Ongeblozzen

New York City | 65+ | Female
About:  Opera, theater and Early Music lover.
Reviews (89)
95
Our world through new eyes
December 4th, 2019

See it if Beautifully staged, choreographed and performed by David Byrne and company, heartfelt and so satisfying to experience. A perfect evening.

Don't see it if If you really don't take to Byrne's music, Talking Heads songs, or are unwilling to try a highly original musical perspective. Your loss.

73
Slow, Thought-provoking
November 30th, 2019

See it if Somewhat disappointing revival of this Pulitzer Prize winning play. Sincere and well performed, a significant Foote drama. Good performances

Don't see it if Slow moving with some ambiguities in the plot development. Some might find it traditional and dated.

80
Great writing, Great staging
November 17th, 2019

See it if Beautifully staged, compelling acting company whose performers know how to speak Shakespeare's language. Excellent costumes and lighting.

Don't see it if Strident and unrelenting in tone. Violent, but it's Richard III, after all!

82
Intelligent, Great acting
November 17th, 2019

See it if Beautifully acted one woman show about dwelling next door to celebrity, Todd revealed and revealing.

Don't see it if If the subject is of limited interest, Todd's life and not Dickinson's.

85
Great acting, Absorbing
November 13th, 2019

See it if A master class in acting by Atkins and Pryce. Despite a dismissive NY Times review, an absorbing, thoughtful play.

Don't see it if Not a masterpiece but a moving drama meditation about loss and family.

86
Funny, Great staging, Ambitious
July 13th, 2019

See it if A lively new take on Euripides, about power and sexual identity with sexy dancing and singing Bacchaettes. Great fun in Marcus Garvey Park!

Don't see it if Rock and Roll format takes liberties with the original, rather than a classical interpretation of this great play.

93
Inventive, Great staging, Entertaining
June 26th, 2019

See it if A highly original rethinking of the Greek myths, performed beautifully. A pleasure to watch and romantic.

Don't see it if Remarkably prescient, political undertones in the lyrics anticipating very current partisan issues, although inoffensive.

81
Ink
Midtown W
Relevant, Great staging
June 21st, 2019

See it if Well-paced direction, terrific actors in a dramatic visit to the Murdoch-driven media universe at its beginnings. A thoughtful discourse.

Don't see it if Unpleasant realities of sensational journalism. Cynical.

35
Fairview
Brooklyn
Self-indulgent, manipulative and tedious
June 13th, 2019

See it if To see what garners the Pulitzer these days...

Don't see it if Hectoring rant far less original than breathless reviews suggest. A strident, surreal "farce" about racism and other societal ills.No thanks

79
During previews
Well intentioned and relevant
May 13th, 2019

See it if A new musical set in Civil Rights era South. Appealing younger cast members, excellent LaChanze & company. Energetic music & dance on stage.

Don't see it if Based on the movie and Color Purple-ish in its dramatic arc. Music and lyrics are earnest but mostly generic.

76
High Button Shoes
Midtown W
Romantic, Hilarious
May 10th, 2019

See it if A silly musical, but great fun especially for Phil Silvers fans. A delightful Encores! diversion,wonderful Robbins choreography, nicely done

Don't see it if Forgettable music and not the best of Styne and Cahn.

77
All Our Children
East Village
Thought-provoking, Absorbing
May 9th, 2019

See it if Fine performances in this play about Nazi era destruction of the disabled. Larger points made about social attitudes toward the handicapped.

Don't see it if A difficult subject and a minor drama, but worth seeing especially for the performance of John Glover..

73
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Dated, Relevant, Thought-provoking
April 12th, 2019

See it if Historically important musical well staged and performed.An opportunity to see a work so controversial in its day, and yet connected to ours

Don't see it if Despite lively Doyle direction, seems dated. Not for those unsympathetic to 20th Century union struggles and class conflict.

78
I Married an Angel
Midtown W
Marvelous dancing, Entertaining
April 3rd, 2019

See it if A winged delight from the past with wonderful dancing, both tap and ballet, and some lovely music. Thank you Encores!

Don't see it if Not a great musical but a pleasure to experience. Of course it's dated, but worthy nevertheless. The NY Times never gets it, do they?

70
The White Devil
West Village
Ambitious
April 3rd, 2019

See it if Updating a bloody, period play with professional performances. Full of emotion although shrill and not especially engaging.

Don't see it if Curious about attending Jacobean plays done brilliantly? Visit the Wanamaker Theatre at Shakespeare's Globe in London.

98
Dizzying, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting
April 2nd, 2019

See it if Everything an evening of great theater has to offer, an experience that lingers and haunts you long after the curtain falls.

Don't see it if No reason not to move heaven and earth to see this play, other than now exorbitant ticket prices.

79
Absorbing, Relevant, Intense
January 28th, 2019

See it if Important talented playwright and a tightly directed performance by excellent and mostly new young actors. Beautiful singing.

