Eleanor 2

New York City | 65+ | Female

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Reviews (184)
75
Intense, frightening, emotional, human

See it if Sam Shepard's strange view of the world appeals as challenging and provocative drama; excellent acting both funny and frightening

Don't see it if you want loose ends tied up, happy endings, easy answers, a neat and clean set and Ozzie & Harriet familiar relations.

75
During previews
Inventive, funny, smart, unfinished

See it if excellent, entertaining actors and a well written script about important issues presented in a new way that surprises is your taste

Don't see it if you don't want to cope with a rollercoaster of emotions about the fate of the world; some inescapable truths

Also The playwright needs to find an ending. Without trying to tie up all t... Read more Read less

90
Exceptional writing, cast and production

See it if new voices, great acting, important issues, relationships, academic and social politics well crafted mean good theater in your opinion.

Don't see it if getting to Queens is inconvenient, or you don't like to think to hard about important issues when you are in the theatre.

Also APAC continues to produce real jewels. Smart, spare but focused and ef... Read more Read less

75
Disappointingly uncharismatic production

See it if for some delightful talent, familiar tunes and the joy of a never produced work; choreography and duets of the young lovers worth it all.

Don't see it if you expect a charismatic Sally who creates irresistible chemistry with her lover and the rest of the production; costumes accurate to period

Also This show needs a real Broadway Dame to lead the show and make the sto... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Smart, funny, challenging, relevant

See it if excellent performances in a clever and demanding play is for you; much more aggressive than the original production and rightly so.

Don't see it if you prefer shows that are less provocative or you are uncomfortable with racial issues directly addressed

75
Entertaining but predictable

See it if over-amplified performances by talented actors in a "no surprises" musical is ok; act 2 much better than act 1. Moving moments.

Don't see it if new insights, truly memorable music and no stereotypes are what you expect from something the critics all raved about.

Also With such a talented cast, why kick up the sound levels to the point o... Read more Read less

77
Provocative, demanding, acutely written

See it if Writing that unsettles but challenges your mind and preconceptions performed by excellent actors is for you. Nothing comfortable here

Don't see it if You want easy answers and an night of familiar persona. You will get mad, feel sad, laugh, think.

Also No easy pieces. Hits all the tough stuff about history, politics, race... Read more Read less

80
Demanding, engrossing, provocative, smart

See it if plays about complex ideas and complicated people that demand your careful attention and twist your emotions appeal to you

Don't see it if you want an easy night of superficial entertainment.

Also Excellent acting but in comparison to the original London production v... Read more Read less

78
Poetic, mysterious, very irish

See it if you love Friel and fine acting in a very intimate space, are open to unfinished stories and love found and lost plot lines.

Don't see it if happy endings and questions answered about "what happened" are essential; if Irish accents are a challenge you will have to listen carefully

79
Intense, frightening, timely, sad

See it if exceptional acting about a frightening, tough subject that demands your focused attention is the kind of drama you appreciate.

Don't see it if you need happy endings, pretty stories or good guys only.

Also hard to believe this was written decades ago and the world hasn't chan... Read more Read less

24
Misinterpreted, misdirected, interminable

See it if you are so committed to Brecht that you can tolerate any misguided production just to see rarely produced plays

Don't see it if you expect any subtlety of interpretation, direction or action. I felt sorry for a clearly very talented cast.

Also If you begin with "enter screaming" you have nowhere to go with a prod... Read more Read less

69
Pretentious production,, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if some fine performances in an musical favorite will satisfy your interest in a strange interpretation of this work.

Don't see it if you aren't wiling to make the leap to this country and western version and a truly terrible dream ballet sequence.

49
Trivializing, sophmoric, predictable

See it if you want to see what Levenson does when he isn't crafting a good book musical; for some good performances; for a tiny bit of nostalgia

Don't see it if you have any respect for or real memory of the era, expect insights or a new perspective.

Also Really disappointing. Such a misinterpretation of the people and the h... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Needs focus, Ambitious, Intense

See it if new writers creating complex but interesting stories with an excellent cast intrigues you; moving, funny, sexy at time. Often confusing.

Don't see it if you prefer a well-made play where all plots and sub-plots are fully and clearly written.

69
Misinterpreted, disappointing, contrived

See it if you want to know some of the story of this fascinating actress, her bold adventures and lovers in an otherwise melodramatic format

Don't see it if you know anything about how this period presented on stage and expect authenticity; you want really fine writing and not stereotyping

75
During previews
Needs some editing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if historically based writing with a contemporary point of view interests you; fine cast better than the script; wonderful , inventive staging

Don't see it if a somewhat predictable script disappoints; a bit more stage business than is necessary.

