Karen 65f4cc7c

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Reviews (47)
95
Eureka Day
Soho/Tribeca
Great writing, Great acting, Biting, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if brilliant satirical treatment of the breakdown of polite liberal behavior under duress can make you howl with glee

Don't see it if you are a liberal who can't cop to the fact that sometimes we can be douchey, opinionated and hard to take

Also SO brilliant. SO much fun. SUCH great actors. I recognized every singl... Read more Read less

80
Make Believe
Midtown W
Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to see some phenomenally good child actors

Don't see it if you are tired of Dysfunctional Family Dramas

Also The children in the first half of the play were absolutely terrific. T... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Impressive, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you're a Joyce nut

Don't see it if you aren't.

Also Memorizing 75 minutes' worth of Molly Bloom's monologue - the "Penelop... Read more Read less

85
Intelligent, Back-to-basics, Enjoyable, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a purer, more grass-roots experience of the play

Don't see it if you only like your Broadway musicals to have glitz and razzle-dazzle

Also Minimalist set; beautifully staged and presented. This was the first T... Read more Read less

45
Excruciating, Overrated, Puerile, Over-amped, Disappointing

See it if You're a young teen or a tween

Don't see it if you expect a Broadway show to be better than a big-budget high school production

Also Best part of the evening: theorizing origins of this musical. It's the... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you always knew you oughta like Chekhov, but wished he'd lighten up a tad so you COULD.

Don't see it if the phrase "Life is real, Life is earnest, and the Grave is not its goal" doesn't make you want to giggle, even a little.

Also Just delightful. Writer Aaron Posner has joined the exalted company of... Read more Read less

80
Intelligent, Well-researched, Provocative, Fast-paced, Well-acted

See it if you are a Lenny Bruce fan - this is as close to actually seeing him perform as you'll ever get.

Don't see it if you'd be unable to sit through reenactment of Lenny Bruce material that uses obscenities, the n-word & racial slurs to make a social point

Also Extremely well researched; I've read just about every Lenny Bruce bio ... Read more Read less

10
Fort Dicks
Midtown W
Disappointing, Insipid, Excruciating, Unfunny, Amateurish

See it if you love a cast member.

Don't see it if you can possibly avoid it.

Also I'm so sorry - I wish I could say something positive about this show. ... Read more Read less

50
Your Invisible Corset
Lower E Side
Confusing, Slow, Overwritten, Good actors, Insipid

See it if you like to support small theaters and a cast that tries hard with a less-than-inspiring script

Don't see it if you are irked by repetitious exposition and a muddled approach to feminist themes.

Also These poor actors. The script is simply not very good. You can see how... Read more Read less

79
Pop Punk High
Greenwich V
Clever, Great singing, Funny, Loud, Amusing book

See it if you like raunch, enjoy an appealing cast & a clever book, and have a good set of earplugs.

Don't see it if standing up for 2 hours or seeing an eight foot long pink plush penis would bother you.

Also Arrived at 6 - stated start time of show. Immediately realized there w... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Amusing, Entertaining

See it if you like to watch and hear Janet McTeer perform (as I do).

Don't see it if you are a stickler for accuracy in theater history.

Also Lovely revolving sets, and McTeer is delightful (of course). Not the c... Read more Read less

90
Dated, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see the best-performed version of this admittedly butt-numbing four hour drunkologue you are ever likely to experience

Don't see it if you hate O'Neill and his long-winded & fairly dated dialogue

Also I am so glad I went. Yes, it's tough to sit through an O'Neill play an... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Feeding the Dragon
West Village
Intelligent, Funny, Nostalgic, New yorky, Warm-hearted

See it if You adore books, libraries, the Upper West Side, beautiful lighting and an intelligent, well-performed one-woman memoir piece.

Don't see it if you only like bling.

Also As an Upper West Sider who has been at the St. Agnes Library hundreds ... Read more Read less

50
Mother Lode
Chelsea
Banal, Disappointing, Good acting, Indulgent, Uninspiring

See it if you'd like to see a one-woman memoir piece, well-performed, that's a little over an hour long. Linda Haston does a good job w/ the material

Don't see it if you are hoping for great writing or an epiphany/interesting plot twist of any kind. Not the most harrowing Monster Mom tale you'll ever hear

30
Let There Be Stuff
East Village
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Banal, Uninspired

See it if you have friends or loved ones in the show

Don't see it if you don't.

Also There were a few genuinely funny moments. The play got off to a promis... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if you love Stephen McKinley Henderson, and don't mind that a lot of the dialogue is just soapboxing.

