mzende

Washington, D.C. | 35-49
About:  I live for art, food and travel. Nothing else.
Reviews (61)
88
Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Great writing, Clever

See it if you want to see a simple well constructed story about relationships and human weakness

Don't see it if you need a ton of dialogue

90
Dizzying, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you want to have the funnest of fun times reliving every fantastic piece of pop music memory and enjoy amazing sets.

Don't see it if you are very attached to the particular songs of the original film and cannot deal with 40+ newer songs thrown in, often for 30 second bits.

30
Sleep No More
Chelsea
Disappointing, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy gimmicks with no substance. The hotel itself and decor are the only thing worth wandering through - away from the mayhem.

Don't see it if you expect ANYTHING remotely thought out beyond random interpretive dance or following teenagers running up and down a bunch of stairs

53
Fluffy

See it if ....you enjoy fluffy musicals with mediocre music and book ...where you barely remember anything an hour later.

Don't see it if you want great music and staging in a musical or hope this is really at level of ALW's other works.

81
Riveting, Great staging, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you are interest in novel approaches to musicals, and in this case with actually very good music as a bonus

Don't see it if ...you have zero understanding of the O&E story, don't enjoy some padding and forced extension of a musical that should be shorter.

70
Happy Talk
Midtown W
Great acting

See it if you want to see a great actress do her thing on stage

Don't see it if mediocre plays that you cannot remember much of the dialogue from later bother you.

75
Burn This
Midtown W
Great acting

See it if you want to see a tour de force acting moment in theater - Adam Driver is unbelievable in this

Don't see it if outdated cliche romantic melodramatic soap opera stories bother you.

70
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Resonant, Great acting

See it if you want to see a master class in acting by Cranston and marvel at what Paddy Chayefsky wrote in the 70s

Don't see it if ...you are there for Tatiana or Goldwyn and will get irritated by poorly written disconnected and irrelevant side stories

50
The Mother
Chelsea
Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you worship Huppert and don't care about the mediocrity of the work itself.

Don't see it if you worship Huppert and do NOT want to see her in a horrifically poor overacted-to-death performance.

83
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Nice production and sets

See it if you enjoy grand old-fashioned musicals and stories, with beautiful sets, dance numbers and soaring music

Don't see it if you are more into the modern-day musicals ala Evan Hanson and do not enjoy princess cliches etc.

82
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining

See it if you want a fun light evening and do not mind puppets.

Don't see it if if you are a republican

83
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You enjoy sprawling Irish stories with movie-like quality.... and melodrama.

Don't see it if ...you want something with depth beyond good storytelling.

88
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like new experimental pieces, detective work, aspire to be in the FBI, love daring theate & innovation + can overlook need for editing

Don't see it if You don't want to be in a smaller closed space with 20 people and have to read and follow rapidly in multiple modes as the 'plot' unfolds...

Also If this was not as long as it was, if had just been edited down a bit,... Read more Read less

79
The Object Lesson
East Village
Absorbing, Refreshing

See it if You like new and different evening - not quite the immersive theater of today, not quite a standard one man show - something in between

Don't see it if You are wedded to specific story line or plot

Also What does it say that I remember having a good time, I remember him ju... Read more Read less

80
Great singing, Great staging, Flat, Cold

See it if You love this musical, want to see almost replica of movie and don't mind a very different Eliza/Dr. D compared to previous stage and film.

Don't see it if You are in love w/ Julie Andrews /Audrey Hepburn Eliza renditions or plan to compare to Rex Harrison. Ambrose plays this with odd sadness.

Also I thought Ambrose's voice was surprisingly good, and I love this music... Read more Read less

63
Travesties
Midtown W
Dizzying

See it if You are a die-hard Tom Stoppard fan AND you can read up on enough background BEYOND the main character bios, to appreciate in full.

Don't see it if You want to be able to follow every reference, every joke without having to read the play in advance

16
Excruciating

See it if you simply cannot resist how they've turned a pretty cute film into UGH.

