Esq 92

Salem | 25-34 | Female
About:  Lifelong theatre lover, fan of intelligent, challenging, unusual musicals and plays from way off-Broadway to on - but I love old school glamour, too!
Reviews (116)
90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Epic, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You like Aaron Sorkin’s work & new interpretations of classics. Absolutely riveting theatre. Keenan-Bolger & Daniels are Tony worthy.

Don't see it if You want to see a very literal translation of the book. It is a memory play and requires some cognitive leaps. You don’t enjoy LONG plays.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow

See it if A masterclass in interpretation from Hawke & Dano. Athletic, funny, jarring, artistic work.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy plays that are essentially just two characters talking. There are slow moments where you’re waiting for the shoe to drop.

87
Ambitious, Epic, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You enjoy strong illusion work and spectacular staging. I have seen hundreds of shows & still have no idea how they accomplished it all.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a straightforward or sensible plot — the story is a stretch, and I say that as a big Harry Potter fan.

Also Knowing that the plot is, frankly, silly will allow tempered expectati... Read more Read less

84
Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful, Great dancing

See it if You enjoy pseudo Elizabethan romps, high comedy, excellent choreography, open minded & inclusive narratives, great singing.

Don't see it if You’re looking to be challenged or for an intellectual evening. But honestly it’s a delight. Don’t miss it.

90
During previews
Refreshing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if You like Joshua Harmon’s work. A very funny, fresh, modern take on identity politics and how we see ourselves and others.

Don't see it if The themes make you uncomfortable.

100
Edgy, Hilarious, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You like feminist, absurdist, hilarious, modern, madcap takes on classic plays. This is not your grandpa’s Albee.

Don't see it if You prefer your classics classic. This was deliberately anachronistic and wild.

60
During previews
Funny, Quirky, Dated

See it if You enjoy Stoppard, Tom Hollander, and British comedy. Clever staging, some bright and lovely moments.

Don't see it if The meta conceits and frequent repetition are a bit of a struggle unless you’re familiar with the text. It’s quite dated in 2018.

100
During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Hilarious, Intense, Must see

See it if You enjoy epic, relevant, hilarious, heartbreaking theatre. All of the performances are incredible, the set is spectacular.

Don't see it if The length or themes intimidate you. It is 7.5 hours of very talky theatre.

Also Seeing both parts of this exquisite production in one day will go down... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Epic, Great singing, Intense, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy outside the box theatre. It’s a folk punk rock opera/memoir/set piece. Brave, funny, stunning, all the adjectives.

Don't see it if It doesn’t sound like your thing. It’s insanely specific and really will not be for everyone. Read up/listen to a Bengsons song or two.

Also THIS SHOW. Is one of my favorite pieces I’ve seen in a very long time.... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Funny, Great staging, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if You like Mark Rylance and the Shakespeare’s Globe style of period storytelling. A genuine quirky delight.

Don't see it if It somewhat defies characterization. If you’re looking for a straightforward straight play this isn’t really that.

Also Iestyn Davies’ arias were a thing to behold. The doubling conceit was ... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if You enjoy Cheryl Strayed’s work. Unusual structure, moving and funny and real. Sensitive topics sensitively handled.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a more conventional plot or can’t follow rapid character changes by a four actor ensemble. Or you don’t want to cry.

81
During previews
Clever, Funny, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if You think the film is so fetch. There are new jokes & it’s been reinterpreted a bit for 2017. Karen, Damian & Janis steal the show.

Don't see it if You are looking for great depth. They need to work on the levels/speed - it was hard to hear a LOT of lyrics and I am not hard of hearing.

Also Very promising bones but needs fine tuning. Not all of the jokes were ... Read more Read less

100
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Must see, Great staging

See it if An intimate, ingeniously staged, fearlessly acted version of probably the finest play ever written. Oscar Isaac + Sam Gold are a dream team.

Don't see it if It's very sold out so. That would be a reason. No period costumes, no epic set. Don't expect Elizabethan grandeur. It's Hamlet in a hoodie.

