Imogen Crabb

New York City
About:  the theatre is my mistress. I try to see everything.
Reviews (107)
64
Entertaining, Terrible adaptation, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if for the inventive staging/set design or if you’re looking for something family friendly

Don't see it if you are opposed to any dramaturgical changes (Jack Thorne has taken liberties with the Belle storyline which I personally hated)

Also I wanted so badly to enjoy this. Matthew Warchus is a wonderful direct... Read more Read less

88
Soft Power
East Village
Delightful, Great singing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to see a new ORIGINAL musical, like seeing diverse theatre, or are in the mood for a moving and fun night at the theatre

Don't see it if you are easily confused (although they handle the alternate musical universe very well so I don’t really see how you could be confused)

Also Soft Power is the new musical we need right now. Relevant and fresh. Y... Read more Read less

79
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Edgy

See it if you like plays with strong female roles or like supporting new plays/playwrights

Don't see it if you are sensitive to gore/gruesome imagery, strong language and sexual situations, or aren’t interested in stories about teenage girls

Also A promising NYC debut for Ms Scheer as a playwright. Beautifully desig... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Upsetting, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if you like edgy theatre, plays that explore the topic of race, shows that evoke discussion, or don’t mind feeling uncomfortable at the theatre

Don't see it if you’re looking for a pleasant evening out, or are triggered by nudity, extreme sexual situations, or strong language

Also This was not fun to sit through, which is not to say it wasn’t enjoyab... Read more Read less

80
Make Believe
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Clever, Great acting

See it if you're a fan of the playwright and/or are interested in stories about dysfunctional families

Don't see it if you're not interested in family dramas, don't want to watch just children act for so long, or if you're triggered by implied child abuse

Also Make Believe is a beautiful short play. Beth Wohl has created tragic, ... Read more Read less

88
Dust
East Village
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intense, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you want to see terrific character work, are a fan of Fleabag-style stories, and want to see some brilliant acting by a raw young talent

Don't see it if you are sensitive to the topic of suicide, very graphic descriptions of sex and violence, loud noises, or strobe lights

Also Suicide is a tricky subject to dramatise without glorifying it or prea... Read more Read less

93
During previews
Entertaining, Epic, Great singing

See it if you like rock musicals, Meat Loaf/Jim Steinman’s music, and want to see a totally committed and talented cast

Don't see it if if you’d prefer to see a non-jukebox musical and or aren’t the biggest rock music fan

Also I can’t remember the last time I saw a matinee that had so much dedica... Read more Read less

69
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Refreshing, Overrated, Great singing, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you like supporting new works, shows with LGBTQ+ themes, and are curious about all the hype

Don't see it if you are sensitive to heavy language/sexual situations or would rather see a show with a more traditional plot

Also Bold, unapologetic, and mostly entertaining. The acting and singing ar... Read more Read less

30
Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you like Cher’s music or aren’t expecting anything brilliant, and you don’t mind sitting through a brainless skit

Don't see it if you want to see actual theatre, not a glorified costume parade/concert with “dialogue” in between

Also This is the saddest excuse for a biographical jukebox musical I have e... Read more Read less

98
Fairview
Brooklyn
Masterful, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you missed the initial Soho Rep run, or if you don’t mind theatre that makes you uncomfortable

Don't see it if you aren’t into plays that explore the topics of race and privilege, or don’t like it when the fourth wall is broken

Also So happy they decided to revive this masterpiece. Fairview is a mindf*... Read more Read less

84
Slow, Funny, Great staging, Quirky, Great singing

See it if you love the source material, love musicals with strong female leads, or want something that’s family friendly while still slightly raunchy

Don't see it if you aren’t a fan of the source material, are offended by mild sexual humour, or if the supernatural aspects are too weird for you

Also The show should really be called “Lydia,” as it belongs to show-steale... Read more Read less

81
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you enjoy cute satire that makes you think, intelligent comedies, and want to support plays by POC playwrights

