Fran 6091

New York City | Female
About:  Second play I ever saw was Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard. Magical. Totally hooked me and I've been a theater fan ever since.
Reviews (124)
Needs focus, Talented chorus, A mess, Confusing
July 25th, 2019

See it if The gay chorus is very good. Thomas John is good, but the focus is a mess. Is it a musical, psychic readings? autobiographical?

Don't see it if It's all of the above and some of the above. Saw it 7/17. Show was at 8pm. House opened at 8:05pm. Show started at 8:20pm with no apology.

Also There were no programs. The staff person seating us didn't know the ho... Read more Read less

Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Amazing tech!, Great direction, Great writing, Great acting, Brilliant!
May 18th, 2019

See it if This show grabs you from the beginning and takes you on a brilliant roller coaster ride. Cranston is brilliant! The production is amazing.

Don't see it if you want something light and fluffy or a musical. But you should see this show. It's so well done and relevant to today.

Also When the movie was made, my block on the west side was used for the ye... Read more Read less

Fun, really loud band., Bad staging, Great cast!
April 8th, 2019

See it if You sit in the center section. Everything is staged facing the middle. Cute concept, well acted.

Don't see it if If you sit house right in row C, seat 10. You're in front of the band and they're loud! Louder than the cast. Was anybody mixing sound?

Also I saw the show on Tuesday 4-2. 90% of the staging was directly to the ... Read more Read less

During previews
Long., Great tech!, Great staging, Great concept!, Great cast!
April 8th, 2019

See it if You're ready to be blown away by a perfect cast/director/lights and costumes. It was a really fun evening.

Don't see it if I was in row G, house right and it was cold. Cold for the entire show, which is why I gave this an 85 instead of 100. Also, it's long.

Also I had on a short sleeve sweater and a light jacket and I was cold. And... Read more Read less

During previews
Midtown W
Gorgeous tech!, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Brilliant production!
April 8th, 2019

See it if The show grabs you with the first cue and takes you on an amazing ride! I was in awe of how well everything worked together. Loved it.

Don't see it if You don't like to pay attention; it's a roller coaster ride that's brilliantly conceived and performed.

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Clever
March 25th, 2019

See it if Very honest script that was very engaging. Maddie Corman speaks from the heart with a lot of wry humor about her husband's transgressions.

Don't see it if You don't like family dramas. But Maddie's balance of drama and humor makes it very entertaining.

Also Her ability to keep her family together in spite of her husband's choi... Read more Read less

The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Brilliant production!, Great acting, Great direction, Memorable evening
February 6th, 2019

See it if Great cast and direction keep the story line vivid. Story is well-paced, so 3 hours didn't feel like 3 hours.

Don't see it if you don't like listening to Irish accents. But they're part of the atmosphere. I truly enjoyed everything about the show.

Also I saw the show on January 31 when it was five degrees out. The theater... Read more Read less

Hitler's Tasters
West Village
Great acting, Great staging, Great tech, Modern touches i found distracting.
October 18th, 2018

See it if It's a great concept to view WWII thru the eyes of Hitler's food tasters. Clever idea and script.

Don't see it if However, modern choices such as taking selfies with cell phones, clashed with the reality of WWII. There were cameras back in the 40's.

Also I wish they had kept the anachronisms out; I found it distracting from... Read more Read less

The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great cast!, Clever, Fun, Brilliant set changes!, Great writing
October 2nd, 2018

See it if Amazingly talented cast. The show's more about them than snooker, which I know little about. It was a very fun evening.

Don't see it if Cast speaks with heavy accents, but I got used to it and it's part of the charm. Very enjoyable.

Also I gave it 95 instead of 100 because I still don't know what "The Nap" ... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Wonderful show!, Great acting, Great dancing, Beautiful tech, Absorbing
September 15th, 2018

See it if A beautiful fusion of theater and dance. Gabri is incredibly talented and pulls you into the story immediately. Loved it.

Don't see it if You don't like combining theater and dance. But give it a chance. It's a beautiful show. I hope Gabri does a sequel; I want to know more.

Private Peaceful
Midtown W
Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Good direction, Great tech (lights, set & sound)
September 6th, 2018

See it if You like shows written and performed from the heart. A beautiful, heart-felt production that grabs you and stays with you.

