Maria 24

New York City
About:  I like to hunt down promising musicals Off Broadway, always hoping to find the next Fun Home or Hamilton. And occasionally I’ll see a drama that challenges me. But I love to laugh and be uplifted most of all.
Reviews (284)
86
Mirrors
East Village
Excellent acting propels moody story of a black lesbian in the small-town south in 1960

See it if You want to take a trip back in time with a vivid and uncompromising protagonist.

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

Also Wonderful acting and a cappella singing propel this story of Bird, a b... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Absorbing story of a family mystery, although gloriously sung, left me unmoved

See it if You're a fan of PBS's Finding Your Roots.

Don't see it if You're not in the mood for a complicated show that requires you to pay close attention and evaluate what you're seeing.

Also I'm not sure why this musical left me strangely unaffected. At the end... Read more Read less

89
Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Encores does this show proud with fantastic performances, staging, and orchestra

See it if You love classic musicals. You’re a Jerry Herman fan. (Sadly, he didn’t live to see this revival.)

Don't see it if You’re obsessed with the show’s purported book problems.

Also I think this is one of the best Encores productions I have ever seen. ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
72 Miles to Go...
Midtown W
Playwright chose to emphasize the ordinariness of a family divided by immigration issues rather than the drama

See it if You’re okay with a very low-key approach to a family’s difficulties, their day-to-day struggles to make a better life for themselves.

Don't see it if You’re looking for high drama and histrionics.

Also As I was watching I thought the plot could have been more interesting,... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Horror mixed with camp makes for an unsatisfying evening.

See it if You’ve enjoyed previous plays by Kate Hamill; you like vampire stories.

Don't see it if You’re not interested in Dracula, or, conversely, you’re a Dracula purist.

Also I found the tonal shifts a bit disconcerting. Some of the time it’s a ... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Novel production of the classic horror story suggests that we all have a bit of the creature within

See it if You like out-of-the-box theater; you are prepared to use your imagination.

Don't see it if You like realistic sets and large casts.

Also This production, stripped down to the essentials, is surprisingly movi... Read more Read less

84
Twenty-five years of history go by in an entertaining blur

See it if You’re a baby boomer who paid attention to what was happening when you were growing up.

Don't see it if You get frustrated by hearing snippets of songs.

81
The inveterate campmeister has done it again

See it if You’re a Charles Busch fan who’s ready for another atmospheric go-round.

Don't see it if You’re into realism.

Also Given a fine production by Primary Stages, The Confession of Lily Dare... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Harrowing look at racism in the military set in 1944 but echoes today.

See it if You’re on board for a disturbing story that will make you think and make you feel.

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

Also An engaging story, wonderful performances, and inspired direction all ... Read more Read less

88
Wonderful production values and a more-than-game cast banish the mothballs in this vintage farce.

See it if You like classic plays that make you laugh.

Don't see it if You have no patience for the classic elements of farce: mistaken identity, eavesdropping, and people pretending to be in love with someone.

Also London Assurance dates from 1841, and no one would mistake it for a Gu... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Charming revue is well sung and entertaining

See it if You enjoy the concept of a revue based on Maury Yeston's work. For me, it was a fun introduction to him.

Don't see it if If you want a "real" musical. This is a revue, without a story.

Also On the day my friend and I attended, one of the singers was out sick. ... Read more Read less

87
The Michaels
East Village
Nelson's latest play examines living, dying, and what is left behind

See it if You're a Richard Nelson fan; you enjoy plays that unfold gradually and don't hit you over the head.

Don't see it if You're looking for a comedy; you like a lot of action.

Also I'm a huge Richard Nelson fan. I love the way his plays take their tim... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Sing Street
East Village
Dublin coming-of-age story is a delight from start to finish

See it if you want to say, “Now THAT’S how you turn a movie into a stage musical!”

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals, you don't like pop music of the ’80s, or you don’t like stories that focus mainly on young men.

Also More guys in makeup than Kinky Boots! ❤️

69
During previews
Theater gods, please have mercy on my soul for the sin of leaving at intermission

See it if You are a committed theatergoer who doesn’t mind being challenged.

Don't see it if You’re not willing to cut the playwright some slack for indulging himself.

Also I honestly had no idea what was going on for three-fourths of Act I, a... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Family struggles against the pull of the past to head into an unsettling future

See it if A long, very bleak but well-written tragedy is what you're in the mood for. You don't mind a show that's almost three hours (first preview).

Don't see it if You're looking for something light that won't requite much brain space on your part.

Also I am a fan of Sam Hunter and enjoyed Lewiston/Clarkson last year. This... Read more Read less

87
During previews
A single actor brings to life a troubling episode in the city’s recent past

See it if You want to see a still relevant show despite the sad realization that times haven’t changed that much.

