mpls17

Minneapolis | 35-49 | Female
About:  so this is what happens when a goth hufflepuff teen grows up
Reviews (78)
82
June is the First Fall
West Village
Funny, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in issues of identity across generations, immigrant narratives, gentle and thoughtful explorations of changing memory

Don't see it if you can't sit through 90 minutes without intermission

90
Exquisite, Great staging, Funny, Masterful, Relevant

See it if you want to witness a brilliant, wonderfully acted production of a play that should be on every syllabus of great american theater

Don't see it if you can't watch displays of homophobia (both internalized, and perpetrated by a straight character)

Also i'm in love with the glass house concept of the staged apartment in wh... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Exquisite, Must see

See it if you are interested in one of the greatest contemporary plays, brought to life in an impeccable, ambitious, mind-blowing production

Don't see it if you can't sit through almost 8hrs of the two plays (but there are 2 intermissions in each play and the theater is quite comfortable)

80
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy french farce, wordplay, fast-paced dialogue, and extremely amusing silliness

Don't see it if you're looking for expensive productions, profound plays, or if you detest escapism

77
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Dated, Great acting, Indulgent, Entertaining, Banal

See it if you like the playwright's work or any of the cast; you enjoy bleak humor & well-written dialogue on issues handled in a rather academic way

Don't see it if you find the issues in the play triggering; or you're tired of the "white guy's failure is inevitable and sad" stories

Also went to see this one because chris evans is a theater kid with solid a... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Romantic, Thought-provoking

See it if you wish to experience a truly accessible production; you support representative casting (top-notch); you've never seen this classic play

Don't see it if you have no interest in these issues (though shouldn't everyone care about human rights?); you want to see only musicals on broadway

Also the staging is lovely (great use of lighting to accentuate versatile p... Read more Read less

95
Yerma
Upper E Side
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Riveting, Masterful

See it if you like brilliant adaptations, force-of-nature powerful performances, inventive staging, radical theater at its best

Don't see it if childlessness is a trigger topic

Also billie piper is incandescent in this production; the entire cast is gr... Read more Read less

92
Turn Me Loose
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Must see

See it if you want an uplifting, intense, complex, hilarious to heartbreaking production. the most inspirational piece of theater i've seen in AGES.

Don't see it if you're triggered by racial violence/ harassment (mostly off-stage; some happens on stage), fat shaming, or minimal audience interaction.

Also probably the most unexpectedly uplifting show i have ever seen. i expe... Read more Read less

57
Fire and Air
East Village
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Intense, Great acting

See it if you're interested in a rather standard take on the "abusive hot mess genius" trope; you like CSC's spare staging and intense performances.

Don't see it if you're interested in learning about ballets russes or why diaghilev was considered a revolutionary in his field

Also i've seen some wonderfully dynamic productions on CSC's spare stages, ... Read more Read less

90
After the Blast
Upper W Side
Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you want an exceptional heartfelt take on humanity after the apocalypse; great worldbuilding; intricate relationships; + an ADORABLE robot.

Don't see it if you don't like emotional maturity, complexity, great acting and staging, and a beautiful, funny script (seriously just see it, it's SO GOOD)

72
Ambitious, Funny, Quirky, Not very cohesive, Entertaining

See it if you like "episodic" storytelling, genre mixing (noir, comedy, paranormal, horror etc)

Don't see it if you want coherent narrative thread, or want subversive outcomes to go with the genre mix

Also walked away from this one thinking i'd love to see it done as a movie ... Read more Read less

82
Incognito
Midtown W
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Moving, Dynamic

See it if you are interested in quick but thoughtful takes on the very human experiences of existence as defined by the state of one's brain.

Don't see it if you don't like somewhat minimalist staging and conceptual choreography (which i really enjoyed btw!); if the topics are upsetting/triggery.

