Curtain Up

New York City | 65+ | Female
About:  Passionate life-long theater goer. Saw the original Cabaret, Pajama Game, Damned Yankees, Candide, Marat Sade, Pippin, etc.... Will see anything, but can't afford to see everything. Ergo, I care about reasonable pricing. The more I pay, the less forgiving I am if a show doesn't deserve a 90+scor... Read more Read less
Reviews (72)
80
During previews
Little Women
West Village
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Clever, Ambitious

See it if Love Kate Hamill, who continues to delight. Premise falls a bit short, but company is wonderful, so it's worth seeing.

Don't see it if you want to remember Little Women form your childhood, and can't stand the idea of Jo wanting to be a boy for real.

94
Just brilliant! you don't have to speak yiddish to love this production!

See it if Fiddler belongs in Yiddish. The story comes to life in a whole new way...and the music shines. Great company, tight production. See it!

Don't see it if Its story is more relevant than ever right now. Can't think of a reason not to see it....unless you can't read subtitles. Great theater.

92
O'hara at her best!, Funny, Fun

See it if A truly delightful production of a tuneful musical with hilarious lyrics and some outstanding choreography. Superb cast.

Don't see it if It's a classic musical. If that's not your thing, it might not be for you...but you ought to see it anyway because it's so well done

90
Masterful, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if Sorkin's taking Mockingbird to a whole new level...thought provoking, relevant, and brilliantly staged. It's a do't miss.

Don't see it if You are looking for a light comedy or fluffy musical. Other than that...go see it!

97
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Must see, Butterworth triumph!

See it if If you are a theater lover, this is a don't miss. Flawless production of a powerful, relevant play. Charming, moving...superb acting!

Don't see it if Some northern Irish dialect and violence. Other than that...go see it! (even if only for Butterworth's writing (and cute kid actors).

75
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if Clever farce, that's well staged an acted. Not a home run, but an entertaining evening.

Don't see it if You can't follow English accents (especially heavy dialect). First act drags a bit, so be patient as payoff comes in the second act.

85
Great writing, Great acting, Worth seeing just for elaine may

See it if Beautifully written play about aging and dementia. Flawless cast led by the brilliant Elaine May. Tough subject, but entertaining treatment

Don't see it if Not for people who don't want to face harsh issues, despite come good comic writing.

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Relevant, Charming story, See it just for the music!

See it if you like good theater, and Middle eastern music (musicians are outstanding). Entertaining, heart warming, and a bit profound. A don't miss.

Don't see it if you only like classic musicals, with hum-along show tunes. This is a play with music...but the music is wonderful!

89
Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Comic rant rant against trump

See it if like Late Night comedy monologues, are critical of the Trump administration, or curious about Michael Moore. He's very funny... on point!

Don't see it if you hate Moore, love Trump, or are looking for a well made play. This isn't a play...it's a stand up act plus. Funny, and thought provoking

84
Cost of Living
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Remarkable acting, Compelling look at relaitonship and dependency

See it if you appreciate good theater, innovative writing, and plays that promote conversation and push the edge. Amazing cast...and writing.

Don't see it if are uncomfortable with disabilities, or very brief moment of nudity. Not for the "I only like musicals" crowd.

70
Thought-provoking, Powerful acting, Innovative puppetry, Intelligent, but not emitionally engaging

See it if worth seeing for the puppets and ensemble. Despite Albili's strong performance, show fell flat for me. Maybe I saw it on an off night.

Don't see it if are offended by racial epithets, or want light entertainment. It's harsh and hard hitting...and after a while, becomes too one note.

90
The New Yorkers
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Forthy, 30's musical

See it if you like Cole Porter, appreciate corny humor, and enjoy fun, fast-paced, musical numbers preformed by a talented cast. Just delightful.

Don't see it if only like serious theater or deep meaning. Worth seeing just for the glorious Encores orchestra.

84
If I Forget
Midtown W
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Funny, Relevant

See it if only for Levenson's writing. Insightful look at family dynamics, American Jewish life, and what really matters in the end.

Don't see it if you only like musicals or light entertainment..

82
During previews
Entertaining, Upbeat, Crowd pleaser

See it if you want a feel-good musical that will lift the spirits. It's the real life story that's the star.

Don't see it if You are looking for strong writing, innovative theater, or a show that challenges you to think in a new way.

90
Delightful, Engaging, High energy, Clever, Must see

See it if it's a "must see"...great music, talented cast, immersive experience (welcome to 1812 Russia). Theatrical storytelling at its best.

Don't see it if Don't like non-traditional seating, with actors all around you. Be prepared to be part of the experience.

85
Entertaining, Fun, Toe-tapping, Terrific cast

See it if you like Gloria Estefan's music; concert-type shows; or just want a high-energy, up-beat evening. Great dancing, lively music...pure fun.

Don't see it if you are looking for substance, or subtlety. Or, if you don't like loud music or a rock concert vibe.

