Marilyn 22

Sherman | 65+ | Female
About:  I'm a children's book writer who loves the theater, especially great musicals.
Reviews (100)
72
Overrated, Great lead performances. great set design. clunky plot--especially in last act.

See it if You want to see a terrific performance by Annette Bening and a really good one by Tracy Letts. You're interested in Miller's canon.

Don't see it if You want something fresh without moralizing and clumsy plot devices. You want strong acting all around.

Also I have a like/not so much relationship with Arthur Miller's plays. I u... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Fabulous performance by lead., Hilarious, Great singing

See it if You want to laugh--a lot. You want to see an amazing performance by Santino Fontana.

Don't see it if You prefer groundbreaking musicals. You have an issue with men in drag.

Also I thoroughly enjoyed this. I still can't figure out how Santino Fontan... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Rabble-rousing, Great singing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You like great singing (and piano playing) and excellent agitprop with a fascinating history.

Don't see it if You prefer subtle character studies and productions that are not minimalist.

Also I thoroughly enjoyed this rabble-rouser. The music was wonderful and t... Read more Read less

74
Disappointing, Predictable., Good acting., Thinner than expected.

See it if Jake Gyllenhaal is wonderful. If you've experienced loss (or even if you haven't) and want to see how two plays deal with that

Don't see it if You want to see two plays about loss that go deeper. You want an uplifting evening (although there is hope at the end of A Life).

Also Although most viewers seem to prefer Sea Wall, I preferred A Life, whi... Read more Read less

90
Refreshing, Clever, Relevant, Charming. touching.

See it if You want to see something surprising and fresh, with heart and relevance.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional plays. You are uninterested in cultures outside of North America.

Also I was charmed by this and happy to see a play with warmth and humor, a... Read more Read less

82
Entertaining, Light-hearted. great dancing. clever lyrics.

See it if You want a fun show that doesn't take itself seriously and doesn't insult the audience either. You appreciate good choreography.

Don't see it if You want it to be as rich and moving as the film. You don't like song parodies.

Also Having read reviews, I didn't expect much, and to my delight, I had a ... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Disappointing, Overrated, Thin characterizations.

See it if You want to view a wonderful performance by Elaine May. You are a fan of Lonergan's work.

Don't see it if You want a play with more plot and deeper characterizations.

Also I have trouble with plays that feature a character's decline, but fail... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Relevant, Great acting, Slow burn., Hard to hear.

See it if You like a character study and don't need a lot of plot. You like Marin Ireland and good acting.

Don't see it if You prefer plot. You want to be able to hear the lines!

Also After the first act, I wondered where the show was going, but the seco... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want to laugh and enjoy a light-hearted musical with a good heart.

Don't see it if You have an issue with the theme of inclusiveness. You don't get a lot of Broadway inside jokes.

Also I laughed a lot at the four Broadway types (and I do mean types) and w... Read more Read less

62
Disappointing, Contrived., Flat.

See it if You are interested in the dichotomy between political activism and motherhood, caring for the many or the few. You Channing and Dancy.

Don't see it if You want a play that really delves into this dichotomy, that is moving and doesn't feel like a "play."

Also I got tickets for Apologia because I like Stockard Channing and Hugh D... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Intelligent, Refreshing, Bill irwin is a national treasure

See it if You are a fan of Bill Irwin. You want to see a unique take on Samuel Beckett.

Don't see it if You really dislike Beckett and don't have the patience to listen to his tricky texts.

Also I adore Bill Irwin. He is a marvelous performer of great intelligence ... Read more Read less

88
Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Witty., Subtle relationships.

See it if You want to see great acting, backroom drama, and subtle relationships between the main characters.

Don't see it if You prefer splashier, louder drama or melodrama. You don't like talky plays.

Also I enjoyed this play because of the great performances and interesting ... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Disappointing, Cliched, Great singing, Gorgeous songs. cobbled together.

See it if You're a Bob Dylan fan and want to hear his wonderful songs beautifully sung.

