Delaunay

New York City | Female
About:  Seeking cleverly staged productions, plays full of ideas, and the authentic stage moment. I shy away from musical theater unless it ticks at least two of the three boxes. Productions that I will never forget: Signature Theater's production of Horton Foote's "The Orphans' Home Cycle" (2009), and S... Read more Read less
Reviews (39)
90
Intense, Resonant, Absorbing, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a play that investigates the complex effect of intergenerational racial trauma on current-day relationships.

Don't see it if you are not comfortable with frank depictions of sexual relationships on stage, or are triggered by uncomfortable discussions about race.

75
Entertaining

See it if You like improv.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of hip hop.

76
During previews
Excruciating, Refreshing, Slow

See it if you want to see King Lear in a new light, with innovative casting.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span (it's long).

80
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if want to dwell on the line between accuracy and truth.

Don't see it if you need more action.

70
Cliched, Disappointing, Great singing, Slow, Overrated

See it if you loved the movie, and like brassy, brassy Broadway singing, and don’t mind lots of stereotypes in a show.

Don't see it if you don’t like traditional musicals.

90
During previews
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if want to see an excellent production of a wonderfully-written play about contemporary ethical issues -- hilarious and serious throughout.

Don't see it if you would prefer your entertainment not to be thought provoking.

87
Refreshing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you like modern musicals, minimalist staging, and realistic depictions of adolescent anxiety and mental illness.

Don't see it if you are looking for an escapist entertainment.

84
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Raunchy, Funny, Hilarious, Clever

See it if you love the Muppets or puppetry, and the old Sesame Street tropes used in grown-up ways.

Don't see it if you are with children (two segments involve Muppet sex).

79
Resonant, Great staging, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if you would like to see a heartwarming musical about kindness in the aftermath of 9/11.

Don't see it if you want your musical theater to be edgy.

94
Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you would enjoy a super talented troupe of actors-dancers-musicians-singers-puppeteers dramatize a tragic incident before D-Day.

Don't see it if you think tragedy should not be wrapped in whimsy and brightness.

76
Great staging, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you love Sondheim musicals, or Annaleigh Ashford (who is great), or Jake Gyllenhaal (who sings).

Don't see it if you expect a lot of action.

80
Spamilton
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you love Hamilton and/or Lin-Manuel Miranda, and would enjoy a clever, quirky parody with top notch singing and performances.

Don't see it if are not familiar with the Hamilton score, don't know the story of how Miranda developed Hamilton, and/or can't understand rap lyrics.

92
During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you want to see a confident and skilled ensemble in a beautifully evocative production about the American experience (70s Pittsburgh).

Don't see it if you have difficulty understanding American dialect.

90
Thank God For Jokes
East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you would enjoy clever observational PG-13 humor told by a relatable storyteller and comedian.

Don't see it if you don't like stand-up or The Moth-style stories.

83
The Flick
West Village
Ambitious, Quirky, Original, Relevant

See it if you would enjoy an original play with very natural acting, and are intrigued by the messages communicated by silences.

Don't see it if you think that a three-hour play with plenty of meditative silences and not too much action would be a bad thing.

85
Allegiance
Midtown W
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Original, Resonant

See it if you love George Takei and old school musicals, and appreciate nuance in the show's treatment about a dark chapter of American history.

Don't see it if you really do not like old school musical theater.

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Ambitious, Delightful, Original, Intelligent

See it if you would enjoy a non-traditional take on an unsung Founding Father.

Don't see it if you are a monarchist, or may have trouble understanding the lyrics (vernacular English).

78
39 Steps
Gramercy
Clever, Delightful, Family-friendly

See it if you are looking for a light-hearted and entertaining night out at the theater and want to bring the kids.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy broad humor and clever staging .

85
Ambitious, Intelligent, Masterful, Great acting, Hard to follow

See it if you love the Tudors or love the books, enjoy court intrigue, and have stamina (6 hours - Part 2 much better).

Don't see it if you don't have a bit of background about Henry VIII and the split from the Church, and aren't prepared to keep track of all the characters.

95
Matilda
Midtown W
Edgy, Refreshing, Invigorating, Enchanting

See it if you love a happy musical (cheery music, spunky actors) about dark subjects (child neglect and cruelty, parental rejection and abandonment).