Don't see it if Olaf was the reason you liked the film.... Or if you don't like being surrounded by little kids in blue dresses while at the theater

88
Ambitious, Riveting

See it if You are open to a new theater experience combining physical art and word in a unique nontheater setting. Headset, diorama, dark room & you.

Don't see it if You do not like experimental theater or are irritated by cliche-ridden texts. Story itself far less well done than how it is presented

95
Harry Clarke
West Village
Masterful, Must see, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a master actor at the top of his craft tell you an engaging, intriguing story that has you at the edge of your seat.

Don't see it if You expect a classical story or need to see a lavish production. This is one man on a bare stage.

70
Great staging

See it if you love the movie and are into great staging and set design - the moving parts- human and otherwise- are smart and innovative.

Don't see it if You care for great songs and lyrics in musicals -- there are a couple - Ned's solo - but not much to write home about.

80
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining

See it if you want to see a classic with flashes of Kander/Ebb brilliance but highly variable quality of voice and dance depending on cast

Don't see it if You don't love the Kander/Ebb music of Fosse choreography - since story and staging are quite thin

64
Mediocre meh

See it if you worship Carole King or the nostalgia associated with her songs or the 60s is sufficient to please you over all else

Don't see it if you want a substantial musical show -- not what is essentially a concert, song after song with poor transitions. Jersey Boys wannabe....

69
Significant Other
Midtown W
Cliched, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if you want a bit of cliched self importance which has mildly amusing moments but is highly overrated

Don't see it if you don't like to see a play that should have stayed off-Broadway choke in the new setting.... empty theater seats and all.

96
Evita
Brooklyn
Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if you love beautiful music and a show on a topic you'd never expect to work as a musical

Don't see it if you don't like sweeping majestic classics

62
For a previous production
Indulgent, Dated, Cliched

See it if you love slapstick and sit around watching the 3 stooges or don't mind a few hours of silliness.

Don't see it if you are a grown up and care about walking away from the theater a little richer in the mind and heart.

85
Delightful

See it if you want to be taken back into an important part of Motown History, and be moved by the lives of musicians who reshaped what America was....

Don't see it if you are not a fan of the Motown Sound or did not enjoy Jersey Boys, Tina Turner, and the rest of the bio-musical set

89
Sorkin-ized

See it if you want to see the classic tale on stage w/ great acting, esp by adults playing kids+heartbreaking adaptation changes to speak to the times

Don't see it if you love the book so much that the Sorkinization of text will freak you out or if the idea of adults playing 3 kids freaks you out even more

97
Douglas
Gramercy
Thought-provoking, Exquisite, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoyed Nanette and you want to see an even better show with an individual who is at the peak of their game.

Don't see it if you are a misogynist or anti-vaxxer.

100
The Lehman Trilogy
Upper E Side
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if you enjoy magnificence on stage. It has flaws in last third but you will only remember the magnificence.

Don't see it if you are not deserving of an evening of magnificence on stage.

80
Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you want a masterful intricate imagined moment in time within the Hillary-Bill dynamic which is used as a tool to show us painful truths

Don't see it if you don't have some admiration for the woman. This is a love song to Hillary, in the end, however interpreted by some.

69
Entertaining

See it if you love Kelly or Will Chase and want to see a fun light musical classic

Don't see it if you want any kind of depth or touching moments in your musicals....

79
All My Sons
Midtown W
Great acting

See it if You enjoy great acting, classic Miller and don't mind slightly dated aspects of some of the older plays

Don't see it if You don't have an appreciation of classic plays that take some time to unfold

82
During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to be surprised by smart fun jokes galore-great writing, very good acting and fun music

Don't see it if you prefer serious plays or more profound musicals....

85
Moving and emotional, Absorbing

See it if You care about this country and want to see a beautiful emotional tribute to the document that impacts our daily lives

Don't see it if You are a conservative Republican or a Jesus Freak.

