Joanna 8268

Hastings-on-Hudson | 50-64 | Female

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Reviews (25)
90
Mac Beth
Upper E Side
Quirky, Great acting, Clever

See it if you like clever reimaginings of Shakespeare.

Don't see it if you want a straight up version of the play, can't tolerate gore that is both funny and frightening

Also This play worked both on its Shakespeare level (I thought for instance... Read more Read less

83
Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You like Laura Linney, haven't read My Name is Lucy Barton

Don't see it if you want action

Also I loved the book on which this play is based (and its excellent sequel... Read more Read less

68
Over-the-top, Disappointing

See it if You missed other productions of Evita and want to experience it

Don't see it if You are easily overwhelmed by singing that veers in screaming, like subtle lyrics and music.

80
Dizzying, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you liked Kate Hamill's mad-cap new-take-on-a-classic Sense and Sensibility

Don't see it if you are not familiar with Chekhov. You don't need to be a scholar of his work, but the humor will be lost on you if you don't know it at all

Also Thought the acting was excellent. The anachronisms and contemporary la... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if You like modern takes on Shakespeare comedies, great acting

Don't see it if You like your Bard all buttoned up.

83
During previews
Little Women
West Village
Intelligent, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You love the March sisters, Kate Hamill's other productions and some old fashioned story-telling with a few twists

Don't see it if What you loved about Sense & Sensibilty was the mad-cap staging. This take is more staid, perhaps truer to the original in tone.

Also I thought the acting was terrific, especially Laurie, Marmie, Meg and ... Read more Read less

48
Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Adore Renee Fleming, are interested in checking out New York's newest cultural center,

Don't see it if Want a play that "sheds" light on either Marilyn Monroe or Helen of Troy, because this doesn't. It is both cliched and confusing.

Also Seats are very comfy when/if you fall asleep. Hope future productions ... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like clever, quick-paced absurdist comedy.

Don't see it if you want a traditional, linear plot, don't enjoy a certain amount of chaos on stage.

73
Nassim
Midtown W
Clever, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you like experimental theater, like the actor on that night (because you are up close), open to a different theatrical experience

Don't see it if you need a strong narrative thread, and want a traditional play with characters and a plot.

Also I don't want to give too much away because some of the fun of this sho... Read more Read less

96
Gatz
Greenwich V
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent

See it if you haven't read The Great Gatsby since high school and love intelligent staging and terrific, understated acting.

Don't see it if you are not open to a new theatrical experience and are impatient.

90
Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You are open to a new take on a classic, and love great singing.

Don't see it if Want a fluffy musical with all the trimmings of costumes, sets and dance that you associate with Rogers and Hammerstein.

Also I thought this was a very interesting take on the show. Loved the stri... Read more Read less

73
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Overrated

See it if You are a fan of Cranston, like the movie, and like news room dramas like Newsroom. The use of video is interesting.

Don't see it if You don’t like to think about the role of the media in our current age, or if you don’t like visual chaos.

Also I thought the casting, other than Cranston, was off. Max should be an ... Read more Read less

26
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you really like Bedlam

Don't see it if you like coherent, linear storytelling.

88
Romantic, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you enjoy good singing, amusing staging and an up-close musical experience

Don't see it if you only enjoy profound theatrical experiences, have no sense of fun.

Also Found this small production very entertaining. The actors playing Rome... Read more Read less

66
Disappointing

See it if You are a huge Daisey Fan

Don't see it if you don't know that much about him or his prior work

Also I had heard some of Daisey's monologues (from the Public Theater) as a... Read more Read less

91
Soft Power
East Village
Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you like a send up of musicals that also moves you like the best musicals do

Don't see it if If you don't know enough about musicals to understand how the genre is played with her.

90
Octet
Midtown W
Entertaining, Intelligent, Great staging, Great singing, Clever

See it if You can. The singing, staging and ideas all work together in a remarkable way to make for an entertaining and thoughtful performance.

Don't see it if You want a typical musical to get frustrated when you can’t catch every lyric and idea coming at you.

Also I was blown away by the individual talents of the actors and how well ... Read more Read less

66
Caroline's Kitchen
Midtown E
Predictable, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You love watching a family situation devolve into chaos

Don't see it if You are seeking either very big laughs or very big ideas.

Also Neither funny enough nor profound enough. Good acting. A few good mome... Read more Read less

70
Loud, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You are big Enda Walsh fan, appreciate non-linear, experimental theater, have a tolerance for somewhat painful sound design

Don't see it if you want a traditional theatrical experience, are very sensitive to loud noises

Also I preferred this to another Enda Walsh play I saw at St Ann's - Ballyt... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Slow, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if like folk/gospel music, interesting staging of numbers, and new takes on very old stories

Don't see it if you want a traditional 20th century musical with big, fluffy dance numbers

Also I very much enjoyed the show and most of the musical numbers, though I... Read more Read less

67
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in the way advertising affects us, like a small up close theater experience

Don't see it if You need a lot of action, prefer not very talky plays,

Also The play is both too ambitious and not ambitious enough- it wants to d... Read more Read less

63
During previews
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Great acting, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You adore Jake Gyllenhall, really like one-man shows.

Don't see it if Require action, can’t handle sad stories of loss.

Also The play is two thematically- related monologues by different actors. ... Read more Read less

95
Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You want an excellent, beautiful production of a timeless musical.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a modern retelling of this musical, don’t like musicals, or want something loud and flashy.

Also Saw this twice- with Lauren Ambrose and Laura Benanti. Liked It both t... Read more Read less

95
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Great staging

See it if You like intense, messy family drama, interesting staging.

Don't see it if You’re impatient or not amenable to few cliches of Northern Irish life or would have trouble following accented dialogue.

Also Although long, I was engaged the whole time. I liked the way the play ... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like a fast paced, clever mix of silly and touching musical comedy.

Don't see it if You are not willing to enjoy a silly, sometimes schmaltzy show with some borscht- belt humor.