Cyn D

Boston | 50-64 | Female
About:  I love theater and am lucky enough to live in Boston where the theater scene is thriving. I average about a show a week locally. I try to take trips to New York about once a month to catch a couple of shows there as well.
Reviews (47)
91
Romantic, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to enjoy something fun and original.

Don't see it if You need dialogue in between songs.

Also It's Hadestown. There is nothing I can add to get anyone to see it. It... Read more Read less

89
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if If you enjoy shows that cover family dynamics this is an original take on that. The acting is first rate and the writing is very funny.

Don't see it if If you're looking for action in your show, this isn't the one. This is character/dialogue driven.

Also James Cromwell does most of his acting from a sitting position and he'... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like A Christmas Carol. With a few small ADDITIONS, this is pretty much exactly what you'd expect if you like the original story.

Don't see it if You don't like the original Christmas Carol; you don't want to see a show about Christmas, you don't like (minimal) audience participation.

Also Campbell Scott makes for a wonderful Scrooge. The few changes they mad... Read more Read less

100
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You're looking for a different theater experience than you're used to. You enjoy a show that experiments with classic source material.

Don't see it if You don't like it when productions mess with a classic original.

Also I had no interest in seeing this because I've never really been a fan ... Read more Read less

80
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are looking for two hours of theater that will make you think.

Don't see it if Depictions of slavery, simulated sex acts, and frank discussions about race bother you.

Also I’m writing this a week after seeing the show and I still don’t really... Read more Read less

90
Resonant, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if The show is just flat-out entertaining and also so darn heartfelt. I laughed and cried all through it.

Don't see it if If any mentions of 9/11 are upsetting to you, this is not the show to see.

Also Admittedly less than a handful of songs stuck with me from this show b... Read more Read less

88
Romantic, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if If you enjoy the music, want to see the original staging, and don't mind a show with little to no dialogue. Have at it.

Don't see it if By now, you probably know whether this is a show you'll want to see or not.

Also I've seen Phantom probably 10 times in my life, but never ON Broadway.... Read more Read less

90
Romantic, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Indulgent

See it if You liked the movie. You enjoy a show that is EXTRA. Loud, bright, completely out there. And you don't mind a little sappy, tragic romance.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in hearing music not specifically written for the stage. You don't like loud, funky, shows with a bit of sappiness.

Also I wasn't all that impressed with the run of this show in Boston. Could... Read more Read less

100
All My Sons
Midtown W
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you enjoy watching great acting, you should see this play. If you like Arthur Miller's writing, this is one of his best.

Don't see it if If you aren't a fan of Arthur Miller, dated plays, or straight plays without a lot of action, you will definitely not like this show.

Also This cast assembled is top-notch. Tracy Letts subtly steals every scen... Read more Read less

95
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You want a couple of hours of fluffy fun with really good music.

Don't see it if If you didn't like the movie, you won't like the musical.

Also I saw Shoshana Bean and Joey McIntyre as Jenna and Dr Pomatter and, ho... Read more Read less

100
Relevant, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You enjoy loud, funny musicals that ooze with joy even while covering a topic that has it's serious and sad side. You want to celebrate love

Don't see it if If the concept of love is love bothers you, this is definitely not your show.

Also Top notch acting absolutely carries this show but the songs and the st... Read more Read less

90
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You enjoyed the movie. You like Bryan Cranston. The use of actual video screens during the performance isn't something you're adverse to.

Don't see it if You don't like the movie. This is almost an exact replica of the screenplay save for a few differences.

Also When I entered the theater I thought the screens that were onstage and... Read more Read less

84
Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if You like stand up comedy, you like stories about becoming a parent

Don't see it if You do not enjoy stand up comedy or stories about domestic life with spouses and children

Also I really loved this show. It's very funny and sweet and Mike Birbiglia... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You enjoy watching actors out-act each other with every line of dialogue. You're interested in a theatrical interpretation of real events.

Don't see it if You prefer more action in your shows. This is all acting, all dialogue.

Also I was about 10 minutes into the show when I decided I didn’t like it. ... Read more Read less

80
Hitler's Tasters
West Village
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if If you're looking for new and inventive ways to tell history. If you enjoy good acting and good writing. If you like small theatres.

Don't see it if If introducing anachronistic elements into a piece of historical fiction turns you off, stay away.

