Francesca T 7214

New York City | 65+ | Female

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Reviews (58)
83
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Epic, Ambitious

See it if a well-crafted, mathy, exploration of every existential issue by one grieving man sounds interesting. Muniz of Hamilton is riveting!

Don't see it if fast-paced, heady monologues pain you.

93
Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if monologues appeal. This one’s about how to achieve fulfillment. Linney’s stellar, even when turning to ruthlessness!

Don't see it if dead serious material is not you, or you’re looking for a play. This is a performance, not a play.

82
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Great acting, Resonant, Absorbing, Funny

See it if you can appreciate the rare ability to combine terrific humor with deep poignancy with great acting, including by two veterans,

Don't see it if occasional forays into corniness bugs you.

85
Pumpgirl
Chelsea
Intense, Riveting, Great acting

See it if you like atypical, but realistic, explorations of the human condition given low education and rural isolation. The results are dire.

Don't see it if a play without any joy or humor is a turnoff. Actually this is not a play. It is three serial, intertwined monologues.

92
Seared
Midtown W
Refreshing, Great acting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want great, intelligent, and dramatic. entertainment and have some interest in restaurant life. Acting, set, script all super.

Don't see it if Musicals, Shakespeare or serious dramas are you.

95
Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant, Must see, Masterful

See it if you care about the future of American democracy and moral leadership.

Don't see it if you only like the ideas you already have and you really like Fascism and Trumpism-— almost equivalents.

74
Relevant, Great staging, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like earnest productions of worthwhile dramas in intimate theaters. Sam Sheppard’s grown on us, and this production shows why.

Don't see it if You mainly like musicals and movie stars.

35
Banal, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if You like kinda dopey, suburban style dinner theatre.

Don't see it if You want an enriching experience.

85
Poignant, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if two perfectly paired great English actors appeal. Comparable to The Waverly Gallery without comedy. Dementia is not fun for anyone.

Don't see it if Slightly complex, serious drama doesn’t suit you.

76
Dust
East Village
Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you’re Interested in great physical and emotional performance pieces and/or an exploration of darker, suicidal instincts

Don't see it if You’re squeamish, prudish, or congentially optimistic.

70
During previews
Energetic, manic,, Quirky, Clever

See it if Zany, high-energy, youthful, comedic, inventive plays and productions appeal.

Don't see it if The Three Sisters by Chekhov is a play you hold dear. I don’t think he’d approve of these distortions, but he might laugh.

82
Intelligent, Great writing, Exquisite

See it if You get James Joyce and have some knowledge of Molly Bloom’s soliloquy. This is a one woman show, a soliloquy, a monologue.

Don't see it if You don’t know James Joyce, Molly Bloom’s soliloquy or have a hard time with an Irish accent.

90
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You admire Sam Shepard, serious modern tales laced with humor, and great acting and staging. It’s a first-rate production!

Don't see it if Tales of uniquely American sorrow and woe have no appeal,

50
Fiercely Independent
Soho/Tribeca
Slow

See it if You like attempts to study troubled relationships you like glacially paced dramas.

Don't see it if If you like a play supposed to be about one thing - giving up tech for a day to work on a relationship - but isn’t.

69
During previews
Clever, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Quirky

See it if You love the play, enjoy attempts at contemporization and admire Ruth Wilson and Glenda Jackson.

Don't see it if If unnecessary, uncomfortable attempts at cleverness irk you.

80
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in modern times, the bad side of marketing, marital ups and downs, the seedy side of art marketing and a good script.

Don't see it if You think it will be more about science than human vulnerabilities.

81
Life x3
Chelsea
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You like rapid-fire dialogue a la Pinter, intense relationship dramas, and sets designed to perfectly fit small space.

Don't see it if You hate on-stage arguments fueled by alcohol.

71
Days to Come
Midtown W
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Dated, Great staging

See it if You like Lillian Hellman, are interested in the development of playwrights and/or period (1930s) plays.

Don't see it if Somewhat contrived dialogue drives you nuts or slow-paced is not you.

83
During previews
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Modern

See it if relationship stories and the difficulties of relationships appeal — especially the communications component among young adults.

Don't see it if good young actors or a fresh story line, even a bit over- scripted one, bugs you.

80
Pushkin
East Village
Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious, Slow

See it if You know who Pushkin is, can be riveted by a take told in iambic pentameter, applaud highly creative work and can tolerate imperfection.

Don't see it if A slow pace and sleepy delivery makes you snooze, you're VERY annoyed by sometimes hard to understand lines, or you can't bring a sweater.

82
Girls & Boys
West Village
Great acting, Riveting, Excruciating, Intense

See it if you love Carey Mulligan's work, monologues and perfect set design.

Don't see it if you dislike tales of human misery and treatises on male power and violence, This show is the opposite of pretty, except for Carey Mulligan.

90
During previews
Must see, Relevant, Funny, Great writing, Great acting

See it if enjoy a fast-paced, near brilliant, often comedic, semi-tragic script about the American male. There's no one like this pjaywright.

Don't see it if you hate really loud music. There's 20 minutes of it before curtainrise. It's deliberate. You can escape to the lounge before showtime.

90
Dan Cody's Yacht
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You care about the "money is destiny" issue in America and enjoy a four star drama delivered by five star actors on a five star set.

Don't see it if You like corny, reality TV entertainment.

93
Exquisite, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You are moved by Tchaikovsky or are curious about him and his work. This is a gorgeous concert wrapped around a tragic tale of homophobia.

Don't see it if You dislike classical music, great young musicians, a fine tenor voice, an excellent ballet dancer, good acting and a tragic tale.

82
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You enjoy small plays about big subjects, like survival after trauma and happiness, super sets and super choreography, though no dancing.

