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Scarsdale | 50-64 | Female

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Reviews (52)
7
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Third rate, Awful, Disappointing

See it if You have a friend involved in the production if only to demonstrate your willingness to see anything.

Don't see it if avoidable! Film clips do a good job presenting this time. Lousy even terrible accents and hair! Painfully uncomfortable seats.

Also Trivializes rather than ennobles. The “docudrama” play can succeed but... Read more Read less

85
Epic, Relevant, Great staging

See it if ready for "serious" theater. Beautifully staged, imaginative and very faithful to the novel. Outstanding cast!

Don't see it if in the mood for "light" entertainment.

90
The Hard Problem
Upper W Side
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy Tom Stoppard’s intellectual plays. Clever staging in the round facilitated by the ensemble. Lovely cast. “Relevant” and realistic.

Don't see it if You have difficulty following quickly spoken dialogue in English. Lots of serious conversations. The words fly in this play!

95
Delightful, Clever, Ambitious, Great singing, Masterful

See it if You can! A sentimental journey guided by a master through his life and songs. Wit, grit, humor shine in tales of adventure, home & friends.

Don't see it if You dislike singing with harmonica, guitar and piano. You loathe American rock and roll. “Because the night” will not be a joy for you...

95
On Beckett
Chelsea
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if you have seen Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” and want to explore his work with Bill Irwin a masterful interpreter of Beckett.

Don't see it if “Serious” theater and Existentialist grappling with insanity are not for you.

Also Bill Irwin is already a MacArthur Genius award winner—this show he has... Read more Read less

48
During previews
Poorly cut, Miscast, Dreadful, Played for laughs

See it if This is your once in a lifetime opportunity to see Shakespeare in the Park. You love Marvel cartoon type villainy!

Don't see it if Othello played for laughs with Iago as the main character and Othello as the fool would drive you crazy (hence my bad review)!

Also This production presents “Othello” as a comedy not a tragedy. BIG MIST... Read more Read less

91
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Funny

See it if Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” is a play you have read but not seen performed. An exquisite production! Great ensemble! The songs shine.

Don't see it if Not in the mood for Shakespeare’s comedy.

Also The Acting Company shines!! The actors’ play together exquisitely. Too... Read more Read less

78
Delightful

See it if you enjoy puppets (a la “War Horse”); people as animals ( a la “Lion King” & “Cats”);fabulous singing from female leads!Versatile ensemble!

Don't see it if Under age 6. People in scary costumes= frightening =crying children! Or if you dislike a kid-dominated audience. Poopy, stinky diapers.

94
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You love great theater. Superb acting. Written by Edward Albee. Set in a gorgeous drawing room (actually a bedroom). Three great actresses!

Don't see it if Under fifty. Plenty of people should not see this: you can not turn off your cell phone;unable to concentrate on a serious drama;lack humor!

70
Admissions
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking

See it if A dramatic play poking fun at private school and college admissions strikes you as interesting. Who deserves admission?Check your privilege!

Don't see it if You prefer theater where the characters do not scream and lose patience with each other. No singing. No dancing. No jokes or humor or irony.

Also A better production than it deserves. The novel, “Admission” by Jean H... Read more Read less

79
Good for Otto
Midtown W
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant

See it if What lurks beside your idyllic country house?”Contemporary “Our Town” set in a community mental health center. Great acting. Tons of crazy.

Don't see it if Not a fan of “You Want it Darker” by Leonard Cohen.“Dear Evan Hansen” & “Come from Away” are as gritty as you get. Seek pat endings.

79
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Enchanting

See it if A lovely family musical, beautifully staged with marvelous acting, singing and dancing. Bring children. Fine for all ages. A fairy tale.

Don't see it if You cheer the Russian Revolution. This is a bit of nostalgia for the lost Tsarina. You are not willing to suspend disbelief.

48
Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if John Lithgow delights you. One man show appeals: 72 year Old waxes nostalgic and sentimental.m More like a talk at a Y than a play.

Don't see it if You want to see a play. This is a talk with stories. You loathe sentimentality (I do)—it annoys me. You dislike a visit to the barbershop.

65
Ambitious, Confusing, Quirky, Slow, Special dance/movement

See it if You are a fan of Robert Fairchild who has created and dances the Frankenstein role. Live organ, piano and harpsichord plus a mezzo-soprano!

Don't see it if Looking for a “finished” work. This is better viewed as a workshop than a “polished” work. Script and continuity issues galore. Not for kids

90
Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You enjoy a contemporary story presented with singing by a fantastic cast playing multiple roles.

Don't see it if You detest musicals. “Bah humbug” is your motto.

80
During previews
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if high energy Shakespearean comedy performed by amazingly talented actors delights you. Twelfth Night has terrific fools in subplots.

