Marilyn 22

Brooklyn | 65+ | Female
About:  I'm a children's book writer who loves the theater, especially great musicals.
Reviews (111)
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
The Amateurs
Gramercy
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
Admissions
Upper W Side
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
Hallelujah, Baby!
Midtown E
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

65
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Shallow., Disappointing, Trendy., Missed opportunity

See it if You like lightweight political plays and Trump jokes. You want to see Uma Thurman's Broadway debut and a fine performance by Blair Brown.

Don't see it if You think that late night talk shows do a better job with Trump jokes. You want a play with meaningful high stakes.

88
Harry Clarke
West Village
Tour de force performance. witty. entertaining. naughty. somewhat slight.

See it if You appreciate brilliant acting and an entertaining picaresque tale.

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows or plays in which sex is a main ingredient. You want something a bit deeper.

Also I enjoyed this play primarily because Billy Crudup's performance is a ... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining

See it if You want to see a different take on a wonderful play. You love Ellen Burstyn.

Don't see it if You want to see and feel real chemistry between the lovers in the show. You dislike cuts to Shakespeare.

Also I enjoyed this production, but it didn't make my heart soar or tender ... Read more Read less

78
During previews
The Portuguese Kid
Midtown W
Great acting, Hilarious, Fluffy, Entertaining, Slight

See it if You want a good laugh and appreciate terrific actors with excellent timing.

Don't see it if You want to see something with depth that doesn't rely on laughs both classy and cheap.

Also I love Sherie Rene Scott and Mary Testa. They and Jason Alexander have... Read more Read less

77
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You are a lover of musicals and familiar with their plots and the context of numbers.

Don't see it if You want a cohesive show with numbers that flow into one another.

Also It's tricky to discuss this show. I love musicals and Hal Prince has b... Read more Read less

70
Pipeline
Upper W Side
Relevant, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy a relevant show with issues worth pondering and discussing.

Don't see it if You prefer a piece that is less didactic and talky and more character-driven.

Also I really wanted to like this play more than I did. I was gripped by An... Read more Read less

85
The Lucky One
Midtown W
Intelligent, Resonant, Refreshing, Insightful.

See it if You like a psychologically sound play about sibling rivalry that is still relevant.

Don't see it if You dislike a lot of exposition and buttoned-up characters. You don't give a fig about golf.

Also I don't give a fig about golf and was worried at the beginning of the ... Read more Read less

90
Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining, Goofy., Needed

See it if You want to laugh a lot and see some great comedic acting.

Don't see it if You believe all Russian plays are serious and you want them to be.

Also In these difficult times, I need a good laugh and this play gave me ma... Read more Read less

82
The Golden Apple
Midtown W
Great singing, Great dancing, Fabulous music, Goofy plot, Entertaining

See it if You want to see and hear a cult musical with wonderful music and terrific dancing.

Don't see it if You want the book to be as good as the music and dancing.

Also I enjoyed seeing this because of the singing and dancing and lush orch... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy intelligent dialogue about marriage, feminism and love. You are an Ibsen fan and would enjoy a "spin-off" with great acting.

Don't see it if You don't like a dialogue-driven show with little action. You dislike modernization of a classic (even though it's a spin-off).

Also I enjoyed this play, especially the fact that the four characters, bri... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Entertaining, Great staging, Fun. terrific leads.

See it if You enjoy a well-staged show with a good book and terrific leading actors with a decent, witty score.

Don't see it if You can only envision Bill Murray in the lead and you want truly memorable songs.

Also My husband and I both enjoyed this. It sticks closely to the movie and... Read more Read less

70
During previews
War Paint
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great singing, Mediocre songs. shallow. great costumes.

See it if You want to see Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole together on stage. You're interested in successful business women.

Don't see it if You want an in-depth look at Rubenstein and Arden. You want to hear a great score.

Also I love LuPone and Ebersole, which was my main reason for going to the ... Read more Read less

80
The Outer Space
East Village
Funny, Quirky, Endearing. clever lyrics.

See it if You enjoy eclectic music, good lyrics, a quirky story--and you live or have lived in NYC.

Don't see it if You expect a real plot and a musical with a full cast of performers.

