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Spinstripes

Los Angeles | Female
About:  Theater junkie, NYU adjunct, Spin Instructor, obsessed Yankee, Giants, Man U, and Oxford Comma fan. Shakespeare zealot. Hoya Saxa.
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Preview beautyqueen2
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Riveting, Masterful, Great acting, Great writing, Exquisite

See it if you like exquisite writing, fantastic acting & drama that will take your breath away from both the beauty and horror of what is before you.

Don't see it if You have a problem with Irish accents or don't like language driven plays that require full out concentration and immersion.

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During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like absorbing stories about current issues. Phenomenal acting by Eddie Martinez, who created a beautifully real and complex character.

Don't see it if you don't like to be confronted with race relations at the theater or if a two hander isn't enough to hold your attention.

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Dated, Quirky, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want to see what all the buzz is about - fantastic actors, many in small parts, make this old chestnut entertaining and fun.

Don't see it if you like more relevant, thought provoking pieces. Or prefer plays with more contemporary issues.

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Ambitious, Great writing, Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want a fun, joyful night at the theater. The book by Julian Fellowes was surprisingly funny, smart and kept things moving. Great kids.

Don't see it if you hate shows with child actors (I normally do but this was a lovely exception) - the kids aren't "cute." Not your typical ALW music.

Preview oh hello
94
Refreshing, Intelligent, Hilarious, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to laugh non-stop for 90 mins, if you like comedy hilarious yet subversive & smart. The show is really a valentine to the theater.

Don't see it if You don't like indie and off-beat shows or you prefer a more traditional show.

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Great singing, Resonant, Profound, Epic, Exquisite

See it if you like theatre to be emotionally moving & captivating. With the best voices on Broadway, everything you hear about Cynthia Erivo is true!

Don't see it if you prefer your musicals lighthearted. This is a wrenching tale about serious subject matters.

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Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want a refreshing take on this classic. Although I'm not really a fan of this musical, I found the staging incredibly powerful & moving.

Don't see it if You dont want to see a more naturalistic and "human" version of FIDDLER. Although there are laughs, this is a more somber version.

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Profound, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you're ready for a stunning new interpretation of one of the greatest plays ever written. Gillian Anderson is astounding. Truly astonishing.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional productions of STREETCAR or can't sit for long shows. Ben Foster is a far from Brando as one can imagine.

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Fun, Great staging, Inventive, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to lift your spirits and see why Alex Timbers (director) is a genius. Brilliant directing, fantastic performances, just GO.

Don't see it if you are completely devoid of a sense of humor or live a joyless life.

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Entertaining, Intelligent, Original, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if you love Shakespeare. This rarely produced play has been re-tooled by master director Trevor Nunn. Fast paced & gorgeous to look at. A gem!

Don't see it if If you don't like the Bard or have problems w/ complicated plot lines because this is an epic tale, told very accessibly but a LOT of plot.

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Great acting, Silly, Madcap, Funny, Entertaining

See it if your Aunt Bertha is in from Kansas and you want to show her a good time. This old chestnut is silly but engaging and the cast is spot on.

Don't see it if you are looking for anything with substance. This is pure fluff. It's entertaining but more of a tourist/suburban tourist show.

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Must see, Absorbing, Intense, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you have never seen Les Miz. This is a classic and while this production isn't as grand as the original, it's still Les Miz. Ah, the music!

Don't see it if you are not a fan of the music or have seen the original and first revival. This new version won't reveal anything new.

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Entertaining, Original, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want a delightful experience at the theater. An elegant show that will please all ages. Original, with two master clowns at their peak.

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this!

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Resonant, Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if You care about the future of musical theater. A beautiful, gorgeous production that will stay with you long after you leave the theater.

Don't see it if You prefer lighter fare. Although there are funny moments and levity, this is a serious, intelligent show.

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For a previous production
Resonant, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like exquisitely crafted drama. This is a thinking person's play, beautifully written and acted. It will stay with you after you leave.

Don't see it if you prefer lighter fare.

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Gorgeously sung, Dizzying, Wild, Mesmerizing, Ambitious

See it if love David Bowie's music and are a fan of more avant-garde fare, as this is among the best: intense, exquisite, weird and trippy!