Also the play is ambitious and at times feels open-ended, though i suppose ... Read more Read less

70
Gently Down the Stream
East Village
Slow, Understated, Well acted, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in lgbtq rights and personal histories, a moving creation of a non-traditional family

Don't see it if you're not interested in mostly told (not shown) stories of the rapid changes within a lifetime of love & heartbreak

93
Venus
Midtown W
Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Devastating, Resonant

See it if you are interested in drama addressing unbearably cruel racist history via Brechtian alienation style; extraordinary writing & performances

Don't see it if you don't like to be challenged emotionally & intellectually by a story of a woman claiming autonomy in terrible & too current circumstances

Also zainab jah is one of the most powerful performers i've ever seen on st... Read more Read less

68
Dated, Slow, Well acted, Predictable, Impressive staging

See it if you'd like to see a staged version of Downton Abbey; a family's slow and apparently inevitable ruin caused by their own blindness

Don't see it if you're expecting time travel, genuinely fantastic elements (though the staging comes close i suppose), or a refreshing story

70
During previews
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Great writing, Great performance by jin ha, Relevant, Poor staging, Poor direction

See it if you are interested in gender-transgressive works, drama that explores sociocultural myths through a haunting romance. (i love this play!)

Don't see it if you expect impressive (or even competent) staging, seamless and focused direction to match the written work; if you mind on-stage nudity.

Also first & foremost: the show is 100% worth seeing for jin ha's FLAWLESS ... Read more Read less

85
Bandstand
Midtown W
Great staging, Great singing, Resonant, Entertaining, Excellent choreography

See it if you like swing music, more-complex-than-expected take on the post-WWII experience of vets, entertaining characters and great score

Don't see it if even artistic representations of PTSD are upsetting/triggering to you; you have trouble following plot through song

78
Marvin's Room
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Intimate, Poor staging

See it if you are interested in a subtly developed and well acted family drama with great comic elements, given the subject matter

Don't see it if you wish to avoid stories about chronic/terminal illness; you prefer to see intimate plays in a fittingly intimate setting

Also this show is worth seeing for the three principals' performances alone... Read more Read less

94
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Riveting, Hopeful

See it if you like complex, smart, touching work about current affairs that transcends its topic & reveals the shared humanity at high level politics

Don't see it if you have trouble sitting for 3 hours with just one intermission; you don't like mostly dialogue-based productions

Also this show is, in a word, brilliant: the writing alone makes it a must-... Read more Read less

71
During previews
Seeing You
Chelsea
Intense, Ambitious, Great acting/dancing, Exquisite, Misses the mark on using immersion

See it if you enjoy participatory/interactive theater, playacting as if in a WW2 nightmare, gorgeous choreography

Don't see it if you have lived thru/are triggered by war (part of the show is direct immersion in scenarios of vicarious trauma); you can't stand for 90min.

Also oooof. while stunning choreography and beautiful use of (most) props i... Read more Read less

92
During previews
Invincible
Midtown E
Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if you're interested in deft, funny, touching, intelligently written and wonderfully performed exploration of the class divide

Don't see it if you, have strong political beliefs and no empathy for opposing viewpoints, or are triggered by stories of child / pet death

Also the play's introduction of its four characters is almost a farcical se... Read more Read less

81
For a previous production
Great staging, Hilarious, Fluffy, At times slow and repetitive

See it if you enjoy slapstick, masterful staging, physical comedy, extended gags (but a solid variety of them), a bit of meta-theater humor.

Don't see it if you're easily bored with farcical material; you dislike minimal audience participation.

Also the show is exactly what it says on the tin: a truly impressive stage,... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy refreshing, fast-paced meditations on the nature of love in its many forms; interesting staging and some great performances

Don't see it if you have issues with animal death (the play opens with a "carcass" on stage; there are many discussion of it), or are offended by nudity/sex

Also sarah ruhl's work is always interesting, laugh-out-loud funny, and tho... Read more Read less

94
Indecent
Midtown W
Great writing, Great acting, Must see, Profound, Relevant

See it if you are interested in meta theater, history, intersectionality, creativity, censorship, art as a vehicle of hope and empathy

Don't see it if you are homophobic, xenophobic, antisemitic; if you can't follow plot across generations and actors playing different characters

Also this is a gorgeous, poignant, astonishing production which carefully l... Read more Read less

93
¡Figaro! (90210)
Midtown W
Delightful, Great singing, Hilarious, Great writing, Must see

See it if you like a fast-paced, modern adaptations of classics; beautifully performed opera and farce; great live music by the orchestra on stage

Don't see it if you don't care for current issues no matter how delightfully presented; you don't like opera sung in (mostly) english, with titles on screen

Also oh, what a brilliant, contemporary adaptation of the libretto (which, ... Read more Read less

