Beth S

New York City | 35-49 | Female
About:  Is there anything better than theater? I don't think so. Always looking for something new to see, as well as old favorites to revisit. Equally love musicals and plays, comedies and dramas, and especially things you can't classify.
Reviews (165)
87
During previews
Molly Sweeney
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in philosophy as it relates to blindness or vision. You want to see something thought-provoking.

Don't see it if You want something fancy or funny. This is a bare bones production of a very profound “talky” play

91
Relevant, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like hip hop, comedy, and intelligent humor.

Don't see it if You don’t like musical comedy (sung/rapped comedy)

Also This was hysterical. He has a real love of hip hop and does both frees... Read more Read less

92
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like Stoppard. You like wordplay. You like Shakespeare revisited.

Don't see it if You are easily confused or can’t pay attention to difficult word games. You want something straightforward and easy to follow.

Also Sheer brilliance - the writing (of course) and acting and staging. Ver... Read more Read less

78
Reborning
Soho/Tribeca
Riveting, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You like psychological explorations of damaged people,

Don't see it if You want a light comedy

Also I was very impressed with the writing and acting. It was disturbing bu... Read more Read less

73
Two's a Crowd
Midtown E
Slow, Light, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like Rita Rudner. You want to see a story about people in their 60s dealing with love and sex and marriage - that was very refreshing

Don't see it if You like large productions with lots of choreography. You don’t think Rita Rudner is funny.

Also Overall this was a winner.... Read more Read less

72
Preexisting Conditions
East Village
Clever, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in new writers; you like shows that explore difficult topics in a quirky way

Don't see it if You are looking for something totally light and fluffy. You would be upset by depiction of blood and medical issues.

Also This was very well written and well done. They did a great job with a ... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Edgy, Surreal, Intense, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You’re interested in wildly original adaptations of classics.

Don't see it if You’re offended by cursing and sexuality. You only like traditional staging of classic shows.

Also Really funny and interesting interpretation of The Three Sisters. Fine... Read more Read less

68
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Dated

See it if You want to see a classic 80s play. You love Audra.

Don't see it if You might be triggered by a man refusing to leave a woman’s apartment and generally behaving like a freak

Also Acting : fantastic ... Read more Read less

78
Interesting, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You’re interested in a relatively light, short show about making a commercial

Don't see it if You are looking for something profound

Also I was concerned given that some reviews of this were mediocre, but I e... Read more Read less

100
Riveting, Refreshing, Must see, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like Shakespeare without the affectation. You like new/modern settings for Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You only like Shakespeare done in stodgy accents.

Also I am an unapologetic lover of all things Shakespeare and this was an a... Read more Read less

87
Handbagged
Midtown E
Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in recent British history, Queen Elizabeth, or Margaret Thatcher. You like British comedies (smart ones not broad ones)

Don't see it if You have a hard time with British accents. You aren’t interested in British history etc (see above). You like traditional staging.

Also Really entertaining and interesting show. 4 women portraying Queen Eli... Read more Read less

100
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You want to see one of the best musicals in NYC today. You are interested in honest, difficult, and beautiful theater.

Don't see it if You would be offended by graphic language, depiction/discussion of queer sex/themes. You are looking for something light or fluffy

Also BRILLIANT... Read more Read less

78
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in a realistic portrayal of teen girls with all the messiness that entails.

Don't see it if You would be offended by frank discussions of sex, menstruation, religion, sexuality, cursing.

Also Very interesting piece and very well done. Felt utterly realistic (for... Read more Read less

100
Queen of Hearts
Brooklyn
Riveting, Raunchy, Dizzying, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like brilliant burlesque including great singing and dancing and aerial performance.

Don't see it if You are offended by nudity. You want a show with a straight forward plot.

Also I’ve seen most of Company XIV’s shows over the last 4 years and this i... Read more Read less

97
Mac Beth
West Village
Riveting, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You like fresh takes on classics. You can understand Shakespearean language. You aren’t offended by violence.

Don't see it if You insist on traditional unabridged Shakespeare.

Also This has become on of my favorite productions of Macbeth - a show I’ve... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Geeky, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You love Star Wars. You like silly shows. You don’t need something to be completely polished to enjoy it.

Don't see it if You don’t like Star Wars or don’t know Star Wars. You can’t be open to offbeat humor.

Also I was concerned at first that this was not going to be funny, but seve... Read more Read less

81
Surprising, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if You like light-hearted Disney entertainment. You enjoy female leads with strong voices.

Don't see it if You are looking for something serious or with a deep message. You don’t want to sit in a theater full of kids.

Also I liked this WAY MORE than I thought I would.... Read more Read less

97
Masterful, Great staging, Great singing, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You want to see what live theater can be. You like blues/jazz/New Orleans music. You want to see what everyone is talking about.

