Ninwall

New York City | 50-64 | Female
About:  Broadway musical junkie and passionate theater goer, I live in New York City and see on average 1-3 shows a week.
Reviews (197)
80
During previews
Plenty
East Village
Great acting, Confusing, Dated, Intense, Depressing

See it if Story of a WWII female resistance fighter who can't adjust to mundane post-war life; well acted but felt dated; didn't quite hold up for me.

Don't see it if I think the post-WWII disillusionment theme no longer resonates as strongly. The play jumps back & forth in time, making it disjointed.

92
During previews
The Front Page
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Old timey

See it if What a cast! Every actor is perfect. Funny, crackling story of the newspaper biz in 1928, full of mayhem & fast paced dialog. I loved it!

Don't see it if You think a play written in 1928 is too dated; first act is slower but sets the story for what's to come. 3 hrs long, with 2 intermissions.

88
Fiorello!
East Village
Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Classic broadway, Enthusiastic

See it if Great small theater production. Singing was particularly strong; cast was energetic & delightful, clever staging. Thoroughly enjoyable!

Don't see it if You mind a "shoestring" production - don't expect Broadway. But still damn good. As others said, more live instruments would have been nice.

70
Cute, For kids, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if Definitely meant for kids, so a great choice for families. Fun, spectacular bubble and laser tricks. Melody Yang is engaging & charming.

Don't see it if First 2-3 rows get a better, interactive experience with the bubbles; I felt kinda bad for those sitting further away. Don't expect a plot.

70
Cliched, Banal, Dated, Stale, Great singing

See it if I knew what it was going in, yet I expected better. Great music of course, but the plot was so thin, the chemistry so lacking - a big meh.

Don't see it if You want a story with substance or a dynamic production; this felt tired & shopworn.

94
Exquisite, Original, Epic, Unique, Great singing

See it if Absolutely breathtaking sung-thru telling of Orpheus tale. I was mesmerized; vocals were gorgeous. Staging is spare yet unique & interesting

Don't see it if You need dialog; this is pure music & pure magic. Live band was fantastic. I was not familiar w/the legend but had no trouble following.

89
The Golden Bride
Financial
Enchanting, Delightful, Original, Funny, Great singing

See it if Captivating, energetic revival of a classic Yiddish theater operetta from 1923. Vocals were out of this world; cast exuded joy & delight.

Don't see it if There are English and Russian subtitles projected above; personally, this enhanced my enjoyment. Plot was pure silliness; a fun evening!

96
During previews
Privacy
East Village
Entertaining, Edgy, Original, Profound, Relevant

See it if Fantastic exploration of the privacy we give up to live in the digital age. Funny & fun, yet also serious & scary. Great ensemble acting.

Don't see it if Audience participates via cell phones. The play is transformative; I left thinking deeply about the consequences of my technological choices

94
Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Great writing, Epic

See it if Well worth the 4 hrs. - autobiographical portrait of O'Neil's tragic family dynamics & addiction, alcoholism in 1912. Epic acting by all.

Don't see it if I was apprehensive of my ability to sit through a 4 hr. play, but the amazing acting, particularly Lange, Byrne & Shannon make it a must-see

82
Funny, Entertaining, Relevant, Lightweight, Hilarious

See it if Really funny skewering of religion & the 10 Commandments in the guise of God answering questions aided by 2 angels; Sean Hayes is delightful

Don't see it if You are religious; this pokes deep fun at it, and espouses atheism. The play is short and slight for Broadway; a 90 minute comic monologue.

72
Great acting, Intense, Macabre, Different, Somewhat disappointing

See it if Staged readings of selected Edgar Allan Poe stories, the actors were excellent but I found the stories too similar & therefore repetitive.

Don't see it if While I knew what I was getting into, I missed having visuals and sound effects to hold my interest; there were some, just not enough.

88
The Total Bent
East Village
Original, Confusing, Epic, Electrifying, Great singing

See it if It's all about the music and performances, which are thrilling. Set in the 60's, it explores the formation of one musician's artistic self.

Don't see it if Plot is muddled; themes of race, religion, civil rights movement, birth of rock n' roll and being gay are touched on but not fully explored.

