Elmira | 50-64 | Female
About:  Scientist who loves theatre. I live in the Southern Tier of NYS, blessed with an abundance of great local theatre in Ithaca, Elmira, Corning, Syracuse and Rochester. I visit NYC 6 or 7 times a year to catch the latest Broadway shows, the New York Musical Festival, Brits Off Broadway 59E59, and all... Read more Read less
Reviews (40)
Delightful, Refreshing, Funny

See it if What if teen angst could be fixed with a chill pill? Catchy tunes, likeable cast, bright and fast paced. What a delightful matinee!

Don't see it if A silly story that addresses real teen concerns and resolves all in 2 acts.

Also The theater was filled with teens and their parents and grandparents. ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You like a classic made relevant to present day. You'll see Atticus as a man aspiring to be a hero to his children and not always succeeding

Don't see it if If you think you'll resent anyone changing the movie classic.

Also Jeff Daniels is getting a lot of buzz for his role. Aaron Sorkin's scr... Read more Read less

The Originalist
Midtown E
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Must see

See it if You are a history buff, Supreme Court fan, like debates. The portrayal of Scalia is masterful. Stay for the talk backs.

Don't see it if You cannot handle conservative viewpoints at all, even when well presented.

During previews
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see an ensemble cast of well-known actors who happen to be gay and out - important to a period piece when so many could not be.

Don't see it if I saw this the night before Jim Parsons tripped and broke his foot. It will be interesting how the director & Jim handle the 2 story stage.

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

See it if Who gets to judge good and bad? Are there degrees of guilt? Is there redemption? Powerful dialogue with stark stage lighting. Great actors.

Don't see it if You want something light and escapism. Be ready to tackle some deep concepts.

Edgy, Intelligent, Great staging, Great writing

See it if Saycon Sengbloh plays Hester, the single mother of 5 by 5 different men who have used her. The system has used her.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional staging. Adults play dual roles as children and grownups in Hester's life.

Also The skateboard ramp stage worked so well - as a playground for Hester'... Read more Read less

Tiny Beautiful Things
East Village
Relevant, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if This will pull at your heart-strings and leave you teary-eyed. A good emotional release. Nia Vardolas writes and acts in this adaptation.

Don't see it if You may feel like your emotions are being manipulated, with no big revelatory moment to tie it all up.

Also I saw this based on reviews of its earlier run. I read Cheryl Strayed'... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You are looking for musical insight to teenage drama that includes difficult issues. Kickoff talks about friendship, suicides, relationships

Don't see it if Issues of bullying, cutting, teen sexual mores, and suicide are triggers. The difficult subjects need a talk Back session.

Slow, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You wonder what a contemporary female Buddha would be like. Some of the scenes are funny and smart. I liked the music.

Don't see it if Uneven pacing is bothersome, and the ending was predictable. Was she Buddha or as flawed as us? Can we be both? Unsatisfying answers.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like a funny musical that is a bit twisted. Opens with a death. Over involved sport parents exposed.

Don't see it if You are offended by cursing - there is a lot. And some of the gay references should be dialed back.

Also This was entertaining, but needs more work. To reach a larger audience... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You are an Air Supply Fan or just need to fill up your NYMF calendar.

Don't see it if You are bothered by a weak story, racing through 30 years after giving us 2 characters in love in wall divided Berlin.

Also I wanted to like this. Perhaps it is just too early in its development... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Exquisite, Great music

See it if A beautiful, layered, complex score is music to your ears. The use of a traditional erhu is haunting.

Don't see it if A musical in early form doesn't excite you. There is no set, no movement, just talented musicians and singers/actors running through this.

Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Must see, Masterful, Profound

See it if You love history, a great backstory from the playwright. The inclusion of Yiddish, music and the staging with ashes and the rain scene -wow

Don't see it if You want to see a happy play with a fairytale ending.

The Antipodes
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Confusing

See it if You are a fan of Annie Baker's work. Use of language, rhythm of speech is wonderful. Great ensemble cast. Storytelling & myth today.

Don't see it if You've hated previous Baker plays. She won't change your mind. Time stretches out, no intermission, purpose is up for discussion, lots.

Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Who would think that peace negotiations could be so fascinating? At the end, were we applauding the possibility of peace or the actors?

Don't see it if history doesn't interest you, or getting to know characters slowly isn't appealing.

Great acting, Great staging, Profound

See it if You are open to fresh and bold interpretations of a classic.

Don't see it if You want your theatre to be 'easy', comfortable and non-controversial.

Also I read some reviews ahead of time, so I knew about the controversy sur... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like a play with layers: an entertaining story about modern marriage plus references to mathematics, Latin, Greek, architecture, myth

Don't see it if You are not open to discussions of polyamory, and very brief nudity.

Icon (NYMF)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if a love story that crosses the years and makes you she'd a tear or two is something you like.

