Shelby

Grand Blanc | 25-34 | Female
About:  Classically-trained actress (Carnegie Mellon, Interlochen, Paris) finally in the city and ecstatic to be exposed to the most diverse array of theatre in the world.
Reviews (40)
70
Entertaining, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if you're looking for a light, slightly engaging show to drink at with friends. The sitcom-type jabs are current & fun and the cast does well.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy substantial crowd participation. Half the show is based on what the audience yells back at the actors. Loud but kinda fun.

75
Anecdotal, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy Downton Abbey, Jane Austen or similar English tropes. Ironically, this play (Shaw's first) turns such tropes on their heads.

Don't see it if you're not in the mood to listen intently and pontificate accordingly. It's mainly intellectually engaging - doesn't quite hit the heart.

90
During previews
Great writing, Refreshing, Intelligent, Clever, Challenging

See it if you love or hate that melancholy Russian guy. This is a simultaneous homage & middle finger to Chekhov - just the way he would have wanted.

Don't see it if it's the beginning of the run. The cast is understandably self-aware & the audience is a character in this show, so grant them time to meld.

80
Lush, Sweet, Delightful, Elementary, Fanciful

See it if you're a fan of extravagant fairy tales. This feels like a Shakespearean Joseph...Dreamcoat - multiple lands, lush scope, epic plot twists.

Don't see it if you're expecting to be moved deeply. Though the poetry is there, the text is inherently light and the narrative is classically predictable.

85
Hilarious, Delightful, Raunchy, Great writing, Dated

See it if you're looking for a fun night out with inappropriate friends and multiple drinks! It's an R-rated version of Sesame Street. Such a blast.

Don't see it if you're expecting the verve of the original Broadway cast. The show still deserves every Tony it won, but at times you feel its 10+ year age.

100
Thrilling, Brilliant, Haunting, Seductive, Engrossing

See it if you're tempted by being completely transported. It is a delicious, visceral choose-your-own-adventure experience. Nothing else like it.

Don't see it if you prefer linear storytelling. It presents an intoxicating, masterful journey but you must literally chase after it & won't see everything.

75
During previews
Intelligent, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Original

See it if you marvel at playwrights that present all sides of an argument & have the maturity to leave the final decision to you. The pool is a treat.

Don't see it if you don't like Mamet-type dialogue. The text is contemporary but not naturalistic, coming off as tense and rapid but not always engaging.

75
Strong ensemble, Intelligent, Slow, Nostalgic

See it if you like Anne of Avonlea and Mona Lisa Smile. It's a solid period piece with expert design elements, and the older actresses are stunning.

Don't see it if you're irked by inconsistent accents & infinitesimal subject matter. As a peek into a small life, it offers perspective but not much else.

70
Entertaining, Fluffy, Quirky, Fun, Underwhelming

See it if you're in the mood for something super light and flashy. And if you love Wayne Brady - he's a blast in this.

Don't see it if you don't like drag shows. This is basically a long one with UK accents and a dash of heart. Fun but not life-changing.

65
Fine, Funny, Good writing, Cliched, Solid but too everyday

See it if biting family comments make you laugh. It's a love letter to how shitty it is to live in New York & whether it's really worth it.

Don't see it if you're bored by common bickering, no matter how cleverly written. I prefer theatre that challenges & stretches, not reminds me of normality.

60
Labored, Experimental, Slow, Intense, Disappointing

See it if the avant-garde scene intrigues you. This is no doubt a good production, yet somehow the stripped-down quality is still trying far too hard.

Don't see it if you're hoping to "enjoy" your evening. A constant underscore of ominous music betrays all inherent moments of levity in the action.

70
Entertaining, Slow, Worthwhile, Solid, Great acting

See it if you like dark comedies. It was actually amusing and the whole production had a haunting twinkle about it. Better than I expected.

Don't see it if you can't get close seats. No one can argue that both of these actors are great, but Bruce's performance is naturally more cinematic/subtle.

80
During previews
Charming, Original, Worthwhile, Delightful, Sweet

See it if you'd enjoy an intimate setting with a Broadway legend. The songs are a slice of theatre history and his Shakespeare is simply masterful.

