Jillbaila

Manhattan | 50-64 | Female
About:  Avid theatergoer!
Reviews (304)
83
During previews
Too long, Talky, Powerful, Intense, Phenomenal acting
October 1st, 2022

See it if you like intense and powerful family stories. Serious themes but also funny at times. Both actors are incredible.

Don't see it if you want a musical or something light. Don't like 2 handers. Some scenes felt like they went on a bit too long.

84
During previews
Weightless
Upper W Side
Talented cast, Ambitious, Brutal story, Like a rock concert, Great music
September 23rd, 2022

See it if you liked Hadestown. This is a combination of rock music and Greek mythology. Great performances all around. Raw and gritty. It just works.

Don't see it if you don't like loud music or want something more traditional. Hate Greek mythology.

87
During previews
1776 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Woke, Relevant, Funnier than expected, Thought-provoking, Great singing
September 18th, 2022

See it if uniformly strong cast of all women/non binary actors. Makes history relevant, fun and relatable.

Don't see it if don't want to see a reinterpretation of the original. Gimmicky? Maybe but it worked for me. Second act dragged a bit.

Also Like Hamilton, this made me think a lot about the founders of the US a... Read more Read less

35
During previews
This Beautiful Future
West Village
Poor writing, Confusing, Slow, Excruciating
September 17th, 2022

See it if you like experimental theater...maybe?

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason to see this.The writing was horrendous, the acting mediocre to bad and why was there karaoke in a play about WW2?

Also The NY Times gave a previous production a Critic's Pick. I really don'... Read more Read less

79
Unique, Quirky, Repetitive at times, Kind of nuts, Different
September 15th, 2022

See it if you want to see something that's not a traditional theater experience, if you enjoy improv, interested in hypnosis.

Don't see it if Hypnotist Asad Mecci kind of annoying. Guest improviser Stephanie Mochrie was great. It was her first night stepping into the role.

Also I know a lot of people are saying that the individuals chosen are plan... Read more Read less

79
Los Otros
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Character studies more than a plot, Beautiful music, Great singing
September 3rd, 2022

See it if to see both actors give lovely performances. If you are ok with minimal staging. There are many important themes introduced in this piece.

Don't see it if You don't like 2 handers. Want something elaborate. Want something more plot driven.

Also I spent a lot of time while watching the show trying to figure out how... Read more Read less

81
Slow, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense
August 20th, 2022

See it if interested in stories of complex relationships and ultimately redemption. Solid acting, simple but effective set. Live music sets the mood.

Don't see it if Don't have tolerance for lots of narration. Narrator (protagonist) is hard to root for...there is a long wait for his redemption.

Also I'm grateful that the Kite Runner has designated one show a week where... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Fun, Confusing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Joyful
August 13th, 2022

See it if Sweet adaptation celebrating love. Seeing amateur performers alongside Broadway talent is very moving and works better than you'd expect.

Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare purist. The story is a bit hard to follow at times. I think Shaina's Twelfth Night is better but this is worth seeing.

83
Between The Lines
Midtown W
Too long, Great staging, Great singing, Charming, Sweet
July 17th, 2022

See it if enjoy blending of reality and fantasy. Modern take on fairy tales and message of female empowerment--you can write your own story.

Don't see it if a bit too long. Songs not terribly memorable, although well performed.

Also I really loved a lot of the messages of this show, and especially enjo... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Weird directoral choices, Cool staging and lighting, Some good performances, Too long, Confusing
June 25th, 2022

See it if you love an evening at the Delacorte. Enjoy non-traditional casting. Maybe better if you are already familiar with the show.

Don't see it if I had a hard time following the plot and knowing who was who. Wish there was a more extensive synopsis. So much didn't make sense.

Also There was quite a lot performed in ASL with no interpretation. Why? ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Corsicana
Midtown W
Confusing, Too long, Thought-provoking, Talky, Well acted
June 19th, 2022

See it if interested in how 4 individuals deal with grief, loss, love, connection. Solid acting, some wonderful moments. Characters better than plot.

Don't see it if you want a fully realized show. 2nd act especially doesn't really go anywhere. I think there's a good play in here, but not quite there yet.

79
Delightful, Old fashioned, Fluffy, Entertaining
June 6th, 2022

See it if you can accept that Beanie isn't Barbra, want something light and entertaining. Ramin and Jared excellent, Beanie better than the reviews.

Don't see it if you want something deep and profound or a great story. This has some good songs, good dancing. Jane Lynch is miscast.

