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 (284)
70
Stand-up, Entertaining, Great comedic timing, Good storytelling, Funny
December 8th, 2022

See it if you enjoy stand-up comedy that is entertaining. Good for those of us who need to laugh more. Self-deprecating and sentimental humor.

Don't see it if you want to see theater rather than a comic telling a story. The set is a stool with a projected screen. It's a big venue for a 1-person sho

93
During previews
Emotional, Energetic, Intimate, Stupendous, Dream cast
December 5th, 2022

See it if you like the idea of seeing some top talent take on Sondheim in a smaller, more intimate setting. You get to see subtleties and nuances.

Don't see it if you can't find any way to appreciate musical theater -- it's not worth giving a coveted ticket or seat to you if you can't appreciate this.

81
Unconventional, Quirky, Uninhibited, Girl power, Clever
December 3rd, 2022

See it if you like an innovative show that centers on analysis of the female psyche, smashing the patriarchy, and how to be a badass.

Don't see it if you don't like anyone making fun of dicks or the men who have them.

85
Resonant, Over-the-top, Edgy, Creative, Biting satire
December 3rd, 2022

See it if you like cutting satire in a party-like atmosphere. Evokes release for some and a visceral feeling to frustration and trauma for others.

Don't see it if can't handle crude language and aren't open to experimental theater dealing with racism/capitalism. Vignettes - not a linear story.

Also There are only 6 actors in the ensemble who play multiple roles and ar... Read more Read less

72
1776 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Tuneful, Entertaining, Dated, Great singing, Pared-down
November 30th, 2022

See it if you are a big fan of the original and want to see a different take. Great cast.

Don't see it if you want to see a big musical production - this is bare bones. As a revival, it does not have much of a "wow" factor. Dull at parts.

83
Healing, Journey through time, Communal, Relatable, Intimate
November 28th, 2022

See it if you like cabaret-style theater that takes you on a communal journey through recent times. Great for Suzan-Lori Parks fans!

Don't see it if you are a COVID-denier or you aren't ready to relive the 1st year of the pandemic -- although I found it healing. It's long - 3 hours.

68
Where We Belong
East Village
Truth, Personal, Indulgent, Slow, Meh
November 27th, 2022

See it if you like storytelling that depicts from a personal perspective how colonialism keeps erasing our indigenous peoples.

Don't see it if you want to see a play, not story telling. The personal story of the playwright is less interesting than revelations about her ancestors.

75
Challenging, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Disturbing, Absurd
November 26th, 2022

See it if you like plays that use absurdity to make very tough subjects easier to swallow. Excellent staging adds to the depressing tension. DARK.

Don't see it if you don't like feeling uncomfortable with upsetting themes that challenge our very existence. Provokes thought over entertainment - not fun.

84
During previews
The Far Country
Chelsea
Great writing, Great staging, Unearthing, Poetic, Fascinating
November 23rd, 2022

See it if you like shows that uncover and account untold and painful history from the very personal perspective of rich characters. I learned a lot.

Don't see it if your US patriotism does not include dealing with the revealing of the very painful and cruel aspects of Chinese immigration to the US.

Also The playwright had researched thoroughly and beautifully brought this ... Read more Read less

86
Urban, New york centric, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing
November 14th, 2022

See it if you enjoy historical and politically-oriented plays that demonstrate the conflicts of power vs. community. Great multi-dimensional acting.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play centered on a despicable person. It's a very talky play. Lots of NY politics.

95
Edgy, Must see, Courageous direction, Great acting, Great writing
November 13th, 2022

See it if you want to see what can be done with an American classic play under the astounding direction of Robert O'Hara. Powerful.

Don't see it if you can only sit through a short play. Not for you if you don't want to see and feel the impact of generational damage caused by racism.

71
Reflective, Pensive, Moving, Intimate, Sweet
November 9th, 2022

See it if you like storytelling plays that center on family relationships and personal struggles - two journeys: an immigrant father and a gay son.

Don't see it if you don't like folk music which doesn't always weave seamlessly into the story. It's sad - father and son miss out on connecting.

93
Edgy, Ground-breaking, Compelling, Adventurous, Passionate
November 7th, 2022

See it if you enjoy adventurous and intimate shows that push the envelope of musical theater. Great cast, cool staging, musicians on stage, energetic

Don't see it if you need to have a hero or sympathetic character in your show -- you will miss the point and won't enjoy it. Full of mental illness & death.

