Kamila S.

Brooklyn | 35-49 | Female
About:  A Brooklyn girl with downtown taste and European sensibility. Also, snarky.
Reviews (63)
89
One Green Bottle
East Village
Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Funny
March 6th, 2020

See it if you need a theatrical chicken soup to soothe your dark New Yorker soul

Don't see it if don't appreciate absurdist humor and treat the world way too seriously

Also I can't even tell you how delightful this was. I went in with no expec... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Sanctuary City
West Village
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting
March 6th, 2020

See it if you are a fan of Martyna Majok's plays and want to see something that requires a bit of patience which eventually will be rewarding

Don't see it if you don't like minimal stagings and get confused by non-linear dialogue

Also Ande Dubus II would have loved this play. It was not an easy show to w... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Funny
March 4th, 2020

See it if you are ready to be amused and then feel extremely uncomfortable by a riveting plot twist

Don't see it if you can't stand the sight of stage blood and generally look for entertainment when you go on Broadway

Also Holy cow. If you only get to see one thing on Broadway this spring, ma... Read more Read less

90
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting
February 24th, 2020

See it if you are ready for a story about race, power, Black bodies, and a possibility of reconciliation in a smart, edgy staging. A must-see!

Don't see it if you can't handle material that will make you uncomfortable, especially if you're white and not acknowledging your privilege.

Also I’ve seen the future and it ain’t bad. This one will make you uncomfor... Read more Read less

86
Intense, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
February 24th, 2020

See it if you are open to seeing an intense, fabulously acted and beautifully staged piece about mental health issues.

Don't see it if you are seeking entertainment and can't handle a show in which many narratives are presented simultaneously.

95
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Must see, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing
February 9th, 2020

See it if modern deconstructions of classical text are your thing: this one is really well written, powerful, and beautifully produced.

Don't see it if you expect entertainment.

Also Two words: Rose Byrne. Wow.

81
During previews
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Great singing, Great writing, Great staging, Refreshing
February 9th, 2020

See it if a refreshing contemporary musical that is fun without being shallow and hopeful without being sugary. Also, if you love Raja Feather Kelly.

Don't see it if you expect easy-listening and escapism.

Also Script by Young Jean Lee is not a typical musical theatre material: it... Read more Read less

82
Very original and fun staging, Great fusion of puppetry and video, Relevant, Funny
January 4th, 2020

See it if you enjoy experimental puppetry and video, appreciate the pointed, absurdist humor and commentary about the strange world we live in

Don't see it if you don't enjoy loud noises, strobe lights, and lo-fi stagings.

75
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing
December 22nd, 2019

See it if you appreciate contemporary plays that comment on our political reality,

Don't see it if don't like minimal staging and expect entertainment.

80
Sensual, Inventive, Enchanting, Delightful
September 30th, 2019

See it if you enjoy out-of-the-box approach to theatre and are open to having all your senses (save the sight) stimulated

Don't see it if you like your theater conventional, by-the-book, linear, and visible

Also These 45 minutes were truly a bubble bath for the soul. Erin Mee's sho... Read more Read less

95
American Moor
East Village
Must-see for every theatermaker, Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting
September 27th, 2019

See it if you are ready for something intimate but brave, personal, unapologetic, funny and heartbreaking - all in one.

Don't see it if you can't handle the open and just anger of marginalized people. Also, if you only enjoy big productions.

Also WOW. What a stunner. This season, I have been entrenched in my view th... Read more Read less

72
Self-indulgent, Great writing, Edgy, Funny
September 24th, 2019

See it if you enjoy edgy, female-centered comedy

Don't see it if you expect *theater.* This is a solid piece of standup.

Also She does not suck (pun intended.) But Jacqueline Novak is a tremendous... Read more Read less

91
White Noise
East Village
Masterful, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking
September 23rd, 2019

See it if you appreciate the innovative/ approach to theliterary material, exquisite acting, amazing production - and if you're a fan of Daniel Fisch.

Don't see it if you expect true-to-the-book adaptation. Also, if you saw OKLAHOMA and think this is going to be more of the same.

