RegularJo

New York City | Female

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Reviews (31)
67
Overrated, Fluffy, Disappointing, Banal, Ambitious

See it if you want to experience a focus group for yourself.

Don't see it if you want something with conflict, plot and drama.

Also I have enjoyed many shows at Ars Nove, but I expected more from this g... Read more Read less

95
Delightful, Edgy, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you like good experimental shows that really work and are affecting and moving

Don't see it if You want a traditional musical from the 1950s

Also I came not knowing what to expect, but I trust Ars Nova as a producer ... Read more Read less

57
During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if you like experimental theater that is literary but not literal.

Don't see it if if you need a linear plot or a show that makes sense.

Also I'm sorry but I did not get this show at all. Although I agree that Jo... Read more Read less

96
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you like great acting, one woman show, with an emotional punch

Don't see it if you don't like one woman show, monologue, not much physical movement.

Also The night I saw it, the actress Courtney Shaw was mesmerizing. You can... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Romantic, Clever

See it if you like Shakespeare and a clever look at his private life; intimate shows with music and great acting.

Don't see it if you want a big musicals or small plays that make you think.

Also One woman plays all the characters in the show and she is wonderfully ... Read more Read less

70
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy social drame

Don't see it if you like muscials

67
Banal, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if you want to ponder an artist and muse relationship, and see a woman undress on stage. Twice.

Don't see it if you are expecting a "thriller."

Also "Psychological thriller" it is not. This show deals with manipulation ... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you like ensemble acting.

Don't see it if you would prefer a musical or light entertainment.

79
Delightful, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want to hear some truly great songs

Don't see it if you don't like NYMF musicals or festivals

Also Full disclosure: I know and worked with Graham Russell and I am a fan.... Read more Read less

85
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if you like Yiddish theatre and history, unconventional structure, thoughtful drama, Paula Vogel.

Don't see it if you object to portrayals of lesbianism, non-traditional theater, echoes of the Holocaust, non-traditional staging.

Also In many ways this is a beautiful piece, but it may confound as well. L... Read more Read less

99
Absorbing, Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you like absorbing topical drama with deep characters with lots to say, that hit you in the chest and head, literally.

Don't see it if you don't like dramas that keep you on the edge of your seat and make you think and feel.

Also I haven't seen a drama this good in years! I gave this a 99 because no... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you want to see a show about topical issues.

Don't see it if you are looking for a light evening of entertainment.

74
Confusing, Great acting, Disappointing, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you like thoughtful dramas that meander a bit; or think about art and the meaning of life in dramatic form.

Don't see it if you are expecting the music to push the show forward.

Also This is a moving but puzzling show. It gets off to a great start but t... Read more Read less

80
For a previous production
Cliched, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if you like physical British comedy and want to laugh.

Don't see it if what depth or a story or the meaning of...well anything!

100
Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you like music, poetry, hip hop, inventive work derived from Shakespeare or classic texts. Great for HS kids, spouses, friends, grandma!

Don't see it if you really hate hip hop, but honestly, this is so clever it might make you fan.

Also This is one of the best shows I've seen all year and it's only because... Read more Read less

78
Entertaining, Great acting, Profound, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a show with social conscience. If you like personal experiences, monologues, point of views.

Don't see it if you need a plot-driven piece.

84
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great singing, Solid

See it if you want an intimate show with lots of music that takes you out of today and puts you back in another era.

Don't see it if you want a modern, fast-paced, edge of your seat rollercoaster.

Also To win a world war, you need all hands. This is a story about the way ... Read more Read less

72
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Buffet

See it if if you want a very light evening of entertainment, singing and jokes and a tuneful pop score that makes no sense.

Don't see it if if you like a little more plot and depth or don't like pop-infused musicals.

Also I don't want to add to the fray by jumping on this poorly constructed ... Read more Read less

74
Ambitious, Edgy, Indulgent, Intense, Disappointing

See it if if you like the Bengsons, complex music and a complex story that's a fascinating tell-all.

Don't see it if you are looking for an uplifting experience.

Also The show starts out great with wonderful characterizations, scenes and... Read more Read less

75
Intelligent, Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You like a small musical without a lot of fluff; interesting music and a focus on character

Don't see it if that's not enough to sustain your interest.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Enchanting, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if you like good singing, dancing and a light evening of entertainment.

Don't see it if you want heavy drama or insight into what made this legend tick.

Also More of a cabaret than play, you wish you were sitting at a table with... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you like riveting drama about a dysfunctional family and a young man facing a difficult choice.

Don't see it if you would rather watch a musical or something light.

Also A thoroughly engrossing and intense drama set in the 60s Greenwich Vil... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see

See it if you like nuanced dramadies about human relationships and interactions.

Don't see it if like big fluffy musicals

Also Absolutely LOVED this show. Funny, brisk and thought-provoking; it giv... Read more Read less

98
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you like a good story with good music and good performances in a small venue.

Don't see it if don't like uplifting, heart felt stories with country (ish) music

Also This show really has it together for an early stage show. I think we w... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious

See it if you like a classic text with classic opera.

Don't see it if you want a straight forward musical.

Also It's a small theater, so there isn't much room. Still this production ... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you like physical theater, creative staging, non-traditional ways of presenting theater, classic texts with a modern twist.

Don't see it if you want a traditional play that stays closely to the book.

Also I am a big fan of the retelling of classic texts in a new and bold way... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you like topical, political theater with music, laughs and farce.

Don't see it if you don't like political topics, war or 9/11 as the subject matter for a musical or comedy.

Also I found the show thought-provoking and entertaining. But it can also b... Read more Read less

82
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if you want fun, live entertainment with some improve, audience participation, jokes and one liners and a thin but lucid plot.

Don't see it if you want something deep and probing, or if you think theater should be more than an entertaining night out.

Also It's clever and lots of fun; the night we saw it the gay character lan... Read more Read less

26
During previews
Confusing, Banal, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you want to fall asleep.

Don't see it if you want something that makes sense.

Also The actor in the play says: "It's a question of how you want to spend ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Banal, Indulgent, Disappointing, Funny, Overrated

See it if you love Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole; costumes that rival a drag show, makeup and beauty as a topic for songs.

Don't see it if you want to see a show about human emotions, relevant topics, people with purpose, meaningful relationships.

Also You might think this a show about two powerful women, it is and it isn... Read more Read less

20
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if you like stripped down, one man shows, that are not funny and are supposedly "deep," and you like seeing a guy sip on a water bottle.

Don't see it if you want a plot, characters, story, effects.

Also Why is this show on Broadway? I would have enjoyed it more as a comple... Read more Read less