Ellis Bell

New York City | 50-64 | Female
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Reviews (222)
78
Slow, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You want to hear Dylan songs done by amazing voices. Didn’t care for shoehorned depressing story.

Don't see it if You want upbeat.

82
Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You love Sondheim or American political history. Brilliant cast at top of their game.

Don't see it if You find Sondheim disjointed or difficult.

90
Morning Sun
Midtown W
Riveting, Epic, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You are a woman with mother or grandmother or sisters. Or know one.

Don't see it if You want easy entertainment that doesn’t require a bit of focus. (No judgment!). It’s funny, raw and true.

80
Great staging, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You want clever and different story. But classic old musical glorious staging. If you love tap.

Don't see it if You need action and linear plot. Slows down after intermission. Why? Needs a haircut. AND: Is it really always mommy’s fault?

78
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining

See it if You love these actors or food shows. Nice use of stage fire.

Don't see it if You want to be stretched. Doesn’t transcend the redemptive/ life is hard cliches or make full use of Aduba, Jones or Donovan.

78
Fluffy, Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You’re a royalist. Moments of humor dot cliched lyrical exposition. Great voices and choreography!

Don't see it if It’s a pop musical biopic. Of a famous figure. Your call.

90
Resonant, Intelligent, Great singing, Delightful

See it if Great story with magnificent score and vocals with wonderful touches of humor.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see race relation issues explored. In slightly old fashioned tones…but with a twist.

70
The Visitor
East Village
Slow, Refreshing, Great staging, Cliched

See it if You want an exploration of one US immigrant story.

Don't see it if Relationships with chemistry. None strike me as deep or real. DHP singing didn’t work for me.

85
Riveting, Resonant, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You want meaty and intriguing political story. Human drama of everyday banal encounters resonate too.

Don't see it if You want resolution or clarity of motivation.

94
Dana H. (Broadway)
Midtown W
Brilliant and psychological perplexing, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You’re into social psychology, true crime or one woman shows.

Don't see it if You want traditional….. plot, tension, resolution. Scrubby stages isn’t for those who want pretty setting.

88
Fresh, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You need upbeat entertainment with thrill of spontaneity.

Don't see it if You need tight script or get stressed at stand up open ended formula.

78
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You’re in finance or into immigrant saga stories.

Don't see it if You didn’t get a good nights sleep.

90
Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if it ever returns. Brilliant show.

Don't see it if you dislike family dysfunction.

69
During previews
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Disappointing, Cliched, Confusing, Banal

See it if You like melodrama, fabricated romance, cliched family issues.

Don't see it if You went to Cornell or if you lived in Ithaca.

92
During previews
Profound, Intelligent, Hilarious, Clever

See it if You like fresh dramas with wit and insight. Hilarious true depiction of small town government. Great!

Don't see it if Realism with surprises.

70
During previews
The Perplexed
Midtown W
Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You like new domestic dramedy works.

Don't see it if not coherent exploration of typical pre-wedding issues. Issues raised: all over the lot. Oddly stilted language for contemporary setting.

81
Quirky, Relevant, Clever

See it if You like upbeat musicals. Follows a traditional arc but content fresh to the smart phone age. Well staged.

Don't see it if You want a deep show or serious brain food. It’s pure fun with very talented cast.

88
Intense, Resonant, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if You like new energetic music and historical explication of difficult events. Beautifully done.

Don't see it if You want straight musical or straight drama. It’s a blend.

88
Six (Broadway)
Midtown W
Hilarious, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if You like concert style musicals and girl power! Great energy!

Don't see it if You want historical exploration of the Tudors. Plot thin.

90
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Witty, Relevant, Dizzying, Epic, Absorbing

See it if You like sharp and fresh take on classic stories. Fabulous acting. Surprisingly funny.

Don't see it if You dislike intense domestic dramas.

76
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Over engineered, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You’re keen on classics revisited with modern twist.

Don't see it if You dislike projections and rear staging.

78
Great singing, Cliched

See it if you love Morrisette music and don't care about story line. So many woke issues thrown in, the mind reels.

Don't see it if you want coherent or nuanced plot.

80
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Messy, Challenging, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you're after serious theater (with wit and good staging) about gay acceptance.

Don't see it if you get impatient with some bloat or some soapbox tirades. Needs a haircut.

90
During previews
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Great writing, Funny, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if You're a Hamill fan. Great dialogue, choreo and staging. Wink to feminism but not ponderously so.

Don't see it if you don't like a little slapstick or americanized British accents.

69
During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Great acting, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You like orations of classic novels or string instruments onstage.

Don't see it if You expect humor or connected story line.

