Suzanne 2

New York City | 50-64 | Female
About:  Happy to be able to appreciate creative folk with real talent - my talent is to be the audience.
Reviews (93)
Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Epic, Bad match for the armory space, Intelligent, Disappointing, Ambitious
December 11th, 2019

See it if You are interested in how directors use the Armory space

Don't see it if You’re not interested in a 1930s German play about guilt, group mentality and scapegoating.

Also I will see any theater piece at the Armory and was impressed by the Ha... Read more Read less

Soft Power
East Village
Heavy handed, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Great singing, Ambitious
November 10th, 2019

See it if You are a fan of Hwang or Tesori, you want to support new musicals, you are prepared to think about how Westerners treat Asian cultures

Don't see it if You’re a Trump supporter. You don’t like politics in musicals. You want a coherent plot driven show.

Also I loved the music, and much of the singing is glorious. The satire is ... Read more Read less

During previews
Can’t fail to move you, New twist to classic, Refreshing, Great staging, Enchanting
November 10th, 2019

See it if You enjoy the Christmas classic and are ready for a new version, you enjoy carols with your Christmas stories

Don't see it if You have hardened your heart against A Christmas Carol.

Also I saw the first preview, so things may change, but this is a well desi... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Fun, Perfectly scaled, Entertaining, Delightful
November 5th, 2019

See it if You enjoy the show. It’s a wonderful small scale production in which every element is perfect. Everyone has fun, including the cast.

Don't see it if You don’t like comedic musicals. You have a fear of dentists. You only enjoy large scale musicals.

The Michaels
East Village
Refreshing, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing
November 2nd, 2019

See it if You appreciate naturalistic acting. You enjoy drama with more character and emotion than plot.

Don't see it if You need plot and action. You don’t want to spend time with white middle class artistic types. You need an intermission every hour.

Also I loved The Gabriels, and find Nelson’s plays refreshingly different. ... Read more Read less

During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Epic, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious
October 19th, 2019

See it if You are interested in ambitious new American plays. You want to laugh, be moved, and be moved to think.

Don't see it if You’re a homophobe, you don’t want to invest in a longer play (2 of them.) there’s lots of laughter but it’s not a light entertainment.

For a previous production
Admirable idea but didn’t satisfy, Reading superscripts distracts, Missed english lyrics, Exaggerated, Disappointing
October 12th, 2019

See it if If you speak Yiddish and can follow without superscripts; you want to see every type of Fiddler production

Don't see it if You cherish the score - the lyrics in Yiddish don’t flow as easily as English. You want subtle acting - this is played very broadly.

Also I liked the idea of restoring the story to Yiddish, but the score wasn... Read more Read less

Packed with pop hits, Fluffy, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining
October 8th, 2019

See it if You want an eye popping spectacle with lovely singing and energetic dancing. Amazing staging, great performances.

Don't see it if You want a score by one composer, not a mix of various pop hits. You aren’t into extravaganzas.

Also The sheer number of pop songs crammed into the show is awesome, and it... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Must see, Intelligent, Funny, Ambitious
October 8th, 2019

See it if You like thought provoking theater that also entertains.

Don't see it if You don’t want a show that addresses race in America from the point of view of a person of color.

Intelligent, Absorbing, Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining
October 8th, 2019

See it if You’re ready to see Oklahoma! as if for the first time. You love American musicals.

Don't see it if You can’t get the image of the film version out of your mind (and ears.) Be ready for rockabilly style and simple effective staging.

Also This knocked me out! Fortunately I hadn’t seen/listened to the film/OC... Read more Read less

Songs everybody loves, A smart jukebox musical, Great dancing, Great singing, Entertaining
May 1st, 2019

See it if You want an entertaining show with great music, super dancing and a really talented cast.

Don't see it if You don’t like Motown (who ARE you?) or hate jukebox musicals no matter how well crafted.

Ambitious, Exquisite, Intelligent, Great staging, Great singing
May 1st, 2019

See it if You appreciate original musicals with scores that don’t sound like show tunes and great orchestration. You like innovative staging.

Don't see it if You want a feel-good show (although this is electric.) You aren’t interested in a book based on myths.

Also I saw Hadestown several times at NYTheaterWorkshop and loved it, espec... Read more Read less

Funny, Intelligent, Resonant, Great writing, Ambitious
May 1st, 2019

See it if You’re interested in a show that combines the political and the personal in an entertaining and moving way.

