Jodi 13

Staten Island | 50-64 | Female
About:  Theater lover. Speech/Language Pathologist
Reviews (118)
93
Great dancing, Stunning sets & costumes, Sparkly, Romantic, Great staging
July 5th, 2022

See it if To see energetic, lavish show about Love, if you ❤️ the movie, enjoy hearing familiar songs and mashups used cleverly to establish plot.

Don't see it if Thin plot of boy/courtesan/Duke triangle close to but tweaked from the movie, if you prefer an original score/don’t like jukebox musicals

92
Profane, Original, Raunchy, Hilarious, Entertaining
July 2nd, 2022

See it if You want to sit back and be entertained, you want to laugh

Don't see it if You are offended by making fun of religion, you are offended by raunchy situations and use of profanity esp. regarding religious themes.

Also I am not a South Park fan, and I found this show to be very funny and ... Read more Read less

90
Wedding Band
Brooklyn
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing
July 1st, 2022

See it if You want a play that explores themes of racism, love, historical laws against inter-racial relationships, that informs and makes you think.

Don't see it if You want a play that is light, funny, doesn’t require thought. You don’t want racial themes with historical basis.

80
Dreaming Zenzile
East Village
Political, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing
June 20th, 2022

See it if Fan of Makeba and her music, great jazz and African singing, more like a concert than play, incorporates flashbacks to her life experiences

Don't see it if Uninterested in life and music of Makeba, don’t like political activism themes, you want a linear story/plot, this is more like a concert

84
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Clever
June 20th, 2022

See it if You’re a theater fan who will “get” jokes about Bdwy musicals and Bdwy stars, you have ever stage-doored, enjoy quick, snappy dialogue,

Don't see it if You’re unfamiliar w/ or uninterested in the Bdwy or NY theater scene, bothered by gay themes, drag performances, unfamiliar w/ Idina Menzel.

80
During previews
Solo tour de force, Physical, Sensual, Great acting, Absorbing
June 13th, 2022

See it if You want to see a one woman monologue, tour de force performance using minimal staging, movement, and props. Fan of James Joyce.

Don't see it if You don’t like one person steam of consciousness monologue performances. Sensual/sexual descriptions disturb you.

78
Quick paced, Great staging, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking
May 22nd, 2022

See it if you would like a play about dysfunctional family dealing w/ a health crisis needing family choices; family secrets; surprising plot twists

Don't see it if You don't care for dysfunctional family story dealing with serious issues, Story is somewhat cliched. Lots of arguing and accusations.

84
During previews
Raunchy, Quirky, Great singing, Funny, Clever
May 22nd, 2022

See it if you enjoy creative musicals that use humor to deal with serious/sad themes; fan of Sarah S. or Bebe N., enjoy funny musical numbers.

Don't see it if want musicals 2 b serious OR funny; don't like themes of chilldhood trauma & depression; raunchy language used by adults & kids disturbs u.

Also The child performances are great; the adults and kids use profanity an... Read more Read less

80
A Walk on the Moon
New Brunswick
Nostalgic, Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining
May 6th, 2022

See it if If you loved the movie (it is pretty faithful,) have good memories of bungalow colony summers, for very talented lead actress performance.

Don't see it if You want a more cohesive story-there is a lot going on. You want a more consistent score-some songs are great, some songs are just okay.

Also I really love the sets. Some beautiful stage scenery. Jackie Burns is ... Read more Read less

91
Beautiful score, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great singing, Absorbing
April 27th, 2022

See it if you want to see a thoughtful and intense musical about a serious topic, be touched by the ultimately hopeful story and the memorable score.

Don't see it if you prefer to see a fluffy musical comedy, don't want to see a show dealing with teen angst, suicide, family issues, and life lessons.

88
POTUS
Midtown W
Great acting, Dizzying, Hilarious, Great writing, Entertaining
April 27th, 2022

See it if you enjoy farce and physical comedy, would like to laugh and enjoy a couple hours being entertained by very funny actresses in a funny play.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy farce, you are easily offended by profanity, "dirty" words, discussions of sexual acts played for laughs.

84
Kimberly Akimbo
Chelsea
Quirky, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever
December 19th, 2021

See it if If you want to see a musical about a dysfunctional family that combines humor and tragic themes, you are a fan of Victoia Clark-she's great!

Don't see it if You like musicals 2 b serious/tragic OR comedy; this one finds humor in serious themes. You can't accept plot of older actress as teen girl.

