Kelsey_D

Upper East Side | 18-24 | Female
About:  Firm believer in the power of sharing a story with a room full of strangers.
Reviews (44)
75
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Disconnected, Outdated, Inconsistent, Unfinished, Entertaining

See it if you are entertained by family sagas. This isn't the most compelling, but there are some standout performances and good laughs sprinkled in.

Don't see it if you want to connect. Like the failing couple at its center, the show seems to have not been listening to itself for a long time.

92
Beautiful, Heartwarming, Charming, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you'd enjoy a production that makes the whole audience, from orchestra to balcony, a part of the show and the gorgeous world it has created.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy shows that use audience participation or won't be able to invest in a sentimental story where you likely know the ending.

80
The Dork Knight
West Village
Quirky, Delightful, Entertaining, Poignant, Funny

See it if you love Batman. Jason's appreciation for the character and all he can mean is clear in every moment of the show, and really resonates.

Don't see it if you have no interest in superheroes or don't think that fictional characters can make a very real impact on the lives of those who love them

83
Unfulfilling, Current, Challenging, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you enjoy being challenged. The show offers bold insights into the interplay of past and present racial dynamics and it will make you think.

Don't see it if you like a satisfying ending. The play could benefit from a less narrow focus to make its themes even more resonant.

Also Slave Play offers a lot to think about and is a welcome perspective on... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Masterful, Riveting, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you like being challenged and will appreciate a clever act that reminds you how connected an audience can be with the performer & each other

Don't see it if you have absolutely no willingness to buy in to the magic or do not enjoy shows that heavily utilize audience participation.

95
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Essential, Resonant, Profound, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you want to be a part of history. This show will be remembered for years to come, just as it remembers those who came before it.

Don't see it if you are opposed to nudity onstage or are uncomfortable with explicit discussions of sex. It is hard to watch at times, but so worth it.

84
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Inconsistent, Quirky, Indulgent, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if you like Shakespeare with a twist or you can appreciate a show that goes all in on an unexpected premise and continually surprises.

Don't see it if you expect the music to match the new age vibe of the decade in which the show is set—the songs are fairly generic, as is Lady Macbeth.

84
Contemplative, Wrenching, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to spend an evening absorbed in the worlds created by two captivating actors who will leave you craving every last detail.

Don't see it if you have difficulty following nonlinear storytelling or you have trouble engaging with solo performances.

80
Ambitious, Exciting, Resonant, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you love the power theatre has to bring together a community, or you want to see a refreshing update to the already beloved movie.

Don't see it if you are expecting professional actors to be playing every role. This is very much a community production.

87
Thought-provoking, Reimagined, Inventive, Edgy, Dark

See it if you like seeing fresh takes on classic material, and aren't afraid of direction designed to make you uncomfortable.

Don't see it if you think classics are classics for a reason and shouldn't be changed, or if you're afraid of the dark.

20
Disappointing, Cliched, Grating, Tasteless, Excruciating

See it if you are a teenager 16 and under who feels like you don't belong among your peers or you're a big fan of George Salazar.

Don't see it if you want characters to root for/a show where all of the leads can sing, or you are put off by production design that overpowers its material

82
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Relevant, Entertaining, Clever, Raunchy, Hilarious

See it if you like off-color comedy and are willing to buy in to a show about puppets.

Don't see it if you hate puppets or do not like raunchy humor.

96
Riveting, Magical, Great staging, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you ever loved Harry Potter & want a chance to return to the world you've missed, or you want to see incredible feats of technical theatre.

Don't see it if you're more interested in realism or bare-bones productions that do not heavily utilize effects.

99
During previews
Epic, Masterful, Resonant, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see something otherworldly yet remarkably human & remember how special it can be to share a story with a theatre full of people.

Don't see it if you don't like stories where you already know the ending.

85
Refreshing, Entertaining, Hilarious, Resonant, Clever

See it if you like when comedy is honest, even if that truth may be difficult to admit.

