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 (139)
70
During previews
Slow, Quirky

See it if You are interested in the aftermath of war on individuals.

Don't see it if The plot wanders. There's not enough differentiation between the characters. Need editing.

88
Ink
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if You're interested in political history. It's like the origin story of a super villain, but in real life. The set/staging/lighting are A+

Don't see it if You're not interested in journalism, politics, or history.

80
Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in exploring racism in contemporary America. You want to support female writers. Diggs is terrific!

Don't see it if You want fully realized female characters. These are somewhat one-dimensional. It's a long show that could use a trim.

80
Fluffy, Great dancing

See it if You love Cole Porter, Kelli O'Hara, or tap dancing. The book is musty despite updates, but the music soars.

Don't see it if You don't classic musicals. There's nothing modern or edgy about it.

82
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want a master class in acting from Metcalfe and Lithgow. Or if you like modern historical fiction.

Don't see it if You hate Hillary and Bill. If you want a lot of action. This is a very talky, one-set production.

50
During previews
Indulgent, Slow, Raunchy

See it if You enjoy comic blood, flatulence, and not much else.

Don't see it if You want non-sophomoric humor or a really coherent plot. Really, really don't see it you dislike gore and/or ribald jokes.

77
During previews
Ambitious, Quirky, Great singing

See it if You like your Broadway with an indie/folk/cajun vibe. The harmonies are innovative and incredible. The voices are stunning.

Don't see it if You want a fully coherent plot. There are so many layers of metaphor here that it's hard to tease out exactly what the message is.

90
During previews
Delightful, Relevant, Hilarious

See it if Tootsie puts the comedy in musical comedy, perfect for an escapist laugh. Santino is perfection.

Don't see it if You need the musical to be carbon copy of the film. There are substantial updates to the story.

80
Great acting, Edgy, Intense

See it if You want to see a master class in acting. All the players fully embody their roles. Also good if you like family dramas.

Don't see it if You have objections to violence portrayed on stage or if sibling discord makes you uncomfortable.

70
Quirky, Romantic

See it if You like romantic musicals. You like seeing things from the perspective of a teen boy. Dear Evan Hansen fans will probably like it.

Don't see it if You want a satisfying ending. This felt abrupt to me. There are a few lovely songs, but still too much extraneous. Needs editing.

79
Great singing, Relevant

See it if You enjoy Gospel music. Fantastic harmonies! You like exploring issues of race, sexuality, and the intersection of the two.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy shows with gay themes.

85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an American classic dramatized for the stage. The acting is fantastic throughout, particularly C Keenan-Bolger.

Don't see it if You are against anyone tinkering with the book. This is mostly the same story, but the timeline is changed and some characters are altered.

80
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like discussions of law, feminism, or are struggling with today's political climate. She covers complex topics with charm and wit.

Don't see it if You're a Trump fan with a closed mind or if you want lots of action. It's not quite a one-woman show, but close.

55
During previews
Slow, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if You're OK with unoriginal music, 90s pop hits with lyrics rewritten like Weird Al without a sense of humor. As if!

Don't see it if You want your actors to have chemistry. The romances we're romantic. The friendships we're friendly.

80
Delightful, Funny, Romantic

See it if You want some lighthearted charm in your life. It's all fluff, but sometimes that's exactly what you need. I left with a big cheesy grin.

Don't see it if You want serious substance. This has a real 80s rom com flavor.

71
During previews
Great singing

See it if You're a Cher fan. This adheres to the jukebox formula, but if you're looking for light this works. Spector as Sonny is a hoot.

Don't see it if You don't like Cher, the 70s/80s, wigs, or feathers.

70
During previews
Ambitious, Great staging, Slow

See it if You want to see masterful puppetry, movement, and staging. The effects are incredible.

Don't see it if You want a fully-formed musical. The songs are bland - one expository solo after another. .

69
During previews
Great acting, Slow

See it if You want to see a collection of talented young actors finding their wings.

Don't see it if You want a fully realized plot. This is more of a character study and look at a historical time rather than a real story.

70
Funny, Quirky

See it if You like your comedy with a little mystery. You want to see a transgender character treated like any other character.

Don't see it if You have problems understanding strong British accents. You want an entirely believable plot.

Also There's a bit of drama within the drama. The Snooker game near the end... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Great acting, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You enjoy light comedy. The plot is fluff, but the actors are outstanding. They each fully embody many disparate roles.

Don't see it if You want a grand extravaganza. This is a small, simple show.

75
Funny, Quirky

See it if You want to turn your brain off and enjoy some good old fashioned fluff. It's a totally no stress show - in a good way.

Don't see it if You don't like stories about middle aged dudes trying to recapture their youth.

72
Quirky

See it if You're a high school kid with a lot of angst (even my college age daughters thought it skewed younger than them) or if you hid at parties.

Don't see it if If don't have any contact with teens. You will be baffled. Also don't see if you dislike casual references to masturbation and marijuana.

75
Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You're a fan of the stars. Or if you like exploring issues of privilege and class. Or if you like thinking about uniquely male pressures.

Don't see it if The acting and pacing are uneven. Don't go if you want a totally seamless production.

67
Indulgent, Fluffy, Funny

See it if You're an Idina completist. You like character driven shows set in contemporary times.

Don't see it if You want to love the characters. All of them are vile or insipid in their own ways.

74
Dated, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You like theater history and rousing tap numbers. Or if you're a fan of charming Borle or any of the other players.

