Jacqueline Parker

New York City | 65+ | Female
About:  I'm a retired Greenwich Village professional lady who attends about 150 shows a year, in and out of New York, on- and off- Broadway. I'm finding, surprisingly, I get more bang for the buck off-Broadway and when I travel. Shakespeare festival in Ontario this summer was superb!
Reviews (85)
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Fun, in a '60s kind of way, Promises more than it delivers, Indulgent

See it if you want to see the kind of fun, weird theatre that was off- and off-off Broadway in the 60s. If you don't feel the need to have meaning.

Don't see it if Fluffy, going-no-where theatre is not for you.

Also Upon entering the space, patrons are encouraged to look around, open b... Read more Read less

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Sartre-esque, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Too long

See it if You enjoy an occasional existential romp in the theatre. The set was great, but it would have been better without an intermission.

Don't see it if You don't want to get too many brains cells fired up to enjoy a theatrical performance. The writing was a bit dry, which made it seem longer

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Delightful, Entertaining, Romantic, Dated, Heartfelt

See it if you love Jerry Herman, want to see a romantic story about middle-aged people, or want to see a pack of great performers give it their best!

Don't see it if you need spectacle and bombast to enjoy a musical. This ain't it, but what it is is terrific.

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During previews
Cliched, Dated, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Arch

See it if British plays of manners are appealing, or if you want to see a discussion about how infidelity should not be necessarily be destructive.

Don't see it if Clearly dated pieces irritate you. This is for real theatre aficionados who appreciate the history of the craft.

Also What man has never constructed an argument defending infidelity as som... Read more Read less

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Resonant, Energetic, Entertaining, Dated, Historically important

See it if You would like to experience an entertainment show from the WWII era the way the servicemen did--this is as close as you will ever get!

Don't see it if Corny yet sweet dialogue and lyrics put your teeth on edge.

Also This show was a complete delight--everyone was in top form, enthusiast... Read more Read less

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Fluffy, Entertaining, Great writing, Funny, Timely

See it if You think there's nothing more to be said about marriage equality. If you loved Buyer & Cellar and The Cleaning Guy, this is for you. Go!

Don't see it if You've had your fill of gay humor and need a longer play to satisfy you.

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Endearing, Charming, Intelligent, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You already adore Coward, or are waiting to fall in love with him. This is a delectable Valentine that illustrates almost all his facets.

Don't see it if You don't like Coward, the cabaret format, or things very British.

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Moving, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Intelligent, Timely

See it if you want to see an intelligent musical whose subtitle could be "What a tangled web we weave!".

Don't see it if modern set design and lighting irritate you (think Curious Incident).

Also I found this piece more appealing intellectually than viscerally, and ... Read more Read less

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Estrogen heavy, Historically interesting, Great staging, Happy, Chic show

See it if you want to see something about the early days of feminism that's not preachy or boring.

Don't see it if Too much estrogen on stage makes you itch.

Also This modest, yet potent musical, never bored me, and had my attention ... Read more Read less

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Quirky, Haunting, Masterful, Fantastic set, Absorbing

See it if You have 90 minutes to spare for the most intense use of that time. This play is still resounded within me, and there is something for you.

Don't see it if You need everything to tie up at the end in a logical bow, or if you can't commit the mental energy for this provocative piece.

Also Admittedly, David Hyde Pierce, who is so likeable it should be illegal... Read more Read less

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Slow, Dull dialogue, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you haven't gotten your fill of family dramas that tell you nothing new.

Don't see it if you need drama stronger than a cup of decaf. I found it bloviating and repetitive at times, and not really relevant.

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Romantic, Frothy, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you love Noel Coward and shows set in the 1940s.

Don't see it if You need a high octane musical to be happy.

Also This little unknown treasure has finally been produced, and I'm happy!... Read more Read less

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Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Exciting

See it if You've always been curious about this play but have never seen it--it will never be served up better.

Don't see it if Modern dress for Shakespeare annoys you, if you don't care about seeing minor Shakespeare at all, or, if you are sick of anything political.

Also This was an intelligent, relevant, and passionate presentation of a pl... Read more Read less

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Touching, Tightly directed, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Plays about the dynamics of mothers and daughters, or simply families in general, is of interest. I'm still thinking about it.

Don't see it if This is clearly a play for women more than men. If that's not your world, maybe take a pass.

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Haunting, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Dated

See it if you want to learn what the fuss is about. It's not drop-dead wonderful, but its subtle charm is that I can't get it out of my mind.

Don't see it if The Glass Menagerie is not your thing. This is almost a memory play, or at least feels like it, and for all the sorrow, the hope is there.

Also I've heard many things about this revival, many of which try to make i... Read more Read less

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Heartwarming, For the true aficianado, Academically valuable, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to learn a bit about the roots of theatre as we know it. This is a simple story, a bit of a morality play, worth seeing if you can

Don't see it if Razzle-dazzle in an integral part of your recipe for a good theatre experience.