Don't see it if you don’t want to be confronted with your own privilege or are in the mood for a serious play

Also The Thanksgiving Play is incredibly smart. You’re cringing and laughin... Read more Read less

70
Fruiting Bodies
Midtown W
Great design, Great direction, Great writing, Quirky

See it if you enjoy seeing new plays, shows with strong direction, and quirky family dramas

Don't see it if you get confused by non-linear plot lines or would rather see a musical

Also It’s not my favourite play of Sam Chanse’s that I’ve seen/read, but th... Read more Read less

100
Octet
Midtown W
Profound, Masterful, Exquisite, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you are a fan of Dave Malloy’s work, like shows with strong ensembles, and want to support new musicals

Don't see it if accapella musicals are not your thing, or you don’t want to sit through a “deep” musical and would rather just be entertained

Also Octet has set the bar high for all future Signature-commissioned music... Read more Read less

89
Ink
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if you enjoy black comedies, shows with strong ensembles, and/or plays based on true events

Don't see it if you prefer fictional plays, don’t like “newsroom dramas,” or would rather see a musical (there are musical moments in this though!)

Also If a play based on true events makes me want to research the topic aft... Read more Read less

100
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Intense, Riveting, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy plays that tell fascinating stories and contain strong ensemble work.

Don't see it if you are put off by the length (but I promise you, the 3hrs fly by), or would rather see a comedy or a musical.

Also The Ferryman is one of the best plays in years. Superb direction and d... Read more Read less

63
Disappointing, Great score

See it if You love revivals, want to see fun dancing, love this score, or are a fan of any of the actors involved.

Don't see it if You prefer contemporary musicals or revivals that actually have something new to say (this one does not).

Also This is the tamest shrew I have ever seen. Sadly, by trying to update ... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Must see, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of any of the artists involved, like new plays, and aren’t easily offended

Don't see it if you plan on bringing the family (lots of anatomically correct mannequins)

Also This is a perfect show to go in knowing nothing about. Avoid all spoil... Read more Read less

63
Overrated, Great staging, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you are a die-hard Harry Potter fan, value spectacle over substance, or if you win the ticket lotto (so expensive!)

Don't see it if you aren’t a die-hard fan of the franchise, or if you can’t commit to two days or one long day of theatre

Also The process to get into the theatre is awful. The door security rivals... Read more Read less

51
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Insipid, Excruciating

See it if you love the music, don’t have high expectations, or if a particular “celebrity” you enjoy happens to be in the show

Don't see it if you want performers to care about giving a good performances or you have high expectations on what makes good theatre

Also “Long as you keep em way off balance, they’ll never spot you’ve got no... Read more Read less

71
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if international translations of musicals intrigue you, you are a fan of the show

Don't see it if you struggle to pay attention to supertitles, or you’re not interested in hearing a show not in English

Also While I understand why they put exact translation English supertitles ... Read more Read less

90
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you are a fan of the playwright or enjoy British comedies

Don't see it if you find English accents confusing (although if you can’t understand a Sheffield accent...I’m sorry), or would rather see a musical

Also Richard Bean manages to make snooker an exciting sport to watch, which... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you like new plays, plays that make you think, and if you don’t mind being slightly uncomfortable

Don't see it if you want something happy/feel-good, or aren’t interesting in being made to think about things

Also I call BS on the critics saying the pre-show was “deafening” - it was ... Read more Read less

71
The Beyonce
Midtown W
Great writing, Refreshing, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if you like modern adaptations of classic stories and/or supporting small theatre companies and new plays

Don't see it if you aren’t fond of Chekov in any format or are expecting a play about the actual Beyoncé

Also Eliza Bent has done a fine job at adapting and modernising this Chekov... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Funny, Hilarious, Refreshing, Surprising, Feel-good

See it if you want to see an original musical and/or are looking for a fun night out

Don't see it if you are expecting something deep/life-changing or are easily offended (very mild dirty jokes)

