Manhattan | 65+ | Female
About:  3rd generation avid theater goer since 1957. Theater, Opera, Dance Love it all. Supporter of the Arts. Educator & small business owner.
Reviews (172)
Great writing, Great acting, Resonant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Superior aciting, poignant stories, 2 pros on stage equally mesmerizing. A richer more nuanced experience then preview 1st seen at Public.

Don't see it if Don't like serious monologues, prefer flashy staging, musicals or big Bdwy productions. Have a hard time following complex story lines.

Also A must see for very intelligent performances presenting a beautiful ba... Read more Read less

During previews
Rinse, Repeat
Midtown W
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if Short,intense riveting play-family dealing w important issue- not usual theater topic.Excellent portrayal of family system complexities

Don't see it if Don't like plays focusing on important subject affecting many people-rarely discussed-never covered in plays-have problem with brief nudity

Also Best not to focus on the "eating disorder" which may not seem interest... Read more Read less

Two's a Crowd
Midtown E
Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like Rita Rudner’s “shtick”, are over a certain age,or curious about mature couples’ life- Light,very funny tho predictable.Fun evening

Don't see it if Too young to find funny or relate to.. have serious,theater experience expectations, don’t enjoy occasional light fluff.

Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Funny

See it if For light hearted fun, entertaining theater .Clever dialogue updates an old movie.

Don't see it if For big splashy new groundbreaking musical. Think you know movie storyline & can't pay close attention.

Great singing, Great writing, Delightful, Absorbing, Clever

See it if Poignant story line-well thought out great singing & acting.

Don't see it if No reason not to see this..Continues to be a delight even though no longer groundbreaking theater.

Little Gem
Great acting, Masterful, Intelligent, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if Terrific acting, well crafted interesting story line. A gem of a play.

Don't see it if You have trouble with Irish accents. No reason not to see this.

Riveting, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if Intense drama re-told.Jeff Daniels, Celia Keenan-Bolger & excellent cast create an absorbing 2.5 hr riveting play-material relevant today.

Don't see it if Don't like drama - can't sit through a serious play. Are a purist of original book & movie.

Also See it-great writing,acting & staging. of thought provoking play repre... Read more Read less

During previews
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Insight into relevant topical issue-well written play.

Don't see it if Don't like following all dialogue in a serious piece.

Also Not tightly linear piece..Hard to hear all dialogue in first previews.... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Ambitious, Refreshing, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if Hysterically absurdly silly & funny--taking political correctness to the extreme.;

Don't see it if Don't like absurdist theater..Love or hate theater pieces-Not to everyone's taste.

Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if For a refreshing new perspective on an old great musical. A richer experience & great enjoyment listening to all in Yiddish.

Don't see it if don’t like Fiddler on the Roof or its music. Not open minded to hearing a musical in an unknown languae.

Ambitious, Great acting, Dizzying, Intense, Great writing

See it if old Brecht political social commentary play relevant today. Raul Esparza intense acting & multi-talented cast playing many roles

Don't see it if Can't follow quick paced intensity of difficult play. Don't like intimate venues & minimal staging typical of CST.

Also Fast paced-play can be hard to follow if unfamiliar with Brecht. Super... Read more Read less

Ordinary Days
Midtown W
Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Fluffy

See it if light hearted, delightful, sweet & cute short musical enjoyable escape or theater time filler. Interesting cast & great singing.

Don't see it if For large scale flashy Broadway musical--if don't like small stage, small cast productions--need a "meaty" experience

During previews
Entertaining, Hilarious, Intelligent, Masterful, Resonant

See it if For hilarious 90 minutes of masterful comedic storytelling in classic Birbiglia style..treats serious life events with lighthearted humor

Don't see it if Don’t like solo performances or Expect a broadway “show” it’s not a musical,serious play or traditional show.

Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if For a dramatic, tragic comedy w/great acting, beautiful set. Relevant under-storyline beyond gay marriage.

Don't see it if For Light musical comedy-it's sad. If can't see broader storyline implications or if you're homophobic.

Also A touching wonderful play. Issues extend beyond central plot of gay ma... Read more Read less

During previews
Mother of the Maid
East Village
Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if For Joan of Arc story told with a twist from a mother's perspective.. Glen Close on stage in intimate theater setting a treat.

Don't see it if You're bored by history or Joan of Arc plays . Want to see splashy production

For a previous production
Banal, Disappointing, Overrated, Quirky

See it if No reason to see this.-unless you find laughing infectious even when something not funny. Appreciate hard working cast.

Don't see it if Enjoy good English farce or well done physical comedy--this is neither,

Also Time for this to close. The more the audience of tourists laughed, the... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Black Light
West Village
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Edgy

See it if for interesting evening of entertainment by a beautiful talented Daniel Jones AKA Jomama Jones

Don't see it if you are easily offended, prudish- against cross dressers-

Also Saw the Joe's Pub run.

