lisa 8220

New York City
About:  I am a theater addict, so I need to always be on the look out for a great deal and creative ways to see lots of theater. I have a real appreciation for off-broadway and am learning more about playwrights. I love the people I meet during my theater antics. It is a great way to meet other New Yorkers ... Read more Read less
Reviews (85)
Intelligent, Relevant, Intense, Absorbing

See it if Great family story, tragic and punch in the gut but also alot of humor. The music is awesome. The story really resonates. Highly recommend.

Don't see it if having loud rock music as part of your theater experience is not appealing to you. There are triggers.

Special, Perfect, Riveting, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of David Byrne or Talking Heads. This is a special, intimate, charming performance. I wanted to see it again. Uplifting.

Don't see it if you are expecting a Talking Heads concert or a play.

Spontaneous, Great singing, Funny, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if No reason not to love it, be entertained. Great shared experience. High energy. Positive with the right amount of snark and politics.

Don't see it if you really don't like rap or you will complain about volume or if it is funny enough of the time. This is smart and funny and intellectual.

Quirky, Funny, Confusing, Clever

See it if If you like something a little different & like to figure out what's going on along the way. Best Eno play I've seen. Clever. Surprised.

Don't see it if You can't follow a character that changes gender, race, age, throughout the story.

Entertaining, Quirky, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Great period wardrobe and styling of actresses. I felt like you could see Fornes in the characters. Loved the audience participation.

Don't see it if There were a few monologs that I was not so sure the meaning. It took longer because you saws 4 scenes by group. Interesting technique.

Also This was an exciting way to see this very specific piece of theater. I... Read more Read less

The Michaels
East Village
Comfortable, Slow, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy comforting, homey dramatic segments in nearby Rhinbeck. I enjoy seeing Jay and Maryanne working together. Nostalgic & current.

Don't see it if you are looking for big sweeping action to take place in each installment. Always small intricate dramas.

Midtown W
Indulgent, Slow, Overrated, Boring

See it if seeing cooking scenes like on TV cooking shows is enough for you and you don't need a real plot. The yelling of their lines got so annoying.

Don't see it if you want a show with characters you really care about,

The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if This is a great new musical with wonderful choreography and staging. Josh Henry is amazing. The story resonates and is gut wrenching.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals. This is not a light fluffy musical.

Resonant, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you have any connection to the village, St. Vincent's, AIDS in the 80s/90s, alternative theater experiences. KC and rest of cast were great.

Don't see it if You don't want to change locations while experiencing theater event. If you can't connect to time travel/afterlife in theater.

Also I was very moved by the interwoven stories. I enjoyed learning the his... Read more Read less

All My Sons
Midtown W
Sad, Great acting, Dated, Absorbing

See it if you want to see great acting in an Arthur Miller classic. I don't love the mother character.

Don't see it if you are looking for something upbeat. The women characters are not get in this play.

Disappointing, Slow, Raunchy

See it if you like this monolog and interested in rambling on of circuitous stories. If you want to see Joyce.

Don't see it if It went on long, and the stories didn;t feel that important for me to care. The actress worked hard.

A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Relevant, Must see, Intense, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you want to see how creative process and inner thoughts and background are inseparable. Relatable to all of us.

Don't see it if If you don't think you can relate to someone that is not exactly like you. Explicit sex scene.

Midtown W
Must see, Profound, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You like musicals. Also if you use a cell phone, social media, dating sites. Very interesting take for all of us and love the music.

Don't see it if traditional musical or big staging. The a cappella is subtle and not over done or with schtick. If you don't like that, this is not for you.

Entertaining, Intelligent, Creative, Absorbing

See it if you have travelled & love traveling. It reminded me of my adventures & allowed me an insight to places I've not been. Like the politics too.

Don't see it if Don't have a reason not to see it. I guess if you don't to know about other places.

Sad, Stressful, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you have not seen this Shepard play before. Great cast, Great set. Tough story.

Don't see it if you want something upbeat.

Original Sound
West Village
Different, Thoroughly enjoyed, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a play about a subject we don't usually see. In an intimate setting with an awesome diverse cast.

Don't see it if you need big production style in your theater experience.

