Ellen L

Syosset | 50-64 | Female

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Reviews (58)
85
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if seeing a classic story told in an updated new way is appealing. Surprised by the low scores of other reviews.

Don't see it if you want a classic to be told in the original way.

85
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love history and seeing a behind the scenes look at the times of LBJ's presidency interest you.

Don't see it if History bores you or you are uncomfortable with violence.

Also Went in with low expectations but was blown away. Loved the acting and... Read more Read less

85
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are looking for serious, thought-provoking, well-written drama. Mary Louise Parker is terrific!

Don't see it if Wordy dramas that leave you wondering about the story.

79
Disappointing, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if dissecting interracial couples issues is appealing.

Don't see it if You are expecting a serious, thought-provoking work on race and race relations. Or if you are offended by sex & nudity.

83
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing

See it if Enjoy a well-written show with current themes.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with full male & female nudity and graphic sex scenes.

89
Refreshing, Intelligent, Great writing, Delightful

See it if you have interest in the Constitution and examining it closer with a refreshing perspective.

Don't see it if the thought of discussing the Constitution bores you.

90
Ink
Midtown W
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in how the media got to where it is today.

Don't see it if British accents are too tough for your ears, as you will miss much of the dialogue.

88
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if Bryan Cranston is a master of his craft, with Tony Goldwyn as a bonus. Tatiana Maslany and the rest of the cast are terrific too. Riveting

Don't see it if You're not interested in a look at the news industry and the blind faith that people put into what they see/hear presented as facts.

Also Still relevant today. The staging, writing and acting kept us engaged ... Read more Read less

80
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Funny, Quirky, Delightful

See it if you enjoy British humor and want to simply enjoy without thinking too much.

Don't see it if you have difficulty with accents or want to see something serious and thought provoking.

88
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want to see a master performance by a gifted actress and you can handle the realities of dementia.

Don't see it if Dementia hits too close to home and is too uncomfortable for you to confront in the theater.

88
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic

See it if you love the movie, the show retains what you loved about the original and adds a musical touch.

Don't see it if romantic musicals based on movies are not your thing.

Also Although I love the movie, I had reservations about seeing it turned i... Read more Read less

82
Entertaining, Clever, Great singing

See it if you love the Disco Queen and are interested in her life story, which was fairly interesting.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in her story or don't like her music.

Also Her story is told in a compelling manner with 3 actresses playing her ... Read more Read less

78
Disappointing, Great singing, Great staging, Great dancing

See it if want to see a terrific cast sing and dance their way through this revival.

Don't see it if You want some depth to the story. Very thin, dated plot.

83
Refreshing, Funny, Delightful

See it if you like to leave the theater smiling. Fun performance.

Don't see it if you only like serious, thought provoking theater.

85
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Relevant

See it if Want to see something very current that reflects our current political climate.

Don't see it if Have no interest in politics.

85
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if The show's leads are outstanding, the production is staged beautifully and the story is interesting.

Don't see it if You are offended by nudity or men kissing. Definitely an adult show.

80
War Paint
Midtown W
Great acting, Great singing, Interesting

See it if you like strong female characters and learning a bit about history.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Patti Lupone.

Also I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting the stories of these tra... Read more Read less

83
Napoli, Brooklyn
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You like period pieces that give a sense of life in that timeframe.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with race issues or intense family drama.

90
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in Israeli/Palestinian history, even if you don't normally go to plays.

Don't see it if you are not interested in behind the scenes history and deal making.

Also The acting and story-telling were outstanding, keeping us riveted with... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if even if you didn't love the movie. Andy Karl does a fantastic job in the lead role.

Don't see it if don't enjoy musical comedy.

Also As much as I was skeptical when the show was announced, I was intrigue... Read more Read less

85
Sweat
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in well told stories about race and class.

Don't see it if you just want to be entertained and not have to feel uncomfortable or think.

Also The show is incredibly relevant to today's issues. It helps to broaden... Read more Read less

88
Significant Other
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Refreshing

See it if you are a 20 something or can remember what it was like to be young and figuring out love and life.

Don't see it if you can't handle gay themes or relate to 20 somethings.

82
Ride the Cyclone
West Village
Entertaining, Quirky, Funny

See it if It's a fresh light-hearted take on reflecting on our lives through quirky, stereotypical characters.

Don't see it if Can't handle the thought of death, especially of teens.

60
The Front Page
Midtown W
Disappointing, Dated, Boring

See it if you only car about the star power of the cast regardless of the quality of the show.

Don't see it if you can't sit through long, boring shows.

Also It was such a colossal waste of talent. The assembled cast was outstan... Read more Read less

75
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Quirky, Original, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy Jane Austen.

Don't see it if don't like period pieces.

