Elisa 9119

Brooklyn | Female
About:  Literary and Music Enthusiast in both European and American Cultures.
Reviews (73)
80
Orpheus & Eurydice
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if A conceptual reconfigurated Orpheus from ancient to modern times carryin themes of love,trust&power of music. Grt dirction,script,cast&music

Don't see it if U like Ovid's original on stage.Audience sitting around performers.All theatrical elements are here except for the stage.

Also I liked the entire cast but I relly enjoyed... Read more Read less

88
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if Terrific direction,perf,design&choreo.All work seemlessly in the new JLP musical to maximalize loneliness&trauma of Morissette's JLP album.

Don't see it if Themes of rape, race, gun violence, addiction,sexuality,defiance&rebirth: all relevant topics yet, Cody's book way too crowded.

Also Electrifying dancing, from Choreo Sidy L. ... Read more Read less

82
Funny, Delightful, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if want to be entertained by a Fringe musician w some famous banjo hits&his moving story on how music helped him 2overcome a devastating event.

Don't see it if Udon't like banjo music or old time hits like"Floyd Shooting Creek",Bluegrass "Shady Grove",or Country hit"Cumberland Gap",commom among the*

Also *musicians of Cumberland in W.Virginia.... Read more Read less

85
The Four Seasons
Midtown W
Masterful, Absorbing, Exquisite, Delightful

See it if A brilliant concept of the Four Seasons w strong message,gorgeously directed&choreo by Chase Brock. Grt music&joyful moving dancing,really!

Don't see it if If you prefer a play on the serious subject of climate change.You expect a traditional, glittering Broadway production, sorry, wrong door !

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Epic, Great singing

See it if Magnificent BioMusical w an amazing score that gives you vibes,exquisite voices&terrific tango dancing.A smart, yet almost empty set keeps*

Don't see it if Eva's divisive traits prevent you from appreciat the theatrical art of this brilliant show.You don't want to leave theatre humm haunt score

Also *the focus on an illuminating story and mesmerizing accompanying music... Read more Read less

95
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Great writing, Great acting, Relevant, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if Powerful singing,AMAZING dancing& mesmerizing music blending flawlessly w touching story,minimalist stage&smart lighting.MORE

Don't see it if You do not want a story about injustice and wrong conviction.

Also All performers good but Joshua Henry... Read more Read less

85
The Independents
Midtown W
Masterful, Great acting, Delightful

See it if Uwant to see what happens when an independent Am artist meets a Fr artist in Paris.Does the connection run smoothly?Does love blossom ?MORE

Don't see it if 90 mins w intermission bothers U; the focus on Art and the personal relation between the Impressionists Degas&Cassat is too limited for you.

Also How do the artists benefit from the relationship ??? Go and see The In... Read more Read less

95
Great writing, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Amazing new drama abt Hannah Arendt,one of the most profound thinkers,performed by excellent act w/ a superb script.Real story:Berlin 1933*

Don't see it if You do not want to deal with MTA & NJT on weekend. Yet, travelling was worthwhile.

Also *Hanna Arendt Stern gets arrested and... Read more Read less

95
Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if A mesmerizing family drama that mostly focuses on "the truth" that must be told in a world of "mendacity",performed by talented actors at a*

Don't see it if 2 1/2 hours and 2 intermissions are too long a time for you.

Also *bed-sitting room,a room for sleeping and living that lends sensuality... Read more Read less

60
Disappointing

See it if you have no serious expectations about Marilyn's biography. Promising performance which has little support from the production.

Don't see it if you love Marilyn but feel offended by lack of drama which was central in her life. Bad direction and a superficial story-line annoy you.

90
During previews
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Admirer of a masterpiece w/ colorful performers by a master dramatist on an interesting set.Grt light design,dialect coach&music directio*

Don't see it if Melodramatic parts not as strong as the comedic ones.

Also *Certainly the most colorful character,in... Read more Read less

95
Must see, Relevant, Great staging, Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if Satoshi Miyagi created a stunning prod in a Noh still art form applied to Greek trag w/stg mesg:duty vs human feelings, indiv vs authority.*

Don't see it if you expect the original script; you do not like subtitles.

