Jane 6281

New York City

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Reviews (39)
91
During previews
Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Enthralling

See it if you enjoy plays that explore emotions and families, if you like a plot that is not clear & simple but that leads to thought and reflection

Don't see it if you want a linear play where everything is clear and you don't have to think

Also This play is best appreciated if you suspend belief and go with the fl... Read more Read less

70
Heavy-handed, Overly ambitious, Dizzying, Intense

See it if You enjoy plays that jump back and forth in time and location, you want to see good acting, but overly ambitious staging and script

Don't see it if you want to see a nuanced exploration of race issues - this is very heavy handed and obvious. Very repetitive, the second half adds nothing

76
During previews
Make Believe
Midtown W
Touching, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you like drama about family and family disfunction. And the child actors are all excellent

Don't see it if you can't relate to family dynamics

Also This play is touching if you can relate to the family dynamics

75
During previews
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Uneven, Disappointing

See it if you like plays about relationships, between lovers, siblings, communities. Good acting

Don't see it if you want well developed multi-dimensional characters

Also The script was uneven - some sections were too superficial, others wen... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Refreshing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy seeing Shakespeare done in modern context (as he intended) and you enjoy seeing very well done Shakespeare great acting & staging

Don't see it if You want a very traditional production, although this one is very true to the original text

Also I had my doubts, but this production is very well rehearsed, cleverly ... Read more Read less

79
Made in America
East Village
Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You like spoofs, you like actors in the audience, you like camp

Don't see it if You want something serious and slick

Also A super fun night of entertainment, making some points but not hammeri... Read more Read less

83
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You enjoy creative storytelling and creative staging and want to be greatly entertained

Don't see it if you want something very deep - the script only goes so far

75
Miracle in Rwanda
Midtown W
Tedious, Moving

See it if You want to experience some of the emotions of living through a genocide

Don't see it if you want laughs

Also While the topic is moving and could be very dramatic and emotional, th... Read more Read less

85
The Mother
Chelsea
Edgy, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if ...you like somewhat absurdist plays and like to work at the theater - great acting and unusual representation of relationships

Don't see it if ... you like straightforward and easy plots and simplistic entertainment

Also My expectations of Isabelle Huppert were exceeded! She is as fabulous ... Read more Read less

90
Boesman and Lena
Midtown W
Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if You appreciate a somewhat existential intense and moving play. Brilliant writing from Athol Fugard, a great performance from Zainab Jah

Don't see it if You want non-stop action and laughs.

76
During previews
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Mildly entertaining, Overwrought, Disappointing

See it if You don't need everything clear and explained but enjoy being entertained by good acting and staging, and funny quirks

Don't see it if You want something neat and easy and tied up with a bow

90
Skin
Midtown W
Clever, Edgy, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You enjoy some acting with some dance with some movement and being challenged as there are no words!

Don't see it if You want everything simply spelled out and linear

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if You like great acting and can forgive the ambitious playwright some indulgences to draw laughs and not insult the original book.

Don't see it if You want an easy play - this one will make you reflect on our current social situation.

84
The Hard Problem
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if You like being made to think about things you don't consider in your daily life. An excellent Stoppard, so glad he is still writing plays!

Don't see it if You like linear plot development and everything tied up in a neat bow.

80
Pipeline
Upper W Side
Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You like dramatic approach to racial injustice

Don't see it if You want fast action and believable characters

Also Good story with relevant topic, but tries a bit too hard. Needs to be ... Read more Read less

85
Spoon River
Midtown W
Delightful, Ambitious, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if You like good acting and intertwining stories, stories told through songs and quick vignettes, although not at all a traditional musical

Don't see it if . . . you want a plot. This is the story of a town, but told in many individual stories

81
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want a fun evening outdoors watching a charming production with enthusiastic actors and nice choreography, And it's free!

