gloria 6311

New York City

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Reviews (84)
100
Inspired writing, Remarkable acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever
November 17th, 2022

See it if you like to think when you go see a play and are interested in original work

Don't see it if you get easily distracted and do not understand plays (or narrative in general) that does not explain every single detail like a soap opera

Also Mia Chung created something truly original and the three actors are eq... Read more Read less

61
Slow, Dated, Well acted
November 4th, 2022

See it if you like Suzan-Lori Parks. The acting is fabulous.

Don't see it if you can see the end coming a mile away. It feels tired, derivative, seen.

56
Badly written, Missed opportunity, Banal, Boring
November 4th, 2022

See it if you like Ralph Fiennes, who is magnificent, or if you enjoy learning from a play what you can read in two pages. The space is great, though

Don't see it if you think that political theatre should say something, be theatrical, have a point of view -not a lecture, have some character development

80
At times slow-paced, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent
April 24th, 2022

See it if you want to see an amazing ensemble of women in an often moving, joyous, painful, intense performance, a bit dated but also still relevant

Don't see it if you don't care about women (of color or otherwise) and what they have to go through to simply exist

75
Intense, Relevant, Good writing if dated, Intelligent
April 21st, 2022

See it if you like well-acted clever plays

Don't see it if you don't want to watch a play about sexual abuse

Also I love Mary-Louise Parker. I think she is an amazing theatre (more tha... Read more Read less

100
Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Courageous
April 9th, 2022

See it if you like to think. This play is pleasantly surprising

Don't see it if you believe that your entitlement trumps other people's rights

90
During previews
Worth seeing, Funny, Dated, Great acting
April 6th, 2022

See it if you like Mamet's plays, rhythm, language, quirkiness, and fabulous actors

Don't see it if you don't like all-male casts, want to see a play where something meaningful happens, dislike choppy dialogue

Also I am a fan of Mamet's, I think he was original and in his own way revo... Read more Read less

88
Relevant, Must see, Great acting
February 20th, 2022

See it if you enjoy mind-blowing acting in a play that will take you on a descent to hell.

Don't see it if you cant watch other people's trauma unfold or if you like superficial things

Also the acting is phenomenal and the play does not feel dated. The languag... Read more Read less

35
Insipid, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal
November 11th, 2021

See it if you think that everything Tony Kushner writes is gold --but this is glitter, at best

Don't see it if you actually want a play to mean something. The thinnest plot, some good singing, excruciatingly boring.

94
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever
November 11th, 2021

See it if you want to see an intelligent rewrite of a classic, with a superb Jeff Daniels

Don't see it if you don't like literary adaptations.

85
A Soldier's Play
East Village
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Clever
February 28th, 2020

See it if you like plays about racial issues that have not (sadly) been resolved yet and if you are a fan of In the Heat of the Night-type scenarios

Don't see it if you are a bigot or a racist

Also great ensemble. David Alan Grier and Blair Underwood are perfect in th... Read more Read less

95
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever
February 28th, 2020

See it if you like to think when you go to the theatre. Supertitles make it easy if you're not fluent in Spanish

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding that animal characters may talk... seriously, I have met people who object to it!

Also the four dog characters are excellently done. The human is a bit stiff... Read more Read less

45
Look Back In Anger
East Village
Badly acted, Disappointing, Dated
February 15th, 2020

See it if you enjoy amateur productions of famous plays

Don't see it if you are upset by pseudo-British agents, uneven acting (to be kind), and gestures that make no sense (like the inability of ironing)

Also seriously, I missed the first 15 minutes of the play, distracted by th... Read more Read less

92
TERRA FIRMA
Gramercy
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Delightful
November 1st, 2019

See it if you like quirky, well-written, smart, possibly end-of-the-world, absurdist plays

Don't see it if you don't like all of the above. But, really... this is so smart!

24
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Missing the point, Dated, Over the top, Boring, Unbearable
October 31st, 2019

See it if you like overacting, screaming, and badly mispronounced words in Italian uttered with the most stereotypical fake "dago" accent.

Don't see it if you respect Tennessee Williams and do not think that this play should be a clownish farce, but rather a raw, sensual display of emotions

90
It stays with you, Clever, Intelligent, Great writing, Excellent acting
October 27th, 2019

See it if you like Pinter, you don't mind non-linear storytelling, you want to see three excellent actors take you for a journey throug their lives

Don't see it if you can't follow a story told in reverse order

Also the final image is simply beautiful. Best wedding-cake topper ever

80
Original, Clever, Entertaining
October 24th, 2019

See it if you like original plays with provocative takes on race and interpersonal relations

Don't see it if you're easily scandalized by nudity or if you can't conceive of interracial relationships

96
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Intelligent, Great acting, Excellent writing
October 20th, 2019

See it if you like really well-written, acted, thought-out plays with real character development

Don't see it if you only like fluff

50
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Disappointing, Not theatre, Good acting
October 4th, 2019

See it if you need a compact history lesson and you love testosterone-filled (good) ensembles

Don't see it if you actually like plays.

