Leslie B.

New York City | 50-64 | Female
About:  Love the theater! I usually prefer dramas, but a musical with a great story is a wonderful thing.
Reviews (56)
70
Dated, Overrated, Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you have to know what the buzz is about.

Don't see it if you don't have FOMO. This is just not very interesting. Been there, done that.

70
During previews
Wives
Midtown W
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy clever and funny feminist manifestos. The acting is terrific. The last is a little heavy handed and could stand to be edited.

Don't see it if you aren't open minded. This is 3 short stories, very well done, with a 4th segment that tries to tie it together, not entirely successfully

89
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Exquisite

See it if you love a good story--you are not required to love baseball! April Matthis is fantastic--this is a break out role. A special show!

Don't see it if can't think of a reason. If you don't like shows about racial issues, you will still find this one to be engaging and upbeat.

72
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Edgy

See it if you are interested in hearing various sides of the debate about the tragedy of young black men being in danger all the time.

Don't see it if this very upsetting issue is not one you want to hear about for an hour and a half. The story brings in a lot of racial problems.

Also I'm sorry that some of the professional critics thought it was cliched... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you don't remember the movie--it's prophetic! If you do remember the movie, you won't be disappointed. Really close to a perfect show!

Don't see it if You don't care for current events, journalism, or understanding what we are doing here....

71
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you want a lively, thought-provoking story. It is very relevant in our current political situation. And it has humor--a great plus!

Don't see it if you aren't interested in journalism.

77
During previews
Ambitious, Great writing, Absorbing, Devastating, Great acting

See it if You want to be rocked back on your heels. This deals with some serious issues--parenting, addiction, disabilities, love and all it's warts.

Don't see it if you aren't prepared for a really intense show. This is not light entertainment.

Also It's tough, but exhilerating.

79
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You are a fan of Shakespeare and you'd like to know the story of Sarah Bernhardt.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate Hamlet!

80
During previews
Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like dramas that try to understand a person's life and to examine meaning and regret in ways that we can all relate to.

Don't see it if you are looking for a comedy. I didn't find it overly dark--but it's definitely a more thoughtful than fluffy show. Tracy Letts gets women!

20
Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if you are related to someone in it.

Don't see it if you have a book to read or anything else to do!!

91
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You love a play with a moral dilemma. Extremely well-acted and humorous as well as serious.

Don't see it if You are looking for an epic story or romance--this is a small chestnut.

35
Illyria
East Village
Disappointing, Banal, Indulgent

See it if You want to eavesdrop on early Joe Papp meetings with the nascent Public Theater staff.

Don't see it if You like to see plays that are a slice of life and you don't care whether you understand what the context is or what is going on.

90
During previews
Harry Clarke
West Village
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you enjoy being drawn into an almost unbelievable story by an incredible actor.

Don't see it if you have no interest in human nature!

73
Napoli, Brooklyn
Midtown W
Great acting, Edgy, Resonant, Intense

See it if you like family dramas and you appreciate the fact that most families have problems and that you can learn something from them.

Don't see it if you don't like to think about violence in families. The patriarch is a horrible chauvanist, but hey, it was the 60's.

83
During previews
A Parallelogram
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you like to think about the purpose of life with humor AND some profundity.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy a little fantasy. It does require some suspension of disbelief. But it is handled in such an intelligent way!

Also The play includes the exploration of philosophy about the meaning of l... Read more Read less

83
Of Human Bondage
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you read the book and would like to recall this exquisite tragedy, or if you never read it and wonder what it's about. Fantastic acting.

Don't see it if you don't like serious drama with heart wrenching tragedy.

74
In & Of Itself
Gramercy
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you like magic and illusions. It will not disappoint. Not for kids: the themes are mature-- the meaning of life, secrets, suicide.

Don't see it if you have to understand the illusions--not happening.

Also Derek is a master illusionist, but he tries to weave a plot that is a ... Read more Read less

49
The Whirligig
Midtown W
Disappointing

See it if you are following anyone in the excellent cast.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy slow-moving, depressing stories.

Also The exploration of guilt felt by the friends and family of a young, dy... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Edgy, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like intense personal dramas with exquisite acting.

Don't see it if you are not into watching serious emotional problems dealing with suicide and depression.

74
Absorbing, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you enjoy teasing out what it is that makes family relationships work and not work.

Don't see it if you want a musical or a huge story.

72
For a previous production
Sweat
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in socio economic issues of our times, and an understanding of why anyone would have voted for He Who Can't Be Named.

Don't see it if you are unsympathetic toward uneducated, rural, working class people. You have to have some ability to empathize or you will be miserable.

54
Plenty
East Village
Disappointing, Intense, Depressing

See it if You want to remember if you liked it the first time. I thought I had seen it, but didn't remember a thing!

Don't see it if you don't like oblique story lines. This story just doesn't hang together, and I couldn't discern what point the author was making.

88
Heisenberg
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Romantic

See it if You are interested in exploring love relationships and moral dilemmas.

Don't see it if you would rather not analyze why we fall in love and whether or not manipulation is sometimes okay!

88
King Charles III
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if you love history, politics and/or Shakespeare.

Don't see it if you are uninterested in the way government/civilization works.

