Randi Kira

New York City | 18-24 | Female
About:  Law student by day, theatre-goer by night. I love all kinds of theatre, but admit a slight preference for bigger productions and musicals more generally. In the end though, I never turn down a chance to see any kind of show. My goal as of right now is to see all the new and revival musicals eligible... Read more Read less
Reviews (100)
40
Slow, Disappointing

See it if you want to nap or leave at intermission

Don't see it if you think Condola Rashad is going to make this interesting...I've never experienced a less engaging performance.

86
Entertaining, Relevant, Great singing

See it if You like the original or like seeing shows like Heathers or Legally Blonde (this is sort of a mix of the two).

Don't see it if You want an exact replica of the movie or you want to see something with serious themes.

96
Masterful, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to see one of the most stunning performances of all time. Very atypical production in many ways, all done in service of great art.

Don't see it if you have traumatic associations with infertility, can't handle the themes.

90
During previews
Profound, Resonant, Romantic, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if you're looking for a subtler show with great acting and chemistry between the leads.

Don't see it if you want excitement or a big twist.

88
Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You’re interested in conversations around race and class particularly in education.

Don't see it if You don’t like long monologues or have a problem with character over plot.

85
During previews
Profound, Intense, Slow, Resonant, Great acting

See it if You like plays with these themes, you can handle the almost 8 hour commitment, you want to see Garfield Pace and Lane in incredible form.

Don't see it if You're looking for a light or quick show. You care about set design (for part 1 at least, what an ugly and pointless set).

69
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Also As a person who works on issues of disability, I felt that the big rev... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Fun, Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like a show that is a spectacle, have kids, enjoy spongebob, or just want to see something fun and light.

Don't see it if you're looking for a serious show with a deep message--there are definititely jokes for the adults, but this is a light one overall.

88
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Dated, Absorbing

See it if You like shows with gay themes, you like Urie and want to see him in a pretty stellar performance.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a short play or a light play—you’d get that if you stayed just for act 1, but act 2 is better.

80
Slow, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in new interpretations.

Don't see it if you want a ton of Burstyn

93
Refreshing, Masterful, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate great storytelling, and are open to a new and different experience.

Don't see it if You're expecting huge dazzling tricks or a cohesive plot.

Also This is definitely one of my favorite things I've seen recently. It's ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Missable, Quirky, Funny

See it if You have a strong desire to see one of these performers.

Don't see it if You're expecting to be profoundly moved. The funny moments are very funny, but the important moments fell a bit flat.

78
During previews
Dark, Relevant, Intelligent, Edgy

See it if you're looking for a compelling depiction of what a nightmare-scenario looks like under the current regime. James Badge Dale is phenomenal.

Don't see it if you're going for Tunie. She had to call out for a line and generally seemed stiff in the role.

100
During previews
Masterful, Must see, Great singing, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You have any affection for the film, or want to see perfect singing and acting in a family friendly and gorgeous show.

Don't see it if I have nothing to write here. A perfect adaptation.

89
During previews
Thought-provoking, Funny, Resonant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see a play with many moving parts all done with precision. The three leads in particular are very strong.

Don't see it if you don't like shows without intermissions.

26
Great acting, Intense, Disappointing

See it if you prefer immersive versions of shows. The actors are great but I got nothing out of that at all.

Don't see it if you want to have a pleasant evening.

Also Honestly...I REALLY don't get it. Can't believe I spent money on this,... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Fluffy, Indulgent, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you're interested in feminine, feminist stories, or want to see Ebersole or Lupone live. Story I didn't know and enjoyed!

Don't see it if you want serious/intense content.

Also The sets and costumes here are beautiful...the whole show feels very e... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Resonant, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you have an interest in the Arab-Israeli conflict/peace process. This play brilliantly depicts the history and is acted to perfection.

Don't see it if You can't handle long shows (did not feel slow, but is three acts and three hours).

95
During previews
Romantic, Enchanting, Hilarious, Quirky, Delightful

See it if you're okay with longer expositions, want to see witty interesting and different musical theatre.

Don't see it if you want deep thought or particularly catchy songs.

79
For a previous production
Quirky, Fluffy, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like slapstick. You want to laugh and not think.

Don't see it if you want broadway level performances...this is funny, but feels like dinner theatre. I found myself wishing I'd had a drink beforehand.

96
During previews
Quirky, Resonant, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like shows with an emotional pull and a mix of characters.

Don't see it if you don't find the premise intriguing.

Also I really enjoyed this, but wish I'd liked the music itself more. Jenn ... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You have any interest in the law, particularly movement law, or the events Kunstler was associated with.

Don't see it if You dislike stories about court cases or civil rights.

93
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a story that you'll recognize from your own life while also looking back on the state of the world 17 years ago.

Don't see it if you dislike stories about religion, judaism in particular, and the intersection with secular thought, israel policy, and the holocaust.

Also Steven Levenson has a way with words. Notably, they are still making c... Read more Read less

78
Raunchy, Quirky, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if your goal is to see Sutton Foster. She does a great job, but the production value of the show is low which doesn't suit the score.

Don't see it if you want to be uplifted. Sweet Charity in a deconstructed produdction just tends to emphasize how sad the whole thing is.

82
During previews
Slow, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Fun

See it if you want to see some great singers tell some typical-New-Yorker stories in an entertaining way. The a capella was actually a good thing!

Don't see it if you want a story that will make you think, you have a problem with a capella, you are looking to see Telly Leung (he's severely underused).

