straightupp

New York City | 65+ | Female

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Reviews (98)
63
During previews
Flat, Relevant, Intelligent, Dated, Slow
October 30th, 2022

See it if You want to see a play with an interesting premise, but falls well short of delivering on it. Also, some good performances despite this.

Don't see it if You're looking for a fully fleshed out play ready to have a NYC premiere. This one needs more workshopping for sure.

72
I’m Revolting
Chelsea
Good writing, Good acting, Uneven, Absorbing, Slow
October 9th, 2022

See it if You don't mind seeing a somewhat undeveloped play with a few good performances that deals with difficult subject matter.

Don't see it if You want a fully flushed out play where all of the characters and circumstances are developed, not to mention contains a clear theme.

70
During previews
Disappointing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Ambitious
September 25th, 2022

See it if You like slow moving plays that are never fully realized, but are well acted at the same time.

Don't see it if This play never quite got off the ground, despite some fine performances. So if well paced plays with strong plots are your thing stay away

73
Chains
Midtown W
Intelligent, Very good acting, Predictable, Good set,, Dated
June 22nd, 2022

See it if You don't mind seeing a somewhat dated piece, which still contains some fine acting and staging elements that makes it worthwhile seeing.

Don't see it if You're looking for a strong, contemporary play, or for that matter classic play, that opens one up to new ways of viewing the world.

68
Good acting, mediocre staging, Dated, Entertaining
May 19th, 2022

See it if You want to see some good acting in a plot heavy play that doesn't have a clear resolution.

Don't see it if You want a nuanced story & production with a modern perspective on life in the U.S. today. You hate rotating stage sets.

68
Good singing, Some good staging, Some good acting, Slow, Disappointing
April 30th, 2022

See it if You don't mind an unfocused story that's also a bit contrived. You love Dylan even when his songs are rearranged & at times unrecognizable.

Don't see it if You want a focused story that feels organic to its author POV. With the exception of a few scenes McPherson seems out of his element here.

93
Larry And Lucy
East Village
Funny, Edgy, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting
April 3rd, 2022

See it if If you want to see a captivating, and at times, very funny play centered around the opiate crisis & aging graffiti artists past their prime.

Don't see it if If you like long, drawn out plays that are over written and take themselves too seriously.

70
BAROCOCO (2022)
Midtown E
Quirky, Funny, Slow, Entertaining
February 14th, 2022

See it if You like shows about period manner and social norms that contain little in terms of plot or clear messaging.

Don't see it if You want to see a fully flushed out play containing a clear sense of storyline and character development.

82
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Great writing, Absorbing, Resonant, Funny, Great acting
January 14th, 2022

See it if You want to see a well acted, contemporary themed show that speaks to many of today's ills without beating you over the head with dogma.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that are somewhat topical and push your buttons.

78
Mirrors
East Village
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow, Resonant, Great acting
March 8th, 2020

See it if You want to see a well acted play in an intimate setting that takes a complex look at queer issues as they relate to the past & present.

Don't see it if Queer issues don't interest you, or you want a heavy plot driven play. This was slow paced, both from a directing & writing standpoint.

72
A Peregrine Falls
East Village
Slow, Great acting, Great staging
February 16th, 2020

See it if If you'd like to see a very well acted play that isn't all there plot and pacing wise, but still brings forth some interesting ideas

Don't see it if You're looking for a play that is tight and tense start to finish, as this one takes awhile to get off the ground.

72
During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Great staging, Slow, Ambitious
February 6th, 2020

See it if You want to see a fresh, minimalistic take on the classic story that doesn't quite work, but is interesting nonetheless.

Don't see it if You are very attached to the traditional adaptations of this piece.

60
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Funny, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched
February 1st, 2020

See it if You looking for an unchallenging play filled with contemporary character cliches with a few mildly funny moments thrown in for good measure.

Don't see it if You're looking for something more challenging than the average network sitcom.

60
Dated, Disappointing, Funny, Great acting, Cliched
January 31st, 2020

See it if You absolutely have to see Len Cariou on stage (who does deliver) or are into really light Neal Simonesque plays.

Don't see it if You're looking for something interesting & unique beyond just a nice performance by a theater legend.

85
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging, Ambitious
January 24th, 2020

See it if You like multimedia work & shows that contain a resonant message about the African American experience in the US.

Don't see it if The African American experience in the US doesn't interest you, you don't like multimedia shows.

90
Quirky, Funny, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting
January 16th, 2020

See it if You're a fan of Charles Busch & highbrow, downtown camp. This is a smart, warm, fun show that is daringly silly in ways seldom seen anymore

Don't see it if You want a straight laced, serious night at the theater, or are too uptight to laugh at & appreciate the truly outrageous.

