Monica Wolfson

New York City | 50-64 | Female
About:  I am from Scotland and I studied theater and there is nothing I like more than going to a show, off Broadway, Broadway, straight, silly, puppets, musical, I like it all. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (55)
95
During previews
Must see, Intense, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You like a moving story , brilliant acting and writing. It got a standing ovation from the whole house at the end – need I say more.

Don't see it if you Pre-fair fluffy musicals with no content and lots of pizzazz.

90
Cyrano
Upstate New York
Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you like moving performances, original staging and one of the greatest actors of our time PETER Dinklage . I cried at the war scene.

Don't see it if If you listen to critics who panned it, decide for yourself, the acting and singing was fabulous! It closes Sunday so try get there.

90
Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Intense, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Epic

See it if You like epic Brechtian theater, great staging , sweeping sets, fantastic acting and a fast moving story line. Set in the 1930’s, small town

Don't see it if If you like schmaltzy musicals. This is one of the top shows of the year and must be seen by any serious theater fan. The Armory is epic!

80
Resonant, Great acting, Entertaining, Profound, Refreshing

See it if You like strong , very personal monologues, Daisey has a huge stage presence and shares tough experiences in his life, electric atmosphere.

Don't see it if If you like narrative with simple plot line - this meanders . I would have liked it to be a bit more funny!

84
Raunchy, Clever, Epic, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You like 3 hours of an epic story very creatively acted & performed. Tip top direction. There is a lot of histrionics, Shouting, high energy

Don't see it if Show drags in parts was a bit too long but masterful performances and sexy women and rousing songs save the day.Seen the group before v good

81
Masterful, Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Great show that really makes you think! Was his brother a terrorist in the making or was he framed? Tremendous acting and writing. Must see!

Don't see it if If you get bored by semi political plays or like glitzy musicals this is gritty , strong writing. The tension between the brothers is huge!

85
During previews
Resonant, Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Great singing

See it if Anyone who cares about “Black lives matter” will be deeply moved by the show.Great singing acting & plot although both stories dragged a bit

Don't see it if If you want a racy musical with a full set or You like a fast action packed play. It is moving and shows that racism continues to Haunt us.

87
During previews
FEAR
West Village
Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like an intricate plot, with many twists.

Don't see it if you like a simple plot with all questions answered at the end.

91
Victor
West Village
Relevant, Great writing, Funny, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if I adore Edgar Oliver and this is his wonderful new piece which I hope to see again. Brilliant writing, acting and great music! Run to see it

Don't see it if If you like action packed musicals or fast moving pieces this is poetry in theater

75
During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Epic, Entertaining

See it if You like history and want to be back in the time of Martin Luther King. Great writing acting and staging , a must see!

Don't see it if If you like comedy’s and short one act shows, if you don’t care to take an in Depth look at the life of LBJ. Brian Cox triumphs!

85
During previews
Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if See it if you like to be immersed in a child’s spectrum and like a strong narrator and good storyline and punch of an ending ,great movement

Don't see it if You are bothered by accents and are offended by adults playing kids and you need a very fast paced show

66
During previews
Tender Napalm
Soho/Tribeca
Slow, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Confusing

See it if If you like to hear couples darkest most violent fantasies and don’t mind non linear plots. Touching in moments but confusing too.

Don't see it if You don’t like violent graphic writing and need a plot. The play goes everywhere hard to follow not easy to recommend.

81
Octet
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great staging, Great singing, Edgy, Clever

See it if If you like choral music and you think you are addicted to your phone and need help. Very hot show well received by audience. Talented cast.

Don't see it if If you get confused with meandering plot lines and you struggle to stay focused on the action.Mysterious play. strong singing and monologues

83
BLKS
Midtown W
Relevant, Great writing, Edgy, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if If you like contemporary themes acted by real people with funny lines in the midst. You like to get sucked into the lives of the characters

Don't see it if If you want a light comedy and don’t like the loud screams and crude topics the play covers and prefer sugar coated theater.

73
The Poor of New York
East Village
Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if If you like an old fashioned melodrama. Great acting and staging. Strong plot and moving morality tale.

Don't see it if If you like modern plots and characters and fancy theaters with plush seats.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You like Irish history and incredible acting and powerful writing.

Don't see it if If you get upset if you don’t get a happy ending

92
The Mother
Chelsea
Edgy, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You love to see incredible acting. Isabelle Huppert is commanding , astonishing and heartbreaking as a Mother who loves too much. Must see

Don't see it if If you like a simple plot, this play gives alternate versions to each scene, some where Huppert is calm , others a maniac. Sad breakdown.

