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 (205)
During previews
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Haunting lovely songs, Intelligent, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if Story about memory, history &love. Found present story more intriguing. Felt worst for little girl and her grown character. Ached for her.

Don't see it if You should see it. It’s so naturally sung, credit to writers. Did lost songwriter Friedman justice. Most moving song-I give away children

Happy Birthday Doug
Well acted one person show, Cliched, Funny

See it if Funny monologues at a party are amusing and cleverly portrayed. As he moved on to next attendee I was ready to move on too. He’s talented.

Don't see it if There would have been more depth in interactions than one sided speech. Audience seemed very happy to be at this party.

Great music, Dizzying, Ambitious, Relevant, Edgy

See it if Show stopping patten singing you outta know is show at its best. Lots of issues of the moment thrown in. Stanley’s mj unraveling compelling

Don't see it if Entire cast flailing about for too many songs. It adds to the rock angst flavor but is distracting compared to quiet moments for characters

Great singing, Entertaining, Great choreography

See it if Enough of a story to give some background and explain changes in the group members and relationship to the studio. Excellent performances.

Don't see it if You want every detail of their rise from more than one perspective. You don’t enjoy their music, but it’s spirited and moving.

Dizzying, Refreshing, Funny, Delightful

See it if It’s very fun for an improv show with super talented performers. It’s not a play but is very entertaining.

Don't see it if You won’t enjoy rapping and audience suggestions. But it had a great energy.

During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Strong dancers, what’s up with the video, Edgy, Disappointing

See it if It’s wss so there are great songs & strong dancing. The tony sub was very good. Projections of backdrop NYC were fine. I liked van hove’s

Don't see it if View from the bridge & network but here video dwarfed the actors on stage and camera backstage instead of seeing live took away from feeling

Also part of the live performance. Don’t have gimmicks for the sake of inno... Read more Read less

Fluffy, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Relevant, Cliched

See it if It’s a superficial look at a difficult problem of aging, family, responsibility and practicality. These are good actors with a lot of banter

Don't see it if It may hit close to home without enough depth to address the few insights. Lacks development of son’s character. Raunchy stories deflect.

Special, Great singing, Must see, Relevant, Exquisite

See it if Wonderfully warm intimate staging of this familiar musical in Yiddish makes it feel so authentic and moving. Beautiful singing.

Don't see it if The rhyming works better in English, everything else works better in this intense, but still funny moments, version

During previews
Lovingly restored, Relevant themes, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy operetta style, old fashioned drama, good vs evil with some fun vaudeville thrown in. I liked seeing what Yiddish theater was like

Don't see it if Simple storyline gets a little tiresome, but unfortunately evil themes still resonate.

Also Male actor in sorcerer role harkened back to original production when ... Read more Read less

The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Lovely to watch choreography, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if The ensemble dancing enhanced the drama of the wonderfully sung through performances. Joshua Henry was terrific in the lead but all great.

Don't see it if This deserves to be staged again & could be larger with more dancers, but was so well done in intimate spare setting. Music could vary more.

Special two hander about brilliant women

See it if Kate mulgrew was terrific and brought a little known scientist to life. Beyond bios to friendship, struggles and inner life of great minds

Don't see it if There was some odd exposition bracketing the play and curie’s character had a bit much consumption and accent, but important women’s story

Slava's Snowshow
Midtown W
Interactive fun, Quirky, Funny, Delightful

See it if Not usually a mime or clown lover, but this was charming and fun. Give yourself over to the slow pace and possibilities. More fun when close

Don't see it if You really get nervous with clowns climbing over your seat or spraying you with water. Some parts scary for kids under 7. But joyful overall

Midtown W
Layered and interesting, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Intriguing, complex storytelling. With spare set and beautiful lighting you can watch shadows behind the characters. Fits the deceptions.

Don't see it if Was reluctant to see it after disliking Pinter’s the Homecoming, but found this less disturbing. Lots to think about with levels of betrayal

The Great Society
Upper W Side
Too much in same tone, Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if It’s a detailed history lesson that moves quickly for its length. Strong on Vietnam and race relations spiraling out with some good acting.

