Debra 604846

New York City | 50-64 | Female

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Reviews (35)
During previews
Clever, Janet mcteer and company mimic and mock everything male and masculine with energy and invention

See it if You would enjoy a feminist romp at the exquisite Delacorte. An all-female cast plays male roles with verve and wit. Phyllida Lloyd rocks!

Don't see it if You don't have a sense of humor about women vrs men or if you like your TAMING to be about a woman tamed.

Daphne's Dive
Midtown W
Slow to catch fire., Unhelpfully staged., Some funny, unexpected moments., Casting errors muddy the production.

See it if You like tavern plays and can be patient with a play that could have used another re-write.

Don't see it if You have no taste for melodrama.

During previews
Midtown W
Moving, Heather lind and geneva carr are superb., The production makes the most of a play that might well fail in lesser hands.

See it if you want to see gifted actors create multiple characters without the aid of costumes/props or changes in make-up and hair.

Don't see it if you want kitchen-sink drama, or don't have the patience to watch connections gradually emerge among seemingly unrelated characters.

Do I Hear a Waltz?
Midtown W
Karen ziemba is a stand-out ~, Fascinating as a study of what can go wrong in the creation of a musical ~, Cynicism mixed with romance ~

See it if You are intrigued: a rarely-performed musical which caused a bit of a clash among its enormously-talented co-creators.

Don't see it if you prefer romance, happy endings and American dreams to this wistful, cynical story of love won and lost.

Midtown W
Could be sub-titled: a play for closet cases., Jenna gavigan gives the truthful, stand-out performance. the two men are a bit mannered.

See it if You want a safe, mildly-amusing play about a closeted man and his girl and boy friends.

Don't see it if You prefer some conflict and edginess Off-Broadway.

Henry V (BAM)
Lovely work. always a pleasure to be in the harvey. especially interesting if you get to see more than one in the series.

See it if You want to see a thoughtful clear HENRY V.

Don't see it if You can't stay with British history for three hours.

During previews
West Village
Marin ireland is superb! well-directed by d. topol. the playwright hasn't created logical behavior for her characters.

See it if you like relationship plays about the immigrant experience and aren't bothered by plot holes. See it for Ireland who never leaves the stage.

Don't see it if you will be bothered by a mostly-dark story, partly told in flashbacks, with some incoherence in the way its characters behave.

Quirky, original, fresh and moving.

See it if you're looking for a dark and funny, coming-of-age story about a dysfunctional family.

Don't see it if you prefer your musicals to be fluffy, dance-filled confections.

Her Requiem
Upper W Side
Meticulous direction, exquisite acting. worth a look.

See it if you want to see Friedman, Winningham, Van Patton, and other fine actors, ably directed, alongside an auspicious LCT debut by Keilly McQuail

Don't see it if You get twitchy during dysfunctional family plays.

During previews
Bright Star
Midtown W
Well-sung., Disappointing, Corny, innocent, nothing challenging here.

See it if you love banjo and fiddle-playing. Some appeal for foreign visitors whose limited English might require a simple, predictable story.

Don't see it if you want to see cutting edge, daring, exciting theatre.

Perfect Crime
Midtown W
Confusing, Overrated, Simply dreadful. errant nonsense.

See it if You want to be amazed at how a good title and clever marketing can make a terrible script live Off-Broadway for years.

Don't see it if you have anything, anything at all, better to do.

Daddy Long Legs
Midtown W
Delightful, Lovely fun! a good way to introduce out-of-towners to off-broadway ~

See it if You are looking for a sweet, tuneful, charming, un-taxing musical with a talented leading lady.

Don't see it if you are looking for choreography or an edgy, up-to-the-moment, musical.

Delightful, Romantic, Great staging, A complete pleasure!

See it if You love dance, Paris and romance!

Don't see it if You get restless watching ballet.

Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Riveting, Simply thrilling! a musical theatre game-changer!

See it if You can get a ticket!

Don't see it if you don't want to catch this wave.

During previews
Midtown W
Overrated, This show should be picketed. a male fantasy.

See it if you want to see improbable, pretentious nonsense.

Don't see it if its immoral premise: that a young woman could fall in love with her abuser, will infuriate you.

Cyrano de Bergerac
Midtown W
Well-staged. lovely musical effects.

See it if You have never seen this great, classic comedy.

Don't see it if You want to see the definitive Cyrano.

For a previous production
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Delightful, Beautifully staged!

See it if You are a Bedlam Theatre Co. fan.

Don't see it if You don't like imaginative, story-theatre style work.

During previews
Dead Dog Park
Midtown E

See it if You like new dramas.