74
During previews
Slow, Great staging, Disappointing, Great acting, Clever

See it if You are a fan of Nathan Lane, who enjoys going back to his clowning roots. If you love slapstick and Private parts on corpses dancing.

Don't see it if You dislike slapstick and jokes from poking fun at massacred pile of humans . All 3 actors are great but the script flounders in the middle.

88
Great writing, Hilarious, Must see, Funny, Clever

See it if If you like to see things go to total chaos with a funny unexpected visitor this is the show .Hawke and Dano are perfect foils to each other

Don't see it if You need action right away. The show starts slowly but the second act has tremendous excitement and massive laughs. Loved it a must see.

91
Boesman and Lena
Midtown W
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like brilliant acting haunting music and fancy a show about a struggle of a couple on an endless journey. Athol Fugard a genius.

Don't see it if If you like lots of comedy action musical numbers , this is fiercely contained masterful subtle drama.

60
Marys Seacole
Upper W Side
Confusing, Dizzying, Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You like time sequences moving back and forth at a dizzying rate. You like strong black female lead and gruesome Crimea war history scenes

Don't see it if You like straightforward narrative and full understanding of plots,characters. You don’t like plays that cover racism and female struggles.

80
Trick or Treat
Midtown E
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Relevant, Great staging

See it if You like incredible acting, a few twists, authentic Boston Irish family drama. Great set , lots of action

Don't see it if If you prefer fluffy musicals

91
On Blueberry Hill
Midtown E
Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing

See it if Saw at the original venue loved every minute and not surprised it is on broadway now. Amazing singing dancing story costumes plot,has it all

Don't see it if If you hate having a fabulous night at the theater avoid at all costs

66
Disappointing, Great singing, Fluffy, Resonant, Overrated

See it if A lot of hype , swept the Tonies but to me it was very slow and the flat ending was disappointing. Tony Shaloub was missed. Not my favorite

Don't see it if Obviously the Arab and Israeli could never be an item. So see this if you don’t care about the Middle East or the issues people face there.

85
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if Very well written and honest take on Being a dad and the highs and lows.Well crafted and very funny.Mike is very likable, audience loved it.

Don't see it if If you don’t care about the male about the male point of view and you hate laughing.

91
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to see one of the greatest actors of our day, Peter Dinklage, he was perfect for this role. The other actors were also great.

Don't see it if You follow what the critics say to the letter I judged for myself and enjoyed it. Seats very uncomfortable. I was v moved by the war scene.

91
Seared
Midtown W
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if This is a great show, well written and acted, fast paced and most folks will enjoy it. Raul Esperanza is fabulous as the uptight genius chef

Don't see it if If you like shmaltzy musicals over serious theater otherwise see it, it closes Soon! I heard about it from another audience member who raved

78
Great acting, Fluffy, Romantic, Great writing, Great singing

See it if If you like melodramas from 1880, tale of good and evil, a historical experience but needed a few laughs , very traditional caricatures.

Don't see it if If you want a modern piece exploring serious issues this is not for you. A good recreation of a Yiddish play , the first in the US, so so.

91
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Intelligent, Must see, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you want to see a NY legend on stage - go see this . Harvey is superb a must see . Moving play true story feels very topical

Don't see it if You dislike a one person show or hate incredible acting and writing - which means are it soon it closes Dec 1!

94
Rap Guide to Evolution
Soho/Tribeca
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Terrific all round and I am not a rap fan - highly thought provoking and well performed. I am a African! Don’t have sex with mean people! Go

Don't see it if If hard of hearing don’t go otherwise go. Big hit Edinburgh fest! Need I say more. This chap is destined for big things!

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

See it if A must see for anyone who is Jewish and that means most of NY! Original true stories from a London Jew that will make you laugh and cry! Go

Don't see it if Don’t go if you have the important job of watching paint dry at home or dying your hair otherwise go and enjoy! Daniel Crainer is epic!!

91
Great acting, Must see, Resonant, Intense, Great writing

See it if You like absorbing plays about people you care about. The play socks it very hard, and comes to a gripping conclusion. Incredible acting.

Don't see it if If you like fluffy musicals with happy endings. The theater is off the beaten track but worth the schlep. Liam Neeson there to see his son!

80
Disappointing, Slow, Great writing, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if I know the writers style and how she goes to different timelines and views but this did not have the raw energy of The Mother. Disappointed

Don't see it if You like a straightforward simple plot and timeline. Great acting but somehow doesn’t grab you in way other plays of hers have .

