ClaudiaRose 2014

Deer Park | 25-34
About:  i'm just an artsy gal lookin' for a good night out among the stars
Reviews (49)
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you want a surprising, breath-taking, lively theatrical experience that is exquisitely carried by perform April Matthis. Gorgeous.

Don't see it if you dislike more monologue-heavy plays.

Also Highly recommended! Don't let the bad marketing material fool you, thi... Read more Read less

A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Profound, Enchanting, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to feel, cry, laugh, and really have an intellectual, emotional, theatrical experience.

Don't see it if you're offended by queerness, queer sex, sex onstage, discussion of HIV/AIDS. Some triggering content around religion/homophobia.

Slow, Quirky, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you love experimental, language-based or fantastical plays, you like female-driven narrative, you like ensemble theatre and live music

Don't see it if you want something that grapples seriously with some of what it poses

Also Beautiful costumes and fairly strong ensemble performance, generally. ... Read more Read less

Dated, Slow, Funny, Confusing, Cliched

See it if you love classic plays and the actors involved.

Don't see it if you want a really contemporary or honest grappling of some of what lives in McNally's play, which in 2019 climate struggles to seem real.

Also I love Shannon and McDonald, and they really do a lot to bring an imme... Read more Read less

Funny, Dizzying, Exquisite, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an important, bold and essential piece of contemporary American theatre that is asking the most necessary questions.

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

During previews
Dying City
Midtown W
Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you like two-handers with strong performances, political/relevant and slightly cerebral comedic dramas. CW: discussion of suicide, PTSD

Don't see it if you want something light, a surprising set, or something full of heart more than intellect

Also This play was a 2008 Pulitzer Prize Finalist and it holds up well. It ... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Great staging, Disappointing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you love absurd/zany theatre with a touch of true crime (that mostly centers on a straight white woman's story)

Don't see it if you want a cozy evening of theatre; strong writing; you want theatre that examines true crime fascination & unpacks white female victimhood

Also I wanted to love this. The blurb of the show gives it a bit too much c... Read more Read less

During previews
Midtown W
Slow, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you're interested in plays tackling dramatic, political topics (gun violence, mass shootings) with sensitivity, heart, and thoughtfulness

Don't see it if you want a very nuanced or multi-sided take on an issue (though you do get 2 sides), don't like two-hander plays, or want something light

Also The frame/approach of the play is exciting but slows down a lot of the... Read more Read less

Clumsily staged, Offensive and tone deaf, Excruciating, Great singing

See it if you love the original musical at all costs. You like intimate staging, classics, and do not care about how art "ages." (Why tho)

Don't see it if you care about contemporary society & advancement. The script has its "issues" (racism, rape plots/songs) which the show makes worse

Also I do have to say, the actors give it their all. However... A Black mal... Read more Read less

Upper W Side
Insipid, Indulgent, Cliched, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you love sitcoms, romcoms, or plays about philosophy/ideology - an exciting topic and sets of ideas are explored in the play

Don't see it if you want super nuanced explorations of ideas, don't buy into gender binary 'battle of the sexes" type stuff, or real-seeming characters

The Light
Midtown W
Great staging, Indulgent, Slow, Intense, Caught up in a complex net of tropes and big topics

See it if you want to see a play tackle rape culture, #MeToo, Kavanaugh, all within the context of a relationship. Has some breath-taking moments.

Don't see it if CW: rape. You want a deeply layered, nuanced drama about rape culture that examines things from more than 2 opposing angles.

Also The play is a dissection of some elements of rape culture within a het... Read more Read less

During previews
Hurricane Diane
East Village
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Masterful

See it if Especially if you're an LGBTQ womxn or person, someone who likes good, well-structured comedy, feminism, or tasteful but playful sex jokes

Don't see it if I don't know why you wouldn't see it unless you hate women or queer folx. It's incredible. A great play for a date or to see with friends.

Also Greek gods reincarnate, gardening, New Jersey housewives, climate chan... Read more Read less

Behind the Sheet
Midtown W
Great staging, Intense, Must see, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in plays that grapple smartly w history and center women of color while doing so; well-directed, sensitive and smart

Don't see it if You don’t like plays that deal with surgery, medicine, childbirth or vaginas (why tho?), or u r triggered by depictions of American slavery

Also If you are a white person, esp a white American, you should see this p... Read more Read less

The Cold Record
East Village
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Entertaining, Quick

See it if you love punk rock and talking/thinking about how music influences you, you like intimate performance

Don't see it if you want a performance that's not from the POV of a young white man and an older white man

During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Slow, Strong ensemble, A little flat

See it if Ur into strong three-hander ensemble performances that examines the arc, life, and family struggles of a woman grappling w how best to live

Don't see it if You don't like a slow burn. You don't like double- and triple-casting. You want a comedy, or something on the emotionally-uplifting side.

