dreammaker

New York City | 50-64 | Female
About:  I'm a theater fan and theater professional.
Reviews (89)
85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy seeing the behind the scenes of how a Broadway show comes to fruition!

Don't see it if You were looking to see the "'Spongebob" movie.

95
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Masterful, Great storytelling

See it if You want to be absorbed in a rich story!!

Don't see it if You don't have the mindset to be absorbed for hours

72
Clever, Cute, Fun, Meaning was found, Joy infused

See it if You like Jimmy Buffet music and "the vibe." Clever story to fit the songs perfectly. The show is really good, just not my cup of tea.

Don't see it if You don't like puns, raunchy humor, drinking celebrations.

Also The show really has heart and will appeal to so many

69
Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining, Missed oppertunity, Great music

See it if You love Donna Summer's music

Don't see it if You want to learn anything meaningful about her life, journey, stamina, history . .

77
Ambitious, Delightful, Great staging, Fun, Moving

See it if You like Disney spectacle done at it's best with strong female characters

Don't see it if you need fully flushed out, 3 -dimensional characters in a kids musical

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

See it if You like to see relevant revivals, with some fresh ideas.

Don't see it if You don't like new plays written in a traditional way.

68
Clever, Ambitious, Cliched, Cute, Respectful

See it if You LOVED Friends and LOVE parody. It's good work. Good writing, acting, staging

Don't see it if You want a rich evening of musical theater. I'd have had a more satisfying time watching a few old episodes.

89
Junk
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You like contemporary drama, brilliantly staged about our recent history.

Don't see it if You don't want to listen carefully

71
Great singing, Warm, Relevant, Charming, Clever

See it if You like the material and want to see it on a bigger scale than the original.

Don't see it if If you're not a fan of the story, music. . .

63
Curvy Widow
Midtown W
Ambitious, Monotonous, Fluffy, Timely, Relevant

See it if You want an evening of middle age woman discovery - set to original music and lyrics.

Don't see it if If you value the quality of story telling and music / lyrics

81
Clever, Delightful, Relevant, Hysterical, Creative

See it if You love relevant farce told in the most delightful way!

Don't see it if If you don't like farce.

79
Bastard Jones
Chelsea
Clever, Ambitious, Relevant, Fun, Smart

See it if You like social relevance in the style of Peter And The Starcatcher. Also, 50 seats in Chelsea in a classy environment!

Don't see it if You don't like a few actors playing many parts.

77
Gently Down the Stream
East Village
Cliched, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Indulgent

See it if Want to see great actors explore the history of gay men in NYC for the past 30 - 40 years.

Don't see it if You want fresh ideas, thoughts, concepts. . .

Also See it, also - if you are touched by a love story about family.

88
Entertaining, Delightful, Refreshing, Cartoon-like, Energetic

See it if You love the show and old- fashioned spectacle - done to perfection, with Bette at the helm. The joy on the stage is infectious.

Don't see it if You don't have a sense of nostalgia and wonder.

74
Delightful, Enchanting, Ambitious, Fun, Silly

See it if You love the lovable Christian Borle and if you're a fan of the Dahl story or film. It's all brought to life deliciously.

Don't see it if You like efficient story telling. For what it is - it's long. Bring kids and your inner child - for the fun, silliness.

70
Sweat
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Relevant

See it if You like points, principles and themes stated or demonstrated over and over and over. And - if you like terrific actors.

Don't see it if You want fresh, new, interesting story telling with nuance.

82
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if You loved it with Stockard and want to see it again! It holds up and the cast is terrific. It held up to my memories and exceeded them.

Don't see it if You don't like fast-paced, talky plays with sophisticated characters.

71
During previews
Bandstand
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Intense, Romantic, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a musical about the PTSD Veterans experienced after WWII. The original tunes are great, but against such a dismal backdrop.

Don't see it if You want an uplifting, life affirming story about WWII vets after coming home.

72
During previews
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Dated, Fluffy, Slow, Irrelevant, Funny

See it if You want to see Kevin Kline as funny as Robin Williams!

Don't see it if Want relevance at a bright pace.

71
Chess Match No. 5
Midtown W
Confusing, Edgy, Great acting, Quirky, Challenging

See it if You like Endgame, Sandbox, Exit The King, The Chairs. . . and outstanding actors

Don't see it if Like comprehensible stories with linear plots

83
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Exquisite, Masterful

See it if You never cared for "Sunday" in the past. This production will let you see what all the hype has been about all these years!

Don't see it if You really don't like Jake or Anna or the music.

67
Kid Victory
Gramercy
Ambitious, Edgy, Dark, Dismal, Disturbing

See it if You like the score to Assassins. And like a relentless, dark, disturbing journey about a high school boy being abducted and abused.

Don't see it if Want to feel happy or hopeful.

62
During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Great writing, Intense, Slow

See it if You want to see the play performed live ,on stage in an intimate, wonderful setting - with a great concept and staging.

Don't see it if You value good, strong acting.

80
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Intense

See it if You want to see Glenn Close in the role she was born to play (again!) And want to hear her "It's As If. . . " in the most perfect setting!

Don't see it if You want a "happy musical."

81
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant

See it if You want to be educated and entertained with all of August Wilson's work - done with enormous quality.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that deal with humanity or social issues.