70
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great dancing

See it if You enjoy swing, incredibly well-danced shows and strong singing. The subject matter is extremely admirable and ambitious.

Don't see it if It doesn't dig as far into its dark core as it should. It's most of the way to a strong show but doesn't stick the landing.

Also A musical about PTSD in WWII veterans and the epidemic of veteran suic... Read more Read less

93
Great staging, Hilarious, Quirky, Refreshing, Clever

See it if You enjoy hilarious, well staged, slightly left-of-center musicals based on movies. MUCH better than it has any right to be.

Don't see it if You're looking for anything too serious or turned off by (comical) sequences involving suicide.

Also Andy Karl is a national treasure. I enjoyed this so much more than I w... Read more Read less

100
Exquisite, Great acting, Hilarious, Must see, Clever

See it if Oh you already know why - Bette! The supporting cast is also comically stacked. A perfect revival with a perfect cast.

Don't see it if You hate joy, laughter, surprising pathos, and costumes for days. If you can get a ticket, go go go go GO!

Also Once in a lifetime production that reminded me why I fell in love with... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Disappointing

See it if You would like to see a classic book boldly interpreted on stage. Some very interesting scenic design & staging, strong performances.

Don't see it if You are turned off by graphic torture & violence, stage blood, & deeply disturbing imagery. It is uneven & confusing at times. Challenging.

Also Something about this production didn't quite click for me, though I fo... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Resonant, Quirky, Great staging, Must see

See it if you are looking for original, smart, genuine, heartfelt shows with smart staging. Best musical sleeper potential all over it.

Don't see it if you're with young kids, have trouble understanding strong dialects, or don't want to think about 9/11. It does get heavy.

80
Great singing, Refreshing, Quirky, Great score, Romantic

See it if You enjoy the film or seeing works with brand new scores. Lovely music, charming performances, quirky and very sweet.

Don't see it if It is somewhat uneven and suffers from a few problems, particularly if you're not familiar with the story. Can be clunky and heavy handed.

Also Phillipa Soo is magnetic and perfectly cast. Her chemistry with Adam C... Read more Read less

85
Confusing, Funny, Great acting, Intense, Slow

See it if you enjoy sprawling Chekhovian drama adapted to the modern period. Strong performances from Roxburgh & Blanchett. Surprisingly funny.

Don't see it if the characters' relationships can be confusing, as are some of the motivations. It's a tough play somewhat unevenly adapted and executed.

Also Personally think the savage reviews are unfair. I enjoyed it, particul... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Exquisite, Intense, Resonant, Great singing

See it if You enjoy the stunning score & want to see a 1st rate cast of knockout actors. It's an iconic piece lovingly revived. Will be a Tony fave.

Don't see it if The second act is HEAVY. Dark but essential. Abrupt tonal shift between the two acts is definitely not for everyone.

73
During previews
Great dancing, Fluffy, Romantic, Funny, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy old school Broadway, Irving Berlin, the film it's based on, and tap dancing. A beautiful classic show, great production numbers.

Don't see it if Story is thin, needs fine tuning (female characters are underdeveloped), but overall a very enjoyable classic night at the theatre.

70
Absorbing, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy new American plays with ambitious ideas. At its best it is biting and thought provoking.

Don't see it if Doesn't quite live up to its potential. I wanted the tone to go all the way to the dark side rather than lingering in ambiguity.

40
During previews
Entertaining, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy music of the Motown era and light, easily digestible jukebox musical fare. Fun way to learn about the people behind the label

Don't see it if you're looking for a strong story or full length versions of really any of its numerous hit songs.

95
Ambitious, Great dancing,, Masterful, Must see, Resonant

See it if you enjoy tap & historical musicals. Absolutely top tier performances from a stacked, stellar cast. Closing far far too soon.

Don't see it if probably not for young kids - it's long and heavy on the back story. Otherwise you'll kick yourself if you miss this.

