Kate FC

Chicago | 35-49 | Female
About:  mostly a musical theatre fan, particularly drawn to pretty things and thought-provoking things -- even better when they overlap. currently obsessed with Sleep No More.
Reviews (84)
During previews
Soaring beautiful concert, Bleak flawed play

See it if You don’t mind if your folk revival is punctuated by a mess of scenes with characters you don’t quite care about.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a jukebox musical. This is more of a play with songs presented as a foil / counterpoint / complement to the plot.

Atmospheric, Indulgent, Ruth negga!

See it if you want to see a compelling portrayal of Hamlet--I loved Ruth Negga's physicality and interpretation. I enjoyed the staging and lighting.

Don't see it if you can't sit still in a semi-comfortable chair with no armrests for 3.5 hours. also, the sound design was annoying/distracting.

The Enigmatist
Absorbing, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if you like nerdy things like crossword puzzles, scrabble, historical stories of cryptographers... and also mental magic.

Don't see it if you don't want to participate in your entertainment; you don't care about magic.

Resonant, Great staging, Great songs

See it if you're a fan of folk rock that flirts and fuses beautifully with other genres; you want to get swept up into a story

Don't see it if Orpheus is your hero (his character and its portrayal feel a little meh)

Also I love a lot of the changes since NYTW and London. I have finally embr... Read more Read less

Adequate acting, Insipid writing, Great songs

See it if you want to muse on the changing music scene from the late 50s to 70s; you like considering back story that accompanies lyrics

Don't see it if you couldn't care less about Carole King; you dislike jukebox musicals; you can't ignore bad writing;

Also Jessica Keenan Wynn was a standout. The rest of the cast was fine, but... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Original, Relevant, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you love a cappella; you have a complicated relationship with technology; you liked ghost quartet

Don't see it if you want big production value; you want to fully grasp everything that's going on

Also I really liked this, but if you put me in a room with a cappella close... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great costumes, Strong singing, Unapologetic

See it if You want something that's fun and high energy (it's not so successful when it tries to be serious)

Don't see it if you couldn't care less about Cher; you don't do jukebox shows; you will be annoyed at unsubtle, somewhat redundant moral messages

Entertaining, Solid, Fluffy

See it if you loved the movie but won't be sad if some of the more serious / meaningful aspects of the movie are lost

Don't see it if you don't care about teen issues; are looking for a great score

Pop Punk High
Greenwich V
Entertaining, Fun, Enthusiastic acting

See it if You like Green Day, Avril Lavigne, etc., and want to reminisce about the early 00s; you want to watch performers enjoying themselves

Don't see it if You want something serious, sit quietly, see a fully-staged musical.

Also The opening act is a pop punk band - the venue was plenty spacious to ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you win cheap tickets; you love Jimmy Buffett; you like jukebox musicals and don't mind superficial, predictable plotting

Don't see it if you want something thought-provoking, surprising, or innovative. and it's okay to not want these things once in a while!

Relevant, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you want a glimpse into the lives of many different characters and their relationships with equal parts humor and thought provoking moments

Don't see it if you want a linear, plotted story - this is a show of short, sometimes-connected vignettes

During previews
Hundred Days
East Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Concert-like

See it if You like the idea of understanding the backstory of a folk punk relationship and the music it might inspire

Don't see it if You want traditional musical with dancing, changing sets, etc. This is basically in the style of a band's set.

Also Beautiful sound design. Folks who like indie, folk, punk, close harmon... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Original, Subtle, Charming

See it if you're looking for a glimpse into human connections; reads more like a play with music than a musical

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional, plot driven, straightforward show

Ambitious, Original, Slow

See it if you're interested in performances from a non-Western tradition; you enjoy folk stories; you want to support diversity in theater

Don't see it if you're looking for traditional musical - this is more a drama with songs, and the songs feel distinctly Asian with English lyrics

Jerry's Girls
Midtown E
Entertaining, Light, Minimal staging

See it if you like musical revues or Jerry Herman; you want something simple and straightforward for a couple of hours

Don't see it if you want staging, plot, character development ... anything other than songs

Also The level of prep/familiarity seemed higher for some actors and some s... Read more Read less

Slow, Entertaining, Unique staging

See it if you'd like to be guided through the backstage areas of a theatre while experiencing vignettes of character stories

Don't see it if you want more freedom to explore in your immersive theater; you're looking for concrete plot or character development

During previews
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Pretty

See it if you love Philippa Soo; you like pretty songs but don't mind them all sounding the same; you like a simple love story

Don't see it if you loved the movie and want something similarly magical and quirky; you can't sit for 2 hours without an intermission

Also Some songs didn't really seem necessary, some plot threads need to be ... Read more Read less

Charming, Fun, Funny

See it if You're a Harry Potter fan; you're looking for low budget, light hearted frivolity. The ensemble cast seems very invested in making it fun.

