Megan M.

New York City | 25-34 | Female
About:  Saw my first Broadway show in June 2016. Now I can't stop! :)
Reviews (98)
68
Banal, Indulgent, Confusing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you love Meat Loaf or you want to a musical with amazing singing (Zahara was a stand out!) and high production value.

Don't see it if you're not familiar with Meat Loaf. You prefer a coherent plot that doesn't drag. You're not a fan of loud, abrupt noises.

65
During previews
Little Women
West Village
Ambitious, Slow, Relevant, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy Kate Hamill's previous takes on classic works. You want to see a different, condensed interpretation of Little Women.

Don't see it if you want to see an accurate depiction of Little Women. You're expecting something as funny and romantic as Pride & Prejudice.

Also I came in with only a summary of Little Women and one viewing of the 1... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Cliched, Funny, Slow, Great acting, Dated

See it if you want to see two well-balanced stars in a Terrence McNally revival. You like intimate plays with a small cast.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with extended nudity, profanity, or dated '80s references. Definitely felt slow at times.

79
During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Relevant, Cliched, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to see an older film remade into a relevant and tasteful musical. You are interested in a show with better one-liners than songs.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of genderbending comedies or swearing. You want a musical that has strong, memorable numbers.

Also Tootsie handles sexism and misogyny humorously without being patronizi... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Edgy, Overrated, Confusing, Ambitious, Slow

See it if you want an experimental reimagining of an American classic. You like somewhat interactive theatre.

Don't see it if you're expecting something like last year's Carousel. Act II's dream ballet was out of place and difficult to interpret.

Also I believe that some themes or songs of Rodgers' and Hammerstein's musi... Read more Read less

90
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great writing, Intense, Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if you want a play that has it all: political conflict, family dysfunction, unrequited love, violence, gangsters, and a history lesson.

Don't see it if you can't sit though a 3+ hour play with a slow first act. You are not interested in Irish-English past political violence.

84
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you want to see a moving play about the struggles of a black, gay student at a religious boys' school. Well-paced with soulful singing.

Don't see it if you're not interested in LGBTQ themes or African American culture.

85
During previews
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a funny yet moving story about a gay man in the 70s. The writing is still relevant and clever decades later. Urie is stellar.

Don't see it if you don't care for LGBTQ issues. You want to see a play that is would be considered groundbreaking now rather than the 70s.

63
During previews
Disappointing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Depressing

See it if you want to see a serious play about a family struggling to care for someone with Alzheimer's. Heartbreaking performance from Elaine May.

Don't see it if you want a light, fun play. While immensely thought-provoking, this is depressing, tense, and too long.

Also While the writing and acting are effective, I was unable to relate to ... Read more Read less

79
During previews
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Cliched, Great staging

See it if you enjoy the world of high stakes cue sports and lots of clever wordplay. Characters are quirky and delightful, and staging is effective.

Don't see it if you couldn't care less about cue sports, much less professional players. You want something serious that doesn't devolve into a romcom.

Also Going in with no information about the show, I took a chance on The Na... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Entertaining, Raunchy, Great dancing, Great singing, Funny

See it if you like a romantic, genderbending comedy with plenty of gags and great dancing. Think Something Rotten but raunchier.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of jukebox musicals or sassy gags. You want an airtight plot. Sometimes the songs didn't seem necessary to the story.

69
During previews
Carmen Jones
East Village
Great singing, Slow, Dated, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of opera, especially Carmen. You appreciate a classic though cliched story and great singing.

Don't see it if you want something groundbreaking or avant garde. You think a 90 minute quasi-opera is too long. Few redeeming aspects besides the singing.

82
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great dancing, Hilarious

See it if you want to see a fun musical that is surprisingly better than expected. Singing and dancing were amazing and the gags were hilarious.

Don't see it if you don't want to be reminded of high school, or you take everything too seriously. You're not a fan of Tina Fey.

Also Not being a huge fan of the movie, I went in with low expectations but... Read more Read less

80
Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing, Dated, Slow

See it if you love a well-executed classic with amazing singing and visually stunning set and costumes. Middle was funny and entertaining.

Don't see it if you dislike older musicals or witty but dated dialogue. Slow beginning and ending. Hard to make out words when actors were speaking softly.

75
During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever, Refreshing

See it if you want to see amazing performances and chemistry between Jackson and Ridloff and an engaging and passionate work about deaf culture.

Don't see it if you don't care for deaf culture or an analysis of how deaf people communicate and are perceived by hearing people.

74
Great staging, Great singing, Slow, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if you love the movie and want a show with extravagant costumes, choreography, and special effects. Visually and aurally gorgeous!

Don't see it if you dislike changes from the movie, such as unnecessary new songs that make the production feel slow. Not as magical as the film.

Also I am the type of person who almost always prefers the Disney film to t... Read more Read less

75
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Cliched

See it if you're a fan of Carole King and jukebox biomusicals. You want to see a polished and well-staged show in a beautiful theater.

Don't see it if you're looking for something original or serious. You want a deeper look into Carole King's life, not a glossed over panorama.

