DIRECTORCHICK

New York City | Female
About:  Theatre Director
Reviews (66)
95
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Masterful

See it if You like watching a brilliant actor beautifully navigate a riveting solo piece. Stunning performance.

Don't see it if You don’t like one person shows or you can’t TURN OFF YOUR DAMN PHONE for 2 hours. Honestly people! Phones going off in a solo piece. Shame!

89
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You like a simple and feel-good story with great music. It’s a breath of fresh air and at only 90 minutes the story flies by.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big splashy spectacle of a show. This is a beautiful production that doesn’t rely on or need gimmicks.

47
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Great singing, Insipid

See it if You love the music of Donna Summer (even though several songs are truncated) and can hold out for the final two numbers

Don't see it if You want a well written story. The book is horrendous and jumps around Donna’s life without any real purpose. Major events are glossed over.

Also Events that made and ruined her career are only alluded to. Very unsat... Read more Read less

96
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Must see, Riveting

See it if You like well crafted dramas beautifully staged. The acting is brilliant and Bilie Piper is fabulous. A heart wrenching descent of a woman.

Don't see it if You’d be a fool to miss It.

70
Overrated, Slow, Epic, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in this important work and you don’t mind sitting through 8 hours or material that could better be conveyed in 6 hours.

Don't see it if You are looking for more than a few meaningful moments, are turned off by hours of people yelling want a spectacular angel intro.

Also My companion put it best when she said she’d like to see this play in ... Read more Read less

64
For a previous production
Silly, Campy, Entertaining

See it if You like campy shows with pop culture jokes, are not looking for a lot of depth of characters or story and just want to unplug for an hour.

Don't see it if You don’t know who Tilda Swinton is or don’t want to commit to the $20 food/drink minimum.

Also The risotto balls are as FABULOUS as Tom Lenk’s Bubble wrap coat!

75
During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You like epic plays, pieces that take liberties with history and an interesting look at what is truth and what is fiction.

Don't see it if You don’t have the patience for a 3 hour piece or the ability to pay attention. It’s a lot of jumping around in time.

Also Some performances are a bit stilted and I wasn’t sure if that was a ch... Read more Read less

67
During previews
Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if You are not an Austen purist and don’t mind taking the piss out of a beloved story.

Don't see it if You don’t like watching people being amused with themselves or dislike overindulgent schtick and direction that muddies the story.

Also While the cast is generally good and the doubling of characters is eff... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You are interested in new writing, solid performances and the all-too relevant issue of the threat of violence from troubled students.

Don't see it if You can’t handle loud gunshots or the premise hits too close to home.

50
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to support new play development or you don't mind characters portrayed as caricatures who have zero emotional appeal

Don't see it if You are offended by badly developed characters, indulgent plot devices that don't satisfy or a sympathetic stance on a rapist.

69
During previews
Slow, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You want to see these fabulous ladies on stage or are curious about this regional favourite that's never been on broadway before

Don't see it if You want s well paced drama. The pace was slow and made even more so by the constant scene changes.

Also This is an off Broadway show that works Best in a smaller venue. The c... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Profound, Relevant

See it if You like energetic & surprisingly political pieces that get their message across subtlety while revealing their strong female character.

Don't see it if for some reason you don't like well-written, strong, one-person shows with a relevant, working-class plight. Timely and should be seen.

70
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You're interested in listening to monologues and testing out a mild immersive show. Also cool to check out the future new home of the IAC.

Don't see it if You are expecting to interact much with the environment or be very invested in the stories.

85
For a previous production
Ambitious, Great staging, Funny, Delightful, Impressive

See it if You like slapstick and physical comedy. This show is packed EVERY SECOND with schtik by an impressively agile cast.

Don't see it if You don't like constant gags or are looking for a serious or thought-provoking play. Kudos to the stage management!

65
Overrated, Dated, Predictable

See it if You have never seen it and are curious. Yes, there is a helicopter on stage.

Don't see it if You don't like overdone, over acted shows about horrible men ruining women's lives with a forgettable score.

