Donna W

25-34 | Female
About:  Australian expat scientist sneaking off to Broadway shows in between experiments. Part time professional lottery-winner.
Reviews (100)
85
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Epic, Must see

See it if you enjoy big magical Broadway shows. This is textbook in spectacle, great songs, lovely story.

Don't see it if you need a lot of depth or complexity in character. No room for that here.

75
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Funny

See it if you enjoy fresh takes on the classics. There's a lot to like here but a lot of it is slapstick and chaotic which would ruin it for some.

Don't see it if you like your classics kept classic, don't enjoy (albeit well executed) raucous humour and over the top acting.

80
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Intense

See it if you enjoy Sondheim at all. Or some masterful acting from both leads.

Don't see it if you need a lot of scenery. The set is minimalist which works beautifully.

82
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you enjoy intense, dark humoured plays with masterful performances from an amazing cast.

Don't see it if you would prefer a disney musical.

73
During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Dated, Quirky

See it if you enjoy recent-historical musicals that deal with facts in predictable but funny ways. Probably more relevant and interesting a decade ago

Don't see it if you don't want to deal with the US's recent history, in particular 9/11. Don't like laughter interwoven with the serious.

65
Intelligent, Intense, Slow, Great acting

See it if you haven't really thought about the complexities of judaism before and would like to. Enjoy seeing actors work hard together.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy plays that talk for over two hours but don't bring much new to the table. None of this felt revelatory to me.

87
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Fluffy, Superficial

See it if you enjoy big broadway shows and the rhymes of Mr Minchin. Or liked the movie.

Don't see it if you'll be disappointed that this isn't another Matilda, or can't deal with the inevitable repetition.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy the meandering slow burn of Chekhov sprinkled with Australian humour and acting talents.

Don't see it if you can't abide slow-starting plays and lots of rambling dialogue.

65
Superficial, Underwhelming, Average music, Enjoyable, Talented cast

See it if you like big disney-type musicals, rock and rolls scores, big kid-driven musical numbers.

Don't see it if your characters need substance or an arc. Too much is going on for character stuff here.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Confusing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you enjoy plays that don't answer questions for you but present a weird world that forces thinking on humanity, survival, power, impulsion.

Don't see it if you need a clean story with a beginning, middle, end. This feels more like a contemplative ramble, one I found to be quite provocative.

Also I can see why so many people don't like this. Without cliffnotes or a ... Read more Read less

40
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Uneven, Slow

See it if you don't mind some very uneven acting, singing and direction and can see through all of that to the good idea and decent script.

Don't see it if you get distracted (as I must have been) by one lead that clearly can't keep up with the rest. The whole play felt forced and uneven.

Also I really wanted to get this and I am bemused as to why I didn't seeing... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Ambitious, Delightful, Great acting, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy stories of the everyday trials of sometimes-frustrating characters. Healthy doses of dry humor and emotional growth.

Don't see it if you prefer spectacle or clean cut endings or explanations. You don't like split stories.

82
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Confusing, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You don't mind having to make some intuitive leaps, and enjoy the confusion. You enjoy a blend of surreal/real in a great rock opera.

Don't see it if u prefer traditional, clean-cut theatre. This won't make sense all the time, is haphazard/unclear. Like the source material. A good change.

Also I did really enjoy this and wasn't sure I would. I wasn't familiar wit... Read more Read less

55
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Farcical

See it if you can get cheap tickets and don't mind slow, somewhat pointless meandering with a few moments of genuine insight and/or comedy.

Don't see it if you like seriously depth or fast paced comedy. This is sufficient entertainment but nothing special.

75
Cliched, Funny, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you're a fan of Hamilton and prepared to laugh at its expense.

Don't see it if you haven't seen Hamilton or don't enjoy the typical laughs of parody.

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Charming

See it if you are a fan of Cheno and her Broadway voice.

Don't see it if you are not keen on Broadway concerts.

78
Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy raunchy, ridiculous humor mixed in with booze and shakespeare.

Don't see it if you're offended by drinking (duh) or cheap laughs scored from lewd jokes.

80
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy extremely talented Broadway casts hitting every note in a great musical. Touching, smart, funny show!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy sung-through musicals or need the epic disney spectacle of a big cast.

60
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if you like something a bit different and can get cheap tickets. the show is ok but not worthy of broadway.

Don't see it if you don't like the idea of wearing headphones or a sound-based show. You need a big cast/set/spectacle.

60
Cliched, Entertaining, Overrated, Disappointing, A mess

See it if you want to see some great Cirque acts. They do not disappoint, it's the musical that is awful and that eats up half the time.

Don't see it if you require a decent book, lyrics, music, story, characters. This lacks.

70
Absorbing, Enchanting, Delightful, Romantic, Indulgent

See it if you like great big disney musicals with a bit of heart. Big music numbers, a lot of funny moments.

Don't see it if you need a lot of character depth and nuanced development. Bits are skipped here and fluff is added.

55
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Amateur

See it if you don't mind severely under-done musicals with a solid foundation but poor, amateurish execution. Cringe-worthy at times.

Don't see it if Need a polished or well-rounded production.

80
Delightful, Funny, Quirky, Great singing

See it if you enjoy vonnegut or menken, or just want to see some great broadway actors in a quintessential musical.

Don't see it if you can't get over the encores style of production (minimal sets, scripts in hand).

40
Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow

See it if you're a big fan of eugene ioneso, the core of the play is still here.

Don't see it if you want to see a well put on play.

