Lori 7044

New York City
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Reviews (299)
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

80
Intense, Uneven, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious
April 3rd, 2022

See it if you enjoy O'Neill angst. Cuccioli gives it full rein and it works for the most part. Generally well-acted, with one unfortunate exception.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for long, talky plays about unhappy people. It can be tough to take, but I found it engaging and worth the effort

86
Entertaining, Fluffy, Delightful, Great acting, Funny
April 3rd, 2022

See it if you like Neil Simon (as I do). It's beautifully designed & the stars are quite funny (even Broderick, to my surprise). It's just a fun show

Don't see it if you don't like old-fashioned comedy, silliness, physical comedy. No, it's not perfect but I am glad I went (and I was reluctant!)

75
During previews
The Patsy
Lower E Side
Unusual, Quirky, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious
April 3rd, 2022

See it if You like a one-man tour-de-force. He's pretty amazing and very energetic. But . . .

Don't see it if you have any hearing issues or difficulty processing rapid-fire lines in a dialect. This goes by at a very fast pace & could be hard to get.

72
During previews
Great acting, Excruciating, Disappointing, Great singing, Ambitious
March 26th, 2022

See it if you want to seean excellent cast get all they can from an uneven script in need of work. Lots of dancing, lots of "drama." Some love it.

Don't see it if like me, you want a script to make sense and hang together. This opened badly and was only occasionally inspired. Choreography repetitive.

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80
Heartland (59e59)
Midtown E
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
March 26th, 2022

See it if you like timely dramas well performed. This show kept my attention, moving smoothly between times and places. Effective set. Made me think.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in Afghanistan and our relationship to it. This show places blame. Some laspses in logic, I thought, but worth seeing.

78
Little Girl Blue
Midtown W
Great acting, Slow, Relevant, Great singing, Confusing
March 25th, 2022

See it if you like one-person shows. The U/S was excellent. Interesting glimpse into the life and politics of this icon.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for a script that jumps around & sometimes doesn't make sense (she insullt her husband when he's in the audience)

82
Notes From Now
Midtown E
Slow, Indulgent, Great singing, Relevant, Ambitious
March 22nd, 2022

See it if Well, you can't as it closed. But the cast was excellent. The songs were uneven in quality. Some were quite clever; some were moving.

Don't see it if You like shows with a plot. This was all songs. They were loosely about the past couple of years but varied in quality and relevance.

Also Show was 90 minutes but dragged toward the end.

94
Suffs
East Village
Must see, Resonant, Great acting, Great singing, Ambitious
March 22nd, 2022

See it if you want to see the next Broadway hit before it goes to Broadway. Yes, it's that good. Intelligent, entertaining, moving. See it!

Don't see it if you don't want to spend $100 or up on a ticket. But I found it worth the cost. If you have no interest in the Suffrage movement, don't go.

84
The Baker’s Wife
Midtown W
Overrated, Silly, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining
March 18th, 2022

See it if you are curious about it. Show is somewhat clever and mildly entertaining. Amazing staging on tiny stage. Talented cast, some good songs.

Don't see it if you are expecting an amazing show based on lore. It's not "all that," imho. I enjoyed it, but I think Schwartz has done better shows.

83
Coal Country
West Village
Predictable, Cliched, Resonant, Great singing, Absorbing
March 18th, 2022

See it if you want to see Steve Earle perform his music and accompany others. I enjoyed that. Cast was effective, script was predictable but moving.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in Earle's music, if you don't like "direct address" plays. I thought the way this was presented was rather clunky.

78
During previews
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Relevant, Absorbing
February 27th, 2022

See it if you like intelligent discussion of topics like responsibility to others, cultural identity, family. I am still thinking about ideas from it

Don't see it if You have no patience for somewhat stereotypical characters. Some acting over the top, but some just right. I was glad I went. It moved me.

