Erica Meyer

About:  Travel photographer and life-long theater geek! When I'm back in the city I cram in as many shows as possible.
Reviews (57)
As Her World Turns

"The power of this classic moved me to tears. Danny Burstein’s performance as Tevye is instantly lovable, and alternates between hilarious and heartbreaking. The music is so strong; practically all of the numbers are classics. Despite clocking in at nearly three hours, the show feels trim and sparse — each song, each moment, feels necessary...Sher conjures up images of Syrian refugees and makes a connection between their plight and Tevye’s. It’s brilliant, artistic, and relevant." Full Review

War
Upper W Side
As Her World Turns

"What is identity? How is it tied to our family? To our race?...Each of these questions could occupy its own play, and by splitting focus to grapple with all of them, 'War' lacks a certain direction. But it stayed with me and I found myself mulling over parts of the show in the days after I saw it…There are a lot of ideas jumbled up into 'War,' and it’s mostly compelling, despite that it lacks the necessary cohesiveness to be a truly outstanding play." Full Review

Ironbound
West Village
As Her World Turns

"It’s a new play by Martyna Majok with a perspective I had not yet seen in mainstream theater...All Darja wants is to be a good mother to her son, a perspective shared by so many people on this planet. But the complications of her circumstances — also unfortunately not unique — make life a daily struggle. Marin Ireland plays Darja and I can’t speak highly enough of her performance." Full Review

Familiar
Midtown W
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"Oh man did I love this play...The real drama lies between the parents of the bride and her aunts as they consider how assimilation has shaped their family...If this all sounds heavy, rest assured there’s a heavy dose of comedy that keeps things very interesting...While there is a Big Family Secret in Act 2 and sort of hijacks the end of the play, I think this piece would be just as strong without that burst of plot because the familial relationships and dialogue are so rich." Full Review

As Her World Turns

"An interesting two-hander that explores the relationship between playwright/poet Dan O’Brien and war photographer Paul Watson…As someone who takes photos abroad, I found it fascinating to hear about what Paul Watson has witnessed first-hand. His real-life photos are projected onto the set at various points, illustrating his accounts perfectly. Glad to have caught this one." Full Review

The Woodsman
Midtown W
As Her World Turns

"'The Woodsman' is a lovely movement piece set to instrumental music; the actors play out each scene in imaginative ways using motion and puppetry, with very limited sets and props...The mood is set beautifully by the decor around the theater as well as through the haunting violin notes that accompany the actors throughout. It’s a magical 70 minutes at the theater." Full Review

As Her World Turns

"'Stupid Fu**ing Bird' is among my favorite theater-going experiences of the past month. It uses Brechtian distancing effects superbly—direct address, musical interludes, some audience interaction...Playwright Aaron Posner’s take on this classic is bold, original, and in-your-face. It pulses with an undeniable current that answers Conrad’s non-rhetorical question: yes, theater can still bring originality and excitement." Full Review

Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
As Her World Turns

"What can I say that hasn’t already been said about this lauded new musical, perhaps the best this art form has seen in decades? It lives up to the hype. It is indeed brilliant...Composer, lyricist, and star Lin-Manuel Miranda seamlessly blends musical theater and hip hop in a wholly original way...'Hamilton' is as epic as 'Les Mis' and as relevant as a Jay Z album. It is nothing less than revolutionary." Full Review

As Her World Turns

"This powerful story is given a first class Broadway revival under the direction of John Doyle...Holy cow does this story pack a powerful emotional wallop...It’s among the most powerful stories I’ve ever seen on stage, and if you’re not ugly crying by the end of the show, then you have no soul." Full Review

Invisible Thread
Midtown W
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"Its music is vibrant and there are a handful of numbers I will eagerly download should they receive funding to produce a cast album...But the story itself is missing something...There is probably a more compelling way to get across the same message through dramatic license instead of telling the story beat-for-beat the way it actually unfolded. That said, these guys have put together a show they should be proud of." Full Review

As Her World Turns

"This farce of epic proportions is a hysterical journey from beginning to end; it induces belly laughs and chortles in frequent intervals...Carson Elrod and Matthew Saldivar lead a cast of nimble ensemble members taking on multiple roles as they tell an epoch tale that runs the gamut from cavemen to Elizabethan royalty to hipsters. Director Moritz von Stuelpnagel earns kudos for pacing such whirlwind action." Full Review

Daddy Long Legs
Midtown W
As Her World Turns

"I really did not like the show itself... The whole time the teenage girl thinks that her benefactor is very old when he’s really only a few years her senior. But that doesn’t make it any less creepy. I hate that this is a story in which the male figure has all the power and the female figure is in a subservient position. I found the music forgettable (it all sounds so similar, like the same few songs are on repeat) and that was a bummer." Full Review