75
Absorbing, Confusing, Great acting, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see these amazing actors on the NY stage!

Don't see it if Seeing the off-broadway version with Marion Seldes was enough for you.

67
Goldstein
Midtown W
Cliched, Indulgent, Intense, Sad, Uninspiring

See it if You like anything "Jewish" or multi-generational with immigration as part of the backdrop.

Don't see it if You don't want a mediocre musical trying to be fresh or important or meaningful

95
Absorbing, Brilliant, Delightful, Masterful, Must see

See it if You love the score, story OR just want to hear / see it for the first time. Masterfully, Bartlett Sher solved it's presentation in the day

Don't see it if You don't like a 3 hour classic from the Great American Songbook or care about the history of Musical Theater

Also "me too" and other important, meaningful roles pertaining to women and... Read more Read less

91
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You love a great play, that is clear and a "page-turner." It's contemporary drama with a lot of humor. And terrific direction / acting.

Don't see it if No excuse not to see it.

70
Cliched, Indulgent, Excruciating, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You love the play, subject matter, Nathan Lane

Don't see it if you lived it and don't want to live it again. It's preaching to the converted.

91
Absorbing, Clever, Hilarious, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You want to learn AND be entertained by a tour de force of the American theater!

Don't see it if You're a closed minded bigot.

79
Meteor Shower
Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy

See it if You want to laugh your sides off at the perfect pairing of Laura Benanti and Amy Schumer. During the play, I was reminded of Sonya, Vanya AN

Don't see it if You need a brilliant play.

Also Sonya, Vanya. . . AND God Of Carnage.

71
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Interesting, Surprising, Relevant, Intense, Quirky

See it if You are curious about Uma Thurman on a Bway stage. (She holds her own, but in clothes that are so distracting to her character in DC)

Don't see it if You have no interest in new plays. It's always good to have a new one on the boards!

87
Who's Holiday!
Midtown W
Bawdy, Naughty, Brilliant, Hilarious, Touching

See it if You love to be surprised, to laugh and to be touched

Don't see it if You're a prude w/o a sense of humor.

57
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Banal, Pretentious, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You are curious

Don't see it if If you are squimish

66
A Parallelogram
Midtown W
Quirky, Slow, Repetitive, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You want to see these actors -

Don't see it if You want a satisfying full evening in the theater. This story repeats and repeats and could have been told as a one-act

68
Disappointing, Indulgent, Insipid, Quirky, Romantic

See it if You like plays with a few actors playing many characters, which - when well written and acted, I love.

Don't see it if You believe it was written by Alice B. Toklas. I was naive and fooled by the title. I felt duped.

82
Church & State
Midtown W
Relevant, Interesting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You like plays wonderfully acted about current topics -that make you think, without hitting you over the head.

Don't see it if You are not open to interpretation of ideas.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You want to see the total relevance of Lillian Hellman's work with our finest actors.

Don't see it if You don't want to be reminded of the themes of the play and their continued relevance in 2017.

77
Entertaining, Dated, Cliched, Cute, Sexist

See it if 1. You want to see the most amazing performance by Andy Karl! 2. You want to see inventive scenic elements - that cost a fortune!

Don't see it if You are bothered by a media personality who feels entitled to harass women at work - and there are no consequences.

90
During previews
Indecent
Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny, Relevant, Resonant, Riveting

See it if You have a Jewish soul or any degree of humanity. Within the context of a brilliant concept, magnificently executed -

Don't see it if You don't like actors playing more than one character or a story within a story.

Also You can be transported with humor, grace and humanity. It is to "a pla... Read more Read less

72
Amelie
Midtown W
Clever, Dull, Disappointing, Sweet, Lovely

See it if You love Phillipa Soo. You love the movie. You want to see the remarkable, quirky gal create her happiness on her terms.

Don't see it if You want anything original.

60
During previews
Clever, Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You are curious about a great idea gone bad. Wonderful actors - given a script with contemporary language that destroys the concept.

Don't see it if You have a preconceived notion of what it might have been. Or if you don't know A Doll's House.

63
Sundown, Yellow Moon
Upper W Side
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Predictable

See it if You want to snooze among the indulgent.

Don't see it if You want to be moved, energized, entertained, enlightened.

80
Fish Men
Midtown W
Remarkable, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if You want an intimate experience with a compelling, relevant and at times surprising story. Go with an open mind.

Don't see it if You don't like to be close to the actors. You don't like to think.

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61
Nibbler
West Village
Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid, Raunchy, Dizzying

See it if You like to witness a writer indulge his own history and angst.

Don't see it if You want an enjoyable time in the theater.

83
If I Forget
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like contemporary family drama about 3 generations of Jews on Long Island.

Don't see it if You don't like "slice of life" realism.

93
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Relevant, Masterful

See it if You love to be entertained AND moved by a true story - and with something "important" to say - without ever preaching.

Don't see it if You only like lots of costume changes and moving pieces of scenery. Also, don't see it if you don't have a heart.

89
Fun, informative, exclusive, generous, worth while

See it if You like theatre and theatre people in a "grown up" environment.

Don't see it if You want to be at a show

87
Drunkle Vanya
Midtown W
Entertaining, Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant

See it if Like clever, entertaining, immersive theater - with an improvisational twist, where the audience is "safe" in an intimate environment.

Don't see it if You only like Chekhov done "straight."