Sharon Beth

The Bronx | 50-64 | Female
About:  I am a psychiatric nurse who likes psychological dramas and dramas about social issues. I like small indie theaters
Reviews (80)
87
About Love
East Village
Intelligent, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if You are interested in period pieces and coming of age stories

Don't see it if You like a musical to be a lot of songs strung together or need a full orchestra or full set You dislike actors playing more than one charac

Also Normally I like to be immersed in theater "show don't tell". The abili... Read more Read less

84
Great acting, Ambitious, Clever

See it if (Already closed) You want something different and more serious than theusual community theater stuff (theater was in Brooklyn).

Don't see it if You like plays that have resolutions. You like more traditional theater

Also I was afraid that this would be too absurdist or avant garde but it wo... Read more Read less

87
Thunder Rock
East Village
Intelligent, Great acting, Clever

See it if You are interested in pre WWII history from a different viewpoint. Like plays about internal psychological conflict

Don't see it if You prefer lighter fare

Also I did not expect a play that was kind of quirky, especially one writte... Read more Read less

87
MsTRIAL
Midtown W
Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in seeing lawyers interact and issues of sexual harassment.

Don't see it if You are sick of issues of sexual harassment, dislike some foul language and graphic description

Also I believe that this was quite realistic and do not know why others are... Read more Read less

88
A Waning Gibbous Moon
Greenwich V
Romantic, Great writing, Clever

See it if You are interested in psychological issues caused by AIDS. You are interested in the concept of dance theater

Don't see it if You dislike non judgemental depictions of hard drug use Dislike small theaters and limited sets. Dislike stories about gay relationships.

Also Although I had expected more dance what it had was relevant to moving ... Read more Read less

90
An Enchanted April
Midtown W
Charming, Great singing, Dated

See it if You like old fashioned feel good musicals You like entertaining stories with some psychological heft

Don't see it if Unrealistic depictions of relationships annoy you You like/need full orchestras at musicals You have no interest in social history

Also This play requires a suspension of disbelief concerning the nature of ... Read more Read less

68
To Life
East Village
Intense, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in the effects of child sexual abuse and in watching some very dysfunctional people

Don't see it if You like lighter fare; even when you like heavy drama you like likeable characters

Also I saw God Said This less than a year ago which has many similar themes... Read more Read less

87
Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in family dramas especially dealing with issues of responsibility to aging parents

Don't see it if You need staging and sets, you cannot suspend disbelief when actors playing father and son are of different races

Also (continued) or other characters that in the play would have had to be ... Read more Read less

90
Relevant, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in the Nazi era. You like psychological studies of real heroines

Don't see it if You do not like political shows that border on hagiography

Also I saw this show several days after seeing the show on Hannah Senesch.... Read more Read less

86
Rinse, Repeat
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You are interested in eating disorders and family dramas

Don't see it if You do not like psychological family dramas. You prefer entertainment

Also It was unclear to me if the beginning when the acting was very stilted... Read more Read less

81
Entertaining, Clever, Cliched

See it if You like solo musicals

Don't see it if You are offended by partial nudity and non judgemental depictions of casual sex. You do not like solo performances

Also I had thought this would be cabaret style with just songs strung toget... Read more Read less

96
In the Closet
Midtown W
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like psychologically based shows and shows about gay themes.

Don't see it if You are upset by verbally graphic descriptions of rape. You do not like shows that are almost totally reminiscing

Also I do not know what people are complaining about. I thought that the ac... Read more Read less

91
All Our Children
East Village
Polemical, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in issues of prejudice, disability rights, holocaust

Don't see it if You become too upset about the murder of children. You have no interest in WWII history

Also This show was polemical but that is to be expected from a theater affi... Read more Read less

90
Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in problems of poverty and women in developing countries

Don't see it if Discussion of child prostitution offends or upsets you. You dislike solo shows (even though 1 actress portrayed 5 characters well)

Also This actress was amazing in that she portrayed 5 characters well, gest... Read more Read less

85
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You like the story. Are interested in issues of morality in society

Don't see it if You have a problem with plays that are too wordy--there was dramatic action but also a lot of conversation that was important to the theme

Also Well done although wordy. It appeared that the playwright wanted to th... Read more Read less

96
After
Midtown E
Resonant, Original, Great acting

See it if Concerned about child/parent relations, concerned about how economic social class affects attitudes

Don't see it if You want something light, need more action (this whole play revolves around conversation in a living room)

Also Although the parents of the bully were a little stereotyped this was g... Read more Read less

