Jana6240

Brooklyn | 25-34 | Female
About:  I feel more helpless than I have in years
Reviews (179)
70
Ambitious, Clever

See it if you like plays that deal with attitudes toward race throughout the years.

Don't see it if you prefer your shows a little more nuanced. The humor in this is played very broadly.

Also I liked the first act much better than the second, but some of the hum... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Funny, Clever

See it if you are a fan of horror movies, cheerleader movies, and/or musicals. This is a great combo of the three.

Don't see it if you dislike the topic of murder or if you prefer a big flashy Broadway show.

Also I wish this show had either leaned a little more toward camp or taken ... Read more Read less

55
Dated, Banal

See it if you want to see a nice production of a rarely-done show .

Don't see it if you like shows with substance or if you dislike the mufti format.

Also I don't think there was anything wrong with this production, the cast ... Read more Read less

70
Great singing, Funny

See it if you are open to the mufti style and want to see a solid production of a rarely-done show.

Don't see it if you dislike shows that have a very pat ending or if you prefer a big fancy showbiz-type musical.

Also Andrea Burns is CRAZY talented. The plot of the show was fun, but the ... Read more Read less

80
Dark, Absorbing

See it if you like dark one-acts

Don't see it if you dislike dark topics or want a big flashy show

Also 'Night Mother is one my all-time favorites, and it is beautifully done... Read more Read less

70
Funny, Ambitious

See it if you are open to musicals with small casts that focus on dark comedies.

Don't see it if you dislike themes of depression and suicide, or want a big flashy musical.

Also The cast members are definitely comedians first and singers second, bu... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you are a HUGE Cher fan, like snazzy sets/costumes, & love seeing SJB, Emily Skinner, or Michael Berresse being amazing

Don't see it if you dislike bio-musicals that just kind of have songs shoe-horned in. They don't work too hard to make things smooth.

Also Stephanie J. Block, Emily Skinner, and Michael Berresse are all wonder... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Funny, Delightful

See it if you like Birbiglia's style of comedy

Don't see it if you dislike standup comedy. This is obviously not a traditional Broadway show

80
Enchanting, Clever

See it if you enjoy a quirky little piece about some random/ordinary/fascinating New Yorkers.

Don't see it if you want a big shiny musical with a crazy set and a million cast members.

50
During previews
Slow, Disappointing

See it if you want to see Kristine Nielsen be absolutely brilliant in a slow, if emotionally moving, play.

Don't see it if you dislike shows that take a while to get started and kind of plod along.

Also One of the four actresses spoke so quietly that in the second row from... Read more Read less

40
During previews
Insipid, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you like the type of movies that Adam Sandler has been putting out over the last decade. This could definitely have been a Sandler movie

Don't see it if you like quality musical theater and shows that make you think

Also Most of the cast is doing a great job with what they're given. I'd rat... Read more Read less

75
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy dramatic plays dealing with homosexuality

Don't see it if you like light and fluffy shows

Also I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I'd say the only part I re... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Creative, Quirky

See it if you love the music of The Go-Gos or if you are particularly fond of updated Shakespearean-esque stories

Don't see it if you prefer more traditional musicals or dislike frank discussions of gender and sexuality

Also I've been thinking about this for almost a week now - I really can't t... Read more Read less

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you liked the movie, or were a fan of Heathers or Bring it On the musicals.

Don't see it if you hate musicals focusing on teenagers or like shows that are really heavy and meaningful

Also I was really pleased with this show overall. True enough to the movie ... Read more Read less

40
Insipid, Fluffy

See it if you are passionate about Jimmy Buffet music, or are trying to see every single show that's ever on Broadway

Don't see it if you are an intelligent person. The jokes are DUMB and the music is exactly what you think it is.

Also The hardest I laughed was at the first sung line - a guy on a dock sin... Read more Read less

90
Must see, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if you like a musical that's not Disney-fied. Or if you need your faith in Encores to be restored.

Don't see it if you need light, fluffy musicals.

Also This is the best show Encores has done in years. Just incredible. Not ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Slow, Profound

See it if you want to see what seems to be a definitive production of an important play

Don't see it if you have a short attention span. My god, man, edit.

Also Garfield and Lane are both spectacular. I'm glad I saw this specific p... Read more Read less

65
Messy

See it if you are an Encores! completist or a big fan of Man in Chair (he's great in this)

Don't see it if you dislike revues

Also It feels like such a cop-out to include this as part of Encores! Shoul... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Great acting

See it if you like a one-woman show and are open to shows that deal with mental illness

Don't see it if you like larger-scale productions

70
Resonant, Great singing

See it if you want to see a brilliantly sung production of a rarely done musical. Umoh in particular is incredible.

Don't see it if you dislike the mufti setup, or are not a fan of musicals that deal with race and history.

Also I would have liked it more if the last scene wasn't included. They cou... Read more Read less

65
Interesting, Ambitious

See it if you like one-woman shows and/or old Hollywood

Don't see it if you like big shows with high production values or prefer shows that are very upbeat

Also The smoke effects are strangling in such a small theater. It was reall... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Funny, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you like one man shows, plays about homosexuality, and pop culture-based humor

Don't see it if you prefer more traditional plays or are offended by references to drinking/drug use

Also Cathy Moriarty!

80
During previews
Ambitious, Quirky, Clever

See it if you are open to a truly new musical with clever songs and interesting staging

Don't see it if you prefer traditional musicals with heartwarming love stories

70
During previews
Intense, Dated

See it if you want to see Michael Urie being amazing, or are a fan of Harvey Fierstein's writing

Don't see it if you are expecting a new take on a play that comes across as very dated

Also My god, this is LONG. The second act doesn't feel very connected to th... Read more Read less

75
Slow, Emotional, Ambitious

See it if you like family dramas

Don't see it if you dislike plays that explore familial interactions or that are downers

Also Like most plays that run over 2.5 hours, this could stand to be stream... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Great singing, Funny, Clever

See it if you like shows that are a little fantastical or are in general a fan of superhero stories.

