Ronni K

New York City | 50-64 | Female
About:  Theater junkie and the biggest Ahrens & Flaherty fan in the universe. Other shows I love that are not A&F shows : Dear Evan Hansen, Next to Normal, Avenue Q, Curious Incident, Clybourne Park.
Reviews (33)
82
During previews
Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see the work of one of the hottest new writers in NY right now. She is crazy talented.

Don't see it if The subject of school shootings is too raw for you, or you only light to see things that are "light".

100
During previews
Enchanting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you want to see a show that is as close to perfect as a musical gets. OOTI is my favorite show of all time, and this revival is a dream.

Don't see it if SEE IT!!!!!!

Also OOTI is the show that introduced me to Ahrens & Flaherty, and taught m... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Great acting, Entertaining, Profound

See it if you like plays that make you ponder BIG questions and you want to see 3 actors giving great performances.

Don't see it if you want something completely straightforward

Also PARALLELOGRAM was not as good as CLYBOURNE PARK, but there was a lot o... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if you love Allison Janney, and if you like sharp writing. I laughed a lot.

Don't see it if you are not comfortable with full frontal nudity. That was a bit of a shocker.

63
During previews
Great acting, Disappointing

See it if see it for Christian Borle. He's pretty great.

Don't see it if you love the movie, bc the show pales in comparison. A real missed opportunity. The new songs are not good, and adults playing kids-- NO!

38
During previews
Banal, Overrated, Repetitive

See it if you really do want to hear the same thing OVER AND OVER AND OVER. I know that is the conceit of the show, but UGH!!!!! Andy Karl is great.

Don't see it if you want to maintain your sanity.

51
During previews
Great acting, Raunchy, Rambling, weird

See it if you like plays about weird sexual habits

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with nudity, profanity, and LOTS of talk about sex. Not sure what to make of this one. It's really bizarre.

41
Bizarre, inappropriate,

See it if you're a Kander completist, or if you, know, you like pedophile musicals.

Don't see it if you'd rather not be weirded out. Not sure who thought this was a good idea.

68
During previews
Slow, Melodramatic

See it if you really like these actord or if you want to see the play for your theatrical edification.

Don't see it if you're expecting anything close to DEATH OF A SALESMAN. I thought everyone was overacting.

60
Disappointing, Funny, Cliched

See it if you like Randy Graff, Josh Radnor or Julie Halston and if you like fairly intelligent shows

Don't see it if you're expecting something REALLY great. It's only OK.

68
During previews
Great singing, Overrated, Repetitive

See it if you are already a fan of the show and want to see this cast. Christian Borle is great, as always.

Don't see it if Sorry, I am just not a William Finn fan. He is SO repetitive. He also only has 2 speeds-- ballads (often lovely) and frenetic, headache-y

51
Cliched

See it if you like big dance numbers; there's some good dancing.

Don't see it if you have any attachment whatsoever to the movie. The casting is weird and it takes FOREVER to get to the actual point of the story.

86
During previews
Intense, Resonant, Funny

See it if you like pop-rock musicals and minimalist shows

Don't see it if you like big, fancy production numbers

Also I LOVE the original production, and while these three actors are not a... Read more Read less

56
Loud,

See it if You like typical ALW, where there are 2 good songs and the rest is completely forgettable. The kids are great.

Don't see it if you want to keep your hearing. And, the movie is SO much better.

31
Disappointing, Banal, Cliched

See it if you like musicals will bad scores and one of the weirdest opening numbers ever.

Don't see it if you actually like to think when you go to the theater

70
Quirky, Sweet

See it if you want to see something completely innocuous but not especially memorable. Also, see it for Jessie Mueller. She's great.

Don't see it if you only like shows with lots of flash. This is pretty low key

92
Funny, Edgy, Clever

See it if you loved Avenue Q or other irreverent shows.

Don't see it if you are offended by religious humor

68
Intelligent, Frenetic, relentless

See it if you want to be challenged about interesting issues, but also can tolerate being screamed at.

Don't see it if you don't take a Xanax first.. Within the first 15 minutes, I was exhausted by the anxiety level of every single character.

Also I think the play has really interesting and important things to say, b... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you want to see something unlike you have ever seen before.

Don't see it if see it!

Also I LOVED this play!!! I had no idea what to expect and I was completely... Read more Read less

59
Disappointing, Banal, Unnecessary

See it if you like these two divas. They do a decent job ( despite Lupone's awful diction). But the story has no heart. Who cares?

Don't see it if You want to actually FEEL something.

80
During previews
Classic, tuneful

See it if you adore Bette Midler. She's good, but I don't fawn over her, so she was fine.

Don't see it if you don't like golden age, classic musicals. Also, for some reason, the sets and costumes are UGLY and distracting.

80
Delightful, Quirky, Romantic

See it if you love Philippa Soo! She can do anything, I thought the show was really charming, if offbeat.

Don't see it if you want a huge action packed evening

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you like plays with REAL SUBSTANCE that leave you thinking for days afterward. Reed Birney is spectacular and Letts is one of the greats.

Don't see it if you want a light evening and are not up for introspection

78
Funny, Poignant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to laugh a little, cry a little...

Don't see it if you don't like plays that are VERY contemporary, or maybe not if you are already feeling very lonely. Uneven writing, but Glick is great

86
Great singing, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if you like ensemble shows, and if you can deal with the 9/11 subject matter.

Don't see it if you get confused by people playing multiple characters or if you like to see "star turns"

Also I really liked the show, though perhaps just a tad less than everyone ... Read more Read less

91
For a previous production
Great writing, Great singing, Romantic

See it if you are a HUGE Ahrens & Flaherty fan like I am. The new songs are as good or better than the ones from the movie.

Don't see it if you SHOULD see it!

62
For a previous production
Slow.., Disappointing, Overrated, Romantic, Slow

See it if you like Yazbek or Tony Shalhoub

Don't see it if you want shows where something actually happens.

Also Meh... I don't get all the fuss....I LOVE Tony Shalhoub, and he's grea... Read more Read less

59
Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you want to see diane lane and Joel Grey

Don't see it if you ( like me) don't necessarily "get" Chekhov. I just didn't care whether the orchard got sold or not

94
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Riveting

See it if you want to see a genius at work.

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows

83
Great singing, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if if you want to experience the fierceness of Kecia Lewis! if you want to learn about two really amazing women

Don't see it if you don't like gospel music

68
Edgy, Raunchy, Slick

See it if if you are into "not your average musical" shows. It's well done, but I liked it more in the theater than after I thought about it.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with sex, profanity, etc

97
Exquisite, Great staging, Great writing, Moving, inventive

See it if you want to see one of the best plays EVER. So inventive and profoundly moving. Amazing sound design as well.

Don't see it if EVERYONE should see it

91
For a previous production
Clever, Moving, tuneful, surprising

See it if if you liked Next to Normal. Great score, and tremendous performance from Ben Platt.

Don't see it if you only like shows that are HUGE productions. This is small and intimate