Shira 6053

New York City | 50-64 | Female
About:  Love to experience great acting in an inspired play! You can't beat a live performance
Reviews (178)
Haunting, Good dialogue, Relevant, Great acting

See it if Well acted, especially Mary Bacon as the mom. Devastating story portrayed realistically, with some humor to make it palatable.

Don't see it if The accents were uneven and a bit distracting and many scene changes to allow time to pass made it a bit choppy. The story was haunting.

During previews
Intelligent, Overrated, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like a quiet intense story told with a minimal set. Well acted, waiting to see what happens. It’s a lonely world seeking connection.

Don't see it if You’re bothered by not knowing if the writing in the story is meant to be truthful. Intimate storytelling may be better in smaller setting.

During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Great dialogue, good character study, Great acting, Funny

See it if Yes he’s unlikeable, but it’s a portrait of a selfish, spiraling out man who damages others& himself. Witty dialogue & poignant co worker.

Don't see it if You can’t get past how he attracts younger women inexplicably, but dynamics of prior hurt and power briefly addressed.Full nudity not needed

Little Gem
Intelligent, Good monologues, poignant stories

See it if Marsha mason was a pleasure to see and had the best role. Was touching but missed the actors interacting.

Don't see it if You have no patience for monologues or strong accents

Make Believe
Midtown W
Enjoyed attic scenery, Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if Was anxious to see based on loving small mouth sounds by Bess Wohl. Child actors hold their own and there is some mystery of what occurred

Don't see it if It was a sad dysfunctional family without feeling real. Maybe that’s why it’s make believe. Translation into adult woes was too pat.

Midtown W
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Bertie carvel was great, as was Miller. Important story to show how we got to this point with tabloids and Murdoch.

Don't see it if You don’t want over the top staging or dealing with moral dilemmas, but it’s relevant today.

During previews
Public Servant
Midtown W
Good acting, Poor pacing, Slow, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy a play about civil discourse, family dynamics and local politics. Large current issues are brought up, but it’s not a meaty plot.

Don't see it if You can’t tolerate a slow plot, awkward pauses and scene changes. I really liked the cake and this is us, but this isn’t those.

Original Sound
West Village
Relevant, Good dialogue, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Intimate setting where you feel like you’re in the stylish recoding studio itself. Actors playing the young songwriter & singer are special.

Don't see it if Not all the backstory is fleshed out as much as you might like. The song industry drama works better than relationship drama. Worth seeing.

Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Really enjoyed the 70s feel and the characters portrayed. Fun slice of life that feels like a real focus group but funnier.

Don't see it if You need music or intense drama, or even a defined ending.

All My Sons
Midtown W
Story builds, Resonant, Great acting

See it if Insidious evil of story and it’s snowballing effect still relevant. Annette Bening’s performance was great. It’s a drama that builds.

Don't see it if Somehow the ending didn’t feel emotionally devastating enough. Still worthwhile, relevant story. Letts oddly fitting resembled Cheney!

White Noise
East Village
Imaginative, Must see, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Powerful portrayal of race relations utilizing full backstory monologues by each of the characters. Daveed Diggs gives amazing performance.

Don't see it if You can’t handle disturbing visuals of subservience you never want to imagine. Stays with you long after and lots to talk about.

During previews
Feels like the clintons, warts and all, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Conjecture, hnath’s specialty, but feels plausible. Focused on the couple’s interaction, you’re reminded why Hillary can’t catch a break.

Don't see it if You feel it’s ancient history, but really it delves into personality, couples communication and unfortunate nature of politics. Needs set.

During previews
A Jewish Joke
Midtown W
Resonant, Good acting, Disappointing, Relevant

See it if Actor works hard to carry the one man show. The emotions &dilemmas of McCarthy era come across &issues of discrimination are relevant today.

Don't see it if The incessant phone ringing and use of the one sided phone call and old jokes are distracting.

The Light
Midtown W
Riveting, Intelligent, Powerful, emotional, Great acting

See it if You want deep performances by 2 actors whose emotional investment & chemistry make the play believable. You’re drawn into their perspectives

Don't see it if Don’t shy away from the important themes discussed. The dialogue & acting created empathy for the characters & their experiences. So moving.

Clever, Great writing, Nice twists, Solid acting

See it if You enjoy a fun small show about community theater. Great interaction among the characters and enjoyable dialogue and Mamet twists.

Don't see it if It has stereotypes in the characters but feels like a genuine community theater group and so enjoyable to watch. Give small shows a chance!

Generation NYZ
East Village
Thought-provoking, Moving, inspirational

See it if You want a chance to hear how young people from various circumstances have fared in nyc and are a part of the arts. Inspiring stories.

