Susan Eve H

New York City | 50-64 | Female
About:  AEA Actor and mom. 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.
Reviews (399)
78
During previews
The Vagrant Trilogy
East Village
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing
April 25th, 2022

See it if A Palestinian scholar's life is given the "Sliding Doors" treatment. Engrossing. Terrific performances.

Don't see it if 3 1/2 hours long! And contrary to the author's statement, it is not an apolitical story. The author's anti-Israel bias is apparent.

68
To My Girls
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Fluffy, Cliched, Funny
April 25th, 2022

See it if You enjoy plays about the over the top cliche ridden behavior of gay men. It tries hard to be funny, and often succeeds.

Don't see it if I don't know any gay men who behave like this. It was like a play from 1970 or something. I think the portrayal is dated.

92
Intense, Edgy, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting
April 25th, 2022

See it if From when Mamet could still write.The performances are terrific, and the writing crisp and funny. No one writes of life's losers like Mamet.

Don't see it if If profanity offends you. Like every Mamet play, it's filled with it.

85
Emotional, Ambitious, Romantic, Slow, Great acting
April 25th, 2022

See it if Messing plays a woman from 17 to 107. She leads an excellent cast through an emotional journey. The actors were excellent and moving.

Don't see it if The play requires engagement and attention to understand what is going on. While there are light-hearted parts, it is overall a bit sad.

80
Confederates
Midtown W
Profound, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing
April 25th, 2022

See it if A dual timeline tells the stories of two women, one a slave in the antebellum South and the other a modern-day college professor.Engrossing.

Don't see it if Sometimes hard to follow. Tells a powerful story. If you're not interested in the history of racism in the US you might not like it.

57
Heartland (59e59)
Midtown E
Disappointing, Banal, Offensive, Bad acting, Preachy
March 25th, 2022

See it if You enjoy being preached to by a playwright who apparently blames America for all of Afghanistan's ills.

Don't see it if Bad acting and preachy plays aren't your thing.

88
Riveting, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting
March 23rd, 2022

See it if A compelling story of a star baseball player who comes out as gay. Great acting for the most part. If you love baseball, you'll love it.

Don't see it if Jesse Williams was disappointing. There is a lot of male frontal nudity. And they make you lock up your phone in those annoying pouches.

98
Suffs
East Village
Must see, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing, Great singing
March 23rd, 2022

See it if A musical about the suffragists who worked to pass the 19th Amendment. Brilliant performances, brilliant writing. Original. Important.

Don't see it if If you don't like sung-through musicals, or all-female casts, maybe skip this one. Poor you.

90
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Brilliant
March 23rd, 2022

See it if Tells the sad story of the first Chinese woman brought to America and how she was put on display like an animal at the zoo.

Don't see it if If you're uninterested in the sometimes jaw-dropping cruelty in the history of this country, you might not like this.

68
Notes From Now
Midtown E
Quirky, Great singing, Cliched, Slow, Relevant
March 23rd, 2022

See it if A song cyle about life during the pandemic. Engaging performers and some good music.

Don't see it if Too long. After a while it became quite repetitive.

75
On Sugarland
East Village
Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Resonant, Powerful
March 23rd, 2022

See it if The residents of a cul de sac live, die and try to survive in the midst of a war that takes their loved ones.

Don't see it if A little confusing at first. If you have some patience, you'll be rewarded with a terrific story.

75
First Down
Midtown E
Original, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing
March 1st, 2022

See it if A quarterback decides to reveal his religion at the Super Bowl. Sensitive performances, and an engaging story. Loses steam toward the end.

Don't see it if If you aren't interested in football or the difficulties of Muslim-Americans in this country, this might not be for you.

50
sandblasted
Gramercy
Banal, Slow, Confusing, Excruciating, Great acting
March 1st, 2022

See it if If you want to see 3 African-American women suffer through an unnamed crisis that causes their limbs to start falling off.

