Shereeka

Brooklyn | Female
About:  Mudlark, Gypsy, but mostly passionate about theatre.diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, I am a costume designer and playwright, Member of the Dramatists Guild of America. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (72)
78
During previews
Bundle of Sticks
Midtown W
Resonant, Relevant, Enchanting, Intense, Poetic, thought provoking, refreshing, unique, great performance and design

See it if you like visiting a heavy subject that is dealt with in a unique way, poetic and artful, this visit to Oz takes on conversion therapy.

Don't see it if you are not open to gender swapping or sexual subjects make you uncomfortable.

Also This production is a joy to watch, the staging is excellent and so are... Read more Read less

75
Frustrating, Banal, Quirky

See it if you enjoy light rom com musicals from the 70's, I was looking forward to Suzanne Vega's singing, but they didn't give her enough songs.

Don't see it if you are expecting a tight polished piece of theatre, instead it's more like a workshop that hasn't landed on its feet.

Also The writing is not good..ie lyrics like "we are like monkeys dropping ... Read more Read less

79
Border People
Midtown W
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy great characterizations and impersonations with important stories of border people with both physical and emotional impact.

Don't see it if you don't like solo one man shows, can be a little slow at times but worthwhile.

84
Maz and Bricks
Midtown E
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Romantic, Riveting

See it if you appreciate contemporary Irish plays about important issues with a romantic twist, poetic language that engages the audience.

Don't see it if you are a religious pro-lifer and anti-abortion advocate, it's not your tribe.

82
Great acting, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like modern Irish humour in a clever engaging one person show about nuptials, immersed in village culture, with a strong performance.

Don't see it if you cannot comprehend the cultural nuances of The UK or Ireland.

81
Profound, Intense, Masterful, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you enjoy alternative avant guard charismatic high art theater with great esthetic and music, with good video projection and sound bites

Don't see it if you are expecting a linear story, throw away your expectations and enjoy this poetic ensemble of talent and re-visit a blast from the past.

Also The Wooster Group pays tribute to late Polish director Tadeusz Kantor.

80
During previews
Dated, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a linear story with historic significance that takes on racism at the core, like watching a classic with excellent performances.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy epic productions that employ star power and high production values. It seems like it could easily work in a small venue.

60
Disappointing, Indulgent, Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if You don’t mind sitting through painful skit after skit followed by outbursts of historical data delivered by a underwhelming cast.

Don't see it if You mind seeing bad theatre. An insult to the memory of a great comedian.

80
(A)loft Modulation
Midtown W
Jazz music, Epic, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy Jazz and historic documentation, great performances and excellent staging. It reflects obsessions and the resulting affects.

Don't see it if you can't sit for too long, its long and absorbing, but there is an intermission.

79
Entertaining, Clever, Relevant, Quirky

See it if you are familiar with Tom Stoppard's work and the political climate today and when it was written. Its fun and weird, but never boring.

Don't see it if If you don't like comedy and clever use of words and sounds. Mini versions of Macbeth and Hamlet with a twist.

75
Irrelevant, Intense, Great acting

See it if enjoy high school reunion type parties that define a characters' place in the hierarchy of society and watching actors argue in every scene.

Don't see it if you want to see something more meaningful, I'm not sure this millennium story is worth telling, but the acting was great.

76
During previews
Octet
Midtown W
Enchanting, Quirky, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you enjoy a unique quirky musical with a cautionary tale about addiction to screens, computers and phones, great singing and clever dialogue

Don't see it if you are looking for an arc in the plot, it flat lines by hammering the message home, but not delivering on a solution, even if there is one.

74
Relevant to our current world, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if A slow burn about the current state of illegal immigration and policies, set in a down to earth reality for many people.

Don't see it if You don't like theatre of the oppressed, or not in a relaxed state, this needs a quiet concentration, not to be mixed with caffeine.

62
Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if Enjoy Irish sentiment, but it really isn’t very Irish. Some of it was poetic, some was repetitive and banal.

Don't see it if You are claustrophobic in small dark spaces,

79
Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Confusing, Immersive

See it if You are interested in human rights and historic documentation, excellent acting, sound, lighting, staging, presented in an immersive setting

Don't see it if The script was rather confusing, you get the gist but the story is not clear, you have to do your research before coming to see the play.

84
For a previous production
The Jungle
Brooklyn
Resonant, Refreshing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy the immersive element along with the timely subject of Immigration, racism and xenophobia. Fast moving and energenic.

