Brett G

New York City | 50-64 | Female
About:  Entertainment industry professional; see theater several times a week.
Reviews (212)
Painful, Great acting, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if it's three stories in three decades all told simultaneously. all three are staged at once, so the conversations cross. great cast bad play

Don't see it if you want to remain any sense of sanity. My ears hurt after and my brain needed a rest

Nostalgic, Great singing, Funny, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if like Judy Garland, old-time Hollywood musicals, big productions numbers. It's both fun and sentimental. Cast is fantastic

Don't see it if you don't like musicals of the 30's and 40's

Overrated, Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal

See it if There's no possible reason to see this mess

Don't see it if want good acting, good music, or even good kung fu. A total mess. Just horrible.

The Hard Problem
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if It's a good play, but its not a good Tom Stoppard play--nothing challenging, none of the Stoppard weirdness. Excellent cast except the lead

Don't see it if Are expecting Vintage Tom Stoppard

During previews
Eve's Song
East Village
Disappointing, Indulgent, A total mess

See it if I can't imagine who would like this. It tries to be a comedy and a timely drama about racism/black lives matter, and it fails at both

Don't see it if You value your time and money. Worst thing I've ever seen at the public.

The Emperor
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if essentially a one woman show, where she portrays 11 characters in Ethiopia after the fall of Haile Salasie. Great Acting

Don't see it if Have no interest in subject matter, want elaborate staging, don't like one person shows.

Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Intense, Resonant

See it if An interesting look at religion, LGBQ issues; its well written, excellently acted. It's the type of show one might need to see twice to get

Don't see it if You aren't interested in philosophical discussions, are uncomfortable with deafness

Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Good singing, Good staging

See it if it's Heather's without the bite. It's cute, cleverly staged, decently acted. It's far from a great show. But it's amusing

Don't see it if Want something with real depth or really good songs

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

See it if Whether it's your first Fiddler or have seen it, this is a really fun, different production. Great Choreography as well.

Don't see it if You have no desire to hear yiddish or read supertitles.

Cyprus Avenue
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if want to see a bravura performance by Stephen Rea. The show is intelligent and well acted, but it gets very disturbing.

Don't see it if Want something happy. This show gets very dark

During previews
Dated, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if you want to see a great ensemble cast. The 1st 45 minutes are really hysterical. The rest of the show turns more serious.

Don't see it if You are homophobic, or have fond memories of the original, as some material is clearly dated

Great singing, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if for the Music--the major Donna Summer hits are there. The performances are excellent--Ariana Duboise in particular. Book isn't great

Don't see it if You don't like the music, as it's the only reason to see this show.

Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if Great performances from a great cast. I'm not an Albee fan, but this one is intelligent and funny, as well as dramatic. Don't miss it

Don't see it if Want a big cast or a hilarious romp--it's definitely a dreamed.

Upper E Side
Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Relevant, Riveting

See it if It's a tour de force for Billie Pipper, who shows amazing range and ability. The rest of the cast is great as well. It's very intense

Don't see it if If you are sensitive to infertility issues, want a "fun" night at theater. It's gripping, but emotionally ripping

The Low Road
East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if Like period pieces, large casts, intelligently written and impeccably acted plays. It's very Dickensian in it's scope and feel.

Don't see it if You have no interest in history or economics.

During previews
Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Funny

See it if The sets are great--the music speaks for itself. The cast is mostly excellent. It's pretty faithful to the original production and film.

Don't see it if Want a different take on the show--this is pretty traditional

Good for Otto
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see Ed Harris at his best. It's a pretty intense, well acted show, but much of the weight is covered by Harris.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit for 3+ hours, are uncomfortable with plays about mental illness

During previews
Funny, Great singing, Intelligent, Dated, Quirky

See it if it is indeed an opera--basically sung-through; highly irreverent. Terence Mann and Will Swenson are both really great

Don't see it if Want a traditional musical, are easily offended by language

Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if like dramedy's; it's amusing, with some excellent performances; well written, but at times it's hard to tell if it's a comedy or a drama

Don't see it if Want a bit production or a hilarious romp

During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Great cast in a show about workplace sexual politics that is as relevant now as it was when written 25 years ago

Don't see it if aren't interested in the subject matter

During previews
Oedipus El Rey
East Village
Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if want an updated version of the Greek Classic--it covers the bases of the original and adds to it; excellent acting

Don't see it if you don't like violence, nudity, the classics

During previews
Upper W Side
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Disappointing

See it if like a good cast in a story about 80's greed and corporate maneuvering. It's entertaining, but it's been done before and better

Don't see it if you have no interest in the 80's or Wall Street type stories.

Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want a bunch of Hal Prince hits in one fast moving evening; cast is excellent, and there's plenty of Sondheim. Very entertaining.

Don't see it if You want a plot, don't like musical reviews.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Fun

See it if you enjoy John Doyle productions; its a truncated version of the show with some (not enough) music. Acting is really good.

Don't see it if you like your Shakespeare funny--there are few laughs here, despite the stellar cast

Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Refreshing, Clever

See it if have any interest in Yiddish theater; the show is fun (not as good as last year's Golden Bride). Timely and well cast.

