Manhattan | 18-24 | Female
About:  My numerical ratings are based on how much I enjoyed them transferred to an elementary school grading scale (90+ is an A, 83-90 B, 76-82 C, 70-75 D, 50-69 F, 49 and below is almost impossibly failing). Shows with original music and stories, phenomenal actors, and superb writing are more likely to re... Read more Read less
Reviews (33)
Profound, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare and would like to see a new take on it that emphasizes Ophelia's relationship with Hamlet and makes the audience think

Don't see it if You dislike the idea of women playing men or expect a straight performance of the text

Great acting, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You like new twists on classic myths or you love good music in American styles (Hades has an amazing bass!)

Don't see it if You dislike Greek mythology or you can't appreciate themes that lean on modern politics (see the Act 1 finale)

Thought-provoking, Great scenery, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You have NOT read the Dickens novel (or can separate the book from the show), you enjoy artistic shows, you enjoy Christmas/morality stories

Don't see it if You love the Dickens novel and want to see it performed roughly like the original text, you dislike audience participation/world immersion

Also This play stands out as an incredibly artful work: the staging and set... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You can't get tickets to Shakespeare in Central Park or want to introduce young people to theatre and are afraid they can't sit still.

Don't see it if You don't like being outside or you mind if people are moving around you (even as the performance is going on, the space is used as a park).

During previews
Intense, Shakespeare, Slow, Great writing, Disappointing

See it if You like Shakespeare or you want the experience of watching a play in (arguably) New York's most famous park.

Don't see it if You're expecting a flashy, colorful, vibrant production or you have pollen allergies.

Also The staff at the Delacorte is very welcoming; I'd like to make a speci... Read more Read less

Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful, Clever

See it if You enjoy the classic Temptations' music, you want to learn about one of music's most influential groups, you want to hear great singing.

Don't see it if You dislike juke-box musicals, you want to see an original storyline, you don't want to see something that will make you emotional.

Also My one complaint was the drunk lady singing behind me! Ugh!

Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny, Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy 60s music/oldies/Frankie Valli & the 4 seasons, you are interested in the history of some of the most influential musical groups.

Don't see it if You dislike cursing (there's quite a bit of it), you are not a fan of juke-box musicals, or you prefer musicals not based on true events.

Funny, Great singing, Relevant, Great music, Teenager friendly

See it if You enjoy the movie, you like stories about high school, you want to introduce teenagers to the magic of Broadway.

Don't see it if You prefer original stories or classic Broadway shows.

Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You're a Wizard of Oz fan, you like stories featuring strong female characters, you want to see incredible directorial/design work.

Don't see it if You don't like fanfictions/twists on old tales, you're not interested in super popular shows.

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in deaf culture, you're willing to look at things through a new lens, you want to think about the way you've been thinking

Don't see it if You can't stand subtitles, you're looking for a musical, you want something with a happy ending you don't have to think about afterwards.

Also The leading male actor was a rather monotone throughout the performanc... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Must see, Good for kids

See it if You love dancing and/or the Rockettes, you're a child, you enjoy really cool special effects.

Don't see it if You enjoy well-sculpted plotlines-it boarders between a structured plot and a loose collection of scenes.

Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Cliched, Based on movie

See it if you're a fan of the film who doesn't mind seeing a slightly different take on it

Don't see it if you're not in the mood to see a few clichés (I heard my writing teacher's voice in my head every so often, criticizing the clichés)

Also The little kid who played young C was one of the best kid actors I've ... Read more Read less

During previews
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Clever

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare, you like the theatre and want to be outside, you're interested in a midsummer night spent watching A Midsummer Night.

Don't see it if It's raining a lot, you find Shakespeare boring/difficult, you have allergies to plants, you don't like walking home in the park at night.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy intense pieces.

Don't see it if You don't like small casts.

Also The neighborhood isn't that great, and I wish I'd have known that befo... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Hilarious, Funny

See it if You enjoy great staging, entertaining musical numbers, and good actors.

Don't see it if Somewhat repetitive dialogue/staging isn't for you.

Also Andy Karl was absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Raunchy, Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Hilarious

See it if You want to see a modern show; you enjoy large musical numbers.

Don't see it if Inappropriate yet clever jokes aren't your thing; you are offended by jokes rooted in stereotypes.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Relevant

See it if You're Cuban, or appreciate the culture, You enjoy a show that relates to what it is to be American. You're okay with crying.

