gloria 6311

New York City

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Reviews (63)
80
Funny, Entertaining, Interesting directorial choices, Good actresses

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

95
During previews
Mies Julie
East Village
Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Riveting

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

78
Great acting, Great staging, Clever, Ambitious, Useless

See it if you want to see truly great acting

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

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

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

97
During previews
Great writing, Great staging, Hilarious, Intelligent, Refreshing

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

85
King Lear (BAM)
Brooklyn
Enchanting, Funny, Great acting

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

70
Entertaining, Indulgent, Over the top

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

97
Harry Clarke
West Village
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

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)

82
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining

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...

42
Slow, Cute, Missed opportunity, Good actors wasted, Excruciating

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

75
Ballyturk
Brooklyn
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious, Indulgent

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...

96
During previews
Hangmen
Chelsea
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

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

70
During previews
Puzzling, Great acting, Great singing, Clever, Great staging

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

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

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

86
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

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

92
Poetic, Smart, Excellent acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate effortless physical acting and flawless professionalism. Houben and Magni are magnificent.

Don't see it if you have no interest in acting techniques, movement, commedia dell'arte, the relationship of bodies in space.

84
Red Light Winter
East Village
Great acting, Well written, Smart

See it if you like well-written, intelligent, well-made plays with three characters who can act

Don't see it if you need special effects.

86
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Great writing

See it if you like Suzan Lori-Parks, quirky writing, unforgiving/unforgivable characters. The show is worth seeing!

Don't see it if you like Brecht and think that derivative plays are a waste of time. This is Mother Courage with a twist

60
Twelve Angry Women
Midtown W
Intelligent, Relevant, Slow

See it if you like intelligent plays that are still relevant today and you're curious about how this classic piece would work with an all-woman cast

Don't see it if you have in mind the great acting from the 1957 Lumet film or another production

Also sadly, the play drags on. This is not a slow play. It needs pauses and... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you like Lillian Hellman's plays and do not mind period dramas (yup, in costume!)

Don't see it if you hate traditional, bourgeois stagings of plays and period-appropriate language

Also It is worth seeing just for Laura Linney, who steals the show even in ... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Dated, Slow

See it if you like the playwright

Don't see it if you expect it to be still relevant, don't understand that it's a period piece and that racial and gender issues have changed in 30 years

Also Allison Janney and John B Hickey have great comedic timing. It is very... Read more Read less

95
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Well directed

See it if you think that Chekhov should be respected and not cut to suit a Broadway/fast-paced rhythm.

Don't see it if you don't understand Chekhov...

Also This production really captures the fin-de-siècle Russian spirit and C... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Insipid, Funny, Great acting, Delightful, Uneven

See it if you like Kevin Kline, who has amazing comedic timing and is actually worth seeing. Cobie Smulders is a surprise.

Don't see it if you think that comedies should have a good pace, you don't like bourgeois well-made plays or 1940s comedies.

Also The show is still in previews. They haven't found the right rhythm yet... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent

See it if you like Genet. This is an intelligent production, very well acted

Don't see it if you don't know French, you hate supertitles, and you don't understand Genet

70
The Object Lesson
East Village
Clever, Gimmicky, Funny, Self-indulgent

See it if you like unconventional shows with non-linear narrative, where you need to be active and move around

Don't see it if you like to sit in a theatre...

90
Great staging, Entertaining, Original, Amazing acting

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...)

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

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

65
Downstairs
West Village
Disappointing, Great acting, Cliched

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

31
Why?, Overly long, Pretentious, Great acting

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

98
Great acting, Must see, Great staging, Relevant

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

78
During previews
Ambitious, Perplexing, It has its moments

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
Yerma
Upper E Side
Entertaining, Ambitious, Slow

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

77
Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent

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

90
Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Relevant, Great directing

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

76
During previews
Entertaining, Delightful, Imperfect, Uneven acting

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

70
Diary of a Madman
Midtown W
Ambitious, Indulgent, Good acting

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

54
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Disappointing, Stiff acting, Relevant

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...

25
During previews
The Children
Midtown W
Disappointing, Insipid, Useless, Poorly written, Banal

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
Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Profound, Relevant

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

55
Junk
Upper W Side
Cliched, Great acting

See it if you would like to see a theatre version of Wall Street (the movie) on stage. The actors are great, though.

Don't see it if you dislike verbose plays with little theatrical value

40
Dated, Insipid, Slow, Useless

See it if you are so blinded by film stars that you think a good film actress can sustain a useless revival of a boring play

Don't see it if you actually care for good writing, acting, costumes, consistent accents, etc. Set and lights are the only good thing of the production

60
Clever, Disappointing, Funny, Missing the point

See it if you like rewrites of classics

Don't see it if you actually understood what Ibsen was doing with his Hedda Gabler. She is not a petulant bully... her idealism and pride are lost here

65
Informative, Thought-provoking

See it if you like to learn about history through plays

Don't see it if you don't care about Irish history

Also The acting is very good, but the play is flawed: dialogues alternate w... Read more Read less

97
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Great staging, Brechtian, Well acted, Well directed, Intelligent

See it if you like to think when you go to the theatre and want to see a play staged in a fabulous place

Don't see it if you need linear storytelling, vapid musicals, traditional bourgeois staging

Also this show stays with you and it is an incredibly still relevant commen... Read more Read less

88
The Worth of Women
Soho/Tribeca
Delightful, Enchanting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like to see period drama done well

Don't see it if you don't like women

Also it is just amazing how Moderata Fonte's words are still relevant 5 cen... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Thought provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like to think

Don't see it if you don't care about what happens in the world

72
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Not entirely satisfying

See it if you like Ibsen and want to see a good play, for the most part very well acted. The words are very resonant and relevant to today's politics.

Don't see it if you find it off putting to see adaptations that feel the need to explain self-explanatory things.

Also it's Ibsen mansplained... the connective explanations between scenes a... Read more Read less

85
During previews
The Moors
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if you like intelligently written and directed plays that express a younger voice's point of view on clichés.

Don't see it if you don't understand irony.

94
The Penitent
Chelsea
Clever, Intelligent, Profound, Good acting, Solid

See it if you like Mamet and you'd like to see something new with his inimitable style. Good play!

Don't see it if you hate to think and Rebecca Pigeon's acting style grates on your nerves

68
Clever, Well acted, Resonant, Disappointing

See it if you like Thorton Wilder, no matter how his plays are directed

Don't see it if you remember Robert Woodruff's production and believe that this could be much grittier, relevant, biting.