SUSAN D 6124

New York City | 50-64 | Female
About:  Theater is my escape! I see an average of 2 shows per week - and love seeing shows multiple times.
Reviews (98)
85
Clever, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a solid show with some great one- liners. Good performances all around.

Don't see it if You are looking for a memorable score or choreography. You won’t walk out humming anything.

85
Great acting, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a riveting performance by Adam Driver

Don't see it if You are looking for an engrossing storyline. Adam Driver is the main reason to see this.

99
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Must see

See it if You are a fan of Anais Mitchell's music, fresh staging, and energetic and talented performers

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason why!

Also I was truly obsessed by this show. I actually saw it five times! The m... Read more Read less

49
Truly disappointing

See it if You have nothing better to do. Enjoy shallow treatments of serious subjects.

Don't see it if See above......

Also I am rarely so critical of a play - but this just infuriated me. I’d s... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Must see

See it if You want to see a wonderfully acted and timeless story about loss of innocence and the senselessness of war

Don't see it if You don’t like solo shows.

82
Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of Idina, enjoy family drama with some very funny moments

Don't see it if You are tired of whiny, self-absorbed characters

85
Entertaining, Dated, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like classic musicals, great singing - or are a fan of the stars. Joshua Henry & Lindsay Mendez are stand outs!

Don't see it if You will be annoyed by a story that goes nowhere and is sadly dated.........

89
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a great performance from Stephen Rea

Don't see it if You will be offended by bigotry and truly shocking violence

92
Enchanting, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if You can appreciate an old fashioned and romantic production with marvelous music and movement.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of dance - or of love stories.

Also This had a definite throwback feel - but it worked for this piece. The... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to see a mesmerizing performance from Marin Ireland

Don't see it if You are not a fan of stripped down versions of classics

Also I can’t say praise this production enough. The stripped down set reall... Read more Read less

88
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to see a grand old classic that is wonderfully performed and beautifully staged.

Don't see it if You don’t like old fashioned musicals with dated story lines

90
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You are in the mood for a high energy show with great singing and very creative staging

Don't see it if You are looking for a serious evening of theater. This is enjoyable - but far from deep.

95
Absorbing, Intense, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if You want to see a truly brave and captivating performance from Billie Piper.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with the subject matter - or with witnessing one character coming unhinged before your eyes

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you enjoy seeing narratives about characters not often front and center - or an all female cast

Don't see it if you are expecting a feel good story - or will struggle with an almost 3 hour play

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You are patient and want to see some great individual performances

Don't see it if You expect any fully developed characters or any real insights into today's mental health system

Also There were some fine moments driven by acting rather than the script. ... Read more Read less

69
Just plain disappointing

See it if You want to see Uma Thurman

Don't see it if You expect an interesting plot or any chemistry between the actors

88
During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Great staging

See it if You can handle a play with uncomfortable subject matter and really flawed characters.

Don't see it if You will be offended by simulated sex or drug use on stage.

Also Try to book seats in the center. There’s a lot going on at the extreme... Read more Read less

65
Great writing, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in the Public’s roots - or are a fan of Richard Nelson’s writing

Don't see it if You are expecting to be engaged. These characters just don’t draw you in. They are not the Gabriels.

Also The subject and writing were interesting and this might make a better ... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You want an interesting take on the movement from the perspective of everyday people

Don't see it if You expect it to be solely about the experience of the freedom riders and have no patience for a couple of soapy elements

75
Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You are a fan of Friel or the Irish Rep

Don't see it if You are looking for engaging characters

Also I don't mind "old fashioned" or dated plays if I can care about the ch... Read more Read less

78
Great acting, Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if You want to see great acting and are drawn to narratives about families and aging parents

Don't see it if You need to have at least one likeable character to care about. You won't find any here...........

70
Loud, chaotic, disturbing

See it if You are prepared for a full -on assault of your senses.

Don't see it if You are expecting the story to be told with any restraint. This is raw, relentless, and almost campy

70
During previews
Great concept, thought-provoking - but ultimately disappointing

See it if You are a fan of Kathleen Chalfant and will see anything by Sarah Ruhl.

Don't see it if You are expecting Sarah Ruhl to be at the top of her game

Also I wanted to love this but couldn't. I loved the concept - but the tran... Read more Read less

78
Clever, Dizzying, Funny

See it if You want to see a wonderful performance by Michael Urie

Don't see it if You can't appreciate over the top silliness.....

85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You enjoy "slice of life" stories with strong female characters

Don't see it if You want a complex plot and "big" moments - although there is one....

96
Must see, Refreshing, Enchanting

See it if You were a fan of the off-broadway run. This is a gorgeous transfer.

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this!

