Judith 6282

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Reviews (65)
100
White Noise
East Village
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You'd appreciate a brilliant depiction of today's racial emotions among a mixed race quartet of men and women in round robin affairs.

Don't see it if You would be put off by raw actions involving slavery or don't want to spend over 3 hours on racial relationships. It's a harsh show.

51
Slow, Disappointing

See it if One hour of hearing a man and woman recite the landmarks of their developing sexuality from childhood to the present would be entertaining.

Don't see it if You would find the litany of ordinary developing male and female sexuality boring. I learned nothing new.

90
Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to learn about the US Constitution's evolution against the engaging story of a woman's life. And participate in a debate about it.

Don't see it if You want to get away from US politics, history, violence against women. Don't care whether the US Constitution should be kept or scrapped.

79
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You'd like a complex story of women's lives in New Orleans where skin color is a caste system. A beautiful rendition of a time about to go.

Don't see it if You don't want to follow the intertwined lives of the characters -- and spirits as well. Don't like period dramas, even if relevant today.

75
Cyprus Avenue
East Village
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Stephen Rea's superb rendition of a man driven to madness and violence make his inter-ethnic verbal and physical brutality memorable.

Don't see it if You can't take the spewing of past (and present) hatreds. The applicability of Irish antagonisms to so many other Cyprus splits hits hard.

84
Paradise Blue
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting

See it if For a poignant portrayal of Black jazz musicians, circa 1949, whose Detroit milieu is being wiped out by urban renewal and personal demons,

Don't see it if You prefer listening to jazz to hearing about the lives of Black jazz musicians whose home club is going to be destroyed as "urban blight."

56
Confusing, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You are a Caryl Churchill fan but be prepared for a tedious Act I. Act II picks up, is well-acted, relevant, skewers economic inequality.

Don't see it if You have no patience for once-relevant but now confusing debates and are bored with past-is-today depictions of why the poor never win.

100
During previews
Mlima's Tale
East Village
Great acting, Great writing, Devastatingly beautiful

See it if You want to experience a devastating yet beautiful depiction of the death of an elephant and the corrupt passage of tusks. Nottage is superb

Don't see it if You would find the subject too painful to hear about. You would find 3 actors in multiple roles confusing. You like more entertaining shows.

51
The Amateurs
Gramercy
Ambitious, Slow

See it if You'd like a pseudo-medieval play plus the actors' lives then a too-long monologue by the writer with a commentary on a modern plague -- HIV

Don't see it if You don't have tolerance for mixtures -- a comic play and tragic actors plus an indulgent monologue on a not very original comparison w. HIV

100
Hangmen
Chelsea
Clever, Great writing, Intense

See it if You appreciate McDonagh's mordant wit and bitter humor and love his take on ordinary Britons, who can't give up on their violent profession.

Don't see it if You will be put off by thick accents and don't like McDonagh's subtle satire, bitterness, and violence. Hangmen is not light entertainment.

74
Fire and Air
East Village
Entertaining, Dated

See it if You want to hear again the story of Diaghilev, Nijinsky and the creation of the Ballets Russes. Focus is on D. and the coterie around him.

Don't see it if You are not interested in ballet and its male prima donnas and their love affairs. Or the 20th c. transformations Diaghilev instituted.

75
Delightful, Entertaining, Sweet

See it if You like Shakespeare in more or less modern dress spoken clearly and fluently. You'll enjoy an entertaining evening of song and good acting.

Don't see it if You like traditional Shakespeare, more poetical and profound with less casual staging and acting. Want more depth of character.

75
A Room In India
Upper E Side
Ambitious, Dizzying, Indulgent

See it if You know the Mahabarata and would appreciate a pastiche of visions about Indian, Japanese and Western theatrical traditions. Love Mnouchkine

Don't see it if You don't have patience for deliberately disconnected scenes and repetitions. Couldn't tolerate four hours without much of a narrative line.

80
After the Blast
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a beautiful and poignant take on a dystopia underground after earth is rendered inhabitable. Moving and ultimately uplifting

Don't see it if You hate dystopias on stage and human-robot relationships. You are disturbed by questions of the use of life after nuclear winter kills all.

52
During previews
Office Hour
East Village
Banal, Slow

See it if You can take long, revelatory monologues that are ultimately obvious -- fathers who are emotionally abusive leading to self-hatred, anger.

Don't see it if You don't want to see another iteration of the link between lack of self-esteem, anger and violence and would hate the gratuitous gunfire.

76
Mary Jane
East Village
Thought-provoking, Profound, Intense

See it if You aren't put off by a poignant, heartbreaking depiction of a young mother living with a severely disabled child. Beautiful writing, acting

Don't see it if You want to see upbeat entertainment in the theater. It will be too close to home. You expect closure and answers to the questions raised.

