Molly 2

New York City | 50-64 | Female
About:  New Yorker. Theater and music fan. Seeking grace.
Reviews (133)
76
Intense, Slow, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if for Laura Linney's brilliant performance

Don't see it if Late review, from final performance, so no opportunity for others to see. Sorry.

70
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Difficult, Edgy, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if You're ready for a very modern and political take on a classic, with non-traditional staging. Very in your face, but not in a bad way.

Don't see it if You're wedded to traditional interpretations. The score is, of course, glorious, but the visuals are challenging.

Also I thought this was very interesting but hard to watch. The constant an... Read more Read less

80
Sing Street
East Village
Fluffy but not in a bad way, Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful

See it if charming and talented young cast perform varied score energetically and with great heart

Don't see it if You don't like actor/musicians, or coming of age stories

Also Maybe it's because I am one, I found the Irish mothers to be very reco... Read more Read less

75
The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you want to see how relevant the Salem witch trials are today. The actors were great, interesting style, and no amplification.

Don't see it if Some seats are very close to the action if that makes you uncomfortable

Also This was my first Bedlam production, I'll definitely see future ones. ... Read more Read less

65
Interesting, Quirky, Clever

See it if you're a fan of Will Eno. The dialogue was witty and the exploration of identity was done with a new twist. Some touching moments

Don't see it if It plays as a series of vignettes. I was underwhelmed, but the NYT review praised many aspects that I completely missed.

90
Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to be pulled in and swallowed up. The production is riveting, with great acting, an intimate and focused set, and gorgeous language

Don't see it if You're emotionally squeamish. There are more than a few moments that require fortitude from the audience. But well worth it.

Also The language is stunning, and the delivery, somewhere between prose re... Read more Read less

80
Great music, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if like me, you've been under a rock for five years. I can't believe I waited so long to see this. Very enjoyable and appealing show

Don't see it if The book is thin - obviously, it's not about the book - but the music is wonderful and the characters well played.

Also I'm so glad I took the eleventh hour opportunity to grab a ticket for ... Read more Read less

77
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Great music, Relevant, Great singing

See it if Great singing - solo and ensemble, and the orchestrations are complex and interesting. Well staged. Joshua Henry is powerful

Don't see it if It stopped short on the narrative side. The plotlines were sketched out but not really developed. Musically satisfying but not too deep.

80
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if You like an adult comedy, funny and slightly disturbing at the same time. It's very well written and the characters well drawn.

Don't see it if There's language, nudity, and creepiness. If that bothers you, this isn't the show for you.

Also I thought this was a very good play, The protagonist is appealing and ... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Disappointing

See it if You like to play Name That Tune. With dozens of pop song samples you can amuse yourself picking out recognizable lyrics and melodies.

Don't see it if You loved the movie. This lacks the passion and romance of the small screen.

Also I was ready to love this. For 20 minutes in the second act it lives up... Read more Read less

83
Great singing, Absorbing

See it if for the music. It's glorious

Don't see it if You are looking for a full representation of the book on stage.

92
Octet
Midtown W
Relevant, Great singing, Clever

See it if What the human voice can do thrills you. Fabulous a cappella vocals that convey many moods.

Don't see it if You like a large production.

Also I love contemporary vocal music. Octet turns the musical in its head. ... Read more Read less

82
Lockdown
West Village
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Absorbing play dealing with incarceration, rehabilitation, loss and hope. Post-show audience discussion brought it home in a very real way

Don't see it if This should be seen. It's not a perfect play but an important one.

90
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if Ensemble actors directed like instruments in the orchestra. It's funny, smart and subtle.

Don't see it if You like dramatic tension resolved with a confrontation or catharsis

Also I loved this show. The characters are great and very believable, and a... Read more Read less

67
During previews
Burn This
Midtown W
Disappointing

See it if You haven't seen an earlier production and are curious about the play.

Don't see it if You prefer subtlety.

Also I really wanted to like this because the actors are all very appealing... Read more Read less

77
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if discussion of ideas holds your interest. I drifted away a few times, although did like the take on the Constitution's personal impact.

Don't see it if You're looking for Broadway style entertainment. This is like watching The West Wing, but not as good.

85
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if an important conversation about race, sexuality, coming of age with beautiful language. Actors, who sing, are great.

Don't see it if No reason not to see this.

