ColleenK

Manhattan | 65+
About:  Saw my first Broadway show—Kiss Me, Kate— in 1949. I get pickier as I get older, after all I have seen most of the best productions ever: Saw the original West Side Story twice, Fiddler with Zero, Fonda and Redford in Barefoot and Chorus Line before it moved uptown. I keep a sharp eye out for bargai... Read more Read less
Reviews (32)
75
Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you just want to sit back and giggle.

Don't see it if You want a profound, thought-provoking evening.

78
SHEnanigans
East Village
Captivating, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like to see a woman's life engagingly told as she assumes many characters

Don't see it if You dont like one person shows or monologues that last 100 minutes without a break

78
Reborning
Soho/Tribeca
Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like good acting, but a script that needs more character development

Don't see it if You want a tight story line

76
Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Your admire performers with a quick spontaneous wit

Don't see it if You like scripted work that has been tested

79
Visually absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you have never seen another production that you liked a lot.

Don't see it if you want to see Kelly O'Hara do a great job in her dual roles.

Also I was lucky enough to see the original with Patricia Morrison and Alfr... Read more Read less

80
Riveting, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if If you want an evening of escapism at a show whisks your away to a fantasy

Don't see it if If you want more than a riveting story, good music, clever staging and suspense

76
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You want an evening of old fashioned fantasy and pretty scenes.

Don't see it if If you want a play that requires thinking.

94
Provocative, Intelligent, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a brilliant, fun presentation of a serious subject

Don't see it if Don't like one person shows.

67
Burn This
Midtown W
Unconvincing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Dated

See it if You want to see what captured audiences a few decades ago.

Don't see it if If you expect a script that clearly defines the desires of the characters

89
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you like an inventive script and very good acting by actors who grab your attention and display their vulnerabilities.

Don't see it if If you prefer a traditional presentation by actors who stick to a conventional script.

100
Neurosis
Gramercy
Clever, Great staging, Hilarious, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you want to site back and laugh continuously in a small theater that lets you see the details and hear the asides.

Don't see it if you don't like breezy, contemporary comedy whose writer plays deliciously with the language and the talented actors keep you riveted.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Exquisite, Funny

See it if you want to see the best play on Broadway in years (even decades).

Don't see it if you want miss a brilliant contemporary take on an 1860's portrayal of a family caught in a suffocating social cage. Nothing ever changes.

70
War Paint
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Old fashioned

See it if you are a fan of Patti Lipone or Christine Ebersole or a history fan. It is so reminiscent of plays I saw many decades ago.

Don't see it if you expect fresh music, lyrics and staging. It is not bad, just flat. But a few friends really enjoyed it, so there is something to savor.

89
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want to laugh out loud a lot. It borders on slapstick, but it is funny. The actors are all a hoot playing political bumpkins.

Don't see it if can''t let loose and go along with the silliness. Its reminiscent of the wacky Marx Brothers' comedies.

87
Of Human Bondage
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Enthralling, Uplifting

See it if Act 1 is heart piercing, dark, long, magnificently acted and staged. Superb cast. Act 2 is uplifting and leaves you feeling wonderful.

Don't see it if you don' t have the patience to stick out Act 1 and stay for Act 2. See the whole play and you will be greatly rewarded.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if For exquisite, over the top costume design that propels the story into the realm of fabulous.

Don't see it if You don't want to see transcendant theater that thrills the imagination.

68
Intense, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You know a lot about conservative Catholic thinking and can differentiate between competing political issues

Don't see it if If you don't like histrionics and serious emoting. Many issues are discussed at rapid speed and you might lose the threads

51
During previews
I Spy a Spy
Midtown W
Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if Like singing, a cast of quirky characters and familiar situations

Don't see it if You get bored with overlong story and dizzying changrs of scenes

30
Drunk Shakespeare
Midtown W
Raunchy, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You Like to see talented people waste their efforts

Don't see it if You Like Shakespeare or don't mind alcohol induced jokes that only 30 will get

81
Riveting, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if even if you have not read Ulysses. You will be glued to every word the actress utters about her sexuality, loves, hurts, and obsession.

Don't see it if if nudity and the plainest sex talk ever annoy you.

72
Handbagged
Midtown E
Accent challenged, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you can easily understand various British accents and want some good dialogue and insights into England's political scent.

Don't see it if if you don't want to concentrate to hear all the talk, sometimes so fast you miss it.

94
Historical, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want a look at a time in our history that praises men who have Been overlooked

Don't see it if There's no good reason not to see this play.

100
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want ti see a magnificent cast portray a story that is overwhelming human and real and tells the story of the drama that Ireland has ex

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to see it.

54
Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You hope to learn something relavatory about politics despite unconvincing acting.

Don't see it if You expect to get insights into Hillary's motivations and her relationships

100
Provocative, Intelligent, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if Want to see a side of human nature that touches us all, and superb actors and an exciting script.

Don't see it if You cant handle prejudice and hatred in our country that raises its ugly head periodically.

89
During previews
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You want to see a superb cast and the daily life of a simple girl who became an iconic historical figure. The set is magnificent.

Don't see it if If you crave the details of religious influence on 15th C. Peasants, on how a teenager was able to convince a king to give her an army

Also I wish the story included how the Church betrayed her.

68
During previews
Who's Holiday!
Midtown W
Appealing oddky

See it if You laugh at swear words. Are in the mood for silliness. Appreciate underused talent.

Don't see it if You like sophisticated humor.

26
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if don't want to say to yourself: "Boy, am I in the wrong place." However, the audience bounced to the Lauper music for the entire show.

Don't see it if an unacceptable take on gay life offends you. I saw it for nothing and still did not like it, paying for it would have been painful.

90
For a previous production
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want lotsa belly laughs. The wonderfully clever lyrics set to familiar music we all know and love. Crazy talented cast are wonderful

Don't see it if you like Trump is an asset to our country. And if you can't take 90 minutes of laugh a minute hilarity. Creators and cast are so witty.

70
Clever, Disappointing, Bored

See it if At first the staging is intriguing. By the second half it is tiresome. The story is standard Russian Aristocratic Rich Boy drops Poor Girl

Don't see it if you have read the hype about how the critics picked it for the best of the season. It does not sustain excitement to the end.

43
Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Juvenile. unfunny.

See it if If you want to dish out a bundle just to see a high school level production.

Don't see it if If you are accustomed to clever, creative humor or are not entertained by nasty language parading as comedy.

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Great writing, Great staging, Clever, Entertaining, Worth seeing twice, after you have the libretto in hand

See it if So deliciously clever. I wish I had an ear accustomed to rap. When prices come down and I know the lyrics, I will see it again.

Don't see it if Don't see if you just want to sit back and enjoy the dialogue. It takes work to absorb the words tossed out at rocket speed.