MsDirector

New York City | 65+ | Female
About:  An actor & director in NYC & beyond for 30+ years! Saw THE SOUND OF MUSIC on Broadway as an impressionable 13 yo. The image of a mountain revolving to reveal a joyously singing Maria will forever be indelibly etched in my mind! Fell in love with theatre in that moment & never recovered.
Reviews (29)
83
Noises Off (NJ)
Red Bank
Hilarious, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy door slamming British farce, appreciate intricately precise physical comedy, and just want to laugh!

Don't see it if you don't like British farce, are looking for drama, hate laughing till your sides ache!

91
Resonant, Heart-warming, Great singing, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you're Jewish, Gay, or if you just love beautifully written, acted & sung small musicals about unlikely relationships that touch the heart.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals, or shows with Jewish or Gay themes, or if you're looking for big spectacular shows.

Also I just loved this show! I'm a straight Jewish woman & saw it with my g... Read more Read less

85
Indecent
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Resonant, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you enjoy innovative theatre that addresses sexuality, religion & censorship in the arts with drama, music & dance, yet is not a "musical."

Don't see it if you are offended by the honest portrayal of some hypocrisies of the Jewish faith, of LGBTQ issues; or if you are looking for musical comedy.

85
The View UpStairs
East Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Touching, Intense

See it if you enjoy vibrant music, great performances, strong layered characters & relationships, and an important historical moment brought to life.

Don't see it if you dislike gay themes, music, intimate theatre with a touch of interactivity, and don't like seeing the backstory of historical moment.

Also While this is based on the true life horrific arson which killed 32 at... Read more Read less

90
War Horse
Upper W Side
Brilliant, Absorbing, Original, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if you want to see a completely original telling of an epic historical war story. So much more than conventional puppetry. Wonderful acting.

Don't see it if ensemble plays, huge puppets with visible handlers or dramatic emotional war stories are not your thing.

80
The Last Ship
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great music, Underrated, Original

See it if if you like Sting (I saw him in the show which was a bonus); if you enjoy a moving story, English working class themes & poignant characters

Don't see it if if you don't like Sting. If you are looking for action, light-hearted stories with happy endings.

89
Pippin
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Enchanting, Great fun

See it if you love circus, wonderful music, quirky characters, a light story with a serious theme, and delightful acting.

Don't see it if you are looking for serious drama, or if you don't like serious themes beneath a frothy surface.

95
Innovative, Must see, Ambitious, Great staging, Intense

See it if an amazing, totally innovative concept that really, REALLY, works - better than the original - excites you!

Don't see it if you don't like innovative theatre. If sexual themes & language make you uncomfortable.

Also This is a special show! Deaf & hearing actors play aspects of the same... Read more Read less

98
Brilliant, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you love Tennessee Williams, great acting, brilliant staging and directing, and a story that will touch you at every level.

Don't see it if You don't like Tennessee Williams.

93
Great staging, Absorbing, Masterful, Indescribable, Must see

See it if you love innovative, exquisitely staged, technically ingenious shows with a touching story and wonderful writing and acting.

Don't see it if you dislike shows that aren't straight forward, conventionally staged. If technical brilliance in service of the story doesn't impress you.

90
Clever, Delightful, Dizzying, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if You love to laugh, enjoy wonderful old fashioned musicals with today's style and panache, like great music, acting and staging!

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, if you want serious drama, if over the top farce is not your thing.

90
Entertaining, Delightful, Original

See it if You love spectacle, color, imaginative staging, delightful music and Disney.

Don't see it if You think you're too old for Disney, if you don't like musicals, if you are looking for complex plots and realism.

91
Delightful, Great writing, Inspiring, Must see, Heart-warming

See it if you love musicals that touch your heart, mind and soul; you have a family; your culture had traditions. You don't have to be Jewish!

Don't see it if you don't like musicals

82
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Raunchy, Delightful, Quirky

See it if you enjoy music, dance and retro fun.

Don't see it if jazzy musicals aren't your thing.

100
Exquisite, Great staging, Must see, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You love dramatic musicals Love great acting and singing Love creative staging

Don't see it if You are looking for light entertainment You don't like musicals

77
Clever, Good acting, Entertaining, Conspiracy theory inconsistancies, Interesting staging

See it if you like a fun gay romp thru Shakespeare conspiracies; don't worry too much about inaccuracies; enjoy good acting & creative staging.

