Debbi 10032

New York City | 35-49 | Female
About:  I work in theatre and have strong opinions and expectations for productions. That being said, I love good storytelling above theatrics.
Reviews (60)
85
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Great lighting design, Quirky, Great singing

See it if this show is short, fun, bright, personalizes death, and Janelle McDermoth takes this story and folds you into it

Don't see it if A rock/pop play about dying is not your cup of tea.

Also I loved this show. And I loved it because of Janelle McDermoth. I thin... Read more Read less

78
Entertaining, Fun, Funny, Clever

See it if you are familiar with what's playing on Broadway now and enjoy a good, fast paced, comedic take on your favorite shows

Don't see it if You are not familiar with what's playing currently on Broadway, you don't like send ups, you don't have a sense of humour about the theatre

75
Ambitious, Beautiful costumes, Uneven, Excellent dancing

See it if You are a fan of the movie version, you are interested in a different take on Evita that is grittier and more engaging that the last revival

Don't see it if You are an A.L. Webber purist

Also I did not realize that this production was to be so very inspired by t... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Quirky, Uneven

See it if You're curious about Macbeth turned into a musical comedy set in the 1970's. Banko's performance is worth the price of the ticket

Don't see it if You expect Macbeth

Also Maybe this is a close variation of the movie, I am not sure, and I may... Read more Read less

75
Great staging, Ambitious, Clever

See it if If you like Shakespeare and unusual takes on his texts

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare or Lear or are a purist when it comes to staging Shakespeare.

Also This is a very clever take on Lear, but also it would work on just abo... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if A look inside the experiences (and mind) of an African American male actor's experiences being an African American Male Actor.

Don't see it if If you are not interested in a show where race is the largest card - actually never mind - GO

Also A powerful and resonant script brought to life violently and elegantly... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Make Believe
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if If you like Wohl's plays, excellent acting and staging, Zinn's set is perfection, its a perfect storm of comedy and darkness

Don't see it if Family darkness and drama is not of interest to you, you don't want to be uncomfortable, you want a neat and tidy button ending

Also The cast is spectacularly good, and Susannah Flood is specifically bri... Read more Read less

75
Great staging, Fast paced, Entertaining, Silly, Funny

See it if You have ever experienced online dating and have a sense of humour about it, want to see a fun silly comedy

Don't see it if If you have never experienced online dating and "don't get it", or want something deeply profound, this is probably not the show for you.

Also I had a great time. It was refreshing to have a night where all I did ... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Curious, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if If you are interested in a play about how politics can not be separated from relationships. See it for Laurie Metcalf

Don't see it if You are not interested in an alternate reality to HRC's first prez run, you are not interested in a play about politics

Also I'm glad I saw the show, Laurie Metcalf is fantastic as this alternate... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Relevant, Must see, Masterful, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Old stories presented in a new light, marvelous music, dynamic staging, stirring and heart breaking, beautiful designs

Don't see it if Only avoid this show if you absolutely must have a Hollywood happy ending. And even then, you probably should go anyway.

Also I absolutely loved this show. It might be my favorite new musical in t... Read more Read less

94
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if The script is written with a merging of high brow and low brow Shakespeare, bawdy and brilliant, crude and clever, raunchy and relevant

Don't see it if If you can’t stand listening to the style of Shakespeare then You won’t enjoy it.

Also I completely loved this show, and want to come back and see it again o... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Mies Julie
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Powerful

See it if You enjoy drama that makes you think, makes you uncomfortable, challenges you, and is a masterful retelling of an already masterful play.

Don't see it if this is not a light airy play. But you should see it anyway.

Also This play was so wonderfully crafted and its transplantation into Afri... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Red State Blue State
West Village
Funny, Uneven, Relevant

See it if you already like Quinn's comedy. you like left leaning comedy

Don't see it if This is not a one man show, it is definitely a stand up comedy set

Also It's a funny comedy show, definitely more left leaning than Quinn want... Read more Read less

67
Fluffy, Fun, Predictable, Silly

See it if You want to see something that is light, silly, bright, fun, and not challenging, unusual or deep.

Don't see it if You want some depth to your musical or if you want a story that you won't see coming after 5 minutes.

Also Even though I knew the entire story before the end of the first 10 min... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant, Heart breaking

See it if Just see it. It's a masterful look at the flaws and humanity of aging. The writing is brilliant, the acting superb, and the design perfect

Don't see it if It you are not in the mood to weep, don't see this show. Although you really should see this show.

Also There is a quiet resonance of dealing with someone you love who is agi... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky

See it if You like Vonnegut’s writing style, you enjoy dark comedies, you enjoy shows that make you think

Don't see it if You prefer a sitcom style comedy, you’re looking for something light, you don’t like being uncomfortable at themes raised

Also I love Vonnegut’s books and I had never seen this play before last nig... Read more Read less

55
During previews
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Cliched, Disappointing, Predictable

See it if you are interested in seeing how they brought snooker to the stage, which was well done and embodies by the actors.

