hw

Brooklyn | 50-64 | Female
About:  I confess! that I am a theater addict. In 40 years in New York i have never been able to kick the habit. I blame - and am eternally grateful for - Joseph Papp, the greatest theatrical mind of our time, and TDF. I can talk about theater for hours...and I'm enjoying the chance to share my extremel... Read more Read less
Reviews (192)
79
During previews
Moving, Intense, Great acting

See it if its a 2-hander, almost a monologue; no action - it's all talk, albeit witty, beautifully delivered narration.

Don't see it if you want activity & dislike long literary speeches. it's rather pretentious and the plot is highly implausible. it's sad tho not depressing.

80
Little Gem
Chelsea
Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if it's a series of interlocking monologues about women's lives - realistic and painful, but also very humorous and sweet.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in explorations of female experience, or dislike Irish accents. Seats in the back may have trouble hearing the actors.

74
Working: A Musical
Midtown W
Relevant, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you love the writers, or want to see a treatment of labor, through song and monologue, that is occasionally on target.

Don't see it if the show doesn't hang together; it feels episodic and slight. The best part is that it is specifically updated for the site [city center].

81
Great writing, Resonant, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if it works well with the other 2 plays but each stands on its own. Beautiful, deeply sad explorations of everyday humans affected by violence.

Don't see it if you can't handle violence or grief onstage or want something light. the plays are v funny but v serious. The actors tend to SHOUT a bit.

88
Intense, Resonant, Funny, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if there are very funny bits, but make no mistake: this is a tragedy. O'Casey embodies the pain and struggles of a century ago that echo today.

Don't see it if you want a light comedy.

68
Socrates
East Village
Slow, Raunchy, Indulgent, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you seek a night of philosophical exposition, with little drama. The only reason to see it is Stuhlbarg, who can breathe life into ANYthing.

Don't see it if This is not much of a play. it's way overlong, esp the excruciating death scene. Many cast members apparently believe acting is shouting.

Also It's a serious study of Socrates' thought, but it isn't theater.

80
During previews
Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing, Intense, Edgy

See it if to witness scathing commentary on family [esp fathers], America and capitalism, in the form of amazing poetry. It is as timely as ever.

Don't see it if Curse is absurdist and extreme; don't go if you want a straightforward play. It's very funny in parts but this is not a lighthearted work.

90
During previews
Delightful, Romantic, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if It's a creative reinterpretation of Greek myth - a beautiful, moving, funny/sad piece with outstanding performers [esp DeShields, at 73].

Don't see it if you don't want a musical - this is almost sung-through.

88
Absorbing, Resonant, Ambitious, Funny, Clever

See it if to witness a well-crafted exploration of the foundation of America, our politics, and our future. It really is exactly what the title says.

Don't see it if you want something light and fluffy - it's quite funny but it's no comedy.

74
During previews
Raunchy, Indulgent, Great acting, Funny, Edgy

See it if for 3 amazing comic performers, going full throttle. Don't expect coherence - its not that kind of theater.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to poop 'n penis jokes. It's a mess, not really a play - more of an EVENT, albeit a funny one. It helps to know Titus.

66
During previews
The White Devil
West Village
Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you're very curious about a rarely done jacobean revenge tragedy with a few modern details [i.e. costumes, video].

Don't see it if The production fails to make the elaborate plot clear. The tone and acting are inconsistent; the lighting, costumes & music seem arbitrary.

Also I stayed after the intermission but regretted it - it doesn't improve.... Read more Read less

75
During previews
White Noise
East Village
Overlong, Intense, Edgy, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if a lengthy examination of race and privilege. Parks is always an interesting thinker, grappling with big issues. The actors work very hard.

Don't see it if the play beats the audience over the head with somewhat obvious observations. It needs serious editing. Even though the plot is deliberately

Also absurd, absurdity should have more rational limitations. Instead of en... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you're a Guare completist. It's mildly diverting; there are a few smiles. The actors are as good as the script allows, which is not very.