Don't see it if you expect character development instead of just talkity-talk.

Also It didn't lag, it was fun, and the actors did a good job. I would go w... Read more Read less

100
For a previous production
Delightful, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent, Clever

See it if you adore being surprised into shrieks of spontaneous mirth by a classic you thought you'd already seen/read all the juice out of.

Don't see it if you hate having fun and are absolutely determined to stay in a bad mood for the rest of your life.

95
Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Entertaining, Great dancing

See it if you love seeing an old-fashioned bonbon of a musical, with a top-notch cast singing and dancing their butts off.

Don't see it if you want irony or angst.

Also Saw it with Donna Murphy in the title role, and I can't imagine how Be... Read more Read less

92
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like crackling good acting and dialogue that, surprisingly, has not dated too terribly (considering the age of the play).

Don't see it if hearing the "N**" word casually uttered several times by some of the (white, Southern) characters would ruin it for you.

Also I saw Laura Linney as Regina, Cynthia Nixon as Birdie, and quite hones... Read more Read less

100
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if you love fast, brilliant, zingy dialogue, and don't mind occasionally squirming when reminded of a time you behaved in a patronizing manner.

Don't see it if you'd rather be home watching "Duck Dynasty."

Also I missed this first time around, all those years ago, and was always s... Read more Read less

4
Disappointing, Indulgent, Excruciating

See it if you like to see a woman in a maid's uniform dropping a lot of hints that she is doing something unusually perverse with her employer.

Don't see it if you object to having your hopes of titillating details finally being revealed in Act II dashed.

52
The Front Page
Midtown W
Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Cliched, Overrated

See it if you can stand waiting through all of Act I for Nathan Lane to finally enter. Once he does, it's worth the wait...but oh, what a long wait.

Don't see it if you want to preserve your fond memories of the days when John Goodman was an actor you actually wanted to watch.

100
Riveting, Great acting, Enchanting, Intense, Must see

See it if you've been disappointed by every other production you've ever seen & you want the magic of seeing it as if it had just been written.

Don't see it if you bring expectations that it has to be just like your high school production was, only with famous people in it, or you won't like it.

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you love seeing a classic Broadway musicals in wonderful, energetic revival & you like to hum the tunes all the way home.

Don't see it if you can only picture Zero Mostel as Tevye. He's dead, so this is not an option.

79
Little Gem
Chelsea
Entertaining, Intelligent, Clever, Great acting, Funny

See it if you'd enjoy a series of rapid-fire monologues that are occasionally very funny indeed

Don't see it if you'd be thrown by a format in which three actors take turns addressing the audience in long monologues, rather than each other

Also The title is something of a misnomer; the eponymous character never pu... Read more Read less

90
Douglas
Gramercy
Funny, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Incisive, Great writing

See it if you can get a ticket

Don't see it if you only want a retread of Nanette - new material here.

Also One of the best writer-performers I've seen. The show is a little unev... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Little Women
West Village
Occasional brilliance, Baffling, So much wtf, Disappointing

See it if you refuse to believe Kate Hamill could ever get it so wrong

Don't see it if you're able to take a warning

Also After "Vanity Fair" and "Pride & Prejudice" turned me into a voracious... Read more Read less

90
Loverly, Great singing, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you adore this musical and can't remember a time when you didn't know the words to all the songs

Don't see it if you want darkness & angst

Also It was delightful. I'd never seen it onstage before, and it was, in a ... Read more Read less

90
Occasionally odd, Charming, Great choreography, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if you love the musical and Kelli O'Hara's singing

Don't see it if it would bother you every now & then to think "I wish they hadn't changed that part."

Also The dancing is off the hooks, especially Corbin Bleu's tap-dancing fir... Read more Read less

95
Gatz
Greenwich V
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you've always found prior adaptations of Fitzgerald's masterpiece disappointing and couldn't quite articulate what was missing.

Don't see it if you can't sit in a theater seat for 6 hours. Pro tip: Move from the orchestra to the box seats for a perfect view and ample leg room.

Also The Elevator Repair Service's production of "Gatz" is the only success... Read more Read less

95
During previews
The Dead, 1904
Upper E Side
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great staging, Great singing, Must see

See it if you want to go to the best party in New York any lit nerd could ever dream of attending.

Don't see it if you hate Joyce or period pieces or interactive theater

Also This was one of my happiest theater nights ever. The staging was beaut... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Topical, Sad

See it if you want to see the legendary Elaine May in an exquisitely realized performance

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with "what do we do with our formerly independent & dynamic family member who now is old & makes us all all crazy?"

