Gertrude

New York City
About:  Theater lover and Broadway columnist
Reviews (70)
85
Shocking work of art about slavery in the u.s.

See it if If you appreciate uncomfortable plays about this country's shameful slavery sin. Masterfully portrayed and upsetting --

Don't see it if You are squeamish about nudity, implied sexual relations and racism in this country's educational and historical tropes.

100
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Wonderful ensemble dramedy with outstanding acting and character development. sprawling and throughly entertaining.

See it if Those who enjoy complex characters and outstanding ensemble acting with plenty of conflict and near resolution, will find this very engaging

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy watching complex characters and several plot lines unfold, you might find this too much to sit through.

100
Fantastic look back at an iconic group whose songs were the soundtrack of boomers youth. everyone will love this.

See it if It's got everything, characters you'll care about, superb singing and masterful dancing. Poignant, sad at times and funny.

Don't see it if If you don't like exceptional Broadway talent you'll yawn through this.

70
Inventive. clever. honest. well performed.

See it if If you like confessionals and no-holds-barred language and sex talk with a message.

Don't see it if You find overly personal one-handers tedious and somewhat banal.

74
During previews
Fluffy, Indulgent, Great singing, Great dancing and those costumes!

See it if If you were or are a fan of Cher, you will have a great time at this ridiculously fun but ultimately over-reaching paen to Ms. Cher.

Don't see it if You don't like quasi-autobiographical musical comedies with lots of entertaining flair..

76
During previews
Inner Voices 2018
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny

See it if You enjoy entertaining singing.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of vignettes.

100
During previews
Sakina’s Restaurant
West Village
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if If you appreciate heartfelt, emotion-driven journeys from an immigrant's perspective, this is a must see.

Don't see it if If you dislike moving, brilliant solo shows that feel populated by multiple characters..

65
During previews
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Confusing, Overrated, Slow, Quirky

See it if You want a good snooze in this over-ambitious, confusing wreck of what's described as riotous fun. Clever set design steals the show.

Don't see it if You like farce that unfolds brilliantly.

95
During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You appreciate period dramas and amazing acting.

Don't see it if You're allergic to history concerning slavery in early 19th century New Orleans.

95
During previews
My Life on a Diet
Midtown W
If you loved the nanny and remember renee taylor' played fran dresher's mother. she is an amazing comedian and writer, if you've ever been on a diet you will get a good laugh out of this.

See it if You are nostalgic for old fashioned, Broadway/Hollywood gossip and terrific stories written by a gifted artistic duo you will love this.

Don't see it if You are afraid to see a one-woman show about an 85-year-old comedian/writer. She is an old spitfire. In a good way.

72
During previews
Lonesome Blues
Midtown E
Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Loud and hard to understand

See it if If you're a fan of historical leaders of the Blues, you may appreciate this

Don't see it if You don't have much knowledge of the subject and don't want to sit through an 85-minute hard-to-understand, loud but well sung production

84
Paradise Blue
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Clever

See it if It might be over-ripe, but this drama has powerful acting and tackles real issues regarding 'urban blight"

Don't see it if You want to see a jazz concert.

70
Bump
Midtown W
Clever, Cliched, Disappointing, Big ad for a medical device

See it if If you're into the mechanics of childbirth, this is for you

Don't see it if You're not interested in the mechanics of childbirth and don't want to see an ad for a medical device to help labor.

57
Dance Nation
Midtown W
Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if If you want to see actors portraying 13-year old dancers going through teenage hell, you'll love it. There's lots of dancing, not that great

Don't see it if You're squeamish about depictions of blood and would rather not see a nude locker scene.

66
During previews
Goldstein
Midtown W
Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You enjoy an interesting premise about the roots of one Jewish family. Didn't sparkle, imho. Nothing special.

Don't see it if You want a coherent, entertaining experience in a comfortable theater.

98
During previews
Absorbing

See it if You want to see a first-class production of a Pulitzer Prize winning play starring the brilliant Glenda Jackson (!) and Laurie Metcalf.

Don't see it if You want to see a musical comedy.

