Kathleen W.

New York City | Female
About:  NYC-based playwright & editor. I mostly see (and write) indie theater shows.
Reviews (65)
Preview follies 2
94
Masterful, Beautiful, Great staging, Great writing, Great singing

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! :-)

Preview t11
92
Intelligent, Riveting, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

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.

Preview waam1
90
Riveting, Relevant, Profound, Great acting, Great writing

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.

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77
Sweet, Fun, Energetic, Great staging, Great singing

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.

Preview tcld1
91
Funny, Masterful, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

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.

Preview angels
93
During previews
Resonant, Epic, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

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.

Preview m6
75
Relevant, Intense, Timely, Great acting, Great staging

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.

Preview uou1
80
Current, Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

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.

Preview jatb1
90
Relevant, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

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.

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79
Sweet, Heartfelt, Romantic, Great staging, Clever

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.

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86
Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Intense, Epic

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

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79
Entertaining, Outstanding acting, Great songs, Romantic, Great singing

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.

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88
During previews
Magic, Profound, Imaginative, Great writing, Enchanting

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.

Preview show up
86
For a previous production
Unique, Masterful, Hilarious, Funny, Clever

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.

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85
Heartbreaking, Timely, Resonant, Intense, Great acting

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.

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80
Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing

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.

Preview missreardon1
79
Quirky, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great acting, Bravura

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.

Preview ttp1
91
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

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.

Preview mope white
75
Raunchy, Funny, Intense, Edgy, Dark

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.)

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84
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Challenging

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.

Preview life white
90
Resonant, Profound, Heart-wrenching, Great writing, Great acting

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.

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100
Epic, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious, Dizzying

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.

Preview the underpants godot
78
Thought-provoking, Funny, Relevant, Ambitious, Clever

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.

Preview jamb
90
Edgy, Clever, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

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.

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80
Mythic, Heartbreaking, Timeless, Great acting, Intense

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.

Preview randy
85
Creative, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

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.

Preview va1
78
Heartbreaking, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

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.

Preview flat earth2
90
Relevant, Heartbreaking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

Preview city girlsrsiz
61
Provacative, Intense, In your face, Druggy, Raunchy

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.

Preview harryclarke
80
Well-paced, Surprising, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

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.

Preview hbhhbiab1
85
Heart-breaking, Profound, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

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.

Preview until the flood
85
During previews
Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

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.

Preview tsq3
82
Resonating, Beautiful, Entertaining, Great staging, Clever

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.)

Preview 20cb1
80
Intelligent, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

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.)

Preview cotuowqc1
85
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

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.

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94
Epic, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

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.

Preview pp2 1
90
Lovely, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

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.

Preview tl2
90
Frightening, Prescient, Relevant, Riveting, Great acting

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.

Preview martindenton
90
Beautiful, Great acting, Resonant, Great staging, Delightful

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.

Preview dk1
75
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great staging

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.

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90
Heartbreaking, Great staging, Masterful, Must see, Resonant

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.

Preview raisin1
91
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great choreography, Great singing

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.)

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78
Mythic, Raunchy, Intense, Great staging, Absorbing

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.

Preview a christmas carol white
80
Resonant, Reimagination, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting

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.

Preview the elements of oz
80
Funny, Risk-taking, Entertaining, Great staging, Clever

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.

Preview evensong white
78
Intelligent, Timely, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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.

Preview unexploded1
85
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing

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.

Preview rsz five guys
89
Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great writing

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.

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85
Unique, Resonant, Great writing, Funny, Clever

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.

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88
Resonant, Entertaining, Important, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like solo shows that are beautifully written and performed; enjoy shows that reflect queer history and pride.

Don't see it if Shows with queer themes aren't your cup of tea (or shot of booze.)