Marlene 5

Borough of Queens | Female
About:  I am a voracious theatergoer, subscriber to several companies with my husband, a great guy, who shares many of my passions and has many of his own. I am a photographer and jeweler and love to share in writing many of my opinions. Best at Directing or behind the lens!
Reviews (80)
84
Exceptional acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Masterful, Intelligent
January 28th, 2023

See it if Gentrification is a concern, if you are ready to engage with flawed but interesting empathetic characters,want a play that moves you.

Don't see it if If you’re looking for light hearted comedy

91
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing
January 8th, 2023

See it if Like Stephen Adly Gurgis’s plays, he always pushes the audience to engage, not be passive

Don't see it if Want a passive experience or to be entertained

55
The Nosebleed
Upper W Side
Excruciating, Overrated, Devisive, Sophomoric, Indulgent
August 21st, 2022

See it if You like participating in the theatre process, you’re given a pencil as you enter the theatre.See it if you think of theatre as therapy.

Don't see it if You love your father or if you value your time, it’s a slow crawl towards a tribute for a father that is mostly hateful.

97
Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
April 13th, 2022

See it if You like drama that makes you think, not a passive experience, politically rooted and engaging experience. Spare staging great writing.

Don't see it if If you want spectacle this isn’t that, funny moments but deals with deep issues of politics, government and race. Thoughtful and provocativ.

98
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Masterful, Great staging, Absorbing
March 20th, 2022

See it if You are interested in seeing a play that confronts past abuses, prejudices and political issues with the very same in the present. Brilliant

Don't see it if If you want a light comedy; this play is smart and provocative.

50
During previews
Disappointing, Insipid, Repetitive, Dated, Cliched
March 20th, 2022

See it if Love Debra Messing no matter what she’s doing

Don't see it if If you are interested in seeing a play with great writing and real comedic flair or if you want something that touches you.

99
Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Enchanting, Clever
July 2nd, 2019

See it if You love mythology or want to make sense of the mythology you know. So entering and exhilarating! Wonderful music and book

Don't see it if If you don’t like unusual musicals which challenge the viewer.

89
Proof of Love
West Village
Heartbreaking and surprising, Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting
July 2nd, 2019

See it if Great acting and interesting storyline, about a woman dealing with the shock of her husband’s long time infidelity. One woman show!So clever

Don't see it if If you don’t like one person shows.

96
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Riveting, Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing
July 2nd, 2019

See it if I was headphones to isolate the voices! Wow, made all the difference. Engaged from the first line. Brilliant theatre!quite the saga!!!

Don't see it if You are fearful of accents that may challenge you. Get past your fears if you enjoy family histories.

82
Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Very dark as only shepard is, Prescient
May 18th, 2019

See it if You don’t mind Shepard’s dark vision which seems to still be bearing fruit in Trump’s America.Surprising insights into developers.

Don't see it if If you looking for light entertainment.

87
During previews
Octet
Midtown W
Refreshing, Intelligent, Great singing, Delightful, Clever
May 18th, 2019

See it if you are addicted to your phones and computers or know someone who is and want a heady acapella entertainment.

Don't see it if You don’t care about technological addiction, don’t like acapella singing.

65
Indulgent, Ambitious, Great singing, Cliched, Entertaining
March 10th, 2019

See it if You enjoy good singing; stories about boys school and sexual awakening.

Don't see it if You are interested in real depth in terms of playwrighing. If you mind cliche treatment of subject. .

67
During previews
The Mother
Chelsea
Ambitious, Exquisite writing, Disturbing, Great staging, Edgy
March 10th, 2019

See it if You loved The Father are not daunted by difficult subjects of aging,loss, adultery, and mental breakdowns.Provocative play challenges viewer

Don't see it if You want to see something easy and perfectly clear cut; don’t want to be confused or questioning.

92
Hurricane Diane
East Village
Dizzying, Hilarious, Intelligent, Refreshing, Resonant
March 10th, 2019

See it if You are invested in issues of global warming with all that entails; if you want a whimsical look at Dionysus et al. saving the planet.