78
Good performances, Irreverant, Raunchy, Funny
May 23rd, 2022

See it if you want a humorous take on family dysfunction. Great performance from the young lead and strong supporting cast.

Don't see it if This didn't quite work for me tonally. I was uncomfortable with such serious issues being treated very lightly and it seemed superficially.

Also The theater was uncomfortably cold (on a very hot day) so be aware and... Read more Read less

85
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intimate, Disturbing, Intense
May 22nd, 2022

See it if Excellent acting, especially ML Parker. You don't mind theater that makes you squirm dealing with difficult topics.Families are complicated.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a show about incest. Some friends felt that the humor in the show was inappropriate but that didn't bother me.

88
Too long, Clever, Great cast, Magical, Enchanting
May 15th, 2022

See it if fan of the show or any of the actors. It's such a strong cast, hard to single anyone out. Solid production with humor and quality singing.

Don't see it if you don't like actors hamming/mugging to the audience (mostly Creel). A bit long and dragged a little for me, but that's a minor criticism.

Also I don't remember the last time I was at a show with such an enthusiast... Read more Read less

80
Confusing, Absorbing, Otherworldly, Beautiful singing, Enchanting
May 8th, 2022

See it if you enjoy intimate, atmospheric bare bones theater, folk tales/folk music, willing to get swept up in a sometimes confusing story.

Don't see it if have trouble with accents or with actors playing multiple roles. Want an elaborate set.

Also There is a glossary and a cast of characters in the Playbill, which is... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Original, Dark yet funny, Quirky, Thought-provoking
May 7th, 2022

See it if Use of satire to show how we blindly fall victim to propaganda and support dictators. Makes you think about how history repeats itself.

Don't see it if uncomfortable with dark quirky comedies about the Holocaust. Only 90 minutes but felt slow at times.

79
During previews
Wish You Were Here
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Raunchy, Intimate
May 1st, 2022

See it if interested in exploration of female friendships, including capacity to hurt as well as love. Not the stereotypical view of Iranian women.

Don't see it if you want something more plot driven. This follows a group of 5 women over a period of about 12 years--some stay, some leave, some marry.

Also I left this with some unanswered questions. I liked it but feel it cou... Read more Read less

78
The Lucky Star
Midtown E
Disjointed, Uneven in tone, Problems with structure, Interesting story, Some good acting
April 30th, 2022

See it if interested in family stories about the Holocaust, and don't mind switching from past to present. Story set in past much better than present.

Don't see it if don't like unusual narrative devices. Disappointed in Steven Skybell. Second act weak.

Also This is structured as author Richard Hollander (played by Skybell) add... Read more Read less

81
Great writing, Powerful, Thought-provoking, Amazing talent, Non-traditional
April 24th, 2022

See it if you like non-narrative theater. Mix of spoken word poetry, movement, storytelling. Phenomenal talent on the stage. Writing holds up.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional plot based shows. If you don't want to hear black women's stories that aren't always kind to men.

Also I think I would have enjoyed this more but despite having a great seat... Read more Read less

79
During previews
POTUS
Midtown W
Great acting, Over the top, Frenetic, Dizzying, Funny
April 22nd, 2022

See it if you are a fan of farce &/or silly physical comedy. Rachel Dratch a standout with a strong overall cast. All female cast and creative team.

Don't see it if Timing needs to improve, story is pretty much ridiculous. Sometimes hard to hear/understand dialogue, actors speaking at the same time.

Also Kudos to understudy Lisa Helmi Johanson, on for Julianne Hough. A star... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing
April 18th, 2022

See it if a smart play that is sadly still relevant 20 years later. Serious subject matter but surprisingly funny. Ferguson, Adams, Williams shine.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with male nudity, hate baseball or are racist and/or homophobic.

Also I was thoroughly engrossed and really loved this this despite feeling ... Read more Read less

87
Confederates
Midtown W
Relevant, Well acted, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
April 16th, 2022

See it if interested in legacy of slavery & in the intersection of racism and sexism. if you enjoy a show that makes you think & might challenge you.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a show that deals with uncomfortable subjects.If the the concept of white privilege is triggering to you.

74
During previews
¡Americano!
Midtown W
Too long, Some nice moments, Has potential, Heartfelt
April 5th, 2022

See it if you want to support new works and don't mind something that still feels unfinished. Some good singing and dancing.

Don't see it if you get restless and impatient--this is about 20-30 minutes too long. If not interested in themes of immigration, family, loyalty.

