Elisa 9119

Brooklyn | Female
About:  Literary and Music Enthusiast in both European and American Cultures.
Reviews (107)
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

90
Leaving the Blues
Soho/Tribeca
Entertaining, Resonant, Masterful, Great singing

See it if A mesmerizing,epic,totally captivating story of 1of America's legendary blues greats:Alberta Hunter who had to face issues of racism,*

Don't see it if You think that hits like"Lettie"s Blues", "Down Hearted Blues", or "MY HANDY MAN" are less relevant today.

Also *sexism & aging.... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Great singing, Great acting, Clever, Entertaining

See it if A stage documentary delivers quarter century search of the baby boomer generation combing music,politics& culture in a very creative way.*

Don't see it if U don't want to hear 50s hits"Cold Cold Heart","Tennessee Waltz",or later"I Wanna Be Your Man".Enjoyed all 26 song snippets.

Also * Well written,performed and directed by the amazing Canadian Rick Mil... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Relevant, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Edgy

See it if A compelling story abt murder of black sgt in a Louisiana army base in 1943, themes of race&alienation. Grt direction,set&terriffic cast!

Don't see it if Some fast talking. I was completely engagedx2hrs;so were some students sitting in back row.Kudos also to their teachers who introduced *

Also * youngsters to such an illuminating play !... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Edgy, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if Grt direct,grt set&terrific act on themes of betrayal&vengeance,servin as an analogy of modern times.Bravi2real life couple Byrne/Cannavale!

Don't see it if you just want Euripides original work.

Also Story eventually takes a turn but very funny as it proceeds along.... Read more Read less

83
The Contours of Heaven
Soho/Tribeca
Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if A Maori perform artist tells us abt her culture&adjustments as she grows up.Thou there r some elements u may fail2understand,there r also *

Don't see it if you are not open to other cultures,nor wish to recognize that the lady's experience may be a mirror of your own.

Also *others you can relate to.... Read more Read less

90
Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if A well-lit,well-acted play, on gigantic stage w strong hints to massive architecture of Italy & Germany 30s &40s. Story: social critique*

Don't see it if Given the length of the stage, try to grab seats in the middle.

Also *allegory of an exacerbated blame.... Read more Read less

80
Metamorphosis
Soho/Tribeca
Thought-provoking, Clever, Great acting, Absorbing, Intense

See it if Compelling feminine take on Kafka's masterpiece w focus on feelings of alienation,guilt,isolation&escape: Becoming an insect as metaphor 2*

Don't see it if uninterested in female sexuality,incest nor clever twist from original story.

Also *escape an unhappy life.... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Delightful, Clever, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if Unique Xmas play to be enjoyed w your loved ones. Gorgeously lit&performed on a minimalist set focusing on human condition.

Don't see it if Uninterested in customs that were appreciated by all, young&old. You don't like Xmas carols nor English clog dancing!

Also You needn't be religious to appreciate the strong message : love your ... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Sing Street
East Village
Great acting, Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if Well written,sung, orchestrated musical. Dublin 1982 recession time.A teen boy, desperate to escape parents'relation& financia issues,meets*

Don't see it if No desire to support brilliant future stars 2come2fruition.It was a real pleasure to watch talented young artists sing&play so beautifully!

Also *a mysterious girl&starts a futurist band w futurist music.... Read more Read less

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 act.All theatrical elements are here except4the stage. Diction needs time2get used 2

Also I liked the entire cast but I really 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

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

88
Exquisite, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if Well-lit stage,grt design set&costumes take you2Garcia Marquez favorite work. Terrific acting by the entire cast. Colombia 1950s,or*

Don't see it if uninterested in play in Spanish with subtitles.

Also *the years of "la violencia".... Read more Read less

85
During previews
17 Minutes
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if Intense drama examining how pepl's behavior is affected forever after HS shooting.Solid production&moving story exhibiting themes of guilt,*

Don't see it if You want to be politically correct and avoid the serious issue.

Also judgment, accountability and forgiveness.... Read more Read less

85
Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if A unique piece of perf art w good music, danc&movin poetry written by NZ poet T.Avia&perform by6talent act on gender, sex abuse&alienation.

Don't see it if Ur looking x a play; Uwant2underst&transl every word; Umake no effort2get the strg msg behind voice,body lang&context foreig words are*

Also spoken and repeated.If that is the case,then look at the following ... Read more Read less

81
Funny, Relevant, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if An authentic musical composed&perform by NZ Maori,including folk music,stories, poetry&dance,typical of the Pasifika oral tradition*

Don't see it if uninterested in the strong message behind foreign words; You prefer to hear more Maori songs &fewer Western hits.

Also Music coming from the heart, a sense of fun despite some harder moment... Read more Read less

82
Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Good rendition of Canadian icon by Canadian cabaret performer. Good voice, SOME gd songs &stories about Durbin/Garland relation&their lives.

Don't see it if you expect more Garland songs. Great example of inherent mistreatment of women by Hollywood.

Also Truthfully,didn't know much about Durbin credited until her demise at ... Read more Read less

97
Refreshing, Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Exquisite choreo,complete jukebox show mixing flawlessly w story abt quest xtrue love,lust,intrigue,passion,verismo& escapism.Karen Olivo*

Don't see it if you want only original songs from the movie. You are a minimalist,then not your cup oftea. You do not want hum songs we fell in love with.

Also *is great but Aaron Tveit is equally impressive.... Read more Read less

94
Where Are We Now
East Village
Great singing, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Charming Dutch talent, delivering rare perfor of 1ofthe most innovative musici ofthe XXcent,accomp by an It virtuoso pianist on a cozy set

Don't see it if uninterested in Bowie Classics like:"Let's Dance","Heroes","Ashes to Ashes"or"Where Are We Now".

Also I closed my eyes and for a few minutes Sven Ratzke brought me back to ... Read more Read less

90
Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if Grt chantin,orchestr&a universal lang:all elements work seemlessly in the global issue of violence agnst women,portrayed in Noh art form,*

Don't see it if you don't like the silver line bet audience &act. You want Euripides'original plot&chars. This is performance art @ its highest level.

Also *applied to some Greek myths esp.the... Read more Read less

95
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Great singing, Absorbing, Relevant, Profound

See it if Nostalgic revival of the most significant US masterpiece of XX cent w turns on current social issues of race, immigr & youth violence BUT *

Don't see it if uninterested in use of projection. "I Feel Pretty" left out of grt repertoire... QUEL DOMMAGE !!!

Also *WSS is first a story of love & loyalty inspired by "Romeo & Juliet".... Read more Read less

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 Water"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
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