Stagemaven

New York City | 35-49 | Female
About:  I used to go to the theater a lot. I am lucky to see one or two shows a month now. Muppets Take Manhattan is my favorite movie.
Reviews (80)
80
During previews
The Giant Hoax
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Clever

See it if You like period pieces and wholesome musicals. And puppetry!

Don't see it if You are looking for a modern cutting edge show.

50
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You have three hours to kill and enjoy watching misogynistic men degrade women.

Don't see it if You are a female who has any self worth. The few empowering female scenes don't make up for the awful male characters Letts created.

86
During previews
Epic, Great staging, Great singing, Clever

See it if You enjoy musicals with puppetry and swordplay.

Don't see it if You don't want to watch a musical about the children of Gods.

79
During previews
Superhero
Midtown W
Great singing, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you like new musicals about modern families with a bit of whimsy.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or you don't like suspending disbelief.

85
During previews
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Dated, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy learning about different eras and want to see some excellent acting.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy plays about the plight of being a gay man in the 70s and 80s.

75
Intense, Epic, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like classical music, talented actors, singers & dancers and magical theater.

Don't see it if you're expecting the Phantom to be on stage the entire time.

Also Ben Crawford is even dreamy as the Phantom.

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Great singing

See it if you like classic musicals and want to have your pants charmed off by Kate Baldwin's lovely Irene Molloy.

Don't see it if you are a sad broken human who hates musical theater.

95
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you'd like to spend 90 glorious minutes listening to a beautiful score with top notch acting and singing. And live goats and chickens.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals. Or feeling like a part of something bigger than yourself. Or shows done in the round.

95
Profound, Intelligent, Must see, Clever, Great writing

See it if you enjoy short plays that are well written and acted.

Don't see it if you are a closed minded person who only sees musicals.

85
Clever, Funny, Great staging

See it if you want to see a light, cute musical with great dancing, singing and smart creative set pieces.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or shows that are geared towards kids. I love a kids musical!

60
Mankind
Midtown W
Weird, provocative

See it if you like post modern feminism and futuristic shows.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that make you think outside the box.

75
During previews
Illyria
East Village
Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in theater history and the history of Joe Papp.

Don't see it if you don't like plays or theater history.

69
During previews
Stuffed
Midtown W
Funny, Quirky

See it if you like Lampanelli's style and have ever had a love affair with food.

Don't see it if you don't like crass humor or don't want to see 4 women bitching about food & their bodies for 90 minutes.

85
Assassins
Midtown W
Clever, Great singing, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like historical musicals.

Don't see it if musicals aren't your thing.

80
Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Fun

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare, bayou inspired music and a night in the best open air theater around.

Don't see it if it's a hot night and you don't fare well in the heat. This is the kind of show that has something for everyone!

70
During previews
Curvy Widow
Midtown W
Funny, Great singing

See it if you like musicals about the 50 plus age group and are okay with adultery,

Don't see it if you don't approve of adultery and don't like musicals.

83
Siren's Den
East Village
Relevant, Romantic, Edgy

See it if Reviewing a bit too late since it has closed, but if it comes back check out the show Nogee created. She is a talented writer/actress!

Don't see it if You don't like loud rock & roll musicals.

85
Sweat
Midtown W
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like modern plays about race and small town relationships.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that will make you think.

75
In Transit
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you live in NYC and enjoy a capella music.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy a capella and NYC centric stories.

90
During previews
Significant Other
Midtown W
Intelligent, Relevant, Romantic, Resonant

See it if you like well written shows with a stellar cast about young adults living in NYC dealing with relationships - friend, family and romantic.

Don't see it if you don't like plays. You don't feel like crying.

60
Orange Julius
West Village
Great acting

See it if you like small intimate stories about family in war time and loud noises.

Don't see it if you are sensitive to fog. Or have a hard time following non linear stories.

95
During previews
Tiny Beautiful Things
East Village
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to feel human. If you like excellent acting and a touching story. Being a fan of Vardalos is an added bonus.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about complex interesting people.

65
During previews
A Life
Midtown W
Irreverant, nyc centric

See it if you like short plays that resemble a non-sequitur with awesome sets.

Don't see it if you are looking for something that is linear.

87
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You like Gloria Estefan music, bright lights and doing the conga!

Don't see it if You have sensitive eyes that would be effected by crazy lighting.

92
Exquisite, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if you'd like to be taken to church! This musical is full of life and has spectacular acting, singing & staging. Run, don't walk.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals. It is full of beautiful songs that fill the air with the gorgeous melodies.

