HeidiGibson

New York City
About:  Plays are important, everyone needs to get back to going to the theatre. That is where you will find yourself. Let's keep making good theatre, that keeps people coming back for more.
Reviews (77)
80
Great staging, Enchanting, Engaging, Magical, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a really beautiful King Lear, you want to understand the play, you enjoy Shakespeare and music and literature, adaptations

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare purist, you don’t enjoy Shakespeare, if you get antsy the show is long, you’re impatient or not a good listener

Also After such a poor Broadway production of King Lear, this one is so exc... Read more Read less

72
Superficial, Parody, Great acting, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy Chekhov and want to have a laugh, if you want to see some funny actors shine, to see some inside jokes for theatre people

Don't see it if Not interested in Chekhov, looking for something with more depth, want your money’s worth, not interested in parodies

63
During previews
Funny, Disappointing, Safe rendition, Cliched

See it if You are into bland classic Shakespeare set in a post-apocalyptic future, if you like the play it is worth a see since it’s not done often

Don't see it if You are looking for a refreshing take of this play or anything revolutionary about it or any sort of relevance

79
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if To see powerhouse actors give such rich performances, a riveting play that still stands the rest of time, beautiful love story

Don't see it if Looking for something over the top, this play is quiet but beautiful, don’t go if you are looking for glam, this play is subtle

78
Classic, Standard, Funny, Romantic

See it if You enjoy classic Shakespeare, very lovely and simplistic, sweet, and for those with an open heart

Don't see it if Looking for something that bends the genre, looking for something more modern and edgy, this is not Shakespeare with a take

82
BLKS
Midtown W
Refreshing, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if you are down for a good time and open to super modern and animated character, a refreshing take, my jaw hurt from smiling too much

Don't see it if Looking for something more traditional, it’s not very romantic or slow paced so you must be on the ride, this show takes off right away

Also The use of the set, how the characters interact with it, is fantastic.... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Poetic, Heartbreaking, Fascinating characters, Funny, Sizzling

See it if To see an excellent staging of this play, a classic Pulitzer worthy piece of drama that still rings so true, beautifully written characters

Don't see it if You are expecting something fast, this is a slow burn, still just as powerful, if you’re not a fan of Shepard, or looking for something new

Also I feel like it is such a gift that Signature has brought this fantasti... Read more Read less

68
Confusing, Funny, Thought-provoking, Some good performances, Muddy concept

See it if You enjoy seeing the different ways to interpret Shakespeare, Glenda Jackson is fun to watch play this role (see if you are a fan of her)

Don't see it if Not interested in the story or don’t like Lear, not a Shakespeare fan, want a classical approach to the text

Also Really upset when they put untrained actors in a Shakespeare play espe... Read more Read less

76
During previews
The Convent
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great design, Great staging, Ambitious, Magical

See it if Wanted to love this more, there is lots of lovely theatre magic happening here, short and poignant, some beautiful feminist themes, images

Don't see it if Not into a play about spirituality, ensemble driven plays, it doesn’t seem quite finished, big ideas not always well executed in the writing

72
During previews
God Said This
West Village
Funny, Good acting, Interesting, Disappointing

See it if To hear a sweet story about family, there are some touching moments, good actors overall, set in modern Kentucky which is really interesting

Don't see it if It’s not the most profound story I have ever seen, but it is enjoyable, don’t come looking to see innovation

81
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Hilarious, Indulgent, Slapstick, Splendid, Great acting

See it if It is now closed but what a wonderful show, so freaking funny I was dying of laughter which is really important these days

Don't see it if It’s very 70s/80s New York, little bit of charactures, not completely true to life but so funny

88
Usual Girls
Midtown W
Exquisite, Excruciating, Profound, Resonant, Feminist

See it if You want to see the female experience told horrifically and beautifully stage, relatable stories about girls and women, explosive theatre

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with nudity, sexual trauma, loud music, but all of this overall is very tastefully done so it’s worth it

