Lori 7044

New York City
About:  Favorite things--travel, theatre, and travel to see theatre!
Reviews (335)
84
Without You
Midtown W
Absorbing, Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Moving
February 3rd, 2023

See it if you enjoy backstage stories. He's an engaging personality. Rent isn't my favorite show but I enjoyed the creation story. Audience loved it.

Don't see it if You don't like one-person shows. Or you aren't interested in the Rent story. I don't think the show has a well-written ending, despite the

Also emotional punch. It doesn't tie together. Seemed unfinished to me desp... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent, Great acting
January 19th, 2023

See it if you love these actors, all greats. Lane shows his comic timing. Set is effective. Some touching moments toward the end.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for scripts that seem unpolished or lines/actions that don't really make sense. The actors work valiantly but the

Also show didn't really gel, in my opinion. Burstein is only 8 years younge... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Unique, Slow, Great puppeteers, Quirky, Ambitious
January 14th, 2023

See it if you enjoy talented pupeteering and beautiful effects. It is visually impressive and rather clever in staging. Sometimes humorous.

Don't see it if you don't like puppetry. This show is rather slow-moving, has low-level lighting (to hide humans), and can be sort of dull.

75
Gets better act 2, Quirky, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched
January 9th, 2023

See it if you are curious. I was since I find them intriguing. I had heard about the show & saw photos. Bettany's physical resemblance is impressive.

Don't see it if you expect illumination about their relationship. The film during intermission is better than the show. I found the script quite poor.

83
Moving, Intelligent, Confusing, Great acting, Ambitious
January 9th, 2023

See it if you are a Stoppard completist like me. The cast is excellent and the show is ultimately moving, but it is uneven and demands close attention

Don't see it if you can't bear another play about the Holocaust, you don't want to have to work hard keeping characters straight, or you want a light show.

90
Great dancing, Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining
January 9th, 2023

See it if you enjoy splashy, old-fashioned musicals featuring lots of tap dancing, a talented cast & clever dialogue. I found this show delightful!

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, you can't think past Marilyn and Tony, you are trans-phobic. But give it a try. It really is entertaining!

83
Bad sound, Raunchy, Indulgent, Edgy, Ambitious
December 23rd, 2022

See it if you are curious. It won the Tony. The creator is talented as is the cast. It definitely speaks to an experience that many seem to relate to.

Don't see it if you are easily offended by profanity of all types and sexual situations. I found many lines hard to hear/understanding.

Also They were delivered at a rapid pace, overlapping and the sound didn't ... Read more Read less

90
Riveting, Delightful, Masterful, Funny, Absorbing
December 21st, 2022

See it if you like to laugh. Truly. He WILL make you laugh. And think. A very entertaining evening. Mike is a master of storytelling.

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason for anyone not to see him. Some might need hearing devices as he sometimes mumbles a little.

87
During previews
Raunchy, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing
December 17th, 2022

See it if You want to be entertained and made to think, too. Masterful performance at show's center. Quite funny. Great set. Enjoyable evening.

Don't see it if You are offended by profanity (there's lots) or simulated sex onstage (but it is humorous). If you don’t want to see black/white issues.

84
Delightful, Great dancing, Fluffy, Great singing, Entertaining
December 16th, 2022

See it if you like talented young people singing & dancing beautifully. The show captures the periods very well in dress, style, movement. I loved it.

Don't see it if you expect a plot or information about Carmichael. This is not a bio. The thin "plots" don't really make sense. But it is a retro delight.

80
Disjointed, Slow, Relevant, Confusing, Ambitious
December 16th, 2022

See it if you are a big Audra McDonald fan. This is practically a one-woman show. It's a serious topic handled seriously. I still think about the plot

Don't see it if you like linear and/or clear plotting. I don't mind jumping back and forth in time, but here it gets jumbled. Audra puts her all into it but

Also it's such a quirky performance that I didn't really enjoy watching it-... Read more Read less

84
Delightful, Slow, Great singing
December 8th, 2022

See it if You want to be put into the Christmas spirit by lovely singing and a charming tale of Christmas long ago and far away.

Don't see it if You want a staged musical or you have no patience for slow-moving and slight. But I found it charming.

