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 (144)
74
Chester Bailey
Chelsea
Absorbing, A+ acting, Ambitious
November 24th, 2022

See it if you like really good acting. Reminds me of Johnny Got His Gun as you are listening to mostly inner dialogue in this psychological drama.

Don't see it if you don't like 2-hander plays with more dialogue than action. It's like getting into their minds.

78
Delightful, Entertaining
November 24th, 2022

See it if are a fan of show and want to hear good singing and great dancing and of course if you're a Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster fan, which I am.

Don't see it if you want to see a classic version of this show. Not a fan of the directorial choices that, for me, lost a lot of the heart of the show.

67
Clever, Ambitious
November 24th, 2022

See it if want to be disappointed by a Tony award winning show. Some interesting concepts but way overrated and loud. So-so performances.

Don't see it if you like be assaulted by loud music. You want to be moved by his story.

80
Fluffy, Joyful, Ambitious, Entertaining, Delightful
November 24th, 2022

See it if want to be entertained by a new jukebox musical w/90s music. Although that is not MY music I was delightedly surprised to have fun.

Don't see it if you're looking for a new score and dislike rocking 90s music. Don't like a clever take on Shakespeare and Romeo & Juliet. Great singing.

80
Fun, Entertaining, Delightful
November 24th, 2022

See it if you just want to feel like a kid. It's a silly show that is so much fun.

Don't see it if you are looking for a show with a lot of substance. This is just pure light entertainment.

90
Ambitious, Enchanting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing
November 24th, 2022

See it if you want to see a tour de force performance from Mays.Hard to imagine a 1-man presentation of this classic, but it is quite something to see

Don't see it if you don't like interesting staging and special affects and a mostly 1-person performance.

84
A Man of No Importance
East Village
Moving, Entertaining, Absorbing
November 24th, 2022

See it if you like Ahrens/Flaherty music this time set in Dublin to tell a touching story of being gay in the 1960s. Intimate theater experience.

Don't see it if you don't like performers playing instruments as part of the orchestra. Don't like the subject matter. Are looking for a big splashy musical

74
Resonant, Absorbing, Ambitious
November 24th, 2022

See it if want to hear an interesting story of a Haitian family immigration story and integration difficulties. Music weaves through storytelling.

Don't see it if immigration and racial issues are not what you go to theater for.

72
Sandra
Gramercy
Different, Interesting, Absorbing
November 24th, 2022

See it if you want to be taken on an usual journey through this story. Surprisingly absorbing. Acting was good.

Don't see it if you don't like 1-person shows, even though the story is quite engaging.

82
Ambitious, Excellent ensemble acting, Intense, Smart, Absorbing
November 24th, 2022

See it if want to see something fresh. This is not your typical subject matter but it is handled quite well and offers multiple points of view.

Don't see it if If like fluffy theater where you don't have to think or be challenged.

79
During previews
Lots of singing and dancing, Fun old school show, Entertaining, Delightful
November 24th, 2022

See it if want to see a new and updated take of this story. Set and cast are wonderful. Score is just ok, but lots to enjoy here.

Don't see it if you don't like cross-dressing and light-hearted fun.

75
Well acted, Script manipulation, Absorbing
November 24th, 2022

See it if you are open to a slightly altered interpretation of this beloved play. Loved that the Loman family is black for another perspective.

Don't see it if you are an Arthur Miller purist. I was not a fun of some of the changes.

88
Well acted, Ambitious, Absorbing
November 24th, 2022

See it if you like stories base in history. Real characters who lived through the difficult takeover of the Nazi regime. Spend time with this family.

Don't see it if you just want to be entertained. The subject matter is difficult but worth it. You need to familiarize yourself with the family timeline.

84
Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
November 24th, 2022

See it if want to see 2 terrific actors playing off each other. The subject matter is somewhat difficult but well worth the visit.

Don't see it if you like light theater and just want to be 'entertained'. You have to allow yourself to be engaged in the story of these brothers.

