Elena 6212

New York City
About:  Actor/Stage Manager/playing with power tools and cameras but not good enough at either to label with titles.
Reviews (24)
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Intense, Unique

See it if You're looking for dark theatre regarding the struggles of mental illness, powerful acting of said illnesses, and simple/clean tech.

Don't see it if Some scenes are deeply uncomfortable, especially as some of them are biased by the perspective of the main character's mental illness.

Also One character, who only appears a couple of times, is intentionally wr... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great staging, Great projections, Entertaining, Lovely

See it if you'd like to appreciate Annaleigh Ashford's voice and powerful expressions, experience amazing projections, and love a good Sondheim show.

Don't see it if You're expecting a strong, conflict-driven show, and personally, I didn't feel like Gyllenhaal lived up to the hype, though he was decent.

During previews
Significant Other
Midtown W
Hilarious, Relatable, Great tech, Fun

See it if You're looking for a fun show easing you of your inner romantic insecurities. Jokes are cute, most land well, but don't feel excessive.

Don't see it if You're expecting a great deal of depth, dislike vulgar or self-deprictaing humor, or dislike static staging.

During previews
Midtown E
Great acting, Engaging, Great staging, Fun, Refreshing

See it if you're interested in watching one actor successfully engage an audience with well-paced story, strong acting choices, and excellent staging.

Don't see it if Poetry isn't your thing; most of the show is tangent (and more vulgar) to the actual poem, but as it goes on, more verse is incorporated.

Also Highly recommend doing some background research on the poem or even gi... Read more Read less

In the Room
Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Cute

See it if You appreciate lovely ensemble work and intimate staging, engaging actors, character driven/relationship-based plays, minimalism.

Don't see it if You dislike cliches or attempts to sound more profound than one really is. Ironically, a play about writers fell short in the writing part.

Also The pacing is a little bumpy in parts, the conflict is a bit too pushe... Read more Read less

Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if You're interested in realistic, physical acting that finds abundant humor in minimal dialogue.

Don't see it if You're looking for characters you care for and connect with or a plot that shows growth/change over time.

The Humans
Midtown W
Funny, Static, Insipid, Overrated

See it if You like Broadway-standard tech, cute jokes, simulations of dysfunctional family life.

Don't see it if You want plot, character arcs, or relevant conflict. Information on each character is presented, but nothing is ever done with it.

Great acting, Interesting concept, Original

See it if You like to support small theatre productions, strong Shakespearean acting, wonderfully-executed gender bending, dystopian settings.

Don't see it if You dislike low budget sets/costumes.

During previews
Cliched, Cute, Fluffy

See it if You like family stories, happy endings, common metaphors, stereotypical character types, diversity in theater, clean and minimalistic tech.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy awkward, cliched writing, clunky character arcs, predictable plot.

Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You enjoy a fun, well-staged production with strong singing and dancing.

Don't see it if You don't like shows heavy on the musical theatre side; you're looking for a plot-driven show.

Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You like a folky, "feel-good" show. Or if you solely want to appreciate a fine tech crew.

Don't see it if You're looking for consistent, clever writing, characters with actual substance, or relevant, interesting conflict.

Delightful, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if You enjoy the exploration of intense, dark themes mixed in with fun musical numbers and emotional depth.

Don't see it if You're hoping to see a "feel-good" production.

Four Sisters
Midtown W
Disappointing, Boring, Poor writing

See it if You're REALLY passionate about the Russian Revolution. As in passionate enough to forgive bad writing, lackluster characters, etc.

Don't see it if You're expecting to understand or care about anything happening throughout; it's an ambitious idea, but poorly executed.

During previews
The Light Years
Midtown W
Ambitious, Amazing set design, Disappointing, Pointless

See it if You're interested in extraordinary set design. Beyond that, there's little reason to spend the time and money on something so lack-luster.

Don't see it if You're disinterested by plots without purpose, characters without objectives, acting that doesn't quite hit the stylized dialogue.

Also There is no real point this show, and so the actors struggle to find a... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Beautiful

See it if you're interested in incredible acting bring Shakespearean characters to life, with Oyelowo's breakdown as the Moor and Craig's superb Iago.

Don't see it if incorporating modern song into Shakespeare or a semi-modern setting for Shakespeare is off-putting.

During previews
Rancho Viejo
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if You enjoy clean and refreshing lighting/set design, brilliant comedic actors, quirky jokes made in great timing, dynamic staging.

Don't see it if You can't forgive a play that should be a whole act shorter, writing that sometimes borderlines pretentious, little character/plot growth.

Also The actors form great connections between each other but the character... Read more Read less

Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You appreciate fantastic lighting design, powerful music, historical inspiration, incredible dance, etc. etc. everything's amazing.

Don't see it if You strongly dislike rap, hated American history class, but honestly you'd probably still like the show.

During previews
A Life
Midtown W
Great acting, Pointless, Scattered

See it if You appreciate great acting, cool set/lighting design, monologues, gay characters that aren't tragic solely because they're gay.

Don't see it if You dislike scattered writing that vaguely composes a plot or characters barely developed enough for you to really care about them.

During previews
Midtown W
Delightful, Great acting, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if You like family dramas, clever humor, diversity in theatre, lovely set design, interspersing monologues between scenes, passion for food.

Don't see it if You dislike reading projections, a bit of a cliched ending, a few missed attempts at trying to seem profound about death.

Crime and Punishment
Upper W Side
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You like strong ensemble casts with lovely set and costume design or casts of distinct characters.

Don't see it if You don't like weird contemporary songs mixed into classic theater or complex story lines

Entertaining, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if You appreciate incredible dancing, enjoy interesting lighting design, have Jewish and/or village roots, gorgeous costuming/set design.

Don't see it if You are looking for a plot-based show, aren't interested in tradition, want strong character arcs.

Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You're solely in it for the ballet dancing, or you're looking for an overly cliched, unoriginal plot with lack-luster characters.

Don't see it if You're looking for talented singing or acting, or you want a well-developed plot/characters.

Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if You love a show where you can't stop laughing, appreciate Shakespeare and musical jokes/puns, and just want to have a good time.

Don't see it if You're looking for something thought-proving, or you're not a fan of silly musicals.

Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Original

See it if You appreciate intricate set design, unique drama elements, and an emotional and driven plot.

Don't see it if You are easily overwhelmed.