PattiVill

Union City | 35-49 | Female
About:  Live theater/music/improv comedy enthusiast, currently overindulging my rush habit!
Reviews (174)
79
During previews
Clever, Riveting, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if you enjoy one-man shows with minimal sets and props. What little there is is used well, and the actor was convincing in his intensity.

Don't see it if you're put off at the idea of an 85-minute monologue in a British accent, or don't like having the 4th wall randomly broken during the tale.

92
For a previous production
Exquisite, Touching, Quirky, Delightful, Great acting

See it if you enjoy well-acted stories about human connection and appreciate eastern-influenced music. Tony Shaloub's performance was extraordinary.

Don't see it if you want something flashy or action-driven. This musical is "quiet" in the most wonderful way. Loved the post-curtain call jam session!

80
Entertaining, Relevant, Quirky, Snarky, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy satire and social commentary.

Don't see it if you can't get past the title.

87
Exquisite, Touching, Funny, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a pretty boy flex his acting chops. Beautiful chemistry between Cooper and Clarkson. Cooper's Tony nom was well-deserved!

Don't see it if you are expecting prosthetics.

78
Spirited, Great staging, Refreshing, Enchanting

See it if you want to see free Shakespeare in the Park but can't wait all day in line at the Delacorte - this was a high-quality production.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of the bard.

80
Intelligent, Dated, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if You want to see 2 legendary actors go toe-to-toe for 2 acts in a charming (if a bit repetitive) play.

Don't see it if You don't value acting legends.

86
Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to see a tense, beautifully choreographed drama about racism.

Don't see it if You prefer your plays light and fluffy.

45
Slow, Excruciating, Quirky, Arty

See it if You get a free ticket and need to kill time - this was 75 minutes that felt like 3 hours.

Don't see it if You value your entertainment dollar.

77
Magic show, Family-friendly, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy magic in all its forms - the clairvoyants and the marionette were my favorite acts.

Don't see it if You don't like shows with audience participation or lots of children.

89
Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You enjoy one man shows and M Bigs' endearingly self-deprecating brand of humor.

Don't see it if You're a grump.

59
Insipid, Wholesome, Earnest, Kid-friendly

See it if you long to see Terrence Mann strut the boards in a loud yellow suit. Also, the ballet finale was beautiful and moving.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show with energy or excitement. Very bland all the way around.

83
Quirky, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy ensemble dramedies laden with theater references -- the Evita fan in me was enamored by the Argentine subplot!

Don't see it if queer culture ain't your theatrical jam.

95
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great staging, Original

See it if you want to see a creative, unique revival that improves on an already-stellar original.

Don't see it if you are a fundamentalist prude.

90
Demented, Dark, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you want to see Patti LuPone at her demented, diabolical best - Michael C was incredible too. Great original take on a classic!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy dark comedy.

95
Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you enjoy plays that deal with contemporary social and economic issues. The Broadway-bound Sweat pales in comparison to this production.

Don't see it if you are craving light and fluffy fare.

83
Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny

See it if you enjoy offbeat adaptations of classical works.

Don't see it if you prefer a more classical approach to Chekhov.

70
Entertaining, Dated, Romantic, Bombastic, Indulgent

See it if you are an A Dubs fan and are feeling nostalgic for the 80s.

Don't see it if you want to see something fresh and contemporary.

70
Entertaining, Scrappy, Funny, Cute

See it if you're a comedy nerd and don't mind low production values.

Don't see it if you're expecting a sharp evisceration of religion a la Book of Mormon.

Also This review is of the production that was mounted at the Magnet Theate... Read more Read less

98
Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Classic, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a perfect production of a classic play with timeless themes.

Don't see it if you are grieving the loss of a loved one.

89
Entertaining, Dated, Fluffy, Screwball

See it if you are a Kristen Chenoweth fan, enjoy farce, and are looking for an evening of lighthearted amusement.

Don't see it if you want something contemporary or serious.

93
Romantic, Great staging, Great singing, Dizzying, Original

See it if you want to be magically transported to Tolstoy's Russia for an enchanting tale of a doomed love affair.

Don't see it if you are opposed to immersive theater.

95
Zany, Dizzying, Great writing, Hilarious, Madcap

See it if you love to laugh -- this is an absolutely brilliant farce bursting with meticulously-choreographed physical comedy. So much fun!!

Don't see it if you're a grump.

65
Disappointing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you are a Laurie Metcalf or Stephen King fan. Fantastic detail in the set design reinforced the instability of Metcalf's character.

Don't see it if you want to see Laurie go toe-to-toe with an actor of equal caliber -- Willis sleepwalks through his part.

78
Dragalicious, Refreshing, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you're up for a mostly lighthearted theatrical romp.

Don't see it if you're put off by men in drag.

65
Confusing, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you are a fan of Idina Menzel - the "what the fuck" song alone was a laugh riot and worth the price of admission.

Don't see it if you want a solid show -- I give them an E for effort in developing an original show not based on a book/movie/etc but it just felt very flat

80
During previews
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Funny, Clever

See it if you are a fan of subversive and surreal storytelling. Hilarious current political references in the opening scene and towards the climax.

