Ellen 825855

New York City

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Reviews (34)
49
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Good acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You REALLY like reworked classics and what might've once been called experimental theater

Don't see it if U don't want to be bored for the first 1/3 of an 80-minute show & don't want to wonder: was this worth the risk of getting the coronavirus?

Also The actors do a good job with very thin material. The guitar riffs off... Read more Read less

82
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Great staging, Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if You want to see a funny, feminist take on Dracula.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a classic reinterpreted mixed with feminist commentary

Also The first act worked very well but the second act dragged a bit and th... Read more Read less

45
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Ridiculous. gimmicky., Disappointing

See it if You've always felt what WSS lacked was rain and intrusive video screens.

Don't see it if You'd rather watch the original which, even in rehearsal, far surpasses Van Hove's botched-up hatchet job.

Also Historical rehearsal with original cast members:... Read more Read less

90
Resonant, Profound, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to see and understand the people and life of Russian shtetls, listen to great music and enjoy some very good and inventive dancing.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, historical plays, revivals and supertitles.

79
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like Harvey Fierstein, are interested in Abzug, progressive politics, feminism.

Don't see it if You don't like one-person shows, political shows, HF, Abzug.

60
Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal, Great writing

See it if You like your Shakespeare short.

Don't see it if You want to be moved by a great tragedy.

77
The Michaels
East Village
Intelligent, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if You enjoy gentle dramas about family, friends and patient coping with terminal illness and are interested in the professional dance scene

Don't see it if You enjoy breezy comedies, escapist fare, emotionally confrontational, or hard-hitting political plays

75
Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like inventive and original plays with interesting special-effects and really good acting.

Don't see it if Watching a play about grief would upset you. You get impatient with symbolism and ambiguity.

70
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Absorbing, Cliched, Intelligent

See it if You want to see two well-delivered monologues about life, death, birth and what it means to each character be a father and a son.

Don't see it if You've seen plays about these themes and are not in the mood for monologues that don't add very much.

Also Of the two, Sea Wall is the better play.

80
Downstairs
West Village
Absorbing, Resonant, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if You like realistic family dramas about with a few surprising twists.

Don't see it if You have not made peace with the demons of a traumatic childhood or abusive relationships. The play is emotionally real.

97
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Riveting, Great singing, Great writing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You want to be blown away by the energy and impact of a great and important production and play.

Don't see it if You hate musicals, rap, what used to be called non-traditional casting, and historical shows.

Also If money is an issue, become a verified fan through ticketmaster so yo... Read more Read less

79
The Hello Girls
Midtown E
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if You enjoy musicals and learning some history, and are curious about what it was like for women who served in WWI.

Don't see it if You don't like shows that go on a bit too long and are a bit overmiked, hate musicals and good singing and don't care much for history.

90
Great singing, Great staging, Intense, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if You like Dylan and want to see a new and creative take on his music brilliantly interpreted by a (mostly) younger generation.

Don't see it if You don't like Bob Dylan, you enjoy upbeat, conventional musicals,

69
Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like plays about theater and literary history, with good acting, and staging, and don't care too much about a meandering plot.

Don't see it if You'd grow impatient with endless line readings of Shakespeare and Cyrano, mostly delivered at top speed, that interrupt the plot.

80
Privacy
East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Edgy, Funny

See it if You like hilarious shows about how tech invades everyone's privacy. Fantastic acting. Enjoyable audience participation.

Don't see it if You can't see the humor in a serious subject.

75
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Quirky, Clever

See it if You want to know more about Heifetz.

Don't see it if History and biographical shows bore you.

79
Borders
East Village
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to understand the refugee crisis and journalism, on a persoal level.

Don't see it if It's a serious show. If you like theater to be fun and an escape from reality, avoid this one.

82
The Sabbath Girl
Midtown E
Romantic, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy rom-coms and ethnic slice of life humor. It's an optimistic and feel- good play.

