Gizzy

Brooklyn | 50-64 | Female
About:  A theatergoer, of course
Reviews (123)
85
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing
December 8th, 2022

See it if You like Sondheim and great singing

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

84
Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
October 16th, 2022

See it if You like masterfully done one man shows

Don't see it if You don't like graphic descriptions of the holocaust.

85
Refreshing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting
October 14th, 2022

See it if You want to see a classic camp musical done perfectly. The current cast is outstanding.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, or you don't like to have fun.

80
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing
October 14th, 2022

See it if You like experimental theater in a cool space

Don't see it if You like a conventional plot

76
Mr. Parker
Midtown W
Cliched, Great design, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing
June 24th, 2022

See it if You enjoy "slice of life" stories about life events. Very well acted, and characters are all "relatable."

Don't see it if You are looking for something new and different. Story is fairly formulaic.

80
Raunchy, Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever
June 10th, 2022

See it if You like new small musicals with a Fun-Home crossed with a Crazy Ex-Girlfriend vibe. And if you are a fan of Adam Schlesinger.

Don't see it if You like your musicals "cleaned up." This show is a bit raw, and does not reach the Fun Home heights to which it aspires. Fun Home light.

81
Suffs
East Village
Entertaining, Relevant, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing
May 6th, 2022

See it if You are interested in new work by female artists. History you probably didn't know in any detail. A lot of talent on offer.

Don't see it if You want a dynamic story rather than a pageant. Several characters are schematic. It could use some editing. I liked it a lot, despite

Also some pre show trepidation that it would be too preachy.

69
Relevant, Overrated, Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing
April 28th, 2022

See it if You love Paula Vogel, or you want to see what the fuss was about

Don't see it if The time jumps are kind of confusing. This probably worked better in a more intimate setting.

88
Must see, Funny, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Absorbing
April 20th, 2022

See it if Great stand-up comedy and involved story telling reminiscent of Birbiglia. AE comes off as a winning presence who connects to his audience.

Don't see it if You don't like stand-up, or if you were at the meeting in Queens.

Also Most anyone would like this show.

63
During previews
Entertaining, Progressive, Forgettable music, Great singing, Great dancing
April 1st, 2022

See it if You like on the nose shows with "points to make." Great dancing though. The audience really responded positively. Likely to be a hit.

Don't see it if You don't want to be hit over the head with a message. None of the songs seem to have staying power. Again we my be outliers.

68
English
Chelsea
Overrated, Disappointing, Under developed, Thought-provoking, Quirky
March 12th, 2022

See it if You want to see a show about an unusual idea, (how people are different when speaking different languages) and a mostly female cast.

Don't see it if You want characters to make sense. Several of the characters stories seemed contrived and implausible, and were more about making a point

Also than about creating believable characters.

17
Banal, Overrated, Poor writing, Pretentious, Disappointing
November 28th, 2021

See it if You want to watch a 3 hour podcast with no drama, no dialogue, thin characters. This is not a play. Very overrated.

Don't see it if Character and dialogue, writing and plot development are important to you. You won't find them here. I honestly don't understand the hype.

79
The Alchemist
Midtown W
Great acting, Funny, Fluffy, Entertaining, Clever
November 22nd, 2021

See it if You like farce. There are a lot of laughs in the show.

Don't see it if You want something more than farce. It gets a bit repetitive.

75
Dana H. (Broadway)
Midtown W
Intelligent, Harrowing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
October 23rd, 2021

See it if This is an acting tour de force. See it for the performance

Don't see it if You want to see something light and fluffy.

50
Meandering, Convoluted, Slow, Self-important,, Dated
October 20th, 2021

See it if You love Wallace Shawn's anticapitalist rants. You love Lili Taylor. She is a winning performer, but we have heard this from Shawn before.

Don't see it if You don't like being lectured at for 90 minutes. Or if you prefer a monologue that's easy to follow, rather than a fever dream

90
By Heart
Brooklyn
Delightful, Riveting, Profound, Intelligent, Absorbing
October 15th, 2021

See it if You love literature, quirky theater, seeing something different. A 90 minute exploration of memory, text, and so much more. Very moving

Don't see it if You only like traditional narrative theater. This is an original way in to one person’s story

60
Persuasion
East Village
Boring, A slog, Slow, Quirky, Confusing
October 7th, 2021

See it if you love all things by Bedlam and you love Jane Austen. People I was with who love the book enjoyed this a lot

Don't see it if You find Bedlam's work over long and frenetic. The end is moving, but it's a slog to get there

70
Great sets, Relevant, Slow, Ambitious, Fluffy
September 17th, 2021

See it if You like "updated" Shakespeare. The Staging of Act V was lovely. The rest, not so much.

