Sally 5

New York City | 50-64 | Female

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Reviews (78)
97
Masterful, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Just see it. What else is there to say that hasn't already been said? An exquisite night of theater.

Don't see it if You don't like long shows, or haven't listened to the music beforehand, which makes it much easier to understand the words and what's going

87
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see some great acting in a family drama with lots of twists & turns, some surprising.

Don't see it if You're sensitive to the issue of Alzheimer's or generally sick of dysfunctional family dramas. The cast makes this a great production.

89
Moving, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a great cast in a well-written, realistic family drama dealing with the challenges related to an aging parent & some laughs.

Don't see it if you're sensitive about the subjects of aging and dementia or can't sit through a 2-hour play. Go see Elaine May anyway, you won't be sorry.

79
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want to see some good acting from all 3 or are involved in the publishing/editorial world and want a few laughs - not much of a story.

Don't see it if you're looking for a deep, meaningful drama or despise when the out-of-town fangirls cheer when Daniel Radcliffe appears on stage.

67
Cliched, Fluffy, Formulaic

See it if you like big Broadway musicals, disco music & drag. Mark Ballas is a fish out of water and his singing voice is not Broadway-worthy.

Don't see it if if you want anything more than a fluffy "accept others" "we'll turn this situation around" story - or are uncomfortable about drag queens.

88
During previews
Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy laughing, Shakespeare, good acting (esp McTeer) and a clever story.

Don't see it if You can't sit through a 2-hour play, have a hard time understanding British accents, and hate Shakespeare.

90
Refreshing, Clever, Funny

See it if You enjoy laughing and seeing a very well-written, realistic portrayal of brothers interacting, with deeper family drama.

Don't see it if You're a curmudgeon and don't like to laugh and/or hate loud music b/c there's very very loud rap music playing before the show starts.

75
Refreshing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if If you like short plays and/or new dramas, especially a good new LaBute play (that doesn't have his usual surprise twist BTW ...)

Don't see it if you hate short plays, only like familiar classics, or need to see big stars.

100
During previews
Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if WOW! A stunning performance by Carey Mulligan. You'll be transfixed & I'd say more but don't want to spoil it. Don't miss this - really!

Don't see it if Can't say much b/c about the subject matter b/it would spoil the story, but I will say there's lots of swearing if you're sensitive to that.

90
Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Who doesn't like a cute dog and stories about animals? Plus the bonus of the always delightful Isabella Rossellini.

Don't see it if You hate animals, have no interest in science and/or are basically a big curmudgeon.

92
During previews
Glorious!, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love classic musicals, amazing sets, and great music. You'll go home humming the amazing score. Plus, Diana Rigg and NLB!

Don't see it if You can't sit for 3 hours, hate musicals and don't like familiar stories.

70
During previews
Dense, Dizzying, Clever

See it if You like word-heavy Stoppard plays, but make sure you get a good night's sleep to pay close attention to all those words whizzing by.

Don't see it if You can't pay attention to Stoppard's word wizardry b/c of typical audience of snorers/talkers who are distracting & annoying. Ugh!

71
Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting

See it if You want to see a great cast (esp Ed Harris) and can sit thru a 3-hr play that coulda shoulda been 2 hrs.

Don't see it if You hate the idea of therapy, haven't slept in a while, or snore loudly like the woman next to me. This really needs some extreme editing.

85
During previews
Old-school, Dated, Great singing

See it if You love classic musicals and the great score of this one. Sad that Jesse Mueller is wasted here w/few big songs.

Don't see it if You're sensitive about domestic violence issues (who isn't?) - the story doesn't hold up at all & is uncomfortable in this day and age.

95
Riveting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You're a fan of McDonagh's plays or want to see a well-written, well-acted mesmerizing drama that also has some laughs.

Don't see it if If you have trouble understanding British accents and don't like dark dramas.

Also You can't keep your eyes off of Johnny Flynn in this - his performance... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Intriguing, Clever, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if I didn't find this slow at all, the plot unfolds with hints from the get-go. Excellent acting, refreshingly unusual story line.