Don't see it if If you're interested in a coherent storyline. I'm sure the author was trying to tell us something, but I'm at a loss as to what.

67
Out of Time
East Village
Banal, Clever, Disappointing, Slow, Great acting
March 1st, 2022

See it if Young Asian writers create monologues performed by actors over 60. Interesting concept. Some performances were quite good.

Don't see it if Others were not so good, and still others were excruciatingly dull. If you're looking for a linear play, this isn't it.

85
Black No More
Midtown W
Profound, Great singing, Original, Great acting, Absorbing
February 23rd, 2022

See it if Tells the story of a black doctor who invents a machine to turn black people white. Profound. Great performances. Riveting.

Don't see it if If you prefer your musicals on the lighter side, this is not the show for you. This show has an important message about race relations.

53
BAROCOCO (2022)
Midtown E
Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched
February 23rd, 2022

See it if A pastiche of the Baroque/Roccoco period of theater. Highly stylized. If you're into theatrical history, you might like this.

Don't see it if I found it amateurish and poorly done. There was supposedly a point they were making, but I didn't get it.

85
During previews
Space Dogs
Midtown W
Delightful, Intelligent, Original, Great singing, Clever
February 7th, 2022

See it if Two very talented performers tell the sad story of Russia's space dogs and the space race. Loved it! Funny and entertaining.

Don't see it if If you don't like rock music, you might not like this. If history doesn't interest you, this might not be the show for you.

80
Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting
February 7th, 2022

See it if A look at a Detroit auto plant that is shutting down and 4 of the people affected by it. Terrific performances.

Don't see it if I think Morisseau didn't know how to end it. The ending seemed kind of tacked on. It's not a light evening at the theater.

65
Tambo & Bones
Midtown W
Great acting, Intense, Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious
February 7th, 2022

See it if A look at racism through the prism of 3 time periods in America. The performers were very entertaining. Made me think.

Don't see it if You don't like rap. The whole 2nd section was an extended hip-hop performance. I had a hard time understanding it.

70
Quirky, Intelligent, Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious
January 23rd, 2022

See it if Two one-acts update the first known play written by a woman, and efforts to stage it over the years. Great performances.

Don't see it if You're uninterested in nuns, medieval drama, or women's efforts to take their place at the table.

94
During previews
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
January 23rd, 2022

See it if Josh Harmon goes deeper into the issues he explored in Bad Jews to tell a story of a family in crisis at two different times. Well written.

Don't see it if If you aren't interested in anti-Semitism as it exists in the world today. If you aren't interested in an exploration of world events.

78
During previews
Intimate Apparel
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Absorbing, Slow, Great acting, Great singing
January 23rd, 2022

See it if Tells the story of an African-American seamstress in 1904. Beautifully sung, terrific performances. Act 2 was better than Act 1.

Don't see it if If you don't like opera, this might not be for you. Although it's presented by LC Theater, it is definitely an opera.

91
Selling Kabul
Midtown W
Intense, Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing
January 23rd, 2022

See it if Illuminates the abandonment of Afghani translators by the US government and the tragic consequences on those people. Heart-breaking.

Don't see it if If you're not interested in the fate of people around the world, or don't want to hear about how the US has abandoned its friends.

70
Quirky, Slow, Fanciful, Funny, Ambitious
January 23rd, 2022

See it if A fictional account of 3 famous people who took LSD together. Lovely performances and great performances. Engaging.

Don't see it if Weird at times. James Lapine, whose best collaborator sadly passed away, needs to find a better replacement than this.

71
Intense, Great singing, Original, Intelligent, Absorbing
January 23rd, 2022

See it if Great music by Duncan Sheik enhance a story of a family and a haunted lighthouse in the middle of WW2. Touching performances.

Don't see it if Moves kind of slowly. Tackles some serious topics in a sensitive way. If you're looking for light fare, look elsewhere.

