Chris aka Nini

New York City | 50-64 | Female
About:  Saw my first Broadway show, Grease, in high school, and I've been hooked ever since. I'm a Roundabout Theater subscriber for many years, with a 15-year-old daughter who's seen over 50 Broadway shows with me already :) We love to do Stage Door!
Reviews (118)
91
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate a passionately acted one-man show that delves into philosophy while also sharing a highly emotional personal story

Don't see it if you're looking for a comedy; if you don't enjoy a one-man show

78
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Great singing, Relevant, Great choreography & dancing, Innovative staging, Some questionable choices

See it if you are comfortable with a modern staging of a classic

Don't see it if you want the classic - the songs and dialogue are the same but the use of live video on huge screens and a bare stage may not be your taste

Also The overly graphic screen shots of the attempted rape scene were distu... Read more Read less

80
Nutcracker Rouge
Brooklyn
Entertaining, Raunchy, Quirky, Great acts - burlesque, acrobatic

See it if you enjoy a space that is mysterious and dark; you enjoy burlesque, magic, and acrobatics; you are open to partial nudity and drag.

Don't see it if you are offended by partial nudity and drag; you are looking for a plot.

83
Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you enjoy jukebox musicals; if big numbers are appealing; if you enjoyed the movie

Don't see it if you are looking for a classic musical - this is very new

68
Good singing, Mix of performance levels, Enthusiastic cast, Costumes and sets need work

See it if you don't mind a somewhat amateur production with enthusiastic performers.

Don't see it if you're expecting a polished production of Sweet Charity.

95
During previews
Riveting, Refreshing, Must see, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you appreciate fresh, new, modern musicals; if on-stage bands, strong ensembles and turn tables appeal to you.

Don't see it if you're only into classical musicals.

78
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great staging, Unique, Amazing tech and sets, Somewhat disjointed

See it if you are a fan of state-of-the-art puppetry (think War Horse on a grander scale); if you enjoy clever sets and use of projections

Don't see it if you're timid - the roaring is unsettling; if you want a true-to-the-movies stage version - this takes some liberties

83
During previews
Great singing, Great choreography, Upbeat, Inconsistent, Entertaining

See it if you love Cher, and if you love Stephanie J Block, whose performance is the absolute stand-out of the show; if you enjoy splashy ensemble #s.

Don't see it if you're anti-Vegas-style staging and costumes; if you don't enjoy some over-the-top components.

91
Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you appreciate classic musicals brought back to the stage with strong performances (Laura Benanti's debut was stellar!) and humor.

Don't see it if you're looking for an edgy, current musical - this is classic.

95
Great singing, Great writing, Hilarious, Delightful, Relevant

See it if you love a fresh, funny musical with a great ensemble; if you enjoy a show that has some current political humor; if you love Drew Gehling!

Don't see it if you don’t like theater that takes some subtle jabs at the current administration

82
Little Rock
East Village
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate strong ensemble work,historical plot with drama &some humor. Be prepared for some disturbing but real language and behavior.

Don't see it if you aren't prepared to see and feel what went on during a shameful time in our history.

91
Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate ensemble plays with a strong mixture of drama and humor; if you enjoy older plays revisited in a refreshing way.

Don't see it if you're looking for a musical (don't let the word 'band' in the title fool you!)

87
Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if you enjoy a fast-paced, high-engagement musical with plenty of comedy; if you appreciate clever staging and choreography.

Don't see it if you're looking for a night of serious or deep theater.

94
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate powerful small-cast plays, with a combination of dramatic and amusing moments; if you're a Glenda Jackson fan-phenomenal.

Don't see it if you're looking for a light evening of theater; if you prefer large casts or comedies.

93
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate a plot with entwined characters, great dancing and ensemble work; if you enjoy musicals with drama and comedy.

Don't see it if you're looking for a modern musical - this is charmingly classic.

81
During previews
Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy, Fun

See it if you're looking for a fun, light musical with some laughs; if you're a big Buffet fan; if you don't have your heart set on a deep plot.

Don't see it if you're hoping for a thought-provoking experience- the plot is simple but fun; if Jimmy Buffet isn't on your playlist.