Don't see it if you like stories more grounded in reality or dislike family dramas.

Also I quite liked this! The cast was strong across the board and even thou... Read more Read less

70
Funny, Dated

See it if you are either an Encores! or Carmen Cusack fan.

Don't see it if you dislike dated musicals about politics.

Also This was just fine. Not outstanding, not terrible. Ben Davis and Laure... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you are a Spring Awakening superfan or are interested in seeing a creative reimagining of a classic story.

Don't see it if you prefer a more traditional storytelling style, or dislike the topics of sexuality/drugs/war.

Also There are some parts of this that are really great, but for the most p... Read more Read less

55
During previews
Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a production of a rarely-done but much-loved musical.

Don't see it if you saw and enjoyed the 2012 Encores version. I don't think this improves upon it.

Also They are definitely taking an interesting approach to this show, but I... Read more Read less

90
Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an incredible interpretation of a classic American novel.

Don't see it if you are racist and/or hate straight plays.

Also I had kind of low expectations given how much I disliked Sorkin's rece... Read more Read less

25
Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you love a mess of a musical, or if you just really want to see the giant puppet.

Don't see it if you like quality musical theater. This is not that.

Also The puppet is impressive. Fine. But the songs are CRAZY. Techno? Laser... Read more Read less

55
During previews
Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see Bryan Cranston do an incredible job with this role.

Don't see it if you hate gimmicky staging.

Also Cranston delivers a Tony-worthy performance, but WOW the staging is al... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Funny, Cliched, Delightful

See it if you like silly shows with lots of Broadway references

Don't see it if you dislike shows with a message of tolerance and acceptance

Also I don't think most of the songs are too impressive, and the second act... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like family dramas , great acting, and high emotion.

Don't see it if you hate family dramas, coarse language, or Stockard Channing just killing it.

Also This was a loooong play but it didn't drag at all for me. Stockard Cha... Read more Read less

65
Intense, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy shows about high schoolers who don't fit in and MPDGs whom they love.

Don't see it if you are looking for a more old-school musical with lyrics you can actually hear/understand.

Also This show is SO. LOUD. The music was so loud I honestly couldn't hear ... Read more Read less

50
Dull, Quirky

See it if you are an Off-Center completist, or a big fan of Michael Friedman

Don't see it if you like more traditional musicals with plots, rather than a puffed up cabaret/tribute show.

Also I felt like the other audience members were laughing really hard at li... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Unfocused, Confusing

See it if you are passionate about the rock opera genre, or love stories about Studio 54 as a rule

Don't see it if you prefer a more traditional musical or like a show where you're able to actually hear most of the lyrics

Also I do think there is a good show buried under all this. As of the secon... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to see a really great production of a rarely done musical. Or if you want to forget the revisal version.

Don't see it if you aren't willing to go along for the ride. The book is not the greatest, and it helps to just be all in.

Also This is a weird musical, no question, but it's one of my favorites. Th... Read more Read less

70
For a previous production
Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you like satire and the chance to see a play that's not frequently done done really well.

Don't see it if you dislike dark humor or fantastical scenarios.

Also I was unfamiliar with this play but really enjoyed it! Also, I think t... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Dated

See it if you like to support inclusive theater and/or don't mind a long show that gets preachy

Don't see it if you like more modern theater or are bothered by surtitles

Also I wish this had been even a little modernized. Also, it feels every mi... Read more Read less

65
Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you like raunchy lyrics that are a total contrast to beautiful harmonies.

Don't see it if you are easily offended or hate shows that are sung-through.

Also The first act is WAY better than the first, in my opinion. I'd rate th... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a perfectly pleasant performance of a rarely-done musical

Don't see it if you prefer shows with a substantial book

Also I enjoyed this, but am not sure it lends itself well to the mufti setu... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Dated

See it if you are a Jule Styne completist

Don't see it if you are hoping for a musical with an absorbing plot and great music

Also Hallelujah Baby was such a pleasant surprise that this feels even more... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like a dark comedy that keeps you guessing

Don't see it if you dislike gallows humor or accents

70
During previews
Interesting, Great acting

See it if you like unusual stories that strike a balance between funny and dramatic, with great actors

Don't see it if you prefer big productions or stories with pat endings.

Also Becky Ann Baker is so wonderful, but that's to be expected.

80
Great singing, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you want to see a unique production of a Sondheim classic. Or if you saw Scandalous and need to be reminded that Carolee Carmello is amazing

Don't see it if you prefer traditional staging and seating, or don't like dark musicals.

Also I generally hate actors interacting with the audience, but I didn't mi... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Impressive, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if you value style over substance, or are a really big fan of Spongebob or Wesley Taylor

Don't see it if you put a greater emphasis on plot and songs than visual effects

Also The costumes in this are absolutely bonkers, and this show is visually... Read more Read less

55
During previews
Slow, Ambitious

See it if try want to see Clive Owen. I think he's very good in this.

Don't see it if you are looking for a short, light play.

Also Maybe this is TodayTix's error, but they list the run time as 2 hours,... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Interesting, Quirky

See it if you like two-handers set in the past about

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Disney or classical music. Or like more exciting plays.

45
During previews
Intense, Ambitious

See it if you are a Clockwork Orange completist, I guess? Or if you want to see gorgeous guys with their shirts off and you don't care about the rest.

Don't see it if You value substance over style.

Also I guess my main question is...why? This didn't improve on the book or ... Read more Read less