Sara H 2

Brooklyn | 25-34 | Female

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Reviews (50)
70
The Hard Problem
Upper W Side
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Indulgent, Fluffy

See it if you're willing to put up with Stoppard at his most Stoppardy

Don't see it if you're familiar with the subject matter at all - this seemed not as obsessively researched as is typical for Stoppard

75
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Cliched, Great writing

See it if you want an absorbing, 3+ hour-long show with a very well-drawn world; you like bunnies!!!!!!!

Don't see it if you'll spend much time thinking about it after - once the spell is broken, it doesn't really hold up to scrutiny.

75
During previews
The Dance of Death
East Village
Great acting, Dated, Riveting, Quirky, Intense

See it if you enjoy couples-yelling-at-each-other plays

Don't see it if you want anything particularly fresh. This pretty much does what it says on the tin.

65
Black Light
West Village
Entertaining, Ambitious, Disappointing, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you enjoy one-person shows / cabaret acts; you like the IDEA of disco music

Don't see it if you ACTUALLY like disco music (none of it is very good); you don't like cabaret.

Also the between-song patter performance aspect is all very good! I just wi... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you speak Yiddish or are a Jackie Hoffman stan that's ok with her only being in a couple scenes

Don't see it if you don't want to read supertitles (and don't speak Yiddish) or are such a big Jackie Hoffman fan that you need her to be in every scene

Also Obviously I refuse the entertain the notion of someone not being a Jac... Read more Read less

85
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Delightful, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you... can? there is literally nothing I can say to influence the Hamilton discourse. It's Hamilton!!!!

Don't see it if you can only get $5000 scalper tickets. It'll run forever, you'll get it for face value eventually.

55
During previews
Dated, Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you know literally nothing about the past 30-ish years of Deaf politics or are super into mid-70's period dramas

Don't see it if you expect revivals to have something new to say about our current time; you have balcony seats. (Studio 54 Balcony is never worth the pain)

Also This was such a wasted opportunity! While groundbreaking in its day, D... Read more Read less

75
Delightful, Enchanting, Intelligent, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if you love Follies or Sondheim - this is a great production!

Don't see it if you don't already know every word - the sound mixing is TERRRRRIBLE

73
Ambitious, Clever, Great singing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you're a big fan of Joan La Barbara or experimental opera

Don't see it if you have a problem with lots of flashing lights

Also It's a little slow - I thought every thing that happened was well-done... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Must see

See it if you love a Good, Old-Fashioned Musical / joy.

Don't see it if you already know this is not your bag. This is a show that knows its audience. If you suspect you won't like it, you are correct.

Also I saw Donna Murphy and she was brilliant and perfect and I've never wa... Read more Read less

70
Clever, Delightful, Dated, Funny, Great acting

See it if you love farce

Don't see it if you don't love farce (my fault I fear - I thought that you'd want what I want... sorry, my dear) (this is not relevant I'm just a huge nerd)

75
Assassins
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You're a Sondheim stan or want to hear some (largely) great singing

Don't see it if you aren't already familiar with the history - the direction's not great (and weirdly low-energy)

95
The Antipodes
Midtown W
Absorbing, Delightful, Great writing, Masterful, Must see

See it if you're interested in the power and function of stories. (If you're not, why are you seeing theater at all?)

Don't see it if you're looking for any sort of plot. Also, it's 2 hours with no intermission, so if you have bladder issues, maybe skip this one.

80
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you enjoy Beckett; you're prepared for Dianne Wiest's Whole Deal (it really works here!)

Don't see it if you don't like Beckett. You're either going to be into this whole situation or not.

70
Chess Match No. 5
Midtown W
Dated, Great acting, Indulgent, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you enjoy John Cage and don't care much about plot

Don't see it if you're looking for a linear (or any) story

Also It was uncanny how much that guy looked like John Cage! Good casting, ... Read more Read less

40
During previews
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Excruciating, Overrated, Insipid

See it if you want to hear a huge, excellent orchestra playing music that is sadly beneath their talents.

