Marcia 6313

New York City

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Reviews (14)
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Great music, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You love one of the best American musicals that was revolutionary at its inception. Fabulous music, lyrics & dance. Modern Romeo & Juliet.

Don't see it if Ivan Van Hove's reinterpretation tries too hard to be contemporary, undermining its timelessness. Moreover, multiracial gangs are unrealic.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to learn something from your theater experiences. You enjoy well-written and well-staged plays that are also entertaining.

Don't see it if You want pure fluff and "big" shows. The cast has only 3 performers, but most of the script is a monologue.

During previews
Upper W Side
Clever, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You like good writing about financial shenanigans (circa 1985), with villeins you love to hate. Excellent acting and staging.

Don't see it if You want original subject-matter. The cost of a culture that worships money as been done better in theater and film. Akhtar has done better.

Funny, Fluffy, Silly fun

See it if You want a short but total break from the gloomy reality of today's news. Can suspend disbelief and "go with the flow." Are non-judgmental.

Don't see it if You want Broadway-polished choreography and music. Have no patience for silliness in the cause of fun.

Midtown W
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Relevant

See it if You care about the lives of those who have been economically displaced. You like good writing and acting.

Don't see it if You want a break from the political-economic themes and strife of 2016-2017.

Clever, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if The music was not especially good. And, given the plot, much of it was played over and over again. Very clever staging and use of scale.

Don't see it if You want to leave the theater humming the tunes.

Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if You like comedia dell'arte and farces, with witty -- sometimes topical -- dialog, some singing and rousing dancing. You enjoy the absurd.

Don't see it if You don't like broad humor. Or are impatient with plays that run a little longer than the material warrants.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if If you like history plays that comment on current events by analogy. If you lived through the culture wars and protests of the 1960s.

Don't see it if If you want a big production rather than an intimate experience. If you're sensitive to potential overacting or cults of personality.

Tiny Beautiful Things
East Village
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You can enjoy a small, compact play about human beings, their problems, emotions, and growth. An unpretentious jewel.

Don't see it if You want flash and flare with your drama, and mundane peoples' lives won't satisfy satisfy your theater craving.

Must see, Resonant, Foot-stomping, tuneful music

See it if You enjoy a range of emotions, from the grief of reliving 9/11/2001 to the uplift of the Newfoundlanders' generosity to the "plane people."

Don't see it if You demand deep thoughts and messages, rather than emotions, from your theater experiences.

The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Clever, Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You want excellent acting and innovative staging.

Don't see it if "European expressionist" -- which seems to put symbolism over people -- is not for you. This is NOT the O'Neill of "Long Day's Journey..."

Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if You want a thought-provoking and intimate view of important historical events and people. You find drama in human interaction.

Don't see it if You need "action" in your entertainment or are not interested to peak behind the curtain of history.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Edgy

See it if You like to think & FEEL in your theater experiences. Mixes humor and tragedy in a plot that has more to do with family than race relations.

Don't see it if If you want light fluff. This is an exciting production of a play that's earned its status as a classic.

Clever, Disappointing, Absorbing, Edgy, Overrated

See it if You want to be "with it."

Don't see it if You aren't into overblown, noisy, non-melodic production numbers.

Also I'm glad I saw it at a discount price. It was mildly enjoyable, but I'... Read more Read less