80
Falsettos
Midtown W
Intelligent, Entertaining, Great singing, Top notch production, Touching work

See it if you love any of the performers (all outstanding) or the music...or never saw the originals. Important work...albeit a bit dated.

Don't see it if are uncomfortable with gay themes and Jewish parody, or if you only like traditional musicals with big show tune numbers.

78
Great cast, Quirky production, flawed but worth seeing...

See it if you love Chekov, don't mind a production that takes risks (and fails at a few), love good acting (Lane, Grey and Glover shine).

Don't see it if Only like traditional productions of the classics (e.g. insist on Chekov with samovars); worth seeing just for the musicians

90
Funny, Entertaining, Irreverent, High energy cast

See it if only reason not to see it is if you are ultra conservative. Very clever, if a bit bawdy, parody of missionaries in deepest Africa. FUNNY!

Don't see it if you dislike musicals, are offended by off color language or parody of religion. Otherwise see it!

Also This was my second time...and even after a few years the show is a fre... Read more Read less

95
Original, Thought-provoking, Insightful, Tour de force acting

See it if only for Linshaw's winning performance. Profound look at how loss of freedom strengthens or breaks human spirit. Fringe at its best!

Don't see it if you only like musicals..or can't face the harsh realities of the world of a POW. Worth seeing just for the acting & the strong script.

90
During previews
Clever, Funny, Re-imangined shakespeare at it's best, Fabulous high energy cast, Totally delightful

See it if Don't mind a bit of liberty taken with the Bard and appreciate an innovative approach; all woman cast takes the sting out of the misogyny.

Don't see it if are a Shakespearean purist; or don't like theater under the stars (with an occasional plane engine drowning out a line of dialogue or two).

78
During previews
Incognito
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate a good solid ensemble of talented actors and some interesting writing. Payne is a writer worth following.

Don't see it if you need a linear plot; or are looking for light entertainment.

88
The Crucible
Midtown W
Great writing, Great acting, Wonderful cast, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you like good theater and a great ensemble; it's a powerful production that makes Miller as relevant as ever; Times got this one right.

Don't see it if You are looking for fluff, or something new and edgy; it's powerful material, but even updated, it is Arthur Miller.

81
Lange and byrne tour de force, See it for the performances, not the production, O'neill at his best

See it if you want to see Lange in the performance of a lifetime; love O'Neill; or have never seen the play...it's a classic.

Don't see it if you lack patience or are tired (it's 4 hours long); or only like musicals or edgy modern work. Great acting, but production somewhat slow.

85
Eclipsed
Midtown W
Riveting, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Like powerful performance and theater that confronts harsh realities in an engaging way. Lupita and cast are outstanding!

Don't see it if You want something light and carefree, or only like musicals. While the play contains humor, it deals with difficult material.

90
Mac Beth
West Village
Powerful adaptation that's fun and chilling at the same time

See it if Clever, high energy show with a very talented young cast. One of the best adaptations I've seen. Hats off to Erica Schmidt.

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare purist. It's not Macbeth. It's Mac Beth.

81
Ink
Midtown W
Timely, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Very well staged play that makes you feel like you're inside the newsroom. Good story...well told.

Don't see it if You don't want to think...or don't like a serious play. Also not the best for those who find British references challenging.

84
All My Sons
Midtown W
Miller done well, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Not my favorite play, but this is a strong production with terrific actors. Worth seeing just for the performances.

Don't see it if You don't like Miller...or only enjoy the avant guard.

96
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Just brilliant! go see it!!!

See it if Everything you've heard about Hamilton is true. It's great theater on all levels. It's a don't miss.

Don't see it if It's hard to think of a reason not to see Hamilton...other than if you don't like music, or are just a contrarian.

73
India Pale Ale
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Engaging, Interesting writing, Uneven produciton

See it if Comic drama with many engaging moments and insights into Punjabi community. Theater lovers should support this kind of work...flaws and all.

Don't see it if You want a flawless play, or light entertainment. Show has ups and downs, but it's inventive and message especially resonant today.

90
Beuatiful revival of a musical classic

See it if Even though I saw the original (hard to top), I loved this production. Music is glorious and cast is lively. Worth it just for the orchesta

Don't see it if Can't think of a reason not to see it, unless you just can't bear the idea of seeing anyone other than Julie Andrews do Liza.

78
Dan Cody's Yacht
Midtown W
Clever, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like to think while you laugh. Interesting look at privilege and how getting a kid into college impacts a family. The "kids" are great!

Don't see it if If you only like a flawless show...good but not a 10. Worth it just for a few great lines, interesting premise and good solid acting.

91
During previews
queens
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Funny, Great writing

See it if you support new writers and like theater that both entertains and tugs at the heart. Very relevant immigration themes. Well done!

Don't see it if You only like big Broadway productions and mindless entertainment. It's a really good play!

82
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Delightful, Tuneful, Stroll down memory lane, Talented cast!

See it if You love the great musicals, or have never seen many of them. Talented cast reprise some of Prince''s greatest hits...some winning numbers.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, or are comparing to the originals. Have seen almost all the shows...and still found this delightful. Great singing!

