donna 11

New York City | 50-64 | Female
About:  Love seeing shows both on and off broadway. I like to see them as early in the run as possible, usually previews if I can, before reading reviews. I read my playbills after the show too.
Reviews (150)
87
Thought-provoking, Intriguing, Relevant, Great acting

See it if Susan Sarandon s performance is incredible. It is well acted throughout-tsome accents a little overblown Topical subject

Don't see it if One long act, starts off light hearted but quickly devolves into a serious topic. The foreshadowing of turns in the plot are somewhat obviou

78
Amateurish, Lively, Quirky, Resonant, Cliched

See it if Fun musical speaks to the loser feelings we all have-wanting a cureall to become popular. Bathroom song is killer. Young people in the house

Don't see it if music is not exceptionally memorable-except that bathroom number. Sets, costumes all pretty slapdash looking but maybe that’s why teens love

84
During previews
Complex, Brave, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if Admirable-hard to keep in mind this is Maddie’s real life experience-that she is willing to relive and retell this awful experience nightly

Don't see it if It’s sometimes hard to listen to-and hard to understand some of her decisions Who knows how you would react in the same situation

71
During previews
Ambitious, Amazing set, Uneven, Disappointing, Strange

See it if An incredible set, interesting premise set in the art world that kind of devolves - Alan cumming is in incredible shape. It is surprising

Don't see it if It is long-3 hours w/2 intermissions. Quite a bit of full male nudity. It has a Greek chorus of choir women that did not make sense to me

85
During previews
Ambitious, Dizzying, Great choreography, Clever, Great singing

See it if You like and can appreciate an imaginative retelling of Alice in wonderland framed in a girls imagination during the London blitz-great song

Don't see it if It is not a linear, clear retelling of the fairy tale. It is very cerebral. You did not like spring awakening.

74
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Short

See it if Colin Quinn presents a 70 min set on the state of the us today. Very topical references but not overly political. Fast paced, conversational

Don't see it if You don’t like Colin Quinn’s delivery-more stream of consciousness than a tightly rehearsed comic timing. You are a trump supporter.

89
Relevant, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great dancing, Moving

See it if An original musical with lively and spirited dancing. Explores lgbtq themes in an honest, emotional yet fun way. Some bway insider jokes

Don't see it if You don’t like big song and dance musicals. Some over the top and cliched portrayals of characters. You are from Indiana.

88
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Feels contemporary, Relevant

See it if You are a fan of the book/movie. It’s subtly updated and feels current. Celia keenen Bolger and Jeff Daniels are wonderful. Nice sets

Don't see it if It’s a little long- and some characters feel a little stereotyped-The adults as the kids take a little time to get used to.

84
During previews
Fun, Amazing costumes, Trip down memory lane, Great singing

See it if you grew up watching sonny and cher belting out the songs from your 45's! stephanie j block channels cher .Mackie's costumes are incredible

Don't see it if you don't like cher songs or musicals that jump back and forth in time - some subjects are not given the time and depth they deserve

75
Uneven, Cliched, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if A group of young adults form a collective to protest the Vietnam war. What does it mean to be a collective? Some interesting performances

Don't see it if Very uneven script that tries to make too many points that are current hot topics-like they were winking at the audience while being dramati

91
Great acting, Entertaining, Based on real people, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if Loved Edie falco-she was magical to watch. Rapid fire, overlapping dialogue about politics, loyalty, female vs without being preachy

Don't see it if 1 hour 45 minutes no intermission. No resolution/ redemption for falcos character. Some comedy but also heartbreaking -

74
For a previous production
Clever, Cliched, Farcical, Great timing, Fluffy

See it if traditional british farce-slapsitck humor including slamming doors, numerous spit takes - the cast and sets work hard-audience was howling

Don't see it if not my cup of tea - but it was a fun to watch the mechanics -both between the actors (their timing is terrific) and the set falling apart

