GentleSpirit

The Bronx | 35-49 | Female
About:  I'll try to find something positive to say about any show I see since I recognize that just because a show isn't for me doesn't mean no one would like it--though this is easier with some shows than others! ... Read more Read less
Reviews (54)
80
Clever, Delightful, Immersive, Indulgent

See it if you like small, immersive shows or have a particular interest in literature/Peter Pan.

Don't see it if you want to sit and watch a traditional show.

76
Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you are looking for something uplifting, if a bit cliched.

Don't see it if you are looking for something fully staged.

Also The reading that I saw had, apparently, been cut for time. I wonder if... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Raunchy

See it if you love the movie, audience interaction, and general bathroom humor.

Don't see it if you are easily grossed out and grow impatient when the same joke is repeated.

Also I HAD seen the movie many years ago, but being more a part of the acti... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Humorously realistic emotions, Highly quotable lines, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you enjoy finding humor in heart-breaking situations or complex characters who are often both right and wrong.

Don't see it if you're offended by (near) nudity or frank discussions of sex.

Also I wholeheartedly LOVED this play. If you've enjoyed Joshua Harmon's wr... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you want to see a solid, traditional performance of this Shakespearian classic.

Don't see it if you are very sensitive to violence--or you know that you don't like Shakespeare.

Also Full confession: Othello is NOT one of my favorite Shakespearian plays... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if you like parodies, funny shows, or beloved childhood characters as adults (Scooby-Doo.)

Don't see it if you're looking for a serious drama.

Also I believe in rating shows based on what they are attempting to be and ... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You are interested in how revivals remain relevant. This is also a high-interest show for anyone with knowledge of ASL and/or deaf culture.

Don't see it if you want something light and purely entertaining, or are bothered by not catching every reference.

Also This show is a great examination of how different groups are treated b... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Exquisite, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you are interesting in the connections we make across generations and how people learn about themselves.

Don't see it if there's not a lot of reasons NOT to see this show--I'm going to assume that even homophobic people will know who Harvey Milk was.

Also This show was absolutely wonderful. Anyone who knows about Harvey Milk... Read more Read less

88
Energetic, Heart-felt, Delightful, Relevant

See it if you like modern takes on classic plays. On the surface it is cheesy and light-hearted, and then it really makes you feel!

Don't see it if you like your classic plays in their original formats. This production is small, and delightful, but admittedly hard to hear at times.

72
Delightful, Funny, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if you want to see a short, delightful play that will leave you laughing. It's self-aware: full of silly puns and deliberate misunderstandings.

Don't see it if you are looking for a staging of a classic play. If you have NO knowledge of Shakespeare you'll be missing a lot of jokes, though!

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Emotional, Nuanced

See it if you are interested in examining non-traditional relationships.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with nudity or are specifically looking for something uplifting.

78
Clever, Great acting, Minimalist, Intense

See it if you don't expect every play to cater to your dialect an culture. This play addresses some real issues around entitlement and consent.

Don't see it if you can't get over a different accent and slang, or you prefer elaborate sets and costumes.

Also Almost all of the negative reviews around this show center around the ... Read more Read less

70
Great acting, Slightly esoteric, Ambitious, Specific

See it if you have an interest in financial matters/inside trading, or stories about double-crossing investigations.

Don't see it if you don't want a couple of intense hours with a lot of power plays.

Also The acting was great! Personally, I love that this was a show that cou... Read more Read less

74
Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you're a fan of witty dialogue and really incredible acting. While some of it is predictable, it is very well done.

Don't see it if you're looking for something really deep. It's entertaining and clever, but not life-altering.

76
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like shows from up-and-coming writers, or plots that give time to developing female characters.

Don't see it if you're looking for something really polished, or get annoyed at non-linear narratives.

Also Over a decade ago I saw this when it was The Unauthorized Autobiograph... Read more Read less

82
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you like exploring issues of mental health and dystopian futures.

Don't see it if you prefer large shows with elaborate sets.

Also This is an intimate show that was surprisingly extremely moving.

84
Absorbing, Immersive, Captivating, Delightful

See it if you like the 1920s, party scenes, all things "taboo", queer-inclusive stories, or even just some great songs.

Don't see it if you're offended by promiscuity or dislike interactive theatre. If you struggle to hear shows well plan ahead and ask staff about options.

62
Faithful to the short stories, Ambitious, Too broad

See it if you love all things to do with Sherlock Holmes.

Don't see it if you are looking to the beauty in small moments and interactions.

Also This is a show that is clearly done with love, and includes a lot of b... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Charming, Lovely, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like Shakespeare, or wonder why so many other people do. This is a great production that uses the beautiful Delacorte effectively.

Don't see it if you've seen too many productions are just aren't up for one more.

85
Exhilarating, Terrifying, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense

See it if you want a fully immersive experience that is, frankly, rather scary at times. (Also gross!)

Don't see it if you don't like to be scared, want to sit and watch a show, or have never done an escape room.

Also I've done a lot of escape rooms, and this is certainly the most intens... Read more Read less

68
Boozy, Light-hearted, Fluffy, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you're with a few friends and want to enjoy and extremely self-indulgent show (with an entire song about umami) while you have 3 drinks.

Don't see it if you want substance, or would have to pay full price.

70
Drawn-out, Predictable, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you have a particular interest in the show, the actors, or in how families handle grief and loss of health.

Don't see it if you're looking for anything uplifting or wholly absorbing. It could have been about half an hour shorter.

84
Inspiring, Historically accurate, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in the very slow advancement of women's rights to be operate as full individuals and/or like A Doll's House!

Don't see it if you're looking for a grand, flashy production of something. Or if you don't at least read the summary of A Doll's House.