Don't see it if You don’t like loud shows or the type of music I mention above. You’re looking for something light and fluffy and fun.

Also This is visually stunning and musically a masterpiece. I’ll be honest ... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Confusing, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in the life of Hans Christian Anderson. You like theater that combines different forms (singing, speaking, puppets)

Don't see it if You want a traditional musical. You don’t like fairy tales or unusual staging.

Also The use of extremely talented live musicians playing classical music w... Read more Read less

91
Great orchestrations, Riveting, Indulgent, Absorbing

See it if You like new interpretations of classic works. You want to hear new arrangements of classic songs.

Don't see it if You are a traditionalist. You don’t like changes being made to shows. You want a lighthearted piece.

Also With all the hype surrounding this production I wasn’t sure what to th... Read more Read less

87
The White Devil
West Village
Riveting, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like the combination of modern dress/props/staging with classic language. You are interested in plays from the 1600s.

Don't see it if You have a hard time with Shakespearean-style language. You don’t like dark humor or drama.

Also I fully enjoyed this. I thought the staging was marvelous - the use of... Read more Read less

50
Relevant, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You like performance art, want to support theater from Kosovo and support artists who have high hurdles to jump to present their work

Don't see it if You are expecting an American style polished work. You would be offended by discussions / depictions of gay sex, or totalitarianism.

69
Superhero
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You love Tom Kitt. You like Kate Baldwin or Bryce Pinkham.

Don't see it if You want a big musical with big production numbers. You are sick of musicals about teenage boys with issues.

Also This started out so strong. The opening number was clever, with fabulo... Read more Read less

97
During previews
Good Friday
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if You want to see a brilliant playwright show women dealing with violence in a profound & relevant way. You want to see truly brave acting

Don't see it if You would be overwhelmed by graphic discussions of rape and seeing/hearing gun violence. You want to keep your eyes closed to reality.

Also This was stunning, shocking, profound, overwhelming, and one of the mo... Read more Read less

78
During previews
We Are The Tigers
East Village
Absorbing, Clever, Relevant, Resonant, Great singing

See it if You’re interested in : small unusual musicals, the thoughts and feelings of teenage girls, new writers.

Don't see it if You want a large show with big production numbers. You don’t like dark humor.

Also The first act of this show is terrific. There are several truly except... Read more Read less

79
Nostalgic, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of Kids In The Hall or Kevin McDonald or both. You are interested in one person shows.

Don't see it if You want a show with a plot or don’t like the humor of Kids In The Hall.

100
In the Green
Upper W Side
Must see, Masterful, Great singing, Exquisite, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in the next phase of musical theater. You liked Octet.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in women’s stories. You are looking for a traditional musical. This is brilliant but confronting.

Also I’ve seen this 4 times and each time see something new. The music is b... Read more Read less

69
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Indulgent, Insipid, Epic, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You want to see the most amazing puppeteering ever

Don't see it if You are looking for something high quality in any way other than the spectacle.

Also I went for the puppet - I loved the puppet. It was amazing. The techno... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Hannah Senesh
Financial
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in the Holocaust, freedom fighters, feminism, history.

Don't see it if You prefer large productions or fluffy happy shows.

Also Compelling one woman show about poet and fighter Hannah Senesh.... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Midsummer: A Banquet
Greenwich V
Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like Midsummer Night’s Dream and want to see a version where the action is all around you.

Don't see it if The seating is a bit problematic - tight quarters, sharing tables with people. Since it’s chairs and not theater seats you can get crushed

Also I love Midsummer Night’s Dream and have seen numerous productions. Thi... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Broadway Bounty Hunter
West Village
Great music, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like Annie Golden, Joe Iconis, 70s exploitation movies and funky soul music.

Don't see it if Can’t think of a reason. It’s awesome.

Also Annie Golden is an amazing goddess-like performer. Her voice remains i... Read more Read less

92
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in baseball, history, women in sports, the Negro leagues. You want to see a truly remarkable performance by the lead.

Don't see it if You want a story traditionally told from start to finish.

Also Compelling story, wonderfully acted and innovatively told.

97
Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like classic musicals, Cole Porter, humor, Shakespeare, Kelli O’Hara, Tap dancing

Don't see it if You only like dark or modern musicals; honestly I can’t imagine a reason not to go

Also Classic, funny, perfect, dancing was killer, so glad i went.

65
During previews
Great fight choreography, Great staging, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You love Kung fu fighting and are willing to ignore poor acting & singing to watch some brilliant fight sequences

Don't see it if You are looking for something with a plot you can easily follow; you dislike over-amplified voices and music

Also I was so excited for this show and so deeply disappointed.... Read more Read less

98
Refreshing, Fluffy, Great singing, Funny, Delightful

See it if You like old fashioned musical comedies. You’re interested in breaking into theater in the 30s.

