Imogen Crabb

New York City
About:  the theatre is my mistress. I try to see everything.
Reviews (75)
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
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
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
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

77
During previews
Funny, Fluffy, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if you like the music of the Go-Gos, silly stories with a lot of heart, and shows that celebrate the LGBTQ community

Don't see it if you are easily offended by queer themes or raunchiness, can’t understand Shakespearean language, or are looking for something deep

Also Head Over Heels is entertaining, silly, and ultimately a happy evening... Read more Read less

93
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like retellings of Shakespeare and dark comedies

Don't see it if you prefer your Shakespeare pure or want something feel-good

Also Teenage Dick is full of surprises. I know the plot of Richard III well... Read more Read less

88
Quirky, Funny, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of The Civilians/Michael Friedman, you appreciate the Encores! series, or you want a short but touching evening of theatre

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of the Encores! format (script in hand), or you're looking for a traditional storyline instead of small vignettes

Also A perfect example of "less is more." Simple, fun choreography and stag... Read more Read less

40
Slow, Disappointing, Great music

See it if you are a Sondheim fan or a fan of the show itself

Don't see it if you prefer seeing quality performances

Also Follies is a criminally underproduced show. For such a low ticket pric... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy black box productions, shows that honestly portray those on the autism spectrum, and small but mighty ensembles

Don't see it if you aren't interested in truthful portrayals of those with autism or you want to see a big-budget production

Also Pure theatre magic is happening in Theatre B at 59E59. The entire ense... Read more Read less

84
Great singing, Intense, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy non-traditional theatre, multi-genre scores, and raw, honest storytelling performed by a terrific ensemble

Don't see it if you are only a fan of traditional theatre or prefer standard showtunes to folk-rock

Also You truly are one of the lucky ones to get to experience this story. T... Read more Read less

77
Intelligent, Unique, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if you want a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience, don't mind participation, and feel comfortable with sexual topics

Don't see it if you want a traditional sit-down experience, are intensely uncomfortable participating, or don't like plays with sexual themes

Also Prurience isn't for everyone. Admittedly I'm not the fondest of partic... Read more Read less

99
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if you are a fan of McDonagh’s plays, like plays with strong ensemble, and don’t mind a bit of gallows humour (pardon the pun)

Don't see it if you have difficulty with Irish accents or prefer your comedies to be on the lighter side

Also Superb writing and performances all around. It’s such an ensemble piec... Read more Read less

99
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Exquisite, Must see

See it if you want to see brilliant writing performed by top notch actors who have been expertly directed

Don't see it if you aren’t an Albee fan or if you want to see something that’s more of a spectacle

Also This is Albee performed brilliantly. Lila Neugebauer‘s direction is su... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate shows that shock you/entertain you, then make you think, you want to hear truly great singers tackle a brilliant score

Don't see it if you are easily offended

Also I would have rated this higher, given the talent of the performers and... Read more Read less

84
Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Intense

See it if you are a fan of Enda Walsh, plays with abstract settings, or plays that make you think

Don't see it if you are looking for something straight forward or with a happy ending, or if you can’t understand Irish accents.

Also I was so surprised at how funny it was. Ballyturk took me on an emotio... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Funny, Overrated

See it if you are a fan of the original story, enjoyed Kate Hamill's previous adaptations, like superb physical comedy and ensemble-driven productions

Don't see it if Austen stories aren't your thing or you dislike quirky adaptations of classic works

Also Most of the positive points I gave this productions are credit to two ... Read more Read less

84
Great staging, Intense, Refreshing, Dizzying

See it if you are a fan of the avante garde and enjoy extremely non-traditional theatre

Don't see it if you are scared of anything non-traditional, don’t like being in total darkness or flashing lights, or prefer standard melodies

Also Thomas Paine in Violence is unlike anything I have ever seen. I am not... Read more Read less

96
Epic, Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a tour-de-force performance by a strong, powerful woman, edgy stories don’t scare you, and you like epic new plays

Don't see it if you are sensitive to stories about addiction, don’t like foul language, or are irritated by loud noises and flashing lights

Also The hype is real. Denise Gough is giving a performance for the ages. T... Read more Read less

99
Clever, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Must see

See it if you are a Dave Malloy fan, appreciate non-traditional storytelling and a superb score

Don't see it if you have issues being in complete darkness, want a more linear story

Also I only took one point off for the floor cushions - they weren’t the co... Read more Read less

68
Cliched, Cute, Entertaining

See it if you have kids, want fun for the entire family, enjoy short and quirky shows, and if you loved the cartoon short film

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of kid shows or Carole King music, you like more traditional musicals, or you want a thought-provoking evening.