Also The acting and directing in this piece is superb. Like, I was seriousl... Read more Read less

During previews
God Said This
West Village
Banal, Funny, Insipid, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if You love family dramas or television sitcoms

Don't see it if uneven acting bothers you, you want fully explored character arcs and interpersonal histories

Also It is wonderful to see mostly solid performances, especially by Satomi... Read more Read less

The Jungle
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great staging, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a timely, important play that explores the ideas of what it means to be a refugee, and how someone becomes one.

Don't see it if you don't like non-traditional staging or seating, you don't want a long, slow burn of a show, or you want to see a show that's not intense.

West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Very white, Indulgent, Well-directed

See it if it remounts! Seriously, a good set of plays (CLARKSTON being the more exciting) that unpacks suburban and country life thoughtfully

Don't see it if you hate the idea of some white kids feeling emotionally related and literally related to Lewis and Clark

Also The acting is straight up incredible, especially among the older actor... Read more Read less

During previews
Slave Play
East Village
Ambitious, Clever, Relevant, Indulgent, A little safe

See it if you want to consider race + sexuality w moments of solid comedy, though often doesn't feel *truly* risque/risky in its attempt.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with sexually graphic material and depictions of sex that include themes of sexual trauma, racism, slavery. Various CW

Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Epic, Refreshing

See it if Bring your kids! A neuro-inclusive work! If you haven't seen any before, you should! You like TLP book. It's a charming, fairy tale evening.

Don't see it if you want a gritty, hard-hitting drama kind of experience. This is a magical, dreamscape kind of experiencing. Joyful and fun. Full of heart!

Slow, Predictable, Relevant, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you like period/historical dramas, strongly performed two-handers, and plays that deal with queerness and American history.

Don't see it if you want an emotionally light, or fluffy, night at the theatre. (CW: description of sexual coercion & assault)

Clever, Great singing, Epic, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you want to see an uplifting, kinda-concert/kinda-play evening of theatre infused with revolution, sci-fi, wonderful songs, & love

Don't see it if you don't like blues- or folk-inspired music, or smiling, or joy. Or mentions of robots. Or humorous/thoughtful veiled political undertones

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Profound, Must see

See it if you want a night of theatre that opens up you soul, that asks a lot of you, that makes you pay attention, that is politically relevant

Don't see it if No reason not to see it. Go!

Great acting, Great staging, Indulgent, Convenientally problematic, Brutal

See it if you like intense, heavy, family-based dramas centered around nuclear family (mostly) and hetero older white men (mostly)

Don't see it if you want to leave the theatre feeling happy, you don't like narratives that feature the Bible, or you want a play that centers non-white men

Clever, Great acting, Cliched, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you like period dramas, good acting, and very traditional story telling

Don't see it if you want radical, contemporary-feeling, or an edgy night of the theatre that really explores feminism and the history of drama

East Village
Inspired but limited by source material, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an adaptation of Medea. You like contemporary & political adaptations. Incredibly designed, solidly acted, strong ensemble.

Don't see it if you expect a play that really undoes or upheaves the Medea myth beyond its limitations as a narrative.

Also The first 3/4 of the play were riveting, strong, and exciting. As the ... Read more Read less

Lunch Bunch
East Village
Refreshing, Great staging, Funny, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you want a surprising, playful and fun exploration of the banality of the everyday, and the magic of food

Don't see it if you want an easy-to-follow, straightforward piece; you want to see big, complex sets or staging

Long Lost
Midtown W
Banal, Dead in the water, Indulgent, Insipid, Slow

See it if you have some personal obligation to, or you are the #1 Margulies fan ever born.

Don't see it if you want a well-written, intelligent, smart, engaging, or contemporary-feeling play. Also, arguably, pretty sexist.

Also This play is riddled with cliches that make me, someone who previously... Read more Read less

Burn This
Midtown W
A little uneven, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a strong performance of a contemporary classic. Well-performed, well-staged, surprisingly easy to fit in a 2019 world.

Don't see it if you want a straight-up comedy.

Also The performances are, largely, solid. However, some actors (Driver) co... Read more Read less

Epic, Edgy, Delightful, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you like reinterpretations of classics, or like Oklahoma!; you're interested in relevant, smart theatre that is deeply moving and well-done

Don't see it if you want a traditional, proscenium-style, 4th wall experience; you don't like being a little uncomfortable or surprised with staging or set

Also This is truly one of the most astounding shows I've ever seen - I had ... Read more Read less

Quirky, Hilarious, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like hyper-realism that is excellently performed; the presence in the room was v electric; you like meta-theatricality; ensemble-based

Don't see it if you want a play that steps back from itself; you don't like the 1970s; you don't want to watch white men be awful (on purpose/for the play)

Also I knew very little and was both floored by the performance and exactin... Read more Read less

During previews
Midtown W
Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you like slice-of-life/sitcom-y plays with mostly solid (except 1) ensemble acting, you are into stories that center/focus on Black women

Don't see it if you want a structurally exciting/new play, a play that is heavily dramatic, or anything experimental. You are offending by the word "p*ssy."