Don't see it if I was in row B and the sound bounced off the brick walls, making it hard for me to understand all his dialect. Sit further back & enjoy.

Also I saw the Brits Off Broadway production of Private Peaceful starring A... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Mesmerizing, Great cast, Great singing, Great staging
August 18th, 2018

See it if This show is beautifully crafted. I enjoyed music, cast, direction, lighting and sets. It wins you over in a gentle, almost hypnotic way.

Don't see it if Oh just see it! It's so well done. Very special evening. I saw it on 7/12, my birthday. It was a great present!

Buffalo Buffalo
Terrible book, Great cast, Disappointing, Raunchy, Too long
August 6th, 2018

See it if you like repetitive fake sex scenes with a dull, confusing script. Talented cast does their best to make it palatable.

Don't see it if you want to see a fully explored script with some sort of point.

Great cast, Story is too long!, Disappointing, Great air conditioning
August 6th, 2018

See it if there's a heat wave. Great Air Conditioning! Show starts out promising and then stagnates. Great cast but nobody's character changes.

Don't see it if Margery uses her "saintliness" to get whatever she wants and everyone just says yes. So all tension/drama dissipates. Script needs work.

Great cast!, Great band!, Great choreography, Entertaining
July 27th, 2018

See it if Energetic, talented cast singing and dancing. A fun evening.

Don't see it if Talented band, but their sound levels sometimes were louder than the cast's voices. Saw it Thursday, so hope the sound is leveled out.

Also I actually worked as an usher on Cope the summer of '73. I loved the o... Read more Read less

A Walk on the Beach
East Village
Disappointing, Ok cast, So-so direction, So-so script, Good sets & lighting
July 6th, 2018

See it if Good cast. Show needs work. Wait for the rewrite.

Don't see it if Very little drama. We need to care more. Needs stronger direction.

Also The actor playing JFK is good but doesn't look like JFK, which was a b... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Great staging, Gorgeous lighting, Wonderful choreography, Great cast
June 25th, 2018

See it if It's mesmerizing. The direction, the cast, the dancing, the lighting all lure you into the story. Beautiful night at the theater.

Don't see it if If you want more story than dancing. But the show will pull you in.

Also The choreography at the beginning reminded me of the dream sequence wi... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Disappointing, Dizzying, Uneven, Solid cast, Lovely set
June 11th, 2018

See it if You enjoy works by Tom Stoppard. He writes wonderful plays. The cast is fine; set is clever & cluttered. I found the evening a bit uneven.

Don't see it if you don't like clever, wordy plays.

Also I saw the original in 1975 and loved it so I had high hopes for this p... Read more Read less

Loved it!, Great cast!, Great direction!, Gorgeous choreography, Beautiful set & lighting
June 11th, 2018

See it if The show grabbed me and pulled me in when the curtain opened. An amazing production where everything works well together. Must see.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals. But this may change your mind. I found it wonderful. Surprised Joshua Henry didn't win the Tony Award.

Wonderful production!, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Gorgeous surprising set
April 15th, 2018

See it if I loved it. Three amazing actresses, well-directed with a set that should win the Tony Award this year.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about death and dying. But this is so well written. See it.

Upper E Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Billie piper was amazing!
April 15th, 2018

See it if Gorgeous production, well acted and directed. It's intense, but a good intense. Billie Piper is phenomenal!

Don't see it if you want something light and fluffy. This isn't but it's mesmerizing.

Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Loud, Too much tech, Great musicians
April 15th, 2018

See it if Great variety to the music. A mix of rock and classic that works. Saw Pat Monahan's last night. He was amazing.

Don't see it if you don't like loud music. Opening song was "Sail Away." Image on screen looked like a tsunami wave! Made me laugh.

Also Too much competition between video and rock and roll lighting. Sometim... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Great acting, Stark set with neon tubing, Weak book
April 15th, 2018

See it if you enjoy a show with different points of view, i.e. being deaf versus having all 5 senses. The set adds a cold feel to the production.

Don't see it if you want a warm, fuzzy show. I miss the bedroom scene from movie. "Say my name" added so much depth to their relationship issues.

Loved it!, Great cast, Great direction, Wonderful production
April 15th, 2018

See it if you enjoy a great production of a brilliant script. A wonderful evening.

