Lori 7044

New York City
About:  Favorite things--travel, theatre, and travel to see theatre!
Reviews (304)
72
Moving Bodies
East Village
Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent, Slow, Disjointed
September 6th, 2018

See it if you are particularly interested in this character or Voltaire's life or the history of science. Rather dull for a general audience, I think.

Don't see it if You are looking for a polished evening in the theatre. Script is ponderous and needs work. Staging is amateurish. Leading actress was absent

74
During previews
Heartbreak House
Midtown W
Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Slow, Dull
September 6th, 2018

See it if you want to see Alison Frasier camping it up or Karen Ziemba looking lovely. Stars are the attraction. The frame doesn't work; show is dull.

Don't see it if you want to see a really effective staging of this play. It is a difficult one, no doubt, but this version doesn't work. Seemed indulgent.

80
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Fluffy, Silly
September 6th, 2018

See it if you want a light (very light) but entertaining evening in the theatre. I laughed a lot, as did the folks next to me. Not great art but fun!

Don't see it if you are looking for a meaningful, deep, artistic show or expect everything onstage to make sense. This is silliness. But it is enjoyable.

88
Absorbing, Great dancing, Romantic, Intense, Clever
May 27th, 2018

See it if you like to see lovely dance performed by beautiful people. I am a big Tony Yazbeck fan, so I loved seeing him dance. Clever staging, too.

Don't see it if you don't like danced shows or if you expect the story to really make sense. It is simple but not really logical. But see it for the dancing

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Funny
May 25th, 2018

See it if you want to see an outstanding ensemble create funny and moving characterizations. Set is terrific as is the direction. I thoroughly enjoyed

Don't see it if you don't like profanity, if you want a linear plot, or if you are offended easily. I don't think the ending of the show works; it just ends

83
Slow, Long, Unfunny, Disappointing, Great singing
May 23rd, 2018

See it if you have seen a lot of off-B'way stuff, especially the serious stuff. I didn't know many of the shows. Laura Benanti was great, good singers

Don't see it if you don't want to sit for a very long time watching acceptance speeches. At least there were free beers. Really bad comedy skit re: Cardi B

83
Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Delightful, Fun
May 11th, 2018

See it if It was a one-off, so you can't see it, but it was charming. Talented cast, lots of great songs, good musicians. I enjoyed the evening.

Don't see it if You wouldn't have liked it if you don't like musical theatre, don't know any of Herman's shows, or only like fully staged shows.

95
Me and My Girl
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing
May 11th, 2018

See it if you want to spend a delightful evening in the theatre watching a wonderful, talented cast sing, dance and ham it up. Borle is fantastic!

Don't see it if you don't have patience for old-fashioned silly musicals. Or if you want huge sets. The staging is simple but effective. Really, just see it

86
For a previous production
Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Entertaining, Intense
May 6th, 2018

See it if you love the characters, you like to see the "hot new thing," you don't mind paying a lot, and you want to see great magic effects onstage.

Don't see it if you don't know anything about the characters in Harry Potter; you will be rather lost. I think the show is too scary for small children.

90
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Fluffy
May 6th, 2018

See it if you like David Ives comedies (I certainly do), you find the idea of a play in rhyming couplets intriguing, or if you just want to have fun.

Don't see it if you don't like fluff, you are annoyed by somewhat convoluted rhymes, or if you are looking for something substantial. This is light.

80
Ambitious, Intense, Slow, Disappointing, Dated
May 3rd, 2018

See it if you love Denzel or Eugene O'Neill. The other cast members are an impressive group, as well. The show is nicely staged overall. Worthwhile.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through 4 hours of sad, depressing and unfortunately, often hard to hear/understand dialogue. It is definitely a slog.

85
Travesties
Midtown W
Clever, Ambitious, Dizzying, Great acting, Quirky
May 1st, 2018

See it if you want to see a definitive production of one of Stoppard's most ambitious works. Yes, it is difficult, but it is also charming and clever.

Don't see it if you don't want to have to think in the theatre; if you don't know or care who Tristan Tzara is and aren't familiar with Wilde's ""Ernest."