Don't see it if You are expecting perfection - this is like off Broadway plus it's out of doors and free

86
Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You Koke good acting, you like a play that stays with you and reveals more and more as you think about it

Don't see it if You want everything to fall in place neatly

88
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You like to explore men's motivations

Don't see it if You want a light evening

80
The Encounter
Midtown W
Absorbing, Enchanting, Intense

See it if You like immersive experiences

Don't see it if You want song and dance and glitz

75
During previews
Sunday
Chelsea
Indulgent, Quirky, Edgy

See it if You enjoy plays centered on intense interactions between the characters, with surprises and unexpected turns of events

Don't see it if you want simple character development and easy to map relationships

Also Thought-provoking. Interesting staging, sometimes indulgent and hoping... Read more Read less

79
Resonant, Great acting, Cliched

See it if you want monologues on life

Don't see it if you want something light and comedic

72
Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like gospel and readings

Don't see it if you want a plot, and obvious connections -- it was hard to understand the relationship between Antigone and Ferguson

83
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if An interesting view of what (possibly) was going through Hillary's mind during the campaign. Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow are terrific

Don't see it if You want a true-to-life portrayal

85
Timely, funny and serious

See it if you enjoy lots of ideas packed into short acts, and enjoy laughing and thinking and feeling all in a short time

Don't see it if you want serious character development or elaborate plots

Also As always, EST's one act marathons are well chosen, well acted and dir... Read more Read less

80
Socrates
East Village
Heavy, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You enjoy intellectual plays and being challenged to sort out >2 characters played by the same - great - actors

Don't see it if You want pure entertainment, you need to think to appreciate this play

86
Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy seeing other cultures through others' eyes, you enjoy imagining along with the actor(s)

Don't see it if You want a traditional linear story

Also Thaddeus Phillips takes on a great journey with stories of his travels... Read more Read less

80
The White Devil
West Village
Quirky, Confusing, Edgy

See it if if you like classic plays in modern dress, if you like sometimes confusing and far-fetched plot twists

Don't see it if If like classic plays classically staged, you don't like violence

78
The Light
Midtown W
Absorbing, Overwrought, Thought-provoking

See it if You like excellent actors who internalize the characters. You want the playwright's views of gender politics

Don't see it if You want something fun and easy. The script is a bit too contrived, flips flops too easily between banter and intense confession

80
A Second Birth
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate a sincerely written and acted play about emotions and that deals with gender discrimination

Don't see it if You want something enjoyable and touching

90
Nassim
Midtown W
Entertaining, Clever, Touching, Endearing

See it if Enjoying an interactive performance with Touching moments and very fun. It might seem superficial but it’s quite deep when you reflect on it

Don't see it if You want a traditional script and atraight linear story. This is more a performance than a play, and fun.

85
For a previous production
The Jungle
Brooklyn
Intense, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You like being immersed in the action, you have empathy for characters, you are patient - the first half is too slow and preachy

Don't see it if You don't like intense, non-linear theater - sometimes you dont even know where to look but it is exciting and intense

78
Clever, Great acting

See it if You like seeing at 21st c social issues on stage with good acting, especially Cherise Booth

Don't see it if you want an easy purely entertaining play

70
Dear Jane
Midtown W
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if you want non-stop action, but not a lot of order

Don't see it if you like a plot, and if you want to keep track of what is happening at any moment

76
During previews
Over-produced, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if ... you are very forgiving and like all Shakespeare. It's entertaining and Shakespeare in the Park is always a treat, but ...

Don't see it if Not one of the Public's best - too many ideas and styles jammed into one production

65
Sonder
Greenwich V
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if You like trite stories and melodramatic acting

Don't see it if You want something of substance and original

82
The Rivals
Upper E Side
Delightful

See it if Also known as Shakespeare-on-the-run, you move locations as the scenes change. Professional actors, acting outdoors for great fun!!

Don't see it if You want to just sit and be lulled or cannot easily walk around in a park.

86
During previews
Sweat
Midtown W
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to current issues handled by great writing and acting

Don't see it if you're looking for a comedy

80
For a previous production
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Great acting, Clever, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like history and the story behind the story, and great acting

Don't see it if You want song and dance