Don't see it if You don’t want to laugh about serious issues with an absurd plan to rescue us from our worst selves.

89
Boesman and Lena
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intense, Masterful, Great staging, Absorbing
March 10th, 2019

See it if You love Athol Fugard and are eager to confront issues of class and race; want to truly think about the plight of the impoverished.

Don't see it if If you want light entertainment that makes you feel good when you leave the theatre. No toe tapping here but great acting.

100
Great acting, Exquisite writing, Absorbing, Clever, Disappointing
May 27th, 2018

See it if You want a riveting experience, would love to see it again with iconic Glenda Jackson. Smart intuitive direction dark issues,black humor .

Don't see it if You want light entertainment that never touches on dark issues.

50
Hundred Days
East Village
Excruciating, Slow, Overly personal, Loud, Assaulting
December 28th, 2017

See it if You want to hear a very loud band tell the story of the romance of the leads in the band, you don’t care about storyline or play.

Don't see it if If you expect a cohesive play with music; this is a performance which holds very little interest after the initial few minutes

85
Actually
Midtown W
Edgy, Refreshing, Relevant, Masterful, Well written
December 28th, 2017

See it if You are concerned with issues of sexual misconduct, harassment, false allegations and the reputations of unwitting participants,

Don't see it if If you aren’t open to all the possibilities of the discussion about these so present and pressing conversations.

89
The Children
Midtown W
Chilling, Provocative, Intelligent, Great acting, Riveting
December 28th, 2017

See it if You are concerned with responsibility for environmental disasters,want to see relevant theatre which is thoughtful, great acting

Don't see it if If you just want light entertainment when you go to the theatre

87
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking
October 15th, 2017

See it if You enjoy writing that gingerly references classical literature i.e. The Scarlet Letter, that brings a modern twist to an old story

Don't see it if You have no interest in thinking about painful issues like abortion or unlawful imprisonment and a justice system gone awry.

Also Don't see it if you're looking for light entertainment

96
During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Uplifting, Refreshing in a world where humanity seems to be a distant dream, Delightfully musical
October 15th, 2017

See it if You believe diverse people are able to make connections, like middle eastern music, love watching plays that appeal to your senses.

Don't see it if You are cynical and don't believe in the brief magic of good theatre.

65
During previews
Fulfillment Center
Midtown W
Pacing is too slow, Good acting, Doesn't really come together as a play, Punchline at the end rather than fully realized development
June 8th, 2017

See it if you want to see something that suggests multi generational thinking in caricature; ok with highly dysfunctional characters in 2017 setting.

Don't see it if Are looking for quick paced theatre; very slow.

88
Linda
Midtown W
Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Provocative ideas, Discusses what is never talked about
March 29th, 2017

See it if You like plays that deal with women aging and all the issues that emerge with her invisability in other's minds. Irrelevancy!

Don't see it if You cannot find humour in a tough subject.

78
Cliched, Annoying and too long, Great staging, Mostly window dressing, Overhyped
January 15th, 2017

See it if Are an out of owner looking for spectacle and broad acting.

Don't see it if You're used to really intelligent musicals with something interesting to say.

91
Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Riveting, Exquisite often painful to watch
January 8th, 2017

See it if You love Athol Fugard's brilliant and provocative subjects of whites and blacks in South Africa, class wars and apartheid. Powerful!

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with confrontation between blacks and whites or if you are looking for light breezy fare.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Riveting, Exquisite ensemble, Polemic
January 5th, 2017

See it if You want to engage in the discussion about the black man's position in the ladder of success. See great ensemble work, masterful writing.

Don't see it if The subject doesn't interest you, or want pure entertainment without thought.

85
Clever, Absorbing, Great singing, Resonant, Historical
December 6th, 2016

See it if You are interested in unsung heroines who contributed to music history; you want to enjoy some great southern singing and a slice of history

Don't see it if You don't care for gospel music, aren't interested in her story.

