Molly 2

New York City | 50-64 | Female
About:  New Yorker. Theater and music fan. Seeking grace.
Reviews (115)
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

80
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if Small scale production done really well. Staging and choreography fit well in intimate space and performances are great. Steven Bogardus!!

Don't see it if You need a story that has weight to it. This is fluff but in the best possible way.

72
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Talented actors tackle everything from humor to bitterness. There are many laughs, anger and sadness, and a resilient final tone.

Don't see it if You don’t like gay-themed stories.

Also The set is gorgeous (I was waiting for Company to break out) and well ... Read more Read less

80
Travesties
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You love great language. Stoppard at his best - fast, clever and full of references that go by quickly. Great set.

Don't see it if This seems to be a love it or hate it show. If the negative reviews speak to you, don't go

Also I don't know how the actors manage that dialogue. It's so full, and fa... Read more Read less

72
Intelligent, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if Themes of communication across difference, and bridging communication gaps that are relevant in our society today

Don't see it if There is a lot going on. The acting is technically masterful, but can be a little hard to follow who's saying what to whom at any moment.

93
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if A well constructed play with characters speaking great natural language. The actors are all marvelous. Story lines are topical and realistic

Don't see it if you need a happy ending.

Also This is such a good play. Each of the characters is critical to moving... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if Especially for Mark Rylance, but also the entire cast. Every part is well acted and the song is captivating. Beautiful set gorgeously lit.

Don't see it if The play has some issues especially in act two where some of the choices make no sense. I didn’t at all like the audience involvement.

55
Cardinal
Midtown W
Uneven

See it if You want to be both bored and intrigued over 90 minutes. The big themes were better done than the too many small ones.

Don't see it if You need likable characters. While the acting was good there was only one (or maybe two) sympathetic characters in the whole bunch.

Also This is such a strange mix. There are so many points of tension that i... Read more Read less

85
The Wolves
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you have a fondness for teenage girls as they figure themselves out Great direction especially in the 1st part when the ensemble work is A+

Don't see it if you like props and sets to play a big role.

Also This is a very good play, in my opinion. Each female character has an ... Read more Read less

70
For a previous production
The Dead, 1904
Upper E Side
Enchanting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you have a melancholy soul. The concluding scene is so very Irish. The words go right to your heart (as if I should comment on James Joyce

Don't see it if you aren't willing to stand for a long time, and get uncomfortable in a non-traditional theater setting

Also I was a non-diner, which worked well for me as it was easier to listen... 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.

83
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want a true treat for the eyes. This is a glorious production - sets, costumes and lighting work beautifully.

Don't see it if You need a treat for the ears as well. I thought the singing was fine, but not sparkling

Also During the opening crowd scenes I wasn't feeling it at all. It was onl... Read more Read less

85
Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You grew up on the classic scores. Every role is played well, and the singing is marvelous.

Don't see it if Not sure why one would not see this, even if only for the theater history.

Also The choreography was SO beautiful. Lyrical ballet but also energetic d... Read more Read less

55
Ambitious, Confusing, Thought-provoking

See it if You were a history student in college. Mimimal staging is good (very un Chavkin) and the casting is superb. First act held together better

Don't see it if It's hard to make all the parallels the playwright intended. Left the theater unsure of what to take away

79
Great writing

See it if You have Irish sensibility. One was whimsical, one political and one tragic. Captures it all. Great acting in a small space. Very intimate

Don't see it if You’re not good with a brogue

Also These three plays are great example of the breadth of the Irish litera... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting, Great staging

See it if The richness of language, inventive staging, brave & brilliant performances, love in all forms, the brutality of illness, and grace & hope

Don't see it if You can’t spend eight hours in the theater.

80
During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You like memory plays. Funny opening leads to slow reveal of dark family secrets. Very well acted. Ending was affecting. Well constructed

Don't see it if Language is a little raw if that bothers you.

Also Spare sets used very well. This reminded me of The Humans in that it’s... Read more Read less

71
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You grew up watching SBSP or are the parent of a kid who did. Very clever human adaptation of cartoon characters. Insider references. Set A+

Don't see it if You are unfamiliar with Sponge Bob. Not enough there to grab onto unless you understand the backstory.

Also The staging is great. Colorful and clever use of everyday objects to c... Read more Read less

40
During previews
Slow, Boring

See it if You had a very good sleep the night before. Interesting prologue set the stage well but it was all downhill when the acted “story” appeared.

Don't see it if You have to buy a ticket. It’s always good to see a wonderful performer, and I do love John Lithgow, but this was bad.

70
For a previous production
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like physical comedy. Very well done and amusing but a bit long for what it is. Actors did a great job and their timing was first rate

Don't see it if You’re expectating more than an entertaining evening.