BonnieO

Manhattan | 50-64 | Female
About:  A native New Yorker who saw my first show at age four. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (102)
98
Emotional, Relevant, Funny, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if to witness a powerful one woman show that will teach you, engage you, make you laugh & cry & send you home to read the Constitution.

Don't see it if Honestly, I think everyone should see it. Don't think it's going to be a history lesson. It's autobiographical drama w/history woven in.

85
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Moving, Enlightening, Great acting

See it if you want to learn some history that is sadly unknown by many. It's engrossing and even funny. I felt like I saw them playing ball.

Don't see it if you only like musicals. this takes some thought. actors play more than one role, too.

90
Burn This
Midtown W
Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You love great acting. Driver has the louder role but Russell is brilliant. She cuts right through you. Not sure why her reviews were mixed

Don't see it if You’re offended by crude language or don’t like wordy plays. Can’t stop thinking about it. Also loved Uranowitz. Closing this weekend.

75
All My Sons
Midtown W
Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like Arthur Miller and have never seen this before. I wasn't as moved as I'd expected to be except by Chris Keller.

Don't see it if you only like musicals or comedies. This is neither. It remains timely & devastating.

80
Ink
Midtown W
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You like stories. Especially true ones. And especially ones about journalism. It's compelling & well-acted.

Don't see it if You're not interested in the rise of the Murdoch empire. You don't like to work to understand a heavy UK accent or enjoy forced music/dance

Also This play, like many shows these days, resonates with current times an... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You liked the movie. Want to see a star turn from Santino Fontana & a talented cast. They do a good job updating.

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals. This runs long. The dialogue is humorous, The music not memorable. There’s language not for the kids.

65
During previews
New, Edgy, Great singing

See it if If you like modern reinterpretations of classic musicals.

Don't see it if You’re a purist and don’t like liberties taken with the story or production.

Also The bright golden haze on the meadow was a little too bright for me ex... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great music

See it if You love Sondheim. The songs & story are beautiful but don't let you off the hook. They make you think more than tap your toes.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional musicals. The plot goes backward & makes you reflect on your life. The performances are moving but the singing uneven

99
Masterful, Intelligent, Hilarious, Exquisite

See it if The personal stories of a group of dancers auditioning for a show interests you. The deeply moving stories are hardly limited to performers

Don't see it if Even if you don’t like musicals, this is one of the greatest ever. The music, lyrics & dialogue are superb. This production is top notch

88
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love Cher. The singing is tremendous, the staging innovative, the costumes glorious & the mood uplifting.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals and don't care for Cher. I'm not a big fan of jukebox musicals but this is terrific.

Also Even if you didn't grow up with Sonny & Cher, this is a fun night out.... Read more Read less

98
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Relevant

See it if You like your drama served up with generous portions of truth, humor, and uplift. The acting is superb.

Don't see it if You don’t like historical dramas or plays that reference the classics. There are highlights of Hamlet and Cyrano de Bergerac throughout.

Also This is a wonderful play. The language: rich but relatable. The acting... Read more Read less

55
During previews
My Parsifal Conductor
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if You're interested in the life of Shubert & his life & don't mind an ambitious portrayal that's a little rough around the edges.

Don't see it if you won't be forgiving of these actors who give a weak script their all. It just missed the mark. Better editing would've helped.

90
Intelligent, Moving, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if EVEN if you've never been able to get into Checkov. This production makes him completely accessible & engrossing.

Don't see it if you don't like plays w/heavy dialogue, unhappiness, or on the human condition These people lead lives of quiet desperation. It's a lesson.

Also Rarely do you get to see a production like this Uncle Vanya. ... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Entertaining, Dated, Great singing

See it if You like Andy Karl & Samantha Barks (Eponine from movie Les Miz) as much as I do. They & the supporting cast give the show life.

Don't see it if Catchy pop tunes wedged into the beloved but now dated take off on My Fair Lady & Cinderella doesn’t entice. FYI-very suggestive sex scenes.

Also Barks & Karl are incredibly winning. They deserved better. The music a... Read more Read less

90
Exquisite, Enlightening, Fun

See it if You love art, you love theater and you love when they intersect. Very knowledgeable guide, Marin, took us from Ancient Greece to Picasso.

Don't see it if You don't want to learn new tidbits about favorite masterpieces. I got a new spin on messages conveyed by several masters.

98
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Transformative

See it if Great drama expressing the human experience will move you. Once in a great while, something like this comes along. It makes you think & feel

Don't see it if You don't like long shows (7 1/2 hrs total) or if the topic is too sad, although there's lots of humor. There is profanity & a nude scene

95
Intelligent, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You love the power of words. Even though it's all talking, the play draws you in completely. These 3 actresses gave a master class. Loved it

Don't see it if If you need constant linear action on stage. You don't want to think about your life's direction afterward.

