Irene 6083

Manhattan | 65+ | Female
About:  I work as an usher for Nederlander and have always loved going to the theatre. I do not have much of a social media presence. I use twitter to enter Broadway lotteries.
Reviews (207)
90
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Edgy, Great singing, Intense, Entertaining

See it if You like Katherine McPhee and/or the movie.

Don't see it if You want a "happy" musical and cannot take scenes of domestic strife/violence.

Also There were several strong musical numbers, but a lot of the songs were... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Confusing, Epic, Intense, Profound

See it if I thought Condola Rashad was luminous. You could not help but watch her.

Don't see it if You cannot sit through a slow-moving play that seems very talky.

Also The second act was better than the first. The first act seemed somewha... Read more Read less

95
Entertaining, Edgy, Hilarious, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if This was a solo puppet show. It got the audience involved and some of the show was based on the audience that day. It was hilarious.

Don't see it if This was not a show for kids. It was strictly for adults.

Also Go see it. I did notice that the Australian accent seemed to slip in a... Read more Read less

75
Dated, Great acting, Indulgent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see life through a deaf person. You want to see their challenges and the way they were treated in the past.

Don't see it if You are looking for a comedy. It is not. Very little action, very talky.

Also I found the sub-titles distracting. I wish a different character could... Read more Read less

100
Edgy, Intelligent, Intense, Profound, Relevant

See it if You want to see how a small lie can mushroom out of control. It was a fabulous show.

Don't see it if If you are not into teen angst.

Also The story kept my interest all the way through. There were 2 big numbe... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Intense, Must see

See it if Andrew Garfield was incredible. Nathan Lane was spectacular. I was totally absorbed in the story. Although it was dark, there were

Don't see it if moments of hilarity. Don't see it if you can't take the reality of what AIDS was like then. The hospital scenes are very graphical and

Also disconcerting.... Read more Read less

75
Later Life
Midtown W
Banal, Slow, Boring, Great set, Funny at times

See it if You like AR Gurney. I have seen a number of his plays and some are better than others.

Don't see it if You don't like drawing room comedies where nothing really happens.

Also I thought the set was great. It wanted a balcony like that. Otherwise,... Read more Read less

95
Entertaining, Great acting, Must see, Profound, Relevant

See it if You like to see people from different walks of life coming together unexpectedly without prrejudice.

Don't see it if You don't like "quiet" musicals or you want to see a lot of action.

Also Tony Shaloub, as always, was incredible. He is always very understated... Read more Read less

75
Cardinal
Midtown W
Clever, Edgy, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if It was thought provoking. It was somewhat about the lengths towns, especially smaller towns, will go to "revitalize", but with that comes

Don't see it if people getting pushed out. I liked the actors, but I thought it veered into racism about Asian people. And in the end, the town wound up

Also up where it started. It gave new meaning to "paint the town red".

100
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Edgy, Hilarious, Must see

See it if This show was OUTRAGEOUS, just like the Jerry Springer Show itself. It went there. Will Swenson was fantastic. The music was operatic

Don't see it if but the lyrics were hysterical. It also was almost a ballet in moving people around and keeping them away from each other. See it if you

Also watched JS, or not. Don't see it if you are prissy. Along the way ther... Read more Read less

100
Delightful, Dated, Great staging, Fluffy, Must see

See it if This was an old-fashioned Broadway musical with an overture. Bernadette was amazing. Wow. The dance number were all great, esp the waiters'

Don't see it if dance. Reminded me a little of "Laugh In". Although it did seem dated, the point was just a great musical. Many of the musical numbers were

Also familiar and everyone loved "Hello Dolly" and Bernadette Peters.... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Edgy, Epic, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if I have seen several Eve Ensler shows. This one hit close to home, as I had been diagnosed 5 years ago with breast cancer and underwent

Don't see it if surgery and chemo. I also had a complicated relationship with my mother. That's what this show was about -- vulnerability and

Also family relationships and how it ties into the world at large. Everyone... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Confusing, Entertaining, Indulgent, Slow

See it if I liked John Lithgow. I thought he was a very good storyteller. I just wish he had told more stories about his life and his family. That

Don't see it if was where he really shined. The first story was amusing and I could follow it, but the second I could only follow parts.