80
A Life
Midtown W
Dazzling staging, Surprising plot twists, Wonderful vehicle for david hyde pierce, Absorbing
November 4th, 2016

See it if Want to see an interesting use of the stage with a solid acor, Pierce and strong supporting actors.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a play about an ageing gay man who is still looking for a love connection or not.

49
During previews
Falsettos
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Repetitive, Slow
October 26th, 2016

See it if You don't mind seeing something which may have been relevant 20 years ago, if you have money to burn.

Don't see it if You saw it when it first came out years ago and was fresh. You don't want a play to hammer you over and over to drive the point home.

Also Not quite sure why this was dragged back at this time. Needs a huge re... Read more Read less

95
Sell/Buy/Date
Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Great writing, Great staging, Masterful
October 26th, 2016

See it if You want a glimpse into one possible future regarding attitudes about sex as industry and trafficking. Want to see a stellar performance.

Don't see it if You don't like one person shows. If you are prudish about discussion of sex.

Also Sarah Jones is a magician who keeps bringing more characters on stage ... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Crackling dialogue, Intelligent, Relevant, Must see
October 26th, 2016

See it if Are interested in theatre that poses questions about equal opportunities in the workplace for men and women. Good direction, lively dialogue

Don't see it if If cursing offends you or if you aren't interested in this subject matter. You didn't like Glengarry Glen Ross.

Also Nice surprise!

95
Revelatory, Edgy, Intelligent, Original, Great singing
August 26th, 2016

See it if You are a fan of history and can't get enough, or if you don't know history and you want a fresh perspective: if you want to be moved.

Don't see it if If you want the same old thing in musicals

95
Turn Me Loose
Midtown W
Mesmerizing, Masterful performance by joe morton as old and young dick gregory, Edgy, Intelligent, Original
July 15th, 2016

See it if You want to go back in time to hear the impact of Dick Gregory 's words in the 1960's so fitting for this moment in time. Stellar Joe Morton

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with confrontation about black and white racist attitudes in the U.S. If you don't want to think!!

85
Shining City
Chelsea
Intense, Matthew broderick was such a pleasant surprise, excellent timing , delivery and believable in his character, Parallel plot lines of two men suffering loss of self, Thought-provoking, Good casting and direction
July 5th, 2016

See it if You believe that Matthew Broderick can delve deeper into character, want an enjoyable , engaging theatre experience with a few surprises.

Don't see it if Aren't interested in the struggles of priests and grieving men.want a passive experience.

62
Misery
Midtown W
Bruce willis the hole in the production, Insipid, Excruciating, Laurie metcalf is always good but sad to see in this, No edge
June 18th, 2016

See it if You like Laurie Metcalf, she saves the day.

Don't see it if If you read the book or loved the film, don't waste your time

86
Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Refreshing, Farcical
June 18th, 2016

See it if You don't mind screwball farcical comedy, if you want to be entertained with Greek references, smart writing.

Don't see it if If you hate farce

95
Chilling lyrics which mirror political climate, Soulful retelling of greek myths, Stunning reconfiguration of theatre to create dynamic staging, Superb casting and acting, Riveting
June 9th, 2016

See it if You liked the direction of The Royale, want to see something fresh, engaging and pure delight.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, don't come to the theatre to engage or be entertained.

68
Ben foster misses by a mile; no sexual tension or charisma, Gillian anderson portrays the unraveling blanche superbly in act 2, Revolving stage distances the audience and becomes annoying to negotiate the blockage, Costumes are at odds with one another; settle on a time period, modern or 1940's?, Riveting moments mostly anderson's
June 5th, 2016

See it if fresh look at Streetcar, with Blanche at the center instead of Stanley as an equal contentious cunning adversary. Love Gillian Anderson

Don't see it if You love the original and you expect Brando. Aren't looking for a modern rendition of a great old play,heavy handed direction without nuance

78
During previews
Indian Summer
Midtown W
Still in previews needs a trim, Exquisite and thoughtful moments, Diverse and interesting characters representing cultural and generational concerns, Quirky, Spare and mutable staging and lighting
June 4th, 2016

See it if you want to peek in on an intergenerational conversation about life, budding love, expectations met and hoped for, at the beach.

