CAROL H 612680

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Reviews (332)
85
During previews
Drift
Midtown W
Funny, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want an engrossing story about a dysfunctional family and their questionable affiliations. Holds your interest until the conclusion,

Don't see it if you want a musical or a comedy. This had some funny moments but overall, a dark drama.

78
Enjoyable, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Dated, Funny

See it if a peek into the past "sexual revolution." Interesting to watch how time has changed our views on monogamy. Nice music, pleasant show.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that are based on old movies.

88
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Must see, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a classic transformed into a modern exploration into divorce and insanity. Creative use of unique props.

Don't see it if you want to see the Medea you read in Comp Lit; this isn't it.

90
During previews
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Romantic, Intelligent, Great singing, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if you want a beautiful musical that tells a tear-jerking story of a woman's odd romance and its effect on future generations.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals.

75
During previews
The Perplexed
Midtown W
Pointless, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Great acting

See it if you want to see family interactions that have little purpose but interesting to watch. A little suspense would have been nice.

Don't see it if you want a show that has a reason for taking the audience through a bunch of disjointed details that don't really line up or show relevance.

70
During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you want an avant garde version of Shelley's classic novel. Greatly distanced from the source material with a poetic monster and music.

Don't see it if you want a show that tells the original story of Frankenstein.

80
17 Minutes
Midtown W
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting, Intense

See it if you are interested in a show that is heart-wrenching and timely, exploring different aspects of a school shooting from a unique perspective.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that talk about violence or small venues.

88
Quirky, Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like funny parodies of old movie genres. Entertaining throughout peppered with some laugh out loud moments.

Don't see it if you don't like shows with cross-dressers.

85
Thought-provoking, Funny, Skilled performer, Educational, Entertaining

See it if you want a taste of Japanese culture in the form of comic story telling. Enjoyable night out, great delivery by a talented actor.

Don't see it if you have no interest in Japanese culture or one person shows.

Also Although I enjoyed this show, I was a bit put off when the performer s... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Funny

See it if you want a fresh new comedy. Complex characters with interesting interactions. Seniors are represented as fully developed and well acted.

Don't see it if you think life ends at 75.

Also I was pleasantly surprised at some of the laugh out loud moments, many... Read more Read less

82
Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Edgy, Complex

See it if you want an in depth character study about the abused child as an adult. Twists and revelations.

Don't see it if you don't like small venues or are troubled by the subject matter.

80
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a two actor play with strong character development and powerful, yet subtle, plot development.

Don't see it if you don't like a small cast with a minimal set that allows for the focus to be on the characters and plot.

80
Touching, Funny, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if you like a touching, humorous play about an aging man and his son, the complexities of their relationship and the inevitable future.

Don't see it if you are too young to understand the delicate balance of dealing with aging parents.

94
Great writing, Great singing, Intelligent, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you want a beautiful musical filled with heart ripping themes and deep emotions wrapped in a perfect production.

Don't see it if you don't care about the feelings that make us human or you don't like musicals.

85
During previews
Thought-provoking, Interesting set, Dated, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you want a show written in the 90's, set in the 50's. Reminiscent of Death of a Salesman with a more contemporary theme thrown in.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about life in the 50's or Horton Foote.

85
During previews
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting, Powerful, Profound

See it if you are interested in the complexity of the human condition, the tragedy of mental illness and inevitable life changes.

Don't see it if you prefer a lot of action to a more thoughtful approach.

Also Play ran very long, almost 3 hours. I think a half hour or more could ... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Insipid, Preachy, Disappointing, Indulgent, Boring

See it if you want a weird interpretation of Carter mixed up with lectures on climate change.

Don't see it if you prefer shows that are there to entertain rather than preach.

80
An Enchanted April
Midtown W
Slow, Romantic, Dated, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if you like an old fashioned musical. Great singing, charming but not overly exciting. A pleasant show.

Don't see it if you only like rock music or contemporary shows.

88
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting

See it if you are a fan of Tennessee Williams and would like to see a very well acted performance in a tiny Brooklyn theater.

Don't see it if you don't like Tennessee Williams or Brooklyn.

85
FEAR
West Village
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like a taut psychological drama about the nature of how people act in a time of fear. There's even a moral if you pay attention.

Don't see it if you only like musical or big productions.

85
During previews
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want an honest, insightful depiction of one of NY's first female leaders. Fierstein presents a loving and accurate performance.

Don't see it if you don't like a man playing a female role or you don't like Bella Abzug.

88
During previews
Relevant, Intense, Riveting, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You want an ultra realistic view of drug abuse and the devastating effects on family. Strong acting makes you feel their pain.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the effects of drug abuse or don’t like small venues

88
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want a comedy/drama with a mature theme. Middle aged, divorced man goes thru challenges that force him to make life altering decisions.

Don't see it if you prefer shows that deal with more trendy issues or you want a musical.

65
During previews
Pointless, Confusing, Weird, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if you like seeing a bunch of unlikable people yell at each other but never explain the reason for anything they've said or done.

Don't see it if you prefer a play that has a clear plot and an ending that ties things together. This play sort of just stopped when it had no more dialogue

88
Delightful, Dated, Raunchy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want an entertaining, enjoyable albeit imperfect performance of a classic show. Well done given the venue's limitations.

Don't see it if you don't like Cabaret unless Alan Cummings is the MC and Liza is Sally.

Also A very good performance considering that it was in a little Brooklyn o... Read more Read less

55
The Karamazovs
West Village
Ridiculous costumes, Weird, Slow, Avant garde, Disappointing

See it if you want a strange combination of pointless plot, graceless dance and a crazy video. No resemblance to Dostoevsky.

Don't see it if you like Dostoevsky and don't want to cringe when late 1800's Russians are wearing cowboy boots and tartan plaid, oh, and making videos.

