Ronni

Danbury | 65+ | Female
About:  Long-time theater lover, Brooklyn native. Love a broad range of theater, from toe-tapping musicals to profound plays. If it's good, I want to see it!
Reviews (55)
88
Scenes From Childhood
East Village
Poignant, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Brave and moving work about the effect on an actor's life when he learns the truth about his father. Great piano music a bonus!

Don't see it if You are not interested in the effects of the AIDS crisis.

Also Ari Brand is terrific playing both his dad and himself, and the rest o... Read more Read less

75
During previews
I Spy a Spy
Midtown W
Relevant, Good staging, Great singing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You like great singing and stories about immigrants. Performers were all top-notch!

Don't see it if You want memorable music and more effective story telling. Plot lines could be tightened up and the whole show made shorter.

94
Great dancing, Resonant, Relevant, Great singing, Delightful

See it if Just WONDERFUL - funny, moving, inspiring, fabulous performances. An unusual level of emotional character development for a musical.

Don't see it if You don't want to feel better about our current moment - but who wouldn't? See it!!

85
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if You want to see a show that's truly a musical COMEDY, lots of great laughs, and comic staging. Terrific performances by all involved.

Don't see it if You can't suspend disbelief enough to enjoy it (e.g., one actor given the power to change the entire plot of a show)

87
During previews
Vilna
Midtown W
Intense, Relevant, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in historical events, specifically stories about the Holocaust. Even if you think you aren't, go. And tell your friends.

Don't see it if You are upset by accurate depictions of disturbing events. But see it anyway.

Also At 2-1/2 hours it is long for a play these days, especially one on thi... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Clever choreography

See it if You've never seen a staging of this show (my reason), which is not done very often. It helps to know the plot and background.

Don't see it if You only like musicals with full orchestra & chorus, this is a slimmed-down version. The impact of the finale was less because of it.

Also This show stretches the "no intermission" trend beyond its limit - it'... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if you're a big fan of Cher, Stephanie J. Block and Bob Mackie's costumes, you'll have plenty of all three!

Don't see it if you're not interested in Cher or big-production musicals.

Also I think the story of Cher's life deserves a treatment with more feelin... Read more Read less

75
Noura
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Intelligent play depicting an Iraqi Christian family and their experience of living in the US - with dramatic and unexpected plot twists

Don't see it if You're not interested in the immigrant experience

68
Adam Minus Josh
Midtown W
Entertaining, Disappointing, Funny, Relevant, Good acting

See it if You want to see a depressed guy in post-breakup mode. Lots of dialogue but no real dramatic arc. Sometimes funny, sometimes tedious.

Don't see it if You are offended by gay cultural references.

87
During previews
Private Peaceful
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You enjoy one-person shows, with tour-de-force acting and interesting historical details.

Don't see it if If you only like shows with large casts and elaborate sets. Or musicals.

68
The Diana Tapes
Soho/Tribeca
Intelligent, Confusing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Clever staging

See it if You can't get enough of anything about Princess Diana

Don't see it if You only like musicals or big productions

78
Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Slow

See it if You are a big fan of Mark Rylance, he gives an exceptional performance, truly delightful. You love Handel arias.

Don't see it if You want something fast-paced, this was very slow. Also, it had no great dramatic moments or surprises.

76
During previews
Party Face
Midtown W
Cliched, Funny, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You're a fan of Hayley Mills, you like fine acting and a story focused on women's experiences, mental health issues

Don't see it if You're not interested in any of the above. Story lines have been done before but I still found it touching.

84
Exciting, fun, challenging

See it if You love show dancing, want to get an inside view of a real dance studio and learn from a Broadway choreographer!

Don't see it if You have any physical challenges, or have never danced before. The skill level of the instruction was not targeted to non-dancers.

81
Disappointing, Great staging, Fluffy, Delightful, Dated

See it if You appreciate classic musicals, great costumes and staging. Are a big fan of Bette Midler.

Don't see it if You only like contemporary musicals. You don't like farce and broad performances.

Also Bette Midler definitely has her own take on the part, but it involves ... Read more Read less

89
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant, Funny

See it if you want to see a fast-moving musical with a big heart. Cast is uniformly excellent, with clever staging of individual scenes

Don't see it if you are extremely sensitive to a 9/11 theme. Or you only like musicals with multiple sets and costumes.

