Rachel 81

Manhattan | 18-24 | Female

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Reviews (39)
24
Rap Guide to Culture
Soho/Tribeca
Disappointing, Banal, Slow, Insipid, Excruciating

See it if you love Baba Brinkman?

Don't see it if you want to see a show? It's more a PPT presentation w/ some rap. The roadmap of the show is bizarre and there was little care for audience

25
During previews
Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if you love Carol Churchill, theater history, and experimental direction. Sounds like Rachel Chavkin's passion project

Don't see it if haha you want to see good theatre? I am sorry... I just don't know what to say

Also There were real Choices made for this production... I just don't under... Read more Read less

47
During previews
Assembled Identity
Soho/Tribeca
Disappointing, Edgy, Indulgent

See it if you know the actors? There is a pure sincerely to their performance that is intriguing

Don't see it if you're looking for narrative, or a cohesive realistic dystopia, or a show that builds

50
Halcyon Days
Midtown W
Disappointing, Indulgent, Relevant, Good subject, Overwrought

See it if you're interested in the topic of the Grenada invasion

Don't see it if you're looking for masterfully written lines, or big Broadway production value

Also Truthfully, the play just seemed overworked and like it was trying too... Read more Read less

93
America is Hard to See
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you're game to see different and challenging work. The show is beautifully constructed w/ the necessary juxtaposition of troubling and human

Don't see it if content on humanizing sexual offenders would be triggering, or if you don't want a serious night of theatre. Funny moments but heavy content

20
Really Really
East Village
There are not words, Angering, Poor acting, Misguided direction, Mistakenly relevant

See it if you want to discuss the moral complications of the "me generation" through the hot-topic of sexual assault

Don't see it if you want to see a show that beneficially adds to society. Also don't see it if you don't want to talk about sexual assault

Also While this might add to the conversation of lies and selfishness and t... Read more Read less

95
Delightful, Exquisite, Masterful, Must see, Refreshing

See it if you want to see immaculate immersive theatre! The show is moving (and makes you move) and makes you think!! Wonderful! Highly recommend!

Don't see it if you're not comfortable walking around a bunch. Immersive, so you're moving around...I don't know how it works if you're disabled honestly.

Also As a theatre-artist, I loved seeing the backstage of theatre brought t... Read more Read less

86
Burning Doors
East Village
Intense, Profound, Refreshing, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if you want to see powerful, impactful political art and learn about Belarusian and Russian injustices on artists.

Don't see it if you don't like experimental theatre. The show is very physical and the content is at times hard to swallow. Important to see though.

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you want an experience!! PHENOMENAL acting. David Greenspan is incredible. Changes how you think about one-man shows & this impossible play

Don't see it if you dislike O'Neill or you don't have time for a 5 hour show. That said, even if you're the distracted type, this is unbelievably engaging.

89
Entertaining, Delightful, Resonant, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you love musical theater and are going through a breakup -- Sara Bareilles writes for you! Plus it's a well crafted adoatation of the movie

Don't see it if You didnt like the movie, dont like Sara Bareilles, or pie. Dont go to it if you're looking for a think piece. This is moving but fluffy

50
Amelie
Midtown W
Disappointing, Indulgent, Insipid, Messy, Flat

See it if you havent seen the movie and are looking to not think or analyze or critique for 1.5 hours -- just let it wash over you.

Don't see it if You actually see a good deal of theater and know what good looks like. The book and music dont blend and they lost the whimsy of the movie

Also The Brantley review was harshly accurate. I read it aftr viewing and c... Read more Read less

90
Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Hilarious, Intelligent, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you're looking for a really different show that is funny and absorbing and will leave you feeling happily satiated at the end of the night.

Don't see it if you want a talk-y show. Really truly, the majority of the show is in silence or sounds, there's minimal speaking but it's brilliantly done!

85
Exquisite, Great staging, Intelligent, Riveting, Clever

See it if you can! The set is beautiful and a lot of the movement is so graceful it almost looks like dancing. Beautiful show and message, well done.

Don't see it if You're looking for a big broadway show or a play that moves quickly. It has some slow moments but it works with the storyline.

95
Absorbing, Masterful, Resonant, Relevant, Great singing

See it if you're looking for a soulful show. It's beautiful and leaves you, while tear-jerked, uplifted. Plus Erivo & Brooks, truly remarkable.

Don't see it if you don't like gospel music or if you're not in the mood for a thought provoking show about women who stand up for themselves.

98
For a previous production
Hilarious, Must see, Original, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if you can get tickets!! It's about to transfer -- well deservedly I might add -- so catch it before it goes on a 6 month hiatus.

Don't see it if I can't even think of a reason not to see this show. Just go see it. It's incredible. Great music, story, digital set, acting: everything!

90
Bright Star
Midtown W
Great acting, Hilarious, Masterful, Must see, Refreshing

See it if you want an acting musical -- everyone's acting is phenomenal: you'll be on the edge of your seat at points!! Also if you like folk music.

Don't see it if you're looking for a sondheim-music oriented musical. This is a production that needs to be seen, not merely listened to (unlike Hamilton).

75
Enchanting, Great costumes, Great set, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if you have friends from out of town who want to see a show. Classic broadway and a name everyone knows. It's a beautiful show.

Don't see it if you're looking for something different and thought provoking.

88
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want a good laugh and to have a good time! There are some great scenes and the acting and staging is phenomenal.

Don't see it if you're looking for an intellectual play/musical. This one is more for fun.

100
For a previous production
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you're looking for a show that involves the audience and never stops moving! Absolutely brilliant acting and staging!

Don't see it if You're looking for the best seat in the house -- it doesnt exist because the cast is always moving.

