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 (151)
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.

88
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Great writing, Edgy, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you like challenging theater that uses racial stereotyping and absurd symbolism to push the audience to understand deep inside thoughts.

Don't see it if you can't handle crude language or overt sexual acts on stage. Funny parts are not light. A deep autobiography about a gay black artist

48
Disappointing, Cool choreography, Flashy, High-tech, Excruciating

See it if you like Vegas or Cirque de Soleil style flashiness and acrobatics. The set is really striking. Lots of cool kung fu style moves.

Don't see it if you want a moving story - it is just so cheesy. Also, poor singing is unacceptable. This is a bad start for the Shed.

84
Romantic, Resonant, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if you love Shakespeare, Shakespeare in the Park & NYC - this is a great production with a modern twist that delights and feels relevant to all

Don't see it if lots of characters are too hard for you to keep track of. It's long -- 2.5 hours.

68
Burn This
Midtown W
Excruciating, Overrated, Great acting, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you want to see some really great actors trying to make the best of their roles. Love the Hudson Theater

Don't see it if you want multi-dimensional characters with depth. Each character was a cliched stereotype. I felt like I learned nothing about them.

Also I did not see the original Broadway production of Burn This, but I don... Read more Read less

80
Great cast, Traditional, Sweet, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you are a fan of splashly and classic musical theatre. What a cast! What voices! Cole Porter is a great composer! A fun evening for all.

Don't see it if you prefer more edgy and dark shows with unexpected twists and turns -- this is predictable and kind of fluffy. Innovative for 1948!

74
Ink
Midtown W
Formulaic, Uninspiring, Relevant, Predictable, Great staging

See it if you are interested in the early career of Murdoch and London tabloids. Cool set and staging. Relevant. OK show.

Don't see it if you don't like people screaming "fuck" a lot. Very predictable plot. Other plays should have gotten the Tony nomination.

75
During previews
Proof of Love
West Village
Confessional, Stirring, Sincere, Heartfelt, Absorbing

See it if you like the personal story telling genre. The story is somewhat drab at the beginning but becomes more interesting toward the end.

Don't see it if you prefer action and intrigue. The character is subtle, strong and not very emotional, so it takes a while to get engrossed.

75
Good concept, Quirky, Clever, Great lighting

See it if you've travelled to some of the 17 places, like travel monologues, and appreciate a creative use of a spare stage.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows, stories that jump around, immigrants or the mixing of funny and serious themes at the same time.

72
During previews
Fluffy, Amazing sets and special effects, Campy, Silly, Funny

See it if you are a cult fan of the movie and like campy jokes and lavish sets. Where did Sophia Anne Caruso get that amazing voice? Day-o!!!

Don't see it if crowdpleasers fully of campy jokes are not your thing. Not profound by any means - it's formulaic fluff. More touristy - not a theatre crowd

95
Riveting, Must see, Masterful, Epic, Flawless

See it if you want 3 hours to fly by watching masterful acting, directing, epic set, sublime music and an absorbing story. 3 actors, 1 piano - WOW!

Don't see it if you are tired, illiterate, have no attention span, not interested in American history, or can't sit for 3 hours. Not fluffy, campy, or light

79
During previews
Unsettling, Feminist, Absurdist, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you want a creative way to explore women's views of how really terrifying and frustrating it is to live in the patriarchy on a daily basis.

Don't see it if you don't know what empathy is. Do you hate absurdity in plays or symbolism as social commentary? Then don't see this.

Also This show got to me on a visceral level and yes, I do feel anger.

74
During previews
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Satire, Operatic, Political, Dated, Relevant

See it if you are interested in union history and seeing how today's audience relates to political theater from a different era. Power to the people!

Don't see it if you don't like operettas and period language. The rich are greedy -- we get it...not much subtlety. More a history lesson than a show.

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

49
Boring, Great singing, Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if Go if you must see every show that Lena Hall is in or you are a humongous Jim Steinman fan.