Also This play is infectious. It does a great job of winning an audience ov... Read more Read less

Confusing, Uneven and half-thought-through plot lines, Indulgent, Quirky, Great acting

See it if you like workplace-based comedies or shows that skewer very gender-based dynamics (if like things like ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT or THE OFFICE)

Don't see it if you want a narrative that's very thought-through, a wacky world that makes a lot of sense (emotional or logical) or that feels clear

Also I was so excited to see this, but disappointed in how this play felt a... Read more Read less

A little cliched / gimmicky in execution, Indulgent, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you're a fan of fable-based, ensemble-created/performed pieces that feel a little bit old-fashioned in focus or scope.

Don't see it if you want to see a truly inventive or thoughtful take on a classical piece of the literary canon.

Also The piece is an ensemble-driven take on the various texts that make up... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Insipid, Slow, Excruciating, Banal, Ambitious

See it if you are really drawn in by grandiose sets or famous performers (or nudity). You want a very melodramatic ("Daddy" A Melodrama) experience.

Don't see it if 3 HOURS LONG. If u want heartfelt, or emotional/personal stories on stage. You don't like simulated sex or drugs or nudity onstage.

Also The performers are amazing, and the staging and direction is strong. T... Read more Read less

Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You’re a Millenial/Gen Z who loved Spongebob or you want an uplifting, acrobatic musical to sing along to. Great for families.

Don't see it if You want a very intense, emotional musical. But if you’re looking to be in touch w your inner Spongebob or kid, this is a fun joyful show!

Great acting, Excruciating, Problematic & ill-informed, Disappointing, Irresponsible

See it if Don't. A messy, deeply misguided attempt at skewering rape culture that misses almost all marks

Don't see it if I honestly wouldn't see it. After seeing it, I was shocked it was produced at all.

Also It can be easy to dismiss this play based on the idea alone, but I was... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Indulgent, Somewhat cerebral and distant

See it if you love Chekhov, you like meta-theatricality or intellectually-fueled performances, or you'd like to see Chekhov but haven't

Don't see it if you want a traditional play, or something that isn't at times sort of hipster millenial in its approach

East Village
Ambitious, Clever, Confusing, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you love thrillers and plots featuring cut-throat competition, and/or you're interested in plays about politics, US foreign affairs, or govt

Don't see it if you care about "character likeablility," or you don't like plays having unanswered questions or details, or mental note-taking

Blue Ridge
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Hilarious

See it if u wanna see a play that's not city-centric, liberal-centric or the people you may expect to see/hear on stage in whole-hearted performances

Don't see it if u're not into intense dramas centering female stories, dealing with violence, white privilege, + sexism or you don't like when ppl talk fast

Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You want to fangirl over queer romance, spend some time rejecting heteronormativity, you like farce or melodrama or over the top humor

Don't see it if You like traditional musicals or heavy dramas, or you don’t wanna see wonderful glittery amazing LGBTQIA-ness onstage (WHY I ask you)

During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Hilarious, Incredible design, A little cold

See it if you like Sam Shepard or Dano or Hawke. You want to see a well-directed, masterfully designed American classic of the contemporary canon.

Don't see it if you don't like Shepard's work, want something relevant, fully realistic or w tons of heart, or you're tired of white dudes with family drama

Also I was surprised by this play. The cast, especially the show-stealing M... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if you were ever in high school and you want to forget it all; or you were ever in high school and loved it. You love or like Mean Girls.

Don't see it if you're threatened by watching hilarious, captivating and joyous performances by incredibly talented women. You don't like laughing.

Also This show is really such an exquisitely acted piece, with moments of b... Read more Read less

India Pale Ale
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Quirky

See it if you want a play that is fundamentally uplifting, about love, family, and community. You want a politically relevant or soul-feeding night.

Don't see it if you don't want to see something with a sense of humor and a positive and complicated lens, or you hate plays about families.

Ambitious, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you like edgy, superbly-designed, well-directed work about young NYC middle-class women exploring pretty binary + hetero power structures

Don't see it if you want a nuanced exploration of being a young woman that feels like it isn't 2 steps behind intersectional feminism. CW: rape, assault

Hilarious, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you love smart, funny comedies with great acting, writing, and direction; you enjoy laughing, cringing, and thinking simultaneously.

Don't see it if you want to miss a great evening of theatre & experience FOMO when it sells out; you want a serious, dramatic, or mindless theatre.

Kink Haus
East Village
Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent, Raunchy, Disappointing

See it if you want to go to a strip club without going to a strip club with eally good dancing, albeit problematically gendered and stereotypical!

Don't see it if you want inventive, thoughtful complex dance-based work about queerness and sexuality; you aren't comfortable with nudity & lots of dildos

The Moors
Midtown W
Clever, Ambitious, Enchanting, Funny, Great staging

See it if you like Victorian or Bronte-esque spins on love, life, and sisterhood that are quirky and oddball and dark

Don't see it if you don't like quirky, bizarre, or oddball humor

Absorbing, Quirky, Relevant, Riveting, Clever

See it if you like complicated, timely and electric work that is equal parts funny and thought-provoking

Don't see it if you don't want to think, or be engaged and only want pure "entertainment"