Paula B2

New York City | 35-49 | Female

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Reviews (43)
85
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love phenomenal acting, an explosive narrative and wonderful staging.

Don't see it if you don't like small black box theater, you want an escape from reality and provocative storytelling.

Also This piece is a 70 minute master class in acting - both are extraordin... Read more Read less

55
During previews
Disappointing, Dated, Banal, Charmless, Confounding

See it if you see every movie adaptation, you like Kelly Devine's choreography, you can't get your head out of 1994.

Don't see it if you loved Clueless the movie, want a piece that's clever or imaginative, you don't know every hit song from the 90s.

Also This had so much potential and sadly, save for an enthusiastic cast an... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Ambitious, Epic, Great acting, Masterful, Don't sit left orchestra!!!

See it if you love Jeff Daniels, great ensemble work, deep dives into small towns and racism

Don't see it if you're impatient (it's a slow but scintillating 3 hours), you can't abide adults playing teenagers, you're not a Sorkin or Sher fan.

Also DON'T SIT LEFT ORCHESTRA FRONT! THEY ARE OBSTRUCTED VIEW. I paid a goo... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you dig anything Cher, you are a child of the 70s, want a delightful evening with great great acting-singing-dancing and Stephanie J Block!

Don't see it if you want to the "untold" story, you want scenes that dig deep into her tragedies, you don't like standard jukebox musicals

Also I had a blast at this show, and every element is exquisitely designed.... Read more Read less

66
Disappointing, Cliched, Uneven, Some laughs

See it if you enjoy the 12:50am sketch on SNL, clever staging and props, want to laugh at NPR-type liberal white people.

Don't see it if you want sharp or insightful humor, you dislike superficial caricatures and very broad acting, want a sharp political satire.

Also I had high hopes for this piece and was looking forward to a satire of... Read more Read less

63
During previews
Great acting, Cliched, Disappointing, Ambitious, Melodramatic

See it if you want to see two phenomenal actors and can forgive a plot that takes on too many narrative twists and turns.

Don't see it if you want resonant well developed plot lines, you don't like melodrama or racially charged, or sexual identity themes.

Also The two actors are wonderfully talented, incredibly committed to this ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Absorbing, Dated, Intelligent

See it if you love Falco. Political themed theatre/Albany politics is your thing. You like decent, solid plays.

Don't see it if You want high drama, Carmella Soprano or fireworks. You hate talky narratives that involve characters you'll need meet.

Also This play is like a relic of Broadway in the 50s and 60s - not the bes... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Absorbing, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Overly-ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You're a Lucas fan, like strong acting, interesting topics and hyper-dramatic narrative.

Don't see it if Writing & Direction are very confusing. Storytelling hard to follow, and the beautiful ASL cast is lost and relegated to an upper balcony.

Also There's a lot right in this project, but it's overshadowed by messy an... Read more Read less

65
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing, Disconnected, Unsympathetic

See it if You like song cycle shows. Great musicality, singing and playing. Clearly they enjoy playing together and sound great.

Don't see it if You want strong plot, or well written book. Songs are narrative in concept but not in lyric. It has a ridiculous framing device.

Also Like a Bengston's piece or the Pigpen Theater Company, everyone plays ... Read more Read less

45
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Indulgent, Provocative, Bloated

See it if you like pieces centered on race, cultural exploration & identity, absurdist and extremist theater and self-awareness.

Don't see it if you dislike narrative disorientation, experimental styles and performance, or possibly being preached at and shamed.

Also Fairview starts off strong, an exciting, innovative and provocative pi... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Intelligent, Disappointing, Relevant, Puzzling

See it if you like explorations of current race issues in the higher educational system, (mostly) strong performances, appreciate intelligent writing

Don't see it if you don't like histrionic acting, you want a deep dive on race issues, you can't handle another liberal-in-crisis play

Also This is a well written, mostly tightly acted play that fits easily int... Read more Read less

60
Clever, Ambitious, Dizzying, Indulgent, Overreaching

See it if Absurdity and Labyrinthine are keywords. You're an O'Hara fan. You like Anson Mount or Bobby Moreno. You like big minded, high concept plays

Don't see it if You need easy to follow plots. You don't like edgy theatre that fails as much as it succeeds. Gender bending jokes aren't funny to you.

Also The actors are truly wonderful and fantastically committed and having ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Colorful, Dizzying, Disappointing, Great staging, Kid friendly

See it if you have kids, colorful design, committed acting or you just love Nickelodeon style acting and plot lines.

