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Manhattan | Female
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Reviews (104)
87
During previews
Welcome back cole porter!

See it if You have any nostalgia for the time when musical geniuses wrote for the theatre and everyone wanted to hear and sing their songs.

Don't see it if Three-hour show in cramped seating. Miking is rather loud and not needed. Will Chase no Alfred Drake.

Also Kelly O’Hara fills the theatre with her glorious voice and stage prese... Read more Read less

85
It isn’t what you know that can scare you., Must see, Great writing, Great acting

See it if What seems to be a straight-forward plot is anything but. Elegant script and outstanding performances make this a show not to be missed.

Don't see it if You’ve never heard of Patricia Highsmith or Tom Ripley. It helps if you have but won’t hurt if you haven’t.

Also A woman sits at a typewritter in a beautiful home in Switzerland. She ... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Clever

See it if What you hope Off-B’way would always be. Good writing, good directing, and good acting. Three provocative one-acts explore dark places,

Don't see it if Shoulder-to-shoulder seating in an over-warmed theatre. You prefer multiple characters interacting rather than one doing a monologue.

Also subtle bias, and the mystery of fate. Not wanting to give too much awa... Read more Read less

85
Two for the price of one

See it if The kid in you or with you would be in awe of a mammoth, ear-splitting Kong and the best-ever special effects. That is one show.

Don't see it if The adult in you or with you would be in a snit over the ‘other’ show. One with the worst-ever score, clunky choreography, one-dimensional

Also characters and actors. There are something like 27 co-producers includ... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Funny, Great writing, Clever

See it if There is so much to like about this play by Tony Award winner Yasmina Reza. A very nice set and lighting design. Four interesting actors.

Don't see it if The problem is the relationships are not believable. The British accents are sometimes garbled. Very sophisticated language.

Also A highly intelligent script depicting two couples whose relationships ... Read more Read less

85
Through my baby’s eyes, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if I never saw this comic actor before and now I think I want to adopt him! This is such an entertaining evening you will actually be a better

Don't see it if You have no interest in the difficulties of relationships or becoming a parent from one straight-man’s point of view.

Also person for having seen it. In the same way a novel takes you inside ot... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Inspired, Great acting, Must see, Masterful, Great writing

See it if You saw him on Jon Stewart and thought he was funny. You saw him in Brigadoon and thought he was sweet and vulnerable. Any reason at all!

Don't see it if One-man show. East-Indian dialects.

Also This show won Aasif Mondvi an Obie in it’s original production and he ... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Great staging, Must see, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if You want to see the next acting and directing Obie/Drama Desk/Outer Circle Critics award winner. Fun AND moving. Highly imaginative acting.

Don't see it if You don’t like feeling squeezed in your narrow seat.

Also Great physical comedy. A master-class in comedy-acting character trans... Read more Read less

49
During previews
Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Great projections. Background on former Nazi Wernher von Braun after WWII. He and other Nazi German scientists were given a

Don't see it if Clunky play. Bad acting. Making any Nazi look charming and sympathetic would be as repugnant to you as it was to me.

Also pass on their criminal activities to come to America to help us develo... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Dated, Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if A show about a man ready to get married but to whom? Really good work by three actors who are challenged by the narrow space the are in as

Don't see it if Cramming 14 songs into 90 mins. is a bit much. This is clearly a two-act musical which needs much more humor to to make it truly enjoyable.

Also well as the three-piece band that tries so hard to sound like a full o... Read more Read less

76
Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You are willing to give your full attention to a story of loss and addiction, deafness and broken families. The father, who loses so

Don't see it if Terrible lighting. Confusing story line. Intense 2.5 hours. Too many characters with competing stories.

Also much, is our Job figure. But everyone in this play experiences loss. O... Read more Read less

35
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Dated, Slow, Excruciating

See it if You are curious, as was I, to see a play by Albert Camus, the French writer and philosopher.

Don't see it if A clue to your enjoyment of the play resides in the information though written in 1938 it was not seen until 1944 perhaps because its main

Also character is a murderous, insane dictator or the fact it was revised m... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Dated, Ambitious

See it if Lovely lighting and a standout performance by one actress you are sure to remember.

