DIANE 6242

Elmhurst

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Reviews (70)
65
During previews
MsTRIAL
Midtown W
Insipid, Slow, Great staging, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in plays that deal with the practice of law and how lawyers build defenses in and out of the courtroom.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of seeing plays portraying crass, stereotypical characters who behave predictably.

87
Rinse, Repeat
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in seeing a show that explores how food issues, body image, and family dynamics intertwine.

Don't see it if if you are not a fan of shows that deal with eating disorders.

91
Entertaining, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a powerful exploration of the experiences of a paranoid schizophrenic, and his relationship with his caretakers and family.

Don't see it if you’re sensitive to a show dealing unabashedly with its portrayal of schizophrenia, or if you’re not interested in the Hasidic culture.

77
God Shows Up
Midtown W
Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you are interested in seeing a creative and punny examination of spirituality and religion.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of shows that deal with religion in an irreverent, albeit humorous way.

68
Arbuckle Syndrome
Midtown W
Cliched, Quirky, Entertaining, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a show about a group of people as they awkwardly navigate their way through social interactions and relationships.

Don't see it if you want to see a show that delves into Asperger’s, or are not a fan of shows that portray flawed characters behaving badly.

65
Dead Brains
East Village
Confusing, Indulgent, Edgy, Intense, Contrived

See it if you want to see a show that deals with a cast of damaged characters that are involved in escalating games of deceit and manipulation.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of shows that deal with the macabre, or of shows with on stage displays of blood and violence.

74
During previews
The Fourth Wall
Midtown W
Clever, Great staging, Dated, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in seeing an absurdist play or are a fan of metatheatre. Very creative set design.

Don't see it if you do not like intimate theatrical productions or staging where the actors do not always face the audience.

76
The Gentleman Caller
West Village
Entertaining, Raunchy, Slow, Edgy, Clever

See it if you are interested in seeing a show about the inner workings of Williams and Inge and their influence on one another. Creative set design.

Don't see it if you're not interested in either of these writers, their backgrounds, or personal struggles. Paperless playbill requires smart phone to view.

80
Surfer Girl
Lower E Side
Absorbing, Great writing, Edgy, Quirky, Intense

See it if you are interested in seeing a solo performance about one woman's attempts to find acceptance and a sense of belonging. Poetically written.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of intimate theater experiences. Also, there are no bathroom facilities at this venue.

95
The Signature Project
East Village
Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Epic, Ambitious

See it if you like innovative, unique endeavors. Patrick Dunning is captivating as he transforms & incorporates different art forms into his projects.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of interdisciplinary shows that explore how the fields of art, science, and technology are interconnected.

92
Trial
Midtown W
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Clever, Intense

See it if you want to see a powerful show that explores the concepts of sin, forgiveness, & humanity in a masterfully quirky & intriguing production.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of intimate theater experiences or do not want to see a show that deals with child abuse and death.

92
Entertaining, Great singing, Great writing, Delightful, Energetic

See it if you want to see a fresh, innovative production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical performed by an enthusiastic, dedicated and talented company.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of musicals with fast-paced lyrics or do not like shows where the staging is sometimes immersive.

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intriguing, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in seeing a show about ambition, love, and manipulation between a poet and her mentor. Creative set and costume changes.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of intimate theater experiences or of shows that deal with death and suicide. Theater is very small and gets very warm.

93
Masterful, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Creative

See it if you want to see a brilliantly innovative production of PERICLES. The play-within-a-play concept is executed with delightful ingenuity.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Shakespeare.

81
I Lost You There
West Village
Great acting, Absorbing, Funny, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you like one woman shows where the performer portrays different characters, both male & female, and the narrative unfolds through vignettes.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of the intimate theater experience, or if you are not interested in seeing shows that deal with death.

90
A Brimful of Asha
Midtown W
Delightful, Refreshing, Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an endearing show about the relationship between a mother and son. The authentic camaraderie between them fills the theater.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that consist of the actors narrating a story, or if you have difficulty understanding foreign accents.

91
Lucie Pohl: Hi, Hitler
West Village
Entertaining, Quirky, Refreshing, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like one woman shows. Ms. Pohl is quite talented in portraying a myriad of characters replete with different accents and mannerisms.

Don't see it if you are looking for a big production with intense.themes. This show explores important issues in a lighthearted way.

