Gertrude

New York City
About:  Theater lover and Broadway columnist
Reviews (64)
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
Great dancing and those costumes!, Great singing, Indulgent, Fluffy

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
Funny, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy entertaining singing.

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

100
During previews
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

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
Quirky, Slow, Overrated, Confusing, Disappointing

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
Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious, Edgy, Absorbing

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
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
Loud and hard to understand, Disappointing, Ambitious, Confusing

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
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

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
Big ad for a medical device, Disappointing, Cliched, Clever

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
Disappointing, Ambitious, Confusing, Edgy

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
Confusing, Disappointing

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
What a waste, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

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

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
Over-acted, Boring, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

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
Loud, Great acting, Edgy, Dizzying, Confusing

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
Delightful, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

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
Sleep inducing, Interesting in parts, Not funny, Disappointing

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
Dizzying, Confusing, Great acting, Clever

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
Ambitious, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Entertaining

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.

70
Cliched, Great acting, Dated, Disappointing

See it if You love the smell of baking pies in the air! It's a remake of the movie, which I wasn't crazy about either.

Don't see it if You want a refreshing new musical with unexpected twists. Good character actors and principals. Unmemorable tunes.

90
Clever, Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love Carole King and want to be thoroughly entertained. Great everything!

Don't see it if You don't like Carole King's amazing trajectory into music history.

69
Clever, Ambitious, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if You like mediocre musicals with a sexist undertone and annoying characters. Yes I know he hurt his knee. Not Karl's fault.

Don't see it if You want a show whose score you will remember.

40
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
Thoughtful, Moving, Entertaining, Absorbing

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
Disappointing, Raunchy

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
Over-acting galore., Disappointing, Cliched

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
Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Confusing

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

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
Too much yelling, Dizzying, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

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
Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

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
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
Weird but not in a fun way, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

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
Great writing, Indulgent, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

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
Great writing, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

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
Annoying characters over-acted, Confusing, Disappointing

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
Over-acting, Quirky, Confusing, Dizzying

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
Timely, Energetic, Great acting, Viscerally powerful, Mesmerizing

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
Challenging, Edgy, Dizzying, Great acting, Absorbing

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
Great acting, Dizzying, Ambitious, Absorbing

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
Timely, Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You are anti-Trump

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

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

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
Slow, Overrated, Ambitious, Disappointing, Dated

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!

69
Slow, Fluffy, Great staging, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You are a teenage girl and are a fan of the cartoon.

Don't see it if You like on stage chemistry between principals or appreciate a well paced musical. Ramin is totally wasted here

100
During previews
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if You want to be dizzily entertained by an outstanding cast, fabulous staging, creative set and a wonderful night under the stars

Don't see it if You'd rather not be transported by a magical evening.

69
Thought-provoking, Overrated, Great acting, Dated, Disappointing

See it if For those who appreciate the horrors experienced by PSTD survivors, American music and companionship.

Don't see it if You're tired of period shows and cliches