SamanthaC

New York City | 35-49 | Female
About:  City dweller. Love art & cheese in equal measure. Wellness enthusiast. Regular theater-goer with a bias towards intellectual, hopeful & musical fare.
Reviews (84)
85
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Absorbing, Modern, Great dancing, Relevant, Great singing

See it if 90 minute sung through pop musical about a wrong incarceration with interpretive dance appeals. Josh Henry up close is a masterclass alone!

Don't see it if A modern, pop sound doesn’t appeal, you want a lot of depth in story (this plays more in archetypes & plot outline).

Also No intermission - plan ahead! Went on a night with a talkback with the... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Magical, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Interested in seeing Derren Brown’s high quality mentalism in person, light hearted entertaining evening of “How did he do that?!” effects

Don't see it if You want a traditional Broadway musical/play. This is a magic show with mentalism & hypnosis aspects. Audience participation doesn’t appeal.

Also Don’t want to spoil the show, just note there is a hypnotism piece in ... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Fluffy, Epic, Great singing, Great choreography, Fun

See it if Over the top, feast for the senses Broadway does Pop karaoke. Strong cast of talented singers & dancers across the board. A campy good ti

Don't see it if You want a show with a lot of depth & soul, a good value for money show (tickets currently $$$$$), you are looking for original music

Also Moulin Rouge is a great escape from the real world for a few hours int... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if A fan of the book or movie, or the prior work of Lynn Nottage & Duncan Sheik. Like to experience new musicals in development. LaChanze!!!

Don't see it if Not in the mood for a more serious, issues-oriented story with themes of race relations, abuse, & violence.

Also The source material has many subplots, some of which come off a little... Read more Read less

82
Dated, Great dancing, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if Gorgeous golden age Broadway choreo & dancing, especially Tap! Kelli O’Hara & cast strong. Classic Cole Porter tunes.

Don't see it if You want contemporary material.

Also I have always found the plot of Kiss Me Kate, the backstage love trian... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Great singing, Indulgent, Funny, Great sets, Dizzying

See it if You loved the Beetlejuice movie, want a Spectacle of a show, fun set design. Fan of the talented cast.

Don't see it if You can’t tolerate strobe lights en masse, want a high brow musical, need a fully coherent show with a memorable score.

Also Found the humor pandering vs. genuinely funny most of the time (vs a s... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you like plays that tackle difficult subject matter with a clever premise, strong cast that eventually builds to a strong ending statement

Don't see it if you can't handle absurdist play concepts, intentionally uncomfortable & cringe-worthy moments, or "jokes" that touch on violence, sex, etc.

Also While I appreciated the diverse cast's many talents from minute 1, the... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Ambitious, Intense, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Polarizing

See it if You like challenging, avant-garde takes on classics (like Ivo van Hove’s a View from the Bridge or Network), immersive/experiential theatre.

Don't see it if You are a purist about the source material. You don’t want a heavy, darker tone or guns/darkness/smoke machines with your musical.

Also Circle in the Square always provides a unique theater going experience... Read more Read less

72
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Great potential, Quirky, Killer cast, Confusing, Great singing

See it if To see young amazing talent in a charming, new small theater space. A fan of Duncan Sheik, have patience for new musicals in development.

Don't see it if You are an Alice in Wonderland purist, want an upbeat, happy musical. If using your imagination to fill in rough edges is unappealing.

Also Came in with high hopes given the caliber of the creative team & cast.... Read more Read less

78
Hilarious, Great acting, Great singing, Quirky, Cliched

See it if you like Broadway insider jokes, old school campy classic musical comedies, Drowsy Chaperone fan. In the mood for a new, original story.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by jokes targeting a little bit of everyone, want depth to the teenage characters on the stage.

Also The Prom is a musical comedy focused largely on a group of adult Broad... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Superhero
Midtown W
Great singing, Great staging, Slow, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if For Broadway talent up close, the stellar Kate Baldwin & Bryce Pinkham. Fun set design. Have patience for a musical in the development stage

Don't see it if You want a polished, satisfying story & character development, or dancing in your musicals.

Also There are a couple jewels of songs & fully baked moments in Superhero,... Read more Read less

76
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You want to see world-class acting - particularly from Bryan Cranston, topical issues of fake news and how an older story stands up today.