90
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great singing, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You like immersive shows with great music that tell beautiful and magical stories in a unique way.

Don't see it if You can't shut off your phone and be present. It's really worth experiencing!

80
Enchanting, Nostalgic, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You are a fan of Edward Gorey, you like getting a glimpse into the unseen world of a public figure or you just enjoy a sweet nostalgic piece

Don't see it if You're not into shows that weave narrative, video and puppetry cleverly

58
Overrated, Fluffy, Dated

See it if you want to experience a NYC tradition, enjoy sparkly things and appreciate the Rockettes. May help some to get in the Christmas spirit.

Don't see it if you can't stand the cattle-like herding of tourists, obnoxious audiences or want a substantial bit of entertainment

Also honestly the crowds are horrid. a guy in front of us punched another i... Read more Read less

96
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if you appreciate a great ranconteur like Daniel Kitson whose shows are always intelligent, engaging, unique and fun with interesting twists.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span or can't be quiet and attentive without your phone.

80
Absorbing, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you enjoy semi autobiographical plays or plays that explore race.

Don't see it if you have difficulty with heavy accents

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if Youlikr exploring the baby boomer to millennial gap,family drama/comedy or just want to be entertained with a show that sparks discussion.

Don't see it if Smoking onstage bothers you or you can't turn your damn cell phone offf(I'm talking to the baby boomers who are so badly behaved)

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if You like well -crafted, feel-good musicals ( and pie). The cast is fabulous.

Don't see it if You object to The fantastic smell of pie as you enter the theatre or can't handle Jessie Mueller's insane talent.

95
Clever, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if You liked PRIVACY or wish you'd seen it or if you like intelligent and funny conspiracy theory pieces. Strong and engaging piece!

Don't see it if If don't like solid one man shows a la Spalding Grey or you are unable to turn off your cell. It's required. Just see this!

78
During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You like interesting "story telling" shows like The Weir where people talk about what happened but nothing much actually happens on stage.

Don't see it if You are easily irritated by inconsiderate audiences who never stop talking, checking their phones or eating noisy food in a quiet show.

76
Original, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Mesmerizing

See it if you like absurdist short plays or want to experience well-done, moody pieces that get you thinking.

Don't see it if you want a traditional play/story that is easily digested.

80
Great acting, Great staging, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a well-acted piece by amazing actors who deserved their TONYS on a gorgeous set.

Don't see it if It’s Glenda Freaking Jackson and Laurie Friggin Metcalf. What’s not to like?

45
Disappointing, Slow, Ineffective, Unfocused

See it if You want to support independent theater or know someone in the company.

Don't see it if You want a thought provoking evening of political theatre. The play drags mostly due to the lackluster and unfocused direction and an actor

Also who reads most of her lines from various notebooks throughout the show... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if You are a Stoppard fan, enjoy fast-paced, intelligent and verbose plays that require your attention. Tom Hollander is always a joy to watch.

Don't see it if You have a short attention span. Stoppard requires you to listen and think but does it in a very entertaining way.

54
During previews
Slow, Unfocused, Deficient, Disappointing

See it if You know someone in the cast you want to support

Don't see it if You want an emotionally relevant, well written, well directed and well acted look at the aftermath of a tragedy. It’s none of those things.

Also Has a couple of moments and is a relevant topic for sure but could hav... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Interesting, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in learning about this art project and in seeing an artists process in a unique and entertaining way.

Don't see it if You don’t like direct address shows or multimedia explorations of a singular work.

Also Audiences get the unique opportunity tone a part of the artwork by sig... Read more Read less

85
Great staging, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if You like unconventional new works with inventive staging, a strong central character and an emotionally charged journey.

Don't see it if You don’t like loud noises or want something more traditional.

70
Great acting, Resonant, Slow

See it if You are a fan of intimate conversational theatre, naturalistic acting or just want a dramatized view of the people who formed the Public.

Don't see it if You are looking for action or a highly dramatic plot or you have a hard time hearing as the actors speak in “indoor voices”.

Also The conversational tone/style gives the audience a “seat at the table”... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Informative, Clinical

See it if You are interested in being schooled on insider trading.

