Heather_O

New York City | 35-49 | Female

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Reviews (48)
79
Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if one-man dramatic performance of Poe stories & poetry in a historic setting sounds appealing

Don't see it if you're looking for something with a full cast, you don't like Poe's creepiness, you're looking for something fully naturalistic

Also The night I saw this show was quite warm (70-something degrees out, 80... Read more Read less

70
Renascence
Lower E Side
Ambitious, Quirky, Slow

See it if You're interested in learning about Edna St Vincent Millay's life and hearing songs whose lyrics are her poems.

Don't see it if You want something very fast-paced or set in the current day

Also I liked some things about this show, especially the moments of humor, ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Epic, Great writing, Intense

See it if you're in the mood for an intense family drama/history play set in Northern Ireland in 1981.

Don't see it if you aren't up for a long show (3 hr 15 min runtime), you find Irish accents hard to understand

Also I found this show totally absorbing - I was worried I would find it to... Read more Read less

90
The True
Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny, Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you want a fast-paced wordy show that is about Albany politics in the 1970s but also speaks to the current political climate

Don't see it if the idea of seeing a play that revolves around a mayoral election sounds really boring to you, you want something slow/gentle

Also The whole cast of this show was great; Edie Falco is amazing. Also, wh... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Final Follies
West Village
Banal, Cliched, Enchanting, Dated, Funny

See it if You have the patience to sit through two banal, cliched one-acts to get to one enchanting, delightful, funny one.

Don't see it if You want an evenly solid evening of theater

Also This was a hard show to score numerically - I mostly didn’t like the f... Read more Read less

80
Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Resonant

See it if you want to see a show with a strong female-centric cast, with a focus on one woman at different stages in her life

Don't see it if you want a totally linear story, you have a low tolerance for family drama

80
Gone Missing
Midtown W
Clever, Absorbing, Quirky, Funny

See it if you want a collection of songs/stories about lost objects and losses of other kinds, a show made of personal vignettes appeals to you

Don't see it if you want a fully-staged show, you want something driven by a unified plot/narrative

Also I'd listened to the off-Broadway premiere recording of this a few mont... Read more Read less

65
Red Hills
Financial
Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious, Banal

See it if you are interested in an exploration of forgiveness (or lack thereof) and stories/who should be telling them

Don't see it if you're not comfortable with some audience participation, you want proper seats, you want a lot of plot/action

70
During previews
Entertaining

See it if you like magic shows/illusionists, you want a light piece of entertainment that leaves you wondering how the tricks are done

Don't see it if you want verbal as well as visual dazzle, you want something serious, you aren't prepared to suspend your cynicism

Also This isn't my usual kind of show but it was a fun afternoon, though th... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Dated, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to see a revival of a classic musical with great dancing and great singing

Don't see it if you want something very current

Also Joshua Henry as Billy Bigelow is great. The Maine/New England accents ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Great acting, Slow

See it if you want a naturalistic family drama centered on a very dysfunctional family; you're OK with a slow-ish pace

Don't see it if you want something super-edgy or you're not interested in family dramas at all

73
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you're up for a long show set in 17th-century England; you're not put off by plays about politics and religion

Don't see it if you want something short and easy

Also I thought the cast was excellent - all of them played their multiple p... Read more Read less

83
For a previous production
Funny, Great acting, Intense, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you want to see themes of toxic masculinity/violence/the problems of heroism explored in a funny and intense way

Don't see it if you're not comfortable in a small theater (cast members very close to/speaking directly to audience at some moments)

Also In some ways the most fun parts of this play for me were the ways in w... Read more Read less

85
Travesties
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you like Tom Stoppard, you want a fast-paced, funny, smart play about art, you want to see a send-up of The Importance of Being Earnest.