Don't see it if You believe other reviews that say it's "slow" & believe it (it's not). If you want action and don't like using your mind--it's not for you

78
During previews
Cliched, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy politics and want to hear cliched dialog about Trump in a TV-like episode. A few plot twists keep this moving, but disappointing.

Don't see it if You don't want to spend your free time hearing about politics or are a Trump fan.

Also Uma's good, but the whole production is over-microphoned and the rando... Read more Read less

79
Indulgent, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You're a Michael Moore fan and enjoy getting your anti-POTUS juices flowing but be warned it's too long, but you expect him to talk a lot.

Don't see it if You're pro-POTUS, dislike Michael Moore, or can't sit for more than 2 hours without an intermission (who can, really?)

78
During previews
Slow, Profound, Great acting

See it if You can hang in thru a slow first act - the acting is good and story is moving though choppy short scenes are hard to follow.

Don't see it if You're sick of dysfunctional family plays - we could all write one, right? Heavy Brit accents are tough to follow at first.

89
During previews
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You like smart dialogue &/or historical dramas. Mark Smaltz is terrific!

Don't see it if You hate slow starts - hang in there past the first 15 minutes.

40
Amateur hour, Disappointing, Slow

See it if There's no reason to see this even if you're a Lili Taylor fan like me. Even she can't save this production.

Don't see it if Any of this would annoy you: the slow slow pace of dialogue, poor acting, & a stage that is way too big for a poorly designed set.

60
Disappointing, Slow, Confusing

See it if You're interested in seeing the first production of a play by Hamish Linklater & don't care if it needs editing/or you love Norbert Leo Butz

Don't see it if You don't like slow, drawn-out plots that should really be a 90-minute play that don't waste talent like NLB & other good actors.

89
Riveting, Great writing, Clever

See it if You like crisp dialog, a learning experience, history, and/or Jefferson Mays and Jennifer Ehle.

Don't see it if You can't sit through a 3-hour show and have no interest in modern day history.

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if Huge Sondheim fan here and this is nearly perfection! Jake G is amazingly good & you might almost forget the Patinkin/Peters original.

Don't see it if You don't like Sondheim and expect flashy set design. This is simply beautiful music, an outstanding cast, and a lovely story.

98
Amazing!, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful

See it if You want fabulous music, great voices, exciting staging, and pure fun! Splurge on on-stage tickets, they're worth every penny. LOVED THIS!

Don't see it if There is absolutely no reason not to like this show unless you're a complete curmudgeon & then you should stay home anyway.

79
A classic, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You're a Sam Shepard, Paul Dano or Ethan Hawke fan; luckily I got a discounted ticket since I wasn't overly excited to see this again.

Don't see it if I was spoiled by the Philip Seymour Hoffman, John C Reilly production ... but always wax nostalgic for some classic Shepard.

75
During previews
Boundary-pushing, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You're a LaBute fan, like me; 1 out of 3 good ones makes this worth it. Great Negro Works of Art hits it out of the park.

Don't see it if You don't like monologues or are sensitive about the topics of the Holocaust and race.

87
During previews
Refreshing, Great acting, Clever

See it if You're open to something different that's engaging, fun and very well-acted.

Don't see it if You hate monologues & one-person shows.

90
During previews
Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You're open to being drawn into a damaged family's attempts to revisit the past. Great acting by Channing & esp Hugh Dancy.

Don't see it if You're sick of dysfunctional family dramas - but I'd still say, see it -- it's different than others & very well written & acted.

48
During previews
Skip it!, Excruciating, Slow

See it if Kristine Nielsen is wonderful, as always! Jean Lichty speaks so softly you miss 75% of her lines - how does the director miss that?

Don't see it if You like lively, fast-moving dramas or if you're hard of hearing.

82
During previews
Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You're interested in a well-written play about NY State politics in the 1970s that mirrors a lot of today's news. Plus Edie's great!

Don't see it if You hate politics and strong women characters and can't sit longer than 90 minutes.

87
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an outstanding cast in a cleverly staged realistic drama.

Don't see it if you can't follow a non-linear story line and don't like plays about dysfunctional families.

80
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You're a Renee or The Nanny fan and like nostalgia and stories of movie stars and TV shows of the past.

