melbel

New York City | 18-24 | Female
About:  Student at New York University studying Psychology. Doesn't know how to say "no" when it comes to theatre.
Reviews (60)
78
Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you love Sex and the City and comedy shows that break the 4th wall. Kerry nails her impressions of the characters. Such a fun show!

Don't see it if you aren't into shows that skew towards sketch comedy shows or you haven't seen Sex and The City. So fun, but you need the context to enjoy.

80
Great singing, Entertaining, Great dancing, Funny, Fluffy

See it if you like talented women belting pop numbers. Barrett Wilbert Weed and Ashley Park deliver incredible performances. Choreography is great too

Don't see it if you will be disappointed if it doesn't fit the movie to a T. Jokes are missed/warped. The lyrics are really cumbersome.

95
Enchanting, Great staging, Must see, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a thoughtful production. The staging was INCREDIBLE and the performers were stunning. A MUST SEE.

Don't see it if you don't like Once On This Island. I'm not a fan of the story because it is quite dated, but this production is too great to miss.

75
Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy, Quirky, Overrated

See it if you want to see what will likely be the equivalent of Broadway's "Dear Evan Hansen" when it makes its transfer next year.

Don't see it if you are looking for something deep and serious. The score is just okay and the acoustics are so loud in the off-bway space your ears buzz.

85
Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Refreshing, Enchanting

See it if you are interested in a modern work inspired by a classic story. Very funny with great writing performed excellently.

Don't see it if you aren't familiar with the original work. Some jokes are references to Ibsen's play.

60
The Terrifying
Lower E Side
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you appreciate great tech. Really interesting use of the staging. Very intriguing to see a horror piece adapted to the stage.

Don't see it if you aren't willing to leave the theatre with a lot of questions. Ending came out of nowhere and was un-earned.

50
Samara
Midtown W
Great staging, Excruciating, Confusing, Great tech, Inconclusive

See it if you appreciate the more technical aspects of theatre. Very interesting staging, lighting, costuming, and music.

Don't see it if you look for some sort of definitive plot line with a conclusive ending. The writing for this show could have been developed further.

75
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Fluffy, Fun

See it if you are a fan of the film. Jokes are peppered in throughout. Very charming performances from a talented cast.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of more fluffy and campy show. Also, do be mindful that this show is repetitive as such is the nature of the film.

87
During previews
Intense, Great staging, Classic, Ambitious, Romantic

See it if you like more classical shows and are looking to be emotionally engaged. Wonderful staging and great performances from the Engineer and Kim.

Don't see it if you are looking for a light show or something more modern.

84
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you are a fan of Sondheim's other works. Annaleigh Ashford absolutely shines in this performance. Great talent all around.

Don't see it if you don't like quirkier musicals that can be slightly slow and/or convoluted at points. It is Sondheim after all.

70
Quirky, Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing, Intense

See it if you are a fan true of August Wilson's works. You like dramatic shows with funny moments.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of Wilson's. The dialogue is hard to understand and each exchange feels like a series of monologues.

Also I felt as though some of the performers were "over-acting" to the poin... Read more Read less

82
Great singing, Great music, Resonant, Relevant, Cliched

See it if you love a great score and amazing performances by Platt and Dreyfuss. Begins to breach important and universal themes. Good show.

Don't see it if you are seeking nuanced show that addresses deep topics. Had a lot of potential but fell short. Show will resonate with younger audiences.

85
Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Delightful, Quirky

See it if you are familiar with the antics of Gil and George. Really great for audiences that are fans of comedy and character work.

Don't see it if you aren't fans of Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. The show appeals to a silly, particular sense of humor.

80
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Campy, Delightful

See it if you like the music of Carole King. Overall great vocal performances. Fun show.

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical with a plot. This show reads more like a concert and doesn't do much to create a storyline.

85
Great singing, Refreshing, Resonant, Catchy, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy catchy folk songs performed by talented singers and musicians. Really great score! *Saw the concert version*

Don't see it if you prefer more classic show-tunes. This show has the potential to be heavily stylized. *Saw the concert version*

75
Drunk Shakespeare
Midtown W
Funny, Edgy, Entertaining, Hilarious, Raunchy

See it if you enjoy a rowdy show with little formal structure. Very engaging and interactive.