Don't see it if I've loved earlier Guare but this is v weak. It isn't offensive or soporific, just sort of...pointless. Unless you have time to kill and

Also a free ticket, don't bother. It aims for clever and zany but results i... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Great singing, Slow, Fluffy, Dated

See it if a big staging of an old-fashioned musical: some lovely songs; great dancing; mostly strong cast; happy ending. The sexism has been modified.

Don't see it if the battle-of-the-sexes stuff is a bit too literal. The show is overlong and nearly every scene/number could use editing.

90
Gatz
Greenwich V
Absorbing, Great writing, Profound, Epic, Masterful

See it if you know the book - or haven't read it. It is quite literally the great American novel, presented whole onstage. rare & extraordinary.

Don't see it if the show takes many, many hours. It is tiring. It is emotionally draining. It is great art.

Also What ERS does to create the entire universe of the book is amazing- fe... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Funny, Quirky

See it if you want to see a Shepard classic beautifully acted, esp. by Hawke. It's a story about familial bonds, startlingly funny at times.

Don't see it if you don't like Shepard or only want to see realism. He traffics in allegory & exaggeration - and poetry. I miss him,

Also and this production is a worthy tribute.

88
During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if Nottage's work is always worth seeing; this is an early satire. It's social commentary [of course] laced with humor, cleverly staged.

Don't see it if you want only fluff, or are uninterested in a theatrical examination of racism, sexism & class.

69
During previews
The Hard Problem
Upper W Side
Cliched, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you see all Stoppard [which I do], keeping in mind that this is one of his weakest.

Don't see it if it has the veneer of deep philosophical thought but in fact contains few observations that go beyond the surface. Predictable plot twists.

83
Great singing, Intense, Slow, Profound, Ambitious

See it if this is a play w music - not a musical. Fascinating arrangements of Dylan. The singers & musicians are terrific.

Don't see it if the show is painful and sad, a lyrical evocation of the Depression that offers little in the way of hope. there's a bit too much fussing

Also around in the staging, people wandering the stage to no apparent purpo... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Great acting, Funny, Cliched

See it if elaine may elaine may elaine may. She is extraordinary. There are tremendously funny bits and the actors' timing is terrific.

Don't see it if you dont want to see dementia. The play is weak; it is too literally autobiographical and lacks dramatic sense. It's sad yet not that moving

88
During previews
Final Follies
West Village
Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Great writing, Dizzying

See it if excellent, simple staging of 3 short comedic plays. They skirt absurdism, but aren't heavy-handed. The performances are marvelous.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a comedy, or only like realism. The middle play is the weakest.

77
Clever, Cliched, Great acting, Funny, Indulgent

See it if Neither is a play: they are sketches in social satire. P is especially outlandish; After Dinner aspires to a plot. The acting is v strong.

Don't see it if you have patience & an appreciation for dry, bitter humor. Neither is quite as effective at political commentary as it intends.

75
Great singing, Indulgent, Great staging

See it if you love JRB. I do, but found this disappointing. It's a staged revue, and it's unclear how any of the songs relate to each other.

Don't see it if you want a musical with a plot. The choreography doesn't always work. The singing, though highly skilled, is often gimmicky belting.

Also The lyrics were not always intelligible - again, the vocal stylings ar... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Great writing, Dizzying, Resonant, Intense

See it if to experience a major production of a major work that has lost little of its relevance in 25 years. Sad, funny, poetic, and genuinely epic.

Don't see it if you cant face grim realities or spend 8 hours. I didn't love all the busy movement of the sets, but generally the austere staging worked

73
During previews
Dizzying, Quirky, Slow, Raunchy

See it if you love ERS & want to see their laboriously irreverent take on Albee. Every ERS show is worth seeing, but most are better then this.

Don't see it if chaotic, unfocused; weak ending. You need a strong working knowledge of Albee [& Williams helps]. Rather in love with its own erudition.

