jenn32870

Toms River | 50-64 | Female
About:  Widowed mom of two who lives in the Jersey suburbs but goes to NY every chance I get
Reviews (209)
83
During previews
Tambo & Bones
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a treatise on race relations explained through extremely meta sequences

Don't see it if you can't handle strobes, smoke, or rough language (inc. racial epithets) or do not believe we are all created equal

88
Riveting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you want to see three legends explore the nuances of their lives with the help of LSD (and Tony Yazkbek shirtless)

Don't see it if you can't accept a fictional meeting of three great minds or have a problem with hallucinogens

95
During previews
Must see, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to see a classic show with familiar songs and amazing child actors

Don't see it if you are a purist who abhors lyric changes to make everything 'woke' or are looking for a faithful adaptation

97
Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an all-star cast absolutely crush one of Sondheim's best scores in an intimate setting

Don't see it if you have no taste.

88
Intense, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an engrossing story with a powerful plot and fantastic singing

Don't see it if you are offended by showing racism or violence, or if you can't suspend your belief in reality enough to enjoy singing appliances

91
During previews
Kimberly Akimbo
Chelsea
Quirky, Funny, Clever

See it if off-the-beaten-path storylines appeal to you and you don't need everything tied up in a neat little bow

Don't see it if the subject matter is too depressing for you or you expect to leave the theater humming any of the songs

84
A Sherlock Carol
Midtown W
Refreshing, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to see an adorable mashup of two classic figures in literature portrayed by two first-class actors

Don't see it if you aren't in the holiday spirit or are looking for something substantial

84
During previews
Intense, Great acting, Dated

See it if you want to see a master class in acting by both LaChanze and Chuck Cooper

Don't see it if racism triggers you or you are looking for a story that doesn't wander

92
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Must see, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you want to see one of Sondheim's masterpieces done by an all-star cast at the top of their game

Don't see it if gender-swapped roles aren't your thing. Otherwise, there is NO reason not to see it!

94
Entertaining, Must see, Great staging

See it if you can appreciate the majesty of phenomenal sets and costumes, or want to have a plain old good time with songs you know and love

Don't see it if paper-thin plots offend you or you aren't a fan of glitz, glamour, and pop music

89
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

See it if you are a fan of the movie, want a fun night out with the kids, or want to see the genius that is RobMcClure

Don't see it if silly, slapstick comedy annoys you or you are looking for something meaty or substantial...it's just goofy fun!

95
Great singing, Intense, Relevant

See it if you want to see two rock star performances by Heidi & Lauren, plus a show about current topics presented in a non-jukebox musical fashion

Don't see it if you don't like Alanis M's music, or are easily triggered by sensitive topics

81
Cliched, Slow, Delightful

See it if you are a Michael Urie fan as he gives a hilarious performance, or if you have ever wondered what a black funeral is like

Don't see it if you are expecting a lot of Norm Lewis in the show or can't sit for 2 hours with no intermission, especially through the slow parts

87
Six (Broadway)
Midtown W
Quirky, Fluffy, Clever

See it if you want to see a cute show that dissolves like cotton candy from your memory, but with outrageously elaborate costumes

Don't see it if you don't like bubblegum pop/girl bands/girl power singers or expect anything substantial

91
Dana H. (Broadway)
Midtown W
Profound, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you like one-person shows with very dark subject matter

Don't see it if you are easily triggered or are not interested in one person's harrowing account of their captivity

87
Riveting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you like one-man shows done by a master storyteller.

Don't see it if hearing personal stories from a black boy's life doesn't interest you (like the extremely rude couple in the 4th row who got up and left)

82
During previews
Thought-provoking, Profound, Clever

See it if you are interested in a new way of staging a show (actors lip-synching to actual conversations by real people) and complex subject matter

Don't see it if you need the ending tied up neatly in a bow or if you are averse to anti-heroes

83
Intense, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you like theater to make you think and reevaluate what you think you know about race relations

Don't see it if foul language or violent situations upset you...could be triggering for some

84
During previews
Letters Of Suresh
Midtown W
Resonant, Profound, Intense

See it if you are interested in new works that make you think about how we are all interconnected and your place in the world

Don't see it if introspection isn't your thing or you are looking for an overly feel good ending

93
Must see, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like rock music AT ALL (you don't have to be a Talking Heads fan, though it helps) and are just looking for a damn good time!

Don't see it if audience members acting like they are at a rock concert (standing, yelling, singing along) bothers you

91
Conscience
New Brunswick
Relevant, Profound, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a glimpse into two powerful historical figures whose stories are almost parallel to what is happening in politics today

Don't see it if you are scared of watching history repeat itself or are offended by stereotypes of the times

84
No Strings
Midtown W
Resonant, Romantic, Refreshing, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you want to see a rarely presented piece with surprisingly hefty undertones

Don't see it if a weak leading man will dull your enjoyment or you expect to walk out singing the songs

76
Slow, Great staging, Banal, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you are a Duncan Sheik fan or want to see a true representation of the swinging 70s

Don't see it if the sexual revolution will offend you or you expect to be engrossed the entire time

82
Fluffy, Overrated, Banal, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you want to hear Andrew Lloyd Webber's most famous songs with no sets and very little costumes in a concert-like setting

Don't see it if revues are not your thing or you find Sir Webber's self-indulgent interruptions irritating

89
During previews
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Resonant, Masterful, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to see a classic reimagined as a statement on the patriarchy with a dash of humour thrown in

Don't see it if you want a faithful adaptation of the novel or do not agree with gender-bending roles