Also See it if you want to know how he was influenced by the stories his fa... Read more Read less

75
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Ambitious, Indulgent, Raunchy, Slow, Talky

See it if I felt Uma Thurman was a little stiff. It was hard to feel for her. Everytime her character showed a little emotion, she pulled back and

Don't see it if was very cold. I felt it worked best when the dialog became political. That was the only time it was relevant. See it if you like star

Also driven shows, esp Uma. Otherwise, not worth the money.

75
During previews
Mankind
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if This show was all over the place. The concept was interesting - women were extinct and men could get pregnant and give birth, but only boys.

Don't see it if It was never explained how any of these things happened ... but OK. Then it morphed into a religion when a girl was born. The golden baby

Also was a little much. And the whole thing about the feminists. Where did ... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Masterful, Intense, Riveting, Must see

See it if This was not like any Sweeney I have seen before. It was immersive theater. The set itself was very limited. The actors roamed about the

Don't see it if audience. Carolee Carmello was magnificent. See it if you can. I won a lottery ticket and was at one of the tables. Don't see it if the

Also story is abhorrent. It was chilling. it was a great example of how to ... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Hilarious, Clever, Fluffy, Not your father's pop

See it if This was certainly different. When you see through the antics, the sight gages and people constantly moving around, it actually was a

Don't see it if fairly traditional rendition. If you can wrap your head around the concept of the spirit of G&S, you will enjoy it. it is a great

Also introduction for kids. Don't see it if you are a G&S purist. One glari... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Who's Holiday!
Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Great writing, Quirky, Funny

See it if This was billed as Dr. Suess for adults and it definitely was. Lesli Margherita was great. Initially, I was annoyed by the rhyming, but

Don't see it if once I got into the rhythm, it was very funny. You probably will not like it if you don't like Dr. Suess. Some of the jokes were very

Also predictable, especially the one aboout how her daughter, who is green,... Read more Read less

100
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Delightful, Great staging, Hilarious, Romantic, Clever

See it if This is my 2nd time seeing this show. I saw it in 2006 at NYMF. I loved the show. "Just for You" for literally a show stopper. I managed

Don't see it if to track down a demo version and have it on my phone. I found this version to be equally great. I though the ensemble numbers were the

Also best. SEE THIS SHOW. it could be a companion piece to The Robber Bride... Read more Read less

95
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Romantic, Beautiful scenery

See it if See it. I was swept up by the beautiful scenery and the romantic love story.

Don't see it if You are looking for answers.

Also I didn't expect to love the show as much as I did. It was a beautiful ... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Edgy, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if If you like Michael Moore. I found out things I did not know about him. He is best when he is ranting.

Don't see it if He was preaching to the choir. If you are not a liberal or like him don't go. Also, the show was too long.

Also He could have cut out the "special guest" of the day. the shgow ran ap... Read more Read less

95
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Delightful, Great staging, Masterful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You have ever seen a musical. This was not a revue, it was a re-creation of each of the musicals. It will whet your appetite to see a full

Don't see it if production of these shows. You don't like musicals or you don't like parts of shows.

Also The staging was incredible. The scenery for She Loves Me was great. Fo... Read more Read less

95
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Profound, Relevant

See it if This show was amazingly relevant to what is going on in this country and the world today. If you like "folk music", you will love it.

Don't see it if This was basically a concert, not a play. Otherwise, see it.

85
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Cliched, Confusing, Edgy, Intense, Relevant

See it if Everyone should see it. It seemed particularly relevant, given our current political situation. It was confusing at times.

Don't see it if You have no tolerance for political views other than your own.

75
The End of Longing
West Village
Indulgent, Raunchy, Stiff acting, Uncomfortable, All over the place

See it if If you like Matthew Perry's portrayal of Oscar Madison, racheted up to a pathetic bully. You like stories about disfunctional and desperate

Don't see it if people. If you are looking for Chandler Bing. Matthew Perry need more rehearsal and more stage experience.