Don't see it if You’re a misogynist. You want an outright comedy, a big cast, a straightforward narrative.

Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Pretty well updated, Fun performances, Well crafted, Hilarious, Entertaining
May 1st, 2019

See it if You want a traditional type of musical that’s very funny.

Don't see it if You want something innovative. You’re hypersensitive re gender issues.

Ambitious, Must see, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting
May 1st, 2019

See it if You want to see some extraordinary acting and exquisite staging

Don't see it if You did not like long shows. Investment bankers scarred you for life. You don’t like innovative staging.

During previews
Hilarious, Raunchy, Riveting, Poignant, A unique voice
March 4th, 2019

See it if You’d enjoy a unique one woman show that brings you from laughter to tears over and over. Phoebe W-B is a brilliant writer and performer.

Don't see it if You’re uncomfortable with graphic talk about sex; you don’t like one person shows; you want straightforward narrative

Also FYI, there’s lots of explicit dialogue about sex - stay away of that w... Read more Read less

During previews
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Confusing, Quirky, Ambitious, Melodic score, Trippy choreography
February 4th, 2019

See it if You like to see new original musicals; you’re really a fan of Alice in Wonderland (book, not movie)

Don't see it if You don’t like pop scores; you like coherent plots; you aren’t at all familiar with Alice in Wonderland

Also I wanted to love this but it’s kind of a mess. Combining the WWII sett... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Disturbingly relevant,, Creatively adapted, Fractured storytelling, Distracting set transitions
November 10th, 2018

See it if Acting is uniformly impressive, Sorkin makes story resonate without being preachy

Don't see it if Don’t like long plays (almost 3 hours), not interested in issues of race, are TKAM purist (it does adapt the story a bit)

Also I’m disappointed because so much was so good, but the memory play form... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
October 23rd, 2018

See it if It’s pretty much a must-see drama of this season. All performances are great but Elaine May is extraordinary.

Don't see it if If you’ll be triggered by portrayal of dementia and family’s response.

Also EM does a devastatingly good job of portraying a woman who descends fr... Read more Read less

During previews
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Must see, Clever, Thought-provoking, Gut-punching
October 17th, 2018

See it if Large cast of superb actors and all the characters are vivid, fully drawn, and give voice to the many aspects of Irish independence movement

Don't see it if There’s humor but it’s pretty serious and emotionally draining. Irish brogue could be difficult for some in audience.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Intense
October 17th, 2018

See it if You’re interested in a drama addressing race and class in America through the lens of one family

Don't see it if You’re not ready for a political drama.

Also Washington and Pasquale were superb. Much of the play was gripping, bu... Read more Read less

The True
Midtown W
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great vehicle for edie falco
October 17th, 2018

See it if Timely reminder of how women’s participation in politics has (and hasn’t) changed; Falco’s performance is extraordinary

Don't see it if There’s lots to think about but it’s not a neatly wrapped package. If you want straightforward drama maybe this isn’t for you.

During previews
Clever, Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking
October 17th, 2018

See it if You are interested in journalism; the issue of literal vs larger truth; are a fan of Jones, Radcliffe or Cannavale (all are terrific)

Don't see it if Despite the topic, it’s extremely funny and flies by at 90 minutes - unless you want a musical, I recommend it

Entertaining, Fluffy, Great cast deserves better songs and book
August 16th, 2018

See it if You enjoyed the film, like rom-coms and pop music, want light entertainment

Don't see it if Don’t like pop scores (this isn’t a good one) want a thoughtful or challenging book

Also It’s an entertaining few hours, and might be a big hit (saw it day bef... Read more Read less

During previews
Girls & Boys
West Village
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Intense, Compelling
June 18th, 2018

See it if For Carey Mulligan’s performance. I was riveted throughout. It’s both funny and heartbreaking.

Don't see it if If you’re not adept at non-posh British accents, don’t like solo performances, or could be triggered by drama.

Also As the reviews say, there’s a twist/reveal late in the show that shoul... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever
April 25th, 2018

See it if It’s an American classic, beautifully directed and acted. And there are laughs! It’s not all grim.

Don't see it if You’re triggered by depiction of AIDS, you’re not ready to commit hours to a show.