Also It's always tricky when you have shows that mostly or only contain chi... 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
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
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
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

75
Great acting, Quirky, Edgy, Disappointing dancing

See it if you want to see strong women (and men) playing authentically written adolescents, or you are a fan of Dance Moms satire

Don't see it if you prefer your plays to be less abstract or you are easily grossed out by topics like periods

Also I added the tag "disappointing dancing" not because I was expecting SY... Read more Read less

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

See it if you are a fan of any of the creatives, are interested in plays that make you think, and like theatre that centers around complicated women

Don't see it if you are easily confused by out-of-order plots or are looking for something uplifting

Also Tracy Letts does a fine job at presenting the story of this seemingly ... Read more Read less

54
Disappointing, Confusing, Great staging

See it if you are interested in international productions, like movement-driven pieces, or like shows that fully utilize the given space

Don't see it if you have a hard time with subtitles or are opposed to nudity

Also There were some nice moments of theatre magic (the gigantic light-up g... Read more Read less

87
For a previous production
Great writing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like seeing plays that aren’t produced as much and enjoy black comedies

Don't see it if you aren’t a fan of Vonnegut’s writing, are uncomfortable with swearing and twisted imagery, or prefer big budget productions

Also Kurt Vonnegut Jr May have rated this play a D-, but it deserves the hi... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Slow, Insipid

See it if you want to support new plays, want to see something 90 min long, and aren’t bothered by plays about topical issues

Don't see it if you are sensitive to the topic of school shootings or would prefer to see a musical or a less heavy play

Also I was wildly disappointed by this play. The title intrigued me. I’m a ... Read more Read less

100
Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if You love good theatre. This is darn good theatre. Also if you love ensemble pieces and plays featuring strong and messy women.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in plays centered around women or you prefer comedies. This has comedic moments but ends in a gut punch.

Also 100 is almost too low to rate this phenomenal piece of theatre. This i... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Great writing, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you are a fan of any of the name actors, love the play, or are curious about the hype

Don't see it if you can’t commit to almost 8 hours of theatre over two days or the themes don’t interest you

Also I think it’s a poor representation of the piece as a whole. If you kno... Read more Read less

66
During previews
Dated, Disappointing

See it if you love the music, are fans of the lead actors

Don't see it if you prefer musicals with scripts that match the quality of the music, you want something more contemporary

Also This revival feels like it has been placed in a spacebag - all of the ... Read more Read less

70
Clever, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you appreciate great storytelling and are looking for a unique experience

Don't see it if you are claustrophobic and want a night of "proper" theatre

Also It's hard to score this like a regular show because it's far from it. ... Read more Read less

70
Great writing, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if you are a fan of Enda Walsh, tortured teen romance, or bleak comedies

Don't see it if you can’t understand Irish accents (extremely thick in this piece), are offended by vulgar language and imagery, or want a happy ending.

Also A quirky and devastating portrait of teen romance. I love the writing ... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Great singing, Epic, Intense

See it if you want to see great story-telling, avant-garde theatre that isn't theatre but is also theatre, great musicians, and want a unique evening

Don't see it if you are claustrophobic and hate complete darkness (15 min in the pitch black - you are warned several times), want a traditional evening out

Also I have sat through many shows on the quirkier side that have pitch-bla... Read more Read less

96
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you like productions from the Globe, classical arias, masterful acting, or Mark Rylance

Don't see it if you like modern plays only, dislike classically staged plays, or if you are looking for an overly dramatic piece of theatre

Also Mark Rylance once again is giving a masterclass in acting. He's worth ... Read more Read less

75
Intense, Dizzying, Ambitious, Funny

See it if you like supporting new work/small theatre companies

Don't see it if you aren’t a fan of edgy subjects, drug use, nudity, or foul language

Also PROS: superb set design, a mostly-talented ensemble, great music sound... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Refreshing, Resonant, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you crave honest portrayals of those on the spectrum, don't mind ugly-truthful moments onstage, like theatre that thinks outside the box

Don't see it if you aren't interested in seeing a play about people who aren't neurotypical, prefer more straight-forward dramas

Also It's clunky at times, and I felt the ending needed a bit of a "button,... Read more Read less

69
Funny, Relevant

See it if you want to support NYC's oldest LGBTQ+ theatre company, you like plays with stock characters, you're looking for an entertaining evening

Don't see it if you're not interested in LGBTQ+ history, you don't find drag queens funny, you don't want to visit a leather bar for your theatre

Also Uneven performances. A mostly entertaining evening. The script has its... Read more Read less

87
Enchanting, Great staging, Epic, Intense, Must see

See it if you love immersive theatre, want a completely unique theatrical experience, like "choose-your-own-adventure" stories, and enjoy Macbeth.

Don't see it if you want a traditional night out, don't want to walk around or potentially run up stairs for 3hrs, don't like nudity, or are claustrophobic.

Also It's a must-see for theatre-lovers unless any of the "don'ts" above ap... Read more Read less