77
During previews
Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Dizzying

See it if It's a confrontational, absurdist and wildly creative exploration of racism. Very funny, elaborately staged, and deeply considered.

Don't see it if it's way too long. the sex is very explicit. it's not quite as smart as it thinks & its reduction of racism as sexual is myopic.

79
During previews
Make Believe
Midtown W
Funny, Intense, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if it's about a very dysfunctional family & the ramifications of childhood. Wohl is hugely talented, great with dialogue.

Don't see it if saw it in previews & it's still evolving - the first part is overlong tho the child actors are amazing. Plenty of humor, but it's quite dark

77
Fairview
Brooklyn
Dizzying, Intense, Resonant, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if to witness a fascinating, if uneven, examination of race in america. There's great humor & some of the stagecraft is astonishingly inventive

Don't see it if you don't like audience participation & white discomfort. It's overlong and, though ambitious, does not succeed at everything it attempts.

70
Disappointing, Ambitious, Great staging, Raunchy, Edgy

See it if to see an exploration of the legacy of racism, through shock value and humor. the performances are nervy and courageous.

Don't see it if sensitive to nudity/explicit language. The concept is great but sexual content actually distracts from what could have been a fine show.

81
Octet
Midtown W
Entertaining, Ambitious, Relevant, Dizzying, Great singing

See it if Malloy has an endlessly creative mind & writes in ways that are new & refreshing even if they don't always succeed. Amazing a cappella work.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a musical; there is not much dialogue and very little plot. You need to care about the internet & its effects.

60
Intense, Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent, Edgy

See it if both performers are terrific; Renee's voice is sublime. There are several excellent lines - but most of the text is deliberately obscure.

Don't see it if It's much too long; hard to hear the dialogue & hard to see. So edgy as to be alienating and there's little effort to communicate

Also with the audience- it's maddening. There is lovely, painful poetry bur... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Entertaining, Resonant, Great staging, Funny

See it if even if you feel you've seen Fiddler, this version is unusual while remaining faithful in spirit and intention. Just a terrific show.

Don't see it if you dislike musicals or have trouble with supertitles.

Also Don't be reluctant to go because it's in Yiddish - the language actual... Read more Read less

76
Intense, Quirky, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if it's a good production of a difficult play; some of the actors are excellent; the staging is creative w/o being radical.

Don't see it if you don't like shakespeare, or you don't like him in modern dress. Some of the acting is weak. The stylized fighting can wear thin.

49
During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Insipid, Banal, Cliched

See it if you want a big loud musical with shiny, elaborate sets and dancing and don't particularly care about the quality of the book or score.

Don't see it if the book is dreadful, songs instantly forgettable, dancing undistinguished, dialogue inane. The charm & real humor of the film are gone.

Also I expected better from this team, but the show is just not worth your ... Read more Read less

93
During previews
The Lehman Trilogy
Upper E Side
Funny, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if to witness an extraordinary piece of theater. The actors are astonishing. It's absurd and funny and tragic; it's about America although -

Don't see it if the length is too much for you - if you don't have the patience for a 3 1/2 hour play.

Also - it was written by an Italian, and directed and performed by Englishm... Read more Read less

77
Resonant, Great singing

See it if this is a brief staging of a record of southern black prisoners singing. That's all it is. The voices are deeply evocative.

Don't see it if There is no plot, and very little narrative.

88
Boesman and Lena
Midtown W
Resonant, Intense, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Fugard is one of the greatest playwrights on the planet, and his work is not performed often enough. this is a devastatingly fine production

Don't see it if as noted above, it is devastating. This is not a light evening, and it is nearly devoid of humor, though there are traces of hope....

88
The Light
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Intense, Relevant

See it if a terrific piece of writing brought to life by 2 stunningly good actors. It's a great piece of theater even though there are a few moments..

Don't see it if this show is about painful subjects: sexual violence, misogyny and the inability to empathize. Looking for light? this is not your play.

