Elsie Cast Host

New York City | 35-49 | Female
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Reviews (51)
89
Intense, Dark, Experimental, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you love the music of Oklahoma! and want to see the show in a new way.

Don't see it if You are bringing young children or you only like classic productions. This is experimental and brings out the dark side of the show.

84
Broadway Bounty Hunter
West Village
Hilarious, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You love to see women of a certain age winning.

Don't see it if You dislike or don't understand the "exploitation" films of the 70's, as they are a huge influence on the show.

87
During previews
Mac Beth
West Village
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if I love this all-female version of Macbeth that merges traditional aspects of the play (single-gender cast) with a feminist twist.

Don't see it if Everyone should see this. But I guess if you don't like Shakespeare or women you won't like it.

86
Nassim
Midtown W
Inclusive, Experimental, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Clever

See it if Soleimanpour's plays are fascinating experiments, asking what text is and what is the purpose of writing. He is reaching out to us.

Don't see it if Because there is a new actor every day, there is nothing polished about this piece. It is an experience you are having together.

83
Entertaining, Quirky, Great singing, Great acting, Funny

See it if This show has a cult following for a reason. The songs are great, the performances even better. The high school sci-fi story is relatable.

Don't see it if This is a small show that started in a small regional theater. A cast of 10 plays all the parts. They are actor/singers, not dancers.

88
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Delightful, Fun

See it if You want a fun, campy, old-school musical comedy with a huge ensemble and reliable Broadway stars, plus a touching story.

Don't see it if You're homophobic or you don't like musicals.

93
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You want to see an important piece of theater history, created and performed by the best of the best.

Don't see it if You don't want to hear about gay people being human, nudity/language/some violence offends you, or you can't get a damned ticket.

89
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Fun, Classic

See it if You love Hello Dolly, you love Bernadette Peters, you want to see an old-school full out musical production on Broadway.

Don't see it if You want to see something new and different, you're on a budget, you don't care about stars or flashy numbers.

67
During previews
Wicked Frozen
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Fluffy, Indulgent, Cute

See it if You're really into jokes about Wicked, Frozen, or Boston. You want to support small theater companies.

Don't see it if You have no patience for a show just finding its feet, you want a splashy Broadway-caliber musical with all the bells and whistles.

70
The Cover of Life
East Village
Disappointing, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You're more interested in writing than performance, you want to think about the role of women/spouses at home during war.

Don't see it if You only like highly-polished shows or you don't want to think while at the theater.

90
Clever, Great staging, Great singing, Must see, Great dancing

See it if You want to see a show that pulls you in and makes you feel included in the story; you want great music and dancing; you want to see a goat

Don't see it if You hate musicals, you want a fully linear story, you hate theater in the round.

89
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You want to get to know characters over the course of the evening, you love Fierstein's humor, you want interesting staging and great acting

Don't see it if You're homophobic, you want total realism, you're disturbed by adult themes and language.

98
Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Must see, Delightful

See it if You want to see a piece of art that will stay with you, you want to see amazing performances, you love theater at its essence.

Don't see it if You're antisemitic or anti-Arab, you hate music, you want a big Broadway show with spectacle.

85
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Great singing, Great staging, Full of hits

See it if You enjoy hearing the greatest hits of Broadway and don't really care about plot

Don't see it if You want something thought-provoking or new.

88
Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Intense

See it if You want to be moved, you want to see astounding acting, you're interested in the story.

Don't see it if You want linear plot and realistic sets, you get confused by actors playing multiple roles, you are triggered by 9/11 stories.

75
Cats
Midtown W
Entertaining, Dated, Amazing choreography, Indulgent

See it if You never saw the original production and you don't want to miss out, or if you really love Blankenbuehler choreography.

Don't see it if You hate Andrew Lloyd Weber or the thought of dancing cats freaks you out. If you saw the original, there's no need to go back.

86
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy

See it if You love Tim Minchin, the original movie, and/or big, fun, Broadway musicals.

Don't see it if You don't like swearing or sexual scenarios. There's not a ton of blue content, but it's in there.

50
Dated, Disjointed

See it if You haven't been to a bar mitzvah in a while and you miss the entertainment.

Don't see it if You're a feminist or an animal rights activist.

90
During previews
Bandstand
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Amazing choreography

See it if You want to see Broadway greats singing their faces off and amazing dancing that tells a story.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals or you don't want to learn about PTSD. There are moments of raw emotion.

79
Significant Other
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Quirky, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You love great acting and interesting staging; you want to explore the meaning of friendship.

Don't see it if You're homophobic, you hate actors playing multiple roles, you want something epic.

70
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Confusing

See it if You want to see amazing acting up close; you like experimental shows; you put a very high value on free gummy-worms

Don't see it if You want something linear and distracting; you hate being confused; you value the fourth wall

71
Allegiance
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great singing, Funny, Romantic

See it if You want to learn about history and see legends like George Takei and Lea Salonga.

Don't see it if You're very critical about choreography (it's uneven) or you can't stand watching real-life tragedy in fiction.

86
Clever, Funny, Romantic, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if So much fun! And Zachary Levi is so generous with fans.

Don't see it if It's closed, so you can't see it.

79
The Babylon Line
Upper W Side
Confusing, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing

See it if The cast was amazing, and the play is very interesting.

Don't see it if It's almost a character study, but about a group of characters. Interesting little piece, but only for serious theater people.

91
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if Loved it! So many Shakespeare jokes! So many Broadway jokes!

Don't see it if It's quirky so maybe it's not for everyone.