Don't see it if you aren't in the mood to be called upon by cast members or don't appreciate raunchy humor.

80
Original, Profound, Relevant, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you are interested in seeing a show that touches on the topics of mental health and LGBTQ+ issues. Very touching show.

Don't see it if you are looking to leave the theatre singing the songs or are not interested in complex themes.

90
Absorbing, Great singing, Riveting, Must see, Funny

See it if you are looking for powerful vocal performances. Erivo has incredible control! Great comedic performance by Brooks. Uplifting, inspiring end

Don't see it if you expect top-notch acting. This show could use a little more from the actors during the scenes.

60
Overrated, Fluffy, Great staging, Entertaining, Banal

See it if you are looking for a family-friendly show that utilizes colorful costumes and scenery.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of the original Lion King or would rather see a show that offers a new/original perspective or story.

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great dancing, Uplifting, Fun

See it if you love a flashy musical. This show pulls out all the stops and has a great message of acceptance.

Don't see it if you aren't one for bright lights and sparkly costumes. This show uses a lot of glitz to engage viewers and disguise a slightly cliche plot.

78
Great staging, Great acting, Classic, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you enjoy Tennessee Williams' other plays. Powerful performances and beautifully minimal staging.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in darker plays.

78
Original, Relevant, Entertaining, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy louder, rock music. I saw it with two different Hedwigs and got two very unique experiences. Funny moments. Great turn of events.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of more concert-like shows. This is very atypical in its structure.

70
Shows For Days
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Slow, Dated, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if you are interested in seeing Patti LuPone perform! Great culmination.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of slow-moving plays with cliched, over the top characters.

85
Exquisite, Great staging, Classic, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if you just love Rogers & Hammerstein. Amazing performance by Ashley Park. A lovely, elegant take on a classic show.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in more slow-paced and understated shows. There aren't show-stopping numbers in this musical.

83
Brooklynite
Gramercy
Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Light

See it if you are looking for a fun show with a talented cast. Great Broadway talent in this little show. Overall delightful.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in light-hearted, somewhat cliche theatre.

50
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Cliched, Quirky

See it if you are interested in what can be done with Twelfth night, to see Shakespeare in the Park.

Don't see it if you aren't into musical adaptations of Shakespeare's work. The show felt juvenile and made choices that were not consistent throughout.

72
Cute, Fluffy, Entertaining, Average, Romantic

See it if you like the movie. Overall an enjoyable piece of theatre. Samantha Barks is stunning and quite charming.

Don't see it if you aren't into more "pop"-y musicals. This show isn't bad but it's not something I would run back to see again.

60
Entertaining, Fluffy, Enchanting, Cute, Disappointing

See it if you like the Go-Go's or more light-hearted musicals. A cute show.

Don't see it if you're looking for substance. The story feels like it's written to force the music to make sense. Contrived metaphors everywhere.

70
Bandstand
Midtown W
Disappointing, Mediocre, Non-cohesive, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if you are a fan of Laura Osnes. She has a couple of shining moments and great belting.

Don't see it if you want any substance out of a show. Choreography, music, and acting didn't match up. Boring orchestration for a show about big band music.

83
Great acting, Classic, Amusing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you are interested in seeing a well-adapted stage version of the play. Wonderful performances from the actors and minimalistic staging.

Don't see it if you are looking for a grand performance. The play pretty much looks to stick to the bare bones.

40
The Light Years
Midtown W
Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Funny, Fluffy

See it if you must see everything. Funny for all the wrong reasons.

Don't see it if you are looking for something substantive in a show. This show was very drawn-out and cliched.

70
Amelie
Midtown W
Fluffy, Quirky, Disappointing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you are interested in seeing Phillipa Soo originate another role. A very colorful and light performance. Lovely ending which saves the show.

Don't see it if you have concerns about whether it will be true to the film. Amélie seemed to be mocked rather than appreciated for her unique qualities.

73
The Object Lesson
East Village
Great staging, Quirky, Refreshing, Ambitious, Immersive

See it if you enjoy the thrill of a bit of audience participation. The theatre experience is relatively immersive.