Don't see it if Need perfect sightlines (you are intentionally bounced from watching on screens to stage), don’t like repetition or audience participation

Also While the themes of Network are certainly topical, on how capitalism &... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Banal, Indulgent, Edgy, Great singing

See it if You’re a fan of the Go-gos music, progressive politics, appreciate attempts at funny new musicals. Liked Something Rotten. Excellent band!

Don't see it if The combination of a historically set story with modern existing songs with varying success makes your teeth hurt.

70
Funny, Hilarious, Quirky, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if you want a good laugh, interested in personal humor focused coming to terms with the journey to parenthood.

Don't see it if you're expecting to see a traditional broadway show.

80
During previews
Entertaining, Fun, Great singing, Funny, Fluffy

See it if for a Campy good time. fashion show of costumes. you like Cher's music & are interested in her backstory. Fittest ensemble on Broadway.

Don't see it if You're looking for highbrow entertainment options; don't like loud music & lights.

Also Came in with low expectations, left impressed with the talent of the c... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Excruciating, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Everyone should, as the topic (evolution of a thug to a totalitarian leader) is so pertinent however hard to watch. Shakespeare buffs too.

Don't see it if You want light entertainment. Can't handle some heaviness that build to a strong ending. Shakespearean-influenced prose is not for you.

Also I found this play hard to watch, slow & squirmy for most of it - but i... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Inner Voices 2018
Midtown W
Great acting, Great singing, Quirky, Intimate, Charming

See it if To experience great talent singing one-acts up close & personal.

Don't see it if You have no patience, show is structured in 3 40min pieces with 2 15min intermissions in between.

88
During previews
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Dramatic

See it if you like rich, complex layered storytelling. Highbrow drama, mix of intimate & political angles.

Don't see it if Thick accents impede on your enjoyment when you can't catch every last word, or 3+hr show is too long for you. You want to bring the kids.

Also If you go: avoid right orchestra (even numbered seats) if possible; as... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Great acting, Quirky, Romantic, Funny, Charming

See it if you like new musicals in development, intimate venues, quirky love stories.

Don't see it if expecting a big, splashy musical, want a deep plot, or to come out singing the score.

Also As a single 30-something, and enjoying stories in that vein like Signi... Read more Read less

86
Great singing, Refreshing, Funny, Exquisite

See it if You’re a fan of Jason Robert Brown, Shoshana Bean, Mykal Kilgore, gorgeous orchestrations & beautifully sung vignettes.

Don't see it if You want a fully dressed show (this is a concert staging) & a typical plot to follow.

78
Great dancing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You appreciate ballet, particularly the chance to see high quality dance up close. Clever use of movement + props as scenery & “the beast”

Don't see it if You want a story that deeply surprises, are expecting a sung musical.

Also I enjoyed this show, particularly the fantastic Tony Yazbeck & Idina D... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Carmen Jones
East Village
Great singing, Exquisite, Great acting, Dated

See it if you want to hear incredible vocal chops up close, strong, well-rounded acting, like an opera story

Don't see it if you're looking for a modern, illuminating story, elaborate sets.

Also I was enchanted by this production of Carmen Jones. The beauty is most... Read more Read less

86
Hilarious, Great writing, Modern, Clever, Fluffy

See it if a fan of Tina Fey's comedy & the movie. In the mood for a funny, light musical. Want to leave remembering catchy lines. Talented young cast.

Don't see it if You want to leave humming a catchy tune.

Also Mean Girls comes across as a modern, witty refresh of the movie. Impre... Read more Read less

69
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Fluffy, Romantic, Escapist, Happy

See it if You are in the mood for a Disney classic, particularly if already seen Lion King, Frozen & Aladdin. For a light princess packed escape.

Don't see it if you're expecting the ingenuity of the Lion King, the special effects of Aladdin, or the iconic high points & high budget sets of Frozen.

Also I left Anastasia with a smile on my face. That being said, it is a mid... Read more Read less

88
Quiet, Captivating, Unique, Relevant, Special

See it if you like a lot of off-broadway theater. You appreciate a truly different musical approach, with subtlety.

Don't see it if you're looking for a spectacle of a grandiose Broadway show!

