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)
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.

During previews
Carmen Jones
East Village
Great staging, Refreshing, Exquisite, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if Exhilerating musical, classic CST minimal staging w/ maximum talent. Each operatically trained actor very strong -outstanding performances

Don't see it if Don't like minimal staging of CST or intimate theaters.Don't like musical revivals or opera. Expect a fully staged Met Opera

Also This is a must see- especially if it's seeing theater out of "your usu... Read more Read less

During previews
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Refreshing, Great staging, Hilarious, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if Light hearted fun time in theater-clever musical riff. Great singing & music, silly puns ,hokey but clever

Don't see it if No reason not to see it-a funny musical with a twist & exceptionally talented cast. You'll be won over even if prefer plays.

Midtown E
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if for a one act, 2 person bare-staged play that is thought provoking, interesting and not immediately predictable.

Don't see it if don't like to listen to long dialogue. For a tight easily resolved play or If you don't like to leave theater thinking about what just saw.

Unexpected Joy
Midtown E
Great singing, Great writing, Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if For Unexpected Joyous production portraying 3 generations of talented women & the "Unexpected" 4th woman a knockout bluesy gutsy singer

Don't see it if Don't like musicals-are offended by unexpected relationships (gay & multi-racial) But--see it--a gem of a show.

Also This small Off Broadway production is big on talent & originality. Bet... Read more Read less

During previews
Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if Cast all strong great actors, so funny. beautiful set. Relevant 50 yrs later. Didn't disappoint.

Don't see it if You're homophobic Otherwise a Must See. if Jim Parsons your main & only draw- he hasn't been in all performances since injury.

Also The play and great cast make up for Jim Parsons absence.

During previews
Operation Crucible
Midtown W
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Great staging

See it if for an original fast past interesting production- great acting, creative staging & intense play

Don't see it if for straight forward linear play. Can't understand accented dialogue .Brief periods not totally clear during very short play

Absorbing, Slow, Masterful

See it if for long slow wordy drama with excellent cast beyond the DW key billing

Don't see it if Can't sit thru 4 hrs of dialogue. While excellent, must sit thru long play to see DW.

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if Wow so funny!Well done revival worth seeing again. Guirgis a genius at gritty "slice of life" theater You'll wish play continued on.

Don't see it if Offended by profanity. only like musicals..Need play neatly tied up..there's no resolution

Babette’s Feast
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Original

See it if A 90 minute morsel of quick paced fun theater -Unusual but funny plot with excellent acting & singing. Top notch Off Bdwy

Don't see it if Can't pay close attention to narrative. Want splashy musical, or serious drama. Don't like intimate theaters like St, Clement's church

Lucky Chick
East Village
Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if one unparented teen drama-laden life story interests you. Well done in intimate environment.See If convenient to fill 1 hour in fun LES

Don't see it if want depth,substance or any meaningful take-away.

The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Clever, Quirky, Refreshing, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if for brilliant funny,fast paced French Farce w/ word play per David Ives. Hilarious. Great acting & staging.

Don't see it if don't like fast paced sharp dialogue where hearing ever word counts. Get lost in dizzying action. don't like silly farce

Delightful, Great acting, Enchanting, Great singing, Resonant

See it if Small thoughtful play w/ songs & humor. Creative piece touching on past & present, sad & funny & unlikely relationships

Don't see it if You prefer big showy musicals—are anti-Semitic or homophobic.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Slow

See it if For great acting & interesting play & storyline.Like strong female roles & historical dramas.

Don't see it if find it hard to pay close attention from beginning to end for clarity on story line. Know nothing or care nothing about historical events

Good for Otto
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if Incredible cast of top actors portraying real issues in interesting format. Funny, sad and very real.

Don't see it if You can't sit for 3 hours. Don't like much dialogue requiring close attention. You'[re not willing to watch through to end.

Also Sitting on stage creates an intimate riveting experience-not to be mis... Read more Read less

Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if for an original piece & historical events told creatively through song. Sad story told in delightful style

Don't see it if you don't like original theater,klezmer music. Don't want to be reminded of horrific truths

During previews
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if for terrific acting, relevant timely topic handled subtly but effectively

Don't see it if you want to see a light, fluffy Broadway spectacle

Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if a well written excellently acted play. Attention worthy 17 yrs later-very relevant today. Each actor very strong playing mundane characters

Don't see it if Only like musicals & big Broadway productions-not talky plays.Get bored sitting through to end of play not sure where it is going.

Also Very tight seating. Listening devices big help to hear every line; tho... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intense, Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you are a die-hard fan Martin McDonagh's work. Like dark comedy. Doesn't disappoint.

Don't see it if You don't like dark plays or have trouble with accents. Unwilling to sit thru play to end-possibly not understanding every word spoken.

During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if For 3 phenomenal actresses. An Albee great. Beautiful set. Glenda Jackson a tour de force & master actor.Laurie Metcalf in her prime.

Don't see it if You don’t like 3 strong women or Albee if you’re looking for light fluffy entertainment vs an eye opening drama. See it!