79
Warm-hearted one-man autobiographical play about growing up sicilian in rhode island. it lacked a dramatic pull but was entertaining.

See it if You can't see it. It closed but the writer is working on some web series projects.

Don't see it if You'd rather see a full fleshed play with multiple characters and actors.

61
During previews
Party Face
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, What a waste

See it if You want to see how Hayley Mills looks--fabulous! But this show is dreck--a mess of a show trying to be clever and dramatic

Don't see it if You want to see a well-structured thoughtful play about mental illness and the vagaries of life. This is not entertainment.

100
Enchanting, Wondrous, mystical, fabulous acting, singing and dancing

See it if You enjoy gifted performers and the art of story-telling.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals.

60
During previews
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Boring, Over-acted

See it if You enjoy dated shows about women's plight in the work force.

Don't see it if You want an edgy, relevant treatise on topical issues

68
Confusing, Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Loud

See it if You like challenging concepts and hard-to-like characters.

Don't see it if You don't like challenging concepts and hard-to-like characters.

81
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Delightful

See it if You enjoy subtle musical entertainment wrapped in a very well crafted and acted play. Tony Shaloub fans will thoroughly enjoy this

Don't see it if You don't like understated stories about fish out of water and temporary reconciliation of two disparate cultures.

69
During previews
Stuffed
Midtown W
Disappointing, Not funny, Interesting in parts, Sleep inducing

See it if You're amused by vulgar food-disordered entertainment spearheaded by a comedienne on whose life this is based.

Don't see it if You're not a Lisa Lampanelli fan and don't want to digest weighty issues affecting mostly women.

68
Tiny Beautiful Things
East Village
Clever, Great acting, Confusing, Dizzying

See it if You're entertained by poignant stories about the innermost secrets of people's lives.

Don't see it if You are easily overwhelmed by information overload and prefer a linear performance.

73
During previews
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Entertaining, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if You're fond of musical performances typically found on cruise ships. Very self-indulgent but the dancing was super-- the singing uneven

Don't see it if You hate dinner theater. Costumes were good, but it was distracting when someone's mustache came off halfway. Karen Ziemba was wasted here.

51
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, unimaginative choreography, cheap-looking sets and an updated book that is simply not funny or entertaining (imho)

See it if You enjoy under-par "entertainment" that wastes plenty of talent (hello, Sarah Stiles) and energy.

Don't see it if You're expecting clever repartee, excellent choreography, eye catching costumes for the most part and an entertaining evening.

100
A wonderful examination of the origins of the constitution and how it would benefit from being acclimated to the ever-evolving times we live in. funny, heartwarming and educational.

See it if You enjoy a well-done (essentially) one-woman show that will encourage your understanding of this document that is of such import.

Don't see it if You don't favor thoughtful shows that are laced with humor and insight.

61
Burn This
Midtown W
This revival is too dated to work with the stars in this production.

See it if You'd like to see Adam Driver and Keri Russell in the flesh.

Don't see it if You're a fan of veteran stage actors who can deliver without over-acting or under acting. Television actors don't usually succeed on stage.

40
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Awful

See it if Where to begin...you want to waste your money on this terribly executed "musical"

Don't see it if You expect a high quality production of what could have been a very fun, campy show about a shackled monkey.

87
Absorbing, Entertaining, Moving, Thoughtful

See it if You remember "Chico and the Man" and want to know more about the tragic life and death of Freddie Prinze.

Don't see it if If you don't care for solo shows, about tragic characters brought to vivid life.

69
During previews
The Book of Merman
Midtown W
Raunchy, Disappointing

See it if If you're a huge Ethel Merman fan, you may find this mildly amusing, but very cliched bordering on annoying.

Don't see it if You hate gay-centric shows and not a fan of Ethel Merman.

53
Cliched, Disappointing, Over-acting galore.

See it if If you're a BIG fan of Tennessee Williams and curious about an early play, you'll appreciate it. Others, not so much.

Don't see it if You hate period dramas that foreshadow the later, GOOD works of Tennessee Williams.