84
A Second Birth
Upper W Side
Polemical, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You are interested in women in Afghanistan

Don't see it if You do not have an interest in women in Afghanistan or in feminist themes or themes of gender identity

Also Although this show was well acted and well paced I have a problem with... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky, Relevant

See it if You are interested in plays about people speaking truth to power

Don't see it if You dislike plays that sometimes veer into political polemics

Also The previous reviewer did not like the modernization of set and costum... Read more Read less

86
During previews
State of the Union
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Dated

See it if You enjoy historical dramedy

Don't see it if You have no interest in historical politics

Also Yes, this is dated but that is the purpose of Metropolitan Playhouse. ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Till We Meet Again
East Village
Ambitious, Quirky, Great acting

See it if You like good acting; you like melodrama (which here was meant to be symbolic) with a historical backdrop

Don't see it if You do not like fictionalized history, and this history was fictionalized into a preposterous story, you dislike melodrama

Also This show wanted to say some serious things about war and the role of ... Read more Read less

85
The Baby Monitor
East Village
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in gay parenting and child abuse issues

Don't see it if You are not interested in gay parenting and child abuse issues

Also As someone who has been a caseworker in family court there is nothing ... Read more Read less

91
Good Grief
Gramercy
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You are interested in the emotions of young people on the verge of adulthood. You like great acting and very clever staging

Don't see it if You are expecting the show to be about the problems of African immigrants--this is not that show

77
Le Blanc
Chelsea
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Edgy

See it if You are interested in Black gay life; the life of young people without families who come out of the foster care system

Don't see it if You like dance to be done on a full stage, lines that you cannot hear bother you a lot, dislike acting that seems acted

Also This could be a great play but it needs work on the timing, better tra... Read more Read less

86
Forbidden
West Village
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in a realistic depiction of mental illness and a concise but nuanced version of the Me Too situation in theater

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with real depictions of mental illness. You are sick of hearing about Me Too situations although this is nuanced

Also I agree with Daniel K and I do not know why this show is being reviewe... Read more Read less

78
Quirky, Resonant, Edgy

See it if If you like cabaret style pieces. You are interested in seeing works about lesbians

Don't see it if Songs and script with some very explicit description of lesbian sex upset you. Some themes in the show have been explored before

Also It was unclear to me how much of this show was true, especially about ... Read more Read less

85
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Cliched, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in unusual staging, interested in well done gay soap opera

Don't see it if You are offended by very explicitly described gay sex, dislike combining melodrama and naturalism and very deliberate audience manipulatio

Also This long show ran from brilliant to banal. There was some incredible ... Read more Read less

85
Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in what it is like to be a low wage worker in a large corporation

Don't see it if You preferromantic comedies. Do not like things about social significance. Like fully developed stories

Also Well acted and well paced but I consider this just the beginning of a ... Read more Read less

85
One in Two
Midtown W
Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in American Black culture. You are interested in the relationship between the stigma of physical illness and self esteem

Don't see it if You do not like simulated sex on stage (although it is not gratuitous). You prefer lighter fare. You are not interested in minorities

Also Although the play was not traditional, almost avant garde, it worked a... Read more Read less

90
Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You have a strong interest in race relations in the US.

Don't see it if You do not like one person playing a variety of different characters

Also I saw the original in Queens Theater in the Park about 20 years ago an... Read more Read less

88
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in political history and feminism You like Harvey Fiersteine

Don't see it if You dislike one man monologues You have little interest in politics You dislike the political left

Also Was this Harvey Harvey not Bella Bella? Yeah... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Power Strip
Upper W Side
Suspenseful, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in the problems of refugees and modern Arab women

Don't see it if You dislike suspenseful plays. Stories of rape and prostitution. Like light fare

Also No drama? On the contrary, I thought that it was too suspenseful. It m... Read more Read less

85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in problems of incarceration, social class issues

Don't see it if You are not interested in class and identity issues; do not like one man shows

Also Yeah, the characters, apart from the protagonist, are a little cliched... Read more Read less

84
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in the life of Heddy Lamar and the life of women in acting of that era.

