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)
97
During previews
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Great singing, Moving, Both funny and touching, Delightful

See it if Moving story of a waitress's escape from an unhappy marriage through her pie baking skills and friendship support; Jesse Mueller is sublime.

Don't see it if Supporting characters are wonderfully funny/quirky; you really care about these people. Music is great, there are some showstopping moments.

60
Confusing, Energetic, Silly, Disappointing, Stupid

See it if The talented, energetic cast couldn't make this nonsensical, country music mess of a musical work for me. Leslie Kritzer steals the show.

Don't see it if The comedy is broad, physical and wacky and the cast tries in earnest but the songs were incredibly dull and the story stupid but not funny.

85
During previews
Bright Star
Midtown W
Slow, Emotional, Touching, Great music, Romantic

See it if The story is a bit slow to unfold, but ultimately moving if a tad cliche. Great, original bluegrass music and great vocals by Carmen Cusack.

Don't see it if You don't like bluegrass music; I'm not usually a fan of it but it really works in this show.

82
Delightful, Entertaining, Energetic, Funny, Family friendly

See it if As a fan of the movie, this didn't disappoint. Alex Brightman and the kids were energetic, funny and terrific; a great choice for families.

Don't see it if You're looking for a true rock and roll experience; this is Broadway, feel good "tame" rock. A few standouts songs, but most you'll forget.

78
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Confusing, Great staging, Epic, Original

See it if Prequel to The Wizard of Oz, the staging and costumes were dazzling, the plot ambitious and confusing. Some epic songs, the rest mediocre.

Don't see it if You don't have the patience to follow a convoluted plot over 3 1/2 hours; you don't like every song at the same loud, belting intensity.

88
During previews
The Royale
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if Well acted and thought provoking, the story of early 1900's African American boxer Jack Johnson that's really a play about race in America.

Don't see it if You want something light or funny.

88
The Humans
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Great writing

See it if Fresh, funny, moving drama revealing a family's dynamics that unfolds over the course of one Thanksgiving Day. Well written, expertly acted.

Don't see it if You don't care for plays that examine families, or are looking for something light.

85
During previews
Women Without Men
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Period piece

See it if Wonderfully acted, intelligently written 1930's period piece with an all female cast; absorbing plot with an unexpected "whodunit" twist.

Don't see it if You don't like period pieces or an all female play

85
Dot
Gramercy
Too long, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Moving

See it if Excellent acting, often humorous yet loving portrayal of a family dealing with a mother's Alzheimer's disease. However, ran too long.

Don't see it if You want something light, or don't want to sit for 2 1/2 hours.

98
Absorbing, Emotional, Great acting, Wonderful music, Entertaining

See it if A wonderful, heartfelt, emotional telling of Carole King's early life and career, with fantastic music and terrific performances

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Carole King or musicals

90
Matilda
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Hilarious, Clever

See it if Delightfully funny musical with wildly talented kid actors, catchy songs, quirky characters; really fun. Captures the essence of Roald Dahl.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Roald Dahl or of musicals.

85
During previews
Hughie
Midtown W
Profound, Slow, Intense, Great staging, Short

See it if Essentially a 60 minute monologue, it was slow but I was moved by the story of one man's loneliness and need for connection. Well acted.

Don't see it if You want something light or funny; this requires total concentration and some will find it slow and/or boring.

40
During previews
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Boring, Silly

See it if Tried to be zany but fell flat; the 70's songs got tedious quickly, the show, while purposely silly, was repetitive and amateurish.

Don't see it if You don't like zany comedy or 70's era pop songs.

25
Plaid Tidings
Midtown E
Banal, Cliched, Insipid, Cringe worthy, Dated

See it if The singing was good, but the writing was embarrassingly corny, and the skits and banter were dated and unfunny. I left at intermission.

Don't see it if You expect a sharp, contemporary show or don't like music from the 50's and early 60's.