87
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing
November 20th, 2022

See it if you love this story. It's beautifully presented. Characters well differentiated. Elaborate scenery and effects work well.

Don't see it if you don't want to concentrate. It requires focusing. And it's 1 person. I loved it but around me there were people who apparently didn't.

Also Children, especially, seemed bored. And the audience in the mezzanine ... Read more Read less

83
During previews
The Rat Trap
Midtown W
Slow, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious
November 18th, 2022

See it if you are curious about Coward's early work. Generally well-performed. Multiple sets effective. I found it absorbing. Topic still relevant

Don't see it if you don't like old plays. It is talky. And perhaps ultimately unsatisfying in plot. But it is well-done and explores an important issue.

86
Chester Bailey
Chelsea
Slow, Touching, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing
November 11th, 2022

See it if you want to see outstanding performances by a great father/son duo. The disturbing story is generally compelling & well-staged. Great set.

Don't see it if you might be triggered by physical/mental disability. The show is disturbing but well-presented. Not all makes sense but worth seeing.

90
During previews
Refreshing, Funny, Great singing, Delightful, Clever
November 11th, 2022

See it if you like high energy shows performed by talented young singer/dancers (& a couple of older ones). This is a LOT of fun. Feels fresh and new.

Don't see it if you don't like pop/rock music from a couple of decades ago. The show is loud & raucous. It's silly & light, but I see all of those as pluses

83
Riveting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting
November 6th, 2022

See it if you like Byrne. He really reveals himself in this show. Plays several characters delightfully. A tour de force. Act 2 is stronger, I think.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows. Basic set, not much staging. A little choppy thanks to vignette format. Dialect may be hard for some.

95
Parade
Midtown W
Masterful, Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious
November 5th, 2022

See it if you enjoy serious musical beautifully sung. I found the show moving and timely, despite being set in 1913. Bare bones staging worked.

Don't see it if you want fully staged. Or upbeat. The sound could be better at times; I didn't understand all the lyrics. But it was effective and moving.

85
A Man of No Importance
East Village
Great acting, Intelligent, Great singing, Relevant, Absorbing
November 4th, 2022

See it if you like small, intimate musicals. CSC space is great. Cast is generally wonderful. There are some clever songs and some moving songs.

Don't see it if you are homophobic. Or don't like intimate shows. Opening was confusing. Parsons can't sing very well. But I enjoyed it as did audience.

88
During previews
Refreshing, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Clever
November 4th, 2022

See it if you like quirky, heartwarming musicals. The acting & singing are great and the storyline kept my attention. Tony nomination coming for aunt!

Don't see it if you don't like sweet. Despite quirks and rough characters, this musical is sweet. But charming. A little long. I'd cut the mom's song.

70
1776 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great singing, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Ambitious
November 2nd, 2022

See it if you have a soft spot for this musical, which I have always found dull. Or to see good singing and unusual casting.

Don't see it if You find the script boring. This production doesn't fix that. The all-female cast doesn't really illuminate it in any significant way.

75
During previews
Uneven, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing, Dated
October 15th, 2022

See it if you are curious about staging of Shaw's plays, as I am. Lovely set, several amusing bits, some endearing performances.

Don't see it if you want "definitive." This isn't. Some shrill performances mar it and change of time period adds little except non-traditional casting.

90
Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
September 15th, 2022

See it if You want to see a masterful performance by a great actor. He gives his all, including difficult physical work. The show is moving & timely.

Don't see it if You can't endure shows about the holocaust. This is sometimes rough, but oh so worth experiencing. Glad I made the trip to Brooklyn.

72
Two Jews Talking
Midtown W
Dated, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched
September 9th, 2022

See it if you want to see 91-year-old Hal Linden, a TV icon. Kopell was out at my show, unfortunately. There were some laughs, some clever bits.

Don't see it if it bothers you to see older actors using a teleprompter. Was distracting. And the humor was old-fashioned. Highlight was just seeing Linden

80
Quirky, Fluffy, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing
September 9th, 2022

See it if you enjoy storytelling. That's what this is--a fairy tale told by a talented actor playing many roles. He's very good but a little wearing.

