CeciLovesNY

Manhattan | Female
About:  I've only walked out on one movie and one show in my entire life. I try to experience the artists' vision of a piece, music or no music, comedy or drama, or even dramedy. I usually get it, but sometimes I just don't. Love the theater and NY!
Reviews (60)
83
Entertaining, Great singing, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are curious about one of Stephen Sondheim's lesser-known works. You're intrigued by the subject matter of a review of various assassins.

Don't see it if You find actors brandishing guns about the stage distasteful. You don't like his songs. You want to leave the theater humming or whistling.

92
During previews
Great acting, Romantic, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if You enjoyed the story from Carousel where a main character looks back on his life and regrets. I enjoyed this more than I thought I would.

Don't see it if You're looking for some flashy Broadway fancy set design. This elicits emotions and has you consider your own actions in life.

Also I went for the historical aspect of the fact that this was inspired by... Read more Read less

75
Disappointing, Enlightening, Funny, Entertaining, Humorous

See it if You enjoy musical theater, especially if you have seen or plan to see Wicked.

Don't see it if You expect to literally be behind the curtain backstage or onstage. Or if you think main players will be part of the tour in any way.

Also Two charming ensemble players alternate giving the tour and give an an... Read more Read less

82
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intense, Refreshing

See it if appreciate a fun romp on the wild side of what happens if one day you just decide to stay home. We all have thought this at least once, no?

Don't see it if you prefer more serious and developed storylines. This was essentially a one joke premise, but as premises go, it's a good one.

87
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you are in the mood for a fun campy musical with messages weaved throughout the show. Definitely, read the author's note before it starts!

Don't see it if you are politically conservative or religiously conservative. The whole show is a statement on both and our society at large.

Also It was a little confusing to have the Elvis Impersonators be part of t... Read more Read less

82
Quirky, Improv-like, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You want to try a new format. These max two minute sketches were sometimes amusing and a few not so amusing. Mostly amusing.

Don't see it if You don't like commentary on social and political issues or audience participation. The talking doll sketch needs to have better sound.

Also Whether it's the "talking doll" or any other sketch using the speaker,... Read more Read less

97
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Must see, Resonant

See it if you enjoy the music, are not bothered by the statement, but rather appreciate, made in the storyline... enjoy raunchy, fun, lyrics.

Don't see it if you mind some vulgar references... you prefer not to hear stories about abortions, anti-Semitism, homophobia, etc.

88
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if you have a preference for musicals of a bygone era and that are original... you don't mind forgeting the music once you leave.

Don't see it if you like splashy, fantasy-based stories. You just want to see any musical. Save up and see one you really want to see and can appreciate.

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if you enjoy leaving the theater with more questions than when you went in. These 4 stories vary in time and place, the set changes minimally.

Don't see it if you want stories with more meat in them. You get questions, but you won't stay up at night pondering them.

83
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Delightful

See it if you are curious to see how they create the show with just 10 actors. Otherwise it's the same music and story with less flashy sets, costumes

Don't see it if you assume that you'll be seeing the grand Broadway version of it. It's Sondheim, so the lyrics are clever, music catchy.

20
Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated, Self-important

See it if you agree that yelling and cursing is necessary for a drama about an important issue. Have friends involved in the show. "Ben" was the best.

Don't see it if It upsets you to see 1 (Janice) of the 2 women characters portrayed as basically stupid and refusing to Lean In... you value your time.

Also I think I'm a pretty easy scorer, but had there been an intermission, ... Read more Read less

83
Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Refreshing, Clever

See it if You accept that you can have a fun evening of theater with a handful of performers, one set, pretty much, a couple of musicians and

Don't see it if Going with the flow... is not your style. Funny how the Marge actress seemed to be channeling Anjelica Huston in the TV show "Smash."

Also Performers sauntered, pranced, pouted, and helped us forget the crazin... Read more Read less

95
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You'll "Awww" when Michaela tells the audience about how her 3rd graders react to her teaching and her methods. Amusing anecdotes galore.

Don't see it if You don't find kids or self-deprecating humor entertaining. You don't like solo shows. You expect stand up comedy with zingers.

82
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Original

See it if U R open to further reflection on race and gender relations... bold commentary on such issues in a clever middle school context for adults.

Don't see it if You are offended by male nudity, bare female breasts, you searching for easy answers along with questions raised.

66
Ambitious, Cliched, Quirky, Original, Slow

See it if You're curious about Tammany Hall and prefer viewing this show to Googling it. You want to hear rare turn of the 20th century music.

