Marlene 5

Forest Hills | 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 (74)
Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Great singing, Great staging

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.

The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Riveting

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.

During previews
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Intelligent, Refreshing

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.

During previews
The Mother
Edgy, Great staging, Disturbing, Exquisite writing, Ambitious

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.

Boesman and Lena
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Masterful, Intense, Thought-provoking

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.

Hundred Days
East Village
Excruciating, Slow, Overly personal, Loud, Assaulting

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

The Children
Midtown W
Chilling, Provocative, Intelligent, Great acting, Riveting

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

During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Uplifting, Refreshing in a world where humanity seems to be a distant dream, Delightfully musical

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.

Midtown W
Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Provocative ideas, Discusses what is never talked about

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.

Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Riveting, Exquisite often painful to watch

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.

Clever, Absorbing, Great singing, Resonant, Historical

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.

During previews
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Repetitive, Slow

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

Absorbing, Crackling dialogue, Intelligent, Relevant, Must see

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!

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

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!!

Midtown W
Bruce willis the hole in the production, Insipid, Excruciating, Laurie metcalf is always good but sad to see in this, No edge

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

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

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.

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

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

Midtown W
Excruciating, No intermission to avoid stampede, Banal, Cliched

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

During previews
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

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.

Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Tour de force

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.

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

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.

During previews
Spectacular set, Disappointing, Over acted, Brave new world not, Pretentious

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.

Excruciating, Intelligent, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Staging mirrors the diminishing mind of the main character

See it if You are willing to enter the mind of Lear-like character, appreciate a brilliant performance, fresh approach to Alzheimers.

Don't see it if You are looking for light fare or want to be a passive viewer, don't want to think about Alzheimer's, aging,loss, parent-child relationship.

During previews
Slow, Sets up expectations not met, Moving at times, Often cliched

See it if You can easily understand working class British English, you can appreciate the plight of overworked factory workers and their comraderie.

Don't see it if You cannot empathise with working class heroes, don't understand British working class speech or references; you prefer light fare.

Fish in the Dark
Midtown W
Cliched, Playing to larry david fans, Predictable, Hoping for more, Disappointing

See it if love Larry David no matter what he does, if you have never seen good theatre, like farce.

Don't see it if want a real theatre experience or if you think this will be like Curb Your Enthusiasm or Seinfeld, or want to really laugh.

Proof of Love
West Village
Great acting, Clever, Absorbing, Funny, Heartbreaking and surprising

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.

Prescient, Very dark as only shepard is, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging

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.

Entertaining, Cliched, Great singing, Ambitious, Indulgent

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. .

Hurricane Diane
East Village
Resonant, Refreshing, Intelligent, Hilarious, Dizzying

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.

Great acting, Exquisite writing, Absorbing, Clever, Disappointing

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.

Midtown W
Edgy, Refreshing, Relevant, Masterful, Well written

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.

Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

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

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

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.

Cliched, Annoying and too long, Great staging, Mostly window dressing, Overhyped

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.

During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Riveting, Exquisite ensemble, Polemic

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.

A Life
Midtown W
Dazzling staging, Surprising plot twists, Wonderful vehicle for david hyde pierce, Absorbing

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.

Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Great writing, Great staging, Masterful

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

Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Revelatory, Edgy, Intelligent, Original, Great singing

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

Shining City
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

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.

Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Refreshing, Farcical

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

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

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

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

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.

Midtown W
Cerebral tapestry of ideas about the brain, Extraordinary acting, Brilliant staccato dialogue, Spare and thoughtful staging, Flows like music

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.

Fool For Love
Midtown W
Deflated impact, Disappointing, Slow, Miscast, Indulgent

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.

During previews
Skeleton Crew
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Slow to get going, Great staging

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.

During previews
Cal in Camo
West Village
Absorbing, Edgy, Original, Thought-provoking, Fresh

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.

Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Entertaining, Resonant, Been around a long time, Thrilling for young people

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.

The Place We Built
Overly long, Thought-provoking, Original, Large ensemble cast, Good intro to historical and present antisemitism

See it if You are interested in political and social implications of modern day antisemetism and authoritarianism; broader implications for the US.

Don't see it if You don't want to be in the midst of loud party scenes, use of puppets to explain history, overly long to get to a rousing finale.

The Royale
Upper W Side
Great staging, Fresh approach to historical boxing story, Close look at american racism, Choreographed beautifully with staccato sounds, Amazing cast

See it if you are interested in an aspect of American racism in boxing, love good writing and wonderful staging, Want to be enveloped in the moment.

Don't see it if Are uncomfortable with discussion of racism in America; surrealistic fight scenes with sound, or you want a light frothy play with no depth.

Midtown W
Intelligent, Masterful, Engaging, Memorable, Provocative

See it if want an experience of theatre allows you to consider the questions posed and point of view; as viewer you are a factor in the final outcome

Don't see it if you do not want to deal with philosophical issues of the church or potential interference by priests; or if you just want to be amused.