Also I saw the NYTW staging 5 times and really worried it would not transfe... Read more Read less

85
Provocative & chaotic

See it if You appreciate “in your face” over the top theater that makes you uncomfortable - but makes you think

Don't see it if You are easily offended - don’t want to be challenged

93
During previews
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You are prepared to just go with it and experience flashes of recognition about the beauty and sadness of ordinary life.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of monologues or non-linear stories.

93
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Must see, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You are a Craig Lucas fan and can appreciate a play about deeply flawed characters who still engender compassion

Don't see it if You like uncomplicated storytelling and tidy endings

Also I loved Reckless and Prelude To A Kiss. There’s no whimsy here - but I... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You are open to a silly, uneven - but sometimes hilarious show. Must see if you have ever spent any time in Middlesex County, NJ ........

Don't see it if You only enjoy “serious” theater - or are expecting a memorable score.

Also While there is nothing really memorable about this show - it was fun w... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Ambitious, Entertaining, Dizzying, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want to see an extremely talented cast give their all to material that’s still a little rough around the edges

Don't see it if You want a clear narrative, don’t have patience for an unfinished work

Also Based on the overall score - I almost skipped this but so glad I went.... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoyed The Wolves. Want to see a funny, sad, and powerful depiction of pre-teen girls' lives

Don't see it if You are easily offended by profanity, nudity, or talk about bodily functions

Also I really enjoyed The Wolves - but loved this show. Loved the creative ... Read more Read less

85
Refreshing, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a funny, fresh and irreverent take on a classic

Don't see it if You will be offended by "disabled" jokes or violence

Also I wanted to love this - but didn't. It was funny and a fresh take - bu... Read more Read less

95
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great acting, Must see

See it if You are a fan of Albee. You are prepared for a play that does it all - makes you laugh - brings you to tears - and makes you think.....

Don't see it if You are not interested in a play that deals with choices, regrets, and aging - or are looking for a traditional narrative.

95
Enchanting, Funny, Great singing, Must see

See it if You want to see a light, fluffy, old fashioned musical where the cast seems to be having as much fun as the audience!

Don't see it if You don’t like old-fashioned musicals.

Also There is nothing deep here - but this had me smiling from start to fin... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if You like non-stop, high energy productions - and are interested in teenage antics and angst

Don't see it if You expect any substance or a memorable score. You won’t walk away humming anything from this show......

70
Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You have patience for a meandering story.

Don't see it if You want a play with well written characters who will engage your interest.

Also Despite a compelling topic - I just didn’t find the characters engagin... Read more Read less

82
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a mostly engaging musical about an important issue

Don't see it if You will be annoyed by several “cutesy” moments that detract from the story

Also This was entertaining and well performed - but I guess I was expecting... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if You have an open mind and don't flinch at raunchy humor.

Don't see it if You're not ready for an "in your face" show.

Also There are some hilarious moments - but this also has something to say ... Read more Read less

88
Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy the out of the ordinary and appreciate great ensemble work

Don't see it if You want a straight forward narrative

Also Not sure why this has gotten such scathing reviews. If you are a fan o... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You want to see a masterful performance by Billy Crudup

Don't see it if You don’t like one man shows - or are not interested in tales about sociopaths

79
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are prepared for multiple moments of simulated violence and dialogue that paints cringe inducing images

Don't see it if You want a tidy narrative. This does not offer any easy analysis or answers.

60
Ambitious, original, overwrought

See it if You enjoy quirky, irreverent takes on traditional stories

Don't see it if You want an easy to follow performance

Also This took quirky to new heights. There were a couple of aha! moments -... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You have not seen the original and won't get caught up in comparisons

Don't see it if You are sensitive to onstage nudity or are uncomfortable with moral ambiguity

Also I really enjoyed the performances and was not as distracted by the set... Read more Read less

96
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great singing, Must see

See it if You are looking for something different - can enjoy quirky, non-linear storytelling

Don't see it if You want a fully staged production - have qualms about sitting in total darkness for several minutes

Also It might be more of a concert - but the singing and the story/stories ... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You missed your chance to see Billy Porter when this first opened. You are open to a big hearted, entertaining show.

Don't see it if You are looking for a memorable score.

Also This is just plain fun. There are definitely "over the top" scenes - b... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You have patience for a slowly developing narrative that creeps up on you. You enjoy a play with characters you can care about.

Don't see it if You are looking for something edgy or action driven.

Also Despite some low scores from other reviewers - I found it compelling. ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You can appreciate an old fashioned - but still relevant - two-hander with fabulous, subtle performances about the road not taken

Don't see it if You are looking for a fast paced, intense show. This builds slowly.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You are open to a fresh, modernized take on the classic

Don't see it if You are a purist - or think you will struggle with a production of Hamlet delivered with a healthy dose of humor

79
Absorbing, Quirky, Resonant

See it if You don't mind taking a meandering, quirky ride with some very interesting - and real - characters

Don't see it if You need a straight forward narrative and a tidy resolution