Also These are two plays that I found curiously arresting because they were... Read more Read less

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During previews
Thoroughly entertaining, Great direction, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You want to learn who Goldsmith was and why he's still being performed, and if you want to see a theatre group give it their all--great fun!

Don't see it if Comedies of manners are not your thing, or if older language does not appeal.

Also I was not familiar with this play, and I'm glad, for it I had been, I ... Read more Read less

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During previews
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to know about the man who made Big Brother a bad thing. This works resonate still, we all read them, now meet the man behind them.

Don't see it if intellectual theatre is not your thing, or if you don't care about Orwell, Socialism, Communism, and anything remotely political.

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During previews
Uninteresting, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you're a fan of Horton Foote, and if shows with a Southern flavor appeal to you. Harriet Harris is the reason to see this show.

Don't see it if you find tales of the South boring for the most part. The characters had depth, but not enough to engage me.

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During previews
A bit zany, Original, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the kind of zaniness usually associated with Comden & Green. There are two songs, the likes of which I have never heard before.

Don't see it if You don't want to have fun or are impatient with small productions in small spaces.

Also Seeing the show was almost like watching an egg hatch. It's got some m... Read more Read less

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Historical, Timely, Educational, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if like me, you thought Tammany was an Irish politician, and if you love learning about the history of our great city. Also, George M. Cohan!

Don't see it if You don't have patience for something engaging and charming, and makes you feel so good at the end. Or, if you're done with politics.

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Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you're a history buff, perhaps. I had high hopes at the beginning, but we all had trouble hearing some of the most crucial words, so...

Don't see it if You have no interest in this theatrically significant personage. He gave his house to the Players' club--nice guy, despite his brother.

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During previews
Quirky, Excruciating, Edgy, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You have never seen an avant garde show in a small black space with weird lighting effects and plotline you've seen better. And a naked man

Don't see it if you have a delusion that this is anything like Hitchcock. It was so non-suspenseful--I couldn't stop checking my watch.

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Cast too young, Disappointing, Relevant, Great set design, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a truly great American musical. It's close to Music Man in my book. It deserves a B'way revival-Bobby Creighton in lead!

Don't see it if You know the show already. Nothing new here, and you've probably seen it done better. However, some clever songs make it worthwhile.

Also A Bock and Harnick show is not easily dismissed, and certainly not thi... Read more Read less

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Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like politics, particularly statecraft. Sher's direction,as always, is brilliant. It's 3 hours, but they go by fast. Starbucks first!

Don't see it if You don't care about current events and the power plays behind them that we rarely get to see. It's wordy, but smart, and goes by in a snap

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During previews
Too long, Great acting, Predictable, Cliched

See it if you enjoy a two-hander with a thoroughly predictable outcome.

Don't see it if you've seen enough theatre exploring the plight of the poor fill-in-the-blank and the travails therein, real or imagined.

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Must see, Riveting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Perfectly crafted

See it if you enjoy hearing about NY theatre from 1960 to now, and especially if you enjoy stories about great actors like Gielgud and Hepburn.

Don't see it if One-man shows--even brilliant ones--are not your thing.

Also This play is so perfectly crafted--you don't realize you're in the han... Read more Read less

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During previews
Raunchy, Excruciating, Banal, Edgy, Dizzying

See it if The adjectives I chose to describe this show excite you.

Don't see it if Gratuitous violence, sexuality, poor language in a depressing setting spoken in thick Cockney are not your thing.

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Captivating, Intelligent, Delightful, Clever

See it if You have a passing knowledge of this man and want to know more. Clever staging--a device that uses three actors to portray Gorey--worked.

Don't see it if You know nothing about Gorey--this doesn't give enough basic information to make it worth your while.

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Quirky, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if You're a die-hard Salinger fan, or if you're fascinated by assassins. The more you know about Salinger, the more you'll appreciate it.

Don't see it if I can't imagine anyone enjoying this if they don't have at least a rudimentary awareness of Catcher in the Rye and/or Salinger.

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Profound, Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Stoppard-esque

See it if you enjoy intense verbal gymnastics, as in Stoppard's "Travesties". Clever conceit of a trial, through which Luther's flaws are understood.

Don't see it if You don't like heavy drama that demands intellectual engagement and a certain level of historical knowledge.

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Disappointing, Cliched, Tedious

See it if You are a fan of Richard Greenberg -- don't miss the self-homage in act II. Julie Halston and Randy Graff are the real stars here.

Don't see it if You need real meat on the bones of your theatrical experience.

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Great choreography, Miscast, Non-gritty, Sanitized, Disappointing

See it if you want an earful of Cy Coleman songs, enough to propel you to the excellent film version. Also, Shuler Hensley is perfect in the role.

Don't see it if You're looking to relive this heart-breaking story.

Also I've always found this show to be surprisingly endearing, yet this ver... Read more Read less

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Thought-provoking, Great acting, Painful, Absorbing, Cathartic

See it if you've ever been privy to an imbalanced relationship, when one moves on while the other stays stuck. Also, if you enjoy terse writing.

Don't see it if You don't want to face a heart-breaking situation, one with which you may already be all too familiar.