Don't see it if You want the deeper life lessons and more serious side of the Potter world; you find it confusing when actors play multiple roles.

The Battles
West Village
Uneven, Indulgent, Slow, Disjointed

See it if You want to see a show with promise in its early development. A few catchy, smart lyrics and songs. Joel Perez was a standout.

Don't see it if You want to be moved by the relationships between characters. I was especially disappointed by the lack of chemistry.

Also I liked about 80% of the costumes (Machiavelli's coat!), 70% of the ca... Read more Read less

A Dog Story
Midtown W
Cute, Banal, Fluffy

See it if will feel satisfied with one well-acted character with some dimension (Miranda), in the midst of 3 flat ones; like romantic comedies

Don't see it if you can't get past an overly stereotypical chauvinistic best friend character (fine acting, just completely unlikeable); want any depth

Also why introduce a real dog at the end? totally ruined the illusion / the... Read more Read less

During previews
Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you aren't afraid of being drawn into the story, or charmed by the devil; you're interested a traditional folk story told in modern context

Don't see it if you can't understand people with accents; you want a traditional musical; you dislike folk tunes

During previews
Ride the Cyclone
West Village
Great singing, Ambitious, Uneven, Quirky

See it if you're into YA fiction; you like individual character studies (that don't always mesh into a full story); you like small shows

Don't see it if you don't appreciate original material; you want a long, epic story

Also saw it with an understudy as Ocean - curious how my opinions would cha... Read more Read less

During previews
Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious, Slow

See it if you love inventive staging and lighting; you're okay with feeling like part of the show; you appreciate opera-style musicals

Don't see it if you want your 4th wall intact; you prefer straightforward rhymes and melodies; you dislike Russian literature

Flight (FringeNYC)
West Village
Sweet, Graceful, Derivative

See it if You enjoy The Little Prince; you want to see something short and sweet; you don't need big production value

Don't see it if you want something that builds on The Little Prince - it's more a reimagining/pastiche than a continuation of/sequel to the work

Midtown W
Indulgent, Insipid, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You want clichés rolled into a spectacle with a few decent Cirque pieces interspersed. The singers are good but have nothing to work with.

Don't see it if You didn't win TodayTix lottery; you haven't seen everything else already; you care at all about lyrics or originality in the songs.

During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Relevant, Ambitious, Dizzying (in a mostly good way)

See it if you can handle a lot of sensory input all at once. I'd recommend mezzanine so video wall isn't too overwhelming.

Don't see it if you want something true to the original. you dislike modern dance. you can't accept that great dancers aren't always great singers/actors.

The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Underdeveloped, Strong dancing, Great singing

See it if you just want to hear some pretty (if redundant) songs and a masterful performance by Joshua Henry, esp given how little he has to work with

Don't see it if you're looking for a polished piece with any social relevance or cohesion.

Also lots of singing the same line over and over again, yet making signific... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like humor mixed with message; you are excited to give up your cell phone for 90 minutes

Don't see it if you're uninterested in queerness, neurodiversity, and comedy

Insipid plot, Cool lighting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see some energetic dances and some cool lighting concepts

Don't see it if you want to see a kung fu musical because it is nothing like that even though that's what it calls itself

Also I think this show would've been almost tolerable if they removed all t... Read more Read less

Kelli o'hara!, Great dancing, Dated

See it if you can overlook the meh and the sexism of the story itself and enjoy the songs, singing, and dancing

Don't see it if you prefer contemporary musicals (and world views)

Unique, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you love the show already and want to see it from a new perspective

Don't see it if you have no familiarity with the show and can't stand subtitles

During previews
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You're already familiar with the show (you'll be less confused by the backwards progression, actors doubling roles, etc.)

Don't see it if You want a large-scale production; you don't like how Fiasco does shows; you're not a Sondheim fan; you require happy resolution in shows

During previews
Entertaining, Clever writing, Clever staging

See it if you like a romantic comedy that does well with the small space and small company that it has to work with.

Don't see it if you want a big show with big, profound life lessons. this is light and interesting, but not much more.

