Marianne 6282

White Plains | 65+ | Female
About:  lifelong culture vulture. Working on cloning myself so I truly could see everything. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (186)
76
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Confusing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are intrigued by the moral dilemma of action and responsibility.Not really clear what the authors point is but the journey is worthwhile

Don't see it if you are bored by two people having an intellectual and emotional conversation. Some of the later emotionalism seems awkward but it is apt

93
Relevant, Great singing, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if a surprisingly splendid production with a mesmerizing emcee.Powerful and absorbing made more relevant by today's atmosphere of hate and fear

Don't see it if you do not wish to be upset and confronted with ugliness and baseness. This is gritty and troubling drama well done so that it grabs you

79
During previews
Clever, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Interesting combination of a very good but overlooked play with a modern and engaging approach. You are drawn into play making it personal

Don't see it if you want a traditional theatrical experience with the fourth wall firmly established. these characters are human, not gods and flawed

Also the production is rather bare bones but makes use of the space and the... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Betrayal
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you love the theater:very good acting in a very good play. This cast does Pinter justice. The subtlety of their performances is eloquent

Don't see it if you need to be hit over the head with flashy theatrics. This is nuanced acting in a careful and literate play. How devastating the drama is

88
During previews
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a great performance about a serious life issue: identity and the frustration of not being seen or heard as one truly is.

Don't see it if you are upset by anger and frustration because this man is suffused with both emotions. However, he is so much more than just reactivity. Go

79
During previews
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want to see how Shakespeare can be distilled down to his essential elements and still retain poetry. Well conceived and fast moving

Don't see it if you want a fully developed sense of character and motivation. 90 minutes does not allow for either but it does describe the plot and issues

71
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in the historical aspect of this little-known figure in terms of women's rights or lack thereof.But it is a missed chance

Don't see it if you want an in depth exploration of charcater done well. Much of the dialogue is unintelligible and the moments of connection are too few

52
During previews
Excruciating, Quirky, Cliched, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you need campy excessive theatrics to get the message. Checkov's characters are excessive in themselves--they do not need more to work

Don't see it if you care for Checkov and the tragic frustration of his characters and their drama. This obvious and campy presentation does nothing better

65
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Clever, Confusing

See it if you can suspend the need to understand what is going on and why. Interesting premise but too much going on. Good enough acting

Don't see it if you need or want resolution to a plot line. The things that make it interesting are ultimately the things that are confusing and frustrating

69
Happy Talk
Midtown W
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intense, Disappointing

See it if You love Susan Sarandon and can overlook the unnecessary "craziness" that makes her character gargoylish rather than terrifying and tragic

Don't see it if you are looking for superficial laughs. There is actually pathos and tragedy in this story and its characters (except the extreme daughter).

68
Burn This
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Overrated, Intense, Edgy

See it if You want to see an untreated Bipolar Manic in full rage and destruction., Masterful portrayal but it highjacks the play and the other people

Don't see it if you are upset by psychopathology. or if you want a deeper portrayal of relationships or the lack thereof. Everything becomes half developed

78
All My Sons
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Dated, Absorbing

See it if you want intelligent theater well acted. While the details are dated the concepts are relevant to today's loss of morality and conviction.

Don't see it if you do not want to think but rather wish to be entertained. There is no spectacle here. One also has to be prepared for raw emotion

74
During previews
Very different from previous renditions: some good and some disappointing

See it if you have either not seen it before or are interested in how different it can be. The writing is interesting; the characters less compelling

Don't see it if you cannot suspend the memory of past performances. This has less grit and desperation and ultimately is less personal. The set is dreadful

74
Dated, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense, Great acting

See it if first of all you like Irish plays. This is the best of the trilogy. Characters are less unidimensional and more complex in their motivation

Don't see it if you are put off by Irish brogue or the "dated" but relevant material. As always an interesting dynamic between "active" men and their women

69
Indulgent, Cliched, Slow, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you like Irish plays no matter how they are performed. This is not up to Irish Rep's usual level of performance. There is something missing

Don't see it if you have seen the last production at Irish Rep of this play which was devastating. the characters seem to be going through the motions

78
The Mother
Chelsea
Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love full out, committed acting.Huppert is brilliant and as always takes risks on stage.Here they work in a difficult and confusing play

Don't see it if you aren't interested in psychopathology or disturbed relationships.The play is only about Huppert's character.Everyone else is a reflection

