Rach

Borough of Queens | Female
About:  Getting cultured.
Reviews (57)
85
Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a well written family drama. Revivals can be tough, but this didn't feel outdated

Don't see it if you can't stand plays/families/morality/emotion

80
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want to be entertained, see some great Sondheim performed

Don't see it if you are a purist for the original, although I really don't understand why anyone is.

Also This version is minimal, but in an entertaining and fun way. It feels ... Read more Read less

88
Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You have a little background on the troubles, you can be absorbed into a politically charged family drama

Don't see it if you can't pay attention to something for an extended amount of time. Psych yourself up for a long one, it's worth it

Also Seen with the original cast, I was mesmerized for all three acts, neve... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting

See it if The actors do a superb job immersing themselves and the audience in the characters and story.

Don't see it if You aren't a play person, or a family drama person, or an only two dudes on stage person

89
Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy stand-up comedy and storytelling. Mike Birbiglia is fabulous at taking you high, low, loud, quiet, funny, serious, over 90 mins

Don't see it if you can't handle 1 man show or dislike standup.

85
During previews
Resonant, Excruciating, Relevant

See it if you are interested in a contemporary look at sexuality for females growing up in the 90s/00s. A transparent view into 1 characters timeline

Don't see it if you get uncomfortable easily. The subject matter is conveyed so well that it really does make you uneasy (not necessarily in a bad way)

Also To be honest everyone should go, and everyone should feel uncomfortabl... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if for a low stakes campy musical. It is predictable, but they know that, and they OWN it, it is part of the hilarity. Entertainment value-MAX

Don't see it if you want some high-brow theatre. This was ridiculous, entertaining, and engaging and I loved the absurdity of it all.

Also The balcony is ROUGH. (except for the T-shirt launch). FYI the views a... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Something

See it if you're interested in stuff off the beaten path. It's a start of something, it has some work ahead of it.

Don't see it if you're looking for comedy or something light. I kept reading that this was a 'funny play' but it was far far far from that.

Also I enjoyed the question- is it worth it to follow your "dream" (albeit ... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Disappointing, Cliched, Indulgent

See it if You insist on contemporary shows with limited depth. If vanity and scattered comedy suit you. Eli Gelb is great.

Don't see it if You're looking for a substantial takeaway or moving story.The show felt like it was trying hit something for 2.5hr but never fully got there

Also The familial history was minimally explored and the obsession with van... Read more Read less

83
Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want to see frozen translated to the stage with all the bells and whistles you'll ever need

Don't see it if you are not impressed by the magic of broadway, you will wonder why you did not just stay home and watch the movie

Also the production value is fantastic, but i was sad that it seemed most p... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Amazing sound

See it if you're interested in what the Bengsons have to offer. They always give 110% emotion and commitment to what they do.

Don't see it if you want a completely comprehensive traditional musical.

Also This has all the high quality content and emotion of a tumultuous most... Read more Read less

82
Entertaining

See it if You want to see barrier breaking performances by Edward Barbanell or Jamie Brewer

Don't see it if you are looking for anything more than a dramedy play

91
For a previous production
Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You have a funny bone and loved pop punk as a kid

Don't see it if you need serious substance.

Also this was a very entertaining 70 minutes in your face pop punk jokes. H... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if you love mean girls. Is it going to win awards? no. Did it do what we needed it to do? yes. Plus, there's plenty of fun music.

Don't see it if you are looking for a verbatim show. They softened the story for the stage but hit the major points in a fun way. The only loss,, kevinG rap

80
Great acting, Great set

See it if you don't mind flirting with the tragedy of passing time. Well staged and tragic to experience the now&later of the characters

Don't see it if you want something black and white. The substance is not in the dialogue but more in what is observed in between the lines/scenes

84
During previews
Great acting, Resonant, Smart lighting

See it if you enjoy quality acting in an intimate space that fosters the growth of young playwrights

Don't see it if you want big banal classics

90
Hilarious, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you enjoy the nuances of physical comedy used to portray the words of Billy Shakespeare

Don't see it if you aren't open to a fun/over the top rendition of Shakespeare

Also I didn't find Ashford's antics to be over the top, I thought it was hi... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Great staging, Slow, Personal

See it if you enjoy quality acting, slowly paced family dramas.

