nancykasz

New York City | Female
About:  I'm a professional voiceover artist and photographer. An avid arts lover especially enjoying theater, art, music and history.
Reviews (79)
70
Only Human
Midtown W
Ambitious, Fun, Great singing, Corny, Campy

See it if You go cause you want to see Gary Busey, however the rest of the cast surprises you with great singing and fun light dancing.

Don't see it if The play/music is in need of serious re-writes. Many songs were boring, the one-liners trite. Needs more camp, if they are going that way.

Also Mike Squillante is excellent as Lucifer, including a rock guitar solo.... Read more Read less

70
During previews
The Independents
Midtown W
Arty, Slow, Quirky, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if André Herzegovitch did a great job playing arrogant Edgar Degas. If you like and are a bit knowledgable about the Impressionists, who prefer

Don't see it if Play too long, long pauses for costume changes, very wordy. Play needs to be tighter. Anti-Semitic slur is used. (Degas was anti-semitic)

Also to be called 'The Independents' you may enjoy this show, which is basi... Read more Read less

70
(A)loft Modulation
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Slow, Live jazz, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if Fictionalized story of 'The Jazz Loft' 821 6th Avenue, where photographer W. Eugene Smith maniacally photographed & taped thousand of hours

Don't see it if Script way too long, and not as interesting as it could be.

Also of jazz artists performing & getting stoned in the loft from 1957- 196... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Quirky, Great writing, Edgy, Great acting, Clever

See it if Tight, engaging, funny script written by Tracy Letts, with believable acting performances. Relationship, midlife crisis play.

Don't see it if An adult show, not for kids, Nudity. Some creepy moments, but part of storyline.

84
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if Absorbing play written and performed by Keith Hamilton Cobb. Race is explored thru an audition for the part of Othello, and what it

Don't see it if Strong language, a little long...and became predictably cyclical towards the end. Still worth seeing..

Also means to an African American actor, with a young white director. Lot's... Read more Read less

82
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if See Layon Gray’s ‘Black Angels Over Tuskegee.’ Captivating play, moving storytelling and dynamic choreography!

Don't see it if Takes a few minutes to get used to Southern dialects but worth it.

54
During previews
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if If you are a fan of the actors, they do a decent acting job with banal material from 2 different/related monologues.

Don't see it if I found the play tedious, and underwhelming. The subject material should of been more moving, but it wasn't, perhaps the fault of the venue.

Also The play probably was more intimate at the Public where it was first p... Read more Read less

84
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Absorbing

See it if Compelling play about a forbidden same sex love story in 2010 Uganda. The play while fictional is inspired by events occurring in Uganda.

Don't see it if Not a light night out at the theater. Frank sexual language, Lots of church, preaching scenes, relevant to story.

Also Themes of family, Christianity, betrayal, love and LGBTQ are explored.... Read more Read less

88
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Quirky, Intense, Absorbing

See it if If you enjoyed 'Harry Clarke' you will love this one man play about the author's early family life, performed with accompanying music,

Don't see it if If you don't like one man shows

Also and song. Told thru multiple character storytelling, this true story s... Read more Read less

86
Proof of Love
West Village
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Brenda Pressley is outstanding in her performance as a wife and mother confronting her husband's grave accident and the implications.

Don't see it if If you don't like one person shows, strong language and adult themes.

Also The play wrestles with diversity inside the black community, communica... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Quirky, Indulgent, Dated, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if Great acting by both actors, absorbing, though play became repetitive and dated.

Don't see it if Brief nudity, bad language, and frank conversation about sexuality..didn't love the play, repetitive, but acting fantastic .

72
Sincerely, Oscar
Midtown W
Standards, Quirky, Great singing, Interesting, Entertaining

See it if If you love classic musicals by Oscar Hammerstein you will enjoy this 2 person show, along with a hologram portrayal of Hammerstein.

Don't see it if Sometimes, the visuals worked, other times they were trite, redundant & insipid. Too many numbers by female singer, need to mix it up a bit.

85
Intelligent, Quirky, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if A must for information junkies-the history & craft of beer, cocktails & alcohol. Told with humor & songs, plus 3 free drinks. Good times.

Don't see it if You don't like drinking or information. There is a quiz.