Also ... that are somewhat implausible and/or predictable. Ultimately the f... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Great staging, Resonant, Intense, Masterful

See it if an extremely well done production - excellent acting, sets, sound - v v funny in parts but deadly serious. Extraordinary theatricality.

Don't see it if you want to avoid an intense, painfully relevant century-old play about irish history. Although there's plenty of humor, it's a tragedy.

Also if you've never seen an O'Casey. this is the way to experience him.

75
During previews
Great writing, Disappointing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you like Sondheim - or musicals - and have never seen Merrily. Not a terrific version but it's always worth seeing, esp. w/ live music.

Don't see it if some of the staging is clever but much of it is forced. The voices are not strong; some of the acting is weak. The set is overly busy.

Also The production is a bit too... cute; it feels infatuated with its own ... Read more Read less

71
Great singing, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if you need a Christmas fix. It's mostly carols (some unfamiliar), not story. The singing in Welsh is cool.

Don't see it if you want a really resonant version of the story. I wanted more Thomas and less singing. The show is a bit saccharine, though heartfelt.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Resonant, Masterful

See it if you love the book - it's a brilliant and faithful adaptation. All the actors are excellent; the staging is inventive. Deeply moving.

Don't see it if The show runs nearly 3 hours (unless he makes cuts). It is painful: it is about the enormous costs of hatred and it minces no words.

92
During previews
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Riveting, Resonant, Great writing

See it if it's a brilliant, wild, gorgeously written, complex treatment of family, hatred and history. The production is exemplary. Also:live animals.

Don't see it if warning: it's long, the accents require concentration, and there's violence. It's about the Troubles and it hurts. But see it anyway.

75
During previews
Clever, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if this is a charming if slight interpretation of a lesser 'comedy,' text much abridged. Dinner, served by the cast, is tasty though skimpy.

Don't see it if you expect a full production; there are no sets & costumes are modern. Some of the directorial & acting choices are weak. The cast is

Also enthusiastic & energetic, sometimes excessively so. The musical choice... Read more Read less

68
Holy Ghosts
Chelsea
Slow, Intense, Cliched

See it if it's a noble effort by a plucky group of actors to breathe life into a play that doesn't quite work. Some performances are strong.

Don't see it if The play is both difficult and weak. The exposition is artificial; the stage is stuffed with people who take turns delivering monologues...

Also Several of the actors need to control their volume in the small space:... Read more Read less

67
During previews
Great acting, Disappointing, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if to see McTeer (in a role that isn't worthy of her talent) and a few other fine actors. Lovely sets.

Don't see it if an overlong, tedious play that fails to cohere. It thinks it's being profound when it's merely obvious. Sexism? in 19th century theater? Who

Also knew? Hamlet is a difficult play to comprehend? Again, what a novel id... Read more Read less

78
Fire in Dreamland
East Village
Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky, Clever

See it if the show has interesting ideas, interesting staging, excellent acting. It attempts, with partial success, to blend history and today.

Don't see it if The play is ambitious but doesn't really cohere. It tries but can't make the connection between past and present.

88
During previews
Carmen Jones
East Village
Absorbing, Great singing, Intense, Masterful

See it if This is an intelligent, minimalist staging of a modernized Carmen. Fantastic singing, electric performances. Sexy and compelling.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals - this is partway between opera & musical. Spoiler: the fickle, independent woman dies at the end.

86
Cyprus Avenue
East Village
Funny, Edgy, Resonant, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Rea is astonishing. The play is stunning & important, both extremely funny and deeply dark. Hatred is the same on both sides of the sea.

Don't see it if it's hideously violent - not inappropriate, but you need a strong stomach.

78
Epic, Resonant, Intelligent, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you love O'Neill. It is worth seeing for the performances & bc it is an amazing work of american theater. There are extraordinary moments.

Don't see it if it's a very long, emotionally difficult family drama about addiction and other demons. Bits of humor seem forced; the overlapping line

Also readings are annoying and unnecessary. The set is beautiful but utterl... Read more Read less