Don't see it if you are a parent who has never once doubted yourself or you don't like to laugh. (Everyone should see this.)

92
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Transportive, Beautiful, Resonant, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you believe in new generations finding new meaning in the stories we know by heart.

Don't see it if you don't know or like Alice in Wonderland, or you don't want to see a show that is likely not finished.

67
Amateur writing, Poor structure, Great acting, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if you want to have a good time and you love Cher. This show is in no doubt a love letter to Cher, albeit not the most eloquent one.

Don't see it if you want a show with a consistent tone, structure, or style. Like its muse, this show is a bit all over the place.

95
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Masterful, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Captivating, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy shows that transport you fully to a time that is both different than and eerily similar to your own

Don't see it if you don't like plays (especially with accents)! This is three hours of thought-provoking drama, and it keeps you thinking every moment.

95
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Enchanting, Epic, Must see, Relevant

See it if you somehow haven't yet, you want to get more out of the musical you saw as a child, or you want to be awed by Jessica Vosk's talent.

Don't see it if you're the type of person who dislikes things just to be a contrarian.

90
Witty, Resonant, Realistic, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you want to see great actors take on challenging material and strike a perfect balance between humorous and heartwrenching.

Don't see it if you think watching someone descend into dementia will hit too close to home.

65
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Cliched, Disappointing, Unoriginal, Slow, Emotional

See it if you like stories about the families of heroes or just you want to see Glenn Close give a powerful performance in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if you want to hear a new story or if you want consistent acting choices across the board.

70
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Epic, Impressive, Lackluster writing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy great feats of technical theatre. The puppet is truly impressive and the work of the artists behind it paid off.

Don't see it if you go to shows for the writing or you don't like shows that rely too heavily on one aspect of the production to carry the show.

86
During previews
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Insightful, Great acting

See it if you'll enjoy a period piece that feels current. The actors & director do a great job keeping this story honest but effortlessly relevant.

Don't see it if you don't like subject matter or dialogue that may make you uncomfortable, or a gunshot in the theatre will be difficult for you to handle.

77
During previews
Sing Street
East Village
Great singing, Charming, Unfinished, Resonant, Slow

See it if you were charmed by the film & the era in which it is set. The main character & his brother are standouts, connecting well with the audience

Don't see it if you want a show to grab you right away. The show needs tightening, and unfortunately the first act needs most of the trimming.

Also This show has lots of potential to really be something special, but it... Read more Read less

92
Haunting, Riveting, Masterful, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you love and appreciate great writing. The characters are so consumed by their writing that the audience is captivated along with them.

Don't see it if you won't enjoy feeling as if you're being read to. The writing is beautiful, but uses a narrative style that may not be for everyone.

90
The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Riveting, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you want actors who fully commit to the play's ever relevant fears—of not being believed and of not standing for what you know is right.

Don't see it if you truly dislike the play. This is a fresh but faithful adaptation of a classic. The non-traditional seating may be a bit uncomfortable!

79
During previews
Relevant, Great singing, Ambitious, Cliched, Heavy-handed

See it if you're nostalgic for when Alanis played on the radio but are also okay with a show that will not let you ignore how "of the now" it is.

Don't see it if you prefer shows that teach in more subtle ways. This show assumes its audience is stuck in the 90s and is overly didactic as a result.

Also For all that this show seems to be about connection, it never really g... Read more Read less

91
Clever, Engaging, Great acting, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if you want to have fun and enjoy a show that takes seriously only its quest to entertain the audience with a *scarily* talented cast.

Don't see it if you want a show where the purpose is to do more than to entertain. The show has moments of sincerity, but doesn't pretend to be "serious".

68
Entertaining, Cute, Underwhelming, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you love the book series the musical is based on. The show is clearly a labor of love, though the labor shows a bit too much.

