Sister of My Sister

Scotch Plains | Female
About:  Chekhov Worshipper, Spleenless Critic
Reviews (64)
During previews
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Great acting, but play does not improve on chekhov's original
March 25th, 2019

See it if you're a Chekhov lover! There are great moments (which might've been better served with different direction).

Don't see it if End of play could use some editing. Wish the adaptation had been freer. Less successful than Seafull adaptation but admire the effort!

During previews
Loud, long, plot-heavy, did i say loud?
February 18th, 2019

See it if you're young, maybe? The performers are all extraordinary. I can see why this was a hit off-Broadway.

Don't see it if Feels as if story and music have been done before and better. Would help to LOWER volume and cut 30 mins.

Moving, mournful, "chekhovian" musical
November 24th, 2018

See it if Masterful use of Dylan songs to reveal character impressionistically. Best to absorb superb performances and not over-intellectualize.

Don't see it if're expecting a conventional, plot-driven musical. Strikes me as a polarizing show -- love or dislike. For me it was love.

Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting
November 11th, 2018

See it if This is the best musical revival I've ever seen, as it highlights the violence and misogyny of the culture it represents.

Don't see it if Everything is superb, especially the new orchestrations, the SOUND -- performers are not wearing mics! -- and the performances themselves...

Also Brilliant direction. So many surprises, but in service of the text and... Read more Read less

Great acting, Relevant, Resonant
November 8th, 2018

See it if You want to be near someone who looks and sounds like Bobby Kennedy and reminds you what great leadership is.

Don't see it if You're not into one-man or docu- plays. The script is woven-together speeches, which sounds dry, but it's done exceptionally well.

On Beckett
Virtuoso, stripped-down, personal performance
October 19th, 2018

See it if The "lecture-y" performance may be a newish genre of theater, but only a Bill Irwin can make it this theatrical.

Don't see it if It's Beckett, which means it's partly unintelligible, but Irwin's connection to the texts and his physical comedy bring them to life.

During previews
Talent on stage, but left me cold
October 14th, 2018

See it if Performances, direction, design were flawless. Music was fantastic. See this if you want to see the kind of talent small NYC shows can offer

Don't see it if This left me cold. Protest songs about Martian labor uprisings? How about some (even one) reference to TODAY, border separations, BLM, MeTOO

Also ... And doesn't "Parkland" today mean gun control activism? Not here t... Read more Read less

Missing a character! why was waffles cut from this production?!
October 13th, 2018

See it if you want an intimate experience of Chekhov with mixed acting -- but an excellent Vanya.

Don't see it if you aren't okay about the inexplicable removal of one of the characters. As a Chekhov fanatic, I see Uncle Vanya as a near-perfect play.

Also The removal of Waffles was a fatal flaw. Shifting some of his lines to... Read more Read less

During previews
Confusing, Great acting, Moments of glory
September 19th, 2018

See it if I know Vanya and Romeo well and got a few valuable, memorable insights out of the attempted mashup.

Don't see it if But I'm not convinced this show will entertain a broader audience and wish Bedlam had stuck to the great idea of doing these plays in rep.

Assembled Identity
Thanks for trying
May 8th, 2018

See it if Saw this because I'm an identical twin. Promising subject matter and multimedia.

Don't see it if Delivered on the multimedia, but not on the content.

King Lear (BAM)
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Lacking in emotion
May 8th, 2018

See it if Impressive production which resonated due to current-day reckoning with "toxic masculinity" and #metoo.

Don't see it if Seemed long, though, and almost sit-com-y. The strong conceit sacrificed any great depth of emotion.

During previews
Dance Nation
Midtown W
Great staging, Great acting, Resonant, Ambitious
April 14th, 2018

See it if There are moments of beauty and profundity in this show, when the writing, brilliant direction and acting all work together.

Don't see it if There are also moments that lag. But BRAVO to this endeavor which puts onstage something I have never seen before.

During previews
Lauren ambrose can sing!
March 25th, 2018

See it if you love the musical.

Don't see it if you don't have 3 hours and aren't convinced this show needs to be revived.

Deft adaptation of chekhov comic stories
February 25th, 2018

See it if This is a winning group of international artists helmed by a director whose knowledge of Chekhov is deeper than any others based here.

Don't see it if This is Chekhov done big and broad, which cuts against what most of us are used to.

Upper W Side
This show is close to perfect.
February 20th, 2018

See it if This show has a "voice," literally. It has something to say. The production couldn't be better.

Don't see it if The show may appeal most now to port-drinking Brooklyn millenials. It's of its time and place, but I believe it'll age well.

The Chekhov Dreams
Midtown W
An on-the-nose play about subtext
February 13th, 2018

See it if This is an entertaining play that feels very "pre-#metoo." But Chekhov -- my man! -- makes an appearance!

