Lori 7044

New York City
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Reviews (304)
80
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Silly, Fluffy, Great singing, Cliched, Ambitious
September 18th, 2019

See it if You like the idea of a musical Macbeth set in a burger joint in a small town in the 70s. Pretty tunes well sung, clever at times, but silly.

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare unbastardized. This takes lots of liberties. Many will find it too silly. I generally did.

85
During previews
Riveting, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious, Absorbing
September 15th, 2019

See it if you want to see two distinguished actors and a good supporting cast tackle a difficult topic. It is never dull and certainly holds attention

Don't see it if you expect linear plot that is clear. Reality & fantasy weave in & out. It is a little difficult. The subject is hard to watch for some.

90
During previews
Astounding, Riveting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing
September 11th, 2019

See it if you like illusionists. This guy is truly amazing. Very talented, personable. A truly memorable night. I highly recommend it.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy magic, illusions, hypnotism, etc. But this guy is a master, so check it out anyway. I don't think you will regret it.

82
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Intelligent, Clever
September 11th, 2019

See it if you are interested in the history of alcohol or if you just want a fun evening and a couple of drinks. The cast is talented and charming.

Don't see it if you expect great art or lavish sets & costumes. This is minimilist & often silly. But it is fun. Probably not fun if you don't drink at all.

78
For a previous production
Blue Man Group
East Village
Disappointing, Clever, Slow, Quirky, Fluffy
September 9th, 2019

See it if you have never done so. This was my first time. It is such an institution and probably influenced other performers, so it is worth seeing.

Don't see it if you don't find messy juvenile pranks entertaining or if you don't care for percussion. That's what the show is. They do them well, though!

78
During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Intelligent, Overly long, Great acting, Resonant, Ambitious
September 9th, 2019

See it if you are interested in Lyndon Johnson's presidency and the mid to late 1960s, in general. Major figures of the time are well-portrayed.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in this period. The play is dense and ambitious with a lot of characters and scenes. Probably too many. Runs too long.

50
Amateurish, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched
September 9th, 2019

See it if Honestly, the only reason I can imagine to see this is because it does tell the story of Lamarr's life. And she did have an interesting life

Don't see it if you expect a well-written play & competent acting. Actors were amateurish and didn't know their lines. The play was not performance quality.

78
Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Fluffy, Clever
September 5th, 2019

See it if you find the world of online dating interesting. There are some surprising stats. Lots of improv, quick character changes. Silly but fun.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in the topic of online dating, if you don't like audience participation & improv, or if you are looking for serious.

83
Great staging, Fluffy, Dizzying, Great singing, Ambitious
September 5th, 2019

See it if you enjoy large spectacles, beautiful sets and costumes and generally strong singing and dancing. It is quite an event and rather fun.

Don't see it if you expect a plot and/or song insertions that make sense. Songs choices are often silly and illogical. Roxanne? Really? I didn't love it.

76
Indulgent, Great singing, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious
August 31st, 2019

See it if You like loud, elaborate, flashy shows and can excuse a book that makes little sense. Several songs were well sung. Actors were energetic.

Don't see it if You have sensitive ears; I actually put in earplugs. It is raucous and weird and silly and melodramatic. And loud. Did I mention loud?

85
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious
August 29th, 2019

See it if you want to see great performances by excellent actors. There are very touching moments and references that really resonate today.

Don't see it if you expect a linear telling of the story. This really jumps around, past and present, and I heard complaints that it was hard to follow.

82
Slow, Overrated, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting
August 29th, 2019

See it if you want to see two very capable actors command the stage alone for 45 minutes each. There are moving moments and the show kept my attention

Don't see it if you dislike one-person shows or if you are expecting brilliant writing. To be honest, the monologues have mixed together in my mind already.

84
Relevant, Quirky, Intelligent, Dizzying, Clever
August 4th, 2019

See it if You love Stoppard and his amazing wordplay. Or if you are interested in suppression of free speech, as we should all be. Worth seeing.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy shows that are rather absurdist, sometimes unclear, sometimes slow. But it is worth the effort it requires, in my opinion.