83
Quirky, Fluffy, Disappointing, Funny, Clever

See it if you want to see 90 minutes of chuckle-worthy material with lots of inside jokes

Don't see it if you are not a huge theatre-goer as many jokes will not make sense, or if you are looking for belly laughs

85
Slow, Overrated, Masterful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see first-class acting in a one-woman tour de force

Don't see it if 90 minutes of a monologue with no intermission is too much for you to handle or stay awake through (especially if you are seated onstage)

86
Hilarious, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to see a fresh take on a story you know by heart with a bunch of new and exciting performers

Don't see it if you are looking for something substantive or anything more than a genuinely good time

80
Ambitious, Clever, Slow, Great singing, Confusing

See it if you are a Joey McIntyre fan and are not expecting a standard staging of a Shakespearean treasure

Don't see it if 2 hours and 45 minutes of the Bard is too much for you to handle

70
During previews
Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated, Funny, Clever

See it if you love the all-star cast and can keep your eye out for some clever easter eggs. The cast is truly top-notch.

Don't see it if you want to see a show that is consistently good. When it is good it is very good but when it isn't...ICK! Needs to be cut down to 90 min.

94
During previews
Thought-provoking, Must see, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see top-notch acting all around with a riveting plot that will keep you entranced

Don't see it if racism, gunshots, or the n-word trigger you. Otherwise, there is no reason to miss this show.

86
One in Two
Midtown W
Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Confusing, Clever

See it if you want to see a poignant and timely expression of the frustrations HIV-positive black men face

Don't see it if difficult subjects or nudity bother you or you are triggered by mentions of suicide

76
Raunchy, Overrated, Indulgent, Edgy, Funny

See it if you like Amy Schumer's type of comedy and don't mind an entire monologue consisting of sex jokes

Don't see it if overlong tangents and the feeling of an SNL skit that went on 20 minutes too long will annoy you

84
Riveting, Intelligent, Disappointing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are a Horton Foote fan and want to see some truly magnificent acting by Aidan Quinn

Don't see it if you don't like unresolved plot points and ambiguous endings

91
Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like your comedy and tragedy in equal parts and can follow non-linear narratives

Don't see it if unfinished stories are not to your liking or you get confused by actors playing multiple parts

86
The Thin Place
Midtown W
Riveting, Intense, Great staging, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a thriller that takes several unexpected turns

Don't see it if hokey endings are a problem for you or complete darkness triggers you

93
Quirky, Must see, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if you are a fan of the comedic genius of Christian Borle or the lyrical genius of Alan Menken

Don't see it if you love the song "Somewhere That's Green" as Tammy Blanchard does not do it justice

87
Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Dizzying, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a tour de force of both writing and acting

Don't see it if you can't follow jumping between characters or can't sit through almost two hours without an intermission

81
Ambitious, Riveting, Intense, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you are a Shakespeare fan as well as a John Doyle fan

Don't see it if stripped down, bare-bones productions are not to your liking, or if you can't sit through 100 minutes with no intermission

86
Delightful, Refreshing, Overrated, Fluffy, Enchanting

See it if you want to see a cotton candy show - cute, enjoyable, but not particularly memorable

Don't see it if you are expecting the Disney version with those songs...or if too much sweetness grates on your nerves

88
Great staging, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you want to hear one of the greatest scores in musical theatre sung by soon to be big stars

Don't see it if you don't like stripped down, concert versions of shows, or Andrew Lloyd Webber

90
Quirky, Must see, Edgy, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you are an Iconis fan, want to see several stars in the making, or want to get some super catchy tunes stuck in your head

Don't see it if you don't like 60s cult films, you can't skip over a few slow points, or are put off by an all-girl (well, 95%) cast

84
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Relevant, Quirky, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a word for word depiction of a moment in our history that has been swept under the rug

Don't see it if as it is a verbatim performance of the transcript, if you can't handle lots of 'um's and other trivialities it may frustrate you

84
FEAR
West Village
Riveting, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like psychological thrillers with several twists and turns

Don't see it if you are looking for everything to be wrapped up in a neat little bow at the end

86
Last Days of Summer
New Brunswick
Nostalgic, Cute, Fluffy, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like throwbacks to a simpler time and want to see an adorable cast of up and comers

Don't see it if flashbacks bother you or you are looking for a particularly memorable score

82
Refreshing, Fluffy, Epic, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you want to familiarize (or reintroduce) yourself with a classic composer who was edgier than you would imagine

Don't see it if you are expecting to hear his standards other than in a medley or are looking for something more modern

88
Great dancing, Entertaining, Relevant, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you want to see how Baby Frances Gumm became Judy Garland and all she had to go through to get there

Don't see it if you are looking for a Wizard of Oz rehash...there are ruby slippers and some references to it but that's all

92
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Riveting, Must see, Great writing, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you want to see the absorbing, utterly phenomenal revelation that is Joshua Henry in a musical filled w/ songs that grab you & won't let go

Don't see it if you have a problem with an irredeemable villain having so much solo time or you can't put all your attention into 90 minutes of brilliance

88
Cyrano (NJ)
Red Bank
Ambitious, Delightful, Slow, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you want to see good, albeit unknown, actors for a reasonable price

Don't see it if you are expecting the standard telling of the story

93
During previews
Seared
Midtown W
Quirky, Great staging, Cliched, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you've never been behind the scenes at a busy restaurant or you are a Raul Esparza fan

Don't see it if you expect a resolution at the end or are looking for a meaningful plot