Don't see it if If you're a Chekhov fanatic, like myself, you'll be charmed but also confounded by the unsubtle message to leave things unsaid.

Great demystification of how shows get produced!
February 11th, 2018

See it if you produce, want to produce, have projects in development or are just plain curious.

Don't see it if you're expecting a comprehensive introduction to the biz of Broadway. These presentations seem more like valuable nuggets of wisdom.

During previews
Superb production of a mediocre play
February 5th, 2018

See it if you're an Albee fan. You'll likely never see a better acted and directed production.

Don't see it if This great production reminded me that I do not like Albee.

Disappointing material, but fascinating production values
January 29th, 2018

See it if See it for the lighting alone! No stage lights, only candles -- and authentic "foot lights." Fascinating!

Don't see it if The play was not terribly engaging. Mark Rylance is always a treat to watch and the rest of the cast is superb. I missed the Shakespeare!

During previews
Tedious fun, but it won me over, Huge amount of talent on display
December 1st, 2017

See it if I saw it because I admire the director Tina Landau. Wouldn't want to sit thru it again -- but smell a hit. Great show for kids.

Don't see it if You're not a child or a SpongeBob fan. Surprisingly timely and moving storyline, despite being utterly predictable.

Highly entertaining take on great source material
November 25th, 2017

See it if you know Pride & Prejudice well, enjoy farce and physical comedy and love experiencing a terrific ensemble cast having a ball together.

Don't see it if I think this show is probably best enjoyed if you know the plot of Pride & Prejudice and the various characters.

Upper W Side
Surprisingly entertaining with great production values
November 18th, 2017

See it if you love the excitement (as I do!) of a large ensemble cast in a slick, entertaining production

Don't see it if you're looking for a new or particularly deep take on our financial system

The Workshop
West Village
Beautifully written, acted and directed new play
August 14th, 2017

See it if you won't want to miss A. Pendleton's superb performance as a Eugene O"Neill coulda-been in a play that should see many future productions.

Don't see it if you're not inclined to like an "insider's" take on playwriting or art-making generally.

Well-done, superbly timed antidote to our divisive culture
July 29th, 2017

See it if you want to feel a little better about our capacity for humanity. (The show tells a true story and doesn't hide the anti-Muslim part of it.)

Don't see it if Dunno why not to see this (other than Bway ticket prices). You don't like musicals? You'll be disappointed by less than memorable melodies?

During previews
Upper W Side
Devastating, mandatory viewing
July 2nd, 2017

See it if Everyone should see this. The play could use some editing. Direction could evolve. But material transcends all shortcomings.

Don't see it if See above. Casting and performances were excellent. Great choice for LCT. Hope it has an extended run.

Midtown W
Well-staged and paced; surprisingly moving
June 23rd, 2017

See it if you want to see a well-wrought production of a moving play and support female theater artists.

Don't see it if you tend to pull on lose threads, so to speak, because there are many here and the whole experience could unravel for you.

During previews
The Antipodes
Midtown W
Profound and funny; beautifully-wrought play!
April 22nd, 2017

See it if you can't miss a brilliant play that's funny and profound and reflects on the utility of storytelling in this dark era.

Don't see it if you're a fan of War Horse or Curious Incident -- or plot-driven drama. (The acting and direction in Antipodes are flawless.)

Exquisite theater, unmissable, gets even better upon reflection
March 22nd, 2017

See it if you want to see something you've never seen before. The stagecraft is magic.

Don't see it if you have poor vision and are in the back row. Some of what's on view is very small!

Also I knew the stagecraft would be superb; I'm a Lapage fan. I wasn't sure... Read more Read less

In Transit
Midtown W
Inventive in some ways, but not in others
March 21st, 2017

See it if you don't want to miss Broadway's first a cappella musical and some great performances.

Don't see it if you're looking for a transcendent Broadway musical experience. The standards are so high now for original shows...

During previews
Great acting, disappointing play
March 7th, 2017

See it if you love Marisa Tomei and, perhaps, are married with kids, living in Brooklyn, and want to see yourself represented on stage.

Don't see it if you're allergic to didacticism or will be angry that a not-fully-realized play has been supported by LCT above other worthy contenders.

The Town Hall Affair
Hugely entertaining, scathing self-portrayal of patriarchy
February 19th, 2017

See it if you are a feminist -- of any kind. Wooster Group kick-in-the-balls to Trump misogyny.

Don't see it if you're humorless and a Norman Mailer superfan.

One of the best performances ever on bway
February 17th, 2017

See it if you'll love a superbly well-done contemporary musical, inventive set design and great performances.

