Karen 8052

Brooklyn

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Reviews (50)
85
Imminently Yours
East Village
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in unusual subject matter and enjoy seeing wonderful older actors work - fascinating take on this post slavery community

Don't see it if If you are not interested in supporting a great institution - NEC and want a completely polished theatre experience

69
Selkie
East Village
Ambitious, Confusing, Quirky

See it if You are interested in a writer's take on the Selkie legend

Don't see it if You don't want to see a rather jumpy piece that meanders a bit and needs editing

68
During previews
R.R.R.E.D.
Gramercy
Clever, Great singing, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if You are happy enough with greatly talented singers. It certainly had energy and pep. The performers were likable.

Don't see it if You need a good solid story line along with the great singing. This just didn’t until the last 15 minutes or so. They tried really hard.

94
Ambitious, Great acting, Dizzying, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if Baba Brinkman is a genius and a warm one at that. He is a force of nature, consciousness and most theatrical. Inventive and instructive

Don't see it if If you are a fuddy duddy.

Also While a lot of the information went over my head as I am not a science... Read more Read less

79
First Love
West Village
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You love good acting and beautiful writing and poetic references and like a quirky love story. Michael O'Keefe is phenomenal

Don't see it if If you need big shows to peak and keep your interest.

80
Red Hills
Financial
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a different kind of theatre experience - and a subject matter that is heartbreaking and gives one great pause to think

Don't see it if You are uninterested in the Rwandan genocide and do not have a certain patience for storytelling.

Also An extremely creative space to witness this story in and we are very c... Read more Read less

79
Life Among the Aryans
Lower E Side
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Clever, Slow

See it if You are willing to sit thru some slow bits to get to the very original main story. Some of it is hilarious and dazzling.

Don't see it if You are not patience with a cast that is very uneven - from terrific acting to non actors struggling mightily

96
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You are a Sondheim fan, or have never seen this show - it's a fantastic rendition of it. And, love seeing a musical fully stages w/out mikes

Don't see it if If you are so narrow that you only like to see big splashy shows on Broadway. Or don't like musicals at all

Also APAC has always produced top notch musicals (straight plays too, but t... Read more Read less

79
Paradise Blue
Midtown W
Great staging, Great acting, Cliched, Dated

See it if You want to follow one of the important female writers of our time. The acting is mostly excellent. And the set is terrific

Don't see it if You don't have patience for a play that may feel dated, . Even though themes might be relevant, it felt as if they had not been

Also I wanted so much to be enthusiastic about this play- but I had mixed f... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if If you are an O'Neill fan. the Ensemble is excellent with some stand out performances - especially David Morse. The atmosphere is palpable

Don't see it if You don't have patience for very long plays about sad topics.

Also Some of the dialogue was difficult to understand and I was sitting in ... Read more Read less

86
We Are A Masterpiece
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Intense

See it if If you want to see a very human story of person to person caring during a time when people acted our of fear and were mostly ignoring people

Don't see it if Another play about AIDS is not your thing.

Also The writing is just beautiful - it is an important and deeply human st... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Dutch Masters
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Intense, Resonant

See it if A two hander with guys with talent oozing out of their pores appeals to you, great direction and surprising plot turns appeals to you.

Don't see it if It might seem slow to get into for some, but worth the wait - may create a lot of tension in some that is uncomfortable

Also This had me on the edge of my seat - and just when I was wondering whe... Read more Read less

94
Dido of Idaho
Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if You like a great play by a newish playwright in an intimate space (99 seats) and great acting and story Set was impressive and the writing!!

Don't see it if You thrive only on big musicals. That is really the only thing I can think of. This is great theatre.

Also The intelligence and understanding behind the writing of this play is ... Read more Read less

92
The Amateurs
Gramercy
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if Sorry this has closed - it was most engaging and subject matter was meaningful. Wonderful to look at too technically.

Don't see it if You are not willing to go into a different century and then move into our current times and back again.

99
During previews
Feeding the Dragon
West Village
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Ambitious, Must see

See it if You like one person plays that have heart, intelligence, great storytelling, multiple well drawn characters, wonderful actor, great visuals

Don't see it if You do not like a beautiful one woman show that tells a moving story of a little girl growing up and the complexities of such.

Also Rarely have I seen such a beautiful play- Sharon Washington has such w... Read more Read less

89
Ambitious, Great staging, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in post- apartheid S.A. Talented company created this piece. You want to be moved yet again by young people's activism.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in the subject matter. Don't like simple ensemble work.

Also To be honest, I was in the top row and had a hard time hearing some of... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Babette’s Feast
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You enjoy seeing great ensemble work. The actors are all very talented and versatile. Some sing and are excellent. Staging creative

Don't see it if You don't like seeing sort of story theatre and ensemble work and want large scale sets and so forth.

