Kathleen W.

New York City | Female
About:  NYC-based playwright & editor. I mostly see (and write) indie theater shows.
Reviews (66)
90
Where We Stand
Upper W Side
Profound, Great writing, Resonant, Great acting, Ambitious
February 13th, 2020

See it if You like powerful solo performances; themes that draw on myths, folklore & religion. Explorations of the meaning of justice and empathy.

Don't see it if You don't like immersive work that calls on the audience to make decisions and participate in the fate of the main character.

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94
Great singing, Great writing, Great staging, Beautiful, Masterful
May 7th, 2018

See it if You love Sondheim, or even if you don't. This is a beautifully realized production of one of the great musicals in an intimate space.

Don't see it if You don't like going to Queens. Oh, just take the ferry! :-)

85
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Creative
May 4th, 2018

See it if You like an audience-directed show. the lead character, a puppet named "Randy" interacts with the audience along a solid narrative arc.

Don't see it if You don't like puppets who swear.

92
Transfers
West Village
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Riveting, Intelligent
April 28th, 2018

See it if You're a Thurber fan. One of her best. Very strong acting and writing. A really good show.

Don't see it if You think people ought to be able to overcome hardship and poverty by sheer will, and shouldn't be given a hand up.

78
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Heartbreaking
April 24th, 2018

See it if You enjoy historical drama that relates to today, with themes that parallel current events.

Don't see it if You don't care for period pieces, or don't see why someone would write a play about WW II.

90
We Are A Masterpiece
East Village
Great writing, Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Riveting
April 24th, 2018

See it if You are interested in very good productions, this one set in the dawn of the age of AIDS, that's closely observed and truthful.

Don't see it if you can't bear to see the start of a plague that took millions.

90
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Heartbreaking, Relevant
April 9th, 2018

See it if you wonder how the next generation is going to grow up in an era of violence and close-to-home tragedies. It's a heartbreaking story.

Don't see it if you are triggered or have some kind of PTSD from violence.

77
Great singing, Great staging, Energetic, Fun, Sweet
April 9th, 2018

See it if you like watching talented young performers leave it all on the stage; well staged, but a wobbly adaptation of a classic.

Don't see it if You're expecting a straight-up adaptation of Lysistrata.

61
Raunchy, Druggy, In your face, Intense, Provacative
April 9th, 2018

See it if you want to observe the story of people on the edge of a drug scene, with coke-fueled rants, anger, betrayal and ultimately stasis.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with nudity, simulated sex scenes and drug use.

91
For a previous production
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful, Funny
April 9th, 2018

See it if you want to see a master of the American theater onstage at his/her best. A strong cast in Busch's new play, that's far more than camp.

Don't see it if you don't like drag, camp or references to old films.

80
Harry Clarke
West Village
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Surprising, Well-paced
March 26th, 2018

See it if You like good solo shows. Billy Crudup spins a complex tale, playing all the characters...including different versions of the narrator.

Don't see it if You don't like to have to concentrate to follow the narrative. Like more than one actor in shows.

93
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Epic, Resonant
March 19th, 2018

See it if You love theater. Beautifully written, acted and staged, a generation later, it's still profound and relevant.

Don't see it if I'm not really sure why you wouldn't want to see this production.

85
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound, Heart-breaking
February 15th, 2018

See it if You can become absorbed in non-linear theater, love amazing sets and really good acting. Want to see a play by a great American writer.

Don't see it if You need a strong narrative (it's there, but you have to observe it), don't like political theater or plays about race in America.

75
Memorare
Greenwich V
Great staging, Great acting, Timely, Intense, Relevant
January 16th, 2018

See it if You like shows with a strong cast (all women). You like period pieces with modern parallels. You like shows in unusual settings (a church).

Don't see it if You're picky about anachronisms in a period piece; it's a bit overlong.

85
During previews
Until the Flood
West Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant
January 12th, 2018

See it if You like powerful solo performances, docu-theater, want to be challenged and leave with something to think about.

Don't see it if You don't like solo shows; are uncomfortable with discussions of racism and other American problems.

80
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing, Current
January 8th, 2018

See it if You like engaging political work, especially if you are interested in audience participation.

Don't see it if You want a completely structured narrative with a script that doesn't vary.

82
Clever, Great staging, Entertaining, Beautiful, Resonating
January 3rd, 2018

See it if You like myths and folklore, physical theater, old stories retold, imaginative movement and staging.

