Kim G City

New York City | 50-64 | Female
About:  I am a theater junkie who is always looking for a bargain so I can see as many shows as possible. You will find me entering lotteries or on a rush line. I like adventurous and challenging shows that are dark, but am always happy to go to an old fashioned "feel good" musical if it is staged well.
Reviews (208)
Six (Broadway)
Midtown W
Fluffy, Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want some fun girl-power entertainment with talented actors in great costumes who belt like there is no tomorrow! Lyrics are clever.

Don't see it if you are looking for great art -- this is pure entertainment and not sophisticated. Very commercial. It's really a concert more than theater.

Melodic, Eerie, Solemn, Soulful, Innovative

See it if you like Duncan Sheik as a composer and the concept of a musical ghost story. The music is stirring and the set is eerie and intimate.

Don't see it if you need a lot of character development -- not very dimensional. The ghosts are great but their actions become repetitive.

Also I saw this early in previews. I liked it well enough and think that it... Read more Read less

Kimberly Akimbo
Solidly good show, Touching, Funny, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like small family drama musicals that have both funny and serious parts. As a Jersey girl from Bergen County, I could relate.

Don't see it if you want to see a profound show with lots of action -- it's not going to shake your world. Somewhat predictable. Could use some trimming.

Commercial, Pandering, Sensory overload, Spectacle, Campy

See it if you like campy, extravagant spectacles that overload the senses with some amazing sets and your favorite pop music. Cast is talented!

Don't see it if you want to see anything close to high art or great theater. This is more like Vegas than Broadway. Style over substance. No story. Cliched.

Tender at parts, Slow, Quirky, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you like cool trippy effects, modern tap choreography and top notch performers.

Don't see it if you can't take a long, meandering, story and songs that are really slow and need a lot of trimming to draw you in. Please cut 45 minutes!

Morning Sun
Midtown W
A very ny story, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Great acting

See it if you want to see three great actors on an intimate stage. There is an emotional ending. NYC and the West Village are a highlight.

Don't see it if you want to get absorbed by the characters. This show takes a long time to grab you due to characters who switch roles and narrate a lot.

Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Sublime, Must see, Great staging, Exquisite, Dreamy

See it if you love a big-stage production and Sondheim. This show is grand and many of the performances are Tony-worthy. The sets, the lighting, WOW!

Don't see it if you want a more traditional and linear plot with a real-like story. This show takes place in a single moment in the lead character's mind

Selling Kabul
Midtown W
Absorbing, Nice set, Riveting, Anxiety-provoking, Intense

See it if you want to empathize with the life/death choices of a family in Afghanistan. You can feel their terror and are anxious throughout the show.

Don't see it if you want to feel uplifted and need an escape from current events. Some actors are great while others are so-so and less convincing.

During previews
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Not a pulitzer winner, Overrated, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to be entertained by interesting formerly-incarcerated characters who develop a rapport and reveal their personal challenges.

Don't see it if you expect a lot from Lynn Nottage as a playwright. This story is fluffier than other plays she has written. There are no twists or turns.

Unfiltered, Psychotic journey, Blurry, Unravelled, Raw

See it if you like shows that put you through a wringer mentally - it's a crazy, confusing, manipulated, juxtaposed ride from start to finish.

Don't see it if you just want some nourishing entertainment that will sustain you spiritually. This will exhaust your mind and will have a draining effect.

Also I saw "While you were partying" at SOHO rep the evening before, so two... Read more Read less

Quirky, Intense, Indulgent, Edgy, Confusing

See it if you want to experience an original, confrontational, and rather shocking 55 minutes about suicide in our dystopian society. Buckle up.

Don't see it if you want it to be funny and don't want to feel like you are banging your head on a wall. Not sure if this was crap as art or art as crap.

