Ellen O 7024

Poughkeepsie | 65+ | Female

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Reviews (75)
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
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

89
Good for Otto
Midtown W
Important insightful intelligent

See it if u want 2 c fantastic ensemble acting/ a meticulous evaluation of mental health in USA/Rabe magically show what patients & therapists endure

Don't see it if u don’t want 2 b depressed about the pain everyone feels/ can't understand music as pain relief/can not envision dealing with mental anguish

Also excellent direction/ Ed Harris is perfect as a therapist tormented by ... Read more Read less

74
Satirical, clever, talented cast & writer

See it if CRASS SATIRE IS YOUR THING/ U LIKE ROCKOPERA BY A TALENTED CAST / WANT 2 DROWN IN THE SINK HOLE THAT JERRY SPRINGER REPRESENTS..

Don't see it if U BELIEVE IN INTEGRITY/DON"T LIKE SATIRE GLORIFYING WHAT SOCIETY HAS FALLEN 2 /OR PAYING 2 B CALLED SCUM WHILE ASSES & PROFANITY ASSAULT U

68
Fire and Air
East Village
Good acting, interesting material, not focused

See it if u want 2 c McNally’s take on Diaghilev & Nijinskay/Hodge Great,Glover's nuanced acting spectacular /watch him on a train &@the dance bar.

Don't see it if you want 2 c a better than a good play or you to expect to see dance in a play about dancers...

97
Until the Flood
West Village
Great acting

See it if u want 2 c a solo/writer/performer par excellence brilliantly relate the story of racism without judgment, u love poetry

Don't see it if u don't want to hear more than one side of a sad reality, r afraid to think outside the box or don't want 2 c what u never thought of before

Also this is a story of hope and hopelessness until the flood

58
Downtown Race Riot
Midtown W
Disappointing, Long winded, poorly staged

See it if ONLY if you want to see josh pais perform a very short but a tour de force performance

Don't see it if you don’t like long winded, repetitive, dysfunctional family dramas on a set that does NOT allow audience to see or hear actors

66
Great acting, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if You are a fan of intense theater like long monologues and good acting

Don't see it if you are not in the mood to be deeply depressed

70
During previews
Charm
West Village
Absorbing, Clever, Enlightening

See it if If you want a clear non judgmental understanding of LGBTQIA community... OUTSTANDING 4 straight viewers who don't have a clue.

Don't see it if if you DONT want to be enlightened in the smartest most literate way by an outstanding writer, director and cast

78
A Doll's House
Brooklyn
Clever, Entertaining, Innovative

See it if u can go last minute, it's everything u heard and more, even without original cast

Don't see it if only if you don't have the time, otherwise a must not miss.

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…

96
Relevance
West Village
Absorbing, Relevant important

See it if U WANT 2 C OUTSTANDING INTELLIGENT, WRITING ON WHAT IS MOST RELEVANT AND IMPORTANT TODAY BROUGHT TO LIFE BY A FANTASTIC ACTING ENSEMBLE

Don't see it if U MUST MISS LIFE CHANGING THEATER WHICH I HOPE GOES TO BROADWAY OR ATLEAST TO ANOTHER VENUE.. THIS PLAY SHOULD HAVE A FUTURE

80
Electric, insightful, albee one of a kind

See it if u want Albee …. At the beginning and end of his writing career … brilliant and maintaining a unique world view through the years…

Don't see it if would prefer 2 c the 2 plays as separate entities/ personally I think they are stronger individually & take away from each other when paired

70
Dense,thought provoking, important

See it if U WANT 2 C 1940 BLACK LIFE IN USA/LIKE PLAYS PACKED WITH LITERARY REFERENCE, SYMBOLISM &SOME SONG/BRILLIANT DIRECTION/R THEATER COGNOSCENTI

Don't see it if DONT LIKE: EXPOSITION WITH SOME SONG / DON’T WANT TO C A BRILLIANT OLDER WOMAN’S MIND STILL EXPERIMENTING / DONT LIKE AVANT GARDE THEATER

86
Delightful, Enchanting, Innovative,

See it if U want your melancholy transformed into smiles, joy, through Shakespeare’s words, music, dance and the genius of Fiasco Theaters invention

Don't see it if if you hate Shakespeare through new eyes & an absolutely wonderful ensemble cast performing their hearts out...pure joy

68
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Ok

See it if you want to see mean school girls from ghana played by good ensemble cast get their comeuppance

Don't see it if you are bored by just ok plays about mean girls in any culture but want a few laughs

63
Great acting, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if u like characters indicting themselves in monologues in a play depicting the horrible conditions in black life; fantastic SayconSengvloh

Don't see it if you can't bear seeing another moment of life without hope or redemption

67
During previews
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if u follow lori parks. want the treat of seeing christine lahti and a talented cast.

Don't see it if u don't like different, long and slow

71
Ambitious, Good acting over reaching direction

See it if U THINK ANYTHING TFANA DOES IS WORTH SEEING. I DO. IF YOU WANT 2 C THIS PROBLEM PLAY DIRECTED SO IT PRODUCES MORE PROBLEMS

Don't see it if U DO NOT LIKE EXTRANEOUS AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION, MIRANDA AS A LOUNGE SINGER, & NOT THE USUAL ENDING.

Also GO! DEFINITELY AVOID THE 1/2 HOUR EARLY CALL 2 CLIMB STAIRS & RAMBLE T... Read more Read less