69
During previews
Big effort, Unintelligible, Immersive, Gross, Edgy

See it if you enjoy unique, immersive theater experiences that recreate the more shocking and explosive scenes from the movie. Hard working cast

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy getting touched by disgusting props or the actors- you are uncomfortable with strobe lights, depictions of drug use, nudity

79
Relevant, Resonant, Cliched, Kept my attention

See it if You enjoy plays tackling contemporary issues like aging, beauty, love , attraction, with humor. You are a fan of idina menzel. Nice set

Don't see it if It’s almost 2 1/2 hours. Don’t like plays involving gay love and attraction. New York humor. Sort of based on the designer Calvin Klein

87
During previews
Clever, Relevant, Great fun, Great singing, Lively

See it if Using the gogos songs, the show is a mash up of shakespeare&some like it hot. Lots of energy, fun, a little campy celebration of all love

Don't see it if You only like serious dramas. Are uncomfortable with trans or lesbian relationships. Can’t enjoy the fun of a fairy tale.

71
Entertaining, Lively, Good voices, Familiar songs

See it if You know the music, it puts you in a good mood and everyone in the audience is dancing in their seats You learn a little about the person

Don't see it if The book/script is very elementary and jump around in time to fit all the songs in with meaning. More time could be spent story development

78
During previews
Thought-provoking, Slow, Ambitious, Intense

See it if it is a well meaning revival - not sure it is as shocking as it was when it was first produced. well acted - the word captioning adds alot

Don't see it if it is a bare stage, Joshua jackson does the majority of the speaking so it feels relatively flat at times. pretty devastating ending

83
Exuberant, Delightful, Immersive, Playful, Short

See it if A lively look at a folk story set in Haiti- must love musicals. Great committed performances and voices, Unusual set details, with animals

Don't see it if Accents are sometimes difficult to understand You are coming for a lea solanga show- she has a few nice moments. It’s a short 90 minutes

82
During previews
Ambitious, Dated, Great sets, Uneven, Entertaining

See it if You like big old fashioned musicals with a few updated moments. you love Norbert Leo butz! You appreciate beautiful costumes and sets.

Don't see it if You only love dramas The two leads are not strong (yet). Misogyny is not dead is classic musical theater despite how they think it’s updated

69
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Interesting concept, Poor follow-thru

See it if You like supporting small off off broadway theaters with ambitious goals. Story tries to be provocative. Creative use of a difficult space

Don't see it if You expect the theme of polyamory to remain top of mind-it deviates into Lifetime movie of the week half way. Acting and writing are uneven

79
During previews
Interesting idea, Good cast, Meandering plot, Thought provoking, Flat

See it if you enjoy watching good actors in a short one act drama with an interesting premise - how to revitalize towns that lose their industry

Don't see it if Once it wanders from the main idea it never really takes off - the show is fairly one note. few of the performances are commanding or arres

52
During previews
Disappointing, Long, Soulless, Nonsensical

See it if Can’t think of a good reason to see it. Expected more from Joseph and plot of truthfulness and Russia. magical thinking combined with facts

Don't see it if You expect to care about the multi character and multi decade story where everyone ends up connected- improbable and implausible.

88
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Riveting, Well written

See it if a wonderfully well written drama mining the depths of teenage relationships played out on a soccer field - fantastic ensemble cast

Don't see it if you dont like non linear dramas with overlapping dialogue - dont like sports metaphors

84
During previews
Entertaining, Energetic, Needs tightening, Relevant, Good for families

See it if You loved the movie, lively large young cast works hard - songs need some work - but has potential to capture emotions/drama of high school

Don't see it if no songs are memorable yet/gave me that chills feeling-sets are mostly computer graphics with a few props. updated to include phon technolog

62
During previews
Great acting, Indulgent, Resonant, Dated

See it if you like well acted dramas about the aids epidemic, mortality the devastating effect on friends,those in the community-afraid for themselves