88
Broadway Bounty Hunter
West Village
Quirky, Edgy, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
August 4th, 2019

See it if You want to laugh and smile at total silliness performed by a talented cast. It makes no sense but is fun. I love the acting references.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy camp or are offended by sex, brothels, drugs depicted onstage. Definitely not everyone's cup of tea, but I had a lot of fun.

88
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Relevant, Quirky, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever
August 4th, 2019

See it if You like adaptations/updates of classics. This Vanya is touching, thought-provoking, and entertaining. Audience interaction is fun.

Don't see it if You are a purist. This is a loose version of Vanya. Runs a little long, perhaps. But I would give it a try anyway.

76
During previews
Little Women
West Village
Plodding, Dull, Excruciating, Slow, Disappointing
May 22nd, 2019

See it if you are a big fan of Kate Hamill's work. If you enjoy somewhat feminist versions of classics. But it isn't very effective or entertaining.

Don't see it if you are a purist regarding classics or if you expect lively versions. This is slow going and not as clever as Pride and Prejudice.

85
Refreshing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing
May 22nd, 2019

See it if you are interested in government and the current political situation, like shows that discuss ideas, and enjoy intelligent shows.

Don't see it if you are a right-winger and don't want to be exposed to the other side of the political spectrum. But you are just the audience who should!

74
BLKS
Midtown W
Raucous, Raunchy, Quirky, Intense, Edgy
May 18th, 2019

See it if you want to see an energetic cast work well together to portray friendship. There is an authenticity and a fair amount of humor.

Don't see it if you like to be able to understand everything said onstage. I couldn't. Too much talking while laughing and yelling. I missed a lot, I think.

55
Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious
May 18th, 2019

See it if you have to see the latest hot show. This one gets lots of buzz. It is certainly a unique take on this classic.

Don't see it if you want shows to have cohesive concepts that makes sense. This show is a mess. Changes in tone, meaning don't make sense. I hated it.

88
During previews
Resonant, Romantic, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing
May 18th, 2019

See it if you want to see brilliant actors in a moving, resonant script about trying to connect with another human. Effective set, directing, script.

Don't see it if you are offended by nudity and sex onstage. The show doesn't hold back. But this story of a date that becomes much more is very well done.

55
Slow, Quirky, Disjointed, Disappointing, Confusing
May 15th, 2019

See it if you like to support new work & young playwrights. There are some good elements, but they don't work together. I liked the author's monologue

Don't see it if you expect a play that makes sense; this seems like 3 separate ideas smashed together. The set is sparse and unattractive. Frankly, tedious.

92
During previews
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Delightful
May 15th, 2019

See it if you want to laugh & be charmed by an excellent cast performing a delightful adaptation of Reiner's book. Really is fun, despite small scale!

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or fluffy, nonsensical pieces. It is not deep! And it is a bare-bones production. But it is a delight--see it!

72
Proof of Love
West Village
Relevant, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious
May 15th, 2019

See it if you are very interested in class issues within the African American community. This is an interesting, if unsuccessful glimpse at them.

Don't see it if you dislike awkward, one-person shows. This doesn't really work in terms of concept, writing or staging. It is kind of dull and artificial.

92
All My Sons
Midtown W
Resonant, Must see, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing
May 15th, 2019

See it if you want to see a beautifully acted version of an important classic. The cast is excellent, as are the set, costumes, and direction. See it!

Don't see it if you don't like classic dramas or longish plays. But it really is nicely done (and I have seen several productions) so it is worth seeing.

74
Relevant, Raunchy, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious
May 6th, 2019

See it if You want to see absolutely wonderful writing and acting in the first scene. Brilliant stuff. But goes downhill after.

Don't see it if You are offended by nudity and sex scenes. It is rather graphic. Can't say that I recommend the play overall, but that first scene soars!

92
Enchanting, Great dancing, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful
May 6th, 2019

See it if You want to see an absolutely delightful production of a classic musical. O'Hara's singing is fantastic. Entire cast excels. Great dancing.

Don't see it if You don't like classic musicals or musicals, in general. But give it a try; it is a delight.

