Lola Lark

New York City | 18-24 | Female
About:  College student who loves theatre.
Reviews (38)
90
Relevant, Great writing, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if Cherry Jones! Anyways, besides that -- excellent script, impossibly relevant. Funny and thoughtful.

Don't see it if Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders have war flashbacks when they pass the marquee.

Also Alright. Listen. I know you all love Daniel Radcliffe. But please... a... Read more Read less

90
Midsummer: A Banquet
Greenwich V
Immersive, Classic, Funny, Ambitious

See it if well it's just ended so you won't be seeing it, but what a lovely non-feast it was!

Don't see it if You're hungry.

Also More a banquet for the eyes and ears than mouth, but a wholly wonderfu... Read more Read less

75
The Mother
Chelsea
It has isabelle huppert so i can't rate it too badly, Absorbing, Intense, Cliched

See it if you're a fan of either of the leads -- a wonderful Isabelle Huppert and Chris Noth. Outside of their chemistry, there is not much draw.

Don't see it if You're expecting nuanced writing or original theatre, as you'll find neither here, but it is a genuinely enjoyable show from a camp standing

Also The fantastic presence of the leads was drowned out partially by the a... Read more Read less

75
Quirky, Modern, Excessive, Oddly wholesome, Entertaining

See it if you're one of its legions of online fans, you're looking for a lyrical mash-up of Glee and Groundhog Day, or you never tire of teen comedies

Don't see it if You're seeking an elevated musical - this was built around its fanbase, seemingly, and is entirely indulgent. Ostentation, bright, and loud.

Also For a show titled 'Be More Chill', it takes none of its own advice. Ev... Read more Read less

80
Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Funny, Banal, Indulgent, Meta, Entertaining

See it if you'd like to laugh, adore Shakespeare (but in a really general way), find faux-period pieces funny, like the cast.

Don't see it if you're expecting a more nuanced approach to Renaissance England or the writings of the Bard. A very please-all comedy, kids will enjoy.

Also There is commentary that you'll not understand the show if you don't w... Read more Read less

76
Enchanting, Great singing, Dated, Stunning choreography, Slow

See it if you want to see Joshua Henry sing his heart out, you're in it for the sets and songs, not the story, and you can overlook the dated material

Don't see it if bothered by repressed man-wife romances, not one, but two songs devoted to a clambake would piss you off, or you are not a fan of the circus

Also It's hard to edit the greats, and this is a Golden Era musical if ther... Read more Read less

90
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Intense, Riveting, Exquisite, Thought-provoking, Romantic

See it if you're a fan of the opera, or maybe even hated it. If a triple-crossed love story feeds your interest, or you genuinely adore the butterfly.

Don't see it if you're not here to think deeply, gender is strictly conforming for you, or are unwilling to have your conceptions challenged.

75
Memphis
Midtown W
Meh, Safe, Great singing, Catchy, Energetic

See it if love stories set to Motown are your flavor.

Don't see it if you're expecting anything boundary-pushing; this is firmly in the safe-zone, but fun nonetheless.

92
Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you love inventive staging, Haddon's novel, delight in stars + space travel, or maybe related a little too much to Amelia Bedelia as a kid.

Don't see it if you're not curious at all about what happened to the dog in the nighttime.

80
Matilda
Midtown W
Banal, Immature, Quirky, Empowering, Family-friendly

See it if you've ever been the underdog.

Don't see it if child choirs annoy you, you were looking for as much depth as Dahl's work contained, or you share Ms. Trunchbull's disdain for pigtails.

100
Profound, Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if you've ever struggled with mental illness, you love emotionally-affecting musicals, or you like your sentiment with a dose of pessimism.

Don't see it if you feel the show might be too intense for you in subject matter, or you're averse to exploring topics such as suicide and depression.

88
Mamma Mia!
Midtown W
Entertaining, Fun, Disco fever, Modern classic, Light

See it if you want to dance and clap your hands, you're a massive ABBA fan, or you've always wanted to know which of your three dads is your father.

