Maria 24

New York City
About:  I'm a native New Yorker but got serious about theater only seven years ago. So I'm making up for lost time and really enjoying myself!
Reviews (219)
70
During previews
Score is just so-so, Very simple staging, Sound design needs work, Terrific performances

See it if You're a fan of the book and want to see how it plays as a musical; if you're a fan of LaChanze. She does great work here.

Don't see it if You're not up for an edgy musical showing unpleasant things; if you don't like depictions of violence onstage.

Also Many things make a play or musical satisfying, but one thing is the jo... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Entertaining, Dragged a little in act 2, Great acting

See it if You're a fan of Kate Hamill's adaptations. This one is not my favorite of hers but it's well done.

Don't see it if You're looking for a laugh-out-loud comedy; you dislike costume dramas.

Also I did enjoy Hamill's Pride and Prejudice. It can't beat her delightful... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Highly original, What the heck is this piece about, Trippy, Gorgeous music, Something different

See it if You're open to a show that really has no precedent in form or execution. You enjoy a cappella singing.

Don't see it if You prefer not to "work" at understanding what you're seeing.

Also This is the type of piece you have to think about for a while. I enjoy... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Amazing set design, Diction needs work, I had trouble understanding some of the actors, Great acting

See it if You're interested in Irish history and all the tragedy that encompasses.

Don't see it if You're looking for a comedy.

Also True to its name, the Irish Rep is doing three Sean O'Casey plays in r... Read more Read less

84
Great opportunity to see a classic play, Required concentration, Excellent performances

See it if You enjoy Irish drama or want to become more acquainted.

Don't see it if You wish to see something funny.

Also I take every opportunity to see Maryann Plunkett in something! Here, s... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Beautiful set, The play holds up well, Great performances, Harrowing, Engrossing

See it if You like a play that makes you think. If you don't need a comedy.

Don't see it if You're in the mood for something lighthearted.

Also This is a solid play that stands the test of time with wonderful perfo... Read more Read less

66
During previews
Funny in a way that makes you uncomfortable, I didn't get the ending, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You don't mind absurdism and plays that make you uncomfortable.

Don't see it if You like an ending that makes sense.

Also "There's truth in jest," the adage says, and that's certainly the case... Read more Read less

79
Great singing, An interesting way to look at incarceration, Something different

See it if You enjoy a cappella singing accompanied by some narration. You like prison work songs.

Don't see it if You are looking for a fleshed-out play.

Also I knew before I went to the show that it was going to be three guys si... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Takes concentration, Characters are not real people, Old fashioned, Great performances

See it if You value great singing.

Don't see it if You dislike when actors play multiple roles; you want a modern play. You want a printed program.

Also You know going into something like this that it's going to creak a bit... Read more Read less

49
Disgusting, Overrated, Confusing, Edgy, Incomprehensible

See it if You're an adventurous theatergoer who likes to take risks and likes plays that take risks.

Don't see it if You prefer dramas that make sense. You hate blood.

Also This play received many positive reviews from critics and regular thea... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Great acting, Heartbreaking, Intense

See it if You like a play that unfolds slowly.

Don't see it if You are in the mood for something lighthearted.

Also This intense drama features a cast of five terrific actors who do just... Read more Read less

49
During previews
Confusing, Unintelligible, Unsympathetic characters, Disappointing

See it if You're a fan of Isabelle Huppert and don't mind that you can't understand what she's saying.

Don't see it if You prefer plays to have a linear plot and actually make a point.

Also I didn't see The Father, and maybe if I had I would have been more com... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Not particularly funny, Disappointing, Over-the-top acting style

See it if You're a Lynn Nottage fan and don't want to miss a production of hers.

Don't see it if You're expecting something on the level of Fabulation.

Also I saw Fabulation at Signature and loved it. I bought tickets right awa... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Wrenching, Thought-provoking, Beautiful set

See it if You're up for a two-hander exquisitely acted that centers on issues of black women in society. Very relevant today.

Don't see it if You want a play with a large cast.

Also The Light is a well-directed, professional production that explores a ... Read more Read less

82
Interesting, Fast paced, High-level acting, Funny

See it if Finding humor in unexpected topics is your thing, and you appreciate good acting.

Don't see it if You are looking for a large-scale, elaborate production.

Also This three-person play moves along efficiently, propelled by excellent... Read more Read less

83
Great acting, Unusual structure, Plot unfolds gradually, Language is exceedingly beautiful

See it if You're not fazed by a play that takes place in a prison cell that is basically all narration about past events.

Don't see it if You want a play with a more typical structure.