Also I really enjoyed the story with the twists. I loved seeing a diverse c... Read more Read less

White Noise
East Village
Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Everyone should see this play. Examines race & stereotypes in genuine ways. So many layers to think about. Great writing, directing, acting.

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment or feel like there isn't much left to explore about race.

Must see, Great cast, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like fun classic musicals. If you are a Kelli O'Hara fan. The dancing and music are​ also great.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals.

The Light
Midtown W
Must see, Masterful, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The point of this show is so spot on and so important. I left thankful to the playwright and amazed that the actors do it 8x a week.

Don't see it if If you are not triggered about sexual violence it is a must see. This message needs to be out there.

Relevant, Masterful, Resonant, Funny, Absorbing

See it if Loved the humor with very serious topics. Great writing. Fun acting. Very meaningful message about equity in entertainment industry.

Don't see it if I can't even say don't say it if you don't like theater with a message because it is entertaining even if you are not thinking.

Midtown W
Entertaining, Slow, Great staging, Great singing

See it if I enjoyed the adult relationship and singing. The story with the teens not new. Staging & effects great. I liked it but needs tightening.

Don't see it if you are expecting something that feels new.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Must see, Intense, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if GO SEE THIS SHOW! Everyone all over America should see this emotional and informative show. Great story. Great history.

Don't see it if Triggers for domestic violence.

Also I saw this early on at NYTW. This is an awesome memoir. It is an inspi... Read more Read less

Freestyle Love Supreme
West Village
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Masterful, Fun

See it if Just go. Fun, high energy, serious at times. Love the down to earth sentiments from the performers. I want to go again!

Don't see it if you can't just let go and see where the night takes you. If you can't shut your phone down.

About Alice
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Vintage nyc, Romantic

See it if if you love Calvin Trillin's work. Also, if you love cool downtown NYC stories, love stories. Don't miss this.

Don't see it if you need a "big story". This is a story of a shared life.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if The music, choreography, ​and acting were mesmerizing. The plot is full and complex. It warms and breaks your heart many times.

Don't see it if you are not interested in digging into issues of race, sexuality, religion and family.

During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Haunting, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of any of the cast or the awesome director. A very complex and challenging script is a stand out. You must pay close attention

Don't see it if you can't pay close attention to all that is happening in 3 segments going on on stage. Trigger warning suicide, families, addiction.

Famiiar, Unique, Must see, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you love Fiddler, have seen it before or have never seen it before. IF you have have heard your parents or grandparents speaking yiddish.

Don't see it if you don't like Fiddler. If you feel any frustration if you might not know every word.

Also This is like comfort food. If you are a musical theater lover - if you... Read more Read less

Political, Relevant, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of Guirgis' work. Very current, political stories. I was impressed he could inhabit all those women's lives.

Don't see it if you don't like political theater. Are not interested in marginalized women's stories. Could be cut 15 min.

The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Relevant, Indulgent, Intense, Dizzying, Absorbing

See it if I am not a fan of the Crucible but as always, Bedlam does a great job with it. It is so astonishingly relevant I was squirming in my seat.

Don't see it if This production is very LOUD. That is typical for this show but it goes on a bit and feels a little long. But best version I have seen.

Is This A Room
Upsetting, Relevant, Intense, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you want to know this story, enjoy political theater or experimental theater. I I was on edge of my seat, and inpatient for what was coming.

Don't see it if you want the story tied up for you. If you don't like political themed theater. It can be infuriating to watch knowing what is happens in DC

Black Exhibition
Wow, Great staging, Intense, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if If you are a Jeremy O Harris fan. Not expecting a typical play, this is a peak into what might be the writer's notebook, mind, trip.

Don't see it if you are quick to judge personal exploration, not open to something that is not your first hand experience.

Also Love the sets, the vibe at Bushwick Starr, the cast and crew. It is a ... Read more Read less

Soft Power
East Village
Kitchy, Clever, Absorbing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Enjoy resistance political theater critiquing current administration, bun crazed society, 2016 election. Fun sets, songs & mostly Asian cast

Don't see it if you support current administration or guns.

Well told story, Intense, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy seeing a complicated surprising plot. Great acting, great writing. Also, love intro to a venue new to me.

Don't see it if Has some triggers

Make Believe
Midtown W
Intense, Haunting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want something different and thought provoking. I didn't read any reviews. I enjoyed watching the story reveal itself.