Also I liked the show's portrayal of imperfect people. I felt that Matthew ... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great songs

See it if You liked Donna Summer's music and want to learn a little more about her.

Don't see it if You are not into disco music or music of the 70's.

Also I liked this show more than I thought I would. The use of three Donna'... Read more Read less

80
Travesties
Midtown W
Ambitious, Confusing, Funny, Raunchy, Masterful

See it if See it if you like Tom Stoppard and/or British "comedy". I find some of his work too out there.

Don't see it if You are not prepared to pay close attention.

Also It had elements of "Groundhog Day". They kept restarting some the scen... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Ambitious, Great staging, Intense, Riveting, Great acting

See it if you are familiar with the books and/or movies. You are prepared to see a grown-up Harry Potter.

Don't see it if you are not at least somewhat familiar with the story. You can't take the idea of a Harry Potter who is like your parents.

Also I was happy I spent the previous week watching all the movies. This wa... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Delightful, Hilarious, Camp, Great staging, Silly

See it if You like old 50's Sci-Fi movies, especially when turned into utterly ridiculous musicals. I see as many of these as I can.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy being silly and suspending your reality for a couple of hours. See it.

Also I loved the show. The author was sitting in my row and was happy with ... Read more Read less

35
During previews
Rocktopia
Midtown W
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Indulgent, Boring

See it if You must see 70s/80s rock mashed up with classical music. The classical selections were much better than the rock songs.

Don't see it if Each song went on way way too long. A lot of people left at intermission. I didn't know it was an intermission until I got to the door.

Also SKIP IT.

80
Entertaining, Fluffy, Romantic, Lot of energy, Funny

See it if You are a Parrot Head or a Jimmy Buffet fan.

Don't see it if You are looking for a story that makes sense. Many times, the story seemed to be just so a certain song could be sung.

Also I enjoyed the music. The cast had a lot of energy and were fun to watc... Read more Read less

40
Relevance
West Village
Obnoxious, Talky, Banal, Excruciating, Intense

See it if I found this show to be obnoxious and talky. Jayne Houyshell's character was hard-assed and closed minded. A lot of people gave this a

Don't see it if good review. Did they see the same show. Richard Masur was great. He exuded warmth and was like a teddy bear. Skip it.

Also I understood the basic story. a woman of an older generation who has f... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Delightful, Funny, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You like stories about people that achieve in spite of their disabilities. "Amy" herself was charming.

Don't see it if You are looking for a no-thought comedy or you do not like difficult subjects.

Also I found this play to be very thought-provoking play. It highlighted th... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Koalas are Dicks
East Village
Entertaining, Hilarious, Black comedy, Manic, Insane

See it if If you like surreal black comedies and quickly move into the realm of disbelief.

Don't see it if If you cannot suspend reality for 90 minutes.

Also This started as a simple black comedy and descended into madness, It w... Read more Read less

90
Jericho
East Village
Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if I liked it more than I thought I would. I am told this is based on the story that Carousel is based on. The actors were all very strong.

Don't see it if Very interesting redemption story. Held my attention. See it if you like stories that have a twist. Don't see it if you don't like a

Also drama with many moments of comedy and. It made me think about the kind... Read more Read less

10
Disco Pigs
Chelsea
Awful, Waste of time, Confusing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if I have seen over 1300 shows since 2004 and there are very few I would rate an "F". This was one. At 75 minutes, it was 74-1/2 minutes too

Don't see it if long. As well, I could not understand anything these 2 characters were saying. That's 75 minutes of my life I will never get back. I could

Also feel no empathy for these 2 people.... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Party Face
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if If this were a book it would labeled "Chick Lit". It was a story of mothers and daughters at odds and in competition with one another. It

Don't see it if was a play taking place in Ireland, it was very familiar to every woman. I had not seen or heard of Hayley Mills in decades and she was

Also excellent. I saw my mother in her. I also saw myself in the two daught... Read more Read less

95
Fluffy, Hilarious, Raunchy, Camp, Audience pleaser

See it if The show was hysterical. All the actors were dead on. The songs went down easy. See it if you watched the show and remember it fondly.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you did not watch the show. It was basically an "in joke". I did feel the parody of Tom Seleck was a bit off. But the

Also portrayal of Janice was spot on. I do wonder why the actor that played... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if I must be honest. I am not familiar with the TV show or the movie. Most of the people there were. Nevertheless, I found it to be a very

Don't see it if cute show with an actual plot. There were all the requisite characters incl the stereotype villian. it was a most enjoyable show.

