Ellen 24

New York City | 50-64 | Female
About:  I try to go to at least one show a month. I am also very selective in what I go to see and read about potential shows, so my reviews are more likely than not to be positive. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (53)
Entertaining, Refreshing, Quirky, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You are looking for a pleasant experience in a mythical ( maybe) world.

Don't see it if You are looking for a show with a huge cast or a focus on contemporary political or social issues.

Also I wasn’t familiar with the story, so I read the book. That exercise pr... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want to develop an awareness of what it is like to be mentally ill and have people react in ways that aren’t always appropriate or nice.

Don't see it if You are looking for light entertainment, or offended by rough language

Also This play left me leaving the theater thinking about what I had experi... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

See it if You want to see how some immigrant families integrate into American Society-their concerns and hopes-without American politics also present

Don't see it if you are looking for a fluff show that provides mindless entertainment. ( these shows have their place, but this is not one of them)

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Masterful

See it if If you want a entertaining FUN evening, (even though it speaks of a serious concern) You want a plot that goes some very unexpected ways

Don't see it if You are homophobic and are incapable of disagreeing with homosexuality while simultaneously acknowledging that ALL people have rights.

Also This play has a very definite gay rights theme to it. However, the way... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if you like to laugh out loud. This was slapstick for someone who dislikes slapstick. A play to just sit back and enjoy.

Don't see it if every show you see must have some deep philosophical message. You can't enjoy just laughing to laugh!

Also I didn't know what to expect when I went to this show. I found that no... Read more Read less

Clever, Enchanting, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy musicals with a twist in staging and presentation. You enjoy Caribbean music and dance.You want an edgy staging.

Don't see it if You are not willing to go beyond traditional and enjoy a musical with a message. OR a musical where the stage is sand!

West Village
Confusing, Disappointing, Raunchy

See it if you want to see actors, who displayed talent, dealing with a horrendous script. They, individually, playing multiple roles, deserve a "85"

Don't see it if you find non-stop, repetitive potty mouth unnecessary, you want something that begins to approach what a Birthright Group is.

Also As a Diaspora Jew,living part time in Israel, I know people who have b... Read more Read less

Hot Mess
Midtown W
Great acting, Fluffy, Raunchy

See it if you want a light comedy show that happens to include a bi-sexual character. Great acting, especially by Lucy Devito.

Don't see it if you want deep plots and something to reflect on

Also This was a cute play. Although slightly raunchy, unless you are very v... Read more Read less

During previews
Romantic Trapezoid
Midtown W
Clever, Refreshing, Relevant, Delightful

See it if you want to spend a pleasant afternoon/evening being entertained by simple and enjoyable

Don't see it if you feel going to the theater there has to be a message. If you need to leave contemplating what you can take away from the show

Also This was an enjoyable play. Acting was good. Elizabeth Inghram became ... Read more Read less

During previews
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Intense, Relevant

See it if You can relate to difficulties with the expectations of a parent and your own achievements ( can't we all?)

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows, expect a big showy fancy set

Also The day I went I read the reviews and I was, to be honest, somewhat ap... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you believe it is important to learn about the horrors of the Holocaust and want to see a show that does an EXCELLENT portrayal of this time

Don't see it if You are looking for a glossy show that leave you feeling good as you walk out. Can't overlook a handful of parts that moved slowly.

Also I thought this show was fantastic. The acting was superb. I viscerally... Read more Read less

Expecting Isabel
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Funny, Profound

See it if you want to see a humorous accounting of the trials and tribulations of a couple when they realize they can't conceive naturally.

Don't see it if the subject matter is very close to your heart and painful. If you are not ready to see the subject approached with humor

Also Show has no scenery and I didn't miss it. Myra Thibault is a powerful ... Read more Read less

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

See it if the good in people that came out of the horror of 9/11 means something. A small town and its 7,000 guests face an unimagined new reality.

Don't see it if you are unopen to anything positive happening ANYWHERE as a result of 9/11. OR your nerves are still raw from the 9/11 terrorism.

Also This bright, cheery and uplifting show is non stop music and interacti... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great tap dancing

See it if You enjoy learning the bio of James Cagney and seeing some really fantastic tap dancing

Don't see it if If you are looking for an modern style musical. This isn't!

Also My 79 might have been higher had I seen James Creighton. Unfortunately... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Funny

See it if you want a laid back evening of good fun. If you remember the 50s you can add a plus since you will be walking down memory lane.