Don't see it if You want big sets and production, linear story with a happy ending. You don't want to think about the meaning of relationships old and young

90
Cabaret (Broadway)
Midtown W
Masterful, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Good time for another revival of this timely musical, Scary and dark portent for our future
June 1st, 2016

See it if want to be totally engaged with a seductive look at the dark side of humankind, want to be thoroughly entertained, to think and reflect.

Don't see it if you do not want to think about Holocaust themes, decadence in Germany during the Nazi regime, issues which may be coming back to haunt us.

30
Iowa
Midtown W
Excruciating, No intermission to avoid stampede, Banal, Cliched
May 28th, 2016

See it if You have nothing to do, to read, to think about, have no TV, no friends.

Don't see it if You want want to be entertained or engaged

89
Incognito
Midtown W
Cerebral tapestry of ideas about the brain, Extraordinary acting, Brilliant staccato dialogue, Spare and thoughtful staging, Flows like music
May 28th, 2016

See it if you loved Constellations, four skillful actors playing 21 people, want to engage, challenging thoughtful material.

Don't see it if you want something light; if you like big staging or don't want to work while you watch. You didn't like Constellations.

60
During previews
War
Upper W Side
Not ready for prime time yet, Good acting, Thoughtful moments but not enough to sustain the play, Last half hour loses the audience, Preachy
May 24th, 2016

See it if You want to see a play exploring the world of a coma victim, another dysfunctional family with ethnic,class and racial concerns, good acting

Don't see it if you don't want to hear preachy speeches in German, you expect logical movement towards a conclusion, sense of purpose or cohesiveness.

67
Fool For Love
Midtown W
Deflated impact, Disappointing, Slow, Miscast, Indulgent
May 21st, 2016

See it if you love Sam Rockwell and Nina Arianda and will see any Sam Shepard play no matter what.

Don't see it if if you love Sam Shepard's writing, hope for great directing of this classic Shepard play, or if you are expecting Nina as Venus in Furs.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Tour de force
May 21st, 2016

See it if want to see great playwriting which keeps you actively engaged; with electrical connections between actors and imaginative staging.

Don't see it if You do not want to think or be challenged by fast paced drama with comedic undertones or plays about the variations within relationships.

72
During previews
Skeleton Crew
Chelsea
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Slow to get going, Great staging
May 18th, 2016

See it if you are moved by the plight of autoworkers in a decaying system; underclass versus the unseen oppressor, new perspective of age old issues.

Don't see it if you lack empathy, don't want to be confronted with issues of the working class, expect to be amused.

76
Overly long and repetitive, Dated themes hammered home, Great acting, Interesting staging, If shakespeare can be edited why not o'neill?
May 18th, 2016

See it if you want a newish view of an old standby; Michael Shannon in another stellar performance; Jessica L renders a fresh view as the lonely wife.

Don't see it if this stellar cast doesn't excite you, don't want to see another Irish play about drugs, alcohol, isolation and a dysfunctional family blame.

88
During previews
Cal in Camo
West Village
Absorbing, Edgy, Original, Thought-provoking, Fresh
May 18th, 2016

See it if like drama that goes against expectations; isn't cliche, well acted and surprising in plot development and great use of the stage.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with some nudity; cannot deal with issues of post partum depression, uncomfortable family issues. Huge metaphors.

60
During previews
Spectacular set, Disappointing, Over acted, Brave new world not, Pretentious
May 12th, 2016

See it if You like Tim Daly, wonderful set design by Neil Patel, you don't mind predictable futuristic theme suggesting future environmental disaster.

Don't see it if You don't mind use of phoney British accents to mask bad writing and stilted acting, non PC themes. You need more than a beautiful set.

80
Wicked (Broadway)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Entertaining, Resonant, Been around a long time, Thrilling for young people
May 5th, 2016

See it if Becoming an old standby for visitors to New York, good spectacle with catchy music and some resonant ideas on being different.

Don't see it if You don't like a lot of spectacle, music and production. If you prefer intimate theatre, this is not for you.