EdinGhurl

Camden Town | 18-24 | Female
About:  Life-long theatre and dance fan, particularly of the avant-garde and experimental variety, with a soft spot for musicals.
Reviews (82)
98
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you're interested in art/museums and want a great targeted tour that makes The Met fascinating and accessible.

Don't see it if you are not especially mobile or are with young kids, or have 0 interest in history, art, museums, stories, or theatre.

98
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you love theatre history and all the different crafts that go into making shows. Really great guide!!

Don't see it if you are not interested in theatre history or do not like libraries.

90
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy lovingly irreverent, incredibly clever, fast-paced, and cheeks-hurt-from-laughing drama

Don't see it if you really can't stand even modernised funny period drama, struggle with fast dialogue, or with body-language intensive plays

75
During previews
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Intense

See it if you enjoy minimalist productions that focus on complicated relationships and political themes still relevant today.

Don't see it if you want a elaborate staging or something that demands to be thought-provoking. In today's political climate it is relevant, but not unique

70
The Layover
Midtown W
Ambitious, Dizzying, Intense

See it if you enjoy dramatic, dark, and deeply ambiguous plays about human emotions, motivations, and real-life complexities.

Don't see it if you like clarity in your characters and plot lines, do not like lots of loud background noise, or need an intermission to process.

65
Miss (FringeNYC)
East Village
Cliched, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you're interested in secret relationships and long wordy arguments, and about the struggle to be a high school teacher.

Don't see it if you care a lot about good staging or are irritated by too long shows. The last 20 minutes should have been cut for a stronger impact.

95
Butler
Midtown E
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Great acting, Must see

See it if you enjoy incredibly well written and acted plays about complicated and controversial issues, and have a sense of humor.

Don't see it if you struggle to understand very rapid dialogue, are easily offended by issues of race, or do not enjoy period pieces.

60
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Relevant

See it if you want to see a musical really addressing immigrant experiences in a nuanced way, and don't mind that the show itself needs a ton of edits

Don't see it if you do not like seeing works-in-progress that have uneven character development, confusing songs, bizarre choreography, and too many actors.

75
Ambitious, Original, Relevant, Resonant, Great singing

See it if you're interested in unconventional family relationships/drama, with good singing and believable characters.

Don't see it if you need a linear narrative (or clearly defined flashbacks), you want each song to be more distinct, or dislike shows that need some edits.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Original, Refreshing, Must see

See it if you want to see a near-perfect and interesting musical with inventive staging and distinct and compelling songs and singing.

Don't see it if you do not like plots that mention religion, gay themes, or minimal sets. It converted me to liking bluegrass, and has memorable music.

79
Entertaining, Indulgent, Resonant, Dizzying, Great singing

See it if you love the music of Motown and enjoy high-energy singing. It's a great time if you love the music.

Don't see it if you are not familiar with the music, as otherwise the relatively weak book will be a serious drawback.

45
Simon Says
East Village
Banal, Cliched, Indulgent, Slow, Bad writing

See it if you are really into psychics/the paranormal and don't mind confusing, banal, and overly moralistic plots that doesn't really go anywhere

Don't see it if you want a well-written, well-paced play with characters you will care about. Good acting, but confused material.

69
Clever, Overrated, Amateurish

See it if you love Shakespeare and don't mind well-acted but an overall amateur-like show. Well edited script though.

Don't see it if Not sure why, but felt more like a good high school/college show than a professional one.

70
Himself and Nora
West Village
Confusing, Raunchy, Great singing

See it if you like seeing new musicals with beautiful songs, great performance from Bashor. Plot more about lust than love.

Don't see it if you don't like confusing/clunky plot, an understanding of Joyce's personal life is definitely necessary for the plot to be clear.

70
War
Upper W Side
Clever, Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you really enjoy dramas about family and like seeing new theatre that could use some editing, but has great performances and moments

Don't see it if you need your plays to be well-edited, totally coherent, or do not enjoy confusing metaphors

79
Eclipsed
Midtown W
Absorbing, Edgy, Profound, Original

See it if you want to see a well-acted female-driven drama about an incredibly important topic

Don't see it if you cannot handle themes of sexual violence and want all five characters to be fully developed, two characters could have used more work.

