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 (231)
80
Morning Sun
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing

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

56
Gnit
Brooklyn
Thought-provoking, Slow, Quirky, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you want to see everything that is out there.

Don't see it if you want great theater with meaningful performances. this ends up being trivial and misses the opportunity to make a statement

70
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in history and a personal reaction to events

Don't see it if you want a more in depth exploration of the events. The personal recollections are of variable importance.It deteriorates into too much talk

79
Masterful, Slow, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy one-person explorations into character. A journey to another time and place. well done and engrossing

Don't see it if you want action and stage business. This is carried by his performance and his craft. The characters are the interest and his affection

73
During previews
Dana H. (Broadway)
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in human behavior gone awry. Interesting presentation that works in terms of presenting a disturbing story

Don't see it if you want action, a cast of characters and an easy story. This is difficult theater but worthwhile. Intelligent not flashy

80
Romantic, Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see masterful acting. Santiago-Hudson plays numerous characters with seamless transitions. A memorable tribute

Don't see it if you do not like one-person shows without any razzle-dazzle. This is bare bones theater but compelling.

82
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if YOU LOVE IRISH THEATER. THIS WAS WONDERFULLY STAGED AT THE IRISH REP IN PERSON AND TRANSFERRED TO ON-LINE VERY WELL. THE DISCONNECT WORKS

Don't see it if YOU ARE NOT A FAN OF IRISH DRAMA. THIS IS QUINTESSENTIALLY IRISH WITH THE CHARACTERISTIC SPEECH AND MANNERISMS WELL PORTRAYED. NO ACTION

62
During previews
Persuasion
East Village
Romantic, Ambitious, Confusing, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if YOU ARE WILLING TO PUT UP WITH ODD AND EXCESSIVE PERFORMANCES BY SOME TO SEE THREE MASTERFUL PERFORMERS TACKLE AUSTEN.

Don't see it if YOU WANT YOUR AUSTEN PURE AND HISTORICALLY ACCURATE. THE LIBERTIES TAKEN DO NOT SUCCEED UNFORTUNATELY. BUT THE ESSENCE OF THE STORY HOLDS

74
Sanctuary City
West Village
Slow, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you want to see good acting in a relevant play. It was more edgy and intense before the shut-down. It has lost some of the intensity

Don't see it if you will be unhappy with the minimal staging and lack of "action" This is a play where language communicates

83
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love acting and the business of stage craft.Laura Linney is wonderful even though the play is less compelling.Hers is such an honest act

Don't see it if you want action or distraction. This is about small focus with brilliant tiny elements that illuminate character. She draws you in

69
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Slow, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great writing, Disappointing

See it if It would be so much better with better actors and some more compelling action. The words are full of pathos but there is nothing more

Don't see it if you are looking for a compelling drama. There is potential not realized here. The underlying story is tragic but the actors do not connect

84
Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Intense, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see great performances about interesting people. Well done ensemble work that carries a romantic but troubled relationship

Don't see it if you want memorable songs that you know or will remember. The numbers are well done but it is about the story not a blockbuster hit.

81
During previews
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you are interested in the contrast between characters who try to create life and those who are trapped by it. Both tragic and joyful

Don't see it if you are troubled by less than admirable characters acting badly. Great acting; interesting, if somewhat cliched, characters; tense times

69
Why do they think they can improve upon shakespeare?, Overrated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you think that there is something intriguing about a woman playing Hamlet There is nothing new except unnecessary filler dialogue. Tedious

Don't see it if You are looking for either a different take on the motivation or a brilliant portrayal of the characters. There is neither here. Pedestrian

63
Overrated, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if you did not see the excellent movie with a far superior cast. This is politically and socially relevant but the casting misses the mark

Don't see it if you have seen better. The story is important but it needs a tighter cast and a more smoldering anger kept under the radar to be accurate

68
During previews
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Intelligent, Slow, Resonant, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if you want to see Kate Hamill turn in another splendid performance. hers is really the only one that catches fire. The others miss the mark