Don't see it if subtle commentary about the role of women isn't your thing. If you can't handle a play that appears to accept the social mores of the time.

The Milkman's Sister
West Village
Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if you want a marvelously acted play about interpersonal relationships

Don't see it if you are looking for something that is light-hearted, you cannot accept sexual innuendo ( small amount)

Also This play is such more than the story of a family during the Cuban Mis... Read more Read less

Great staging, Great singing, Fantastic dancing and choreography, Entertaining

See it if You want an old fashioned big time musical with a full band and large cast offering well choreographed numbers,songs and great set!

Don't see it if You need to see modern and edgy. This show IS Old Fashioned and that's what makes it great!

A Taste of Honey
Midtown W
Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining, Clever, Enchanting

See it if you want to see a show that has a premise based on a simpler time. Good acting, good scene and a very positive experience

Don't see it if Everything you go to has to be relevant today

Also The problems of the characters are dated but sometimes its good to see... Read more Read less

East Village
Ambitious, Confusing, Slow, Original, Uneven performance between acts

See it if you love Ionesco, want an interesting 2nd Act enabling you to "feel' the rhinos taking over, want something that relates to modern issues

Don't see it if you cant sit through a very slow drawn out first act, want action throughout, dislike the premise of the play

Himself and Nora
West Village
Delightful, Entertaining, Raunchy, Romantic

See it if You are interested in Joyce. Like a musical that can be slow at times but still worth seeing. Enjoy seeing the story behind the book.

Don't see it if Sexual innuendo or poking fun at the Catholic Chuch upsets you

O'Neill (Unexpected)
East Village
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you enjoy simple quality plays. You can see the expressions and nuances on the actor's faces due to intimacy of theater.

Don't see it if you need 21st century bells and whistles. Also, if you can't get past the slight dragging of the second play.

Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Delightful

See it if Plain enjoyable funny musical

Don't see it if Everything you see has to have a social message

Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Raunchy, Slow

See it if You love dogs and your's isn't an animal but a person! You're "competing" with a dog for affection. You enjoy plays with no social message.

Don't see it if You are offended by curse words. ( there are a lot of them) You expect Mathew Broderick to deliver a more than monotone performance.

Wicked (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Enchanting, Funny

See it if You liked the Wizard of Oz and find the idea of a prequel interesting. You want to understand the character's motivation for Oz behavior.

Don't see it if You don't like shows that are lacking a great social message.

Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if You are looking for an adult themed show presented by a very unique cast. You forget that ½ the cast is hearing impaired as you watch.

Don't see it if You have kids under 14-15 with you, your are very conservative about the age a child learns about sex or you are a prude.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Must see, Intense

See it if You want a portrayal of the South in 1930. You want good acting and honest discussion.You aren’t afraid to acknowledge racism.

Don't see it if You are someone who deals with unpleasant aspects of the US past by tossing them and putting blinders on. You want a strictly linear plot.

Must see, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You enjoy full stage, old fashioned musicals. Great singing and loads of fun

Don't see it if Your ideal music is edgy and full of special effects

Also I had NOT seen the movie and was totally unaware of the story line. I ... Read more Read less

King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Edgy, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if you don't think every show needs a deep message. You enjoy amazing puppetry. You want an afternoon/evening of just plain fun!

Don't see it if your shows must solve the worlds problems and be deep and political. You can't just sit back and enjoy something for the moment.

Delightful, Funny, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you want to spend some time just having fun. Good singing, simple plot, some corny jokes. I consider this a feel good play.

Don't see it if unless you walk out in deep conversation,pondering possible hidden meanings and messages from the play, you are left feeling incomplete.

Marlowe's Fate
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you are accepting of a Marlowe/Shakespeare connection. You enjoy a show despite one poor act. You can follow multiple rolls per actor

Don't see it if you need your shows to be 100% perfect. Good acting is not enough for you. You aren't willing to think outside the box.

Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great singing, Epic

See it if you enjoy traditional musicals.This is a full stage, large scale,traditional show. I saw it with Donna Murphy and thought she was fantastic

Don't see it if you want some modern and edgy.

During previews
20th Century Blues
Midtown W
Intense, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a human who one day will age. You want an intellectual, yet funny discussion of some of the concerns we all face as the years go by

Don't see it if You need a fluffy light piece. You feel that somehow you won't age and won't face the problems and concerns the come naturally

Also This is an extremely well done play. Anyone who honestly looks in the ... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You want a show that explores relationships and how we impact each other, you get that despite outside differences we are the same.