85
Great acting, Delightful, Intelligent, Hilarious, Clever

See it if you want an intelligent comedy that is creative and unique. Very enjoyable!

Don't see it if you don't want to come to Brooklyn.

80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you want a play that is uniquely staged to reflect three generational stories presented simultaneously on the topic of suicide.

Don't see it if you want an upbeat story or have trouble following the complexities of three simultaneous stories.

88
During previews
Romantic, Historical, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy a high quality off-Broadway revival of a Broadway show. Great cast, Singing, choreography and an engaging plot.

Don't see it if you don't like small venues or musicals.

92
Entertaining, Must see, Hilarious, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you like a humorous, musical "sequel" to Romeo and Juliet, set in 1960 Brooklyn. Fun from start to finish! Reminiscent of Desperate Measures

Don't see it if it upsets you to mess with Shakespeare or you have no sense of humor.

88
Silly fun, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to leave your worried behind and just have some silly fun.This was full of energy, singing, dancing and funny. Had a great time!

Don't see it if if you want to challenge your intellect.

80
Enjoyable, Great staging, Fast-paced, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like a one-man show who does many voices/characters, sings and has boundless energy. Interesting effects.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows or you have no interest in anything that happened before 1970.

85
One in Two
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you want to see a unique approach to discussing the aids crisis. Told creatively with humor and love without blame or guilt. Talented cast

Don't see it if you don't want to hear anything about aids or you need a complex set.

72
During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if you want to hear a Mommy Dearest tale that is moderately entertaining with occasional spots of brightness.

Don't see it if you don't like hearing a daughter bash her famous mother when mother is no longer around to tell her side.

85
Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if you like a British farce that was written a hundred and fifty years ago. Times have changed, but this was really funny and enjoyable.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy old plays or farces.

90
Nostalgic, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you want to see a surprisingly talented cast in a tiny Brooklyn venue. Thoroughly enjoyable. Not Broadway or even close, but a great show!

Don't see it if you don't like Brooklyn or small venues.

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in the issues confronting young adults who are living without any parental input or supervision and could use some.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the lives of twenty-something misfits or you don't like small venues.

88
During previews
Thought-provoking, Beautifully choreographed, Taste of a past era, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you like Yiddish theater from a bygone time. Fanciful story told through music and beautiful singing. Well done with high quality performers

Don't see it if you don't like subtitles or you don't understand Yiddish

80
During previews
The Giant Hoax
Midtown W
Enjoyable, Funny, Family friendly, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want a show that is too sappy for adult audiences, too complex for young kids but fun for all, with some exceptional performances.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or small venues.

Also This is a show that is trying to find itself. The young woman who play... Read more Read less

82
During previews
MsTRIAL
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you want a legal show that is less about a trial than about the legalities of working in a law firm and corrupt, sexist defense attorneys.

Don't see it if you are expecting Erin Brockovich; this isn't it. It is a scathing assault on the unjust practices against women in the legal field.

Also First act is somewhat slow to allow for build up of characters. Could ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Unique, Insightful, Intelligent

See it if you are open to one person's answer to the meaning of life. Having Chris change age, race, gender is due to the concept of universality.

Don't see it if you are easily confused when ideas are conceptualized rather than literal.

Also You do not have to agree with the playwright's idea but either way it ... Read more Read less

73
Imagining Madoff
Midtown W
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you want a fictionalized impression of what might have gone through the mind of a monster. Interesting point of view.

Don't see it if you want facts. Many inaccuracies.

80
Power Strip
Upper W Side
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in seeing a show about how low a person can sink under the right circumstances. This is a play about human nature.

Don't see it if you don't like intense dramas about people doing desperate things.

90
Great writing, Great acting, Masterful, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you enjoy riveting family drama about the challenges of aging. Insightful, moving and poignant.

Don't see it if you only enjoy musicals or comedies, regardless of how masterful a drama might be.

80
Quirky, Indulgent, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you are a fan of the Golden Girls and enjoy an entertaining albeit silly homage to the show. Talented duo.

Don't see it if you want a show with a real plot or you don't enjoy when one actor wastes time on stage while the other performer changes costumes.

65
During previews
When It Happens to You
East Village
Intense, Self indulgent, Relevant, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you want more of a lecture/narration than a typical play. Tense subject matter well delivered but not much as far entertainment.

Don't see it if you want a play where characters show you rather than a have narrator tell you.

Also This is a very important issue; I just wish it was a better play. I wa... Read more Read less

75
Nothing new, Funny, Enchanting, Disappointing, Clever

See it if you want to see a showman performing his own version of mentalist tricks that have been done for years. He has a good delivery, entertaining

Don't see it if you really want to be impressed with new material. This was fun, but not on par with what is expected on Broadway.

88
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great musical numbers, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if funny, musical version of Macbeth that would make Shakespeare roll over in his grave. Fun stuff! You deserve a break to day at Macbeth's.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or are bothered by messing with the Bard.

84
During previews
Mothers
Midtown W
Cringe-worthy, Riveting, Great acting, Funny, Intense

See it if you are interested in a show about trivial parental disagreements that suddenly shift into dystopian horror. Quite a roller coaster ride.

Don't see it if it disturbs you to see a hamster eat its young.

Also I had no idea what to expect walking into the theater. I thought I was... Read more Read less

72
The Exes
Midtown W
Weak writing, Unexciting, Ambitious, Disappointing, Funny

See it if An interesting premise, but misses the mark. Relationships and motivations are not fully explained but there are some bright, funny moments

Don't see it if you want to see a memorable play that connects all the dots. Despite some charm, some of the dots were missing.

Also Two minor characters were most entertaining: the butler and the ex-wif... Read more Read less