Donna 7041

New York City

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Reviews (98)
During previews
Tumacho (2020)
East Village
Delightful, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if It’s fun. It’s funny. It hosts really good actors who appear to have as much fun as the audience.

Don't see it if You can’t take a good horse opera or a good horse joke. Or if you aren’t in the mood to laugh.

Challenging, Riveting, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Ruth Negga is a revelation as Hamlet! But concept, the entire cast & staging underscore the power of a play you think you knew. Go!

Don't see it if You expect your Shakespeare done as if Shakespeare were still alive, instead of his plays.

During previews
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Quirky, Great acting, Clever

See it if Classic story retold with humor, to-the-moment sensibility and some marvelous actors

Don't see it if You want your gore real, your vampires sour and dark and get scared at fake blood.

Masterful, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if The cast are masters of their craft and Busch is unparalleled Story is secondary, acting and storytelling are why you go

Don't see it if You like your melodramas “straight” and can’t have a little fun.

During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Great writing, Adventurous, Great dancing, Moving, Great singing

See it if Still in previews & working out kinks, it transports and moves you but also challenges you to see differently

Don't see it if You don’t know or like Romeo&Juliet or cannot abide revisiting old works

During previews
Clever, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if For a piece of theater history well performed and creatively staged

Don't see it if You can’t read super titles or don’t like fairy tales and fables, or if you want the villains to win in the end.

Clever, Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if To explore the scope of theater, amazing and brave acting, creative use of the score and rethink what you thought you knew about a play

Don't see it if You are too much of a traditionalist to appreciate creativity and exploration

Necessary, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound

See it if A parable for our time even more relevant than in 1984 (Reagan) & for the early work and vision of a creator/artist

Don't see it if You need action more than ideas

Sweet/bittersweet, Thought-provoking, Funny, Clever

See it if You appreciate good coming of age stories with cultural specificity + good actors &decent subtitles

Don't see it if You can't do Subtitles. It’s all in Spanish.

Disturbing, Resonant, Relevant, Masterful, Great singing

See it if For fantastic performances, intelligent writing-book, lyrics&music-and a story to stay with you in today’s too similar times.

Don't see it if You need sweet stories and clear cut happy endings. T’aint happening here.

White Noise
East Village
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if For S-LP’s craft as a writer, Digg’s as actor, Public for taking chances. To ask yourself uncomfortable questions on race, trust,sex

Don't see it if You avoid plays that challenge your comfort zone. This one stays with you

Refreshing, Intelligent, Great staging, Great singing, Clever

See it if Creative and smart take on a difficult and unappreciated work — and make it work for today.

Don't see it if You like your Sondheim frozen in time.

During previews
Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if To see Jackson AND the rest of a marvelous ensemble. To take a chance. Have a new view of Lear and Cordelia.

Don't see it if Like the man behind me, you think Lear is too powerful to be played by a woman.

Mies Julie
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if For serious, moving, disturbing emotionally challenging but creative well acted theater. Taking chances with the old to get to the new.

Don't see it if If your squeamish about real life on stage (sex and death are to be seen)

Eddie and Dave
Entertaining, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you yearn for the 80s, want to see something different, or need a few good laughs caused by a new kind of camping it up

Don't see it if you don't have a fondness for any kind of Rock, need your characters played straight, or can't find humor in life.

Blue Ridge
Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Confusing

See it if For new voices in writing about real life and actors who inhabit the challenges of playing it real

Don't see it if Stories of anger, hurt, and flawed humanity are not your thing. These are hard characters to like or watch.

Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Smart, Entertaining

See it if You love salsa. Love NYC, the Bronx or music. Funny. Touching. Real. Moving story of how you become who you are. Bilingual helps not needed

Don't see it if You can’t let the music take you there. But if you miss it you’ll kick yourself later.

The Prisoner
Ambitious, Disappointing, Profound, Intense, Slow

See it if Because late work can surprise or reveal even if not conquer your heart or head -Brook and the cast have earned it.

Don't see it if You need word and especially action with a clear purpose.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if smart political commentary and well-acted character are key to a creative reinterpretation of Brecht's warning

Don't see it if minimalism and honesty about abuses of power are hard to swallow

The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Quirky

See it if For a creative and engaging story. Fun and a few laughs.

Don't see it if You can’t handle accents or other cultures.

Entertaining, Ambitious, Riveting, Great singing, Quirky

See it if For the cast - who are excellent! Because even this old war horse has a universal heart. And this production treasures that.

Don't see it if You need classics to stay unchanged and unchangeable.

The True
Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if For great actors in meaty roles worthy of their talent. A true story told for theater. The subject of political machines is real & worth it.

Don't see it if You believe in fairy tales and honest politicians. Or maybe, that’s why you need to see it.

Also Edie Falco is extraordinary. The words and direction do her justice. S... Read more Read less

The Emperor
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Acting and writing are enough, even when the story itself creates difficulties- history makes for a difficult translation to the stage.

Don't see it if History and it’s artistic interpretation through music, word & character - aren’t enough.

During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You want to see talented actors work with a good piece of writing and a vivid, important story

Don't see it if Stories of women’s lives, slavery and race or history are not of interest to you.

