observer 234

New York City | 65+ | Female
About:  I enjoy going to theater, lectures, movies, etc.
Reviews (21)
77
During previews
The Minutes
Midtown W
Entertaining, Quirky, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a play about the evil in seemingly good people, and how they turn to the dark side

Don't see it if you are bothered by plot twists that are just too out there to be credible

Also The play was entertaining and funny. The injustice of power was portra... Read more Read less

92
Masterful, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate a well done musical that wonderfully avoids cliche while conveying the angst of high school students.

Don't see it if no reason. I thought I would not be interested in the subject matter but heard such good things I decided to try it. Glad I did.

Also I saw a matinee with substitute actors. They were great.

80
Refreshing, Great staging, Edgy, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in an exploration of the darker side of this musical. Creative and novel with a homey feel to it. The show is fun.

Don't see it if Some parts are still slow because it's unchanged from the original script which has always had some very slow parts to it. Worth it, though.

Also Oklahoma has always been my least favorite R & H musical. The cheerful... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Enchanting, Great singing, Delightful, Banal

See it if you like opera despite having to rely on subtitles and don't mind an overwrought plot. Music, costumes, dancing, and characters are delightf

Don't see it if you don't like these aspects of opera and would not like a dark version of a Cinderella type plot. World is very evil and uncaring here.

Also This show is a delight for anyone with some command of Yiddish. Many o... Read more Read less

72
During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Epic, Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in the back story to the headlines in the 60's about the civil rights movement, Viet Nam, why Johnson didn't run again

Don't see it if you're not endlessly curious about the above. There are way too many unnecessary scenes, especially in the second act. Even I could have

Also done a better job of editing this play. Also, Richard Thomas, one of m... Read more Read less

88
Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You love the musical and the songs and appreciate the fantastic staging that only the Vivian Beaumont can present.

Don't see it if See it even if, like me, you weren't a fan of the movie. Hearing the songs performed in this staging was an entirely different experience.

70
During previews
Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You're a fan of either actor and you can get good seats.You can overlook the fact that any sane woman would not stick around.

Don't see it if You don't believe a woman would fall for a man who refuses to leave her apartment because he "knows" they should fall in love.

98
Exquisite, Riveting, Profound, Must see, Enchanting

See it if for anyone with some familiarity with the language and the show itself, this is an experience of a lifetime, even if you don't love Fiddler

Don't see it if I can't speak for anyone who isn't familiar with the show or doesn't have some Yiddish background but others have said they still loved it.

Also I loved the movie but wasn't that enamored of the Broadway production ... Read more Read less

78
Delightful, Fluffy, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You want to be entertained by great singing and dancing and you want to have a smile on your face.

Don't see it if You're looking for something that moves you or is thought provoking.

Also If you ever get a chance, try to see the movie. Chwietel Ejiofor is a ... Read more Read less

89
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to watch a compelling play about the arbitrariness of justice and one man's selfless attempt to overcome it.

Don't see it if You are bothered by a character moving the plot along with narration. It's an unusual device but it was brilliantly applied.

Also I had a very general memory of the book and the play so I wasn't bothe... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Indulgent, Confusing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy a convoluted plot with actors all in despite the absurdity. Performances were great.

Don't see it if You expect a resolution in Act 2 of all the loose ends you were keeping track of in Act 1.

70
The Sabbath Girl
Midtown E
Indulgent, Fluffy, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you like a romantic, hallmark movie type show with cute characters and good acting

Don't see it if you're troubled by an artificially light happy ending that fails to recognize the anguish that both characters will face in their future tog

74
Slow, Intelligent, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You would enjoy a play exploring the themes in Crime and Punishment. You have a very good attention span. You like literary references.

Don't see it if You believe that a play should reveal itself mostly through dialogue rather than narration. You are unfamiliar with Crime and Punishment.

60
Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Dated, Confusing

See it if You love hearing Dylan songs sung well and don't care that they don't blend in with the story, and stories about poverty in the depression

Don't see it if If you want an interesting story with songs that move if forward. If you expect to hear someone sing the title song. It never happens.

81
During previews
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like a drama of how people try to make the best of what life has dealt them and how hard it is to fix bad decisions made earlier in life

Don't see it if bad sight lines are a deal breaker for you. There are 3, maybe 4 floor to ceiling steel beams that I had to look around to see the actors.

Also The staging is very unique. I had what would normally be considered a ... Read more Read less

82
During previews
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you liked the movie "The Lives of Others." A variation on the theme. Everyone is in danger when one group is targeted by vicious intolerance

Don't see it if play devotes too much time to long speeches about what the lord demands of his flock. While the discomfort is intended, it gets tedious.

Also Overall, this play is very moving. I don't have any problem with how i... Read more Read less

80
Ink
Midtown W
Informative, Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in a riveting story (at least in Act I) of how journalism became what it is today. Fast paced, exciting, and informative.

Don't see it if You are bothered by a sudden shift in pace and excitement in the second act which decides to focus on the tawdry side of the paper's success

87
Burn This
Midtown W
Romantic, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you are a big Adam Driver fan. You won't be disappointed.

Don't see it if you have no patience for some slow spots in a play, especially the first 20 or 25 minutes. The pace quickened after Driver entered the scene

Also Many comment that it is incredible that she would fall in love with Pa... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Great singing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy an exuberant cast singing a great score and dancing beautifully.

Don't see it if you want a story you can relate to. I could appreciate the themes brought out by the story but not the story itself.

93
Masterful, Epic, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you want to be moved by this show like you never have before. Stripped down, authentic, dancing as good as any Fiddler production.

Don't see it if you haven't seen any previous version of the show and/or you don't speak Yiddish. Otherwise, reading the supertitles will not bother you.

Also I just saw the most recent Bway production of Fiddler a few years ago ... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you are interested in what goes on behind the scenes in politics and in marriage. Fictional but so realistic.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in a convincing portrayal of what might have happened on the night when this play takes place.

Also Metcalf and Lithgow are perfect in their roles. Not sure if play would... Read more Read less