During previews
Cullud Wattah
East Village
Painful, Powerful, Intense, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you want to see an intimate view of a human crisis from the perspective of women of color - they are strong but face OVERWHELMING challenges

Don't see it if you don't want to face some ugly things about our society or don't like deep women-centered shows. It's heavy and feels hopeless.

Also The set is beautiful and the play also uses magic realism as a tool to... Read more Read less

Artistic, Symbolic, Resonant, Great singing, Great music

See it if to see a revival that reveals its greatness more today than when it first came out. Just worth it to see the extraordinary Sharon Clarke

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Kushner - it's very autobiographical and totally his style. Sometimes the production overwhelms the lyrics. Preachy...

During previews
Intelligent, Glimpse into a recent past, Unveiling of a lost treasure, Not recognized in its time, Great writing

See it if if want to see a play that was not recognized enough at the time it was written by Alice Childress, one of the great playwrights.

Don't see it if If you can't relate to things that were written and happened in the prior century. This is a cerebral play without much action.

Also This is especially relevant for anyone who has worked in the theater w... Read more Read less

The Visitor
East Village
Underrated, Resonant, Great staging, Touching, Hopeless

See it if you are OK with seeing a musical that is touching, unpredictable, and rather sad. Great ensemble and staging. I was moved. Abolish ICE!

Don't see it if you want to feel uplifted - this is quite a downer and will not rid you of cynicism about the world. Some song numbers fell flat.

Also I disagreed with the NYT review. I think it still works with a central... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you like docu-dramas consisting of the monologues from real interviews. Great ensemble. Play has been updated. No justice, no peace!

Don't see it if you want your theater to be a way to escape current events. This is all about how a past event has influenced the present.

Great performers, Resonant, Must see, Masterful, Great staging

See it if you love Sondheim, CSC and some top performers. This show has everything in an intimate setting - a theater goer's dream.

Don't see it if you want a big stage performance and prefer linear shows. This is pared-down Sondheim. If you think this election was stolen, don't bother.

Also I was excited to see the first performance back at Classic Stage. This... Read more Read less

Autumn Royal
Witty, Depressing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like disturbing Irish plays about depressing subjects that throw in dark humor. Great acting. It's short -- about an hour.

Don't see it if you can't handle accents and agonizing subjects. The play takes a while to unwind. It becomes deeply personal by the end. It's stark.

Great acting, Dark, Disjointed, Somber, Great singing

See it if you like shows that create a mood and have soulful singers and performers. Dylan's music is executed beautifully.

Don't see it if you want music that directly relates to a plot. It felt disjointed to me which made it hard to connect to the characters.

Also The music relates to the mood of the show but that's about it. I had h... Read more Read less

Fluffy, Indulgent, Too soon!, Silly, Funny

See it if you like comedic monologues and audience participation about the pandemic world that we are living in.

Don't see it if this show is about recent and current events in which little time and space have gone by. It's not the high quality that I'm used to at NYTW

Also If you go, wear or bring an extra bra. The topic for this show was rel... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Great choreography, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like R&B music, wonderful choreography, and amazing voices.

Don't see it if you are looking for a show with lots of unexpected twists and turns in the plot -- this is a predictable jukebox musical.

Letters Of Suresh
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Great writing

See it if you love reading and writing letters. Prefer storytelling to fast action theater. want to support 2nd Stage's first production since COVID.

Don't see it if you want a plot, intense connections between characters or innovation. It's tough to watch a play that is just a rereading of letters.

During previews
Positive, Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you like a show that blends dialogue, poetry, music and storytelling into a beautiful performance about Black men and some universal truths.

Don't see it if if you are looking for a linear plot with a story from start to finish. This is more like a grouping of vignettes than an actual story.

Also I saw this early in previews and could tell that there were a few scen... Read more Read less

During previews
Fluffy, Sweet, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want a funny, sweet and entertaining show. This is a great show for all adult audiences whether you are a seasoned theater-goer or not.