Don't see it if aren't interested in an immigration story or Yiddish Theater.

During previews
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if want to see an interesting take on Cyrano--and while it has music, it really isn't a musical in the usual sense. Cast is excellent

Don't see it if You want a big budget, broadway-style musical. It's not that in any way.

Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Fluffy, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Clever

See it if want to see excellent performances, big sets, fun book. It's not great, but it is entertaining. The supporting cast is sooo good.

Don't see it if you want to use your brain or like complicated plots. It's just a fun show, not a masterpiece.

Banal, Quirky, Insipid, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy being tortured by bad songs. The cast is just fine--too bad the material they were given is so bad. Just awful

Don't see it if you like shows with a good score; they manage to even mangle the Harry Belafonte classics here.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if A fun, funny musical. Nothing to challenge your brain here, but you will laugh and the songs are good. The cast is excellent.

Don't see it if You want some deep meaning.

Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny

See it if Loved the TV show. You definitely need to know the series to enjoy. Well written and energetic performance

Don't see it if Don’t like one person shows, haven’t seen or didn’t like the TV series

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if like Dylan songs; the story is really well written and the music turns Dylan back on his roots. I could see this multiple times

Don't see it if No reason not to see it--even if you hate Dylan, it's people who can sing doing his songs.

Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Overrated, Quirky

See it if It's Mean Girls meets Dear Evan Hanson meets Little Shop of Horrors. Only not as good as any of those. Amusing, with good performances

Don't see it if You aren't a millennial

Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Refreshing

See it if a nice, easy, shut-your-brain-off musical. It's a lot of fun--the cast is very good. Sets are clever, but really simple.

Don't see it if want something to think about, or great depth

During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if a really fun show, with excellent performances, especially Melissa Ericco's. Certainly one of the quirkiest musicals there is

Don't see it if Want a big production or serious subject matter

Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if like Joshua Harmon plays; cast is generally excellent. The show has funny moments--it's enjoyable, just not great

Don't see it if you aren't interested in gay themes or family dramedies or are expecting something hysterically funny

Mlima's Tale
East Village
Great acting, Clever, Absorbing, Great writing, Resonant

See it if a very different Lynn Nottage show about illegal ivory trade. Excellent performances, with four actors taking on many roles.

Don't see it if Want a big production or are not interested in the subject matter

Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like Tennessee Williams. While I'm not a fan, the performances, particularly Marin Ireland's, are top notch.

Don't see it if Want a big production with sets--this is more like a staged reading.

During previews
Entertaining, Disappointing, Great writing, Tepid

See it if you've never seen it before. Cast is good, not great (only Lindsey Mendez really stands out), staging is average. It's an ok revival

Don't see it if you saw the Lincoln Center revival in the 90's--can't compare; lower your expectations.

East Village
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if have any interest in politics. It's really well acted with a small but excellent cast. If you want to see how Washington really works, go.

Don't see it if Don't like political shows or want a big production

During previews
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Enjoy a good dreamed--Michael Cera is really excellent. In today's racial environment, an especially relevant show.

Don't see it if Are uncomfortable with plays about race and the police

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if like your comedy British and Dark. Really excellent cast, interesting subject matter and twists that you don't see coming

Don't see it if There's no reason not to see this.

Disco Pigs
Great acting, Intense, Clever, Ambitious

See it if are a fan of Evanna Lynch (from Harry Potter), like Enda Walsh's works; it's fast and furious, highly energetic

Don't see it if Have issues understanding accents or dialect--the Irish is poured on thick

During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if an interesting historical story; Act 1 is the Heifetz part (he's barely in Act 2); the acting is very good and the show flies by

Don't see it if Want a big cast, not interested in the history or the music of Heifetz

Fire and Air
East Village
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Clever

See it if are interested in one of the towering figures of Ballet and his romantic life; excellent performances, especially from Douglas Hodge

Don't see it if Are homophobic, not a fan of history or ballet

During previews
Office Hour
East Village
Edgy, Intense, Relevant, Great acting

See it if very good cast, but this show just didn't reach me. Found it predictable and trite.

Don't see it if you are turn-off by a show about gun violence or want an enjoyable night at the theater.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you want an interesting intellectual discourse; the interplay between the titular characters is both funny and intelligent

Don't see it if you want action, realism, or a true plot

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if have any interest in Stravinsky or Walt Disney; excellent cast in an intelligent and entertaining show

Don't see it if don't like two person shows, want a big production

During previews
Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if want to see a rare revival of a 1930's hit; it's definitely interesting, and the cast is very good (especially Anna Camp and Gabe Ebert).

Don't see it if You want a true comedy or drama--I'm still not sure which this is.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a great cast in a timely revival; having never seen the original, was so glad to see this version

Don't see it if you are homophobic or don't have a sense of humor

A Parallelogram
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if like non-linear storytelling; it has excellent performances, especially Anita Gillette. The show is definitely original

Don't see it if Need a linear, sensical story.