jenn32870

Toms River | 35-49 | Female
About:  Widowed mom of two who lives in the Jersey suburbs but goes to NY every chance I get
Reviews (165)
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

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

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

89
Riveting, Masterful, Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if you want to see two legends of theater go head to head with a stellar supporting cast

Don't see it if ambiguity in not just one but several aspects of a plot will annoy/confuse you

91
During previews
Riveting, Intense, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a master at the top of her game and want to be spellbound for 90 minutes

Don't see it if you get triggered easily, are bored by a two-person show with limited props & sets or are looking for an upbeat ending

63
During previews
Intense, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you are into 'woke' discussions about interracial couples and don't mind being made uncomfortable

Don't see it if you don't want to see full-frontal male nudity or are bothered by non-traditional theatregoers who don't know the standard theatre etiquette

76
During previews
Wives
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a history of how females have been held down by men but rise up regardless

Don't see it if you want to see a coherent, fluid show that continually makes sense and is easy to follow

87
Road Show
Midtown W
Great singing, Great acting, Dated, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a top-notch cast bring their A-game in a little known Sondheim show

Don't see it if mild racism offends you or you want a book that is in any way memorable

86
Quirky, Hilarious, Edgy, Funny, Clever

See it if you want to laugh your butt off at Chekov, which doesn't happen often

Don't see it if you don't like salty language or out of the box staging (and bring a sweater...it really feels like Russia in the theater)

81
Overrated, Quirky, Indulgent, Great staging, Confusing

See it if you like slightly off the wall, unique theatre that dissolves like cotton candy

Don't see it if you can't handle screaming tweens and millennial self-absorption

85
Ink
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a compelling story told in a unique, albeit hit-or-miss, way and two fantastic leads

Don't see it if you don't like brief musical interludes, offbeat staging or are looking for an exact imitation of Ruper Murdoch

82
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Funny, Quirky, Indulgent, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if you want to see great actors and singers in a self-referential, fourth wall breaking performance

Don't see it if you aren't into meta storylines, or preciousness, or up to the minute references that will not age well (ie, Truvada for Prep)

83
Delightful, Quirky, Fluffy, Funny, Dated

See it if you want to see the theater equivalent of cotton candy - taste good but has no lasting effect.

Don't see it if you are expecting a laugh riot, although there are some very memorable parts and songs.

87
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Dated, Confusing

See it if you like agitprop theater and want to feel like part of the action.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate John Doyle's stagings or a mildly confusing plot about unions.

88
Lockdown
West Village
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you have ever wondered what it is like to be in prison or how shockingly easy it is to get in but almost impossible to get out

Don't see it if you are looking for a happy ending

80
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Indulgent, Quirky, Disappointing, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you are a fan of John Larroquette or of short shows

Don't see it if you want something that will stick with you or will resonate as more than a mildly entertaining distraction for a night

67
During previews
Insipid, Overrated, Excruciating, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you loved Titus Andronicus or are a fan of any of the three stars

Don't see it if you are expecting a laugh riot or an emotional drama; it has some laughs but is generally just a waste of an hour and a half

85
Daddy
Midtown W
Quirky, Raunchy, Edgy, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like experimental theater and have a full understanding of what you are getting into. It is a LOT to take in.

Don't see it if Full frontal male nudity, cursing or intense male on male sex bothers you; also, if you are in the first few rows, you WILL get wet.

95
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Must see, Intense, Epic, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a legend simply OWN the stage and transform himself into a character thoroughly and completely.

Don't see it if a lot of noise, lights and action are too much for you or if you are looking for a happy ending.

90
Profound, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a somewhat modified version of Mean Girls taken to the extreme

Don't see it if the topics of bullying or death trigger you

88
The Dance of Death
East Village
Clever, Great acting, Dizzying, Masterful, Intense

See it if you are a fan of August Strindberg or simply want to see an extremely well done show all around

Don't see it if you are bothered by people laughing at inappropriate situations or physical violence

89
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic

See it if you want to see a master at the top of her game (Kelli) and one of the best dancers out there (Corbin) with classic songs

Don't see it if three hours is too long for you to sit through (it was the first preview, so it may be shorter now) and you get bored during filler scenes

81
During previews
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Clever, Dizzying, Edgy, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you are a Duncan Sheik or Spring Awakening fan as it definitely has the same feel

Don't see it if you don't like abstract rewritings of a classic, well known story

83
Absorbing, Dizzying, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you want to see how unforseen circumstances can change the outcome of a life

Don't see it if you don't like your life lessons interspersed with humor

77
Noura
Midtown W
Confusing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you can follow a somewhat convoluted but engrossing plot and want to see unexpcted twists

Don't see it if you can't pay strict attention or are prejudiced against other cultures