Don't see it if Zany and funny are not appealing for you or your party. You do not wish to brush up your Shakespeare.

Also The Multi-talented Fiasco Theater ensemble sings, plays instruments, s... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Great singing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Clever

See it if You adore watching Mark Rylance. Brilliant acting:humor & madness. Lovely operatic music. Set in 1735 London and Spain. Real costumes!

Don't see it if Portrayals of madness upset you. (This one is quite moving.) You loathe operatic music. Not suitable for children. The play is a tragedy.

64
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Raunchy

See it if You like a "creative" reading:opens in a brothel. The Duke (Jonathan Cake) lies on stage, shooting heroin. Talented cast. Moral decadence?

Don't see it if character development & integrity matter to you: Pregnant Mariana wears an orange is the new black prison uniform--but she isn't jailed.

82
Quirky

See it if You don't mind contemporary staging of a play set in Ancient Rome. You enjoy Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater.

Don't see it if Hot or wet conditions bother you: we saw someone faint from the heat and the show was stopped! Extra drama at no additional charge!

55
During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Dated, Banal

See it if You adore Danny Devito: he's the only one allowed to be funny & he is! It is important to you to see this Arthur Miller play.

Don't see it if You dislike histrionics, cliched class & sibling conflict. Loose threads & holes in a plot annoy you. Hate to see talent wasted?

90
For a previous production
Enchanting, Delightful, Funny, Greta ensemble

See it if You enjoy a bit of silliness and charm. You appreciate an ensemble cast working together, singing too. Clever staging. Chelsea theater!

Don't see it if Serious is your default option for theater.

80
Sweet Charity
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Sutton Foster and Shuler Hensley lead this revival. Great songs, clever, intimate staging.

Don't see it if you loathe musicals and can't enjoy "Hey Big Spender."

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Epic

See it if you love or even like musical theater. I have seen "Hamilton" three times and have tickets for a fourth. Worthy successor to "A Chorus Line.

Don't see it if you have trouble with fast-paced, lively shows. The pace is staccato. If your hearing is poor, listen to the music in advance.

49
The Front Page
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy a guy's show where the women are to be teased and tossed but are ancillary to the plot.

Don't see it if you are feeling feminist ire and a sensitivity to misogny. Tired of the "Old Boys Club" and no longer amused.

77
For a previous production
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Historic-fiction

See it if you have an interest in foreign policy and would enjoy seeing the slow, excruciating process of negotiation played as theater.

Don't see it if you loathe historical fiction.

76
Nassim
Midtown W
Delightful

See it if in the mood for a charming, short (75 minute) show. Good for a date, to start a conversation.

Don't see it if In the mood for glitz, music and polish. This is “off Broadway” with a quiet, contemplative thought-provoking tempo.

85
For a previous production
The Jungle
Brooklyn
Epic, Thought-provoking

See it if a timely, talented and unique show appeals to you. Addresses humanitarian crisis in a highly personal way. Be prepared to be immersed.

Don't see it if startled by loud noises and shouting. Can only tolerate "light" entertainment.

90
The Dead, 1904
Upper E Side
Romantic, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if magical evening, celebrating Christmas at the home of spinster sisters in 1906 Dublin. Audience eats & drinks as dinner guests.

Don't see it if Unable to suspend disbelief to enjoy dinner “theater” in a historic townhouse, Irish Historical Society.

Also Do dress up! Dinner and drinks are served to the “audience” who are al... Read more Read less

47
During previews
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Cliched, Dated, Raunchy

See it if If you feel like chanting when prompted, “I’m mad as hell and not going to take it any longer.” If watching Bryan Cranston is treat enough.

Don't see it if You expect a farce.It’s reality. Not fun. Not funny. Tony Goldwyn looks pained.Other actors shout. Two hours. No intermission.

49
The True
Midtown W
Disappointing

See it if A fan of Edie Falco or Peter Scolari—marvelous to watch and a treat to hear as a long-married couple. Rapid fire dialogue=live theater!

Don't see it if you are politically active. Cynical, mean view of beloved real people. Not on par with Wm Kennedy’s Albany novels. Not worthy of the cast!

85
Epic, Great staging, Intense, Masterful

See it if A great staging with superb acting of Eugene O’Neill’s devastating portrait of an addicted mother and her alcoholic husband and sons.

Don't see it if Three hour show about a family crashing on the shoals (hear the waves approaching their beach house): you know how this ends..

Also Pair with Denzel Washington’s “The Ice Man Cometh!” Eugene O’Neill add... Read more Read less

83
Enchanting

See it if A Harry Potter fan:characters come alive!Lively staging. Great movement. Special effects.🦉Spectacle! Recommended for 12 years old & up.