Also The Band's Visit is a special little jewel, with a gorgeous score that... Read more Read less

94
During previews
Fun, Cult classic, Great acting, Funny, Quirky

See it if classic Little Shop sci fi musical material slayed by top tier talent of Christian Borle, Jonathan Groff in a cozy off bway theater appeals!

Don't see it if You want the perfect rendition of Suddenly Seymour (Tammy Blanchard here was disappointing - don’t know if she was sick or bad perf choice)

Also As a child of the 80s I loved the Little Shop movie and saw many local... Read more Read less

79
Working: A Musical
Midtown W
Loosely formed, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You appreciate strong story vignettes, well sung & acted, learning about the lives of everyday people.

Don't see it if You can’t appreciate strong performances delivered in a weak framework for a broader show, minimal staging, & rough edges in a short run.

60
During previews
In the Green
Upper W Side
Confusing, Experimental, Slow, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You want to support great talent experimenting with new material. High quality singing and set design.

Don't see it if You don’t like more experimental, downtown avant-garde theatre. Want a musical with a strong book backbone and clear reason for being.

Also Cast is very talented and went in with high expectations, however left... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Octet
Midtown W
Modern, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if Appreciate high concept, contemporary musicals mixed with cultural & philosophical commentary. Fan of Dave Malloy or quality a capella.

Don't see it if 2 hours of a capella singing about tech addiction, magic & god with no intermission doesn’t sound appealing to you.

Also This show has so many interesting layers and questions that leave you ... Read more Read less

77
Indulgent, Fluffy, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love the Temptations music & are interested in their history. Ephraim Sykes, Jeremy Pope, Derrick Baskin standouts.

Don't see it if Not comfortable applauding the music while the group’s members abuse women & drugs on their way to the top. Over Jukebox musical formula.

Also I’m not normally a Jukebox fan, & while I enjoyed the dreamy harmonies... Read more Read less

69
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Great staging, Confusing, Quirky, Great acting, Funny

See it if You’re a fan of John Guare’s work, have imagination to go along with an absurdist plot with an accomplished cast. Charming set design.

Don't see it if You need a clear story that wraps up cleanly, you get annoyed with self referential work, don’t want to use your imagination

95
During previews
Masterful, Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if For a genuinely original musical experience with soul & polish in equal measure. New Orleans jazz style X Greek myth of Orpheus & Eurydice

Don't see it if You want a more “traditional” song & dance Broadway

Also Props to Rachel Chavkin & Anais Mitchell on this gorgeous, refreshing ... Read more Read less

71
During previews
Burn This
Midtown W
Vulgar, Indulgent, Dated, Great acting

See it if a fan of Adam Driver, Keri Russell, Brandon Uranowitz & want to see their talents up close. Like a character study/interpersonal drama.

Don't see it if want a premise of significance in 2019 (go to To kill a Mockingbird or Network). Need fully believable characters. Want to take kids.

Also A play about dysfunctional relationships in the wake of an unexpected ... Read more Read less

45
King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Terrible score, Cool puppet, Indulgent, Insipid, Ambitious

See it if To experience $35MM worth of IMAX motion effects & cool Kong puppet operated by a talented crew.

Don't see it if You are expecting a genuine Broadway musical with a quality story & score. You get a headache from loud noises.

Also In absolute terms, this was the worst show i’ve ever seen on Broadway.... Read more Read less

89
Freestyle Love Supreme
West Village
Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Refreshing, Funny

See it if You want to experience raw creative & comic talent jamming & improvising in a visceral, high energy intimate experience.

Don't see it if You are expecting a long or traditional show, don’t like audience participation or fast pacing.

Also Run time is short, 1:15ish with no intermission. The ability of these ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Quirky, Clever, Flat

See it if Sondheim fan and want to explore the history & evolution of his work. A few gems in the score. Appreciate an off-bway musical environment.

Don't see it if Plot moves backwards from end to beginning of the story, can be confusing. You want a deep, meaningful story or a big, splashy musical.

Also In telling the story of 3 core characters, 3 supporting & various addi... Read more Read less

91
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Must see

See it if you're a fan of the source material, Aaron Sorkin's work, American classics, or the cast

Don't see it if you're overly protective of any chances of the original To Kill a Mockingbird book, prefer musicals, want to take kids of elementary age

Also Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jeff Daniels & the rest of the cast are at the to... Read more Read less

62
Cliched, Slow, Disappointing, Romantic

See it if You’re a fan of the cast.

