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 (220)
89
Resonant, Funny, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if astonishingly this 60 year old show about race in the theater is completely apt for this moment. there is humor but it bites, as it should.

Don't see it if if you want fluff. it's funny but not lighthearted.

82
During previews
Kimberly Akimbo
Chelsea
Funny, Quirky, Great staging, Great singing, Clever

See it if you like musicals with heart and brain. It's an odd subject but handled well; performances are uniformly strong, and the music is great.

Don't see it if it's sad - about a brief life in a pretty dysfunctional family. if that would depress you, don't go. It's a bit overlong.

60
During previews
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Banal, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if only if youre a Nottage completist. There are many laugh lines, though they don't make it a comedy. The actors are good, but the text is not

Don't see it if the tone is indecipherable - weird mix of cheap laughs and melodramatic confession. The metaphor is incomprehensible. It goes on too long.

Also i wanted to love it, and i have loved much of her work. but this play ... Read more Read less

60
The Visitor
East Village
Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if there are a lot of hardworking talented performers up there. the staging is quite effective, esp the use of video scenes.

Don't see it if the movie worked really well, but this version is not worth your time. the songs are forgettable and the messaging clunky and obvious.

86
Resonant, Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if A moving examination of race & poverty, absurdly current [written 20 years ago]. And a wild ride through different musical styles.

Don't see it if This is Not a lighthearted musical. It's funny and vibrant but very serious at heart, and at times somewhat surreal.

88
Intelligent, Resonant, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if It's a gentle, heartfelt portrait of the woman who raised him; multiple characters embodied w great skill; simple but lovely set & music.

Don't see it if you are looking for a big show, or dislike biographical pieces or one-person shows. Or are uncomfortable with the reality of racism.

74
Autumn Royal
Chelsea
Disappointing, Quirky, Great acting, Funny

See it if a 2-hander re siblings dealing with an aging, not very beloved parent. Deeply Irish, sometimes humorous, sometimes serious. Actors terrific.

Don't see it if The writing is not consistently clear, can be confusing. The subject matter is depressing at best. The set is very minimal.

80
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You are up for a painful yet redemptive -and funny- reflection on the dangers & horrors of being a Black male in America.

Don't see it if This is not fluff. It is not escapist. The n word is a major part of the dialogue. Yes there is humor, but it’s not light.

73
During previews
Disappointing, Edgy, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love Letts. The cast is great, and there are very funny moments. Letts is trying to say something important, and it almost works.

Don't see it if it's talky. It takes a turn toward violence; Letts is trying to disturb the audience, but he goes too far & sabotages his whole point.

80
Incantata
Chelsea
Ambitious, Intense, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if a very moving elegy for a partner, an eloquent hymn to her & their relationship. Staging is surprising & effective, the acting amazing.

Don't see it if this is a dirge, a dramatization of a poem, not a play. There's a touch of humor, but not much. It's intellectually taxing.

85
During previews
The Hot Wing King
Midtown W
Intelligent, Resonant, Romantic, Great acting, Funny

See it if it's a sentimental yet beautiful portrait of couple-hood and fatherhood in black Memphis. Witty but serious; the acting is extraordinary..

Don't see it if it's a bit long, and the small set cramps the very physical actors. And the accents and slang are tough.

76
During previews
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Entertaining, Ambitious, Quirky, Great singing

See it if you're up for a concert, not a play. it's a serious subject -yes: death - handled with humor & empathy.

Don't see it if you dislike rock music or are expecting a drama. it's just a singer and band, with some spoken word. the 'set' is pointless & distracting.

90
During previews
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Intelligent, Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if a fascinating updating, contemporary version that humanizes Medea without excusing her. Every actor is terrific; the use of video works

Don't see it if you want to avoid a story of deep tragedy and pain. you don't like reworkings of classics.

Also beautifully [and video in theater is often done poorly/pointlessly]. T... Read more Read less

71
During previews
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Clever, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if Hamill's script has witty moments in her attempt to find contemporary resonance in the classic. The cast works hard with what they're given.

Don't see it if it's overlong; many of the satiric, anachronistic bits don't land. The tone is inconsistent - should we be scared? amused? angry at the

Also misogyny? Her observations are trenchant - it's just that they don't r... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Great writing, Resonant, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if it's a humorous but sharp-edged story about long-term relationships, parents & children, and compromise. Jane Alexander is a wonder.