Don't see it if you want sets, costumes, multiple actors. This has none of these. Requires close attention to words & mannerism. Some might find it boring.

87
Delightful, Fluffy, Hilarious, Masterful, Clever
September 9th, 2022

See it if you enjoy improv. I do, so I found this delightful. Mochrie is a true master and the concept of the show was entertaining. I laughed a lot

Don't see it if improv annoys you. I don't get it, but I know you are out there. It's not a "play" and it involves voluntary audience participation.

87
Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious
September 4th, 2022

See it if you like intelligent and moving (if disturbing) storytelling and talented actors. Cast is impressive. It was more involving than I expected.

Don't see it if you don't like intense drama, aren't interested in the story of Afghanistan or are unable to handle disturbing acts onstage. It's not easy.

80
Quirky, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing
August 31st, 2022

See it if you enjoy experimental works that use narration in an unusual way. Actors play multiple roles from a variety of eras. It held my interest.

Don't see it if you need realism--props, sets, etc. Or are bothered by a narrative that shifts around a lot and weaves things together. Or are homophobic.

84
Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting
August 28th, 2022

See it if You want to see a star-making performance by Julie Benko. She really is that good. Catch her while you can.

Don't see it if Julie isn't in it. The production is ok but some of the other actors are a little weak and the book isn't great. But she's worth the price.

88
Oresteia
Upper E Side
Intense, Epic, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
August 20th, 2022

See it if Well, it closed. But it was riveting if not always faithful to the source. Leading lady gave one of the best performances I have ever seen.

Don't see it if You don't like intense, tragic theatre with gore. A serious play that takes itself very seriously. Too much for some people. And it's long.

85
That Physics Show
Midtown W
Entertaining, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing
August 20th, 2022

See it if You are interested in science. Great demonstrations of laws of physics. Kids loved it. I did too. It's not a play; it's a demonstration.

Don't see it if You want to see a "play." Or if science demonstrations don't interest you. You have to pay attention and think. But it pays off.

90
Clever, Relevant, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining
July 21st, 2022

See it if You like to see the "hot thing," love Sondheim, want to see several B'way stars together onstage. Yes, it's very good. Original was better.

Don't see it if You don't like Sondheim. I have a friend who hates this show. To each his/her own. It's very "bare bones" in terms of staging. But it's good

84
POTUS
Midtown W
Funny, Raunchy, Edgy, Great acting, Clever
July 21st, 2022

See it if You enjoy farce and aren't bothered by LOTS of obscenity. All-star cast is excellent but I didn't enjoy Dratch breaking up.

Don't see it if You don't want to hear the C-word (& others) repeatedly. I mean repeatedly. But it is well-performed & funny. Audience was annoyingly loud

90
Between The Lines
Midtown W
Refreshing, Great writing, Great singing, Delightful, Clever
July 21st, 2022

See it if You like clever, well-constructed and performed upbeat musicals. It's light and fun and delightful. Impressive set for small theatre.

Don't see it if Fluffy and upbeat isn't your thing. It's not profound and it's not deep. It's just charming. So I recommend it to even the most jaded.

88
Indulgent, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining, Clever
July 14th, 2022

See it if You like Crystal--he's a hoot. Whole cast is excellent. Lots of laughs. Bean is just great--complex, moving performance. Fun.

Don't see it if You don't get Jewish NY humor, are easily offended by profanity, are bothered by quick character conversions. Not all works but it's fun!

72
Notre Dame de Paris
Upper W Side
Overrated, Cliched, Excruciating, Slow, Ambitious
July 14th, 2022

See it if you like Cirque style acrobatic dancing. It's good. And if you like overblown, 1-dimensional operatic performance. Much of audience loved it

Don't see it if Like me, you want plots to make sense, characters to be complex, lyrics to not be repetitive, dancing to blend with the rest of show. A mess

84
Chains
Midtown W
Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining
June 30th, 2022

See it if You enjoy the Mint's staging of forgotten plays from long ago. It's nicely staged, designed, acted and directed. And surprisingly timely.