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

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

87
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to question things you thought you knew as incontrovertible fact and like the intimacy of a two-person show

Don't see it if you are triggered by Holocaust mentions or male nudity

85
During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Profound, Epic, Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a shameful part of American history that is being slowly forgotten as well as a master class in acting by the entire cast

Don't see it if you are triggered by racism or violence or are looking for an easy answer and a show all wrapped up neatly at the end

85
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see the ridiculousness of extreme right-wing politics and those same people walk out when they realize they are being called out

Don't see it if you are startled easily, offended by right-wing views (even though they are shown to be idiotic) or can't sit for 2 hours w/no intermission

89
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Fluffy, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to laugh at a silly, slight piece of fluff where the two supporting characters steal the show from the leads

Don't see it if you are going in with a preconceived, and erroneous, notion of it being transphobic - it is actually empowering to women

72
During previews
Indulgent, Great singing, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you want to see what would happen if Hadestown and Peter Pan had a baby while on meth

Don't see it if you are there for anything other than the music...the plot is trite, the dialogue laughable

82
During previews
Rinse, Repeat
Midtown W
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a somewhat taboo subject brought into the light in a fierce and realistic way

Don't see it if nudity offends you or you could be triggered by the subject matter

83
Slow, Indulgent, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you are an Audra fanatic or want to see what the controversy is about

Don't see it if you are a prude or are looking for a classic work of art

91
Must see, Dizzying, Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you want to be dazzled by movie-level special effects, even if you are not a huge HP fan

Don't see it if you don't have at least a passing familiarity with the story or are triggered by scary special effects

93
Little Women
West Village
Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you have a literary background or just love the classic novel

Don't see it if you are expecting conventional casting or are bored by Victorian literature

86
Dying City
Midtown W
Great staging, Slow, Indulgent, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you can follow convoluted storylines and one actor playing two parts

Don't see it if you need linear storytelling that doesn't jump around between time periods

90
Mac Beth
West Village
Riveting, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want great acting mixed with a healthy dose of macabre humor that is unlike anything you've seen.

Don't see it if bloody tampons, dead babies or same sex kissing offend you.

94
Must see, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a masterpiece. Period.

Don't see it if you are looking for a lot of laughs or a happy ending.

92
BLKS
Midtown W
Intense, Relevant, Raunchy, Hilarious, Edgy

See it if you wonder what it is like to always have to look over your shoulder in public or how a great group of friends can heal you

Don't see it if foul language, violence or sexual situations offend you

96
During previews
Riveting, Must see, Exquisite, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you have a pulse. It is THAT good.

Don't see it if I got nothin'...everyone needs to see this show. It is perfection.

88
During previews
Refreshing, Raunchy, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you are a fan of the movie (but don't need it repeated verbatim) and don't mind some Book of Mormon/Avenue Q type humor.

Don't see it if you are expecting it to be anything like it was in DC. About 80% of it has changed and it's more PG-13 than R now.

87
During previews
Slow, Intense, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want a master class in acting by the entire cast as well as an obviously perfectly crafted story by a genius.

Don't see it if you can't make it through 3 hours of Shakespearean language or are against gender blind casting.

88
Must see, Intense, Dizzying, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to see a classic in a totally different light. It is just as easy to follow as the English version due to the subtitles.

Don't see it if you can't keep up with the subtitles or aren't familiar enough with the story to not need them.

85
Superhero
Midtown W
Great singing, Intense, Quirky, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of Next to Normal or Dear Evan Hansen, as it is reminiscent of both

Don't see it if the topic of death triggers you or you are looking for a 'happliy ever after' ending

71
Lolita, My Love
Midtown E
Ambitious, Great acting, Epic, Intense, Slow

See it if you are a fan of little known musicals or like to discover hidden gems

Don't see it if you are expecting to be out in under three hours or have a problem with the explicit subject matter

77
During previews
Disappointing, Ambitious, Quirky, Indulgent, Great staging

See it if you want to see a Lynn Nottage show that is different from her other works

Don't see it if you expect Act 2 to be as good as Act 1

80
During previews
Great acting, Intense, Intelligent, Slow, Profound

See it if you want to see a compelling piece of theater that shows the complex ways humans interact

Don't see it if you need the action to start immediately or can't pay attention through slow parts

89
Christmas in Hell
Midtown E
Clever, Edgy, Hilarious, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if you want to see a new show reminiscent in tone to Desperate Measures or to laugh your head off

Don't see it if you are easily offended by cursing or certain situations or don't have a warped sense of humor

68
Banal, Disappointing, Fluffy, Insipid, Overrated

See it if you loved the movie, grew up on 90s music or want to see the guys steal the show from the girls

Don't see it if you want to see Dove Cameron who calls out frequently, don't like being surrounded by elementary school girls or expect a lot from a show