Elisa 9119

Brooklyn | Female
About:  Literary and Music Enthusiast in both European and American Cultures.
Reviews (141)
90
Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful

See it if An amusing show, performed by a talented cast with nice costumes, a great band & amazing dancing on a creative stage.

Don't see it if Singing at times is over-miked, yet the show is worth seeing if you enjoy Irving Berlin's music.

Also The musical explores the history of Berlin during the Hollywood years.... Read more Read less

82
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny

See it if A touching play on how some strivers deal with prison,drugs&poverty but also w second chances,last resort&hope. Great stage&strong acting.

Don't see it if You do not like a weak ending nor do you want to hear how life after prison is.

Also As always, Uzo Aduba gives a top notch... Read more Read less

86
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if A heartwarming, joyous musical w a stellar cast & a strong msg, abt a kid struggling w identity issues. Beautiful choreography & singing.

Don't see it if The success of the production seems to rely almost entirely on a terrific 13-year-old.

80
Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if The play within a play,on inclusion&racism, is brilliantly performed on adequate set. LaChanze is great but all cast is equally impressive.

Don't see it if Although this is not a musical, you expect LaChanze to use her beautiful voice more in songs than in preachy talks.

93
Great acting, Intense, Profound, Must see, Absorbing

See it if An illuminating play abt 3 DR dissident sisters murdered by ruthless Trujillo regime. Stellar acting, costumes & set designs.

Don't see it if You may think that DR history is not important to you, but this story is well done and worth knowing.

Also I did not know anything about the four Mirabel sisters, one of them su... Read more Read less

92
Relevant, Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if U want2know Brecht's story thru his poems, songs,essays&plays excerpts. Bravo2DirectorViselli&sincere cast w various abilities&disabilities.

Don't see it if unfamiliar with Brecht's work. Then you'll miss knowing one of the world's greatest playwrights.

Also During spring 2002,eight months after 9/11,... Read more Read less

92
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if A solid memory play performed by talented actors, interspersed w/some grt blues & flashbacks, on strong family issues of race, religion and*

Don't see it if you are tired to hear old stories about race. Seeing this great play provides some perennial questions on American public life.

Also *loss of a child, set in rural PA, in early 60s.... Read more Read less

88
La Gringa
Gramercy
Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Funny, Absorbing

See it if What a great performance!Well-acted&so relevant to what immigrants go through when going back to their own country.

Don't see it if Some jokes resonated more w/ those who better understood PR culture.Bravo2 smart kids from W Hempstead HS who seemed to get it all the way!

Also A young lady born in NYC travels to PR... Read more Read less

89
And So We Walked
West Village
Exquisite, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Engaging memoir of grt Cherokee artist tryin2find a place between past and present.Amazing set, lightin&music takeU2 sacred Indian spaces

Don't see it if You don't want to be reminded how relevant to the Cherokees & other ethnic groups this complex story still is.

90
Dana H. (Broadway)
Midtown W
Profound, Great acting, Intense, Absorbing

See it if A riveting play with an enthralling storyline, perfectly directed and well-acted on an innovative stage.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy doc-style theatre, nor watching an actor lip-syncing her part, though Mrs. O'Connell knows how to do it.

Also Dana H was held hostage for five months.... Read more Read less

80
Resonant, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A solid musical set in Louisiana during the civil rights mov,brilliantly performed by entire cast led by amazing S D Clarke on a cozy stage.

Don't see it if You can hum no song on your way out nor you 're eager on several styles: gospel,blues,jazz,operetta&klezmer,all in one musical but it works!

90
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if A brilliant production of a classic story on an elegant stage.Great direction& magnificent acting not only by JeffDaniels but the whole cast

Don't see it if You are not particularly eager on young adults playing children, though Tony Award Celia Keenan-Bolger playing the tomboy jumping all over*

Also * the place is hilarious.... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Refreshing, Great acting, Funny

See it if U want to see a cute family comedy w/a a well- written story&have some fun time.Urie's hilarious but all performers are equally impressive.

Don't see it if You do not appreciate a little diversion, nor are you interested in Black or Gay culture.

