HELEN 9171

New York City

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Reviews (39)
100
During previews
Intelligent, Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy brilliant reinventions of unseen classics by The Music Man’s creator. Superb acting/storytelling/staging of fascinating true story

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals or true tales of female heroism or love stories

78
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Resonant, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if You enjoy brilliant staging & don't require layered acting or writing that isn't secondhand or focus beyond a narrow subset of gay men ONLY.

Don't see it if One or two superb performances won't suffice, and you have already seen every prior (better) gay play focused on AIDS devastation.

100
Resonant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You're open to explorations of loneliness, connection, mortality and the magic of creative inspiration, starring one of our best actors, MLP

Don't see it if Open-ended, unconventional and ambiguous plot twists upset you. Or if you don't like idiosyncratic and unconventional staging/storytelling.

93
The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if You appreciate ingenious inventive adaptations of revered but problematic plays, and mostly very fine acting

Don't see it if The inability to fully clarify and update a “female hysteria” blame-the-victim plot line will destroy your pleasure in what does work

71
Entertaining, Ambitious, Resonant

See it if You're interested in some history of how politics played a part in a Motown legend, and if you like great music & charismatic performers

Don't see it if You don't like formula, sentiment, or it bothers you to see something that's not quite a copy and not quite a tribute.

Also The actors were tired the night I saw this, so the first act was a bit... Read more Read less

44
During previews
Banal, Indulgent, Insipid, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You like stories about young people, modern takes on mythology, some nice singing, camp staging and silly comedy

Don't see it if You prefer sophisticated storytelling and intelligent lyrics

29
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Dated, Offensive, Overrated, Cliched, Raunchy

See it if You are thrilled by toxic masculinity or shows that bring up hot-button issues but soft-pedal any real exploration of them

Don't see it if You are tired of stories about repellent men behaving badly toward younger more attractive women who inexplicably find them irresistible

92
During previews
Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Resonant, Clever

See it if You like classics filtered through an audacious modern sensibility. Actors go all-in for this high concept adaptation, to moving effect

Don't see it if You fear high comedy-high drama scenery chewing

92
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Resonant, Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You’re curious about buried history at the intersection of baseball and feminism. Clever staging, stirring politics.

Don't see it if It frustrates you to not always understand a heavily accented actor. You aren’t interested in gender and racial politics

64
Quirky, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You like reinventions, even if unsuccessful Exciting to see an all African-American cast and fab Danielle Brooks in a vaguely modern take

Don't see it if You need clarity, consistent acting or a cast that makes Shakespearean language comprehensible

71
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Overrated, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You like heady British acting and clever if self-conscious staging. Intriguing immigrant tale, though less gripping as it got less specific

Don't see it if You like dramatized rather than talky stories & prefer emotional subtext to showiness. If you're bothered by (1) bad American accent

69
Ambitious, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You're a Tennessee Williams completist. You appreciate good intentions and don't mind inconsistent Southern accents.

Don't see it if You're underwhelmed by adequate acting and unimaginative staging. A wasted opportunity--or maybe just a lesser play.

78
Dying City
Midtown W
Disappointing, Quirky, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy puzzles about relationships & toxic masculinity, and actors able to play twins convincingly

Don't see it if You're frustrated by odd staging choices, flat acting & underwritten characters that squander a show's potential.

98
Hilarious, Riveting, Resonant, Relevant, Must see

See it if You like intelligent comedy told unconventionally & care about the unique experiences of girls/women in our culture and saving our democracy

Don't see it if You need a traditional narrative, are disturbed by sexual abuse tales or get impatient with monologues or (minor) audience participation

72
Entertaining, Relevant, Raunchy, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if You like meta pieces that mess with Shakespeare and current events, with three fine comic actors sometimes reaching hilarious heights

Don't see it if You're offended by endless penis gags and puerile puns, or screaming and farce exhaust you

75
Mismatched, Disappointing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy overreaching productions of great plays. If youdon't mind a Shakespeare production whose actors all seem to be in different plays,

Don't see it if You don't enjoy shouty acting and attempts to be clever at the expense of the original piece

69
Nomad Motel
Chelsea
Topical, Heavy-handed, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if You enjoy well-meaning drama about people striving to make it in the world despite financial and other obstacles

Don't see it if You have a problem with unsubtle acting and plot points

97
BLKS
Midtown W
Entertaining, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Riveting

See it if You like highly original, entertaining and nuanced comic plays from a perspective rarely seen: women of color and fluid sexuality

Don't see it if You're offended by frank sexuality or have no interest in women's lives taking center stage

92
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Touching, Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like provocative meta takes on Chekov and plays that address love and life's meaning

Don't see it if You don't like (minimal) audience addresses or self-referential pieces

97
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Original, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You like thrilling and audacious retelling of history, gorgeous music