78
Spoof, Comedic, Funny, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if A changeable show with comic sketches and songs making fun of politics and pop culture. The show changes often, based on the news.

Don't see it if Don't like sketch comedy, political humor and over the top caricatures, some hit the mark, others not. Topical current events.

88
Indecent
Midtown W
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if If you are interested in Jewish and theater history, sexuality and an obscenity trial. Well acted.

Don't see it if Not interested in anti-Semitism and history.

87
Junk
Upper W Side
Great acting, Riveting, Insightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Fast paced drama, well acted, thoughtful, engaging and insightful.

Don't see it if Not interested in drama or complicated plays.

98
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Riveting, Intense, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You enjoy great riveting writing and acting on a subject that should be a bore but is anything but.. Hope and humanity are explored.

Don't see it if You don't like a deep play with strong writing and acting. Not interested in history or humanity.

91
The Gentleman Caller
West Village
Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Are interested in an imagined relationship between Inge & Williams before they were famous. Well acted and engrossing.

Don't see it if Are uncomfortable with adult themes.

87
Great singing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if If you are a fan of Cole Porter is this a must see. Great songs and storytelling. Cabaret style and 2 drink minimum.

Don't see it if Don't like Cole Porter or solo shows.

85
Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if Great acting by a multi-cultural cast. Riveting and raw.

Don't see it if Adult themes, a pass for the kids.

95
Intelligent, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if If you like folk and protest music you will love this production about the life of Woody Guthrie and America. Packed with history. Wonderful

Don't see it if If you don't like folk, Woody or care about people.

96
Masterful, Intelligent, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Gershwin and Audra McDonald, what more do you need?! It's musical, not an opera, and it's fantastic! Moving, and outstandingly performed.

Don't see it if You are a purist and prefer the opera.

91
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Uncle Vanya was an up close intimate, raw, natural, realistic theater-in-round performance. Excellent acting especially by Jay O. Sanders.

Don't see it if you don't like Chekhov or understated acting.

87
Sweat
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Engaging show about difficult choices made in a blue collar town depending on your point of view. Smart show, and thought provoking.

Don't see it if Not interested in drama, race or issues working class people face.

67
Overrated, Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You are a huge fan of Michael C. Hall.

Don't see it if While a fan of Michael C. Hall, this production became overly repetitive and wore out the joke out quickly.

90
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Derren Brown is a delightful, engaging mentalist and illusionist. He has a secret...I know what it is, but am not allowed to tell...

Don't see it if One person show, can't pay attention, expecting a rabbit out of a hat...

72
During previews
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Humorous, Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if Harvey Fierstein, (not in drag), plays feminist NY politician Bella Abzug. The play at times is very riveting and others it has it's

Don't see it if Begs for more hats!!

Also 'give me' applause moments.. Lot's of Yiddish humor and Bella's toughn... Read more Read less

69
Overrated, Cliched, Indulgent, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You want to see the new trendy play all the celebrities are talking about. Acting is good, provocative script, with cliched characters.

Don't see it if Nudity, strong, sexual situations.. Becomes tedious and longwinded..no intermission.

Also There is some humor in the play, but most farcical, with deliberate sh... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Indulgent, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if Mild milk toast interpretation of Macbeth.

Don't see it if Wanted to like this, but found it very juvenile and dull.

76
Spectacle, Quirky, Great singing, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if It's a bit a of a hot mess, but a fun one, especially if you enjoyed Meatloaf's music. Sort of a cross between Rocky Horror Picture show and

Don't see it if Weak story, refrains go on forever.. Too long.

Also the aliens from Total Recall. Strong singing..Very 80's if you like th... Read more Read less

90
Mojada
East Village
Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if A re-telling of Medea under a Latin undocumented immigrant lens by the same playwright Luis Alfaro, who wrote Oedipus El Rey. Strong acting,

Don't see it if Themes of rape, ICE, murder and insanity are explored. Not a light night out. Sometimes, lines felt ripped from the headlines..

Also and it is not necessary to know Medea, (though it helps.) The play que... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Hannah Senesh
Financial
Didactic, Brave, Saccharine, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if The story is not known by many here , and is worthy of knowing. Several mournful/hopeful songs are sung beautifully.The actress

Don't see it if If you have a problem with a mostly one woman show. Lack of differentiation between the character as a child and young adult.

