Sophia 7058

Brooklyn

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Reviews (47)
100
Original Sound
West Village
Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You're interested in insightful, brilliantly characterized plays with a song that will be stuck in your head for weeks

Don't see it if You want happy endings or straightforward hero-villain narratives

45
Confusing, Disappointing, Raunchy, Funny

See it if You want to support amateur artists in a strange, over-the-top, occasionally amusing and occasionally embarassing parody.

Don't see it if You want anything polished. It was so slapdash, sloppy, and forced that I genuinely thought I'd misunderstood and was watching improv.

0
Fort Dicks
Midtown W
Banal, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You’re friends with someone in the show

Don't see it if You care about plot, character, humor, racial sensitivity, or wasting time and money

Also Much of the audience walked out after the first act, including my boyf... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You like ludicrous over-the-top comedy full of parody and physical humor

Don't see it if You care about plays with straightforward plots or any sort of gravitas -- this is pure absurd humor

80
Great acting, Funny, Great writing, Confusing

See it if You want complex, painful theatre with complex, painful characters and relationships

Don't see it if You want a satisfying ending -- the ending was great but very dissatisfying. You care about pacing -- some of the jumps were dizzying.

95
Dated, Confusing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like great singing, great dancing, and painful stories about people making mistakes

Don't see it if You want a perfectly written show -- this is early Sondheim and you can tell

75
Enchanting

See it if You enjoy musicals

Don't see it if You don't enjoy romance or historical settings

68
Enterprise
Soho/Tribeca
Confusing, Funny, Dizzying

See it if You want what's advertised: fast paced, absurd, surreal

Don't see it if You want to understand what's going on

75
Ambitious, Confusing, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a cool magic show interspersed with disconnected scenes that aren't as self-aware as they want to be

Don't see it if You want a thoughtful play that actually considers intersectionality instead of just nodding at it

95
False Stars
East Village
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to see a thoughtful, complex, intense play with a diverse cast of vivid characters. You care about genius, secrets, loss, and more

Don't see it if You like plays that tie everything in a neat bow. You want straight-up classic Southern Gothic (this is more an homage.)

93
Kim's Convenience
Midtown W
Funny, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a hilarious story about an immigrant family that will leave you crying and calling your parents to tell them you love them

Don't see it if You're bothered by edgy humor and frank representations of inter-cultural racism (e.g. conflict between Korean and Japanese people)

Also A sitcom waiting to happen!

84
How To Be Safe
East Village
Funny, Confusing, Great acting, Intelligent, Repetitive

See it if You want a beautifully acted, if at times clumsily written, portrayal of mental illness

Don't see it if You're bothered by over-the-top dialogue, or want plays to have clear resolution and character development

80
Funny, Great singing, Dizzying, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You want a delightfully fun musical that deftly handles social issue while also making you laugh and wowing you with belting

Don't see it if You're bothered by dirty jokes (and I don't just mean sexual!) or want something serious

Also It was very strange that the section *focused on damaging representati... Read more Read less

70
Amelie
Midtown W
Great singing, Indulgent, Fluffy, Charming, Slow

See it if You want to hear Philippa Soo

Don't see it if You want a memorable musical

Also The blend of intense cutesiness with raunchy humor is true to the orig... Read more Read less

78
Your Alice
Queens
Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You like quirky, avante-garde productions that do interesting things with the original script. You're ready to show up early for good seats.

Don't see it if You dislike obstructed views (it's a flat stage with chairs, so only the front row has a clear view!) and depictions of pedophilia

84
In Transit
Midtown W
Fluffy, Cute, Fun, Great singing

See it if You like ensemble casts and multiple cute plots that sometimes interconnect. You want to hear the world's best beatboxer.

Don't see it if You want memorable songs (the songs are fun but not groundbreaking) or surprising plots.

100
Gazoline
East Village
Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Intense

See it if You like contemporary theatre with vividly-drawn characters and powerful elements that come together beautifully at the end

Don't see it if [no, just see it]

86
Happy Karaoke Fun Time
East Village
Hilarious, Raunchy

See it if You like fun, funny, very rough improv using karaoke tracks from popular pop songs.

Don't see it if You want to see something polished; you care about singing quality (two of the singers are GREAT, one is fine, two are actively bad)

59
Your Name On My Lips
East Village
Banal, Confusing, Great singing, Indulgent, Disjointed

See it if You like small, intimate productions that wander through the twists of a relationship falling apart. You want your expectations overturned.

Don't see it if You mind uneven singing quality (the lead woman wasn't as good as the rest of the cast), weird pacing, and self-indulgent writing.

69
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Dated, Slow

See it if You want to see a pretty, if predictable musical about a woman trying to escape a bad marriage. You like baking. You don't mind being hungry

Don't see it if You expect great songs. One song and one singer are EMBARRASSINGLY better than everything else. And one subplot made zero sense.

76
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great writing, Great staging, Disappointing singing

See it if You want a beautiful, heartfelt, energizing musical full of gorgeous songs and wonderful characters. You're interested in unusual staging.

Don't see it if You expect a professional production with great singers. It's an amateur production -- okay singers, questionable sound engineering

75
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Overrated

See it if You like dark music, dark humor, and good dancing.

Don't see it if Honestly, the movie is better.