88
Daddy Long Legs
Midtown W
Charming, Romantic, Old fashioned, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if I was charmed by this romantic musical about an orphan and her secret benefactor; it depicts her growth of independence & his growth of love

Don't see it if Takes place in 1911 and is a small, 2 person play. Mostly sung, it's lovely and will capture your heart. It's old fashioned in a good way.

90
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Delightful, Great staging, Fun, Entertaining

See it if Fun, family friendly, full of dazzle and spectacle (that magic carpet!) The genie is a wonder. A delightful reminder of why we love showbiz.

Don't see it if It's a tad cheesy and yes, it's Disney. Less charming than the movie version. But it's so darn well done and infectious, just go with it!

15
Dull, Poorly written, Poorly acted, Excruciating, Cliched

See it if Premise of story told from the different perspectives of a newly engaged couple suffers from poor writing and acting; dull and amateurish

Don't see it if The lead actress repeatedly flubbed her lines and didn't project her voice over the loud hum of air conditioning; this was just bad theater

69
During previews
Evening - 1910
West Village
Lacks story, Confusing, Dull, Beautiful singing and harmonies, Beautiful live musical accompaniment

See it if Beautiful singing, harmonies and live orchestration but failed to engage because there was no discernible plot and no character development.

Don't see it if You need dialog; this was entirely sung. I tried hard but couldn't make much sense of what was happening or the characters' relationships.

69
Funny, Confusing, Audience participation, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if The concept (actor sees script for the 1st time at the show) is interesting but the show wasn't. Martin Short was charming, did his best.

Don't see it if You don't like audience participation - there was lots. If you need a coherent plot - there was none. Celebrity names can't salvage this.

93
American Psycho
Midtown W
Original, Great staging, Entertaining, Unique, Graphic violence

See it if Unique, graphically violent, funny as hell send up of 80's self absorbed Wall St. greed culture. Fantastic staging and effects; I loved it!

Don't see it if This is a violent play with lots of splashing blood and dismembered limbs. Might offend some; not for the squeamish. Ending was ambiguous.

88
The Crucible
Midtown W
Great acting, Intense, Profound, Long, Thought-provoking

See it if Classic play with great acting performances all around; strange, symbolic imagery and modern dress were interesting directorial choices.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through a long play; the schoolroom setting and modern dress did not enhance the story for me.

94
Great acting, Great singing, Moving, Resonant, Emotional

See it if Energetic, soaring musical of Alice Walker's novel; amazing vocals; Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks were standouts; many standing ovations

Don't see it if I loved the minimalist set with clever use of chairs as props, but others may find it sparse; Jennifer Hudson was weakest part of cast.

98
For a previous production
Must see, Original, Relevant, Emotional, Great acting

See it if WOW. Powerful, original musical of teen angst and depression and the power of social media. Ben Platt is incredible. Audience was sobbing.

Don't see it if This is one of those life-changing musicals. I can't think of a reason not to see it - do yourself a favor and JUST GO.

86
Wonderful Town
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Breezy, Clever, Great songs

See it if This 1953 Leonard Bernstein/Comden & Green musical really holds up - funny, sharp, terrific music & lyrics. Cast is obviously having a ball.

Don't see it if This is a low budget, staged reading with absolutely minimal sets and costumes; as long as you're okay with this you'll have a blast!

88
YOUARENOWHERE
Financial
Edgy, Original, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Different

See it if Amazing, indescribable experience of sensory overload, with impeccably choreographed technical, visual and aural effects. Will blow you away

Don't see it if you need a coherent plot or don't like flashing lights, high tech effects. It's an experience for the senses, not a traditional play.

82
The Way West
West Village
Different, Great acting, Quirky, Original, Funny

See it if A refreshing and quirky story of a mom facing bankruptcy and her avoidance of reality; wonderful, endearing performance by Deirdre O'Connell

Don't see it if It goes on a bit too long and fizzles out without a satisfying ending, but mostly I was entertained. O'Connell knows how to spin a yarn.

92
Enchanting, Utterly charming, Romantic, Great staging, Great singing

See it if Charming musical where each member of the stellar ensemble cast has a moment to shine; wonderful sets; romantic and sweet story.

Don't see it if The music is fizzy and cute but not terribly memorable. Otherwise, an old fashioned feel good musical in the best sense of the word.

