Marianne 6282

New York City | 65+ | Female
About:  lifelong culture vulture. Working on cloning myself so I truly could see everything. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (279)
55
This Beautiful Future
West Village
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing
September 21st, 2022

See it if great concept poorly written and even more poorly executed. The background songs could have been powerful and enlightening but they were odd

Don't see it if if you want a disturbing but intelligent treatment of the subject there are other plays that succeed. This only comes close at the end

70
The Memory Exam
Midtown E
Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing
September 21st, 2022

See it if The premise is interesting but the playwright has stuffed too much into the play and it loses focus. The romantic element is awkward

Don't see it if Good acting but needs editing. Compelling and relevant concept about the disposability of people once they have lost their usefulness

64
During previews
I’m Revolting
Chelsea
Intense, Indulgent, Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched
September 14th, 2022

See it if you are willing to sit through soap opera theater. Acting is fine but it is too heavy-handed and too formulaic to be really affecting

Don't see it if you are looking for an insightful and empathetic approach to disfigurement and fear about loss of control Too superficial and too glib

83
Great writing, Refreshing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful
August 31st, 2022

See it if you love the craft of acting. One man show brings fairy tale to life. Splendid acting, charming and refreshingly moral and good

Don't see it if you need splashy musical with distractions. The actor/writer plays a variety of characters to perfection on a bare stage and is riveting

34
The Nosebleed
Upper W Side
Slow, Overrated, Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing
August 19th, 2022

See it if playwright starts by talking about the failure of her relationship with her father. This "play" is a failure to examine or resolve anything.

Don't see it if you are looking for a dramatic experience. It is confusing and unengaging despite numerous attempts to involve the audience.

66
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Romantic, Disappointing
August 17th, 2022

See it if There is a play in this material but it gets lost with the extraneous characters and their plot lines. The acting of the two men is good

Don't see it if you are looking for a deeper exploration of the consequences of trying to live in the moment without reference to the past or the future.

Also the tragedy of the play could be better developed without the unnecess... Read more Read less

73
She-Wolf
Midtown W
Absorbing, Confusing, Intense, Disappointing, Ambitious
August 17th, 2022

See it if you know the War of the Roses and you can put the scenes in context. Otherwise it would be confusing and without significance. Good acting

Don't see it if you were hoping for a more in depth examination of the character of Margaret. It strikes one note and makes her tedious and strident

Also Margaret is one of the three most interesting characters in the entire... Read more Read less

66
Overrated, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Slow, Disappointing
July 28th, 2022

See it if you neither read the excellent book or saw the very good movie. This is talky rather than connected and in general feels like a pale version

Don't see it if you loved the book.There is none of the intensity or the poetry of the book although it is as if he is reading a story rather than living it

80
Oresteia
Upper E Side
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Confusing, Great writing
July 26th, 2022

See it if Brilliant first act with masterful acting. But becomes confusing and more superficial as the evening goes on. Unsatisfactory finale

Don't see it if you have no interest in a three and one half hour exploration of the Tragedy of Orestes and his family. The depth of the choice of Agamemnon

Also is brilliant but neither Klytemnestra nor Orestes is given the same in... Read more Read less

95
Must see, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful
July 24th, 2022

See it if you love theater, Sondheim, this play and great performances. Wonderful presentation of a great musical drama.

Don't see it if you have no interest in Sondheim or one of his most accessible musicals. There is something for everyone in this production

79
Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting
July 24th, 2022

See it if you know the play well and are a fan of Richard and Shakespeare. Well acted, especially by her. Masterful portrayal of multiple characters

Don't see it if you know nothing of the War of the Roses. too confusing and disjointed for the uninformed. Great acting by her an any case

76
Golden Shield
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting
June 24th, 2022

See it if good acting in a mediocre vehicle is enough. The topic is of value and thought provoking: good and evil look very much the same.

