Ellis Bell

New York City | 50-64 | Female
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Reviews (258)
70
During previews
Strange, Ambitious, Clever
November 17th, 2022

See it if You like short mysterious plays.

Don't see it if You’re into clear linear stories. It’s an odd one.

86
During previews
Wonderful. old timey. but fresh and witty.
November 17th, 2022

See it if You love musicals. Bonus points if you’re into original movie.

Don't see it if You want edgy or ultra nouveau. This is homage to old-timey love/ road/ getaway stories.

82
Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever
November 10th, 2022

See it if You like Wilson or a family story about memory and sibling conflict.

Don't see it if You can’t fully focus on show-day. Dialogue is dense and fast.

82
Insightful, Clever, Ambitious
November 10th, 2022

See it if You like historical plays. Well done. Moments drag but insightful and powerful urban and social history of New York.

Don't see it if You want linear plot with fully fleshed characters. Moses is the focus. Fiennes is great.

85
Entertaining, Enchanting
November 2nd, 2022

See it if You’re drawn to monologue or biography or Byrne! Find the universals in his particular life story.

Don't see it if You dislike self reflection or spoken dialogue that sounds more like the page than real life.

92
Masterful, Clever, Absorbing
November 2nd, 2022

See it if You love great drama with sharp dialogue and brilliant performances. You like surprise endings.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to unflinching examinations of race and class…as written 25 years ago.

88
1776 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Funny, Ambitious, Absorbing
November 2nd, 2022

See it if You like to learn history and see a bit of rebellious revision of history.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by disruption of status quo.

86
Chester Bailey
Chelsea
Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing
November 2nd, 2022

See it if You want to think big thoughts in a digestible 1.5 hour sitting. Great set for modest play. Dialogue is very layered and sharp.

Don't see it if You don’t want to put your thinking cap on. If you don’t like exposition… lots of talking to the audience.

90
During previews
Enchanting
October 20th, 2022

See it if You love universal messages in a clever upbeat package. So great. Brilliant supporting character by Milligan. Genius wrapped in laughs.

Don't see it if You want a glam set. Akimbo’s brilliance is in the writing and the performing. The elevator pitch sounds bleh.

89
Funny, Enchanting, Delightful
October 20th, 2022

See it if You want to see top notch actors at their best and having fun. So good.

Don't see it if You won’t see fancy staging. Imagination required. Imagination welcome.

86
Ambitious, Absorbing
October 20th, 2022

See it if You love the classics or want to get educated. Wonderful cast. Deep and serious play.

Don't see it if You need comic relief for the playwright’s message to land. You will want to focus and then ponder it…for days. Attention must be paid.

85
During previews
KPOP (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting
October 20th, 2022

See it if You love choreographed upbeat theater. Great optics and clever staging. Perfect for theater in round.

Don't see it if You want intricate plot. Cliched story set up. Good to know that show mirrors K-POP industry talent development.

86
Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing
October 3rd, 2022

See it if You love Stoppard, historical plays and just good theater.

Don't see it if You don’t want to concentrate. The many characters and plot threads require attention.

84
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever
October 3rd, 2022

See it if You like soci-political stories that show universal human themes.

Don't see it if You don’t like exposition. Too much talking to the audience. Show don’t tell.

82
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever
October 3rd, 2022

See it if You are seeking solid contemporary show about life’s struggles and blessings. Nice comic relief moments too.

Don't see it if You want a single through narrative. This jumps a bit and requires concentration. Could be trimmed.

90
Funny, Clever, Delightful
August 29th, 2022

See it if You like witty observational humor. Discover a great rising comedian.

Don't see it if You don’t want a one man stand up comedy show. His audio is tricky. Speaks downward or sideways or quickly. Not hard to follow gist though.

80
Funny, Great acting, Resonant
June 25th, 2022

See it if You like small clever shows that ponder teen/ life topics with humor.

Don't see it if You like an ending wrapped up with a bow.

84
Clever
June 15th, 2022

See it if You want well written but witty with wonderfully comedic secondary characters.

Don't see it if You have an issue with child actors being hammy. If a lot of urine talk makes you cringe.

82
Great staging, Delightful, Funny
June 15th, 2022

See it if You want funny family show. McClure is brilliant.

Don't see it if You want deep or profound.