Don't see it if you are offended by anatomically-correct puppets having raw puppet sex.

75
Entertaining, Dated, Delightful, Romantic, Great music

See it if you enjoy romance and song and are in the mood for some light, safe, family-friendly entertainment.

Don't see it if you expect showstopping dance routines throughout the entire show. The dancing peaks in the Act 1 finale and never regains steam.

59
Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you're a Sting fan.

Don't see it if you want to see a compelling show.

95
Creative, Quirky, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of ERS and their unique approach to staging found text, a Faulkner enthusiast, or an experimental theater fan.

Don't see it if you hate having to pay close attention or just want something light and fluffy.

95
Slow, Thought-provoking, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You appreciate brilliant writing and nuanced acting. Bonus points if you're a film geek but not necessary to appreciate its greatness.

Don't see it if You lack patience - it's long and at times can feel slow. Those stretches are deliberate and necessary to the overall vibe if this piece.

80
Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You're in the mood for a very interesting and entertaining pharmacological dramedy.

Don't see it if You're offended by onstage nudity and simulated sex, even when it's highly relevant to the plot and tastefully done.

95
Resonant, Relevant, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to see an amazing ensemble perform sharp material - the clear victor in a Roundabout season filled with celeb-heavy casting.

Don't see it if You like your plays light and fluffy.

Also I saw this off-Broadway (same Roundabout season as Therese Raquin, Noi... Read more Read less

72
Farce, French, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You're in the mood for some light farce.

Don't see it if Your sensibilities are easily offended by low-budget, shabby sets.

58
Great staging, Disappointing

See it if You love Judith Light - she was drop-dead phenomenal in act 2. Fantastic set design. But Keira was a huge disappointment.

Don't see it if You have little patience for one-note performances.

75
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You love the Beatles and the Bard, in that order. I do wish they had fully committed language-wise to one style though.

Don't see it if You don't like mixing britpop with Shakespeare.

79
Great dancing, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an amazing cast strut their stuff in an uneven show. Shame on the producers for blaming Audra for the show's early closure!

Don't see it if you want a show's 2nd act to be as great as its 1st act. If they had ended the show after Act 1 this could've won the Tony for best revival.

80
Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you're in the mood for a lighthearted romp with a fantastic physically-creative performance from Annaleigh Ashford.

Don't see it if you hate dogs.

91
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great singing, Great writing, Intense

See it if you are a fan of Duncan Sheik's music and want to see a new approach to musical theater.

Don't see it if you are offended by teenagers' sexual thoughts, desires, and actions.

88
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you enjoy old-fashioned love stories with great singing and lovely staging. Also, Jane K was hilarious!

Don't see it if you prefer stories with a more modern feel.

83
Great music, Delightful, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you love country music, intimate staging, and contemporary approaches to classic plays.

Don't see it if you dislike country music or need a lot of scenery/set changes in order to enjoy a musical.

83
Funny, Great staging, Entertaining, Fringe-y, Quirky

See it if you like offbeat Fringe fare and have eclectic musical tastes -- the score is all over the place in a good way.

Don't see it if you want an ending in sync with the rest of the story -- it was too earnest compared to the flippant storytelling that preceded it.

85
Refreshing, Great staging, Great writing, Quirky, Funny

See it if you want to laugh at a couple's existential & absurdists crises within the confines of California suburban sprawl.

Don't see it if you like your plays short and sweet -- this once clocks in at 3 hours with 2 intermissions. Never feels slow though.

70
Great staging, Acrobatic, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy circus acts and razzle dazzle

Don't see it if you want a meaningful and coherent story

50
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Elliptical

See it if you're a Pinter die-hard. The turntable set revolving at a glacial pace sums up the play: actors going round&round but getting nowhere.

Don't see it if you can help it.

69
Meta, Confusing, Muddled, Great acting, Slow

See it if you're a Linda Lavin fan -- she salvages a part written as a New Yawk Jewish mother stereotype.

Don't see it if you prefer well-written plays - this one is very muddled and unsatisfying, with a completely unnecessary meta moment.

93
Relevant, Great acting, Heartbreaking, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a one-woman show that address real-life difficult topics in a meaningful way, inspiring both rage and hope.

Don't see it if you are the kind of person that responds to the Black Lives Matter movement by saying All Lives Matter.

90
Refreshing, Quirky, Great staging, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you are a fan of the Dahl story and want to see it imaginatively brought to life while still maintaining it's intrinsic darkness.

Don't see it if you don't cope well will child-heavy audiences (they were surprisingly well-behaved when I went, but your mileage may vary)

79
Indulgent, Great music, Great staging, Confusing

See it if you love Bowie's music and avant-garde aesthetic.

Don't see it if you dislike experimental theater.

86
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you can appreciate Elizabethan language being used to great effect to tell a thoroughly modern and engrossing "what if" story.

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding English accents.

92
Fresh, Great music, Refreshing, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you're a Latin in Manhattan and love salsa, hiphop, and all things Lin-Manuel Miranda. The seeds for Hamilton were sown and nurtured here.

Don't see it if hispanics get you in a panic.