JPSP

Ojai | 50-64 | Female
About:  I love the theater and am in a happy phase of seeing lots of shows right now.
Reviews (42)
81
The Bohemians
East Village
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Dizzying, Romantic

See it if you like fun plays that border on farce a la Neil Simon, you enjoy a great ensemble cast, you like seeing a brand new play come to life

Don't see it if you want a bigger, fancier stage/venue, want a musical or something more serious

Also A delightful new play that is funny, very well cast with great seconda... Read more Read less

90
Best Life
Soho/Tribeca
Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you'd like a brief, small-venue, one-woman show that is clever, funny, endearing. You'll laugh and your heart will grow 2 sizes

Don't see it if you want a grand musical or large cast of actors in a big theater, you get bent out of shape by a talented woman in her joyous power

Also So good. Loved it. Go see it!

89
For a previous production
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Soho/Tribeca
Great acting, Funny, Dizzying, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like your off broadway, small-venue shows quirky, clever, charming, funny, and brief

Don't see it if you want grand scale broadway, a musical, more than 2 in the cast or can't follow all the many roles one actor switches to every few seconds

Also Both actors were excellent, the staging was versatile and I was spellb... Read more Read less

88
Funny, Entertaining, Relevant, Resonant, Delightful

See it if you want to be transported to Ghana, to a girls' high school and be enchanted despite the usual teen behaviors, see an all-female cast

Don't see it if you might feel strained trying to understand the accents, but see it anyway as it's funny and heartwarming

Also This was a play I didn't know I needed in my life and it's well done.

84
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you want a drama with a great cast that takes you into real life territory

Don't see it if you are intolerant of gay relationships, you want a light and fluffy show or a musical

Also I'm glad I didn't know much about this play so when it took a turn, I ... Read more Read less

93
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Delightful

See it if You like a grand musical with a large cast, and great costumes, you know and like the story and score

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, this story, these songs

Also I wasn't planning to see this show but I'm glad I did. It's really wel... Read more Read less

66
Natalie Menna × 3
East Village
Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if You follow Natalie Menna as a playwrite, you want a night of off off Broadway in a small venue, can laugh at narcissism, great acting

Don't see it if you are seeking lengthier plays, want something meatier or want one plays vs. 3 shorter ones

Also The first two plays of this trio were very short - more like sketches.... Read more Read less

71
Entertaining, Dizzying, Quirky, Cute

See it if you are a youthful fan of the Harry Potter series and seek a new, small-scale perspective/alternate story

Don't see it if you are bothered by lots of door-slamming or require a more elaborate stage and setting

Also It was cute, fun, and peppy and I enjoyed it well enough

81
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Funny, Heartful

See it if you want funny, musical storytelling that is uplifting and universal (seeking a turnaround in life) and showcases very talented people

Don't see it if you want something deep or intense or if you are bothered by rapid character changes or the frequent changing instruments (I loved that)

Also I really liked this show and left feeling uplifted and happy. They too... Read more Read less

60
Drunk Shakespeare
Midtown W
Raunchy, Overrated, Indulgent, Great staging, Loud

See it if you want to attend a millennial frat party that uses the canvas of Shakespeare on which to splatter forced farce and yuks

Don't see it if you dislike lots of sexual references as there are lots of those or if you are bothered by the noise of boisterous encouragement

Also I must add that I've been just this one time. A dear, educated friend ... Read more Read less

92
Great acting, Great singing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like a great ensemble, youth-oriented and human relationship-oriented story of navigating teen angst, isolation and insecurity

Don't see it if you feel susceptible to trauma triggers with this type of story

Also I found the story relatable in that we all have gifts and challenges i... Read more Read less

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Great writing, Ambitious, Masterful, Must see, Intelligent

See it if you want to see an amazingly creative show, appreciate history and exciting entertainment, want to be in on the conversation

Don't see it if I can't imagine why, but don't see it if you don't want to.

