some laughs and thoughts along the way.

Don't see it if You want a nuanced discussion about sexual fluidity. The play is good, but feels just a tad dated and out of step with current sex politics.

92
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Must see, Profound

See it if You like a moving feminist story, with a powerful message, great source material, and an AMAZING performance by Cynthia Erivo and the cast.

Don't see it if You don't want to see the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Actress in a Musical. Hands down. Shoe in. #Predictions.

49
Disappointing

See it if you get a free ticket.

Don't see it if You are after a thoughtful discussion about race, or a play that is well-structured. There is 1 moment of pathos, and the rest is noise.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in new plays! It's a beautiful new piece about family, obsession, and being "called" to do something. It's a moving play.

Don't see it if You want something more simple, or broad. This is an intelligent play that asks some complex questions.

75
For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Refreshing, Enchanting

See it if You're into a fresh take on Jane Austen, loaded with humor, and creative staging. Great for an intimate evening of pared down theatre.

Don't see it if You are after big, flashy, spectacle. Or if you are expecting a straight-up retelling of S&S with period costumes, sets, etc.

24
Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You are a fan of Linda Lavin.

Don't see it if You like a well-written play, or care about dramatic structure, or expect a play to add up to something.

100
Ambitious, Riveting, Relevant, Must see, Masterful

See it if You want to bare witness to the most significant contribution to the theatre arts in the last 20 years. Best "new musical" I've ever seen.

Don't see it if You're completely insane.

100
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You're a musical theatre lover, with a sense of humor about religion.

Don't see it if You don't like bad language