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Manhattan | Female
About:  I've been going to the theatre since I was eight years old. I fell in love immediately. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (148)
55
During previews
A poor echo, Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Banal

See it if Good costumes.

Don't see it if Horton Foote has often been very lucky as well as talented and prolific. His plays have had top-notch actors and directors. Not so

Also here. Even when it was first presented and won a Pulitzer, it only pla... Read more Read less

70
Resonant, Intense, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if Talented young Asian-American actors tell an important, true story of WWII. Korean women under Japanese occupation are lied to and told

Don't see it if Varying degrees of talent do not spoil the story but it is obvious many amateur performers are involved.

Also there is factory work in Japan. They are enduring wretched conditions ... Read more Read less

65
FEAR
West Village
Loved the set!, Great staging, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if The set. The staging. The lighting and sound. The energy.

Don't see it if This is a play full of secrets but no one told the actors. When an actor adds a secret to their performance, a secret they may or may not

Also tell, the stakes go up and so does the tension. Every discovery may re... Read more Read less

100
Must see, Hilarious, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if One of the best shows written in my lifetime. Great performance space with perfect sight lines from all seats. Outstanding singing, dancing,

Don't see it if I can see how a show entirely in Yiddish might put people off. It did me. More the fool, I., Huge subtitles! No problem.

Also acting. A great score with songs that have become as well-known as tho... Read more Read less

79
Great writing, Intelligent, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You will never regret seeing this show! The thinking person’s comedian. The subject is well, you know. And you WILL know a lot about

Don't see it if A lot of walking back and forth with mic in hand across a wide stage. Novak is not always easy to understand as she speaks very quickly .

Also Jacqueline Novak’s journey to become the Queen of.... Too many laughs ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
See me. see me., Great staging, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You are excited by committed, risk-taking, physically graceful acting. Very few actors have the amazing physicality of Keith Hamilton Cobb.

Don't see it if If you would be irritated to hear for 90:minutes how unfair life is to actors of color. (Asians have it worse.)

Also Or the writing chops. He’s not happy with the limitations his acting c... Read more Read less

50
One of the few

See it if Heroic story of a group of strong-minded German students who just wanted to end WW II for their country.

Don't see it if Small, airless theatre may make you feel claustrophobic as it did for me. Young actors who ‘show’ us how to feel instead of feeling it

Also themselves. Made me think, when you believe it, I’ll believe it. Play ... Read more Read less

69
Rep is hard, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if Only 90 minutes. One or two laughs. Integrity saves lives and honor. Shades of Harvey Weinstein. Change is slow.

Don't see it if Not Shakespeare’s best work, I last saw this at the Delacorte Theatre with Liev Schreiber. His dour, low-energy performance sent me packing

Also after Act One. Energy is high in this production but the directing is ... Read more Read less

15
Twelve Angry Women
Midtown W
Slow, Overrated, Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You want to see an all-female version of the movie, TWELVE ANGRY MEN. You are interested in how justice can work for and against anyone.

Don't see it if This is one of the most amateur productions I have ever seen. There is little-to-no characterization. These young women seem not to have

Also enough life experience to bring to their roles. Each does the same phy... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if Heartbreaking story of young African-American man pushed to violence by racism. Very well acted, directed, staged, lighted, and costumed.

Don't see it if You are not open to the attack on racism based on the great novel by Richard Wright. This is a searing production with an exceptional

Also performance by Galen Ryan Kane, a graduate of The Yale School of Drama... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Two's a Crowd
Midtown E
Hell is other people

See it if Rita Rudner is funny. If Saturday Night Live doesn’t get her to do Nancy Pelosi it will be a major shame. Some toe-tapping musical numbers.

Don't see it if Old-fashioned and predictable. Wedding planner with cheating husband goes to Vegas to find herself and instead finds a man in her double-

Also booked hotel room. He’s grouchy and impatient. She’s neurotic and sarc... Read more Read less

70
Dated, Resonant, Relevant, Cliched, Absorbing

See it if Some good acting by experienced and well-trained actors. Above average production. Draws you in. Jonathan Bank does not direct.

