Martha B.

Mundelein | 25-34 | Female
About:  Recently transplanted to New York, I'm trying to see as much theater as I can fit into my schedule and wallet. I'm particularly interested in new plays, but I'm a sucker for a well-produced musical.
Reviews (34)
86
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Refreshing, Exquisite

See it if You love movement. You like compelling stories and are open to no dialogue. You like exploring the craft of theater.

Don't see it if You only like traditional theater. You are looking for a show with dialogue. You aren't open to anything new.

74
Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Quirky, Great staging

See it if you liked Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, you like twee, quirky musicals, you like Steven Pasquale, you're looking for an entertaining show

Don't see it if you want a profound experience with depth, you're tired of sort of hipster shows

70
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if You're ready for a slow-build, with great payoff at the end. You want to see a funny show. You like great minimalist acting.

Don't see it if You're expecting an uproarious comedy. You have a hard time understanding accents.

75
Entertaining, Great writing, Beautiful set, Delightful, Funny

See it if You like living room dramas, you like Danai Gurira's work, you want an entertaining evening

Don't see it if You are expecting a mind-blowing or genre-defying play, you don't like second-act surprise twists

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Original, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you're looking for a show unlike anything you've seen before, you were ever a teenager

Don't see it if you were never a teenager, you're looking for a straight-forward narrative

77
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you appreciate great writing, you like great sets (pool on stage!), you're interested in morally ambivalent characters

Don't see it if you're looking for a clear moral, you want a play with a lot of action

71
During previews
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you're looking for a thought-provoking, well-performed show.

Don't see it if You're looking for diversity onstage, you want something fast-paced

40
During previews
Dated, Indulgent, Banal

See it if You're a fan of Len Cariou, you appreciate good performances of Shakespeare soliloquies and less-good performances of songs from old musical

Don't see it if You're expecting action or inventive staging, you don't know Shakespeare well, you are expecting something other than an ode to Len Cariou

86
Ambitious, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You never understood the Spring Awakening hype, you're looking for a moving experience, you want to see something different.

Don't see it if You're looking for a light-hearted evening of entertainment

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Funny

See it if you're a fan of Shakespeare, you follow British politics, you're slightly obsessed with the Royal Family, you just want to see a great show

Don't see it if there's no reason not to see it. Just go.

80
During previews
Original, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You aren't afraid of audience participation, you're looking for a theater experience unlike others

Don't see it if You are looking for a passive experience, you want a clear, linear narrative

85
Great acting, Absorbing, Must see, Original, Relevant

See it if You love Shakespeare, you wish you loved Shakespeare, you're looking for something to make Shakespeare feel relevant

Don't see it if You're looking for a traditional staging of the play

78
During previews
Hir
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You want an entertaining evening with depth, you want to see a great play with fantastic production values.

Don't see it if You're looking for a play with a cut-and-dry message

75
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Original

See it if You enjoy creative staging, you want an entertaining play with depth.

Don't see it if Graphic sex and nudity bother you

71
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Funny

See it if You want an entertaining night, you're looking for a funny show

Don't see it if you don't like drag, you're looking for a lot of depth or a resonant plot

75
Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing, Delightful

See it if If you like great singing and dancing and love a fresh take on the traditional musical structure.

Don't see it if I would have liked the show more if I'd seen it when it opened. Other, more interesting, takes on the musical have come since.

75
Family-friendly, Intelligent, Enchanting

See it if You love musical theater. If you love seeing the classics re-envisioned. If you love Kelli O'Hara.

Don't see it if You don't like Rodgers & Hammerstein.

75
During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

See it if You like topical theater about difficult subjects. You're interested in seeing recent news stories dramatized.

Don't see it if You're looking for a fun, breezy show. You're not interested in exploring nuanced morality.

70
During previews
Entertaining, Confusing, Great music, Great singing

See it if you liked Passing Strange, you're looking for a concert experience

Don't see it if you prefer theater with a strong narrative arc, you're looking for a traditional play

86
For a previous production
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you like musicals, you want to see a new musical with depth, you like good video design, you want to root for an imperfect character

Don't see it if you have anxiety issues--I felt like I went through a 2-hour panic attack, you have young kids

5
During previews
Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if You like plays that are intense for the sake of being intense, but make no sense and have no payoff. Someone forces you to see it.

Don't see it if You like theater that makes sense or has any point whatsoever. You don't like gratuitous nudity

78
During previews
Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Dated

See it if you want a delightful evening watching great performances, you love musicals

Don't see it if you want to come away from a show with new insights into the world, you don't like musicals, you don't like material that is dated

72
During previews
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Original

See it if You want to see a show that isn't just about boxing, you're interested in creative "fight" choreography, you don't need a consistent tone

Don't see it if you're not interested in a show about race, you want a show that's tonally consistent all the way through

78
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Delightful, Quirky

See it if you want an entertaining evening, you like to laugh

Don't see it if you don't like to laugh, you're looking for a show with depth.

79
Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Delightful, Romantic

See it if you love ballet, you love the music, you like the movie and want to see it reinterpreted for stage with more of a plot

Don't see it if you don't like dancing - I'd describe it almost as a ballet that happens to have some talking and singing

78
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you want to be entertained, you love musicals, you're looking for a show to see with someone who doesn't like serious musicals

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, you've never seen a musical, you're looking for something groundbreaking

83
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to experience a piece of great writing, with talented actors

Don't see it if You're looking for a clear moral to take away, you're expecting a sci-fi futuristic play

90
For a previous production
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Must see, Resonant

See it if you like living room dramas, you have a family, you want to laugh, you're prepared for some of the lines to hit a little close to home

Don't see it if you're looking for a ground-breaking play, you've just seen your own family for Thanksgiving and can't deal with another

62
During previews
Ambitious, Intense, Cliched

See it if you're looking for an intense experience, you're interested in the problems of white men, you want a fresh production of a classic play

Don't see it if You don't like shadowy lighting

75
For a previous production
Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Resonant, Intense

See it if You want a play with depth, you want to see great acting, you want to be moved

Don't see it if You're looking for something light, you want creative staging

75
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if you want a fun show, you want to see a multi-faceted approach to religion onstage

Don't see it if you don't like stylized staging or use of microphones, you're expecting a show that pokes fun at religion

79
For a previous production
Great acting, Resonant, Clever

See it if You want to laugh, you like new plays, you enjoy a somewhat conceptual design

Don't see it if You're approaching 30 and very single and somewhat sensitive about it, you don't like new plays that might still need some revising

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Masterful, Great acting, Original

See it if You like inventive, physical theater. If you wondered how on earth a director could translate the book to the stage.

Don't see it if You want a "living room drama."

98
During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying, Brilliant

See it if You like musical theatre or American History. If you like shows that build on predecessors without being derivative.

Don't see it if You're uninterested in original theater.