Don't see it if you are looking for either a campy fun rendition or a serious approach to gender conflict and the suppression of women. Neither happen here

72
During previews
Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Disappointing, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you love what the Armory does with its space.The staging is greater than the play as it is performed.The actors are shouting and lose drama

Don't see it if you want a fully realized drama of guilt and responsibility. The play is lost in the too large space and the actors shout rather than emote

65
The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Disappointing version of a fascinating play. nothing new to say and what is done is unexciting., Great writing, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you have never seen another version of The Crucible so you have nothing to compare this one with. The acting is pedestrian and never ignites

Don't see it if you are looking for great drama in its execution.Passion is in short supply and masquerades as shouting.The play is still great but not here

84
Romantic, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if you love the craft of acting. Chalfant is wonderful, as is the character she inhabits. An entrancing performance.

Don't see it if you need razzle dazzle to be entertained. This is intimate, personal and engrossing. It is intelligent theater by a true craftsman.

77
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Clever well-done musical version of a difficult shakespearean play, Great singing, Clever

See it if you can appreciate a legitimate modernization and musical adaptation of a dark classic of the stage. Well sung and conceptualized.

Don't see it if you are rigid in your expectations of the performance of classics. This has all the elements but it remains more surface enjoyment

79
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in history and the players who made it and were undone by it. Splendid depiction of the unravelling of 1950s America

Don't see it if you are looking for an intimate exploration of a character. This is about history and the larger issues that made and unmade men. well done

73
Why?
Brooklyn
Slow, Quirky, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you can be content with splendid actors doing what they do even if it is unclear what that is. Not sure what or "why" this is theater

Don't see it if you are looking for a coherent story line or a message that is clearly presented. But any chance to see these actors is worthwhile

77
During previews
Absorbing, Disappointing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if This would be a much more positive review if it were in a different venue. This is an intimate piece of theater playing in a cavern.

Don't see it if You know how good Parker can be in the right play and the right setting. Not the best part for her but she gets lost in the space + diection

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

68
Slow, Ambitious, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

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

69
Relevant, Intelligent, Disappointing, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in the conflict between individual conscience and political responsibility

Don't see it if you want stronger performances and more development of character

81
Autumn Royal
Chelsea
Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like Irish theater and actors, Quite wonderfully acted by two consummate craftsmen. Significant theme is secondary to the acting

Don't see it if you want action and gloss. This is bare bones acting and tough themes. No romance although there is Irish black humor.

70
Letters Of Suresh
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Clever

See it if there could be a very interesting play here but it goes wrong. First scene is splendid and captures the attention. Then it loses focus

Don't see it if you lose interest in just talk. There is no connection between characters which loses energy. Rewriting would help. Acting very good

100
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Brilliant theater. Once in a lifetime experience. Fascinating story of American business with a very personal feel up to the last Lehman

Don't see it if you want action and superficial Broadway dazzle. This is theater and intelligence not simple-minded entertainment

90
Intense, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if ONE PERSON SHOWS WORKED BEST DURING THE PANDEMIC. THIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST WITH A MASTERFUL PERFORMANCE. IF YOU LOVE THEATER THIS WAS GREAT

Don't see it if YOU WANT SPECTACLE OR ACTION. THIS IS INTENSE AND HIGHLY PERSONAL AND REQUIRES AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF RELATING ON THE PART OF THE AUDIENCE

75
Dated, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if YOU ENJOY AN OLD-TIME MUSICAL WELL PERFORMED EVEN WITH THE RESTRICTIONS OF DISCONNECTED PERFORMERS. ENSEMBLE PIECES DID NOT FARE WELL

Don't see it if YOU ARE LOOKING FOR RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN CHARACTERS. THE LIMITATIONS OF THE PANDEMIC MADE CONNECTION DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE.

