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 (54)
90
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

77
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.

70
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.

71
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.

85
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.

90
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!

74
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.

88
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.

90
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.

76
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

88
Intelligent, Relevant, Funny, Must see, Inspiring

See it if You are an activist or not. If you are interested in history, social justice and want to know more about Gloria!

Don't see it if are looking for a musical or fluffy story.

Also This show is interesting and entertaining and also very informavite ab... Read more Read less

58
Banal, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you want to see Michael C Hall up close and snarky.

Don't see it if you want a play that you can follow and absorb.

85
Absorbing, Must see, Relevant, Intense

See it if You want to explore race and gender roles in America. You are fans of these stars.

Don't see it if You want a wrapped up story. You have any past trauma with police.

88
Great singing, Ambitious, Haunting, Layered

See it if you are a Dylan fan. I loved the various styles in which the music was sung. Also, if you are Mare Winningham fan.

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

Also This was an awesome ensemble cast. I LOVED Mare Winningham's character... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent, Relevant

See it if You are interested in era of Vietnam protest, exploring racism, privilege then and now. There is great music in it.

Don't see it if Are going to pick it apart bit by bit. It covers a range of topics so you have to be open and know it may a few loose ends.

Also I enjoyed the actors, the story and the way it felt like though it was... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to explore what goes on in teens girls heads and want a different vantage point than the typical white American high school scene.

Don't see it if Want a musical, or don't value seeing inside another culture.

Also After seeing Jocelyn Bioh act I was excited to see the play she wrote.... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if You enjoy the inside look of a marriage that seems great at first. Like stories set against real historical events. Really like these actors

Don't see it if you don't like exploring themes of feminism, race and marriage.

Also I really enjoyed the actors' work in this play. I loved the sets and c... Read more Read less

94
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in history, current day politics and women and girls having a voice.

Don't see it if You are triggered by stories that involve violence against women.

Also I thought this show was amazing for several reasons. I loved the premi... Read more Read less

50
Disappointing, Overrated, Great sets, Slow

See it if I assume if you are a Sponge Bob fan this would be really fun.

Don't see it if You want a story that keeps your attention. If you have any theater ettiquette expectations

Also I was so disappointed. I was never planning to see it as I am not a fa... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if you want to be wowed by a beautiful performance and amazing set - the theater is transformed. IF you don't like the story (like me).

Don't see it if I can't think of anything.

Also I really don't like this show. My kids love it so we went. The theater... Read more Read less

59
Cliched, Long, Disappointing

See it if I liked some of the songs and laughed at some of the banter.

Don't see it if If you are expecting a cool show like Hedwig because it falls short.

Also I was expecting more because of the creatives. I appreciated how much ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intimate, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a fan or not! Amazing to have the chance to see Bruce in that small setting. You want to hear his smooth story telling from his book

Don't see it if you are expecting a BRUCE concert. If you don't behave like you are in a theater. If you don't like the story telling.

Also I would score higher if the tickets were not so ridiculous to come by ... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Touching, Resonant, Epic, Relevant

See it if you never got the chance to see the original. You like meaningful theater.

Don't see it if you can't stop comparing to the original.

Also I saw this off Broadway at 2nd Stage last season and hope to see at th... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a parent or are a daughter/son. Felt very NY. Loved the various relationships. Laughed and also felt sad at times. Loved the set.

Don't see it if first world problems are annoying to you. Tho there is humor, sadness and loneliness are major themes.

Also Highly recommend. People complained Idina isn't singing but I loved he... Read more Read less

69
Historical, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Alot going on

See it if I never knew this history before and for that it is relevant and good for people to see. Feels relevant re:curent xenophobia. Big Asian cast

Don't see it if It is a little slow. Maybe too many stories. It is very depressing but good to face history. Might have been better as a play.

95
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.

90
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.

92
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.

87
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.

70
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.

96
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

95
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.

81
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.

87
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.

76
Relevant, Story draws you in, Thought-provoking

See it if you like a reflective and sometimes complex story about family; women writers, directors, a women's reflection on adopting a new country.

