Naomi B

New York City | 50-64 | Female
About:  Western MA born and bred. Came to NYC for 2 years and stayed for over 30. Have 2 kids who like the theater and movies. Like straight plays and musicals. Like the hits but also interested in why others fail or never find an appreciative audience.
Reviews (55)
92
Intelligent, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You like fresh takes on classic stories that weave in current politics. Most of the lead singers were exceptional but Orpheus did disappoint

Don't see it if You don’t like modern musicals.

86
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You like that era of music. The dancing really is extraordinary. Brought tears to my eyes which I had not expected.

Don't see it if You don’t like the era or biographies.

94
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like the music. It’s one of the best corny classics in the best way. Truly stellar cast. Not overdone. Kept to its roots!

Don't see it if You don’t like the music.

81
Disappointing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Script adaptation interesting and more political than others. Many actors extraordinary; others not so. The set and costumes disappointed.

Don't see it if It failed a little with some of the choices. So you might not be game to see that.

67
Dated, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if You like the star. Otherwise I would skip it. Loved the movie. This lacked charm and the costumes looked like a bad h.s. production.

Don't see it if The set was disappointing as were the costumes. The Adams Family worked for me and this didn’t.

88
During previews
Great writing, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if If you read the book or not. It’s a thoughtful, accessible, well put together show. All great: acting, singing, writing, sound, sets, bees!

Don't see it if You don’t like shows with strong women leads.

72
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Dated, Great staging, Raunchy, Modern classic

See it if You want to see a classic Broadway show that has been on forever. Great dancing.

Don't see it if You like bland musicals.

86
The Niceties
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like shows that reveal the racial tensions in the academic community. Very intimate production.

Don't see it if You don’t like contemporary plays

83
Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You like an unusual story. The acting was great, too.

Don't see it if You want something standard.

79
Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Great staging, Better-than-i-expected

See it if You don’t mind Disney. The staging and sets are very good. Acting and singing really better than I expected. Don’t expect drama.

Don't see it if You don’t like the Disney machine. Or want a taut, interesting story.

82
Call Me Madam
Midtown W
Great singing, Dated, Entertaining

See it if Interesting to see a show that was topical in the post-war years. Solid music and acting.

Don't see it if You don’t like dated stuff.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if I love the book and the movie; thought I’d be disappointed. It’s its own animal and very good. Solid acting, staging, and writing.

Don't see it if If you can’t understand why someone might want to update a classic.

91
During previews
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if You like fresh musicals. Liked the staging especially. An interesting Wonderland interpretation.

Don't see it if You don’t like fantasies or rough works.

73
During previews
Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You like Lonergan, which I do. And it’s a terrific ensemble of actors. But the writing isn’t as sharp as I expect from this playwright.

Don't see it if You don’t like modern plays that are set in the near past.

78
Absorbing, Great singing, Intense

See it if You like history reimagined. The lead was great, could have listened to her for hours. Onstage musicians good too.

Don't see it if The story is a little relentless and isn't as imaginative as I would have liked.

77
Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated

See it if Christian B. and Charlie were great, but it was uneven. Not sure if it's for 7 year olds or 70 year olds.

Don't see it if You want an immersive magical experience. The sets were disappointing too.

87
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You like straight plays that are well-written, are well acted, and have good production values. Set and costumes great, too.

Don't see it if If you want something that has never been on stage before.

81
Plenty
East Village
Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like a well-written drama with solid acting. Interesting to think about when it first came out.

Don't see it if You don't want to see weaknesses revealed.

86
For a previous production
Sweat
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You like relevant, strong writing. The cast was superb. Staging, set, and costumes all well done, too.

Don't see it if Plays that deal with conflict or politics.

85
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Surprisingly good

See it if Disney has done a great job adapting the movie. A few of the original cast members are still in it. Staging and choreography are strong, too

Don't see it if Don't like Disney or plays that are for kids, too.

77
Great singing, Great dancing, A little dated

See it if You liked the movie and I Berlin's music. Don't expect a great story. The leads were solid, and the ensemble was terrific.

Don't see it if You didn't like the movie or Berlin's music. Or want a powerful story.

87
During previews
Intelligent, Beautiful set and costumes, Entertaining

See it if You like classic theater. This adaptation is strong, as is the acting.

Don't see it if You like plays that are dated.

81
During previews
Falsettos
Midtown W
Great singing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You like not-so-distant history done well

Don't see it if You didn't like the Normal Heart

77
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Shows about how musicals are birthed

Don't see it if Need a strong story

91
The Crucible
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You like a drama that is very well acted written, and directed.

