Caitlin 1616

Brooklyn | 25-34 | Female
About:  Theatre administrator and fan. Love everything from big-budget musicals to tiny staged readings!
Reviews (85)
50
Alexandria
West Village
Disappointing, Relevant

See it if You want to see good writing and performances, and don't care if the content itself is presented in a pretty problematic way.

Don't see it if It will bother you that a show attempting to "show both sides" of an issue lingers a liiiittle too heavily on the homophobic side of things.

Also I understood what this show was trying to do - contrast the experience... Read more Read less

50
During previews
R.R.R.E.D.
Gramercy
Disappointing, Great singing, Fluffy, Slow

See it if You want to see REALLY talented singers. Or if (like me) you're a redhead and you just want to enjoy some ginger silliness.

Don't see it if You require your shows to have a plot or substance or good writing. You're bothered by inserted songs that have nothing to do with the show.

Also All of the performers have absolutely incredible voices, and it's a sh... Read more Read less

100
Wind-Up Variations
East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Poignant, Quirky

See it if you're a fan of the Neo-Futurists. You like absurdist/non-traditional theatre with a sweet final message from 3 earnest, talented performers

Don't see it if You need a strong storyline. You don't like fourth-wall breaking or audience participation. You don't like when theatre makes you think.

Also If you don't want to be interacted with, don't sit in the first three ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You want to see a beautiful musical that breaks from the Broadway mold, with incredible musical performances.

Don't see it if You prefer long linear plots to "slice of life" portrayals. You're only interested in traditional showtune music.

80
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Relevant, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a difficult subject handled with care by an incredibly talented cast. Ella Kennedy Davis is excellent.

Don't see it if Themes of school violence are difficult for you.

Also My one big critique is that Dane Laffrey's set, while interesting, is ... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Silly, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if You want something silly and fun. You're familiar with Shakespeare's work (you may be a bit lost if not).

Don't see it if You want something serious, you like your comedy dark or grim. This is pure, clever fun.

80
Disco Pigs
Chelsea
Absorbing, Great staging, Slow, Intelligent

See it if You want to see an incredibly well-staged piece of theatre with two stand-out performances. You're a fan of Enda Walsh's writing.

Don't see it if You have hearing loss or difficulty understanding strong accents. You're sensitive to haze. You need a linear plotline.

100
Delightful, Refreshing, Fun

See it if You've always wanted to learn Broadway choreography, you want to get some cardio in a super fun way, you're looking for a great workout!

Don't see it if You have mobility issues, you don't want to sweat a little, you'll have trouble keeping up with a reasonably fast pace.

Also You don't need dance experience to have a great time, but don't expect... Read more Read less

90
Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if You love P&P and you want to see a smart, careful, and truly well-done adaptation performed and directed incredibly well.

Don't see it if Mild anachronisms (non-period music, etc.) will bother you.

90
Uncommon Sense
East Village
Absorbing, Great staging, Profound, Relevant

See it if You're a fan of Tectonic and enjoy their style of storytelling. You want a better understanding of the broad spectrum of autism.

Don't see it if You prefer one narrative over several. You don't like vignette-style storytelling.

Also Tectonic really knocks it out of the park with this one. There is no o... Read more Read less

30
Perfect Crime
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow, So-so writing

See it if You want to be able to say you've seen the "longest-running play" in New York.

Don't see it if Bad acting will (understandably) bother you. You're sensitive to loud noises. You'll have a hard time following a very convoluted plot.

Also I honestly could not figure out how on Earth the show had been running... Read more Read less

80
During previews
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Slow

See it if You want to see a truly well-done piece of theatre with incredible staging and performances.

Don't see it if You get bored easily - it takes a while for the show to really find its pace and the beginning is rather slow.

Also Strongly recommend sitting in the orchestra/mezz if you can swing it. ... Read more Read less

90
Great singing, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You enjoy the music. You want a big flashy musical. You want to see a truly incredible performance from Eva Noblezada.

Don't see it if You prefer happy endings.

Also Seriously, though, Eva Noblezada is more talented than any 18-19 year ... Read more Read less

80
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You like seeing new takes on Shakespeare, you'll enjoy a catchy and well-written (though not innovative) score, and strong performances.

Don't see it if You're a Shakespeare purist. It'll bother you that the characters speak in verse for no reason (not Shakespearean, just newly-written rhyme)

100
Delightful, Great staging, Fluffy, Poignant

See it if You like Sarah Ruhl's work, you enjoy the classic Peter Pan story, you like quiet beautiful work.

Don't see it if You have no frame of reference for Peter Pan beyond the Disney movie, you need a lot of plot action, reality breaks bother you.

85
During previews
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You like revues, you're familiar with a lot of Broadway shows, you'll enjoy seeing just the big numbers from a bunch of different musicals.

