Mel A

New York City | 25-34 | Female

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Reviews (127)
Preview ferryman poster
92
Thought-provoking, Must see, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

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86
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great singing, Fluffy, Entertaining, Delightful

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.

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93
Entertaining, Relevant, Great singing, Delightful, Absorbing

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.

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83
Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious

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.

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67
Overrated, Relevant, Refreshing, Ambitious

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.

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91
Riveting, Great staging, Ambitious

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

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78
Funny, Entertaining, Intelligent, Quirky

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.

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79
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

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.

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76
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging

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

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

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

Preview beautiful
75
Uneventful, Great staging, Great singing

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.

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82
Thought-provoking, Slow, Intense, Great acting

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.

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During previews
Relevant, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

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.

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82
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

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74
Slightly heavy-handed, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

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.

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Touching, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

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.

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92
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to watch Billie Piper do some truly amazing acting in a very intense play.

Don't see it if you're sensitive to depictions of self harm and/or about struggles with conception.

Also This is so well written, and the staging is incredibly clever.... Read more Read less

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52
Quirky, Confusing, Ambitious, Weird

See it if you're looking for some out-there, queer theater.

Don't see it if you're looking for something conventional or are uncomfortable with queerness.

Also I liked a lot of the first half of the play, but it felt like the magi... Read more Read less

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83
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you're interested in minority experiences and how the political intersects with the personal.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable watching cis straight white men be jerks - there's a few scenes that were tough for me to sit through.

Also This play reminded me how much I love ASL! (I'm a hearing person, but ... Read more Read less

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During previews
Great writing, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you're a fan of intense dramas, Eugene O'Neill, and stories that aren't about redemption. Also Denzel Washington.

Don't see it if you're looking for something light, upbeat, flashy, or short (it's almost 4 hours).

Also I don't know what other people are complaining about, I loved this pro... Read more Read less

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85
Ambitious, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you want an eerily accurate portrayal of rural Wisconsin and the associated politics/relationships.

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

Also As someone who grew up in Wisconsin near a lot of farms, holy shit did... Read more Read less

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32
Slow, Excessive, Heavy handed, Ambitious, Painful

See it if you know someone in the cast?

Don't see it if just don't. (see below)

Also First off, there should be a content/trigger warning for this show: th... Read more Read less

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Overrated, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you really, really want to see Mark Rylance.

Don't see it if you want compelling characters or have strong feelings (either way) about opera.

Also There just wasn't anything for me to really buy into here as an audien... Read more Read less

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88
Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want an entertaining one-woman show about the people who never expected to be revolutionaries.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable watching a character learn queer topics - she's like your aunt saying something rude because she doesn't know better.

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75
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you like one-person shows and are interested in the stories of the homeless.

Don't see it if you're looking for a large production or something light hearted.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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Requires audience interaction, Relevant, Ambitious

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

Preview tcs2
64
One impressive dance number, Great singing, Cliched

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

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64
Relevant, Quirky, Ambitious

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.

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

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.

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63
Not for everyone, Great acting, Ambitious

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

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

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

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83
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Clever, Absorbing

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.

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During previews
Quirky, Relevant, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful

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.

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92
Relevant, Riveting, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

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Fun, Great singing, Entertaining

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!

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57
Slow, Over-done, Disappointing

See it if you like bad british accents?

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

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76
Relevant, Quirky, Funny

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

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78
Genre-bending, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you're ready to buy in to a production that's part improv, part punk show, part shadow puppets, part moral story, and part drinking game.

Don't see it if you're looking for conventional theater or are uncomfortable with participation.

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76
Thought-provoking, Rough around the edges, Great singing

See it if you want great singing and a 3 generation story.

Don't see it if you're bothered by women always being expected to forgive everything and their forgiveness being the moral high of the story.

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81
Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you can handle dark humor.

Don't see it if you want something light, or you're sensitive to portrayals of violence.

Also The first act outshone the 2nd a bit, but that's the only criticism I ... Read more Read less

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86
Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you want a surprisingly funny dialogue driven drama where no one gets to be the hero.

Don't see it if you don't like dialogue driven shows - the script is really what carries the play.

Also I could have done without the last scene - it felt like wimpy white bo... Read more Read less

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79
During previews
Refreshing, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you want to see a revival that stays true to the original writing but interacts constructively with the current moment.

Don't see it if you're looking for a more modern musical.

Also I loved Eliza, but wasn't a fan of this portrayal of Henry.

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Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you want a good old fashioned family drama where redemption isn't necessarily on the table

Don't see it if you're not interested in queer stories or family dramas.

Also I'm surprised people are calling this dated - the homophobia some char... Read more Read less

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86
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great singing, Dated

See it if you're a fan of any of the performers

Don't see it if you need your shows to keep up with the times

Also All the performances are truly amazing - I was especially wowed by Jos... Read more Read less

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Relevant, Intelligent, Funny, Delightful

See it if you like small-space productions with compelling characters

Don't see it if you're looking for something fast-paced

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78
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you want a thoughtful drama about the aids crisis

Don't see it if you're looking for something light, or a musical.

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Quirky, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see great acting.

Don't see it if you're looking for something light or you're not a fan of one man shows.