Maria 44

Brooklyn | 50-64 | Female
About:  Life long New Yorker and theater goer. Enjoy non-traditional theater, traditional theater, realistic drama, zaniness. Just make it honest.
Reviews (66)
85
During previews
Profound, Intelligent, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if A play w/ music about Depression era Americana.Dylan's songs interpreted in a new way.Strong cast,staging, lighting, music.Exquisite singing

Don't see it if This is not a standard, showy Broadway musical. Don't expect to hear all Dylan hits. Lots of characters each with their own woes.

Also Reminded me of Once. Some characters play instruments on stage. Some b... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Ambitious exploration of life's big questions...fine line between love & grief. How we cope or don't. Great acting, sound, lighting, visuals

Don't see it if You have to listen closely and think this through. Not for those looking for light hearted entertainment.

Also The strong, charming Javier Munoz handles difficult material with ease... Read more Read less

69
Slow, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if ...you like interpretations that stick close to the original plot., committed actors, story theater style.

Don't see it if Too long. No dramatic tension. If you want big production values this is not for you.

86
Intense, Intelligent, Edgy, Great acting, Funny

See it if Laugh out loud funny, provocative, thought provoking.

Don't see it if Deals with American racial issues. Very sexual content. The middle section was too long.

85
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Honest, raw performances from 2 great actors exploring middle-aged dating of 2 damaged people. More humor than I remembered from 2002 prod.

Don't see it if Play can be trimmed.Don't see if nudity & frank talk bother you. Even before the Me Too movement I would've been put off by his persistence.

92
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You're interested in journalism (although liberties are taken),story-telling, seeing 3 marvelous actors, thinking about fact v emotion.

Don't see it if You don't want to really listen. This is funny but serious.

Also The cast works perfectly together. This is the most restrained I've ev... Read more Read less

95
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Great writing, Great staging

See it if A near perfect play & production. Nuanced characters cover personal, familial, & political issues-The Troubles. Humor, tenderness,&action.

Don't see it if You have no interest in recent history, family dramas.

79
Trainspotting Live
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Dizzying, Edgy, Great staging

See it if Brave, committed actors immerse the audience in drug fueled chaos of '80's Edinburgh. I do mean immersed. Edgy.

Don't see it if Nudity, loud music, cursing, smeared feces, strobe lights so it's not for everyone. Some non-voluntary audience particpation involved.

76
Clever, Confusing, Great staging, Quirky, Inventive

See it if ...themes involving Home interest you. Imaginative theatre-dance hybrid; smart yet simple set, projections. Innovative. Beautiful singing

Don't see it if ..you only like traditional plays. Confusing. The gentrification theme did not become clear to me until halfway through.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Epic, Intelligent

See it if you like intelligent drama with humor, great acting, subjects that go deep. Still relevant.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with gay characters, racial commentary, or sitting for too long.

Also An entire scene from the second play could have been cut. Still I neve... Read more Read less

71
During previews
Rocktopia
Midtown W
Great singing, Indulgent, Uneven

See it if you like rock and opera often mashed up. The symphonic rock pieces e.g Bohemian Rhapsody worked really well thanks to the live orchestra.

Don't see it if you expect a Broadway show.This is a loud concert with no story.

Also Not all the singers are great but all are good in their genre. Feature... Read more Read less

100
Exquisite, Epic, Great writing, Masterful, Resonant

See it if Springsteen is a great story teller in spoken word & song. His delivery is thoughtful,relaxed, as if he hadn't said these words 100 x before

Don't see it if You expect to hear each song as recorded. You're not a Bruce fan. You want to comment-please don't.

65
During previews
Wake...Sing...
West Village
Disappointing, Slow, Mysterious, Moody

See it if you like performance art, more questions than answers, committed actors.

Don't see it if you want a story and action, to understand what the cast is saying literally & figuratively.

Also The piece started intriguingly with moody music and performers slowly ... Read more Read less

79
20th Century Blues
Midtown W
Great acting, Ambitious, Cliched, Relevant

See it if Four meaty roles for age 60+ women. Stories about friendship, aging, contemporary social issues. Strong cast.

Don't see it if .....you are bored by women's issues.

Also We learn where these women were, where they are, where they may be goi... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent, Relevant

See it if ...you support Moore & his politics. There is ranting,yes, but also great storytelling, lots of laughs, a call to arms. Almost 2 hrs fly by.

Don't see it if ...you are a die-hard Trump supporter; don't like politics or one-man shows. This is not a play.

Also The theme here, demonstrated by entertaining,personal stories, is that... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Masterful, Relevant, Absorbing, Lively

See it if you like stories about: women and their positions in society; family machinations & dynamics. Set in 1900 many elements speak to today.