68
During previews
Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Drawn out

See it if Sorry, seemed like a one-note comedy sketch that was drawn out waaaay too long. I don't think Broadway is the right venue; material too thin

Don't see it if Clearly I'm in the minority as audience was in hysterics. I just didn't find it hugely funny; it picked up a bit at the end.

Also Each performance has a fun surprise guest cameo; on our night it was F... Read more Read less

89
Maestro
Midtown E
Ambitious, Intelligent, Masterful, Intense, Great performance

See it if Masterful performance by Hershey Felder, who channels Leonard Bernstein in an intense, absorbing one man show. Exquisite piano playing.

Don't see it if A unique biographical piece, this show is often dark. You learn about Bernstein the man, but also about his key musical influences.

Also A good share of the musical selections are non-Bernstein pieces - such... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Powerful music, Interesting biopic, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great singing

See it if 2-actor story of Rosetta Tharpe & protege Marie Knight; powerful singing, glorious gospel & blues music. Glimpse of origins of rock n roll.

Don't see it if No intermission, story was a bit long & drawn out, then abruptly rushed at the end. Music was stellar but actors faked playing instruments.

86
Men on Boats
Midtown W
Original, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Different

See it if A quirky, spoof-ish telling of the true story of an 1869 Wild West river expedition - macho males played by an all female cast. Very funny!

Don't see it if You're annoyed by over-the-top parody and silliness. Which is the whole point. Ensemble acting was excellent.

89
Hilarious, Campy, Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing

See it if I LOVED this - what a hoot! Campy, over-the-top & totally entertaining. Vocal talent was amazing; cast was having a great time & it shows.

Don't see it if You don't like high camp, satire, cross dressing or a silly plot. But that's what makes it so much fun; audience was howling with laughter.

85
During previews
Spamilton
Midtown W
Funny, Silly, Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing

See it if Funny, silly send-up of Hamilton & Hamiltonmania, with other Broadway references mashed in. Great ensemble, great voices, a fun time!

Don't see it if A 2-drink minimum would bother you. Special shout-out to actress who channeled LuPone, Minelli, Channing in a hilarious running gag.

60
During previews
Simon Says
East Village
Confusing, Slow, Cliched, Boring, Good acting

See it if Plot about a psychic, his mentor & a session with a young widow was a muddled mess for me; slow, confusing. Acting, however, was quite good.

Don't see it if Strong actors aren't enough to redeem this. Endlessly talky, lack of action, "revelation" revealed at the end too convoluted to follow.

86
I'll Say She Is
East Village
Delightful, Funny, Zany, Clever, Entertaining

See it if If you ever wished you could have seen the Marx Bros in person, here's your chance. Actors really channel Groucho, Chico, Harpo- a fun time!

Don't see it if You require a polished production; needed more and better sets. But the actors were obviously having a ball & the fun & joy was infectious.

85
During previews
Entertaining, Delightful, Ambitious, Exquisite, Great staging

See it if Bravo Radio City! Ignore the hokey plot and bask in the jaw dropping sets & effects and dazzling dancing. I was thoroughly entertained.

Don't see it if You're a cynical NYer or if you expect a play with substance. This is a musical revue that celebrates NYC & it's most iconic landmarks.

85
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Different

See it if Kudos to director and all female cast for a funny, fresh, fun feminist twist on this classic misogynist play. Janet McTeer is fantastic.

Don't see it if You want your Shakespeare classic. This was full of contemporary, irreverent, clever references. Setting was a Donald Trump beauty pageant!

86
Skeleton Crew
Chelsea
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Moving depiction of 4 Detroit auto workers facing the imminent closing of their plant; seen from both white collar & blue collar perspective

Don't see it if Acting was terrific. Story unfolds slowly; not much action. One actress spoke in a strong dialect that was sometimes hard to follow.

79
One Funny Mother
Midtown W
Funny, Enjoyable, Light, Cliched, Raunchy

See it if Dena Blizzard is engaging, personable and funny. Nothing new here, just well worn (but still funny) rants about being a mother of young kids

Don't see it if You're expecting a play; it's more of a stand up routine. I may have appreciated it more 20 years ago when my kids were still young.

