MJRL

New York City | 25-34 | Female

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Reviews (64)
75
During previews
Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Slow, Dark

See it if You enjoy dark comedies, gallows humor, Martin McDonagh’s other works, if you’re a fan of Mark Addy or Dan Stevens.

Don't see it if You want to see a happy comedy, or don’t like dark subject matter, dealing with executions.

Also Not my favorite Martin McDonagh play, but I enjoyed it.

78
Slow to the point, Scary, Intense, Cliched, Great acting

See it if You want to see a haunting tale told in an atmospheric location, brilliant acting, and you like scary stories.

Don't see it if You don’t like jump scares, ghost stories, easily predictable plots, low budget sets for a high price ticket, uncomfortable chairs.

95
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Must see, Resonant, Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a play that has been perfectly cast, with each actor shining in their role. A hilarious family drama that really resonates.

Don't see it if you don't like dark comedies, intense family dramas, or don't like August Osage County.

85
During previews
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Great writing, Indulgent, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy a modern reinterpretation of a classic, brilliant acting, hilarious feminist reading of the material.

Don't see it if You don’t like feminist reinterpretations of classic novels, that sometimes go too far and hit you over the head with the material.

Also I really really enjoyed the first act. But I ended up felt like I was ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Sing Street
East Village
Refreshing, Resonant, Great singing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You want a teen show done right. Brilliant singing, an amazing ensemble,

Don't see it if You don’t like coming of age tales, the 80s, the young boy falling for the troubled teen girl trope, multiple plot points that go nowhere.

Also From the inventive opening moment of the show, I knew that I would hav... Read more Read less

83
Intense, Resonant, Slow, Relevant, Transcendent

See it if Powerful storytelling that still resonates today, truth, women connecting on stage.

Don't see it if You don’t like non traditional, non linear, poems, stories, chants, not catching every word. Can’t deal with intense sexual/violence. Slow.

91
Betrayal
Midtown W
Riveting, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Absorbing

See it if you love the stars, want to see a brilliantly acted piece where every silence matters, and don’t mind a plot in reverse.

Don't see it if You don’t like non traditional plays, or the weakest scenes being at the end, or minimalist sets, or paying attention to what’s not said.

93
Great acting, Masterful, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You like plays that make you wonder what is happening, make you uncomfortable, have frank discussion about race, relationships, & sex.

Don't see it if violent and/or sexual situations will trigger, you are looking for a family friendly show

Also This show takes an extremely out there premise, and really delves into... Read more Read less

95
During previews
High energy, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You want to see brilliant performers improvising rap based on audience suggestions in a high energy, fun evening that can’t be replicated.

Don't see it if You don’t like rap, unscripted shows highly based on audience suggestions, or if you want a traditional musical experience.

97
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You want to learn about our constitution, and how it fails in the protection of women, in a thought provoking, hilarious, truthful play

Don't see it if You want a traditional, lighthearted play that doesn’t break the 4th wall.

95
Midsummer: A Banquet
Greenwich V
Immersive, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Immersive, non traditionally staged, double cast, heavily integrated with song and dance production of a Shakespeare classic appeals to you.

Don't see it if You expect a traditional production of Shakespeare, and don’t want to have your view blocked, or have to turn to see the actors around you.

75
Burn This
Midtown W
Quirky, Slow, Boring, Funny, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of Adam Driver. He steals the show.

Don't see it if You want a fast paced, dramatic, action driven, night at the theatre.

Also The first scene’s exposition nearly killed me. I was so bored. The mos... Read more Read less

73
Jukebox, Expected, Great singing, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if You love Carol King and want to learn about her life. Want an entertaining, light, night at the theatre.

Don't see it if You expect anything other than a typical jukebox musical that blasts through snippets of songs written.

95
All My Sons
Midtown W
Fantastic production elements, Masterful, Great staging, Resonant, Great acting

See it if You want to see a brilliantly performed Arthur Miller classic, that delves into complex human behavior.

Don't see it if The everyday seems boring to you. If you don’t like period dramas.

77
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You want a nice, light, entertaining night at the theatre with some serious themes.

Don't see it if You are looking for a provoking, experimental, thought inspiring night at the theatre.

65
In the Green
Upper W Side
Great singing, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You like abstract musicals, nontraditional styling, can focus on the music and not the plot.

Don't see it if Like traditional, PLOT DRIVEN, shows that make sense, tidy up neatly at the end or Big, flashy musical numbers.

Also I love Grace McLean, and I love her music. I had such high expectation... Read more Read less

93
Queen of Hearts
Brooklyn
Entertaining, Raunchy, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful

See it if You love fun, non traditional, non reverential, interdisciplinary pieces of theatre.

Don't see it if You don’t like INCENSE, nudity, burlesque, sexual humor, nontraditional episodic narrative told through movement/songs, not words.

