Steffi

New York City | 65+ | Female
About:  I just love live theater. Plays, musicals it makes no difference. It's the experience of that moment and the storytelling that counts. I have a day job, but when I'm not at work or going to shows I can usually be found singing in a barbershop quartet or chorus.
Reviews (126)
71
Somewhat disappointing, Fine acting, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a gem of an actor - Len Cariou. Dealing with adult child and aging parent relationship. Some moving moments, but mostly too pat.

Don't see it if don't like a 'light', albeit some funny and moving version of the difficult subject of how best to handle single aging parent situation.

72
Relevant, Interesting story, Disappointing

See it if you are a Laura Linney fan (although this is not her best venture). Conflicted as to whether I really felt this was a play or a narrative.

Don't see it if you are looking for some light, fluffy play. You need to pay attention.

79
Entertaining, Creative, Great staging

See it if you, of course, like Harry Potter. Very interesting stage effects. So happy I got to see it.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the Harry Potter series.

78
Relevant, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see high intensity and fabulous singing. The script is a brave and informative about the life of Tina Turner.

Don't see it if have no interest in the life of Tina Turner.

80
Seared
Midtown W
Indulgent, Wonderful acting, Funny

See it if like fast paced, well acted theater and you're a fan of Raúl Esparza. The setting and concept of the play is fun.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy a small cast and a play set in one place, and you're looking for something deeply moving.

82
Thought-provoking, Painfully truthful, Beautiful ensemble acting

See it if despite a title that might put you off. A slice of the darker, harder side of life but worth your time. It's moving.

Don't see it if you don't like to think at the theater and have no interest in social commentary.

73
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you like 1 person shows with insights into a newsworthy event. Actor plays a multitude of characters with dialogue from actual transcripts.

Don't see it if you don't like 1 person shows and have no interest in powerful social injustice incidents.

80
Great acting, Difficultly engaging, Provacative

See it if you enjoy good theater that leaves you thinking after the show.

Don't see it if you have difficulty with topics of dying, and life struggles.

75
Sweet Charity
Midtown W
Entertaining, Ambitious, Star-driven, Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if you want to see Sutton Foster up close & personal. She is wonderful. Appreciate the attempt to update the book-needs more. Less Bway comedy.

Don't see it if you've never liked the score. Characters playing multi-roles can be confusing. Book can go further in capturing Charity's essence.

82
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Riveting, Modernized

See it if you're fans of Oyelowo/Craig. They are more than star names, they really make this work. Oyelowo is a nuanced Othello. Fine acting by cast.

Don't see it if you really hate modernized versions of Shakespeare, even though this does work.

79
Love, Love, Love
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy evolutional, relationship plays. Baby Boomers beware. This may hit too close to home. Spans 40 years with same cast. Well done.

Don't see it if you have no interest in revisiting the 60's forward. Don't like to be introspective.

79
For a previous production
Significant Other
Midtown W
Intelligent, Relevant, Well-acted, Funny & sad, Moving

See it if you like a fresh, heartfelt play dealing with friendships and loneliness. I saw this off-Bway in an intimate theater. Hoping B'way will work

Don't see it if you don't like quiet storytelling or good acting, don't like to laugh or cry. If you're homophobic this might not be for you.

82
For a previous production
Sweat
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Intense, Relevant

See it if you enjoy strong, but painful storytelling. Such a raw understanding of the plight of the blue collar workers. Reps & Dems should see it.

Don't see it if you don't want to be uncomfortable, but moved; don't see theater as a vehicle to see beyond yourself.

69
Entertaining, Ambitious, Nice try

See it if you liked the movie and are curious to see it staged. Doesn't quite make it. The acting is good and for the stage size, the set works.

Don't see it if you want to be disappointed that the emotions of the movie do not carry through this stage version.

60
Plenty
East Village
Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you want to see a poor production of this play. I think it was the directing. Actors certainly tried hard.

Don't see it if you're smart.

79
The Front Page
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Dated, Great staging, Funny

See it if good, old-fashioned comedy. Set is great and the cast knows how to use it. How can you go wrong with a cast like this. Fun.

Don't see it if you're looking for something new and fresh. Always enjoyed the movie versions. This is not very different.

70
A Life
Midtown W
Original, Well-acted, Non-emotional, Disappointing

See it if you like David Hyde Pierce (briefly). I wanted to feel more, but maybe that was the point. Interesting viewpoint attempt.