Don't see it if You prefer plots that are fresh, moving, and satisfying. You want something upbeat.

Also The songs and singing are great and the performances are quite good, b... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Overstuffed. unfocused.

See it if You're interested in Hellman's works. You want to support the wonderful Mint Theatre.

Don't see it if You want to see a play that holds together. You expect great acting from the Mint (as I've come to expect).

Also From an historical perspective, it's worth seeing this play for Hellma... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Great singing, Excellent performances., Beautiful music.

See it if You love Bizet's music and want to hear it well-sung. You relish the chance to see a rarely performed musical.

Don't see it if You have trouble with minimalist sets and a small cast, and somewhat problematic sight-lines.

Also I enjoyed this production, especially the singing and Bill T. Jones's ... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Witty

See it if You enjoy plays that deal with politics and sex in a thoughtful, witty, non-smarmy way. You appreciate great writing and acting.

Don't see it if You don't like plays with a lot of dialogue that were written in an era when dialogue ruled.

Also I loved this! It was remarkably fresh and engaging and the acting was ... Read more Read less

95
Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Great dancing., Entertaining

See it if You love silly fun musicals with superb clowning and dancing. You adore Christian Borle.

Don't see it if You want something serious and more contemporary. You don't feel like a good laugh.

Also I had a thoroughly good time. I adore Christian Borle and silly musica... Read more Read less

85
Great staging, Hilarious, Good script and lyrics., Delightfully meta

See it if You want to laugh and have a perfectly enjoyable time. You appreciate clever writing, good dancing and performances.

Don't see it if You prefer more memorable music and you dislike loud rock. You want a teen story that digs deeper.

Also This was a lot of fun! I laughed out loud a lot and really enjoyed the... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Clever, Funny, Light. masterful versifying.

See it if You enjoy farce and want a good laugh. You admire the work of a brilliant versifier, David Ives.

Don't see it if You prefer something weighty and you dislike rhymed couplets.

Also The playwright himself said this is light as gossamer--and sometimes t... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Relevant, Sweet, but not compelling., Great singing, Score not memorable.

See it if You like something timely and sympathetic. You want to see a believable portrayal of a teen.

Don't see it if You want to hear a memorable score and see a piece that has more depth and originality.

Also I'm having a hard time putting my finger on why I wasn't especially mo... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Great writing, Wonderful music. lack of chemistry., Disappointing

See it if You've never seen My Fair Lady, a great musical. You love Norbert Leo Butz, as I do.

Don't see it if You are troubled by sound issues. You want to hear brilliant vocals, especially by Eliza Doolittle.

Also I saw My Fair Lady on stage when I was ten, many, many moons ago, and ... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You like fresh, ambitious plays skillfully written in the style of an 18th century novel.

Don't see it if You prefer short plays that require less attention. You don't like picaresque works.

Also This is a terrific play--clever, thought-provoking, witty. It brought ... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Cheerful.

See it if You are a musical theatre aficionado and like to get glimpses into lesser known works.

Don't see it if You want to see only full productions of top drawer musicals.

Also My husband and I had a delightful time. The man in the chair was a hoo... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Needs somewhat more balance

See it if You want a play that is, in fact, relevant and features fine acting and topics worthy of discussion.

Don't see it if You don't want your own biases challenged. You want all of the characters' behavior to be thoroughly plausible.

Also I saw the first preview and the play is not yet frozen. The actors had... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Fresh.

See it if You enjoy well-made lost gems that are relevant today. You love great acting.

Don't see it if You prefer a lot of action rather than dialogue. You don't want to deal with dialect.

Also The Mint Theatre is a wonderful group that unearths old plays that des... Read more Read less

70
Could stand cutting and possibly rearranging., Thought-provoking, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You want to learn about Socrates and his methods, as I did.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through a long play that has a depressing ending (spoiler alert--he dies).

