Hilary 6

Brooklyn | 50-64 | Female
About:  I am a lawyer for a university but love to go to theater in my spare time, on and off Broadway.
Reviews (60)
97
Riveting, Epic, Masterful, Great singing, Delightful

See it if Anyone who loves great singing and music, with a compelling retelling of two Greek myths

Don't see it if You don't like musicals that are completely sung through; there is no book

Also I loved this show. Andre de Shields is a force of nature, and the stor... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Final Follies
West Village
Funny, Cliched, Great acting, Entertaining, Raunchy

See it if Are a fan of A.R. Gurney, and don't mind unevenness since there are 3 one-acts of varying quality

Don't see it if Don't have the patience to wait for the third play, The Love Course, which is hilarious.

Also The first play, Final Follies, is amusing but cliched about WASP cultu... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if Want to see a great performance by Denise Gough, and a riveting show about addiction

Don't see it if The show can be upsetting, with the difficult subjects of substance use and toxic family relationships

85
6 Guitars
Soho/Tribeca
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if Enjoy a performer like Sarah Jones or Anna Deveare Smith who can play different characters, and play guitar!

Don't see it if You don't like audience participation, because you might be selected

Also A little uneven, but the blues character in particular was amazing

60
Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Indulgent

See it if Have an interest in seeing everything by Simon Stephens, otherwise don't see it, it's extremely slow and doesn't go anywhere.

Don't see it if Same as above; it opened with promise but the characters were difficult to relate too and the dialogue was dull.

Also I had high expectations because of the adaptation of the Curious Incid... Read more Read less

80
I Lost You There
West Village
Clever, Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Enjoy one-woman shows, with many characters portrayed, like shows by Sarah Jones or Anna Deavere Smith, although this was as professional

Don't see it if You prefer shows with many characters and a strong narrative

Also Not all of the sketches worked, with the weakest one being the one wit... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Venus
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a fan of early Suzan-Lori Parks, and you don't mind highly-stylized plays

Don't see it if prefer straight narratives that create empathy and emotion for characters

Also I loved Father Comes Home from the Wars (parts 1,2,3), so I was excite... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if Are interested in a sequel to A Doll's House, appreciate witty dialogue and great acting

Don't see it if You have never seen A Doll's House, are impatient with plays that are all dialogue and no action

49
During previews
Baghdaddy
Midtown W
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Dated

See it if like free coffee and donuts, which are offered before the show starts, and are particularly interested in the build-up to the Iraq War

Don't see it if Enjoy well-written, well-sung and acted plays

Also I left at intermission, so perhaps the second act was an improvement. ... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Gently Down the Stream
East Village
Great acting, Clever, Disappointing, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if are interested in the history and evolution of gay rights and relationships, and always enjoy seeing Harvey Fierstein

Don't see it if you expect something original or refreshing, but overall there were some poignant speeches and good performances

75
During previews
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if You love David Byrne's music in particular, and in general like rock operas

Don't see it if You aren't interested in the Joan of Arc narrative, which is told in an unusual way but isn't that compelling

Also This production had excellent performances and great staging. The musi... Read more Read less

82
If I Forget
Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if Enjoy great dialogue, and are interested in a play about family and especially issues of Jewish history and identity

Don't see it if You can't sit for 2 hours and 40 minutes

Also The first act set things up nicely, but there were implausible plot tw... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Absorbing, Clever

See it if If you like uplifting, non-traditional musicals, similar in style to Once

Don't see it if You don't want to see anything that reminds you of 9/11.

85
During previews
Kunstler
Midtown E
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in the history of leftist causes, and would like to see a great performance in what is essentially a one-man show.

Don't see it if Like plays with a lot of action or are conservative politically.

Also The second character, a foil to Kunstler, was pretty weak.

49
Plenty
East Village
Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Confusing

See it if Not sure who would like this play, frankly--incredibly dated and slow, but maybe someone interested in the historical significance of it.

Don't see it if You like absorbing, intelligent theater.

85
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You are a fan of Anna Deveare Smith, like one-person shows based on real life struggles, and are politically engaged.

