Not That Martha

New York City | 65+ | Female

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Reviews (43)
75
Voyeristic drama of a gay couple

See it if you're interested in an intense drama of a interracial gay couple,artist & patron, with a mom, 3 gospel singers and pool thrown in.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with male nudity or an evolving homosexual relationship in multi layered plot of racism, ageism, art and money.

Also The setting is Bel Air and the set is the house which is absolutely ma... Read more Read less

70
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy a story that takes place over a couple of hundred years, of a black woman facing racism. Quincy Tyler Bernstine is brilliant.

Don't see it if you enjoy theater that is non linear. The subject of a black Jamaican woman trying to make a difference as a nurse, gets lost in mayhem.

75
During previews
Great singing, Cutsy with boundless teenage energy

See it if you want to see a musical with 90's music about high schoolers with boundless energy and teenage dilemma's.

Don't see it if you hate being entertained by loud music, terrific singing and dancing to 90's music with a storyline that's light and fluffy.

Also The story reminds me of Emma by Jane Austen in that the road to hell i... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like a smart script about the politics of a mayoral election in 70's Albany. Edie Falco is perfection!

Don't see it if if you're turned off to politics and what goes on behind the scenes or if foul language with lots of f-bombs offends you.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if you are a teenager or can empathize with one who feels like they don't fit in with the"cool"kids in school. A musical with a talented cast.

Don't see it if you don't like contemporary themes about teenage angst although you will miss a multi-talented cast of great voices and perfect timing.

81
Great acting, Slow, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if an intimate drama on a small stage works for you.She,a famous writer, he,a naïve seminarian, 20 yrs her junior.They meet again after 25yrs.

Don't see it if multiple themes including religion, suicide, euthanasia are not of interest to you.

Also The first act was too lengthy. The acting was superb.

82
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Powerfully moving

See it if you are ready for a one-woman show narrating her evolving story of love and loss. So beautifully executed that one forgets she is acting.

Don't see it if you cannot bear profane language, a British accent or a one-woman show. But boy oh boy, will you ever miss seeing a great performance!

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if a fascinating historical middle east peace deal by unlikely interlocutors, peaks your interest. It is beautifully written and well-acted.

Don't see it if you are not into historical events or are tired of listening to the Arab Israeli stalemate.

60
Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Excruciating, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in watching intense monologues of women who've been victimized by sex-trafficking, rape, prostitution and body shaming.

Don't see it if you are not prepared to watch 80 minutes of female objectification with profane language of male genitalia as instruments of subjugation.

71
Imaginative

See it if you like a campy comedy about imaginary homosexual encounters between two closeted iconic writers of mid 20th century.

Don't see it if homosexuality is a theme that doesn't interest you. The portrayal of a raunchy Tennessee Williams is in contrast to an uptight William Inge.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you go for a beautifully crafted drama with well-defined characters depicting the lives of jazz musicians set in post-war Detroit. Poignant!

Don't see it if you are interested in a jazz musical. This is a drama interlaced with moments of music and comedy.

75
During previews
Clever, Edgy, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a thought-provoking two-woman show based on a biological future. Great dramatic visual and audio staging with synchronized acting.

Don't see it if you have no interest in a futuristic dystopic view of the world.

80
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant

See it if you enjoy klezmer music in a epic tale of a Jewish immigrant couple coming to America in early 1900's.The narrator steals the show.

Don't see it if you’ve seen Amerike–The Golden Land and don’t want to see a repeat in English. There is some profanity.

75
Entertaining, Great acting, Dated, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you are a Sondheim fan who enjoys a touching musical about beauty queens from the 30's and '40's who reminisce about their lives.

Don't see it if you prefer a linear story with rap music and modern dance. There is a lot going on although it is slow-moving at times.

Also The costumes are beautiful. I don't think film does it justice. It is ... Read more Read less

83
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a funny feminist musical revue made up of skits about politics, motherhood, relationships, homophobia, a few of the themes.

Don't see it if you are allergic to x-rated language, sexual material, or feminist issues. Oh and of course if you can't laugh about DJT.

Also This company of 5 women lead by Katie Goodman, are so talented both vo... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like a brilliant, funny one-woman show as she grapples with prejudice(including her own) in her small town in the Texas heartland.

Don't see it if you have no tolerance for diversity and are allergic to a Texas drawl.

Also Along with a brilliant script, an amazing unaffected actor portrays th... Read more Read less

78
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Funny

See it if like a one-woman show that has a plot with a twist.What starts off as a "whodunit" becomes a woman in the midst of a mental breakdown.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable watching a woman devolve into her imaginary life.

Also You will be totally engaged in the outcome.

65
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Boring

See it if you want to see a quiet, slow-moving musical. The musicians are terrific, but the dialogue is tepid at best. The band's finale was perfect!

Don't see it if your idea of a Broadway musical is fun and exciting.

88
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you enjoy a play about a historical figure that is imaginative, funny, clever, operatic yet full of pathos at the same time.

Don't see it if are not interested in being transported to the royal kingdom of 18th century Spain.

99
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Must see

See it if you enjoy a brilliant experience with an original script, great singing, modern dance and clever poetry done in rap!

Don't see it if you simply hate musicals no matter what.

83
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy great writing, good acting and a story about a woman unravelling at work and home.

Don't see it if you've overdosed on women's angst about aging in the workplace as well as a marriage becoming undone

85
During previews
Funny, Great singing, Profound, Great writing

See it if you are nostalgic about the Jewish immigrant experience settling in NYC. The Yiddish jokes may not be understood by al

Don't see it if you don't like to read subtitles if you don't speak Yiddish.

