Jo A

New York City | 35-49 | Female
About:  Avid theater goer. Lover of musicals. Plays, too.
Reviews (45)
Great staging, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if It was sexy and fun and different. Not being familiar with the original I can’t make comparisons.

Don't see it if I found myself lost at times and confusing the plot with Of Mice and Men which everyone in my group thought was insanity.

Great dancing, Romantic, Delightful

See it if Thought I would be disappointed but this producis not as dated as it could have been. And I forgot how many classic song are from this show

Don't see it if You are looking for something new. The dancing didn’t get really good until Act 2 but it more than made up for it

King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Ambitious, Banal

See it if You have the need to see a huge puppet

Don't see it if The puppet was cool for 2 minutes, this show drags on for 2+ hours. good luck.

Cliched, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You want to see Ethan Hawke turn into Jeff Bridges.

Don't see it if It was so boring and predictable. I was disappointed that even with 2 heavyweight actors, they could do nothing with the material.

Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Great staging, Ambitious, Clever

See it if Fun take on Alice in Wonderland. Loved the music and staging!

Don't see it if The book needs a little bit of work to better understand the characters.

Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Fan of the movie. Pretty much follows it to a t. Tough I would just think this was "cute" but was very impressed!

Don't see it if Not a fan of the movie. Or can't take an overexcited pre-teen crowd experiencing their first show. The constant phones were frustrating.

Disappointing, Great singing, Long

See it if Was never a fan of the original but Lincoln Center usually does great things with classics. Costumes and sets (when functional) were loverly

Don't see it if It's long. There were obvious mistakes (including a set malfunction that actually proved to be the highlight). Dancers seemed out of sync.

Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if Terrific acting. Funny and poignant. The ending is just beautiful.

Don't see it if It drags at points. I actually found myself wishing for an intermission.

Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated

See it if You like Frozen and are curious for the stage production.

Don't see it if You appreciate continuity in a show. some scenes are terrific; others feel like they belong in a (well directed) high school production.

During previews
Cliched, Funny, Fluffy

See it if Great for Jimmy Buffet fans. though I was not familiar with his music, I had a lot of fun. Very lighthearted entertainment.

Don't see it if Most thought they were at a concert and were openly singing along throughout the show. Cliché boy meets girl plot.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if I smiled for 2+ hours straight. What a fun, fun show. Loved the music and the clever stunts and sets!

Don't see it if Even without the cartoonish costumes, you feel like you are in an episode of SpongeBob.

Entertaining, Slow, One great scene change

See it if you enjoy period dramas. One terrific scene change that made it worthwhile for me.

Don't see it if It's slow-paced. Some great acting...some not so great. It felt a bit uneven.

War Paint
Midtown W
Banal, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you want to see a "star." Patti and Christine are better than this show. If your only criteria is to see a big name, this is for you.

Don't see it if The music is forgettable, the staging is boring and there is nothing new or exciting about this production.

Also I don't want to be too negative, so I will say that they story is very... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Disappointing, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if big, splashy dance numbers, jazz music, predictable romantic storylines

Don't see it if after winning the Tony for best choreography I expected SO MUCH more. It was good but certainly not the best of the season.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you can get to Brooklyn! It was worth the trip. Really talented cast.

Don't see it if It's a long show. I kept waiting for an intermission that felt like it was never coming.

Child's Play
East Village
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if I was pleasantly surprised. I was completely drawn into the story and enjoyed this production.

Don't see it if It's a small downtown theater so bear that in mind. But it is an intriguing story and some of the actors are really wonderful.

During previews
Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if I'm prefacing this by saying I HATED the movie but was hopeful a musical might change that. Andy Karl was wonderful. Otherwise...

Don't see it if The songs all sound the same. Except for one number in the top of Act 2 that has no place. What was that?

Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Cliched, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if want to see a "star." Glenn Close was great, but she didn't blow me away like I thought she would. Solid performances from the whole cast.

Don't see it if The orchestra on stage took away a lot of real estate.

Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Enchanting, Colorful

See it if big, splashy musicals, large casts, great costumes.

Don't see it if you are looking for something deep.

Midtown W
Dizzying, Indulgent, Great dancing

See it if have a wild imagination

Don't see it if if you are looking for a plotline.

Entertaining, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if big, broadway production numbers

Don't see it if can't handle audiences that don't know how to behave (lots of first-time theatre goers)

For a previous production
Ambitious, Cliched, Entertaining, Great acting, Intense

See it if strong acting, emotional roller coasters

Don't see it if PMSing

During previews
The Crucible
Midtown W
Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great acting

See it if You want to.

