Gizzy

Brooklyn | 50-64 | Female
About:  A theatergoer, of course
Reviews (100)
69
Quirky, Disappointing, Writerly, Thought-provoking, Slow

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.

74
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing

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
During previews
Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Clever

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.

85
Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Edgy, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great staging, Absorbing

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.

70
Thought-provoking, Slow, Well-staged, Disappointing, Dated

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.

80
Intelligent, Old fashioned, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like solid dramas about engaging characters

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

72
Funny, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining, Clever

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.

75
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

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.

90
Quirky, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing, Funny

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.

70
Disturbing, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Intense, Edgy

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
Intelligent, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great set, Absorbing

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.

46
White Noise
East Village
Overrated, Excruciating, Edgy, Disappointing, Cliched

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.

85
The White Devil
West Village
Refreshing, Funny, Great acting, Edgy, Entertaining

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.

80
About Alice
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Entertaining, Sentimental, Romantic, Funny

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.

70
Lewiston/Clarkston
West Village
Overrated, Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Banal

See it if You like family dramas and Americana. 2 distinct plays, the first one a bit better. May have liked it better had I not read the rave reviews

Don't see it if You like stories that move. The plays were slow, and the second had a bit of a Movie of the Week feel. Overhyped.

68
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Overrated, Disappointing, Slow, Relevant

See it if You love Van Hove. His signature obsessions on display.

Don't see it if You like text driven theater. Gimmicky. Not clear why this movie needed to be done onstage.

62
During previews
Confusing, Edgy, Disappointing, Quirky, Slow

See it if You want to watch Micheal C Hall for an hour. In the dark, (sometimes.) We were curious to see another Will Eno show.

Don't see it if You want a show that has a beginning, middle and end. This play does not progress. Reminiscent of Krap's Last Tape, stripped of meaning.

60
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Fluffy, Overrated, Disappointing, Banal, Cliched

See it if You love British comedies. This told a slight story, and was very slow to start. Not funny enough.

Don't see it if You get impatient with slight, cliched stories. Disappointing.

74
Clever, Great singing, Entertaining, Slight, Good music

See it if You like great folk/folk rock concerts. Music is great. Not much story.

Don't see it if You like shows with narratives. The story is very slight.

81
On Beckett
Chelsea
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You love Bill Irwin. Or Beckett. It's afriendly evening musing on Beckett. Not deep, but it will bring back other plays by SB you've seen.

Don't see it if You want to see an actual play. Or a biography. This is more like a TED talk.

62
Heartbreak House
Midtown W
Banal, Confusing, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing

See it if You love Shaw. You like long plays with lots of characters.

Don't see it if You want a coherent plot. This was very silly. Good acting, though.

86
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great design, Moving

See it if You like classic musicals, reconsidered. This was a refreshing, bare bones look at an old standard. The characters felt believably Jewish.

Don't see it if You hate musicals. This is Fiddler and if you hate the musical, you will probably still hate it. The production is less schmaltzy than most

79
Slow, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if You like thought provoking meditative plays. This play is as much about the conversation after, as it is about the actual show.

Don't see it if You like fast plays. It's slow, and when one of the characters instructed the audience to close our eyes I thought Is this a good idea?

82
Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if You want a different theater experience. This leisurely look into 50's suburban America takes you on an intriguing journey.

Don't see it if You like traditional theater. This show is the pleasure of watching someone's home movie, but it is not exactly theater.

78
Travesties
Midtown W
Clever, Confusing, Overrated, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You like mind games and repartee. The description of a thinking person's vaudeville is apt. Some background is needed to follow it.

Don't see it if You like stories with real characters that interact. This show has the cleverness of a young author.

69
Timon of Athens
Brooklyn
Relevant, Disappointing, Slow, Quirky, Overrated

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

75
Retro, Funny, Great singing, Fluffy, Clever

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.

68
Ambitious, Great staging, Quirky, Disappointing, Clever

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.