77
During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare and innovative imaginings of classic plays

Don't see it if you really cannot stand misogynistic themes or want a very traditional version of this play

70
Drunk Shakespeare
Midtown W
Clever, Dizzying, Entertaining, Funny, Raunchy

See it if you like Shakespeare and impressively managed comedy in an intimate venue

Don't see it if you want "proper" Shakespeare or are offended by innuendo or swearing

40
Idiot
Soho/Tribeca
Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You love performance art and don't care that there is nothing that resembles a plot or good writing, even if you like the book.

Don't see it if You want a show that despite interesting staging has nothing else to recommend it.

98
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if you want to see a masterful Disney classic with great singing, staging, and charisma. James Monroe Iglehart is NOT TO BE MISSED

Don't see it if you don't like classic Disney musicals...even then, give it a shot for sheer quality

100
For a previous production
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you enjoy creatively staged, well-acted, and incredibly tight shows. Classic story, with meaning in every word, gesture, and expression

Don't see it if you don't enjoy romances or have a hard time following fast-paced shows

66
Cliched, Dated, Epic

See it if you have out-of-town tourists to entertain who want to see a classic and easy-to-follow Broadway musical

Don't see it if you want something vaguely fresh that hasn't been worn down by decades

95
Great acting, Great singing, Masterful, Must see, Resonant

See it if you want to see a masterful musical with stunning singing especially by lead Erivo. Danielle Brooks is also great, Jen Hudson not so much

Don't see it if you don't want to see a musical...that's really the only reason to not see this masterpiece of a performance and show

92
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Original

See it if you want to see an endearing, original, production with a very talented young cast with very inventive and beautiful staging

Don't see it if you want to see a more classic production, or do not enjoy rock musicals with less than happy endings

85
Absorbing, Dated, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if you want a brilliantly staged and acted play that despite the well-known script builds the tension beautifully

Don't see it if you struggle to understand accents or get very irritated by a plot revolving around wounded male ego

98
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love clever music, tight editing, great acting, beautiful colours, and an overall wonderful atmosphere

Don't see it if you are a total Shakespeare purist OR are totally anti-Shakespeare (though this may be the show to change your mind).

85
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Great songs, Entertaining

See it if you love old-fashioned musicals done with beautiful sets, costumes, and attention to detail. Norbert Leo Butz is a must-see!

Don't see it if You need all your leads be stars. If you don't like shows that give privileged straight white men the benefit of the doubt

95
During previews
Bears in Space
Midtown E
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy British (quirky, a bit dark) humor, inventive (not childish) puppetry, and a strange story told in a very clever way.

Don't see it if you want more traditional child's puppetry, do not enjoy somewhat dark humor, do not enjoy fantastical and supremely silly comedy.

95
During previews
Maestro
Midtown E
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you love classical or Broadway music, one-person shows with beautifully done music, biopics that feel effortless. Was smiling the whole time

Don't see it if you do not enjoy themes of Judaism, one person shows, or are not interested in learning about composing or conducting. Has no intermission.

75
For a previous production
The Wolves
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if you're interested in the lives and dynamics of a group of high school girls.

Don't see it if you need each character to be fully developed, only three of the girls have stories beyond the team. Also, certain scenes feel repetitive.

60
Thread (FringeNYC)
East Village
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy well-written introspective shows about investigating one's place in Judaism. Doesn't have much to do with politics or cyber.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy stream-of-consciousness monologues (would be better to read), want a show about politics/cyber, like linear plots.

96
During previews
The Good Earth
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Clever, Original, Profound, Great writing

See it if you want to see a superbly written and acted play with really well developed characters and fast-paced, relatable, and moving dialogue.

Don't see it if you struggle to understand non-American accents or do not enjoy well done and poignant Welsh a capella singing.

55
During previews
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you enjoy dysfunctional family dramas so much you not only tolerate but actively enjoy seeing every possible cliche on the topic on stage.

Don't see it if you need a narrative that builds on an interesting premise rather than a play with every possible cliched plot device and line included.

85
Privacy
East Village
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Dizzying, Profound

See it if you are interested in (very) real life themes, technology in today's world, audience interaction, all with a high quality cast and star.