Ugly Lies The Bone
Midtown W
As Her World Turns

"It’s general seating so I’d recommend getting there early to snag a chair near the front — I sat first row center, which is my favorite place to experience theater, mostly free from the distraction of audience members...The supporting characters are well-drawn and engaging as played by a trio of great actors...I loved this play and can’t recommend it enough." Full Review

The Humans
Midtown W
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for a previous production "As the evening wears on, tension cuts deep and hard truths pour out. It’s an honest portrait of how complicated family relationships are, exploring familial irritation/friction and the glue of underlying love that bonds them together. It’s not always easy to watch but I was glad to catch this show." Full Review

As Her World Turns

"Director Michael Arden has staged it with such precision and alchemy, bringing tremendous energy to each number. I challenge you to see this and, regardless of your familiarity with the music, resist the urge to bop along in your seat...Do yourself a favor and see this before it closes in January." Full Review

Eclipsed
Midtown W
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for a previous production "Despite the heavy subject matter, there are moments of humor (particularly as the women read through a tattered copy of Bill Clinton’s autobiography in their downtime) and it’s worth investing your time to hear their story." Full Review

Before Your Very Eyes
East Village
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"The visual impact of seeing these kids interact with their former selves is bound to serve an emotional wallop; it’s almost as though the whole project might have sprung from this premise...We see the kids age in front of us, wearing rebellious teenager clothes, then transition to 30-somethings, then 50-somethings, and finally octogenarians. It feels a little gimmicky at times. But I appreciate seeing how this group experiments with the boundaries of theater." Full Review

Kill Floor
Upper W Side
As Her World Turns

"The play just ends, quite abruptly. I can’t say it left much of an impression on me. I am glad they didn’t focus too much on the gory details of the slaughterhouse; aside from a few key facts about the process, they left most of it to our imaginations." Full Review

Songbird
Midtown E
As Her World Turns

"This musical is one of my favorite shows of the past month...'Songbird' unfolds so naturally as though it wasn’t informed by a play from the late 1800s; it appears to operate entirely on its own, with catchy country music to boot. I’m not normally a big fan of that genre but I eagerly ate up all the music presented here. I can’t wait for the next incarnation of this musical." Full Review

John
Midtown W
As Her World Turns

"The plot is absolutely secondary to character development and the joy of observing these people exist and interact. 'John' is 3 hours and 15 minutes long with two intermissions. It’s staged on one of the most complete sets I’ve seen of any play, ever. It places the audience so firmly in this environment of a kitschy B&B — it’s warm and cozy, and the decor walks the line between ornate and hideous. I felt so wrapped up in the embrace of this theater experience that I never wanted to leave." Full Review

The Weir
Gramercy
As Her World Turns

"Unfortunately, I thought it took too long to rev up and gain momentum, and the ghost stories didn’t quite pack the punch I anticipated. Perhaps I’d built it up too much in my head after all these years? While it left me underwhelmed, I am glad to have finally encountered it." Full Review

10 out of 12
Soho/Tribeca
As Her World Turns

"This show feels somewhat experimental, especially with the earpiece; I was really impressed with the overlapping dialogue. The ending didn’t work for me, it felt off. But I so enjoyed being a part of the process that I left fully satisfied with the experience. I’m not sure how widely this production will be replicated since it’s so tech-heavy — in addition to the added cost of the earpieces, the play-within-the-play includes rather cumbersome elements. It’s certainly do-able, just not budget... Full Review

As Her World Turns

"I did my best to focus on what was happening on-stage, but it was hard to find any of it compelling. Perhaps it deserves another chance given the circumstances but time and money are limited and there are other shows I’d rather give a shot. It was eye-opening in terms of how elements outside the actual production of the show can influence someone’s theater-going experience — if this was the ONE show I saw a year, or the first time I was taking a chance on Broadway, I’m not sure I’d go back." Full Review

Hand to God
Midtown W
As Her World Turns

"One of the funniest plays I’ve seen in years, and it reaches an unexpected depth that really impresses me...A series of wickedly funny and tragic events transpires. You’ll want to go along for the ride. " Full Review

Airline Highway
Midtown W
As Her World Turns

"Bait Boy’s teenage stepdaughter represents us — the audience — as an outsider trying to understand this community, and her character feels forced. But I love the world of this show and I did not want to say goodbye to these people when the curtain went down. While the whole ensemble is impressive, Julie White and K. Todd Freeman deliver particularly standout performances." Full Review