Don't see it if You dislike what is basically a low budget solo show with two supporting actors who play multiple roles with varying degrees of proficiency

Also I thought the main actress was terrific doing what amounted to a solo ... Read more Read less

100
Hannah Senesh
Financial
Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like a well paced and well acted show about a WWII heroine

Don't see it if You do not like shows that deal with serious historical issues. You do not like flattering portraits of historical characters

Also I see a lot of theater and this play is one of the best. Acting, set a... Read more Read less

90
Resonant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in how traditional people respond to cultural change; are interested in rural Ireland; you are interested in gender issu

Don't see it if You want lighter fare. This ends sadly. Although it treats prostitutes sympathetically it ultimately stands for traditional morality

Also Well paced and I thought that the actors ranged from good to great. Th... Read more Read less

83
Resonant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in problems in the Orthodox community and how a traditional culture handles the stigma of mental illness

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with any negative depiction of Jews or Orthodox Jews. You want light fare

Also Leads were very good. Supporting characters so-so--the social worker d... Read more Read less

86
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Original, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like the theme of young people trying to find their identity as they break from their upbringing; you enjoy and understand Black humor

Don't see it if You are offended by casual sex very explicitly depicted and a lot of cursing, you are offended by very sharp spoofing of Christianity

Also Although I understand why some disliked and/or were offended by this s... Read more Read less

90
The Day I Became Black
Soho/Tribeca
Relevant, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in what it feels to be biracial in the US

Don't see it if You do not like solo shows or shows where the theme never really varies

Also The audience is hit over the head with the theme; it's tough to be bir... Read more Read less

84
What We Cannot Forgive
West Village
Great acting, Confusing, Relevant

See it if You are interested in the effects of addiction on intergenerational family life

Don't see it if You do not like non linear plays. You prefer totally happy endings

Also Some of the acting was a little uneven but the actors were given a ver... Read more Read less

95
Vilna
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in Holocaust history and some of the background as to why the Nazis were so easily able to exterminate Jews in Poland

Don't see it if You want to see something light and upbeat. You have no knowledge of WWII holocaust ghettos (some background knowledge would be useful)

Also I generally do not like plays that try to impose political polemic on ... Read more Read less

92
Well paced, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are concerned about cultural misunderstanding, the culture and politics of Kenya, economic development

Don't see it if You have no interest in the above and do not like two handers (although I am not so fond of them either but I really liked this show)

Also Well paced but the last prison scene could have been expanded more--to... Read more Read less

90
Bleach
Brooklyn
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in life in the gay underground. You are interested in seeing how people cope with guilt and objectification

Don't see it if You dislike sexually explicit although simulated acting. You dislike monologues and stories told in a non linear way

Also I disagree that the actor did not convey the edginess to what he was d... Read more Read less

94
God Said This
West Village
Great acting, Uplifting, Formulaic

See it if You like very well acted family dramas with an uplifting, though sad, ending

Don't see it if You believe that uplifting endings are too corny. You have a problem with foul language or seeing graphic depictions of sickness

Also This has some of the best acting I have ever seen, and I have seen a l... Read more Read less

90
Generation NYZ
East Village
Intelligent, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You are interested in the problems and perspectives of immigrant youth in the city

Don't see it if Reading from scripts, plays that are basically just broken up monologues, although they are monologues by a number of people, annoy you

Also Although these monologues are apparently the real stories of the kids ... Read more Read less

91
Noura
Midtown W
Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in the assimilation and PTSD issues of refugees. You like relationship dramas with a lot of conversation

Don't see it if You prefer lighter fare. You have difficulty listening to foreign accents on stage.

Also Understanding the actors because of the accents and occasional lack of... Read more Read less

87
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are interested in gay cultural history and stories about flawed people trying to connect. Heartfelt dialogue and performances

Don't see it if Psychological dramedys bore you. You are deeply offended by portrayals of anal sex and teens making risqué jokes.

Also Also do not see it if you believe that people who focus on their own e... Read more Read less

80
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You like historical dramas dealing with moral dilemmas

Don't see it if You dislike shows with a lot of dialogue and little action You find oral sex visually hidden but explicitly depicted onstage to be offensiv

Also I realize that there were time constraints but it bothered me that the... Read more Read less

91
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Excellent solo acting about a relevant situation

Don't see it if You have trouble with the prochoice position being expressed well. The prolife position was not expressed as well although it was implied

86
Log Cabin
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Edgy

See it if Like shows on gay themes. Shows about how minority cultures and prejudices change over time

Don't see it if There was symbolism, talking babies, providing commentary for what otherwise would be pure naturalism-this dichotomy can be disconcerting

Also This was just an update of Papa Woof Daddy Hot. Same theme and plot st... Read more Read less

90
The Great Leap
Chelsea
Absorbing, Masterful, Great staging

See it if You have a strong interest in modern Chinese history' like BD Wong

Don't see it if You have a real problem when actors voices are unclear

Also I normally have a real problem with preposterous plots trying to pose ... Read more Read less