Don't see it if you are not looking for an intellectual exercise in the forces of right and wrong and the difficulty in making the distinction. Much talk

50
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Excruciating, Disappointing
June 24th, 2022

See it if you did not see Kimberly Akimbo and cannot wait until it gets to Broadway. That was worth seeing. This is not. Sophomoric, crude, unfunny.

Don't see it if you care for taste in theater. The moments (few but present) of pathos and wisdom are drowned out by poor jokes and caricature. Good actors

81
Chains
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing
June 24th, 2022

See it if you like intelligent theater well acted and well written. Timely topic makes it all the more relevant. Clever set design and good costuming

Don't see it if a talky drama is not your thing.The issues of independence/freedom and obligation/responsibility are significant. the resolution is weak

86
Belfast Girls
Chelsea
Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting
May 26th, 2022

See it if Great acting on the part of the whole ensemble in an honest depiction of desperation and hope for a group of women who have few options

Don't see it if you do not like personal drama with raw emotion and ugly reality. This is not an easy play to watch but it is relevant

100
Akhnaten
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great singing, Exquisite, Absorbing
May 22nd, 2022

See it if Brilliant theater and opera (by Glass). Amazing staging and other worldly music. Important concept of a different thinking leader who is

Don't see it if you are put off by the music of Glass or if you need an opera full of action and hummable tunes

Also unable to sustain his ideas because he refuses to deal with the real w... Read more Read less

69
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Quirky, Great singing
May 22nd, 2022

See it if you are interested in new works. The music is interesting especially that for Ophelia. But it is strangely uninvolving and devoid of tragedy

Don't see it if you want melody and opulence in your opera. This is bare bones theater with spare music and acting that does not touch the audience

67
Missed opportunity, Superficial, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Great acting
May 22nd, 2022

See it if Good acting in a play that is overly contrived and overfull of "drama". Misses the opportunity to really explore difficult questions

Don't see it if you want a fully realized exploration of issues of generosity, caring and self-interest. The conflicts that could have been examined miss

78
Wedding Band
Brooklyn
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting
May 22nd, 2022

See it if you appreciate great acting in a difficult play. problematic relationships, flawed people. Very relevant to today's world and racial issues

Don't see it if you do not want to see difficult subjects portrayed. Some of the dialogue is difficult to understand but the meaning is always clear

75
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Disappointing
May 22nd, 2022

See it if great acting, writing and profoundly important subject matter. But it was strangely lacking in shock value. Unlike its original force

Don't see it if you do not want plays about uncomfortable issues. Although there is almost a matter-of-factness about the abuse it is still very disturbing

89
Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever
May 14th, 2022

See it if you love Sondheim, Into The Woods, and a great cast having a great time. A splendid night even if the diction leaves a bit to be desired

Don't see it if you do not like any of the above. If you are not acqainted with the script it can be hard to understand some of the lyrics

62
Macbeth (Broadway)
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing
May 14th, 2022

See it if you are so star obsessed that you would see a name do just about anything. Poorly cast, poorly performed. Craig is emotionless, boring

Don't see it if you value the theater and want an emotional and compelling experience. There is no reason for the choices made in this production.

73
Entertaining, Romantic, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant
May 14th, 2022

See it if starts out slow and superficial but becomes heart-warming and loving as Ernestine ages. Sentimental but honest and meaningful relationships

Don't see it if sentimentality is not your thing. This is about relationships and the importance of connections to the past. Traditions matter as do ghosts

76
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting
May 14th, 2022

See it if you are interested in the lives of real people facing troubles that they help to make. Well acted and written. Almost all talk

Don't see it if you need action and distraction. The entire focus is on these two men and their stories and their loss of control in the face of reality

60
Lucia di Lammermoor
Upper W Side
Edgy, Slow, Quirky, Great singing, Disappointing
May 3rd, 2022

See it if you are willing to close your eyes and just listen to glorious singing and music. The stage direction does not really make any sense

