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New York City | 35-49
About:  New Yorker, theater lover and proud parent!
Reviews (37)
95
During previews
Impressive, Energetic, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

See it if You want a fast-paced, high energy, hilarious 90-min show that can never be re-created any other day. You want to be blown away by talent.

Don't see it if You dislike improv, want something scripted and serious. Don’t want to laugh.

70
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Amazing effects, Spectacle!, Impressive puppet, Weak everywhere else, Ambitious

See it if You want to be impressed by a major spectacle of special effects, puppetry, and lighting - and prepare to be awed by the gorilla!

Don't see it if A strong script, songs, and actors is as important to you as the wow-factor of the puppet. The special effects are the entire show.

Also The King is very impressive. The puppet gets a standing ovation at the... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Profound, Thought-provoking, Gut wrenching, Current

See it if You are interested in a 90 minute (no intermission) thought provoking piece about racial inequality in America. If you love Kerry Washington

Don't see it if You’re not open to thinking about police brutality, race, and privilege in America. You prefer light, fluffy, comedies or big musicals

65
Dizzying, Athletic, Odd, Only one hour, Quirky

See it if You'd enjoy spending one hour seeing two incredibly athletic female dancers leaving their all on the stage as they depict pro-boxers.

Don't see it if Modern dance isn't your thing. You need theater with dialogue and a plot. You need a show that makes sense, delivered to you with a nice bow

60
Indulgent, Slow, Thought-provoking, Way too long, Good storytelling

See it if You need the catharsis of a 2.5 hour rant about Trump, republicans, and the current state of our country - with some funny stories thrown in

Don't see it if You aren't emotionally ready to rehash the last election, don't want to listen to Trump or Republican bashing, not interested in politics

70
Bastard Jones
Chelsea
Cute, Great singing, Raunchy, Bawdy farce, Catchy upbeat songs

See it if You like seeing very talented diverse actors in a small, scrappy, less polished/designed show. If you don't mind raunchy, vulgar sex humor.

Don't see it if You like things to be conservative and classy. If you only like big produced musicals! If you don't like tiny theaters w/only 40 seats!

50
Pretty ridiculous, Yet oddly entertaining, Can't blame the talented actors for the weird material, The lead actress can sing!, Way too long

See it if You have a few drinks first. Don't mind seeing talented actors in weird material. Can find entertainment anywhere. Like the Wild West.

Don't see it if You only like shows with an actual plot. Can't "wait" for a show to improve. Can't see past weird material to appreciate the actors' talent

80
Falsettos
Midtown W
Moving, Emotional, Cool set, Funny, Very jewish humor

See it if You are in the mood for a warm, funny & emotional show. If you like a large dose of Jewish humor with your musicals. If you like a good cry.

Don't see it if You prefer your musicals over the top and flashy, with endlessly poppy Broadway showstoppers, big choreo, or crazy costumes.

80
Pip's Island
Midtown W
Ambitious, Delightful, Great for kids!, Immersive, You are part of the show

See it if You have a 4-8 year old who would love to be part of an immersive, adorable show with great sets, costumes & production quality. Family fun!

Don't see it if Your child is older than 8, scared of "bad guys," or doesn't like to be over-stimulated. Or if you want an actual plot :)

55
Heisenberg
Midtown W
Weird...and not in a good way kind of weird, Felt long...and it was only 80 mins, Boring, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You love Mary Louise Parker and are thinking to yourself, what the heck, it's only 80 minutes, I could sit through anything for 80 minutes!

Don't see it if You enjoy fast-paced shows where things actually happen and the dialogue actually moves the show along. Even at 80 mins, it felt too long

55
Banal, Unlikeable characters, Silly lyrics and forgettable songs, Self-important, Trying too hard

See it if You are a die-hard fan of Jonathan Larsen and Rent. Not sure I can think of a great reason to see it otherwise.