Also The acting is wonderful in this very unusual play, which is basically ... Read more Read less

78
Funny yet at the same time painful, I laughed a lot but felt kind of uncomfortable at times, Fun costuming, Amazingly talented and versatile cast

See it if You like comedy that has an edge and a point.

Don't see it if You don't like explorations of race and class in America.

Also I found this play very funny in a wry way, but it made me uncomfortabl... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Interesting, Virtuoso musicianship, I learned a lot

See it if You're interested in World War II; if you're curious about Arturo Toscanini and his fight against Fascism.

Don't see it if You don't like classical music; you don't care for 20th-century history.

Also Maestro is an interesting hybrid of a play and concert. I've never exp... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Wonderful singing, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if You like exquisite choral singing. This is a play with music, so there's not a lot of singing, but what's here is great.

Don't see it if You don't like plays with gay themes.

Also A moving coming-of-age story set in a private school for choristers pr... Read more Read less

86
Super talented cast, Very funny, Clever lyrics, Delightful

See it if You like well-crafted comedies. This one will keep you laughing from start to finish.

Don't see it if If you want something serious.

Also I wouldn't call this a groundbreaking comedy, but not everything has t... Read more Read less

90
Magnificent, Amazing singing, Absorbing, Must see, It gave me chills

See it if You want to see if this show really lives up to all the raves you've heard. It does!

Don't see it if Stories about war don't appeal to you.

Also This simply staged exploration of the Christmas truce of 1914 is sung ... Read more Read less

91
Very moving, Excellent storytelling, Characters are fleshed out, Great acting

See it if You're willing to be surprised by a play that starts off as a family drama and achieves universality.

Don't see it if You don't like good, understated drama; you don't like LGBTQ storylines.

Also I am so impressed by this show. Like many of my favorite plays and mus... Read more Read less

87
Tragic, Great acting, Accents can be hard to understand 100%, Challenging, Absorbing

See it if You love excellent drama and don't mind having to concentrate on what's happening. This is not a "sit back and relax" play.

Don't see it if You dislike tragedy and seeing up front how cruel humans can be to each other.

Also There's quite a bit of humor in this play, but the tension builds thro... Read more Read less

85
A modern classic, Relevant, Touching, Interesting characters, Moving

See it if You missed this play off Broadway. It's one gay man's coming of age story that ends up being universal.

Don't see it if You're not interested in seeing how one gay man accepts himself.

Also Michael Urie is incredible as Arnold. He's a delight to watch.

81
During previews
Great acting, Confusing, Edgy, Intense, Relevant

See it if You enjoy political farce and are willing to put in the work needed to follow this complex play.

Don't see it if You are looking for escapist fare. This play is, sadly, highly relevant today, given the political situation in the U.S.

Also The performances were wonderful. Esparza is intense, menacing and scar... Read more Read less

90
Supremely silly, A blast from the past, Terrific performances, Nostalgic, Over-the-top hilarious

See it if You have a well-developed sense of humor and don't mind a trip to the Borscht Belt.

Don't see it if You dislike Jewish humor.

Also Unlike many comedies that start out strong and peter out, Enter Laughi... Read more Read less

78
I would have liked more music, Great premise, Interesting, Great acting

See it if You're interested in pop music and want to see a behind-the-scenes viewpoint.

Don't see it if You want a comedy; you're looking for a large-scale show. This is very intimate.

Also Original Sound has a lot of positives. I thought the performances were... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Too long, I wasn't able to connect with these characters, Quite disgusting and hard to watch at times, Extraordinary scenic design

See it if You enjoy seeing characters self-destruct.

Don't see it if You don't have patience for crazy people doing crazy things.

Also After seeing True West earlier this year and now this, I've concluded ... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Ink
Shakespearean, Amazing set, Fascinating, Great acting, Fast-paced

See it if You enjoy contemporary drama with a touch of humor.

Don't see it if You're looking for a musical.

Also How low would a man go, what dastardly deeds would he accomplish, in t... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Wonderful music, Exquisite, Exciting, Great staging and direction

See it if You are looking for an intelligent show with a great score and solid performances.

Don't see it if You want a straight-out comedy; you're not in the mood to think.

Also I had seen the production at New York Theater Workshop and loved it. I... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Wonderful staging and choreography, An in-your-face show, Too much screechy singing and yelling of lines, Fun

See it if You love the movie and want to see a different take on it. You want to laugh.

Don't see it if You don't mind unmemorable music.

Also Beetlejuice does have some very strong elements. The staging, for inst... Read more Read less

82
Could stand to lose 15 minutes, Super talented cast, Amazing staging and direction, Engrossing

See it if You enjoy fantasy and are willing to go along for the ride.

