Donda

New York City | 50-64 | Female
About:  Native New Yorker, sometime actress, passionate about the theater.
Reviews (80)
85
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see thoughtful, well acted theater that gives you something to think about and chew on.

Don't see it if You're looking for something light and fluffy. This one requires some thought and caring.

89
After the Blast
Upper W Side
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see excellent acting and great writing about post-nuclear human survival.

Don't see it if I honestly can't think of a reason not to see this!

69
During previews
The Show-Off
Midtown W
Dated, Disappointing, Good performances

See it if 1920's classic comedies are your thing and you don't mind that the material is dated and not relevant. Annette O'Toole is wonderful.

Don't see it if You're looking for an entertainment that suits a modern sensibility and isn't full of 1920's slang.

85
During previews
The Treasurer
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like thought-provoking, darkly funny drama, incredible acting by Peter Friedman & Deanna Dunagan, and support young playwrights.

Don't see it if The theme of caring for an elderly parent is going to upset you.

80
Ambitious, Intense, Riveting

See it if You're a fan of Suzan-Lori Parks and dystopian drama. Or you want to see some great acting and have a challenging theater experience.

Don't see it if You're looking for a light entertainment, you're squeamish about abortion and/or rape and violence portrayed on stage, you want easy.

78
Entertaining, Confusing, Quirky

See it if You're a Harry Potter fan.

Don't see it if you don't know anything about Harry Potter. You won't get it.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Fun

See it if You like feel-good musicals and rock music.

Don't see it if You're looking for romance or drama.

79
During previews
Arcadia (PTP)
Chelsea
Great writing, Ambitious, Funny

See it if You want to see a brilliant play being given a good but not great production. Masterful, thought-provoking, witty writing.

Don't see it if You can't get beyond some uneven acting and cramped staging to the brilliant writing of this play.

89
For a previous production
Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You like broad British humor. This is a physical farce about a theater production with falling sets and stupid actors. Very funny.

Don't see it if You want something intellectually stimulating or with an intelligent plot. This is pure, silly entertainment, fit for the whole family.

95
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if You want a stimulating, absorbing, evening at the theater. With ideas and issues that concern mankind. If the idea of peace interests you.

Don't see it if You're looking for an entertainment that requires minimal mental work on your part. Or you want a love story, or family drama.

90
Moving, Entertaining, Inspiring

See it if You want to be entertained and moved by a thoughtful, engaging, show with uplifting themes, great performances and music.

Don't see it if You are not in the mood to walk away uplifted. You can't deal with 9/11 memories.

75
Marry Harry
Midtown E
Promising,, Great songs, Frustrating

See it if You want to see a new musical on the cusp of greatness. Excellent songs and staging, some wonderful performances, but it needs work.

Don't see it if The stupid plot is going to ruin the night for you. The book needs work to make this a cohesive musical.

75
Clever, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You loved the movie, are looking for an entertaining yet oddly moving theater experience. Great staging, some excellent songs. Fun.

Don't see it if You're looking for a transformative experience. Better than the movie but the main character is still a jerk even if Andy Karl is great.

85
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if You like sophisticated British drawing-room comedy from the 1940's. Great acting, costumes, sets. A fun, entertaining evening out.

Don't see it if You're looking for something dark and deep and thought-provoking. This is light entertainment.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Resonant

See it if You want to see why Allison Janney should win a Tony. Funny, thought-provoking, profound, alarming. Just go.

Don't see it if You need everything tied up with a neat bow at the end. Or if you need things to be black or white with no shades of grey.

93
Indecent
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see something that breaks the mold a little bit and examines the subject of Yiddish theater. Quirky but mesmerizing. Resonant.

Don't see it if You're looking for something simple and straightforward. This is not a boy meets girl, happily ever after show. Requires thought and emotion

68
Confusing, Disappointing, Misguided

See it if You want to see a deconstructed, modernized version of the play.

Don't see it if You want to see the play that Tennessee Williams wrote

85
Dolphins and Sharks
West Village
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to be entertained but you want some meat on the bone. Funny, realistic look at dead end jobs in Harlem.

Don't see it if You have trouble with understanding street lingo, and don't care about marginalized populations.

75
The Present
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Indulgent, Slow, Confusing

See it if You want to see great acting and ensemble work and don't much care if the material lives up to the abilities of the cast.

Don't see it if You are easily bored by long talky plays with no real point. Chekhov's first play updated when it should have remained buried.

78
The Humans
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow, Funny, Clever, Overrated

See it if A middle of the road drama. A little cliched. Fine performances but definitely overhyped. Good for beginners.

Don't see it if You have great expectations. Will not live up to the hype.

77
This Day Forward
Gramercy
Clever, Entertaining, Dated, Funny, Quirky

See it if You want to be entertained but don't mind seeing a work in progress. Needs a little editing but there'sa good idea here.

Don't see it if You're looking for perfection and polish.

85
Party People
East Village
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Epic, Thought-provoking

See it if You believe that art holds a mirror up to life and we are at a turning point in our nation's history.

Don't see it if You voted for Donald Trump

96
For a previous production
Sweat
Midtown W
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You want to see what great theater is all about. Incredibly relevant, thoughtful, honest and heartbreaking.

Don't see it if You don't want to think or be moved.

78
Ambitious, Indulgent, Disappointing, Epic, Quirky

See it if You're a Josh Groban fan - he's teriffic in an otherwise confusing, dated production. If you go - the only seats worth it are the center.

Don't see it if You have no patience for insipid female characters and staging that only works for the people in the absolute center.

