Mel A

New York City | 25-34 | Female

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Reviews (146)
73
During previews
Rules of Desire
Midtown W
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense

See it if you want an intense show that will make you think.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to discussions of sexual violence or suicide

Also The start is a bit rocky, but when you get down to the two main charac... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Thought-provoking, Innovative, Ambitious

See it if you want to see really interesting performances in a sparse staging

Don't see it if you're looking for a conventionally structured play, or expect a lot of dialogue

81
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you're willing to go for a ride that you'll probably start out disliking, but comes around nicely.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to discussions of suicide

Also I spent so much of this show not liking it, but by the end it had real... Read more Read less

93
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to be challenged in so many productive ways, while laughing through most of it

Don't see it if you're sensitive about portrayals of sexual situations

Also There should probably be a content warning for a particular scene (I d... Read more Read less

66
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Educational, Ambitious

See it if you can find a cheap ticket - I got a great seat at a very low price!

Don't see it if you're looking for something fully rounded.

Also The pacing was odd - I think it tried to cover too much. But I learned... Read more Read less

78
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Quirky, Hilarious, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you like quirky interpretations of classic shows

Don't see it if you dislike when people turn plays (or movies) into musicals

Also It felt ~75% polished when I saw it, but I found out later that I saw ... Read more Read less

78
Nutcracker Rouge
Brooklyn
Athletic, Raunchy, Ambitious

See it if you want a cool, loosely holiday themed collection of combination burlesque and circus-arts performances

Don't see it if you're looking for a reserved night out.

90
Entertaining, Riveting, Masterful, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you want a hell of a high-energy show and an audience that's super excited.

Don't see it if you want people to be calm or reserved - the audience sang along on a number of songs when I saw the show.

Also Ephraim Sykes is a national treasure, and I will fight anyone who says... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Great singing, Intense, Masterful, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you're open to a stripped down, intense reworking of a classic - more revivals should be this bold!

Don't see it if you want a fluffy, light, old school version of Oklahoma.

Also I really loved this production (though it's been about 20 years since ... Read more Read less

61
Fiercely Independent
Soho/Tribeca
Good premise, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you're looking for something with a lot of conflict, both between and within characters

Don't see it if you're looking for something polished - the premise is good, but the writing resorts to cliches at pivotal moments.

94
Absorbing, Great singing, Great writing, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you're looking for an emotionally devastating musical that doesn't force a happy ending to make the audience comfortable.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with a frank treatment of how some queer youth are treated, or are uncomfortable with the use of slurs.

Also This is a show you need to sit with for a while after watching. And I ... Read more Read less

51
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing, Caricature of what it was, Relevant

See it if you didn't see it off Broadway or in Jersey, I guess?

Don't see it if you saw an earlier version of the show. They RUINED it in the transfer up. It went from being earnest and lovely to a hollow caricature.

Also I'm unspeakably disappointed in the transfer up to Broadway after seei... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you want to see 3 very nimble actors in a 360 degree production about the moral conversation around the vietnam war

Don't see it if you're looking for a flashy production - this is pretty stripped down, which adds a lot to the show.

64
Ambitious, Relevant, Requires audience interaction

See it if you're already pretty far left and want someone to give you new info to support your views.

Don't see it if you're unimpressed by pandering to a liberal audience.

Also Brinkman claims to want to change minds, but some of his raps mix in o... Read more Read less

64
Cliched, Great singing, One impressive dance number

See it if you really love Cher, and don't mind hearing other audience members more than the cast.

Don't see it if you want an original take on the singer biomusical. Same devices as Summer, just Cher songs.

Also Seriously, you'll hear some audience members more than the cast on lik... Read more Read less

64
Ambitious, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you're looking for a piece of queer children's theater

Don't see it if you want a more mature/adult-oriented production; this is clearly written for children.

98
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Must see, Quirky

See it if you want the best fusion of a musical, a concert, and a drag show that I've ever seen. I'm going again ASAP.

Don't see it if you're looking for a standard staging/show, or can't handle loud music.

63
Ambitious, Great acting, Not for everyone

See it if you're a fan of Michael C. Hall and can appreciate the subtlety of his performance.

Don't see it if you'd struggle to find the art in what feels like 70 minutes of stream of consciousness rambling.

Also I think this is one of those times when a show just isn't for me. Mich... Read more Read less

96
Absorbing, Clever, Masterful, Relevant, Well-constructed

See it if you're a human. Seriously, it's that good.

Don't see it if you hate modern musicals? I really can't think of much of a reason not to see it.

Also I tried to find a reason not to like this show - I just couldn't. It t... Read more Read less

83
The Unwritten Law
Lower E Side
Absorbing, Clever, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a creatively presented telling of a fascinating life story.

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional play.

90
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Relevant, Quirky

See it if you want a fun, hilarious queering of Elizabethan versions of greek tragedies. SUCH A GOOD TIME. I can't quite describe how much fun I had.

Don't see it if you're looking for a serious drama, or are opposed to any representation of the queer community.

92
She Calls Me Firefly
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Relevant

See it if you want to see some fantastic acting by the lead in a very intense play.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to discussions of childhood sexual trauma or suicide.

78
Entertaining, Great singing, Fun

See it if you're up for a modified version of the movie with some excellent singing

Don't see it if you're attached to an exact repeat of the movie, or loud audiences bother you - they wouldn't shut up!

57
The Diana Tapes
Soho/Tribeca
Disappointing, Over-done, Slow

See it if you like bad british accents?

