Mariah

New York City | 25-34 | Female
About:  Broadway/theatre-obsessed. I try to see as many shows as possible (usually via rush or lotto). Favorite shows seen include: Hair, Rent, Next to Normal, Spring Awakening, Godspell, Book of Mormon, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (with Michael C Hall). Shows I want to see most: Camelot and Carousel. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (104)
60
During previews
Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing, Slow, Convoluted

See it if You enjoy the wonderful cast members and can ignore the terrible book/poor songs. Or just really need to see anything related to Wonderland

Don't see it if You want a musical with a mix of slow and upbeat songs, a coherent plot or flow, or leads with consistent voices.

Also I was extremely excited for this show and wanted to love it. Between t... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy the works of Eugene O’Neill, enjoy plays with timeless themes, are a Denzel fan, and like a play with a largely male cast

Don't see it if You are easily bored, are uncomfortable with racist terms, or don’t like plays that take place over brief periods of time

83
Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You enjoy great acting, humor, and ruminations on happiness over one’s life.

Don't see it if You are easily bored, are too young to appreciate reflecting back on one’s life, or dislike shows with only a few characters.

94
Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if You want to be wowed by the production value alone, with great emotional acting and humor to boot. You are a fan of the HP books.

Don't see it if You are not familiar with the Harry Potter story, dislike magic and wonder, or are overly bothered by minor plot issues or theatrics.

Also Bottom line: this play has the highest production value of any show I’... Read more Read less

82
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy well rounded performances, stories about the deaf community, non traditional romances,

Don't see it if You dislike shows with sparse staging or mimed props, like plots to be completely fleshed out without any holes, or dislike shows using sign

Also Bottom line: An annoyingly sparse set and minor plot holes is made up ... Read more Read less

65
Dated, Disappointing, Great singing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You really really like Jessie Mueller or Joshua Henry, were born in the wrong era and love dated classics, or see everything

Don't see it if You dislike shows that are dated and uncomfortably misogynistic, and lack chemistry between the two leads.

Also Bottom line: I was disappointed by this production. It had bad directi... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy entertaining revivals reinterpreted in a smaller setting with decent actors making the show still relevant

Don't see it if You don’t like small productions or revivals, you only like amazing acting, or a lead who overacts a little would annoy you

Also Overall: Enjoyable revival that made great use of a small stage. I was... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You want to see an amazing cast give amazing performances, like stories with a Romeo and Juliet vibe, and like Afro-Caribbean dancing

Don't see it if You don’t like odd endings; or mild sexism and a slightly stereotypical portrayal of Caribbean life would bother you.

Also Bottom line: the cast, especially Norm Lewis, Alex Newell, Lea Salonga... Read more Read less

85
Slow, Refreshing, Resonant, Great singing, Funny

See it if You enjoy shows that are snap shots of a certain time period rather than a character’s development over time; you like ensemble shows.

Don't see it if You like upbeat shows or are easily bored; you like resolution and plots you can personally relate to. You don’t like great singing.

Also Bottom line: the group I saw this show with was divided on if they lik... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Cliched, Fun

See it if Enjoy the animated movie story of Anastasia and don’t mind a few tweaks to it; enjoy energetic and charismatic casts; and want to have fun

Don't see it if You want to see actors at the top of their game (besides Ramin who always is), dislike plot holes, or the resolution typical of Disney films

Also (I know Anastasia isn’t Disney, but the story is obviously in that vei... Read more Read less

50
Confusing, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Unnecessary

See it if You really like abstract interpretations of early American philosopher’s work, being confused, and avant-garde theater.

Don't see it if You like shows with coherent threads of plot, shows that serve a purpose beyond fulfilling the randomest of ideas, or that are entertaining.

Also I loved Paul Pinto in The Great Comet, but this show was odd and a lit... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Clever, Great singing, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy amazing singing; ethereal plots; Dave Malloy; and shows that make you think. You’re ok with non linear plots and sitting in dark

Don't see it if You are expecting the Great Comet reincarnated; are confused by the abstract or non linear plots; or need everything spelled out for you.

