Shell 5364

New York City | 50-64 | Female

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Reviews (48)
East Village
Great staging, Indulgent, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you like dark post-apocalyptic explorations, and don't mind the playwright going off on poetic riffs having nothing to do with these people

Don't see it if you like linear plays with clear easily comprehensible characters and stories

Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You love musicals and are open to their re-invention

Don't see it if You want consistency in the intention, staging, singing, and acting

Intense, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like shows that are about socio-political realities manifested in sexual relations

Don't see it if You don't

Great writing, Resonant, Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if Beautiful, completely engaging, songs are memorable.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals or contemporary staging and orchestrations.

Mayakovsky and Stalin
West Village
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You like character studies and unique, complicated relationships

Don't see it if You like your plays linear and plot-driven

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You love re-examining classic musicals with new takes, and leads in musicals who act the songs but can't necessarily handle them vocally.

Don't see it if You want your classic musicals done classically and need your romantic ending.

Also The production highlights Shaw's complexities in Pygmalion, which is t... Read more Read less

The Fourth Wall
Midtown W
Edgy, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if you love A.R. Gurney, intelligent albeit somewhat self-indulgent writing, and period pieces that are relevant now, you get TBTB productions

Don't see it if you don't like a combination of expressionistic and realistic theatre which doesn't always mesh the two adeptly

Also TBTB beautifully integrates and features actors with disabilities into... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great singing, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like shows that have beautiful contemporary scores, and modern characters struggling with age-old issues in a modern high-tech world

Don't see it if you like your musicals old-fashioned and with happy endings

Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you love explorations of humanity, culture, and commonalities across cultures

Don't see it if you like your musicals with big dance numbers and catchy repeating choruses

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you love magic and being carried on the joy of the magic and the magician's story (with a very good contortionist assistant)

Don't see it if magic itself is not enough for you and you don't like an audience with lots of kids and families

Hold These Truths
East Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Relevant

See it if You love a story--an extraordinary, relevant, profound, beautiful story--well told with all the characters played out before you.

Don't see it if You don't like 1-person shows, you don't like plays that are storytelling, you don't believe in equality and justice.

Also Brilliantly acted and directed, stunningly lit and sound effects are a... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Hilarious

See it if you like playful, well-executed, light-hearted (with a dark underbelly), musicals in verse with lots of surprises (all in Act II)

Don't see it if you like your Shakespearean tales straight

Marvin's Room
Midtown W
Warm, Funny, Engaging

See it if you like family plays, estranged people who find their way back to each other, and open to the connections that give life meaning

Don't see it if you get frustrated with things that move and unfold slowly (it's humorous, but slow), on a stage set that is hugely expansive

Midtown W
Great staging, Great acting, Great singing, Resonant

See it if you love brilliant musical theatre performances without much of a show

Don't see it if mediocre lyrics grate on you and you want your storylines with as much complexity as the direction and acting

Also the direction and acting/singing of this show makes it a million times... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great singing, Entertaining, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you love learning about immigrants and immigration history in this country, Yiddish, the Jewish people, and great klezmer music.

Don't see it if You can't stand reading titles or watching things that are not completely in English.

Entertaining, Cliched, Great staging, Great singing, Great music

See it if you love romantic love stories told in a new way theatrically but not at all a new way writing-wise

Don't see it if you are tired of romantic love stories and get irritated (as we did) by people telling the story about their characters in the third person

Also Although this is based on War and Peace, the section they chose to the... Read more Read less

Daughters of the Mock
East Village
Riveting, Intense, Great acting

See it if You like epic stories, like modern Greek tragedy, beautifully realized.

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

Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you loved the movie (and the story of) Groundhog Day, you love magical realism, shifting perspective, & growth through discovery

Don't see it if you don't believe people can change and become better people, and that idea makes you angry

Also The cast is phenomenal, particularly Andy Carl who gives the performan... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Illuminating

See it if you care about the evolution of women in this country, particularly in STEM fields (in this case, aviation and rocket science)

Don't see it if you think women's stories aren't important

Midtown W
Great singing, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if You like musicals with warm, touching stories--a bit challenging, but not too much, big band music (played by an all-white band)

Don't see it if You don't like old-fashioned musicals

Entertaining, Resonant, Relevant, Heart-wrenching

See it if You love creative, musical theatrical storytelling, seeing actors create multiple characters, going on a journey.

Don't see it if You don't want to be reminded of 9/11, you hate Canada, you only like old-fashioned musicals.

The Fantasticks
Midtown W
Dated, Enchanting, Great singing, Romantic, Absorbing

See it if you love classic old-fashioned musicals with exquisite scores that have a bit of cynicism and intellectual challenge--but it is a bit dated

Don't see it if you don't

Riveting, Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious, Refreshing

See it if You love inventive staging, direction, and choreography, and/or if you loved the movie.

Don't see it if you hated the movie and don't like stories about non-humans

Great singing, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if You love Tin Pan Alley early pop-rock and discovering the stories behind lyrics and songs you know well.

Don't see it if That doesn't interest you.

