Helene 6331

Manhattan | Female

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Reviews (59)
60
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Very moderately amusing

See it if You want to spend hours with an unlikeable, selfish but intelligent character.

Don't see it if If you don’t.

60
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Disappointing, inert, weak

See it if You want to explore the despotism that is Uganda, nonsensical beliefs subscribed to and promoted regardless of their human cost.

Don't see it if A bullying pastor (sermon included) is your idea of unbearable.

60
Grim, predictable, a talent for unhappiness

See it if You don't mind a story you know will end badly.

Don't see it if A tale of vicious exploitation at a son's expense will repel you.

49
Tedious, does not compute

See it if You've no objection to straw men.

Don't see it if You'll find a holocaust survivor blind to certain parallels singularly unlikely.

91
Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Powerful, outstanding plays, well acted, are why you go to the theater. If you too feel Arthur Miller never disappoints.

Don't see it if Light entertainment is all you want.

Also Well worth the walk up four flights, the uncomfortable chairs, bare bo... Read more Read less

86
All Our Children
East Village
Exceptional acting, well paced

See it if Serious drama and history are the reason you go to the theater.

Don't see it if You think the past is irrelevant. You only like happy endings.

85
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Memorable, affecting

See it if You like powerful drama. An amusing first act turns serious and tragic. Superb acting.

Don't see it if You want light comedy.

59
Embarrassing first act, improves in the second

See it if If, like many who attended, you are acquainted with the cast or writer.

Don't see it if You find characters of apparently zero intelligence an embarrassment to women everywhere.

Also While the second act is more interesting, overall, the behavior of the... Read more Read less

77
Entertaining

See it if You are interested in Heidigger's cowardice under totalitarianism. You'll be inspired by Cassirer's clear sightedness.

Don't see it if You expect some of Arendt's brilliant insights, this is about their affair, with predictable, if entertaining scenes.

Also Arendt's attraction to this creature remains a mystery, though it is s... Read more Read less

82
Days to Come
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You like thoughtful period pieces. This one's about labor in the '30s, strike-breaking and naiveté. Family drama, maliciously amusing.

Don't see it if serious topics don't appeal to you. You dislike period pieces, have no interest in Hellman.

Also Kept you interested, with only a brief stretch towards the end where i... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Get the Boat
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in the diificult decision to abort.

Don't see it if you are indifferent to the pain and anguish of this decision.

Also Ends a bit abruptly, but covers its material well.

82
During previews
Dan Cody's Yacht
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if Vivid drama about the attitudes, hopes and expectations of the hungry for suceess contrasted with the have nots. Great sets add depth.

Don't see it if You are indifferent to questions of Individual and parental aspirations, prestige.

69
Pollock
Lower E Side
Disappointing

See it if You'd like to know more about Pollock's grasp of the effects of his fame.

Don't see it if If you expect something truly personal. The actors address the audience rather than each other.

87
Very funny, emotional, touching

See it if You want terrific one liners, hilariously entertaining and you can respect honest emotion, the naked longing for love. A treat.

Don't see it if You think everything that happened 35 years ago is dated.

70
During previews
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Superficial, lightweight but oh what a set!

See it if You'll enjoy a frivolous, but lightweight show. If you want to see Uma looking beautiful. Blair Brown is very fine. And the set is fabulous.

Don't see it if If you expect depth, or a serious political play.

Also Set in a lovely townhouse with moldings your heart will yearn for.

74
During previews
Exceptional acting, farcical, lots of shrieking

See it if An irreverent take on Austen appeals

Don't see it if You abominate farce - even so, it's hard to ruin Austen. She shines through any interpretation.

Also Similar in style and structure to this author's take on Sense and Sens... Read more Read less

70
Shadowlands
Midtown W
Some charm but the preaching diminishes it

See it if A mild evening is on your list, full of wit and charm, though marred by its Christian pretenses.

Don't see it if An abrasive version of Joy will disappoint you. You'll be shocked by the sudden collapse of acting skills in its final moment.

79
During previews
Diary of a Madman
Midtown W
Great acting

See it if You appreciate fine acting.

Don't see it if His final descent into madness will be too discomfitting. If seats that don't quite stay in place if you move will be too uncomfortable.

