Ellen O 7024

New York City | 65+ | Female

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Reviews (91)
81
An extravaganza,, Entertaining

See it if u r a Potter fan, like over the top magical effects, dazzling sets, & extravaganzas, like ensemble acting.

Don't see it if u have not read or seen a Harry Potter book or film or don't want to see actors perform magical feats.

Also The cast is excellent and special kudos to those who played "other" ro... Read more Read less

68
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Different, confusing at times, has promise, needs work

See it if u want 2 c a woman's solo performance as the monster,accompanied by a talented musician who speaks occasionally

Don't see it if u don't like experimental theater which needs further work on yet another csc bare bones set

Also i think it is racist to cast a black woman no matter how talented (and... Read more Read less

95
Timon of Athens
Brooklyn
Ambitions fully reached, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if u want 2 c a rarely shown piece by the Bard & Middleton, reinvented & performed brilliantly by Hunter and a terrific cast.

Don't see it if Don't want to see the above in an outstanding showy production

71
During previews
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Feminist, interesting, Ambitious, Clever

See it if YOU LIKE KATE HAMILL’S WRITING & ACTING. A FEMINIST RENDITION OF DRACULA; SOME INTERESTING STAGING & COSTUMES, GREAT FIGHT SCENES

Don't see it if U DON'T NOT LIKE LONG. LOVE BELLA LEGOSI & FRANK LANGELLA, TRYING TO GET ACROSS TOO MANY MESSAGES

77
Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like Horton Foote...

Don't see it if you expect anything close to original production... but anything by Foote great

73
During previews
Great acting

See it if u like the playwright/ want to c fantastic acting/ want to go back to 1991/ c different points of view on race and race relations

Don't see it if u r afraid to face racism from a point of view that u may not embrace

80
During previews
Seared
Midtown W
Different, delicious, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if u want to c a chef as artist/a show revealing a battle ‘twixt art & commercialism/ Fantastic set & A delight 4 all your senses

Don't see it if u want tried & true/can't overlook some histrionics and holes despite the fact that the whole play cooks up a truly entertaining experience

50
During previews
TERRA FIRMA
Gramercy
Good acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if u want 2 support,Coop, a new theater company founded by Kate Hamill & A. Nichols that has great promise. Good acting, interesting staging

Don't see it if u do not like Beckettian apocalyptic plays in progress that try 2 convey too many themes creating a big muddle.

Also What might have been a good short play had too much repetition, needs ... Read more Read less

49
Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if u like writers who try too hard to be hip, avant garde funny. want 2 c a wonderful cast burdened by repetitious material

Don't see it if you love Checkov

77
BLKS
Midtown W
Great acting, Edgy, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if U WANT 2 C A PLAY 2 DIFFICULT 2 ASSESS WITHOUT SOUNDING RACIST/ A QUOTE FROM PLAY "IS BLACK AS F---K" THAT IS WHAT IT WAS/TALENTED WRITER

Don't see it if U R WITHOUT AN OPEN MIND, R 2 OLD,WHITE @ TIRED/ WANT TO C A STRING OF SCENES BRILLIANTLY PERFORMED WITH A MESSAGE BUT WITHOUT PLOT

78
Confusing, Ambitious

See it if U WANT 2 C GLENDA JACKSON, PHILIP GLASS’S MUSIC, RUTH WILSON, ACTORS WHO SIGN AS WELL AS ACT AND THE GLORIOUS WORDS OF SHAKESPEARE

Don't see it if IF YOU EXPECT DIRECTOR SAM GOLD HAS TURNED HIS COPIOUS IDEAS INTO MORE THAN A MESS EVEN THOUGH AT TIMES THAT MESS IS BEAUTIFUL

Also THIS LEAR ...WHICH GOES IN TOO MANY DIRECTIONS AND CAN BE DIFFICULT TO... Read more Read less

80
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Great set, different, Clever

See it if u want 2c a fantastic performance by austin pendleton/ therapy from stage/some big laughs/like being part of the show/

Don't see it if if you are a Checkov purist/do not like experimental theater or long shows

Also this play is bitter sweet ... funny but also very sad may bring to pla... Read more Read less

78
The Dance of Death
East Village
Absorbing

See it if u like Strindberg, good direction, want to c a precursor to Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolfe/an interesting adaptation by Conor McPherson

Don't see it if if are in an impossible marriage u will never leave/ do not feel like being depressed

Also i felt lead actress was miscast.

