Nicoleoftheisland

Deer Park | Female
About:  Theatre-maker and -watcher.
Reviews (38)
78
Great staging, Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you're looking for a striking piece of theatre well-performed. Phillips tumbles through each of the 17 each more creative than the last.

Don't see it if the unevenness of the piece will really bother you. When it hits, it hits, but there are a few shallower moments.

Also Truly hilarious at times, and the stagecraft is peerless.

95
Ambitious, Epic, Exquisite, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if You are a person.

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this show.

70
Great singing, Shallow, Cliched, Entertaining, Dated

See it if If you’re looking for some classic tunes well-sung.

Don't see it if You’ve already seen Oh! What A Lovely War. It’s the same concept but watered down in the extreme.

Also I wanted to love this but it tells a very shallow version of the event... Read more Read less

90
Exquisite, Delightful, Clever, Must see, Quirky

See it if A dreamboat of a show with a score full of instant standards.

Don't see it if I can’t imagine someone not loving this little sweetheart of a show.

85
During previews
Renascence
Lower E Side
Ambitious, Intelligent, Enchanting, Slow, Dizzying

See it if You want to hear a lush score, gloriously sung. If you’re a Millay fan. If you love to see the right show in the right space.

Don't see it if Slow at times, and probably a bit garbled if you don’t briefly acquaint yourself with the poet and her life.

Also Don’t going expecting an extensive bio-musical. You get the Wikipedia ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Ambitious, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You’re up for a really solid new play that turned out uncomfortably relevant

Don't see it if You’ve suffered recent grief and don’t want to be reminded of it. Grief is tangible in this play.

75
The Home Place
Chelsea
Thought-provoking, Cliched, Intelligent

See it if You love a good period drama.

Don't see it if Cliche gets to you. The villain is moustache-twirling-level obvious.

90
Then She Fell
Brooklyn
Moody, Dreamy, Dizzying, Exquisite, Must see

See it if You want to disappear for an evening

Don't see it if You're not going to let yourself go.

85
Big River
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great singing, Cliched, Resonant, Must see

See it if You want to see Kyle Scatliffe giving a star turn in a glorious score.

Don't see it if The way that Hick Finn has dated isn't for you.

95
Masterful, Resonant, Riveting, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if Masterful direction elevates what is already one of Broadway's greatest shows. Danny Burstein works it like that fiddler owes him money.

Don't see it if You are too attached to naturalism.

90
Transcendent, Masterful, Dizzying, Exquisite, Muddled

See it if You want to see the most talented cast on Broadway perform a powerful score, headed up by Heather Headley and magnificent Cynthia Erivo.

Don't see it if Poorly structured and more muddled by some poor direction will mar the experience for you, but you should deal with it for those voices.

55
Insipid, Ambitious, Cliched

See it if Some tender acting, but some terrible accents is enough for you.

Don't see it if An intriguing plot idea ruined by some truly boring and frequently out of period dialogue, set in England for no discernible reason

50
Peer Gynt
East Village
Disappointing, Indulgent, Intense, Ambitious, Long

See it if You're super into wordy evenings.

Don't see it if You've got a short attention span.

80
Romantic, Quirky, Indulgent, Absorbing, Enchanting

See it if You're looking for a little sweetheart of a show in a marathon, solo fairytale telling. A solid descendant of centuries of storytelling.

Don't see it if Audience eye contact freaks you out.

85
Delightful, Romantic, Quirky, Funny, Slight

See it if You are ready to slip into an old-fashioned romantic comedy.

Don't see it if Romance gives you boils

78
Hilarious, Irreverent, Quirky, Entertaining, Dated

See it if You are looking to laugh for two hours straight

Don't see it if You expect better than two underwritten ladies amongst an enormous cast of men

70
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Dated, Romantic, Delightful, Disappointing

See it if You've enjoyed Disney's other Broadway ventures

Don't see it if Disney's other shows were not up your alley.

85
Ambitious, Innovative, Intelligent, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You loved math in high school.

Don't see it if you're close-minded about staging.

60
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Hilarious, Quirky, Tired, Outdated, Cliched

See it if You haven't yet.

Don't see it if You've seen it before.