Don't see it if Character and plot development not as convincing as intended in my experience of the play. But very contemporary and edgy.

94
For a previous production
The Jungle
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent
December 29th, 2018

See it if A powerful theater experience immersing you in an empathic drama about trapped refugees. Deeply moving, original, imaginative production.

Don't see it if Difficult subject with few glimmerings of hope. Loud, somewhat long with uncomfortable, crowded bench seating. Makes a point, though.

52
Major disappointment
December 29th, 2018

See it if Thoughtful Jeff, but an updated and lobotomized Cliff Notes introduction to a wonderful book and an important subject. Audiences love it.

Don't see it if A dumbed-down Sorkin crowd pleaser, shallow writing lacking any heart. Busy-box sets.Grown actors portraying children in a synthetic drama.

86
Intelligent, Resonant, Absorbing
December 9th, 2018

See it if Sensitive and thoughtful exploration of a family crisis and loss of a mother descending into dementia. Wonderful performances.

Don't see it if Disturbing subject everyone can relate to although handled with dignity and insight.

58
Overrated, Ambitious, Disappointing
November 9th, 2018

See it if New translation with predictable Richard Nelson direction, an untraditional interpretation of Chekhov. A total misfire despite rave reviews

Don't see it if Reshapes Chekhov into a Nelson play. Uneven performances, some quite poor, falls short conveying the essence of a great drama.

92
For a previous production
Entertaining, Delightful
October 25th, 2018

See it if Excellent direction with an accomplished cast of singers and dancers. Minimalist, paper-like sets reflect the fragility of a lost world

Don't see it if you didn't like the musical even in English, dislike subtitles, Yiddish, crazy grandmother nightmares.

93
On Beckett
Chelsea
Absorbing, Profound
October 5th, 2018

See it if A masterclass about Beckett, language and performance from the great Bill Irwin. Both personal and universal. Very touching with some humor.

Don't see it if If you have no interest in the playwright, clowning, or intense one-man shows in small theaters.

80
The Emperor
Brooklyn
Great acting, Thought-provoking
September 28th, 2018

See it if Tour de force performance by the remarkable Kathryn Hunter, haunting music of Temesgen Zeleke. Neglected subject of recent Ethiopian history

Don't see it if If a one man show does not appeal, or little interest in this subject and any sensitivity to whites portraying black characters with humor.

79
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent
September 14th, 2018

See it if The riveting Janet McTeer in a new play set in the 19th century, exploring fame, talent, ambition and limits of female power. Worth seeing.

Don't see it if A wordy play, high intensity character interactions, considerable focus on the language of Shakespeare and Rostand.

80
The Originalist
Midtown E
Absorbing, Relevant, Entertaining
August 3rd, 2018

See it if A fictionalized play about Justice Scalia, which successfully articulates his philosophy and humor. Excellent performances and worth seeing.

Don't see it if Use of an artificial dramatic devise of imagined relationships to delve into political issues of the time.

93
Great singing, Delightful, Relevant
July 26th, 2018

See it if Sensational production! The African-American experience at a turning point. All heart, soul and high energy. Savion choreography. Right on!

Don't see it if A revival, medley format, no book. 1970s period costumes nevertheless, an authentic reflection of its era.

84
The Damned
Upper E Side
Relevant, Riveting, Thought-provoking
July 26th, 2018

See it if The Visconti film grippingly reimagined and more relevant today than one would wish. Serious and profound; focused, intense performances.

Don't see it if A shrill, techo assault on the senses, as van Hove resorts to every trick in his directorial arsenal. Leave your hearing aids home!

78
Entertaining, Relevant, Resonant
July 24th, 2018

See it if Ambitious production, with impressive set, music, choreography and costumes. Some strong dramatic moments.

Don't see it if Attempts to accomplish too much in 60 minutes with awkward comic elements in a serious drama. Overreaching politically.

77
Entertaining, Quirky
July 19th, 2018

See it if A paired down version of the sixties original. Lovely Burton Lane score and Alan J.Lerner lyrics.Nice performances from cast and chorus.

Don't see it if An oddity about psychic phenomena and reincarnation. Not a masterpiece but a treat for lovers of the Broadway musical.

94
Carmen Jones
East Village
Great singing, Great staging
July 12th, 2018

See it if Wonderful and not to be missed. Electrically charged cast with Doyle direction and Jones choreography perfectly matched. See it if you can!

Don't see it if You don’t like Bizet music. Not politically correct or contemporary in feeing.

74
Cyprus Avenue
East Village
Riveting, Great acting, Disturbing
July 12th, 2018

See it if A portrait of the psychosis of hatred in an contemporary Ulster setting. Deeply disturbing but fascinating. Great Stephen Rea and company.

Don't see it if Graphic physical violence which serves the plot but a difficult experience for the audience.

79
Paradise Blue
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant
June 15th, 2018

See it if An excellent playwright and director, important urban and racial issues in the 1940s era with absolutely wonderful performances.