Don't see it if you have anything else to do.

76
Funny, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you're looking for SNL style obvious parody (but it'll still make you laugh)

Don't see it if you prefer subtle theater

58
Sporadically awkward, Relevant, Sad without trying to be, Slow

See it if you're interested in less than healthy mother-daughter relationships or sad solo tales

Don't see it if you're looking for something well paced or positive

Also I think the show was trying to show the positive end to a story with a... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Fun, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you've liked other Kate Hamill reimaginings of classics, or are interested in the idea of overtly feminist reworkings.

Don't see it if you want an exact replica of the original

Also I know this is a nit-picky point, but if I'm going to go see the ultim... Read more Read less

73
Overrated, Great singing, Cliched

See it if you want to see Adrienne Warren in a powerhouse performance, or really love Tina Turner.

Don't see it if you expect anything particularly new or interesting.

Also I'm so over the bio-musical. I keep waiting for someone to do it well,... Read more Read less

79
Slava's Snowshow
Midtown W
Quirky, Trippy, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if you want to see what feels like the weirdest trip, but in a mostly cute way

Don't see it if you're looking for any plot or don't like audiences with lots of kids

56
Betrayal
Midtown W
Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you like waiting for something to happen

Don't see it if you have any kind of expectations for this show. It won't meet them.

Also I was so disappointed in this show; I was just bored the whole time. N... Read more Read less

72
Very pre-teen, Great singing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you have a pre-teen who's into it, or just like musicals even if they're not terribly complex.

Don't see it if you're looking for something deep or subtle - this is neither.

Also I can't think of a better way to describe the show than to say it's ve... Read more Read less

82
Relevant, Intelligent, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you want an excellent production of a classic.

Don't see it if you're looking for light subject matter.

Also I expected the supertitles to be much more distracting than they were.

74
Broadway Bounty Hunter
West Village
Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you like intentionally over the top plots with a lot of heart.

Don't see it if you're looking for a serious show.

Also It helps to know going in that it's inspired by blaxploitation films -... Read more Read less

78
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you want to hear a whole lot of theories about consciousness rapid-fire, but in a fun way.

Don't see it if you don't like rap or want a slower, more deliberate discussion of these theories.

Also I'd say this is the best of the rap guide series, no contest. Still pr... Read more Read less

92
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a fantastically constructed drama about family ties.

Don't see it if you're looking for something lighthearted - while this has light moments, it's a heavy work.

86
During previews
We Are The Tigers
East Village
Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy, Great singing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a campy take on the trials of being a high school girl with excellent vocal performances. Think updated Heathers.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of camp, or are expecting a flashy production.

93
For a previous production
Absorbing, Delightful, Great singing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you want a fun, flashy, glittery, immersive post-apocalyptic telling of the life of Oscar Wilde and contemplation of its lessons.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable in loud, crowded spaces or queer bars.

83
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you want to have a good laugh while learning more about the impacts of chronic illness on families.

Don't see it if you're opposed to discussions of sex - it's a pretty relevant theme.

67
Ambitious, Refreshing, Relevant, Overrated

See it if you're already a big fan of Mike Birbiglia.

Don't see it if you have Netflix - there's better standup on there.

91
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great staging, Riveting

See it if you're interested in the stagecraft aspect - the gorilla is really cool! I also love the performance of Christiani Pitts.

Don't see it if you're expecting something more complex than the original B-movie material (which I think is unfair to the show, tbh).

Also I really don't understand why people are ragging on this show. No, the... Read more Read less

78
Zombie Asian Moms
East Village
Quirky, Intelligent, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want a funny and touching mixture of character sketches, stand up, music, and video interviews.

Don't see it if you're looking for a conventional play or musical.

79
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a fun, intelligent take on what queer spaces mean to their inhabitants.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with plays about gay men, or hate Scottish accents.

76
During previews
Black Light
West Village
Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a cabaret-style performance that feels particularly relevant in the current cultural moment.

Don't see it if you want a play or something entirely lighthearted.

Also shoutout to whoever did the costume design, and to all the musicians i... Read more Read less

61
During previews
Great acting, Intense, Overrated, Unnecessarily aggressive, Way too meta

See it if you want to support shows that include ASL in really creative ways and has superb acting all around

Don't see it if TRIGGER WARNING: depictions of suicide and substance abuse, discussion of sexual abuse.

Also The acting was great - I wish that was enough to make me like this pla... Read more Read less

75
Great singing, Great staging, Uneventful

See it if you really love Carole King, or want to see a good ensemble performance with some great singing.

Don't see it if you're looking for a high-intensity show.

82
Great acting, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you can commit to a long, convoluted, often painful story which fails to provide resolution.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to discussions/depictions of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse/manipulation.

89
During previews
Conflict
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you want to see some great acting and writing.

Don't see it if you're looking for something light and disconnected from the modern world - despite being old the central conflict holds up.

82
During previews
Scissoring
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a solid cast perform a decently written queer piece.

Don't see it if you're looking for a completely polished work - the conclusion is still a bit rough.

74
For a previous production
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slightly heavy-handed

See it if you want to see a really cool incorporation of dance into storytelling centered around women's experiences.

Don't see it if you're looking for an even treatment.

79
The Gentleman Caller
West Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Touching

See it if you want a touching look at queer life not so long ago that will make you laugh (gotta love Tennessee Williams).

Don't see it if you're sensitive to portrayals and discussion of homosexuality.