Jodi 13

Staten Island | 50-64 | Female
About:  Theater lover. Speech/Language Pathologist
Reviews (77)
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

Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want a dark, profound play with funny moments; you want to see great performances in a well written play with themes of law and religion

Don't see it if You want fluffy comedy or musical, you don't like dark plays, rough language, prison settings, religious or violent themes.

Also I wish I had seen the original production and cast. Glad I caught this... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Clever, Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you love Forbidden Bdwy, have seen or are familiar w/ Hamilton & enjoy musical parody, want to see Hamilton but can't get tix, want to laugh

Don't see it if you are not familiar with Hamilton or Lin M Miranda and think you won't get it, you don't like musical parody, you want a big production.

Also The show will be most enjoyable if you are familiar with Hamilton and ... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Absorbing, Funny, Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like John Leguizamo's humor and one-man comedic shows, enjoy theater that teaches while it entertains, want to learn some Latin history.

Don't see it if not a fan of JL or one-man shows, don't want a history lesson in a play, have no interest in Latin history.

Also If you are a fan of John Leguizamo, see it for the experience. He is f... Read more Read less

During previews
Midtown W
Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a talented cast in a fast paced musical satire with creative bare bones staging, and to learn events leading to the Iraq war

Don't see it if you are not interested in the history of how the Iraq war started using faulty intel. You don't like political satire. You want full sets.

Also Get there early for complimentary donuts, wine and coffee. The donuts ... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Heartfelt

See it if you want to see an excellent ensemble cast playing multiple roles to tell a touching story. Told with warmth, humor and toe-tapping music.

Don't see it if a 9/11 story is just too soon, you don't enjoy mostly sung-through story-telling.

Also I laughed, I cried, I was moved. It's a touching, feel-good look at th... Read more Read less

East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in an intimate four character play addressing marriage and parenting issues, including the joys and stress of parenthood.

Don't see it if you are not interested in seeing a play about marital and parenting issues, if you have an aversion to hearing childbirth stories.

Ride the Cyclone
West Village
Clever, Funny, Great singing, Quirky, Original

See it if you want to see a small talented young cast in an original, quirky musical; you are okay with a macabre, somewhat creepy & morbid, theme.

Don't see it if you don't like macabre, morbid shows about death; you prefer a linear plot with songs moving it along rather than showcasing each character

Party People
East Village
Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a challenging piece of political theater using music, are interested in the history of the Black Panther Party and the Young Lords.

Don't see it if You have no interest in a play told from the perspective of Black Panther and Young Lords members years later. You don't like hip hop music.

Also My husband recognized the historical events and names referred to duri... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you want to see a timely, well written play about how friendships are tested amid the effects of job loss, factory closure on a community.

Don't see it if you don't want a serious play addressing the plight of the American worker dealing with outsourcing, racism, violence and substance abuse.

Also Many serious issues are addressed in this play as noted, and including... Read more Read less

Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you would enjoy adult themes acted by puppets, would enjoy social issues/young adult concerns addressed thru peppy, quirky story & lyrics.

Don't see it if You dislike adult puppetry, don't enjoy satire, are easily offended by raunchy behavior, puppet sex, race stereotypes addressed satirically.

Yokes Night
Dizzying, Edgy, Quirky, Dark, Great acting

See it if You want to see a bare staged frenetically paced two-person drama. Themes of drug use, seduction and violence. Narrative story telling.

Don't see it if You want a more fully developed plot and story narrative. You don't like bare bones staging. You don't like themes of drugs and violence.

East Village
Cliched, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Intense

See it if you want to see a play addressing teen angst, issues that affect teenage girls in a well written uneven play with unresolved ending

Don't see it if The play address a multitude of potential teen girl issues to the point of cliche and doesn't stay focused. Ending is ambiguous.

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

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you enjoyed the movie, are a fan of Andy Karl, like the repeating day theme, you want a light, fun time, want to smile and bring the family

Don't see it if You do not like the movie or repeating the day theme, want a musical with a more memorable score, want a more serious thought provoking show

Also We went with our young adult sons and had a great time as a family.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Quirky, Great writing

See it if You want immersive theater experience where the story unfolds around the audience, a modern ballad with music, humor and supernatural themes

Don't see it if You prefer a straightforward theater experience maintaining separation of actors and audience. You don't like rhyming verse, ballad style.

Gently Down the Stream
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if To see a poignant play about the history of LGBT rights and struggle through the life and relationships of one man. Harvey Fierstein fan.

Don't see it if you are not a Harvey Fierstein fan. If you would not like long expository monologues within the three man play structure.

Also Sets are beautiful. At first, Harvey's New Orleans accent was hard to ... Read more Read less

During previews
Great singing, Intense, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like historical, basically sung through rock musicals, are interested in the Joan of Arc story, w/ linear story/plot. Love David Byrne.

Don't see it if You have no interest in musical telling of Joan story; want hum along, catchy music; this is loud rock score; you want funny, this is somber

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

See it if If you are a fan of Martin McDonagh and want to see a well acted performance of his first play. If you like a dark comedy with twists.

Don't see it if You don't like dark violent themes in a comedy/drama. You have problems understanding Irish accents. You don't like McDonagh's other plays

Also I missed this when it had it's acclaimed Broadway run. I really wanted... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Delightful, Funny, Quirky, Great performances, Charming

See it if if you want a small, charming, sweet musical about people living their lives and connecting despite their differences. Great Yazbeck score.

Don't see it if you prefer a big, flashy musical, don't like ensemble shows w/ several story lines unfolding, don't like sweet, human stories.

Sweet Charity
Midtown W
Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see Sutton Foster sing, dance and act her way through a role she was made for, in an intimate bare bones staging of a classic.

Don't see it if you don't care for classic musicals, you would find it dated, or prefer a big, flashy staging with huge production numbers.

Also This production is presented with minimal sets or costume changes. Cha... Read more Read less

During previews
The Portal
West Village
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Psychedelic, Experimental

See it if you enjoy experimental performance art, mixed media film/stage, loud tribal rock with great singing, modern dance, ok with incoherent story.

Don't see it if you want a linear, comprehensible story line, don't enjoy psychedelic visual mixed media film/stage/concert experimental theater, loud music

Also The film aspect was confusing and sometimes visually stunning, sometim... Read more Read less

East Village
Confusing, Disappointing, Intelligent, Intense, Dated

See it if If you want to see a great cast perform a classic play, you are a fan of the play/playwright (I am not familiar with previous productions.)

Don't see it if You like a play that is a series of scenes, using flashbacks, you must piece together to come up with the story. I was confused for a time.

Also If you are really interested in British post-war history, relationship... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Disappointing, Great acting, Quirky, Romantic, Overrated

See it if You are a fan of MLP and want to see her as a quirky character in an odd romance with an older man in a short, one-act drama

Don't see it if you are not a fan of MLP, don't want to pay broadway price (get a discount) for a 1 hour 15 min., not fully satisfying quirky romantic drama

The Dudleys!
Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Ambitious, Creative

See it if If you enjoy quirky theater using technology and metaphor to tell a story. You would like to see family drama as an 80's video game.

Don't see it if If you don't want to see 80's video games played out on stage; you want standard, direct story-telling. You don't like family drama.

Alpha 66 (Dream Up)
East Village
Ambitious, Absorbing, Cliched, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like historical dramas, serious family drama, are interested in Cuba's history and revolution, Castro, Che, the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Don't see it if you want light, fluffy comedy; are not interested in historical drama or the Cuban revolution. The story was slow to develop.