Also I saw this yesterday and it's been on my mind since. The language - bu... Read more Read less

90
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Intense

See it if for the amazing Bryan Cranston, and another great redo by Ivo van Hove The tech is fabulous, and the staging creates anxiety, in a good way

Don't see it if You get sensory overload. There is a lot happening at all times.

Also I was rapt for most of the play. Cranston is amazing, and the minor su... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Riveting, Intense

See it if You’re human. This heartbreaking story of aging and what is lost with time is sensitively portrayed. Elaine May is beyond moving.

Don't see it if Your emotions are close to your skin. It’s hard to watch a person fade before your eyes.

Also The cast is great. This intense play is in very good hands. I took at ... Read more Read less

100
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if Wow. Brilliant writing in the hands of large extraordinary cast in which everyone had something significant to do (even the baby).

Don't see it if You can’t get your ears around a brogue.

Also This is one for the books. It is three plus hours of truly absorbing d... Read more Read less

80
Lewiston/Clarkston
West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intense

See it if Very intimate theater experience. Acting was superb. Interesting themes of grand and personal exploration in both pieces tied together well

Don't see it if It’s a long night and requires sustained focus.

Also Critical opinions seem to favor Clarkston but I found Lewiston to be t... Read more Read less

65
Wild Abandon
Chelsea
Clever, Slow

See it if To be up close to a talented multi-instrumentalist in a one woman show with some catchy tunes and a complicated mother-daughter relationship

Don't see it if You want a narrative.

Also It’s fine for what it is but there’s not much to it. Sets, props and i... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if For a creative reimagining of a classic. Spare set & staging laid bare an emotional intensity. Musical arrangements and performances are A+

Don't see it if You are wedded to classical musicals presented only in traditional ways.

Also I saw this at BardSummerscape and it’s gotten even better. There is ge... Read more Read less

85
During previews
R.R.R.E.D.
Gramercy
Great singing, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if Big talent on a small stage Absurd in a good way-story line about the extinction of redheads and what to do about it. Kevin Zak gets an A+.

Don't see it if Plot is secondary to the clever songs and energetic performances. Some pop culture references went over my head.

Also There is a surprise ending and the special guest star (Christopher Sie... Read more Read less

60
Funny, Relevant, Cliched, Indulgent

See it if It’s always good to see work by new playwrights, especially women. As promised, it makes the audience a little uncomfortable. Good set.

Don't see it if It goes both too far and not far enough. The humor is intentionally sophomoric but that turns the characters into charicatures

60
During previews
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Disappointing

See it if for a trip through grief of all kinds. There were a few good lyrics, and a talented lead, but there's not much there.

Don't see it if You want narrative with your music.

Also Despite its earnestness, this one didn't connect well for me. The fall... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You'd like to revisit a really good play. Things haven't changed much

Don't see it if No reason not to see this.

70
Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like magic/illusions with some explanation

Don't see it if it's not a traditional theater entertainment, so you can get the gist of the performer's skills by watching him in other media

90
Wow, Must see, Great singing, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Everything about this show was great. It's not a conventional play but a stylized concert. The music and musicians were amazing.

Don't see it if You expect a typical Broadway musical

Also David Byrne is mesmerizing . I couldn't take my eyes off him and as a ... Read more Read less

79
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if Great acting sustained throughout a dense script. Interesting framing device of telling the story through a novel in progress.

Don't see it if You prefer to follow one clear story arc.

Also This felt like a Netflix series rather than an end-to-end dramatic wor... Read more Read less

50
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Disappointing

See it if Well... Marisa Tomei is beautiful and does a good job with a hard role. Imagine her character from My Cousin Vinny as really depressed

Don't see it if So many elements don't hang together - the Italian Greek chorus, the flamingos, the humor played as slapstick.

75
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Quirky, Fun, Entertaining, Clever

See it if fun take on the Scottish play. Good and varied score. The second act is very good, bringing the dark comedy to the forefront

Don't see it if It's a little long for what it is.

75
Dublin Carol
Chelsea
Intense, Great acting

See it if You’re attuned yo Irish sensibilities and ways of storytelling. The swings from arch humor to desperate sadness cone often.

Don't see it if It unfolds slowly and is claustrophobic by design. If you like action this isn’t for you.

88
During previews
Important, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You’re troubled by changes in the city that make it less human & less humane. As a play it has some flaws but as a theater piece it’s great

Don't see it if You have mobility challenges and might be uncomfortable. There’s a lot of standing and walking about and the seats are punishing.

