Lensy 6141

New York City | 35-49 | Female
About:  I am a theater photographer, performer, and music director, who sees as much theater as I possibly can. I try to see every Broadway musical and as many plays and off-Broadway works as humanly possible. So much theater, so little time.
Reviews (131)
78
Clever, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if To see Laurie Metcalf & John Lithgow. Superb acting from both. Interesting look at a made-up evening of the 2008 primaries. Pre-Trump era.

Don't see it if You are tired of politics or the Clintons. Set was very minimal. Props/costumes strewn on floor cuz no set pieces-- I found it distracting.

82
Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Clever

See it if Bryan Cranston is amazing, very relevant, fast-paced play. Shows how news can be manipulated for ratings. Disturbingly relevant.

Don't see it if You want lighter fare. Long w no intermission. Lots of scenes slightly off stage projected on screens, screens were sometimes distracting.

Also I did standing room, which was great for $40, but the show was long fo... Read more Read less

77
For the fans, Clever, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you're a big fan of Star Wars or an actor/friends with actors (lots of insider jokes). [title of show] meets Star Wars.

Don't see it if you don't like/know Star Wars (jokes/references will be lost on you), don't like low budget theater.

Also For a low budget Off Broadway show, this is very entertaining. It's cl... Read more Read less

87
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You have an interest in politics, the Constitution, hearing personal stories as it pertains to the Constitution. Good, interactive debate.

Don't see it if You are conservative-leaning, don't want to hear how the Constitution applies/doesn't apply to women & POC. More speech than play.

Also It's a fascinating, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, and alwa... Read more Read less

80
Jukebox fun, Delightful, Refreshing, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if You love the Temptations/Motown. Great singing/dancing. More concert than musical.

Don't see it if You don't like Temptations/Motown or jukebox musicals. Glosses over the story. Jukebox musicals bring jukebox crowds.

Also Falls between Jersey Boys and Summer on the jukebox musical spectrum. ... Read more Read less

68
Edgy, Overrated, Artsy, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like artsy re-imaginings of classics, shows that take risks, getting up close to the actors. Free chili/cornbread at intermission.

Don't see it if You are a traditionalist. Had an artsy/edgy Brooklyn feel to it. Most voices not up to the challenge of the music. Pared down arrangements.

Also This revival has a niche market, and I am not it. I can see why some p... Read more Read less

90
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Epic, Great acting

See it if You want an epic drama with storytelling woven so well that you never lose interest. Great acting. Intense with some levity.

Don't see it if You can't handle 3+ hours, accents are difficult for you to understand, some mild violence & loud noises, or epic dramas are too much.

Also The new cast is fantastic. I was riveted from the start. By Act III, e... Read more Read less

77
Elementary, Simple music, Entertaining, Quirky, Young

See it if Little Shop meets Dear Evan Hansen. Geared towards teens. Fun, quirky. Talented leads. Memorable, albeit simple, music. Pop/rock feel.

Don't see it if VERY youthful show-- too young for me. Music elementary/simplistic. Lots of bright, flashy lights. Loud. Tiffany Mann's talents wasted.

Also Teens are obsessed with this show, so if you've got a musical-loving t... Read more Read less

64
Okay, Funny, Clever, Left-leaning

See it if You like tiny productions that constantly change based on the news cycle. Actors did great with the material they were given. Fun ad-libbing

Don't see it if You are conservative/Republican/Trump supporter. It's NYC so very left-leaning. It's mediocre, low-budget theater so don't expect a lot.

Also We had a family of conservative tourists in front of us who left in a ... Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Quirky, Great singing, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You like to see new works, like Tom Kitt's music & cast. Great singing and show has potential but needs some refining. Fun superhero moments

Don't see it if Needs a lot of work, most of the songs sounded the same, the superhero idea wasn't developed enough.

Also If you are looking to trim down your off-Broadway viewing list, this m... Read more Read less

90
Simple but moving, Absorbing, Masterful, Resonant, Riveting

See it if You are a fan of Fiddler, cast/staging is fantastic. Simple staging but so moving. Being in Yiddish adds a new layer. Tevye is phenomenal.

Don't see it if You don't like reading subtitles, not a fan of Fiddler, want a big, epic production or big names/talent.

Also I've seen Fiddler many times, and the simple, genuine approach to this... Read more Read less

89
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You love Cher & jukebox musicals. Bob Mackie costumes are worth the price of admission alone. Stephanie J. Block is a GODDESS as Star Cher.