Also I just finally saw this show and am already ready to see it again. I l... Read more Read less

90
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Relevant, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like Broadway musicals at their biggest and showiest, you are a fan of the Wizard of Oz and are curious about a possible backstory

Don't see it if A 3-hour show is too long, or you don't want to see the classic movie through a new lens

Also Finally seeing this show after 15 years. AMAZING COSTUME DESIGNS! I en... Read more Read less

78
Popcorn Falls
Midtown W
Great acting, Funny, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you're ready for an 80-minute whirlwind of multiple characters played by two actors (who do a great job) and appreciate clever staging

Don't see it if you're wanting a grand production, mellower play or a musical or if you get confused by having two actors play a bunch of different parts

Also Popcorn Falls is fun and quirky and I enjoyed it! It held my interest ... Read more Read less

82
Williston
East Village
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intense

See it if you want to see a new play early in the process, you want to see talented actors up close in a small venue and a plot that moves along

Don't see it if you want a grand spectacle or a musical, if the subject matter turns you off or if you are put off from the basement atmosphere

Also Tonight was the first preview of this new play which is very well cast... Read more Read less

85
For a previous production
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Great acting, Full on farce

See it if you enjoy over-the-top farce done well, gags, physical comedy, laughing, and complicity between actors and audience

Don't see it if you want something more highbrow or complex, or a musical extravaganza or if farce is not your thing

Also Having seen American Son the night before, this was the perfect counte... Read more Read less

81
Gloria: A Life
Gramercy
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if you are interested in the history of women's struggles, appreciate a great ensemble cast and clever staging, want to catch Christine Lahti

Don't see it if you want to remain ignorant of what women have overcome and yet are still facing

Also Now more than ever we need people to wake up and vote. This show is a ... Read more Read less

87
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you appreciate Shakespeare, glimpses of backstage rehearsals interests you, you want to catch Janet McTeer in a great role

Don't see it if Shakespearean language bores you, you can't handle a strong-woman-centered play, or you don't like historical depictions

Also Janet McTeer was amazing, as was the cast, and I loved learning about ... Read more Read less

89
During previews
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Epic, Great writing

See it if you like a sweeping drama with a weaving of past/present and how outside political relationships intertwine with internal family relations

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding Irish accents, if you're traumatized by stories about The Troubles or if you can't sit for 3 1/4 hours

89
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like clever concepts, modern themes, great singing and innovation

Don't see it if you can't handle the puppet aspect. I found it creative

80
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Romantic, Great staging, Great singing

See it if If you like a feel-good farce, if you like adaptations of Shakespeare plays, and light fun

Don't see it if You don't like musicals or want something edgy and innovative

87
Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Great staging, Nostalgic

See it if you know and love Carole King's music, want to watch her story, like ambitious musicals

Don't see it if you're not a Carole King fan, don't like musicals or have a problem with shows that run 2.5 hours

Also I learned some things I didn't know and enjoyed seeing her story playe... Read more Read less

77
Entertaining, Dizzying, Funny, Quirky, Stark

See it if you like a stark set with a storyteller in a small venue, a 75-minute humorous journey with a likable host

Don't see it if you want a linear plot, more cast members, a physical set, a big show or musical

Also Tales from life at a rapid pace. Well done!

88
Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if you love fun, sparkly, heartwarming, dancey, musicals, you're interested in this issue (lesbian faces obstacle to prom), want to leave happy

Don't see it if you are intolerant of the fact that others are different from you (and that's a good thing!), you don't like musicals

Also There are a few stories within this story and they all add to this enr... Read more Read less

87
Lewiston/Clarkston
West Village
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Intense, Unique

See it if you enjoy a full night of atypical theater, an intimate setting, a meal in between 2 different 90-minute plays, great acting, unique staging

Don't see it if you seek a big production, a musical, are intolerant of gay themes, can't sit in folding chairs for 3 1/2 hours, though not straight through

Also Order their meal, bring your own or just sit with those who are eating... Read more Read less

77
Funny, Entertaining, Resonant, Quirky, Edgy

See it if you like light, creative, unpolished, brief, clever shows.

