LBKG

New York City | 50-64 | Female
About:  Actor, writer, producer, director. New Yorker.
Reviews (42)
90
If shakespeare is your thing, this is a must see!

See it if 3 1/2 hours fly by. The performances and minimalist staging are divine. Much more enjoyable than the Glenda Jackson production of King Lear.

Don't see it if traditional casting is important to you.

79
Rules of Desire
Midtown W
High stakes drama with intense character study

See it if you liked "Extremities" and want to see William Mastrosimone's new piece about a twisted man and the woman who outsmarts him.

Don't see it if you are triggered by depictions of the threat of sexual assault or tales of imperfect military life.

85
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Hilarious brilliantly acted simon-esque well structured play. don't miss brilliant performances!

See it if you want to see a brilliantly nuanced performance by Jane Alexander & an over-the-top hysterical turn by Michael Urie. Ashley Park is a star

Don't see it if You only like old people plays about death and dementia, and sex talk depicted in the golden years makes you squeamish.

87
17 Minutes
Midtown W
See it! timely, soulful, intimately staged and wonderful acting.

See it if What happens in real time when you don't react as expected to a traumatic situation. Brilliantly staged. The acting is so genuine. Loved it.

Don't see it if you don't want to explore what happens during a school shooting or gun violence.

82
Big musical, Well-staged, Fun

See it if you liked the original movie and musicals about high school. You like Tina Fey's writing and jokes. You like the color pink.

Don't see it if you are looking for ground breaking theatre. This one is like eating candy.

79
During previews
Where We Stand
Upper W Side
Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious, Profound, Great acting

See it if you want to see a solid poetic solo performance by a first-rate actor, where the entirety breaks the 4th wall and the house lights remain on

Don't see it if you find single actors telling stories w/ multiple characters (& no visual cues) hard to follow. You don't like fables or spoken word poetry

Also I came to this with high hopes and an open mind. I was disappointed on... Read more Read less

72
Dated, Cliched, Great writing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you haven't seen the play before.

Don't see it if you are a die-hard Shepherd fan.

77
Hurricane Diane
East Village
Bad casting of lead, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great writing, Great staging

See it if how climate change affects those in suburbia and female friend relationship dramas are compelling. You like Greek mythology.

Don't see it if you don't like female driven dramas or Greek mythologically based stories.

92
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like one person shows that are well constructed. Makes heartbreaking storytelling compelling and humorous. A fun night out.

Don't see it if you don't like the personal narrative. You don't like family drama and comedy.

85
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Masterful, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if you like classic dramas re-staged with top notch actors and a decent budget for great staging. The movie translates well to the stage.

Don't see it if you don't like movies being mounted onstage. You are a stickler for realistic period costume.

88
Must see, Intense, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see McNally's classic with a gut-wrenching performance by Audra McDonald. It is raw, sexy. A time capsule of a relevant love.

Don't see it if Non traditional casting irks you. Race is ignored in this production, Intercourse is depicted and there is nudity. Consent is murky.

81
Clever, Masterful, Entertaining, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see two Stoppard classics performed by solid casts with stellar directing.

Don't see it if you don't read up on the history of the plays.

82
Perp
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want a peek inside our prison industrial complex and you want to see fleshed out characters with an unpredictable plot.

Don't see it if you think police detectives can do no wrong.

84
Fun, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to be entertained with delightful staging, singing and acting. Broadway musical fun some dark humor. Doesn't take itself seriously

Don't see it if The subject of death explored in a humorous way disturbs you.

80
Disturbing, Great staging, Confusing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like shocking feminist theatre, daring subject matter, and exploring power dynamics in women's relationships.

Don't see it if abortion and depictions of violence trigger you. This show is disturbing and over-the-top.

86
Betrayal
Midtown W
Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you like relationship plays about imperfect people told in non-linear fashion with unpretentious acting, simple sets and costumes.

Don't see it if Infidelity as a subject is one you see as a black or white issue. You prefer plays told in a linear structure.

86
All the Rage
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you like solo shows that aspire to leave you feeling positive about life at the end. Clever use of props and staging on a limited budget.

Don't see it if you are looking for Marty Moran to sing and dance or perform stand-up comedy. This is a poignant, charming show.

60
Mothers
Midtown W
Nonsensical, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you like post apocalyptic dramas that ask "what you would do" if faced with the impossible. You like imagining alternate reality worlds.

Don't see it if shows that miss the mark on researching basic medical facts and/or disregard them. You don't like shows that are unnecessarily snarky

78
Adorable, Charming, Dated, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a rags-to-riches story with no surprises. The show achieves its goals of entertaining with song and dance and romance.

Don't see it if you are expecting anything original. This is a conventional show with a dated storyline that has been told time and time again.

95
Important theatre, Delightful, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an original musical with show-stopping numbers, great cast and storyline with a transformative message for young and old.

Don't see it if you don't like to have fun.

89
Great acting, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if you love "Fiddler" and think you already know this show. If you haven't seen it in Yiddish, you must.

Don't see it if you have something against following a narrative in a different language with subtitles.

88
During previews
The Minutes
Midtown W
Well crafted ensemble piece that explores complacency and history in a seemingly conventional way with a shocking ending.

See it if you want to see a well-crafted play with interesting characters that delivers Mockingbird-esque political commentary on our history.

