Kirsten Sweeney

New York City | 18-24 | Female
About:  Young professional working in the arts. I see shows sometimes.
Reviews (36)
88
During previews
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if you want a genuinely fun, easily enjoyable time - it's "low-brow" humor that doesn't sacrifice quality.

Don't see it if you want a show with some gravity or substance; you won't enjoy it if you take it or yourself too seriously.

Also I went into this show expecting to have a goofy time and to not think ... Read more Read less

82
Great acting, Great staging, Dated, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a look at deaf/HOH culture in the 70s and want to see some fantastic actors doing great work.

Don't see it if you are turned off by similar shows of women being changed/saved/improved by men (like My Fair Lady).

Also This play, while it did have some wonderful and genuinely moving and i... Read more Read less

80
During previews
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Riveting, Confusing

See it if you know the story and/or you're interested in dystopian narratives a la "The Handmaid's Tale." Eerily relevant to today.

Don't see it if you are squeamish or easily triggered by violence, light gore/horror, or sensory overload (light and sound).

Also This is a fascinating adaptation of a narrative that, while interestin... Read more Read less

68
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you are a fan of the movie, or if you like flashy staging with a lot of "theatre magic."

Don't see it if you prefer more simplistic productions or you don't like the movie.

Also This production is extremely ambitious, and they succeed on a number o... Read more Read less

73
Sweat
Midtown W
Ambitious, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see an extremely politically relevant and accurate portrayal of small town middle America.

Don't see it if you don't like overtly political plays, plays that don't have happy endings, or plays that are more heavy-handed & feature a lot of yelling.

Also Sweat is a very important play, especially in light of the current Ame... Read more Read less

93
Indecent
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you are interested in stories about the Jewish Diaspora/the Holocaust, stories about queer women, or stories about forgotten B'way history.

Don't see it if you prefer large, blockbuster shows or don't like darker subject matter.

Also Indecent is a touching, gorgeous production with disturbing relevance ... Read more Read less

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

See it if you want to see Ben Platt, whose performance is unlike any I have seen on a Broadway stage or otherwise (besides perhaps Cynthia Erivo).

Don't see it if you are triggered by discussions of suicide or you don't want to cry for 2 hours.

Also Dear Evan Hansen is not only a masterful look at social anxiety and so... Read more Read less

70
Heisenberg
Midtown W
Edgy, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Overrated

See it if you enjoy plays about relationships (not necessarily romantic ones) or you like very unexpected and strange stories.

Don't see it if you get bored by 2-person dramas or don't care about a relationship-centric plot.

Also It was honestly just boring. I was very uninterested in the premise of... Read more Read less

67
During previews
Party People
East Village
Ambitious, Intense, Great singing, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you have a personal connection to the Black Panther/Young Lords movement, or you enjoy experimental theatre.

Don't see it if you don't like multimedia theatre or you don't enjoy theatre with a very strong political message.

Also At a full 3 hours, this show is just way too long (granted, I did see ... Read more Read less

80
Falsettos
Midtown W
Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you want to see an all-around incredibly talented cast, and especially if you want Stephanie J Block to melt your face off.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy shows with family themes or themes of Jewish culture or the AIDs epidemic.

Also Falsettos is actually 2 shows put together, and Act II was significant... Read more Read less

90
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Great choreography, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to be blessed by the incredible cast and unbelievable choreography, and if you are a fan of Broadway history or history in general.

Don't see it if you don't think you can sit through a show that is a little longer than it probably should be.

80
Entertaining, Great dancing, Classic

See it if you grew up loving Fiddler, you want to see some wonderful choreography, or you want to see Danny Burstein own the stage for 2 hours.

Don't see it if you don't like classic musicals or you don't like Bartlett Sher's directing style.

76
Bright Star
Midtown W
Cliched, Great staging, Romantic

See it if you like bluegrass/country music. The direction of the show is quite good and Carmen Cusack's performance is the saving grace of this show.

Don't see it if you don't like country music and/or you don't like extremely predictable, cheesy plots. Acting was very subpar except for Carmen.

70
Banal, Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny

See it if you are a fan of the Peter Pan story and/or you like in-your-face, family-friendly humor. Also Laura Michelle Kelly is stunning.

Don't see it if you are looking for anything more than a fluffy family show.

95
Matilda
Midtown W
Delightful, Refreshing, Enchanting, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you like kids or once were a kid. If you like feel-good musicals you will love it. Perfect if you've read the book/seen the movie.

Don't see it if you don't like children or the slightly vanilla nature of family-friendly shows.

98
Riveting, Profound, Resonant, Must see

See it if you want to be blessed by the indescribable talent of Cynthia Erivo.

Don't see it if you are coming for Jennifer Hudson's acting skills. You won't find them.