Don't see it if you need more provoking fast paced drama or you are looking for comedy. They try to spin it as a play much funnier than it actually is.

87
Delightful, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if you love up beat fun musicals with lots of fun choreography, lyrics, and sets. Great ensemble work and Andy Karl kills!

Don't see it if need more depth in plot, this is pure entertainment on Broadway- well done!

Also The slight social commentary on gender inequalities was an interesting... Read more Read less

83
Absorbing, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a non stop masterful performance by JTF

Don't see it if you need more physical characters and distractions like set changes etc

Also I was weary when the play first began, I thought I would hate the 'voi... Read more Read less

79
Great acting

See it if you enjoy WW2 plays. It delicately begins to humanize many of the players in this chunk of history.

Don't see it if you want a more provocative play, or a more intense portrayal of WW2 POW, it is much more sensitive than that.

59
Slow, Great set, great lighting

See it if you enjoy slow shows where you are fishing for a meaning or point to it all

Don't see it if you don't enjoy a plot with little emotional impact or provoking thoughts

Also music was great, and the last scenes were great, there seemed to actua... Read more Read less

94
During previews
Absorbing, Great writing, Relatable

See it if You are a young person- you will be able to relate, especially in this modern context. You'll laugh, cry,& reflect on your own relationships

Don't see it if you won't enjoy a contemporary play about friendship & romance

Also Great set, great lighting, great writing- the funny quirky play seamle... Read more Read less

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Great tapping

See it if you enjoy a slight farce on the old timey musical plots. Plus tap dancing that is out of this world!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy campy, fluffy, over the top classic Broadway romance stories.

85
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you enjoy an abstract musical setting that comes to life with song and dance.

Don't see it if like traditional sets and presentations of musicals.

83
Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you've never seen a production of Kiss Me, Kate

Don't see it if you are offended by revivals.

Also They say the original story doesn't age well, and changes were made to... Read more Read less

89
Resonant, Delightful

See it if you enjoy any type of musical ever, you are bound to enjoy this

Don't see it if you hate actors playing multiple characters or majority singing/ minimal dialogue.

Also Seeing this time in history portrayed on stage from this perspective w... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if you want good music, really cool superhero plot, or if you want to see a work in progress

Don't see it if you want a tightly buttoned up musical

Also Act 1 was strong, but Act 2 fell flat- many many songs about anguish d... Read more Read less

79
Slow, Profound

See it if you wanna see an award winning show. it won a lot, so there's that

Don't see it if You can't handle a slow slow slow slow build to 1 emotional ensemble song within 90 minutes.

Also The tension between Israeli and Arab was much more apparent in the mov... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Intense, Slow

See it if - Stockard Channing is a star -

Don't see it if You don't enjoy long family dramas.

Also It's a long show with very long scenes, it is easy to get lost in the ... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want a lovely summer night spent watching theatre outdoors with a modern musical twist on Shakespeare

Don't see it if you're some sort of close minded Shakespearean purist

Also The actors, ensemble, and music are great, and they look like they're ... Read more Read less

82
Entertaining

See it if You want pure entertainment. Music is catchy, the pace is great, voices and dancing are great, plenty of laughs

Don't see it if You require depth and don't enjoy fun funny silly comedy

Also This is great for a group outing or bringing younger teens- if you're ... Read more Read less

88
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you are looking for pure entertainment. It is hilariously written and the rhyming stanzas are comical

Don't see it if you're looking for huge production value or depth. This is a musical farce filled with talent and fun!