Don't see it if You need a strong plot or through-line. You require context for songs or you aren't familiar with Broadway.

Also If you want to see a bunch of great numbers - some classic, some more ... Read more Read less

100
Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Great singing, Must see

See it if You want to see something charming, lighthearted, and incredibly entertaining - that still has its meaningful, poignant moments.

Don't see it if You're racist/will whine about the (accurate) historical portrayal of white people mistreating people of color.

Also This show was pure magic. A "tall tale" about being true to yourself a... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Napoli, Brooklyn
Midtown W
Great writing, Resonant, Intense

See it if You like family dramas or stories with strong but nuanced female characters. A well-written but slightly unpolished script won't bother you.

Don't see it if You'll have difficulty with themes of domestic violence.

85
Indecent
Midtown W
Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like Paula Vogel's work, and/or you want to see a poignant, relevant story told by an incredible company.

Don't see it if You want a musical - this is more of a "play with music." Overly flowery direction and added unnecessary blocking moments bother you.

85
The Lucky One
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Slow, Clever

See it if You like English period pieces, family dramas, and well-developed characters. You prefer shades of grey to black-and-white plots.

Don't see it if You prefer a clear protagonist and antagonist. These are two well-defined, flawed characters.

60
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate a good script and talented actors - who in this case have unfortunately suffered from poor direction.

Don't see it if You don't like intriguing characters being reduced to caricatures or it'll bother you to watch good actors limited by bad staging.

Also It's clear that Gionfriddo has (once again) written an excellent scrip... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Slow, Resonant

See it if You like Samuel Beckett or you want to see a truly great performance from Dianne Wiest.

Don't see it if You get bored easily. Make no mistake - this is pure Beckett. It's Dianne Wiest onstage talking for two hours without moving.

95
For a previous production
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You're a fan of British humor, physical comedy, and metatheatre. You want to know what would happen if Monty Python did Noises Off.

Don't see it if You need your humor dark or morbid. This is pure, enjoyable fun.

60
Samara
Midtown W
Disappointing, Confusing, Slow

See it if You really enjoy avant-garde work and you're more interested in the script than the performances.

Don't see it if You prefer linear plots, elements that fit together, or are looking for strong, memorable performances.

70
Clever, Great acting, Dated

See it if You like any of the four actors, or you really enjoy Arthur Miller.

Don't see it if It'll bother you if the play feels too small for the space. It's clearly written for a more intimate staging and feels slightly out of place

90
Great singing, Hilarious, Goofy, Refreshing

See it if You're a fan of Shakespearean-era period drama, LGBTQ themes, or the Go-Gos. Somehow this show blends all of them perfectly. So much fun!

Don't see it if You aren't a strong English-speaker (the book is in verse). You don't like camp or musicals. You're homophobic/transphobic/hate fun.

95
The Solve It Squad
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You want something silly and clever, with a mix of nostalgia and dark humor.

Don't see it if You don't like slapstick, you never watched Scooby Doo or old cartoons. Not for young kids!

100
Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if You want to see a musical that just might help you believe in the power of humanity again - with truly incredible music and performances.

Don't see it if You don't have a soul. (Exception - if you were directly affected by the 9/11 attacks, this may be hard to watch.)

85
Miss You Like Hell
East Village
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You're a fan of Quiara Alegria Hudes (you should be), you enjoy seeing new musicals.

Don't see it if You want something fluffy and light, you'd have difficulty with themes of immigration/deportation or parental alienation.

50
During previews
Disappointing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if You won't mind a script with good moments that needs a lot more work. There's something interesting here, the play just hasn't found it yet.

Don't see it if Strange and unproductive acting/directing choices bother you. The delivery was so off on much of this.

90
During previews
Great acting, Slow, Resonant, Profound

See it if You want to see great performances and support inclusive performance opportunities (it's about damn time). Jamie Brewer is incredible.

Don't see it if It'll bother you that the script needs some work and the play can't figure out exactly what point it's trying to make.

30
During previews
Disappointing, Poorly staged, Talented cast

See it if You want to see a talented cast struggle through an absolutely awful script, bad songs, and shoddy direction.

Don't see it if You don't want to get your hopes up and be disappointed.

Also I wanted to like this so much because we need more anti-Trump theatre ... Read more Read less

40
Excruciating, Great acting, Slow

See it if You're a fan of someone in the cast, or you can afford to sit in the first 10 rows of the orchestra.

Don't see it if A show that should be in an intimate, living-room space being in a huge venue that it can't possibly fill will bother you.

60
Peter Pan
Midtown W
Great acting, Disappointing, Uneven

See it if The aesthetic is more important to you than the content. Some strong, gorgeous design choices here and strong performances.