81
Great staging, Intelligent, Confusing, Great acting, Ambitious
February 27th, 2022

See it if you like detailed, well-performed classics. Mint does this well. It's impressive. Incredible acting in 2-person scene that ends Act 1.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for difficult dialects. This is tough, especially early in the play. Glossary helps a little. But boy it's well done

79
Silly, Entertaining, Fluffy, Great singing, Clever
February 27th, 2022

See it if you like rarely performed classic shows. They do a serviceable job. Talented cast sing, dance, play instruments, do comedy. It's fun overall

Don't see it if you expect a large-scale production. This is on a tiny stage. Or if you don't like Marx Brother take-offs. This one is clever but slow.

82
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Overly trendy, Great writing, Great singing, Ambitious
February 25th, 2022

See it if you love the score, as I do. It's generally nicely sung. Some scenes are brilliantly done like Harry/Sarah. It's a treat to see LuPone et al

Don't see it if you are bothered by needless updating. Endless selfies/cell phones was annoying as was Bobbie. Set was too much. Concept didn't always work.

93
Great writing, Must see, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful
February 25th, 2022

See it if you want to have a delightful evening enjoying a classic musical beautifully staged & performed. I loved everything about it. Jackman shines

Don't see it if you don't like old-fashioned musicals. Honestly, that's the only reason I can imagine not to see it. Except the exorbitant prices, of course

88
Great writing, Moving, Absorbing, Great singing, Entertaining
February 19th, 2022

See it if you like forgotten "gems." A lovely look at Kleban with an excellent book that uses his songs well. Small cast really clicks; I loved it.

Don't see it if you prefer large-scale productions. This is simple, bare-bones on a tiny stage. But it works great. The book and Kleban's songs really shine

81
Intelligent, Entertaining, Moving, Resonant, Absorbing
February 19th, 2022

See it if you enjoy autobiographical one-person shows. Also, if you like banjo music; he's a decent musician. A moving story, bare-bones, entertaining

Don't see it if you need a more "theatrical" experience. This is low-key, bare-bones. Jokes are often hokey & some writing isn't great, but worth seeing.

76
BAROCOCO (2022)
Midtown E
Unusual, Great costumes, Quirky, Slow, Clever
February 13th, 2022

See it if you want to support a small theatre company trying something quite different. The slow motion section is fantastic. Talented cast.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for a slow-moving, repetitive show. Not much happens & sometimes it's a little dull. Not everyone likes period piece

77
Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining, Confusing, Ambitious
February 5th, 2022

See it if you are curious about this tour de force piece. Strong commands the stage and gives it her all. Lots of memorable one-liners I had forgotten

Don't see it if you are bothered when it is hard to keep multiple characters straight. It got confusing at times and updates to the script were uneven.

88
The Tap Dance Kid
Midtown W
Great singing, Great dancing, Entertaining, Delightful, Ambitious
February 5th, 2022

See it if you enjoy good tap dancing and excellent performances, especially considering the short rehearsal time. Josh Henry's song is amazing.

Don't see it if you don't like tap or are bothered by "preachy" scripts. This one is a little heavy-handed but the dancing, songs and performances score.

72
Fugitive Colors
Brooklyn
Uneven, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious, Nice set
February 4th, 2022

See it if you want to support an ambitious theatre company in Brooklyn. I applaud them for offering a new play. It had a few lovely moments.

Don't see it if you expect depth in script or acting. Both were rather amateurish. The "surprise ending" was not surprising. A valiant effort but weak.

86
Becoming Dr. Ruth
Financial
Masterful, Riveting, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing
December 25th, 2021

See it if you like one-person shows or if you want to see a masterful interpretation by Tovah Feldshuh. She really is remarkable in this role.

Don't see it if the one-person format doesn't appeal to you. The set-up is rather awkward, as is some of the business of packing. But excellent acting.

73
Silly, Clever, Overrated, Great singing, Disappointing
December 22nd, 2021

See it if you like seeing the "hot" show, if you think singing appliances is clever, if you want to see excellent singing. Most love it but I didn't.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that are completely sung, have no patience for singing objects. You have to go with the style and I just couldn't.

86
Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing, Delightful
December 20th, 2021

See it if you are curious about this 1800s melodrama. A score has been added and it's both a lot of fun and well-performed. Laughs plus a timely point

Don't see it if you don't like old-fashioned plays. This melodrama has lots of silly plot twists and doesn't always make sense. But it is fun & well-done.

