Jillbaila

Manhattan | 50-64 | Female
About:  Avid theatergoer!
Reviews (243)
78
Dijointed, Original, Engaging, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if history told through song, personal stories & exploration of current events. Nice use of projections. Miller is very talented and likable.

Don't see it if A bit all over the place--wish it went a bit deeper and used more of the music to tell the stories. 2nd act much better than 1st.

83
Over the top, Entertaining, Campy, Fun

See it if you enjoy plays that don't take themselves too seriously. This is pure camp, just go with it and enjoy. Very talented and committed cast.

Don't see it if you want something deep or profound. If you are bothered by a man playing a woman.

83
During previews
Absorbing, Honest, Moving, Sad at times, Very funny at times

See it if you are interested in the life of Bess Myerson. Her daughter wrote & stars in this piece-- funny & sad, often at same time. Honest & raw.

Don't see it if you prefer to think of beauty queens as perfect & don't want to see the truth behind the facade. If you don't want mother/daughter conflict.

79
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Bleak, Thought-provoking, Too long, Intense, Great acting

See it if to see great acting, Ivey and Donovan especially. Sad, bleak story about troubled characters and loss of a town.

Don't see it if you want something light and uplifting. Interesting staging makes it often hard to see. Actors at times talk over each other, hard to hear.

Also This was almost 3 hours with 2 intermissions. I think it would be stro... Read more Read less

78
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Confusing, Creative

See it if you enjoy modern interpretations of Shakespeare. Good job of making problematic play relevant for today. Injects humor into the story.

Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare purist. If you want elaborate sets and costumes--this is bare bones. Can be a bit hard to follow the plot/characters.

Also I loved that all roles were played by women of color and it was an inc... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Poignant, Funny

See it if you're a fan of Judy Gold. To see something very funny with some poignant and touching moments. She commands the stage.

Don't see it if you don't like one woman shows or an exploration of mother/daughter dynamics. If you have seen Judy do stand-up, it might feel repetitive.

88
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Meta, Epic, Great acting, Ambitious, Moments of brilliance

See it if it's a remarkable if flawed piece of theater. Very ambitious, covers a lot of ground. Great acting and writing. Interesting staging.

Don't see it if at over 6 hours, it's a commitment. If you don't like shows that are too self referential--sometimes heavy handed framing device.

Also I saw part 2 about 3 weeks after seeing part 1--I'd recommend not wait... Read more Read less

80
Rap Guide to Culture
Soho/Tribeca
Refreshing, Unfocused, Quirky, Smart, Fun

See it if you want to see a hip hop take on culture, gender, race, science, literature. Original clever, and different. Brinkman is very engaging.

Don't see it if you don't like hip hop or one man shows. A bit repetitive but still worth seeing.

Also I haven't seen his other shows but this one seemed a bit all over the ... Read more Read less

55
Slow, Disappointing, Indulgent, Great acting, Confusing

See it if great acting from Price and Atkins. They are the only reason to see this.

Don't see it if you want to understand what you are seeing. It's ok to ask the audience to work a bit but this is ridiculous.

Also Honestly I am mystified by how many people here described this show as... Read more Read less

73
FEAR
West Village
Disappointing, Absorbing, Suspensful, Good acting

See it if you like psychological mysteries. Shows shifting perspectives of 3 characters. If you don't mind an ending that's not neatly tied up.

Don't see it if you want to be more certain of the conclusion. This felt like a work in progress to me--would love to see it more developed.

83
During previews
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Funny, Engrossing, Relevant, History lesson

See it if you are interested in NY political history, remember Bella Abzug or are a Fierstein fan. 1970s politics feel strangely relevant today.

Don't see it if you can't deal with Harvey's voice--this is just him for 90 minutes. Helpful to understand a few words of Yiddish although not necessary.

Also There was some sort of malfunction with many of the assisted listening... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Requires concentration, Great acting and directing, Intimate, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy smaller, talky plays with some fabulous writing. Witty, funny lines but serious themes. There's a lot to digest in 90 minutes.

Don't see it if You aren't prepared to concentrate and give this your full attention. If you want more action. If you don't like quiet, small plays.

Also I wish this was in an off Broadway house. I was in 2nd row of the rear... Read more Read less

88
Entertaining, Cheesy, Great set/costumes, Dizzying, Pure spectacle

See it if for the spectacle of it all! Great performances all around but Olivo & Burstein shine. Enjoy for what it is & don't overthink it. It's fun!

