Erin F 3

Scarsdale | 50-64 | Female
About:  I average around 50 shows per year, on Broadway and off. In the real world, I write travel guides about Disney World and Disney Cruise Line. Wait, does that count as the real world?
Reviews (193)
72
Quirky, Fluffy

See it if You like Strong - she's lovely and charming. You want to revisit a classic script.

Don't see it if You don't like one-person shows. Despite the updates, this feels dated. Some of the character transitions felt mushy.

73
During previews
Slow, Disappointing

See it if You're a fan of Rashad. You enjoy talky one-room dramas about labor relations.

Don't see it if You want lots of drama or action. The relationships seem contrived.

83
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great singing

See it if You want to worship at the altar of Sondheim. You want to hear AMAZING voices in a tiny theater. You are SO CLOSE to the incredible singers.

Don't see it if You want a beginning/middle/end straight-through story line. This is more of a concept piece than a real narrative.

75
During previews
Indulgent, Ambitious, Great dancing

See it if You're a fan of MJ's music & dance. As jukebox bios go, this is one of the better ones (but it's missing his problematic later life, so...).

Don't see it if You want to see the legal allegations against Jackson addressed. This is a difficult topic and the play does not investigate.

65
Disappointing

See it if You're a Lady Di completist and must see anything about the royals. The performers do well with what they have.

Don't see it if You want nuance. This is all surface level. There are no emotional highs/lows to the music and the lyrics are impressively bad in places.

86
Kimberly Akimbo
Chelsea
Quirky, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy quirky comedy plus charm. Victoria Clark and Bonnie Milligan sound great. This is sweet fun, plus things to think about.

Don't see it if Teen romance or somewhat cringey family drama.

85
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You're any sort of fan of musical theater. This is true classic of the American stage, but with a twist. Top notch cast. Fun staging.

Don't see it if You don't like tinkering with tradition. There is lots of gender swapping, not just the lead. Not every alteration works, but most do.

87
During previews
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Funny, Delightful

See it if Fantastic actors all around. The script crackles with humor $ insight, without making you feel like you're watching an after school special.

Don't see it if You don't like small, relatively talky shows.

71
During previews
Overrated

See it if You're a fan of LaChanze. She shines here. The costuming is also gorgeous.

Don't see it if I understand the historical import, but the show of overly long and doesn't say much that hasn't been said a thousand times recently.

74
Morning Sun
Midtown W
Slow, Great acting

See it if You enjoy exploring the relationships between mothers and daughters. You like stories about average people doing average things.

Don't see it if You want a sweeping story or lots of action and drama. This actors are great, but the story is small and doesn't give them much to work with

68
The Visitor
East Village
Dated, Ambitious

See it if You like David Hyde Pierce or follow Kitt and Yorkey closely. You're a fan of drumming.

Don't see it if I can't imagine how they thought exploring this topic with a white male protagonist was a good idea.

75
Resonant, Relevant

See it if You like explore racism in a American and the experiences of African American men at all phases of life.

Don't see it if You want a drama full of relationships. These are really just character studies with minor interactions between them.

70
Slow, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if You like one man shows. You like storytelling about quirky characters.

Don't see it if You want a fully executed drama. These are just bits of character study.

84
Fluffy, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want a light family comedy. McClure is fantastic. This is fluff, but well executed fluff. I had FUN, which is in short supply this year.

Don't see it if You have problems with gender bending. Or if you want something deep and intellectual.

75
Relevant, Quirky, Clever

See it if You're interested in politics and current events or you like learning the inner workings of criminal procedure. Interesting acting.

Don't see it if You want a full scripted play. This is more of a character study - a snippet of a larger story.

87
Great singing

See it if You like powerful musicals with big voices. You like exploring themes of race and class.

Don't see it if You need all the characters to be human.

83
Dana H. (Broadway)
Midtown W
Relevant, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if You don't have a lot of time. You're interested in true crime stories. Interesting acting.

Don't see it if You have issues with abuse of women. This can be intense. You want a full scripted play. You're not interested in solo shows.

80
Quirky, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if You want a quick bit of fun. Every show is different - all are high energy.

Don't see it if You want to see a play with a plot and characters. This is more like an improv comedy show with music.

80
Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You like immigrant stories or origin stories. You want to see a master class in acting by all three principals.

Don't see it if You want to keep things brief. It's a looong show. Only the last few minutes cover the modern Lehman crisis, don't watch to see that story.

65
During previews
Fluffy, Cliched

See it if You like broad family comedy. You're interested in the intersection of black comedy and gay comedy.

Don't see it if You're not interested in seeing stereotypes. The characters are all sketches. No one is developed beyond their elevator pitch.

80
Six (Broadway)
Midtown W
Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if You like girl power and pop/rock music. You're a Henry the 8th history buff.

Don't see it if You want a real plot/story. You don't like LOUD.

76
During previews
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You want to be back in a theater! You're interested in exploring issues of race and inequality.

Don't see it if You want a strictly linear plot. You don't want to hear about racial issues. You need a fully coherent ending.

71
Fluffy

See it if If you want something light to distract you from the rest of the universe. This is pure escapism.

Don't see it if If you want something serious or if you don't enjoy comic musicals.

80
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like examining issues of race, if you liked A Few Good Men, or if you like WWII era stories.

Don't see it if You don't like exploring topics of race.

73
During previews
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You want to see a very short show. This one is barely an hour. You want to think about death in a positive manner.

