Nicoleoftheisland

New York City | Female
About:  Theatre-maker and -watcher.
Reviews (47)
90
Enchanting
January 23rd, 2023

See it if You are ready to be enchanted by Bug and Aurelia and the fantastic Mr. fox (the real one).

Don't see it if You’re not ready to just go with it.

Also An absolute delight from beginning to end, truly magical puppetry and ... Read more Read less

78
The Far Country
Chelsea
Resonant, Absorbing, Ambitious
January 10th, 2023

See it if You are interested in emigration stories, handled in nuanced ways, this is a fascinating one.

Don't see it if You don’t like to feel rushed through the beats of this story.

Also This could have easily been an epic, in its current state it feels mor... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Perfection
November 18th, 2022

See it if You’re a Fiddler fan or if you’re not a Fiddler fan.

Don't see it if You don’t have an open mind about subtitles.

Also I caught this show down at the Museum of Jewish heritage and though it... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Peerless
Midtown E
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Clever
October 9th, 2022

See it if You think Rory Gilmore and Paris Geller should have teamed up to murder everyone in their way.

Don't see it if You’re tired of teenager stuff.

Also It is a fast-talking take on the Scottish Play with a crackerjack cast... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Wedding Band
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Masterful, Relevant, Sublime, Exquisite
May 3rd, 2022

See it if you are looking for what should be a canonical play in a simply sublime production.

Don't see it if you're not ready to be swept up in this perfect production.

Also Awoye Timpo has crafted an exquisite, delicate production of a piece t... Read more Read less

70
The Lucky Star
Midtown E
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious
May 3rd, 2022

See it if for always tender Steven Skybell who will simply break your heart in the second half.

Don't see it if You're not interested in seeing two radically different halves of a play.

Also This is like three plays stuck together but all interesting, and all w... Read more Read less

90
The Patsy
Lower E Side
Quirky, Ambitious, Absorbing, Charming
May 3rd, 2022

See it if For a truly masterful performance. I would follow David Greenspan anywhere after this.

Don't see it if you're not ready to have a most delightful evening.

Also He is alone onstage romancing himself and yet there were audible sighs... Read more Read less

85
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Dated, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious, Cathartic
January 28th, 2022

See it if You're a Sondheim fan, this production gives you plenty to discuss. Even if you're the sort who will be cataloguing every edit, that's fun.

Don't see it if You're not ready for a theatre full of fellow Sondheim-addicts to have the best time.

85
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Intelligent, Unique, Great acting, Entertaining, Quirky
January 15th, 2022

See it if you're a Lynn Nottage fan or you love sandwiches.

Don't see it if you're hungry. This play will make it worse.

78
Great staging, Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing
April 22nd, 2019

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.

70
Enchanting, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Great acting
January 29th, 2019

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

95
Ambitious, Epic, Exquisite, Entertaining, Masterful
January 27th, 2019

See it if You are a person.

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

70
Enchanting, Indulgent, Delightful
December 27th, 2018

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.

70
Great singing, Shallow, Cliched, Entertaining, Dated
December 8th, 2018

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
Hamlet: An Experience
Soho/Tribeca
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Refreshing
November 13th, 2018

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, Delightful, Clever, Must see, Quirky
November 4th, 2018

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.

90
Exquisite, Intense, Quirky, Resonant, Enchanting
October 31st, 2018

See it if You want to experience something together.

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

85
During previews
Renascence
Lower E Side
Ambitious, Intelligent, Enchanting, Slow, Dizzying
October 9th, 2018

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

70
Folk Wandering
Midtown W
Ambitious, Cliched, Great ensemble, Whimsical, Romantic
March 19th, 2018

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.

75
During previews
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Ambitious, Relevant, Intelligent
March 19th, 2018

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.

65
During previews
Mankind
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Clever, Indulgent
December 24th, 2017

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.

75
The Home Place
Chelsea
Thought-provoking, Cliched, Intelligent
December 17th, 2017

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.

80
For a previous production
Good-hearted, Dizzying, Quirky, Great staging, Clever
March 29th, 2017

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.

90
Then She Fell
Brooklyn
Moody, Dreamy, Dizzying, Exquisite, Must see
March 29th, 2017

See it if You want to disappear for an evening

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

65
The Liar
East Village
Funny, Disappointing, Clever, Dated, Indulgent
March 29th, 2017

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

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

85
Big River
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great singing, Cliched, Resonant, Must see
March 29th, 2017

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.

75
The New Yorkers
Midtown W
Frothy, Indulgent, Ambitious, Entertaining, Dated
March 29th, 2017

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

95
Masterful, Resonant, Riveting, Relevant, Intelligent
September 23rd, 2016

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.

70
During previews
Structurally unsound, Star turn from corbin bleu, Tap happy, Catchy, Indulgent
September 23rd, 2016

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
Transcendent, Masterful, Dizzying, Exquisite, Muddled
September 12th, 2016

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.

90
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Quirky, Funny
August 27th, 2016

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.

55
Insipid, Ambitious, Cliched
August 27th, 2016

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

75
Dreamy, Quirky, Indulgent, Meandering, Original
August 27th, 2016

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.

50
Peer Gynt
East Village
Disappointing, Indulgent, Intense, Ambitious, Long
August 26th, 2016

See it if You're super into wordy evenings.

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

70
Clever, Uneven, Entertaining, Cliched, Great singing
August 23rd, 2016

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.

80
Romantic, Quirky, Indulgent, Absorbing, Enchanting
August 23rd, 2016

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.

98
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Must see, Masterful, Intelligent, Hilarious, Ambitious
July 1st, 2016

See it if You like theatre at all.

Don't see it if You have no soul.

85
Delightful, Romantic, Quirky, Funny, Slight
July 1st, 2016

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

Don't see it if Romance gives you boils

80
Epic, Indulgent, Romantic, Ambitious, Intense
July 1st, 2016

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.

78
Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Hilarious, Irreverent, Quirky, Entertaining, Dated
October 15th, 2015

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

75
Matilda
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Dated, Intelligent, Funny
October 14th, 2015

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

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

70
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Dated, Romantic, Delightful, Disappointing
October 14th, 2015

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.

95
Iphigenia in Aulis
East Village
Enchanting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Masterful
October 14th, 2015

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.

85
Ambitious, Innovative, Intelligent, Entertaining, Quirky
October 14th, 2015

See it if You loved math in high school.

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

98
Absorbing, Exquisite, Intense, Original, Relevant
October 13th, 2015

See it if You have a heart and soul.

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

60
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Hilarious, Quirky, Tired, Outdated, Cliched
October 13th, 2015

See it if You haven't yet.

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

75
Raunchy, Indulgent, Delightful
October 13th, 2015

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

Don't see it if Sopranos give you hives.