Don't see it if you want substance and depth. If you don't like snippets of pop songs. This is an over the top jukebox musical on steroids.

68
During previews
Indulgent, Way too long, Ambitious, Uncomfortable, Provocative

See it if you want theater to challenge you. I appreciated this more than I liked it. Great acting and some brilliant moments but didn't work for me.

Don't see it if Over 2 hours w/out an intermission is way too long--all 3 acts could be cut. If you are disturbed by graphic sex and violence.

Also This was an audacious piece of theater that made me think and I apprec... Read more Read less

76
Road Show
Midtown W
Actors mostly on book, Great singing, Slow start

See it if you are a fan of Sondheim's work. Some lovely songs. Uranowitz and Jin Ha standouts. If you like Encores stripped down format.

Don't see it if not a great book and I don't feel the Encores format worked very well for this show. Presented as a radio broadcast but not consistently so.

Also There was a talkback after the Saturday matinee with Sondheim, Weidman... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Broadway Bounty Hunter
West Village
Entertaining, Fluffy, Energetic, Great singing, Silly fun

See it if you like shows that don't take themselves too seriously. Just enjoy without overthinking. Annie Golden is great with strong supporting cast.

Don't see it if you want something deep or profound. If you like big productions--this is pretty bare bones but makes effective use of projections.

74
Formulaic, Uninspired music, Silly, Talented cast, Entertaining enough

See it if Talented and energetic cast (including a few understudies) do a great job with mediocre material.

Don't see it if you're not very interested teenagers and/or sci-fi. Stories of teen angst have been done before and done better.

84
Working: A Musical
Midtown W
Touching, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great singing, Poignant

See it if some beautiful songs and fabulous voices. Andrea Burns a standout but strong overall cast. Solid Encores production.

Don't see it if you want a plot driven show-this is mostly a collection of songs. Some of the narratives worked better than others. Some clunky transitions.

87
During previews
Absorbing, Moving story, Beautiful music, Great singing

See it if to see a well constructed show where all parts work together--good acting, singing, music, story. I was invested in it from the beginning.

Don't see it if you don't like smaller or more minimalist staging. If you don't want to be see horrible racial injustice and abuse.

85
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Emotional, Original, Great cast, Meta

See it if to experience the journey of the protagonist (playwright). While funny at times, his pain is palpable. Ambitious & creative show. Very meta.

Don't see it if not comfortable with LGBT themes, explicit depiction/description of sexuality, or going deep with painful experiences. Could be tightened.

83
Slow, Enchanting, Beautifully staged, Puppets are amazing, Visually spectacular

See it if great for first time theater goers, kids, anyone looking for a spectacle. A true visual feast. Solid performances. Style over substance.

Don't see it if Despite the positives, I found my attention slipping at times. Maybe because I was tired or maybe because there's not a lot to the story.

86
During previews
Dated, Thought-provoking, Raw, Great writing, Great acting

See it if to see 2 brilliant actors in a work that explores damaged people struggling with intimacy.

Don't see it if offended by nudity, frank talk about sex. Definitely of its time (1980s) in how the characters deal with consent. At times brutal.

Also Pretty badly behaved audience. 2 cell phones rang in the mezzanine dur... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Dizzying, Mediocre score, Great set/lighting/staging, Some stand-out performances, Pure spectacle

See it if you enjoy splashy, over the top musicals that don't take themselves too seriously. Brightman, Caruso and Kritzer all fabulous.

Don't see it if bothered by light treatment of death, especially dead mother. If you don't like raunchy humor and cursing. Act 2 drags a bit.

Also The only reason I saw this was because I got a $33 ticket. I had absol... Read more Read less

88
Slow, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if retelling of classic story feels fresh and relevant. Some great performances and smart writing.

Don't see it if you have trouble with southern accents. I found some actors hard to understand, including Jeff Daniels. Show dragged at times.

Also Celia Keenan-Bolger was phenomenal. I also loved LaTanya Richardson Ja... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Dizzying, A bit too long, Well written, Strong cast, Hilarious

See it if you are a fan of Fontana--he is delightful. Sarah Stiles also a standout but whole cast is great. Fun show, lots of theater insider jokes.

