JB10

New York City | 50-64 | Female

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Reviews (216)
80
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Funny, Hilarious, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if MacBeth meets Hands on a Hardbody in this very funny dark comedy imagining of MacBeth in a modern burger joint. Ensemble is terrific

Don't see it if Anything with Alysha Humphress is a must see - and she is a great as one of the witches imagined as stoners. It’s light fare

86
Mojada
East Village
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The classic Media myth retold through undocumented immigrants in this brilliant production that is so powerful speaking to unheard voices

Don't see it if You don’t like modern takes on classic myths or the immigrant experience in the US

85
Road Show
Midtown W
Great acting, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Fabulous concert production with extraordinary cast especially Esparza,Uranowitz, Jin Ha and Chuck Cooper

Don't see it if You need a full scale production - Encores is not that - but it introduces audiences to plays they would not ordinarily see.

80
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Exploration of identity - sexual and otherwise- family and community responsibilities particularly as they intersect with Christianity

Don't see it if The themes are difficult and troubling as they explore public shaming of sexuality and the pressures of orthodoxy in religion in Uganda

90
Ink
Midtown W
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Exploring the birth of Murdoch empire and the passing of journalistic norms and values through the manipulation of the editor he hires

Don't see it if It’s brilliant and gorgeously written, directed and staged but the content is dark and unsettling to watch at times; resonates today

80
Little shop of horrors meets dear evan hanson

See it if Sci-fi mixed with teen angst and a terrific ensemble make this show catnip for the kids and entertaining silliness for adults;

Don't see it if It’s peppy and energetic and lots of fun but only one great song - Michael in the Bathroom - still great intro to musicaltheater for preteen

71
During previews
Mac Beth
West Village
Quirky, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever

See it if MacBeth as told by schoolgirls driven to madness by intensity of plot and language - an interesting take that feels like a gimmick stretched

Don't see it if You need your Shakespeare pure and constant yelling can be very distracting

77
During previews
Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You are a Shephard fan and love his symbolic, expressionistic early work; this is dark and sad (at times funny) with great staging & acting

Don't see it if Its a bit long and themes of family dysfunction, unfairness of capitalism, secrets and lies are difficult ; well done production neverless

80
During previews
All My Sons
Midtown W
Resonant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Terrific staging with great leads in a rarely performed Miller play exploring greed,materialism and the terrible price paid - great Bening

Don't see it if It’s a tough play and the second pause intermission breaks the mood and momentum ; second their actors need to find their groove

89
During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Great writing, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Updated and thoroughly entertaining; hilarious brilliant Yazbeck lyrics that really serve the narrative and updates to the story work

Don't see it if It’s Really fun so you should for the brilliant ensemble and Santino fantanas great performance singing in two registers

97
During previews
Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Clever

See it if Best musical since Hamilton; brilliant imaginative recreation of the Orpheus myth with social justice overtones but focus on love

Don't see it if Like Hamilton mostly sung through with rhyming speech and some may find the more modern overlays difficult- but is so clever and creative

70
I Married an Angel
Midtown W
Dated, Great dancing, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if If you love dance this is a wonderful pastiche ranging from ballet to tap but the plot is silly and flimsily held together

Don't see it if You can’t take dated musicals and a related misogynistic bent - women are either good angels or bad schemers

71
During previews
Vilna
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Well done if a bit too didactic in style retelling story of courage in poland during the Holocaust, Jewish history and oppression & survival

Don't see it if It’s long and a bit slow in parts

70
During previews
Good ona weirdly offputting messy way

See it if Veering wildly between pathos and potty mouth fart jokes - like in a Shakespeare play - that both works and doesn’t at the same time

Don't see it if You can’t swing between high and lowbrow, know nothing about the massacres in Titus Andronicus and don’t care

Also I feel it is unfair to be too harsh as the cast changes that befell th... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Gorgeous cast in wonderful revival with beautiful singing and exquisite choreography and oh that Cole Porter score; must see

Don't see it if If you don’t like big gorgeous dance numbers - it’s a big old fashioned musical and ensemble is perfect

80
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Intelligent

See it if Two related monologues beautifully written and acted exploring life, death, loss, unspeakable tragedy and search for meaning and god

Don't see it if Very intense and difficult subject matter (especially Sea Wall) and May be hard to take for some.