Don't see it if You like the classic Barrie script, or it'll annoy you when a show makes a lot of intense choices but doesn't justify any of them.

Also There's a lot going on here, and it feels like the show really wants t... Read more Read less

95
After the Blast
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Great acting, Must see

See it if You're a fan of dystopian fiction. You like Black Mirror, Bradbury, or Asimov. You want to see some truly impressive world-building.

Don't see it if You can't sit through a 2.5 hour + intermission show - but the time really does fly by.

Also The combination of an excellent script, strong acting, and incredible ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Office Hour
East Village
Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if You want to see a well-written and well-acted play that examines bullying, self-worth, and violence. You don't want something light/fluffy.

Don't see it if Themes of bullying, gun violence, and school shootings could be triggering for you.

40
Disappointing, Overrated, Quirky

See it if You want to see some mildly catchy songs that parody Game of Thrones - but not particularly well.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Game of Thrones. Or you're a major fan who will be annoyed by the nonspecific, loose parodying. Or you're sober.

100
During previews
Exquisite, Masterful, Must see, Resonant, Profound

See it if You want to see an absolute masterclass. From the writing, to the directing, to the acting, to the design - EVERYTHING is brilliant here.

Don't see it if You're homophobic - actually, see it anyway. If any brilliant, human performance could convince someone to stop being hateful, this is it.

80
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare and don't mind minimalistic sets and costumes. Some truly great performances here

Don't see it if You're a Shakespeare purist or, conversely, you hate Shakespeare or struggle with Shakespearean dialogue.

65
Ex Habitus
East Village
Quirky, Disjointed, Confusing

See it if You want to see a show with some truly funny moments and it won't bother you that it's desperately in need of a dramaturg.

Don't see it if You'll be annoyed by the feeling that there are two different shows happening here and they aren't able to decide which they want.

Also Some great moments of writing here, with a mixed delivery from the cas... Read more Read less

75
Marvin's Room
Midtown W
Great acting, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if You want to see an excellent family drama with a number of strong performances.

Don't see it if It will bother you that the show would work so much better in a smaller space.

75
Sweat
Midtown W
Great writing, Slow, Relevant

See it if You want to see a sensitive, nuanced portrayal of blue-collar America. You enjoy seeing different perspectives on an issue.

Don't see it if You want something uplifting or fluffy. You get easily tired of yelling used as the primary method of portraying any emotion.

90
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy, Refreshing

See it if You like the animated film, particularly the music. You want to see a cute, romantic, vaguely-historical story.

Don't see it if You'll be upset that it's not a carbon-copy of the movie. The songs and basic premise are there but some major aspects have changed.

95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Slow, Resonant

See it if You enjoy immersive work and innovative staging. You want a behind-the-scenes look or you've worked in theatre yourself.

Don't see it if You can't be on your feet/moving for two hours. You hate vignette-style work without a distinct plot. You're not an experienced theatregoer.

Also This show is a love letter to the theatre and those who work in it. So... Read more Read less

85
Bandstand
Midtown W
Great singing, Resonant, Intense

See it if You like big band music, want to see talented actors playing their own instruments, you know a veteran or appreciate a meaningful story.

Don't see it if You'll have issues with themes of war, shellshock, PTSD, etc. You want a fluffy classic musical with no serious plot points.

95
Vanity Fair
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You want to see a fresh, engaging take on a classic. The idea of a slighty-raunchier Jane Austen-type story appeals to you.

Don't see it if You don't like period pieces - or conversely, you need your period pieces to be 100% time-accurate. Some great anachronistic moments here.

70
Entertaining, Great music, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy inventive uses of technology in shows - musical looping/recording and green screens with live video are used frequently.

Don't see it if A fluffy, ho-hum plot will bother you. It's a sweet little story, but the "wow" factor is definitely the technology.

Also Didn't affect my enjoyment of the show, but...while I get that the sho... Read more Read less

100
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if You want to see a truly masterful production. Performances are incredible, the writing is top-notch, and you WILL cry.

Don't see it if You'll have difficulty with themes of suicide. You don't want to watch something that will make you sad (although the ending is uplifting).

100
During previews
Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a true master class in acting from both Cynthia Nixon and Laura Linney. Absolutely flawless performances.

Don't see it if Classic theatre or period pieces aren't your thing. You don't like intriguing, three-dimensional female characters.

Also I saw Laura Linney as Regina but now am planning to go back and see th... Read more Read less

20
Cliched, Disappointing, Offensive

See it if You're the type of white Baby Boomer who doesn't like "PC culture," "snowflake millennials" or having racist remarks pointed out to you.

Don't see it if A play about a white man manipulating and using people of color - and coming out on top - would (justifiably) bother you.

Also This play is a self-congratulatory pat on the back for every middle-ag... Read more Read less