Don't see it if you are looking for something deep or profound, although there are some points made about sexism and relationships.

72
During previews
Some moments of great writing, Slow, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of Linney--she does a great job portraying both protagonist and estranged mother. Some individual monologues are excellent.

Don't see it if you don't want to watch 90 minutes of mother/daughter conflict. Parts don't add up to a whole. Not sure what the point was.

80
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Funny, Some good writing, Great acting

See it if good acting across the board.Interesting premise, wish it went deeper. Mostly good writing although some characters felt a bit like cliches.

Don't see it if I'm not sure how much I will remember of this show but I enjoyed it as I was watching it.

75
Intelligent, Funny, Repetitive, Literary, Raunchy

See it if you like your comedy explicit & intelligent at the same time. Unexpected literary references, expected frank talk about sex. Funny moments.

Don't see it if you don't like stand up comedy. If you don't want to hear about a woman's sexual experiences. Show was too long--it felt repetitive.

79
Orpheus & Eurydice
Soho/Tribeca
Engaging, Quirky, Confusing, Charming, Intimate

See it if you want to see a modern retelling of classic myth that isn't Hadestown. Talented and charismatic actors mostly succeed. Some lovely music.

Don't see it if you don't like bare bones, no set or costumes. Story can be a bit hard to follow at times. English accents can be hard to understand.

Also This is a lovely piece that is worth seeing. It's hard not to compare ... Read more Read less

78
Seared
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great staging, Mediocre book, Tense, Great acting

See it if fan of Esparza--he and rest of the cast are excellent. If you want to see behind the scenes at a restaurant, with lots of yelling.

Don't see it if I'm not sure what the playwright wanted to say. I didn't see growth or change. What is motivation for Krysta's character's involvement?

82
Betrayal
Midtown W
Quiet, Minimalist, Intelligent, Slow, Great acting

See it if excellent acting from all 3 leads. Interesting premise of telling story backward. Quiet, slow play demands concentration.

Don't see it if you prefer more action--this is all talk. If you want an elaborate set. If you want likable characters.

Also Cell phones went off at least 4 separate times in the theater. Inexcus... Read more Read less

89
Ambitious, Epic, Confusing, Enchanting, Amazing stagecraft

See it if you are a fan of the HP books. If unfamiliar, this show won't make much sense. The staging and stagecraft are the real stars here.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for almost 6 hours of theater. Second part especially can be confusing and requires a lot of attention.

Also I saw this originally in London and felt the magic more there than on ... Read more Read less

77
Funny, Inconsistent, Entertaining, Cute

See it if you see a lot of theater and enjoy gentle satire. Some skits work better than others. Enjoyable enough but I hoped for more.

Don't see it if you haven't seen most current shows. This is better appreciated by serious theater fans. Spamilton was much more clever.

Also I got tickets via TDF so there was no drink minimum but those seats ar... Read more Read less

92
Cool, Great staging, Fabulous musicians, Creative, Original

See it if to get a peek into the creative mind of David Byrne. If you like stylized concerts with interesting staging & choreography. Unique and fun.

Don't see it if you want something with a plot. If you actively dislike Byrne's music--you don't need to be familiar with his work to enjoy this.

85
Quirky, Funny, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you read and enjoyed the book--it's a faithful adaptation in terms of tone. If you are interested in coming of age stories, Latino culture.

Don't see it if you don't want to read supertitles, if you don't understand even a little Spanish (or don't mind missing some words that aren't translated.)

Also Rather than having subtitles on the seat backs like they usually do at... Read more Read less

85
During previews
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Riveting, Stark, Intense, Absorbing, Great singing

See it if Joshua Henry is phenomenal and rest of the cast is very strong. Music, dancing and choreography mostly great. Some powerhouse songs.

Don't see it if you want a flashy production--this is very simply but effectively staged. Story could be better fleshed out--it feels underdeveloped.

92
During previews
Unpredictable, Dizzying, Creative, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you like improv. The skills of these performers are top-notch. If you are open to a non-traditional theater experience.

Don't see it if you only want to see Lin-Manuel--no guarantee of who will be at any given show. If you don't like not knowing what to expect.

Also I was so lucky to win a lottery ticket and was even luckier that LIn-M... Read more Read less

76
During previews
The New Englanders
Midtown W
Forgettable, Watchable, Absorbing, Good acting

See it if you enjoy family dramas. Unfolds slowly and is entertaining while watching. I was engaged in the story and It held my interest throughout.