Don't see it if you dislike glitter, platforms, dance, and disco - this is a light-hearted musical if there ever was one.

78
During previews
Travesties
Midtown W
Dated, Intelligent, Disappointing, Clever, Absurd

See it if you would enjoy a Parisian Salon in the 1800s, Tristan Tzara always struck you as oddly attractive, or you adore Stoppard.

Don't see it if you're expecting anything beyond the script and staging to please - there's not much for the women to do in this, and it shows.

Also It's an unexpectedly dated script for such a phenomenal premise. While... Read more Read less

95
The Crucible
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing, Riveting, Intense

See it if you're a fan of Ivo Van Hove, great acting, the original work, or are looking for a new take on it.

Don't see it if The story holds no interest for you, or you see no value in your name.

80
Junk
Upper W Side
Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in how our society got to our current state, junk bonds, great acting, and ensemble pieces.

Don't see it if If the story doesn't hold you, you might be left out to dry with this one as there is not much else to engage the senses with.

95
The Children
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Solemn, Funny, Fresh

See it if you want to see an incredible showcase of performer's talent, grand writing, intriguing outset, and great staging.

Don't see it if Three people in a room talking is not enough stimulation for you -- or you have zero interest in saving the children.

90
Resonant, Romantic, Operatic, Theatrical, Enchanting

See it if you wish to be touched by the angel of music.

Don't see it if It's classic Lloyd Webber, so if you find either him or Beauty and the Beast unappealing, this likely isn't to your taste.

99
Clever, Great writing, Intelligent, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy epic works of Russian literature, beautiful scenery, poetic songs, grand costumes, vodka, and the genius of Dave Malloy.

Don't see it if you dislike complexity in your art, or sentimentality in your heart. (Or being pelted with pierogies.)

95
Sleep No More
Chelsea
Ambitious, Great staging, Epic, Intense, Exquisite

See it if You've heard the hype and are curious, or just love a good sword-fight on absinthe.

Don't see it if You have difficulty with steps or running, stage-smoke, flashing lights, hate improvisation, and have a firm anti-nude-witches stance.

87
Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you know, I really enjoyed this despite its title!

Don't see it if you just can't stand the Winklevoss twins.

90
During previews
Lyrical, Romantic, Refreshing, Profound, Enchanting

See it if you love musicals, myth, romance, spring, or song.

Don't see it if The only reason I can think of for one to not enjoy this production might be someone who truly hates jazz and a strong brass section.

Also A gorgeous musical with strong voices of Anais Mitchell and Rachel Cha... Read more Read less

95
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Epic, Great acting, Must see, Profound, Riveting

See it if you love Virgil, Irish epics, great literature, political thrillers or tender romances.

Don't see it if you're a British soldier occupying Irish soil during the Troubles of 1981.

89
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Relevant, Must see, Great writing, Catchy

See it if you can score tickets, you've any passing interest in musical theatre or the founding of this country.

Don't see it if can't afford dropping the cost Ticketmaster demands for a non-obstructed ticket? Just wait for the tour; sometimes it's better to be Burr.

Also Act I is stunning, deserves the total praise it received. Act II seems... Read more Read less

100
Funny, Epic, Holy, Thought-provoking, Literally just so fucking good

See it if just see it. Go see it. You won't be disappointed. Do you like to think? Or laugh? Touched by grief, or love? Are a feeling person? Go.

Don't see it if The ghost of Roy Cohn probably wouldn't appreciate this.

Also The Neil Simon Theatre can be a rather cramped space, and those who ar... Read more Read less

90
Atmospheric, Avant garde, Handcrafted, Must see, Emerging theatre

See it if you enjoy dioramas, compelling stories, experimental theatre, or having a library corral all to yourself during a show sounds appealing.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to topics such as sexual assault and child trauma or you expect theatre to remain within the confines of tradition.