Don't see it if You are looking for action or adventure, and don't like non-fiction performance.

Also This was a little more disjointed than some of Smith's previous shows ... Read more Read less

92
Falsettos
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent, Resonant, Clever

See it if enjoy great performances and a moving portrayal of complicated families with gay members in the Reagan era and the early days of AIDS

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, or would like a story that is a little more contemporary

82
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Profound, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy comedy mixed with tragedy, poignant life and death situations

Don't see it if You can't find humor in death and cancer in particular

80
The Judas Kiss
Brooklyn
Clever, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you would like to see a masterful performance by Rupert Everett, and you appreciate witty dialogue and little action

Don't see it if you don't like talky plays, and you are more interested in the trial of Oscar Wilde then his relationship that led to his prosecution

80
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing, Edgy

See it if Enjoy biographical sketches, with excellent acting, and have an interest in Edward Gorey as a person

Don't see it if You like theater with a lot of action and plot, or you are more interested in Gorey's work than his life

23
Votes
Midtown W
Banal, Dated, Cliched, Offensive, shallow

See it if Are an aspiring playwright and want to learn what not to do and want to feel better about your own work.

Don't see it if You like plays that make sense, resonate emotionally, and/or have something new to say.

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Profound

See it if Love Fiddler on the Roof; this is an excellent production of it, with a great performance by Danny Burstein as Tevye, creative staging

Don't see it if You only like edgy new plays, and your attention span is short--it's long

77
During previews
Ideation
Midtown E
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy great acting, fast dialogue and psychological drama

Don't see it if You want a neatly-tied up ending or have no interest in issues involving corporate amorality

85
Smart People
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever

See it if Enjoy intelligent, humorous dialogue about race with excellent acting

Don't see it if Aren't interested in the subject, object to talky plays with no action and not much of a set, and are looking for a satisfying ending

60
Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Like mannered, stripped down versions of classics

Don't see it if Like to be moved or entertained

80
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You enjoy Dadaist humor, from a feminist perspective, and are familiar with Dario Fo and Franca Rame, and don't mind explicit sex

Don't see it if You cannot deal with dark descriptions of rape and explicit sex in the other two skits

Also There are 3 separate skits. The first was humorous and they got progre... Read more Read less

82
Tiny Beautiful Things
East Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intense, Quirky

See it if Want to be moved by real stories of people struggling with life's twists and turns

Don't see it if Like plays with more action and don't like telling rather than showing

Also I found this very moving, and some in the audience were sobbing. It co... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Slow, Great acting

See it if Love physical comedy and slapstick

Don't see it if Prefer your comedy to be verbal and witty

Also The two actors were very skilled, but each segment could have been cut... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Banal, Dull

See it if you are a Christian religious scholar with an intellectual interest in versions of the gospel written by three famous men

Don't see it if you are anyone else; this was incredibly long and boring, and it didn't seem to have any point to make or know how to end

Also I had high hopes for this play, because all three historical figures a... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Mary Jane
East Village
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Intense

See it if You can appreciate great dialogue and humor in the context of a depressing plot, and you are a fan of other Amy Herzog plays.

Don't see it if You can't deal with a story about a mother taking care of a severely sick child with no possibility of a happy ending.

66
During previews
Building the Wall
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great acting, Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like political plays, with good acting by Dale, and are interested in a play that compares Trump to Hitler

Don't see it if Even if a Trump-hater, like I am, find it too implausible and distracting because Tunie didn't know her lines well

80
Vanity Fair
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Clever, Disappointing

See it if You loved Sense and Sensibility, and you are forewarned that, while this is entertaining and is stylistically similar, it's not as polished

Don't see it if You don't like anachronistic versions of classics

Also I enjoyed Vanity Fair, because Hamill and the others were entertaining... Read more Read less

75
During previews
The Antipodes
Midtown W
Ambitious, Funny, Fluffy, Great acting, Slow

See it if are an Annie Baker fan, and appreciate her deadpan sense of humor, keeping in mind that it is not on the same level as John or The Flick

Don't see it if You need a strong plot and can't sit for two hours without an intermission, and you don't like graphic talk about sex

