Stamford | 50-64 | Female
About:  Theater, in its many forms and subjects, is one of life's great pleasures.
Reviews (80)
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Creative, Uneven, Distractions, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if you are open to a very different interpretation of the original with a multimedia approach that meshes screens/videotaping and stage acting.

Don't see it if you are a purist devotee of the movie and would be distracted by the overwhelming video/screen aspects of the production.

Also The massive screen presence can be at times way too distracting and ov... Read more Read less

Amazing singing!, Orchestra rocks!!!!, Great costumes, Great dancing, Entertaining

See it if you like the Motown sound; are interested in the back story of The Temptations; you love jukebox musicals w/amazing orchestra accompaniment.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of the sound, the group or jukebox style shows.

Great singing, Stylistic, Funny, Energetic, Creative

See it if you'd enjoy a fast-paced, visually appealing, artfully presented "love" story based on mythology, with an embedded political message.

Don't see it if you expect a complicated narrative storyline or a traditional Broadway musical with extravagant changing sets.

Also I agree with other reviewers that Mr. Carney can seem miscast: too wea... Read more Read less

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you'd want to hear one woman's experiences as she grows from a young idealist to a mature citizen who has seen the flaws of the document.

Don't see it if you are not supportive of equal rights for all and are not open to the concept of inclusivity; if a traumatic family story would upset you.

Riveting, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are drawn to stories of intense family dysfunction presented at the brink of total dissolution.

Don't see it if Sam's Shepard's style of slow-burn, edgy, extreme writing isn't your thing.

During previews
Relevant, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great writing, Clever

See it if you'd enjoy a clever rehashing of the Clintonian miasma of marriage and politics and its relevance to sexual bias in current politics.

Don't see it if you can't see beyond the heavy social baggage of the well known main characters to the broader issues raised in this imagined scenario.

During previews
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Absorbing, Masterful, Intense, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you would appreciate two masterfully acted monologues dealing with life stages, the joy of love and the devastation of death.

Don't see it if simple stationary staging, single performer monologues, and cerebral plays are not for you.

Also I was completely mesmerized by Sea View. Tom Sturridge did an amazing ... Read more Read less

King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Excruciating, Vacuous, Superficial, Gimmicky

See it if you have a strong desire to see the puppet. Possibly the worst major production I have ever seen in terms of story and creativity.

Don't see it if you expect to see a full, creative and well scripted show.

Also The acting/dancing talent was totally wasted on this show. Don't hold ... Read more Read less

The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Masterful, Riveting

See it if a story about the Irish Troubles conflict and its tragically destructive effects on family relationships would hold your attention.

Don't see it if A long, frenetic, and intense production with a large cast of all ages would be too overwhelming. If you prefer your stories lighthearted.

Also The Irish accents can be difficult to understand at times, but the gen... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if you are interested in a masterful portrayal of the devastating effects of cognitive decline upon an individual and her loved ones.

Don't see it if you would not wish to see a very depressing story about the gradual unravelling of a vibrant and interesting woman.

Also The staging was just incredible — the very believable sets somehow man... Read more Read less

During previews
Timely, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Intense

See it if a story that illustrates the disastrous effects of racial profiling as seen from multiple perspectives would be of interest to you.

Don't see it if you don't care for intense, socially charged one-act shows with a small cast in a single setting.

Also The story can be formulaic and predictable at times, but the writing i... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Dizzying, Great singing, Frenetic, Uneven

See it if You love intense constantly changing loud music and great dancing that overwhelms all aspects of a very high energy production.

Don't see it if You are a purist devotee of the movie. This show, while entertaining, doesn’t truly capture the emotional heart of Baz Luhrman’s film.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you would enjoy a very fast-paced, ensemble production that uses cast and staging to portray multiple elements of a compelling true story.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy actors constantly switching roles on a single, constantly changing set during two hours of uninterrupted singing.

Also Like some other reviewers, I initially had reservations about the some... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ground breaking

See it if you'd enjoy the portrayal of sibling dynamics that result from the after effects of parental decisions made in a family with special needs.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that deal with families in a less than perfect world or if you expect a simple light-hearted comedy.

During previews
The Children
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Resonant

See it if your taste leans toward dialogue-driven small ensemble plays that deal with serious subjects.

Don't see it if 90+ minutes of a single set, three actor show without intermission is not your thing.

Also While it is somewhat misleading to say "I loved it!" for such a seriou... Read more Read less

Marvin's Room
Midtown W
Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in the transformational effects of selfless love and caregiving on familial dysfunction.

Don't see it if you would not enjoy a play that revolves around serious illness and issues of death and family drama.

Also The minor "comic relief" doctor and nursing home lady characters don't... Read more Read less

Present Laughter
Midtown W
Great acting, Dated, Great staging, Fluffy, Must see

See it if You are a fan of Kevin Kline and are willing to endure a rather uneven script to witness his absolute brilliance on the stage.

