Cynthia W

New York City

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Reviews (36)
84
Two-person play, playing on shakespeare

See it if You will enjoy a play that plays with Shakespeare's lines at it traces the entwining of a student and her theater coach over the decades.

Don't see it if You will not enjoy a two-person performance in a black-box theater and have no interest in seeing a engaging play that engages Shakespeare.

93
During previews
Brilliantly acted, wonderfully staged, epic

See it if You will be interested in a play tracing over 150 years of the history of Lehman Bros., with 3 spectacular actors playing multiple roles.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a 3.5 hour performance, and want more conventional sets, casting, and staging.

80
Uneven, great singing, historically inaccurate

See it if You love Dylan's music & won't mind a weak and in certain ways cliched plot. The playwright is Irish & misrepresents America's racial past.

Don't see it if You are looking for a great play that showcases Dylan's songs. The music is stellar, the play less so.

90
Gripping, well acted, innovative

See it if You will appreciate a visceral re-imagination of Lorca's play Yerma (Barren) for the modern day, with amazing staging and acting.

Don't see it if You will put off by crude talk, loud music, & a very modern production. Other than theme/trajectory, the play isn't like Lorca's original.

78
Weighty, long, resonant

See it if You are interested in a penetrating play that explores family dynamics & disfunction across 3 generation, focusing on work class Brits.

Don't see it if You don't do well with British working class accents, want a play with multiple sets, or are looking for lighthearted fare.

90
Fun, engaging, original

See it if You are up for solving a murder set in the 19th c. & willing to help question "witnesses" (played by stellar actors) in the LES neighborhood

Don't see it if You want to sit back and watch a show. This is highly participatory and involves walking through the neighborhood and engaging with history

90
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

See it if You will enjoy an intimate and highly imaginative romp through Vanity Fair, with actors playing multiple roles & a few quirky dances added.

Don't see it if You are looking for a slower paced evening, a lavishly stayed Broadway production, or don't have a good sense of humor.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You will enjoy a riveting play about a family's nasty power dynamics, set in 1900 in the South. The play is long but the pace is perfect.

Don't see it if You're looking for a musical, light fare, or contemporary theater. This is not uplifting but is excellently done. Hellman's play aged well.

69
Slow, odd, plotless

See it if You are interested in a "concept" piece with very little outward action. Most of the play is a monologue, about ways to assess life & death.

Don't see it if You are looking for a more literal & traditional play. This is a play in the self-help seminar vein about imminent death ending with a wake.

Also There is also use of video and other "surprise" special effects. But t... Read more Read less

83
Interesting, absurdist & realist, short

See it if You will like a play that is part realist reflection on women's lives lived & part absurdist dystopian exploration. Well acted/well-staged.

Don't see it if You will be put off by strong Brit accents, a 50 minute long performance, or a play that is not easily "understandable" in a literal sense.

92
Superb, excellently acted, taut

See it if You are looking for a very well acted play that explores the role of the artist, as it delves into the artist's own past.

Don't see it if You will mind a small, fourth floor walk-up theater or are looking for Broadway type sets and special effects.

75
Musical, romantic, community theater

See it if You enjoy a medley of songs, with no plot, performed by two actors. You like the fact that the actor pairs change depending on the day

Don't see it if You are looking for a Broadway scale, lavish, huge talent, performance. This is an evening of "looking for love" songs on a small stage.

90
Sharp, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You will appreciate a very well executed, and occasionally quite funny, play that follows a dysfunctional family through four decades.

Don't see it if You are looking for an uplifting play or one with a large cast and elaborate costumes and sets.

70
Quirky, Intimate, Interactive

See it if You would like to see a nearly 2 hour long, one-man performance of songs, stories, and sight gags in a small theater.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional drama or big scale musical.

81
During previews
Ambitious, Innovative, experiential, unvconventional

See it if You are interested in a highly original one-man performance that takes viewers on both an auditory journey and a journey through the Amazon.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional Broadway show.

84
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if You are up for an entertaining, slightly off beat, comedy based upon a dark-humored premise and enjoy an intimate theater setting.

Don't see it if You are looking for elaborate sets and big production value. The play is staged on a absolutely spare, small all white stage.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You are up for an intense play.

Don't see it if You are looking for a fun night out on the town.

83
Ambitious, Intense, Long,, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if You like Eugene O'Neill

Don't see it if You are looking for a light play.

