Helene 6331

Manhattan | Female

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Reviews (66)
Absorbing, fast paced

See it if You like serious drama. Very strong first act, second a little weaker. You won’t be bored, though.

Don't see it if You find it hard to pay close attention, if you’d prefer something light, cheerful and happy go lucky.

Hand to God
Midtown W

See it if You want to laugh until your sides hurt. See it even if you are usually indifferent to comedy.

Don't see it if If you are offended by religion mocked, by obscenity.

During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Loosely based on howard’s end

See it if Some poignant moments in a tale of anguished, self seeking loves will please. A pleasant enough evening.

Don't see it if You’ll object to loves entwined with real estate and status seeking, are not interested in the ethics of a post AIDS world.

Power Strip
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in a desperate, determined, brave escape from patriarchy.

Don't see it if The sordid life and even more sordid behavior of the men in this Syrian refugee camp leaves you yawning.

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 LBJ's political genius reduced to one trick/stretches involved to make it relevant today will collide with your accurate historical sense.

Hannah Senesh
Overacted adolescence

See it if You can wait for its moving ending.

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

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.

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

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.

During previews
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.

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

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

The Winning Side
Midtown W

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

During previews
A Deal
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

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

Midtown W

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.

During previews
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

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

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

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

The Crucible
Midtown W
Trivializing, pointless

See it if You think The Crucible needs “updating”.

Don't see it if If a production that trivializes a great work to no purpose or effect will bore, annoy or distress you.

Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Idiotic humor

See it if If you think older people talking about sex is a hoot in and of itself. If you can wait for the much stronger, more interesting second act.

Don't see it if Raucous laughter by much of the audience at unfunny lines will grate on your nerves.

Intelligent, some great dialogue

See it if You don’t mind endless monologues, are a fan of Mary Louise Parker, who gives a great performance.

Don't see it if Talky plays put you to sleep.

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.

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.

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 by a father at his son's expense will repel you.

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.

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

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.

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.

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


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

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

During previews
Get the Boat
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.

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.

Lower E Side

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Arcadia (PTP)
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.

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.