Brooklyn | 50-64 | Female
About:  At age 10 I wrote 'Who Are THEY?' -- performed in our secret basement lair where THEY (very Nick and Nora Charles) ruled the cosmos with wisecracks, martinis in hand. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (30)
Timon of Athens
Uneven, Overrated, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you think you must see Timon because you have never seen it (because it is rarely staged), OR you love Kathryn Hunter

Don't see it if you fall asleep easily at endless speeches that are not the bard's best, or expect a bit of suspense even in morality plays.

Also Having Timon be 'Lady Timon' takes you only so far. There's a reason t... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if to get to know Franca Rame and this company, which was brilliant!

Don't see it if you are not interested in anything remotely satirical or feminist

Great acting, Resonant, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you think you know the play too well, or dont know it at all. These actors give their all! magnificent staging/movement as well as speech

Don't see it if you want romance (none) and the classical world leaves you cold

During previews
The Mother
Dizzying, Exquisite, Absorbing, Riveting, Quirky

See it if You know the stunning films of Isabelle Huppert and want to see if she can come across on stage (hint: OUI OUI OUI). She burned it up.

Don't see it if you cannot: abide a nonlinear plot, or stomach incest a la Phedre done Rashomon style, or shut out the queasy memory of Chris Noth as Mr Big

During previews
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to be absorbed by Nottage's genius and this superb cast's acting in a subtle and many-layered play about racism in Hollywood

Don't see it if You insist on treating racist stereotypes as a matter of the past, and can't stand deeper complexities under the mask of entertainment

Also The audience dynamics are worth paying attention to. The night I went ... Read more Read less

The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Entertaining, Epic

See it if You have a jones for Irishness (the stage variety) and for the grand malarkey of it all, with some tragedy under every shamrock.

Don't see it if you are Irish from Ireland. Or feel that 20 seconds of Riverdance is too much

Midtown W
Absorbing, Exquisite, Masterful, Great writing

See it if You want to know how we all got Trumped and what is at stake: nothing less than liberty and justice for all. Profound and tragic.

Don't see it if You are a mindless consumer or a follower of Ayn Rand. You are afraid to think and feel at the same time. You hate crying at plays.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you like variety and surprises....and short pieces...and want to know more about some lesser known groups

Don't see it if you refuse to (or cant) sit down or stand for a performance

Escaped Alone
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you enjoy poetic playwriting with unpredictable characters

Don't see it if you don't like constant zigzag cuts between 'realism' and brechtian telling up the wazoo

Great singing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if you love immersive theater, russian excesses, and wild gypsy-punk dancing in a mix of musical styles

Don't see it if you are a serious Tolstoyan, since this is a teensy, over-sugary, depoliticized slice of War and Peace

Ambitious, Draggy, Well acted, Predictable

See it if You know about the Tuskegee Airman and wish to renew your appreciation for them, it's Veteran's Day, or you're with military out-of-towners

Don't see it if you are extremely critical like me, because it's too slow, and seems a bit shallow for the serious topic

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy superb clowning, ensemble playing, and great unpretentious showmanship in the commedia dell'arte style

Don't see it if you want something big, slick and precision timed....this is satiric, punny, and part improv

Ambitious, Funny, Quirky, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you're easily bored and always want to leave once you get the plot.

Don't see it if you want to see a play. this is many many plays.

Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Ambitious, Resonant

See it if you love New York City, fantastic dancing, Latin music

Don't see it if you need lots of fancy staging & glitter

Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if you are awake and human

Don't see it if you are dull

The Poor of New York
East Village
Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in NYC history and want a sensitively directed, jewel-like production with a great cast

Don't see it if you are only up for musicals or star spectacles, and history leaves you cold

The White Devil
West Village
Entertaining, Ambitious, Quirky, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you love twisted people in twisted plots, and don't mind a bit of blood spurting now and then. 'The White Devil' and Isabella both standouts

Don't see it if you expect Shakespeare, and don't like to go out of your comfort zone by any novel journeys into Renaissance drama

Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you adore new takes on the musical form, with an incredible ensemble and choreography; you love spirituals and gospel done with deep respect

Don't see it if you are critical about verisimilitude or just credibility....the story of a gay black singer feels truncated and underdone, sadly.

Also I was moved and amazed by the acting and singing and joined the standi... Read more Read less

La Celestina
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You want to see one of the most influential stories of all --and love female-centered plots; Celestina herself is fantastic

Don't see it if You can't take seeing a play in Spanish even though they have projected translation above stage

Great singing, Absorbing, Delightful, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to be surprised by seeing new sides of an old warhorse; this is a brilliant homage to Shaw and his satire on English classism.

Don't see it if You want major stars in leading roles instead of incredibly talented artists, like the leads here.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Diva worthy

See it if you love or have never seen Janet McTeer! Fencing, witdueling, charming pants off men, Hamletizing, and just fascinating us.

Don't see it if you want a musical. or you hate the idea of a backstage show. the shakespeare quotient is not very highbrow so some snobs may not like this.

The Light Years
Midtown W
Slow, Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you're a playwright in training, or a afficianado of Worlds' Fairs or fascinated by electricity and stage history

Don't see it if you are easily put off by incoherence and slow-moving domestic scenes

Leah, the Forsaken
East Village
Ambitious, Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to see how melodrama of the 19c may have looked and sounded; and you relish diva roles (Bernhardt and many others took on Leah)

Don't see it if You can't get past the very big acting style of high melodrama. Or you feel nauseous at seeing Austrian anti-semitism enacted.

Also This piece evokes a NYC of the Draft Riots, on the brink of Civil War,... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if you are morbidly curious about a tragic-lesbian fashionista meltdown staged like a slumber party at Smith; some great diva moments!

Don't see it if you do not have an iron intermission while Petra et al howled and raved for hours...And if you are hoping for German shmerz, nein

West Village
Dated, Banal, Cliched, Pretentious

See it if you know & love the author's work

Don't see it if you know & dislike the author's work

Absorbing, Ambitious, Tragic, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a vivid portrait of the damage & contagion of racism, &/or are tired of shallow writing in plays

Don't see it if you voted for Trump and want theater to be a 'safe place' to see mindless plays

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you want to know more about the Harlem Renaissance, esp Hurston and Langston Hughes as friends and collaborators

Don't see it if you demand constant high intensity or spectacle

Then She Fell
Ambitious, Confusing, Slow, Overrated, Intelligent

See it if you are an Alice freak or have just graduated from Bard or Brown

Don't see it if you are seeking something meanginful and's mildly interesting but that's it.

Raunchy, Quirky, Overrated, Excruciating, Great singing

See it if you are a musicals freak

Don't see it if you can't stand racist stereotyping

Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you love a progressive message, a factory chorus, red glitter & super-divas

Don't see it if you are a sourpuss & want deep meaning or have strong views about right and wrong ways to camp or drag