LisaK487

New York City | 25-34 | Female
About:  Theater director living in NYC- I try and see a new play every week!
Reviews (37)
89
During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like new works, psychological plays, and want to support a company that advocates for inclusive casting.

Don't see it if you don't like non-linear plays, you want higher production value, you want cheerful subject matter.

Also What a wonderful thing to see a character with Down Syndrome onstage, ... Read more Read less

80
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Nostalgic, Masterful

See it if You love Webber musicals, star vehicles for incredible leading ladies (Glenn Close!), nostalgic film noir feel, sweeping orchestrations.

Don't see it if Modern, cutting edge, and current events are necessary.

85
On The Town
Midtown W
Ambitious, Dated, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if you love big dance ensembles, spectacle, golden-age musicals with a little extra comedy and substance, or great adaptations of classics.

Don't see it if an originally dated source material will frustrate you, you're looking for a strong theme or message, or sophisticated take away.

65
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like: powerful female performers, edgy rock backdrop, conceptualized staging, great tech design- lighting/costumes, and production value

Don't see it if The music/story/tone started and ended at exactly the same place with little variation or discovery. Commitment to concept didn't save this

Also I wanted to score this higher because of the wonderful commitment of t... Read more Read less

70
Chess Match No. 5
Midtown W
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Resonant, Slow

See it if You like experimental/ devised theater, or John Cage. You like philosophy, and you like letting your mind wonder and consider things.

Don't see it if you don't like experimental theater, performance art, 2 person minimalist shows, or if you need plot, message, or concreteness.

Also This is definitely not for everyone but I'm a fan of experimental thea... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if you appreciate stories of faith and humanity. You like ensemble driven musicals. You like minimalist sets/shows and real events.

Don't see it if you want a transformative musical with a totally new concept- this is a little cliche.

Also This is a beautiful story about real-life events associated with rerou... Read more Read less

89
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if You appreciate great actor-singers, especially strong females. You appreciate complicated romance, you like minimalist musicals with heart

Don't see it if You can't get past cliche characters, you'll criticize simplicity rather than allow yourself to be swept away by good performances.

89
Great acting, Riveting, Emotional, Poignant, Raw

See it if You appreciate theater history, the theater/arts industry, you liked RENT, you appreciate artistic struggle, raw pieces of work.

Don't see it if You'll latch onto flaws and not allow yourself to get invested in the story. It's a flawed musical with a vague concept- but beautiful heart

75
The Encounter
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You're intrigued by cutting edge technology, immersive experience, sound design, metaphysical/spiritual shows, you like one person shows

Don't see it if You prefer linear stories, you don't appreciate spiritual or abstract stories, you prefer large casts.

Also The Encounter showcases wonderful sound design, interesting technologi... Read more Read less

75
That Physics Show
Midtown W
Educational, Informative, Engaging, Impressive, Good for adults and kids

See it if you're interested in science, can follow a lot of fast demonstrations, love science-based tricks and, want to learn something new.

Don't see it if loud noises make you nervous - be ready for fire, explosions, and objects breaking. Also- don't see if you don't understand English well.

80
iLuminate
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Riveting, Exciting, Energizing

See it if you love dance numbers with clever, cutting edge technology. You love spectacle and don't mind a silly story. Great for kids

Don't see it if dance, loud pop music, or moving lights aren't your thing. Don't see it if special effects like strobe could trigger seizure

89
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Dated, Entertaining, Ironic, Edgy, Sexy

See it if you appreciate irony in the form of a bare bones set, unconventional chorus girls, and murder parodied in the form of a vaudeville review.

Don't see it if you want the beauty, pageantry, or insincerity of other big spectacle musical theater.

62
Shear Madness
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Quirky

See it if you want light hearted, safe, interactive mystery stories. You love funny characters. You love interacting.

Don't see it if you want an incredibly clever resolution to the mystery- the ending is controlled by the audience, which means there are no tricks.

60
Seen / By Everyone
Soho/Tribeca
Cliched, Technologically minded, Innovative, Collaborative, Relatable

See it if You interact with social media, you appreciate devised theater, you appreciate concept driven pieces

Don't see it if you want a polished, finished product- this show has flaws. You don't care about social media.

99
Sleep No More
Chelsea
Ambitious, Exquisite, Masterful, Riveting, Original

See it if You'll actively seek your own adventure, you're curious and adventurous. You love immersive theater. This experience is revolutionary.

Don't see it if you are afraid of being separated from your group or being left alone

50
Mercury Fur
Midtown W
Shocking, Profane, Grim, Edgy, Disturbing

See it if you're interested in very dark, disturbing theater. Grim examinations of humanity. You like post-apocalyptic works.

Don't see it if violence, extremely heavy themes like rape and murder, or gore disturb you. Lots of shock at a high cost, not worth it.

97
Absorbing, Edgy, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you love character driven conflict. Sharp writing with occasional poetic musings. Plays based on true events. Plays that make you think.

Don't see it if blood, gore, or violence disturb you.

