JZ

New York City

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Reviews (7)
96
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if You want to experience joy and bliss in the theatre! The dancing - innovative! The singing - delightful! Direction & design - masterful!

Don't see it if You're not a fan of classic Broadway! Here, you will find yourself on a feel-good adventure guided by the incomparable Bette Midler.

Also Bette Miller astonishes in the way she commands the stage and personif... Read more Read less

75
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy well-researched and socially-relevant plays as well as ones that show the confluence of race, gender and class.

Don't see it if You want to be entertained. This play is more cerebral in that it focuses on dogma and demographics, both, at times, compromising empathy.

Also This is such an important play. And Lynn Nottage is a gifted playwrigh... Read more Read less

85
For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You appreciate masterful acting. Lou Liberatore is captivating as he creates moment-to-moment truthfulness. The topic/context draw you in.

Don't see it if Your political or spiritual beliefs resist a sense of inclusion and equality. Or if you don't like a hearty love story!

Also This is the kind of production that highlights the educational and hea... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Ambitious, Intense, Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You want to see actors fully commit to a script that doesn't easily foster empathy or suspension of disbelief. The actors strive throughout

Don't see it if You want moment to moment truthfulness. The script requires actors to hit intense emotional targets w/o providing steps to get there.

Also Continue working on the script! This play's ambitiousness requires mor... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Funny, Refreshing, Must see

See it if You want to have a communal experience, one where the empathy flowing between cast and audience is palpable. You can't helped but be moved.

Don't see it if You're expecting spectacle. The beauty of this show is not in its costume, props or set but rather in the living truth created on the stage

Also Just go! And surrender to the magic.

75
Great writing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Intense

See it if You appreciate the writing of William Inge. And if you are interested in seeing ways in which the longing for love drives people.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of barebones theatre. No program. A row of chairs as a set. Costuming inconsistencies. And uneven performances.

Also There are two standout performances: Hannah Elless as "Millie" and Emi... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Clever, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You love the words of Tennessee Williams, appreciate experimental theatre, and are open to new ways of experiencing this play.

Don't see it if You want to forget you're seeing a play. The performances of Sally Field & Finn Wittrock draw you in; the others elicit self-consciousness.

Also Is it a problem of miscasting or missed moments with respect to the ac... Read more Read less