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 (259)
93
Riveting, Intelligent, Masterful, Intense, Absorbing
January 18th, 2023

See it if you want to relive NYC in its dirtiest, grimiest phase and see two future legends of NYC theater play two past legends of the NYC art world

Don't see it if you don't like a good old-fashioned dance party or a two-person show (with two minor background characters)

76
During previews
Joy
New Brunswick
Has potential, Slow, Fluffy, Disappointing, Low-energy
December 15th, 2022

See it if you are a fan of the star or want a piece of escapist fluff that won't stay with you any longer than cotton candy

Don't see it if you don't like a show that only feels half-formed...the show has potential but is definitely not ready for prime time

77
Refreshing, Great staging, Disappointing, Cliched, Delightful
December 14th, 2022

See it if you like music from the era, with period costumes and settings to match

Don't see it if you are expecting an actual plot or familiar songs

86
The Far Country
Chelsea
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Dizzying, Intense, Absorbing
December 14th, 2022

See it if you want to see a shameful part of Chinese history that most people are not aware of with great acting

Don't see it if some clunky director choices might turn you off, or if strobes and fog bother you

89
Becky Nurse of Salem
Upper W Side
Intelligent, Quirky, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
December 5th, 2022

See it if you are interested in the Salem witch trials, or the type of crystal loving, patchouli wearing 'healers' you'll find in Asheville

Don't see it if you are triggered by opioid abuse, or if you can't follow what is supposedly real and what is taking place in Becky's mind

72
Slow, Disappointing, Banal
December 5th, 2022

See it if you have nothing better to do and can get a cheap ticket.

Don't see it if you want a lot of action, or suspense, or anything other than navel gazing between two teenagers.

98
Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Enchanting, Ambitious
November 22nd, 2022

See it if you want to see a tour de force by one of the best actors on Broadway. This production has to be seen, as words cannot describe it.

Don't see it if A one-man show with no intermission is not your cup of tea; there are lots of dark moments and a few parts that made me jump so not for kids

90
During previews
Riveting, Intense, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing
November 22nd, 2022

See it if you love Audra McDonald and/or Bryce Pinkham and are not squeamish about some triggering topics

Don't see it if a 75 minute show with no intermission and difficult subject matters is not your thing

94
Parade
Midtown W
Intense, Great staging, Epic, Ambitious, Absorbing
November 7th, 2022

See it if you want to see a rarely staged show with an unusually large, exceptionally talented cast that deserves a transfer to Broadway

Don't see it if anti-semitism or violence bothers you, or if you need a happy, or resolved, ending

85
A Man of No Importance
East Village
Intelligent, Enchanting, Slow, Great staging, Exquisite
November 7th, 2022

See it if you like intimate shows with minimal staging and a starry cast of wonderful character actors in a predictable but enjoyable story

Don't see it if you can't sit still with no intermission, are homophobic, or expect a believable Irish accent from the big name star (who also can't sing)

92
During previews
Fluffy, Great staging, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful
November 4th, 2022

See it if you want a good time with great songs, phenomenal choreography and a great score with top-notch singing and dancing

Don't see it if you are are going in with a closed mind about 'men in dresses' musicals...it is adorable and enjoyable and is as inclusive as possible

87
Romantic, Fluffy, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful
November 4th, 2022

See it if you are a huge Miami Sound Machine or jukebox musical fan, or just want to have a good time

Don't see it if you are looking for anything substantial, or anything that goes much past the bus accident

84
Profound, Intense, Confusing, Great acting, Absorbing
October 27th, 2022

See it if you want to see superior acting in an intense, but somewhat confusing, storyline

Don't see it if a three character, one act play is not to your liking

78
During previews
Overrated, Disappointing, Great singing, Cliched, Banal
October 24th, 2022

See it if you are not a die-hard fan of the movie as this will not live up to it...also, Solea Pfeiffer is our next big thing so catch her in this

Don't see it if you are looking for a lot of action, or memorable songs...I wanted to love this show much more than I actually did

92
Relevant, Profound, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing
October 24th, 2022

See it if you like taking a deep dive into a character's psyche and to feel the intensity of their emotions hitting you in the chest

Don't see it if you can't handle the n-word being bandied about or do not like confrontation

85
During previews
Great singing, Great acting, Quirky, Fluffy, Delightful
October 13th, 2022

See it if you like quirky characters and missed it off-Broadway. It is a delight but the songs are like cotton candy...enjoyable but quickly forgotten

