NYC Nancy

New York City | Female
About:  Native NYer, has been in love with the theater since I saw my first play at age 8.
Reviews (77)
78
During previews
Relevant, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like off-off B’way, good acting & singing. Funny & poignant story about illegal immigrants & delightful women operating a funeral home.

Don't see it if you’re not a supporter of off-off B’way or plays that are still in development. The author has made a good effort, but still needs some TLC

79
Great acting, Ambitious, Resonant, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if you have an interest in the lives of young Jewish women. This delightful show deals with the diaspora, sexism & family issues. Quite moving.

Don't see it if If you have no interest in Jewish issues, or are not interested in seeing a play that only has female cast members.

84
Resonant, Must see, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you do or don’t have interest in politics. The play is an opportunity to be reminded about why our gov’t does and doesn’t work. Great acting

Don't see it if you’rec not in the mood for an intellectuallly stimulanting experience.

31
During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you want to see a game of snooker played on stage, or enjoy an overload of malapropisms.

Don't see it if your interested in seeing something fresh. This play is a rehash of stilted old jokes and cardboard characters

80
During previews
Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate excellent acting, superb writing & a riveting story about WW1. Shane O’Regan is a gifted young actor, with a great future!

Don't see it if you are not a fan of war dramas or One Man plays.

44
During previews
Fluffy, Indulgent, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you missed Three Tall Women, and want to see something about one woman in various stages of life. But be prepared to be disappointed..

Don't see it if you like well written and smartly acted plays. Staging reminiscent of a NYC subway platform... white tile/people furniture move from tunnel.

70
During previews
Entertaining, Relevant, Great singing

See it if you are interested in a evening listening to a partial history of Afro- American music, especially the great 20th century Bluesmen.

Don't see it if you have no interest in listening to one man singing the blues for 90 minutes.

66
During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Dated

See it if you’re a fan of Gurney, or have deep interest in how the fourth wall affects the theater of life

Don't see it if you’re not in the mood for a thoughtful, off-beat evening of theater

76
Slow, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you have any interest in the artists Caravaggio & Artemisia Gentelieschi (sp?). Perfect setting, an eerie choir loft in dilapidated church.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the artists, have an aversion to creepy spaces or sitting on a wooden bench for almost 2 hours.

96
During previews
Masterful, Epic, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of either the great author Edward Albee or the brilliant actress Glenda Jackson. A theater lovers dream come true.

Don't see it if if you just go to the theater to be entertained. This is a funny, but very thoughtful play that requires the theatergoer to LISTEN and THINK

82
Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you have been a school teacher, or have had long meeting with people who are insecure and love cliches. Great acting and script. Hilarious!

Don't see it if you’re not in the mood for a very clever play about a group of 1980s teachers, trying to be “all grown -up”, but are adolescents at heart.

68
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You’re interested in fine acting in a play about a multi- generational, middle class, Muslim family in a complex urban environment.

Don't see it if You have no interest in a very complex story about a Muslim family that includes int’l politics, family status and corporate issues.

82
Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you’re a fan of great acting, and relish the opportunity to sit up-close and personal to enjoy the performance

Don't see it if you’re not a fan of one man shows, or dealing with the raw emotions of mental illness.

66
Dated, Banal, Cliched, Great acting

See it if you’re under 50 and trying to “find yourself”, or figure out what life’s all about. Good ensemble acting, Polly Draper is especially winning

Don't see it if your not interested in seeing stock figures deal with stereotypical problems of life. Oh so predictable! Basic premise was unbelievable.

82
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you’ve ever thought of tripping out on magic mushrooms, or are searching for a way to deal with OCD. Adam Strauss is a gifted actor.

Don't see it if you are not an adventurous person, have no feeling for the person seeking to find a way to gain control over OCD or dislike one man plays.

61
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you’re interested in a somewhat modern take on this classic story, or if you desire to see every production having to do with Oedipus.

Don't see it if you’re expecting a spot-on production. All of the actors work hard; skills vary from fair to good. I left the theater feeling nothing.

89
During previews
Great staging, Refreshing, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you like talented people, & are ready to experience their love, fear of loss/rejection & ability to deal with the unknown thru personal song

Don't see it if you only like traditional plays with costumes, scenery. Be ready for simple, creative staging, with very effective lighting design.

