SHOWgirl

Manhattan | Female
About:  A city girl who'll go to the theater at the drop of a showgirl hat.
Reviews (33)
90
Ambitious, Delightful, Clever

See it if You like big, big, big heavily miked musicals that give you”in your face”song and dance numbers that keep on coming with high energy levels.

Don't see it if You’re not into edgy, clever musical adaptations that rock you out of your seat. Beautiful to look at too. Fun! Fun! Fun!

Also The performers gave 110%. It’s a visual extravaganza rocking with thos... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like comedies about disfunctional families where you can recognize at least one member from your own experiences.

Don't see it if relationships gone awry make you uncomfortable. The reactions of grown sons to the breakdown of their parents’ 50 year marriage is hilarious

Also Although written tongue in cheek, the play reinforces the seriousness ... Read more Read less

82
The Giant Hoax
Midtown W
Dated, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you like child-like fantasies a la The Wizard of Oz where good things happen to those who believe.

Don't see it if You are bored with amateur, predictable stories. Knowing this, it’s the journey that counts and you’re happy to go along for the ride.

Also The acting and singing are energetic with nothing held back. The giant... Read more Read less

90
Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in the psychological effects of history impacting present- day inter-racial relationships.

Don't see it if you can’t get around fantasy or role playing in group therapy as a means to an end in the learning, discovery experience.

92
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if You are in touch with your inner child and like to laugh.

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you can’t find your inner child to share the wonder of magical staging, singing and dancing.

90
Addy & Uno
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if You like intelligent, serious drama that makes you think about real events of the past-mainly life in Russia under communism and Putin(ism).

Don't see it if You don’t have the attention span for length and shifts in time. The years move forward and past continuously. Requires focus and attention.

Also This is an intelligent play which makes you want to go home and learn ... Read more Read less

78
During previews
The Lucky One
Midtown W
Dated, Banal, Absorbing, Predictable

See it if You like classic plays with situations that are relevant today and with predictable outcomes that leave no room for surprise.

Don't see it if You want a fresh take on relationships. You can see the ending come barreling down on you like a ton of bricks,

Also The acting, though stylized, meets the Mint Theater Company's usual hi... Read more Read less

100
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Masterful

See it if You appreciate great theater performed in a creative space with superman acting by the cast, most notably Bobby Cannavale.

Don't see it if You have trouble going up and down stairs as the metal seating area is high, high, high and steep.

Also The choreography of movement and sound is fabulous and there is never ... Read more Read less

95
Crackskull Row
Chelsea
Absorbing, Great acting, Epic, Must see, Riveting

See it if You like dark, dark, dark Irish drama about poverty, abuse, and ensuing mental illness. Performances are top rate.

Don't see it if You have a weak stomach for verbal and physical violence. 80 minutes of on the edge of your seat drama.

95
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Riveting

See it if You like profound drama depicting man's inhumanity to his fellow man and its subsequent consequences. The acting is mesmerizing and superb.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the human condition, slavery, mastery, dictatorship and all.

Also The props and use of puppets were fascinating, making this production ... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Cliched, Slow, Dated

See it if You like revivals that bring you back to the boredom of tedious, once upon a time sexist female household roles.

Don't see it if You prefer a 21st century show with a faster pace that results in resolution of the problems.

Also This play is painful to watch because it describes a way of life I hop... Read more Read less

70
During previews
If I Forget
Midtown W
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You're into another play about a disfunctional family. Add the questions of American Jewery, aging parents and employment crises to the mix.

Don't see it if You're sick of all talk and very little action, history of poor decision making by the characters. Even the ending is all talk.

Also If you liked The Humans, you probably will like this play.

80
Absorbing, Riveting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Brutal

See it if You like dark.violent family secrets that play out brutally dramatic. The main character gives an extraordinary, energetic performance.

Don't see it if You get turned off by violence and hostile language. Don't go for the music either. The singing distracts from the action.

Also Wonderful acting, good instrumentalists since this is, after all, a mu... Read more Read less

73
During previews
Yours Unfaithfully
Midtown W
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you like old-fashioned plays and you don't want to miss any Mint theater productions, although this one is slow and underpar.

Don't see it if you get impatient with the slow pace of a production. The topic is hot and sizzles but the action is lukewarm and fizzles.

65
During previews
Love For Sale
Soho/Tribeca
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You like sitting at a table with a drink watching a young lady act sexy as she sings, with forced humor, of love gone wrong.

Don't see it if You expect a classy, high end result. The effort is there and some scenarios work but it all seems so desperate.

92
Delightful, Ambitious, Great acting, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You like fast-paced, fast-delivered buffoonery. The action goes along at a fast clip, very well-acted, even with Liev Schreiber's understudy

Don't see it if You prefer modern style theater with characters that look and talk like you.

