Macrae McD

New York City | 25-34 | Female
About:  NYC-dwelling, theater-lover who can't resist an amazing story and incredible music!
Reviews (84)
69
Great singing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you love the music of Jim Steinman, want to hear killer vocalists absolutely slay (Lena Hall!), and are ready for a wild hot mess of a ride.

Don't see it if you are looking for a great book. I literally had to pull up a plot summary on Wikipedia after because nothing made sense.

76
Enjoyable, Well done

See it if you are a fan of Jersey Boys, West Side Story, Memphis, and Hairspray. It's basically a combination of all of them.

Don't see it if you are sensitive to stories that include themes on neighborhood corruption, organized crime, and/or race related tensions.

74
Bandstand
Midtown W
Great singing, Beautiful staging

See it if you enjoy powerful lead vocals, great dancing, swing music, and an incredibly talented ensemble.

Don't see it if you are looking for a pure "feel good" show. War related PTSD, trauma, and loss are prominently featured.

73
For a previous production
Funny, Clever, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if you love British humor, slapstick comedy, and unfortunate/hilarious mishaps.

Don't see it if you want something story driven or full of deep meaning.

71
Charming, Fun

See it if you want something whimsical and fun, love Christian Borle (who doesnt?!), and/or love the movie/books. Charming, magical effects.

Don't see it if you dislike adults playing children and/or audiences full of children.

50
Dated

See it if you are obsessed with the music and/or love Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Don't see it if you can help it. There is so much better theater out there.

83
Clever, Dizzying, Well done, Surprising

See it if you enjoy the concept of the film, an incredible (and exhausting) performance by Andy Karl, and hum-able music (Tim Minchin is a dream).

Don't see it if you hate repetition or a story that centers around a flawed, at times unlikable, lead.

69
Engaging, Fine

See it if you have a love of South Africa. This work is compelling and touching. If you have ever spent time there, this will surely resonate.

Don't see it if you are bothered by mediocre South African accents. Andile's Xhosa is pretty good, but Amelia's accent was hard to get over.

87
During previews
Indecent
Midtown W
Absorbing, Profound, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you enjoy masterfully performed plays and interesting look at real life historical events.

Don't see it if you want something bright and cheery.

89
Mesmerizing, Magical, Absorbing

See it if you love Disney, elaborate productions with incredible company vocals, a flawless score, puppetry, and/or jaw-dropping choreography.

Don't see it if you dislike musicals or Hamlet.

69
Cats
Midtown W
Surprisingly delightful, Dated

See it if you love Andrew Lloyd Webber, large company vocals, elaborate choreography, and/or cats.

Don't see it if you want a substantive story, interesting character development, or life-changing, complex musicality.

65
During previews
Flat, Overly ambitious

See it if you enjoy quirky-dark theater. It is also fun that you get to mingle on the set prior to the show--and who doesn't love free marshmallows?

Don't see it if you want something fully-baked. It seemed like it wasn't fully flushed out. The whole production just didn't seem to land very well.

71
Charming, Classic, Fluffy

See it if you love the music of Irving Berlin, old-school vocals, and delightful dancing.

Don't see it if you want something edgy, gritty, or ground-breaking. This is darling, but nothing earth-shattering.

79
During previews
Hilarious, Ridiculous, Must see

See it if you like John Mulaney & Nick Kroll. If you like stand up, sketch comedy, & ridiculous humor. If you enjoy NYC focused comedy.

Don't see it if you want something reverent, family friendly, PC, or complex. Seriously though, this show is hysterical.

67
Clever, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you love to see great actors forced to work outside of their comfort zones. If you are interested in unique off-Broadway works.

Don't see it if you want to know exactly what you're going to see. If you want something with singular tone--this will toss you back and forth.

93
Riveting, Original, Thought-provoking, Brilliant

See it if you want to see an absolutely genius show. Folk opera. Greek mythology. This show is a complete masterpiece.

Don't see it if you want traditional Broadway vocal styling and elaborate sets and staging. This is an interactive engaging experience. See it!