Don't see it if you're a cabaret snob. There are a few "pipes & whistles in his sound," but come with a gracious spirit and you will smile the whole time.

85
Delightful, Classic, Great singing, Ambitious, Adorable

See it if you've never seen this musical. The subject matter is inherently dated, but it's unlikely this show will be done so expertly ever again.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Rogers & Hammerstein or other classic composers. The pace may be slow, but I'd take a lullaby from Kelli O'Hara any day.

100
Refreshing, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see, Funny

See it if you love theatre. Grateful to be the millionth person to say that this show is beyond special and deserves to be seen by every American.

Don't see it if you want a "sit back" experience. This piece is very fast-talking and commands every bit of your attention. The required focus is worth it.

60
Refreshing, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy classical theatre and are intrigued (and open-minded) enough to see a rarely-done piece. A bold effort but ultimately labored.

Don't see it if you're expecting Shakespeare. And yet Manoel Feliciano's nuanced, effortless performance revived the evening and made it all worth our time.

90
Exquisite, Intelligent, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you love Shakespeare. Parallels galore & contemporary verse is a fascinating experiment, yet the expert performances transcend the device.

Don't see it if British accents bug you. It's an English story with a few American tweaks, but it's all about those ambitious (lovely!) words, words, words.

70
Solid, Clever, Entertaining, Charming

See it if you want to chuckle. This is the theatrical equivalent of a sitcom, yet the set design & hilarious supporting cast make it Broadway worthy.

Don't see it if you want to be taken on an emotional journey. It's a sweet, light piece that inspires a constant, gentle smile but not must else.

65
Entertaining, Slow, Predictable

See it if you're a Peter Pan fan. There were some stunning, aptly-"magical" moments, but ultimately it's pretty basic.

Don't see it if you've seen the movie. Knowing the plot is probably what made it feel so slow and overly-sentimental to me. But the servants stole the show!

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you're intrigued by pieces that present challenging questions and are masterful & courageous enough to withhold a clear answer.

Don't see it if you're in the mood for something light. There are great comedic moments, but this piece is primarily thought-provoking (in the best way).

70
Inventive, Playful, Clumsy, Scattered, Juvenile

See it if the idea of 'hipster Shakespeare' intrigues you. Great prequel concept; could be a knock-out if the playwright had the courage to simplify.

Don't see it if you don't have empathy for new work. 40mins & all jukebox songs MUST be cut, yet Ryan McCurdy's masterful Mercutio makes the night worth it.

50
During previews
Boring, Long, Indulgent, Colloquial

See it if you're interested in a meditation of sorts on how relationships of the past still affect the present/future.

Don't see it if it exhausts you to hear the everyday cadence of entitled people complaining about their mediocre lives. Such "art" simply makes me sleepy.

85
Hilarious, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, So fun

See it if you have a special place in your heart for farce. This is THE classic physical comedy for a reason & this production did it justice tenfold.

Don't see it if you're not in the mood for a silly, goofy, light experience. "Sit back and chuckle" is the only direction for this show. So many doors!

95
Enchanting, Intimate, Dreamy, Surprising, Engaging

See it if you are enthralled by immersive theatre experiences & the legendary world of Alice in Wonderland. It's a lovely, guided, sensual adventure.

Don't see it if you crave the angst of Sleep No More. There is much less FOMO (and therefore urgency) but it's almost as sexy and just as dangerous.

60
During previews
Slow, Sexist, Tedious, Unfinished, Cliched

See it if you enjoy conspiracy theories, even if they're not quite brilliant enough. This is an inferior nod to The Big Short and Contagion.

Don't see it if you abhor going to the theatre to see everyday scenarios. I left my own office only to find myself right back in a board/bored room.

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Refreshing

See it if you're in the mood to indulge your goofiest self with classic physical comedy gags and adorable, over-the-top characters. What a fun jaunt!

Don't see it if broad, slapstick, Vaudeville-type comedy doesn't tickle your funny bone. These guys are masters of their craft but that craft is very jokey.

55
Exhausting, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you're interested in seeing this play in its original Russian. But this production's level of melancholy is excruciating, even for Chekhov.