Don't see it if you expect theater and music from the opera.There is a total lack of purpose to the staging.The idea is never realized and it becomes boring

84
Absorbing, Relevant, Intense, Romantic, Quirky
May 3rd, 2022

See it if definitely a different approach--sexy, fast-paced, but lacks poetry. Problematic vision of Cyrano without language skills. Roxanne superb

Don't see it if This works but it is not what one is used to seeing. The final scene has lost much of its romance and tragedy and that is a pity

62
During previews
Message gets lost, Hard to understand, Energetic dancing, Limited appeal, Disappointing
April 19th, 2022

See it if You can overlook wordy but often unintelligible speech. Energetic dancing and singing work but message is hard to focus upon

Don't see it if You cannot relate to the message or the style.It fails to speak to a portion of the audience and misses the opportunity to share/teach

70
During previews
The Vagrant Trilogy
East Village
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Confusing
April 17th, 2022

See it if the concept is better than the execution. The issue of self-interest versus responsibility to others is profound and challenging.

Don't see it if The third act is confusing and the construction of the play is awkward. Well acted with great potential for several plays that could evolve

85
During previews
Wish You Were Here
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing
April 17th, 2022

See it if in depth exploration of friendship and the inevitable betrayals of living one's own life. Well acted and universal in its message.

Don't see it if you are not interested in relationship plays or the interplay between women.It is about words and emotions, with little action so focus

66
To My Girls
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Fluffy, Disappointing, Cliched
April 17th, 2022

See it if you are willing to settle for a superficial exploration (not really) of gay relationships and culture.Seems trivial given what has been done

Don't see it if you want a more developed story line and more gripping character development.This is a fluffy and somewhat offensive attempt to explore life

85
Madama Butterfly
Upper W Side
Intense, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
April 17th, 2022

See it if This is one of the Met's most beutiful stagings.The grace and eloquence of the production takes a tragic and disturbing story to the sublime

Don't see it if If you do not love opera, drama, and beauty. The puppetry is amazingly effective but requires an ability to see beyond the literal.

80
During previews
Great singing, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful
April 6th, 2022

See it if you enjoy musical comedy. funny, clever, a bit sophomoric but all in good fun. well done by all and enjoyed by the cast even more

Don't see it if you are looking for innovative music or serious drama. but it works for what it is

90
Elektra
Upper W Side
Intense, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing
April 6th, 2022

See it if brilliant singing by the principals, Minimalist staging , lack of action only slightly detract from the impact of the voices

Don't see it if not an easy story or vocal line. Gorgeous music but harsh and strident in the vocal part corresponding to the angst in the story

81
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing
February 12th, 2022

See it if well crafted, well acted and relevant material.Rashad particularly is worth watching.Dialogue sometimes difficult to understand but it works

Don't see it if you want glitzy entertainment. This has some interesting add-on elements but it is essentially the drama of little people in uncertainty

75
For a previous production
Rigoletto
Upper W Side
Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great singing
February 12th, 2022

See it if Verdi's music and plot are as always amazing. However, there is something missing here. The acting did not gel and the period was not used

Don't see it if you expect top-notch everything from the Met. Perhaps it will come together as the production matures but now it feels lacking in passion

88
For a previous production
La Boheme
Upper W Side
Romantic, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing
February 12th, 2022

See it if Beautiful production. Probably the most ideal in the entire repertory. Sets get applause, characters are lovable, music is sublime.

Don't see it if you need happy endings. you do not like music. you are not romantic. Otherwise it is a must-see

89
Intelligent, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
February 12th, 2022

See it if you see the parallels in todays history with the 1930's;You care about bigotry and fear; You love theater and want important ideas well done

Don't see it if you have no interest in history always repeating itself and no concern for the growing instability and hatred in the world today.