96
Riveting, Resonant, Must see, Masterful

See it if you like powerhouse vocals, flawless performances, and revivals that surpass original productions. This production is a masterpiece!

Don't see it if you are sensitive to heavy themes including rape, abuse, and incest.

76
Bright Star
Midtown W
Sweet, Beautifully staged

See it if you love bluegrass or country. If you want a charming story and some really great vocals.

Don't see it if you dislike banjos, mandolins, and the like.

92
For a previous production
Exquisite, Touching, Must see

See it if you want to see something brilliant and inspiring. This is for anyone who has ever felt alone or invisible.

Don't see it if you are sensitive to the topic of suicide, particularly teen suicide.

80
Genius, Masterful, Must see, Resonant

See it if you've ever felt stifled, oppressed, or "totally f*cked*." See it if you like great music, a great story, and heavy themes.

Don't see it if you want something light and fluffy. This is not that.

69
Dames at Sea
Midtown W
Quirky, Fluffy

See it if you love tap dancing and/or Lesli Margherita.

Don't see it if you don't like tap dancing. There is a LOT of it.

85
Once (Broadway)
Midtown W
Exquisite, Profound, Refreshing

See it if you love great music, talented musicians, and an original score. If you've seen the movie, you'll love the show.

Don't see it if you want something with a lot of action or excitement. It is a steady story that builds appropriately, but it's not fast-paced.

76
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you love zany over-the-top theater. The dancing is great. The costumes are flashy. The whole thing is just a ball.

Don't see it if you don't like a good tap number.

58
It's Only a Play
Midtown W
Great cast, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you love a great cast, over the top characters, and/or work in the theater industry.

Don't see it if you dislike theater set in the world of theater.

57
Sylvia
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you like Matthew Broderick, dogs, and tales of life in NYC.

Don't see it if you dislike seeing humans pretend to be animals.

87
Quirky, Great singing, Hilarious

See it if you are a fan of great singing, insanely amazing sets, and clever as h*ll music. Also, the women in this show absolutely slay!

Don't see it if you're expecting an exact copy of the movie. It's a ridiculously delicious homage though & if you loved that, you'll love this.

70
Entertaining, Ridiculously goofy

See it if you love Harry Potter, ridiculously over the top parodies, and quirky off-Broadway gems.

Don't see it if you hate Harry Potter or want something profound or life changing.

72
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Pretty, Lovely sets, Pleasant

See it if you love history/historical fiction, beautiful sets, lovely vocals, and/or the animated film by the same name.

Don't see it if you are expecting the cartoon. Much of the music is the same, but the story takes a far more political tone. It gives the story new life.

89
Powerful, Touching, Great music

See it if you love fantastic vocals, beautiful scores, innovative minimalist staging, and a powerful story.

Don't see it if you want something fictitious or fanciful. It tells a touching, true story of events following 9/11.

72
During previews
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Great singing, Enchanting

See it if you love musical theater history, classic Broadway, and incredible singing. You also get some Tony Yazbeck tap dancing and that's the dream!

Don't see it if you want a dramatic, super flashy story. I also wouldn't recommend it for non-theater people. It covers a lot of shows with little context.

70
During previews
Marvin's Room
Midtown W
Engaging, Slow, Quirky

See it if you enjoy straight-forward plays regarding themes of mortality, love, and family challenges. Also, the set engineering is very clever.

Don't see it if you want something fast-paced or laugh-out-loud funny. It has a dark humor to it that suits its themes--it is by no means a lighthearted.

90
Really fun, Charming, Quirky, Surprising

See it if you love the book series, the movies, rock operas, Greek mythology, and/or quirky off-Broadway shows that are beyond clever.

Don't see it if you want something intense or serious, or if stories about teens/self-discovery aren't your cup of tea. But seriously, go see it!

88
Beautiful, Intelligent

See it if you love Sondheim and want to see a masterful revival. This production is stunning. Jake and Annaleigh are completely mesmerizing.

Don't see it if dislike Sondheim. This production is all about the music and lyrics, presented flawlessly by incredible performers. Go see it if you can!

