SuzanneJ

Hicksville | 25-34 | Female
About:  Fan of great acting & singing & dancing in Broadway musicals.
Reviews (79)
93
During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like complex, strong characters where you can sympathize or understand their actions even if you don’t agree, or just feel for them

Don't see it if I think it’s perfect. Characters are developed through the first act and you get to the dramatic action in the second

86
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Ambitious, Slow, Great acting

See it if You want to see an ambitious story told with a framing device. It’s about what older characters can teach to younger.

Don't see it if Framing devices confuse you; it isn’t explained until the last moments of part two. Play is also long.

69
During previews
Too much plot, Songs fit the story, Relevant, Over-stuffed, Edgy

See it if You love Alamo’s Morrisette and are feeling nostalgic. Love woke musicals that are about current social issues.

Don't see it if You don’t know the Alanis album at all. I didn’t, so it did not improve the story for me or feel like it worked on it’s own. Too many plots.

Also I really didn’t enjoy this show too much. I didn’t know the music and ... Read more Read less

95
The Dork Knight
West Village
Heartfelt, Touching, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if You like one man shows, memoir pieces, know of Jason’s work or would like to discover it. Very entertaining and satisfying personal story.

Don't see it if You don’t care about Batman or superhero culture. You don’t like any of the actors in the Batman films that Jason does great Impressions of.

Also Jason O’Connell is very talented and funny. He shows a new side to his... Read more Read less

79
Round Table
Midtown E
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy geekdom & fandom, a story about a character that navigates life through their passions. Cast of characters are funny and endearing

Don't see it if are looking for something lighthearted. There’s a melancholy to the show.

Also For a show about LARPing, which is a very particular passion people ca... Read more Read less

92
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Edgy, Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You enjoy comedies, a really well written comedy, and a story about character

Don't see it if You don’t want to see sexual situations in live theater

85
During previews
Toni Stone
Midtown W
Edifying, Great acting, Great writing, Humorous, Entertaining

See it if it was very "inside baseball" so I appreciated that a lot. The actors and writing was great. It is a story worth hearing, too

Don't see it if you get mad a sports or people who care about them

85
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Relevant, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if It’s funny and still relevant. Puppet work and acting is fantastic.

Don't see it if You won’t relate to it’s themes of finding your purpose

79
During previews
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Thoughtful, Intelligent, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see an important play in theater history, one that still has cultural and societal relevance. Tony Yazbeck is a delight to see.

Don't see it if You want to understand all that happens. There’s no costume changes or even nods to them to distinguish when actors are switching roles

79
During previews
Perp
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Funny, Great writing, Great acting, Good staging

See it if you like characters that different from the norm - the protagonist is cornered into difficult situations and he makes the most of them

Don't see it if you are thrown out of plays that are a little bit surrealist. Some characters and situations are exaggerated for effect.

80
Charming, Funny, Entertaining, Good music

See it if you want to see a funny, charming musical that is well acted; appropriate for older kids too

Don't see it if you need the set to impress. This was my first time seeing this show and I very much enjoyed it: the story, the music, the actors.

51
During previews
Disappointing, Great performance by musicians, Slow, Boring, Not an engaging story as told

See it if you love classical music (or Toscanini specifically) and care about historical events. I wouldn't say the story was successful.

Don't see it if you want an engaging story. I couldn't care about Toscanini personally because of how the story was told

55
Real
Midtown W
Good idea, Good acting, Interesting, Surreal, Slow in the beginning

See it if you are a fan of actors playing multiple roles well and in a script that draws connections between time periods and people

Don't see it if you need to understand everything or want a more satisfying ending to a play. It's unclear what's happening or what is the point being drawn

80
Great singing, Delightful

See it if you know & like the songs; its a revue. Actors are all great in the show and they clearly connect to the material. Songs are well-acted too.

Don't see it if you want a traditional narrative.

82
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You want to see a classic show and a beautiful production. Story is engaging and reinterpreted from the original (from what I have read).

Don't see it if You are overly concerned with gender politics. This may not satisfy you as having gone far enough. However, overall it ended on a good note.

Also I saw the show in June 2018 with the original cast.

88
Arbuckle Syndrome
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great writing, Great characters, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You like shows with interesting characters. No one was particularly admirable-they were flawed but still had something redeemable about them

Don't see it if You can't stand unlikable characters or plays about social interactions.

