SuzyQ

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 (182)
87
Great writing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if Fun experience, well crafted, multi-talented one man performance. Quick paced trip down memory lane- leave waiting for part 2 & 3 of trilogy

Don't see it if Don't like one man shows. Are of age where can't relate to or prefer not to indulge in unusual experience about 1945-1969.

80
Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if A Horton Foote fan. Like slice of life plays set in South in previous era. Thought provoking, excellent acting w/ elements relevant today

Don't see it if Don't like quiet thought provoking slow moving plays,. If prefer splashy Broadway theater &/or musicals

86
Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Great singing, staging,music & story. Very different production than 1979 Bdwy run w Patti Lapone &Mandy Patankin. Just as enjoyable.

Don't see it if No reason not to see- unless expect big Broadway production with elaborate staging and star power performers.

80
An Enchanted April
Midtown W
Enchanting, Romantic, Great writing, Great singing, Delightful

See it if Delightful old fashioned charming musical that can appeal to many. Excellent singing, writing and staging.

Don't see it if Expect a big splashy Broadway show with many showy special effects ,ultra hip, or jukebox musical. This is refreshing theater.

93
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Must see, Refreshing, Riveting, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if Tracy Letts is a multi-talented genius. Great writing,great acting,clever staging & set, Funny & sad, holds attention even if can't relate

Don't see it if Offended by nudity or story of a loser. Prefer full Broadway touristy musicals. This is worth seeing especially if you're a Letts fan.

85
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

87
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

80
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.

83
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.

90
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.

87
Little Gem
Chelsea
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.

90
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

78
During previews
Noura
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

78
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.

89
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.

75
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

80
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

93
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.

85
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

85
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

55
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

81
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.

78
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"

87
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

80
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

78
Delightful, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if touching play about the declining state of an aging, but independent widowed father and family dynamics then ensue with his son's visit.

Don't see it if Want splashy entertainment, prefer musicals or don't want to see a play that's very reality based.

80
During previews
One in Two
Midtown W
Intelligent, Profound, Resonant, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if avant garde production-informative life experience of HIV positive black men. Unusual, dreamy, serious.sometimes funny.,interesting staging.

Don't see it if Offended by nudity, LBGT community & reality of HIV. If bigoted. ignorant of 1980's Aids crises, & ongoing issues of being HIV positive.

Also Powerful, unique production.Not a typical play. See if enjoy many type... Read more Read less

86
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Refreshing, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if Non-stop high energy musical well staged,great singing (Josh Henry terrific) great dancing & choreography.

Don't see it if If expect a big broadway bonanza or prefer serious drama. No reason not to see these top talented performers in short musical

78
During previews
Intelligent, Slow, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if Great singing, interesting premise in a small scale show. Talent stonger than production itself. Like small intimate theaters

Don't see it if Don't like small plays intimate small theaters. Expect a big Broadway musical.

68
During previews
TERRA FIRMA
Gramercy
Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Slow

See it if good acting,good set, absurd plot--somewhat interesting relevant topic relating to our society.

Don't see it if Don't like amateurish theater.If want truly well written thought provoking play -this is slow, tiresome, repetitious.

Also Saw play because of time and location convenience and cost-and few ear... Read more Read less

80
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

78
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.

85
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.

90
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.

80
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:

66
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.

79
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.

78
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.

90
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.

85
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

90
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

90
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.

87
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

75
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

90
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

84
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.

85
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

86
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.

83
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

97
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