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 (122)
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
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
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

84
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see a great version of a classic play. You enjoy dark humor and character-driven plays.

Don't see it if You are looking for something fluffy or surface. You want a large ensemble or intricate sets.

Also Victoria Clark is a terrific director. This was a wonderful production... Read more Read less

71
During previews
Ambitious, Great staging, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in the anti-war/peace movement (either current or Vietnam era)

Don't see it if You want something that has a lot of action. You aren’t interested in exposition/re-enactments of courtroom events.

Also Very profound and well done piece examining a major act of civil disob... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Intense

See it if You enjoy new young writers. You like plays about families. You like small intimate stories.

Don't see it if You would’ve upset be frank discussions and portrayal of chemo & cancer. You’re looking for something light or fluffy.

Also The realism of the cancer & chemo was a bit much for me.... Read more Read less

31
During previews
Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if There are a couple good singers and funny/good songs and one really funny song

Don't see it if You want a fully polished professional and tight show. This seemed like it still needed a lot of work.

82
Absorbing, Great singing

See it if You like musicals and want to see one act musicals by emerging artists. You like Rebecca Luker.

Don't see it if You want one continuous story - this is an evening of 3 40-minute one acts.

Also Three one act musicals of varying styles. I adored the first one calle... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Ambitious, Great singing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great music

See it if You are interested in Edna St Vincent Millay. You like non-traditional story telling. You want something fresh & powerful.

Don't see it if You need fancy sets or everything spelled out for you. You can’t handle people playing more than one role.

Also Truly fascinating piece. I didn’t know much about the subject and was ... Read more Read less

73
Entertaining, Sexy, Great dancing, Clever

See it if You like strong sexy dancing and dancers. You aren’t offended by nudity.

Don't see it if You might be triggered by serious depiction of cocaine use - one number features a pile of cocaine and repeated “snorting” of it - NOT COOL

Also Given the title I thought there would be more actual “kink” involved b... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Funny, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You like Janet McTeer and want to see her do some of the most famous scenes from Hamlet. You are interested in Sarah Bernhardt

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in the backstory of Bernhardt playing Hamlet. You have a hard time understanding British accents. You hate Shakespeare

Also Watching Janet McTeer doing Hamlet is going to be one of the highlight... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if You are able to understand brutish accents. You like broad humor. You are interested in pool or snooker.

Don't see it if You have a difficult time with accents. You want a large cast addressing serious subject matter.

Also This was the first preview but it was already tight and hilarious.... Read more Read less

82
Great singing, Masterful, Classic

See it if You like classic Broadway shows with lush scores. You’ve never seen it before. You like amazing dance integrated into a show.

Don't see it if You want something upbeat. You’re looking for a new or modern show.

Also I have never seen Carousel before (though I knew the story going in) s... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Funny, Great singing, Quirky

See it if You like small shows with talented singers. You like the absurd.

Don't see it if You need a plot grounded in reality. You want a big show with big numbers - this has 4 actors and minimal set.

Also I’ve read some harsh reviews here that i don’t understand. I thought t... Read more Read less

78
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if You like small new plays. You have ever been to magnolia gardens in Florida.

Don't see it if You like plays with big sets. You can’t sit through 90 minutes. You can’t use your imagination.

81
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You’re interested in philosophical discussions of what it means to be human. You can sit through about 90 minutes without a break.

Don't see it if You need something with a lot of action. You’re not interested in thoughtful questions about who we are and where we’re going as a species

Also I enjoyed this very much, more than I thought even from the descriptio... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Quirky

See it if You like the Go-Go’s. You like Elizabethan comedy. You like great singing and choreography. You aren’t offended by inuendo or trans people.

Don't see it if You would be offended by same sex kissing, risqué language, or references to transgender issues. You can’t understand Elizabethan language.

Also I loved this show!!!... Read more Read less

84
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Fluffy, Dizzying

See it if You like 80s pop culture, space movies, parody, over the top farce.