Also I saw Falsettos last year and felt that it didn’t hold up well. Angels... Read more Read less

During previews
Great singing, Beautiful choreography and dancing, Character development and story suffer from cuts of songs and dialogue, Controversial issue of domestic abuse, A musical classic but strange story
April 11th, 2018

See it if Beautiful singing by leading cast. Stunning choreography, thrilling dancing.

Don't see it if You don’t like classics or singing more operatic-style than modern shows; even exquisite dance bores you: domestic abuse triggers you

Also I know it’s a classic and some consider it one of the best musicals of... Read more Read less

Upper E Side
Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Great writing, Masterful
April 10th, 2018

See it if The performances are all wonderful but Billie Piper is unforgettable. Unique staging (as always for Armory). Fascinating modern adaptation.

Don't see it if The issue of infertility is a trigger for you. You’re looking for light entertainment.

Also After the show it took quite a while to get my breath back. I will be ... Read more Read less

During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Impressive sets and costumes, Restrained
April 4th, 2018

See it if You love a beautifully melodic old fashioned score; you don’t want loud and frantic entertainment.

Don't see it if You’re bored by classic musicals or you have set ideas about how MFL should be produced.

Also If you’ve loved the score of MFL since childhood as I have, this is a ... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Cheerfully feminist
March 22nd, 2018

See it if An entertaining modern fairy tale. Staging is lovely if not innovative. Singing uniformly excellent. Entertaining for kids and adults.

Don't see it if Fairy tales bore you. You prefer classic musicals to modern ones. You’re expecting innovative staging like Lion King.

Also Why the complaints that this isn’t groundbreaking? Great story, heroin... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking
March 22nd, 2018

See it if It’s an evening of extraordinary acting and thought provoking drama (not without some humor.)

Don't see it if It’s talk without action. If that doesn’t appeal, make another choice.

Also I was thoroughly engaged from beginning to end. Glenda Jackson is rive... Read more Read less

The Low Road
East Village
Clever, Disappointing, Great staging, Repetitive, Talented cast
March 10th, 2018

See it if Acting, direction and staging were excellent. It moves at a brisk pace and holds your attention. Evils-of-capitalism theme is eternal.

Don't see it if It became more didactic than entertaining for me somewhere in the second act. I wanted a new take on self-interest vs compassion and equity.

During previews
Disappointing, Great singing, Beautifully staged and lit, Uneven, Excellent rylance
December 13th, 2017

See it if Rylance fans and fans of Baroque music will love it. It’s staged beautifully, sung w/o amplification, and candlelit. Unusual and lovely

Don't see it if Don’t expect a well-written play, despite a great premise. Avoid if you can’t enjoy Baroque countertenor singing.

Also I was disappointed that this wasn’t better written. Most of first act ... Read more Read less

Great singing, Relevant, Masterful, Beautiful score, Enchanting
December 10th, 2017

See it if You support new musicals with original scores. Beautiful use of Middle Eastern musical styles. and moving theme of power of music.

Don't see it if A slip of a plot but moving characters. Miss it if MidEast peace is touchy for you. 90 minutes without interruption.

Also What a beautiful and original score! Performers sing and play instrume... Read more Read less

Hundred Days
East Village
Great singing, Ambitious, Intimate, Not very theatrical
December 10th, 2017

See it if Essentiallly an alternative folky concert telling a story. But wonderful singing and creative movement/choreography and lighting.

Don't see it if A true story about falling in love and fear of death sounds indulgent or too intimate for you. You want Broadway type music or hate folk.

Also I liked most of the music very much and really admire the singing. The... Read more Read less

Meteor Shower
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Hilarious, Absurdist, Non-linear
November 29th, 2017

See it if You want to see some excellent comedic acting and have an evening of laughs.

Don't see it if You like straightforward plots and traditional comedy. It’s non-linear and absurd.

Also The audience laughed non-stop. Martin’s writing gets some great comic ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great singing, Relevant, Funny, Delightful
November 29th, 2017

See it if You’re looking for a fun, all-out singing and dancing show. Female lead cast is very good.

Don't see it if You won’t like a show about teenagers or a message about bullying and self-esteem wrapped up in the fun.

Also You don’t have to have seen the movie to enjoy this, nor do you have t... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Enchanting, Great singing, Transcendent dancing, Lush orchestrations, Redeems a dated show
November 17th, 2017

See it if Unbelievably beautiful singing by Kelli O’Hara and Patrick Wilson, and Robert Fairchild’s dancing is swoon-worthy.