90
Boesman and Lena
Midtown W
Heart breaking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if u can deal with the horror of apartheid that sadly lives on... like magnificent acting, writing and direction

Don't see it if u want 2 miss a tour de force performance by zainab jah

90
About Alice
Brooklyn
Great acting

See it if u want 2 c what a perfect marriage is all about... absolutely beautiful writing performed exquisitely

Don't see it if u do not want to experience what true love is all about… and cannot not bear to tear.

83
Noises Off (NJ)
Red Bank
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if U LIKE FARCE GREAT FUN & UNBELIEVABLY WELLTIMED SUPER SLAPSTICK

Don't see it if U DO NOT LIKE FARCE & EXCELLENTLY TIMED FEVERISH SLAPSTICK

Also ALL ACTORS TALENTED BUT ELLEN HARVEY MICHAEL CRANE AND JASON O'CONNELL... Read more Read less

99
Delightful, Great acting, Brilliant,, Excellent writing

See it if u want 2 understand “everywoman” of all ages brilliantly captured. Whole cast wonderful and Adina Verison a MUST NOT MISS.

Don't see it if the above is unacceptable to you

Also I am 80 years old and had a preconceived notion this play would be too... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Entertaining, Wonderful actors, Fantastic direction

See it if u have an interest in mystics! u should, they have a message for " now"...want 2 c a fantastic acting ensemble, especially jason o'connell

Don't see it if u want 2 c tried & true.. director austin & his cast r truly unique

81
Interesting take on a play rarely done

See it if If u want 2 c a rarely done William’s play acted to perfection. Lead actress fantastic

Don't see it if Do not c if you do not appreciate excellence

Also I have questions in regard to spare set and lack of props .. YES… it m... Read more Read less

33
During previews
Banal, Disappointing

See it if u want long repetitive, depressing and painful

Don't see it if u read above reasons + poor staging and not knowing how to transfer a story that is truth to a staged drama

Also Lois Smith wonderful so is Johanna Day

87
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful

See it if U A WANT 2 C A PLAY THAT PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE DIED LONG AGO BROUGHT TO A GLORIOUS LIFE AND TRIUMPH UNDER A GENIUS WORDSMITH

Don't see it if IF YOU DON’T HAVE TIME TO WASTE YOUR MIND ON PURE JOY

75
Transfers
West Village
Ambitious, Absorbing, Fantastic scene changes, Good acting

See it if u want 2 c a play about the hopeless situation of living in or trying 2 leave the ghetto & how even if you succeed, it never leaves u

Don't see it if u expect an answer 2 the dilemma/if you r not satisfied with some unrealistic happenings

74
King Lear (BAM)
Brooklyn
Disappointing, Worth seeing, unique staging

See it if u can’t get enough of Lear, want to see the The Royal Shakespeare Company giving a solid performance.

Don't see it if you expect “glorious”… want to see staging that tends to upstage the actors

73
For a previous production
Great acting, Dated, Worth seeing vonnegut, fantastic cast

See it if WANT 2 C VONNEGUT ‘S VIEW OF HERO WORSHIP, VIOLENCE, FEAR & DEATH FROM BY A VERY SCARY COMICALLY FEROSE HAROLD (O'CONNELL) &A GREAT CAST

Don't see it if U DON'T LIKE ABSURDIST VONNEGUT, DATED BUT STILL THOUGHT PROVOKING MATERIAL

70
Ambitious, Confusing, Different, Unique staging

See it if u like experimental theater, appreciate a talented ensemble which includes tech crew, want 2view show comfortably where u would never expect

Don't see it if if you do not like experimental theater, are not willing to open your mind to tales u may not be familiar with told in a very different way

Also Target Margin Theater is worth supporting no matter what they present ... Read more Read less

100
During previews
The Hot Wing King
Midtown W
All the positive words on the list plus important and wonderful

See it if u like a Pulitzer Prize worthy masterpiece performed & directed impeccably. Shakesperian heightening of the vernacular. Heartfelt, Beautiful

Don't see it if don't want 2 c a radiant ensemble act, sing, dance, and make u glad u r American because u watched this black family in action.