Don't see it if Tennessee Williams had a singular voice and great success mining his own family background and his own psyche for material. That voice got

Also weaker and less imaginative as he drank and drugged himself literally ... Read more Read less

70
Great acting

See it if Gentle Irish- Catholic humor performed by genuinely talented Irish actor, Mikel Murfi. Bringing the sequel to his hit show The Man in The

Don't see it if Rapid-fire monologue in a heavy Irish brougue. Not exactly side-splitting material. Theatre on 11th Ave. Waking Ned Devine funnier.

Also Woman’s Shoes, he performs as different characters at a funeral. Just ... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Overrated, Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You have an Irish heritage or background. You are an actor who would like to take a master- class in the use of props. You live downtown.

Don't see it if I don’t think there is any excuse, ever, for an actor who cannot be understood. The dialect may be perfect but if you are not projecting or

Also articulating, then it is an acting-class not a performance. Actors who... Read more Read less

75
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You want to get an insight into how easily anyone even a person with a strong intellect can become corrupted by sex, money and power.

Don't see it if Very small theatre. No intermission.

Also I was entertained by and involved with this show. Colorful and flexibl... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Dated, Raunchy, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if Terrific performances from Dana Delaney and Adina Verson.

Don't see it if Stereotyping straight or lesbian women would bore you. Watching a stand-up comedy act extended into a 90min. play would, too. Becoming over-

Also familiar with the word ‘pussy.’ Many laughs in this play for many peop... Read more Read less

82
Must see, Relevant, Great singing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a lively new musical before it gets to a bigger theatre and ticket prices soar. You love highly talented performers who are

Don't see it if Small theatre with narrow padded seats. You can’t go before they close on Sept. 1st.

Also undoubtably going to become stars of tomorrow. You like getting a less... Read more Read less

70
Romantic, Indulgent, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You’d enjoy the energy and humor of a Fringe-Festival production that has made it to Theatre 59E59. Very well produced. Good directing.

Don't see it if A show tells you what is going to happen then shows you what did happen then tells you what you just saw and heard over and over for 90 min.

Also Too bad there’s a lack of chemistry between the lead actors who mainta... Read more Read less

90
Must see, Masterful, Hilarious, Great writing, Delightful

See it if You grew up in the 60’s loving all those smart funny ladies on Jack Parr..You grew up any other time! “Lovers and Other Strangers” made you

Don't see it if I can’t think of anything.

Also howl. So did “Made For Each Other.” You know the writing duo of Renée ... Read more Read less

66
Dated, Intelligent, Clever

See it if Two completely different shows in one. Some very nice acting.

Don't see it if You can’t sit through a deadly dull first hour in order to get to the witty and wicked second hour. Both are dated material. No production

Also values. Low-budget presentation closes out Atlantic Theatre season.

80
Must see, Great writing, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A story about two men and a sexual encounter that went wrong is just the beginning of this terrific play. One act. Great acting.

Don't see it if You want a two-act play. Gay protagonists and some sex play make you uncomfortable. Very small theatre.

50
Ambitious, Slow, Cliched

See it if You love the story of the monster created by Mary Shelley one summer on a challenge from Lord Byron to her and poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Don't see it if you can’t imagine what the show might become with a truly talented cast, a good director, orchestral arrangements, and a lot of work on

Also the book. The show needs a lot of work but the woman next to me just l... Read more Read less

55
Dizzying, Slow, Confusing, Dated

See it if You are interested in the life of a medieval female mystic who defends her visions & voices to the exclusion of family and society.

Don't see it if You are expecting a play called a comedy to actually be funny. Only Mel Brooks could make religious mania laughable. Margery Kempe, an

Also English historical figure who suffered through 14 possibly unwanted pr... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You love the music and today’s pop and gospel sound. You get a good discount. You like loud, fast, constant movement..

Don't see it if If you saw the original which I did and remember. Not a musical. Not a jukebox musical. No book. One song after another sold hard. I’d

Also rather see even good, multi-talented performers as these are, who can ... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Disappointing, Banal, Slow, Cliched, Dated

See it if Excellent set and costumes.

Don't see it if Uninspired direction by J.Banks makes an amateur play even more so. The story of a strong-willed young woman wanting to expand the limits of

Also her patriarchal fundamentalist family could use a lot more humor to co... Read more Read less

69
Mixed messages amid multiple styles

See it if You are interested in the history of legal and illegal abortion in 1800’s New York personified by Madam Restell, immigrant & single mother.