Don't see it if you hate cutesy, you want adult humor, want depth of character or an engaging plot, or your kid can't sit for a solid 2.5 hours.

Also With the level of talent involved I was hoping for something above the... Read more Read less

55
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you like great ensemble acting. You like unconventional structures and writing.

Don't see it if you don't like structural/narrative left turns and absurdist storytelling. You want linear narratives or characters. Amateur "flying" rigs.

70
Confusing, Great acting, Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like good acting and strong accent work. You like family dramas and "event" plays.

Don't see it if you need loose ends & references to be clear. You're not interested in socially relevant theatre. You're not a fan of "important" theater.

Also Wonderfully strong acting. But I saw this prior to Sojourners and was ... Read more Read less

61
During previews
Dated, Erratic, Great acting, Slow, Not great acting

See it if you wanna see Pawk, Cariani & Skinner be incredible. You love heightened, stylized, period "Important" theater. You love Transport Group.

Don't see it if you want Realism, you hate superficial characterizations, you want production values, you like being comfortable in your chair.

Also Right off, the seating set up sucks, and the chairs themselves are unc... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you are old enough to have seen George Rose perform or a fan of multitalented Ed Dixon - a master storyteller/actor w. an incredible tale.

Don't see it if you don't dig one man shows, or stories about the theater world.

Also Ed Dixon is absolutely hilarious, vulnerable and mesmerizing telling a... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Funny, Indulgent, Banal

See it if You enjoy mistaken identity romps. At times clever and fun. Feels like a good college level production.

Don't see it if Very uneven acting. Some strong, some not, Elrod good as always. Writing often thinks it's funnier than it is. Staging is repetitive.

75
Great singing, Indulgent, Romantic, Overrated, Absorbing

See it if Borle fans. William Finn/Falsettos fans. If you like a good cry. Stephanie Block is a home run across the board.

Don't see it if The 80s style is caricatured. Great actors but directed to plow through many funny, poignant moments. Never let the show breathe. Overrated.

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Funny, Edgy

See it if You like alternate storytelling. You're a fan of Ars Nova.

Don't see it if You don't like nudity. Don't want to feel uncomfortable or want a conventional evening of theater.

90
Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Funny, Hilarious

See it if You love Lin Manuel or Hamilton, love great performances and comedy, love parody. Incredible incredible cast. Not since Forbidden Broadway.

Don't see it if You're not ready to laugh at Hamilton, or Lin Manuel (lovingly done). You don't like small theater seating. You haven't seen Hamilton

95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you can get tickets.

Don't see it if you get obstructed view.

70
During previews
Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you are a fan of strong direction, acting & characters. Great comic performances. Farcical situations and a surprise ending.

Don't see it if You don't like farce or absurd comedy. You don't like plays that start as one world and end on a different note. You want a perfect play

Also All of the elements in this production are strong, especially the cast... Read more Read less

68
Banal, Disappointing, Good acting, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you like Kitchen Sink dramas, are inclined to like stories dealing with special needs, like sweet natured 1950s-esque melodramatic writing

Don't see it if you're impatient, don't like remedial design elements, aren't a fan of fairly on the nose, presentational dialogue and narratives.

Also The show raises an interesting issue of who takes care of a special ne... Read more Read less

65
Ambitious, Epic, Extraordinary puppetry, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you want to be wowed by amazing puppetry and scenic design.

Don't see it if you're hoping for anything more than the puppet.

Also Despite the efforts of the dancers and a lovely turn by Christiani Pit... Read more Read less

60
Cliched, Entertaining, Overrated

See it if you are okay with a slight plot, predictable narrative, you loved Mean Girls (the movie), some good dialogue and acting

Don't see it if you want a POV relevant to an African story, you don't like stories about bullying, you want characters who are more than superficial

Also There's some fun to be had here, and Taichman does good work with the ... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Funny, Intelligent, Refreshing, Clever

See it if you like the cast, or smart comedies with a socio-political bent. A fun, intelligent night in the theater.

Don't see it if you're want to see "Harry Potter", slapstick or physical humor or don't want to have to think at all (it's not Stoppard, but it's smart).

Also Acting is terrific, Silverman's direction is spot on and the play is a... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like memory plays, strong acting, chaotic structure and delightful, yet anarchic, endings. Smart and incisive writing, very relevant

Don't see it if you don't want to delve into current politics and how the Constitution shapes our country. You don't like audience engagement/direct address

Also I feared it would be dry and self-important, and instead found it a fu... Read more Read less

90
For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Dizzying, Hilarious

See it if you like Commedia, Keaton, Chaplin, Tati, Python ridiculousness. Never stops being funny. Current cast just as funny but makes it their own.