Don't see it if you like easy stories. You will need to think a bit about this one.

81
During previews
In Transit
Midtown W
Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Original, Entertaining

See it if you want to experience a first. Just pure singing - no instruments! I love a cappella so I'm a little biased. Absorbed the entire show.

Don't see it if you want dancing and an orchestra. This is a cappella, but such an interesting experience. Try it!

77
Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy, Wonderful singing, Old-fashioned

See it if you like conventional musicals. If you know the movie you'll enjoy the show. Fabulous dancing. Enjoyable evening out.

Don't see it if you are looking for something deep and emotional. This is a sweet show.

79
Falsettos
Midtown W
Absorbing, Somewhat dated, Entertaining, Intelligent, Beautifully sung

See it if you've never seen a production of it. Interesting staging. Big Christian Borle fan (NOT disappointed). Impressed by Stephanie Block. See it!

Don't see it if you like big splashing musicals with no message.

73
Red Speedo
East Village
Original, Interesting set, Tension building, Relevant, Well acted

See it if you want to peek behind the curtain of some elements that drive athletes to compete. I'm sure you'll recognize some family dynamics as well.

Don't see it if you can't handle intense personal interactions. Only 80 minutes but be prepared. You have no interest in the sports especially swimming.

81
Familiar
Midtown W
Absorbing, Original, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great dialogue

See it if you enjoy good, solid, family drama and humor, Get some exposure to a Zimbabwean culture clash. Who are we, really?

Don't see it if you like white bread theater and no interest in experiencing another point of view,

81
The Royale
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Original

See it if you love really good plays with creative staging and wonderful acting. Interesting point of view of "The Great White Hope" story/history.

Don't see it if you have no imagination. The staging needs your imagination to embrace it,

75
During previews
Bright Star
Midtown W
Entertaining, Engaging, Somewhat predictable, Heartwarming, Beautifully sung

See it if enjoy bluegrass/country music. Refreshing music style to tell this true story. I was fully engaged and singing/acting were terrific.

Don't see it if you prefer very contemporary music and presentations. This is almost an old-fashioned musical but with a different music genre.

50
Hughie
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow, Beautiful set

See it if have nothing better to do for 60 minutes and $$ to spare. To be fair I saw it while in previews. Love Forest Whitaker BUT not in this.

Don't see it if if you like Forest Whitaker and you are hopeful that his performance improved once the show opened. It's a slight play and not well done.

80
Sing Street
East Village
Creative, Great staging, Refreshing, Great ensemble

See it if you've seen the movie and want to see it come to life. High energy performances. Happy it's moving to Broadway (with hopefully a little work

Don't see it if you have a hard time with Irish accents and don't enjoy rock-type music even though it is so well done.

80
Refreshing, Edgy, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see something a little different in a musical. Such a talented cast and some standout performances.

Don't see it if you don't like storylines that involve sexual assault or a show trying to do something different.

70
Fun, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like clever stage effects and just no-brainer fun. Cast is very talented.

Don't see it if you never liked the movie or if you're looking for a more thoughtful evening.

73
Talented cast, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy growing up in the 60's & 70's to that fun Motown sound. More entertaining than informative, but still fun.

Don't see it if you really don't like the sound of Motown. ... you're looking for a thought-provoking evening.

69
Good acting, Somewhat dated, Disappointing

See it if you did not see the original. I think my experience might have been tainted by the impact of the original cast years ago.

Don't see it if you don't like to think at the theater. It's a really good play but the pace is lifelike and not upbeat.

82
Truthful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if even if you've seen it with the original cast. I revisited with the new cast and they were excellent.

Don't see it if you didn't like the book or movie. This adaptation runs true to the essence of the story.

83
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Powerful, Great acting ensemble, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy more than fluff at the theater. The play is substantive, heartfelt, engaging. Worth the 2 parts of 3 hours each.

Don't see it if you're looking for something light an splashy.

76
The Mikado
Upper E Side
Entertaining, Funny, Orchestra/singing wonderful, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you love the music and humor of Mikado. This new version due to Asian controversy is a bit confusing. Still lots of fun and well performed.

Don't see it if dislike modernized versions of Gilbert & Sullivan. The added prologue and strange combinations of costuming do not really have a purpose.