82
During previews
Surprising, Different, important, Intelligent

See it if u want 2 c a writer break all the rules & still have an exciting play; a rock band as an important character + a wonderful cast

Don't see it if u r not interested Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge & history; u r not open to new ideas & music as an important part of this play.

Also i did not expect to like this play not being particularly interested i... Read more Read less

90
Avant garde ,worth seeing, thought provoking, Ambitious

See it if u like genius. Wooster Group meets the challenge of interpreting Polish actor, creator of happenings, director Kantor. FANTASTIC WORK

Don't see it if You do not like experimental theatre.

Also I felt like i had gone to an exhibit filled with many modern artists w... Read more Read less

69
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Interesting material, depressing, great acting

See it if u want to see judith ivy at her best and a very good performance by edmond donovan...very unusual set

Don't see it if u don't like a play that is long. A set that is different and should bring about discussion ...A tragedy that does what it does...DEPRESS

81
During previews
The Gospel of John
East Village
Religious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see the gospel come alive on stage as a beautiful prayer

Don't see it if u don’t like flawless acting, one man shows that bring back memories of innocence and true faith, the bible

73
Different, minimalist

See it if C If u want to support CSC one of the few theaters DEVOTED to putting forth classics

Don't see it if I can not recommend not seeing...Anything CSC presents is worth seeing...

Also This was a very different Macbeth… perhaps stretching too far to draw ... Read more Read less

100
Why?
Brooklyn
Not to be missed, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if u want 2 c the WHY of acting & life told by Peter Brook & Marie Helene Estienne & an extraordinary cast, touching, beautiful, life changing

Don't see it if u want 2 miss a once in a life time opportunity to experience the joy & sorrow of life interpreted by writing, directing & acting geniuses

52
During previews
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Disappointing

See it if u want 2 c a musical performance not a play.No sets, good voices, good choreography but unrelated 2 story & very little acting

Don't see it if u do or do NOT like musicals. want 2 c actors relate to each other

Also Very unclear presentation in playbill, None of songs listed...would li... Read more Read less

49
Disappointing

See it if you want to see a sam shepherd classic poorly directed, poorly cast and poorly staged

Don't see it if you don't want to be disappointed

48
During previews
Octet
Midtown W
Pretentious, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if U WANT 2 C A DEPRESSING PLAY ABOUT ADDICTED TECHIES UNABLE TO COPE WITH LIFE WHO MEET 2 HELP EACH OTHER (WITHOUT SUCCESS) ALL IN SONG

Don't see it if U R NOT FAMILIAR WITH TECHIE TERMS NOR WANT TO LISTEN TO MUSIC WHERE ALL SONGS SOUND THE SAME ALBEIT SUNG BY WONDERFUL VOICES

70
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Interesting, great ensemble cast, hard to follow,

See it if u would like 2c a 1937 play with history worthy of its own play /a Brechtian type agitprop musical in a bare bones set

Don't see it if if you do not like political plays with many scenes, lots of message, but little plot/good ensemble acting, movement & great voices

80
Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if U want A straightforward version of play with an ensemble of actors who perform with a visceral energy that is RARE. They r a MUST SEE.

Don't see it if u do not like Shakespeare...BUT before u decide read "more to say below"

Also Even if you don’t like Shakespeare... choreography, fight sequences, c... Read more Read less

73
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Different,, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if u want 2 c a psychedelic, metaphysical interpretation of Alice, an extremely talented cast, great choreography, songs dance & staging.

Don't see it if u don't want to c another version of Alice and musicals

Also *jabberwocky song" and *"what would I do without you" are worth seeing... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Disappointing

See it if u want see all that Lynn Nottage writes. Excellent sets & inventive scene changes. A play filled caricatures not real people.