Don't see it if Newly-married Bairbre returns from a dozen years in London with her naive loser husband Tom to their backward rural Irish village. Tom

Also doesn’t know about her past as a prostitute but his father does. Altho... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Julie Madly Deeply
Midtown E
Julie loudly

See it if Any showcase of songs Julie Andrews made famous suits you.

Don't see it if When any performer takes on a role made famous by someone else a comparison is inevitable. The low-end cabaret-styled show in the small

Also theatre at 59E59 does not live up to its cheery title or colorful mark... Read more Read less

24
Fire your agent!, Excruciating

See it if Nathan Lane uses every color in his paintbox to impressive effect. Tony-level performance.

Don't see it if A famous producer once said no play HAD to be produced. This is the one he meant. Would never have seen the light of day if Nathan Lane was

Also not involved. Entire dinner parties could thrown around the question o... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Handbagged
Midtown E
We liked the horses!, Intelligent, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You remember the Regan/Thatcher years of “trickle down” economic voodoo that made the poor, poorer and the rich, richer. An echo of today’s

Don't see it if British 80’s politics would bore you. Awful lighting. Too-bare stage. Can seem dry to many. A lot of information to take in.

Also post-recession Republican politics. Four great parts for 4 excellent a... Read more Read less

90
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Let’s do this!, Will run for years

See it if This is a really funny, old-fashioned show. And I am an old-fashioned girl. I think the last great show Stephen Sondheim wrote was A Funny

Don't see it if You can’t forgive anyone thinking they can turn Tootsie into a Broadway musical. You wouldn’t like a song called, You @#$&%* Things Up!

Also Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. This is not that but charms an... Read more Read less

65
For a previous production
Mac Beth
Upper E Side
Not scary not funny just young

See it if You’d like to introduce young people to a non-traditional Shakespearean production. You already know the story well. Comfortable seating.

Don't see it if The inspirations for this production are female power turning malevolent. Female actors in male roles turning Shakespearean theatre

Also tradition on its head. And actors playing several roles. All of these ... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Caroline's Kitchen
Midtown E
British farce or frenzy?

See it if You enjoy hell-for-leather actors or cooking shows, adultery, gay sons, fears of aging, religion and Scandinavian chef’s knives.

Don't see it if This would-be farce has everything but slamming doors and mistaken identity to contend with. There are at least four different plot lines,

Also none resolved. The actors may still be finding their feet and there is... Read more Read less

69
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Strictly touring company production

See it if There can only be one reason... You love the Four Seasons!

Don't see it if Disappointing. Performers can sing but not act, or even speak loudly enough to hear very well. One problem is that three of the four leads

Also are a decade too old for their roles. The youthful exuberance the Broa... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Great staging, Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Aleksey Burago is my favorite Off-B’way director. Inventive does not begin to define the life he brings to his productions. He refreshes The

Don't see it if Upper Westside Church. Three hours, one intermission. Stairs, no elevator. Some heavy Russian accents.

Also Seagull by presenting it as the comic tragedy Chekhov always said he w... Read more Read less

49
Boesman and Lena
Midtown W
Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow, Overrated

See it if You would see anything written by Athol Fugard. You appreciate any play putting colorism front and center. We are the Human Race.

Don't see it if In 1974 I saw Sizwe Banzi Is Dead and The Island. It was like being hit by lightning. Indeed, the two actors who were also co-writers with

Also Fugard won a joint Tony. After Master Harold I was a Fugard Forever Fa... Read more Read less

50
During previews
The Mother
Chelsea
“i think i may be dying.”

See it if Unique opportunity to see the celebrated French actress, Isabelle Huppert fill every minute onstage with magic.

Don't see it if Horrible theatre acoustics make actors hard to hear and Huppert impossible to understand. Utterly boring play lacks dramatic structure or

Also interesting script. Mother loves son too much. Yawn. Supporting cast s... Read more Read less

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

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
Clever, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

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

48
During previews
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Slow, Intense, Indulgent, Banal, Cliched

See it if Judith Ivey is the only person onstage not ‘acting’ in this melodrama of disappointment and instability. She almost manages to

Don't see it if Boring, boring, boring. Also... not interesting. Three hours:of waiting for a play that never shows up.