Also I loved how my opinion changed on each of the characters as the play p... Read more Read less

82
Not dated, Entertaining, High energy, Great acting, Classic

See it if You want to see a classic show staged. Gallery players put it on very well. Dancing & acting were very good. Show did not feel dated.

Don't see it if You expect flawless perfection. While the performance of One didn't quite fit on the stage, the costumes were excellent & effect was good.

Also I love the references to Robert Goulet in this show (and it's part of ... Read more Read less

89
Trainspotting Live
Midtown W
Great acting, Edgy, Raunchy, Daring, Intense

See it if You like the movie or book, are into cult shows or obscure, raw emotional genres; if you like immersive theatre

Don't see it if You are easily offended. Pay attention to the warnings before the show. Ok to see if you do to know the book or film, but some of the story

72
Great direction, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a staged version of Chess. There's different versions & while I liked this one, I didn't quite know who's story it was

Don't see it if you need a flawless production. A bit hard to hear these performances. Would still see if if you are curious what is the story of Chess.

77
Admissions
Upper W Side
Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you want to see a play about diversity programs and the white-liberal stance and hypocrisy that results. A conversation starter.

Don't see it if you're troubled by no actors of color actually in it, just talking about a character who's defining characteristic is his passing privilege

81
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if you like comedic plays about multiple plots, characters hiding & mistaking identities, speech in rhyme & making contemporary references

Don't see it if you don't like the freneticism of multiple plots or characters ducking behind the scenery and remaining on stage

79
Feeding the Dragon
West Village
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing, Enchanting

See it if you are interested in personal stories well told.

Don't see it if you are not interested in autobiographical tales.

77
Touching, Humorous, Emotional, Refreshing, Interesting non-linear structure

See it if you want something unconventional in the subject and acting. Characters are nicely drawn and portrayed. Nice structure & ending.

Don't see it if Family dynamics are not interesting to you. A lot of the show does focus on Amy's/Andy's siblings. It's subtle but moving.

77
Entertaining, Colorful, Good music, Quirky, Funny

See it if you like the cartoon which inspires a lot of the references & jokes. I like what they did w/ the characters (except Patrick). Songs are good

Don't see it if You didnt like the cartoon (you won't appreciate what the musical is doing) or dont like comedy that winks at you/is meta.

92
Enlightening, Interesting, Great guide

See it if You are interested in the connections between fine art and theater through time

Don't see it if You don’t like art or are interested in the story/history behind particular pieces.

25
During previews
Confusing, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if You want to take away a third of the story. I did not like the way I was forced to divide my attention. Story’s good, not the telling of it

Don't see it if Really if you will be frustrated by having to following three scenes told at once over and over again for the entire play, don’t see this

77
During previews
Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like or want to discover Maury Yeston; this revue includes other songs than those in “Titanic,” “Nine,” Phantom” & “Grand Hotel”

Don't see it if You need connecting elements to enjoy a musical revue

95
Great writing, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see an interesting idea turned into another great character piece by Larry Phillips. The story is masterfully put together.

Don't see it if you don’t like small character dramas that arent about a hot button topic, though intellectual property theft is a serious topic.

Also Dramatic moments and comedic moments are so well mixed. The strength o... Read more Read less

92
Intelligent, Masterful, Intense, Great acting

See it if You enjoy great acting. It’s really what this show is about. The story is nonlinear in a way and you have to be patient to follow it

Don't see it if You are impatient with the story to unfold and to allow the actors to show you rather than tell you what is truly happening.

Also It’s a great story about loss, grief and being alone

85
Slave Play
East Village
Intelligent, Relevant, Edgy, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You want to see modern drama, that pushes theater forward. It’s a show for todays times, incorporating ideas that we currently struggle with

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in an ambitious, modern story

90
Talent is Sexy
Midtown W
Great acting, Bittersweet, Great writing, Funny, Delightful

See it if You enjoy well written plays about how people interact with each other. character and humor are Larry Phillips’ strengths.

Don't see it if There’s no reason not too, it’s delightful. There was a smile on my face the whole time.

86
Relevant, Masterful, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the style of music during the 60s and coordinated dance moves! The entertainment is in seeing how hard the cast works.

