Fire and Ice

New York City | 35-49 | Female

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Reviews (59)
69
The mesmerizing laura linney in a mediocre play

See it if If you wish to see the great Laura Linney go solo for 90 minutes in a maudlin play that is unworthy of her.

Don't see it if This play takes no risks, has no stakes, and plays it real safe. I couldn’t care less about the character and the uneventful story she tells

Also Laura Linney, on the other hand, I did care about. She’s working her a... Read more Read less

80
Great staging, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if Unexpectedly delightful show that has a devilish wit and performances that are a joy to watch. Lots of moments for many in the cast to shine

Don't see it if The show definitely purports strong messages about bullying and believing in your true self, but let’s be real. It ain’t deep. But it’s cute

Also Before seeing the show, I found the cast album reflected an insipid, a... Read more Read less

49
During previews
An absolute mess

See it if 1) Lauren Patten’s “You Oughta Know” is a marvel. 2) badass song moves backwards in time. 3) Elizabeth Stanley wrestles with shadow self.

Don't see it if you like your musicals focused, clear, and, if political, pointed. This show is a hurricane of generic plots with an overwrought ensemble.

Also Diablo Cody recently defended the ten-thousand plot lines in Jagged Li... Read more Read less

67
Great singing, Shallow as hell, Unbelievably beautiful to look at

See it if The show is physically breathtaking. No expense has been spared. Fun, light, fluffy, mindless show. No depth. But a thrill to look at.

Don't see it if Most songs from the film are replaced. Comic turned tragic story handled shallowly. Two leads can sing the roof off but have zero chemistry.

Also Act I flies by. Act II drags and drags. It’s a feast for the eyes in e... Read more Read less

65
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if You enjoy generic gay soap operas with nothing new to say, yet come with magnificent trimmings that purposefully manipulate your emotions.

Don't see it if You thought all those London accolades were a preamble to the next ANGELS IN AMERICA. This is a minor work, containing a few major moments.

Also Part One. I did not have the religious experience promised me. However... Read more Read less

63
Happy Talk
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great acting, Disappointing, Banal, Cliched

See it if Susan Sarandon on stage is absolutely great, supported by some fine acting from her co-stars. If you enjoy wincing at awkward moments, go.

Don't see it if The play starts wanting to be a comedy but Eisenberg’s humor barely lands. It’s an uncomfortable, sloppy play, amounting to nothing.

Also After a few moments, it feels as though Sarandon knows the audience fe... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Okay acting, Entertaining enough, Romantic enough, Okay enough, Disappointing

See it if You want to see two powerhouse performers in a calm, unaffecting play that showcases their talent and does little else.

Don't see it if You want something to happen in a play other than subtext. You want to hear Audra sing. This is a perfectly okay show. It’ll do, so to speak

Also I’m very confused by this play's relationship to Broadway. For a work ... Read more Read less

85
Occasionally dull, Great directing, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a classic novel brought vividly to life by expert playwright, director, actors, designers.

Don't see it if You like strong action to occur onstage, instead of ruminated about by characters. Story about racism only told through a white lens.

Also The ticket prices are shamefully high, which will undoubtedly block ou... Read more Read less

80
Intelligent, Great staging, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like stories about young adults who have lost their way, interested in the pressure to always succeed, the ugly side of friendship

Don't see it if You don’t like plays without an intermission, are sick of millennials and their arrogance, don’t enjoy plays that are one continual scene

Also Fantastic direction and sensational performances carry this play and m... Read more Read less

80
Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in a whimsical staging of a woman’s rise from poverty to superstardom. If you love Cher and her catalogue of songs.

Don't see it if Musical biographies aren’t your thing, you don’t like jukebox musicals, you prefer realistically staged shows, you have no interest in Cher.

Also The recreations of Bob Mackie’s extraordinary costumes are worth it al... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Enchanting, Overrated, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You like Greek mythology. You follow trends. Hadestown is one of those shows that “everyone” loves. You’ll be expected to love it too.