Also The subject matter and themes interest me a great deal and I really wa... Read more Read less

95
Suffs
East Village
Must see, Intelligent, Riveting, Ambitious, Masterful
April 3rd, 2022

See it if you want to get a peek at a future Broadway hit. The cast is embarrassment of riches. Kudos to Shaina Taub who wrote book & music. Brilliant

Don't see it if you have absolutely no interest in American history. Otherwise, there's no reason not to see this, but good luck getting a ticket.

80
During previews
Cliched, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Sentimental, Lovely
April 2nd, 2022

See it if you want to ponder love, family, loss, aging. Messing leads a strong cast in this sweet and touching play.

Don't see it if bothered by actors playing multiple roles or sentimentality. Nothing groundbreaking or earth shattering here but enjoyable nevertheless.

77
During previews
Too long, Disappointing, Music mediocre at best, Funny, Entertaining
April 1st, 2022

See it if you are nostalgic for Catskills era comedy. Fun to see Billy Crystal in his element. I enjoyed this but it could have been so much better.

Don't see it if you have no patience for unmemorable songs that don't add emotional weight or advance the plot.

Also My friends and I all agreed this would have worked better as a 90 minu... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Too long, Strong performances overall, Great singing, Great dancing, Joaquina!
March 26th, 2022

See it if you like historical musicals. Want to see a star-making performance from lead actress. Strong cast elevates imperfect book.

Don't see it if you are put off by 2:45 min show--this could be tightened. If you don't like musicals with heavy themes (slavery, race, immigration, riots).

77
English
Chelsea
Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking
March 5th, 2022

See it if interested in plays dealing with culture, and the interplay of language and personality. If you are ok with unanswered questions.

Don't see it if This is a bit of a slow burn. At 100 minutes, it felt a bit too long. If you have trouble with accents, it may be hard to understand.

84
Jane Anger
West Village
Entertaining, Frenetic, Great acting, Hilarious at times, Zany
March 5th, 2022

See it if you enjoy physical comedy, want to see a feminist take on Shakespeare's life. This doesn't take itself too seriously and is a lot of fun.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy broad, physical comedy. If you don't like cursing, sexual references.

73
During previews
Has potential but needs work, Forgettable, Comedy or melodrama?, Unfocused
February 27th, 2022

See it if want to support new works. This show doesn't quite know what it wants to be. Some funny moments. Cast gives it their all.

Don't see it if you want something polished. This feels like a work in progress that needs editing. Scene changes could be tighter.

75
Tambo & Bones
Midtown W
Original, Thought-provoking, Engaging performers, Ambitious, Challenging
February 26th, 2022

See it if you don't mind being challenged in the theater, or not being sure exactly what is going on. This was original, ambitious and uneven.

Don't see it if not interested in works that feel more experimental, bothered by use of n word, don't like hip hop music.

Also I felt like I was observing and appreciating this play from a distance... Read more Read less

87
Great writing, Unexpectedly funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking
February 19th, 2022

See it if interested in themes of antisemitism, complicated family dynamics, importance of remembering history. Good writing and solid acting.

Don't see it if bothered by breaking of the 4th wall. Don'l like long, talky plays. It's over 3 hours but moves quickly.

82
Intelligent, Good acting, Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking
February 13th, 2022

See it if good ensemble acting in a well written play that raises interesting issues of the dignity/indignities of work, loyalty, trust and more.

Don't see it if you are only going for Phylicia Rashad --she was weakest link for me--it was hard to hear/understand her. If you want something light.

Also I felt the scenes with the dancer and projections, while cool and well... Read more Read less

79
The Tap Dance Kid
Midtown W
Joshua henry!!!, Good but not spectacular dancing, Fabulous orchestra, Messy book, Entertaining
February 6th, 2022

See it if you like tap dancing. Ensemble does a great job. Bello has a lot of presence but sings/acts better than he dances. Joshua Henry a standout.

Don't see it if you want a more focused story. I enjoyed this despite imperfections. I felt the dancing could have been stronger.

Also Joshua Henry's solo is one of the most exciting and powerful numbers I... Read more Read less

92
Off beat, Entertaining, Quirky, Great singing, Pure fun
February 5th, 2022

See it if Borle at the top of his game, Ricamora a perfect Seymour. Joy Woods understudy debut as Audrey which was exciting. Strong cast all around.

Don't see it if you don't like creepy musicals or shows that are completely bonkers--after all, this is about a man-eating plant. Just enjoy the ride

80
Quirky, Interesting premise, Long, Beautiful staging, Great performances
December 12th, 2021

See it if for interesting character study, great dancing, singing. Staging/lighting/set design exquisite and unexpected. Original and different.