Don't see it if You don't like Merry Wives. The play is just not that good. This version does not solve the innate problems of the play.

70
Banal, Overrated, Great acting, Cliched, Disappointing
August 30th, 2021

See it if Jackie Hoffman was great

Don't see it if Very cliched

77
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Edgy, Ambitious
August 30th, 2021

See it if You want to see topical theater. The scenes with Gabriel Ebert were a highlight.

Don't see it if You don't want to be lectured to. Sometimes it felt more like a lesson than a play.

82
During previews
Gnit
Brooklyn
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Edgy
March 8th, 2020

See it if You like absurd, deadpan comedy. The show is quite clever and polished, beautifully staged. I'm not sure it will stay with me, though.

Don't see it if You like traditional dramas. By the end Gnit was a bit preachy. But it was so well acted and staged it did not get tiresome.

70
Cliched, Well staged, Nice set, Entertaining, Dated
February 29th, 2020

See it if You relate to cranky boomers, and Chekhov references. The 2013 BWay production hid some of the scripts weaknesses which are exposed here.

Don't see it if You have no patience for Boomer angst. Some of the stereotypes are squirm worthy. Acting generally pretty good.

56
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Amateurish, Draggy, Overrated, Disappointing, Slow
February 27th, 2020

See it if You are a KH completist. This feels like a work in progress. Not ready for prime time. It felt like a riff on Buffy. MA great as Dracula.

Don't see it if You love the Bram Stoker. The wit and movement of the original is gone. Van Helsing and Renfield are reimagined, and all the men are dweebs.

69
Quirky, Disappointing, Writerly, Thought-provoking, Slow
February 24th, 2020

See it if You like plays about mental illness.

Don't see it if You want to dig deep. The treatment felt slight, and seemed to skim the surface of the issue. More of a tone poem than a play.

69
Timon of Athens
Brooklyn
Relevant, Disappointing, Slow, Quirky, Overrated
February 10th, 2020

See it if You want to see women playing Shakespearean male leads. I did not think KH made a great Timon, although I think I am in the minority.

Don't see it if You have preconceived ideas about the play. This Timon felt shallow, without tragedy or pathos. Beginning was very slow

74
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing
February 10th, 2020

See it if You want to see a modern take on Medea. Some ideas work better than others. The story is a classic, and kept me engaged.

Don't see it if You have preconceived ideas about Medea. This is not a strict retelling of the classic, and some ideas work better than others.

75
For a previous production
Retro, Funny, Great singing, Fluffy, Clever
January 29th, 2020

See it if You like cute musicals. The performers were very winning. The songs were repetitive. It needs cuts. Good set and well staged.

Don't see it if You like serious theater. 2 of the 3 male leads looked similar and had similar names. It took me too long to differentiate them.

75
During previews
Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Clever
January 18th, 2020

See it if you like sassy musicals. The music is loud, with multiple musical styles. Lots of it is clever, with powerhouse performers. Great costumes.

Don't see it if Loud music and light plot bothers you. The message that we all need love is trite.

68
Ambitious, Great staging, Quirky, Disappointing, Clever
January 15th, 2020

See it if you don't mind being asked to sing along to American Pie. You like impersonations. As a love letter to RM's mother, this is rather sweet.

Don't see it if you have no interest the the Baby Boomers. The piece is too long and needs cutting. A letdown after MacHomer.

85
Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Edgy, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great staging, Absorbing
December 10th, 2019

See it if You want to see cutting edge theater. The show has a monumental set. The characters are played simply but the style works for the piece.

Don't see it if You like traditional theater or musicals. This is a meditation on human behavior in a group. It plays almost like a folk tale.

83
During previews
Quirky, Funny, Fluffy, Entertaining, Enchanting
December 5th, 2019

See it if You want a light evening of old time entertainment. It plays like an old silent movie with elements of a Brigadoon like quality.

Don't see it if You want a serious or modern musical. This piece is very old fashioned and silly.

70
Thought-provoking, Slow, Well-staged, Disappointing, Dated
December 2nd, 2019

See it if You have never seen the show before. To me, it didn't have the element of newness the original had. Still emotional at the end.

Don't see it if You want to see something cutting edge. This seemed a bit dated.

51
Slow, Quirky, Indulgent, Good acting, Disappointing
December 1st, 2019

See it if You see everything by Tony Kushner. This is the work of a very young artist. Self indulgent. I'm not sure it warranted a revival.

Don't see it if You like well written plays that hold your interest. See above.The acting is what elevated it from dreadful to so-so.

80
Intelligent, Old fashioned, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
November 24th, 2019

See it if You like solid dramas about engaging characters

Don't see it if You want theater that's edgy or new

63
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Funny, Quirky, Great acting
November 17th, 2019

See it if You are interested in female/female relationships examined in a somewhat superficial way. The play doesn't give much back story.

