Shaggy Dog Story

New York City | Female
About:  Am happiest running off leash in the park or going to the theatre. I enjoy everything from downtown experimental theatre to Off-Broadway & Broadway.
Reviews (39)
98
Dana H.
Gramercy
A tour de force performance of a stunning and important work

See it if you want to see a harrowing true story told simply, theatrically, imaginatively and brilliantly,

Don't see it if descriptions of sexual assault is a trigger for you.

Also Playwright Lucas Hnath has never been better. This is a great play, an... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Where We Stand
Upper W Side
Great acting, Masterful, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an emerging artist who may easily turn out to be one of the next great playwrights, performing her own piece.

Don't see it if dense, poetic language isn't your thing. (This is a challenging piece, but worth it.)

70
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Smart and surprising

See it if you're a fan of actor Michael Urie and if you want to catch anything by Bess Wohl, even work that is not her best.

Don't see it if you expect it to be as good as SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS and MAKE BELIEVE. You'll be disappointed.

63
Fine acting and directing.

See it if You like a two-character realistic play performed by fine actors with great chemistry.

Don't see it if You can't stand to see yet another play about putting dad (or mom) into assisted living.

Also The play's not the thing here. How did this ever get produced? It's cl... Read more Read less

80
Funny, smart and insightful

See it if You like solo comedians like Mike Bribiglia and female insights from women like Hannah Gadsby.

Don't see it if You don't want to hear sexual content, especially from a woman's point of view.

Also Coming from a fine performer with stories to tell, this brave solo pie... Read more Read less

50
An Enchanted April
Midtown W
Disappointing, with a couple of good performances

See it if You're curious and like small-cast musicals produced on a tight budget.

Don't see it if You think you're going to love it as much as you remember loving the movie.

Also When the scenery is a character in the story how do you put that story... Read more Read less

90
Make Believe
Midtown W
Exciting, original and daring

See it if You liked "Small Mouth Sounds" and plays that break the mold.

Don't see it if You don't care to see child actors for half of the play.

Also What an exciting and satisfying evening in the theatre. How brave to h... Read more Read less

85
The Light
Midtown W
An absorbing 90 minutes

See it if You like intimate theatre with good writing and fine acting.

Don't see it if You don't like realism.

Also What a pleasure to see MCC's new space, especially with such a fine pr... Read more Read less

50
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Some lovely moments, but overall a disappointment

See it if You loved the film and like Broadway musicals no matter what.

Don't see it if You want to be excited.

Also I went with my friend and her two children, both of whom love theatre:... Read more Read less

70
A clever idea turns out to be too clever.

See it if You are a Bedlam fan and will follow them through thick and thin.

Don't see it if You don't know UNCLE VANYA and ROMEO AND JULIET really, really well.

Also Although I've loved Bedlam productions in the past, this one never cam... Read more Read less

90
Bump
Midtown W
Don't read the reviews -- just go!, A comedy with heart and surprises.

See it if You like the fine acting and production values that EST continues to deliver.

Don't see it if You think plays about war are universal and plays about motherhood are for women.

91
Harry Clarke
West Village
A good story, a great performance.

See it if You like a good shaggy-dog story brilliantly performed.

Don't see it if If you don't like one-person plays.

Also This production is getting the longer life it deserves. It's unique, o... Read more Read less

69
Worth the journey

See it if You like contemporary drama about issues, with wonderful performances.

Don't see it if You don't like a serious play.

Also The acting is the most appealing thing about this production. Deborah ... Read more Read less

82
For lovers of classic theatre

See it if you are a Mark Rylance fan.

Don't see it if You prefer contemporary downtown theatre to a classical style theatre.

Also I'm always happy to see Mark Rylance on stage and this production is a... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Babette’s Feast
Midtown W
Theatrical, moving, beautiful, well-performed, lovely

See it if You like adaptations of classic literature.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals or kitchen dramas.

Also Just like Babette's cooking there is great attention to detail in this... Read more Read less

99
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Exciting theatre at its best, Brilliant writing, acting and staging

See it if you like great theatre and want to experience theatre history in the making.

Don't see it if you're put off by the hype and won't admit to liking it even if you do.

95
During previews
Hundred Days
East Village
Original, beautifully directed, A satisfying evening in the theatre

See it if You like singer-songwriter style music, if you're looking for something different and if you admire exciting performances and direction.

Don't see it if want a traditional musical or don't believe in romantic love.

83
Edgy, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Well-acted, Ambitious

See it if you like edgy, Fringe-style plays that bravely discuss relevant topics that are seldom discussed.

Don't see it if you're prudish, homophobic and don't like frank discussions about sex.

Also Some fine actors, especially Will Dagger and Shane Allen, courageously... Read more Read less

87
Smart, compelling, intriguing

See it if you like to see a talented playwright and committed young actors taking risks with new material...and succeeding.

Don't see it if you expect a mature company. These right-out-of-drama school actors are working hard but they will be even better in five years.

100
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Delightful, Funny, Must see, Great staging, Original

See it if you like exciting theatre that relies on wonderful actors, a good script and smart staging... and Jane Austen!