Don't see it if you prefer linear narratives and typical book musicals. It can be equal parts incomprehensible/confusing and brilliant.

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Great acting, Intense, Funny

See it if you want to see a great actress, Laurie Metcalf, redefine a classic role. The experience is actually fun, a thriller that borders on camp.

Don't see it if you are expecting an updated version of the movie. The play can feel creaky but it's still fun to wait for the moments you know are coming.

Preview phantom
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Romantic, Must see, Epic, Ambitious

See it if you like big, lavish musicals. I say "must-see" because it's the original mega-musical, the one that launched all future blockbusters.

Don't see it if you don't like big melodramatic period musicals. It is very over the top but also has some of the most gorgeous stage music every written .

Preview dadawoofpapahot
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Resonant, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you are interested in smart contemporary plays. Great acting, especially by John Benjamin Hickey, and tackles issues of life in 2015.

Don't see it if you're tired of yet another play about the white upper middle class. I enjoyed it but was struck by how many of these stories we see onstage

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Original, Intelligent, Great staging, Dated

See it if you have out of town relatives wanting to see Broadway. The musical is showing its age, however, with the right cast, it's sensational.

Don't see it if you don't like minimalist musicals. The show's design suits the work, but it's not for people looking for big sets and lavish costumes.

Preview colinquinnnystory
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Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you're a fan of intelligent, well-constructed comedy. Mr. Quinn's laid-back style creates a very intimate experience, serving the work well.

Don't see it if you are expecting loud, raunchy comedy. This is more of thinking man's stand up, jokes are clever and insightful. Truly a wonderful night.

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Great staging, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like raunchy comedy, are a fan of "South Park" or need a night of non-stop laughs. Clever staging, great music, fun choreography.

Don't see it if you are easily offended!

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Thought-provoking, Original, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you like intelligent and thought-provoking musicals. Has exquisite music that, for this composer, is actually accessible. Fantastic acting.

Don't see it if you have NO knowledge of modern presidential history. It won't be as much fun without knowing a little something about these women.

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Great writing, Intense, Raunchy, Original, Hilarious

See it if you like theater that is outrageous, fresh, original & raucous. O'Hara is one of the theater's modern treasures with a unique voice and POV.

Don't see it if you are easily offended and prefer old tired revivals to contemporary works that speak to our times and sensibilities.

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Delightful, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you are looking for an inventive, family-friendly show. Big bonus is that you don't need to know English to enjoy it!

Don't see it if you don't like loud noises or sawdust!

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During previews
Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like serious dramas about the human condition. It unfolds slowly but beautifully and features superb acting, especially by Reed Birney.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that move at a slower pace or if serious drama about existential questions are not your genre.

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Clever, Quirky, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if you like classic musicals with a quirky twist. This is an odd, yet satisfying show, carried mostly by the extraordinary voices of the leads.

Don't see it if you don't like old-fashioned musicals or are expecting big production values - this is a lovely but stripped down version.

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Resonant, Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if you love exquisite writing and complex characters portrayed by a cast at the very top of their form. Also a must see for August Wilson fans.

Don't see it if you need a lot of action or don't like plays with a lot of language (or even heightened language.)

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During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Great acting

See it if you like serious theater that challenges you to think about your world. Or want to see virtuosic acting from an amazing researcher/performer

Don't see it if you don't like theater to deliver political/social issue messaging. Or if you don't like one-person shows.

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Great choreography, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you are a fan of classic musicals or tap dancing. Sweet and a bit old-fashioned, the fantastic dancing is the reason to see it.

Don't see it if you don't like old school period musicals or if you prefer weightier fare.

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Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you need a fun night out or are a fan of big, splashy musicals. The cast is terrific and the staging is energetic and brisk.

Don't see it if musical comedy isn't your thing. This has laughs, puns, sight gags and clever wit galore. Curmudgeons stay home!

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Clever, Hilarious, Quirky, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You want a fun night out and like your laughs from Comedy Central shows. At less than 90 minutes, it's a perfect date night.

Don't see it if You prefer weightier, more dramatic fare. This is light, funny, yet smart. Mostly filled with one-liners, not a show that demands a lot.

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Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you're a fan of the book or movie. Ben Walker perfectly captures the isolation & loneliness of the character. An 80's consumerism critique.