Don't see it if You don't like Cher, jukebox musicals, or are tired of the 3 women playing 1 role idea. Show was lighthearted & didn't take itself seriously

Also I went in to this with very low expectations, and had so much fun that... Read more Read less

80
Silly, Campy, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You like music of the Go-Go's, jukebox musical comedies, ridiculous/funny story w an ancient theme, non-binary LGBTQ friendly.

Don't see it if Don't like jukebox musicals, LGBTQ themes, comedies, or think the idea of combining Go-Go's music with ancient text is ridiculous.

Also I went in with really low expectations and ended up having a great tim... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Cliched, Relevant, Cute

See it if You want a fluffy/cute/feel-good show, don't mind LGBTQ themes/shows about teens. Fans of Bob Martin. Drowsy Chaperone meets Mean Girls.

Don't see it if You don't like in-your-face LGBTQ themes, comedies that make fun of everyone, clever/witty writing that is also a bit cliched. Very cute.

Also Beth Leavel and Brooks Ashmanskas are geniuses of comedy-- the big hig... Read more Read less

82
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy, Delightful

See it if You like intimate, quirky shows based on Shakespeare, everything is spoken in rhyme, fun music. Very cute & funny. Most of cast was great.

Don't see it if You don't like rhyme, country-westerns, comedies. Nun was very wooden/stiff, hard to watch-- rest of cast was great.

92
During previews
Riveting, Masterful, Must see, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like smart plays, intelligent writing, masterful acting and are comfortable with LGBT themes. Michael Urie is a gem & must-see.

Don't see it if you are not comfortable with LGBT themes, want something more contemporary than 70's-80's. Play is a smart, family drama w gay themes.

87
Entertaining, Great singing, Great dancing, Fun

See it if You like musical revues, doo-wop, (mostly) familiar tunes, excellent singing & a fabulous cast with lots of spunk & energy.

Don't see it if You want a plot, dialogue. Singers perform familiar songs from 1950s-70s, so skip if that's not your thing.

Also It took me seeing it twice to really appreciate it. I'm not much of a ... Read more Read less

76
Clever, Quirky, Slow, Overrated

See it if You like revue style shows. Little snippets of people discussing things they lost. Clever, compelling music. Funny.

Don't see it if Weak voices and slow. 75min felt much longer. No follow-through plot. Jumped around from snippet to snippet. Weakest of Encores! shows.

89
Great singing, Great dancing, Dated, Thought-provoking, Questionable story

See it if You want to see a classic & can forgive the plot. Exquisite singing/dancing. Joshua Henry is a dream.

Don't see it if The idea of a man who beats his wife and never redeems himself bothers you. Jessie Mueller & Joshua Henry were great but lacked chemistry.

Also Beautiful, simple production with a gorgeous score and exquisite chore... Read more Read less

78
Dated, Beautiful, Misogynistic, Mostly great acting/singing

See it if You want to see a classic & a sexist story doesn't bother you. Set/production is beautiful. Most of the performers were extraordinary.

Don't see it if This show proves the classics have a shelf life. Misogynistic, sexist, classist. Lauren Ambrose is VERY underwhelming as Eliza.

Also Most people know the score, but I hadn't ever seen it staged & hadn't ... Read more Read less

98
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you have read/watched Harry Potter, are a fan, want to see mind-boggling special effects & want an excellent continuation of the HP universe

Don't see it if you have never read/watched HP or don't like the story. You don't want to devote an entire day for theater. You scare easily.

Also The ending of Part One was so amazingly cool and terrifying that I unk... Read more Read less

88
Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Quirky, Clever

See it if You enjoy the movie, Tina Fey, snarky humor, high school antics, fun & belty singing.

Don't see it if You don't like the movie or Tina Fey's comedy styles, want something intellectual/gripping, don't like youth-focused shows.

Also The show was fun and funny with lots of standout performances. Music i... Read more Read less

92
Exquisite, Great singing, Great dancing, Riveting, Beautiful

See it if You enjoy Encores! shows. This is one of their best. Beautiful dancing, singing. Fully staged/costumed. Very moving.

Don't see it if You don’t like older, darker shows, you want epic production or lighthearted fare. Not many memorable songs.

Also City Center Encores! is pulling out all the stops for their 25th anniv... Read more Read less

77
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Edgy, Raunchy

See it if You enjoyed the TV show. Crass, raunchy, profane. Music was complex & challenging, singing was fantastic.

Don't see it if You're easily offended, don't like profanity, crassness, white trash elements. Act I was a scream. Act II got weird. One memorable song.

Also Act I was like watching a reenactment of the actual TV show. That, mix... Read more Read less

86
Entertaining, Dated, Funny, Refreshing, Enchanting

See it if Bob Martin is a GEM. True Broadway legends perform obscure shows in a revue/concert style. Surprise in final number had us in joyous tears!