82
Ambitious, Fluffy, Clever, Light, Entertaining
May 1st, 2018

See it if you have children who love the film; kids in the audience when I saw it absolutely loved it. It's not bad--mildly entertaining, inoffensive.

Don't see it if you can't bear to hear "Let It Go" yet again. If you are looking for something profound or enchanting, look elsewhere. This show is just OK.

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Masterful
May 1st, 2018

See it if you want to see a magnificent performance by Glenda Jackson and great performances by Metcalf and Pill. A wonderful production of this play.

Don't see it if you don't like Albee. If you need realism; the first half is quite realistic but the second isn't. But see it anyway; it is beautifully done

83
King Lear (BAM)
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Great acting, Epic, Slow, Masterful
April 25th, 2018

See it if you want to see masterful performances by great actors. The costumes and staging are wonderful, too.

Don't see it if you don't like or understand Shakespeare. Lear is not easy, it's long, and can be a little ponderous. I must admit my eyes closed at times.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Epic, Must see
April 22nd, 2018

See it if you want to see one of the great epics of our time beautifully acted & staged (except for the gremlins moving furniture in the second play.

Don't see it if you are daunted by the idea of 7 1/2 hours of theatre in two sessions. It is a long day if you see both together and rather exhausting.

92
Yerma
Upper E Side
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Masterful
April 18th, 2018

See it if you want to see some fantastic performances. Billie Piper deserves all the acclaim she has received. The staging is unique. Good show.

Don't see it if you expect a faithful version of the Lorca play. This is "after Lorca." Don't see it if you are a prude. If you are bothered by loud noises.

78
Later Life
Midtown W
Slow, Quirky, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Clever
April 18th, 2018

See it if you want to see two talented actors take on a half-dozen quirky characters each. The set is enchanting, as well, and Laurence Lau is good.

Don't see it if you expect a really interesting script that says something profound. This script doesn't work, in my opinion. And the leading lady is weak.

83
During previews
Ambitious, Entertaining, Epic, Well-danced, Classic
March 27th, 2018

See it if you want to see a full-staged large-scale version of this classic show. The sets are lovely, the dancing is energetic, Josh Henry can sing!

Don't see it if you are looking for a modernized or re-imagined version of this classic. Some people could find the domestic abuse aspect difficult to take.

65
Rocktopia
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent, Boring
March 27th, 2018

See it if you like mediocre renditions of rock/pop songs and cliched projections of sky, trees, pyramids, etc. or if you like Celtic Women fiddling.

Don't see it if you are expecting to be moved or excited by the performances. They are pretty flat, despite the gyrating taking place onstage. I'd skip it.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Masterful, Must see
February 28th, 2018

See it if you are an Albee fan like me, if you want to see great acting by 3 performers at the top of their game, if you like edgy, minimalist drama.

Don't see it if you don't like Albee, you want something light or fluffy, you don't like "talky" plays or if you are offended by talk of sex in a play.

86
During previews
Clever, Fluffy, Refreshing, Delightful, Entertaining
February 24th, 2018

See it if you like Buffett's music, you want to see a talented cast having fun, you want a light, entertaining evening. I had a lot fun!

Don't see it if you are looking for something deep or a book that completely makes sense. But you should know from the title what you are getting into!

85
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Ultimately unsuccessful, Clever
February 15th, 2018

See it if You want to laugh, you want to see some great performances, you think it is great there is a show with a Downs Syndrome actress. It is funny

Don't see it if You expect a polished script. Despite the laughs and good intentions, the script doesn't quite work. We don't get to understand the parents.

85
Hey, Look Me Over!
Midtown W
Delightful, Great singing, Fun, Clever, Overly long
February 11th, 2018

See it if you are interested in theatre history, forgotten shows, good performances by respected performers. The music is excellent; narration is fun.

Don't see it if you are looking for a fully-staged production or shows you are familiar with. These excerpts are from some obscure shows mostly from the 60s

88
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting
February 9th, 2018

See it if you are interested in history, particularly history of the 1960s &/or civil rights movement; if you like shows that are set up like a trial.