90
Thought-provoking, Must see, Entertaining, Clever

See it if a brilliant woman's lifelong insights about the complicated but incredibly important and topical subject will make you laugh and cry

Don't see it if you have no patience for any more political discourse even with an exceptional performer/writer.

Also Full of surprises, including the "next generation" child actor who was... Read more Read less

78
Charming and fun, Entertaining

See it if talented singers who can also act in a silly but fun musical with singable, lyrical music that entertains is what you enjoy.

Don't see it if you are expecting a full scale B'dway style production that isn't possible in this small, intimate space.

70
Dated, predictable but fine actors

See it if fine actors are enough; framing with new characters adds context and spice to something rather dated and lacking new insights.

Don't see it if you saw the original production; badly behaved boys/men aren't your thing; young audiences cooing over movie stars annoys

78
Well sung and acted, badly staged

See it if who can resist this score. you could close your eyes and have a great evening. Some exceptional performances with fine acting and singing.

Don't see it if you expect to see the movie, have patience with an overly busy set and can tolerate some anachronisms that detract from what was written.

Also Bartlet Sher and Lincoln Center Theater need to learn to trust the aud... Read more Read less

74
Unsettling moments, great acting

See it if a new voice with an important story to tell done by superb actors in a poetic if unfocused metaphoric work that isn't quite a play yet

Don't see it if resolution is important to you; stereotypes unsettle you; predictability ruins your theatrical experience.

58
Overly sentimental, Disappointing

See it if fine actors and dancers in uninspired choreography and a weak script

Don't see it if repetitive and mundane music and a sentimental melodrama are not for you

90
Resonant, elegant, moving, wonderful

See it if you love beautifully sung, acted and staged classics exquisitely produced with new interpretation and insight.

Don't see it if a somewhat operatic score isn't what you expect in a musical and definitely stay home if you are looking for a happy ending.

Also What a pleasure to see this complicated work produced so beautifully -... Read more Read less

75
Beautifully acted but needs a good edit

See it if a talented cast in a fascinating story that isn't quite perfectly written is ok with you. Wonderful set and costumes true to period.

Don't see it if a confusingly written storyline that needs editing and clarity (not resolution) annoys you. Love this author but the play needs focus.

90
Endlessly entertaining, beautifully produced fluff

See it if Christian Borle at his acting, singing, dancing, clowning best is your cup of tea (said with a perfect Cockney accent); wonderful cast.

Don't see it if you have lost your sense of humor and don't want to be entertained.

Also Normally, I long for more seriousness but this show gives you both in ... Read more Read less

79
Musically and dramatically sophisticated and entertaining

See it if an innovative interpretation of a smart, tough, insightful, candid, demanding, Sondheim is for you; wonderful performances; clever staging.

Don't see it if you want big production numbers, easy storylines, lyrics that rhyme and happy endings. Sondheim makes you work and think.

Also This production pares down Sondheim to his finest basics and proves ho... Read more Read less

88
Authentic, moving, totally engaging

See it if you admire authentic, honest, beautifully acted and directed productions of rarely produced classic plays that deserve this fine spotlight

Don't see it if a play capturing the human reality and toll of the inception of the Irish "troubles" will upset you. No happy endings.

Also It is rare to see O'Casey, let alone to see it so beautifully acted, s... Read more Read less

95
Brilliant, brave, bold, beautiful

See it if exceptional, insightful writing, performance, direction and choreography of challenging and emotional material is what your idea of theatre

Don't see it if racial or sexually overt themes make you uncomfortable including some subtle nudity.

Also Perfectly cast and beautifully directed, deeply moving. I hope this sh... Read more Read less

48
During previews
Misinterpreted, histrionics, frustrating

See it if for a fine cast in a torturously bad interpretation of a great play and can tolerate the overt vulgarity of the misinterpretation.

Don't see it if you expect anything relevant to what Strindberg wrote or intended.

55
A kitchy bio isn't a play

See it if you love Van Halen, will tolerate good actors in reverse drag, a great set and special effects and were alive during their fame

Don't see it if you expect new insights, or expect a real play (as opposed to one person's obsession with a youthful fantasy).

60
Meaningless, poorly written, overrated

See it if you are patient with very fine actors in mediocre productions poorly directed and incoherently written

Don't see it if you expect insight, character development, comprehensively spoken and paced performance (not the actors fault)

78
Provocative, disturbing, astute writing

See it if You want to be challenged emotionally and intellectually by a writer who is happy to make you uncomfortable and demands you think & feel.

Don't see it if you are unwilling to be shaken up, especially by frighteningly clever insights into horrible politics.

