JB10

New York City | 50-64 | Female

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Reviews (239)
90
During previews
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Exceptional ensemble matched with a great American play staged to perfection. Metcalf and Everett are wonderful,Ferran is best Honey

Don't see it if The play is difficult exploration of marriage as emptiness and desperation, truth&illusion as coping mechanisms,no panacea from civilization

91
During previews
Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Dark comedic and frightening exploring justice and vengeance in a sharply plotted and darkly funny play about the end of capital punishment

Don't see it if Wordplay is fast and furious and the northern England accents are thick so you need to pay close attention to hear the jokes and plot twists

80
The Hot Wing King
Midtown W
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Endearing comedy exploring what it means to be a family as seen through a household of gay men preparing to win a hot wing cooking contest

Don't see it if It’s long and doesn’t always hold together but it is entertaining and fun and the ensemble is terrific

80
During previews
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Kate Hamill has loads of fun with this sort of campy feminist funny interpretation of the Dracula tale. Terrific ensemble

Don't see it if You don’t like new twists on old tales particularly those with ironic and satirical edge; accents a bit overdone

79
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Uneven sometimes brilliant sometimes misses the mark

See it if Ivo von Hove treatment hits the mark in the dance at the gym and America but the brilliant Robbins choreography is missed elsewhere

Don't see it if Like all other von Hove treatments the projections sometimes overpower what is going onstage and the Robbins choreography is missed

78
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Great staging, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Charming and funny while exploring serious family issues with terrific ensemble especially Jane Alexander James Cromwell and Michael Uroe

Don't see it if Would have liked a deeper exploration of some of the issues explored but it was th I roughly enjoyable small play

75
During previews
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Resonant, Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Exploration of class, race and gender dysfunction in dying Idaho mine town with brilliant ensemble fighting against terrible staging

Don't see it if It’s too long and sad and final resolution is ultimately unsatisfying but the acting is so good it’s worth seeing

80
Beautiful staging and singing raise encores revival, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Beautiful singing and terrific choreography in this ambitious and satisfying encores revival. Great singing by Solea Pfeiffer commandsstage

Don't see it if It is Encores so staging is minimal and Che is a bit miscast but it is a very satisfying revival albeit not slavish recreation of original

89
Masterful, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if John Doyle’s minimalist staging gives added imaginative heft to this study of ruthless ambition; terrific ensemble especially Stoll&Bowers

Don't see it if If you don’t know ow the play well it can be confusing because actors play multiple roles across gender without costume changes

90
Soft Power
East Village
Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Funny satirical & earnest all at once exploration of cultural identity/confusion/appropriation filtered through 2016 election and musicals

Don't see it if It’s wild and divergent and tone shifts at all points but so bold and clever and big hearted it’s worth a try

86
During previews
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if Intimate absorbing tale intertwining writing, relationships, reality and multiple points of view and shifts in perspective - great 2 hander

Don't see it if It’s a difficult play about a professor and student both troubled and struggling both writers writing themselves into each other’s lives

Also It’s hypnotic and suggestive - a wonderful theatrical accomplishment b... Read more Read less

80
Betrayal
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Pinter’s classic exploration of a marital affair told backwards in time is given spare unadorned treatment exposing emotions in sharp relief

Don't see it if It can be confusing because it moves backwards and can be slow as actors are always on stage but it is also a master class in acting

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

90
Intense, Ambitious, Great singing, Great acting, Clever

See it if Family and cultural family conflicts explored against survivors of Khmer Rouge and the role of music as markers of the time and soul savior

Don't see it if It’s intense especially in the prison scenes and hard to watch but this is so well done and the ensemble is so terrific it is so worth it

78
During previews
The Minutes
Midtown W
Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Funny sharp satire with sensational ensemble - especially Austin Pendleton - that starts strong and goes off the rails in the second act

Don't see it if You don’t like political satire and especially react to the skewering of our national myths that surround us &we tell ourselves we believe

89
Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Great dancing, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if Sublime Jerry Herman score about silent films and doomed relationship between director Sennet and Mabel his star. Great ensemble well done

Don't see it if Book is a little messy and this is sad tale mixed with some of the most beautiful torch stings - Time Heals Everything and I Won’t Send Rose

Also Based on real life events this has everything - Keystone cops, pies in... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if beautifully directed and a talented ensemble bring this well-written drama to broadway; sharp and resonant tale of military racism

Don't see it if its a tough story about a murder of a complicated black sergeant at a southern military base and the effects of racism and militarism on all

90
Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if Clever beautifully staged production with first rate ensemble and puppetry of man eating plant taking over the world; joy from start to end

Don't see it if Older theater goers will enjoy the past cultural references (including rotary phones with cords) but younger ones may miss references

Also Audrey role hard to watch in this time of me too but other elements re... Read more Read less

78
Great choreography, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Big brassy spectacle staging designed to shock and amaze with tricked out theater along for the ride but ultimately soulless at its core

Don't see it if You don’t love pastiche of pop songs albeit beautifully sung by stellar ensemble and expect such a big production to inspire more than wow

80
Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Reworked first play by Kushner explores the conditions that led to rise of Nazis &straight line first to Reagan then Trump -and role of art

Don't see it if It is brilliant at times but a lesser work Angels in America ;explores same themes in gorgeous writing and explores role of art in suchtimes

85
Profound, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if With distance from the Crown Heights riots and the original production this revival brings to life a type of documentary brought to life

Don't see it if You don’t want a mosaic type approach incorporating commentary and actual interviews with people involved in the events at its core

Also It is mesmerizing to watch this one person show bring to life a snapsh... Read more Read less

90
The Michaels
East Village
Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if Another gorgeous slice of life by Richard Nelson -this one about life and death and the the legacy of performing arts & stories we tell

Don't see it if It’s Nelson so the talk is low and people are talking while perfect meals are prepared - but life and art both ephemeral are unfolding so go

81
Exquisite, Resonant, Profound, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Exquisitely moving “choreopoem” as Shange herself describes it - a beautiful collage of poems, dances and music celebrating these lives

Don't see it if More like a collage than a straight narrative but it is as moving and powerful as it was ok when it first premiered; expressionistic&lovely

82
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Well-directed, Great choreography, Great staging, Great singing, Clever

See it if Sung through concept album about a guy down on his luck who is framed for a murder he did not commit; astonishing Joshua Henry + ensemble

Don't see it if Plot needs some work but the experience is moving and the talent of the ensemble is breathtaking

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
For a previous production
Mac Beth
Upper E Side
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