Don't see it if you need a strong plot. I enjoyed learning about the 5 men that made up The Temptations, but the plot is a string of pearls

99
Must see, Masterful, Great acting, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if You want to be emotionally moved by an important show. The best classic show I’ve seen.

Don't see it if You can’t read supertitles and pay attention to the actors at the same time

71
During previews
Intense, Dizzying, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you like comedy centered around how odd people and situations can be. Some lines (and 1 monologue) are absurd however & some scenes overdone

Don't see it if you like all the jokes to make sense. Some things were just too absurd.

Also The set change at the end was very neatly done.

80
Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Funny, Quirky, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you like small stories, about a man and his legacy (i.e. what he could have done differently in life and his impact on others)

Don't see it if you don't like narration of events as they unfold, child characters that are portrayed by adults, or general bizarre turns of events.

Also John Larroquette was my reason to see this play; his comic style is as... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you like political plays, plays about the current cultural moment. That's its strength. The second one act was my favorite.

Don't see it if you don't like analyses of our current culture.

82
Absorbing, Intense, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you want to see two really well produced plays by noted playwrights that has something each to say about family & what others mean to us

Don't see it if you are bothered by naturalistic dialogue (in 'A Number'). It may be how people really speak but it's not a good idea in fiction.

95
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Funny, Great staging

See it if you want to see a really great performance-lead play that is both intensely funny and makes you feel a lot.

Don't see it if you are sentimentally attached to the original, longer version of the play with Fierstein & don't want to see that some scenes have been cut

84
Great singing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Ambitious, Risqué

See it if you want to laugh, have a good time, and appreciate the modernness of the story. I like what the story is trying to accomplish.

Don't see it if you care if the music should be more tied to the tale. Since it's the music of the Go-Go's, its shoe-horned it, but in funny and clever ways

Also The show is very funny, the actors are all very good, and it's a show ... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing, Funny

See it if You like the songs of Irving Berlin and want to know something of his life. It was nice to recall all of the popular songs that were his.

Don't see it if You dislike one man shows or may get frustrated at the engagement of the audience.

Also I liked that the audience was engaged; It was very smart to use the co... Read more Read less

95
Entertaining, Interesting, Informative, Unique, Delightful

See it if You are interested in historic buildings and their history. Tour guide has excellent stories to share and does so in an entertaining way.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in seeing and knowing the particulars of the original interiors of the theater.

92
Charming, Quirky, Relatable, Original

See it if You want to see something original (even if it's an adaptation, it's something new and different) where characters feel real and relatable

Don't see it if You can't relate to experiences of youth and insecurities

50
During previews
Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if I can't even recommend it to a fan of Tolkien or Lewis (maybe Lewis)

Don't see it if you want nuance

77
Travesties
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Dizzying, Confusing, Clever

See it if you like clever comedies that are referencing a particular time period and piece of work (Importance of Being Ernest).

Don't see it if you need to get all the jokes. Lots were too intellectual/referential to me. Need to know some history/read the info on the characters first

84
Refreshing, Great direction, Great staging, Great lighting, Unique

See it if you want to see different and well-done staging and storytelling

Don't see it if you are a traditionalist.

88
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Great characters

See it if you like funny plays but ones with substance too. Characters are well drawn and are interesting to watch play off each other. Well acted.

Don't see it if you want to see more action or movement. Scenes are set in and outside the lobby only with only 4 actors.

80
Entertaining, Delightful, Fun, Great singing

See it if you like pop music. Lola is a great character. The songs are fun and exciting to watch.

Don't see it if You don't like Cyndi Lauper, you don't like colorful shows.

78
For a previous production
Hilarious, Good slap-stick, Unconventional, Meta, A good time

See it if you want to laugh all night, you like physical humor and over-the-top actor protrayals

Don't see it if You want something elegant and clean. Sometimes the bits go too far.

72
During previews
The Stone Witch
Midtown W
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Dramatic

See it if you like small casts and stories about artists' struggles. Main character had some real, interesting demons.

Don't see it if you dont like swings from humor to seriousness. Revelations about the character often come on the heels of a funny part. Its a bit jarring

82
Great direction, Relevant, Great singing, Delightful, Emotional

See it if Youve never seen this show before (rarely done) & are interested in works of Bill Finn. Director & lead actor were great! Loved the company.

Don't see it if You would be bothered by not hearing everything, it’s a small theater. This is the original production staged, without the cuts from 2015.