Also I haven't encountered Ethan Lipton's work before and I was tickled by ... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Confusing

See it if You are a Sarah Ruhl fan and you like explorations of sex, marriage, being a carnivore, academia, etc.

Don't see it if You want a focused play on any one (or a few) of those topics.

Also Sarah Ruhl has a fertile mind and many ideas worth exploring. The prob... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing, Unbalanced, Worth seeing

See it if You want to see great acting. You like dramas about family dynamics, failure, sibling rivalry.

Don't see it if You dislike talky dramas about family dynamics, failure, sibling rivalry. You expect the playwright to understand how money/investments wor

Also It's tricky writing about THE PRICE because I have to separate the fla... Read more Read less

82
Great acting, Refreshing, Relevant, Warm, Unsentimental

See it if You like vignettes featuring interesting people you probably don't know and might not think you want to.

Don't see it if You require plot with a strong arc and you dislike swearing and the demimonde.

Also This play doesn't have much of a plot, which is one of the reasons I l... Read more Read less

90
During previews
The Liar
East Village
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if You want to laugh and you appreciate the great amount of talent and technique it takes to write a play in rhyming couplets.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy farce or rhyming couplets.

Also I rate plays on if they succeed at what they attempt to do, not on the... Read more Read less

68
Tiny Beautiful Things
East Village
Atlernately wise and irritating. more a reading than a play. good acting.

See it if You're a fan of Cheryl Strayed and advice columns.

Don't see it if You prefer a play (action, plot, characters) as opposed to what seemed to be more like a reading.

Also I wasn't bored, but I also wasn't moved, and now I have a hard time re... Read more Read less

72
The Babylon Line
Upper W Side
Funny, Confusing, Quirky

See it if You're interested in the art of writing. If you have a fondness for Long Island and enjoy seeing entertaining characters from that milieu.

Don't see it if You want a cohesive play that cuts deeper. You're tired of depressed female characters who are not really that interesting.

Also I am conflicted about this play. I grew up near Levittown and took the... 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
The Low Road
East Village
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
Hey, Look Me Over!
Midtown W
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
Relevance
West Village
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
Hindle Wakes
Midtown W
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

75
The Wolves
Upper W Side
Great staging, Disappointing, Good ensemble, Contrived ending

See it if You are excited about great staging, a talented all-female ensemble, and young adult stories.

Don't see it if You want to see a strong play that is moving without being contrived.

Also Full disclosure--I write children's and young adult books and was look... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You want a fresh take on a classic. You admire Kate Hamill's adaptations. You like talented actors playing multiple roles.

Don't see it if You are wedded to a conventional version of a classic. You prefer the serious to the screwball.

Also I'm a fan of Kate Hamill's work and I enjoy fresh versions of classics... Read more Read less

65
Illyria
East Village
Disappointing, Anticlimactic., Insular., Good first scene.

See it if You are interested in the history of Shakespeare in the Park, even though you know the outcome. You love Richard Nelson's work.

Don't see it if You want to see topnotch Nelson. You know the outcome of the history of Shakespeare in the Park.

Also It pains me to say that I didn't care for this play because I loved th... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Junk
Upper W Side
Confusing, Unsubtle., Relevant, Two-dimensional

See it if You are interested in and knowledgeable about the world of finance.

Don't see it if You feel you need a primer to understand finance and you prefer to see multi-dimensional characters.

Also I don't know much about finance and have not been particularly interes... Read more Read less

75
Mixed bag. unfinished. quirky. good acting. worth seeing.

See it if You are interested in Deevy's work and the Mint Theatre's mission. You want to see some good performances by actors playing multiple roles.

Don't see it if You want satisfying, complete plays, all of which work.

Also I am a fan of the Mint's mission. I know Deevy is one of their major r... Read more Read less

85
Bandstand
Midtown W
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great dancing

See it if You like musicals with great dancing and singing and a relatively ambitious book that mostly avoids the saccharine.

Don't see it if You dislike musicals and prefer to hear actual standards instead of new tunes that are reminiscent of them.

Also I did not expect much from this show and was delighted at how much I e... Read more Read less

96
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Great dancing

See it if You love classic, well-made, tuneful musicals.