Don't see it if You want a "plot," you aren't interested in Malcolm X, you don't like direct address to the audience, you want an elaborate set.

88
Ambitious, Dizzying, Absorbing, Intense, Relevant
January 31st, 2018

See it if you can afford it! If you want to see the hottest show outside of Hamilton, if you like the songwriters, if you want to see teen-aged angst.

Don't see it if you don't like new musicals, if you aren't interested in the effects of social media or being bombarded by social media messages on screens.

74
During previews
Cardinal
Midtown W
Ambitious, Slow, Absorbing, Meandering, Disappointing
January 29th, 2018

See it if you like short shows, you are interested in new works, even if they don't seem polished, or if you like the actors involved or the author.

Don't see it if you expect a profound statement on the loss of small-towns or race relations or any other topic. It falls flat in the meaning dept.

90
During previews
Hindle Wakes
Midtown W
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking
January 15th, 2018

See it if You like well-acted realism with great local color and acting. But it is also relevant to the current discussion of male-female relations.

Don't see it if you have trouble listening to unusual British accents, you don't like talky period pieces, or you expect flashy spectacle when you see shows

84
In & Of Itself
Gramercy
Must see, Riveting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Refreshing
January 15th, 2018

See it if You want a new and different kind of theatre experience, if you like magic, particularly sleight of hand, or if you want to be amazed.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy magic, one-person shows or audience participation. It is a little slow at times but punctuated with some great tricks!

88
A Hunger Artist
East Village
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful
January 11th, 2018

See it if you want to see an absolutely amazing, masterful performance and amazing inventiveness. Really wonderful stuff, if a little long.

Don't see it if You want a linear plot line or don't like puppetry and one-person shows. But even if you don't think it is your kind of show, give it a try.

72
Great acting, Slow, Indulgent, Ambitious, Disappointing
January 11th, 2018

See it if you love John Lithgow and want to see him create very detailed characterizations and hear him talk about his early life.

Don't see it if you are looking for an exciting evening in the theatre; the show is rather dull. The stories are long and the second one is rather dull.

94
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Hilarious
December 21st, 2017

See it if you are looking for a fun, intelligent version of this play. The acting is great, the music works well. It was a really enjoyable show.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy Shakespeare. Honestly, that is the only reason. Even then, give it a try--this show is an absolute delight.

86
Must see, Great dancing, Entertaining, Fluffy, Delightful
December 18th, 2017

See it if you love Christmas! The Rockettes are absolutely wonderful, especially in the March of the Tin Soldiers. They never disappoint. A tradition.

Don't see it if you are offended to pay ridiculous prices for a show that lasts less than 90 minutes. And arrive really early; security takes forever!

73
The Mushroom Cure
East Village
Clever, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Slow
December 11th, 2017

See it if you like one-person shows. If you want to see a comic portray in a funny and touching way, his own struggle with OCD.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows with the actor portraying multiple characters talking to each other. It can be annoying and isn't done well.

80
During previews
Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Great acting, Great staging
December 11th, 2017

See it if you want to see a masterful performance, as usual, from Rylance. The setting is absolutely gorgeous, as are the costumes. Great singing.

Don't see it if you expect a great script. This isn't one. The play itself is fairly weak, and the concept of having two men play Farinelli doesn't work.

90
Who's Holiday!
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Raunchy
December 7th, 2017

See it if you like adult humor and clever writing. I had a delightful time. The actress is very funny and talented. The set and costumes were great.

Don't see it if you are easily offended, you don't enjoy silliness, you don't care for one-person shows and/or audience interaction.

70
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Confusing, Disappointing
December 3rd, 2017

See it if you want to see 10 gorgeous, fit men dancing and putting their all into the show.

Don't see it if you expect a faithful interpretation of the film. This is not. It is dance-y and somewhat jumbled. Hard to understand if you don't know film

80
Clever, Entertaining, Slow, Quirky, Fluffy
November 29th, 2017

See it if you enjoy one person shows. The writer/star is clever and engaging. The premise is entertaining if slight.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows, especially when the one person talks to imaginary others onstage, or if you are homophobic.