71
Solid acting, often funny, but play misses the mark, Tomei shines

See it if You like Ruhl, or want to support interesting new play...or just because you are a Tomei fan (as I am).

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with explicit sexuality, or discussion about non-traditional values. Definitely for adults only.

80
Sundown, Yellow Moon
Upper W Side
Sensitive, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Lovely original songs

See it if you like sensitive writing (Rachel Bond) and focus on relationships vs.plot. Strong cast, great directing...funny-sad songs by the Bengsons.

Don't see it if you want fluff or big production values. Intimate play in an intimate setting. Worth it just for the music.

Also Upstairs theater with limited elevator access. Not for those who find ... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Kline is meant to do coward

See it if you like Kevin Kline (and Noel Coward.) Saw it in previews and while cast was superb, timing was slow in act one. Act two was hilarious

Don't see it if you don't like old classics and appreciate 30's style. It's very funny, but it's not a modern play...although it's witty and relevant.

90
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Powerful production

See it if you appreciate a perfectly cast production of a relevant play by an important writer. MTC at it's best.

Don't see it if you are looking for light, fluffy entertainment (although there are definitely laugh-filled moments)...otherwise see it.

89
Masterful, Great acting, Great writing, Story telling tour de force

See it if Love a good theater story (in this case, about great character actor George Rose), masterful acting (Ed Dixon), and damned good writing..

Don't see it if Are offended by gay sexual innuendo, or don't like solo performances. Worth seeing just to see Dixon...and learn about Rose.

92
Delightful, Enchanting, Tuneful, Funny, Pure magic

See it if you love the score...or any musical theater. Great writing, perfect cast, engaging ensemble and great small orchestra...and Errico rocks!

Don't see it if Can't think of a reason to miss it...unless you hate musicals. Worth it just for un-miked voices and orchestra in a small theater.

93
Appropriate
Midtown W
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Great writing, Must see

See it if you like theater...terrific play. Saw the Julliard production (2016). Wonderful cast...but it's the play that's the winner.

Don't see it if are uncomfortable with dysfunctional families of racial themes...or if you only like musicals. Otherwise...see it!

87
Vietgone
Midtown W
Clever, Engaging, Entertaining, Relevant, Thank you mtc!

See it if Refreshing take on the Asian immigrant experience and Vietnam War; Qui Nguyen is a playwright to watch. Clever, Energetic, production.

Don't see it if Are uncomfortable with profanity; only like conventional theater; or can't follow a plot that is not linear.

83
Coriolanus
West Village
Absorbing, Relevant, Classic, Talented cast, Engaging production

See it if you like Shakespeare; the wonderful Red Bull company; and some excellent acting. No the strongest play, but quite relevant political theme.

Don't see it if Don't want to think; hate period language or drama; are a purist who only likes Shakespeare in tights. Definitely worth seeing.

92
The Golden Bride
Financial
Entertaining, Talented ensemble, Stellar voices, Charming twenties operetta...that's still revelvant

See it if you love musicals, Jewish/Yiddish nostalgia, superb talents, or just want to have a good time....it's delightful entertainment (for anyone!)

Don't see it if you can't handle sub-titles or light operatic singing (if you hate opera, this might not be your cup of tea)

88
Resonant, Riveting, Langella'a performance is a must see!

See it if you like good writing and good theater; but mostly see it for Langella's tour de force performance; a stunning insight into senility.

Don't see it if you only like fluff or musicals; it's entertaining....but not for the emotionally faint of heart.

82
Delightful, Romantic, Fluffy, Polished production

See it if you want to wander down musical memory lane or just love musicals; worth it just for Errico's brilliant performance and the polished cast.

Don't see it if you want serious theater or don't like a traditional musicals. Even if this is the case, you might go just for the talent performers.

78
During previews
The Total Bent
East Village
Entertaining, Great music, talented performers, high energy, work-in-progress

See it if you like Stew, concert-theater, and interesting new work. Great band, killer singers, powerful messages. Early preview...needs pacing.

Don't see it if you don't like gospel/rock; are a stickler for linear plot line; are a traditionalist; or are stuck in the 50's musical Stew rocks!

89
The Place We Built
Soho/Tribeca
Thought-provoking, Original, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you like a play that makes you think, appreciate a lively and engaging cast, or question the politics of the world today. It's a winner!

Don't see it if you only like fluffy musicals or are uncomfortable in a small, intimate theater. If you are anyone else....see it!

100
The School for Scandal
West Village
Delightful, Hilarious, Masterful production, Sheridan at it's best, A must see

See it if Flawless production of timeless play. Messages about gossip and scandal as relevant today as in 1777. Great cast. Pure delight!

Don't see it if Can;t think of a reason not to see it...unless it's because you can't get tickets or have a totally overbooked life.

95
For a previous production
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Delightful, Innovative, Entertaining, Must see

See it if You like anything about theater...as this has it all. Fresh take on Austen...super creative production, lively, talented cast.

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see it. Run buy a ticket now!.