90
Exquisite, Great staging, Relevant, Must see

See it if You enjoy Bart Sher’s sumptuous Lincoln Center revivals. Beautiful costumes & singing, astonishing sets. A wonderful night at the theatre.

Don't see it if You can’t handle the (humorous) misogyny, or don’t enjoy traditional old school musical theatre.

100
Enchanting, Hilarious, Great singing, Quirky, Great dancing

See it if This show was a delightful surprise. Heartfelt, funny, wonderfully sung and danced, genuinely moving and original.

Don't see it if You are turned off by LGBT social themes or campiness. A lot of the theatre insider jokes may go over heads.

Also This show really surprised me, in the best way. I found myself very mo... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if Ivo van Hove + Comédie-Française create one of the most challenging, difficult, alarming, and crucial pieces of theatre I have ever seen.

Don't see it if Full frontal nudity, language, deeply troubling subject matter, multiple traumatic deaths. You will have nightmares.

70
Great singing, Indulgent, Epic, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy the movie, spectacular sets, costumes, and choreography. All are absolutely top notch and should garner Tonys when this transfers.

Don't see it if You are expecting the same plot as the film or really any of the same songs. It has been updated to almost entirely current music.

Also I really enjoyed the show but it had a lot of issues. In great moments... Read more Read less

50
Ambitious, Dated, Confusing

See it if Strong cast in a dated play. Scenic design is stunning.

Don't see it if It needed some editing or some bolder directing choices. A lot of long scenes of men sitting around joking about how to dispose of Joan.

65
Dated, Great singing, Disappointing, Great dancing

See it if You love the score and the cast. Stellar vocals, absolutely astonishing choreography updates. The dance is a real highlight.

Don't see it if You are looking for a deeper exploration of the dark themes. Direction is muddy and unfocused, doing a disservice to the talented cast.

Also This was a big let down. The love story does not feel as authentic as ... Read more Read less

100
Ambitious, Epic, Edgy, Intense, Riveting

See it if You enjoy avant garde staging, modern interpretations of classics, and astonishing performances.

Don't see it if The subject matter is absolutely devastating and heavy. Violence, physical and psychological, is present throughout.

Also This production is one of the finest pieces of theatre I have ever see... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Hilarious, Quirky, Great acting, Clever

See it if You enjoy Martin McDonagh’s work. Fast paced, pitch black comedy with an edge and always a twist. Perfectly cast.

Don't see it if You struggle with heavy British accents or don’t like your comedy dark. You’re easily disturbed by troubling themes and violence.

Also Vintage McDonagh. The writing is sharp & the tension almost excruciati... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Funny, Indulgent, Quirky, Slow

See it if You love John Lithgow. Some bright, brilliant moments, particularly when he is talking about his own family. Act II is very funny.

Don't see it if Uneven shows and banal first acts deter you. Act II is much stronger. The storytelling conceit didn’t quite work for me, I’m afraid.

100
During previews
Hilarious, Masterful, Great writing, Clever, Delightful

See it if You enjoy contemporary, intelligent, feminist adaptations of classics. Fast-paced, joyful, full of heart and wit. Kate Hamill 4 President.

Don't see it if You don’t like Austen or can’t follow 8 actors quick changing all the roles, often at lightning speed. Modern, deliberately anachronistic.

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Ambitious, Great writing, Must see

See it if You enjoy more cerebral, unusual, adult musicals. So exciting to see a show like this having a commercial run. Stunning, stunning, stunning.

Don't see it if It is abstract at times. The ‘story’, such as it is, is quiet and, some would say, unremarkable. Those people would be wrong, but they exist

Also If there is justice in the world this show will win the Best Musical T... Read more Read less

89
For a previous production
Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You enjoy a very well done farce, physical comedy, and British humor. The staging and set design are exceptional.

Don't see it if you aren't looking for a lighthearted romp. For me it took some time to get going but once it did the laughs were worth the wait.