54
During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if You like Elevator Repair Service -- but read it first! Much is taken at a rapid, incomprehensible pace. Whole idea is varied "measures."

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare at a measured, understandable pace that does justice to the great scenes in this play.

62
During previews
Great acting, Slow

See it if You empathize with "Mother Courage" -like women who seem to bring their woes on themselves. Appreciate versatile acting by a terrific cast.

Don't see it if You want upbeat endings and characters who evolve rather than repeating disastrous behavior. Expect better from Susan-Lori Parks.

51
During previews
Slow, Indulgent

See it if You like long sagas of three-generation British families plus additional character's stories. Rather goes on and on.

Don't see it if You like well-edited plays that move along at a good pace. This is 12 years old and should have been cut after first showing.

72
During previews
Pipeline
Upper W Side
Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate a thoughtful exploration of the rage of young Black men. Well-acted and well-written but sometimes feeling too familiar.

Don't see it if You are in mood for something more entertaining or imaginative.

95
Venus
Midtown W
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate an evocative, poignant retelling of the exploitation of a naive young woman for a body part that's normal in her own world.

Don't see it if You don't like emotionally resonant history plays even if they are well-acted and beautifully staged. You like upbeat endings.

68
During previews
Sojourners
East Village
Banal

See it if You plan to see or saw its companion play, Her Portmanteau -- sequel to the events in Sojourners. Sequel enhances this play.

Don't see it if Want an interesting stand-alone play about the experiences of Nigerian sojourners in the US. The character contrast are too obvious.

82
During previews
Pacific Overtures
East Village
Clever, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You love Sondheim. This revival is presented in an elegant, spare staging with a versatile cast of singers. Plus a LIVE orchestra!

Don't see it if You only like elaborately staged and costumed musicals. You hate Sondheim. You don't appreciate sardonic accounts of history.

79
During previews
Intelligent, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if You like Sarah Ruhl's off-beat view of emotional relationships. Poignant, raunchy, yet lovely in parts. Layered. I keep thinking about it.

Don't see it if You like straightforward narratives that tell an entertaining story. Dislike somewhat implausible plot lines and open sexuality.

75
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You appreciate dystopian visions subtly presented by an excellent cast. Wonderful writing by Wallace Shawn. Disturbing and timely.

Don't see it if Don't like to see downers and don't want to think of what we can sink to while maintaining a civilized facade. Warning -- it's depressing.

75
During previews
Mies Julie
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if You don't mind a familiar story in a different time and place--post apartheid So. Africa. You know the violence is coming but it's riveting.

Don't see it if You don't want to see brutal sexuality and ultimate violence openly depicted. You prefer Strindberg with the original class conflict alone.

85
During previews
Fireflies
Chelsea
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Moving

See it if You appreciate the gradual revelations of the complexities of a marriage against the bombs and killings of Blacks in 1963 in the South.

Don't see it if You don't want to hear about the 1960's civil rights movement again and you prefer more conventional marriages and like happy endings.

70
Beautiful music, submerged poetry

See it if You love Emily Dickinson and Amy Beach. But don't expect the lovely music to enhance the poems. They each go their own way as do the videos.

Don't see it if You want either a recital or a poetry reading. Leaves you wanting more Dickinson poetry. You get beautiful music but the two do not mesh.

75
During previews
Carmen Jones
East Village
Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy good takes on familiar works and have never seen this. Good singing and dancing; set is spare but clunky. Excellent cast.

Don't see it if You prefer the original Carmen and dislike modern versions of beloved operas. Would rather see a fully staged production.

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want a lovely production with good singing, acting, dancing, costumes. A thoroughly entertaining production of a still wonderful score.

Don't see it if You'd rather see Shaw without music. The 1936 Wendy Hiller-Leslie Howard movie version holds up. Or look for a stage production somewhere.

92
Clever, Edgy, Great writing

See it if You enjoy a fast-paced play made of up of multi stories that more or less get resolved. Good writing and acting so you don't lose track.

Don't see it if You don't like fragmented stories but want a unified narrative. Won't like the raunchy humor and talk that bounces from person to person.

70
During previews
Great acting, Great staging

See it if you appreciate good acting and a good production of a lesser Tennessee Williams play that telegraphs its point and ending from the start.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for the stereotyped sensitive Southern woman torn between body and soul. Also it's slow.

70
queens
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate immigrants' stories -- here mothers and daughters over 16 years living together in a basement in Queens. Heart-rending.

Don't see it if You go to theater for amusement. These immigrants' burdens seem unrelenting. The comings and goings can be confusing.