Also You may well be initially charmed by his first delusions regarding dog... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Tragic, absorbing

See it if You like good period drama. A joyous effervescent family transforms. Nineteen years later, their fates are bitter.

Don't see it if If you dislike tragedy.

Also The consequences of small dislikes and envy, of socia and personal att... Read more Read less

78
Delightful, Great singing

See it if A pleasant, upbeat, necessarily brief overview of history, encompassing hope and hard times. Sometimes hilarious too.

Don't see it if Existential gloom is your preference. You hate musicals.

Also This is the America of hope and unity.

87
Arcadia (PTP)
Chelsea
Witty, entertaining

See it if you are enchanted by amusing period pieces, don't mind shifts to the present, enjoy intelligent drama

Don't see it if You don't like talky plays.

70
Kim's Convenience
Midtown W
Funny, Amusing, predictable

See it if You are interested in family dynamics, sometimes sad, often amusing, if mildly so. You appreciate fine acting. You want a pleasant night.

Don't see it if A predictable plot is anathema to you. You loathe Archie Bunker, prefer musicals.

68
During previews
The Enchantment
Soho/Tribeca
Intense, Banal

See it if You want to relive the suffering and blindness of young love. If you don't mind a predictable ending.

Don't see it if If not.

73
The Lucky One
Midtown W
Great acting

See it if You like drawing room plays. Has charm, is an engrossing tale of painful sibling rivalry, but feels unfinished.

Don't see it if You dislike period pieces.

89
Resonant, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You like great drama. Greed, ambition, vengeance. The forces arrayed against women.

Don't see it if You're not interested in serious drama.

Also The NY Times review, for once, described this play perfectly. Laura Li... Read more Read less

72
During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Doesn't ring quite true

See it if You like political plays, but be aware it's not a patch on All the Way.

Don't see it if RLBJ's political genius reduced to one trick/stretches involved to make it relevant today will collide with your accurate historical sense.

69
Hannah Senesh
Financial
Overacted adolescence

See it if You can wait for its moving ending.

Don't see it if If bumptious adolescence will grate.

88
All My Sons
Midtown W
Tremendous, great acting, potent, absorbing

See it if You appreciate Arthur Miller. Very satisfying, like all his work.

Don't see it if Serious themes, well done, don't interest you.

74
Ink
Midtown W
A base and ugly tale, well staged

See it if You're interested in Murdoch's rise, his techniques and how they created today's political atmosphere.

Don't see it if Don't see if you're unconcerned about the deep political divisions today, don't want to know how it was done.

Also Second act much stronger. Some of the dialogue is shouted and hard to ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Squalor and ignorance

See it if The agony of ignorance and squalor is something you can bear. Brilliant set.

Don't see it if You find the damage done by an eternally adolescent, unsympathetic pater familias unwothy of your attention.

89
During previews
Vilna
Midtown W
Agonizing, riveting

See it if You can bear being inside hideous moral dilemmas, where there are no good choices. Fine acting, capturing every shade on the ethical wheel.

Don't see it if If you think the past doesn't impact the present.

70
Operation Crucible
Midtown W
Moderately interesting, well acted

See it if you'll delight in men who take great, patriotic and intensely joyous pride in making steel. Set during the blitz of Sheffield.

Don't see it if You can't relate to the somewhat trite problems of working class men concerned with measuring up to standards of bravery and masculinity.

Also Rises in spots, wherever individuality shines through. Noisy. Accents ... Read more Read less

69
Travisville
Midtown W
Eloquent but flat

See it if You like serious topics. This one is about politics, race, fear ahd violence.

Don't see it if You want theater to move you. Only a few minutes in the second act have any emotional power, thanks to Lynette R. Freeman.

Also A potent topic that missed its mark. ... Read more Read less

68
The Winning Side
Midtown W
Disturbing

See it if you want a portrait of a man of ambition and no scruples, managing his reputation.

Don't see it if Hearing him deny ever seeing the deaths of 20,000 of the people forced into slave labor for his project will disgust you.

Also You may be most disturbed by our country's importing these monsters an... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Private Peaceful
Midtown W
Predictable, then soars

See it if You're interested in the tragedies, cruelties and irrationality of war, as they impact a 16 year old.

Don't see it if If the very predictable feelings of a 16 year old boy will bore you.