Don't see it if u do not want to see an attempted satire on racial prejudice in film (and life) that doesn’t work.

Also i think this play has a wonderful writer who has a good idea about an ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
The Light
Midtown W
Great acting, Great directing, thoughtful

See it if u like plays with a message, great acting, great directing

Don't see it if u don’t want to see a promising new playwright's heartfelt thoughts, feelings and hopes about women brought to light

80
Great acting, Worth seeing, Moving, intelligent, eloquent

See it if u like stream of consciousness poetry telling 2 families' stories touching on theater, food, deaths & life profoundly in 45minutes/genius

Don't see it if u don't appreciate david greenspan, a story that does not follow a linear path or experimental theater

Also Despite the reasons not to see... still very worth while seeing

78
During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Clever, Worth seeing, Great acting

See it if u feel everything Tucker does is worth seeing.Like experimental theater & r willing to put up with a creative mess with moments of genius

Don't see it if u r not famiiar with Vanya or Romeo & Juliet. Do not like experimental theater. Long for these plays beautiful words untouched.

Also I truly believe EVERYTHING done by eric is worth seeing. This first pr... Read more Read less

93
Carmen Jones
East Village
Great acting, Great voices, joy filled

See it if u want 2 c what amounts to a full blown broadway production set on the smallest of stages. It's absolutely magical

Don't see it if u don’t appreciate Hammerstein's genius, John Doyle's outstanding direction, ideal performances & a thoroughly enjoyable night

49
Disappointing

See it if u want to c a beautiful but inappropriate set, hard to hear, not good production

Don't see it if Do not c if u have never seen the play. It would be a poor introduction to this classic

Also Irons a wonderful screen actor just is NOT the Tyrone that ONeill wrot... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Great acting, Excellent ensemble cast, wonderful direction,

See it if u want 2 feel as u r a "fly on the walls" of 121st street, watching people face heartbreak with understanding and humor

Don't see it if Do not want 2 c how people survive, lost in a world they will never escape, even if they do leave. Want the traditional format of a play

Also Very interesting use of The Lord’s Prayer…I wonder how many of us said... Read more Read less

70
Difficult, different, thought provoking,

See it if U WANT 2 C CHURCHILL WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH ACTORS/IF U LIKE POLITICAL PLAYS THAT DEMAND U RESEARCH & LEARN HOW A NATION IS FORMED

Don't see it if U ARE EXPECTING MS. CHURCHILL’S USUAL UNEXPECTED WORK/THIS IS LONG DIFFERENT& DIFFICULT/IF U BELIEVE EVERYTHING SHE WRITES IS WORTH SEEING

Also I FOUND THE NEON SIGN DISPLAYING ALL WORDS SPOKEN PULL ME AWAY FROM PA... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Paradise Blue
Midtown W
Ambitious, Edgy, Enligtening

See it if u are interested in seeing Ms. Morisseau’s writing. I had the treat of her act a lead role.

Don't see it if u expect a play anything close to August Wilson's work or if u sit 1st row; action was mostly stage right & left viewing was difficult.

90
The Winter's Tale
Midtown W
Clever, Exquisite, Well worth seeing

See it if IF U WANT TO SEE EXCELLENT STAGING & ACTING OF THIS CLASSIC/A MUST SEE PRODUCTION & 2 C A WOMAN DIRECTOR'S "RIGHT ON" POINT OF VIEW

Don't see it if YOU JUST HATE SHAKESPEARE... I CAN THINK OF NO OTHER REASON NOT TO SEE.

70
During previews
Disappointing, Worth seeing, different

See it if u r an O'Neill fan, want 2 c Denzel do a good /different Hickey, u want 2 c some fantastic individual performances especially Bill Irwin's

Don't see it if u want 2 see what should be an ensemble cast act as if they were solo performers giving tour de force performances

Also Very difficult to understand some of the performers who were speaking ... Read more Read less

93
Pygmalion
East Village
Great acting, Inventive ,brilliant, delightful

See it if u want 2 c eric tucker breathe new exciting life into Shaw’s classic..full of surprises ... wonderful in every way…

Don't see it if I cant imagine any reason not to see this…