As Her World Turns

"The cast of this revival is quite starry — Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi play Amalia and Georg, while Jane Krakowski and Gavin Creel play co-workers at the parfumerie...All four are terrific…A few dramaturgical glitches stand out to me…The other issue I have is that Georg keeps the truth from Amalia for so long that he ends up gaslighting her, which is fairly unacceptable behavior and hinders the degree to which I care about this couple ending up together." Full Review

Incognito
Midtown W
As Her World Turns

"But more compelling is how Payne questions the purely physiological functions of the brain, weighing them against the emotional — is it possible to maintain a ‘sense of self’ when one is going through dementia, even though on a physiological level the brain doesn’t have a headquarters to retain that information? Payne answers that question in a moving way by the play’s conclusion, which left the elderly gentleman next to me sobbing." Full Review

Thank God For Jokes
East Village
As Her World Turns

"My sister and I saw this show last weekend and just loved it. We’re big comedy fans — especially my sister — and we like Mike Birbiglia’s work. His show is even better than I’d hoped; it’s a mix of engaging, humorous stories and legitimately good crowd work. He took us on a ride for 80-ish minutes that I enjoyed every second of. If you can see him in person, do it, because each show is unique (i.e. because of the crowd work) and he’s so comfortable telling stories on stage." Full Review

YOUARENOWHERE
Financial
As Her World Turns

"Schneider wonders about our brushes with death—what if at each near miss our present reality spun off into another reality? And what if there were endless versions of ourselves floating around in parallel universes? And then he displays this idea in a wholly original way that completely blows my mind. I can’t spoil it for you here, but MAN, this is the most unique thing I’ve seen in the theater." Full Review

The Wildness
Midtown W
As Her World Turns

"It’s a very cozy venue and the action took place mere feet in front of me for most of the show — an exhilarating way to experience this music and story. The whole night was imaginative, catchy, and fun. And Lauren Worsham, the co-creator and co-lead, was nearly 8 months pregnant when I saw the end of the show’s run. Her character does not wear much and she owned her body with a fierceness I have not seen on-stage before." Full Review

Blackbird
Midtown W
As Her World Turns

"The play attempts to present Ray as less of a predator than the situation would typically call for, insinuating that their sexual encounters were more nuanced than most pedophile incidents. But that’s a tough pill to swallow. As much as playwright David Harrower tries to minimize the inherent ickiness that audience members no doubt feel at the start of the play, it barely relaxes throughout the show’s 90 minutes. Michelle Williams’s fragile performance won’t allow it." Full Review

As Her World Turns

"I fell head-over-heels for this show...This revival, in the hands of Alex Timbers — the most inventive theater director working today — comes across as a barrel of fun. And I’d pay good money to hear lead actor Steven Pasquale sing his face off any day. The fact that the entire ensemble is so strong (special shout-out to Leslie Kritzer for doing incredible work) is icing on the cake...I hope to get back again before it closes." Full Review

King Charles III
Midtown W
As Her World Turns

"This play is both original and classic in a way that blows my mind...This play is written in iambic pentameter, and never has Shakespeare felt so relevant...You might imagine that the use of iambic pentameter would start off clever and then lose its charm, but the opposite happens — this speech pattern adds weight to the characters’ lines which feels increasingly fitting as the intensity rises." Full Review

Marjorie Prime
Midtown W
As Her World Turns

"Easily among the best plays I saw this year, and I was moved to do something I’ve never done before — purchase a copy of the play on my way out of the theater because I loved it so much...If you’ve experienced the death of a loved one this play will really hit home...I will remember this play for a long time." Full Review

Steve
Midtown W
As Her World Turns

"Don’t let the lightness of show tunes lull you into thinking this will be a happy-go-lucky show — there are moments of intense anger, fragility, and tenderness...The number of laugh-out-loud moments are too numerous to count. This show was such a surprise delight that I immediately called a good friend upon leaving the theater to tell him he just HAD to see it before it closed. I am so grateful I took a chance on this one." Full Review

As Her World Turns

"Ivo van Hove's sparse style works its magic on this Arthur Miller classic, stripping down the play to just its text with no props or set dressings...There are no distractions of actors playing pretend over a dinner table or seaside docks; they simply face each other and deliver their lines, which heightens each moment of tension...Mark Strong delivers a memorable turn as Eddie; the rest of the cast members more than hold their own." Full Review

Fool For Love
Midtown W
As Her World Turns

"I was really excited to see these two actors — Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell — in what appeared to be an intimate, tumultuous play. But I found it dreadfully mediocre, and even boring despite its mere 75-minute running time...I still walked out disappointed that I’d picked 'Fool for Love' as my return to theater-going after two months away...To this production’s credit, the NYT gave it a glowing review. We’ll agree to disagree." Full Review

