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 (255)
84
Ambitious, Funny, Delightful, Clever
December 22nd, 2022

See it if 2 very talented actors who parody rom-coms for their outrageousness. Laugh out loud funny and creative cut to the chase

Don't see it if Yes there’s some political commentary but the shows cry out for that

86
Dark comedy, stays with you, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever
December 19th, 2022

See it if Henderson is clearly the star, major performance. All the characters have a flawed side and as the story unfolds there are twists & turns.

Don't see it if I felt the story more disturbing than I remember from the original. The resonance after the last few years lends a new perspective.

84
Sandra
Gramercy
Great storytelling, Suspenseful, Great acting, Riveting
December 7th, 2022

See it if She did a great job holding your attention and helping you picture the action and other characters. The story was engrossing & surprising

Don't see it if You should see it! Don’t let dislike of one person show limit you. It has interesting things to say about friendships, loyalty & perception

89
Heartwarming& heartbreaking, Great singing, Quirky, Great acting, Clever
December 5th, 2022

See it if Turning this into a musical with Victoria Clark really made it work much better than the original! She’s talented & believable as a teen

Don't see it if The kids were terrific as was the aunt &antics. The cringeworthy parents were hard to watch but underscored the heartbreak. You feel hopeful

80
Off Peak
Midtown E
Fun, Nice slice of life, Refreshing, Great acting
December 5th, 2022

See it if Enjoyable 2 hander with realistic conversation between exes with the chance to examine what happened in their relationship. Winning actors

Don't see it if Some of the hr dialogue sounded like he was in a 12 step program and went on as one note. You wanted the woman to have more closure

79
During previews
Disturbing, needed more, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing
December 4th, 2022

See it if Audra McDonald elevated this thin but powerful story to make it absorbing. She carried it but had a weird cadence

Don't see it if would have worked better as acted play than a storytelling with other characters speaking. Loud recording of playwright pre&post annoying

69
Interesting history but needs adjusting, Disappointing
December 4th, 2022

See it if Two hander depicting the relationship of two Roosevelt women over time is an interesting concept and provides some insight into history

Don't see it if I could not get past the casting of Eleanor as an older woman giggling to depict a 20 year old and not knowing her lines.

75
The Rat Trap
Midtown W
Slow, Intelligent, Dated, Ambitious, Absorbing
December 4th, 2022

See it if The acting was good and housekeeper was a scene stealer. The place of women is frustrating but true to that time.

Don't see it if Moves slowly with lots of dialogue. I didn’t understand the point of the lengthy explanation in the playbill about cowards friendship

92
Stays with you, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Riveting
November 21st, 2022

See it if Strong performances, riveting dialogue &a variety of crimes have you glued to your seat & questioning assumptions even as you feel rage

Don't see it if Don’t be afraid to dig deep. This is powerful theater even as subject matter is rough. Backstories & cringing are part of this full portrait

Also Thoughtfully written characters portray 4 variations of sexual crimes ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Marvelous dancing, so fun, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
November 21st, 2022

See it if It’s a joyful musical, entertaining, upbeat and updated. It’s an old fashioned display of song, tapdance and farcical fun with strong leads

Don't see it if Sugars part was underwritten and she was least believable. It tries hard to be relevant today, but it doesn’t take away from the overall fun

79
During previews
Good Enemy
West Village
Pool on stage, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing
November 4th, 2022

See it if Important story of family hiding secrets of impossible choices in post cultural revolution china. Resonant for other cultures

Don't see it if Francis Jue’s acting was superior to the others but still well told story. Could use a little tightening. Hard to see low stage from back

93
During previews
Hilarious, so true, Delightful, Clever
November 2nd, 2022

See it if Birbiglia says what you’d be thinking in real life situations. He’s warm, genuine and understated hilarious. Honed storytelling at its best

Don't see it if You should just go! There are topics of health and mortality involved but somehow you’re given permission to laugh

86
Thought provoking, not updated, Great acting, Absorbing
November 2nd, 2022

See it if I saw original and still found this engaging with strong performances, especially the jesses & oberhulzer. Toxic masculinity still exists

Don't see it if Some players were stereotypes and could have been more layered. The language was strong but fitting to depict the racism and homophobia

76
During previews
Good story, nice message, Great acting
October 30th, 2022

See it if You enjoy monologues and have patience for slow unfolding story. This one had a payoff ending. Don’t read too much before going

Don't see it if The music was nice but mostly soporific. I’m not sure what it added except when there was some dancing.

