SeatSnob

New York City | 35-49 | Female
About:  Some say I'm hard t please when it comes to theater. I just want authentic stories and performances and to feel something.
Reviews (45)
69
Silly, Upbeat, Young

See it if you want a fun, youthful and upbeat show about and for young people. It's silly and has a couple of plot holes, but overall it's a good time

Don't see it if you're looking for smart humor or insightful/thoughtful story. it's a well crafted tale told well by an enthusiastic cast.

Also With all the hype and huge cult following, I frankly expected more. It... Read more Read less

77
Intelligent, Innovative, Immersive

See it if you like to see new, original works that are immersive, innovative and entertaining.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional story structure or plot (it's folk sci-fi story, which kinda defies genre).

Also Ars Nova is an intimate and creative space and organization. it's not ... Read more Read less

40
Banal, Disappointing, Overrated, Great staging

See it if You have kids and want to take them to see something simple but colorful and broadWAY-ish.

Don't see it if You’ve heard this is great even without kids, or expect it to be as funny or witty as the TV classic.

Also I was deeply disappointed by this show. I’d heard it’s great fun and a... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great writing, Masterful, Perfection

See it if You want to see a play that keeps you in the palm of its hand from start to finish, and long after you leave the theater.

Don't see it if You cant afford it? That’s the only excuse I’ll accept for missing this one. It’s everything a play should be and more.

Also This show is timeless and timely. The best writing you’ve ever heard, ... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Great writing, Entertaining, Well performed

See it if you like engaging, surprisingly funny, excellently written theater that's topical and feels utterly real, with masterful performances by all

Don't see it if you are looking for something deeply profound, classical or a large stage production and/or cast. It's just 1 set & 4 actors in NYC.

90
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You enjoy engaging, fast moving, funny, well performed dialog-heavy plays. All the payers are fantastic in their roles, especially Metcalf.

Don't see it if You find dialog heavy plays less interesting or are looking for a big stage show. This is an actors show; perfectly cast and performed.

Also This part of the story is about the return of a woman who left her hus... Read more Read less

50
Odd, Trying to hard, Pseudo-intellectual

See it if You like a small ensemble feel and pontificating in an effort to seem deep. Like quirky/odd stories & don't mind plot holes.

Don't see it if You want a straight forward story with great acting. This tries to be interesting but just ends up feeling like a waste of time.

75
Entertaining, Overrated

See it if You want a crowd-pleasing ensemble musical with laughs despite the subject matter being tied to the tragic events of 911.

Don't see it if You have a hard time with or painful personal connection to 911, however this story is uplifting and positive.

Also Many love this show. I simply liked it. It was a fine way to spend an ... Read more Read less

65
The Wild Party
Midtown W
Traditional, Song-and-dance, Typical bway

See it if you like traditional simple broadway tales, with big song-dance numbers, classic bway singing and music.

Don't see it if you want something new, different, modern or a profound story. This one is old-fashioned but enjoyable for what it is.

65
Smokefall
West Village
Intriguing, Well acted, Great set, Non-linear

See it if you enjoy enigmatic, non-linear story telling, symbolic character and plot points, enjoy Zachary Quinto.

Don't see it if you are expecting to be blown away, have a hard time with symbolic vs. literal plot points (ie. a character eats nothing but dirt).

75
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Cliched, Disney

See it if you are looking for a show to bring kids to, like a big fanciful stage show, enjoy other Disney stage productions and music.

Don't see it if you are expecting anything more than fluff, splash and high production value with thin story/character development.

75
Delightful, Great singing, Great costumes, Perfectly cast, Old broadway

See it if you like traditional broadway musicals, want to see Jake Gyllennhaal & Annaleigh Ashford, and can appreciate the beauty of art in all forms

Don't see it if You're looking for something new and different, unconventional or modern.

50
Disappointing, Missed the mark, Imperfect

See it if you can appreciate something new/different in theater, even if imperfect; to see Jo Lampart (she does all she can with what she's given)

Don't see it if you are expecting fantastic music (because of Byrne); you will be frustrated with mundane, on-the-nose lyrics; want depth from the story

Also I wanted very badly to like this. it's my kind of show-- unique storyt... Read more Read less

75
During previews
War Paint
Midtown W
Cliched, Old broadway

See it if You want a simple story, traditional, old-Broadway production with great sets, costumes and older Broadway legends

Don't see it if You are looking for something new and innovative, upbeat and fast moving

Also It has moments but feels repetitive, and the music is not all that mem... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Touching, Heart-wrenching

See it if you have kids or have ever felt like an outsider. Ben Plat deserves a Tony for his multifaceted performance in this engaging, modern musical

Don't see it if you want a happy-go-lucky show with big dance numbers. The staging is engaging, but the star here is the story, the modern score & acting.