Also What a pleasant surprise! The set and costume design immediately sets ... Read more Read less

93
Terrible security/check-in process, Epic, Great staging, Great acting, Must see

See it if you love Shakespeare, are a fan of this theatre company, or want to see this classic play done extremely well

Don't see it if you’re put off by the length (it doesn’t feel like 3 hours, trust me) or Shakespeare isn’t your thing

Also One of the best performances of this play, or any other Shakespeare pl... Read more Read less

71
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Disappointing, Relevant, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy history/political plays, saw All The Way and want to finish the story, or are an LBJ fanatic (many were in attendance)

Don't see it if you are not a fan of lengthy works (act two is very long) or political plays don’t interest you

Also I had heard so many good things about this play during the run in Ashl... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Needs work, Quirky, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy Shakespearean adaptations, new musicals, or campy/quirky shows that don't take themselves seriously

Don't see it if you are looking for something a little more serious or want to see a more polished new work

Also Shakespeare meets Little Shop with a few screws loose...and ultimately... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Refreshing, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious

See it if you like improv shows, casual/non-traditional entertainment, don't mind audience participation, and are a fan of any of the artists involved

Don't see it if you're expecting a traditional-style show, are not a fan of rap, or are only going to see Lin (no guarantees on guest performers)

Also It's tricky scoring this like any other piece of theatre because it is... Read more Read less

99
Eureka Day
Soho/Tribeca
Relevant, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if you enjoy thought-provoking comedies and want to hear some top-notch writing coupled with a superb ensemble.

Don't see it if you’re not a fan of satire, provocative comedies, or plays about current events

Also Eureka Day is one of the best plays of the year. Topical, hilarious, u... Read more Read less

59
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Indulgent, Insipid, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if you want to see fantastic puppetry and a committed ensemble of performers

Don't see it if you are expecting anything meaningful. this is pure spectacle for spectacle's sake.

Also It was hard to compile my thoughts because the night I attended the au... Read more Read less

96
Road Show
Midtown W
Quirky, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing, Clever

See it if you like Sondheim, seeing shows that are never done, and/or like concert-versions of shows

Don't see it if you would rather see a full-blown production or you aren’t a Sondheim fan

Also Utterly charming. The choice to stage it like an old-timey radio show ... Read more Read less

95
Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see two world-class actors give a masterclass in how theatre should be done

Don't see it if you are sensitive to nudity/strong language, you want to see something with a more exciting plot, or you’d rather see a musical

Also This production of Frankie and Johnny should be required viewing for a... Read more Read less

71
In the Green
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Confusing, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you like supporting new work, new work with an all-female creative team, or experimental musicals

Don't see it if you want to see a traditionally formatted musical or you don’t care about the source material

Also A completely unique piece of theatre. Grace McClean has created a refr... Read more Read less

82
Ain't No Mo'
East Village
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy campy, race-centric shows, shows that make you think, or shows with connected vignettes rather than one plot line.

Don't see it if you don’t wish to be confronted with issues relating to race/privilege, or would rather see something not so serious

Also Thought-provoking evening that had you laughing one minute and ashamed... Read more Read less

77
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Funny, Great writing

See it if you’ve never gotten a chance to see this classic play or if you like plays that feature LGBTQ+ stories

Don't see it if you aren’t into LGBTQ+ themed plays, the length puts you off, or you’d rather see something fluffy

Also Well designed. Well directed. Mostly good performances. Michael Urie d... Read more Read less

97
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy Brecht’s works, are a fan of Raul Esparza, enjoy social satires, and like the previous productions of CSC

Don't see it if you aren’t a fan of Brechtian theatre, would rather see a musical, or don’t want to see a dictator-centric play

Also CSC’s production is near flawless, and perhaps the finest modern examp... Read more Read less

93
Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant, Refreshing, Great music

See it if you enjoy new takes on classic stories, non-traditional musicals, and innovative direction/staging

Don't see it if you prefer traditional song/dance musicals, or the ticket prices are too high (seriously, $129 for the back of the mezz? come on now)

