Jodi 13

Staten Island | 50-64 | Female
About:  Theater lover. Speech/Language Pathologist
Reviews (101)
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Dizzying, Absorbing

See it if Well acted story of 3 generations of women dealing w/ depression & suicide, experimental/intriguing staging of 3 stories told at once

Don't see it if Sad theme; you would be frustrated not hearing every word, unable to focus as 3 stories play out simultaneously; you want easier theatre

Also It started out confusing, but got used to the simultaneous dialogue, l... Read more Read less

Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if To see a well written play that is touching & funny about the feelings & struggles of Palestinian people trying to fulfill a dream.

Don't see it if You don't like family dramas, don't want to hear from the perspective of Palestinian citizens,

Also I would like to see the play developed and given an actual run.

Drinks included, Fluffy, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if you would enjoy learning about history of alcohol & drinking in a fun & informative way; to laugh, to try some new drinks, enjoy science

Don't see it if You want serious theater, don't enjoy campy musical entertainment, don't drink & no interest in learning the history & science of alcohol.

Provocative, Edgy, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you want to see an interesting, well written play dealing with themes of interracial couples, sex, and history of slavery; like plot twists.

Don't see it if you don't like plays dealing with racial themes, frank racial & sexual language, sexual scenes and imagery. Some slow & talky scenes.

Absorbing, Slow, Romantic, Great singing, Great acting

See it if To see Peter Dinklage on stage, fine acting, talented cast, if you love the story, you are a fan of The National--the music is pretty.

Don't see it if you want a lighter play, you want classic/no music Cyrano with big nose, not a fan of Peter Dinklage, music is nice but not exceptional.

Orpheus & Eurydice
Intimate, Great singing, Great writing, Romantic, Clever

See it if Modern telling of the myth, intimate space, 4 performers tell, act, sing the tale. Clever narrative, use of classic & mostly original songs

Don't see it if You like larger, flashier shows, want classic telling of myths, do not like audience participation/sing-a-long, no interest in O & E story.

During previews
The Thin Place
Midtown W
Creepy, Thought-provoking, Slow, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if if you want an intimate, simply staged setting, themes of friendship, other worldy phenom, psychics & pseudo psychics, talking to the dead

Don't see it if if you don't like supernatural themes, audience manipulation via stage trickery, main protagonist telling story to audience, slow build.

Nostalgic, Mellow, Great music, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of Paul Simon and his music; you would enjoy hearing stories about Simon w/ performances of his songs by a talented performer.

Don't see it if You don't like one-man shows, do not like Paul Simon music, do not want to hear about Simon's experiences told by a fan

Also The show was short, music was pretty and mellow, great for fans of the... Read more Read less

Rap Guide to Evolution
Quirky, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if To see a smartly written one man show that is entertaining and informative, r.e. topic of evolution explained through rap & hip-hop

Don't see it if You do not like intimate one person shows, you want a linear story play, you hate rap and hip-hop, have no interest in topic of evolution.

During previews
Midtown W
Onstage cooking, Funny, Great set, Great acting, Clever

See it if To see 4 talented actors play off of each other in well written play w/ snappy, fast paced dialogue, you like watching food being prepared.

Don't see it if You don't want to smell salmon cooking or watch meal prep, you don't like loud conversations, yelling or cursing in plays.

Also We sat in second row on the side, below level of the food prep table. ... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like a solo autobiographical play, the performer playing various characters and using quotes from historical figures giving perspectives

Don't see it if You don’t like solo performances, historical or autobiographical pieces. No interest in Shirley Chisholm or Robert E Lee perspectives.

During previews
Great music, Great singing, Cliched, Entertaining, Nostalgic

See it if you want to hear Meatloaf hits/epic Steinman songs sung beautifully by talented performers, gorgeous voices, you don't need a strong plot.