Don't see it if You have no idea who Renee is or don't appreciate the contribution she & Joe Bologna made to comedy writing and films.

74
During previews
Slow, Good acting, Entertaining

See it if You like B.D. Wong and want to see some good acting in an interesting, but overly long play.

Don't see it if You like big stage productions with fantastic sets - about all you get here is a basketball.

85
Timely, Informative, Fun, Enchanting

See it if Timely showing of the movie to coincide with MFL on stage. Great, informative guest speaker.

Don't see it if You can't sit for 3 hours or find it necessary to talk through movies.

100
Dazzling!, Masterful, Great acting

See it if WOW! Run to see this. Glenda Jackson is incredible, Metcalf & Pill good too, beautiful staging; a very very entertaining, moving play.

Don't see it if You only like musicals and light comedy.

60
Boring, Disappointing, Dated

See it if If you're sentimental about reconnecting with past romantic partners and don't mind seeing a dated play with corny stock characters.

Don't see it if Just don't bother w/this one ... embarrassingly cliched characters run in and out of this out of date play where you care about no one.

75
Quirky, Funny, Great acting

See it if you're open to thinking about what life is really all about

Don't see it if you need a neatly tied up story, hate medieval acting troupes, and need an elaborate set.

70
During previews
Meh, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if Your goal is to see some film actors on Broadway & don't mind the audience laughing at every ... single ... line.

Don't see it if You think you're going to see a serious well-written Lonergan drama. This one needs some editing and less reliance on stale laugh lines.

70
During previews
Funny, Light, Cliched

See it if You want to see a light comedy and have fond childhood memories of Hayley Mills, who's still adorable. There are some funny bits.

Don't see it if You want anything more than a cliched, family comedy with Irish accents that take some getting used to.

95
Entertaining, Hilarious, Clever

See it if You want to laugh out loud, see a tightly written, absurd and fresh piece of theater, with really good actors.

Don't see it if you're a stick in the mud and don't like to laugh. Non-linear plot might bother some people, but don't sweat the details - sit back & enjoy.

77
During previews
Fluffy, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want some mindless entertainment and some good laughs, as if sitting down to watch a long TV sitcom. Actors are all good.

Don't see it if You like serious, thoughtful dramas ... this is light comedy, with some Trump references, and no surprises.

70
During previews
Confusing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You have an interest in Blixen or lives of great writers. Good story, but needs min 30 minutes cut. The lead actress is good & owns this.

Don't see it if You like fast-moving, short plays or would be distracted by a very odd Mondrian-ish velcro-heavy set - what were they thinking?

30
During previews
Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You're a Ruhl fan or a Kathleen Chalfant fan (she's good in everything, but even she can't save this play).

Don't see it if I should have given up after Dead Man's Cell Phone! The woman behind me summed it up best: "Can someone please tell me what that was about?

82
During previews
Different, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like having your brain challenged and are comfortable or enjoy not always knowing what happens next. Yay, Anita Gillette!

Don't see it if you don't like to think and go to the theater for relaxation. This one can be confusing and annoying for someone who doesn't follow along.

75
Good acting, Quirky, Funny

See it if You like new plays that are different, in a bare bones setting, that feature solid actors like Fred Weller & Deirdre O'Connell.

Don't see it if You hate abrupt endings, bare stages, or swearing.

60
Poorly written, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You like cliched sitcom jokes & stories about alcoholics.

Don't see it if Seeing someone with addiction issues playing an addict all too well disturbs you & you hate scripts that try too hard to toss in laughs.

40
During previews
Awful play, Great acting

See it if You want to see a terrible idea of a play with a great cast that is completely wasted in this poorly written, boring production.

Don't see it if You don't mind being bored out of your mind & confused about whether it's a comedy or a drama. What did these great actors see in THIS?!

85
During previews
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want to hear two great Broadway voices singing together. Lupone & Ebersole are in great voice!

Don't see it if you expect to remember the music when you walk out of the theater.

90
Riveting, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like intense, no-frills, raw theater that deals with current sensitive issues and you like great acting. Marin Ireland never disappoints

Don't see it if You hate one-person shows or are sensitive about issues of gun violence.