Marisa L

New York City | 18-24 | Female
About:  Theatre student at NYU really wanting to see EVERYTHING.
Reviews (33)
57
During previews
Slow, Intelligent, Dated, Great staging

See it if You're a fan of the playwright or any of the actors in the show. The set was beautiful and creative, but did not make the show worthwhile.

Don't see it if you're expecting a classic that is worth a current revival. This show, to me, is not a story that needs to be told again.

Also Listen, the actors are all doing a great job and there's some great di... Read more Read less

82
Charm
West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You feel underrepresented as a whole in mainstream media or want to see a group of talented, whole-hearted actors tell a touching story.

Don't see it if You want a linear, realism-esque play. I think this play is vital for everyone to see regardless of gender expression/sexuality.

85
Absorbing, Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if you want to see and hear a musical unlike anything you've seen on Broadway before.

Don't see it if You don't like opera (barely any dialogue) and you're hard of hearing, sometimes the staging made it hard to hear/understand.

Also Show closed too soon! Honestly one of the best shows I've seen on Broa... Read more Read less

83
Sweat
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Profound

See it if You want to see an amazing team of actors show the fragility of human emotion in a small town and have a nostalgia for the early 2000s.

Don't see it if You can't sit through a long play (2 hours and 25 mins) or you're sensitive towards harsh language/staging about violence/drug abuse.

70
Great singing, Great staging, Overrated

See it if You love these composers and are already a fan of the show, or want to see some star power in the role of Kim and the Engineer.

Don't see it if You don't like long musicals or ill-fated love stories. Personally, I think the show is dated and isn't worth seeing.

80
During previews
Kid Victory
Gramercy
Absorbing, Intense, Great singing

See it if You love Kander style shows with dark subject matter treated with a darkly comedic twist that makes you question every aspect of your life.

Don't see it if You don't like seeing heavy subject matter musicalized or you're very uncomfortable with dangerous and extremely unhealthy relationships.

Also It has a few things to work out, but I really think this show is worth... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Masterful, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You want to see an amazing actress and theatre creator play several different roles & educate her audience on the school-to-prison pipeline.

Don't see it if You don't like non-linear, one woman shows and you're afraid of questioning yourself and being addressed directly as an audience member.

70
During previews
This Day Forward
Gramercy
Great acting, Entertaining, Dated

See it if You want to see a classic (somewhat overdone) storyline (that has a small, well done twist) with some incredible acting and 1958 nostalgia.

Don't see it if You're looking for something new and exciting. The show was kinda white washed and the story isn't anything new, but the acting is on point.

88
Enchanting, Great singing, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if You want to see freak-show difference shed in a slightly more idealistically-modern light and want to see some killer acapella realness.

Don't see it if You don't like acapella or one-act musicals. This is a great little nugget of art with a bright future.

69
During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Messy

See it if You love Chekhov and want to see a thought-provoking and truly American take on the piece, even though it hasn't been displaced from Russia.

Don't see it if You cannot stand pieces that don't seem to have a cohesion in acting choices, set and design. It seems as if no one worked together.

Also Harold Perrineau and Celia Keenan-Bolger's performances were shining l... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Bears in Space
Midtown E
Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You love puppets, Game of Thrones or need a really good laugh and love seeing truly original and creative work.

Don't see it if You hate puppets or don't enjoy one-act silly comedies. Oh, and if you're from SECTOR 7! (;

90
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You are a New Yorker looking for a raucous laugh, love puppets, or just love crude but witty humor.

Don't see it if You're creeped out by puppets or on stage puppet nudity. Or if you're easily offended.

91
During previews
Stet
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You are a college student and you want a show with incredible writing that gives every perspective on college rape cases with respect.

Don't see it if "You're a Joe blow from Indiana who thinks that a woman who claims she was raped should keep her legs closed."

85
For a previous production
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love jukebox musicals, the Four Seasons, or are Italian and proud of it.

Don't see it if You want to see women in an integral role--this show is HEAVILY lacking any female perspective past being the lovers of the men.

100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great singing

See it if You love Rodgers and Hammerstein and want to see one of their greatest works done expertly and adeptly for a modern audience.

Don't see it if You're misogynistic and close-minded. This show is about acceptance, open-mindedness and approaching difference with kindness & intelligence

91
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You are looking for a show with a dark but entertaining humor that appeases both young and older audiences.

Don't see it if You're coy about onstage sexual behavior--otherwise, this show is excellent and really exercises Behrs's acting chops past her TV fame.