Don't see it if You hate Jim Carrey. You want left-brained or intelligent wordplay. This isn't Coward or even Simon.

55
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Indulgent

See it if You like standard sitcom writing & caricature-y characters. You're a fan of Wedding Singer or Honeymoon in Vegas. You love laughing at NJ.

Don't see it if You're looking for anything clever, inventive or top-shelf Rando. You want a strong book, songs or staging.

Also If you're a fan of TVLand humor, you'll like this show. If you need to... Read more Read less

83
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if you like little known historical stories; wonderful acting, staging and design; taught, stylized and emotional. Built around sports.

Don't see it if you don't like stories built around sports; you demand linear storytelling; you demand naturalistic acting and directing styles.

63
Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Disappointing, Clever

See it if you like thought provoking, barrier breaking shows that don't follow convention. Are a fan of The Debate Society-type theater.

Don't see it if You want linear storytelling, set structure and not to be challenged, confused or provoked.

Also A laudable swing for the fence. This show takes on a lot of territory ... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Fluffy, Refreshing

See it if you love Schumer and Benanti. You love Martin's writing. You're up for some good laughs, great timing and a light evening.

Don't see it if You want thought provoking comedy. You don't like over the top performances. You want more than just an light hearted enjoyable comedy.

Also Straight up, I laughed a lot. Benanti and Schumer are in top comedic f... Read more Read less

55
During previews
Disappointing, Unfocused, Slow, Cliched, Meandering

See it if you adore Adam Pally or Anna Chlumsky. You're okay with sitcom level plots and characterizations.

Don't see it if you're short of patience. You don't like meandering, unbelievable narratives. You want characters that are rooted and grounded.

Also Though this play clearly tried to tackle small town America urban rene... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Clever, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Eccentric

See it if you are a big ERS fan and enjoy absurdist/slapstick/slightly Dada/meta theater. Visually exciting, ultra committed, funny performances.

Don't see it if You want traditional Shakespeare or to savor the prose, you don't like breakneck-auctioneer quick pace. You don't like ERS-type absurdity.

Also I'm a huge ERS fan, but at this point, this isn't one of their more st... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Great acting, Plodding, Disappointing

See it if You like finely crafted acting, slow, evenly paced, meandering narratives. You like underplayed melodramatic stories.

Don't see it if You don't like intimate, very slow quiet pieces. You don't have a high tolerance for some mediocre dialect work (most are spot on however).

68
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Confusing, Ambitious, Indulgent

See it if you like "important" theater. Cast is strong but story is very confusing. It's one of 9 parts but should stand on its own and it doesn't

Don't see it if you don't like indulgent self-important capital-T Theater. You don't like loose ends. You don't like "event" theater.

Also Long running time can't support the arc, and the length of the show dr... Read more Read less

40
During previews
Disappointing, Overly ambitious, Self indulgent, Leaden

See it if you like good design elements and have 2 solid hours to stare at them, or need to see everything TDS does.

Don't see it if you want enchantment, humor, coherent storytelling or you have empathy for a cast trying hard against a lifeless script & haywire direction.

Also The Debate Society, usually so bold, humorous, inventive and delightfu... Read more Read less

20
During previews
Excruciating, Confounding, Wtf

See it if you see everything Kander writes. You'd like a musical about a gay pedophile child abductor. But actors do their very best w bad bad writing

Don't see it if you can't stomach remedial book/lyric writing or a plot that glorifies mentally ill gay pedophile kidnapping. What were they thinking?

Also In this day & age it's extraordinary that a play about such a reprehen... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting

See it if Really exquisite example of the power of Wilson's work. Across the board captivating performances. Dirden is a standout.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of character based narratives. A couple actors are tough to hear/understand.

80
Enchanting, Dated, Great acting, Romantic, Resonant

See it if You like traditional 3 act structures, great acting and seeing how the challenge of who you love is a timeless theme. Ending is perfection.

Don't see it if You don't like slow moving, but beautifully written first acts. You like action and want things to happen fast.

70
Great acting, Intelligent, Indulgent, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You like great acting. Like a long, live episode of the Twilight Zone. I feel the show was overhyped and over-adored so it disappointed.

Don't see it if You don't like ambiguity. You need resolution.

85
For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Indulgent

See it if You love emotional stories. You're 16-30. You love good music. Platt is astonishing.

Don't see it if Characterizations of high school kids as played by 20somethings make you crazy. Lots of "playing" teenagers in his castmates.