Also I love Annie Baker, so I appreciated this lesser work of hers, but it'... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Indecent
Midtown W
Absorbing, Exquisite, Ambitious, Great staging, Edgy

See it if appreciate a complex, historical play with themes exploring Jewish history, the immigrant experience, lesbianism, and that is somber

Don't see it if you only like light, fluffy stories with an easy to follow narrative arc

Also This play was extremely thought-provoking, beautifully staged and well... Read more Read less

70
Man From Nebraska
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in an unexplained crisis of faith, and great performances, especially by Reed Birney

Don't see it if You want to see a play that more deeply explains its characters' motivations and is relatable.

Also The play is a little slow, although it has moments of humor in the Lon... Read more Read less

68
For a previous production
Banal, Disappointing, Funny, Slow, Raunchy

See it if you're a huge fun of Leguizamo's, and you don't know much about Latin History, because it's pretty basic stuff, and like scatological humor

Don't see it if you expect a clever, hilarious stand-up comedy act; it's a little boring and only occasionally succeeds with humor

Also The audience seemed to like it; a standing ovation. Not sure why, fran... Read more Read less

65
Escaped Alone
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Slow, Overrated

See it if You love Caryl Churchill, and don't mind very talky plays with no action that are absurdist

Don't see it if You like plays with a strong narrative and compelling characters

Also The scenes in the garden were somewhat entertaining, but the interrupt... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Everybody
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Banal

See it if You enjoy surprises and modern updates on morality plays

Don't see it if Like plays with more of a narrative structure where the division between actors and audience is maintained

Also It was entertaining but ultimately didn't have too much to say. The ac... Read more Read less

50
Disappointing, Ambitious, Excruciating, Slow, Confusing

See it if Fans of Suzan-Lori Parks who like to see everything she does, even her weaker efforts, and who don't mind a repetitive 75 minutes prose poem

Don't see it if You need a narrative and don't have an interest in African-American archetypes

85
Sweet Charity
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Dated, Great acting

See it if You like slightly dated musicals, stripped down to their essentials, with star performances from Sutton Foster and others.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of musicals and Sweet Charity in particular, and prefer more contemporary works.

46
Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid, Slow, Quirky

See it if You like silly, slapstick humor like The Three Stooges. Honestly I walked out at intermission, so maybe the second act was better?

Don't see it if You find repetitive, anachronistic humor amusing.

75
Eleemosynary
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Slow, Inauthentic, Exaggerated

See it if You are interested in mother-daughter relationships, albeit ones that are not easy to relate to

Don't see it if You like light-hearted plays with elaborate staging or musicals

50
Signature Plays
Midtown W
Confusing, Slow, Disappointing, Banal, Edgy

See it if you are interested in the history of theater and like incredibly slowly-paced, confusing pieces

Don't see it if You have other options

80
During previews
Incognito
Midtown W
Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Confusing

See it if You like shows that make you think rather than feel and enjoy seeing actors playing several roles

Don't see it if You only like straightforward, linear plots and need all of the strands to make sense

60
Tuck Everlasting
Midtown W
Disappointing, Banal, Slow-moving, flat

See it if You are looking for a family-friendly musical, and don't mind a mediocre score with flat characters

Don't see it if You like edgy, modern musicals and don't have children

68
Dry Powder
East Village
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Dull

See it if Are obsessed with the world of high finance, and are fans of Claire Danes, Hank Azaria and John Krasinski

Don't see it if You are looking for a creative plot or characters who are not caricatures

90
For a previous production
Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Edgy, Moving

See it if Want to be moved, and enjoy non-traditional musicals like Next to Normal

Don't see it if Like traditional musicals where you leave humming, or don't like stories about teen anxiety

55
During previews
The Effect
West Village
Confusing, Ambitious, Muddled, too long

See it if You are interested in psychiatry and pharmacology in particular

Don't see it if You like actors who have chemistry and a plot that rings true

77
Blue Man Group
East Village
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if enjoy silly humor and have preteens to bring to the show

Don't see it if only like wit and not physical gags

75
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in current events and psychology

Don't see it if You like only light and entertaining theater.