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 (92)
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.

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

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
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense

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
Van Gogh's Ear
Midtown W
Slow, Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious

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
Sleep No More
Chelsea
Quirky, Overrated, Ambitious

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.

82
Clever, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if you are not an actor, and want a glimpse of what it is like to be backstage. Truly, "the roar of the greasepaint, the small of the crowd".

Don't see it if you are not comfortable walking in narrow, dark hallways for 2 hours, and participating with groups.

76
Cost of Living
Midtown W
Ambitious, Overrated, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you're interested in communication skills & relationships. It'so easy to make or break a relationship by not asking the right questions

Don't see it if you're squeamish about nudity or issues regarding the disabled.

Also or really listening to the answer you receive.

90
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of the amazing Michael Urie, and appreciate farce. Entire cast is first rate, the set is creative and the script is brilliant.

Don't see it if you're not ready for laughter based on idiocy of local governments translated to high - level farce, or didn't like Buyer & Celler's M Urie.

63
War Paint
Midtown W
Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Indulgent

See it if you have an overwhelming need to see every musical on Broadway.

Don't see it if you get bored easily, and need an interesting story and intelligent dialogue ...not just costume changes... to make good theater.

90
The Antipodes
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you're interested in truly provocative theater. See it if you want to spend 2hours having in conversation about the meaning of the play.

Don't see it if you don't want to be intellectually challenged, not interested in new ideas or great acting.

96
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if you are interested in seeing a thought provoking play, with great ensemble acting and incredibly visually powerful staging

Don't see it if your not interested in serious plays that have strong opinions about social issues.

74
During previews
Indecent
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Resonant

See it if If your a fan of Yiddish theater and wish to see an updated version of The God of Vengeance

Don't see it if you looking for a theatrical experience that isn't muddled

85
During previews
Sweat
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you're interested in seeing a tense drama about hard working people facing difficult real-life situations.

Don't see it if you're short on empathy

57
The Penitent
Chelsea
Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if Your a fan of Mamet, and don't care what kind of dribble he writes.

Don't see it if you have fond memories of the David Mamet who know how to write

97
Everybody
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if your ready for an unforgettable evening. A most unusual story of a persons journey to death. Funny, smart, intelligectually challenging.

Don't see it if you prefer to be just "entertained"rather than enjoy an amazing intellectual and spiritual journey.

85
Man From Nebraska
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you're interested in the examined life. Tracy Letts great play is about having the courage to change a life path and establish a new one.

Don't see it if if you prefer to be entertained, rather than think about the meaning of your ife

95
For a previous production
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Riveting

See it if Exceptional cast and script! A perfect evening for the intelligent theatergoer.

Don't see it if you just wish to be "entertained" with laughs and pretty costumes. This play is for the historically aware individual.

71
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if you like a big, glitzy, commercial B'way production that you can tell your home-town friends about.

Don't see it if you find it odd to see Day-Glo in Imperial Russia, or don't mind ensemble actors "showing" how hard they are working rather than acting.

Also I saw the original in a gorgeous tent near the Highline and loved it. ... Read more Read less

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.

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

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
The Violin
Midtown E
Slow, Disappointing, Great acting

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
Cradle Two Grave
East Village
Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Confusing

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
Lost and Guided
East Village
Disappointing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

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

67
During previews
A Parallelogram
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if you imagine that having knowledge of the future (that you have no ability to change), will help you to be a happier person.

Don't see it if the your interested in seeing a play that doesn't border on the absurd, and has characters with some appeal.

88
Spoon River
Midtown W
Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Marvelous music,

See it if you liked Come From Away. This show is a great a new-take on a traditional piece. The very talented SoulPepper group has created (more)

Don't see it if you're not in the mood for something new in theater.

Also an incredibly entertaining event. Alana Bridgewater and Jackie Richard... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Pipeline
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you're interested in a well written and beautifully acted play about how families that seem to be doing their best, still run into problems.

Don't see it if you not interested in middle class minority social issues.

91
During previews
Building the Wall
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to witness one the most important plays of the season. If you're interested in politics, it's a "must see. " Great acting.

Don't see it if you're not prepared to come away from the play with the knowledge that the horror of the concept presented could be in our future.

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in a new twist on a theater staple. Hnath's updated version of Ibsen's (both Scandinavian) compelling play is high drama!

Don't see it if you are not a fan of the original Doll's House, or can't handle change

82
Vanity Fair
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Great acting

See it if your looking for a smart, light-hearted send-up of a classic. Whimsical, great acting, makes you want to go back and read the classic novrl

Don't see it if you hate to see a classic novel made fun of. The second act is a bit too long

62
Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you are a fan of Marisa Tomei. She is charming and the only reason to see this show.

Don't see it if you want to see a play that makes sense.

76
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Funny, Relevant

See it if your interested in a very different take of Judas's story. Funny, excellent acting, lots of surprises along the way.

Don't see it if thinking is not something you care to do, or if you don't like to see "group think" shattered.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you're interested a true life situation of real people doing the right thing in the face of tragedy. A great life affirming play.

Don't see it if your a curmudgeon!

65
Wakey, Wakey
Midtown W
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Intense, Exhausting

See it if you're solely interested in very good acting.

Don't see it if you desire a play that will keep you awake. Sorry Will E.

30
The Object Lesson
East Village
Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent, Dated

See it if you enjoy watching a man massage his ego while the audience waits for something to happen. How this disaster found backers is beyond me.

Don't see it if You expect the performer to have some regard for the audience's intelligence.

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you're interested in seeing real people tell real stories about life. You can't beat August Wilson for great writing.

Don't see it if you're not prepared to be confronted with the reality of other people's lives.

85
Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if you enjoy serious plays that make you think about our world.

Don't see it if all you want from a play it mindless entertainment

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You're interested in meaningful theater

Don't see it if You're only interested in fluff