Lois R

New York City | 65+ | Female
About:  I am a retired professional, a lifelong learner, a voracious reader, and a lover of theater, film, dance and music. I write and paint, and I am told that I am a wonderful cook, but baking is my bliss. I know that I have really loved a show when I am so enthralled with the action on stage that I... Read more Read less
Reviews (44)
75
Raunchy, Edgy, Dizzying, Great staging

See it if See it if you love the music, and enjoy a different (very different) theatrical experience. Staging, dancing and singing were outstanding.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you want a coherent plot or if painfully loud music and sudden, startling, glaring and dizzying lights will bother you.

85
Great acting, Delightful, Intelligent, Clever

See it if Minimal staging but terrific costumes. The actors were very good, and the play was thought provoking,

Don't see it if More talk than action, so don't see it if you want something very fast moving.

85
Clever, Great singing, Refreshing, Dated

See it if Wonderful, energetic and talented cast. Terrific singing, charming book and lyrics.

Don't see it if Somewhat dated story and bare bones production for this "Musical in Mufti".

88
During previews
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Exciting

See it if This show was great fun, inventive and exciting. Kong was amazing, the two leads were terrific, and the technical effects were wonderful.

Don't see it if Don't see this if you are incapable of having fun and are looking for a serious play.

70
During previews
Less Than 50%
Midtown E
Interesting, amusing,

See it if See it if you are interested in the dynamics of dysfunctional relationships.

Don't see it if Don't see it if occasional self indulgence and mean spiritedness upsets you, or if you are impatient with introspection.

95
During previews
Delightful, Great singing, Must see, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Wonderful Yiddish production of this show, accessible to anyone because there are subtitles. Great acting and singing.

Don't see it if No reason not to see this amazing production.

Also Steven Skybell was magnificent as Tevye, astounding voice and great ac... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Funny, Inventive,, Energetic, Charming

See it if You're looking for a fun evening with one of Shakespeare's light comedies. Inventively produced with minimum sets and costumes.

Don't see it if You prefer your Shakespeare at the Globe, or in the movies.

Also Charming and slightly uneven, there was nary a dull moment. All were v... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Masterful, Magnificent production, haunting music, slyly thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy opera, beautiful staging and very good acting. Iestyn Davies is amazing; it is easy to believe the music is transformative.

Don't see it if You dislike opera or prefer action to conversation.

Also The lovely Belasco theater was a perfect setting for this play. The st... Read more Read less

87
Brigadoon
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Great choreography and dancing

See it if You enjoy musical theater well done and wonderfully choreographed

Don't see it if You are looking for relevance

93
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Hilarious, Must see

See it if you appreciate a clever, funny operetta with terrific singing and an amazingly talented cast. See it if you want to have a wonderful time!

Don't see it if you dislike operetta or Shakespeare parodies. Otherwise, just go and enjoy!

96
During previews
Fire
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound

See it if You enjoy intelligent, riveting theater. An immersive and deeply moving experience.

Don't see it if You prefer comedy to drama.

Also The writing, staging and acting were all exceptional. This beautifully... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You can appreciate that sincerity, tragedy and depth of emotion can be achieved without sex or violence.

Don't see it if Don't see this if you are looking for a quick pace or a lot of action.

Also These four short plays are each an echo of a former time, and all are ... Read more Read less

87
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You appreciate a comedy with wonderfully inventive staging and nonstop action. All of the actors were terrific.

Don't see it if You are looking for serious drama and have no sense of the ridiculous.

90
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You love Yiddish Theater, and/or remember it. Wonderful presentation and very nostalgic, while being at the same time very entertaining.

Don't see it if You have no memory of Yiddish Theater,or do not appreciate great singing.

Also The entire cast was amazing, but Daniel Kahn's terrific rendition of R... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Riveting

See it if You appreciate terrific, moving and compelling acting. The play was very well written, and at times, it made me cry.

Don't see it if You don't like deeply emotional and searing drama, or if you are upset by a critical examination of religiosity.

Also James Kiberd was outstanding. It must take true strength of character,... Read more Read less

88
Sweetee
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You appreciate energetic talented singers, and lively music. The music was terrific and the singers gave it their all.

Don't see it if You are looking for a fancy Broadway style production.

Also Jordan Tyson and Morgan Siobhan Green were amazing, and we will hear a... Read more Read less

77
During previews
The Moors
Midtown W
Entertaining, Edgy, Clever

See it if you are enamored of female gothic authors, and are looking for something different

Don't see it if you dislike long shows

90
Not That Jewish
Midtown W
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You need a good laugh and a very pleasant evening.

Don't see it if You take yourself too seriously and find it hard to laugh at the ironies of life.

Also Monica is charming, funny, and will seem to become a comfortable new f... Read more Read less

85
Yokes Night
Soho/Tribeca
Edgy, Dizzying, Intense, Quirky, Violent

See it if You are open minded and willing to spend an evening considering abortion, drug use, disaffected youth and violence.

Don't see it if You are upset by the themes of drug usage, theft, murder, and obscenity. Most upsetting was the depiction of youth with no moral compass.

Also The actors were energetic and committed to their roles, and very, very... Read more Read less

93
During previews
The Roads To Home
West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You can appreciate a wonderful revival of a moving Horton Foote drama; the staging and acting were superb.

Don't see it if This play focuses on the characters and takes its time to build to a sad and moving conclusion.

80
Radiant Vermin
Midtown E
Clever, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You think that murdering homeless people could possibly be funny ; & you appreciate energetic actors who are trying very hard & good staging

Don't see it if You have any sort of a conscience and are not an entitled yuppie.

94
The Golden Bride
Financial
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if A joyous experience. The actor/singers were wonderful, energetic, exuberant. You were swept away in a nostalgic whirlwind.