Also Gelsey Bell and Brittain Ashford are supremely talented; their voices ... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You enjoy great acting, plays full of stymbolism, or shows that present a novthtis was a first preview, and there were a lot oel take of rec

Don't see it if You need to be profoundly moved, like to be wowed by a show’s sets, or need a show to be novel.

Also This was an early preview, and there were a lot of plot issues and lin... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Entertaining, Quirky, Great singing, Funny, Adequate

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare in all its iterations, and enjoy when music/singing is added behind the lyrics.

Don't see it if You don't see just adequate Shakespeare productions; you are easily bored; or you need to be moved by every piece of theater you see.

Also Bottom line: Not the best not the worst Shakespeare production I've se... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Profound, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy shows tackling hard, but relevant topics, solely from a female perspective. You like amazing female casts.

Don't see it if You are troubled by topics relating to severe illness and disability, don't like shows about single mothers, or can't handle emotional shows

Also Bottom line: this is an amazingly written and acted play. I enjoy the ... Read more Read less

74
Great acting, Dated, Entertaining, Quirky, Great staging

See it if You enjoy the works of Maurice Sendak, talented children actors, and enjoyable dance numbers. Kathy and Chicken Soup especially talented.

Don't see it if You want to see a consistent, timely show, with a deeper plot, or only like amazing scores. You don't like a diverse child only cast.

Also Bottom line: this show is a musical version of some of Sendak's odder ... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Bad script, Slow

See it if You enjoy seeing decent acting regardless of script, or if you enjoy any portrayal of the 17th C. civil war in England, or like teleplays.

Don't see it if You don't like pointless, poorly executed modernizations of scripts, like shows with a more clear point, or like decently written shows.

Also Although the acting was pretty good for an off (-off) Broadway product... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing, Relevant, Poignant

See it if You want to see an amazing ensemble-driven show that highlights something positive that came out of 9/11, without glossing over the tragedy

Don't see it if You don't like when characters play multiple roles, you don't like upbeat, folksy music, or dislike when shows juxtapose happy and sad times

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy tales of modern history, great acting and stage chemistry, and relevant plots, as well as poignant endings.

Don't see it if You have a strong opinion one way or other on Israel-Palestine conflict or no interest in the conflict, or you don't like long shows.

86
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy great acting and shows about current, relevant themes and real people. You like being held in suspense until he end as well.

Don't see it if You don't like shows about saltnof the earth people, you don't like violence, and you don't like feeling unsettled at the end of a show.

84
Clever, Great acting, Overrated, Badly staged, Ambitious

See it if You always wondered Nora's fate, like good acting, and shows that present two sides of feminism.

Don't see it if You enjoy fully-staged sets, and are bothered by male playwrights again being given center stage to discuss feminist issues, or hate sequels

80
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Slow

See it if You enjoy Kevin Kline in a great performance, enjoy light shows with humorous chaos, and a cast of kooky characters

Don't see it if You want to be moved by a play, get easily bored, or need substantial character development.

Also Bottom line: Great overall ensemble led by Kevin Kline and Kate Burton... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if You want to see a smart, funny, well-acted show with an especially great performance from Janney. You enjoy creative, character driven plays

Don't see it if You like nicely wrapped up endings, are over show's about the upper class, or don't like when the fourth wall is broken in a haphazard way.

75
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Awkward staging, Genuine, Derivative

See it if You enjoy a mix of well-developed believable leads and derivative secondary characters, mostly genuine sounding dialogue, and raw teen angst

Don't see it if You don't like when characters sometimes (rarely) sound like they're just reciting lines, & don't like shows dealing with issues of suicide.

Also Overall entertaining show. The character Dylan was a giant stereotype ... Read more Read less

83
For a previous production
Funny, Great staging, Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if You simply want to be entertained and laugh, enjoy physical comedy, and shows that don't take themselves seriously but are still well done.