Also I was a little wary going into Hitler’s Tasters because I foolishly re... Read more Read less

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if If you are a fan of the show this was a two-hour long version of it and just as delightful, fun, and sweet as the cartoon.

Don't see it if If you are NOT a fan of the cartoon you will not enjoy the show.

Also The only other time I've been at a Broadway show where someone got a s... Read more Read less

69
Disappointing, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You loved the movie. You like Andy Karl and/or Samantha Barks.

Don't see it if The songs in a musical are important to you. You don't mind a cliche-ridden show with a story line the entire world knows by heart.

Also Samantha Barks is very talented and very lovely. Ditto for Andy Karl. ... Read more Read less

100
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Great singing, Great staging, Delightful

See it if You enjoy fantasy...are into origin stories...want to hear catchy songs sung by some amazing voices.

Don't see it if You don't dig The Wizard of Oz or fantasy in general or if green isn't your color.

Also I saw Jessica Vosk in Boston when Wicked was on tour last year and fel... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Clever, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if The entire cast is wonderful but Nathan Lane is just brilliant. This entire production was like watching a master class in acting.

Don't see it if If you have issues with the LGBTQ+ community, just don't bother. (Although you'll be missing out on something tremendous .)

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Must see, Great writing

See it if The acting is first and foremost the main reason to see this show. This ensemble is nothing short of brilliant.

Don't see it if If a play being a bit dated (this is set in the late 60s) bothers you or if you don't like stories about the LGBTQ+ community, stay away.

86
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if ...you love The Lion King animated film

Don't see it if …being in a theatre full of children laughing at Disney-style jokes will annoy you.

100
Riveting, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if You're interested in an alternative style of theatre and enjoy fantatic acting and singing.

Don't see it if You need a full stage and orchestra in a huge theatre to enjoy a show.

Also I wasn’t sure I could enjoy a production like Sweeney Todd in a small ... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Intense

See it if You enjoy remarkable acting/character pieces

Don't see it if You're looking for a fast-paced or feel-good show

100
Clever, Entertaining, Enchanting, Resonant, Romantic

See it if You enjoy spending time with your inner child

Don't see it if The origins of a childrens story don't interest you

100
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like shows that make you think. You won't mind getting an eyeful of Blair Underwood's abs.

Don't see it if Dialogue-heavy shows aren't your thing. Also, fair warning that there are gunshots used in both acts.

Also The acting is incredible. Don't sleep on David Alan Grier....his range... Read more Read less

100
For the Girls
Midtown W
Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like Kristin Chenoweth. She is at her most Kristin Chenowethy here.

Don't see it if You don't like Kristin Chenoweth. She can be a lot for some folks and she is all her in this show.

Also I've always been a fan of Kristin Chenoweth as a person and less as a ... Read more Read less

79
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if A piece on LBJ's time as President holds any interest for you. You just want to spend a night at the theater watching phenomenal acting.

Don't see it if Essentially sitting through two plus hours of monologues is not your thing. Or if you have no interest in LBJ or the mid to late 1960s.

Also I went into this without having read one review (and without having se... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Delightful, Clever

See it if It's Fiddler on the Roof...if you know the story, you will love this. Even in Yiddish (maybe especially because it's in Yiddish).

Don't see it if If looking to the side of the stage periodically to read the translation will bother you, this is not the show for you.

Also I still can't get over what a beautiful production this is. The acting... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if You understand Hamlet and enjoy absurdism.

Don't see it if If you aren't into absurdist theater this is definitely not for you. Also, if you aren't a fan of the Bard you might get a little lost.

Also The two leads in this show alone make it worth seeing. I'm not really ... Read more Read less

100
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if If you liked the movie or if you've never seen the movie but have seen other Disney shows on Broadway you will love it.

Don't see it if If you have no interest in "children's stories" or Disney productions...it's not for you.

Also It's just two hours of bursts of color, great dancing, wonderful songs... Read more Read less

100
Delightful, Absorbing, Riveting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like magic. You can put away your cynical side for two hours.

Don't see it if If you don't like magic and plan to spend the entire time trying to debunk everything he does, you should probably stay home.