Don't see it if You would not have the patience for an uneven, dated script that mainly showcases the central character or if you don't care for Mr. Kline.

Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in the social, personal, and familial consequences of the loss of meaningful work opportunities in this country.

Don't see it if you don't believe unbridled "bottom line trumps all" capitalism can have serious social consequences; if angry voices are upsetting to you.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Great writing

See it if you'd appreciate an ensemble of stellar talent bring to life a group of working class men in the 70's, in a story that still reverberates.

Don't see it if you don't care for character driven, "talky" material that relies mostly on the skill of the actors to bring the story to life.

Also This is truly an astonishingly talented and engaging group of actors. ... Read more Read less

East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Resonant

See it if You are interested in serious themes of loss, PTSD, social isolation and self destructive behavior resulting from traumatic war experiences.

Don't see it if Nonlinear plots confuse or annoy you. Individuals struggling to find meaning and human connection in very damaging ways are not your thing.

During previews
Intense, Uneven, Shallow, Visually spectacular, Insufficient plot

See it if You are looking for an overwhelmingly visual/audio spectacle without plot depth. You need to see Josh Groban even in a very minor role.

Don't see it if You expect a great story to uplift the rather kitchy and disappointing comet. You have expectations of hearing Groban in a major role.

Also I felt that this show would have been amazing to see in a smaller venu... Read more Read less

Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Great singing, Great acting, Clever, Funny, Quirky

See it if You liked the movie plot enough to see it adapted to the stage with an excellent cast. You don't mind that the songs are not "catchy."

Don't see it if You prefer a memorable score that you want to sing/listen to long after seeing the show. You prefer nuanced, compelling plot development.

City Stories
Midtown E
Absorbing, Allegorical, Poetic, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if you are open to fluid, open-ended poetic stories that are romantic in origin but encompass highly individual and introspective experiences.

Don't see it if You need tightly pulled together plots; a dreamy mix of reality and reverie would try your patience; expository songs aren't your cup of tea

For a previous production
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Clever, Delightful, Original, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You would enjoy a clever and rather madcap take on the Jane Austen world of revolving relationships portrayed by an amazingly talented cast.

Don't see it if Jane Austen's themes are not your thing or if you expect intricate staging and elaborate sets.

The River
Midtown W
Absorbing, Confusing, Intense, Spooky, Thought-provoking

See it if You'd enjoy a mysterious play about a man who seems to keep reliving his mistakes with women, with perhaps a more sinister interpretation.

Don't see it if You would be annoyed by a play that leaves you with many questions but few definite answers.

Quirky, Masterful, Intelligent, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you are a Bryne fan; open to a unique concert by gifted performers and an amazing band. This is an artful, clever, moving, absorbing show.

Don't see it if you like your music simple and catchy, or need to hear only the big hits.

Banal, Underwhelming, Quirky, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you've never seen Second City or any of the good improv TV shows

Don't see it if you are expecting to see stars (none showed up), or a constantly amusing and clever show. This show had a lot of dead time/filler.

Also The value factor is way off with this show. The tickets are priced as ... Read more Read less

The Michaels
East Village
Resonant, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate beautifully acted plays about how people deal with end of life challenges.

Don't see it if you are looking for an exciting, fast paced, plot driven story.

Great band, Great score, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you read the book and would like to see the story brought to life on the stage.

Don't see it if you expect a fully dramatized musical of the story. It hits the highlights and moves quickly between scenes on a fun but minimal set.

Also There is top notch talent on the stage - acting, singing, musicians. T... Read more Read less

Great acting, Relevant, Tragically irish, Humorously irish, Historical

See it if you are a fan of traditional Irish plays dealing with the turbulent history of Irish independence, especially as seen through female roles.

Don't see it if you feel you have "seen enough" of the topic. While this production is masterfully done, it is predictable and not a new take on the story.

During previews
White Noise
East Village
Great writing, Ambitious, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You would be interested in what the existential experience of being black in America can do to the psyche.

Don't see it if You like lighthearted and humorous plays.

Also I thought it was an amazing play that certainly resonates long after l... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if you loved the novel and are open minded about a masterfully interpreted version of Ms. Lee's timeless story.

Don't see it if you are not interested in any portrayal of the book that is not the movie version. This is a more even-handed, realistic stage translation.

Also The entire cast is stellar and the breadth of talent serves to balance... Read more Read less

Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Intense, Relevant

See it if cutting edge staging, incredible acting and an amazingly relevant film adaptation would interest you.

Don't see it if you dislike intense tech-based productions, if themes of alienation and dystopia turn you off, if you think all is well in the USA as it is.