Also See it if you know Sponge Bob or not. It was very colorful, as if a bo... Read more Read less

85
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Romantic, Riveting

See it if I had never seen M. Butterfly before. I definitely could see Julie Taymore's influence. Clive Owen was great. Jin Ha was amazing. It is

Don't see it if very worthwhile. See it, if you can suspend belief that this man could have been in love with this "woman" and intimate for 20 years

Also knowing she was a he. I felt for Rene and was angry that he was basica... Read more Read less

65
The Children
Midtown W
Confusing, Slow, Boring, Disappointing, Banal

See it if There was no story exposition. I had no idea what was happening. I had no idea these people were retired nuclear scientists. There was

Don't see it if mention early on about "when it happened", but what? It was no until the very end that the reason for these people getting together became

Also apparent. See it if you must. Otherwise, skip it. Other people gave it... Read more Read less

75
The Portuguese Kid
Midtown W
Cliched, Confusing, Raunchy, Funny, Uneven

See it if Sheree Renee Scott was hysterical. Jason Alexander -- no so much. There were a lot of very funny lines/moments, but somehow it did not

Don't see it if funny. There were also many moments of pathos, which did not seem in character with the comedy. it just did not seem to know what it was.

Also was -- a comedy or a drama with comedic moments. The sets were great a... Read more Read less

80
Hot Mess
Midtown W
Cliched, Entertaining, Edgy, Hilarious, Raunchy

See it if While the subject matter is slightly difficult -- a man telling his girlfriend that he is bi-sexual -- the one liners keep coming. If you

Don't see it if miss one, there will be a thousand others. It seemed like a stand-up comics telling the audience about their lives by dramatizing.

Also It was less than an hour and could have probably been improved and ext... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Banal, Dated, Insipid, Slow, Unremarkable

See it if You like polite family dramas. Anna Camp was very good. the first act was slow and tedious but the second act was much better.

Don't see it if You can't relate to live in another time or like these kinds of family dramas.

Also I have seen Steven Boyer in other shows and on TV and he is hysterical... Read more Read less

65
Banal, Slow, Raunchy, Insipid, Indulgent

See it if You like family dramas where everyone has secrets. Some things you only find out much later (death of the other son).

Don't see it if You are looking for anything to happen. The actors were mostly good, however, some of them were obnoxious. Their lives were honest.

Also Tedra Millan shined as the girlfriend. Their lives seemed to reflect l... Read more Read less

55
During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Intense, Edgy

See it if You like a minimalist production, full of young buff men.

Don't see it if You are expecting the story the movie told.

Also This was a very dystopian, very violent, confusing production. Much of... Read more Read less

75
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Quirky, Great for kids

See it if You like slightly twisted kids-to adult musicals. The oompa loompas were hysterical. It was very sweet.

Don't see it if You want to engage with a dramatic story.

Also I felt somewhat embarassed for Christian Borle. He deserves much bette... Read more Read less

85
Marvin's Room
Midtown W
Slow, Thought-provoking, Sad but pointless, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You like family dramas that never really get resolved and your focus is on the characters themselves.

Don't see it if You don't like to be kept hanging as to resolution. You want some real action.

Also Lilly Taylor seemed extremely subdued until the very end. Janeane Garo... Read more Read less

30
Underground
Midtown E
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Slow

See it if If you like two-handers with sparse sets where nothing happens -- literally.

Don't see it if I was bored. The characters did not seem to care about each other. I was happy there was no intermission -- it was over faster.

Also Nothing happened, nobody cared. They were not very likeable.

85
Clever, Dated, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You like comedies. This was about a con man with no conscience.

Don't see it if This is a dark comedy. Sometimes the action moved very slow. You have to have patience.

Also The sound was not loud enough, You have to listen very carefully. At f... Read more Read less