Don't see it if you hate jukebox musicals w/ songs strung thru weak plot, this is more a series of music videos than musical, not a Steinman/Meatloaf fan

Also This show was fun and entertaining, the leads had fantastic, powerful ... Read more Read less

Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Personal story

See it if Playwright playing multiple roles, relating deeply personal story, effective use of music & song, moving from tragic past to hopeful place.

Don't see it if you don't like one-man performance pieces, minimal staging, non-singer singing, deeply personal stories presented as theater, want a comedy.

Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Quirky, Intelligent, Great writing, Funny, Delightful

See it if See a great cast of characters delightfully bemoan their lives in a smartly written play that doesn't take itself quite so seriously. Fun!

Don't see it if You don't want to hear characters talk about why their lives "suck," characters breaking the 4th wall to consult the audience, curse words

East Village
Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in Socrates the man, philosophy, and history of Ancient Athens. To experience excellent acting in a well written play.

Don't see it if if you can't stay focused for a long, slow & talky play. If you are offended by frank sexual talk and imagery. You want light easy fare.

Quirky, Great singing, Hilarious, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you want to have fun and be entertained. You really love the movie but are okay with story changes, You like over the top silliness.

Don't see it if If you didn't like the movie or are a BJ purist, you don't like silliness and want a serious musical theater experience.

Also Enjoyed this as a family night out with my young adult sons. They love... Read more Read less

Creepy effects, Slow, Quirky, Clever, Ambitious

See it if Smartly written story, elements of family drama, love, loss and grief, the immigrant experience, and ghostly goings on. Surprise twists!

Don't see it if Don't like supernatural theme, loud noises, jump scares, creepy figures, some talky scenes slow down the action.

Also Front row seat put me really close to ghost action and was a little di... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a short comedy about two mismatched people trying to survive the world's end & dealing with question of re-population.

Don't see it if End of the world comedy is not your thing. Addition of perky narrator controlling the goings on was confusing. Sudden loud noise startles.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great singing, Great staging, Edgy

See it if classic musical re-imagined given country-western feel with new orchestrations; focus on darker elements of characters and plot, great cast

Don't see it if You are a purist and want traditional Oklahoma true to original. You do not like intimate bare boned staging with minimal ensemble cast.

Also Be prepared to go on stage for chili and cornbread during intermission... Read more Read less

Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Clever, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if you want to be transported to Wonderland with new Duncan Sheik musical, talented cast, fantasy & reality mingled,

Don't see it if You don't care for fantasy, Alice in Wonderland, allegory to themes of friendship, growing up, facing death, time running out.....

Also I found some of the music to be reminiscent of Spring Awakening but no... Read more Read less

God Shows Up
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Satirical, Edgy

See it if you would like to see a short, funny, one-act play, with talented cast, using satire to poke at televangelists and organized religion.

Don't see it if you are deeply religious, believe in televangelists and would be offended by satire directed at topic of religion.

Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy romantic-comedy musicals with a pop score and beautiful ballads, you are a fan of the movie (the story sticks pretty close.)

Don't see it if You want a more intense theater experience, you don't like a pop music score, you did not enjoy the movie as the story is intact.

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great music

See it if You are a King fan and want to see snippets of her life and songwriting experience. You love King's music and the music of the time.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of King, her music or pop music of the time. You don't care for jukebox musicals. You want more intense theater.

Also Some fun surprises and anecdotes about songs you may not know she wrot... Read more Read less

Lucky Chick
East Village
Cliched, Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Funny

See it if you want a fun one hour romp through one woman's drug and sex fueled youthful years with only her rock star boyfriend for adult guidance.

Don't see it if you are looking for substance, more than anecdotes of her adventures, if you want intimate details of life on the road with the Dead.

Also Don't expect much of a view into the rock scene life. Since the play p... Read more Read less

Disco Pigs
Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Great acting, Intense

See it if You want to see a bare staged two-person drama, themes of life-long teen friendship and violence. Are ok with hard to understand language

Don't see it if you want easy theater experience. Language and script were hard to follow, somewhat confusing and I got lost toward the end.

