MLynnM

Brooklyn | 35-49 | Female
About:  Longtime theatre fan, new NYC resident. While I am especially drawn to musicals, I do love plays. In either type of performance, I especially appreciate thoughtful, well-executed stagecraft.
Reviews (77)
97
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Riveting, Relevant, Masterful, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You want feel your actual emotions; be moved by intelligent storytelling; witness theatre like you haven’t before

Don't see it if You find it difficult to live in the juxtaposition of reality and metaphor; loud music is hard to handle

Also I would sometimes say something along the lines of "don't see this if ... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Profound, Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to have a "Hamilton" experience - a history lesson with music like you have never seen/heard before

Don't see it if you don't like loud rock music, even when it completes the unique storytelling

95
On point, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you already love this show and want to see it done well! You are looking for an incredibly fun experience.

Don't see it if you don't like kitsch and silliness mixed in your moral lessons. You don't like smiling and high energy audiences.

92
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Resonant, Emotional, Epic, Super dancing, Great staging

See it if you’d like to feel all the emotions of the original story but through a new lens, want to see video production well integrated

Don't see it if you want traditional storytelling and the songs to be used in the same way as the movie production.

75
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Trying really hard, "cute", Fluffy, Meh, Great staging

See it if "She Used To Be Mine" is a song you want to see live and in content (I had no idea how it would play into the story), you like pie-orgraphy

Don't see it if marital abuse and affairs is triggering you to, you are expecting something profound or especially moving. It's just fine.

78
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Cliched, Quirky, Creative, Fun, Entertaining

See it if the idea of a tragi-comedy musical MacBeth sounds interesting to you

Don't see it if you are expecting deep insights or especially nuanced characters. This is really not deep but it is a lot of fun

82
During previews
Strong second act, Strong power ballads, Great dancing, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you're not turned off by jukebox musicals and are open to deliberate work to make each song fit a convoluted story, you like Lauren Patten

Don't see it if you don't like uneven shows - Act II is so much stronger than I, too many story lines turns you off

Also Patten is AMAZING. The show is almost worth it just for her performanc... Read more Read less

83
Betrayal
Midtown W
Engaging, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Interesting acting choices, Unique staging

See it if you like deliberateness in staging and acting choices being a part of what is supposed to draw you in, Charlie Cox - he was incredible

Don't see it if quiet, slow-moving storytelling is not your thing, you're going just for Tom Hiddleston

88
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Intricate, Resonant, Absorbing, Historical, Expansive

See it if the combination of (mostly white) gay history and current culture is something you are interested to take a deep dive into

Don't see it if you shy away from nudity or the open conversation of sex and sexuality, you’re looking for a well rounded history of gay/trans/bi folks

100
During previews
Profound, Sticky - it will sit with you a long time, Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to be challenged about what is theatre, play, relationship, reality, history, narrative... just about everything.

Don't see it if reenactment of enslavement and/or of various types of sexual encounters, both consensual and perhaps otherwise are triggering to you

Also While I give this play the rare 100 rating, that does not mean that I ... Read more Read less

77
Make Believe
Midtown W
Heartbreaking, Great casting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if the interplay of memory and reality and the questions and pain that can raise is intriguing, you want to see believable child actors

Don't see it if Childhood trauma of abuse or abandonment are triggering

65
During previews
Wives
Midtown W
Confusing, Indulgent, Disjointed, Inside-jokey, Quirky

See it if The mix of period and modern in staging, language and topics is something you want to work to follow; you like leaving with questions

Don't see it if You want a linear, crisp story; you don’t like camp and excess in storytelling

90
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Energetic, Super one liners, Great costuming, Creatively updated, Entertaining

See it if Seeing a great performance from Tony winner Santino Fontana; you like the movie by worry it won’t translate to modern day (it does)

Don't see it if “cute lyrics” aren’t your thing; you don’t like clever one liners (there’s a lot. I loved them), you want songs that stay with you longer

92
Breathtaking, Romantic, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if two master artists putting their craft forward with vulnerability and powerfulness is something you want to engulf you.

Don't see it if you are put off by real representation of the complexities of love, bodies, sex, romance, feelings, language and relationships.

Also The performances left me breathless. The two hours flew by, as I was c... Read more Read less

83
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Great staging, Unapologetically black, Thought-provoking, Imaginatively original, Ambitious

See it if You want to dive into a rabbit hole centering black queerness and more, you want existentialism, you like Urinetown/Rent/Be More Chill

Don't see it if You’re not ready to face actual intersectionality of embodied complexity that is graphic in voice, physicality and staging

Also The whole show is worthily original and refreshing. It is also long - ... Read more Read less

79
Another show with another sheep in it, Long, Entertaining

See it if you want to support Asian voice and actors - this play brought history and present together in an interesting staging

Don't see it if you want your shows to be cut to right size already - it was interesting and well staged, just a bit too long in some parts

81
Burn This
Midtown W
Quirky, Almost everyone was super acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to be amazed by how great all the actors are, except K. Russell; A Driver is actually a must see in this which makes it so hard...