Also this is the fourth show I see at Vivian Beaumont Theatre that has the ... Read more Read less

75
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting
October 3rd, 2019

See it if you want to see great acting

Don't see it if you're easily confused by non-linear storytelling

Also There is something remarkably sweet and touching about the way mortali... Read more Read less

45
During previews
Untheatrical, Predictable, Bad writing, Uselessly verbose, Pretentious
September 16th, 2019

See it if you are such a fan of Mary-Louise Parker (who is usually fabulous on stage) that you are willing to watch her in a boring, untheatrical play

Don't see it if you think that there should be an added value being in a theatre watching actors interpret a part, rather than receiving descriptions

Also The writing is just bad, so bad that no actor, no matter how good, cou... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Entertaining, Interesting directorial choices, Good actresses
May 3rd, 2019

See it if you want to see monologues written for and about women, done in an inventive ensemble way with really good actresses

Don't see it if you know the original performances by Rame and cannot get over exaggerated, over-the-top acting (Franca Rame wouldn't have)

Also the spirit of these monologues is respected. Sadly, they are still con... Read more Read less

90
Great staging, Entertaining, Original, Amazing acting
May 3rd, 2019

See it if you want to see amazing actresses in men's roles. Glenda Jackson and Jayne Houdyshell are impressive. Goneril and Kent perf are fabulous too

Don't see it if you dislike uneven productions with odd or dissonant casting choices (so much unnecessary screaming...)

95
During previews
Mies Julie
East Village
Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Riveting
January 28th, 2019

See it if you appreciate intelligent rewrites of classics and powerful acting. Amazing job, truly

Don't see it if you think that classics should not be touched

70
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Derivative, Well-acted, Overly long, Long day's journey into the obvious
December 7th, 2018

See it if you don't mind overly long plays where O'Neill meets Of Mice and Men, The Wild Duck, and McDonagh (but with no irony)

Don't see it if you would like a more profound political play

Also the first act could easily be half an hour shorter with no detriment t... Read more Read less

78
Great acting, Great staging, Clever, Ambitious, Useless
November 23rd, 2018

See it if you want to see truly great acting

Don't see it if you want meaning and not just entertainment

65
Downstairs
West Village
Disappointing, Great acting, Cliched
November 23rd, 2018

See it if you love Tim and Tyne Daly: they are fabulous! Truly great actors. John Procaccino does a goood job too in an un-nuanced part

Don't see it if you are bored by plays that would like to be Pinter-esque (or Shepard-esque) but miss the mark by a mile

71
Days to Come
Midtown W
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Good writing although imperfect
October 7th, 2018

See it if you like Lillian Hellman's writing.

Don't see it if you are bored by socially relevant plays

Also It is clearly a prelude to Little Foxes. Ambitious and courageous for ... Read more Read less

31
Why?, Overly long, Pretentious, Great acting
September 29th, 2018

See it if you don't know both original plays and believe that a fuzzy rewrite will improve something that doesn't need improvement

Don't see it if you like plays that make sense

Also there is nothing wrong with experimenting, but this re-write makes lit... Read more Read less

97
During previews
Great writing, Great staging, Hilarious, Intelligent, Refreshing
August 27th, 2018

See it if you like new, intelligently written comedies that also comment on the socio-political reality of being women in the Western World

Don't see it if you are easily upset by words.

Also i.e., don't see it if you are a man who has no problem with expletives... Read more Read less

98
Great acting, Must see, Great staging, Relevant
May 10th, 2018

See it if you enjoy seriously great acting that appears totally natural, gets you interested in the dialogue, and makes time fly. Amazing.

Don't see it if you can't concentrate on anything that is longer than a twitter text...