88
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Must see, Relevant

See it if you enjoy meta narratives brilliantly employed to illustrate identity issues; entertaining and touching personalized history-telling

Don't see it if you have trouble following non-linear storytelling and actors playing different characters (though all are well telegraphed visually)

Also a beautifully written play about the living history of the LGBTQ commu... Read more Read less

79
Cyprus Avenue
East Village
Great acting, Relevant, Violent, Ambitious, Intense

See it if you are interested in an exploration of bigotry as psychotic at its core, hatred aimed at loved ones; superbly performed & deeply disturbing

Don't see it if you can't stand violence, racist/sexist/misogynist language and actions on stage

Also the play is infused with humor we are used to seeing and laughing at i... Read more Read less

70
Uneven, Excellent lead performance, Minimalist to distraction, Poor staging, Great writing

See it if you want to see one of the best theater performers currently working in nyc (marin ireland is exquisite); good chemistry between leads

Don't see it if you feel that williams' work requires a lush production (minimalism doesn't work here); you'd like to see/hear all that happens on stage

82
The Gentleman Caller
West Village
Great acting, Great staging, Romantic, Clever, Intense

See it if you like imaginative takes on biographical history, dialogue-based plays, great on-stage chemistry between the leads

Don't see it if you're not interested in explorations of creative identity via brilliant but troubled historical characters

Also will never think of the phrase "fancy footwork" the same way again, so... Read more Read less

88
Exquisite, Great singing, Playful, Great performances, Sexy

See it if you like high-end burlesque, fantastic staging, gender- (and genre-)bending reimagining of fairytales, brilliant performances

Don't see it if you don't like near-nudity, champagne, glitter rain, pop music, or fun in general

Also i saw this production with friends who had seen the previous one a few... Read more Read less

85
Babette’s Feast
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Imaginative

See it if you like intimate, thoughtful, playful theater

Don't see it if you want an expensive broadway production; you are expecting the movie version (this show is based on the short story that inspired it)

Also the set and costumes are quite spare; but the performances and staging... Read more Read less

78
The Humans
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Cliched, Overrated

See it if you enjoy a more-or-less formulaic american white family drama rooted in a specific time in nyc history

Don't see it if you avoid stage renditions of mental illness/dementia

Also finally saw this production via touring company; excellent cast led by... Read more Read less

80
Great singing, Great staging, Fluffy, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you want extraordinary performances, catchy songs, great bway staging, a rather safe story, and a guaranteed fun evening in the theater

Don't see it if you need plot & character development that makes sense throughout; this show is much stronger as a party than a play - & that's totally fine

Also fun, fun, fun. a seasonal note: with jake shears in the lead, it was e... Read more Read less

86
Hangmen
Chelsea
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intense, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you enjoy atmospheric staging, strong ensembles, perfectly paced pitch-black comedy, & works in martin mcdonagh's sinister wheelhouse

Don't see it if you'd like to hang onto the conviction that capital punishment could ever be acceptable

Also the play feels at once familiar (if you've seen any of mcdonagh's othe... Read more Read less

71
The Briefly Dead
Midtown E
Ambitious, Entertaining, Imaginative on a low budget, Refreshing, Confusing

See it if you're interested in a striking feminist take on greek mythology and exploration of marriage as an insufficient source of meaning in life

Don't see it if you're looking for a classical production (there is song, dance, and puppets in this one), and/or coherent narrative on existential crisis

88
Hilarious, Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful, Somewhat indulgent

See it if you enjoy cleverly focused & modernized, physically entertaining retelling of a classic, told via great performances

Don't see it if you are a purist when it comes to the novel, or wouldn't enjoy an interpretation that lets the story have fun with its own tropes

80
Pacific Overtures
East Village
Absorbing, Great singing, Intelligent, Stripped down, Slow

See it if you enjoy minimalism as subversion of a classic story, told by a non-white cast & simplified so as to expose conceptual flaws (tho lovingly)

Don't see it if you need an expensive production in order to enjoy sondheim, and great performances are not enough

68
The Antipodes
Midtown W
Indulgent, Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you want a confirmation of stereotypical bias about writing and creativity in general; you're interested in the (very solid) cast

Don't see it if you are looking for a challenging, fresh perspective rather than a tired, claustrophobic take on the business of writing

65
Animal
Chelsea
Well acted, Disappointing, Poorly written, Indulgent

See it if you like half-baked takes on post-partum depression that pretend to say something meaningful about class, race, ability, and gender

Don't see it if you prefer challenging drama to consist of more than a bunch of stereotypes in a blender; what a waste of excellent acting talent.