Don't see it if You want a traditional play with plot line

Till We Meet Again
East Village
Confusing, Disappointing, Some nice singing

See it if The child actress is special with presence and singing talent. The story had some potential but hard to get through.

Don't see it if The meandering plot, terrible sound problems with feedback unaddressed, plus the fake banjo playing and Scottish accent were off putting.

Great acting, Intense, Moving accurate portrayal of decline

See it if Excellent Elaine May with her wonderful timing on display as she portrays gladys in steady decline. Heartbreaking realistic coping by family

Don't see it if It’s hard to watch effects on all their lives. Narration by grandson and awkward artist feel extraneous but show how outsiders judge family

During previews
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Resonant, Dizzying, Cranston tour de force, Intense

See it if Cranston and the set were the main stars, Goldwyn was solid in his role. The film’s themes are still relevant with big business and control

Don't see it if Use of screens and multiple images were done well, but it was jarring to have action happening in the wings and boss characters screaming

During previews
Riveting, Relevant, Masterful, Great staging

See it if So well done it was riveting and time flew. Unfortunately frighteningly relevant today. Strong performances and great moving sets.

Don't see it if You can’t handle book adaptations or the subject matter but it’s timely to revisit civility, race relations, community and injustice

Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Funny

See it if Urie & Ruehl are terrific. Good cast all around. Strong story about relationships &family as well as portraying life for 70s lgbtq community

Don't see it if Actor playing teen seemed too old but he did have the right sassyness for the role. Combo of drama with comedy, some of 2nd half predictable

The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Clever, Slow, Exciting snooker competition

See it if Not the great farce of one man 2 guvnors, but had a nice twist in the second act act and compelling competition with on point dry narration.

Don't see it if First half was slow and could be funnier but some redemption in 2nd half with a thriller quality and nice acting.

Black Light
West Village
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Absorbing story telling

See it if The Jomama persona is very engaging. storytelling draws you in with a message to boot. Be open to see things from different point of view.

Don't see it if Band very talented, but the music is loud and unevenly appealing.

Refreshing, Quirky, Raunchy, Great acting, Funny

See it if Quirky enjoyable show that leaves you thinking, as the 5 betties do, about what they really want to change. Strong acting, unusual vignettes

Don't see it if You don’t like female empowerment in non traditional ways or don’t enjoy a play within a play, but it’s so fun. Lots to ponder.

Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Nice score,, Entertaining, Great staging, Glitzy

See it if Enjoyed the music, magic carpet, fun genie and over the top production pieces and scenery

Don't see it if Could have used more engaging acting, chemistry between characters and updating of Jasmine’s feminist role. more oomph needed for songs

Holds your attention, Enchanting, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if You’re willing to surrender yourself to the fun and possibilities. Go with a friend and you’ll be asking each other what just happened?

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy the banter& audience participation. Got to discuss the surprises after with people who were on stage & we were all baffled!

Nonlinear not helpful, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Intense emotions come across in the acting and its a thoughtful meditation about long term spouses and loss.

Don't see it if The nonlinear nature of the plot & the dementia underscore the intense feelings in loss but should the audience be confused as a challenge?

Essentially one man show, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if The message of the incarceration experience is strong and the characters voiced make the story interesting.

Don't see it if It’s somewhat repetitive and hits you over the head about privilege

Dizzying, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy Chekhov being turned upside down. Some crazy strong performances.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy crazy and frantic and nonsensical

The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Hate of the other, shown as spiraling fear & violence tearing apart families & community. Poignant performances draw you in.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see the parallels between abhorrent treatment of lgbt community in Ugandan church and spiraling hatred of the other here.

Must see, Clever, Delightful, Fresh, wonderful

See it if Such a fresh take on my favorite Shakespeare play. Resonant messaging for today’s climate with songs and performances that enhanced it all.

Don't see it if You don’t want your Shakespeare relevant and accessible, as it was meant to be! Also Danielle brooks was a wonder!

Distracting sounds from other rooms, Great acting, Clever

See it if Strong performances, interesting use of Shakespeare to delineate their relationship.

Don't see it if Noise outside black box is distracting. Deeper knowledge of Shakespeare would help. Had to imagine the ages of the characters without change

During previews
Great writing, Intelligent, Acting master class, great chemistry

See it if Audra & Michael are both great with vulnerable portrayals of damaged characters. Enjoyable to watch their back &forth banter & what’s unsaid

Don't see it if You want a light play or a lot of action. It’s a bit dated but realistic for its time and still strong relationship play.

Weird concepts, Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if Glenda Jackson. That’s the reason to see it. And if you love Shakespearean tragedy, no matter what’s being done. Ruth Wilson was great too.