79
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if You like solo shows with no thru line, quirky anecdotes, good music, charming stories with no depths and a relaxed atmosphere.

Don't see it if You need a plot that gets you from point A to point B in a atraight manner.

95
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if You like Jane Austen, excellent acting and staging, a modern take on an enduring classic, and want to enjoy yourself thoroughly!

Don't see it if You cannot abide any deviation from an original work. There are moments of farce caused by small cross-dressing cast playing many roles.

92
Oedipus El Rey
East Village
Riveting, Epic, Brilliant

See it if You are a fan of intelligent, exciting, thought-provoking theater, and brilliantly modernized Greek tragedy. Stunning.

Don't see it if You are squeamish about nudity on stage - although not at all gratuitous - or violence, although not bloody.

69
Disappointing, Slow, Great acting

See it if You want to see some excellent acting and don't mind sitting through an overlong play that ultimately goes nowhere.

Don't see it if You're looking for crisp, relevant writing.

85
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to walk down musical memory lane with Hal Prince and hear some of the great Broadway classics, really well done.

Don't see it if You expect a lecture on the life and times of Hal Prince in chronological order.

95
For a previous production
Absorbing, Clever, Must see

See it if You want to see an innovative musical with an incredible score, great acting, wonderful staging and sets. And an important message.

Don't see it if You think that there's no way on earth that there could ever be peace in the Middle East.

85
Spamilton
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great singing

See it if You've seen Hamilton or know the score well.

Don't see it if You don't know Hamilton and don't care about it.

95
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like a good old-fashioned musical with great production values and top notch performances.

Don't see it if You're looking for something edgy and dramatic.

95
Cost of Living
Midtown W
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You like to be challenged intellectually, and emotionally, enjoy great acting, and writing, and appreciate bravery.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a play about people with disabilities and their issues. It's not bleak, there's plenty of humor, but it is emotional.

89
Marvin's Room
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You want to see great acting, and want your family drama with a little comic relief. Great writing, crisp direction and interesting sets.

Don't see it if Dysfunctional family dramedy is not what you're looking for. Or if the subject of a parent or sibling dying is not for you.

95
Great acting, Edgy, Masterful, Intense, Must see

See it if You want to see the best performance by an actress you're ever likely to see on stage. In an incredibly written, relevant, gritty play.

Don't see it if Bad language offends you, or you're looking for something light and fluffy. Or you don't like one person shows.

40
Bamboo in Bushwick
Staten Island
Confusing, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You want to support the ideas of The Working Theater or know someone in the show.

Don't see it if You want to see cogent, professional theater.

69
War Paint
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great singing, Slow

See it if You've never seen Patti Lupone or Christine Ebersole perform live or have never seen a Broadway show. Or don't need a plot. Great Costumes.

Don't see it if You'd like a plot or songs that don't all sound the same.

90
Vanity Fair
Midtown W
Ambitious, Funny, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if You liked Bedlam Theater's Sense & Sensibility. You like deconstructed classics done with intelligence, understanding and tongue in cheek.

Don't see it if You don't want your classics messed with. You don't like current references in classic works.

70
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You want to see a complete romantic fairy tale with great costumes and staging, and attractive leads, and no relationship to reality at all.

Don't see it if You want any link to historical or emotional reality, or are looking for something other than a remake of the animated movie.

95
Clever, Great acting, Must see, Relevant

See it if You know or don't know Ibsen's original. Want thought-provoking but approachable and entertaining theater. And great acting and relevancy.

Don't see it if You don't like classics messed with or reimagined. Or you're looking for a straight drama.

95
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if You want to see classic drama with two actresses at the top of their games. The performances are mesmerizing.

Don't see it if You're looking for mindless entertainment that doesn't require you to think. You'll need to pay attention.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to see a great American play performed by top notch craftsmen.

Don't see it if You're looking only for laughs.

90
Significant Other
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Relevant

See it if You want to be entertained, with relevant themes, a gay hero, laughs but also thoughtful.

Don't see it if You are homophobic.

75
In Transit
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if You want a relaxing, non challenging evening out. Great singing. Fabulous beat-boxers. Story lines uninspired and banal.

Don't see it if You're looking for something meaningful or thoughtful. This is pure fluff, rather cliched.

90
For a previous production
Hundred Days
East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Romantic

See it if You want part theater, part concert, like love stories that are quirky and intense and are willing to share someone else's reality.

Don't see it if You are wedded to the theatrical format and want a straight linear story and musical theater experience.

86
During previews
Rancho Viejo
Midtown W
Clever, Edgy, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if You appreciate quirky, angsty, non-linear theater about modern neurotic people. In other words - all of us.

Don't see it if You want something fluffy and light you don't have to think about.

68
Shades
West Village
Disappointing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Klunky, stiff

See it if You have no clue about what veterans go through

Don't see it if You want more than a textbook look at a veteran's situation.

69
Cliched, Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You're into nostalgia and just hearing the score does it for you.

Don't see it if You're looking for something updated and relevant.

95
During previews
Absorbing, Refreshing, Great singing, Great acting, Must see

See it if You want to see inspiring performances, relevant but entertaining material and fresh talent.

Don't see it if You're looking for a classic boy meets girl musical.

83
During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Clever, Intelligent

See it if You want to see an out-of-the-box romance, don't mind some raunchy language, and want to see great acting, writing and innovative staging.

Don't see it if You have any issues with homophobia, don't like small theater spaces, need a linear plot, and can't sit still for an hour and three quarters