Imogen Crabb

New York City
About:  the theatre is my mistress. I try to see everything.
Reviews (112)
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
Dance Nation
Midtown W
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
Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
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
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
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
Yerma
Upper E Side
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
Disco Pigs
Chelsea
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
Animal Wisdom
Brooklyn
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
Fuck Marry Kill
West Village
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
Uncommon Sense
East Village
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
Street Theater
Chelsea
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
Sleep No More
Chelsea
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

92
Assassins
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Must see, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you are a fan of the show or any member of this superb cast, and if you like theatre that makes you think.

Don't see it if you prefer classic, happy musicals, you prefer your theatre less politically-charged

Also A near-flawless concert production with a stellar cast (exception: Eth... Read more Read less

70
Slow, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you are a Shakespeare lover, want to see a production of this particular play

Don't see it if 2hrs and 45 min is too long for you, you want to see a less sexist Shakespeare play

Also Every pull quote for this production references the staging. "Innovati... Read more Read less

74
Cats
Midtown W
Great dancing, Entertaining

See it if you are a tourist, you love the show, want to see terrific dancers, and just want to enjoy yourself at the theatre without thinking too hard

Don't see it if you hate the show, you aren't a fan of ALW, and you want to be entertained by more than just great dancing.

Also This revival is a little overwrought. As someone who grew up on the or... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Great acting, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you like this play, are a fan of the actors, and want to see Shakespeare performed in an intimate setting

Don't see it if you like truncated versions of plays (it is 4 hours. the 3 1/2 hour run time is a lie), and prefer seeing proper sets and costumes

Also PROS: Oscar Isaac, Oscar Isaac, Oscar Isaac. He is a terrific Hamlet. ... Read more Read less

94
Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if you are a fan of the playwright/the source material and you love new plays

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of the source material, you don't like plays with very little action, or you can't sit still for 90 min straight.

Also The thing I appreciated the most about this show is I never knew whose... Read more Read less

92
For a previous production
Hilarious, Must see, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you love farce, British imports, and having your sides hurt from laughing

Don't see it if you're dead inside? I don't know. If you hate comedy you won't like this. And if you hate comedy, then I don't want to know you.

Also It's even better the second time. The tight-knit cast is clearly havin... 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

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
Teenage Dick
East Village
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
Gone Missing
Midtown W
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
We Live by the Sea
Midtown E
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
The Lucky Ones
East Village
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
Prurience
Upper E Side
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
Hangmen
Chelsea
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
Ballyturk
Brooklyn
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
Ghost Quartet
East Village
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
Really Rosie
Midtown W
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

89
Enchanting, Great staging, Masterful, Quirky

See it if you want a non-traditional theatre experience, like immersive theatre, or are savvy to the interworkings of a theatre company.

Don't see it if you want a traditional theatre experience, hate immersive theatre, don't want to walk around, or aren't interested in movement-based theatre

Also Ghost Light is a love letter to all aspects of working in the theatre,... Read more Read less

89
Great singing, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a stellar production of this show, you are a Sondheim fan, you want to hear Jake sing live (exceptionally well)

Don't see it if you aren't a Sondheim fan, want a happy ending, prefer seeing shows with full sets and staging

Also Less is more. This simply staged production succeeds because of its fo... Read more Read less

74
Dated, Great singing, Overrated, Funny

See it if you have sentimental memories of this show, love classic Broadway musicals, or are intrigued by the star power

Don't see it if you want a plot that is less fluff and more heart, you don't like the classics

Also I saw this show when Donna Murphy was on, who was simply wonderful as ... Read more Read less

87
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Riveting, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if you like terrific ensembles, masterful playwrighting, and are interested in the subject material.

Don't see it if you like plays based on fiction, not history

Also It was unexpectedly funny! I did not anticipate feeling a wave of emot... Read more Read less

89
Indecent
Midtown W
Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want to be moved, you like fantastic ensemble performances

Don't see it if you don't like plays with Jewish history or LGBTQ+ content, you want a more traditional style play, or you don't want to be moved

Also Indecent was lovely Off-Broadway and it is even lovelier on Broadway. ... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like your Shakespeare easy to understand (this production is extremely easy to follow)

Don't see it if you are sick of the current political climate and are going to the theatre to escape it all.

Also This was the first time I've seen a production of this play when I had... Read more Read less

50
Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you love drag queens and fierce choreography

Don't see it if you want a quality music with a good book to match (I'm sorry, how this won over Matilda is BEYOND me)

Also I felt like I was getting preached at. The music is bland and the acce... Read more Read less