Don't see it if You are looking for a fully staged show with familiar material. This is a collection of VERY obscure shows. Nancy Opel was under-utilized.

Also The Encores! team compiled a list of old shows they have never mounted... Read more Read less

79
Banal, Confusing, Run of the mill production, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if You want to see great choreography/dancing, Kelli O'Hara sounds sublime, classic & familiar show tunes.

Don't see it if You want anything new in a revival. This was very middle-of-the-road & a bit slow. Kelli wasn't "shrew" enough. Confusing ending.

Also Kelli O'Hara sounds absolutely amazing. How she sings so well, so high... Read more Read less

85
Charming, Funny, Great harmonies, Great dancing, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy Encores productions, light fare, silly/fluffy plot, beautiful dancing. Vocal harmonies are stellar. Lots of funny moments.

Don't see it if You want a fully staged show, something w a meatier plot or a moral to the story. Pure silliness. A few ear worms but music isn’t memorable.

79
Disappointing, Pg-13, Theme park-y, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if you want a commercial Broadway show that checks all the boxes. You enjoyed the movie. Crazy sets, costumes, props. Kritzer steals the show.

Don't see it if you are a movie purist (plot changes made BJ a hero by the end), very theme park feeling, music all sounded the same. Not suitable for kids.

Also I wanted to love this production but just couldn't. I had an enjoyable... Read more Read less

85
Updated from movie, Forgettable music, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if The book is hilarious, acting is great. Santino & Andy G (roommate) are brilliant. Updated twist on classic movie. Fun comedy.

Don't see it if You are married to the movie- lots of changes. Music is forgettable/boring, choreography is unnecessarily complicated. Anticlimactic ending.

Also Great updates to the film that incorporated women's rights, gender flu... Read more Read less

47
Ego project, Blasphemous arrangements, Cruise-ship-worthy, Over-acted, Excruciating

See it if You like Hammerstein's classics put to "jazzy" arrangements, you want to see an obvious passion project/cabaret given full staging.

Don't see it if Blasphemous arrangements, ridiculous & unnecessarily complicated set, over-acted/poorly acted, ego project by a cabaret singer.

Also This show should only be performed in a piano bar of a cruise ship whi... Read more Read less

93
Refreshing, Masterful, Great staging, Great singing, Visually stunning

See it if You like refreshing, new musicals. Music/set has a NOLA/Preservation Hall feel. Music, staging, set, & cast are gorgeous. Captivating.

Don't see it if You want something more traditional & old school. This is a contemporary show w dark undertones.

Also Hands down the Tony winner this season.... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Confusing, Some laughs, Gross, Crass, Disappointing

See it if You REALLY like the stars, short plays (95min), crude/gory comedy is appealing.

Don't see it if Crass humor, gross/gory comedy, lots of bodily function jokes aren't your thing. They lay it on thick & only some of the gags work.

Also I walked out asking, "Why did that show have to happen?" I'm trying to... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Inclusive, Long, Riveting, Masterful, Great acting

See it if You like Shakespeare, Jackson is fantastic as Lear. Inclusive & diverse cast. Great acting. 3.5hrs flew by.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare, long shows, tragedies, loud noises, gunshots. Onstage musicians sometimes overpowered actors.

68
Frivolous, Fluffy, Great dancing, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You like Encores! productions, seeing old, rarely revived shows, like a lot of dancing. Light fare, not a lot of brain-power needed.

Don't see it if You don't have a sense of humor, like fully staged productions, don't like dance, want a solid plot. No memorable songs. VERY dated.

78
Needs work, Quirky, Great music, Enchanting, Confusing

See it if You are a fan of Alice in Wonderland, Duncan Sheik's music, new works. Creative take on Alice. Talented cast.

Don't see it if You don't like shows still in the creative phase. Book needs a lot of work. Some actors overacted. Must read character insert to follow.

Also Music was beautiful and had a wistful Spring Awakening feel to it. Boo... Read more Read less

80
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great dancing, Relevant

See it if You love Encores! shows, Carmen Cusak, great singing/dancing. Encores! productions are always charming & fun. Political but still relevant.

Don't see it if You want a fully staged show. Show is dated but has a current feel. A bit sexist, old-fashioned, cliched, & cookie-cutter/predictable.

65
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Banal, Bland

See it if You love the movie and Bryan Adams' music. Iconic costumes, iconic scenes, iconic lines. A good "date" show-- even guys can get behind it.

Don't see it if It was a soggy piece of white bread. So bland and boring. Music was forgettable. Iconic lines weren't delivered correctly.

