Pam C 8202

Orrtanna | 50-64 | Female
About:  I teach psychology and religion at Union Seminary in New York, and serve as an assisting priest at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (Episcopal). Opera/oratorio singer in a former life (San Francisco Opera, American Ballet Theater, S.F. Ballet, S.F. Symphony, Oakland Opera, Cinnabar Opera Petal... Read more Read less
Reviews (16)
85
Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate truly ensemble theater (a huge cast!) where personal and political passions intersect; you don’t like simplistic politics;

Don't see it if You have trouble following thick accents or complex political plots; you dislike slow simmering tension; you prefer simple happy endings

88
Dated, Clever, Hilarious, Great acting, Delightful

See it if ...you saw the original - you won't be disappointed!; if u can laugh & cry remembering gay life in 1970's-80's; u like clever ironic dialog

Don't see it if ...you're not comfortable with the idea of gay male sex; you don't like plays with small ensemble casts; you don't much like comedic irony;

Also A good revival! One weak casting decision (Jack DeFalco is brilliant b... Read more Read less

90
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate complex characters in a unique setting: a Pentecostal snake-handling church! Characters are not caricatured or stereotyped.*

Don't see it if You are triggered by depictions of domestic violence; you don't like plays about religion; you like big shows with a lot of set changes

Also *As the church members' stories unfold, esp. in Act II, their reasons ... Read more Read less

95
Great choreography, Great sets, Well sung, Energetic, Fresh

See it if You love classic musicals with fresh new interpretations. Ambrose (leaving 10/21), Hadden-Paton, and N.L. Butz are esp. amazing!

Don't see it if You don't like revivals and/or musicals. You can't sit through a 3 hours evening.

75
Dated, Troubling, Very uneven singing from sublime to not-good, Overrated, Great acting

See it if you want to hear Rene Fleming since "You'll never walk alone" like you've never heard it sung before!

Don't see it if you agree that domestic violence is not so easily romanticized - this is a deep plot line, very out of sync with today's #metoo sensibility.

80
Great acting, Great singing, Relevant, Funny, Clever

See it if you want to see a bright little musical about a battered woman getting free & achieving her dreams w/the help of a crew of quirky friends

Don't see it if you loved the movie and can't stand to see another version (which isn't as deep); you hated the movie; you can't forgive having affairs.

90
For a previous production
Quirky, Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if you like farce with slapstick comedy and split-second timing (interaction of actors and the set is unbelievable!)

Don't see it if anything to do with murder mysteries

90
Beautiful, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you love Caribbean music and dance, &/or you love a good folktale brought to life, &/or interested in race/class issues "lite" in a musica

Don't see it if you want a stereotypical "happy ending" or a profound analysis of race/class conflict.

80
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intriguing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you love Tyne Daly and/or Tim Daly; you like intimate psychological drama

Don't see it if you prefer big plot-driven action productions; you are disturbed by portrayals of mental illness or triggered by intimate partner violence

Also An intriguing 3-actor, one-set play that left us debating "whodunit" -... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like small-cast plays with clever fast dialogue, where ideas are at the center, not plot or deep character development

Don't see it if You like large-scale dramas, musicals, and plot-driven script. Or you like to have all questions answered by the end of the play.

Also Terrific play! So well acted it almost feels like improv. Whip-smart, ... Read more Read less

95
Great singing, Relevant, Must see, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you love musicals that are fresh and original; a moving and sometimes very funny angle on a 9/11 story of deep hospitality. Full of heart!

Don't see it if If you prefer elaborate sets and more traditional musicals with memorable singable melodies.

68
Slow, Thought-provoking, Overrated, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you're fascinated with how a diplomatic back channel is created

Don't see it if you wanted to actually learn more about the Oslo agreement and the Israeli-Arab conflict

85
Raunchy, Tired show, Great dancing, Entertaining

See it if you've never seen it - everyone should see it once for the choreography and the music

Don't see it if you don't like making light of murder or you don't find female criminality sexy

95
Intense, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you want a completely different experience of Sweeney than on Broadway - up close and personal, and very intense! And more psychological.

Don't see it if you're squeamish or you don't like immersive theater experiences (better try a balcony seat)

95
Soulful, Slow, Great acting, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if you love middle Eastern music, poignant dialogue about life, love and loneliness, and a portrayal of kindness in spite of cultural conflict

Don't see it if you like fast, snappy action plots.

100
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if you love Fiddler and you want a unique experience seeing it done in Yiddish (with supertitles in English and Russian).

Don't see it if you can't stand dealing with supertitles (like at the opera)