Don't see it if Not enough inner life of LBJ, cox screaming. RFK too much caricature & unlikeable. MLK didn’t seem as strong as I remember. R Thomas wasted.

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
The Perplexed
Midtown W
Good acting, Beautiful set, What was the point?

See it if Not up to Greenberg’s writing standard and dragged on wasting good actors ( love Margaret Colin). Had to follow very carefully for surprise

Don't see it if But this puzzle still did not explain anything important & you’re left feeling no one talks like this, Regardless of rare inciteful remarks

Beyond Babel
West Village
Amazing dancing, Exquisite, Refreshing, Enchanting

See it if The choreography &execution of intensely articulated dance moves is amazing &performance is both moving & exuberant. Fence climb dance a wow

Don't see it if Story can be confusing as not only R&J as suggested but political overtones and more. Still an exquisite modern dance piece.

Talented, Run through history, Quirky, Dizzying

See it if It’s an unusual one person show crafted around history from the mid forties through 1969 ( a bit post boom, no?). Fast paced & personal

Don't see it if Not a play, more of an overview combined with a revue

Campy fun, parody, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You’re a fan of Busch. Those laughed the loudest! Jennifer van dyck was engaging in all her roles. Parody, send up of old movies & silly fun

Don't see it if You want a great plot or serious play or even the best campy show.

Must see, Palpable tension, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if Unlike west side story which tinkered with perfection this is a dark reimagining of a usually superficial treatment that’s strong & timely

Don't see it if You only want the musical you remember, but here’s an amazing performance by Damon as Curly &a great ensemble. Jud is haunting.

Also Wish I’d known ally is not performing at matinees.

During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, Explores new territory

See it if Excellent ensemble, loved J Alexander & M Urie. Unusual look at communication problems in long term marriage, rather than just aging issues

Don't see it if Superfluous scene of gay date, but happy to have extra time with M Urie onstage. No reason not to see. Was surprisingly funny &poignant.

Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if This was surprisingly a lot of fun! The writing is very funny and actors make the most of it. Fontana is great at making both personas work

Don't see it if The plot is still a little crazy, especially the farcical play within the play, but the book makes good updates for today’s times

Fun, good for family, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if Talented magicians, especially the close magic performed by Eric Chien. It makes the effort to be an extravaganza. Mentalist is fun.

Don't see it if Unnecessary strobe lights and odd use of kids in the audience as assistants for weird tricks. It’s a little disjointed but enjoyable.

Had pathos, Funny, Clever

See it if Judy Gold is very talented and combined her stand up, her own mother- daughter story & new characters she interviewed. Laughed out loud!

Don't see it if Some of her story she’s told before but there was a lot of unexpected pathos added as she matured and explored other mother’s stories.

During previews
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Poignant slice of life tragedy

See it if Valiant acting by Ivey and Donovan in a show tackling issues of dying industrial towns, mental health issues & fierce parenting.

Don't see it if Very slow 3 hours that needed trimming. Poor staging and sight lines all to accommodate a complicated device creating the feeling of a mine

Some twists, Realistic dialogue, ok pace, Disappointing

See it if I like a small drawing room drama with realistic characters. I loved the Ladies of Glen Ross by this playwright....

Don't see it if But- this was not as quirky, fun or twisty & only some of the characters were watchable. The writer,as Oliver,wasn’t believable+no chemistry

Power Strip
Upper W Side
Feminist, powerful story, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if Strong portrayal of how life is upended for a refugee, how women are blamed when victimized, how one woman will do whatever it takes 2b free

Don't see it if You want a neat happy ending. It’s gut wrenching

The Enigmatist
Unique and personal, Quirky, Masterful, Delightful

See it if He’s highly intelligent and figured out a way to combine puzzles and magic that’s engaging, involves audience & displays his amazing talent

Don't see it if You really dislike puzzles, but it’s a lot of fun to watch him. I enjoyed solving some of the pre puzzles &my husband got 1 in the show.

Also Saw Neil Patrick Harris at the show too, so you know David brings some... Read more Read less

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.