Don't see it if you can't take dark humor about depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, want a longer or grander show

Also It's short (an hour) but sometimes that's just the ticket - clever lyr... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Intelligent, Funny, Enchanting, Unique

See it if You are game for a unique theater experience, you like human puzzles, are willing to find the lives of strangers endearing

Don't see it if You want your entertainment up on a stage or you want traditional theater

Also The NYTimes has a great article with videos if you want a fuller under... Read more Read less

83
Usual Girls
Midtown W
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Funny

See it if you appreciate great performances, clever staging and a window into the lifetime of many women's experiences, in specific, an Asian woman's

Don't see it if you have sexual triggers or lighting triggers

Also Wow, this is a powerful show that is so well done, very well cast and ... Read more Read less

84
Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you like his humor, enjoy the craft of storytelling, and want to laugh at his view of life

Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows or comedy specials or are not interested in the subject of kids vs. no-kids

Also I didn't find it uproariously hysterical but I smiled, chuckled and la... Read more Read less

72
Downstairs
West Village
Edgy, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you can catch Tyne Daly, Tim Daly and John Procaccino in it, if you like intense plays with some of life's harder subject matters

Don't see it if you might be triggered by past traumas, you want something light and/or funny

Also Great acting and a treat to see these actors in a small venue. The pla... Read more Read less

86
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Great staging, Human

See it if whether you saw the original or not, you appreciate heart and humor, for the great ensemble cast

Don't see it if you withhold your embrace of any of our fellow humans - specifically LGBTQ members of society

Also The audience last night felt light and happy despite the sudden snowfa... Read more Read less

91
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you appreciate a low-key show that takes its time to reveal its beauty, you like great music, humor and human connection stories

Don't see it if you are racist or think certain people can't or shouldn't get along with others, you want a loud, dazzling spectacle

Also It glows like embers you carry with you after the show. Really nicely ... Read more Read less

70
Nuclear Follies
Greenwich V
Dated, Quirky, Entertaining, Funny

See it if well versed in Reagan's nuclear stunts (Star Wars, SDI etc.), remember the fear of nuclear destruction, like satirical, small musicals

Don't see it if you want something about today's political climate, a bigger show, a warm venue

Also Each show starts with a different stand-up comic and I really enjoyed ... Read more Read less

65
Slow, Disappointing, Intense

See it if You are very into Freddie Prinze, like minimalist one-actor, off Broadway theater

Don't see it if you expect new insights or major revelations about Prinze's life

Also Jose Sonera does a great job in this sprint of a show. I didn't hate i... Read more Read less

88
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Relevant

See it if You are up for a camp, nonconformist romantic romp set to the music of the Go-Gos in a fantasy kingdom

Don't see it if you are too young for sexual references or have not yet acknowledged the existence of the sexual spectrum

Also Peppermint is in this show! I loved the: singing, dancing, spectacle, ... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if You like these 3 actors, want to see an 85-minute fast-paced play, want to think about and discuss after

Don't see it if You want an amazing play, you want to see the characters grow and be affected by what's happening, you want a big or musical production

Also I went mostly to see Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannaval... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if you want timely, well-acted drama that reveals itself bit-by-bit and if you can handle the emotional intensity

Don't see it if you want fluffy, light fare, or you are racist, or you want singing and dancing and humor

Also This is a beautifully written, gripping drama that is ripped straight ... Read more Read less

79
High Noon
West Village
Great acting, Great staging, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate stylized, innovative interpretations of a known story, great ensemble cast, intimate theater experiences

Don't see it if you want all the dialogue to make perfect sense and to be naturally conversational or if you require shiny broadway pizzaz

Also Often compared to Waiting for Godot, if you are looking for a very cre... Read more Read less

68
Final Follies
West Village
Dated, Great acting, Great staging, Narrow

See it if you're a fan of Gurney and of the multi-mini-play format, you like seeing actors play very different roles.

Don't see it if you require updated innovation or grander productions in large venues

85
The True
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if See it for the actors/acting, staging relevance to today, complexity of human feeling about love, relationships and working life

Don't see it if ... you don't want to see a show about politics. There's more to it but that's the presenting subject even though it's more than that.

74
Great acting, Great staging, Dated, Quirky

See it if You like Tennessee Williams, southern stories of times gone by, great acting, clever staging

Don't see it if you want something more contemporary or urban

80
During previews
Renascence
Lower E Side
Enchanting, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You love the work of Edna St. Vincent Millay, if you love musicals and like a great ensemble cast

Don't see it if You don't like musicals or biographical stories