20
Old Times
Midtown W
Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow, Incomprehensible

See it if Excruciating, incomprehensible, slow moving, depressing and self indulgent play. A total bore.

Don't see it if You want a lively or engaging, absorbing story.

80
Entertaining, Dated, Happy, Old standards, Delightful

See it if You don't expect a plot, but enjoy a song and dance revue by a joyous, masterful entertainer with occasional autobiographical anecdotes.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy song and dance, or expect a play with plot.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Original

See it if Superb acting, emotionally riveting production of this classic play. Minimalistic, sparse set design.

Don't see it if You want something light and fluffy.

88
Marjorie Prime
Midtown W
Absorbing, Original, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense

See it if Extremely original, thought provoking and well acted. The plot unfolded in three acts, each more riveting than the last

Don't see it if You want something light, fluffy and happy

80
Disappointing, Slow, Failed to engage, Intelligent, Original

See it if Moving, unique story but acting and songs just didn't resonate for me. In particular, Michael Cerveris seemed stiff and uncomfortable.

Don't see it if You're offended by anything gay and lesbian

50
Sylvia
Midtown W
Disappointing, Insipid, Quirky, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if I thought the story was weak and embarrassingly silly. Matthew Broderick seemed to be just going through the motions.

Don't see it if You're looking for a well acted, funny, sharp comedy

90
Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You like an excellent production of this classic play with a great cast. Danny Burstein was wonderful and fresh as Tevye.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of the original play or of musicals in general.

98
Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Original

See it if I loved this so much I saw it twice! Funny, original, GREAT songs, fantastic acting, singing and dancing. Clever Broadway musical references

Don't see it if You're not a musical comedy fan.

90
During previews
Old Hats
Midtown W
Clever, Original, Quirky, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You want to see two masterful physical comedians in unique, funny, wordless sketches with original, quirky music by wonderful Shaina Taub

Don't see it if You need a show with words or you don't like physical comedy

80
War of the Worlds
Greenwich V
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Profound

See it if You like something different and unique

Don't see it if You don't like live readings

84
Southern Comfort
East Village
Original, Thought-provoking, Relevent, Slow, Moving

See it if Unique musical about a trans community in rural Georgia, and the notion of creating a family of choice; was moving but ran too long.

Don't see it if You don't like bluegrass music - it was integral to the rural theme and well done, but got repetitive; if you're not open to LGBT issues.

88
Eclipsed
Midtown W
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Emotional, Intelligent

See it if An acting tour de force for all involved, this is an intense, graphic, emotional story of four captive women during the Liberian civil war.

Don't see it if The heavy accents add authenticity but are sometimes hard to follow. This is an intense play; not for those who prefer a light experience.

88
For a previous production
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Clever, Quirky, Funny, Unique, Original

See it if Unique, absurdist adaptation of Jane Austin's classic. Funny and cleverly done, with actors playing multiple roles and lots of physicality.

Don't see it if If you're not familiar with the story you might be confused; the over-the-top, slapsticky adaptation might offend Austen purists.

84
Babes in Arms
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Dated, Charming, Fluffy

See it if As long as you know this is a low budget staged reading of the classic Rogers and Hart 1937 musical, this is absolutely charming and fun.

Don't see it if You expect costumes or sets, or if actors holding scripts bothers you. But if you can go with the flow, it's a fun night with lots of talent

65
Disappointing, Slow, Failed to engage, Dull, Funny moments

See it if An unexpected twist in an otherwise tepid play; some funny one-liners and good acting by Linda Lavin; the rest of the cast was forgettable.

Don't see it if You want something lively or memorable.

50
Shear Madness
Midtown W
Dated, Cliched, Silly, Trivial, Boring

See it if Banal, silly murder whodunnit that takes place in a hair salon; dated, worn, cliche jokes; audience participation felt like a gimmick.

Don't see it if You're looking for something with substance or you don't like audience participation.