Don't see it if you are expecting convention. This one asks difficult questions.

74
Worth seeing javier muñoz and supporting him in his one man show

See it if you want to see a man work through the grief in his life.

Don't see it if you want a well-crafted play. This starts out promising, but is confusing.

75
Excruciating first act followed by strong second act with electrifying song and dance

See it if you like bio jukebox musicals & Tina Turner. You're willing to withstand a depressing 1st act to get the payoff of a sensational 2nd act.

Don't see it if you're triggered by spousal physical abuse scenes - there are a lot of them! You want a strong book and be uplifted before end of 1st act.

Also Tina Turner is so over-the-top fabulous, her show deserves spectacular... Read more Read less

83
Timeless themes told and retold in a series of 3 one acts.

See it if Brecht's "The Jewish Wife" performed as it was originally produced w/ strong acting & directing, followed by 2 strong same-themed originals.

Don't see it if you don't like new productions riffing off of classics.

92
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
One of the best shows ever. if you haven't seen it, go. if it has been awhile, see nancy opel in all her glory

See it if You love timeless, yet original and funny musicals. You grew up watching "The Wizard of Oz" or read the books.

Don't see it if you are a purist and don't like re-imagined material riffing on a classic.

91
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if Rock songs with relevant lyrics performed by a top-shelf cast. Jukebox musical that surprises with a 2nd act standing O. Compelling story.

Don't see it if You don't like rock concerts. You don't like shows that explore addiction, dysfunctional family relationships, sexual trauma, adoption.

75
Mad cap fun experimental theatre

See it if You like whimsical improv inspired pieces by ensembles from a feminist's perspective.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional theatre or are expecting much dialog. This is not off-the-rails comedy either.

82
To be a fly on the wall spying on a private moment into one of the most famous of marriages.

See it if you like Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow. This show was a bit depressing if you voted for Clinton in 2016, The last line was devastating.

Don't see it if you don't like the Clintons or imagining what they talk about in private.

76
Burn This
Midtown W
Must see, Dated, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a faithful remounting of Wilson's classic. You like Adam Driver who transcends the legacy of John Malkovich.

Don't see it if you don't want to see Keri Russell playing Keri Russell (or at least playing the part as her character in "The Americans")

82
Rinse, Repeat
Midtown W
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if how personal narrative can be crafted into a full-length multi character play, how problems are dealt with and hidden in a realistic family.

Don't see it if you don't care for family dramas and are offended by nudity on stage. The subject matter (anorexia, infidelity, gender roles) is intense.

90
Ambitious, Relevant, Profound, Must see, Great writing

See it if you want to see a show that is patriotic yet also questions how this document serves us today. Even scholars will learn a thing or two.

Don't see it if You don't care for one person shows or personal narrative.

77
Intelligent, Masterful, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to see a Shakespeare play with relevance today, thanks to the MeToo movement and questioning the concept of consent.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare plays performed on simple sets.

78
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Dated, Overrated, Extraneous, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like the reimagining of Chekhov plays.

Don't see it if you don't like when characters break the fourth wall to explain themselves to you.

90
Edgy, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you prefer flawed & troubled characters in a daring, shocking & controversial show that you have absolutely no idea where the plot will go.

Don't see it if Depictions of sexual violence, racial politics, and alternate realities disturb you.

92
Thought-provoking, Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see 2 one act biographical plays by two playwrights with overlapping themes depicting good marriages, exploring the unthinkable

Don't see it if the exploration of death is triggering.

85
Queen of Hearts
Brooklyn
Edgy, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you like burlesque and equal opportunity objectification of the sexes. B+ singing, dancing, opera, ballet, circus, pole dancing appeals.

Don't see it if you are easily over-stimulated, as there is a lot to take in. Androgyny bothers you. You are hyper-critical of ballet or opera.

91
During previews
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Relevant, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you love Harvey and want to see a solo love letter to an influential feminist lost to history. Intimate character-driven verbatim theatre.

Don't see it if you can't get past Harvey's signature voice representing Bella Abzug's signature voice. You expect Harvey to be in drag.

Also Harvey crafted a show together using Bella's words. This is a fine pie... Read more Read less

76
When It Happens to You
East Village
Intense, Brave, Important, Personal, Ambitious

See it if You like seeing shows that challenge you and examine your fears. You like first person narrative and monologue driven shows.

Don't see it if You don't like shows about women or find personal narratives self-indulgent.

Also Writers are told to write about their greatest fears, to write about w... Read more Read less

96
Gut-wrenching, Ambitious, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to see ground-breaking theatre that will make you think and feel, with complicated fleshed-out characters singing original songs.

Don't see it if you are easily triggered or want a sappy theatre experience. This show is a journey without a predictable plot.

81
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to see a show-stealing performance by Sarah Stiles as Sandy Lester singing "What's Gonna Happen." The entire cast is excellent.

Don't see it if you are looking for something inspirational. The plot still feels like 1982 despite efforts to update it.

85
Great new play based on book, Great acting, Clever

See it if you can appreciate re-imagined interpretations of classic literature, and concur that time-honored shows can benefit from being updated.

Don't see it if casting adults as children will distract you from the play's greater mission.

Also Celia Keenan-Bolger, as Scout, is a master class in how to act as a ch... Read more Read less