Don't see it if you really need a strong narrative and character development, are very uncomfortable with audience participation, or scared of big-data tech

75
Paramour
Midtown W
Ambitious, Cliched, Enchanting, Riveting

See it if you love great circus acts, one that steals the show, (though there could be more!) and like big old-fashioned musical spectacles

Don't see it if you really need a stronger book or more circus, it really needs one or the other. Also, Charles Isherwood's review was on point.

50
Getting Out
East Village
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you are really interested in the struggles of people coming out of prison and relationship drama

Don't see it if you really need a strong narrative arc in addition to an interesting premise, this is an important issue and idea, but doesn't go anywhere

95
The Golden Bride
Financial
Delightful, Great acting, Cliched, Romantic, Great singing

See it if you love to see great singing, you enjoy Russian music, and find conventional musical plots amusing, not excruciating

Don't see it if you do not like reading subtitles or require less cliched plots

75
For a previous production
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Relevant, Needs tweaking

See it if you enjoy politics or are interested in how diplomacy really works, and don't mind a clunky set (too much furniture movement) and no mics.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy very intense three hour (should be shorter) all-dialogue plays or have no background whatsoever on Israel-Palestine

70
Bright Star
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Cliched, Great singing

See it if you love country music and family drama stories with happy endings and are willing to overlook bad lyrics for good music, singing, and lines

Don't see it if you want more than elementary lyrics. The great singing, staging, libretto, and singing, was unforgivably let down by the lyrics

80
Clever, Great writing, Intelligent, Original

See it if you are interested in political theatre and clever one-person shows and are prepared for some amount of audience participation.

Don't see it if you have difficulty following very quick talking and prefer more "traditional" theatre with a plot and characters.

82
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Original, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if you love jazz and blues and stunning song and dance numbers and fantastic talent, definitely a must-see if you love jazz, blues, and tap.

Don't see it if you want fully developed relationships between the characters and more plot-driven songs and transitions.

85
For a previous production
Indecent
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Slow

See it if you want to see a beautifully staged and directed historical play with music.

Don't see it if you like fully fleshed out relationships between characters or something that is entirely a musical or entirely a play.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Long

See it if you enjoy modern and inventive staging and sets and intense high-quality acting of a very dramatic script.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional sets, do not enjoy long plays, or don't like long sometimes shrill monologues.

75
During previews
The Crucible
Midtown W
Great staging, Epic, Intense, Resonant, Disappointing

See it if you really like super dramatic theatre even if it's a bit melodramatic or if you like Arthur Miller.

Don't see it if you want theatre that really makes you care about the characters rather than intellectually admire the acting.

60
For a previous production
Sojourners
East Village
Confusing, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you really like seeing new plays, or are particularly interested in immigrant experiences in the 1970s.

Don't see it if you enjoy new plays that have less confusing plots, and have narratives propelled by less artificial character divisions

50
Ambitious, Cliched, Confusing, Indulgent, Pretentious

See it if you really enjoy interpretive dance and indulgent monologues with no plot. Enjoyable only for those really in to interpretative dance.

Don't see it if You want an immersive experience that feels coherent and has a plot

75
Noises Off
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Slow

See it if you want to see a classic farce with very good physical acting and a cool set

Don't see it if you want a show with an intellectual plot or a farce that moves quickly and has nuanced characters

45
Allegiance
Midtown W
Disappointing, Cliched, Too long, Cliched score, Relevant

See it if you want to see George Takei in a great role, like Les Mis so much you don't mind a copy-cat score, and enjoy distracting sets.

Don't see it if you want a musical that has a plot beyond "Beware Trump" and/or an original score. Very disappointing treatment of such an important issue.

82
Absorbing, Enchanting, Riveting, Slow, Classic

See it if you love the music of Fiddler, previous shows by this director (King and I), enjoy beautiful minimalist sets, and have patience

Don't see it if you want something uplifting, big shiny sets, a uniformly pitch-perfect cast, or a more fast-paced show

80
Disgraced
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want to see fast paced dialogue that is quite well acted about themes relevant to friendship and society today

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with themes examining the struggles of multiculturalism, or would be turned off by some preachiness