Don't see it if you prefer big Broadway blockbuster musicals. This is fine theatre, with great attention to detail.

70
Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if you want to catch a prize-winning play by an emerging playwright.

Don't see it if you don't mind being confused by three different stories being told simutaneously.

84
Fascinating take on a classic

See it if You are interested in a thought-provoking evening of two wonderful short plays responding to (and including) Brecht's classic one-act.

Don't see it if you don't like small intimate downtown theatre.

Also Playwright Arlene Hutton knocks it out of the ballpark with the second... Read more Read less

70
Fun and clever with fine performances

See it if you loved the movie and want to see it live on stage.

Don't see it if you haven't seen the movie. You'll miss some of the jokes and won't appreciate the lines that are so familiar to fans.

98
During previews
17 Minutes
Midtown W
Extraordinary performances in a compelling play.

See it if You like an intense drama with fine performances.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a play that deals with a school shooting... (but even if you think you don't, as I did, it's so worth it!)

Also The Barrow Group is at the top of their game with this new play. Seth ... Read more Read less

93
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Thrilling and important piece of verbatim theatre

See it if You enjoy relevant theatre with top-notch concept, direction and acting.

Don't see it if You want to avoid theatre based on current affairs.

Also An important piece of true testimony, we're on the edge of our seats d... Read more Read less

98
Pitch perfect parody

See it if You love Broadway musicals. GO!

Don't see it if You don't like parody.

Also The best Forbidden Broadway incarnation since the original -- "Wokelah... Read more Read less

50
During previews
Tech Support
Midtown E
A time-travel rom-com that defies logic

See it if You like stories about time travel.

Don't see it if you want to follow a logical story.

Also With dedicated performances from a talented group of actors, including... Read more Read less

70
Actually, We're F**ked
West Village
Funny, topical, well-acted

See it if You wonder what Neil Simon would have to say if he were writing today.

Don't see it if You're tired of millennials and their tropes and trends.

Also While this show has good production values -- with a great use of proj... Read more Read less

94
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
An exciting big drama

See it if You liked "Jerusalem" and like big dramas.

Don't see it if You'll be offended by Irish tropes - drinking, singing, dancing, and talking about fairies. (Based on his partner's family, I'm told)

97
Popcorn Falls
Midtown W
A new classic comedy with a big heart

See it if you need a reminder that there is good in the world and that we can still laugh in the theatre. Enjoy a completely entertaining evening.

Don't see it if you can't leave your cynicism at the door and if you don't care for good-natured comedy.

Also POPCORN FALLS is so good and so much fun that it's easy to overlook th... Read more Read less

86
Hal & Bee
Midtown E
A stylish romp with a deeper meaning

See it if You like strong performances that don't hold back, top-notch set and smart direction.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a play dealing with older characters.

Also Director Sarah Norris has done an outstanding job assembling all the e... Read more Read less

89
Yerma
Upper E Side
Extraordinary performance in a high-concept production

See it if You like bold interpretations of classic plays.

Don't see it if You don't like high concept theatre or prefer intimate kitchen drama.

Also Exciting director-driven theatre! But why change the ending of this we... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Not only an event, but a great production.

See it if You are a Harry Potter fan, but also if you just like good theatre.

Don't see it if You are expecting a musical.

Also Brilliantly directed, what is so exciting about this production is tha... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Brilliant revival of a masterwork by one of america's best playwrights

See it if You like strong realistic acting, imaginative set design and sharp direction in an intimate venue.

Don't see it if You don't like going to a black-box theatre to see a two-character play about politics and American history.

Also This Pulitzer-nominated play holds up and is even more powerful in tod... Read more Read less

90
Muswell Hill
Midtown W
Intimate staging with fine acting, Funny, clever and ambitious

See it if you like British plays like "Abigail's Party"

Don't see it if you don't want to have to think a little and just want to be purely entertained

46
Peter Pan
Midtown W
Fine performances but a disappointing concept, Confusing and unengaging

See it if you like deconstructed classics, the more confusing the better

Don't see it if if you're a Bedlam fan and are hoping this will live up to their earlier success

Also a failed effort

96
Abigail’s Party
Midtown W
Fine acting, directing, fun, engaging

See it if You like British theatre and comedy with a punch in the gut. Fine acting, directing and design with great attention to detail.

Don't see it if You don't like Mike Leigh films or if you prefer splashy and expensive B'way shows.

Also Wow. Broadway quality performances, great set and costume design in an... Read more Read less

30
The Vanity
Midtown W
Hilariously bad, Excruciating, Confusing, Funny, Dizzying

See it if you missed the original "Moose Murders," you want to see a train wreck, and you can appreciate a very game Ilene Kristen doing her best.

Don't see it if you can't overlook the problems with the script and the musical arrangements and just have fun

Also As another person said, "Vanity" is an apt name for this production, w... Read more Read less

96
Men on Boats
Midtown W
Smart, entertaining, delightful

See it if historical irony is your cup of tea & you like seeing a talented female ensemble in a fascinating script, well directed and choreographed.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play where women play male characters or if you want realism. This is highly theatrical, wonderfully so.