Don't see it if You prefer showy choreography, hummable music and lyrics. Prefer to leave your history lessons for the books... or internet...

47
Disappointing, Insipid, Indulgent, Excruciating, Banal

See it if You have a friend in the show. The lead actor who played Ed has most of the songs. Not sure if this was best for the show...

Don't see it if You find arrogance annoying. If you seek a musical that has songs with memorable melodies instead of talking singing. The Ghost sang best.

96
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing

See it if You enjoy hearing lyrics sung in a foreign language, esp 1 you're not familiar with. Great costumes, set, lovely story. Kalman is a riot!

Don't see it if You find it annoying to have to look at the supertitles above...You don't enjoy operettas and need more flash in your shows.

88
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if you are a mom. Or can connect with what that experience is like. Very amusing with lots of moments to connect to.

Don't see it if you don't respect or value what women/parenting takes, let alone what it takes to be done well. And fail to find the humor in it.

94
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You enjoy rousing music, social commentary, female empowerment. Tony award-winning main actress blows us all away.

Don't see it if You expect a fancy set, or costumes. This is a minimalist rendition which focuses on the story and the music.

26
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if your only other option is to watch paint dry. If you enjoy seeing different perspectives portrayed by 2 main characters per scene

Don't see it if you mind fat-shaming, racism. A hackneyed script. If you don't enjoy actors acting as if they're still on script. Left at intermission.

72
During previews
Great acting, Slow, Quirky

See it if You like observing working-class Northern British Men at work, actors using terms & accents most Americans may find hard to follow, dramedy

Don't see it if Not understanding every word is frustrating, you find one set theater lacking, and you prefer a variety of characters and locations

70
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Original, Quirky

See it if Your idea of original theatre accepts integrating all types of content from different sources. If you enjoy social commentary

Don't see it if Are a staunch defender of social media and how we communicate with it. You want the traditional show with the traditional storyline

53
Cliched, Dizzying, Intense, Overrated, Quirky

See it if You enjoy Larry David and his brand of humor. You definitely enjoyed his show and Seinfeld

Don't see it if You didn't enjoy Larry David and his show. Find it hard to laugh at humor that makes fun of other people

53
Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid, Quirky

See it if You keep up with the news and don't mind that the jokes don't always quite hit it

Don't see it if You don't keep up with the news and won't get the references. You need hummable songs to leave with and need fancy costumes and staging

81
Clever, Entertaining, Dizzying, Great staging, Intense

See it if You are into experimental theater that ends in a party at the end. You are into shows with acrobatic movement and no storyline

Don't see it if You need a story line and people singing or speaking with each other. You mind people playing instruments and moving through staging

94
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Romantic, Great singing

See it if You love classic musicals and don't mind and accept color blind casting that raise issues that are not addressed.

Don't see it if having the angel wandering around throughout most of the musical for no real apparent reason other than maybe Union regulations would annoy.

76
For a previous production
Entertaining, Great singing, Cute, Funny, Fluffy

See it if You're up for a parody musical evening out for the stroll down memory lane

Don't see it if You need to have your musicals with flashy costumes and staging in a large theater.

93
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You agree that people get wrapped up in their own world and fail to connect with the rest of the humanity. We know this, but it's a reminder

Don't see it if You think that you already care enough about what's going on in the world or if you're not up for a drama with moments of comedy interlaced.

69
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky, Resonant

See it if you are a middle-aged woman who can understand the angst/issues raised by the strange storyline. Certain aspects of the character resonate.

Don't see it if You would have a hard time connecting with what a woman is faced with in our society. Simulated sex and descriptions of it.

Also My friend absolutely loved it.

88
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You are curious about hearing Mozart's music with a modernized libretto. Better if you already enjoy opera, still ok if you don't.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy opera. You resent Blue State political statements embedded in your theatre experience. Only enjoy original librettos!

Also I enjoyed the show even though I am not a major opera fan. The incorpo... Read more Read less

82
Clever, Ambitious, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if For those who want a change from the "Broadway Recipe," this concept is refreshing. Storylines are good. Not much dancing, these are singers

Don't see it if You must have fancy costumes or instruments backing the vocals, or are conservative and a homosexual engaged couple kissing would upset you.

59
Banal, Disappointing, Overrated, Romantic, Slow

See it if you really love Idina Menzel.

Don't see it if You had enough of the concept with the movie "Sliding Doors."