70
Ah, Wilderness!
East Village
Great acting, Dated, Slow, O’neill’s only comedy

See it if Sometimes feels like the O’Neill version of Our Town - the happy mirror image of the family in Long Days Journey Into Night so a bit jarring

Don't see it if It’s Oneill at his most hopeful when youth and dreams seemed limitless but like his other works long and much more limited

81
During previews
Mies Julie
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Resonant

See it if Classic play about power filtered through race, class and gender updated to apartheid South Africa which gives it fierce urgency

Don't see it if You don’t like updated versions of classic plays - also Accents can be hard to understand at times

88
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if With typical Nottage clarity and sharp eye, this is a very funny exploration of black middle class, strivers and reinvention; great ensemble

Don't see it if This skewers stereotypes and our social and justice systems overladen with race,class and gender issues so not for all

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Rise of Hitler in Brechtian satire set in Chicago vegetable trade; speaks to business community complicity which resonates today

Don't see it if You don’t like Brecht heavy handed explication but this ensemble is terrific and worth the experience

83
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if The brilliant Paddy Chayefsky screenplay gets the Ivo von Hove treatment in which the theatre is transformed into a buzz of cameras

Don't see it if It is disconcerting for some to witness the breakdown of a man and the interplay of constant filming by omnipresent cameras projecting all

90
The Hard Problem
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if Brilliant Stoppard wordplay and dazzling exploration of consciousness as told through the story of a young psychologist, faith & philosophy

Don't see it if You can’t take a serious journey exploring the mind/body problem, morality in love & business, philosophy, faith and scientific exploration

82
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

See it if Brilliant revival of this 1man monologue with exquisite wordplay by Will Eno and masterfully performed by Michael C. Hall;

Don't see it if this is not for those who prefer straight narrative as this is as disjointed and swerving as life itself that is sad hopeful and masterful

96
Delightful, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great staging, Great dancing

See it if Gorgeous restaging of iconic show with outstanding ensemble and those mirrors and the dancers!!! Reminds you why you loved the original

Don't see it if Only reason I can think of is you hated the original but you should give it a try again it’s that good and Yazbeck is outstanding.

85
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Hilarious

See it if Irreverent, funny, warm-hearted musical about fading theater folk helping a gay teen for publicity - yes silly premise but energetic and fun

Don't see it if High energy and lots of fun turns by a terrific ensemble headed by the great Leavel and Ashmanskas and highly talented kids - see it

91
During previews
Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if Evocative and poetic exploration of love and loss as vowed through unreliable narrators challenged by memory loss and dementia

Don't see it if This is like The Father which was similarly difficult to follow in a linear fashion but you are not meant to - it is more to experience it

90
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Terrific production with great ensemble and musicians providing a new take on a classic without changing the book or or the lyrics

Don't see it if You must see a classic with no changes from the original even though the bluegrass feel of the music really adds to the book

79
During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Rarely produced exploring patricians vs plebeians, mob vs democratic talk, political authenticity vs showiness and political ambition

Don't see it if Set in post Apocalyptic dystopia the themes are resonant with political life today but the play itself may be difficult for some because

Also Hero is opaque and characters are all flawed. Second act is better tha... Read more Read less

80
Working: A Musical
Midtown W
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Great ensemble in Revue format (like Smoky Joe’s Cafe) drawing upon Studs Terkel work about common folk discussing their work

Don't see it if It’s a revue not a play butis delightful and full of very talented people like Chris Jackson, ANDREA Burns, Javier Muñoz and great dancing

80
Octet
Midtown W
Profound, Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Dave malloys a cappella musical about internet addiction but also faith v reason,spirituality v worldliness, & search for connection

Don't see it if It is beautifully sung and starts off as self help group but veers wildly towards the end into mysticism and magic which may be confusing

80
During previews
Romantic, Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Master class in acting from brilliant team of McDonald and Shannon in beautifully written but overlong play about damaged people connecting

Don't see it if It’s two hander with great dialogue but the script is long and could be trimmed - would be better in more tightened one act no intermission

79
High Button Shoes
Midtown W
Fabulous jerome robbins choreogy, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Highly entertaining old-fashioned musical with stunning Jerome Robbins choreography, silly story well payed by excellent ensemble

Don't see it if You don’t love dance because the choreography makes the show particularly second act Sunday By the Sea

70
During previews
Socrates
East Village
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Although the cast is terrific and the subject matter resonant, theater demands more than a static presentation of the socratic method

Don't see it if It is hard to sit through three hours of socratic questioning even though elements of it are thought-provoking and resonant to our democracy

