Beth S 2

New York City | 65+ | Female
About:  Retired NYC teacher, and total theater lover. Will hop express bus, on a minute's notice, to get to a show, new, old, musical, drama....
Reviews (86)
78
Raunchy, Funny, Clever

See it if you love Nathan Lane, scatalogical humor, and laughing, until you cry, at some real clowning and silliness.

Don't see it if scatalogical humor offends, or you are looking for Shakespeare. If you can't stand screaming voices, stay home!

95
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if What can I say? It's Arthur Miller, with superb cast!

Don't see it if you're looking for laughs.

91
Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want excellent writing, superb acting, acerbic wit, outstanding staging. Loving movie add points.

Don't see it if you can't sit for almost 2 1/2 hours. No intermission, or if you're looking for fluff. If you're not in mood to think, don't go!!!!

90
Clever, Funny, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if enjoy edgy theater, perfect casting, thought provoking story.

Don't see it if if you are looking for light fluffy humor, or Harry Potter.

89
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great singing, Delightful

See it if this was your era; you love the music, the costumes Sonny and Cher,and Cher.

Don't see it if you don't like Cher, don't bother. Otherwise, no complaints.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you want excellent, absorbing drama. Not to be missed!

Don't see it if you're looking for fluff.

89
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you liked movie. Add, dancing,& great voices, Andy Karl- WOW, Samantha Barks- think Menzel . Entertaining rom-com . Come out smiling.

Don't see it if you hated movie, you will not like show. If you are looking for deep, stay home.

88
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Hilarious, Raunchy

See it if you're open to mixing Shakespearean English & the GoGos,like to laugh, love great voices, dance& can handle raunchy LGBTQ humor. Hysterical!

Don't see it if you don't like people tampering with Shakespearean style plays, or are offended by LGBTQ humor/ themes.

89
Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in deaf culture, and a strong story. Joshua Jackson &.Lauren Ridloff were superb. Deaf cast , sometimes hard to get.

Don't see it if you aren't willing to work to understand the actors. The deaf actors weren't easy, for the hearing audience, but worth the effort.

85
During previews
Great singing, Entertaining, Dated

See it if you love Rogers and Hammerstein. Singing and dancing phenomenal. Beware, it is lacking in chemistry between Julie and Billy.😒

Don't see it if If you are looking for something new, modern and edgy.

92
Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you enjoy a classic story, beautiful voices, and dancing, elegant, intelligent staging, and amazing set design.

Don't see it if a classic story you already know will bore you; you need sex and violence. It is a lovely, enjoyable show, for everyone.

72
Quirky, Funny

See it if you want to see Hayley Mills. Klea Blackhurst, who appears in second act, brings the laughs. She is funny!!

Don't see it if you don't have patience to sit through a slow moving first act. Some high points, but drags a bit.

89
During previews
Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are looking for something different, interesting and thought provoking. It is a musical, but not your stereotypical musical.

Don't see it if you are looking for a foot stomping, rousing, joyful, standard old fashioned musical.

80
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you will enjoy a revue,of Broadway musicals ,with songs from 50's to today, that bring entire shows back to you in an instant.

Don't see it if you expect a lot of biographical or background information on Hal Prince.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Intense

See it if you are ready for a powerful , absorbing drama, based on history.

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Must see

See it if before it closes! Powerful, absorbing, well written.++ for Jewish/Yiddish theater history

Don't see it if you want an uplifting afternoon. This is not your, happy, little musical.

75
Ambitious, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you are looking for simple, mindless afternoon's entertainment. Add points if Andy Carl, movie fan. Kudos for effects.

Don't see it if you are looking for something meaty, with a plot. Would have been better if a little shorter.

85
Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Dated

See it if you love great music and strong performances. Add points for Glenn Close and Andrew Lloyd Weber fans.👍👍

Don't see it if you are looking for exquisite, elegant scenery. Different take, this time, very sparse sets. Interesting staging.

93
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy drama, story, great voices, music and acting, with a touch of humor.

Don't see it if if you are looking for something light and fluffy.

91
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you are looking for absorbing theater, introducing a new, interesting actress as Laura. Sally Field and Joe Mantello nailed it!!

Don't see it if you are looking for something light, frothy, or a musical.

98
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if you love good music, dancing, story. Extra points if you liked Jersey Boys, or are a native New Yorker.

Don't see it if if you are looking for a quiet, boring time.

84
During previews
Clever, Great staging, Great singing, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you are a New Yorker, have ever ridden the subway, love great music, and amazing voices, intelligent story lines. New , different,& quirky!

Don't see it if looking for an old fashioned , run of the mill formulaic musical. Do NOT go, if gay romance and love offend you.

95
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if want phenomenal dancing, singing, & staging. Basically wow, Wow,WOW, and a tad disappointed.

Don't see it if if looking for big impact-Memories. Grizabella's voice lovely, but pales in comparison to fantastic numbers proceeding her- Mr Mestopheles!!

80
Cliched, Enchanting, Entertaining, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if you're looking to enjoy, and do not want to think. Great voices and music! Good fun and entertainment .

Don't see it if predictable story bothers or bores you.

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you enjoy powerful,well written,masterfully acted theater. Extra points Arthur Miller fans

Don't see it if you are looking for a fun filled experience.