Also Admittedly, this play starts out very s-l-o-w-l-y, but once it picks u... Read more Read less

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Terpsichorean wonder, Must see, Heart-warming, Magical, Spectacular

See it if you want to jumpstart the holidays in your heart. Yep, same show as last year, almost, but it never fails to amaze, cheer, and make me happy

Don't see it if "Bah, humbug" are words that flow from your mouth often this time of year.

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Overrated, Over-produced, Confusing

See it if excessive spectacle can win over solid story for you.

Don't see it if you don't like to mix Tolstoy with Cirque de Soleil. There was too much spectacle for its own sake, muddying the entire thing for me. Sorry

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Non-engaging, Unbelievable, Great set and lighting, Dated, Disappointing

See it if You want to see what it was like in 1980s New York City, if you can't get enough of Christian Borle and your interest is purely academic.

Don't see it if You've grasped the concept of a man leaving his wife and child for another man years ago.

Also While I believed what was happening on stage, I never believed that it... Read more Read less

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Great writing, Great acting, Hilarious, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you want to see the work of two great masters--MacArthur and Hecht. This is dated, but yet, surprisingly relevant.

Don't see it if A bit of dust on a superior script is bothersome, or if political incorrectness is offensive to you.

Also 1928, Chicago--pre-Depression and the St. Valentine's Day Massacre mon... Read more Read less

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Delovely, Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Enchanting

See it if you want to see the best version of this old show you'll ever find. I've never liked this show, but I did a complete turn around!

Don't see it if Charm, a big of magic, delicious ballerina, stunning, intelligent lyrics, and a rollicking good time are not your thing.

Also Hats off to the creative team for some luscious ballet spots, dreaming... Read more Read less

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Slow, Excruciating, Great acting, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if you are in the mood for something dark and gloomy -- perfect for Halloween!

Don't see it if You get impatient with plays that seem never-ending and are headache inducers.

Also I truly hated this, primarily because of the writing. I rated it 50 to... Read more Read less

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Fluffy, Terrific dancing, Great staging, Dated, Delightful

See it if you need an antidote to debates, if you love Gershwin, if you want to see how much magic can be wrought on a tiny stage with talented folks.

Don't see it if The charm and simplicity of old musicals completely eludes you, or if helicopters, falling chandeliers or bad language are necessary.

Also Who would expect so much joy in less than two hours? This group ALWAYS... Read more Read less

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Riveting, Masterful, Great singing, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if The idea of mini-operas is appealing, a complete story told in 45 minutes in intriguing, if you want to see compelling talent at its best.

Don't see it if you think worthwhile theatre cannot be found west of Eighth Avenue and south of 42nd Street, or if you are not willing to concentrate on it.

Also In the interest of full disclosure, I was unable to stay for the final... Read more Read less

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Must see, Drop-dead costumes, Incredible dancing, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You want to Shake Your Own Blues Away! Also, if you revere Berlin and his style, want to see something sweet without being saccharine.

Don't see it if You have no soul that can benefit from being warmed in the most tender way. I loved it!

Also I entered the theatre with a bit of trepidation, knowing how these sho... Read more Read less

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Slow, Gimmicky, Quirky, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you are a teenage boy who loves adventure stories and/or someone who is interested in new technology in the theatre.

Don't see it if You get impatient with gimmicky theatre and/or are a female. I grasped the concept in the first 20 minutes, and would have left if I could.

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Absorbing, Visceral, Explosive, Powerful, Intense

See it if you enjoy a twist on a classic that is not done just to be different. I found it gripping, especially within the confines of a small stage.

Don't see it if You're above the Off-off-off scene, and if you want your classics done classically.

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Trite, Tedious, Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you have no knowledge of the story/film, or if someone is paying you large sums to see it, and buying you dinner.

Don't see it if You have anything at all better to do. I must admit I left at the interval. It was intellectual/emotional self-flaggelation.

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Refreshing, Very funny, Clever, Energetic, Surprising

See it if Within this concept, which could have turned totally trashy, you will find poignancy and loneliness, and so much laughter you'll be amazed.

Don't see it if you want to pretend you've never been on Craig's List (the great equalizer) and if the deep West Village theatre scene is beyond your ken.

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Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Topical, Clever

See it if like me, you poke your own fun at the news as you watch it. This piece is a bit like Forbidden Broadway, and much better than I expected.

Don't see it if Satire is not your thing, you're so sick of the election that you're devoid of a sense of humor, having a good belly laugh is unthinkable.

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Uninspired, Insipid, Excruciating, Confusing, Cliched

See it if you have the time for a meaningless, unsatisfying adventure in the theatre. Time better spend wandering the neighborhood.

Don't see it if There is really nothing to recommend about this show. Sorry!

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Great singing, Excruciating, Insipid, Slow, Tedious

See it if you enjoy simple, sophomoric (at times sophomoronic!) theatre.

Don't see it if you think anything making fun of Richard Rodgers and Oklahoma! is a sacrilege. This was a headache-inducing waste of time. Be smarter!