Don't see it if you are expecting a rousing, emotional experience. The opposite is achieved (intentionally) - the numbness and alienation is by design.

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Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see the best performance by an actor on Broadway this year! Jeff Daniels is magnificent and intense in this 90 minute play.

Don't see it if you don't like serious plays with rather disturbing subject matter.

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Resonant, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you are not looking for anything too heavy. A 90 minute brisk relationship tale with really good acting & an interesting twist. Fun outing.

Don't see it if you don't like gay-themed plays or are uncomfortable with on-stage make out sessions.

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During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like documentary theatre. This play is wonderfully acted and will challenge you to think about war & the internal conflicts it creates.

Don't see it if you don't want a heavy or thought-provoking evening. This play requires attention and reflection from its audience.

Preview smart people
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Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if An absorbing play with great acting. Slightly uneven - great dialogue and premise, though a tad preachy at times, but always compelling,

Don't see it if You are not interested in plays about race relations, because this is powder keg of a play that will challenge what you think.

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Masterful, Riveting, Great writing, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you want bragging rights on having seen the best play of the season. Fantastic writing, great acting.

Don't see it if you don't like plays in blank verse or are bored by political or history plays.

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Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of Lea Salonga or George Takei - or if a serious musical about a shameful time in our country's history doesn't scare you.

Don't see it if you prefer lighter fare or don't like Les Miz/Miss Saigon type scores. Not a lot of choreography so if you want a dance show, this isn't it.

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Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want a fun night out. The book is clever & melds Shakespeare w/a modern vernacular. Features fantastic songs by Billie Joe Armstrong.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional book musicals, as this is more of a play with music (but fantastic music.) Helps if you know the plot of MUCH ADO.

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Refreshing, Quirky, Epic, Funny, Clever

See it if you want a show for all ages (though by no means is this a typical "family" show.) Fun & joyful, a great alternative to typical Broadway.

Don't see it if you prefer theater in a more traditional format. This experience is unique and the show has held up really well after all this time.

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Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if you are looking for family friendly shows for all ages. Fun, beautiful sets/costumes and a tour de force performance by the Genie.

Don't see it if you are not interested in family shows But is also much here for adults, including the clever book and the vaudeville style of comedy.

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Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if you are an Al Pacino fan. Al is still in fine form. Unfortunately, even a great actor like him cannot overcome the writing.

Don't see it if like a well constructed play, as this is not.

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Riveting, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see great performances by Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell. Great chemistry - sit back and watch the sparks fly.

Don't see it if you don't like Sam Shepard, as this is a classic play from his canon. Also, this is basically a two-hander but is by no means a "small" play

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Profound, Intense, Dizzying, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you want a cross-section of the best in avant-garde international theatre, music & dance.

Don't see it if you don't like adventurous performing arts. You must try more than one show to experience it, as the offerings can be a mixed bag.

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Romantic, Intelligent, Enchanting

See it if you are a fan of the movie or love ballet. The show is heavy on dance, the book is practically non-existent so you must love dance to enjoy.

Don't see it if you don't like a musical that takes its time to tell the story. This is enchanting and lovely but has a slower pace than most shows.

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Clever, Hilarious, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you want a fun & satisfying night out, need your spirits lifted, or are a dog lover. In fact, if you have a dog, this play is a MUST SEE.

Don't see it if you don't like clever comedies or in general, don't understand why people have pets.

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Vibrant, Great staging, Resonant, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you love energetic, inspiring musicals. Pure entertainment but the best kind w/fantastic dance and lead performances that are spot on.

Don't see it if You don't like Gloria Estefan's music or salsa dancing. Or are basically joyless because this is one fun night at the theater.

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Clever, Entertaining, Original, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you want family-friendly entertainment or have tween girls in your life. A nice take on a classic story, can also be a fun date night.

Don't see it if you don't like fantasy or fables, even dark ones. The content is actually sophisticated, even though many consider it a family show.

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Entertaining, Resonant, Relevant, Joyful, Delightful

See it if you like musicals that are topical for our times, life-affirming & joyful. Will leave you w/a smile on your face & song in your heart

Don't see it if if you are a curmudgeon. Or have an issue with drag queens.