79
During previews
Intelligent, Hilarious, Great acting, Delightful, Clever

See it if you’re a fan of John L. Brilliant, biting script and delivery. Impossible to take your eyes off the stage, or lose your concentration.

Don't see it if you’re not a fan of John L, or snappy NY humor.

69
The film is far better, Disappointing

See it if you have not seen the film, are easily swayed by what the critics say, are big fan of Tony S, interested in Israeli or Egyptian tales

Don't see it if you saw the film, you’ll be very disappointed. Much more nuance and sense of reality in the film. The play’s characters are plastic.

61
Disappointing, Overrated, Great acting

See it if You have an overwhelming need to see everything that the Brit’s think is great.

Don't see it if you’re expecting anything new, or mind messy plots.

26
Excruciating, Indulgent, Intense, Slow, Great acting

See it if you’re interested in great acting spoiled by a sermon- filled script written by a Dr. Seuss wannabe on speed.

Don't see it if You’re prepared to sit with hands over your ears, to avoid the rat-at-tat of dialogue that is filled with low-level platitudes.

76
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you're interested in a mind-bending look at 3 brilliant men who admit their own failures and attempt an intellectual rewrite of the bible.

Don't see it if you're a fundamentalist, or don't want to be challenged with facts presented with sparkling dialogue. Bring a sweater - cold theater.

53
During previews
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow

See it if 59E59 is convenient to where you live, or if you are a fan of one of the very fine actors. Good set design.

Don't see it if your interested in a play that provides dramatic tension. After first 10 minutes, you'll know exactly where the plot is going.

68
Confusing, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy supporting off-off-bway productions, and young actors - all of whom are talented, hard working and committed to their craft.

Don't see it if don't have interest in low-budget, work-in-process productions, with a cast of recent grads & a playwright who is still developing her voice

60
Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if the crisis in Syria is an issue that you are only vaguely aware of, and want to know how it has effected the lives of it's people.

Don't see it if you're looking for a play that's truly sensetive to the Syrian crisis. The young actors are quite good and compelling,

Also Unfortunately, the staging and dialogue need alot of work. I understan... Read more Read less

66
Stereotypical characters, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if ...you’re interested the dangers of using science to enhance marketing techniques. Also a story that combines Pygmalion & Frankenstein.

Don't see it if You expect a well cast play. The part of Marc was well cast & well developed. The characters, Stephen and Amy were not well written or cast.

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Funny

See it if ..you have any interest in art, especially in Chris Burden, his performance art, and pursuit of the question “what is art”. Fascinating!

Don't see it if Both plays were well acted. The first portion was way too loud, and except for the video, had no apparent relationship to Jackson Pollock.

50
During previews
Disappointing, Indulgent, Great acting, Relevant, Overrated

See it if you’re a fan of Ms. Jones, or Messrs. Radcliffe & Carnavalle, and have some interest in how the “sausage gets made” in the newsroom.

Don't see it if you’re expecting some hard-hitting, thought piece relating to truth vs “truthiness.” The playwriter is more interested in humor than drama.

Also I had the feeling that the playwright became bored with his own play .... Read more Read less

64
During previews
Banal, Indulgent, Overrated, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of any of the fine actors in this play. Mesdames Delaney, DeLaria, Waynans and others are excellent, and interact beautifully.

Don't see it if you’re interested in a polished script. The sophisticated theater-goer, will easily predict the jokes & plot well in advance of the action.

94
Riveting, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Enchanting

See it if you enjoyed Come From Away and Dear Evan Hansen. This is an exceptionally well written play that was brilliantly acted. Bravo to Jenn & cast

Don't see it if you require a fully staged play. Even without costumes and theatrical staging this play is a winner.

90
Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if you’re ready for a smart, funny light musical that has a 5 star cast, interesting characters and plot, and a bit of rhyme, Just for Fun!!!!

Don't see it if you not in the mood for a slightly bawdy musical, with an emhasis on silly.

75
Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You’re a fan of Ms. Morriseau, and tales. of being black in Detroit in the. 1940s. Great acting and thoughtfull script

Don't see it if you can’t handle loud gunshots, or tales of days gone by

91
During previews
Intelligent, Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy exceptionally well written, clever plays, with great acting and gorgeous costumes. A love of rhyme and double entendres is a +.

Don't see it if if you are not quick to understand whip smart repartee, hate period pieces or plays that require you to pay attention to who’s who!