Also rise above a script consisting of long conversations of no importance ... Read more Read less

50
Power Strip
Upper W Side
War is hell, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Physically agile actors. Interesting staging. Sound that deserves a show of it’s own.

Don't see it if A play with holes you could drive trucks through where half the story happens offstage. Syrian refugee camp in Greece. Young woman rejected

Also by fiancé and boyfriend for religious reasons when they discover her s... Read more Read less

81
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Funny, Great staging, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A couple of days ago The New York Times reported the lowest number of HIV cases ever. And here comes The Inheritance to remind a new

Don't see it if Gay sex discussed in detail is a problem. All the men are in great shape. Surely the gay universe is way more diverse than this.

Also generation of the horror and loss of that time when there were no drug... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Must see, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if The best FORBIDDEN BROADWAY ever! Terrific cast and wonderful staging. Whatever you spend for this is worth it. Way more production values

Don't see it if Two flights of stairs, small venue, not-so-great sight lines and overpriced menu. House manager with mean streak.

Also than previous productions. Fun costumes. Performers so talented they m... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Fern Hill
Midtown E
Funny, Intelligent, Entertaining, Will you still need me? will you still feed me when we’re old and gray?

See it if A great cast with a standout performance by Mark Linn-Baker. You ever thought about living with good friends in old age? Laughs! Good set.

Don't see it if Excellent play for 59E59 without being one to remember. Low stakes. Seems written for television. Needing closeups. Six friends engage in

Also a comfortable commune living situation to support one another as they ... Read more Read less

70
The Exes
Midtown W
Louder! faster!, Entertaining, Great staging, Dated, Funny

See it if Wonderful set, lights, sound, costumes. Comfortable seating British butler steals the show. Some good laughs.

Don't see it if Drawing Room comedy is not dead. But it hasn’t been resurrected in this production either. Not as funny as it ought to be because too

Also many different acting styles slow down the comedy. High energy in some... Read more Read less

65
Make Believe
Midtown W
Damaged children become damaged adults. alert the press!, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You want to see Samantha Mathis who has been so good in so many movies with the likes of Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise. You enjoy child actors.

Don't see it if I have no idea what I saw today, or rather what I did not hear. No one’s headset was working, actors were not projecting and I was in

Also the next-to-last row. This play, from what I could gather is so under-... Read more Read less

50
Slow, Overrated, Intense, Disappointing

See it if Strongly felt two-man show. Former boxer-turned-actor blows through red-light and kills a man. Goes to Riker’s. White Privilege prevails.

Don't see it if Well-directed show with confident and well-trained but inexperienced actor. His attack on the character does not change during the play.

Also Thus, an interesting, but familiar prison story becomes a little monot... Read more Read less

68
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Overrated, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You can never tell the same important moral stories too often. Gay love outlawed in Uganda. Christian-driven bigotry. Very moving.

Don't see it if Good acting not quite good enough to overcome weak structure of play. African dialects difficult to catch. Scenes do not flow one into

Also another so character’s stories not easy to follow. Charity and compass... Read more Read less

23
Deadly, Excruciating

See it if You believe in psychics. You like musical numbers performed by a deliberately flamboyant chorus.

Don't see it if You must sit through thirty minutes of YouTube Freddie Mercury and Queen followed by a singing drag queen and a group playing People Are

Also Strange before you get to see the guy you came for, Thomas John. John ... Read more Read less

75
Strange love affair

See it if You have a warm place in your heart for Terrance McNally and the long-gone days of extraordinary Off-Broadway playwrights and their plays.

Don't see it if An intimate play in a too-large theatre with two miscast actors. Star-quality goes a long way but not the same way it needs to in order to

Also convince us Michael Shannon and Audra McDonald work in a diner or coul... Read more Read less

41
Midnight Street
Midtown W
Define a musical!

See it if Flashes of talent.