Also I felt I had to try a bit to focus and understand the story line, but ... Read more Read less

During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Creative staging, Original, Intelligent, Slow, Great acting

See it if to see the Frankenstein story told in original/creative way, great performance esp. actress as creature/Dr. F., enjoy live atmospheric music

Don't see it if would not like intimate, minimalist staging w/ 2 actors. This is mostly performance art + monologues telling tale w/ some 2 actor dialogues

Entertaining, Campy, Quirky, Funny, Clever

See it if you are a Busch fan, to see his new work, campy, purposely over the top acting, great cast, you enjoy great costumes, wigs & 30's movies

Don't see it if You are not a Busch fan, don't like drag performance, don't find camp funny or enjoyable, it's a little cliched, could be shortened

Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Thought-provoking, Dark, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if To see well acted story dealing w moral complexities of guilt, truth, conscience, mob rule, gossip; great use of grand scale sets & staging

Don't see it if You want a more intimate piece; you don't want to think about issues of conscience and morality; you want a lighter story or fluff.

Great music, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you are a fan of David Byrne/Talking Heads, hear great music in a concert-like, well choreographed theater piece, dance & bop in your seat.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of DB/TH or the music, you want a traditional play/musical with plot/story line, you don't want to hear his political view

One in Two
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Edgy, Great acting

See it if To see well acted play, perspective of gay black men living with HIV, dealing with relationships & fears. Creative storytelling & staging.

Don't see it if you want light story, are averse to plays with gay & HIV themes, sexuality, raw language. You want linear story. Don't like 4th wall break.

Also Actors address and involve the audience, staging is surreal, play them... Read more Read less

Slow, Relevant, Indulgent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if To see a fine actors portraying artists responding in varied ways to rise of Hitler in 30's Germany, analogous to current political climate.

Don't see it if you don't like long talky plays, not interested in themes of Nazi rise, Fascism & Communism. You would rather escape politics for awhile.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if To see a talented cast as denizens of a halfway house deal with substance abuse, anger, LGBTQ issues, despair and hope. Humor & tragedy.

Don't see it if Play is long but moves quickly. Large cast depicting several stories, sexual situations and violent confrontations not for you.

Interesting, Informative, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you want a story about a privileged white man's stint on Riker's and how he learns to make it through, & want to know about life on Riker's

Don't see it if you don't want to see an essentially one-man show telling a story about surviving Riker's, learn about his crime & life on Riker's Island,

The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Great choreography, Great staging, Great singing, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You would enjoy a dark themed musical, sung through, energetic cast, great dancing and singing, nice music, for lead actor Joshua Henry.

Don't see it if You want a happy musical; don't like sung through style, dark and tragic themes, depictions of violence, no surprises

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a well written, acted essentially solo piece dealing with the audition process thru the experiences of a black American man.

Don't see it if don't like solo autobiographical shows, don't like Shakespearean verse, not interested in racial issues within the theater audition process

Also This play had some very funny and some insightful moments. I really en... Read more Read less

Cliched, Great costumes, Nostalgic, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You want to watch a retrospective of Cher's life & multi-faceted career, love her songs, glitzy costumes, to see S.J. Block perform, fun!

Don't see it if you don't like Cher or her music, no interest in jukebox musical about her, this is a run through of her accomplishments without depth.

Also Lots of fun to watch the Sonny and Cher Show portion. Touches on every... Read more Read less

During previews
Tender Napalm
Edgy, Poetic, Riveting, Slow, Great acting

See it if couple/lovers on bare stage sparring verbally and physically, expressing love & despair, reality & fantasy, toward final scene revelation

Don't see it if you don't have patience for poetic reminiscence and fantasy, cannot deal with language containing brutal, violent sexual imagery.

