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 (164)
82
During previews
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Creative set design, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Very well acted play about a town going defunct in Idaho and some long time town members . cycles trough many emotional moments

Don't see it if it's long - 2 intermissions - slice of life in the mid west - most action is told rather than seen. Some characters are less well developed

86
During previews
Sing Street
East Village
Great singing, A little crowded with ideas, Great energy, Delightful

See it if 2nd preview so still a work in progress. Lovely story based on sweet movie. Young high energy cast. Great soundtrack. Creative staging

Don't see it if Too many less than fully developed storylines but hoping they will sharpen characters going forward. Great potential

83
Slightly saccharine, Wonderful voices, Great choreography, Entertaining

See it if you know the story of Judy' s early life. Music is old standards. Ruby Rakos does a great job of bringing judy to life but not imitating

Don't see it if No original music. story is a little too sweet -we know how it ends- in this telling judy's whole life is affected by her gay dad's death

80
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Good sets, Some dark humor, Topical, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like dark comedy about sad life choices. Enjoy seeing a story about s 50 year old man picking up his life. You live Tracy letts’ plays

Don't see it if You are squeamish about on stage nudity and sex acts. Are put off by creepy older men / younger women. First act moved along at better pace

44
During previews
Sunday
Chelsea
Lost opportunity, Insipid, Indulgent, Boring, Disappointing

See it if The idea of a group of young adults in a book group is intriguing-but we never care about any of the characters. Some interesting movement.

Don't see it if so many ideas that are briefly mentioned but nothing gets developed - the characters drone on in circles. i nodded off-I never do that!

82
During previews
Make Believe
Midtown W
Creative risky casting, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy plays that deal with passage of time and how events from childhood inform adulthood. First half is acted solely by kids.

Don't see it if You don’t like dramas that Slip in and out of realism but drops enough hints that second half is not unforeseen. It’s pretty short

88
Resonant, Great use of drumming, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if The lush, gorgeous music and harmonies expressed by the women. The evocative spare staging. The dialogue about racial inequality

Don't see it if You did not like the original book, you don’t like stories involving racial injustice. You don’t like non traditional musicals

87
Happy Talk
Midtown W
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
Daddy
Midtown W
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
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
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
Red State Blue State
West Village
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
Days of Rage
Midtown W
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
The True
Midtown W
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
Trainspotting Live
Midtown W
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
Skintight
Midtown W
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

76
Cliched, Resonant, Dated, Entertaining

See it if gold is a big presence, friendly, good mimic-sometimes funny/smart commentary about her mother, ex partner and being a Jewish, lesbian, comi

Don't see it if She is uneven-sometimes trying g to tap into pathos before hitting a punch line. Many of the stories feel recycled from past shows.

83
Thought-provoking, Suspenseful, Terrific acting, Well written, Absorbing

See it if a great 2 person drama. MLP is superb as an english professor. Many ways to interpret the play and ending. caused Lots of great discussion .

Don't see it if you do not like one act, 2 person dramas. Very dark. Meaning of play is open ended and caused much debate among my 6 friends

85
During previews
Ambitious, Creative choreography, Exquisite, although simple staging, Great acting

See it if Fabulous acting by all-peter Dinklage is perfection- the whole company filling multiple roles are terrific. Music Enhances the storytelling

Don't see it if Don’t go for the vocal performances, or the actual lyrics, focus on the emotion of the music. Found the second act to be stronger

94
Dizzying, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, A spectacle

See it if The use of contemporary music to tell the story is epic. Loved the song mash ups-fantastic dancing, contagious energy. Aaron is sublime.

Don't see it if If you don’t like musicals or don’t like shows without original scores. The story is a little schmaltzy but you know what to expect

77
Cyrano
Upstate New York
They try hard, Uneven, Ambitious, Gorgeous setting

See it if seeing a show at boscobel is about more than just the theater - the picnic on the hudson and the unbelievable setting elevates everything

Don't see it if The acting is uneven, the sets and props are amateurish but they try to bring humor and modernize these classics for wide appeal.

76
Edgy, Long, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if Clever retelling of the classic-interesting mash up of current culture. Interesting casting choices

Don't see it if It’s a little loud, histrionic. Do t see it if you are not familiar with the original. Don’t see it if you like ‘realism’

49
During previews
Unoriginal, Poorly written, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if Interesting use of a new theater space-you like big arena shows (like taking your kids to see power rangers) you love Kung fu. Sis music

Don't see it if The show makes water, fire, flying special effects dull. the singing and acting are subpar. Even the king fu choreography is uninspired. Sad

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
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
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
Superhero
Midtown W
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
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
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
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
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
The Hard Problem
Upper W Side
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
Ordinary Days
Midtown W
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
Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
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
Miss You Like Hell
East Village
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
The Lucky Ones
East Village
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