90
Entertaining, Relevant, Delightful

See it if you’re interested in the history of NYC theater; and want to hear a curator explain the NYP Library’s quest to preserve that history.

Don't see it if the history of theater doesn’t excite you; if you don’t like libraries or theatrical artifacts, moving through narrow aisles.

79
Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you’re a “junkie for politics”. The playwrite does an excellent job of laying bare the power of lobbyists in DC. Excellent acting!

Don't see it if you have no interest in politics, or on the other hand, need a “ mental vacation” from the the ugliness that is our government.

82
Relevant, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you’re interested in the real life stories of two amazing black sisters, who lived to be 100+. Stories of family, education and racism.

Don't see it if you only like big Broadway shows. This is a two person play in a very tiny off-off Broadway theater. No special effects, music or denouement

49
Amateurish, dull, Disappointing

See it if you’re a strong supporter of The Sheen and don’t mind seeing a great play performed by a group of actors that need more training.

Don't see it if you value your time. I left during intermission.

24
Disappointing, Indulgent, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if your ready for an evening of bad acting and singing, together with an insipid, dated story by a writer who failed script writing 101!

Don't see it if you dread the thought of listening to a woman attempting to sing like Judy Garland, but unfortunately, sounds more like Al Jolsen!

97
Refreshing, Intelligent, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you’re interested in Great Theater performed by one of today’s most brilliant actors, Mark Rylance. Pure Genius. Iestyn Davis voice is magic

Don't see it if you have no interest in thinking about the subtleties of dialogue, performance, plot or the underlying meaning of a theatrical experience

83
Relevant, Resonant, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if your interested to see how teenage girls can be both bitchy and supportive of one another. Excellent characterizations.

Don't see it if your not interested how girls learn about emotional strength and what it means to become self- actualized.

62
Disappointing, Confusing, Intense, Great acting

See it if you have an interest in gun control, campus shootings, troubled students, self-involved professors, lack of psych rescources on campus.

Don't see it if you can’t handle the loud sound of gun shots. You want to see a well written play that achieves its goal.

69
During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you have interest in how immigrants from eastern european countries, that had a history of severe social problems, try to fit in to the US

Don't see it if your looking for a linear play that is understandable. Two talented women caught in a mess of a play, Thankfully,it was short.

60
Great staging, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You’re anticipating a future living like a mole......underground. Or see it if you think that robots are under-represented in the theater.

Don't see it if If you’re hoping to see a play that doesn’t telegraph in act 1 scene 2 exactly how the rest of the play is going to move forward.

93
Intelligent, Great writing, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to be over-whelmed by brilliant writing and acting. The energy produced by the actors will have you wound-up for days. Bravo !

Don't see it if if you can’t handle two guys with only street creds discuss god, right vs. wrong, the limits of friendship/responsibility or the F word.

69
Ambitious, Confusing, Relevant

See it if Alaska is of major importance to you. The play, with 3 talented, committed performers, deals with far too many issues in 90 minutes.

Don't see it if you’re expecting a linear play. It’s rather disjointed- indigenous people, polar bears, global warming, history, snowmobiles, tourism, etc.

81
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you ever dreamed of what it was like living in Paris in the Roaring ‘20s, when Josephine Baker was the biggest name in town!

Don't see it if you’re not comfortable with nudity or off color jokes.

91
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if your ready for a unique & intelligent update on the Scarlett Letter, including allusions to Brecht and Sweeney Todd. Superb cast and script!

Don't see it if the sight of blood is something that you can't deal with or are uncomfortable with the themes of abortion, rape and abuse of women's souls.

75
During previews
Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you're interested in Dinsen, the charismatic woman and outstanding writer. The play offers an expanded view of this fascinating person.

Don't see it if you don't know about Dinsen, who is played as a creative, manipulative person. Without prior knowledge of ID, the play would be difficult.

51
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing, Slow

See it if you can manage to concentrate solely on the beautiful music and luscious visuals, but most important --- tune out Vincent.

Don't see it if you expect to relate to VVG as an artist or as a person.

Also The director did a major disservice to the theater loving public, and ... Read more Read less

64
Ambitious, Overrated, Quirky

See it if You crave a live group experience & like audience participation. Great fun for a young audience. See it if you can't get tix to Ghost Light

Don't see it if you are an experienced theater-goer- you'll be bored. Also, don't see it if you don't like walking around in dark empty rooms.