70
Cartography
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Cliched, Slow, Relevant, Great singing
January 11th, 2020

See it if You're looking for an easily accessible look at refugees and their plight across the globe.

Don't see it if You want a deeper dive into the world refuge crisis seen from its many angles and perspectives.

81
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Great staging, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious
December 21st, 2019

See it if You like well acted, tense dramas that comment on, and are relevant to, the hyper security state environment of the Obama/Trump Era.

Don't see it if You only like lighter fair and escapism, as this piece is very much rooted in the reality of the here and now.

70
Not quite satisfying, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Slow, Funny
November 30th, 2019

See it if You simply love Will Eno & plays that contemplate who we are and why we're here without providing a genuine narrative or dramatic construct.

Don't see it if You need a play that goes beyond wit and musings, and provides a gripping story line that ultimately reveals the play's themes itself.

78
Thought-provoking, Dated, Absorbing, Great acting
November 28th, 2019

See it if You want to see some terrific acting, especially Kristine Neilson. Also you can't miss anything Horton Foote writes.

Don't see it if You don't like actor focused plays, or if you don't really like Horton Foote.

90
A Life In The Rye
East Village
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
November 22nd, 2019

See it if You want to see a tight, well acted, well directed play about one of the 20th Century's greatest American writers.

Don't see it if You don't like JD Salinger or have no interest in leaning about the man behind the works of A Catcher In The Rye or Franny & Zooey.

76
Monsoon Season
West Village
Quirky, Funny, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining
November 9th, 2019

See it if You like modern day anti-romances performed as two separate solo pieces, even if one piece is much stronger than the other.

Don't see it if You don't like solo pieces and want an even production throughout, as the 2nd piece & performer were much stronger than the first.

95
During previews
Fur
East Village
Resonant, Edgy, Absorbing, Great acting
November 6th, 2019

See it if You want to see a piece different than standard fare, filled with interesting visceral components, off beat humor and heartfelt romanticism.

Don't see it if You can't sit for 100 intermissionless minutes without going to the bathroom.

Also Do not be fooled by all of the low ratings for this gem of a piece. I'... Read more Read less

80
(A)loft Modulation
Midtown W
Great staging, Slow, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious
October 3rd, 2019

See it if If you want to be challenged by a jazz & photography inspired piece that makes us examine the institutionalized we live in.

Don't see it if You don't like Jazz and need a tidy, tight narrative as this piece rambles a bit and is somewhat long.

82
All the Rage
Midtown W
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting
September 20th, 2019

See it if You like intelligently written shows that explore deeply personal circumstances without flinching away from deep wounds.

Don't see it if You don't like honest explorations of difficult subject matter.

55
Still at Risk
East Village
Thought-provoking, Slow, Funny, Great acting, Dated
March 20th, 2019

See it if You're looking to see some excellent actors in an otherwise dated/mediocre play.

Don't see it if Excellent acting isn't enough to hold your attention for over two hours as this is on the long/seen it before/slow side.

78
The Mortality Machine
Lower E Side
Clever, Thought-provoking, Slow, Ambitious
February 20th, 2019

See it if You like immersive work where you become part of the show.

Don't see it if You want a short night of theater, as this drags a bit. Also, if you don't want to be part of the show.

87
Thelonious!
East Village
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Refreshing
February 7th, 2019

See it if They want to see original, thought provoking work that pushes the envelope, especially in regards to what is real & important about life .

Don't see it if They want to see dated, cliche ridden work that is all too familiar.

77
During previews
Mies Julie
East Village
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Slow
January 26th, 2019

See it if You're looking for a new take on Strindberg's classic that reinvents the original's purpose with noble characters based on racial dynamics.

Don't see it if You're not looking for a new take on Strindberg's classic or want a faster paced show, as this one drags & repeats in places.

75
Till We Meet Again
East Village
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Slow
January 18th, 2019

See it if You like family dramas that probe the darker side of human nature & post war America.

Don't see it if You're looking for modern, groundbreaking work.

80
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant, Absorbing
October 7th, 2018

See it if If you love Tennessee Williams, and are interested in one of his later, rarely down pieces that explores so many of his richest themes.

Don't see it if You're looking for a modern take on a classic ala Sam Gold that messes up a classic that doesn't need messing with.

70
During previews
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant
September 17th, 2018

See it if You like topical plays about gender and identity politics that rely on an abundance of audience interaction.

Don't see it if You don't like topical plays about gender and identity politics that rely on an abundance of audience interaction.

