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 (140)
90
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
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
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
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
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

68
Ambitious, Confusing, Insipid, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if you are into glorious costumes, gymnastic dancing and a timely theme

Don't see it if you want to have any idea what the show is about - I saw it and am still unsure. The plot is laughable but at least the songs are familiar

81
Dated, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Slow

See it if you want to see a master class in acting by all involved

Don't see it if you don't like full nudity or want an especially enticing plot

73
During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a Raul Esparza fan and minimalist staging & costumes appeal to you

Don't see it if you haven't read the book as it is super confusing and frankly, not very enjoyable until the last ten or so minutes

88
During previews
Ambitious, Entertaining, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want a show with a message that is both timely and much needed

Don't see it if you are homophobic or may be triggered by a situation that may hit too close to home for some

96
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Profound

See it if you want to be thoroughly engrossed by two actors at the top of their game and a timely, albeit painful, story that NEEDS to be told

Don't see it if you are sensitive to race relations, foul language or interracial relationships...none of which you should be if you are a true theater fan

82
Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you like theater insider jokes (the leading lady is Mary Ethel Bernadette) and want to see a star in the making in Sarah MicKinley Austin

Don't see it if you are looking for something with deep meaning or don't like underdeveloped characters

84
During previews
Clever, Ambitious, Dizzying, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you are a huge fan of Beckett, Bill Irwin, or preferably both and have a good attention span

Don't see it if you dn't like one man shows as this is basically a master class in Beckett

93
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see how many trials a man can go through until he is pushed to his limit and some of the best acting anywhere

Don't see it if you need your plot tied up in a neat bow at the end OR if you can't handle super intense scenes which may trigger some

86
Entertaining, Confusing, Great singing, Overrated, Refreshing

See it if you like shows in the vein of Mean Girls or Evan Hansen that skew towards a younger audience or want to hear some great new music

Don't see it if you can't stand shrieking teens & tweens like they are at a Bieber concert

82
During previews
Ambitious, Funny, Edgy, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if you don't need plots tied up in a tidy bow at the end or you want to see the secret lives of women you may know

Don't see it if you can't handle lesbian relationships or foul language

98
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Great singing, Must see

See it if you are a fan of the movie, the stars, or just good old fashioned feel good musicals

Don't see it if you have a problem with strong, independent women

85
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an adorable piece of fluff that transcends traditional musical theater boundaries with its music

Don't see it if you have ADD or any condition that may be exacerbated by flashing lights, loud sounds and an overall chaotic atmosphere

87
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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

See it if you want to see two masters of the craft go head to head (the third member is no slouch either) and gasp out loud a few times

Don't see it if domestic violence triggers you or you expect the first half of the show to be as gripping as the second

88
Clever, Funny, Hilarious, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if you want to laugh your head off at how PC and senitive our society has become

Don't see it if you can't find the humor in the snowflake culture or are easily offended

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

See it if you want to see a fascinating take on Mean Girls that is much more meaningful and profound than the original

Don't see it if you have a hard time dealing with high school drama

92
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Great staging, Must see

See it if you are a fan of the movie, the actors or just having a great time in general

Don't see it if you are prudish about language or situations (and please don't bring kids under 10 if you don't want them exposed to these things)

78
Funny, Confusing, Great staging, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you like elaborate plots that require your attention and broadly drawn characters

Don't see it if you can't understand cockney accents or like farcical situations

82
Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Romantic

See it if you want to see what life was like back when the LGBT community was relegated to the back rooms of seedy clubs

Don't see it if you want a neat, tidy ending with clarity...or if you cannot handle same sex relationships

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Must see

See it if you want to see the messy side of relationships and what happens when they implode

Don't see it if you are squeamish about violence, foul language or sexual situations

85
Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if you like cookie cutter Disney (which I do) with beautiful staging and costumes

Don't see it if you want to hear the actors sing without the audience joining in or you want something substantial (it's like cotton candy)

83
During previews
Ambitious, Cliched, Dated, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you are a fan of AR Gurney's WASP-centric shows with no definitive resolutions

Don't see it if you can't sit through the first two boring plays to get to the third, and most entertaining, one

75
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you want to learn about a little known part of history

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

77
Confusing, Dated, Great acting, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you are looking for a non-cookie cutter show that feels vaguely unfinished and has many time jumps

Don't see it if you can't follow a bizarre plot about past lives or don't like characters who seemingly fall in love with no notice

78
During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Intense, Overrated

See it if you like non-linear storytelling with a huge cast and no real storyline resolutions

Don't see it if you are easily (or even NOT that easily) confused by unconventional storytelling or you don't appreciate some scenery chewing

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Resonant

See it if you like relationship themes with a good mix of humor and drama

Don't see it if you want a full-fledged comedy or are not accepting of gay and trans rights