Also The show started off with the strongest act, and I was immediately hoo... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Octet
Midtown W
Impressive, Profound, Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You love Dave Molloy’s work, and sound, and genius lyrics. You are addicted to the internet.

Don't see it if You don’t like a capella, mostly sungthrough musicals, cerebral pieces, nontraditional, non action based pieces.

Also Once again Dave Molloy has created a genius score on themes that you w... Read more Read less

85
Must see, Thought-provoking, Fluffy, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a revival done right. Henry Haden Patten steals the show.

Don't see it if You don’t like classic musicals. Can’t sit for 3 hours.

Also It’s refreshing to see a revival actually take the material and make c... Read more Read less

70
Cringey, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if You’re in high school, fan of joe iconis, want a sci fi take of the high school loser trope.

Don't see it if You want intellectual, thought provoking, lyrically masterful, complex musical theatre, with 3 dimensional women.

Also I personally enjoyed my time with ‘Be More Chill.’ I enjoyed the sci f... Read more Read less

90
White Noise
East Village
Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You love Daveed Diggs, discussions of complex issues on race, slavery, Black Lives Matter, fantastic acting,

Don't see it if A confrontational approach to racial power dynamics a la the Stanford Prison experiment would be upsetting.

Also The most realistic (to a degree) of Susan Lori Parks plays, and maybe ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Must see, Masterful, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if GLENDA JACKSON! You want to see an absolute master at work. A great ensemble piece. If you like nontraditional casting, and Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You don’t like Shakespeare or Phillip Glass. Prefer traditional Adaptations of Shakespeare or don’t have a long attention span.

Also I don’t like King Lear as a play, and I really enjoyed this production... Read more Read less

80
Great staging, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if Like Sondheim, like paired down musicals with minimum set and costumes. Like to think about what you’re seeing.

Don't see it if You like soaring melodies, want a straight forward narrative, if you want to see giant production numbers.

Also This musical has always been considered problematic because it is told... Read more Read less

90
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you want to see two brilliant actors deliver serious monologues, if you are a fan of Jake Gyllenhaal or Tom Sturridge.

Don't see it if you don't like monologues, you don't like heavy subject matter involving death and parenthood.

76
Entertaining, Fluffy, Great singing, Funny, Relevant

See it if You want to make Fetch Happen. You want a light, funny, amusing night at the theatre. You enjoyed the film.

Don't see it if You hate the movie, or can’t get over that it is different from the film. If you don’t like satire, or you want serious theatre.

82
During previews
The Minutes
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if You want to see small town politics at work in a one room drama. You want to see a master playwright in his own play.

Don't see it if You don’t like political dramas, or plays that reference tough historical matters. You need a play with a lot of action.

92
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Riveting, Must see, Intense, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if You want to see a standout performance by Rose Byrne, as she continues to lose control over her life.

Don't see it if You don’t like modern adaptations, Ivo Van Hove type camera projections on stage, family dramas dealing with mental illness, violence.

80
During previews
Indulgent, Overly produced, Slow, Intense, Great acting

See it if You want to see a master performance by Ruth Negga

Don't see it if you can’t stand overly produced works. An over abundance of lighting, and sound effects, and transitional moments after EVERY scene change.

Also A BRILLIANT performance by Ruth Negga,she was utterly believable, but ... Read more Read less

75
Hilarious, Fluffy, Entertaining, Great singing, Slow

See it if You want to be pleasantly surprised by the depth of emoji emotions, and some clever lines, and catchy songs.

Don't see it if You hate emojis, pop culture, bathroom humor, or expect a a show with fully drawn out characters.

70
Nutcracker Rouge
Brooklyn
Indulgent, Raunchy, Disappointing, Entertaining, Slow

See it if You love burlesque, extremely talented, over the top, highly skilled, raunchy performances, beautiful singing, and tricks you’ve never seen.

Don't see it if You expect anything close to the nutcracker, or any nutcracker appearance. You like narrative.

Also I was extremely disappointed in this production as a multiple time vie... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Condescending, Indulgent, Slow, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want to see Kushner’s first play redone, brilliant acting, obvious parallels of Hitler’s rise to Trump’s America.

Don't see it if You can’t sit through a 3 hour play, can’t stand constant interruptions of action by incidental observational characters.

Also High themes and smart writing are par for the course for a Kushner pla... Read more Read less

95
Entertaining, Delightful, Hilarious, Must see, Great singing

See it if you want to see brilliant casting in a cult classic.

Don't see it if You don’t like humorous murder, the inability to understand all of the words, or complicated endings.

95
Riveting, Resonant, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see masterfully acted monologues, and have a thoughtful night at the theatre.

Don't see it if You don’t like monologue plays, quiet moments, introspection, sensitive topics dealing with life, and death, children, and parents.