85
Refreshing, Riveting, Slow, Enchanting, Understated

See it if you want to see something different from the conventional shows of this season. A powerful, subtle story about unexpected human connection.

Don't see it if you prefer fast-paced musicals based on mainstream films and books or flashy, fluffy shows.

75
Raunchy, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious, Refreshing

See it if you like stand-up comedy about a man's quest to learn more about his heritage while connecting with his son. Often funny, sometimes deep.

Don't see it if you expect an interesting lecture on Latin history; there are more anecdotes than facts in this play. You don't like swearing or rauchiness.

Also Many of the jokes or punchlines that got the most laughs were spoken i... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Clever, Hilarious

See it if you like Shakespeare and want a good laugh. The cast does a great job of delivering the Bard's wordplay with comedic cheekiness.

Don't see it if you're not familiar with Twelfth Night. You prefer serious plays or flashier productions. You don't want to sit through a 2.5+ hour play.

75
Intimate, Great singing, Entertaining, Slow, Intense

See it if you grew up to the songs of Springsteen and want to see an intimate and pared down, but no less intense, performance.

Don't see it if you don't know or enjoy his music. The storytelling is confusing if you're not familiar with his life. Also a bit slow at times.

Also Nostalgia (and obviously familiarity) play a big role in whether you'l... Read more Read less

72
During previews
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Relevant, Slow, Political

See it if you're curious about a play with scandalous affairs and relevant political jabs. Uma is charming as a manipulative hedonist.

Don't see it if you are conservative leaning or expect a thoughtful critique of current politics. Uma doesn't feel natural at times.

60
During previews
Illyria
East Village
Ambitious, Disappointing, Relevant, Slow, Confusing

See it if you are curious about the Public Theatre's history no matter how brief. You want to think about the purpose of free theatre.

Don't see it if you prefer fast-paced, engaging and dramatic historical plays. You don't want a play that seems to glorify an unlikable character.

Also Illyria is essentially an ambitious play that attempts to examine a pi... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Oedipus El Rey
East Village
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Intense, Great staging

See it if you want a fairly loyal retelling of Oedipus Rex with Hispanic inspiration. You want a thought-provoking play about free will versus fate.

Don't see it if you don't care for profanity, violence, or (in my opinion, unnecessary) nudity. You're not interested in a Greek tragedy.

Also I really enjoyed how the mythological elements in this Greek classic w... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Delightful, Quirky, Funny, Fast-paced, Charming

See it if you enjoy an intimate production of a Shakespeare comedy with minimal staging, quirky lighting, and jazz music.

Don't see it if you want a completely modernized and extravagant play. Bad acoustics and fast talking make it difficult to understand the actors.

81
Octet
Midtown W
Dark, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you're a fan of Dave Malloy and unconventional musicals. You're interested in an analysis of our current hyper connected social lives.

Don't see it if you are triggered by addiction to tech and social media. You prefer big casts and typical "Broadway fare."

76
Burn This
Midtown W
Quirky, Uneven, Ambitious, Dated, Funny

See it if you want to see Adam Driver light up the stage! Driver is full of energy as he plays an awkward man-child.

Don't see it if you dislike profanity, infidelity, or homosexual topics. The cast feels uneven – there was better overall chemistry between Pale and Larry!

80
Ink
Midtown W
Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to be surprised by how good a semi-true play about British press can be. Outstanding performance and chemistry of two leads!

Don't see it if you want a more accurate and morally ambiguous retelling of events. The play definitely portrays one of the leads as the "bad guy".

98
During previews
Must see, Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if you want to see an amazing folk/jazz musical with an extremely talented cast. You want to see a modern, updated Greek tragedy done right.

Don't see it if you're not interested in Greek mythology, folk operas, or something refreshingly different than the usual Broadway fare.

Also The hype is real! If you want to see the next big thing on Broadway an... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Cliched, Indulgent, Great dancing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you love Motown music, The Temptations, and great singing and dancing. Amazing and talented cast!

Don't see it if you don't want to see another jukebox musical a la Jersey Boys (same director). You want a story with more depth and less nostalgic flash.

71
During previews
Great acting, Intense, Uneven, Slow, Funny

See it if you're interested in an intense play about brotherly rivalry that is both dark and funny. You want to see Hawke and Dano in starring roles.

Don't see it if you're not interested in screaming matches that devolve throughout the play. You want a strong first act.

72
During previews
Funny, Great dancing, Cliched, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if you support LGBTQA and like light-hearted musical comedies. The dancing is fun, and Beth Leavel kills it!

Don't see it if you prefer angsty musicals with more character development.

77
During previews
Apologia
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Uneven

See it if you enjoy plays about family dysfunction and a woman's past choice between her idealism and her sons. Brilliant performance from Channing.

Don't see it if you don't care for tense familial fights or 1960s activism. You don't like stories where the woman "fails" to be a mother for her career.

74
Overrated, Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see the catchy new show everyone is talking about. You like awkward high school stories with an talented young cast.

Don't see it if you're expecting the "next Dear Evan Hansen." Less heartfelt than DEH and less catchy than Mean Girls. You dislike cliche sci-fi tropes.