88
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if want to enjoy a compelling story with a strong message on resilience& community told by interesting characters with great music & singing.

Don't see it if Some scenes are not for young kids; partial view on the far left side.

88
Exquisite, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want2have fun w/a well orchestrated& exceptionally sung classic musical, abt a fascinating family story, performed by13first rate pros.*

Don't see it if You may not care to watch it via online streaming.

Also *Shereen Ahmed is a true revelation and... Read more Read less

80
Ni Mi Madre
West Village
Great staging, Intense, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want to spend a fun time with a well-acted&well- directed solo play on legacy across generations&cultures.

Don't see it if you expect the play in Portuguese. At times Arturo's memories& description of his mother outweigh the scenes in which he portrays himself.

Also Kudos to charming Actor/Writer Arturo Luis Soria who made his B'way de... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if This exceptionally written, well acted one person show abt JMSynge's affair w/some peasants of rural Ireland, takes u2authentic enchanting*

Don't see it if uninterested in adaptations. If you read& liked The Playboy of the Western World and Riders to the Sea, then you'll like this show as well.

Also *places and real people. Bravo to great Irish actor Brendan Conroy & t... Read more Read less

78
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Dizzying, Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing

See it if Late Michael Friedman's elegiac music, heartfelt emotions,talented cast& designers not always mix well w/ multilevel,convoluted 90min story.

Don't see it if don't care abt "play-within-a-play" structure. Saw this musical in preview.Hope story changes to be equal w/terrific score.

Also Troy, NY 1973... Read more Read less

85
Two Can Play
Midtown W
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Well-acted,well-directed&well-staged play on serious social issues such as women's inequality,violence,race& immigration w/use of grt humor

Don't see it if uninterested in Jamaican culture; can't value vernacular as intregal part of dramatic realism.

Also Trevor Rhone's play, set in 1970's ... Read more Read less

89
Intelligent, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Unique chance to hear this great US composer/lyricist's wide range of songs, performed by a talented 8member cast, blended in a humbling *

Don't see it if you aren't fond of musicals, nor a bare stage w/video.

Also inspirational story w/ a powerful message. E.g., in "God" Sondheim add... Read more Read less

86
Great writing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Lady Gregory,one of the foremost figures in the Irish theatre of the XX cent,introduces two short plays of hers, mixed w scenes of her life*

Don't see it if you don't like plays in vernacular. Strongly recommended to read plays on line in advance:"The Workhouse Ward" & "McDonough's Wife"

Also *devoted entirely to the cause of Irish literature & theatre.... Read more Read less

95
Exquisite, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing, Must see

See it if OMG,what a terrific bio jukebox musical!AdrienneWarren gives what expected:she sings,dances&looks just like Tina. Grt orchestration,amazing*

Don't see it if uninterested in Tina's songs nor in life, really ???

Also *choreo,voices and a stage suitable x a queen. Difficult to sit thru, ... Read more Read less

89
El Quijote
Gramercy
Great staging, Refreshing, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if A longing rendition of the first European novel of XVII cent on themes of war,peace,fear,sanity,realism vs idealism but E.Q. is first abt*

Don't see it if uninterested in viewing the greatest Spanish masterpiece in original language with English subtitles.

Also * quest to make the world a better place.... Read more Read less

88
Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Relevant

See it if A solid thought provoking production of 3one-act plays:beautifully connected,well-acted directed written& staged.Bravo2entire talented cast.

Don't see it if You do not mind an eve of substance,thinking about contemporary relevance.

Also 1stplay or THE PAST:... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Relevant, Funny, Absorbing

See it if Well acted,directed,@times slow dealing w/ a basic human issue:how to stay a good person in a money centered society. Themes of identity,*

Don't see it if Unfamiliar w/Brecht's play;u don't mind cuts of an hour to original script,nor mind that play leaves more quest than ans: typical of Brecht

Also *success, failure, wealth & poverty.... Read more Read less

88
Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny

See it if A good musical rendition set during the Harlem Renaissance.Costumes,music, singing,dancing,staging, all great & true to the time period.