19
For a previous production
The Humans
Midtown W
Banal, Disappointing, Overrated, Enough with the realism!

See it if don't have enough family dysfunction in your life.

Don't see it if you've got more than enough family dysfunction!

54
During previews
Sunday
Chelsea
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Intense, Quirky

See it if you want insight into 20-somethings mental state. They really are lonely and miserable according to this. Probably our fault, no doubt.

Don't see it if you have no interest in understanding millenials. It's not a requirement. But, you don't want to be a grumpy old theater goer, do you?!

70
During previews
Mojada
East Village
Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you want to see how Medea is relevant to today's lifestyles. We are obviously doomed to continue to suffer from the human condition.

Don't see it if you don't want to face the truth of the complexities of love, desire, parenting. This is not easy to watch.

59
White Noise
East Village
Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see all the works by Suzan-Lori Parks. She has terrific ideas, I just don't think this one worked.

Don't see it if you are not interested in exploring difficult race issues.

65
Apologia
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if you love Stockard Channing. She's fantastic. The whole cast is. Proves that point that parenting is an impossible job.

Don't see it if you don't like dramas about family. There isn't a real story, other than the fact that people have different views of their history.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy a show that is more about soul searching than about story. It's a wonderful exploration of what we are doing on the planet.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy existential thinking. This is about reflection on the experiences that make us who we are.

86
During previews
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if you love history and like the idea of imagining the very personal reactions of family members to the experiences of Joan of Arc.

Don't see it if you don't have the patience for historical fiction about very serious issues. This is a play about faith, family, and allegiance.

Also In particular, the mother/daughter relationship will break your heart!

45
During previews
Dull, depressing, dated

See it if you like depression era stories where everyones lives are so awful that you feel suicidal during the show.

Don't see it if you prefer a story with a modicum of happiness.

83
Girls & Boys
West Village
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate an actor being able to do this kind of magic--it's a tour de force.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in a psychological portrayal of a tragic event and it's lasting impact.

30
Skintight
Midtown W
Banal, Insipid, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you like superficial explanations of why people love each other.

Don't see it if you dislike shallow stories. I felt like all the characters were spoiled and obnoxious.

Also The one redeeming feature was the actor who played the son. He was hil... Read more Read less

80
Travesties
Midtown W
Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of incredible wordplay and history and and the relationship of all three. It's absolutely brilliant.

Don't see it if You are not willing to think hard for 2 and a half hours. This play goes 100 mph and you have to work to keep up. But it's worth it!

94
Unexpected Joy
Midtown E
Delightful, Funny, Great writing

See it if you are a fan of beautiful, happy musicals with a real story. The lyrics are fantastic and the characters are wonderfully drawn.

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

Also The music reminded me of early Loggins and Messina--a total compliment... Read more Read less

84
The Last Match
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like tennis/sports and you like the idea of peeling back the public personas of the superstar players to see how human they are.

Don't see it if You wouldn't be interested in watching a tennis match. The pretend game they are playing is important to the structure of the play.

72
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Slow, Heavy

See it if you like interpersonal drama and thinking about how universal so many human relationships are.

Don't see it if you don't like long, family dramas. But it's SO much better than The Humans! These people are likable!!!

84
Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to be reminded that we all have a part in making democracy work. I thought Moore was practical and rational. Not just a rant.

Don't see it if Like someone else here said: you are ultra conservative (which literally means unwilling to change) and won't go with an open mind.

88
Animal
Chelsea
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Surprising

See it if you like mysteries and mulling over human behavior.

Don't see it if you don't like explorations of emotional personal crises.

70
Assassins
Midtown W
Clever, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if You love Sondheim and you like the psychological analysis of what makes an assasin do what they do.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in Presidential history, especially, the presidents who were assasinated.

96
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you love history and politics and a behind-the-scenes explanation of how a event like this went down.

Don't see it if you are bored by political dramas. This is all about the art of the game of diplomacy.

74
I Lost You There
West Village
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy one person shows. Iris is very talented at portraying multiple characters. It's funny, but also poignant. One hour!

Don't see it if You do not like one person plays!

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great writing, Must see, Riveting

See it if you have a chance--not easy to get tickets--understatement of the century!

Don't see it if you detest rap music.

92
For a previous production
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you love musicals, especially if you like this time period. I didn't remember liking Frankie Valli, but there were some amazing songs!

Don't see it if you dislike the time period. But the story is timeless...

41
The Encounter
Midtown W
Indulgent, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you'd like to watch an old-fashioned radio show.

Don't see it if you want to see something interesting!

50
A Life
Midtown W
Ambitious, Intense, Quirky, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy thinking about how irrelevant we all are and can laugh about it.

Don't see it if you don't like thinking about the meaning of life.

85
Love, Love, Love
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you have been married for more than 10 years and have children.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about family relationships.

77
Sylvia
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Fluffy

See it if you love dogs and light comedy!

Don't see it if you don't like dogs--you won't get it!

75
During previews
Therese Raquin
Midtown W
Great staging, Intense, Profound, Slow, Absorbing

See it if you like period pieces and a really well crafted story. Zola is a master! There are wonderful moral dilemmas to ponder.

Don't see it if you don't like dramas from France set in the 1800's.