Jenni S

Borough of Queens | 25-34 | Female

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Reviews (158)
83
During previews
Power Strip
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Slow, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a representation of the ways life in a refugee camp (and the experiences that led them there) affect two young Syrians.

Don't see it if you are averse to violence and blood, or the subjects of rape and prostitution are triggering for you. Deliberately unsettling.

Also I like that the show addresses a similar subject matter as "The Jungle... Read more Read less

81
Make Believe
Midtown W
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Engaging

See it if you're interested in what is effectively a "where are they now?" story about four siblings, from a pivotal time in childhood, to adulthood.

Don't see it if you're particularly sensitive when it comes to issues like abandonment, drug abuse, and sexual assault/molestation.

70
During previews
Indulgent, Insipid, Disappointing, Confusing, Slow

See it if you particularly want to see one of Shakespeare's lesser known, seldom produced plays. You're interested in the mechanics of a striking set.

Don't see it if uneven casting/performances, nonspecific post-apocalyptic era, and occasionally grating sound design/audio are an issue for you.

83
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Slow, Quirky, Engaging, Funny

See it if you're interested in the stories of lesser-known historical figures. While not entirely accurate, the play is based on a real woman.

Don't see it if you can't follow a narrative that jumps around quite a bit. Toni acknowledges her mind is non-linear, and thus her story is much the same.

Also I thoroughly enjoyed the play, and I think there were a number of soli... Read more Read less

86
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you want to be blown away by incredible singers and heartfelt performances. The talent onstage in this show is breathtaking.

Don't see it if you need a big dramatic payoff. There's tension, and there are challenges and disturbing parallels to today, but it's all pretty "almost."

85
Deeply personal, Quirky, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in intimate, raw storytelling. I went in knowing very little, and am grateful for the unveiling of the story. Impactful.

Don't see it if you only want polished singing onstage. David Cale has a distinctive character voice, and I found it appropriate to this, but not all do.

70
Slow, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if you are interested in exploring the notions of "truth," albeit in an unnecessarily complex structure that loses some of the impact.

Don't see it if multi-layered plot structures (esp in a 90 min show) put you off. Worth noting that a 90 min show probably shouldn't feel long...

81
BLKS
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you don't mind overtly sexual and sometimes raunchy humor. The show is hysterical, but it's definitely not a brand of humor for all.

Don't see it if you shy away from open, sometimes off-the-cuff conversation about sex, bodies, race, and society. Though I feel it's necessary uneasiness.

70
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you like stylized, sometimes absurd plays set in an otherwise realistic world. The play can't quite decide what it is, but it has moments.

Don't see it if you dislike absurd elements, or you don't want to listen to phrases like "blowjobs without reciprocation" with bizarre frequency.

80
Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if you love the show and want to see a solid production of it. The cast is great and there are a couple vocal stand-outs. Clever tech elements.

Don't see it if you want to see something uplifting. While there are some very funny moments, the structure lets you know immediately how broken they become

62
The Mother
Chelsea
Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched

See it if you simply want to see Isabelle Luppert in a sometimes frenetic role. Her performance, for me, was the only highlight by the time it ended.

Don't see it if sadly, there are lots of reasons. It ran less than 90 min but felt agonizingly long. Disjointed structure. Stilted, dreadful characters.

Also Quite frankly, I think I missed the whole point. About half the audien... Read more Read less

85
The Convent
Midtown W
Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you want to experience raw, visceral performances. The characters are predictable in some ways, but are portrayed with openness and truth.

Don't see it if you want to see something truly inventive. Some of the big moments are rather predictable, but there is still beauty in the telling of it.

Also The set is gorgeous. As soon as I walked into the space, I felt at hom... Read more Read less

92
During previews
The Light
Midtown W
Relevant, Resonant, Must see, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to see a taut, powerful, well-crafted and finely acted piece that is deeply relevant. I would see it again in a heartbeat.

Don't see it if you're not open to delving into difficult, current issues and watching two characters try to navigate a significant night in their lives.

78
Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are keen to check out a trio of one-acts that are meant to be a little uncomfortable in the sense of provoking thought and conversation.

Don't see it if you want to stay far away from hot-button topics like mass shootings, race, PC culture, and white supremacy/Adolf Hitler.

Also It's difficult to summarize three separate pieces in a single blurb, a... Read more Read less

73
Enchanting, Entertaining, Cliched, Indulgent

See it if you want to embark on a magical journey of the imagination, cleverly repurposing an existing set from another show. Quirky and inventive.

Don't see it if you cannot be in an audience surrounded by 3-7 year olds. Truly a children's show. Some over-acting, even for the genre of theatre for kids.

88
Absorbing, Dated, Quirky, Riveting

See it if you enjoy mythology set in fresh environments. The gods are an engaging element, and a couple of them are vocal standouts.

Don't see it if you are sick and tired of "girl gives up everything for boy" stories. The mythology framework helps, but what are we meant to take away?

84
Lewiston/Clarkston
West Village
Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you want to enjoy two weighty, thought-provoking plays, separated by a communal dining experience.