Don't see it if You are easily disappointed when you figure out the 'twist' in the first 15 minutes.

Midtown W
Clever, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You love Baker's skill with words and pauses and whispers. I loved this.

Don't see it if Baker's drawn out pacing infuriates you.

Enchanting, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if A fresh take on a classic that makes it relevant today

Don't see it if You don't like musicals

Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Absurd, Clever, Funny

See it if This was a bit absurd, kind of crazy, a little funny and filled with name dropping (Roman Polanski, Walt Disney, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford)

Don't see it if You were expecting this to rise to the level of Six Degrees

Also I liked this play but just keep thinking it could have been better, mo... Read more Read less

Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
Clever, Great staging

See it if I like the director Lila Neugebauer, and the set design. Some good vignettes by many actresses all playing Mary Paige.

Don't see it if The ending seemed abrupt. If you are confused by a timeline that jumps forward and back and in-between.

Delightful, Great staging, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if A wonderful revival! Fantastic set, amazing costume design. Lauren Ambrose is fab, loved Freddy. Familiar and fresh.

Don't see it if Old school musicals bore you.

The Wolves
Upper W Side
Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You're a fan of director Neugebauer, like to hear smart teen dialogue, facing the stress of friendship and growing up

Don't see it if Teens speaking all at once unnerved you. They quickly settle into a rhythm. If you like action over dialogue, skip this

During previews
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to give some thought to those crazy dats of the late 20th century with junk bonds and takeovers. Staging is creative.

Don't see it if A play about money, greed and the complexity of who is 'bad' isn't appealing.

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if Here the Scarlet Letter is for Abortionist. Christine Lahti plays the role in a play with music, messages about women and class in society.

Don't see it if The play veers from serious to absurd, and pushes how far it can go with humor that can be distracting.

Also Overall, I liked the play. The riff on the crimes committed by a daugh... Read more Read less

Upper W Side
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You want theatre to challenge you on issues like the education to prison pipeline for black boys/young men. Some great solo speeches.

Don't see it if You are looking for a satisfying ending with everything resolved. Some of the teenage dialogue seemed forced, unnatural.

Clever, Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You loce a powerhouse of performers who can act, sing, dance and play instruments. The story and music are wonderful!

Don't see it if I voted this as Best of the NYMF fest among the shoes I saw. Can't think of why you would not go.

Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if A fun musical suitable for the family interests you. The lyrics are smart, the pace is good. You'll want to be an engineer.

Don't see it if Sweet and predictable are not your cup of tea.

Of Human Bondage
Midtown W
Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You have time before the July 28 close. The staging is wonderful. The sound effects will delight your ears. Even scene changes are a dance

Don't see it if A somber story about love and obsession and betrayal are not for you. Also it is set in the past and the accents are British.

Also I loved this. There was a talk back afterwards with the director from ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic

See it if You like a Romeo and Juliet musical - this time placed in Puerto Rico with the Spaniards and the native Tiano.

Don't see it if If you wanted something less predictable.

Also This NYMF musical has been staged before and has won awards. Fun chore... Read more Read less

Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing

See it if Great songs by Sara Barielles, bright and cheery staging and characters.

Don't see it if Sweet musicals hit you as saccharine fluff

Also I went with friends who had already been and loved this. I thought I w... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You love a great ensemble cast that just gels together. The topics are heavy but lightened with humor. Loved the handball action.

Don't see it if The AIDS epidemic was so traumatic to many LGBTQ communities. Even with music and humor, you will be sobbing.

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Hnath's script! Actors superb! Sam Gold, Broadway master this season with this and Menagerie. In a marriage or left one, you must see this

Don't see it if you think you'll finally understand if Nora is selfish, if Torvald is a monster, or if marriage embraces or enslaves us.

War Paint
Midtown W
Great staging, Great singing, Must see

See it if A must see simply because of the presence of Broadway legends Patti LuPone and Christine Eborsole! Staging and lighting is great.

Don't see it if you want a musical that leaves you humming some catchy tunes on the way home. The songs showcase great talent but aren't memorable.

Bull in a China Shop
Upper W Side
Funny, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You attended an all-women's college, like historical plays or enjoy seeing a new play early in its life.

Don't see it if You find the juxtaposition of modern swearing & speech patterns in a history play disconcerting, or are uncomfortable with lesbian lives.

Also Enjoyed the story and history. I liked the stage design. But the 2 mai... Read more Read less

Tink! (NYMF)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You are a die-hard fan of NeverLand

Don't see it if You think there's no need for another Peter Pan/Tinkerbell back story.

Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You think Scrabble could carry a musical

Don't see it if There are so many other choices

Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if This was a treat to attend with a friend. We both were in a high school production of Fiddler a lifetime ago. Nostalgic and touching.

Don't see it if Go see it.

Absorbing, Great staging, Original

See it if You read the book and need to see those themes tied together

Don't see it if If you're looking for a classical musical.