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)
90
During previews
Absorbing, Fresh take, Resonant, Emotional, Honest

See it if you've never seen it or want a new, fresh experience of it. Traditionalists may need a moment to make the adjustment but well worth it.

Don't see it if you don't like beautifully, well-sung songs, wonderful acting and staging. If you don't want to feel something and prefer fluff - don't go.

71
During previews
Plaid Tidings
Midtown E
Delightful, Holiday cheerful, Entertaining, Songful

See it if you just want to turn off your critic and put a smile on your face. Forever Plaid returns for Christmas - good harmony singing.

Don't see it if you dislike vocal harmony. I can feel delightfully silly and light but If you can't let go of your Grinch then don't go.

78
Songbird
Midtown E
Wonderful country-style singing, Relevant, Original score, Well staged

See it if you would like seeing a classic Russian play revamped in Grand Ole Opry style. Acting, score, singing worth the visit.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about dysfunctional relationships. The songs are original and beautifully sung, but if you really hate country music..

80
For a previous production
The Humans
Midtown W
Original, Relevant, Intelligent, Well acted, Well written

See it if you want to see an excellent family drama play. Feels like a normal family gathering for Thanksgiving until things realistically unravel.

Don't see it if you have no patience to experience the unfolding of personalities and information from this seemingly normal family.

84
Absorbing, Ambitious, Unusual staging, Intense, Great writing

See it if want a new look at this Arthur Miller classic. It is a minimalist set but it allows you to feel the tension building. A new experience.

Don't see it if you don't like minimalist staging or strongly prefer traditional staging. You find it hard to pay attention (this production deserves it).

78
Hir
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Original, Quirky, Intense, Funny

See it if want to see characters you haven't seen before and a difficult topic handled in a way you wouldn't expect. Dis-functionality at its best.

Don't see it if don't like to think too much. You have to see beyond the setup to feel the painful situation they are all in. Although funny it's not easy

69
Dames at Sea
Midtown W
Delightful, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a cute take on the musicals of the 30's/40's and wonderful tap dancing. It will remind you of pieces of other stories.

Don't see it if you want a big B'way musical. My disappointment is that the show is not really big enough for Broadway. So right for Off-B'way. Good cast.

65
Kill Floor
Upper W Side
Intense, Ambitious, Slow

See it if want to see a not quite developed, new play with very good acting. Story could be interesting but needs some nuancing. Wanted to feel more.

Don't see it if you want to see a fully developed play. Characters are too one dimensional. Not a lot there to make you connect with their characters.

78
The Last Ship
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy the British/Irish-styled music a la Sting. Beautiful score. I thoroughly enjoyed it flaws and all. Sorry it didn't run longer.

Don't see it if you're looking for a very traditional musical or fluff.

83
South Pacific
Upper W Side
Enchanting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you love a beautiful production of a good old fashioned R&H musical. Hear score with a full orchestra. Beautiful singing and staging.

Don't see it if think a musical about social culture of the WWII era is dated. If you don't like beautiful melodies, and a well-sung score don't go.

83
Enchanting, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if like a fun loving, caring musical. I'm a big fan of William Finn's music. Clever lyrics. Wonderful performances. Fun concept.

Don't see it if I can't see any reason not to see if when it comes around again.

75
Barbecue
East Village
Funny, Clever, Original, Quirky

See it if want a fresh take on family interplay and ambition in an unexpected setting. 1st act was very strong and funny. 2nd act lost some steam.

Don't see it if you're looking for a straight-forward comedy setup. You do need to let go and get involved with the characters and their odd situations.

79
King Charles III
Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Great writing, Original

See it if you enjoy British humor and history. So well acted, absorbing, funny, entertaining - sort of a British history/current events soap-opera.

Don't see it if you don't like long plays. Runs around 2 1/2 hrs. Have no interest in historical real or fictional stories. Don't 'get' British humor.

78
For a previous production
Eclipsed
Midtown W
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy political and historical based plays. Most acting is excellent. Expected to be blown away considering reviews, but I was not.

Don't see it if Want to see a strongly developed written play although subject matter is strong. Segues scene to scene sometimes jarring.