Don't see it if you want a musical. but the story's well written and acted. Also relevant.

Fire and Air
East Village
Disappointing, Dull script, Great cast, wasted.
February 28th, 2018

See it if Can't praise this show. Talented cast is wasted. 90% of the action happens off stage. The onstage dialogue is tedious. .

Don't see it if See above.

Also I worked at CSC back in 1975 and it's always been a soft spot in my he... Read more Read less

Hindle Wakes
Midtown W
Wonderful!, Great directing, Great acting, Clever script, Beautiful sets & lighting
February 12th, 2018

See it if You enjoy a well-structured play with Gus Kaikkonen directing a talented cast. I loved it.

Don't see it if If you want a musical, but try it. It's clever and fun.

Also I've seen Gus Kaikkonen's work for many years, beginning at the Pearl ... Read more Read less

Amazing true story, Wonderful ensemble cast, Beautiful lights & sets, Moving, Loved it.
February 9th, 2018

See it if You enjoy well-done stories with heart. Wonderful to see how the town of gander interacted with stranded passengers. Uplifting & memorable.

Don't see it if Can't think of a reason not to see it.

Hey, Look Me Over!
Midtown W
Amazing, Great actors, singers, dancers, Great orchestra, Gorgeous sets and lights, "night of 100 stars" returns!
February 9th, 2018

See it if You enjoy a well done smorgasbord of scenes performed by an amazing gathering of talent. We loved it.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals or only want to see one musical; this is a procession of scenes from past musicals.They are thoroughly entertaining.

The Portuguese Kid
Midtown W
Bad direction, Bad writing, Great cast, wasted, Disappointing
November 29th, 2017

See it if Don't. There's almost no story and the one liners mostly fall flat. Sherie Rene Scott's character is so tightly wound. She deserves better.

Don't see it if you want a cohesive story with believable characters. Cast tries but the story and direction lets them down.

Raunchy, Funny, Great acting, Long
November 29th, 2017

See it if you're a John Leguizamo fan. He's wonderful and the show's entertaining. His material is better in the beginning than the end.

Don't see it if you don't like stand-up or a lot of raunchy comments. But it's fun and worth seeing.

During previews
Wonderful!, Great cast, Great tech, Fascinating story, Great writing
November 29th, 2017

See it if you want to see an amazing production of an engrossing story which spans 90 years.

Don't see it if you want a musical or are turned off by history plays. But give it a chance. It's really well done.

Midtown W
Wonderful, Great cast, Great direction & choreography, Great tech, Loved it.
November 20th, 2017

See it if you want to be thoroughly entertained! Every element of this show was wonderful. A really special event.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals. But give it a try; it may convert you!

Enrico IV, A monologue
West Village
Brilliant performance, Entertaining, Intense, Gorgeous concept
November 13th, 2017

See it if for the amazing acting performance of Rocco Sisto. His transitions from mad to sane and back again are so controlled and clever.

Don't see it if you haven't read/seen the full play by Pirandello. I arrived early enough to read the synopsis in the program which helped a lot.

During previews
Romantic Trapezoid
Midtown W
Good cast, So so romantic comedy
November 6th, 2017

See it if you like light, fluffy comedies about relationships.

Don't see it if you don't like light, fluffy comedies. The cast is good and tries, but the material is slight and repetitive.

Red Roses, Green Gold
West Village
Great cast, Great sets & lighting, Slow story, Really bad sound
November 6th, 2017

See it if Sound was so loud and echoing I couldn't enjoy the show. Cast are talented actors & musicians.Story has little pacing.

Don't see it if you don't like country western musicals.

Also I saw "Himself and Nora," also a musical, at the same theater last yea... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Fun
November 1st, 2017

See it if you enjoy really well-done pantomime. Marcel, the first one-act is clever and delightful.

Don't see it if Second one-act, The Art of Laughter, is a primer on how to laugh and how to get audiences to laugh. It's engaging and enjoyable.

Great acting, Family show, Great staging and choreography, Disappointing
October 28th, 2017

See it if see it for Christian Borle, Jake Flynn (Charlie), John Rubenstein and a very talented cast.