Don't see it if Don't see if it you want to stay miserable, because this show will make you happy.

83
During previews
Hannah Senesh
Financial
Slow, Profound, Resonant, Great acting, Great singing

See it if A powerful story of an amazing young woman whose astonishing bravery must be made known.

Don't see it if Don't see this if you want a fast paced experience. The beginning of the play, depicting Hannah's childhood, is about 15 minutes too long.

Also Lexi Rabadi gives an outstanding and energetic performance. She is a c... Read more Read less

85
High Button Shoes
Midtown W
Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Energetic and talented cast, catchy tunes and charming, old fashioned entertainment. Dancing was excellent, and Michael Urie was terrific.

Don't see it if Don't see this if you prefer a modern and edgy sensibility.

90
For a previous production
Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Dizzying

See it if See it if you want to laugh until you are breathless, and if you can enjoy ridiculous silliness and terrific staging and acting.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you never enjoyed Abbot and Costello, or found the Three Stooges funny.

97
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Great singing, Must see, Great staging

See it if I thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful singing; it was a complete pleasure to hear the music of my youth.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it, just a terrific show.

85
Tevye Served Raw
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if The actors were terrific! A deeply moving reminder of what shtetl life was like in Eastern Europe. I laughed and cried!

Don't see it if The only reason not to see this wonderful production would be dislike for supertitles.

68
Romulus the Great
Midtown W
Quirky, Mildly amusing, original

See it if Inventive staging and costumes. Somewhat amusing and original.

Don't see it if Heavy on dialog, and some of the cast rushed through the dialog and did not enunciate clearly.

85
During previews
Balls
Midtown E
Entertaining, Refreshing, Dizzying, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy high energy theater laced with humor, and seasoned with resonance.

Don't see it if Don't see if you are looking for lavish sets or Broadway production.

Also The very likable young cast had great enthusiasm and talent. Ellen Tam... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Intelligent, Sad, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a well acted Yiddish production. The sadness of the struggling immigrant life in Depression era America is movingly portrayed.

Don't see it if You are looking for a cheerful story.

84
Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Fun

See it if You are looking for an evening of song and humor. The performers were charming and talented, and the premise was entertaining.

Don't see it if your hearing is good - because the sound was way too loud and actually painful. The mikes distorted the singer's voices.

85
During previews
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate masterful acting. Jin Ha's performance was brave and intense, but very nuanced. Clive Owen did well with a difficult part.

Don't see it if You are homophobic or dislike a great deal of exposition.

Also Costumes were enchanting. Music and dancing were seamlessly integrated... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Enchanting, Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Wonderful choreography

See it if You enjoy haunting music, stunning voices and beautiful, evocative staging and choreography.

Don't see it if You prefer a shorter play, or dislike operettas.

Also The play was a tad long, and the dialog seemed stilted at times, but t... Read more Read less

60
Indecent
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Inventive staging, Way too long

See it if You long for Jewish theater, and are a staunch defender of freedom of speech .

Don't see it if This play tried to cover too many bases: the Holocaust, Jewish theater, the immigrant experience in America, McCarthyism,

Also and did not do justice to these topics. Asch was a provocative and tro... Read more Read less

87
Kim's Convenience
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy a drama about unusual family dynamics, with an underlying warm heart and humor.

Don't see it if You cannot laugh at this type of humor.

88
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You enjoy intelligent comedy and amusing, engaging characters. The wit and energy zings across the stage, adroitly delivered and executed.

Don't see it if You prefer idiocy, raunchy comedy, slapstick or potty-mouth humor.

Also Kevin Kline is perfect, every gesture and pose is expertly delivered!

93
During previews
Expecting Isabel
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious, Funny, Delightful

See it if You appreciate a terrific script and wonderful actors. These actors totally and flawlessly inhabited the characters they played.

Don't see it if You prefer an elaborate production to a great theater experience.

Also Special thanks to Myra Thibault and Alex Correia for moving and unforg... Read more Read less

95
Cagney
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if Wonderful dancing and singing, Robert Creighton WAS Cagney. I can only describe this as a rollicking good time. I loved this show!

Don't see it if No reason at all not to see this terrific show!

94
The Milkman's Sister
West Village
Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Upsetting,

See it if You are looking for an intense, sad, upsetting window into unfulfilled lives set in the stressful shadow of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

Don't see it if You will be upset to see a lovely woman bullied and humiliated by her horrible husband.

Also The acting was exceptional, and I sat at the end of my seat entirely e... Read more Read less

98
Great singing, Great staging, Hilarious, Resonant, Wonderful

See it if You love Salsa, love wonderful acting and singing, and want to be totally lost in the moment. I did not want this show to end!

Don't see it if You're dead, or prefer to be miserable.

Also Every single singer in this show was outstanding. The music was sensat... Read more Read less

86
The Dudleys!
Soho/Tribeca
Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You loved Sega Genesis, you are open to innovative theater, and are willing to take a wild and inventive ride with the excellent cast.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with non-linear narrative, and if you want to know or guess in advance where the show is taking you.

Also This show was in turn edgy, funny, very sad, and always surprising. It... Read more Read less

90
MotherStruck
East Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Riveting

See it if You appreciate an original voice. Staceyann Chin is frank, strong, funny and fearless. A resoundingly brave acting triumph.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with graphic talk about love and sex, in all of its forms and glory.

87
Clever, Entertaining, Original, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want a different and original take on the background to Sound of Music. This show is engaging, beautifully acted, and well written.

Don't see it if Not a single reason not to see this engaging and original show.

77
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if Interesting take on a great classic. Clearly spoken, easy to follow. Acting was terrific and the cast was quite talented.

Don't see it if You like absolutely authentic productions, go to the Globe.