88
Profound, Masterful, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if If you love Greek myth and/or folk music.

Don't see it if You want something light.

76
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You love the music of Sara Bareilles, you love the original movie, you love the current cast.

Don't see it if You hate Sara Bareilles or you want something weighty.

90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Challenging, Absorbing

See it if Every American (adult) should see this show. It has closed on Broadway, but thankfully will come out soon on Netflix.

Don't see it if Warnings for talk of violence, divorce, and race discrimination. On-stage violence is limited to shoving and restraining in handcuffs.

80
During previews
Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if The diverse cast is amazing, and Glenda Jackson is incredible as Lear. It is Shakespeare done well, and in that, exactly what you expect.

Don't see it if I don't feel like I learned anything new from this production. It's King Lear--you know if you want to see it or not.

73
During previews
Sweet, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You love Ali Ewoldt and want to see what she can do, or if you're an Anne of Green Gables completist and want to see every version of it.

Don't see it if You want something polished and flashy, you hate one-actor shows, you can't climb a lot of stairs.

93
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Magical

See it if you love exciting, creative stagecraft, you enjoy great acting and specific characterization, and of course Potterheads will especially love

Don't see it if You frighten easily, you don't like spectacle, or you really, really hate fantasy. But it's worth seeing even if you're not into HP.

Also I read this play when it was published and wasn't all that impressed. ... Read more Read less

71
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You love Spongebob, you want to see Ethan Slater turn himself into a cartoon character, you're willing to pay just to see Gavin Lee dance.

Don't see it if You want something deep or thought-provoking, you hate puns.

84
The Solve It Squad
Midtown W
Funny, Silly, Quirky, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You remember Scooby Doo fondly, you love parodies, you're a fan of Tin Can Brothers and/or StarKid.

Don't see it if You're looking for a full set, a huge cast, and flashy dance numbers. This is just fond silliness.

85
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if You want a guide to life as an adult that's funny, charming, and honest, with adorable songs and puppets.

Don't see it if You're creeped out by puppet sex, you're precious about realistic theater, or you're homophobic.

78
For a previous production
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Great staging, Silly

See it if you want to laugh at two hours of slapstick

Don't see it if you want something serious, you want a musical, you don't like slapstick

80
Funny, Great staging, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if You like Harvey Fierstein and/or Cindy Lauper, you want a fun night with drag queens.

Don't see it if You hate showy musicals or drag queens.

60
Cliched, Disappointing, Sexist, Overrated, Insipid

See it if You want to see kids being amazing onstage, you love Andrew Lloyd Weber, you got a free ticket and you have nothing better to do.

Don't see it if You want something intelligent and challenging, you are offended by stereotypes, you value hard work and responsibility.

72
Resonant, Excruciating, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a classical play that still resonates today; you like to support small theater groups; you like a diverse cast of women

Don't see it if You want something polished; accessibility is an issue for you; you want to be entertained, not provoked

91
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You haven't seen it yet and you want to know what all the fuss is about.

Don't see it if You hate big, flashy musicals or absolutely can't stand an audience full of tourists.

82
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Silly

See it if You love the actors involved, you want to laugh, and you're willing to suspend disbelief.

Don't see it if You want something realistic and logical, you want a polished, Broadway-style musical, you have no patience for silliness.

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Fluffy, Funny

See it if You love Christian Borle, you enjoy the book and want to see it on stage, you want to see an update of the Willy Wonka movie.

Don't see it if You dislike Broadway flash, you hate musicals, you want something serious.

79
Great acting, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Great score, Ordinary

See it if You love Pasek & Paul, you want to be moved by a well-drawn family story, you like realistic fiction that's relatable.

Don't see it if You find stories about mental health self-indulgent, you want a new perspective on mental health issues, you like big, showy musicals.

85
In Transit
Midtown W
Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Quirky, Great ensemble

See it if You enjoy seeing really clever ensemble work, you want to see a new kind of musical, you love watching actors work

Don't see it if You hate a cappella music or you want to see something epic. This is a picture of life on the subway.

89
During previews
Clever, Great singing, Great acting, Great adaptation, Great casting

See it if You're already a fan of Percy Jackson, you love seeing new talent, you enjoy rock musicals, you like off-Broadway

Don't see it if You hate fantasy, you want a satisfying ending, you only like realistic fiction, you want something flashy with a Broadway budget

89
Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Fluffy, Hilarious

See it if You love Harry Potter, you want to laugh, you like quirky plays with a great cast that are a lot of fun.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in Harry Potter or you want something serious.

75
During previews
The Dork Knight
West Village
Clever, Funny, Indulgent

See it if You like Batman movies, impressions, and self-deprecating humor.

Don't see it if You don't like self-indulgence or small-scale shows.

85
Matilda
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Resonant, Quirky, Great writing

See it if I loved the sets and had to memorize the score ASAP.

Don't see it if You don't like Roald Dahl or a weird sense of humor.

89
Spamilton
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Great singing

See it if So much fun! I laughed the whole time. It's a great spoof of Hamilton and of this year on Broadway.

Don't see it if I'm not sure whether or not the jokes will play with people who didn't see the original cast of Hamilton.

87
Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if I saw it twice, with F. Murray Abraham and James Roday. It's a thought-provoking experience. I really enjoyed it both times.

Don't see it if It's not staged or directed. A very non-traditional, experimental theater experience. Definitely not for everyone.

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Must see, Great writing, Masterful

See it if Life changing.

Don't see it if You may not be able to get tickets. If you can see it, go see it.