Don't see it if There should be an effervescence to the story and there isn't. It takes way too long to get to the Chocolate Factory and then the effects

Also aren't spectacular Where is the magic of the Chocolate Factory?... Read more Read less

War Paint
Midtown W
Great cast, Gorgeous sets, lights & costumes, So-so book
October 27th, 2017

See it if if you want to see the best of Broadway: Patti Lupone & Christine Ebersole. Also interesting history of cosmetics industry.

Don't see it if you want to know how they got started. The play opens with both women head of their cosmetic empires. Book-wise there's no place to go;

Also no reason to care. What did these women have to overcome to control co... Read more Read less

During previews
The Last Match
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing, Great lighting
October 21st, 2017

See it if Play has very little to do with tennis. One's American; one's Russian. And no talk of politics; which was surprising and refreshing.

Don't see it if Set didn't include a tennis net, either real or imaginary, so the playing looked fake. Show is about both players' family lives. Eh.

Also Got my ticket thru Will Call. Was told it was a general admission tick... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Very fun night at the theater!, Great cast, Great direction, Clever, Delightful
October 19th, 2017

See it if you want to laugh and really enjoy a fun comedy. Clever production; great music and lyrics.

Don't see it if you want a sad drama. This show is frothy fun and I had a great time.

Great singing, Great cast, Expensive drinks (2 drink minimum)
October 13th, 2017

See it if Maury Yeston's music & lyrics are wonderful and a very talented cast is performing them.

Don't see it if Could have better staging. A bit static between numbers. Semi-atmospheric lighting is hit or miss.

Also I wished the program listed the shows the songs were from. Some were o... Read more Read less

During previews
Brilliant cast, Amazing direction and tech, Violent!, Thought-provoking, Great choreography
September 11th, 2017

See it if you like well done, ensemble theater. Really well put together. Saw it on 9/4.

Don't see it if you don't like seeing violence on stage. I was pulled into the action from the beginning, and the violence is vivid. But this is true to

Also the movie. It's always been vicious street gangs and can their behavio... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Long, Too many short scenes, Pretentious story, Disappointing
September 11th, 2017

See it if you want to support a wonderful company. I saw it on 9/1. Hope it's gotten better.

Don't see it if you want a show that pulls you in and has you care about the characters. Too many short scenes with no momentum.

Also The lighting designer (I'm assuming) was adjusting light levels for ab... Read more Read less

During previews
Dated, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Gorgeous costumes
August 16th, 2017

See it if you enjoy seeing Irish plays. Some of it is very charming. Great cast let down by dull, slow-paced direction and forever scene changes.

Don't see it if long scene changes between every one-act annoys you. There are better ways to design the set so the changes take minimal time.

Also I have been a fan of the Mint for over 20 years. It pains me to write ... Read more Read less

Fun!, Clever, Great cast & staging, Entertaining, Great writing
August 7th, 2017

See it if you want a really clever look at mothers and how they cope. Well conceived musical with amazing cast. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Don't see it if It won me over. Take a chance and see it.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Thought-provoking
July 31st, 2017

See it if you enjoy a well-staged show with a talented cast. Loved the music.

Don't see it if you want a comedy. After WWII Berlin was vivisected and life was hard. The show portrays this well.

Also The German word for Aunt is "Tante." The final e is pronounced as a lo... Read more Read less

Magical, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Must see
July 31st, 2017

See it if A magical show performed by a brilliant cast. Beautiful ensemble work.

Don't see it if Well, it's closed. you missed it.

During previews
Curvy Widow
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Raunchy, Good cast
July 31st, 2017

See it if You're over 50 and enjoy sexual innuendo. Material isn't as good as the cast..

Don't see it if you want a clever show. Show opens with her in bed with her husband for about 20 seconds and then there's a massive scene change. Lots of

Also furniture shifting throughout which I found distracting.

Midtown W
Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Haunting, Intense
July 27th, 2017

See it if you enjoy psychological dramas. This one is very well done. Great acting, directing and tech.

Don't see it if You're disturbed by psychological dramas. This show is intense.

Disappointing, Great band, So-so love story
July 27th, 2017

See it if you like therapeutic love stories. I wanted to root for a happy ending but having actors play the normal & neurotic sides of the 2 leads ...

Don't see it if you're expecting a polished show. It's a great idea but needs lots more development.

Also took away much of the dramatic intensity of the play.... Read more Read less