Polly R

New York City | 25-34 | Female
About:  I grew up going to the theatre all the time, and I still love going as an adult. I'm also obsessed with alcohol, classic Hollywood, and travel, which I document on my blog The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of (https://thestuffthatdreamsaremadeofblog.com/).
Reviews (80)
91
Absorbing, Clever, Great singing, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if You like sweet stories about high school.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy high school stories. It's definitely more for people of a certain age.

49
Cliched, Great singing, Disappointing, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You really want to see something fun and mindless, with great songs.

Don't see it if You have no patience for cliches and annoying audience members.

90
Absorbing, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You love O'Neill and want to see Denzel.

Don't see it if You do not like long plays! It is definitely a commitment, but it is well worth it, especially if you're a theater buff.

80
Ambitious, Dated, Entertaining, Exquisite, Romantic

See it if You want to see a beloved classic with beautiful dancing and a truly amazing performance by Joshua Henry.

Don't see it if You don't like dated theater pieces.

95
Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if You want to believe in the goodness of human beings and strangers doing random acts of kindness.

Don't see it if You do not like sentimentality, or it is hard for you to watch anything about September 11th.

84
Meteor Shower
Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Confusing, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You enjoy talented comedians.

Don't see it if You don't like thinking about the big ideas while watching a comedy.

95
Absorbing, Exquisite, Edgy, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if You want to see the most unique production of HAMLET. Oscar Issac is incredible.

Don't see it if You don't like minimalist, stripped-down productions of classic works.

95
Anything Goes
Midtown W
Bouncy, Vivacious, Great dancing, Fluffy, Great revival

See it if You love well-done musical revivals with great scores. Sutton Foster was incredible!!

Don't see it if You don't like intelligent musicals.

90
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You want to see a smartly-written and -acted "sequel." However, it is not necessary that you know about the original "A Doll's House."

Don't see it if You don't enjoy word-y plays. A lot is said, and it's absorbing, but not a lot of action happens.

72
During previews
Napoli, Brooklyn
Midtown W
Absorbing, Banal, Cliched, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You like historical family dramas.

Don't see it if You want to see a slightly more original play.

85
Indecent
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Important

See it if You want to learn about theatre and Yiddish history. Utterly compelling and fiercely important. It left me gutted.

Don't see it if You don't love historical plays.

90
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Entertaining, Indulgent, Intense, Romantic, Ambitious

See it if You want to see one of the best performances of the 21st Century: Glenn Close as Norma Desmond. Also, Michael Xavier is gorgeous.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of insipid lyrics.

100
Must see, Profound, Exquisite, Resonant, Important

See it if You want to see a wholly original musical that's not based on a book, movie, music group, or famous event: just a story about normal people.

Don't see it if You don't like crying in public.

77
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy

See it if You like Kevin Kline and Noel Coward's plays.

Don't see it if You don't like Kevin Kline or Noel Coward's plays.

90
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You want a truly unique theater experience. I have never seen anything quite like this show. All the actors were tremendous!

Don't see it if You don't like interactive theater.

90
Absorbing, For true theater lovers, Interesting, Educational, Great costumes

See it if You love looking at costumes and other cool treasures from beloved Broadway and West End productions.

Don't see it if You don't like Broadway or the West End.

82
For a previous production
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Dated, Great singing, Overrated, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You want to see your better-than-average jukebox musical.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy the music of the 1960's.

89
War Horse
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Entertaining, Masterful, Epic, Ambitious

See it if You want to have a unique theater experience.

Don't see it if You don't like sad stories.

80
Stomp
East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Dizzying, Edgy, Great staging

See it if You love differing types of performances.

Don't see it if How have you NOT seen it already?!

68
Cats
Midtown W
Ambitious, Edgy, Dizzying, Great singing, Quirky

See it if You love classic musicals.

Don't see it if You are spooked by cats.

75
The Babylon Line
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Slow, Intelligent, Quirky, Cliched

See it if You like ensemble character-driven plays.

Don't see it if You like more quick action in your plays.

69
During previews
War Paint
Midtown W
Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Dizzying

See it if You love Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole. Also, the sets and costumes were exquisite.

Don't see it if You don't like slow musicals.

82
Ambitious, Quirky, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if You like old-school musical comedy with a smirk.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy jokes.

87
Absorbing, Great staging, Entertaining, Quirky, Dated

See it if You want to see a vividly reimagined revival.