Don't see it if You hate the Spanish Language, music with Cuban influences, or the Estefans.

During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Dizzying, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You enjoy the script and music and don't mind a modern take on a classic or commentary on modern political issues.

Don't see it if You have the original choreography too ingrained in your brain or you dislike the idea of projections being used in a film-like manner.

Also Re. the projections: they get used more than the space onstage at time... Read more Read less

Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Sexy (but elegantly so), Must see, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy classic Broadway shows, you like great dancing, or you want to see two strong female leads.

Don't see it if You believe Broadway should be prim and proper/are squeamish at mild to moderate discussion of sex/violence/murder.

The Great Society
Upper W Side
Masterful, Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You are a history nerd, are interested in seeing some phenomenal monologues,or you want to see some clever staging.

Don't see it if You need to see action to understand it (not as much staging re. Vietnam as Civil Rights) or lack basic historical background about the era.

Also I was kind of dissapointed that after the fuss made over Bobby Kennedy... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great design, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to see a clever plot in an intimate setting, you are interested in familial themes, or you'd like to support Latino/as in the arts.

Don't see it if You dislike Spanish/foreign languages, you're opposed to watching questionable marriages onstage (similar to Shakespeare's bed trick plays).

Also The English subtitles are only in some seats; where I was sitting (thr... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Great singing, Great acting, Intelligent, Moving

See it if You love classic shows, you want to see simple yet powerful staging, you are interested in seeing a story that will move you to tears.

Don't see it if You hate the idea of seeing something in a different language/subtitles bother you or you will have difficulty focusing for three hours.

Entertaining, Edgy, Absorbing, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy classic Broadway shows/composers, you want to see an interesting use of the stage, you want to support Ali Stroker.

Don't see it if You don't like edgy stuff, you want to see something flashy, you expect to laught for the entire three hours of the performance.

Also Ali Stroker was, undeniably, the best part of the show. She has quite ... Read more Read less

Funny, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful

See it if You enjoy watching children onstage, you like different genres of music, or you are interested in Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Don't see it if You're opposed to popular styles of music on the stage, dislike children, or want to see something original (battle of bands is overdone)

Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Hilarious, Great writing, Intense, Relevant

See it if You enjoy history, like Miranda's work, want to see a highly modern take on an old tale/historical figure, or just want to have a good time.

Don't see it if You don't want to spend so much on tickets or prefer less popular shows.

Also The title character's second understudy was on when I attended, and th... Read more Read less

Great set design, Slow, Funny, Thought-provoking, Shakespeare!

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare, you're interested in seeing one of Shakespeare's lesser-known plays instead of the famous, overdone ones.

Don't see it if You're not a Shakespeare fan, you're expecting a purely happy ending, you want to see a famous Shakespearean play.

Also It's difficult to find the theatre; I went as part of a group from my ... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Great costumes

See it if You enjoyed the movie, you like great costumes and singing, you like classic stories.

Don't see it if You're a storyline you never expected, you don't like family/kid-friendly shows.

Also Adult Simba has a beautiful tenor voice!... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if I think everyone can enjoy this musical, regardless of personal preference. I would especially encourage those who remember 9/11 to see.

Don't see it if I think everyone should see this if possible, but the constant changing of characters could be hard for some people.

Also The only concern I had was that I wish the transition from the bar and... Read more Read less

War Paint
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Funny

See it if You're interested in the two biggest women in the cosmetic industry; you enjoy great actors/singers/performers in something brand new.

Don't see it if you dislike shows aimed more at a female audience; of the three men in my area, two left at intermission, and one fell asleep.

Also Tiniest seats ever. Was crammed until the two husbands left. ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic

See it if You love classics, love stories, musicals, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and/or you are alive.

Don't see it if Just see it; this is one of two shows I think everyone should see in some form or other, the other being Les Miserables.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You enjoy thinking about life after watching a show and seeing fantastic actors at work.

Don't see it if You want to see a large array of dynamic characters, not just a slew of halfway developed ones.

Also There were several clichéd characters, though mostly because the writi... Read more Read less

Vanity Fair
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Must see, Masterful, Great writing

See it if You're with a school-group, you don't mind thinking, or you just want to have a good time.

Don't see it if You think modern music shouldn't be integrated with a story that takes place in the past.

Midtown W
Great staging, Great dancing, Weak writing, Great costumes, Weak plot

See it if You love dance, excellent lighting, and great costumes.

Don't see it if You need a strong plot to be entertained.