Don't see it if You think this is children's theater. (It's not.)

90
Jack and the Beanstalk
Lower E Side
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Relevant
December 18th, 2017

See it if you want to be a kid at the theater again, yelling and shouting back at characters, laughing and enjoying a great cast of all ages.

Don't see it if You want your fairytales as they were in the storybook.

80
20th Century Blues
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intelligent
December 18th, 2017

See it if You think there should be more women of a certain age front and center. You like plays where people don't solve every problem.

Don't see it if You're not interested in a show featuring mostly women, mostly over 50. (Your loss, btw.)

79
Veil'd
Queens
Clever, Great staging, Romantic, Heartfelt, Sweet
November 20th, 2017

See it if You like shows with elements of magical realism, with unexpected twists and turns, romantic stories. Puppetry & inventive staging.

Don't see it if You don't like plays with fantastical elements, you're expecting this to be a political play.

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing
November 6th, 2017

See it if You love seeing rarely-staged works by great playwrights, in this case Charles Ludlam. Beautifully directed by Everett Quinton at LaMama!

Don't see it if You're a bit tightly wound; don't care for simulated sex scenes, well orgies, onstage.

86
Epic, Intense, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing
October 15th, 2017

See it if You like works drawn from epic/mythic characters and stories that are relevant to our own times. You are willing to listen to other voices.

Don't see it if You have a problem understanding systemic oppression, or use the hashtag #alllivesmatter

94
Street Theater
Chelsea
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant, Epic
October 5th, 2017

See it if ...you like sharp, strong productions of great American comedies, this one focusing on a pivotal time in LGBTQ history.

Don't see it if ...you don't like seeing shows in unusual venues or have any problem with LGBTQ people, rights, or history.

79
Loveless Texas
East Village
Great singing, Romantic, Great songs, Outstanding acting, Entertaining
September 18th, 2017

See it if You love seeing talented performers (and a great band) in an intimate setting, with lots of singing.

Don't see it if You don't care for musical Shakespeare adaptations.

90
Park Plays
Queens
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Lovely
August 7th, 2017

See it if You are someone in love with the city of New York, particularly Queens, particularly Flushing Meadows/Corona.

Don't see it if You hate the idea of going to QUEENS to see theater.

88
During previews
Singing Beach
Soho/Tribeca
Enchanting, Great writing, Imaginative, Profound, Magic
July 27th, 2017

See it if you want to see universal issues on a personal level, seriousness and silliness at the same time. Tragedy & ultimate hope.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with shifting realities, complex wordplay, big issues.

90
Trump Lear
East Village
Great acting, Riveting, Relevant, Prescient, Frightening
July 24th, 2017

See it if You like excellent solo shows, pointed political commentary, well-drawn satire. In these times, you wonder if it's a vision of the future.

Don't see it if You think Donald Trump is doing a good job.

86
For a previous production
Show Up
East Village
Clever, Funny, Hilarious, Masterful, Unique
July 20th, 2017

See it if You love being surprised, improv, audience participation, smart, funny performers. Every show is "one night only."

Don't see it if You want to know what the show is about before you go. It's a different show every night.

90
Delightful, Great staging, Resonant, Great acting, Beautiful
July 14th, 2017

See it if You are someone who is in love with theater, like stories about real people, well-told, funny and touching.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in why people become passionate and obsessed with something.

85
Sweat
Midtown W
Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Timely, Heartbreaking
June 23rd, 2017

See it if You want to see a beautifully realized play with excellent acting that depicts the end of the working class.

Don't see it if You think "those people" ought to just get another job.

75
Ducklings
Brooklyn
Great staging, Ambitious, Entertaining, Raunchy, Thought-provoking
June 22nd, 2017

See it if You like plays with dancing; beautifully staged! A smart take on "celebrity" and what people will do to achieve it. Good acting & writing.

Don't see it if You prefer shows with high production values and with no raw edges.

80
Rotterdam
Midtown E
Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant
June 22nd, 2017

See it if You are someone who thinks about gender fluidity, likes well-written plays that provoke thought & discussion, support new plays.

Don't see it if You've got unchangeable opinions about the gender binary.

90
Indecent
Midtown W
Resonant, Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Heartbreaking
June 22nd, 2017

See it if You like dramatic takes on historic events, strikingly staged, don't mind crying at the theater.