77
During previews
Sylvia
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You're in the mood for light entertainment. Wonderful cast with Annaleigh Ashford as a dog. In previews so the rhythm will get even tighter

Don't see it if Pets have no appeal to you or if you're looking for a meaningful drama.

77
The Christians
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You want to confirm/disclaim if the emotional distance of religious doctrine impacts you personally or as a group. Well acted. Good dialogue

Don't see it if This topic is of no interest to you. Although you might still enjoy hearing the arguments made.

61
Mercury Fur
Midtown W
Ambitious

See it if you like a very dark, almost grotesque look at humanity. Somewhat creative set, staging, and affects.

Don't see it if Blood, guts, and destruction are not your thing. It's difficult to watch and not sure it was an experience I needed to have.

76
Entertaining, Relevant

See it if You like good high energy entertainment. Know the movie? I don't think you'll be disappointed. Sexual orientation is a very current theme.

Don't see it if You're extremely conservative and not open to accepting alternative lifestyles, although this theme is really handled beautifully.

79
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You love parody and silliness. Greater enjoyment (but not necessary) if you are familiar with musicals. There are subtle references made.

Don't see it if You're not willing to just go with the silliness of the show. It can be a little over the top, but with fun.

80
The Flick
West Village
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Original, Quirky

See it if You like Annie Baker plays. Interesting character development and insights. Glad to see this Playwrights Horizons show of 2013 back.

Don't see it if You don't like to think and are looking for pure, light entertainment.

75
Entertaining, Original, Absorbing

See it if You like history and are looking to see it come alive on stage. Not my favorite production of one of my favorite shows, but still epic.

Don't see it if You don't have 3 hours to spend in the French Revolution.

61
Love and Money
Midtown W
Slow, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You like A.R. Gurney plays and are curious about this one. However, it's pretty predictable.

Don't see it if You like good acting.

78
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Love Disney magical presentations.

Don't see it if You are looking for thought-provoking show.

78
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Original

See it if You like Broadway 'bells & whistles'. Very entertaining. You are probably familiar with some of the more popular songs in the score.

Don't see it if Big and splashy is not your thing.

79
Matilda
Midtown W
Clever, Original, Entertaining

See it if You like stories by Roald Dahl. This is on the darker side of musicals.

Don't see it if You're looking for something very light.

69
Night is a Room
Midtown W
Absorbing, Original, Uncomfortable, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a topic that is likely unfamiliar to you. Lots of drama and shock value, but unsatisfying. Well acted. Difficult material.

Don't see it if you don't tolerate non-traditional sexual themes well. There's no sweetness or sunshine here.

73
Steve
Midtown W
Funny, Entertaining, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if like touching relationship plays - friends and partners. Musical comedy references throughout make it fun. More character development please

Don't see it if you don't like 'theater person' personalities. If you can't relate to attraction, insecurity, and loss of relationships.

50
During previews
China Doll
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow

See it if you adore Al Pacino. The first act goes nowhere. 2nd act at least had some plot points. I love Mamet plays but this one was a major letdown.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Al Pacino's style. That's really all this play has going for it. Sometimes hard to hear him though. See a better play

77
Incident at Vichy
Midtown W
Well written, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Well acted, Resonant

See it if like ethical, historical plays. Although a WWII setting the issues are easily recognizable in our current state of global fear and prejudice

Don't see it if you want to relax and not think about the issues. The play asks that you pay attention and hear the ever history repeating issues.

79
Original, Entertaining, Romantic, Lively

See it if you like true love stories and latin infused music - in this case Gloria Estefan's. I was engaged throughout. Band and singing - wonderful.

Don't see it if don't like somewhat loud and rhythmic music or no interest in Cuban culture. If you don't like a real love story this is not your show.

71
Fool For Love
Midtown W
Quirky, Disappointing, Absorbing

See it if like really good acting, but don't necessarily want to be moved. I felt more chemistry between the secondary boyfriend than the lead male.

Don't see it if you want to be moved. Although intense at times, for me there wasn't enough chemistry happening leaving the 'mystery' reveal flat.

73
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if Love Jim Parsons (or similar type character). Easy entertainment unless having fun with religion puts you off. Nothing earth shattering-fun.

