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Susan C

Manhattan | 50-64 | Female
About:  I go to the theatre once or twice a week. I have no patience for bad theater, and have been known to walk out on plays if they annoy me enough. On the other hand, I am not so difficult to please. Entertain me for a few hours. Make me laugh, cry, or think, and you've got me.
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Reviews (144)
Preview ontheexhale
81
During previews
Relevant, Profound, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A powerful show on a topic that is very much in the news - school shootings. Ms. Ireland's performance is devastating.

Don't see it if If you're very pro-gun, this probably isn't the show for you. Also, if you don't care for one-person shows.

Preview 299518
86
During previews
Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Engaging performances. A non-cliched look at Mexican-American life today. Was totally entertained and interested.

Don't see it if The ending was predictable. At the same time, how they got there was not really believable. Still needs work.

Also It was a delightful surprise to see a play about Latinos in L.A. that ... Read more Read less

Preview rsz the babylon line
82
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if A nostalgic look back at a certain place in time from Long Island. Randy Graffand Frank Wood steal the show. Funny.

Don't see it if If you're not familiar with LI in the '60s, you might not get the references. I found Elizabeth Reaser annoying.

Preview cagney 2
75
Romantic, Refreshing, Fluffy, Great dancing, Entertaining

See it if Terrific tap dancing, the kind you rarely see in shows anymore. Entertaining,, with a lot of stuff I never knew about Cagney.

Don't see it if The story didn't go into things too deeply, and got some things wrong. I didn't love the score.

Preview tbt white
86
Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Amazing performance by the whole cast, especially by Ms. Vardalos. Touching. Moving. Emotionally raw. Filled with humanity.

Don't see it if There's not much of a plot. It's more of an anthology of grief.

Preview rsz ride the cyclone
76
Quirky, Original, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if An engaging cast performs a peppy score and a very original show. Liked it a lot.

Don't see it if There is no intermission.

Preview cherry orchard
92
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Loved this. Funny, modern. Made me see this classic in a new way.

Don't see it if If you prefer more traditional servings of Chekhov, this isn't the production for you.

Also This show got bad reviews, and for the life of me, I can't figure out ... Read more Read less

Preview kingdom
74
Refreshing, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Interesting topic, handled in a different way. Very nice performances. Good tech. Not the usual take.

Don't see it if A small show. Not very profound.

Preview life white
75
Profound, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great acting

See it if The set is extraordinary, in a way I've never seen before. David Hyde Pierce is mesmerizing. This show really made me think.

Don't see it if It all doesn't add up to much. I was left with, but what's the point? And thought maybe there wasn't much of one at all.

Also I won't reveal the shocking twist, but it is indeed a shocker. Daring ... Read more Read less

Preview sweat white
85
For a previous production
Thought-provoking, Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if A powerful play. Covers some of the most important issues of our day. Very strong performances.

Don't see it if Shows the problem, but doesn't suggest any solutions. I don't know if there is one. I left the theatre depressed and scared for us.

Preview vietgone
79
During previews
Funny, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if A son's love letter to his parents and how they met in a refugee camp. Charming. Sweet and funny.

Don't see it if Dragged in places. The second act brought it all together for me. A lot of profanity.

Also This play made me question my long-held assumptions about the Vietnam ... Read more Read less

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90
During previews
Great singing, Funny, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if Loved it! Such great performances, and a wonderful score. Moving. Funny. Everything a musical should be. Not a false note.

Don't see it if Some people don't like sung-through musicals.

Also We laughed, we cried. The performances were magnificent from start to ... Read more Read less

Preview unnamed
75
During previews
Intelligent, Confusing, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Three interrelated one-acts that sensitively portray life in a small Texas town. The actors were wonderful.

Don't see it if Nothing big happens here. Just the ordinary tragedies of everyday life.

Also You might be confused if, like me, you didn't know that these were 3 i... Read more Read less

Preview nat turner
69
During previews
Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Compelling material relevant to today. Sensitive, moving performances.

Don't see it if Didn't quite work. Lagged in places. The lighting was very annoying, and the staging hid the actors' faces at crucial times.

Also The seating was excruciatingly uncomfortable. It was wooden pews with ... Read more Read less

Preview fdfd
80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Profound, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A sensitive exploration of losing a loved one. Great performances, led by the extraordinary Tim Kang. Touching. Had something to say.

Don't see it if A good deal of it is in Korean with supertitles. Might be painful for people who have recently experienced such a loss.

Preview eng show score
59
During previews
Insipid, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if I guess it was better than staying home. The theatre is air conditioned and very comfortable.

Don't see it if A bunch of unlikeable people doing mostly loathsome things. I didn't get the point. If this is how the kids behave, I'm glad I'm old.