Don't see it if literary references to characters like James Joyce and Tristan Tzara are not your thing, you want a play set wholly in the present day

67
Disappointing, Overrated

See it if a burlesque interpretation of a fairy tale sounds fun; you want a light evening out

Don't see it if you want edgy burlesque or innovative movement, you're bothered by near-nudity

Also Lilin (who played the stepmother in the performance I saw) was great -... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see an engaging and thought-provoking play about issues of Deafness/representation/communication/opportunity.

Don't see it if you want something edgy or fast-paced, you want something other than a drama focused pretty tightly on a few characters

80
During previews
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to see a timely, well-written drama about a young teen dealing with the aftermath of a tragedy at her school plus normal life stuff

Don't see it if you're in the mood for something light - the plot does have moments of humor, but this isn't a comedy

89
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you're looking for great writing above all: Albee's words are what make these one-acts shine. I liked the minimalist sets, too.

Don't see it if you want something with a big cast/lots of action - each of these one-acts contains just two characters

Also I enjoyed "Homelife" more than "The Zoo Story" - the simultaneous dome... Read more Read less

72
Funny, Great staging, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if you're in the mood for a mostly-funny (though sometimes broad) comedy (sort of) that also has moments of tenderness, sorrow, and heart

Don't see it if you don't want sometimes-childish humor, you don't want to see a play about struggles with infertility

Also I really liked the set/staging of this, and found the dual storyline a... Read more Read less

72
During previews
queens
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you're up for a long and sometimes didactic show about immigrant experiences in NYC, with a strong all-female cast

Don't see it if you want less talking/more action

75
The Lesson
East Village
Great writing, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you like Ionesco, you're OK with absurdity and a bit of darkness

Don't see it if you want something fast-paced, you don't have patience for speeches that (intentionally) don't make sense

Also I felt this show lagged a bit in the middle, after a pleasantly humoro... Read more Read less

70
Drunk Shakespeare
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you're in the mood for a fast-paced Shakespearean romp with improvisation, jokes, and drinks

Don't see it if you're looking for a serious piece of theatre

78
The Mushroom Cure
East Village
Entertaining, Funny, Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you're in the mood for a funny/smart/intense one-man show about mental

Don't see it if you don't want to hear about someone's (at times intense) experiences with mental illness; you're bothered by drug use

95
America is Hard to See
Soho/Tribeca
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You're in the mood for an intelligent and absorbing piece of theater that explores sometimes-uncomfortable subjects with nuance and heart.

Don't see it if You aren't open to the idea of a show about convicted sex offenders.

89
During previews
Resonant, Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you're interested in hearing one woman's story about a time of great upheaval in her life/her family's life

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows; you don't want to see a show about having a partner who was arrested for downloading child pornography

Also Accidentally Brave is intense and moving but also manages to have mome... Read more Read less

79
Black Light
West Village
Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a cabaret-style show with songs that are loosely about our political moment, interspersed with storytelling that loosely relates

Don't see it if you want a tightly-constructed plot/a traditional show, you want something with a big cast

Also I found some of the songs really engaging and others too meandering, b... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you're in the mood for: a historical drama that's funny too, a play about a play, a strong female lead

Don't see it if you want something set in the present, or something that's short and not wordy

Also Janet McTeer as Bernhardt is really great, and I liked the history-of-... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you like your theater relevant/topical/smart, you want a show that's a serious social commentary that has moments of humor, too

Don't see it if you want something totally light, you want something very traditional

Also Elements of this show reminded me of the recent production of Caryl Ch... Read more Read less

55
During previews
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Cliched, Overrated

See it if you're in the mood for a broad British comedy, you aren't bothered by cheesy plot points

Don't see it if you're looking for something serious or deeply thought-provoking

Also I saw this on the first night of previews and felt like a lot of the h... Read more Read less

65
Fire in Dreamland
East Village
Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you're in the mood for a play that's about a troubled relationship/art/making a difference, and you have a fairly high tolerance for cliche

Don't see it if you want something fast-paced, you want a play about relationship dynamics that aren't sour

Also I liked the idea of this so much, and some of the sections describing ... Read more Read less

