Shanphelia

White Plains | 35-49 | Female
About:  NYC-area theater enthusiast, with a particular love of musicals, puppetry, and immersive theater experiences. Willing to travel far afield for something unusual or quirky or just plain interesting! In 2018, a particular goal is to delve further into off-off-Bway, and recommendations are always welc... Read more Read less
Reviews (64)
70
Great acting, Raunchy, Intense, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see some great performances across the board

Don't see it if you're not willing to go along for an experimental ride that doesn't always go smoothly

81
Absorbing, Funny, Dated, Intense, Great acting

See it if you want to catch two Broadway actors at the top of their game.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with intense discussions, sexual situations.

98
During previews
Absorbing, Great singing, Must see, Epic, Great staging

See it if you want to see a pair of epic love stories amazingly staged & see great performances, esp. Patrick Page & Amber Gray at top of their game

Don't see it if you'll get bored with a naive hero in Orpheus; you don't like jazzy-folk music

82
Superhero
Midtown W
Quirky, Great staging, Entertaining, Touching, Great singing

See it if you want to see a sweet show about a mother and son dealing with aftermath of a tragic event..but also quirky&funny w great singing

Don't see it if you don't like comic books, don't like shows with very long songs

82
Lolita, My Love
Midtown E
Slow, Absorbing, Awkward book & lyrics, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you want to see this infamous flop well-staged and sung! Loved getting to hear this score & the updated staging. George Abud's fantastic

Don't see it if you don't like the storyline; you'll cringe at lyrics such as "who is this viper/who likes them post-diaper" !

Also Uneven book and lyrics aside, I'm so glad York staged this. The score ... Read more Read less

95
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great costumes, Fun

See it if you want to have a very fun night at the theater and hear some amazing women belt the heck out of Cher's catalog. SJB in particular rocks!

Don't see it if you don't like Cher's music at all

83
Clever, Fun, Funny, Entertaining, Great music

See it if You want a fun, feel-good 90 minutes with great band, actors, music, all telling a funny, touching story w super catchy music!

Don't see it if You want a big bway extravaganza. This showcases the best features of the intimacy and innovation of off Bway!

93
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Edgy, Hilarious, Intense, Moving

See it if you want to see some amazing acting & really develop intense feelings for some of these very well-realized characters.

Don't see it if you don't like plays with huge casts; you're not interested in Ireland

84
Entertaining, Great singing, Dated, Fluffy, Romantic

See it if you want to hear some great singing from all of the leads, enjoy great romantic chemistry between Samantha/Andy, and if you like the movie

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Bryan Adams' music or you're looking for a new interpretation of source material

61
Skintight
Midtown W
Funny, Slow, Cliched, Some good acting, Disappointing

See it if you are a big fan of Idina & would see her in anything, even if her character flawed; you're grappling with questions of love/relationships

Don't see it if you don't care about romantic travails of rich people; you aren't comfortable with stage nudity; you want to see only likeable characters

51
During previews
Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Great acting, Interesting set design

See it if you realllly like Shaw & don't mind his slow pacing. There are some great performances from Rashad, Davenport, Page. Interesting set design

Don't see it if you want a fast-paced show; I would have been content with just Act 2, which had best scenes. Some great actors getting lost in a slow plot

85
Great acting, Intense, Intelligent, Emotional, Blackly funny in places

See it if you want to see a masterclass in acting from Glenda Jackson in particular, but also from Metcalf& Pill. If you want an intensely human show

Don't see it if you want to see something very uplifting and/or light; you're not interested in looking at the horrors inherent in growing older

60
American Psycho
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great design, Slow, Quirky, Great lead actor

See it if you'd like this to come back to an off Bway run -- it's quirky and a bit gruesome, but was a fun ride.

Don't see it if you don't like to see any onstage gore; you hate the 80s!

96
During previews
Magical, Great staging, Epic, Intense, Great acting

See it if you are at least familiar with Harry Potter and want to see some amazing staging and great acting. This is surprisingly intense&emotional

Don't see it if you hate or are indifferent towards Harry Potter; you are under the age of 10 - this really isn't for young kids!

Also I felt like the show still had all of the magic that I saw onstage in ... Read more Read less

77
Shadowlands
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Resonant, Slow

See it if you want to see an intense story of a real-life romance between two people who aren't kids -- this is an intellectual show and romance.

Don't see it if you're looking for a light show with a lot of effects; you're expecting Narnia

83
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Great staging, Strong female characters

See it if you want to see a "big" show with huge staging & great singing. I just saw Mariand Torres on as Elphaba & she was fantastic.