Don't see it if Talking about death is uncomfortable for you - kind of long winded and does not get to the point in a direct manner or clear story arc

68
Relevant, Indulgent, Great staging

See it if one mans stories of his various travel experiences at different borders-across the world & over different timelines. Very clever lighting

Don't see it if Did not really tackle the current issues with borders and walls-not really sure what made his stories a show it’s a one man show

74
Some funny bits, Absurdist, Confusing

See it if you like the writing of john guare - i wonder if anyone other than guare wrote this, if lincoln center would have produced it? interesting

Don't see it if the acting and unrealistic portrayals of the characters can get on your nerves. the staging tricks also get overused - no realism

89
As it was meant to be seen, Emotional, Meaningful, Absorbing

See it if The show seems so much closer to its roots in Yiddish-you see and feel tevyes struggles much more emotionally. Loved the simple staging

Don't see it if You don’t like to read subtitles. It is not the big bway fiddler you are used to-minimal sets and costuming It is long-over 3 hours.

78
During previews
Clever, Great singing, Quirky, Promising, Great 1st act

See it if You like new musicals, great, hardworking performers. Wonderful intriguing first act. Songs reminiscent of if/then. Some imaginative staging

Don't see it if Second act falls short of expectations set up by first act-more solos, ballads.you don’t like shows that mix emotionality with fantasy

86
Absorbing, Resonant, Upsetting, Great acting

See it if Getting to watch Elaine may is a true theatrical event. She’s amazing in this show-all the acting is top notch. Realistic portrayal of aging

Don't see it if If watching a family deal with an aging parents descent into dementia is too upsetting, don’t see this show. Makes you want to call your mom

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Great writing

See it if a multi generational family story taking place during The Troubles in ireland -do not need to be fluent in history to understand the story

Don't see it if you have a hard time with accents. worth splurging for better seats to really see all the facial acting. it is long but the time speeds by

68
Visual, Amazing puppetry, Great effects, Poor character development

See it if The ape puppet! Masterful art watching crew maneuver Kong-emotions come across clearly. Truly a marvel- very cool set pieces and effects.

Don't see it if Beyond the puppet, the characters are not fully realized and their motivations make no sense. Many plot points left hanging-the book is poor

64
During previews
Ambitious, Lively, Amateurish, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if You love the movie, love the 90’s or live the Disney star dove Cameron. Nostalgic costumes and references to 90’s culture are fun

Don't see it if You LOVE the movie-the actors try but don’trise to the challenge. music is cobbled together lyrics to 90’s songs Too much breaking 4th wall

77
Clever, Odd, Great acting, Entertaining, Great use of language

See it if you enjoy extremely well written musings that meander yet are still funny and poignant. Michael C Hall is a wonderful actor to watch

Don't see it if You do not like one man plays that do not have a typical story arc. You really need to listen to the language - Eno plays with his words

81
During previews
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Intelligent

See it if Interesting show about what really makes a person. Kind of nature vs nurture battle but in a research setting with an adoption story thrown.

Don't see it if It’s a little heady and a little intellectual. Some gratuitous nudity-depending on where you are sitting in the theater. A little predictabl

73
During previews
Sweet, Cliched, Dated, Nice songs

See it if a four person, mostly sung thru show, about connections, living in nyc. Songs reminiscent of JRB, the 2 younger actors were terrific.

Don't see it if The show seemed dated, the sparse set became tiresome and some lyrics were very predictable. It was a pleasant show but not memorable

77
During previews
Fun, Lighthearted, Cliched, Derivative

See it if You enjoy a lighthearted musical-not based on abook orvmovie-with some fun moments and ny insidery jokes. One clever dance battle.

Don't see it if A cross between rock of ages, the full Monty,and a little school of rock The music is borrowed -songs are not memorable. First act is slow

82
During previews
Immersive staging, Ambitious, Creative, Historical fiction

See it if You remember studio 54 and standing outside hoping to get picked. You love music reminiscent of hedwig. Very creative set/staging.