Don't see it if If you feel a musical must be big, loud and overwhelming, also if you are unwilling to think a little when watching a show

Also This show is a play with music. BUT the music is very important to the... Read more Read less

During previews
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if Interested in the financial world and some of the wheeling and dealing that went/goes on. You can enjoy a show that uses your intelligence

Don't see it if Wall Street is "boring" to you. You have no idea what buyout, poison pill, junk bonds,options, short sales etc. are or mean

Also This is an intelligent show. While I enjoyed the innovative staging th... Read more Read less

War Paint
Midtown W
Fluffy, Indulgent, Slow, Great singing

See it if You want pleasant and cute mindless entertainment. You appreciate the powerful voices of LuPone and Ebersole.

Don't see it if You are looking for a something meaningful that you will talk about afterwards.There are higher rated shows that you haven't seen yet.

During previews
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Edgy, Masterful, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if have some familiarity with theme of 1984. Like shows that really make you think. This is NOT light entertainment.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a family show. --DON'T BRING under 16-18. If you are squeamish about seeing results of torture, dislike strobe lights

Also Admittedly its been years since I read 1984 and I will shortly be rere... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy Chekov. You want to see a show where the acting stars, not a set or special effects. You enjoy small intimate theater.

Don't see it if Classic plays are not your thing. You need the special effects, fancy staging.

Also Theater is on the 4th floor of a walk up building. WARNING for those w... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Fluffy, Insipid, Overrated

See it if you are a fan of Harry Potter and have every detail about him, his friends and school memorized. Also if boarderline cute works for you.

Don't see it if You are unfamiliar with the Harry Potter books or are looking for something that is really funny.

Also I sat on the side in a small section of 4 rows--2 seats per row. In fr... Read more Read less

A Dog Story
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Delightful

See it if you are down to earth enough to enjoy a sweet musical with great voices on a simple set. you enjoy basic sweet entertainment.

Don't see it if you want a show that will solve the world's problems, or offer great insight on the boy meets girl relationship.

Also This show is partially predictable. There are also a few scenes with a... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy Carole King music and enjoy learning about the person behind the star. you want to know the motivation behind many songs

Don't see it if you dislike Carole King music. YOu want a modern hip edgy musical. The style matches the music

Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you will enjoy Shakespeare with a twist.

Don't see it if your Shakespeare has to be 100% pure Bard.

Also Spoiler Alert re: the Violence... Read more Read less

The Humans
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if you can enjoy a play where the characters wrestle with problems found in many families today. ( maybe even yours?)

Don't see it if you are incapable of watching a show with minimal physical action.If you don't want to engage your brain be mentally involved with the plot.

Delightful, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a light show about a heavy topic. Singing is good and show is fun. Loads of innuendo if you listen.

Don't see it if you want a deep show with deep meaning. You are offended by 4 letter words and simulated sex. Adultery is a turn off for you.

Simon Says
East Village
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You enjoy the paranormal or you enjoy a show where you have to use your brain to follow the dialog and understand what is happening.

Don't see it if You are looking for mindless entertainment.

During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Clever, Original, Relevant

See it if If you like musicals, history, great singing and an interesting twist. Appreciate that off Broadway isn't as massive as Broadway.

Don't see it if Need full hoopla of Broadway. Don't like child leads (she has an amazing voice) Won't be happy sitting on folding chairs. (biggest minus)

Bright Star
Midtown W
Delightful, Refreshing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Enjoy mellow, old time shows with banjos, jazz, country and folk. If you want a really nice evening with good music, singing and staging!

Don't see it if You will only enjoy a show if it is hip and edgy.

Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Original, Raunchy

See it if You like shows that are different and must see al the top shows.

Don't see it if you get upset at a show that insults a religion. Feel that ALL "top" shows are going to be great. This one is good but I've seen better!

Ambitious, Original, Romantic, Slow

See it if You love ballet and slow moving shows that are well staged.

Don't see it if You want to see a modern edgy show.

Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if New subject matter. Interment of Japanese was a blot on US. This show shares a dark period in American history in a refreshing fashion.

Don't see it if You think that the interment of the Japanese after Pearl Harbor was okay and anything that shows sympathy is incorrect.

Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You enjoy musicals with a slightly irreverent touch. You want to leave humming the music, buying the CD and playing it over and over again.

Don't see it if you can't just sit back, kick off your shoes ( figuratively) and enjoy a bit of nonsense.