Don't see it if you want to hear a musical with more than 2 songs repeated ad infinitum; you hate terrible lyrics with inexplicably bad / nonexistent rhymes

Also Special shout-out to the main guy's shirtless entrance at the beginnin... Read more Read less

72
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Funny

See it if you're a Sondheim stan who wants to hear early, cut songs

Don't see it if you're looking for much of a plot - it's a revue.

Also I saw the M/F cast, but I'm sure all three pairings are excellent.

90
During previews
The Encounter
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Must see, Original

See it if you enjoy innovative / experimental theater with great performances, big ideas, and stunning sound and lighting design

Don't see it if you have a hearing impairment. They probably have something to make it more accessible, but it's so sound-heavy, it's maybe not the best bet

Also Special message to the woman in front of me who kept pulling out and i... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Bears in Space
Midtown E
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Quirky

See it if you want to see a funny and out-there performance

Don't see it if you're looking for something traditional

40
I'll Say She Is
East Village
Confusing, Dated, Excruciating, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy watching people making funny faces while pulling things out of their pants.

Don't see it if you understand that comedy relies on timing.

49
During previews
War
Upper W Side
Cliched, Banal, Ambitious, Original, Disappointing

See it if you want to brag about seeing an early, flawed work by an important playwright once Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is a big deal in 15 years.

Don't see it if you're allergic to looooong stretches of exposition. I did not like this play!

90
The Crucible
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Intense

See it if Expertly acted and staged

Don't see it if I got nothing, it was great.

86
Nice Fish
Brooklyn
Enchanting, Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Original

See it if you're looking for something different

Don't see it if you're big on plot

100
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Must see, Intense

See it if It's already closed, so... if you have a time machine?

Don't see it if You are bound by the physical limits of time.

85
Old Times
Midtown W
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You like Pinter

Don't see it if You don't like Pinter. It's Pinter! You know what you're getting.

85
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Refreshing, Slow

See it if you like lovely, delicate, gentle character studies

Don't see it if you want a big flashy production

69
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Dizzying, Ambitious, Great staging, Overrated

See it if you like technical wizardry and Big Speeches; you like Bryan Cranston

Don't see it if you're looking for a coherent thesis or a strong ensemble (this is pretty much the Bryan Cranston Show)

80
During previews
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Dated, Quirky

See it if you like one-man shows and quirky, strong theatrical voices

Don't see it if your quirk tolerance is low; you want something about Our Present Moment instead of A Middle-Class White Dude's Pain

Also Will Eno's authorial voice is super clear and strong, and on a sentenc... Read more Read less

80
Delightful, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you are into inventive staging, a silly joyful treat, or (let's be honest) getting high pre-theater. (FWIW I was totally sober and loved it)

Don't see it if you can't deal with a tourist-heavy crowd

73
During previews
Travesties
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want a fun, frothy play with great performances; you have at least a slight familiarity with The Importance of Being Earnest

Don't see it if you're not into Tom Stoppard's "I'm a Very Clever Boy" schtick. I don't mind it, but it is VERY pronounced here.

Also The actor playing Joyce was almost completely indecipherabley mumbly, ... Read more Read less

95
Yerma
Upper E Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Intense

See it if you want to see one of the finest performances around - Billie Piper is INCREDIBLE

Don't see it if you struggle with infertility, because this is probably Too Real and Super Rough. It's not worth your mental health.

Also I suspect it wasn't actually that well-written, but it was absolutely ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing, Epic

See it if you want to see a great production of a seminal play and have a spare eight hours to be emotionally devastated

Don't see it if you aren't ~emotionally equipped~

Also I will say, I didn't think Andrew Garfield was as good as everyone els... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Must see

See it if you're a Mark Rylance stan or you're very into hearing a countertenor singing Handel arias (I am both!)