Don't see it if you can't invest the full 3 1/2 hours, logistically or psychologically.

Also I wish the plays could be rated separately. I thought Clarkston was a ... Read more Read less

76
Good Grief
Gramercy
Moving, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in a moving examination of grief, especially for someone at a young age. Clever dramatization of raw emotion.

Don't see it if you want to see something escapist and fun. For anyone who has experienced the loss of someone close to them, this may stir up some things.

72
During previews
Slave Play
East Village
Confusing, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you have the patience to sit there for 90 min before the play starts to get its legs. You are fine with nudity and depicted sexual acts.

Don't see it if nudity, sex acts, and deliberately inflammatory (followed by patronizingly clinical) language are not what you're looking for in a play.

82
Ambitious, Great singing, Hilarious, Raunchy

See it if you want a fun show rife with raunchy humor and familiar visuals. Holds true to aesthetics, and nods to signature elements from the movie.

Don't see it if you’re a purist about the movie, or you’re looking for a family night activity with kids. Even crasser than the movie. Not for all ages.

Also it’s a mixed bag as far as which ‘updated’ elements work and which do ... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you enjoy well-executed re-imaginings of classic works. The cast is stellar, with too many fantastic performances to list them all.

Don't see it if you abhor minimalist staging. The only thing I didn't get was the lengthy interpretive dance at the top of Act II. Phenomenal dancer, but...

Also most of the choreography didn't do her capabilities justice, and it wa... Read more Read less

75
During previews
India Pale Ale
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Cliched, Confusing

See it if you have any interest in other cultures and the ways they are all "American." Insightful examination of the sense of "other" in our society.

Don't see it if in its more abstract sequences, the show can be a bit confusing to follow. Lots of tie-ins to pirates and not all of them work equally well.

Also As a native of Wisconsin and a former student at UW, aspects of this p... Read more Read less

85
The True
Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you can get tickets. Sold out, but occasionally seats have been released. Edie Falco is on fire, and Sharr White's writing is incisive.

Don't see it if you are appalled by biting language. Falco's character swears extensively, and her sharp-tongued bluntness may be off-putting to some.

87
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in a deeply personal, eye-opening look at the US Constitution and how key amendments and clauses have shaped our society.

Don't see it if you want a traditional, fictional plot/story arc. If you want something escapist, this won't work. Unnervingly relevant to current events.

84
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Fresh

See it if you are interested in work that pulls together a broad variety of features - sci-fi, technology, 90s nostalgia, and deliberate cheesiness.

Don't see it if youth culture, social media, and dependence on technology put you off as subject matter. Enjoyable for all, but targets younger audiences.

Also One of the most remarkable things about the show is its behind-the-sce... Read more Read less

76
The New Englanders
Midtown W
Indulgent, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you are interested in seeing a family drama and watching characters fumble along, skirting happiness and (sometimes) decency.

Don't see it if you want to see something uplifting and fun. Some genuinely funny moments, but uneven writing, and I somewhat missed the overall point.

Also Solid performances from the cast, across the board. The characters are... Read more Read less

85
Little Gem
Chelsea
Resonant, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in seeing a well-balanced (both comedic and affecting) play featuring three fantastic actresses.

Don't see it if you really struggle with accents (requires some focus at the outset), or you are sensitive to stories relating to the loss of a loved one.

85
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Intelligent, Intense, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a play that will stay with you and give you a lot to think about for hours and days afterward. Unsettling, and impactful.

Don't see it if you're looking for light-hearted fluff. This piece is intense, uncomfortable, and important. Set far away, but unnervingly close to home.

Also It's disturbing how a story that in some ways is so unique to Uganda a... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal, Cliched

See it if you are uniquely predisposed to loving all modernizations of Chekhov. Conceptually similar aims to Aaron Posner, but lesser execution.

Don't see it if you'll dislike a vapid, inconsistent adaptation of Chekhov's work that seems to dismiss (and grossly underserves) the original material.

88
Something Clean
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are interested in seeing a relevant, timely topic explored through a new lens. Surprisingly funny, and very moving. Strong performances.

Don't see it if discussions relating to sexual assault are particularly triggering for you. It's handled well, but it may hit very close to home for some.

73
Dying City
Midtown W
Confusing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you're a fan of Mary Elizabeth Winstead - her performance is a foundational piece holding several other elements of the play together.

Don't see it if slow pacing is an issue for you. 90 min, but started to feel long. Problematic for one actor to play twin brothers, as didn't always work.

80
Blank! The Musical
Midtown W
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy improv and appreciate the skill set involved with creating a full story on the fly set to music. Audience suggestions hit or miss.

Don't see it if you can't handle the unrehearsed, inconsistent aspects of an improvised musical. Some moments don't land, some pacing is off. That's improv.

86
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Relevant, Raunchy, Hilarious, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in work that addresses timely, hot-button topics in a deeply personal way. Heartfelt, authentic, and raunchy, all in one.

Don't see it if you cannot follow a layered structure - the "strange loop" of writer, lead character, and antagonist of the show that character is writing.