80
During previews
Great staging, Slow, Powerful, Ambitious

See it if you love Strout novels or Linney or women pondering their upbringing.

Don't see it if Great rendition of the Lucy Barton tale; I enjoyed more than book but still, a pensive tale of relationship w difficult mother and w poverty

90
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Refreshing, Intelligent, Clever, Funny

See it if You like contemporary comedy drama...with A+ marriage jokes. Great cast.

Don't see it if You don’t like pondering life’s big questions in a witty, humorous way.

90
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like slice of life theater with economic and emotional struggles. Brilliant actors and emotional breadth.

Don't see it if Triggered by personal anguish and self harm issues.

78
During previews
Dated, Resonant

See it if You care about racial issues of wartime 1940s. These excellent actors. Good spare set.

Don't see it if Awkward stagey flashbacks can distract from emotional journey of soldier characters. Hard to be drawn in. Dated racial attitudes jarring.

84
Intelligent, Refreshing, Clever

See it if you like a dose of feminism and wit with your biography. If you want to see a shawl and blanket work as set piece for 80 minutes.

Don't see it if you don't like two women talking. Bit heavy on the melodrama of a broken heart and a scandal but redeemed itself after Marie recovered.

80
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Funny, Refreshing

See it if You’re fan of 1970s tales or rural US or Shakespearean spoofs.

Don't see it if You want terrific singing and acting. Majority of male cast was not much beyond charming.

60
Relevant, Quirky, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if You like cringiness with flashes of cleverness.

Don't see it if You blush, crying or squirm easily. Or if you’re with your grandmother.

72
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You like new nonlinear works. Thinking big thoughts on life.

Don't see it if You need a plot.

89
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You want a witty charismatic mind bending diversion.

Don't see it if If have to figure it out to enjoy.

93
Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You can see Warrens role of a lifetime. Stunning.

Don't see it if Your REALLY dislike musical biopics. But...the Turner music ( especially Warren) is phenomenal.

90
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You like clever drama infused with wit and suspense.

Don't see it if You’re triggered by a major bummer diagnosis.

81
Ambitious, Great staging, Clever

See it if You love Byrne.

Don't see it if You need apolitical music.

87
Refreshing, Intelligent, Delightful, Clever

See it if You like joyous theater experiences.

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

82
Seared
Midtown W
Great acting, Quirky, Edgy, Clever

See it if You’re a foodie. If you know temperamental artists.

Don't see it if The know-it-all annoying female character irks you.

80
Betrayal
Midtown W
Slow, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like Pinter. And ..um..naturalistic, err, dialogue. Brilliant acting of fairly selfish, unlikeable posh characters.

Don't see it if If you hate spoilers. Backwards timeframe leaves no storyline suspense. It’s all about the acting.

79
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Witty, Slow, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if You like drama comedies about white man problems. ....clever one liner dialogue.

Don't see it if You’re in a middle age funk and you’re making poor choices. Ok. Maybe then see it.

70
Make Believe
Midtown W
Slow, Clever, Refreshing

See it if You like new works about family angst and dysfunction. If you’re ok with lots of kid actor time.

Don't see it if The classic family hot button issues (abuse, neglect, misogyny) aren’t your thing.

89
Broadway Bounty Hunter
West Village
Unique, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like witty, original empowerment musicals.

Don't see it if want big budget and traditional love story musicals. If you need first act full-coherence...takes full show to get the story.

69
Disappointing, Weird, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you love Meat Loaf and great renditions of his music. If you love dystopian zombie teenage angst.

Don't see it if you need creative non-cliche story line. (SPOILER) It's bad rich dad's fault: if that irritates you, avoid.

85
During previews
Great acting, Seering, Ambitious

See it if you like powerful, super-serious drama about universal topics. Men discussing feelings.

Don't see it if you would be impacted by details about death and personal loss. Could have used a few more humor/ wit release valves.

92
During previews
Delightful, Riveting, Romantic, Masterful

See it if you like melodrama done right, witty and wild. Spectacular set and dancing and singing.

Don't see it if you're not a romantic at heart.

80
Burn This
Midtown W
Dated, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see tour de force performance from Adam Driver.

Don't see it if you're weary of Anguish 1980s style.

70
Cliched, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if You like strong music and southern period pieces.

Don't see it if Show that takes itself too seriously. Levity helps people.

74
Dated, Intense, Great acting

See it if you want to see two excellent actors work with meh material. Story slightly dated and thin.

Don't see it if you don't want to see graphic sex and nudity.

89
Great singing, Great staging, Refreshing, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if you like dark and off beat theater. Great patter dialogue. Cast excellent. Super funny. Wonderful tunes.

Don't see it if You prefer jukebox or old fashioned musicals.