rmspiar

Toronto | 35-49 | Female
About:  True Torontian, honorary Jersey Girl, New Yorker at heart. Days spent in government, nights spent at theater.
Reviews (90)
75
Very disney, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you love Disney musicals and Frozen. Full stop. It delivers exactly what you'd expect and is a delightful musical with great performances.

Don't see it if you have no love for the movie or if your expectations are too high. It's nothing earth-shattering but just plain enjoyable Disney fun.

80
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Fluffy, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you love Santino Fontana and Sarah Stiles or if you want light, fluffy, hilarious musical theater and are up for a clever adaptation.

Don't see it if you want masterful or memorable music or a serious musical, or if you have a problem with the base story line of the movie/musical.

95
Resonant, Masterful, Great staging, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see Fiddler done right. This production was designed and staged with masterful simplicity and delivered all the emotion we need.

Don't see it if you don't like Fiddler or aren't up for reading subtitles.

89
Edgy, Refreshing, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you’re open to a new interpretation of the show that brings it up to date, but changes the meaning/context that was originally intended.

Don't see it if you don’t like sparse scores, blank/stoic performances, or want a traditional production.

76
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Overrated, Great singing

See it if you love Brooks Ashmanskas (I missed Beth Leavel but her understudy was fab) and want a cute, fun, fluffy take on LGBTQ equality.

Don't see it if you expect it to be as funny, deep, and as touching as it has the potential to be, or if you want the songs to be memorable.

60
Fluffy, Cute, Banal

See it if you LOVE Clueless and want to see it adapted into a fun musical and are a nostalgic softie for 90s music.

Don't see it if rewriting lyrics to fit the musical will put you off or if inconsistent pacing will bother you. It's fun but completely unmemorable.

95
During previews
Great singing, Absorbing, Entertaining, Must see

See it if you love spirituals, a cappella music, and choreography and want it interwoven with a strong script. The acting is spot on and engaging.

Don't see it if you're tired of a story we've heard before and aren't comfortable with seeing bare bums.

85
Great acting, Must see, Intense, Riveting

See it if you have watched someone's health decline with Dementia and want a true-to-life performance, or if you want to see masterful actors onstage.

Don't see it if you don't like Lonergan's schtick - he uses his old tropes here as usual, or if seeing a reflection of Dementia would be too upsetting.

93
Absorbing, Epic, Masterful, Magical, Great staging

See it if you love Harry Potter, want to see some great stage/light effects, want to immerse yourself into a world, love children's story lines

Don't see it if scripts written like fan fiction aren't your thing, you need something serious

70
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you love the music and like the British style of staging (but whose changes make it so it doesn't quite live up to the hype from London)

Don't see it if you want good casting choices that elevate the material or you want a show that lives up to its emotional storyline

85
Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if you like the cast (and who wouldn't?), you want a smart and funny show that keeps you in the moment

Don't see it if you want a deeper dive into the issues or don't have patience for a show that dips in pacing towards the end

50
Cliched, Confusing, Great acting, Overrated, Slow

See it if you love Will Eno plays and/or Michael C Hall and if you like a lot of metaphor and mind an excruciatingly slow hour

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Will Eno's work or like a message and meaning that's clear and easy to understand

95
Lewiston/Clarkston
West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you love Samuel D Hunter, you relate to stories about disadvantaged and isolated people looking for connection, you want to see great acting

Don't see it if you can't sit on high stools, you want something light and fluffy, you want high production quality

73
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Ambitious, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want to see a play on a hot button issue that focuses on how youth process tragedy.

Don't see it if a play falling apart in the last five minutes will ruin the whole show for you or if you want something light and uplifting.

82
Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing, Fluffy

See it if you love the movie, Tina Fey, smart writing, a talented cast, and incredible energy. See it if you want to have fun.

Don't see it if excellent music is important to you - it's very mediocre but plays well in the context of the show. Don't see if you want complexity/depth.

40
During previews
Kid Victory
Gramercy
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if you need to see Kander's work or an incredible performance by a young actor.

Don't see it if you expect coherent vision (both in music and plot) and the Kander & Ebb quality of satire or have difficulty with deeply troubling content.