Don't see it if you don't like classic,3 act dramas;you don't want to think about the power of money and abusive relationships.Want a light-hearted evening

Also The acting is not subtle but still believable. I question whether in 1... Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if ..you are interested in: trying to figure out why we make the choices we do; plays about having a parent,being a parent;comtemporary America

Don't see it if This play tries to say too many things. One of the actors is thoroughly annoying. Left not really caring about any of the characters.

95
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Epic

See it if you like: Bobby C -relish his visceral performance; expressionism; innovative staging; class struggle that is still timely; striking imagery

Don't see it if you want light hearted fare; you don't like big, bold performances and staging; you're tired of social issues.

Also The plastic seats are a little uncomfortable but there is more leg roo... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if This is a truly beautiful show with an unparalleled cast. Ravishing. Sumptuous. Can see how gorgeous the fabric in the costumes is from mezz

Don't see it if ...you want edgy or quirky and historical accuracy. Projections turn you off.

85
During previews
Sweat
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if ....you enjoy plays that cover a lot of ground: friendship, race, unemployment. Takes place in 2001 and 2008 but is relevant to today.

Don't see it if ...you want light-hearted fare.....don't like plays about working-class America.

68
Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if ....you enjoy standard marionette shows telling European folk tales. No surprises here. Dedicated puppeteers give it their all.

Don't see it if ...you prefer a modern, inventive approach to puppetry.

Also Although it has always been traditional to incorporate topical humor h... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Beardo
Brooklyn
Clever, Ambitious, Edgy, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if ...you enjoy: new, non-traditional musicals in a non-traditional space;Great Comet;seeing a new show before it moves to a Broadway run.

Don't see it if ...you prefer song-and-dance musicals; you are uncomfortable with sexual scenes.

Also Strong cast but outstanding performances by Damon Daunno, Liz Leimkuhl... Read more Read less

82
Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if ...you enjoy old school song and dance musicals with a hint of modern sensibility. Berlin! Great cast.

Don't see it if ...you like edgy, contemporary theater.

100
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Must see

See it if ...you like shows about: family , in-the-news teen issues that speak to us all with a soft rock score and great use of projections.

Don't see it if ...you don't like rock musicals, you want your musicals epic.

Also Loved that the parents' concerns were given air time and that the show... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Delightful

See it if Well directed & well choreographed, ATOTTC touches on social issues in the 1950's & 60's. Terrific performances in musical comedy vein.

Don't see it if ..you want hard hitting commentary & naturalistic performances.

84
During previews
Relevant, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if K Marshall-great direction & choreo. B Malone &cast bring Broadway chops to off-Bway. Introduces us to a boundless woman ahead of her time.

Don't see it if you don't like traditional musicals with updated book. You want razzle-dazzle. You have a short attention-span. Middle of second act drags.

Also Although the real Margaret Brown was an activist and philanthropist th... Read more Read less

95
Timon of Athens
Brooklyn
Riveting, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Excellent staging of one of Shakespeare's lesser done plays. Kathryn Hunter proves again she is a great actor of her generation.Great energy

Don't see it if ..If you don't like Shakespeare. You must listen carefully although this production is pretty clear.

Also Terrific performances and live music.

78
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Edgy, Great dancing, Ambitious, Dated, Confusing

See it if Yesenia Ayala gives a breakout performance as "Anita". Great dancing. That glorious score. Highlights the issue of police brutality.

Don't see it if Not for WSS purists. No "I Feel Pretty".No Robbins choreography. Confusing at times. Often projections are distracting. No character devel.

Also Updated version that doesn't always work. "What should we bring to the... Read more Read less

83
Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you're a Maury Yeston fan, want to hear some little heard Yeston, enjoy musical revues, want a light, entertaining evening. Broadway caliber

Don't see it if ...you don't like musical revues. Want thought-provoking theater. I missed plot and characters so I guess I'm not a fan of revues.

79
Edgy, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if 'Night Mother is a modern classic. I was not familiar with A Number but it has an interesting, thought provoking premise. Dark side of life

Don't see it if You want high production value and a light evening. Briefly, A Number deals with morality; 'NM with who controls one's life/ suicide.

Also Good work in an intimate space. Strong actors. The pacing of both shou... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound

See it if You are a fan of the book but not a purist.As relevant today as when it was written.Superb cast particularly C. Keenan-Bolger & Jeff Daniels

Don't see it if You are "tired" of hearing about American racism. You want a literal version of the book.

Also Some are turned off by young adults playing children but given the dep... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Riveting

See it if You enjoy natural, nuanced acting. Hard to believe Elaine May has not been on stage her entire life. Her mental descent is slow & believable

Don't see it if You only enjoy light fare. We see a real family dealing with real issues.

95
Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if Beautiful, gentle, mesmerizing. The magic of music to connect people. Wanted to hear more of Adam Kantor singing "Answer Me".

Don't see it if This is a small piece. Don't expect glitz or song n dance.