Also *Japanese Director Miyagi floods the wide stage with water on which gh... Read more Read less

80
To Life
East Village
Profound, Great acting, Absorbing, Intense

See it if 5 members of a Jewish family show their vulnerabilities while visiting a sick son/bro@a hosp ward. All cast is talented esp J.Merino/father.

Don't see it if The story is very intense. If you are familiar with the play 'Dust', you will appreciate 'To Life' BUT preferably do not see them close

Also to each other.Both are worth seeing ,yet,... Read more Read less

92
Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if This is a realistic Miller1956play of an Ital immigra fam. The AMAZING set:a barge in Redhook where longshor lived&worked. Terrific act&writ

Don't see it if offended by Italian accent which adds a sense of realism to drama,fortifying the treatment of theme-here corruption on the Bklyn front.MORE

Also Language here plays a central role, supporting life of a realistic dra... Read more Read less

84
This is Why We Live
East Village
Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Show w/grt act abt the poems of NobelPrize win W Szymborska. Coreo music&minimalist set all work seamlessly w/exquisite poems abt ppl &life.

Don't see it if not fond of performing arts in SOME transl foreign lang;however another reaso to see show is to open up to a multicultural unique experience

Also The poetry of Polish Wislawa Szymborska... Read more Read less

85
Relevant, Confusing, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if Solo play w/smart act, abt the BigBang& present politica disorder w/a twist of HOPE:Chaos often breeds life,new order&good things may happen

Don't see it if you think that a dialogue really needs two people.

90
Betrayal
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if you like a complex bond bet men thru intermediary of the same woman,in reverse order of events. Terrific acting,directing,staging&lighting.

Don't see it if you are not fond of pauses/slow diolagues typical of Pinter ! You do not think you may be hurt by the one you love.

85
Intense, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if Characters,dialog,set,mus are perfectly blended to express themes of mental disorder,fam viloence,bro/sis relation. Grt act,light&writin

Don't see it if you don't like Tennessee Williams and the Theater of the Absurd.

85
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Welldone play on the effect of racism in 1930s.Bigger,as a black kid,faces poverty,anger&fear,reacting wth violence&hatr in adaltho.Gt prod

Don't see it if you don't wish to question,"Who is to blame anyway, society or the individual molded by it ???" Reading Richard Wright's novel would help.

95
Must see, Enchanting, Masterful, Great singing, Exquisite

See it if The BioMusical has it all:interest charact you want to know more abt,exquisit voices ,dancing,grt costu/set& illuminating story.BRAVISSIMI

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Motown,nor wish to leave the theater with high energy & humming the great songs.

97
Profound, Great acting, Intense, Exquisite

See it if Two men share emotional stories abt their wives,children,parents creating strong connection with the audience. Grt acting,writing,directing

Don't see it if you don't like Tom Sturbridge, JACK GULLYENHALL nor if you don't like moving stories /monologues.

Also Jack and Tom were amazing during and after the show at an interesting ... Read more Read less

95
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Exquisite, Must see

See it if Grt adaptation of Neorealist masterpiece made famous by Sofia/Marcello:dramatic funny story perform by grt actors in artistic Carib set.

Don't see it if you don't appriciate reading subtitles while viewing.

Also Filomena realizes that times have changed-post WWII.She cannot romanti... Read more Read less

88
Hannah Senesh
Financial
Great singing, Great acting, Relevant, Profound

See it if A true story about a brave passionate Jewish younglady,a WWII resistance fighter,performed by a talented actress on a minimalist stage.

Don't see it if you are not interested in humanity or just you don't like monologues.

79
I Spy a Spy
Midtown W
Great acting, Entertaining, Relevant, Funny

See it if Show about NYC immigrant issues treated in a fun way.Central to the story is the quest of Am Dream& need of recog.Talented actors&musicians.

Don't see it if you expect a straightforward story which may need some reworking or a glamorous show.This is an unpretentious mus com with a strong message.

