Lucinda

New York City | 35-49 | Female
About:  I live in Manhattan and see as many plays and musicals as I can. :)
Reviews (172)
78
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You're interested in the subject matter and one highly personal account of this difficult experience

Don't see it if You don't like largely solo performances with a single actor playing different roles to narrate and act through both parts of a dialogue

72
Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You're expecting improv with all its laughter, actors laughing at themselves also and a fun time; you can embrace the weird

Don't see it if You prefer a highly polished production or something larger scale with definitive staging elements

58
During previews
Long Lost
Midtown W
Cliched, Disappointing, Relevant, Ok

See it if you want to revisit some familiar topics about complex family relationships and secrets

Don't see it if you're bothered by a show that can feel mechanical/predictable; there is nothing "wrong" with this show - it just doesn't shine in any way

80
During previews
Relevant, Slow, Great acting

See it if talented cast leads us on an unexpected discovery of two people, how they view themselves and each other; everyday moments

Don't see it if you really need something to "happen" - this is a slow unfolding of people and their relationship; full nudity and sex

78
Enchanting, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Great use of props, staging, musical and rhythmic variety add interest into symbolic storytelling. Engaging creatively

Don't see it if An easy-to-understand plot is essential to your enjoyment of a show - this is complex and heavily symbolic but it moves along rapidly

92
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you're up for a long play with multiple important characters. Overall, it's quite serious but there is playfulness throughout for balance

Don't see it if you want something light or super easy to follow with little depth; if you can't sit through the 2nd/3rd acts which combine to be ~2 hours

Also I truly enjoyed this play. I didn't know what to expect going in and t... Read more Read less

56
Intimate, Intriguing, Slow

See it if support a small theatre group; all seating is good to allow intimate feeling and to experience the acting up close

Don't see it if you dislike small casts, long monologues of imaginations

Also I kept waiting for something to really happen, but the drama never ful... Read more Read less

79
Ambitious, Fun, Entertaining, Great choreo

See it if Fun music, impressive dancing and choreo delight. Smooth transitions from scene to scene. Lively entertainment.

Don't see it if It covers a lot of material across a vast array of characters so much is only touched on briefly. Limited depth of character development

Also Some in the audience seem to be unable to resist singing along. This w... Read more Read less

79
The Cake
Midtown W
Real, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if An honest look at the complexity of various relationships beyond just the cake baking decision. Strong performances. Poignant and fun too!

Don't see it if You want a show that is purely light entertainment, although this has its levity also.

74
Entertaining, Quirky, Lively, Funny

See it if you're looking for an easy good time. The humor is fun and accessible; some familiar tropes are brought out that are amusing. Deep moments.

Don't see it if you need a memorable score, perfected vocal performances

Also Actors are also on-stage musicians

69
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Lacking, Impressive, Repetitive, Theatrical

See it if You're intrigued by how they can produce King Kong as an animated being on stage; the scale is often impressive and some choreo delights

Don't see it if You need powerhouse vocals or if you're opposed to heavy reliance on projections. The story and characters are often lackluster.

80
Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if a powerful human story that is engaging through the end; strong tight harmonies; rhythmic choreo

Don't see it if you want to avoid seeing nudity and hearing sexual references; you are in the mood for something light

70
During previews
Entertaining, Sweet, Interesting set

See it if 90 minute show that starts slow and then feels like it flies by; interesting dilemma about our responsibility; charming

Don't see it if you want a lot of razzle dazzle or a high energy show - this one relies more heavily on dialogue; you want directly modern subject matter

Also I found the costuming and set to have a lot of interesting things to l... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Profound

See it if You can appreciate a true to life portrayal of life with a loved family member who has dementia. This play really rung true.

Don't see it if You want something light or don't want to think through aging and our dependence on one another.

82
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if Lovely music and moods tell an important story. Rich harmonies and familiar songs, sometimes in different languages, show connectivity

Don't see it if You don't want to engage emotionally with a story that is heart warming but also painful.

88
During previews
The Hello Girls
Midtown E
Absorbing, Great singing, Relevant

See it if My friend and I loved the music and appreciated the important story that was told. Talented cast! I enjoyed the lighting design and staging.

Don't see it if You need full staging to show you things rather than using your imagination.

Also Any seat in this theater would provide a good view.

70
The Niceties
Midtown W
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant

See it if You want to think through how even some variation in beliefs can pull us apart if we're not careful. You like intense dialogue between 2 ppl

Don't see it if You want something light and just for easy entertainment. You prefer tidy endings.