Don't see it if triggered by difficult family relationships.

Little Women
West Village
Classic, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you love Little Women and/or Kate Hamill's writing. I like the cast. The story was more vague in areas than I am used to.

Don't see it if don't like Little Women or Hamill's style. Sometimes I felt like too many liberties taken but I enjoyed the show over all.

Classic, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you love the musical you must see it. Laura Benanti is not to be missed. I went back a second time to catch her and it was amazing.

Don't see it if it was challenging to make sure Benanti would actually be in the show. I planned strategically with my family and STILL we missed her.

During previews
Funny, Romantic, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like Shakespeare in modern setting. LOVED Danielle Brooks, her delivery & charisma is delightful. Great costumes, music & lovely outside

Don't see it if you only like Shakespeare in traditional timing/costume etc. The show was a tad long - went LATE. That might tighten up?

Sad, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you want to see the O'Casey plays, you can see together. Great sets and acting. First act a little long.

Don't see it if you are looking for an upbeat story.

Happy Talk
Midtown W
Good acting, Relevant, Dark

See it if You follow Jesse Eisenberg's work. Marin Ireland is great. Great commentary on dealing with illness and aging.

Don't see it if I had trouble watching Susan Sarandon - very strong feelings stemming from her idiotic politics in 2016, helping elect current potus.

Proof of Love
West Village
Good story telling, Sometimes predictable, Absorbing, Good acting

See it if you like one person shows. This was an entertaining story and good delivery. One felt the familiarity with the actor.

Don't see it if Don't like stories about extra-marital affairs.

Resonant, Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if You had any close experience​ to the events of 9/11. Also, if you didn't. Everyone should see it.

Don't see it if You have no empathy or remove yourself from difficult situations. Or you are triggered by the events of 9/11.

Also I have been wanting to see this show for quite a while. We enjoyed it.... Read more Read less

Great acting, Tragic, Entertaining

See it if you are seeing O'Casey's trilogy at Irish Rep. Sad, but interesting to see exploration​ of this historical moment.

Don't see it if you are not feeling​ empathetic for this kind of tragedy.

Great costumes, Great sets, Funny, Campy, Entertaining

See it if you can get discounted tickets. If you have fun memories of seeing Sonny & Cher or Cher. For the costumes and Stephanie Block fans.

Don't see it if you can only pay full price or want to see the last​ 20 years of Cher's life.

Intense, Edgy, Dizzying, Absorbing

See it if Hawke's performance is frightening and believable. The staging and performance in 2nd act is over the top and dizzying. And the toast!

Don't see it if I am not sure if I am a Sam Shepard fan. The play felt a little long. I had trouble reading what was true about the script and producer.

Boesman and Lena
Midtown W
Mournful, Slow, Intense, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Amazing to see this play from the 1960s. Sadly, applicable today just in other places. You feel the desperation, dehumanizing and despair.

Don't see it if It is long and very sad. Had talk back -Fugard wanted it performed without intermission. VERY MOVING. Go if you can.

Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A must see. Great writing. Great Acting. I had a horrible seat but was hanging on the words. See it if you read the book or not.

Don't see it if you should just see it! I can't think of a reason not to go!

God Said This
West Village
Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if want to observe biracial family coming to terms with difficult years of growing up. Good story, familiar with humor.

Don't see it if you have had your fill of family drama, are triggered by addiction and parenthood.

Wickedest Woman
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Must see, Thought-provoking, Great story, Historical

See it if you enjoy learning about cool true stories. If you like NYC stories, stories of strong women. Great set & costumes. Love the writing & cast.

Don't see it if you are not open to gender-neutral​ casting.

Not to be missed, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Sad

See it if you love Lonergan's work. Amazing writing, sad and funny. Also, so accurate and relatable.

Don't see it if if you feel triggered by the depiction of an elderly family member facing memory loss/dementia this might be hard to watch.

Wild Goose Dreams
East Village
Ambitious, Political, Non-linear, Quirky, Great staging

See it if you want to know some people's experiences in Korea. Multi-layered: world politics, being a parent/dad or daughter, connections, loneliness.

Don't see it if Seeing non-linear show is not your thing. I LOVED the set -some say it is distracting. If you only want happy in your play. HIGHLY RECOMMEND