Don't see it if You are not a die-hard Jonathan Larsen or Rent fan. There are way too many other great shows in NYC to see unless you're a crazy fanboy/girl

65
Cute, Adorable, Whimsical, Sweet, Old-fashioned

See it if You like charming old-timey musicals, sweet songs, barely any plot, performed in a barebones, almost concert-style way

Don't see it if You like more modern style gritty rock and roll musicals or need big sets and production value

85
Bright Star
Midtown W
Beautiful music, Incredible performance by carmen cusack, Predictable, Entertaining, Goes down easy like a smooth drink

See it if You like bluegrass, you want a fun enjoyable night at the theater, you want to see an incredible leading lady performance, you want to smile

Don't see it if You dislike stories with endings you can predict from 5 minutes in, you dislike bluegrass, you only like deep, intellectual theater

75
Dry Powder
East Village
A+ actors, B+ show, Fun to watch, Intense dialogue, Very timely

See it if You are a fan of Claire Danes, John Krasinski, or Hank Azaria and you don't mind seeing an A+ cast in a B+ show.

Don't see it if You are looking for an epicly awesome night of theater. This show is a totally enjoyable night out, but not a groundbreaking masterpiece.

90
For a previous production
Great acting, Intense, Beautiful music, Heart wrenching, Millennial humor

See it if You're interested in how an intense ethical dilemma, in the world of fast-paced modern tech & social media, with beautiful music, plays out

Don't see it if You go to the theater for escapism from reality, rather than intense real-world situations. Or if you're in the mood for a jolly comedy.

70
Allegiance
Midtown W
Entertaining, History lesson, Diverse, Talented cast, Bland music

See it if You are a fan of George Takei or Lea Salonga (great performances), or if you like an entertaining history lesson set to nice but bland music

Don't see it if you don't want a side of history with your musical or you are not in the mood for a tear jerker

20
Amazing Grace
Midtown W
Religious, Preachy, Church choir meets broadway, 2.5 hours until the one song, Audience sing-along

See it if Church hymns are your jam. So much so, that you'll pay $100 and sit through 2.5 hours of "amazing waste" for one epic Broadway sing along.

Don't see it if ...you have anything, and I mean ANYTHING better to do with 2.5 hours of your time.

55
Cute, Cheesy, Fun, Light, Campy

See it if You are an older, Jewish theater goer who likes cheesy, silly "Florida dinner theater" type shows with lots of Jewish jokes

Don't see it if You're visiting NYC and will only have the chance to see one or two shows on Broadway.

95
Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, Hilarious, Great writing

See it if You like edgy, smart, funny, very raunchy comedy that tiptoes right up to that line of "are they going to go there" discomfort...and they do

Don't see it if You get easily offended, are Mormon and take yourself very seriously, or are with someone who only likes "serious" "artsy art" shows

90
During previews
Thought-provoking, Romantic, Must see, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You love the music of Oklahoma and want to see it reimagined so spectacularly differently/boldly from anything you’ve seen or dreamed of

Don't see it if You are an Oklahoma purist and could only enjoy the show in its traditional format with elaborate sets, costumes, and a 30 piece orchestra

Also The show is edgy, sexy, dark, and takes bold choices. Nobody will leav... Read more Read less

65
Indulgent, Great acting, Slow, Janet mcteer is a goddess, Modern, yet dated

See it if You enjoy seeing Janet McTeer command the stage (who doesn’t?!) and you enjoy the creative process behind putting on a Shakespearean show.

Don't see it if You need a fast paced show & clear plot. This is more of a self-indulgent, wordy look at the creative process. Felt longer than it was.

50
During previews
Red Roses, Green Gold
West Village
Great singing, Disappointing, Cheesy, Cool that all actors play instruments, Never really gets going

See it if You are a big fan of the Grateful Dead and you don’t mind being in an audience full of regular folks who just sit there.

Don't see it if You don’t care about the Grateful Dead. While the singing and staging are nice, the show is cheesy, poorly acted, and quite boring at times

85
KPOP
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great singing, Fun, Totally different, Entertaining

See it if You want a seriously fun night of great singing and dancing in an immersive setting totally different than any other show you've seen.

Don't see it if You only like traditional theater. You don't like bubble gum pop. You don't want a show that confronts issues of racism in America.

Also It's long (almost three hours) and you walk A LOT. Wear comfy shoes!

80
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Cute, A little cheesy, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like fun adaptations of Shakespeare. You are in the mood to see a cute, funny, cheesy show with a talented cast - no thinking required!

Don't see it if You don't like campy, silly musicals. You don't want to see an all-white cast. You prefer shows with more grit and substance.

Also Bonus: Only 2 hours!

