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 I really enjoy. But I love to laugh and be uplifted most of all.
Reviews (305)
Harrowing look at child abusers and their victims
January 8th, 2023

See it if you’re up for an absorbing but emotionally draining play. Great acting makes each character seem real.

Don't see it if you’re in the mood for something lighthearted or you don’t feel like thinking about a difficult topic.

During previews
Fine remounting of this profane and hilarious show
December 12th, 2022

See it if you would enjoy a play where everyone is ethically challenged, except for the actual criminals. They display a kind of pure honesty.

Don't see it if you're offended by the f-word and on-stage simulated sex. (It's not explicit, though.You can handle it!)

During previews
Christmas revue puts you in the holiday mood
December 4th, 2022

See it if you could use a gentle nudge getting into the holiday spirit this year.

Don't see it if your taste in Christmas songs runs to Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer. You won't hear that one here, thank goodness.

Also The set is strikingly beautiful and truly enhances the holiday spirit.... Read more Read less

During previews
The Far Country
Chinese immigrants in 1909 make desperate choices.
December 3rd, 2022

See it if You don't mind having to concentrate on a play. But your attention is rewarded.

Don't see it if You dislike stories about immigration or refuse to acknowledge prejudice faced by those trying to make a new life here.

Well-paced play illuminates the master builder
November 10th, 2022

See it if you don't want to miss Ralph Fiennes taking on this very unsympathetic character who cannot change with the times.

Don't see it if wordy plays put you off. You don't like plays that mix real characters with fictional ones.

During previews
Great idea for a play, but not fully realized.
October 30th, 2022

See it if You like plays set in the past that have parallels to today. Excellent acting makes this drama worth watching.

Don't see it if you need the playwright to connect the dots for you. This play left me feeling somewhat unsatisfied.

During previews
A father and son reach a connection of sorts.
October 29th, 2022

See it if An unusual structure won’t put you off. This play is built on alternating monologues and take place at different points in time.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays that unfold gradually.

Also This unusual play grew on me. The two actors did a great job conveying... Read more Read less

Kimberly Akimbo
Quirky and enjoyable musical with heart
October 24th, 2022

See it if You want to see a well-written musical with an unusual premise. Victoria Clark really inhabits a challenging role.

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

The perfect pairing of performer to role
October 24th, 2022

See it if You would like to see a classic musical brought to life by a gifted actress. Lea Michele is giving a performance for the ages.

Don't see it if You dislike musicals. You’re not willing to see anyone except Barbra in the role.

Also It is truly thrilling to watch Lea Michele on stage. She is giving 150... Read more Read less

During previews
Only Gold
Midtown W
Come for the dancing, stay for the music
October 9th, 2022

See it if You can't get enough of Hamilton's choreography.

Don't see it if Storytelling matters most of all to you.

Also Yes, the story isn't the most compelling, but I still found a lot to l... Read more Read less

During previews
I’m Revolting
Strong performances bring a waiting room to life
September 9th, 2022

See it if You like black comedies with a bit more drama than laughs.

Don't see it if A dismal setting won't bother you. No one looks forward to having to sit in a doctor's waiting room.

Also There has to be a reason why many plays are set in living rooms, kitch... Read more Read less

Fat Ham
East Village
A raucous, profane take on the famous tragedy that will keep you guessing
July 10th, 2022

See it if You’re open to a wild takeoff on Hamlet

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare straight up, pun intended.

Midtown W
Top-notch performances, lively direction, and fabulous sets make this 1909 play surprisingly relevant to modern audiences
June 24th, 2022

See it if A solid drama is your cup of tea, and you appreciate a well-done production

Don't see it if You're in the mood for a musical or a comedy

Also Another Mint Theater triumph! ... Read more Read less

During previews
Hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measure, with an astoundingly talented cast, this clever musical doesn't disappoint.
May 14th, 2022

See it if You're not offended by the occasional f-word and and like to laugh at stuff you're not supposed to laugh at, like bedwetting.

Don't see it if You are offended by the f-word and don't see the humor in off-color jokes.

Also Honestly, I'm astounded that some people didn't enjoy this clever musi... Read more Read less

Pay close attention to this multilayered two-hander because it can take you to unexpected places in time and space
April 28th, 2022

See it if You’re up for an intense drama with characters that reveal themselves gradually as the play unfolds.

Don't see it if You’re looking to kick back and relax.

Also I didn’t get the ending (the epilogue) at all and a friend had to expl... Read more Read less

Compelling and disturbing road trip through one woman’s childhood memories of being abused
April 28th, 2022

See it if You're up for a engrossing drama, leavened by some humor, and don't mind occasionally feeling anger at what you're witnessing.

