Elisa 9119

Brooklyn | Female
About:  Literary and Music Enthusiast in both European and American Cultures.
Reviews (249)
90
During previews
Intense, Profound, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting
October 1st, 2022

See it if An illuminating play, abt the relationships bet2disabled ppl&their caregivers, is acted by 4 terrific leads&beatifully written by Ms. Majok*

Don't see it if U may prefer an intimate stage to a mesmerizing innovative one. Some profane language may bother you,thou that's the way some ppl talk now.

Also *(Ironbound) with the recurrent aim of making invisible lives visible ... Read more Read less

95
Resonant, Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting
September 29th, 2022

See it if A man, brilliantly portrayed by David Strathairn, told of one of the greatest crimes while there was still time to stop it.

Don't see it if You may not like a bare stage, although that allows us to focus entirely on the story.

Also This play leaves you with more questions than answers.... Read more Read less

88
The Dark Stone
Gramercy
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
September 25th, 2022

See it if Set during the Spanish Civ War(1936-39),well-acted by one Ukrainian actor&a Russian one,The DS is abt the wars we battle within&the endless*

Don't see it if Uninterested in F G Lorca's bio, which appears @ the end only. This show is in English with Spanish subtitles; I wish it were the other way.

Also *ones we fight with others. Some great poems by F. G. Lorca make the r... Read more Read less

88
Hilarious, Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Clever
September 24th, 2022

See it if A very slick&fun musical performed by a talented cast, abt 2 ghosts trying to get rid their home of its unpleasant new inhabitants.*

Don't see it if Strobe lighting effects & theatrical fog/haze bother you.

Also * Plenty of talent here: from eye-popping puppetry, exceptional ... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Weightless
Upper W Side
Intense, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Clever
September 24th, 2022

See it if An electrifying musical/ rock concert featuring great music, voices& a mythological story on a minimal exciting stage interests you.FUN.

Don't see it if Uninterested in rock music or the Greek myth of Philomela&Procne retold by a strong ensemble. Part of the story is disturbing.

Also Every single member of the cast is excellent but charismatic drummer D... Read more Read less

89
Strings Attached
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Intelligent, Great writing, Clever
September 18th, 2022

See it if An exciting new play that asks the rare question of how science and religion are connected.Very clever writing and brilliant acting.

Don't see it if Uninterested in deep scientific talk. U aren't patient: the last part of the first act is where the play builds up to an interesting effect.

78
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting
September 18th, 2022

See it if Set in the 70ies, the comic spy thriller is abt how some CIA agents are trying2overturn the democratically elected Chilean leader Allende.*

Don't see it if You don't believe that all the above is funny, nor dou appreciate audience members(plants?)laughin&clappin@the wrong time&xthe wrong reason.

Also *Good acting by the all cast esp. by the P. Esparolini playing the wai... Read more Read less

86
Relevant, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful
September 18th, 2022

See it if The musical mostly abt otherness&social strife is beautifully sung by a brilliant ensemble, each of them w a mesmerizing voice,in grt epoch*

Don't see it if You are not for period musicals where the good people are social outcasts.

Also *costumes, on a well-designed Gothic-style stage.

85
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great singing, Clever
September 15th, 2022

See it if A profound&funny musical abt a young artist's life, brilliantly revealed by a talented lead & ensemble on a creative stage.Not to be missed.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by profane language. Uninterested in a resonant universal story & in a guy who just wants to be seen & heard.

Also The role of Usher, usually played by Jacquel Spivey, was performed ... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Jasper
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
September 10th, 2022

See it if Facin the reality of their son's illness, a couple tries to keep their child& marriage alive.Profoundly movin play well- acted on grt stage.

Don't see it if The first act could benefit from some cutting. Not easy to watch, yet sooo worth seeing!

78
Confusing, Masterful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever
September 10th, 2022

See it if Talented storyteller Jason Woods makes us believe the stage is crowded as he makes up a fun magical story. Great music, story & acting.

Don't see it if Although the effects are achieved by changes in sounds,&multiple funny contorted facial expressions, the show may be confusing at times.

89
Riveting, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Clever
September 8th, 2022

See it if Asad,the skillful hypnotist&Colin ofWhose Line Is It Anyway?+grt volunteers performing while under mind control:what a brilliant combination

Don't see it if You don't believe in hypnosis. Was it real? Real or not, it was great fun! And sitting near charming actor Ward Horton made the eve perfect.