Don't see it if Unconvincing plot points, considerable August Wilson influence, an unsatisfying and contrived plot, too long.

78
Great staging, Romantic, Ambitious
May 31st, 2018

See it if Beautiful choreography and inventive Stroman direction. Lovely performances by both actors and dancers. Original.

Don't see it if A not entirely successful updating of a Henry James story. See it for the excellent dancing, a reflection on Matisse. .

86
Me and My Girl
Midtown W
Entertaining, Refreshing, Romantic
May 11th, 2018

See it if Encores! at its best with terrific staging, dancing and singing. Fresh and fun with some wonderful performers. Tap dancing!

Don't see it if Not GBS. Light weight, comfy and old-fashioned. Tap dancing!

82
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting
May 2nd, 2018

See it if Amusing play set as four generations of a English country house. Ayckbourn insight, wit and compassion. Enjoyable.

Don't see it if Somewhat long, drawing-room style drama.

89
Enchanting, Great singing
April 26th, 2018

See it if Love-r-ly! Nicely done, choreography, costumes and singing. Fabulous Norbert!

Don't see it if If you are tired of this great score.

85
During previews
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Clever
April 21st, 2018

See it if Delightful and witty adaptation by David Ives. An original confection.

Don't see it if More about language than character, period piece in style.

90
Pygmalion
East Village
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Riveting
April 14th, 2018

See it if Marvelous Bedlam presentation of a relevant classic presented in an intimate setting. Terrific actors performing in this excellent company.

Don't see it if Can't think of a reason not to see this Shaw revival unless you are a squashed cabbage leaf!

88
Symphonie Fantastique
Soho/Tribeca
Quirky, Refreshing, Ambitious
April 13th, 2018

See it if Unique. A tour de force return to Basil Twist's great underwater epic! Marvelous abstract aquarium puppetry. Surprisingly emotional.

Don't see it if You hate Berlioz and would be bored by 55 minutes of dancing feathers and shimmering, balletic fabric. But a true original.

75
Three Wise Guys
Midtown W
Dated
April 13th, 2018

See it if The Prohibition Era with good performances and clever staging by a fine, small theater company. Petty larceny at its most charming.

Don't see it if A less than relevant subject, long forgotten, which is far more engaging in the musical Guys and Dolls.

94
Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking
March 29th, 2018

See it if More powerful than ever after 25 years. Wonderful Lane and cast. Original, inventive direction. Grab it!

Don't see it if If you have lost interest or forgotten the scourge of the 80s, or can't connect its relevance to our own era.

59
Good for Otto
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow, Cliched
March 29th, 2018

See it if Serious but a slog of a play about mental distress, anxiety and compassion with an uneven but mostly excellent cast.

Don't see it if Unengaging and surprisingly poor Rabe drama. A listless performance by Harris although Mark Linn-Baker and F. Murray Abraham were delightful

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging
February 19th, 2018

See it if see and support work of a fine contemporary playwright with outstanding actors. An original consideration about the final days of Malcolm X.

Don't see it if a political subject is not of interest or a fantasy but not of the Black Panther movie sort.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense
November 2nd, 2017

See it if A tour de force performance. Who hasn’t been touched in some way by this story of addiction and struggle for identity? Memorable.

Don't see it if You hate loud, strobing and frantic staging in parts, stories of substance abuse.

85
Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing
July 25th, 2017

See it if For a lively, choreographed take on Dumas and a refreshing outdoor performance. Enjoy the flowers in Marcus Garvey Park.Fun and entertaining

Don't see it if For a serious, edgier play, or if a gender-bending d'Artangan is off putting.

81
Kunstler
Midtown E
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant
March 12th, 2017

See it if Excellent character exploration of a remarkable and principled civil rights lawyer. Terrific performance by McCarthy.

Don't see it if You want a more ground-breaking play or dislike memories of a fading but hopeful liberal era.

80
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Intelligent
March 11th, 2017

See it if Expected to dislike but found it surprisingly effective even moving. Hard-charging "rock" opera approach.Fast paced direction, choreography.

Don't see it if You hate loud, somewhat relentless rock music, sacred and historical subjects reimagined, "in your face" direction. Flawed and uneven tone.

73
The View UpStairs
East Village
Absorbing, Quirky, Resonant, Intelligent
March 10th, 2017

See it if A musical by a promising young talent, composer/writer Max Vernon. Based on a forgotten episode in LGBT history of the 1970s.

Don't see it if Some music and dialog are predictable and forgettable but a new musical with heart and good performances, if the subject appeals

86
For a previous production
God of Vengeance
Midtown W
Intense, Resonant, Absorbing
January 1st, 2017

See it if An opportunity to see an historically important play, excellent acting and direction. If you saw Indecent you'll find this play fascinating.

Don't see it if A family drama In Yiddish with English supertitles, small stage, from another era. With hookers!