Also A truly remarkable transfer from Edinburgh, I think those who have not... Read more Read less

91
Hairspray
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you're a fan of John Waters' sense of humor - this is a brilliant send-up of American culture disguised as a fluffy musical.

Don't see it if you have more in common with the Corny Collins kids than Tracy Turnblad, 60s jams don't vibe with you, or you REALLY hate Baltimore.

75
If/Then
Midtown W
Great singing, Relevant, Funny, Expected, Weak story

See it if you love a good belt number, think NYC needs more city planners, unsure how to approach middle age, + often wonder about the path not taken.

Don't see it if you're expecting anything new; this is all well-tread territory, but the score more than makes up for it. The choreography needs work.

90
Skylight
Midtown W
Great acting, Exquisite, Thought-provoking, Intense, Profound

See it if you enjoy masterfully-executed plays.

Don't see it if you err on the conservative side of class warfare, modern politics don't hold your interest, or you need your relationships simple.

92
Lives up to the hype, Entertaining, Epic, Great singing, Classic

See it if everyone who enjoys theatre needs to see this at least once in their lives, whether regionally, on Broadway, or the West End.

Don't see it if French men dying with their flag draped over bleeding wounds sound far too overdramatic for your tastes. Or you're a member of the bourgeois

95
Profound, Sweet, Tragic comedies, Coming of age, Beautiful story

See it if you enjoyed the comic, you struggled with your youth, discovering yourself, and perhaps your family dysfunction.

Don't see it if quiet, moving musicals don't do it for you. This is emotional, subtle, and powerful.

96
Falsettos
Midtown W
Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Heartfelt

See it if you're a fan of William Finn, James Lapine, the headliners, or just love theatre. It will not disappoint, whether you're familiar or not.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate musicals sung-through entirely, you need your lyrics to rhyme, or abhor minimalist staging.

Also For those who'd rather not be brought back to the HIV/AIDS crisis of t... Read more Read less

99
Ambitious, Hilarious, Must see, Relevant, Raunchy

See it if you question organized religion (of any sort), you love a good tap number, and satire is up your alley.

Don't see it if You're looking for a show that simply insults with no filler - this is a well-thought out work, a great comedic endeavor.

90
Cats
Midtown W
Clever, Enchanting, Fluffy, Lyrical, Beautiful choreography

See it if you enjoyed Possum's Book of Practical Cats, strange prose, dance, heavy costumes, nonsensical fun, and fantastic makeup.

Don't see it if you're more of a dog person.

50
Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Great staging, Slow

See it if you enjoy JB Priestly's work, regardless of direction. If you're in it for scene transitions alone, there is a very nice one between acts.

Don't see it if you're expecting an old text made new - this one was left untouched, for the worse.

90
Raunchy, Hilarious, Edgy, Entertaining, Controversial

See it if you genuinely enjoy operatic singing, regardless of content, you love a good satire, and are fine with coarse content.

Don't see it if you adhere strongly to typical Judeo-Christian values, are easily offended, or are not a fan of audience participation.

80
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Classic

See it if you like Fosse, murder, finger waves, glitz, golden-era musicals, you love Velma Kelly and/or Roxie Hart, or you have an afternoon to spare.

Don't see it if You dislike classic Broadway musicals - it doesn't get more classic than Chicago.

90
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Fluffy, Epic, Dizzying, Delightful, Family-friendly

See it if You have kids, or will always be one at heart, loved the wicked witch - in book or film - love spectacles, verdigris, and tall, pointy hats.

Don't see it if You dislike fairytales, big-budget operations, high-Fs or anything considered 'mainstream'.

100
Then She Fell
Brooklyn
Intense, Ambitious, Romantic, Must see, Masterful

See it if Immersive, intense, lovely, detailed, personal. Go see it - the less you know the better.

Don't see it if If you're not alright with a white queen feeding you grapes, bedtime stories, tea parties, or close personal contact.