45
During previews
First Love
West Village
Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you like quirky, plot light character stories. Kudos to the actors for remembering all the non-linear dialogue

Don't see it if you need to see more plot progression and understand what's drawing two people together.

65
Disappointing, Great singing, Superficial

See it if You’re a big Donna Summer fan - even of her lesser known songs. And if a jukebox musical that glosses over the story won’t bother you.

Don't see it if You hoped for something more substantial. Even the highs are not high enough until the end. And the lows drag. The performers are angelic.

Also The story of her life was given short shrift here as was her music.... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if GB Shaw, historical plays, and/or St Joan interest you. You like C Rashad. She's at her most powerful. You like to be swept away by words.

Don't see it if You can't sit through a long show filled with lots of dialogue no matter how interesting & clever. You like more interesting sets.

82
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Great talent, Relevant

See it if you like musicals & can suspend disbelief for the sheer joy of this production. The talent, sets & music are wonderful. Slate IS SB.

Don't see it if you don't like *splashy* musicals. but you don't have to like the cartoon to like this. It's likely more fun to see it with kids as I did

Also Inside the silliness of the script are positive messages of kindness, ... Read more Read less

65
Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if for Ridloff's breakout performance. Her signing is more eloquent than the dialogue. Jackson admirably speaks & signs his & her lines.

Don't see it if You need a faster paced plot. This one takes its time & also glosses over how their connection becomes romantic.

Also I also wish the subtitles had remained up during Ridloff's dramatic sp... Read more Read less

80
Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Exquisite, Lilting

See it if You like historical drama & baroque music. The play is different & beautiful from the set to the acting. It’s funny, sad, & feels English.

Don't see it if You’re not a Rylance fan. You don’t like Opera. You need realism.

85
Great acting, Delightful, Moving

See it if You want to see a master class in acting. Lithgow’s every pantomime and every utterance is believable. You can even see the parrot!

Don't see it if You want a plotted story. This is a tribute by Lithgow to his dad - a moving one - in which he tells 2 short stories his Dad read to him

75
Junk
Upper W Side
Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in dramas recounting the financial crises of the 80’s. You like innovative sets/lighting & great ensemble acting.

Don't see it if A lot of financial jargon makes your head spin. Also if you like shorter works. Act II moves more quickly with more suspenseful action.

95
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy unconventional musicals. This one combines unique stagecraft with moving messages. I was completely involved with the characters.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals-esp. "big" ones. This is lavish but also meaningful & touching. It's about hope & what's really important in life

90
Manilow Broadway
Midtown W
Big fun for fanilows only

See it if you are a Fanilow. It was one of the best, if not the best, concerts of his I've been too.

Don't see it if you're too cool to see what a remarkable composer/arranger/performer Barry is. He knows how to sing to a crowd as if each person is special

90
Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if Well, if you love Fiddler - no matter how many times you've seen it. This production is different. It's deeply felt.

Don't see it if You're familiar with the show and don't want to see it again. Don't want to watch sub-titles.

90
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You're interested in media and its impact on society or you just want to see Bryan Cranston-who's a genius. It's fun, engaging, mesmerizing

Don't see it if You didn't like the movie. Don't want to be asked to yell. The stage, btw, is also genius. They recreated a TV studio & control room.

100
Great singing, Funny, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if You’re open to a rebirth rather than a revival of KMK. I’ve never scored 100 before. O’Hara is as a great a physical comedian as a vocalist.

Don't see it if You really, really hate musicals - even smart, funny ones. You really hate dance. Corbin Bleu dances on the ceiling! Breathtaking

Also The script is masterfully tweaked to make it more about 2 equally stro... Read more Read less

93
Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You’ll like the story of how a Jewish immigrant family & America impacted each other & how the financial industry came to be.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays over three hours. The Jewish immigrant story holds no interest. You don’t like seeing 3 actors playing many roles

Also The financial industry story is interwoven & no less fragile than the ... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You want a masterclass in acting. Despite the dark humor, though, it's not a happy or particularly optimistic play about self-destiny

Don't see it if You don't like dramas with multiple themes & open ended questions. There's a lot to digest here. Are we our brother's keeper, for one.

86
Absorbing, Intense, Great acting

See it if You like real drama about real people that hits you in the gut. This is not a play you enjoy so much as feel intensely.

Don't see it if You don't like contemporary drama that mirrors our times or if you don't like plays about race.

Also Sadly, Steven Pasquale wasn't in the play when I saw it. I stayed anyw... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you’ll enjoy a brisk comedy about fact based reporting v fudging facts in service of story. In another time, it would play quite differently

Don't see it if .you’re not prepared for a thinking piece on how to relay current events. There’s a lot of words & concepts. Also, no definitive conclusion.