79
Intense, Confusing, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing
September 4th, 2022

See it if The play follows a Korean fam journey, thru XXc Korean Wars to the LA riots,mingled with great folk tales.Stunning staging,some good acting*

Don't see it if Some low voices may be challenging@times; uninterested in the Korean inheritance or are easily offended by scenes of sex & war violence.

Also *amazing projections and beautiful costumes.

79
Los Otros
Midtown W
Slow, Quirky, Great singing, Clever, Absorbing
September 3rd, 2022

See it if In Los Otros2chars ,dissimilar on the surface ,sing us the stories of their lives in 40m each.If you are open2an interesting experiment in*

Don't see it if With an innovative music score, Los Otros tends to wow small audiences but not a large crowd, not x everyone.

Also *music storytelling, go for it. Great orchestration and performances.

95
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Hilarious, Great writing, Funny
August 28th, 2022

See it if With a constant eye to the absurd, charmer Alex Edelman tells the insane story of when he crashed a White Nationalist meeting in Queens.*

Don't see it if You are not for "dumb jokes" that are actually really smart.

Also *He also poses questions on what it means to be too Jewish or not Jewi... Read more Read less

70
Thought-provoking, Intense, Excruciating, Edgy, Quirky
August 22nd, 2022

See it if With a minimal set, Don't Do This To Us features a young lady who wants to make a difference in the world by going back in time&destroying*

Don't see it if Uninterested in plays on ethnicity or a play on a "j'accuse," nor can you tolerate talky characters for too long.

Also *Jared Kushner before he destroys the image of the Jewish people and... Read more Read less

85
Must see, Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting
August 21st, 2022

See it if A well-directed,staged&performed physical comedy that is brilliantly woven into a 1920 murder mystery.Delightfully clever&funny,something*

Don't see it if At times the actors didn't pause x laughing&I was unable to hear the line that followed. The audience didn't seem to mind.

Also *the Brits excel at. The constant audience engagement culminated with ... Read more Read less

90
She-Wolf
Midtown W
Riveting, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting
August 14th, 2022

See it if She-Wolf tells the story of the rise&retreat of Margaret d'Anjou-HenryVI,p1,2,3, RichardIII- & focuses on surviving the trauma of being *

Don't see it if Includes some upsetting content such as beheading, depiction of war violence,&abusive language.

Also *"the other". Strong acting with stunning costumes on a clever stage.... Read more Read less

85
That Physics Show
Midtown W
Great staging, Refreshing, Funny, Intelligent, Riveting
August 14th, 2022

See it if Some magic scientific tricksR brought 2 the stage in a simple yet informative way & who knew?They make physics FUN! Grtxschool kids&adults.

Don't see it if U may feel too much info being thrown @ you in 85m, but the show's star held the audience's attention all the way.

Also I enjoyed every moment of the show but the segment I liked best?? Watc... Read more Read less

80
Love Quirks
Midtown W
Great singing, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful
August 7th, 2022

See it if Love Q. is abt 4 NYC roommates as they explore the ups&downs of their relations. Very able vocalists perform Bissen Hersh's pleasant songs*

Don't see it if Some scenes above the stage may be spatially awkward, depending on where you are sitting.

Also * while a script by Mark Childers can be funny, moving, and relevant t... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Patience (2st)
Upper W Side
Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
August 6th, 2022

See it if The story is abt how a solitary player"plays his cards"w everybody in his life & a contest that mimics his longer game. Strong acting with*

Don't see it if As the title suggests, @ times you need patience to deal w some talky characters. Some trimmings would help.

Also * some good character development on a futuristic stage w beautiful li... Read more Read less

82
Great acting, Great writing, Quirky, Intelligent, Absorbing
July 31st, 2022

See it if The play uses movement to understand the Macbeth couple better and focuses on mental illness. Solid acting & choreography.

Don't see it if You prefer the full production of Macbeth.

Also The electrifying movement from Choreographer Alexandra Beller is jerky... Read more Read less

70
During previews
The Butcher Boy
Chelsea
Slow, Quirky, Great acting, Intense, Absorbing
July 31st, 2022

See it if A new musical follows a teen's dark journey thru escapism,violence,mental illness&death,set in a1960s Irish town&perf by great actors-esp*

Don't see it if Arguably not a memorable book or lyrics. Some editing would be helpful, especially on the scary ending.

