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Norma

Fort Lee | 65+ | Female
About:  Major theatre geek for many years. Actor. Worked as a group leader for TDF for 14 years; had a group of 100 eager theatre-goers. Wrote 3 plays, directed 8 children in these plays as well as costumed and produced them. Usually attend a theatre production several times a week. I enjoy all genres of... Read more Read less
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Preview rsz 1rsz evening at the talkhouse
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Quirky, Excruciating, Indulgent, Confusing, Dizzying

See it if You love Wallace Shawn plays. He is an actor and playwright of this opus. You enjoy plays that go nowhere.

Don't see it if You dislike plays with almost no action. You can't enjoy a play unless it resonates with you and makes sense ! Indulgent playwriting this is

Preview interview
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Absorbing, Great acting, Dizzying, Edgy, Confusing

See it if You enjoy musicals which actually have more in common with opera than musicals. You enjoy stories with a psychological theme.

Don't see it if You can't watch shows that are graphic in their representation of horrific acts ! You don't like shows with more singing than dialogue.

Preview linda
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During previews
Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You enjoy contemporary plays about societal issue. You enjoy plays featuring a female protagonists,theatre that causes you to think !

Don't see it if You are only interested in shows that feature a male protagonist. You want to sit back and just laugh.You dont enjoy plays with young actors

Preview oregon trail
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Banal, Bad dialogue, Amateurish, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You are looking to see a poorly written badly acted drama to compare with the many worthwhile ones being performed now in NY !

Don't see it if You care about plots that make sense. You are wanting to see new terrific young actors deal with a challenging script. Script/acting bad !

Preview manfromnebraska
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During previews
Boring, Indulgent, Great acting, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You like very slow moving plots that seem to take forever to get on a forward track. You enjoy plays about religious faith.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy watching excruciatingly slow plots about middle aged people trying to "find themselves".

Preview rsz 1mark felt
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Intelligent, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You remember "Deep Throat" from the Watergate scandals+want to know more about the circumstances of the important role he played in gov't.

Don't see it if You can't deal with a show on its feet for the first time as a staged reading. You don't enjoy cabaret style satirical comedy.

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During previews
Masterful, Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to see an absolutely brilliant production of a powerful and realistic play by a fine American playwright !

Don't see it if No reasons NOT to see this except if you have major difficulty hearing and understanding a heavy African American dialect.

Preview homos1
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Ambitious, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy shows depicting a very typical gay NY experience as societal norms change through the years.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with graphic sex portrayed on stage. You have no interest in the problems that gays face in their daily interactions.

Preview rancho viejo white
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Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want to see a very Southern California style show. If you know what I mean by that expression you will probably enjoy this play !

Don't see it if You are looking for a classic comedy. This plays veers off into many unusual directions. Fast action is your thing. Play has 2 intermissions

Preview oh hello
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Refreshing, Hilarious, Great acting, Delightful, Clever

See it if You love all styles of comedy as this original show is a pastiche of comedic styles. You are a NY'er or you are familiar with life in NYC.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional style play. You don't enjoy stand up. You want to watch high brow comedy. This is wonderfully low brow !

Preview eat your science white
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Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You are a huge Alton Brown fan. You want something totally different from other shows. You enjoy watching scientific experimentation.

Don't see it if You don't like a variety style show including audience participation that includes some corny comedy. This is in no way a play.

Preview don t you say white
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Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You want to see a clever satire on both male sports frenzy and male-female relationships.

Don't see it if You need an elaborate set and costumes to feel engaged in a play. You want to leave the theatre with a plot worth serious debate.

Preview shades2
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During previews
Cliched, Boring, Morbid, Depressing, Slow

See it if Unrelentingly heavy dramas about the effects of war on families with lots of dialogue about death are your cup of tea.

Don't see it if You are already feeling depressed about current events this will push you deeper into gloom. You've had your fill of PTSD themed dramas.

Also I met another show score member who had just seen this play while we w... Read more Read less

Preview rsz harvest
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Intense, Edgy, Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy shows based solely on religion and religious activity. You enjoy themes about millennials trying to find themselves.

Don't see it if A one theme show is not something that interests you. The problems and passions of Evangelicals aren't of much interest to you.

Also Confession: I and my friend actually fell asleep watching this play la... Read more Read less

Preview in the room
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Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You are a theatre insider or otherwise familiar with the playwriting process. Written with great insight into the room where it happpens !

Don't see it if You don't like or understand plays about "the writers process. You are looking for lots of action. This is a real relationship play.

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Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Going down a biographical road with a fine comedian/actress who tells hilarious and very poignant stories is for you. You are Jewish !

Don't see it if You don't enjoy one person shows. You are not familiar with the very iconic Jewish sense of humor and can't appreciate it. Otherwise see it!