Don't see it if while 2 characters play others within the story, Wilson appeared to be Cordelia playing the fool, but it wasn’t clear it was separate roles

Clever, Ambitious, Important, emotional, Resonant

See it if Schreck does a great job delivering the story of her meaningful connections to the constitution thru her family’s and personal experience.

Don't see it if You should see it. It’s funny while tragic and a good reminder to dig deep thinking about this document and how we are treated. So far to go

Midtown E
Timely, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in timely play about bullying &violence, also relationships between parents &teens. How well do you know what’s going on?

Don't see it if You have no patience for somewhat contrived twists and turns. The actors can carry it off though.

During previews
Talented actors, Low brow humor, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if Nathan Lane and Julie White, what could be bad? Unfortunately the play itself. In fairness the 2 women took over roles last week & are great

Don't see it if I like a good farce but Irreverent low brow humor as the characters clean up bodies isn’t for me. Pacing needs some work but first preview

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Fiercely Independent
Good acting, liked premise, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if I liked the idea of a couple unplugging to talk and try to resolve things. The acting was good and there were some recognizable arguments

Don't see it if You need the play to go somewhere once you’ve invested the time listening to the characters.

During previews
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Quirky, Disappointing, Crazy ride

See it if You like absurdist theater. I loved Guare’s 6 degrees and house of blue leaves, but this was not those...some of the acting was good...

Don't see it if Some seemed overacting. I concentrated to try to follow for some payoff but none came. Interesting references but felt pointless &disturbing

Dated, Good acting, abrupt ending, Loved the hats

See it if You appreciate mint’s attention to detail in costume, scenery, dialogue. Are ok with talky play that’s not deep or resolved

Don't see it if You can’t stomach the fundamentalism even if it fits the time period. Very abrupt ending and no reaction by the family members, but missing

During previews
The Dance of Death
East Village
Intense, Overrated, Slow

See it if You appreciate the cruel dance a couple can have if they resent each other and try to one up their bad behavior. Some good acting & staging.

Don't see it if You don’t want a dark story that’s not layered or clearly explained. It felt long.

Thought-provoking, Funny, Ambitious

See it if It’s one mans journey through his family’s experience with Parkinson’s, but also with keeping a secret about facing a degenerative condition

Don't see it if It’s an amusing take on a serious situation, not laugh out loud funny though he tries hard. A little overacting but genuine sentiment.

Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if Cast well and especially enjoyed Cherry Jones. It’s not as straightforward as would seem and the quirkiness keeps it interesting.

Don't see it if You don’t like dialogue based plays or a light portrayal of serious issue. It works though and gets you thinking.

Life x3
Great acting, Quirky, Great staging, Indulgent

See it if Actors were good at portraying variations on the drawing room banter. I liked the concept of changing the outcome with a nuanced do over

Don't see it if Problem was in pinpointing what changes in behavior led to the outcomes, so rehashing the situation 3x to what point?

During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Relevant

See it if He’s a great storyteller and this is enjoyable like his previous shows. Quirky honest take on relatable relationship change with a new baby

Don't see it if You’re looking for a broadway play, this is funny stand up. We had a good view, but 1 person shows are often better in smaller venues.

The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Strong writing and performances

See it if Multigenerational cast very good, loved Caitlin & younger girls. Has slice of life feel while adressing themes of honor,loyalty, acceptance

Don't see it if Must concentrate to follow accents and relationships. Story of continued violence repeating in the family but ending was unexpected & great

Hitler's Tasters
West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Quirky

See it if Actors were believable in their fluctuation between fear, misplaced loyalty and adolescent absorptions. Appropriately chilling atmosphere.

Don't see it if There could have been more character development and less repetition, though it was gutsy to combine past and present tensions and it works.

During previews
Ordinary Days
Midtown W
Delightful, Great singing, Relevant, Poignant

See it if Well written small show that holds your attention. Singing was enjoyable and poignant, showing the effect of ordinary shared moments.

Don't see it if You really don’t like show about feelings in an intimate setting where the story is told through song. There was a surprise in the storyline

Beep Boop
East Village
Clever, Funny, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if Very talented performer commenting on the way we stop living our lives for technology without using any dialogue. Expressive physical comedy

Don't see it if You can’t tolerate mime, though this is both very funny & serious. sound effects were great. The exertion caused dripping perspiration - oy

Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Unique

See it if Unusual warm look into ordinary family interactions through the amazing research of a charismatic storyteller. Time travel immersion feeling

Don't see it if You don’t like engaging performance art piece lovingly assembled& portrayed. Listening to scratchy recordings made fun by unraveling mystery