Don't see it if The mixture of styles including musical interludes, Greek chorus and men playing women, actually quite well, is just too much. The story,

Also is based on an actual historical figure who gained notoriety and a hug... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Another manhattan theatre club missfire

See it if Beautiful a capella spiritual singing. Young Black actors who can harmonize and move well. An excellent point made regarding the ‘N’ word.

Don't see it if The stage and back wall are red. The color of passion, blood, anger. All of which are blandly explored in this story which does not qualify

Also as reaching the level of a play. There is a central gay character with... Read more Read less

50
Empath needs a hug, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if You are keen on spiritual journeys and empathetic emotions.

Don't see it if You think you’d probably do a better ‘reading’ than this guy. Early in the show David Sauvage describes asking his parents if he can come

Also home because he’s hit bottom, emotionally. His mother says yes. His fa... Read more Read less

35
Lame idea falls flat

See it if You enjoy stupid party games, You prefer your Hamlet cut to 60 mins. You hope to be roped into being a supporting actor with a few lines.

Don't see it if It isn’t that a woman can’t play HAMLET... it’s that THIS woman can’t. She who prefers to remain nameless, no programs, no curtain call,

Also brings not one new idea or any insight into her Hamlet. If you choose ... Read more Read less

76
Absorbing, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if I saw the original production of this play and this revival is much more entertaining. Two performances especially stood out as incredibly

Don't see it if Very small theatre. One of Williams very truthful but more pedestrian plays. Some herbal cigarette smoking involved.

Also human and moving. One of those performances is an actor who reminded m... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Funny, Ambitious, Fluffy, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Lighthearted mashup of equal parts Book of Mormon and Ethel Merman’s greatest hits. Some tuneful music. Pretty good singing. Great energy.

Don't see it if Uncomfortable theatre seating and sightlines. Underwhelming lyrics. A little too... ‘sweet.’ Not that funny.

75
Edgy, Confusing, Great staging, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if A packed one-hour stage production of Gary Cooper classic High Noon. Great staging, sound, and direction. Good ensemble acting.

Don't see it if A very stylized adaptation opens with strobe lighting and loud gunshots followed by many men with guns. Promise of threat and acute tension

Also fails to develop as well as it could because of monotonous all gray/ b... Read more Read less

100
Great acting, Riveting, Must see, Masterful, Great staging

See it if You want to see the finest acting on Broadway. A brilliant Janet McTeer! She portrays the actress Sara Bernhardt and shows us every

Don't see it if The play is more argument than action about how to approach Hamlet. There is a clear feminist message.

Also possible expression of that great French actress. Everyone in the cast... Read more Read less

45
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You love to talk and tell stories about yourself and your life. You enjoy being interviewed by a funny stranger. You enjoy watching and

Don't see it if You want to see a show not interviews of tourists from the Midwest. You prefer shows that do not start 20 minutes late with no explanation.

Also listening to people doing the aforementioned. You like the idea of fre... Read more Read less

90
Great writing, Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You have children. You don’t have children. You love wonderful animated movies. You love hearing catchy new songs. You love to laugh.

Don't see it if You would not enjoy any movie where children will be present. You don’t like silly things. You hate James Corden who will probably win an

Also award for his voicing of this movie. Really large screen. Reclined sea... Read more Read less

45
During previews
Slow, Excruciating, Indulgent, Confusing, Train wreck

See it if You believe that throwing chunks of Romeo and Juliet and Uncle Vanya together sounds like a good idea.

Don't see it if You have any respect at all for Chekhov or Shakespeare. Bedlam has taken its own name too seriously in this ONGEPOTCHKET production.

Also That’s Yiddish for ‘hot mess.’ Neither the Vanya or R & J inform one a... Read more Read less

75
Edgy, Intense, Raunchy

See it if You respect the talent of John Patrick Shanley. Two good actors. You like your drama intense and emotional.

Don't see it if You will miss the humor and nuances of this play because the director failed to keep the actors from their impulse to take every line to

Also it’s rawest emotional level without including the opposite moments of ... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Must see, Funny, Great acting, Delightful, Low comedy scores high!

