HNhung P

New York City | 25-34 | Female
About:  Seeking plays that will stay with me for a long time, the theater-equivalent of Forrest Gump.
Reviews (67)
85
Refreshing, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if You’d enjoy the story reimagined for the modern era; beautiful music, set, costumes, with strong vocal performances

Don't see it if You want to preserve the romance of the original story and would resist an attempt at retelling the story, regardless of how well it works

75
During previews
Quirky, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You would enjoy little vignettes raising issues of contemporary debate; dialogues are natural and delivered convincingly by the cast

Don't see it if You require a story line; need resolution to issues raised; scenes mostly from everyday life with high realism, not much pushing boundaries

80
Hilarious, Great writing, Great singing, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You like a capella or music generally; great original songs; talented actors-singers; story flows well, tightly written

Don't see it if You prefer larger productions; you do not like the music genre; show is on the shorter side

80
Must see, Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Fantastic, pun-filled show taking you through the seasons of SATC; great energy & impersonations; you love the city, have dated in the city

Don't see it if It’s great if there’s some familiarity with the series, as you’ll recognize the characters instantaneously, but should still be fun otherwis

75
Delightful, Great writing, Slow, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if The story about old age meets young age doesn’t get old; witness a beaten down soul get touched by innocence; great writing with slow reveal

Don't see it if You’re looking for something innovative or experimental; you have limited patience for the unbounded energy of a 9-year old

80
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy a play exploring the topic of mind-matter, the seat of consciousness; weaves in scientific studies naturally; great female lead

Don't see it if You require character development and plotline; many questions are raised, few answered; some gratuitous nudity

70
Indulgent, Cliched, Resonant, Great singing, Funny

See it if You would enjoy some great parody songs and music; Asian tiger mom stereotype humor; personal reflections on mother-daughter relationships

Don't see it if You’re looking for a polished show; there are some great parts (songs, personal reflections), and others that seem out of place (interviews)

70
Entertaining, Slow, Relevant, Dated

See it if You’d like to see a well-acted play about a relevant topic (elderly care), with occasional comic relief

Don't see it if You’re expecting nuanced treatment of an old topic or novel insights on the subject-matter; story telling is straightforward & linear

85
Intelligent, Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Fantastic acting, on stage chemistry, comedic timing and pace; glimpse into African school girls culture not so different from elsewhere

Don't see it if There are few reasons I could think of... perhaps if you are looking for something experimental, new subject matters, etc.

65
Intense, Dated, Cliched, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if Interested in the female service woman's experience of the Vietnam war; the play has a lot of heart and treats difficult subjects

Don't see it if At times excessive screaming in a very compact theater space; perspective is rather limited, leaning heavily patriotic with muted criticism

65
Entertaining, Relevant, Cliched

See it if Interested in an ethnic actress' experience in NY theater; moving story of author's struggles between personal and professional success

Don't see it if Uneasy with listening to highly personal experiences; stories often dramatized using stereotypes

85
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate beautiful writing, fantastic cast; play puts many important issues relating to education and family and youth on the table

Don't see it if You are looking for resolution of issues raised; the play has some excellent comic relief but overall serious and thought engaging

75
During previews
Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if a British comedy of manners with profound message about the deceptiveness of appearances and interclass miscommunication; fantastic acting

Don't see it if limited patience for long plays that explore the above subject matter in depth; you prefer lighthearted comedy without uncomfortable topics

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Moving psychological play about a man dealing with grief, told with nuance by amazing actors and expert direction; writing shines throughout

Don't see it if You need clear linear narrative or have trouble following rapid scene changes; loss of a loved one is a trigger for you

Also This show deserves to fill the house!