Don't see it if ...that Russell is so plastic and unemotional in her performance, I actually felt bad for the other actors who were wonderful

98
Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you love the traditional musical and want to see it done fresh and with so much fun and emotion; you believe everyone belongs at the prom!

Don't see it if you don't like fun and feelings of joy, acceptance and love

95
Great staging, Refreshing, Dizzying, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to see if it lives up to the hype (I overall think it does :), you want to see something that feels and looks original and fresh

Don't see it if you are going to be too overly bothered by the fact that the lead actor (R Carney) is not a strong enough signer for this role

Also I would have likely given this musical closer to 100 if Carney were no... Read more Read less

81
Riveting, Another show with another sheep, Intense, Great staging

See it if you want to be blown away by a set designers perfectly imaginative place for this family breakdown; you want to see destruction in all forms

Don't see it if you can't see real animals in plays if they face hard endings

85
Ink
Midtown W
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Overwhelming, Absorbing

See it if you want to see Miller in a fine, fluid performance which reaches all ranges of emotions; you can take loud, overwhelming acting and staging

Don't see it if you don't want to see the rise of our 24-hour, Fox News-type reporting and sensationalizing - you can't avoid the demise in this show

88
BLKS
Midtown W
Refreshing, Edgy, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if you don't mind real-life needs and actions being portrayed in the actions on stage (love and conflict, in and out of the bathroom :)

Don't see it if you can't appreciate found family love and culture, these roomates and lovers enact the ups and downs of actually caring for others

67
Great staging, Slow, Clever

See it if a one-actor play about that one person's personal journies across borders sounds like your thing; you are interested in seeing staging ideas

Don't see it if you want an even-toned, poignant show - this was too long and that made it feel less pertinent overall

86
All My Sons
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you like a 'traditional' play in content, acting, and staging; you want to see Bening and Letts - you won't be disappointed

Don't see it if you feel that Miller might be dated - the lines are (but really the acting makes it not feel dated)

86
Boesman and Lena
Midtown W
Poignant, Beautifully simplistic, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want an intimate perspective on the human outcomes of political upheaval, you want to see the incredible interplay between two actors

Don't see it if stories of apartheid or oppressions are not for you, as this beautifully explores this and more in a human context

84
The Hot Wing King
Midtown W
Great fun, in a touching way, Layered, Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you need wide-ranging black representation in character, emotion, and storylines; you appreciate laughter with your pain and vice versa

Don't see it if you are hungry - seeing so many chicken wings consumed will only make it worse!

80
During previews
Quirky, Well acted by mare w, Great song translations, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you aren't even a fan of Dylan's music, because this isn't so much about HIS music as he would present it, it's totally new

Don't see it if you don't buy a number of interwoven, quirky characters and storylines in one show

88
Fun, Extravagant, Exactly what you hope for, Great songs, Delightful

See it if you love the cast recording and need to see it in real life; you enjoy spectacular and exuberant showmanship

Don't see it if you don't like the cast recording - while there are spoken portions, the music is what you should be going for

Also I saw a traveling production of Phantom as part of a Broadway in Chica... Read more Read less

86
Ambitious, Horrific realism, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting

See it if Cutting edge, new female playwriting voices are important to support, seeing how extreme actions come to be is intriguing, intensity is okay

Don't see it if topics of childhood trauma, abortion, death and cults are troublesome to experience with specifics and physicality

85
Important historical telling, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you don't know this piece of Brooklyn history, appreciate personal storytelling as a means of examing history and present day

Don't see it if racial/religious hate crimes and acts of violence are triggering to you, you can't get over (the wrong) idea that one actor plays are bland

93
Refreshing, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you have no idea what this is about or what the experience will be and want to be happily surprised and moved

Don't see it if you don't appreciate humanity, complexity, imagination, musicianship and all other things that make this life challenging and rich

79
Interesting, Oddly staged, Dated, Great acting

See it if you want to see a masterful performance from Kristine Nielsen - she stood out in this cast and carried the show

Don't see it if you're hoping for closure from a story, and that you get distracted by awkward stage design (doors that to where exactly?)