77
Fireflies
Chelsea
Intense, Beautiful set, Powerful acting, Flowery writing, Weak plot

See it if to see a wonderful set and to see a meaningful story, great acting on both the actors parts, very relevant content to right now

Don't see it if some really intense topics in this show so be wary of that, gets dark really fast, the writing doesn't really help with the dark material

Also Loved Sugar in Our Wounds and this one was really good as well but not... Read more Read less

69
Fascinating, Confusing, Exciting, Funny, For chekhov lovers

See it if you love the text of R&J and Uncle Vanya because there are some really clever moments in this, you like experimental, absurdist theatre

Don't see it if you are looking for something traditional, IT'S LONNNNGGG, not into meshing two plays that don't really go together, not a fan of classics

80
During previews
The Niceties
Midtown W
Great writing, Relevant, Refreshing, Great acting, Rumbling

See it if You are interested in seeing a discourse between two smart women, very good writing, relevant writing that isn’t cliched

Don't see it if You aren’t willing to listen to talk of politics and the way history has been taught in this country, not into 2 handers w/ little plot

83
During previews
Lewiston/Clarkston
West Village
Fun, Ambitious, Great writing, Refreshing, Experiential

See it if You want to see 2 lovely plays about Idaho and the people in one go, SAM HUNTER is a wonderful writer, Clarkston is well worth the wait

Don't see it if Not down for 3.5 hours, looking for flashy theatre, not genuinely interested in the subject matter

Also You have to stay for Clarkston no matter what...what a beautiful play ... Read more Read less

86
Holy Ghosts
Chelsea
Riveting, Unusual, Intense, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see a story that you rarely ever see get told, thoughtful and detailed directing, brave actors

Don't see it if you are judgmental about religion or Southerners, you are looking for something light hearted

Also Went into this play not knowing I would like it so much. What an unusu... Read more Read less

72
Fun, Good actors, Clever, Long, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy clever ways of doing Shakespeare, you want to see some food fights, some funny mechanicals!

Don't see it if you don't want to see yet another Midsummer..., you don't like longer cuts of Shakespeare shows

91
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Powerful, Earth shaking

See it if an excellent & relevant period piece with beautiful performances, direction, and a fantastic set, if you want to see sharp fresh directing

Don't see it if you aren't into historical dramas however this one is very pertinent to what we are still going through so it is worth your while

Also Lileana Blain-Cruz is a masterful director. Time and time again she pr... Read more Read less

78
Devil of Choice
West Village
Great acting, Great writing, Thrilling, Funny, Artful

See it if You like new thrilling plays with great actors to support it, small intimate theatre with lots of complexity & depth, 85 mins and flies by!

Don't see it if Not into marital dramas, looking for something bigger scale

60
Corny, Outdated, Good actors, Quirky

See it if You want to see a play about housing in the nyc area and if you want to see select few good actors make bad writing so much more bareable

Don't see it if You don’t have an hour and a half to kill, you find annoying actor/narrators obnoxious like me, can’t ignore weak writing

Also If I have to see a male white actor narrate a play the whole entire ti... Read more Read less

75
King Lear (BAM)
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Great acting, Cliched, Interesting design

See it if You have never seen a production and want to see a language heavy production of Lear, Edmund’s speeches, you enjoy Anthony Sher

Don't see it if You are looking to see a new or refreshing take, you want to see an edge -of-your-seat thrilling production, you get bored very quickly

77
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you like plays that are about current issues and are interested by the different perspectives no matter how it is executed

Don't see it if triggered by current events involving school violence, looking for fluffy, you are a gun owner (or maybe do see it)

78
During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Moving, Dated, Great acting

See it if You want to learn more about the deaf community, you want to see a few terrific performances, you liked the film or haven’t seen it

Don't see it if You don’t have interest in Deaf culture, you don’t get a good price for the ticket, you aren’t into commercializing this subject matter