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60
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Great acting, Great singing, Indulgent, Unbalanced

See it if you want to see Glenn Close's heart-wrenching performance or a 40 piece orchestra onstage. Or is you love Andrew Lloyd Webber or this piece.

Don't see it if you want a balanced production where the orchestra and Close don't dwarf the rest of it or if you're not a fan of Lloyd Webber's music.

40
During previews
The Present
Midtown W
Banal, Great acting, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you want to see those actors on Broadway (and they are fantastic) and an like Chekhov.

Don't see it if if a jumbled and disjointed play that plods along slowly isn't your idea of how to spend a little mroe than three hours

65
Cats
Midtown W
Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if you love Andrew Lloyd Webber, incredible dancing, and are willing to let yourself go and embrace the whimsical absurdity of the show

Don't see it if if you need serious theatre or truly good music, or if you can't accept the show for what it is

82
Sweet Charity
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Dated

See it if you love the musical or want to see Sutton Foster up close and if you're OK with a very stripped down production

Don't see it if you want great choreography or costume design, or if a bare bones production of what should be a lavish and showy musical would bother you

10
The Portal
West Village
Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid, Slow

See it if you like vaguely tribal music and cheesy videos taking you on a mystical journey of self-discovery or want to bore yourself into a coma

Don't see it if you have anything better to do with your time or you'd rather take a tap or stare off into space daydreaming or ANYTHING ELSE possible

65
Ride the Cyclone
West Village
Overrated, Quirky, Funny

See it if you want to see a professional and polished production of a fun and quirky story best suited for small fringe theatre

Don't see it if you want character development or variation in song style

97
The Harvest
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you love Samuel D Hunter's plays and the raw emotion he draws from his characters or if you want to see exquisite acting.

Don't see it if you don't like Hunter's style or can't relate to his downtrodden, hopeless characters, clinging to their last hope of salvation.

95
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Resonant

See it if you haven't seen one of Smith's shows before or if you want to see verbatim interviews that will leave you an emotional wreck.

Don't see it if you don't want to be left upset or disillusioned by America's education and policing policies or if you want a light and happy show.

60
Letter to a Man
Brooklyn
Confusing, Dizzying, Indulgent, Profound, Overrated

See it if you like a visual masterpiece that dazzles the eye and the senses or if you need to see Mikhail Baryshnikov on stage.

Don't see it if you have no patience for repetitive dialogue and obscure imagery or want to pay way too much for only 70 minutes.

70
Great design, Overrated, Great singing, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you love the Temptations and juke box musicals. The lighting and set design and choreography are memorable and the singing is great.

Don't see it if you want more than a jukebox musical that feels like you're seeing a conveyor belt of group members. Very episodic and slow to get through.

78
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Clever

See it if you like Sorkin's style of writing and want to see a faster-paced version of the show. Also see it if you love Jeff Daniels.

Don't see it if you prefer a linear version of storytelling, are a Mockingbird purist, or don't like the Sorkin style.

85
Fluffy, Raunchy, Quirky, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if you want to be entertained with crazy, kooky fun. The performances are stellar and the staging and choreography are great.

Don't see it if you're looking for high art or serious music, or if you didn't love the movie.

86
The Dead, 1904
Upper E Side
Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want a truly immersive experience of Joyce's novella, including good alcohol and exquisite (yet simple) food. You feel you're in 1904.

Don't see it if a slow and steady pace without much "action" or you're not prepared to spend the cash to see it. It's special but very expensive.

83
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you don't mind watching someone unravel before you and you're interested in questions of class and identity, and if you like Lynn Nottage.

Don't see it if too much satire will ruin a profound and serious subject matter or if you're hoping it will be a deep and resonant as Ruined.

70
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Ambitious, Overrated

See it if you love Love LOVE Bryan Cranston's acting and Ivo van Hove's signature direction - they're in fine form here.

Don't see it if too many screens will distract you from watching the actual live acting or if a weak/miscast ensemble will bother you.

74
For a previous production
The Jungle
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Dizzying, Indulgent, Intense, Relevant

See it if you don't mind an academic-feeling retelling of the refugee camps in Calais and a dizzying story of survival and true diversity onstage.