Also * charismatic Nicholas Barasch, on an interesting stage.... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Great singing, Funny
July 27th, 2022

See it if The musical comedy has its pleasures:some memorable songs&good laughs from Beanie,some grt tap dancing fromJ Grimes+terrific costume&lightin

Don't see it if I have some news x u:neither Beanie Feldstein,norJulie Benko(Aug1st),or Lea Michele(Sept 6th),all in the role ofFanny,will b Barbra.So pls*

Also * let's give future artists a fair chance!... Read more Read less

95
Notre Dame de Paris
Upper W Side
Masterful, Relevant, Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing
July 24th, 2022

See it if OMG,what a brilliant pop-rock musical! Set in Medieval Paris,N D brings with it an uncanny modern relevance to themes of otherness,asylum*

Don't see it if Uninterested in foreign productions but the audience loved this one.

Also * and conflict between the ruling class &... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Oresteia
Upper E Side
Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing
July 23rd, 2022

See it if A solid rendition of Oresteia has it all:beautifully directed,well written&acted on a heartbreaking stage w exquisite visuals.Bravi 2genius*

Don't see it if You heard it already:4h is too long but you don't mind an eve of substance &thinking of contemporary relevance.

Also *Robert Icke, the entire excellent cast, and... Read more Read less

85
Intense, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
July 20th, 2022

See it if U may have 2B familiar w the original RichardIII 2enjoy a great rendition of the piece,performed by 2talented actors on a minimal stage.

Don't see it if Knowing the original Shakesperean tragedy is essential. 50m

Also In the modern piece, the focus is on the night before the battle when ... Read more Read less

74
Quirky, Intense, Slow, Absorbing, Intelligent
July 17th, 2022

See it if You want to be immersed in 2 artists' cerebral conversation on graffiti art & fame. Good acting on a black box stage.

Don't see it if Not x everyone. Even @ 70m, it drags a little. Some editing would be helpful.

90
Riveting, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
July 17th, 2022

See it if Play is abt the repression of5daughters by a domineering mother who brings violence &death into the family.Solid performances on adequate *

Don't see it if Uninterested in other ppl's cultures. Ay, Que' Pena !!!!

Also *Spanish setting in the oldest & quaintest community theatre in Brookl... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Disappointing, Great staging, Great writing, Intense
July 17th, 2022

See it if A mesmerizing family drama-perf by an uneven cast-focuses on the"truth"that must be told in a world of "mendacity"&is set in a plantation*

Don't see it if Sadly the lack of a mick&a forced southern drole make Maggie the Cat hard 2understand;plenty of time x improvement tho. 3h is too long xyou.

Also *home in the MS Delta.... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Relevant, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
July 16th, 2022

See it if A heartbreaking drama follows one man's journey2face his past in a country on the verge of being destroyed. Grt actors+terrific drummer on*

Don't see it if You are not into other cultures, although that may be the very reason to go see this play.

Also * a creative stage.... Read more Read less

90
Great writing, Clever, Great singing, Great acting, Funny
July 14th, 2022

See it if Music,lyrics,&perf r as ingenious as everyone has said since 2011.The outspoken&funny book is abt two young Mormons who attempt to spread *

Don't see it if The bold show, unafraid of everything, pokes fun@cultural&religious beliefs so this musical is not for you if you are easily offended.

Also *the gospel in a Ugandan village.... Read more Read less

84
During previews
HEART
West Village
Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing
July 10th, 2022

See it if A poetic play written&amazingly acted by a Brit poet who tellsU that good things can happen when U follow your instincts.Grt script&acting.

Don't see it if A 70m monologue is not your cup of tea.

88
Thought-provoking, Profound, Great acting, Great writing, Intense
July 9th, 2022

See it if Two short provocative plays based on true stories: Dog Plays abt the Aids era in SF in 1989&A Variant Strain set in NYC in the recent past*

Don't see it if Obviously not x everyone. Also, some sexual scenes make it unfit x families.

Also *help you make sense of two similar yet insensible pandemics.... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Must see, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Enchanting
July 8th, 2022

See it if One of the best Am musicals,abt community responsibility,a universal msg x Sondheim.The bare stage allows us2 focus on hilarious fairytales*

Don't see it if You don't like Sondheim or a 2h50m musical, then you'll miss a truly rare work of art.

Also memorable lyrics, a dream cast, but also exceptional puppetry, heartbr... Read more Read less

93
Must see, Clever, Great staging, Great acting
July 4th, 2022

See it if A drama that is still true to the original yet, amazingly directed by genius Hicke w a modern twist. Brilliant cast-esp" Prince charming"*

Don't see it if Udon't appreciate Dylan's music as I did, or modern furniture on set tho PA Armory will never letU down:staging is always breathtaking here!

Also *Alex Lawther-and exceptional... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Between The Lines
Midtown W
Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Enchanting, Refreshing
July 4th, 2022

See it if A good musical based in part on a fairy tale where a teen girl gets lost on the silverline between reality&imagination.Grt singing &acting.

