Catherine F 6124

North Wales | 50-64 | Female
About:  Since I'm in Jersey, I subscribe to the Papermill Playhouse in Millburn and McCarter Theater in Princeton. Wish I could review those plays/musicals here!
Reviews (24)
85
Betrayal
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense

See it if Pinter. Multiple levels of betrayal. An old story that is always relevant.

Don't see it if You want to eat noisy snacks during the show! (seriously, a super quiet performance.)

75
Educational!, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You are a Judy Garland fan. You have any interest in the (family approved) back history of Judy Garland's early life and family.

Don't see it if You want lots of flashy numbers (my husband was bored at points where I was emotionally engaged.) You have zero interest in Judy Garland.

95
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great chemistry, Masterful

See it if you possibly can!! you enjoy traditional, "big show", "big orchestra" beautifully (but literally) staged productions.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate revivals, looking at "older" material with new eyes.

Also Beautiful production, beautiful theater. Norbert Leo Butz and Diana Ri... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Entertaining, Clever, Fluffy, Did not disappoint (me)!, Fetch (if it ever becomes a "thing")

See it if you enjoyed the movie, you didn't see the movie, but like Tina Fey's sense of humor, you want to be entertained, you have/love teen girls

Don't see it if You are sensitive to noise (it is loud), you don't like high school based shows, you like morals to be subtle, allergic to pink!

Also I really enjoyed this! My husband thought it was "entertaining", but "... Read more Read less

76
During previews
The Loneliest Number
Lower E Side
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Funny, Quirky, Not as risque as as i feared!

See it if you are open to exploring dysfunctional people in dysfunctional relationships, you want to support new works performed in interesting spaces

Don't see it if 90 minutes and no intermission is a problem for you, you are looking for something kinky or explicit (despite the description, show isn't)

Also 90 minutes without an intermission is usually a deal breaker for my hu... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious, Dizzying, Great staging

See it if you are ready to sit back and be entertained

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor, you crave something modern

92
Uplifting, Impressive, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Refreshing

See it if you want to experience a positive story, you are interested in history (recent-ish/9-11); you are open to some humor amidst a serious topic

Don't see it if you need a star-centered performance, you aren't ready to think about 9-11 yet, you don't like uplifting stories, you need an intermission!

90
Ambitious, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You are parent or a student who cares about the "quirky kids". You want to think about social media's effects on relationships.

Don't see it if You are looking for elaborate costuming or a "show about putting on a show".

68
Indulgent, Predictable (if you know about gloria estefan), Flat characters, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You want to hear familiar, catchy songs, and leave the theater humming and swinging your hips. You want to be entertained and not challenged

Don't see it if You are interested in new ideas, exploring characters in depth or a nuanced show.

81
Clever, Great staging, A "big" musical, "more is better" type of musical, Romantic

See it if you want to be awed by a romantic story, and you are not looking for something quirky, modern or spare

Don't see it if you are looking for a comedy, or something modern and spare

81
For a previous production
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Enjoyable, Familiar songs, Behind the scenes story of the four seasons

See it if you want to see a show with songs you know, you love Frankie Valli and the 4 seasons

Don't see it if you want an original score

90
Clever, Funny, Great writing

See it if you love Shakespeare and/or Broadway theater--you will get all the inside jokes!

Don't see it if you hate broadway, you hate comedies, you hate shows about having a show

81
Funny, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in exploring cultural and religious identity and learning more about the human experience of refugees.

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical or a mindless comedy--this is funny in parts but also sad

84
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you enjoy multiple intersecting plot lines, great dancing, themes of acceptance of others, humor, and don't mind a little preachiness

Don't see it if you don't like flashy productions or are UNBEARABLY uncomfortable with drag queens or any discussion of non-cis sexuality

Also My husband was even more enthusiastic about this production than me! G... Read more Read less

84
Slice of life, Refreshing, Great acting, Absorbing, Romantic

See it if you enjoy "slice of life" musicals featuring ordinary people, middle eastern music, and/or the humorous moments of life

Don't see it if you are looking for big action, big numbers, lots of glitz and glam and sequins--you disliked "Come from Away"

75
Dated, Great staging, Great dancing, Huge cast, Funny

See it if You want to see the beautiful and talented Bernadette Peters. You like costuming, staging and dated material.

Don't see it if You don't like Thornton Wilder. You want edgy, challenging material.

Also It wasn't my sort of musical, but I really wanted to see Bernadette Pe... Read more Read less

82
Peter Pan
Midtown W
Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Adult, Funny

See it if You are willing to work with the cast to explore new connections in an old text, you found the Darlings annoying,

Don't see it if You really like the Disney productions, you like linear narratives, you are uncomfortable with adult content, or you are a child

Also I have been thinking about this show for over a day, trying to figure ... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, It really is jersey boys x west side story, Nice set, Great singing, Nostalgic

See it if You would love to see the offspring of Jersey Boys and West Side Story. .

Don't see it if you are NOT a fan of west side story or jersey boys or you are looking for a breakthrough new musical unexplored subject matter

80
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Dated, Great acting, Great vehicle for kevin kline, Comedy/farce, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy Kevin Kline (or want to see Cobie Smulders), you enjoy a farce.

Don't see it if you don't like revivals; you can only abide fast moving modern works (it takes a while for the situations to develop), you don't like comedy

84
Entertaining, Gotta love those talented kids!, Alex brightman is better than jack black!, Predictable, Somewhat flat charachters

See it if You want to be amazed by talented kids You loved the movie.You can tolerate (or enjoy) loud rock music and want to relax and be entertained

Don't see it if You want to be challenged or don't like loud music.You don't like predictable plots orcomedy. You want well rounded characters.

94
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Engaging,, Original, Absorbing

See it if You want an absorbing, thought provoking, intimate evening of theater.

Don't see it if You don't want to discuss or think about sexual preference

96
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to have a fun night--and can afford to bring the kids!

Don't see it if you never want to see anything more about the Wizard of Oz. . .

84
Enchanting, Slow, Masterful, Great staging, Dated

See it if you love Gershwin, dance, and are nostaligic

Don't see it if you don't enjoy dance, you cannot sit still, you just want to see "singing in the rain" (it isn't here)

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if you are a history buff, you want to see New Jersey maligned in a play, and definitely if you are able to score tix!

Don't see it if You can't understand rap or hip hop (in which case, buy the cast recording to learn the lyrics before the show so you can figure stuff out)!