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

Also Occasionally this is a hard show to watch, as you see other characters... Read more Read less

East Village
A meticulous looks at a pivot point in our nation's history, with unsettling parallels to today
April 3rd, 2022

See it if you're interested in a vital story that is usually given short shrift. Fantastic performances and a jaunty score are pluses.

Don't see it if you are looking for choreography, because there isn't any.

Also Suffs struck me as a mashup of Hamilton and 1776 from a woman's point ... Read more Read less

The Visitor
East Village
Tuneful score and wonderful performances make this worth seeing
November 29th, 2021

See it if you care about the plight of immigrants who are trying to make a life in this country despite the odds.

Don't see it if You are looking for Broadway razzle-dazzle, although this small musical is very well staged.

Also Yes, I read the reviews that cited this show's reliance on a “white sa... Read more Read less

The Alchemist
Midtown W
A riotous farce featuring a troop of indefatigable comic actors
November 22nd, 2021

See it if You're in the mood for a fast-moving (if a bit overlong) comedy.

Don't see it if You dislike anachronisms, accents that seemingly come and go, and costume dramas.

Also While not a funny as The Government Inspector (that's a high bar), The... Read more Read less

Excellent performances enliven charming story about strivers
November 21st, 2021

See it if You're looking for a slice-of-life, humorous look at three people finding their way in life.

Don't see it if You're expecting a full-out, elaborate production. This is a scrappy, three-person musical.

Also This is Off Broadway as it should be: a simple but clever set, a focus... Read more Read less

Just the tonic a pandemic-starved audience needs!
September 14th, 2021

See it if You’re tired of being stuck at home and feeling depressed. This show strikes all the right notes to cheer you up!

Don't see it if You have trouble with accents. Or you don’t as a rule like people messing with Shakespeare.

Also This fast-paced, over-the-top adaptation strikes just the right tone f... Read more Read less

East Village
Excellent acting propels moody story of a black lesbian in the small-town south in 1960
March 9th, 2020

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

For a previous production
Coal Country
West Village
Haunting true story of corporate greed
March 9th, 2020

See it if You loved Come From Away.

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

During previews
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Absorbing story of a family mystery, although gloriously sung, left me unmoved
March 1st, 2020

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

An amazingly inventive show that takes you through a complete range of emotions
February 24th, 2020

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

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

Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Encores does this show proud with fantastic performances, staging, and orchestra
February 23rd, 2020

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

During previews
Tumacho (2020)
East Village
Mildly amusing at best
February 21st, 2020

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

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
February 18th, 2020

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

During previews
Lively and high-spirited show with the perfect leading lady
February 16th, 2020

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

During previews
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Horror mixed with camp makes for an unsatisfying evening.
February 14th, 2020

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

During previews
Jewel of a play invokes the joys and troubles of 1930s harlem
February 8th, 2020

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

During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Novel production of the classic horror story suggests that we all have a bit of the creature within
February 3rd, 2020

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

During previews
I just keep thinking, "why?"
January 27th, 2020

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

Twenty-five years of history go by in an entertaining blur
January 18th, 2020

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.

During previews
Underneath the candy-coated outer layer, there’s more depth to this musical than you expect
January 12th, 2020

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.

The inveterate campmeister has done it again
January 12th, 2020

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

Is This A Room
How people talk and how people really behave when under extreme stress is brought to life through a simple set and fine acting
January 6th, 2020

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

During previews
Harrowing look at racism in the military set in 1944 but echoes today.
December 30th, 2019

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

During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Enjoyable dramedy veers into sitcom territory but is saved by memorable performances.
December 30th, 2019

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

Wonderful production values and a more-than-game cast banish the mothballs in this vintage farce.
December 21st, 2019

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

A lively, fun, and insightful look at barber shop culture in africa and london
December 4th, 2019

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

During previews
Charming revue is well sung and entertaining
December 2nd, 2019

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

During previews
Dramedy about failure and redemption needs better focus
December 2nd, 2019

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

The Michaels
East Village
Nelson's latest play examines living, dying, and what is left behind
November 26th, 2019

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

The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Bedlam gives the classic play some artful twists
November 26th, 2019

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

During previews
Sing Street
East Village
Dublin coming-of-age story is a delight from start to finish
November 26th, 2019

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! ❤️

During previews
Aging couple cling to the image they have of their dead son as their world closes in on them
November 18th, 2019

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.

During previews
Theater gods, please have mercy on my soul for the sin of leaving at intermission
November 17th, 2019

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

During previews
Engrossing bio-play examines the friendship between two trailblazing female scientists
November 17th, 2019

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.

During previews
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Family struggles against the pull of the past to head into an unsettling future
November 16th, 2019

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