Marilyn 22

Brooklyn | 65+ | Female
About:  I'm a children's book writer who loves the theater, especially great musicals.
Reviews (118)
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

75
The Front Page
Midtown W
Entertaining, Disappointing, Funny, Imbalanced

See it if You want to see a classic with a talented ensemble.

Don't see it if You want to see a production that balances the humor and bite of said classic.

Also Although some people found the first act boring, I didn't. I enjoyed t... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Party People
East Village
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great singing, Long

See it if You want to see a fascinating and edgy piece of history about the Black Panthers and Young Lords.

Don't see it if You can't sit through a long and sometimes tricky to follow piece.

88
Verso
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if Like me, you're a sucker for excellent close-up magic performed by an engaging storyteller.

Don't see it if You're a cynic and/or you don't enjoy being fooled.

98
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if If you like thoughtful Chekhovian family plays with great acting.

Don't see it if If you want obvious, cliched dysfunctional family dramas and you don't like to listen closely.

97
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if If you love innovative theatre with great acting.

Don't see it if If you love a proscenium stage.

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

92
For a previous production
Enchanting, Great acting, Refreshing, Wistful

See it if You enjoy fresh, unique musicals with a very good score and excellent performances.

Don't see it if You want something fast-paced with an ending that ties up everything neatly.

Also I pretty much love everything Tony Shalhoub is in and David Yazbek com... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Masterful, Resonant, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if Want to spend another rich, satisfying, poignant, yet often humorous evening with the Gabriels and you like great writing and acting.

Don't see it if You don't like quiet plays to which you have to listen and pay attention.

68
For a previous production
Sweat
Midtown W
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You don't know much about the travails of the working class and want to learn more.

Don't see it if You want real insight into those travails through original story-telling and well-developed characters.

70
During previews
Plenty
East Village
Dated, Overrated, Disappointing, Good acting, Empty

See it if If you want to see a famous play that was deemed edgy when it opened. If you like good acting.

Don't see it if If you want to care about the protagonist. If you want a play that has something resonant to say and not the facade of resonance.

Also I rarely post about things I don't care for, but this play irritated m... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Fabulous dancing

See it if You love shows based on fun movie musicals and adore great dancing and singing.

Don't see it if You hate tap dancing, old-fashioned plots, and Irving Berlin.

94
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Resonant, Relevant, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if Pretty much everyone.

Don't see it if You hate rap.