Marcia 6059

Middlesex | 65+ | Female

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Reviews (147)
79
Slow, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if If commanding acting by a solo performer of a woman's reflections on her self discovery is of interest to you

Don't see it if If you need a strong plot and are bored by a woman alone on a stage reflecting on her life and self discovery is too boring to endure

84
Relevant, Intense, Great ensemble, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if I thoughtful presentation of the history and impact of race in the military, the racism in the world outside, tied up in a murder mystery

Don't see it if if you need elaborate staging and fast paced action.

79
Intelligent, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If the struggle for independence by an aging loved one, desire for protection and peace by children, and family tension is for you

Don't see it if If family dramas, the challenge of aging, the fragility of parent/child relations, and the illusion of memories are of no interest

79
During previews
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Slow, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

See it if thoughtful family and town in crisis drama with excellent acting. First act was slow but next two were engrossing. Slow reveal of plot.

Don't see it if you want brisk moving plot, are uninterested in death of small towns and impact on families.

79
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Ambitious, Funny, Poignant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Tomei great in capturing consuming grief of a young widow. but production played humor overly broad. Excellent set, haunting vocal music.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy period pieces, dislike Tennessee Williams stylized Southern domestic drama, want high production value

79
Resonant, Ambitious, Confusing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy family dramas involving death, dementia, care mostly for excellent acting, and don't mind leaving not quite sure what was real.

Don't see it if a haze of what is real and what is imagined annoys you and if you want a straight-forward plot.

90
Resonant, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if artful production, seamless story-telling, poignant, moving, joyful, hopeful retelling of one of many 9/11 stories with an incredible cast

Don't see it if can't think of anyone who couldn't be moved by this show

86
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Relevant, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Outstanding acting & script about male midlife, tone-deaf, chauvinist angst, with women who belatedly find their voice, spiced with humor

Don't see it if If you can't find humor or pathos in the above, expect a neat resolution of anti-heroes lives or are seeing the play with someone like that

75
During previews
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Entertaining, Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you're a fan of Bella Abzug, interested in NY and feminist political history, enjoy Yiddish humor, want to see excellent channeling of Bella

Don't see it if expect a deeper plot than an brief piece of an extraordinary woman's life and some insight into NY politics and the heavy hand of the NYT

80
During previews
Slow, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Masterful acting and thought provoking content, slow in the same way Stoppard is slow as there is dense dialogue and slow reveal.

Don't see it if if you want snappy reparte or light theme or need plot that hits you directly. don't see if you're sleep deprived

79
Little Gem
Chelsea
Resonant, Poignant, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you love well done family drama, Irish theater, intergenerational stories, resonate with the love/loss/rebirth theme

Don't see it if you can't take long monologues, want a comedy, find family sagas inherently boring, aren't interested in the struggles of women

88
Mojada
East Village
Riveting, Relevant, Intense, Great writing, Great singing

See it if wonderful reimagining of Medea myth in the immigrant experience with good plot twists and excellent acting, especially by two lead women

Don't see it if if truncated plots, minimal production values, intense plot of the traumatic immigrant experience are not of interest

90
Working: A Musical
Midtown W
Moving, Relevant, Great adaptation, Great singing, Great acting

See it if Encore outdid itself. Great cast & directing, wonderful music, great updating, moving message on the value of all jobs & people who do them

Don't see it if If you want full blown staging, believe that only elite jobs/education and the people who hold them have value, want one linear plot

60
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Pleasant but not great evening, Good singing, Good acting, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if if you want a adequate but not great remake of the movie and can take a fairly inane use of Romeo and Juliet, with good but not great show

Don't see it if you really liked the film and done want to be disappointed by the remake into a musical. New story line is disappointing.

75
Miracle in Rwanda
Midtown W
Resonant, Slow, Relevant, Intense, Great acting

See it if the Rwandan genocide is of concern, you enjoy one person shows depicting the impact of a tragedy on a particular person, like hopeful ending

Don't see it if staging with too many overly lengthy transitions to designate time elapse, and underwritten story of a horrific period are dissuade you

85
Great staging, Great dancing, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if Great cast, especially Kelly O'Hara, wonderful Cole Porter music, if you love first rate musicals, First act dips by, second is slower

Don't see it if you hate musicals, don't like some slapstick, are a stickler for Shakespeare with no variations

85
White Noise
East Village
Riveting, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if our continuing struggle with race, racism, and the impact on relationships and society broadly with wrenching dialogue are of interest

Don't see it if you want light subjects, need entertainment, and can't sit through 3 hours of intense drama.