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Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

See it if Great performances. Had a lot to say.

Don't see it if ...political drama turns you off.

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For a previous production
Intense, Relevant, Profound, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Compelling drama, with sensitive portrayals of real-world characters. Sheds a light on events many may not be aware of. Some humor.

Don't see it if Very talky. Overlong, at 3 hours. Easily could have been cut by at least a half hour. Slow in parts.

Preview indian summer white
79
Clever, Romantic, Refreshing, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if Very watchable. Clever, original characters. Funny and insightful. The cast is also easy on the eyes. A pleasant diversion.

Don't see it if Doesn't add up to that much. Tries to be heavy, but fails in that. Kinda fluffy, in the end.

Preview fa show score
70
Banal, Fluffy, Cliched, Original, Entertaining

See it if Entertaining fluff. Ridicules the performance art scene and the folks who populate it.

Don't see it if We've seen it before; it says nothing new. The romance story doesn't add much. The performance art scenes were really bad.

Preview ruins
75
Intelligent, Intense, Resonant, Original, Absorbing

See it if Compelling drama. Tense, edge of your seat performances. Relevant topic. Kept my interest all the way through. Emotional.

Don't see it if A little heavy-handed at times. Tim Daly could use a dialect coach.

Preview rb180x278
74
Great singing, Funny, Romantic, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if ...you like country music and simple country tales. Terrific performances. Bouncy music.

Don't see it if ...like me, country stuff is not your cup of tea. Simplistic story. Pretty silly.

Preview white rabbit red rabbit
55
Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Funny in parts. Could be good with a performer who is good at improv. Unusual. Entertaining. Bobby Cannavale is fun to watch.

Don't see it if But ultimately didn't have much to say. Was kind of a stunt. And Bobby Cannavale stuck mostly to the script, so nothing too exciting.

Preview manageimageeventgeneralinfohandler
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Thought-provoking, Resonant, Original, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Interesting topic. Very original and relevant to our times. The story kept me invested, and the actors did a good job. Nice set.

Don't see it if I wished the end had a more definite resolution. Almost seemed like the author didn't know what was going to happen to these people.

Preview detroit resized
75
Riveting, Original, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Great cast. Resonant topic. I was surprised at where it ended up.

Don't see it if You're sick of hearing about the economic woes of a large portion of the population.

Preview download
90
Enchanting, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if Great show! Beautiful performances among an amazingly beautiful set. Loved the music. Great singing.

Don't see it if If you don't like sung-through musicals, this might not be for you.

Also I have to add that the way they used the entire theatre was a huge boo... Read more Read less

Preview manfromnebraska
48
During previews
Banal, Indulgent, Slow, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if Some nice performances. The second act had some clever lines. The backdrop in Act 2 was gorgeous.

Don't see it if A waste of a gifted cast. Boring. Had nothing to say. Went nowhere.

Also A rare misfire by Second Stage and Tracy Letts. It was so banal, with ... Read more Read less

Preview 800x1200 jitney
90
During previews
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A well-acted,fascinating story that goes to unexpected places. Great character studies.

Don't see it if Some of the language takes some getting used to, if you're not accustomed to hearing '70s street talk.

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Riveting, Intelligent, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if A spectacular production. Craig and Oyelowo are mesmerizing. The modern day setting lends resonance. The intimate setting is perfect.

Don't see it if The seating is not the most comfortable. The set is perfection, but with audience on 3 sides, you will not see everything all the time.

Also I was blown away by this production. Craig's Iago is at once cunning, ... Read more Read less

Preview rancho viejo white
77
Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Quirky, funny story told in quick scenes. Mare Winningham and Julia Duffy were standouts. Very, very funny in many parts.

Don't see it if Three hours long. Got weird in the third act.

Preview final
75
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if Interesting concept, with something relevant to say about our current situation and the 60s generation responsibility for it.

Don't see it if Amy Ryan was not believable as a 19-year-old, and had a very annoying affectation that softened as the show went on but never went away.

Also A very original script. Great music in between scenes. Was not at all ... Read more Read less

Preview rtc holidayinn cast
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Entertaining, Fluffy, Refreshing, Great singing, Delightful

See it if Terrific show! So much fun. Great songs, great performances, and tap dancing! Gorgeous costumes. What's not to love? A delight.

Don't see it if Not deep. No message. Very old-fashioned. Not much of a book.

Also I was transported to a simpler, lovelier time. A perfect evocation of ... Read more Read less

Preview sweet.charity.cropped
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During previews
Insipid, Dated, Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Stellar singing and acting by Sutton Foster and Shuler Hensley. Nice score. Entertaining.

Don't see it if Foster was miscast. This show sends a lousy and depressing message. A fairly thin book. It doesn't lend itself to a small production.