89
Revelatory, Mournful, Intimate, Profound, Cathartic
November 4th, 2022

See it if you want feel like you are w/ a close friend who is baring her soul to you as you bear witness. Chalfant is a master. Special evening of awe

Don't see it if you feel uncomfortable sitting a few ft. from an actor performing in an intimate setting. Hard to bear if you have lost a loved one recently

93
Parade
Midtown W
Masterful, Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious
November 4th, 2022

See it if you like big-scale musicals with masterful singers and sad endings. Parade manages to be serious and entertaining at the same time.

Don't see it if you don't want to see some of ugliness that exists in our US culture. Love does not conquer hate in this story.

73
During previews
Foreboding, Seductive, Thought-provoking, Great set, Innovative
October 30th, 2022

See it if you are interested in an innovative take on a coming of age story that explores the seductiveness of dangerous cults and wanting to belong.

Don't see it if You are triggered by sexual abuse. This is an explorative play and is not full of plot or intrigue. Still a work in progress.

Also I want to the talk-back following the play. Since it is early in previ... Read more Read less

69
Self-absorbed, Humble, Honest, Slow, Monotone
October 30th, 2022

See it if you are a fan of Byrne and really like one-person, storytelling, autobiographical shows with short vignettes.

Don't see it if you want to be on the edge of your seat -- this is long and meandering. Full of melancholy. This show will not wake you up if you are tired

87
Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Intimate
October 28th, 2022

See it if you like intimate plays that explore true struggles of daily living with absolutely superb actors. I was completely absorbed. Time flew by.

Don't see it if you want glamour, light entertainment and a linear play.

72
My Broken Language
Midtown W
Overplayed, Egotistic, Poetic, Work-in-progress, Exuberant
October 27th, 2022

See it if you like to see shows in a workshop stage that are full of exhilarating and poetic language and movement. Cool set. Interesting concept!

Don't see it if you don't like highly descriptive soliloquys which dominate the play interspersed with movement. Needs work in the pacing.

73
During previews
A Man of No Importance
East Village
Sweet, Clever, Absorbing, Great staging, Great ensemble
October 23rd, 2022

See it if you like intimate and pared down musicals with a great ensemble.

Don't see it if you are expecting a masterful lead actor - the ensemble carried the show and Parsons was just OK.

70
During previews
KPOP (Broadway)
Midtown W
Original songs, Energetic, Great singing/choreography, Disappointing, Great staging
October 22nd, 2022

See it if you want to be immersed in the KPOP culture/experience with an original concept that transcends the traditional juke box musical formula

Don't see it if you care about the book of a show and want to see great acting. It's a shame how the original concept was lost by poor writing.

Also I loved the Off-Broadway production at Ars Nova and all of the intimac... Read more Read less

80
Great staging, Dated, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful
October 21st, 2022

See it if you love well-staged traditional musicals with great performers. If you need to feel uplifted, this is the show for you. Jackman/Foster = !!

Don't see it if you can't tolerate a non-theater audience who like to check their cell phones during performances. Also beware of fidgety small children.

52
During previews
Ambitious, Needs work, Excruciating, Great acting, Confusing
October 15th, 2022

See it if you are willing to see great actors take on an interesting conceptual framework on a play that needs more work.

Don't see it if you don't want to be confused because the transitions of the actors going back and forth between characters are hard to follow.

Also The whole premise of the show -- having actors play two characters, th... Read more Read less

70
I’m Revolting
Chelsea
Thought-provoking, Funny moments within a serious topic, Relatable, Explores a unique subject, Great dialogue
October 14th, 2022

See it if you like shows that concentrate on dialogue between diverse characters who don't know each other, but share the common bond of skin cancer.

Don't see it if you are looking for a theatrical extravaganza - it's bare and explores complex human interactions in the context of dealing with cancer.

83
Concise, Resonant, Relevant, Clean and simple, Great acting
October 9th, 2022

See it if you like reenactments of historical happenings in which the words come from the original source. The debate is intellectual and still timely

Don't see it if you want to see a big spectacle show with lots of scenes and plot twists. This is very concise and basic.

69
american (tele)visions
East Village
Ambitious, Repetitive, Quirky, Clever, Multimedia extravaganza
October 9th, 2022

See it if for high tech, original sets, costumes and a story centered on characters whose stories are often unseen in the media.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a story with themes that are so repetitive that you feel like you've been hit in the head a 1000 times. Please cut!