58
Education
Midtown E
Problematic, Redundant, Interesting

See it if you want a very general liberal opinion about the world with very little complexity, you want to see a few good performances

Don't see it if you are looking for more depth in theatre

Also Matthew Boston is probably the only reason to see this show...and mayb... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Uneven, Immersive, Fun, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You are ready to be a part of an immersive show, you love Poe’s work and want to hear it delivered very well, you like creepy fun

Don't see it if Not ready to run around and take part in the experience, don’t like talking to actors or interacting, this is not quite Sleep No More

77
Rinse, Repeat
Midtown W
Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

See it if Material about a very important issue that doesn’t get talked about, you want to learn about eating disorders, lovely careful performances

Don't see it if If eating disorders is a triggering topic for you but this show doesn't glorify it, if you're looking for humor, this Isn't the play for you

62
Entertaining, Overrated, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy over the top cliche musicals, like big scale entertainment with lots of flair, if you enjoy digestible American mainstream theatre

Don't see it if You liked the movie. Or if you don’t enjoy stereotypes, looking for something with depth and darkness, then this is not your play.

82
Fairview
Brooklyn
Must see, Intense, Excruciating, Great staging, Powerful

See it if You are looking for a piece of theatre that defines our world today, a theatre experience you won’t soon forget, race is examined full on

Don't see it if You are feeling overwhelmed by current state of events and how race interplays with that, if you are looking for something comfortable

76
Passage
Soho/Tribeca
Resonant, Economical, Great direction, Thoughtful, Moving

See it if You are interested in how we connect in divided times, you have an interest in politics in theatre, see it to go on a journey

Don't see it if Not interested in politics or foreign relations, looking for something straightforward, not interested in topics like colonialism

Also A play that takes you on different paths and takes many turns. At firs... Read more Read less

69
Good acting, Confusing, Absorbing, Great design, Sensory

See it if You’re interested in apocalyptic content, you like intimate and creative works, you like plays about memories, short and sweet

Don't see it if This play can get a little abstract and confusing at times so you have to be a patient audience member, not interested in sci-fi

87
Beautiful, Wickedly smart, Relevant, Important, Meaningful

See it if you want to hear a well crafted piece of theatre that defies even the art form itself and brings us all together, want to learn and grow

Don't see it if looking for something more flashy or with more spectacle, but then again, maybe this is what you should actually be seeing instead

79
During previews
Hilarious, Great writing, Thrilling, Delightful, Excellent acting

See it if You are fans of Paul Dano and Ethan Hawke, enjoy Sam Shepherd, enjoy badass performances that are truly hilarious, fascinating characters

Don't see it if This is not a crazy different rendition of this play, very standard, not interested in Sam Shepherd’s western style of writing

83
During previews
Mies Julie
East Village
Great acting, Layered, Profound, Excruciating, Great staging

See it if If reimagined classics are your thing, you must see this play, intense and brutal, race, gender, class dynamics, jam packed!

Don't see it if Sensitive to sexual situations, violent, brutal

Also Such a stunning and layered adaptation of this play. Wow. Just wow. Th... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Behind the Sheet
Midtown W
Great design, Great staging, Intense, Eye opening, Great writing

See it if very dark and informative about some really tough times, really uncomfortable theatre in a GOOD way, very important messages in this one

Don't see it if this does take place during slavery so if that is triggering keep that in mind, not looking for something dark, sensitive to miscarriage

77
Noura
Midtown W
Great writing, Poetic, Fascinating, Refreshing

See it if To see a very interesting story that is very well written and not a story you have seen before on stage, Heather Raffo is wonderful

Don't see it if Not into an intellectual drama, if you’re looking for something explosive, it’s very slow slow burn drama that takes patience and grace

65
Roller Dynasty
Midtown W
Quirky, Banal, Entertaining, Confusing direction, Roller skating!

See it if You want to see a fun little show with roller skating! Funky music and I enjoyed some of the quirky writing, funny actors!