80
Le Nozze di Figaro
Upper W Side
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging
February 12th, 2022

See it if Intelligent play,masterful composing and excellent production.Interesting plot lines about class and personal struggles set in operatic form

Don't see it if you do not like opera. This is a dramatic play but the music and singing are inextricably bound to the action. All is not just fun and games

90
Turandot
Upper W Side
Entertaining, Absorbing, Intense, Great staging, Great singing
February 12th, 2022

See it if Magnificent sets and costumes. Great singing and the music to support it. Pity Puccini did not live to finish it beyond the death of Liu

Don't see it if you do not like grand opera.Zeffirelli's sets always get applause and deservedly so.Ping and Liu are actually the most compelling characters

70
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Entertaining, Great singing, Hilarious, Great staging
February 12th, 2022

See it if you love Sondheim and will sit through middling stretches for the two great numbers: I am Not getting Married Today and The Ladies who Lunch

Don't see it if you want more depth and development of characters. There is a superficiality that makes it feel more glib and tedious than it could be.

87
For a previous production
Tosca
Upper W Side
Romantic, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing
February 12th, 2022

See it if you ove grand opera. The three casts are splendid. Different but all wonderful. A great introduction to opera for anyone new to the art form

Don't see it if you do not like opera, drama, or passion. That is what Tosca is all about and what you will get. No minimalism here; larger than life

69
Intimate Apparel
Upper W Side
Romantic, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Absorbing
February 12th, 2022

See it if you are interested in sad stories of disappointed people. Slow but dramatically moving. The music is at times romantic and enhancing

Don't see it if intimate stories about little lives do not appeal. Well acted and sung. Minimal staging is effective enough but there is something missing

72
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Overrated, Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched
December 31st, 2021

See it if Cliched characters still manage to be interesting and questions about empowerment matter. The Messiah character is well payed but too much

Don't see it if you think you are going to a comedy. It is not even though I claims to be. Serious undertones make it interesting but are left hanging

73
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting
December 31st, 2021

See it if Strong , absorbing drama of the conflict between accommodating and being. When is compromise survival and when is it betrayal? Well done

Don't see it if you want more action than words. Or if the struggle between pleasing others and being true to yourself is not of interest to you.

89
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
December 31st, 2021

See it if one- woman show that works via streaming. Splendid acting in a riveting performance about difficult subjects. Completely engaging

Don't see it if the very things that make it work are not to your liking: a one person show about a life lived in troubled times.

78
Kimberly Akimbo
Chelsea
Delightful, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Entertaining
December 31st, 2021

See it if I am not a musical-loving critic but the intelligence of this show won me over. Great performances and a deep sensitivity made it work

Don't see it if actually appeals to those who want a fun experience and to those who are more interested in a deeper meaning.Over the top elements work

80
For a previous production
Great singing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
December 31st, 2021

See it if you lobe musical theater and have a nostalgia for the past. Well danced and sung and truly charming in all respects/ Lovely theater

Don't see it if you want the Busby Berkley version. This is simple but effective. The emphasis is on the songs, the choreography and the sentiment not glitz

63
Mediocre performances, poor diction and projection and a lack-luster staging robbed this of much power and impact, Slow, Quirky, Overrated, Disappointing
December 31st, 2021

See it if you are curious about the show but have low expectations of an interesting and well performed evening. What may be there is hard to find

Don't see it if you want your Sondheim sharp and wiity with a bite. The concept falls flat in the face of a middling production

80
Morning Sun
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing
November 19th, 2021

See it if great performances about ordinary quirky people and their relationships.Heartfelt and sincere.Works well in a direct and real sense of life

Don't see it if you are not interested in human relationships. This is all talk with little action and no performance distraction. It is about communication

68
Slow, Ambitious, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting
November 19th, 2021

See it if well acted and performed but much ado about nothing. Needs a good edit--too much stuff without real significance. Earnest attempt

Don't see it if you want a well crafted play that packs a sustained impact. This shoots for the moment and the quick fix to make up for substance