71
During previews
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Musings on the short comings in our constitution/political process are relevant, the excellent 70% is not too diluted by weaker last third

Don't see it if you hate politics, feel the Founding Fathers were infallible, want the arc of a clear linear plot.

Also the bulk of the show is excellent, Molly Ivins-esque, mix between Heid... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Riveting, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if if you love Shakespeare and want to see masterful acting given a current relevance with a wonderfully diverse cast.

Don't see it if if you're not capable of sitting for 2 hrs without break (first half), are either bored by Shakespeare or have to have it done traditionally

80
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Absorbing, Riveting, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if intense monologues by excellent actors dealing with difficult issues (death/life/family)..some difficult transitions in time in The Life

Don't see it if You need multiple actors and linear plots with full staging or want light, humorous plots

75
State of the Union
East Village
Resonant, Clever staging, Relevant, Some excellent acting, Absorbing

See it if If you like Mr Smith Goes to Washington and The Candidate, hate current politics, want well done story of the 40's with relevance today

Don't see it if if politics bores you, if you need elaborate staging, won't travel to the lower East Side, offended that servant roles are so servile.

80
Boesman and Lena
Midtown W
Intense, Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if if you like Waiting for Godot, want excellent acting, and care about the impact of apartheid on non-white South Africans

Don't see it if if slow-paced but intense drama is not for you; if you need linear plots and happy endings.

78
During previews
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Talented cast, Interesting reimagination

See it if if you love Sondheim music, love musicals, want something that isn't a deep plot

Don't see it if if Sondheim music doesn't leave you humming the music, want something deeper than a story of what becomes of friends from struggling days

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Searing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if if the state of race relations anfd the justice system in America are of interest,excellent acting, thoughtful dialogue, intense drama

Don't see it if if you don't think there are racial problems in this country or are looking for light drama with happy endings

75
Apologia
Midtown W
Cliched, Some good acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like family drama, the challenges of work/life balance, have high tolerance for obsessive, self-absorbed characters.

Don't see it if Rather stereotyped, stylized and self-absorbed characters are annoying to you.

80
Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Romantic, Dated, Entertaining, Great singing, Charming

See it if if you love Jerry Herman music, are interested in early Hollywood, enjoy talented singing/dancing, love Encore orchestra

Don't see it if if you don't enjoy minimalist staging, old musicals, can't enjoy charming romp

90
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Relevant, Moving, Inventive staging, Great music, Amazing choreography

See it if Inventive use of video increased impact but tiny rear sets for Doc's shop and dressmaking were somewhat disconcerting. Overall excellent.

Don't see it if if you are a traditionalist and don't want any liberties taken in staging Bernstein and Sondheim's classic musical.

Also the choreography was amazing and the cast was excellent and more reali... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Resonant, Great acting, Dated

See it if Excellent acting but set in a time of painful race relations and homophobia without resolution. Relevant pathos on economic dislocation.

Don't see it if If you don't like family dramas, can't get beyond offensive period of racism and homophobia, want satisfying happy endings.

90
Thought-provoking, Profound, Great staging, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you want to be challenged to think, see timeless challenges to our society expressed through multiple eyes, told with care and insight,

Don't see it if you're looking for a linear plot, happy endings, high production and light entertainment,

80
During previews
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you like great writing that weaves and interweaves characters with fluidity to underscore both the random and ordained flow of life

Don't see it if you like simple linear plots and want characters to remain consistent throughout.

86
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Great music, Relevant, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you love Sara Bareilles music, want a emerging feminist rom-com with a great cast, don't mind predictable plot, and like happy endings

Don't see it if you want deep meaning or serious drama in a show, can't stand to see women marginalized and in abusive relationships,

80
Relevant, Edgy, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if ensemble performance about empowerment of black women, woven stories, with music and dance in which each story supports the whole

Don't see it if you want linear plot, lilting music, light theme or are too tired to follow the intricate design of the stories.