Don't see it if You hate classic, well-made, tuneful musicals.

Also I love Donna Murphy and I deliberately got tickets to see her. She was... Read more Read less

60
The Whirligig
Midtown W
Disappointing, Contrived. tedious. good acting.

See it if You want to see this good cast. You're interested in plays about addiction.

Don't see it if You want to see a play that isn't contrived and is determined to interconnect every character and event.

Also I love Norbert Leo Butz and was excited to see him and this excellent ... Read more Read less

90
Vanity Fair
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You want a fresh take on a classic novel with splendid acting.

Don't see it if You want a short play that's action-packed and you don't want to listen to much dialogue.

Also I think Kate Hamill is amazing. I loved her Sense and Sensibility even... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Pacific Overtures
East Village
Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent, Resonant, Problematic.

See it if You love Sondheim and his most unusual show. You want to learn more about Japanese history.

Don't see it if You don't like a minimalist approach to this show. You get annoyed by song and text cuts.

Also This is a tricky one to discuss. First of all, I ADORE this show. I sa... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Slow, Disappointing, Great singing, Good performances. mingy design.

See it if You love Christian Borle (as I do). You want to see what's been done to this well-known work.

Don't see it if You dislike stereotyped characters and a set too small for such a big theatre. You want a fast-paced show.

Also Hoo boy, where to begin? Roald Dahl was tough on his characters, so it... Read more Read less

92
During previews
The Antipodes
Midtown W
Clever, Great writing, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You're a fan of Annie Baker's work. You're a writer (or not) who's interested in the stories we tell ourselves and how we tell them.

Don't see it if You dislike the mixture of the real and the mythic. You want a fast-moving work.

Also This is the third Annie Baker play I've seen. Her works are all differ... Read more Read less

90
The New Yorkers
Midtown W
Hilarious, Great singing, Great dancing. ridiculous. superb songs.

See it if You love Cole Porter, frothy fun, and sheer nonsense. You remember Jimmy Durante.

Don't see it if You hate Cole Porter, frothy fun, sheer nonsense, and Jimmy Durante.

Also My husband and I took two thirty-year-olds to see this fluff from 1930... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Gently Down the Stream
East Village
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want to see a great performance by Harvey Fierstein. You are unfamiliar with gay history. You want a hopeful ending

Don't see it if You want more depth of character and exploration of a May-December relationship. You do not like long monologues.

Also I enjoyed this play and was glad to be reminded of what a wonderful ac... Read more Read less

95
For a previous production
Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You think John Leguizamo is brilliant and you want an antidote to the U.S. educational system.

Don't see it if You think everything is fine as is with the U.S. educational system and you don't understand "what the fuss is about."

Also I have loved every play John Leguizamo has written and performed. He's... Read more Read less

78
Big River
Midtown W
Noble attempt. respectful. pleasant, but unfulfilling.

See it if You love country music and are interested in the history of musical theatre (and Tony winners).

Don't see it if You can't see the point in adding music to Huck Finn. You think the book is a masterpiece and this musical is not.

Also I'd never seen or heard Big River and I tried to take it on its own te... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Intelligent, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Perverse

See it if You like perverse theatre that challenges expectations and makes you listen.

Don't see it if You want something fast-moving and crystal clear in its plot and intentions.

Also I don't know why people disliked this play. My husband and I both foun... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Great acting, Vibrant, Absorbing, Incomplete, Resonant

See it if You appreciate a great ensemble and the work of a one of America's most talented playwrights.

Don't see it if You expect this to be as great as JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE or some of Wilson's other works.

Also I really enjoyed this, but the end felt abrupt, rushed, hence my tag "... Read more Read less

92
Sweet Charity
Midtown W
Great singing, Great staging, Delightful, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a refreshing take on this show with great performances by Sutton Foster and Shuler Hensley.

Don't see it if You want a big, boffo production with an upbeat ending.

Also I don't understand the negative reviews of this production. Although I... Read more Read less

92
Great acting, Masterful, Relevant, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if You want to explore relevant issues of racism, education, and the prison system performed by a brilliant actor.

Don't see it if You don't want to think about these issues.

Also Anna Deavere Smith portrays 17 people and you'd swear they were all on... Read more Read less