Don't see it if You’re expecting a lot of dancing. It instead comes in small interludes and ends too quickly.

Also Had higher hopes for this premise sounded interesting, Less dancing th... Read more Read less

89
Clever, Funny, Refreshing, Great singing, Masterful

See it if you love a great musical, witty banter, smart & thoughtful book & score. Rare to have so much fun and feel so much empathy simultaneously.

Don't see it if You don't like feel-good musicals. I didn't see this show for a long time expecting it to be cheesy & over the top - I was wrong. Go!

86
During previews
The Hard Problem
Upper W Side
Cerebral, Intelligent, Funny, Ambitious, Refreshing

See it if you like plays that make you think, a fan of Stoppard, combo of character-unfolding storytelling mixed with psychology/philosophical debate

Don't see it if you're not in the mood for lengthy debates on the human mind, consciousness & God.

84
During previews
Funny, Quirky, Fluffy, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if you like romantic comedies, you want a charming, light evening with a happy ending, appreciate multi-tasking actors & musicians!

Don't see it if You want a dance-focused musical, are looking for a big blockbuster feel or a serious play.

Also Cast has great energy & it translates to the audience. I love shows li... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Great acting, Slow, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Excruciating

See it if you're a fan of the stellar cast (Elaine May, Lucas Hedges, Michael Cera etc.), Kenneth Lonergan's work or an intergenerational family story

Don't see it if Want a happy plot. The show depicts a woman's slow decline from Alzheimer's and how her family copes. It can be hard to watch (by design).

92
Ambitious, Masterful, Intense, Great staging, Epic

See it if You've read and/or watched everything in the Harry Potter series! Appreciate the imagination of stagecraft pushed to its limits.

Don't see it if You can't handle the length (2 parts, 5+hrs in total); or large degrees of detail. Don't want kids in your audience.

Also I was so impressed with the level of detail & quality of magical effec... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Quirky, Edgy, Modern

See it if like some sci-fi or teen angst with your musicals; a fan of young adult fiction. Young cast has great energy.

Don't see it if You want a polished feeling musical - BMC feels rough around the edges by design.

Also Be More Chill seems like a coming of age story for Gen Z; heavy on hig... Read more Read less

67
Skintight
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Excruciating, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

See it if you're in the mood for a comedy with some explicit sexual content, themes of LGBT May-Dec romance & modern family dynamics.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with the themes noted above or nudity, are looking for a fast moving plot.

Also I'm a big fan of the playwright Joshua Harmon's past work (particularl... Read more Read less

90
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Epic, Indulgent

See it if only to appreciate the *craft* of it. Stellar company, clever staging, exploration of relevant deep issues of humanity & mortality.

Don't see it if You don't have the patience for 7+ hours of theatre, you're looking to take the kids. Note some nudity, fake blood in part 2.

Also As much as I love theatre, I will admit I had little interest in seein... Read more Read less

83
Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you want a master class in acting, strong character study, or want to see a different side of Albee.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with themes of aging & mortality.

80
Great acting, Great singing, Dated, Great dancing

See it if you want to enjoy the talents of world class triple threat performers. Enjoy ballet in your Broadway.

Don't see it if you're looking for a revival with a modernized book. Not in the mood to tolerate some historical fictional misogyny.

Also The quality of the cast is worth the price of admission; from the danc... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Beautiful, Charming, Backwards

See it if To enjoy jewels of performances by Jordan Donica, Norbert Leo Butz & Diana Rigg. Catchy, classic music & orchestrations. Gorg costumes & set

Don't see it if You're looking for a more modern show, or for leads with electric chemistry & bring the house down numbers

Also While I thoroughly enjoyed Lincoln Center's revival of My Fair Lady; I... Read more Read less

83
Great staging, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you like innovative staging in the round. You like fables. You enjoy a truly diverse cast. You enjoy using your imagination.

Don't see it if you want a more conventional evening of theater, don't enjoy audience interaction, or want a more substantial story.

Also The current telling of Once on this Island takes a simple fable and tr... Read more Read less