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)
85
Absorbing, Great dancing

See it if You haven't seen this classic staged before. Acting/singing are a bit uneven but overall very good.

Don't see it if You don't have a sweater - the actors wear heavy layers and dance a lot so they keep the place really cold.

67
During previews
Entertaining, Strong singing, A bit overwrought

See it if You're with a middle schooler studying US history; don't mind somewhat cheesy songs. Shadings of Side Show, Titanic in the tone.

Don't see it if You want deep character development or any real staging at all; you think it's weird to see a musical in a nightclub space.

80
Matilda
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Great staging

See it if you need to entertain a young person - this would be a great intro to theater; you enjoyed the book or movie.

Don't see it if you want something serious.

98
Rent
Midtown W
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you can. Any production. Companies who do the show care a lot about it, and you'll always see the investment and emotion.

Don't see it if you have no interest in social issues.

79
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Sweet, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a great cast work in material that's not quite as good as they are - Jessie Mueller was compelling.

Don't see it if you want depth; you dislike pop musicals. It may help to listen to the recording first - a lot of the lyrics get lost in the sound design.

77
Dated, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like the story, want to see a diverse cast, like pretty things.

Don't see it if You're looking for something new or different. This feels traditional, but still a solid production.

85
The Woodsman
Midtown W
Beautiful, Intimate, Evocative

See it if You like innovative, emotion-driven performance pieces with sparse use of dialogue but beautiful expression and design

Don't see it if You need dialogue. So glad I tkts'ed this piece.

78
Tuck Everlasting
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great scenic design, Bland songs

See it if You're with a middle grader and have seen everything else that's family-friendly. The set and last 10 minutes redeemed the show for me.

Don't see it if You want depth, challenge - anything beyond a pleasing couple of hours of pretty.

87
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Edgy, Hilarious, Original

See it if you haven't yet. Unique and fun, nostalgic for younger days in a clever and irreverent way.

Don't see it if puppet sex freaks you out.

78
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Ambitious, Epic, Absorbing, Informative, Important

See it if you want to see some huge talent who are clearly invested in the show. There are a couple of breathtaking wall-of-sound moments. Plus Audra.

Don't see it if you get bored with historical pieces. It feels anticlimactic and act two was especially messy when I saw it in previews. May be better now.

93
Irreverent, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if you want laugh out loud fun with some bite to it

Don't see it if you're easily offended

74
Allegiance
Midtown W
Relevant, Original, Disappointing

See it if you must see all Lea Salonga shows; you want to support diversity of stories and casts

Don't see it if you don't care about the issues - it's not compelling enough to merit seeing otherwise

75
Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Cliched, Funny, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if you like big, elaborate productions; you like theatre that references theatre

Don't see it if you prefer subtle humor or deep messages

80
Bright Star
Midtown W
Delightful, Original, Entertaining

See it if you like bluegrass, don't mind a Hallmark-ish storyline, enjoy a strong female lead

Don't see it if you want heavy drama and seriousness, have trouble suspending disbelief/cynicism, dislike folk music

88
For a previous production
Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you liked curious incident or next to normal, you work with high schoolers, you like intimate shows

Don't see it if you'll be uncomfortable with a show that centers on suicide / being different

92
Great acting, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy thinking about identity

Don't see it if you only like big, high production value shows

80
Funny, Great sets

See it if You want something sweet and not too complex.

Don't see it if You want heavy drama.

88
Absorbing, Intimate, Stylized, Great singing

See it if You like close harmonies in a folksy, bluesy take on a classic tragedy. Could see this transferring successfully.

Don't see it if You want high production value, comfortable chairs, or an original reimagining.

80
If/Then
Midtown W
Absorbing, Confusing, Original, Romantic

See it if you liked the movie "Sliding Doors"; you have the energy to follow two story lines at once. The music has grown on me over listens.

Don't see it if seeing a remix of Rent cast / story ideas is unappealing; you hate belt songs. The sound design made everything seem Very Loud.

86
Absorbing, Epic, Must see

See it if you haven't yet. This revival wasn't my favorite that I've seen, but it still resonated.

Don't see it if you've seen it already.

82
Noises Off
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Hilarious, Fast-paced

See it if you like ensembles who seem to be having a ton of fun together; you appreciate sight gags; you like plays about/within plays

Don't see it if you want something serious / that takes itself seriously

97
Great acting, Epic, Resonant, Riveting

See it if You like powerful female leads, moving performances, crying at musicals. Headley and Erivo some at the head of a great ensemble.

Don't see it if You need elaborate set design. This strips almost everything away and focuses in on the gorgeous performances.

86
Energetic, Uplifting, Great acting

See it if You want to smile at a story of acceptance and celebration of difference. The original cast was great.

Don't see it if LGBT issues make you uncomfortable

52
The Crucible
Midtown W
Emotionally empty, Slow, Confusing

See it if You like this director or this work; you like trying to dissect imagery

Don't see it if You want to be drawn into the story or set. It all felt pretty stagnant to me, and I never felt like I cared about the characters.

95
Edgy, Masterful, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if you enjoy character study, rock musicals, high energy, lgbtq portrayals. Especially see it if NPH or JCM ever come back to it.

Don't see it if you're homophobic; you prefer big companies.

76
Enchanting, Delightful, Great staging, Original

See it if you want a less intense intro to immersive theatre than Sleep No More

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable interacting with the cast and audience; you dislike sand; you need linear plot and control of your experience

90
Ambitious, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if you want to see the best of the Disney musicals

Don't see it if you hate puppetry

65
Fluffy, Silly

See it if you want something that makes fun of itself; you need more Adam Pascal or Kerry Butler in your life

Don't see it if you want something thought-provoking or compelling

95
Pippin
Midtown W
Ambitious, Enchanting, Great staging, Pretty

See it if you want an all-around good time in visuals, voices, chemistry between actors, and a bit of philosophical musing

Don't see it if you hate Stephen Schwartz musicals

95
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoyed the book; you want to see an effective staging of the inside of someone's consciousness

Don't see it if you dislike uncomfortable moments within the story

71
American Psycho
Midtown W
Entertaining

See it if you identify with / enjoy mocking the late 80s culture of excess

Don't see it if you want the purer satire/edge of the book

98
Sleep No More
Chelsea
Ambitious, Absorbing, Intense

See it if you love dancing, you're okay with feeling confused, you have reasonable aerobic capacity, you don't mind being separated from your friends

Don't see it if you dislike being confused, you are uncomfortable with lack of control, you only like shows with heavy dialogue

99
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Dizzying, Intelligent, Relevant, Masterful

See it if you can get tickets :) [especially stage right - the action skews that way and I enjoyed the experience more from that side of the house]

Don't see it if you hate hip hop. or musicals. or brilliance.

85
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like belt songs

Don't see it if You want something true to its source material