74
This is geared towards tekkie adolescents: loud, aggressive, annoying and entertaining

See it if It would have been more tolerable if the atonal, techno whatever wasn't so loud. The plot is a very contemporary take on high school woes,

Don't see it if You hate loud, piercing music about adolescent angst and dopiness. Pun intended.

100
Even if you've seen fiddler 11 times, this one is so fresh. fantastic everything. wonderful singing, brilliant choreography and a deceptively simple-looking set.

See it if You're curious about Jewish life and culture before they were thrown out of their villages, Amazing singing, dancing, acting and set.

Don't see it if If the idea of reading supertitles annoys you. Or you're a curmudgeon,

70
During previews
Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
Confusing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You're a Tracy Letts' fan and enjoy a non-linear, albeit confusing, drama with lots of screaming.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of multi-characters portraying one woman.

85
Great dancing and singing. acting was good. lacking in chemistry with principals, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love musical revivals of classics, this one is exceptionally well done, but I found the chemistry lacking with the principals.

Don't see it if You dislike classic musical revivals that skirt wife beating.

68
During previews
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Dizzying, Too much yelling

See it if Where to begin? If you're into watching disintegrating dsyfunctional families rally around a dying matriarch with lots of fighting, enjoy!

Don't see it if If you're not into tedious, too-long dramas that feature obnoxious characters and an unsatisfying endings.

70
Miss You Like Hell
East Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You're moved by the current immigration conversation going on in the world. Daphne is wonderful, so is the actor playing her daughter.

Don't see it if If stories about illegal immigrants turn you off.

84
During previews
Dutch Masters
East Village
Innovative, entertaining, unique, ambitious

See it if You enjoy a good story about personal race relations and are prepared to think.

Don't see it if You like neatly tied up loose ends and object to profanity.

51
The Amateurs
Gramercy
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Weird but not in a fun way

See it if You want to see an existential black comedy that tackles The Plague (a metaphor for AIDS), death, art and Noah's Ark. You will nap.

Don't see it if You want a feel-good, interesting and entertaining experience.

75
During previews
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Indulgent, Great writing

See it if You're an Albee fan...you'll know what you're getting into.

Don't see it if You like well plotted plays that always make sense.

96
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You are fascinated by the life of Josephine Baker, spurned in America, found fame in France. Wonderful portrayal, heartfelt.

Don't see it if You are offended by the female form.

50
Meteor Shower
Midtown W
Disappointing, Confusing, Annoying characters over-acted

See it if You're a die-hard Amy Schumer and Keegan-Michael Key fan. But don't expect anything deep. Physical humor didn't work...

Don't see it if You want a tidy, linear well-scripted show that isn't in love with itself.

68
Dizzying, Confusing, Quirky, Over-acting

See it if If you're curious to see if an old revival lives up to its hype. It doesn't.

Don't see it if You loved the original and the Altman movie.

86
During previews
Mesmerizing, Viscerally powerful, Great acting, Energetic, Timely

See it if You're interested in a viscerally powerful story about incarceration and you appreciate amazing acting. Humor and pathos combined.

Don't see it if You don't like prison stories and are offended by off-color language.

71
Absorbing, Great acting, Dizzying, Edgy, Challenging

See it if You appreciate treatises on dystopian societies where the underclass hasn't a chance but poetic lives are explored. Hard to watch.

Don't see it if You're offended by violence, abortion topics and inequality.

71
Mary Jane
East Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if You appreciate the struggles of a single mother of a disabled child. Great acting, heart-wrenching.

Don't see it if You're easily depressed

74
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious, Timely

See it if You are anti-Trump

Don't see it if You're a Trump fan

68
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Melancholy, Underwhelming, Good acting

See it if You enjoy melancholy Irish family stories that touch on the big issues of life: love, loss and meaning of existence.

Don't see it if You don't want to feel sad. Some veteran Broadway actors were stalwarts but couldn't salvage this over-reaching play.

69
During previews
Dated, Disappointing, Ambitious, Overrated, Slow

See it if You enjoy slow-moving, old-fashioned plays by a "re-discovered" beloved Irish playwright. I nearly fell asleep. Well-meaning.

Don't see it if You want an original play with memorable characters you'll care deeply about. Had high hopes for this one!