Don't see it if You want to be moved by the theater, are offended by mild sexism, or don't like laughing.

84
During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You enjoy smart, well-acted shows about women of color, or you enjoy period pieces with themes that are still relevant today.

Don't see it if You’re sexist, or don’t like shows with all female casts, you don’t like messages related to racism or sexism, or open discussion of these.

Also Bottom line: This is an extremely well-acted show. It is is funny and ... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You enjoy the brilliant light that is Carey Mulligan, enjoy works that ruminate on gender and control, and like serious shows

Don't see it if You dislike one woman shows, especially involving a little pantomime, or want to see something upbeat and light

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You like the movie “Mean Girls,” enjoy talented young casts with lots of energy, and voices with stellar leads, and like funny pop culture

Don't see it if You don’t like the movie Mean Girls, you like shows with more original music, or you prefer a more seasoned cast.

Also Overall: This show has heart. It was a lot more entertaining and funny... Read more Read less

75
Great singing, Entertaining, Funny, Rushed, Awkward staging

See it if You enjoy the Disney film; and a stellar first half, great performances, and adequate humor mixed with some fun spectacle are enough for you

Don't see it if You’d be disappointed by a rushed second act or snow/“magic” effects that fall flat, or the trolls were your favorite part of the movie

Also Bottom line: the first half was really good and I was really enjoying ... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Adequate, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy adequate stories and decent acting. You are a fan of any of the four actors in the piece, or like shows that make you think

Don't see it if You prefer plays that wow you and make you feel something on a deeper level. You don’t when enjoy shows only make you think on surface level

Also Bottom line: overall enjoyable play, with solid, but not excellent per... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Masterful

See it if You enjoy amazingly well thought out and nuanced performances, shows with an ethereal feel, and plays with interwoven plots.

Don't see it if You can’t sit through 7.5 hours, dislike shows about the AIDS crisis or shows with spirituality woven in, or don’t want to see Lee Pace nude

Also Bottom line: This show is a commitment-two plays totally 7.5 hours-but... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Bizarre, Hilarious

See it if You like the cast, Steve Martin’s unique sense of humor, and shows where two alternate versions of events are later out.

Don't see it if You don’t like over the top, impossible in real life humor, or you don’t like the cast.

Also When I saw the show, Amy Schumer stopped the show in the second half t... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Slow, Cliched, Wasted potential, Overrated

See it if You really like Friends and want to see a retelling of it with less funny jokes and bad songs added. You don’t need parodies to be clever.

Don't see it if You really like Friends and don’t need to see a bad parody of it with so-so acting and wasted potential.

Also This could have been so funny, but instead the creative team to just b... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Banal, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You enjoy folk music and shows that are more storytelling and songs than staged musical productions; you like basic girl meets guy plots.

Don't see it if You need to be able to connect to characters; dislike banal and slightly cliches plots, or don’t want to see a show more akin to a concert.

Also The music is the show was good for the most part, and it was clear tha... Read more Read less

73
Interesting, Indulgent, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in plays about financial related topics that are adequately acted and sparsely staged; you’re not bored by business ploys

Don't see it if You are easily bored or confused by topics related to finances and insider trading, you like to blown away by acting, or like a full set.

Also The show was entertaining but nothing special. There was a subplot wit... Read more Read less

49
During previews
Great acting, Confusing, Slow, Bizarre

See it if You enjoy non-linear shows based on historical characters that I magazine their interactions with other both living and dead.

Don't see it if You want to see a coherent show that paints a clear picture of who Billy the Kid was, or like good scripts. You don’t want to be bored.

Also This show was really confusing and odd. The acting was actually decent... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Funny, Intelligent, Resonant, Must see

See it if You enjoy fantastic acting, superb chemistry between the whole casts and stories that widen narrative on homosexuality pre AIDs crisis.

Don't see it if You are homophobic, bored by shows dictating recent history, or dislike shows that incorporate unique ways of storytelling.

