Leah

Manhattan | 25-34 | Female
About:  Theatre junkie in New York with a special love for all things musical theatre and new plays!
Reviews (37)
95
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Resonant

See it if you enjoy straight drama and have an interest in Ireland during The Troubles

Don't see it if you do not like accents and do not like lengthy plays (this is 3.5 hrs)

Also I absolutely loved this show. The content is very intense, and not muc... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Banal, Great singing, Fluffy, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You want to see Samantha Barks and Orfeh kill it

Don't see it if You want something you can get into deeply

Also I wasn’t sure what to expect here but ultimately I left just thinking ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Great singing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you enjoy the performers in the show. They are all immensely talented. Also see if you enjoy Justin Peck's style of choreography

Don't see it if you want to be thoroughly engrossed every second. I frequently found my mind wandering even during large musical numbers

45
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Excruciating, Intense

See it if you want to be slowly tortured like the characters, you really enjoyed the book

Don't see it if you hated the book, you expect all of the show to take place on-stage (or at least in view of the audience)

Also I guess i did this to myself. I didn't remember how much I disliked th... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if You want to be utterly entranced but have no idea why you are. You don't mind very nuanced dialogue.

Don't see it if You want to see full sets, if you don't like actors playing multiple characters, if you don't want to be put on edge

Also I came into A Clockwork Orange completely blind, I've never read the b... Read more Read less

95
Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy Sondheim, you want to see Jake Gyllenhaal or Analeigh Ashford smash it

Don't see it if you need a lot of staging to get into a storyline

Also I loved this. I bought a ticket as soon as it popped up on a ticket ap... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Amelie
Midtown W
Clever, Great staging, Quirky, Romantic

See it if You want something light/cute and enjoy Phillipa Soo. Also if you like the movie but aren't a diehard fan

Don't see it if You are a diehard fan of the movie, if you want something a little more serious

Also Amelie is an ambitious show to start with, because the source material... Read more Read less

20
Confusing, Disappointing, Edgy, Excruciating

See it if You are drunk, enjoy burlesque

Don't see it if You aren't drunk, and you want to see something that makes sense

Also Mandatory coat check, but only for the first 20 people in the door? Im... Read more Read less

90
Love, Love, Love
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you enjoy great acting, superb writing, and very detailed staging. If you are ok that none of the characters are very likeable

Don't see it if You can't understand English accents or slang, if you don't like curse words, or don't like jumps in time

Also A fantastic staging, the dialogue is spoken at lightening speeds at th... Read more Read less

82
Enchanting, Great dancing, Fluffy, Romantic, Dated

See it if you enjoy tap, Irving Berlin classics, are looking for a sweet and light show, don't mind a one-track plot

Don't see it if you are looking for hard hitting narratives or to leave with a profound experience

85
Drunk Shakespeare
Midtown W
Entertaining, Edgy, Hilarious, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare, enjoy new interpretations, like audience participation, like alcohol, enjoy fresh perspectives and uncertainty

Don't see it if you don't like alcohol, hate audience participation, don't like cursing or crude names/gestures, you want pure Shakespeare

80
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Entertaining, Indulgent, Long

See it if you love any of the leads (esp. Audra, Billy and Brandon Victor Dixon), you love tap, you don't mind breaking 3rd wall

Don't see it if you have a short attention span or get distracted by dancing/shiny/flashy things

90
For a previous production
Ambitious, Funny, Thought-provoking, Original, Great writing

See it if you enjoy Ben Platt, tech-savvy staging, minimalist staging, you liked the music from Smash s.2, you enjoy shows about modern youth topics

Don't see it if you're looking for a classic musical, if you are offended by language, you can't get into tech or projection-centered staging

85
Enchanting, Great staging, Refreshing, Romantic, Resonant

See it if you love ballet or the original Gene Kelly movie, you will not be disappointed!

Don't see it if you have balcony seats. There were times when we could see hardly anything. Such a shame

80
Entertaining, Hilarious, Great writing, Raunchy, Relevant

See it if you enjoy South Park, tap dancing, wonderful songs, and some measure of inspirational stories

Don't see it if you get easily offended or can't take quite a bit of colorful language

95
The Crucible
Midtown W
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you enjoy Ivo van Hove and any of the cast's previous work. Ben Whishaw is MASTERFUL and not a single portrayal was lacking.

Don't see it if you don't like modernizations or bare sets. Or if you can't get past the story to enjoy the staging/acting.

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if you enjoy a good rom-com. The fantastic set is like a jewelry box that opens and closes (love that!). Gavin Creel + Jane Krakowski are A+!

Don't see it if you are looking for something serious or something totally original. With all the pop culture adaptations, you will probably know the end

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Epic, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You want to see something you've never seen before. Innovative, intelligent, engrossing, I can't think of a single thing I didn't love

Don't see it if Can't think of a reason. SEE THIS!

