Ellis Bell

New York City | 50-64 | Female
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Reviews (151)
68
Quirky, Great singing, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You like to check out new musicals. Heartfelt NYC based work.

Don't see it if You want wit or character progress. Hammer home same point for 2 hours.

72
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You like con law, national politics, women’s parity issues.

Don't see it if You’re a legal purist. Assessment of constitional issues not always on mark, although heartfelt and thought provoking. Super dreary set.

90
Clever, Hilarious, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if you love comedy. if you're a twenty or thirty-something thinking about love, babies and responsibility.

Don't see it if you are squeamish at sex talk and frank male urologic discussions... if you are looking for a show to see with your prim grandparent.

90
Profound, Riveting, Delightful, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you like dramas with fabulous music.... Wit and humor brought to serious subject..slight subversion of youth/ gay tropes.

Don't see it if you want straight up musical.

86
Absorbing, Clever, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if witty thoughtful dramas.

Don't see it if recovery issues are triggers for you.

88
Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if you like politics and brilliant depictions of political animals. Falco is a dream. Issues of women in gov't in 1980s.

Don't see it if you don't care about regional politics as microcosm for quest for personal success and self aggrandizement .

89
During previews
Great acting, Epic, Delightful

See it if you want to see master class in acting. Michael Urie is brilliant. Family issues and complicated mother issues transcend.

Don't see it if you don't want gay issues play from 70-80s NYC.

65
During previews
Uneven, Quirky, Heartfelt

See it if you like current issues melded into one earnest show ( immigrant woes, coming of age, terrorism.)

Don't see it if you dislike pirate accents. Argh. Make it stop.

84
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like intellectual, witty explorations of theater or historical women figures.

Don't see it if you want linear tale. Slows down sometimes as we explore characters and perform, sometimes lengthy, Shakespeare soliloquies.

93
Awesome, Epic, Great singing, Amazing performances, Wow

See it if you love music. What power! What performers! They give it their all. Perfect mix of recognizable and not so tunes.

Don't see it if You want linear story or spoken word with your music. It's uplifting. If you want to be depressed by your show, don't go.

88
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Occasionally slow

See it if You love Fiddler or Jewish history. Great vocals. Wit. Heartbreak. Universal family truths.

Don't see it if You cannot concentrate for 3 hours. Unless you speak Yiddish your attention must dart from screen ( in corners—less than ideal) to stage.

76
Great singing, As expected

See it if you loved the movie. Doesn't deviate. Karl seems lackluster so fans prepare for disappointment. Orfeh is magnificent.

Don't see it if you're a feminist or want new twist on the old hooker-with-a-heart trope. Barks is wonderful but still Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Ugh.

90
Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Quirky, Uplifting

See it if you like lively, witty musicals and if you like the Go-gos. Life affirming.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with implied sex or with same-sex relationships. Rated PG 13.

65
During previews
Good acting, meh message

See it if you dislike straight white men and want to see them gently mocked...if you like jolt of avant-garde.

Don't see it if you want profound or linear message. Fab actors with mediocre material. Arrive late if you hate noise (It's just obnoxious, Ms. Lee).

87
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you love new plays. Humor sprinkled with insights into one woman's life. Actors are great esp Maslany and Brown.

Don't see it if you need dramatic perfection or big plot. Some bits slow down. End was abrupt and puzzling. Feel slightly cheated. Rewrite please Tracy?

82
Quirky, Great singing, Fun

See it if you love musicals and powerful voices. Cuida and Errico so great.

Don't see it if you can't tolerate odd story line or stripped down set.

94
Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you are passionate about theater, if you have historical connection to/ interest in 1980s gay New York. Brilliant performances. A+ staging

Don't see it if you only like musicals. Otherwise see it. Worth the time. Actually the time flies.

82
Clever, Ambitious, Powerhouse performers

See it if You love donna or divas. Wow. Clever timeline and overlapping actor with some cringeworthy jokes and dialogue. Ignore. It's the music.

Don't see it if you hate this era music or musical biopics. Decently done though. Cut the bad quips!

84
During previews
Absorbing, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like single performer shows. Mulligan amazing. Drama and tension builds so you must be ready for ride. Clever sets.

Don't see it if you aren't open to feminist issues (term used loosely to avoid spoilers).

88
Great acting, Funny, Resonant, Fresh feeling still

See it if you like crisp writing and witty dialogue. Great actors taking on iconic roles that remain timeless.

Don't see it if you don't like domestic drama or relationship comedy.

90
Edgy, Hilarious, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you love Fey and teen girl issues. So unexpectedly fresh and wonderful. Breakout cast! See it for laughs and inclusion message. Music A+

Don't see it if you are cynic or grouch or die hard classicist?

86
Profound, Quiet, Deceptively powerful

See it if you want originality and understatement. Gorgeous music.

Don't see it if you want a oriented, flashy musical.

64
Ambitious, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you're a greatest hits kind of person, if you have a high threshold for tourist fodder ("Hey New York how are you feeling tonight?").

Don't see it if you really care about classical music or cringe when singer doesn't hit all the notes. Bunch of raw talent but misdirected.

93
Amazing, witty, ingenious, brilliant acting, profound

See it if you like greatness. Great acting, great script, great staging, great issues.

Don't see it if you dislike contemplating mortality or you dislike a little man bashing.

80
Romantic, Resonant, Great staging

See it if you like big musicals. History comes to life. Powerful performances. Scene stealing sub plots. Magnificent staging.

Don't see it if you like edgy or witty or humorous. Story takes itself seriously. Cynics stay home.

80
Great acting, Ambitious, Edgy, Great staging

See it if You’re up for long but boundary pushing work.