Also Shows like this don't come along very often, I highly reco you don't m... Read more Read less

54
Disappointing, Fluffy, Romantic, Original

See it if You want an interactive show, a very off-bway small theater feel, want something light hearted and original

Don't see it if You're expecting dramatic writing, impressive storytelling, or anything incredibly deep

74
Matilda
Midtown W
Enchanting, Disappointing, Fluffy, Over-hyped

See it if you want a family show, a big production, with big song and dance numbers, and are comfortable with dark themes for children.

Don't see it if you are expecting to be blown away, expect it to be appeal to adults equally, or are disturbed by dark themes for kids.

69
Funny, Cliched, Dated, Fluffy, Spoof

See it if you want a fun night out w/friends (drink first). Lots of silly, dumb laughs, great 70s disco music, but spoofy to the point of ridiculous

Don't see it if you are looking for quality story telling, intelligent humor, or don't like spoofs. It's like the movie Airplane. Dumb funny.

78
Funny, Cliched, Indulgent, Original, Over-hyped

See it if you want a fun, silly & innovative story with big dance/song numbers, with gay innuendo & lots of jokes re: organized religion.

Don't see it if you're offended easily, aren't comfortable with gay innuendo or are religious--these topics are mocked throughout the show.

57
Buried Child
Midtown W
Banal, Great acting, Slow, Old fashioned

See it if You like classical playwriting and long dialog with not a lot of action. See it if you want to see Ed Harris be awesome.

Don't see it if You want to be captivated by an engaging mystery. It's a bit meh in the end.

73
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a classic tale reimagined with modern staging and outstanding performances.

Don't see it if You find classical playwrights boring or dated, or just too long-winded.

84
Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Fun, Light, Good time, Great music, Big musical numbers

See it if You want a big show with big musical numbers.

Don't see it if You want something incredibly deep or thought provoking

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Unique, Fantastic score, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like theater but don't think you like musicals; you've read all the amazing reviews & still think it's not your thing; YOU ARE WRONG.

Don't see it if You can't follow fast rap or sung dialog & if you hate incredible dance & lighting. It's sung through, so no talking at all in this one.

98
Timely, Moving, Well-performed

See it if you want to be intellectually stimulated and emotionally connected to a story and characters for 90 minutes, where the script is perfection.

Don't see it if you don't like plays, and want big elaborate splashy and shallow storytelling.

Also Personally I'm not a huge fan of Kerry Washington's other work, and ha... Read more Read less

100
Ambitious, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Great acting

See it if You are or aren’t a HP fan and want to be surprised & delighted by a well composed piece of theater, from story to stage, to performances.

Don't see it if You only like musicals (this is a play) or can’t sit for longer shows (its nearly 3 hours per part) or can’t afford or find tickets.

Also My son and I are not huge HP fans. We enjoyed the movies and books but... Read more Read less

87
Funny, Entertaining, Great writing, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You enjoy a fast moving play with great writing, masterful performances and a quick wit.

Don't see it if Seeing a story involving a group of gay friends doesn’t appeal to you.

Also Loved this show for its writing and humor and performances. All the gu... Read more Read less

30
During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Lame

See it if you're curious given the creative team, but are prepared to be seriously disappointed. This comes no where near the genius of Hedwig.

Don't see it if you think it'll be a fun 70/80s romp, with great period costumes, fun disco music & characters you care about. It's none of these things.

Also This is a mess. There's a lot of characters but none feel real or have... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You have or have not seen the original and enjoy stories about gay culture and love (and unrequited love) stories.

Don't see it if You don't like gay culture, humor, implied explicit sex scenes or are looking for a huge cast or production.

Also All the performers were excellent, engaging, funny and touching. I enj... Read more Read less

88
Gently Down the Stream
East Village
Moving, Superb acting, Engaging

See it if You have an affinity for gay culture, want to be moved by fully-formed characters and great performances, or just want to see Harvey.

Don't see it if You don't care for Harvey, aren't comfortable with gay history or don't take to love stories between men seen over the course of a lifetime.

68
During previews
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Confusing, Heavy

See it if You are willing to take a chance on something that may not be 100% successful on all levels, but uses new stage and storytelling techniques

Don't see it if You're looking for a home run show where you love all of it. Definitely steer clear if u have issues with strobe lights, loud SFX.