83
During previews
Quirky, Funny, Fluffy, Entertaining, Enchanting

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.

51
Slow, Quirky, Indulgent, Good acting, Disappointing

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.

63
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Funny, Quirky, Great acting

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.

70
During previews
TERRA FIRMA
Gramercy
Disappointing, Slow, Derivative, Cliched, Ambitious

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.

72
Octet
Midtown W
Overrated, Funny, Great singing, Clever, Absorbing

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.

69
Distracting, Slow, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

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.

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

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.

61
Good set, Self indulgent, Failed experiment, Disappointing, Ambitious

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.

63
Quirky, Slow, Repetetive, Disappointing, Great acting

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.

54
Nassim
Midtown W
Disappointing, Simple, Sentmental, Naive, Slight

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.

65
Selkie
East Village
Confusing, Great staging, Great premise, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if You like to see new work. This has a great premise, but the story and the characters need work.

Don't see it if You like plays with deeply drawn characters. The couple was sketchy and confusing. It was hard to care about them.

73
Slave Play
East Village
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Too long

See it if You like thought provoking plays on current topics. The second act was very well done, although a bit long. Good writing, needs editing.

Don't see it if You are easily triggered. Upsetting and uncomfortable topics.A downer about race and human relations. Drags at times.

15
shadowplay
Soho/Tribeca
Excruciating, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal, Twee

See it if Sitting on the floor guessing riddles posed by people with overdone British accents sounds like fun.

Don't see it if Poorly conceived. There was a bit of narrative in the final 1/2 hour, but it was too little too late. 90 minutes I'll never get back.

62
Pretentious, Condescending, Flat acting, Great singing, Edgy

See it if You hate Oklahoma. Or if you didn't know the show was about complex people and was dark. This version underlines the darkness too much.

Don't see it if You want to care about the characters. The acting was very flat. The show had a "smarter than thou" veneer.

75
During previews
Witty, Funny, Loud, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You like small, new musicals. This was fun. The story was stretched to fill 90 minutes, when it could have been told better in an hour.

Don't see it if You don't want another story about NY male angst. It was a bit slow down the middle. The songs had good lyrics, but they were hard to hear.

82
During previews
Clever, Funny, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like relevant, topical comedies. Although written in 1970, it feels very "of the moment." It is also very theatrical. Great cast.

Don't see it if You like old fashioned drama and comedy. This does not have a traditional story line, or traditional ending.

70
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Cute, Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if you like light musicals. This takes one of the threads of Measure for measure, and makes a :snack of it. The second half is better.

Don't see it if You are looking for Shakespeare parallels. Or anything deep. To be fair, this show had been oversold to us. It is cute, but slight.

71
Ambitious, Intelligent, Good acting, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if You know Hamlet well, and are curious for a new take.

Don't see it if You are not familiar with Hamlet.

57
Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Quirky

See it if You like your Shakespeare on the nose, with the message spelled out.

Don't see it if You like the original songs in Twelfth Night. They are all cut, and replaced with songs that are not as good.

73
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Good dancing, Pleasant

See it if You enjoy winning performers, and you want a sgood time. The first half is cute, but the 2nd half is bogged down in tying up plot points.

Don't see it if You want theater to be profound. We had a good time, and we did not drink, although most do. Just take it for what it is and have fun.

76
Entertaining, Great singing, Overrated, Great dancing, Slow

See it if If you love dancing. The dancing is the strong point here. The singing is good. What suffers is the psychology of the characters.

Don't see it if You want to see the leads connect, or show chemistry. The love story left me cold. This production was very pretty, but not profound.

68
The Gentleman Caller
West Village
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Raunchy

See it if You are very interested in the life of Tennessee Williams. The first half is better than the second. The second half gets too serious.

Don't see it if You are not interested in watching gay alcoholic men coming on to each other. There is a lot of drinking and flirting, but it is often fun.