Also I can't say enough about how great Elaine May is as Gladys, the New Yo... Read more Read less

82
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Raunchy, Clever

See it if you enjoy lampoons, comically exaggerated mimicry, and a good-natured, high-energy performance.

Don't see it if you've never seen S&TC.

Also An entertaining, well-written and well-performed Cliff Notes version o... Read more Read less

95
For a previous production
Entertaining, Great staging, Dizzying, Hilarious, Must see

See it if you loved "Noises Off" and yearn for a giddy evening of expert slapstick.

Don't see it if you're in the mood for Chekhov.

Also There were two tall people sitting in front of us; my friend and I pla... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You are deeply familiar with the Albee play (as well as the works of Tennessee Williams) and love a rowdy, irreverent send-up.

Don't see it if You can't stand a disappointing second half after a play gets off to a promising start.

Also Roaringly funny first "act" (no intermissions), during which the autho... Read more Read less

92
During previews
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Dizzying, Hilarious

See it if you relish mistaken/assumed identity farces, brilliant wordplay, and the inimitable verbal pyrotechnics of David Ives

Don't see it if you dislike dialogue in rhymed couplets.

Also I always know I'm in for an excellent evening when David Ives involved... Read more Read less

95
Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Delightful

See it if you don't want to miss Mark Rylance creating an exquisitely-written role.

Don't see it if you hate brilliant writing and magnificent acting (or operatic singing. OK -there is that.)

95
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you'd love a well-told, witty, one-woman paean to the joys & frequent heartbreaks of doggedly pursuing the dream of being a working actor

Don't see it if you hate theater (but in that case, why would you even be in a theater?)

Also Zenobia Shroff delights, both as herself and as the multiplicity of ch... Read more Read less

100
Great singing, Brilliant, Hilarious, Genius, Must see

See it if you like laughing till your stomach hurts.

Don't see it if the possibility of laughing so hard you wet the seat makes you uncomfortable. Or if you're a Mormon and serious about it - then don't.

Also The only thing that took me this long was the cost of the tickets. Tha... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Disappointing, Insipid, Slow, Ambitious, Banal

See it if you want to magically extend your lifetime by making 90 minutes feel like 3 hours.

Don't see it if you've already read Jefferson, Dickens, and Tolstoy and you don't want an evening of the "for dummies" version & no surprises.

Also Whose idea was it to dress Charles Dickens like Gene Wilder playing Wi... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to learn a LOT about this important figure in American history and enjoy a powerful and passionate one-man performance

Don't see it if exposition bothers you. There's a lot of "then I went here" and "after that, I..."

Also Excellent performance by Brian Richardson, and a prodigious feat of me... Read more Read less

76
Sweetee
Midtown W
Great singing, Enthusiaistic cast, Silly book, Lovely music

See it if you can overlook the hackneyed, predictable plot, blah lyrics, and focus on the gorgeous voices & great tunes.

Don't see it if you hated "Bright Star" because this has many similarities. It, too, had a dumb plot & gorgeous music.

Also Go for the music. The cast is winsome and appealing; all have good voi... Read more Read less

95
Vanity Fair
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if the thought of a witty race through Thackeray at a dizzy speed that would appall the more ponderous Stanley Kubrick delights you

Don't see it if you'd be unduly distressed by contemporary dance moves/music that have nothing to do with the story..or by fart jokes.

Also This one is really fun. I'm a huge fan of Thackeray's most famous nove... Read more Read less

54
Dated, Disappointing, Funny

See it if you don't expect the title character to be the main character. And if you like real-looking people onstage, which made a nice change.

Don't see it if you can't stand sitting through a somewhat boring, though well-intentioned, first act for a somewhat peppier second one.

Also The actors were pretty good, and they all worked hard, but there just ... Read more Read less

100
¡Figaro! (90210)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great singing, Hilarious, Must see, Dizzying

See it if you love it when you never stop smiling from the very first moment of the play, except when you're belly-laughing. It's enchanting

Don't see it if you hate Mozart's music, even with a hilariously witty updated libretto, contemporary cultural references & plenty of raunch.

Also These were my first free Show Score tix, and I am thrilled to report t... Read more Read less

100
Delightful, Dizzying, Great staging, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you've ever endured an utterly excruciating literary conference with pretentious nitwits posing as scholars and thought "I'm in Hell."

Don't see it if you don't like laughing your head off. Seriously. Stay home and depress your loved ones.

95
The Gin Game
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you adore watching two redoubtable actors of legendary status have the time of their lives verbally sparring with one another.

Don't see it if slightly dated material and a somewhat predictable plot get under your skin.