Don't see it if you want something new and innovative; you don't like fantasy stories or care about the Wizard of Oz

85
Great staging, Ambitious, Clever, Intense, Great singing

See it if you are comfortable being really immersed in a show, you want to experience unique staging, you want to see Carolee Carmello be amazing

Don't see it if you don't like actors touching you or singing in to your face, you don't want to twist to follow action

70
Cats
Midtown W
Fluffy, Fun, Some great songs, Dated, Enchanting

See it if you're up for a mostly fun flashback to 1980s musicals. I enjoyed the energy of cast & most of the numbers. I do have a fondness for it!

Don't see it if you're really weirded out by actors in (somewhat dated looking) cat get-ups; you want a lot of plot; you don't like the song "Memory" or ALW

81
During previews
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Great singing, Entertaining, Cliched, Beautiful projections, Great costumes

See it if you'd like to see a fairy-tale type story without too many twists or turns. Great acting & singing all around, and projections are gorgeous

Don't see it if you're bothered by plot holes or somewhat sudden shifts in character focus; you want to see something very deep and edgy,

Also I thought the set designs and projections all made for an overall ench... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Great singing, Emotional, Intense, Dated, Long

See it if you missed out this epic first time around. Also the leads -- especially Eva & JonJon -- are amazing performers. Some great dancing, too.

Don't see it if you don't want a big 80s/90s style musical evening. Show feels a bit long, but still in previews so it may tighten up.

66
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Cliched, Fluffy, Indulgent, Great singing, Great role (genie)

See it if you'd like to see an actor make most of the funny role of the Genie; you like Disney movies; you want a happy show with happy ending.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Disney movies, you don't like puns, or you want to see something edgy and original. Probably best for kids.

58
The Encounter
Midtown W
Intense, Slow, Overlong, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you'd like to see an intense one-man show (though I think it'd be better in smaller, off Bway space). Great acting, ambitious project

Don't see it if you expect a complete immersion experience from the headphones; you want to avoid hearing a white man's POV on native people of Amazon

Also Simon McBurney is an incredible performer -- so that was worth seeing!... Read more Read less

68
Fluffy, Fun, Entertaining, Great singing, Cliched

See it if you'd like a fun few hours at the theater, and enjoy references to other shows. Songs are light but entertaining.

Don't see it if you don't like in-jokes about other Bway shows, or you want a very deep emotional experience from a show.

83
During previews
In Transit
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great singing, Delightful, Indulgent

See it if you love to see great singers having fun with true stories of NYC life. The all a capella format is really well done.

Don't see it if you don't like the idea of an all-acapella musical or want to see a long show (running time is about 90 min)

90
Absorbing, Catchy music, Original, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to see a Greek myth retold using very catchy bluegrass-tyle music. Amazing acting, esp by actresses playing Eurydice & Persephone

Don't see it if you don't like theatre in the round. Chairs are uncomfortable & you may not be able to see all of the action easily.

95
Great staging, Great dancing, Indulgent, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of over the top shows with a lot of energy & great staging; you like the movie; you'd like to see Danny Burstein at top of game

Don't see it if you want a deep plot; you're not a fan of non-stop medleys

81
Great singing, Funny, Dated, Long, Great dancing

See it if you want to see some great dancing & hear some classic tunes. Stephanie Styles is a standout as Bianca!

Don't see it if you want to see something very new and fresh.

75
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Great staging, Some beautiful songs, Sexual in bizarre ways, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you don't mind sitting through some clunky numbers for some really beautiful/engaging ones; you like interesting staging

Don't see it if you're looking for a coherent musical that is consistently strong from start to finish

Also I've seen this show a few times now, and I wanted to wait and see what... Read more Read less

95
Behind the Sheet
Midtown W
Great acting, Intense, Profound, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you want to see an intense, moving play that puts us face-to-face with a shameful chapter of history while giving voices back to these women

Don't see it if you are squeamish about medical operations/blood being discussed or mimed

Also I haven't been able to get this astonishingly good play out of my head... Read more Read less

65
The Mortality Machine
Lower E Side
Confusing, Ambitious, Edgy, Crowded, Disappointing

See it if you want to have an experience that's halfway between a game and an immersive theater night; you are interested in death/afterlife

Don't see it if you have never done any sort of live game before; you don't like crowded rooms; you want a clear narrative

86
Clever, Quirky, Great singing, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you want a fun night at the theater; current cast is great! See if you're not offended by some very broad strokes humor about serious issues

Don't see it if you're not a fan of South Park style humor

90
Funny, Touching, Relevant, Quirky, Great singing

See it if you want to see a funny & moving show that stands out as an original work! Great actors giving it their all & creating a relevant moment.