80
Charm
West Village
Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny, Relevant, Poignant

See it if you like imaginative presentation of real life issues that affect the trans population; dynamic performances, & the audience was great!

Don't see it if you're not interested in diversity a.k.a. reality

65
Mengele
Soho/Tribeca
Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Brave performances

See it if you're interested in exploring perpetrator psychology and enjoy paying close attention for 1 hour of rapid-fire dialogue

Don't see it if you're expecting real revelations about mengele's thoughts and actions, or if you're uncomfortable with holocaust video clips

Also of the good: the play demands attention, starts conversations, & calls... Read more Read less

65
During previews
A Parallelogram
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great staging, Uneven, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you like intimate, quirky human drama-based stories with sci-fi elements; good performances; dark humor.

Don't see it if you dislike non-linear storytelling, lack of resolution, and plays using cynicism as a moral high ground (a.k.a. lazy writing).

Also here's the thing: questioning one's sanity at the encounter with alter... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Minimal but effective staging, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy stripped down productions, dynamic performances, low-tech but impactful staging, and have the stamina for a 3hr45m show.

Don't see it if you object to contemporary-style productions of shakespeare, actors playing a number of characters, or blocking/hearing issues with staging

Also it's been a long time since i teared up at a shakespeare soliloquy, es... Read more Read less

91
Bastard Jones
Chelsea
Great staging, Raunchy, Hilarious, Delightful, Must see

See it if you like light farcical comedy, close-up view of some tremendous performing talent, innovative use of tiny space & minor props, diverse cast

Don't see it if raunchy humor does not appeal to you; you have an issue with small space and not very comfortable seating (such as bar stools)

Also GO SEE THIS SHOW! you'll enjoy it even if you don't like musicals: it'... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Afterglow
Midtown W
Ambitious, Funny, Resonant, Enchanting, Feels like a play in development

See it if you'd like to escape for a few hours into a love triangle that, while predictable, plays out with much genuine heart, humor, and beauty

Don't see it if you're not comfortable in small black box venues; you're bothered by (even gorgeous) male nudity; the script might need another revision

Also this is a play about a couple in an open marriage who have limitations... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Great acting, Funny, Relevant, Fast-paced, Slapstick

See it if you'd enjoy a genuinely entertaining comedy about corruption (i doubted i'd be in the mood, but this production proved me wrong!)

Don't see it if you suffer from emetophobia (there are several gagging, uh, gags); you hate fat-shaming jokes; you dislike satire with lots of slapstick

Also michael urie is hilarious as the (mistaken) titular character, but the... Read more Read less

91
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like fresh takes on a familiar/popular narrative; dynamic staging; excellent comic performances by young actors doing several roles.

Don't see it if you live under a rock and are somehow not at all familiar with potterverse; or if you are religiously devoted to HP canon and hate fanworks.

Also at first glance, this show looks like fluff: a silly, raunchy comedy b... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Slow, Profound, Masterful, Great staging

See it if you like arthur miller's work; you enjoy slow, intense family drama occurring on a single (but exceptional) set

Don't see it if you are not interested in stories of dysfunctional families trying to unravel their collapse

Also danny devito is exceptional in this show; tony shalhoub gives a great ... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Angel & Echoes
Midtown E
Great acting, Riveting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Poignant

See it if you like powerful performances in intimate, simple setting; women's war stories; unflinching look at injustice via complex characters.

Don't see it if you prefer lighter themes; you are triggered by graphic descriptions (and some enactment) of violence - more specific warnings below.

Also this production delivers some truly remarkable acting; the solo show A... Read more Read less

63
Straight
Midtown W
Cliched, Slow, Relevant, Ambitious, Dated

See it if you're interested in gen-x contemporary theater about sexual identity, handled with simplicity; small productions.

Don't see it if you're looking for in-depth, original, well-thought-out drama about the fluidity of sexual identity; this one is sadly full of stereotypes.