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 (189)
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

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

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

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)

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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
For a previous production
Mac Beth
Upper E Side
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.