78
For a previous production
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you enjoy physical humor or are looking for something funny and light-hearted.

Don't see it if you want a profound plot.

98
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if you love Harry Potter, underdogs, or any story retold from another point of view!

Don't see it if you don't at least know who Harry Potter is.

72
Great acting, Engaging, Somewhat predictable, Sweet

See it if you want to learn more about queer history while enjoying a sweet little love story.

Don't see it if you want a big extravaganza, or an escape from some of the trials of queer existence.

Also It is not the fault of the production, but be aware that the theatre i... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like theatre based on real stories.

Don't see it if you want theatre as an escape from real-life issues.

Also This show has a lot of promise. Some of the moments are a bit heavy-ha... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Moving, Relevant, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if you have seen English productions, have an interest in translations, or just want to experience the show.

Don't see it if reading from a screen will be a problem for you or you are concerned with not understanding the language.

Also I have seen a few English productions of Fiddler on the Roof, and this... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Relevant, Realistic

See it if like small, intimate shows that do more than just entertain and have an interest in the realities of being out in the workplace.

Don't see it if you don't like queer narratives or realistic looks at life.

Also I saw the first preview of this, and it was already really solid. Full... Read more Read less

77
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if you like timely and realistic shows that look at the world around us and hard decisions that people make.

Don't see it if you want something that serves as an escape from the current political climate.

92
During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Fully immersive, Entertaining

See it if you have any interest in mythology or fully immersive shows where you get to really interact with characters in significant ways.

Don't see it if you prefer WATCHING a play to participating in one. Use cation if you have mobility issues.

Also I wholeheartedly LOVED this experience. The actors were all spectacula... Read more Read less

64
Ambitious, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you like seeing shows that are starting out, and may end up becoming something fantastic.

Don't see it if you want a tight production of a show that has been thoroughly workshopped.

Also I admit to being frustrated when people seem to expect every show to b... Read more Read less

65
Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want a bawdy show that explores urges and ideas of how life would be different somewhere else in the world.

Don't see it if you get tired of recycled sex jokes.

Also Listen, I knew basically what I was going to see. Unlike the people sh... Read more Read less

76
Engaging for children, Visually spectacular, Delightful

See it if you want something whimsical and uplifting or are bringing children.

Don't see it if you want a deep or serious show.

Also Spongebob Squarepants the musical is pretty much what one should expec... Read more Read less

70
Sincere, Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you like shows that delve deeply into a character and tell about their life.

Don't see it if you're looking for epic songs or a large show. I also would not recommend this production for anyone with any hearing difficulties.

Also As a queer woman, I do love seeing shows that handle issues faced by o... Read more Read less

68
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if you have a special affinity for John Lithgow, or really enjoy seeing someone portray multiple characters in one show.

Don't see it if you are looking for nuanced story-telling, or a compelling tale.

Also The show is presented in two acts, but I'd look at it as three compone... Read more Read less

52
During previews
Banal, Indulgent

See it if you love parodies and/or physical humor.

Don't see it if you're looking for something particularly absorbing or original.

Also I wasn't looking for anything meaningful with this show. I wanted it t... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Entertaining, Quirky, Cheesy, Fun

See it if you liked the movie/90s music, or are looking for pure entertainment.

Don't see it if you want a thought-provoking theatrical production.

Also I scored this relatively high because it was what I expected it to be.... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Intense, Resonant

See it if you like shows that challenge you to see all sides of humanity, or enjoy being really drawn into a world.

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment, or don't like long, serious shows.

Also Describe the Night is long, and presented in three acts, but every min... Read more Read less

62
Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you're looking for a short, show that doesn't require a lot of thought.

Don't see it if you expect more from narratives that tackle queer issues.

Also I really wanted to like this. There were some genuinely funny bits, as... Read more Read less

68
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you have a particular love of tennis or shows that leave endings ambiguous.

Don't see it if you need to like the characters to be invested in their journeys.

76
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you love playing with time. There is power in seeing the beginning, the end, and then going back to how they GOT to that end.

Don't see it if if you don't like watching a story slowly unspool. It takes a while to get going.

68
Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Indulgent

See it if you want to see some great young actors really dedicating themselves to a show.

Don't see it if you want the musical to stay faithful to the book. The last third of the show introduces an original character who severely alters the end.

90
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you like art that examines what happens when one's raised on a dream that doesn't come true, have a love of historical dramas, or Sondheim!

Don't see it if you do not like historical/political drama, are looking for a family-friendly show, or are very scared of gunshots.

Also I will likely always compare other productions to Roundabout productio... Read more Read less

78
Strong start, Semi-interactive, Ambitious, Quirky, Slow

See it if you've read War and Peace, like quirky shows, or get a good deal on tickets.

Don't see it if you want something high-energy all the way through. The opening number is exquisite and interactive, but it drags toward the middle.

70
Graphic, Violent, Edgy, Intense, Relevant

See it if you know you're not going to get around to reading the book 1984.

Don't see it if you are easily unsettled. Honestly, it's not an easy book to adapt to stage and they tried, but it is not nearly as absorbing.

76
Repetitive, Entertaining, Indulgent, Romantic, Great staging

See it if you love all things Disney, are taking children to see theatre, or just have been waiting for "Proud of You Boy" to be put back in.

Don't see it if you love Abu (he's not in it) or get annoyed by songs being reprised more than once.

78
Predictable, Charming, Visually appealing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you love the fashion of the 1940s and want something that is generally light-hearted. The 11 0'clock number is great!

Don't see it if you're looking for something original or surprising.

96
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you have an interest in history and identity. This show weaves both together masterfully.

Don't see it if you're a Republican.

92
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Quirky, Intense

See it if you like immersive theatre and/or different takes on Shakespeare!

Don't see it if you get easily scared.