Gizzy

Brooklyn

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Reviews (82)
67
Slow, Disappointing, Good acting, Poor staging, Funny

See it if you love this play, and see it every chance you get. It is a great opportunity to see Cara Ricketts, who is making her NY debut at TFNA.

Don't see it if you don't like the play. This is a production which stresses the comedy of Measure. The set and staging put the actors at a disadvantage.

79
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You love/like this play, or are curious about it. This is a solid, well acted production. Dianne Wiest is very worth seeing.

Don't see it if You like traditional plays with story and movement. This is a famous play, well performed, but it is not to everyone's taste.

8
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Raunchy, Overrated

See it if You don't like theater. There is a clock ticking down the minutes of this one hour show. That was the best part.

Don't see it if You value theater at all. If I hadn't been seated in the front row, I would have left.

71
Banal, Ambitious, Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if period drama and name actors are your thing. Danny Devito is funny. The second act is more absorbing than the first.

Don't see it if You don't like period drama. The opening was slow. The first act was too long, and the second act started strong, and then got melodramatic

79
Delightful, Great singing, Quirky, Refreshing, Funny

See it if You love Chekhov. This was a lot of fun, with the highlight being a selection of songs from Songbird, sung by original cast members.

Don't see it if You don't like a variety show or cabaret format.

83
Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Quirky, Funny

See it if you like quirky, immersive, original works. This show is delightful, in a very original setting.

Don't see it if The trials and tribulations of uptight academics don't interest you. Our heroine is a very winning, but very cliched academic single woman.

71
Confusing, Edgy, Intelligent, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if Great for theater geeks who want to see Mary Mullen play Mag as a follow up to her Maureen from 1998.

Don't see it if You can't follow thick Irish accents. While I did not see the original, I can imagine how that production would have been more powerful.

70
For a previous production
Slow, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if You are interested in learning about the history of Yiddish theater. It is more like a thesis paper than a play.

Don't see it if You long for traditional story telling.

49
Dated, Disappointing, Banal, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if You love old timey, high school level musicals, or if the songs mean a lot to you.

Don't see it if You are expecting to discover a forgotten gem.

73
Dated, Entertaining, Great singing, Slow, Refreshing

See it if This was a rare chance to see Bernstein's masterful score performed in a full production.

Don't see it if I now understand why the show is not staged. I doesn't really work on stage.

82
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Great writing

See it if You are a musical Theater nerd. As a Forbidden Broadway show, it spoofs all musical theater, not just Hamilton.

Don't see it if You don't like musical theater, or you don't know anything about Hamilton.

80
For a previous production
Great singing, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You like the Four Seasons music. This is a much better than what one expects from a juke box musical. Great for young and old.

Don't see it if You can't stand juke box musicals, no matter what!

53
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if You like loud music, bright lights, and condescending lyrics

Don't see it if You loved the movie. The movie was so much better.

55
Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Derivative

See it if The show is disappointing. It is static, with no forward movement. It feels very dated. I did not care about the characters. Self indulgent.

Don't see it if You like a musical with an engaging plot, characters, or songs.

91
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if The show is clever, witty, with catchy songs. I really enjoyed it. The humor is very Canadian!

Don't see it if I appreciate that the show is pretty derivative, but that didn't bother me.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You are a Jane Austen fan, and you love unusual stagings

Don't see it if You are not literary.

83
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if You want to laugh. Michael Urie performs with inspired silliness. The costumes and set are great. The physical comedy is wonderful.

Don't see it if There isn't a good reason not to see this show. You would need to be a real sourpuss not to get swept up in this comedy.

74
Quirky, Entertaining, Refreshing, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You loved Bedlam's Sense and Sensibility. This has much of the same charm, although the source material is not as good.

Don't see it if You don't like to see costume dramas performed with a winking knowingness. There is a lot to take you out of the story.

69
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Ambitious, Relevant, Slow

See it if you love shows about sexual hang ups. If so, you may find it engrossing. It is well acted, but the writing is clunky and distracting.

Don't see it if You value a clear sense of time or believability. The play doesn't really hold together, but it has some memorable moments.

86
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great writing, Funny

See it if You love the Mozart opera. Opera, in an intimate setting, great singing and acting, timely and relevant. The chamber musicians were a treat.

Don't see it if You don't like opera. It dragged a bit in places, and could have been cut a bit more.

91
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if As a New Yorker, it is hard not to respond to a Canadian take on 9/11. The story flies by, and the cast is wonderful.

Don't see it if You like involved, clever staging, or if you don't like Celtic music. This is a simply told story, without a lot of staging.

60
Clever, Fluffy, Intelligent, Slow

See it if You love verse. This is not Ives's strongest work. The acting is fine all around

Don't see it if You are impatient with predictable stories. This show is all about the verse, and that is the reason to see it.

87
Clever, Hilarious, Quirky, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if You want to laugh. Funniest thing on Broadway. Or Brdway.

Don't see it if Stand up is not your thing.

81
Ambitious, Entertaining, Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to be up on the latest thing, or you just love history.

Don't see it if You don't like rap music, or you really go to a show for the dancing. Although it won best choreography, the dancing was just meh.

43
Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if You want to see Cate Blanchett onstage, and you don't care what she is doing or saying.

Don't see it if You like Chekhov. This is a poorly written, confusing boring play.

65
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Quirky

See it if The set was masterful.

Don't see it if You don't like Therapy-speak.

61
Banal, Entertaining, Great singing, Cliched

See it if You like seeing old time musicals

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

81
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You like exploring spaces, and seeing an old story from a new perspective. It's really fun to go on this journey with the characters.

Don't see it if You like more traditional theater, or if you have limited mobility.

53
Banal, Disappointing, Quirky, Slow

See it if You like the ides of wandering from room to room, even if not much happens.

Don't see it if You prefer your theater with actual characters, and actual story. This drags a bit, and not much happens.

91
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if I's all about the music. If you like Carol King, the music will sweep you away. Chilina Kennedy is great in the role.

Don't see it if You don't like Carol King music.

73
Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Overrated

See it if Mid century British works interest you. It is a bit slow moving, but well acted

Don't see it if You don't like long pieces about families.

97
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if You love great acting, and the chance to see a rarely performed Shakespeare play in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You don't like good theater