Show Addict

Union City | 50-64 | Female
About:  Live is where I live! Former theatrical technician (off to waaaaay off Broadway), love theatre and other live performances. Only time and money (lack of both) keep me from seeing alllllllll the shows.
Reviews (78)
79
Dated, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful
September 3rd, 2022

See it if Go for Julie Benko's brilliant, funny, heartbreaking Fanny, stay for an entertaining, old-fashioned big musical.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in old-fashioned, lengthy musicals or prefer big splashy sets and effects

89
Intense, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
September 3rd, 2022

See it if You like masterful storytelling. This is a beautiful look at a refugee's experience, joys, and tragedies. The cast is brilliant!

Don't see it if You are looking for a lot of action, are put off by depictions of violence, or not open to learning about a non-western culture.

70
Overrated, Fluffy, Funny
August 18th, 2022

See it if You've spent time in theater, especially amateur theater and/or just want to laugh at everything that can go wrong - going wrong.

Don't see it if You prefer highbrow capital T Theater, serious shows or are annoyed by silly fun.

55
The Panic of '29
Midtown E
Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Clever
August 2nd, 2022

See it if You want to see a new play with music (not a musical) that draws parallels between today and the Depression era, that also needs work.

Don't see it if You want a cohesive, consistently funny, profound show. Too long, lacks focus. Half the audience thought the show was over at intermission.

56
During previews
The Butcher Boy
Chelsea
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Edgy, Intense, Ambitious
July 23rd, 2022

See it if You are open to dark, quirky shows with potential, but isn’t quite there yet. Are not squeamish at depictions of violence.

Don't see it if You need a clear, linear plot with a happy ending. Show needs some work, but has potential as a cult show.

Also Actors need to be miked, especially for musical numbers. Very hard to ... Read more Read less

79
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Funny, Ambitious
July 15th, 2022

See it if You are familiar with, or interested in, small town politics as a microcosm of society today. Open to sudden twists.

Don't see it if You need action, clear resolutions, or cannot sit quietly. Actors are off mic at times, so hard to hear if someone eats m&ms like popcorn

79
Epiphany
Upper W Side
Slow, Intelligent, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing
July 9th, 2022

See it if You're interested in the dynamics of a disparate group of friends gathered for an unclear purpose by a hilariously energetic host

Don't see it if You don't like very talky plays or lack patience to follow an unclear story line to see where it ends up.

80
During previews
Between The Lines
Midtown W
Quirky, Romantic, Great singing, Funny, Delightful
July 4th, 2022

See it if You are now, or ever were, a high school book nerd misfit fantasizing about life inside a book's world. Want a happy evening out.

Don't see it if You like your shows deep and serious or high works of art. Might bore young kids, but likely appealing to tweens and older.

95
During previews
Entertaining, Great staging, Funny, Great singing, Delightful
July 1st, 2022

See it if Treat yourself to an evening of top notch Broadway performers in a classic Sondheim musical. You enjoy a fun, different take on fairy tales

Don't see it if You don't like Sondheim or don't want to be entertained. Or you can't get a ticket.

Also I've never see a "full" production with big sets and effects. Honestly... Read more Read less

80
Chains
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing
June 25th, 2022

See it if You enjoy British period drama as relevant today as when it was written, especially in this time of the Great Resignation

Don't see it if You're not a fan of PBS-style British drama or need a lot of activity in a show.

77
During previews
Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing
June 13th, 2022

See it if You are interested in James Joyce, and find Ulysses much easier to digest when spoken or acted. Aedin Moloney really brings Molly to life.

Don't see it if You don't like Joyce, or don't like one-person shows. This is a well-acted monologue. Also not for kids due to mature subject matter.

80
Fluffy, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful
June 13th, 2022

See it if You want to relax with an evening of smart, funny take on a classic story. The cast is great and clearly enjoying themselves.

Don't see it if You need your theater to be serious, or you don't find humor in mob stereotypes.

75
Funny, Slow, Great writing, Great acting
May 31st, 2022

See it if You want to see Fishburne and Rockwell on stage in a classic Mamet play. First act is slow, but 2nd act very good.

Don't see it if You're offended by working class men of dodgy morals in the 70s speaking frankly (meaning not PC in today's terms) or prefer lighter comedy

91
Fun, Rob mcclure, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful
May 28th, 2022

See it if You want to see a masterful performance by Rob McClure and have a fun evening with lots of laughs. This show deserves a longer run.

Don't see it if You are dead set against seeing shows adapted from films, though this might change your mind. You don't enjoy laughter and fun.

84
Resonant, Great singing, Enchanting, Absorbing
May 22nd, 2022

See it if You want to be carried into a mythical experience via beautiful singing, storytelling, and staging. Creative use of live recording!

Don't see it if You need realistic stories, sets and staging, big casts. The Scottish accents are a little thick at times, but adds to storytelling.