Also I'm finding it hard to write about this play. One critic called it "in... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Ink
Predictable. good acting. needs focus., Overrated

See it if You're interested in Rupert Murdoch, tabloids, and British history. You're a fan of Bertie Carvel and Jonny Lee Miller.

Don't see it if You want a play that isn't obvious, focuses on Murdoch, and isn't a mishmash of styles (musical numbers, satire, straight drama, etc.).

Also I was really looking forward to this play as I am interested in the ab... Read more Read less

55
During previews
Muddled. distasteful subplot. good acting.

See it if You're a big Guare (and Hitchcock) fan. You like plays about plays.

Don't see it if You want to see a play where the cleverness adds up in the end. You are put off by a subplot involving child pornography.

Also I wanted to like this because I've really enjoyed some of Guare's play... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Entertaining, Intelligent, Infuriating--in a good way., Light touch, underlying seriousness.

See it if You like a well-written play that has something to say, but does it with a light hand.

Don't see it if You get angered when strong female characters don't get a fair shake. You dislike a lot of dialogue.

Also I love what the Mint does--and I really enjoyed this play, although I ... Read more Read less

78
Ambitious, Dated, Good performances., Enjoyable, but overrated.

See it if You love the novel and want to see a play based on it. You're a fan of Jeff Daniels and Aaron Sorkin.

Don't see it if You prefer great novels to plays that attempt to distill great novels.

Also I read To Kill in Mockingbird in high school and, to be honest, really... Read more Read less

82
Funny, Great singing, Light. a bit prearranged, categorical.

See it if You love good acting and directing and want to laugh. The argument behind the play is an interesting one.

Don't see it if You want the argument to be less black-and-white and the ending of the play to be less of a cop-out.

Also I'm a writer who works with fact checkers, so I had fun. Loved the per... Read more Read less

88
Great acting, Relevant, Riveting, Not subtle, but powerful.

See it if You appreciate great acting with a lot of energy and a play, though not subtle, packs a punch.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Brecht and his ideas about theatre as a distancing medium. You want a subtle piece.

Also I was blown away by Raul Esparza's performance, which a critic dubbed ... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You want a play that has both brains and heart and something you can really discuss with other folks. You're a Stoppard fan.

Don't see it if You don't like plays with a lot of talk and don't care to think about consciousness. You're not a Stoppard fan.

Also I loved this play. It moved swiftly and was engaging throughout--and i... Read more Read less

95
Enchanting, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Just plain fun!

See it if If you like the Harry Potter series, magic in the storyline and the stagecraft, this is for you!

Don't see it if If you are really not familiar with the Harry Potter books, or, worse, dislike them, don't go.

Also We went on my husband's birthday and had a blast! The plays were fun a... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Great staging, Original

See it if You like original works that feature great staging and performances, interesting characters and plot, that combine humor and pathos.

Don't see it if You don't like things that mix the surreal with the real, that shift between humor and pathos.

Also One of the freshest things I've seen this year, this play blended funn... Read more Read less

70
Good intentions, but doesn't go deep enough., Disappointing, Good performances.

See it if You admire Gloria Steinem. You need a dose of hope in this difficult times. You want to be with folks who most likely share your views.

Don't see it if You want a more nuanced portrait of Gloria Steinem and the issues she had and still has to face.

Also I wanted to like this play more than I did. Despite the good performan... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Entertaining, Resonant, Quirky, Funny, Sad.

See it if You want a refreshing and funny/sad take based on a real and terrible event. You're interested in other cultures (or perhaps your own).

Don't see it if You don't appreciate a combination of realism, imaginative myth-spinning, dance, and lots of talk about food and beer.

Also Some folks have complained about the "pirate stuff" in the play (the P... Read more Read less

92
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Fresh

See it if You relish a production of the play that makes sense and is enlightening. You appreciate excellent acting.

Don't see it if You don't like Chekhov and you can't sit still for nearly two hours. You prefer a broader style of performance.

