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 (214)
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

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

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

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