feminaprovita

Pittsburgh | 25-34 | Female
About:  Just a gal who enjoys well written, well acted, well directed theater. I don't much care for burlesques or other performances that glorify sex outside of relationships, nor political anything, but otherwise I like to think my interests are pretty broad. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (26)
80
Great dancing, Great singing, Dated, Confusing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy dancing, opera, classic musicals

Don't see it if you want your shows to have a sympathetic male lead or an ending that doesn't come out of left field

Also We enjoyed it for sure, but it was certainly bizarre

96
Enchanting, Delightful, Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like musicals, classic theatre, good performances, feel-good shows...

Don't see it if English isn't your first language AND you frustrate easily, for the first nearly 1/3 of the show is in thick lower-class accents, by design

96
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you like to laugh; you are intrigued by the music bit; you like to see a troupe use THE ENTIRE STAGING AREA

Don't see it if you want your Shakespeare Very Serious

Also I haven't missed a show by Hamlet Isn't Dead since I first discovered ... Read more Read less

98
Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Great music, Fun

See it if you like romance or comedy or romantic comedies

Don't see it if you don't want music in your Shakespeare

Also HID knocks it out of the park yet again! Each individual actor was ste... Read more Read less

97
Delightful, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Quirky

See it if you like great cuts of Shakespeare's "lesser" plays with creative staging; if you like small, intimate shows; if you like physical comedy

Don't see it if you don't like modern dress or other anachronisms; if you want your Shakespeare followed to the letter (if the spirit does not suffice)

Also It was a little special to see this play about men chasing after women... Read more Read less

98
During previews
The Mecca Tales
East Village
Absorbing, Profound, Refreshing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you're ready to be whisked away into the lives of five very different women first resisting, then confronting their deepest burdens

Don't see it if you don't want a serious show

Also I came in with little knowledge of Islam, just a Catholic who has enjo... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Loveless Texas
East Village
Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you like musicals with harmonies, silly romantic "intrigues" with happy endings, Shakespearean adaptations

Don't see it if you want Shakespearean text, you want to be on your way home before 11pm, you need to understand every word (lots of Cajun French shoutouts)

Also Cast was almost uniformly stellar; the women were all especially good!... Read more Read less

94
Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Fun

See it if You enjoy a tightly run, well staged show. You enjoy practicing your French. You like small, intimate theaters.

Don't see it if you need multiple and/or major love scene storylines

Also Excellent cut of a sometimes difficult play. Changing Flewellyn (sp?) ... Read more Read less

84
During previews
The Dork Knight
West Village
Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Nerdy, Entertaining

See it if you've seen all the Batman movies, esp more than once

Don't see it if you dislike celebrity impressions or memoirs

90
Great staging, Refreshing, Great acting, Entertaining, Innovative

See it if you like Shakespeare, feminist plays that don't feel like they're pushing an agenda, and/or interesting directing.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of genderbent casting, don't care for very small theaters, or maybe have hearing problems (some bits are quite soft).

Also It amazes me how much shifting just a few characters to female, making... Read more Read less

47
One Flea Spare
East Village
Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Great staging, Weird

See it if you like weird theater, long monologues, or characters awkwardly working out sexual dysfunction.

Don't see it if you want something uplifting or tightly written or actually about the consequences of living during the Plague.

Also YMMV, but the friend I attended with knows a fair amount about this ti... Read more Read less

83
Fiorello!
East Village
Great singing, Entertaining, Quirky, Refreshing, Fluffy

See it if you like harmonies (up to 8 parts!), classic musicals, or the history of NYC.

Don't see it if you'll be driven nuts by heavy Boston accents trying to be New York accents.

100
Enchanting, Great singing, Great acting, Profound, Must see

See it if you liked the original/movie, want to think/feel about family and faith, have friction with loved ones based on their life choices

Don't see it if you want something light. This musical will make you think!

98
For a previous production
Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious, Enchanting, Refreshing

See it if you like to laugh, at all, ever (seriously)

Don't see it if physical comedy stresses you out?? (I really can't imagine who wouldn't enjoy this show; I'm really trying...

Also The entire audience was just in stitches the entire time! Additional k... Read more Read less

83
Clever, Great staging, Great singing, Fun, Creative

See it if you want a fun, lighthearted reimagining of Twelfth Night into a musical where Illyria is more or less New Orleans

Don't see it if you want to see a lot of the Shakespearean text

Also The actors were all good (and the chorus was pleasantly diverse, inclu... Read more Read less

19
Disappointing, Chauvinistic, Slow, Insipid, Banal

See it if you really love the Inklings and are content to *patiently* listen to two men talk about reminiscing

Don't see it if you'd dislike a show whose only female character is an airhead; you want a tight, engaging script

Also The actors who played Lewis and the girl were good actors (although th... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Quirky, Fun

See it if you want a tightly cut, well-acted version of a classic silly story

Don't see it if you're in the mood for something serious

Also They did some really interesting things with the fairies and their sta... Read more Read less

96
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant

See it if you like classic plays staged in classic ways yet with excellent innovations in said staging

Don't see it if you only want completely serious Shakespeare, without, say, a well-placed Batman cameo

Also I'm typically skeptical of tech in theatre, but this show did an excel... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Great singing, Great acting, Kid-friendly, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want a good cut and a brilliant scoring of a sometimes confusing play; you like truly colorblind casting; you want a relaxed, fun show

Don't see it if you can't hold your bladder for 2h without intermission

Also They had a few excellent audience engagement gimmicks with the kids si... Read more Read less

98
Absorbing, Delightful, Great music, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if you like great music, casually diverse casting, and many moments of superb physical acting, both subtle and quite obvious

Don't see it if you like to see this show staged as an orgy (there are a few sexy jokes, but it's very light overall)

Also This show is funny, light-hearted, and wonderful! Many excellent actor... Read more Read less

93
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Fun

See it if you enjoy quippy, well-acted takes on classic theater; if you like some music in your shows; if you want something light and fun yet great.

Don't see it if you dislike genderbent casting or minor characters made lgbt

70
The Mikado
Upper E Side
Great singing, Fluffy, Overrated, Silly, Great choreography

See it if you like musical romances that are delightfully serious about their silly plots

Don't see it if whitewashed casting bothers you or if you need to hear every word that's sung (those higher voices don't carry syllables well)

Also Explanation of "Overrated": This was my first G&S, but based on reputa... Read more Read less

97
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want something funny or very different or historical in tone; if you love Shakespeare's comedies

Don't see it if you don't especially enjoy slapstick or bawdy humor

Also Seeing this show felt like being in the audience at the play within a ... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Masterful, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if you loved the Disney movie, like family conflict or coming-of-age stories, or like elaborate/creative dance/choreography

Don't see it if I can come up with no reason not to see this show. It's just outstanding!

98
Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you like Shakespeare, think about revenge, want the change of pace of a show led by black actors, or love inventive staging

Don't see it if you can't handle a few moments of interactive theater

100
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if If you love Shakespeare AND/OR if you love musical theater, go see this show! A lovingly mocking tribute to both.

Don't see it if You don't like bawdy humor