Also who plays several parts is at her best when she plays the role of Hann... Read more Read less

84
Relevant, Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if True dating responses to mostly fake dating profiles are the subject of this highly entertaining interactive musical comedy/improv show.

Don't see it if not interested in online dating..or comedy...some graphic language

Also Partly scripted, part improv, so some of the show changes every night.... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if April Matthis is excellent as Toni Stone, the first woman to play professional baseball in the Negro Leagues.The cast is also first rate.

Don't see it if Strong racial epithets & coarse language are used but relevant to the story.

Also You don't have to love baseball to enjoy the show but you will probabl... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Long Lost
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Absorbing, Clever

See it if Excellent actors, tight script, great sets. Intense family reckoning with wayward sibling and the aftermath.

Don't see it if If you are offended by bad language, and adult themes.

80
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Edgy, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if A modernist take on a classic..the experimental dream dance ballet and electric guitar was my favorite -but might not be for everyone..

Don't see it if Lighting was annoying..often the house lights were up & I found it distracting..then scene performed in total darkness ...then house lights

88
Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Edgy

See it if The show takes a hard look at Lenny's Bruce's fight with obscenity laws & addition battles. Outstanding performance by Ronnie Marmo.

Don't see it if Offended by 'bad' language and frank sexual references.

92
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if A dark, moving musical that effectively tells the story of Korean women who were tricked or forced in sexual slavery during WW2. Well done.

Don't see it if Can't handle the disturbing topic of sexual slavery, don't like history, not open to seeing a difficult subject covered in a new way.

79
Vilna
Midtown W
Chilling, Didactic, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if Paul Cooper is excellent as a taunting Nazi, as is Mark Jacoby in his short, but powerful role as the ghost of Motke Zeidel.

Don't see it if Holocaust themes upset you, didactic approach, timing and reactions a little off. 2nd act more powerful but harder to watch.

65
Blue Ridge
Chelsea
Excruciating, Banal, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched

See it if If you interested in self indulgence and boredom.

Don't see it if You want an interesting night at the theater.

95
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Moving, absorbing story of a happy gay couple but when things take a turn a power struggle ensues. Modern, contemporary issues are explored.

Don't see it if Not interested in great storytelling or having a moving experience at the theater.

91
Harry Clarke
West Village
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if Excellent one man show with Billy Crudup playing multiple characters in this devious comedic tale. Great storytelling and characters.

Don't see it if don't like one man shows. Adult themes.

88
Quirky, Intense, Intelligent, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if A modern version of Trump-like Julius Caesar set for today's times. Well performed and staged.

Don't see it if Modernized Shakespeare. A little too literal would prefer to make connections myself.

91
Black Light
West Village
Great singing, Funny, Enchanting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Great storytelling and songs by the brilliant solo performer Jomana Jones. Themes of race, LGBTQ and coming of age are explored. Wonderful!

Don't see it if Don't like solo shows or not interested in LGBTQ, race, great music and fabulous costumes.

85
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Sentimental, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if If interested in confrontation of human relationships including maternal and lovers. Done with humor, sentimentality, and rawness.

Don't see it if Not interesting in LGBTQ relationships, slightly dated.

90
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if While this show is produced from a Christian theater perspective, it didn't take away from the riveting production. Well acted and absorbing

Don't see it if If you don't like Tudor history, religious and moral debates.

85
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Smart, Elegant, Relevant, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if I saw the show with the understudy and still enjoyed it immensely. Great music and dance. Packed with information and history.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in American history, don't like musicals.

49
Plenty
East Village
Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You are a fan of David Hare (writer) and interested in post WW2 topics or you are a fan of Rachel Weisz.

Don't see it if Plenty should of been more interesting than it was..but unfortunately I found it a bore.

84
Good for Otto
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Ed Harris is engaging in this over 3 hour play about therapy and pain. Intense and thought provoking.

Don't see it if You might possibly get a seat on stage, becoming part of the play and won't be able to leave.

83
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if A funny one man show about parenthood. Absorbing and entertaining even if you aren't a parent or want kids.

Don't see it if If you can't stand the idea of parenthood or like to laugh.