100
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if This is the best play I have seen in many years. Sophisticated, smart, pitch perfect staging, funny, immensely rewarding, devastating.

Don't see it if You will be moved, troubled and disturbed by this story and you should be. This is positively essential viewing regardless of the difficulty

Also Indecent is one of the most important plays I have ever seen. You will... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Hilarious, Great singing, Overrated

See it if For Ben Platt & Rachel Bay Jones' performances. A special piece about an important subject.

Don't see it if It is heavy handed at times and somewhat predictable. I think with the hype I was expecting more nuance and sophistication.

Also This is a strong show and deserving of acclaim. I did not unequivocall... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Funny, Great staging, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy non-traditional, non-linear, experiental theatre. Some stunning moments, real humor and lightness & real darkness, too.

Don't see it if You need a full, linear story told to you. You can't do stairs or small spaces. You don't enjoy ambiguity in your theatre.

Also Third Rail is an extremely exciting company working in my favorite for... Read more Read less

92
Clever, Entertaining, Epic, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You want to be in the room with icons: Patti & Christine are worth the price of admission alone. Smart, feminist, charming.

Don't see it if The book is a bit uneven and some predictable events make it feel clunky at times.

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Epic, Hilarious, Riveting

See it if You enjoy modern history plays, deep dives on intense topics, & masterful performances from a stacked cast. Tony for Michael Aronov please!

Don't see it if You're not into talky, intense, slow building dialogue. Characters a bit difficult to follow at times, accents can be off-putting.

Also This play deserves a long healthy run and a Best Play Tony. No questio... Read more Read less

100
Ambitious, Absorbing, Edgy, Masterful, Intense

See it if You enjoy Eugene O'Neill and expressionist or existential theatre. Absolutely stunning staging & incredibly strong work from Bobby Cannavale

Don't see it if You don't enjoy avant garde theatre or prefer easy to swallow narratives. This is out there, in the best possible way. Do your homework!

78
For a previous production
Enchanting, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you enjoyed/are nostalgic for the movie and its lovely music. Christy is wonderful and the new songs are excellent.

Don't see it if you're looking for the whimsical tone of the movie - a lot of narrative changes try to ground it in real life, to varying levels of success.

Also I saw this at Hartford Stage, curious to see what they'll tighten up f... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Ambitious, Intelligent, Refreshing, Dizzying

See it if You enjoy new American musicals, beautiful costumes & elaborate sets. A very contemporary take on a period piece. Sit on stage - total blast

Don't see it if You can't keep up with the tone - rapid delivery, a lot of characters with multiple names. You are looking for a classic musical.

90
Absorbing, Quirky, Profound, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy two-person dramas, smart contemporary writing, & quirky characters. Fresh & absorbing - I was transfixed. Sit on stage if you can!

Don't see it if Ambiguity bothers you, you're looking for a straightforward narrative or elaborate sets & stagecraft.

97
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Dizzying, Great staging

See it if this production is smart, joyful, witty, and ingeniously staged. One of my favorite pieces I've seen in ages. Go!

Don't see it if Not for young crowds or those who can't follow actors playing multiple roles, quick changes in tone, little exposition of some scenes.

10
Confusing, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You like seeing very very early stages of a show. You want to support new work. Two of the cast members have lovely voices.

Don't see it if You're looking for a coherent story line, quality writing, or strong voices singing on key. Borderline unwatchable.

75
Delightful, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if you enjoy opera & historical pieces. A well sung, charming piece of light operetta.

Don't see it if opera isn't your thing or reading lengthy subtitles for 2 hours is not for you. Story is predictable/not particularly revolutionary.

96
Enchanting, Funny, Great staging, Must see, Romantic

See it if You enjoy old school Broadway, gorgeous sets, stellar casts, and light, charming romances. A romantic comedy if ever there was one.

Don't see it if You want true depth or emotional resonance, though it still occasionally packs a punch with its fluff! Honestly, don't miss this one.