Midtown E
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if For excellent acting, relevant issues, thought provoking albeit confusing at times.."talky" If you can disregard NYT ultra critical review

Don't see it if Bored w/ plays on education..Don't like quick paced talky play. Prefer musicals, Expect play to be neat, summed up clearly.

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

Paradise Blue
Midtown W
Ambitious, Enchanting, Great singing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if For Depiction Blues in Detroit, love & tragedy..Great singing & acting. Surprise ending.

Don't see it if Uninterested in blues, slice of life stories of another time & place. Like light fluffy musicals.

Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if If love McPherson plays. An Interesting, liquor laden slice of Irish Life theater.

Don't see it if Don't like genre of Irish plays or playwright McPherson.Can't listen to Irish accented dialogue.Offended by profanity & drunks.

During previews
Enchanting, Exquisite, Refreshing, Great dancing, Romantic

See it if Exquisite dancing, staging, music. Delightful in "old fashioned" style. Excellent choreography- Susan Stroman original w/ hints of "Contact"

Don't see it if looking for large scale Broadway musical..Don't like Ballet or looking for strong plot line vs.creativity.

Delightful, Great singing, Resonant, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if if you've not seen tho playing for years. Great music & singing, talented cast interesting story. Not a Jukebox musical.

Don't see it if You don't like music--either Carole King or the music of a generation of famous groups she wrote for.

Also Wonderful musical-interesting back-story line. See whether or not you ... Read more Read less

Mlima's Tale
East Village
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Relevant, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Intense, creative terrific performances very original production & important subject. Lynn Nottage doesn't fail to excite.

Don't see it if For Light fluffy musical. Don't like Interesting theater in intimate settings with actors playing multiple roles.

Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if for great original fast paced musical theater based on positive experiences after horrific event..

Don't see it if No reason not to see it..unless don't like fast non stop signing & have trouble following story lines- & hard to believe reality

Midtown E
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if good theater-great acting

Don't see it if for intense subject matter.

Midtown W
Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Important relevant play of topical interest about mostly unknown historical event. Great acting

Don't see it if Not interested in historical drama..Can't relate past & present history & serious issues..

Miss You Like Hell
East Village
Delightful, Absorbing, Great singing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if for great singing & performances. Touching, relevant issues & relationships based musical theater.

Don't see it if looking for splashy big musical

Entertaining, Masterful, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if If you’re a fan & have seen or haven’t seen him, he’s best mentalist ever. At 83, his abilities still amazing

Don't see it if Not interested in mentalist, and have no interest In who Kreskin is & why still performing.

Also Much sel& promotion & nostalgia-fewer amazing feats make current perfo... Read more Read less

We Live by the Sea
Midtown E
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if for small jewel of intimate theater w/ outstanding performance by Brain. Laugh, Cry, learn-play not "preachy" or "soppy" Outstanding

Don't see it if don't like intense off-the -beaten track plays based on life of person w/ disabilities. Expect an evening of light hearted fun.

Also plat hits many w/ tough subject from a refreshing pers... Read more Read less

The Stone Witch
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Creative

See it if Strong acting.View of creative genius/artist haunted by brutalities inflicted upon his family- Insight into life & struggles of artists

Don't see it if for light entertainment.Can't closely follow dialogue to end. No interest in Pressures of artist to create to highest standards .

During previews
Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Confusing

See it if For Stoppard play & witty quickly spoken dialogue. Great set, staging & acting

Don't see it if Prefer light theater or find it hard to pay close attention to fast spoken dialogue and references not easily understood.

Also Be totally alert to follow play, read notes & best to have some famili... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Delightful

See it if incite into world of the deaf. Play relevant even tho production not as ground breaking as the original

Don't see it if Don't like play revivals. Are looking for uplifting fluffy entertainment.

Disappointing, Talented cast, Great singing & dancing

See it if if you're a Buffet fan or looking for a Broadway jukebox spectacle for visitors of all ages & nationalities.

Don't see it if You appreciate good theater-whether musicals or dramas. Don't waste your time if just curious.

Harry Clarke
West Village
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Great writing

See it if For an exciting masterful solo performer weaving a funny story which can hold your attention throughout.

Don't see it if If prefer big productions & don't like solo performances & superb storytelling.

Delightful, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Great dancing

See it if Another Encores this series can do w/talented cast of singers, dancers and musicians.

Don't see it if If you're not interested in broadway musical revivals. You can't plan in advance-Encores series only has 5 performance days.

The Low Road
East Village
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if For original clever interesting & funny.Off Broadway theater. Stage filled with huge amount of talent & varied topics.

Don't see it if you can't sit through 2 1/2 hrs of original theater touching on many large and small ideas . May be confusing at time but worth seeing.

During previews
Great acting, Great singing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if For Old Time Broadway R&H Musical. Huge talented cast, great dancing & singing.

Don't see it if Like serious, relevant dramas,are not enamored with old musicals,have low threshold w/ long, overdone performances

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if to see Mark Rylance in another great performance-an Interesting period piece, beautiful set- based on unknown history..

Don't see it if You get bored easily.