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 (366)
90
During previews
Morning Sun
Midtown W
Riveting, Intense, Masterful, Absorbing, Great acting

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.

75
Letters Of Suresh
Midtown W
Entertaining, Disappointing, Absorbing, Ambitious, Quirky

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.

68
Semblance
East Village
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Banal, Cliched

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.

85
During previews
Entertaining, Clever, Fluffy, Great writing, Funny

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
Dana H.
Gramercy
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great acting, Gripping, Harrowing

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.

85
Absorbing, Riveting, Slow, Intense, Great acting

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.

80
During previews
The Hot Wing King
Midtown W
Refreshing, Entertaining, Original, Funny, Clever

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.

80
During previews
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

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.

85
During previews
The Perplexed
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining, Old fashioned, Clever

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.

85
Intelligent, Engaging, Sad, Great acting, Touching

See it if Busch beautifully brings a tragic heroine to life. An interesting and believable story. A chance to see a legend.

Don't see it if If you don't like men playing women's roles, or if you don't like old-fashioned stories, you might not enjoy this.

86
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Entertaining, Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if An old-fashioned play with a beginning, middle and end. A chance to see two legends at work. An absolute delight.

Don't see it if If family dramas bore you or you're not interested in the problems of older people, this might not be for you.

70
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Great story, Great music, Indulgent, Edgy, Disappointing

See it if A new take on a classic. It's nothing like what you've seen before. I saw the u/s for Maria and Tony, and she was great. He was meh.

Don't see it if Taking out "I Feel Pretty" and the Ballet at the Gym? von Hove likes to put his own stamp on pieces. This one was perfect before.

65
The Thin Place
Midtown W
Quirky, Slow, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if If you like ghost stories and tales where the dead may (or may not) speak to the living. The actors were fine...

Don't see it if ...but sadly stuck in a rare misfire by Lucas Hnath. I found the story boring. There is little to no action. The show kind of just ends

65
Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Cliched, Quirky, Great acting, Disappointing, Banal

See it if Macbeth set in a fast-food restaurant in Pennsylvania. Some catchy tunes. Ryan McCartan is very watchable.

Don't see it if The show takes too long to get going. It took until the end of Act I for anything to happen. The songs were not memorable.

91
Profound, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Michael Benjamin Washington gives an extraordinary performance as several characters involved in the 1991 Crown Heights killings/riots.

Don't see it if If you don't like one-person shows. This is more of an exploration than a play. If you like your shows linear, this might not be for you.

85
During previews
Sad, Great writing, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Kristine Nielsen and Aidan Quinn lead a marvelous cast in a play that is sad, touching and relevant. Heartbreaking and moving.

Don't see it if If you like your shows wrapped up in a neat bow in the end, this might not be for you. It offers no easy answers to the questions it poses.

75
During previews
Ambitious, Quirky, Intense, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Explores the life, birth to death, of Chris, who is played by actors of different genders and races in each scene. Compelling.

Don't see it if It takes a couple of scenes to realize what is going on. It's a bit gimmicky.

85
Thought-provoking, Powerful, Intense, Confusing, Great writing

See it if Powerful words, powerful performances. The monologue-poems were gripping. Heart-breaking at times.

Don't see it if If you prefer your plays to be linear, and tell one story, rather than lots of little tales leading to an overall theme.

75
During previews
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if A top-notch cast in 3/4 of a good play. The part of the show that takes place in Nazi Germany was compelling. And Estelle Parsons!

Don't see it if The other 1/4, doesn't quite work. They have 2 modern-day characters, 1 of whom is supposed to be Kushner, interrupting the action. Nope.

80
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Entertaining, Ambitious, Cliched, Riveting, Great singing

See it if Any time you can hear Joshua Henry sing, you should. Beautiful staging. Engaging story...

Don't see it if ...but a bit of a cliche. It's supposedly based on a Hitchcock film of the same name. It's a sad story, but nothing new.

79
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Talky, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Illuminates a time in history that many may not be aware of. Brian Cox was brilliant. Seeing these characters come to life is thrilling.

Don't see it if Very talky. You must pay attention or you'll lose the thread of what is happening.

85
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Intense, Edgy, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny

See it if Letts always writes watchable shows. He has a great ear for humor in dialogue. This is no exception. The cast was terrific.

Don't see it if The play didn't end; it just stopped. No resolution reached, no growth, no lessons. Full frontal male nudity. If that bugs you, stay away.

70
Wives
Midtown W
Indulgent, Intelligent, Ambitious, Funny, Clever

See it if A mixed bag. The stories of 3 wives at different eras. Some vignettes worked and were entertaining. Game performances.

Don't see it if Others did not. A bit confusing as to who was who. The vignette at "Oxbridge" University was a little too obvious.

90
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Surprising, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if A riveting two-hander that doesn't go where you'd expect. Parker and Hochman both give great performances.

Don't see it if Some people find Parker mannered and annoying. If you're not a fan of hers, you might not like this.

74
Make Believe
Midtown W
Disappointing, Cliched, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if Some great performances kept my attention. An interesting story. Cleverly done. Samantha Mathis rocks!

Don't see it if The play itself seemed more like two scenes than a whole play. Missing something. Confusing at times. Self-consciously "mysterious."

86
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful

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.