Also This story comes from 2 actual written pieces. Knowing that helps clar... Read more Read less

65
Apologia
Midtown W
Dated, Indulgent, Slow

See it if For Stockard Channing! Otherwise, the writing wasn't my taste & the message blurred. Lots of monologues & mannered staccato responses.

Don't see it if You like a plot. This family drama hammers the lead for putting her humanitarian work over family. But she's just mean & self-righteous.Why?

65
During previews
Great acting, Intense, Great staging

See it if You like family dramas and Kenneth Lonergan. The writing is so deft it pulls you right in for better or worse. But be prepared for worse

Don't see it if You prefer more of a plot. The story of the decline of an Alzheimer’s patient will be too upsetting.

Also If you thought the movie Manchester by the Sea was a real happy time, ... Read more Read less

60
Heartbreak House
Midtown W
Ambitious, Dated, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you'd like a novel "play-within-a-play" by an early (unrecognizable) Shaw. Sets & acting r great but too long & plays' themes don't meet.

Don't see it if You don't like very talky long shows. Also, in the spirit of the times, it is Acted with a capital A. There is humor. Oh - and singalongs.

70
Little Rock
East Village
Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a moving and beautifully acted play about this painful piece of American history.

Don't see it if you want to see something more polished & gripping, which this has the potential to be.

85
During previews
Delightful, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if you like upbeat musicals w/a positive message that doesn't take itself too seriously. Actors are great & infectious music leaves u humming

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or only like them if they're Sweeney Todd or Les Miz.

65
Skintight
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great acting

See it if If you're a fan of Joshua Harmon's plays. I gave it 65 for the splendid performances & witty dialogue.

Don't see it if You're not interested in another take on how we're an age obsessed society.

95
Brilliant, Exquisite, Great staging, Must see

See it if You want to be overwhelmed with beauty. This production created a new way to stage a musical. Its power still holds w/luscious music & dance

Don't see it if You won't be charmed by the beauty of the actors as animals. I returned to take my 7 year old nephew. He was mesmerized. Sit by center aisle

95
Enchanting, Magical, Great staging, Innovative, Transporting

See it if You're at least somewhat familiar with Potter. If you are, it will be like the books opened & everyone came to life, powers intact.

Don't see it if You can't make the time commitment. Also - review book or movie 4 first. This represents the books better than the films did. I loved it.

70
Travesties
Midtown W
Ambitious, Literary, Great acting

See it if You like Stoppard & know “The Importance of Being Ernest” from which this borrows. You can get the jokes & themes while the rest washes over

Don't see it if You don’t like wordy plays. You don’t like absurdist humor. You don’t like plays with a lot of historical & artistic references.

Also Having said all that, I also loved the dialogue around what art should... Read more Read less

65
Admissions
Upper W Side
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Cliched

See it if You’ll like a well-acted story about one family’s struggle with liberal principles vs self interest. A few new perspectives are offered.

Don't see it if You’re already aware of the issues around affirmative action & plays that tackle them wo innovative ideas for dialogue & solutions

Also While the play does go deeper in examining a case of well-meaning, lib... Read more Read less

70
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy dramas that raise issues of family responsibility, guilt, & loneliness, & ask what makes a person good or bad/happy or sad.

Don't see it if You’re expecting laughs. This “dark” comedy is intense & devastating & haunting. But the acting is brilliant - especially by Ms. Brewer.

72
During previews
Enchanting, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if this is a favorite. The music & sets are as glorious as ever. The cast is very endearing.

Don't see it if you can't get Audrey Hepburn (or Marni Nixon or Julie Andrews) out of your mind no matter how much Ambrose tries to do so.

90
Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing, Moving, Unique

See it if You like non-traditional, immersive musicals, Caribbean music, & innovative, detailed sets. It extends all the way to the 1st row of seats

Don't see it if You don't like fables, stories of myth & adventure, a straightforward happy ending, or sand. See it anyway. The singing is heavenly.

Also I really loved this. It was made all the more special with a Show-Scor... Read more Read less

72
Broad Comedy
Soho/Tribeca
Funny, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You like sketch comedy. You’re concerned about our nation today but need a laugh. You’re a feminist & don’t get those who say they aren’t.

Don't see it if You’re offended by: risqué humor, crude language, x-rated jokes, criticism of the current White House. You need a linear story

70
The Last Match
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You love tennis & plays that make you fill in the details. Amazing how you find yourself immersed in a game wo a ball being bounced

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy thinking/analyzing message plays. Not just about tennis but doing what you love & sticking w/it through life’s ups & downs

Also A diner menu is overwhelming. When they have a special, order it!

82
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Great acting

See it if You like a new spin on the Jane Austen classic.The story’s still there but w/actors playing multiple roles, inventive staging & comic bits

Don't see it if You’re a purist or if you don’t like slapstick comedy. Sometimes it’s a little over the top.