65
Entertaining, Dizzying, Ambitious, Over-acted, Quirky

See it if You are in the mood for a quirky, all over the place, story about Lautrec’s life told in a really fun space.

Don't see it if You will be offended by terrible French accents, want a traditional narrative of H. De T. Lautrec’s life.

85
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Masterful puppeteering, High production value, Great staging, Epic, Entertaining

See it if You want pure entertainment, love masterful production values, can focus on projection and the puppet. Go see it for the puppet.

Don't see it if You want a musical that has memorable music, you can’t handle animal cruelty, or loud noises.

Also I honestly was purely entertained by this, and loved it. I went for th... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Mojada
East Village
Absorbing, Resonant, Masterful, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a masterful modern adaptation of Medea that is almost too relevant to our modern times. Brilliant acting that tears at heart

Don't see it if You don’t like Medea, non traditional storytelling, breaking the fourth wall, use of multiple languages, are SPOILER triggered by rape.

96
Spoon River
Midtown W
Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing, Delightful, Immersive

See it if you have ever read the monologues, this is the best you will ever see them performed. If you want an affirmation of life.

Don't see it if you don't like monologues, nontraditional, nonlinear shows, dealing with death, folk/song.

70
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Disney

See it if You want an entertaining, big Broadway/Disney night at the theatre, with kids. It is a perfectly fine adaptation of the film.

Don't see it if You expect a thought provoking, experimental, kids free, night at the theatre

90
Romantic, Great staging, Great singing, Confusing, Enchanting

See it if You’re a fan of ‘The Great Comet,’ nontraditional storytelling, Greek myths, thought provoking slightly cerebral completely sung-thro score.

Don't see it if you want a simple, non complex story that wraps up neatly. A traditional big broadway musical.

85
Ink
Midtown W
Intense, Indulgent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are fascinated with the creation of the tabloid and insight into a powerful man, and want to see some powerful brilliant acting.

Don't see it if You don’t like flashy plays, heavy use of herbal cigarettes, no interest in the press.

90
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You love radical, dark, gritty, reinterpretations of classic musicals.

Don't see it if You are stuck on the classic, you love traditional musicals, like a dark house.

75
Plano
East Village
Intelligent, Out there, Quirky, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You like experimental plays, bizarre concepts, plays that make you think.

Don't see it if You like traditional, linear, plays with resolution.

Also The play started out strong. I really enjoyed the concept, and the pla... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting, Great singing, Dated

See it if Strong singing, well acted, see it if you're a Kushner fan.

Don't see it if You don't like sung through musicals, or cerebral lyrics, or metal chairs.

80
Intense, Edgy, Dizzying, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a masterclass of acting by Cillian Murphy. If you like experimental theatre, or like the book.

Don't see it if You need to completely understand everything you are seeing. You don’t like loud noise, or can’t process grief.

Also I may not have processed, understood every word, or heard everything t... Read more Read less

85
Ain't No Mo'
East Village
Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You’re a Susan Lori Parks fan, like nontraditional, episodic theatre, like being confronted by performance and performers.

Don't see it if You expect a traditional, linear, narrative.

Also I can’t wait to see what else this playwright has in store. No one lea... Read more Read less

95
Resonant, Masterful, Poetic, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like experimental theatre, poetical , epic tales of an immigrant family rising and falling, brilliant actors playing multiple roles.

Don't see it if you don't like epic, long plays that jump through history, third person narration, non traditional dialogue.

Also The acting was absolutely brilliant. It was a masterpiece just watchin... Read more Read less

45
Excruciating, Disappointing, Amusing, Disney, Indulgent

See it if See it only if you are a super fan of the film. If you have children. If you love Disney. If you want a light evening at the theatre.

Don't see it if You want thought provoking theatre, complex story telling, actually good production values, or if you need a completely respectful audience

Also I was expecting amazing production value because of the money Disney h... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Quirky, Hilarious, Indulgent

See it if you like the stars, want to see Ethan Hawke go full out, love Sam Sheppard.

Don't see it if you dont like plays without a tidy ending, you don't like dark comedies.

65
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Great singing, Hits you over the head, Cliched, Disappointing, Absorbing

See it if you like Alice in Wonderland, want to see a GREAT ensemble, you like the music of Duncan Sheik/Steven Sater.

Don't see it if you want a traditional retelling of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, you have a problem with really bad british accents.

Also The show needs to be much more subtle, and completely reworked. It has... Read more Read less

75
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great staging, Great acting, Masterful

See it if MUST see for Bryan Cranston’s masterful manipulation of IVH’s trademark use of cameras.

Don't see it if You don’t like nontraditional theatre. The characters were somewhat non engaging, and I did find myself bored when Cranston wasn’t on stage.