Don't see it if You want something 100% modern. You would be offended by some innuendo and old-fashioned “girl craziness”. You only like serious plays.

Also Let’s start with the fact that I still have a song from this stuck in ... Read more Read less

87
Raunchy, Great staging, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like funny musicals. You are a fan of any of the leads. You liked the movie. You want to laugh and see a spectacle.

Don't see it if You don’t like ridiculous over the top numbers with lots of special effects. You don’t like to have fun.

Also I am a huge fan of the movie, and, as pointed out in the opening numbe... Read more Read less

43
Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You are really interested in Chinese history/stories. To the point that you can ignore mediocre acting.

Don't see it if You are easily confused by jumps in time in a plot.

Also I was really excited about this and the first scene definitely made me... Read more Read less

98
Octet
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Must see, Great singing, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You liked Ghost Quartet & Great Comet. You want to see something wholly original. You like acapella singing and harmonies.

Don't see it if You need a story with action or a traditional plot. You don’t like shows where the majority of the book is sung.

Also Stunning and sublime. Unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. ... Read more Read less

76
Caroline's Kitchen
Midtown E
Thought-provoking, Funny, Cliched, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You like British humor and family dramedies. You’re interested in reflections on class and political differences, and aging.

Don't see it if You have a hard time with British accents - some characters could be a bit hard to understand and there’s a lot of yelling making it harder

Also The friend I went with enjoyed it a bit more than I did. But there was... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Proof of Love
West Village
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in basically a monologue by a woman considering her marriage and family and classism & racism

Don't see it if You want more action than monologue. You like comedy. You aren’t interested in discussions about internalized classism and racism

Also The writing was very interesting - particularly when she is talking ab... Read more Read less

96
Refreshing, Quirky, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in sci-fi, the inner lives of high schoolers, original music, energetic performers.

Don't see it if You want something traditional and classic. You don’t like loud effects and amplification (very loud speakers). You are bored by high school

Also I was not expecting to like this as much as I did. The music was fun, ... Read more Read less

100
Masterful, Epic, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You like Shakespeare and want to see top of the line performers in one of his greatest plays.

Don't see it if You don’t like Shakespeare or can’t understand his language. You can’t sit through a long show (first act is 2 hours).

Also 1) Glenda Jackson is ridiculously good as King Lear. I forgot it was h... Read more Read less

91
safeword.
Midtown W
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in a realistic portrayal of a BDSM relationship (psychologically) and relationships in general.

Don't see it if You are offended by sex, or trans people. If you are looking for something with a large cast or looking for a comedy.

Also I thought this was terrific.... Read more Read less

98
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Must see, Great singing

See it if You want to see a rarely performed piece of theater history. You are frustrated with current politics and want to feel moved to fight.

Don't see it if You are looking for something easy or light or fluffy or with big dance numbers.

Also This is a fabulous production of a fantastic show which holds up today... Read more Read less

79
Unfolding
Midtown W
Riveting, Exquisite, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like modern puppetry and/or explorations of what it means to be a woman using unusual storytelling.

Don't see it if You need a story with dialogue or traditionally told.

95
Hilarious, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if You like farce, slapstick comedy, farce, Noises Off, college theater, slapstick - if you have a broad sense of humor.

Don't see it if You don’t like English comedy, or farce, or slapstick. You only like serious drama.

Also I don’t know why I put this off so long. It was so much funnier than i... Read more Read less

100
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to see an amazing interpretation of a theater classic.

Don't see it if I can’t imagine a reason not to see this incredible production, though if you would have trouble reading supertitles it would be bad

Also I have seen multiple production of Fiddler and this was by far the mos... Read more Read less

76
During previews
The Cake
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in seeing discussion of fundamentalism vs LGBTQ issues, and love vs ethics. You like Debra Jo Rupp.

Don't see it if You want something thoughtless or fluffy. You’re offended by sexuality.

Also Debra Jo Rupp is exceptional. The whole cast is great. It’s a very int... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You like small thoughtful character-driven theater, want to see the work of a brilliant woman playwright from 1913.

Don't see it if You only like musicals or shows with large casts. You aren’t interested in ethical conundrums and discussion of religious belief vs progress

Also Once again The Mint has presented a wonderful play by a relatively obs... Read more Read less

86
Exposed
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in sexuality, novel ways of storytelling, and thinking about female empowerment as it relates to sex.

Don't see it if You are offended by frank discussions about sex and pornography. You want to see traditional theater.

Also Fascinating show based on the true story of the Duke student who was “... Read more Read less