75
Hear/Now: LIVE!
Midtown W
Unique, Unusual, Clever, Disappointing, Slow
December 15th, 2021

See it if you like the idea of watching an audio drama be performed, including "old fashioned" sound effects & music. It is rather interesting to see.

Don't see it if you expect theatre to have movement & memorized lines and staging. This requires close listening and is uneven in quality. Not for everyone.

90
For a previous production
Must see, Great dancing, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful
December 14th, 2021

See it if you like musical revues of excellent songs performed by a cast talented in both singing and dancing. It is truly delightful and well done

Don't see it if you don't enjoy revues or if you don't like Irving Berlin's music. I can't think of any other reason because it is truly excellent.

87
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
December 9th, 2021

See it if you want to see a bravura performance by McClure. He's great. The show is fun, the cast is talented, the staging is great. I had fun!

Don't see it if you won't accept anyone but Williams as the lead. It's fluffy and silly so don't go if that's not your thing. But its better than you expect

74
Approval Junkie
West Village
Clever, Ambitious, Slow, Indulgent, Intelligent
December 6th, 2021

See it if you like monologues about the performer's life. Salie is engaging and earnest enough and has a fairly interesting story with a few laughs.

Don't see it if You are put off by this type of self revelation. This certainly wasn't the worst but it was a little disjointed and perhaps overly ambitious

78
Amazing score, Entertaining, Quirky, Intelligent, Great singing
December 4th, 2021

See it if you love the score, as I do. I saw the original. The book still has problems but, oh, those songs! They are nicely sung here. I enjoyed it.

Don't see it if you think the premise is silly, or if you don't like low budget shows in tiny spaces with minimal staging. But the score is worth a visit.

82
Morning's at Seven
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Faithfully rendered, Slow, Great acting
December 4th, 2021

See it if you like an old-fashioned family comedy, but especially if you want to see some old-timers onstage. Tony Roberts, Patty McCormick were great

Don't see it if you don't have patience for old-fashioned, slow-moving domestic comedy. It's talky and the acting is uneven. But there are some gems,

84
SIX (Broadway)
Midtown W
Quirky, Fun, Refreshing, Great singing, Clever
December 4th, 2021

See it if you find the premise clever--six women "pop singers" as Henry's wives singing their stories. It is a quite entertaining and clever technique

Don't see it if you like your history straight or you are looking for a traditional style of musical. This is more like a concert & won't be for everyone.

82
The Visitor
East Village
Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
December 4th, 2021

See it if you liked the film, you like DHP, you enjoy a good beat, or you care about the plight of the undocumented. I liked it more than I expected

Don't see it if you are a Trumpie (seriously--it's not for you!) or if you like your musicals lighthearted. This is serious and yes, flawed, but moving.

88
Ambitious, Riveting, Resonant, Great singing, Absorbing
November 22nd, 2021

See it if you love Sondheim. A must-see for true believers. Nicely staged, excellent cast, strong musical performances. I like the use of masks.

Don't see it if the idea of a musical about shooting Presidents repulses you. It's definitely odd, but it doesn't glorify them. But it's not for everyone.

87
During previews
The Alchemist
Midtown W
Delightful, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever
November 20th, 2021

See it if you like farce. This is a master class. Beautifully acted, raucous, silly and high energy adaptation of a period piece. Great fun.

Don't see it if you have trouble following a complicated, nonsensical plot. It's silly & frivolous & requires suspension of disbelief. But worth a try!

78
Slow, Indulgent, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious
November 20th, 2021

See it if you like watching Tony Yazbeck dance and Carmen Cusack sing. The cast is excellent. The set is gorgeous. The premise is certainly unusual.

Don't see it if you don't have a lot of patience. This is a long slow show that doesn't go anywhere. Made me sad because I was really looking forward to it.

80
During previews
A Sherlock Carol
Midtown W
Entertaining, Fluffy, Great acting, Clever
November 20th, 2021

See it if you are looking for a start to the Christmas season. Premise is clever and cast is outstanding in multiple roles. It is a light, fun evening

Don't see it if you know or care little about Sherlock Holmes and A Christmas Carol. The show presumes knowledge of both. Gets better as it goes along.