Don't see it if you hate cursing or loved the intimacy it conveyed in a small off-Broadway theater; it loses some of its warmth on a big stage

90
Thought-provoking, Intense, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing
October 11th, 2022

See it if you want to see a character study of four people who are just trying to get through life with some modicum of happiness

Don't see it if you are looking for a ton of action or can't sit still for two hours with no intermisison

87
During previews
Intense, Great writing, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing
October 3rd, 2022

See it if you like delving into the psyches of characters to find out what motivates them and are looking for a gripping experience

Don't see it if you don't like two person shows or a lot of exposition

98
During previews
Must see, Epic, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
September 26th, 2022

See it if I can't say enough about this show. The powerhouse performances will stay with you forever...this show needs to be seen by everyone. Perio

Don't see it if you have no taste. Seriously, that would be the only reason not to see this stunning production.

89
During previews
I’m Revolting
Chelsea
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing
September 26th, 2022

See it if you like stories about peoples' fears and hidden feelings & stories that can switch from hilarious to heart-wrenching in the blink of an eye

Don't see it if you are triggered by cancer or trauma or need clean, clear resolutions to your storylines

88
During previews
Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
September 20th, 2022

See it if you want to see an excellent story from one of our most underappreciated playwrights with a phenomenal cast at the top of their games

Don't see it if you are not willing to suspend disbelief in the supernatural or are looking for a story that takes place in the present day

88
Between The Lines
Midtown W
Fluffy, Quirky, Funny, Enchanting, Delightful
July 25th, 2022

See it if you like fairy tales with a bit of a twist (but not anything dark) or Disney musicals

Don't see it if you expect memorable songs or have issues with non-binary characters/performers

80
Chains
Midtown W
Indulgent, Disappointing, Great acting, Excruciating, Slow
July 11th, 2022

See it if you are a fan of new works and unknown actors

Don't see it if you are looking for a new classic or something that moves along at greater than a snail's pace

82
53% OF
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Confusing
July 11th, 2022

See it if you are not a Trumper and want to see a new work with a thoughtful message

Don't see it if you don't like loose ends or are looking for linear storytelling

88
The Orchard
Midtown W
Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
July 6th, 2022

See it if you want to see a unique take on an otherwise snooze-worthy piece. The set and projections elevate the story greatly.

Don't see it if you are expecting to see the master dancing, or are not a fan of reimagined classics.

93
During previews
Great staging, Must see, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful
June 29th, 2022

See it if you loved the NYCC revival earlier this year and you want to see a Sondheim classic chock full of A++ talent

Don't see it if I got nuthin'...you should see this ASAP

85
Intense, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Clever
June 10th, 2022

See it if you are a fan of Russian literature but also enjoy some modern updates thrown in

Don't see it if a three hour epic of bleak lives in Russia is not your idea of an entertaining evening

81
Dated, Ambitious, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched
May 31st, 2022

See it if you want to see the first revival of a show not seen for decades and star in the making Jule Benko

Don't see it if simply put, it's not a good show, only has a few memorable songs, and is not worth more than a heavily discounted ticket

92
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great staging, Absorbing
May 31st, 2022

See it if you love Irish step dancing and want to see a future Tony winner give a master class on acting

Don't see it if interracial relationships offend you or three hours is too long for you to pay attention

86
Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing
May 24th, 2022

See it if you want to see women living their joy and sorrow on stage and giving us a look into lives that may be quite different from ours

Don't see it if you are expecting a linear storyline or narrative, or if you expect it to be a musical

91
During previews
Raunchy, Quirky, Great writing, Edgy, Funny
May 18th, 2022

See it if you want to laugh uproariously AND cry your eyes out with a very relatable family

Don't see it if vulgar language upsets you or you are triggered by (spoiler) the death of a baby

95
POTUS
Midtown W
Raunchy, Fluffy, Edgy, Entertaining, Hilarious
May 18th, 2022

See it if you want to laugh your *ss off at 7 hilarious women at the top of their game and like farce such as Noises Off & Play That Goes Wrong

Don't see it if you are offended by vulgar language, bodily functions, or women proving themselves to be the superior sex

93
Suffs
East Village
Must see, Intense, Exquisite, Entertaining, Absorbing
May 10th, 2022

See it if you want to learn more about the powerful women who helped us get the right to vote along with some fantastic acting and a killer score