90
During previews
Mesmerizing, Innovative, Must see, Great staging, Great acting
October 8th, 2022

See it if you want to see an innovative version through a Black lens of a masterpiece of theater. Cast, set, lighting, direction are fascinating.

Don't see it if want your theater to reflect a more traditional past and aren't open to new possibilities that open up a classic to a more diverse audience.

73
During previews
Intelligent, Dated, Slow, Great writing, Great acting
October 7th, 2022

See it if you want to see an early work of Parks about the existential traps of being a Black male in the US with some amazing actors.

Don't see it if you want see a fast-paced show -- much dialogue with abrupt action only at the bitter conclusion. Not as revolutionary today as 20 years ago

Also I am a fan of Parks work but found White Noise and the Red Letter Play... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Somewhat dated, Engaging, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting
October 4th, 2022

See it if you want to see an engaging August Wilson play with stupendous acting and staging. Written in the 1980's, it was ahead of its time.

Don't see it if It's not edgy. Must be interested in Black history in the US and how generations of families are affected by their ancestors.

Also I saw this wonderful play early in previews. It still needs some work ... Read more Read less

85
Sad, Moving, Resonant, Great staging, Ambitious
October 2nd, 2022

See it if You like large cast shows that span through different decades. The dialogue and action is condensed. Evokes foreboding and loss.

Don't see it if You don’t want to be scared by how relatable the conditions of the family are to what is happening now. talky show w/ historical references.

94
Resonant, Must see, Masterful, Epic, Exquisite
September 10th, 2022

See it if you want to see a flawless version of a musical theater masterpiece. The cast and staging are superb and spotlight the genius of Sondheim.

Don't see it if you are not open to appreciating musical theater or just don't get why people love Sondheim's work. It's long.

Also I really felt overwhelmed with emotion at the finale of this show.

70
Shallow, Touching, Uneven, Cliched
September 1st, 2022

See it if you like to explore the flaws of a protagonist and how it affects all of his relationships. It moved me from time to time.

Don't see it if you get annoyed by a play that depends on constant narration to carry the story. It felt like the lead character was reading a book...

76
The Butcher Boy
Chelsea
Creative, Original, Dark, Ambitious, Clever
August 24th, 2022

See it if you are like me and enjoy musicals that are dark and weird. Music is good. Cast is talented. Exciting to see this show in an early stage.

Don't see it if you can't handle some gore and mental illness on stage. This is the show's world premiere so it needs some trimming and polish.

Also There is a lot of talent in this production which is full of originali... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Entertaining, Uplifting, Joyous, Enchanting, Delightful
August 22nd, 2022

See it if you want to go to a show that uplifts you during these precarious times. This show is full of love and community. Catchy music!

Don't see it if you prefer more depressing shows. Also, not all of the cast is professional since this is a public works production.

Also If you are a Shaina Taub fan, this show is for you!

91
Masterful, Enchanting, Must see, Great staging, Great acting
July 14th, 2022

See it if you want to see an innovative version of Twelfth Night with superb production value! Highest quality with the lowest price! A special night

Don't see it if You don’t like outdoor theater and are a snob who thinks they must pay big bucks to enjoy a performance.

Also This is NY at its best!

85
During previews
HEART
West Village
Relatable, Poetic, Intimate, Honest, Absorbing
July 13th, 2022

See it if You enjoy an excellent and poetic storyteller describing her life and love. Beautifully staged and written.

Don't see it if You don’t like solo shows and are looking for a big epic and lots of action. Not for haters of love stories.

73
Macbeth (Broadway)
Midtown W
Stark, Gory, Some great acting, Weird directing choices, Ok
July 10th, 2022

See it if you want to see Ruth Negga's superb interpretation of Lady Macbeth. Good for Macbeth fans who like non-traditional styles,

Don't see it if You are expecting a consistently good play. I don't understand why Sam Gold decided to pare down everything but the gore. Daniel Craig - eh.

77
Inconsistent, Resonant, Alternative interpretation, Traditional and nontraditional at the same time, Interesting staging
July 3rd, 2022

See it if you want to see a different interpretation of Richard III's motivation to get power. Danai Gurira is a totally cool and evil villain.

Don't see it if you want consistently great acting. It feels long despite the fact that it is action packed. Watch out for the mosquitoes.