77
Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you're in the mood for a series of interesting loosely-connected songs

Don't see it if you're in the mood for a show with a unified plot

Also I thought the songs that told very specific character-driven stories w... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Log Cabin
Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you want a funny and thought-provoking show that explores relationships, sexuality, and privilege in interesting ways

Don't see it if LGBTQ themes bother you, or if explorations of privilege make you roll your eyes

69
During previews
Clever, Funny, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if you want an over-the-top parody of Edward Albee & Tennessee Williams; you're in the mood for a fast-paced comedy

Don't see it if you want a serious show; you're bothered by occasional heavy-handedness; you aren't into comedy that's partly about academia/literary theory

75
Singlet
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Dizzying

See it if you're in the mood for a series of sometimes zany vignettes that are more about mood/intensity than plot

Don't see it if you want a linear storyline; you're in the mood for something with a big cast (this is a two-actor show)

79
During previews
Bump
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if you're interested in multiple pregnancy-focused plotlines; you're not opposed to a play that incorporates both science and humor

Don't see it if you're looking for a single plotline or a serious drama

Also I really enjoyed the intertwining plotlines (a young pregnant woman se... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you're curious about an updated version of a Greek comedy; you want a show blending theater/dance/song that isn't exactly a musical

Don't see it if you're bothered by nudity or subtitles, you want a traditional production of this Aristophanes play

Also I really enjoyed the dance/movement aspects of the piece, particularly... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Dated

See it if you want a sometimes-funny/sometimes-moving show about neighborhood ties

Don't see it if you're not interested in an ensemble piece - though I liked how this play incorporated multiple characters and their various storylines

Also Some things felt a little dated, particularly the plotline centered on... Read more Read less

85
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if you like very smart/clever wordplay, you're in the mood for a funny/light/farcical show

Don't see it if the idea of a show in rhyming couplets makes you cringe; you want a show set in the present

90
Symphonie Fantastique
Soho/Tribeca
Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Must see, Quirky

See it if you want to see a beautiful abstract underwater puppet ballet with live piano music

Don't see it if you want your puppets anthropomorphic, or if you're looking for words or plot

84
The Low Road
East Village
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want a smart and funny ensemble show about the problems with capitalism.

Don't see it if you want a fully modern play - the action in this is largely in the 1700s, though the point is relevant to our own moment

80
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're in the mood for a sometimes-serious/sometimes-funny show with a small cast and solid acting.

Don't see it if you want something flashy or action-packed: this play is made up largely of a series of two-person conversations

69
Great staging, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you're up for a dance-party-ish experience without too much of a story

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of audience participation

Also I liked the set of this a whole lot, and thought the mix of live actio... Read more Read less

80
The Loneliest Number
Lower E Side
Ambitious, Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you're in the mood for a play about romantic relationships that are not totally conventional

Don't see it if you don't have patience for a story about characters fumbling their way through sometimes-dramatic circumstances

Also I expected this play to be more about polyamory/relationships, less ab... Read more Read less

68
Fire and Air
East Village
Ambitious, Slow

See it if you're in the mood for a sometimes funny/sometimes slow show about the Ballets Russes

Don't see it if you want character development/depth

90
Miles for Mary
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you're in the mood for a very funny ensemble piece that plays with/explores small-group dynamics

Don't see it if you're looking for something broad in plot/action: the drama here is all set in one room

72
Sleep No More
Chelsea
Ambitious, Intense, Great staging

See it if you want a visually-gorgeous immersive experience, and like the idea of moving through the show following for your whims

Don't see it if you want a linear theatrical experience/you want to sit down and watch something

98
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Delightful, Great singing, Epic

See it if you want a slice of the Revolutionary War with brilliant lyrics; you want to see what the hype is all about

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

79
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if You're looking for a family story with a lot of humor, and don't mind a little bit of heavy-handedness.

Don't see it if You're not looking to laugh, or you're not in the mood for a story about adult siblings.