80
Sanctuary City
West Village
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Confusing, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

66
During previews
Edgy, Disappointing, Ambitious, Cliched, Banal

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.

90
Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

75
Darling Grenadine
Midtown W
Fun, Entertaining, Romantic, Fluffy, Cliched

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.

79
During previews
Coal Country
East Village
Slow, Riveting, Relevant, Powerful, Heart-wrenching

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.

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

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?

95
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Riveting, Profound, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

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.

60
During previews
Raunchy, Dated, Great singing, Indulgent, Nice music

See it if Pleasant enough music. It was great seeing Michael Zegen (Joel Maisel himself!) in person, and Suzanne Vega was a nice surprise.

Don't see it if I kept asking myself why? Why does this need to be produced now? And why does it have to be a musical? I found it dated.

85
Great singing, Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Fun

See it if It's nearly 40 years. We all know what FB is about - a fun takedown of current Broadway shows. If you're a Broadway goer, you'll like it.

Don't see it if If you rarely go to Broadway, you probably won't get the jokes and won't like this.

75
Sing Street
East Village
Slow, Too long, Great singing, Good music

See it if You like early '80s alt-rock. The music is bouncy and catchy, and the singing is great. The actors are fun to watch.

Don't see it if The story is meh. And the show was about 15 minutes too long. The finale seems tagged on to give a solo to the brother of the lead.

84
One in Two
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Profound, Intense, Great acting

See it if Powerful performances, powerful topic. Shines a light on an issue many aren't aware of. AIDS isn't over, especially in the black community.

Don't see it if I found it riveting, but it wasn't as emotionally involving as I'd hoped. I expected to dissolve in a puddle of tears at the end. I didn't.

50
The Michaels
East Village
Dull, Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Banal

See it if If you like Richard Nelson's slice-of-life, conversational, talky style. If you enjoy a character study where nothing much happens.

Don't see it if If you don't, you'll find this dull as dishwater. A group of people prepare and eat a meal while talking about their lives. Quietly.

85
During previews
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Moving, Profound, Slow, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Judith Ivey gives a brilliant performance in this study of a midwest mining town. Touching and sad performances.

Don't see it if It is slow, and not a lot happens in the first act. If you're impatient for a lot of action, this might not be for you.

75
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Great acting, Ambitious, Edgy, Shocking, Disappointing

See it if A enactment of a transcript of a woman's interrogation by the FBI. Horrifying and relevant. Hard to believe this occurred here, but it did.

Don't see it if If you prefer your shows to have beginning, middles and ends. If you are uninterested in political drama.

81
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Sweet, Romantic, Funny, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if Terrific acting by a wonderful cast led by Tomei. Surprisingly sweet for a Williams play. Delightful to watch.

Don't see it if The worst set I have ever seen in a show. It was so bad that it was distracting, and gave the production the feel of an acting class scene.

90
Seared
Midtown W
Absorbing, Riveting, Original, Clever, Great acting

See it if Raul Esparza as a chef is not to be missed. Terrific, engaging show. I had a smile on my face from the start. Foodies will love this.

Don't see it if If the back-kitchen doings of a restaurant hold no interest for you.

83
During previews
Romantic, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if Peter Dinklage gives a heart-breaking performance. An old story told in a new way. Asks the question, what would you do for love?

Don't see it if The music was only so-so. While the singers were fine, the music was not memorable. Dinklage is not a singer. But I forgive him.

87
Soft Power
East Village
Great writing, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if A nearly all-Asian cast turns the cliches we sadly have about Asia on its head, while addressing real world issues. Great music.

Don't see it if If you're an American who can't take a joke about some of our most cherished traditions, you might not like this.

65
Ambitious, Entertaining, Intense, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if A group of Conservative Catholics bloviate for nearly two hours on their view of life. If you're a conservative, you might like this.

Don't see it if If you're not a Conservative, you might find all the talk of "baby killers" and vilification of liberals tiresome. I did.

69
Intense, Confusing, Edgy, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if An engaging story of 4 high school girls playing what they think is a game, but turns out otherwise. Mostly watchable.

Don't see it if The climax of the play is mostly in Spanish - an incomprehensible choice. I did not know or understand what was going on.

46
runboyrun & IN OLD AGE
East Village
Boring, Slow, Cliched, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if If you're a fan of Udofia's first 2 plays in this 9-play cycle, you might forgive the flaws in these two.

Don't see it if The first 2 in this cycle were linear, with a real story to tell, these were blah. With nothing to say. Just an old man losing his mind.

70
Riveting, Cliched, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if A flawed play with two great performances. See it for Pryce and Atkins.

Don't see it if The story is muddled and confusing. I wasn't sure what was happening from one moment to the next, and wasn't sure what I saw at the end.

78
During previews
The New Englanders
Midtown W
Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Original, Absorbing

See it if Entertaining. Deals with many issues in an original way. A gay, interracial couple, with an interracial child, and no one is a saint.

Don't see it if There might be a tad too many story lines present in this play.

80
Clever, Refreshing, Intelligent, Great writing, Funny

See it if A new adaptation of The Three Sisters. Very funny. Well done. Fast-paced. Kept my interest all the way through.

Don't see it if If you're not a Chekhov fan, you might not enjoy this as much. You won't get all of the jokes. But they're still funny.