Melissa 6083

Springfield | 50-64 | Female

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Reviews (52)
90
The Antipodes
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you're an Annie Baker fan. As always she helps us to see and hear ourselves in everyday conversations and in real time.

Don't see it if you don't like Annie Baker's plays. She doesn't venture far. She doesn't have to. Your first Annie Baker will always be your favorite...

80
Sojourners
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy great storytelling. I want to know everything about this family. Can't wait for the other stories.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of off broadway plays.

75
Ambitious, Delightful, Great singing, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy the Disney musicals. They do entertain the kids!

Don't see it if You are tired of the music that you've probably heard over and over again if you have children.

80
Everybody
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate the old being made new again. It really is great writing.

Don't see it if you like big productions that spell everything out for you.

85
Clever, Great staging, Intense, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy Sondheim musicals. It was up close and personal. And the pies were great!

Don't see it if you're not a Sondheim fan. It's all about the music.

80
Man From Nebraska
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want a fly's view of what it's like being human. So ridiculously painful from within, it seems gorgeously manageable from without.

Don't see it if you want big drama as opposed to greatly developed characters.

85
For a previous production
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you love a show that's neither a musical or a straight play but something magically in between.

Don't see it if you like your band musicals loud and peppy. This is no Music Man.

80
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you can get a ticket! The proximity to these actors makes you a responsible audience member. Attention is required and easily given.

Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare snob. I heard lots of complaints about casting and staging at intermission, but I liked it all. Rodrigo rules!!!

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you want to experience theater up close and personal. It is a glimpse of our lives that we can brilliantly watch objectively.

Don't see it if You like your shows big and loud. It is an intimate piece that makes you wanna do life all over again and hopefully get it right this time.

70
During previews
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like history plays. The writing was great and the topic is waaaaaay relevant.

Don't see it if You can't appreciate a great work in progress. This is definitely a workshop production, a very good workshop production.

85
Men on Boats
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy history plays, especially when the history is tweeked in the staging and you gain a new perspective of events.

Don't see it if you need lots of props to make it real for you, though a real river would have felt refreshing on this very hot day. Great summer escape!

90
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy the wit in Jane Austen's novels, for this show uses her sense of humor in a most sensible manner. Loved the props! Great acting!

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Jane Austen, though you could very well become a fan after seeing this show.

85
During previews
The Total Bent
East Village
Great staging, Great writing, Resonant, Intense, Great singing

See it if you want to hear original scored blues, gospel, and rock music performed beautifully by the cast and band. They will make you believe!

Don't see it if you don't like your musicals loud. Oh and don't try too hard to understand, the magic mic is a leap of faith!

80
Edgy, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if you appreciate straight forward thought that bounces off the walls and around the room and hits you over and over. Aha. She said. Aha again.

Don't see it if you can't deal with shame, find no humor in this world, or if you just don't like to think.

92
Every Brilliant Thing
West Village
Delightful, Clever, Profound, Resonant, Masterful

See it if you enjoy intimate and interactive theater experiences.

Don't see it if you prefer big splashy numbers.

85
During previews
The School for Scandal
West Village
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you want to enjoy a great play written by a contemporary of the founding fathers. Washington saw the 1st American production several times!

Don't see it if you have tickets to Hamilton every night from now until May 8th. Seriously, a great production of a play as old as our country? I love NY!!!

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Dizzying, Fluffy

See it if you like your omelettes fluffy. It is an exuberant show looking for you to have a good time. I finally got to hear Brian Darcy James sing!

Don't see it if you're not a fan of the exaggerated acting style. Directed as such... makes sense really.

75
The Crucible
Midtown W
Absorbing, Confusing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you're a fan of Steven Hoggett. And then there's Ben Whishaw, Sophie Okonedo, Ciaran Hinds, and Jim Norton!!! Superb acting!

Don't see it if you are not a fan of the classic American plays. It's a standard done well.

70
Stomp
East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Dizzying, Funny, Intense

See it if you wanna feel the beat, and if you wanna feel cool by hanging out in a cool neighborhood.

Don't see it if loud noises hurt your ears.

75
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Quirky

See it if you loved Sesame Street and have just graduated from college.

Don't see it if you're somewhat behind on your pop culture history.

95
Delightful, Entertaining, Edgy, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you love tap dancing Mormons! You know what's coming if you're a South Park fan, but those tap dancing Mormons get me every time.

Don't see it if you're easily offended. Or if you feel you must tell me why it wasn't funny to you.. I don't wish to be lectured after the show!

50
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Dizzying, Fluffy, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you like long running Broadway musicals. It was the last of the big spectacle musicals.

Don't see it if you expect the bubble to be as impressive as the chandelier.

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you love Alex Timbers and Stephen Pasquale! Hooray for old fashioned chemistry and charm! Mr. Pasquale makes the whole audience swoon. Sigh!

Don't see it if you find older musicals dated and fussy.

70
Red Speedo
East Village
Relevant, Original, Intelligent, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you are a sports enthusiast.

Don't see it if you're not particularly interested in the sports doping scandals.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you love kitchen table conversations.

Don't see it if you don't like the smell of baking bread.

80
Her Portmanteau
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to know what happened next. The storytelling is great! Give me more.

Don't see it if you want a complete story with all the answers in 90 minutes.