Don't see it if Is it a musical if only one person sings? Is it a cabaret if there are two other characters who don’t sing? Is it worth seeing? No.

Also Chanteuse-type solo singer laments life on the game. Anti-Semitic-spou... Read more Read less

66
Slow, Intense, Dizzying, Dated, Disappointing

See it if Intense special effect opens show. Respectful Sam Shepard rendering. One interesting performance. A friend recommends it.

Don't see it if The actor who has the first poetic monologue is so dull you almost miss the the lyricism of the lines. His later full-frontal nudity does

Also nothing to dispel that first impression and gets the play off to a bad... Read more Read less

70
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Oh the irony!, Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent

See it if You’d enjoy seeing a fractured version of Uncle Vanya.

Don't see it if Why listen to good actors in a poorly-conceived version of a famous Chekhov play take two hours to get across one important idea? That if

Also you take responsibility for your own actions life will not suck. This,... Read more Read less

51
Disappointing, Respect must not be paid., Slow, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if Arthur Miller. If didactic arguments about art and personal freedom, politics, surveillance and suppression are of interest to you.

Don't see it if Making a boring play even more so is the bad directing. Staging actors so they seem get in each other’s way, failing to provide an actual

Also ceiling, and having actors drink up to ten brandies without showing an... Read more Read less

70
Letting go

See it if You loved The Sixth Sense. Good acting. Good lighting. No ear-splitting music prior to curtain. Comfortable seating.

Don't see it if A little long at two hours even with an intermission. Could be tightened up. Loud noises and strobe lighting. Minimal set. Poor staging.

Also I found myself absorbed in the world of these characters to the degree... Read more Read less

50
Miracle in Rwanda
Midtown W
The forgiven

See it if Fear, faith, horror, prayer, goodness, evil and courage in the face of genocide. One-woman show. Based on real-life story and actual events.

Don't see it if The best part of this show for me was the discussion I had with a lovely young woman from Burandi. She had brought her mother who had lost

Also all her family in the troubles that spilled over into Rwanda resulting... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Ink
Midtown W
Roller-coatser ride to the bottom

See it if Outstanding acting. Very good script. Amazing staging. Fascinating story. A must-see for those liking intelligent and intense plays.

Don't see it if You do not want to focus on rapid dialogue and ideas. Plot moves very quickly and the leads are British. Very intense, go-for-broke acting.

Also I always wondered what Angelina Jolie saw in Jonny Lee Miller, once he... Read more Read less

69
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
But why am i telling you this story?, Indulgent, Dizzying, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if John Larroquette’s comic presence and timing. Lovely theatre and sight-lines. Very strong direction. Committed actors.

Don't see it if Disjointed memory play with ideas taken up and discarded then appearing again to no special purpose. Surreal? Not really. Linear? After a

Also fashion. Funny? Meant to be but rapid-fire dialogue leaves no room for... Read more Read less

49
Vilna
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if Well-meaning and important story about the destruction of Jewish life and towns in Eastern Europe where the Holocaust was most bloody.

Don't see it if Unfortunately the level of writing, acting and directing is strictly that of Community Theatre.

Also Vilna is meant to tell a story based on history the author is afraid m... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Perp
Midtown W
Completely absorbing. great casting.

See it if Excellent acting and directing in this story of a serial killer on the loose, corrupt cops, and justice delayed. Dark humor. Great set.

Don't see it if 90 minutes with no intermission. A little slow at points. A few too many long pauses. Still in previews.

Also The actors in this show are so good, they had the audience applauding ... Read more Read less

69
Behind the Sheet
Midtown W
Does the end justify the means?

See it if You understand we can’t wish the past away. You accept the collective guilt of slavery and medical experiments on enslaved women.

Don't see it if The screams of women undergoing painful operations without the benefit of anesthesia. You can’t climb one steep flight of stairs. You mind

Also sitting very close to actors in a very small theatre-in-the-square-typ... Read more Read less

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

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
Wickedest Woman
Upper W Side
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