53
Overrated

See it if you enjoy the lesser sitcoms and want to be able to doze off through whole sections of this thing without missing much.

Don't see it if you have seen Everbody is Talking About Jaime in London, or want a better treatment of this very interesting story.

87
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love this music and are prone to fall for shows with elements of yesteryear Americana nostalgia.

Don't see it if You expect a complicated story or anything more than a showcase for these magnificent songs. If you do not like this music, do not go.

75
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy shows like Groundhog Day and want some light fluff with OK songs

Don't see it if You want to remember a show and be humming the tunes after. I don't really remember much other than it was a good night of light fun

85
Every Brilliant Thing
West Village
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to see a moving show on depression, suicide, sadness in a clever one man monologue set up.

Don't see it if You need a specific fun plot, don't want to leave feeling a little sad or may drown after a little too much true-life misery retold

35
Disappointing, Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if You know the music/have an affinity for these songs or a nostalgia factor-such that you don't mind hearing very similar repeating numbers

Don't see it if You can about interesting stories, non-beat based musical numbers that vary through show and an interesting story that isn't insulting fluff

88
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound, Intense

See it if You want to experience a once-in-a-lifetime revival, of a totally unique American play. Great staging, great acting, moving beyond belief.

Don't see it if If you do not have the patience for 7-some hours of intense, thoughtful nonstop words or you were not fan of this play the first time around

95
Masterful, Must see, Riveting, Glenda glenda glenda

See it if You want to be able to say you saw one of the most magnificent performances by any actress, in any year, on the stage. Glenda is life.

Don't see it if There is no excuse for not seeing this...... If you value theater, acting, words.... you must go.

80
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a magnificent performance by the sublime Katrina Lenk in a sweet little musical with beautiful moments and good music.

Don't see it if you expect a lavish Broadway musical or are averse to simple stories without traditional arcs.

57
During previews
Limited specific appeal

See it if If you love Donna Summer or Disco or are nostalgic for the 1970s

Don't see it if 1-You cannot stand Disco or Donna 2-You worship her such that having some songs butchered by one of three performers will drive you nuts.

84
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you want to see a magnificent actress at work in a legendary role & don't care that her singing voice is nonexistent.

Don't see it if you want to see these songs performed by a stellar Broadway voice. Ms. Close is not that voice - in fact she is off key, often..

Also That face, those expressions, the way she moves and slides.... its wor... Read more Read less

98
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Masterful, Riveting, Historic

See it if you want to experience a revolution of sorts in musical theater - bold, ambitious and wondrous - utterly lives up to the hype. Magnificent.

Don't see it if you cannot appreciate innovation in ART - at its best - and are a heartless traditionalist.

85
If I Forget
Midtown W
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a very well done play that covers a range of topics - personal and otherwise- with a beautifully careful touch

Don't see it if you cannot appreciate a good play about family dynamics and drama

82
During previews
Great acting

See it if you value magnificent acting & character development over actual plot and don't mind a lesser play showcasing amazing work by Nixon, Linney

Don't see it if unbelievable brilliant acting alone isn't enough, and you cannot appreciate subtleties of Hellman's plays.

97
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want a nostalgic trip to the great American musical of yesteryear - with a most magnificent showbiz legend extraordinaire center stage

Don't see it if you cannot appreciate what a beautiful piece of American musical theater this is....

Also Once in a while a revival comes along that surpasses all expectations.... Read more Read less

73
During previews
War Paint
Midtown W
Great staging, Legend showcase

See it if you want to see two Broadway legends live and enjoy great staging and voices..Lupone is magnificent.

Don't see it if you are expecting a classic with memorable music. Tunes are blah but story is fun and actresses sublime

82
Great staging, Must see

See it if you want to respect the history of the Broadway musical and be moved by music that is now part of the fabric of this town, if not world.

Don't see it if you prefer newer trendy topics