85
Profound, Masterful, Intelligent, Great singing, Absorbing
December 15th, 2021

See it if Two months in 1963 through the eyes of an African-American maid in LA and the family she works for. Clarke blows the roof off the joint.

Don't see it if The show is mostly sung-through and it was hard to understand what they were singing. I didn't care, because the singing was divine.

75
Cullud Wattah
East Village
Relevant, Profound, Great acting, Important, Absorbing
December 15th, 2021

See it if Explores the Flint water crisis through the eyes of a family of women. Tragic and heart-breaking.

Don't see it if If you were looking for an evening's light entertainment, this isn't for you. It's very disturbing. Even more because it's still happening.

68
Indulgent, Confusing, Funny, Ambitious, Disappointing
December 15th, 2021

See it if Wong is an engaging performer telling the story of how she and a network of women made thousands of masks for people when they were scarce.

Don't see it if An admirable task, but not that interesting a show. I found my mind wandering.

76
Cliched, Original, Light, Fluffy, Funny
December 15th, 2021

See it if For an evening's light entertainment, it was fun. The actors did a good job with a very fluffy script.

Don't see it if If you're looking for something deeper and don't care for fairy tales, this might not be for you.

91
The Visitor
East Village
Intelligent, Great singing, Great acting, Bittersweet, Touching
November 16th, 2021

See it if A sad story about three people caught up in the mess of our unfair immigration laws. Heart-breaking. Beautifully done.

Don't see it if ...if you don't like musicals. If you don't care to be reminded of the personal cost of our immigration laws.

85
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
November 16th, 2021

See it if A brilliant exploration of a sad time in our history. Updated to reflect recent events. The performers were uniformly excellent.

Don't see it if ...you prefer your theater to be lighter in tone. If you aren't interested in theater educating you. If you're trying to escape the news.

96
During previews
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting, Delightful, Clever
November 10th, 2021

See it if Four ex-cons working in a PA sandwich shop for someone who may or may not be Satan. Their stories are touching, funny and entertaining.

Don't see it if If you're not fond of smaller shows that tackle small but profound topics of life and living.I can't imagine who wouldn't enjoy this.

20
Unoriginal, Ridiculous, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched
November 10th, 2021

See it if If you are a huge fan of the movie, you might like this. Rob McClure is an able performer who tries to impersonate Robin Williams.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of movies made into musicals. This movie succeeded because of Robin Williams. McClure is no Robin Williams.

90
During previews
Morning Sun
Midtown W
Riveting, Intense, Masterful, Absorbing, Great acting
October 24th, 2021

See it if The story of 3 generations of women and the people and city they love.They seamlessly moved in and out of characters to help tell the story.

Don't see it if You don't like theater that requires you to pay strict attention to what's going on. It's sometimes heavy, sometimes heartbreaking.

86
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful
October 24th, 2021

See it if Ruben Santiago-Hudson takes us on a tour de force ride through the people from his past. Fascinating to watch. Each character came alive.

Don't see it if If you don't like one-person shows, or prefer a more linear style of theater.

75
Letters Of Suresh
Midtown W
Entertaining, Disappointing, Absorbing, Ambitious, Quirky
October 13th, 2021

See it if The friendship between a Japanese priest and a young American is told through letters recited by actors as monologues.

Don't see it if Kind of a mess. Takes on so many topics - friendship, nukes, homosexuality and more - but doesn't say much about any of them.

80
Sanctuary City
West Village
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Confusing, Great acting, Absorbing
September 19th, 2021

See it if Interesting story that goes to surprising places. Actors do a good job of aging from teens to adults. Puts a personal face on immigration.

Don't see it if Starts off gimmicky but once the story gets going it’s absorbing. You need patience to get past the first 20 minutes.

68
Semblance
East Village
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Banal, Cliched
August 14th, 2021

See it if You enjoy seeing filmed performances in theater.

