Eli 7062

Oakland | 35-49
About:  I love theatre!
Reviews (40)
80
Absorbing

See it if you like toast.

Don't see it if you have the most perfect (or unexamined) relationship with your siblings and parents and won't be able to relate.

80
Casual, Resonant, Clever

See it if you are curious about the intersection of theatre, scientific research & analysis, and hip hop culture.

Don't see it if you're averse to waving your arms around like you just don't care, participating in call & response, and staying for a Q & A with the artist

65
Disappointing

See it if you are willing to settle for a superficial telling of very important topics that should be discussed.

Don't see it if you care about young men facing meaningful consequences for their choices. This musical fails in the last 15 minutes.

100
Quirky, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you can sit still, be quiet, and be transported by sound and color and creative genius.

Don't see it if you need a narrative or will disrupt the rest of the audience with your wiggles and need to talk.

85
During previews
Enchanting, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you like nonconventional theatre and stories about a woman finding her voice and way in the world.

Don't see it if you need a straightforward narrative and refuse to engage with metaphor.

70
Intense, Quirky

See it if you are willing to embrace a show that deviates from the classic, Western plot structure.

Don't see it if you have recently lost someone important or are uncomfortable with nostalgia and aging.

85
Resonant, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you enjoy language, individual stories, and stunningly beautiful vocals.

Don't see it if you have no soul.

60
Indulgent

See it if someone gives you a free ticket and you can frame it as an interesting experience and not as a piece of theatre.

Don't see it if you are scared of crowds, the dark, or being confused.

80
Funny, Clever

See it if you enjoyed the books and love a big Broadway spectacle.

Don't see it if you only like kitchen sink realism.

100
For a previous production
Silly, Hilarious, Pure joy

See it if you need an escape from it all and want to laugh yourself silly.

Don't see it if you are resistant to silly, escapist, slapstick, fun.

Also Especially fun for theatre professionals and theatre educators.

95
Great design, Resonant, Feminist, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see brilliant performers working with a moving script in a powerful production.

Don't see it if you are prone to describing stories about women as "precious".

85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You want to see a show about what we owe and are owed by the people in our lives.

Don't see it if You are anti women with opinions or don't want to look at your own relationship to money and the transactional nature of relationships.

Also I question why so many reviewers claim the characters are unbelievable... Read more Read less

78
Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you appreciate the source material and are comfortable with ambiguity.

Don't see it if you need a lot of action or spectacle.

100
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate ensemble theatre, want to explore theatre history, and are interested in current social issues.

Don't see it if you want a big song and dance spectacle or you are uncomfortable with complicated emotional stories.

85
Great singing, Delightful

See it if you want to reminisce or learn about Carole King.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the music industry.

85
Great singing, Dizzying, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy not knowing what is going to happen next!

Don't see it if you need a clear resolution.

95
Heart-wrenching, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you see the beauty in dark, difficult material and if you love experiencing powerful performances in intimate spaces.

Don't see it if you are squeamish, unfeeling, or the subject matter hits too close to home.

65
For a previous production
So much yelling

See it if you think drama needs to start at a level ten, have no where to go, and thusly wind up turning into melodrama

Don't see it if you enjoy subtlety

75
Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you enjoy watching actors do great scene work and want to know the difference between Wilson's early work and his great later works.

Don't see it if you need set changes or a lot of physical action on stage

95
Relevant, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you can afford it.

Don't see it if you're just going to say it's overrated.

100
During previews
Relevant, Great acting

See it if you are now in or ever plan to be in a romantic relationship.

Don't see it if you don't want to explore heavy and important truths.

95
Great singing, Profound, Absorbing

See it if you can handle discomfort and want to see perfect beat work by three physically engaged and emotionally honest actors.

Don't see it if you are going to dispute the premise as a way to avoid dealing with all that the play explores.

75
Part two is better than part one

See it if you can get tickets close to the stage so that you can experience nuance and not just spectacle.

Don't see it if you have no interest in theology, philosophy, feelings, and forgiveness. *There was too much yelling and not enough depth in Part One

80
Dysfunctional family drama, Funny, Clever

See it if you can relate to a story about a family that is not connecting.

Don't see it if you can't stand plays about rich people.

90
Funny, Clever, Intelligent

See it if you love Steve Martin's brand of absurdist, intellectual humor. Or if you're married.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in metaphors or laughing or people being goofy.

75
Great staging, Clever

See it if you want to see Andy Karl in his underwear.

Don't see it if you are going to grumble about what makes this show charming: silly stage tricks, a simple story, & light and delightful songs.

95
Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you know a teenager! Such a beautiful play about parents & children- about feeling angry, lost, and unsure of how to connect with a child

Don't see it if you are put off by a mixture of realistic and poetic dialogue.

85
Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want to see a film truly transformed into a theatrical experience.

Don't see it if you want to see the story told exactly like the movie.

69
Slow, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you are curious to see how it beat out Indecent for the Best Play Tony- but are willing to leave knowing that Indecent was robbed.

Don't see it if you want to be emotionally moved by a theatrical experience.

Also This was a three hour history seminar with some corny jokes and some p... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Lazy design

See it if you are interested in family dynamics and the choices women make around care-giving.

Don't see it if you want a show with a clear conflict and resolution, profound character growth, and good staging.

87
Hilarious, Great singing, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you want big laughs that highlight big ideas.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable addressing issues of race.

90
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if if you love nuanced performances.

Don't see it if you have no sympathy or empathy for people who make bad choices.

70
Great singing

See it if you want to hear some exceptional singers, enjoy interesting staging in intimate spaces, & can forgive some plot holes & flimsy development

Don't see it if you need fully developed characters and a plot that goes on a clear journey.

Also Despite trying to present the "gritty" truths of racism in the first h... Read more Read less

85
Refreshing, Epic

See it if you can get past the holes in the plot and weak character development and want to see a great production of this show.

Don't see it if you're just going to gripe about it.

85
Funny, Fluffy, Great staging, Clever

See it if you love physical comedy and brilliant costumes.

Don't see it if you want an earnest retelling of the original story.

95
Profound, Intense, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you love great writing- this show is perfectly paced and absolutely beautiful.

Don't see it if you find monologues written in the second person off-putting.

70
Clichéd, Funny, Great singing

See it if you want to hear great voices and laugh about all the things that make the subway the subway.

Don't see it if you think it's absurd for a story about NYC in 2017 to focus on the plight of 2 confused white people & employ a "magical negro" character.

95
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful

See it if you have siblings!

Don't see it if you are afraid of feelings.

40
Dangerous, Trite, Disappointing

See it if you just want to hear some songs and eat overpriced but delicious pie in a jar and don't care about sending dangerous messages to women

Don't see it if you're a thinking human being who understands the complexities of domestic violence, abusing position of power, infidelity, and motherhood

24
During previews
Pretentious, Excruciating

See it if you think art needs to be slow, reliant on design for interest, and plotless to be profound.

Don't see it if you value your free time.