Also I'm a Chekhov fan, but I'd never read Vanya and decided to shortly bef... Read more Read less

67
Unfocused. good acting, but inconsistent characters. relevant, but not deep., Disappointing

See it if You want some easy laughs and a few insights into the evolution of attitudes within the gay/transgender community.

Don't see it if You want to see that evolution explored more deeply and prefer a less messy play with characters that act with consistency.

Also I loved Jordan Harrison's THE AMATEURS and thought MARJORIE PRIME was ... Read more Read less

55
During previews
Disappointing, Cliched, Shallow. sit-com.

See it if You want to see Idina Menzel on stage. You like sit-coms with a dash of nudity.

Don't see it if You prefer a play with depth and interesting characters. You are offended by talk about sex and that said dash of nudity.

Also I really liked Josh Harmon's ADMISSIONS, so I was interested in SKINTI... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great dancing. disconnected. melodramatic

See it if You like ballet and great dancing. You're a Tony Yazbeck fan.

Don't see it if You like a fresh plot and want the romantic dancing and script to mesh rather than jar.

Also I love great dancing and I'm a big Tony Yazbeck fan, so I was eager to... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Minimalist, Sexy

See it if You want the chance to see a compelling production of a lesser known Tennessee Williams play, featuring great acting.

Don't see it if You dislike minimalist sets, mime instead of props, and an unfortunate dose of racial stereotyping.

Also I found this production engrossing, as it focused on the words and emo... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Great acting, Erudite., Cerebral., Quirky

See it if You are versed in The Importance of Being Ernest, James Joyce, Dada, and Lenin. You revel in clever intellectual writing.

Don't see it if You are not versed in the above and uninterested in the purpose/meaning/attitudes toward art. You prefer more emotional plays.

Also I'm a Tom Stoppard fan and I enjoy debates about the purpose and meani... Read more Read less

93
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Absorbing, Masterful

See it if You want to see a masterpiece beautifully performed.

Don't see it if You can't sit through four-hour, dialogue-driven plays. You don't understand why the play has to be so long.

Also I have read this play twice (once many years ago, then right before se... Read more Read less

92
Great staging, Great dancing., Refreshing, Entertaining, Dynamic

See it if You want to see some amazing tangos and Charleston dances. You'd enjoy a beautifully staged, rarely seen Tony winner.

Don't see it if You prefer your musicals to have more individualized characters. You don't like overlapping dialogue/songs.

Also I'd never seen this musical before and I was delighted with the stagin... Read more Read less

92
Entertaining, Multi-layered. original., Great acting, Gorgeous design.

See it if You like to contemplate the nature of theatre, character development, and where writers "get their ideas." You want to laugh and be moved.

Don't see it if You prefer linear plays and dislike anyone breaking the fourth wall or giving a long monologue.

Also I thoroughly enjoyed this play. I'm a writer, and folks always ask whe... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Balanced.

See it if You want a rich play that challenges many people's previously held opinions and offers no easy answers.

Don't see it if You don't want to think about race and white privilege. You want a play with characters that are clearly right and wrong.

Also I thought this was a terrific play. It is the opposite of simplistic a... Read more Read less

80
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You appreciate great singing and love Jule Styne/Comden and Green. You are interested in lesser known musicals.

Don't see it if You want a piece about black history to be more on target and penetrating, with an ending that doesn't just fade away.

Also I saw the final performance and one of the lead actors didn't show up ... Read more Read less

92
Hilarious, Great singing, Great staging, Raunchy, Good-humored

See it if You enjoy irreverent, raunchy, but not mean-spirited humor and great singing and dancing.

Don't see it if You are offended by irreverence and satire, particularly about religion. You want a nuanced view of the world.

65
Disappointing, Thin. forced. lovely singing and set.

See it if You're a Mark Rylance fan. You're interested in Baroque music and a little known piece of history.

Don't see it if You want a play with passion and surprise and a deep portrayal of the healing power of music.

Also I am a big Mark Rylance fan, so I was excited to see this. I'm sad to ... Read more Read less