Also While I enjoyed watching the show and was entertained by it, I had sev... Read more Read less

Preview notes from the field white
89
During previews
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Anna Deveare Smith = national treasure. She addresses a very real problem and shows the humanity of those involved.

Don't see it if Some of her characterizations fell into cliche. She offers no answers to the questions she poses.

Preview rsz plenty
80
During previews
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if An absorbing tale of the deterioration of England after WWII, with a great cast led by Rachel Weisz.

Don't see it if The non-linear structure and flashbacks may confuse some. The sound system sometimes made it hard to hear.

Preview sellbuydate
92
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if An amazing performance. Jones reminds me of a young Whoopi. Seamlessly moves between characters. This will be a great show...

Don't see it if ...when Jones learns her lines. She had her script in front of her most of the time, and constantly refers to it. Took me right out of it.

Also Ms. Jones is an amazing performer. She nimbly moves from one character... Read more Read less

Preview heisenberg
55
During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Romantic, Excruciating

See it if A somewhat charming two-hander about strangers who meet in a train station. Dennis Arndt was terrific.

Don't see it if But Parker effected an annoying, phony as hell, supposed-to-be-New Jersey accent that made me want to run screaming from the theatre.

Also I know everyone is raving about this show, but I can't understand why.... Read more Read less

Preview alltheways
75
During previews
Banal, Intense, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if A tour de force performance by Judith Light. Intelligent writing. LaBute draws you in, weaving a very personal story.

Don't see it if The play itself was rather slight - just 50 minutes long. It felt more like a vignette than a play.

Also The event depicted was, though momentous to the character, not all tha... Read more Read less

Preview layover white
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Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Interesting premise. Snappy dialog. Good (and good-looking!) performers. Doesn't go where you thought it would.

Don't see it if Slow in many spots. I found myself fidgeting. They say it's 90 minutes, but it was 2 hours with no intermission. I left saying, huh?

Also Tries to be a play noir, with many film noirs playing on the screen be... Read more Read less

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Resonant, Hilarious, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if Laughed all the way through. Hayes is such an engaging performer. And I loved what the script had to say. An uplifting final message.

Don't see it if If your politics runs toward the more conservative side, you probably won't like what the script has to say.

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During previews
Relevant, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if What a wonderful evening. I was thoroughly engaged, and terrified, too.

Don't see it if For those who are not engaged in technology (are there any like that?) , this play might go over your head.

Preview shelovesme
97
Great singing, Refreshing, Great staging, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if Loved it! So sweet, characters you can root for, terrific book and music. Zachary Levi very likeably leads a great cast. Just pure joy.

Don't see it if ...you are cold and dead inside, and can't appreciate an old-fashioned, very sweet love story.

Preview onefunny
94
Great singing, Resonant, Hilarious, Great writing, Funny

See it if Hysterical. We laughed the entire time. So very funny, true and relatable. She hit the nail on the head. What a great performer & show!

Don't see it if You might not get it if you're not married with children. The humor was very specific to that group.

Preview long.day.cast
85
Intense, Riveting, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Timeless writing that resonates today. Masterful performances from everyone. A rare chance to see the best in the biz ply their craft.

Don't see it if Very, very long. Some will find it old-fashioned. You must pay attention and think. It's not an easy watch.

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Great singing, Entertaining, Romantic, Resonant, Original

See it if Great music and musical performances. Inventive staging, and they gave me a glass of champagne! Compelling story. Surprisingly relevant.

Don't see it if Faulty acoustics made it hard to discern the lyrics in parts. The story was sometimes hard to follow.

Preview total.bent
83
During previews
Great singing, Intense, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if Loved it from the first note! Amazing music, great singers. Electric performances.

Don't see it if The storyline was confusing and muddled. Better enjoyed mostly as an amazing concert. Don't look for plot - there really isn't one.

Preview euphoria
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Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You enjoy watching student actors learning their craft.

Don't see it if I feel badly for criticizing this show. The actors aren't really professionals. They're learning. They shouldn't charge for it.

Preview incognito1
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During previews
Overrated, Intense, Dizzying, Confusing, Great acting

See it if It was amusing to watch the game cast perform a dizzying array of characters with many different accents.

Don't see it if But it was ultimately confusing, and didn't add up to much. The 3 stories didn't mesh well. Pointless.

Preview in the secret sea white
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Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Slow, Intense

See it if I really can't recommend this play to anyone. It manages to offend both sides of the abortion debate - a neat trick.

Don't see it if A bunch of people sitting around talking about things that are none of their business. Preachy. Made no sense.

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Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A bravura performance by Phyllicia Rashad. Truly one for the ages.

Don't see it if Almost sadistic in its sadness. The heavy Southern accents are sometimes difficult to understand.