Don't see it if you are looking for action over thought as the ​main focus of play.

85
Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Clever

See it if you are a Lynn Nottage fan. Looking for smart, entertaining play. Well written.

Don't see it if you are looking for heavy drama. Her message comes in clever bites.

Also I loved that each actor (except Undine of course) played multiple char... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Slowly revealing

See it if you want to see the Daly siblings together. It is an intense, twisty/turny story line.

Don't see it if want an uplifting cheery family story.

76
Absorbing, Great acting, Slow

See it if feel exploring women's life choices thoughtfully. Great job by Channing and Darcey.

Don't see it if The show is a little long. First act could use a trim, makes it feel too slow.

88
Entertaining, Funny, Great timing, Must see, Relevant

See it if you love these three actors, and want to sit and laugh for 80 minutes.

Don't see it if you are looking for a political drama.

Also These three actors have great timing and work well together. Go for th... Read more Read less

66
Slow, Funny, British

See it if It had its moments. You like British not believable farcical stories. You enjoy snooker/pool.

Don't see it if You are not into British farce. Also if was slow. Some actors didn't have the accent down.

65
Dated, Obvious, Overrated, Stiff

See it if you would like to see how wasp culture is portrayed? You enjoy a dramatic scene between literature professors.

Don't see it if Want something that feels new. It lacked depth. The 2nd one was boring. The first one was funny but not by the end. I liked the third one.

Also I wanted to see it to see his final work. I am glad I did. I feel like... Read more Read less

66
During previews
Historical, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You like Emily Dickinson's work. Want to see an acrylic baby grand. You like a soprano soloist sprinkled in to your drama.

Don't see it if You like well paced theater. If you want to concentrate mostly on Ms. Dickenson's work.

Also I enjoyed the history, I enjoyed hearing Ms. Dickenson's poetry. I lik... Read more Read less

75
Nostalgic, Funny, Confusing

See it if You like a family drama that feels nostalgic. Or if you have fond memories of brothers goofing off. Contemplate white male privilege

Don't see it if You are expecting any real conclusions or enlightenment on white male privilege.

Also I had some good laughs and a few reflective moments. I liked seeing th... Read more Read less

77
Entertaining, Great staging, Disappointing, Resonant

See it if If you like reflective retelling of a life story. Women's lives.

Don't see it if You don't like the non-linear story sequence. You want complete stories.

Also I liked the use of many actors to play Mary at different points in her... Read more Read less

83
Great singing, Great dancing, Slow, Dated, Absorbing

See it if you want/need to see this classic. You are fans of the leads. and want to see great performances by the leads.

Don't see it if you are looking for a good story.

Also This is a dated story and not a great one. BUT... the performances wer... Read more Read less

88
Exquisite, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Must see

See it if you appreciate an all women of color cast. Learning some history that is relevant today.

Don't see it if you are not paying attention to the multiple threads. If you don't like delving into feminist, racial or class themes.

Also I loved this play. I am familiar with the play it borrows from - The H... Read more Read less

78
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Dated, Fun

See it if you haven't seen it before. For Melissa Errico's performance. Fun intimate, silly show.

Don't see it if you analyze the story too much or are looking for the full version.

90
Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Delightful

See it if you haven't ever seen it and if you love Broadway, it's a classic! Loved the ensemble, the sets and seeing Bette. Was sorta hard not to sing

Don't see it if not into the big musical hoopla. Not the most riveting story right?

94
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Must see, Ambitious

See it if You love triple threat - dance, drama and music! Great staging, and loved the intimate setting. Nostalgic and melancholy.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate dance or reflecting back on life choices.

75
During previews
Entertaining, Teen, Fun, Great singing, Great cast

See it if you like re-living your high school experience. It is great seeing Will Roland in a lead role. Fun "stage door"

Don't see it if you have had your fill of angsty musicals - on stage or TV. Very hard to get a ticket.

Also I am not sure it lives up to its hype. But not sure who created the hy... Read more Read less