Harriet R 8007

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Reviews (39)
71
About Alice
Brooklyn
Clever, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy Calvin Trillin's work and want to know more about the wife he adored and lost too soon.

Don't see it if you get frustrated by a skin-deep characterization -- but what a skin! Alice was a marvel by all accounts.

78
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you like excellent acting, Jake Gyllenhall and Tom Sturridge, solid monologues, the Public.

Don't see it if two monologues is not your idea of theater, you yearn to be taken out of your everyday mindset.

78
Entertaining, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you'd like a well-acted and directed production of any show written by Stephen Sondheim; you saw "The Best Worst Thing That Ever Happened."

Don't see it if you don't like Sondheim, or don't enjoy the mental work of figuring out plots told backwards.

57
Insipid, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if You're a fan of Bob Mackie's costumes (I am) and dazzling stage effects.

Don't see it if Cher's voice seems limited to you, and all the songs sound the same.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Profound, Funny

See it if you want to see a great production of what is now a classic play. Or if you love Michael Urie as I do.

Don't see it if an exploration of gay life and history doesn't interest you.

80
Days of Rage
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you're interested in the social upheaval of the 60s, and how it affected a group of privileged young people.

Don't see it if the theme of 60s political action is one in which you have no interest.

85
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you want to see Janet McTeer, one of our greatest actors, in a role that gives her a great range.

Don't see it if you're not interested in the experiences of women in the theater.

80
Great dancing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you love great dancing in musicals, Joshua Henry as Billy Bigelow, and a score to last for the ages.

Don't see it if you can't accept the premise that a man as damaged and dangerous as Billy Bigelow can or should be loved or redeemed.

95
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Profound

See it if you like any or all: great story, wonderful characters, talking, singing, dancing, babies, and sitting on the edge of your seat to the end.

Don't see it if you have a hard time with Irish accents...it takes a while to understand them.

89
Your Alice
Queens
Romantic, Enchanting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you like the story behind the writing of Alice in Wonderland as much as the story itself.

Don't see it if you're not interested in yet another Alice adaptation.

73
Entertaining, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if you enjoy a small musical with a talented cast, a story of our times and the past, and good songs sung well.

Don't see it if probably won't clear the bar for people who don't like most musicals.

92
During previews
Just plain brilliant, Enchanting, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if you are a human being who loves theater.

Don't see it if too hours is your red line limit.

71
The Last Match
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great acting, Dated

See it if you like good writing, tennis, and 30ish male athletes agonizing over lost youth.

Don't see it if it bothers you that the female characters are seen only as the adjuncts of the guys.

79
Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you like a funny, well-written and -acted monologue ending in pathos and admiration for the character's desperate grasp on life and love.

Don't see it if you're bothered by or don't care to look beyond what seems at first to border upon clichéd gay humor.

81
Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like a well-paced, smart, superbly performed satire

Don't see it if you don't have tolerance for adolescent humor

Also Any religion could be portrayed as ludicrous as Mormonism is here... I... Read more Read less

88
Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if you like fairy tales, the Caribbean, immersive staging, lots of movement and dance, a charming score

Don't see it if you lean toward hefty intellectual fare

100
Sublime, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if you're a fallible human being who loves tender, gritty, sad, and poignant love stories

Don't see it if you loved the film and won't be able to put it out of your mind for two hours

77
The Children
Midtown W
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you like good acting, strong characterization, and understated drama

Don't see it if British reserve in a cataclysmic situation puts you off.

89
Enchanting, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate gorgeous spectacle and a classic story

Don't see it if you have low tolerance for formula plots

100
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing

See it if you care about musical theater..

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

81
Entertaining, Clever, Delightful

See it if ...you have never seen My Fair Lady. If you love Laura Bernanti, Danny Burstein, or the suitor to the plain sister in Downton Abbey.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, or bad costumes that were designed for Lauren Ambrose's red hair, or the Ascott Gavotte in drab shades of lavender.

81
Great acting, Funny, Great staging

See it if you like bravura acting in a play that gives great actors great opportunities; like Sam Shepard's writing, enjoy a terrific set and staging.

Don't see it if you find Shepard's writing cliched or tiresome.

83
Great acting, Great singing, Moving

See it if you like well-told stories of African-American life, want to catch a rising star in Jonathan Burke, enjoy choir singing and a great ensemble

Don't see it if you don't like African-American or gay themes.

82
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you want to see what makes Glenn Close a great actress, and a refreshing point of view of the Joan of Arc story.

Don't see it if you've seen enough treatments of the Maid of Orleans story.

68
Relevant, Disappointing, Intense

See it if Kerry Washington is on your list. [I saw a preview when she repeatedly went up on her lines, so don't take it from me.]

Don't see it if a predictable rehash of the headlines isn't for you. And you can't let your heart be broken again over these black lives not mattering.

20
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Confusing, Insipid, Excruciating

See it if you have an interest in snooker.

Don't see it if you dislike such poor direction that one character seems to just wander through the space, or if you want to care about the story.

79
Eve's Song
East Village
Profound, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if a new theatrical voice reveals what to me is an unseen world -- the terrors and dangers of being an ordinary person while black.

Don't see it if an examination of how racism plays out is not your idea of a nice night out at the theater.

76
Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you love Rodgers and Hammerstein and are okay with radical reimagining.

Don't see it if it drives you nuts to have the other half of the audience in full view across the "alley" stage; two famous faces were a bit distracting.

92
Great writing, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if YOU like to see great ensemble acting in a solid play about real people. Elaine May is a revelation.

Don't see it if you don't like a realistic "talky" play.

83
The Low Road
East Village
Clever, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like a smart, rollicking parody of American capitalism by one of the best playwrights on the scene today.

Don't see it if broad comedy about hefty subjects tires you out.

84
Hangmen
Chelsea
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like an intriguing character drama that keeps you in suspense

Don't see it if A British exploration of capital punishment doesn't appeal to you.

78
Actually
Midtown W
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you want a perplexing and complex account of a campus he-said she-said story touching on issues of class, race, and gender.

Don't see it if the tawdry, alcohol-fueled hookup culture leaves you depressed and/or disgusted.

71
During previews
Fire and Air
East Village
Edgy, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You want to see what Terrance McNally and John Doyle are up to.

Don't see it if you like costumes, scenery, and clear indications of time and place.

Also Seen in preview; By the time it opens, I'm sure the characters and the... Read more Read less

66
Overrated, Banal, Entertaining

See it if you love Andrew Lloyd Weber, Broadway kids, and rock 'n roll

Don't see it if a loud, cute musical isn't your thing.

74
For a previous production
Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like silly, smart, slapstick British wit about plays and players

Don't see it if you don't like broad humor

74
20th Century Blues
Midtown W
Intelligent, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if you're a boomer woman fascinated with how your generation's lives turned out

Don't see it if you're not.

78
Clever, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You love great staging, terrific performances, and really good songs

Don't see it if a plot that's formulaic and paper-thin puts you off

67
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you have to see everything Mark Rylance is in...

Don't see it if you don't have to see everything Mark Rylance is in...

61
Overrated, Banal, Entertaining

See it if you want to feel good about humanity

Don't see it if you're looking for great performances