91
Rizing
Soho/Tribeca
Exquisite, Great writing, Masterful, Must see, Great acting

See it if You're tired of seeing stereotypes played on stage and screen and you want to see masterful writing and acting in a beautiful piece.

Don't see it if You are an idiot. Everyone should see this show (unless you're squeamish at a little bit of blood).

80
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You love Shakespeare being reimagined, or just watching fun, innovative actors perform a magical and romantic Shakespeare classic.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare being cut, or if you're not good at following along: there were actors playing multiple parts.

Also I think the show was an almost perfect cut: some parts were too short ... Read more Read less

60
War Paint
Midtown W
Great singing, Great acting, Overrated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You want to see Patti and Christine Ebersole, you love elaborate costumes and you got a good deal on tickets.

Don't see it if You don't like Patti or Christine. Gave a 60 PURELY for their performances. The show is otherwise lacking plot and good lyrics/music.

65
Great singing, Disappointing

See it if You want to see the power of Jo Lampert reign over a messy score and you are inspired by Joan of Arc's storyline and persistence.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a show for star power or music with a good beat but horrible lyrics. Really failed to show Joan's complexities.

90
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Great writing

See it if You're familiar w/ the Ibsen classic and want to see a masterful sequel that pokes fun of its predecessor while still delivering poignancy.

Don't see it if You don't like Ibsen characters and storylines being transformed into an almost Brechtian style.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a show about unconditional love that questions both religion and the parameters that make someone "guilty" of a crime.

Don't see it if You can't sit through a 3-hour but throughly interesting performance. There is an intermission, but it is LONG.

85
Great singing, Riveting, Great staging

See it if You want your face blown off from the amazingly talented cast singing at you and you want to see a show that shines hope through hard times.

Don't see it if You like to sit in your seat quietly during a Broadway show.

80
During previews
In Transit
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if You want to hear excellent musicians singing fun and clever music that expertly shows off their talent and tastefully pokes fun at the MTA.

Don't see it if You don't like acapella music or cannot sit through 100 minutes without an intermission.

Also Overall, a very fun show! The humor seems directed to a younger audien... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Edgy, Sensual

See it if You live for immersive theatre, love playing detective, and enjoy movement based pieces with minimal dialogue but a lot of symbolic meaning.

Don't see it if You can't stand for 2 hours straight or want a linear story-line. Most of the dialogue is philosophical with movement telling the story.

70
During previews
The Encounter
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Misplaced

See it if You want to see a play like Broadway has never seen before, enjoy experimental theatre and want your senses to be challenged.

Don't see it if You dislike 2 hour one-man productions with no intermission and/or are easily triggered by certain sounds (blasts, pops, etc.).

Also Do NOT be fooled by Ben Brantley's claim about it being the "most full... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Funny, Great singing

See it if You like song cycles and want a refreshing, short-ish comedy that doesn't make fun of the human race, but celebrates it.

Don't see it if You want a play with a linear plot or or don't find poop-level humor funny.

85
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love classic musical theatre and Fosse.

Don't see it if You haven't gone to the gym... In a long time....

90
Bright Star
Midtown W
Delightful, Great staging, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if You love folk music and a classic story of love with INCREDIBLE singing. Oh and if you're willing to cry like a baby in the theatre.

Don't see it if You're looking for ambitious new theatre. This is a show based on the old way of musical theatre story telling, and it does it BEAUTIFULLY.

80
Delightful, Great staging, Exquisite

See it if You want to see the books brought to life on the stage. The lights, stage and puppet designs were simply breathtaking.

Don't see it if You want experienced performers with boundless energy. The shows design and blocking saved it, but the acting was pretty uninspired.

82
Cliched, Funny, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You're a musical theatre/Shakespeare fan and you want a good few laughs with some leather-clad cod-pieced men dancing fun choreography.

Don't see it if You are tired of the "musical making fun of musicals" trope-this is definitely that, and not the best one to date.

87
Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Fluffy, Romantic

See it if You want to see a rom-com that is perfectly done--simple, sublime with an extremely catchy score written by the best and an INCREDIBLE set.

Don't see it if You can't stand shows wrapped up in a pretty little bow at the end. If you don't like the classic musical theatre model, you won't like this

80
Himself and Nora
West Village
Absorbing, Romantic, Dizzying, Great writing, Great singing

See it if You liked Bridges of Madison County or you love soaring scores (similar to Once) with a small, talented cast. Oh, and if you love Ireland.

Don't see it if You don't like fast paced stories (a lot packed into 2 hours) or you're very picky about the accuracy of accents.