Eleanor 2

New York City | 65+ | Female

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Reviews (242)
90
Dana H.
Gramercy
Remarkably moving and totally inventive

See it if for an exceptional actress telling a frightening story from real life, in a presentation style that is totally innovative. heartbreaking.

Don't see it if If real life stories of human cruelty and damaged psyches aren't for you, this will be a challenge.

88
During previews
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Hugely surprising, moving and insightful, totally entertaining

See it if you want new talent (performers, composers, writers, staging), marvelous lyrics on a tough subject, laughs and tears, brave honesty & more.

Don't see it if the reality that death is what we all face is too much for you to deal with - even in this amazingly entertaining format

68
During previews
Disappointingly predictabled despite a good cast

See it if you're patient with songs lyrics you can't distinguish, a talented cast in a rather mundane and predictable script, despite critical raves

Don't see it if you are turned off by stereotypes (from any culture) and over amplified music that drowns out articulation of lyrics

80
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Surprisingly funny, outspoken, complex and moving

See it if a superb cast in complex roles both that surprise and challenge expectations; surprises throughout in story, staging and relationships.

Don't see it if Some overtly sexual language will make you uncomfortable or if aging out scares you too much.

Also I hope Michael Ure isn't being stereotyped. He is too talented to be g... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Sing Street
East Village
They sing, danced, act and play instruments beautifully

See it if a talented, moving, innovative, beautifully staged and performed musical in an intimate setting, that ISN"T over-amplified is for you.

Don't see it if You expect musicals to be sugar sweet and full of happy endings, pristine language and Broadway fake glitter

82
During previews
Brutal, tragic, inescapably true

See it if a large, diverse, superb cast in beautifully crafted rolls revealing the ugly reality of tragic lives grabs your soul. Tough but true; sad.

Don't see it if overt sexuality, profane language, and the reality of self-destructive and lives we choose to ignore is more than you can tolerate on stage

78
Ahead of its time, beautifully acted and staged

See it if you are a Foote fan, willing to accept an early work beautifully produced, acted and staged. Brave for when it was written and prescient.

Don't see it if you need a happy ending and if some dated stereotypes might bother you. A few costumes anachronisms are annoying.

65
During previews
Episodic predictable sentimental script

See it if you are an Eno fan and have patience for his indulgent style; excellent actors do well with really tepid material

Don't see it if you expect clarity in storyline, want insight into character casting and interaction. And it is ultimately very depressing.

95
Acting, writing, staging that make you love theatre

See it if for actors presenting superbly written and structured playwriting in an emotionally demanding both funny and often heartbreaking story

Don't see it if illness, loneliness, mental illness and death are more than you can cope with

98
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Part 2 surprisingly rewarding and equally brilliant

See it if you love Lois Smith, brilliant acting all around, challenging character development and some real surprises and plot twists in Part 2

Don't see it if the reality of lost lives will break your heart and listening to Lois Smith come to terms with being the wrong kind of mother will hurt

78
During previews
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Relevant, revealing, timely, questionable

See it if well written work about an important woman who inspired and created essential political change interests you; perfectly structured & paced

Don't see it if you think the role should have been performed by a magnificent, talented woman and not a man

69
Dublin Carol
Chelsea
Fine acting & directing, disappointing script

See it if you are a dedicated Conor McPherson fan and interested in his early work; enjoy Ciairan O'Reilley's work and fine acting

Don't see it if you expect the usual sophistication of this author's work; can't tolerate too familiar stereotypes and weak storyline that is predictable.

25
During previews
runboyrun & IN OLD AGE
East Village
Badly written and directed, run audience run

See it if you are willing to indulge a fine writer even with a poorly conceived and written work; not ready for the stage; actors did their best.

Don't see it if you expect NYTW to put properly workshopped work on stage; my kingdom for a dramaturge is all I could think.

48
Make Believe
Midtown W
Predictable, poorly written, desperately need a good edit

See it if you have patience for a play that is a poor rip off of Peter Pan but less imaginative and too dependent on cliche (including the set)

Don't see it if you expect better writing and concepts in new work produced at Second Stage

79
During previews
Betrayal
Midtown W
Fine actors in an overly produced staging

See it if you value any Pinter play, want to see fine acting in a perfectly paced production that understands the "pauses" are critically important.

Don't see it if British accents are a challenge and audiences that haven't got a clue that this isn't a comedy. If you like happy endings, forget Pinter

24
During previews
Facile, insulting writing and a truly dreadful production

See it if you have the patience for work that should not have been allowed out of a workshop, full of meaningless profanity and bad direction.

Don't see it if you expect MCC to produce thoughtful, provocative work. I felt sorry for the actors

70
Nomad Motel
Chelsea
Well articulated characters but needs and edit

See it if for a new writer with insight into being an outsider expressed by a fine cast with clearly defined characters in a complex family story

Don't see it if a poorly crafted through line of action with a really weak ending will annoy you. Needs some serious dramaturgical attention in act 2.