75
During previews
The Lucky One
Midtown W
Great acting, Intelligent, Delightful, Quirky, Slow

See it if you enjoy well-acted period pieces with classic themes; here it's sibling rivalry

Don't see it if you can't see past British accents and early 20th century costumes and settings to appreciate a timeless relationship story

Also The first act a bit slow and repetitive, story picked up in the second... Read more Read less

74
Beneath The Gavel
Midtown E
Clever, Confusing, Disappointing, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you're interested in the art world and like interactive theater. Very creative staging, decent acting.

Don't see it if You want a fully fleshed-out drama. Would have liked fewer artsy dance pieces & more scenes explaining the relationships. Confusing ending.

Also This piece could have been more powerful if they had shown a connectio... Read more Read less

78
Yours Unfaithfully
Midtown W
Clever, Intelligent, Resonant, Quirky

See it if You like thoughtful plays in period-piece settings

Don't see it if You only like simple topics with clearly resolved endings

77
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Quirky, Enchanting, A real pie-ful

See it if You love Sara Bareilles's music, Jessie Mueller fan (she is wonderful), don't mind a story w/serious aspects, are a fan of Chris. Fitzgerald

Don't see it if Simulated sex bothers you, you don't like woman-focused shows, and need to hear every word (SO frustrating!)

49
Himself and Nora
West Village
Disappointing, Insipid, Raunchy, Clever staging, Good acting

See it if You'd be interested in a conventional musical about an unconventional writer, without compelling lead performances (better secondary cast)

Don't see it if You want authentic accents or memorable songs. Also, if raunchy jokes bother you.

85
During previews
Radiant Vermin
Midtown E
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You like clever, thoughtful dramas with fantastic acting.

Don't see it if You don't like minimal staging, fast-talking British accents or surreal plot lines.

90
Absorbing, Great staging

See it if you like innovative musicals with serious themes

Don't see it if you only like traditional musicals and homosexual themes bother you

82
Enchanting, Entertaining, Slow, Original, Masterful

See it if you love ballet and Gershwin!

Don't see it if the WWII setting doesn't interest you

75
Honeymoon in Vegas
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Original

See it if You like warm-hearted musicals

Don't see it if You don't want to hear about the dangers of sunbathing

70
Fluffy, Great singing, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if Anything even remotely to do with "Love, Actually" makes you happy.

Don't see it if If you're looking for a really clever parody of the movie. This was very broad and hectic.

Also My favorite moment - Laura Linney has a song about "why am I in this m... Read more Read less

98
Great staging, Resonant, Masterful, Great acting, Delightful

See it if Beautifully realized production of a classic show that resonates today. Exciting, great dancing, very moving. So, nu, what else do you want?

Don't see it if The supertitles are on the right and left sides of the stage, and took some getting used to. But it was worth it!

80
Intense, Great singing, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You appreciate absolutely wonderful performances, and are open to new interpretations of the story. Not your grandma's Oklahoma!

Don't see it if You only like traditional presentations of classic musicals. There is lots of food for thought here, but very dark at times.

Also The dream ballet went on WAY too long. I found having the house lights... Read more Read less

89
Ambitious, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like Shakespeare presented in a contemporary manner

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare, only like traditional gender roles, full productions with scenery

Also We really loved this production, especially the actress playing Hamlet... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Fluffy, Funny, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like classic Cole Porter musicals. You love Kelli O'Hara & Will Chase, they're fabulous. Second leads also good, great dancing.

Don't see it if You insist on emotionally coherent endings. We never hear why Lilli/Katharine changes her mind so the happy ending felt like- what happened?

Also Even though the dancing was good (fabulous tap number) the choreograph... Read more Read less

68
Eco Village
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Relevant, Slow, Good staging

See it if Interestingly-staged but slow-moving stories about young people who are trying to find their way in a cultish community.

Don't see it if You are troubled by depictions of communal living drugs, violence, sex or homosexual characters.