Don't see it if You don’t like one-person shows; you dislike verbatim theater.

Also This show is a tour de force by Michael Benjamin Washington. He vividl... Read more Read less

83
Poetry is often challenging, Somewhat uneven material, Great choreography

See it if You’re up for something different. The poetic language can be a challenge if you’re more used to something more literal.

Don't see it if You’re expecting a straight narrative.

Also I sat on stage and had a problem with the sound design. Some of the te... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Fascinating show but hard to suspend disbelief

See it if You love Harvey Fierstein (who doesn’t?), you like bio plays and are interested in women’s rights.

Don't see it if You don’t like one-person plays.

Also I enjoyed this play but I couldn’t help but wonder how it would be if ... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Soft Power
East Village
The whole is less than the sum of its parts

See it if You're a fan of Tesori and/or Hwang. The cultural assimilation of Asians in the U.S. interests you.

Don't see it if You're looking for a big Broadway-style show. Your tastes run to the conventional.

Also I really enjoyed each element of Soft Power. The acting, staging, dire... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Crotchety white guy complains a lot but he’s funny as hell

See it if You’re close in age to the 50-year-old main character. If you’re much younger, you may not enjoy this.

Don't see it if You’re tired of plays about middle-age white guys.

Also Whether you enjoy this play or not depends in large part on how you fe... Read more Read less

51
During previews
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Why revive this play?

See it if You love Marisa Tomei and want to see everything she does. You’re a Tennessee Williams completist.

Don't see it if Fake-sounding accents bother you.

Also This is a weird production of a boring play featuring stock Italian im... Read more Read less

84
Great music, Great performances, Well-paced, High-energy

See it if You liked both Jersey Boys and Motown. This is a mashup of those two.

Don't see it if You don’t like the music of the Temptations or you don’t know who they are.

85
Make Believe
Midtown W
Devastating, Thought-provoking, Moving, Quirky, Intriguing

See it if You’re up for a unique take on a dysfunctional family drama.

Don't see it if You’re in the mood for a comedy.

78
Road Show
Midtown W
Encores orchestra sounds great as usual, Enjoyable, Very well sung

See it if You’re a diehard Sondheim fan.

Don't see it if You’ve seen it before. Once is probably enough.

Also Although this show probably won’t be any Sondheim fan’s absolute favor... Read more Read less

85
Terrific fight choreography, High energy, Inventive, Must see, Great acting

See it if You’re a serious theatergoer. This Stoppard duo is rarely performed and is worth your time.

Don't see it if You’re not in the mood to think about what you’re seeing and interpret it.

Also Be sure to read the director’s note in the program beforehand for cruc... Read more Read less

84
Coal Country
East Village
Haunting true story of corporate greed

See it if You loved Come From Away.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something light.

90
An amazingly inventive show that takes you through a complete range of emotions

See it if You’re in search of real theater.

Don't see it if Depictions of violence on stage disturb you.

57
During previews
Tumacho (2020)
East Village
Mildly amusing at best

See it if You’re a friend of someone in the cast. Or you're Ben Brantley.

Don't see it if You want to laugh.

Also After reading the NYTimes review for the previous production and other... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Lively and high-spirited show with the perfect leading lady

See it if You like classic Broadway but don’t mind when it’s updated. You’re a Meredith Willson fan.

Don't see it if You don’t like when classics are messed with.

Also This is my first experience with The Unsinkable Molly Brown, so I can’... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Jewel of a play invokes the joys and troubles of 1930s harlem

See it if You have room on your schedule for a well-written play that features actors who breathe life into their characters.

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

Also This play is such a nice surprise! I had never heard of it, and I’m gl... Read more Read less

65
During previews
I just keep thinking, "why?"

See it if You're curious about what a sex comedy of the Sixties has to say to an audience in 2020.

Don't see it if You're prudish; you dislike seeing scantily clad actors; you're sensitive to herbal cigarettes. The smoke was oppressive at times.

Also I fail to see the rationale behind this show. The writing isn't so dee... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Underneath the candy-coated outer layer, there’s more depth to this musical than you expect

See it if You want to see and hear fantastic Broadway talent in a new musical.

Don't see it if The love child of Dear Evan Hansen and Be More Chill doesn’t sound appealing to you.

88
Is This A Room
Gramercy
How people talk and how people really behave when under extreme stress is brought to life through a simple set and fine acting

See it if You’re okay with a tense storyline that keeps ramping up in a subtle way as the main character sinks deeper and deeper.

Don't see it if You need bells and whistles to hold your attention. This play has a bare set and is directed very straightforwardly.

Also While watching, I kept saying to myself, Why aren’t they reading her h... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Enjoyable dramedy veers into sitcom territory but is saved by memorable performances.