70
During previews
Edgy, Fluffy, Ambitious, Great staging, Clever

See it if Great costumes, sound, lighting; packed with a variety of performance techniques (puppetry, shadow puppetry, pantomime, immersive theater)

Don't see it if You prefer big budget productions; first half could use more focus, but second half retelling artist's decline was absolutely absorbing

70
Great band, Slow, Great singing, Dated, Ambitious

See it if You love Sondheim, like intimate musical experiences, fantastic band

Don't see it if Interesting albeit dated story of Japanese encounter with the West; a number of songs were catchy, but others were rather monotonous

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You'd like some food for thought; deep reflection on experience of low income youth in small town UK; heart rending story urges for sympathy

Don't see it if You have trouble understanding heavy accent; looking for light entertainment or a big production; dislike morally ambiguous characters

60
Fluffy, Cliched, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like sketch or physical comedy; satire of millennial stereotypes; support one-woman shows

Don't see it if you prefer the type of comedy with punch lines; while there were a number of memorable sketches, the others tended to just blend together

60
Quirky, Fluffy, Confusing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like supporting young theater troupes trying to do something new on limited budget; positive energy exuding from cast is refreshing

Don't see it if Sketches uneven; clever ideas mostly unimproved by development/editing so often falls flat; "game rules" merely give illusion of structure

70
Slow, Dated, Ambitious, Resonant, Great acting

See it if See a familiar story of social climbing, complex family dynamics, dominant female lead (Linney) and generally greater focus on female roles

Don't see it if One-dimensional characters without much development during the play, except perhaps the daughter; excruciatingly slow build up over 3 acts

75
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Cliched, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy Jewish dysfunctional family living room dramas; this is a fine specimen with message about personal and social history

Don't see it if You're not highly interested in Jewish culture or need more than stereotypical depictions and the age old debates; rather slow and linear

65
For a previous production
Slow, Fluffy, Cliched, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you can draw from personal experience to supplement rather cliched treatment of important subject matter; clearly resonated with audience

Don't see it if much of the first half was "lifestyle" piece; made contrived legal case for gay marriage without exploring deeper *meaning* as promised

75
Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You're interested in the peace process, how it takes only a small number of people with conviction and open minds to do the impossible

Don't see it if You dislike talky shows; reminds me of The Big Short movie: lengthy explanations of complex issue at the cost of character development

80
Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like plays that generate numerous discussion topics about identity, polyamory, friendship, but answer few of them; beautiful staging

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with graphic discussions of sex/orgies; looking for a deep "message"; dislike rather pushy views on polyamory

85
During previews
Intelligent, Hilarious, Great writing, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate irreverent storytelling and catchy tunes; high quality production despite low budget; could easily replace some B/way shows

Don't see it if You believe war and death, and the moral hazards of politicians and civil servants are inappropriate subject matters for satire

80
Quirky, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if Lovely story about wide reaching influence of Arab culture and how we’re all very similar in our everyday life’s concerns; beautiful music

Don't see it if You expect a conventional musical with big spectacle and cheery singer-dancers; dialogues are often intentionally awkward and stilted

65
Slow, Indulgent, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You like drag, sassy female characters, story telling through solo vignettes

Don't see it if You like big productions, you prefer tightly written material, you’re expecting a life-like Marlene Dietrich imitation

85
Clever, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like good story telling, great acting by both actors; while simple set, it is very functional; this show deserves to be seen!

Don't see it if You prefer larger, high budget productions

80
Great staging, Resonant, Great singing, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if Beautiful concert with the most delightful harmonies; stories from the war are toughing and provide just enough back story for the songs

Don't see it if You’re looking for a theatrical piece rather than a choral concert; as a concert, it’s dramatically enhanced by the historical account

75
For a previous production
Quirky, Slow, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like slap stick humor meets comedy of errors; great acting, a varied cast of funny characters

Don't see it if Physical humor makes you cringe; same jokes on repeat makes the play drag on

75
Entertaining, Intense, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if It’s a story that everyone should hear; told in little vignettes and flashbacks, the most lurid details suggested only in broad strokes

Don't see it if The subject matter (child sexual abuse) is a trigger; you need to see a resolution to the story; deeply personal story causes discomfort

80
Masterful, Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You’d like to see a great production that gives justice to Vonnegut’s brilliance; the plot is just the right mix of absurd and hilarious

Don't see it if You’d like a linear plot that sticks to realism, or if rough and irreverent language make you uncomfortable

75
Nuanced, Slow, Indulgent, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You can follow a memory play, necessarily disjointed and distorted; you’re sympathetic to reminiscence of childhood, high school experiences

Don't see it if You find it hard to put yourself into the shoes of a teenage girl reliving her past, inclusive of crushes and early sexual experiences

80
During previews
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You would like to see an intelligent in-depth psychological study; a story unveiled exquisitely over the course of the performance.