91
Must see, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if You want to see something that will make you feel something. With the great acting and staging this intimate show stole my heart.

Don't see it if you can't handle heavy topics.

75
Quirky, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Clever

See it if You are familiar with the source material, love any of the actors involved or just like great puppetry!

Don't see it if Kooky musicals aren't your jam. Or if you don't like ghosts.

89
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like sung through musicals about family life in a different era with fantastic talent.

Don't see it if You are hard of hearing. There are no microphones in the venue and some vocals were hard to hear.

98
During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you like modern plays that tell compelling stories with excellent acting and a dash of a capella music.

Don't see it if you can't deal with heavy material.

74
During previews
Days of Rage
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy 90 minute plays and enjoy fictionalized versions of history.

Don't see it if you don't like anachronistic stories about frequently untold moments of history.

Also Yes, I saw this during previews. Perhaps with guidance it will get tru... Read more Read less

50
Collegiate, Shallow

See it if you know someone involved in the production.

Don't see it if friend rape is a trigger. You are hard of hearing. Quite a few of the actors aren't great at projecting.

Also This play tries to take on friend rape without really addressing the s... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Log Cabin
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you like 90 minute plays about modern issues. And you can suspend disbelief.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play about issues that the LGBTQ community face.

80
Funny, Great singing, Relevant

See it if you want a fun lighthearted show with great vocals and acting. Having seen the movie helps enjoyment - but doesn't hinder.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals about kids in high school.

65
Party Face
Midtown W
Disappointing, Great staging, Slow

See it if you need a nap and would like dulcet tones of semi decent Irish brogues to lull you to sleep in the first act. The second act is better.

Don't see it if Haley Mills is the only thing drawing you to the show. It's skip-able.

89
During previews
Cardinal
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if you like sexy young actors talking about small town politics.

Don't see it if you don't like plays.

69
Hot Mess
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you want to spend an hour at the theater and laugh a bit.

Don't see it if you plan on talking or texting during the show. It's only an hour of your life!

85
Great acting, Dated, Profound

See it if you like plays that are a slice of life of a bygone era and excellent acting.

Don't see it if you don't like plays.

95
Really Rosie
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if even though it closed - it was a lovely 70 minute romp of youthful jubilation. Fantastic acting and singing by a young group!

Don't see it if You missed your chance. I can't think of a reason not to see this show. Unless you don't have a heart. And hate kids.

75
War Paint
Midtown W
Great singing, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you want to see Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole shine! They are this show and their voices and acting are worth the cost of admission.

Don't see it if you are drunk, plan on making loud wooing noises at inappropriate moments and plan on talking to your seat mate throughout the entire show.

97
During previews
A Parallelogram
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if you like going to the theater and watching new innovative plays. In my past 11 years of seeing theater in NYC this is one of the best plays.

Don't see it if you don't like thinking out side of the box or you don't like plays.

77
Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You enjoy theater that breaks the 4th wall, has fantastic singing and dancing.

Don't see it if You have sensitive eyes. Uses a lot of strobe lighting. Avoid rear mezz if you are afraid of heights.

80
Great singing, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy an American fable that features a big booty gal singing her heart out.

Don't see it if You don't like innovative new musicals.

80
During previews
Present Laughter
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Funny

See it if you enjoy British comedies with all star casts. Kevin Kline's performance is worth the price of admission!

Don't see it if British accents bug you.

64
During previews
If I Forget
Midtown W
Cliched, Great acting

See it if you like political dramas about Jewish families.

Don't see it if Israel conflicts and family stories bore you.

79
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Lyrical, Sweet as pie

See it if you are looking for a show with gorgeous music and an insanely talented cast. Especially if you like Christopher Fitzgerald.

Don't see it if you are looking for a pick me up or have issues with spousal abuse.

78
Delightful, Funny, Quirky

See it if you get a chance. I think it closed today. I'm sorry you missed this clever unique show.

Don't see it if you don't like unlinear shows.

80
During previews
Smart, Intense, Graphic

See it if you want to see magnificent acting where one woman takes on numerous real people with some gut wrenching video spliced in.

Don't see it if you are looking for something light and fluffy. Or if one woman shows aren't for you. Or if you're the kind of person who hates the news.

64
Musical

See it if you like spoken word stories.

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows about middle class people.

78
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you enjoy new spins on classic shows.

Don't see it if Shakespeare isn't your jam.

66
During previews
Indian Summer
Midtown W
Great acting, Sandy

See it if you like slice of life stories.

Don't see it if you are afraid of getting sand in your eyes. Sit in the back if you can!