Cecaelia

Borough of Queens | 25-34 | Female
About:  Lifelong theater lover and performer, more recently director and teacher. I try to take in a wide range of shows and enjoy the experience of live theater regardless of genre as well as a discussion of the craft afterwards!
Reviews (16)
90
Queen of Hearts
Brooklyn
Clever, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Raunchy

See it if you like cleverly curated theme burlesque, and performers who truly give it their all, in a large variety of music, dance & comedy styles.

Don't see it if you are put off by nudity / overt sexuality in live shows; you want a very story-focused or faithful adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.

Also So glad to finally catch a new selection from Company XIV after seeing... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a classic piece of surreal theater brought to life for a new generation; you like shows that relate to current events.

Don't see it if you don't like surreal and/or overtly political theatre; you don't like longer shows.

Also If you love this style of theatre in general and/or Thornton Wilder's ... Read more Read less

65
Great acting, Indulgent, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if you are interested in being presented with a lot of ideas about what works in theater and why... as well as what doesn't work.

Don't see it if you want a finished show- the very premise means it can't be "finished" as long as it runs; if you dislike wild hopping between ideas.

Also I think this show is one of the most clean-cut examples of "experiment... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intriguing, Uneven

See it if you like alternative takes on Shakespearean characters and motivations, or productions that highlight the folk-magic aspects of his work.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy modernizations of the bard, or need your updates to be very specific in time and place.

Also If you are die-hard Shakespeare fan, part of the fun of watching any p... Read more Read less

50
Ambitious, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if you like jazz clubs, people-watching, and are mostly looking to hang out with some friends somewhere atmospheric with a hint of a storyline.

Don't see it if you love OR hate immersion (interaction level is medium). You want really flashy acts and a lot of story. You don't like strip shows.

Also I went to see this on severely discounted tickets with a good friend, ... Read more Read less

90
The Dudleys!
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Great staging, Quirky, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you like a fun storytelling gimmick, detailed production design, you're OK moving from goofy to gallows humor to straight up drama and back.

Don't see it if you dislike video games, surreal and/or musical-esque shows; you don't like your metaphors too overt.

85
Clever, Funny, Original, Slow, Quirky

See it if you like character-driven, philosophically inclined sci-fi with poetic flourishes.

Don't see it if you are looking for a detailed or fast-paced plot.

85
Great acting, Epic, Quirky, Enchanting

See it if you love ambitious alliterations in vivid voices, folk tales, and LGBT characters where the "LGBT" isn't their 1 defining characteristic.

Don't see it if you don't like flowery poetic language, or following the names and places of in-depth fantasy world building (a la Lord of the Rings).

98
The Tricky Part
Midtown W
Riveting, Intense, Masterful, Profound, Funny

See it if you want an honest account of experiencing sexual abuse as a young teen, and what it takes to find peace as an adult.

Don't see it if you do not feel emotionally prepared for frank descriptions of sexual abuse and later confrontations with the abuser.

Also Though it can be a tough watch- a show centering on child sexual abuse... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Latter Days
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Great staging, Slow

See it if you like shows that create a definite dark & tense atmosphere, with apt portrayals of self-delusion and manipulation.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for shows with very little plot movement, where you don't know much more at the end than you did at the beginning.

Also Simply put, this is a very well done production of a play I don't care... Read more Read less

95
For a previous production
Nutcracker Rouge
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Delightful, Exquisite, Sexy, Whimsical

See it if you love ballet, opera, and acrobatics, and would love them all together and served up by an energetic troupe clad in sparkly g-strings.

Don't see it if you are offended by nudity, or are expecting a fairly faithful Nutcracker adaptation minus a few clothes (modern music is mixed in).

Also It may just be that I caught the high of the closing performance, but ... Read more Read less

79
Quirky, Fluffy, Entertaining, Exactly what the title promises

See it if you like bubbles and light shows. You are in the mood to get lost in cool visuals and don't need a story. You are taking young kids.

Don't see it if you are averse to getting a bit soapy (bubbles rain down on you). You are in the mood for something complicated or intellectual.

Also There is an almost meditative quality to just sitting back and watchin... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow start builds to intense ending

See it if you like shows overtly focused on political ideas; you like a minimalist look and strong ensemble storytelling; you love the book.

Don't see it if you need a lot of action right away; you don't like somewhat surreal story-telling devices; you like happy endings (spoiler?).

Also A clever adaptation of an unfortunately timeless story. Without giving... Read more Read less

100
Dizzying, Must see, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you use theater to ride an emotional roller coaster; you like self-referential pieces, dark humor, & funny but deeply damaged characters.

Don't see it if you just want to go home feeling happy; you're not up for constant reminders of humanity's biggest atrocities and cruelest impulses.

100
DAD (FringeNYC)
East Village
Edgy, Profound, Resonant, Relevant, Intense

See it if you are willing to be vulnerable; you like unflinching honesty and theater that pushes the boundaries of what it means to "go see a show."

Don't see it if you are not comfortable being very close to very raw emotion, or if you hate the idea of being "part of the show" (because you will be).

95
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like your funny to be thought-provoking and your thought-provoking to be funny.

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows/audience interaction.