Also My criticisms of this one are actually pretty big ones, but I really d... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You love the cast or the themes of the play

Don't see it if You’re looking for Parsons (he’s out currently, but McGrath is phenomenal)

80
Entertaining, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if You like the movie or have small kids. You have listened to the new music and enjoy it.

Don't see it if You’re expecting something innovative/different from a typical Disney Theatricals production (think Aladdin).

97
During previews
Exquisite, Romantic, Great staging, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you like the film version or other classic takes on this classic.

Don't see it if you're hung up on issues with the story it's based on and/or want an innovative revival.

89
Resonant, Relevant, Clever, Great writing

See it if You are interested in an inside look at toxic masculinity and violence in the modern day.

Don't see it if You can’t handle hard seats or guns.

70
Sweet, Corny, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you're not looking for a typical theatre experience, you're interested in art that's about human connection

Don't see it if you think its a play (it's not), you have no interest in simple stories. This isn't a thinker, so don't overthink it.

90
During previews
Fluffy, Great dancing, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You like classic musicals and want to see Joshua Henry in a stellar performance.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a new spin on an old tale

95
During previews
Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You can handle the themes of abuse and serious illness. You like one person shows.

Don't see it if You won’t be able to deal with stories about bodies undergoing trauma, or you dislike women and feminism.

79
Entertaining, Fluffy, Quirky, Indulgent, Great singing

See it if You still feel close to or nostalgic for your own teen angst moments...I did, and really enjoyed some of the moments.

Don't see it if You’re expecting the next Dear Evan Hansen...this lacks the level of complexity and the stakes that make it relevant to an adult audience.

72
During previews
Entertaining, Different, Disappointing

See it if you like shows that place aesthetic values or an attempt to be unique/new/different ahead of other aspects of storytelling.

Don't see it if you're looking for development of characters, plot, or even a number of musical motifs.

Also To me this is a better version of Great Comet, in that the music here ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Great dancing, Fluffy, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You're a big theatre person and want to see a revue with a number of great shows featured.

Don't see it if You want to learn much about Prince (the narration only came in between some shows).

Also There are a few miscast moments in this because there are only a few a... Read more Read less

75
Relevant, Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You don't mind that this is probably a toned down (and not off book) version of the show.

Don't see it if Binders of music distract...because they did.

65
During previews
Disturbing, Relevant, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if Honestly, this is the first time I wish I didn't have to pick a number to score. Very gory and distressing, but altogether well done...

Don't see it if You can't handle blood, torture, intense sound effects, dislike projections, etc. very very dark...don't do this for a light event.

85
Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy historical pieces, religious and queer themes.

Don't see it if You're looking for a light show or a fast paced show.

78
During previews
Relevant, Slow, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You have an interest in military/vet stories or jazz. You love Cott or Osnes.

Don't see it if You think blankenbuehler has never met a curve he wouldn't want to angle off (true. Should've hired a different choreographer.)

95
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant, Masterful, Must see

See it if You have any interest in better understanding the way both the gender and the ethos of the 2016 presidential candidates effected your view.

Don't see it if You can't stand anything remotely political or feel even hearing the words of the debate again would be traumatic.

95
During previews
Crowd-pleasing, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if This show is perhaps the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Bette is very funny, though my favorite performance was Gavin Creel as Cornelius.

Don't see it if You have anything but positive feelings for Bette Midler, she has the crowd on her side from minute one (some stood for her entrance.)

Also If you can, I'd advise against sitting in the balcony. So many people ... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Quirky, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a master at work. Christian Borle is perfect as Wonka.

Don't see it if You want a show with a powerful first act. You're expecting more of the Gene Wilder film's story than the Burton film's story.

Also Unfortunately, Charlie Bucket is, as he has always been, a terribly bo... Read more Read less

93
During previews
Romantic, Refreshing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you like romantic comedies, little moments of magic, etc.

Don't see it if you want a replica of the movie, you want a thinker of a show.

Also I went in thinking, based on the show score, that this wouldn't be nea... Read more Read less

93
During previews
Masterful, Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You have any interest at all...I didn't see Eva and was still wowed. Beautifully staged, precisely what a revival of this show should be.

Don't see it if You can't handle the story (Vietnam, violence, tragedy, etc.).

80
During previews
Overrated, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you're interested in encountering a bubble very unlike the one that most New Yorkers live in.

Don't see it if you think it'll really illuminate something new or different about blue collar areas and people.

Also I came into this expecting too much, perhaps. The acting was stellar a... Read more Read less

94
During previews
Refreshing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you're a millenial. This hits every note of my lived experience perfectly (especially for all you single people out there #solidarity).

Don't see it if you aren't interested in stories about young people or relationships.

95
During previews
Thought-provoking, Romantic, Exquisite, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you have any love of Sondheim. This is one of his best works staged and acted beautifully. Best way to put it? Simply splendid.

Don't see it if you are stuck on the original production or dislike Sondheim music.

22
During previews
Cliched, Confusing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if Trigger warning for suicide. Only reason to see it is for the kid playing Luke...the rest is god awful.

Don't see it if You want to save yourself some money and time!

Also Edited to explain more: there are far too many characters who are ines... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Resonant, Great singing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to feel something. I'll be honest, this was so relatable for me that this may be biased, but I hardly have the words to express...

Don't see it if you buy into the idea that millenials and social media are ruining the world, you're turned off by stories which involve mental health.

85
Relevant, Refreshing, Fluffy, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like fun pop music, you're not looking for a particularly heavy storyline. A total blast! Todrick Hall is awesome!!

Don't see it if you're afraid of some epic drag queens and the shoes they will stop all over you in.