Don't see it if You want a clearly explained story, clear explanations of who the characters are, if you like high stakes and legitimate conflict.

Also There were moments I found compelling. I even choked up a couple times... Read more Read less

95
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a flop musical finally have its chance to soar. Want to be moved in a way that makes you examine your life choices.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a big, brassy musical with lots of dancing and flashy sets. This production is very intimate, with only a cast of six.

Also Fiasco’s MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG allows this oft revised work to finally... Read more Read less

75
The War Boys
Soho/Tribeca
Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Confusing, Indulgent

See it if Three outstanding performances make this worth it. Especially Wyatt Fenner's hypnotic antagonist. He is utterly captivating.

Don't see it if The play itself is rather confusing, breaking the fourth wall and jumping in and out of the characters' imaginations. Tends to get muddled.

69
Significant Other
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if This is just a sitcom, but it does have one hell of a monologue near the end, gloriously performed by Gideon Glick.

Don't see it if If you don't want to spend the money when you could be watching Friends or Will & Grace at home.

71
During previews
Kid Victory
Gramercy
Ambitious, Slow, Profound, Great acting, Riveting

See it if Hopefully, they will do an overhaul. Great material here with outstanding performances. Lesser discussed themes of abuse and pedophilia.

Don't see it if They need to cut the songs and evolve the book into a play. The authors have hardly committed to the musical form, any musical form. Sloppy.

80
During previews
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Must see, Epic

See it if Glenn Close is still rapturous as Norma and the show holds up well without its former technical prowress. Outstanding ensemble work in total

Don't see it if Director Lonny Price makes a few odd and sometimes lazy staging choices, and Michael Xavier's modern supermodel Joe Gillis is questionable.

94
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Great acting, Masterful

See it if The true story of becoming an artist has never been more beautifully, delightfully or honestly told. This production is a powerhouse.

Don't see it if This is not about cats or munchkins or flying carpets. It is is an intimate piece about human beings finding their way in life.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Riveting

See it if An original musical with a protagonist who represents the best and worst in all of us. An all-consuming story of human transformation.

Don't see it if The story is outlandish and problematic, but this is greatly overshadowed by the way it's told. If you're hunting for logic, look elsewhere.

86
Absorbing, Exquisite, Original, Riveting, Great singing

See it if You want a new vision of the classic show. See it now in its closing months to catch the phenomenal Hayden Tee as Javert.

Don't see it if You are bothered by colorblind casting or if you are looking for that iconic turntable. This production is all new.

75
Clever, Delightful, Dated, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if You wish to not have a thought in your head whatsoever for two and a half hours. It's very light and cute with a brilliant set design.

Don't see it if You are looking for depth or layers in a story or its characters. This is a silly little thing with a couple great songs.

68
The Crucible
Midtown W
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You are open to Arthur Miller's play as an art installation rather than a piece of theatre. The director takes risks. Some work, some don't.

Don't see it if You're looking for a clear depiction of Miller's text. This production is hyperreal, drawing magical elements into the play. Slow pacing.

79
Ambitious, Absorbing, Confusing, Great staging, Slow

See it if You want to see Gillian Anderson and Vanessa Kirby make Blanche and Stella new again! Presented in the round on a constantly revolving set.

Don't see it if You dislike vague time periods (this production looks like late-60s meets late-90s). Endless transitions. Incredibly weak supporting cast.

100
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want to see what you thought to be a creaky old musical transformed into an utterly relevant and challenging piece of theatre. Wow!

Don't see it if You're looking for fluff or something lighthearted. This is a powerful production that has mined the truest elements of the piece. Just go.

75
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You like sketch comedy, improv, sharp writing, and damn talented performers. The show is constantly changing to comment on current events.

Don't see it if You don't like sketch comedy, improv, sharp writing or damn talented writers. The show is also fairly short at 70 mins. Avoid full price.

100
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if You believe! It really is as good as they say it is. Very bizarre, risky, over the top stuff that will have you in stitches. Smart writing.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy finding depth in parody or satire. This show has a big heart but it also has sharp teeth. Profanity and sexual innuendo.