Don't see it if you're okay missing one of the most memorable performances ever -- by Ben Platt.

Objectionable material, but well done
November 23rd, 2016

See it if you can overlook the cruelty of the characters and enjoy the performances and excellent direction.

Don't see it if you'd prefer not to patronize another production of this objectionable play. Schreiber is subversively good, you will realize later.

Novel, engrossing, nothing-like-it theater event
November 23rd, 2016

See it if you want to see a Broadway show done differently. It's immersive and also, at moments, very moving.

Don't see it if It's not Hamilton -- in that it's not genre-breaking theater. The staging is what's most innovative. No reason not to see this if you can.

Dead Poets Society
East Village
Stale, obvious, great acting
November 23rd, 2016

See it if it's interesting to reconsider, in light of recent events, what the dead white male poets have taught us... The young actors are great.

Don't see it if you don't need any more convincing that aforementioned dead white male poets, whom you read in school, are still worth your time.

For a previous production
The Wolves
Upper W Side
Passes bechdel test with flying colors!
September 1st, 2016

See it if you want to see an excellent all-female ensemble, whip-smart direction, and insightful, well-crafted writing.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy small, black-box productions.

Flat restaging of superb classic
August 18th, 2016

See it if you love musicals. This one always holds up because of the book and songs.

Don't see it if The staging is cardboard-like. Tevye's performance lacks historicism or gravitas, But best performance ever of "Do You Love Me?"

New Songs Now
West Village
Grace mclean and max vernon are wildly talented!
August 5th, 2016

See it if you can! Wonderful series that allows you to hear new musical theater material in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if you're expecting to see a finished show. This is more like being in the rehearsal room.

During previews
Less objectionable take on problematic play
June 5th, 2016

See it if you can get a ticket! Great performances of a play I don't ever need to see again.

Don't see it if you will mistakenly believe the misogynist characters are played by men (as some in the audience did and yelled out that they were offended)

The Crucible
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing
May 28th, 2016

See it if It's a phenomenal production of a classic American play. Hard to beat that on Broadway.

Don't see it if you haven't already seen Eclipsed.

May 15th, 2016

See it if Why was this revived? This rape-celebrating romp was better off dead. The actors are great. The director ought to find better material.

Don't see it if Don't see it. It shouldn't be supported.

During previews
Nathan the Wise
East Village
Classic german play, fantasic performance by f. murray abraham
April 12th, 2016

See it if You want to see a great production of a classic German play you should know but have never heard of, which has huge contemporary relevance.

Don't see it if You'll be okay missing a fantastic performance by F. Murray Abraham and Brian Kulick's last show as artistic director of the CSC.

Phenomenal set, too long
April 8th, 2016

See it if you're a Lonergan fan, and even just for the incredible set design; some performances are also excellent.

Don't see it if you do not want to sit for three hours and wonder at the end what it all adds up to.

Great play, not the best direction
April 3rd, 2016

See it if Lots of great ideas here and faithful to Chekhov, which matters to me (see my profile).

Don't see it if But not great direction of the actors. Best moments were when actors engaged with audience and toned down to more authentic performances.

Midtown W
Completely engrossing, Great acting, Epic for broadway
March 31st, 2016

See it if This was the first all-female Broadway show I've ever seen -- and for that alone, it was extraordinary, transformative theater.

Don't see it if Must be seen. Transporting experience. Only after lights come up at end do you remember you're in the theater.

Noises Off
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great acting
March 12th, 2016

See it if you'd enjoy a great farce with lots of wonderful physical comedy, but see below.

Don't see it if you'll be disappointed yet again in Roundabout's dated casting. Why oh why all white? #roundaboutsowhite

Great writing, Great acting
February 24th, 2016

See it if This is a fascinating, revelatory Chekhov production with an outstanding ensemble. One of the best Cherry Orchards I've seen.

Don't see it if you don't want to read English subtitles and sit through 2 3/4 hours of a Chekhov dramedy that is heavier on the drama than the comedy.

February 23rd, 2016

See it if you can't get tickets to musicals like Fun Home and Color Purple that have updated and redefined the Broadway musical.

Don't see it if you will be disappointed by a formulaic story in a conventional format, despite an uplifting (but overwrought) message.

During previews
Old Hats
Midtown W
Really, really fun; hysterically funny
February 1st, 2016

See it if Your want to have a great theatrical outing. This is a perfect choice for picky or reluctant theatergoers.

Don't see it if You don't like audience participation and can only get front row seats!

Moving, phenomenal performances, there is nothing wrong with this musical!
January 31st, 2016

See it if you don't want to miss the best musical performance of the season by Cynthia Erivo!

Don't see it if No reason to miss this one, which should win the Tony for best revival.