Don't see it if You're someone who doesn't like to be seen weeping in public.

79
Bravura, Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Quirky
May 21st, 2017

See it if You like to see smart revivals of plays that aren't often seen, bringing back different eras in recent history.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in pieces set in the recent past, exploring then-normal bigotry and sexism.

91
Raisin
Queens
Great singing, Great choreography, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
May 20th, 2017

See it if You like to see rarely-revived musicals, well-staged, with strong singing, dancing and acting.

Don't see it if You don't like going out to Astoria to see a show (your loss.)

91
That True Phoenix
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent
May 4th, 2017

See it if You like real histories told in a truly theatrical way.

Don't see it if You need a lot of fancy costumes & huge set pieces.

78
Bareback Ink
West Village
Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Raunchy, Mythic
March 8th, 2017

See it if You like stories inspired by or modern takes on classical myths (Zeus, Haephestos, Ganymede). Stark, beautiful staging.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with gay male sexuality.

75
MOPE
Midtown W
Dark, Edgy, Intense, Funny, Raunchy
January 23rd, 2017

See it if you can relate to the story of a striver (in the p*rn industry), with a subtext examining straight white male privilege/toxic masculinity.

Don't see it if ...you aren't comfortable with frontal nudity or drug use depicted onstage (in a small house.)

80
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Reimagination, Resonant
January 5th, 2017

See it if You are interested in seeing old classics staged with fresh perspectives; like physical theater with a company playing multiple roles.

Don't see it if You want a standard adaptation of Dickens' classic.

84
Challenging, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking
December 11th, 2016

See it if You like energetic solo performance that's got brains, humor and directly challenges the audience to think differently.

Don't see it if You prefer stand-up to solo performance; don't like artists over 40.

80
The Elements of Oz
Financial
Clever, Great staging, Entertaining, Risk-taking, Funny
December 11th, 2016

See it if You're a lover of all things "Wizard of Oz" and game to learn more, and see it from a different POV (and through your phone.)

Don't see it if You don't like deconstructions; prefer your Wizard of Oz without any commentary.

90
A Life
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Heart-wrenching, Profound, Resonant
November 26th, 2016

See it if You like plays that don't follow a classic structure and tell you what to think; great acting and writing; great sound & set design.

Don't see it if You're impatient and don't like sudden shifts in plot and tone.

78
Evensong
Queens
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Timely, Intelligent
November 7th, 2016

See it if You are interested in theater that comes from what's going on around us today; unsolved problems in society, and possible ways out.

Don't see it if You don't like seeing working class, poor, damaged or LGBT people and their issues depicted onstage.

100
Dizzying, Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Epic
October 16th, 2016

See it if You like shows which explore American history from an outsider's point of view, which involve the audience and you become part of the show.

Don't see it if You aren't up for an examination of the dark side of the American experience.

85
Absorbing, Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
October 16th, 2016

See it if You like being part of a work in progress, in which the audience helps shape the show, each show is different.

Don't see it if You must have distance between yourself and the show. Are uncomfortable with the possibility of being asked to interact with the cast.

78
Clever, Ambitious, Relevant, Funny, Thought-provoking
October 1st, 2016

See it if You like Beckett - with scantily clad actors! A clever take on the author's work, with deeper meanings for today's theater.

Don't see it if You don't think Beckett should be interfered with; you don't like scandtily clad actors.

89
5 Guys Chillin'
Soho/Tribeca
Great writing, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense
September 30th, 2016

See it if you like intense plays (based on real life) that depict the darker side of queer life; really good acting, writing and direction.

Don't see it if depictions of sex and drug use offend you.

90
The Jamb
East Village
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Clever, Edgy
September 1st, 2016

See it if You're interested in dark, but funny depictions of modern LGBT life and issues of addiction/recovery & love.

Don't see it if You don't like seeing plays about addiction, or plays that depict violence and intimacy.

85
Clever, Funny, Great writing, Resonant, Unique
August 28th, 2016

See it if You like solo shows with some music that are both funny and poignant, told from a unique point of view.

Don't see it if You don't think the people who work in service roles have anything interesting to say.

80
Kerrmoor (FringeNYC)
East Village
Intense, Great acting, Timeless, Heartbreaking, Mythic
August 28th, 2016

See it if You like plays with roots deep in history and folklore, rituals examined and revisited.

Don't see it if You don't like dark explorations of people trying to escape from the past.