100
Charming, captivating, joyful revival

See it if This is a beautiful production of one of our best shows. Performances are top notch and its design is flawless.

Don't see it if Not for people who don’t enjoy a dark sense of humor. Not for people who are looking for carbon copies of the film or original production.

Also I saw Jonathan Groff the first time. His performance was decent but th... Read more Read less

55
Been there, done that, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you want to support yet another playwright who seems determined to write the same play over and over and over again.

Don't see it if you don’t want to support yet another playwright who seems determined to write the same play over and over and over again.

Also Find something new to say.

88
Complex look at oppressed 1950s middle class, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Simple, attractive production. Actors are hilarious seconds before they smack your face, punch your heart, and then make you laugh again.

Don't see it if Slow burn. Worth it. Final moments click the previous two hours into unnerving perspective. Play tricks you into thinking it’s old fashioned

Also Horton Foote's THE YOUNG MAN FROM ATLANTA’s structure is classic, matc... Read more Read less

80
Subtle, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if Mary-Louise Parker and Will Hochman are spellbinding in David Cromer’s beautiful and mysterious production. Haunting, sad glimmers of light.

Don't see it if This is thought-provoking and intelligent, purposefully inconclusive. Cromer’s production makes Adam Rapp’s inactive play better than it is.

Also Cromer convincingly elevate’s Rapp’s subtle but interesting script int... Read more Read less

83
Refreshing, Hilarious, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want something fresh, charming, and very entertaining. Joe Iconis score is a breath of fresh air and everyone onstage is killing it.

Don't see it if you're looking for a sweeping epic or something super serious. Staging is often muddled and even amateurish, but I found myself not caring.

Also There's a lot to love here. The performances are over-the-top and ever... Read more Read less

100
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if Masterful stage adaptation that transforms the Belasco into a fully functioning TV studio. Career defining performance by Bryan Cranston.

Don't see it if Network is wild, busy, and loud. Some might not go for its style. Lee Hall’s play is a copy and paste job of Paddy Chayefsky’s screenplay.

Also I saw this production from the vantage point of Foodwork, the onstage ... Read more Read less

73
Inconsistent, Indulgent, Entertaining, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You have an open mind and enjoy unconventional presentations of well-known shows. You like exploring the darker sides of classic characters.

Don't see it if You prefer a director’s vision to be consistent. You like classic musicals performed traditionally. Cast interpretation is confusing.

Also Director Daniel Fish’s ideas are exciting, but he doesn’t make them wo... Read more Read less

30
Pathetic, Insulting, Confusing, Excruciating, Raunchy

See it if You like shows that sound like they were written by 7th grade boys while they hid under the bleachers at gym class. Neat projections.

Don't see it if You like good music, well formed lyrics, and a coherent book, if you like to be entertained, if you love musicals, if you hate musicals. NO!

Also One of the worst things I’ve ever seen on Broadway or in a fifth rate ... Read more Read less

79
Plano
East Village
Incomplete, Indulgent, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy surrealist humor, Twilight Zone circumstances. Fantastic production works like hell to showcase the finer qualities of uneven play

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy having your brain arrested. Start of the script is electrifying, then eventually becomes convoluted and dull in the middle.

Also Will Arbery is a fine writer, churning out punchlines effortlessly, wh... Read more Read less

69
Funny, Overrated, Fluffy, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy watching fine actors push one-dimensional characters to the limit, like story lines that belong in fluffy TV movies.

Don't see it if You don’t feel like congratulating a mediocre work simply because of the issues it tackles. A few fun moments but why is this on Broadway?

Also The Prom starts off so ridiculously, you feel you’re watching a farce.... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Hilarious, Great acting, Great singing, Clever

See it if If you want to see a new spin on a classic film, enjoy musicals where the book matters more than the score, want to laugh your face off.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something with a lot of depth or strong social commentary. This is a fun, clever time, and that’s all it wants to be.