Also This is a beautiful piece of work - costumes, simple set pieces, stagi... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if This story was completely engaging to me - the complications of moral ambiguity applies to all. Nuanced writing, snappy dialogue, great sets

Don't see it if You don't like a good straight play that gets you thinking about how you have lived your life in your decisions of how to behave with others

Also Really, this is what I call great theatre. The way the story unfolds i... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Education
Midtown E
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You enjoy a sort of expressionistic language expression exploring artistic freedom, repression, power plays. Poetry/rap slam. Plot had me.

Don't see it if you are not at all interested in the politics of artistic expression, education, young people.

Also This play is mostly excellent - could use some editing here and there.... Read more Read less

85
A Soldier's Play
East Village
Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You like layered writing that reveals the outcome little by little and in the process involves you in a complex way that characters respond

Don't see it if You want a laugh a minute show

Also The play is a classic and excellent. The acting was a little uneven in... Read more Read less

87
During previews
The Low Road
East Village
Clever, Edgy, Great staging, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy sweeping epic theatre - this has many surprising and wild turns it is engaging -

Don't see it if You can't concentrate when language is key and sometimes the writing is too much to stay with

Also A very fresh play very worth seeing and I was on the edge of my seat a... Read more Read less

59
Clever, Disappointing, Great singing, Fluffy, Great staging

See it if You are in the mood for visual circus and wild costumes and sets. The dancing is terrific. Interesting to hear the composers contributions.

Don't see it if You yearn for an engaging story and something meaningful and memorable in your theatre going.

Also If it weren't for the truly genius sets and costumes this show would b... Read more Read less

79
Delightful, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You have never seen the great Mark Rylance onstage and like the singing of countertenors. It's visually enchanting.

Don't see it if You have seen everything the great Mark Rylance has done - this adds not much to his repertoire and the play is rather unengaging

Also That said, the device to use the singer to draw the king out of his da... Read more Read less

73
Delightful, Cliched, Funny, Quirky, Great singing

See it if You enjoy seeing a bunch of insanely talented kids sing and play instruments - and are an old rock fan. It's funny and loud, real Broadway

Don't see it if You really want something quiet and meaningful. It's loud!

94
Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Dizzying, Great singing

See it if You like opera and the unlikely combination of low popular culture meeting high culture.

Don't see it if You are at all offended by "language" and don't appreciate the hilarity of mixing it up

80
Noura
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if The show has now closed but I was so glad I saw it. I learned about Iragi immigration Acting was excellent and many surprises in the writine

Don't see it if Family dramas are not interesting to you

81
During previews
The Naturalists
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if It's a good story, well drawn characters who I cared about. Irish writing interests me.

Don't see it if You might not like the overly realistic style. And I had trouble understanding them about 20% of the time. They were too casual in places.

52
Elephant
Lower E Side
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Overrated

See it if You have much patience for an interesting story dramatized in a broad way. Subject is important telling the story of a child in a brothel.

Don't see it if It was so hot in the theatre - if you can't tolerate that heat, don't even go. Perhaps it was a bad night for the A/C. The acting is spotty

Also The acting ranged from believable to irritating, and there was a lot o... Read more Read less

84
Little Rock
East Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want to see the soul of the Little Rock Nine brought to life - are interested in how that can be done theatrically, great singing

Don't see it if You have no interest in the subject matter - otherwise you need to see this though it is not perfect.

Also Early in the first act, I wondered about the way the students were bei... Read more Read less

81
Exquisita Agonia
Gramercy
Absorbing, Entertaining, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if You are intrigued by a story about a heart recipient and the woman who cannot let her husband go. The acting was excellent on the whole.

Don't see it if If you don't like hearing things in another language - although the surtitles were easy to read.

Also Loved hearing this gorgeous language even though I cannot understand i... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Carmen Jones
East Village
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great singing, Masterful

See it if You are intrigued with how Hammerstein adapted CARMEN for an Black company and you love great singing and the music from CARMEN

Don't see it if If you don't like opera. Otherwise I cannot think of a reason not to see it.

Also It's wonderful to hear/see opera in a small space usually I go to the ... Read more Read less

95
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are interested in hearing a wide range of POVs of women today and want to see great acting and dancing in an unusual setting

Don't see it if You dont want to connect to what women are feeling and experiencing today

Also This piece of theatre took me by surprise in some ways - starting with... Read more Read less

82
Funny, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You love a good laugh, great choreography, enjoy the SNL sense of humor

Don't see it if You want a deeper story and you can't take a lot of energy and non stop action

Also I had so much fun at this show, but wished it had more songs that held... Read more Read less

98
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Must see, Masterful

See it if The writing is brilliant, both hilariously funny and deeply touching, smart, themes are meaningful, staging great, set beautiful.