95
Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if you appreciate a brilliant show that is extremely relevant to present times; excellent cast, especially the great Steven Skybell as Tevye.

Don't see it if you do not like subtitles.

82
During previews
The Gospel of John
East Village
Masterful, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if Ur an advocate4 transparency &yearn for the truth.Then,disregarding pref x religion you'd enjoy the perform of a reduced,yet illuminating *

Don't see it if No interest in the bible as a literary masterpiece or you negate openess to religion and geo/ethnic reason.

Also *version of the most poetic of the Gospels.

90
Exquisite, Entertaining, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if A pure British talent that portrays gorgeously the story of an American music idol.Gary's voice&mesmerizing Simon's songs made you believe*

Don't see it if you don't like Paul Simon's songs like: "Sound of Silence","Homeward Bound" or albums like:"Graceland"&"Bridge Over Troubled Waters"REALLY?

Also *that the little guy of NJ had never left the 1981 Central Park concer... Read more Read less

95
Must see, Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Great singing

See it if Heartbreaking musical abt lonely teen& parents,trying to connect in cathartic,real often funny situations.Gorgeous dir,perf, songs,desig&orc

Don't see it if Uninterested in overwhelming effects of "antisocial"media. This show isnt xyoung kids:some profanity which isthe new normal on B'way&suicide

Also Terrific performance by Zachary Noah Piser in the role of Evan Hansen.... Read more Read less

88
Great acting, Intense, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Very funny & very touching play about the life of some Latino immigrants,performed by talented actors, on an interesting setting.

Don't see it if not crazy about the subtitle system, too fast at times.

Also If you read and liked the classic book by 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner J... Read more Read less

88
During previews
The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Master Director, creative set design,excellent ensemble delivery:different Crucible,showing how absurd-Then&Now-True Reality actually is.*

Don't see it if You expect a traditional classic version. It runs 3 hrs, including a 15-minute intermission but time flies !

Also In the 50s, during the McCarthysm, Arthur Miller was wrongly accused o... Read more Read less

85
Great writing, Riveting, Great acting

See it if Brilliantly acted,directed,written&lit. Shepard's best known play abt the dark side of life in West,focusing on 2lovers who can't live -MORE

Don't see it if Uninterested in Tom Shepard's plays.

Also with nor without each other. Themes of... Read more Read less

93
Great acting, Must see, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Brilliant act, direct, sing&a great horror story-line all work flawlessly w an intimate setting&terrific sense of humour.Hysterical!(really)

Don't see it if You do not want to look at your plants for a while ...

Also The tkt price may be a little high but if... Read more Read less

82
Great singing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Ulike jazz&complex relation betwee 2 bros:one,a Christian, classical pianist living in freedom&the other,a Muslim jazz playerliving in jail*

Don't see it if Uninterested in multicultural plays outside your own niche;you expect a documentary, do not go.It is a PLAY w partially fictionalized story.

Also *Well written, acted and directed.... Read more Read less

86
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Great staging, Great acting, Epic, Absorbing

See it if Brilliant acting,grt writ & interesting staging.Moving yet,at times,funny play covering themes of friendship,class,love, human compassion,*

Don't see it if Action-packed narrative at very beginning maybe rather confusing.However,worth seeing for everybody.

Also *identity,city vs country, emotion vs... Read more Read less

82
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if U wish to fathom deeper the legacy & problems some towering political figures of the 60s had to face. Great acting,writing and direction.*

Don't see it if Expect more abt LBJ's personality rather than facts. Brian Cox is brilliant but would be even more convincing with a pronounced TEXAN drawl

Also *Really great acting from the whole cast.... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Admire a good production w/ 4talented actors,of a unique'memory play',abtWilliams major theme:the negat impact of society on a fragile indiv

Don't see it if you cannot endure two hours without intermission.However, the show was so absorbing that time went very fast.

Also I have seen also the Sally F. version.They... Read more Read less

82
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing, Funny

See it if A fun musical that givesUwhat expect: grt acti ,sing, set&huge healthy laughs. Story abt act who goes extrem to be recogn in Bway jungle

Don't see it if not interested in frustration,rejection& struggles show people have to endure; you expect the musical to be as touching as the movie.