99
Riveting, Intense, Original, Masterful, Great staging

See it if you want to have your idea of what a play can be blown out of the water.

Don't see it if you don't do well with flashing lights/loud noises.

84
American Psycho
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy, Intense, Original

See it if you enjoy looking at mostly naked men and listening to 80s electro-pop.

Don't see it if you don't like blood.

88
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you are a lover of Shakespeare and want to see a more traditional staging of this tragedy.

Don't see it if you have a hard time understanding Shakespeare or don't think you can sit through a 3-hour outdoor production.

Also I'll admit, I went into this play with some hesitation; I truly love S... Read more Read less

80
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Ambitious, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in plays with immediate cultural/political relevancy, you love new works, and/or you enjoy shows featuring young actors.

Don't see it if you find discussions of school shootings upsetting/triggering, or if you are uninterested in plays with a specific political point of view.

Also This Flat Earth attempts to grapple with the daunting beast that is sc... Read more Read less

70
Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you don't have any knowledge of the play, or if you want to see powerhouse performances by Sally Field and Joe Mantello.

Don't see it if you know what this play should be and don't want its most crucial themes to be ignored in the service of being "edgy."

Also Sam Gold is usually a fantastic director (as exemplified by another ma... Read more Read less

85
For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy slapstick/physical comedy, or if you want to see a parody on the murder mystery genre.

Don't see it if you prefer more "high brow," witty comedy as opposed to physical gags.

Also I saw the London production of this play, but I can assume that not mu... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you want to see masters of the stage Laurie Metcalf and Jayne Houdyshell in their element. Also for writing that is both witty & meaningful.

Don't see it if you don't know what happens at the end of A Doll's House, or if you believe deeply in the institution of marriage.

Also This show is superb across the board. Laurie Metcalf is giving a maste... Read more Read less

92
Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Resonant

See it if you want to see the pinnacle of what ensemble-driven theatre can be. A moving story that will bring tears of laughter and sadness.

Don't see it if you prefer shows with one central protagonist or that are action-driven, or if you are sensitive to discussions about 9/11.

Also You will leave Come From Away feeling warm and fuzzy in the best way. ... Read more Read less

88
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if you want a night of pure fun at the theatre. Especially see it if you are from New York, and/or if you're already a fan of Kroll & Mulaney.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of goofy humor or you don't like feeling joy.

Also The show is a ton of fun and cleverly written. It features both tradit... Read more Read less

20
Cats
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Great dancing

See it if you are already a fan of Cats.

Don't see it if you respect yourself.

Also The only people that don't hate Cats are the people that REALLY love C... Read more Read less

85
Profound, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you are a fan of Jonathan Larson and/or are a struggling artist yourself. You will feel the emotion of this show in your bones.

Don't see it if you don't like rock musicals or minimalist productions.

Also At times, the material of the show is better than the cast performing ... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Original

See it if you like Alan Menken's music, you like Santino Fontana, or you want to see something just slightly bizarre and unlike anything else.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that are weird or difficult to explain.

89
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Great singing

See it if you are a woman, you are a fan of Sara Bareilles' music, or you want to watch Jessie Mueller's unbelievable She Used to Be Mine performance.

Don't see it if you don't like slightly fluffy musicals or if you don't want to watch storylines about abuse.

97
Exquisite, Great staging, Must see, Original, Resonant

See it if you want to see something unlike any other Broadway show, and if you like coming-of-age stories and/or strong female performances.

Don't see it if you don't like to see children perform.

78
Blackbird
Midtown W
Intense, Great writing

See it if you enjoy serious drama dealing with intense subject matter (sexual abuse of a minor).

Don't see it if you are looking for a great performance from Michelle Williams.

50
Disappointing, Overrated, Beautiful dancing, Great staging, Cliched

See it if you want to see some truly stunning ballet.

Don't see it if you care at all about seeing an interesting plot or characters. The title encompasses the entire plot of the show.

80
Fully Committed
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Quirky

See it if you are in for a light night of goofy comedy and/or like Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Don't see it if you're sitting in the balcony and are afraid of heights (the Lyceum is TALL) or if you can't sit through a show with no intermission.

65
Overrated, Banal, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like more low-brow, in-your-face comedy, or if you want to look at Christian Borle's arms.

Don't see it if you want to see a sophisticated musical.

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Must see, Original, Riveting, Ambitious, Masterful

See it if you are a human being alive on this Earth.

Don't see it if you lose the lottery.

95
Eclipsed
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound, Riveting

See it if you want to learn about something very real and also laugh more than you'd think, and if you want to be blown away by some incredible women.

Don't see it if you have a hard time hearing, or if English isn't your first language, because the Liberian accents can be tricky to understand.