See it if You think that elderly people saying the F word is funny. Actually, I happen to think that it is.

Don't see it if You want something deeper than a sitcom.

Also I really enjoyed Beth Wohl’s previous look at a dysfunctional family, ... Read more Read less

83
A lively, fun, and insightful look at barber shop culture in africa and london

See it if A slice-of-life look at father/son relationships, politics, and sorrow grabs you. And why the heck not?

Don't see it if You are not interested in human nature and how we get by, around the world.

Also A friend saw this in London and raved about it. I thoroughly enjoyed t... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Dramedy about failure and redemption needs better focus

See it if you're a Guirgis fan who's up for seeing something not quite ready for prime time.

Don't see it if A show about people with severe problems is too depressing for you.

Also Act 1 was hard for me to handle, being introduced to all these trouble... Read more Read less

87
The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Bedlam gives the classic play some artful twists

See it if You like classic plays and don't mind if they're given an unconventional treatment.

Don't see it if You can't sit or pay attention for a long play (almost three hours); you've already seen enough productions of The Crucible to last you.

Also This was my first exposure to The Crucible, so I can't compare it to o... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Aging couple cling to the image they have of their dead son as their world closes in on them

See it if You like family dramas set in the past. You enjoy the pull between the old ways and the new ideas that threaten them.

Don't see it if You don’t like subtleties.

86
During previews
Engrossing bio-play examines the friendship between two trailblazing female scientists

See it if You can appreciate a well-done biography that is much more than a Wikipedia entry. You like the history of women’s rights.

Don't see it if You don’t like two-character plays.

79
During previews
Beautiful singing and acting carry something you won’t see every day, a two-person musical.

See it if You like shows with social justice themes.

Don't see it if You’re okay with a two-person musical, especially one in which each performer is alone (well, with one brief exception) for an entire act.

Also Justin Cunningham (as Benny) and Daniel Fulton (Ruby) give amazing voc... Read more Read less

89
An insanely talented and versatile cast of five bring the hilarity

See it if You’re up on your Broadway and want to laugh.

Don't see it if You haven’t set foot in a theater in years.

Also My friend hesitated to see this edition of FB because she hadn’t seen ... Read more Read less

81
During previews
It’s not about the nose

See it if You’re a fan of Peter Dinklage. He’s terrific here.

Don't see it if You hate adaptations of classics.

Also Many wonderful elements make this show worth seeing, even if they don’... Read more Read less

90
During previews
A musical genius leads an avant-garde marching band through a propulsive concert

See it if You’re a David Byrne fan. But even if you’ve never heard of David Byrne or Talking Heads, there much to enjoy here.

Don't see it if You’re expecting a show with a narrative and dialog.

Also I loved this impossible-to-categorize show of new and old music from T... Read more Read less

87
During previews
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
A concept album struggling to be a musical

See it if If you want to see world-class talent singing the heck out of a wonderful score.

Don't see it if You don’t like shows that are sung-through; you’re not prepared to be devastated.

Also I loved the performances and the choreography and the music. The story... Read more Read less

51
During previews
Sunday
Chelsea
Lots of navel-gazing but no real insight

See it if You’re a fan of the playwright and simply must see everything he’s written.

Don't see it if You like plays with real, fleshed-out characters that have a story to tell.

Also This play is a case study in missed opportunities and features the wor... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Lots of fun with some terrifically gruesome touches

See it if You don’t mind when The Bard is reimagined.

Don't see it if You are a purist and like your Shakespeare straight up.

Also It’s times like this when I am in complete awe of the talent we have h... Read more Read less

72
During previews
runboyrun & IN OLD AGE
East Village
Each play could use some cuts, Great performances, A bit too mystical for my taste, Confusing

See it if You’re a fan of the playwright and want to see the whole cycle. You’re up on the history of Africa in the 20th century.

Don't see it if You’re easily confused by leaps in time.

Also I loved the two previous plays in the Ufot cycle, which will eventuall... Read more Read less

52
The Exes
Midtown W
Like being stuck at a party with a bunch of people you can’t stand

See it if You’re not too fussy about what you’re seeing.

Don't see it if You expect comedies to actually be funny.

67
During previews
Plot has parallels to today but that’s not enough to justify a revival, It’s hard to root for the title character, Very talky, First act didn’t hold my interest

See it if You don’t want to miss a rarely performed Shakespeare play. You love politics.

Don't see it if You’re willing to accept other people’s opinion about why Coriolanus is rarely performed.

86
During previews
Broadway Bounty Hunter
West Village
Super fun!, Don't look for logic, Fast-paced escapism, Great performances from all, Clever insider theater jokes

See it if You're in the mood for a comedy that you don't need to think about too much. In fact, thinking in depth about the plot is NOT recommended!

Don't see it if You don't have a silly sense of humor.