97
Clever, Great writing, Must see, Profound, Riveting

See it if you're looking for a show that's going to be impactful in unexpected ways.

Don't see it if you're looking for a fluff musical. It's intense, thought-provoking, and poignant.

93
For a previous production
Mac Beth
Upper E Side
Riveting, Refreshing, Great staging, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if you want to see Slenderman news meet MacBeth. And see some young, incredible actresses

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional MacBeth. The show is trimmed down to be shorter. Well curated though!

85
The Lucky Ones
East Village
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Must see

See it if you like Ars Nova productions and are looking for a musical that's moving the art form forward. More developed than Hundred Days but similar

Don't see it if you don't like experimental theatre or documentary theater.

Also "Everything in this story is true. Even the parts that didn't happen."... Read more Read less

87
Great acting, Must see, Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see the world through a different lens about disability/bias. *Exquisite* female performance

Don't see it if you're tired of seeing a male authority figure as the narrator, subjecting a woman to his will. Also, not a spectacle; minimal set design

48
Time Stands Still
West Village
Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Great writing, Clever

See it if you're interested in the content. It's a very well written show... rather it's the performances and directing that leave a lot to be desired

Don't see it if you want to see this show produced well?? Also if you're not in the mood for content of war and Middle Eastern conflict, not a show for you

15
Diaspora
West Village
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Confused choices, Missed opportunity

See it if you want to see a critique of Birthright and contemplate the downfalls of American jewry.

Don't see it if just that. Don't see it. A 1:45 show w/o intermission that is too long for you to sit through

Also At first I thought this show was a critique of Birthright, which I wou... Read more Read less

98
During previews
Counting Sheep
Financial
Enchanting, Great singing, Masterful, Must see, Resonant

See it if you're a human. Everyone should go see this. Everyone.

Don't see it if you don't like political theatre? I honestly don't think there is a reason not to see it. It's moving and important. Please go see it.

95
After the Blast
Upper W Side
Clever, Delightful, Must see, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you love Zoe Kazan or Cristin Milioti. Impactful climate fiction theatre where Her meets City of Ember.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a woman bond with a robot and reconcile environmental struggles with mental ones.

Also Brilliant discussion of environmental collapse, depression, and relati... Read more Read less

90
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Exquisite, Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if you want a night of absorbing theatre! The acting and directing are exquisite. What Broadway performances strive to be.

Don't see it if you hang by Brantely's every word. For his complaints, I thought the components he hated made the show modern and better than the 88 version

80
During previews
Hundred Days
East Village
Great singing, Refreshing, Romantic, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you love Tune-Yards or folk punk and you want to listen to a love story told in "one-man-show style." Half way between Once and folk concert

Don't see it if you want a traditional show, if you want acting and movement on stage. Much more a concert style than musical.

89
Exquisite, Profound, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you love the show and Sondheim! Sunday is really a show to see live so if you can, do.

Don't see it if You're hoping it will top the original -- it doesnt. However, the acting by Gyllanthal and singing by Ashford is incredible!

78
Falsettos
Midtown W
Platitudinous, Entertaining, Dated, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You're a William Finn fan or if you love any of the actors in it -- they truly are magnificent, especially Christian Borle. Great jew jokes!

Don't see it if You want to see something new and thought-provoking/challenging. The subject matter is important but has been said better in other shows.

70
Great acting, Insipid, Disappointing, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you're interested! The mix between the Vonnegut story and early Menken is a bit odd but definitely intriguing! Also love NYCC, too cool.

Don't see it if You're looking for an inspiring or thought-provoking show that stays with you. It's rather disappointing in that regard but fun to watch.

90
The Golden Bride
Financial
Exquisite, Great acting, Must see, Profound, Refreshing

See it if you want an experience. Beautifully executed but worth seeing to be absorbed into 1920s NYC. Leaves you with a rare sense of national pride

Don't see it if you're not into supertitles -- the show is in Yiddish. Also don't expect a fresh new show; it's an antiquated story that is predictable.

85
During previews
Slow, Quirky, Fluffy, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you like vingette-like shows. I wasnt a fan of the show itself but the production was phenomenal -- bunch of incredible kids. So much talent

Don't see it if you don't like You're A Goodman Charlie Brown/if you're looking for something thought-provoking and moral filled.

85
Fluffy, Quirky, Entertaining, Delightful, Dated

See it if You just want a fun piece. The acting and singing are great and it's a star studded cast. Incredible set! But same story as You've Got Mail.

Don't see it if You want a thought provoking show or something refreshing. This is a dessert show: a treat to see. Dont see if you dont know the stars in it

100
Absorbing, Hilarious, Intelligent, Original, Relevant

See it if You get the chance!!! It's truly something special -- funny, insightful, and refreshing. Everyone should try and see it!!

Don't see it if you're not ready to be thrown into a fast moving musical that will be stuck in your head for weeks, if not months!

82
Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Quirky, Fluffy, Clever, Enchanting, Hilarious

See it if you're a musical-nerd. This show is packed with musical references and it's fun to see them thrown around, especially through musical puns!

Don't see it if you're looking for a show of real substance. This is much more about production and the references than the actual show or score. Just fun.

89
Wicked (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Must see, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you like distorted fairytales, because when you see this, Oz will never look the same. Also, this is where "big broadway" is at.

Don't see it if what you're looking for in a musical is sondheim-esque musicality, because the score is great, just not in /that/ way.

77
Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you're an Arthur Miller fan looking for a director's interesting take on the show.

Don't see it if you can't sit through slow, dramatic moments where silence is used as a mechanism to increase onstage tension.