Madalyn

New York City | 35-49 | Female
About:  Musicals are always entertaining but I love a good play.
Reviews (24)
74
Funny, Overrated, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a large ensemble including kids and animals depict a realistic family or you are interested in Irish Independence history

Don't see it if You can't watch a 3+ hour play (that could/should be shorter). You have trouble understanding Irish accents.

50
Disappointing, Banal, Funny, Corny, Cliched

See it if You get free/discounted tickets, you are from Middlesex, Monmouth, Mercer or Somerset county in NJ, you have 2.5 hours to kill with tourists

Don't see it if You can get into School of Rock.

Also Marilu Henner was delightful!

75
Cliched, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersol live. You love period clothing from the 30s - 60s - the costumes are a fashion dream.

Don't see it if You want to be wowed or want to see something innovative. Mugging to the audience makes your skin crawl.

87
Great acting, Funny, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you love great acting (esp. Jefferson Mays and Michael Aronov), staging, and learn some hidden history of the ongoing Middle East tension.

Don't see it if a 3 hour play (with a 2 hour second act) sounds like torture to you, you have no interest in the history of back channel negotiations.

85
Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy smart, funny dialogue and you don't need a big spectacle. You want to see some amazing actors do their craft for you.

Don't see it if you would be disappointed by a 90 minute play in one room.

Also You do not need to rememember A Doll's House - or ever have read/seen ... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Enchanting, Funny, Clever, Fun

See it if You: loved the movie or never saw it - It tells the whole story and keeps it engaging- you won't miss a showstopper song, love stage magic.

Don't see it if You want to be humming the songs on the way out. The word erection or very tame, choreographed dance number "sex" will scandalize you.

Also The big production number of the second act is worth the price of admi... Read more Read less

50
For a previous production
Insipid, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You love slapstick humor, your standards on what is funny are kind of low, you have 2 hours to kill and nothing better to do with your $$

Don't see it if you respect comedy and know what heightening is, you don't want to wonder what are scripted "mistakes" and what are the real lazy goofs

70
For a previous production
Ambitious, Cliched, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you are interested the overlooked contribution of minorities in the U.S., you like/love John Leguizamo, especially see it if you are Latin.

Don't see it if stereotypes really turn you off, you don't like one-man shows, you don't believe there are contributions from minorities in U.S. History.

Also I saw a very early preview. It could use a little polish but it's a wo... Read more Read less

84
Ambitious, Great acting, Funny, Raunchy, Clever

See it if You want something untraditional

Don't see it if you are easily offended

49
Cliched, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You promised someone in the cast - they did well with poor directing and bad writing. You like cliche-unnecessary-shoehorned in "romance."

Don't see it if You can't stand arguments - every scene is a rapid-fire repetitive argument, the writer jammed in 2+ hours of facts in 90 min of fighting.

81
Clever, Quirky, Funny, Delightful

See it if You enjoy classic clown. You want to hear some beautiful music and singing from Shaina Taub.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of mime/clown.

89
During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Raunchy, Clever, Refreshing

See it if You are looking for a fun 90 minute romp.

Don't see it if You are easily offended.

94
Funny, Absorbing, Masterful, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You want to see two actors embody their characters and dive into the psychology of talent and ambition

Don't see it if You don't like plays. You like showy staging and action.

Also Paul Dano is excellent. See it just for his performance.

90
Absorbing, Must see, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if you want to be moved by a story of truth that needs to be told and fighting repression and censorship. Hurry. It is not to be missed.

Don't see it if you only like splashy musicals, love bothers you.

91
Absorbing, Delightful, Funny, Enchanting

See it if You like musicals with great human stories and characters that have you humming the songs on your way out and days later.

Don't see it if You prefer big production musicals with elaborate sets and flashy dance numbers.

87
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great dancing

See it if you: want to see moving choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, love Big Band/Swing, want to be charmed/awed by live music played on stage.

Don't see it if you're looking for an in-depth exploration of PTSD and other issues faced by returning vets. You do not enjoy music from the late 40s.

Also If Bandstand doesn't win the Tony for Choreography I would be suprised... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you missed it 20 years ago, you want to see a well-staged, well produced musical with beautiful sets and a great lead perfomance

Don't see it if you hate sing-through musicals, you want a happy show, you are really hyped to see the helicopter - it's good but not a reason to be there.

91
Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a brilliantly acted, powerful story about feeling like no one sees you. You want to be moved.

Don't see it if You prefer something light and not thought provoking. You are looking for big flashy dance numbers.

79
Ambitious, Entertaining, Slow, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you are looking for something different/fun, you want to hear some amazing singing. You like opera in English.

Don't see it if you don't like shows where all the words are sung.

Also I wish this was only 90 min long. It's sort of slow? That's not the ri... Read more Read less

85
Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You love NYC or you love/hate it, you want to see a non-traditional musical, you are into creative, fun, intimate shows.

Don't see it if you want to see a big/flashy/traditional show, a curse or two will offend you. You hate beat boxing.

Also I really loved the first 2/3 of this show. I'm not sure the resolution... Read more Read less

89
Delightful, Funny, Great singing

See it if You like fun with beautiful singing, lively characters, inventive staging and heart. And if you don't mind some tears with your laughter.

Don't see it if B+ acting from the lead between A+ acting during songs would really turn you off of an otherwise entirely entertaining and wonderful show.

85
Clever, Confusing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You: won't be thrown by a self-guided tour of a wordless ballet/play happening around you; are looking for something original; know MacBeth.

Don't see it if You can't stand not seeing all of something.

100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Intelligent, Must see, Original

See it if You are looking for an inventive play. Or if you are afraid a play won't do it for you. It is as/more entertaining/absorbing as any musical.

Don't see it if I can't think of who shouldn't see this. People who hate wonderful things?

98
Original, Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy comedy

Don't see it if you prefer stuffy serious musicals