75
During previews
Amelie
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Enchanting

See it if you're a fan of the movie, Phillipa Soo, or like me, Adam Chanler-Berat. Nice entertainment.

Don't see it if you're looking for a strong message to take home from your theater outing.

50
Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if you support the development of new theater. The music was beautiful but the whole approach was wrong and Joan was not powerful enough.

Don't see it if you don't have money to spare. It was disappointing.

90
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if you love Sondheim! This one is my favorite and the acting was brilliant.

Don't see it if you don't love Sondheim or if blank canvases bore you.

75
The Object Lesson
East Village
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a variety of theater experiences. The story is perhaps the most universal of all.

Don't see it if you like your story to be linear or if you prefer to remain anonymous as an audience member. It's hard to stay out of the way in this show.

85
The Encounter
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you want to experience theater in a whole new way. I love a great story and a story told greatly!

Don't see it if you're not into the storytelling or if you find headphones uncomfortable.

80
Great singing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Exquisite

See it if Cynthia Erivo is performing. The greatest vocal performance I've experienced. The rest of the cast was excellent as well.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate great staging, directing, acting, and all else that makes a show great. The book is so so and the songs just so.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want to be a part of an intelligent conversation. All great performances that make you feel deeply.

Don't see it if you want extravaganza and escape. The first play rang true, the second hit hard, the third broke my heart.

55
The Fall (FringeNYC)
Soho/Tribeca
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Cliched, Great singing

See it if you support the off off Broadway theater community of New York.

Don't see it if you really want to feel for these September girls. It was a youthful study of grief lacking in depth and understanding.

75
Grounded
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you appreciate storytelling that brings current events from the newspapers to life. This play should be acted out on stages across the US.

Don't see it if you're looking for a light and fluffy night at the theater.

85
Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you're looking for some great theater this summer. The director Rachel Chavkin has not disappointed me yet. The cast is fantastic!

Don't see it if you simply refuse to enter a theater in the summer. Actually, it's more like going to a retreat in the woods... so go see it!!!

90
During previews
Skeleton Crew
Chelsea
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you can appreciate great stories from the heart and soul of this country. In 2 hours time, I came to love all 4 of those characters deeply!

Don't see it if character study is not your thing. Not a lot of action in this play, but interaction aplenty!

65
During previews
Thought-provoking, Slow, Intense, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you're a fan of John Douglas Thompson. He definitely takes you on a journey through this man's life... sanity... final hours...

Don't see it if you find it difficult to sit through classic theater productions. The performances were uneven I thought, reminding me it was only a show.

95
During previews
Must see, Romantic, Enchanting, Absorbing, Great staging

See it if you love your great messy romances in small concise productions. Amber Gray and Patrick Page are to die for! Another Once? Let's hope!!!

Don't see it if you're looking for perfection, uniformity, or a seat that wasn't picked up from a flea market, a thrift store, or your grandma's back porch.

70
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you enjoy British redundancy tales along the line of Billy Elliot and Kinky Boots. No music, but this one has a great mystery at its root!

Don't see it if you don't understand Brits. This is a British play starring British actors with British accents telling British jokes. Good guys win! Yay!

50
Blackbird
Midtown W
Ambitious, Edgy, Disappointing, Great staging, Excruciating

See it if I don't know. The topic of this play is so hands off if it's not perfect in its presentation it leaves you feeling dirty, somehow complicit.

Don't see it if you want to avoid that feeling, it's not perfect. Kudos to Sophia Anne Caruso for her Broadway debut though. She's been brilliant this year!

55
During previews
American Psycho
Midtown W
Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Intense, Indulgent

See it if you're a fan of Benjamin Walker. He really does a great job, just has too much to do. More Jennifer Damiano and Alice Ripley please!!!

Don't see it if you like good songs/book. The original songs become monotonous too soon and the book is a satire of 80's excess paled by today's standard!

50
Blue Man Group
East Village
Dizzying, Excruciating, Overrated, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you like that sort of thing. It might have been clever in the beginning, but I don't know how it's lasted so long.

Don't see it if you realize The Public is across the street and there are several other options to choose from.

65
Absorbing, Enchanting, Dated, Epic, Romantic

See it if you consider it a classic and feel you must indulge in one. Over the twenty-odd years it's been around, I've loved and hated this show.

Don't see it if you just can't imagine falling in love with the Phantom. Empathy is everything in this show!

80
Delightful, Dizzying, Great staging, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you want to see drag queens give tap dancing Mormons a run for their money. Drag queens in those boots on those conveyor belts... Amazing!

Don't see it if you don't have the time of day for fabulous boots.

75
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Dizzying, Epic

See it if you haven't seen it. It's not my favorite Disney Broadway musical but it's good.

Don't see it if you don't like Disney musicals.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you love, love, love Michael Cerveris! The theater in the round really works for this show.

Don't see it if you're with your sister who's visiting from out of state. It really drudges up everything in your own family of origin, not just Alison's..

70
The Effect
West Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you're a fan of the director David Cromer.

Don't see it if you want Disney magic not prescription medication magic, or is it...

78
Nice Fish
Brooklyn
Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Original

See it if you love Mark Rylance. I saw the original because I loved Matthew Cowles and then fell for Mark Rylance.

Don't see it if you don't like whimsical.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you love a good story told well.

Don't see it if you prefer musicals.