Also I think I’m in the minority that preferred the NYTW production, but th... Read more Read less

85
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a classic musical reimagined, love the original show, or if you missed the original run at St. Ann’s

Don't see it if you think the classics shouldn’t be messed with, or if you are uncomfortable with guns onstage/heavy sexual situations

Also The slight tweaks from the St Ann’s production work nicely for Broadwa... Read more Read less

80
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Funny

See it if you are a fan of Mike Birbiglia or theatrical standup shows in general, and/or you are also a new parent

Don't see it if you’d rather see a proper play/musical or the subject matter doesn’t appeal to you

Also Surprisingly more theatrical than I was expecting it to be. Beowulf Bo... Read more Read less

100
For a previous production
The Jungle
Brooklyn
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if you can? it’s a hard ticket to get, but do. everyone should see this play. especially those who like immersive theatre and strong ensembles.

Don't see it if there’s honestly no reason not to. even if plays based on real events/political theatre isn’t usually your thing, you should go.

Also I tend to avoid most political-charged shows or anything that deals wi... Read more Read less

65
Great singing, Overrated

See it if you are a long-time fan of this show and aren’t expecting to gain anything new or special from seeing it.

Don't see it if you are expecting anything new from this revival, you prefer contemporary musicals

Also This revival offers nothing new or special. It’s a nice chance to hear... Read more Read less

67
We Are The Tigers
East Village
Indulgent, Great singing, Funny, Cliched

See it if you’re a fan of campy material, female-led shows, and new musicals

Don't see it if you are easily squeamish (the gore is minimal but very present) or if you prefer classical musicals vs contemporary ones

Also Uneven is the word that sums this one up for me. Mostly good score. A ... Read more Read less

77
Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you want to see a classic musical reimagined, love the original show, and don’t mind it when theatre makes you uncomfortable

Don't see it if you think the classics shouldn’t be messed with or if you are uncomfortable with guns onstage/heavy sexual situations

Also Daniel Fish has done a fantastic job at returning Oklahoma to its root... Read more Read less

66
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Funny, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if you like new musicals, comedies, or Shakespeare adaptations

Don't see it if you want to see something more serious or deep

Also Mostly strong ensemble (Lauren Molina and Conor Ryan were standouts. S... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Funny, Must see

See it if you missed it in its initial run, you enjoy biting comedies, or are a fan of female-led plays

Don't see it if you’d rather see a musical or a play that’s longer than just over an hour

Also I actually can’t see why the average theatregoer wouldn’t like School ... Read more Read less

92
Agnes
Midtown E
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Must see, Resonant

See it if you like supporting new plays, plays with LGBTQ themes, and non-stereotypical portrayals of people on the autism spectrum

Don't see it if you want an uplifting evening, aren’t interested supporting new works, and don’t want to spend 90 min in cramped seating

Also Agnes does a beautiful job at making the fact that Charlie is on the s... Read more Read less

51
Disappointing, Great singing, Overrated

See it if you are curious as to what all the hype is about, if you are a parent to a teen, or love contemporary musical theatre

Don't see it if you are sensitive to loud shows (this one is very loud) or prefer traditional musical theatre to contemporary pop/rock shows

Also Having read the book it was based on (a disappointing insight into an ... Read more Read less

89
Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Resonant, Masterful

See it if you want a beautiful evening of theatre, don't mind moments of silence, or like short but impactful shows

Don't see it if you like your musicals big and flashy or you have a short attention span (show is 90 min but there are lots of quiet moments)

Also I can't remember the last time I went to see a Broadway musical and li... Read more Read less

80
Great design, Funny, Enchanting, Quirky

See it if you are a fan of the TV show, want to see something that doesn’t require thought, or want a nice family outing that adults can enjoy too

Don't see it if you want to see something serious or TV show adaptations genuinely don’t interest you

Also I was worried going into this that I wouldn’t be able to connect to it... Read more Read less