50
During previews
The Low Road
East Village
Banal, Cliched, Indulgent

See it if You can sit through a long, not very clever satire on free market capitalism. Redeemed by a versatile cast but ultimately boring.

Don't see it if You expect that a take-off of Adam Smith would offer more than the same old critique. Multiple venues but predictable dialogue.

68
During previews
Dated, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You see all productions of Albee, can sit through monologues for action and don't mind predictability of theme -- humans are animals.

Don't see it if You want action instead of talk and dislike two-character plays. Want more substance from two plus hours.

75
Ambitious, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate complex narratives combining memories with on-going confrontations, good acting and excellent use of a tiny stage.

Don't see it if You like straightforward narratives, a larger physical stage, and a resolution that's not a fantasy. You don't like mixtures of cultures.

75
The Wolves
Upper W Side
Clever, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You'd like to see a girls' HS soccer team reveal their lives and hopes and tragedies while doing warmups for games. Fast and absorbing.

Don't see it if You like straight narratives and varied settings. Expect upbeat endings. Don't know or like soccer or plays about sports.

75
Hundred Days
East Village
Entertaining, Poignant

See it if You'd like to spend a relaxing and ultimately emotional 90 minutes with a sweet couple singing about their marriage and its vulnerableness.

Don't see it if You like theater with more bite and a larger scope. Are turned off by emotional appeals for empathy for possible immanent death that isn't.

65
Great acting, Slow, Confusing

See it if You can take long monologues on religion, guilt, and non-redemption. It's a downer -- everyone fails in some way. But it's well-acted.

Don't see it if You dislike prison plays that don't resolve. There is a lot of talk but it seems to come to nothing.

70
During previews
Junk
Upper W Side
Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to learn a lot about the maneuverings in the financial markets. Moves surprisingly fast for a dense subject. Well-written, staged.

Don't see it if You'd never find two-plus hours on junk bonds, inside trading, poison-pills, and other shenanigans that go on on Wall Street entertaining.

78
Entertaining, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if You'd like a charming, relaxed, slightly off-beat production. Carefully diversified -- each of the 4 couples is racially mixed. Lovely songs

Don't see it if You like Shakespeare done conventionally with British accents and are jarred by women in men's roles and racial diversity in many parts.

70
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You can take brutality, anger, and lots of blood. Acting is terrific -- Christine Lahti and a very versatile cast. You won't forget it.

Don't see it if You go to theater to be entertained and amused. Susan-Lori Parks hits hard with no holds barred.

100
During previews
Delightful, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a poignant Sara Ruhl riff on death, growing up, & family memories. Beautifully written, well-acted, thoughtful. Don't miss!

Don't see it if You like chronological narratives, don't like one-actors that are full of thought-provoking insights, don't like Peter Pan.

90
Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if You appreciate Sam Gold as director, like modern-dress Shakespeare beautifully acted and imaginatively staged, sounding fresh and new.

Don't see it if You only like traditional Shakespeare, can't bear still another production of Hamlet, would think hypodermic needles as weapons bizarre,

72
Julius Caesar
Midtown W
Clever, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like on-target modern versions of Shakespeare, including gender-swapping -- Marc Antony is a woman-- and Caesar-Trump in the nude.

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare "straight" and prefer to make your own connections to today's politics instead of having it spelled out for you.

76
During previews
Her Portmanteau
East Village
Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if You like intricate interchanges among women, here a mother who abandoned one daughter who comes to confront her and her half-sister.

Don't see it if You haven't seen Sojourners, its prequel. Portmanteau stands alone but both plays are much enhanced by each other.

62
The Antipodes
Midtown W
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if You have tolerance for two hours of listening to monologues on the nature of time, stories, and humanity. Don't mind open-ended plays.

Don't see it if You want narrative and beginnings, middles and ends in theater. Prefer character development and/or conflict among people.

71
Ambitious, Edgy, Relevant

See it if You like new looks at familiar stories. Rousing music and good dancing and staging. Jo Lempert's wonderful depiction of a persistent woman.

Don't see it if Dislike loud music, retakes of the same old, Joan of Arc as a fighting feminist, and feel you know all this already.

73
Bull in a China Shop
Upper W Side
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You are interested in the history of the women's movement and two ground breakers -- pres. of Mt. Holyoke and her companion. Well acted.

Don't see it if You want light entertainment. Also if the frequent use of "fuck" by an educated upperclass woman in the early 20th century bothers you.

77
During previews
Wakey, Wakey
Midtown W
Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate Will Eno's provocative monologues beautifully conveyed by Lost's Michael Emerson. It's a thought-provoking and moving play.

Don't see it if You only like narrative plays with a plot and a variety of characters and hate boxes as props and add-on video sequences.