Don't see it if You are super conservative in your theatre taste.

Also To me, this is one of the best straight plays I have seen all year. Th... Read more Read less

93
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if Very original, see if you like smaller theaters with terrific scripts and sets, plays about something you may now nothing about

Don't see it if You only like big shows, or musicals.

Also This is one of those gems we theatre lovers hope for. A wonderful ense... Read more Read less

89
For a previous production
Masterful, Great staging, Edgy, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if You want to see actors take huge truthful chances and succeed in going very far. The premise is involving and relevant to our time

Don't see it if If you want a safer strictly entertaining light evening. It's in an intimate theatre which may not be for everyone

Also Some of the actors are absolute genius. The first act rolls along fabu... Read more Read less

91
During previews
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You are interested in truly moving story about a girl traumatized by a friend's death & like realistic stories portrayed theatrically

Don't see it if You are not willing to enter into the painful world of children being killed in school - though we never are in the school.

Also I found this to be an extremely moving play. The relationships were em... Read more Read less

72
Dogs of Rwanda
Chelsea
Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy being told a unique story. A beautiful atmosphere was created on the small stage. The actor very good indeed -

Don't see it if You have no patience for a one man play about an unusual and violent story in Rwanda

78
Yerma
Upper E Side
Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing, Intense, Overrated

See it if You don't mind it not being much at all Lorca esque. On its own - it's great acting, technically amazing as is Billy Piper/

Don't see it if You are expecting it to be more than very loosely based on the great Lorca's Yerma and don't mind an implausible story

Also In spite of knowing that this was an updated version of Yerma which I ... Read more Read less

81
During previews
The Stone Witch
Midtown W
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You are drawn in by a good story about an isolated writer who is opportunistic and uses a young writer until.....

Don't see it if If you don't like getting pull into dark sides of life and have no interest in children's books

Also This plays has grown so much since I saw it in summer of 2015 in Stock... Read more Read less

69
The Whore From Ohio
West Village
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Raunchy, Great acting

See it if You have patience for a show that needs to be cut by about 1/3. I saw it in Yiddish and that had reminiscence value for me.

Don't see it if You don't care about an old man who is bemoaning his impotence for 90". The other life issues are dealt with too late and not in proportion.

Also This company is admirable and they do excellent work but this one is j... Read more Read less

80
The Labor of Life
East Village
Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You are interested in seeing a play in Yiddish that seems as if Anton Chekhov could have written it

Don't see it if You are not interested in a 3 character play about a man angsting about life and wanting to leave his wife

Also I found this play to be very engaging - the acting was terrific and as... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Shakespeare's Will
Soho/Tribeca
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You are willing to enter into an interpretation of his life and his wife's life that seems unreal.

Don't see it if You know a lot about Shakespeare and don't want to sit through a possibly untrue version of his life and don't like slow one person shows.

Also There were some engaging things about this piece and the effort was co... Read more Read less

79
An Ordinary Muslim
East Village
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow

See it if You become absorbed by family dramas. The context of the family being Muslim in England makes it special. I learned a lot

Don't see it if You want something edgy and hilarious

Also The writing was very good, as was the acting, directing and the set wh... Read more Read less

77
Cliched, Delightful, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You want a trip into the past and love that doo-op sound to begin with. The story is very engaging but some of it is undeveloped.

Don't see it if You need deeply developed characters and truly excellent songs in your musicals

Also It really is a good story in spite of my criticism. Lots of lessons he... Read more Read less

78
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Cliched, Great singing, Overrated, Insipid

See it if You like stories about friendships and comraderie.

Don't see it if You are offended by a doctor and patient having a relationship.

90
Ambitious, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love stories that include the gods and myth - and an enchanting island atmosphere and beautiful music

Don't see it if You have problems with stories onstage that are more fables rather than realism.

Also The talent on this stage is staggering and the way they created the is... Read more Read less

79
Relevance
West Village
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are engaged in the current discussion of race and feminism in our country and don't mind seeing characters who are deeply flawed.

Don't see it if You have no patience for seeing the worst (almost) of human beings onstage and want to come away from the theatre uplifted.

100
Enchanting, Great staging, Great writing, Exquisite, Must see

See it if You are moved by beautiful acceptance of cultural exchange, unlikely people making friends. Story lines are utterly human, music exquiste

Don't see it if You have a shred of anti-semitism or anti- Arab - or cannot tolerate quiet moments and reality onstage

93
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You like excellent acting, mystery in writing and an honest portrayal of a severely disturbed person

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with ambiguity and threatening behavior, and somewhat explicit sexual material