Also Excellent actors handle very demanding issues of race, guilt, history,... Read more Read less

75
Provocative, demanding, innovative, bold

See it if complicated, smart, funny, sometimes uncomfortable writing with excellent actors is what you want from new writers; provocative in every way

Don't see it if subjects explicitly sexual, racial, intimate, historically disturbing and contemporarily relevant is your form of engagement/entertainment

Also Author also has a great sense of humor that comes through especially i... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Predictable, unengaging, Disappointing

See it if you have the patience and tolerance for stereotypes that add no real insight into the experience of this cultural group; because its Nottage

Don't see it if you have high expectations of this generally excellent playwright; want a storyline and characters to care about

90
Funny, smart, intense

See it if a brilliant, funny script and performance about real life from a bold perspective is for your head and heart

Don't see it if somewhat explicit language about the physiology of male aging and having babies will offend you.

Also So much more than I expected. Really funny, moving, smart, insightful,... Read more Read less

25
Pretentious, meaningless, interminable

See it if you are patient with over the top, poorly structured, meaningless writing. We felt sorry for the sole performer who does well with it anyway

Don't see it if you expect something insightful, or an experience that is funny or moving or something other than tedious and boring.

Also Truly pointless. And vulgar to no purpose. We all wanted to leave afte... Read more Read less

85
Superb production about a tough reality

See it if brilliantly written, superbly acted theater conveying the joy and sorrow of inescapable reality is what you believe theater should be

Don't see it if you need a happy ending or are facing this reality in your own life.

Also The director needs to learn less is more. Too many extended, fussy and... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Great singing, Intense

See it if you love great writing (McPerson and Dylan), superb cast, great singing and have a bit of the Irish in you (even if you aren't Irish)

Don't see it if you expect a happy ending musical or Broadway glitz

Also I think this is the first time I have really understood the complexity... Read more Read less

95
Perfect. once in a lifetime experience

See it if a modest perfectly sung, acted and danced production of this classic is your idea of great theatre; fun if you even know a little Yiddish

Don't see it if reading the English lyrics will bother you but you already know them anyway

Also Pure story and performance remind us that at the core of great theatre... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Essential. emotional. enraging

See it if you lived through it, you want to educate anyone who didn't live through it, you want to laugh, cry, think, feel, take action, be renewed

Don't see it if realizing how far we haven't come will break your heart

Also A wonderful, talented, entertaining cast captures the range of history... Read more Read less

90
Brave, disturbing, superbly crafted

See it if for riveting, profound writing about the hard facts of life in racially torn communities that tell the inside story (good, bad and ugly)

Don't see it if you expect a happy ending or neatly packaged answers

Also This is bold and brave in every sense - writing, staging, casting, dir... Read more Read less

85
Innovative, Intense, Edgy

See it if new writers with insightful points of view on complex interpersonal and political topics are exciting for you. Great acting and direction.

Don't see it if brazen, sexy, demanding women are more than you can cope with

78
Exceptional acting, frustratingly episodic script

See it if an exceptional casts breathes passionate meaning into the sketchy characters they are given; wonderful to see a big cast show

Don't see it if Tracey Letts never disappoints because his world view is unlike others but this needs some connective tissue

Also With such a richly talented cast and a great idea of a complex central... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Fine performances, script needs an edit

See it if for fine actors in a strange but relevant interpretation of a Lorca-esque play; great to see a fully female cast of all strong roles

Don't see it if tightly written, clear through line of action is important to you.

89
Superbly acted, relevant and moving

See it if writing that remains timely (alas) in an excellent production that is surprisingly funnier than I remember the original until it isn't.

Don't see it if you are afraid of an emotional roller coaster.

70
Excellent cast needs a better script

See it if an interesting concept, well acted by a fine cast is enough to keep you interested for 2 hours

Don't see it if you want a well-structured through line of action. Not asking for nicely packed resolution but this needs some editing to get to the point.

90
Super cast, great re-write, must-see

See it if superbly written, acted, directed and produced theater is what you crave. Saw the original and was apprehensive. No need to be concerned.

Don't see it if Following multiple character story lines that demand lots of attention is too much work for you. It is funny, sad, moving but complex.

Also Sometimes seeing revised or updated productions is a disappointment bu... Read more Read less

74
Bad direction and staging of a fine cast

See it if an interestingly complex play, well acted but poorly staged and directed won't drive you crazy. Really a fine Williams play rarely seen.

Don't see it if Mumbled Southern accents from actors positioned poorly with their backs to the audience often in a poorly staged production will annoy you.

90
Exquisitely written and beautifully acted

See it if a deeply thoughtful, eloquently written play where every character is perfectly conceived and developed, then perfectly cast is for you.

Don't see it if No reason at all to miss this treasure

Also Very exciting to discover Lucy Thurber and her insight into people, so... Read more Read less

95
Riveting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Unlike anything i have seen before

See it if You are ready for a real adventure in theatrical interpretation of a classic full of energy, humor and strange insights.

Don't see it if Reading supertitles is not for you since this is in Greek