Also Allie Trimm was especially impressive in inhabiting her different char... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great singing, Silly

See it if you're looking for a blend of operatic voices and song styles with low-brow humor and general silliness

Don't see it if you want serious theater; you're easily offended

Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy dialogue-driven character studies that reflect a heartbreaking moment in history

Don't see it if you can't sit still for long; you don't care about LGBTQ history

Midtown W
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You work at a college; you appreciate character development; you want to think about an issue from multiple perspectives

Don't see it if you need closure/resolution to feel satisfied by a show; you prefer large companies; you're triggered by sexual assault content

Red Roses, Green Gold
West Village
Entertaining, Fun, Great musicians

See it if You can ignore terrible sound design, a cheesy storyline, and overacting and appreciate the strong musicians and fan favorite Dead songs

Don't see it if You couldn't care less about the Dead

Also Sit in the orchestra level - some performers go into the audience and ... Read more Read less

Powerful, Intense, Great staging

See it if you like realistic drama about the dangers of addiction and familial relationships; you prefer smaller casts and simple yet powerful staging

Don't see it if you're triggered by addiction; you're looking for something light

Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Entertaining, Strong singing, Emily skinner!

See it if you appreciate mixtapes; you want nostalgia; you don't need a storyline. Worth it for Emily Skinner's masterful portrayals.

Don't see it if you care about scenic design (the sets were pretty uninspiring); you want every part to seem cast perfectly (impossible w/in small company).

Also The last (and only original) song was disappointing. It was fun thinki... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you don't mind less elaborate (but fun) staging; you love the show; you want to see a great cast perform the show

Don't see it if you want to hear every word (no mikes - sometimes you'll miss things, but if you know the show well, it won't matter)

Also I sat in row F and it was perfect in terms of seeing a lot of action (... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you can appreciate a meditation on one person's artistic process; you're looking for a subtle, moving show

Don't see it if you want something loud or big; you dislike Sondheim's style

Absorbing, Delightful, Refreshing, Great ensemble cast

See it if you want an uplifting show that has the potential to be overly cheesy but errs just on the side of not overdoing it

Don't see it if you dislike it when actors play multiple characters; you don't like human interest stories

During previews
Clever, Fun, Pretty

See it if you enjoyed the movie; you appreciate irreverent humor (the one-liners became a highlight of the show for me). Andy Karl was great.

Don't see it if repetition bothers you; you want to care about more characters than the lead - the rest aren't developed much

Also I wasn't emotionally moved by this show the way I am by the movie. I t... Read more Read less

The Oregon Trail
Upper W Side
Quirky, Slow, Good acting

See it if You are, were, or are responsible for an angst-ridden child of the early 90s, or would enjoy a character study of one.

Don't see it if You don't care about privileged young person problems. You want the show to effectively draw on the computer game in meaningful ways.

Energetic cast, Strong writing, Touching, Engaging

See it if you enjoy Jonathan Larson's work; you appreciate inside references to other musicals; you can enjoy a small cast

Don't see it if you dislike rock musicals; you don't care about 90s themes

The Humans
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Engaging, Great acting

See it if you want a realistic and moving drama of the everyday from well-drawn, diverging points of view united by a family bond

Don't see it if 'grown up' themes make you uncomfortable; you're facing a lot of your own familial/generational tensions and want to escape from them

During previews
In Transit
Midtown W
Fun, Predictable, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate a cappella; you care about NYC culture; you like character arcs. it's kind of like if/then without the 2nd story line.

Don't see it if you're looking for depth or surprises. i could guess the ending by the 3rd scene. still worth it for beatboxing and some good performances.

Also try the TodayTix lottery - that's how I got my ticket. worth it for 40... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Dated, Great singing, Important

See it if you want a few strong songs; you're passionate about LGBTQ issues/history; you love Finn musicals

Don't see it if you want great chemistry among actors (it felt a little forced - maybe b/c i saw it early); you've seen it before (nothing feels that new)

Amazing dancing, Beautiful music, Flat characters, Visually lovely, Dated

See it if You want pretty dancing and Gershwin

Don't see it if You prefer feminism in your shows; you find ballet boring

Then She Fell
Delightful, Absorbing, Innovative, Intimate

See it if You like your immersive theatre curated for you; you enjoy story told through dance and movement; you enjoy being part of your show

Don't see it if You need to see everything in one go; you want to be shown rather than brought into your theater experience; you need dialogue or linearity