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 (85)
86
During previews
Dizzying, Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you admire great acting. and a relevant, thought-provoking evening in the theatre.

Don't see it if you don’t care for 1 man plays, or plays about racial issues. Don’t go if you’re just in the mood to be “entertained”...it’ requires thougt

67
Ink
Midtown W
Dated, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if like many other reviewer, I thought that the acting was excellent. Bertie Carvel, was new a new name for me, and I found him to be excellent

Don't see it if you want a compelling play. My expectations were dashed. English accents unusually heavy, and lots of fast talk made it hard to follow,

90
Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you appreciate thoughtful, we’ll acted musicals.

Don't see it if I can’t think of a reason not to enjoy this play!

49
During previews
The White Devil
West Village
Disappointing, Confusing

See it if ... you are familiar with the script, and want to see it staged.

Don't see it if you’re not prepared for a very “wordy” play that just seems to go on and on. Dated story,far too long, acting varies from good to mediocre.

78
During previews
City of No Illusions
East Village
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Relevant

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
Delightful, Refreshing, Resonant, Ambitious, Great acting

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
Absorbing, Intelligent, Must see, Resonant

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
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

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
Private Peaceful
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent

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
Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
Disappointing, Overrated, Indulgent, Fluffy

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
Lonesome Blues
Midtown E
Great singing, Relevant, Entertaining

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
The Fourth Wall
Midtown W
Dated, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

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
Moth & Flame
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Intelligent, Slow

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
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Epic, Masterful

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
Miles for Mary
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Great writing

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
An Ordinary Muslim
East Village
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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
Diary of a Madman
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant

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
20th Century Blues
Midtown W
Great acting, Cliched, Banal, Dated

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
The Mushroom Cure
East Village
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

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
Oedipus El Rey
East Village
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

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
Hundred Days
East Village
Great singing, Great writing, Refreshing, Great staging

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
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Intelligent

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
Disappointing, The film is far better

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
Great acting, Overrated, Disappointing

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
I Of the Storm
West Village
Great acting, Slow, Intense, Indulgent, Excruciating

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.

68
During previews
In the Penal Colony
East Village
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you want to see three energetic actors who are perfectly in sync with each other.

Don't see it if if you prefer plays that are rich in dialogue. This is a short play that does a better job of “showing” rather than “telling”.

92
White Noise
East Village
Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you’re interested in plays about race relations, with a different spin. It’s quite provoking. Daveed Diggs gives a master class on acting

Don't see it if you have difficulty appreciating serious plays that ask you to stretch your imagination. The play is a bit long,

19
During previews
Disappointing, Indulgent, Excruciating

See it if you’re a fan of fart jokes and slap-stick humor.

Don't see it if don’t want to see Nathan Lane, Kristine Nielsen and George Wolfe and other great theater talents, support an embarrassing low-level show.

50
Catapult!
East Village
Disappointing, Banal, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you are a friend or relative of the playwright or one of the actors.

Don't see it if you’re expecting a well written play. The acting is spotty, the theme has been handled better in other plays, TV and film.

66
Disappointing, Cliched, Stereotypical characters

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
Nature & Purpose
Soho/Tribeca
Funny, Great acting, Ambitious

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
Overrated, Relevant, Great acting, Indulgent, Disappointing

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
Great acting, Dizzying, Overrated, Indulgent, Banal

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
Enchanting, Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting, Riveting

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
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

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
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

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
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent

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
Delightful, Relevant, Entertaining

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
Kings
East Village
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting

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
Having Our Say
Upper W Side
Delightful, Great acting, Relevant

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
Disappointing, Amateurish, dull

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
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Indulgent, Disappointing

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
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent, Refreshing

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
The Wolves
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Refreshing, Resonant, Relevant

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
Office Hour
East Village
Great acting, Intense, Confusing, Disappointing

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
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

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
After the Blast
Upper W Side
Disappointing, Great acting, Great staging

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
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Great writing, Intelligent

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
Alaxsxa | Alaska
East Village
Relevant, Confusing, Ambitious

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
Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

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.