Madison JS

New York City

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Reviews (28)
90
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you want to see the story of two deeply interesting women navigating life and science; one you may not have heard of. You'll learn & laugh.

Don't see it if you need an intermission, or you mind plays with only one set, or two-woman shows. And then, see it anyway, probably.

83
Lady Capulet
Upper W Side
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want a new take on an old story featuring characters you already love, going deep and exploring human complexities. Also a bit of humor!

Don't see it if you’re bored by tandem stories (it is at times predictable by virtue of its nature), bare-bones sets, or have trouble hearing.

71
Dated, Raunchy, Quirky, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you like raunchy comedy & interesting true stories. Seems to be for older generations- DEF not PC. The stand-up comedy is amazing, though.

Don't see it if you're easily offended by sexism or uncomfortable with dirty talk or don't enjoy one-man shows (the actress employed is nearly superfluous.)

35
During previews
Fringe Deaths
Midtown W
Cliched, Quirky, Great acting, Banal, Entertaining

See it if you like grim tales that end in death, or if you like character acting.

Don't see it if Expect the whole cast to sing *well*. The writing is also EXTREMELY sexist- any female char on stage for 1 min gets sexualized, grossly.

91
During previews
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Resonant, Profound, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like amazing acting, modern topics, and a stand-out cast representing cultural sensitivity and progress. Immersive, with real dialogue.

Don't see it if ...I almost can't think of a reason. Maybe if you don't like sexism; the line about lesbians was a bit homophobic in a play about gay men.

73
During previews
Quirky, Confusing, Refreshing, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you'd like to immerse yourself in theatre as it was in HCA's time. Plotless yet operatic singing, puppetry, miming, & enchanting staging.

Don't see it if you like modern plays, you want a linear and obvious plot, or you don't know HCA's stories/background. Nothing is overtly explained.

86
Miracle in Rwanda
Midtown W
Profound, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You're ready to get uncomfortable and hear truth about a terrible genocide. You like 1-man shows acted masterfully, each character nuanced.

Don't see it if Disturbing content triggers you or you're unable to sit still for 70 miss. Lots of noisy audience members during the silences in the script.

85
Absorbing, Delightful, Great writing, Relevant, Dizzying

See it if You're truly interested in what it's like to be a writer/editor/fact-checker! This is it: the real deal! And so witty.

Don't see it if You want something fast-paced rather than fast-talking, or are expecting deep, complex character backgrounds.

91
The Mortality Machine
Lower E Side
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You're ready to immerse yourself and ACT! You can only make this a fun time if you focus on being your character-- the puzzles come 2nd.

Don't see it if You're not into participation, you cannot suspend disbelief, or you don't want to be on your feet for two hours.

93
During previews
Red State Blue State
West Village
Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You’d like to see something clever, apropos, and intelligent that had the whole crowd laughing the whole way through. Fresh & funny!

Don't see it if You’re not easily upset by critique: he really takes it out of red and blue states and POVs equally, but never very harshly or unjustly.

85
Absorbing, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Quirky

See it if you're into avant-garde theatre. It's a one-man show that takes interesting twists and leads you into the dark path loneliness can take.

Don't see it if you want something high-budget. It's a speaking piece, long, narrative, up close. Triggering for people uncomfortable with suicide.

95
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Must see

See it if You want a show that has it all: humor, heart, heartbreak, character growth, and powerhouse numbers.

Don't see it if ...see it. You should surely see it.

90
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Dizzying, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Profound

See it if you loved the book, love great acting, and can stomach relevant but rough scenes.

Don't see it if you are extremely disturbed by on-stage "torture" scenes; it gets very horrifically distressing.

80
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You like gag jokes mixed with intelligent, spot-on humor and a bit of NY charm.

Don't see it if Puppets are not your thing.

89
Rinse, Repeat
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Edgy, Great acting, Intense

See it if you like complex family dramas to do with modern day and multi-generational issues that deals kindly and honestly with disorders.

Don't see it if you are triggered easily by yelling, or by (spoiler, kind of?) eating disorders.

91
Great writing, Hilarious, Delightful, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you love Harry Potter-- it's an ode to it, extremely humorous, with talented actors, honoring the book without taking itself too Sirius-ly.

Don't see it if you don't know Harry Potter, you're not a fan of fandom-ish humor, you don't enjoy satire in song, or I don't know, you don't have a heart.

76
Quirky, Great singing, Funny, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you like Greek myth, you like virtuoso singing, and you love to see a band on-stage! Wonderful voices.

Don't see it if you need to understand it word-for-word: no speaking is done & we often found the singing hard to hear/understand. Look up myth in advance!

72
Last Man Club
West Village
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you like a tale of the down-and-out & can read between the lines for some of the non-explicit plot. You like a moody, immersive setting.

Don't see it if dust, darknes, & loud noise upset you. You typically figure out the plot twists: I found it predictable, but my friends were all surprised.

63
The Bigot
Midtown W
Edgy, Indulgent, Quirky, Relevant, Funny

See it if you're liberal and you want a feel-good show on all the touchstone issues of today that puts people in conversation, often in good-humor.

Don't see it if you're conservative (or maybe do!), you get hung up on a predictable plot & writing that doesn't sound the way people actually speak.

91
During previews
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Midtown W
Resonant, Edgy, Funny, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you want to be surprised! You are interested in the human condition, relationships, modernity, & humor. Emotional, relatable performances.

Don't see it if you're allergic to foods, especially airborn. I sat 1st row with bad food allergies and had a bit of a reaction. It made me really nervous.

75
Steel Magnolias
Brooklyn
Intelligent, Intense, Profound, Resonant, Delightful

See it if You want to see older actors really strutting their stuff! I was so impressed by the range of the cast,& a few of the actors were FLAWLESS!

Don't see it if You're expecting something ultra-professional. There's only one set, the set changes are very slow/obvious, & some of the acting is weak.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Must see

See it if You want a show full of flawed but oh-so-human and compelling characters charting the difficulties of real life: 0% watered down.

Don't see it if Only don't see it if you're triggered by (spoiler) self-harm-related material, or cannot watch blinking screens.

85
Medicine the Musical
Soho/Tribeca
Funny, Quirky

See it if You want to see something new & vibrant & unusual that deals with serious topics in mental health & race relations but has dancing corpses.

Don't see it if You want a linear plot line or storylines that really finish for each individual character. Or if you’re triggered by content like suicide.

70
Funny, Fluffy, Epic, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you want classic Broadway with a few powerhouse voices and some great dancing, costumes, and sets. Cute numbers.

Don't see it if you're invested in plot (there isn't much of one) or characters (not explored deeply), or if you expect Bette not to be very hoarse/tired.

78
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky

See it if You want a good time. Not a very deep musical, but witty and well-acted.

Don't see it if You have strong opinions about religion.

51
Dated, Great singing, Slow, Romantic, Overrated

See it if You're having a date night, or want to see the famous song preformed live.

Don't see it if You already know the story or don't enjoy slow musicals. The story doesn't carry it, the vocals however just might.

52
Ambitious, Great staging, Overrated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You intend to go for the beautiful costumes, colourful sets, and outstanding dancing. Or, if you have a child who really wants to see it.

Don't see it if You're expecting powerful voices. The additional songs are weak and slow the pacing down.

85
Funny, Great singing, Quirky, Raunchy, Relevant

See it if You're interested in LGBTQ or just open to a good time!

Don't see it if You're close-minded or mind fake British accents.