Don't see it if you expect a traditional musical.This one is presented in a vedauville style w 31 songs performed by some good singers AND Alexander Brown!

Also I do love this cute intimate venue where the stage can be clearly seen... Read more Read less

85
The Alchemist
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Great acting

See it if The staging is excellent. The costumes are gorgeous. The story is humor-laden. The acting is top-notch.

Don't see it if actors playing multiple roles confuse you; not always easy to understand.

Also The farce, mirroring Ben Jonson's original play & his uneven handling ... Read more Read less

88
Profound, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if A good rendition of the classic which focuses on words rather than on visuals. Just close your eyes and use your imagination!

Don't see it if You want to hear only the original version of Shakespeare.

Also The audio play is in English and Spanish.... Read more Read less

68
Chasing Jack
Midtown W
Resonant, Edgy, Slow, Absorbing

See it if A riveting courtroom drama abt a surgeon sued x malpractice, performed by SOME good actors,w/twists&turns that'll keepU guessin till the end

Don't see it if A cramped stage is not your thing, nor a 110 min play w/out intermission.

79
During previews
A Sherlock Carol
Midtown W
Great staging, Funny, Clever, Great acting

See it if you want to spend a fun time in a mystery play performed by talented actors w/grt costumes on an imaginative stage. What a holiday treat!

Don't see it if you are unfamiliar with Detective Holmes and/or Scrooge.Reading Christmas Carol or abt those characters before going to the show may help.

88
Masterful, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if A mesmerizing American classic brilliantly directed, staged & orchestrated. The costumes are amazing.

Don't see it if Storyline not easy for very young kids. Watching the movie before going to the show may help.

Also Go see why this musical is a winner of six Tonys, including Best Music... Read more Read less

82
Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Exquisite guitar playin&grt lighting mix flawlessly w a heartfelt memoir told in an easily malleable voice,on themes of hope, community&life

Don't see it if The too many voices of one, at times, may be difficult to follow.

Also Artist Santiago-Hudson portrays twenty characters while celebrating a... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Refreshing, Great acting, Great staging, Funny

See it if Hilarious new comedy abt dreaming of celebrity&makin it big in Lagos,Nigeria. Grt direction, actin,stagin&costumes Entire audience burst out

Don't see it if U are not particularly eager on comedies but this one is worth seeing for a fun night out.

90
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if Costumes&sets are mesmerizing& Aladdin&Jasmine's magic ride to"A Whole New World" wows the whole audience. Grt x anybody willing2have FUN !

Don't see it if You are not particularly interested in Disney nor in its promotion of diversity on Broadway.

Also Seven new songs were introduced in this new production but audiences' ... Read more Read less

85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Good direction&great acting of an intense dramatic thriller, adapted from the transcript of Reality Winner's FBI investigation.

Don't see it if What Emily Davis does is terrific, but she speaks2fast, understandably so as R.Winner has to face much fear during the whole interrogation.

Also June 3rd,2017- Augusta, Georgia.... Read more Read less

92
Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Successful hybrid that transcends genres, combining essay, epic,theater,lyrics,math formulas&comics told by 3grt actors on avant-guard stage

Don't see it if You get easily confused by 3 actors playing the 3 Lehman Brothers,their children&their grandchildren, though they know how to do it.

Also The LT is abt the history of the Lehman Brothers Bank from its beginni... Read more Read less

90
Must see, Intelligent, Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You want to be immersed in an uplifting theatrical concert w/ dynamic dancing, great staging, terrific music and, David Byrne.

Don't see it if You believe in apolitical art.

Also David Byrne sang ten songs from the ... Read more Read less

93
Enchanting, Must see, Great singing, Great staging

See it if The terrific cast played&sang a sublime& epic poetry of2combined myths but it was Orpheus w/a golden voice&music,who charmed both audience *

Don't see it if stories under ground are not your thing, or you don't care for jazz/blues music; you don't like a modern take of an ancient myth either.