86
Clever, Great writing, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if Climate change explained through one man's exceptional, intelligent, electrifying rap performance. Thought provoking, dynamic and fantastic!

Don't see it if You're a climate change denier.

82
Great dancing, Slow, Romantic, Fell flat, Banal

See it if Gorgeous dancing, but as a fan of the movie it disappoints; a darker take, but there was a lack of chemistry or charisma.

Don't see it if You don't like dance, as this is the focus of the show

90
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Original

See it if Fun, catchy, poppy musical with drag queens, messages about tolerance and self acceptance, and tour de force vocals by Billy Porter

Don't see it if You're offended by drag queens or gay subject matter, or don't like musicals

100
Risque, Clever, Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if Totally original musical that manages to be seriously funny, clever, raunchy and thought provoking at the same time; great music and lyrics

Don't see it if You are offended by irreverent treatment of religion and God

94
During previews
Blackbird
Midtown W
Ambitious, Intense, Riveting, Upsetting, Discomfiting

See it if Riveting, powerful, emotional, intense, uncomfortable story; an acting tour de force for both Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams.

Don't see it if You can't handle strong subject matter or are looking for something light and happy.

65
Untapped!
Midtown W
Entertaining, Youthful, Dancing, Beatboxing, Energetic

See it if Meant for kids and families, it's a not a play, it's an exuberant tap dance and beatboxing concert that's fun, lighthearted and youthful.

Don't see it if You don't like tap dance and beatboxing, or if you mind an audience full of small kids and parents.

66
Snow White
West Village
Edgy, Original, Slow, Confusing, Risque

See it if Very original, risqué, with interesting costumes and sets but confusing and slow. The narration mainly in German only muddled things for me

Don't see it if You are offended by nudity or burlesque.

60
Noises Off
Midtown W
Confusing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Funny, Overrated

See it if You enjoy broad physical comedy. I had trouble following the plot and while the slapstick was well done, I didn't find it funny.

Don't see it if You expect to follow a clear plot; you don't enjoy slapstick.

30
Confusing, Excruciating, Quirky, Amateurish, Silly

See it if Tacky, homemade set and costumes; silly incomprehensible plot; two men playing multiple roles as a farce; didn't work for me.

Don't see it if You expect a professional quality show; you don't like broad farce.

72
Trip of Love
Midtown W
Entertaining, Dated, Fluffy, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if You don't mind pure fluff and a little cheesiness. A guilty pleasure - no plot, but fun songs, great sets, costumes, singing and dancing.

Don't see it if You don't like 60's music or you want a play with substance and plot.

85
Hir
Midtown W
Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if This is not a show for everyone. I was confused and uncomfortable at first, but the second act crystallized everything.

Don't see it if You're easily offended, or are uncomfortable with gay or transgender topics.

40
Dada Woof Papa Hot
Upper W Side
Cliched, Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if Very cliche and self indulgent; I found myself bored and disinterested. The one nude scene was completely unnecessary and gratuitous.

Don't see it if You're offended by anything gay and lesbian, or nudity

98
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Original, Riveting

See it if Unique, absorbing, original story, and the most amazing, ambitious staging and lighting that are an essential part of the plot

Don't see it if You want light and fluffy

90
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Epic

See it if A wonderful, fresh take on this classic show with fantastic staging. Kelli O'Hara and Hoon Lee had palpable chemistry as Anna and the King

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

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Great writing, Must see, Original, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if This show redefines musical theater with it's clever hip hop music, intelligent lyrics and multicultural casting against conventional type

Don't see it if You don't like musical theater or history

40
Allegiance
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Insipid, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You don't mind cliche plot, unmemorable songs, George Takei in a tiny role.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of musicals, if you expect an absorbing show with catchy songs

92
During previews
Prodigal Son
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You want to see a tour de force performance by young actor Timothee Chalamet and a deeply moving autobiographical story.

Don't see it if You want something light and fluffy.