cherrycokejunky

New York City
About:  NYC-based theater and music nerd 🤓
Reviews (47)
85
During previews
Intense, Great acting, Great staging, Dizzying, Absorbing

See it if Cillian Murphy and his young co-stars are captivating in this visceral piece that explores grief in all its ugly, heartbreaking glory.

Don't see it if You dislike in-your-face productions with jarring sounds and flashing lights. You don't enjoy dark humor, cursing, or melancholic themes.

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94
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intense, Great writing

See it if you enjoy kitchen sink dramas. Set during the Irish Troubles, this intimate play explores the generational impact of violence & conflict.

Don't see it if you are unfamiliar with or uninterested in Irish history. You dislike period plays, political topics, or domestic drama.

94
Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Riveting

See it if you want to see an incredibly moving and relevant retelling of a classic American story. Jeff Daniels is the perfect Atticus Finch.

Don't see it if you don't wish to engage in entertainment that highlights the racism, sexism, prejudice, and injustice that are still prevalent today.

89
Nutcracker Rouge
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great singing

See it if you want to enjoy a dazzling spectacle inspired by The Nutcracker but with elements of burlesque, ballet, opera, rock, acrobatics & more.

Don't see it if you are bothered by near nudity, profanity, or allusions to sex. Skip if you are looking for a traditional staging of The Nutcracker.

76
During previews
Days of Rage
Midtown W
Great acting, Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a relevant and funny depiction of young people burdened by their privilege, struggling to find purpose in a conflict-ridden world.

Don't see it if you are averse to explicit language or depictions of smoking, sex, and political activism. You dislike stories about young adults.

85
Soundstage
Soho/Tribeca
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a fan of avant-garde theater. This is a dreamlike exploration of loneliness, nostalgia, and obsession told through song and cinema.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy experimental art, or are not interested in stories told through a queer gaze. Also note that smoking & drug use is depicted.

83
Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you enjoy intelligent creative expression. Baba Brinkman makes neuroscience funny & accessible in his profound & personal hip hop show.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in science, philosophy, rap, or swearing. Don't expect a plot; this is more an entertaining science talk set to music.

89
Girls & Boys
West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant

See it if you appreciate an engaging raconteur. This is the memoir of one woman who recounts the intense passions and tragedies of her life.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy minimalist sets or dialogue-driven plays. You dislike heavy subject matter and graphic descriptions of violence.

82
During previews
Trainspotting Live
Midtown W
Edgy, Raunchy, Intense

See it if you are a fan of the novel and film. You want to be immersed in a shocking, unique, well-acted play about drug addicts and degenerates.

Don't see it if you have a problem with loud music, strobe lights, violence, profanity, physical contact, & getting dirty. The audience is part of the show.

70
During previews
Intense, Great acting, Dated

See it if You are a fan of traditionally-staged Shakespeare plays. You want to see Othello performed by a talented cast in an outdoor setting.

Don't see it if You want to see a modern or new take on the classic story. This is old-fashioned Shakespeare with no surprises.

74
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of classic American theater and want to see a hilarious and absurd meta-parody that subverts the form.

Don't see it if you are looking for a contemplative, plot-driven play. There are also many references to films and plays that casual theatergoers may miss.

90
The Gentleman Caller
West Village
Hilarious, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you're a fan of the memory plays of Tennessee Williams. Hilarious & heartbreaking, it's a brilliantly staged affair that will transport you.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy works of fiction that speculate on the private lives of public figures. Don't watch if you're averse to gay relatonships.

73
During previews
Great acting, Slow, Funny

See it if You want to see a staging of Joan of Arc's story which is surprisingly funny and is led by a talented cast.

Don't see it if You can't sit through long political/religious themed dialogue. The play lacks action scenes which you would expect from Joan of Arc.

98
Yerma
Upper E Side
Masterful, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intense

See it if You want to see a three-dimensional female character who is consumed by the same hopes, fears, and pressures that many women face every day.

Don't see it if You don't like hyper-realistic plays with flawed characters who discuss sex, pregnancy, abortion, life, and death in a brutally honest way.

75
During previews
Rocktopia
Midtown W
Entertaining, Dizzying, Great singing

See it if You have eclectic taste and appreciate live musical talent in different forms. You want to see a mashup of rock, classical, and opera music.

Don't see it if You are easily distracted or sensitive to loud noises. There are so many performers (50+) & visuals, it can be overwhelming & hard to focus.

72
Party Face
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Dated

See it if You enjoy sitcoms that center around family drama. The actresses have great comedic timing.

Don't see it if You want to see a play with modern sensibilities. The themes and gender roles are quite old-fashioned.

89
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You enjoy clever political dramas brimming with scandal, intrigue, and betrayal.

Don't see it if You are ultra conservative and not open-minded. This play is unabashedly critical of the current administration.

76
Spaceman
East Village
Ambitious, Dizzying, Profound

See it if You enjoy sci-fi and existential themes.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to very loud noises and flashing lights.

100
Broadway Sip N' Paint
Upper W Side
Entertaining, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if You want to meet other theater fans while doing something creative together.

Don't see it if You're shy or unwilling to engage with new people.

83
Edgy, Great staging, Intense, Riveting, Ambitious

See it if You are a fan of the book or movie adaptation; you like dystopian stories; you enjoy rock and classical music.

Don't see it if You are easily offended or unable to engage with controversial and disturbing subject matter.

81
During previews
Funny, Clever, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like minimalist plays that are witty and thought-provoking.

Don't see it if You want extravagant staging and action-oriented drama.