Preview the collector 2
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During previews
Riveting, Masterful, Outstanding direction, Outstanding acting, Terrifying

See it if You want to see the most powerful, mesmerizing play in town ! A black box theatre with just 3 rows of seats, you are in the action ! See it

Don't see it if You can't deal with situations of certain violence. This play will positively make you feel claustrophobic as it does the fine actress in it

Also I hope every show score member will see this brand new spectacular pla... Read more Read less

Preview notes from the field white
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During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You have been living under a rock and are unaware of the school to prison pipeline in our black communities. Being yelled at is OK with you

Don't see it if You are wanting to see a play. This is a lecture using drama technique and graphic photographs and text. Belaboring a point not OK with you

Preview realactors
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Insipid, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Amateurish

See it if You are friends with a cast or crew member. You have a passion unquenched for back stage musicals. Shows that are going nowhere are for you.

Don't see it if You want a polished musical with good writing and a believable plot. All that matters to you is to be able to say "well they tried".

Preview ttb
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During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great singing, Great acting, Heartbreaking

See it if You appreciate skilled and original writing. You like a variety of musical styles in one show. You want to know the story of Larson pre Rent

Don't see it if You will be disturbed by the sense of doom in a young life that we now know was eerily prescient ! Eclectic musicals are not your thing.

Also I saw the third preview of Rent. Jonathan had just died and the theatr... Read more Read less

Preview maestro white
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Original, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You love anything and everything about Leonard Bernstein ! You would enjoy a trip down the special memory lane that is Bernstein !

Don't see it if You don't enjoy one person shows. You are looking for a show with a plot. Bernstein is just a name to you. This is a love letter to his fans

Preview final
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During previews
Resonant, Original, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Albee, Guare and McNally are playwrights you admire. Bartlett belongs in this genre of playwrights. Characters shown as teens, 30's and 50's

Don't see it if You can't deal with realistic portraits of not so perfect people at different points in their lives. You don't like satire. Brit accents !

Also I thought this play was terrific ! Tonight was the first night of perf... Read more Read less

Preview fdfd
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Morbid, Depressing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You really enjoy scene after scene of a dying man and people hanging over the bedside. You need to see every Julia Cho play.

Don't see it if You are wanting to see a play that leaves you smiling and pleased you made the effort to spend your evening at a brand new play !

Preview undergroundrailroad
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During previews
Bizarre, Edgy, Quirky, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if You are willing to let any and all preconceptions of what theatre is or should be go out of your mind. Raw violence and sex on stage !

Don't see it if You can't deal with theatre way outside the box. You are put off by sexual activity and violence on stage. You dislike audience participatio

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Resonant, Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to see 3 of the best one acts performed in NY this season ! The 3 are totally different in every respect and each is a jewel !

Don't see it if You want to see a full length play. That is absolutely the ONLY reason not to see this trio of terrific dramas ! Each is perfect !

Preview the penitent
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During previews
Thought-provoking, Slow, Indulgent, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You absolutely have to see every Mamet play ! You enjoy plays that focus on nothing else but dialogue. You enjoy courtroom style dramas.

Don't see it if You need lots of action to keep your interest. You are not a fan of Mamet's unique style of writing dialogue or the technicalities of law.

Preview if i forget key art   show score
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During previews
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy plays with a serious message about families that seem to have everything on the surface. Plays with a Jewish theme intrigue you.

Don't see it if You want a show 90 minutes or less, this is a full length play. You don't enjoy domestic dramas.Family discord distresses you.

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Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Any theayreaholic would love this evening !

Don't see it if You have no interest in mixing with theatre aficionados !

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During previews
Slow, Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You enjoy slow moving melodrama with no characters to care about. You enjoy watching actors trying to rescue a bad script by overacting.

Don't see it if You are looking for a cleverly plotted mystery-melodrama. Bad character acting bothers you. You have seen the promos for this.

Also The promos are far better than the play and you will be disappointed.

Preview 299518
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During previews
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Contemporary drama about socially and politically relevant themes are your thing. You enjoy shows about developing relationships.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy two-handers. You need elaborate sets and costumes to make a play enjoyable to you. You can't deal with raw language.

Preview holden white
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Excruciating, Pretentious, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You enjoy spending 90 minutes trying to figure out what you are watching and why ! You don't mind pretentious drivel mascarading as art !

Don't see it if You are expecting a well thought out new way of appreciating and looking at A Catcher in the Rye. Very loud sounds of gun shots throughout !

Preview life is for living white
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During previews
Intelligent, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You are a Coward fan or you are curious about him. A cabaret style show is your thing. You know his plays but not his poetry or music.

Don't see it if You are looking for a play about Coward. This is a wonderfully entertaining duo performance an actor/singer and a pianist but not a play !

Preview rsz the babylon line
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Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Slow

See it if You are a huge Richard Greenberg fan. You are a huge fan of any of the actors. You enjoy plays set on L.I.

Don't see it if Slow-moving dramadies are not your thing. You want to feel that the play has given you something interesting and/or unusual to talk about.

Preview taste mc 11 1 orig
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Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Nostalgic

See it if A picture postcard of women's lives in the 1950's and the late 1960's. Wonderful costumes, hairdos and set design !

