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)
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.

For a previous production
Skeleton Crew
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.

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.

During previews
Old Hats
Midtown W
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.

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.

Marjorie Prime
Midtown W
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.

Therese Raquin
Midtown W
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.

Midtown W
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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

During previews
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

Cloud Nine
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.

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.

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.

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.

Prodigal Son
Midtown W
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.

Noises Off
Midtown W
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.

Gigi (Storm Theatre)
Upper W Side
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.

East Village
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 '?

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.

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.

Invisible Thread
Midtown W
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.

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.

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.

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..

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.

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).

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

For a previous production
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.

During previews
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.

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.

Mercury Fur
Midtown W

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.

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.