Ellis Bell

New York City | 50-64 | Female
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Reviews (209)
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

92
During previews
The Minutes
Midtown W
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.

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
Six
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

81
Ambitious, Great staging, Clever

See it if You love Byrne.

Don't see it if You need apolitical 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.

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.