Don't see it if it will bother you that an immersive show somehow makes you feel distanced from it or that it feels like one big PSA/guilt trip.

90
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intense, Must see, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you like intricate family stories with political content that's still relevant now and if you are familiar with The Troubles.

Don't see it if you're not prepared for a three hour show (even though it flies by quickly).

80
Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you love Raul Esparza and John Doyle, you're up for a show that throws our current political climate in your face

Don't see it if on-the-nose or not at all subtle parallels bother you or you don't want a show that makes you concentrate/work for it

75
Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you're a crazy Harry Potter fan and if you love Love LOVE the Hufflepuffs and want to see a campy show all about them

Don't see it if schtick gets old fast and you don't want repeated jokes

75
Enchanting, Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Overrated

See it if you love Phantom, you want to see a great cast (fall 2018), you want the stereotypical huge 90's mega-musical

Don't see it if you don't like ALW or his music or you want a smartly written book

90
Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if you want to see a show that parallels Mean Girls and explores question of race and color and what we value most

Don't see it if you like large scale shows

90
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want a fun show that's surprisingly relevant and deep. See it if you appreciate imaginative staging and great talent.

Don't see it if you want a serious show or if you find quirky kid-centric gags obnoxious.

74
During previews
Disappointing, Great acting, Slow

See it if you love Shaw's plays (and don't mind the more serious ones) or if you love Condola Rashad or Jack Davenport (they're fab).

Don't see it if you find Shaw slow and stodgy or want a traditional productions of older shows.

65
The Lucky Ones
East Village
Cliched, Indulgent, Insipid, Overrated, Great singing

See it if you love the Bengsons, Sonya Tayeh, and great choral arrangements (the choral work was wonderful).

Don't see it if you find autobiographical therapy sessions to be self-indulgent or if you mind a musical turning into a cabaret act after intermission.

85
During previews
If I Forget
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a realistic family drama and if you want to wrestle with difficult questions of Jewish identity in modern life/times.

Don't see it if you're tired of living room dramas, can't wait through a slow act 1 for the act 2 payoff, can't relate to questions of Jewish identity

100
For a previous production
Absorbing, Masterful, Must see, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you want to see amazing music and performances, masterful book, and touching true story that is an antidote to the current political climate

Don't see it if you expect a traditional a musical structure or are confused by actors playing multiple characters

55
For a previous production
God of Vengeance
Midtown W
Dated, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a play controversial at the time it was written with a harsh look at the religious Jewish community, done in Yiddish

Don't see it if you want strong acting and a clear direction, or a pace that doesn't make you fall asleep, or if critique of anything Jewish would upset you

70
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Intense

See it if you want to see incredible acting by Michael Urie and Robin De Jesus with themes of love and acceptance

Don't see it if you want an easy-to-understand story that would hold up with lesser actors or if bad sight lines would bother you

75
Falsettos
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great singing, Intense

See it if you love William Finn's music, you love the performers, you want to see an important musical for the time it was written

Don't see it if you need to actually like the characters you're asked to root for or if you don't like Finn's music

87
For a previous production
Delightful, Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you love David Yazbek's music and want to see a hear middle eastern musical influences, and you don't need an epic storyline

Don't see it if you want a big, flashy musical or incredible singing (apart from the female lead)

50
In Transit
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you LOOOOOVE a cappella music and don't care if the arrangements are generic and boring.

Don't see it if you care about interesting stories or characters or want to hear exciting a cappella.

84
During previews
Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you want to see a play directed by the playwright, great acting, and an emotional draining ending to a wonderful play.

Don't see it if you want tension built throughout the entire piece or if you want light subject matter.

87
Ambitious, Edgy, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to be made to feel uncomfortable and to confront unconscious racism today or if you want.

Don't see it if you want a light and fluffy theatre experience.

75
Funny Face
Midtown W
Dated, Funny, Fluffy

See it if you love Gershwin and want to see a polished but very small production with lots of energy.

Don't see it if you don't like dated shows with songs shoe-horned in, even if they are Gershwin. Or want a full scale production.