Don't see it if You’re bothered by a thin plot/book, lots of dancing, 1947 melodies and somewhat operatic singing.

Also It’s a privilege to see perfect singing and dancing, even if the show ... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Quirky, Satisfyingly silly
November 12th, 2017

See it if You liked Kate Hamill’s S&S. It’s an irreverent take on Austen that stays true to (but modernizes) the themes and emotions of original.

Don't see it if Not for Janeite purists. Be prepared for gender blind casting, silliness and modern music.

Also I loved her Sense & Sensibility but hated her Vanity Fair (to me, that... Read more Read less

During previews
Delightful, Funny, Clever, Outstanding design, Will leave you smiling
November 6th, 2017

See it if Set, lighting and costume design are delightfully creative. The actors give it their all, and look like they’re having a great time.

Don't see it if Second act drags a bit (but I saw first preview so expect changes). Score is uneven (by multiple musicians, so no wonder.) Still, great fun!

Also This is pure fun, a creative spectacle and a great time. Can’t say eno... Read more Read less

Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Delightful
August 13th, 2017

See it if You enjoy immersive staging or just creative staging; you enjoy new and different musical scores; you support innovative theater.

Don't see it if Immersive theater annoys you; traditional musicals are your preference.

Also I enjoyed this far more than I expected. I had seen it in the downtown... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining, Philosophical in a fun way, Must-see andy karl
July 12th, 2017

See it if It's a fun, pop-score musical with imaginative staging, an excellent cast and stand out performances by Andy Karl and Barrett Doss.

Don't see it if You're a curmudgeon who hates musicals. You dislike being entertained.

Also It's not as great as Minchin's Matilda, but it's solid and very enjoya... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Hilarious
July 12th, 2017

See it if You love Shakespeare and enjoy new takes that give you new insights into classic plays

Don't see it if You want period dress and sets. The production doesn't mess with text but has virtually no set or costumes. And it's almost 4 hours.

Also I enjoy stripped down productions that let you focus on text and actin... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Forgettable score, Cartoonish (not in a good way), Waste of fine talent, Original film songs the best part
May 1st, 2017

See it if You have a child who's already seen Lion King, Aladdin, Wicked etc; You want a preview of a touring show/community theater production

Don't see it if You're expecting a visually or musically creative show. Sets inexplicably minimal and music (other than songs from 1960s film) forgettable.

Also Im a huge fan of John Doyle's minimalist musicals but this just annoye... Read more Read less

Vanity Fair
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Clever
April 23rd, 2017

See it if You enjoyed Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility. You are up for a modern, funny, offbeat version of a literary classic.

Don't see it if You're offended by productions that take liberties with classics.

Also I'm still trying to figure out why I didn't enjoy this as much as Sens... Read more Read less

Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Clever, Relevant
April 23rd, 2017

See it if It's a marvelous showcase for fine acting by a talented cast. The play has held up very well and is still relevant today.

Don't see it if Drama and traditional, "well-made plays" don't appeal to you. There are darkly funny moments but it's definitely a drama.

Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Delightful, Great staging
April 21st, 2017

See it if You appreciate a classic musical, revived with care and love. You want to smile through a show from overture to curtain call.

Don't see it if You only like modern musicals. This is traditional but delightfully old fashioned.

Also Not since Hamilton have I been in an audience that was giddy to be the... Read more Read less

War Paint
Midtown W
Great singing, Entertaining, Beautifully costumed, Surface-deep, Intriguing subject
April 19th, 2017

See it if Lupine and Ebersole are worth seeing (and hearing) under any circumstances. Also if you are interested in costume design this is a feast.

Don't see it if Don't expect any depth to the characterizations of Rubenstein and Arden, who are worth more attention. Don't expect a lot of dancing.

During previews
Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking
April 9th, 2017

See it if You enjoy thoughtful but humorous drama. If you liked The Humans, you might enjoy this. Funny but points of view explored sympathetically

Don't see it if You're offended by the idea of a modern exploration of a classic

During previews
Midtown W
Disappointing, Charmless, Forgettable, A waste of philippa soo's talent, Misconceived
April 2nd, 2017

See it if Philippa Soo is the only reason to see this show. Her clear, sweet voice is always a pleasure.

Don't see it if It isn't terrible, but it isn't good. Not sure why anyone put so much work into this: what were they hoping for? It's entirely forgettable.

Also The music is bland. The book takes the curious quirky "plot" of the fi... Read more Read less