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 (182)
56
During previews
Overrated, Slow, Great staging, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if You Love Bob Dylan

Don't see it if You want to see something even remotely upbeat or not depressing

Also Mare Winningham is great, as is JEANNETTE BAYARDELLE. Apart from their... Read more Read less

100
During previews
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Must see, Great writing, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like shows that defy simple description - this is more than a play but not exactly a musical.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something with a large cast or traditional structure.

Also A series of beautifully rendered stories, with a song sung for each af... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Nostalgic, Clever, Great staging, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You’re interested in Yiddish Theater, Yiddish language, or seeing a classic musical from the beginnings of US Yiddish Theater.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in supertitles (it is in Yiddish with English & Russian supertitles). You want something modern or up-to-date.

Also This was engaging and interesting. It is a recreation of the first Yid... Read more Read less

87
Fun, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like revues and can enjoy a bunch of great songs with no plot tying them together.

Don't see it if You want a fully-staged, plot-filled musical.

Also I have only seen 2 of Maury Yeston’s shows (Nine and Titanic) and wasn... Read more Read less

82
Einstein's Dreams
Midtown E
Intelligent, Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in Einstein or have read Einstein’s Dreams and want to see that as a musical.

Don't see it if You want a large musical with big production numbers.

Also Very interesting production. Fantastic projections and interesting cho... Read more Read less

71
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Quirky, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You like fringe festival type shows. You want to see a show sung about modern life and fighting the good fight

Don't see it if You want something polished. You aren’t interested in political songs and commentary.

81
Monsoon Season
West Village
Intense, Intelligent, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like dark dark comedy. You can follow a somewhat non-linear presentation. You are interested in character studies of flawed people

Don't see it if You are looking for something cheery or fluffy. You only like musicals or large productions. This is a 2-person show.

Also This was interesting and entertaining and featured two excellent perfo... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in politics- particularly women’s issues, the environment, “behind the scenes” stories.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something fluffy or comic (though there is some humor)

Also This was far more emotional to me than I thought it would be. I’m not ... Read more Read less

78
FEAR
West Village
Shocking, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You like mysteries and suspense thrillers but also philosophical discussions.

Don't see it if You would be upset by cursing, violence, and discussions of of child’s abduction.

Also Short, well-acted, compelling, and totally stunned and chilled me at t... 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

77
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like camp! This is a great send up of stories of tragedy and redemption, brothels and music.

Don't see it if You don’t like camp. You don’t like Charles Busch. You are looking for something serious.

100
During previews
Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in Harlem in the 30s; the experience of gay men at that time; you’re interested in stories about African Americans

Don't see it if You don’t like thoughtful “talky” plays - this is full of beautiful language and can be slow some places because the discussion is profound

Also This is beautifully written and very interesting. The story of 4 frien... Read more Read less

100
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a great play by one of the great writers of the 1970s. You’re interested in women writers and women’s issues.

Don't see it if You want to see something traditional. You can’t walk around well (you move around the theater). You want something straight forward.

Also This is one of the finest productions I’ve ever seen. ... Read more Read less

95
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You can follow a slightly surreal, kind of non-linear plot. You like non-traditional stories. You like good writing.

Don't see it if You want something easy to follow or traditional. You’re looking for something big and flashy.

Also Captivating, fascinating. Jumping through time and identities. Indescr... Read more Read less

91
During previews
One in Two
Midtown W
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Exquisite, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in profound, innovative storytelling.

Don't see it if You are racist or homophobic.

Also Wonderfully innovative play. Well-written, incredibly staged. Compelli... Read more Read less

97
The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Riveting, Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like classics presented in a not completely traditional way.

Don't see it if You are looking for a comedy or anything light or “feel good”... this is intense drama presented in a very confronting way. And 3 hrs long

Also My mind was blown. ... Read more Read less

100
Must see, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in stories about teenage girls dealing with all kinds of issues. The dialogue is glorious and feels totally real.

Don't see it if You would be upset by depictions of drug use, or discussions of difficult topics, or depictions of violence.

Also This was compelling and captivating from start to finish. I never, eve... Read more Read less

69
The Seance Machine
Midtown W
Riveting, Intense, Spooky, Shocking, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in non-traditional story telling, and ghost stories.

Don't see it if You are easily scared, or aren’t open to an unusual concept. You have to put on a lab coat for example.

Also Well worth the time. Interesting and innovative and happy to support t... Read more Read less

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
For a previous production
Mac Beth
Upper E Side
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