76
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Predictable storyline, Great singing, Incredible choreography

See it if you are a fan of Travis Wall's choreography, powerful singing, or modern/imaginative staging

Don't see it if you're hoping for an insightful and illuminating new take on a race-related story

57
During previews
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Disappointing, Disjointed, Unsettling scenery, Awkward staging, Drawnout, too long

See it if the cast or the playwright is a draw for you,

Don't see it if overly dramatic acting from the whole cast is okay with you, you're interested in seeing a poorly designed set design in action

81
Left-wondering, Tender, Curious, Engaged, Great acting

See it if Pryce and Atkins are performers you have not yet seen (or want to see again!), circular storytelling that seems to bend time is your thing

Don't see it if you want a linear, question-answering plot, issues of dementia or death/loss are triggering

70
During previews
Disappointing, Awkwardly staged, Narrative, Contrived, Meh

See it if you want to see MLP perform in anything, meta-ness in storytelling is a plus, authors and the art of writing is your passion

Don't see it if You’re expecting complexities in acting, disjointed set pieces are not for you, play by play narration is better than acting

Also The tickets clearly announce there will be no late seating. There were... Read more Read less

96
Emotionally tiring, Great staging, Riveting, Heartbreaking, Great acting

See it if two one acts of one man monologues which interplay with each other is intriguing to you; you want to be carried on an emotional journey

Don't see it if the pain of losing loved ones is too hard to handle at the moment; the intensity of a deliberately quiet theatre is uncomfortable for you

Also Bring tissues and allow yourself to have the cry you deserve from such... Read more Read less

78
Resonant, Awkward, Creative perspective, Interesting

See it if You’re interested to understand 9/11 through an uplifting perspective; you appreciate creative characterization through accents, costuming

Don't see it if the memory of 9/11 is too serious or personal for you to see the events to be make light of

81
Fun, Indulgent, Incredible costumes, Super ensemble, Cher-tastic

See it if Cher’s life and music is known or unknown to you - it doesn’t matter, because it’s more about the story telling. And costumes!

Don't see it if the “Christmas Carol” format of Cher of past, way past, and present will buy you - they use this “conversation within self” method a lot.

Also The costumes alone are worth seeing. But the beautiful and talented en... Read more Read less

68
Quirky, Longwinded, Great acting

See it if you like feminist humor; you're curious about the title (they will be sure you know why it's named such); you're open to big acting

Don't see it if you want an even-keeled vibe from beginning to end (starts off very clever and funny, ends strained and drawn out)

Also I think the actors were terrific and likely doing exactly what was ask... Read more Read less

79
Indulgent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you haven't yet see Metcalf and Lithgow - not likely the best roles they have had, but worth seeing them; you like to suppose 'what ifs'

Don't see it if you are not Clinton fans, as you have to be able to find something attractive and engaging about them to stick with it

65
Crowd-pleasing, Cliched, Slow, Great singing

See it if you know and love the music of the Temptations; you are looking for a jukebox musical that is more inviting to a racially diverse audience

Don't see it if you don't care about the history of the band, or can't find an access point through the signing and dancing

93
Octet
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great singing, Completely original, Quirky

See it if you think the concept can't work - and be completely surprised that it can and does! You appreciate small, powerful staging and signing

Don't see it if creative, original thought is not for you

91
Great staging, Riveting, Edgy, Great acting, Ominous

See it if you need to see for yourself why this is called the 'dark' and 'sexy' version; Ali Stoker really is that good; you think you know Oklahoma

Don't see it if you can't handle sitting in complete darkness for a few minutes; you don't like your classics to be re-told for relevancy today

Also do eat the cornbread and chili - it's delicious!

90
Lunch Bunch
East Village
Original, Creative, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you'll take your socio-policial thought-provoking shows in the guise of a comedy about office politics

Don't see it if you want something straightforward and basic, you're in for a quirky and fast-paced ride with this one

57
Proof of Love
West Village
Awkward acting, Not engaging enough, Insipid

See it if you're intrigued by the premise, which is interesting

Don't see it if you need your one-actor shows to be well acted, unfortunately, the acting came off as more of a reading than an emotional portrayal

97
Delightful, Refreshing, Profound, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you appreciate the subtexts of how race and class play out in this completely original idea of the focus group upon which we get to spy!

Don't see it if quirky and thought-provoking is not your kind of comedy/drama

98
Profound, Moving and inspiring, Great acting, Original, Breath taking

See it if really, there is no "if" - everyone should see this and then put what thoughts it brings up into actions toward governmental change

Don't see it if again, this isn't an option. No matter your political standing, there is something to be considered, discussed, and acted upon from this

75
Intelligent, Oddly contrived feeling at times, Auto-biographical, Thought-provoking

See it if you've wondered how Lyme disease might every fit within the context of a 'love' story, you want to challenge the patriarchy

Don't see it if you don't feel pain or regret from the current state of politics in the USA

71
Entertaining, Unexpected

See it if you enjoy a mix of kitsch and thoughtfulness

Don't see it if you're not into over the top characters or characterizations