45
Overly campy, What is happening?!?!, Even great actors can't save this material, There's not actually any elvis songs, Confusing

See it if You're an Elvis impersonator, obsessed w/ Elvis, or like anything even mildly Elvis-related. You can look past bad material for great actors

Don't see it if you don't have a complete Elvis obsession and you can't tolerate campiness that even goes beyond what you would find on a cruise ship.

72
Amazing set design and staging, Gorgeous singing, Avant garde & artsy, Trying a bit too hard, Confusing and overdone book

See it if You want to feel completely immersed in a show, you enjoy seeing shows that are different - nothing like anything you've seen before.

Don't see it if You only like traditional theater and don't enjoy anything that is artsy, avant garde, or out there.

75
The Front Page
Midtown W
3 hours, 2 intermissions!, Basically one long scene, Nathan lane is funny, But he only enters halfway through, Big ol bro-fest on stage

See it if You like a long, funny play about a bunch of bros, acting like bros, with barely any women onstage. If you like Nathan Lane or John Slattery

Don't see it if you like seeing women on stage in meaningful roles. you can't sit thru a show with 2 intermissions or wait 90 mins for Nathan Lane to enter

80
During previews
Intense, Great acting, David oyewolo is masterful, Intimate atmosphere, 3.5 hours

See it if You enjoy seeing A-list actors in their prime in a small theater intimate atmosphere, performing one of the most famous plays of all time

Don't see it if You dislike Shakespeare, would have difficulty sitting on bench seating for 3.5 hours, prefer huge flashy venues to small intimate theater

60
Cute, Nice music, Too long, Formulaic, Felt too "done before"

See it if You want to reminisce about the "Betty Crocker era" with cute, peppy songs, sung by four adorable actresses for a forgettable but fun show.

Don't see it if You like gritty fast-paced non-formulaic shows. If you don't enjoy four women on stage singing cute, predictable girl-power songs.

68
Beautiful costumes, A bit slow, Janet mcteer is a goddess, Like a telenovela brought to life, Not quite sexy enough

See it if You are a huge fan of Liev Schrieber or Janet McTeer or you love telenovelas & want to see the closest thing to one brought to life onstage.

Don't see it if You loved the movie and are expecting something that will live up to that. You don't like 3-hour plays. You don't care for Liev Schrieber

Also Janet is an absolute goddess. Every time I see her onstage, I adore he... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Original, Refreshing, Funny, Great acting

See it if You love clever interpretations of classic works, are looking for a classic New York experience, don't mind waiting in line for tickets

Don't see it if You like shows performed exactly the way they were written, you plan out your theater tix months in advance, you don't like sitting outdoors

50
Confusing, Trying too hard, Great acting by frank langella, Interesting choices with set furniture, Repetitive

See it if You love Frank Langella, you have a subscription to MTC, or you want to relive a life experience caring for an elderly relative w/ dementia.

Don't see it if There are other plays you are able to see instead.

85
Adorable, Charming, Great acting, Heart-warmingly cute, The original "you've got mail"

See it if You want a joyful, charming, lovely night at the theater in an old fashioned adorable musical.

Don't see it if You prefer modern, gritty works to classic old school Broadway.

75
The Gin Game
Midtown W
Funny, Cute, Good chemistry between actors, A bit too long, James earl jones!

See it if Seeing two fantastic actors play funny, crotchety old people for two hours, enjoy James Earl Jones' speaking voice, like light comedy

Don't see it if You need more substance or gravitas in a play or you need lots of action or drama to hold your attention for two hours

85
Personal, Intense, Important, Impressive, Well-acted

See it if You want to feel like you are getting a personal look at someone else's life story. If you like intense, ambitious, works of theater.

Don't see it if You only like musicals with big song & dance numbers, glittery costumes, and happy endings. Or you can't go 2 hours with no bathroom break.

60
Sleep No More
Chelsea
Ambitious, Hard to follow, Interactive, Thought-provoking, Pretentious

See it if You've recently reread Macbeth, Googled "how to get the most from Sleep No More," and are open-minded to a very different theater experience

Don't see it if You need a highly structured plot, get easily anxious or claustrophobic, or aren't in a position to be able to see this show multiple times.

98
During previews
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Delightful, Edgy, Epic

See it if You want to experience an incredible evening of theater that will give you chills & make you wonder how you'll ever like another show again

Don't see it if You don't have excellent command of the English language - the dialogue is FAST, spoken and sung extremely quickly...and did I say fast?!