DeeDeeMaggs

Brooklyn | Female
About:  Media maven. Canadian side loves culture, Scottish side coughs at cost. I love plays that make you laugh, hum, think, or cry. Warning: I tend to be kind to first-time playwrights and amateur productions; I'll take fresh thinking over a revival of Cats.
Reviews (36)
84
Ink
Midtown W
Quirky, Intelligent, Clever

See it if you are a media junkie who wants to see how Murdoch pivoted from being an Australian media mogul to Dr. Evil.

Don't see it if you get enough exposure to all things Murdoch [a.k.a. Fox News] in real life. Media manipulation feels like old news.

75
Great acting, Great writing, Indulgent

See it if You like to see someone ACTING and enjoy monologues about depressing topics ... or want to see Jake Gyllenhaal live.

Don't see it if You want to be entertained with storytelling that feels more like a play.

Also I knew what I was in for but still: the first act -- a.k.a. "Sea Wall"... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Clever, Overrated

See it if You are moved by 9/11 tales and want a heartwarming tale about the good people of Gander

Don't see it if You judge musicals by the music; the songs in this one are merely okay

95
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like intimate theater with great acting + a clever script. Everyone was terrific; Jason O’Connell and Kate MacCluggage really stand out.

Don't see it if You want a grand production — or want to bring your drink into the theater. We had to toss our wine after the short intermission.

85
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you want to learn while you're being entertained

Don't see it if you don't want to think much ... this is more like an amusing college lecture than a Broadway play

69
The Property
Midtown W
Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you want to support local theater and are in the mood for a thought-provoking play

Don't see it if you want to be entertained or moved; unfortunately, the idea was promising but the execution wasn't quite there

80
Dated, Clever, Great acting

See it if You have an interest in deaf culture, especially in the era prior to cochlear implants, and want to see a fabulous lead actress

Don't see it if You want something fast-paced and timely. The angst feels a little forced, as do the attitudes -- which wouldn't play in 2018

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you like Tennessee Williams' other works and thought-provoking dramas.

Don't see it if you are looking for elaborate set productions or light entertainment.

75
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Dated, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like a night of show tunes and great dancing.

Don't see it if you judge a play by its plot. Meh

85
During previews
Thought-provoking, Clever, Profound

See it if you want a thought-provoking play that makes you question how disabled a "disabled" person is

Don't see it if You would rather have a light comedy

83
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want uplifting music, romance, and fun

Don't see it if You're seeking a serious drama and be warned that anyone under 12 is likely to think it's kind of weird

82
For a previous production
Pop Punk High
Greenwich V
Entertaining, Nostalgic, Edgy

See it if You remember the nineties

Don't see it if You'd rather forget the music of that period

68
During previews
Jericho
East Village
Disappointing, Slow, Confusing

See it if You want to support local theatre and original plays

Don't see it if You have a low tolerance for so-so plays

80
Clever, Funny, Indulgent

See it if You want an evening of light entertainment and grew up in the 1980s

Don't see it if You hate seeing serious issues like gender identity or sexual orientation turned into trite fodder for song and dance

65
Cats
Midtown W
Dated, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You saw it as a kid and are feeling nostalgic.

Don't see it if You've been spoiled by better musicals that have come along since

85
Absorbing, Great singing, Great writing

See it if you love original theater and moving music

Don't see it if You like action, jolts, and heroes

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You love the music of the fifties and sixties

Don't see it if You don't like romance

91
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Epic

See it if You want to be a part of history by seeing a ground-breaking show

Don't see it if you want a bargain

82
Ambitious, Great staging, Clever

See it if You are a Harry Potter fan who can't get enough of the old gang -- and is curious to see how they end up later in life.

Don't see it if You don't have the stamina for two-part plays that take a day or two nights to see. I prefer my mini-series to be on TV.

96
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great writing, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You like a fast-paced original play that mixes humor, melancholy, tragedy, history, and romance.

Don't see it if You're looking for a light-hearted musical

78
During previews
Great singing, Edgy, Chaotic

See it if You like hip hop and a nightclub vibe. This is more like a club act than theater, and the back and forth of the actors feels a little random

Don't see it if You want a well-honed plot and careful staging. Think of this as an edgy modern-day lounge act, with some great singing and fun dances

82
During previews
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Epic, Refreshing

See it if You love original staging, monster movies, and new feats of animatronic excellence. Bits of #MeToo creep in.

Don't see it if You have a really high bar for singing and music. The songs are just okay, and the plot is truncated in ways that feel a little forced.

80
During previews
Trainspotting Live
Midtown W
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You want to see a disturbing, in-your-face portrayal of drug addiction, chaos and all.

Don't see it if You have trouble understanding Scottish accents or don't like to become part of the action (beware to those sitting near the toilet)

Also I admire the chutzpah of the actors in this show, and it captures the ... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if you remember the 80s and want to be reminded of the sheer scale of the AIDs tragedy and the ignorance that prevailed at the time

Don't see it if you don't have the patience to sit through seven hours of theater (I & II) ... It's a marathon and a real commitment

69
Fluffy, Insipid, Superficial

See it if you feel like slamming back margaritas with some friends and want a show that reinforces the party atmosphere

Don't see it if you want a thought-provoking plot, surprise ending, or anything other than Jimmy Buffett music. It is what it says it is.

75
During previews
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are accompanied by a young teenager for whom this can spark discussion, be cathartic, and prompt some reflection.

Don't see it if You want a seamless and fast-paced show ... this is ambitious and choppy but ultimately satisfying

82
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Epic, Delightful

See it if you are a fan of girl power, loved the book, and are a fan of the Wizard of Oz. The core demographic for this show is a 12 year old girl.

Don't see it if You want a thought-provoking night of theater or stand-out performances. This is a slick and highly commercial production. Take the kids

82
Funny, Banal, Entertaining

See it if You've had a few cocktails and are in the mood to laugh

Don't see it if You're seeking some deeper meaning here than a funny kvetch session

75
Great staging, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if You like the Nickelodeon show, have kids to entertain, or get a cheap deal to see it

Don't see it if You're not a SpongeBob fan or don't love the outfits and set of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas ... This feels like a summery version of that

92
During previews
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Must see

See it if you like clever plot lines and great acting, an ensemble that's really in sync, inspired direction, and fresh writing. A must-see.

Don't see it if You want a Broadway musical

93
During previews
Great acting, Great singing, Thought-provoking

See it if You love to innovative ways to look at serious issues

Don't see it if You’re looking for a feel-good escapist play

75
The Baby Dance
Greenwich V
Great writing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to spur conversation about designer babies, the commodification of childbirth, poverty, etc.

Don't see it if You want an evening of light-hearted entertainment; Solid cast but the staging is a bit slow

83
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if You want to have a giggle and think

Don't see it if You want an intricate plotline

55
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Fluffy

See it if you like Disney and are looking forward to Frozen on Broadway

Don't see it if You hate overly commercial plays aimed at tweens

94
Funny, Great singing, Entertaining, Raunchy

See it if You love to laugh

Don't see it if You are sensitive to offensive jokes

8
Junk
Upper W Side
Overrated

See it if You don't care where you see it

Don't see it if care about the venue