Don't see it if You've become cynical about romance, hav seen this kind of thing before and are tired of it.

91
Incantata
Chelsea
Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious

See it if U hv read the poem, maybe more than 1x, like Irish writing & acting, and want to see a superb actor express all the feelings grief can evoke

Don't see it if You're in the mood for a light, happy show and don't want to work hard to understand a poem.

Also Screens seem to be inevitable in theater just now, and this one works ... Read more Read less

50
Slow, Overrated, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing

See it if ...you like Mary-Louise Parker, Adam Rapp, and plays about books, writers, academia and health crises.

Don't see it if ...the reviews led you to believe this is an insightful play about well-developed characters.

Also Seemingly inspired by Crime and Punishment, it's odd that this flat, c... Read more Read less

89
Anna Karenina: a riff
Soho/Tribeca
Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if ...you like Tolstoy and want to see a fresh take on Anna Karenina made fanciful with music and often comic commentary.

Don't see it if ...you don't like musicals and don't like your classics reinterpreted.

Also It's similar to the first version of the Great Comet that Ars Nova did... Read more Read less

85
Great singing, Thought-provoking, Clever, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy shows that show character development and intricacies of relationships with political overtones.

Don't see it if You only like flashy Broadway productions.

Also The last scene should have been cut.... Read more Read less

79
Only Yesterday
Midtown E
Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You like the Beatles and seeing an imagined up close look at John and Paul Beatles.If you lived through that era it will take you back.

Don't see it if Don't like the Beatles or staged biopics. The ending was a bit schmaltzy and obvious, and too drawn out.

95
Tech Support
Midtown E
Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if You're in the mood for a fun and funny romcom about the modern world and a few worlds before it.

Don't see it if You don't like fanciful comedy.

35
Socrates
East Village
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if You like to watch men yelling at each other and the audience.

Don't see it if You don't like to watch men yelling at each other and the audience.

Also I walked out at intermission and would have done so sooner if I didn't... Read more Read less

76
God Said This
West Village
Intelligent, Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy family drama

Don't see it if you don't like family drama, plays with no intermission, plays about cancer, or sprawling plots.

73
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You like and are interested in Lenny Bruce, enjoy a snack and drink with your show, want to travel back in time a little.

Don't see it if You want to learn something new about Lenny Bruce, don't like shows in clubs, don't find Bruce interesting or funny.

Also This play shows how much the world has changed since Lenny Bruce's lif... Read more Read less

49
Wild Goose Dreams
East Village
Ambitious, Quirky, Indulgent, Excruciating, Great singing

See it if You like experimental theater that is commenting on society in new ways.

Don't see it if You like focused plays that present more than a gloss on characters and story.

65
Eve's Song
East Village
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like ambitious works in progress. Maybe this is really 2 plays under development (or 3). You like political and family drama.

Don't see it if You like tightly crafted plays with no loose ends. You don't like political plays. You don't like family comedy/drama.

60
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Overrated, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You're a Glenn Close fan and are interested in how the playwright imagined Joan's family life.

Don't see it if You like Shaw's version, well… even if you don't but have seen Shaw's version. You like plays with dramatic tension.

78
Final Follies
West Village
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if It's 3 1-acts. Amusing send up of WASP culture, acedemia, adultery. Great acting by 2 actresses in over the top monologues.

Don't see it if You prefer dark, dramatic plays rather than a light, gentle point of view.

49
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy learning about the lives of any of these men.

Don't see it if I was interested to see the personalities of these men, but their dialogue soon became tedious.

79
Feeding the Dragon
West Village
Intelligent, Great acting, Edgy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Fascinating look at working class family life in 1950s NYC with the added twist of seeing what it's like to live above a branch of the NYPL.

Don't see it if You prefer large ensembles and glitz. This is a thoughtful one-woman show.

79
Intelligent, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Learning about the stories behind Berlin's songs is fascinating, as was his life.

Don't see it if You hate musical theater and/or don't like Berlin's songs.