Don't see it if you want something plot driven. Story probably weakest part. Performances better than material but still enjoyable. A bit too long.

80
Selling Kabul
Midtown W
Well acted, Timely, Tension filled, Gripping, Intense
December 5th, 2021

See it if to see what life is like for an Afghan family under Taliban rule. Really captures the tension and emotion.

Don't see it if you want something light and fluffy. It's not always clear why characters are making choices that they make. Wish they had a talkback after.

86
During previews
Kimberly Akimbo
Chelsea
Absorbing, Great cast, Thought-provoking, Funny yet poignant, Quirky
December 5th, 2021

See it if like off-beat stories with heart. Milligan, Clarke & Boyer are excellent, young actors hold their own. Nice music by Tesori. This is a win.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a meditation on aging/death told in a comical way. Debra's subplot a bit over the top but Milligan makes it worth it.

70
Forgettable songs, Sweet, Disappointing, Enthusiastic cast
November 27th, 2021

See it if a young mostly talented cast giving it their all. Has a sweet message but haven't we seen this story a thousand times before? Nicely staged.

Don't see it if you are expecting something polished or the next Broadway hit. Music is forgettable, lyrics are trite. Could have been so much better.

75
Morning's at Seven
Midtown W
Pleasant, Slow, Period piece, Slight, Great acting
November 26th, 2021

See it if you'd enjoy a soap opera set in 1922. Great acting all around. Offers insights into thoughts on gender roles & marriage from that time.

Don't see it if Not sure why the decision was made to revive this particular play at this time. It's either a period piece or very dated, not sure which.

78
The Visitor
East Village
Relevant, Mediocre lyrics, Touching story, Pleasant music, Good performances
November 21st, 2021

See it if you enjoy stories about immigrants and unexpected relationships. Well cast with solid performances throughout. Music good if not memorable.

Don't see it if Nothing here that hasn't been done before. Lyrics are trite. Show overall is a bit cliched.

78
During previews
Good writing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant, Great acting
November 17th, 2021

See it if to see how a 66 year old show dealing with race is shockingly relevant and current. LaChanze is a force, surrounded by a strong cast.

Don't see it if you're not interested in plays about plays, no patience for a slow build. Second act better than first.

81
During previews
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Ending fizzled, Uzo's costume changes!, Some sharp writing, Great acting
November 13th, 2021

See it if you like plays with something to say (even though I wasn't totally sure what it was trying to say), Kara Young unexpected standout.

Don't see it if you don't like metaphor. Ending was confusing and felt out of place with the rest of the show.

79
Formulaic, Entertaining, Mediocre book, Great music, Wonderful cast
November 5th, 2021

See it if you enjoy Motown music, want to see very talented cast perform songs you know, learn about history of the Temptations.

Don't see it if you would rather see a story unfold rather than have it narrated to you. If you don't like jukebox musicals. Want something innovative.

88
Too long, Riveting, Interesting staging, Great writing, Great acting
October 17th, 2021

See it if interested in US history or family sagas. Well worth seeing, even if (like me) you aren't interested in banking or finance.

Don't see it if you can't sit for a 3+ hour show. Wish it was more explicit about how integral slavery was to Lehman family fortune & more critical of them.

83
Slow, Complex, Powerhouse performances, Intense, Thought-provoking
October 10th, 2021

See it if you like layered shows that deal with serious themes. Sharon Clarke gives a must-see performance with excellent supporting cast.

Don't see it if you are looking for something light. First act a bit slow--it takes a while to get into this. Sometimes hard to understand the lyrics.

85
During previews
Resonant, Engrossing, Heartfelt, Touching, Absorbing
October 2nd, 2021

See it if you want to see a show with a lot of heart. He portrays multiple characters but this is basically a love letter to the woman who raised him.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows. Sometimes it was hard to keep track of which character was being portrayed.

92
SIX (Broadway)
Midtown W
Fun, Refreshing, High energy, Creative, Original
September 25th, 2021

See it if for something fresh and original. Cast is supremely talented. Great costumes, music. Six has it all. Pure fun. What theater should be.

Don't see it if you don'l like musicals or pop music. If you want something more traditional or plot driven.

75
During previews
Some good performances, Still needs work, Entertaining, Dizzying, Uneven
September 25th, 2021

See it if to support a young playwright & director and see new works on Broadway. If you are a fan of Michael Urie--he was great. Acting fine overall.

Don't see it if I only saw 2nd preview, so I think this has potential to get better. Felt unpolished or unfinished. Some abrupt shifts in tone didn't work.