Empanada Loca
West Village
As Her World Turns

"This one-woman play is riveting...I saw the third preview — with only about 10 other people in attendance; how luxurious to watch this story unfold in such an intimate way — and even that early on I was struck by how remarkable her performance is. There is no room for B.S. when a single actor talks to the audience at close range for 90 minutes. It is entrancing…see it before it closes on November 15th, or seek out a future run." Full Review

Barbecue
East Village
As Her World Turns

"Well this is one of the more surprising shows I’ve seen lately. Perhaps its structural twists and turns won’t surprise you, but I was very happy to go along for the crazy and unexpected ride that is 'Barbecue'...So glad I took a chance on this one." Full Review

The Christians
Midtown W
As Her World Turns

"I didn’t know much about this before seeing it, and I can’t say I loved it. But it had powerful moments...This all builds to the pastor’s emotional breakdown at the play’s conclusion. The ideas explored by playwright Hnath were interesting enough but I wasn’t fully captivated." Full Review

Lost Girls
West Village
As Her World Turns

"I fell hard for this play...The dialogue is spot-on; these are fully fleshed-out human beings (side note: I dig their Boston-area accents; the play is set in New Hampshire). And then we’re hit with a series of twists that are smartly worked into the narrative. This play runs through November 29th and I suspect it will have a life beyond this run, as it’s quite good with a very strong cast." Full Review

Sylvia
Midtown W
As Her World Turns

"My initial suspicions about this play being demeaning to women — a young cute 20-something has to get on the ground and pretend to be a dog for her male master? why couldn’t it be a male dog? — proved less complicated than I feared. The fact that Sylvia is female is directly addressed between Matthew Broderick’s character and a fellow dog owner in the park. Bottom line: this is a very funny comedy and if you love dogs, you’ll love 'Sylvia.'" Full Review

Hir
Midtown W
As Her World Turns

"Based on novelty alone, I found it fascinating...It’s a fine play, if at times difficult to get through while watching Paige (a terrific Kristine Nielsen) so loudly control the room after decades of staying quiet. I look forward to seeing more work in this newly emerging genre over the coming years." Full Review

Informed Consent
Midtown W
As Her World Turns

"In August I saw one more show I’d like to add to this post — a new play called 'Informed Consent' which was written as part of an arts science grant. It follows the real-life events of a white professor at Arizona State University who took blood samples from members of the Havasupai tribe with the intent of studying their genes to find an explanation for the high rate of diabetes in their community." Full Review

Of Good Stock
Midtown W
As Her World Turns

"There are a bunch of plot points that keep things moving forward but I most enjoyed the quieter moments as characters prepared food or washed dishes, alternately building bonds and then breaking them with each meal. It’s a roller coaster ride and the sisters are perhaps more shrill than one would like, but each one is fleshed out beautifully and a final breakthrough late in the show is especially poignant. This show closed last weekend but I hope the play finds its way to a theater near you." Full Review

As Her World Turns

"This musical is so glorious that I was moved to tears on a few occasions...By the closing number, I was weeping for the beauty of it all — that I get to sit in a beautiful theater on a hot July afternoon and watch some of the best stage artists in the country present a fully realized, perfect incarnation of a classic show. It made me feel lucky to be alive. Theater, folks! It’s a powerful thing." Full Review

Gloria
Gramercy
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"The six actors are outstanding. The sets are noteworthy. I suspect that 'Gloria' will have life beyond its Vineyard run, and it’s very much worth seeking out if it plays regionally in your neck of the woods. I am very glad to be introduced to this playwright and look forward to his future work." Full Review

As Her World Turns

"This is a superb production of merely a good play — if you take away the staging elements, the play itself is very bare bones...This theater-going experience comes alive with Elliot’s visionary leadership, and it’s even more impressive when you consider that she first staged this show many years ago in the round, so this Broadway staging is entirely revised for a proscenium space...It’s nothing short of brilliant." Full Review

As Her World Turns

"It’s a beautiful tangle of a story expertly staged by director Sam Gold. This theater is in the round, and it’s one of the smallest houses on Broadway so the show feels incredibly and appropriately intimate...I could go on and on about this show — how important it is for audiences to see, how it’s making commercial Broadway more relevant — but I think you get the point. 'Fun Home' is a special, special show." Full Review

Significant Other
Midtown W
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for a previous production "Jordan is a perpetually single gay guy, for reasons that become obvious as he social media stalks his crushes to such a degree that he can barely function around them in reality...Jordan struggles to feel happy for his friends while dying a little inside with each passing bachelorette shower and wedding reception — we see three of each, and every time it cuts a little deeper. It’s a special show and I’m glad I caught it." Full Review