feminaprovita

New York City | 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 acting, Confusing, Dated, Great singing, Great dancing

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
Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting

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
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Clever

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

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
Quirky, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Delightful

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
Great writing, Great acting, Refreshing, Profound, Absorbing

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
Delightful, Great singing, Fluffy, Great staging, Entertaining

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
Fun, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

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
Entertaining, Nerdy, Quirky, Great acting, Funny

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
Innovative, Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing, Great staging

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
Weird, Great staging, Disappointing, Slow, Great acting

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
Fluffy, Refreshing, Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing

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

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
Refreshing, Enchanting, Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny

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
Creative, Fun, Great singing, Great staging, Clever

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
Banal, Insipid, Slow, Chauvinistic, Disappointing

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
Fun, Quirky, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

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
Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

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 staging, Entertaining, Kid-friendly, Great acting, Great singing

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
Hilarious, Great acting, Great music, Delightful, Absorbing

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
Fun, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

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
Great choreography, Silly, Overrated, Fluffy, Great singing

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
Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Great acting, Funny

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
Great staging, Ambitious, Masterful, Enchanting, Absorbing

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
Riveting, Masterful, Intense, Great staging, Absorbing

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
Quirky, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever

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