Also Telling the story of cholera and AIDS through those who cared for pati... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Broadway Bounty Hunter
West Village
Great singing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if for a delightful romp. The score is terrific and the laughs are genuine.

Don't see it if You want serious and plot-heavy

Also I was charmed by this show. The cast, especially Alan H. Green and Bra... Read more Read less

87
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Great acting in a very good play. The struggle to connect is beautifully played.

Don't see it if Intimacy (physical and emotional) on stage is uncomfortable for you.

Also Act 1 is borderline creepy in these #metoo times, but through the brav... Read more Read less

75
All My Sons
Midtown W
Relevant, Great acting

See it if it's a classic play and searing family drama. Acting is wonderful, especially Tracy Letts.

Don't see it if There's lots of exposition, with the anticipated explosion in the last ten minutes. If it weren't for the fine acting it would be slow.

Also The contrasting ways the characters deal with loss is interesting, and... Read more Read less

50
Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if Two great performances....but to what end? The premise was interesting but far too buried in incomprehensible narrative.

Don't see it if I can't recommend this one to anyone but an opera fan who wants to see Renee Fleming in an unusual role in a small space.

Also The Shed is a cool space, although you go through a maze to get to the... Read more Read less

75
Dated, Entertaining

See it if for a well executed new version of a classic musical. Good dancing. O'Hara and Chase are wonderful together. Her voice is wonder

Don't see it if there's not much to it. While I was mostly entertained, I was ready for it to be over.

76
Ain't No Mo'
East Village
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if terrific acting in difficult roles & difficult for the audience as well. Uncomfortable and very moving depiction of how far we haven't come

Don't see it if Expressive language bothers you, or if you don't like biting satire.

70
During previews
Superhero
Midtown W
Relevant

See it if A family story of grief, loss and how to move forward interests you. It was the story of my life so I felt personally connected.

Don't see it if The show is both too long and too short. It needs to be expanded in some ways and trimmed in others.

60
Gatz
Greenwich V
Ambitious

See it if You'd like to see a great novel dramatized, and can stay interested for a long time

Don't see it if The last act was best but comes after 6 hours of a play that demands but doesn't earn your attention.

86
Great acting, Great writing

See it if you are a fan of Sorkin's writing and are interested in what he did with this familiar classic.

Don't see it if Your fondness for the original is absolute. I enjoyed this, especially for Jeff Daniels and Celia Keenan-Bolger, but see below.

Also With all respect for the genius that is Aaron Sorkin, the new dialogue... Read more Read less

57
Downstairs
West Village
Ambitious, Intense, Slow

See it if to support the work of women playwrights and directors. Rebeck and Campbell-Holt are important voices/visions. Also for the Daly siblings

Don't see it if Exposition was way too long. The ending was not unexpected, but after the big reveal there was no memorable resolution. A miss for me.

65
During previews
Usual Girls
Midtown W
Relevant, Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if One woman’s depiction of how girls grow up and it’s not pretty. Anger and rage, painful empathy and moments of dread for the audience.

Don't see it if You don’t like loud music, nudity, frank sexuality and/or salty language. That sounds negative but in fact I wasn’t bothered by any of it.

Also I had a mixed reaction to this. Important topic fearlessly handled but... Read more Read less

90
On Beckett
Chelsea
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if For a seminar on the language of Beckett, an explanation of the clown silhouette, hats, and an absolutely charming Bill Irwin.

Don't see it if It requires some brain exercise to be fully appreciated. If you want passive entertainment this isn’t it.

93
During previews
Apologia
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting, Intense

See it if Well-written play with fully realized characters. Dramatic tension, with occasional humor to lighten the intense mood. Acting is stellar.

Don't see it if Family dysfunction troubles you.

Also Wow. This is a very good play with great performances by a talented ca... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Intelligent

See it if For Janet McTeer. She is a commanding presence and mesmerizing. Sets are opulent and the language sparkles.

Don't see it if The play didn’t wasn’t completely coherent for me. The ending seemed to come from left field.

85
During previews
Neurosis
Gramercy
Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Delightful musical with great choreography, appealing and talented cast, and clever lyrics. Well-staged and directed for a small space.

Don't see it if You’re a curmudgeon. It’s light entertainment with an upbeat and affirming message.

Also This is a treat. Some terrific musical numbers. Brennan Caldwell stand... Read more Read less

68
Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
Confusing

See it if Interesting to have six actors play one character, and large cast that generally does a good job.

Don't see it if It doesn’t hang together very well, and the ending seems confusing/unresolved.