Don't see it if Actors are Japanese with occasional hard-to-grasp lines.

90
The Headlands
Upper W Side
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you’d enjoy a tight, engaging kinda who-done-it that smartly raises profundity moral and cultural dilemmas.

Don't see it if you're disinclined to pay close attention.

89
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you’re human.

Don't see it if you dislike dramas about harsh realities.

76
During previews
Intelligent, Dated

See it if you love the authors or you can catch a performance with an after-talk by a scholar.

Don't see it if light and breezy and stimulating is you.

82
MsTRIAL
Midtown W
Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if moral issues appeal. This drama centers on rape, while also addressing the reality that nobody is perfect.

Don't see it if imperfection bugs you. The first act is weak. The second is strong. The lead actor does not speak clearly.

89
Altered Minds
Midtown W
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if you’re interested in mental health issues explored in a few short plays, credibly, powerfully, and without redundancy.

Don't see it if serious subjects aren’t you.

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89
Slightly dated, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you admire “Death of A Salesman.” This is a spiritual relative, but not too close a one.

Don't see it if you hate serious dramas and believe in The American Dream, no matter evidence to the contrary.

82
The Michaels
East Village
Intense, Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if looking closely and honestly — sometimes brutally honestly — about how most people live their daily lives appeals.

Don't see it if You like big deal shows. This is a quiet, little one. Not about quiet desperation, about coping together

Also There are a few distracting, casting issues. The daughter is supposed ... Read more Read less

74
(A)loft Modulation
Midtown W
Chaotic, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like jazz, gritty NYC life, and/or know the great photojournalist W. Eugene Smith.

Don't see it if Chaotic tales, and not particularly pretty ones, jangle you.

90
During previews
The New Englanders
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you like great, superbly constructed drama that will deeply resonate no matter your age, race, gender orientation. Yes, there’s humor,too.

Don't see it if you mainly like comedy, and light-weight stuff.

69
During previews
Sunday
Chelsea
Confusing

See it if You’re 20-something and having existential questions.

Don't see it if You’re looking for an audible, coherent play — which isn’t to say there’s no talent here.

84
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Resonant, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if You’re an intelligent human and might be interested in a compelling personal story delivered via monologue and beautiful music.

Don't see it if You hate any story that involves crime, homosexuality, or a troubling childhood.

81
Happy Talk
Midtown W
Resonant, Intense, Great acting

See it if You enjoy tracking terrific careers — Eisenberg, Sarandon and Ireland. Tales of unhappy lives don't depress you.

Don't see it if Plays that address the shallow delusions that underlie many lives depress you.

78
Entangled
Midtown W
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy intense, well-acted, two-personnel plays about major U.S. issues. The issue here is GUN VIOLENCE and its aftermath.

Don't see it if Lighthearted shows are what you prefer.

95
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Must see, Refreshing, Clever, Ambitious, Masterful

See it if You know and like Vanya and appreciate a playwright who can build a new, beautiful thing onthat sound foundation. And you will laugh,

Don't see it if You only like musicals, have never heard of Uncle Vanya or loathe terrific acting.

100
During previews
Vilna
Midtown W
Relevant, Resonant, Riveting, Masterful, Profound

See it if You care about brutality and its opposite and want to be deeply moved. Based on the truths of Vilna, a WW Ghetto, and truths of today.

Don't see it if If profound and provocative truths don’t appeal or you don’t like great writing, acting or history. Note: this is for ALL humankind..

76
During previews
Blue Ridge
Chelsea
Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Imperfect

See it if You know the luminous actress, Marin Ireland or like stories about broken people trying to mend — in this case in a half-way house.

Don't see it if Plays that are too fast-paced AND heavily accented stress you stress you.

76
Gloria: A Life
Gramercy
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if You know little about Gloria Steinem or the Women’s Movement that began in the 1960s or enjoy a biographical perfirmance of an important per

Don't see it if You reas Gloria’s memoir “On The Road.” Much of the performance is taken from that .

91
During previews
Riveting, Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Engaging

See it if Excellent acting and a fresh, vivid translation of a great classic appeal. The goal? To engage younger people in great theatre. Kudos!

Don't see it if You enjoy paying big bucks for good theatre or hate theatre in the round.

83
During previews
Private Peaceful
Midtown W
Great acting, Relevant, Riveting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if A great solo perfoformance appeals despite a miserable subject — being a young soldier in an always miserable war.

Don't see it if You have a hard time with accents, in this case Irish.

63
Buffalo Buffalo
Gramercy
Clever, Quirky, Energetic

See it if You want to see and encourage emerging talent and enjoy short one -act plays.

Don't see it if You you dislike modern takes on issues.

50
The Property
Midtown W
Dated, Insipid, "a" for effort

See it if you are interested in the hard work of playwrighting, in this case by a doctor. The theme is messy family relations.

Don't see it if you like only first-rate scripts.

74
Conflict
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Relevant

See it if all things British and timely appeal. This tale covers politics, sex, romance and class in the 20s — not different from today.

Don't see it if You have a short attention span and hate slightly corny, soap operay drama.

63
During previews
The Fourth Wall
Midtown W
Relevant, Dated

See it if Looking into WASP life appeals. Gurney is THE master. This play departs a bit by delving into relevant political and feminist issues.

Don't see it if Slo-mo dramas put you to sleep.

95
Travesties
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You know who Joyce, Lenin and Tolstoy are and you love masterful, poetic, lightening-speed, histrionic plays. There's none like this one

Don't see it if You go to the theatre to sit back and relax and barely have to listen.

83
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like dramatic observations about life's absurdities and its final event —death. It's superbly acted, has some humor and needs editing

Don't see it if You hate thinking about living or dying well. These are the rough themes.