Don't see it if You are looking for an emotionally rich play with sympathetic characters.

Also Visually appealing, fast paced and generally well-acted, this play fee... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Overwritten

See it if You are interested in new writing and/or one - woman shows that explore dark them

Don't see it if You prefer plays with action rather than a static storytelling presentation.

Also This play would have benefitted from a director who was not also the p... Read more Read less

75
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Relevant, Intense

See it if You enjoy frighteningly relevant political drama.. Slow start to the play but the intensity builds.

Don't see it if Stage violence and blood are not your thing or you can't look past the uneven performances.

50
During previews
Disappointing, Earnest, Flop, Slow, Banal

See it if You don't mind earnest actors shooting for laughs and missing or you are curious about a lesser done Charles Ludlam play.

Don't see it if You are expecting a polished comedy or mind poorly executed gags or a set that works for the production.

83
Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You want an enjoyable escape from the world, are a fan of the film or appreciate inventive staging. A fun show!

Don't see it if No reason not to see it. It's fun and we all need a laugh these days!

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant

See it if You love big band music, great singing and original musicals not based on a movie. Good story with interesting characters.

Don't see it if You don't like nostalgic shows.

70
Ambitious, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You're happy to see an Arthur Miller play on Broadway that has verisimilitude & is devoid of barefoot actors wading though liquid or trash.

Don't see it if You mind occasional heightened performance style or need bullshit gimmicks to enjoy a classic play.

95
During previews
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Profound

See it if You want to see a well done & fresh take on an old morality play that changes nightly as actors take on roles via lottery. Funny & poignant

Don't see it if You don't like funny shows that make you think

85
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You like dark comedies. If you saw the original production it's a great revisit as Maureen Mullen now plays the mother.

Don't see it if You have a problem with understanding certain Irish dialects or you can't climb the mountainous steps at BAM if you're in the balcony.

71
Cliched, Dated, Indulgent, Cute, Nostalgic

See it if You like old-fashioned feeling musicals where there are no surprises or you just want a somewhat pleasant night out.

Don't see it if You're looking for something new, fresh, inspiring or with songs you actually remember. It's all been done before but the cast is pleasant.

89
Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Intelligent

See it if you love a good, sexy period piece with gorgeous costumes and brilliant performances.

Don't see it if you can't sit still and keep your phone off for 2.5 hours. seriously, Broadway audiences? WTF?!?!

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like very naturalistic pieces featuring fully fleshed out characters portrayed by a stellar cast.

Don't see it if You are looking for a show where something BIG happens. This is a slice of life drama and well worth seeing.

80
Delightful, Great singing, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you like autobiographical-style musicals with catchy numbers and a talented cast done on a simple but effective set.

Don't see it if you don't like bare bones productions. This one has no spectacle but is well worth seeing for the music and talented cast.

82
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like great naturalistic characters, slice of life theatre and emotionally and socially relevent pieces.

Don't see it if you need large-scale drama or forced conflicts to enjoy a piece. These plays are authentic characters talking about life.

91
Funny, Great acting, Original, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You like a solid ensemble of actors and want to support new writing. A heartfelt tale of dealing with loss in the digital age.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it! Emotionally resonant even for people who have not lost a sibling.

35
Excruciating, Slow, Disappointing, Irritating

See it if You don't know the play & require a very low spoken actor to comment on the piece between other actors screaming in painfully dim lighting.

Don't see it if You love this play, you like ACTUAL Steampunk style (this doesn't have it), or badly or unstaged violence offends you.

94
During previews
Clever, Funny, Must see, Original, Relevant

See it if You like timely well crafted verbatim theatre, learning how technology has really infiltrated our lives & playing w. Your phones at shows

Don't see it if You don't like actively engaging and participating (you don't have to but it's more fun) or you're a luddite or afraid of technology.

67
Original, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intense, Disappointing

See it if You like quirky characters dealing with mental illness.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate stereotyped characters inserted into a play to create unnecessary drama that could have arisen in a more authentic way.