77
Uneven, contemporary, one acts

See it if You will enjoy five one act plays, several of which address contemporary issues (interracial dating, date rape, Me Too).

Don't see it if You are not interested in seeing new one-act plays of uneven quality.

96
Stunning talent, intimate venue, extraordinary

See it if you will enjoy a mind-blowing performance offering an extraordinary retrospective on Dietrich's life, with Peter Groom inhabiting her body.

Don't see it if You will not enjoy a non-glitzy performance, do not like drag, or are not a fan of Dietrich. But, seriously, this was a fantastic show!

Also Groom is stunning with absolutely bewitching eyes and captures Dietric... Read more Read less

97
During previews
Brilliant, funny, heart breaking

See it if This is about as good as Broadway gets. Michael Urie is extraordinary & the other actors are all outstanding. The play is powerful & funny.

Don't see it if You are not comfortable with a play that traces the love life of a gay man form the early 1970s - early 1980s. Or want a lavish production.

Also The play is long (nearly 3 hours) but it flies by.

82
Solid acting, interesting, topical

See it if You are interested in a well-acted four actor play concerning an open marriage, that also touches upon a range of other issues.

Don't see it if You're looking for a "big" production. The stage is an angled box, set within a cavernous hall. There are about 50 seats for the audience.

99
Amazing, musical, funny

See it if You will enjoy an extraordinarily talented & funny guitarist perform character roles in jazz, folk, rock, classical, blues, & country music.

Don't see it if You are not interested in guitar music, do not like a small venue, or are looking for a glitzy performance.

Also This is really an astounding, not-to-be missed performance. It is amaz... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Verbally sharp

See it if You enjoy clever word play, originality & absurdity, wrapped into a drama about parents coping with the disappearance of their difficult son

Don't see it if You are not interested in an intimate theater setting, a 3 actor play in which one actor plays multiple roles, or a play with word play.

92
Delightful, Great singing, Must see

See it if You love Cole Porter's music & will enjoy a revival/reworking of as "lost" work, set at the end of Prohibition. Great music & great lyrics!

Don't see it if You will be offended by a work that makes light of adultery, gangsters, & molls. There is not a lavish set, but the orchestra is on stage.

88
Strong exploration of contemporary womanhood

See it if You are interested in a play that explores contemporary sexism from a variety of angles, is engaging, and has an amazing set. Well acted.

Don't see it if A slightly heavy-handed look at the way society treats women young and old will not interest you.

82
During previews
Solid, minimalist staging,, Thought-provoking

See it if You love Tennessee Williams & want to see a minimalist staging of Glass Menagerie, with a handicapped actress playing Laura.

Don't see it if You don't want to crane to see the action from the balcony, you want a traditional casting & staging of the play, or like happy endings.

Also It is very frustrating that after these many complaints, the director ... Read more Read less

83
Yen
Very dark, excellent acting, disturbing

See it if You are interested in exploring the profound dysfunctionality of a British family and the violence that results in the lives of three teens.

Don't see it if You are not prepared to engaged with disturbing subject matter, don't like foreign accents, want a lavish set and lavish production.

83
Innovative, nonlinear, radically untraditional

See it if You are interested in examining the bounds of theater as well as examining our relationships to objects & the ways they define us over time.

Don't see it if You are looking for a conventional production, a traditional plot, or a comfy seat. The "stage" moves around the theater, turned warehouse.

85
During previews
Absorbing, unsettling, well acted

See it if You like small scale theater, that explores interpersonal power dynamics, in ways that can push boundaries.

Don't see it if You are looking for a carefree night of theater or a lavish production.

55
Disappointing, Non-coherent, Scattered

See it if You want to see an unusual production of Chekhov that is -- and isn't -- modernized and is played as a a highly energized comedy of sorts.

Don't see it if You are seeking a traditional staging of Chekhov, with artistic coherence.

87
During previews
Dizzying, Huge spectacle, ambitious,

See it if You like immersive musicals that blend past and present.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditionally staged drama.

85
Engaging, sharp, funny, suspenseful, clever

See it if I would have given this more points, but thought the ending was disappointing. See it if you like smart dialogue &"Strangers on a Train."

Don't see it if You are looking to go to a musical or big Broadway show.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in a thought provoking play about the chemistry of love.

Don't see it if You are looking for a musical or light hearted play.

90
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Original

See it if You are up for an intense play.

Don't see it if You are looking for fluff.

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You like traditional musicals.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals.