Olena

New York City | 35-49 | Female
About:  Love musical theatre!
Reviews (176)
61
During previews
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Boring, Unnecessary, Slow, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you have to see every LGBT show in the city. This one is boring and does not deliver anything new. It drags and is an unnecessary production

Don't see it if you value your time. The book is weak, the message is old, and 2 hours seem too long here. There is also no set to catch one’s attention.

69
Some funny moments, Disappointing, Amateurish, Cliched, Generic music

See it if the singing/acting are not bad. The young and engaged cast is saving this otherwise non-memorable show. Several funny moments/lines.

Don't see it if you dislike generic and forgettable music, cliched stories and overall amateurish productions. Light and fluffy but completely non-ambitious

69
Private, Overly dramatic, Superficial at times, Overrated, Intense

See it if you enjoy one woman shows about real life experiences. Family dramas dealing with overcoming psychological traumas.

Don't see it if it felt superficial and overly dramatic at times. Leaves wondering how the story would turn out for a regular, not reach/celebrity family.

77
Little action, No set, Slow, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if you are interested in politics and would like an insight into personal and emotional struggle behind a political campaign. Well acted.

Don't see it if it is somewhat slow and felt unnecessary to me as a whole. I see a point but not quite understand why take it onto Broadway stage.

78
Original Sound
West Village
Pleasant to watch, Cute set, Relevant, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in show biz stories. Refreshing content, okay acting, cute set. Somewhat different and hence pleasant to watch.

Don't see it if if you want a musical-this is a play with music. Poor guitar playing. The acting is okay but not impressive.

87
Octet
Midtown W
Unique, Smart, Talanted, Relevant, Great singing

See it if you enjoy good, melodic songs and great acapella singing. The writing is smart and relevant. Very cool, contemporary and unique experience.

Don't see it if this might not be for older generation due to modern tech content. No other reasons not to see it.

85
Modern, Smart, Kinda cool, Great singing, Good songs

See it if surprisingly good, original score and mostly great singing exceeded my expectations. Subtle humor compensated for the silly plot.

Don't see it if you can’t stand electronic music-several songs are very loud. The story is silly. Overall the show is unique, energetic and talented.

78
La Gringa
Gramercy
No set, Simple, Cute, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like light comedies, that are simple but yet cute. You enjoy foreign language shows touching questions of ethnic identity.

Don't see it if you expect something profound and serious. You are not into foreign language productions with subtitles. There is no staging whatsoever.

66
Atmospheric, Classic, Thought-provoking, Slow, Dated

See it if you are interested in productions in foreign languages. You don’t mind a slow yet atmospheric storytelling with little to no action.

Don't see it if you prefer fast paced shows. You are bored by little to no action on stage. You don’t like small-budget, intimate venues.

79
Superhero
Midtown W
Original idea, Enjoyable, Some great singing, Sad, Cute

See it if you enjoy family dramas with a superhero twist :) Great singing by Baldwin and Pinkham. Some cute moments and several good songs.

Don't see it if Most of the music is non memorable. However it is pleasant to watch and listen to overall. The story is rather sad.

82
During previews
The Cake
Midtown W
Cute, Heartwarming, Funny, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if it is a fun show touching upon relevant issues. Realistic portraying of difficulty of changing one’s mindset and making a step forward.

Don't see it if it is an enjoyable and entertaining show. The staging is cute and creative. The acting is good. Can’t say anything negative.

79
The Light
Midtown W
Ambitious, Intense, Relevant, Powerful, Thought-provoking

See it if The play addresses important issues of race, gender and social norms. It delivers a powerful message and is interesting to follow.

Don't see it if It falls too dramatic at times. The acting is strong overall but the play is built on emotion and some moments feel less believable.

72
La Celestina
Gramercy
Dated, Different, Slow, Classic, Tragic

See it if you are interested in foreign language productions. You want a different experience. You enjoy classic, traditionally staged plays.

Don't see it if this tragedy from the 15th century is dated and slow. Due to its nature the acting is less beleivable at times.

78
Dated, Good singing, Cheap set, Nostalgic, Cheesy

See it if you feel nostalgic about the romantic comedies of the 80s. The songs are melodic and the singing is good.

Don't see it if the acting is expectedly cheesy in this outdated romantic classic. The set and the overall feel are lacking any creativity or innovation.

63
Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Weak book, Overrated, Too much drama, Disappointing, Nonrealistic

See it if the actors do their best trying to get the most out of the weak book. There is too much drama and the plot feels nonrealistic.

Don't see it if you would not be interested in a play promoting institution of marriage as a means of legal and healthcare protection.

80
For a previous production
Entertaining, Hilarious, Repetitive, Silly, Comical

See it if you want to laugh a lot. It’s a comedy of situations and it is well made. The staging is clever and the actors are enjoying themselves.

Don't see it if you don’t like light entertainment and silly situations. The whole gets repetitive and two hours feel long towards the end.

68
Lifeless, Slow, Nice set, Old-fashioned, Uninspiring

See it if you love classical musicals, that are very traditionally produced and staged. The revolving set is nice.

Don't see it if this production lacks life, spark and inspiration. The actors are just going through motions, and it feels boring, slow and uninspiring.

74
Atmospheric, Long, Great staging, Repetative, Boring

See it if the staging, the costumes and the choreography are thought through well, and set one back into the high school atmosphere.

Don't see it if the music is mostly forgetful and the voices are very average with just a few exceptions. The musical feels long and overall boring.

57
Semi-professional, Some unique tricks, Uncharismatic, Repetative

See it if there are some unique tricks but they repeat in multiple variations. See it if you enjoy when audience is involved in the performance.

Don't see it if the performer lacks charisma and has weak stage presence for a magician. The show feels semi-professional.

64
During previews
Neurosis
Gramercy
Banal, Boring score, Generic, Good singing, Cute

See it if you want to see yet another cute love story. The singing is descent but the show completely lacks originality or innovation.

Don't see it if you are tired of non-ambitious shows with generic plot and forgettable songs. Its current vis-a-vis Rrred at DR2 tops it in every aspect.

82
During previews
Funny, Silly, Heartwarming, Engaging, Uneven vocals

See it if it’s a cute story with not much ambition, but still funny and heartwarming. Enjoyable time out overall.

Don't see it if there were some out of tune notes from several vocalists.

81
During previews
Great singing, Nice set, Positive energy, Old fashioned, Fun

See it if the singers are great and are truly enjoying themselves. The cast and the band work together in a positive and energetic way.

Don't see it if there is no book, just a collection of songs. This show might be more appealing to the older audience members.

89
Great staging, Impressive visuals, Epic, Long, Worth seeing

See it if The staging is great and the visuals are impressive. The story is interesting to follow but could have been easily shortened.

Don't see it if The Harry character is not very likable which is disappointing. The story unfolds slowly and could have been cut without losing its vibe.

Also Great and unique experience overall and is definitely worth spending a... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Carmen Jones
East Village
Cheesy, Good singing, Disappointing, Overrated, Americanized

See it if you can’t sit through a real opera and would like to see an Americanized and simplified musical theatre version.

Don't see it if Bizet belongs in an opera house. The musical theatre voices are not enough to carry the music, and the plot comes over as very cheesy.

81
Good singing, Simple, Enjoyable, Romantic

See it if you want to see a simple but yet enjoyable story of good and bad. All components: the score, singing, dancing and staging are well done.

Don't see it if you only settle for excellency. This show is nice and enjoyable, but it doesn’t amaze or challenge you.

75
During previews
Light, Good improvisation, Interactive, Upbeat, Entertaining

See it if if you are looking for a light, entertaining night out. Unexpectedly best parts were audience participation and improvisation on stage.

Don't see it if you are looking for meaningful content. If simple and often predictable dating jokes don’t satisfy you.

73
In the Green
Upper W Side
Unfinished, Unique, Good music, Unbalanced story, Weird

See it if the score is unique and interesting; pleasant to listen to. The concept is unusual and promising. The story needs further refining.

Don't see it if Unbalanced story. The years in the dark are melancholic and unfold slowly. The ending gets all crumpled up, is sloppy and spoils the whole.

80
Smiley
Gramercy
Upbeat, Simple, Cute, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a simple but yet cute relationship comedy. Upbeat and energetic acting. Enjoy shows in foreign languages.

Don't see it if you are looking for serious theatre with much substance. The dialogues are very fast and difficult to follow for a non-native speaker.

81
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Clever, Witty dialogues

See it if you want a clever play about depression, dissatisfactions and a struggle to overcome yourself on the way to happiness. Witty dialogues.

Don't see it if drags a bit at times, but overall very enjoyable and worthwhile.

82
During previews
Something Clean
Midtown W
Sad, Thought-provoking, Profound, Intense, Great acting

See it if you’re interested in a difficult topic of sexual assault. Solid writing and masterful acting. Touches and holds attention.

Don't see it if The topic and acting are intense. It is just a tick slow. Other than that I would recommend seeing it.

36
Amateurish, Poor sound, Bad singing

See it if you are highly interested in Spanish language and culture. You enjoy Latin American music and rhythms.

Don't see it if The show is okayish but the musical execution is terrible. Performed by actors not singers. Completely out of tune and painful for the ears.

65
Forced, Disjointed, Weird, Disappointing, Pretentious

See it if you want a show that tries hard to be unique, contemporary and different but fails in my opinion, and just feels forced and pretentious.

Don't see it if somehow nothing matches-neither the music with the voices, nor the set with the story. I had high expectations, but left disappointed.

91
During previews
Different, Talanted, Creative, Ambitious, Beautiful music

See it if you like sung-through, indie shows with beautiful and original music. Talented cast and creative staging. Page’s bass is very cool :)

Don't see it if Carney is a miscast. Lacks charisma, and stage presence; no romantic connection to the female lead. Spoils the otherwise perfect casting.

Also I liked the off Broadway version a tick more. Even though less polishe... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Fun, Enjoyable, Cute, Upbeat

See it if you want to be entertained. Not very ambitious but still cute and heartwarming show. Upbeat music. Actors are visibly having fun on stage.

Don't see it if you want lots of substance and ambition. This show is just light fun, however in a positive way. Lifts up the mood.

74
After
Midtown E
Less believable at times, Too dramatic, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense

See it if you are interested in shows covering relevant social issues, such as bullying and shootings in schools. The show is pretty well-acted.

Don't see it if You dislike too much drama and tears on stage. With playwrite throwing in more and more issues it gets less and less realistic by the end.

80
During previews
Great singing, Fun, Great dancing, Well casted, Entertaining

See it if the singing and dancing are great. Finally a very well casted show on Broadway, and the actors are visibly enjoying themselves. It’s fun.

Don't see it if The show felt just a tick uneven with several down moments. And the ending is just too abrupt with a weakish final song.

66
Disappointing, Uninspiring, Average, Children-friendly

See it if you have children. It is children-friendly and easy to follow. The amount of princesses in the audience is somewhat horrifying though ;)

Don't see it if you have high expectations and want a quality show throughout. Several moments and songs are good, but overall very average and forgettable.

67
During previews
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great staging, Weird, Pretentious, Ambitious

See it if it does have some potential, but is incoherent and fragmented. The staging and ambience are nice. The first half needs more songs.

Don't see it if Tries too hard to be original and different but fails. It is pretentious without sufficient substance, deep feeling or charm. Disappointing

77
Funny, Blunt, Relevant, Refreshing, Contemporary

See it if you are interested in an honest take on fears and struggles of fatherhood in the modern world. You enjoy combination of funny and bitter.

Don't see it if it is a bit too blunt and at your face at times. The humor is rather thought provoking then just hilarious and silly.

76
During previews
Great singing, Strong lead, Uneven, Unoriginal

See it if the best in this show is acapella singing. The strong lead fixes the holes and distracts from uneven and somewhat unoriginal plot.

Don't see it if this show doesn’t add anything new to the topics of race and sex in educational settings. Needs creative staging and is totally lacking it.

77
Ordinary Days
Midtown W
Good singing, Cute, Ordinary music, Low scale

See it if it’s a cute little show with decent singing and sympathetic cast. New Yorkers can relate to the story.

Don't see it if The score is rather ordinary with no original or memorable songs. The creators also saved on staging as the set doesn’t exist.

55
During previews
Banal, Cheap set, Superficial, Disappointing, Soulless

See it if you don’t have any other plans for the night and can get a cheap ticket. Stars in the cast can’t save the cheap production.

Don't see it if you don’t want another Broadway disappointment with no creativity or at least heart behind the show. Boring and generic in all aspects.

67
During previews
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Impressive puppet, Disappointing, Weak music, Good visuals

See it if you wanna see a huge Kong puppet-it’s very impressive. Good visuals and decent choreography in the 1st act. Not a musical but a puppet show.

Don't see it if The music and singing are weak and happen on a rear occasion. The 2nd act lacks any hint of creativity and is a flop.

80
Great singing, Melancholic, Old fashioned, Beautiful, Great dancing

See it if the show moves slowly, it is melancholic but beautiful. The singing and dancing are great.

Don't see it if you dislike sorrowful and somewhat weird stories. If you exclusively enjoy fast paced shows, here patience is required.

83
During previews
R.R.R.E.D.
Gramercy
Melodic songs, Silly, Enjoyable, Engaging cast, Terrific voices

See it if in musicals I look for great voices, good songs and the cast who enjoy themselves and beleive in their show. Rrred has all these elements.

Don't see it if the plot is silly but at least unusual and different from typical old-school grimacing found in so many musicals.

Also it’s an original production with bluesy songs that allow the strong vo... Read more Read less

52
During previews
Weak vocals, Great staging, Disappointing, Has its moments, Needs work

See it if the score is actually not bad, but uneven and needs refining. The staging is really great. Has some good moments and potential to develop.

Don't see it if there was lots of out of tune singing, which contributed to the impression of raw and undeveloped material. Needs recasting.

37
During previews
Disappointing, Silly, Tasteless, Flat humor, Uninspiring

See it if you like silly humor and can laught at any hint of a joke. The whole production has nothing to impress or inspire with.

Don't see it if I wouldn’t recommend seeing it to those who expect a superb level, Broadway worthy production.

75
During previews
Girls & Boys
West Village
Great acting, Intense, Overrated, Brutal, Unrealistic

See it if the acting is good and powerful. Mulligan owns the stage and saves the show. The script ends up being forced and unrealistic.

Don't see it if the writing in the 1st part is good and clever. It gets sketchy and documentary in the 2nd part as if written by a different person.

76
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Cute, Long, Poor sound check, Basic

See it if you want light entertainment. It’s cute but overly long considering that musical material and the story are average.

Don't see it if the voices were often overturned by the orchestra-poor sound check. The puppets are cute, but the show delivers nothing special overall.

75
During previews
Log Cabin
Midtown W
Great staging, Quirky, Relevant, Unconvincing, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in a bit different take on LGTB topic (class and race privileges, as well as discrimination within the group).

Don't see it if the play is entertaining and thought-provoking, but the plot and the acting are unconvincing at times .