80
During previews
Romantic, Great writing, Confusing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you have missed great acting. Although confusing in some of its context, the play features marvelous acting and monologue

Don't see it if you are upset by elements of imprisonment. Although not obviously related to the love letters the setting is confusing and disturbing

75
During previews
72 Miles to Go...
Midtown W
Romantic, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you care about relationships especially within a family. There is terrible loss and disruption but also courage and resiliency. Well done

Don't see it if you are too upset b the political situation surrounding immigration and deportation. This is what happens when we lose sight of humanity

69
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if to remember the tragedy of the AIDS crisis.This is not as good as it should or could have been despite good acting. Too narrative

Don't see it if you are looking for a more honest experience of what was a terrible loss and destruction to our culture. Some moments of connection

83
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you want an honest sympathetic look at loss and the inevitability of change. Len Cariou is quite wonderful. No Sweeney Todd here

Don't see it if you want action, glitz and heavy drama. This is a domestic tragi-comedy that works because of its small scale ambition.Some fluffy dialogue

74
During previews
Dana H.
Gramercy
Quirky, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing

See it if the bizarre but compelling relationship between captor and prisoner is interesting. Raises questions about powerlessness and fear.

Don't see it if you need action. This is all talk and the recollections of the traumatized captive. Disturbing but interesting.Why does the actress lipsync?

75
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you have interest in people stuck in their lives without hope of possibilities.These are damaged people without the will or vision to change

Don't see it if you want a drama with hope.There is none here, but it is well acted even if the characters are somewhat cliched.It is not about race per se

60
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Indulgent, Relevant, Quirky, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you are willing to see a ground-breaking musical turned into another Ivo conceit.The mix of 1950/2020 does not work.Nor the camera close-ups

Don't see it if you love the original.There is nothing new or improved here.Performances are ok but there is no chemistry or conviction.Shorter but tedious

78
Timon of Athens
Brooklyn
Quirky, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love Kathryn Hunter and whatever she does. She is the show and not bad at that. The extremes are just that but it is true to the play

Don't see it if you are looking for a more classical interpretation of one of Shakespeare's lesser plays. acting is good; staging interesting;theme timeless

85
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Quirky, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Interesting "male" take on the character of Medea.Although not the Greek myth, it is an attempt to understand terrifying behavior as "crazy"

Don't see it if you are looking for a classic interpretation of the myth. Great acting, interesting staging but definitely a limited view of the character

78
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you know the play well and can fill in the pieces. The porblem with abbreviating Shakespeare is you miss the character development. Pity

Don't see it if you want the full evolution of a tragedy. The speed and superficiality make for a diminished experience. Ladies Macbeth and MacDuff emerge

74
Intelligent, Quirky, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like Shakespeare. Monaghan's Richard is well acted and while hardly subtle, he is effective. The rest are good enough to carry the drama

Don't see it if you cannot sit for three hours. It is long and at times slow in its repetitive executions. Richard is the only fully realized character

42
Dreadful musical adaptation of a beautiful play, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you have no ear for music or poetry and have never read or seen a worthy production of this exquisite play about poetry, romance and loss

Don't see it if you love theater and its magic. There is none here. A waste of a great talent in Dinklage who does what he can with nothing and no one

95
Resonant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love the craft of splendid acting in an intelligent and emotionally honest play. The themes of loss and deterioration are on point.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with pain and loss. There is much poignancy and connection but there is also the void when it is gone.

59
During previews
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Overrated, Entertaining, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you want a superficial romp instead pf meaningful Williams. While there is pathos and humor in the play it is not a comedy which this is

Don't see it if you remember the oscar winning performance in the movie of this play. This is trivial and devoid of the depth of emotions necessary to work

75
During previews
Dublin Carol
Chelsea
Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if you like/love Irish drama and the self-indulgence of its characters. The acting is very good and the story all too familiar. Effective

Don't see it if you have no patience for the Irish emotionalism. It is all over the play and stigmatizes the characters but it is worth seeing for craft

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