86
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful
November 24th, 2022

See it if you love Sondheim's songs and fanciful presentations. Solid, fun, and wonderful singing by all. The mugging is a pretty good balance.

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

85
Engaging, Well acted, Absorbing
November 24th, 2022

See it if want to see a well written and acted show with a message to tell.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with nudity on stage, although it IS appropriate for this show.

85
Very funny, Entertaining, Delightful
November 24th, 2022

See it if you want to laugh a lot. 1-man comedy shows are not my thing but laughed a lot at the touching story he tells within the comedy.

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor and don't like to laugh.

85
Poignant, Joyfully moving, Entertaining, Absorbing
November 24th, 2022

See it if you want a good solid evening of music, acting, family traditions and a reminder of what senseless hate can do. If never seen the show.

Don't see it if History has no impact on you and you can't relate to the close bond of family.

71
Somewhat disappointing, Fine acting, Relevant
February 1st, 2020

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.

80
Sing Street
East Village
Creative, Great staging, Refreshing, Great ensemble
January 31st, 2020

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.

72
Relevant, Interesting story, Disappointing
January 31st, 2020

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.

80
Refreshing, Edgy, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing
January 31st, 2020

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.

79
For a previous production
Entertaining, Creative, Great staging
January 31st, 2020

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.

70
Fun, Entertaining, Clever
January 31st, 2020

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.

78
Relevant, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious
January 31st, 2020

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.

73
Talented cast, Entertaining
January 31st, 2020

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.

80
Seared
Midtown W
Indulgent, Wonderful acting, Funny
December 27th, 2019

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.

69
Good acting, Somewhat dated, Disappointing
December 27th, 2019

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
Thought-provoking, Painfully truthful, Beautiful ensemble acting
December 27th, 2019

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.

82
Truthful, Great acting, Absorbing
December 27th, 2019

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.

73
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting
December 27th, 2019

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.

83
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Powerful, Great acting ensemble, Absorbing
December 27th, 2019

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.

80
Great acting, Difficultly engaging, Provacative
December 27th, 2019

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.

76
The Mikado
Upper E Side
Entertaining, Funny, Orchestra/singing wonderful, Confusing, Ambitious
December 28th, 2016

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.

75
Sweet Charity
Midtown W
Entertaining, Ambitious, Star-driven, Intelligent, Disappointing
December 28th, 2016

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.

80
Beautifully set, Original, Entertaining, Ambitious, Refreshing
December 28th, 2016

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.

82
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Riveting, Modernized
December 28th, 2016

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.

77
Heisenberg
Midtown W
Quirky, Well-acted, Entertaining, Disappointing
December 5th, 2016

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.

79
Love, Love, Love
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Relevant, Intelligent
December 5th, 2016

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.

82
For a previous production
Indecent
Midtown W
Absorbing, Edgy, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Beautiful production
December 5th, 2016

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.

79
For a previous production
Significant Other
Midtown W
Intelligent, Relevant, Well-acted, Funny & sad, Moving
December 5th, 2016

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.

78
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Well-acted
December 5th, 2016

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.

82
For a previous production
Sweat
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Intense, Relevant
December 5th, 2016

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.

79
For a previous production
Engaging, Enchanting, Intimate, Moving, Well-directed & sung
December 5th, 2016

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.

69
Entertaining, Ambitious, Nice try
November 28th, 2016

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.

80
For a previous production
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking
November 28th, 2016

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.

60
Plenty
East Village
Slow, Disappointing, Confusing
November 28th, 2016

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 Encounter
Midtown W
Original, Absorbing, Ambitious, Refreshing, Experiential
November 28th, 2016

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
The Front Page
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Dated, Great staging, Funny
November 28th, 2016

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.

79
Vietgone
Midtown W
Absorbing, Refreshing, Resonant, Original, Romantic
November 28th, 2016

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.