Don't see it if you want any sort of story with depth or interest.

Also 30 minutes in and I knew where the story was going and how it would en... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you enjoy smart plays about eccentric people, you want to see something engaging and witty and pointed.

Don't see it if If a more heightened period language is not your thing, if you don't want to see a strong female protagonist.

Also I absolutely loved this show. I was on my feet as soon as the cast cam... Read more Read less

70
During previews
R.R.R.E.D.
Gramercy
Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You want a show that is light on story and staging but funny and campy with excellent singing

Don't see it if You want a story of any depth or breadth, campy singing won't charm you through the 90 minutes

50
Disappointing, Slow, Great singing

See it if The idea of a jukebox musical of the GoGos hammered into an old dusty poem doesn't bother you, You like GoGos music regardless of context

Don't see it if You want a story that has some sort of interest, you want to hear the GoGos music in a context, any context, that makes sense.

Also First of all, the performers are excellent. With that amount of talent... Read more Read less

75
Dance Nation
Midtown W
Clever, Quirky

See it if you enjoy unconventional casting, you are open to the experience of a 13 year old girl

Don't see it if Older actors portray 13 yr olds, there are unconventional staging moments, it'll bother you to see menstruation and teenage sexuality staged

Also older performers portray 13 year olds, which is quite the challenge to... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Edgy, Great staging, Intense, Riveting

See it if you are open to a reinterpreting of the original staging, you connect to the story, oh just go see it!

Don't see it if you are homophobic, you are unable to sit for 4 1/2 hours.

Also I loved this production. I loved the new interpretation of The Angel, ... Read more Read less

95
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Gorgeous design

See it if You enjoy a classic comedy musical, this is a night of theatre you won't soon forget

Don't see it if Who are you if you don't like this production! I think it is a must see for everyone.

Also I saw both Bernadette Peters and Donna Murphy and I LOVED both times I... Read more Read less

75
Thought-provoking, Uneven, Great design, Good ensemble

See it if you enjoy Shaw, you are open to a different take on Joan, a wordy play does not discourage you

Don't see it if wordy plays discourage you, you expect/like to see lots of action, you don't like Shaw

Also Get through the first act and you don't be disappointed. While some of... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You enjoy a thought provoking drama with the focus on interpersonal relationships

Don't see it if You want something zippy and fast paced, you are expecting the Joshua Jackson of Dawson's Creek, you are expecting to see the movie on stage

Also This show was beautiful and extremely well done. I loved the inclusion... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Ambitious, Intense, Epic

See it if you are a fan of this show, it's a solid and intense revival of a great play, Laurie Metcalf and Patsy Ferran are worth the admission alone.

Don't see it if If you need something light and funny, this is not the show for you. It's also 3 hours, so be prepared.

Also This is a play that I love, and one that can be excruciating to sit th... Read more Read less

77
Fluffy, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You've seen the movie, enjoy light funny send ups, don't expect serious production from a parody

Don't see it if If you've never seen Love Actually (or if you don't have a sense of humour as to how problematic the movie is),or if you want a serious show

Also Its a parody - so it's tongue in cheek, funny, snarky towards the sour... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy wit, sadness, intelligence, political and societal issues that are still relevant and two power house actors who do not dissppoint

Don't see it if If you have to have fast paced and flashy shows to be entertained, then you should broaden your mind and still go see this.

Also I did not know this story, and I was entranced by this story and these... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Riveting, Provocative, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Thought Provoking, at times uncomfortable, and deeply layered show about race and racial inequality within relationships. You should see it

Don't see it if If sexuality, nudity, race issues, relationship issues are topics you are unable to handle in a play. But even then, you should see it

Also Possibly one of the best pieces of writing I have seen on stage in a l... Read more Read less

73
Remembrance
Financial
Relevant, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy immersive interactive theatre pieces - there are no wall flower audience members.

Don't see it if if you don't want to interact with the performers and be brought into the story, this is not for you

Also This was a very good idea for an immersive story, and they almost got ... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Surprising, Edgy, Dark, Absorbing

See it if If you are up for a reinterpretation that is dark, violent, gritty, edgy with a western twang go see it.

Don't see it if If you want a regurgitation of the classic white washed, rose colored glasses, glossy production with traditional signing, you won't like it

Also I will start by saying that I very much disliked ( probably actually h... Read more Read less

85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if A political and thought provoking look at the basis of our country from the perspective of both a young 80's teenager and her adult self

Don't see it if If you want something fluffy or light, if you can't handle any any criticism of our country's politics or foundation this is not for you

Also I thoroughly enjoyed this show. I was not able to see the Minetta Lane... Read more Read less

68
Bizarre, Ambitious, Surrealist, Great acting

See it if you enjoy avante garde surrealist drama, you like non-traditional experimental theatre, you are a Ben Whishaw fan

Don't see it if you are expecting opera from Mz Fleming, you don't like avante garde theatre, you need performances that "make sense".