Also An actor can’t find work, so he dresses up like a woman and lands a bi... Read more Read less

100
Dead Brains
East Village
Absorbing, Dizzying, Ambitious, Riveting

See it if You like theatre that takes risks and isn’t afraid to talk about the darkness in humanity.

Don't see it if You are put off by brief nudity, simulated sexual acts, homosexuality, dark humor and dark themes.

Also This is a slickly produced intelligent play that expects its audiences... Read more Read less

60
Rare Birds
East Village
Cliched, Edgy, Intense, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if This play is clever at times with a few riveting moments. Worth checking out if you're into coming of age dramas.

Don't see it if The script needs a few more drafts. It isn't audience ready. Sloppy direction at times. The piece never truly finds its rhythm.

60
The View UpStairs
East Village
Cliched, Disappointing, Funny, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if This is essentially a cabaret act using a major historical event in gay culture as an excuse to show off some vocal talent.

Don't see it if If you're looking for the story of the fire at the Upstairs Lounge in New Orleans, it is barely mentioned. Hard to get why the show exists.

71
During previews
Confusing, Riveting, Refreshing, Slow, Quirky

See it if This is a bare-bones production. A table on an empty stage. Sally Field is perfect and is supported by a brave and truthful cast.

Don't see it if ...you dislike surreal interp or prefer a constant knowledge of time and space. A scene is lit by a candelabra, very difficult to see.

70
The Liar
East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if This is whip cream farce and nothing more. The actors make it worth it. Excellent design work as well.

Don't see it if Dreadful, ineffective stage combat overall. David Ives' script sounds like an English Thesis project.

65
In Transit
Midtown W
Banal, Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if The a capella gimmick is worth checking out. The performers sound incredible. Truly impressive work.

Don't see it if This is frothy nonsense with 2D stories and bland characters. The a capella is impressive at first but becomes very dull when overused.

40
Falsettos
Midtown W
Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Great writing, Banal

See it if The beautiful score remains in tact, but you could just listen to the album.

Don't see it if You are looking for truth, depth, enlightenment. This revival is a shallow deconstruction of a brilliant musical. AVOID.

95
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You want to see a classic musical made new again. This production is fresh, exciting, and fantastic.

Don't see it if You expect major spectacle. It's a beautiful production but the story at its heart is simple and that is honored here.

85
Indian Summer
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if You are looking for a genuinely honest coming of age experience. These characters are breathtaking and the play they inhabit is sublime.

Don't see it if You're looking for a lot of action or major scene changes. This is beautiful simplicity at its best.

85
The Woodsman
Midtown W
Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy masterful puppetry, pantomime, and enchanted amputations. This is a fresh and beautiful origin story of the Tin Man of Oz.

Don't see it if You want big spectacle or expensive special effects. This is very clever story telling, told through movement, song, and amazing puppetry.

75
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Indulgent, Original

See it if You want to see a musical about a real family in crisis and are longing for a Broadway show that delivers deep emotion over razzle dazzle.

Don't see it if You want to feel connected to the characters and expect something a little more from a human story than an alienating concept.

100
Sleep No More
Chelsea
Riveting, Overwhelming, Exquisite, Original, Thrilling

See it if You're able to run up/down long flights of stairs/corridors to keep up with characters. A magical night if you know who to follow and where.

Don't see it if You don't want the physical exertion. It's a LOT but the only way to get the experience. Many go to this and find nothing. We found so much.

71
Clever, Disappointing, Cliched, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You have never seen Ruthless! before and want to enjoy laughs tongue-in-cheek schlock provided by this current production. It's cute enough.

Don't see it if You're looking for the brilliant satire that Ruthless! should be. This production is more interested in commenting on the show than doing it

91
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exciting, Intelligent, Dizzying

See it if You wish to have all your senses pushed to the limits. The technical design is a marvel, guided by maverick direction.

Don't see it if You want straight-forward storytelling. This production is like a jigsaw puzzle and commands your full attention. It's also very loud.