85
The Babylon Line
Upper W Side
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want to stroll down memory lane to adult ed. ( teacher or student, it's all funny).

Don't see it if you don't have the patience for educational nostalgia.

75
The Thin Place
Midtown W
Quirky, Indulgent, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You like shows suggesting psychic experiences and haunted effects. Hilda is a mesmerizing character who draws special interest.

Don't see it if Lack of staging and therefore need to focus completely on speech seems tiresome. After a while, the haunted house effect becomes a cliche.

80
Riveting, Clever, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if You like rap improv and fast paced commentary on situations suggested by the audience. Lots of humor and impressive wordplay. Entertaining👍

Don't see it if Rap is not your thing and you won’t give it a chance. You’ll be missing out on some clever lines and mucho creativity.

Also The audience is young and very enthusiastic. They helped create a lot ... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Cliched, Dated, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you like the southern gentility of Hortan Foote. Excellent acting depicts characters immersed in loss and grief without ability to overcome.

Don't see it if You want a new take on 1950’s family dynamics. Issues of homosexuality are suggested but never broached. Problems of aging and being left

Also behind are in the forefront but stuck in the mentality of the 1950’s. ... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You like 3 hour plays with 2 intermissions so you have multiple options for leaving. Or plays that drag on with unresolved conflict.

Don't see it if you like plays where characters develop. This is a sad, slice of life story where everyone is stuck.

92
For a previous production
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Clever, Great singing, Hilarious

See it if You like lively, in your face storytelling that puts a smile on your face and keeps it there for the whole 2 1/2 hours. Great energy!

Don't see it if You don’t like predictable endings. You know how it will end but the journey is hilarious.

55
Disappointing, Amateurish

See it if You're into Shakespeare classics no matter how poorly they're interpreted or set into confusing frameworks.

Don't see it if You have no patience for modern day belittling of what is already great. The actors' hard efforts can't help this confusing production.

Also At times you feel like you're sitting in a high school auditorium root... Read more Read less

80
Picnic
West Village
Dated, Entertaining, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if You like old-fashioned theater representing a by-gone era. You'll squirm in your seat at past mores made believable by good acting.

Don't see it if You're only interested in modern times or if you need to look at a set. The actors carry the day with only a row of chairs as props.

82
The View UpStairs
East Village
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy

See it if You like high camp shows with serious undertones that take place in a gay bar

Don't see it if You are not interested in gay issues. It is an important history of the gay movement done with humor and poignancy.

80
Dolphins and Sharks
West Village
Riveting, Relevant, Hilarious, Thought-provoking

See it if You like unconventional theater delivered in ghetto vernacular...no holding back in down to earth interaction and telling it like it is.

Don't see it if You need a traditional stage where you easedrop on the action. Here, you feel caught in the middle from your still comfy seats.

Also The acting is energetic and appropriately loud. Language might turn so... Read more Read less

95
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You like great, innovative theater that pulls you in and keeps you involved. A brilliant modern take on the Shakespeare play, original text.

Don't see it if You refuse to try Shakespeare, even with rave reviews. But try it! You'll like it.

Also The actors are phenomenal and the play speaks to a modern audience. Ri... Read more Read less

50
During previews
The Light Years
Midtown W
Slow, Insipid, Boring

See it if You want to waste two hours of your time at a pointless play with no intermission and no way to escape.

Don't see it if you have something better to do, or even if you don't.

Also This play goes back and forth between electrification at the 1893 Chic... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Linda
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to feel vindicated about believing that women have a harder time than men in getting a step up in the modern world.

Don't see it if You're not interested in women's issues.....aging, sexuality, work-place advancement, family relationships.

Also The ending may make you feel like you've hit a brick wall and have to ... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Quirky

See it if You like character studies with psychological undertones.The characters could be your friends or relatives but just wait......

Don't see it if You can't deal with unexpected , even shocking turns of events. All in the day of..............

Also Three short skits keep you on the edge of your seat. If you sit in the... Read more Read less

60
Blue Man Group
East Village
Clever, Dizzying, Disappointing, Edgy, Overrated

See it if You like being in the middle of a touristy "must see" crowd. The show's been around so long it seems like it's all been done before.

Don't see it if You want something you can sink your teeth into. The clever idea seems to have worn thin.

80
In Transit
Midtown W
Clever, Great singing, Funny

See it if you like NYC themed shows you can relate to. Energy level is high and the action moves along in a good, enthusiastic pace.

Don't see it if You are annoyed by loud, overamplified music. But things get much better after the first number in which the whole cast sings noisily.

80
Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You want a fresh overview of Martin Luther described by what we know today and historical figures who add to their assessment of him.

Don't see it if You can't get past the wordiness and slowness of some of the scenes. There are also gaps in the historical picture.