Don't see it if You don’t like full nudity.

80
Fun, Engaging, Great music

See it if You like upbeat and clever HS musicals. This really worked. Old tropes well done.

Don't see it if You don’t like 80s and 90s music.

79
Ambitious, Intelligent, Overrated

See it if you love the book, movie or actors. Worth while but not life changing evening. Note: 40 y/o play kids..problem for me.

Don't see it if you love book, movie and are protective of your viewpoint. Hated angle of staging. Couldn't see center stage in great and expensive seats.

78
During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you like cerebral presentations in musical format. You like to noodle over who did what to whom and when. you like friendship issues.

Don't see it if you want to be drawn into a story. Backwards timeline precluded that for me. Feels emotionally detached.

80
During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Relevant, Heavy handed

See it if you care about current race relations, mistakes of young men, police violence issues, this great cast.

Don't see it if you're turned off by pontificating about a tough racial issue. Throws in kitchen sink. Estranged couple snark and bicker-stop it.

91
During previews
Ambitious, Exquisite, Funny, Painful

See it if you like straight play with wit and brilliant cast tackling one of most painful life experiences. (aging?) May gets it right.

Don't see it if you can't appreciate "gallows humor". If the subject matter of dementia is too raw for you. Waverly Gallery hurts if you've been thru it.

90
Great writing, Witty, Sharp dialogue, Super cast

See it if you are writer or appreciate great writing and truth telling.

Don't see it if you want a political hit piece.

68
Cute, Quirky, Funny

See it if you love all things British, sports or farces.

Don't see it if you're bothered by Americans attempting British accents. Some bad...some ok.

84
Upbeat, encouraging, witty, great music

See it if You're teen or teen-centric. Insightful tall tale of fitting in and growing up. Great blend of sci-fi with classical musical elements.

Don't see it if You're not interested in coming of age issues.

76
During previews
Quirky, Great staging, Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You like nonlinear shows, feminist presentations, strong acting. Fan of man and marriage bashing? Go. Villafañe is standout. Funny!

Don't see it if The word pussy makes you squirm. If you don’t need to see lesbian angst and anger. Are all married women miserable or clueless? Seems so.

72
Quirky, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you like rock and roll. Title sums it up and talent meets but doesn't exceed expectations. Hava Nagila scene is standout. Henner good.

Don't see it if you seek spark of originality. Nothing new. Huge ick factor with a certain hook-up scenario.

79
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if If this is your jam you probably know it. Lovely vocals with witty, unexpected moments interspersed among Disney cliches.

Don't see it if you want real feminism. For the love of God don't bring an under 4 year old; you'll be stressed and diminishes your neighbors' fun.

90
Great singing, Riveting, Powerful

See it if you love gorgeous vocals. Exceptional cast and music. Lovely and traditional story. Wow.

Don't see it if you can't deal with Af-Am dialect (sometimes awkward) or old time love triangle issues.

85
Amusing, fresh, engaging

See it if you like light domestic drama with comedic twists. Good cast chemistry with amusing interaction. Indulged son was funny.

Don't see it if you want deeply profound or if you dislike NYC domestic issues.

90
Ambitious, Great staging, Satisfying hp plot

See it if you love a theatrical event or just HP. Brilliant staging when gobs of money used wisely. Clever story.

Don't see it if you cannot get good seats. Theater too big to discern faces when in rear mezz/ balcony. Not genius plot but satisfying.

48
Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if you really really really like stand up and are willing to see at all costs.

Don't see it if ...just...pretty much don't.

84
Ambitious, Great acting, Dated

See it if You like the classics with power performances. They deserve the buzz.

Don't see it if you want fresh ideas for a 21c sensibility. Sexism and racism cringeworthy but real. Maybe we should confront...for four late hours? Ugh.

69
Slow

See it if you like the classics or Rashad. Static set and speeches slow down drama. If you know and love church/ medieval European history.

Don't see it if you expect sharp or modern interpretations. Needs editing.

72
Dizzying, Quirky, Great acting

See it if you love rampant inside jokes, political humor and arcana. Farcial and madcap. Hollander is excellent.

Don't see it if you dislike drinking from a firehose.

92
Riveting, Masterful, Must see, Epic

See it if you like musicals at all. Perfect updating. Brilliant cast. Eye candy. Witty!

Don't see it if you don't like classic theater.

80
Gorgeous, Great singing, Great dancing, Yet dated

See it if you love dance especially ballet, strong voices and a chance to see stunning world class diva. The songs: June...Never Walk Alone!

Don't see it if you expect contemporary story or seamless update. Feminism issues problematic but all still real.

82
Absorbing, Ambitious, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you like talky shows, shrink related issues, nature/ nurture questions, are fan of the stellar cast. Pancholy (30 Rock) standout.

Don't see it if you can't deal with episodic exposition, suicide or a very long (3 hour) drama. Should be trimmed but please leave the comic relief.

84
Refreshing, Clever, Great staging

See it if you like magic and the unknown-- in an erudite dark way--not in a rabbit in a hat way.

Don't see it if you want a thrill a minute show...this builds slowly and leaves you wondering. Don't expect razzle dazzle.

84
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like solo shows, sly characters, the ever excellent Crudup. Reveals layered psyche of troubled soul. Wit interspersed with chills.

Don't see it if you don't like talky one person dramas or homophobic outbursts. This isn't light entertainment.

86
During previews
Funny, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like laugh out loud drama. Issues galore: race, sexism, ennui, finding one's place in the world. Sole female Bel Powley is standout.

Don't see it if you want complex set/ design or splashy ending. Thoughtful and quiet message underneath the sarcastic humor.