83
Fluffy, Funny, Clever

See it if you like singing, dancing and on stage antics with a side of silliness.

Don't see it if ethnic or religious jokes offend you

77
Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy the classic scenes, special effects,or are a big Alex Brightman fan

Don't see it if you really, REALLY, LOVED the movie. Beginning wasn't too far off, but second act really went off track.

90
Clever, Intelligent, Funny

See it if you enjoy intelligently written, sharp witted, edgy, adult, sometimes, dark humor.

Don't see it if gay themes, or sexual innuendos offend you.

80
Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you have little girls with you . Cute. Add points for kids. You haven't seen movie.

Don't see it if you expect the quality of Beauty and the Beast,Little Mermaid. Scenery, effects, etc,fall far short of earlier Disney productions.

71
Ambitious, Dated, Great staging

See it if You enjoy female lead with great voice, excellent dancing, incredible puppeteers, amazing effects and awesome monkey!

Don't see it if you are looking for interesting book, great acting, or drama.

94
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love classic theater, beautiful costumes, voices, dancing and staging.. Adding Danny Burstein to cast made it even better!!!!!

Don't see it if a simple, classic story, isnt enough for you.

87
Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you enjoy great music, dancing, singing and extremely colorful and clever staging.

Don't see it if folk takes are not your thing .

84
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you enjoy a fun, tongue in cheek, show, with amazing voices and lots of rhymes & laughter; if you just like to leave a theater smiling.

Don't see it if you don't like a little silliness, or can't deal with anyone messing with Shakespeare. This is very LOOSELY based on Measure for Measure.

95
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if looking for drama that is still relevant. Excellent writing;strong ensemble of well cast superb actors. Startling performance by Parsons

Don't see it if you are expecting to see "Sheldon". You are not going to get comedy, some funny moments, but definitely not a comedy.

93
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if you just want to let go, for a bit, and have some mindless fun. Music , dancing, joy.

Don't see it if you are looking for a solid , dramatic storyline.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you have kids, in which case add 10 points; if you enjoy great dancing, and singing with dazzling sets, and can do without a story.

Don't see it if you are looking for thought provoking anything, you really need an interesting storyline, and have no kids

96
Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy a musical that is not only entertaining, but meaningful, particularly if 9/11 is relevant to you.

Don't see it if very young kids. Middle school, and up, go! Can't think of any other reason not to see it. Excellent!

76
Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you are ready to have some nerves touched and exposed; you can laugh through your pain, humorous moments, but dark, insightful.

Don't see it if you are expecting an afternoon of laughs.

90
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy great singing, interesting concept and story. Extra points for Christian Borle fans!!!

Don't see it if you have problems with gay relationships.

95
Great singing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see

See it if you like big band, swing, great dancing,singing, & story! Laura Osnes, Corey Cott WOW! Over Here music, but with serious relevant storyline.

Don't see it if I see no reason not to see it unless you absolutely HATE music of era. PS-Beth Leavel also great, but no room left in positive section.

71
Funny, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you want something silly, frivolous, and mindless. Eric Sciotto & Jim Borstelman get all points. They made the show worth seeing. It's fun.

Don't see it if if you are expecting Elvis music a 50's or Vegas review. You will be disappointed.

90
Entertaining, Dizzying, Riveting, Clever

See it if you believe in magic and like being dazzled,amazed and surprised.

Don't see it if you are a skeptic and cannot suspend disbelief.

83
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you are looking for fun, and a pleasant, happy show. Add points if you are bringing kids, and/or you are a Christian Borle fan! 😁

Don't see it if you are looking for high drama.

70
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you enjoy amazing voices! Lupone and Ebersole are fantastic and well worth price of tickets! Has it's moments, but they are few.

Don't see it if if you want a story that is going to hold your attention, monochromatic, and even boring at times.

91
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you enjoy ambitious, interesting theater, with surround, all around staging. Have to see it to get it.

Don't see it if if you are easily overwhelmed, or need very simple story. Need to do some thinking here.

80
Dated, Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic

See it if you remember, and loved it. Performers more than do it justice. Great voices. Very enjoyable evening.

Don't see it if you remember it, and will resent a little camping it up, and reading from scripts. No costumes, or sets. Music stands labeled"sheep"

91
Great singing, Great staging, Intense

See it if you want amazing, voices and excellent theater. Interesting staging, strong acting, The women are spellbinding,, especially Seely!

Don't see it if if you are looking for,an afternoon of light-hearted fun.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you enjoy family drama.Good, but left me wanting more. Didn't get the same impact got from Langella, in The Father.

Don't see it if you are looking for ONLY laughs.

81
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Original, Great singing

See it if you enjoy something different, especially if you are a Kurt Vonnegut fan.

Don't see it if you're looking for rousing , on your feet musial, with deep storyline.

79
Ambitious, Edgy, Great staging, Intense, Quirky

See it if you get references to the 80's &enjoy jabs at conspicuous consumerism of times; violence, blood, and sexuality do not embarrass you.

Don't see it if you are expecting high drama, surprisingly funny. If violence, blood, near nudity, graphic sexuality & weird, not your cup of tea, stay away