Don't see it if You don't like Alice in Wonderland and adaptions of it.

Also After reading the reviews, I did not expect to enjoy this, but I was r... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Excellent cast, Not for purists, Lots of on-purpose anachronisms, I couldn't follow the plot

See it if You're struggling to understand why William Shakespeare is a household name and John Webster isn't.

Don't see it if You think power tools belong on HGTV.

Also I'm the person who's often confused by complicated plots. Given that, ... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Mainly narration, Long show but time flew, Absorbing, The best use of projections ever, Great acting

See it if You like modern history.

Don't see it if You prefer short shows.

Also There's an adage when it comes to writing: "Don't tell us something, S... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Absorbing, Some distracting plot holes, Sympathetic protagonist, Very well acted

See it if You're in the mood for an engaging drama that's very well acted and paced.

Don't see it if Plot holes bother you. You don't like worms.

Also I was bowled over by the wonderful acting from all in Perp and the cri... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Great acting, Ultimately not that satisfying for me, Many novel ideas, Absorbing

See it if You're open to novel storytelling and characters who are little more than symbols. You like bowling.

Don't see it if If you're looking for something lighthearted.

Also I liked this play, and the three-plus hours of running time didn't dra... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Loved this show, Singing is excellent all around, Great choreography, Delightful

See it if You want to see a classic musical performed wonderfully and with high production values. Loads of fun!

Don't see it if You don't want to leave the theater with a smile on your face!

80
Somewhat dated, Talky, First act drags a bit, Great set and use of whole theater

See it if You're interested in Irish history and classic theater.

Don't see it if You're looking for a comedy. If Irish accents bother you.

Also The Irish Rep did a great job providing background for this show. Befo... Read more Read less

80
During previews
The small scale works fine, Great staging, Nice set, Versatile performers

See it if You're open to a new interpretation of a Sondheim classic.

Don't see it if You like a more traditional take on your Sondheim.

69
During previews
Disappointing, All the songs sound the same, Great singing but too much of it, Some wonderful special effects and projections

See it if You are a fan of the people involved and want to see everything they do.

Don't see it if You prize originality.

Also I love Kate Baldwin and she sounds lovely here, but the material she h... Read more Read less

91
One of my favorite scores of the decade!, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if You want to see a real work of artistry.

Don't see it if You're looking for a "standard" big Broadway show.

86
During previews
Consistently funny, His survey of all 50 states is a tour de force, Entertaining

See it if You like to laugh and you don't mind laughing at yourself. You like political humor.

Don't see it if You don't like Colin Wuinn or you want something serious.

Also My friend and I had a great time, and the rest of the audience seemed ... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Great acting, Repetitive, Intense

See it if Sibling rivalry interests you and the more dysfunctional, the better.

Don't see it if You don't mind sitting through a play that could have made its point in much less running time.

83
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Hard-working ensemble

See it if You want a relatively quick and painless primer on the women's movement and why it was necessary.

Don't see it if You don't like Gloria Steinem.

87
Touching, Great acting, Unpredictable, Worthwhile experience

See it if You like dramas where there is a strong relationship between the setting and the action.

Don't see it if You don't like plays about family dysfunction.

Also I thought Clarkston was the stronger play, with characters who felt mo... Read more Read less

78
Funny, Absurdist, Great acting, Edgy, Quirky

See it if If you're interested in how political corrrectness, when carried to an extreme, is ridiculous.

Don't see it if You don't like comedy with a touch of absurdism.

87
During previews
Absorbing, Wonderful music, Great singing, Insanely talented cast, Efficient direction and staging

See it if You like musicals based on history. The Hello Girls is well-written and performed with gusto by an extremely talented cast.

Don't see it if Women's stories don't interest you; World War I doesn't interest you. Or if you don't like musical John Doyle style.

Also The Hello Girls is a real find: a lovingly crafted chamber musical tha... Read more Read less

90
Exciting, Still relevant, Wonderful performances

See it if You are a fan of A Chorus Line, or you've never seen A Chorus Line, or you haven't seen A Chorus Line in a while.

Don't see it if You don't like iconic musicals.

84
Funny from start to finish, His delivery is great, A fun night at the theater

See it if You need a laugh and a break from the news of the day.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Birbiglia.

Also I haven't laughed so hard in quite a while. His delivery is very good ... Read more Read less

71
Great performances, Kind of implausible, Unfocused

See it if You appreciate good acting and don't mind if the material doesn't quite measure up.

Don't see it if The Sixties don't interest you; social issues such as civil rights don't interest you.

Also As others have noted, the play tries to tackle too many issues, and th... Read more Read less