Laura 8060

Jersey City | 35-49 | Female

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Reviews (41)
68
Cliched, Disappointing, Resonant

See it if The script has some nice moments of observed life, and Smith and J. Smith-Cameron both turn in gorgeous performances.

Don't see it if Good grief is the staging bizarre, from the awkward fight choreo, to the stagnant interstitial music, to the flimsy, shaking set.

Also Just wanted to say -- does Neugebauer just not care about sight lines?... Read more Read less

72
Confusing, Dizzying, Excruciating

See it if A story about a woman who has escaped from a cult.

Don't see it if I had such trouble following what was going on, seemed like sort of pretentious but also goofy staging.

72
Cliched, Disappointing

See it if There are some scenes with tension, but for the most part it feels like a lot of exposition and clunky direction.

Don't see it if It's difficult because it's such an uninteresting central character to follow around.

60
Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if Interesting design from a fun theater company.

Don't see it if Totally strange and alienating production -- impossible to follow and despite amplification, difficult to hear the actors.

90
Simple and good

See it if It's just a delightful story that holds you the entire time.

Don't see it if It's very simple and restrained but that's the magic of it.

20
Overrated, Indulgent, Epic, Disappointing, Dated

See it if Impressive, expensive-looking set. Fancy British actors. You like loud, pretentious interstitial music. A lousy script dressed nicely.

Don't see it if What an empty, late capitalist scam it is to pay $150 to go the Armory and see this hollow and misogynistic portrayal of womanhood.

Also The fact that this is so well-received actually hurts.

73
Funny, Entertaining, Disappointing, Fluffy, Slow

See it if You love Tina Landau! And the design is adorable.

Don't see it if What are you expecting, it's SpongeBob the Musical. But if you like the TV show and can sit through some boring songs, it's fun.

Also They Might Be Giants should have done the whole show.

80
During previews
Look, the script is horrible but

See it if John Tiffany rules, and the theater magic in this show is poetic and a delight. Plus the actors are wonderful.

Don't see it if The actual play reads like a theme park ride. Also the Garden State soundtrack music is sort of cheesy.

85
Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Good performances by Bryan and Chris, Lonergan's strong writing.

Don't see it if Michael Cera's strange performance, Beth Powley's repetitive gesturing and cadence, uninspired staging and design.

60
Forgettable and nonsensical

See it if The story of a mother and daughter interests you.

Don't see it if Sappy, boring music, does a disservice to the subject matter of immigration.

Also Why does she goes to the border at the end? She's an American citizen,... Read more Read less

74
Absorbing, Cliched, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you want to see the show people are talking about.

Don't see it if you might be annoyed by an out of touch plot, featuring a congregation walking out on a "radical" pastor.

52
Banal, Ambitious, Disappointing, Dizzying, Dated

See it if you're interested in intergenerational stories about loneliness.

Don't see it if you want a story to move you, or have any kind of emotional impact. The characters lie flat and the story is... the passage of time...

78
Delightful, Cliched, Disappointing, Relevant, Banal

See it if the story of the founding of a women's college excites you and you're okay with this trend of anachronistic historical plays.

Don't see it if the inner workings of academia move at too glacial a pace for you to find cathartic when change [does] occur.

Also Props for the very memorable speech about love in this play!

59
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Intense, Slow

See it if You want to see a young writer and talented actors at work and you don't mind poor staging, frustrating design, and a truly jumbled story.

Don't see it if You need a coherent emotional arc, or well-drawn characters. It's upsetting to see a show with such high stakes handled so clumsily.

80
Exquisite, Absorbing, Great writing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You're interested in seeing a challenging show about power dynamics in performance art, and the positive feedback loops of meta artwork.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a personal show about the inner workings of the downtown art scene, and the emotional toll it takes on a performer.

88
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You love committed, specific performances, excellent direction and a poetic script.

Don't see it if You have no patience for heightened language.

90
Absorbing, Enchanting, Delightful, Exquisite, Great singing

See it if You're up for an ingenious and moving theater experience.

Don't see it if You're scared of puppets.

95
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You'd like to see a gorgeous rendering of life as it might have been, had everything been different.

Don't see it if You need constant stimulation or story and conflict force fed to you.

24
Disappointing, Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if You're supporting Jamie Brewer, an actress with Down syndrome starring in a play on a major American stage, along with Debra Monk.

Don't see it if You don't want to see Ms. Brewer's character treated as a prop more than a real character, clumsy story telling, and uninspired visuals.

82
Edgy, Dizzying, Intense, Intelligent, Exquisite

See it if You'd like to move through an intricately designed world with impressive dancing and sets.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable being touched, or fed, or walking from place to place.