Also there's a influx of shows relating to various aspects of LGBTQ experie... Read more Read less

81
Thought-provoking, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you're open to various forms of performance. This is a fascinating dive into an album, track-by-track, with live vocalists layering over it.

Don't see it if you're looking for and expecting to see a traditional play or musical. This is not that format, and you'll need to go in with an open mind.

81
During previews
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Quirky, Indulgent, Absorbing

See it if you enjoyed Stupid F*ing Bird and want to see a similar adaptation of another Chekhov work, this time of Uncle Vanya. Quirky and engaging.

Don't see it if you hate plays that are self-aware and directly engage the audience. There are direct-to-audience moments, and effectively audience polling.

85
After
Midtown E
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in examining the before/during/after arc of a school bullying/shooting situation through the interactions of the parents.

Don't see it if topics relating to school bullying and guns are triggering or overwhelming for you. For reference, violence is discussed, not depicted.

80
During previews
Absorbing, Intense, Resonant

See it if you appreciate Sean O'Casey's writing and would be interested in what is now effectively a period piece set amid conflicts in Dublin.

Don't see it if you want to see something upbeat and light. This is Irish drama - while there are comedic elements, it has a tragic thread throughout.

80
During previews
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Visually captivating

See it if you are at least generally acquainted with the Alice in Wonderland story. This retelling has an assumption of some baseline familiarity.

Don't see it if you are not willing to let your imagination take hold. It has captivating physicality and stunning visuals - be willing to surrender to it.

84
Enchanting, Slow, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy the slower pacing and the unraveling of what I could best describe as an O'Neill play with Dylan's music. Muted, and haunting.

Don't see it if you are looking for a spectacle. No flashy sets or large-scale song and dance numbers. Strikingly Midwestern, with universal elements.

89
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Resonant, Intense, Funny, Heartbreaking, Relevant

See it if you enjoy timely, relevant, effective storytelling. You are ready to go on an emotional roller coaster. Searingly funny and heartbreaking.

Don't see it if you need light, escapist humor for the night. While the first 30 min or so are bitingly hilarious, their lives take a turn and tone changes.

74
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Riveting

See it if you want to see Michael C. Hall in an engaging, intimate space. Though the script itself leaves much to be desired, he is captivating.

Don't see it if you want an easy-to-follow narrative, or defined sense that this is a "play." Delivery is direct-to-audience, and sometimes interactive.

95
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you just want to see great theatre. The ambitious reframing of the narrative, the inventive, minimalist set - all effective and exceptional.

Don't see it if you are a purist or elitist about the book or movie. The piece is deliberately restructured to tease out parallels to today.

Also this production reminded me in myriad ways the power of theatre as a f... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you want a fun evening, filled with laughs, but not devoid of meaningful content. Cleverly framed, and well-executed.

Don't see it if you don't want to see what is effectively a stand-up comedy show on Broadway. I'd challenge you to give it a shot anyway, but I get it.

83
Fireflies
Chelsea
Absorbing, Great acting, Good writing, Relevant

See it if you are keen to see something relevant, tightly written, and well-acted. The final tableau is predictable, but beautiful nonetheless.

Don't see it if you need a break from past-as-present parallels. Set in the 1960s, it's unnerving how many of the themes and struggles still resonate today.

69
During previews
Days of Rage
Midtown W
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Predictable

See it if you are a Mike Faist fan. He shines as idealistic but flawed Spence. And the set creates an authentic world that is utilized fairly well.

Don't see it if you want to see something truly relevant, instead of just aiming to be. SO much potential, but never fully lands. Unsure of its purpose.

Also the biggest disappointment for me was that the “big reveal” was eviden... Read more Read less

80
Black Light
West Village
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great storytelling

See it if you enjoy the power of an engaging storyteller. Jomama Jones is charismatic, fierce, vulnerable, relevant, and witty. Enjoy the ride!

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional show. This is more like a structured cabaret performance with fabulous storytelling than a standard musical.

70
Hurricane Party
West Village
Cliched, Good acting, Disappointing, Relevant

See it if you enjoy good performances. Though I was not enamored with the play itself, I can appreciate that it has a solid cast who dive right in.

Don't see it if you're bored of the cheating spouses arc. While not the only thing happening, it is central to the play and brings nothing new to the table.

78
Ambitious, Edgy, Funny, Raunchy

See it if you want to check out something edgy/stylized but not too avant garde. Solid performances by all five actresses. Some very funny lines.

Don't see it if all five women being named Betty will be way too confusing for you. Or if you are sensitive to explicit language and sexual discussions.

76
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Cliched, Funny, Quirky

See it if you enjoy seeing how things unfold, even if the end result is rather predictable. One of the highlights is the live snooker play.

Don't see it if maybe this is a spoiler (I don't remember seeing the signs that are usually posted), but the gunshot was very loud. If problematic, be aware

82
Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you want to have a fun night. It's silly in all the right ways - just go along for the ride. Several fantastic supporting performances.

Don't see it if you really hate silly, somewhat campy humor. You have to just take it for what it is - a fact I think most critics missed. Underappreciated.