Don't see it if you are hard of hearing and have tickets in the gods, you need to be upfront near the action to catch all the drama.

88
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy a good 80 minutes of laughter and fun, good writing and stage presence, great delivery and story line.

Don't see it if you have issues with stories with a sexual nature, stories about how having children changes your life or the misadventures of being a man.

79
For a previous production
Delightful, Quirky, Hilarious, Funny

See it if you enjoy slapstick humour, puns, acrobatics, plays, simple comedy and clever writing.

Don't see it if you are not in the mood for escapism, and looking for something more intelligent. It reminded me of "Blazing Saddles" or the three Stooges.

79
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Raunchy, Quirky, Funny

See it if you enjoy British rom-coms, unusual characters and quirky dialogue. An upbeat show with talented actors.

Don't see it if you're looking for high art, this is a low-brow type of play, easy to follow, clever and rather like a panto.

74
Good Grief
Gramercy
Ambitious, Indulgent, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you would enjoy a contemporary play about a young woman's journey through the loss of her best friend with help from her family & community.

Don't see it if the story was a little convoluted but delivered touching moments.

87
Fireflies
Chelsea
Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Enchanting, Romantic

See it if you are ready for a slow burn, it pulls you in and you are in 1963, engrossed in what seems to be a romantic drama,but then things change.

Don't see it if you are sleepy like the older gentleman next to me who was snoring, you have to drink your coffee before seeing it. Its a charming play.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Resonant, Intelligent, Hilarious, Great writing

See it if you enjoy an engaging adventure that keeps you on the edge of your seat, not one dull moment, excellent performances.

Don't see it if you are not in the mood for uplifting high energy drama or in your face theatre that brings it home with a great ending. No spoilers here!

84
Worse Than Tigers
West Village
Absorbing, Delightful, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy a hard hitting cerebral drama about relationships that hits home many times over, with great sound design.

Don't see it if you are afraid of loud tiger sounds effects, darkness or the abyss of loss and grief and other human conditions.

83
During previews
Hurricane Party
West Village
Riveting, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like intense high pace drama with lively characters that put you on the edge of your seat, truly action packed hurricane of uncertainty.

Don't see it if can't abide high tension, excellent fight choreography, raised voices and violent fist fights on stage inches away from you.

88
The Chechens
Gramercy
Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you enjoy great plot line and insight into a culture that is rarely viewed by the western eyes, clever storytelling and believable character

Don't see it if You are hung up on details and the math and geography of a play

80
Slow burn, clever dialogue, unpleasant subject

See it if you enjoy great acting and facing a real life emotional dilemma about our aging parents and making sacrifices and the balance of power.

Don't see it if you are currently in a depressed state or you are an aging parent being threatened with incarceration by busy middle aged children.

Also Len Cariou is tremendous and although the play is full of both comedy ... Read more Read less

81
Incantata
Chelsea
Poetic, great performance and production values, intense and refreshing like high art, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy poetry presented in a physical and visual manor, rather like performance art, presented with emotional intensity.

Don't see it if you are expecting a linear story or conventional play.

90
During previews
Intelligent, Masterful, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy great playwriting, acting and production design, a well crafted story that touches on so many issues in an action packed two hours

Don't see it if you don't like traditional plays, a drawing room comedy and tragedy. The perfect balance and many surprises, characters are well defined.

Also Pearle Cleage chooses Harlem in the 1930's to base this charming roman... Read more Read less

82
Great staging, Quirky, Refreshing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like unique, a "Boomer" history lesson in music and politics, great projection design/staging, great performance and impersonations.

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows, although it was like watching more than a dozen characters perform, the energy and talent never let up.

Also The performer "Rick Miller" is super talented as a singer, one minute ... Read more Read less

62
Excruciating, Indulgent, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you like Bouffon style theatre that takes place in working class England, possibly Birmingham, in a graveyard full of relatives and friends.

Don't see it if you have headache and are tired of waiting for the resurrection to occur in this torturous production with no intermission.

79
17 Minutes
Midtown W
Great writing, Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy strong "theater of the oppressed", meaningful themes and discoveries in the human condition, our strengths and weaknesses.

Don't see it if you are not interested in the subject of gun violence. A powerful statement on how our communities are impacted by one persons action.

80
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Great acting, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you like great performances and edge of your seat drama, about small town America and the challenges a mother faces with her son.

Don't see it if you don't like long plays with two intermissions. Some people had trouble sitting for so long. The extra ending was confusing.

81
During previews
Pumpgirl
Chelsea
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a gritty story that will transport you to small villages and the local stories of dysfunctional families and illicit love affairs.