Don't see it if You are looking for something serious. You’re easily offended or aren’t familiar with 70s/80s pop culture.

80
Clever, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in Tennessee Williams and/or William Inge. You are interested in gay life in the 1940s.

Don't see it if You are offended by gay men and innuendos about gay sex. You are looking for an entirely serious historical look at these writers.

Also This was a delightful and entertaining 2 person show - far funnier tha... Read more Read less

87
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You like Shaw. You want to see a great ensemble. You’re interested in Joan of Arc or historical plays.

Don't see it if You have issues understanding accents. You’re looking for something with more action than dialogue. You want a mindless evening.

Also I’ve read that this is considered Shaw’s finest work and it was certai... Read more Read less

96
Absorbing, Exquisite, Must see, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if You are interested in a small personal musical. You prefer characters over speactacle. You like intimate-feeling theater.

Don't see it if You want big production numbers or choreography.

Also A truly beautiful slice of life brought lovingly and perfectly to the ... Read more Read less

87
Ambitious, Cheesy, Entertaining, Epic

See it if You like spectacles. You enjoy music of all types. You’re open to over-the-top performance.

Don't see it if You want a show with a plot or that is elegant.

Also This was tremendous fun for me and most of the people sitting around m... Read more Read less

77
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like old period pieces (this is from 1912). You can understand fairly thick British accents.

Don't see it if You want something very easy to follow, Modern, or with a large cast.

Also Another great production from The Mint. Very interesting piece about w... Read more Read less

66
Ambitious, Disappointing, Relevant

See it if You are a Robert O’Hara fan/completist. You like commentary on serious issues told shown in an off-beat way.

Don't see it if You want a light musical. You’re easily offended but language or talk of religion.

Also I love Robert O’Hara but this is not one of his best works.... Read more Read less

69
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
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
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

87
During previews
Clever, Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Riveting

See it if You are interested in innovative musicals.

Don't see it if You want big traditional production numbers.

Also Fascinating concept. Music was mostly really interesting. Actors were ... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Ambitious, Funny, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in spirituality and female mysticism.

Don't see it if You don’t like female-centered plays. You want more action than dialogue.

Also This was a fascinating and beautifully staged piece. It isn’t perfect ... Read more Read less

62
During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Slow

See it if You are interested in South Africa. You are a Strindberg completist.

Don't see it if You have a hard time with accents. You are looking for a traditional version of this play.

Also I was torn about my rating. The actors were all so excellent but the a... Read more Read less

92
Ambitious, Absorbing, Entertaining, Profound, Resonant

See it if You are interested in non-traditional storytelling. You want to be profoundly moved

Don't see it if You only like theater with big sets and fictional plot lines

93
During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great staging, Must see, Relevant

See it if You like non-traditional staging (think Great Comet). You’re interested in women’s history or war.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional song and dance musical. You need everything spelled out for you (obvious sets & props for example)

Also I got so much more than I thought I would from this show.... Read more Read less

89
Entertaining, Hilarious, Intense, Suspenseful, Creepy

See it if You like black humor, or horror, or horror humor.

Don't see it if You’re easily offended by disturbing things played to comic effect : murder, torture, utter insanity?

Also I laughed A LOT and thought it was terrific. Really well-acted in the ... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Slow, Thought-provoking, Dated

See it if You are a Tennessee Williams completist. You want to see powerhouse female performances in a small intimate theater.

Don't see it if You are looking for a light comedy. You don’t like Tennessee Williams. You don’t like small shows.

Also Certainly not his best play, but very interesting to see Williams work... Read more Read less

74
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant

See it if You like period pieces. You like drama. You have an interest in or understanding of unions in the early 20th century

Don't see it if You are looking for a light comedy or something with characters you will “like”. You want a happy ending.

Also This is another wonderful Mint Theater production of an old play. As a... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You are a fan of AR Gurney. You enjoy one act plays. You are interested in seeing 3 plays from 3 different time periods by one author.