Carmen Jones
East Village
Great singing, Masterful, Must see, Absorbing, Important

See it if You want to experience the music in a new way with great performances and real feeling in an intimate set. You R part of it, & that’s good

Don't see it if You don’t like music driven theater

Almost-edgy, Clever, Funny, Episodic, Entertaining

See it if Think of it as a period piece set in a new period. Then as now, with music (new) and a “Chorus” (old). Valiant actors and too much smoke

Don't see it if Sexual liberation or heterosexuality are show topics you avoid or if you wish to forget or never know what the 60’s were like.

During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Exploring classics and new ways of seeing work for you. Same story. Different way of telling. Powerful acting and moving poetry.

Don't see it if You need your classics untouched or want a more traditional staging and casting.

During previews
Medea (BAM)
Unbalanced, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Disappointing

See it if For strong actors in challenging roles, unconventional staging and the bringing forward of ancient stories

Don't see it if You expect a story closer to “the original” or need scenery to go with your story telling.

Great singing, Relevant, Must see, Delightful, Funny

See it if First-to laugh, then to learn. Enjoyable fringe-take with song, “dance”, multi-talented performers on Maori culture in NewZealand See it

Don't see it if Parts are spoken or sung in Maori or if you can’t take social commentary delivered with humor and heart.

Where Are We Now
East Village
Masterful, Intelligent, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if If you like cabaret or David Bowie or go and be surprised or all three. Catch it now before he goes on world tour.

Don't see it if You don’t like cabaret, Bowie or pleasant surprises.

Bella Bella
Midtown W
Delightful, Smart, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining

See it if For the history, the creative approach and to laugh, mostly, and maybe even cry a bit

Don't see it if If political truth offends you. Bella was and is still a part of NY history. Our story.

Midtown W
Slow, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if For the actors, to reflect on a Pinter work in a new time, but not necessarily for the staging

Don't see it if You’ve ever cheated on your spouse and haven’t gotten over it.

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see, Great acting, Great writing

See it if A breakthrough piece of theater that may be more important today, but beautifully performed

Don't see it if it's poetry and verse, music and dance together to tell a difficult story - stay away if you need something conventional and linear.

Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if Fans of Peter Brook, Kathryn Hunter, Marcelo Magni Or become fans after this. The craft of acting has never been harder or looked easier.

Don't see it if You need sets, dramatic action or irrelevance

Challenging, Dizzying, Relevant, Funny, Clever

See it if You appreciate brilliance mixed with experiment and you’re willing to challenge yourself

Don't see it if You need your theater easy, comforting or conventional.

Ain't No Mo'
East Village
Great writing, Intense, Intelligent, Funny, Great acting

See it if the Laugh out loud moments tear your heart and leave you gasping and in awe of actors who do justice to extraordinary words. Go!

Don't see it if To avoid harsh and shocking words, social commentary and any number of really good laughs. You probably don’t have a right to complain.

Midtown W
Wrong-headed, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if If you need to say you did and you are prepared for writing meant to scandalize you for no reason other than he could get away with it

Don't see it if You need to have material worthy of the actors. This wasn’t.

Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if To see 2 talented craftsmen of their generation give life to monologues of love, death and loss

Don't see it if If you want action or interaction.

During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if For the music, the songs, the choreography, a Broadway ensemble that leaves you cheering and the bad jokes. Sometimes you just need to smile

Don't see it if You can’t laugh at the classics of the American stage. You’ll miss all the fun.

During previews
The Dance of Death
East Village
Absorbing, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if for the actors who work with challenging material, a work that seems more contemporary than its authorship, or just to experience Strindberg

Don't see it if domestic strife is too close or emotional violence is not your thing, or if you need fully staged work to fill in your imagination

During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if To complete the set of plays, because the actors give all, and hope after opening it comes together

Don't see it if If you have previous experience with play or actors. A fair intro to Shepard otherwise.

Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny-sad, Great dancing, A classic

See it if To see an American classic w. A checklist of musts - songs dance expert cast & the minimalist staging And always take a tourist= new eyes!

Don't see it if You want stagecraft to outshine the story and performers.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Stays-with-you

See it if Because it will change theater for the better, the actors in great roles to match their talent (even the smallest part is great), and Dylan

Don't see it if You’re too old to remember how Dylan made you feel, because you need to feel this play

Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Funny

See it if for the 4 great Bway character actors playing over the top Bway characters. Great fun with a serious message, fab ensemble, & the dancing!

Don't see it if tolerance, diversity, and let-live are not your thing, no matter what you think of Bway musicals.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if For the acting/actors. For an intriguing idea and well crafted script.

Don't see it if If you need to brush up on your Shakespeare.

Mother of the Maid
East Village
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Adventurous, Off-kilter

See it if 1st for Glenn Close at work. 2nd because a creative voice is worth your time

Don't see it if Ancient stories told in contemporary jargon and inflection rub you the wrong way.

During previews
Ambitious, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if For timely but not easy exploration of truth, facts and meaning carried by talented actors working with good material.

Don't see it if If you’re just about fan-dom or obvious comedy.

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if For the actors (great), the creativity and the challenge to complacency.

Don't see it if You’re squeamish about sex, lesbians or honesty

Cyprus Avenue
East Village
Intense, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You are strong. It’s brilliant but hard to watch as it happens

Don't see it if You aren’t easy with tragedy, violence or eroding sanity.

During previews
Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking, Great directing, Great acting

See it if you know Pendleton's work or if you need an intro- this is a master at work w. a talented cast, plus little has changed since 14th C or 1950

Don't see it if you take your saints too literally.