90
Dark, Riveting, Great writing, Resonant, Great singing
December 19th, 2021

See it if You are a Sondheim fan & want to see one of his musicals done with excellent cast in intimate setting. You find this dark subject intriguing

Don't see it if You aren't a Sondheim fan, don't like dark historical pieces, don't want to see portrayal of assassinations or guns/gunshots on stage.

80
The Visitor
East Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious
December 17th, 2021

See it if You are interested in a musical based on old indie movie about immigration and personal relationships. Nice music. Fun drum performances.

Don't see it if You want a bigger, showy musical, you want musical comedy with a happy ending. Not interested in issue of immigration.

Also I remember the movie fondly and I believe this show stayed true to the... Read more Read less

85
Dana H. (Broadway)
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing
November 1st, 2021

See it if you want a profound theater experience, first person telling of a horrific kidnapping/hostage experience as lip synced by aterrific actress.

Don't see it if You don't like one person plays, you want happy plays, you do not want to hear the first person recounting of a terrifying experience.

77
Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Indulgent, Great acting
October 17th, 2021

See it if are a fan of Wallace Shawn, his story-telling writing style, or of Lily Taylor. Like one-person political socio-economic themed monologues.

Don't see it if you want linear a story. This is non-linear and meandering. You don't like didactic writing, or are not a fan of Shawn's playwriting.

79
Sanctuary City
West Village
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing
October 16th, 2021

See it if You would like a 2-3 person play about relationships, immigration and dreams of the future. Minimalist set. Smart/interesting writing style

Don't see it if You want to see a funny/happy play. This play is intense. You don’t like intimate theater productions.

85
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Dizzying, Absorbing
February 19th, 2020

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

78
During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Creative staging, Original, Intelligent, Slow, Great acting
February 3rd, 2020

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

82
Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing
January 30th, 2020

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.

80
Entertaining, Campy, Quirky, Funny, Clever
January 17th, 2020

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

80
Drinks included, Fluffy, Funny, Delightful, Clever
January 13th, 2020

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.

82
Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Thought-provoking, Dark, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious
January 13th, 2020

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.

89
Provocative, Edgy, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting
December 31st, 2019

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.

91
Great music, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful
December 31st, 2019

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

80
Absorbing, Slow, Romantic, Great singing, Great acting
December 26th, 2019

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.

79
One in Two
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Edgy, Great acting
December 26th, 2019

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

80
Orpheus & Eurydice
Soho/Tribeca
Intimate, Great singing, Great writing, Romantic, Clever
December 22nd, 2019

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.

76
Slow, Relevant, Indulgent, Great acting, Ambitious
December 8th, 2019

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.

79
During previews
The Thin Place
Midtown W
Creepy, Thought-provoking, Slow, Edgy, Absorbing
December 8th, 2019

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.

86
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
December 8th, 2019

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.

85
Nostalgic, Mellow, Great music, Great singing, Entertaining
December 8th, 2019

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

79
For a previous production
Interesting, Informative, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Absorbing
November 15th, 2019

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,

79
Rap Guide to Evolution
Soho/Tribeca
Quirky, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever
November 11th, 2019

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.

89
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Great choreography, Great staging, Great singing, Edgy, Absorbing
November 11th, 2019

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

90
During previews
Seared
Midtown W
Onstage cooking, Funny, Great set, Great acting, Clever
October 13th, 2019

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

85
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
September 8th, 2019

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

75
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing
September 7th, 2019

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.

84
Cliched, Great costumes, Nostalgic, Great singing, Entertaining
August 12th, 2019

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

80
During previews
Great music, Great singing, Cliched, Entertaining, Nostalgic
August 5th, 2019

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

78
During previews
Tender Napalm
Soho/Tribeca
Edgy, Poetic, Riveting, Slow, Great acting
July 21st, 2019

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

85
Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Personal story
July 18th, 2019

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.

80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Provocative, Brave acting, Funny
June 20th, 2019

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.

86
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Quirky, Intelligent, Great writing, Funny, Delightful
June 10th, 2019

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

77
During previews
Square Go
Midtown E
Fast-paced, Relevant, Quirky, Great acting, Funny
June 9th, 2019

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

84
Socrates
East Village
Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
June 2nd, 2019

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.

60
God of Marz
Midtown W
Random musical/dance interludes, Weird, Quirky, Campy, Work-in-progress
June 2nd, 2019

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

85
Quirky, Great singing, Hilarious, Great staging, Entertaining
May 26th, 2019

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

98
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting
May 26th, 2019

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

78
Creepy effects, Slow, Quirky, Clever, Ambitious
May 21st, 2019

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