95
Absorbing, Edgy, Must see, Intense

See it if you are hearing impaired, if you're looking for something you've never seen before, and/or you aren't there for "name" actors

Don't see it if You are easily offended by language, sexual situations, or brief nudity

90
During previews
Nutcracker Rouge
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Exquisite, Dizzying, Great staging, Provocative

See it if You love acrobatics/circus, you enjoy burlesque

Don't see it if you do not like nudity, you cannot stand incense, you do not like short vignettes

Also Nutcracker Rouge is a lot. But in a good way. The show is 3 acts, just... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Profound, Resonant

See it if You want to see an engaging story about the way we all communicate and what we expect of others

Don't see it if You can't sit through long stretches of "dialogue" coming from only one cast member

Also I went into the show having not seen the movie or even really knowing ... Read more Read less

75
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if You enjoy the headliners' other work and Julie Taymor's world view, you are ok with nudity

Don't see it if You don't care for nudity, you are expecting a straightforward story, you are looking for a light story

Also This show wasn't at all what I thought. I knew the details of historic... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Great staging, Indulgent, Profound, Slow

See it if you enjoy the casts's other work, you enjoy modern clever staging

Don't see it if you can't sit through a slow-paced light drama, you are expecting perfect accents, you want to really like every character

Also I did enjoy Time and the Conways. The show material is interesting and... Read more Read less

85
Significant Other
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Profound, Resonant

See it if you enjoy the premise and a small cast appeals to you

Don't see it if you don't want the story to hit close to home

Also I attended with 2 girl friends, all of us in our late 20's-early 30's ... Read more Read less

45
Disappointing, Edgy, Great singing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you don't have high expectations

Don't see it if you're expecting a well-thought out story

Also I attended with a friend and we both agreed after the show was over th... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great singing

See it if You enjoy the cast (particularly Groban), if you like unconventional sets, if you aren't too worried about story line

Don't see it if You want to understand every little detail of the story

Also I saw this show on Thanksgiving, and admittedly I was quite tipsy from... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you love harry potter, you want an alternate view of the events in the books/movies, you can follow innuendo and inside jokes

Don't see it if you don't know much about harry potter, if you want something really polished, you have a hard time following people playing several parts

Also This show is a riot! A good deal of the audience was there in costume ... Read more Read less

60
Plenty
East Village
Confusing, Disappointing, Great staging, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you're there for the famous actors, you don't need a lot of plot exposition, you like quick single scenes rather than full narrative

Don't see it if you want to know characters' names and their motivations, if you don't like time jumps, if you don't care about the famous names

87
During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Hilarious, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you don't mind frank conversations about suicide or mental health, you can laugh at jokes even during dark narratives

Don't see it if real stories regarding suicide, depression or breakdowns is too raw a subject

95
During previews
Privacy
East Village
Absorbing, Edgy, Masterful, Intense, Original

See it if you enjoy original theatre or something more like an experience, if you want to know more about the world you live in & how it affects you

Don't see it if you get frightened or the world easily, if you can't suspend disbelieve (people play mult characters), or you if you only like true theatre

80
During previews
Tuck Everlasting
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great staging, Quirky, Romantic, Resonant

See it if you enjoy gorgeous sets, an ensemble used primarily for dancing, young fresh talent mixed with house-hold names, a fast-paced story

Don't see it if you are a book purist (much changed!), you like the darker side of the story, the age gap in 2 leads is uncomfortable, want plot explanation

60
During previews
Dated, Funny, Great acting, Epic, Slow

See it if you can forgive shortcomings on the part of the story. At nearly 4 hours in length, the dialogue gets tiresome to follow but acting is A+

Don't see it if you can't handle the length of the show or the slow-pace story. Also skip if you need clear resolution at the end.

80
Enchanting, Great staging, Epic, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you want to see a fresh staging of a classic show.

Don't see it if you are tired of the show or are expecting masterful turns from every actor. The Fantine we saw was very disappointing.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Intelligent, Original

See it if you enjoy innovative staging and are interested in an in-depth look at autism and the difficulties families face.

Don't see it if you can't expend quite a bit of imagination to see what Christopher see's to understand the world through his eyes along his journey

65
Blackbird
Midtown W
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you are looking for some intense drama with little change in scenery or players. Wasn't in love with Michelle Williams' characterization

Don't see it if you are with family members or friends you aren't comfortable with. Shit gets real and there are vivid conversations about their daliances

90
Thank God For Jokes
East Village
Entertaining, Quirky, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy Mike Birbiglia. The show is very similar to his other stand up, but with the simple staging and message it becomes something new

Don't see it if you get easily offended or if you tend to show up late (trust me on this, there is a whole section on this)

85
Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Entertaining, Hilarious, Original, Quirky

See it if you really enjoy musicals (and inside jokes based on them), enjoy tap, can take a joke

Don't see it if you'e looking for something serious or really witty