60
During previews
Vilna
Midtown W
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in the Holocaust and its players.This is not a good play but it is a profoundly important topic.Too broad in scope

Don't see it if you want a well written and focused play. This is too episodic to develop the characters. You care about what happened to them but not them

85
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Slow

See it if you love classic musicals. Kelly is brilliant and the rest of the cast is very good. The second act drags and needs work but it is worth it

Don't see it if you do not like great musical numbers and energetic dancing. There is little romance or sex appeal in this show but it works for fun/skill

76
Dated, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like Irish drama. This is about their weaknesses and the passions. It is not his best play but well done as usual by the Irish Rep

Don't see it if you have trouble with the Irish brogue or are intolerant of not understanding every word. The characters are not subtly nuanced

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you love the craft of theater and the power of words. Beautifully acted by all and this is the most human Sir Thomas More. A drama for all

Don't see it if you have no interest in history, human nature, current events or theater. This is not light entertainment but 21/2 hours of engrossing drama

71
During previews
Mies Julie
East Village
Absorbing, Intense, Romantic, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if you can forget about the Strindberg play and see this as a tortured love story. Language is difficult to understand but the meaning is clear

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with simulated sex and violence. This is actually not about hate as the original play is, but about impossible love

79
During previews
The Jungle
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you are interested and concerned about the refugee problem and the helplessness and hopelessness of people fleeing the past without a future

Don't see it if the intensity of dispair and hopelessness is overwhelming for you. This is an in-your-face experience that cannot be avoided or tempered

71
Apologia
Midtown W
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Cliched, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in a good performance from Ms Channing undermined by poor direction of the other female characters who should be powerful

Don't see it if you are expecting a great play with an important message. There could be that but this is not it. Unrealized opportunity makes it a mistake

64
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Overrated, Confusing

See it if you want to see a great actress even if she is wasted by mediocre material. The concept is arresting but the play has only moments of depth

Don't see it if you hunger for a play that plumbs the possibilities of what it is to be a parent of a "different" child. There is no "Joan" here

Also There are a few moments in the second act where there is a connection ... Read more Read less

69
Cliched, Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you can overlook overwrought acting and a simplistic script to connect with a tragic and timely story that is all too relevant today.

Don't see it if you want your characters more nuanced and approachable. Everything is on such a level of intensity that it loses empathy and internalization

69
During previews
Sunday
Chelsea
Relevant, Resonant, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you can tolerate a play that talks in stead of acts. With the exception of the scene between Marie and Bill which is wonderful it is flat

Don't see it if you want theater and characters to have substance and energy.These are unidimensional figures of little interest except for Bill who matters

65
During previews
runboyrun & IN OLD AGE
East Village
Thought-provoking, Cliched, Confusing, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in the psychological damage done byt early guilt and trauma. The issues are important but the treatment falls short

Don't see it if you are looking for compelling theater. The actors were at times both inaudible and incomprehensible-- a problem in communicating substance

92
Dust
East Village
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are at all interested in mental illness and the consequences both for the patient and for those around her Insightful powerful difficult

Don't see it if you are either disinterested in the torments of emotional illness or you are too close to be able to tolerate the frustration and anger

70
Resonant, Romantic, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in personal stories of loss and life. Well performed but tedious. Interesting juxtaposition of stories and characters.

Don't see it if you want action and not just words. Or if you are not enthralled with one man shows that are essentially monologues about their lives/loss

71
During previews
Hannah Senesh
Financial
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in this fascinating real life person although the play and character achieve depth only through the scenes of the mother

Don't see it if you are looking for an in depth portrayal of this unique and heroic figure. She is too superficial in her scenes to make real the person

56
Barabbas
East Village
Thought-provoking, Overrated, Excruciating, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if don't.The idea is compelling but the execution is poor.First of all the Jesus actor cannot speak clearly nor act so there is no counterpoint

Don't see it if you were looking for an intelligent argument or exchange of ideas or a meaningful examination of politics. It is obvious and superficial

87
During previews
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in the conflict between who one is and what society demands one be. Compelling story well acted and written.

Don't see it if you are disinterested in the struggle to be who you are in a society, rigid and fearful that calls on religion to excuse bigotry and hate

78
Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you are interested in another representation of a classic piece of American drama. Worthwhile production even if it is very talky and static

Don't see it if you cannot get Gregory Peck out of your mind as Atticus Finch. Jeff Daniels is quite good as is the rest of the cast. Good staging but slow

91
Ink
Midtown W
Intense, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You have any interest in journalism and commercialism.It is not as great as Lehman Trilogy but similar in concept. Well constructed play

Don't see it if you are put off by difficult to understand accents. It does not detract too much but it is definitely a London play with foreign tongues.

