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 (176)
73
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.

86
During previews
The Minutes
Midtown W
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.

84
Coal Country
East 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.

87
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.

67
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?

84
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

90
During previews
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
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.

74
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

78
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.

80
During previews
One in Two
Midtown W
Depressing due to shame, A cry for help, Absurd but not funny, Exposed, Raw

See it if you see the absurdity of the fact that 1 in 2 Black gay & bisexual men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime! Love exposes himself.

Don't see it if your idea of an entertaining night at the theater does not include a personal call-out for help by queer Black men living with HIV. Act up!

Also I loved the stark all-white set with the counter above the stage. It m... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Sing Street
East Village
Entertaining, Refreshing, Great music, Diamond in the rough, Sweet

See it if you like teen "coming of age" stories, 80's New Wave music, & seeing the formation of a new show. Adorable boy band with a twist of romance.

Don't see it if you want to see something profound rather than entertaining. Skims over themes of depression and abuse. Needs tightening up before Broadway.

Also I saw this during the 2nd night of previews and it is definitely a wor... Read more Read less

79
The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Great staging, Resonant, Stark, Immersive, Innovative

See it if you want to see a beautifully spare interpretation of a great Miller play. An effective and resonating view of a classic. Bravo Bedlam!

Don't see it if you want to see something short or uplifting - this will not soothe you or help you escape from current events. It's dreary as can be.

81
Reparations
Brooklyn
Complex identities, Intersectional, Relevant, Great acting, Unraveling plot

See it if you like plays that explore the intersectionality of the many issues -race, justice, gender, and equity using deeply personal perspectives.

Don't see it if you want to feel comfortable with the choices that the characters make. Also, beware of the mass transit system to Brooklyn - lots of delays

73
Maudlin, Tender, Sentimental, Slow, Romantic

See it if you like modern musical adaptations of well known plays. Talented cast. Tender moments. Intimate in scope. Dinklage is charismatic.

Don't see it if you know what a great score should sound like. you can't overlook Dinklage's inability to sing on key - duets were especially painful.

71
During previews
Slow, Great acting, Resonant, Talky, Ambitious

See it if you loved "Angels in America" and want to see a revival of Kushner's earliest play that could have been named "Devils in Germany". Relatable

Don't see it if you don't like 3 hr. plays, are apolitical, or like Trump. You view the whole audience, including many sleepers & empty seats in 2nd act.

Also This revival had many parts rewritten to include events of today and t... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Nonsensical, Coincidental commonalites, Disjointed, And the point is....?, Quirky

See it if vignettes that explore commonalities and the state of the human condition interest you. Actors play multiple roles very well. Eno style.

Don't see it if you are expecting a plot or strong message -- lots of ambiguity. Not always sure what's funny or serious. Scene changes need work.

75
Unfaded and enduring, Vintage, Riveting, Great writing, Poetic

See it if you like revivals of breakthrough theater. While dated in parts, it still resonates and moves the audience. Great performances.

Don't see it if you don't care for poetry in song and motion. Stark sets. Sad stories and vignettes. Some performers are better than others.

74
Fluffy, Entertaining, High-energy, Clever, Funny

See it if you want a fun night of hip hop improv with a raucous New York audience. Fast-paced and silly. Puts you in a good mood.

Don't see it if you don't like audience participation and can't be without your cell phone for the duration of the show. Not family friendly.

72
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
High octane, Over-the-top, Great staging, Cliched

See it if you want to see one of Williams's most humorous shows. Loved the chorus, setting and ambiance of the show. Nice chemistry between the actors

Don't see it if you don't want to see exaggerated acting -- everything is at a high decibel. Serafina seems less complex than most of Williams' female leads

78
During previews
Soft Power
East Village
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great sets, Social commentary, Satiric

See it if you like shows that use satire to help you see things from a different point of view; in this case from how China views America. Great wigs!

Don't see it if you want a show to grab you emotionally - I felt disconnected to what was happening on stage most of the time. Hillary Clinton haters beware

79
During previews
Unpredictable, Engrossing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you want to get inside the minds of two intelligent but damaged characters whose lives intermingle through their love of writing.

Don't see it if you get upset by mental and physical illnesses. Don't like stark dreary sets with just two characters who do narration more than dialogue.

70
The New Englanders
Midtown W
Average, Disconnected, Mild, Good premise, Shallow

See it if like small theaters and a story about the problems of a non-traditional family in a small traditional New England town. "Our Town 2019"

Don't see it if you want to get below a surface view of each character's motivations. Character development relies on stereotypes without enough depth.

70
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Gallows humor, Fun, Cliched, Silly, Cute

See it if you want to see a dark comedy which is actually rather fluffy and light. It's a cute version of Macbeth. It's got some 1970's nostalgia.

Don't see it if you like really dark and twisted musicals -- this is really pretty tame. After a short time, you've gotten the shtick so it's not exciting.

79
Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you love the Public Theater and New York City. This is what enjoying the theater in NYC is all about. Great cast, staging, community, FREE!

Don't see it if you want to see a heavy and cerebral show. It's kind of silly and light. Predictable Disney extravaganza. Not all professional.

30
During previews
Not redeemable, Waste of time, Depressing, Disorganized, Boring

See it if you want a unique and kitschy experience in a midtown bar complete with alcoholic drinks. This will not be your usual “night out”.