88
During previews
Provocative emotionally and intellectually, great actors

See it if writing that makes you laugh, think,squirm, think and feel performed by brilliant actors is your idea of great theatre. Unforgettable work.

Don't see it if Overtly sexual actions and language will unsettle you or if you think relationships are cookie-cutter easy. You have to listen carefully.

Also It's interesting that this late 1980s play is so relevant and "of our ... Read more Read less

68
High Button Shoes
Midtown W
Poor choice for the 75th season, Disappointing, Dated

See it if Michael Urie and some fine Jerome Robbins choreography beautifully executed is enough to keep your attention.

Don't see it if you expect memorable lyrics and music or an entertaining book even for such an old chestnut as this is. Talent does the best it can.

Also Overall a very disappointing season from our beloved Encores! Hope nex... Read more Read less

75
During previews
BLKS
Midtown W
Unusual, Ambitious, Intense, Raunchy

See it if sexy, spirited, provocative, in-your-face characters in an unconventional plot about young women and their sexuality (all of it) entertains

Don't see it if strong language, lesbians, Brooklyn accents delivering text at a fast pace is too challenging for you,

Also Directorially, some moderation in pace and delivery style would have m... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Brilliant production of a deeply disturbing play

See it if for a rarely produced early work by an exceptional writer; superb acting, amazing set; frighteningly relevant themes; disturbing, eloquent.

Don't see it if you want neatly tied up story lines, happy endings and Ozzie and Harriet families

68
During previews
Fine cast in a poorly crafted play

See it if because any O'Casey play is worthy of your attention; fine cast, very smart set, well directed

Don't see it if overly pedantic, poorly crafted storylines and too many stereotypes showing the worst of Irish sectarianism will bore you

78
During previews
Ink
Midtown W
Overly melodramatic staging, fine cast

See it if two fine leading actors and a fine cast in material that isn't good enough to tell this interesting story adequately is enough for you,

Don't see it if you expect insights into the powerful personalities that have created much of the dysfunctionality of our current media reporting universe

98
Surprisingly relevant and revealing , brilliant

See it if exceptional acting, writing, staging, direction, lighting and special effects in a story that is important and topically relevant is for you

Don't see it if you need a clearly linear storyline, no accents to decipher or think the world is ok dominated by money and greed rather than morality

70
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Cast shines intermittently in this period piece

See it if a rarely performed musical with hit and miss moments of fine performances, sadly still relevant subject matter is of interest

Don't see it if you expect consistent quality music and performance; staging is annoying at best and too familiar of this director.

85
Honest, tough, moving, inventive

See it if extremely well written and excellently acted plays with depth, thoughtfulness and emotion are your idea of great theatre. Surprising.

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

79
During previews
Wonderfully acted, full of new insights, surprise at intermission

See it if you want to learn about an important woman who made the Abbey Theatre and Irish drama possible; wonderful cast; lots of fantastic new info

Don't see it if no reason not to see it

Also Despite all my years of reading, seeing and studying Irish drama, I kn... Read more Read less

75
Great talent wasted by a paulus production

See it if a talented cast performing Morisette music with great choreography is enough to satisfy you in an overdone, stereotype heavy show

Don't see it if over amplification that makes it impossible to discern important lyrics drives you nuts; or if multiple, confused story lines is too much

90
Total fun and entertainment with a great cast

See it if for a smart, funny, local interpretation of this classic story presented with great performers, music dance, sets and lighting. Wonderful!

Don't see it if I can't think of a single reason not to see this. It's Dickens for our times.

79
Seared
Midtown W
Brilliant cast in a rather slight piece of writing

See it if you are a fan of great acting, love Raul and want a few good laughs. Strongly written parts for all cast characters, especially Emily (yeah)

Don't see it if You expect a sophisticated or insightful script. Lots of fun but typical Rebeck hovering just on the edge of sit-com. Too much forced angst

86
During previews
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Challenging writing and content worth the angst

See it if emotionally demanding and complex work about tough subjects performed and staged brilliantly is your idea of great theatre. worth the effort

Don't see it if you need simple plots to follow and easy solutions to human complexity; some strong language and a heartbreaking ending.

Also really brilliant acting of tough, tough, tough roles by all concerned.... Read more Read less

78
Pumpgirl
Chelsea
Emotional impact of great writing and acting

See it if for a wonderful playwright whose characters are finely drawn in a deeply moving, sad and at times funny story about being loved, or not

Don't see it if some strong language that is overtly sexual and implies emotional and physical violence (against women) will unsettle you

78
During previews
Disturbing, honest, sad and timely

See it if for excellent one-man show acting, via reportage of racial and religious prejudice that erupted into violence in the 1990s will engage you

Don't see it if racial bias and anti-semitism, however honest, is more than you can tolerate. No intermission and 2 hours long

92
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Subtly brilliant writing and acting

See it if exquisitely crafted playwriting about complex but very real people, superbly acted and staged is your idea of great theatre.