Also I heart Daniel Fisch. This show is more like pre-Oklahoma pieces I saw... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Must see, Edgy, Fearless
September 14th, 2019

See it if if you have an open mind and courage to face the darkest aspects of racism in America. If you appreciate great writing and acting.

Don't see it if sexuality makes you uncomfortable. Or if you think theater = entertainment.

Also No, Broadway is SO not ready for Slave Play. And it’s a good thing: it... Read more Read less

100
Intense, Visionary, Thought-provoking, Profound, Must see
August 29th, 2019

See it if you are ready for a reimagining of an American classic that is perfect for times when the world is on fire.

Don't see it if you think you know how Rodgers & Hammerstein "should be done."

Also Tons of ink have been spilled – and rightly so – on the subject of the... Read more Read less

90
Midsummer: A Banquet
Greenwich V
Delicious, Hilarious, Great acting, Great staging
August 12th, 2019

See it if you enjoy unconventional productions of Shakespeare and appreciate good food (although do no t come hungry!)

Don't see it if you want your Shakespeare by the book and in proscenium setting and your food meat-heavy.

Also I loved Third Rail Productions for Then She Fell and followed them aro... Read more Read less

80
Rinse, Repeat
Midtown W
Intense, Resonant, Great writing
August 12th, 2019

See it if you don't look for entertainment - this is not a feel-good play. You'll walk away satisfied if you appreciate intense, character-driven work

Don't see it if you can't stomach intense and difficult interpersonal relationship, deep and honest look at a misunderstood disease, or wince at nudity,

Also A very powerful text with less-than-ideal execution. The message of th... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Tender Napalm
Soho/Tribeca
Ambitious, Confusing, Underdirected, Overwritten
July 21st, 2019

See it if you have the patience for a slow burn. Confusing as it is, it's also strangely rewarding.

Don't see it if you can't handle edgy, sexually-charged material or have no appreciation for intimate productions.

Also I'm a patient viewer open to the weirdness and experiment but after 80... Read more Read less

100
Fairview
Brooklyn
Relevant, Riveting, Masterful, Must see, Thought-provoking
July 16th, 2019

See it if you live in America. Not since THE OCTOROON has the NYC stage seen anything as powerful and on-point when it comes to discussing race.

Don't see it if you can't handle fractured narratives or strobe lights. Also, if you don't want to be called out on your white priviledge.

Also Holy cow. I saw the show twice, a week apart, and it completely swept ... Read more Read less

94
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Relevant, Great singing, Great writing, Must see, Thought-provoking
June 10th, 2019

See it if you appreciate less fluffy musical theater that reveals something important about experiences different from your own.

Don't see it if you too skirmish to handle X-rated language and provocative content

Also I usually steer off musical theatre because most of it is fluff - but ... Read more Read less

95
Queen of Hearts
Brooklyn
Spectacular, Sexy, Riveting, Intense, Entertaining
May 25th, 2019

See it if you're ready for three hours of no-holds-barred, intense, edgy, high-octane entertainment of the highest order

Don't see it if you're easily offended by naked flesh or a racy joke, or can't stand loud music

Also Wow. Thank you Show-score for getting me the best seat in the house - ... Read more Read less

90
Adaku's Revolt
Lower E Side
Great design, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Enchanting
March 20th, 2019

See it if you appreciate complex, movement-based storytelling and amazing stage design

Don't see it if you prefer simpler, linear stories and don't care for dance theatre

Also Okwui Okpakwasilli got the MacArthur "genius" grant this year and for ... Read more Read less

74
Operating Systems
Lower E Side
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Ambitious
March 10th, 2019

See it if you care about #MeeToo issues and appreciate theater that brings them front and center

Don't see it if you're looking for light entertainment

Also Gus Schulenburg's play is a real gem - timely, well-balanced, and fear... Read more Read less

57
Disappointing, Indulgent, Great acting, Ambitious
March 9th, 2019

See it if if you think it's important to see theater that makes you think about the role of science in today's world.

Don't see it if you are not prepared to sit through over two hours of very slow develoment.

Also I enjoyed very much Irondale Ensemble's productions in the past (espec... Read more Read less

97
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Relevant, Must see
October 20th, 2018

See it if you think that theater should be the mirror of its time. Also, if you are an American. A must-see if you are an American woman.