Don't see it if you can't sit still for three hours or still feel women should be seen and not heard

92
Entertaining, Clever, Must see, Enchanting, Delightful
May 10th, 2022

See it if you like classic shows with classic songs done excellently by some of the biggest names in the business

Don't see it if death is a triggering subject or three hours is too long for you to pay attention

93
The Wanderer
Millburn
Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining
April 27th, 2022

See it if you are interested in the music of the 60s or just want to see some excellent singing & dancing

Don't see it if cursing offends you or you expect a standard jukebox musical

77
During previews
Slow, Ambitious, Confusing
April 18th, 2022

See it if you want to see spectacular staging and effects, and want to see a cynical take on the origins of the world.

Don't see it if three hours is too long for you to sit still or you need a storyline to make complete sense.

85
Great staging, Funny, Delightful
April 18th, 2022

See it if you want to see an alternative, comedic take on one of our best-known stories with some genuine up-and-coming talents.

Don't see it if you didn't like Desperate Measures, as it is in the same vein, or want an accurate retelling of the Odyssey.

94
Riveting, Intense, Great acting
April 18th, 2022

See it if you don't know how someone could 'allow' themselves to become a victim. This is a vitally important and necessary work.

Don't see it if you may be triggered by scenes of molestation or incest...it is excruciating to watch but it NEEDS to be seen.

92
Masterful, Great staging, Absorbing
April 11th, 2022

See it if you like intelligent stories told in a provocative, but sophisticated way and appreciate plot twists that aren't telegraphed

Don't see it if nudity bothers you....like, AT ALL. 3/4 of the cast are 100% naked throughout portions of the show and it can be distracting at times

66
During previews
Overrated, Disappointing, Dated
April 11th, 2022

See it if you are a Shoshana Bean or Billy Crystal fan and don't mind schlock

Don't see it if you don't like being the youngest person in the theater, don't get Catskills references, or expect a star of a musical to be able to sing

91
During previews
To My Girls
Midtown W
Relevant, Entertaining, Delightful
March 30th, 2022

See it if you want to see a bunch of old friends go through the ups and downs of a weekend together and all the issues it awakens between them

Don't see it if you are homophobic, racist, or any other discriminatory group

90
Romantic, Great singing, Exquisite
March 24th, 2022

See it if you love Jason Robert Brown's score and want to see two brilliant performers move you to tears

Don't see it if there is no reason NOT to see it. It is gorgeous in its simplicity.

68
During previews
Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing
March 24th, 2022

See it if you want to see Debra Messing. There is no other reason.

Don't see it if you can't handle 90 minutes of your life feeling like 4 hours as you slog through this disaster.

84
The Life
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intense, Dated
March 24th, 2022

See it if you want to see an update of a lesser-known show with a wonderful score by Cy Coleman

Don't see it if tough subject matters offend you or you expect a faithful recreation of the original

86
The Baker’s Wife
Midtown W
Enchanting, Fluffy, Delightful
March 15th, 2022

See it if you want to see a Schwartz show that never made it to Broadway (but should have) that contains some hidden gems

Don't see it if you are looking for any surprises or unexpected twists of plot

81
Delightful, Fluffy, Dated
March 10th, 2022

See it if you want to see what old Hollywood was like, between the tributes to the movies (Hollywood) and a Marx Brothers classic (Ukraine)

Don't see it if you are expecting anything substantial; it is a fun night out with competent performers

76
Shhhhh
Chelsea
Raunchy, Insipid, Edgy
February 16th, 2022

See it if you like experimental theatre...that's really all I can say

Don't see it if you are easily triggered by almost anything, don't enjoy fetishes, easily grossed out

88
Relevant, Intense, Absorbing
February 16th, 2022

See it if you want to see how the working class lives or are interested in the slow demise of the same

Don't see it if you can't relate to others outside your social class or think people 'deserve what they get'

88
The Tap Dance Kid
Midtown W
Entertaining, Refreshing, Delightful
February 7th, 2022

See it if you want to see top-notch dancing by up and coming young stars and a standout performance from Joshua Henry

Don't see it if you want the show to be a carbon copy of the original production or you are looking for a full scale production

91
During previews
Black No More
Midtown W
Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing
February 7th, 2022

See it if you like a show that makes you think and features outstanding performances, or one that is topical and of the moment

Don't see it if a certain racial epithet offends you no matter who says it, or if you are a southerner who doesn't appreciate being called out