Don't see it if real life challenges - illness, loneliness, death - are more than you can handle as subject matter

Also Direction, lighting, stage effects, sets all contribute 100% to this c... Read more Read less

78
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Relevant, disturbing, ultimately sad

See it if a verbatim performance piece of an important historical moment is enough to engage you as drama; fine acting and staging

Don't see it if you expect a traditional play with resolution at the end. It is performance art reportage.

90
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Surprisingly complex, funny, serious and moving

See it if you want great theatre - writing, acting, direction, staging, lighting and projection effects. Heartbreaking and funny simultaneously .

Don't see it if nudity, rough language and some quite unlikeable moments will make you uncomfortable (or if you support #45).

90
During previews
Excellent writing, concept and acting

See it if a demanding concept about questioning "reality" in a fading mind presented by brilliant actors (all of them - not just the leads) is for you

Don't see it if loss - of family, awareness, "truth", relationships, personal history - is too disturbing to witness. Deep sadness pervades the play

89
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Deeply moving, emotionally challenging, eloquent

See it if superb acting in plays beautifully crafted and eloquently written that take you on unexpected story journeys is your idea of great theatre

Don't see it if familial loss is too much to tolerate or you aren't good at some lyrical and metaphorical writing.

95
During previews
Moving, challenging, exquisitely written, Thought-provoking

See it if being surprised by great writing, subtle but deeply moving acting in a work with truly tough subject matter is your idea of great theatre

Don't see it if the horrors of WWII and the Nazi's terror on many populations is more than you can bare; verbally graphic and based on a true incident

95
Inventive, accurate, entertaining, must see, free

See it if a brilliantly conceived contemporary take on a rarely performed work with a superb cast and great music is for you. CTofH never disappoints

Don't see it if you don't like outdoor, amphitheatre experiences, some challengingly fast lyrics or no intermission shows

70
Dying City
Midtown W
Fine cast in a play that needs an edit

See it if Shinn is a writer you admire; work that stimulates even as it confuses the plot lines a little too much; excellent cast

Don't see it if you need a clear beginning, middle and end; have strong political views about war (now and then); expect resolution

88
Octet
Midtown W
Highly creative, beautifully sung

See it if fine actor/singers in funny, moving, smart, insightful, engaging inventive work delights you. Divine harmonies. Contemporary but timeless.

Don't see it if you don't know anything about the digital world, or don't care for a cappella music. But you will miss a great night of music theatre.

85
Proof of Love
West Village
Provocatively thoughtful, deeply emotional, surprising

See it if being intellectually and emotionally challenged by excellent writing and deeply moving acting is for you. Be prepared to think and feel.

Don't see it if You expect all the loose ends to be tied up nicely; you don't want to think about your own potential biases from your privileged position

58
Convoluted misconception of conflicting concepts

See it if Renee Fleming and Ben Whishaw are enough to keep your attention for 90 minutes; both performers are excellent despite the "play".

Don't see it if you are hoping for a lot of great music, acting or even context for either Greek women heroines or Marilyn Monroe.

78
Beautifully staged, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if Kushner and Tesori appeal in a sung through story about complex family and racial relationships, Not your usual musical fare.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional musical with gold lame and happy smiling chorus girls

85
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Surprisingly sophisticated, totally entertaining

See it if a finely tuned book, lyrics, music and performances that surprise and delight are what you want in a musical; no predicable moments

Don't see it if you want a rehash of the movie - this isn't it. The book replaces the soap opera with a Broadway show very cleverly.

68
Poorly crafted storyline, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if performance appeals more than clear storytelling and messaging in a one person performance piece

Don't see it if you are impatient with pastiche approaches and time spent waiting for insights that enlighten and enliven

95
During previews
Burn This
Midtown W
Superb theatre in every regard

See it if exceptional writing, acting, direction and staging are what you expect from a fine production. Surprisingly complex and sophisticated

Don't see it if you want easy relationships that resolve like a sit-com; some explicit language and sexuality will offend you.

Also Terrence McNally's note about Lanford Wilson's writing in the program ... Read more Read less

60
Irrelevantly vulgar, strange use of farce

See it if you want to see work by new writers and a director and you trust Vineyard to produce something challenging. Actors do the best they can.

Don't see it if you expect insight, a clear through line and some unpredictable plot lines. This doesn't offer any of that. Disappointing.

75
Surprisingly topical despite stereotypes

See it if fine acting - particularly O'Reilly & Plunkett - in a rarely produced "period" piece of Irish writing is of interest. You want more O'Casey.

Don't see it if slowly paced, often stereotype heavy characters, and too familiar Irish political strife are not of interest to you. Not O'Casey's best.