Cris 8113

Boston | 35-49 | Female
About:  I grew up in the theatre, went to college for performance, and now am a writer--though not a playwright. Still, my first love is theatre and so I travel to NYC *often* to see plays. Here's how I think about scoring: 90s for me is a definite "get ye to the joint." 80s is "Sure, yes; probably worth yo... Read more Read less
Reviews (5)
46
Fire in Dreamland
East Village
Good acting, Confusing, Strange stage direction

See it if You have an affinity for 2-3 person plays, you like Coney Island, you can tolerate atypical stage direction and fragmentation.

Don't see it if You dislike fragmented storylines and atypical stage direction; you prefer traditional narrative storytelling.

Also This play was terribly, terribly slow to begin with--nothing much happ... Read more Read less

51
Funny, Overrated, Disjointed

See it if you enjoy loosely tied vignettes, humor, bold language, and can tolerate characters that are more caricatures than complexly developed.

Don't see it if if you like straight narratives which pose questions that (mostly) get answered, if you don't like crude/offensive language.

95
Mlima's Tale
East Village
Great writing, Profound, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like Nottage's work, you enjoy clear moral imperatives, you can draw parallels and appreciate metaphoric and literal writing.

Don't see it if some have found this a bit pedantic, although as I understood it to be both a treatment on natural resources and race, I found it engrossing

Also I liked this play much more than Nottage's Pulitzer winning play and w... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Obvious, Disjointed, Overwrought

See it if You don't see many plays in which race and/or the history plays a large role. Also, if you can stomach drastic temporal shifts w/in scenes.

Don't see it if you yearn for subtle and highly textured work about race.

Also I found this a disappointing play. Ultimately, there was so much inter... Read more Read less

88
Paradise Blue
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy August Wilson plays. Paradise Blue is a deeply absorbing character-driven play, even as it rehashes familiar tropes. Her best, IMO

Don't see it if If you find familiar tropes of gentrification, black brilliance confined by social norms, and plays located in the now-distant past banal.