80
Beautifully set, Original, Entertaining, Ambitious, Refreshing

See it if you like something new. Theater has been transformed to allow cast interaction. Very Russian feel and so much fun to be part of.

Don't see it if the show has to be excellent music and writing. There is so much to enjoy here, even if not perfect.

77
Heisenberg
Midtown W
Quirky, Well-acted, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if you're a Mary-Louise Parker fan.She won't disappoint.It's short, intimate, but I didn't feel moved.Good set-up for the story. (seen Off-Bw).

Don't see it if you don't like 2-person plays, British settings, looking for strong emotions.

82
For a previous production
Indecent
Midtown W
Absorbing, Edgy, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Beautiful production

See it if like discovering history you didn't know about. It's moving and so well staged. Did this really happen? Seen Off-Bwy. Glad it's moving.

Don't see it if can't handle too much intimacy, or history-based plays.

78
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Well-acted

See it if you've never seen a production of this play. Has a lot to say, and sadly, still relevant today.

Don't see it if you have no interest in seeing racial issues handled in the theater.

79
For a previous production
Engaging, Enchanting, Intimate, Moving, Well-directed & sung

See it if you enjoy small-scaled, storytelling. Each character has their own song to reveal them so you can care about them in 90 min show.

Don't see it if you want big orchestral, splashy musical. Although, book is thin you can be absorbed into this little world.

80
For a previous production
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like behind the scenes of history stories. When this reopens this spring - go!

Don't see it if plays about history are of no interest. If you don't like well-written, well-acted plays, don't go.

79
The Encounter
Midtown W
Original, Absorbing, Ambitious, Refreshing, Experiential

See it if you enjoy a new theater experience. It's like a radio show come to life, but it's true. Fun with the senses played with during storytelling.

Don't see it if you don't like 1-man shows (although it doesn't feel that way).

79
Vietgone
Midtown W
Absorbing, Refreshing, Resonant, Original, Romantic

See it if Look through the eyes of this writer and you'll laugh and cry and be surprisingly entertained, given the subject.Sort of good comic-bookish.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy historic-based stories or you don't like new perspectives on old situations. No big stars - good, fresh acting.

79
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Great staging, Overrated, Well-sung, Entertaining

See it if you're curious about movie to musical shows.Cast is excellent, especially Mueller and Fitzgerald. It was good, but I wanted 'something' more

Don't see it if you want to walk out singing the songs. Music is good and appropriate.

80
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like contemporary musicals with a heart and something to say. Young, fresh acting and beautifully sung.

Don't see it if you are looking for dancing and 11th hour numbers. This tells a real story.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like current events. Performance and stories are excellent. It was unexpectly a good theater night.

Don't see it if you don't want to feel or think. If you have no interest in political and social views.

61
This Day Forward
Gramercy
Disappointing, Occasionally funny, Nice set

See it if you like to stay for the 2nd act where there is some poignancy.

Don't see it if you have other things to do.

74
Well acted, Entertaining, Original, Quirky, Slow at times

See it if you like Lonergan plays. Charmingly funny. You'll get the main character's posturing when, for me, the emotional impact hits at the end.

Don't see it if your only reason is to see Timothy Olyphant. His character could get a little tiresome.

69
Buried Child
Midtown W
Disappointing, Well-written, Dark

See it if you did not see the original production and you like dark drama, Sam Shepard plays deliver but for me, not this production.

Don't see it if you do not like the dark and quirky style of Sam Shepard plays,

71
Blackbird
Midtown W
Absorbing, Disappointing, Well-written, Intense

See it if you did not see the original production at MTC. Interesting setup with several points of view. Found Williams' performance a bit hystrionic.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with the topic of child molestation and looking behind the curtain.

72
Angel Reapers
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Intense, Original, Slow

See it if you are not familiar with the Shaker community. Be that fly on the wall to experience their lifestyle. Would like more character development

Don't see it if you don't enjoy contemporary presentations. Very little dialogue. More observational and dance driven than specific storyline.

71
Smart People
Midtown W
Original, Quirky, Disappointing, Good acting, Relevant

See it if you want to see how someone might prove that racism is somehow inherent in the white population. Interesting premise. Not fully developed.

Don't see it if you have no interest in a play on racism from a somewhat novel point of view. Good ensemble work.