hw

New York City | 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 (206)
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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
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.