Don't see it if You prefer a story line packed with events, or expect large cast or high production value

65
Ambitious, Slow, Confusing, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in how new art forms like immersive theater and AR/VR are used for storytelling

Don't see it if Great selection of materials, but most interesting parts had a full sign up list or a long wait time

85
Refreshing, Great staging, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You're interested in exploring the world of theater in an immersive play; mini loosely connected stories, yet provide cohesive glimpse

Don't see it if You're looking for traditional, sit-down theater; there's some limited audience participation; very sparse dialogue; themes emerge slowly

60
During previews
Relevant, Fluffy, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if interested in seeing a family drama about Christian extremism vs homosexuality; patriarch delivers charismatic but disconcerting sermon

Don't see it if The play moves slowly, acting at times stilted, Southern accents uneven; I thought early glowing reviews were misleading, possibly biased

60
Uneven acting, Slow, Cliched, Relevant, Banal

See it if You support small theater companies and new plays; you'd like to see more plays exploring the subject matter of mental health

Don't see it if At 75 min. the play still felt long; scene transitions were awkward, acting at times stilted, dialogue unnatural; need to suspend disbelief

40
Uneven acting, Indulgent, Fluffy, Excruciating, Banal

See it if you support new playwrights and small theater companies with a mission

Don't see it if you have low tolerance for rant-y plays that barely scratch the surface of any of the issues raised ("In the Line")

75
Slow, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if for an evening of delightful British living room comedy; beatiful set and costumes; talented actors with good pacing and comedic timing

Don't see it if Show runs a bit long with 4 acts over 2.5 hours (with intermission); could use some condensing

75
During previews
Ambitious, Indulgent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if quintessential NY summer experience; great acting helped make Shakespeare dialogue accessible; mostly well-paced, except slow last act

Don't see it if Trump analogy felt strained & distracted from plot; casting choice of female Marc seems gratuitous, though she delivered great performance

75
Great dancing, High energy, Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You are familiar with Gloria Estefan's songs; you like latin music; stories of romance and ambition; a lively night at the theater

Don't see it if You prefer more substance; dislike melodrama or strained exuberance; sugarcoated biopic

85
Quirky, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if See victorian novel jazzed up with talented cast and inventive staging; absolutely refreshing to see old narratives retold with so much FUN!

Don't see it if You prefer linear, vanilla narratives; often many things going on simultaneously, pop culture references and quick scene changes may confuse

80
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Powerful stories out of the playwright's Arabian Nightmares trilogy showcasing the heroism of 3 women living in disparate places and time

Don't see it if Not lighthearted subject matter; gruesome accounts of violent deaths in war zone; bare stage, heavily leaning on light design/direction

65
Good acting, Slow, Cliched, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you support explorations of important, socially relevant subject matters on stage; several moving scenes invoke empathy with the characters

Don't see it if competent acting helps overcome some of the stilted writing but still slow, even for 75 minute production; all the smoking seemed gratuitous

85
Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if See flesh and blood characters portrayed with heart by talented cast; deep exploration of despair faced by drug seekers and their community

Don't see it if You want light entertainment; unfiltered realism or flawed characters (i.e., people with weaknesses) is not your thing; at times loud noises

80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if small cast of empathic actors, enacting a passionate, balanced debate over the role of religion in politics; greatly moving & worthwhile

Don't see it if You dislike heavy political topics (gun violence), even though there was a good deal of comedic relief, well-delivered

75
Slow, Edgy, Dated, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if You have yet to experience the amazing space of the Park Armory and how it is transformed through masterful staging: visually stunning!

Don't see it if Bad sound and rambling script made the play hard to follow; the subject matter of man vs. capitalism feels outdated and hard to relate with

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You need more closure after the last election; answer the question whether Hillary's gender mattered; after-show discussion was helpful

Don't see it if It's too soon for you to revisit the topic; people on either side would probably find some insight through seeing this reenactment

65
1/3-well-acted, Repetitive, Well-written, Macabre, Slow

See it if You appreciate competent writing over uneven acting; coherent dystopian vision, disturbingly plausible; well-staged given limited resources

Don't see it if You find graphic description of abject hunger, cannibalistic urges unpalatable; dinner after hard; contrived lesbian scenes lacked chemistry