KatherineR

Brooklyn
About:  I like to see all kinds of shows and try to go to as much as I can afford. I particularly like old musicals with songs that I can sing when I leave the theater. But I also like experimental, "downtown" types of shows and try to see a mixture of both. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (58)
93
West Side Story
Midtown W
Impressive, Ambitious, Great music, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if You are open to new interpretations of classic shows. You like dance. You can accept use of huge video within theater.

Don't see it if You prefer to keep the movie version of WSS in your mind. You don’t want to be overwhelmed.

Also I didn’t expect to like it this much. While there were elements that d... Read more Read less

82
Over-miked, Talented cast, Fun, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if you're a Motown fan who isn't judgemental about redoing the songs to be more Broadwayish. You like high energy shows.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, juke boxes, and want an insightful, truthful story about black entertainers in the 50s, 60s, etc.

Also The amount of information they tried to include was admirable, but the... Read more Read less

92
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Relevant, Intense, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to know what is the role of citizens when their government may be treasonous. Great acting.

Don't see it if You want a normal plot. You want more explanation. You have trouble with simple staging, and minimal sets.

60
Left with more questions, Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing, Clever

See it if you like one man shows, you like inventive uses of lighting and staging with little to no sets, you like this performer.

Don't see it if you want a narrative that makes sense or tells you something important about the world.

Also its an evening of unrelated episodes except that they involve various ... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Unusual, Educational

See it if you like Fiddler on the Roof, you like musicals, you like the story of changing worlds, you speak Yiddish or want to hear it.

Don't see it if you hate musicals, you don't like touching stories, you like non-traditional theater.

Also I loved Tevye, he was one of the best I have ever seen (and I've seen ... Read more Read less

92
Clever, Ambitious, Edgy, Great singing, Intense

See it if You are happy to see an unusual version of this favorite. You like daring, unconventional reinterpretations.

Don't see it if You don’t like.musicals or only like traditional versions of this play.

Also Overall I loved this version. It’s not the old Oklahoma. The dance sol... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Gloria: A Life
Gramercy
Absorbing, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if If are a woman over 60 you will relive important parts of your life. If you are too young to have lived then, it’s a solid history lesson.

Don't see it if You only like traditional narratives or are not someone who appreciates women.

Also There are some problems with the play, the discussion circle at the en... Read more Read less

92
Little Rock
East Village
Absorbing, Great singing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if you are interested in the history of civil rights from the 50s and 60s. You want to see something serious, inspiring and heartbreaking.

Don't see it if You only like fluff. You are not interested in civil rights, racism, or history.

Also there is a lot to admire in this show. The actors play multiple roles ... Read more Read less

89
For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if you want to laugh and not think about anything else. I laughed so hard I cried.

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor. Hate slapstick or farce, want to see a searing indictment of humanity's cruelty.

93
During previews
Enchanting, Silly, Great choreography, Wonderful costumes, Fun

See it if you are entertained by silly situations and songs you may know mixed with great choreography, great costumes, gender-bending fun.

Don't see it if Only like serious and realistic drama. Don't want to be happily distracted.

90
During previews
Miss You Like Hell
East Village
Clever, Great singing, Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if interested in new forms for musical theater, addressing topical issues, female leads.

Don't see it if Want traditional musicals with expensive production staging, don't like current events with a politically left slant.

Also inventive use of chorus as overall commentary and then as individual r... Read more Read less

92
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you accept on-script, street-clothes, no set show; you love old musicals with tuneful songs & clever lyrics, a talented cast and NO MICS!

Don't see it if you need full staging, orchestra, costumes Broadway show. You don't like musicals. You are cynical and mean-spirited.

86
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Ambitious, Intense

See it if you can handle one woman shows with vivid descriptions of violence, illness, brief nudity, much self-exposure. Some humor & inspiration too.

Don't see it if you can't handle what's mentioned above and are looking for silliness or diversion only.

70
20th Century Blues
Midtown W
Interesting, Superficial, Good acting, Unfinished, Feminist

See it if You like a talky play that explores women and aging, women's long-term friendships, successful women's roles in the US.

Don't see it if You want that exploration to be deep and provoking. You don't want a talky show. You want action on stage.

Also If you are a baby boomer, you might see yourself onstage. It was enjoy... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Great singing, Lovely costumes, Disappointing, Interesting, Dramatic arc missing

See it if If you love Handel sung by counter-tenor which I didn't know I would like so much.

Don't see it if you expect a play that has a dramatic arc and offers true transformation.

Also The theme of music and art having the power to heal is a good one, how... Read more Read less

88
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent, First half: wonderful!, Second half: too long

See it if you love musicals of all kinds, power ballads belted out non-stop. You appreciate Sondheim. A show-stopping dance number.