80
Marvin's Room
Midtown W
Great staging, Funny, Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting

See it if you are interested in seeing a powerful and funny portrayal of a family coming to terms with the choices they have made in life.

Don't see it if you don't like plays where the narrative is told through vignettes, or are not a fan of plays that deal with issues of illness and dying.

75
Terezin
Midtown W
Ambitious, Intense, Long, Upsetting, Creative choreography & props

See it if you are interested in seeing a stylized, experimental, but sometimes overdone production about the concentration camp/ghetto Terezin.

Don't see it if you have difficulty watching scenes that deal with the brutality of the Holocaust portrayed through many plot lines & inconsistent accents.

84
Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a fan of John Guare and want to see a stunning, revamped production of his masterful play that stays true to the original script.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about the experiences of wealthy Manhattanites or shows about how people of all classes struggle to fit into society.

81
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great staging, Slow, Indulgent, Uneven

See it if you are a fan of Glenn Close and want to see a commanding portrayal of Norma Desmond, accompanied by a brilliant on-stage orchestra.

Don't see it if you revere the film. The production sometimes veers too far into campy humor and doesn't have the intensity of Wilder's film noir drama.

83
How To Be Safe
East Village
Absorbing, Funny, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you want to see a show that explores the coping mechanisms of two women struggling with psychological issues. Well-written and well-acted.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of intimate theater or don't want to see a show that deals with serious mental issues, such as self-harm and agoraphobia.

89
Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Edgy, Fast-paced

See it if you want to go on a brash, high-speed journey with a spirited girl from Cardiff. Sophie Melville is brilliant in this gutsy, gritty show.

Don't see it if you have difficulty understanding a Welsh accent or are overly sensitive to fluorescent lighting.

78
Engaging, Quirky, Biting humor, Intense, Authentic set

See it if you want to see an absorbing, sharp-witted, dark comedy about three troubled sisters whose issues gradually unfold as the play progresses.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of plays set in the 1960s, or shows with uneven acting, where lines are occasionally flubbed or overacted.

90
Entertaining, Great singing, Moving, Lively, Uplifting

See it if you want to see a moving story of a singer's rise to fame. Musical numbers are introduced into the narrative to highlight events & emotions.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of the songs of Gloria Estefan, or don't like biographical shows told in a vignette style..

68
The Four Seasons
Midtown W
Confusing, Disappointing, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in seeing unconventional dance narratives.

Don't see it if you need clear sightlines. The stage isn’t elevated, so unless you’re in the front row, your view is obstructed by audience members’ heads.

70
Great staging, Funny, Quirky, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a parody of the entertainment industry and what goes on behind the scenes during the making of a television commercial.

Don't see it if if you are not interested in the dynamics of fame and power in the entertainment industry, or if you have an aversion to gumballs.

75
During previews
Vilna
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow, Intense

See it if you are interested in plays that deal with historical events.

Don't see it if you are not able to watch scenes that depict the atrocities of the Holocaust.

92
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Great staging

See it if you want to see an imaginative & darkly funny production of the Vonnegut play. The company masterfully embraces & embodies the characters.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Kurt Vonnegut or of absurdist plays , or if you are offended by portrayals of chauvinistic attitudes and behavior.

82
My Life on a Diet
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Delightful, Dated

See it if you are interested in hearing Renee Taylor share her story, replete with celebrity interactions and dietary endeavors. Spunky and charming.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of one-woman memoir shows or monologues. It often seemed more like a staged reading than a performance.

72
The Pet Play
Midtown W
Funny, Slow, Clever, Contrived, Silly

See it if you like romantic comedies that are fluffy, literally & figuratively, or if you have a soft spot for adorable animals that are able to talk.

Don't see it if you are interested in seeing a show that is realistic in nature and in set design.

80
During previews
The Diana Tapes
Soho/Tribeca
Entertaining, Great staging, Informative, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you are interested in a behind-the-scenes look at the Princess Diana story. Very creative staging and scene changes.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of plays about the royal family or of British accents, uneven at times.

76
Thought-provoking, Slow, Ambitious, Dated, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in seeing a show that explores what it's like to be deaf, from the perspectives of both the deaf and hearing communities.

Don't see it if you don't like plays with limited (& often pantomimed) sets, where much of the narrative unfolds through conversation rather than action.

81
Trifles
Upper W Side
Entertaining, Intriguing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy murder mysteries and are interested in seeing shows that are set in the early 20th century.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of one act plays or of shows that take place in the past.