Don't see it if I was praying for the end of the show to hurry up and arrive. I was hoping for campy, nostalgic, and fun but it was just 3 out of 3 BAD.

72
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Interesting character, Relevant, Historical storytelling, Biographical, Great acting

See it if if like good storytelling with great actors and themes of racial and gender inequity combined with strength and resilience. Matthis is great

Don't see it if you don't like actors playing multiple characters of different genders. There is some rambling at times -- could have been edited down a bit

85
Intimate, Riveting, Great writing, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you like the book or movie, are a fan of Lynn Nottage and Duncan Sheik, and want to enjoy an uplifting civil rights era personal story.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with the themes of racial and domestic violence. If you prefer "grand" musicals, this has a pared down set.

70
Too much, Quirky, Raunchy, Edgy, Confusing

See it if you like challenging performance art (not really a play) that make you feel uncomfortable about racial issues and sanitizing history.

Don't see it if you really can't take simulated sex bordering on pornographic, even to make a point. Lots coming at you at once. Weird to see w/ my daughter

85
All My Sons
Midtown W
Searing, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Depressing

See it if you want to see an excellent revival by one of the greatest American playwrights of the 20th century. Powerful acting. It hit me hard.

Don't see it if you prefer plays that are happy, peppy, and bursting with love! This is a painful and sad show. The American dream has gone awry.

84
Passage
Soho/Tribeca
Abstract, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you like beautifully designed, zen-like sets, simple costumes/props/lighting w/ abstract, but rich dialogue. Makes you think about humanity

Don't see it if you prefer shows with a clear wall between the audience and characters. Not for those who want a concrete, understandable, & confined story.

Also The audience is an important character in this show. There is an intim... Read more Read less

73
Overrated, Great writing, Disjointed, Hopeless, Depressing

See it if you want to see Sam Shepard's most autobiographical play in the wonderful Signature Theatre. The lamb is adorable. Everything else is ick.

Don't see it if you want to care about the characters -- some I hated and others didn't understand. It's full of sadness and anger from start to finish.

74
During previews
Mac Beth
West Village
Clever, Wild, Gory, Quirky, Gender-bending

See it if you are a Scottish play fan and want to see a kitschy and wild interpretation. Solid acting. Girls can be cruel and sick!

Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare purist or don't like Shakespeare at all. Not for those who can't handle blood and gore - there is plenty. Screaming!

96
White Noise
East Village
Upsetting, Must see, Masterful, Intense, Heavy

See it if you are moved by challenging shows with a lot to unpack. Gut wrenching and powerful. The actors go very deep and things get crazy and ugly.

Don't see it if you want a light-hearted romp. Don't go if you don't want to think about racial issues. Makes you angry, want to cry or be very reflective.

81
During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Amusing, Fluffy, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like big musical stage productions, great sets/costumes and a cast that gives it their all. Fans of the movie will enjoy it. It's fun.

Don't see it if you are looking for the next Hamilton or more profound theatre. Lacks chemistry between some characters. Score is eh. Kind of traditional.

90
During previews
Resonant, Great staging, Great singing, Epic, Ambitious

See it if you like musicals with innovative staging of mythical proportions with a top-notch cast, choreography and music. Beautifully executed!

Don't see it if you think building a wall is a great idea. Orpheus actor is weaker than other cast, including his love interest, Eurydice - no chemistry!

73
During previews
The White Devil
West Village
Violent, Flamboyant, Tragic, Great staging, Clever

See it if you like Elizabethan tragedies with a modern twist. Lots of nastiness and gore. Interesting use of technology and modern sets.

Don't see it if you aren't into long tragedies with lots of characters and violence. Some of the actors were better than others. It felt amateurish at times

79
Raw, Insightful, Curated, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you want to be part of a communal listening experience. It takes you inside the minds, songs, & heavy hearts of what these prisoners endured

Don't see it if you want a play with action. It's more like a curated immersion into an recorded album that reveals the history of prison slavery. Not fun.