Don't see it if You don't want to.

Ambitious, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if This had such potential but it seemed so amatuerish. It has some very funny moments. I expected over the top zaniness but it was lacking.

Don't see it if Music is forgettable, only a few standout performances and sets and costumes could have been so so so much more.

Intense, Delightful, Clever

See it if I cried (mostly) happy tears straight through. Great staging, and a show with no intermission that flies by. Love, love, love the cleverness

Don't see it if Honestly, unless you are triggered by 9/11 there’s no reason not to see this show.

Fluffy, Funny, Delightful

See it if You like Cher? I only knew 3 of the songs but was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this show. First act is stronger than the 2nd

Don't see it if Sick of jukebox musicals...

Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing

See it if Lots of interesting and though provoking commentary. Great staging

Don't see it if A story we've seen before and the acting was uneven.

Entertaining, Funny, Cliched

See it if Loved 50% of this show. The adult story line was so well done. Loved the "inside" jokes about theater. The kid's story was cliched & boring

Don't see it if You don't like theater and the behind the scenes.

Clever, Confusing, Great acting

See it if Some of the magic elements were really clever, others more obvious. Staging and scene transitions were terrific. Great acting.

Don't see it if Felt disjointed from the original HP stories. Almost like fan fiction. Story was hard to follow at times. Was disappointed as a true HP fan.

During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if See this show. The acting, the staging, the sets, the's all incredible.

Don't see it if I can't think of any reason not to see this production.

Disappointing, Dated, Slow

See it if You are a fan of the cast - who are individually phenomenal.

Don't see it if There is an apparent lack of chemistry between the leads. Sets are so amateur looking. This show could have done with some updating.

During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Intense

See it if You love the source material. Having only seen the HBO series and read the material in college, it was more than I expected.

Don't see it if You can't devote 8 hours to a show. Though it didn't feel lengthy. The times I got most antsy were during the numerous intermissions.

Clever, Confusing, Great staging

See it if Incredible staging, beautiful and simple sets, costumes, transitions, etc. Great music. Loved all of the technical aspects.

Don't see it if It took me a good 15 minutes to get acclimated to the music. I was totally lost for that first part. Did not love the actual story/plot.

During previews
Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny

See it if I loved Vanity Fair and was prepared to love this but they missed the core of Elizabeth's personality. But it was a lot of fun!

Don't see it if you want a dramatic, old school production. though they did stick pretty closely to the story it is very "silly."

For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Great singing

See it if Want a fun night out at the theater! Appreciate clever takes on Shakespeare. It's cute and charming.

Don't see it if A Shakespeare purist. Otherwise, this is just super fun with an outstanding cast!

Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if Mean Girls meets Shakespeare; great take. The staging was creative and worked well. The acting was terrific.

Don't see it if if you are not familiar with the play. 6 actors (all female) play every parts and can be confusing. Theater is a 4th floor walk up and warm

Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Creative

See it if you loved the movie. They've created a more realistic villain but the heart of the story remains. Their use of projections is wonderful.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy romantic Disney-like theater.

Vanity Fair
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Dizzying

See it if Literature, modern twists on a classic, funny (but not slapstick), great acting, great directing

Don't see it if Are a stickler for the original novel.

Present Laughter
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Slow

See it if slight slapstick comedy, fans of Kevin Kline (he really is charming), prefer a more traditional play.

Don't see it if looking for something fresh and new, thought provoking and unique. It is none of these things. I was quite bored.

Ambitious, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if love big, splashy productions. Sets and were incredible; helicopter scene was a let down. Great acting and singing and adorable child

Don't see it if are looking for something fresh and mordern

Disappointing, Funny, Overrated

See it if want to know what the fuss is all about, are not easily offended, or want to bring someone who "hates the theater" to something fun.

Don't see it if As a far of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, I was disappointed and expected this to be much, much funnier.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if are looking for something different and enjoy splashy theater.

Don't see it if It's fun - give it a chance!

In Transit
Midtown W
Delightful, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if love acapella and are looking for something light

Don't see it if hate acapella, are looking for something with depth

Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You love juke box musicals, music of the 60s and 70s, and lighthearted, fun shows.

Don't see it if are looking for something deep or don't enjoy the music

Confusing, Quirky, Twangy

See it if Oddball comedies and southern charm

Don't see it if Don't like country music and have a hard time understanding that accent