92
Profound, Great acting, Absorbing
October 25th, 2022

See it if Strong moving performances with insight into emotions, need for connection and complexities of loss whether abilities, partners or resources

Don't see it if You don’t want to feel deeply, need a very linear plot, object to nudity presented bravely with relevance

78
During previews
Light, Great singing, Quirky, Slow, Entertaining
October 25th, 2022

See it if A fun nostalgic coming of age story. Soleil pfeiffer was a star. I could see fans of the movie enjoyed it but maybe better not compared.

Don't see it if It was loud and smoke filled, so concert reminiscent, but lacked exciting music to propel the slow moving story. Second half was better

90
Transformative, Resonant, Must see, Great staging, Absorbing
October 25th, 2022

See it if Profound depiction of what was lost to families during fascism in Europe. No matter how much they contributed to society & assimilated

Don't see it if It is a tragic story, but so richly told and focused on the life before kristalnacht that it’s extremely moving and relatable. Not the camps

92
Adore milky white!, Great singing, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever
July 26th, 2022

See it if This production & cast are truly amazing! It’s not usually my favorite show but this made me appreciate the Sondheim gifts. Love Creel&Henry

Don't see it if The second half may not be best for kids, though there were plenty there. The cow had the best pathos but entire cast &understudies masters!

84
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Intense, Great singing
July 26th, 2022

See it if Such an intense role for the lead, she has the chops &Amazing endurance.her life story is rough to watch but well told. Cast very talented

Don't see it if It’s raw and has violence but that was her life. Better than most jukebox musicals.

82
Titanique
Gramercy
Clever, Campy fun, Great singing, Funny
July 17th, 2022

See it if These days it’s good to have a laugh! Very talented cast with great voices make the most of this titanic spoof with many funny lines.

Don't see it if You want a serious show, but this is quite fun. I just wish they didn’t use amplification in a tiny space! It made it harder to listen

82
Great for taking 4-7 yo, Refreshing, Delightful
June 21st, 2022

See it if Great 1 hr piece for 4-7 year olds who enjoy Mo Willems books. Cinema verite gives nice twist as kids see puppetry & shadow work onstage

Don't see it if Older kids might not appreciate as much but it has a great lesson and really held young ones attention

76
Sweet, Indulgent, Fluffy, Funny
June 21st, 2022

See it if Amusing get back into dating story. Actors trying to make it fun. Rom com type story that’s light

Don't see it if You want something deep or very professional production

85
Chains
Midtown W
Fabulous set change, Delightful, Great acting
June 21st, 2022

See it if Fully realized absorbing old play still resonates in terms of societal roles &adventure seeking. Well acted, terrific set, easy to follow

Don't see it if Dialogue heavy but keeps moving and characters are interesting. If you can’t handle a period piece skip it but this is an oldie but goody!

59
The Orchard
Midtown W
Too artsy techno, Great acting, Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated
June 13th, 2022

See it if I really wanted to like this but found myself envious of 2 in audience who slipped out. But can’t walk out on Baryshnikov! Acting valiant

Don't see it if 2 hrs no break, pointless production trying too hard to be avant guard w/robotics, apocalypse & stretches of asl &russian not translated!