Don't see it if you are looking for escapism and fluff. Also if you can't handle the talk about domestic violence, violence against women and politics.

Also "Riveting" does not even begin to describe it. I'd like to think that ... Read more Read less

81
Hope
East Village
Great staging, Intense, Riveting, Edgy
September 26th, 2018

See it if you appreciate women's stories and modern, cinematic approach to staging

Don't see it if you are looking for a feel-good show.

Also It's not one of those stories one *enjoys*: what Hope Salas is talking... Read more Read less

91
The Emperor
Brooklyn
Epic, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking
September 23rd, 2018

See it if you like theater that will make you think and you appreciate great acting.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate small stagings and expect to be entertained rather than put outside your comfort zoene.

Also I was in my teens when I first lay my hands on a copy of Ryszard Kapuś... Read more Read less

91
Soundstage
Soho/Tribeca
Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Enchanting, Riveting
September 21st, 2018

See it if you are a fan of multimedia-infused theater. Also, if the name "David Lynch" gets you excited.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate nonlinear narratives and poetic approach to narration

Also MInd: blown. One of the most meticulous, magical productions that I ha... Read more Read less

60
During previews
An Ordinary Muslim
East Village
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Overwritten
February 19th, 2018

See it if you enjoy contemporary playwriting on a timely subject

Don't see it if you have no patience for overly indulgent writing and toxic masculinity

Also I really wanted to love this show - the subject is super-timely and re... Read more Read less

91
During previews
queens
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting
February 15th, 2018

See it if you appreciate the great contemporary writing – and especially bold and distinctive women's voices

Don't see it if Three hours seem too much of a commitment and you don't care about a story that focuses on immigrants

Also Martyna Majok is probably already one of the most celebrated playwrigh... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Mankind
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Edgy, Thought-provoking
December 22nd, 2017

See it if you can appreciate an edgy, razor-sharp, and timely satire

Don't see it if you get easily offended by mocking religion or traditionally-understood masculinity

Also A feminist play with no women in it? Hell yeah, I am sold. Robert O'Ha... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Raw Bacon from Poland
Lower E Side
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Great staging
June 2nd, 2017

See it if you can hab=ndle an intense drama that is not exactly a feel-good show but tells of something important and very real.

Don't see it if you expect to be entertained, lulled into the comfortable numbness, and fed silly lines all the time when you're in a theater.

Also When Fitzgerald said, "There are no second acts in the American lives,... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Quirky, Great acting
May 31st, 2017

See it if you can suspend your disbelief and buy the idea of a Brooklyn hipster composer falling for a dead Antarctic explorer. Music will do the rest

Don't see it if musical theatre is not your thing and the idea of a Brooklyn hipster composer falling for a dead Antarctic explorer gives you cold feet.

Also I'm not a musical person (unless it's Ars Nova), so I was taken by sur... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Building the Wall
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Unsettling, Timely
May 13th, 2017

See it if you dare to imagine where our country will be in two years from now if things continue the way they are going.

Don't see it if theater for you equals entertainment.

Also It's been a long while since I left the theater so upset. Not that the... Read more Read less

70
Our Trojan War
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Uneven
April 24th, 2017

See it if you enjoy modern adaptations of teh classics

Don't see it if you expect a Broadway-style, linear production

80
Samara
Midtown W
Clever, Great staging, Great acting, Thought-provoking
April 24th, 2017

See it if you enjoyed Cormack McCarthy's novels and feel like more of the same in the experimental theater setting. Also, if you love Paul Lazar.

Don't see it if you need your theater linear, your characters true to life, and your staging traditional.

Also I can't understand why so much vitriol in the negative reviews here! S... Read more Read less

90
¡Figaro! (90210)
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Funny, Great singing
April 12th, 2017

See it if you appreciate a pinch of hip-hop in your Mozart and a dash of current politics in your Beaumarchais.

Don't see it if you can only digest your opera if it's by-the book, starched, hot-pressed, manicured and carefully checked for any modern additions.