Don't see it if Some behavior of characters not believable. I don't think this one is going to stay with me.

69
Campy, Doesn't know what it wants to be, Some great singing, Too long, A hot mess but fun

See it if you like Meat Loaf and don't mind seeing a story that doesn't make sense. This would have been better as a 90 minute sung through show.

Don't see it if you want to know what you are seeing. Is it an earnest teen dystopian drama? A campy show that winks at the audience? Or just a hot mess?

69
During previews
Two's a Crowd
Midtown E
Indulgent, Fluffy, Rudner is delightful, Trite, Some funny moments

See it if for the funny lines sprinkled in what is otherwise a mediocre musical. Rudner is fun to watch.

Don't see it if would have worked better as a play rather than a musical. Under 2 hours but felt long. Trite, and predictable.

75
During previews
I Spy a Spy
Midtown W
Should be funnier, Repetitive, Way too long, Talented cast, Cute

See it if you like immigrant stories, to see a talented cast giving it their all. Willing to see a show that feels like a work in progress.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for songs that go on too long without providing new information. It's a clever premise that doesn't always deliver.

50
Fairview
Brooklyn
Provocative, Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Bizzare

See it if to see an experimental play that deals with race. If you like absurdist theater. If you want to see this year's Pulitzer prize winner.

Don't see it if I appreciate that the writer wanted to make a statement about race/racism but this just didn't work for me. I didn't like it at all.

79
Dizzying, Inconsistent, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you like improv and are willing to take a chance Talented cast and pianist. Some skits worked better than others. Silly fun.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of improv. If it will bother you when some moments fall flat.Not as good as Freestyle Love Supreme--they set a high bar.

80
Luzia
Queens
Inconsistent, Entertaining, Great acrobatics, Visually beautiful

See it if you want to see some phenomenal performers in a mostly good (but very by the book) Cirque show and don't mind some weaker numbers mixed in.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Cirque du Soleil, this won't make you one. They do what they do well but it can get repetitive.

Also One of the most badly behaved audiences that I have encountered. Numer... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Dying City
Midtown W
Could go deeper, Slow at times, Intense, Thought-provoking, Well acted

See it if you enjoy study of relationships, plays with talk not action. Story unfolded like a mystery, info revealed little by little.

Don't see it if you don't like going back and forth in time, or same actor playing 2 roles (although it was very clear which he was at all times).

Also While this isn't a perfect play, I don't understand the low reviews he... Read more Read less

72
High Button Shoes
Midtown W
Some fun moments but flat overall, Great orchestra, Good dancing and choreography, Dated, Fluffy

See it if you see every Encores production. Orchestra shines as usual. A few good dance numbers. Cast tries hard to sell the material.

Don't see it if Not sure why this was revived. Completely fluffy story that doesn't hold up at all. Music ok but nothing special.

71
Not completely satisfying, Interesting themes and ideas, Repetitive, Has potential, Good acting

See it if you like plays with more talk than action, interested in watching a 70's focus group. Raises interesting issues but doesn't go anywhere.

Don't see it if you don't have patience to watch a 90 minute focus group. The characters are well drawn but I wanted the discussion to go deeper.

78
Entertaining, Sophomoric, Equal opportunity offender, Raunchy, Funny

See it if you are a fan of low brow humor that skewers religion, missionaries. I saw understudies in 2 of 3 principal roles but they did a fine job.

Don't see it if you are easily offended. A lot of cursing but more offensive for me was how lightly subjects of AIDS, genital mutilation were treated.

90
White Noise
East Village
Masterful, Great acting, Great writing, Gripping, Uncomfortable

See it if you believe that theater should be challenging. If you're interested in issues around race/racism and limits of friendship.

Don't see it if you don't want to confront difficult issues. I literally felt like someone punched me. This is heavy, intense and disturbing.

Also Excellent cast of 4 actors. Daveed Diggs is exceptional.

82
Nassim
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Original, Quirky, Sweet

See it if you like off-beat works. More an experience than a traditional show. Message of our shared humanity, Works on various levels.

Don't see it if I imagine the tone can vary a bit based on the actor. I saw Patrick Page and he was 100% in it. A bit indulgent but still well worth seeing.