During previews
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Edgy

See it if an original play about 5 distinct women-strong diverse, female characters, all excellent actors.

Don't see it if want play with totally linear storyline, clear & sensible--if you are offended by strong women characters & repetitive use of word "pussy"

My Life on a Diet
Midtown W
Poignant, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if light hearted hilarious one woman expose- it's a joy to hear her share her story-She is in her 80's & fabulous & so energetic.

Don't see it if Don't like one woman shows or small venues.

Also No need to be familiar w/Renee Taylor's name. Read her bio--may realiz... Read more Read less

During previews
Original, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Refreshing

See it if for a light hearted funny original campy musical - doesn't take itself too seriously. Fun time.

Don't see it if Expecting a serious play, good drama, not on par w/ a traditional old Broadway musical.

Also In its own category..not Jukebox, not classic. Fun theater can be enjo... Read more Read less

Gone Missing
Midtown W
Delightful, Fluffy, Clever, Enchanting

See it if Like delightful City Centers Encores.. performances. Quirky,cute,sweet funny original .Poignant now w/ Michael Friedman gone

Don't see it if You don't like Encores Format. Gone Missing itself worth seeing.

During previews
Smoking hot revival, Great singing, Must see

See it if diverse sexy exceptional cast breathing new life into 1995 fave.Incredible singing, dancing/acrobatics & choreography with non stop energy

Don't see it if Expecting traditional musical theater w/ storyline. It's a musical revue-polished & professional. If you saw or missed original-See this!

Also All cast & musicians were stellar. Great chemistry & talent made for a... Read more Read less

Hilarious, Edgy, Quirky, Must see, Dizzying

See it if Spend hour in hysterics, in awe of the physical comedy & versatility of "The Pretend Men". Police Cops Sequel-see both-fun comedic theater

Don't see it if Disliked Police Cops.Don't like physical comedy, can't laugh at pure sillyness. Looking for traditional theater.

During previews
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if Clearly great singers occupy intimate stage for quirky, good ole fashioned "hokey" musical theater. Doesn't try to be big musical.

Don't see it if Don't like musicals or silly story lines. Expect cutting edge meaningful theater.

The Great Leap
Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Great writing

See it if For fast paced excellently acted play based on unusual subject matter- regardless of whether it's tcompletely historically accurate.

Don't see it if Don't like small theate experiences or small venues.

Broadway Bounty Hunter
West Village
Funny, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if Super talented cast-silly fun,feel good show. See for diverse high energy cast who are working it to their fullest potential

Don't see it if Want splashy Broadway musical with more important plot.This is worthy of seeing for sheer amount of diverse talent .

Also Saw in initial previews If tempted to leave after first act, stay! Sec... Read more Read less

Overrated, Disappointing, Dated, Great acting, Romantic

See it if for 2 great actors offering different perspective on original stage performance & movie.Presents plot twists but slow & dragged out..

Don't see it if For chemistry between the 2.actors you might otherwise like.Expect more from current play based on past renditions.Dislike sexual scenes.

Great staging, Overrated, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Enjoyable but over-hyped (based on seeing early preview).Talented cast & clever staging. See if important to see a Tony Winner.

Don't see it if No reason not so see.

Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Great entertainment. Not a typical jukebox musical.Extremely talented cast with interesting back story.

Don't see it if Don't like musicals, can't pay attention to storyline. If you expect a big splashy theater experience.

Relevant, Refreshing, Hilarious, Clever, Entertaining

See it if Light fun time.Clever idea combining research & entertainment. Audience demographics can make show hysterical-appealing to all ages.

Don't see it if Subject doesn't interest you. Don't like to laugh & have fun experience.Only want see "important/serious theater:

Self indulgent, amateurish,, Banal

See it if For adorable side show of young talented guy dancers & singers..No good reason to see this.

Don't see it if For time with a seemingly Talented Psychic--show barely scratches surface on his abilities.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if A light hearted fun, "small" musical. Clever & refreshing. Superb talented cast.

Don't see it if Want a splashy Broadway musical or important theater. Don't like interesting light enjoyment or small venues.

Wild Goose Dreams
East Village
Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if Like imaginative quirky topically relevant theater. Ethereal piece..Great Staging and acting.

Don't see it if For a totally linear piece. Prefer not to pay close attention from beginning to end to put all together.

Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if For 3 stellar actors sharing stage in a tight, short, thought provoking, timely comedic drama.

Don't see it if Only like big splashy Broadway productions. Don't like thought provoking plays.

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if For interesting intense thought provoking relevant play. For Raul Esparza's intense over the top acting supported by equally strong cast.