Don't see it if Silly at times,perfect x teens & anybody who wants to have a FUN eve at the theater.

90
Resonant, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Intense
July 4th, 2022

See it if A heartfelt drama about love&loss among three generations of men portrayed by a brilliant cast on a great stage.

Don't see it if Please do not go if an end-of-life issue hits home.

80
Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing
June 27th, 2022

See it if Queen mingles math, science&ethics during a bee colony-collapse research but a brilliant playwright&cast pollinate it w humanity&passion.

Don't see it if You may be unwilling2accept the fact that abuse of power exists in Am education;in this case the coercion of a supervisor on 2 researchers*

Also * to publish or perish. Nor do you value the role of a labor union: a ... Read more Read less

78
Don't Look Back
Soho/Tribeca
Slow, Intense, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting
June 26th, 2022

See it if You want to ponder on the timeless issue of refugees thru a known&well-acted biblical story, staged in the round.

Don't see it if The script could benefit from some editing as dialogue plays a bit flat and preachy at times.

85
Chains
Midtown W
Great writing, Clever, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
June 26th, 2022

See it if Some middle-class Edwardians consider choosing adventure over responsibility (chains) in a timeless drama perf by a grt cast on cozy stage.

Don't see it if You are not for scene changes done during a performance. You need to focus a little to appreciate the sophisticated British language.

90
Great staging, Masterful, Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting
June 22nd, 2022

See it if Ur eager to dive into the stream of consciousness of Joyce's most sensual hero Molly&wonder w her on age,mortality, &God but also memories *

Don't see it if Not x everyone esp if you don't like J. Joyce's writing; if unfamiliar w Molly's chapter, check it out before buying any ticket.

Also * of her childhood in Gibraltar & some erotic fantasies.... Read more Read less

80
The Refugees
Midtown W
Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant
June 19th, 2022

See it if An intense new take on an old Greek myth that sparks moral questions on refugees, performed by a good cast on a minimal stage.

Don't see it if You are not in the mood to be entertained by social issues, or your mind needs a break from serious stuff.

68
During previews
53% OF
Upper W Side
Confusing, Great staging, Great acting, Insipid, Ambitious
June 19th, 2022

See it if A rather good all-female cast starts the first part w an interesting political satire of the current divided America, on a great stage BUT

Don't see it if The second and third parts need a lot of work. You may also get confused by five actors playing several roles.

78
Epiphany
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky
June 19th, 2022

See it if Epiphany is abt the meaning of life arguably expressed by a talented cast on a terrific stage.M.Burke gives an unbelievably hysterical perf.

Don't see it if Takes a while to get started. The second part is way better than the first half.

Also The story is about some acquaintances who meet at a dinner party and w... Read more Read less

83
God's Fool
East Village
Quirky, Enchanting, Great singing, Delightful
June 16th, 2022

See it if Great chanting&mvmt, terrific animal masks&mesmerizing poetry: all work seamlessly to portray a humble man with a lot of power.

Don't see it if You don't need to be religious to value a life based on simplicity & respect for nature, animals, and humans of ANY kind.

Also While chanting in Latin in a Franciscan setting is kind of a cherry on... Read more Read less

70
Quirky, Ambitious, Entertaining
June 12th, 2022

See it if A bold version of a classic thru mvmt, murder,&folk punk arrangements by M. Fennings. Good performance by the male lead playing Macbeth.

Don't see it if A perfect show for teens, less so for adults.

86
Masterful, Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful
June 11th, 2022

See it if Set in Kinnan, a small Scottish island, the impressive musical gives u what expected: great acting, singing,a magic realist story *

Don't see it if the intense light was the only issue&ok, u heard it already: Scottish brogue tho you don't really need2understand every word2get the story.

Also *told in songs about an island in peril & two people @ a crossroad in ... Read more Read less

90
Mr. Parker
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing
June 9th, 2022

See it if Superb directing, acting, lighting&staging all work seamlessly w a moving yet funny story,w clever character development &about people&life.

Don't see it if you don't like to be emotionally engaged w grief, loss,&love nor to be entertained with witty humor & some healthy laughs.

Also Do not miss this one, if you can.... Read more Read less

88
Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing
June 5th, 2022

See it if Brecht's grt anti-war play M C ,set during the Thirty Years War,follows one of his most exceptional char as she strives2live off war while*

Don't see it if U wonder abt an open ending & what happened to M C @ the end of the war. U refuse to think of war & its victims.

Also *the war devours her children.... Read more Read less