Don't see it if You don't like one-man shows. There is a full band, but mostly this is just a monologue with songs - about death.

73
During previews
Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You like hearing Dylan reimagined. You like folksy stories. You want a good cry.

Don't see it if This is a pretty depressing show.

70
Quirky

See it if You're a fan of Vega (fun to see her in this role). Or you like late 60s fashion. Fab costuming.

Don't see it if The music is monotonous. The voices are good, but they're not singing much of substance.

68
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Disappointing

See it if You have to see anything West Side Story. Otherwise, take a pass on this one.

Don't see it if You want to see the classic show. Much is cut here. The staging is odd. Some of the actors have weak singing voices. It just doesn't work.

85
Riveting, Great acting

See it if You want a master class in acting. You're a Linney fan. You like one-woman shows. You like shows featuring mature women.

Don't see it if You want lots of action. This is one woman on one set. She's amazing, but there's not a lot of visual interest.

80
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Intelligent, Funny

See it if You like family drama with strong roles for older women. The acting is terrific all around.

Don't see it if There are themes of aging and homosexuality, if those are a problem, you should pass. It might be a little too talky for some.

74
Overrated, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if You're a die-hard Morisette fan. The interpretations of her music are well-crafted and moving.

Don't see it if If you don't get Morisette. The story line is far too broad - like an after school special with all the big problems thrown into a blender.

91
Relevant, Must see, Epic, Entertaining

See it if You like percussion, interesting staging, or rock music. I'm not a huge Byrne fan in general, but this was AMAZING. So fresh & fun.

Don't see it if You're looking for a play with a story. This is more of a concert.

70
Quirky, Great singing

See it if You want to hear the ALW classic sung live. You want to see a reinterpretation of a standard. The director is a young woman, which is nice.

Don't see it if You don't want to the role of Evita split in two. It's a little confusing if you're not prepared.

65
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Quirky, Funny, Confusing

See it if You want to explore every version of MacBeth that ever existed. Or if you like modern interpretation of Shakespeare in general.

Don't see it if You want your Shakespeare to keep close to the original. This is far from a traditional interpretation.

67
Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You like exploring the essence of being. This is a unique way to think about what it means to be alive.

Don't see it if You want a cohort plot or consistent characters. This feels very experimental and there are no real people to get attached to.

70
Overrated, Great singing

See it if You're a Turner fan or you like jukebox musicals in general. This is a pretty standard version.

Don't see it if You're not into Turner's music. Or if scenes of domestic abuse are problematic for you.

75
During previews
One in Two
Midtown W
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You like exploring themes of gay culture or black culture. You enjoy seeing relatively new actors in possibly breakout roles.

Don't see it if You want a lot of action or if gay themes make you uncomfortable.

77
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Relevant

See it if You like New York political history, feminist politicians, or Fierstein.

Don't see it if You have problems with the obvious irony of a man playing a women who worked for women's causes.

66
During previews
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You enjoy seeing the "playwright" break the 4th wall.

Don't see it if You want nuance. They're hitting you over the head w connections between Nazi Germany and today. We can get it without the big red arrow.

73
During previews
Slow, Great acting

See it if You want to see Dinklage in person. He's fantastic.

Don't see it if The music is truly lacking in dynamics and emotion. It's just a series of dull soliloquies sent to tepid tunes.

72
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Quirky, Dated

See it if You're a Tomei fan, a Williams completist, or an Italian American. Others will be less interested.

Don't see it if You don't like family drama or exaggerated ethnic stereotypes.

85
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Epic, Great acting

See it if You want to see terrific actors take on the scope of the gay male experience in recent history.

Don't see it if You can't sit through seven hours of theater. If gay themes are problematic for you.

75
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like snappy dialogue and adult comedy. The actors are all first rate. Young folks might enjoy it less than middle aged viewers.

Don't see it if You have issue with graphic sex or full nudity on stage. We've meant to feel sympathy for the white dude, but he is a toxic sort.

78
During previews
Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You like Parker and small, talky dramas. You like shows with a university setting.

Don't see it if You want a lot of action, this is a very quiet piece.

68
During previews
Quirky, Indulgent, Fluffy

See it if You loved the books or are attending with a middle schooler who loves the books.

Don't see it if You're over 40 or don't know the book series. This will have a long life in community theater but maybe shouldn't be on Broadway.

90
During previews
Quirky, Great singing, Delightful

See it if Groff! The music! The intimacy of the tiny venue! The entire production is a delightful little jewel.

Don't see it if You're going specifically for Blanchard. Her Audrey came across as a drunk rather than a ditz, not the best interpretation.

70
During previews
Soft Power
East Village
Quirky, Indulgent

See it if You want to see a nearly all Asian cast. They sound great musically.

Don't see it if You want a fully coherent plot. This feels like a first draft. My guess is that it will be a decent show after some large revisions.

85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You want to explore race relations in the US. You enjoy the dynamics of personal relationships between romantic couples.

Don't see it if You are squeamish about simulated sex on stage.

81
During previews
Resonant, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Pryce was masterful! If you like shows w unreliable narrators this is great. Lots to think about afterward.

Don't see it if You are struggling with a parent's mental decline. Several audience members were sobbing at the end.

70
During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Ambitious

See it if You're a history student. This gives a good overview of what happened during the LBJ years.

Don't see it if Perhaps this is the preview, but Cox seemed lost at times, not secure in his lines. The cast plays multiple roles that aren't well defined.