87
Great staging, Profound, Intense, Masterful

See it if a story depicting Jews' experiences in Vilna during WWII is of interest The story is based on the true events which makes it very compelling

Don't see it if you are not interested in a Holocaust story,It is lengthy although there is some relief with singing,an innovative set and great acting!

81
Clever, Funny, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if a dramedy about racism in Old Hollywood interests you. The black characters face prejudice with stalwart determination to succeed

Don't see it if you prefer a linear plot. The first act is comedic while the second discusses race in America more seriously.Also, it tends to drag on.

80
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Clever

See it if you enjoy a satire about being poor and black in Brooklyn. Despite Undine's effort to better herself, she soon realizes what's important.

Don't see it if you have a hard time with a comedy about stereotypical characters in the inner city who have drug problems.

39
During previews
Disappointing, Insipid, Slow, Banal

See it if you'd like to witness a 2hr show about Richard Wagner & his wife's anti-Semitic rants with an attempt at redemption at the end.

Don't see it if you cringe at listening to a slow play about the couple's racist views, attempting to make it absurd but failing miserably.

Also The play needs some serious editing. It is way too long and too confus... Read more Read less

80
Delightful, Nostalgic, Entertaining

See it if you wax nostalgic on shows choreographed by Jerome Robbins. The opening song "On The Town" performed on the deck of the Intrepid was magical

Don't see it if a panel of experts, current and former actor/dancers, & choreographer discussing Robbins' techniques genius is not of interest to you.

Also The opening was terrific! I wish there was more!

80
Charming, Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Must see

See it if you want a nostalgic look back at women's roles over the last century depicted in musical revue of popular songs of each era. Fun time!

Don't see it if you prefer elaborate musical productions or would hate being part of an audience, mostly of women, who are singing and clapping along.

Also The four women revue was fantastic! Each had stage presence and beauti... Read more Read less

72
Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Confusing

See it if you are ready to watch a lonely motherless 15 yo girl seeking love from her dad, gets rejected & acts out sexually in her desperation.

Don't see it if you find it difficult to see a young girl be demeaned by her father and watch her misguided attempts to use sex as a way to receive love.

Also Beware that there is adult sexual language as well as a scene where sh... Read more Read less

49
During previews
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you are into watching dysfunctional characters in a family drama, who cannot relate to each other. There are a few sad attempts at comedy.

Don't see it if you have anything better to do. None of the characters garnered any sympathy although they each portrayed a disassociated person in society.

76
During previews
Great acting, Intense

See it if you enjoy a classical production of Othello with well-acted lead roles, Iago in particular,all in period costumes,under an open starry night

Don't see it if you are unable to sit through a little under 3 hours of Shakespearean dialogue of heavy exhausting drama.

Also Even a racoon made an entrance (and quick departure) at the beginning ... Read more Read less

42
Ambitious, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you like a long-winded family drama. The story of a pining daughter for her long-lost father gets lost in the multiple plot lines.

Don't see it if you like a concise, well-crafted story that has a linear plot line. Needs some serious editing.

76
During previews
Sultry, seething southern gothic

See it if you are a Tennessee Williams devotee. The story depicts southern Gothic life with lead characters who are both passionate and melancholy.

Don't see it if you prefer a fast-paced action drama or hate minimalistic productions. The story has depth but at a slow burn.

49
Disappointing

See it if you might like a contemporary take on the Trojan War based on the classic Greek characters who move across a very small stage.

Don't see it if unless you are a fan of Austin Pendleton although he too seemed bored.

Also The women (Cassandra, Hecuba and Helen), the central characters, did t... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you like to see a white academic couple grapple with issues of racial entitlement both in their workplace and at home. There is humor too.

Don't see it if you are not open-minded about affirmative action.You can't tolerate hearing white privileged teens rant although the end will surprise you.

Also Notice the stairs on the set. It is also symbolic.

60
During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you are a fan of a story that takes place in 1993 with vapid characters who have no chemistry. It is slow-moving, with jokes that fall flat.

Don't see it if you expect to either laugh or cry after watching a romantic comedy. It does not seem believable. The ending was disappointing.

Also The set was beautiful. The lighting was exquisite and very romantic.

79
Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Unusual

See it if you enjoy an ensemble cast morphing into several of Chekhov's short stories. There is a mix of comedy, drama, romance as well as the absurd.

Don't see it if you prefer to see a show with a linear plot. The staging is minimal but there are lots of costume changes to fit the storylines.

Also The Russian ethos is evident although some of the songs are modern. Am... Read more Read less

84
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in her life from a young girl born into slavery to her harrowing escape to freedom and triumph over it. Poignant & funny

Don't see it if you don't like a one-woman show or have difficulty understanding the southern dialect of the uneducated negro born into slavery in that era.

70
Relevant, Great acting, Quirky, Overreaching

See it if you are interested in a dysfunctional family, each unravelling in their individual dramas while living under the same roof.

Don't see it if are trying to escape the reality of current modern society and it's impact on folks who are trying their best despite the odds against them.

75
For a previous production
Entertaining, Funny, Slapstick, Campy

See it if you or your kids enjoy a good hearty slapstick comedy - no vulgarity or profanity-Reminiscent of Carol Burnett's TV skits.

Don't see it if you don't like a campy comedy although I dare you not to laugh at times. Overall good fun!

85
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Clever, Raunchy

See it if you enjoy an irreverent musical comedy about Mormons specifically and religion in general.

Don't see it if you cannot tolerate vulgar language or sexual references that might be uncomfortable.

95
Absorbing, Funny, Great singing, Must see, Great writing

See it if you like an intelligent, skillfully-written original play done as a musical.

Don't see it if you still cannot see anything related to the event of 9/11/2001.

Also The cast was totally absorbed in their roles and created an amazing ex... Read more Read less

70
Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're interested in watching slow-moving verbose dialogue.

Don't see it if you get bored easily