Also The tourists in town for the holiday and the bridge-and-tunnel folks s... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Clever, Engaging, Risky, Unexpectedly moving, Entertaining

See it if You like unconventional plays with the tendency to be off the cuff and changing on the fly. Different guest star every night.

Don't see it if You run the risk of getting a dud of a guest star. Stay away if you want a linear play, a set, and a rehearsed piece.

Also I went in with no idea what I was about to see and had an unexpectedly... Read more Read less

72
Crap score, Astounding puppetry, Ambitious, Entertaining, Weak leads

See it if To see Kong! The puppetry is absolutely amazing. It's the only reason to see the show. And the set was cool when not overrun by LED screens.

Don't see it if You want strong leads & decent score. Music couldn't pick a genre & blatantly ripped off well-known songs. Lead characters/actors were weak.

Also The one and only reason to see this show is for the puppetry, plain an... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Interesting & fascinating look at importance of skin tone & status in an African girls school in 80s. Much better than I expected.

Don't see it if You want a play longer than 75min, don't care about Africa in the 80's/race & status themes. Some of the actors couldn't hold the accent.

79
During previews
Funny, Edgy, Naughty, Lgbt themes, Entertaining

See it if Female empowerment, queer themes interest you. You don't shy away from the use of "p*ssy". Twisted comedy, intimate setting, fun use of set.

Don't see it if You're offended by the word "p*ssy", don't want a queer/lesbian centered show or women finding empowerment. Leans towards crass.

80
During previews
Entertaining, Cliched, Funny, Cheesy, Clever

See it if You want a funny, cheesy show riddled with cliches (on purpose; it adds to the humor). New musicals with no source materials are rare.

Don't see it if You want a drama or something epic/emotional. This is silly comedy, plain & simple. Voices aren't stellar & everything is over-the-top.

Also I just turned 40 and am rethinking what I'm doing with my life, so thi... Read more Read less

78
Long-winded, Great acting, Slow, Masterful

See it if You want to see Condola Rashad, enjoy long dramas, like the story of Joan of Arc, like religious-based plays. Great cast. Interesting set.

Don't see it if Long-winded, "talky" play. Lots of references to God & religion. It's long & slow. Great production but I kept falling asleep.

98
Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Profound, Must see

See it if You want a masterclass in acting. Cast is AMAZING. Play about being gay/having AIDS in the 80's feel very relevant.

Don't see it if You can't invest the time in a two-part, 8-hr play (but it's worth it), don't want to see a drama/play. Don't like LGBTQ themes, nudity.

Also I was hesitant to see this because the length of both parts was rather... Read more Read less

88
Intelligent, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like witty, silly shows with catchy & singable songs. Christian Borle is fantastic. Dancing was fun.

Don't see it if Comedy isn't your thing. You don't like British fare. You want a fully staged production. Encores is a costumed/choreographed concert.

78
During previews
Great singing, Great dancing, Fierce female ensemble, Weak book, Good concert

See it if You are a fan of Donna Summer & want more of a concert of her greatest hits. All 3 Donnas are superb. Great vocals/dancing/female ensemble.

Don't see it if You want a strong book/want to know more about her life; they brushed over a lot. More of a concert than a musical.

Also Least favorite line was said right at the beginning: If you wanna sing... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Dated, Slow, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You are a fan of Joshua Jackson, want to explore deaf activism. Lauren Ridloff is intriguing & gives great performance.

Don't see it if You don't like super-titles/signing. Some deaf speakers are hard to understand. Joshua Jackson & Anthony Edwards give meh performances.

Also It's an interesting story with a thought-provoking concept: a deaf wom... Read more Read less

83
Silly escapism, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining, Cheesy

See it if You enjoy Jimmy Buffett, want an easy, cheesy time. Went in w low expectations & had a BLAST. Stupidly fun escapism. Margaritas are great.

Don't see it if You hate jukebox musicals, Buffett's music, or want something more epic, intelligent, or mind-blowing. It's simple & silly.

Also This theater season is incredibly dark, so it's nice to have something... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Underwhelming, Disappointing, Great singing, Slow, Banal

See it if You or your kids are HUGE fans of the movie. You're curious to see how they expand the story for the stage. Great singing. Cool puppetry.

Don't see it if You expect to be blown away. Not up to Lion King/Beauty standards. Young kids got bored in parts they didn't know. Felt disjointed & slow.

Also *Lottery Winners: Seat options are extreme sides of orchestra or rear ... Read more Read less

88
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Sharp

See it if Smart, sharp, political drama by the creator of House of Cards. Strong female characters. Fun twists that made audience vocally respond.

Don't see it if You don't like current politics or are a Trump supporter. Uma Thurman is a little stiff but warms up. Play's staging was a bit flat.