90
Vulnerable, Original, Riveting, Great singing, Intense
June 13th, 2022

See it if Fresh & Vulnerable insight into the deep feelings of a black queer male playwright with a story told by talented actors singing his emotions

Don't see it if Unlike anything on broadway. so impactful and leaves you reeling in a good way. but there is a sad simulated sex scene & lots of profanity

86
POTUS
Midtown W
Lots of laughs, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Clever
June 13th, 2022

See it if You want a really fun night out with seasoned actors with impeccable timing in a female centric play. Laugh out loud lines and slapstick

Don't see it if You only want a drama but really the subject matter in serious given what we’ve been through

82
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Fluffy, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining
May 30th, 2022

See it if Tells the backstory of each of the members of the four seasons. It’s not a lighthearted story but the songs are joyful. well put together

Don't see it if I don’t love falsetto singing but that’s a signature of Frankie Valli and this actor did a great job. It’s a jukebox musical if not for you

83
Loads of fun, Great singing, Funny, Delightful
May 30th, 2022

See it if It’s enjoyable as a mash up of r&j and west side story as farce in Brooklyn. Singing well done with talented cast. It’s creative and fun.

Don't see it if It’s an escapist night out to enjoy, The girlfriend is talented but her voice can be grating.

79
Edgy, Unique, Confusing, Refreshing, Great singing
May 6th, 2022

See it if 2very talented performers with great voices convincingly play multiple roles to tell a magical island story. The 15 yo is most enjoyable

Don't see it if The lighting was awful &needed to shade my eyes from flashing lights. I wish I’d noticed the glossary &character list! Confusing at times

80
Poignant, Moves quickly, Great acting, Clever
May 5th, 2022

See it if Messing does a great job conveying aging without costume or look changes. She’s likeable so you relate to the emotional shifts. Terrific set

Don't see it if You’re made to feel the emotions of life’s changes without deep character development. The British accent denoting aging is distracting

88
Fun choreography, Great singing, Delightful
May 3rd, 2022

See it if It was the most fun night at the theater with everyone excited to be part of the experience. Jackman was sublime and doesn’t miss a beat.

Don't see it if I love Sutton foster and Jayne H but they’re underutilized in these parts. The leads have legit fun together more than chemistry. Just go!

77
During previews
Golden Shield
Midtown W
Serious message, Very good acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
April 27th, 2022

See it if Held my attention with interesting take on interpreting language within cultures & strong acting. Deft scene changing, poignant stories.

Don't see it if Can use trimming to tell same story even though fairly fast paced. Dense material with lots of details but needs more character development

83
Likeable cast, Funny, Ambitious, Entertaining
April 27th, 2022

See it if It was a fun night out with beanie singing well and giving her own twist. Look no one is Barbra. Jane lynch funny &tap dancing terrific!

Don't see it if Could have used trimming, more updating and not infantilizing Fanny. Karimloo great even though chemistry not so strong, like original

79
Fantastic dancing, Thought-provoking, Great singing
April 27th, 2022

See it if Sweeping musical that tells an interesting story of hope and coexistence with lots of great dancing and star turn vocals by lead actress.

Don't see it if It’s way too long, tries to teach too much &could use more nuance so that not everything has the same high energy and loud volume. previews

88
Suffs
East Village
Story needing to be told, Ambitious, Must see, Intelligent, Great acting
April 10th, 2022

See it if A smart detailed telling of the history of suffragettes including tensions between individual heroes. Great acting from all female cast

Don't see it if Loved soo, callela and McLean especially. Brilliant but needs some tightening. See it before broadway if you possibly can.

82
At The Wedding
Upper W Side
Light, Quirky, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining
April 10th, 2022

See it if Wiseman as the lead is a natural, bringing zingy one liners with underlying sadness. Supporting cast is strong and there’s a fun twist

Don't see it if You’re not open to portrayal of lgbtq relationships but it’s a chance to see that love is love and hurt is hurt. Nice to see at lct

83
A good time at the theater, Fluffy, Funny, Delightful
April 7th, 2022

See it if I was anxious to see SJP& Broderick perform together, it was fun. She was the real star but his portrayals became more layered in acts 2&3

Don't see it if You don’t want a night of fun at the theater and don’t find Neil Simon plays updated enough. It was fun to be back in the 60s sensibility