70
Enchanting, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you're an Anne fan who wants to see a lovely new interpretation that's not totally polished or thought through. Ali Ewoldt is enchanting

Don't see it if You're not a fan of a lovely simple little story.

Also This is an essentially analogue story, and things sometimes get a bit ... Read more Read less

70
Enchanting, Indulgent, Delightful

See it if You’re looking for that glorious narrative with some truly delightful carol-singing

Don't see it if You’re looking for some inspired staging. The blocking and set bring down the piece and make it static and awkward.

90
Hamlet: An Experience
Soho/Tribeca
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Refreshing

See it if You’re looking for some human connection unlike any other. Emily Carding stares into your eyes and becomes Hamlet. It’s wild.

Don't see it if I know you want to hide and avoid audience participation but this is audience participation with the kindest touch. Put yourself out there.

90
Exquisite, Intense, Quirky, Resonant, Enchanting

See it if You want to experience something together.

Don't see it if You’re not ready for a perfect evening.

70
Folk Wandering
Midtown W
Ambitious, Cliched, Great ensemble, Whimsical, Romantic

See it if You want to melt into a heart-breaker of a show beautifully performed by a tight, energetic ensemble.

Don't see it if You can’t get past a lack of polished plot. This show lovingly meanders, a shame because it’s at its best when the plot clears up.

65
During previews
Mankind
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Clever, Indulgent

See it if You want to have an opinion on it. It’s a quality premise, and no it doesn’t always deliver but it’s also something you’re gonna want to see

Don't see it if You’re looking for funny. It’s not especially.

80
For a previous production
Good-hearted, Dizzying, Quirky, Great staging, Clever

See it if You want to see some lovely people having a blast.

Don't see it if You're going to be chilly to the whole hilarious endeavour.

65
The Liar
East Village
Funny, Disappointing, Clever, Dated, Indulgent

See it if You're just looking for a laugh.

Don't see it if You're looking for something in any way innovative.

75
The New Yorkers
Midtown W
Frothy, Indulgent, Ambitious, Entertaining, Dated

See it if You love Cole Porter and if you don't.

Don't see it if You can't get used to the manic style of a thirties musical comedy

70
During previews
Structurally unsound, Star turn from corbin bleu, Tap happy, Catchy, Indulgent

See it if You love a bit of tap and want to see Corbin Bleu give a marvellous turn in a truly thankless role.

Don't see it if Hopefully they fix this in previews but the idea for the actual 'Holiday Inn' doesn't happen till almost the end of act one. Bonkers.

90
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Quirky, Funny

See it if You're looking for a sweetheart of a show with a few moments of utter magic.

Don't see it if You're not going to sing along and wave your hands in the air and enjoy yourself.

75
Dreamy, Quirky, Indulgent, Meandering, Original

See it if You like charming original songs delivered by a spirited company who haven't really worked out the transitions or a plot yet

Don't see it if You're looking for a solid, well-delivered plot or earnestness makes you roll your eyes.

70
Clever, Uneven, Entertaining, Cliched, Great singing

See it if You're looking for a solid idea but don't mind imperfect execution. The actors keep saying things are 'too on the nose' and they're right.

Don't see it if Classics isn't your thing or preachy bothers you.

98
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Must see, Masterful, Intelligent, Hilarious, Ambitious

See it if You like theatre at all.

Don't see it if You have no soul.

80
Epic, Indulgent, Romantic, Ambitious, Intense

See it if You want to see some of the most absorbing, grand scenic designs ever.

Don't see it if Rodgers and Hammerstein isn't your thing.

75
Matilda
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Dated, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You can suspend your worries about Roald Dahl's dated worldview

Don't see it if Children get on your nerves.

95
Iphigenia in Aulis
East Village
Enchanting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Masterful

See it if you have an open mind and love gorgeously told, sweeping stories. And the Greeks.

Don't see it if there is no reason not to see this.

98
Absorbing, Exquisite, Intense, Original, Relevant

See it if You have a heart and soul.

Don't see it if you're a homophobe.

75
Raunchy, Indulgent, Delightful

See it if you're down for some hilarious, Gilbert and Sullivan-style hijinks.

Don't see it if Sopranos give you hives.