80
The Poor of New York
East Village
Absorbing, Historically interesting, Slow, Intelligent, Ambitious
May 6th, 2019

See it if You are interested in the history of theatre and like old-fashioned melodrama. It was long but generally engaging.

Don't see it if An old-fashioned melodrama from the 1800s isn't your cup of tea. It is cliched and kind of silly. Interested me as a historical relic.

80
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Must see, Intelligent, Great singing, Dated, Ambitious
May 1st, 2019

See it if you are curious about this historically significant work of art. This is a competent production with a talented cast and great singing.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for a dated show about unions and the mean boss. Deals in cliches. Can be a little tedious. But interesting to me.

73
Slow, Indulgent, Edgy, Disappointing, Ambitious
May 1st, 2019

See it if you want to see a decent cast doing their best with a very uneven script. applaud the concept and topic, but the show doesn't really work

Don't see it if you expect a script that make sense. A lot of the "jokes" misfire. Seems like it needs a lot more work. Good concept/weak execution.

86
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing, Funny, Clever
May 1st, 2019

See it if you want to see a show with a truly funny book, some excellent choreography, and good performances. It is a lot of fun!

Don't see it if you expect it to be just like the film. Some major changes & plot points that don't really make sense. But it is fun light entertainment.

73
Oddly directed, Indulgent, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious
April 16th, 2019

See it if you want to see Glenda Jackson take on and succeed in one of the toughest (male) roles every written. She is worth the price of admission.

Don't see it if you like your Shakespeare logical and straightforward. I liked the set, in general, but the direction seemed to spin out of control. Weird.

75
All Our Children
East Village
Intelligent, Slow, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious
April 16th, 2019

See it if you want to see earnest, overall effective performances in a serious play. It is small scale, in a tiny theatre, but generally works.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a show about the Holocaust. Sometimes the script doesn't completely make sense. But the cast does their best.

75
Quirky, Disappointing, Fluffy, Great singing, Clever
April 16th, 2019

See it if you want a light, fun experience performed by earnest young people. Especially if you like Bloody Marys, Irish Coffee and Bellini. Good date

Don't see it if you are expecting great art, or if you aren't there to drink. The free drinks (full size with considerable alcohol) are the main draw.

88
During previews
Ink
Midtown W
Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
April 16th, 2019

See it if you want to see great acting, set, directing and absorbing script. This is one of the highlights of the season, imho. Clever, fun, and scary

Don't see it if you have no interest in plays based on recent history, or expect somber treatment of serious subjects. This is a whirlwind, but it works.

85
Slow, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious
April 9th, 2019

See it if you want to see 3 masterful actors tackle a wide variety of roles. They are amazing. The staging is unusual and effective overall.

Don't see it if over 3 hrs seems to long for you (it is), if you aren't interested in the topic, if an entire script in the third person bothers you--did me

76
Perp
Midtown W
Cliched, Slow, Great staging, Uneven, Absorbing
April 9th, 2019

See it if you want to see some nice performances (cops were weakest) & a mildly entertaining drama. Prison scenes are strong. Nice use of a turntable.

Don't see it if you have high expectations because of Kessler. It is not great writing. Unbelievable characters and plot at times and very uneven quality.

70
During previews
Tedious, Quirky, Indulgent, Great acting, Disappointing
April 7th, 2019

See it if you are a huge Nathan Lane fan & want to see everything he does. Or you are a Taylor Mac fan. Or you are just curious about this weird show.

Don't see it if you get bored by pretentious, talky, gross-out shows that attempt to shock and offend. It is really more tedious than shocking. Dumb.

90
During previews
Quirky, Great acting, Hilarious, Clever, Delightful
April 5th, 2019

See it if you want to laugh at clever lines & lyrics, see a bravura performance by Brightman, & good support from Butler, McClure, Kritze. Great sets.

Don't see it if you expect profound or great art. This is inspired silliness. But it is really a lot of fun, so I would recommend it for just about anyone.