87
Profound, Masterful, Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like an absorbing one man show about very intense events in one persons life. Jake is incredible, funny, humble and moving. Must see!

Don't see it if If you want a light comedy and you get restless on a long monologue.My audience gave unanimous standing ovation, says it all! Closes soon GO

74
During previews
runboyrun & IN OLD AGE
East Village
Resonant, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Ambitious

See it if I saw Sejourners part of the cycle too it was so so, some great moments but hard to find them, messages of abuse run through both plays

Don't see it if If you like concise plays it was too long great acting some intense moments but overall I was restless. Good writing but not epic enough.

94
Little Gem
Chelsea
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You like to see 3 generations of women Bare their souls and go through life’s tribulations together. Touching funny very moving well acted

Don't see it if If you don’t like raw theater that shows the life of a junkie and young gal getting pregnant and can’t understand Irish accents.

78
Perfect Crime
Midtown W
Confusing, Entertaining, Great acting, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if If you like to try figure out clues. Couldn’t follow it at all frustrating but did enjoy the acting especially the main woman who is great.

Don't see it if If you don’t care about a plot that makes very little sense.

99
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Great writing, Great staging, Dizzying, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You love electric acting great script brilliant staging

Don't see it if You don’t like very intense writing and acting

80
Disappointing, Masterful, Intense, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You like great acting and famous people on stage. Donald Sutherland was in the audience! Great direction. Plot confusing so I bought script.

Don't see it if Don’t sit at the back you need to be close to follow it. Sam Shepherd v wordy deep, full of allegories. If you want a light comedy don’t go.

100
During previews
Feral
Midtown E
Must see, Riveting, Enchanting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if If you love puppets , great staging , Scottish first class creative unique experience. Great music amazing puppets and set.

Don't see it if If you like to be bored and only like straight laced traditional theater with a clear beginning and end and linear plot.

90
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Resonant, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Everyone will like this show from young kids and up. King Kong is so expressive we bond deeply with this noble beast. Very moving play.

Don't see it if You get scared by giant gorillas with a very fierce roar and you get bored by broadway dance routines. You hate sad endings.

80
The White Devil
West Village
Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy Jacobean revenge tragedy, great acting and staging, brave women and gory murders, including a poisonous photo frame.Plot confusing

Don't see it if If you can’t follow Shakespearean language and you don’t like to see murders happen before your very eyes, Webster being the king of gore.

78
Gloria: A Life
Gramercy
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if A show especially for Women although men enjoy it too. Great history of Gloria Steinman, good use of film clips and moving story of her mum.

Don't see it if If you are anti Me Too or Women speaking up don’t go or stay for the community empowerment talk back post show. If you are for it, run over

91
Vilna
Midtown W
Must see, Riveting, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if Please see this show if you want to learn the history of Vilna and the atrocities of the nazis. Very well acted and intense. Harrowing!

Don't see it if If you worry about a play upsetting you as this is harrowing based on true story

90
Red State Blue State
West Village
Clever, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a fresh political perspective

Don't see it if You don’t like a good laugh

80
During previews
City of No Illusions
East Village
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Very funny in the beginning, lagged in the middle but they made a Funeral home a great premis for drama and fun. Good plot.Incredible acting

Don't see it if If you are squeamish about dead people on the stage. Hate Buffalo. Have no interest in immigration and ICE and plight of refugees or music.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Profound

See it if Was at the opening night- very moving story of a real community activist who somehow got overlooked.Great use of film, strong storytelling.

Don't see it if If you like fluffy shows about characters who didn’t achieve much in their life.Do read his bio on Wiki beforehand. A true fighter inspiring

96
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if If you like original writing with a Jewish slant, lots of laughs , amazing impersonations of Neil Diamond and brilliant singing and dancing

Don't see it if If you don’t like laughing or original fresh writing and require a more central location for a theater ! No criticisms of this one.

Also Love the show

61
For a previous production
Disappointing, Clever, Great acting, Dated, Cliched

See it if I really hardly laughed and I remember I don’t like farce and clowning. There was some funny moments but it is a show I could have skipped.

Don't see it if If you don’t like farce or clowning around and hours of slapstick.

52
Slave Play
East Village
Cliched, Overrated, Ambitious, Slow

See it if if you are interested in relationships between races and the power play and psychology that involves, you don't mind if slow and wordy.

Don't see it if If you don’t want to see male nudity or very drawn out couple dynamics.