Also I found this show as heartbreaking for the life of Gerry Goffin as it ... Read more Read less

Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Preposterous premise, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you love musicals with great performances and can suspend disbelief about the premise and appreciate the updating of the story

Don't see it if you can't suspend disbelief that an obstreperous man would get cast & be able to step out of line more as a woman

Confusing, Absorbing, Profound, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You're willing to go with the shifting realities and explore them with the brilliant actors

Don't see it if You need things spelled out and very clear

Great acting, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You like challenging, audacious plays about young women

Don't see it if You can't stand violence and staged rage

Relevant, Profound, Resonant, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You love musicals, you appreciate seeing the town of Anetevke in its native language.

Don't see it if You hate musicals, you hate sub- or super-titles and want your shows in English.

Nuclear Follies
Greenwich V
Clever, Relevant, Entertaining, Witty

See it if you like satire, pastiche, political humor, revues

Don't see it if you need a linear storyline and complex character development

Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Great staging, Romantic

See it if If you love re-tellings of old stories spun into a very new tale, women's stories, and being challenged about your notions of good & bad.

Don't see it if You don't love musicals, you need men at the center of all your stories, and you don't want to re-look at Wizard of Oz.

Also I found the ending very disappointing, since what made the show so emo... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you love period pieces that are re-imagined and incredibly relevant, beautifully directed & acted

Don't see it if you know and don't like the play, you don't like trips of fantasy, you like all classic plays to be done the way they've always been done

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Relevant, Quirky

See it if you like fun, silly things that are surprisingly deep, and very timely and political with inventive creative sets and staging that delight

Don't see it if you don't like silly things, you like your sets and costumes to be completely representational, you are politically right wing

Also This show is especially terrific with Ethan Slater in the lead--some p... Read more Read less

She Calls Me Firefly
Ambitious, Intense, Great acting, Great staging, Edgy

See it if you like artfully crafted character explorations of the complex human flawed variety

Don't see it if you like the story laid out in a simple, linear, consecutive construction

Also the setting in a bar that is actually a bar gives great authenticity a... Read more Read less

In & Of Itself
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if you love magic, magic as metaphor, identity as a process of discovery, but you don't need it to be done by a great showman.

Don't see it if your magician having an unassuming presence is distracting for you

Also he is a great magician and a good storyteller and the writing of the p... Read more Read less

Uncommon Sense
East Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you like work that is challenging and moving, and you don't need one linear story from beginning to end

Don't see it if people meeting personal challenges makes you uncomfortable, and you like linear plays with simple plots

Singing Beach
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Inconsistent

See it if you like experiments in theatre-making, and experimental mind-travels, even if they're not completely successful or fully realized

Don't see it if you need your theatre to be very clear and structured, or if inconsistent acting makes you uncomfortable

Midtown W
Ambitious, Great singing, Great music, Relevant

See it if you love Stephen Sondheim's artfully constructed music and lyrics, and great musical theatre actor/singers performing songs with dark themes

Don't see it if you need a plot and continuity - there's really not much here in that regard

Cost of Living
Midtown W
Great acting, Riveting, Profound, Great writing

See it if you love a good story that has surprises, discoveries, moments that are heart-breaking, and moments that are heart-warming

Don't see it if you cannot deal with watching people who have disabilities, or with people who have disabilities who are not otherwise perfect and wonderful

Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you love Shakespeare re-invented and staged in novel ways with contemporary spins on the themes.

Don't see it if you like your Shakespeare traditionally realized

Also The acting is not completely consistent, but Jonathan Cake as the Duke... Read more Read less

Expecting Isabel
Midtown W
Funny, Poignant, Great writing, Quirky

See it if you can both laugh at and be moved by the foibles of a couple who are essentially creating their own hell, but grow through it.

Don't see it if you find the issues of privileged white middle-class people grappling with infertility and the deterioration of their relationship tedious.

Also Some of the acting is really terrific, but some is inconsistent. Most ... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Relevant, Resonant, Great singing

See it if you love pop/rock musicals and seamless storytelling that is both heartfelt and socio-politically challenging

Don't see it if you're politically reactionary and/or don't like pop/rock musicals

Also The cast right now (June '17) is phenomenal, with numbers that challen... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you like takedowns, conceits, and particularly takedowns of the conceited!

Don't see it if you like your musicals conventional and romanticized

Also the performances of the young man playing Martin Shkreli and the entir... Read more Read less

Present Laughter
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Great acting

See it if You like comedy, farce, period pieces, beautifully acted (awesome set--can we move in?)

Don't see it if You don't

During previews
Building the Wall
Midtown W
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you hate Trump and his presidency, you like political theatre, you're okay with a play that is fundamentally all about dialogue

Don't see it if you hate political theatre and/or 2-handers

Midtown W
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great staging, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if You have a mind and a heart and love theatrical storytelling.

Don't see it if If you hate history, emotion, and/or Jews.

Midtown W
Clever, Great singing, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great dancing

See it if You love James Cagney as a song and dance man, you like to know more about the lives of icons.

Don't see it if you don't like old-fashioned musicals

Also Robert Creighton's performance is absolutely amazing and his tap is fa... Read more Read less

Edgy, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You love to see religion skewered with irreverence and even disgusting humor.

Don't see it if Those things offend you.

Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Hilarious, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if you like women-centered stories and contemporary pop-rock musicals, and can accept characters less than 3-dimensional but well-played

Don't see it if you think only stories with men at the center have value and meaning