100
Sleep No More
Chelsea
Dizzying, Enchanting, Absorbing, Edgy, Masterful

See it if you want a heart-stopping adventure.

Don't see it if you don't like to engage or participate in public performances.

90
Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Funny, Great singing, Masterful, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy musicals and Shakespearean comedies.

Don't see it if you don't like silly humor.

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Riveting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if you enjoy musicals that are entertaining, riveting, and relevant.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of musicals.

85
During previews
Ink
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to learn the history of the Murdoch media empire, & how it has forever changed the way our news is created, consumed, & corrupted.

Don't see it if you dislike plays that depict real people, you have difficulty understanding British accents, or if you are bothered by prop cigarettes.

83
Hilarious, Indulgent, Quirky, Clever, Dizzying

See it if you are a fan of the Harry Potter franchise and would like to see a hilarious satirical homage to the books and films.

Don't see it if you have not read the books or watched the films. The premise of Puffs relies on the audience knowing the details of the plot.

79
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you want a fresh take on Shakespeare. This comedy is condensed and presented in a casual dining setting with some audience participation.

Don't see it if you want a traditional theater experience or are easily distracted. The actors serve food during the show, which can distract from the play.

74
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Edgy

See it if you enjoy great singing and dancing in a nightclub setting. You want to experience an immersive show that encourages audience participation.

Don't see it if you dislike loud music, adult themes, or modernized classic tales. If you prefer a tradition sit-down show, this is not for you.

77
During previews
Apologia
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Relevant, Slow

See it if you enjoy kitchen sink dramas about dysfunctional families. Stockard Channing gives a powerhouse performance as a passionate matriarch.

Don't see it if you dislike heavy political themes, or intense family arguments. This is a dialogue-heavy play with a small cast and one setting.

82
During previews
The Naturalists
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Great acting, Slow, Intense

See it if you want to see a story about two reclusive brothers who are confronted with the demons of their past when a young woman enters their lives.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a slow-burning relationship drama. The characters' secrets and motivations unravel over time.

90
Absorbing, Funny, Great writing, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you want to see a hilarious, insightful examination of privilege, masculinity & brotherhood. The talented cast has great energy & chemistry.

Don't see it if you are not open to frank discussions about white privilege, sexism & racism. You dislike loud music & characters breaking the fourth wall.

80
Entertaining, Enchanting, Funny

See it if you want to see a minimalist magic show in which the magician brings wonder to everyday objects. You enjoy being surprised by illusions.

Don't see it if you are expecting extravagent sets or special effects. Vitaly's tricks are simple yet confounding and will make you wonder how he does it!

66
She Calls Me Firefly
Soho/Tribeca
Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a unique production in which the action happens around you.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy non-linear plots. Also be aware that there are depictions and discussions of physical abuse and substance abuse.

96
Enchanting, Epic, Must see, Masterful

See it if you grew up loving the Harry Potter books/movies and want to see new adventures in this universe. You love magic and illusions.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Harry Potter or you cannot sit through a two-part play. The show is over 5 hours long in 2 parts.

75
Intelligent, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you are interested in watching two literary icons discuss friendship, politics, religion, and literature in a dialogue-heavy play.

Don't see it if you want physical action or a plot. You are essentially a fly on the wall, watching two people engage in intelligent conversation.

83
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you would appreciate a relevant tale of moral dilemmas & tested loyalties. Each character is a flawed human with difficult choices to make.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that are mostly dialogue. This is a contemplative play with only four characters and minimal action.

88
During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You are open to a unique theatrical experience that explores the complications of communication. You enjoy unconventional romance stories.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with seeing deaf people tell their own stories through sign language. You have a problem with subtitles.

92
During previews
Epic, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Relevant

See it if You want to see a masterful take on one of the great modern plays. You enjoy epic stories that are touching, tragic, funny, & insightful.

Don't see it if You like short and succinct plays. This play is 7.5 hours long told over 2 separate parts. Prepared to be immersed in longform storytelling.

80
The Signature Project
East Village
Ambitious, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to participate in an epic piece of art while being entertained. Mr. Dunning infuses art, music, dance, and science with sentiment

Don't see it if You want to see a play with a plot. This is a presentation of one man's collaborative art project.

81
In & Of Itself
Gramercy
Clever, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a one-man show that is part-memoir, part-magic show, and part-existential crisis.

Don't see it if You are expecting a typical bombastic magic show. This is more of a quiet, philosophical show that uses magic as a plot device.

89
Afterglow
Midtown W
Absorbing, Edgy, Great staging, Romantic

See it if You want to see a gorgeously staged take on the complications of modern love.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with full nudity in an intimate setting.

89
Absorbing, Great staging, Relevant

See it if You are interested in viewing an iconic historical figure from a different perspective.

Don't see it if You don't want your views to be challenged.

84
During previews
Hundred Days
East Village
Entertaining, Great singing, Indulgent, Quirky, Romantic

See it if You enjoy folk rock music and unconventional storytelling.

Don't see it if You want to see a traditional play with a straightforward narrative. This is more of a concert with narration.

88
During previews
Muswell Hill
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy domestic dramas that are true to life.

Don't see it if You don't like heavy dialogue and single-setting plays.

79
Cats
Midtown W
Confusing, Great singing, Overrated, Dated, Funny

See it if you like musicals and great performances.

Don't see it if you want a story or plot.

100
Delightful, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Masterful

See it if you want to experience one of the classic musicals live.

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

85
The Crucible
Midtown W
Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy historical dramas.

Don't see it if you want light-hearted entertainment.