Also Political? Yes. Sexy? You bet; even raunchy at times, but wasn't Beaum... Read more Read less

87
The Terrifying
Lower E Side
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Great staging, Great writing
April 6th, 2017

See it if "Penny Dreadful" meets "Waiting for Godot" is your idea of good theater

Don't see it if you expect naturalistic acting in a metaphorical tale, or can't tolerate the same actors playing multiple roles (sometimes in the same scene

Also Julia Jarcho's gloom fairytale about the monster who feeds not only on... Read more Read less

77
Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking
April 6th, 2017

See it if you are interested in a musical that is not fluff and draws from a powerful true story

Don't see it if "musical" equals "high production value" for you. Also, if you get easily tired of the Southern accent.

Also An interesting venture into more traditional theater by downtown team ... Read more Read less

50
Chess Match No. 5
Midtown W
Brainy, Overwritten, Great acting, Banal
March 22nd, 2017

See it if you love Will Bond and Ellen Lauren so much you wouldn't miss anything they are in.

Don't see it if you have no patience for brainy plays with a lot of text and not much of action.

Also I really wanted to love a SITI Company show about John Cage but walked... Read more Read less

85
Steve of Tomorrow
Greenwich V
Clever, Funny, Great staging
March 18th, 2017

See it if you appreciate inventive low-budget staging combined with thoughtful content, delivered with humor and gusto.

Don't see it if production value is the most important thing for you.

Also An apocalyptic dark sci-fi comedy with hi-tech puppets: what's not to ... Read more Read less

76
Home/Sick
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking
March 15th, 2017

See it if you care about artivism and appreciate the provocative writing, great ensemble acting, unusual staging, and political content.

Don't see it if you have no patience for long works and devised theatre and no interest in the misguided revolutionaries.

Also Who could have thought that a piece about the Weather Underground can ... Read more Read less

30
During previews
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Overproduced, Overrated
March 11th, 2017

See it if you believe David Byrne can do no wrong. (And even then prepare to be generous.)

Don't see it if you have great expectations for the stage that gave you Hamilton.

Also I really wanted to love this show - as a David Byrne fan, as a feminis... Read more Read less

92
The Object Lesson
East Village
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Masterful, Thought-provoking
March 10th, 2017

See it if you expect magic from your theater experience and want a show to leave you thinking about your own life.

Don't see it if you can't handle nontraditional setting and expect linear action.

Also "Brilliant" just the way to describe it. I went because I enjoy David ... Read more Read less

96
Beardo
Brooklyn
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Must see
February 24th, 2017

See it if you can take your Rasputin story with outrageously funny lines, amazing music and unconventional setting. Also, if you are a Dave Malloy fan

Don't see it if you get easily offended by strong language and simulated sex acts.

Also Few things recently gave me such joy as this production. From the funn... Read more Read less

87
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Excruciating, Dark
February 5th, 2017

See it if you appreciate a very dark comedy and truly exemplary writing and acting.

Don't see it if have trouble understanding Irish accent or can't live without a happy ending.

Also As excruciating as it was hilarious, it is an amazing piece of theater... Read more Read less

76
Anna Christie
East Village
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Thought-provoking
December 16th, 2016

See it if you want to see O'Neill's feminist side, presented by a truly remarkable cast. Also, if you enjoy seeing strong female characters on stage.

Don't see it if You don't relate to the idea that a 1922 play can still be relevant and fresh.

100
Enchanting, Riveting, Hilarious, Great staging, Great singing
December 16th, 2016

See it if you like amazing true stories, great songs sang by amazing performers, and out-of-the-box staging ideas

Don't see it if A one-man show is not your idea of a satisfying theatre presentation.

60
No Exit
Soho/Tribeca
Disappointing, Confusing, Great singing, Great acting
September 21st, 2016

See it if you are a hardcore fan of NO EXIT.

Don't see it if you think that Sartre's brilliant play will not be improved by adding a few random arias.

Also The opera-infused version of Sartre's existentialist classic is, sadly... Read more Read less

77
Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Funny, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing, Clever
July 19th, 2016

See it if ...you love Rachel Chavkin and her fresh, quirky, unexpected interpretations - here combined with an excellent text

Don't see it if you have no patience for First World problems.