Don't see it if Not really a performance. A film of a performance. And the point seemed to be, “work sucks.” Not exactly revelatory.

66
During previews
Edgy, Disappointing, Ambitious, Cliched, Banal
August 12th, 2021

See it if If you’re a fan of Waiting For Godot and non-linear theater, you might like this.

Don't see it if I wanted to like this but didn’t. I found it confusing and meandering. I was bored. And the overuse of the N word was offensive.

85
During previews
Entertaining, Clever, Fluffy, Great writing, Funny
July 7th, 2021

See it if What a joy to be back in the theater! Perfect bit of fluff for a summer night. Innovative casting and direction.

Don't see it if Those who have a hard time with the language of Shakespeare will have a harder time with the African accented speech.

90
Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
March 2nd, 2020

See it if A spectacular cast performs this gripping tale of murder in the Army in 1944. Grier and Underwood are top notch. The story is gripping.

Don't see it if If an old-fashioned murder mystery doesn't interest you. If you are uninterested in the issues of race in the military.

90
Dana H.
Gramercy
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great acting, Gripping, Harrowing
March 2nd, 2020

See it if Deirdre O'Connell gives a masterful performance as a kidnap victim. Alone on stage, I couldn't take my eyes off her.

Don't see it if The story itself, though gripping, left me with so many questions. None of which had anything to do with the value of the show.

75
Darling Grenadine
Midtown W
Fun, Entertaining, Romantic, Fluffy, Cliched
March 2nd, 2020

See it if A fun evening. Engaging performers. The songs were ok. The story was easy to follow and held my interest.

Don't see it if The music was only ok. Nothing hummable. And the story was a bit cliched.

85
Absorbing, Riveting, Slow, Intense, Great acting
February 23rd, 2020

See it if Laura Linney = national treasure. She captivates us for 90 minutes, telling her tale of poverty, abuse and triumph. Life-affirming.

Don't see it if If you don't like 1-person shows or don't have to patience to let a story unravel slowly.

79
For a previous production
Coal Country
West Village
Slow, Riveting, Relevant, Powerful, Heart-wrenching
February 23rd, 2020

See it if True tale of a West Virginia mining disaster told by the ones left behind. Raw emotion. Great music by Steve Earle! Very sad story.

Don't see it if If you don't like country music. If taken-from-life political theater is not your thing. If you're looking for fun and games.

80
During previews
The Hot Wing King
Midtown W
Refreshing, Entertaining, Original, Funny, Clever
February 23rd, 2020

See it if A look into the world of a group of gay Memphis natives as they compete in a hot wing contest. Entertaining. A feel-good show.

Don't see it if ...you're uninterested in this group's work to make the best hot wings possible, and the straight teen who enters their midst.

79
During previews
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Great singing, Confusing, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining
February 16th, 2020

See it if A bravura performance by Janelle McDermoth, who single-handedly tells us the story of her life in words and song. A compelling performance.

Don't see it if Ultimately confusing. The band gets up at various times to use the onstage vending machine, and balloons descend throughout the show. Why?

80
During previews
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever
February 16th, 2020

See it if Takes the Cambodian experience of the Vietnam War. Powerful performances. Heart-rending at times. Great music.

Don't see it if The history of Indochina does not interest you, or if you don't enjoy rock music interspersed with drama.

95
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Riveting, Profound, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing
February 16th, 2020

See it if Howard's End fashioned into a tale of post-AIDS gay life. I couldn't take my eyes of the stage. Almost a sequel to Angels in America.

Don't see it if This show is long. It's 3 hours and 20 minutes, and part 2 is a similar length. If you're not interested in gay life in NYC.

85
During previews
The Perplexed
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining, Old fashioned, Clever
February 16th, 2020

See it if An old-fashioned show, a Greenberg specialty. Interesting story, and a happily ever after. Terrific cast.

Don't see it if Very talky, as Greenberg always is. I found my mind wandering at times.