Don't see it if You want a clear story and you want to know who these characters are. The play doesn't give much context for these people. A bit confusing.

72
Funny, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining, Clever
November 3rd, 2019

See it if You want to be exposed to a cross cultural form of theater and storytelling. This was unusual and I'm glad I went.

Don't see it if You want traditional Western theater. This was a new experience.

70
During previews
TERRA FIRMA
Gramercy
Disappointing, Slow, Derivative, Cliched, Ambitious
October 6th, 2019

See it if You like post apocalypse stories. Themes similar to The Children with a lot of absurdism. Well acted, well staged. Derivative.

Don't see it if You like stories with more forward motion. Repetitive. This could have been a good 40 minute one act. Needs editing.

75
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing
September 9th, 2019

See it if You want to be inspired to think about Shakespeare and race. Some very good ideas about Othello. I'd be curious to see KHC's Othello

Don't see it if You like plot, and you don't like rants. The show gets a bit repetitive. KHC's passion is obvious in every moment.

72
Octet
Midtown W
Overrated, Funny, Great singing, Clever, Absorbing
June 28th, 2019

See it if You like "self-help" musicals. It is a good example of the genre. Good music, reminiscent of Toby Twining.

Don't see it if You want a plot or developed characters. The story and characters are thin. There are some plot threads which are left hanging.

90
Quirky, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing, Funny
June 18th, 2019

See it if You like clever writing and an off-beat story. Not your typical fare. Very good acting, funny, sweet.

Don't see it if You don't like intimate theater experiences with a lot of heart. I recommend this funny, engaging show.

69
For a previous production
Distracting, Slow, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Disappointing
June 16th, 2019

See it if You love hearing the Penelope Chapter in any format. The staging was distracting, and the delivery, while clear, was a bit affected.

Don't see it if You don't know the work. Out of context, I'm not sure what I would make of it. Not the best reading of this work. Didn't stand alone well.

70
Disturbing, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Intense, Edgy
June 15th, 2019

See it if The show deals with an interesting topic - race relations in couples. Extended discomfiting sex games.

Don't see it if Slave Play at NYTW dealt with a similar topic in a deeper way. URG ultimately felt superficial.

80
For a previous production
Mac Beth
Upper E Side
Absorbing, Quirky, Entertaining, Ambitious, Edgy
May 20th, 2019

See it if You want to see an interesting take on Macbeth. Especially good for teens/high schoolers. Holds your attention.

Don't see it if You like traditional Shakespeare productions. This is not that.

80
Intelligent, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great set, Absorbing
May 14th, 2019

See it if you want to see a rarely staged classic. Some of the speeches don't land. Not sure if the writing has dated, or if the delivery was off.

Don't see it if You are not a Sam Shepard fan. Or possibly if you are such a fanatic that this gentler interpretation will stick in your craw.

61
Good set, Self indulgent, Failed experiment, Disappointing, Ambitious
May 6th, 2019

See it if You want to see Glenda Jackson.

Don't see it if You love Ling Lear. This is a very self indulgent production, with directorial flourishes that are about the director, not about the play.

46
White Noise
East Village
Overrated, Excruciating, Edgy, Disappointing, Cliched
April 11th, 2019

See it if You like watching two dimensional characters recite monologues. The writing and characters were never believable.

Don't see it if You want to see a provocative show about race relations. See Slave Play the next time it is mounted. A much better play on a similar topic.

63
Quirky, Slow, Repetetive, Disappointing, Great acting
April 9th, 2019

See it if You like improv. This show grew out of scenes written by The Mad Ones. Lacks structure.

Don't see it if You like shows with narrative, and a more traditional story. This show seems like it needed an Act 2.

85
The White Devil
West Village
Refreshing, Funny, Great acting, Edgy, Entertaining
April 1st, 2019

See it if You want to see a rarely performed Jacobean play done well. The play is funny and raunchy.

Don't see it if You don't like watching cartoon type gore on stage. There were a few points when I had to shut my eyes.

54
Nassim
Midtown W
Disappointing, Simple, Sentmental, Naive, Slight
February 3rd, 2019

See it if You want to 'hang" with an actor who is not acting. It's not a play, and the performers don't act. They read simple sentences off a screen.

Don't see it if You want to see a story or acting. I could not tell if Solemanpour is a good writer. The show felt slight. Michael Urie is charming.

80
About Alice
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Entertaining, Sentimental, Romantic, Funny
January 21st, 2019

See it if You love Calvin Trillin. Or if you like well done sentimental works. The marriage is presented as a real love story. Tears and laughter.

Don't see it if You done like sentimental stories. Or if you like edgy works. This is very old fashioned.