Don't see it if you're looking for something deep. If you can't take a comedic look at some religious concepts this is not for you. Parsons delivers, though

72
Old Times
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if want to see a little more than an hour of sexual tension and wonderful acting. Memory and time play another character. Short - interesting.

Don't see it if You don't want to think. Probably many different take-aways from audience members, but at least you'll spend time figuring it out.

77
On The Town
Midtown W
Entertaining, Disappointing, Delightful

See it if love a good Leonard Bernstein score. wonderful dancing. Great standards. I wanted to love it but the production lacked 'something'.

Don't see it if and older, somewhat dated musical is not your thing.

79
The Visit
Midtown W
Absorbing, Original, Intense, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you like Kander and Ebb musicals. They like dark themes. This is no exception. Uneven but story and performances were strong. Chita!

Don't see it if you like light, syrupy musicals or happy endings.

79
Buyer & Cellar
West Village
Delightful, Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if you're a Barbra fan. I saw it with Michael Urie and am a big fan of his. He does not disappoint. Not a fan of 1-man shows but oh what fun.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with over-the-top Barbra fan presentation. A 1-man show with a lot of story. You may want more plot.

72
Ripcord
Midtown W
Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you're a fan of David Lindsay-Abaire plays. Although not one of his best, still some very funny and thoughtful moments. I left happy.

Don't see it if want a heavily messaged comedy. There is fine acting, and the set up for this situational comedy might be aimed at a maturing audience.

79
During previews
Allegiance
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Original

See it if you like fact based stories. Important story about a shameful time in US history. Although flawed, I found it quite moving. Well sung/acted.

Don't see it if you're looking for a modern score. Music has some very fine moments. Some lyrics are just ok. It will make you sad/mad to experience story

78
Cloud Nine
Chelsea
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Clever

See it if you want to experience good gender-bending and attitudes of different eras. I don't think any scenario was left out. Mostly well acted.

Don't see it if If having a playwright experiment with different sexual attitudes. Seating is uncomfortable, but worth it if you like the subject matter.

78
Original, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You want to revisit the creative score or hear it for the first time. A touching story with the frustrations of adolescence.

Don't see it if You want a less emotionally charged version of the original, but a beautiful integration/staging of deaf/non-deaf cast singing/singing.

86
For a previous production
Clever, Entertaining, Original, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if you like wonderful dancing, singing, clever staging, 'La Cage'-ish burlesque avant garde entertainment. Very talented cast of men and women.

Don't see it if You don't like beautiful revealing bodies. The show's erotic style warrants those revealing butts, 'BUT' not if it makes you uncomfortable.

72
Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You're interested in knowing Carol King's story and a lovely evening of her songs. Her music still holds up, but for me it was nostalgic.

Don't see it if Jukebox musicals are not your thing or your want to hear music that's new and edgy.

68
Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You liked the movie. Some good special effects and overall pretty presentation. The score is adequate with 1 really beautiful song.

Don't see it if You're expecting another Peter Pan and fantasy. This is more a story about J. M. Barrie the author of Peter Pan, which I happen to like.

72
39 Steps
Gramercy
Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if You can't imagine how a Hitchock story could be funny. Very clever presentation.

Don't see it if You don't like actors playing multiple parts.

76
Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if You like stories that give you a glance into another life-style. Interesting staging. Some wonderful acting.

Don't see it if You're looking for happy.

66
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You're looking for big Broadway presentation. After so many years this has become a standard classic. You'll recognize the music.

Don't see it if You're looking for something original and different.

50
Amazing Grace
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want to know about the origins of the song "Amazing Grace."

Don't see it if You are looking for a well-crafted show and clever score.

79
For a previous production
Jersey Boys (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Love the music of The Four Seasons.

Don't see it if Dislike jukebox musicals, although this is a really good one.

80
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Original

See it if You've never seen it. When it won the Tony there was nothing quite like it on Broadway.

Don't see it if You think the 'naughty' side of a muppet-like presentation would offend you.

80
The Fantasticks
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You want to hear a beautiful score and see why this small show has endured so many years. A classic.

Don't see it if You are looking for something big and flashy.