Don't see it if you're a Stratfordian & authorship conspiracies & literary/historical inaccuracies piss you off; if gay situations make you uncomfortable.

Also I confess. I'm a Shakespeare scholar. I totally don't believe anyone b... Read more Read less

86
Intense, Disturbing, Great singing, Moving, Riveting

See it if exploring a controversial part of the Afghan culture, exquisite singing, dance, acting & tragic but uplifting stories excite you.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with pedophilia or same sex relationships on stage, or if you want a traditional musical or something light.

87
Hilarious, Delightful, Dizzying, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you love period farces with hilarious performances by a talented cast. Michael Urie is fabulous! Direction & set design are so well done!

Don't see it if you are looking for serious drama; if you don't like breaking the fourth wall; if farce annoys you.

90
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Nutcracker Rouge
Brooklyn
Delightful, Clever, Sexy, Indulgent, Exquisite

See it if you enjoy ballet, opera & pop, cabaret, fabulous sparkly costumes & a great talented near naked cast dancing, singing & doing acrobatics.

Don't see it if you are expecting a traditional Nutcracker, or even a parody of it, or if you are turned off by hilarious depictions of sex and seduction.

Also This is decidedly not your grandmother's Nutcracker! Part ballet, part... Read more Read less

90
Cabaret (Broadway)
Midtown W
Relevant, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Exquisite

See it if if you haven't seen Alan Cumming in the role; you love Kander & Ebb music; want a play that is funny, chilling & a huge historical warning.

Don't see it if hard realities about human nature, world history and hatred, and strong, emotional subjects make you uncomfortable; sexuality disturbs you

77
It's Only a Play
Midtown W
Entertaining, Disappointing, Funny, Overrated, A play about broadway

See it if you like wonderful actors at play (Nathan Lane & Stockard Channing were great!) If you like older plays about B'way with updated jokes

Don't see it if you aren't up to date on Broadway gossip; if you don't like Matthew Broderick on stage (I don't - he was wooden).

89
Entertaining, Edgy, Raunchy, Funny, Dizzying

See it if you love rock music, edgy topics and language, and fabulous drag! It's basically a one man show - I saw it with Darren and he was great!

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with sexual topics, transgender characters & drag. If you don't like rock music.

78
Enchanting, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Warm, Relevant

See it if You appreciate wonderful music, a heartwarmingly simple story with a spiritual twist & some wonderful acting in a minimal setting.

Don't see it if 9/11 is a trigger; you're looking for "Broadway" quality; you don't like crying in the theatre.

71
39 Steps
Gramercy
Clever, Funny, Great staging, Entertaining, Madcap

See it if you enjoy a clever take-off on a 1935 Hitchcock film; you appreciate the great staging of many characters by a cast of four!

Don't see it if Minimal staging, satiric comedy, dated subject matter and a somewhat unsatisfying ending don't agree with you.

79
A Day by the Sea
Midtown W
Intelligent, Enchanting, Lovely, Thought-provoking, Well-acted

See it if you enjoy exploring, with warmth & humor, the problems we make for ourselves; you appreciate well-written, acted & directed small theatre.

Don't see it if You are looking for contemporary writing, spectacle, musicals or action. This is more Chekovian.

74
O'Neill (Unexpected)
East Village
Entertaining, Great acting, Great directing, Intelligent, Uneven

See it if you find early works of great writers fascinating. Well acted & directed. 2 short plays on a tiny stage. A bit uneven but well worth seeing.

Don't see it if small plays in small theatres are not for you; if you're looking for spectacle, high tech or something more contemporary.

89
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you love Rodgers and Hammerstein; a wonderfully warm and dramatic story; beautiful music.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals.

96
Great staging, Masterful, Riveting, Intense, Spectacular

See it if you love big Broadway spectacle, soaring music, a complex dramatic story, glorious voices.

Don't see it if you hate musicals or if you're looking for light entertainment.

82
The Fantasticks
Midtown W
Clever, Enchanting, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You love musicals, metaphors, lovely music, simple imaginative staging, true love.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, if you like big shows, if you like big Broadway spectacle.