Don't see it if You can't take very quick moving wordy songs

62
Ambitious, Intense, Overrated, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You appreciate an ambitious staging of a serious topic and don’t mind confusing overlaps in dialogue and unsubtle acting and messaging

Don't see it if You want to learn anything new about the effects of suicide Over generations or are annoyed by heavy handed messaging and uneven acting

91
Happy Birthday Doug
Soho/Tribeca
Dizzying, Great writing, Hilarious, Great acting, Clever

See it if you enjoy an actor's tour de force channeling characters both wildly exaggerated and hilariously true-to-life

Don't see it if you can't take one-person shows or raw lightning-fast comedy or explicit gayness

95
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Sweet, Great acting, Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy talented actors inhabiting family dysfunction in familiar but clever, funny and sometimes moving ways.

Don't see it if You can't bear occasionally broad acting or plays that occasionally truck in familiar cliches.

27
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Uneven, Overwrought, Hysterical, Frenzied

See it if You have to see any adaptations of Tennessee Williams’ work

Don't see it if You can’t abide intermittently terrible acting and hammy fake accents

72
Imagining Madoff
Midtown W
Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if A compelling look at a true con man in an imagined encounter, intelligently conceived, is your kind of theater

Don't see it if You can’t see past some miscasting and overacting to the potential of a show

79
During previews
Soft Power
East Village
Great staging, Quirky, Resonant, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You haven't recovered from the 2016 election and are open to eccentric fantastical treatment of complex subjects.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy plays not fully formed or ones with occasional broad humor, pastiche or that don't make the most of an audacious premise.

Also A bit undercooked though superbly performed; the musical numbers are b... Read more Read less

87
Bar Dykes
Soho/Tribeca
Slow, Romantic, Resonant, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You’re interested in gay- and female-driven slices of life and a window into history, gorgeous costumes and ingenious staging

Don't see it if You need an active plot and a story with male protagonists

69
Heavy-handed, Great music, Slow, Edgy

See it if You have a big appetite for flat-affect genderqueer absurdism. If pretty costumes/cleve staging can overcome a deadly deadpan script

Don't see it if You have no tolerance for one-note absurdist comedy and cliched Jewish parents shtick

98
The Baby Monitor
East Village
Nuanced, Great staging, Relevant, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy complex, layered storytelling about LGBTQ subjects, fine acting and directing, and surprising depth rather than clichés

Don't see it if You have no tolerance for tolerance! Or LGBTQ humans

80
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great singing

See it if You love catchy music exquisitely sung by Kelly O'Hara, Shakespearean frenemy courtships, plays within plays, and silly comedy

Don't see it if You're exasperated by uneven acting and singing

90
Silly, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Effervescent pop music (Go-Gos) and playful messing with old fashioned cliches appeals to you

Don't see it if You like your theatre more somber and substantial

91
Intelligent, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You find the classic story still holds power and is still timely. If you enjoy clever staging and fine acting.

Don't see it if You find it frustrating when African-American characters are relegated to secondary roles even in civil-rights dramas.

Also To me the victimized man at the center of this was not given as much d... Read more Read less

61
Sexist, Uneven, Confusing, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if You like updated/countryfied traditional musicals, talented musicians onstage, and don't mind meh singers and underwhelming/creepy actors

Don't see it if Slightly rape-y sexual politics and ugly racial politics muddy your enjoyment.

70
Unsubtle, Heavy-handed, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if You enjoy beautiful music from African culture, wonderful acting and a hint of the absorbing story from the original novel

Don't see it if You're not a fan of obvious on-the-nose lyrics, simplistic plotlines, and religious iconography. Or violent racist bullies using the N-word

72
Cliched, Sentimental, Overrated, Great acting

See it if You enjoy seeing a diverse and talented cast make the most of an somewhat Pollyanna-ish telling of an unusual story

Don't see it if You can't stand serious true history reframed as an uplifting feel-good story that minimizes death and 9/11

80
Romantic, Resonant, Relevant, Clever, Great acting

See it if You like larger-than-life comic divas with great voices and a sweet romance with a message of tolerance

Don't see it if You have a problem with comedy that's over the top and hits current events, including interracial and LGBTQ issues

90
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Hilarious, Great writing, Clever

See it if You like clever comedy, a touching romance, and wonderfully fizzy comic acting including a tour de force from Santino Fontana

Don't see it if You want a carbon copy of the movie or you aren't a fan of farce or messages and women and men in today's world

64
Intense, Overrated, Raunchy, Disappointing

See it if You like great actors stretching past their comfort zones, and plays that address thorny issues of sex and love

Don't see it if You're made uncomfortable by nudity, raw sexuality and the message that No can mean Yes

92
Creative, Enchanting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You like an all-consuming theatrical experience that takes you out of this world, with gorgeous music and (mostly) great performances

Don't see it if You don't like loud music or somewhat bland romantic leads