See it if “A businessman’s special,” is what the trade used to call any show that lifted you off your seat because it was so entertaining it made you

Don't see it if Ok. Get a free headset and you won’t have to strain to hear or understand the accents. Slow first 15 minutes. Silly windup. Silly story.

Also forget your troubles. That is what this lightweight, very funny comedy... Read more Read less

85
Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Funny, Delightful

See it if Don’t let the title scare you! More heart -lift than heart-ache. Teriffic cast of real pros put on one of Shaw’s funniest plays during the

Don't see it if Play runs well over two hours with one ten-minute intermission. British accents.

Also London blitz. A wildly eccentric but extremely charming group of chara... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Great staging, Dated, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You love old movies about rural English lads who, with their protective older brothers ,sign up for WWI and are sent to the front to die.

Don't see it if The pace is super fast and the dialect mostly impenetrable. The acting is on a strictly technical level. The story cliched. May bore some.

Also Outstanding physical performance by Shane O’Regan who encompasses 24 c... Read more Read less

69
Dated

See it if If you love Film Noir Friday’s on TCM because that is what this play is like. Good guys, bad guys, knife fights, threats, femme fatale.

Don't see it if You would have to strain from the second row to hear one of the story’s most important characters mumble his lines. The reason this play

Also doesn’t work is because we can’t understand what the stakes are for th... Read more Read less

78
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You have yet to see this Upper Westside gem! And hurry. It closes 8/31. The best Off-Off directing I’ve seen in a long time. The actors sing

Don't see it if There are many stairs and no elevator. The ac is weak. The acting does not live up to the directing. 90min. no intermission.

Also dance, play musical instruments, and dazzle with their smiles. The set... Read more Read less

79
Must see, Entertaining, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if The songs. The singing. The fun. To see Broadway veterans so at home on a stage you really fall in love with their talent and skill. You

Don't see it if You will miss full production values, a large orchestra, an overture, a big cast with a chorus, great scenery or good choreography.

Also can get a discount ticket. Ben Davis as Dr. Mark has a thrilling voice... Read more Read less

70
Intelligent, Entertaining, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if You like good story-telling. You want serious drama to have humor as well. Debate on human rights vs. Christian ‘salvation’ is of interest.

Don't see it if You might be offended by a story that portrays a man who sincerely believes God wants him to live by rules made up by early Christians

Also two-thousand years ago and still wants acceptance and tolerance by oth... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Raunchy, Edgy, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if If you have ever wanted a bigger life only to run into a roadblock of sexual obsession. It happens.

Don't see it if You are made mad by a solo actress speaking faster than the mind can comprehend in a low voice. Spotty projection spoils an almost really

Also terrific performance of a highly demanding role. She does bring variet... Read more Read less

61
During previews
Resonant, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if If you thought they couldn’t make a musical based on the life of the evil Evita Peron either, give this a try. Serious story. Eager young

Don't see it if You don’t like singers being loudly miked in small venues. Flashing lights bother you. 2hrs, no break. Sad story.

Also performers fill a small stage with full commitment if not actual actin... Read more Read less

78
Confusing, Quirky, Masterful, Ambitious

See it if Master class in acting. Full commitment to the role, humor, discovery, risk-taking, physicality, excellent use of vocal power and energy.

Don't see it if If watching Gogol’s madman sustain a manic performance that is highly emotional and never softly-spoken for 90 minutes would wear you out.

Also I agree with the critic for th L.A. Times who noted the lead actor beg... Read more Read less

35
During previews
Slow, Indulgent, Overrated, Cliched, Banal

See it if You are interested in religious calling and sex. Playwrights and brain tumors, worldly success and a meaningful life. Friendship. Death.

Don't see it if A leading lady who really overacts, banal dialogue, plodding plot development and an unbelievable denouement would disappoint you.

Also The young male lead does his best to keep things real but he has no su... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Funny, Masterful, Intelligent, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Enormously entertaining family show Magical creations of undersea denizens and Gumby-like creatures that play ball with you...a

Don't see it if You have no sense of humor. You want music and sound effects with your shows. You don’t want to sit in front of, behind or next to a child.

Also very large ball...are just a fraction of the wonders you will see sans... Read more Read less