Don't see it if you have trouble with comprehension of Irish dialogue and accents or feel claustrophobic is small theatre spaces.

77
LOVER
Midtown W
Masterful, Refreshing, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you are in the mood for a short story narrative on looking back at ones sex life and challenges, wisdoms for women who are trying hard.

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows, although this one is easy to absorb, it's not tedious and we don't get bored watching it.

83
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Enchanting

See it if enjoy a well crafted story based on real situations that are timely and important, excellent acting and production values, a delight.

Don't see it if If you want a light and fluffy escape from reality, this is a drama written by an excellent intelligent playwright.

81
For a previous production
Mac Beth
Upper E Side
Refreshing, Must see, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you'd like to see the Scottish Play served up on a female bohemian, energetic and delightful platter with sides of belly laughs and music.

Don't see it if you are expecting classic Shakespeare, and cannot abide seeing grotesque entrails on stage along with a spectacular rain storm.

91
Made in America
East Village
Great writing, Great singing, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you need an uplifting cultural experience that is clever and spot on, exceptional performances and writing, great design and staging.

Don't see it if you are not in the mood for a uplifting experience that involves the exploration of racism and immigration, americas laughs at itself.

77
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy Irish dysfunctional family sagas that relate to the human condition, aging and baggage from the past.

Don't see it if you are are looking for something upbeat, this is a drama with sad reflections, but very engaging.

90
Behind the Sheet
Midtown W
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you enjoy excellent performances and production values, superb design and staging, theatre at its best! Very engaging & great playwriting.

Don't see it if graphic medical descriptions are problematic, the patron sitting next to me was super sensitive and started crying.

79
Absorbing, Riveting, Intense, Edgy

See it if u are ready for some intense drama that shakes you to the core and keeps you on the edge of your seat. A must see for those with thick skin.

Don't see it if you have recently experienced a suicide in your inner circle. Not recommended for those who have suffered trauma.

79
Shadow of Heroes
East Village
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you are interested in the history & communist occupation of Eastern Block Countries, specifically Budapest Hungary.

Don't see it if "Absolute power corrupts absolutely" could be the motto for this obscure rarely produced play, its a cautionary tale of power and corruption

84
Operation Crucible
Midtown W
Absorbing, Riveting, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you will enjoy a ww2 story that is well written and will take you on a journey with 4 young men trying to cope with wartime Sheffield.

Don't see it if you don't like tragedy and drama, not an evening of light hearted theatre, but pensive tragedy and a wartime story.

82
Apologia
Midtown W
Absorbing, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you are in the mood for family dysfunction, a good play to see during this thanksgiving season. Its a visit with the family. Great writing.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy sleepers with a slow burn.

82
The Chinese Lady
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Quirky

See it if Great acting, colorful staging, a misunderstood culture, immigration, and complex issues about expectations. Good production values.

Don't see it if The the work was still in progress when I saw it, re-writes currently being addressed.

78
Small Craft Warnings
West Village
Intelligent, Great writing, Clever, Edgy

See it if You are love Tennessee Williams and his brilliant characters who reveal their humanity inch by inch, with great acting and staging.

Don't see it if If you don’t like a tiny intimate venue that’s slightly claustrophobic and a small crowded stage.

81
During previews
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Masterful, Intense, Great acting, Clever

See it if enjoy epic theatre that takes you to another place, Jez Butterworth pulls focus on Northern Ireland in the 80's.

Don't see it if If you have difficulty with thick accents or have hearing issues, the play is long and you have to listen carefully to catch all the drama.

87
Popcorn Falls
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if you like comedy in large doses, a talented cast with zingy one liners, clever quick changes of character, fast paced fun for all.

Don't see it if You are not in the mood for light theatre that is silly in nature, very slapstick, like a big old Christmas Panto.

62
Glitched
East Village
Banal, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy the musical - horror genre.

Don't see it if You are expecting intelligent absorbing theater.

81
Booze
Gramercy
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy being immersed in another culture and transported to another country, seeing through the eyes of others faced with their reality.

Don't see it if If you don't like devised theatre of high caliber that takes you outside of the proscenium arch, or if you can't understand Glasgow accents.

85
Trainspotting Live
Midtown W
Enchanting, Clever, Refreshing, Profound, Raunchy

See it if you enjoy immersive energetic in your face theatre that is relevant and visceral, both comedy and tragedy that will make you laugh and cry.

Don't see it if you are faint mannered and don't like actors touching you.