84
Bianco
Brooklyn
Entertaining, Original, Great staging, Edgy, Acrobatic

See it if A Brooklyn hipsterish, grittier version of Cirque du Soleil. Incredible acrobats perform up close, with attitude, charm and unique props.

Don't see it if You need to sit; this is on your feet for 2 hours, being moved around by guides (although some people in the front just sat on the floor).

92
Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Long, Epic

See it if Gillian Anderson is sublime as Blanche Dubois; interesting take on this classic play with modern set and rotating stage; strong overall cast

Don't see it if Ben Foster was a weak Stanley Kowalski, which diminished the play's force; long running time (3 1/2 hours) was challenging to sit through

79
Tuck Everlasting
Midtown W
Great staging, Touching, Entertaining, Creepy, Forgettable songs

See it if Poignant but dark story; man in the yellow suit is truly creepy. Great sets but mostly forgettable songs. Ballet that sums up end was lovely

Don't see it if Based on a children's book, but I think the dark overtones and man in the yellow suit are too scary for kids. Child lead grated on my nerves

25
Idiot
Soho/Tribeca
Confusing, Boring, Excruciating, Slow, Banal

See it if Tedious, confusing. Techno effects were only interesting part. I envied the couple by the door who snuck out after 20 min.

Don't see it if Familiarity with Dostoevsky's work is essential here but even that didn't help me.

82
During previews
Slow, Great acting, Slice of life, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if Day-in-the-life drama depicting the dull routine of male workers in a rundown British bread factory; accents are strong but acting is superb

Don't see it if Play is slow; more a depiction of worker's humdrum routine and work relationships than a strong plot. I liked it but my companion was bored.

75
During previews
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing and dancing, Dull, No plot

See it if A lot of big talent names and amazing singing and tap dancing are wasted in this musical, which lacks a coherent plot.

Don't see it if Tries to bill itself as a history lesson in black musical theater, but this conceit didn't work for me. Sadly, it was a bit tedious.

87
During previews
Fully Committed
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Light, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if Jesse Tyler Ferguson does a great job playing all the parts in a comedy about taking reservations at New York's hottest, hippest restaurant

Don't see it if The play is funny and JTF is terrific, but it's pretty slight fare for Broadway; feels better suited for Off-Broadway.

84
During previews
The School for Scandal
West Village
Funny, Great acting, Delightful, Clever, Period piece

See it if Clever, funny, tart-tongued comedy about gossips and malicious meddling written in 1777 and still fresh today. Great cast and costumes.

Don't see it if You don't like wordy plays and multiple complicated character goings-on that require your full attention to comprehend.

85
During previews
The Dingdong
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Great fun, Pure silliness, Frothy

See it if A fun, broadly acted farce about love and lust. Full of exaggerated physical comedy, slamming doors, silliness - actors play multiple roles.

Don't see it if You need depth or meaning in your plays - this is pure frivolity and fun. Actors really go over the top. Reminded me of Noises Off.

68
Vincent
Midtown W
Slow, Heartfelt, Well meaning, Failed to engage, Dull

See it if One man show tribute to Van Gogh by actor portraying his brother Theo; despite a heartfelt effort it was dull and failed to engage me.

Don't see it if I liked the ever changing, large scale projections of Van Gogh's paintings and drawings but the rest felt like a slow, boring lecture.

92
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Masterful, Intense, Emotional

See it if Depiction of a man's descent into Alzheimer's; the audience is literally taken inside his mind. Langella is masterful and heartbreaking.

Don't see it if you wish for something light and happy; this is an intense, sad, gripping theater experience. May be too close to home for some.

86
During previews
Cagney
Midtown W
Entertaining, Delightful, Energetic, Biographical, Informative

See it if Musical biography of Cagney's rise through Hollywood; Robert Creighton really channels Cagney. Great singing and tap dancing, lots of heart.

Don't see it if Small stage with minimal sets, yet musical numbers feel large scale. I left with an appreciation of Cagney the man, not just the actor.

84
The Woodsman
Midtown W
Original, Achingly beautiful, Sad, Exquisite, Inventive

See it if Achingly beautiful, sad and creative backstory of the Tin Man. Inventive use of puppetry, gestures, sounds, violin with not much dialogue.

Don't see it if If you need words to follow a story, you might not like this. But I've never seen anything like it - completely fresh and different.