Also It would be easy to just blow off 90% of what Derren Brown does in thi... Read more Read less

85
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Refreshing, Great singing, Funny, Delightful

See it if If you liked the movie, you'll probably like this. If you enjoy silliness, this show is for you.

Don't see it if If you're looking for substance over style, this isn't your show. This show is flashy with a silly plot.

Also This is another show based on a film that makes its own mark away from... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if If you liked the movie, you'll probably like the musical. If you like fast-paced, DARK comedy, you'll enjoy this.

Don't see it if There is a lot of talk about death (which you are warned about immediately). So if that troubles you, you should stay away.

Also (Updating a little since I've now seen it four times and have become a... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want to see Nathan Lane in a comedy

Don't see it if You find fast talking plays difficult to follow

Also Nathan Lane will never not be brilliant but the surprise piece of cast... Read more Read less

50
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Overrated

See it if The only reason I would tell anyone to see this is for Jake Gyllenhaal's acting.

Don't see it if Even with Jake Gyllenhaal in it, I really wouldn't suggest this show to anyone.

Also Without knowing anything about the show, I saw the reveal in the first... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You're a fan of the book and/or film but don't mind the idea of adding some elements to the overall story. You enjoy Jeff Daniels.

Don't see it if You are a purist for the original book and/or film and don't want to see ANYTHING about it changed or amended.

Also The acting in this is absolutely outstanding. Enough can't be said abo... Read more Read less

67
Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow

See it if You like Tennessee Williams. This is as Tennessee Williams as you get.

Don't see it if You tire of the stereotypes of southern women that Tennessee Williams trotted out in everything he wrote.

Also I so wanted to love this but I just did not.... Read more Read less

70
During previews
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if You're into King Kong. It stays very close to the original story. The singing is wonderful as well and, it's worth it just to see Kong.

Don't see it if You aren’t impressed with 20 foot gorillas, you’re looking for songs that will stick with you when the show is over.

Also I was, admittedly, so excited for this. I like the King Kong story so ... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if If you enjoy the Go Go's music and humorous period pieces with a lot of LGBTQ acceptance thrown in this show is for you.

Don't see it if If you don’t like jukebox musicals, don’t like the Go Go’s or 80s music, don’t like LGBTQ themes…this show is not for you.

Also Hearing characters use the pronouns they and them and seeing LGBTQ rel... Read more Read less

68
Clever, Overrated

See it if The actors in this show are all quite talented and some of the music is catchy.

Don't see it if This show seems geared toward teenagers. Which, hey, they deserve entertainment too, but as an adult didn't find anything compelling in it.

Also Understanding that it's already slated for Broadway, I still feel like... Read more Read less

100
In & Of Itself
Gramercy
Absorbing, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy magic. You aren't put off by a little audience participation. You're okay seeing a show without REALLY knowing what it's about.

Don't see it if You don't like magic. You need to know what a show is about before you go in. You don't like audience participation.

Also I am not a magic fan. I only went to see this show because I couldn’t ... Read more Read less

61
Great singing, Great staging, Slow, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if If you liked the movie, you'll love the show. If you like hearing songs you already know randomly thrown into a show, you'll enjoy this.

Don't see it if If you don't like jukebox musicals or if you prefer a show with a bit of substance to the plot, you won't enjoy this.

Also First off, kind of a spoiler alert especially if you plan on seeing it... Read more Read less

100
Enchanting, Great singing, Great acting, Dated

See it if The singing alone makes this worthwhile. But the choreography is just as fantastic. Amar Ramasar as Jigger steals the show with his moves.

Don't see it if The plot is problematic and many people will have a problem setting aside the domestic abuse angle.

100
During previews
Absorbing, Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Dated

See it if The ensemble, especially Denzel Washington and David Morse make this a must-see. If you’re a Eugene O’Neill fan, you'll love it.

Don't see it if If you dislike Eugene O'Neill's plays, stay away. It's almost four hours long and is dark and depressing.

Also Casting for this show is remarkable. Every actor on the stage steals t... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if ...you’re looking for something as visually entertaining as it is musically entertaining.

Don't see it if ...you don't like fun.

80
Cabaret (Broadway)
Midtown W
Slow, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if You're up for a loud,slightly raunchy night at the theatre.

Don't see it if Anything remotely touching on the events of Nazi Germany

100
Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You enjoy musicals, especially happy and funny shows.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals or humor