Don't see it if You don't like dancing.

78
Plenty
East Village
Absorbing, Dated, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You like over-wrought dramas.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy long plays.

95
Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You love Harry Potter (obviously). Even if you don't love HP, it is still so much fun to see! Hilarious and very talented actors.

Don't see it if You don't like pop culture references or anything involving parody or irony.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Epic, Relevant

See it if You want to be wowed.

Don't see it if Everyone should see this. It is a beautiful production and highly important.

84
Absorbing, Profound, Refreshing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see contemporary musical theater with beautiful music.

Don't see it if You like your musicals fast-paced and old school.

97
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Romantic

See it if You want you see a beloved show revived in a new and interesting way.

Don't see it if You don’t like sentimentality.

78
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Ambitious, Dizzying, Great staging, Intense, Romantic

See it if You want to see a classic that's more relevant to modern times.

Don't see it if You don't like Julie Taymor.

76
Bandstand
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Dated, Romantic

See it if You enjoy old-fashioned musicals. Laura Osnes and Corey Cott were both great.

Don't see it if You don't like swing or you like more original theater works. The dancing was okay, but it did not deserve the best choreography Tony.

80
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great staging, Fluffy, Romantic, Dazzling

See it if You love the movie, scrumptious set designs & gorgeous costumes. Ramin Karimloo, Mary Beth Piel, John Bolton, & Caroline O'Connor were great

Don't see it if You don't like slower, romantic musicals.

92
Entertaining, Great singing, Spectacular, Show-stopping, Romantic

See it if You want to see what most people love about Broadway musicals: romance and spectacle! The helicopter is amazing! Go see it!

Don't see it if You don't like tragic, self-sacrificing stories.

66
Terezin
Midtown W
Dizzying, Intense, Ambitious, Heavy-handed, Tragic

See it if You want to see a unique story played-out. The production was a bit experimental, if that's something you like. The writing was scattered.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy tragedy.

96
For a previous production
Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Must see, Great staging

See it if You want a hilarious night out on Broadway. I haven't laughed so hard in years! The whole production was incredible.

Don't see it if You don't like funny, British shows in the vein of Monty Python and Fawlty Towers.

72
The Lucky One
Midtown W
Absorbing, Dated, Intelligent, Entertaining, Family-focused

See it if You love British period pieces or if you love plays about sibling rivalry.

Don't see it if You like more modern theatrical pieces.

89
Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Heartwarming

See it if You want to see a well-done musical adaptation of a beloved movie. This production was wonderful, particularly Andy Karl. What a star.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy heartwarming stories.

80
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Resonant, Shock

See it if You want to see a truly absorbing play with great acting.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with awkward situations.

85
Significant Other
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Profound, Resonant

See it if You want to see a master class in acting from Gideon Glick. The play is funny and emotional, especially as it discusses growing up.

Don't see it if You don't have a beating heart.

75
The Flick
West Village
Too long, Banal, Great acting, Overrated, Slow

See it if You're a fan of more character-driven pieces, rather than action filled ones.

Don't see it if You are easily bored.

94
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Must see

See it if You love the classic musicals. In general, go see it because of Bette Midler!!! How can you not!!

Don't see it if You don't want to have any fun.

88
Entertaining, Exquisite, Great singing, Profound, Resonant

See it if You love rock opera and stories about growing up.

Don't see it if You don't want to feel sad.

70
Blue Man Group
East Village
Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Epic, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a unique performance.

Don't see it if You don't like blue people running around on stage.

85
The Fantasticks
Midtown W
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Profound

See it if You want to feel truly transported.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals.

95
The Harvest
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Exquisite

See it if You want to see truly great theater. Easily one of the best plays I've ever seen. It should be on Broadway.

Don't see it if You don't want to feel intense emotions while watching it.

75
I'll Say She Is
East Village
Dated, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if You are a fan of the Marx Bros. It was uncanny how alike he actors looked like the original brothers.

Don't see it if You don't like anything from the past.

70
The Crucible
Midtown W
Banal, Dizzying, Indulgent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You love Arthur Miller.

Don't see it if You don't like overacting.

80
Ambitious, Enchanting, Dizzying, Great staging, Romantic

See it if You want an engaging adaptation of a famous movie.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy Disney.

100
Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound

See it if You want a unique musical experience.

Don't see it if You lean towards more traditional musicals.

77
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if You're interested in the Harlem Renaissance.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals that over-explain.