Don't see it if You're not in the mood for fluff. The plot is thinner than air, and problematic air at that. The show is fun, but not at all memorable.

87
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You want to see an American class performed by master actors. The balance between family tribalism and the public good feels v relevant.

Don't see it if You don't like talky dramas.

75
Edgy, Great acting, Funny

See it if Adam Driver and Brandon Uranowitz are giving a master class in acting. The show is surprisingly funny, as well as smokey.

Don't see it if You don't like talky dramas. Or if you need to feel sympathetic to the characters. They're all kind of awful in one way or another.

78
Great dancing, Great singing

See it if You're a fan of The Temptations, tight harmonies, and smooth moves. You like exploring how race impacts music trends.

Don't see it if You don't like Motown. The book is like a dry reading of The Temp's Wikipedia page.

65
During previews
Disappointing, Banal, Great staging

See it if You are a devotee of the film. You want to see a young talent on the rise - Sophia Ann Caruso is terrific.

Don't see it if The book is just bad, full of unfunny "topical" jokes. A surprising amount of foul language for a show that has a strong kid appeal.

73
Quirky, Ambitious

See it if You're a Glenda Jackson fan, she's very impressive. If you like non-traditional casting and modern dress Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You're a Shakespeare traditionalist.

74
Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You like explorations of teen angst. It's a deep dive into what it's like to be an awkward guy in high school. Salazar make the show.

Don't see it if You want sophistication. It's all broad humor and young themes.

90
During previews
Quirky, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You want a hot, sexy, dark take on a classic. Daunno's voice is honey. My first reaction was, "It's so weird. I LOVE IT."

Don't see it if You want the Oklahoma from the movie. They make a classic pretty twisty.

72
Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You're a Sondheim completist. This is a worthy addition to the canon.

Don't see it if You want emotional connection between the players. The music is good, but there's a real lack of chemistry. They don't seem like old friends

79
During previews
Relevant, Great acting

See it if You're interested current events and LGBT issues. The acting is spot on all around. There are cakes all over the set, don't come hungry.

Don't see it if LGBT issues are not your thing.

73
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You're curious what it's like to see an actor perform without preparation. And if you're curious about the childhood of an Iranian.

Don't see it if You want lots of action. It's all slow, thoughtful talk.

75
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if If you’re a fan of Cranston, he kills in the role. The staging is sometimes frustrating, but it’s unlike anything else. Great use of tech.

Don't see it if You want strict adherence to the film. There are several preachy monologues that contradict each other. Confusing at times.

80
Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like academic or workplace comedy/drama. The acting is terrific from all three players. It's good fodder for post-theater dinner chats.

Don't see it if You need lots of action with your drama. This is lots of talk and not much physical action.

80
Great writing, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You're a fan of Birbiglia's other work. Or if you like tales of domestic life told with charming candor and humor.

Don't see it if You want action, music, or loads of drama. This is just a sweet story, unembellished by bells and whistles.

85
Entertaining, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if You're in the mood for some good old musical fun. There are hummable tunes and characters you root for. We left with a smile on our faces.

Don't see it if You have LGBT prejudices or have problems with stories about gay relationships.

85
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like exploring contemporary topics in race relations. The acting is uniformly great.

Don't see it if You want a lot of action. This is all talk. There's not much new information here, but a good summary of the topic.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like historical dramas told from a personal perspective. You're interested in family dynamics. Terrific acting!

Don't see it if You can't sit still for a long show. It flew past for me, but the run time does clock in well beyond three hours.

63
During previews
Cliched, Quirky, Resonant

See it if You're interested in stories of immigrant assimilation into American culture.

Don't see it if If you want a novel take on the topic. The writing is far too much telling and not enough showing. Nothing is nuanced.

70
During previews
Quirky, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You like family dramas and exploring issues of how to care for aging parents. You're a fan of the female cast.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with real talk about aging. Also, Michael Cera's role is tangential to the main plot. Don't go just for him.

85
Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You want the insider scoop on the Democratic political machine in the 1970s. You want to see masterful actors.

Don't see it if You need lots of physical action. This is mostly static talking.

80
During previews
Great acting, Ambitious, Funny

See it if You want a master class in character acting. The supporting cast are uniformly excellent. Dylan Baker!

Don't see it if You're a Hamlet purist. Or if you're not interested in exploring feminist criticism of classic works.

65
During previews
Dated, Disappointing

See it if You want to Samantha Barks in a breakout role. You are a film obsessive.

Don't see it if The voices are good, the choreography is fun, Andy Karl is dreamy, but score is blander than bland. If you want memorable tunes, skip it.

70
Great acting, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if You want to see great acting. The women playing Mary Page are all top notch.

Don't see it if You want a linear plot, or a plot at all really. This felt like a series of character sketches for an acting class rather than a full story.

70
Quirky, Fluffy

See it if You're a Go-Go's devotee. If you want a show that treats LGBT issues with humorous wink. You like 80s dance moves. You want something lite.

Don't see it if You want a show that has depth or true emotion. It's all floofy fluff. Also, the sound mixing is off. If that bothers you, don't go.

60
During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You'll see absolutely anything about class divisions in America.

Don't see it if You want logic in your theater. The number of plot holes is astonishing. Nothing about this resembles real college admissions.

90
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a historical piece that's still truly relevant. Funny. Sad. Moving. It's all there. Divine acting all around.

Don't see it if The only real reason not to see it is if you're bringing a young child. There are adult themes.