92
During previews
Koalas are Dicks
East Village
Funny, Quirky, Raunchy, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like absurdist satire. Wide range of jokes: punny, campy, edgy, racy, black humor, blue humor. There's something for everyone.

Don't see it if you are offended by koalas that smoke, drink, and do drugs.

95
The Mushroom Cure
East Village
Funny, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Edgy

See it if you want to see an authentic, masterful portrayal of what it's like to have OCD. With candid eloquence, Strauss immerses us into his world.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of one man shows, or are not interested in shows that deals with OCD or experimentation with hallucinogenic drugs.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in seeing a powerful production that explores crime, justice & redemption. No easy answers, but lots of food for thought.

Don't see it if you are easily offended by profanity, or are not interested in shows that deal with the criminal justice system.

75
Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if you want to see an enjoyable mix of popular songs interspersed with stories of women's progress from a personal and historical perspective.

Don't see it if you want a polished production. There are issues with sound and sight lines. Images projected onto the stage are often blocked by actors.

95
I Of the Storm
West Village
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intense

See it if you appreciate the skill required to manipulate language to create mind-boggling poetry and prose, performed flawlesly and passionately.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of rap or of having to focus closely to absorb kaleidoscopic thoughts and ideas that are a linguistic treasure chest.

95
In a Little Room
East Village
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Funny

See it if you want to see a brilliant, darkly comic show about mortality, grief and regret. Explores the existential with quirky, masterful ease.

Don't see it if you want to believe that life is hunky dory and you don't like shows that deal with death, or the meaning of life.

61
During previews
Dear Jane
Midtown W
Confusing, Disjointed, Choppy, Indulgent, Great staging

See it if you are interested in seeing a memoir about a girl & her twin sister told through a kaleidoscope of often confusing snippets and vignettes.

Don't see it if you are interested in seeing a play where the narrative unfolds in an linear format or one that has a clear point of view.

79
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Avant garde, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an innovative production of an unconventional Tennessee Williams' play with a tangled plot and with witty, poetic dialogue.

Don't see it if you want to see a play with a clear, linear narrative or are unwilling to see a show in a theater with the air conditioning turned off.

90
During previews
Of Human Bondage
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see an impressive, highly creative production of this epic story, presented with stunning ingenuity & performed with keen skill.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of period pieces or are easily distracted by ambient sound effects.

71
Off the Top
Soho/Tribeca
Informative, Slow, Quirky, Intelligent, Clever

See it if you are interested in seeing a performance about how the brain works that is part lecture, part rap, and part stand-up comedy.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of rap music and are not interested in neuroscience or learning about the brain.

72
A Simple Art
Midtown W
Informative, Slow, Unusual, Thought-provoking, Innovative

See it if you're interested in seeing a show that deals with a true life crime presented using a variety of effects, such as transcripts & recordings.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of intimate theater experiences or experimental storytelling methods, such as lip syncing to recorded material.

81
Indecent
Midtown W
Ambitious, Informative, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you want to see a moving, stylized show that chronicles the true events surrounding a controversial Yiddish play written in the 1900s.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that span decades & are told through vignettes. It can be confusing if you don't know the history of GOD OF VENGEANCE.

82
The Fantasticks
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Campy, Charming

See it if you want to see a sweet, no-frills musical that doesn't take itself too seriously. Has memorable songs and clever lyrics.

Don't see it if you are looking for a big Broadway musical production or are not fond of slapstick humor.

90
Your Alice
Queens
Imaginative, Creative set/staging, Brilliant costumes, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you want to be immersed in a quirky, endearing, well-written detailed vision of Wonderland, presented by a talented, professional company.

Don't see it if you don't like intimate theater experiences, or don't want to see a show about how Alice's adventures may not be as innocent as they seem.

78
Intense, Creative staging, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disturbing

See it if you are a fan of David Rabe or are interested in a show that deals with racial and gender bias found in the norms and opinions of the 70s.

Don't see it if you're offended by racial slurs, obscenities, or displays of physical violence, or you don't want to see a show about the unenlightened 70s.

95
The Assignment
Midtown W
Authentic, Thought-provoking, Stellar acting, Superbly written, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a compelling, poignant, funny show that explores the guilty and the innocent, giving a compassionate voice to both sides.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of intimate theater experiences, or are sensitive to cigarette smoke. It's a small venue and the characters smoke at times.