Don't see it if you hate musicals. You hate Bway type belting. You want context for scenes from other shows; your tolerance for Sondheim is tiny.

Also I loved the first half of the show because there were scenes from show... Read more Read less

50
Ex Habitus
East Village
Unlikable characters and painful situations

See it if You want to encourage early artists, you can enjoy watching people with no kindness or consideration.

Don't see it if You want to see a real play.

Also The actors all were good but the premise and plot were unpleasant. It'... Read more Read less

68
Heartless Bastard
Soho/Tribeca
Clever

See it if you are fascinated by how having a transplanted organ might change your personality. You like a mixture of drama with some huge comedy.

Don't see it if you think transplanting organs/personality is a not terribly important thing to think about.

Also I saw this show when they had a light board that didn't work so it was... Read more Read less

91
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing, Moving

See it if you like a well-written one man show that combines comedy with compassion.

Don't see it if You don't like solo performances, you have no sympathy or interest in mental problems.

70
Bullet Catchers
Greenwich V
Ambitious, Great singing, Creative staging, Intense, Bad acoustics

See it if you are interested in women in combat roles, you like performance art, interesting choreography, non-linear plot.

Don't see it if If you are anti-war, would prefer neither men nor women in combat, can take a show with no humor.

56
During previews
Relevant, Intense, Disappointing, Ambitious, Strange

See it if You enjoy classical naturalistic plays done as if they were experimental. The set is a very nice wooden stage.

Don't see it if You cannot stand constant yelling and a lack of variety of tone. The political message gets lost in the strident and static staging.

81
During previews
Cost of Living
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Profound, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like serious drama concerning contemporary issues, including disability and poverty.

Don't see it if you don't want a serious drama, you are uncomfortable with disability or nudity, you want a play that has a happy ending.

Also The script has some serious problems with time and motivation jumps.

75
Luft Gangster
East Village
Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Epic, Disappointing

See it if you like stories of WWII, you like a mostly male cast, you like to see actors act.

Don't see it if you want a comedy, you want a well-paced show, you hate actors.

88
Clever, Enchanting, Great staging, Edgy, Quirky

See it if you like non-traditional story telling, cleverness, history, a sense of fun, dancing, singing, along with some emotion.

Don't see it if You only like traditional, living room theater, hate circuses, want something profoundly serious. And hate hearing about cats getting lost.

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you like stories about dysfunctional people and great singing, clever plot, emotional tugging.

Don't see it if you don't like people singing as they act.

69
During previews
Slow, Overrated, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you love Dylan's music re-interpreted. Depression stories interest you. Talented cast.

Don't see it if You want a plot and characterization. You want to feel something, other than thru the songs.

Also I would have been fine had it just been a concert--the arrangements an... Read more Read less

90
Edgy, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You enjoy being amazed by magic, mind reading, and audience participation. You like British humor. You admire skillful stage presence.

Don't see it if You want a traditional play or musical. You hate magic shows. You can’t allow yourself to be swept away by suspending reality.

Also I was very surprised that some folks found it slow. I was impressed by... Read more Read less

75
Happy Talk
Midtown W
Very strange twist at end, Good acting, Disappointing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if If you like Susan Sarandon, want to see what Jessie Eisenberg can do, like traditional plays.

Don't see it if You don't like straight theater, you don't like when a plot makes a major turn that seemed more extreme than predictable, you dislike actors

Also Some of it is very clever and very fun. But it's also dark and ends on... Read more Read less

48
During previews
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Overrated, Disappointing, Excruciating, Great singing, Cliched

See it if you want a historically interesting play

Don't see it if You like plots, characters, story-line, involvement. It's a terrible play. That said, the cast is excellent.

96
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You love great acting and writing and understand that life and loves are complicated.

Don't see it if You want something simple and easy. You are homophobic. You want everything tied up nicely.

94
Clever, Enchanting, Edgy, Unusual, Quirky

See it if you like new forms of theater, including some minimal audience participation, but storytelling and exposition in a new and fascinating way.

Don't see it if You want traditional plays or musicals. This is unlike anything else I have seen.

Also Theater only seats about 35 people, most of whom sit around a circular... Read more Read less

78
Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking, Historical, Reality-based

See it if You are interested in the love affair between 2 Germans - one a Jew, the other became a Nazi. Span from 1920s thru 1960s.

Don't see it if You can’t keep still for long speeches and discussions of what is “being” and what poets are the best.

Also Heidegger and Hannah Arendt were both very smart and very intellectual... Read more Read less

91
My Life on a Diet
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Clever

See it if you like comedy, you like show business history, you can enjoy a long monologue with slides.

Don't see it if you want a plot and singing, dancing. You are a curmudgeon.

Also Renee Taylor is a treasure who has had an eventful life, from the Bron... Read more Read less

95
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great writing

See it if if you love old musicals with beautiful scores, you love the story, like fun choreography and great direction.