78
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Talented cast, Fast-paced, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you are a fan of Monty Python style humor, aren't offended to have a mash up of Macbeth and slap-stick comedy, want a fun evening + music

Don't see it if don't like dizzying action with vague moral overtones and broadly played humorous play on Macbeth and the coming of McDonald's + music

80
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Resonant, Relevant, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you lived through the 60's, care about politics and the inner machinations of significant change and policy, if you're a history buff

Don't see it if if you need gripping plot, have no interest in or conversely need deep dive into major changes of the 60's & the people who shaped them

80
Make Believe
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like family dramas about seriously injured childhood and what becomes of them as adults, enjoy talented acting and suspenseful plot

Don't see it if you want light, breezy plot, don't want to be confronted by dark family history or dysfunctional families at all.

83
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like historical plays, care about the struggle of women in atypical jobs, the struggle of African Americans in sports and more broadly

Don't see it if you want high production value, light comedy, hate baseball, have no interest in women's struggle to break job barriers or race relations

85
During previews
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if the combination of religion, race, homophobia, sexism, culture, family, ambition told in vivid, gripping way with excellent acting moves you

Don't see it if you want light entertainment, elaborate staging, happy endings

79
Ink
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if the role of the press in our society is of interest, it you have interest in what makes Murdoch tick, enjoy politics

Don't see it if can't overcome antipathy to Murdoch long enough to take a drama that humanizes him while exploring the start of his empire & political power

91
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Funny, Great acting

See it if Great chemistry between the two actors. Great dialogue with believable pathos about the difficult beginnings of relationships. Both superb.

Don't see it if you want to hear Audra McDonald sing; can't take nudity on stage; hate plays that don't have fast moving plots and are about relationships

75
Ain't No Mo'
East Village
Provocative, Dizzying, Resonant, Excellent cast, Clever

See it if you like broadly drawn characters, provocative and honest discussion of race in US heavily laden with satire, enjoy audience participation

Don't see it if you prefer more straightforward theater focusing on race, see White Noise.

80
During previews
Burn This
Midtown W
Some great dialogue, Quirky, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you liked Friends and Moonlight, want great cast, somewhat dark romantic comedies about disfunctional relationships, sometimes iffy plot

Don't see it if you don't like romantic comedies, are annoyed by hapless characters, and want a tight plot with a well drawn conclusion.

81
Great staging, Resonant, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if If you're a fan of Fiddler and can handle side-titles which divert attention to the wonderful cast, it's great to experience it in Yiddish

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, are visually impaired and can't read translations on the side of the stage, are annoyed not to focus on the cast

76
I Married an Angel
Midtown W
Charming, Fluffy, Great singing, Dated, Delightful

See it if if you love old musicals despite dated theme, want charmingly light entertainment, or just want a fun night out

Don't see it if if seeing chauvinistic themes/lyrics overpowers lovely singing and dancing or if you want serious plots/themes

81
During previews
Vilna
Midtown W
Relevant, Resonant, Riveting, Intense, Absorbing

See it if If the holocaust told in brutal frankness including the moral dilemmas of Jews caught in it is of interest...with lessons for today.

Don't see it if if you want light entertainment or are planning dinner afterward. It's brutality is gut-wrenching.

Also It could use further editing. The continual set changing stalls the mo... Read more Read less

70
Call Me Madam
Midtown W
Slow, Entertaining, Dated, Memorable music

See it if If you're a fan of old musicals, accept the Encore style of production (great orchestra, low production values, short run, shorter rehearsal

Don't see it if if you are expecting My Fair Lady or super relevant political commentary, don't like slapstick, want elaborate production.

76
Resonant, Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Family drama and dynamics makes for good theater and you don't need to have characters with who you identify

Don't see it if you need fast paced plot and want to root for the characters

88
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if Wonderfully written/acted, broad humor and chronicle of black actors demeaning and determined struggle in Hollywood

Don't see it if a savage portrayal of racism, sexism in early Hollywood that still rings true isn't your cup of tea.

80
Noura
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if if you care about the country's immigration policies,the challenges of dual identities, family dynamics, want great script

Don't see it if if want resolved plots, don't care about the lives of refugees, don't like family drama, or want a light drama.

85
Downstairs
West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if Family drama's appealing, you can stomach spousal abuse, are intrigued by talented siblings acting together.

Don't see it if An hour of emotional brutality before the woman reaches a breaking point is too much to endure

75
Days of Rage
Midtown W
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Dark humor, Good ensemble

See it if you want to relive the 60's from current political perspective, enjoy youthful passion, still want to change the world

Don't see it if you appreciate moral ambiguity, have little patience for political dogma and dialectic debate, find young passion indulgent