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 (45)
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

75
During previews
20th Century Blues
Midtown W
Funny, Fresh, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if you enjoy acting that is subtle and strong, you are aging, you think life continues after 30, you know the struggle is real

Don't see it if You don't like women and women's issues, you think life ends at 30, you are not interested in generational issues

Also This production was solid and well produced, although the writing at t... Read more Read less

75
Delightful, Entertaining, Engaging

See it if you are a Josephine fan, enjoy cabaret, enjoy good Fringe shows

Don't see it if expecting historical bio show, would be shocked by near nudity,

Also although i wished that Ms Harris went deeper into the life and mindset... Read more Read less

85
Marvin's Room
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a drama that will move you and make you think about life and death. You wish Lilli Taylor to break your heart with love.

Don't see it if You prefer hollywood endings, you don't enjoy seeing human emotions laid raw

90
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You enjoy historical drama, wonderful acting, an engaging script, a riveting story, and waffles :-)

Don't see it if You are not able to watch a three hour drama (although it does not feel like it until you try to stand up), you are not a fan of subtle

Also I absolutely loved this drama. I also had no idea about this part of o... Read more Read less

25
During previews
Seeing You
Chelsea
Banal, Disappointing, Chaotic, Over reaching

See it if You aren't concerned with story telling, hated Sleep No More, want to be spoon fed a story that doesn't really go anywhere, or get a free tx

Don't see it if If you liked Sleep No More and want an immersive experience don't go. If you want a linear and clear story, don't go.

Also I felt like I was being led by the nose to experience story bursts tha... 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

80
During previews
Who's Holiday!
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Fluffy

See it if You find the idea of a swearing Cindy Lou Who hilarious, You enjoy laughing, You are looking for something holiday-ish that isn't cliche

Don't see it if you expect a traditional Christmas feel good story, you would find a swearing Cindy Lou Who offensive, your sense of humour is dull

Also For the most part Who's Holiday is hilarious, light, fun, and marvelou... Read more Read less

40
Curvy Widow
Midtown W
Disappointing, Indulgent, Over reaching, Superficial

See it if You enjoy Nancy Opel, you don't need much of a story to enjoy a night of theatre, stereotypes don't bother you

Don't see it if You want a realistic portrayal of dating in midlife, want a story that has a thread, stereotypes in character and casting will bother you

Also I had high hopes for this show as I thought the premise sounded great,... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in a modern, minimalist, movement heavy version of the story. It is 90 minutes without intermission so it moves fast

Don't see it if You loved the movie or book, find British slang difficult to follow, or if you have expectations of a deeper telling of the story.

90
Of Human Bondage
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Riveting

See it if You enjoy drama relevant to the human condition, absorbing characters masterfully offered, staging that enhances and enriches the performanc

Don't see it if You don't want to think too deeply, you don't want to/aren't able to sit through a 2.5 hour show

85
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you love non-traditional theatre, humour, non-Hollywood endings, a little bit of edge to your broadway.

Don't see it if You strongly prefer traditional Broadway musicals, you want a happy ending.

Also I found this show to be thoroughly engaging and entertaining, as well ... Read more Read less