53
India Pale Ale
Midtown W
Scattered, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You're cool with a peppering of stories and ideas that never fully come together. Some parts are creative and cool. Talk back after was best

Don't see it if You need a strongly cohesive, intelligent story. This one feels all over the place - struggling to find its identity.

90
Absorbing, Romantic, Great singing, Exquisite

See it if Laura Benanti shines as Eliza and delivers the vocals and emotion! The longer run time passed quickly. Beautiful costumes.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big musical with splashy choreo

86
Absorbing, Entertaining, Dancing!

See it if Great seeing Fiddler in Yiddish! It added a nice element to the production. The music connects and the dancing is delightful. Heartwarming.

Don't see it if You dislike reading super titles (although I thought it moved slowly enough to not lose sight of the action).

Also Comfortable venue, front row is a bit too close.

82
Absorbing, Edgy, Entertaining, Intense, Delightful

See it if Pleasing vocals in an engaging environment, great view of 7-piece band, emotional highs and lows in the story, we left talking about it

Don't see it if You're not open to non-traditional thought and creativity in executing this production. Scenes in the dark, violence, interpretive dance

Also My friend and I really enjoyed it. I liked that it was light and cheer... Read more Read less

72
Entertaining, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you like the movie/aren't looking for a new take; enjoyable talent; some marvelous singing; this is entertaining (not a must see)

Don't see it if you prefer to leave the theatre humming the tunes or to be wowed by choreo - not much memorable here

68
Fun, Familiar, Entertaining

See it if your interest is in hearing familiar songs, strung together against a backdrop of historical events and people, strong focus on women, funny

Don't see it if you want a definitive plot line or character development; you'd be frustrated that most seats are on the same level-diminishing sight lines

88
Great singing, Entertaining, Choreo, Fun

See it if You'd enjoy a night of excellent singing with smooth transitions between numbers - all supported by a fun cast and choreo! Great harmonies.

Don't see it if You are expecting a story of any kind. This is great music - not really a play or musical.

Also Nice mix of solos and ensemble pieces - we got to enjoy a range of voc... Read more Read less

76
Exquisite, Enchanting, Great dancing

See it if you want to see Tony Yazbeck float on the stage, beautiful dancing, sweetly emotional story

Don't see it if you dislike narrated stories that can feel choppy; you want more dialogue and character interaction that way over storytelling through dance

Also Sitting several rows back would be perfect to grasp the whole of the s... Read more Read less

80
During previews
I Spy a Spy
Midtown W
Fun, Cliched, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You liked In Transit, you appreciate a campy good time with some solid vocals and a few moments of great choreo, playful, pretty polished

Don't see it if You can't suspend disbelief or want a highly nuanced show grounded in reality

78
Continuity
Midtown W
Relevant, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if a lighthearted and funny look at climate concerns; the backdrop of filming a movie is creative and engaging

Don't see it if you're wanting a serious-minded show or if you're bothered by over-the-top/campy humor

71
Slow, Romantic, Historic, Sweet

See it if You want to engage in a sweet story between two people in love and how they managed through the difficulties of being apart in WWII

Don't see it if You want high production value or staging - this is 2 people sitting, reading from a music stand with some photos projected behind them

90
Edgy, Exquisite, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if Lovely orchestrations, wonderful variety in casting/characters, engaging choreography

Don't see it if you want to see something exclusively cheery or uplifting

80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Standout acting performances, riveting drama, meaningful storytelling

Don't see it if Some parts are on the slow side; if the theatre set up would be too distracting for you (having audience on both sides of the stage)

Also Some reviewers have mentioned folding chairs which is true but there a... Read more Read less

84
Great writing, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if I thought this was laugh out loud funny! The various types of people portrayed along with group and work dynamics were spot on. Insightful.

Don't see it if A straight focus group does not interest you. This is the literal set up through conclusion of one as it might really have gone.

Also The audience is in an "L" shape so you can see others' faces. This enh... Read more Read less

82
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if breaks the 4th wall in an easygoing way, my friend loved the humor - I thought it was funny also, exploration of human need - sad with hope

Don't see it if you dislike plays with small vignettes that contribute to an overall point, but not necessarily traditional plot development

Also The staging caught my eye from the moment I walked in and I thought th... Read more Read less

74
Sad, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Exploration of the consequences of our choices and the disappointment of many hopes. Some beautiful moments. I enjoyed seeing the set.

