Hillary Zumph

Carteret | 25-34 | Female
About:  Frequent NYC theatre-goer who sees a pretty even mix of musicals and straight plays as well as a mix of Broadway and Off-Broadway. I'll watch just about anything once.
Reviews (32)
Entertaining, Fun, Fluffy, Delightful, Celebratory

See it if you want a feel-good pop musical that is NOT a jukebox. The finale will leave you feeling joyous and uplifted.

Don't see it if you want a traditional piece of musical theatre. The songs are distinctly pop, and you may not catch all the lyrics. Plot is a bit cheese-y.

Clever, Funny, Raunchy

See it if Love South Park? Been dying to see it? Go. On the fence? Pass for now. There are so many good shows playing; pick one w/ a shorter lifespan.

Don't see it if you're offended by strong language or shock humor. (Doesn't everyone know that about this show by now?)

East Village
Funny, Entertaining, Edgy, Quirky

See it if you like Robert O'Hara's quirky-raunchy style and his take on race.

Don't see it if you want a solid narrative. This play has strong moments, but the overall story is a bit lacking.

During previews
Dada Woof Papa Hot
Upper W Side
Original, Relevant, Funny, Great staging

See it if you'd like to see modern same-sex couples portrayed onstage. This piece's strength is its attention to an often overlooked demographic.

Don't see it if you're looking for a perfect play. There is definitely room for work on the script.

Midtown E
Entertaining, Beautiful voices, Clever, Ambitious, Dense

See it if you like country music and wish there were more of it in the theatre. Or if you'd appreciate a modern reinterpretation of The Seagull.

Don't see it if you hate country -- that's really the only reason to stay away.

Old Times
Midtown W
Slow, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you absolutely need to see Clive Owen onstage.

Don't see it if you're thinking, "Sure, I'll see that. It's only 65 minutes." As it turns out, 65 minutes can feel reeeally long.

First Daughter Suite
East Village
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Beautiful voices

See it if you'd enjoy a series of vignettes with a classic musical sound. Or if you're looking for a cast brimming with talented ladies.

Don't see it if you're looking for a modern pop/rock musical or a narrative plot.

West Village
Quirky, Raunchy, Funny

See it if plays that are humorously critical of religious rules appeal to you.

Don't see it if you need a piece as laugh-out-loud funny as Hand to God.

Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Overrated, Funny, Fluffy

See it if you're in it for the cheesy jokes and the spectacle.

Don't see it if you prefer a musical with a strong plot.

Midtown W
Delightful, Clever, Enchanting, Fun, Inspiring

See it if you love magic, girl power, and good triumphing over evil. Or if you're taking a child who is familiar with the book and/or movie.

Don't see it if you need to understand every lyric on the first go-around. Lots of children. Lots of accents. Lots and lots of quickly sung words.

For a previous production
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Dated, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you're seeking something familiar, particularly for an infrequent theatre-goer.

Don't see it if f-bombs are a deal-breaker. It is Jersey, after all.

Delightful, Funny, Quirky

See it if a light-hearted comedy about a straight man in drag sounds like fun.

Don't see it if you need a thought-provoking plot to feel satisfied.

Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you're looking for an excellent Broadway play. Especially recommended if you know the book, but aren't sure how it could work onstage.

Don't see it if you're expecting a tap number. There's not one in the whole thing.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Masterful, Epic

See it if you love puppets and creative staging or you want a show that appeals to all ages.

Don't see it if you're in NYC regularly and there's another show high on your list. The Lion King isn't leaving Broadway any time soon.

Hand to God
Midtown W
Hilarious, Edgy, Great acting, Delightful, Raunchy

See it if you grew up in a Southern church and can laugh about it.

Don't see it if you're too squeamish for onstage violence.

Ambitious, Enchanting, Dated, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you love ballet or projection design.

Don't see it if you're looking for original music.

During previews
Old Hats
Midtown W
Hilarious, Delightful, Clever, Quirky

See it if you're looking for a fun and unique theatre experience. A rare vaudevillian treat! Family friendly.

Don't see it if you're too cool for a little silliness.

Great acting, Must see, Enchanting, Absorbing, Great staging

See it if you have ears. The performances are spectacular and the singing is gorgeous throughout.

Don't see it if ...you don't like musicals? There's no other reason, and I'm not even sure that one is legitimate.

The Gray Man
Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing, Original, Scary

See it if you love a good ghost story or if you've never seen a successfully spooky piece of theatre. The show is more "scary story" than "horror."

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable sitting in darkness. There are some semi-long stretches when you will not be able to see.

During previews
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Original, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in (often painful) family dynamics and truly unique characters. Or if you just love Kristine Nielsen.

Don't see it if you need to like the characters onstage. The minute you're on a one person's side, he/she/ze will almost definitely disappoint you.

For a previous production
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant

See it if Just see it. A cast of amazing actresses, a unique perspective rarely seen onstage, a thought-provoking and necessary piece of theatre.

Don't see it if you need to go straight from the play to a child's birthday party. You will not feel peppy walking out of this show.

Delightful, Cute, Fluffy

See it if you like Carole King, are looking for a family-friendly option, or love a good biographical story.

Don't see it if you're looking for something challenging or original.

Fool For Love
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Great design

See it if you love Sam Shepard and/or Nina Arianda. Or if you want to be angry about the elimination of the Sound Design Tony Awards all over again.

Don't see it if your half-brother/sister is in town and wants to see a show.

Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you're a Wizard of Oz buff or a preteen girl at heart.

Don't see it if you've already seen a touring production or prefer more substantive entertainment.

Perfect Crime
Midtown W
Banal, Confusing, Excruciating, Overrated, Insipid

See it if you firmly believe the length of a run correlates to the quality of a production.

Don't see it if there's another show playing within a half mile radius.

Epic, Slow

See it if you've never heard this music performed live.

Don't see it if you've already got a production of Les Miserables under your belt. The new staging offers little to the piece.

Cliched, Great acting, Fluffy, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a big Sherie Rene Scott fan or interested in prison commentary.

Don't see it if you don't care for Scott or need to agree with the theatre you see. Part of what's thought-provoking about this work is what it does wrong.

Amazing Grace
Midtown W
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you owe someone involved a favor.

Don't see it if you can help it.

Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if you love musical theatre. It's that simple.

Don't see it if you'd prefer an edgy, original show. But really, why not see both?

Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you're looking for an ensemble of top notch performers.

Don't see it if you can't put your phone away during the performance. (This applies to all shows, but especially theatre in the round.)

Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Refreshing, Masterful

See it if you can get a ticket.

Don't see it if you're a Loyalist.

Cliched, Overrated, Slow, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you love a good quick change.

Don't see it if British humor isn't your thing.