57
Socrates
East Village
Overrated, Slow, Raunchy, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you know nothing about the man and his philosophy. This is a superficial and obvious vehicle that misses an opportunity to delve into him

Don't see it if you want more than obvious polemics and a rather clumsy attempt to show the parallel with today's political and social scene

73
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intense, Indulgent

See it if you can relate to one woman's anger and resentment vis-a-vis her husband's "betrayal".Committed piece of theater but as she says it is hers

Don't see it if you are interested in a more balanced exploration of the subject and characters. There is no "why" Only what and what after. But well done

81
During previews
Intense, Romantic, Relevant, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you want a personal experience both brutal and uplifting. Good and bad are clearly depicted here but you are caught up in the music and soul

Don't see it if you do not want to experience the ugliness of people or the power of belief.This is about human connection in the face of prejudice and fear

68
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Quirky, Confusing, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of either or preferably both actors. It is interesting in concept but tedious in execution, you have the feeling "so what?!"

Don't see it if you want action or something more riveting than reverie and reminiscence. They actors are fine but ultimately it drones on and loses focus

96
The Lehman Trilogy
Upper E Side
Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you love the theater and/or are interested in the evolution of American Business. Masterful production around a fascinating subject.

Don't see it if You are put off by talk. While the staging is engaging and extremely effective, there is not that much "entertainment" in the Broadway sense

92
During previews
Entertaining, Absorbing, Edgy, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you are looking for musical theater that grabs you and takes you along for the ride. An energetic and committed performance by everyone

Don't see it if you are looking for sedate Delivery is everything here The story is compelling and the acting especially by Hades is great Better 2nd time

69
During previews
Thought-provoking, Slow, Overrated, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you are willing to see Glenda Jackson in anything.She is interesting but no Lear. She's diminutive in size and scale unlike Three Tall Women

Don't see it if you want a cast that is uniformly excellent.Except for two, this cast is uninspired in acting and sloppy in diction.The director is absent.

78
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy acting and staging with a serious understory.The issue of being straight-jacketed by race/gender is still relevant and important

Don't see it if you want action and "entertainment" to carry the story. This is about the words and the relationships even though the staging is well done

70
During previews
Daddy
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if You can deal with extreme characters in a bizarre interaction. There is thoughtful drama in here but it is hard to take it seriously

Don't see it if you are put off by casual male nudity and a strong sexual vibe. Much is extreme and more for effect than for purpose but it is well worth it

78
La Celestina
Gramercy
Romantic, Absorbing, Great writing, Entertaining, Dated

See it if you speak Spanish well enough to understand the beautiful dialogue or can exult in the cadence of the language even if you do not understand

Don't see it if you are put off by a language you do not speak or a old fashioned drama of passion and destruction. Drama written in 1492 about love/death

68
Edgy, Indulgent, Intense, Quirky, Funny

See it if Good acting in a play that is sometimes difficult to swallow. There is a pathos in all the characters and their isolation --very Sam Shepard

Don't see it if The negativity and the chaos that is barely under the surface is painful and the ugliness into which the characters descend is in your face.

78
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a stand-out performance by Cranston. The play itself is all over the place although it ultimately deals with life's delusion

Don't see it if you want to walk out of the theater feeling good.The emptiness and nihilism of the theme is depressing and all too relevant.Empty lost souls

80
Wild Goose Dreams
East Village
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in relationship plays that touch on deep and serious themes. Sad and touching and very well done by all. Loneliness hurts

Don't see it if you are not interested in the pain of missed opportunity and failure.This is about the need for contact and the mistakes that thwart success

75
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you want great actors even if they are underused. The conflict in the play between "truth" and art is relevant and important

Don't see it if you want action instead of words. This is all talk albeit about important issues.The flaw in the drama is that the "facts" are not important

84
Usual Girls
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant

See it if you want powerful writing and performances about a tragically relevant topic: how far do you go to belong when you are different and "wrong"

Don't see it if you are put off by true depiction of people's cruelty to others.This play and its performances have a ring of reality that is quite splendid

76
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in the trauma of dementia.This is a thoughtful and accurate portrayal of the losses and frustrations that impact everyone

Don't see it if you cannot tolerate a difficult subject matter loaded with the frustration and sense of impotence that progressive dementia brings.Well done