93
Broadway Sip N' Paint
Upper W Side
Creative, Refreshing, Fun

See it if you enjoy painting or even if you never have! Your guide(Carey was wonderful!) will take you through step by step. Plus Bway music & trivia!

Don't see it if you have an aversion to painting, or only enjoy it in privacy.

85
Hey, Look Me Over!
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you're a fan of older musicals, especially those that haven't received lots of attention but have great music; if you enjoy musical reviews.

Don't see it if you're looking for a full blown musical with a linear plot - you're getting snippets of different musicals.

Also Wonderful ensemble work.

72
Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Poor choice of material

See it if You need to see Lithgow live, because his performance is strong.

Don't see it if You would be disappointed by performances of sometimes engaging but often slow short stories. Don't expect a lot about his life.

93
Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever, Amazing sets

See it if you enjoy a folktale-like plot of storytelling, with actors playing multiple roles; if you love Caribbean music and dancing. Amazing set.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate innovative set designs and theater-in-the-round.

81
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Great sets & costumes, Fluffy, but some social messages

See it if enjoy lighthearted musicals with lots of pizzazz; if you can embrace silliness in a show & just enjoy; if you like a range of musical styles

Don't see it if you're looking for an intense or deep plot - this is silly and predictable, but entertaining; if you want a mostly-adult audience.

91
Profound, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate dramatic monologues; if you enjoy seeing movie and theater stars in a different setting; of you support fundraisers.

Don't see it if you're looking for a night of light entertainment - while there's music and a bit of levity, it's mostly intense and moving stories.

84
During previews
Junk
Upper W Side
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, A bit heavy on financial jargon, Relevant

See it if you appreciate an intense drama; if you enjoyed "Wall Street" and/or "Too Big to Fail"

Don't see it if you're expecting a light evening of theater; if you're not familiar with the financial world - lots of jargon.

91
Riveting, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you appreciate close-up/interactive theater experiences; if you enjoy dark themes in musicals; if you're a Sondheim fan.

Don't see it if you're squeamish about murders/blood;if you want a barrier between performers & audience;if you are looking for light entertainment

Also Take advantage of the pre-show dinner offer - great meat pies and mash... Read more Read less

81
The Sardi's Tour
Midtown W
Informative, Filled with trivia, Fun setting

See it if you enjoy lots of trivia and anecdotes about Broadway stars; if you have always wanted to see the upper floors of Sardi's.

Don't see it if you don't have an interest in Broadway performers and their history - very few film stars, etc.

85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great for whole family

See it if you enjoy dramatized fables with a modern twist; if you're looking for an entertaining show for all ages.

Don't see it if you don't like new interpretations of classic tales.

93
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you’re a fan of the show or movie - it stays true - or Jonathan Groff (amazing) or Christian Borle (hilarious); if you enjoy dark comedy.

Don't see it if you’re squeamish about morbid events (it’s it bloody though); if you want a more traditional musical.

90
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Riveting, Great singing, Great dancing, Great choreography, Great staging

See it if you enjoy musicals that are current, edgy and unique. The all-singing performances are powerful, plus the plot and dancing are amazing.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a traditional musical with dialogue.

88
Refreshing, Innovative, Great singing, Great staging, Clever

See it if you love the original and want to see a fresh take on the character interpretations, dream ballet, and overall diversity of the cast.

Don't see it if you're expecting a traditional revival. While the dialogue and lyrics haven't changed, the presentation and interpretation are modernized.

90
During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Hilarious, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you live the movie but don’t expect the show to duplicate it - this is a wonderful updated and revised version with lots of new jokes.

Don't see it if you want to see a Dustin Hoffman or Bill Murray impersonation- the actors mae the characters their own.

88
Clever, Refreshing, Relevant, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy upbeat, current musicals that focus on teenage issues in a fun and creative way; if you've heard the cast recording and are a fan!

Don't see it if you don't like current trendy topics in your musicals.

78
Great dancing, Entertaining, Clever, Some humor

See it if you want to get into the holiday spirit; if you enjoy enjoy plays with a social justice message.

Don't see it if you're expecting the actual Christmas Carol - this is an updated version.