Don't see it if You only enjoy shows with elaborate sets and large casts. You don’t like shows that are fully dialogue based.

Also I enjoyed all 3 plays... here are my scores... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Ambitious, Intelligent, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Emotional

See it if You are interested in addiction/recovery, spirituality, family, and/or the Deaf. You are not offended by talk of God or the Bible.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in hearing about recovery/sobriety or intellectual discussion about addiction or God.

Also The shadowcast of ASL actors was fantastic though they didn’t do what ... Read more Read less

9
Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You are a drunk 40-year old man from NJ who used to be in a band.

Don't see it if You are NOT a drunk 40-year old man from NJ who used to be in a band. Generally just DON’T see it.

Also I was hopeful after Act One - my friends who had seen it said it was t... Read more Read less

87
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Masterful

See it if You want to see amazing acting and are ok with serious and disturbing subject matter.

Don't see it if You only want happy, light, fluffy pieces. You have a hard time understanding a British accent.

Also Amazing. Just amazing. Funny and horrific. Carey Mulligan was incredib... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You can follow multiple characters being played by few actors. You’re interested in the life of a woman from the 14th century.

Don't see it if You need big sets, lots of props. You can’t sit through 2 hours with no intermission. You can’t follow quick changes (actors play many roles

92
Clever, Great singing, Great dancing, Electric

See it if You like Jason Robert Brown or any of the singers. You like richly layered showtune pop.

Don't see it if You want a fully fleshed out plot (this is more of a song cycle). You want full sets or costumes.

Also I didn’t know most of these songs before I sat down, and only Jes JRB ... Read more Read less

77
Absorbing, Great singing, Slow

See it if You like old 1920s and earlier blues. You’re interested in the life of Blind Lemon Jefferson. You want to hear great singing.

Don't see it if You want something lighthearted or modern. You want a show with a definite plot or in depth anecdotes. You don’t like the blues.

Also Great singing and interesting subject matter. I took someone who was n... Read more Read less

77
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if You like slapstick comedy, have an appreciation for parody of American pop culture, are looking for something short and light and silly.

Don't see it if You don’t know much about pop culture from the 70s & 80s, are easily offended, want a show that “says something” or has a message.

Also The guys from The Pretend Men are extremely talented and both their sh... Read more Read less

92
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You like drama. You have any interest in the experience of deafness. You want to see ASL on stage. You want to see powerhouse acting.

Don't see it if You only like musicals or fluffy stories.

Also I had not seen the original or the movie so I only knew the basics of ... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Dizzying

See it if You like Stoppard. You are interested in discussions of politics and art and history.

Don't see it if You have trouble with accents. You need a story to be told in a straight-forward way.

Also I love Tom Stoppard and I thought this was a terrific production. Ther... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing, Riveting

See it if You are at all interested in Harry Potter. Even if you aren’t a fan of Harry Potter, if you like fantasy, adventure, and amazing stagecraft.

Don't see it if You aren’t willing to suspend your disbelief and be absorbed in something truly magical.

Also Yes, it helps to have read all the Harry Potter books or to have seen ... Read more Read less

83
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if You can handle fast-paced dialogue with lots of pop culture thrown in. You’re looking for a very funny take on Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You are too serious about The Bard.

Also A show geared towards kids (the program says ages 10 and up) but fun f... Read more Read less

93
During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Riveting, Dizzying

See it if You want to see a captivating tennis match on stage. You are interested in feminism and history. You enjoy clever staging.

Don't see it if you want a traditionally staged show. You’re offended by talk of politics mixing with sports.

Also This was one of the most exceptional things I’ve ever seen on the stag... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You like small musicals about emotions and real life. You want to see something fresh with a great score and songs. You like DEH.

Don't see it if You want a musical with big production numbers or a fancy set. You can’t sit still for over 90 minutes!

Also Frankly I thought the songs and score were far superior to DEH, and th... Read more Read less