Also The language and movement takes you on a journey through past experien... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Provocative, Brave acting, Funny

See it if Takes on inter-racial relationships, sexual intimacy and power through a "game" about slavery. A shocking play that is funny & discomfiting

Don't see it if You don't want to see full male nudity, intimate touching and sex talk, explicit sexual actions, use of racial slurs, breaking of 4th wall.

During previews
Square Go
Midtown E
Fast-paced, Relevant, Quirky, Great acting, Funny

See it if 2 teen boys deal with schoolyard brawl as male rite of passage; how childhood trauma and bullying impacts on adolescent development/behavior

Don't see it if you don't like audience participation, actors breaking 4th wall & up close in intimate setting. You don't like minimalist staging.

Also Fun to see Game of Thrones actor (Podrick) onstage in a small theater.... Read more Read less

God of Marz
Midtown W
Random musical/dance interludes, Weird, Quirky, Campy, Work-in-progress

See it if To see a perky attractive cast trying hard with meandering and confusing plot, shifts in tone and topic. Entertaining aerial performance.

Don't see it if You would be offended with characters of G-d and Jesus played for laughs and disparaging of religious icons. You want coherent linear plot

Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if you want to see an original musical based on a classic myth/love story; you enjoy a folk & jazz style score that will stay with you. See it!

Don't see it if you don't want to become obsessed with an engrossing, enchanting musical & memorable score. You prefer old-fashioned broadway fare.

Also I was unfamiliar with the show and the music before I saw it. Now I am... Read more Read less

White Noise
East Village
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you attend theater to be challenged and to think, not to just sit back and be entertained. Great writing and acting. Daveed Diggs.

Don't see it if Don't want to see a play with themes of racial relations, black history and slavery. There are very disturbing elements and scenes.

The White Devil
West Village
Bloody good fun, Great staging, Confusing, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if Classic Jacobean play using stylized contemporary dress and staging, video display, modern weapons, violence, murder, revenge plots, fun!

Don't see it if Villains, adultery, murder not your idea of fun theater, Jacobean language hard to understand, confusing keeping characters straight.

Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Heart-wrenching, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see two great actors each deliver a well written monologue; plays tied together by themes of birth, love, loss and death

Don't see it if You don't care for one-person plays; you will be too emotionally drained by depressing themes; you have recently had a family loss.....

Midtown W
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great staging, Edgy

See it if you want to see Alan Cumming in an intense & surreal play that leaves you needing to think and digest. Some great performances.

Don't see it if you don't like to see full male nudity, simulated sexual intimacy, gay and racial themes, you don't like surrealism, if 2:45 is too long.

Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy, Nostalgic

See it if If you remember the movie fondly, enjoy pop musicals, 90's music, want fluffy entertainment & fun time, talented cast, great singing.

Don't see it if you don't like the film, don't care for 90's music, you want well written original music, this was okay lyrics set to fun familiar 90s hits

Also Good fun. Sort of jukebox musical setting original lyrics to classic 9... Read more Read less

During previews
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Provocative, Slow

See it if you like Neil LaBute and want to see his new works; like short one actor monologues and two-actor dialogue with uncomfortable themes.

Don't see it if You don't like LaBute's writing, want easy entertainment; are easily offended with provocative writing and views. Themes include racism.

During previews
Absorbing, Confusing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like political theater, satire, are a fan of Brecht, want to be challenged and engaged while attending a play.

Don't see it if If you do not like theater dealing with political themes, Nazi/Hitler historical references.

Upper E Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Riveting

See it if you want to leave the theater needing to digest & think about what you have just witnessed; brilliant staging, Billie Piper's performance!

Don't see it if you want to leave the theater humming some catchy show tunes; you are offended by raw frank sexual dialogue, don't want a gut wrenching plot

During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want a well written, non-linear play that weaves history with myth, spans time & generations & presents a puzzle that ties together.

Don't see it if You prefer a straight forward linear play, are not interested in Russian/Polish history, don't want to think/figure out relationship puzzle.

Also The play is long at three acts and 2 hrs, 45 minutes. However, it felt... Read more Read less