Don't see it if You are expecting a disco retrospective-songs are more rock/punk influenced. You do not like pseudo real versions on stage of actual people.

79
During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Relatable, Some humor, Ambitious

See it if You like family dramas that explore contemporary themes of white privilege, acceptance of ‘otherness’, responsibility of using ones talents

Don't see it if Star driven by armie hammer-easy to be dazzled by his looks. beginning attempts to jar the audience out of their comfort zone and expections

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80
During previews
Puzzling, Kept my interest, Well acted, Great set, Quirky

See it if The story, told out of order, of one woman’s not very remarkable life. well acted by 6 different women and large cast. Short, drama w/humor

Don't see it if While well written the woman’s life is a series of choices-both she made and were made for her. She can be frustrating as well as the ending

79
Relevant, Resonant, Great singing, Cliched

See it if The story is tied to today's headlines about deportation and breaking up families - the music is varied and many beautiful voices

Don't see it if the characters are often very stereotypical and very broadly drawn. The lead girl is a little too naive relationships are simplistic

94
During previews
Magical, Enchanting, Long, Creative, Breath taking effects

See it if you are a harry potter fan or a parent of one. you love shows that are visual, dramatic and exciting to watch. the effects are stunning. FUN

Don't see it if you don't like harry potter, it truly follows the story line of the books. shows with a big merchandising push - lots of costumed audience

71
During previews
Uneven, Explosive first act, Indulgent second act

See it if You enjoy the bengsens blend of folk rock music. first act mined abilgails story in a fresh exciting dynamic way with immersive performances

Don't see it if The second act seemed like a completely different show-slow and self absorbed. The show goes on way too long. Should be 90 minutes

89
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Timely revival

See it if You like very well acted dramas that, while a revival, is still pertinent today. Provides fodder for race and sexual harassment discussions

Don't see it if You don’t like plays invoking race, sexual or power issues. No real action happens on stage, conflicts are described through monologues

86
During previews
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Timely, Resonant

See it if you like well acted dramas, with some comic moments, that make you ponder how your race affects life - in an absorbing way.

Don't see it if you do not like contemporary one act family dramas that focus on issues of race -

68
Ambitious, Great singing, Disappointing, Over reaching

See it if you enjoy talented performers in an intimate space-the voices were superior to the content. You like stories about angsty high schoolers

Don't see it if if you want a book that makes sense - the two main characters would never really be friends - the main conflict is about taking a gap year -

73
During previews
Self indulgent, Great singing, Fluffy, Pointless, Great ensemble voices

See it if you enjoy sung thru shows , somewhat biographical in nature. Interesting story songs and great musicians on stage. short.

Don't see it if you like a dramatic arc-there's no suspense, tension to their stories since you see they are together. her early years sound more interestin

78
During previews
Silly, Fun sets, Raucous, Family fun, Fluffy

See it if You love the cartoon or have kids who love the cartoon. Interesting costuming, creative fun sets and great score by varied artists - Gavin!!

Don't see it if It is more silly than clever (the cartoon was written for both adults and kids). The plot is totally besides the point. not for drama lovers

77
During previews
Great acting, Factual, Ambitious, Long winded, Intense

See it if Well acted, interesting staging. You enjoy large cast dramas that focus on true financial events with an overtone of prejudice

Don't see it if Wordy, long winded checks in at 2 hours and 20 min. There are no redeeming characters or much of a story arc. Lots of financial terminology

61
Tries to be provocative, Quirky, Curiousity, Odd, Light humor

See it if You enjoy a middle + aged woman dealing with her husbands death and loneliness by hooking up with men she meets on line - true story

Don't see it if Jokes about vaginal dryness bother you. The idea of seeking married men as sex partners doesn't sit well with you. Mediocre song/talent/book