Don't see it if you want something totally light. As usual, Wohl is cloaking serious observation of human foibles in laughter.

83
Dizzying, Fluffy, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you'd enjoy a delightful, dopey comedy of manners in a visually beautiful, mostly terrifically performed production.

Don't see it if it's quite meaningless and by definition dated. Don't look for profundity or social commentary here.

89
The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Great writing, Masterful, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if there's a bit of Bedlam's zaniness but it's also deadly serious. The play is brilliant & the actors' investment in their characters results

Don't see it if this is heavy duty poetry and deep allegory. There is humor but it's not a light diversion - Miller is a genius but he's not fun.

Also in a profoundly moving experience. The real witchery is onstage.

82
During previews
Fluffy, Great singing, Funny, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if the plot is ludicrous but great fun, the set and costumes are gorgeous, the performances great, the ending is happy. What more do you want?

Don't see it if if you want a show with a profound message or deep meaning, or don't want to deal with supertitles.

75
Clever, Quirky, Slow, Disappointing

See it if the show is an intriguing conception, although the playwright doesn't really succeed. it is a rare relief to see a play about lesbians.

Don't see it if It's all talk, and the pacing is overly relaxed. The line readings are deliberately, and pointlessly, eccentric. The play feels incomplete.

68
During previews
Slow, Banal, Disappointing, Dated

See it if if you want to see everything Foote wrote. Otherwise, don't bother - there are many better ones.

Don't see it if the pacing is lugubrious; the acting inconsistent; the play is indirect to the point of meaninglessness.

79
Dublin Carol
Chelsea
Intense, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if Deeply Irish poetry from the bottom of a whiskey bottle. It's sad but not hopeless. 3 terrific actors on a small set: pure language.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a show about an alcoholic struggling to right himself & deal w the mess of his life.

90
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Resonant, Raunchy, Epic, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if extraordinary work of theater, a transposition of Howard's End. Lyrical, moving & elegantly staged. There is laughter mixed with the tears.

Don't see it if it's very sexually explicit. it's also VERY long, and you have to see both parts. The 2d half is less tightly written than the 1st. Some of

Also the characters are less well drawn than others, and the plot can lean ... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intense, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if it's compelling oral history via a sea of characters performed by a single actor. it's funny, deeply tragic, gravely human.

Don't see it if you're looking for a comedy, or a story arc/plot, or prefer watching multiple actors. this is American history and it is not cheery.

65
Graphic, Intense, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you want to see every Macbeth - it's a somewhat different take. Many of the actors- besides the 2 leads - are excellent.

Don't see it if even though it's sliced up to be v short, it drags. The doubling/tripling of actors is just confusing. The set and staging add nothing.

Also The director's style works for many plays, but it tanks here. The anac... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you like Byrne or talking heads. It's essentially a concert, but carefully & beautifully staged. It's a show to give you hope, for music and

Don't see it if you don't like Byrne's music, you won't like this show. There's no plot or narrative.

Also for the country. The ensemble is a delight, moving freely around the s... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Soft Power
East Village
Indulgent, Relevant, Funny, Dizzying, Cliched

See it if Hwang's plays are always worth watching, even when a show doesn't work. Here the humor is great; there are songs! dance! surreality! He

Don't see it if The show just does not hang together. It's kind of trite in many ways, though the emotion is genuine. The plot only sort-of works.

Also has thought deeply about America and Americanness/foreignness and I re... Read more Read less

89
Intelligent, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if this is an intimate, barebones version performed exactly where the play is set. beautifully done

Don't see it if you don't like Miller, or don't like realism, intensity & tragedy in your theater experience.

78
Intelligent, Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if a fascinating exploration of good and evil, conducted solely through dialogue. It stays in my head, although i'm not quite sure what the

Don't see it if 2-man play re history, morality and religion, entirely dialogue, in a tiny theater, doesn't appeal to you. GRAPHIC descriptions of violence.

Also playwright intended or concluded about the events he depicts.

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.

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.

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.

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

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].

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

93
During previews
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

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

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.