Also I wish I was in high school, because I can see this being a MUST on sm... Read more Read less

96
Absorbing, Exquisite

See it if you appreciate breathtaking vocals, choreography, and dance in a classic Broadway musical. yes it's dated, but shutup, all classics are.

Don't see it if dance, ballet, and classic Broadway are not your thing

Also My breath was taken away, I was so taken by this production that I rea... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Dizzying

See it if you appreciate a zany take on the concept and place of art in history

Don't see it if I will admit- I was confused and angry for the first half of the first act, but as soon as the concept and content clicked, I was blown away

Also If you have the stamina to stick with it, there's a huge payoff. It is... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Dizzying

See it if you want something that ties your brain in a knot with no resolution. I spent most of the time trying to keep track of characters

Don't see it if you are looking for a neatly packaged story

Also the acting is fantastic, but the writing feels all over the place some... Read more Read less

72
Entertaining

See it if you're looking for a musical that will probably please everyone in your group.

Don't see it if you're looking for that enchanting Broadway musical. The production fell a little short of big Disney pizzazz

Also Act two made up for act 1. But the show seemed tired already...maybe i... Read more Read less

68
Ambitious, Confusing, Quirky, Slow

See it if you explicitly enjoy the art of storytelling. John is good at what he does, but it is tough to tolerate for 2 acts in a huge house.

Don't see it if you need variety.

Also This seems like something that does well for 90minutes or maybe in sma... Read more Read less

69
Quirky, Fluffy

See it if you want in your face jokes. It is stand up between exaggerated monologues.

Don't see it if you don't like 'stupid' funny or if you want more substance-It feels like they almost got at something interesting but it didn't make it.

69
Deep by force

See it if you enjoy sports and theatre, it pairs the two well delving into relationships, fears, the psyche of a champ.

Don't see it if you need more character interaction and range. If you're in a bad mood, it's two successful men complaining for 90 minutes.

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to be entertained with a meaningful but delightful production of great dancing, great musicianship, & a nod to our service people

Don't see it if just see it. There's so much going on you are bound to find something you enjoy.

95
Delightful, Great staging, Masterful

See it if You love classic Broadway! There aren't many full orchestral overtures and production numbers on Broadway these days, and this one delivers!

Don't see it if you don't like pizzazz.

Also Gotta Love a show where a crowd can applaud set changes and scene tran... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Great acting

See it if you enjoy drama exquisitely acted by young actors. There are many characters that have individual arcs culminating in an emotional end.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy female dominated dramas despite the fact that it is 2017.........

90
Well acted, intense

See it if You enjoy young talent that absorbs you into the drama they are portraying.

Don't see it if You need pizzazz or extra comedic relief in your dramas.

Also The second half of the show was tumultuous and emotional, and I wish s... Read more Read less

81
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want a fun, kid friendly musical with lots of laughs

Don't see it if you are turned off by over acting or a juvenile disposition of the production

77
Great acting

See it if you love Arthur Miller or Danny Devito #eggs

Don't see it if you enjoy more riveting plays, the show made me think but overall it seemed a little monotone

82
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great lighting

See it if you are open to an emotional but poignant monologue by a great actress

Don't see it if you have no attention span or don't appreciate minimalism

Also The crescendo and decrescendo of the play in both content and voice wa... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you enjoy provoking play-writing set in the not so distant past, that resonates with familial relationships, politics, culture, & history

Don't see it if need classic Broadway romance and pizzazz. Or can't handle long scenes.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Profound

See it if you have an open mind to the power of acting. The two actors left alone on the stage are enough to captive for the full 90 minutes.

Don't see it if you enjoy traditional plays and can't lose yourself in the actors and their story.

Also Riveting 90 minutes. I could see how people are easily put off by this... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you love a great performance of the classic music. A cute story to go along with timeless music.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy that classic exaggerated hollywood spin on theater.

Also Loralee Gaynor was a joy