Don't see it if Don’t expect to see enormous depth but it’s fun, actors give a very low stakes performance so it’s hard to get behind the characters

90
Funny, Deep, Feminist, Exquisite acting, directing, writing, Must see

See it if Perfect show honestly, it’s short and sweet, these ladies are badass! don’t want to miss their story, theatre that changes the game

Don't see it if Not looking for something that can get dark, girls being mean to each other (like the title), SEE IT

78
Travisville
Midtown W
Great writing, Great acting, Meaningful, Historical, Relevant

See it if to see a really tight show with great actors and a deeply meaningful script, felt a little long to me sometimes but other times it flew by

Don't see it if you are not interested in the subject matter because you want to really be able to listen & be present to all the history, not a light piece

65
During previews
India Pale Ale
Midtown W
Confusing, Relevant, Slow, Didactic, Interesting writing

See it if To see a different story told in a very unique way, to see a couple good performances, to see some fascinating staging

Don't see it if You aren’t looking for something preachy or the message being spoon fed to you in the last 5 mins, not into the fourth wall breaking

80
During previews
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Epic, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you want to know more about Irish culture and especially during an important point in their history, you love language and good writing

Don't see it if it is long so just know that going in, you are not interested in Irish history, not down for long monologues

80
During previews
Dizzying, Powerful, Timely

See it if you want to see some real hard hitting relevant content, powerhouse actress do great work, to see fresh voices, funny stuff!

Don't see it if you are into something more traditional and cookie cutter, not into politics, not about new ways of telling stories

78
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Funny

See it if Hope this comes back someday! Very enchanting show and trippy! The performers who played Marie was absolutely magnifying

Don't see it if Could have used maybe a little more script love but really wonderful overall!

91
During previews
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Important, Beautiful

See it if I don’t care who you are, see this please. All the elements of great theatre merge together to create a play full of power and beauty.

Don't see it if You get triggered by some really hard topics having to do with slavery, but it is done tastefully and truthfully, I promise.

Also Finally, a show at MTC that is relevant and moving. They have a histor... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Dan Cody's Yacht
Midtown W
Boring, Slow, Irrelevant, Dated

See it if I honestly can’t really think of anything. Maybe if you like extremely waspy theatre. Maybe if family dramas are your thing.

Don't see it if You are looking for anything of any real substance, you get bored by family dramas about switching school systems & a white man’s nostalgia

82
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Hilarious, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if You enjoy Kenneth Lonergan’s humor & writing, to see convos about still very topical issues by interesting people, great acting all around

Don't see it if You don’t like Michael Cera’s humor (but he’s so funny I swear), expecting lots of plot twists (this play is about the people)

50
Surfer Girl
Lower E Side
Banal, Pointless, Quirky, Cliched

See it if you have an hour of your life to kill, you enjoy Leslye Headland's interesting point of view in her work, acting is good but sterotypical

Don't see it if you like Leslye Headland's work (it will disappoint), you want to see something profound, you'd rather see more deep work about women

82
During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You enjoy Adam Rapp,you like intimate plays with mystery, you like work that isn’t your typical mainstream show, you like one person shows

Don't see it if You don’t like writing with provocative subject matter, you’re uncomfortable with small intimate plays, you’re expecting something neat

Also Adam Rapp is so wonderful, he captures the worst in people which is so... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Dutch Masters
East Village
Absorbing, Thrilling, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Must see. Short & sweet. Flies by in the best way. See it if you like dynamic plays about very important race topics. Great production.

Don't see it if You're looking for something more fully fleshed out, it's only 80 minutes, but you won't be disappointed! Don't care about race relations.

55
During previews
Entertaining, Fluffy, Indulgent, Irrelevant, Funny

See it if You are interested in space, you wants some good laughs, you want to see a handful of talented actors make a mediocre script less mediocre

Don't see it if You are sensitive around the topic of miscarriage, you know a lot about space and are looking for accuracy in science

Also This play’s humor is probably the best thing about it. There is a char... Read more Read less