60
Cliched, Entertaining, Great staging, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if You like gorgeous sets and catchy music.

Don't see it if You want something profound or original.

89
Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Great staging, Epic

See it if You love dance, fun, and romance.

Don't see it if You're looking for classic Broadway.

80
Whirlwind
East Village
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a quirky, intense drama about environmentalism. You want to see great actors give nuanced performances of frustrating people

Don't see it if You want something straightforward. You’re bothered by odd pacing and, to quote another reviewer, endings that are a little far-fetched.

75
Great acting, Great dancing, Silly script

See it if You want to see a fun, creepy story with an extremely talented cast.

Don't see it if You want likable characters. You're bothered by clunky dialogue and mediocre songs.

Also Attempts to make it "exotic" just end up feeling racist -- Japanese pe... Read more Read less

88
Black Light
West Village
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You want an intimate show that will leave you thinking.

Don't see it if You want a clear plot -- this is more about making you think and feel than it is about telling a tight story.

85
Dated, Riveting, Entertaining, Great dancing

See it if You want great dancing, funny and occasionally tearjerking songs, and an interesting ensemble cast

Don't see it if You want flashy sets, you're bothered by outdated stereotypes of black and Asian characters, you care about pacing (Chorus Line is slowwwww)

70
Clever, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You want to see good actors perform a mediocre show with a few great songs

Don't see it if You want great sound (could barely hear the lead singer), you mind shows that run too long

100
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You want to see a hilarious, spot-on, frequently touching depiction of privilege in theatre, featuring a large and hilarious cast.

Don't see it if You need straightforward structures and tidy endings

50
Disappointing

See it if This show is already closed and I can't complain

Don't see it if You want an actual play instead of disconnected self-indulgent monologuing

75
Shell Shock
Soho/Tribeca
Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You want to see a beautifully acted one-woman play that's essentially a monologue on post-war trauma

Don't see it if You're bothered by racism and transphobia. You want a likable narrator or satisfying conclusion.

65
Ex Habitus
East Village
Confusing, Dizzying, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You want to see great actors in a funny, weird, very queer story

Don't see it if You want resolution, plot arcs, any sense of what happened...

35
During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Great singing, Slow

See it if You want to see some great songs and talented actors, and don't need any sort of emotional arc or forward motion.

Don't see it if You dislike melodrama. You don't have the patience to sit through eighty minutes of singing/monologuing for ten minutes of plot.

75
Jessica
West Village
Great acting, Cliched, Slow

See it if You want a beautifully-acted, if clunkily written, story about people who don't know how to let go of a lost loved one

Don't see it if You're tired of stories about people working through their grief over a lost loved one; you expect anything new or thoughtful about AI

77
In a Word
West Village
Absorbing, Slow, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You like dark psychological stories with fantastical twirls (I'd call it more fabulism than absurdism)

Don't see it if You're bothered by small-scale, sometimes confusing productions. You prefer straightforward narratives or musicals.

80
Clever, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You like brilliantly acted, interestingly staged twists on Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You want a big-budget production; you're bothered by slightly confusing stage direction (e.g. wasn't always clear if characters were dead)

85
Enchanting, Cliched, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want a rousing, beautifully sung, beautifully staged musical that blends the dazzle of Broadway with the interaction of dinner theatre

Don't see it if You want memorable songs or developed characters

100
Seven Spots on the Sun
West Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like stylistic magical realism about war and healing

Don't see it if You want straightforward contemporary theatre; you don't like deliberately dramatic performances; you're easily disturbed by violence

80
Diva: Live from Hell
East Village
Great acting, Great singing, Funny, Indulgent, Raunchy

See it if You like over-the-top, campy fun from a great actor

Don't see it if You're bothered by murder or unexpected semi-nudity

80
Off the Top
Soho/Tribeca
Fun, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You want to learn more about neuroscience while listening to freestyle rap and laughing a lot

Don't see it if You want a straightforward show. This is a combination psych lecture and rap session; definitely not your standard performance.

90
During previews
Angry Young Man
Chelsea
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if You're interested in hilarious, quirky British comedies that address important political issues.

Don't see it if You like straightforward narratives and dislike off-the-wall humor and very minimal budgets.

88
The View UpStairs
East Village
Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Clever

See it if You like hilarious queer tragi-comedies that deal with painfully timely issues; you don't mind shows trying a little too hard to be profound

Don't see it if You're bothered by sexual jokes (nothing explicit), bright lights, or smoke effect

Also Could do with some cutting, especially near the end, but overall a cle... Read more Read less

80
Dated, Enchanting, Funny, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if You have kids or love The Lion King, or want a beautiful spectacle-filled musical with great costumes.

Don't see it if You want to be surprised -- it's just the film in live action, plus a couple songs.

79
Entertaining, Great staging, Hilarious, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if You want to laugh out loud and you don't mind dirty and often cruel humor.

Don't see it if You want something light -- yes it's funny but it gets dark. You care about accuracy -- Mormons don't even believe in Hell.

75
Matilda
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great staging, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You want to see a clever, quirky musical with talented child actors.

Don't see it if You expect great music -- there are a couple memorable songs, but most of the fun is in the visuals.

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You have a pulse.

Don't see it if You're dead.