65
During previews
Final Follies
West Village
Confusing, Great acting, Funny, Fluffy, Dated
September 14th, 2018

See it if You are grounded in 80's Wasp culture and sensibilities

Don't see it if You looking for something reflecting today's world and diverse attitudes.

75
During previews
The Naturalists
Soho/Tribeca
Great acting, Slow, Resonant
September 9th, 2018

See it if If you like contemporary Irish plays performed by talented Irish actors, especially John Keating.

Don't see it if You like fast paced plays with lots of plot, as this has little of either. Still draws you in however.

80
Surfacing
Lower E Side
Great acting, Slow, Relevant
July 18th, 2018

See it if You enjoy contemporary work focused on the existential struggles of urban life, especially in regards to finding meaningful relationships.

Don't see it if You don't like contemporary work.

83
For a previous production
Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant
May 15th, 2018

See it if You're interested in theater about women in today's world.

Don't see it if You're not into women's issues.

80
Divine Horsemen
Soho/Tribeca
Great acting, Edgy, Resonant, Absorbing, Good writing,
January 18th, 2018

See it if You like tense, American Buffalo like dramas with clever wit and authentic everyday characters struggling to achieve the American Dream.

Don't see it if You don't like gritty, true to life plays, or are way too politically correct and easily offended by characters who speak the way they feel.

78
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious
November 27th, 2017

See it if You like smart, political drama/meditations on what is real & not. You like well executed productions, even if the written piece needs work.

Don't see it if You don't like long plays- this is 3 hours- or intense, politically charged work. Also, if you're looking for a play that is 100% realized.

82
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Resonant
November 19th, 2017

See it if You like tense dramas with interesting, lengthy wordplay and risk taking acting.

Don't see it if You like lighter fare, or if you don't like language driven plays as this one is definitely a mouthful.

65
During previews
Hundred Days
East Village
Indulgent, Slow, Great staging, Quirky
November 18th, 2017

See it if You want to see/hear some really good drumming and accordion playing, because these background musicians are the best thing about the sho

Don't see it if You're looking for a resonant story, and songs with memorable melodies and pulse.

70
Confusing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting
November 15th, 2017

See it if If you're looking for more a performance piece than a play, and like risk taking and nonlinear structure.

Don't see it if You only like traditional theater with straight forwards plot lines.

72
History of Toys
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Confusing, Absorbing, Intense, Great acting
November 15th, 2017

See it if You looking for more of a performance piece that is nonlinear, yet very interestig

Don't see it if You only like traditional work with a clear cut story line.

66
Precious Little Talent
Upper W Side
Dated, Slow
September 22nd, 2017

See it if You love Greg Mullavey and have never seen him on stage before as he's the evenings one bright spot.

Don't see it if You're looking for an interesting piece of theater.

72
Confusing, Great writing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
July 1st, 2017

See it if If you love Tennessee Williams, especially his later, existential work.

Don't see it if If you're looking for a fine tuned production of this very challenging work.

65
During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious, Intense
June 23rd, 2017

See it if You like plays that explore the hypocrisy of religious zealots, and their effects on family,

Don't see it if You're looking for a fresh approach to the above themes, as I found this play to be very predictable. The direction was also poorly paced.

65
During previews
In a Word
West Village
Slow, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Disappointing
June 20th, 2017

See it if You like slow moving, stylized writing for slow moving stylized writing sake. To see interesting staging, which was the production highlight

Don't see it if You're looking for a mature playwriting voice who's moved beyond the novice conceit that altering convention is the path to originality.

Also There were some interesting ideas in this play, and all the performers... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Invincible
Midtown E
Great acting, Funny, Resonant
June 8th, 2017

See it if You like contemporary British comedies that find clever and humorous ways to explore the existing class structure in present day England

Don't see it if You're looking for a deep and profound theater experience, as this piece, though entertaining, falls short on that account.

85
Daughters of the Mock
East Village
Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking, Riveting
May 28th, 2017

See it if You're looking for a challenging play that has the guts to explore complex themes revealing unsettling aspects of human nature.

Don't see it if You're looking for a simple play that shies away from the darker sides of the human experience.

85
During previews
Great acting, Edgy, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking
May 12th, 2017

See it if You want to see a dynamic one person piece that comments on current social strata from a seldom heard point of view.

Don't see it if You don't like one person pieces, and/or you don't like having your consciousness put to the test.

65
Wink
East Village
Relevant, Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking, Uneven,
May 7th, 2017

See it if You are really into LGBTQ themed theater, and don't mind seeing a play that needs more development and focus

Don't see it if Your looking for a fully developed play that consists of five well rounded characters, as this piece only has two.