64
Snow in Midsummer
East Village
Weird, Mystifying, Overacted, Repetitive, Confusing
June 12th, 2022

See it if you like B-movies or soap opera ghost stories. Even though it was supposed to be serious, it was unintentionally kitsch. Remake of a classic

Don't see it if you can't take such bad writing that even professional actors can't redeem the repetitious yet confusing story. Not worthy of Classic Stage.

Also I think that this play was probably based on a very interesting story ... Read more Read less

92
Fat Ham
East Village
Great writing, Clever, Hopeful, Liberating, Glorious
June 1st, 2022

See it if you like Shakespeare and you don't like Shakespeare. This play is full of imagination, humor, hope, tenderness, weirdness and celebration.

Don't see it if you don't like allegorical plays and some silliness. This is not a depressing tragedy full of woe. It won't make you cry (well maybe a bit)

79
Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Sinister, Absurd, Chilling, Quirky, Dark
May 26th, 2022

See it if you like pitch-black comedy -- this is the ultimate in gallows humour. The play really sneaks up on you.

Don't see it if can't decipher working-class English accents and get triggered by capital punishment.

76
The Lucky Star
Midtown E
Vivid, Sentimental, Poignant, Great storytelling, Absorbing
May 23rd, 2022

See it if you are interested in learning the history of 1 family through their letters. In-depth view of a Polish family during the Holocaust.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in sentimental plays that focus on one family. 2nd half felt long and didn't add much to the 1st half

68
Golden Shield
Midtown W
Slow, Monotonous, Confusing, Intelligent
May 21st, 2022

See it if you are interested in the intricacies of a class action lawsuit against the Chinese government - lawyers, plaintiffs, translators etc.

Don't see it if you want strong character development -- there are a lot of holes in the story which leave you feeling like you are missing the characters.

76
Sweet, Great costumes, Dated, Great staging, Entertaining
May 11th, 2022

See it if you like traditional big stage/set musicals with costumes, great choreography, sets, the works! Beanie is a good comedienne w/ a nice voice.

Don't see it if you can't overlook a weak story - it's not exciting. The show was written to feature the voice of Streisand and isn't meant for anyone else.

90
Intense, Masterful, Great acting, Hot!!!, Poetic
May 7th, 2022

See it if you really dig feeling passion and beauty through words -- this is a sexy show without sex. Love the script. James McAvoy - umm...whoah!

Don't see it if you want to tune out and be entertained. No ornate set, costumes or razzle dazzle. The set is all about lighting. This is not Moulin Rouge.

91
During previews
Wedding Band
Brooklyn
Must see, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite
May 5th, 2022

See it if you want to see a beautiful play by a playwright that has not received enough attention. Love the acting & direction. Do not miss this gem.

Don't see it if don't want to see a play that was written in the mid-20th century about an inter-racial couple in the South - it's serious, not fun.

76
Wish You Were Here
Midtown W
Female power and struggle, Duality of joy through pain, Confusing, Resonant, Absorbing
May 5th, 2022

See it if you are interested in a play re: Iranian women in the late 1970s-1980's that resonates to what it feels like is happening to US women today.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play focused on women's friendships or the precariousness of home/safety. The friendships dwindle - sad.

Also I couldn't help but relate to how these women must have felt as their ... Read more Read less

73
¡Americano!
Midtown W
Enchanting, Dated, Cliched, Entertaining, Sweet
May 1st, 2022

See it if you like idealistic stories, latin music, and a cast who gives it their "all". The formulaic story moves along and entertains.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a story with lots of holes that has a telenovela soap-opera style. It's corny and overly dramatic.

79
Resonant, Formulaic, Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious
May 1st, 2022

See it if you like insightful, sarcastic, and funny solo stand-up. Yes, it's very Jewish - 3rd wave borscht belt humor.

Don't see it if you don't want to be in a unventilated theater with many maskless spectators who won't stop looking at their phones.

76
During previews
The Vagrant Trilogy
East Village
Passionate, Meaningful, Resonant, Powerful, Great staging
April 30th, 2022

See it if you want to understand how Palestinians cannot escape the negative affect of exile despite disparate choices they make. Fate vs. Choice...

Don't see it if if you can't tolerate a 3 hour+ show - scenes that drag need to be cut down. Sad to watch how Palestinians have been screwed over.