Don't see it if you want a show that goes beyond the surface. The characters are fun but the plot is predictable. It's formulaic, like commercial TV.

Deep Blue Sea
Upper E Side
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great staging, Epic, Dizzying

See it if you like Bill T. Jones and epic performance. Staging is brilliant. Goes deep into both the personal and the political. The design is wow!

Don't see it if you want to just watch dance and not get too immersed - much is being thrown at the viewer at once and it overwhelms the senses.

Intimate, Masterful, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate one-actor shows, especially ones that features the creator playing many roles brilliantly. Nice back-up Blues guitar too.

Don't see it if if you want something big and splashy with lots of actors, sets, and lighting. This is an intimate story that is paired down to its basics.

Refreshing, Great singing, Great staging, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you like innovative and uplifting cabaret performances with great costumes, sets, and lighting. It's a feel-good delightful show.

Don't see it if if you don't like cabaret, operatic voices, or creatives who explore gender identity. Also, Dumbo is really crowded & touristy these days...

The Watering Hole
Midtown W
Introspective, Wistful, Reflective, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you like to see the backstage and all of the different areas of the Signature Theatre. Fine for people who like immersive shows.

Don't see it if you are expecting a full-blown theatrical production. This was more like an exhibition where audience members interact with displays.

Ambitious, Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like experimental formats, high tech, great acting, and an adaptation that really resonates with what is happening now.

Don't see it if you don't like participatory theater -- the audience votes on how the plot should go. Some people may not like the interruptions.

Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you like a "feel-good", clever, and funny adaptation that will make you feel like NEW YORK IS BACK!!!!

Don't see it if You have a hard time with African accents and a bit of all-around silliness.

Epic, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Ambitious

See it if You want to get engrossed in a big scale epic full of history and intrigue! One of my favorite shows of all time. Saw it at the Armory.

Don't see it if Not for someone who can’t handle a long show! Not for the less adventurous theater goer who prefers actors play one character and one gender

Intense, Quirky, Excruciating, Absorbing, Disappointing

See it if You like to be creeped out and depressed in the middle of a pandemic

Don't see it if You want feel-good theater that inspires. It’s ok in a dark way...

Energetic, Not bad for a jukebox musical, Jumbly, Pandering, Entertaining

See it if you love big stage jukebox musical productions full of talented performers who belt like there's no tomorrow. Morissette fans will enjoy it.

Don't see it if you like plays that are created by artists rather than put together purely for commercial success. Disjointed stories. Panders to audience.

Dana H.
Great acting, Sublime, Heart-wrenching, Gripping, Harrowing

See it if you are ready for a gripping re-telling from Hnath's mother's mouth of a horrific kidnapping. O'Connell fully embodies her.

Don't see it if you are unprepared to go through a women's trauma in the first person. Tough emotionally from start to finish.

During previews
Great ensemble, Symbolic, Dark, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you like dark, very symbolic shows that are kind of weird. See it if you are into watching things seem a bit off and then go off the rails.

Don't see it if your world view is very literal and you are not interested in or aware of metaphors/allegory in theater. Some people find the end confusing.

The Hot Wing King
Midtown W
Dynamic, Hearfelt, Refreshing, Sweet, Funny

See it if you need some joy and laughter in your life right now. It's unusual to see a play all about black men which focuses on love and emotions.

Don't see it if you prefer multi-layered more serious plays and don't have a sense of humor. Not for the gayphobic.

For a previous production
Coal Country
West Village
Full of heart and anger, Poignant, Human, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if you want to see the collection of real and actual human words on stage that leave your heart in your throat from start to finish. Soulful.

Don't see it if you want only to see drama and action on stage - this is all storytelling. Not for those who want to stay in their urban bubble.

Fun, Great staging, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like to laugh and enjoy a musical theater black comedy in a small venue with big plants. Christian Borle is a master of comedic timing.

Don't see it if you only like intellectual shows with a social message or hate musical theater in general. Not for those with a fear of puppets!