Don't see it if You are looking for a deep and or serious show. This is most definitely NOT that ! If you don't enjoy sashaying down memory lane !

Preview adogstory
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Fluffy, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if Mediocre writing and outdated non pc relationships don't make you cringe. You like predictable rom-com situations and endings.

Don't see it if You are wanting to see an up to date comedy with nuanced acting and intriguing characters and interesting and subtle plot lines.

Preview the milkman s sister
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Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like shows that are based on historical events. Great characterizations are important to you. Plays about family relationships intrigue.

Don't see it if You are looking to see a comedy. Although there are a few comedic moments in this new play it is thought provoking and serious and terrific

Preview rsz plenty
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Intense, Overrated, Edgy, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if You are a major fan of all David Hare plays. You love intense twisted hard to follow plots.

Don't see it if You can't get a seat in the front ! I was in the next to last row and found it very hard to get involved because it is very important to be

Also Able to hear every word and see every facial gesture and expression to... Read more Read less

Preview in transit
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During previews
Great writing, Relevant, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You are a New Yorker who enjoys seeing yourself and others in relatable and real situations. You enjoy a variety of musical styles. Premiere

Don't see it if You don't like contemporary musicals. You can't relate to every day life in NYC. Otherwise see it ! I predict it will become a big hit !

Also An acappella musical well-done original and fun ! The audience today g... Read more Read less

Preview frontpage
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Relevant, Clever, Dated, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Nathan Lane does a star turn, John Slattery is excellent and other well-known actors fill out the cast. Period drama/comedy also uses farce

Don't see it if Plenty of non politically correct language and plot that takes awhile to get started in a play that runs over 2 1/2 hours is not for you.

Also Nathan Lane pretty nearly chews the scenery in this period piece and h... Read more Read less

Preview poppers penguins white
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Great staging, Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You enjoy children's theatre using puppets. The acting, directing and singing are just delightful. My 5 year old granddaughter + I loved it

Don't see it if You are looking for a sophisticated show like Harry Potter. This is aimed at younger children with easy to follow plot and using puppets.

Preview communion us white
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Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal, Slow, Cliched

See it if You like plays that are so slow you feel as if you could drive a train through the pauses between lines. Fly on the wall at therapy sessions

Don't see it if You want to see a well directed play that is original and holds your interest. Dysfunctional family plots are not your thing.

Preview what we re up against white
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Intense, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of Mamet. You like plays about office politics, male-female sparring and competition and one upsmanship. It plays with words !

Don't see it if You are wanting to see a rollicking comedy. You don't tolerate shouting and characters who talk over one another. Is real life on stage !

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During previews
Cliched, Resonant, Slow, Entertaining, Dated

See it if You haven't seen enough shows that end with death because of AIDS. Constantly moving around the blocks that make up the sparse set is OK.

Don't see it if You're looking to see a show with a happy ending. You're tired of shows that are more about relationships than circumstances.

Preview life white
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During previews
Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Depressing, Doom and gloom

See it if You enjoy watching a scene in a morgue featuring a dead body being readied for burial. You have to see every D H Pierce show.

Don't see it if You are not in the mood to get quite depressed. Characters whose main characteristic is feeling sorry for themselves are not your thing.

Also I did not like this show at all. Bock wrote it to deal with the shock ... Read more Read less

Preview public enemy white
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During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You want to see Erin Brockovitch in a different time and place. You love Ibsen and never miss a production of one of his plays. 90m version.

Don't see it if You don't like abbreviated versions of classic plays. Don't see it if backstory is an important element of drama for you. You want perfect !

Preview birds white
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Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You need to see every version of The Birds ! You need to see all off off Broadway shows. You don't care about the quality of shows you see.

Don't see it if You are offended by actors performing in the nude literally in front of your face ! You don't like shows that drag and use repetitive dialog

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During previews
Resonant, Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy theatre based on historical events. You enjoy theatre that centers around politics and policy. I found this play riveting.

Don't see it if You are looking for a satire of the Bush Presidency. Listening to a recital of the Bush Era war crimes in a courtroom setting would disturb.

Also I think this is a brilliant and important new play. The playwright use... Read more Read less

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Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy being one of the first to see an original musical. You enjoy shows with a historical and political theme + audience participation.

Don't see it if You only enjoy very polished, perfect productions. This show is a work in progress. You don't like shows that break the fourth wall.

Also I saw the 3rd performance of this brand new unusual style musical toda... Read more Read less

Preview thevanity
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During previews
Clunky, Amateurish, Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if There is no reason to see this show unless you are a spouse or parent of a cast or crew member.

Don't see it if You dislike being trapped for an hour before intermission at a hopeless attempt at a new musical ! I have rarely seen anything so amateurish

Preview summer shorts white
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Raunchy, Insipid, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy plays laced with lots of profanity. You especially enjoy watching mediocre plays being performed by talented actors.

Don't see it if Profanity used excessively is not your thing. You are not in the mood to be indulgent about less than proficient contemporary playwriting.