71
Entertaining, Cliched, Confusing, Dated, Dizzying

See it if you enjoy comedies that are dated. You want to see what the fuss about Hart and Kaufman is.

Don't see it if you enjoy musicals and walking out of the theater have laughed, forgotten your own troubles or what have you while humming one of the tunes.

86
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Refreshing, Funny

See it if you enjoy the story and want to see a fresh version of it. It was well done with a talented cast and minimal set.

Don't see it if you find Shakespeare boring, although, trust me, this is one of the least boring to enjoy. Humor, suspense, romance, fantasy...

76
Entertaining, Dated, Great singing, Clever, Quirky

See it if You enjoy Latin Music from back in the day... You want to hear lots of back and forth dialogue which may or may not set up the next song.

Don't see it if You are going to be annoyed by loud, raunchy puppets and some raunchy , dated humor. This is not Avenue Q, but I enjoyed this kooky show.

73
Epic, Intense, Entertaining, Slow

See it if You are curious about Latin American politics and demagoguery.

Don't see it if A couple of good songs aren't enough to drag you out to see a Broadway classic.

90
During previews
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy musicals where music is more pop rock... like Rent, Larson's Nobel prize-winning work. 3 actors onstage is plenty for you to enjoy

Don't see it if You are looking for glitz, amazing choreography, sets, and costumes. This is intimate for a 200-seat space. But that is part of its charm.

43
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you absolutely have to see every Broadway show ever produced... love to hear "Memory" performed live, sung by a human dressed as a cat.

Don't see it if You want a bit more story in your shows. Want more than one good song to walk out humming. Then again, most shows today... hmmm..

100
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You appreciate the broad spectrum of humanity and marvel at what ppl find appropriate to post online. Amazing Multitalented performers!

Don't see it if You are anti anything tech or digital or people sharing deep and strange messages and requests online. You need flashy staging/dancing.

87
Confusing, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You're curious about how they interweave Spinoza's philosophy within the life of a modern woman. Enjoyable acting, especially acting elderly

Don't see it if Two hours is too long for you to think about Spinoza's declarations... you don't want to leave the theater pondering his thoughts.

95
Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Great dancing

See it if You enjoy learning about iconic personalities through song and dance, especially tap dancing... seeing the backstage events.

Don't see it if You want HUGE sets and casts with fancy costumes in your musicals... Are picky about the facts.

94
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy plays with a different approach. In this case, much of the show is w/o dialogue, so the miming resonates. Clever juxtapositions.

Don't see it if You need dialogue to follow along... you shy away from male nudity, for a couple of minutes. It was part of the storyline, so don't wince!

51
Dizzying, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Trendy

See it if You are in the social media or even just marketing field. Anthropology, sociology. Any field that examines human communication and dynamics

Don't see it if you need a story line to make sense, or a story line at all... if you are not into social media at all

90
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

See it if Enjoy comedy mixed with implied commentary regarding regional terrorism. Want to practice your Spanish in a fun way. Fun physical humor.

Don't see it if You don't understand Spanish and get frustrated trying to watch and follow subtitles. You don't like "emotional" acting.

83
Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you like colorful staging and costumes, child appropriate Broadway fare. Will pay more attention to the story than the music. Like ballet.

Don't see it if you prefer your songs to be memorable... and upbeat. Book adaptations changing details. Carmello vibratos during the whole show. Why?

88
Clever, Entertaining, Original

See it if You appreciate Improv that works with audience interaction. Fun cast that looks like they have fun doing the show. Very funny lines

Don't see it if You can't take the pressure of trying to help figure out who the murderer is...

79
Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You enjoy classic shows given a new context. You enjoy circus themes in your entertainment

Don't see it if You don't enjoy fanciful costumes and staging. You find the circus theme distracting and inappropriate for whatever reason

19
Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if Have nothing better to do with your money and your time. The story didn't make sense. Mediocre staging, costumes, acting

Don't see it if You have any other show and I mean Any. Other. Show. to watch

40
Disappointing, Original, Quirky, Slow

See it if You're going to take kids under age 10 and enjoy playing with bubbles. You have a promo code.

Don't see it if You don't have kids to go with or you're not into bubbles. You like your shows to be fast paced or at least avg pace. You don't have a code.

38
Ambitious, Confusing, Edgy, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if You want to be hip and know what the trendy Theater pieces are. Know the plot of Macbeth slots and classic movies such as Rebecca.

Don't see it if You mind bumping around in relative darkness with a mask on not completely following the story and being separated from your group