Ellis Bell

New York City | 50-64 | Female
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Reviews (183)
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

92
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Hilarious, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like to laugh. Super witty and brilliant supporting cast.

Don't see it if you dislike musicals or drag.

88
Hilarious, Funny, Delightful, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you like new material with sci-fi and youthful twist. Love the cast energy. So great. Put Your Pants On (a song) and go.

Don't see it if you're a musical curmudgeon. If you can't remember being a teen.

85
Weird, Funny, Fresh

See it if you want to step outside the drama/ musical box. Wonderfully odd. Brilliant female cast. Lane is Lane.

Don't see it if If you mind gore and scatological jokes and sexual innuendo.

80
Long, Intense, Epic, Ambitious

See it if you like Shakespeare homework. If you're ok with gender blind casting and accessibility accommodation and band(?).. Turn your brain on.

Don't see it if you're tired or cranky. Or don't want to stretch boundaries of your Shakespeare interpretation.

80
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Confusing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you're a Cranston fan. He's brilliant. If you're media obsessed or loved original movie.

Don't see it if you mind a busy stage. Where to focus? You're going to miss something visually. Side stories miss wildly. Felt dated but overall solid.

85
Delightful, Masterful, Great staging

See it if you love musical theater revivals. This is the one to see. Fresh, clever, funny, impressive with brilliant cast and great dancing.

Don't see it if you don't like the older canon.

72
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you like to ponder women's rights issues and esp if you marched for ERA.

Don't see it if you're legal purist.

87
Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious, Delightful, Clever

See it if You care about power and the quest to attain political immortality. What does it take. You care about marriage power struggles.

Don't see it if You revere Bill and Hill and can hear no ill.

75
All My Sons
Midtown W
Slow, Intense, Dated

See it if You need to add to your classics. Dialogue and attitude to women dated but searing family relations timeless.

Don't see it if You can’t suspend disbelief on certain casting and legal matters.

95
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Genius, Funny, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You like drama or story telling. Best play of decade.

Don't see it if Umm.... If you hate families and strife and love and laughs? Please see it.

68
Superhero
Midtown W
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
Blue Ridge
Chelsea
Absorbing, Clever, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if witty thoughtful dramas.

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

88
The True
Midtown W
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
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
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
India Pale Ale
Midtown W
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

78
Octet
Midtown W
Fresh, insightful, veers to indulgent

See it if you like great vocals. Super catchy tunes.

Don't see it if you don't mind devolving into a little weirdness. Basic premise goes off track so attend for music not story.

82
Happy Talk
Midtown W
Slow, Great acting, Clever

See it if you like new works. Sarandon. She's great. Great end.

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

85
Risk taking, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you're ok with changes to beloved classic. Music is wonderful. Not all interpretive twists hit. (Modern dance! New ending!)

Don't see it if you're protective of Oklahoma!. Also. Why are lights up whole time? Distracting. But the score....

67
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you are theater junkie and you like cool staging. See it only for creature, in fact.

Don't see it if you have low threshold for cliched dialogue and men behaving badly.

83
Great singing, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you love musical theater with great dancing. Jeremy Pope is beyond wonderful.

Don't see it if you want a complex plot. Dialogue occasionally painful. It's a well done juke box music.

90
Ink
Midtown W
Great staging, Edgy, Funny, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you care about media standards and good stories. Brilliant cast. Fabulous staging.

Don't see it if you only like musicals? But great show.

82
Hilarious, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you are theater junkie. Fabulous book, insider/ witty jokes and super cast.

Don't see it if you really don't want to see another empowerment story.

84
The Lehman Trilogy
Upper E Side
Slow, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like innovative historical theater.

Don't see it if You need action. All expository despite strong staging.

90
Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You love fresh innovative musical theater. It pops. Great staging.

Don't see it if You want linear boy-girl, good guy- bad guy backstory that’s really fleshed out. This is a riff and a stepping stone to wow music.

72
Entertaining

See it if You love the music. If you want to see best Cher ever. With more powerful voice than Cher.

Don't see it if You expect plot or dialogue. That’s painful to follow. Relax and sing along (lip synch I mean)

78
White Noise
East Village
Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You like risky and deep stuff.

Don't see it if You’re offended by/ defensive of overt expressions of racism.

80
Daddy
Midtown W
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
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
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.