90
During previews
Fat Ham
East Village
Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever
May 22nd, 2022

See it if You want to enjoy a lot of laughs with a fresh take on a Shakespeare classic

Don't see it if You're a Shakespeare purist, have never been to a dysfunctional family gathering, prefer serious drama

70
During previews
Slow, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking
May 20th, 2022

See it if Explores Jewish history, asks some tough questions, funny at times, dark and heartbreaking at others. Some segments go on a bit too long.

Don't see it if You know nothing about Jews & aren't interested in learning, don't like 1-person shows, are offended by tough questioning of beliefs

83
During previews
Belfast Girls
Chelsea
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing
May 14th, 2022

See it if You are interested in a mature drama about Irish women's experience emigrating to Australia in 1850, an experience still resonating today

Don't see it if You prefer comedy, lighter themes, or looking for family-friendly entertainment.

89
POTUS
Midtown W
Refreshing, Raunchy, Fluffy, Hilarious, Entertaining
May 10th, 2022

See it if You want pure escapism, to laugh your hooha off, enjoy over-the-top insanity, with a dose of woman power. An extended (good) SNL skit.

Don't see it if You're looking for classic Broadway theatah or are offended by raunchy language.

90
Great staging, Riveting, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting
May 10th, 2022

See it if You are open to a different take on Cyrano performed on a sparse set by actors creating everything through words and movement

Don't see it if You have a short attention-span (VERY wordy, quickly spoken) or prefer big sets, fancy costumes, and makeup

83
Suffs
East Village
Relevant, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great singing
April 30th, 2022

See it if You're interested in the Suffragist movement, performed by an excellent all-woman cast. Slightly long first act, excellent second act.

Don't see it if You don't like feminist themes. You're looking for a frothy family musical.

78
Two by Synge
Chelsea
Entertaining, Dated, Great acting, Great writing
April 30th, 2022

See it if You want to see 2 one-act plays by a classic Irish writer, smartly performed and tied together with song.

Don't see it if You're not interested in Irish rural stories from early 20th century or struggle to understand thick accents and speech patterns

85
During previews
Raunchy, Profound, Hilarious, Great singing, Ambitious
April 21st, 2022

See it if First part was a bit confusing, pays off for 2nd half of show which was great! Usher is a powerful voice of an underrepresented community

Don't see it if You aren't familiar with (or curious about) black, queer culture, musical theatre culture, or are offended by strong & sexual themes

80
Funny, Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing
April 16th, 2022

See it if You like plays that explore life's struggles, hopes, and fears, and coming to terms with it all. Much more humor than I expected!

Don't see it if You prefer big casts, big shows, and lots of action. This is 2 men having a series of conversations on life.

85
During previews
Intelligent, Edgy, Great staging, Masterful, Thought-provoking
April 16th, 2022

See it if You are interested in black womens' stories told through performance, poetry, and movement

Don't see it if You prefer plot-driven shows in a traditional play or musical format.

79
During previews
Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Slow, Great acting, Funny, Clever
April 10th, 2022

See it if You're a fan of British comedy. This is very good! Avoid rear mezz seats where poor acoustics make it difficult to hear at times

Don't see it if You are looking for a short, breezy comedy or struggle with heavy accents

Also First act seemed a bit long and could probably shave 5 or 10min off so... Read more Read less

83
Entertaining, Great singing, Epic, Ambitious, Great choreography
April 3rd, 2022

See it if You want to see outstanding choreography, are interested in stories of Five Points still relevant today, excellent ensemble cast

Don't see it if You don't like long shows (2:40!), don't like lots of large production numbers, want glitz & glamour, are a stickler for historic accuracy

Also This show could do to have 15 or 20min shaved off, or better pace out ... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Confederates
Midtown W
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Funny, Great acting
March 19th, 2022

See it if You want an entertaining, well-written and acted, thought-provoking story about women in different centuries dealing with systemic bias

Don't see it if You think "critical race theory" is a subject to avoid or you're looking for fluffy escapism.

84
SIX (Broadway)
Midtown W
Refreshing, Great singing, Clever, Funny, Entertaining
March 11th, 2022

See it if You enjoy pop music and new twists on history, and want a fun 90min escape from real life.

Don't see it if You need a strong plot, don't like cheeky, modern takes on history, or might be offended by a few off-color jokes.

Also If you don't know the history of Henry VIII's six wives, the program c... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Entertaining, Resonant, Relevant, Refreshing, Funny
February 26th, 2022

See it if You want a fun show about serious topics faced by dysfunctional family and friends

Don't see it if You want a show that deals with issues in depth, are easily offended by ideas and words your older family members still use.

Also Really enjoyed this show, perhaps recognizing my own friends and famil... Read more Read less

71
Refreshing, Quirky, Great singing, Disappointing
January 22nd, 2022

See it if You like ghost stories and a-typical musicals. Good music, though story a bit unfocused at times.

Don't see it if You want a big, feel-good musical

77
Ambitious, Quirky, Slow, Great performances, Great staging
January 16th, 2022

See it if You want to see an atypical, beautifully staged musical with an interesting take on self-exploration. Also Yazbeck's 2 outstanding numbers!