Also No wonder this musical won two Tony ... Read more Read less

86
Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if 2male act were superb impersonat esp role Sophia:in her way of talki walki&carryi little bag as she had never left her Miami home!Hysterical

Don't see it if You prefer serious plays; You don't want to laugh out loud with the audience; You don't like male impersonators.

77
Dust
East Village
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Intense

See it if A moving intense solo play writ&perform by a talented artist focusing on the serious probl of suicide&how that would affect her loved ones.

Don't see it if PLEASE do not go if you experience depression or if the problem of suicide hits home.

92
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if A fabulous show by a versatile Peter Mac in a sincere portrayal of Judy G. His amaz sing&body lang make one feel as it is truly the grt star

Don't see it if you don't care for male impersonators,then there is more reason to see this credible show.

Also Kudos also to grt impersonator of Dorothy from the Golden Girls.... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Great staging, Great singing, Exquisite

See it if A remarkable adaptat of musical classic w/an inclusiv cast on small grt stage,abt early XXcent decadent Berlin. Terrific act sing&coreogr.

Don't see it if Unless seated as faraway as possible due to the loud singing.You do not want to think of what started the Nazi regime: povert inequal prejud

85
Masterful, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if The world thr the eyes of2Renaiss geniuses&how their work stood test of time.Ur brillian encourg tofind inner DaV usin crea ima drea&PASSION

Don't see it if you are not fond of art&science; you prefer to travel to Europe .

Also Kudos to art historian Mark Rodgers, also curator of the"Da Vinci Mach... Read more Read less

80
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Profound

See it if interested in what happened to the playwright in Rikers decades ago. Grt true story perform by a talent young actor;want to meet playwright.

Don't see it if inequality or racial issues are not your thing; you just don't like monologues.

85
Make Believe
Midtown W
Absorbing, Profound, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Mesmerizing play on how irresp parents affect children xever.The story is very movin but well perform by the whol cast esp by4 amazing kids.

Don't see it if you don't like to dig into your own childhood.

79
Refreshing, Entertaining, Confusing, Funny

See it if you want to be immersed in a different "Tempest",performed by passionate young actors on a minimalist stage, at the sound of grt rock music.

Don't see it if If you are not familiar with Shakespeare's Tempest, you will not be able to understand this version,especially at the very beginning.

Also Given the age of the actors and the great... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Masterful

See it if Life of petite bourgeoisie in Russia in 1850s;Chekov's deconstructed story abt dispossession of the spirit&home; grt acting&grt directing.

Don't see it if you prefer the classic play.

Also Impressive how the intimate stage in the first act changes into a mean... Read more Read less

89
Relevant, Great staging, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if you like to experience a grt prod with talented actors in gorgeous period clothing&a story abt the danger of love& true nature of humanity.

Don't see it if you are not interested in 18th cent. French literature;you don't like to think how relevant the story still is.Reading the book would help.

95
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Relevant

See it if Havel's trilogy on dissident Czech Vaneck,Pinter's New World Order&Beckett'Catastrophe are still relevant on morality&tiranny.Grt act&set

Don't see it if you don't like absurdist playwrights who are often mirrors/molders, reflecting /changing history&instilling "passion" into new playwrights.

Also Kudos to PTP, director Richard Romagnoli ... Read more Read less

84
In the Penal Colony
East Village
Intense, Resonant, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you are interested in a new adaptation of Kafka's short story,encompassing the Black Am experience; outstanding acting,coregraphy&athletics

Don't see it if Even if racism is not your fav.subject, there is more reason to enjoy this show as "a metaphor of society",following Theatre of the Absurd

90
Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you enjoy a play with great actors ;kudos to Griffin Sharps as Caliban;great singing, wonderful kids in the chorus:a novelty in a Skspr play

Don't see it if you feel the set is too bare even if Skspr would have never used any scenery to depict the island.

Also Prospero, fleeing injustice and corruption,... Read more Read less