Don't see it if You're seeking something uplifting. My friend felt sad after seeing this.

44
During previews
The White Devil
West Village
Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You're already confident that you will enjoy this particular material that has been selectively updated to include modern props/elements

Don't see it if You mind working to follow plotting, you don't enjoy heightened language, you need staging to enhance a show, you dislike gore

Also The lighting was bothersome to me as it was shining in the eyes of man... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Great dancing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Over-the-top fun, humor and antics; energetic dancing captivates; Styles is a standout - I left excited to see what she does next!

Don't see it if You want a purely serious production; I thought a few from the ensemble still needed to relax into their roles which should come with time

81
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Great singing, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if A cohesive cast works together seamlessly in a beautifully polished production. Lovely music and movement. Each moment is used well.

Don't see it if You're looking for a purely upbeat show.

Also I'm not very familiar with Alice and didn't find that to be an impedim... Read more Read less

72
Fun, Silly, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if Over-the-top humor and a show you can float through are your thing. I enjoyed escaping in this production and laughing at absurdity.

Don't see it if You're expecting perfect polish or high production value. Uneven performances.

Also General admission seating, but sight lines from the back row were gene... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if We enjoyed the questions it raised about the level of specificity needed to be true. Interesting to see perspective of loose view on facts.

Don't see it if You're not interested in serious subject matter. You prefer a play with high energy and momentum throughout.

86
During previews
The Light
Midtown W
Powerful, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You can be captivated by a relationship between two people and how it might develop and grow; much unfolds and mood shifts

Don't see it if You don't want to think too deeply or consider important issues about how we can support one another through trials

Also This was really great! My friend and I kept talking about it and how i... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Rollicking, Funny, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if you want to enjoy a goodhearted, fun time of escape. A delightful show performed by an energetic cast. Fun to see them all play many roles

Don't see it if you want a perfectly polished or larger scale production. You prefer more sophisticated humor or surprising plot twists.

74
Blue Man Group
East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if You want a series of (mostly) creative vignettes with no apparent deeper meaning; kids in the audience laughed hysterically; it was fun.

Don't see it if You're expecting to be blown away with things you've never seen before. You need more than visuals to engage you in a show.

77
Apologia
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a thought piece that explores relationship dynamics and individual's firmly held beliefs - and how those intersect.

Don't see it if You want something happy, uplifting or with a tidy ending. This is intense.

80
During previews
Lol!, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to be entertained. I enjoyed getting lost in the show and laughed very hard a couple of times and many other laughs too!

Don't see it if You're expecting more than a one-person stand-up comedy routine with not much staging

68
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Okay, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You're into plays and want to see everything on B'way. There are some funny moments and some twists - overall enjoyable not a must see

Don't see it if You're looking for fast-paced action or a serious play.

84
During previews
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You're open to being moved by engaging dialogue, challenging assumptions in an emotionally intense show. It's highly relevant.

Don't see it if You dislike shows with small casts or where the action is heavily dependent on dialogue (not lots to see visually, no set changes).

78
Thought-provoking, Slow, Resonant

See it if It's one of those shows that builds slowly and my enjoyment is reflecting back on how things unfolded. Poses questions re: human condition.

Don't see it if If you like your shows big, bold and splashy. Some of the show is telling vs. showing.

Also I wish I sat on the front row for this one.... Read more Read less

86
Great acting, Great singing, Masterful, Great staging

See it if the singing is really masterful; so much to see and take in with this production; camaraderie with fellow attendees due to set up

Don't see it if you're sensitive to loud noises, looking for something light, dislike even the illusion of violence, don't want to twist to see action

71
During previews
Funny, Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy, Predictable

See it if You want to enjoy a fun and entertaining show - this had some really good laughs and jokes I recalled later on; lively and energetic

Don't see it if You want high brow art, beauty, theatrical value or top notch vocal talent

Also My friend and I had a good time at the show - probably because we came... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Silly

See it if You're up for a silly night at a rock musical, with an energetic cast and juvenile laughs. It's fun and lively, but not impressive.

Don't see it if You are put off by a campy romp, a thin plot and average singers - no standout performances here.

84
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if this show has got it! beautifully sung and passionate, mesmerizing costumes and staging. Dancing is varied and engaging.

Don't see it if you're bothered by a difficult storyline of challenged relationships and bad decisions; you dislike interpreting some dance-only scenes

Also Joshua Henry brings his all to this role and it's bursting with beauty... Read more Read less