Don't see it if you like immersive theater and you don't want the whole genre ruined for you. Screaming and twitching is not acting.

Also I should give them some slack since this was the first preview. It was... Read more Read less

90
Dana H.
Gramercy
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.

83
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.

87
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!

72
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.

83
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.

69
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

89
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.

75
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.

80
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.

75
Immersive, Empathy for characters, Non-linear, Avant-garde, Influential

See it if you are interested in Fornes and her influence on experimental playwriting and feminist thought. You can see the "mother of the Avant-Garde"

Don't see it if you want to stay in your seat in the audience and watch a linear play. Not for those who want action rather than talky and intimate stories.

79
During previews
Great acting, Long, Triggering scenes, Long list of characters, Many interconnecting stories

See it if you want to see an SAG play in early formation. One scene after the other of thought-provoking and intense dialogue and stories.

Don't see it if long plays with triggering subjects either bore or disturb you. It could be great with pruning. Lots of characters w/ intense problems

80
Black Exhibition
Brooklyn
Unpolished, Boundary-breaking, Intimate, Psychological, Revealing

See it if you want to see an intimate in-formation performance by the great Jeremy O Harris in all his glory. Great sets and acting. An exploration.

Don't see it if you need to understand all of the references -- Harris refers to artists who have influenced him who are not known to most people.

83
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Absorbing, Virtuostic, Riveting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love rock style musicals that show off the raw and virtuosic talents of the cast. Joshua Henry is almost god-like in his singing ability

Don't see it if you think our criminal justice system works. The topic is deadly serious, but the plot of the show is a bit formulaic.

88
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Suspenseful, Distressing, Heart-wrenching, Great acting, Tense

See it if you want to feel what an FBI interrogation is really like from a deeply personal point of view, word for word, and minute by minute.

Don't see it if you don't want to feel a horrible sense of foreboding from beginning to end. This is reality for Reality and it hits hard. Time moves fast.

87
Great lighting and choreography, Activist-oriented, Optimistic, Great musicianship, High-energy

See it if you are a fan of David Byrne and appreciate great staging and musicianship. Dancing in your seat and singing along is encouraged.

Don't see it if you need to bring your baby to the theater. They will cry. Not for those who don't like creative concert shows, immigrants or voting.

90
Poignant, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you want to see a show that has it all -- great acting, staging, intrigue. The roles are all played with finesse and subtlety that is moving

Don't see it if you don't care for the writing of Aaron Sorkin -- his style is definitely there. Daniels take on Atticus is way different than Gregory Peck.

81
During previews
Stark, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense, Great acting

See it if you remember or are interested in the Crown Heights riots. Could this happen today? Unfortunately, maybe so, but NY hipsters would be added.

Don't see it if you don't like one-actor shows playing many roles. Stark set, simple props. Painful topic. My view was obstructed in the balcony.

71
During previews
Ambitious, Great set, Magical, Confusing, Feverish

See it if coherence is less important than strong symbols, emotions and themes. Startling moments, magic realism, and a multigenerational chorus.

Don't see it if you want a linear plot rather than heavy symbolism from start to finish. Hard to follow. Muddled, dreamy, and disturbing. What happened?

80
Thought-provoking, Intense, Good character development, Great acting, Unsettling

See it if you don't need to relate to the characters but still want to watch them reveal their inner selves onstage. Interesting direction choices.

Don't see it if you are uninterested in anyone outside of your liberal bubble. There is another bubble out there that you may not want to know. Pretty grim.

81
During previews
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Delightful, Captivating, Relevant, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you love Harvey Fierstein, insider US/NY politics, and are a feminist. It's an engaging, dynamic, inspiring & sensitive portrayal of an icon

Don't see it if you don't like one-actor shows or believe that a woman's place is really in the house and not the House of Representatives.

77
Queen of Hearts
Brooklyn
Pandering, Naughty, Virtuosic, Great ambiance, Enchanting

See it if you enjoy burlesque done by very talented performers who are working their butts off. Cirque du soleil meets Los Vegas meets Bushwick.

Don't see it if you are looking for true art, modern dance or classic theater. Not for those who can't handle crudeness and partial nudity. Drinks are $$$$$

96
During previews
Profound, Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Dizzying

See it if you like challenging theater and are ready for a visceral punch in the gut. You Work, Process, and Exorcise. RUN, see it, THINK!

Don't see it if can't be shocked and deal with our internalized ancestral history of the raping master/slave. The show is aggressive, sexual, psychological

79
Betrayal
Midtown W
Eloquent, Very british!, Subtle, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like to follow the words and body language of great actors in a well written play. It's sad, stark, and nuanced in its presentation.

Don't see it if you like action/intrigue and don't want to have to listen intently to dialogue. The whole show is focused on 3 unlikeable characters.

73
During previews
Timely, Indulgent, Thoughtful, Competent, Intelligent

See it if you are a Shakespeare fan and are interested in a black actor's experience of auditioning in American theatre.

Don't see it if you are a regular theater goer and are hoping for a show that goes even deeper in challenging the societal norms of today.

84
Mournful, Emotionally-draining, Moving, Powerful, Intimate

See it if you like gut wrenching and highly personal performances that stir up lots of emotions. Powerful performances and storytelling. Superb acting

Don't see it if may be too hard for those who are still grieving from a loss. The themes are heavy. The show consists of long monologues by 2 actors.