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 (111)
76
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

72
Original, Relevant, Good acting, Well written, Somewhat indulgent

See it if you or your children just couldn't find their way. Timothee Chalamet delivers this angst-filled coming of age story. Moving.

Don't see it if don't like plays by John Patrick Shanley. Although not his best work, this feels personal.

84
Entertaining, Great acting, It's all in the timing, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if you enjoy farce and want to laugh for 3 acts. It's a classic and a worthy revival. You'll come out smiling!

Don't see it if don't appreciate physical comedy and farce. This is just good, light-hearted fun.

69
Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if you've never heard the music and never seen the movie. I didn't enjoy the production's viewpoint, which resulted in changes to the original

Don't see it if want to preserve any wonderful prior experiences you've had with the show. There is some charm but did not like the changes made.

67
Clever, Confusing, Disappointing, Original, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of David Bowie's music. Script is confusing. The play looks/sounds great. I was fascinating but wanted more 'something'.

Don't see it if avant garde/modern is not your thing or don't like David Bowie's music. This play/musical is certainly not for everyone. Entertained but '?

64
Nice try, Disappointing

See it if you want to see Brecht's play updated to the war in the Congo. The exposure to that war was interesting, but didn't quite work for me.

Don't see it if you are looking for an intense theater experience. This should have been, but not sure why it just didn't get there.

57
Entertaining, Disappointing, At times funny, Nice idea

See it if you're a Linda Lavin fan. Her timing is wonderful. Usually like Greenberg's plays. Script felt week and too drawn out. Some funny one-liners

Don't see it if you're expecting a very funny play. It has its moments. Would make a good one-act.

74
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Original, Heartfelt, Personal

See it if you are open to a true story with a global message. Contemporary/rockish style music okay. More plot development needed but worth seeing.

Don't see it if you have no interest in learning about other cultures and their oppression. Difficult topic but easily digestible - good singing/dancing.

75
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

74
Dot
Original, Absorbing, Heart warming, Well acted and written, Relevant

See it if you like stories of family relationships. The focus is on alzheimer’s and its impact for all concerned including the patient. Not a downer.

Don't see it if just want comedy. This play has both but the heart of the story is touching.

78
For a previous production
Absorbing, Relevant, Original, Well acted, Good writing

See it if you're looking for a well told story of social and personal struggles. The simple but clever staging allows the story to unfold.

Don't see it if you're looking for light-hearted fun.

80
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Affective staging, Beautifully sung

See it if are inspired by 'underdog' storylines. So much better than the original. Audience can't wait to get to their feet at the finale.

Don't see it if you didn't like the book and don't like to be absorbed in a story.

80
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, A gem, Delightful, Vaudevillian/mime/slapstick

See it if you just want a night of pure fun AND MUSIC. Shaina Taub+Band are excellent. Irwin/Shiner are pros! At times side-splitting hilarious. Go!

Don't see it if you're very serious and don't like to laugh. This time was even better than in 2013, but you have to want to laugh.

78
Original, Well-acted, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like plays based on Shakespeare's. I had a great time, but if you don't know the premise you might not stay for 2nd act -- but DO.

Don't see it if you're not that keen on Shakespeare. This clever updated version of "Much Ado About Nothing" is fun, but some familiarity is helpful.

77
Quirky, Refreshing, Intriguing, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a new/refreshing take on dying/mourning. Well acted. Fascinating idea.

Don't see it if if the subject of dying is too difficult for you Although, it is handled so insightfully here. If you're looking for standard fare - don't.

73
Absorbing, Entertaining, Well-acted, Somewhat disappointing

See it if you're curious about Kiera Knightly-yes she can. Judith Light is one of my favs. Interesting story, not sure why intensity wasn't greater.

Don't see it if you don't like period-like plays. If you're looking for surprising story-telling. Seems predictable.

49
Ambitious, Nice try, Sophmoric, Disappointing

See it if want to spend time thinking if you're staying for the 2nd act (which was actually better). Fresh topic but very weak book/dialogue. Music?

Don't see it if you like a good score. Lot's of talent here, but material doesn't elevate.