Also Firstly The Shed is a gorgeous new space and I was so pleased at how c... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Good design, Self-referential, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny

See it if If you are a fan of the movie but not interested in a recreation. This is a comedic, light, modern musical

Don't see it if If you've never seen the movie you may not get it, If you prefer a deeper story (a la Hadestown) or a more classic musical

Also I enjoyed myself, and I'm a fan of the movie. It's a funny, quirky, se... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Intense, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Go for Glenda Jackson and Ruth Wilson, they give performances that should not be missed.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare, you can't sit through a 2 hour long first act.

Also The show is ambitious and big and mostly hits the mark. Glenda Jackson... Read more Read less

95
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if This is the best play I have seen in a very long time. The writing is brilliant, the pace and design are perfect, the acting superb.

Don't see it if The brogue is very heavy, if you don't have an ear for thick accents you might find it frustrating. But see it anyway.

Also This show is perfection, 3+ hours have never flown by so quickly for m... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you enjoy an ensemble show that is tight, intimate, poignant, and charming

Don't see it if this is not a large extravagant production, if you want something big and showy, this is not the show for you

80
During previews
Funny, Great singing, Beautiful, Fun, Entertaining

See it if You love or like Cher and her music, you want something fun and light and shiny, You want a fun night at the theatre

Don't see it if You don't like Cher, you want a musical with a deep meaning, you don't like jukebox musicals

Also Let me start with saying I usually do not like Jukebox musicals. But I... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Intense, Great acting, Must see, Relevant

See it if You are interested in a "non-traditional" love story that is sad, sweet, and difficult.

Don't see it if If you are not willing to see a difficult love story between non-hetero couple.

Also Regardless of your sexual and gender identity, we can all relate to th... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Great singing, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy a club style loose musical, you don't need much of a plot or good acting

Don't see it if you are expecting a true immersive experience, you'd get thrown off by the weak plot and acting

Also First of all, the dancing and singing are excellent. Cleopatra can rea... Read more Read less

60
Confusing, Great acting, Slow, Discordant

See it if the acting in the show is superb

Don't see it if you want some sort of connection between Uncle Vanya and Romeo and Juliet, you revere either work, you need zippy pacing

Also I wanted to like this, I really did. And I thought that the actors gav... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Fun

See it if You enjoy a non traditional story with engaging music and a bevy of drag queens bringing light, love, and understanding to a small town

Don't see it if you don't like drag queens or are not open minded about inclusivity

88
Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a musical for both kids and adults that is charming, quirky, and a delight

Don't see it if If you don't like kids, stay away. If you prefer more traditional, staid musicals this may not be for you

Also First of all David Zinn's designs are a feast and a treat for the eyes... Read more Read less

85
My Life on a Diet
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Charming

See it if You enjoy hearing stories about old Hollywood and how Renee came up in the entertainment business.

Don't see it if You won't like a short shoe about one woman's life struggling with her weight and career in show business.

Also Renee is charming and engaging, I can totally see how her personality ... Read more Read less

90
MUMMENSCHANZ: you & me
Upper W Side
Clever, Entertaining, Enchanting, Funny, Masterful

See it if If you enjoy entertainment that is outside the box, physical, charming, and clever

Don't see it if If you don’t like kids, dont go. If you don’t like vignettes of physically portrayed emotion, don’t go.

Also This show is going to have lots of kids in the audience. So there is s... Read more Read less

80
Dan Cody's Yacht
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if This show is riveting, a moral battle of the haves and have nots that is very timely. Excellent cast, gorgeous set, solid show.

Don't see it if Don't go if you don't want to think, or if you want some flash, or if you want a comedy. This show has a lot of meat and needs digestion.

85
Symphonie Fantastique
Soho/Tribeca
Delightful, Quirky, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy unconventional puppetering merged with classical music. A delight for the ears and eyes.

Don't see it if If unconventional is not for you.

Also Truly charming. The final movement was my favorite and I do wish that ... Read more Read less

90
For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Hilarious, Design beyond belief

See it if you enjoy physical comedy of the British style like Monty Python, a spectacle of a production design interests you, you need a good laugh

Don't see it if You do not enjoy British humour, you want a quiet evening at the theatre, you don't find physical humour funny

Also I saw both the British cast and the American cast and I loved both. Th... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Epic, Masterful, Technically impressive, Weak story

See it if You enjoy spectacle, this show is technically spectacular and visually amazing, you are a fan of the Harry Potter series

Don't see it if If you've never read the books you will be lost, don't expect a strong story, you want a more intimate theatrical experience

Also I work in theatrical design and I can't remember the last time I sat a... Read more Read less

79
The Children
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to leave the theatre digesting what you have seen

Don't see it if you want to leave the theatre light hearted and with a skip in your step

Also This show was intense, and had some truly wonderful acting. This was n... Read more Read less