92
Clever, Delightful, Ambitious, Funny, Great acting
November 27th, 2017

See it if you are ready for a delightful, surprising, clever version (deconstruction?) of a beloved classic novel. It is tremendous fun and well done

Don't see it if you don't like productions with small casts playing multiple roles, if you aren't in the mood to laugh, or you don't like classics changed.

92
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting
November 27th, 2017

See it if you love Sweeney Todd (I would see any production!), if you enjoy inventive/immersive staging, you like scaled-down musicals. It is fun!

Don't see it if you are expecting a production like the original or need to see a large cast/orchestra. Especially don't if you don't "get" Sweeney Todd!

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Resonant
November 27th, 2017

See it if you want to see a tour-de-force performance by Michael Urie. If you want to see a classic play that still resonates and moves the audience.

Don't see it if you are homophobic, or if you are expecting light entertainment. It is weighty at times, but also clever and sometimes witty.

88
Entertaining, Fluffy, Romantic, Delightful, Great staging
November 14th, 2017

See it if you love big, old-fashioned musicals, you are a fan of Bette (or Donna on some days), you like lovely costumes and sets. It won't disappoint

Don't see it if you like recent or edgy theatre. This is total fluff and mostly a chance for Better to mug (which can get old). But the cast is great.

86
During previews
Ambitious, Great singing, Romantic, Entertaining, Great dancing
November 14th, 2017

See it if you want to see talented performers singing and dancing their hearts out. The songs are lovely and the story is touching, if cliche.

Don't see it if you don't like theatre-in-the-round, you want traditional staging, you don't enjoy exuberant Afro-Caribbean dancing. It is not for everyone.

78
The Treasurer
Midtown W
Great acting, Intense, Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated
October 28th, 2017

See it if you want to see masterful performances by Friedman and Dunagan. They really are great as mother and son dealing with dementia.

Don't see it if you are looking for a finished, well written script. The structure of the play doesn't really work and the end is weak. Staging isn't great.

68
Squeamish
Midtown W
Great acting, Indulgent, Intense, Ambitious
October 28th, 2017

See it if you want to see a tour-de-force performance by Alison Fraser. She is magnificent handling a 90+ minute monologue.

Don't see it if you are looking for a fully staged production or a fun show. This is a stationary, long monologue. I guessed the final twist immediately.

96
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing
October 28th, 2017

See it if you want to laugh and be truly entertained. This show is absolutely charming. Wild West setting of Measure for Measure works. Songs are fun.

Don't see it if you don't like light entertainment or small cast shows. But give it a try anyway. It really is a delight.

88
The Sardi's Tour
Midtown W
Entertaining, Riveting, Intelligent, Absorbing
October 14th, 2017

See it if you are interested in the the history of the Broadway area, you want to seem caricatures of famous people, you like tours.

Don't see it if you don't have an interest in Sardi's, the history of that area, or celebrities who have frequented the restaurant. It isn't in-depth.

82
The Apple Tree
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Fluffy, Refreshing, Funny
October 14th, 2017

See it if you like to see under-performed old classic musicals, you enjoy seeing young talent, you don't mind very low budget productions.

Don't see it if you want nice costumes, sets and lighting. This is a bare-bones, somewhat ratty looking but quite charming and well-performed show.

86
During previews
Great acting, Refreshing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Slight
October 13th, 2017

See it if you like small, intimate musicals with excellent acting. If you liked the movie. It has little plot and is rather slow-moving, but is sweet

Don't see it if If you like big, splashy musicals, are bothered by listening to all the actors use accents, or don't like Tony Shaloub.

77
Entertaining, Quirky, Fast-paced, Clever, Mediocre
October 11th, 2017

See it if you like the idea of a compressed AYLI. It is short. If you want to see Andre DeShields and Ellen Burstyn. You want to hear Schwartz's music

Don't see it if you are looking for traditional Shakespeare, you don't like it when actors talk fast, or if you don't like Shakespeare, in general.