Don't see it if you want to see a show that utilizes the opportunities a Broadway space holds. The show seems too low budget to have any real wow moments.

Also I am confident I would have enjoyed this show much more during its sma... Read more Read less

92
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Sweet, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want a show that is sweet in every detail, from the soothing score to the props adorning the stage. This show is earnest and kind.

Don't see it if you are uninterested in a story about a woman discovering she can take control of her own life or you prefer darker pieces of theatre.

50
During previews
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow

See it if you already know the show and are interested in seeing a new production, or if you love Tennessee Williams' style.

Don't see it if you'll be waiting for some big moment of climax. The show unfolds slowly, and though its characters are passionate, nothing really happens.

98
Mesmerizing, Romantic, Absorbing, Exquisite, Delightful

See it if you've ever been in love or wanted to be in love—with a person, place, or a way of life—especially if one of your loves is Broadway.

Don't see it if you won't be able to buy in to contemporary pop music in an anachronistic setting, or if you prefer minimalist theatre.

88
Nostalgic, Relevant, Enchanting, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if you have been through high school as girl, you love the movie, or you're looking for a fun night at the theatre.

Don't see it if you don't like pop scores or you're interested in a show that takes itself very seriously.

72
BLKS
Midtown W
Slice of life, Slow, Fresh, Funny, Raunchy

See it if you wanted to like "Girls" but couldn't relate to the characters or didn't see yourself represented.

Don't see it if you don't like shows where the emphasis is more on character than on plot.

99
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Profound, Must see

See it if you are a woman in the United States of America or a person who cares about women.

Don't see it if you don't like to hear your history challenged or have your rose-colored perception of reality altered.

68
Ambitious, Emotionless, Inconsistent, Rushed, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of Fiasco Theater, as this seems to be very much on-brand for their stripped down work.

Don't see it if you are familiar with Merrily and the poignancy it can carry. The show is rushed and the heart is stripped away by actors who don't connect.

75
Superhero
Midtown W
Great staging, Underdeveloped, Resonant, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you like seeing new work or you're a big fan of comics and superheroes.

Don't see it if you didn't like the themes of Dear Evan Hansen, or you don't like new works that are still clunky.

95
Must see, Profound, Resonant, Great acting, Clever

See it if you have ever felt alone. The show's lyrics say it all, and it stands up as a show for those who need to connect.

Don't see it if you don't like material that hits too close to home. There is a little bit of Evan Hansen in all of us, and that can be hard to hear.

85
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Inconsistent, Engaging, Innovative, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to be in the room while Bryan Cranston gives yet another masterclass in acting, this time on stage and screen simultaneously.

Don't see it if you don't want to be a part of the action. One way or another, this play will suck you in.

93
Clever, Hilarious, Relevant, Shrewd, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy comedy that doesn't hold back, clever writing, quick wit, and jokes that flash by in the details. Or you love a good tap number!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy humor that criticizes religion or you have an aversion to crude language.

75
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Entertaining, Magical

See it if you're a fan of the movie Aladdin and the Disney musicals or you want to see impressive feats of technical theatre.

Don't see it if you want an Aladdin that sounds exactly like the movie soundtrack or you don't want an audience full of kids.

98
Absorbing, Profound, Resonant, Powerful, Exquisite

See it if you want a show that revels in the small details & makes you so much a part of the world it has created that it breaks your heart to leave.

Don't see it if you don't like to get emotional at the theatre.

95
Ordinary Days
Midtown W
Delightful, Resonant, Nostalgic, Funny, Poignant

See it if you love musicals about New York and you want to fall back in love with the city and all that it means.

Don't see it if you don't like sung-through shows or prefer larger ensemble spectacles.

85
shadowplay
Soho/Tribeca
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Resonant, Slow

See it if you like thoughtful theatre that keeps you wondering where it will go next or if you like the darker side of childhood favorites.

Don't see it if you like shows that get into the action right away- the beginning moves a bit slowly.