50
Sincerely, Oscar
Midtown W
Dreadful, Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing
April 4th, 2019

See it if You are a masochist. It is that bad. Excruciating. Poorly conceived, written, directed, designed, and performed. A pathetic vanity show.

Don't see it if you want to be entertained. It is hard to explain how totally wrong everything about this show is. Among the worst I have ever seen.

77
During previews
Sometimes funny, Slow, Overrated, Great acting, Disappointing
April 3rd, 2019

See it if you want to see some great actors at the top of their game. They have great timing and do their best with the material. But it is weak.

Don't see it if you are bothered, as I am, at the mining of the Clintons' marriage for a small dose of comedy wrapped in speculation. It is cringe-worthy.

86
Unfolding
Midtown W
Inventive, Entertaining, Slow, Delightful, Absorbing
April 2nd, 2019

See it if you would enjoy something very unusual--slow moving, inventive, romantic puppetry with great live music. It is enchanting and quite lovely.

Don't see it if you don't like puppets or can't handle a very slow paced and quiet show. It is rather "feminist" in theme so right-wing folks might object.

74
The White Devil
West Village
Intelligent, Disappointing, Slow, Uneven, Ambitious
March 31st, 2019

See it if a modern staging of a Jacobean tragedy interests you. This one is intelligently and lucidly spoken, so it is fairly understandable.

Don't see it if the idea of VR, drills, machine guns and closed circuit TV in a Jacobean drama bothers you. A lot didn't work and was laugable at times.

88
Must see, Unique, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing
March 30th, 2019

See it if you want a truly unique experience, you are interested in research, you are a smart and patient person who doesn't require flashy shows.

Don't see it if you expect a normal theatre piece on a stage at which you are passive. Here you don't speak, but you are part of the show. But try it!

88
Superhero
Midtown W
Fun, Clever, Refreshing, Fluffy, Great singing
March 29th, 2019

See it if you want to see good performances by the leads. Kate Baldwin sings beautifully, of course. The premise is interesting and clever overall.

Don't see it if you expect the book to make sense. There are some major holes and points that made me scratch my head. I like more logic. But it is fun.

76
I Married an Angel
Midtown W
Great dancing, Indulgent, Fluffy, Dated, Entertaining
March 29th, 2019

See it if it has closed so you can't, but the ballet was sublime. All the dancing was good, and the show was mildly entertaing.

Don't see it if you expect a book that makes sense and is clever and funny. This one is not. And the "angel" was an amazing dancer but not an actress.

81
Entertaining, Romantic, Fluffy, Great singing, Great acting
March 29th, 2019

See it if you want a relatively light-hearted entertaining evening. This show is no work of art but it is fun. Good singing, dancing, costumes, sets.

Don't see it if you don't like the "hooker with a heart of gold" cliche. The characters' meeting doesn't really work, nor does the initial relationship.

86
Vilna
Midtown W
Relevant, Resonant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing
March 29th, 2019

See it if you like beautifully acted, important, profound historical drama. This story of WWII is important and moving. Beautifully done. I recommend

Don't see it if you can't handle difficult, brutal stories. This one is tough. But it is nicely done. Only the very easily triggered should skip it,

88
The Light
Midtown W
Relevant, Intelligent, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing
March 11th, 2019

See it if you want to see two outstanding performers grapple with some of the most important issues of our time--racism, sexism, celebrity, MeToo.

Don't see it if you don't care about current issues or are far right in your ideas. This show will annoy you although you are just who should see it.

76
During previews
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Complicated, Quirky, Entertaining, Confusing, Ambitious
March 9th, 2019

See it if you like Larroquette, who is a joy onstage. The show is interesting, certainly not boring, but overly ambitious and complex. Worth seeing.

Don't see it if you are impatient with silliness or convoluted plots. Many in my audience were. This is more Blue Leaves than Six Degrees, for sure. But fun

88
During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great dancing/movement, Great singing, Entertaining
March 6th, 2019

See it if You love the Temptations' music. It is beautifully presented with great singing and dancing. Terrific performers. A typical jukebox musical.

Don't see it if This isn't your kind of music or if you are expecting revelations. From the perspective of the living member, so is his story. Weak opening.