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Roald Dahl's dark juvenile humor, or if your child may not see the joke in the broadly-drawn mean adult characters.

91
During previews
Entertaining, Refreshing, Resonant, Great staging, Great singing

See it if want to see Alanis's music merged into a fully realized story, incredible singing, and great staging.

Don't see it if don't like Alanis Morrisette's music.

93
Confusing, Great staging, Great singing, Clever

See it if you would enjoy a bluesy opera (no speaking lines) with a fabulous score, performed beautifully, and the barest of books.

Don't see it if you are a linear thinker who insists on narrative coherence.

80
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if want to ponder the changes in the media landscape since Patty Hearst's arrest, or want to see Bryan Cranston perform.

Don't see it if you aren't prepared to think, or aren't interested in the impact of media, policy, corporate power, and citizens in a democracy.

86
During previews
Relevant, Resonant, Great staging

See it if you love the book or movie and want to see a faithful adaptation that refreshes the themes for our times.

Don't see it if you don't want to think about race in America.

92
Dated, Great staging, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you want to revel in three masterful performances in a somewhat dated play.

Don't see it if you fear emotional claustrophobia.

80
Dated, Cliched

See it if you like an old-fashioned musical with creaky stereotypes, or if you just love the songs, or if you just love Bette Midler/Bernadette Peters

Don't see it if you want your theater more modern.

90
Clever, Great singing, Hilarious, Funny, Edgy

See it if you enjoy clever and irreverent songs about religion, and have a keen appreciation of sarcasm with a bright smile.

Don't see it if you are not going to enjoy songs poking fun at the Mormons and religion, and are squeamish about frank references to private parts.

90
Great staging, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you love Sondheim, immersive theater, being really, really close to the actors, Le Mis-level revenge fantasies, and Shakespearean tragedy

Don't see it if are squeamish thinking about murder, and like your personal space.

93
Indecent
Midtown W
Relevant, Intelligent, Masterful, Ambitious, Resonant

See it if you want to be think while being entertained, and love really fine dialog and fine acting.

Don't see it if the thought of a play about Yiddish theater and lesbianism shown in a sympathetic light is appalling to you.

79
Amelie
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love Philippa Soo's singing voice, and would be interested in a musical about a very sweet introvert.

Don't see it if you are interested only in edgy theater, or are averse to traditional musical theater.

89
For a previous production
Dizzying, Entertaining, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if you love madcap physical humor, and the "play within a play" genre a la "Noises Off."

Don't see it if you need a play to have big ideas.

80
Made in China
Midtown E
Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Relevant, Raunchy

See it if you liked Avenue Q, are open to catching the flurry of serious ideas touched on by the plot, and are curious about unadorned puppet nudity.

Don't see it if you don't like puppets, are sensitive about bodily functions frankly portrayed, and don't care one whit about China-US relations.

90
The Humans
Midtown W
Great writing, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a play about a not-so-dysfunctional family that is both hilarious and sad -- but not mean.

Don't see it if you like your theater saccharine.

65
Noises Off
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Great staging, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if -- You like a classic farce (circa 1974) -- You want to see an excellent cast in a well-done production of a play that feels dated

Don't see it if -- You like your comedy unpredictable and quirky

80
Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you liked the movie, want to watch a band of fantastically talented kids, and worship the Gods of Rock.

Don't see it if want something that is edgy in a less conventional way.

88
Steve
Midtown W
Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Resonant

See it if you remember the late 80s, appreciate the resonance of friendships of long standing, and know your musical theater references.

Don't see it if you don't like your comedy mixed in with pathos.

70
Blue Man Group
East Village
Family-friendly, Clever, Inconsistent, Juvenile

See it if you like skilled silliness, or are entertaining a large group of visitors or school-age children.

Don't see it if you've seen once already (because it will not have changed enough).

95
Clever, Dizzying, Intelligent, Original

See it if You want to see a finely-crafted coming-of-age story that is equal parts hilarious and sad, and always authentic.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with gay themes.

94
Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if you like creative story telling that requires you to fill in some of the blanks.

Don't see it if you have an issue with strobe lights or non-linear story-telling.