Don't see it if You're looking for razzle-dazzle or comedy.

Signature Plays
Midtown W
Except for the costumes, which are excellent, this was a big disappointment., Why revive these three?, A sad waste of acting talent and theatrical resources., Excruciating

See it if You don't mind leaving after the first play, which is, mercifully, short.

Don't see it if You have little patience for dated, once-experimental plays, performed with reverence and without perspective or wit.

During previews
Indian Summer
Midtown W
Superbly acted, Beautifully staged, The script is buoyed by the production., Could use a re-write.

See it if only to admire funny, nuanced and electric performances by Elise Kibler and Joe Tippett. They and Hadary struggle to redeem a weak script.

Don't see it if you will be irritated by a lack of logic in the over-written script and characters who all share the playwright's too-flowery vocabulary.

During previews
Skeleton Crew
Beautifully written, well acted and directed ~, Funny and moving ~, Timely

See it if you like plays that capture complicated, working class lives. Morisseau is a hugely capable writer. Lynda Gravatt heads the impressive cast.

Don't see it if you shy away from workplace dramas that illustrate lives on the thin border between success and despair.

Disappointing, Posner doesn't shed any light on chekhov's masterpiece., Well-acted.

See it if You don't mind sophomoric humor. It DOES have some clever moments.

Don't see it if You will long for, as I did, a wonderful production of the real Sea Gull.

Anthony sher makes it worth seeing., Clear and engrossing.

See it if You can't get enough of Shakespeare's history plays. While you're at the Harvey be sure to enjoy the exhibits in the lobby.

Don't see it if The three hour length will dismay you.

The Other Mozart
Greenwich V
A fascinating story. some very good work.

See it if you'd like to see an appealing solo show or want to know more about Mozart's family, opportunities for, and injustice toward, women.

Don't see it if you don't like intimate theatre, creative costume work or feminism.

Midtown W
Lots of surprises. octet cast of varying abilities. gorgeous set.

See it if you are intrigued by the story of a Zimbabwean family in Minnesota. This one has some amusing plot twists and a few far-fetched moments.

Don't see it if you only want to see uniformly well-acted work in completely well-plotted plays, perfectly staged. If you find them, lemme know.

During previews
The Crucible
Midtown W
Many brilliant moments. timely and relevant still. goes off the rails in the last scene.

See it if you want to join the conversation re: what makes for superb direction vrs. what makes for intrusive, heavy-handedness. Some of each here.

Don't see it if you treasure the memory of Liam Neeson's Proctor; you don't mind missing a new take on Miller's classic, and the inevitable controversy.

Midtown W
Poorly-staged, soporific, unredeemed by the great frank wood.

See it if You want to see a rarely-produced O'Neill play on a gorgeous set.

Don't see it if you have a tendency to fall asleep in the theatre. On the plus side: the play's running time is only about an hour.

Nice Fish
Original, Quirky, Lovely fun!, Cleverly staged

See it if You share my belief that Mark Rylance is a bloody genius.

Don't see it if You fear you won't like piquant, odd, disconnected bits of Billy Collins-ish poems, staged.

Overrated, Illogical, unworthy of a broadway production

See it if you can't bear to miss anything featuring Linda Lavin.

Don't see it if you want to see a thrilling, new, comic Broadway drama in which people behave at all the way real people behave.

The Humans
Midtown W
Well acted, but far short of the isherwood hype.

See it if You like kitchen sink (or, in this case, Thanksgiving Day) drama and aren't bothered by a bit of pretentious hocus pocus.

Don't see it if you expect it to be as good as Karam's earlier play, SONS OF THE PROPHET.

During previews
Women Without Men
Midtown W
Great staging, Entertaining, Another mint find!

See it if You want to see a well-acted, well-cast, well-directed, comic drama in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You don't care about the work of a nearly-lost female playwright. or if you don't get a thrill from seeing that rarity: an all-female cast

During previews
The Royale
Upper W Side
Great staging, Relevant

See it if You'd like to see the work of Clarke Peters and other fine actors.

Don't see it if You will be distracted by anachronisms.

Midtown W
Sit com fare.

See it if you want to celebrate Asian leads in a romantic comedy.

Don't see it if you prefer edgy comedy.

Great staging, Masterful, Resonant

See it if You want to see a very different approach to VIEW.

Don't see it if You don't like innovative dramas.

West Village
Overrated, Slow, Would be so much better if it ran 70 minutes instead of 100 minutes.

See it if you want to see the work of the great Melissa Hurst.

Don't see it if you don't admire plays that are directed at a snail's pace.