91
During previews
Hilarious, Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Delightful

See it if you enjoy comedic musicals that still have a relevant message; if you appreciate lively shows with both adult and teen characters.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with LGBTQ topics in a show.

82
Apologia
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you appreciate strong ensemble dramatic acting; if you enjoy dysfunctional family plot lines; if you're looking for strong performances.

Don't see it if you're looking for a light comedy or musical.

89
During previews
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Script is too close to movie

See it if you're a big fan of the movie; if you enjoy musicals with a range of song styles & strong supporting characters; if you're an Andy Karl fan.

Don't see it if you're expecting an updated story or lots of fresh dialogue - while the songs and some scenes are new, the lines are very predictable.

92
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Clever, Hilarious, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you appreciate musical comedy, even with Shakespearean flavor. Clever twist of Measure for Measure set in the old West. Lots of laughs!

Don't see it if you're looking for heavy drama .

66
Travesties
Midtown W
Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Some great acting

See it if you are a big fan of the world and time period of Oscar Wilde, and you don't have an issue with dated language in plays.

Don't see it if you're looking for a contemporary comedy.

91
Me and My Girl
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you appreciate older musicals with lots of charm and humor; if you love Christian Borle - he's absolutely glorious!

Don't see it if you prefer modern, edgy musicals.

65
Rocktopia
Midtown W
Wrong venue, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy classic rock but don't need to dance or move while listening.

Don't see it if you expect a clear blending of classical and rock. While musicians and singers are talented, pairings of music felt mostly forced.

94
During previews
Profound, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate powerful dramas that address societal and moral issues; if you are a Nathan Lane fan, and want to see his dramatic work.

Don't see it if you're looking for a light theater experience.

Also Andrew Garfield is magnificent. The staging is top notch.

93
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy sharp wit and drama together plus characters you'll both love and hate. If you're left wing, you'll like the political humor.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to jokes about the sitting president.

87
During previews
Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate a powerful family drama with comedy throughout; if you enjoy plays that move through time periods.

Don't see it if you're looking for light entertainment, although the play is funny at times.

97
Delightful, Riveting, Great for all ages, Great for amateur dancers

See it if you've always wanted to learn Broadway choreography; even if you're over 50 (like me!) and NOT a dancer, you will feel supported!

Don't see it if you don't want to sweat while having a lot of fun and feeling like you're in lower-key version of the opening scene of Chorus Line!

Also Fabulous instructor - small group size allowed for comfort and space

92
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Engaging, Great conversation, Nice personal touches

See it if you've seen and loved Come From Away, or you plan to see it; if you appreciate hearing about a musical's journey from conception to stage.

Don't see it if you have no interest in Broadway show production.

Also Jessica is a dynamic presenter who engaged us in conversation about Co... Read more Read less

73
Great acting, Slow

See it if you are an Elizabeth McGovern fan; if you enjoy period dramas with family dynamics. Interesting set design.

Don't see it if you're looking for an upbeat or funny play.

95
Brigadoon
Midtown W
Refreshing, Great singing, Great acting, Great choreo&dancing, Enchanting

See it if you enjoy a classic musical with a fresh look; if you're a Kelli O'Hara fan (she's at the top of her game!); if you love fabulous dancing.

Don't see it if you're looking for an edgy, modern musical.

94
Riveting, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you appreciate a powerful one-man performance that takes you through historical periods; if you enjoy up-close dramas.

Don't see it if you're looking for a light evening of theater.

Also This is an amazing performance that shouldn't be missed. You see multi... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Refreshing, Great singing, Wonderful score, A bit slow, Strong actine

See it if you enjoy strong acting& shows based on true events;if you are a fan of scores with a range of musical styles;if you like dramatic musicals.

Don't see it if you're looking for a quick-paced / mostly-lively musical - there are a number of silent pauses and quiet scenes.

90
A Piece of My Heart
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you appreciate strong drama with personal stories & political issues;women's war stories with actors as multiple characters;creative staging

Don't see it if you're looking for a light / comedic play; you're not a fan of plays with political messages

97
Delightful, Must see, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you have a soft spot for classic musicals (with some improvs); if you adore Bette Midler, who is at the top of her game.

Don't see it if you're looking for an edgy, modern musical.