Also the architectural "glasshouse" set is fabulous and so appropriate for ... Read more Read less

85
King Lear (BAM)
Brooklyn
Enchanting, Funny, Great acting
April 26th, 2018

See it if you like the play and you want to see an intelligent, albeit classical, staging of it

Don't see it if you can't sit 3 and a half hours in a theatre and have trouble understanding English accents/Shakespeare's language

78
During previews
Ambitious, Perplexing, It has its moments
April 18th, 2018

See it if you like O'Neill and want to see yet another production of this play. It's still great writing. Really good acting --overacting at times

Don't see it if you understand theatre and believe that it is incongruous to have a black protagonist that everyone looks up to in 1912 blue-collar America

Also "Blind casting" particularly doesn't work in this play, even though De... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Indulgent, Over the top
April 5th, 2018

See it if you are curious about how to stage a tragicomedy today and forget the tragic bits. With the exception of King Leontes, the acting is good

Don't see it if you get annoyed by excessive attempts at extracting a laugh when the play would be funny by itself. The bear is over the top.

Also The actor playing Leontes should consider changing career. Not believa... Read more Read less

70
Yerma
Upper E Side
Entertaining, Ambitious, Slow
April 5th, 2018

See it if you like adaptations of classic plays that bear little resemblance to the original. Great acting. The mother especially

Don't see it if you are a purist

97
Harry Clarke
West Village
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent
March 31st, 2018

See it if you like one-man plays, well acted and entertaining. Billy Crudup is quite fabulous

Don't see it if if you are easily distracted by all the echoes of films (there is quite a bit of The Talented Mr Ripley and of Pasolini's Teorema in this)

77
Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent
March 31st, 2018

See it if you are a fan of the play and you want to see how it holds up almost 30 years later

Don't see it if you think that 7:30 hours in the theatre will kill you. Perestroika is too long and over-indulgent

82
Chicago (Broadway)
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining
March 26th, 2018

See it if you like musicals with catchy songs and good choreography

Don't see it if you want a musical with elaborate choreography and costumes. More razzle dazzle...

90
Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Relevant, Great directing
February 28th, 2018

See it if you like to think when you go to the theatre

Don't see it if you think that political activism is useless

42
Slow, Cute, Missed opportunity, Good actors wasted, Excruciating
February 28th, 2018

See it if you are ok with an insipid storyline that could have been really interesting or if you love Tony Shaloub

Don't see it if you believed that this could be an intelligent musical. There is little (although lovely) music played by fab musicians

Also As fantastic an actor as Tony Shaloub is, he ends up being a caricatur... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Entertaining, Delightful, Imperfect, Uneven acting
February 2nd, 2018

See it if you like seeing Shakespeare plays with overall good actors

Don't see it if you expect to see something different from a safe production

75
Ballyturk
Brooklyn
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious, Indulgent
January 30th, 2018

See it if you like quirky re-interpretations of Waiting for Godot. The actors are excellent. Good staging!

Don't see it if you're tired of Beckett-esque things...

70
Diary of a Madman
Midtown W
Ambitious, Indulgent, Good acting
January 30th, 2018

See it if you like Russian literature and solo shows with good (over)acting

Don't see it if you know how a solo act can become outstanding with good directing. This falls short

96
During previews
Hangmen
Chelsea
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing
January 24th, 2018

See it if you like McDonagh's writing, perfectly written plays, good acting, twists and turns, and fabulous staging

Don't see it if you hate intelligent plays

54
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Disappointing, Stiff acting, Relevant
January 24th, 2018

See it if you are easily bamboozled by movie stars in Broadway shows

Don't see it if you actually like good acting and tight writing. It feels like a missed chance...

70
During previews
Puzzling, Great acting, Great singing, Clever, Great staging
December 14th, 2017

See it if you want to see great staging and un-mic-d actors actually project their voices (=real actors) and if you enjoy baroque music

Don't see it if you want plays to mean something

Also fabulous staging and acting, but the purpose of the piece is not clear... Read more Read less

25
During previews
The Children
Midtown W
Disappointing, Insipid, Useless, Poorly written, Banal
December 8th, 2017

See it if you have time to waste

Don't see it if you actually like plays to say something.

Also The author desperately wants to be Ed Bond or Sarah Kane but, sadly, h... Read more Read less

98
Enrico IV, A monologue
West Village
Amazing acting, Still relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking
November 20th, 2017

See it if you like to see an actor give a tour-de-force performance in an original edition of a well-known play

Don't see it if you have trouble concentrating on words

98
Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Profound, Relevant
November 4th, 2017

See it if You are interested in seeing a beautifully acted 2500-yr-old play still speak to us today. This production is a treasure

Don't see it if You don't like to think

86
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging
November 3rd, 2017

See it if you have always liked the play. DH Wang's writing is still relevant today. Poetic.

Don't see it if you don't like plays where you need to listen to an actor telling you the story or hate oversimplifications of historical facts