78
Interesting relationships, Intense, Great acting
April 7th, 2022

See it if It takes you to a different time and place and has an interesting women centric point of view. A bit complicated to follow story & accents

Don't see it if You’re not interested in putting in the time to explore the psychological game playing of the relationships in this supposedly simple life

60
Quirky, Loud, Overrated, Disappointing
April 7th, 2022

See it if If you’re a huge fan and view his talents through nostalgic rose colored glasses

Don't see it if You don’t want a pointless concert that’s quirky but not clever

80
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Wowza ladies who lunch, Entertaining, Ambitious
April 7th, 2022

See it if Lupone is great in it, as are 2 of the married couples depicted. Some great singing and funnier than I recall. The score memorable Sondheim

Don't see it if Lenk is not the best cast in this and company isn’t my favorite Sondheim show.

84
A real spectacle, Great singing, Dizzying, Entertaining, Clever
February 14th, 2022

See it if Aaron tveit was terrific. I’m sorry Karen olivo left, but cast very talented. It’s over the top, fun mash up of songs with lots to look at!

Don't see it if I didn’t enjoy the movie but somehow this was fun in person. Don’t expect a revelatory plot or surprises. Tourists love it but you can too.

68
BAROCOCO (2022)
Midtown E
Some good acting, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky
February 14th, 2022

See it if I like a good farce but this short piece dragged. The ending made some sense of it but too late for me as I wasn’t kept involved all along.

Don't see it if You don’t have patience for repetition and aren’t enamored of physical comedy.

92
Mesmerizing performances in an unconventional musical
February 14th, 2022

See it if See it if You appreciate modern inventive staging enhancing great indie/folk/jazz music & thoughtful lyrics. Actors draw you in to the myth

Don't see it if Same as my review for the original off broadway version! I loved both &this production explains myth more clearly so no reason not to see!

84
Morning Sun
Midtown W
All about the acting, Intelligent, Absorbing
January 16th, 2022

See it if All 3 actresses are on point. Even their portrayals of extra characters hold your attention. story meanders but underlying truths resonate

Don't see it if The set is spare and you have to pay attention and let the actors transport you. It’s a good portrait of nyc in that time period

75
Great staging, Quirky, Terrific tap dancing, Disappointing, Ambitious
January 16th, 2022

See it if It’s certainly different and creative. The backdrops and staging are well done with use of video in a good way. Tap dancing is the best part

Don't see it if But the story has no reason to be told and conjecturing their hallucinations is not compelling. Way too long. the footfalls at start show it

86
Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining, Clever
January 16th, 2022

See it if It’s a fun time and rob mclure is excellent. The acting is good and staging entertaining.

Don't see it if No memorable songs and bad behavior not especially addressed and dealt with, but that’s the plot

85
Disturbing, Ambitious, Resonant, Great singing
December 2nd, 2021

See it if Unfortunately Sharon Clarke was absent, my biggest reason seeing it after it was so good with Tonya Pinkins. Still powerful, great singing

Don't see it if It’s resonant and difficult to watch for the despair of Caroline and unfair inequality. But missing is the strong relationship between Jews

Also And Blacks, the understanding between those whose people have experien... Read more Read less

66
Slow, Dated, Disappointing
December 1st, 2021

See it if Some good acting, especially Mrs Warren role, but some overacting that was odd.

Don't see it if Some confusion when scenery didn’t change. Just a lot to sit through

84
The Alchemist
Midtown W
Farcical, Quirky, Funny, Delightful, Clever
November 30th, 2021

See it if You want an absorbing farce complete with rapid double speak, costume changes and lots of doors. Such a fun escape and well acted

Don't see it if You have no patience for a story that’s crazy and of an older time, but it’s not excessively slapstick

82
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant
November 30th, 2021

See it if While it has dated elements it is unfortunately still relevant with artists feeling marginalized in the theater community. Uses humor well

Don't see it if Also great acting and some meaningful singing. See it!