Maria 24

New York City
About:  I hunt down promising musicals Off Broadway, always hoping to find the next Fun Home or Hamilton. Occasionally I’ll see a drama that challenges me. But I love to laugh and be uplifted most of all.
Reviews (250)
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. You have difficulty accepting when shows mix fact and fiction.

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

86
Moving, Great acting, Deliberate

See it if You want to see two amazing actors tackle a very untraditional love story.

Don't see it if You dislike two-person plays.

80
During previews
In the Penal Colony
East Village
Challenging, Impressionistic, Nonlinear, Nightmarish

See it if You enjoy shows that make you think, that present disturbing aspects of life.

Don't see it if You prefer shows that clearly tell a story. This one is open to interpretation.

Also I really enjoyed the singing and stepping, but now I feel guilty about... Read more Read less

78
During previews
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Inspired by a true story, Very simple set and staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You’re concerned with how gay people are persecuted and are forced into hiding.

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

Also Basically this is a play showing how organized religion can be a force... Read more Read less

77
Score was pretty undistinguished but it had its moments, Kind of far-fetched but it won me over

See it if You're in the age range roughly 13 to 18 and are looking to see a Broadway show.

Don't see it if You're older than 18 and want to see a Broadway show.

Also I took advantage of a great deal on Show Score even though I am quite ... Read more Read less

83
Working: A Musical
Midtown W
Wonderful performances, A variety of characters, seen through their job, Moving and touching, A tribute to the working man and woman

See it if You’re tired of being a member of the beaten-down middle class and want someone to sing your praises for a change.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a fully staged show. This one, per the usual Encores approach, is staged very simply.

Also I came for the two new songs by Lin-Manuel and stayed to enjoy everyth... Read more Read less

88
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You don’t want to miss seeing Laurie Metcalf in anything. John Lithgow is also excellent. A nice pairing of talent.

Don't see it if You have had it with politics up to here.

83
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Drags in spots, Funny, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if You like to laugh and at the same time look for a deeper meaning.

Don't see it if You hate the fourth wall being broken because this happens...a lot. You find it tiresome for characters to sit around and complain.

85
During previews
Music and dancing are fun but make for a long play, Solid cast, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like classic Shakespeare but are open to a modern-day setting.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a short play; you don’t like Shakespeare.

Also What I enjoyed most about this Much Ado is that the line readings were... 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
Original Sound
West Village
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
Midtown W
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
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
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
The White Devil
West Village
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

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.

80
During previews
Two's a Crowd
Midtown E
Funny, Catchy songs, The theatrical equivalent of a chick flick, Enjoyable

See it if You want to laugh.

Don't see it if You don’t like Vegas.

Also This very enjoyable four-person musical comedy was written by Rita Rud... Read more Read less

79
During previews
I Spy a Spy
Midtown W
Stock characters, Needs to be trimmed, Funny, Multitalented cast

See it if You want to see a very talented cast in a tuneful musical comedy.

Don't see it if You don’t like actors doing accents.

Also My friend and I caught the first preview tonight and really enjoyed th... Read more Read less

85
Thought-provoking, Well acted, A fun look into the filming of a commercial, Funny

See it if You like plays based on real events. You like comedies that have something to say about power and its misuse.

Don't see it if You don’t like intimate venues.

Also I enjoyed this play because it gives an inside look at the downside of... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Intelligent, Funny, Lively, Great acting, Raunchy

See it if You’re open minded about your Chekov and enjoy fresh interpretations.

Don't see it if You’re a purist.

Also Wonderful comedic performances from a cast of pros, some gender-bendin... Read more Read less

76
Fairview
Brooklyn
Great acting but a bit over the top, Very very loud, Confusing, Inventive

See it if You don't mind being made uncomfortable in the theater. This is not an easy ride.

Don't see it if You dislike audience participation based on your race.

80
It’s just as disgusting as you’ve heard, Like nothing else you’ve ever seen on a stage, Imaginative, Far out

See it if You have an open mind about theater and don’t mind being shocked. You have a strong stomach.

Don't see it if You don’t like gross-out humor.

Also I am very glad I saw this unique vision from the mind of Taylor Mac, a... Read more Read less

90
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Resonant, Cranston is amazing if a bit over the top, Not subtle, Relevant

See it if You want to witness a tour de force by one of our generation’s finest actors.

Don't see it if You dislike director Ivo von Hove. I’m not always a fan but I liked his take here.

Also Paddy Chayefsky wrote a prescient tale about the media business and ho... Read more Read less

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
Little Women
West Village
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 Little Women. It can't beat her delightful Sense ... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Octet
Midtown W
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
All My Sons
Midtown W
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
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
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
Marys Seacole
Upper W Side
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