Don't see it if you are put off by talky old-fashioned drama. No flash here. But it's nicely done. Mint is worth checking out; they are good at what they do

72
The Orchard
Midtown W
Disappointing, Puzzling, Quirky, Indulgent, Ambitious
June 30th, 2022

See it if you like total deconstruction of classics. This is an odd, incomprehensible (for me) rethinking. Well acted, some interesting moments.

Don't see it if you want clear motivation, meaning, point. This show lacks them. It's ultimately rather dull. Most of the audience seemed to love it, though

88
Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Clever, Delightful
June 4th, 2022

See it if you want light, clever entertainment from a talented cast. Well-written script with lots of humor. Cliches abound, but they are funny!

Don't see it if you don't appreciate silliness or can't suspend disbelief. This show makes little sense, but it's fun. I think almost anyone would enjoy it.

75
About Love
East Village
Lovely music, Slow, Quirky, Indulgent, Dated
May 31st, 2022

See it if you are curious about Turgenev. The small music combo plays beautifully; the actors slip between characters smoothly. Nicely acted overall

Don't see it if you are easily bored. It's a little dull at times. The narrative device wore on me. It seemed longer than its 95 minutes. Not for everyone.

85
Harmony
Financial
Relevant, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing
May 27th, 2022

See it if well, you can't because it closed. But it was quite engrossing and nicely performed. I saw an earlier version and it is much improved.

Don't see it if you don't like musical theatre or if you aren't interesting in the period before World War II. But this is a really interesting story.

78
Slow, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining, Absorbing
May 27th, 2022

See it if you want to see a production of Chekhov that does a decent job of capturing the appropriate tone and style. I think it worked overall.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for slow plays in which little happens. But that is Chekhov! There were a couple of weak links but overall it worked

84
Two by Synge
Chelsea
Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing
May 22nd, 2022

See it if you are curious about Synge's other works. These are quite delightful--acting, direction, and script. I really enjoyed them.

Don't see it if you have difficulty with Irish accents. These are quite thick and the writing is poetic so it's almost like Shakespeare-- you get the gist.

80
Belfast Girls
Chelsea
Intelligent, Slow, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious
May 22nd, 2022

See it if you enjoy intense drama set in the past and based on historical events. This is overly long but well performed and engrossing.

Don't see it if thick Irish accents are difficult for you. These can be difficult to decipher. Show is too long and plot twist somewhat predictable.

80
Entertaining, Absorbing, Indulgent, Cliched, Banal
May 5th, 2022

See it if you want an entertaining quick jaunt through a character's life. The script & characters lack depth but I enjoyed it and wasn't bored at all

Don't see it if the idea of watching characters age 90 years onstage is unappealing. If you have no patience for cliches and underdeveloped characters.

82
Relevant, Strange, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
May 5th, 2022

See it if you want to see a talented group of actors banter beautifully. Most of the play is delightfully written and performed. A real treat.

Don't see it if you (like me) are annoyed when something that is quite enjoyable (and doing a good job of making its point) is spoiled by sensationalism.

78
Bizarre, Slow, Quirky, Great staging, Ambitious
May 5th, 2022

See it if you are a student of theatre who wants to experience a grandiose, full-blown production of this oft-mentioned classic. It was um interesting

Don't see it if you don't like long shows. This is very long. It's really not for everyone. Doesn't make a lot of sense and is disjointed. But quite a set!

78
¡Americano!
Midtown W
Relevant, Frenetic, Loud, Ambitious, Great singing
April 28th, 2022

See it if the idea of a musical about Dreamers really interests you. The cast is talented and the show is earnest. And many seemed to love it.

Don't see it if Like me, you don't like extremely loud & frenetic shows. Some plots points & the timeline didn't make sense. I just found it excessive.

86
Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Clever, Delightful
April 23rd, 2022

See it if you liked "Desperate Measures," as I did. In the same vein. Clever, silly, campy, and well performed. Quite delightful fun.

Don't see it if you don't like small-scale musicals or sillyness onstage. There's lots of that. The song about Tiresius was hard to understand.

88
Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Masterful, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
April 23rd, 2022

See it if you enjoy dark humor and excellent acting. The sets are wonderful & the cast is outstanding. I enjoyed the show immensely. Highly recommend.

Don't see it if you have difficulty with accents; these require concentration at times. But the show is worth the effort. It's very well written & performed