Carol 8129

Somerset | 50-64 | Female
About:  My husband and I are avid theater goers and find the offerings in NJ as well as NY amazing. We feel so fortunate to be able to see clever productions nearly every weekend. Wondering if this site might expand to include the Jersey theater scene?
Reviews (23)
88
Midwives
New Brunswick
Intense, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a powerful staging of Bohjalian's riveting novel.

Don't see it if You are looking for a light-hearted night of theater.

92
During previews
Relevant, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you want to see Beth Malone (Fun Home) masterfully portray this fiesty real-life heroine with upbeat songs, staging and great choreography!

Don't see it if You don't like the classic musical format - 2 1/2 hours, 1 intermission. The show is fast-paced but not for the digitally impatient.

Also We really enjoyed this show which emphasized the progressive side of M... Read more Read less

90
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are looking for thought-provoking theater with relevance to today.

Don't see it if You are looking for a light night out. While there are moments of humor, this is a serious play on a serious subject.

90
Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You are looking for a show that tackles a tough subject with humor and heart.

Don't see it if Cancer is a "trigger" for you.

100
Midsummer: A Banquet
Greenwich V
Clever, Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if If you love Shakespeare and want to see a fun, funny, and feminist take in an intimate art deco setting, run don't walk to this show!

Don't see it if You really really don't like Shakespeare. But if you ever thought Shakespeare was BORING , this show will completely change your mind!

Also I LOVED this show and have seen it twice. It is great fun in its own r... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Exceptionally-talented cast and first-rate production values make this a splendid intimate circus experience.

Don't see it if Loud noises upset you. (The circus would be better IMHO if they turned down the speakers a notch -- loud for the size of the space.)

95
During previews
The Hello Girls
Midtown E
Absorbing, Clever, Must see, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a masterful musical with great music & lyrics based on the true life story of women who made a critical difference in WWI.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a big Broadway musical with elaborate sets and dance numbers. This is cleverly-staged with instrument-playing actors.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You are looking for a smart, extremely well-acted and well-staged play about a great actress. Janet McTeer is brilliant as Sarah Bernhardt.

Don't see it if You are looking for a short show -- it is 2:40 with an intermission.

85
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You want to take a trip through women's history by way of four talented women singing iconic songs.

Don't see it if You don't like intimate off-Broadway musical reviews.

90
Death for Five Voices
East Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if Beautiful performance in an intimate theater with wonderful score by Peter Mills based on a real historical event.

Don't see it if You are looking for a contemporary musical. The score is rich and classically-inspired.

80
Babette’s Feast
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You want to see a thoughtful, thought-provoking production.

Don't see it if You are looking for flashy theater -- this is a small-scale, simply-staged piece of theater.

100
Refreshing, Relevant, Must see, Entertaining, Warm

See it if You want to see a beautiful show with great characters, terrific acting, humor and heart, foot-stomping music and thoughtful book & lyrics.

Don't see it if I hope that everyone who possibly can sees this show which reminds us of what good people can do. Important message for a fear filled time.

Also This has become one of my all-time favorite musicals. You can view sev... Read more Read less

86
Be Here Now
Summit
Quirky, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You like excellently-acted small-scale productions of contemporary plays that address current social concerns with humor and heart.

Don't see it if You are looking for large-cast, big Broadway escapist theater.

Also It is always great to see the members of the Dreamcatcher Company (all... Read more Read less

78
My Life on a Diet (NJ)
New Brunswick
Enjoyable, Interesting, Pleasant, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy hearing first-person stories from the history of hollywood told in an entertaining and humorous fashion.

Don't see it if You are looking for a full-fledged production rather than a humorous memoir read aloud. We enjoyed it but didn't think it great theater.

88
Queen of Hearts
Brooklyn
Sexy, Fanciful, Edgy, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want a sexy, fanciful, erotic evening very well done

Don't see it if sexual flamboyance bothers you.

85
Cyrano (NJ)
Red Bank
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You like classical theater cleverly presented with excellent acting by a small cast.

Don't see it if You are looking for a contemporary, edgy night of theater.

90
Remembrance
Financial
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to participate in a beautiful and thought-provoking interactive piece.

Don't see it if Alzheimers is a trigger for you. You have mobility issues (stairs, close spaces)

Also The three women portraying Margaret at different times and in differen... Read more Read less

100
Spare, Powerful, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Eemotionally-powerful production -- wonderful acting, direction, and staging -- the Yiddish seems natural and so "right" for the production.

Don't see it if You don't want to hear the score in a language other than English. There are translations on either side.

66
During previews
The Hard Problem
Upper W Side
Disappointing

See it if You need to see everything Stoppard has written...

Don't see it if You are expecting a great Stoppard play that intertwines disparate ideas in exciting and thought-provoking ways.

Also We saw this two weeks after seeing a totally extraordinary production ... Read more Read less

49
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a talented cast in a lovely NJ theater.

Don't see it if You are looking for a strong deeply moving musical.

Also We were looking forward to this joint effort by Wasserstein, Durang & ... Read more Read less

85
Intelligent, Relevant, Clever, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You want to see an intimate, gentle, beautifully-acted musical with some clever lyrics.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big-budget musical with major song and dance numbers.

90
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You love delightful wordplay mixed with fun and farce. The script, acting, staging, and costumes are delightful.

Don't see it if You don't like historical plays or ridiculous rhymes.

96
Travesties
Midtown W
Hilarious, Intelligent, Great writing, Clever, Quirky

See it if Combining clever language and references to history, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Dada makes for a wild ride. Music hall was a plus.

Don't see it if Might disappoint if you want topical/political material or big Broadway numbers.