87
Dated, Great singing, Great staging, Intense, Great dancing

See it if Classic American musical. The lush score, choreography, dancing, and voices are exquisite.

Don't see it if ...you prefer modern, edgy musicals or fluffy, happy shows. The production is beautiful but I have a problem with the book.

Also Carousel was the first Broadway musical I saw (at 12 and at City Cente... Read more Read less

78
Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in underserved communities, women's rights. Ridloff give a stellar performance; Jackson does a yeoman's job.

Don't see it if supertitles distract you; you want more razzle dazzle. This is a minimalist set.

93
Delightful, Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if ....you love Carole King's music from 50s-70s. Good integration of song and book. Chilina perfectly embodies King.

Don't see it if ..you don't like jukebox musicals; you want a musical with depth.

68
Red Roses, Green Gold
West Village
Entertaining, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if You like hearing Dead music live. Pretty much that's it.

Don't see it if You don't like the Dead or love the music and can't bear to hear it covered. The book is trivial.

Also Some talented actors who do their best with great music but a flimsy b... Read more Read less

79
The Children
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if ...you're concerned about what we've done to our planet and who is responsible for cleaning up the mess. 2 of the 3 actors are outstanding.

Don't see it if Good writing and performances, important subject and yet there was no drama.Did not leave the theater compelled to change the world.

83
6 Guitars
Soho/Tribeca
Entertaining, Ambitious, Intelligent, Distinct, Funny

See it if Padgett inhabits 6 musicians playing 6 styles of guitar music. Characters are distinct of speaking/singing voice & body. Accomplished player

Don't see it if ...you don't like one man shows; need bigger production values; you like standard musicals.

66
During previews
Dear Jane
Midtown W
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if Ambitious, non-linear play. The talented cast, most of whom play multiple roles, performs with energy, focus, and clear intent.

Don't see it if This play bounces around from year to year and from rehearsal studio to scenes and fragments from the protagonist's life. A bit confusing.

Also Returns to the rehearsal studio were jarring and broke the momentum of... Read more Read less

90
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if ...you are interested in witty, absorbing writing; the Israeli Palestine conflict; BTS look at diplomacy;great actors at top of their games

Don't see it if ...you don't find politics entertaining; you want light-hearted theater; you don't think your attention span is up to it.

Also Nearly 3 hr long play about a serious and still unresolved issue.And i... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Bandstand
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great singing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Wonderful musical about PTSD & survivor guilt....about the healing power of art. This production is still being tweaked throughout previews

Don't see it if ...you only want fluff or something revolutionary.

75
The Terrifying
Lower E Side
Clever, Confusing, Great staging

See it if ...you enjoy new works, horror, edgy, dark, downtown theater. Great use of space and sound design. Cast gives 100%.

Don't see it if ...you want light-hearted entertainment; there is dry humor. I get that the writer is making social commentary but not quite sure what it is

75
During previews
Amelie
Midtown W
Delightful, Disappointing, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if ...you want to see everything Phillipa Soo does. Clever staging. Entertaining. Light-hearted. The audience seemed smitten.

Don't see it if ...you prefer musicals with depth and a score you leave the theater humming. Unmemorable. The Elton Johnesque number was pointless.

89
During previews
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if ...you enjoy theater that keeps you engaged and makes you think. This play frankly discusses race in America from different perspectives.

Don't see it if ...you want a night of fluffy entertainment and linear construction; your mind is made up; you want easy answers.

87
Life According to Saki
East Village
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if In a WW1 trench HH Munro/Saki's Edwardian short stories are brought to life by a gifted, creative, young, British cast.

Don't see it if ....you: want a big budget production in a big budget setting telling one story; don't enjoy puppetry even in moderation and when well done

Also The ensemble seamlessly glides from character to character & story to ... Read more Read less

71
Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Loud

See it if you like: new interpretations of established works; rock musicals; energetic, committed performances.

Don't see it if ...too loud music bothers you; you don't like story-theater type shows. Long first act.

74
For Annie
Midtown E
Didactic, Entertaining, Cliched, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if ...you want to learn about domestic violence, care about college issues, want to see work by a promising young playwright.

Don't see it if ..you prefer polished theater, domestic violence is a trigger, want to see work by an established writer.

Also I applaud this playwright and theater company for tackling an importan... Read more Read less

68
Disappointing, Great set, Music used well, Disjointed, Timely

See it if ...you seek new interpretations of classics, want to see well-known actors, appreciate stage design.

Don't see it if ....you are a classics purist. This production forces us to see the story from a 21c perspective, not that that's completely unfounded.

80
Delightful, Funny, Dizzying, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you are a fan of Commedia dell Arte: physical, broad, light-hearted humor, riffing on contemporary themes.

Don't see it if you expect deep meaning, nuance, strong plot.

Also All in the cast were strong, some exceptional. Performing this art for... Read more Read less