Don't see it if you'd hate the theatrical equivalent of dealing with a drunk friend sulking about their break-up for 3 hours. Excessive and unearned.

85
Dot
Heartwarming, Funny, Great acting, Moving, Poignant

See it if you'd like to be pleasantly surprised by a family dramedy. I usually can't stand them but this one left my heart full and my eyes teary.

Don't see it if you don't want an evening of empathy. This production is beyond charming & refreshingly human, but the subject matter is very affecting.

70
Entertaining, Spirited, Ambitious, Good effort, Inventive

See it if you've never seen In The Heights. The camaraderie of this cast is palpable & infectious. The evening isn't perfect but it's full of heart.

Don't see it if you're expecting Broadway quality. The set is very simple and the sound is unfortunately a little spotty, but you'll still get the gist.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see something very well done: arresting story, excellent acting, innovative staging, crisp dialogue. Constantly surprising.

Don't see it if you're looking for production value. It's quite stripped-down, but the simplicity serves the script & only makes the action more immediate.

70
During previews
Clever, Fluffy, Fun, Good music

See it if it sounds fun to hear Broadway legends belting classic '70s songs and a nun saying hilariously inappropriate things.

Don't see it if you're expecting transcendence of any kind. This is a parade of puns, corny jokes, slapstick gags, etc. It's a worthy frolic, but a frolic.

80
Impressive, Enchanting, Original

See it if you enjoy intimate, engaging theatre where creativity is the protagonist. Mask work, puppetry, classic movement techniques all shine.

Don't see it if you're not ready to lean in and join the artistic journey. The silent language takes some getting used to but it pays off if you're willing.

90
Hilarious, Great writing, Clever, Entertaining, Must see

See it if you just need a HUGE, raucous, belting, flashy, all-the-things-we-love-about-big-musicals musical. So funny. I could NOT stop smiling.

Don't see it if you're not into musicals. This is the most musical thing to ever musical so... don't go until you're ready to be violently entertained.

100
For a previous production
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you're enchanted & enthralled by classics shown in a new way. Eric Tucker's expert, courageous direction not only dazzles but invites us in.

Don't see it if you're a traditionalist. Actually, DO see it if you're a traditionalist! If anything can open your mind, it's this innovative production.

45
During previews
Painful, Obvious, Amateurish, Forced

See it if if you enjoy listening to high schoolers "like" talk about what their limited, persistent angst thinks is "like" deep.

Don't see it if you have no patience for on the nose writing. The ending offers a flash of hope but 2 minutes out of 90 does not a worthwhile evening make.

75
Entertaining, Funny, Great for groups

See it if you love Shakespeare inside-jokes and don't mind the text being completely manipulated in the name of good, wasted fun. Cleverly done.

Don't see it if you're hoping to hear any real verse, or prefer to have your personal space kept personal. They cross all boundaries - even your drink.

100
Innovative, Hilarious, Masterful, Great acting

See it if you're turned on by innovative Shakespeare. It's stripped down: 5 actors, no props, no scenery, just words. Stunning. Had to see it twice.

Don't see it if you want to sit back and relax. This production constantly engages the audience in a visceral way. It's thrilling, but borderline invasive.

95
Witty, Hilarious, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like Downton Abbey with a dash of Clue! Fun. Engaging. Innovative staging. And it never takes itself too seriously.

Don't see it if you don't like British accents... 'cause there are a lot of them! Fast-spoken. May be a challenge for any hard of hearing audience members.

95
Absorbing, Masterful, Riveting, Must see

See it if you're ready to be WOWed! This piece is world-renowned for a reason: immersive, surprising, deeply moving, eye-opening in regards to autism.

Don't see it if you're unable to secure a good seat. This show's staging is inherently linear and deserves to be seen from Orchestra Center. It's worth it.

85
Clever, Intelligent, Romantic, Delightful

See it if you love the intimacy of smaller musicals. I laughed, I cried, I constantly smiled. Very heart-warming piece. GREAT performances.

Don't see it if you don't like period pieces or "talky" musicals. This is very word-heavy, which I find to be its strength, but that's not for everyone.