Eleanor 2

New York City | 65+ | Female

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Reviews (223)
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.

69
I Married an Angel
Midtown W
Uninspired musically, choreographically repetitive, Disappointing

See it if you are dedicated to Encores! regardless of what they present and willing to tolerate a mediocre production.

Don't see it if you expect insights into what Balanchine and or Rodgers & Hart were intending as entertainment. It was just boring.

49
Daddy
Midtown W
Painfully superficial, poorly written,, Disappointing

See it if you are such a fan of Alan Cummings that you will tolerate anything he does even if it is superficial, tedious and vulgar unnecessarily

Don't see it if gratuitous nudity, disjointed story lines, repetitive staging with a lot of schtick will make you crazy.

49
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Tedious, confused script, mundane music

See it if for some fine performances despite the poor quality of the book and music; some good choreography

Don't see it if you expect a coherent and insightful through line in the book and music that is memorable or lyrics that message something important

88
During previews
Superhero
Midtown W
Unexpectedly sophisticated book and music

See it if beautifully produced new musicals with smart book, lyrics and excellent performers who can act as well as sing is your cup of tea.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, stories about troubled families, or have recently lost a parent or spouse.

Also A very clever book highlights some realities of growing up and being a... 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
Mies Julie
East Village
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
Eddie and Dave
Chelsea
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).

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.

75
During previews
Good but not great interpretation of the greatest shakespeare

See it if you love any Lear, want the experience of Glenda in the role, appreciate unusual stagings and want to see a great Cordelia (Ruth Wilson)

Don't see it if Bad staging, costumes and sets out of sync with the period are a problem; if you saw Plummer's Lear you have seen the best already

88
Boesman and Lena
Midtown W
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if if you haven't seen this rarely produced Fugard play; superb acting about valuing or not valuing human beings in any era. Deeply emotional.

Don't see it if you can't tolerate 2 hours of profoundly demanding drama including some in untranslated language with no intermission.

60
During previews
The Mother
Chelsea
Indulgent, Disappointing, Ineptly written

See it if you are a fan of Christopher Hampton's translations, willing to tolerate good actors struggling with bad writing or want to see "stars"

Don't see it if cogent, coherent writing is important to you; a play that has a purpose to its cruelty amongst the characters; absurdist in style annoy you

88
The Light
Midtown W
Brilliant script, performance and relevance

See it if exceptionally insightful, moving, demanding, intelligent, honest writing and brilliant performance are what you believe theatre is about

Don't see it if tough contemporary issues of race, gender relations and both big P and little p politics make you uncomfortable

Also What a surprise - from the perfect set, to the realistic characters an... Read more Read less

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
Hurricane Diane
East Village
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
Queen
Queens
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
Call Me Madam
Midtown W
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