Jana6240

Brooklyn | 25-34 | Female
About:  I feel more helpless than I have in years
Reviews (194)
80
Enchanting, Clever

See it if you want to hear a bunch of rarely-done Porter songs done delightfully well

Don't see it if you prefer a book musical or a big splashy visual show

Also This is one of the best muftis I've seen! Thoroughly enjoyable, not a ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Resonant, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a beautifully-done two person show about things that are incredibly sad.

Don't see it if you prefer a big flashy show or something upbeat.

Also Mary-Louise Parker is absolutely incredible in this. I'm not sure I lo... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Betrayal
Midtown W
Slow

See it if you love Pinter's work or if you don't mind a really slow play.

Don't see it if you like more action/plot.

Also This plodded along, though I thought Hiddleston and Cox were great. Wh... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Slow, Great acting

See it if you love the cast and want to see some terrific acting.

Don't see it if you prefer shows that are fast-paced and have lots of substance.

Also I think I just hate this play. Bland. Long. Slow. Audra and Michael co... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Flashy, Funny

See it if you love the movie Beetlejuice.

Don't see it if you hate the movie Beetlejuice, hate swearing, or like a traditional old-fashioned musical.

Also The book is funny. SO FUNNY. The songs are forgettable and honestly ju... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if you like humor. Honestly, I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard at the theater.

Don't see it if you hate humor, hate the movie Tootsie, or hate...swearing, I guess?

Also I honestly really, really liked this. It was hilarious, there wasn't a... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Intelligent, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you are someone living in America in 2019. Seriously, everyone should see this.

Don't see it if you hate women and don't want your mind changed about that.

Also This was just spectacular. Funny, moving, educational. It made me real... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Delightful, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if you want to see a really great revival of a classic show or if you are a Kelli O'Hara fan (I mean, who isn't?).

Don't see it if you don't like big showy dance numbers or double entendres.

Also For me, the two low parts of this show were the revisions and Lois. An... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Superhero
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great singing

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
Call Me Madam
Midtown W
Dated, Funny

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
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Ambitious, Quirky

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
Ambitious, Quirky

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
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

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
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing

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
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting

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
Delightful, Cliched, Funny

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
Apologia
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

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
Ambitious, Intense

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
Gone Missing
Midtown W
Quirky, Dull

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
Confusing, Unfocused

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
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

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
Clever, Funny, Great acting

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
Dated, Great acting, Thought-provoking

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
Ambitious, Great singing

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
Fluffy, Entertaining

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

75
During previews
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Slow, Absorbing

See it if you are a Tennessee Williams completist or if you want to see Marisa Tomei give a very beautiful performance.

Don't see it if you like shorter plays with lots of action.

Also I don't know that I love this play (it dragged a little, in my opinion... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Funny, Clever

See it if you are a Forbidden Broadway fan, a Broadway fan in general, or if you love parodies

Don't see it if you aren't familiar with current Broadway shows, or if hate parodies. I guess pass if you hate The Triad, too.

Also I LOVE Forbidden Broadway. I've seen every incarnation since 2004 at l... Read more Read less

70
Funny, Great staging, Dated

See it if you want to see the talented Laura Benanti or you just really love My Fair Lady.

Don't see it if you prefer modern musicals or fresh takes on older shows.

Also Look, everyone knows what My Fair Lady is. It's long. This production ... Read more Read less

65
Slow, Cliched

See it if you love The Temptations. Or if you liked Jersey Boys.

Don't see it if you like a show with an engaging and interesting plot and numbers that are relevant to the story, or if you dislike jukebox musicals.

Also Did you like Jersey Boys? Because this is Jersey Boys. For better or f... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you like bonkers-experimental stuff and are a Shakespeare fan.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional theater, dislike broad humor, or know nothing about Titus Andronicus.

Also To me, this is a group of TERRIFIC actors doing a weird play that I di... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Masterful, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you want to see a wholly unique take on a classic American musical.

Don't see it if you are a traditionalist in terms of old-school musicals.

Also I really loved 90% of this production, and I'm not a big R&H person. T... Read more Read less

80
Lolita, My Love
Midtown E
Ambitious, Quirky

See it if you want to see a show that is SO rare and weird beyond words.

Don't see it if you hate the story of Lolita (I mean, we all know what it is).

Also I am SO glad I got to see this. I think this is one of the best Mufti'... Read more Read less

70
Clever, Ambitious

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
We Are The Tigers
East Village
Clever, Funny

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
Banal, Dated

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
Carmelina
Midtown E
Funny, Great singing

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
Absorbing, Dark

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
Ambitious, Funny

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
Ambitious, Great singing

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
Delightful, Funny

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
Ordinary Days
Midtown W
Clever, Enchanting

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
Disappointing, Slow

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
Banal, Disappointing, Insipid

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
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

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
Quirky, Creative

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
Clever, Entertaining, Delightful

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
Fluffy, Insipid

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
Ambitious, Enchanting, Must see

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
Profound, Slow

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
Hey, Look Me Over!
Midtown W
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