During previews
Exquisite, Cross-cultural, Electrified, Innovative, Visceral

See it if you like innovative formats that tell a story about the genocide in Cambodia in a very personal way. The music is energetic & interesting.

Don't see it if you don't like characters playing many roles & jumping back and forth in time. If you don't like loud Cambodian surfer rock songs, don't go!

Also Would love to see this go to Broadway.

During previews
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Ironic, Irreverent, Feminist perspective, Quirky, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of Kate Hamill - her style shows. This is a feminist twist on a horror classic. My favorite actor was Jessica Frances Dukes!

Don't see it if you are looking for a play that's truly edgy, interesting or pushes the envelope. Compared to other remakes of classics, it's just OK.

Somewhat entertaining, Pointless, Cool sets, Dated, Cliched

See it if you want to see Suzanne Vega and Michael Zegen onstage close-up. Cool retro sets and costumes. It's entertaining enough.

Don't see it if you hate leaving a show asking why was this show made? What was the point? Why was Sheik's music so boring? Why have audience participation?

Border People
Midtown W
Great acting, Journalistic theater, Storytelling, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in lots of personal stories embodied by one writer/actor who assembles a tapestry of life today in North America.

Don't see it if you like walls and you are not into 1 actor shows where the actor/writer plays multiple characters. The stories are raw and intimate.

During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Great choreography, Riveting, Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you like modern interpretations of classics with a cinematic twist, an enthusiastic and talented cast, and wonderful choreography.

Don't see it if you are a purist when it comes to classics. Also, the video and big stage overwhelmed the outstanding dancing and singing from time to time.

Also I'm glad that there were protests outside about Amar Ramasar being a s... Read more Read less

During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Stark, Gradual, Bleak, Descriptive, Slow

See it if you like modern interpretations that evoke the feel and language of a classic tale. Actors adeptly play many characters and genders.

Don't see it if you need action from start to finish. This play starts out painstakingly slow and it takes a long time before there is any dialogue or plot

During previews
Medea (BAM)
Horrifying, Intense, Absorbing, Riveting, Great acting

See it if you want to see a modern greek tragedy that unfolds at a thorough but rapid pace with masterful acting. Brava to Rose Byrne!

Don't see it if you can't handle a very cynical view of society that unleashes all of its horror. Humanity is cursed.

The Inheritance
Midtown W
Resonant, Tearjerker, Great writing, Great acting, Epic

See it if you lived during the plague of AIDS or are very connected to NY's gay male culture today. Writing is both epic and subtle at the same time.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the gay community and/or don't like long plays with intense characters. Can be gut wrenching at parts.

During previews
Great acting, Tense, Relevant, Social commentary, Thriller

See it if you like whodunit thrillers with a social commentary message. It was revolutionary in 1981 and this revival resonates today.

Don't see it if character development is important for you to enjoy a play. It's a story that's mostly about systemic injustice and solving a murder.

Also The audience went wild when Blair Underwood came out on stage without ... Read more Read less

The Thin Place
Midtown W
Mysterious, Philosophical contradictions, Paradoxical, Barebones, Creepy

See it if you like to examine different philosophies of mysticism, faith, belief, and reason that basically contradict each other. Tries to manipulate

Don't see it if you prefer plays with complex plots and character development. It's more like an exploration of reality/mystery than an actual story.

During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Anti-love story, Dysfunctional family drama, Relatable, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy well-written comedic family dramas with high profile actors. Characters are well developed and you can watch them fall apart.

Don't see it if you believe that "all you need is love" or you want to like characters. Nothing profound here -- the story is like a really good TV sitcom.

Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you are interested in a pre-WWII story about truth, guilt, & "group think" that foretells where we are today. Love the venue of the Armory!

Don't see it if you prefer intimate shows with character development -- this is allegorical. Also set is too grand for this story in a small German village.