Also The second half was far better than the start, which felt repetitive (... Read more Read less

77
Lazarus
East Village
Confusing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Bowie

See it if you love David Bowie music, can appreciate his weird/wonderful aesthetic and want insight into his final days on earth,

Don't see it if you are looking for a straight forward story or everything to make perfect sense, or if you aren't a fan of Bowie's music.

Also I'm not sure I understood it all entirely, but having seen it before B... Read more Read less

80
Blue Man Group
East Village
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Dizzying

See it if you want something fast-paced, upbeat, good for groups, lively, and are into a sow that's a cross between magic, music and theater.

Don't see it if you hate loud music, interactive shows, performance art, have young children with you (loud music + black light and creepy guys in blue).

100
Unique, Rock, Edgy, Lgbt

See it if you aren't into typical bway, are into rock music & open to being moved by a story you'd otherwise think you'd never be able to relate to.

Don't see it if ur looking for traditional bway music/staging. It's a rock show with an on-stage band lead by a trans woman sharing her funny/tragic life.

Also this is my all-time favorite broadway show. If this is not your kind o... Read more Read less

78
Great staging, A classic, Touristy

See it if you are looking for that classic, big broadway show experience, a solid drama that will keep you engaged, are entertaining out-of-towners

Don't see it if you are looking for something new/different, innovative or a modern score.

70
During previews
Sweat
Midtown W
Timely, Moments of brilliance, Engaging

See it if you appreciate stories not often brought to the stage- in this case small town factory life & challenges they face in today's global economy

Don't see it if you are expecting to be blown away start to finish; its success lies largely with its timeliness given the Trump era of politics

Also imperfect show worth a look; its engaging but has moments that don't w... Read more Read less

75
The View UpStairs
East Village
Delightful, Work-in-progress, High-potential

See it if You are interested in gay culture & shows with great potential in their infancy; strong off-Broadway feel, with several great moments.

Don't see it if You are looking for a fully-realized production or story; this one is rough around the edges but worth a look.

Also It didn't ALL work for me, but there are moments of briliance and some... Read more Read less

70
In Transit
Midtown W
Entertaining, Delightful, Pure fluff

See it if you are looking for a family-friendly (12+) show to fill out a day in the city and if you enjoy accapella.

Don't see it if you are looking for a deep, thoughtful narrative, ground breaking music or if you are sensitive to a mild gay plot line or moderate cursin

Also light, entertaining show that'll appeal to a wide audience but no real... Read more Read less

80
Dizzying, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Slow

See it if You want to see masterful staging, lighting & set design. A lavish feast for the eyes/ears with stage seating that immerses you in the story

Don't see it if You want an intimate or personal story or production, want a modern story or don't like Russian storytelling

90
Great staging, Intelligent, Original, Unique, original, dynamic, immersive, Great singing

See it if U want something different, a lot of bang for your $, uniquely immersive staging, great folksy/jazzy music, & like classic Greek mythology

Don't see it if You aren't into the folksy music or Greek mythology, are finicky about seating (all seats are hard wood upright dining chairs with cushions)

100
The Humans
Midtown W
Absorbing, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you appreciate a well-conceived, well-written & superbly acted family drama. its a character piece, entirely relatable, magnetic & funny.

Don't see it if you like big action/overt plots. You don't want to see parts of yourself & family in the story & won't laugh at how honestly it's written.

100
The Amazing Max
Upper W Side
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Kid-friendly

See it if your kid likes clever & fast moving magic acts. Max is a master at engaging with kids while keeping the tricks impressive & adults engaged

Don't see it if you don't like kid magic acts, are looking for a big stage show, or a lot of flash. He's a solid magician and adept MC, keeps things moving.

87
Enchanting, Dizzying, Ambitious, Spectacle

See it if you love a big stage production, elaborate sets and costumes and love the classic disney tale

Don't see it if you want a thoughtful, new or inspired storyline, this is classic Disney story telling with 5-star production value

73
During previews
Blackbird
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Original, Intense, Edgy

See it if You want to be pushed beyond your comfort zone and are willing to hear about child molestation.

Don't see it if The child sex affair thing is too far outside your comfort zone.

100
Thought provoking, Engrossing, Unique, Superbly acted

See it if You want a deep, moving, thought-provoking story; a masterfully-performed glimpse into life with autism and all those who are affected.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional light bway show or you're not interested in seeing the most innovative stage/set design on bway, ever.

100
Absorbing, Moving, Unique, Groundbreaking, Outstanding acting

See it if You don't like traditional musicals, you want to be surprised & moved by a family drama that will stick with you long after it ends.

Don't see it if You are highly conservative, have issues w/ homosexuality & don't want to be surprised at how engaged you'll be with this moving true story.