Don't see it if You don't like drama

82
Funny, Fluffy, Entertaining, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if You like Tina Fey’s work, you’re a fan of the movie or book, and if you like fresh faces. Many of the songs translate well from the movie.

Don't see it if You don’t like the movie or the book. Or if you are not into comedy.

65
During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if Script’s struggling to get through. The historic notes are barely ok, swathed in the worst acting I’ve seen at Lincoln Center in a time.

Don't see it if It’s the opposite of thought-provoking. Period drama that has accents that were so bad almost to the point of parody.

80
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like the idea of the movie. This succeeded but just. Could have been a little punchier. The costumes worked. Great singing.

Don't see it if You don’t like movie-to-show adaptations.

92
Enchanting, Funny, Great singing

See it if Great lyrics and score. Strong ensemble. Extraordinary dancing with great choreography. Holds it’s own although a tad dated.

Don't see it if Like only modern rock musicals. This is a classic but you might not like that.

50
Great singing, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if I’d rather see a high school musical or rocky horror the movie. I read the book and this adaptation was dreadful, a campy event that failed.

Don't see it if Maybe if I was in high school or middle school, I would have liked it but think I would not.

70
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Soho/Tribeca
Good for kids, Quirky, Funny

See it if Stripped down version of the classic story. Writing was good but one of the actor’s wasn’t as strong

Don't see it if You don’t like Two person plays where one actor plays the main character; the other all the other characters.

81
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining, Modern classic

See it if You like Stephen Schwartz musicals and fantasies.

Don't see it if You only like straight plays

83
During previews
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like a writer who takes risks. I found the staging and lighting interesting, a little sly.

Don't see it if You like unimaginative theater and want a linear, chronological story.

77
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Ambitious, Overrated, Great dancing, Great puppetry

See it if The story was lame as always. The choreography and the “puppet” were great especially if you can sit close. Songs and singing uninspired.

Don't see it if If you want a night of serious theater or even a great score.

95
Ambitious, Dated, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want a classic well done. This cast is especially great.

Don't see it if You have another version in your head...

82
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant

See it if You like the music of the 60s and 70s. It’s not just about Carol king but about slice-of-life NYC when it was making hits in office bldgs

Don't see it if You want a story of great depth. This is just a light confection.

80
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You like thought-provoking scripts that take you for a ride. Solid acting.

Don't see it if You don’t like wordy plays. It’s a tad long. Could have been shortened a little.

94
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Epic, Great staging

See it if a well-written, play that explores the politics of the Northern Irish “Troubles.” A slice of life on steroids, with memorable characters

Don't see it if You abhor violence and people struggling with life

84
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like bedroom farces. Kline is especially good here, but it has a solid cast. Well directed.

Don't see it if It's a revival, a farce, and a little outdated.

92
Gently Down the Stream
East Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like good solid writing. I cried. The set was great, too.

Don't see it if You are homophobic

81
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Ambitious, Romantic

See it if You like classic musicals with strong ensembles. The leads were very good. Nice sets, great costumes, bit of updated story, too.

Don't see it if You didn't like the movie or romances

91
Delightful, Great singing, A classic

See it if You like old-fashioned musicals. Bette is such a presence and so comfortable in a role like this.

Don't see it if You only want something edgy.

90
During previews
In Transit
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if stories of MTAriders unfold It's much more about the great cast and singing than it is about the writing, tho I did laugh and feel sad

Don't see it if You like a strong plot and need structure in the story

91
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if I was pleasantly surprised at well done the show is. Strong cast, many of whom were in the off-Broadway run. Funny. I left with a smile....

Don't see it if You like straight plays.

84
Love, Love, Love
Midtown W
Ambitious, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

See it if Well written with interesting time jumps but wasn't consistently great. Good ensemble.

Don't see it if You don't like family dramas or dated plays.

78
Great singing, Delightful, Surprisingly good

See it if You liked the movie. And if you didn't see the movie, you will probably enjoy the infectious energy of the very talented kid actors.

Don't see it if You like your plays to have a plot.

80
Matilda
Midtown W
Ambitious, Funny, Quirky

See it if You like to watch talented actors of all ages in a play adapted from a book by one of the world's best kids book author.

Don't see it if You don't like kids

79
Always relevant, Classic, Great singing

See it if I've been to many versions, and this has the best singers.

Don't see it if It is a more traditional musical, so if you'd rather see something trendy...

81
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Surprisingly moving, Great singing

See it if Like classic romance with good, solid singing and music

Don't see it if You don't like romances

87
Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if A very original family comic drama

Don't see it if You are intolerant