Don't see it if Under twelve. NOT able to suspend disbelief. Are sensitive to strobe or flashing lights or loud noises.

Also See Part One if you can only see one. It is more interesting and surpr... Read more Read less

80
Great singing, Dated, Dancing

See it if You love the songs. Renee Fleming and Joshua Henry superbly deliver the musical’s memorable numbers. Updated choreography. Fine ensemble.

Don't see it if the plot matters to you: it can not withstand scrutiny. My husband sat through the show but said no more shows for him for a while.

Also The Saturday matinee we saw was twice (2!!) stopped by ill audience me... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Delightful

See it if You like classic, BroadwaLerner & Lowe musicals. Excellent supporting actors. Clever staging. Similar to “She Loves Me.”

Don't see it if Expecting the movie version. Theater in the round: you are above the stage.

Also I may be underrating the show. I saw a preview performance on March 22... Read more Read less

90
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great staging

See it if A magical musical would delight you. Singing, acting, staging, costumes: the full package. Fun for all ages.

Don't see it if In the mood for serious drama.

84
Ambitious

See it if A contemporary family drama appeals. Pleased to see people of different abilities portrayed with sensitivity and humor.

Don't see it if A play about adult siblings burying their father is not appropriate or appealing.

82
The Low Road
East Village
Clever, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if Turning the economic theories of Adam smith into a play—a farce sounds like fun. It is! Comedia del’economics! Marvelous acting.

Don't see it if Satire and spoof are not your thing. If moral ambiguity and self-examination exhaust you or go over your head.

Also The usher sat other people in our excellent third row (aisle) seats an... Read more Read less

78
The Children
Midtown W
Absorbing, Relevant

See it if “Serious drama” has a place in your schedule. Three character play set in England:educated people dealing with nuclear disaster.

Don't see it if You opt for upbeat Theater with a positive message.

85
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if Carol King delights you. This is a wonderful staging of her rise: the songs are the story. “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.”

Don't see it if You dislike Carol King and contemporary music.

90
Great singing, Great staging, Funny, Delightful, Must see

See it if Bernadette Peters is Dolly! A great Broadway musical. The orchestra is superb and having fun. The cast and staging are fabulous. Pure magic!

Don't see it if Not a fan of classic American musicals. You are not willing to be amused.

86
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Funny, Delightful, Relevant

See it if a “drawing room comedy” set in today’s Washington, D.C. with brilliant actors and jokes poking fun at those currently in power might amuse.

Don't see it if You are a Republican or Conservative. As we left, I overheard someone say, “It wasn’t that funny for me because I am a Conservative.”

Also The all-star cast is fabulous: Uma Thurman, Blair Brown, Phillipa Soo,... Read more Read less

91
Brigadoon
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great singing, Romantic

See it if Brigadoon opens again! Lovely Lerner and Loewe music, enchanting singing, original WHEELDON choreography. Witty. Clever production. Sweet!

Don't see it if you disdain romantic musicals and refuse to be entranced. You would prefer to cry over the NY Giants or Knicks?

89
Bandstand
Midtown W
Clever, Enchanting, Delightful, Romantic

See it if You enjoy charming musicals. Lovely swing tunes appropriate for the 1940s setting. Terrific choreography!

Don't see it if you are looking for a serious drama.

95
During previews
Clever, Enchanting, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Ready for a lively show with great swing music, singing, humor plus a serious story about WWII and race relations. Go to DUMBO, Brooklyn!

Don't see it if (Everyone should see this.) A trip to Brooklyn is easy!

87
Quirky, Relevant, Great singing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You can laugh at adolescent angst. You enjoy a "contemporary" ensemble theater piece.

Don't see it if Do not bring children under age 13. It's a show about a teenager's suicide. Be warned!

77
Clever

See it if you are interested in commedia dell'arte.

Don't see it if improvisation and slap-stick annoy you. You prefer "serious" theater.

83
Enchanting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great staging, Fast-paced

See it if You like an "out of the box" show. Used the whole theater with cast members coming into the aisles. Strobe lights: flash! Great costumes.

Don't see it if You prefer sedate and quiet shows. Dislike rock and roll and "loud" shoes. Are sensitive to blinking or flashing strobe lights.

75
Entertaining, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if mocking Mormons and Africans is light-hearted fun for you. Clever musicals amuse you.

Don't see it if you dislike mocking Mormons and Africans. Clever musicals annoy you.

70
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Fluffy, Great singing

See it if you are in the mood for a musical to see with your girlfriends. Sara Bareilles songs are good. The plot is light (like meringue).

Don't see it if You are with guys who would prefer "School of Rock" or "Kinky Boots."

84
Storage Locker
East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if you want to see a clever, satirical contemporary comedy.

Don't see it if you prefer period pieces or classics.