Also Rather dull, but suddenly soars and becomes absorbing in the last few ... Read more Read less

85
Conflict
Midtown W
Charming, delightful, upbeat

See it if You want to be charmed by a political play of the 1920s.

Don't see it if You dislike period pieces or hate political plays, are not interested in class differences.

Also The set promises interesting drama and delivers it, too. The first act... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Superb, intelligent, entertaining

See it if You like well done, thoughtful political plays.

Don't see it if You are bored by mere talk.

85
During previews
Hindle Wakes
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You'll enjoy a thoughtful period piece. Not an upper class drawing room comedy, but set in a Lancashire mill town during Wakes week.

Don't see it if If northern English accents irritate you, if attitudes of the past bore you.

Also The play juxtaposes 1912 attitudes about marriage and sex, running the... Read more Read less

40
During previews
The Children
Midtown W
Grim, dispiriting, dull

See it if You think we need environmental lessons. If flashes of humor suffice.

Don't see it if Doomed characters nattering on, often inaudibly, are not the people you want to spend an evening with. Charmless.

70
During previews
A Deal
Chelsea
Comedic tragedy

See it if You want to see the work of a playwright with talent for complex, shifting points of view. An interesting if imperfect evening.

Don't see it if You think you might collapse under the weight of too many themes.

Also Amusing political misunderstandings, an old love popping up that leads... Read more Read less

73
Dramatic, assaultive, noisy

See it if You want powerful drama. Based however, on misrepresentation of the law as irrational and unjust, as is sadly standard in film and tv.

Don't see it if You are disturbed by law manipulated to appear unfair, if you understand doing so undermines the rule of law. Very dangerous.

Also Enjoyably dramatic, but a lack of intent to kill means Cruz committed ... Read more Read less

88
Snow
Midtown W
Riveting

See it if Three very dark tales of rape, murder and incest, seamlessly entwined round the familiar Snow White story, intrigue.

Don't see it if If it would pain you to see women monstrously abused and blamed besides.

75
During previews
Junk
Upper W Side
Absorbing, not entirely entertaining

See it if You appreciate Ahktar's excellent ear for what people really say, if his work interests you. Fine cast.

Don't see it if You are looking for heroes or much character development. If you frown on the very human desire for wealth. If you want Arthur Miller.

Also Lacks momentum. Interestingly, only the protagonist shows any integrit... Read more Read less

89
Marvelous, tragic, absorbing

See it if You want to be fascinated by a hypnotic, wise and glamorous woman, hurtling towards tragedy.

Don't see it if You have no interest in Karen Blixen. The fact that Act I coud benefit from an additional intermission would make you restive.

Also The tufted sofas represent the age and modesty of the family property,... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Delightful, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You want a wonderful theatrical experience. Entertaining as well as moving, each play is a gem. Best of the Mint.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals. But see it even if you are indifferent to one act plays, these are excellent.

Also The plays increase in seriousness as they unfold, the final one crushi... Read more Read less

25
Excruciating, A form of purgatory, hot too!

See it if You don't object to a no exit scenario with doomed characters. Or to long waits for information.

Don't see it if You object to the deliberate turning off of air conditioning - this theater gets hot. The actors drip with sweat.

Also In the end, all you can think of is how uncomfortable the seats are. ... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Of Human Bondage
Midtown W
Clever staging, excruciating self destruction

See it if A tale of obssession and poor choices interests you. Act II will reward your patience.

Don't see it if You can't bear the pain of watching the protagonist self destruct in Act One.

79
Raw Bacon from Poland
Lower E Side
Absorbing, Cliched

See it if An evening of mostly absorbing drama about PTSD interests you. There's little boredom here.

Don't see it if If you are put off by an aggressive protagonist and a cliched ending.

Also The protagonist is angry, violent and rebellious, in denial, and very ... Read more Read less

82
The Roundabout
Midtown E
Clever

See it if If you enjoy witty, amusing drawing room comedy

Don't see it if If you loathe period pieces.

Also Very strong first act, light, amusing and entertaining. But the second... Read more Read less

65
God of Vengeance
Midtown W
Excruciating

See it if If you're undisturbed by Judaism presented as a mere mass of debased superstition.

Don't see it if Characters with no ethical center trouble you.

Also A Yiddish speaking audience in 1908 would have understood that the ver... Read more Read less