Don't see it if you don't like shows about show biz people

87
Clever, Great acting, Short, Quirky, Funny

See it if you'd like to see great acting from all three leads; you have an interest in how we view current events via the media

Don't see it if you're looking for a long and very deep experience

90
Ambitious, Entertaining, Fast paced, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if for a (mostly) fast-paced musical that throws everything at you! This was a wild ride w/great performances (Danny B and Aaron T especially)

Don't see it if you want a very sophisticated book (ending needs work), you don't like jukebox musicals, you want a quiet show

90
Ambitious, Epic, Great acting, Intense, Slow

See it if you want to see a truly epic work, beautifully staged, with some great acting.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through a lot of didactic portions; you're disturbed by illness/blood on stage

78
Great singing, Fun, Entertaining, Banal, A bit long

See it if you're a big fan of the movie or at leastt know the movie well; you want to hear some great singing from the leads & fun acting all around

Don't see it if you want a deep show or don't know the movie at all; the songs are catchy but few are memorable. First act felt overly long.

90
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if you want to have a really fun night watching a lead actor have a great time embodying many roles. Catch this on tour if you can!

Don't see it if you're looking for a very deep evening of theater. This is just fun!

70
During previews
Great dancing, Great singing, Disappointing, Supporting characters are great, Confusing cuts to original

See it if you'd like to see some amazing dancing. The choreography was the best part of show. Lindsay Mendez was fantastic as Carrie.

Don't see it if you want a storyline that makes sense and honors the original. Also a shame how wasted Jessie M seems in this role -- she needs more!

75
During previews
Great singing, Cliched, Entertaining, Slow in places, Pretty

See it if you want to hear some great singing from Caissie Levy as Elsa; you like Disney musicals; you want to see some pretty staging/costumes

Don't see it if you want a super fast moving show; you're not a fan of Frozen OR you're looking for the show to be just like the movie

89
Clever, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if you want to see innovative staging & performers really giving heart to some amazing performances. Merle Dandridge's Papa Ge is unforgettable

Don't see it if you don't like having to track actors in a staging-in-round setting, you want a brand new/unexpected staging.

75
Dated, Great singing, Cliched, Beautiful costumes, Donna murphy is great

See it if you're a fan of old-school musical tropes, songs, staging; you want to see some great actors having fun; you like big ensemble dance numbers

Don't see it if you want to see something new and fresh

95
Quirky, Amazing leads, Quietly emotional, Absorbing, Great music

See it if you want to see Katrina Lenk give a powerhouse performance, leading a strong, diverse ensemble; you want a subtle, moving, real life story

Don't see it if you want something very fast paced; you're not a fan of musicians on stage alongside actors; you want a lot of special effects

Also I went in to this show with few expectations and came out deeply moved... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Great staging, Great singing, Clever, Ambitious, Hilarious

See it if you want to see some amazing stagework, laugh a lot, cry a little, and experience this amazing performance Andy Karl is giving.

Don't see it if you don't like occasionally raunchy humor or multiple reuses/repetitions of songs; you didn't like the movie or don't like Tim Michin

Also This was some of the most fun I've had in the theater lately! Andy Kar... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, For harry potter fans

See it if you're a big Harry Potter fan! Really clever staging & acting-- in particular I loved actors playing Harry&co and Cedric/Voldemort.

Don't see it if you don't know the Harry Potter books/universe, you don't like minimalist staging or improv-influenced performances.

93
During previews
Entertaining, Great ensemble work, Emotional, Quirky, Funny

See it if you want to see an amazing example of an ensemble working tightly together, and to see a touching but fun portrait of humanity at its best

Don't see it if you don't like Celtic-flavored music or want a lot of big solo numbers.

70
Great staging, Fluffy, Entertaining, Funny, Dated

See it if you're a fan of Disney productions; Taymor's staging and the use of puppetry remain enchanting, and cast is usually strong.

Don't see it if you don't like Disney stories, you're looking for something very fresh and new.

95
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Emotional,

See it if you want to see an original show using musical format so well, witness amazing performance by Ben Platt, & experience an emotional journey

Don't see it if you don't like to cry (or be around crying) in theatre, you don't like a teenage protagonist, or you're looking for a Les Mis type epic

Also I was fortunate enough to see this last night and, cliched as the phra... Read more Read less

89
Great staging, Clever, Immersive, Indulgent, Great singing

See it if Having seen this off Bway, I was impressed w/ how they kept intimate feeling! Staging is gorgeous. Leads great, but supporting actors superb

Don't see it if Avoid this if you don't like actors invading your space, or a touch of rave music/dancing in your 19th century Russia.

75
During previews
Falsettos
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great singing, Confusing, Awkward staging, Entertaining

See it if you want to see some powerhouse performers (Block, Borle, Rannells, Wolfe, Uranowitz) knock songs out of the park with very catchy music

Don't see it if you don't want to see some awkward set rearrangement, you don't want any non-sequitur numbers, you don't like child actor focused shows

73
Absorbing, Original, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Slow

See it if you are comfortable with experimental theatre & an almost improv-like atmosphere that will change from show to show. Interesting content.

Don't see it if you don't want to go on an occasionally uncomfortable journey with an actor who is reading play for first time him/herself.