88
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing
May 18th, 2022

See it if You like think pieces with heart. Gray depictions of normal people, life and heartbreak.

Don't see it if You want something big. Spare set. Concentration required although flashes of humor help the flow.

65
Meh
May 8th, 2022

See it if You love Crystal or Borscht Belt humor. He is charming. Shoshona Bean is a highlight. Gorgeous voice.

Don't see it if You want to avoid multiple poop your pants jokes. Even a goy says: oy vey.

90
Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing
April 29th, 2022

See it if You love incisive drama with heart and humor. A gem.

Don't see it if You don’t like dark humor.

86
Relevant, Intelligent, Delightful
April 29th, 2022

See it if You love Beanie or Jane lynch. Charisma and wit abound in them. How a pivotal woman made it in show biz years ago. A story worth learning.

Don't see it if Please don’t compare to that other Fanny. Let it stand alone. Savor!

82
Harmony
Financial
Profound, Ambitious, Absorbing
April 29th, 2022

See it if For an historical musical on unique singers.

Don't see it if Upset by Nazi portrayal and varying takes on risk and political compliance.

86
Great music, Intelligent, Funny, Ambitious
April 29th, 2022

See it if You like fresh and meta. Breakthrough talent onstage.

Don't see it if You are person of deep faith who finds blaming conservative Christian followers distasteful.

94
Relevant, Intense, Masterful, Ambitious, Absorbing
April 29th, 2022

See it if You must be up for an inquiry into abuse and consent and family dynamics. Brilliant. Helps if you’ve studied Lolita. Actors top of game.

Don't see it if All the trigger warnings apply. Can you see shades of gray in a black and white issue? Uncomfortable but important.

92
POTUS
Midtown W
Funny, Clever, Delightful
April 29th, 2022

See it if You are a feminist, a political junkie or a fan of farce.

Don't see it if You’re in mood for something serious. So fun seeing women do slapstick. Great set. Dratch so good. Well: whole cast on fire.

90
During previews
Intelligent, Hilarious, Great acting, Absorbing
March 30th, 2022

See it if You like toxic masculinity made funny. Amazing performance by Rockwell.

Don't see it if Salty criminal drama., 1970s’ clothing.

79
During previews
Refreshing, Entertaining, Ambitious
March 20th, 2022

See it if You like new musicals and fresh taken in either vocals or dance. If you’re American history buff.

Don't see it if Occasional clunky dialogue /predictable story arch.Needs trimming. Overly stuffed w cliched characters. Disclosure:movable scenery broken.

82
Refreshing, Dated, Funny
March 9th, 2022

See it if You like classic New York humor with clever female lead. Fun!

Don't see it if The format is three separate stories and it gets a bit slap stick-y. Feels pretty fresh for revival but not cutting edge.

84
Black No More
Midtown W
Edgy, Great singing, Bold, Clever
February 27th, 2022

See it if You like thoughtful and bold rhetoric blended with lively music.

Don't see it if You’re sensitive to racial epithets.

75
The Tap Dance Kid
Midtown W
Great singing, Confusing, Ambitious
February 25th, 2022

See it if You love tap or Joshua Henry.

Don't see it if You want revival with cohesive story.

90
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Masterful, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing
February 25th, 2022

See it if You love smart fresh revivals. Great talent.

Don't see it if You dislike complex musicals.

89
Thought-provoking, Funny, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing
February 25th, 2022

See it if You love family drama, historic and political exploration. Funny. Important. Too long but worthwhile.

Don't see it if You want fully trimmed play with all points of view explored equally.

85
Dated, Funny, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful
February 25th, 2022

See it if You respect and want to explore the canon of musical theater. Beautifully done.

Don't see it if You want fresh story. Why is a dated unbelievable story revived? Who knows. Just enjoy.

88
Brilliant dancing, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing
February 25th, 2022

See it if You love the legacy, the dancing, the creativity.

Don't see it if You want his full story explored.

78
Slow, Great singing, Ambitious
December 22nd, 2021

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
December 19th, 2021

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
December 19th, 2021

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
December 10th, 2021

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
December 10th, 2021

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
November 24th, 2021

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
November 24th, 2021

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
November 24th, 2021

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
November 24th, 2021

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
November 24th, 2021

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
November 24th, 2021

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
September 28th, 2021

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
September 27th, 2021

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
March 1st, 2020

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.