Don't see it if Watching characters trip on LSD might offend, or you are looking for a fluffy musical.

80
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful
January 11th, 2022

See it if You enjoy The Temptations and Motown music, and want to see the Temps' turbulent backstory

Don't see it if You don't like jukebox musicals

79
During previews
Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious
December 31st, 2021

See it if You are a fan of Cecily Strong, one-woman shows, and meditations on life. An enjoyable 100 minutes with a talented actress.

Don't see it if You expect Cecily's broad SNL humor. She does a great job, though characters could be a tad more defined.

78
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Funny, Clever
December 31st, 2021

See it if You want a short, entertaining comedy touching on current social issues of how formerly incarcerated people are seen and treated.

Don't see it if You want something fluffy and light. This is uplifting, but the characters' struggles are real.

93
Great writing, Must see, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing
December 24th, 2021

See it if You want to see a classic American drama still thematically relevant performed by top notch actors.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals or lighter entertainment, or struggle to sit still for 2.5 hours. Are upset by racially charged language or themes.

90
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
December 23rd, 2021

See it if A piece that feels as thematically fresh, relevant, and important today as when it was written performed by an amazing cast.

Don't see it if You are easily offended by language and play-within-play stereotypes common in the 50s/60s even though it is entirely relevant in this show.

79
Confusing, Relevant, Great singing
December 23rd, 2021

See it if You enjoy amazing singing, bluesy and Motown-style music. Value important stories of black women.

Don't see it if You're looking for deeper character development and storytelling. Feels like this only glosses the surface of these stories and characters

83
Morning Sun
Midtown W
Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting
December 18th, 2021

See it if You are a mother or a daughter, lived in NYC during the 70s-90s, enjoy relationship dramas by strong actors.

Don't see it if You don't like dramas about relationships and memories, and are unable to pay attention for 90+ minutes.

85
Relevant, Resonant, Great singing
December 13th, 2021

See it if You love a solid ensemble musical about how people come together in tragedy. You want to feel hope and goodness in humanity.

Don't see it if Memories of 9/11 are still raw. Wonderful show worth seeing, but I was surprised at how strongly it brought back some memories

87
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Refreshing, Great singing, Hilarious, Great staging
December 13th, 2021

See it if You love Sondheim, you are (or have been) in your mid-30s contemplating your life relationship-wise

Don't see it if You don't like Sondheim, want a solid plot, aren't interested in contemplating relationships

80
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing
October 30th, 2021

See it if You are interested are interested understanding a prior major event in racial awakening in light of the awakening brought by George Floyd.

Don't see it if Hearing the raw, honest perspectives of people who lived the experience is upsetting. Also some footage of the violence.

80
Clever, Funny, Entertaining
October 30th, 2021

See it if You enjoy sci-fi and musicals, have a slightly warped sense of humor, or want a fun, entertaining show.

Don't see it if you don't like sci-fi or get squeamish at even light touches of horror. Or if you don't have a sense of humor.

91
Must see, Great singing, Entertaining
October 22nd, 2021

See it if You want to see dazzling performance by Adrienne Warren as Tina, and love Tina’s music

Don't see it if You prefer more traditional musicals or don’t like loud rock music

Also See this for Adrienne Warren’s performance alone. She’s dazzling! The ... Read more Read less

68
Autumn Royal
Chelsea
Disappointing, Funny, Slow, Confusing
October 10th, 2021

See it if You want to support Irish theatre in NYC, the Irish Rep in particular. Good actors, let down by a draggy script.

Don't see it if you don't understand Irish accents or references. Or you want a show that is uplifting - this isn't it.

84
Delightful, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining
October 10th, 2021

See it if You loved the movie, love hearing a plethora of rock & pop songs, enjoy beautiful scenery and energetic dancing

Don't see it if You don't like suggestive staging & costumes (not for young kids) or loud music. Or you'll be annoyed there's no resolution of Duke's story

77
During previews
Cliched, Uneven, Delightful, Hilarious
October 6th, 2021

See it if You enjoy a well-acted, funny, family sitcom with some hilarious and touching moments.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with some cliches around race and sexuality. Or looking for a profound commentary.

92
Must see, Masterful, Epic, Great singing, Ambitious
October 1st, 2021

See it if You want to see the hottest show on Broadway, are a fan of US History or want to learn about it. History class should have been this fun!

Don't see it if you don't like hip hop music

81
Funny, Clever, Entertaining
October 1st, 2021

See it if You want to see a fun, entertaining new musical before it moves to a house that matches the size of the actors' talent.

Don't see it if You like big splashy productions. This is a small splashy production!

97
Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Exquisite, Enchanting
October 1st, 2021

See it if you want to be wowed by beautiful staging, singing, costumes, puppetry, and dancing. You don't need a child to enjoy this.

Don't see it if you don't believe in the magic of a theatrical production to take your breath away.

Also I'm not into "kids" shows or Disney on Broadway in general, so took a ... Read more Read less