Don't see it if you're looking for great writing. The script fine - workmanlike, I'd say - but not the main draw.

50
Great staging, Disappointing, Ambitious, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if this is already closed, so... I guess if it goes on tour, see it if you like rock-inflected scores and innovative staging.

Don't see it if you have a headache, care much about plot, or are a fan of Pierre or Great Comets (because both are barely in it, this title is bad)

75
During previews
Funny, Dated, Intelligent, Resonant, Clever

See it if you want to see a fairly well-done Cliff Notes version of a seminal work

Don't see it if you want to see a definitive version - I had some issues with his adaptation

Also I enjoyed it, but I think it was badly edited - it didn't really coale... Read more Read less

70
Arcadia (PTP)
Chelsea
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if you're a Stoppard fan who's ready for a lot of words

Don't see it if you're looking for a super polished production.

90
Pacific Overtures
East Village
Absorbing, Great writing, Riveting, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you're a Sondheim nerd or a fan of John Doyle's Whole Deal (I am both).

Don't see it if you're a big Chrysanthemum Tea fan, as it was sadly cut; you want to hear George Takei sing, because dude was totally lip-synching.

Also Obviously the musical is a little problematic, but it could be SO MUCH... Read more Read less

67
Cliched, Entertaining, Great acting, Overrated, Relevant

See it if you enjoy one-person shows or have a particular interest in the NHS

Don't see it if you have issues understanding thick Welsh accents

20
Our Trojan War
Brooklyn
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if drawing a blank... you're related to someone in it? You appreciate the comfy chairs in the Fishman?

Don't see it if no "if" needed. Don't see it! It's bad!

Also Just to be clear - I'm not panning this because of the show's politics... Read more Read less

60
Man From Nebraska
Midtown W
Great acting, Disappointing, Great staging, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a big Reed Birney fan - his performance is excellent

Don't see it if you want to see a well-written female character; good dialogue is important to you

85
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if you like McDonagh or Nasty People Yelling At Each Other Nastily plays (you know the type)

Don't see it if you're squeamish; there are only balcony seats available in the Harvey (those are the worst seats in the world, this is not worth the pain.)

80
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if you want to see something very, very dumb and very, very funny

Don't see it if you're looking for much of a plot

100
Enchanting, Exquisite, Funny, Ambitious, Must see

See it if you want to see one of today's greatest performers in an event that will soon be considered legendary.

Don't see it if you really, really don't like audience participation (as opposed to the general dislike most people have).

Also This isn't quite a fair review, as the remaining shows will have diffe... Read more Read less

20
Rhinoceros
East Village
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow, Insipid

See it if you have a fetish for vanity projects, bad pacing, or indiscriminately shouted dialogue

Don't see it if you have literally anything else to do

85
Incognito
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Clever, Quirky

See it if you'd rather see the good 30 minutes of 3 90-minute plays at the same time than sit through an hour of exposition to get to the good stuff.

Don't see it if you want a cohesive story told from beginning to end

80
Peer Gynt
East Village
Ambitious, Great acting, Confusing, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like stripped-down productions and great acting; you want to see an innovative production of a classic play

Don't see it if you aren't familiar with the plot - some basics got lost in the editing; if you have a small bladder - 2 hours is too long without a break!

71
Entertaining, Fluffy, Romantic, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if you love dancing and a great big orchestra

Don't see it if you care about plot

95
The Humans
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Intense, Riveting

See it if you want to see great actors in a near-perfect production.

Don't see it if you have high blood pressure or a heart condition - it is almost unbearably tense.

48
During previews
but I cd only whisper
Soho/Tribeca
Cliched, Great acting, Indulgent, Edgy, Disappointing

See it if You want to support some fine actors who are trying their best with a weak script, or if you want a perfect example of Off-Broadway cliches.

Don't see it if You have seen any sort of experimental theater before. This has nothing new for you.

75
Fool For Love
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Masterful, Must see

See it if You like good acting

Don't see it if You want a musical