91
During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound, Great staging

See it if You'd like to see a moving and profound show by a talented team.

Don't see it if You don't want to cry in the theater.

90
During previews
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if Extremely funny and wild play.

Don't see it if It's very up in the air and pretty preachy, but it's so funny, who even cares?

88
Clever, Enchanting, Slow, Great staging

See it if Extremely memorable lowkey dramatic gestures -- really playful and good natured and exciting but also so CHILL.

Don't see it if Not for everyone! Actors speak in monotone and the writing is dense.

72
Ambitious, Clever, Confusing

See it if Like a tone poem of a play -- it's a one woman musical about violence. Really interesting use of video and documentary footage.

Don't see it if Felt like sort of a wash, the experience of watching it was much like the closed circuit televisions. I felt emotionally cut off from it.

100
Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Profound

See it if The best piece of documentary theater I've ever seen. Compassionate, challenging, and hopeful.

Don't see it if This play looks so directly at crime and punishment in America: it's upsetting but absolutely worth it.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Smart staging, great actors, totally well-made play and production.

Don't see it if The design leaves something to be desired, and the final moment falls flat.

60
During previews
Clever, Excruciating, Slow, Refreshing, Disappointing

See it if Barron is a wonderful writer, and there are moments of great beauty and thought -- Maeve stands out as a particularly well-formed character.

Don't see it if The dance sequences are long and embarrassingly unimaginatively choreographed. I feel that the director really failed this play.

88
Funny, Exquisite, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great staging

See it if Hot damn, this set designer KILLS! Glenda Jackson has great timing, and Joe Mantello is (as always) totally wonderful in his staging.

Don't see it if It's not going to grab you at every second, some of the more meditative sections drag on.

25
Tacky and pandering

See it if Watch Rebecca Taichman try to distract you from cloying characters in a hollow play with a live cello player.

Don't see it if You want any kind of interesting thought, questions, or characters onstage. You want to be challenged in any way.

Also Is this playwright desperate to be programmed? She seems to write play... Read more Read less

55
Unforgivably long

See it if Therapists and their patients lives interest you.

Don't see it if There is interesting stuff in here, but it is so long that it made me actively upset.

5
Cliched, Banal, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you are legally obligated to do so.

Don't see it if this story about a psychiatrist who makes a decision plays like a S.A.T. question.

Also Come see actors move furniture in scene transitions at the slowest pag... Read more Read less

76
Delightful, Cliched, Great staging, Fluffy, Absorbing

See it if you'll see a little slip of a play that is warm and has real feeling.

Don't see it if You want some kind of new-feeling story or extraordinary characters.

78
Banal, Cliched, Funny, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if you want to see played out office dynamics on stage, and a great performance from the wonderful Stacey Yen.

Don't see it if an uneven cast giving overblown performances that land largely in midwestern stereotype doesn't excite you.

90
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great staging, Profound

See it if seeing a classic become more alive excites you. The cast is universally excellent and breathes new life into a gorgeous play about shame.

Don't see it if the endless re-stagings of the same major Williams, O'Neil, and Miller plays bore you.

82
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want to see a stunning creative team at work on a lyrical, gorgeous play that's in playful conversation with other works.

Don't see it if You're not into violence.

82
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Clever, Slow

See it if You'd like to see a fresh story with finely drawn character. Full of memorable moments and insight.

Don't see it if You don't want to see constant drug use or a twisted father-son dynamic.

75
For a previous production
Clever, Funny, Disappointing, Fluffy, Insipid

See it if You're up for a Broadway caliber long form sketch show, with impressive gags, and committed actors.

Don't see it if You're not into physical comedy.

92
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if It's legendary for a reason, it's extremely entertaining and excellent theater.

Don't see it if You don't like musical theater, this show is doing something interesting with the genre, but the tone is still very MT.

75
Ambitious, Dizzying, Confusing, Overrated, Exquisite

See it if You'd like to see what all the fuss is about, if you'd like to see some elaborate set design and dance, and a few truly haunting visuals.

Don't see it if You're not okay with potentially wandering around a haunted house alone looking for the actors.

70
Dated, Cliched, Funny, Intelligent, Overrated

See it if You're interested in heterosexual dynamics and the different alliances young women have to older waves of feminism.

Don't see it if You're annoyed by outdated hipster stereotypes onstage, noncommittal acting, or men playing Gloria Steinem and Simone de Beauvoir.

85
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You'd like to see an uplifting and genuinely romantic comedy with a truthful edge.

Don't see it if You don't want to be swept up by a charming and bittersweet story.