80
War
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Dizzying, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You enjoy a lot of themes tackled with no resolutions. You like theater that makes you feel uncomfortable. You like family drama.

Don't see it if you prefer realism. You don't like new plays or plays about race themes.

72
During previews
The Layover
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You like fast-paced dark drama, with complex characters and heavy themes.

Don't see it if you prefer light-hearted happy endings. You do not like strong language, nudity, or are bothered by blood or violence.

Also Would have gotten a higher score, if not for the second half of the pl... Read more Read less

69
Somebody's Daughter
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing

See it if non-sequential plays with jumps in time intrigue you, and you like family-driven conflicts.

Don't see it if Trigger warning- physical abuse shown and discussed.

Also Cliche characters and far fetched plot configurations are at the core ... Read more Read less

95
Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you like devised theater, minimalism, folk-americana music, diversely talented actors and resonant stories.

Don't see it if you're not interested in history or educational theater.

75
Daphne's Dive
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Resonant

See it if you're interested in character driven conflicts, cultural backdrops, and many themes/details.

Don't see it if you prefer light theater for the sake of entertainment, or violent/gruesome dialogue might disturb you.

72
The Object Lesson
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you like productions that break the 4th wall, or like themes of memory/nostalgia. definitely immersive!

Don't see it if You don't want to be responsible for your experience- you need to take initiative to explore the set and to find meaning in the scenes.

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love immersive theater, high powered ensembles, fierce staging and brilliantly executed concepts. Great design.

Don't see it if WARNING-strobe lights. don't see this if you'd be frustrated by a thin plot & cliche characters. This show is more spectacle than substance

Also There's not a bad seat in the house. We bought rear mezz, which I was ... Read more Read less

65
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Enchanting, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You are going with kids, you are a fan of disney, you love the original story. You love great male performance from Genie!

Don't see it if you expect the quality of Lion King.

Also This production somehow lost much of the Disney magic to a watered dow... Read more Read less

95
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Great choreography, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like American History. You like musicals with an excellent integration of story and dance/staging, you like character driven conflict.

Don't see it if Definitely see it- just don't spend above market value on your ticket. Wait until prices drop or it's on tour near you.

65
Othello: The Remix
Midtown W
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if You like hip hop, audience participation, classic texts retold in a different way. Enthusiastic cast!

Don't see it if You dislike hiphop, loud music, participation.

Also This production gets a lot of credit for keeping the storyline very cl... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Emotional, Ambitious

See it if striking story that explores current themes related to bullying in the LGBTQ community. You like shows were one person plays many roles

Don't see it if You don't empathize with characters who aren't mainstream, or you're looking for a lighthearted show.

50
H.O.M.E
West Village
Young performers, Overindulgent direction, Moments of intrigue, Promising young talent, Interesting idea

See it if you can forgive very amateur acting, directing, concept, but would like to watch young actors perform a play by a new playwright.

Don't see it if you can't move on from the criticism of a student production- failure for the sake of learning. You hate post apocalyptic pieces.

60
Blackbird
Midtown W
Ambitious, Heavy, Dark, Edgy, Riveting

See it if you like two-hander high drama plays with complex characters. EXCELLENT Male lead actor.

Don't see it if Trigger warning- discussion about rape would bother you. You're a fan of Williams on screen- stage leaves more to be desired.

Also Williams overacted in the beginning, which pushed the play to absurd t... Read more Read less

70
Delightful, Entertaining, Cliched, Exquisite, Epic

See it if you love NYC, You love big dance numbers, flashy spectacle, and the most cutting edge technology.

Don't see it if you can't ignore a lame story, poorly developed characters, and big dance numbers loosely fitted into the plot.

60
Fun, Interactive, Delightful, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if you want spectacle, are looking to entertain children, or want to let your inner child have fun!

Don't see it if you expect a story or want to connect with characters or themes.This is just a series of bubble tricks with cheesy plot fitted on top.

97
Profound, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate getting inside a mind unlike your own, plays revolving unreliable narrators, complex characters,family drama.

Don't see it if family drama is disturbing or upsetting.

90
Captivating, Ambitious, Masterful, Great adaptation, Shakespeare

See it if you love Shakespeare plays in 90 minutes, free theater, inspiring cultural adaptations. Theater that serves its community.

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

90
39 Steps
Gramercy
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you love intelligently MacGyvered parody, Actors playing multiple roles, Physical comedy, Hitchcock

Don't see it if you want serious, substantial theater. You don't appreciate parody, clowning, or physical comedy.

90
Bright Star
Midtown W
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You'll go all in and allow yourself to buy into the story for the sake of enjoyment- it'll be enchanting if you do. Beautiful orchestration

Don't see it if you can't forgive implausible plot details. you don't like bare bones scenic design and musicals that aren't big or flashy.

45
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if You're interested in stories that blur time. You'll actively work for a theme- there are many thought provoking things but they can be lost

Don't see it if You have a hard time keeping track of details, prefer to be in one place or with one character for a longer time, or want a strong takeaway