70
Entertaining, Confused, Epic, Overrated, Great cast

See it if you enjoy the absolute top shelf dancing/singing/acting and can excuse the slightly disjointed/confused story.

Don't see it if you need strong character development/arcs with a clear central plot.

70
Enchanting, Fluffy, Indulgent, Romantic

See it if you enjoy big disney-esque stories and don't mind that the musical lacks the magic (literally and figuratively) of the animated movie.

Don't see it if you are expecting Aladdin-level spectacle to go along with your fairytale. Doesn't quite get there.

80
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you enjoy Coward's work at all. Or just some classy farce. Or the A grade cast who were even better than expected!

Don't see it if you can't deal with the slow build up to the ultimate farce situations. Or need something epic to the plot.

90
Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Relevant

See it if you enjoy brilliant, original new musicals.

Don't see it if you can't relate at all to the everyday psychological and social issues of parents and high schoolers.

25
During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you can forgive the god-awful to enjoy McCollum who does his best, and some decent pieces of music.

Don't see it if you can't deal with the haphazard mishmash of a ridiculous fantasy storyline with reality without resolution. bad-landing juvenile jokes.

Also I wanted to like this and the music itself, the premise, even the char... Read more Read less

77
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you enjoy one-man shows that are a deep, intellectual argument about faith, religion, personal development. Interesting from any perspective

Don't see it if you can't stand slow starts of one man shows that feel more lecture than play. Aren't open to religious discussion.

75
Delightful, Disappointing, Fluffy, Quirky, Romantic

See it if you don't mind that it doesn't live up to its potential. Still an enjoyable afternoon but nothing remarkable. Soo does well.

Don't see it if you loved the movie, you will be disappointed with this.

80
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy plays without much action that rely on debate and complex issues. Are interested in questions of fact and government.

Don't see it if you are not interested in politics or require spectacle to be entertained.

64
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Great acting, Incomplete, Thought-provoking

See it if you don't mind a play that feels incomplete and a bit preachy, that is carried by the acting chops of Tomei, Hall, and the rest.

Don't see it if you need a tighter play with a less didactic feel and realistic dialogue.

80
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky, Resonant

See it if you enjoy single character focussed pieces that walk a careful line of likeable/unlikeable and reflect/resonate with you or people you know

Don't see it if you don't like laughing at sadness an at characters' expenses.

75
During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy plays about the everyday with a slightly surrealist twist This was a refreshing take on dysfunctional family/euthanasia/alzheimers

Don't see it if you don't enjoy difficult subject matter or talk of death/loss/spiritualism.

72
During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Great writing, Indulgent, Resonant

See it if you enjoy plays about every-day life, race, reality, and what needs to be overcome.

Don't see it if you can't put up with some spanish. I don't speak it and didn't feel I missed much. Don't care about race and racism.

70
Refreshing, Slow, Romantic, Great music, Clever

See it if you enjoy new-style musicals with a tight focus and story. If you don't connect with the story of relationships here there's not much else.

Don't see it if you prefer big shows with a lot of action or scope.

70
During previews
Great staging, Confused, Raunchy, Quirky, Funny

See it if you don't mind a haphazard plot that tries to marry funny puppet sex with commentary on human rights and consumerism.

Don't see it if you need a polished, clear cut story. Won't entertain the suspension of disbelief required for puppets, puppet sex, and the bizarre.

86
During previews
Quirky, Refreshing, Great cast, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy new, slightly off-beat musicals and can forgive it's freshness. Was completely captivating with a fantastic array of characters

Don't see it if you can't stand offbeat stories or pacing, Or need a serious, sensible story.

82
During previews
Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy New York everyday stories interwoven with each other and the acapela style.

Don't see it if you need big spectacle or an epic story.

45
Cliched, Amusing, Messy, Entertaining, Slow

See it if you enjoy audience participation and actors hamming it up to the extreme.

Don't see it if actors breaking character gets old fast or you need a coherent story and genuine intrigue.

91
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of amazing people and amazing scores. Great music, story, acting. Three person small-scale show kept my attention. Loved it!

Don't see it if you need disney spectacle, big epic stories, or clean cut finishes.

69
Dated, Entertaining, Great acting, Slow, Funny

See it if you enjoy classic Broadway shows. It was a very enjoyable 2.5 hours and worth seeing if you haven't. Great big broadway cast and music!

Don't see it if you need something edgy, Fiddler is showing it's age and is quite a slow musical at parts.

75
Cliched, Dated, Funny, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy music from the 50s/60s with some great harmonising. Enjoy revue type shows with only a little plot holding it together.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy camp, silly shows.

80
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to see a really amazing cast performing quirky, funny, refreshing songs.

Don't see it if you need a straight forward plot or character development, this is more a collection of songs loosely connected and looped back on.

75
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Cliched

See it if you enjoy small productions with a lot of heart and a fantastic cast and creative.

Don't see it if you like big action or big story arcs.

70
During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy character-based plays that explore the every-day. Very entertaining!

Don't see it if you need big elements to your plays!

70
Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny, Quirky

See it if you enjoy poppy scores and a fun story. Solid cast with a decent story and characters.

Don't see it if you need polish or substance.

50
Ambitious, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you are interested in marsha norman's early stuff or dated prison pieces. Kind of an old, less edgy, orange is the new black?

Don't see it if you need anything edgy or exciting.

40
During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if you can deal with a play entirely propped up by the cast. Subject matter is interesting but there's nothing new or not a cliche here.

Don't see it if you want anything new or insightful. Or need action, or a reasonable arc to a play.