83
Quirky, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if seeing the talented Laura Linney transform into the characters and tell a compelling story.

Don't see it if you need action and multiple actors.

80
Quirky, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you love the Talking Heads.

Don't see it if if you don't like the music of the Talking Heads.

Also Accompanied a fan who loved the show. Until Burning Down the House, I ... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if freestyle rap of the PG variety is appealing. And you are not looking for any kind of storyline. This is true improv.

Don't see it if You are seeking a written show with a storyline and a plot.

87
During previews
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Refreshing, Great choreography, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a show with an incredibly talented creative team. The acting, singing, dancing, music and choreography were Broadway caliber

Don't see it if you don't enjoy musical theater with contemporary music.

78
Betrayal
Midtown W
Intelligent, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in seeing these performers.

Don't see it if You like a linear story or need action.

Also It's the first time I was looking at my watch in a 90 min show! But we... Read more Read less

85
Burn This
Midtown W
Quirky, Great writing, Intense

See it if the cast appeals to you and you're in for a roller-coaster ride.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy dialogue heavy shows.

90
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great writing, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy a classic style play with linear plot and fantastic ensemble. As my friend said, "It's a real play" in the traditional sense.

Don't see it if You have difficulty with accents or are unable for any reason to sit through a 3+ hour show.

89
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you want a show that's both funny and moving. Michael Urie is perfect at both making us laugh and making us feel. Mercedes Ruehl rules!

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with gay themes or prefer serious plays without a dose of laughter.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in examining race and race relations from every aspect black/white, white/white, black/black, husband/wife, male/female..

Don't see it if serious, thought-provoking shows make you uncomfortable or if you do not wish to examine race relations.

75
Great acting, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you love Shakespeare and especially Hamlet, as the show dissects both in great detail. Acting is terrific and set is great.

Don't see it if Shakespeare is not your thing. It's very wordy and slow moving, esp in the 1st act and if you aren't a big fan, it's tiring.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you want to see an authentic version of this beloved show.

Don't see it if you don't want to read super-titles or you are not a fan of Fiddler.

Also After seeing several productions of this beloved show and the movie, t... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to see a talented ensemble of actors play a range of gay characters and dissect gay lives.

Don't see it if You are homophobic or uncomfortable with gays, or if you do not like dark comedies.

Also Plenty of laugh out loud moments and it's very entertaining, but it do... Read more Read less

74
Disappointing, Relevant, Overrated

See it if you want to experience a bit of other cultures.

Don't see it if you want a show where the characters are developed.

Also The premise of the story is promising, but in the mere 90 minutes of t... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Loverly

See it if you enjoy a classic musical full of familiar, singable tunes.

Don't see it if don't like musical revivals.

Also While Lauren Ambrose is no Julie Andrews, she handles the vocal demand... Read more Read less

86
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if love a good musical and a love story with historical themes.

Don't see it if think you are going to a kids' show.

75
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Entertaining, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if You would like to see a retrospective of some top Broadway shows.

Don't see it if You are looking for a story.

Also Got 3 understudies at our performance. One held her own, but the other... Read more Read less

70
Marvin's Room
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Quirky

See it if you're a fan of the movie or the lead actresses.

Don't see it if you don't like slow-moving, somewhat depressing storylines without the benefit of being thought-provoking.

Also While Jeanine Garofalo and Lily Taylor executed their roles well, I'm ... Read more Read less

85
Bandstand
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Underrated

See it if Enjoy great dancing and singing from the 40's, with a good story.

Don't see it if Don't enjoy swing music.

Also Osnes and the rest of the cast did a terrific job telling a compelling... Read more Read less

74
Entertaining, Fun, Clever

See it if you love the story and want to see it creatively brought to life on stage.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy being in a theatre full of kids.

Also Christian Borle is good, but he's given stronger performances in other... Read more Read less

88
Entertaining, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if love big, epic musicals.

Don't see it if don't like romance and heartbreak.

Also This revival is every bit as good as I remember the original, which I ... Read more Read less

88
Uplifting, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you want to be reminded of the good in humanity.

Don't see it if you don't like feel-good stories.

Also The issues addressed are still relevant today. The story of post-9/11 ... Read more Read less

93
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if Great ensemble cast with well developed characters and a solid jazz score. Painted an engaging scene of a specific era.

Don't see it if You don't like August Wilson's playwriting style.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see

See it if you enjoy current, relevant, engaging theater. We went with our young adult sons who loved it as much as we did.

Don't see it if can't handle a noisy production or have no clue about social media.

86
Cagney
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Fun, Historical

See it if You enjoy singing, tap dancing and James Cagney.

Don't see it if You don't like a small ensemble playing multiple parts.

88
Great acting, Profound, Refreshing, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You enjoy thought-provoking theater.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable addressing sexual orientation.