Also Bryan Cranston delivers a true tour de force in his interpretation of ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Entertaining, Fast paced, Resonant, Topical

See it if you enjoy a story centered on debate about a narrowly defined topic relevant to our times, or if you appreciate truly great acting!

Don't see it if you like elaborate sets, broadly based stories, big casts; you don't want to work too hard to think about the issues; need perfect endings.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if you would enjoy a highly entertaining performance by a masterful musician, actor and singer portraying the amazing life of Irving Berlin.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of small stage, one man biographies. Mr. Felder can be wildly flamboyant but his talent definitely carries the day.

The Originalist
Midtown E
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Original!, Enlightening

See it if you would be interested in the meeting of the minds between two highly intellectual but polemically opposed individuals.

Don't see it if You can't be politically open-minded enough to see both sides well presented and portrayed.

Also Edward Gero is exceptional is this production. I'm so glad we had the ... Read more Read less

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

See it if you'd want to see a play that shines a very intense, focussed and sometimes excruciating light on an elderly woman's stages of life.

Don't see it if you would not have the patience to listen to long stretches of strident complaining and lapses of coherent thinking in the main character.

Also the first "act" is pretty tough to sit through, although it is an asto... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you would enjoy a rather madcap period piece that combines great acting and operatic singing, schtick humor, and historical subject matter.

Don't see it if you expect exact and seriously handled historical accuracy or if you don't appreciate a little humorous leeway with the 4th wall.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Quirky, Refreshing, Awesome music!

See it if you would enjoy gifted actors and musicians enhancing a clever and deceptively simple story about human interactions in a cultural encounter

Don't see it if you expect a blockbuster Broadway show with complex sets and hummable tunes.

Midtown E
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you love quirky story telling performed by an incredibly talented actor who will draw you into a narrative you never thought you'd see.

Don't see it if Dark humor and one actor shows are not your thing.

Also This story combines elements of Tim Burton, Stephen King, Hans Christi... Read more Read less

During previews
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Profound, Relevant

See it if you are ready for an intense, ambiguous and brilliantly staged/acted story that is highly relevant to the present time.

Don't see it if very intense scenes (graphic torture), extremes of lighting/sound, and plots that raise as many questions as answers would bother you.

Great singing, Quirky, Fluffy, Shallow, Amusing

See it if you are familiar with the Shackleton story and can empathize with a female lead who needs inspiration to deal with a difficult life.

Don't see it if the rather repetitive score would annoy you; if you can't suspend disbelief for a show about a woman's need for an inpsirational role model.

Also For the first 30 minutes or so I was very skeptical about this show bu... Read more Read less

Clever, Great singing, Great acting, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if you are a fan of Sondheim, Seurat, Ashford and/or Gyllenhaal; if you enjoy excellent vocal talent/orchestral performances.

Don't see it if you would be bored by a highly focussed story about the artist's thoughts and creative processes portrayed through his reclusive personality

Also The second act does not entirely succeed as a followup to Seurat's sto... Read more Read less

Great singing, Intelligent, Resonant, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if you are interested in adolescent/family issues and appreciate a well-constructed, well-paced story line enhanced by amazing singing talent.

Don't see it if you don't care for frequent song breaks standing in for in-depth dialogue or if the social "misfit" and parental angst themes annoy you.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Romantic, Great adaptation, Funny

See it if You've read the book- it's a clever and entertaining stage interpretation of the central characters and their entanglements.

Don't see it if the Spanish language barrier would be an issue which the subtitles wouldn't overcome.

Also I reread the novel before seeing this show and thoroughly enjoyed this... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Historically fascinating, Highly introspective, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You're a fan of Rent/Jonathan Larson and would like a poignant glimpse of the angst he dealt with in his 20's questioning his life choices.

Don't see it if You need a catchy "Broadway" score. If an intensely focussed personal introspective would seem self-indulgent. READ HIS BIO FIRST.

Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Hilarious, Amazingly talented cast

See it if You're familiar with Hamilton and are open to seeing it (lightly) roasted in a very clever, hilarious and well written show.

Don't see it if Small theaters and drink minimums would annoy you. You don't have a sense of humor.

The Crucible
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you'd appreciate a superbly acted play about the nature of good and evil, the abuse of power and the limits of truth, honesty & loyalty.

Don't see it if a rather long and arduous story that keeps spiraling further down into the depths of human depravity would be too intense for you.

Prodigal Son
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if You like autobiographical stories about unsettled teens navigating a rocky adolescence guided by "adults", some damaged themselves.

Don't see it if You'd find a very personal story about adolescence indulgent; if you believe everyone needs to pick themselves up by their own bootstraps.

Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You enjoy great acting, great writing and a compelling story about the effects of a misguided relationship.

Don't see it if A story concerning a much older man and a younger woman trying to make sense of a complicated previous relationship would turn you off.