Also *and characters on a mesmerizing, heartbreaking stage.... Read more Read less

90
Chicago (Broadway)
Midtown W
Intense, Must see, Great staging, Great singing

See it if U seek a musical w/everything that makes B'way universal.This is an engaging story that is beautifully sung on a creative stage. MORE*

Don't see it if you strongly believe in the justice system, or if you are easily offended by the celebration of murderers.

Also *The distinctive Fosse-style choreography... Read more Read less

78
Sanctuary City
West Village
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if U want2be immersed in the journey of 2teens interacting between themselves& w/1supporting ch,in a complex story abt relations&immigration,*

Don't see it if you cannot endure slow dialogues nor complex relations but if you saw and liked Betrayal, then you will like this play as well.

Also *well performed on an interesting, meaningful, minimalist stage.

98
Must see

See it if Unique theatre experience.The show features the terrific sound&quality of Bruce's greatest hits, interspersed w/ personal stories.His aims *

Don't see it if you don't want an experience of a lifetime.

Also *are to portray life on the Jersey Shore, and his love affair with his... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

See it if PO emulates Waiting x Godot&theExodus story, abt 2 young black men who try to get off a st corner&into paradise.Great acting &costume design

Don't see it if Pass over this one if you don't like absurdist urban tragedies based on racial issues, nor a surprisingly fantastical & unexpected ending.

96
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Masterful

See it if Albee's well-written&lighted,amazingly staged&acted play abt living w/ w/out illusions.Funny on the surface,dark riveting revealingX170min

Don't see it if exchanging partners/cheating annoys you.

Also Mesmerizing theatrical exploration on absurdity/stark fear to face rea... Read more Read less

85
Resonant, Clever, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing

See it if Charming rendition of classic w/ amazing cast,incredible voices,great costumes&choreo on creative stage. Historic plot abt true events.

Don't see it if Weak characterization of Molly in 1st act:she does not appear as progressive as one expects.Wait until 2nd act to see the real activist *

Also *on women's rights,labor rights & ... Read more Read less

92
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Funny

See it if A seamless mix of a legedary English composer's hits&illuminating story of his remarkable artistic life. Amazing performers deliver ALW's *

Don't see it if Uninterested in a multimedia show,so popular this season. Only 2 performances left.Make time Sunday.It's worth it !

Also *most popular hits,wowing again his fans.... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Riveting, Masterful, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing

See it if Authentic Gaelic talent delivers riveting story that mixes seamlessly w songs,rather poems,of an Am genius Terrific dir,voices,orch&choreo.

Don't see it if Show not for everybody's taste. If you expect Bob Dylan to pop up on stage at any time or if you don't favor his songs.

Also Duluth,1934 time of the Grt Depression:... Read more Read less

88
Look Back In Anger
East Village
Absorbing, Edgy, Great writing, Great acting

See it if A masterpiece of English theater as"the first totally original play of a new generation"(TheGlobe) Theatrical explorations on loneliness,*

Don't see it if A typical"Kitchen Sink drama" is not really your cup of tea.If u don't like Osborne's play,then you should not go,but u will miss a classic.

Also *alianation,anger,apathy & class struggle... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Exquisite, Great staging, Great singing

See it if Moving play w focus on a group of immigrants having "a party w a point", terrific musicdancing&true stories while awaiting a loved one from*

Don't see it if More songs&dialogue rather than narrative'd make the show more interestingThird eve on preview:room x improvement,yet see it@ any nycborough

Also * Honduras on the eve of an ICE ride.... Read more Read less

92
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Great singing, Funny

See it if The funniest musical comedy I have ever seen!Stellar ensemble abt an interesting story that takes you back&forth from Bklyn to Verona *

Don't see it if You are a Bard purist;you can't get tickets: sold out !

Also * with significant twist from the original Shakesperean play.... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Clever, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Very academic&tedious play abt family music art&science w focus on Dr Wiener, discoverer of RH Factor. Nice violin/piano mus;uneven acting.

Don't see it if Saw show on3rd day.Some drastic changin needed;storyline needs more structure2increase audience motivation. Som fellow aud membes dozing off

Also Playwright uses some found text & interview with his mother to examine... Read more Read less