85
Funny, Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if You really like Bette Midler, or classic, light musicals. You want to see a hilarious and immensely talented supporting cast (Gavin <3)

Don't see it if You don’t like Bette Midler or camp. You can’t stand sexist musicals or musicals with little depth.

82
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You want to see a play with a great ensemble that plays on themes of time/transience, family/wealth, and how people really change with time

Don't see it if If you dislike character driven pieces, or shows that present snapshots of the characters' lives rather than their progression/development.

65
Overrated, Excruciating, Great staging, Interesting

See it if You enjoy little known stories about the anti-Vietnam war counter culture, enjoy decent actors playing many roles, and narrative plays.

Don't see it if You get bored easily, as the show could have been cut down greatly, or enjoy nuance, as this show lacked it. Or have trouble climbing stairs

Also Bottom line: This should would have made an interesting short play. It... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You love historically-minded musicals that show another side of America's greatest villains, upbeat and great songs, and great actors.

Don't see it if You would be annoyed by actors being off book for most but not all of a show, or dislike shows that talk cavalierly about violence.

Also This is a great City Center production. I'd never seen Assassins befor... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great staging, Ambitious, Intelligent, Indulgent

See it if You enjoy abstract & existential forays into the bones and ghosts of a theater, complete with monologues and interpretative dance. Seamless

Don't see it if You dislike audience interaction, shows where everything is left up to interpretation and abstract and lots of interpretative dance parts.

Also This nontraditional show was impressive in how seamlessly it flowed. T... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Cliched, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy or relate to Italian-American culture, like historical events being woven into fictional plots, like open-minded LGBT plots

Don't see it if You don't like stories about strong women, feel the need to be profoundly moved, or are triggered by abusive or surprisingly events.

78
Cliched, Great staging, Great acting, Overrated, Riveting

See it if You enjoy plays dealing with persecution, and plays that work hard to be poignant, or like shows that are more art than performance

Don't see it if You want to be completely moved, you don't like repetition, or you dislike shows where actors play more than one character.

88
Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Must see

See it if You love mostly sung shows, modern classics with amazing actors taking on the roles, and epic staging. If you like Les Mis.

Don't see it if You don't Les Mis, don't like more classic-sounding musically, need all the leads to be as strong as actress playing Kim, or want happy end

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy great acting, embedded feminist themes, family dramas, and shows that make you think.

Don't see it if You don't like period dramas or Laura Linney/Cynthia Nixon, or if you are triggered by spousal abuse.

Also I saw it with Laura Linney as Regina. Her and Cynthia Nixon were both ... Read more Read less

84
Entertaining, Cliched, Quirky, Great singing, Fun

See it if You enjoyed the movie, you can sit through a cliche first act for a fairly moving second act, and you don't need to be profoundly moved

Don't see it if You dislike repetition, are triggered by suicide, or go to musicals just for the choreography. You don't like Andy Karl.

Also Andy Karl was out when I saw the show, but besides being a little flat... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Great acting, Profound, Resonant, Slow

See it if You want to see Tony Shaloub at his best; like shows that are thought-provoking but take a long while to make their point; or love Ruffalo.

Don't see it if You want to be able to understand all the characters the whole time, don't like when actors drop their accents occasionally, or need action.

Also Ultimately this was a smart show and its message resonated with me. Ho... Read more Read less

85
Great singing, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a show that showcases strong female leads (Jessie Mueller is amazing), like catchy songs, and positive messages.

Don't see it if You're looking for an extremely poignant show, something intellectual, or don't want to have a good time.

70
Slow, Overrated, Funny

See it if You really like Sondheim and this is a favorite show. You want to see Annaleigh Ashford shine, and don't mind a pointless plot.

Don't see it if You expect Jake Gyllenhaal to live up to the hype, you like shows that are not static, but have character development and memorable songs.

Also This show lacked panache. Annaleigh Ashford was stellar and the ensemb... Read more Read less