Don't see it if non-traditional theatre experiences make you uncomfortable. Audience members should be okay with sitting on the floor or being moved around.

55
The Town Hall Affair
Soho/Tribeca
Confusing, Edgy, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if you tend to like shows that are outside of the typical "Broadway" cannon. Interesting use of mixed media in this performance.

Don't see it if you aren't willing to try to understand experimental and/or avant-garde performance styles. I found this show to be confusing and aimless.

79
During previews
Significant Other
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Relatable, Great writing, Simple

See it if you are looking for a relatable comedy.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of "lighter" plays.

78
Ride the Cyclone
West Village
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Fluffy, Campy

See it if you are looking for a fun night off-Broadway. Wonderful performances from the cast.

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

93
Absorbing, Entertaining, Masterful, Refreshing, Dizzying

See it if you are interested in seeing a technically flawless show. This production is ambitious and achieves everything it sets out to do! See it!

Don't see it if you are not a fan of strobe lighting or more interactive and immersive shows. The show claims to be confusing, but I did not find it to be.

65
Funny, Disappointing, Overrated, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if you are curious about the hype surrounding it.

Don't see it if you are expecting it to be a hilarious show. For me the jokes didn't quite land.

87
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Resonant, Catchy

See it if you like Jonathan Larson's other work. Great score! Really enjoyed the balance of fun and emotion.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in small shows with minimal production value.

75
During previews
Falsettos
Midtown W
Great singing, Quirky, Funny, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you like James Lapine and William Finn's other works. Great cast and performances!

Don't see it if you are looking for something new and fresh. Holds true to Lapine & Finn's style. The show has a very quirky, particular sense of humor.

85
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Funny, Must see, Great singing, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if You are interested in classic theatre. Stephen Schwartz's music is infectious. Jennifer DiNoia (current Elphaba) is a star.

Don't see it if You are interested in avant-garde theatre.

80
Funny, Delightful, Cliched, Great staging, Forgettable

See it if you like classic musical theatre and romantic comedy period pieces. Zachary Levi gave a great performance, Charming with some funny moments.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in seeing yet another cliche romantic comedy musical in an office setting. Overall a forgettable show.

85
American Psycho
Midtown W
Original, Great staging, Edgy, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy stylized modern theatre featuring comedic performances. The music is fairly catchy (with great harmonies!) and will grow on you.

Don't see it if you aren't sold on the concept of the show. It's important to understand nature of sociopathic behavior to appreciate the show.

85
Eclipsed
Midtown W
Great acting, Original, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you enjoy a balance of comedy and dark dramatics. This show is very interesting and a little cryptic.

Don't see it if you aren't able to understand accents or are looking for something on the fluffier side.

60
During previews
Ideation
Midtown E
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Resonant, Exhausting

See it if you are interested in the human condition at its most vulnerable. Your emotions will mirror those of the characters in the show.

Don't see it if you don't like cognitively taxing shows. Once this show flies off the rails, it only gets deeper and deeper into insanity.

75
If/Then
Midtown W
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Original, Disappointing

See it if you love Idina Menzel. Very interesting concept for a show.

Don't see it if you don't have a sharp attention span. The show can be somewhat confusing if you aren't engrossed.

70
Cabaret (Broadway)
Midtown W
Classic, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of Cabaret! It's a classic show that everyone should see at some point. Incredible performance by Alan Cumming.

Don't see it if you can't stand poor British accents. Sally Bowles is somewhat of an irritating, self-absorbed character which hindered my enjoyment.

82
Great staging, Great dancing, Romantic, Slow, Enchanting

See it if you love tales of romance mixed with a little bit of humor. Classic score, incredible sets, and unparalleled dancing.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in watching longer dance scenes. This show is very ballet-heavy.

60
Cliched, Fluffy, Repetitive, Slow, Overrated

See it if you are looking for a truly silly night at the theatre. Very interesting performance by Jefferson Mays. Some of the music is very sweet.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of repetitive plot points. This show leaves the audience is left counting down scenes until the finale.

63
For a previous production
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Dated, Overrated, Entertaining, Classic, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of Frankie Valley and the Four Seasons. Great singing and performances.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of narration and characters breaking the fourth wall. This story is told from the point of view of the four members.