Don't see it if If you don't like musicals.

Also Lauren Ambrose was fabulous. Wasn't a loud singer but loud enough and ... Read more Read less

53
Goldstein
Midtown W
Good voices, Some good songs, Disappointing, Not a good plot, Characters too clichéd

See it if you like small unambitious musicals with a good cast but not enough happening.

Don't see it if you want either glitz and glamour or characters or something that touches you.

Also My family has an amazing lot in common with the onstage family and yet... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Delightful, Great singing, Great dancing, Updated, Occasionally odd

See it if you love incredible singing to the most beautiful score, great dancing, talented cast, old-fashioned musical. The voices are stunning!

Don't see it if you dislike musicals, you have trouble with the plot (which has always been problematic), or you want something more gussied up.

Also Billy Bigelow's singing is wonderful. Mr. and Mrs. Snow (but especiall... Read more Read less

77
Hallelujah, Baby!
Midtown E
Clever, Interesting, Dated, Great songs, Historically valuable

See it if You want a show that tried to deal with US racist history. You love Jule Styne musicals. You are willing to overlook huge flaws in script.

Don't see it if You want high production values or full orchestration or huge chorus. Actors are on script, and in street clothes.

Also very interesting from a historical perspective but not really a succes... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Challenging

See it if you like rock concert-type shows, you are interested in Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, you like the actors.

Don't see it if You dislike musicals, you want a plot, you want more insight into the history.

Also A hard subject to put into play or musical form. Too many songs and no... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Delightful, Fascinating

See it if you like updated and short versions of Shakespeare. You like unconventional modern day approaches to older plays.

Don't see it if you only like pure Shakespeare. You cannot accept somewhat different acting abilities.

Also The musical commentary that they used to change scenes was wonderful. ... Read more Read less

87
The Mushroom Cure
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Clever, Revealing

See it if you like solo shows about mental illness and coping strategies, both good and bad

Don't see it if you dislike one person shows, can't handle revealing emotions

Also The show is about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It can be very frustr... Read more Read less

90
Inspiring life of woody with music, Great performers, Minimal but attractive set, Worth seeing, Wonderful

See it if you like politically conscious music & to remember a time when people fought back

Don't see it if you think bankers should own the world, you love conservative or Trump politics, you hate folk music

92
False Stars
East Village
Excellent production and acting in exciting play

See it if you like a well-paced play, a great cast and crew, an interesting plot with many real life issues.

Don't see it if you are upset by trans or LBGT plots, if you don't like shows that explore difficult issues of careers, families & relationships.

Also I really liked this show, it is both entertaining and challenging, and... Read more Read less

87
Jessica
West Village
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in how technology changes us. Also artificial intelligence, robotics, mental illness, and the dilemmas they all cause.

Don't see it if you need a polished production with fancy everything, you don't care about technology, you don't want to have to think.

Also I really liked this show. The ending may seem a bit sudden, but the is... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Historically interesting, Irish, Realistic

See it if you like great acting in slice of life one acts from a female Irish author . A change from the overly alcoholic Irish plays often seen.

Don't see it if You don't like one-acts, you cannot bear inconsistent Irish accents, you prefer the stereotypes of Irish life.

80
Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you know the play well, you would like a new interpretation, you enjoy seeing excellent women actors playing all parts.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare and/or don't know the play. If you are cautious about new interpretations of a classic.

Also Very interesting staging and concept, however the concept (taking plac... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Invincible
Midtown E
Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You like serious drama (with humor) that explores class and education differences in today's Difficult economy.

Don't see it if If you get bored with serious living room theater, or if you cannot accept an inconsistent action by one of the characters.

81
Daughters of the Mock
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy seeing good acting by strong African-American women, with emotional and mesmerizing performances by the ensemble.

Don't see it if You want a logical realistic play or want something lighthearted.

Also I thought the play itself was problematic, but the production was very... Read more Read less

91
¡Figaro! (90210)
Midtown W
Great singing, Refreshing, Ambitious, Funny, Relevant

See it if You like good operatic voices, you like updating of old plots to contemporary issues, you like Mozart, Beaumarchais, you like to laugh

Don't see it if You hate opera or only like traditional opera; you have a short attention span

Also the show's original plot is from 1700s, but transposed to present day ... Read more Read less

83
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Confusing, Edgy

See it if You are a big Marisa Tomei fan and you like a talented group ensemble. Also if you like quirky stories.

Don't see it if you don't like characters who speak directly to the audience, if sexual acts or situations make you uncomfortable, if you hate confusion.

Also The plot is confusing (and seems unfinished) but the acting is good an... Read more Read less

63
When It's You
Midtown W
Indulgent, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you like monologues.

Don't see it if You want more meaning and depth to your theater experience.