72
During previews
War Paint
Midtown W
Incredible vocals, Slow

See it if you love Patti LuPone & Christine Ebersole, if you love make-up, or if you're a 70+ year old woman.

Don't see it if you want something that is quick paced. It feels sluggish and the story falls a bit flat.

70
During previews
Amelie
Midtown W
Sweet, Pleasant, Quirky

See it if you enjoy whimsical musicals, beautiful use of color, the movie "Amelie," and/or Phillipa Soo.

Don't see it if want something earth-shattering or profound. Also, be warned that the "why"s behind character motivations will feel forced.

76
In Transit
Midtown W
Sweet, Refreshing

See it if you are a New Yorker. This show is for all of us who battle MTA daily. The vocals are refreshing and bright. The set, charming and intimate

Don't see it if you absolutely hate a capella. But even if you do, give it a chance.The cast is top-notch, and they are sure to blow you away.

80
Enthralling, Engaging, Fascinating

See it if you are interested in theater history and spectacular character acting.

Don't see it if you want something visually elaborate--or if you dislike one-man shows.

83
The Encounter
Midtown W
Dizzying, Intelligent, Unique

See it if you want to see something that is truly unique. This is a consuming piece of digitally immersive theater. Such interesting story telling.

Don't see it if you want something simple and traditional. From the headphones that accompany the production to the lighting work, it is truly overwhelming.

78
During previews
Love, Love, Love
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you love the work of Mike Bartlett (and how could you not?!). This play is insightful and funny, real and just a bit dark.

Don't see it if you want something with a slow pace, that's pure fluff. This show is wonderful!

77
Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you like interesting plays that make you laugh, think, and feel uncomfortable. This is going to leave you with questions, in a good way.

Don't see it if *spoiler alert* you avoid plays with full male nudity. It's really hilariously done, but definitely there.

70
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Tappy, Interesting

See it if you love tap dancing, interesting historical tales, and Audra McDonald.

Don't see it if you want something light and whimsical. This a surprisingly heavy musical for being so tappy. And definitely don't see it if you hate tap.

70
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Classic

See it if you love Kander and Ebb. If you love Fosse. If you love a little murder and lust on the Broadway stage.

Don't see it if you want to see a large set and dramatically staged production. It is minimal in it's set design, so that's something to keep in mind.

75
Fun, Great lead

See it if you want to see a fun, spunky show with a GREAT lead. Alex Brightman is ridiculously talented & the kids are SO good it's infuriating.

Don't see it if you hate the movie. Also, it's Andrew Lloyd Webber. Do with that what you will. The music was meh, but the experience itself was super fun.

69
Daddy Long Legs
Midtown W
Sweet, Charming, Simple, Romantic

See it if you are a hopeless romantic or someone who loves to write letters. If you are a fan of sweet, warm-hearted music that is just darling.

Don't see it if you want something deep or intense, or if repeated use of the word "daddy" creeps you out.

70
Clever, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if you like over the top theater with a lot of characters doing a lot of different things.

Don't see it if you don't like a high soprano.

51
Misery
Midtown W
It tried

See it if you have a taste for Stephen King.

Don't see it if you want to see the movie reproduced on the stage. The production is sluggish, but it tries. Not bad, but not great.

69
Allegiance
Midtown W
It tried, Original

See it if you have an interest in Japanese American history or WWII.

Don't see it if you shy away from intense themes. The first act is a little rough, but the second half it pulled it together. I think it's worth seeing.

72
Old Hats
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Escapist

See it if you love clowns, mimes, and silliness. And also, the music is fantastic. Shaina Taub is crazy talented.

Don't see it if you have a distaste for goofy, slap-stick comedy.

91
If/Then
Midtown W
Absorbing, Profound, Original, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you love pondering questions about what might have been. If you live in NYC. If you are feeling lost in life.

Don't see it if you hated "Sliding Doors."

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Jarring

See it if you love the works of Arthur Miller and like new age interpretations of his work.

Don't see it if you want something light and fun.