84
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a funny, musical version of Twelfth Night. This is an extravagant, merry production with a few achingly tender moments.

Don't see it if you prefer plays or purer adaptations of Shakespeare. You don't like romantic comedies. You want to see a smaller, intimate production.

78
Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy straightforward productions of Shakespeare that are not adventurous with the interpretation. Strong cast and intense scenes.

Don't see it if you find it difficult to sit through a 3 hour Shakespeare play. You prefer comedies or musicals.

83
Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Ambitious, Enchanting

See it if you prefer small casts, intimate and immersive productions, and Sondheim musicals. Mrs. Lovett was hilarious!

Don't see it if you are not familiar with the musical. Quick lines and limited space may make some parts confusing. You dislike immersive theater.

73
Dated, Great singing, Slow, Great dancing, Quirky

See it if you love the Broadway standards, great singing, large ensembles, and storytelling through dance.

Don't see it if you dislike classic but dated musicals. Mentions of domestic abuse make you uncomfortable. Dancers were not always synchronized.

77
During previews
Intelligent, Funny, Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting

See it if you want a nuanced historical play with a wry, humorous take that makes you think about the role of church and state. Amazing lead and cast!

Don't see it if you prefer serious plays set in the modern era. Slow second act with unnecessary final scene. Condola Rashad's acting is not for everyone.

Also Given the reviews here, I went in expecting the worst, but I was engag... Read more Read less

58
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Dated, Uneven

See it if you want to see standouts Denzel Washington and David Morse (Larry). You can handle long plays that contain almost 2 hours of exposition.

Don't see it if you get bored with slow, uneven, and dated plays. While thought provoking in some scenes, Acts I and IV can easily be shortened.

Also I definitely agree with other reviews. The cast's lack of microphones ... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny

See it if you want to see a play with a star-studded cast about issues (sexism, racism, and morality) very much still relevant today.

Don't see it if you're looking for a light-hearted or flashy musical. You don't care for systematic discrimination against women, blacks, or the poor.

Also The staging was minimal but suited the production well. There was a sl... Read more Read less

86
Edgy, Refreshing, Entertaining, Hilarious, Absorbing

See it if you're a fan of South Park and like funny and refreshing musicals. You can laugh at absurd jokes on serious topics like religion and race.

Don't see it if you dislike profanity or crude humor about religion (and obvious the LDS Church). You're looking for a serious play.

80
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great staging, High energy

See it if you want to see a high-energy musical adaptation of the movie. Fantastic lead actor and talented kids who play live every night.

Don't see it if you're looking for a serious play. You dislike shows featuring children, strobe lights, and loud sounds.

81
Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Great dancing, Resonant

See it if you want to be transported. A visually stunning musical, influenced by Caribbean lore, with amazing singing and infectiously fun dancing!

Don't see it if you are sick of the tragic lovers trope (this story is essentially The Little Mermaid). You don't care for Caribbean music or culture.

Also While the general plot of Once on This Island will be very familiar to... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Funny, Cliched, Fluffy, Poor staging

See it if you want a feel-good revue that uses popular songs by women to tell the history of women's struggle for equality.

Don't see it if you expect a deeper examination of the female rights' movement. You want a polished production with great staging.

Also Don't sit too far back if you're short. The lack of rake in the theatr... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Entertaining, Fluffy, Hilarious, Delightful, Quirky

See it if you're a fan of Kate Hamill and want a funny, uproarious interpretation of Pride and Prejudice. You like slapstick comedy with energy.

Don't see it if you're a Jane Austen purist and believe her works should be performed with gravitas. You don't like actors switching characters often.

Also There is no reason not to see this production if you like Jane Austen ... Read more Read less

83
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Great singing, Great writing, Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if you want an entertaining, Wild West musical that borrows from Shakespeare. You love well-written rhymes, incredible singing, and shtick.

Don't see it if you expect a thought-provoking musical that is extremely true to the source. The songs are fun and well-delivered but not boundary-pushing.

Also The York Theatre Company did a fantastic job of transforming Measure f... Read more Read less

82
During previews
After the Blast
Upper W Side
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want a story examining the responsibility humans have to each other as well as the earth. You like well-written plays with strong leads.

Don't see it if you expect a story all about the post-apocalyse. The dystopia is secondary, even unnecessary, to Anna and Oliver's relationship.

Also I am surprised and pleased with how thought-provoking After The Blast ... Read more Read less

85
Ghost Quartet
East Village
Ambitious, Enchanting, Great writing, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you're interested in another unique gem from Dave Malloy. You like nonlinear fantasy stories, live music, and an intimate setting.

Don't see it if you want a conventional theatre experience. You don't like morbid stories or listening to music in the dark. You're not over the age of 21.

Also I became interested in Ghost Quartet after seeing Natasha, Pierre, and... Read more Read less

58
During previews
Dated, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you like period dramas, dysfunctional families, great acting, and interesting staging. You want a play that makes you think, albeit briefly.

Don't see it if you dislike British plays and slow, dated scenes. You prefer flashy musicals, character development, and unambiguous endings.