Don't see it if Don't like CST sparse staging & intimate theater. Can't follow dense plays- prefer light musical entertainment, elaborate sets & costumes

During previews
The Hard Problem
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if For intelligent well acted, professional quick paced Stoppard play. Clever impeccable staging-thought provoking play.

Don't see it if don't like thought provoking plays where dialogue has to be closely followed.Don't like to leave theater with food for thought or discussion

Also Left with desire to "revisit' & see play again (not a bad thing) In fi... Read more Read less

Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Funny

See it if Timeless theater-for great Michael Urie & strong supporting cast. More polished then 1st previews @ 2nd Stage. Worth seeing Broadway show.

Don't see it if Find theme offensive or overdone, are homophobic. Don't enjoy the Harvey Fierstein genre of theater.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if great comedy & sad truth re plight of girls due to meanness.Issues resonant today-beyond school girls in 1986. Strong acting by all.

Don't see it if Are close minded, prefer lighthearted musicals..Prefer not to think or converse after theater.

Also A must see if missed original. Powerful play-brilliantly acted. Extrem... Read more Read less

During previews
Sakina’s Restaurant
West Village
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if funny portrayal of aspirations of young Indian man-his dream of coming to America clashing with reality of Am culture

Don't see it if Don't like one man shows. Looking for profound thought provoking play. Easily bored by somewhat dated material.

Also SM is great at portraying & interweaving many characters-true & funny.... Read more Read less

During previews
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing

See it if For Lonergan's slice of life writing with excellent acting in a poignant story. Heartbreaking, real with funny moments.

Don't see it if You prefer lighthearted feel good comedy or musical theater.

Also Portraying the decline of aging woman with dementia and its effects on... Read more Read less

The True
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if for political drama/comedy-set in 1970's in Albany -Inner workings of local politics well portrayed. Edie Falco excellent.

Don't see it if Offended by profuse profanity. Not interested in political drama/comedy. Want to see light hearted upbeat musical.

Refreshing, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if informative, delightful one man show. If you like music, are interested in the ubiquitous Irving Berlin's songs & his backstory.

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows--have no interest in Irving Berlin or his music. Prefer intense thought provoking theater.

Also Saw in previews.Disregard the scathing overly analytical NYT review wh... Read more Read less

Masterful, Great singing, Great writing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Fabulous singing breathing new life into updated oldie but goodie.Encores on a winning streak. A must see if it transfers.

Don't see it if If don't like Encores minimal staging & format. Encores performances at City Center usually terrific, if not outstanding.

During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Fun, Hilarious, Fluffy

See it if Fun theaterical entertainment, original, quircky, Currently trending themes, Hard working cast

Don't see it if prefer plays & serious theater.Don't want to immerse self in total experience & need to dissect & critically review each aspect of show

Also Saw 3rd preview--cast brimming with energy. Whole audience having a gr... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Terrific revival of classic Broadway musical- refreshingly updated. A joy for all. See It.

Don't see it if Don't like classic musical theater revivals. If only want to see original theater productions (like Hamilton)

Also A must see..whether you saw original NYC staging, only saw the film or... Read more Read less

Masterful, Great staging, Great singing, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if Energetic fast paced amzing abundently talented singers & dancers who held attention without a dull moment Great choreography.

Don't see it if You missed Encores usual limited runs. One of Encores best. Don't see Encores expecting full Broadway musical productions.

During previews
Girls & Boys
West Village
Absorbing, Riveting, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if for stellar story telling by Cary Mulligan who masterfully holds your attention throughout riveting play. Excellent staging.

Don't see it if Don't like Carey |Mulligan, solo plays.. or drama that turns "preachy" at end.

Also Hard to hear all from rear orchestra (Get listening devices) Missing f... Read more Read less

Police Cops
Midtown E
Hilarious,fast paced,quirky,edgy,clever, physical humor

See it if A LMAO piece- clever comic genius-have out of the box fun time in intimate theater by a superb 3 man group (The Pretend Men)

Don't see it if You don't like to laugh, don't find humor in pure sillyness. Expect a traditional comedy. So much fun-An out of the box must see.

During previews
Lonesome Blues
Midtown E
Great singing, Great acting, Masterful, Slow

See it if You love blues, interested in history of Americana music-blues. Akin a masterful engaging singer & actor accompanied by super guitarist.

Don't see it if Don't like The Blues,one man shows or expect traditional musical theater. It's not a fluffy or"Disney-fied" production, nor truly a concert

Also Production itself falls short on aiding the understanding Blind Lemon ... Read more Read less

Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Slow

See it if For Lois Smith who brings life into play though spending her time trying to die. Interesting view of highly dysfunctional family.

Don't see it if Don't like overly long plays dealing with process of dying & family disfunction. Many scenes superflous & overly drawn out.

Also Mostly very strong actors doing their best with material. There are so... Read more Read less