79
During previews
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Lucas Hnath is masterful at writing complex powerful women - Hello Hillary and Nora - and oh those two great actors - but wish ‘twas fiction

Don't see it if It feels too soon for this but let’s be honest we would see Metcalf and Lithgow in anything

77
During previews
Must see for jackson but some elements don’t work

See it if Always a must see for Glenda Jackson and an excellent ensemble but some elements don’t work- Music that drowns out speech and gore

Don't see it if It is very long and sometimes difficult to hear but cast is mainly excellent especially Jackson (in a more restrained Lear) and Ruth wilson

80
During previews
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Relevant, Absorbing, Resonant, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if Another Doyle mininimalost ataging of a famous play about corruption that was closed after first performance for pro- union stance

Don't see it if It is sung-through and didactic but really resonates today with corruption and elites bringing every day people to despair and hopelessness

79
During previews
Ain't No Mo'
East Village
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if Episodic vignettes exploring a new black migration through experiences of characters ranging from pastors to drag queens & differnt classes

Don't see it if You need a straight narrative or don’t want to explore difficult truths

85
During previews
White Noise
East Village
Riveting, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Uncomfortable Parks exploration of race, identity,power in relationships and what it means to be free; outstanding ensemble

Don't see it if You don’t want to be made to feel uncomfortable in experience that stays with you and makes you think about your biases long after play ends

75
During previews
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Guare absurdities abound in madcap memory play touching on the power of artistic contributions, love, and the ties that bind us together

Don't see it if First act is funny and clever and goes a bit off the rails in second act and some audience members lost their way

79
Boesman and Lena
Midtown W
Profound, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Surreal Godot-like exploration of apartheid’s effects on poor black couple untethered to time, place or even common language;links to today

Don't see it if Intense but at times slow moving two hours without intermission. Although poetic language is beautiful it can be hard to follow

81
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Terrific Nottage comedy/satire that takes a sharp knife to race and gender in 30s Hollywood and effect on people and culture

Don't see it if It’s a little long but it’s a great intellectual exploration of relevant themes that play out today and really worth a look

76
During previews
The Dance of Death
East Village
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant, Riveting

See it if A kind of original Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf in updated modern interpretation of the war for power within a marriage; great ensemble

Don't see it if You can’t take a ear within a marriage story or modern version of a classic

87
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Terrific production by the always great Fiasco company reimagining and remaking a cult Sondheim classic exploring friendship,art, choices

Don't see it if It moves backward in time which can be confusing for some but really works in this story about missed opportunities and life choices in art

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Beautiful performances by all in tough Shepherd play exploring fantasy and illusions of freedom& frontier and success though sibling rivalry

Don't see it if You don’t get Shepherd and his bleak view of modern suburban life but the ensemble is terrific and worth seeing

93
During previews
Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Riveting

See it if Alchemical recreation of major themes and characters in the beloved book&film paying respect to Harper Lee’s work but creating a fresh look

Don't see it if You must have a reverential purist recreation of Harper Lee’s book but give this fresh new interpretations a Try

Also I loved this fresh new take because it reveres that which was most imp... Read more Read less

79
Wild Goose Dreams
East Village
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Poetic

See it if Rhythmic & symphonic in its structure exploring loneliness, yearning, freedom, family & the difficulty of communicating even in same tongue

Don't see it if It is not a linear narrative but in its exploration of storytelling and creating our own narratives this is a beautiful and creative tale

80
Eve's Song
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Resonant

See it if A love letter to black women explored through myths, spirits and grounded in the struggles of a middle class black family breaking down

Don't see it if The supernatural doesn’t blend easily with the realism of violence against black women and the tools they use to feel safe but itis powerful

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Brilliant fresh take on the mean girl genre played out in an African school that makes audience grapple with its cultural and racial biases

Don't see it if You don’t want to laugh or deal with issue of race, feminine beauty and cultural appropriation ; but this is so good and so well directed go

79
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant

See it if Exploration of intersection of race, bigotry and gender as a mixed race teenager is missing while his parents deal with police

Don't see it if Ending is predictable but the writing keeps you off guard and challenges your assumptions all the way through; ensemble is terrific

80
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Joan of Arc told from the point of view of her peasant mother in a bravura performance by Glenn Close in intimate theater. Great ensemble

Don't see it if play sometimes veers between modern and historical language and sensibility & context of raising an exceptional child covers no new ground