Also This show doesn't seem to know what it wants to be - manifesto? romanc... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Red State Blue State
West Village
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if If you're a fan of Colin Quinn's acerbic and topical (and decidedly Democratic) humor

Don't see it if You're not a fan of one-man shows or political humor. You must have an "80 minute" show -- it was actually 65 minutes long.

Also I probably would have rated this higher if he acknowledged even once t... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in history and the parallels (and lack of them) to today's polities. Masterfully acted one-man show.

Don't see it if You have no interest in learning about politics and our country's history.

Also This is an interesting and moving inside look at RFK's brief president... Read more Read less

86
Popcorn Falls
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if you love farce, and great acting: a mind-boggling number of roles played by only 2 actors. Great direction by Christian Borle!

Don't see it if you only like serious drama or musicals. There are some heartfelt moments but not the focus of the production.

77
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Historical

See it if You like women-focused productions, with great popular music of the last 8 decades, and a little history thrown in.

Don't see it if If you're looking for a show with a lot of dialogue and characterization, this is more of a revue.

Also The show is lots of fun but it does get slightly political at one poin... Read more Read less

75
Later Life
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Quirky, Resonant

See it if You're interested in seeing the relationship challenges of over-50's adults. You're a fan of A.R. Gurney's work.

Don't see it if You'r e not interested in relationships limited to white, upper class folks. Some of the references are dated.

94
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Unique

See it if you are open to a different experience, an historical exploration that is part play, part performance art. Clever use of technology.

Don't see it if you only like fully-produced plays/musicals, or would be uncomfortable in an intimate setting

78
Junk
Upper W Side
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy complex stories and are knowledgeable about the corporate/financial doings in the 1980's

Don't see it if you don't care anything about financial or economic topics

Also The playwright could have done a better job of defining the terms and ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Slow, Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant, Moving

See it if You like wonderful music and true-to-life vignettes about universal human situations

Don't see it if You like fast-moving shows with dancing (it's not and there is none)

Also This show is not at all political or religious, despite the the facts ... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like well-written, fantastically acted, thoughtful plays.

Don't see it if You're not interested in thinking about marriage and relationships, or only want to see a musical.

96
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Entertaining, Must see, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You want to see a work of theatrical genius on many levels - the writing, the choreography and staging, the themes. Uniquely wonderful.

Don't see it if You have no interest in American history. Also - I recommend listening to the music at least once, and reading a synopsis of the story.

Also I was lucky enough to see it as a lottery winner (!!) so shouldn't nit... Read more Read less

85
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you want to see creative staging of a classic work that's still relevant today. Amazing performances!

Don't see it if you only like musicals and lighter fare

50
Four Sisters
Midtown W
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if Your desire to know anything at all about the daughters of Tsar Nicholas II outweighs your need to be entertained. (Better at end, dramatic)

Don't see it if You lack patience for stilted, overly formal dialogue without any visual enhancement (projections, costume change, etc.)

79
During previews
The Front Page
Midtown W
Disappointing, Dated, Great acting, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you're a huge fan of Nathan Lane/John Slattery/John Goodman, and are curious about old-fashioned comedies

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through 3 acts, 2-3/4 hours of intermittent laughs of a non-compelling story.

Also I was SO disappointed, had great hopes for this - love the cast, thoug... Read more Read less

69
During previews
The Good Earth
Soho/Tribeca
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Quirky, Great singing

See it if You like plays with elements of performance art, a capella singing, great performances

Don't see it if You don't like loud noises, accents or hard to understand endings

85
Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful, Great singing

See it if You're a baby boomer or just love the music of the '60's - being a fan of Carole King doesn't hurt!

Don't see it if You only like traditional musicals, or are not a fan of 60's music

86
Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You like classic musicals with great singing and dancing and beautiful sets

Don't see it if You only like edgy or modern works

91
Bright Star
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like a good story, innovative choreography, great acting and singing

Don't see it if You hate bluegrass music, or anything that's not traditional Broadway fare

91
Rabbit Hole
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you want to be emotionally moved ... but there are some funny parts too

Don't see it if you don't like intense subject matter such as this

58
Fool For Love
Midtown W
Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Dated, Intelligent

See it if you're a fool for Sam Shepard plays and like cowboys

Don't see it if you don't like intense dramas that can be confusing